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Nightfly's iTV Week in Review 3/11/12 - Happy Rides, Solipsist, and more!

Written by Nightfly on Monday, March 19 2012 and posted in Features

Nightfly recommends his favorite webisodes, shorts, and clips from the previous week.

Nightfly's iTV Week in Review  (week of 3/11/12)
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The events of WonderCon this weekend brought major iTV news likely to bring multiple new shows to future columns. Chris Hardwick (in partnership with The Jim Henson Company) announces his new Nerdist Channel (below) promising an impressive array of shows from stars such as Neil Patrick Harris, 'Weird Al' YankovicRob Zombie and more. But that's not all, Felicia Day also unveiled the lineup of her new web channel called Geek & Sundry. G&S will produce and deliver webseries including The Guild, Sword & Laser, Wil Wheaton's Tabletop, and, Dark Horse Presents: Motion Comics to name just a few. Indeed, a nerd dawn has broken!! Both geektastic networks debut April 2nd so make sure to subscribe to both channels ASAP!!

Last Thursday a seventeen minute long campaign film came out from President Obama, narrated by Tom Hanks. Check it out here if that's something that sounds interesting to you. Speaking of U.S. politics, in the interest of "equal time," two insightful columns by political heroes of mine came out last week I figured I'd share here too. First Ralph Nader tells it like it really is in his latest missive, Perils of Global Economy, and, Maureen Dowd asks a well-reasoned yet controversial question in her latest column titled, Don't Tread on Us.

I really have no idea exactly when this short film titled, Solipsist, first hit the web but it couldnt've been too long ago since it's the Slamdance 2012 Special Jury Prize Winner for Experimental Short Film. No doubt it's captivating and colorful. Take a look (below) and see what you think for yourself.

SOLIPSIST from Andrew Huang on Vimeo.


For those following the PBS Online Film Festival, four new shorts cycled in last week tackling the subject of "Girl Power." Watch all four then vote for your favorite by clicking on a given film's "Like" button. This week brings new entries All Falls Down [Runtime 13.47], Flawed [Runtime 12.38], Keao [Runtime 10.07] and Meet Beverly [Runtime 3.30].

The same day the President's campaign documentary came out the decidedly offbeat webseries Girl and Boy (Starring Helenna Santos Levy & Barry W. Levy) dropped its entire nine webisode first season online. In light of the whole season being up, I opted to merely post its home site link here instead of embedding its first and/or last webisode(s). The news of this webseries came to me through friend of my columns, Nerds in Babeland. Read their informative article about Girl and Boy here and watch all nine installments back to back here.

Before moving on to my preferred webseries and clips from last week I wanted to address a couple TV-centric issues related to this (and past) columns. First, CBS' Anatomy of a Hit: C.S.I., as of yesterday (3/18), didn't release a new webisode for last week which is why it's not here where it'd normally appear. Lastly, regarding TV shows, there's a bit of a story to tell about why I'm only now relaying that one of my favorite sitcoms, Happy Endings, has been posting webisodes for the past couple weeks. Admittedly, I don't always explore all my favorite series' webpages if I'm not specifically hunting for WiR related content. It's a perk for me and the listed shows, as I see it. It's one of the reasons I enjoy writing my weekly column because it spurs me to peruse the online content of shows I'm delcaring as my favorites. So... the obvious fact in this case is that Happy Endings, while consistently funny, simply didn't list in my previous two columns which just happened to be the first two weeks Happy Rides debuted. I also don't remember seeing commercials (within the show) for the webseries before the most recent episode and despite my subscription to ABC's newsletter my first email notification about it didn't arrive until last week either. Apparently, it was just not my fate to learn of this webseries on time - I guess that's what I get for not listing HE the past two weeks (hehe). Now you know.

Last Week's Web Series Download Complete. Ready to initiate entertainment...
* Warning: videos below may contain mature content not suitable for all ages *

Battleground - (S1,Ep.5) "They'll Burn Your Eyes"  [Runtime 21.04]  {posted 3/6 via Hulu}

The Bensonhurst Spelling Bee  [Runtime 3.09]  {posted 3/9 via Funny or Die}
The Bensonhurst Spelling Bee with Kelly Ripa from Kelly Ripa     

College Humor: Celebrities - "Official Spoiler Rules"  {posted 3/12 via College Humor}

Hardboiled mystey series, Death Will Tremble, debuted to critical praise last week with the release of its first four webisodes via blip. According to the series' official description, it's about a drug addicted private investigator struggling to hold onto sanity while entangled in a dangerous, otherworldly, criminal enterprise.
Death Will Tremble - (Ep.1)  {posted 3/11 via blip}
* Watch webisodes 2-4 here.

In my previous column I featured Episode 19 of this supernatural webseries, since then three subsequent webisodes have followed. Catch up to Episode 22 (below) by screening webisodes 20 (TV-PG) and 21 beforehand.
The Haunting of Sunshine Girl - (S5,Ep.22) "More Mysterious Phonecalls"  {posted 3/17 via YouTube}

I Hate Being Single - (Ep.3) "The Banker"  [Runtime 5.47]  {posted 3/13 via blip}
* Follow I Hate Being Single on twitter.

The Honest Bachelor  [Runtime 3.16]  {posted 3/9 via Funny or Die}  [NSFW; TV-MA]

If All Women Lived Like Beyoncé  [Runtime 2.08]  {posted 3/13 via YouTube}

The League of S.T.E.A.M. - (S2, Ep.3) "The Tiki Room" (Guest Starring Marie Elena Cohen)  [Runtime 3.43]  {posted 3/15 via YouTube}

The Newtown Girls - (S1,Ep.1)  [Runtime 7.32]  {posted 3/12 via blip}  [TV-PG]


Fave *New* Webisode of the Week: [3-way Happy Rides tie]
Happy Endings: Happy Rides - (Ep.3 of 6) "Clear as Day!"

* Catch up from the beginning with webisodes 1 ("I'm going to miss Truck Norris!") and 2 ("Is that truck outside?") here.

Runners Up: [tie]
Shadow Free - (Ep.1) "Science and Magic"  {posted 3/14 via YouTube}

* Episode 2 titled, "The Perfect You" can be screened here and remember to follow Shadow Free on twitter.

Sync - (Ep.1)  {posted 3/16 via YouTube}

* See this webisodes BTS featurette here.


Nostalgia Chick - "The Lorax"  {posted 3/11 via blip}
* Follow Lindsay Ellis (a.k.a. Nostalgia Chick) on twitter.

Q with Jian Ghomeshi - "Daniel Radcliffe in Studio Q"  [Runtime: 19.46]  {released 3/13 via blip}
* Follow Jian Ghomeshi on twitter. Jian released no less than six episodes last week, including one with feminist icon Gloria Steinem (posted 3/16) here.

Shelf Life - (S2, Ep.7) - "Origin Stories"  {posted 3/12 via YouTube}

SingersRoom - Emeli Sande: The Essence of Her Music Interview  [Runtime 4.28]  {posted 3/15 via}
* Follow SingersRoom on twitter and watch Emeli Sande talk about her Fashion & Relationship here.

Super Knocked Up - (Ep.3) "Sinister Society"  [Runtime 4.55]  {posted 3/16 via KoldCast}

Talk Nerdy to Me with Cara Santa Maria - Gary Marcus: Guitar Zero And The Science Of Learning  [Runtime 3.47]  {posted 3/12 via AOL}

* Read about it here and follow Cara Santa Maria on twitter.

The Tournament Challlenge Challenged {posted 3/14 via Funny or Die}

Weird Al's Broadway Style Cabaret Review  [Runtime 4.34]  {posted 3/15 via Funny or Die}

Will Ferrell & the Cast of Casa de mi Padre Discuss Working Together  {posted 3/14 via Funny or Die}  [TV-MA]

Yowza!! Mobile Coupons - Our Coupons are F***ing Great  (Starring Greg Grunberg)  {posted 3/14 via YouTube}

* I learned of this one thanks to Charisma Carpenter tweeting about it. Follow Yowza!! on twitter.
Fashion & Beauty

Behind the Shoot: Heidi Klum's April 2012 Elle Cover Shoot  [Runtime 4.20]  {posted 3/12 via Elle}

* Follow Heidi Klum on twitter and see all three parts of Elle's beautifully shot Van Cleef & Arpels 'Enchanting Love Story' here.

Fashion on Film - Prada: Real Fantasies Spring/Summer 2012  (Animated Look Book via W Magazine)

Obscure Desires by Alexander McQueen  (Dir. by Dustin Lynn)  [Runtime 3.33]  {posted 3/13 via YouTube}

Gwyneth Paltrow in Lindex Modern Preppy  [Runtime 2.29]  {posted 3/12 via YouTube}

* See the pics and read about it here.

The Hunger Games' Leven Rambin for Maxim  [Runtime 0.41]  {posted 3/12 via YouTube}

Dita Von Teese - Von Follies Lingerie Show (Presented by Target @ LMFF)  [Runtime 10.01]  {posted 3/10 via YouTube}  [NSFW]
News & Reviews

Breakin' It Down with Catherine Reitman - (Ep.56) "21 Jump Street; Jeff, Who Lives at Home"  {released 3/16 via YouTube}

BTS Lollipop Chainsaw (Game) - Character Voices (Cast includes Linda Cardellini, Michael Rooker and Shawnee Smith)  {posted 3/15 via FEARnet}

Cheap Cool Crazy with Naomi Kyle  {released 3/15 via START}

* Don't forget to read Naomi's CCC Blog too!

Sir David Attenborough Discusses Diminishing TV Audiences and Upcoming Wildlife Programs  {posted 3/16 via}
* Read about it here.

DVDiva with Brigitte Dale - (Ep.57) "Hot 'N' Fresh"  {released 3/13 via NextMovie}

Half in the Bag - (Ep.27) "Silent House and John Carter"  [23.16]  {released 3/15 via blip}  [NSFW; TV-MA]

Red Letter Media - Archive Collection 1 (now available on dvd)  {posted 3/13 via YouTube}

Weekly 'Wood with Jessica Chobot  {released 3/15 via START}

Make-up Section:

 Ira Glass on the Secret of Success in Creative Work, Animated in Kinetic Typography

Seeing Earth In Space [New ISS Timelapse Footage]  [Runtime 4.15]  {posted 3/6 via YouTube}

* I learned about this thanks to Cara Santa Maria tweeting about it.
Bonus Videos:

How The Number Zero Led to Discovering Everything  [Runtime 1min]  {posted 3/15 via BBC Knowledge}
* This crossed my twitterstream thanks to Alyssa Milano tweeting about it.

Riding the Boosters: Up and Down in 400 Seconds (HD w/ Enhanced Sound)  (from Ascent: Commemorating Shuttle)  [Runtime 8.32]  {posted 3/15 via NASA}

* Read about it here.

The Cockroach Beatbox  [Runtime 6.16]  {posted 3/11 via TEDEd}
* Yet another one I learned of thanks to Cara Santa Maria tweeting about it.

Copyright Math: Rob Reid Explains the $8 Billion iPod  [Runtime 5.12]  {posted 3/15 via TED}
* Read about it here.

Thanks for your time, attention and for once again joining the feed. Hopefully something here intrigued and/or entertained you. Stay Jacked-In and Happy iViewing!

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A proud member of NBCUniversal's and A+E Television Networks’ Digital Media Teams, Nightfly routinely interviews producers, creators and stars of various network programs and films with a concentrated emphasis on the Syfy channel. Formally educated in Communications, Computer Science and Music, his résumé reflects more than a decade broadcasting in the fields of television and radio. With pieces routinely published at ScreenFad and Press Pass L.A., his primary areas of interest include TV, film, music, web series, comic books, fashion, pen 'n paper RPG gaming as well as various other pop-culture topics. An avid Twitter user, Nightfly supports the arts, the entertainment community, numerous charities and crowdfunding projects through his journalistic netizenship and non-partisan, multicultural-centric activism.

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