With the writer’s strike still ongoing, though there may be some negotiations happening, eventually your cathode ray tubes will dry up.? Which means, you’ll have to turn to the internet and sites like Joost and Hulu for your television writing.? It’s been thought that maybe this little tiff could be the driving force behind internet-only shows like Clark and Michael or the comedy videos that get posted on Funny or Die.
I don’t think that’s quite ever going to happen, however, one show has been getting a lot of pub because of this.? It’s called Quarterlife and it’s produced by Ed Zwick and Marshall Herskovitz, otherwise known as the guys behind My So-Called Life, Once and Again and thirtysomething. Now they are trying to fill in the gaps for those folks wandering aimlessly through their mid-twenties.? Whut, Whut!
Bitsie Tulloch who plays Dylan Krieger on “Quarterlife”
Quarterlife focuses on a batch of young, pretty friends led by Dylan, a blogger with a crush on her filmmaker neighbor.? Episodes last about eight to ten minutes and are posted Sundays and Thursdays. You can watch them on MySpace or Quarterlife.com, and the sites include social-networking opportunities as well, because this is internet 2.0 afterall.
The Hollywood Reporter reports NBC might acquire Quarterlife and this wouldn’t surprise me in the least, what with the writer’s strike and all.? Though, the whole point of the strike is so that writers will get paid for the broadcasting of shows on the internet.? Geesh.
The problem with all of this is that the show isn’t very good.? It’s all very meta, with blogger Dylan pulling a Lonelygirl15 and video blogging on?? You guessed it, the Quarterlife website!? Also, the most notable actor is Scott Foster, the dude who played Cappie on ABC Family’s Greek.
And like many internet-only shows, it doesn’t feel like a show – something you would watch and enjoy and invest yourself in, feeling like the characters are a part of your life.? No, it feels like something disjointed, something that is merely an advertisement for a new social networking site.
It’s unfortunate to think Zwick and Herskovitz dropped the ball on a really fantastic idea.? There’s about four episodes up there now, go judge for yourself, but I can’t really see myself being drawn back to watch future installments.
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