Friday, November 21, 2008

Well that's no way to start a Friday

My fave, "Pushing Daisies," gone. "Dirty Sexy Money" and "Eli Stone," too. "DSM" is a little bit of a surprise.

I've always thought "Daisies" would be a better fit on HBO or Showtime, although I don't really see it happening.

And, in all fairness, this week's episode was meh.

There are still a few episodes of each in the can, so this isn't their final curtain, merely their death knell.

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Another DTV test

KKTV/Channel 11 will be doing additional DTV tests on Wednesday, Nov. 19 during all of their newscasts. If you're watching on a TV that's not digital ready, you'll get a message saying you need to upgrade. I'm wondering, though: If you're watching on a TV that's not digital-ready, how likely is it that you're reading a blog?

Monday, November 17, 2008

The coming digital apocalypse

I had a story on the digital television transition in Sunday's paper. Someone sent me this helpful video guide in response:

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Another two bite the dust

NBC pulled the plug on “My Own Worst Enemy” and “Lipstick Jungle.” Fortunately, Brooke Shields will still be on TV as much as ever in those Volkswagen ads.

The networks have been giving their new shows a little longer leash than they usually do, mostly because there’s not many replacements on tap due to the strike. Still, it’s been a brutal year for new shows and everyone who is working on a show other than CBS’ “The Mentalist” should not be making Spring break plans.

Sadly, that includes my pet show, “Pushing Daisies.” I still think that show might have done better on HBO or Showtime, but creator Bryan Fuller already has plans to finish the story arc off-line. Sad.

Monday, November 10, 2008

The final countdown...

Someone in a previous comment thread asked about the digital television transition - specifically, what happens to analog cable when the TV stations shut off their analog transmitters on Feb. 17, 2009.

Nothing. Nothing happens to analog cable. If you have cable or satellite, you're sitting pretty - for at least a few more years. If you, or your mom or your gram-ma-ma has a TV that's not digital and not hooked up to cable or satellite, you need to get a digital conversion box. They cost about $50.

Thing is, the government offers coupons to pay for those boxes (well, $40 of them) at But unless you apply for the coupon now, it won't reach you in time to buy a converter box.

Alles clar der commisar?

Thursday, November 06, 2008

"Ghost Hunters" coming to Manitou

If there are any spirits hanging out at the Briarhurst Manor in Manitou Springs, they may want to head south for the winter.

The 130-year-old mansion, now a restaurant, was one of three finalists for the Sci Fi Channel’s “Great American Ghost Hunt.” All three finalists presented their cases on Halloween night during a live investigation of Fort Delaware by the cable channel’s “Ghost Hunters” program, with the winner getting a full investigation by the “Ghost Hunters” team.

Then on Wednesday’s results episode of the show, head ghost hunters Grant Wilson and Jason Hawes announced that they’d be investigating all three finalists.

Colorado Springs residents and Briarhurst historians Tammila and Erick Wright traveled to Fort Delaware to make the case for the Briarhurst — where strange noises, mysterious footprints and unexplained happenings have convinced them the place is haunted.

he Wrights said they’re thrilled “Ghost Hunters” is coming.

“I get to start telling people all the ghost stories that we have,” Tammila Wright said. “We’re pretty excited.”

The show will tape at the Briarhurst later this winter and the episode should air sometime in the spring, Tammila Wright said.

The Wrights had a couple spooky experiences of their own while spending the night at Fort Delaware, which was once a Civil War prison camp. Erik Wright saw something large and grey run past him. Later, Tammila Wright said something as big as herself ran past her and into the night.

“I felt like someone was running on the left side of me,” she said. “I thought it was going to run me over. That really freaked me out bad.”

Until the “Ghost Hunters” show up, the Wrights have set up a Web site to collect ghost stories about the Briarhurst at

A gentle reminder

That you're actually supposed to be reading this blog here.

Everything's the same, I promise you, only with more soothing colors and a video embedding function that works much better (along with a photo embedding function that sucks eggs).

That is all.

Wednesday, November 05, 2008

Help me Obama-wan, you're my only hope

Tuesday, November 04, 2008

Commercial free?

How about an actual television post, for old times' sakes?

KOAA is touting that they'll do their 10 p.m. commercial-free tonight to stay on top of the election results. I think that's perfectly reasonable, although I'd imagine most of the races will be decided well before then - certainly the presidential race and probably most of the statewide races. They'll look smart if decisive results for something big come in right at 10 p.m.

Personally, I don't have a problem with stations running commercials while they continue to scroll results across the bottom. Then again, I've got a pretty big TV, so that may be part of it.

Where are the rest of you turning for your election TV? I'm working tonight, so I'll be lucky to catch a few minutes of "The Daily Show's" "live" coverage while I flip between the locals and the cable nets.

UPDATE: KKTV is going commercial-free, too. On further reflection, I think this is less of a stunt than I was thinking before - I mean, not everyone is as big a politics geek as me. Probably plenty of people are putting their kids to bed and watching the news at 10 like they do every other day.

Tony D back on 1300, 5-8 p.m.

I didn't get a chance to listen last night, but he's back on 1300, weeknights 5-8.

Also, what are people thinking of the new KRXP (103.9 FM)? I have yet to hear either Hootie or the Blowfish, so clearly I am incapable of rendering a final decision.

UPDATED UPDATE: In other radio news (are we still calling this TV Talk?), former KVOR morning host Laurie White is returning to the air on Friday with a new show on KKKK (1580 AM). It's apparently this radio shopping deal. I e-mailed Laurie asking how that's going to work- I'll let you know.