was an American late-night, half-hour political talk show hosted by Bill Maher that ran from 1993 to 2002, first on Comedy Central and then on ABC. Four guests (usually including at least one comedian) would debate topics across the political spectrum in what Maher once described as “The McLaughlin Group on acid.” Of the 1300+ episodes produced, 190 can be viewed on YouTube. [more inside]
, the voice of Peter Parker/Spider-Man from 2007-09 for the TV series The Spectacular Spiderman reads a whole bunch of 60s Spider-Man Image Macros
(Bleeped Audio) (Know Your Meme
, the historical sketch show on the BBC inspired by the books of the same name
, has been featured previously
on Metafilter. Not mentioned, however, were the real gems of the show, Historical Desktops [MLYT]
: [more inside]
The Victorian Kitchen Garden is a 13-part TV series that aired in 1987 on BBC2.
It follows the month-by-month restoration of the Victorian walled kitchen garden at the Chilton Foliat estate in Wiltshire, England. Almost all the episodes are available to watch online
. (via hark, a vagrant)
It had three sequels - The Victorian Kitchen
, The Victorian Flower Garden
, and The Wartime Kitchen and Garden
- and inspired more recent historical reconstruction programs: Tales From the Green Valley
, A Tudor Feast at Christmas
, Victorian Farm
, Victorian Farm Christmas
, Victorian Pharmacy
, and Edwardian Farm
. (Victorian Farm and Edwardian Farm previously.) [more inside]
Your NFL team probably has cheerleaders. But this team's cheerleaders had a movie
made about them. And because they're from a place where they like to do things big, when that movie was broadcast, it was viewed on 60% of the televisions in use at the time
. [more inside]
Gawker's John Cook yesterday published an exclusive report
on a trove of documents from the Nixon Presidential Library
tracing the development of Fox News to a 1970 internal memo annotated by then-consultant Roger Ailes
. Part of a 318-page cache of similar documents
, the memo -- "A Plan For Putting the GOP on TV News"
-- called for the creation of a strongly pro-Nixon news outlet operated from the White House which would disseminate partisan news packages free of charge to local affiliates across the country. By coordinating release of these targeted reports with allied politicians and duping opponents into hostile interviews, Ailes hoped to bypass the "prejudices of network news" -- a desire which led him to advocate for some unexpected political policies at the time, from campaign finance reform to anti-poverty efforts. The report comes as Fox is waging an aggressive two-front PR war with perceived ideological enemies -- calling on viewers to file IRS complaints against Media Matters' tax-exempt status
for their dogged fact-checking
of the network, while on-air hosts launched a campaign to label Jon Stewart "racist"
after he called out their record of falsehoods
following a critical interview with Chris Wallace
RussianFilter: Historical Chronicles
with Nikolai Svanidze
is an ongoing Russian television documentary series which, starting with 1901, picks out one person per year, every year, of the 100 years of the 20th century in Russia. It's entirely in Russian, of course, but for them as speaks it, it's one fascinating perspective on Russian history, with excellent narration, copious detail, and fascinating interconnections of events, people and places. All of the episodes that are available through Google Video and various other sources, and [more inside]
The Personal Photographs of Dr. Vladimir Kosma Zworykin, Television Pioneer.
The screen images are time exposure photographs of the picture on the kinescope in the monitoring rack in the main control room. Some were taken with stationary frames of moving picture film projected upon the iconoscope by a standard moving picture machine. Others are actually the pictures transmitted with the iconoscope camera in the studio and outdoors.
The Daily Show's Decade in Review
. [Single-link Comedy Central video presentation.]
There was a typewriter repairman in North Hollywood, California. He couldn’t believe it when all of a sudden someone deposited 24 vintage typewriters on his doorstep and said, “Make them look new.” He probably hadn’t had that much work in the last 25 years. He was probably just about ready to hang up the “Going out of business” sign and cursing the arrival of the laptop computer when all of a sudden here I come with 24 typewriters. The Collectors Weekly interviews Scott Buckwald, propmaster for Mad Men.
"What if America wasn't America?" That was the question posed by a series of ads broadcast in the wake of the September 11th attacks, ads which depicted a dystopian America bereft of liberty: Library
. Together with more positive ads like Remember Freedom
and I Am an American
, they encouraged frightened viewers to cherish their freedoms and defend against division and prejudice in the face of terrorism (seven years previously
). The campaign was the work of the Ad Council
, a non-profit agency that employs the creative muscle of volunteer advertisers to raise awareness for social issues of national importance. Founded during WWII as the War Advertising Council, the organization has been behind some of the most memorable public service campaigns in American history
, including Rosie the Riveter
, Smokey the Bear
, McGruff the Crime Dog
, and the Crash Test Dummies
. And the Council is still at it today, producing striking, funny, and above all effective
PSAs on everything from student invention
to global warming
to arts education
to community service
Additional resources: A-to-Z index of Ad Council campaigns
- Campaigns organized by category
- Award-winning campaigns
- PSA Central
: A free download directory of TV, radio, and print PSAs (registration req'd)
- An exhaustive history of the Ad Council [46-page PDF]
- YouTube channel
- Vimeo channel
- Twitter feed
Dick Stacey's Country Jamboree
is now available on DVD/CD after years of slowly fading into obscurity. "I was wrong in thinking the Jamboree was a thing of the past," said Dick Stacey, a man whose three gas stations and motel took over sponsoring this uniquely Maine talent showcase on a whim in 1973—and ended up lasting just over a decade
. [more inside]
"My name is Mike Wallace.
The cigarette is Philip Morris." Before there was 60 Minutes
, there was The Mike Wallace Interview
. Thirty minutes with Steve Allen
, Frank Lloyd Wright
, Kirk Douglas
, Pearl Buck
, and Salvador Dali
, to name just a few.
Novelist posits Shoah as reality TV show.
In her new book titled ’Sulphuric Acid’ published in France
, the successful Belgian author Amelie Nothomb
describes a “concentration camp reality show”
. It's the story of a reality show called “Concentration”. There are ’candidates’ which are arrested in roundups, tattooed and guarded before they are executed one by one following a vote by the spectators.
A great gallery of tickets to TV show tapings, some going back to the 1950s. Includes some fascinating commentary by Mark Evanier.
is quite possibly the best television show ever produced. Not only is it amazingly gripping stuff, it's also meticulously researched. (Pretty easy to do when the entire city
is a registered historic landmark
Sure, we all know that Wild Bill
and Calamity Jane
were real people. As it turns out, though, almost every
main character in the show (and many minor ones) had a real life counterpart, as did many of the events
Deadwood notables EB Farnum
, Reverend H W Smith
, Seth Bullock
and his partner Sol Star
, Colorado Charlie Utter
, Al Swerengen
with his Gem Saloon, and the crosseyed gambler Jack McCall
all lived and breathed in one of America's most storied cities.
If you're in New York City
between now and June 27th, the Museum of Television and Radio
is presenting "Not That There's Anything Wrong With That --The History of Gay and Lesbian Images on Television
" (via the Queer as Folk section of Showtime's site) (Anyone else remember Robert Reed playing a transsexual on Medical Center?)
Three million Germans have voted post-war Chancellor Konrad Adenauer
as the greatest German of all time
. Reformation Monk Martin Luther
came second, with communist philosopher Karl Marx
third. Composer Johann Sebastian Bach
and writer Johannes Wolfgang von Goethe
were also in the running. Adolf Hitler and other Nazis were excluded from the poll.
Pseudo is Dead.
Shocked, I tell ya, shocked.