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If you are looking for new series to make a wiki for, there's a couple you might being considering:
- George Lucas's upcoming series, Star Wars: The Clone Wars. It should definitely have a solid fan base. Of course, there's already Wookiepedia which has been absorbed by Wikia, but since it's likely to premiere fall 2008/spring 2009, I thought I would mention it just to see what you and others think. Looks like it will be CGI/cartoon format, not live action. Also, it's only going to be on cable tv (cartoon network and TNT, which I don't subscribe to).
- The Knight Rider pilot movie aired a couple weeks ago, but it did rather well in the Nielson ratings so odds are up that the green light will be given for a show to premiere in the fall. There's been several incarnations of it and there is probably fan base for it. There's been a Knight Rider section for a while at Wikia, but Tim Kring wrote for the original Knight Rider and I wouldn't be surprised if he submitted at least a script or two for this one.
The "Big 5" networks (ABC, CBS, CW, FOX and NBC) should announce their fall lineup in May so we should know more then.--MiamiVolts (talk) 16:32, 27 February 2008 (EST)
- Thanks for the heads up. Yeah, I'm always trying to keep an eye out for the next big show like Lost and Heroes so I can consider setting up a wiki for them. I'm not going to touch anything Star Wars or Star Trek related with Wookieepedia and Memory-Alpha out there. :) Any new wiki based on those would be clobbered. Knight Rider is a possibility, but I want to gauge the interest in it first. If you see any new (particularly original) shows in the fall lineup that look like they're going to be hits, let me know. (Admin 16:37, 27 February 2008 (EST))
- Indeed. The fall lineups are scheduled to be confirmed by May, so we can check them out then. :)--MiamiVolts (talk) 16:41, 27 February 2008 (EST)
- I've always thought a good guideline for a show deserving of a wiki would have less to do with how popular it is (though that's certainly important because you don't want a wiki that nobody will visit and nobody will contribute to) than how much detail there is in the show. Works like Lost, Heroes, Star Trek, and Star Wars all have such dense universes, filled with rich details and hidden Easter Eggs. Twin Peaks and the Harry Potter series would fit into this category; so would The Simpsons, actually, but for different reasons. I adore a show like Kyle XY, but the story is so straightforward that there is not really enough to delve into in a wiki. That's just my two cents. -- RyanGibsonStewart (talk) 06:40, 28 February 2008 (EST)
- That's true, and cause the action then becomes so fast-paced it's harder to do documentation. We'll see what May brings soon enough.--MiamiVolts (talk) 01:35, 1 March 2008 (EST)
- So we now know NBC's new original shows earlier than expected. NBC Universal lists 7 new dramas (My Own Worst Enemy, Knight Rider, Crusoe, Kings, Merlin, The Philanphropist, and The Listener). Here's their summaries along with what online content is planned for each (I combined two NBC Universal Media Village articles to make things easier):
|1. MY OWN WORST ENEMY (click 'show' for summary):
|Henry Spivey (Christian Slater, “Bobby”) is a middle-class efficiency expert living a humdrum life in the suburbs with a wife, two kids, a dog, and a minivan. Edward Albright is an operative who speaks 13 languages, runs a four-minute mile, and is trained to kill with his teeth. Henry and Edward are polar opposites who share only one thing in common -- the same body. When the carefully constructed wall between them breaks down, Henry and Edward are thrust into unfamiliar territory where each man is dangerously out of his element. “My Own Worst Enemy” explores the duality of a man who is literally pitted against himself. And it raises the question: who can you trust when you can't trust yourself? The series is produced by Universal Media Studios. Jason Smilovic (“Kidnapped”) is the executive producer; David Semel (director of the “American Dreams,” “Heroes” and “Life” pilots) is the director and executive producer.
|Airs Mondays at 10PM EST, premiering Fall 2008. New content features will include an alter ego game, dossiers on supporting characters, an archive of Edward and Henry video messages to each other and a split site (suburbs v. international intrigue).
|2. KNIGHT RIDER (click 'show' for summary):
|On the heels of NBC's hit movie, the iconic 1980s television classic comes roaring back to life as an updated drama series showcasing the new customized KITT (Knight Industries Three Thousand) Ford Mustang. As the sequel resumes, KITT is absolutely the coolest car ever created: its supercomputer capable of hacking almost any system; its weapons systems efficient; and its body -- thanks to its creator's work and nanotechnology -- is capable of actually shifting shape and color. It is the ultimate car -- and someone will be willing to do anything to obtain it. "Knight Rider" stars Justin Bruening ("Cold Case"), Deanna Russo ("NCIS"), Sydney Tamiia Poitier ("Veronica Mars") and Bruce Davison ("Breach"). David Bartis ("Heist," "The O.C."), Doug Liman ("Mr. and Mrs. Smith," "The Bourne Identity") and Gary Scott Thompson (“Las Vegas,” “The Fast and The Furious”) are executive producers and David Andron serves as supervising producer and writer. Based on characters created by Glen Larson, “Knight Rider” is from Universal Media Studios and Dutch Oven Productions.
|Airs Wednesdays at 8PM EST, premiering Fall 2008. Fans of the show will find a "KITT" My Ride feature, weekly KITT voicemails to mobile subscribers, talking KITT e-cards and streaming full episodes.
|3. CRUSOE (click 'show' for summary):
|Based on the legendary novel by Daniel Defoe, this is the tale of Robinson Crusoe. A young man leaves his true love to embark on an adventure -- only to end up shipwrecked on a remote tropical island for 28 years, completely detached from the life he once knew. His desire to return to his wife and his strong and unlikely friendship with Friday are the only things that keep him sane. While stranded, Crusoe encounters enemies and braves the elements. Equal parts “MacGyver,” “Castaway” and “Pirates of the Caribbean,” this series is an inspirational tale of survival rife with action and comedy. Cast is to include Philip Winchester ("Thunderbirds) as "Crusoe" on the island, Sean Bean ("Lord of the Rings") as Robinson Crusoe's father, Anna Walton ("Hellboy II") as Crusoe's wife and Sam Neill ("Jurassic Park") as a friend of the family. "Crusoe" is produced by Power. Juston Bodle is the executive producer.
|Airs Fridays at 8PM EST, premiering Fall 2008. Digital features will include extended flashback scenes, an interactive adventure game, Crusoe's diary and full episode streaming.
|4. THE PHILANTHROPIST (click 'show' for summary):
|This one-hour drama is about a rebel with a cause. Teddy Rist loves women, money and power. After the tragic death of his only child, Teddy has an awakening and becomes the world's first vigilante philanthropist -- a renegade billionaire who uses his wealth, connections and power to help people in need. He'll do anything to achieve his goals -- bargain with the self-righteous, trade with the nefarious and even tell the truth. Instead of spending $25,000 a plate at a fundraiser, he’s dodging bullets in third-world countries to hand-deliver vaccine. It's a global adventure that will take viewers to the ends of the Earth and will inspire them as well. "The Philanthropist" is produced by Universal Media Studios, Original Media and the Levinson/Fontana Company. Tom Fontana ("Homicide: Life on the Street"), Barry Levinson (“Homicide: Life on the Street”) and Charlie Corwin ("L.A. Ink") are the executive producers; Jim Juvonen is a co-executive producer. David Eick ("Bionic Woman") will be the showrunner.
|Airs Mondays at 10PM EST, premiering Winter 2008. In addition to full streaming episodes, users will find Giving Back tips, Teddy's Lifestyle game and money tracker files.
|5. MERLIN (click 'show' for summary):
|“Merlin” brings to life a new legend for a modern audience. “Merlin” is an exciting, hour-long fantasy series set in the mythic city of Camelot -- but inspired by 21st Century storytelling. Before Merlin and Arthur became legends, they were ambitious young men looking for adventure, hoping to live up to their family’s expectations, discovering love and finding their own true destiny, making mistakes along the way. The innovative, action-packed drama has cross-generational appeal and paints a picture of Merlin and Arthur’s early life that audiences have never witnessed before. Merlin will be played by twin brothers Colin Morgan (“The Catherine Tate Show”) and Daniel Morgan (“The Bill”). Arthur will be played by Bradley James (“Lewis”). The cast will also include Anthony Head (“Buffy the Vampire Slayer”) as Uther, Arthur's father; Richard Wilson (“A Passage to India”) as Gaius, the court physician who becomes mentor to the young Merlin; Angel Coulby (“Magicians”) as Guinevere; and Katie McGrath (“The Tudors”) as the sorceress Morgana. A FremantleMedia Enterprises distribution of a Shine production for BBC.
|Airs Sundays at 8PM EST, premiering Winter 2008. Digital features will include Merlin's diary and Spells for Everyday Life.
|6. KINGS (click 'show' for summary):
|“Kings” is an inspiring exploration of the timeless David vs. Goliath struggle. The show is set in a modern metropolis under siege where the fighting has gone on for too long and cost far too many lives. When David Shepherd (Christopher Egan, “Resident Evil: Extinction”), a brave young soldier, rescues the king’s (Golden Globe winner Ian McShane, “Deadwood”) son from enemy territory, he sets events in motion that will finally bring peace. Suddenly, David is thrust into the limelight, earning the affections of women -- including the king’s daughter. When he’s promoted to captain, he becomes the reluctant poster boy for hope. But for David, the line between his allies and enemies will blur as the power players in the kingdom go to great lengths to see him fall. From the director (Francis Lawrence) of the blockbuster movie “I Am Legend” comes the ultimate story of David vs. Goliath, and there’s no telling who will win. Sebastian Stan (“Gossip Girl”) also stars. “Kings” is a production of Universal Media Studios; Michael Green (NBC’s “Heroes”) is the executive producer. Francis Lawrence (“I Am Legend”) is the director and executive producer and Erwin Stoff (“I Am Legend”) also is executive producer.
|Airs Sundays at 10PM EST, premiering Winter 2008. Digital features will include city sites for Shiloh, Gilboah and Gath, creating a deeper experience for the user. Additionally, viewers will find videos about the King's ascension to power, a family history expose and full streaming episodes.
|7. THE LISTENER (click 'show' for summary):
|In this one-hour drama, Toby Logan (Craig Olejnik, “The Runaway”) is a 24-year-old paramedic living with a secret: he can read people’s minds. This telepathic procedural takes viewers into the heart of a tortured hero who struggles to solve crimes with his unique gift. Week-to-week, “The Listener” balances high-stakes drama with irreverent humor and sends Toby on an intellectual and emotional adventure. Ennis Esmer (“The Path to 9/11”) also stars. “The Listener” is a production of Program Partners and Shaftesbury Films. The executive producers are Christina Jennings, Scott Garvie, Michael Amo, Russ Cochrane, Glen Davis and Bill Laurin.
|Airs Thursdays at 10PM EST, premiering Summer 2009.
- My best bet for a Wiki thus far is probably Merlin since its an original storyline, will have some online content, and the fantasy realm it will involve could have a comparable range of characters to Heroesverse. My second choice is Crusoe since it will be an action-adventure comedy and has a cool historical context. It will be interesting to see if they include the storylines of Defoe's lesser known sequels, The Further Adventures of Robinson Crusoe and Serious Reflections of Robinson Crusoe, where Crusoe travels the globe--that would really expand the potential storyverse. Crusoe is also the only new show confirmed to have an ARG (they call it an interactive adventure game in the news release). However, both series sound like good ideas that are wiki-compatible (having a big enough showverse to warrant a wiki). Kings looks to have a large-enough verse but I'm not sure of my interest just yet. Other shows like The Philathropist and The Listener also sound like shows I might watch, but I'm not sure they will be wiki-compatible. On a related note, I am most disappointed in that again no graphic novels are planned for any of the new series. Merlin sounds like apt material for a graphic novel series with dragons and wizards, etc., and others like Crusoe and Knight Rider might also work. I hope the NBC execs are not too afraid to give it a try with another series. I guess we'll find out this fall.--MiamiVolts (talk) 02:11, 4 April 2008 (EDT)
Bot removal task
I was going through some of the special pages and found a lot of broken redirects, most of them are to Episode: and Graphic Novel: pages that do exist. It looks like they are older then the end of June 2007 (when the server was moved?). I don't know what would need to be done to fix them. -Lөvөl 03:27, 2 March 2008 (EST)
- If you edit them and re-save them, the broken redirect disappear from the list. Admin might know a better way to do it, perhaps by using the bot?--MiamiVolts (talk) 03:34, 2 March 2008 (EST)
How come the server time hasn't changed yet? Hmm.--MiamiVolts (talk) 05:18, 9 March 2008 (EDT)
- The server time updated correctly at 2am. MediaWiki operates off of UTC so DST changes on the server don't mean anything to MediaWiki. You need to go into your preferences and update your timezone offset. Remember, timezones are a per-user perspective and the software wouldn't know whether you're in a location that recognizes DST or not, so it leaves it up to you to keep your offset from UTC up to date. Maybe eventually they'll just put a DST checkbox right below it so that it manages the transitions itself. (Admin 13:19, 9 March 2008 (EDT))
- Ah, did you change my preferences for me? It's ok now (I'm in the same timezone as the server and I observe DST) but up till my comment it had looked like it was still EST to me this morning, even after refreshing. So it's odd, but at least it's fixed now. Perhaps the refresh time of Special:Recentchanges is slightly delayed for timezone change for some reason. I realize those kinds of temporary bugs are hard to track down and fix, especially those that only happen twice a year.--MiamiVolts (talk) 15:55, 9 March 2008 (EDT)
A new theories page
Hi, I've had another idea. This time, I was thinking that it might be good to have a discarded theory sction of the wiki. This could be a section of the wiki where all of the theories on the normal theories pages could go if the topic has been answered, or the producers of the show had shut it down. This way we could all look back in the middle of Season Five, for example, and see all of the things that we thought were going to happen in Season Three, and see if we were right. Sort of like a reference system. It would be set up so we could see, for example, all of Peter's discarded theories, just like the normal theories pages. What do you think? There may already be a page like that, but...--Thetobiasempire 03:16, 11 March 2008 (EDT)
- See Here. We did have such a page at one point, but it was ultimately deleted. -- Seclusion talk / contribs 03:46, 11 March 2008 (EDT)~
Activating TD and TH
Hi, I've got a new wiki on a wiki farm which will be for My Heroes Ability, and I was wondering how to actually activate the commands <td> and <th>. Any chance of gaining a few tips? --DocM 22:03, 24 March 2008 (EDT)
- According to Wikipedia's help, the td and th tags are activated by default (though you have to include them inside a table tag). If it's a version of the wiki software older than 1.10, make sure you tell the Admin of that wiki to ensure $wgUserHtml=true.--MiamiVolts (talk) 23:05, 24 March 2008 (EDT)
I think dream doctor Grody deserves his own page for his Videos as well as life actor; look at the Baby-Design-Symposion: Redesigning Humans?. --Juba 09:01, 4 April 2008 (EDT)
- Hi there Admin, you recently removed my changes from the enhanced memory page, did i do something wrong? Anyway the whole idea came from the Heroes Magazine, which is official, they describe her ability as Eidetic Memory, maybe you will consider making the changes. In my opinion it sounds a bit better then "Enhanced Memory". --Futurepeter 14:06, April 28, 2008
- Hi! Check out Talk:Enhanced memory where there are already some discussions about the ability's name which also took into consideration the information in the Heroes magazine. (Admin 14:12, 28 April 2008 (EDT))
- Thanks for the reply. I like the comment that states, normal humans can have the ability of eidetic memory. I didn't read the Talk:Enhanced memory page and i agree it should be named "Enhanced Memory".