Saturday, June 28, 2008

Upcoming TV, eh? Blogtalkradio shows: digital issues, Flashpoint, UFOs

The Sunday, June 29 the TV, eh? Blogtalkradio show will focus on two issues with huge implications, Bill C-61 and net neutrality. Bill C-61 is the act to amend the copyright law that has implications for digital downloads of music, movies, television, etc. From Maclean's:
You would be allowed to record a TV or radio show, but no more than one copy. And if broadcasters started putting up locks to block your PVR, you could face fines for hacking it.
The net neutrality debate has opened up discussion on how much control service providers should exert over Internet access, with Bell's throttling practises to limit access speeds a hot button topic right now.

Listen live Sunday at 11 am Pacific/2 pm Eastern and join the discussion by calling 646-200-4063 (or sign in and look for the Click to Talk button on the show site). Or catch the podcast afterwards.

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There are great guests coming up in the next couple of weeks ...

Sunday, July 6, we're joined by Flashpoint co-creators Mark Ellis and Stephanie Morgenstern. I'm looking forward to hearing about it directly from them, but from what I've read, they've got a great story about the real-life inspiration for the series and how these "emerging writers" (as CTV calls them) have emerged in a big way. The show debuts on Friday, July 11 and will be “reverse simulcast” on CBS as well (that’s CTV’s term – I’d just call it “simulcast” myself, but I guess they want to emphasize that they usually broadcast shows they don’t produce?). From the media release:
Flashpoint is a drama which depicts the emotional journey into the tough, risk-filled lives of a group of cops in Toronto’s Strategic Response Unit (SRU), trained to rescue hostages, bust gangs, defuse bombs, climb the sides of buildings and talk down suicidal teens. Starring Enrico Colantoni (Veronica Mars), Hugh Dillon (Durham County), Amy Jo Johnson (Felicity) and David Paetkau (Whistler), Flashpoint follows a unique group of cops that can do what ordinary police officers can’t. Members of a highly-skilled SWAT team (inspired by Toronto’s Emergency Task Force), they’re trained in negotiating, profiling and getting inside the subject’s head at the very emotional breaking point (the “flashpoint”) that triggered the crisis. They’ll do whatever it takes to defuse the situation to try to save lives – all in a day’s work.

Here's CBS's promo. Fun trivia: the blonde hostage is writer Stephanie Morgenstern:

Then Sunday, July 13 we’ll chat with Canadian filmmaker David Cherniack to give the scoop on his documentary UFOs: The Secret History, premiering on History Television on Tuesday, July 15. From the media release:
This innovative documentary presents a history of our era’s principal manifestation of ‘the Other’ – extraterrestrial visitation. Full of original insight and told with humour by a filmmaker who has meditated on the phenomenon since his own “sort-of sighting” in 1959 and through two previous films, it is unlike other UFO documentaries because it does not attempt to examine whether or not UFOs are extra-terrestrial. Instead, it begins from the principle that it is precisely the absence of definitive proof that has enabled the phenomenon to become a kind of Rorschach inkblot on which we have projected our own shifting hopes and fears of the last six decades. As such, it provides us with a revealing window on our culture in these early years of the 21st century.”
(Guests, as always, are subject to change.)