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The Shield - The Wallflower Collection
A spreadsheet cataloguing all of "wallflower"'s episode-by-episode guide to The Shield - his writing on it is so, so good.
theshield  tv  writing 
february 2015 by infovore
McSweeney’s Internet Tendency: America: A Review.
"It has some unique perspective every once in awhile, but honestly, America can be super derivative. Most of the stories have already been on The Simpsons."
satire  reviews  mcsweenys  america  tv 
july 2013 by infovore
Snow Crash (simulated) | jwz
"This TV is playing a built-in MPEG of static, instead of just displaying solid blue or solid black like they used to do. I think that's kind of awesome. The map has become the territory." Blimey.
tv  static  livinginthefuture 
january 2012 by infovore
How Dan Harmon Drives Himself Crazy Making Community | Magazine
"His earliest revelation about how the TV medium worked—one that heavily influences Community—came courtesy of a Cheers board game he spotted at a toy store. He realized that the characters were so relatable and their dynamics so clearly defined that anyone could step into their lives—even in a board game." Brilliant interview with Dan Harmon - but this paragraph really leapt out at me.
community  story  narrative  danharmon  writing  sitcoms  tv  structure 
october 2011 by infovore
The Apple TV Set
"Apple has already built its TV. It’s called the Apple TV and that’s why it’s called the Apple TV. Because we’re supposed to be rethinking what a TV is. The TV is not the screen with seven different inputs for your players and boxes and game machines. The TV is the content and the buttons we touch to get to that content."
apple  tv  media  consumption 
april 2011 by infovore
YouTube - Law & Order: UK - Lessons in British Justice
Lovely trailer from BBC America for Law & Order UK. Sadly, it illustrates roughly what the British trying to make American-style procedural drama looks like. Lots of slamming things down. And tea. (Although: they don't know what "knackers" means, clearly.)
culture  tv  bbc 
january 2011 by infovore
facebook tv - this is
"Thought experiment: what if tomorrow Facebook announced Facebook TV? Would their default UI -- a stream of recommended items from your friends -- be more or less compelling than Google's search box?" It probably would.
tv  serendipity  discovery 
may 2010 by infovore
Showroulette « Snarkmarket
"When people talk about serendipity, they’re not always talking about discovering something that’s totally brand-new. In fact, I’d haz ard that they’re USUALLY talk ing about randomly unearthing some thing that’s comforting and familiar. This is ten times more true with television."
serendipity  broadcast  television  tv  chance  randomness 
may 2010 by infovore
The Collapse of Complex Business Models « Clay Shirky
"Diller, Brill, and Murdoch seem be stating a simple fact—we will have to pay them—but this fact is not in fact a fact. Instead, it is a choice, one its proponents often decline to spell out in full, because, spelled out in full, it would read something like this: “Web users will have to pay for what they watch and use, or else we will have to stop making content in the costly and complex way we have grown accustomed to making it. And we don’t know how to do that.”"
clayshirky  media  business  press  tv  video  internet  online 
april 2010 by infovore
BBC - BBC TV blog: Doctor Who: The return of the Weeping Angels
"The best way to explain the difference between Blink and these two episodes would be to say that I think the best conceived movie sequel ever was Aliens following Alien. It took the same monster into an entirely different type of film." I love Steven Moffat very much.
stevenmoffat  bbc  doctorwho  writing  sequels  telly  tv 
april 2010 by infovore
56/365 « Jon Cartwright Blog
"...for reasons that baffle me, my TV can only receive the four terrestrial channels, plus a grainy feed from the building’s security cameras. Easy choice."
tv  security  panopticon 
february 2010 by infovore
YouTube confirms worldwide deal for live Indian Premier League cricket | Media |
"YouTube has confirmed its first live major sporting deal, announcing today that it will host live Indian Premier League cricket matches in the UK, and casting into doubt the value of British TV broadcast rights." Wow. Awesome!
google  youtube  cricket  ipl  media  tv  licensing 
january 2010 by infovore
Why must grown adults whinge about TV spoilers? | Television & radio | The Guardian
"But we are spoiled. Spoiled to the core. As a kid, when I skipped to the Odeon to see Watership Down, popping back via my granddad's house, if he asked me what I'd watched, I'd recount it in glorious detail. It was the 70s. He didn't do spoilers. He was a grown man. He'd spent two years in a trench during the Battle of Monte Cassino getting his hair parted by bullets, so whether Hazel the cartoon rabbit got squashed while out hunting cartoon carrots wasn't really his concern." I am largely spoiler-immune; I always argue that *how* something happens is more important than *what*. Apart from, you know, the massive ones that are at the core of things. Anyhow, Grace Dent doesn't care either.
spoilers  culture  media  tv  tootrue  gracedent 
december 2009 by infovore
Joe Moran's blog: Hole in the wall
"The interesting, or arguably uninteresting, thing about this programme is that it is completely lacking in any sort of narrative arc. All the other programmes on Saturday night are a gift for a narratologist: with their judges’ scores, audience votes and dance-offs/sing-offs, they are all crisis, crescendo and narrative resolution. But Hole in the Wall is different. It’s just celebrities going through these differently-shaped holes in the wall, again and again and again... Hole in the Wall is the groundhog day of Saturday evening light entertainment." Saturday-night audiences like a good plot.
joemoran  plot  narrative  tv  entertainment  holeinthewall 
november 2009 by infovore
russell davies: hyperland
"If / when telly people complain that their industry was blind-sided by the internet/interactivity I think it might be fair to point out that this was made in 1990. And that it was shown - ON THE TELLY. Or would that be mean?" Douglas Adams' documentary "Hyperland", a crash course in hypertext written and shown pre-the-web.
douglasadams  tv  documentary  hypertext  hypermedia 
october 2009 by infovore
This Blog Sits at the: Everything I know about management I learned from TV
"William Petersen as Gil Grissom, David Caruso as Horatio Caine, Gary Sinese as Mac Taylor, Mark Harmon as Jethro Gibbs, Anthony LaPaglia as Jack Malone. These guys are the franchise players of primetime TV. But they are also role models. Each represents a different management style." I'd work for Grissom instead of Gibbs in a flash, personally, but I'm an eccentric and I like eccentric managers.
management  tv  crime  csi  ncis  procedural  analogy 
july 2009 by infovore
BBC - BBC Internet Blog: Shownar: reflecting online buzz around BBC programmes
why do it? To borrow from the site's About pages: "First, it will help you find shows that others have not only watched, but are talking about. Hopefully it'll throw up a few hidden gems. People's interest, attention and engagement with shows are more important to Shownar than viewing figures; the audience size of a documentary on BBC FOUR, for instance, will never approach that of EastEnders, but if that documentary sparks a lot of interest and comment - even discussion - we want to highlight it. And second, when you've found a show of interest, we want to assist your onward journey by generating links to related discussions elsewhere on the web. In the same way news stories are improved by linking out to the same story on other news sites, we believe shows are improved by connecting them to the wider discussion and their audience." Dan Taylor explains Shownar from the BBC's perspective
bbc  shownar  blogpost  tv  radio  discovery  discussion  community  behaviour 
june 2009 by infovore
Pulse Laser: Shownar
"Shownar tracks millions of blogs and Twitter plus other microblogging services, and finds people talking about BBC telly and radio. Then it datamines to see where the conversations are and what shows are surprisingly popular. You can explore the shows at Shownar itself. It’s an experimental prototype we’ve designed and built for the BBC over the last few months. We’ll learn a lot having it in the public eye, and I hope to see it as a key part of discovery and conversation scattered across BBC Online one day." Matt talks about Shownar on Pulse Laser.
schulzeandwebb  blog  shownar  tv  radio  discovery 
june 2009 by infovore
"Shownar tracks the online buzz around BBC shows. It's an experimental prototype and we want your feedback." What I've been working on in the first three months at Schulze & Webb, and is now live. Exciting!
bbc  shownar  prototype  tv  radio  scheduling  popularity  buzz  whatshouldiwatch 
june 2009 by infovore
Mob rule: my night with the Xbox 360 premiere of 1 vs. 100 - Offworld
Brandon on a genuine piece of interactive TV programming - Endemol's live 360 version of 1 vs 100, coinciding with the broadcast of the show in Canada. This sort of thing is always a nightmare, so impressive to see it working so well.
games  tv  interaction  offworld  interactivetv  crossplatform  media  endemol 
may 2009 by infovore
It's not a race (Phil Gyford’s website)
"Sheeeeeeeeeeeeit! BBC, you just don’t deserve to get your hands on these shows." Yes - whilst we all binged on the Wire when we had it on DVD, that doesn't mean that the "binge" is the correct method of consumption. 60 episodes across 12 weeks? Madness, and I say that as a Wire fan.
tv  thewire  bbc  scheduling  madness 
march 2009 by infovore
Film Studies
"What's So Great About The Wire?", a course at UC Berkley. Given the comparisons they suggest, to leave out any of Series 2 from their studies is, frankly, criminal.
education  tv  thewire  davidsimon  filmstudies  wotnosobotka 
february 2009 by infovore
What Would Don Draper Do?
Don turns to writing a self-help column. The style is pretty much spot on.
parody  pastiche  tv  madmen  advice  tumblr  selfhelp 
january 2009 by infovore
“The words should roll out of the mouth” - On the dubbing of “The Wire” in German | The Babbel Blog
The Wire has started airing on German TV, in a dubbed version; fascinating interview on how to translate it whilst keep the flavour of the original show.
wire  dubbing  translation  german  tv  thewire  language  slang 
december 2008 by infovore
The ORIGINAL Illustrated Catalog Of ACME Products
"ACME is a worldwide leader of many manufactured goods. From its humble beginnings providing corks and flypaper to bug collectors ("Buddy's Bug Hunt/1935") to its heyday in the American Southwest supplying a certain coyote, from Ultimatum Dispatchers to Batman outfits, ACME has set the standard for excellence. For the first time ever, information and pictures of all ACME products, specialty divisions, and services featured in Warner Bros. cartoons (made by the original studio from 1935 to 1964) are gathered here, in one convenient catalog."
acme  manufacturing  cartoons  reference  products  tv 
november 2008 by infovore
The Brainy Gamer: Meta4orce - chat with the designer
Now this *is* interesting: a comments thread in which Michael Abbott's readers put questions to Iain Lobb, one of the designers behind Meta4orce... and he answers them candidly and informatively. Interesting stuff about the limitations of building games around TV shows for public service broadcasters.
tv  meta4orce  games  interaction  design  play  broadcast  bbc 
august 2008 by infovore
ohnotheydidnt: Mad Men Playboy shoot
Some of the cast of Mad Men do a shoot for Playboy - in period style. Wonderful.
playboy  fashion  photography  period  tv  madmen  pastiche 
august 2008 by infovore
Click opera - Lost ways of looking at looking
"What's so remarkable about this series is that it seems more apposite, subversive and thought-provoking than ever". The book certainly shaped some of my own approach to art and criticism when I was at university
art  tv  criticism  johnberger  history  culture  television  waysofseeing 
may 2008 by infovore
Gin, Television, and Social Surplus - Here Comes Everybody
"The way you explore complex ecosystems is you just try lots and lots and lots of things, and you hope that everybody who fails fails informatively so that you can at least find a skull on a pikestaff near where you're going." Wonderful talk from Shirky.
clayshirky  televsion  tv  industrialrevolution  society  culture  revolution  change  participation  interactivity 
april 2008 by infovore
Print Tonight on <i>Dateline</i> This Man Will Die
"Before the unexpected series of events that began yesterday afternoon, for example, Hansen had no intention of ever being here, outside this house, waiting for a SWAT team on an overcast Sunday afternoon." God, US Esquire can be good.
journalism  writing  tv  broadcast  policework  dateline 
january 2008 by infovore
I Believe in Advertising | Advertising Blog & Community » Volkswagen Tiguan: The moving city
Lovely commercial for a Volkswagen SUV - "The city never rests; enjoy the movement." Not sure a SUV is the best way to enjoy the movement, but I say their point.
advertising  commercial  tv  car 
january 2008 by infovore
Doctor Who: Revolutionary Or Tool Of The Man?
"In general, we noticed the Doctor is more likely to overthrow the government on alien planets, or in the distant future. When he visits present-day Earth or our history, he's an arch-conservative."
doctorwho  scifi  politics  tv 
january 2008 by infovore
scans_daily: Jack Kirby's unpublished treatment of The Prisoner.
Wow - Jack Kirby did an unpublished treatment of the Prisoner. Really, really striking.
comics  tv  theprisoner  jackkirby  kirby  60s 
november 2007 by infovore
Colbert Calls it Quits - The Colbert Report
Made me laugh out loud at my desk this morning. "The people have spoken, and apparently they're tired of freedom".
stephencolbert  humour  politics  democracy  tv  funny 
november 2006 by infovore
Dickens and the Classic Serial - Giddings
Specifically, the classic _television/radio serial_ - but a cracking piece of writing nontheless
victorian  tv  radio  drama  serial  mediastudies 
may 2006 by infovore

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