The TV MegaSite's Blog Post #146
This week I've been really busy and haven't watched as
much TV as usual. Shocking, I know. Still, I've been keeping
up with the site and some of my usual shows.
As always, I posted this week's
Primetime News and
Schedule. This week's was
here and next week's will be
here. I usually put it all together Friday through
Sunday, and then I update it a bit during the week.
In case you're interested, these are the main things I do
First, Danielle gathers the main networks' press releases
and posts them on our
Primetime Forum, and then she sends
them to me. I edit them down to just the important stuff and
put them in a file page in chronological order. Then around
Friday or Saturday, I start putting that info in that week's
news page. Then I also go in my mail and find the ones that
are sent to me by USA, FX, TBS and TNT and add those in.
During the week, I add in Syfy and a few others that are
sent to me. Then I use the
page to add in any other cable shows I feel should be
added (mostly fiction shows). This takes hours and hours.
Then I move the previous week's news to our
page and delete the original page. I then go on
Facebook to let everyone know the news page is up.
Then I go through the file pages and look for any
appearances that we might want to add to our show pages. I
look for names I recognize from
the soaps and other shows
that we cover in depth. I send the daytime ones to Gisele,
who puts them up. I keep the primetime ones in a file and
put them up either Sunday night or Monday morning. I also
add the news from the file pages to our specific current
show pages. For instance, we cover
Castle in depth so that
week's episode description is put up on the
On Sunday evenings or Monday mornings, if I have the
time, I gather the news and spoilers from various pages and
post it to our soap newsletters and also to our Delphiforums.
Michele and Cheryl do that with "Days of Our Lives" and I do
the other three.
Monday through Friday, I run our site's
Daytime Soap transcripts
and put them up. Gisele proofreads them a little bit and
then we have some other volunteers who do more intensive
Some of the networks' PR departments send me DVD's to
review on our
Primetime TV Reviews Page. I get either screeners of upcoming shows, or I get
full DVD's that are about to go on sale. I watch those while
I'm doing other work on the site. I usually have a pile of
them to watch, and I'm always behind. Also, whenever new TV
shows come out, I usually try to catch the first episode and
review it. Sundi and Eva also help me with this. Once I
watch the shows, then I have to write up my review and put
it up. I also have to find a photo to go with it and make a
new page, and link to it.
We also get invited to do some
interviews with TV actors,
writers, directors and producers. I can't do them all, so I
mostly do the ones I like, and a few others. I don't usually
bother if it's a reality TV star or someone I've never heard
of (it really depends). Sundi and Krista help me with this,
too. If it's a conference call interview, then they usually
send us a transcript of the call. I then have to, again,
find a photo of the person, make a page for it, and then put
it up. They usually send it in Word format, so I copy it and
paste it into Notepad to strip out all of the formatting.
After I paste it into the page, I then go through and put
the names in bold-face, to make it easier to read. If it's
for a person that stars on one of the shows we cover, I then
link to it from those pages and sometimes also post about
the interview in social media or on Delphiforums.
Sometimes I get one-on-one interviews, which are a lot
more work. I have to record the call and then transcribe it
(Gisele usually does this for me). I have to come up with
10-15 more questions instead of just a couple. It's usually
worth it, though, particularly if it's someone I really
like. I have to transfer the recording to the computer and
upload it to our site, and then I usually link to it until
it's transcribed. In a particularly busy week, I'll get 4 or
5 conference calls and one one-on-one call, but usually it's
just one or two interviews each week.
Syfy's PR company has not been very good lately about
sending us the transcripts for calls. I did one September 30
that they still haven't sent! So weird. They're usually
pretty good about it. The funny thing is, Syfy is also a
part of NBC/Universal, and NBC sends theirs right away, like
within 24 hours. I hope it doesn't mean that Syfy is cutting
back too much or going under or anything. I really
appreciate that they and the other networks invite us to
these calls. It's awesome. I don't want to have to
transcribe them, though. :) It's a lot of work.
I also try to type in this blog every day as well as my
personal blog, but I don't always get around to it. I also
try to post a few times per week on our Twitter and Facebook
pages. Then there's also our Talkin' TV group on Facebook. I
post or comment there regularly.
We have a monthly DVD drawing, so once a month I have to
update that page by choosing the winners and letting them
know via email. Then every couple of months, I send out
those prizes at the post office.
Sometimes I'll see news and info on Twitter or Facebook
and I add it to the site. Also, the TV networks and their PR
people send me lots of emails every day, and I try to go
through and read them as well as put the info up on our
forum and our news pages. I'm usually very behind on that,
though. There's just too much. I wish I had some help with
all this news, but it's hard to find reliable volunteers for
that, I guess. Right now I have about 1400 unread emails
going back a few months.
Those are the main things I do on the site, and then if I
have any more time, I'll add pages (content) for
about current shows. I wish that's all I had to do! That's the
part I probably enjoy most. But it's lower priority than the
rest because people read the other stuff more.
Gisele runs our daytime section and she does a lot of
work each day, too. We have so many great volunteers who
write things for our site. Go to our
What's New Page and you
can see it all.
For some reason, this week's "Daily Show" and "Colbert
Report" are all re-runs. Too bad! They really make us laugh.
I enjoy the new shows "Forever", "Selfie", "Gotham", "The
Flash", "Gracepoint" and "How to Get Away with Murder".
Those are all on my DVR here in my living room, so I watch
them regularly, along with "The Good Wife", "Once Upon a
Time", "Castle", "Big Bang Theory", "Bones", "Supernatural",
"Family Guy", "The Simpsons", and the two mentioned above,
plus soon "Two and a Half Men", "The 100" and "Elementary"
will return. I'm not sure yet about "Constantine". We'll see
on that one. That doesn't include some other shows that I'm
way behind on but also love, like "Arrow", "Reign", "The
Originals", "Vampire Diaries", "Sleepy Hollow", "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.", "Revenge", "Person of Interest" and a bunch
of cable shows, most of which I record on my bedroom DVR and
then record to DVD for later viewing. I'm trying not to
stress about them, though, and catch up whenever I can.
What are your favorite shows to watch, especially any
I was glad to see on "Supernatural" that Dean is back to
being human. Yay! Great to see Cass and Crowley again, too.
I just love this show.
The only shows on that list above that I'm not too keen
on are "The Simpsons" and "Family Guy". They're not as funny
as they used to be. My husband watches them, so I do. I
would probably stop watching, otherwise.
I thought for a minute this week that "Forever" was going
to add a long-running "Jack the Ripper" storyline, but that
doesn't seem to be the case. Still, I always enjoy it. I
hope they keep it around.
have an online friend who watches "The Young & The
Restless". I don't watch it regularly any more, but I know
generally what's going on, and I see it on my TV screen when
I run the transcripts. I love Gina Tognoni, and I hope she
does a great job as Phyllis. She needs to smile more,
though. Phyllis smiles a lot, even when she's not too happy.
It's part of what makes her charming, likeable and
vulnerable. Otherwise she's just a hateful bee-atch. Gina
needs to smile more. Also, I don't know why they aren't
making her a redhead again. That's part of the character. It
should have been red from day one and it makes no sense. It
would be fine if she started red and then later changed it
as part of some kind of transformation, but having just come
out of a coma, it makes no sense. Unless they're trying to
say that she wasn't a natural redhead and her color grew out
while she was in a coma! That's not good. She had dark
brown hair at first, and now they've lightened it, but it's
still not red. Here's a photo of Tognoni when she was
a redhead previously. I think it was while she played Dinah,
but I'm not sure. I think she looks great!
While I do enjoy the show "How to Get Away with Murder"
it has flaws. First of all, to be very shallow, that kid
that plays Wes has funny-looking hair, and he reminds me a
lot of the character in "Soul Man" played by C. Thomas
Howell! But beyond that, the show is far-fetched. I think
that if Annalise is a high-powered, successful attorney, she
would have a whole team of research lawyers and wouldn't
need some students to work extra hours to do it (not sure
how ethical that is, either). Beyond that, there are an
awful lot of unlikely coincidences, like the fact that
Annalise is defending a woman accused of murdering this
student that slept with her husband, and one of her law
students just happens to live next door to the defendant? I
do love the show, and it's fun and has great dialogue. It
makes you want to watch, despite some of the stupid stuff.
That's really the most you can hope for with most TV shows.
Some friends have said that they find the show hard to
follow. A good show is complex. You have to watch every
episode and pay close attention. The show has many
layers and a huge cast as well as an interweaving plot line.
We usually go out on Fridays, so I don't watch "Haven"
until Saturday. I can't wait for this week's!
Today is the last day to enter our October drawing! Enter
Bummer, they canceled
"Manhattan Love Story". That was a fairly funny comedy, I
I hope you have a great weekend!
You can find my older blog posts at
- My personal blog, which is not about TV.
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