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Mar
29
comment Why do TV comedy programs have laugh tracks?
@ChristianRau - My point was that it seems like nowadays comedies don't add laugh tracks anymore. So the question why do they still add a laugh track? might actually be outdated. - Today it looks like only shows that are taped in front of a live studio audience have laugh tracks. But the reason for having a live audience isn't to generate a laugh track, at least not solely. One other reason is e.g. jokes can be changed on the spot when they don't get a laugh. The immediate feedback of a live audience can help improve the show.
Mar
28
comment Why do TV comedy programs have laugh tracks?
Does anyone know a current show, other than How I Met Your Mother, that uses a laugh track even though it's not filmed in front of live studio audience? At the moment I can't think of one.
Mar
28
comment Why do TV comedy programs have laugh tracks?
I would content that the psychology aspect is as clear cut as you say. Otherwise it would be a no-brainer to add a laugh track to every comedy show. - There are, and have been, quite a few highly rated shows that didn't use a laugh track, and canceled shows that had a laugh track. It seems that if a show is good people will watch it wether it has a laugh track or not, if a show is bad, a laugh track ain't gonna save it. I think today a laugh track has little effect on ratings.
Mar
27
comment Why do TV comedy programs have laugh tracks?
New York Magazine article Please Chuckle Here - The return of the sitcom laugh track: If the show’s funny, a laugh track doesn’t make any difference. If it’s not, the [laugh track] may help.
Mar
27
comment Were they goblins or orcs?
@poepje - continued: A clear illustration that Tolkien considered goblins and orcs to be the same thing... is that in "The Hobbit" Gandalf asks Thorin if he remembers "Azog the Goblin", while in all his other writings Tolkien describes Azog as a "great Orc."
Mar
27
comment Were they goblins or orcs?
@poepje - The LotR-Wiki also says the same: Tolkien explained in a note at the start of The Hobbit that he was using English to represent the languages used by the characters, and that goblin (or hobgoblin for the larger kind) was the English translation he was using for the word Orc
Mar
24
comment Sherlock Villain, Moriarty Hero?
Doesn't Holmes wear a black coat/jacket in every episode?
Mar
24
comment How did the Paladins catch Jumpers before the discovery of electricity?
It might be worth mentioning that the Paladins were created for the film, they are not in original book.
Mar
23
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Mar
19
comment Name of the Paladins' weapons?
A more interesting question would be: How did the Paladins catch Jumpers before the invention of electricity (according to Griffin they have been catching Jumpers "since medieval times")
Mar
18
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Mar
18
answered Movie with a mutant shark?
Mar
18
answered Is a helicopter used to shoot such scenes?
Mar
18
answered Do the powers in Heroes manifest only once a generation?
Mar
16
comment In Sherlock: Study in Pink how does the choice of bottles work?
Vizzini's 'logic' is not meant to be taken seriously (e.g. "the poison comes from Australia, and Australia is entirely people with criminals, ergo...), so I'm not sure how this tongue-in-cheek scene from The Princess Bride is supposed to explain what happens in 'Sherlock Holmes'.
Mar
16
comment Zombieland - Estasi Dell Anima track
What makes you think it is based on another piece of music?
Mar
16
comment Do the powers in Heroes manifest only once a generation?
How do you define 'a generation'? Takezo Kensei lived ~400 years ago.
Mar
14
answered Why doesn't Robin appear in the Justice League and Justice League Unlimited animated series?
Mar
11
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Mar
11
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