Interesting interview with Nielsen Social’s SVP of Product.

Just a little over a year since Nielsen Social partnered with Twitter to produce the Twitter TV Ratings and to conduct research around the social network’s influence on viewership, the findings show that correlation is, at the very least, still meaningful and actionable for networks and advertisers alike.

Which brings us to tonight’s word: End of an era.

There are very few times when the expression “end of an era” is really deserved.
This is one of them. At least, for me.

From Even Stevpehn (or is it Even Stephven?) to The Colbert Report, I basically grew up on Stephen Colbert (TM) (not to be confused with Stephen Colbert). Yes, that sounded dirty.
In the 9+ years the show has (or should I say had) been on the air, I have never missed a single of the 1,447 episodes.

Longtime readers of this blog also know how much I care for the show. In fact, one of my earliest post (over six years ago!) was a simple embed of one of my favorite all-time bits: “Charlene (I’m Right Behind You)”.
There have been several other posts on the subject (like yet another Charlene song).

Right this moment, I don’t have profound things to say about Stephen Colbert (TM) or The Colbert Report that haven’t been said better this past week (and over the years).
Maybe one day, after having processed the end of The Report, I’ll write a piece that’s a little bit deeper or enlightening (yeah, right).

But I just wanted to post something tonight because, well–

I’m going to fucking miss this show.

I’m going to miss the political and cultural satire (duh).
I’m going to miss the amazingly eclectic choice of guests.
I’m going to miss Better Know a District, Cheating Death, Colbert Platinium, the ThreatDown, Yawhweh or No Way, Thought for Food, Tip of the Hat, Wag of the Finger, the Atone Phone–all the other hilarious segments. Too many to count.
I’m going to miss the annual unveiling of his portrait.
I’m going to miss the On Notice board.
I’m going to miss Charlene.
I’m going to miss The Word.

Above all though, I’m going to miss Stephen Colbert (TM).

He’s immortal now, so maybe we’ll see him return to our screens (Highlander reboot anyone?).
In the meantime, we’ll have to be content with The Late Show. I already posted back in April my mixed feelings about the death of Stephen Colbert (TM) in favor of the CBS spot.
It’s way too early to tell what kind of show it will be, but it certainly won’t be The Colbert Report.
That show is gone. The Wikipedia entry replacing “is” with “was”.

I salute you Stephen Colbert (TM). Thank you for 17 years of you.

And that’s the word.

Until next time, I’ll see you in health!

Tonight we celebrate the ten-year anniversary of one of the most iconic and ground-breaking shows in TV history.
And no, I’m not talking about LAX.

ABC’s Lost has had an impact on the television landscape larger than even other decade-long shows. Whatever thoughts about its declining quality, it is impossible to neglect how much influence it has had on the industry. Not only a production level, or even visual, but also in terms of storytelling.
For all its flaws, Lost was truly a once-in-a-lifetime experience, and experiment.

Personally, there’s no doubt Lost was one of the most influential shows in my life (regardless of its last two seasons). Not only was I involved with the fan community since literally day one (yay The Fuselage), it was also the purveyor of lessons in bending writing conventions.
I may go into greater details as to why Lost was so important to me (you can see a glimpse of it through the long-standing site tag).
But in the meantime, let’s celebrate the show that was.

In honor of the anniversary, I am pinning the great articles we posted during “Lost Week” (almost five years ago, around the series finale).
Check them out:

How Lost revolutionized storytelling

Before telegraphed flashsideways and magical caves, there was a time when Lost told its complex and often surprising story through other means. The mythological show brought to television seldom used attributes to entertain and mystify its audience. Here’s how the groundbreaking series revolutionized television storytelling.

Hindsight: Quotes from Lost’s Carlton Cuse & Damon Lindelof

Many, and I mean many, mysteries have been left unsolved on Lost. Even worse, there has been over the years a lot of double-talk from the series’ showrunners, Damon Lindelof and Carlton Cuse. Let’s take a look at six seasons of misguided attempts at trying to convince the fans that, don’t worry, answers are coming.

A letter from a Lost writer

(who was apparently just an intern from Bad Robot)

It was real. Everything that happened on the island that we saw throughout the 6 seasons was real. Forget the final image of the plane crash, it was put in purposely to f*&k with people’s heads and show how far the show had come. They really crashed. They really survived. They really discovered Dharma and the Others. The Island keeps the balance of good and evil in the world. It always has and always will perform that role.

Lost Finale Thoughts: Artificiality at its best (and worst)

written by guest-poster Lordy

One word can describe the Lost series finale: Artificiality. Don’t get me wrong, it was not easy to be Darlton while writing the series finale of, arguably, the most-talked about TV series since the creation of the Internet. But summarizing that the show would be satisfying only for “believers”, a.k.a. viewers that wouldn’t obsess over mythological answers given in the finale, is ultimately a very cynical way of saying “if you don’t like that your version of the show living in your head is not the story we want to tell, that’s YOUR problem”.

Lost Finale Thoughts: From The End to the beginning

Once upon a time, author Stephen King issued a challenge to the Lost writers: “Minus the continuing presence of David Duchovny, X-Files blundered off into a swamp of black oil, and in that swamp it died. If J.J. Abrams, Damon Lindelof, and their band of co-conspirators allow something similar to happen with Lost, I’m going to be even more pissed, because this show is better. Memo to Abrams and staff writers: Your responsibilities include knowing when to write The End.” Flash-forward to five years later: the 100-minute long Lost series finale, abstemiously entitled The End, airs on ABC.

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Screenwriting Lessons From Farscape

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