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Embracing the Art of the TV Promo Poster

Embracing the Art of the TV Promo Poster

With TV being a visual medium and all, it’s not surprising that many shows utilize some sort of promotional poster for advertising purposes.

Chicago Fire Season 2 Poster

You’ve seen them before – as magazine ads, on billboards, or plastered on the side of a bus. I always notice them most often in the late summer, right before the kickoff of the traditional broadcast TV season.

And while most of these ‘posters’ are perfectly adequate in creating brand awareness or taking up ad space, many don’t strive for anything beyond mediocrity. The standard seems to be a heavily photo-shopped cast shot, a seemingly clever tag line, and the title of the show. (See the Chicago Fire poster to the right.)

Some series however have really embraced the art of the TV promotional poster, creating visually striking images or clever homages:

 American Horror Story Coven Poster  Always Sunny in Philadelphia Banana Poster
The Office Georges Seurat Painting Poster

And then there’s a few marketing departments that go above and beyond.

Community has always been one to do things differently, so its no surprise that the series has inspired some amusing artwork over the years from its fans and marketing departments alike.

Remember the first time NBC tried to remove Community from their schedule? That led to these cool posters from graphic artist Jon Defreest.

Community Do Your Part  Poster Community We Can Do It Poster Community Youth for Community Poster

More recently, Sony Pictures Television created a bunch of parody posters to nudge NBC to renew the series in order to help the Greendale gang fulfill their destiny of #sixseasonsandamovie.

 Community Friday the 13th Parody Poster  Community Social Network Parody Poster
[See even more Community Season 6 Renewal Posters here.]

And then there’s Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., a show that had a stereotypical promotional poster and an equally lackluster start.

Agents of SHIELD posterBut boy have the tides changed.

Despite a disjointed airing schedule in the beginning of 2014, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. began to find itself, just in time for Captain America: The Winter Soldier to shake things up and let it’s Marvel Cinematic Universe #itsallconnected promise payoff.

And with its new found momentum came a consecutive airing schedule and “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: The Art of Level Seven” – a new piece of art for each of the remaining six episodes, each by a different popular comic book artist.

Which is not only a cool way to tease what’s to come, but also an intelligent way to connect it back to it’s comic book roots.

 Agents of SHIELD Turn Turn Turn  Agents of SHIELD Providence Poster
Agents of SHIELD The Cellist Poster  Agents of SHIELD Nothing Personal Poster

Bottom line, I know that for all intents and purposes these works of art are advertising based, but that doesn’t mean I can’t appreciate the few that go above and beyond the bare minimum to create something clever.

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2014 May Sweeps: TV Show Finale Dates

2014 May Sweeps: TV Show Finale Dates

Find out when your shows wrap up the 2013-2014 TV season:

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In Honor of Galentine’s Day

In Honor of Galentine’s Day

Galentines Day Parks And Rec

If you’re reading this blog, I’m going to assume you probably already know what Galentine’s Day is. Perhaps you’ve even marked February 13th on your calendar as an official holiday; but just in case you’re drawing a blank, here’s how it works:

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My Favorite Music Scenes From TV In 2013

My Favorite Music Scenes From TV In 2013

Parks And Rec Time after Time

In honor of the Grammy awards, I’ve compiled a short list of my favorite music-related scenes from the past season of television. Enjoy these memorable musical moments from 2013.

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TV Awards Shows, Events, & More This Winter/Spring

TV Awards Shows, Events, & More This Winter/Spring

– The 2014 Calendar For TV Addicts –

Jan.

19th-23rd

Winter Television Critics Association Press Tour

Jan.

12th

Golden Globe Awards (NBC 8pm)

Jan.

18th

Screen Actor Guild Awards (TBS & TNT 8pm)

Feb.

2nd

Super Bowl XLVIII (FOX)

Feb.

6th-23rd

The XXII Olympic Winter Games (NBC)

March

13th-28th

PaleyFest 2014

 

From award shows to big TV events, on and off the screen, here’s all the other things going on besides your regularly scheduled programming.

The Winter Television Critics Association Press Tour is already underway, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t plenty more announcements to be made regarding your favorite networks, beloved TV shows, and future programming. All of the ‘big’ news will be covered by the major entertainment sites, but Deadline is a pretty good source for all of the nitty-gritty.

And if you aren’t a TV critic, but wish you could be there I recommend following these people on Twitter for the pseudo-front-row experience: Todd VanDerWerff from The AV Club, Daniel Fienberg from HitFix.com, Eric Goldman from IGN.com, and Eric Deggans from NPR.

This Sunday is The Golden Globe Awards, Amy Poehler and Tina Fey will be hosting the shindig again. If that’s isn’t enough of a reason to tune in then I don’t know what is.

Less than a week later is the 20th Annual Screen Actor Guild Awards. It should be interesting to see if Breaking Bad can clean up for it’s final season.

In February the TV landscape switches gears and sports take center stage with The Super Bowl XLVIII and The Winter Olympics. For better or worse, the NBC family of channels (NBC, USA, NBC Sports, CNBC, and MSNBC) will once again be handling all of the coverage for the winter games and with a pretty sizable time zone difference between the US and Sochi it should be interesting to see if we get more or less live coverage. Watching tape-delayed events during prime time for the 2012 Summer Olympics was rather anti-climatic after the Internet spoiled almost all of the results.

The line-up for the 2014 PaleyFest was recently announced and its pretty sweet. Some of the highlights include Veronica Mars kicking things off just one day before it officially hits the big screen, a 10th anniversary Lost panel, and a farewell to How I Met Your Mother. New shows like Orange Is The New Black, Sleepy Hollow, and Masters of Sex will also being making their festival debut. The annual event is held in Los Angeles so I’ve never tried to go, but most panels are live streamed so fear-not non-California dwelling TV fans. The panels usually make their way to Hulu too, so there’s a few ways to enjoy the PaleyFest without the travel expenses.

Other things to look forward to in 2014 include upfronts, San Diego Comic Con, and the ATX Television Festival.

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Carved Pumpkins Perfect For TV Fans

Carved Pumpkins Perfect For TV Fans
Battlestar Galactica Cylon Pumpkin

Battlestar Galactica Cylon Jack-O-Lantern [Source]

As you gear up for Halloween this year, here’s some TV-themed pumpkin carvings to help you get into the holiday spirit… or to help you tap into your craftier self:

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Super Fun Night Should Focus on the Night

Super Fun Night Should Focus on the Night

I really want to like ABC’s new comedy Super Fun Night, not only because I enjoy hangout comedies (I miss you Happy Endings) and loved Pitch Perfect, but also because I find the show’s premise and Rebel Wilson’s character to be relatable.Super Fun Night

But I’ve got to admit that I was totally underwhelmed by the ‘first’ episode. And I use quotes because ABC swapped out the pilot episode for another episode, one I assumed better represented what the show was about.

And although I’m generally against judging a show based on one-22min outing, I really think Super Fun Night would benefit from just focusing on the night portion of the premise.

The workplace scenes felt like they belonged in another show and I was disappointed that more time wasn’t spent getting to know Kimmie’s friends. And this is where the pilot episode switcheroo may have negatively impacted my first impression. I understand that the show is essentially a Rebel Wilson vehicle, but the series is going to need to establish all of its main players if it wants to succeed. Plus, isn’t it supposed to be about a group of friends?

I personally think Super Fun Night would benefit from a more Party Down approach. Flesh out the characters and then drop them into different situations each week. The show could really have a good time playing with these introverted self-proclaimed nerdy characters. Especially when you think about all of the crazy people they could meet while out in New York City at night.

Right now Super Fun Night is trying to do too much, but that’s not really a unique problem for new a TV show. I imagine the comedy is still trying to feel out what works best, while also trying to figure out what it wants to be.

Selfishly I guess I just hope that it’s what I want it to be, which is a series about a couple of friends who remain true to their nerdy selves while also recording a few social victories on occasion.

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Your Guide To Episode Availability on Hulu.com & Elsewhere

Your Guide To Episode Availability on Hulu.com & Elsewhere

hulu TV show availability

The TV season is nearly year-round these days… But since I don’t expect you to watch TV live, I mean we’ve all got places to be and commercials to avoid, here’s a handy guide of where and when to find new episodes from your favorite TV shows. Scroll down for network-by-network information. [Updated: February 2016]

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