Monday, March 06, 2006

A Rising TV Guide Lifts All Notes

Have you stopped by lately? I kind of gave up on them a while ago, but they're improving their series guides.

Try the search feature. As you type letters in the box, you're presented with a pull-down menu immediately below the box. You can keep typing if you want, or you can select an item from the list.

If you search for a series — maybe ''Will & Grace'' — you're immediately taken to the series front page. Here are a few highlights:
  • At the very top of the page you can see airing times and locations for upcoming eps on all stations, including cable.
  • Next you'll find pix and videos, including TV Guide covers.
  • The ep guide is presented in the middle of the page and credits are presented along the left column.
  • At the bottom of the page you'll find links to online TV Guide articles in which the series is mentioned. The site makes excellent use of its other content.
If TV Guide continues to improve its site and database at this pace, it will be the de facto site for regulated content. The breadth of its database pales in comparison to and right now, but it's a nice supplement to these sites for more recent series.

I've added click-through links in the trivialTV airings database to TV Guide's series front pages. Most shows now have a TV Guide logo. Just click the logo to get more info.

Go ahead and try it!

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