If QI is the best television programme ever made (a claim I’m sometimes tempted to make), why doesn’t the whole world watch it? Why hasn’t every country at least adapted it—as the world has done with so many less interesting shows (does the planet really need any more versions of X Factor?)? There’s a bit of debate on this topic. The show has been sold to channels in Australia, New Zealand, Sweden, and Africa, and a Dutch version was made in 2009. However, it’s still not been seen on American television, not even on BBC America.
On 9 August 2009, TV Squad reported that John Hodgman, who appeared as a bonus guest in Series G, was furious with BBC America’s choice not to broadcast the show, implying that the channel thinks the show is too intelligent for an American audience. Two days later John Lloyd explained to TV Squad that part of the issue was cost, as the pictures used on the show are only cleared for use in the UK; although he admitted that then-president of BBC America, Garth Ancier, “is convinced that Americans ‘won’t get it.’ We disagree (of course!).”
Recently, John Mitchinson, head of QI research, said the fact that QI is “genre-busting” is the problem: “It’s much more to do with the difference between US and UK panel shows. QI doesn’t fit into any US channel’s remit.” This is a shame for American television and viewers. If smart, funny entertainment doesn’t meet a channel’s needs, what does that say about the execs’ opinions of the American viewing public?
This. All of this. QI on BBC America would be the best thing ever. And if they ever decide to ‘remake’ QI instead of just broadcasting the UK eps in America, John Hodgman would be a fantastic host.
(I’d also like to thank Katey for doing her part in bringing QI to America with her UCB show The Fascinator, which was very good and also quite interesting.)QI stephen fry john hodgman panel shows quiz shows television bbc america healywu trivia
God damn Youtube. Every time they change a setting or introduce a cool new feature, I have to go back through all 1,300+ of our videos across all our different channels and update every single one to match. This latest feature is the biggest bitch of all because it unhelpfully renames every video as well and then I have to go back and re-re-rename all the video titles.
I love my job, really. But this is just a giant pain in my ass.
And I was planning on going to see Katey do stand up tonight too! I’m really bummed to be missing that. ;______;
Go figure, one of the few times I try to have a social life, and work effs it up.grumble grumble healywu
Yeah. That’s the abbreviated version of the story, too. She knows how to find me on tumblr so I try to be careful about what I say. ^^;;; I believe my immediate text to my boyfriend was “I need you to do me a favor and kill me right now because it will be less painful than dealing with this bullshit.”
If you know anyone looking to sublet in NYC and can vouch for their decency as a human being/ability to not get in trouble with landlords and apartment management, let me know. :-)healywu response
Improv classes. For realz.
I need to save up my monies and then perhaps that will become a reality. I’ve looked into UCB classes before, but a lot of the ones I want to take (mostly the writing classes) fall during my normal working hours. And I travel so often on weekends that weekend classes don’t really work either. But hopefully I’ll find one that works, someday. =/healywu response
It’s not arghghghgg.
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Seriously it’s the most ridiculous thing ever. Also I think Adam Scott is contractually obligated to wear shirts with tiny plaid in pretty much every role these days. Not that I’m complaining or anything…healywu response
I hope to the flying spaghetti monster this is on Netflix Instant.
If it isn’t, I know where you can download it :-Phealywu response
OH MAN I would have laughed so hard if someone said that to me, right after kicking them in the face.
I console myself with the fact that at least I stepped on his foot before any name calling occurred. Preemptive strike FTW!healywu response
I was afraid of Who spoilers, I’m sorry, I love you!
Hahaha, fair enough! I thought tumblr was glitching on me again XDhealywu response
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Not real but I’d still like a rainbow cat.
Not real? Dammit. That’s what I get for trusting a site about pets. Stupid internet crushing my hopes and dreams.healywu response
Yay! How early are you getting in line?
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It happened more often in TNG (and Enterprise), mostly in the form of two opposing cultural or racial factions of a planet that never stopped warring and Picard had come in and to mediate.
Oooh gotcha. I had a feeling that was going to be the case, and it’s cool that they took that into account between TOS and TNG. I still need to watch TNG…I think I made the mistake of starting with season 1 and thinking it was terrible. I’ll have to start with season 2 or something. =/healywu response