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Is Canada's best science fiction TV show not on TV?

by John Scott Lewinski, posted Nov 11th 2009 1:02PM
Riese is using online marketing to emerge as Canadian's hottest sci-fi show.There are plenty of sci-fi TV shows made up in Canada. The Stargate series comes out of Vancouver -- as does Fringe. There's a proud ongoing fantasy tradition deeply rooted up there.

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.)

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Jimmy Fallon gears up for late night gig

by Danny Gallagher, posted Dec 6th 2008 9:29AM
Jimmy FallonNext year marks a changing of the guard for Conan O'Brien from Late Night to The Tonight Show. It'll be an easy transition for the fair-skinned one since he's already got a recipe for success: a die-hard audience, smart and inventive writers and puppets that curse.

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.

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NBC's web plans for Chuck, Office, Heroes, 30 Rock

by Anna Johns, posted Apr 3rd 2008 3:43PM
nbc logoAs part of yesterday's fall schedule announcement, NBC also debuted its plans for online content. Beginning this summer, NBC will produce short, original episodes -- webisodes -- of The Office, Chuck, and Heroes. NBC isn't saying much about what these webisodes will entail, but NBC Universal co-chair Ben Silverman promises they'll be meaty. He said the new WGA contract allows NBC writers to go all-out with the work, without wondering whether they're being fairly compensated.

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.

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Is Lost's Christian Shephard dead or alive?

by Isabelle Carreau, posted Jan 31st 2008 10:02AM
LostSince the first season of ABC's hit series Lost, fans have been speculating on the fate of Jack and Claire's father, Christian. At first we thought he was dead. But then there was the empty casket and Jack saw his father on the island. Eventually, most of us assumed that the smoke monster took the form of Christian. The final Missing Pieces mobisode / webisode of the series reignites the water cooler talk about Christian's fate.

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ABC launches Lost webisodes (and they suck)

by Anna Johns, posted Nov 13th 2007 8:51AM
lostABC has launched the first of 13 web-only, mini episodes for Lost. The webisodes are about two minutes long and feature the major characters from Lost. They're called Missing Pieces and are meant to fill in extra information about characters and hint at the overall mythology of the island. The first episode of the series is called "The Watch" and it features Jack and his father.

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.

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Bravo launching online cooking show

by Adam Finley, posted Oct 17th 2006 8:31PM
lee anne wongOn October 19 BravoTV.com will launch a new online twelve-webisode series called Top Recipe: The Wong Way to Cook. Lee Anne Wong will demonstrate the winning recipe from Top Chef every Thursday (Top Chef's second season debuts on Wednesday, October 18). While I don't cook nearly as much as I'd like and am rather indifferent to cooking shows, I think this is a great idea. Having the show online would allow viewers to easily pause and rewind to see how things are done and to jot down ingredients. Of course, having a DVR affords this same luxury, but this is just another method of making DIY that much easier. It would be nice to see more DIY shows create Web spin-offs like this, then I could pause New Yankee Workshop while I try to find out what the hell a steel bit metric two-way electric free-standing reversible gas-powered triangular widget saw is.

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Conan O'Brien and Jim Gaffigan team up for animated Web series

by Adam Finley, posted Oct 11th 2006 6:04PM

pale forceComedian 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.

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Give Nobody's Watching some love, y'all!

by Anna Johns, posted Oct 6th 2006 8:19AM
nobodys watchingGreat article over at Zap2It explains what the hell is going on with our friends from Nobody's Watching. Essentially, they need some love from the internet to get their show on NBC. That's why we've seen so many video shorts from the boys (still playing their characters of Derrick and Will) lately. NBC ordered six scripts from them this summer and gave them some foolin' around money to keep buzz alive on the internet. Zap2It reports that NBC has until February to decide whether to greenlight production of new episodes of the show.

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.

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Battlestar Galactica webisode 2: The Resistance

by Jen Creer, posted Sep 7th 2006 7:06AM
BSG seal(Webisode 2) I just watched the second BSG webisode. As one commenter (Hi, JScott!) noted on my post on the first webisode just a few minutes ago, this one was shorter. But I think there was a lot going on. Remember back to Freshman College English where we found out that you can tell what characters are like from what they say/do and what other characters say about them.

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Eureka: Hide and Seek (Part One and Two)

by Will O'Brien, posted Aug 8th 2006 12:05PM
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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.)

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The Office webisodes start tomorrow - Reminder!

by Anna Johns, posted Jul 12th 2006 10:42AM
the officeThe Office webisodes begin on Thursday. The video shorts star Angela, Kevin and Oscar in a series of whodunit stories where the trio of accountants try to figure out why $3,000 is missing. There will be special appearances by Rainn Wilson (Dwight Schrute) and the actress who plays Phyllis.

The series of ten episodes begins tomorrow on NBC's The Office webpage.

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AXE webisodes crossing over to television

by Anna Johns, posted Jun 21st 2006 10:41AM
evan and gareth; axeA series of web videos produced for Axe deodorant are so popular that they're coming to television. The web series is called Evan and Gareth (www.EvanandGareth.com), and it's about two guys who go around the country giving dating advice and making jackasses of themselves by hitting on Playboy models. It's goofy. And watch-able, since each clip is no longer than 2 minutes. I honestly hadn't heard of this little Evan and Gareth phenomenon until this news, but lots of other people have seen it. 10 million people, to be exact. Axe says most of the viewers are 15-25 years old. Hello, key demographic!

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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NBC to offer The Office webisodes this summer

by Anna Johns, posted Mar 16th 2006 8:33PM
the office webisodesIt's as though The Office is going off on a tangent. This summer, while star Steve Carell is off shooting movies, some of the actors in the smaller roles will get their own web-only episodes of The Office. There will be ten, whodunit "webisodes" on NBC.com starring the accounting staff of Dunder-Mifflin. The premise of the series is that the accountants can't account for $3,000 and they go on a mission to find out who's responsible. The series will star Angela, Kevin and Oscar, and will include special appearances from Dwight (Rainn Wilson) and Phyllis. Should be cute.

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