Friday, April 17, 2009

What we're up to ...

As I'm sure you've noticed, we've mostly let South Dakota Dark lie fallow and made it a repository for podcast episodes. Well, while I have a few moments, let me give you an idea of just why there's so little time for SDD, at least in my life, anymore, and link you to some of our other projects.

To the jump, then!

My new and hopefully-soon-to-be-primary base of operations is over at The Onion's AV Club. Right now, I'm writing the site's recaps of In Treatment and Rescue Me. If you like EITHER show, please come on over and join the discussion. We are few, but we are mighty! If you just want to know if I write anything else there, here's my directory of pieces posted.

I've also done a piece for, which will hopefully turn into a bit more. Here's my piece on the Dollhouse panel at PaleyFest, which was a surprisingly good time. Hitfix is a fun site if you've got a jones for entertainment news, and I more than recommend you check it out. If I ever have more posted there, you'll find it here.

I do a little other freelancing, but it has little to do with the subject of SDD, so I guess I'll leave it alone. If you would like to hire a freelance copy editor, though, please e-mail me, and we'll discuss rates and stuff.

And, of course, I have writing over at The House Next Door. In addition to posting the Links of the Day most days, I've covered the shows Battlestar Galactica, Big Love, Breaking Bad and Lost this season. In addition, podcast co-host Libby Hill is doing the write-ups for In Treatment over there. Here's a more direct link to my HND writings and a more direct link to Libby's.

I'm still hoping to get stuff up here at SDD on a more regular basis, but I don't know when that will happen (probably this summer). As it is, though, it's the official home of the podcast for now, so that's something, right?


Sunday, April 12, 2009

TV on the Internet, Episode 4: Should Dollhouse Be Canceled?

Our fourth episode is here, and our first with THE LEVELATOR, which sounds more ominous than it actually is. Actually, I think it really helped improve this week's volume issues. As always, we appreciate your critiques and comments in the comments, so let us know what you think, and be honest. If you're liking what you're hearing and have the time, please review us at iTunes, so we can start climbing the ranks.

We're available on iTunes, or you can check us out at Podcast Alley, Podcast Pickle or the TV on the Internet libsyn page.

This week, we review Friday Night Lights' third season, and we discuss whether or not Dollhouse is worthy of salvation. Also, we talk quite a bit about House, why we no longer like Barack Obama and Lost. Look after the jump for complete details.

TV on the Internet, Episode 4: Should Dollhouse Be Canceled

Here's a direct link to the episode.

Time codes follow. There are MAJOR SPOILERS for a variety of shows, so you may want to skip over a segment if you haven't watched the shows discussed therein.


00:00.00-00:01.35: Introductions and music from Perkasie
00:01.36-00:14.42: The week's headlines. (WARNING: Contains MAJOR SPOILERS for the last episode of House.)
00:14.43-00:25.27: A review of the third season of Friday Night Lights. Contains spoilers for the full season, duh.
00:25.28-00:39.02: The Big Debate: Should Dollhouse be renewed for a second season? Todd takes (mostly) yea; Libby takes (mostly) nay.
00:39.03-01:01.32: Discussing the week in television. (Includes spoilers for Lost, Chuck, American Idol, Fringe, In Treatment, Rescue Me, Breaking Bad, The Office, 30 Rock and Parks and Recreation. If you guys want more detailed time breakdowns for this segment in the weeks to come, just ask.)
01:01.33-01:08.47: The classic TV on DVD pick of the week, a preview of the week to come and the wrap-up

Headline Links:

House Exclusive: The Shocking Story Behind Last Night's Big Death (Entertainment Weekly)
Times' Front-Page Ad Sparks Outcry (The Los Angeles Times)
Lots of What-ifs Surround the Co-stars of SVU (The Associated Press)
Eastbound & Down Will Return to HBO (Reuters)
Obama TV: President Isn't Watching What He Should (Newsday)
Studio 60's Aaron Sorkin Counting Down to Another TV-Show-Within-a-TV-Show? (Ain't It Cool News)

The song this week is "Ginger Sobs" by Perkasie. Again, the full album is worth a download on iTunes, or Amazon MP3.

Clips are from House (episode: "Simple Explanation," script by Leonard Dick) Friday Night Lights (episode: "Tomorrow Blues," script by Jason Katims), Dollhouse (episode: "A Spy in the House of Love," script by Andrew Chambliss), Lost (episode: "Dead Is Dead," script by Brian K. Vaughan and Elizabeth Sarnoff), Parks & Recreation (episode: "Pilot," script by Greg Daniels and Michael Schur), and State of Play (miniseries, script by Paul Abbott).


(We'll post 'em as you make 'em.)

A Podcast Recommendation:

Since it's Easter and all, I'll link you to this lovely sermon that went up this week as a part of the science-based NPR podcast, Radio Lab.