Joss Whedon Killed The WB

January 31st, 2006 | people I know, researchmaterial

When the money-losing WB and UPN networks announced that they were pulling the plug to form a single new broadcast network, many television veterans traced the roots of the decision back five years, when a fight over the fate of “Buffy The Vampire Slayer” drove what would prove to be a fatal stake through the WB’s heart.

The show, produced by 20th Century Fox Television, was a runaway hit with teenage girls. But in early 2001, the WB balked when Fox executives demanded $44 million to license a single season. That fall, the show shifted to UPN, and with it went the WB’s identity as the go-to destination for young viewers.

Now, as CBS Corp. and Time Warner Inc. develop the CW, their new jointly owned network, what killed the WB and UPN is a hot topic in the offices of TV executives all over town. In the end, many agree, the WB’s loss of “Buffy” — which breathed new life into the struggling UPN — set in motion a pitched battle for the coveted youth market that would eventually doom both networks…


Molly Crabapple Exhibition Pre-Sale

January 31st, 2006 | people I know

Molly Crabapple, she of the storied baps
Molly Crabapple
waits in a lonely room
for your loving email

Molly Crabapple, who draws like Aubrey Beardsley if Aubrey Beardsley was a world-travelled dancing girl and NYC agent provocateur, has a gallery showing at Jigsaw in Manhattan on Feb 11 called TARTS AND FLOWERS — actually, the final show at Jigsaw before John Brodrick Jones (formerly the benjones) moves the store into the southern US.

Now, aside from that you should attend the show if you’re local, Molly’s pre-selling the exhibited works at a nice discount, right here at this linky bit.

So, if you buy a piece, it’ll go into the show with a little red dot on it, and it’ll be sent out to you on February 28, the day the show closes. I believe Molly’s recently illustrated for the New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and Playgirl, so this isn’t your amateur show here. You’re picking up work by a major new illustrator for relative peanuts.

That’s my good deed for the day done. I’m off to write comics, drown puppies and pick up loose women now.

Yes, loose women can apply by email.


Nerds Breed Autism

January 30th, 2006 | researchmaterial

Highly analytical couples, such as scientists, may be more likely to produce children with autism, an expert has argued.

Professor Simon Baron-Cohen, of the University of Cambridge, said the phenomenon may help explain the recent rise in diagnoses. He believes the genes which make some analytical may also impair their social and communication skills. A weakness in these areas is the key characteristic of autism.

It is thought that around one child in every 100 has a form of autism – the vast majority of those affected are boys. The number of diagnoses seems to be on the increase, but some argue this is simply because of a greater awareness of the condition…


The Farted-Up Suit

January 30th, 2006 | researchmaterial

“The dark pin-striped suit worn by Robert Mitchum in the 1975 film FAREWELL, MY LOVELY was the only one available from the wardrobe department, with no backup suit available if needed. Originally made for Victor Mature during the 1940s, Mitchum hated the outfit, and complained constantly during production about having to wear “Victor Mature’s old farted-up suit.”"

(This just tickled me for some reason.)