TNT Checks Out 'Librarian' Again: The Curse of the Judas Chalice

The most mild-mannered action hero in TV history will be back on TNT late this year. The cable network has begun production on the third installment of its "Librarian" franchise, with former "ER" star Noah Wyle reprising his title role. The movie, titled "The Librarian: The Curse of the Judas Chalice," is scheduled to premiere in late 2008.

Calling all Star Trek nerds

I'm "writing" (if you want to be generous) a strip called Black Shirts about two guys who work on a starship that looks like the USS Enterprise, but isn't. (To avoid possible legal problems; who know, IANAL.)
I'll post a few strips once a week on my blogger page, but all the strips will also be on the toondoo page:

you might notice that I use the same image for every panel: yes, I am lazy.

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The Librarians: compelling without being either brilliant or actually hilarious

The Sydney Morning Herald Has A Review of the ABC TV Show The Librarians.

This intriguing series manages to be compelling without being either brilliant or actually hilarious. It's funny at times but the jokes often land too hard and stray uncomfortably into the darkness, preventing it from working in the same comedic fashion as more accessible shows such as Kath & Kim and Summer Heights High.

I think I'll start describing myself as being "compelling without being either brilliant or actually hilarious."


Have A Lend of Us

Could this be your library? One librarian is "trampy", the others are "a bit dim", "helpful and gay" and "sweet and dyslexic". Maybe...

...but it's really an inside peek at the cast and crew of the new Australian TV comedy, "The Librarians" from The Sydney Morning Herald.


in Australia, new TV Entertainment by theName of "The Librarians"


Hey there...

Any Aussie librarians seen the new show by the same name? Please send us your comments! Here's a review from The Age of the recently premiered dark comedy.

New Show Down Under...The Librarians

There's a "New Australian black comedy on the tele...The in The Age.

"There's something intrinsically comic about a library. It's a place of order and quiet, but anyone can come in, and they frequently do. The line between control and chaos is crossed every day. So the new ABC comedy series The Librarians is the subject of considerable speculation within the book-lending profession.

The librarian who gave the series' writer, producer and star Robyn Butler a tour of the State Library expressed the fears of many when she took the comedian aside and asked: "You're not going to be mean to librarians, are you? You're not going to wear cardigans and say shush?"


Batgirl 1966 (or The Super-Secret Lives of Librarians)

A video posted on looks at the day to day life of a simple librarian who happens to idolize Batman and happens to be the daughter of Commissioner Gordon. Who wears yellow to work anyway?


Presidential Libraries...History Uncovered on C-SPAN

Oops, we missed the first one, but there are eleven more to go...C-SPAN is broadcasting live from one presidential library each week, (it started last Friday with the Herbert Hoover Presidential Library in West Branch, Iowa).

Presidential historian Richard Norton Smith will be hosting, and he predict that the broadcasts will be "a kind of history that people don't get out of their textbooks." Story from The Houston Chronicle; details from C-SPAN. Watch on C-SPAN-TV, listen on C-SPAN Radio.

When: Every Friday through Nov. 30. Check your local listings (as they say).

Sept. 14: Franklin D. Roosevelt

Sept. 21: Harry S. Truman

Sept. 28: Dwight D. Eisenhower

Oct. 5: John F. Kennedy

Oct. 12: Lyndon Baines Johnson

Oct. 19: Richard Nixon

Oct. 26: Gerald R. Ford

Nov. 2: Jimmy Carter

Nov. 9: Ronald Reagan

Nov. 16: George Bush

Nov. 30: William J. Clinton

Catch Up On Books & Authors on BookTV

Want to catch up with some BookTV this weekend (including Garrison Keillor's love letter to libraries)? Check out their newly revised webpage here. The site also features brief interviews with local authors, recorded on the Book TV Bus at festivals and industry events. Program durations are now listed for TiVo or DVR users.


A Dream Job for a Foodie Librarian

This weekend I caught a special on the Food Network, Food Network Unwrapped 2. In amongst the backstage secrets of Iron Chef America, Paula Deen, and Tyler Florence was a brief segment on Jonathan Milder.

Milder is the research librarian for the Food Network. The show had him showing off the cookbook stacks (over 4,000 titles!) and making some calls to verify key information (is there a difference between rice vinegar and rice wine vinegar?) for an upcoming Food Network show.

A little digging also found me an interview with Milder at the StarChefsJobFinder website (scroll down a screen to see it). Here's a snippet:

I can't imagine there's any direct route to doing this sort of thing. This position is an odd mix of food writer, journalist, trend-watcher and librarian. The next person to hold this position will have trodden an entirely different path from the one I traveled. This is a position for voracious readers, bookworms, and aspiring polymaths, a position for people who find nearly as much pleasure in reading about food as in eating it. And those people can be found in the most unexpected places.

The show will air again on May 19 and 20, in case you want to catch it.


It's That Time Again...TV Turn-Off Week

Here's one website, and here's another.

Is your library observing/celebrating the week? Is TV still the time-crushing technology that it was before the internet entered our lives? Anyone care to propose a computer turnoff week?


CBS News fires producer for library essay plagiarism

CBS News fires producer for plagiarism: "We were horrified," CBS News spokeswoman Sandra Genelius said. "It was almost verbatim." A CBS News producer was fired and the network apologized after a Katie Couric video essay on libraries was found to be plagiarized from The Wall Street Journal.

An editor for The Wall Street Journal called CBS News to point out the similarities of the April 4 notebook item to Zaslow's article, headlined "Of the Places You'll Go, Is the Library Still One of Them?" The pieces talk about how libraries are seen differently by children from their parents.

Update: 04/12 00:44 GMT by B :The Raw Story informs us that the plagiarized April 4 post is still up on the CBS News website...lots o' links too and sources for cached versions of the YouTube clip. But, as Newsweek reports, ""Couric apparently faces no repercussions, because she doesn't actually write 'Katie Couric's Notebook';though many of the entries are presented in the form of first-person essays, as was the controversial piece. Addressing her audience, Couric began: 'Hi everyone, I still remember when I got my first library card.'"


Katie Couric Loves Her Library

Anonymous Patron writes "Katie gives us a page from her 'notebook', reminding us that libraries have books."


ABC in Australia: New Show "The Librarians"

ABC TV Turns A New Page In Comedy: "The Librarians" starts production in Melbourne on March 5. The six-part series centres on the trials and tribulations of Frances O'Brien, a devout Catholic and head librarian. Her life unravels when she is forced to employ her ex-best friend, Christine Grimwood - now a drug dealer - as the children's librarian. Frances must do all she can to contain her menacing past and concentrate on the biggest event of the library calendar - Book Week.


TV News Causes Rochester Library Board to Review It's Porn Policy

After a report on an NBC affiliate last month about the availability of pornographic materials at the Monroe County Library System in upstate New York, the library board has buckled down to study the issue with a special task force.

This article and TV clip shows scenes from the broadcast, along with a stern-faced County Executive Maggie Brooks who directed the library board to immediately prevent access, even to adults, of CIPA filtered sites. She has also threatened to pull nearly seven million dollars in funding if the library fails to permanently change its internet porn policy.


Ripped-Off Congressional Videos - Get it Here

Kelly writes "Today's LISNEWs about C-Span dinging Nancy Pelosi using some of their footage reminded me of a story from today's stash of Boing Boing articles. In this story, this guy is ripping Congress webcasts, which are streaming only, and archiving them! (Like a good librarian?) This is cool. Here's the scoop from the article:

`The U.S. Congress provides webcasts for many of their hearings. In all cases, the hearings are streaming only, in many cases they are "live only" (no archive of the stream). In some cases, the committees even put a "copyright, all rights reserved" notice on the hearings! This is really dumb. So, I've started ripping all congressional streams starting with the house and posting them in a nonproprietary format for download, tagging, review, and annotation at Google Video and another copy at the Internet Archive (just to prove this is a nondenominational issue.

This is a Tom Sawyer hack, a la "painting this fence is *loads* of fun!" I intend to prove to the Congressional webmasters that it is so much fun doing their web sites for them that they'll want to do it themselves so that I go away. Until then, look for "Carl Malamud on behalf of the U.S. Congress" for official news.

Link to Boing article
Link to ripped videos"

Video on Demand From the Public Library

alh writes "The folks on Slashdot discuss new video on demand offerings at public libraries.

"In light of the recent story about Wal-Mart and movies on demand, readers should know there is a free service available from some public libraries that lets you download movies and tv shows. The service is just beginning, so selection is pretty mediocre, but the sponsors, Recorded Books and PermissionTV, make some big promises. If your library ponies up the dough for the top service, you will be able to download movies on the same day as their dvd release. All you need is a library card. You can see one of the early adopters Half Hollow Hills Community Library in the library's blog . Look for My Library DV.


Bush Chooses the Library for His Speech

Well we all know who popped onto our screens during prime-time last night, but did you give any consideration to the location of the Prez's speech? It was in the White House Library.

From the AP, "As Bush spoke for 20 minutes from the unusual setting of the White House library, the sounds of protesters amassed outside the compound's gates occasionally filtered through." Various news analysts this morning said that they imagined the library setting (instead of the usual setting of the Oval Office) gave strength to the President's position that he had studied the situation with care and gave it more of a conversational tone.


Australian TV Plans a Six-Part Series: The Librarians

If you're down under, or heading there next year, you might be able to catch a glimpse of their new TV series, The Librarians. Aussie actress Robyn Butler stars, and her husband Wayne Hope directs.

From The Age ..."Libraries, Butler points out, attract all walks of life. Which is not exactly to the liking of Butler's character Frances O'Brien, head librarian and repressed, passive-aggressive Catholic. Naturally, O'Brien is a little intolerant of her Muslim, Asian and gay patrons. And when her childhood best-friend-turned-drug-dealer (played by Roz Hammond) gets a job as the children's librarian, chaos ensues."

Noah Wyle as the Librarian - Tonight

As we've previously determined, he's not really a Librarian, he's an archivist, but nonetheless, the sequel, "The Librarian: Return to King Solomon's Mines" is on tonight. And according to this review from the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette by critic Rob Owen, "discerning fans of action-adventure yarns will feel let down. Again."



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