The Next Web: Twitch will marathon 886 episodes of Mister Rogers

The Next Web: Twitch will marathon 886 episodes of Mister Rogers. “After integrating Bob Ross so thoroughly into its culture (to the point where he’s started cropping up in actual games), Twitch is bringing another beloved, soft-voiced childhood icon to its platform with a Mister Rogers marathon. Twitch will show 886 episodes of Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood over a period of 18 days on a dedicated Mister Rogers channel.”

Engadget: Facebook could launch two dozen ‘TV-like’ original shows in June

Engadget: Facebook could launch two dozen ‘TV-like’ original shows in June. “Facebook might be getting ready to make its video dreams a reality: According to Business Insider, the social network plans to launch two dozen original shows in June. Its no secret that the company has been looking for partners that can create unique programming since 2016 and even tapped CollegeHumor co-founder Ricky Van Veen to lead the effort.”

Twitch Will Air the Original COSMOS Mini Series This Week – Twice (PRESS RELEASE)

Twitch will be airing the original Cosmos series this week. Twice. (The link is a BusinessWire press release.) “Every episode of Cosmos: A Personal Voyage, dating from the show’s 1980 premiere to the season finale, will air twice on Twitch, first on April 24-25 starting at 12:00 PDT, and again on April 27-28, beginning at 2:00pm PDT. … Following the marathon on April 28 at 2:00 PDT on twitch.tv/Twitch will be a live Q&A with Ann Druyan, who co-created Cosmos: A Personal Voyage together with her late husband, the astronomer, Carl Sagan.”

New-To-Me: A Database of Computer Appearances in Film and Television

New-to-me: a database of computer appearances in film and television. “Starring the Computer is a website dedicated to the use of computers in film and television. Each appearance is catalogued and rated on its importance (ie. how important it is to the plot), realism (how close its appearance and capabilities are to the real thing) and visibility (how good a look does one get of it). Fictional computers don’t count (unless they are built out of bits of real computer), so no HAL9000 – sorry.”

TechCrunch: Snapchat pushes original, unscripted Shows with new A+E Networks deal

TechCrunch: Snapchat pushes original, unscripted Shows with new A+E Networks deal. “Snapchat announced a new content partnership with A+E Networks, to develop what will be the very first unscripted (reality TV) drama series for Snapchat Shows. ‘Second Chance’ — as the show will be called — sounds like pure melodrama. ” So instead of soap operas we’re getting Snap operas?

Crowdfunding Effort Underway to Digitize The Ozark Jubilee

A crowdsourcing Effort Underway to Digitize The Ozark Jubilee effort is underway to digitize the TV show “Ozark Jubilee”. “The Ozark Jubilee was a live, nationally broadcast country-western variety show originating from the Jewell Theater — ‘the heart of the Ozarks’ — in downtown Springfield from 1955 through 1960. Many country music stars began or advanced their careers by appearing on the Jubilee including Porter Wagoner, Patsy Cline, Brenda Lee, Johnny Cash, and the Philharmonics. Currently over 60 episodes reside in kinescope form in the University of California, Los Angeles Film and Television Archive. With your help, the we will work with UCLA to digitize and make available all viable episodes on a dedicated YouTube channel.”

Turning a TV Show Character Into a Chatbot

I have never seen an episode of Friends, so I don’t have much context for this, but apparently researchers have turned one of the characters (Joey) into a chatbot. “Researchers at the University of Leeds fed a computer 236 episodes of Friends, which it used to formulate new phrases for Joey that matched the character’s ‘style and appearance’. The program analysed everything from the show’s script to Joey’s manner of speech, body language and facial expressions in the 97 hours of footage to generate an accurate picture of the character’s behaviour.”

Futurama Gets Database of Screenshots and Quotes

Remember that database of Simpsons screenshots and quotes? Now there’s one for Futurama. “Morbotron allows fans of Futurama to search for screenshots and generate gifs based on quotes from their favourite show. It’s by the same team behind Frinkiac (Paul Kehrer, Sean Schulte and Allie Young), and they’ve put 861,414 frames from 124 episodes and four movies, with 63,527 searchable subtitles, into the generator.”