a little bit more about me

My name is Beth and I accidentally have found myself living in Arizona but I'm originally from Tennessee. My education is in history and anthropology, which means that I know a little about a lot of things and can hold my own at a cocktail party in mixed company. I work in museums, doing all sorts of things ranging from researching and writing exhibits to cataloguing absolute wickety wak. I love comedy, baking, photography, my daughter, dogs, and above all else, napping.*

* 2013 edit: Oh yeah, and my new son too.

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    Entries in tv (7)

    Sunday
    Mar042012

    Unfiltered Thoughts: My TV Show

    I've long thought of concepts & topics that would make great tv shows. It seems like all that's on are shows about detectives. And lawyers. Law & Order, Law & Order: SVU, CSI, CSI: Miami, NCIS, NCIS: Los Angeles, Bones, Cold Case, Covert Affairs, In Plain Sight....I could keep going, but you get the idea. There's so few original series on. The ones that are on are excellent, but they're few and far between. 

    I have so many ideas floating around in my noggin for distinctive comedy series, but I just don't have the time to develop and write them. So, until my personal intern comes on board, if you have time, please feel free to take these and run with them so I can watch something other than a GOD AWFUL iteration of Project Runway (All Stars, I'm looking at you) that I am forced to watch because there are no seasons of Top Chef or Project Runway airing right now. For years, the best idea I've had that's been simmering is a show about the writer's room at a show. Sure, you could say that's what 30 Rock is, but 30 Rock isn't about the writing. Mine would focus on the battles between different writers, trying to keep their ideas and bits off the cutting room floor, where they go to get inspiration when they've got writer's block, what they do with their days during a writer's strike, that kind of thing. 

    Today I had an idea for an offshoot of that, which I think could be at least as good, if not better. A show focusing on the behind-the-scenes production of a (shitty) "reality" show. The decisions that get made as far as which contestants get saved from elimination because they're great for character development and production value, the story arcs that the producers create and manipulate over a season, the struggles to come up with ever more ridiculous (and view-worthy) stunts for the contestants...

    Get on that, would ya? Cuz I just don't have the time.

    Sunday
    Sep252011

    Same Bat Show, Same Bat Channel

    I end up watching a lot of ESPN. Not because I love it, but because it's got programming even when all other channels are showing infomercials when I'm up with baby at 3 a.m. While it seems that other channels ask the question, "Ok, but how is your show any different from all of the programming we offer?" to those that develop and pitch shows, it seems like ESPN asks, "Ok, but how is your show exactly like all of the other programming we offer?" With the exception of Around the Horn and Pardon the Interruption, all ESPN shows are the same roundtable with mostly white guys talking about the strengths of one team pitted against the weaknesses of their opponents.

    Monday
    Sep192011

    Imagining a World Without Netflix

    Just got a whole lot easier thanks to their dumb-ass decisions lately. To further visualize how dumb this Qwikster split is, see The Oatmeal's take.

    And to think that just a few short weeks ago, I'd worked out how we were gonna dump DirectTV and just live off of Netflix.

    Oh, and MLB.com/TV.

    And NBA League Pass.

    And Versus/NBC Sports for Tour de France.

    Oh, for F8ckssake. It's 2011! Why can't we get this all sorted out already?! I can't track countless separate logins & accounts & instant queues just for entertainment's sake.

    Tuesday
    Aug022011

    Visual Mute

    Why is there no visual mute? I saw an ad today for a new show about OCD. In the spot, a woman with OCD cannot stop pulling her hair out. The hair that is attached to her head. And they show it, and she’s nearly freaking BALD. HOLY GOD

    Friday
    Oct032008

    In Which The Soup Informs My Reality TV Viewing

    I have always been a fan of The Soup, and watched it for its pure comedy. But it's just dawned on me that I could be using it as a tool as well. I propose an inverse relationship: The less frequently a show's clips appear on The Soup, the more frequently I should probably be watching it.