Monday, December 31, 2007
From a Supernatural fan:
"I finally finished watching all of "Jericho" (yay DVDs for Christmas yay). I really like it, and Skeet Ulrich isn't making me roll my eyes like he was in the first couple of episodes. In fact, I like his character quite a lot now. And, surprise surprise! My OTP thus far is Stanley/Mimi, 'cause how cute are they? I haven't had a het OTP since, oh, X-Files Mulder/Scully. Odd thing is, so far I'm not seeing a lot of potential hoyay in this series, which is sorta sad. Possibly Jake/Stanley, actually, now that I think of it. Ooh, or Robert/Jake. I'm looking forward to new Jericho eps in February, whoot! Also, I need Jericho icons. And Jericho fanfic...are there comms for this?"
Saturday, December 29, 2007
I knew I loved Stephen King.
"Stephen King knows a horror show when he sees one.
In an interview last month with Time magazine, the master of the macabre asked who the magazine's person of the year would be. Then he offered his own candidates: Britney Spears and Lindsay Lohan.
The news media, he observed, is being overwhelmed by entertainment gossip. "[I told 'Nightline,'] 'You guys are just covering -- what do they call it -- the scream of the peacock, and you're missing the whole fox hunt.' Like waterboarding [or] where all the money went that we poured into Iraq. It just seems to disappear.
"And yet you get this coverage of who's gonna get custody of Britney's kids? ... You've got these things going on ... that could affect all of us, and instead, you see a lot of this back-fence gossip."
"Now that's a Vulcan outrage.
A ticked-off Trekkie is suing Christie's and CBS Paramount for selling him more than $12,000 in allegedly phony memorabilia from "Star Trek: The Next Generation."
Ted Moustakis, who's been a "Trek" fan for nearly 40 years, contends the upscale auction house sold him knockoffs last year of a visor and a table touted as one-of-a-kind items from the hit television series."
"TV Guide's Michael Ausiello reports that VERONICA MARS creator Rob Thomas has considered continuing the cancelled series a comic book...but has been warned off the project by the WGA. Thomas says:
"I had a second meeting with DC comics. I heard that the [WGA] didn't want [TV writers penning TV-based] comic books during the strike as it would promote a network property. We're investigating whether there are similar hurdles for a defunct TV series like Veronica Mars. Naturally, I won't be writing it if the Guild doesn't want me to, but we're hoping that's not the case."
Friday, December 28, 2007
"Jericho" was a show that started as a hit, and was expected to be on for some time to come. It had some great acting talent in the form of Gerald McRaney and Skeet Ulrich, and a powerful story that was completely different from anything else on television.
However, CBS thought it would follow the lead of other networks and try something different -- why not give it a long winter hiatus, and make viewers clamor for it even more in the spring.
It was a gamble that nearly cost "Jericho" its life. By the time the show returned, viewers who were interested had moved on to other things, and the audiences were only a fraction of what they were. CBS pulled the plug, and the rest was history."
"What if you lived in a small town and suddenly the entire town is cut off from the rest of the world? When a nuclear cloud is spotted off in the distance, the town of Jericho, Kansas is led to believe the worst has happened and they may be the only people left alive. WATCH JERICHO ON CBS WHEN IT RETURNS IN 2008."
Thursday, December 27, 2007
"Yahoo news is reporting that both The 4400 and The Dead Zone have aired their last new episode. USA Network reportedly isn’t even going to air a finale for either show. According to Yahoo, there may be a slight chance that another network will pick up the show but with the Writers’ Strike, it wouldn’t help! USA Network – get your act together. Finales help bring closure to fans. Don’t know what they could send you but take a lesson from Jericho and CBS. Would you want your office littered with, oh I don’t know – water bottles perhaps."
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Wednesday, December 26, 2007
"Happy Holidays From Jericho Rally Point!! Here's what's going on.Jericho Season 2 Promo Video. Visit the Season Two board for Jericho Season 2 spoilers. Jericho is #2 in SyFy Portal's Top Newsmakers of 2007. Social Networking. Do you have a blog, Myspace, Facebook, Live Journal or any other place online to help promote Jericho? And much more at JRP."
"Jericho (CBS, Feb. 12): Did you know broadcast television networks will let you have a whole show for the low, low price of 20 tons of legumes and tree nuts? It's true, and as such, the postapocalyptic drama Jericho has been magically resurrected after its ignominous cancellation in the spring of 2007. Back for seven all-new episodes, the show has shed Gerald McRaney and Pamela Reed as the parental units and reportedly features a stronger military angle and more engagement with the outside world. It should be the, uh, bomb."
This is not an official list from anywhere. These are my favorites.
Yes, they aren't all new shows but they're in my favorites list for years to come.
Feel free to leave a comment if I didn't mention your favorite.
4. The Andy Griffith Show
6. The Black Donnellys
7. The Dresden Files
8. Brothers and Sisters
9. Leave It To Beaver
Monday, December 24, 2007
Sunday, December 23, 2007
From Rich at Copywrite Ink. What more can I say?
"Barefoot in the snow with blue and frozen toes,
A match girl strikes a fire to ward away the cold.
And in the sputter of the flame she seems to see
A stove to warm her hands; the comfort of a tree;
A roast to heal her hunger; and arms of empathy.
Friendships begin with faith.
May those close take a leap for you.
Happy Holidays. See you on Dec. 27."
Saturday, December 22, 2007
Friday, December 21, 2007
"On the seventh day of Christmas, my true love gave to me…
The show that wouldn’t die
If you haven’t gotten caught up in Jericho’s post-nuclear nightmare, you really should. The show has a lot to offer fans of dynamic storytelling, from mysteries, drama, and even potential conspiracies. Basically, the series has something that appeals to just about anyone, and could easily turn into a runaway hit if given the chance."
“Jericho” fans exploded everyone’s expectations by getting CBS to bring the show back. I thought they were nuts, but the “Jericho” faithful did it – partly by sending tons of peanuts to network suits.
OK, obviously that wasn't every great TV moment of the year, but these moments stood out for me. Now it's your turn. What were 2007’s greatest or most memorable TV moments? And remember, we're talking about good things. We'll have another list for strange or gross moments later."
Thursday, December 20, 2007
"CBS released a new promo video today called CBS Explosions. Its tag line is "If you thought 2007 was explosive... just wait till 2008!!" Moonlight is one of the shows they selected to use in it ~ along with CSI, Cane, Jericho, Without a Trace, NCIS, Cold Case, The Unit, Numb3rs, Criminal Minds, Shark, CSI Miami & NY."
Andy Beard has a nice post today in regards to BlogCatalog's Acts of Kindness on Monday. He says, "I haven't just copied a list of URLs, I have actually visited each site and read every amazing article listed - there is a lot of kindness in the world and many of these stories are quite remarkable and touching."
He has listed "98 Acts of Kindness" and I'm thrilled to see "Jericho Fans Become Boo's Angels." Thanks Andy!
Wednesday, December 19, 2007
"If the fans of Journeyman ever needed a reason to bombard NBC with boxes of Rice-A-Roni, this is it:
NBC tells TVGuide.com that Bionic Woman has not —I repeat, not — been canceled.
If it is indeed true that Journeyman won’t get its back nine episodes, this is the biggest television injustice since Jericho was unceremoniously canceled by CBS."
"In Monday's episode of As the Strike Turns, soap opera stars joined WGA members on the picket lines.
Meanwhile, the producers main trade group railed against the economic impact of the writers strike action, which entered its seventh week.
"The below-the-line workers whose families depend entirely on our industry have already lost more than $200 million in the Los Angeles area alone, and the health-care benefits for many of these families are now in real jeopardy because of the WGA strike," the Alliance of Motion Picture & Television Producers said in a statement posted on the organization's Web site."
"Don't you always find you are talking about TV shows, forwarding fun links, or debating certain issues with everyone ...well, let everyone be a part of the action! TheTwoCents is now your spot for TV news, recaps, interviews and more! We also offer a side helping of Pop Culture, Movies, Music, Sports, whatever! Post Comments everywhere. Let the world know what you think! Give them your own Two Cents!"
Tuesday, December 18, 2007
Some of my favorites from BlogCatalog's Acts of Kindness posts of
"We purchased five books yesterday. And randomly selected five different cities. Within those cities, we chose five random addresses. And today, all five books will be packaged and placed in the mail. Five random acts of kindness."
"As my act of kindness, from this point on, I would like to use my blog as a tribute to all rescued cats and dogs and the people who gave them a new life. These animals have experienced being lost, mistreated, abandoned, usually spent time at local shelters and/or rescue groups, and then adjusted to their new permanent home. They've been through so much in their short lives, and I admire their adaptability."
"Early in the Fall, a skinny, scrawny, white cat showed up in our yard. She was just about the most pitiful looking cat my husband and I have ever seen. She was obviously starving and our hearts went out to her.........."
"Whether they be random or planned, acts of kindness happen rarely. However, when they're thrown out there, they really make a difference in people's lives, no matter how little or monumental these selfless acts are."
"I have over the past week I decided to focus on acts of kindness for the earth. I thought the earth could do with some acts of kindness, so the beauty I enjoy is here for generations to come.
My concentration has been on collecting any litter that is left lying around the beach where I walk and swim each day."
Monday, December 17, 2007
"Hey Jericho fans get a first look at the new Season of Jericho before anyone else. Click here to see an exclusive promo. We're giving all of you Rangers a sneak peek before it airs anywhere else.
CBS Jericho Web Team"
Be sure to check this out as it certainly looks official.
"Without first-run episodes of TV's biggest scripted hits, the nets hope a handful of original scripted shows will draw eyeballs. Among them: CBS' Jericho, the return of NBC's original Law & Order and the premieres of Fox's Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles, Canterbury's Law and New Amsterdam.
Most buyers believe those shows could benefit from limited competition. But with ratings at most networks down versus a year ago—even factoring in increased DVR usage this season—several advertisers questioned whether broadcasters have the promotional muscle to create awareness for those programs.
"If people aren't watching TV, how do you get the message out that you have original scripted series coming in first quarter?" said Starcom Entertainment executive vp Laura Caraccioli-Davis."
Sunday, December 16, 2007
"It seems that neither the Writers Guild of America nor the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers can prevent themselves from surrendering the hard-fought PR high ground in the ongoing Hollywood strike.
When the producers took their ball and went home in a petulant huff to shut down the last negotiating session, the guild looked every bit the faithful bride abandoned at the altar.
But, evidently uncomfortable with that reserve of public sympathy, the WGA brought in its lawyers and filed a complaint Friday with the National Labor Relations Board accusing AMPTP of failing to negotiate in good faith. The end result of this poke in the studios' collective eye is that the NLRB will now have to mount a 30-day investigation into the matter -- seemingly guaranteeing no meaningful negotiations until late January."
Saturday, December 15, 2007
"Universal HD, a cable network owned by NBC Universal, is snagging Jericho for two mini-marathons in high definition this weekend.
This is what’s weird: Jericho airs on CBS. But whatever. The more airing Jericho gets, the better. They’re airing the first six episodes of Season 1:
Saturday (December 15):
8 p.m. — Pilot
9 p.m. — Fallout
10 p.m. — Four Horsemen
11 p.m. — Walls of Jericho
midnight — Federal Response
1 a.m. — 9:02"
The Monster Fan of the Week is someone who has worked very hard for Jericho and he continues to do so. He inspires, motivates, and loves Heather.
He is also helpful, kind, always willing to share ideas, and never misses an opportunity to tell anyone who will listen about Jericho.
The Monster Fan of The Week is Cingramaol.
Congratulations, Clarke, and thanks for all your hard work.
Friday, December 14, 2007
Thanks to RubberPoultry for the graphic.
"CBS CEO Les Moonves stirred up the easily stirred Parents Television Council last week when he suggested Showtime's "Dexter" might find its way to network audiences this season.
According to the Hollywood Reporter, Moonves told reporters at a New York media conference that the series about a serial killer with standards "fits in with our crime shows," and that "with some edits," it could be ready for prime time.
Since it's hard to imagine that Moonves, whose grasp of what is and isn't going to work for CBS is generally pretty good, hasn't noticed that most of those CBS crime shows are about people who are trying to catch serial killers, not keep them killing, I'm going to pass this one off as writers strike bluster from a guy whose network could be in trouble."
"Hollywood union strikes have never been a dainty affair. On one side, you usually have powerful people with tons of money and even weightier egos. On the other side, you often have famous people (who also happen to have some money and fair-sized egos) and people who aspire to be famous (and one day have the wealth and ego-boost that fame brings). So as the writers' strike heads toward its seventh week with no end in sight, you know there won't be a quick, easy, or quiet end to the walkout called by the 8,000-member Writers Guild of America.
Indeed, it looks as if studio executives are prepared to wait out the writers for weeks, months, maybe more. For those of us at home, that means more warmed-over reruns and reality shows no self-respecting cable channel would dare offer under normal circumstances."
Thursday, December 13, 2007
"There aren't many shows that could largely reinvent themselves in their third seasons and come out on top. That would require almost, ahem, "Supernatural" intervention.
And yet The CW's Thursday-night (8 p.m., Ch. 30) action/horror/thriller/comedy has done just that. It's better than ever.
For those of you who haven't checked the series out, "Supernatural" began as the story of brothers Sam (Jared Padalecki) and Dean Winchester (Jensen Ackles), whose mother was killed by a demon when they were very young. Their father, John (Jeffrey Dean Morgan), seeking revenge, became a skilled demon hunter and raised his sons to follow in his footsteps."
"Fans and stars of defunct TV shows "Buffy the Vampire Slayer," "Angel" and "Firefly" participated in a rally to support striking Hollywood writers.
All three shows, which still have huge followings, were created by Joss Whedon and were lauded during their runs for the quality of their writing."
Wednesday, December 12, 2007
"“What’s at issue here is a principle -- how this all works vs. a specific dollar amount. And that precedent is why for both sides this is a very high-stakes game,” said Harley Shaiken, a labor relations expert at the University of California-Berkeley. No, he’s not speaking of some high-faluting political situation or even how to sell used cars. The subject matter at hand is the nasty strike between the Hollywood writers and the studios and networks."
"Jericho's season two premieres on Feb. 12 is a date to circle on your calendars as the show's resurrection thanks to a grass roots campaign may be the single greatest fan triumph in television history. Even better, these seven episodes could lead to a season three, depending on ratings. The underrated New Adventures Of Old Christine finds a home in the CBS line up as of 2/12, which is also when The Captain, starring Jeffrey Tambor and Chris Klein, debuts. New cycles of Big Brother and Survivor are back earlier than scheduled and the Drew Carey hosted Power of 10 will be used to fill holes as well."
Tuesday, December 11, 2007
"Could the writers strike foreshadow life without advertiser support for scripted TV programs?
A media world without scripted programming -- something more likely as the strike drags on -- may start to look a lot like the coming world of heavy DVR penetration that could render ads on scripted TV shows largely powerless. If the strike forces advertisers to shift their focus to live and reality programming, it will effectively lift the curtain on a future in which live events command the biggest ad bucks and dramas and sitcoms lose much of their cachet. After all, if advertisers find effective ways to market without those scripted shows -- today or tomorrow -- some may never come back."
"With Katie Couric's perky personality and "Today" background at the ready, her arrival at CBS to anchor the evening newscast was billed as a chance to reinvent the program in a way that would attract more women and younger viewers. That hasn't exactly worked out. Now CBS is promoting the show as if Walter Cronkite still sat behind the desk.
"Experience You Can Trust," under a picture of Ms. Couric, was the slogan in an ad for the CBS Evening News that ran in USA Today last week. The ad also used quotes from various newspaper and online reviews to talk about the "impressive" and "poignant" reporting on the newscast. CBS said the ad is part of the network's regular promotion of the program."
Monday, December 10, 2007
"The Kraft Group and CBS Corp. today will announce plans to bring a piece of The Tiffany Network to Patriot Place in the form of a first-of-its-kind, CBS-themed restaurant and entertainment venue with more than 130 high-definition monitors broadcasting “a gazillion” CBS shows from past and present.
Inside the three-story CBS Scene Restaurant and Bar slated to open next fall, patrons sitting in booths will be able to dial up college football games and other sports, old episodes of “I Love Lucy,” “The Honeymooners,” “Gilligan’s Island,” “The Twilight Zone,” and more favorites from the network’s extensive library."
"Sci Fi Channel announced it has ordered Ghost Hunters International, a new spin-off of the reality series that will follow a team of paranormal investigators as they embark throughout Europe to debunk haunted spots across the Atlantic."
Sunday, December 9, 2007
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"As the writers strike heads into its sixth week, your favorite scripted dramas and comedies are continuing to dwindle.
The networks plan lots of new programs for January and beyond, including loads of reality fare. And there will be fresh scripted series that were wrapped before the strike began.
Sure, there'll be stuff to watch. But that's cold comfort for fans feeling the premature absence of new episodes of the shows they love best."
Saturday, December 8, 2007
On Tuesday, December 11th, actors are encouraged to bring a friend to the line for "Bring An Actor Friend to the Line Day." SAG, standing in solidarity, is asking that everyone involved in the industry, unionized or not, come out to support their friends and co-workers. Bring An Actor to the Line Day will be held at all picket locations. Locations are normally announced the previous day, however normal locations, up until this point have been at Paramount Studios and Warner Brothers locations."
More info here.
Friday, December 7, 2007
"On the CBS "Early Show" last month, co-host Julie Chen claimed that there was "an alarming suicide rate among veterans" of the Iraq/Afghanistan conflicts. CBS then aired a report that went on to claim that the suicide rate for our troops had wildly climbed. Our own Newsbuster Kyle Drennen had his doubts about the report when the show originally aired and now comes an editorial by oftentime military reporter Michael Fumento further casting large amounts of skepticism on the CBS report."
"Dark Horse is releasing a three-issue miniseries called SERENITY: BETTER DAYS, beginning in March, which will be written by none other than Whedon himself along with Brett Matthews, and which will be drawn by Will Conrad. The miniseries will go back in time to the early years of the Firefly crew, before they starting picking up little girls with weird powers and people started dying all over the place."
Thursday, December 6, 2007
"CBS Chief Executive Leslie Moonves is hopeful but not terribly optimistic about an end to the Hollywood writers strike. He still believes in CBS Evening News anchor Katie Couric. And--despite the medium's critics--he's bullish on network television.
Moonves took the stage Monday to discuss these and other topics over lunch at UBS' (nyse: UBS - news - people ) Global Media & Communications Conference."
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Jensen & Jared video: Supernatural.
Wednesday, December 5, 2007
** I'm finally back. My cable has been out for several days.**
If you're "nuts" about Jericho here is your chance to own the Cheyenne Flag which flew over Camp Liberty in the Season One Finale. One fan chosen at random in the Pencils2mediamoguls campaign will win the flag which will also be signed by the writers and maybe even cast members from the series. Here's your chance to own a peice of the show by listing Jericho as the series you are supporting when you buy your pencils.
Find out more at http://www.pencils2mediamoguls.com
100 Top Items that Disappear first in a National Emergency:
Members of survivalretreat and JerichoCBS on Yahoo Groups worked collectively to add and edit it to a more user friendly, catagorized format, and check list of areas of consideration.
Monday, December 3, 2007
More info on Boo's Christmas Angels here.
" With both sides back at the barricades, many believe the writers strike won't be resolved until March at the earliest.
Optimism for a quick resolution as negotiations resume Tuesday has faded to nearly nonexistent. In the aftermath of last week's lifting of the news blackout about the talks, each side played the blame game and stressed how insulted it's been by the other's recent conduct.
The WGA has eased up on its hardline stance in one area -- it granted a waiver for writing on Sunday night's telecast of the Kennedy Center Honors. Although the guild has said previously it was mulling such actions, the program represented the first reported instance of a guild waiver since the strike began Nov. 5."
Saturday, December 1, 2007
Just a brief update. Here's a picture of my Boo as a baby.
Boo and I had a wonderful day together. She is now on her way to Indiana.
Again, I thank all of you who made this possible. You saved Boo's life which saved mine too.
I am exhausted so will return on Monday.
Thursday, November 29, 2007
If you missed this story please go here.
Just an update on my Boo.
She was spayed yesterday and is doing great!
She leaves for her new foster home in Indiana Friday night.
The other good news is that I will be able to spend about 8 hours with her before she leaves. I haven't seen her in two weeks.
I am very excited about that but sad to see her go. Of course the alternative is unthinkable.
Many thanks to everyone who made this possible. Your outpouring of support, donations, and love have been beyond astounding.
I'll be with my Boo tomorrow but I'll be back to make another report when she arrives in her new home.
Thank you all!!!
I'll be back to regular blogging on Monday.
Wednesday, November 28, 2007
I have decided to wait until Monday to go back to my regular blogging. My real life circumstances have been taking all my time and I can't work on the blogs right now.
I am speaking of the campaign to save my dog Boo. You can read the story here if you missed it.
The good news is that, once again, some kind, compassionate Jericho fans banded together and worked with me on a solution. The best news is that Boo has been saved. She has a new foster home and will be going there on Sat.
There is still work to be done so we will continue. I will post daily updates.
Thank you all.
Monday, November 26, 2007
A wonderful Jericho fan has agreed to foster my dog until I can work my situation out to get her back. We are in the process of working out transport from here in Alabama to her home in Indiana.
At this time it appears we need to send her by air. We've had several donations and I thank those donors with all my heart.
If you know of anyone who does transports or if you would like to donate it would be most appreciated. We don't have much time.
You will find a donation button on the right side of the page at:
Thank you all.
Please see an urgent post from me here:
If you have any ideas or information please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Thanks in advance.
Sunday, November 25, 2007
"On Monday the WGA and AMPTP will recommence negotiations. The FFWGA wishes them Godspeed. However, our support cannot waver. I must stress: we will not stop campaigning on the writers’ behalf until the contract is signed, sealed, delivered, and serenaded by Stevie Wonder.
That is why on Monday and Tuesday, during normal business hours (9AM to 5PM) we are asking EVERY ONE of our members to call one or all of the following numbers:
Anne Sweeny, ABC
Kevin Reilly, Fox
Bruce Rosenblum, Warner Bros.
Phillippe Dauma, Viacom
Jeff Zucker, NBC Universal
1.212.975.4545 (This is a direct line)
Les Moonves, CBS
For the entire article please go here.
Saturday, November 24, 2007
"Just four cents per DVD -- that's the writer's home video residual, we're told. More specifically, the hated DVD formula is 1.5% (or 1.8%) of 20% of the studio's gross on DVD sales. That odd looking set of percentages is equivalent to 0.3% or 0.36% of the studio's gross. The 1.5% or 0.3% applies when the studio's gross on a title is less than or equal to $5 million; the 1.8% or 0.36% applies thereafter. If the studio gets about $11 on an average $22 DVD, the writer(s) get a total of three to four cents."
Go here for more.
Friday, November 23, 2007
"Next Tuesday, November 27th the first issue of the official SUPERNATURAL Magazine goes on sale. Some of us bloggers have been lucky enough to get a preview of the magazine but sadly I can’t post the pages we received as previews. They were review only, sorry gang.
I can however tell you that the pages I saw were incredibly well designed, dark, and befitting the macabre that is Supernatural. It’s kind of like a really well produced DIY Zine, and that’s a good thing."
Thursday, November 22, 2007
"On the picket lines, striking television and film writers adamantly claim that studios are refusing to pay for the use of writers’ scripts on the Internet.
But Studios is doing just that. Over the next three months fans of the hit show “Lost” can go to ABC.com to view weekly episodes of “Lost: Missing Pieces,” a series of new two- to three-minute shorts that reveal background information and previously undisclosed details about the stranded inhabitants of the show’s mysterious island.
The “Missing Pieces” episodes were produced under an agreement with the writers’ union that provides for much of what the writers say the studios have been refusing to offer."
"Call it babycenter.com for old-timers. Instead of targeting new parents, Caring.com targets adults taking care of their elderly parents.
While it sounds like one of the odder website launches in recent years, to hear founder Andy Cohen talk about it, the venture makes a lot of business sense. According to him, there are 34 million adults in the U.S. providing care for someone 50 or older, and a third of those are long-distance caregivers.
As the expansive baby-boomer market ages, more media companies are going after it with sites focused on everything from Grandparents.com, which focuses on the relationships between people in the boomer segment on up and their grandchildren, to TeeBeeDee.com, a social-networking site for the 40-plus set."
Wednesday, November 21, 2007
"The California Browncoats and Adam Baldwin have joined forces again. We are auctioning off 13 shirts that Adam wore during the filming of Firefly and Serenity to benefit the Marine Corps - Law Enforcement Foundation. We will auction one shirt at a time starting November 14th.
The Marine Corps Law Enforcement Foundation uses donated funds to provide assistance “to children of Marines or Federal law enforcement personnel who were killed on duty or died under extraordinary circumstances while serving our country at home or abroad. These funds enable us to provide these children with scholarships for their higher education.”
"CBS news writers, graphic artists and other staffers who work for the network's television and radio news operations voted by a wide margin to authorize a strike against their employer, the Writers Guild of America announced Monday.
Of the 300 employees who cast ballots in last week's special election, 81% backed a labor stoppage to protest working for more than 2 1/2 years without a contract.
The strike authorization means the WGA East and WGA West could call for a walkout at any time, although a strike is not inevitable. Union officials hope that the vote -- coming in the midst of a strike involving television and film writers who work under a separate contract -- will prod CBS back to the negotiating table. The two sides last met in January."
"Why do they keep cancelling all the shows that portray the lives of young people somewhat accurately, and producing and renewing all of the shows that make young people look like shallow, fashion/boy/money-crazed privledged (all-white) idiots?
And why do I always discover these great shows after they’ve been cancelled?"
Tuesday, November 20, 2007
"If you have been following the postings of Rich Becker at Copywrite Ink then you will know he talks a lot about metrics and measurement. In one recent article Rich says,"The debate seems endless. The argument circular. And the affirmation echoes apparently tied to technologies like Google PageRank, Technorati authority, Alexa traffic, Feedburner subscriptions, Facebook friends, Twitter followers, return visitors, comment counts, and any combination of the aforementioned."
Rich is the reason I found this article to be of interest:
"As media companies have come to recognize the value of participatory audiences, they have searched for matrixes by which to measure engagement with their properties. A model based on impressions is giving way to new models which seek to account for the range of different ways consumers engage with entertainment content. But nobody is quite clear how you can “count” engaged consumers or how you can account for various forms and qualities of engagement. Over the past several years, a range of different companies have proposed alternative systems for measuring engagement. What are the strengths and limits of these competing models? What aspects of audience activity do they account for? What value do they place on different forms of engagement?"
In one section I found this quote: "SLS - Engagement is the beginning of that. Trying to determine how much people like a show based on how much they talk about it. When Lost first was being talked about, everyone thought it wasn’t going to work - but our analysis of buzz said that it was going to work. In that case it turned out to be right. But there are also small, highly engaged audiences in some cases - Veronica Mars, The Office, Friday Night Lights - these are shows which ranked very high in buzz, but small in audience. The small engaged fan cultures are something we should be looking at. We also can’t forget that consumers are themselves channels - they are distributing content as well."
Go take a look. What do you think?
Sunday, November 18, 2007
This is a special blog post and I hope it will spread the word about resources for pets. Because of a recent personal experience I wanted to give back today to
those pet friends who have given to me.
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"In the first sign of optimism since the writers' strike began Nov. 5, the Writers Guild of America and the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers mutually agreed to resume formal talks Monday, Nov. 26.
The WGA will, however, continue to picket next week.
That is of interest because when talks broke down the night before the strike began, it was because the AMPTP did not want to continue talks once the WGA East went on strike at midnight Eastern time.
Whatever the case, the announcement will come as a pleasant pre-Thanksgiving surprise for what had become an entirely pessimistic television industry."
Review of Fresh Blood(Supernatural)
Saturday, November 17, 2007
"It’s been touching to see all of those pretty actors on the picket lines showing face and muttering the word “solidarity” out of the kindness of their hearts, but the truth is they too have a lot at stake. You see, whatever the writers get in their negotiation with the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers will set the precedent for what the actors and directors guilds will expect the AMPTP to pony up for their own contracts next June."
"Writers from around the world -- including Australia, Ireland, New Zealand, English and French Canada, United Kingdom, Mexico and France -- will take part in an International Day of Solidarity on November 28 in support of their striking WGA counterparts. The action was announced at the annual International Affiliation of Writers Guilds' meeting in Montreal, Canada."
"I’m guessing that a prolonged strike may be good news for Jericho. After the big nut protest last spring, Jericho was renewed, but only for a brief seven episode season. If the writer’s strike continues then Jericho will likely be in a very strong position when it airs, with very little competition. Let’s just hope that CBS doesn’t do something stupid, like air it opposite an unscripted, reality TV powerhouse like “American Idol”.
Friday, November 16, 2007
"In the television business the grim reality of the writers’ strike has set in, with the prospect of a long shutdown of scripted shows growing stronger by the day.
But in what seems to be growing consensus among executives at the television networks, the strike could contain a faint glimmer of good news for one group of shows: struggling, barely surviving prime-time series.
In January the series that had been held in reserve will get their shots on the air, usually in limited runs. These include shows like “Lost” and “Cashmere Mafia” on ABC, “The Sarah Connor Chronicles” on Fox and “Jericho” on CBS. And some of these shows could do better than they would have otherwise, because by the time they get on, they would not have to face original episodes of shows like “Grey’s Anatomy” and “House.”
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"Content creators everywhere are mad and not going to take it anymore. Well-compensated TV writers want in on online video revenue, or else... (Well, that's the part they haven't quite worked out yet.) And now CBS news writers and producers are so annoyed about CBS's plan to combine two newsrooms and pay radio people less than TV people that they're about to follow their Hollywood brethren into the streets."
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Thursday, November 15, 2007
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In these difficult times lay challenges for all North Americans seeking to safeguard the areas left destroyed and to rebuild our great Nation. Beginning with the Cheyenne Government, Jennings & Rall is leading the charge to resurrect this great country whose cities lay in waste, and whose populous yearn for a return to the America that we remember. We are here to help, build and lead - wherever that may take us."
Firefox News has three openings for fans who want to cover the Writer's Strike. These positions are for the duration of the strike.
The positions are:
1. Writer's Strike News Reporter
2. Writer's Strike Fandom Coverage Reporter
3. Writers's Strike Blog Roundup Reporter
Wednesday, November 14, 2007
"So, if, as the networks claim, downloading and streaming episodes online amounts to promotional activity (which is why they're saying they shouldn't have to give the writers a percentage of the profits), then:
1) it shouldn't be illegal to download from free sources (because it's just a commercial, after all),
2) why are they being paid by advertisers to air their ads during streaming episodes, and
3) we who have paid to download episodes legally should demand a refund. No one should have to pay to download a commercial."
"Just got word that Supernatural is launching an official magazine.
The first issue will have interviews with Eric Kripke, Kim Manners, Alona Tal, and Katie Cassidy, as well as a story about creating the effects for the series.
Interestingly, the issue will feature 2 different covers - one for the newstand and one for specialist comic shops."
Here’s some odds and ends from strike news.
"CBS news writers, who have been working under an expired contract for the past two years, are threatening to join their WGA brethren (and low-level tv bloggers) and go on strike before week’s end. “About 500 unionized news writers could soon join their creative colleagues on the picket line”, reports HuffPo.
In response, CBS released a statement saying they are “prepared for the possibility of a writers strike [and] will continue to produce quality news programming.”
Tuesday, November 13, 2007
"As we know, Sci-Fi's posted schedule was incorrect and the Dresden Files did NOT air on November 9th, but the View-In was a big success with 252 comments posted in 1-1/2 hours!!!
On November 16th, as supported by all the media TV schedules, the Sci-Fi Channel is finally airing the first repeat of the Dresden Files since the end of Season 1 - it's time to form our own full-scale peaceful protest of the Dresden Files' non-renewal!
Since we fans are scattered across the country and the world, our only option for a Sit-In is a virtual one,
SO once again:
ALL Dresden Files fans are invited, encouraged, and requested to converge on the scifi.com/Dresden Forum on November 16th at 6:45 PM ET for a full-scale Dresden Files View-In!
NOTE: For new scifi.com forum users, it's a good idea to create an account a few days early so you'll be able to post.
We may not have Nielsen boxes, but Sci-Fi is paid for ads posted on their website, and therefore keeps track of the 'traffic' the site receives. So let's show them the power of the Dresden Files fans and the magic of Harry & Bob!!
This View-In we'll actually get to watch the episode while we laugh and have fun, trade comment posts with fellow fans, and most importantly show the Sci-Fi Channel execs and the media, by the SHEER NUMBER of us logged on and posting, that the Dresden Files IS loved & supported by a HUGE fanbase and will continue to be so during Season 2+!!!"
Monday, November 12, 2007
Sunday, November 11, 2007
Understanding The Writers Guild Strike
"I live in Los Angeles and I know a lot of TV writers, guys who have written for shows such as The Family Guy. I know a guy who wrote for Saturday Night Live for many years. And let me tell you something: These guys are not rich. They aren’t driving around in Ferraris, they aren’t living in huge mansions overlooking the ocean, they aren’t wearing expensive clothes. Residuals are often the only way these writers can make a decent living doing what they love."
"I miss the Dresden Files. I was thinking about my upcoming weekend, it used to be that I capped off the weekend by watching the Dresden Files on the SciFi channel on Sunday nights. This was a great crime drama centered around the premise that a modern day wizard could help the local PD solve murders through magic. Often times it turned out that the crimes themselves were of a magical nature."
"TiVo Inc. will add demographic data about its viewers to help advertisers get a clearer picture of who's watching and who's skipping the ads, according to reports Thursday.
The Wall Street Journal said Alviso-based TiVo's (NASDAQ:TIVO) new program, called "PowerWatch," will include information on 20,000 homes, a much larger slice than the sample size of 3,000 homes offered by Nielsen's ratings research."
Saturday, November 10, 2007
"If you have missed "Heroes," the NBC Monday-night series about a group of people with extraordinary capabilities, then you have missed everything, which is to say, you have missed a show that exempts almost no subject of current political or social fascination from the roster of its interests.
More than a quarter of the way into the second season, the ratings have slipped somewhat, but it remains the most engaged drama on television at the moment, a big hand with fingers dangling in every pot."
"Variety reports that Supernatural picked up its best ratings of the year, both overall and in the 18-34 group.
And just in case you - somehow - missed it, there's a Hollywood writer's strike going on. Several sources have said that most shows have stockpiled enough scripts to finish out the season. Firefox news posted a link to an article in the LA Times saying that Supernatural only has about 10-12 finished scripts, with 5 more roughly finished."
"Miss “Veronica Mars,” Kristen Bell, will be lending her talents to Ubisoft’s upcoming historical-fantasy game, “Assassin’s Creed.”
Friday, November 9, 2007
"When it comes to technology, Sumner Redstone says he’s not an early adopter, but rather a “non-adopter”, joking about the fact that he doesn’t blog or Twitter. Still, during his keynote address to the Media and Money Conference, he made sure to get across that he’s hip to big digital trends and that CBS (NYSE: CBS) and Viacom (NYSE: VIA) are well positioned to take advantage of industry changes."
"As you obviously know, the Writers Strike started this week. And it looks like it’s going to be a long, hard slog that may not be resolved for months — maybe not even until the Actors and Directors contracts are up next June. That’s a long time, and while there are any number of articles discussing the anticipated consequences of the strike, what about the unanticipated consequences?
By definition, of course, those are impossible to predict. Which is why I’m going to predict them. So, without any further ado, here are six unanticipated consequences of the writers strike."
"The LA Times put together this list of what shows are effected how by the strike as of November 9th. Granted this could change by tomorrow and not all the shows that are effected are listed, but it is a start to understand how bad this is turning out to be and it is only day 4.
Hopefully the WGA strike will end soon and things will go back to normal soon, but it is not looking that is going to be the case and we might be going through all of this again in July when the SAG and DGA contracts are up."
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Thursday, November 8, 2007
CBS !! Clean up your mess!!!
Thanks for the picture Terocious!!!!
Banned when NO TOS was broken.
RE-INSTATE XWARP AND ALPHAWOLF99 !!
"When the CBS admins tell you to contact Sportsline, but Sportsline tells you that they don't take care of the board's moderation, and Prospero tells you the same thing, you have to wonder what's going on? Who's driving this bus?"
Maybe CBS planned it this way? Maybe they would like to destroy this campaign because they don't want another Nuts campaign? Maybe they did only plan to let 7 episodes be all?
This has happened before. Read here.
The number is 978-698-6599. Immediately press the star key. Then in the next recording press 0. Then from the main menu press 3 for Network Operations Center. This is the way to handle the problems on the board.
email to the moderators:
Jeff Burkett - in charge of website content, etc
323 - 575 - 4380
SportsLine.com Inc. — Corporate Communications — (954) 489-4000
Ms. Nina Tassler, President
7800 Beverly Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90039-2112
CBS Television Network
51 West 52nd Street
New York, NY 10019
CBS Audience Services
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New York, NY 10019
email at email@example.com
212-975-3247 – CBS Audience Services
CBS Audience Services at 212-975-4321
If you would like to contact CBS Corporation's non-management directors, you may:
send an e-mail to: firstname.lastname@example.org