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TV shows are being made into video games at an alarming rate, and the unique wand and balance-board controllers of the Nintendo Wii have opened the doors for some innovative new gameplay. For instance, the Wii remote can be used to cut and mix ingredients in the game version Iron Chef America and the balance board brings the Wii's fitness angle to The Biggest Loser. Now we're hearing that the board will be used to let you walk down the runway in the game version of Project Runway, and we can only imagine that the wand will be used to sew, drape or hurl things at the other designers. Here are some Wii games we'd like to see based on our favorite shows -- some of which are already in the works.
Widely known fact: "The College Years" is essentially the kiss of death for any teen dramedy. One character heads off to some prestigious university (cough Jessie Spano cough) and relinquishes her rights on hot male lead to a less interesting substitute (cough Alex Taber cough) and it all goes downhill from there.
Widely held opinion: A Web series is not a real show, for if it were worth watching, it would be on television. Case in point: Rockville, CA. (Josh Schwartz, I expect better of you.)
And so, out of these two sad, disrespected genres comes Dorm Life, a lesser-known gem from the good folks over at AttentionSpan.TV.
So apparently, the news that Twitter has signed up with a production company to make a competitive television show is not true. In truth, Twitter has made agreements with a whole bunch of production companies, and not just one, and there are probably more shows in the works that they don't even know about yet. While the stalker-sounding "putting ordinary people on the trail of celebrities" format could be a winner, we came up with a few more Twitter-based game shows that we think would do gangbusters.
The finale of Battlestar Galactica certainly wrapped up some stories nicely. But it left us with a whole bunch of unanswered questions, everything from what the hell Starbuck is, to how it's possible that Hera is "mitochondrial Eve." We've compiled a whole big long list of our
complaints questions. See the list here, then come back and let us know if you've got any other lingering thoughts or issues about the series finale.
Here at TWOP, we love us some Battlestar Galactica. Yes, it's dark; yes, it's depressing; yes, it's a little convoluted, but it's still one of the greatest shows on our magic picture box every week. And while the joy of it is in the journey -- from Caprica to New Caprica to Earth -- the show still manages to plant little landmines along the roadway, and when they go off, they will frak you the frak up. Resident BSG megafan Angel put together a list of the show's greatest "BOMG" moments, the ones that made us pause our DVRs for a second to let our brains cool down. Check out the gallery here!
Given its blatant catering to the youth of America, I was always stunned by the WB's use of Michigan J. Frog as their mascot. The (then) 40-year-old cartoon character was most famous for belting out old-timey music like "Hello My Baby" and "The Michigan Rag," and was not at all as well-known as the rest of the Looney Tunes stable... and probably the only one not already licensed out to a T-shirt company, which is likely why Warner Bros. chose him. Of course, since the network's demise in 2005, no one has seen hide nor hair of him, so I'm curious if he'll make a comeback now that The WB has resurfaced as a website, The WB.com, where you can watch all of your favorite WB (and Warner-produced) shows. Somehow I doubt it.
As The Wire comes to a close, three TV critics past and present discuss which HBO series is the best TV drama ever: Matt Zoller Seitz argues for David Milch's Deadwood, Time Out New York's Andrew Johnston for David Chase's The Sopranos, and the Star-Ledger's Alan Sepinwall for David Simon's The Wire. The podcast was recorded in a diner, so if you're listening on headphones, look out for the crashing-dishes background noise, but it's a fun eavesdrop on an argument many of us have probably had.
I've watched exactly one episode of Deadwood and didn't care about it one way or the other, so I can only speak to the other two, but I considered Sopranos the best show ever for years, and resisted watching The Wire because people tended to praise it in a way that suggested that I was bound to be disappointed. I started watching The Wire in November; I've now watched every episode except the series finale, and in my opinion it's the better show -- considerably. I still love Sopranos and always will, I defended that finale and will continue to, but I rewatched some S2 eps recently and I couldn't believe how slow they felt. Every ep of The Wire feels jam-packed with story, ten pounds of awesome in a five-pound bag.
Anyway, you can find the podcast here, or at Seitz's or Sepinwall's blogs. Feel free to step to the comments there to cast your own vote, or discuss it here on our forums.
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