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Sacha Baron Cohen’s Art-Gallery Dupe Regrets Nothing (Except Her Dress)
This woman is wonderful.
"“I just don’t take myself as seriously as the politicians.”

"....."The greatest geniuses always offend."
tv  news  satire  art  television  funny 
july 2018 by grahams
Download original files from the Plex web interface
"If you are using Plex, but you are not the owner of a server, the option to download a file is missing from the Plex web interface. This bookmarklet lets you download original files regardless if you are the server owner or not. It's like Direct Stream, but with a save button."
bookmarklets  plex  video  audio  movies  film  tv  hacks 
july 2018 by grahams
HulkOutList
"....list of EVERY reason that Dr. David
Banner was driven to Hulk out."
comics  funny  tv  lists 
february 2018 by grahams
David Lynch on Another 'Twin Peaks' Return: "I've Learned Never Say Never"
"In his amiably evasive fashion, Lynch discussed his renewed love for television, the Twin Peaks season's ending, and more with The Hollywood Reporter."
davidlynch  twinpeaks  television  tv  film  movies  interviews 
november 2017 by grahams
Can Anyone Repair National Lampoon’s Devastated Brand?
"Over the past 15 years, three devotees of the comedy institution have attempted to restore the humor brand to its former glory. What happened instead was direct-to-video movies, lawsuits, crippling debt, and two prison sentences."
comedy  history  lampoon  crime  business  movies  film  television  tv  magazines 
may 2017 by grahams
David Letterman on Life After TV, Late Night Today, and the Man He Calls Trumpy
“How’s this interview going? Do you think you’re talking to a normal person here?”
comedy  television  tv  letterman  interviews 
march 2017 by grahams
From E.T. to Stranger Things, an Oral History of Kids Cursing On Screen
"Director Joe Dante, Monster Squad actor Andrew Gower, Goonies actor Jeff Cohen and others look back at the decade when it meant something to keep the..."
movies  film  tv  swearing  censorship  kids  children  language  80s 
september 2016 by grahams
My Father, Woody Allen, and the Danger of Questions Unasked (Guest Column)
Tonight, the Cannes Film Festival kicks off with a new Woody Allen film. There will be press conferences and a red-carpet walk by my father and his wife (my sister). He'll have his stars at his side — Kristen Stewart, Blake Lively, Steve Carell, Jesse Eisenberg. They can trust that the press won't ask them the tough questions. It's not the time, it's not the place, it's just not done.

That kind of silence isn't just wrong. It's dangerous. It sends a message to victims that it's not worth the anguish of coming forward. It sends a message about who we are as a society, what we'll overlook, who we'll ignore, who matters and who doesn't.
abuse  woodyallen  film  movies  tv  assault 
may 2016 by grahams
David Milch Made $100M and Gambled Away His Fortune
David Milch, the storied mind also behind 'Deadwood,' changed television. Now, according to a lawsuit, the racetrack regular has lost his homes, owes the IRS $17 million and is on a $40-a-week allowance. Still, his supporters stay close: "He's brilliant.”
tv  television  deadwood  milch  gambling  addiction 
february 2016 by grahams
Pee-wee's Big Comeback - The New York Times
"After disappearing for nearly three decades, Paul Reubens’s subversive alter ego returns — and seems more radical than ever."
tv  television  movies  film  peewee  paulreubens  comedy  funny 
february 2016 by grahams
Errol Morris Q
The master documentarian on our true-crime fascination and the lessons of The Thin Blue Line.
movies  documentaries  errolmorris  television  tv  film 
january 2016 by grahams
An Oral History Of Stella, By Michael Ian Black, Michael Showalter And David Wain
The cult classic, Stella, aired 10 years ago. Here, the creators reflect on how it became what it was—and what it might've been.
tv  television  comedy  thestate  stella  history  oralhistory 
october 2015 by grahams
Anthony Bourdain's World Domination - MensJournal.com
Forty-eight hours in Kuala Lumpur with the luckiest chef turned writer turned professional wanderer on the planet.
anthonybourdain  food  travel  bourdain  telelvision  tv 
september 2015 by grahams
Stephen Colbert on Making The Late Show His Own
"Since last winter, after laying to rest the blowhard host of The Colbert Report and inheriting Letterman’s seat on The Late Show, the most inventive comic of his generation has been consumed with one very large question: Who will he be now? Stephen Colbert—the real one—gives a sneak peek. And in revealing his truest self (and boy, does he go deep), he shows us how he might just reinvent late-night, too"
tv  television  colbert  comedy  tragedy 
august 2015 by grahams
Jeffrey Tambor Is Getting His Leading Man Moment...as a Woman
"“There's always money in the banana stand!” his character on Arrested Development loved to say. And Jeffrey Tambor has always known there's money—and laughs—in playing second banana. Now, after decades of being the guy who stole scenes but rarely starred in them, Tambor is finally getting his leading-man moment. All he had to do was become a woman

"
interviews  profiles  arresteddevelopment  larrysanders  transparent  tv  television  heynow 
july 2015 by grahams
The quick, offstage choreography of SNL costume changes
"Viewers of Saturday Night Live may be so focused on whether the sketches are funny that it can be easy to overlook the sheer difficulty of mounting a new live show every week, and how much work goes into making sure an episode progresses smoothly and quickly. The show’s dressers, who transition the actors from one sketch to the next, are critical gears in the behind-the-scenes machinery that makes it possible. The A.V. Club spoke with Keith Shaw, a long-time veteran of the show as well as its fictitious counterpart, 30 Rock, about the logistics involved in changing someone from a bagel to a Muppet, being an actor’s on-set confidant, and what to do in the event of a wardrobe malfunction."
snl  television  tv  theatre  unions  inside  behindthescenes 
june 2015 by grahams
Being Andre the Giant
"Beloved and in constant demand, Andre the Giant spent his life balancing the wrestling spotlight with his thirst for a normal existence."
movies  tv  wrestling  television  history 
april 2015 by grahams
Allison Jones, Nerd Hunter
"The casting director Allison Jones is reshaping American comedy, one misfit at a time."
profiles  tv  history  comedy  television  film  movies 
april 2015 by grahams
the grillo-marxuach experimental design bureau - Lost
"Eleven years on, even with all the media coverage, pre- and post-mortem interviews, reviews, critiques, tributes, lookbacks, and “oral histories”... even though Lost might as well hold a record as the most over-documented series in the history of television, many still feel like a definitive version of how we made the show has yet to be told.

This is not that.

I'm writing down my recollections of the early days of Lost for profoundly selfish reasons. After eleven years, the story I am about to tell, hopefully for the last time, continues to hold fascination for many. While I have been happy to tell it, and strive to do so with joy and gratitude for all that Lost did for me, there comes a time when the memories fade, and the instinct to embellish -- to make oneself the hero of every encounter, and, to borrow a term, to "retcon" -- takes over where reasonably factual recollection once stood"
television  lost  writing  screenwriting  tv  history 
march 2015 by grahams
Who Really Had The Best Movie Career After ‘SNL’
"There are two chief ways to judge a movie: how much money it makes and what the critics think. By the first measure, Eddie Murphy, by a mile, has been the most successful “SNL” alumni. By the second, I say Christopher Guest, but it’s debatable.

But we can have a lot more fun with this."
television  tv  snl  comedy  movies  film  fivethirtyeight 
february 2015 by grahams
Bill Carter on Covering 'SNL' and Lorne Michaels: "Many Lost Their Minds in Pursuit" of His Approval - The Hollywood Reporter
"Writing for THR, with insight from Jimmy Fallon, Tina Fey and Conan O'Brien, the longtime New York Times writer recounts 40 years of covering the show and its brash producer's bravado, taste and power over his talent."
television  history  lornemichaels  tv  snl 
february 2015 by grahams
$ Make Tens Working From Home Watching Reality TV $
Do you have good attention to detail and like watching trashy reality tv? If so this is the opportunity for you! What we need is someone to watch an entire season of Confessions Animal Hoarding (we're thinking season4 but open to suggestions), keep track of how often specific events occur, and submit a report to us at the end.
lol  craigslist  tv  television  jobs  turk 
february 2015 by grahams
David Simon Does Not Care What You Think Is Cool About His TV Shows
"On the set of ‘Show Me a Hero,’ Simon’s new Oscar Isaac–starring HBO miniseries, the creator of ‘The Wire’ is as impassioned, cantankerous, and uncompromising as ever"
davidsimon  thewire  television  hbo  tv 
january 2015 by grahams
If He Hollers Let Him Go - by Rachel Kaadzi Ghansah
"SEARCHING FOR DAVE CHAPPELLE TEN YEARS AFTER HE LEFT HIS OWN SHOW"
film  movies  fame  comedy  tv  television 
january 2015 by grahams
Neil deGrasse Tyson Gets His Own Late Night Talk Show | Mediaite
"America’s favorite astrophysicist and host of Fox’s rebooted Cosmos series Neil deGrasse Tyson has made numerous appearances on shows like The Colbert Report and Real Time with Bill Maher. But this spring, he will get the opportunity to host his own late night talk show of sorts on the National Geographic Channel."
television  astronomy  science  tv 
january 2015 by grahams
How Bowie flaunted a huge dick on Saturday Night Live and nobody noticed
"Yesterday was the anniversary of one of the most surreal music performances in TV story: 35 years ago David Bowie ushered the 1980s in Saturday Night Live. The producers censored a gay reference in the last of his three-song set—but they missed him repeatedly showing a giant penis at the end of it. [NSFW-ish]"
tv  television  davidbowie  snl  music  klausnomi 
january 2015 by grahams
This Is The Video CNN Will Play When The World Ends
Thirty-four years ago, at the launch of Ted Turner's Cable News Network, the founder made a grandiose and specific promise about his newly created round-the-clock operation. "Barring satellite problems, we won't be signing off until the world ends," Turner declared. And in anticipation, he prepared a final video segment for the apocalypse:

We'll be on, and we will cover the end of the world, live, and that will be our last event. We'll play the National Anthem only one time, on the first of June [the day CNN launched], and when the end of the world comes, we'll play 'Nearer My God To Thee' before we sign off.
People thought he was joking. We have proof that he wasn't. Below is the never-before-seen video the last living CNN employee will be required to play before succumbing to radiation poisoning, the plague, zombies, or whatever crazy end Turner saw coming.
video  news  cnn  tv  journalism  music  world  apocalypse 
january 2015 by grahams
'Evil Dead' scoop: Bruce Campbell reveals series details | Inside TV | EW.com
"It took 23 years, but Bruce Campbell is finally returning to his iconic role of Ash—the arrogant, loudmouthed, one-handed badass who squared off against prankish possessive spirits in three Sam Raimi films (including 1987’s cult classic Evil Dead II). Starz is resurrecting the franchise with the half-hour horror-comedy series Ash vs. Evil Dead; 10 episodes are planned for late 2015.

The set-up: Ash is living in a trailer park and working his latest thankless big-box store job when a return of the Deadites prompts him to take a road trip with two young co-workers (and, of course, his trusty boomstick). To find out what we can expect from the show, EW had an exclusive interview with the king himself."
ash  movies  evildead  samraimi  television  tv  film 
december 2014 by grahams
The Wire in HD
This tale begins and ends with a fellow named Bob Colesberry, who taught me as much as he could about filmmaking in the three or four years I was privileged to work with him. To those who knew Bob, it will provoke warm memories to say that he was not a language guy; he understood image, and story, and the delicate way in which those elements should meet.
television  tv  cinematography  thewire  davidsimon  hbo 
december 2014 by grahams
Walter White goes Gonzo: ‘Breaking Bad’ illustrations by Ralph Steadman
For the upcoming limited-edition Blu-ray release of Breaking Bad, show creator Vince Gilligan joined forces with Gonzo illustrator Ralph Steadman to create six different covers for each season of the show. Available in February, these spectacular collectibles will be sold exclusively by Zavvi.com ($30 bucks each). Pre-order is going on now but be forewarned, the Gus “The Chicken Man” Fring edition for season four (as well as Mike Ehrmantraut’s season five and Hank Schrader’s show finale edition) have already sold-out. Images from each of the six covers follow.
breakingbad  tv  television  gonzo  ralphsteadman  art  illustration 
october 2014 by grahams
WHAT PACE OF GAME PROBLEM?
What I find interesting is that baseball seems to have a pace of game problem because everyone says that it does. The average game lasts 3 hours, but then the average NFL game lasts 3 hours (they usually schedule two blocks of games on Sundays, three hours apart). They huddle in the NFL between plays to talk it over. There can be as many as 12 timeouts in an NFL game where the coach and the team have a little pep talk. The NFL invented instant replay. Yet, there is no “pace of game” problem in the NFL.
baseball  mlb  rules  sports  television  tv 
august 2014 by grahams
The 1979 “Rockford Files” Episode that Inspired “The Sopranos”
A gang from Newark’s South Side is hiding Vinnie Martine’s body in a restaurant freezer. Tony’s mad because Anthony Jr. got caught pranking another mobster. And a boss who’s trying to reform gets his mansion sprayed with bullets. Remember that episode of The Sopranos? If you do, your memory’s playing tricks on you, because all…
tv  television  davidchase  sopranos  history 
august 2014 by grahams
Robin Williams: A brief encounter
This is a grievous thing to say aloud, much less think, but I wish that the suicide of Robin Williams made less sense to me than it somehow does. I say that with very little real knowledge of the m...
robinwilliams  comedy  davidsimon  homicide  tv  television  suicide  depression 
august 2014 by grahams
Anastasia a Sequel to Breaking Bad with Val Kilmer and Slash by Lawrence Shepherd — Kickstarter
Val Kilmer & Slash are U.S. Marshals. An ensemble cast will round out with the beautiful Jana Mashonee.
wtf  television  tv  kickstarter  breakingbad  awesome  insane 
july 2014 by grahams
Steven Soderbergh on Why He Really Quit Movies
The director talks about his new TV show, his old films, and the one-asshole theory of everything
soderbergh  movies  film  television  tv  interviews 
july 2014 by grahams
Hey Mom, my song is in 'Orange is the New Black': Rodney Linderman of The Dead Milkmen
Recently, the song "Bitchin' Camaro" by our band, The Dead Milkmen, was featured during the closing credits of an episode of the Netflix series "Orange is the New Black." Because the Universe is entirely devoid of pity, this somehow led to a mildly profound and deeply disturbing discussion between my mother and me on the nature of "selling out."
music  tv  television  netflix  deadmilkmen  business 
june 2014 by grahams
Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Definitive Oral History of a TV Masterpiece
To celebrate the 25th anniversary of MST3K’s national debut, WIRED presents an oral history of the greatest talk-back show ever made. It all begins in the late ’60s in rural Wisconsin, where there was this guy named Joel, not too different from you or me …
tv  history  television  mst3k 
april 2014 by grahams
Hall Pass - An oral history of The Kids In The Hall
This is the story of the Kids in the Hall in their own words: about their beginnings as guys brought together by a shared sense of outsider humour, the success of their CBC/HBO sketch show, the stress, in-fighting and animosity that drove them apart and that special chemistry that keeps drawing them back together.
oralhistory  history  kith  comedy  tv  television  film  movies 
april 2014 by grahams
Interview With Gary Portnoy: The Cheers Theme Song Writer
Gary gives a very detailed and fascinating history of how the song originally came about on his website GaryPortnoy.com. I highly recommend everyone take a minute to check out his site and visit his iTunes page to hear some of his greatest hits including "Where Everybody Knows Your Name" as well as the themes to Punky Brewster and Mr. Belvedere!
music  cheers  tv  television  themes  interviews 
march 2014 by grahams
In Conversation: Saturday Night Live's Lorne Michaels
No producer in TV history has done more with an 11:30 p.m. time slot than Lorne ­Michaels. Since creating Saturday Night Live in 1975, Michaels has built the comedic universe as we know it, sparking a revolution in topical satire, redefining the limits of broadcast, and launching the careers of Chevy Chase, Bill Murray, Mike ­Myers, Adam Sandler, Chris Rock, Chris Farley, Will Ferrell, Tina Fey, Amy Poehler, and Kristen Wiig, to name but a few. On February 17, another SNL grad, Jimmy Fallon, will become the sixth host of NBC’s The Tonight Show—which is being relocated from Burbank to New York to suit not just Fallon but Michaels, his executive producer, who will be picking up another five hours per week at 11:30 with the show. Shortly after that, Michaels will help another protégé, Seth Meyers, into Fallon’s old 12:30 a.m. seat, also ­under his roof at 30 Rock. In his office on the ninth floor there, Michaels discusses SNL, diversity, Lassie, and when he actually laughs.
comedy  tv  snl  television  interviews 
february 2014 by grahams
France: Where They Added Lyrics To The A-Team Theme
You've heard it many times on Extra Hot Great: now here's the translated lyrics to The All-Risks Agency. Viva la stoopid!
tv  television  music  awesome  hilarious  language  france 
february 2014 by grahams
The Mystery of the Creepiest Television Hack
Right up until 9:14 PM on November 22nd, 1987, what appeared on Chicago's television sets was somewhat normal: entertainment, news, game shows. That night, as usual, Dan Roan, a popular local sportscaster on Channel 9's Nine O'Clock News, was narrating highlights of the Bears’ victory over the Detroit Lions. And then, suddenly and without warning, the signal flickered up and out into darkness.

In the control room of WGN-TV, the technicians on duty stared blankly at their screens. It was from their studio, located at Bradley Place in the north of the city, that the network broadcasted its microwave transmission to an antenna at the top of the 100-story John Hancock tower, seven miles away, and then out to tens of thousands of viewers. Time seemed to slow to a trickle as they watched that signal get hijacked.

A squat, suited figure sputtered into being, and bounced around maniacally. Wearing a ghoulish rubbery mask with sunglasses and a frozen grin, the mysterious intruder looked like a cross between Richard Nixon and the Joker. Static hissed through the signal; behind him, a slab of corrugated metal spun hypnotically. This was not part of the regularly scheduled broadcast. 

Finally someone switched the uplink frequencies, and the studio zapped back to the screen. There was Roan, at his desk in the studio, smiling at the camera, dumbfounded.

“Well, if you're wondering what’s happened,” he said, chuckling nervously, “so am I." 
hack  hacking  tv  television  history 
december 2013 by grahams
TV Eats Itself
Welcome to the end of the Golden Era
tv  television  history  risk 
november 2013 by grahams
Damon Lindelof on Why 'Breaking Bad's' Finale Let Him Say Goodbye to 'Lost' (Guest Column)
The transcendent ending of Vince Gilligan's drama inspires another showrunner to stop defending his own finale
television  tv  lost  breakingbad  finales  obsession 
october 2013 by grahams
MIT Students Turn Statue Into Heisenberg Character From 'Breaking Bad'
MIT students turned the Alchemist statue on Massachusetts Avenue into a giant replica of Heisenberg from "Breaking Bad." The series ended Sunday.
tv  television  heisenberg  breakingbad  mit  hacks 
october 2013 by grahams
The Quaz Q&A: Kay Hanley
Kay Hanley, former lead singer of the awesome (and terribly underrated) Letters to Cleo, is a talker. We spent roughly an hour on the phone, and her thoughts on everything from ’90s music to cocaine addiction to growing up alongside Marky Mark and a New Kid to backing up Miley Cyrus to the near-destruction of her life were riveting, fascinating, breathtaking. She is painfully honest and refreshingly quick-witted and as big a motherfucking fucking fuck fuck curser as I am. Oh, and she’s one helluva singer—as well as (alongside Michelle Lewis) the co-musical director for the cartoon, Doc McStuffins.
interviews  kayhanley  letterstocleo  music  rock  tv  television  movies  film  soundtracks 
september 2013 by grahams
Joss Whedon: The definitive EW interview
This is a Joss Whedon story.

Which means this is the story of an overlooked underdog who rises up, embraces destiny, and strives to make the world a better place as part of a powerful team. It means there will be heartfelt speeches, smart humor, frequent pop culture references, and tales of fighting bullies and sinister corporations. There is also darkness— or at least the fear of it. Whedon arrived as a blockbuster filmmaker with last year’s top-grossing superhero mash-up The Avengers, which he’s spinning off into an ABC series, Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., which premieres tonight. But as his devoted fan base knows, Whedon struggled to tell his wondrous stories in Hollywood’s trenches for years. A third-generation TV writer (his grandfather and father worked on shows -ranging from Leave It to Beaver to The Golden Girls), Whedon created beloved culty TV series Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Firefly, and Dollhouse, as well as the -online musical smash Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog; he’s also directed other films including this year’s indie darling Much Ado About Nothing. Whedon’s story opens on the run, which is how you find him nowadays. We accompanied the 49-year-old writer-producer-director as he trekked from an EW photo shoot, raced along a Los Angeles freeway to the Marvel offices (where he’s plotting The Avengers: Age of Ultron), and then took a much-deserved breather at a coffee shop. The instant our interview concluded, a fan asked, “Is your name Joss?” and his attention spun away again.

josswhedon  marvel  avengers  tv  television  movies  film  buffy  dollhouse  firefly 
september 2013 by grahams
I Have a Character Issue - New York Times
PLAYING Skyler White on the television show “Breaking Bad” for the past five seasons has been one of the most rewarding creative journeys I’ve embarked on as an actor. But the role has also taken me on another kind of journey — one I never would have imagined.
television  tv  breakingbad  skylerwhite  annagunn  sexism  hatred 
august 2013 by grahams
Masturbation, Nudists, and Street Interviews: An Oral History of HBO's Real Sex - Vulture
In November of 1990, HBO viewers who stuck around after yet another Tuesday night showing of She’s Having a Baby found themselves watching a documentary special called Real Sex. The show featured segments on phone sex, stripping, and, most memorable, a female masturbation workshop. It aired at 11 p.m., hardly a desirable time shot. What no one anticipated was that 2.8 million households would tune in, giving it the second highest rating of any HBO documentary to date (only The Making of the Sports Illustrated 25th Anniversary Swimsuit Issue had done better). “We started research for what was intended to be one 66-minute special,” said Patti Kaplan, the series’ producer. “It became 33 episodes.”
sex  hbo  television  documentaries  realsex  tv 
august 2013 by grahams
The Wire Behind the Scenes: How Bunk, Kima, and McNulty Blew Off Steam in Baltimore
This article is adapted from Brett Martin’s Difficult Men: Behind the Scenes of a Creative Revolution: From The Sopranos to Mad Men to Breaking Bad.
acting  thewire  tv  television  davidsimon 
july 2013 by grahams
Talking to Justin Halpern About the Rough Time He Had Turning 'Shit My Dad Says' From a Twitter Account to a TV Show
Two weeks ago, Brilliantly Canceled took us all the way back to that time two years ago when a twitter-based sitcom, $h*! My Dad Says, hit television. A few days later, the show’s creator, Justin Halpern (whose new show Surviving Jack premieres next season on Fox), reached out to me, and after assuring me that he didn’t want to kill me, provided some insight on the history of the show, multi-camera sitcoms, how to tell if your project is going south, and why it was canceled.
series  television  tv 
july 2013 by grahams
Remembering James Gandolfini and Tony Soprano
We had been told all our lives that we would not watch an ongoing series about such a man. A bruising, foul-mouthed giant with a dent in his forehead was the villain, not the protagonist. TV had always made compromises, always made sure that "flawed" heroes were ultimately redeemable and lovable.

Tony Soprano was not. And we loved him, often despite ourselves.
actors  tv  television  film  movies 
june 2013 by grahams
Bea Arthur Was A Truck-Driving Marine
DECEMBER 9--While she strangely denied serving in the armed forces, military records show that the actress Bea Arthur spent 30 months in the Marine Corps, where she was one of the first members of the Women’s Reserve and spent time as a typist and a truck driver.
goldengirls  tv  television  history  ww2 
june 2013 by grahams
Why Your Children's Television Program Sucks: Super Why!
A look at the awful children's programming you're forced to endure before you can finally kick the kids out of the TV room to watch sports for eight hours. Image by Jim Cooke.

The Show

Super Why!
lol  books  television  tv  children  kids  funny 
may 2013 by grahams
'Arrested Development' Creator Mitch Hurwitz | Movies News | Rolling Stone
Arrested Development creator Mitch Hurwitz is a very, very tired man. For the past two years he's been working like a dog to pull off the impossible: bringing back a television series that was cancelled seven years go due to pathetically low ratings. If that wasn't ambitious enough, he's also writing an Arrested Development movie that picks up where the new season (premiering on Netflix on May 26th) finishes up. It's proven to be a monumental task, and he took 40 minutes away from his busy schedule to explain in great detail how everything came together.
tv  television  hurwitz  arresteddevelopment 
may 2013 by grahams
Whatever Happened to MTV's "Buzzkill"?
Not long ago, MTV made an unusual appeal: It asked for help finding information about one of its own shows. The show was "Buzzkill," a hidden-camera program that ran in 1996. The plea came from MTV's Guy Code blog:

If you try to find old clips online, they're nonexistent. Seems impossible, right? The web is where you can find the most obscure remnants of every era, the most disturbing videos the human mind can conjure. And yet it has seemingly been scrubbed clean of all "Buzzkill" details…. Internet, we need your help. We must uncover the truth of "Buzzkill." Send us your tips and clues. Better yet, if you have any old "Buzzkill" episodes on VHS, transfer that s*** to digital and send it our way.
I was already aware of this predicament. I was in high school when "Buzzkill" aired and I loved it. It was goofy—performing a seemingly fatal voodoo ritual, offering free shuttle bus rides to spring breakers then pretending to rob a convenience store with them in tow—but it was also smart. I didn't get some of the gags and voice-over jokes, but that made me like the show even more. It wasn't pandering. It didn't just make me laugh, it made me think.
tv  television  mtv  buzzkill  history 
april 2013 by grahams
How My Foolproof Scientific System Got Us Onto The Price Is Right
And now I'm going to tell you exactly how to get onto The Price Is Right.
tv  television  gameshows  games  funny  lol 
january 2013 by grahams
Jack Klugman’s secret, lifesaving legacy
The actor Jack Klugman died on Christmas Eve at age 90. Klugman was best known for his roles as the unkempt sportswriter in “The Odd Couple” and as the crusading medical examiner on “Quincy, M.E.” the wildly popular 1980s medical drama. Few people remember it today, but he also played an instrumental role in passing critical health-care legislation, the Orphan Drug Act, through Congress in the early 1980s, using “Quincy” and his own celebrity to roll Sen. Orrin Hatch (R), who was blocking the bill.
law  medicine  tv  television  congress  government  research  drugs 
january 2013 by grahams
Shouting Into The Void | The Problem With The Big Bang Theory...
I’ve been meaning to post something about The Big Bang Theory for a while now but it’s taken me ‘till now to really understand what it is about the show that makes me uncomfortable.
comedy  humor  nerds  tv 
january 2013 by grahams
Anthony Bourdain: BLUTARSKI: ZERO POINT ZERO
As our final episode of NO RESERVATIONS approaches, I’ve been asked to write a top ten list of personal favorites. That’s hard to do. It’s been a mixed bag—and deliberately so. Travel and food shows necessarily tell more or less the same story:  somebody goes someplace, eats and drinks a lot of stuff, comes to some kind of conclusion (rightly or wrongly) then goes home. My partners and I—a rotating band of cinematographers, producers, editors and post production people—have worked very hard over the years to mess with, expand, undermine and subvert that basic narrative and the conventions that go with it. Sometimes we succeeded.
food  cooking  travel  bourdain  noreservations  tv  television 
november 2012 by grahams
John Zacherle, 94, Ex-Television Horror-Movie Host, Can Still Play the Ghoul - NYTimes.com
FOR someone who became famous for looking dead, John Zacherle, 94, looks pretty darn good.
horror  movies  film  television  tv  tristate  zacherley 
october 2012 by grahams
I Was a Dear Friend of the Woman "Sons of Anarchy" Star is Suspected of Murdering | xoJane
Hollywood legend Catherine Davis rented me -- and many other actors -- rooms in her home throughout her life. Johnny Lewis isn't accused of murdering an 81-year-old woman. He is accused of murdering a saint.
hollywood  memorial  memory  acting  film  movies  television  tv  murder 
september 2012 by grahams
Los Angeles Review of Books - Louis C.K. And The Rise Of The 'Laptop Loners'
[…]So begins each episode of Louie, C.K.’s brainchild, currently in its third season on the cable channel FX. Cicero said that to be a philosopher is to learn how to die. Flaubert thought an artist must have a religion of despair. Accordingly, C.K. may be television’s true first in both categories.

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september 2012 by grahams
Why Johnny can’t stream: How video copyright went insane | Ars Technica
Deploying 10,000 tiny antennas makes no technical sense—but the law demands it.
copyright  tv  law  television  courts  us  broadcast  cable  internet 
august 2012 by grahams
The Redemption of Michael K. Williams | NJ.com -
The first clear thought that creeps into Michael K. Williams’ foggy brain is, “Where the hell am I?” Somewhere in Newark, he believes, but he has no idea where, and he can’t remember how he got here. He doesn’t drive, so did he walk? Did he get a ride? And how will he get home from here, wherever the hell “here” is — a basement in the projects? A cellar in a boarded-up drug den?

And is this Newark? Or is it Irvington? Or Paterson? Or some other place apparently erased from Williams’ memory — and God’s, too? And who are these foul-smelling losers, incoherent or passed out next to him on tattered, urine-soaked mattresses?

Slowly, the haze is lifting. Oh, yeah. He’s been on another cocaine binge. But how much time has gone by? A day? Two? More? He can’t tell. He searches for clues. Is that daylight or a street light creeping into the space? He listens for street noise. Nothin’. He reaches for his cell phone, but it’s not in his pocket. “Son of a ...” Oh, wait, that’s right. It wasn’t stolen. He used it as collateral to get the drugs.
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august 2012 by grahams
Louis C.K. on eating pressure and providing an alternative to The Man   | Comedy | Interview | The A.V. Club
In late 2011, C.K. made headlines by selling his latest comedy special, Live At The Beacon Theater, directly to fans through his website, cutting out middlemen like cable channels or DVD distributors. The experiment was such a smashing success that comedians like Jim Gaffigan and Aziz Ansari soon followed suit. Emboldened, C.K. has announced plans to sell tickets to his upcoming stand-up comedy tour through his own website, once again cutting out middlemen like Ticketmaster. 
C.K. recently completed shooting on the third season of Louie in addition to preparing for his next stand-up tour. The television auteur has also been cast in a new film from one of his idols, Woody Allen. (In a neat bit of synchronicity, C.K. hired Allen’s former editor, Susan Morse, to edit the third season of Louie, a task he previously handled himself.) The A.V Club recently spoke with the hardest-working man in comedy about his insane workload and enviable work ethic, his shark-like tendencies, and why he won’t he won’t be appearing in a buddy-cop movie with Larry The Cable Guy any time soon. 
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july 2012 by grahams
Rachel Maddow's Quiet War | Politics News | Rolling Stone
America's leading lefty wonk has seen the enemy, and it's not just the GOP - it's the battles she fights every day with herself
culture  politics  tv  television  maddow 
july 2012 by grahams
Maxim Interrogates the Makers and Stars of The Wire | Maxim
We speak with the men and women who made one of the best TV shows of all time.
thewire  television  tv  history  omarcomin 
june 2012 by grahams
The Family Hour: An Oral History of The Sopranos | Hollywood | Vanity Fair
Since that controversial last episode of The Sopranos, in June 2007, the cast and crew have never spoken so candidly about the show that changed both their lives and the showbiz landscape. With creator David Chase leading the way, Sam Kashner gets a behind-the-scenes history of a national obsession as James Gandolfini, Edie Falco, Michael Imperioli, and other Sopranos insiders talk about their years as a family, the trauma when someone got whacked, and making their peace with the finale.
tv  television  sopranos  from instapaper
march 2012 by grahams
Minimal Mac | TV Is Broken
A parent in a cable-less household tries to explain commercial television to their child.
media  television  tv 
march 2012 by grahams
Battlestar's "Daybreak:" The worst ending in the history of on-screen science fiction | Brad Ideas
Battlestar Galactica attracted a lot of fans and a lot of kudos during its run, and engendered this sub blog about it. Here, in my final post on the ending, I present the case that its final hour was the worst ending in the history of science fiction on the screen. This is a condemnation of course, but also praise, because my message is not simply that the ending was poor, but that the show rose so high that it was able to fall so very far. I mean it was the most disappointing ending ever.
tv  television  bsg  scifi 
january 2012 by grahams
What Could Have Been: Frank Darabont Speaks About His Original Walking Dead Season 2 Opener!
Frank Darabont (and Sam Witwer) on what Darabont's Season 2 opener of The Walking Dead would have looked like
tv  television  zombies  darabont 
january 2012 by grahams
Roger Craig Broke Jeopardy's Record, with an App
[..]Roger Craig [..] broke Jeopardy’s all-time money record in a single game, surpassing previous champion Ken Jennings) during his second round. He then went on to win every game taped for that week and returned for the Tournament of Champions earlier this month.

How did Craig do it? Well it turns out that he is a computer scientist and built an application that allowed him to power study his way through an archive of thousands of Jeopardy questions and answers.
hack  jeopardy  learning  television  tv 
november 2011 by grahams
An Oral History of the Rise and Fall (and Rise) of "The Dana Carvey Show": Movies + TV: GQ
Steve Carell. Stephen Colbert. Louis C.K. Charlie Kaufman. Robert Smigel. Some of comedy's greatest minds got one of their biggest breaks on the short-lived but much-loved "The Dana Carvey Show." Fifteen years later, in this exclusive oral history, the players recount the brief but fertile life of a truly unusual show
tv  television  comedy  history  interviews 
august 2011 by grahams
SPOILER ALERT - Breaking Bad Creator Vince Gilligan on Last Night's Season Premiere - Hollywood Prospectus Blog
Do not read this article if you haven't seen the first episode of the new season of Breaking Bad
Breaking Bad finally returned last night, picking up right where it left off 13 (!) months ago, with Jesse aiming a gun at poor Gale's head and, despite some perceived ambiguity regarding the season finale's final camera angle, most assuredly not missing. On Friday, we spoke with series mastermind Vince Gilligan, who discussed the season premiere's bloody events in vivid detail, so if you didn't watch the show and still intend to, by God, please stop reading. We're serious about this: "Spoiler alert" doesn't even begin to do it justice.
tv  television  SPOILERS  breakingbad  interviews 
july 2011 by grahams
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