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Still more Fanesia moments

by Bob Sassone, posted Jul 14th 2008 2:40PM

Will and GraceA few years ago I introduced on this blog the concept of Fanesia (sorry for the weird formatting on that page, not sure what happened), where a fan chooses to get amnesia over a plot point that happened on a TV show. Examples I used before include The Lone Gunmen dying on The X-Files, Toby being the leak on The West Wing, the entire last episode of Seinfeld, and Mark Greene dying on ER. Nope, in my mind, those things never happened.

Here are five more Fanesia moments, involving such shows as Will & Grace, Guiding Light, and Star Trek: The Next Generation.

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Nielsen: PVRs increase TV viewing, extend prime time

by Brad Linder, posted Feb 15th 2008 3:59PM

NielsenAccording to new research from Nielsen, people with personal video recorders watch more television. And while they PVR users generally like to plop down in front of the evening, they extend prime time a bit by sitting in front of the tube from 8 til midnight. That's because folks with a PVR can record one show at 8:00 while watching another, and then watch the first show at 11pm when their non-PVR owning friends are stuck watching Seinfeld reruns.

The rest of Nielsen's new data looks pretty much like all the reports we've been seeing over the last few years. A growing number of TV viewers have PVRs in their homes. People are most likely to watch sports, news and movies live, while they record scripted dramas, comedy, and other TV shows for watching later.

[via Advertising Age]

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Star Trek: The Next Generation: Datalore

by Wil Wheaton, posted Dec 3rd 2007 11:21AM
dataloreTitle: Datalore
Original Air Date: January 18, 1988
Teleplay by: Robert Lewin and Gene Roddenberry
Story by: Robert Lewin and Maurice Hurley
Directed by: Rob Bowman
Episode: S01E013
Stardate: 41242.4

Synopsis: After dropping off a bunch of Human Horn for Lurr in the Omicron Persei system, the Enterprise cruises into the nearby Omicron Theta system, to pay a visit to Data's home planet.

Omicon Theta was once a farming colony, but all the colonists -- and everything they once grew -- were all gone when Data was found. Oh! A mystery! Riker leads an away team to the planet's surface in an effort to solve it. (In a scene that was cut from the final episode, the USS Mystery Machine showed up, and captain Fred said, "Dang." before it flew away to the Scary Old Amusement Park galaxy.)

They make their way to the exact spot where Data was discovered: it's sort of a hollowed out area beneath a bunch of rocks, where Data tells them he was found wearing nothing more than a layer of dust. Before anyone can make a saucy reference about 'The Naked Now' to Tasha, Geordi's Visor reveals that the rocks aren't naturally hollow, and the "wall" opens up, revealing a twisty maze of passages, all alike.

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Stump the King - Knight Rider

by Paul Goebel, posted Oct 1st 2007 12:03PM

The HoffTonight at dinner, a friend of mine mentioned that he recently met Brent Spiner at an event. He then proceeded to tell me about how a particularly annoying Star Trek fan spent the entire evening bothering Spiner with questions about his character Data.

It reminded me of an episode of Joey where a similar thing happened, except in the episode, Spiner was more than happy to reminisce about his Star Trek days. He even went so far as to take Joey's nephew out to his car to show him his actual uniform from the show.

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Star Trek: TNG complete set coming in October

by Bob Sassone, posted Sep 20th 2007 3:03PM

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It's becoming clear that if you plan on buying every season of a TV show, at least the more popular ones, you might want to wait a couple of years (if you can wait, that is). They're coming out with more and more "complete sets" and if you buy the sets individually you're probably paying more (and missing out on some extras, though that's not always the case).

Here's another one. CBS/Paramount will release a complete set for Star Trek: The Next Generation on October 2, to celebrate the show's 20th anniversary.

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Brent Spiner: "I don't think I should play Data anymore."

by Joel Keller, posted Sep 11th 2006 5:55PM
Brent SpinerAccording to ComingSoon.net, Brent Spiner, who played Data on Star Trek: The Next Generation and associated theatrical movies, has ruled out a return to the role in the new Trek movie, which will be directed by J.J. Abrams. It's not that he doesn't think the movie, tentatively titled Star Trek XI, is going to be any good. He just thinks he's too old for the role.

"There certain characters that I think work in a youthful way and I think I really skated along the edge in the last couple movies as it was," he tells Simon Thompson of BANG Showbiz. Of course, he also jokes that he'll play the android again if the money is right. I think that's the same joke Leonard Nimoy made before Star Treks III through VI, and we all know how that turned out.

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