The A.V. Club's Todd VanDerWerff ruminates on the state of independent television in the wake of this year's New York Television Festival. He writes, "The strongest argument for independent TV (whose definition I will broaden by incorporating more traditional web series) is also the greatest reason it has yet to break through beyond boutique cable channels. At its best, indie TV allows a platform for voices not often represented on TV. Similarly, it allows for more unconventional storytelling. The pilots at NYTVF and the most popular web series will often wander down weird paths and take oddball tangents. They might look like pilots and feel like pilots, but they’re also much more obviously products of a singular voice than more traditional, fussed-over network pilots."
Read his full article here.