Posts tagged television
Posts tagged television
Vanessa Thorpe, The Guardian:
Danny Cohen, head of the BBC’s television output, has promised viewers that the corporation will not make any more all-male comedy panel shows.
Following recommendations made by the BBC Trust last year, Cohen has underlined his determination to see women appearing in the habitually macho environment of panel shows such as QI and Mock the Week. Talking to the Observer about his plans for better representing his audiences on screen, Cohen said: “We’re not going to have any more panel shows with no women on them. It’s not acceptable.”
That’s cool. Women are hilarious, we need more of them in comedy.
Here’s a ten minute behind the scenes look from HBO into their HBO Theatre opening from the ’80s, the one with a city flyover and HBO logo spinning in outer space. It took more than three months to build the 30-foot model used in the city shot.
Tim Masters, BBC News:
The BBC destroyed many of the sci-fi drama [Doctor Who]’s original transmission tapes in the 1960s and 1970s.
However, many episodes were transferred on to film for sale to foreign broadcasters. It is often these prints found in other countries that are the source of retrieved episodes.
In this case, 11 Doctor Who episodes were discovered, nine of which were missing, in the Nigerian city of Jos.
The find was made by Philip Morris, director of a company called Television International Enterprises Archive.
Mr Morris said: “The tapes had been left gathering dust in a storeroom at a television relay station in Nigeria. I remember wiping the dust off the masking tape on the canisters and my heart missed a beat as I saw the words, Doctor Who. When I read the story code I realised I’d found something pretty special.”
Having grown up with computers and lived through the age of digital archival, it saddens me whenever I hear about any sort of creative media having been lost or destroyed. This happened a lot with old television shows especially, where reels were often taped over to save money.
So hearing about discoveries like these always brings a smile to my face.
Steven Musil for CNET:
Microsoft is pulling the plug on MSN TV, a service formerly known as WebTV, as Apple ramps up its set-top box efforts.
The pioneering service, one of the first to offer Internet access via television sets, will shut down September 30, Microsoft revealed in an e-mail to subscribers and an FAQ posted to its Web site. WebTV, which was founded by Web entrepreneur Steve Perlman in 1996, was acquired by Microsoft for $425 million in 1997.
WebTV never lived up to the hype and never started a revolution, and honestly I was surprised it’s still operating. I remember as a kid being super hyped about having the internet on your TV, constructing a conception of what that would mean far more interesting than what it really was. Even today, even though I know better, when I hear “WebTV” I feel wistful for something I never even used.
S.I.P. (surf in peace)
Preface: this is 100% real.
Gerrick D. Kennedy writing for the Los Angeles Times:
Sixteen years after Notorious B.I.G.’s life and career were cut short in a drive-by shooting in Los Angeles, his children will pay homage to their iconic father with a new animated series.
"House of Wallace" is anchored around the slain rapper’s two children, 16-year-old C.J. Wallace — who he had with his wife, R&B singer Faith Evans — and 19-year-old T’yanna Wallace, as they fight to maintain his New York City recording studio and preserve his legacy, Ossian Media has announced.
I kind of like this. The storyline—which you can read more of in the article—is very Saturday morning cartoon-y: two plucky youths get into wacky misadventures while standing up to adults and otherwise doing the right thing. And the oddly semi-autobiographical premise is unusual and could be interesting. The show has not been picked up by a network yet; the headline and intro of the article make it sound like it’s a done deal, but they’re apparently still in “discussions.”
Okay, now prepare your spit take cup.
The spirit of the slain rapper serves as a central character, appearing to the children in ethereal form to guide them through their misadventures.
THE GHOST OF BIGGIE WILL BE THE SPIRIT GUIDE CHARACTER WHO GIVES THEM SUPPORT
This is one of the most ridiculous show concepts I’ve ever heard and I think I love it.
Al-Jazeera is spending $500 million to acquire Current TV, the left-leaning cable news network co-founded by former Vice President Al Gore. The deal gives Al-Jazeera access to about 50 million homes. As part of an expansion, the network is promising to hire more journalists and double the number of U.S. news bureaus it has.
FINALLY, INCONTROVERTIBLE PROOF THAT LIBERALISM IS A MUSLIM CONSPIRACY
Nah, but this is an interesting acquisition. The linked article goes in pretty deep on this thing, as far as typical reporting goes, so check it out.
The All Japan Kasoh Grand-Prix is a recurring televised content in Japan where teams use costumes and props to act out a scene depicting a person or people, an object, an event, etc. This video is a compilation of the first 79 winners, starting from the competition’s event in 1979 and going to 2008.
If you’ve ever wondered where the bullet time ping-pong video is from, this is where. It won in 2003.
AP report on social issues and TV in India:
Shining light on inequities like the rampant abortion of female fetuses, caste discrimination and the slaying of brides in dowry disputes, actor Aamir Khan has reached an estimated one-third of the country with a new TV talk show that tackles persistent flaws of modern India that many of its citizens would prefer to ignore.
"Satyamev Jayate", or "Truth Alone Prevails," is a clever blend of hard news and raw emotional appeal — part 60 Minutes, part Oprah. Its influence has even prodded the notoriously lethargic government machinery into action, though it’s too soon to know what policy changes may be in the works.
The issue the article spends the most time on is the abortion of female fetuses, which is a disgustingly enormous problem in India. Even just using an ultrasound machine to determine the sex of a fetus has been illegal since 1994. It hasn’t helped.
From the fourth series of Would I Lie To You? comes this segment where Kevin Bridges, Lee Mack, and Brian Cox have to figure out whether the doorknob fell off David Mitchell’s bedroom door two years ago and he’s never bothered to have it repaired.
This video contains one of the greatest stares in the history of mankind.
Welcome to the fourth annual Crystal Light National Aerobic Championship finals, featuring regional finalists from all across the United States competing for the title of America’s best aerobic athlete!
I can’t look away.