In Wired they have the section on items that go from Wired » Tired » Expired. As I got a chance to catch up with The Office last night I realised that I had one of these in front of me:
- Wired: TV characters on Facebook (or Twitter)
- Tired: TV character video podcasts (e.g. Mel on Flight of the Conchords)
- Expired: TV character blog (e.g. Ah Dwight)
As the TV networks realise that they need to have shows break out of just primetime boobtube action they create rich worlds for them to live in.
We have had blogs and podcasts, but how about having the characters join Facebook? I would love to “friend” Pam and Jim from The Office. It would be so funny to watch them update their statuses: “Jim is screwing with Dwight yet again”. It would have been cute to have seen them start dating on the show and updating the fact that they are “in a relationship”. Chances are the show will have to have them break up at some point, so then it could get “complicated”.
The line is going to blur between the real and the fake. These characters will feel more real than the muppets on the reality TV shows.
Maybe it is time to start a company that offers services to TV shows to “be the characters 24/7/365 online”.
ps. Could you imagine the Facebook craziness of Ross and Rachel back in the day? “Ross is on a break”