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"Bar Karma" series premier Friday 2/11/2011

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#1 ONLINE   phrelin


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Posted 08 February 2011 - 12:27 PM

This new show which is appropriate for SciFriday premiers 10 pm EST Friday 2/11/2011 on DirecTV channel 368 and Dish Network channel 196. From the news release:

..."Bar Karma," the world's first community developed television series.... Created by world-renowned video game designer Will Wright (creator of The Sims and SimCity) and Worldwide Biggies' CEO, Albie Hecht, the 12-episode series creates a new benchmark in television programming by inviting a community of fans to drive the show's content - from story lines to art direction, soundtrack to brand integrations. "Bar Karma,"....

According to The Hollywood Reporter:

"Video games were the first media to focus on growing online communities and establishing a creative outlet for fans to connect with their favorite games," said Wright. "With Bar Karma, we're meshing the game dynamic of not only allowing fans to get to know each other in an online community, but giving them the tools to take part in the creative process of the show, itself. The goal was to blend this interactive gaming dynamic with the established and challenging production process from Hollywood with regard to acquiring talent, building sets, and writing scripts."

Fans can access Wright's Storymaker application through the show's website, Facebook, Twitter or a free iPhone App. The online community has been using the software to create stories since mid-November 2010, which producers pick from and then offer back to the community to vote onto the series. Fans have also played a role in picking everything from the show's music to the art direction and even voting on product placement deals.

To date, the voting public has selected the storylines for the second and third episodes. Episode two, submitted by user Jason Lee Holm, a Barberton, Ohio Interactive Developer, is about an author who goes into the future to discover the political fall-out from his children's book is going to cause a global meltdown. Episode three, submitted by Moses Silbiger, an Austin, Texas-based consultant who is a former architect and graphic designer, follows the story of Lucy, a famous actress in her 60s who enters the bar in a hospital gown and is forced to examine her relationship with her son.

From the the channel's website:

When one door closes, another one opens. And when that door opens into the most mysterious bar in the universe, strange things begin to happen. Bar Karma, a mystical watering hole that travels through time and space, pops into its patrons' lives when they need more than a stiff drink. Every happy hour, the Bar Karma staff guides one lost soul through a crossroads in his or her life, using eerie glimpses into the past, present and many possible futures. Some think it's destiny, others believe free will brought them to the bar. But none of them will pass through the Bar Karma doors without being changed forever.

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Posted 14 February 2011 - 02:01 AM

Watching it now. It seems to be similar to an old show base around a restaurant that also floated in time. Don't remember the name of that show.

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