BuzzFeed News: After Two COVID-19 Shutdowns At The “Tamron Hall” Show, Crew Members Say The Show Is “Seriously Putting Lives In Danger”. “As the number of COVID-19 cases continues to rise across the US, crew members at Tamron Hall in New York City say they’ve repeatedly been exposed to the virus after two production shutdowns and that safety measures are inadequate. ‘They’re seriously putting lives in danger,’ one crew member told BuzzFeed News. ‘They do segments on COVID and how people lost loved ones and family members, but they’re not practicing what they’re preaching.'”
Mashable: ‘Pee-wee’s Playhouse’ is a bizarrely perfect pandemic binge. “I’ve heard a lot of metaphors about social distancing — that it’s like a long-distance relationship, a voyage at sea, a prison sentence, being on a spaceship. For me, 2020 has been somewhat like Pee-wee and his Playhouse: a bizarre exercise in rekindling my inner child and appreciating the power my imagination has over my circumstance.”
Google Blog: “The Mandalorian” in AR? This is the way. . “From dinosaurs to astronauts, Google has been bringing objects and creatures to life with augmented reality. Now, people using compatible Android 5G devices can interact with heroes from the Mandalorian in their own space.”
PBS: Charlie Brown specials to air on TV, after all, in PBS deal. “The ‘Great Pumpkin’ never showed on broadcast television this year, but after a deal with PBS, the Charlie Brown Thanksgiving and Christmas specials will return to the air.”
Deadline: ‘The Kelly Clarkson Show’ Staffers Test Positive For COVID-19. “NBCUniversal’s sophomore syndicated talker The Kelly Clarkson Show is the latest TV series to see positive COVID-19 tests with the country in the grips of a third wave of infections. I hear individuals on The Kelly Clarkson Show production team received positive results when tested as part of the show’s COVID safety protocols. I hear the positives came in today and triggered guidelines set by the state/county and outlined in the NBCU Production Playbook, including retesting and contact tracing.”
TV Technology: Social Media Use While Watching TV Can Result in Memory Loss. “A new study by Stanford University has found that watching TV while also scrolling social media can lead to memory loss. The research, published in Nature, found that people who reported engaging in multiple forms of digital media at once, such as watching TV while texting and browsing social media, had a poorer memory than those who concentrated on just one.”
Democrat & Chronicle: Saturday Night Live’s COVID-19 plan? $150 checks for audience members to meet restrictions. “The venerable NBC sketch comedy show opened its 46th season live from Studio 8H in New York’s Rockefeller Center on Saturday, welcoming a live audience in a state that has some of the most restrictive COVID-19 rules in the country. New York’s coronavirus restrictions for media productions such as SNL make clear media productions can only have a live studio audience if it consists entirely of paid cast, crew or employees. That’s where the check came in.”
GBH: Chat Plays GBH Brings Popular Public Media Programs To New Social Media Audiences with Multiplatform Interactive Live Streaming Event. “GBH will bring the experience of some of its iconic public media programs to new audiences during Chat Plays GBH, a five-hour interactive live streaming variety show produced across Twitch, YouTube and Facebook. Throughout the live stream, GBH will bring together content from a series of nationally-recognized GBH productions, including NOVA, ANTIQUES ROADSHOW, Arthur and Joyce Chen Cooks.” Those are all mashing up in my head and I’m kind of here for it.
Vulture: SNL Live Studio Audiences Will Get COVID Tests and Temperature Checks. “As first revealed to Vulture by Lorne Michaels on September 16, season 46 of Saturday Night Live will, in fact, have a live, in-studio audience when it returns on October 3, pandemic be damned.”
Variety: ‘South Park’ Sets Hour-Long Pandemic Special (Watch). “In terms of the plot, viewers will see Randy comes to terms with his role in the COVID-19 outbreak as the on-going pandemic presents continued challenges to the citizens of South Park. The kids happily head back to school but nothing resembles the normal that they once knew; not their teachers, not their homeroom, not even Eric Cartman.”
Digital Trends: KweliTV is a streaming service that puts Black stories first. “The streaming service is home to over 400 indie films and television shows, with over 35,000 registered users and growing. But it’s more than just a ‘Black Netflix.’ Rather than try to compete with larger services that boast millions in revenue and funding, KweliTV wants to thrive in the gap, by being deliberate about the content it hosts. Spencer considers KweliTV’s list carefully curated, and maintains that the service is purposeful about only hosting movies that don’t just feature Black characters, but also feature Black directors, writers, and producers.” I don’t often cover pay services, but this site a) has a free tier, b) has a day pass for $2.99, and c) even at full price is all of $5.99 a month. If you’re a college student you can get the service for $3.99 a month.
Make Tech Easier: TuneFind and Other Ways to Identify Songs from Movies and TV Shows. “With many shows boasting high production values, everything including the soundtrack is impressive. For many people, while watching your favorite show, your ears perk up thanks to the soundtrack. Great music-identifier apps like TuneFind and Shazam do the job better than ever, but you can now identify your favorite songs without even requiring a third-party app!”
Digital Library of Georgia; Decades of episodes of Augusta, Georgia’s pioneering African American gospel television program Parade of Quartets now available freely online. “Parade of Quartets, broadcast on WJBF-TV in Augusta, Georgia since 1954, is a rare example of a sustained African American media presence on a southern television affiliate. Hundreds of well-known Black gospel musicians such as Shirley Caesar, Dottie Peoples, the Mighty Clouds of Joy, the Dixie Hummingbirds, and the Swanee Quintet have appeared on the program. In the last few decades, the program’s content has expanded to include local and national African American political leaders’ appearances. Some of them appear in the digitized materials, which cover the period from 1980 to 2011.”
BBC: Fawlty Towers John Cleese backs Torbay social distancing plea. “Fawlty Towers legend John Cleese has joined in a call for social distancing in the seaside town where the comedy series was set. Cleese tweeted: ‘Going forward if I see you too close to one another I shall lay down in-between. Social distance!’ The tweet by Cleese who played hapless hotelier Basil Fawlty in the TV comedy, added ‘2 metres = 1 Basil Fawlty’.”
Variety: ABC News Readies ‘American Catastrophe,’ A Look At How America Missed Chances to Fight Coronavirus. “ABC News will on Tuesday, July 28, at 9 p.m. unveil a ’20/20′ report that is three months in the making. “American Catastrophe: How Did We Get Here?” will give viewers a behind-the-scenes look at how the United States missed opportunities, warning signs and chances to prepare for the coronavirus pandemic, and interviews past and current U.S. officials in an attempt to figure out how the nation will proceed.”