An analysis by the New York Times' Upshot is not really surprising in a way — TV show popularity is a good measure of voting in the 2016 presidential election because there are sharp differences in preferences in TV as well as candidates between rural and urban voters. /more/
We first wrote about Graham Gordy's forthcoming Cinemax show "Quarry" in April 2013 — shooting was set to begin that summer, and the Times noted, "2013 might just turn out to be Graham Gordy's year." As it turned out, things took a little longer than we predicted, but now that production has wrapped (as of August) and a teaser trailer has arrived, I think we can say with even greater confidence: 2016 might just turn out to be Graham Gordy's year. /more/
In case you were wondering where Brad Neely, the Fort Smith native and cult-favorite animator, stood on the presidential election, here is his brand new video tribute to Bernie Sanders. Neely, who created the Adult Swim series "China, IL" as well as a number of other popular web series and one-offs, has produced tributes to presidents in the past, but they tended to be dead ones. /more/
A search is underway for the man responsible for fatally shooting a Roanoke TV reporter and cameraman during a live report from a Virginia shopping center. A graphic YouTube video captures the event as it happened. /more/
The new issue of the Hollywood Reporter features a nice dispatch from Springdale by journalist Scott Johnson, who attends church services and speaks to a number of locals in and around "Duggar territory," even making a stop in Tontitown to try the family's front door. /more/
Fiction writer, TV show-runner and renowned mystic Nic Pizzolatto, who got his MFA at the University of Arkansas roughly a decade before creating the HBO neo-noir series "True Detective," is profiled in the new issue of Vanity Fair ahead of the June 21 premiere of the show's second season. Written by Rich Cohen, the piece opens with the equivalent of an extended full disclosure before proceeding to probe Pizzolatto's creative universe and very vaguely tease details about the new season. It's fairly intense. /more/
Deadline Hollywood reports today that Cinemax has picked up "Quarry," a 1970s-set drama created and produced by Little Rock's Graham Gordy and Michael D. Fuller, as an eight episode series. According to Deadline: /more/
Sen. Joyce Elliott's latest attempt to require racial impact statements on criminal justice bills failed to advance in the House Judiciary Committee today. Elliott unsuccessfully tried to pass similar legislation in 2013 and 2015.
The podcast Design Matters, published by Design Observer, is celebrating its 10th year and they are revisiting some of their best episodes from the last decade. I just finished this week's replay of the interview with the Scottish born illustrator Marion Deuchars. At the end of the wonderful interview, her two young sons are invited into the studio near where they pitch in some of their own thoughts on art and, in particular, drawing in the art books their mother created for children and adults.
by Will Stephenson, Bryan Moats, Kaya Herron and Lindsey Millar
World wide weird duo Rural War Room (Donavan Suitt & Byron Werner) is celebrating 10 years of broadcasting and production here in Little Rock and abroad. RWR Radio on KABF 88.3 FM (10 p.m. Tuesdays or anytime on their website), features the duo alternating records in an effort to surprise one another.
BRASHER: Hello Arkansans, this is the first piece from us, Brasher and Rowe and we are some dudes who work in downtown Little Rock and we eat lunch and just talk about all the exciting things around here.
Hog fans just can't quit blaming the refs for the NCAA men's basketball tournament loss to North Carolina. Now the Arkansas Senate has gotten in on the act, with this resolution introduced by Democratic Sen. Keith Ingram and getting bipartisan co-sponsorship from that brutish and short sandlot roundball player, Republican Sen. Jeremy Hutchinson.
Circuit Judge Wendell Griffen ruled today that he had no choice based on a past Arkansas Supreme Court decision but to dismiss a lawsuit by Death Row inmates seeking to challenge the constitutionality of the state's lethal injection process.But the judge did so unhappily with sharp criticism of the Arkansas Supreme Court for failing to address critical points raised in the lawsuit.