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Past Life will get post-American Idol spot for premiere

by Allison Waldman, posted Jan 24th 2010 2:14PM
past_life_Fox_castFox continues to use American Idol as a magnet to attract viewers to sample its other shows, including newbies like The Human Target. And last year, Glee. With that same philosophy in mind, Fox's Past Life is getting an American Idol boost. On Tuesday, February 9, Past Life will premiere at 9 p.m. following American Idol.

From a programming point of view, they don't go together. You're not likely to get the same viewer lapping up the songs and shtick on Idol that will get into the psychic/sci-fi vibe of Past Life. But that's not the point because ultimately, this is about getting a sample. Past Life will be on Thursday, February 11-18 after Bones, then get another post-Idol goose on February 25-March 11.

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BBC gets slammed for Merlin launch party

by Jane Boursaw, posted Dec 21st 2008 3:07PM
MerlinIt's always a conundrum figuring out what to spend money on during tough economic times - not only for us, but also for TV networks trying to publicize their shows. If we don't pay our mortgage, we lose the house. If the networks don't spend money on their shows, they risk going down the tube.

The BBC is getting slammed for spending too much money on the launch party for Merlin, a TV series that delves into the early life of the legendary sorcerer. I have a couple of thoughts on this. The first is that the amount they spent, $70,000, doesn't seem like that much for a launch party. In fact, it seems downright reasonable.

While I realize that the BBC has started pink-slipping their employees, the fact of the matter is that if they don't publicize their shows, they won't have any to publicize and, therefore, won't need any employees anyway. Like any marketing, the products don't go out there and sell themselves. You have to spend money to get the word out.

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Ask A Gay Man comes to Bravo's OutZone site

by Adam Finley, posted Jun 20th 2007 9:02AM

william sleddTaking into consideration that "YouTube sensation" often means "someone most of us have never heard of," allow me to tell you that YouTube sensation William Sledd's Web series Ask A Gay Man has been picked up by Bravo and will launch on Bravo's OutZone site this Thursday.

In regards to Bravo's popular Queer Eye for the Straight Guy, I've always said it's nice to have a show that proves you don't have to be heterosexual to be shallow and superficial, and I must say my feelings toward Ask A Gay Man are pretty much the same.

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Scotty's ashes launched into space

by Adam Finley, posted Apr 28th 2007 5:22PM

James DoohanIt's been almost two years since James "Scotty" Doohan passed away, but his ashes have finally been sent into orbit.

Some of the Star Trek actors' ashes were launched from the New Mexico desert today with the ashes of about two-hundred other individuals, including Mercury astronaut Gordon Cooper. The rockets were launched by the wives of both men, Suzan Cooper and Wende Doohan.

Doohan was born in 1920 in Canada and fought in World War II, losing a finger as a result of injuries he suffered on D-Day. In the late '40s, he trained as an actor at the Neighborhood Playhouse in New York City. He's appeared in countless movie and TV roles, but of course we'll all remember him as Montgomery "Scotty" Scott.

Gene Roddenberry, the late creator of Star Trek, also had his ashes launched into space in 1997.

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Chiller's horrific schedule

by Adam Finley, posted Feb 16th 2007 4:17PM

hitchcockNot long ago Kevin hepped us all to the new Chiller channel from NBC/Universal for DirecTV. Now we have a full schedule and some details on some more of the programs that will be a part of the new horror-themed channel. Here's what folks can look forward to:

  • Alfred Hitchcock Presents
  • New Alfred Hitchcock Presents (1985 version)
  • Night Gallery
  • Tales From the Crypt
  • Friday the 13th: The Series
  • Freddy's Nightmares
  • G Vs. E
  • American Gothic
  • Monsters
  • Twin Peaks

The new channel launches on March 1. Sitcoms Online has the full schedule here. As Kevin pointed out, it's all recycled content, but it's good recycled content (at least to a horror fan like myself), so I'm not complaining. Aside from the TV series, the new channel will also feature movies like The Shining, Psycho, Cat's Eye, The Andromeda Strain, and some of those great Abbot and Costello Meet [Blank] flicks.

One final thought: No Tales From the Darkside? What's up with that nonsense?

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CNN-HD launches this fall

by Adam Finley, posted Jan 21st 2007 3:02PM

eyeSo you love CNN but you wish you could get a better look at every wrinkle, crevice and circuit board in Larry King's face? Well, don't slit your wrists just yet, because CNN is going high def this fall. CNN-HD has already been picked up by DIRECTV, which will be launching one hundred new high def channels, most of them in the third quarter of 2007.

I don't own a high def TV set, but I have to ask if high def TV news is really what people want. I can understand wanting to watch movies in high def, and I'm sure nature programs and some animation probably look amazing with this technology, but does anyone really care what the news looks like? I've often wondered the same thing about Wheel of Fortune and Jeopardy!, both of which are also now in high def. Unless they start adding explosions and lasers to those game shows, I'm content with watching them on my old TV.

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Saturday's shuttle launch will air live on most networks

by Anna Johns, posted Jun 30th 2006 4:08PM
space shuttle discovery; nasaCBS is the only network that has opted not to interrupt its programming tomorrow afternoon to cover the launch of Space Shuttle Discovery (FOX is in local access at that time). NBC and ABC will both cut in with reporters stationed in Florida and space shuttle experts on hand. NBC is planning to have NBC Sports break away from the U.S. Women's Open Championship to news anchor John Seigenthaler just before the launch, which is scheduled for 3:39 pm ET. CBS says it will have reporters at the event but will wait until the evening news to air its coverage. MSNBC, CNN, and FOX Newschannel will no doubt be going whole hog with their coverage, constantly reminding us of the shuttle tragedy in February 2003 when Columbia broke up as it entered the earth's atmosphere. Sadly, that tragedy is the reason the news networks even care about this launch, which is delivering two tons of supplies to the International Space Station. It took the deaths of seven brave astronauts for the mass media to remember that America even has a space program.

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History Channel and A&E go HD

by Adam Finley, posted Apr 6th 2006 11:02AM

david carusoWithin the next couple years, both A&E and the History Channel plan to launch individual high-definition channels. A&E's offering, called A&E HD, will come first, premiering this September. The channel will kick off with a CSI: Miami marathon on Labor Day weekend, so get ready to become intimate with David Curuso's pores. After the launch, the channel will simply simulcast A&E's programming. The History Channel's new high-def channel, which has the similar unoriginal name of History Channel HD, will launch next year. I'm not sure how the History Channel plans to take advantage of high definition, but I'll bet you'll be able to see mites crawling around inside Hitler's mustache. That's actually a really good idea for a Disney cartoon. Or maybe not.

[via Lost Remote]

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Have hair like Jessica Simpson's

by Adam Finley, posted Mar 27th 2006 12:31PM

jessica simpsonLike most of you, I have trouble getting through my day knowing I'll never have hair like Jessica Simpson. I've yet to come to terms with this, so most of my day is spent sobbing and pounding the floor screaming, "Why can't I have such gorgeous locks of blonde hair shimmering like spun gold in the moonlight? I would be the loveliest debutante at the ball, and all the rugged suitors would wish to dance with me and only me!" Then I put on eyeshadow and eat a box of Hostess Sno-Balls. It's a character flaw, admittedly, I'm trying to work through it.

Anyway, it turns out I'm not the only one pining for Jessica's locks. She plans to launch her own line of hair extensions this summer. You can get hair that matches her blonde locks, or if you'd rather have hair like her sister Ashlee, you can do that, too. In fact, there's "a rainbow of colors and styles" according to one source. The new line is called "Jessica Hair Extensions" and was created along with her hairstylist, Ken Paves.

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