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And the circle is complete: a blog entry about a story about TV shows that blog

by Joel Keller, posted Apr 5th 2006 6:31PM
Jenna Fischer of The OfficeInteresting article in USA Today; it examines how TV shows are using blogs, some fictional, some not, to lure in new viewers and retain current ones. The article cites blogs from shows whose blogging reputations are well known (The Office, Grey's Anatomy) to shows you'd never expect to have blogs (Crossing Jordan? NCIS?).

One of the links is to Jenna Fischer's MySpace page. This one's interesting; even though the front page for The Office star's page looks like it was written by her character, Pam Beasley, the blog within is written by Jenna from her perspective. So it's a weird blend of character and actor that I actually find more interesting that blogs written by fictional characters, like the one Rainn Wilson writes in the voice of Dwight Schrute.

Oh, and in the section of the article that mentions the "explosion" of TV blogs, they speak to Sherri Lonon, a writer for a blog called teevblogger.com, which I've admittedly never heard of until now. While Sherri gave some nice insights, I think they would have gotten some nice quotes if they came to us here at TVS (especially if they talked to Adam or Bob). Your, loss, USA Today... your loss!

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You know, I think the first show to do this .. at least in my memory.. was Felicity. I remember watching the first season on tv, and there is an episode where Felicity sees Noel in his room and Noel says he's working on his website, NoelCrane.com (still functionable!) I immediately thought "hah, i wonder if they bought that url.. " and went and lo and behold, it was the site he was working on. Yeah, it's not a blog - but its that character-is-a-real-person thing all these blogs are trying.

Right now I read two tv blogs - the one for Barney (Neil Patrick Harris) from How I Met Your Mother -- his blog isn't too bad, it's funny. The other is Robin Scorpio's (character from General Hospital) which isn't that great but i still read it. I think the problem with the General Hospital character blog is that a daytime soap is "almost real time", i've caught the blog in moments where technically, the character is still in a situation where she could not get to a computer to post. Yah yah too much reading into it, but if you're gonig to do it, do it right.

April 07 2006 at 1:49 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Dave, I have a MySpace, and pretty much guarantee Jenna Fischer writes everything she puts up. She has even confessed to updating her page, writing her blogs, and IMing with friends while shooting on the set! (all the internet and phone connections there are "live.") She (and other castmates) post photos they've taken from the set (including one of Jenna updating her MySpace), during breaks, and at some of the awards shows that they have taken themselves. Other Office workers who have a MySpace for their character, but blog as their real-life selves: Angela, Roy, Craig, Meredith, Toby, Kevin, and Ryan The Temp (although his is actually under BJ Novak, his real name). Rainn Wilson (Dwight) had one for awhile, but he got so many requests and messages and comments, he got overwhelmed and couldn't keep up with it like he wanted to, so he deleted his page.

April 05 2006 at 8:46 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Joel, I wonder if those blogs are written by the stars themselves or by assistants?

April 05 2006 at 8:08 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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