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Are the kids alright?

Season six of American Horror Story premieres in the US on September 14th. Unlike previous seasons of the anthology, however, FX is keeping this season's theme under wraps, teasing the audience with no fewer than 19 promos, each depicting a different potential show (which themselves reference different horror movies.) [more inside]
posted by Room 641-A on Aug 26, 2016 - 30 comments

Narrative stinginess in binge-worthy shows.

"Delay of audience gratification has been a staple of episodic storytelling for a long time, but no show advanced the practice more than the grandfather of plotblocking, Lost. No matter how well-written the various flashbacks often were, the writers knew that what kept us hooked was the mystery of the island — and that storyline was illiberally meted out like capfuls of water to a thirsty man. Just enough to keep us alive. I’ve actually found that the shows that are the most “binge-worthy” are the most narratively stingy. You start each new episode almost out of frustration, hoping it will deliver a morsel of satisfaction, an inch of forward progress." Writer-director Andrew Matthews on Stranger Things and his idea of "plotblocking".
posted by gucci mane on Aug 25, 2016 - 86 comments

What's it like to be a woman in comedy? Oh, it's my favorite question.

"If you watch a lot of television and you don't know what could happen to lesbians if they don't die, this is a show about that. I promise you, no lesbians die in this show." Rhea Butcher and Cameron Esposito play a lightly fictionalized version of themselves -- a married couple who co-host a standup comedy show in Los Angeles -- in their new sitcom, Take My Wife. [more inside]
posted by amnesia and magnets on Aug 25, 2016 - 13 comments

Leading Lady

"“A lot of our audiences are kids and teens, and they want to be in on the joke. And they’ll listen again. We’re just a little looser with this stuff than most traditional first ladies.”" -- Michelle Obama, interviewed by Variety.
posted by roomthreeseventeen on Aug 23, 2016 - 15 comments

I needed to finally find Carmen Sandiego once and for all.

My 20-Year Quest To Find Carmen Sandiego
posted by Faint of Butt on Aug 18, 2016 - 31 comments

TV Illustrated

In the days before widespread cable TV with electronic menus, people relied on print guides to know what to watch and when to watch it. The regional New York paper Newsday had its resident staff artist Gary Viskupic provide illustrations for the movies, specials, and day-to-day programs. Nostalgia blog don't parade on my rain has a collection of scans showing Viskupic's trippy, macabre line art, giving a certain amount of panache to the rather pedestrian world of TV Scheduling. Part 1 (including: Kubrick's 2001, NBC Reports: But is this Progress?, Hellstrom Chronicle) and Part 2 (including: Rosemary's Baby, The Marx Bro's Coconauts, Bunny of the Year Pageant). [more inside]
posted by codacorolla on Aug 15, 2016 - 31 comments

The first casualty of the new late-night wars

"In the midst of a wild and unpredictable presidential campaign, Comedy Central is upending its late-night lineup and canceling Larry Wilmore’s show." "The cancellation makes Mr. Wilmore, 54, an early casualty of a television late-night comedy slate that has been vastly reordered over the last two years. With the retirement of David Letterman, Jay Leno and Jon Stewart, and Stephen Colbert’s move from Comedy Central to CBS, a series of new hosts have stepped into the spotlight, including James Corden, Samantha Bee and Mr. Noah. Jimmy Fallon, the host of “The Tonight Show,” has most formidably filled the power vacuum left by his predecessors, with the highest ratings of any late night show." [more inside]
posted by General Malaise on Aug 15, 2016 - 71 comments

BILLY MAYS HERE BILLY MAYS HERE BILLY MA-

48 infomercials of the late Billy Mays playing simultaneously. [more inside]
posted by codacorolla on Aug 8, 2016 - 17 comments

You think they ever get backed up at the gates of Heaven?

Comedian Billy Domineau has written a spot-on spec script that takes place 3 years after the show went off the air: "Seinfeld - The Twin Towers".
posted by You Should See the Other Guy on Aug 3, 2016 - 77 comments

The Generation Kill Transcript Project

Full transcripts of all seven Generation Kill episodes. [more inside]
posted by paleyellowwithorange on Jul 28, 2016 - 11 comments

I Want My MTV [Classic]

Starting Aug 1, cable channel VH1 Classic will disappear and be replaced by MTV Classic. The debut hour of television will replicate the first hour of MTV, aired 35 years previously to the day. After that, the format will include reruns of TRL and Unplugged and Beavis & Butthead and Daria and a lot of other favorites. Plus, apparently, music videos! The Hollywood Reporter has the most complete scoop on the change / debut / reboot.
posted by hippybear on Jul 28, 2016 - 75 comments

Your favorite TV show sucks

Mad Men to Seinfeld: TV's most criminally overrated shows — The Guardian's reviewers unburden themselves. [more inside]
posted by Johnny Wallflower on Jul 26, 2016 - 194 comments

American Gods

“As a general rule, if you loved it in the book, it is probably going to end up on your screen.” - Neil Gaiman on Bryan Fuller's TV series of his American Gods. First trailer here.
posted by Artw on Jul 23, 2016 - 114 comments

Power Man and Iron Fist

Marvel and Netflix releases a Luke Cage trailer at SDCC Plus: Iron Fist teaser. Plus: Defenders teaser. Also: Daredevil season 3 confirmed. More from the Luke Cage panel.
posted by Artw on Jul 21, 2016 - 127 comments

“The list doesn’t destroy culture; it creates it.”

Like These Books? Here Are 60+ Things You Might Also Like ... [NPR.org] Welcome to the second installment of Read, Watch, Binge! our summer recommendation series. As you may recall from last month's list [Like These Movies? Here Are 100+ Things You Might Also Like ...], we were tired of algorithms that only matched books to books or movies to movies. So this month, we've enlisted the help of real live humans to pair books with movies, musicals, TV, comics, podcasts and more.
posted by Fizz on Jul 21, 2016 - 8 comments

THR Emmy Roundtable Discussions

The Hollywood Reporter has, once again, released excellent roundtable discussions with notable television actors: Comedy Actor Roundtable (Rob Lowe, Aziz Ansar, Jeffrey Tambour, Tony Hale, Anthony Anderson, Keegan-Michael Key, Jerrod Carmichael) [1h7m], Comday Actress Roundtable (Allison Janney, Lily Tomlin, Gina Rodriguez, Rachel Bloom, Niece Nash, Ilana Glazer) [52m], Drama Actor Roundtable (Cuba Goodling Jr., Rami Malek, Paul Giamatti, Forest Whitaker, Wanger Moura, Bobbay Cannavale) [55m], Drama Actress Roundtable (Kirsten Dunst, Julianna Marguiles, Jennifer Lopez, Kerry Washington, Sarah Paulson, Regina King, Constance Zimmer) [lh13m]
posted by hippybear on Jul 18, 2016 - 8 comments

Explore the Psi Factor, the unknown, with the O.S.I.R and Dan Aykroyd

Dan Aykroyd grew up with psychic researchers and seances, which lead to the original Ghost Smashers idea, which in turn would become the Ghostbusters film. As he and his father, Peter, discussed on Q TV, their shared interest in the unexplained continued. A significant work of theirs was Psi Factor: Chronicles of the Paranormal, a Canadian science fiction drama television series co-created by Peter Aykroyd and Christopher Chacon, a researcher of psychic and parapsychological phenomena, and episodes are hosted by Dan Aykroyd. You can now see the show, as archived by fans, on YouTube (72 episode playlist). [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief on Jul 17, 2016 - 12 comments

FairnessUSA ad to air during Republican convention

This groundbreaking new ad [60s] depicts the challenges faced by transgender people in accessing public restrooms—and highlights the lack of state and federal nondiscrimination protections for transgender people. The ad will have its national TV debut on FOX News Channel next Thursday, July 21, during the final night of the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio. It will air nationwide again on MSNBC during the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia one week later.
posted by hippybear on Jul 15, 2016 - 56 comments

There's a bear in there

And a chair as well! There's people with games and stories to tell. It's Play School. The much loved Australian children's television program celebrates 50 years on the air. [more inside]
posted by adept256 on Jul 11, 2016 - 15 comments

Everybody has a story to tell.

Minnesota's nickname is the "Land of 10,000 Lakes." But for local reporter Boyd Huppert and photojournalist Jonathan Malat of KARE-11, Minneapolis, it's also the Land of 10,000 Stories. Their long-running news segment highlights touching, local, human interest pieces, and has won multiple awards for excellence in journalism. A special hour-long compilation of eight popular stories aired last year.
posted by zarq on Jul 11, 2016 - 5 comments

"It's going to be great, as it always is, from my perspective."

"I don't know why it's so hard for you to believe I could be happy." The official trailer for season three of Bojack Horseman is out now, following the release of the teaser trailer in May. Bojack Horseman previously: 1, 2, 3 and in FanFare.
posted by Room 641-A on Jul 1, 2016 - 23 comments

இڿڰۣ-ڰۣ—

The Game of Thrones Graveyard [Slate] [Spoilers] If you watch Game of Thrones, chances are you’ve watched the show kill off a character who mattered to you: a lord, a sellsword, a queen, a knight; someone you loved, or someone you loved to hate. It’s so hard to say goodbye, even when the deceased are fictional. That’s why we’re opening the Game of Thrones Graveyard, where the show’s most well-known characters rest for eternity. Buried in this sacred ground are brave souls who George R.R. Martin took from us too soon, likely by beheading them, filling them with crossbow bolts, slitting their throats, or all of the above. Others lasted far too long and died far too easily considering their depravity. But good or evil, they all touched our lives in some way. Leave a flower for a fallen character.
posted by Fizz on Jun 28, 2016 - 61 comments

Sometimes I think progress progresses too fast!

"I have found a new way to watch TV, and it changes everything" — Jeff Guo of Wonkblog discusses how his new habit of fast-forwarding TV relates to the history of reading, and considers the role of the content creator in an age of hackable content. (non-WaPo link)
posted by Johnny Wallflower on Jun 22, 2016 - 122 comments

Driving in a big circle around Iceland

Route One is a 24 hour live broadcast by Icelandic state television RÚV of a drive on the Ring Road, which goes all the way around Iceland. Underneath a procedurally generated 24 hour remix of a new Sigur Rós song called Óveður will be playing. It starts now.
posted by Kattullus on Jun 20, 2016 - 238 comments

Satire in the Arab world

Proving that satire (and/or bad acting) is alive and well in the Arab world, Egyptian television show "Mini Daesh" takes the concept of a prank show to its ultimate extreme, pretending to have Egyptian television celebrities kidnapped by ISIS..
posted by thewalrus on Jun 16, 2016 - 14 comments

Kim Cattrall: "I'm trying to find out what's at the end of it"

An interview with Q's Shad, on telling the story of facing midlife, as a woman (CBC) Kim Cattrall discusses working through her own questions around mortality through her remake of the BBC series Sensitive Skin.
posted by cotton dress sock on Jun 14, 2016 - 16 comments

"The most bizarre and often saddest talk show in New York City."

The Chris Gethard Show started at UCB, moved to public access (previously), and can now be seen on Fusion TV and online. It's a talk show, a call-in show, a Skype-in show, a comedy show, an audience-participation show, and a grand, weird, and delightful tv experiment that also isn't afraid to explore mental health issues (previously - cw: suicide.) Season 1 full episodes (22:00 ea.). Season 2 full episodes (44:00 ea.). Wikipedia List of show regulars, characters, and celeb guests. [more inside]
posted by Room 641-A on Jun 1, 2016 - 14 comments

Let us palaver a bit

Some of you may already be aware that the looooooong gestating miniseries based on Stephen King's "Dark Tower" books has finally begun filming (previously) with MeFi favorite Idris Elba in the lead role of Roland (Pictures have already been taken of him on set). As with any beloved piece of literature, fans have their reservations about what changes may occur from the original text. But as any Dark Tower fan will tell you, this is no ordinary book series. And it looks like Stephen King is hinting that the miniseries will follow in kind (Spoilers ahoy).
posted by AlonzoMosleyFBI on May 19, 2016 - 90 comments

“Contact resident film archivist Alex Cherian if you have any questions”

Established in 1982, the [San Francisco Bay Area Television Archive] preserves 6000 hours of newsfilm, documentaries and other TV footage produced in the Bay Area and Northern California from the Twentieth Century. We are a part of the J. Paul Leonard Library’s Department of Special Collections and oversee material owned by local TV stations KPIX-TV, KRON-TV, KQED and KTVU. All 1,659 items in the collections can be streamed. A few notable inclusions within. [more inside]
posted by Going To Maine on May 18, 2016 - 5 comments

Remaking 'Roots'

Remaking 'Roots' In this version, accuracy is at the forefront, Mr. Wolper said one day last fall, in his production office in New Orleans, where the walls were covered with images of slave ships, plantation houses and African beads. “I’m not being modest here,” he said. “We have to make it better than the first ‘Roots.’ Otherwise, why bother?”
posted by modernnomad on May 18, 2016 - 31 comments

Venti Verisimilitude

Myles McNutt is on a mission: Bringing greater attention to unrealistic acting with coffee cups on television.
posted by AlonzoMosleyFBI on May 10, 2016 - 105 comments

I WOULD certainly do it all over again

Creator of long-running soap opera Neighbours and widely considered "father of Australian TV" Reg Grundy dies aged 92. [more inside]
posted by NordyneDefenceDynamics on May 9, 2016 - 8 comments

Hello!

"There is no reason on earth why Prince Charming cannot walk through our front door!"
[more inside]
posted by not_on_display on May 4, 2016 - 16 comments

The plural of series is series

I Love Serial Entertainment And So Can You - We don’t binge on television because we like it, we like television because we can binge on it.
posted by The Devil Tesla on May 4, 2016 - 26 comments

Contact! Let's make contact!

"'Too many children think that scientists are all middle-aged white males in laboratory coats,' Edward Atkins, 3-2-1 Contact's director of content, told The New York Times in 1983." The Kids' Show That Taught Me to Ask "Why?", an ode to 3-2-1 Contact. [more inside]
posted by amnesia and magnets on May 3, 2016 - 41 comments

Letting Stephen Colbert Be Stephen Colbert (Whoever That Is)

"CBS says it brought in a new executive producer for “The Late Show” so Stephen Colbert could focus on hosting. Now the network has to give him room to do what he does best." [more inside]
posted by crazy with stars on May 2, 2016 - 20 comments

Nolite te bastardes carborundorum

Elisabeth Moss will star in a 10-episode Hulu adaptation of Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale. Atwood is a consulting producer; The 100's Bruce Miller wrote the script and is an executive producer along with Daniel Wilson (The Handmaid's Tale feature film), Fran Sears (The Sophisticated Gents) and Warren Littlefield (Fargo). [more inside]
posted by melissasaurus on Apr 29, 2016 - 63 comments

TV & Class

TV's Dwindling Middle Class [SLNYT] Now on TV, no matter your actual job, almost everybody belongs to the same generic, vaguely upper-class class. [more inside]
posted by modernnomad on Apr 28, 2016 - 91 comments

Sir David Attenborough

Sir David Attenborough is decidely NOT dead. Yet. But he is turning 90 in a few days, and the BBC is very wisely choosing to celebrate him while he's still around to enjoy it. Their tribute page features quite a lot of material, which isn't all that hard when you consider that he's been on the air for 60 years, but does feature some rare treasures like color footage of his very first Zoo Quest program (sorry, programme), along with color still photos from the same. A BBC archivist stumbled upon a total of six color Zoo Quest episodes, all of which will air in Britain as part of the tribute. [more inside]
posted by briank on Apr 26, 2016 - 25 comments

Michael Cera, Trent Reznor, and Jim Belushi walk into the Roadhouse

Showtime's reboot of Twin Peaks (previously, previously, previously) has wrapped principal photography. Showtime has released the cast list of 217 actors and actresses who will appear in the show.
posted by codacorolla on Apr 25, 2016 - 84 comments

Doris Roberts RIP

Doris Roberts, an ubiquitous stage and screen actor from the United States, passed away April 17th at the age of 90. [more inside]
posted by under_petticoat_rule on Apr 22, 2016 - 36 comments

Hiring women works.

How Lifetime Became One Of The Best Places In Hollywood For Women. Since Lifetime’s acquisition by A&E Networks in 2009, the channel has mounted a successful effort to legitimize itself — 12 Emmy nominations in 2013, and 17 in 2014. This new legitimacy has hinged on two strategies: Lifetime’s prioritizing the hiring of women to write and direct their stories, and its witty, postmodern self-awareness of its own tropes. [more inside]
posted by triggerfinger on Apr 17, 2016 - 70 comments

Doctors Strange

Just in time for it's series finale on Friday, Wired presents an oral history of Childrens Hospital.
posted by AlonzoMosleyFBI on Apr 14, 2016 - 2 comments

The Raw Appeal Of Game Of Thrones

Thrones of Blood: Binge-watching the most addictive show on television. SLNewYorker [more inside]
posted by hippybear on Apr 14, 2016 - 135 comments

The day the music died

16 novelty British TV spin-off singles
posted by fearfulsymmetry on Mar 29, 2016 - 42 comments

Bright eyes, burning like fire...

Watership Down: Parents left 'horrified' as Channel 5 airs 'traumatic' film on Easter Sunday [more inside]
posted by fearfulsymmetry on Mar 28, 2016 - 138 comments

"The Hair" is everywhere

The Hair: Why nearly every woman on TV has the same hairstyle.
posted by ocherdraco on Mar 24, 2016 - 102 comments

Now that's magic

Paul Daniels, internationally renowned magician and television performer, has died aged 77 after a diagnosis of an inoperable brain tumour in late February 2016. [more inside]
posted by NordyneDefenceDynamics on Mar 17, 2016 - 32 comments

What's next?

An episode-by-episode discussion of The West Wing, one of television’s most beloved shows, co-hosted by one of its stars, Joshua Malina, along with Hrishikesh Hirway of Song Exploder.
posted by roomthreeseventeen on Mar 16, 2016 - 31 comments

The Secret Service will rest easier without you around on our south lawn

15 seasons.
282 Episodes.
13 years.
Thousands of experiments and explosions.
White House visits, including a failed solar death ray.
And at least one Metafilter debate answered on air.
Goodbye, Mythbusters. [more inside]
posted by zarq on Mar 9, 2016 - 68 comments

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