On the 7th day of Fesitvus, TV gave to me
Ah, the web is such a wonderful place, isn't it? There's just so many places to find the littlest pieces of information, it's a wonder that people can get any work done... ever.
But that's what's great about my job; I and my fellow Squadders get to use our finely-honed time-wasting skills to dig up links to TV-related stories that we think you folks would like to read. Of course, we go to the same big sites that everyone else goes to: Yahoo, IMDb, TVGuide, Google News, Variety, The Hollywood Reporter, YouTube, etc. But there are other sites we like to read that have become reliable sources of information; some of them are blogs and some of them aren't. Here is a list of our favorites; just put this little gift under the Festivus pole and open when needed.
(Oh, and we were thinking of mentioning our buddy Wil Wheaton's blog... but you all are probably reading it already.)
Pop Candy - I've been a fan of this little pop culture slice of the USAToday.com universe for a number of years; heck, Whitney Matheson even quoted me once or twice back in the day. Whit is just fantastic at digging out links about both the obscure and the popular in every genre, from music to TV to movies to comic books, and she presents them without a trace of irony or snark. Since moving to a pure blog format, she's gotten even better, doing frequent podcasts and interviews. Of course, it doesn't hurt that she's that "girl in front of the stage at the Pixies concert" brand of adorable that nerds like me love. Too bad she's married...
The Futon Critic - The folks who run this site have a great ability to pull disparate information together quickly. If a network issues a press release, the folks at Futon will post it. Overnight Nielsens? Look to the Futon. Any other little bits of fast-breaking news? It's there. Futon has become a robust repository of TV information, and with their site redesign, is showcasing its imporving original content, as well.
Lost Remote - The folks at Lost Remote have an eye for the TV business; not what we do, which is pick on every fobile and fuck-up that is perpetrated by the various networks, but they dive into the rest of the TV business. From the tech aspects of online video, to new gadgets, to other industry issues, LR documents them in a pithy and wry fashion.
Epguides.com - Want to know when, say, "The Contest" episode of Seinfeld first aired? Want to see how many episodes there were of the CBS version of Charles in Charge? Well, Epguides is the place to look. Their information is as close to accurate as any other episode repository we've seen, and it lists over 3300 shows, so you never know what info you might find.
TuneFind.com - I can't tell you how many times we've gotten a comment along these lines: "Please... I have to know that song that played at the end of this week's Grey's Anatomy!!!! OMG, I loovve that song so much! I'll just die if I don't find out!" Well, instead of asking us, go over to TuneFind; not only does it list the songs used in most popular shows and movies, but if you click on the song title, the site will show you where else it appeared. It's not an exhaustive reference (for some reason, they don't have a listing for the pop-song-heavy My Name Is Earl), but it's the best source out there.
TVShowsOnDVD.com - It's the most comprehensive database of TV series DVD information out there. The folks at this site follow the business closely enough that they know which shows are on DVD, which will be, which aren't, and -- most importantly -- why some shows aren't on DVD yet. It also shows packaging and talks about extras for upcoming releases. Of course, they also review all new TV show on DVD releases. If you're wondering, for instance, why the Adam West Batman series isn't on DVD yet, this is the place to go to find out.
ComingSoon.net - This is a good repository of upcoming... well, everything. Movies, new TV pilots, DVDs... These guys do a good job of collecting all the information from the industry rags and gives you just the facts. And they don't use any Variety-ese when they do it; no talk of "skeins," "laffers," and other cute abbreviations that make the trades sound like they come straight from 1952.
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