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Tube Bits For 11/12/07

  • Good, or bad, news for LOST fans. ABC is apparently going to show the 8 episodes they have completed, instead of waiting for all 16 to be done. LOST will probably air sometime around February sweeps. This whole strike thing is annoying me no end, and I don’t even watch that much TV!
  • Was Star Trek successful because it was Wagon Train in space, or because of something else? Phyllis Schelmer contends she helped Gene Roddenberry tap “into the an ancient source of enlightened consciousness”, and this led to the success of Star Trek. There’s even a streaming audio with Ms. Schlemer about her involvement with Roddenberry. Hmm, wonder why she isn’t prominently discussed as a source of inspiration? As a psychic, you’d think she would have known she would be relegated to obscurity.
  • Macleans.CA looks at fantasy in TV. Where once networks want police procedurals, now they want fantasy-themed shows. By asking for these shows to be set in today’s world, but with fantastical elements, they are keeping SFX, and costs, to a minimum. Of course, all this is for naught if the stories aren’t good. Reaper and Pushing Daisies are examples.
  • PC World reviews NBC’s new Hulu video service. They find that the content is impressive and the site is easy to use. However, NBC still doesn’t understand the shift in it’s viewers habits and places stupidly restrictive conditions on where and how long a show is available. While a step in the right direction, forcing shows off after several weeks is just plain dumb. You may as well point people to the the Bittorrent trackers. How can you expect people to catch up on a show if you won’t let them watch?
  • Sy Fy Portal wonders, now that the strike is on, what’s a Sci-Fi TV addict to do? Not surprisingly, it involves watching a lot of DVDs. While that is all well and good, why not pick up a book? There’s a ton of good written SF out there, give it a try Wayne. At the very least, you could toss the book at the legions of LOST you’ve upset over your LOST comments.
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1 Comment on Tube Bits For 11/12/07

  1. I could be wrong, but the guy has two TV’s in his bedroom, each with a recorder of it’s own, something tells me that reading might not be high on his list of priorities.

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