Sherlock: Thinking Caps on Standby


If you watch any British television, chances are you've learned something about patience and uncertainty.  Television in the US can get a bit wonky - just look at the ridiculous, protracted hiatuses that Grimm endured last season - but for the most part, the general scheduling is fairly predictable.  Popular and new shows tend to start in the fall and wrap up in the spring.  Other shows are introduced in January, as the duds have been canceled quickly.  There's also a small summer season.  And … [Read more...]

Different Geek Flavors: Downton Abbey


Last winter and spring, I went through something of a phase: I watched all of the BBC period dramas I could get my hands on.  Emma, North & South... if it was set in the past and featured at least one member of the cast of Harry Potter, I watched it.  One day, something I hadn't heard of popped up on Netflix Instant and was recommended: Downton Abbey.  Weirdly enough, that same day I came across a blog post by Felicia Day that raved about it.  The extra nudge was more than I needed.  I … [Read more...]

Sherlock: An Instant Classic


Perhaps you've heard that Sherlock Holmes has been in a new incarnation on PBS for the last three weeks.  Or perhaps not.  After all, PBS doesn't really spend the big bucks for advertising.  Even if you had heard about it, you might have gotten as far as "Masterpiece Mystery!" and either fallen asleep or started thinking about Cookie Monster and his Monsterpiece Theater.  Or perhaps you've decided that Holmes has already had a recent reboot and any more would be overkill. However, if you … [Read more...]

Rebranding: How Would You Market PBS?

Everyone knows that I disagree with the rebranding of SyFy.   Still, that doesn't mean that there aren't other brands out there that deserve a fresh look,  a new perspective.  When thinking about TV channels, the most misunderstood one might be the comfortable shoe that is PBS. … [Read more...]