Wednesday, 23 May 2012
WIGS, Geek and Sundry, and the Show Which Must Not Be Named
Why should we care? Well, mostly because of the significant number of genre TV/movie actors jumping on-board. Although web-only content is often dismissed as TV's poorer cousin -- or at worst, the domain of the enthusiastic amateur -- these new shows look and feel just like regular TV. They're just a little shorter, are only available online, and operate under a different paradigm. Gone are the network big wigs trying to mould everything into some generic consumable blob -- these shows are untainted by outside influences, made by seasoned professionals, and pretty much remain true to their creator's vision. At least that's the goal. It's early days yet, but if you fancy suckling on the teat of the potential 'future of entertainment', here are a few channels in which to dip your proverbial toe.
WIGS was launched earlier this month and is the brain child of Hollywood film-makers Rodrigo Garcia (Six Feet Under, Carnivale, The Sopranos) and Jon Avnet (Justified, Black Swan, Fried Green Tomatoes). According to Avnet, the channel provides 'quality scripted dramas, that are written, directed and performed by world class talents'. Who are these 'world class talents'? Most of them I'm pretty sure you'll recognise: Jennifer Garner (Alias), Stephen Moyer (True Blood), Jaime Murray (Warehouse 13), Caitlin Gerard (The Social Network), Virginia Madsen (The Event), Julia Stiles (Dexter), Jeanne Tripplehorn (Big Love), and Alfred Molina (Spider-man 2). WIGS is currently airing two shows -- Jan and Serena -- with Blue set to première on June 11th. The main WIGS site can be found here.
crocheting a stuffed mouse (complete with antennae), Clara from The Guild cooking a Torta, or Penny from Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog sculpting a slightly deformed swan out of ice, then this may be the show for you.
My favourite show on Geek and Sundry is a book review show called Sword and Laser. The 'sword' is for fantasy and the 'laser' for Sci-fi. (The 'and' is just a conjunction.) Hosted by Tom Merritt (Tech News Today) and Veronica Belmont (Tekzilla), the show has had three incarnations: firstly as an internet book club, then as a weekly podcast, and now as a twice monthly video show. (With the audio podcast running alternate weeks). It's a mixture of book news, reviews and author interviews. It also boasts a strong internet community located at Good Reads, where you can discuss anything from the book of the month, to your favourite author, to why books smell. You can even interact with the presenters -- and the good news is, if you like the show, there are over four years worth of audio podcasts available in the archives. For a full listing of what Geek and Sundry has to offer, check out their website here.
Twitter, IRC and Good Reads). So if you want to mock Felicia's pitiful alcohol tolerance or Bonnie's insane taxidermy obsession, this is the place to do it. The website's here. Watch at your peril. There will be smut.