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Fringe and TV Extras

I caught Fringe on Fox last night and noticed in almost every scene there was a multitude of people milling around in the background. I’ve never worked in a Federal agency, but I’m guessing that much like any other place of business people are usually more at their desks doing work, then wandering aimlessly.

I’ve noticed the plethora of extras in other shows as well. For some reason directors/producers must feel that the scene won’t feel real if there aren’t a bunch of other people wandering around. I think The Office is one of the only shows that actually keeps people sitting at desks (at least until Michael calls for a meeting in the conference room).

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October 22, 2008 at 9:14 am 1 comment

Scrabble on ESPN

There has to be something other than scrabble that ESPN could have on at 3 PM on a Sunday. Maybe if scrabble was on ESPN2 I could understand a little more. Or maybe if it was the National Scrabble Finals, like the Spelling Bee, it would merit being televised. As I type this, Lindsay asks “Isn’t there football on?”

October 12, 2008 at 3:19 pm 1 comment

FOX’s Fringe Review

Episode #3, “Ghost”

I’ve watched the first three episodes of Fringe on Fox. Overall I like the show, but I have one main issue with it. The timeline.

The show starts with an attack on a city bus. When the agents arrive on the scene, they are told that the attack took place at 8:14 this morning. So we know that best case, it may be as early as 9 AM. The climax of this episode, disregarding plot setup for next week, ends at approximately 5:30 PM. However, our agents know where to find the bad guys an hour before they are set to meet, which is at 5 PM. Therefore, between approximately 9AM and 4PM, the Fringe agents only have to accomplish the following:

  • Move the bus to a secure area
  • Remove all the passengers from their ‘frozen’ state
  • Identify each person
  • Watch video from a passengers camera to determine that a bag was missing from the bus
  • Analyze the substance from the bus
  • Recreate the substance
  • travel to Massive Dynamic to follow up about the three exclusive chemicals used to make the substance
  • Alert the DEA that one of their people had been killed and have them ID the body
  • Obtain a search warrant for a person who has had ‘visions’ of the attack
  • Search the visionaries house
  • Interrogate the suspect
  • Setup and give the suspect and MRI
  • Determine that the suspect is not lying and may be part of some long lost experiment
  • Convince the suspect to go to a lab, drill into his head and use his visions to solve the crime
  • Drive across town to the Dr.’s old house, break in, and find an old piece of equipment he hid in the walls
  • Hook up the suspect to the equipment, dial into the messages being sent, and translate Latin phrases that give away the location of the next meeting

I know there are bigger things one could argue as plausible with this show, for instance, most of the science. But, for some reason I have less of a problem with that than the pace that the show takes.

September 24, 2008 at 9:56 am 1 comment

I Can’t Wait For ‘The Office’

The Office returns to NBC September 25th, exactly an agonizing five weeks from now. However, NBC has treated us to a few new commercials. The one below makes me itch for more Office. It’s just so well written. Enjoy!

August 21, 2008 at 12:34 pm 2 comments

NBC Office Episode Availability

Last week on both NBC.com and the video site Hulu the entire fourth season of The Office was available to watch. For some reason this week, only the first four episodes of the season are now online.

Why would they pull down all that content? Hulu is obviously tied to the videos that are made available by the networks and other providers, but I can’t fathom why NBC would have posted all the episodes one week to pull them down the next.

August 6, 2008 at 10:58 am Leave a comment

CNN News 1 Step Closer to TMZ

The hotel TV in the breakfast room is always set to CNN in the morning.  This morning, a 10 minute long section of the news was devoted to ‘Showbiz Tonight’ stories.  This is CNN’s equvialent of Hollywood Insider, TMZ, or any other gossip news show.   CNN describes the show as follows:

Showbiz Tonight” is TV’s most provocative entertainment news show. Hosted by A.J. Hammer in New York with Brooke Anderson in Hollywood, “Showbiz Tonight” reports, discusses and debates the most controversial and topical stories involving Hollywood’s biggest celebrities

My issue with this is mostly, I think of CNN as a respectable news source. Integrating 10 minutes worth of ‘celebrity news’ tells me CNN is struggling to come up with real news stories. Leave the celeb gossip for the no talent hosts on E! and Fox and retain your dignity.

June 26, 2008 at 2:03 pm 1 comment

NHL Game 5 Commercials

Watching the Red Wings game Monday night was a lot of fun, even though they lost.  But during the commercial breaks, I started to get annoyed (weird).  There were literally maybe seven commercials that played the entire night during the TV timeouts and intermissions.

  • Edge shaving gel
  • Dockers
  • Cialis
  • Flomax
  • NBC’s new show Fear Itself

I know there may have been one or two other commercials I missed, but when a game goes into 3 overtimes (that’s a total of five 20 minute intermissions) and you only play a handful of commercials, it gets really annoying.

If these companies bought all the ad time, great.  But is it too much to ask for a couple variations of your commercial?

June 4, 2008 at 9:25 am 1 comment

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