TV News & Gossiprubberducky -- Monday, September 09, 2002 -- 08:50:31 PM
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Wow, that would be annoying. And I just watch AMC for the movies!
Huh. Wonder if they're just deciding to stop competing with DirecTV and slouch toward accepting they're the nation's 2nd-tier satellite service.
Emmy nominations are out. I was particularly pleased to see Jarrod Harris nominated for supporting actor in Mad Men.
eta: Of note, no regular network shows were nominated for best drama - interesting.
The only one that had a shot was The Good Wife.
A new subscription VOD deal announced Friday between Amazon and Warner Bros. Domestic TV Distribution is stepping up the competition in a category dominated to date by Netflix.
Amazon will get WB-produced series "The West Wing" and "Fringe" to itself for the summer, marking the first time the retail giant has obtained exclusive rights to either TV or movie content for its SVOD rental service, Amazon Prime, or a la carte storefront Amazon Instant Video. That availability will bolster Amazon's tablet product, Kindle Fire.
Pact also marks the first exposure in the SVOD window for "Wing," an NBC series that WB has kept out of the marketplace until now. The deal also covers more short-lived WB series on a non-exclusive basis, including AMC's "Rubicon," TNT's "Dark Blue," Fox's "Alcatraz" and ABC's "The Whole Truth."
Anyone watching the Emmys?
Did anyone else listen to this on NPR this morning? Wonderful story about James Burrows, who has directed the most important comedies on television. The guy has this incredible track record, including Taxi, Cheers, Frasier, Will & Grace, etc. The story played a clip of Taxi when Jim is trying to get his driver's license, and it's classically funny and slapstick; Burrows says that it got a 45-second laugh from the live audience.
Excellent story; definitely give it a listen.
James Burrows is the son of Abe Burrows, who write Guys and Dolls, Can-Can, How to Succeed in Business, and a host of other famous musicals.
Burrows says that it got a 45-second laugh from the live audience.
A lot of that joke is in Lloyd's delivery. I've been wanting to go back and watch Taxi recently - remember it from reruns as a kid. Nobody has it on streaming. All of Cheers is on Netflix though.
That is really cool, Cal! I had no idea he came from such a talented father as well. I will give the interview a listen tonight.
Talent clearly ran in the family; Burrows had a magic touch.
GregD, my teenage son found that bit on YouTube and it turned him on to Taxi; so when we were listening this morning it was so much fun that they referenced that joke.
"What....does....a yellow....light.... mean?"
I've been wanting to watch that, WKRP, MASH & All in the Family. Weird old TV kick lately. Why isn't more old TV available on streaming services?
Edit: AH, WKRP's on Hulu. Know what I'm watchin' tonight.
I've also seen that Hulu has the old B&W Alfred Hitchcock Presents. I never watched it. I know he basically sold his name for use on it (directing less than 10% of episodes) and wasn't really involved, but how does it compare to contemporaneous similars like Twilight Zone?