Why We Love Pop Culture

by TeamTVWriter Press Service

Artists of all types and imagination are, of course, synonymous. But the wonderfullest thing about being creative is the way artists can fire up the minds of their audience. These costumes from Comic-Con and elsewhere illustrate, without a doubt, how much TV, film, and comics mean to so very many people:

         

                             

Starting Your Own Series on a Shoestring

Yes, it can be done. Check out this mucho helpful article from CliqueclackTV on various types of interweb video series and how to start them:

Drinking is the new writing…just ask these drinkers writers

Tired of TV? Create your own web series! – Monthly Musings
by An Nicholson

Although I think today’s TV is pretty good, it can improve. If you aren’t satisfied with network/cable shows, create your own! With today’s inexpensive technology and the multiple opportunities available through the internet, public access TV, campus TV, and local radio, you have NO excuse to NOT contribute to the creative TV landscape.

To provide suggestions for the fledgling web creator or student producer, I tapped the awesome Joe Wilson, writer/director of the kickbutt web series Vampire Mob and our own Katie Schenkel, who runs the movie review vlog, Just Plain Something.

Click on page two for Joe’s suggestions for starting your own web series, page three for Katie’s suggestions regarding creating your own vlog, and page four for my five cents on starting your own campus/public access TV show.

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DAILY SHOW and COLBERT REPORT Episodes are Back Online

Whew!

Hey Photoshop pros, can you add a big red X to this pic and send it to us? (Yeah, didn’t think so)

Viacom Puts Full Daily Show & Colbert Report Episodes Back Online
by Chris Morran

For DirecTV subscribers, the ongoing Viacom blackout means it’s been nearly a week since they’ve been able to watch MTV, Comedy Central, Vh1, or Nickelodeon — at least without going to the neighbor’s house. In a move to win viewers over to its side of the battle, Viacom has decided that maybe it wasn’t such a good idea to remove those full episodes of The Daily Show and The Colbert Report from the Comedy Central website.

Both shows were on hiatus last week when Viacom decided to temporarily block online viewers from watching the archives of full episodes. That decision had been made in response to DirecTV telling its complaining customers they could just watch the shows they were missing for free at the various Viacom-operated websites.

But with The Daily Show and Colbert Report both returning to the air last night, Viacom decided to put the shows back online.

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We stick to our original assessment of this battle, namely that something no one is telling us is behind what’s going on. Any whistleblowers willing to take a step forward?

LB: Three Shows I No Longer Watch

by Larry Brody

NETWORK’s Howard Beale, the spokesman character for writer Paddy Chayefsky,  famously said, “I’m mad as hell, and I’m not gonna take it anymore.” I’m not mad, or even angry, but I am frustrated by some recent viewing experiences, so I’m not taking it anymore either.

In particular, three TV series that I thought would serve me well have committed the cardinal sin of irking me to  the point of no return:

  1. THE NEWSROOM
    Yep, this bouncing new baby, which just a few weeks ago I saw as so full of promise, is history to me now. Why? Because I just plain can’t believe in the reality of the characters any longer.Specifically, the three main leads, whose character names I have erased from my mind.An idealistic anchorman willing to go to the wall to prove to his former girlfriend (his producer) that she should’ve stayed his adoring babe? An idealistic “modern woman” news producer whose eyes bug out with jealousy every time said anchorman shows her his latest date? A major cable station News Director who cares more about informing the public than ratings and is clueless about how to manipulate his bosses so he gets what he wants?Every one of those characters is impossible in today’s TV news culture. I appreciate the show’s intentions, but I’m out.
  2. THE CLOSER
    For years this show has featured a protagonist, whose name, Brenda Leigh, I do remember because, hey, shoot me, but I like country music, who fascinated me. She was an idealistic assistant police chief  so dedicated to putting bad guys away that she wheedled and lied not only to her  boss but also to her husband and herself. I could  identify with that kind of self-delusion.  Simple as that. But about a week ago the series came back after a hiatus with a much altered Brenda. A cruel, abusive bitch who was perfectly willing to sacrifice a rape victim’s sanity to get her man.  The Southern charm which sheathed the character’s iron will for so long is gone.  And the iron will is a barbed, pointy razor. It looks like the show is headed for an ending (it’s going off the air at the end of the season) in which Brenda is fired/humiliated/possibly even jailed. As well she should be.If the show intends to show that its lead has crossed the line and become a baddy herself, that’ll be pretty damn cool. But the attitude in the writing suggests that those running it think she’s justified and is getting a raw deal.  So I’m out for now. (But willing to return if they cook her goose to my taste by the finale.)
  3. EUREKA
    This show was a lighthearted science fiction romp every year of its existence – except this one. I watched it for the  “family,” the banter and generally warm relationships between the leads. This season, however, the ties between everyone I cared about have constantly been in  jeopardy, and the unconvincing suspense has  pushed me away from  the series just as the gimmicky dangers have pushed the characters apart.To be sure, the finale tied up everything and brought everyone back together. But it wasn’t merely the end of a season, it was the end of the series, which means the audience isn’t going to get a chance to enjoy the result. As a writer and producer, I’m all for the idea of making things as tough as possible on my heroes – but as a viewer I hated experiencing it. In other words, I’m a wuss.  Shoot me again.

Sheesh, am I am old crank, or what? What about you? Have any of your favorite shows disappointed you lately? How much? Are you still watching them?  I look forward to your comments.

EDITED TO ADD: Speaking of comments, io9 has a very interesting review of the  EUREKA finale. And even though it’s directly the opposite of mine, I found myself nodding in agreement as I read. WTF?