Mar 17, 2013

Afghan Web TV pioneers' screen revolution

by Joris Fioriti

Trying out a new spa in Kabul, testing the latest spiky hairstyles and swapping gossip — Afghanistan’s first Internet TV station tackles subjects that the mainstream channels ignore. Globox.tv is the latest product of a media revolution in Afghanistan since the fall of the ...

'Veronica Mars' movie sets Kickstarter record

Mar 17, 2013

'Veronica Mars' movie sets Kickstarter record

by Lisa De Moraes

Shortly after 11 a.m. March 13, Rob Thomas, creator of the short-lived detective drama “Veronica Mars,” tweeted that if fans would pledge $2 million by 11 p.m. April 12, Warner Bros. would put into production a “Veronica Mars” movie. The film would get a ...

Feb 10, 2013

2,160 Hours of Yasushi Akimoto; AKB48 dramas; CM of the week: U-Can

Some fans can’t get enough of AKB48, and NHK understands this, so on Monday it is broadcasting “Mitchaku: Akimoto Yasushi 2,160-jikan” (“Intense Coverage: 2,160 Hours of Yasushi Akimoto”; BS Premium, 9 p.m.), a two-hour special (presumably just the highlights then) in which NHK’s cameras ...

Feb 3, 2013

A big eating marathon; The worst father; CM of the week: Choya

Though there are professional competitive eaters, one doesn’t have to be certified to participate in such contests. The TV personalities on this week’s two-hour special edition of the variety show “Ikinari! Ogon Densetsu” (“Out of the Blue! Gold Legend”; TV Asahi, Thurs., 6:53 p.m.) ...

| Jan 19, 2013

Share house lovers; "Tonbi"; CM of the week: Open House

A “share house” is a relatively new concept in Japan: unrelated people sharing a rented residence. The new drama series, “Shea Hausu no Koibito” (“Share House Lovers”; Nippon TV, Wed., 10 p.m.) puts the inevitable romantic spin on it. Shio (Asami Mizukawa) is 30 ...