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According to The Tommy Westphall Universe Hypothesis, nearly all of American television takes place in the mind of an autistic child. The theory first appeared in 2002, when writer Dwayne McDuffie wrote Six Degrees of St. Elsewhere for the Slush Factory. For those of you don’t know, St. Elsewhere was a slick, well written and acted drama series about ...


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My guess: people like me often visit domains in movies/TV shows/books just for fun. If I see the domain is unregistered, I can register it myself and draw traffic from nerds like myself. Basically, I'm letting Sony advertise for me. I can even imply movie affiliation and do terrible things: "Welcome to Sony's secret site! You have cleverly spotted the ...


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Just a theory, but being able to buy a domain this way is a pretty clear indication that a legitimate company cannot come after the film company to sue for being libelled or defamed for a less than perfect company portrayal. If currently unused, it is an indication there is not a naming conflict to a company that is not well known. The fact that you noticed ...


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You've already stated the fact British shows tend to have fewer episodes than their American counterparts (see here for a great explanation). However, there are a few other things to consider when discussing Sherlock. From a Digital Spy article: "[The format is] very closely held," [PBS Executive] Eaton told Collider. "Steven [Moffat] crafts them, and ...


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There are 52 weeks in a year. American TV series usually go from the end of September to May, about 34-35 weeks. Before the late 1960s, a television season was closer to about 30 episodes in the United States.[Wikipedia] [Version] Most shows go on hiatus over the winter holidays and thanksgiving, due to lower viewership. Events such as the president of ...


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Detective John Munch, played by the same actor, Richard Belzer, has appeared in at least a single episode of the following distinct television series, though in some cases, multiple episodes: "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" "30 Rock" "The Wire" "Arrested Development" "Law & Order: Trial by Jury" "The Beat" "Law & Order" "Homicide: Life on ...


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To quote co-creator Steven Moffat (February 2014): We deal with scheduling. I’ve also got to do 'Doctor Who'. I’ve got no choice about that. That’s the day job. Everyone is a little bit busy. ... If we made 'Sherlock' the ordinary way, and did a run of 6 or 12, it would have been over by now. It would have been done because Martin [Freeman] ...


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The rules for how the order of credits is produced is very long and convoluted. They also vary from show to show, so for any one "rule of thumb" it's almost guaranteed you can find an exception on the air right now on some channel. The basic guidelines that most shows follow most of the time are drawn from the rules for the various industry guilds. In the ...


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It's quite a rare occurrence, with two major exceptions: comedies and factual programmes. Comedy remakes: Red Dwarf which was remade in the USA (one pilot episode) with Robert Llewellyn as Kryten in both versions, and he was also joined by the original series writers, Rob Grant and Doug Naylor. The IT Crowd also suffered a US pilot in which Richard Ayoade ...


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Man Vs Wild isn't real. If you watch the DVD extras, Bear introduces us to his team. There's a rope expert, a survival food expert, a medical guy etc. The point of the show is to show us how to survive in those situations. And at the beginning of each show there's a disclaimer stating that he is accompanied by a team of experts. He builds his shelters to ...


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According to an article from TV Guide, the four quadrants are split according to male or female and old or young. From another site about audience demographics, it appears the the old-young split is made at age 25. Edit: Here's an image I found on a site for independent filmmakers:


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To quote John August (Frankenweenie, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Charlie's Angels...): The highest ranking producer is the showrunner, the man or woman ultimately responsible for the creative direction of the series. Although Showrunner is a function, not a title... ... this person is credited as an Executive Producer. In many cases, he ...


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Beside from explaining rules to viewers who are not familiar with that particular sport, I see many advantages: Normally, the commentators are from a bigger broadcasting company, they have the chance to get exclusive information (e.g., when someone was injured they can tell that the doctors was with him/her or he/she arrived at the hospital) They have a ...


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The reason is simple. Money. Something you may have noticed about shows with multiple writers versus ones with one or two writers is that the former have a lot more episodes than the latter. Having a lot of writers means you can write more story material, which translates to more episodes which (usually) translates to more money. Another reason is that ...


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As the name suggests, a marathon is the sequential broadcast of a single or a number of related television programs for a long period of time; up to days if it is a TV series with many episodes. The most common reasons for a network to run a TV show marathon are: to celebrate the acquisition of a series, to lead into a highly anticipated episode of a ...


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A marathon is a collection of shows from the television show run one after another, mostly in order of release, such as a full season run together. Bloopers are generally mistakes caught during filming that would tend to be funny (i.e. trips and falls, or really dangerous and bloody accidents, or unfortunate script mispronunciation, especially if it comes ...


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Jinni is the way to go, and is the future! (See movie genome info.) Wikipedia was mentioned, but what was not mentioned is that they have a few stellar consolidation pages to do searches from. This list of lists page is invaluable, as just one example. IMDB was mentioned, but what was not mentioned is the unbelievably great Keyword search function. ...


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Two reasons: So that the film company doesn't lose out on a potential profit if someone buys a domain name associated with a movie/TV show and sells it. Apparently there's a small culture out there to purchase domain names related to a recently-announced movie/TV show, as when the movie company finds out its already registered most of the time they'll pay ...


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Google Search I think people should be trained/ advised to use Google search. But seriously, just type "movie/TV Show similar to XYZ" in Google Search. It will give you many link resources. Then see what you would like in different results. e.g. TV shows similar to Friends


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Why do TV networks air pilot episodes of a series that has already aired a first episode? A TV pilot is a scripted and filmed “first episode” of an intended series. It is usually used to test the waters of whether or not an idea for a TV show is viable and marketable. Why do they call it a pilot episode? The first episode of many TV series is ...


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As FredH mentioned in his comment, in this particular case most of the gaps in NCIS correspond to political pre-emptions. However, even when there aren't these kinds of special things going on, most shows on the big networks have these kind of breaks. The reason is they are trying to make sure that they have shows for as many sweep periods as possible. ...


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One of the earliest, if not the first such announcements was "All in the Family was recorded on tape before a live audience" from 1971. According to Michael Tueth's Laughter In The Living Room (2005), one of the earliest American sitcoms to broadcast live was I Love Lucy (1951 – 1957). For personal reasons, Lucy Ball wanted to produce the programme from ...


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I would hazard a guess that, if you were a kid in the 70's/80's that you may just not have watched many of the serialized shows. (of course, I was a kid in the 80's and remember watching all of these...) Off the top of my head, from the 80's, you've got: Hill Street Blues St. Elsewhere Cheers M.A.S.H. Moonlighting Family Ties L.A. Law ...


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For starters, you have most of your facts wrong on those TV shows: Fox did not pick Arrested Development up for its latest season, it was shown exclusively on Netflix. Fox did not pick Prison Break back up after it canceled it, after the 4th season. Fox was not the first-run network for Freaks And Geeks; it was originally aired, then cancelled, by NBC. ...


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In some cases I suspect that it's not simply a case of money. In the past I used to help write 'scripts' for LARP events, which are basically like stories. In that case, having a number of writers was very beneficial. Different people had different ideas on how characters would interact with each other and how the story would pan out. If it's a collaborative ...


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TV has become, in the opinion of many Directors/Actors, the most creatively fertile ground. In the last few years we have seen an exodus of talent from Hollywood, and those who have left have been so provoked by the current climate of film making they have felt the need to not only abandon the Hollywood system, but make public declarations as to their ...


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From the wiki page for 555: The phone companies began encouraging the producers of television shows and movies to use the 555 prefix for fictional telephone numbers, roughly during the 1960s. One of the earliest uses of a 555 number can be seen in Panic in Year Zero! (1962), with 555-2106. In the 1942 film: "Eyes in the Night", starring Edward Arnold and ...


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Shows and movies may do this for several reasons: to keep audiences around for longer, production breaks, financial reasons, actors signed on for other projects that interfere with shooting of a season, to ramp up other projects that needed more time, just to name a few. In the case of Breaking Bad, Brian Cranston indicated that they planned to shoot the ...



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