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.
Season 11 of the Real World
started tonight! Among guitly pleasures, this one's gonna be good: 2 person showers! lifeguarding! conflicting interests! I'm hooked.
Hackers: Computer Outlaws
A TLC show(that I'm 3/4 through) that seems to actually use reliable sources
to discuss not just cracker behavior, but also the creative side of hackers, pointing out the developments attributed to some hackers
Now Markoff and Mitnick. Not a bad little show....
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?
Survivor 4 Completes Filming in the Marquesas
Supposedly this was a big secret
, but if you live in Tahiti and the Marquesas, it was public knowledge that the next Survivor series will be set in Nuku Hiva, in the Marquesas Islands (Map: French Polynesia
Of note, people have been trading gossip about the show's many secrets. This site
release regular reports on what's afoot on Nuku Hiva, and speculates on the content of next season's show. Unlike the last settings for Survivor, Nuku Hiva is convenient for tourists (Map: Nuku Hiva Amenities
), and is densely populated by Marquesans and Tahitians
. This must have been the leakiest Survivor ever.
It may be worth watching next year, just for the scenery! (Scroll down for pics
Court TV Seeks to Broadcast Moussaoui Trial.
The Senate has passed a bill allowing for the closed circuit televising (similar to that used in the case against McVeigh and Nichols
) of the trial in this case to a number of locations for victims of the crimes associated with the terrorist acts of September 11th, who have an interest in attending, but can not do so because of inconvenience and expense. Federal rules prohibit TV cameras in the courtroom, but Court TV argues that the prohibition is unconstitutional. Television coverage has come a long way from the first case involving the impact of radio and television broadcasting
before the U.S. Supreme Court, which resulted in an overturned conviction. Should cameras be allowed in the courtroom, and if they are, will they shape the outcome of the trial?
Dancetrippin.tv - Episode #16 -Berlin Love Parade
Dumping Broadband Part II - Are we getting any closer to enjoying oursleves watching the PC ? The big guys keep trying: Lycos TV
; Yahoo's Broadcast
and (now) Launch
; Real One Player
; Quicktime TV
; MSN Media Explorer
. The little guys keep hoping : flyonthewall.tv
. But can we ever be truly satisfied? Any other good ones out there?
inspiration to all of us who want to someday host a mid-morning game show, seems to be throwing in the towel.
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?
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.
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.
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.)
Bill Maher calls U.S. cowardly; FedEx pulls ads from show
It looks like that "Freedom of Speech" thing is too much for some people to handle. What do expect from a show like this? If you can't handle it, don't watch it.
CNN & FOX: Birds of a feather? In an effort to improve his network's image with conservative leaders, new CNN chief Walter Isaacson huddled with House and Senate GOP leaders last week to seek advice on how to attract more right-leaning viewers to the sagging network.
That WAS My Bush
no surprise, really....Comedy Central cancels "That's My Bush".
Sour Family Hour?
This report from the conservative Parents Television Council
made the top of the front page in our local paper this morning. If you visit the PTC home page, you'll get a pop-up calling for action against Comedy Central and "South Park" because they recently went over the top by not censoring the word "shit" and compounding the sin by using a counter in the corner to note how many times it was said. (Anybody catch that episode?)
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 night's Brass Eye special was mysteriously pulled from the schedules, seemingly because it concerned "an army of paedophiles". Apparantly, this is not the case
Finally...a report on a major TV network that presents (dare I say it?) the truth about progress, technology, and human nature, and eco-terrorists are portrayed in the scathing light of reality.
Coming to a tv near you: WHO WANTS TO BE A MILLIONAIRE - Couples edition
. Thus proving 2 people can be stupider than one...
Survivor begat SurvivorBlog, which begat SurvivorCam
The Eurovision Song Contest is tonight.
Being an American, I don't understand it one bit, especially since the grand prize seems to be a one-way ticket to eternal obscurity. But someone must like it. "I want to shower you with sugar lumps/and ride you over fences..."
Do not turn them in to the cops!
Should you see any of these peope (pictures), do not turn them in! You could find yourself in trouble from one or more sources.
Survivor is filled with crap for sale
- so why can't I find that groovy Panama hat Colby wears for sale, anywhere?
The Big Breakfast
used to be the cornerstone of British breakfast television
. In recent weeks, however, it's been looking a bit limp
, the recent sacking of a host
being the least of their worries. And although much of the country are looking elsewhere
for their morning TV, the head of the network it's on
has come out in support
. Perhaps he should be looking to the past
Some tv pundits much more reliable than others. Here are the stats, the track records.
Has anyone else seen this product advertised on TV lately
and thought they were watching a fake SNL ad? Then comes that sinking feeling when you realize that it is real. It just started running on TV here in Virginia. Perhaps our median IQ finally reached a suitable level. Don't even get me started on the domain name!
Bozo to hang up his nose.
After 40 years on the air in Chicago, the final episode of The Bozo Show
will air in August. One of the personalities ingrained into the head of every Chicago kid is going away.
The truce shortlived.
I thought what I was hearing was great news. But watching TV this afternoon I've seen a Caring Foundation
commercial back-to-back at least 3 times.
It's been years since I've seen it this bad.
24 hours to go. Am I the only one who can't wait for the new tribes to square off? Place your bets at SurvivorDeadPool
DirecTV takes a stand
and VIA satellite, "killed pirated pieces of hardware that had enabled viewers in the U.S. and abroad to see a broad range of programming, including premium channels and pay-per-view events that they had not paid for.
" I didn't even know these pieces of hardware existed, but there are whole sites dedicated to satellite hacking
which tell you what to do now
if you had one of these. I hope if you have one of these cards you didn't have a Super Bowl Party planned.
Live audio description of Bush inauguration
If you get PBS and if your PBS station broadcasts in stereo, you will likely be able to hear only the second-ever attempt at audio description of a live event - the inauguration of Bush. (The other live-described event was Clinton's inauguration.) This of course is audio description, ostensibly for blind viewers. Set your TV or VCR to SAP and compare the approaches of the standard announcers, who call the event assuming the viewer can see, and the describers, who don't. (No sexy Web page for this event.)
The body that regulates cable in Canada, the CRTC
, is licensing 283 new channels. All will be available only through digital set-top boxes.
Along with the expected Biography, Mystery, and ZDTV channels, in the mandatory tier we're getting Book Television from CHUM, a gay and lesbian channel, a documentary channel, and Land and Sea, a rural service from the CBC. If that wasn't wacky enough, the optional channels will include BBC Canada, the Wine Television Network, two wedding channels, several hockey channels, and channels dedicated to theatre, poetry, jazz, dance, pets, South Asian culture, international film, horses, law, martial arts… just about anything you can think of, actually.
While I don't expect they can all survive, it should make for an interesting six months.
with a neato science lesson curve. Plus the mom claims to be "one of the ugleist women in Britain."
Dr. Laura Show Halts Production
Only a week after its debut? Fishy, fishy... Everyone say 'awwww'!
Bush: 342 / Gore: 224
Bush leads Gore in the number of jokes made about him on late night talk shows.
Pseudo is Dead.
Shocked, I tell ya, shocked.
The exercise in broadcast shame has crowned an evil queen
"And you're little dog, too!"
(via Taken Outtacontext in an unrelated post
someone puts this whole Survivor
nonsense into terms I can understand. The PC-types are going to be all over Stuever on this one, but damn
"Ahhhhh the atmosphere" should
get at least a giggle out of you. Commercials at their best.
is apparently real; 'Roger', the world's first 'Reality Runner', starts evading the masses on the 14th of this month. He has a 10K USD bounty on his head.
Craig Kilborn calls for the assassination of George W. Bush on national television.
"Just a little joke, of course. huh huh huh." Yeah, sure, maybe, though not at all funny, and also wildly illegal. CBS and Worldwide Pants have been forced to apologize, and the Secret Service has an active investigation. It should be noted, though, that this aired last Friday, and CBS and Worldwide Pants said and did nothing until this got talked about on a New York radio show yesterday. Why do I get the feeling that if, say, Regis got on his show and made the exact same "joke" about Al Gore, he'd be fired before 10:30 am and be blackballed for the rest of his life?
I approached this review
expecting it to be of the "major media providers are the problem, not the solution" sort, but discovered something somewhat different: "It’s not that the medium of the modern political campaign–television advertising–failed to do justice to men of substance, but that men of substance failed to adapt to television advertising..."
Take one reality based TV show, add one 'angry black man', and stir.
Are reality based TV shows like "Survivor", "Big Brother" and "insert-the-name-of-any-Bunim-Murray-production-here" guilty of resorting to stereotypes when casting African American males? One critic seems to think so.
"When Plastic Surgeons Attack"?
It's good to know Fox is going about pandering to the worst instincts of American television viewers *responsibly*. I feel better, don't you?
Am I the only one
who can't stand the testosterone driven crap that's proliferating cable? As a sensitive, new age man, I wish FX would just play M*A*S*H reruns ALL the time.