But, the city's local newspaper insists the best show in production in Canada's Pacific Southwest isn't on broadcast TV. It's a web series called Riese. The Steampunk-themed action series is set in another time in the kingdom of Eleysia. The title character (Christine Chatelain) battles through the countryside with a wolf avenging the death of her family.
She's fighting off a crazed, fundamentalist religious group -- the Sect. So, you can set your watch by how long the tunnel-vision crew over at Big Hollywood jumps on Riese as some sort of attack on traditional religion. (It's not.)
The real challenge will be for Jimmy Fallon, Conan's Late Night successor, who hasn't had much TV time since he left Saturday Night Live for a movie career that made Chevy Chase's lineup look Lawrence Olivier-ian.
Variety reports that Fallon will first test the airwaves' waters instead of doing a full-blown cannonball by starring in some "webisodes" on NBC.com starting Monday.
You may remember The Office did a series of webisodes in 2006 called The Accountants, where several of the co-stars investigated missing account money. It even won a Daytime Emmy for Outstanding Broadband. This July's webisodes are essentially a renewal of that series.
And, oh my God, it is awful.
What a waste of time. The webisode is a seemingly meaningless exchange between Jack and his father before Jack's wedding to Sarah. Jack's dad gives him a watch. And it takes two and a half minutes to do it. Plus, the dialogue is very poor. For instance, Jack says, "Dad, are you trying to tell me something?" And, I could be wrong, but I think Matthew Fox isn't too thrilled about the webisode because he seems to be phoning it in.
Comedian Jim Gaffigan's animated shorts, "Pale Force," which he's been showing on Late Night with Conan O'Brien since 2005, are coming to NBC.com/Conan as a series of 90-second webisodes. Starting tomorrow evening, Gaffigan will debut the first part of a two-part episode on Conan that will conclude online the following day. Special online-only episodes will debut on the Late Night Web site every Friday, and Gaffigan will appear on the show once a month to reveal yet another two-parter with the second part appearing online the next day. "Pale Force" is about a hunky super hero played by Jim Gaffigan and his sidekick, Conan O'Brien. The two men fight crime using the power of their pasty white skin. The series is drawn by New Yorker cartoonist Paul Noth. YouTube has a few episodes of the series.
In the meantime, they are using NBC's money to create video shorts spoofing 'Til Death, Mentos, 24, etc. The article includes an interview with show creator (and Scrubs creator) Bill Lawrence, who says the new Nobody's Watching website is about what the Derrick and Will characters have been doing for the last year-and-a-half since WB decided not to air their show. He says, "They can't go home out of embarrassment: They told everyone they were going to be on tv and they weren't." Lawrence says, if NBC does pick up the show, the last webisode on Nobody's Watching's website will reveal who posted the pilot to YouTube.
When Eureka started airing, the SciFi channel started posting short "webisodes" under the Eureka section of SciFi.com. Now that a few parts have been released, I'll go over them a bit. Each webisode consists of a few scenes from a bonus episode of Eureka.
The Prolog looks like something you'd find on YouTube. A couple of peeping toms are sneaking around in the woods with their video camera. While they're to score some footage, a beastly roar shatters the night and our peeping toms are running for it. Just before the video cuts, we're treated to a picture of...Bigfoot. (Bigfoot is a huge advocate of privacy rights, that's why we never see him.)
The series of ten episodes begins tomorrow on NBC's The Office webpage.
While a production company and a marketing company are the ones teaming up to bring the series to television, no network is currently on board to air it.
[Via TV Tattle]
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