For those of you born in the 80s or later, this is what counted for primetime entertainment
back in our
The award-winning Australian television series McLeod's Daughters
aired from 2001 – 2009. A drama, the story begins by following the lives of half sisters Claire and Tess McLeod, reunited after they inherit a vast outback cattle farm (“Drover’s Run”), that has been handed down through the men in their family for generations. 224 episodes were produced, and all are available on YouTube. [more inside]
The God of ‘SNL’ Will See You Now. "How do you please Lorne Michaels? Twenty-two ‘Saturday Night Live’ cast members – and one who came close – share tales of the audition that can make or break a career."
Also, extended interviews with Kristin Wiig
, Will Ferrel
, Chevy Chase
, Dana Carvey
, Jimmy Fallon
and Molly Shannon
, on what it took to get hired for 'SNL.' Check out audition tapes from: Phil Hartman
, Andy Kaufman
, John Belushi
, Jimmy Fallon
, Dana Carvey: 1
, and Dan Aykroyd
. [more inside]
Angus Jones, better known as Jake on the show Two and a Half Men
, has joined the Seventh Day Adventist Church.
The young star has released a pair of videos
urging people to stop watching the show.
Artist Dusty Abell
has created a massive poster
featuring "at least one, sometimes more, character, entity, starship or structure from every episode of [Star Trek: The Original] series." Via io9, who ask: How many characters can you name?
Stumped? Here's a key
of all 123! [more inside]
the only great reality TV show? The AV Club argues yes
In the early 80’s, personal computers were a new innovation. Films like WarGames
made it seem as if a kid with a keyboard could hack into anything: a school or corporate mainframe, NORAD, the US nuclear arsenal or your neighborhood bank. Hoping to capitalize on this, in 1983 CBS premiered a show which could have been considered WarGames
’ intellectual successor. It featured a group of resourceful kids who solved crimes by hacking and cracking, led by Matthew Laborteaux, child star of Little House on the Prairie
, and advised by a Gavilan SC
-toting, mustachioed reporter played by Max Gail, formerly of the show Barney Miller
. Whiz Kids
lasted only a single season: 18 episodes, but all of them live on in cyberspace, on YouTube. Complete episode links contained within. [more inside]
The Lap of Luxury
was a Big Brother
-style reality tv show filmed for Spike TV in 2003. The format is familiar: 9 contestants living in a house together, all trying to win immunity, prevent themselves from being voted out and vying to win a $100,000 prize while facing down a smarmy host. Except... only one of them, a guy named Matt Kennedy Gould, was really a contestant. The rest were actors, playing stereotypical reality show roles. The series was scripted, heavily improvised and entirely created around Matt -- his very own Truman Show
. Welcome to Joe Schmo
. [more inside]
At first glance, the new inside-the-CIA Showtime series Homeland
looks like a cynical socio-political potboiler -- an attempt to exploit fears of a terrorist attack on American soil by Muslim extremists. In reality, the critically acclaimed
show, about an anti-terrorism agent (Claire Danes) tracking a U.S. Marine war hero (Damian Lewis) who may now be working for what's left of Al Qaeda, is thoughtful and emotionally complex despite its airplane-thriller trappings. That's why showrunners Howard Gordon and his buddy Alex Gansa gave an interview to Mother Jones
, a self-described "news organization that specializes in investigative, political, and social justice reporting." Reflecting on lessons they learned in the trenches of 24
, they talk about Homeland's self-aware approach to paranoia as entertainment, and how "dangerous and politically incendiary" a TV show can be
Death to the spoiler police! Salon
's Mary Elizabeth Williams takes a stand against people who insist on spoiler alerts: "[O]nce a work enters the pop culture vernacular, it is not society's responsibility to provide you with earmuffs until you finally get around to experiencing it. ... But for the love of God, if you really don't want to know about a book/movie/television show, do the rest of the world a favor and stop hanging out in the online discussion groups about it." Via Roger Ebert
DUI? Dealing Drugs? Better Call Saul!
Have you or someone you know been affected by the tragedy of Wayfarer Flight 515? SAUL CAN HELP!
Also related: Check out Saul's philanthropic causes
. [more inside]
Massive media conglomerate Comcast will be changing its name
, as part of a larger rebranding effort on the heels of their proposed absorption of NBC Universal
. (So yes, this means you will be able to watch SyFy
on Xfinity, and experience a double dose of dubious rebranding).
The merger part of this whole business has a number of people concerned about monopolizing via vertical integration
, the future of hulu
, and potential changes to the Universal theme park properties
, including Democratic senator Al Franken,
who worries that NBC won't be entirely truthful.
is a movie and TV recommendation service that has apparently developed an algorithm similar to Pandora's
Music Genome Project. Their algorithm is cleverly titled The Movie Genome Project
Want to create your own TV Show?
So do some folks who aren't from the big lit up place we call Hollywood.... All you've got to do is click up on the site, sign up, pay $25 bucks, and you're in... Oh - and you have to have an idea, too. [thanks MSNBC
The toughest Chelonia to every grace the media.
Come on. Everyone had to love them at some point, with their pizzas and funny weapons. This
page has some interesting sketch art. This
one includes the complete cast of the cartoon and movies, with links to their career since said roles. This site
, my favorite, has the entire "Coming out of our Shells" tape for download. Remember the classic, Cowabunga?
(NYT/reg. req) gets my vote for Stupidest Theory of the Day. Basically, he says that movies are more memorable and stay with us longer than TV shows. Huh?! He's kidding, right? (more inside).
Actor Kevin Smith
(no, not Silent Bob... Ares from Xena) has died
after a large fall in China.
Next gen TiVo announced
. Apparently "by holiday season 2002" we can look forward to broadband, photos, CD storage/playback, streaming audio, VOD, and something called "video party games" on our TiVos. But will my Wishlist ever learn to refresh in under 15 minutes?
CBS changes their mind!!!
I was one of the few people who was considering paying the $20 to watch the Big Brother feeds all summer long. I figured that I spend at least that much money on beer during a night out that three month's on entertainment for $20 seemed like a bargain.
However, CBS apparently listened to all the complaints and now instead of a "Free Trial", they are giving the internet feeds away for free.
Good CBS. Now expose Will, Justin, and Mike as the jerks they are on Tuesday's episode and you'll have a happy camper.
Okay, and give me Hardy's phone number as well.
Last One Standing.
Now this is reality tv. Just came on at 8PST on USA. About 10 people have to keep a hand on a car in order to win it. After 3 days awake, they started losing their wits and begin to imagine that they're being plotted against. What Big Brother should
Is this a crock, or what?
Pseudotainment claims to be online tv, but DotComGuy
has better quality than this. The audio isn't as choppy as the video, but it's a sad state of affairs when the best we can do with all this technology can't even compete with local cable access programming.
Today I was talking to a friend about how much I miss seeing Mr. Show on HBO. They haven't had a new episode in months, so I went to their official site
and they're talking about making a movie soon! I couldn't find mention of it anywhere else, not even at the IMDB
. I did find some interesting fan sites like this one
. I also noticed they're selling bowling shirts
among other goodies at the HBO store site.