Happy Holidays!

Blog Post #208

Happy Holidays!

Our new site is here at http://tvmeg.com as of this week! Hooray! It may be a wee bit premature, with most of our new content still over on The TV MegaSite, but I’m confident that we’ll be able to move a lot of content over in the next few months. I wanted to make sure that people can find us at our new home because I had new business cards made, and because I sent them out in my Christmas cards to a lot of people! I wanted to make sure that they pointed to the right place.

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This week I’ll start moving over the daytime soap pages and updating the content. Hopefully that won’t take too long. Once we get that done, then we’ll no longer have to archive all of the week’s pages and make new ones, which is a big hassle. Brenda will be free to do other great things on the site!  There are only 4 daytime soaps, so it shouldn’t be too difficult. For now, we’ll leave the older shows where they are.

After that, we can start moving over the Primetime show pages. I’m trying to figure out a way to put up our weekly news and schedule here in WordPress that will be both easier for us to write, and easier for you to read.

Besides working on this site, I’m also a part-time student, and finals are next week, so hopefully that won’t make things too difficult.  Christmas often takes up a lot of time because I like to have a lot of decorations, send out a lot of cards, and make a lot of cookies! This year I’ll have help putting up the decorations, at least.

Speaking of holidays, I hope you can spend some time watching holiday movies because there sure are a lot of them on the tube, especially Hallmark, Lifetime, and Freeform.  That’s not even to mention the old favorites and specials that are everywhere. And if you can’t find them on regular TV, I’m sure you can find them on Netflix, Hulu, Amazon or somewhere else streaming.  What’s your favorite holiday movie? What’s your favorite holiday TV special or episode?  Let us know in the comments below. My favorite holiday movie is probably “Miracle on 34th Street” (1934) with a young Natalie Wood (you can watch it for free on YouTube!). I also love the musical “Scrooge!” from the 70’s (also free on YouTube!). I always love the specials, too, that I grew up with, like “A Charlie Brown Christmas,” “Rudolph the Red-Nose Reindeer” and “How the Grinch Stole Christmas.” I’m sure that people who are younger than I am have their own favorites, like “Elf” or “The Santa Claus” or “Christmas Vacation.”  There’s no wrong answer!

I know it’s a little early to talk about the holidays (or maybe it just seems that way to me), but this year it seems like we really need some holiday cheer, with so many terrible things going on in the world. I know I do!

Every year, some of the great TV networks, or the people who make their DVD’s, ask if we’re going to do a “Holiday Guide.” I should have made it back a few months ago, but I finally did get it done. It only took me 3 days! During Thanksgiving! I hope you can check it out if you want to buy any DVD’s for yourself or your family. They make great gifts.

When I made out my holiday cards, that includes the 20 or so I sent out to our volunteers.  We have a great group of people that work on our site, writing fan fiction, recaps, updates, scoops, forum posts and more.  Every year, I send them all holiday cards, along with an Amazon gift card. I can’t afford to pay anyone, even myself, so this is the way I can show that I appreciate them.  I wish I could do more!

Christmas Wish

Maybe one day the site will make enough money to pay us…that’s what I’m hoping, anyway. That’s why I’m taking classes and working to improve the site. This time of year, it’s easy to believe that all our wishes can come true.  I hope yours do, too!

~ Suzanne

TV Dramas Holiday Gift Guide

Page 2 – TV Dramas

Click on the title to get information about the DVD and to buy it from Amazon. com!

These make great gifts for your favorite TV or movie fan and helps out our site…

This Is Us Season 1 DVD coverFrom 20th Century FOX: This Is Us: Season 1 From the writer and directors of Crazy, Stupid, Love comes a smart, modern dramedy that will challenge your everyday presumptions about the people you think you know.

This Is Us: Season 2 Everyone has a family. And every family has a story. THIS IS US This Is Us Second Season DVD coverchronicles the Pearson family across the decades: from Jack and Rebecca as young parents in the 1980s to their 37-year-old kids Kevin, Kate and Randall searching for love and fulfillment in the present day. This grounded, life-affirming dramedy reveals how the tiniest events in our lives impact who we become, and how the connections we share with each other can transcend time, distance and even death. Special Features: After show on every episode

Longmire 6th and Final Season DVD cover Longmire 6th and Final Season Season Six of Longmire finds Sheriff Walt Longmire (Robert Taylor), his deputies Vic Moretti (Katee Sackhoff), and The Ferg (Adam Bartley), his best friend Henry Standing Bear (Lou Diamond Phillips), and daughter, Cady (Cassidy Freeman) facing the biggest personal and professional crises of their lives. Walt’s job and home are under threat by a powerful, but unscrupulous lawyer. Vic must decide what to do about her secret pregnancy. Ferg struggles to balance a new relationship with his commitment to his job. Cady is torn between her loyalties to dueling father figures. And Henry’s very life is in danger as an old nemesis is bent on revenge. With their world in turmoil, Walt and all the Longmire Complete Series DVD cover people he cares about most must ultimately face the most difficult decision of their lives: when is it time to pack it in, and when is it time to fight to the end?

Longmire Complete Series Based on the Walt Longmire mystery novels by Craig Johnson, Longmire stars Australian actor Robert Taylor as Walt Longmire, the dedicated and unflappable sheriff of Absaroka County, Wyoming. A man in psychic repair after the murder of his wife, Longmire buries his loss behind a brave face and dry wit. At the urging of his daughter, Cady (Cassidy Freeman), and close friend and confidant Henry Standing Bear (Lou Diamond Phillips), he sets out to rebuild his personal and professional life one step at a time. But with his county in turmoil, Sheriff Longmire relies on his loyal deputies Vic Moretti (Katee Sackhoff), Branch Connally (Bailey Chase) and the Ferg (Adam Bartley). At the end of the day, it’s Longmire’s job to keep the peace in Big Sky Country in this contemporary crime thriller.

Yellowstone Season 1 DVD cover Yellowstone: Season One From the brilliant creative mind of Taylor Sheridan (Hell or High Water and Sicario) and starring Academy Award Winner Kevin Costner, Yellowstone revolves around the Dutton family, led by John Dutton (Costner), who controls the largest ranch in the U.S. that is under constant attack by those it borders: land developers, an Indian reservation and America’s first National Park. This is a world where land grabs make developers billions, and politicians are bought and sold by one of the world’s largest oil and lumber corporations. It is the best and worst of America seen through the eyes of a family that represents both. The impressive cast also includes Wes Bentley, Kelly Reilly, Luke Grimes, Cole Hauser, Kelsey Asbille, Danny Huston, Gil Birmingham, Brecken Merrill, Jefferson White, David Annable, and many more. Heartland: Season 11 DVD cover

Heartland: Season 11 Heartland is a Canadian family drama television series which debuted on CBC on October 14, 2007. The series is based on the Heartland book series by Lauren Brooke. Set against the stunning vistas of the Alberta Rocky Mountains, Heartland follows sisters Amy and Lou Fleming, their grandfather Jack Bartlett, and Ty Borden, through the highs and lows of life at the ranch. Now in production for it’s eleventh season, Heartland continues to warm hearts and bring smiles to faces all across North America – and the world! This complete DVD set contains all 18 episodes comprising the entirety of season 11 of Heartland.

Elementary: The Sixth Season DVD cover Elementary: The Sixth Season Their brand of justice is genius. How would the legendary Sherlock Holmes cope if he lost his one-of-a-kind deductive skills? In Elementary: The Sixth Season, the famed detective Sherlock (Jonny Lee Miller) faces this devastating possibility when he is diagnosed with Post-Concussion Syndrome, a disorder that causes physical and cognitive symptoms including memory loss. With his career, calling and sobriety all at stake, he must rely even more on his steadfast partner Dr. Joan Watson (Lucy Liu). Together, they continue in their mission to crack the NYPD s most baffling crimes and puzzling cases. YourThe Crown Season 2 DVD cover mind will be blown by all 21 thrilling episodes in this 6-disc collection as Sherlock fights to overcome a mystery even he may not be able to solve.

The Crown – Season 2 The Crown, created by Peter Morgan, follows Queen Elizabeth through the late 1950s and early ’60s as she struggles to navigate a world that’s changing around her. She must face the challenges of a new era, from the Suez Canal crisis to the assassination of John F. Kennedy, while preserving both the monarchy and her marriage.

When Calls the Heart; Year Five DVD cover When Calls The Heart: Year Five From celebrated author Janette Oke (The Love Comes Softly series) comes a rigorous and romantic adventure as epic as the wide frontier. Erin Krakow (Army Wives), Jack Wagner (Melrose Place) and Lori Loughlin (Full House, 90210) star in When Calls The Heart, a beautiful story filled with “many of the values we all hold precious such as love, family, friendship, community, faith and caring about one another”, (Military Press)!
Hearties, rejoice! This six-DVD set collects all of the romance and drama from Year Five of the warm and wonderful When Calls The Heart. Return once again to the town of Hope Valley as schoolteacher Elizabeth (Krakow), Mountie Jack (Lissing), Café owner-turned-Mayor Abigail (Loughlin), and all of your favorite characters bravely face the challenges of frontier life … and those of the heart.

The Americans: Season 6 It is 1987, and an imminent Gorbachev-Reagan nuclear arms summit promises to easeThe Americans: Season 6 DVD cover world tensions. But life for the Jennings family is more precarious than ever: Elizabeth’s (Emmy Award® nominee Keri Russell) relentless dedication as a KGB agent has dealt a potentially lethal blow to her marriage to Philip (Emmy Award® nominee Matthew Rhys), who has left espionage behind. As Philip’s friendship with FBI agent Stan Beeman (Noah Emmerich) grows, the danger of exposure of the family “business,” which now includes Paige (Holly Taylor), reaches crisis level. With deft writing, impeccable performances and “deliciously suspenseful tension” (Matt Roush, TV Insider), the sixth and final season of The Americans delivers the most stunning revelations and betrayals in the acclaimed series’ history.
9-1-1 Season One DVD coverSpecial Features: Deleted Scenes, Gag Reel, Inside Looks – First look, The New Agent, Double Agents, The Jennings, Hidden Messages, The 80’s, Favorite Scenes, Saying Goodbye.

9-1-1: Season 1 From prolific creators Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk, new procedural drama 9-1-1 is a fast-paced exploration into the lives and careers of first responders – cops, paramedics, firefighters – the people who put their lives on the line to save others.

 

Vikings: Season 5 Vol 1 Season five begins with Ivar the Boneless asserting his leadership over the Great HeathenVikings Season Five, Part One DVD cover Army, while Lagertha reigns as Queen of Kattegat. Ivar’s murder of his brother Sigurd sets the stage for vicious battles to come as Ragnar’s sons plot their next moves after avenging their father’s death. Bjorn follows his destiny into the Mediterranean Sea and Floki who is suffering from the loss of his wife Helga, takes to the seas submitting himself to the will of the Gods. This season is full of startling alliances and unbelievable betrayals as the Vikings fight to rule the world.
Blu-ray and DVD Special Features: deleted scenes and two new special features – I am Boneless and Bringing the Invisible People to Life: The Sami
Blu-ray only Special Features: creator’s audio commentary with Michael Hirst – Moments Signed, Sealed, Delivered: Higher Ground DVD coverof Vision, extended episode 510; extended unrated episodes not seen on TV

Signed, Sealed, Delivered: Higher Ground In the wake of Hurricane Katrina, New Orleans handyman and blues singer-songwriter Gabe Recolte was left homeless before he had the chance to express his love for club owner Hattie. Oliver and his team retrieve Gabe’s love letter years later and face challenges in solving the mystery.

Criminal Minds: The Thirteenth Season Nothing can stop the world’s most brilliant profilersCriminal Minds: The Thirteenth Season DVD cover from unraveling the darkest crimes committed by America’s most devious psychopaths and sociopaths. In Criminal Minds Season 13, the FBI s Behavioral Analysis Unit faces depraved and cunning killers with the addition of a new colleague, ex-Delta soldier and former International Response Team member, Matthew Simmons (Daniel Henney). With every twisted case, the BAU David Rossi (Joe Mantegna), Dr. Spencer Reid (Matthew Gray Gubler), Jennifer Jareau (A.J. Cook), Penelope Garcia (Kirsten Vangsness), Dr. Tara Lewis (Aisha Tyler), Luke Alvez (Adam Rodriguez), and Emily Prentiss (Paget Brewster) proves there s nobody better to take down the worst of the worst.

NCIS: Los Angeles: The Ninth Season DVD cover NCIS: Los Angeles: The Ninth Season JUSTICE, L.A.-STYLE The NCIS: Los Angeles team is ready for the world in an action-packed Ninth Season. After suffering heartbreaking losses, Agents G Callen (Chris O Donnell), Sam Hanna (LL Cool J) and crew are ready to go where America needs them. They re prepped for every threat and any risk, as long as they have their courageous crew intact Special Agent Kensi Blye (Daniela Ruah) and LAPD Detective Marty Deeks (Eric Christian Olsen) put their lives on the line in the field, while tech experts Eric Beale (Barrett Foa) and Nell Jones (Renee Felice Smith) work their intel magic mainly from headquarters. The unit s commitment to our country is matched only by their dedication to each other. The fact is never more evident than when beloved Operations The Resident Season One DVD coverManager Hetty Lang (Oscar® winner Linda Hunt) goes missing, and new Assistant Director Shay Mosley (Nia Long) and Special Agent Harley Hidoko (Andrea Bordeaux) bring new challenges to their tight-knit department. The City of Angels embraces its favorite heroes in this complete 24-episode, 6-disc collection.

The Resident: Season 1 A tough, brilliant senior resident guides an idealistic young doctor through his first day, pulling back the curtain on what really happens, both good and bad, in modern-day medicine.

Sharp Objects Season One DVD cover Sharp Objects Season 1 Based on the book of the same name by The New York Times bestselling author Gillian Flynn (Gone Girl, Dark Places), this eight-episode series tells the story of reporter Camille Preaker (Adams) who returns to her small hometown to cover the murders of two preteen girls. Trying to put together a psychological puzzle from her past, she finds herself identifying with the young victims a bit too closely.
Amy Adams stars, along with co-stars Patricia Clarkson, Chris Messina, Eliza Scanlen, Elizabeth Perkins and Matt Craven.

The Good Fight: Season Two In season two of The Good Fight, the world is going insane, and the Chicago murder The Good Fight Season 2 DVD coverrate is on the rise. Amidst the insanity, Diane, Lucca, Maia, and the rest of the law firm find themselves under psychological assault when a client at another firm kills his lawyer for overcharging. After a copycat murder, the firm begins to look at its own clients suspiciously. Meanwhile, Diane battles with a new partner at the firm, Liz Reddick-Lawrence (Audra McDonald); Maia becomes tougher after her parents’ scandal puts her on trial; and Lucca is brought back into Colin’s orbit.
The series, from The Good Wife creators Robert and Michelle King, stars Christine Baranski, Cush Jumbo, Rose Leslie, Delroy Lindo, Audra McDonald, Sarah Steele, Justin Bartha, Michael Boatman, and Nyambi Nyambi.

Fargo Season 2 Blu-ray coverFargo: Season 2 Blu-ray Nominated for 3 Golden Globes(R), including Best Television Limited Series, and featuring a phenomenal cast, FARGO returns for a critically acclaimed second season. Set in 1979, this all-new “true crime” saga kicks off with violent foul play at a South Dakota Waffle Hut. In a flash, the case ensnares a small-town beautician (Golden Globe(R) nominee Kirsten Dunst*), a Minnesota state trooper (Golden Globe(R) nominee Patrick Wilson**) and a local sheriff (Ted Danson) – all set against the backdrop of an explosive Midwestern mob war. Is FARGO Season Two chock full of riveting suspense, brilliant performances and darkly hilarious humor? You betcha.

The Sopranos: The Complete Series For six seasons, fans have devotedly watched Tony Sopranos deal with the The Sopranos: The Complete Series Blu-Ray coverdifficulties of balancing his home life with the criminal organization he leads. Audiences everywhere tuned in to see the mob, the food, the family, and who was next to be whacked. Celebrate the show that Vanity Fair called, “the greatest show in TV history”, in the ultimate Sopranos keepsake. Over 3.5 hours of never-before-seen features. Bonus features include David Chases reaction to fans outcry over the serSecrets from the writers room Props stolen from the set Auditions of some of the cast The music selected and the meaning behind it Lost scenes saved from the editing room 33 Discs 28 discs of episodes 2 bonus discs Detailed 16 page episode guide.

Hidden DVD coverHidden: Series 1  From the makers of Hinterland comes “a compelling blend of police procedural, serial-killer thriller, and dark mystery” (DigitalSpy.com) set in the beautiful but foreboding mountains of northern Wales. After years away from her isolated hometown, DI Cadi John (Sian Reese-Williams, Requiem, Emmerdale) returns to help her sisters care for their ailing father. Paired with the capable but overloaded DS Owen Vaughan (Sion Alun Davies, 35 Diwrnod), she soon begins investigating a young woman’s suspicious drowning. With bruises on the victim indicating that she was shackled before her death, Cadi realizes that someone is abducting women and holding them captive. When another girl goes missing, the detectives rush to apprehend the culprit before she becomes his next casualty. Through interweaving narratives, this Welsh noir exposes the brutal secrets that lie beneath the surface of small-town life. “A sharp twist on your typical crime thriller” (DigitalSpy.com), Hidden also stars Rhodri Meilir (My Family), Gwyneth Keyworth (Doctor Thorne, Case Histories), Gillian Elisa (Stella, A Mind to Kill), and Ian Saynor (Doctor Who).

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NOTE: All written content submitted to our site should be ORIGINAL (nothing that is already on another page). You can use other sites for research or information, though (credited).

We have about 25 part-time volunteers, and we are ALWAYS looking for more! This is an excellent resume-builder if you are unemployed, a student, stay-at-home mom, recovering from an illness, etc.

Please note that we have NO income for this site, so we can’t afford to pay anyone. We have ads that pay for the site’s hosting and other expenses. We do usually give out small gift certificates at the holidays…

No experience or particular skills are necessary for many of these jobs! We just need people with some extra time who are willing to help!!! Below is the help we need, but we are open to other content suggestions!

Why volunteer? Follow the link to learn about the benefits of volunteering in general.

Even though there is no pay for these jobs, we expect you to act professionally and take your responsibilities seriously like the rest of us do.

New Volunteers, please read our Volunteers Page!

For reference purposes, you can see a list of all of the shows we cover in depth.

We have these positions below available; click on the link to see the details of each job. Please ask if you have any questions, and any suggestions about jobs not listed here are welcome!

Just want to do something one time for our site, or try something easy? Check out our list of Quick, easy or one-time jobs!

(Here is a list of suggested content you can contribute as well…)

  1. Daily Soap Summary Writers
  2. Transcribers
  3. Content Managers
  4. Frontpage Editors
  5. Newsletter Editor
  6. Link Checkers/Finders
  7. Expert Proofreaders
  8. Transcript Proofreaders
  9. Writers – both daytime and primetime needed!
    1. Character Descriptions
    2. Trivia Quizzes
    3. Top Ten Lists
    4. Fan Fiction
    5. Articles/Essays
    6. Puzzles
    7. Poetry/Haiku
    8. Predictions/Rumors
    9. Best Lines or Quotes
    10. Episode Guides
    11. Primetime Reviews
    12. Interviews
    13. TV Blog
  10. Appearances finder
  11. Graphics–Slideshow Maker
  12. Promoter
  13. Search Engine Promoter
  14. Forum Managers
  15. Daytime Manager
  16. Primetime Manager
  17. News Manager
  18. Volunteer Manager
  19. Screen Capture Maker

Daily summary writers for the daytime soaps.  We often need someone new for these as people come and go quite often.  Right now we need these volunteers below.

You must be a pretty good writer (good with grammar, punctuation, and with writing clearly) and able to put detail into your updates.

We need  backup writers for most of our other daytime summaries (people to fill in when our volunteers can’t do it).   These still have to be written well, with details, but they don’t have to be on time.

We may also sometimes need some writers for short recaps. These are just 1-2 short paragraphs that describe the main points of what happened (no details needed).

    This requires someone who watches the show to write summaries for the days they choose.  They will be put up at a page like this.  Some good examples of the kind of summaries we need, and instructions on how to write them, are at this page.  We like them fairly detailed.  

NOTE: This list changes often because our volunteers come and go often.  WE ARE VERY PARTICULAR about the type of writing we need so please make sure to follow the instructions!  However, we are willing to work with ANYONE on improving writing skills or getting it just right to suit our needs.

Transcribers
We need some interview transcribers for when we have one-on-one phone interviews with actors.Even if you can transcribe only one thing occasionally, it would be helpful!

We might also have some older daytime soaps that you can transcribe for us (mostly online, or we can send you some on DVD).

These have to be very exact. You can’t leave parts out. It would be difficult to do if you don’t have a lot of patience or don’t know proper punctuation. You have to be able to watch the show while you type, and pause the show when necessary.

NOTE: We need some people to help us specifically with our “General Hospital” weekday transcripts. We have a device that grabs the closed-captioning from the shows, but ABC has changed the way they the CC, and now we have to put in all of the characters’ names and separate each line of dialogue. It’s not quite proofreading and not quite transcribing. It requires that you watch the show while you fix it up, so you can see who’s saying what. You also have to edit out any commercial bits and put in line dividers between each scene as well as fix any other mistakes you see. Even if you can only do ONE day a week, it would be a big help!

We also have some transcripts for primetime shows like “Smallville” that are not finished; just like the GH transcripts above, you need to put in the names and listen to the dialogue from the show and fix it up on the transcript. These need to be exact. You have to have good knowledge of English grammar and punctuation as well as have a good ear and attention to detail. We may also have transcripts some for other shows like “Gotham” and “The Flash” that also need the same type of editing.


Managers of each section of our site
This requires that you have a good knowledge of TV or of a particular show we cover.  For instance, you have to be a fan of The Bold & The Beautiful to manage the B&B section.  You have to be a fan of Star Trek to manage the Star Trek section.  Or you have to have a good knowledge of most of the soaps to manage the daytime section. And so on…It would help if you know MS Frontpage (FP) or Expression Web (EW) or are willing to learn it.  Your duties would include finding more volunteers to make content, making content yourself, helping to publicize your section, making sure your section’s pages match up, putting up ads or other changes, etc.  We especially need people to run each of our soap sections and our sections for current shows like Arrow, The Flash, Big Bang Theory, Law & Order, Gotham, Grey’s Anatomy, South Park, and others.  Please see this list for all shows we cover.  We have managers already for Days of Our Lives. We also need someone to run our sites for soap actors Cady McClain, Hunt Block, Tamara Braun, Maurice Benard, Agim Kaba and more.

Editors to edit the site using the software Microsoft Frontpage or Expression Web.
We only will take someone who we can trust and who has a lot of experience in FrontPage or Expression Web.  We need people to help us update the old site and move sections over here to WordPress. We can help you learn FrontPage or Expression Web, so email us! Requirements: knowledge or interest in learning Frontpage or Expression Web, owning the software, and an aptitude in using software. Right now we mostly need people who don’t mind fixing problems or maintain sections of the site, which could involve writing or finding information.

 We really need some people for this, to help us putting new content on pages, putting the existing older pages in the newer design, and building new pages. This is top priority for our site!

Newsletter Editor
We have newsletters for scoops/spoilers for each of the soap operas, so the editor gathers the info from select web sites and puts it together. This must be done either Sunday night or early Monday. We need someone to do our weekly GH, and/or CBS spoilers newsletters.  We also have a monthly newsletter for SciFi TV and one for jokes.  No special skills needed, but you have to be reliable and able to copy/paste text.

Volunteers to find new links for all/any daytime and primetime shows and check existing ones
We have tons of links pages for many shows.  Web pages come and go very quickly so we need to get rid of any dead links and surf the net looking for new sites. It’s not hard and again, we can teach you how to do this if you’re not sure how.  We need LOTS of people for this! Requirements: internet connection to the web and ability to follow directions.  Knowledge of shows helps! VERY EASY JOB!!!

Proofreaders to proofread parts of the site for us and soap opera summaries
You must be an excellent proofreader and have a great knowledge of grammar and spelling.  It helps if you know Frontpage or HTML but it’s not required.  We require that you take and pass a proofreading test that we supply. We also need proofreaders for our primetime episode guides and some fan fiction.

Proofreaders to proofread soap opera transcripts
For Bold & Beautiful, Days of Our Lives  and Young & The Restless–You should be able to run the spell-check, read through to catch mistakes, and insert horizontal lines between the scenes.  Very easy.

For General Hospital–We need someone who can watch the show while they read the transcript; put in the characters’ names and separate each line of dialogue as well as the above.

Writers to generally add more content to our TV show pages (either daytime or primetime) ; here is a list of our shows
We have made a good start but we need to add a lot of content to all of our television show pages.  Any suggestions are welcome.  Some more specific ideas are below.    Requirements: knowledge of a particular daytime or primetime TV show or of shows in general.  If you have one show you really like, you can be in charge of that whole section!  Especially if you know WordPress, Frontpage or HTML.

Writers of Character Descriptions;
These are a description of what the character’s personality is like.  Are they a good guy or a bad guy?  What are their habits, who are they related to, who are their friends, and some personal history.  Example here, but it doesn’t have to be that long.  We currently have someone writing them for Days and Passions, but all others are available.

Writers to make trivia quizzes about each show (either daytime or primetime) ;
These are like multiple choice questions; you send in 5-10 questions, with multiple answers, and also the answer key to tell which is the right answer.  It can be about the current storyline, past storylines, the characters, the actors, anything.  Example here

Writers to write top ten lists for all/any daytime and primetime shows
This would be writing funny top ten lists (a la David Letterman) about any given TV show.  Here are some examples for Bold and the Beautiful, As the World Turns, and Passions.  We are NOT picky about the writing or humor!!!  We will take them for ANY show that we already have a page for (either daytime or primetime) and will consider them for other shows that we don’t have yet.  Requirements: knowledge of a particular primetime or daytime TV show or of shows in general.

Writers to write fan fiction for all/any daytime and primetime shows
Here are some examples on our site of fan fiction for One Life to Live and Y&RWe are not particular about writing style, length, subject matter (as long as it’s about a TV show…racy is okay, but no porn), which show, or how often you send in a segment.  The only requirement is that it be about a TV show and that it be finished at some point.  It should also be original and be written well, in story format (not all dialogue).  Requirements: knowledge of a particular primetime or daytime TV show or of shows in general, writing skills.

Writers to write opinion articles or reviews (prefer funny but not necessary) for daytime and primetime shows, as well as new DVDs.
We need essays/observations/columns/articles about TV and/or TV shows.  They can be funny, obnoxious, or anything you like.  We are not particular.  Here is an example of some General Hospital and Days of Our Lives essays on our site.  Requirements: knowledge of a particular primetime or daytime TV show or of shows in general; writing skills.

Writers to make puzzles for all/any daytime and primetime shows or general TV/soap ones
We will take any kind of puzzles, word games, etc. that use TV or TV shows as the theme.  It’s VERY easy to make puzzles; we will show you how if you are interested.  You can download a free computer program to do most of the work or there are some sites where they can make them for you.  All you have to do is come up with the clues and answers, which should be easy if you are knowledgeable about any TV show.   Requirements: knowledge of a particular primetime or daytime TV show or of shows in general.  Access to a PC.

Writers to write poetry or haiku about shows
We have some for OLTL, AMC, PC, and Passions, but it would be good to get more for ANY show. It’s easy and fun!  Example here

Writers to help contribute to our Predictions and Rumors section for each show
This requires someone who watches the show and would like to tell us what they think will happen on the show or pass on any rumors they might hear about in mailing lists/groups/forums.  Example here

Someone to find celebrity appearances
Requirements: Just time to find appearances on the net, copy them and send them in regularly. In-person appearances at book-signings, conventions, etc. as well as in movies, other TV shows or on talk shows.  We know where they are and can tell you where to look. It’s not hard.

Fans to choose “Best Lines” or “Best Quotes”
Requirement: watch the show every day or week and pick out the best lines of dialogue and send them to us.  For the soaps, we have daily transcripts so you can use those as references. Example here We currently need them for General Hospital and many primetime shows.

Episode Guide Writers for primetime shows We currently need them especially for “South Park”,  and our newer sections for “Grey’s Anatomy”, “Flash”, and more.  If you want to write them for other shows, we might accept those as well.  Please see our list of primetime shows to see what we cover.
Requirement: Watch every episode of the show live or on tape/DVD and write summaries of what happened on the shows.  They can be either detailed or short, as long as they are descriptive enough so that you can tell one episode from another.    If you are proven to be reliable, we could rent or buy you the DVDs when needed.

Primetime Show and DVD review writer We need someone who watches new TV shows or new TV DVD’s to write short reviews for our site. We can send you new DVD’s to review for us and you can keep them when you’re done!

TV Blog Writer We have a TV Blog that we never have time to write in. It needs someone to write in it weekly/regularly about what’s going on in TV, your opinions or other things about TV. Basically, you can write anything you want, as long as it’s about TV (and not just all about the same show over and over).  Plus we might ask you to also put in photos and references to some of our pages on our site, for promotional purposes.

Graphics Person to make slideshows using RealSlideshow or other programs.
We would like slideshows for all of our shows. We have some right now for General Hospital, One Life to Live, and Smallville. These are animations or videos with music.

Promoter to advertise our site on the web, in newsgroups, etc.
Right now we need someone to post on Instragram, Twitter, Pinterest, Tumblr and Facebook regularly. This would require that you know how to post on those sites as well as simple graphics creation.

We also need someone to post on message boards and newsgroups for more help.  Requirements: This does not require any special knowledge or skill; we will tell you where and what to post.

Later we will need someone to post on all those places to let people know about our great site.  We currently do this ourselves.

Forum Managers

We need a co-manager for our Primetime Forum Manager to help run our forum at TVmegs.net (on Blogger).  You would need to promote the forum around the net and get conversations going.  You would also need to read what anyone else posts to make sure there is no spam or fights.

We also need a manager for our ABC Soaps Forum at http://forums.delphiforums.com/ghbella Same basic description as above except it’s only about General Hospital, All My Children and One Life to Live, not the rest of TV. (Mostly it’s about GH since the others have been canceled)

We also need a manager for our CBS Soaps Forum http://forums.delphiforums.com/Oakdale2000 Same basic description as above except it’s only about The Bold & The Beautiful and The Young & The Restless (knowledge of past CBS soaps is helpful, too, but not required).

Daytime Manager
This person would be in charge of our entire daytime section, posting info when it is sent to him/her from other volunteers, finding news and spoilers to keep current pages updated, etc. Requirements: Knowledge of WordPress/Microsoft Frontpage or Expression Web, and at least a few free hours per week. Ability to follow instructions and fairly good writing skills.

Primetime Manager
This person would be in charge of our entire primetime section, posting info when it is sent to him/her from other volunteers, finding news and spoilers to keep current pages updated, etc.  Requirements: Knowledge of WordPress/Microsoft Frontpage or Expression Web, and at least a few free hours per week.  Ability to follow instructions and fairly good writing skills.

News Manager
We need someone to post some news items sent to us by various networks and their publicists, such as USA Network, Discovery, History, MTV, HBO, TVLand, FOX etc. The items are posted on our news page and some of our other news and spoilers pages. WordPress and/or Frontpage/Expression Web knowledge required.

Volunteer Manager
We need a new person to do some administrative chores to help us keep more organized about our volunteers.  We have 25-50 volunteers at any given time, and people come and go often, so we need someone to help keep track of people in our spread sheet.  We also need this person to keep track of the work people do, remind them to do the work and to go to our Volunteer Forum, add to and remove them from the forum, send them Birthday e-cards, etc.  Requirements:  Ownership of and Knowledge of Excel is helpful.  You must be a detailed, organized person with fairly good social skills online, since you will be contacting our volunteers via email quite often.

Volunteer to make pictures for our site (screen captures)
We need some more pictures for our site all of the time.   We do not want someone else’s pictures (unless they are your own that you took at a fan encounter or from the set of a show) or pictures scanned in from magazines because they are copyrighted.  You can make the caps from the shows online very easily (we can tell you how) or by using a Snappy or ATI device.

Interviewer
We need someone with TV contacts to do interviews with TV actors. You must have some experience or be able to figure out how to get interviews with them via their publicists or agents.

You must be able to either take shorthand or record the phone interview so you can then write it up as an interview or transcript. This requires some skills for writing and interviewing. You should have a good phone voice and be clear and professional on the phone. You should be able to come up with 10-15 minutes of questions if necessary, even if it’s someone you don’t know or for a show you have never seen (i.e. do research online). We can help you out with suggestions, but you must do the bulk of the work.  We need reliable people who will do this regularly.

Daytime Soap screencap maker
We need someone to make 4-6 screencaps for the soaps Monday through Friday, so we can put them in our Updates. This is very easy. You must live in the US so you can see the soaps online.  Helpful if you know how to work with graphics, but it’s not required.  We just recently lost our regular volunteer who did this for us for years.

Contact us if you are interested!   Only dependable people who are serious about helping us and can donate at least a few hours a week should contact us. Thanks!


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The TV MegaSite Team


President / Founder Suzanne

Content Managers Michelle & Cheryl – (Days of Our Lives and Passions)


Our Daytime Soap Updaters, Recappers & Transcribers

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Anthony B&B Updates and GH Updates and Recaps daily
Cherie backup writer for Y&R Updates and Y&R Recaps
Carole backup writer for GH and Y&R updates
Cheryl & Michele Days Recaps daily
Christine Y&R Updates and Y&R Recaps every day
Eva Y&R Recaps every day
Joseph Days Updates daily
Suzanne All Transcripts daily
Wanda B&B Recaps daily

Other Volunteers


People who contribute in other ways (this list changes often):
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Name

Task

A., Angie Creates and puts up weekly Primetime News & Schedule Page
B., Dora Proofreads archived GH Transcripts, makes wallpaper, posts to Pinterest, etc.
C., Krista Interviews TV stars
C., Mandy Writes SOD scoops summaries
D., Amanda Makes wallpapers
D., Eva Chooses Y&R Best Lines and reviews TV shows
D., Nikky Hosts Port Charles Forum and provides photos and write-ups of TV fan events
D., Akpene Proofreads archived Y&R transcripts
G., Jake Writes Primetime Articles, takes photos and helps Karl at SDCC
G., Willy Writes fanfic
G., Brenda Creates new daytime pages for best lines, updates, transcripts and recaps, and archives older ones
J., Michele & Cheryl Host Days & Passions Forum, choose Days best lines, write Days articles & Days winners & losers, and compiles weekly scoops newsletter
K., Karl Takes San Diego Comic-Con photographs and Writes Primetime Articles
.L., Danielle Hosts Primetime Forum
Maddie L. Proofreads archived GH Transcripts
P., Thane Occasionally helps with scripts or writes articles
S.., Cristina Writes Primetime Article and sometimes transcribes
S., Marlene Writes DOOL Articles monthly.
S., Susan Writes fanfic
W., Wanda Chooses B&B Best Lines
W., Zina Takes photos at San Diego Comic-Con

This site is dedicated to our late and beloved volunteers:


Hilary, who passed away in May 16th, 2006

Amanda, who passed away in November, 2008

Beth, who passed away in October, 2010

Bettye, who passed away in July, 2013

Boo, who was our friend as well as a kind and super-energentic, talented manager for many years; she passed away in November 2013 and is still sorely missed.

Other people who have helped us a great deal in the past:

Lee Garig-Meyer, who designed our current logo

Hiren Patel and Sammi Turano, who helped us set up the site.

Dave Prescott, who designed our site in 2003

Derrick Austin of Texas Tech

Former volunteers Nadine, Thane, Heather, Rebecca, Linda, Amanda D., and Imran who helped us a lot.

Dennis Massey for making our past logo.

Marcos Rubinstein, who hosts our page and so much more!

Gisele, who helped run the site for many years after Boo left.

Thank you to David Warthen for all of his help throughout the years.

Some of our financial contributors:

Leo O., Subha R., J.V., David W., David L,, Barbara H., Karen L., Penny K., Tiffany B., Aisha D., Kevin G., Elaine E., Maria C., Melissa L., and Philippe B.

Thanks especially to  all our volunteers!  Thanks to all the helpful fans who email us and let us know when links are broken and give us helpful information.  Thanks to the networks for making great shows!


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