If you are a fan of “quarterlife,” you will be happy to know that the series, which is up to episode 24, has been picked up to run on network teevy, namely NBC. The series about neurotic twentysomethings was created by “thirtysomething’s” Marshall Herskovitz and Ed Zwick and will premiere February 26. While we don’t see the show as exactly earthshaking, we recognize and note that other series (such as Lil’ Bush and TMZ) began on the Net and now have found a comfortable albeit moderately successful run on legitimate TV. Those that can, apparently do and literally get to capitalize their title.
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NBC has announced that their new service, NBC Direct, allows users to download many primetime and late-night shows up to one week after airing. Beta testing will begin in October and includes shows such as “Heroes,” “The Office,” “Life,” “Bionic Woman,” and “Late Night with Conan O’Brien.” In the future, the company will be offering a free subscription option for pre-selection of specific programs. The DRM downloads will work on PCs, Macs, as well as other handhelds. This is good news to those of us who still watch analog TV, but not so good for those with outdated computers who may not be able to handle the overload.
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Apple has announced that it will no longer be offering NBC programs through its iTunes Store. The network broke relations with Apple after they refused to pay more than double the wholesale price for each show. This would have forced the price up to $4.99 per episode rather than the $1.99, which fellow studios ABC, CBS, FOX, The CW, and 50 cable networks now share. Because their contract doesn’t expire until December, Apple decided not to air any of their shows until then so as not to interrupt a series in mid-season. We know a better way to catch them which will not cost us a cent. We believe it is referred to as television watching.
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If you are a fan of Chevy Chase’s Land Shark, Gilda Radner’s Rosanne Rosanna-Dana, or want to relive the joys of owning a Bassomatic, then you will be pleased to know that “SNL: The Complete First Season” is now available at the iStore. All 24 episodes from 1975 have been included in their original 90 minute format. There is also access to monologues, musical performances and comedy bits out of sequence. The eight-DVD boxed set came out in December and is priced at $49.99 to $69.99, depending on where you shop. The download will set you back $44.99. It’s always something, my little Rosanne Rosanna-Dana.
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