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On the 7th day of Festivus, TV gave to me...

by Isabelle Carreau, posted Dec 13th 2007 10:02AM
Festivus...seven sites worth linking.

The world wide web is the best place to waste time while learning about anything and everything. Here, at TV Squad, we are masters at finding sites related to TV. During last year's Festivus, Joel gave a good list of cool TV-related sites people may or may not have heard about. As he did last year, I decided to avoid mentioning those big sites everyone knows about (Yahoo, IMDb, TVGuide, Google News, Variety, The Hollywood Reporter, YouTube, Television Without Pity, Ain't It Cool News). I also tried to find sites that weren't mentioned in last year's Festivus.

Let's sit around the Festivus tree and open the seven-sites-worth-linking gifts which, I hope, will now find a spot in your bookmarks list as useful and entertaining TV-related websites.

HeroesBeaming Beeman - I'm a huge fan of Heroes and cherish all tidbits of behind-the-scenes information and exclusive official content. After every episode Greg Beeman, director and producer of NBC's hit series Heroes, dishes about the episode, how it came to the screen, what was left on the editing room's floor and much more on his blog. He also adds in each entry a few pictures taken from the set including some very funny ones (see example on the left). This blog will be a required weekly stop for every Heroes fan when the series returns.

Popwatch Blog and Hollywood Insider's TV Biz - Okay, technically these two are part of one of those big sites everyone knows about. However, you may not know of their existence which is why I decided to link them here. Popwatch is a must read as it is not only filled with gossip and TV news but also offers the occasional snark (plus it has an RSS feed). The TV Biz section is not as often updated as the Popwatch Blog. No matter, this section of the Entertainment Weekly website offers good insight on the going ons in TV (including the writers' strike) and lists some of the "news du jour".

Deadline Hollywood Daily - Journalist Nikki Finke blogs about some of the latest industry news. This blog is one of the best source for information and the latest happenings concerning the writers' strike.

Untitled Chad Darnell Project - This is probably the most obscure link in this article. Chad Darnell used to be a casting agent (he still does some casting work here and there) who turned writer. I first stumbled on his blog when he used to do casting for Alias and posted about his experience and upcoming episodes. He was a writer during the last season of Crossing Jordan. His blog offers a different take on the writers' strike, casting TV series, writing pilots, what happens when a script is picked up and how rewrites work, etc. Chad also blogs about his daily life in California.

LostSledgeweb's Lost ... Stuff - If you are an avid Lost fan who loves to know what numbers popped up in each episode, what Easter Eggs where hidden in each airings (check out the "Investigations" section of the site), what is the current body count, which books were mentioned, etc., this is the website to visit first.

Sci Fi Wire - This site is "the news service of the SCI FI Channel". However, it offers much more than only news about series airing on the network. If you are looking for news for supernatural, fantasy, and sci fi TV series and movies, Sci Fi Wire is a must-stop.

NoControl - The Best Television Blog Spots - Tired of visiting tons of TV blogs to get the latest reviews and news and don't want to install or use the web version of an RSS reader? This blog-like site, that is in fact an rss/xml news reader, displays various TV-related blog entries from various other sites (including TV Squad) on the same page.

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