Monday, December 08, 2008

Webisodes!

I first heard the term “webisode” on a warm July evening last summer, chatting with the two producers who have optioned my books. In case you’re not familiar with webisodes, Wikipedia offers this definition:

An episode of a television show that airs initially as an Internet download or stream as opposed to first airing on broadcast or cable television. The word itself is a portmanteau formed by the words 'web' and 'episode'.

Once I was up-to-speed, the three of us kicked around ways to adapt How to Hook a Hottie in webisode form...an idea which we did indeed run with, and I hope to have more to report on in the future.

And just like the newly pregnant woman who suddenly sees babies all around, I now see webisodes everywhere. Here are some of my favorites:

We Need Girlfriends is not only ground-breaking as one of the first webisodes, but features completely original storyline and characters.

The thirteen Lost “Missing Pieces” are great brain teasers to help fans get deeper in the plot.

And the brand new The Office: The Outburst webisodes are offering up a side story that’s keeping me coming back.

And although the following is not technically a webisode--more of a commercial--it stands out as one of the most amusing I’ve seen in a long time, so check out Beware of the Doghouse.

And let us know if you like them, or maybe some favorites of yours?

Tina

Tina Ferraro
The ABC’s of Kissing Boys (out in 35 days!)
How to Hook a Hottie
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4 comments:

Janie Emaus said...

Hi Tina,
I've been seeing them all over, too. And I loved that Doghouse video. Please do keep us posted on your news.

Happy Holidays,
Janie

Kelly Parra said...

I first heard the term from you, Tina, then started hearing them mentioned for Heroes and Chuck! I can't wait to one day see yours!

stephhale said...

I'm not very into these, just because my internet service isn't great and it takes forever to load, but I was watching one for about a week about a sorority. It was really good but I got too lazy to go back for more.
Good luck with yours, Tina.

Heather Davis said...

I haven't really watched any webisodes, but I'm a big fan of full length shows on Hulu and other sites!

hugs,

Heather