How have different tv shows or movie franchises dealt with the death of actors between episodes/seasons/films? [more inside]
Hosting an adult birthday party centered around the ABC show "Alias" as its theme. I'm looking for a good game or activity that could fit an espionage type theme. [more inside]
What's the best (most fair) system for distributing access to a shared television? [more inside]
Is there a site that lists when shows in syndication are being run in order from the first episode? The goal is to get a TiVo season pass and watch the episodes in order. [more inside]
Is it true by broadcast and cable standards or regulations that you cannot say "God does not exist" on TV? [more inside]
How do I copy videos FROM my PC TO my TiVo???? I see plenty of ways to copy video the other way, including TiVo's own TivoToGo, but what I'd like to do is copy videos I have on my computer (in various formats) TO the TiVo. Is this possible? [more inside]
This silly little thing haunts me - the name of an 80's sci-fi TV show. Maybe a mini-series, or very short-lived I think.... [more inside]
User interface question: When I'm simply watching TV, pushing up on the remote's channel changer button moves me to a higher-numbered station. Yet when I'm viewing the channel guide, pushing up brings me to a lower-numbered station. Why the discrepancy? [more inside]
Having come to the end of my rope with Time-Warner's sucky customer service, we're looking at DirectTV. What advice, warning, cautions, or kudos would you give us before switching to this service. Two more specific (kinda stupid) questions are inside. [more inside]
Why did Arrested Development get cancelled? [more inside]
I know many people who don't live in houses but in apartments - empty nesters, young couples with or without children. However, if you were to base your idea of Americans' residences solely on television shows, it would seem that absolutely everybody lives in a house. [more inside]
TVFilter: I caught the tail end of a reality show on the Discovery Channel and noticed a continuity person in the credits. Continuity? On a reality show? [more inside]
Know of any interesting advertisements? [more inside]
How does one break into the entertainment industry from a dorm room in the northeast? [more inside]
Help me identify a piece of music from Friday's Battlestar Galatica season finale. [more inside]
What, from the standpoint of the audience, is the difference/advantage between shooting, say, a sitcom, in single-camera mode (SCM) and multiple-camera mode (MCM)? If all you're doing in SCM is shooting dialogue, for example, out-of-order to construct an effect that is effortlessly achieved by switching from one camera to the next in MCM, it would seem that, if anything, you would gain from the immediacy of the actors' reaction in a scene shot in MCM.
Japanese TV online? [more inside]
UK Television: On ITV, what is the black and white animated bar in the corner? [more inside]
Back in the day, what did contemporary viewers of The Andy Griffith Show feel about the show? Was it good and wholesome, or sordid and immoral? Was it 'funny ha-ha' or 'funny omg i can't believe they just did that!'? Realism or surrealism? Sitcom or soap? And all that jazz. [more inside]
Songfilter: HBO is running a new commercial to promote their upcoming season of sopranos... [more inside]
What do I need to connect a VGA-out only laptop to a component-in non-HD television? [more inside]
ForgottenAnimationFilter - a man goes for a walk every Sunday. His house and shed feel abandoned, so they decide to follow him (on legs). I remember this chap walking along oblivious to the fact that right behind him are two walking buildings. [more inside]
What (movie? television show?) is being referenced when a character points at some interloper and emits a loud droning sound? [more inside]
Last Sunday's Grey's Anatomy episode is bothering me. At the end of the episode, Dylan (the bomb squad guy) takes the bazooka shell from Meredith and slowly walks out of the room. This seems illogical/silly/non-bomb-squady to me. [more inside]
How can I fix my broadcast HDTV reception problems? [more inside]
What are the options, if any, for live video of the Winter Olympics online in the US? Having been able to watch CBC in 2002, I was spoiled, but this year it's back to NBC only. Worse, with the games in Europe this year, they will be showing everything that matters spliced into bite-size melodramatic bits, in between interminable ads and features, six hours after it actually happens. So, any options, licit or illicit?
Why don't commercial TV networks replay their prime time shows in the overnight hours? [more inside]
I have a friend that's trying to remember the name of a TV show from a few years ago that Fox cancelled abruptly. It was a drama about a family that had moved into a fire station and was having financial problems trying to rebuild it. [more inside]
I'm looking for classic "Saturday Night Live" sketches that might not have made the "Best of..." DVDs. Namely, John Belushi performing as Joe Cocker WITH Joe Cocker! But there were far too many good ones to let them all fade into oblivion! Is there any way to find these classic sketches to save them for posterity?? Thanks!!
How does one become a professional video cameraman? [more inside]
Does anyone know of the name of the actress who played the elderly patient who's no longer sick, but refuses to leave the hospital on the 1/22/06 airing of Grey's Anatomy [entitled: Tell Me Sweet Little Lies]? [more inside]
I have a small LCD television hanging on the wall. I hung it in front of the power outlet in order to hide the cord, but it picks up a little bit of interference in that position. If I move it away from the outlet, the interference goes away, but you can see the cord. Is there a solution that will allow me to sheild the TV from the interference and keep it hanging where it is?
A few years ago, I saw a PSA narrated by what sounded like a black man in his 40s or 50s. It described how one summer he and his brother were told by their father to build a brick wall for no apparent purpose. He talked about how hot it was, how they didn't spend any time with their friends, and they had to rebuild parts that weren't up to snuff. At the end, the father said something like, "Now don't ever tell me there's anything you can't do." I loved the ad, and was wondering whether it was available online. Any ideas?
I've got a 28" CRT Television, it was left in the garage in the freezing cold and I'd like to know what I should do before I power it on again. [more inside]
Should a baby ever watch videos or television? [more inside]
Just how much do people make on television? I'm not talking about the big-time tv stars with well-publicized contracts such as network stars like Friends, Oprah, Letterman, Katie Couric, etc., or the many people who get sitcom/series deals on major networks where we can guesstimate how much they are earning to the right order of magnitude. No, I'm asking about all the "little people" who fill my teevee screen. (much more inside) [more inside]
How can I use the IR port on my Windows XP laptop to control my television?
I've just moved into a new apartment and plugged in my entertainment center. My television, a 32 inch CRT Samsung which has always before had an excellent picture, now has these bars moving slowly upwards over the picture. [more inside]
Who created the artwork shown alongside Claire's in the season 4 finale of Six Feet Under? [more inside]
Please help me identify the apotheosis of Simpsons episodes. [more inside]
Free to Air: I am seeking straight forward info on an FTA system... [more inside]
Dish Network or DirecTV? Which plan? [more inside]
Where can I find old New Jersey tourism commercials? [more inside]
Is it too soon to buy an HDTV? [more inside]
We're having a "Disco Party" for my daughter's 6th birthday tomorrow. I've got the music covered, but I was looking for some VIDEO I can burn onto a DVD and just have playing in the background. [more inside]
Why is there a different theme arrangement/recording only for episodes 20, 21 and 22 in M*A*S*H season 1? [more inside]
I've just bought a shiny new LCD television. It's very beautiful but there's a serious problem with audio and video synchronisation. Sounds come out, then the lips move. The effect is weird. It hadn't occurred to me that this was a problem but apparently it is, a known one. Is there anything I can do? [more inside]
I have an old Intel Celeron 501MHz PC sitting around collecting dust. I'm wondering whether it would be suitable as a video server for my television, assuming I upgrade it with WiFi and a TV card. I don't have/want cable, so I don't necessarily need TiVo-like capabilities, but it would be nice to have something that could access my WiFi network, grab my downloads (mostly fansubbed anime, foriegn shows, etc.), and play them on the home theatre system. Is it worthwhile to use such a system for this purpose? Is there a more elegant solution that I'm overlooking that doesn't involve burning a ton of DVDs?
Where/how can I watch the British TV Documentary called "This is a True Story" about Takako Konishi, a Japanese girl found dead in the snow in Minnesota (previously discussed on MeFi here). [more inside]