9 posts tagged with tv by oneswellfoop.
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When Pilots Crash (TV Pilots)

Lee Goldberg (previously) is a successful mystery novelist and TV screenwriter who, before he broke in to Hollywood, collected TV trivia... specifically about shows that DIDN'T become series. In 1990, he published "Unsold Television Pilots, 1955-1989", with 800 pages covering over 2000 'stillborn series' and the book became a best-seller and was made into two TV specials on different networks. Now, 25 years later, the 2nd Edition is out (sorry, no more recent shows, but he has cleaned up any embarrassing errors), and another TV screenwriter, Ken Levine (NOT the BioShock guy), has cherry-picked some of the most 'WTF' shows for his blog: Part One, featuring "McClone", "Ethel Is an Elephant", Bette Davis as "Madame Sin" and more... Part Two with Sonny Bono as a singing detective, George Carlin as a ghost detective, William Conrad as NOT a detective in a magical world called "Yazoo", and then someā€¦
posted by oneswellfoop on Sep 14, 2015 - 42 comments

"you can turn pretty much anything into a police procedural"

If you're tired of the endlessly minor variations of TV's Police Procedural shows (seriously, "CSI: Cyber"?!?), check out "The Encyclopedia of Hypothetical Police Procedurals" for great non-existent shows including... [more inside]
posted by oneswellfoop on Jul 23, 2015 - 42 comments

Is that Hulu with a hard U or a soft U?

Those TV streaming fools at Hulu have come up with a 21st Century Social Media way to promote their mostly-traditionally-sourced video content - a tumblr site called Hulu: The Perfect Gif which has assembled over 1700 gifs (so far) of moments from over 80 series ranging from I Love Lucy to Parks and Recreation, and including Agents of SHIELD, It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, Louie, Cheers, Spongebob Squarepants, Gotham, Twin Peaks, Webster, Xena, Doctor Who (mostly 11th doctor so far), Buffy, X-Files, Glee, Mary Tyler Moore, Ren & Stimpy, Arrested Development, Archer, Sons of Anarchy, Absolutely Fabulous (OMG!!!), RuPaul's Drag Race, Firefly, The Voice, Alf (WTF?!?), Star Trek Original Series and Next Generation, Bob's Burgers, The Brady Bunch, Key & Peele, Spaced (hmmm...), Once Upon a Time, Community, Scrubs, the last 10 years of Saturday Night Live, and many more*, all under 3 seconds, watermarked for attribution, with external hashtags but no captions, and un-hotlinkable but with plenty of social media buttons. Network TV at its best, regrettably. [more inside]
posted by oneswellfoop on Apr 10, 2015 - 36 comments

No Relation to Ren & Stimpy's Log

"Yule Log 2.0 re-imagines the traditional Video Yule Log* through a collection of short videos by illustrators, animators, directors, and creative coders (66 collaborators making 55 segments). With the controls in the upper-right corner, you can fit a continuous loop of one or all of the videos in a browser window or full-screen.
*First televised in 1966 by New York's WPIX-TV to provide its audience with some pleasant, noncommercial viewing on the holiday (and most of the broadcast crew some time off)
posted by oneswellfoop on Dec 4, 2013 - 13 comments

Everyone Smokes Morleys and Drinks Heisler Gold (Unless They Were Just Part of Bob Hartley's Dream)

AV Club points out 21 links between unexpectedly shared TV universes
including ubiquitous brands and crossover characters like the omnipresent Richard Belzer as Sgt. Munch (who was preceded in the 50s-'60s by Pat Harrington Jr. as Guido Panzini). Of course, it finishes with a reference to the Tommy Westphall Universe Hypothesis (previously here). [more inside]
posted by oneswellfoop on Aug 7, 2012 - 48 comments

at 18:43: "...which kind of explains why there's never been a funny show about lawyers"

In 1979, the producers of "Taxi" were hot, and got carte blanche to make another sitcom for ABC. So they adapted John Jay Osborn's novel "The Associates"*, his follow-up to "The Paper Chase" (which, as a TV series, had just been cancelled by CBS) about young lawyers at a prestigious New York firm. It starred a very young Martin Short as a very young (and surprisingly normal) Junior Associate, Wilfred Hyde-White as a very old Senior Partner and some other folks you may or may not recognize. It bombed. But the next-to-last episode to be aired before the plug was pulled was something you would never expect any broadcast network in 1980 (or maybe even now) to show, in which young lawyer Short represented a network against a rebellious producer, titled "The Censors". And yes, that is John Ritter as a Hollywood actor in character.
Bonus content: "The Associates" pilot episode in two parts. via the world-class blog by Ken Levine of M*A*S*H, Cheers and the Seattle Mariners
* TOTALLY not related to John Grisham's "The Associate"

posted by oneswellfoop on Aug 3, 2011 - 15 comments

My suspenders are attached directly to my genitals... Los Osos, California!

The King Is NOT Dead, he's just retiring from his nightly show you didn't realize was still on in order to spend more time with his family and less with Hannity and Maddow. The NYT's David Carr wins the prize for perfectly-timed speculation. So what will happen to Kevin Pollak's "Larry King Game" now?!? [more inside]
posted by oneswellfoop on Jun 29, 2010 - 33 comments

Life With Betty

Most people don't realize that Betty White was awesome nearly 60 years ago. In 1952, she was already TV's first female talk show host, and she became the first woman on TV to star AND co-produce her own sitcom (without being married to one of the other producers), "Life With Elizabeth", and the show is (IMO) a Lost Classic. (less lost now, with the help of YouTube; MLYT follows...) [more inside]
posted by oneswellfoop on May 8, 2010 - 24 comments

THIS is what the 60s looked like... on NBC

MAD Magaziner Jack Davis' multi-page montage of everything on NBC in the Fall of 1965, including the Huntley-Brinkley Report, Johnny Carson, Hullaballoo, Dr. Kildare, Andy Williams, My Mother The Car, Please Don't Eat the Daisies, I Spy, Dean Martin, Camp Runamuck, The Man From UNCLE, Flipper, I Dream of Jeannie and Get Smart. (missing from the reconstructed pic are the Sunday shows, including Bonanza and Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color). via Mark Evanier
posted by oneswellfoop on Apr 18, 2010 - 21 comments

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