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TiVo Study: 92% of People are ‘Binge Viewing’ Television – Fortune

Wednesday, July 1st, 2015

 

From the article: “A survey released on Tuesday by TiVo finds that 9 out of 10 people are engaging in “binge viewing,” which the digital video recording company defines as watching more than three episodes of a particular TV show in one day. According to TiVo, 92% of respondents to the company’s latest Binge Viewing Survey said they have engaged in the act of television gluttony at some point.”

Source: TiVo Study: 92% of People are ‘Binge Viewing’ Television – Fortune

The Letter V

Saturday, November 7th, 2009

Sorry, every other letter in the alphabet, you’re fired. The letter V has completely dominated popular culture.

Vvvv vvv vv, V vvvvv, vvv vvvv vvvvvv vv’vv vvvv vv vvv vv “v.”

[Collage of images involving the letter V from popular culture, including V, True Blood, V for Vendetta, others]
(Click to enlarge)

In the collage, roughly from left to right:

  1. Supermodel Anne V (Sports Illustrated photo), wearing a v-neck bathing suit, from her 5-year SI run.
  2. Actress Morena Baccarin as Anna in the new “V” series on ABC.
  3. The energy drink V.
  4. XKCD illustrating Valentine’s Day (V Day). (Notice that the bottom half of a heart forms a V.)
  5. The band Live’s album V.
  6. V logos for Virgin brands as well as the TV series “V” look similar.
  7. The annual music festival in the UK.
  8. The victory gesture with 2 fingers; Churchill (his arm, at least) and Nixon are demonstrating here. Nixon is really demonstrating three Vs.
  9. The graphic novel V for Vendetta, written by Alan Moore, drawn by David Lloyd, which later became a movie.
  10. In the HBO series “True Blood,” adapted from the Charlaine Harris novels, vampires are known as “Vs,” and their blood is a drug known as “V” (reminiscent of “X” for ecstasy).
  11. Visitors, visitors, everywhere. In addition to the current “V” series (where the Visitors are called “Vs”), there was the original two-part 1983 miniseries, a three-part 1984 miniseries, a short-lived 1984 TV series, and various novels and comics.
  12. Thomas Pynchon’s first novel, V.
  13. The V subway train, familiar in orange to residents of New York.
  14. The Gibson Flying V, made famous by Lonnie Mack and Jimi Hendrix.
  15. V Day (or V-J Day), and the world’s most famous photograph of a kiss in Times Square.

And there are probably a dozen more I could have included if I had thought of them.

Fall TV, Week of Sep. 28: Trauma, Hank, The Middle, Stargate Universe

Monday, September 28th, 2009

For the rest of this week, the pace slows down a bit, with 4 new shows and 4 returning shows.

I forgot to post yesterday (oops!). Sunday was a busy night, with one new show (The Cleveland Show, a spin-off from Family Guy) and many returning shows (60 Minutes, The Amazing Race, season 21 of The Simpsons, Family Guy, Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, Californication on HBO, Desperate Housewives, American Dad, Cold Case, Brothers and Sisters, and Dexter on Showtime).

For the rest of the week, here’s what you can catch.

New shows:

  • Monday: Trauma (NBC drama from Peter Berg of Friday Night Lights, a San Francisco-based medical drama focused on paramedics in the field)
  • Wednesday: Hank (an ABC comedy starring Kelsey Grammer as a suddenly-unemployed CEO) and The Middle (ABC comedy about a middle class family, starring Patricia Heaton)
  • Friday: Stargate Universe (another Stargate series, this one with Lou Diamond Philips, Ming-Na, and Robert Carlyle)

Returning shows:

Fall TV, week of Sep. 20: FlashForward, Mercy, Cougar Town and more

Sunday, September 20th, 2009

Fall TV 2009’s third week is much busier than the previous two weeks, with 27 old shows returning, and 11 new shows to check out.

Here’s what you can find this week. First, for new shows:

And for returning shows:

Fall TV begins in earnest this week: Jay Leno, The Beautiful Life, Community, SNL

Monday, September 14th, 2009

Between you and me, it’s still officially Summer until the autumnal equinox on September 22. But for most of us in the U.S., we consider Labor Day to be the last day of Summer. And certainly the TV networks go along with that popular definition; new TV episodes and brand new TV series are starting to appear in the schedule. Fall TV is underway. Right on schedule, it’s even starting to rain.

I’m told there are 99 new shows this Fall (many more than last year, which was stunted by the after-effects of the writer’s strike of 2007). I’ll be curious to see how many of those 99 new shows make it. The one I’m anticipating the most is probably Flash Forward.

Last week, the first two new shows for Fall 2009 debuted:

(I guess you could count Glee as a new show as well, even though it first appeared last year.)

This week, Jay Leno’s new show starts tonight, and it’ll be fascinating to see if NBC’s gamble of scheduling a talk show in primetime from Monday to Friday pays off.

Also this week, on Wednesday, a new show from the CW will debut, The Beautiful Life, starring Mischa Barton.

On Thursday, you can check out NBC’s Community (with Chevy Chase) — a 30-minute comedy about a lawyer who has to return to law school.

Also on Thursday, a primetime version of Saturday Night Live’s Weekend Update starts on NBC.

Returning shows that start up again this week include:

TiVo’s Fall TV Schedule calendar is a big help. We’ve also put some work into a Fall TV Guru Guide to make it a bit easier to find the new and returning shows using your DVR.

You can also check out the Premiere Dates thread on the TiVoCommunity forum.

While the new shows appear, I’ll be posting here each Monday with a list.

Of the four new shows this week, I’ll definitely give Jay a chance, and have already set a Season Pass for SNL. I’m not hugely into fashion, so I’m not too sure about The Beautiful Life. But I’ll give Community a watch or two.

Finally, I know I’m biased, but the “Build Your Own Network” Game is fun and worth checking out. My own network isn’t doing so well yet…

Seeing fictional kids in fictional peril now freaks me out

Tuesday, April 7th, 2009

It’s a bit banal to talk about how you get transformed when you have children. If you already have kids, you know exactly what I mean. If you don’t have kids, you’re sick of hearing about it. Regardless of which category you’re in, you get to put up with this blog post anyway.

Steve Lacy on BayDad made a nice list of ways in which his life has changed after having two small children. I have one thing to add.

Recently on Lost there was a scene where Kate was in a grocery store with Aaron. She turned her head and suddenly he was gone. For a few minutes she looked around for him, growing increasingly frantic. (I won’t spoil anything further; you can just watch the episode “Whatever Happened, Happened” for more.)

A few years ago that scene would not have had much of an impact on me. Now? I was extremely affected. I could absolutely relate to her fear and panic. My blood pressure rose. I got agitated. In short, I was freaking out. Compared to scenes where people get shot in the head, or hit by flaming arrows, or run over by VW buses, or tortured — no comparison. The missing kid is way scarier and real for me.

Years ago, 1997, before I had kids, I wrote a story called “Cynthia,” which was about a young girl who went missing. I submitted it to Xian Crumlish and Levi Asher’s book of net writing, Coffeehouse. Xian (with no kids) wanted to publish it, but Levi rejected it, in part telling me because (having three kids of his own) it was too disturbing to him. I couldn’t relate then. I can now.

My friend Sam stiffens whenever he sees someone on screen get injected with a needle. He can barely watch. “What a wimp,” I always used to think. Now I’m even worse.

Blue Moon X

Friday, March 27th, 2009

Tell your boss you’re not coming in today. If you’re already at work, go home.

Today is blue moon day, the national holiday where you should stay home and catch up on television on your TiVo.

(It’s really Blue Moon 11, if you count the first one, but Blue Moon X sounds better as a title, so I’m leaving it at that.)

Ten years ago, the world’s first DVR shipped. To celebrate and to thank TiVo employees for their hard work in the final push to ship in Q1 of 1999, TiVo Inc. co-founder and then-CEO Mike Ramsay declared that the last Friday in March would henceforth be a national holiday.

Well, we may not have made much progress in making it a national holiday, but today none of us are at work. (Although as I say that, I’m running a query and checking e-mail and answering a support escalation, but at least I’m not wearing pants in the office.)

Now, if you’ll excuse me, I have an episode of Survivor to watch, and then probably some Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles or maybe the new season of Heroes. Plus that new Nathan Fillion show, Castle. And CSI has been so good since Laurence Fishburne joined the cast; they’ve really stepped up the writing, I think. And and and

Best Superbowl commercial: will.i.am and Bob Dylan

Sunday, February 1st, 2009

Look, some of the images and contrasts work better than others, and as a commercial this thing fails because no one even remembers what product is being sold, but I loved it just because of hearing Bob and will together.

I’ve already forgotten every other commercial. Good game though!

Lost, season 5 pilot — fire arrows how?

Saturday, January 24th, 2009

We just got around to finishing the two-part pilot episode. There is no show on television more gripping.

Without putting too big a spoiler out there in case you haven’t seen it yet, there’s a scene where some flaming arrows are fired at a crowd running on the beach. One part of that scene, I watched over and over. I have no idea how it was filmed. Clearly it wasn’t a special effect, because of the reactions of the runners, and the dynamic nature of the reflections/shadows from the fire. But clearly it couldn’t have been a practical effect, because these are dozens of arrows, on fire, being shot into a moving crowd. So as a practical stunt, it seems impossible to pull off without serious risk of injury.

So how did they do that?

I remember when any scene on TV involving a person on fire looked terribad because the flame retardant suit worn by the stunt person was about as thick as a beekeeper’s getup. Not these days. Technology’s relentless march has allowed us to realistically put people on fire on screen. THANK YOU SCIENCE.

[image of someone on fire from Lost, season 5, episode 2, from lost-media.com]

Home phone: Going, going… gone?

Tuesday, August 12th, 2008

BOOM.

Saturday afternoon, there’s an explosion up the street (although we didn’t hear it), and the power goes out. A transformer has blown out a block away from us.

No harm done, or so I thought (other than interrupting the Olympics I was watching; now I’ll never see that handball match between Sweden and Denmark). I took the kids up to the tot lot to play in the sand, and later Kimi picked us up to go out for sushi boats. A power cut is certainly one way to get me out of the house.

But Sunday, when I called home, the phone just kept on ringing. Turned out our home phone system (a Uniden three-handset system I had picked up several years ago at Costco) got fried when the power came back on Saturday evening, and was stuck in a permanent reboot loop.

This morning when I called Uniden for support, they walked me through a hard reset, but no luck. They had no alternatives for me — they don’t even have a repair facility at all. It was out of warranty, so toss it and buy a new one. What a waste.

Time to go back to Costco and buy a new one, right?

Well, hold on a second. The nationwide trend is towards ditching home phone service. The National Center for Health Statistics has a very interesting article and graph showing the wireless-only trend (totally random federal agency research for the win): Wireless-only households went up from 12.6% during the first six months of 2007 to 14.5% in the last six months. So, about one out of seven U.S. homes no longer have a landline.

NCHS wireless-only household statistics

Meanwhile, AT&T lost a million landline subscribers in their last quarter (per gigaom).

I was all set to cancel my home phone number today (despite my geeky attachment to the phone number, which ends in 8486 — spelling out TIVO as a mnemonic).

There are certainly some advantages to a home phone:

  • Unlimited local minutes. Unless you’re paying a huge amount for an unlimited cell phone plan, chances are you’re paying attention to how many minutes you spend on your cell. Families with gabby teenagers need the cost convenience of a home phone with unlimited usage.
  • 911 ease of mind. Despite improvements, 911 calls from a cell are not as reliable: You’re usually calling a very remote emergency center, which has more limited ability to learn your location. Additionally, cell phones can more easily run out of battery or otherwise be unavailable for use.
  • Disaster/power loss ease of mind. Assuming you have a handset that doesn’t require being plugged in, when there’s a local disaster such as an earthquake, the landline is more likely to work than the cell phone.
  • Archaic requirements. Some companies that you do business with really want you to have a home phone, and don’t know how to deal with you if you don’t have one. I’ve heard that one contributor to your credit score is how long you’ve had the same landline phone number.
  • Inconvenience of updating all your friends and database entries: What a pain to tell everyone you know that you no longer have a home phone.
  • “Home” sense: My cell phone number is only for me, and it’s usually in my pocket. My wife’s cell phone number is hers, and it’s usually in her purse. But my kids don’t have cells (too young), and what if someone wants to reach any of us but only if we happen to be at home? (Not that my kids are old enough to answer the phone yet.) But that’s what a home phone number “means”: Anyone who’s home. A cell phone doesn’t mean the same thing — it’s for a specific person, and even today a cell phone call seems more “urgent” than a call to a home phone number.

The downside of a home phone is primarily the cost (and the cost of ownership of those power-spike-vulnerable handsets): I was paying over $30 a month for unlimited local and a certain amount of included long distance.

We certainly didn’t miss having a home phone during the four months of the remodel where we weren’t home anyway. So, like I said, I was all set to ditch the home phone number. But when I can called to cancel, not surprisingly, AT&T was very willing to make me a deal to keep me as a customer. So, sucker that I am, as an experiment, before ditching our home phone service completely, I have decided to give the home phone number an extension (hah!). I’ve reduced the cost to $6 a month (plus tax) by removing call waiting, switched to a measured rate, and removed long distance.

We can still receive unlimited calls, and we pay $0.02 per outgoing call. My estimate is we make very few outgoing calls, so that it’s not worth paying $4 a month more for unlimited local calling. If I’m wrong, I can switch back to unlimited, and still save $20 a month from what we were paying.

After several months, I’ll evaluate the bills and the usage. If we no longer need the home number, I’ll join those one out of seven households that have cut the cord.

In the meantime, I have three perfectly functioning Uniden handsets, but no base station and no answering machine. If I can find a cheap replacement for the busted base station, I may replace it. If not, well, now you know why our home phone number just rings and rings when we’re not home.

Looking for your favorite shows and blogs?

Tuesday, August 12th, 2008

Why, we’re watching the Olympics too. We’re all watching! Your favorite shows and blogs will return after the Olympics.

Zeigen.com — returning on Monday, August 25.

And now, back to our live coverage of the prelim quarterfinal qualifications of the men’s indoor short track handball 400 meter speed dressage beach trapshooting, where the welterweight Latvian team is in the medal hunt against a field of veteran Olympic athletes, including superstar Zbgnw Klrnzxst. But first, we check in with women’s table tennis. Bob?

Best of TiVo Video Downloads, June 16, 2008

Monday, June 16th, 2008

[Here’s the latest from production specialist extraordinaire John T. –Stephen]

It’s official. I spent more time this week watching Video Downloads than actual TV. Besides Battlestar Galactica‘s big “huh?” ending and Tiger’s awesome performance at the U.S. Open, was there anything else great on regular TV that I missed out on? I don’t think so. I’m working my way back through the first three seasons of Weeds in preparation for this week’s premiere (downloaded directly to my TiVo thanks to Amazon Unbox) but here’s my Top 5 Free Video Downloads from the past week:

  1. “How can you not care about Skaar? He’s the son of the Hulk!” “Any guy on a dinosaur with a huge axe…yes!” Two great quotes from today’s episode of The Stack from Pulp Secret. It’s impossible not to love Alex, Justin and Pete’s thrice-weekly comic book reviews, even if Justin and Pete are getting closer and closer to choking each other.
  2. Speaking of The Hulk…it seemed like the green guy was everywhere I turned this week (four of our channels referenced the release of the Hulk movie in one way or another). But when it comes to parody, you can always count on the folks at Barely Political to bring the hype back to this year’s presidential election. This week, the ubiquitous Obama Girl met her new nemesis “The Incredible McCain Girl”…and hilarity ensued. Watch for cameos by Justin and Jared from Indy Mogul and Rush Limbaugh…just because.
  3. Unfortunately, we’re just one episode away from the finale of The Meth Minute 39 on Channel Frederator. This week, we looked into the future of The Meth Minute 39 Thousand…and the creative bankruptcy that accompanies it. My personal favorites: “Fire Cat” (“Don’t be on fire, OK?”) and “Stoic Squirrel and the Omniverse of Madness.”
  4. GeekBrief.TV successfully combined two of my favorite things into Episode 375. First, there was a new gaming PC that could also double as housing for five (seriously, it’s huge). Second, they highlighted the addition of the Microsoft Surface to the iBar in Vegas. It’s worth a look if you’re a fan of gaming, bars or things you can touch.
  5. Finally this week, there was the sad news of the sudden passing of veteran journalist Tim Russert. Today’s Veracifier does a good job of summing up the reactions across yesterday’s Sunday morning talk shows. I grew up just outside of Washington, D.C. so politics were local news for most of my childhood and I’ve been a news junkie ever since. I still remember watching Russert on Election Night 2000 pointing at the lowest of low-tech vote tabulators (that unforgettable white board) and seeing his accurate prediction that it was really all about Florida. Sunday mornings won’t be the same without him. Today’s Veracifier includes some of his best moments from almost two decades of Meet the Press.

Variegated miscellany

Saturday, May 24th, 2008

Today I attended Jack and Andy’s fifth birthday party at Hoover park, and watched Bob get pelted by water balloons and shaving-cream-filled sponges by ten ecstatic kids. (How I escaped that fate, given I’m a co-godparent? Dunno! But I am oh so grateful.) Aunt Beth made two cakes, one a race car, and the other a chocolate volcano with lava made from melted orange lifesavers. Amazingly beautiful cakes.

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While I was feting twins, Kimi took Sammy and Sophie to the Hiller Airplane Museum, which never gets old for Sammy.

Me: Sammy, what did you see at the airplane museum today?
Sammy: Airplanes.
Me: What kind of airplanes?
Sammy: Old airplanes. With wings!

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Yesterday was Sophie’s eight month birthday. She babbles incessantly now, has the tiniest of teeth buds coming in, gives a smile to everyone, likes to wave somewhat erratically at people, and can roll over, but seems to show no interest in crawling. We’ve started the ferberizing to break her of her 3 a.m. feedings, and so far so good; she slept through the night for the last two nights.

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Yesterday was also photo day at Sammy and Sophie’s school, and in addition, teachers’ lunch out for Sophie’s class. This semi-annual event asks the parents to donate their time and a little money for the teachers to get an escape, while parents come in during the lunch hour to watch the kids. There are eight kids in Sophie’s class, ranging from four months to almost a year old. For the noon to 1 shift where I helped out, we had five parents. When we first started our shift, the teachers had left us well-fed, happy, clean-diapered kids. Within about, oh, ten minutes, half of the kids were bawling, and most had dirty diapers. We parents just looked at each other and laughed. What a profoundly difficult job. The two teachers handle four infants each, with aplomb. We parents were having difficulty with less than two each. Things soon settled down though, and the hour ended up flying by.

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While the photographers set up outside the school and we lined the kids up to have their individual and class photos taken, smoke and haze filled the sky from the nearby Santa Cruz mountains fire. Yesterday morning over 3,400 acres had burned, dozens of homes were destroyed, and the fire was less than 1% contained. Even though we were fifty miles away, kids rubbed their eyes and coughed; and the strange air reminded me of a smell from my childhood, in London: walking down the street in winter evenings, with seemingly every house having a fireplace with a blazing wood fire, smoke pouring out of chimneys, getting on your clothes.

Chim chimminee, chim chiminee, chim chim cheroo.

I was very glad to see the unexpected and unseasonable light rain today, giving the firefighters the break they needed to control the mountain blaze. The dull weather was not so much fun for five-year-olds attending a birthday party, but everything in life is a trade-off.

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Earlier in the week, I caught Speed Racer and then snuck in to a showing of Prince Caspian. It took me about thirty minutes to catch on to Speed Racer’s vibe, but once I did, I loved it. I think this is a vastly underrated movie. The critical smackdown is somewhat intense; I guess most of the critics never watched the original cartoon, because I think the movie catches the goofy tone of the movie pretty much perfectly. And the visuals do not disappoint, exceeding even the hype.

Prince Caspian, on the other hand, is a dreadful bore, missing all spark of charm and whimsy of the first Narnia movie, laying the religious theme on over-thick, and really missing the point of the book (which I read probably twenty times before I was 12).

Speed Racer is over two hours but feels like 60 minutes. Prince Caspian is over two hours but feels like three or four.

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Rob and I have been playing a new card game, Race for the Galaxy (which Steve and Larry introduced me to when they visited a couple of months ago). We play whenever we get a chance. I love this game. It’s a bit fiddly to learn, and the fact that you’re not directly interacting with your opponents takes a few plays before you understand how you can actually have a huge effect on your opponents’ play — but it’s such a short and intense game, I find myself even dreaming about it. Get this game!

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Kimi gave me the new Flight of the Conchords CD for my birthday (among a lot of other CDs, thanks sweetie!). Although I loved the first season of the HBO show, I had thought some of the songs were hit or miss. But I was able to really listen to the lyrics (thanks to the iPhone making it easier for me to carry around music), and now I love all the songs. Buy this CD. Please mister, you won’t regret it.

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There’s a friends-and-family deal at TiVo right now for a TiVo HD. If you’re a friend or family and want a new HD DVR, drop me an e-mail.

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While I do aim to generate content, rather than pass along content from elsewhere, here’s a link. I have to say I applaud these two for their convictions and avocation.
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Kimi: “Your blog is so random. No one likes all the content. No one!”

Guilty — variegated miscellany is what this is. I do tend to be all over the place. Everything’s connected, somehow. Just think though — there are half of the categories listed on the right not even touched by this post. But comments are what I like best, so let me know what you’d like to see more of, and less of.

HBO’s “In Treatment” free download (act quick!)

Monday, March 17th, 2008

One of my favorite columnists, the San Francisco Chronicle’s Jon Carroll, has a column today about the new HBO series “In Treatment” starring Gabriel Byrne as a therapist treating five different patients.

If you’re interested, the first 15 episodes can be downloaded from Amazon Unbox at no charge. Just head to TiVo Central and catch the menu item promoting this series, then select “Available Downloads.”

An example of a vicious circle

Friday, February 29th, 2008
  1. Network airs a show. “New! Catch it!”
  2. Some viewers watch, but not a lot.
  3. Network doesn’t really give the show a chance to build an audience, and cancels the show.
  4. Viewers complain a bit, but show remains canceled. “But you never resolved the story!”
  5. Network airs a new show.
  6. Remembering the network is prone to canceling shows, viewers don’t watch (perhaps saving them up on their DVRs unwatched). “Why should I watch this? The network’s just going to cancel it before they reveal anything.”
  7. Repeat ad infinitum at step 3.

New shows these days have very little chance. (I’d follow up with some actual data, but no time.) My sense is that networks are far more prone now to cancel a show if the early ratings aren’t ginormous — but I think that has some unanticipated consequences.

My father always used to point out that a good show is not really much more expensive than a bad show. Quality remains elusive for most new shows, and good ratings even more elusive.

For this season: I liked “Journeyman,” and have been following “Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles,” but I don’t think anyone can argue there’s a hit this year on the order of “Lost” or “Desperate Housewives” or “Heroes.”

Rules for Reality TV

Saturday, February 2nd, 2008
  1. The word “reality” is taken to mean “the most unrealistic and atypical situation you can possibly think of.”
  2. Any “Celebrity _____” show must have a Baldwin brother.
  3. Editing allows you to turn a saint into a sinner, or a sinner into a saint — but even more, you can turn a vaguely annoying person into a tyrant.
  4. Don’t eliminate those annoying people early; you need them for ratings.
  5. You can make an unstructured reality TV show, with video diaries — you know, the things that 20 years ago we used to call “documentaries.”
  6. You can make a structured reality TV show, with contests and eliminations — you know, the things that 20 years ago we used to call “game shows.”
  7. The best way to program against a competitor’s Mark Burnett reality TV show is with your own Mark Burnett reality TV show.
  8. During the “letters from home” segment, crank up the maudlin piano or a Green Day ballad.
  9. The winner’s reveal show should take 2 or 3 hours, never shorter, no matter how utterly bored the viewers are of these people.
  10. When in doubt, pitch a random reality show title.

Yes, I created a reality show title generator. Comment with the ones you like or that don’t work at all. Hours of fun for the whole family.

TV Barber’s Guild of America strike enters 62nd day

Sunday, January 6th, 2008

The strike against the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers (AMPTP) by the TBGoA has taken its toll on the late night talk show hosts most of all.

[Letterman and Conan with beards]

I’ve not followed the negotiations closely, but it does seem like some of the disputes over contractual language really is just splitting hairs.

[Leno with 'beard']

Back to work, and miscellany

Monday, October 8th, 2007

This is the end of my paternity leave. Back to work tomorrow. Don’t really feel ready; very tired. Making silly fatigue-related mistakes, like not noticing there was a diaper mixed in with some dirty blankets when I threw in a load of laundry. That crystallized diaper stuff is nasty and gets everywhere. Best to avoid!

Sammy’s doing a bit better with naps and bedtime, so hopefully we’re all getting back to normal. Sophie continues to be an angel; very easy baby and a great sleeper.

Been watching a bit of TV (since it’s easy to do that while feeding or burping a baby, especially with TiVo; couldn’t imagine it otherwise) and of the new shows so far I like Journeyman, am neutral on Bionic Woman, and pretty sure I won’t keep Moonlight but spared it for now. Kid Nation I’m still watching. Love the new season of Survivor. Have Pushing Daisies recorded and will check that out. The new season of Curb Your Enthusiasm is especially cringe-worthy in a way that only that show can manage. The new season of Always Sunny in Philadelphia cracks Kimi up a lot. Plus there’s Robot Chicken and CSI.

Did see Resident Evil 3 last night — and for me, zombie movies are like pizza: even when they’re bad they’re good. Was just what I needed.

CBS Sports’ “The Endzone” launches on TiVoCast!

Friday, September 14th, 2007

We’ve launched another major partner, CBS Sports. Each week, their show “The Endzone” will be available on TiVoCast (as well as the CBS Sports homepage). The new football season is heating up, and if you’re a football fan, you’ll definitely want to check this out.

Catch The Endzone on TiVo Central Online, or head to TiVo Central -> Find Programs -> Download TV & Moves -> CBS Sports.

While you’re at it, be sure to catch the CBS Fall Preview Showcase that’s up right now — it includes a special sneak preview of the upcoming new comedy The Big Bang Theory. You can watch the entire pilot episode right from your Showcases & TV Guide menu (or if you don’t get Showcase video, you can also download it for free from Amazon Unbox). I watched this pilot at lunch today and liked it a lot. There are also previews for Cane, Kid Nation, Moonlight, and CSI. (I think Moonlight looks good and I’ll probably check out Kid Nation as well. And I can’t wait for the new CSI season; it’s still one of my favorite shows.)

Summer TV

Tuesday, August 21st, 2007

We haven’t really been watching much TV this summer (well, compared to normal).

I was watching Pirate Master, a reality TV show sort of like Survivor, but it got canceled mid-stream and moved to CBS’s web site only.  I hate watching TV on my laptop or desktop, so I probably won’t see the end of that one.

I was also watching On The Lot, a reality TV show for aspiring movie directors, and it’s almost done.  The show format was really mishandled, in my opinion.  Early on it had challenges for the directors to complete, a bit like The Apprentice.  Later it became just a popularity contest, like American Idol.  It’s much more interesting to me to learn more about how movies are made than to see some random short films.  The last show is tonight; I’ll tune in for the couple of minutes required to see who won.

I also have been watching the second season of Who Wants To Be A Superhero, a reality TV show for aspiring costumed leotard wearers.  It’s fun in a dopey way.

Kimi was watching So You Think You Can Dance, and she loved it all the way through the ending last week, but that show’s not really my thing.

That’s definitely a lot of reality TV.  There’s isn’t really much else new on in the summer — we watched a couple of the new Monk episodes this season, and we enjoyed them. But now we’re falling behind. I have some other shows piling up too, but haven’t had the interest.

However, the one show that both Kimi and I reall are enjoying is The Flight of the Conchords TV show on HBO.  It’s about two singer song-writers from New Zealand.  If you search around on YouTube you can catch some of the bits, although I think their music numbers work better in the context of the larger show. Funny funny stuff. My favorite songs are Mermaids and the Bowie tribute.