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The Return of Front Row, Sofa

January 3rd, 2010

Back in the day, I wrote a weekly column for dvdfuture.com called Front Row, Sofa.  I have decided to resurrect it as an entertainment news site on the Internet.  I’ve set up the site as a SquareSpace page for now at frontrowsofa.squarespace.com.  I figured I’d post the announcement for the new site here, since a lot of people have set up RSS feeds off this page.

I will be taking advantage of SquareSpace’s two week trial to get the site up and running, and then will decide from there whether the permanent site will use their platform or if I’ll be moving it over to WordPress or a similar platform.  I love the idea of someone else managing the software side of things, and so far it seems like a pretty good solution.

I’ve also purchased the frontrowsofa.com domain name, but have not aimed it at the new site yet.  I’ll wait until I decide on a permanent home before doing that.

How To Fix Network Television

August 12th, 2007

A Television — Duh!The fall television season is almost upon us, and it’s time for the networks to pull out all the stops in trying to get us to tune into all their new programs. Before the end of October, the majority of the new series will have come and gone, and by December, we’ll have forgotten about most of them (remember Four Kings? No? How about Love Monkey? No? Both started in 2006).

It wasn’t always like this. There was a time when a network would order an entire season’s worth of episodes of a new show, and they’d air every last one of them. Now, if the show doesn’t have a significant audience after episode number two, its days are numbered.

The networks don’t seem to understand their audience, and in their effort to maintain their audience in the face of competition from movies, video games, cable television and even (gasp) books (damn you, Harry Potter!), their patience with new series is at an all time low.

With that in mind, here are 10 tips for the networks as we approach this fall season. I’m providing these free to the networks, because they can’t seem to figure out these common sense items for themselves. Read the rest of this entry »

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