As I put the final touches to the review of Now You See Him, here’s a little sneak preview of some of the articles soon to be winging their way to the blog, plus updates on a few other initiatives in the pipeline.
Much of what I’m covering here is related to direct feedback from my reader survey of earlier this year with the end goal of giving Columbo fans more of what they want and offering them the best opportunities to interact with like-minded fellows. So here’s what’s going on…
These are picking up pace, as intended, and fans’ favourite Now You See Him will be posted next weekend. Season 5 finale (and fans’ un-favourite) Last Salute to the Commodore will follow in early July. With only three episodes in Season 6, we ought to be well on the way through Season 7 by the end of the year. HUZZAH!
Feedback from the reader survey suggested you’d love to hear recollections from cast and crew about their memories of being on the show. As a result, I’ve been busily trying to line up interviews, knowing that they could take months to come to fruition. I’m happy to report, however, that I interviewed two-time guest star (one-time killer) Ed Begley Jr a few weeks ago, and followed that up with an in-depth discussion with author Mark Dawidziak, whose awesome The Columbo Phile remains the great literary tribute to the show, 30 years after publication. Look out for both soon!
Hopefully a few more will come together too, because I can assure you these conversations are packed with interesting recollections and happy memories.
Columbo locations map
Hopefully you’ve already noticed this, but a lovingly created interactive Columbo locations Google Map was released a couple of weeks ago on the blog. This was again put together based on feedback from readers, and it’s been a smash hit so far.
The map continues to evolve, with more locations from the 70s’ series being added all the time. If you think there’s mileage in an equivalent for the 80s, 90s and 2000s episodes, do holler! If you haven’t yet seen the map, read more here.
Columbo website forum – help make it happen!
Many readers have suggested they’d love to see a forum added to the site in order to chat openly with fellow fans and not be restricted to commenting on individual posts. I’m in full agreement and will be adding one ASAP. To do so, I need to raise sufficient funds to upgrade the site to allow plug-ins. You can help make this happen by making a small donation to the cause right here. So far, we’re about 60% of the way there.
Spanner in the works here. I’ve set up a Columbophile YouTube channel, which currently serves as a repository for some of the best existing Columbo videos, including more than 25 full episodes. Problem is that when I try to add new clips that I’ve edited myself, they’re immediately blocked on copyright grounds. Universal evidently has the channel pegged, which will make adding my own content nigh on impossible.
The way I see it I’m trying to use snippets from the show under FAIR USE legislation as part of reviewing and critiquing the show, which is legal and above board. But if every attempt I make to upload content is immediately blocked, I’m never going to get a fair crack of the whip. Ho-hum.
In order to embed video clips into blog content I’m currently using Vimeo. You can visit my page here. If it’s not shut down I’ll start using it more regularly.
Man, who knew audio editing would be so frustrating and tedious to learn? Not me, which is why recent attempts to get to grips with it have left me confused and enraged in equal measure. I won’t consider starting this until I definitely have the skillz to do a professional job, so for now it’s on the back burner.
HELP NEEDED – APPLY WITHIN!
There are a couple of areas I need some assistance / guidance in, so take a look below and let me know if you’re the guy or gal for me!
70s’ car expert needed!
Columbo is awash with beautiful 70s cars, and many readers have suggested they’d be interested in an article chronicling the most wonderful vehicles ever to grace the series. Unfortunately my knowledge of vintage cars is rock bottom so this isn’t a topic I feel I can do justice to, but if you’re an enthusiast who can write, and who can debate the merits of Beth Chadwick’s Ferrari Daytona, Buddy Castle’s Chevrolet Corvette and Riley Greenleaf’s Cadillac DeVille, please email me!
Calling Columbo artists!
If you’re a professional artist who has Columbo wares for sale, I want to hear from you! Whatever your style is, I’d love to bring quality Columbo artwork (of the sort shown below) to the attention of fans everywhere. If this sounds like you, please hit me up via email!
That’s about it for now, folks. As always I constantly appreciate the support and feedback received from the Columbo community. You’re a ruddy lovely bunch! And with that, I propose a farewell toast until we meet again:-