Tuesday, October 4, 2011

INTRODUCTION: What is this... "Cobweb TV"?

The first "Cobweb TV"? Felix the Cat,  as seen on an experimental
television broadcast from the 1930's. (Google images)

HELLO, and welcome to the world of Cobweb TV.

I define Cobweb TV as the hits (two TV seasons or more in duration), flops, specials, unsold pilots, TV movies and miniseries from the sixty-plus years of television broadcasting that have become increasingly forgotten by everyone but the most ardent of TV junkies and historians.

Part of unidentified film
vault. (Google images)
Not all of Cobweb TV is readily available for viewing. Some of it is completely gone, only surviving via a compendium of people's memories, photos, scripts or even fragments of footage. The majority of it sits in the vaults of major film and TV studios or private archives, mainly due to a lack of interest, if not because of legal issues. Fortunately for us, there's that unknown quantity of programming which has either been preserved by collectors of rare TV shows (through home recordings and bootleg sources) or given a legit video release by adventurous home entertainment companies; this is the Cobweb TV currently accessible to most diehard TV fans.

Cobweb TV used to lurk here.
(Google images)
While more than a few programs falling under this categorization have been dissected and analyzed elsewhere, not all these obscurities have been given their fair share of coverage. Hopefully, readers will occasionally discover a series they never heard of along with new perspectives on the shows they're familiar with. While I may not be able to literally "see it all" (as Mr. Mavis has stated above), I'm certainly gonna give it a try and tell you all about what I see in the months ahead.

This writer will avoid one word when discussing these TV "footnotes": classic. The adjective is too easy attached to any item treasured by bloggers of pop culture, and I've been guilty of using it in the past. While it will be conceded several programs from TV's past are held in a higher esteem more than others (not necessarily award-winning or having cult status), even these critical darlings or ratings champs have their detractors. (Not everyone loves I Love Lucy.) Overall, an opinion is still an opinion, whether it's stated by one person or a convention hall full of critics. I will give each of these shows a fair shake and "call 'em as I see 'em", falling short of saying you-know-what in the process.

"Have you seen me lately?"
(Google images)
Along the way, it's inevitable I'll deviate from writing specifically about Cobweb TV, but expect these topics to be TV related, ranging from head-spinning diatribes about today's TV Land (Phooey!) to what current TV series will become the Cobweb TV of the future ("reality" shows, for starters). There will be no preaching from atop a soapbox as I'm not affiliated with any political party.

In closing, I must say the reason why it took so long before the posting of this first entry was because I got hit hard with a case of writer's block, aggravated by a lot of personal issues. (It all boils down to my being a shy guy who has to deal with social anxiety. I'm feeling better about myself, these days.) The fact I have written all of this is definitely a breakthrough for me; it may not be the best example of my writing abilities, but it is me. Hopefully, the intervals between postings won't be long ones.


(Movie Poster Shop)

Keeping it trivial....


1 comment:

  1. Great concept! More, more!

    I enjoy the graphic design of things like credits and title cards. They not only reflect the visual style of the time, but also address the constraints of things like legibility across different TV tubes. One approaches color broadcast and black and white broadcast simultaneously as a challenge with respect to contrast, for instance. Plus on the analog signal to antennas, the image still has to be easily discernible even when reception is suboptimal.