It’s been awhile since we had a Newspaper reporter on TV

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Now on HBO: Sharp Objects, an 8-episode limited series, about a newspaper reporter!

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.

Camille works at The St. Louis Chronicle, of course, is fictional, but it did exist back in history.

According to the Library of Congress, the St. Louis Chronicle began sometime in the 1880s and lasted until 1905. In fact, if you Google the St. Louis Chronicle, the top hit leads you to the Saint-Louis Post Dispatch.

Having watched episode one, I can say they’ve nailed the look of the newsroom. Loved the book and it’s looking like this will be a hit.

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Welcoming a new TV/Movie fake newspaper

IMG_0212.JPGWatching “Godless” on Netflix … The miniseries is set in the 1880s in the fictional small mining town of La Belle, New Mexico, where nearly all of the town’s men have died in a mining accident. Of course the surviving women have to deal with lots and lots of men-being-jerks types of issues. I highly recommend it. It stars non other than Lady Mary herself, Downton Abby‘s Michelle Dockery along with some other big names.

Anyway, fake for TV/Movies/Internet newspaper The Daily Review showed its fictional self for a few seconds. It was based in the real town of Taos, New Mexico.

BTW, the real newspaper in Santa Fe is The Taos News.

My one first complaint is deckle edge. To me that screams offset printing. I would think that back in the day, even the fictional day of 18-Whatever, The Review would have been letterpress. Well, at least there are no wrong-century photographs.

The big complaint I have it the font used for the flag.

It’s way to modern — an interpretation of what we think an old Wild Western font would have been. I doubt that this font even existed in the 1800s.

It looks like Circus Font, or something similar:

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Here’s and actual flag of the same era:

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Welcome to the family of TV Newspapers

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I saw the Kentucky Dispatch, a made up TV Newspaper pop up in my new favorite show “Damnation

Here is the series synopsis from the USA network website

An epic saga about the secret history of the 1930’s American heartland, Damnation centers on the mythic conflict and bloody struggle between big money and the downtrodden, God and greed, charlatans, and prophets.

Of course, there is no such newspaper, but look at that price! Two cents! What a deal! I hope they show more of the Dispatch, I’d love to find out what the paper’s mottos is.

Props to Mr. Mercedes

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Kudos to the props team behind the Mr. Mercedes TV series for this flash of the very fictional Bridgton Post.

Love the tabloid headline! Whoever wrote this may have a career on a copy desk somewhere out in the real world.

Funny that the Post has s LATE CITY FINAL. Not too many papers have a multiple editions these days. I guess that in TV land, anything’s possible for a small-town newspaper.

Mr. Mercedes is an excellent book written by Stephen King. I’m glad to see the TV series is following in its footsteps.

So many fake newspapers on the TV

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Exhibit 1: The White Pine Bay Current on A&E’s “Bates Motel.” That’s young Normal Bates hiding behind the headlines of the fake newspaper in the fictional town of White Pine Bay. Not a fan of the caps hed style, but what bothers me more is the spelling of “Current” instead of “Courant.” Did the prop people do this on purpose? I’m thinking no. They just messed this one up.

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Exhibit 2: The Nesbit Daily Times, from CMT’s “Sun Records.” Although Nesbit exists I’m not finding record of the NDT on the Interwebs. Kudos to the props department for capturing the style of a 1950’s newspaper. But, this looks like more of big city newspaper, not a small-town newspaper that I expect the real Nesbit would have had. I do like how the hed says Inter-State instead of Interstate as we all have come to say.

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Exhibit 2: And that same issue of the Nesbit Daily Times makes a strategic re-appearance at the end of the episode. That’s the Tom “Colonel” Parker character. I doubt we’ll be seeing that issue again, but don’t fret, the Colonel just took a nasty beating, he’s not dead and will go on to be Elvis Presley’s manager.

Fake newspaper, real house

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I see this commercial on the TV all the time.

About Trulicity TV Commercial, “Restoration

Robert, a building renovator, talks about how he used Trulicity to reach his blood sugar and A1C goals while restoring a community center in time for its grand opening.

Unfortunately, The Rushmead Chronicle is a fake-for-tv newspaper. But as a fake 1898 newspaper, It’s pretty bad. Halftones in a local newspaper would have been unheard of and that ALL CAPS screaming heds? Oy!

Fortunately, despite it’s fictional name, the Arodoyne Plantation  is real and is in Schriever, Louisiana.

Note to my none USA readers: Yes, in the USA, unlike most of the rest of the world, Big Pharma (and Little Pharma) can advertise anything they want.

It’s good fake news

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The folks over at the Charm City News crank out a pretty good looking (fake) newspaper! I especially love that this looks like someone with newspaper design experience had a hand in creating it.

My one beef with this newspaper: Not quite happy with the quality of the newsprint; it’s not your plain-vanilla recycled-quality newsprint. It’s way too bright, more like a higher-quality, coated laser printer stock that’s more like something out of a magazine. Looks good on camera, but still…maybe the Charm City News is rolling in money and can afford it.

Note to producers: In this scene, the main character is going to work in the morning, so this fellow, reading on the train, has either picked up yesterday’s newspaper (it’s the LATE CITY FINAL) or in Charm City, they can read the news before it happens.

If you’re interested in superheroes, check out NBC’s Powerless to see if any other issues will pop up.