why genre shows matter

  • 31 Genre Show Producers on the Heart of Their Series

    Over the last month, executive producers of more than 30 current genre shows have taken part in Yahoo TV’s “Why Genre Shows Matter” survey, either via email or by phone. We’ve learned which genre show was the first to resonate with them, which genre show they believe deserved more Emmy love, which current genre show they think is tackling an issue well, and, if they were a Buffy the Vampire Slayer fan, what moment, episode, or arc best explains why in honor of the show’s 20th anniversary.

  • ‘American Gods’ Creators Go Where Their Unconscious Takes Them

    Ricky Whittle as Shadow Moon in Starz’s American Gods. Leading up to the 20th anniversary of the March 10, 1997, premiere of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Yahoo TV is celebrating “Why Genre Shows Matter” and the history of how these shows have tackled universal themes (such as how much high school sucks) and broader social issues. One of the interesting things about genre is that, when telling one story about your characters, you often find out you’ve told another unexpected tale as well.

  • Ahead of ‘The Vampire Diaries’ Series Finale, Co-Creator Julie Plec Talks Loss and Redemption

    Leading up to the 20th anniversary of the March 10, 1997, premiere of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Yahoo TV is celebrating “Why Genre Shows Matter” and the history of how these shows have tackled universal themes (such as how much high school sucks) and broader social issues. It’s fitting that The Vampire Diaries bids viewers farewell after eight seasons on the CW on the same day that TV fans are celebrating the 20th anniversary of Buffy the Vampire Slayer‘s premiere. Before she makes us reach for the tissues again with tonight’s two-hour series finale event (a retrospective followed by the episode itself), Vampire Diaries co-creator Julie Plec spoke with Yahoo TV about the storylines closest to her heart.

  • ‘Buffy the Vampire Slayer’ 20th Anniversary: 20 Genre Show Producers Pay Tribute

    Twenty years ago today, Joss Whedon’s Buffy the Vampire Slayer debuted on The WB giving TV fans a strong, smart, funny teenage heroine to root for. It also gave current and future TV writers something to aspire to.

  • ‘Black Mirror,’ ‘Westworld,’ and 13 Other Genre Shows That Are Tackling Issues Well

    Leading up to the 20th anniversary of the March 10, 1997, premiere of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Yahoo TV is celebrating “Why Genre Shows Matter” and the history of how these shows have tackled universal themes (such as how much high school sucks) and broader social issues. “Name a current show you think is tackling an issue well” — that’s another question we posed to more than 30 executive producers of current sci-fi/fantasy series who agreed to take part in our Why Genre Shows Matter survey over the last month, either by email or phone. I’m obsessed with Black Mirror.

  • ‘The Expanse’ Co-Creator: If You Have Something to Say, ‘Invite Them in With Genre’

    Leading up to the 20th anniversary of the March 10, 1997 premiere of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Yahoo TV is celebrating “Why Genre Shows Matter” and the history of how these shows have tackled universal themes (e.g. Warning: This article contains spoilers for the Season 2 “Home” episode of The Expanse. As one of only a handful of writers ever to be Oscar-nominated for a sci-fi film (2006’s Children of Men), Mark Fergus is well-situated to explain the value of genre work.

  • ‘Farscape’ Star Claudia Black Revisits Aeryn Sun’s On- and Offscreen Feminist Journey

    Leading up to the 20th anniversary of the March 10, 1997 premiere of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Yahoo TV is celebrating “Why Genre Shows Matter” and the history of how these shows have tackled universal themes (e.g. Created by Rockne S. O’Bannon and produced by The Jim Henson Company, Farscape enjoyed a bumpy four-season stateside run that ended prematurely when the network declined to fund a fifth and final year.

  • ‘Battlestar Galactica,’ ‘Buffy,’ and Other Series That Genre Show Producers Believe Deserved More Emmy Love

    Leading up to the 20th anniversary of the March 10, 1997 premiere of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Yahoo TV is celebrating “Why Genre Shows Matter” and the history of how these shows have tackled universal themes (e.g., how much high school sucks) and broader social issues. What’s one Emmy nomination you would have loved to see a genre show receive over the years? It’s a question we posed to more than 30 executive producers of current sci-fi/fantasy series who agreed to take part in our Why Genre Shows Matter survey over the last month, either by email or phone.

  • ‘Luke Cage’ Showrunner Cheo Hodari Coker on Embracing Exploitation

    Cheo Hodari Coker breaks down the influences that led to 'Luke Cage' as our "Why Genre Shows Matter" week continues.

  • 15 Genre Shows That Helped Shape TV Today

    What was the first genre show to resonate with you? 1. HBO owes a “thank you” to The Incredible Hulk. Because when you’re a skinny, nerdy 10-year-old, you wish you could transform into a painted green Lou Ferrigno and beat the living s–t out of anyone who makes you angry.

  • Superheroes, Spells, and Sexual Abuse: A Conversation With Melissa Rosenberg and Sera Gamble, EPs of 'Jessica Jones' and 'The Magicians'

    Leading up to the 20th anniversary of the March 10, 1997 premiere of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Yahoo TV is celebrating “Why Genre Shows Matter” and the history of how these shows have tackled universal themes (i.e. As different as The Magicians and Jessica Jones seem on the surface, there are actually some pretty significant similarities, starting with strong, smart, take-no-crap female leads. To discuss their experiences bringing those stories to the screen, we connected Sera Gamble, co-creator/writer/executive producer of Syfy’s The Magicians, with Melissa Rosenberg, creator/writer/executive producer of Netflix’s Jessica Jones, and discovered that while they’d never officially met, they’re fans of each other’s shows.

  • ‘Battlestar Galactica’ EP David Eick Revisits 5 Episodes That Remain Relevant

    Leading up to the 20th anniversary of the March 10, 1997 premiere of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Yahoo TV is celebrating “Why Genre Shows Matter” and the history of how these shows have tackled universal themes (i.e. On the surface, Battlestar Galactica is the story of a ragtag fleet of interstellar travelers, searching the cosmos for a new home after their old world was destroyed by a robot army. “Both Ron and I were political news junkies, and really connected about that even before we started Battlestar,” Eick tells Yahoo TV.

  • ‘Buffy the Vampire Slayer’ 20th Anniversary: Joss Whedon Looks Back — And Forward

    Leading up to the 20th anniversary of the March 10, 1997 premiere of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Yahoo TV is celebrating “Why Genre Shows Matter” and the history of how these shows have tackled universal themes (i.e.