This thread may serve as a collector of entertainment news and curiosities in yellow media. I guess this is how it was originally planned too.This one is for those who are on board with the latest craze in TV series. (I'm not.) The Bridge, apparently started as a Swedish-Danish crime drama TV series, has successfully franchised its format to BBC and beyond, most lately to Russia, where the story is now placed at the border with Estonia.The Bridge: new version to span Russia and Estonia
It's a popular format: nothing, it seems, has more crossover appeal than the irritation that one's national neighbours are so easily able to cross over into your own country.The Tunnel is an example of the sort of international co-operation that is increasingly commonplace in television, as formats migrate globally to and from surprisingly far-flung places. Broadcasters do so in the assumption that they already, as Alan Partridge put it, have a hit on their hands, with just the addition of some local spin required. The Tunnel was made for Sky Atlantic in conjunction with French television channel Canal Plus and seeks to take advantage of the familiarity of a format while also getting at something unique - namely, Britain's relationship with France; so close geographically, so distant culturally.
I think the thread was intended for news media, other forms of scripted entertainment have their own threads.
But it is the imperfect, wonderful world we all live in. Which brings me to AMC's fantastic 'The Killing'. A Danish import, 'Killing' follows the murder investigation of young woman in Seattle, Washington. The story is told in thirteen 1 hour episodes through the perspectives of the people whose lives are impacted by the murder and subsequent investigation, with special emphasis on lead investigator Sarah Linden (played picture-perfect by Mireille Enos). Amazingly, despite a fairly large cast, there is nary a flat character to be found. All the players are fleshed out, fully realized people with deep complexity and back-story. This allows the show to rise above a simple whodunit police procedural and really delve into just what a murder means to the people in the victim's life. It is alternately dark and gritty, inspirational, and heart breaking to watch these people cope with the loss and fear that surrounds this girls murder.
Danish crime series are really popular internationally. I haven't seen this particular one, though.
Philip Marlowe in a landscape as Scandinavian
Karagülle told me it centred on high school students and their struggles, dreams, and rakish hookups in Oslo. Each season is told from the POV of one main character. It's unique in that clips of the show are posted in real time online, as if its characters are real people. So, for example, if a party on the show is happening Saturday at 2am, that's when the party clip is posted. On Fridays, all the clips published that week are assembled into one episode. When the show isn't on air, fans can interact with the characters via fake profiles on Instagram and Facebook. Text messages between characters are also posted online, prompting speculation throughout the week. It's like you're living with them, says 20-year-old Grazia Ames, a fan of the show. "I like some photos on Instagram because I like the fact that they make them seem just like another friend or real person out there."
Saw a trailer for Midnight Sun, a French-Swedish series set in Northern Sweden and France. Definitely within the genre, though the French-Swedish-English (for French and Swedish to communicate)-Sami (for tribal frisson) language mix is not usual. The French interest will be involved as the British were in Fortitude, to investigate a murder of a citizen in Northern latitudes. The usual and unusual will then ensue in 8 episodes.
Inspector Maigret was quite in fashion in Norway around the eighties, I read one myself, forgot which, and had no desire to read any more,
The whole crime genre is derivative, literarily incestuous.
TV, to some extent literature, is in transition. The timing was right. Nordic writers had been reading and watching other countries' output for decades, but living in smaller pools, not only were they not discovered, they had to mutate faster to survive. Darwin as a book. The bigger seas have been staid for a while.
I see not literature as species evolution according the law of the strongest.
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