Tuesday, October 31, 2006

trivialTV Ep Vid Finder: Update #05

I've added 1,550 links to the trivailTV Ep Vid Finder. You'll now find links to more than 10,000 legal, full-length eps for 600 TV series.

The following series are new to Ep Vid Finder database or had a significant increase in the size of the collection:
  • "The Addams Family" (ABC, season 1; iTunes)
  • "The Anna Nicole Show" (E!, season 2; Unbox)
  • "Any Given Latitude" (Fine Living; Unbox)
  • "Assembly Required" (DIY; Unbox)
  • "Back to Basics" (Fine Living; Unbox)
  • "Barkitecture" (DIY; Unbox)
  • "Bathroom Renovations" (DIY; Unbox)
  • "Be Your Own Contractor: Vacation Homes" (DIY; Unbox)
  • "Best for Less" (Fine Living; Unbox)
  • "Big Spender" (A&E; AOLVideo)
  • "Biography" (A&E/Biography; AOLVideo)
  • "Breaking Bonaduce" (VH1, season 2; iTunes)
  • "Close Up" (TV Guide Channel; AOLVideo)
  • "Dead Like Me" (Showtime, season 1; Unbox)
  • "Deconstructed" (Fine Living; Unbox)
  • "Decorating Cents" (HGTV; Unbox)
  • "Dexter" (Showtime, pilot; Unbox)
  • "DIY to the Rescue" (DIY; Unbox)
  • "Dr. Keith Ablow" (Syn; Unbox)
  • "Endurance: Tehachapi" (Discovery Kids, season 4; iTunes)
  • "ER" (NBC, seasons 1 & 2; Unbox)
  • "Fairly OddParents" (Nick, season 2; iTunes)
  • "Fantasy Camp" (Fine Living; Unbox)
  • "Fresh from the Garden" (DIY; Unbox)
  • "Gastineau Girls" (E!, season 2; Unbox)
  • "The Great Adventure" (Fine Living; Unbox)
  • "Greetings from DIY" (DIY; Unbox)
  • "Handmade Gifts" (DIY; Unbox)
  • "Happy Hour" (Fox; MySpace)
  • "I Pity the Fool" (TV Land; iTunes)
  • "inFANity" (TV Guide Channel; AOLVideo)
  • "The Insider's List with Julie Moran" (Fine Living; Unbox)
  • "Jacob & Joshua: Nemesis Rising" (Logo; iTunes)
  • "Jeremiah" (Showtime, season 1; Unbox)
  • "Jewelry Making" (DIY; Unbox)
  • "King of Cars" (A&E; AOLVideo)
  • "Kitchen Renovations" (DIY; Unbox)
  • "Kitchen Trends" (HGTV; Unbox)
  • "The L Word" (Showtime, season 2; Unbox)
  • "Laguna Beach" (MTV, season 3; iTunes)
  • "lovebites" (tbs; AOLVideo)
  • "Most Haunted" (Travel; iTunes)
  • "NapaStyle" (Fine Living; Unbox)
  • "NYPD Blues" (ABC, season 1; iTunes & Unbox)
  • "The OC" (Fox, season 4; MySpace)
  • "The Outer Limits" (ABC 1963, season 1; iTunes & Unbox)
  • "The Outer Limits" (ABC 1963, season 2; Unbox)
  • "Pairings with Andrea" (Fine Living; Unbox)
  • "Penn & Teller: Bullshit!" (Showtime, season 4; Unbox)
  • "The Perfect Party" (Fine Living; Unbox)
  • "Power Rangers S.P.D" (Syn; iTunes)
  • "Ready As She Grows" (DIY; Unbox)
  • "Rob & Big" (MTV; iTunes)
  • "Rock Solid" (DIY; Unbox)
  • "Scrapbooking" (DIY; Unbox)
  • "Sheila Bridges: Designer Living" (Fine Living; Unbox)
  • "Simplify Your Life" (Fine Living; Unbox)
  • "Simply Wine with Andrea Immer" (Fine Living; Unbox)
  • "Skyland" (Nick; iTunes)
  • "So NoTORIous" (VH1; Unbox)
  • "South Park" (Comedy Central, season 4; iTunes)
  • "Square Off" (TV Guide Channel; AOLVideo)
  • "Trade School" (DIY; Unbox)
  • "Tricked Out" (DIY; Unbox)
  • "Tricks of the Trade" (Fine Living; Unbox)
  • "The Tyra Banks Show" (Syn; Unbox)
  • "The Wandering Golfer" (Fine Living; Unbox)
  • "Wood Works" (DIY; Unbox)
  • "Yo Momma" (MTV, season 1; Unbox & iTunes)
  • "Yo Momma" (MTV, season 2; iTunes)
These series are new to a service but not new to the trivialTV Ep Vid Finder:
  • iTunes
    • "Breaking Bonaduce"
    • "Flavor of Love" (seasons 1 & 2)
    • "Hogan Knows Best" (season 1)
    • "Strange Love"
  • Unbox
    • "8th & Ocean"
    • "24" (season 2)
    • "30 Days" (season 1)
    • "American Misfits"
    • "Arthur" (season 10)
    • "Avatar" (season 2)
    • "Big Brother 7"
    • "The Captain and Casey Show"
    • "Coming Out Stories"
    • "Dr. 90210" (season 2)
    • "Fat Actress"
    • "Free for All"
    • "The Girls Next Door" (season 1)
    • "Hi-Jinks"
    • "Hill Street Blues" (season 2)
    • "Land of the Giants" (season 1)
    • "MAD TV"
    • "Mind of Mencia" (seasons 1 & 2)
    • "Murder One" (season 2)
    • "My Super Sweet 16"
    • "The Nine"
    • "Noah's Arc" (season 2)
    • "NOPI Tunervision"
    • "NOVA"
    • "Open Bar"
    • "The Real World: Key West"
    • "Reno 911"
    • "The Shield" (season 5)
    • "Sleeper Cell"
    • "Smith"
    • "The State"
    • "Strangers with Candy" (all seasons)
    • "Wildboyz" (seasons 3 & 4)

The following sites had no new TV content:
  • CinemaNow
  • GUBA
  • iWatchNow
  • in2tv
  • Outdoor Action
  • Peer Impact

Friday, October 27, 2006

Frauditions Speak Louder Than Words

Do you recognize the name, Hunter Maats?

Don't feel bad. I didn't either.

Mr. Maats was one of the Rich Kids on "Survival of the Richest". If you live in LA, maybe you know him as one of the founders of Overqualified Tutoring.

And now he's apparently creating his own TV show, "Frauditions."

On October 15 he registered the domain name, frauditions.com. On October 18 he filed docs with the USPTO to protect Frauditions for "production and distribution of television shows."

Just based on the name, I'm guessing it's going to be a partly scripted reality show like "Meet the Marks" or "SuperStar USA." Most of the cast knows about the joke, but the central character unknowingly plays the rube. I was hoping I could tell you more, but you can add Hunter to the list of people who ignore my e-mails when I request additional info about shows I find in the trademark database.

Thursday, October 26, 2006

Every Mamalogue Has Its Day

Can't get enough of Dana Loesch at Mamalogues? Would you watch a sitcom about her life?

Seems like Ms. Loesch thinks you might be interested. On October 17 she filed docs with the USPTO to protect Mamalogues for "entertainment in the nature of on-going television programs in the field of situation comedy."

'nuff said.

Wednesday, October 25, 2006

You Don't Get Something Wicked for Nothing

Something Wicked This Way Comes.

Since I'm writing this entry on the evening of October 24th — the same time that Ray Bradbury's novel opens — it's only natural that I look for ep names that honor his work.
  • Something Alien This Way Comes (''Just Our Luck,'' 11/1/1983)
  • Something Fishy This Way Comes (''American Dragon: Jake Long,'' 7/15/2006)
  • Something Larry This Way Comes (''Married…with Children,'' 3/12/1995)
  • Something Stupid This Way Comes (''Grim & Evil,'' 7/26/2002)
  • Something Trendy This Way Comes (''The Anna Nicole Show,'' 5/4/2003)
  • Something Wall-Mart This Way Comes (''South Park,'' 11/3/2004)
  • Something Wicca This Way Comes (''Charmed,'' 10/7/1998)
  • Something Wick This Way Comes (''The Drew Carey Show,'' 9/25/1996)
  • Something Wicked This Way Comes (''Joan of Arcadia,'' 4/22/2005)
  • Something Wicker This Way Comes (''Pocket Dragon Adventures'')
  • Something Wicked This Way Comes (''Smart Guy,'' 5/6/1998)
  • Something Wonderful This Way Comes (''Jack's Place,'' 6/29/1993)

Tuesday, October 24, 2006

tv's gr8est travelogue genres

I read this story from LostRemote about Travelistic, the site that mashes user travel vids with Google maps, as I suggested about six months ago.

And that got me thinking again.

If you wanted to search travel vids by genre — not location, not person — what genres would you choose? I took a look at the popular tags on Travelistic and I must be way off-base. My list doesn't come close to matching the tags.

After analyzing schticks for more than 200 TV travel series, I compiled my list of tv's gr8est travelogue genres:
    8. History: Probably a great idea for families and history buffs, but it's not my cup of tea. Quite a few families play DVDs on driving trips to keep kids occupied and make the trip educational. I'm a fan of that since it's real-time. But shows like "Bob Vila's Guide to Historic Homes" and "Great Castles of Europe" don't do much for me when I'm sitting in my living room.

    7. Outdoor/Lifestyle Sports: The big problem with this genre? Repetition. You can only see so many golf courses and fishing holes before the shows start running together. That's why I was was happy to see "Fantasy Camp" in the list since that show can focus on a different lifestyle sport every ep.

    6. Budget Travel: A staple of the travel industry — how to get the most bang for your buck. This genre usually focuses on daytrips ("Dream Drives") and weekenders ("3 Day Weekend"). Sometimes just straight budget shows ("$40-a-Day"). And now extreme budget shows ("Stranded with Cash Peters"). I'd love to see an everyday person try a more extreme version of "Stranded" to see if a nobody can stay in a city for a week after starting with no cash.

    5. Celebrity Trips: I'm not usually a fan of watching celebrities vacation. "Trippin' with Cameron Diaz" didn't do much for me. I never watched Michael Palin's series of travelogues. I had no interest in Ewan McGregor's "Long Way Round." There's only one reason why Celeb Trips even made the list — E!'s "Celebrity Adventures." Any series that boasts Jessica Biel in Bali and Rachel Leigh Cook at the Great Barrier Reef is more than OK in my book.

    4. Exotic Locales: Beaches. Rain forest. Deserts. Islands. And don't forget the bikinis. While "Wild On" and "Romantic Escapes" kind of bookmark this genre, luxury is one of the over-riding themes — "Luxury Adventures," "Luxury Travel Show" and "Sensational Spas."

    3. Adventure/Extreme Sports: I could watch Warren Miller movies and surf vids all day. It's the combination of scenery, varied terrain and the chance for a death-defying trick or accident. (If some of the lifestyle travel shows presented opportunities for broken bones, I would like fishing travel skeins a lot more.) Shows like "Freeride with Greta Gains," "On Surfari," "Untracked" and "Wildboyz" are my perfect antidote for depression.

    2. Food & Restaurants: I think people lie about this one. It's not a very popular tag at Travelistic, but everybody has to eat. And how come I often have to wait to be seated when I eat on vacation? Maybe people just aren't interested in watching vids of "All-American Festivals," "Rachael Ray's Tasty Travels" or "Roker on the Road." But I'd rather see a vid that some menu pics.

    1. Alcohol: "Insomniac with Dave Attell" really sold me on this theme. Dave combined alcohol with city sites and freaks in a seamless, slurred show. Now everybody is jumping on the beer wagon. "Aussie Wine Trail." "Cocktail Kings." "The Thirsty Traveler." "Three Sheets." Even when the shows are bad, they're still great on the cringe scale and the unintentional comdedy scale. Just think "Taradise."

Monday, October 23, 2006

Monthly Airings Update

I've added nearly 700 records to the trivialTV Schedule Search covering the period from Sep 11, 2006 to Oct 15, 2006, bringing the grand total to 123,822 total records.

If you take a look at the Total Tube Time feature in the near-right sidebar, you might notice that "CSI" continues to move up the charts. "CSI" knocked "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire" off the top 10 list for all genres and moved past "Matlock" into 4th place on the list of dramas. An historical update for "CSI."

Update for Upcoming Preems

If you take a look at the "Upcoming Series Premiere" feature in the near-right sidebar, you'll notice many more shows in the "And Still Later" section. I've added projected preem dates for more than 50 new skeins.

Some of my scoops from the trademark database appeared in this update, and I updated these older posts to reflect the new debut information:Enjoy!

Friday, October 20, 2006

MySpace for Everything and Everything in MySpace

TiVo needs to make a deal with MySpace.

When TiVo first came to market, TiVo Suggestions were all the rage. Early adopters had similar-enough tastes that recommendations were reasonable. As TiVo got more subscribers, its Suggestions became less relevant.

The masses are good at estimating what most viewers like, but the masses can't easily predict what a market segment might watch. Relevant suggestions for individuals? Forget it.

What if TiVo let you link your MySpace page to your TiVo box? You'd probably think about it. And you might even convince your MySpace friends to add links to their TiVos. And they'll convince their friends. And so on. It's just the Fabergé Organics shampoo effect.

Now you have a personalized network for suggestions. Your closest friends have the largest effect. Their friends have less of an impact. And their friends count even less.

But that's a group that can make good Suggestions for you.

Thursday, October 19, 2006

The Eye Is the Rewind of the Soul

Let's stay with the theme of show summaries for one more post.

CBS Broadcasting is developing CBS Rewind, which will provide "video clips and summaries of television programming rendered through the media of television, cable, satellite, telephone and broadband systems, and via the internet, portable and wireless communication devices." (Source: USPTO Trademark filing; Serial Number 77019786; Filing Date October 12, 2006)

Just like everybody else, CBS Broadcasting did not respond to my inquiry for additional information. Good thing I don't get a complex over these things, but I do wish I was more connected.

Anyways...CBS has a choice on how they want to unveil CBS Rewind.

The Eye could add Rewind as a main menu option on innertube. Right now the menu includes "Full Episodes" and "Previews: Coming up on CBS." "CBS Rewind" would be a natural fit.

Or CBS could use its online entertainment mag, ShowBuzz, to play video clips and reach a wider audience.

Many Hands Make Light Network

Sony Pictures Television (SPT) is developing The Minisode Network, which will deliver "edited television programs" via "television, wireless mobile devices or the internet." (Source: USPTO Trademark filing; Serial Number 77018310; Filing Date October 11, 2006)

I assume that SPT will only provide summary clips and funny bits to try to maximize viewer interest. SPT did not respond to my e-mail requesting more info.

Wednesday, October 18, 2006

False Freuds Are Worse Than Open Enemies

I looked at the TV schedule last night and smirked when I read the ep title for "Help Me Help You." I knew right then that I found my topic for today's post — ep title fun with Freud.

Here's a sample:
  • There's Nothing to Be Afreud of But Freud Himself (''That Girl,'' 10/26/1967)
  • Who's a Freud of Ginger Wolfe? (''Julia,'' 10/22/1968)
  • French Freud (''The Inspector'' on ''The Pink Panther Show,'' 1969)
  • Freudian Ship (''The Bob Newhart Show,'' 1/7/1978)
  • Party of Freud (''Party of Five,'' 2/17/1999)
  • Norm vs. Freud (''The Norm Show,'' 1/5/2001)
  • Freud's Dilemma (''The Chris Isaak Show,'' 3/12/2001)
  • Freudian Dip (''Johnny Bravo,'' 4/6/2001)
  • The Island of Doctor Freud (''Time Squad,'' 6/22/2001)
  • Freudian Sleep (''Frasier,'' 2/3/2004)
  • Freudian Kicks (''Just for Kicks,'' 5/21/2006)
  • Pink Freud (''Help Me Help You,'' 10/17/2006)

Tuesday, October 17, 2006

trivialTV Ep Vid Finder: Update #04

I've added links to sites that are new to the trivialTV Ep Vid Finder. You can watch all of these shows for free!
  • ABC
    • ''Desperate Housewives''
    • ''Grey's Anatomy''
    • ''Lost''
    • ''The Nine''
    • ''Six Degrees''
    • ''Ugly Betty''

  • CBS' innertube
    • ''CSI: Crime Scene Investigation''
    • ''CSI: Miami''
    • ''CSI: NY''
    • ''The Class''
    • ''How I Met Your Mother''
    • ''Jericho''
    • ''Navy NCIS''
    • ''The New Adventures of Old Christine''
    • ''Numb3rs''
    • ''Shark''
    • ''Survivor''
    • ''The Unit''

  • Fox/MySpace
    • ''Bones''
    • ''Justice''
    • ''The Loop''
    • ''Prison Break''
    • ''Standoff''
    • ''Talkshow with Spike Feresten''
    • '''Til Death''
    • ''Vanished''

  • NBC Rewind
    • ''Friday Night Lights''
    • ''Heroes''
    • ''Kidnapped''
    • ''Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip''
    • ''30 Rock''
    • ''20 Good Years''

  • TurboNick
    • ''The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron, Boy Genius''
    • ''Angry Beavers''
    • ''Avatar: The Last Airbender''
    • ''Catscratch''
    • ''Danny Phantom''
    • ''Drake & Josh''
    • ''The Fairly OddParents''
    • ''Invader ZIM''
    • ''Just for Kicks''
    • ''Mr. Meaty''
    • ''Ned's Declassified School Survival Guide''
    • ''Romeo!''
    • ''Rugrats''
    • ''SpongeBob SquarePants''
    • ''Unfabulous''
    • ''Zoey 101''

I've updated links for shows on many of the usual sites.
  • adult swim fix (usual content switch)
  • GUBA (no new TV content)
  • iTunes, usual update & new series include
    • "Coming Out Stories"
    • "Land of the Giants" (season 1)
    • "Wildboyz" (seasons 3 & 4)

  • iwatchnow.com (no new TV content)
  • Outdoor Action (no new TV content)
  • Peer Impact (no new TV content)
  • TV Land, new series include
    • "I Pity the Fool"

I also fixed a few links for shows on Outdoor Action.

Grand totals for the trivial TV Ep Vid Finder? 13,207 links to 9,129 full-length eps for 534 series.

Monday, October 16, 2006

Scoreboard Update

I've been busy adding new data to the trivialTV database. In the past six weeks I've added 300 new series and confirmed preem dates for 120 series, bringing the grand totals to:
  • 13,106 series in d/b
  • 8,261 series w/confirmed preem dates
In case you were wondering, I'm also adding ep info to the database. I've already released 123,138 records in the TV Schedule search that you've come to know and love. But I have another 603,496 records that I haven't released yet. These records cover shows from cable, older network shows, late night, daytime and syndication.

Friday, October 13, 2006

Truly MyTube

Imagine this.

You go to Channel 1 on your TV to access a database which has every movie, every special, every sporting event, and every episode of every series. Not just the shows currently in the TV Guide for the next two weeks. I mean everything. You page through and select the shows you want to watch sometime later.

Now comes the fun part. The system searches:
  • the VOD schedule for free content.
  • the internet for free content.
  • the TV Guide and arranges to record shows that are scheduled in the next two weeks.
  • the VOD schedule for rental content.
  • the internet for rental content.
  • future editions of the TV Guide if none of the above searches were successful or if the viewer only wants free content or if the viewer doesn't watch the free content before it's no longer available.
At least that's been my vision of the future electronic program guide and a big reason why I'm compiling the trivialTV database.

I'm crushed I didn't think about a great twist to this idea earlier. Thankfully, other people much smarter than me think about these things too. People like David H. Tannenbaum of Dallas, TX., who filed a patent application (20060230418) on May 26, 2006 that was published yesterday.

Mr. Tannenbaum suggests that "users of the system may record program requests. Program providers may then access these requests from time to time and provide the requested program, even if the program had not been available at the time the request was initially posted."

Part of that last sentence really struck me — "access these requests from time to time and provide the requested program."

I'm going to change one part of that phrase. I'm going to replace "provide the requested program" with "fulfill the request for the program." If there are a lot of requests for a single show, the cable company will fulfill the request by adding the show to their VOD content.

Maybe this idea is the only way we'll be able to watch "Mary" (1985).

Thursday, October 12, 2006

Strike While the Iron Is Red Hot Right Now

CBS Studios is protecting the phrase, Red Hot Right Now, for "a television series segment providing entertainment news."

"Entertainment Tonight" or "The Insider"? Both entertainment newsmags are produced by CBS Studios.

I'm guessing "The Insider" will use the new moniker since it frequently uses red in its graphics. I'm also guessing it will rename either its Breaking News or This Just In feature as Red Hot Right Now.

Where There's Broke, There's Fire

Did you happen to see the made-for, Going for Broke, on Lifetime a few years ago? Didn't think so. I didn't either. But I'm not exactly in Lifetime's target demo.


The telefilm told the real-life story of a woman who became a compulsive gambler. It was critically acclaimed. It was heart-wrenching. And a huge number of women are addicted to gambling.

Sounds like the perfect recipe for a reality show. Lifetime thinks so to.

Lifetime filed docs on October 4, 2006 to protect Going for Broke for a "reality-based television series."

Wednesday, October 11, 2006

The Ep Name Cometh

Early next week (October 16) I plan on celebrating Eugene O'Neill's birthday by reading The Iceman Cometh. I chose The Iceman Cometh to celebrate the 60th anniversary of its first Broadway production (October 9, 1946).

It also turns out that TV writers also love this great play — nearly 100 ep titles pay homage to O'Neill's play. Here's a sample:
  • The Baby Cometh (''The Joey Bishop Show,'' 5/11/1963)
  • The Ice Cream Man Cometh (''Step by Step,'' 11/18/1994)
  • The Ice Queen Cometh (''Doogie Howser, M.D.,'' 9/20/1989)
  • The Iced Duck Cometh (''The Mighty Ducks'')
  • The Iceman Bricketh (''The Cosby Show,'' 10/31/1991)
  • The Iceman Goeth (''Coach,'' 11/13/1990)
  • The Iceman Taketh (''Early Edition,'' 10/16/1999)
  • The Icing Man Cometh (''Good Eats'')
  • IQ Cometh (''Sweet Valley High,'' 10/9/1995)
  • The Melty Man Cometh (''Coupling'')
  • The Piximon Cometh (''Digimon: Digital Monsters,'' 10/7/1999)

Tuesday, October 10, 2006

trivialTV Ep Vid Finder: Update #03

I've updated the trivialTV Ep Vid Finder with links to 351 more episodes by adding new links to AOL Video, Google Video, in2tv and iTunes. You can use my Ep Vid Finder to find nearly 9000 legal, full-length eps for more than 500 series.

New series added in this update.
  • "Backyardigans"
  • "Bless This House" (Andrew Dice Clay alert!)
  • "Dark Realm" (Eric Roberts alert!)
  • "Discovery Atlas"
  • "Freak Show"
  • "Head of the Class"
  • "House of Carters"
  • "Night Visions"
  • "The Nightmare Room"
  • "The Nine"
  • "Pokemon"
  • "Smith"

Significant additions for each service — new series (not listed above) or many new eps.
  • AOL Video
    • ''Edge of Night'' (19 additional eps)
    • "Search for Tomorrow" (12 additional eps)
    • "Texas" (14 additional eps)

  • in2tv
    • all listed above

  • iTunes
    • "Antiques Roadshow"
    • "Arthur"
    • "Cyberchase"
    • "Dr. 90210" (3rd and 4th seasons)
    • "Fetch! with Ruff Ruffman"
    • "Invader Zim" (vol. 3)
    • "NOVA"
    • "NOW with David Brancaccio"
    • "Scientific American Frontiers"

Series removed from database in this update.
  • in2tv
    • "The D.A." (2004)
    • "The Office" (1995)
    • "Thieves"
    • "Tom"
    • "The Will"

Monday, October 09, 2006

By the Numb3rs

Do you like "Numb3rs"? Did you ever want to meet the cast? Interested in seeing an ep before anybody else can see it on the telly?

If you said yes to any of these and you're in the LA area on Wednesday, then you'll want to check out this free event on Wednesday, October 11, 2006 at 8PM at Caltech's Beckman Auditorium.

Just a note about admission. "The event is free, with no tickets or reservations required. However, members of the Caltech community may pick up guaranteed-admission tickets from the Caltech Ticket Office. We will begin admitting ticket holders at 7:30; guests without tickets will be admitted, until capacity is reached, beginning shortly after 7:45."

Awards Update

I've added 5,731 records to the trivialTV Awards Database for the following awards:
  • AOL Television Award: 2006 winners
  • Artios Award: 2006 noms
  • Cadet Award: 2006 noms & winners
  • Cult TV Award: 2006 noms
  • Daytime Emmy Award: 1982-1984 (missing data: non-acting)
  • Emmy Award: 1949-1964 noms & winners, 2006 winners (all categories)
  • Emmy Award: 1973-1989 noms & winners (filled in missing data: children's, minis, movies & specials)
  • Environmental Media Association Award: 2006 noms
  • Freddie Award: 2006 finalists & winners
  • Gabriel Award: 2006 winners
  • Gaylactic Spectrum Award: 1999-2005 finalists/short lists & winners
  • Golden Gasm Award: 2006 noms
  • Hugo Award: 2006 winners
  • Imagen Award: 2006 winners
  • Internet TV Award: 2003-2006 noms & winners
  • MediaVillage TV Fan Award: 2006 noms & winners
  • Space Frontier Foundation Award: 2006 winner
  • Stony Award: 2003, 2005 noms & winners, 2006 noms
  • SyFy Genre Award: 2006 winners
  • Teen Choice Award: 2006 winners
  • Tubey Award: 2004-2006 noms & winners
  • TV DVD Awards: 2006 noms & winners

Whenever you use the Awards feature above, you're searching 53,051 records.

Friday, October 06, 2006

Pools Rush In

Coming soon to a store near you — a floating media center for your swimming pool.

You know you've dreamed about it. You. Stretched out on your inflatable raft. Getting a wicked tan. But you're bored. That radio is OK. Your mp3 player is better. What if you could have a margarita in one hand and your TV remote in the other while you bask in the sun?

If that's your fantasy, then Aquatron LLC is developing the product just for you.

First, Aquatron developed the Aquabot, an autonomous robotic pool cleaner. Think of it as the Roomba for your pool. If iRobot Corp. develops a similar product, they'll probably call it the Poolba.

Now, Aquatron is developing the floating multimedia platform. Aquatron was granted its first patent (7,089,876) for the idea on August 15, 2006. Just yesterday, Aquatron applied for additional patent protection (20060223394) for the same idea with wireless communications. No word as to when it might be available.

It's probably too big for my bathtub; so I'll have to build a pool before I can test this product.

Thursday, October 05, 2006

The Road to Ad Hell Is Paved with Good Interstitials

Interstitial microseries are all the rage this year. Nets are trying anything to keep us watching commercials.

Nickelodeon showed "At the Poocharelli's." Animal Planet presented "Meow Mix House." tbs is airing "lovebites." The CW has 30-second aerie interstitials for American Eagle.

Now. Coming to a TV near you. "Cutie Karaoke." But that's like six syllables. We can't have that; so the show may air as "Cute-oke" instead.

On September 25, Viacom filed trademark docs to protect both of these phrases.

I wonder if we'll have to hear kids singing pop songs on Nickelodeon during SpongeBob next year. That'll just be painful — reminds me too much of those nails-on-a-chalkboard Kidz Bop CDs.

Wednesday, October 04, 2006

A Thing of Beauty Is a Joy for Beaver

Forty-nine years ago today, "Leave It to Beaver" preemed on CBS.

If you want to celebrate, then you can watch TV Land's weekly Wednesday morning mini-marathon from 10AM-Noon. No fanfare today, but I assume TV Land has grand plans for the show's 50th anniversary next year.

Even though TV Land isn't observing the anniversary, I thought I might. Especially since it seems like TV writers celebrate the show quite often through ep titles. Here's a short list of ep names that pay homage to this classic:
  • Leave It to Harry (''The New Phil Silvers Show,'' 2/1/1964)
  • Leave It to Patty (''The Patty Duke Show,'' 4/29/1964)
  • Leave It to Lassie (''Lassie,'' 10/11/1964)
  • Leave It to Dixie (''Laredo,'' 12/30/1966)
  • Leave It to Weaver (''Sunshine,'' 5/22/1975)
  • Leave It to the Beavers (''Newhart,'' 3/12/1984)
  • Leave It to Willie (''The Hogan Family,'' 11/9/1986)
  • Leave It to Diva (''Webster,'' 1/16/1987)
  • Leave It to Cleavage (''Brothers,'' 6/12/1987)
  • Leave It to Geezer (''L.A. Law,'' 3/30/1989)
  • Leave It to Tweek (''Rude Dog & the Dweebs'')
  • Leave It to Bill & Ted (''Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventures,'' 10/5/1991)
  • Leave it to Casper (''Casper'')
  • Leave It to Beavers (''Pinky & the Brain,'' 9/8/1997)
  • Leave It to Beavis (''The Beavis & Butt-Head Show,'' 11/25/1997)
  • Leave It to Weaver (''ER,'' 9/30/1999)
  • Leave it to Beavers (''Stanley,'' 10/22/2001)
  • Leave It to Diva (''That's So Raven,'' 5/28/2004)
  • Leave It to Lopez (''George Lopez,'' 10/26/2004)
  • Leave It to Beaver (''Veronica Mars,'' 5/10/2005)

Tuesday, October 03, 2006

Common Threads #7

What do these series have in common?
  • "The Addams Family" (ABC, 1964)
  • "Alf" (NBC, 1986)
  • "Emergency" (NBC, 1972)
  • "Gilligan's Island" (CBS, 1964)
  • "Laverne & Shirley" (ABC, 1976)
  • "Star Trek" (NBC, 1966)

Monday, October 02, 2006

trivialTV Ep Vid Finder: Update #02

Today I added 2,400 links and 475 unique eps to the trivialTV Ep Vid Finder, bringing the grand total to 14,774 links pointing to 8,594 unique eps. I updated content for the following sites:
  • Adult Swim Fix (typical ep switch)
  • Amazon's Unbox (see below)
  • AOL Video (see below)
  • CinemaNow (no new content)
  • Guba (no new content)
  • in2tv (no new content until later this week)
  • iTunes (see below)
  • iWatchNow
    • no new content, but now provides iPod version
    • they've redesigned and eliminated their archive pages, which means I can no longer link directly to an ep
  • Outdoor Action (no new content)
  • Peer Impact (no new content)
  • TV Land (look under Original Series)
I'll update Google Video in next week's update plus add a few more sources.

The following shows are entirely new or have entirely new seasons available online since my last update:
  • "24" (2nd season)
  • "The Big O"
  • "Celebrity Deathmatch" (5th season)
  • "Chasing Farrah" (ep 1)
  • "Drake and Josh" (1st & 4th seasons)
  • "Grey's Anatomy" (all seasons)
  • "Handy Manny"
  • "Harvey Birdman, Attorney at Law"
  • "Hill Street Blues" (2nd season)
  • "Jericho"
  • "Living in TV Land" (Dick Van Patten)
  • "Mr. Meaty"
  • "Murder One" (2nd season)
  • "Ned's Declassified School Survival Guide"
  • "NOPI Tunervision"
  • "Really Wild Animals"
  • "The Replacments"
  • "Search for Tomorrow"
  • "Stargate SG-1" (1st season)
  • "The State"
  • "That's What I.m Talking About" (Greats, Dates & Debates)
  • "Unfabulous"
  • "Wacky Races"
  • "Yin Yang Yo!"
  • "Yogi Bear"
All of iTunes new series are also new to the database — that means you'll see those skeins in the above list. AOL Video and Amazon's Unbox added many vids to their collections that you could already find elsewhere. If you like either of those services, then you'll want to know they added:
  • Amazon's Unbox

    • "Babylon 5" (1st season)
    • "Bones" (current season)
    • "CSI" (current season)
    • "CSI: Miami" (current season)
    • "CSI: NY" (current season)
    • "Criss Angel Mindfreak"
    • "FETCH! With Ruff Ruffman"
    • "Hill Street Blues" (1st season)
    • "Inked"
    • "Lost in Space" (2nd season)
    • "Murder One" (1st season)
    • "NCIS" (current season)
    • "Numbers" (current season)
    • "Pinks" (3rd season)
    • "Pregnancy for Dummies"
    • "Prison Break" (current season)
    • "South Park" (3rd season)
    • "Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip"
    • "Survivor: Cook Islands"
    • "US of ANT"

  • AOL Video

    • "24"
    • "30 Days"
    • "Action" (now complete)
    • "Aeon Flux"
    • "Avatar The Last Airbender" (2nd season)
    • "Beavis & Butthead"
    • "Bones"
    • "Buffy"
    • "Charlie's Angels" (a few eps)
    • "Comedy Central Presents" (a few eps)
    • "Danny Phantom"
    • "Dog Bites Man"
    • "Dora the Explorer" (2nd season)
    • "Drawn Together"
    • "Fairly OddParents"
    • "Firefly"
    • "Firsthand"
    • "Invader Zim"
    • "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia"
    • "Jimmy Neutron"
    • "Just for Kicks"
    • "Lost in Space"
    • "MuscleCar"
    • "My Super Sweet Sixteen"
    • "Newsradio" (a few eps)
    • "O'Grady"
    • "Open Bar"
    • "Pinks"
    • "Prison Break"
    • "Punk'd"
    • "Reno 911" (4th season)
    • "SpongeBob SquarePants" (2nd season)
    • "Stacked"
    • "Starsky & Hutch" (a few eps)
    • "Stella"
    • "Strangers with Candy"
    • "SWAT" (a few eps)
    • "TNA iMPACT!"
    • "US of ANT"
    • "Unique Whips"
    • "Viva la Bam"
    • "Who's the Boss?" (a few eps)
    • "Wisecrack"
    • "Xtreme 4x4"
    • "Zoey 101"