Grab your favorite beverage and get your nerd on Gossip Girl fans. Given the Safran interview today, I’m happy, and deeply honored, that the esteemed author and fellow GG fan, asked me to publish this to Tumblr. Read, reblog, tweet, share.
PREVIOUSLY ON (November 2011) Pages 403-419
“We are all Gossip Girl”: Gossip Girl and the Promise of Interactive Television By E. L.
In November 2010, Current TV, a cable network founded by former Vice President Al Gore, has started airing a 30 minute TV series called Bar Karma, which is created in online collaboration with fans and is thus a new step to truly participatory and interactive TV. On a website users can pitch storylines, comment on submitted entries, talk to the producers, and contribute marketing ideas. The show is co-produced by SimCity creator Will Wright and features well-known actors like William Sanderson (http://current.com/studios/about/). Of course, there is no guarantee that the fans’ story idea will find its way into the actual show since the producers and writers still hold the power to decide how and if a pitch is worked into the final product. Still, this project allows viewer to have more than an imaginary control over the televised narrative even if the project’s success still remains to be seen.