Did Max Bickford get a v-chip implant?
"...the FCC ruined television throughout the 1990s by allowing mega corporations and multinationals to gobble up TV networks and distribution outlets, including cable and satellite companies..."
Now that the big corporations own the content, they obviously have the right to change it. It's capitalism, pure and simple, but it may also mean bad TV. Does the goverment have the right, responsiblity, or obligation to to re-regulate the industry, just so the quality of programming improves?
posted by bingo
on Feb 15, 2002 -
When Chyrons go very, very, very, very, very, very, very bad.
(Or, How To Lose Your Job In Just One Second) Niger Innis is the spokesman for the Congress of Racial Equality, one of those scary conservative
African-American groups. He's also a regular MSNBC pundit. Well, he was on there the other day talking about Enron, and whoever was in charge of plugging the names into the rundown that hour was a little sloppy with his or her typing and ... well, just click on the link.
posted by aaron
on Feb 6, 2002 -
So much for name recognition.
Mighty Big TV, a fairly well-known site that's been mentioned in print media and numerous other outlets, has inexplicably changed it's name to Television Without Pity
. Of course, the dynamic aspect of the web allows for such things, but is it wise? If "Campbell's Soup" became "Spud's Chicken Noodle Concoction" tomorrow, would you still buy it without batting an eye? Would it matter if MetaFilter became "Matt's Pancake Heaven?"
posted by crunchland
on Feb 4, 2002 -
David Duchovny why won't you love me? "The X-Files," the Emmy-winning sci-fi drama that thrust two federal agents into spooky paranormal situations, will end its nine-season run on the Fox television network in May.
It is still uncertain whether Duchovny, who is no longer involved with the show, will make an appearance in the finale.
posted by ry
on Jan 17, 2002 -
"Tooonight, we're going to have A TERRRRIBLE time! Boo ha ha ha ha,"
Sammy Terry used to say, and he was usually right, because he'd then show a movie like "The Monolith Monsters" or "The Tingler." Unless you grew up in Southern Indiana, you probably never heard of Sammy Terry. He was the local host of all B-horror movies, like Elvira only cornier (if that's possible!). His "cohost" was a rubber spider, dangling on a string. And his costume included dishwasher gloves (look closely at the picture). Of course, this being the Internet, someone has a created a Sammy Terry fan site: here
. Did anyone else grow up with wacky local shows? I'm not even gonna talk about "Cowboy Bob" and "Janie."
posted by grumblebee
on Jan 15, 2002 -
Thank God there are still mad Geniuses Out There
Aqua Team Hunger Force and Sealab 2021 always make me cry with laughter. Makes me a little less afraid of the TV. I think the kicker is their stuff is funnier than I could ever be.
Want the songs
? Never a problem. Fan site that has the scoops and skinny? That too
can be arranged.
posted by Dagobert
on Jan 15, 2002 -
The East Coast knows...
Survivor Africa is over. You may not have noticed it ever starting...
But Kim, Lex, Ethan, or Tom won.
I'll let someone else spoil the surprise for those West Coast viewers.
posted by jacobw
on Jan 10, 2002 -
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?
posted by luser
on Jan 8, 2002 -
Did anyone watch the PBS show- "Taxi Dreams"? The PBS site is very informative. I enjoyed the video clips in the gallery
. The facts and figures
section was decent. Overall, I thought it was a great way to study the immigrant experience and the American dream.
posted by SandeepKrishnamurthy
on Jan 4, 2002 -
Was Christmas TV really ever all that special?
'Off The Telly' reviews three decades of Christmas Day television in Britain. "It's funny...that Christmas time is actually an excuse for some of the worst TV atrocities of the year to be inflicted upon us. Christmas telly does not equate with quality. And yet, never does TV become a more integral part of our own family or personal routines and traditions. And never are we so receptive to a gathering of disparate middle-of-the-road celebrities and their stale party pieces." And for the ultra-cynic, TV-Go-Home's Charlie Booker presents an alternative schedule
posted by feelinglistless
on Dec 24, 2001 -
Great 'The Prisoner' site -
I just recently got into this BBC sci-fi/paranoia classic on my local PBS affiliate
, so I was glad to find this lovingly done fan site. Anyone else have a pet obsessive fan site for a favorite TV show? SNPP.com comes to mind, of course, but I'm interested in the less famous and less frequented places.
posted by GriffX
on Dec 5, 2001 -
Name that TV theme song!
Found this little gem while I was googling for a theme song I needed for a school presentation. I'd imagine this would make for a pretty interesting drinking game.
posted by PWA_BadBoy
on Nov 27, 2001 -
Victoria's Secret is going prime-time.
On Nov. 15, Victoria's Secret will be putting on a fashion show on ABC smack dab in the middle of prime time. According to the Wall Street Journal, "in a move that further blurs the line searating entertainment and advertising, the program's high-profile models also will make guest appearances on at least two of the network's shows during the week of the broadcast
" -- "Spin City" will go backstage, and the models will play "Who Wants to be a Millionaire."
posted by me3dia
on Nov 7, 2001 -
Dan Rather: bad ass or nut?
Maybe I'm just too young to remember all of the times the CBS anchorman has been beat up, including the famous "What's the Frequency, Kenneth
" incident. Now there's a web site where you can read about all of the times that he's been randomly assaulted, generally harassed, or tear gassed. There are also a few video clips. I think the best one is of him getting punched
at the 1968 Democratic National Convention. And of course, it wouldn't be Dan Rather without the long list of weird quotes
posted by Alison
on Oct 19, 2001 -
inspiration to all of us who want to someday host a mid-morning game show, seems to be throwing in the towel.
posted by geoff.
on Oct 17, 2001 -
"I have taken down the "Bert is Evil!"site from my server. I would like to thank Sesame Workshop for their patience and restraint all these years. I implore all fans and mirror site hosts of "Bert is Evil" to stop the spread of this site too. -- dino"
posted by RavinDave
on Oct 11, 2001 -
"A Slight Case of Anthrax"
CBS pulls tonights episode of The Agency (at least on the West Coast, don't know about East Coast). Hmmm...I can't imagine why:
"The team works against the clock to stop an anthrax threat in the United States. A Belgian kennel has fallen victim to a terrorist attack in which the deadly disease anthrax was used. When the CIA discovers the perpetrator's identity and that Washington, D.C., is his next target, the team mobilizes to stop the criminal before he can reach the capital."
Is the shrinking line between truth and fiction becoming too close for comfort?
posted by nix
on Oct 11, 2001 -
Focus on the Family likes watching bad TV.
Recently they have been howling about a cheesy CBS werewolf show, Wolf Lake. As Focus tells it the show is dripping with titillating lycanthrope partial nudity and guilty of promoting kooky Native American spiritualism.
"They had nudity - or partial nudity, at least - within the first twenty minutes," and, "There is an effort to put spiritualism on par with mainstream religion."
Granted, CBS’ Wolf Lake is no FOX’s Werewolf
- but Focus on the Family doesn’t stop with lycanthropes. They also have problems with other occult-glam fare like Buffy
Is Focus right? Are these shows damaging to the viewer? Should we just say no to hot werewolf sex? Or should these nutty right-wingers just flip the channel?
posted by wfrgms
on Oct 11, 2001 -
The Krankies are a comforting childhood memory of mine. Anyone else got some fond TV memories?
posted by hector
on Oct 10, 2001 -
For the Canadian's out there, I'm sure I don't have to remind you about those classic CanCon series' The Kids of Degrassi Street, Degrassi Junior High,
and Degrassi High.
(Any Canadian between 15-35 grew up on at least one of these) Well starting October 14th, we can all grow up again with a new gang of kids on Degrassi: The Next Generation! Who will be the next Joey Jeremiah?
posted by paultron
on Oct 6, 2001 -
Will Durst: "ABC has its blue circled logo in the bottom right with red-and-white stripes shooting offscreen, and CBS has a motto: 'America on Alert.' Not all of the cable stations have official mottos but that's why I'm here.
posted by tpoh.org
on Oct 4, 2001 -
buffy is dead
no she's not! yes she is. well, she ain't healthy. and her site is gone. didn't UPN have the sense to get the url in deal? and who watched the show last night?
posted by christina
on Oct 3, 2001 -
CBS posts 'Survivor: Africa' cast profiles
If reality TV is even marginally relevant to anyone anymore, the bios of the latest Survivor contestants have been posted. My questions are: 1. are these people representative of the American population at large? Almost all of the women list In Style magazine as their favorite and one picks "shopping and ads" as her favorite section of the newspaper... and 2. will more or less people be watching Survivor post-WTC tragedy?
posted by popvulture
on Sep 25, 2001 -
(subscription temporarily not
required due to the attacks) on changes in upcoming television programming due to perceived (and probably real) audience sensitivity. While we've seen some of this before (like concern over the plane exploding in the premiere of "24"), I see at least one change I'd feared: "The City of New York vs. Homer Simpson,"
(episode 4F22, originally aired four years ago today as the season premiere) where Homer's car is booted at One World Trade Plaza and Homer climbs both towers looking for a bathroom, has been pulled from syndication and, unless Twentieth Television changes its mind, will not be aired again.
Also, Showtime has indefinitely postponed its airing of the well-received indie film "The Believer,"
about a "self-hating Jew who becomes an anti-semitic skinhead." Overly-senstive reactions or justified changes for a mourning nation?
posted by mdeatherage
on Sep 24, 2001 -
Who wants to be a Princess?
Remember "Who wants to marry a Multimillionaire?" Remember how it turned into a big scandal? Remember how Fox promised they wouldn't do it again? Well, they're doing it again this coming Monday.
posted by Steven Den Beste
on Sep 22, 2001 -
Ron Fineman's On The Record
is a well-done critical look at TV news. It's centered on the LA market and most of the discussion relates to LA stations, but networks and cable channels are covered too and (for a TV news geek like me at least) it's all interesting. The letters section is usually a pretty lively discussion, and the "Broadcasteze Citation of the Week" highlights stuff that anchors and reporters say that no one else ever would.
posted by Vidiot
on Sep 21, 2001 -
God bless Jon Stewart and The Daily Show,
back for their first show after the attack. It's not completely new, but God knows I needed to see it. New York may be OK after all. (Comedy Central will repeat the show several times before Monday, so don't despair if you thought it would be a rerun and missed it.)
posted by mdeatherage
on Sep 20, 2001 -