Why do black-and-white shows from the 1960s, especially live ones, have what looks to be a burn (dark shadows) around bright objects (around Walt's signature and around people's heads) and dodging effects (white glowing) around dark objects (around the jet-black suit jackets of the announcer and dancers)? I originally thought it was some beleagured production assistant manually burning the What's My Line signatures so that they'd be more high-contrast and thus more readable, but now I'm seeing it everywhere!
Are there any good drama series from the eighties available streaming online? [more inside]
I've recently been watching Twin Peaks again, and I've been wondering... to people who actually watched it air in its original run, what was it like seeing something like this on TV? Did you have watching parties that I've heard so much about? Was the reveal of the killer and the twists and turns along the way surprising? Did you watch until the end of the second season, and were you disappointed when it got the plug pulled on it? [more inside]
My dad is turning 67, and he's a rather eccentric guy. I want to get him something unique for his birthday. Help me find a gift for him! Details inside. [more inside]
What books, blogs, online journals, etc. would be good reads in order to get a behind the scenes, nuts and bolts look at the television industry? [more inside]
Can anyone identify this TV show about historical weaponry I saw in the late '90s/early 2000s? Basically, every episode featured the host learning how to use a different weapon. [more inside]
Emperor Wang Gun. It is one of the best TV shows you have never seen. Unfortunately, I have only seen parts of it. Is there any way I can purchase this show at a reasonable price? All I can find is a heartbreakingly priced $300 DVD set.
Family legend states that my grandparents had their 1950's, smalltown Ohio house built from (adapted) blueprints they obtained by writing in to a television show. Is this possible? If so, which tv show, and is there any way I can get a copy of the blueprints? [more inside]
Please recommend articles/books/etc. which talk about broadcast media and American suburbia in the 1970s and 1980s. [more inside]
I'm looking for books or documentaries on the history of British television; not the device, but the early years of television broadcasting, the formation of the BBC, and the characters involved. Does anyone know of any? [more inside]
Help me make a list of must see costume dramas/period films/tv. I love costume dramas and period films/tv and I'd like to see more of them. Recommendations please? [more inside]
I fell asleep during the 3rd part of John Adams and I missed something important. Question inside, in case it's a spoiler for someone. [more inside]
Help me figure out the TV show and episode I saw on the history of handguns (or specifically the revolver). [more inside]
Which episode of Deadwood should I show my college history class? [more inside]
I have regular television cable service, and I want to hook it up to an old television with only UHF/VHF and a coaxial port. If I recall my grandmother's set-up correctly, I need a little cable box which takes in the cable signal and feeds the television's coax port. Cable channels are selected through the box. Thing is, I can't seem to find this sort of thing in Radio's Shack catalogue, or anywhere online for that matter. With the advent of cable-friendly television sets, am I out of luck? How hard will it be for me to find a simple cable box?
As a lay...very lay...student of Roman Republic and Empire, and anticipating the upcoming HBO/BBC series Rome with relish, I'm reading everything I can get my hands on about both Republic and Empire. Currently I'm reading an abridgement of The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire I just inherited. What next? [insert Latin for "more inside" here].