Even the New York Times columnist Joe Nocera thought it would be a good idea for the FCC’s Tom Wheeler and Congressional folks to arrive at something resembling a compromise on net neutrality without Title II. His take: “HeHeHeHeHe!” I concur. A painful belly laugh. But then! Holy Moly! Something resembling compromise … STELA turned into STELAR and OMG! the Senate passed it for the President’s signature. And now I can continue to get Denver TV stations on DirecTV (no DISH here, so no worries about losing the Broncos). That’s a big deal because I’ve got the Continental Divide between me and the transmitters. STELAR gives me another legal five years.
“Chug” will be noted in the media history books as the first series fully fan-funded via Kickstarter to be telecast on an American television network. (In case you are wondering, the scripted gay drama “DTLA” telecast two years ago on Logo was a project partially funded via Kickstarter.) Lamprey and his wife Melissa Schilling, who is also an executive producer of “Chug,” were able to complete six episodes of the show before finding a network to run them. It was Schilling’s idea to make food a component of this series, rather than having Lamprey focus exclusively on alcohol, to make it accessible to a broader audience.