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November 1, 2014

Comedy troupe recreates Studio 60 sketches

One of the constant complaints from both fans and critics of Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip is that we never get to see much of the actual sketches that make up the show-within-the-show. I always felt this was kind of a silly complaint since we also never saw much of the actual show-within-the-show on Sports Night but I guess expectations are different for Studio 60. Bob disagrees with me but...

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The Five: Random Friday questions and gripes

It might not be Festivus quite yet, but I feel it's time from some airing of grievances and asking of random questions: 1. Am I the only one who feels Cristina Yang is the most annoying character on TV? The rest of the characters on Grey's Anatomy are self-centered to some extent but sometimes I think she might actually throw Meredith under a bus to get a cool surgery. 2. Is there a place where...

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What is Fox's MySpace strategy?

Marshall Kirkpatrick and TechCrunch is wondering what exactly Fox has in mind with their use of MySpace for online streaming of their shows. He points out that the combination of MySpace, which is seen in some circles as an unproven platform and shows that aren't exactly ratings powerhouses, leads to the conclusion that Fox doesn't really have a MySpace strategy. Or, at the very least, that...

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Marvel bringing Moon Knight to TV

This kind of made my day. Marvel is partnering with No Equal Entertainment, a Canadian production company, to develop a television show based on the comics character Moon Knight. For those of you unfamiliar with the Moon Knight, his real name is Marc Spector. Spector is chosen by an ancient Egyptian god named Khonshu to be its vessel in the modern world. Spector adopts a number of identities, from...

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TV Squad's Lost discussion

The folks here at TV Squad have been having quite an interesting conversation behind the scenes regarding last night's season premiere of Lost. I don't watch the show (I know J.J. Abrams has no idea what he's doing and is making it up as he goes along. That's what he did with Alias and it's likely what he's doing on Lost) but thought that the way those who had tuned in was worthy of publishing for...

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Why Christians should love Studio 60

First off, let me just state that I'm with Bob Sassone: I absolutely love Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip. The acting, the writing, the production value...I could go on but suffice it to say that I agree with Bob on just about everything. Let me also state that I am a practicing Christian (Lutheran, specifically) and have been all my life. I mention this because I want you all to know from what...

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Warner Bros. begins the downfall of network television

In separate deals hammered out with NBC and ABC, studio Warner Bros. has sliced itself off a piece of network flesh and begun what I think will lead to their eventual implosion. The deal involves the division of income from digital distribution of the WB-produced shows Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip and The Nine. Under terms of the agreement, the networks will keep all income from the sales of ads...

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Name change spells TiVo trouble for CBS News

Wanna hear a funny story? Of course that assumes whether your idea of "funny" is made up of other people getting the shaft or not. If so, then this will most definitely qualify. People who had Season Passes their TiVos for the CBS News with Bob Schieffer missed out on Katie Couric's debut in the anchor's chair Tuesday night. That's because the name changed to CBS News with Katie Couric. The change...

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Free advice for sports journalists: Focus on local coverage

Local TV sportscasters are apparently feeling increasingly marginalized. With national networks such as ESPN covering national teams, and sometimes doing a better job of it because they're a national network, a number of local sports folks see themselves being squeezed out in the near future. Steve Safran at LostRemote has some advice for those concerned about their future: Go local. Play up the...

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Comparing kids show logos

By virtue of the fact that I have both 1) two young boys aged five and under and 2) a bevy of cable channels to choose from, I wind up watching a fair amount of children's programming. Some shows are better than others, and some versions of shows are better than others. For instance, I don't mind Jo-Jo's Circus but want to tear my ears from my head during Dora the Explorer. I also could spend an...

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