Pop Goes the Library

Using Pop Culture to Make Libraries Better.

by Sophie Brookover, Liz Burns, Melissa Rabey, Susan Quinn, John Klima, Carlie Webber, Karen Corday, and Eli Neiburger. We're librarians. We're pop culture mavens. We're Pop Culture Librarians.


Wednesday Night Lights: Fall Television

If it's September, it must be time to look forward to a new schedule of Fall television. My wife and I have been big NBC fans for a long time, so we're looking forward to new episodes of My Name is Earl and The Office. I was pleasantly surprised by Chuck and am looking forward to that, too. We feel like we should be watching 30 Rock, but for whatever reason, we're not. The rest of NBC's lineup? We're thinking: not so good.

There's the truly dreadful-looking Kath & Kim, which I think is not as over-the-top as it needs to be, or likely was in Australia. I envision craziness at an Ab Fab level to make this show work. Right now, the characters just look mean or stupid, not funny.

I wince every time I see an ad for Crusoe. I mean, it's not an interesting book to begin with, and it just looks...bad. I'm sick of Deal Or No Deal, I never wanted a new Knight Rider, I've lost my interest in ER, and I was never able to get into the Law & Order shows. Life looks kind of interesting (and I think Sarah Shahi is hawt), but I feel like I've missed too much at this point to step into a new season. That's not really an excuse, since NBC makes a TON of episodes available online.

So, we've been forced to look outside NBC. We were extremely surprised with:

We feel like we should be watching House, but haven't started that yet.

As I said above, most of the networks make shows available to watch online. It's becoming easier and easier to catch up with shows if you miss something. This year, Hulu (founded by NBC Universal and News Corp to provide free online access to television shows and movies) is going to show the premieres for Bones, Prison Break, Kitchen Nightmares, and Are You Smarter than a 5th Grader?

I'm curious, how does online access for television and movies affect your collection development?



  • At 12:57 PM, Blogger andrew the a/v guy said…

    Sadly, (or not so sadly, perhaps), I don't/can't watch TV series on a regular basis, so anything with a ongoing plot doesn't fit my (and my kids') lifestyle. I do order the new TV series for our library and am amazed (and my budget takes a big hit) by the long hold lists for series as diverse as Dexter, Heroes, Gossip Girl, Mad Men, etc. At one time I thought it was only the pay channel series like HBO or Showtime that people wanted to watch on DVD, but now it's everything!

    As for the impact of online access in ordering, I don't think that will really affect collection development until a majority of the population has the technology meshes our computer & video systems. Sure, some people may be able to do that now (not me on my salary), but most can't and won't for quite a few years (and many may never be able to - computers, broadband & compatible TVs are not cheap). It would save some money on my DVD budget though!


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