We went into the Doubleday bookshop
at Fifth Avenue and Fifty Second
Street the other day, intending,
in our innocence, to buy a book, and
found all the clerks busy selling Silly
Putty, a gooey, pinkish, repellent-looking
commodity that comes in plastic
containers the size and shape of eggs.
How an item
in the August 26th, 1950 New Yorker
's Talk of the Town column turned a marketing consultant into a millionare by Christmas. [more inside]
posted by Toekneesan
on Dec 22, 2011 -
"While most other notable British Science Fiction shows were over-ambitious in their special effects, with results ranging from the troubling (Doctor Who
) to the disastrous (The Tomorrow People
), Sapphire & Steel
[ATV, 1979 - 1982] simply did not try
to do anything the budget wouldn't allow. The result called for milking surreal horror for all it's worth, creating a show that is, while definitely not for everyone, quite capable of reducing so-inclined viewers to quivering little heaps behind the sofa."
posted by Iridic
on Dec 12, 2011 -
What is Pink Lady
? In Japan they are remembered for a string of pop hits in the 70s, but Americans might remember them either from their disco single "Kiss In The Dark
" or from an attempt to sell them to the US market in 1980 via a short-lived NBC variety show Pink Lady & Jeff
) with comedian Jeff Altman.
). The show featured their Japanese hits, UFO
(a bit more rock and roll
), and SOS
along with US hits like Boogie Wonderland
, McArthur Park
and the occasional guest star.
) Also, Roy Orbison
Sadly, the show failed to break out and the two returned to Japan for a series of farewell concerts and retrospectives. Much, much more available at this charmingly retro, utterly exhaustive fan site devoted to them.
Or just read the recaps. [more inside]
posted by The Whelk
on Dec 11, 2011 -
The creators of Italian Spiderman
by Australia's multicultural TV network, SBS, to produce Danger 5
: "Set in a bizarre, 1960s inspired version of World War II, action comedy series DANGER 5 follows a team of five spies on a mission to kill Adolf Hitler." The six-part TV series will air in February 2012, but the trailer
and the first instalment
of a promotional web-series are now playing.
posted by robcorr
on Nov 24, 2011 -
In 1969, Sesame Street
put together an unaired pilot to test in front of children. The pilot contained the appearance of an actor playing Gordon different from the other three actors
who subsequently played that character. Sesame Workshop has no idea who this actor was and has exhausted all leads. Do you know who the mystery Gordon is?
posted by mightygodking
on Nov 10, 2011 -
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
posted by Joey Bagels
on Nov 8, 2011 -
is spending $100 million dollars
to create 25hrs a day of new original content. Intending to compete with cable TV, they'll have 100 "channels"
with regular series and well-known talent. The channels are being developed "specifically for the digital age," which sounds like they're trying to create a new type of media, they compare it to the advent of cable television. There's a graveyard of ideas like this
that failed, but maybe YouTube is different this time. First channels show up in a few weeks, most appear in 2012.
posted by stbalbach
on Oct 29, 2011 -
In 1977-1978, a public access TV show called Public Access Poetry
featured leading poets from across the country (Ted Berrigan, Ron Padgett, Eileen Myles, John Yau, Brad Gooch, just to name a few). [more inside]
posted by mattbucher
on Sep 23, 2011 -
One of the most radically original TV shows in recent memory is Louie
. It's written, directed, edited, and produced by comedian Louis C.K.
, who stars as a (thinly) fictionalized version of himself. The A.V. Club
recently sat down with Louis C.K. to talk through the show's second season, episode by episode. He sheds light on many aspects of the show, including the much-discussed Dane Cook episode
. (Louis C.K. previously: 1 2 3 4
posted by naju
on Sep 22, 2011 -
Live from 1999, it's the unaired pilot for The Jon Brion Show
! With special guests Paul F. Tompkins, Grant-Lee Phillips, Mark Oliver "E" Everett, Greg Behrendt, Elliot Smith, Rickie Lee Jones, Robyn Hitchcock, Cheap Trick, and Mary Lynn Rajskub. [more inside]
posted by Iridic
on Sep 6, 2011 -