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Candid Camera in the Soviet Union

Everyday Soviet citizens, he figured, were more than likely filled not with militant hatred, but with "amusing and identifiable foibles that Americans could relate to." They, too, would surely react with chagrin to someone reading a newspaper over their shoulder, or gallantly try to help a woman carry a suitcase full of concrete. So why not film those reactions and broadcast them to Americans, to show them that Soviet had a vulnerable and hilarious human side?
posted by veedubya on Dec 9, 2015 - 19 comments

One great rock show can change the world

Indie auteur Richard Linklater pleasantly surprised audiences with his charming 2003 comedy School of Rock, in which a struggling musician (High Fidelity co-star and Tenacious D frontman Jack Black) hijacks a 4th grade prep school class and inspires them to become a killer rock band. Buoyed by likeable characters, a great soundtrack, remarkably talented kid musicians, and Black's lengthy, irrepressible, almost improvisational classroom scenes, the film earned rave reviews and inspired scads of copycat programs around the world (as featured in the '05 documentary and reality series Rock School). But while the cast kicked ass at their ten-year reunion concert in 2013, plans for a sequel fell through. Everyone loves an encore, though. And so this weekend saw the Broadway debut of the Andrew Lloyd Webber stage musical starring Alex Brightman, with a TV adaptation to air on Nickelodeon next year. Because there's no way you can stop... the School of Rock. [more inside]
posted by Rhaomi on Dec 7, 2015 - 37 comments

"Doctor Smith, please! You're making The Robot very unhappy!"

In September, sci-fi master Irwin Allen’s 1965 cult TV classic, Lost In Space marked its 50th anniversary. Now, Netflix has won a bidding war to remake the series. Meanwhile… [more inside]
posted by zarq on Dec 3, 2015 - 62 comments

“We’re up until four in the morning, writing Robin’s ad-libs.”

Mork and Mindy was a tour de force, averaging 60 million viewers a week (a number that would beat the top three shows of the 2014-2015 season combined) and introducing the world to Robin Williams. And then it crashed, due to constant network retooling, as well as Williams' fame and feeling that his character had gone from childlike to childish. Charlie Jane Anders and io9 take us through the short but turbulent history of every '80s kid's favorite show. [more inside]
posted by Etrigan on Dec 2, 2015 - 51 comments

And now, a departure from "Sharktopus vs. Whalewolf"

The "SyFy" network has released the first episode of their space noir television adaptation of James S. A. Corey's The Expanse novels on YouTube: "Dulcinea." (region-restricted to US viewers only -- contains a scene that may be NSFW) [more inside]
posted by zarq on Dec 2, 2015 - 79 comments

A [NOUN] for Christmas

Your guide to this year's Lifetime Christmas movies [more inside]
posted by Iridic on Dec 1, 2015 - 49 comments

You might say the secret ingredient is salt.

Laurel Randolph comes up with Simpsons inspired recipes for Paste Magazine - Clove And Tom Collins Pie - Little Meatloaf Men - Üterbraten - Thanksgiving edition.
posted by The Whelk on Nov 27, 2015 - 59 comments

Art of Sakuga

The term sakuga (作画) refers to a series of well-drawn movements in animation found in both western and Japanese animated shows. [more inside]
posted by chrono_rabbit on Nov 26, 2015 - 9 comments

TV dinners: 25 shows to binge-watch this Thanksgiving weekend

"Thanksgiving weekend in the United States is a four-day festival of overindulgence: Giant meals, giant balloons representing pop-culture favorites, giant savings at the big box store on Friday morning. As we did in 2013, The A.V. Club aims to contribute to this tradition of extreme consumption with a guide to some TV shows worth tasting, snacking on, or straight-up devouring this weekend."
posted by valkane on Nov 25, 2015 - 58 comments

#rogeliomybrogelio

"Jane the Virgin is doing some of the most serious, most valuable work I’ve seen in a long time, and that work is rooted in a radically frank depiction of new motherhood." Links may contain spoilers, but also this show is very silly so knowing some things that happen will probably not ruin your enjoyment of the rest of it [more inside]
posted by ChuraChura on Nov 24, 2015 - 17 comments

With Bob & David

Huh, a new show on Netflix. "W/ Bob & David." It's sketch comedy. Wait a second... BOB and DAVID? OMG MR. SHOW IS BACK! Here's a country music video parody from them! [more inside]
posted by JHarris on Nov 14, 2015 - 18 comments

Kid Nation

40 kid "castaways."
40 days.
No Adults.
Kid Nation [more inside]
posted by zarq on Nov 9, 2015 - 28 comments

The First, But Not The Champion

For six and three-quarters seasons, no contestant had ever made it to Mount Midoriyama, the insanely difficult Stage Four of American Ninja Warrior, the grueling ultimate-obstacle-course reality show, despite the incentive of a $1 million prize for doing so. Then, in season seven, not one but two people completed the entire course, with TV cameraman Geoff Britten completing the course first, then Isaac Caldiero, a "professional nomad," beating Britten's time. Since the rules of the show state that only the fastest competitor to beat Mount Midoriyama gets the prize money, Caldiero got the million dollars and Britten got nothing - but he seems to be okay with it.
posted by mightygodking on Nov 6, 2015 - 66 comments

"You mean that it was all a kid’s dream? I didn’t like it."

Norman Lloyd (Dr. Auschlander on St. Elsewhere and the professor who discovered the common root of life in the Star Trek universe) is still alive. In fact, he turns 101 on Sunday. And he's still working, so the AV Club sat down with Lloyd for its Random Roles feature, covering a career that's spanned from Orson Welles and Charlie Chaplin to Don Adams to Judd Apatow.
posted by Etrigan on Nov 5, 2015 - 25 comments

Long live the Blerd!

"Black nerds on Twitter are an eclectic group, into sci-fi/horror/nerdy shows like Doctor Who, The Walking Dead, American Horror Story and Game of Thrones, and they often view the show through a different lens, compared to a non-POC viewer. Blerd Twitter’s consistent viewership and use of blerd hashtags along with network hashtags have made them a prominent source for constructive critiques about television. Hashtags aside, Blerds will give shows a fair shot, but this community won’t hesitate to call series writers and producers out on important issues, like a lack of diversity and/or lax character development for Black characters on the show." How Twitter Blerds are Impacting the Future of TV (by Tai Gooden)
posted by joseph conrad is fully awesome on Nov 2, 2015 - 4 comments

To go where a variety of people have gone before

CBS has picked up a new live action Star Trek tv series, to be produced by Alex Kurtzman. It will premiere on CBS before moving to CBS's digital platform, CBS All Access.
posted by DirtyOldTown on Nov 2, 2015 - 510 comments

Livestreaming Happy Trees

Twitch, the social media platform for video games, just launched ‘Twitch Creative': a section of the site dedicated to non-gaming videos from artists. There you'll find people creating paintings or illustrations, composing songs, designing costumes, and even glass blowing. To celebrate, Twitch is holding an 8-day marathon livestream of every single Bob Ross The Joy of Painting episode.
posted by zarq on Oct 30, 2015 - 44 comments

*snap* *snap*

In 1977 NBC produced a one-off TV movie, Halloween with the New Addams Family, a revival of the 1960s series with virtually* all of the original TV actors. [via] [more inside]
posted by figurant on Oct 29, 2015 - 6 comments

It looks like a fine winter's morning out there at the 63rd latitude.

Magical Realism: Northern Exposure 25 Years Later
posted by DevilsAdvocate on Oct 23, 2015 - 48 comments

GOOD THINGS COME TO THOSE WHO ... ... WAIT

It's the trailer that everyone has been waiting for and everyone is talking about... VENTURE BROS. SEASON 6
posted by Artw on Oct 20, 2015 - 44 comments

Promoting a new season? Get Your Analog Socia Media On

A new season of Going Deep With David Rees begins next month. To help promote the show, Rees will eschew social media, taking his campaign on the road. [more inside]
posted by fifteen schnitzengruben is my limit on Oct 17, 2015 - 13 comments

"And I've learned that life is an adventure."

In May 1991, ABC launched a half-hour drama series called "My Life and Times." The premise: An 85 year old man living in a retirement community in 2035 looks back on his life and shares his experiences with friends and family. Framing sequences were set in 2035 while the bulk of the episodes featured flashbacks to the 1970s, 1980s or 1990s. The show begins on April 9, 2035. [more inside]
posted by zarq on Oct 14, 2015 - 21 comments

Getcha motor runnin...or something

Geraldo Rivera interviews the Hell's Angels (1974) (Direct video link) [more inside]
posted by jonmc on Oct 8, 2015 - 7 comments

‘Space Ghost Coast to Coast,’ Secretly TV’s Most Influential Show

Few people afford Space Ghost Coast to Coast, Cartoon Network’s strange, seminal comedy, its rightful place in the pantheon. But from its bargain-basement launch in 1994 to its place at the center of the wildly popular Adult Swim lineup in the 2000s, it helped introduce cringe comedy to the American viewing public, deconstructed the idea of the talk show beyond repair for a generation of comedians, and changed the look and feel of the entire animation art form.
posted by cthuljew on Oct 7, 2015 - 97 comments

Grange Hill with Daleks

After teasing for hours on the official BBC Doctor Who twitter feed about #bigdoctorwhonews leading to a fever pitch of speculation re potential mega famous guests stars, new companion(s) or the recovery of lost episodes... it was finally announced that there will be a new spin-off YA series Class written by Patrick Ness centered around Coal Hill School in London
posted by fearfulsymmetry on Oct 1, 2015 - 33 comments

Ten million viewers were glued to it: Andrew Davies' Pride and Prejudice

"'I was reading an article in the Radio Times the other day,' says Andrew Davies. 'The journalist was asking, "Why have all these classic serials got to be about the male lead getting his kit off?" And I thought, 'Hey! I started that!'" - Pride and Prejudice at 20: The scene that changed everything, by Nicholas Barber for BBC Culture. [more inside]
posted by joseph conrad is fully awesome on Sep 24, 2015 - 35 comments

HA, the "New" TV Comedy Network

Here are some promos from and other information on the long-forgotten HA!: The New TV Comedy Network.
Promos - Logos - More promos - Even more promos (with a bit of Mel Torme!) - And a few more spots. HA would merge with The Comedy Channel in 1991 to produce the nascent Comedy Central (NYT). Fred Seibert writes about positioning HA. [more inside]
posted by JHarris on Sep 23, 2015 - 26 comments

"it was very embarrassing at the time"

Great 1977 video interview with Mrs. Jessie Roestenberg describing a 1954 UFO experience in Staffordshire, West Midlands, England. This blog post shows part of a 1959 newspaper clipping with a photo of Mrs. Roestenberg (presumably from 1954, going by the apparent age of her children in the photo; click image for larger view), and a drawing she made of what she reported seeing, as well as an undated, unsourced photo of the by-now-elderly Mrs. Roestenberg holding an artist's rendering of the figures she described. [more inside]
posted by taz on Sep 17, 2015 - 24 comments

I guess this was a show about some aliens?

"Right around the time I first joined the cast of Under the Dome, I was smoking a bowl with the Monolith from 2001: A Space Odyssey."-a review of sorts of the final episode and series of the American tv show.
posted by Brandon Blatcher on Sep 15, 2015 - 38 comments

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 some…
posted by oneswellfoop on Sep 14, 2015 - 42 comments

Highlights from Key & Peele's incredible run

In its all-too-brief 3½ year run, Comedy Central's sketch comedy powerhouse Key & Peele burned brightly, leavening Peabody-award-winning social commentary with sublime silliness and Hollywood-quality production values, all centered on the impeccable character acting of co-stars Jordan (Peele) and Keegan-Michael (Key). By the time its end was announced, characters like the Substitute Teacher, the East/West College Bowl players, and Obama's Anger Translator had captured the popular consciousness, while skits like TeachingCenter and Negrotown deftly spotlighted our most pressing problems. With the finale airing tonight, and the dynamic duo free to tackle other projects, why not revisit the program's concentrated brilliance in the form of ~100 of their very best short bits available on the web, sorted loosely by topic. [more inside]
posted by Rhaomi on Sep 9, 2015 - 76 comments

Better Living Through Television

Here's The Adventures of Milkman, How To Be Swell, The Lost Brady, Phoebe, Classic TV Rewinds, and the "Guy Series" (which has a couple of unexpected cameos), as well as three collections of commercials, all callbacks from 80s-90s Nick At Nite, and that age when MTV's success inspired channels to put more personality into their promotion. [more inside]
posted by JHarris on Sep 9, 2015 - 22 comments

Reducing bias by becoming friends with diverse television characters

"It's not easy to get different types of people to just organically become friends," [Edward Schiappa, a media studies researcher at MIT] says. So how do you get the benefits of intergroup contact theory in a socially segregated world? That's where television and my good friend the Fresh Prince come in.
How Shows Like 'Will & Grace' And 'Black-ish' Can Change Your Brain - Maanvi Singh summarizes research into the potential for more inclusive and diverse television programming to reduce prejudices, for NPR's Codeswitch.
posted by filthy light thief on Sep 8, 2015 - 45 comments

Un-beeeee-LIEVABLE!

In 1986, ABC executive SQuire (sic) Rushnell attempted to begin a Christian franchise on par with the Care Bears with a live-action/animated special: Kingdom Chums: Little David's Adventure (multi-video version) (also adapted as a book). Only one of several attempts to continue the series came to fruition: the initially direct-to-video Kingdom Chums: Original Top Ten (multi-video version).
posted by BiggerJ on Sep 5, 2015 - 10 comments

You have to learn to love the bomb.

The Late, Great Stephen Colbert “The level of emotion you're getting from me right now—I'm not saying it's dishonest,” he said. “I'm just saying it's not normal. I'd really love to go to bed. I promise you, I do not spend my time on the edge of tears.”
posted by anazgnos on Aug 28, 2015 - 22 comments

M.E. called, says that's the third kid died snorting cool ranch doritos.

Absolutely true plotlines from the latest season of Law & Order SVU. [single link imgur album]
posted by phunniemee on Aug 28, 2015 - 83 comments

Vixen joins the Arrowverse; the WWE and Constantine tag along

Releasing its first episode today, Vixen is a CW animated web series starring DC Comics' shapeshifting African-American superheroine Mari McCabe. Vixen is set within the CW's steadily-growing Arrowverse, the DC TV universe shared by live-action series Arrow, The Flash, and forthcoming team series Legends of Tomorrow. But that's not all: it's been an eventful summer for the Arrowverse! [more inside]
posted by nicebookrack on Aug 25, 2015 - 44 comments

10 Years Later....

The Oral History of Six Feet Under [more inside]
posted by zarq on Aug 21, 2015 - 30 comments

Aqua Teen won't never be cancelled, Aqua Teen won't be dismantled

After 14 years, 13 seasons, five titles, countless guest stars, a theatrical release, a video game, a Christmas album, and one bomb scare Aqua Teen Hunger Force is airing its final episode, "The Last One Forever and Ever (For Real This Time) (We Fucking Mean It)", this Sunday. [more inside]
posted by edeezy on Aug 20, 2015 - 71 comments

It stands for "Special Person Entering the World... Egg Yolks"

In 1990, the Fox network was looking for a sitcom to become the next Cosby Show. So initially, David Mirkin, Adam Resnick and Chris Elliott pitched Get A Life as "What would Dennis the Menace be like, at age 30?": a show starring Elliott as a likeable, wisecracking 30 year old bachelor who lives with his parents, has a job as a paperboy and is beating the system by refusing to grow up. But once they had a green light.... [more inside]
posted by zarq on Aug 20, 2015 - 52 comments

R.I.P. Yvonne Craig

Yvonne Craig, perhaps best known as TV’s Batgirl, died Monday at the age of 78 of cancer.
posted by bryon on Aug 19, 2015 - 40 comments

More Philly than the Rocky Theme

"Move closer to your world, my friend / Take a little bit of time"

When you think of Philadelphia music, you may think of the Rocky theme, you may think of Philly Soul, or you may think of The Dead Milkmen, but no song is Philly quite like The Channel 6 Action News Theme, "Move Closer to Your World" [more inside]
posted by SansPoint on Aug 12, 2015 - 48 comments

I made this!

The stories behind TV production company closing logos
posted by fearfulsymmetry on Aug 11, 2015 - 30 comments

And Now, Jon's Last Moment of Zen

Tonight is the night. As announced in February, Jon Stewart hosts his final episode of The Daily Show after 16 and a half years. [more inside]
posted by Etrigan on Aug 6, 2015 - 111 comments

Previously on Clerks [missing footage]

Lost TV Pilot of Clerks has emerged (SLYT). In 1995, Disney (Miramax parent company) under the Touchstone Television brand tried to turn the indie hit of the previous year into a PG-Rated sitcom. The results are exactly what you'd expect. (via AV Club) [more inside]
posted by lmfsilva on Jul 30, 2015 - 60 comments

‘Key & Peele’ to End After This Season

“This is our final season – and it’s not because of Comedy Central, it’s us,” said Key. “It was just time for us to explore other things, together and apart. I compare it to Gene Wilder and Richard Pryor. We might make a movie and then do our own thing for three years and then come back and do another movie. [more inside]
posted by riruro on Jul 26, 2015 - 23 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

A-B-C-D, follow me!

In the 1970's, Sesame Street wasn't the only educational puppet show in town. The Letter People was a literacy program and television series that taught phonics with an unusual bunch of 26 characters. Here's the entire 60 episode run. The production values improved a bit as the show went on, evolving from black backgrounds and simple sets to more elaborate ones. Every Letter Person had their own theme song, featured in their introductory episode; here's all twenty-six of those in alphabetical, and thus wildly anachronic, order. Absent from the show are the songs of Misters R, X and Q (the last three Letter People to debut in the show - they'd clearly gone through design changes by then, ESPECIALLY Mr. X). [more inside]
posted by BiggerJ on Jul 21, 2015 - 31 comments

Next week, Billy, we'll discuss ten things you can do with a carrot.

"Who are you and how did you get in here?"
"I'm a locksmith. And... I'm a locksmith." [more inside]
posted by zarq on Jul 20, 2015 - 34 comments

Expensive yet beautiful

GLITCH TV
posted by JHarris on Jul 18, 2015 - 11 comments

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