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Today the 2014 Emmy nominations were announced. While Netflix may be the rookie of the TV networks it’s clearly making its presence known. Netflix made history last year as the first online network to be nominated for the award. In 2013 Netflix earned 14 nominations, this year Netflix more than doubled that with 31 nominations, 15 of which in the top categories. Netflix is clearly a force to be reconed with.

Nominations for House of Cards include:

  • OUTSTANDING LEAD ACTRESS IN A DRAMA SERIES – Robin Wright as Claire Underwood
  • OUTSTANDING LEAD ACTOR IN A DRAMA SERIES – Kevin Spacey as Frank Underwood
  • OUTSTANDING GUEST ACTRESS IN A DRAMA SERIES – Kate Mara as Zoe Barnes
  • OUTSTANDING GUEST ACTOR IN A DRAMA SERIES – Reg E. Cathey as Freddy
  • OUTSTANDING WRITING FOR A DRAMA SERIES – Beau Willimon
  • OUTSTANDING DIRECTING FOR A DRAMA SERIES – Carl Franklin
  • OUTSTANDING DRAMA SERIES – Netflix

Nominations for Orange is the New Black include:

  • OUTSTANDING LEAD ACTRESS IN A COMEDY SERIES – Taylor Schilling as Piper Chapman
  • OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A COMEDY SERIES – Kate Mulgrew as Red
  • OUTSTANDING GUEST ACTRESS IN A COMEDY SERIES – Natasha Lyonne as Nicky Nichols, Laverne Cox as Sophia Burset & Uzo Aduba as Suzanne ‘Crazy Eyes’ Warren
  • OUTSTANDING WRITING FOR A COMEDY SERIES – Liz Friedman & Jenji Kohan
  • OUTSTANDING DIRECTING FOR A COMEDY SERIES – Jodie Foster
  • OUTSTANDING COMEDY SERIES – Netflix

I can’t say I’m surprised by the number of nominations either of these shows received, as I do think they’re well deserved. However one thing that did surprise me, and pleased me, was that 3 actresses from Orange is the New Black were nominated in the same category, Outstanding Guest Actress. The nominations recognized just some of the members of the incredibly talented and diverse cast of Orange is the New Black. The unique characters and skilled actors on this series are truly what make it a standout. Who do you think will take home the Emmy on August 25th?

If you’d like to read more about the awards and the Netflix nominations please check out this article. Reuters – Complex characters, juicy scripts boost Netflix’s Emmy Nominations

#OITNB “Thirsty Bird”

I’m going to jump right in by giving a quick overview of Orange is the New Black season 2 episode 1 before getting into some discussion questions.

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Orange is the New Blacks premiere episode of Season 2 “Thirsty Bird” shows Piper in a moral dilemma between right and wrong. The episode opens with main character Piper Chapman in solitary confinement after her brawl with Tiffany aka “Pennsatucky” in the season 1 finale. She is unsure what the consequences of her most recent rebellion will be. Before she learns anything Piper is moved out of Litchfield penitentiary, she doesn’t know where she’s going or why. After taking a van, bus, and plane she finally lands at another correctional facility in Chicago.

Piper learns she has been moved to Chicago temporarily in order for her and her former girlfriend/fellow inmate Alex Vause to stand trial in the case against Kubra Ballic. (Quick background from Season 1: Piper is serving a prison sentence for helping traffic drug money for her former girlfriend Alex, Alex is the former employee of big time drug smuggler Kubra.) Prior to the trial Alex warns Piper not to give any information about Kubra or her life will be in danger.

Throughout the episode we see flashbacks of Pipers childhood. In flashback scenes we learn about when Piper whiteness’ her father cheating. These scenes of Pipers early life are giving the audience a peak at Piper’s moral foundation. In a scene with young Piper and her grandmother the grandmother says, “Sometimes it’s not a matter of right and wrong it’s about making a choice that will cause the least amount of pain to others.”

Do you agree with this statement?

Who do you think was a greater influence on Pipers decision to lie on the stand? Alex or the influence of her family upbringing?

Do you think Piper did the right thing in the trial?

Welcome

Hello fellow Netflix Nerds,

I’m Lauren Buckley, I’m a student at Quinnipiac University and a huge fan of Netflix! For the next several weeks I will be developing a fan community to share my enthusiasm for the great original series of Netflix. In the past year Netflix has gained 6.5 million subscribers (Techcrunch.com). The company has evolved recently away from being a DVD rental service to a complete online streaming library of TV and movies, both old and new. In addition Netflix has acquired exclusive rights to innovative new series, including the critically acclaimed House of Cards and Orange is the New Black.

Netflix is rapidly growing and changing the way we consume traditional TV. One thing that separates Netflix series from the rest is that Netflix distributes their content differently than your traditional cable network. Rather than waiting for a show to air each week in its given time slot Netflix posts all episodes for a season at the same time. You can take your time with a series and watch an episode at your leisure or you can binge watch. You have the ability of consuming content as quickly or slowly as you choose. Personally I love to dive in to a great show and see what happens in a season in a matter of days or weeks rather than over several months.

The negative side to this content distribution is that it’s hard to find other viewers who are at the same point in a series to discuss thoughts with. It’s easy to have a discussion with a friend or colleague about a typical series on cable, “Hey did you see this weeks Revenge? What did you think?” with Netflix series it’s not as easy. You can ask, “Hey are you watching House of Cards?” the person may say yes but you can’t start much of a dialogue if they’ve only seen the first episode and you’re about to start on the season finale.

My hope is that through Netflix Nerds fans can connect to each other to discuss their thoughts and opinions about Netflix original series. I will start this week by discussing Orange is the New Black Season 2, Episode 1 “Thirsty Bird”. I will be sharing my thoughts and post discussion questions for this episode. Please remember the purpose if this blog is so people can connect with other viewers in the Netflix community. Please do not post any spoilers.

Thank you for reading; stay tuned for my next blog!

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