Mar
26
2012
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What happened to the cast of Hogan’s Heroes?

bob-crane-sigrid-valdisHogan’s Heroes was a sitcom that aired from 1965 to 1971. It was set in a WW2 German POW camp, where the American POW Colonel Hogan led a group of Allied prisoners in an ongoing series of escapades against the Germans. Colonel Klink, the camp commandant, together with Sergeant Schultz, tried to maintain order but [more...]

Feb
10
2010
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Can I get a Girl Scout badge for being a couch potato?

Couch potato (artwork by oddsock - CC-BY)Believe it or not, you can earn a Girl Scout badge for being a couch potato. Well, you can if you are a Girl Scout. Girl Scouting is supposed to be “for every girl, everywhere”. So girls in five Californian troops created the Couch Potato Interest Project. Not surprisingly, earning this badge requires watching TV. [more...]

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Jun
27
2009
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What happened to the cast of The Brady Bunch?

Robert Reed and Florence Henderson (Mike and Carol Brady) in 1989 (photo by Alan Light - CC-BY)The Brady Bunch was a saccharine-sweet television series originally aired from 1969 to 1974. It featured a family formed by the marriage of a widowed architect (Mike Brady) to a previously-married Carol. Mike brought with him three sons—Greg, Peter and Bobby—while Carol brought three daughters—Marcia, Jan and Cindy. Add a live-in maid (Alice) and a [more...]

Mar
24
2009
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Who decides the BAFTA Nominations?

The BAFTA mask (photo by Leon Brocard CC-BY)The controversy over Jonathan Ross continues with his nomination for a BAFTA for the programme Friday Night with Jonathan Ross. But how are the nominations decided? BAFTA stands for the British Academy of Film and Television Arts. The Academy’s aims are “to support, develop and promote the art forms of the moving image, by identifying [more...]

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Mar
16
2009
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What happened to the cast of the original Star Trek TV series?

The Star Trek Pez candy dispensers modeled after Star Trek characters was sold in a limited edition of 250,000 units in 2008. Mat Honan photo. CC-BY.When NBC started airing Star Trek in 1966 few could have imagined the cultural icon it would become. Here’s what happened to the leading characters of the show after it ended: William Shatner (James T. Kirk) was relatively absent from acting for years after the end of Star Trek, possibly because he had been typecast [more...]

Feb
23
2009
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What is the definition of HDTV?

Television (image by ark - CC-BY)HDTV comes in many flavors, but there is a resolution threshold below which television doesn’t count as high definition, and there are two standard HD TV resolutions. Prior to digital television, the resolution of the picture was specified as a number of scanlines. The most common formats were NTSC (480 visible scan lines out of [more...]

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Jan
30
2009
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What happened to the cast of My Favorite Martian?

Mars (photo by jasonb42882 - CC-BY)My Favorite Martian was a sitcom that ran from 1963 to 1966. Tim O’Hara, newspaper reporter, rescued a martian from his crashed spaceship and pretended to the world that it was his “Uncle Martin”. This led to many awkward situations, which formed the backbone of the show’s episodes. Tim O’Hara was played by Bill Bixby. [more...]

Jan
27
2009
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What happened to the cast of Lost In Space?

Danger Will Robinson (photo by cambodia4kidsorg - CC-BY)The Lost In Space TV series was screened from 1965 to 1968. It featured the Robinson family marooned in space with their spaceship Jupiter 2 unable to return to earth. Together with the robot and stowaway Dr Smith they had ongoing adventures and battles with aliens. John Robinson, astrophysicist and expedition commander, was played by [more...]

Jan
20
2009
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What are the advantages of digital TV?

Digital technology makes wide-screen television a reality. These TVs were on display at the 2008 Consumer Electronics Show. Mobil'homme photo. CC-BYMany television viewers are making the switch these days from the old-fashioned system — the basic technology for analog TV has been around since World War II days — to modern digital. Those who have are finding that they can get much clearer pictures than is possible with analog TV. Indeed, the ability to broadcast [more...]

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Jan
20
2009
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Will my old television still work after the switch to digital TV?

snowy televisionsThe good news is that old televisions, the analog kind, will still work after the switch to digital TV in the United States. The bad news — and this will be true for some people, but not for others — is that there may not be any stations they will be able to receive. The [more...]

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