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.”
More Supernatural TV Secrets
Behind the scenes info here.
"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
51 West 52nd Street
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
Wednesday, November 7, 2007
Official website for Paul Blackthorne
The Dresden Files Info Page
"In the youth-obsessed world of television, a channel that openly pursues older viewers is showing the kind of fiercely rebellious spirit that even a teenager would have to admire.
The maverick, year-old channel bears a name that embraces its mission: Retirement Living TV. It targets viewers 55 and up with original shows about health, finance, politics and entertainment as well as news.
Carried during the day by providers including DirecTV and Comcast, Retirement Living is available in 29 million homes and online. A "fact book" distributed by the channel points out that among the world's countries, the U.S. has the third-highest total number of people over 65 (almost 40 million), and that 50-plus Americans account for half of the nation's discretionary spending."
Tuesday, November 6, 2007
"The Sci-Fi Channel is FINALLY, for the first time since the end of Season 1, showing repeats of the Dresden Files!!!
AND NOW the schedule on-line today shows repeats airing on Nov. 9 & 16 AND December 7, 14, & 21!!!
The Save Dresden Campaign has been keeping up the pressure on Sci-Fi to renew the series, so it COULD be the station execs are testing to see if we're serious - if there really WILL be a ratings spike for the repeats.
So, PLEASE WATCH all of the repeats and WRITE email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org & TELL them THANK YOU for the repeats & to PLEASE renew the Dresden Files for Season 2!!! THEN, do the same thing in a letter or postcard!
We have a real opportunity to prove to TPTB (the powers that be) that the Dresden Files absolutely WILL be supported!!"
"Paul Blackthorne is a talented British actor with simultaneous film, tv, and radio careers. He first broke into acting through television commercials in England. His first breakthrough commercial in the UK was as the Grim Reaper for Virgin Atlantic. His first silver screen success was the role of Captain Andrew Russell in the Oscar-nominated Bollywood movie, "Lagaan," for which he spent six..."
More on Paul here.
Welcome to the News & Information Update site for the New Home 4 Dresden Petition & Campaign!
The Dresden Files Info Page
Monday, November 5, 2007
I would like to thank Zarina of dresdencity.org for allowing me to publish this.
Even though she wrote this for Dresden fans I believe all fans of all TV shows can benefit from reading it.
We’re all angry at the Sci-Fi Channel/NBC and many of us have voiced our anger here and on other forums, sharing our frustration at being ignored and being taken for granted. We blow off a little steam, release a little anger, and feel a little better.
The Dresden Files isn’t the first intelligent, quality series with a strong following that has been disregarded or cancelled. We are not the first group of fans who have been ignored and discounted by the execs of the entertainment and advertising industry. We all know this, but do we know WHY?
Why must this battle be fought again & again? Why is it so easy for the execs of any industry to ignore the consumer?
Because it’s easy to be angry.
It’s easy to gripe with friends, coworkers, and family members. It’s easy to complain and declare the unjustness of the system after school or work, or while at our child’s ballgame or hockey practice. It’s easy to blog about it, or discuss it on forums with folks of like mind. It’s easy.
What ISN’T easy is doing something about it.
It isn’t easy, with our ridiculously busy lives, to take that frustration and anger and focus it into positive action. If it were easy, the next time there was a protest march or fundraising walk, instead of 1,000 or 10,000 participants there would be 10 million!
It isn’t easy – and the industry knows this. The execs believe that if they wait long enough, ignore us long enough, that we will eventually lose interest, lose momentum, give up, and fade quietly away as they continue with business as usual. They lose some customers for a while until they find the next big ‘IT’ to bring folks flocking back and to attract the next generation of viewers who don’t know their record of horrible customer service.
Because doing nothing is also easy.
We’ve seen the success stories like Jericho, Farscape, and Firefly – successes won entirely due to the concerted efforts of the percentage of fans who said, ‘This isn’t easy, but I’m doing it anyway!’ We fans of the Dresden Files are faced with exactly the same question every single person who disagrees with mistreatment faces:
Are we – personally, individually – going to deal with this the easy way and accept how we’re treated, and move on? Or are we – each – going to stand up or stand firm, work or continue to work for what we want, and say, “This isn’t easy, but I’m doing it anyway!”
This is one of those very few times when every single one of us is important, when the actions of every single one of us counts! The success or failure of the Save Dresden Campaign depends on each and every one of us choosing to fight and continue to fight for the return of the Dresden Files and for our rights as consumers to be treated fairly and with respect!!
I want to thank each and every person who has posted comments on articles, written letters to newspapers, made their presence known in blogs and on forums, and written e-mails to websites! Thanks to everyone who made videos, e-banners, bookmarks, icons, t-shirts, and pins! Thanks to everyone who has recruited family and friends, voted and rated, and cheered their fellow campaigners! Thank you for every single card, postcard, and letter written to Lionsgate, Sci-Fi, NBC, and GE! Thank you for taking that hard path and thank you again and again for sticking with it!! Unending thanks to everyone who says: “This isn’t easy, but I’m doing it anyway!”
The path may be hard, but it’s worth it! We CAN do it. We CAN be heard. We CAN succeed!
Sunday, November 4, 2007
**I have been blogging Jericho for 7 days a week since May.
It's time to take a break and I've chosen Sundays as my day off.
Thank you all for understanding. Be back Monday.
"The writers' strike would take an immediate toll on television viewers' favorite programs, dealing a setback to shows that are written day-to-day -- such as Jon Stewart's "The Daily Show" -- as well as scripted programming already underway or about to go into production.
However, Jericho has written and filmed all seven episodes so we may be seeing it sooner than expected."
"As Hollywood braces for its television and film writers to go on strike as soon as Monday, more than 500 CBS News employees represented by the Writers Guild of America under a separate agreement with that network are contemplating their own job action.
The CBS television and radio staffers -- a group that includes news writers, editors, desk assistants, production assistants, graphic artists, promotion writers and researchers who work at a local or network level in New York, Washington, Chicago and Los Angeles -- plan to vote Nov. 15 on authorizing a strike."
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Saturday, November 3, 2007
"CBS Corp. told Wall Street on Thursday that it was ready in the event of a writers strike.
"We are prepared," CBS CEO Leslie Moonves said Thursday afternoon in a conference call to discuss earnings. "We have a full slate of new, first-run programming ready to go, both now and midseason.
Moonves added: "We're fully prepared to offer alternative programming options, and we would anticipate no material impact on the company for the remainder of the television season."
"After deciding unanimously last night to recommend a strike to their elected leaders today, the Writers Guild of America's board will convene in less than an hour to enter the launch codes for the nuclear option: the first writers strike in nearly 20 years.
The fateful date, WGA leaders have indicated, will be Monday, failing a weekend of digital detente between scribes and the film studios and TV networks that make up the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers. "
Steve Ciabattoni is Sr. Content Mgr. for Hey Nielsen. He's the person who writes the blog and answers emails so quickly. I'm sure he does much more than that but I'm not privy to his job description.
Up Close with Supernatural's Jared Padalecki: Part 1
"Joss Whedon has snagged a seven-episode order for a very cool sci-fi series on Fox, called Dollhouse.
The Hollywood Reporter says the show stars Dushku stars “as Echo, a member of a
group of men and women who are imprinted with different personalities for different assignments. In between tasks they are mind-wiped, living like children in Dollhouse, a futuristic dorm/lab. They have no memories of their previous lives, until Echo begins to try to find out who she was.”
Friday, November 2, 2007
"Joss Whedon, the creator of acclaimed cult favorites "Buffy the Vampire Slayer," "Angel" and "Firefly," is returning to Fox and reuniting with "Buffy" regular Eliza Dushku for a new action-drama called "Dollhouse."
Fox has given a seven-episode commitment to the 20th Century Fox Television project for a planned debut next year.
"It deals with our darkest impulses and our best ones," Whedon says. "It deals with all the things I like to deal with—strength, weakness, power and corruption."
"Halloween in Hollywood was all tricks and no treats as the final seconds of the Writers Guild of America contract with the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers ticked by last night.
Despite a second day of federal mediation, recriminations flew on both sides as writers and producers remained at loggerheads with no new negotiations scheduled. Talks have centered on the issue of how writers will be paid for work delivered digitally, a thorny issue that's become the single fly in the ointment barring an agreement."
"Now that the hide-and-seek strike game has gotten to the "ready or not, here I come" stage, the broadcast networks are facing the imminent work stoppage by writers in different shapes and different degrees of preparedness.
With only 15 hours of primetime to program, Fox has a built-in advantage in case of a prolonged strike. Add to that the January return of "American Idol," which can go on as many as three nights a week, and Fox looks as strike-proof as one can be."
Thursday, November 1, 2007
"Oh, I love my vampire!" CBS President of Entertainment Nina Tassler said recently, beginning a conversation about her network's new drama, "Moonlight."
Clearly, she must. No other TV show this fall has experienced as much turbulence as "Moonlight." But through all of the changes in the executive producing ranks, the cast and the show's framework, CBS hasn't budged in its support, scheduling it in between its reliable Friday-night fare, "Ghost Whisperer" and "Numb3rs."
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"Beth Comstock, president of NBC Universal Integrated Media, told American Magazine Conference attendees today that we now spend more time with media than we spend sleeping.
Digital video recorders, the source of the most anxiety for companies like NBC Universal have only reached 22% penetration, according to NBC's research. But of course that number is growing rapidly. "It's causing a lot of anxiety in our world," she said.
This all reflects the many, many quick changes affecting the media business, but that's all right, she said, calling this a "golden age" of media. "It's a great thing to be a content company in the digital age," she said. "Content is always going to win."