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Happy Birthday Dasheill Hammett

Famed crime noir author Dasheill Hammett was born this day 130 years ago. Today, he is best remembered for writing the novels and short stories that inspired the adventures of Sam Spade, The Maltese Falcon, The Thin Man, and The Glass key.

We were fortunate enough to find this seldom seen, Made-For-TV adaptation of his novel The Glass Key:

And, of course, our sister shop Hemlock Bazaar has a bit of Hammett to celebrate as well.

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Mickey Mouse in the Public Domain

WELCOME TO 2024! This year, the American Public Domain received a significant gift. That’s right, Mickey Mouse is in the public domain. And not just Steamboat Willie! There’s also Plane Crazy!

The cartoons join a number of shorts featuring Oswald the Lucky Rabbit, Alice, and other Disney creations.

But what does it mean for something to be in the public domain? Well, I’m not a lawyer, so I’m not going to speculate. But Duke Law weighed in, and you should read what they had to say. As for us, we’re making podcasts about him:

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Announcing 研究 戦隊 ポッドキャスト レンジャー – Kenkyuu Sentai Podcast Rangers

研究 戦隊 ポッドキャスト レンジャー or Kenkyuu Sentai Podcast Rangers is a twice monthly podcast featuring myself, my oldest friend, and a rotating cast of supporting anchors, discussing Super Sentai, Power Rangers, and the process of turning one in to the other.

KSPR EPISODE TEN: Please Pirate This Podcast and Anything Else You Want to Keep 研究 戦隊 ポッドキャスト レンジャー – Kenkyuu Sentai Podcast Rangers

Welcome back listeners! Today we discuss Fashion Zack ™, Bulk and Skull being threatening in a way that really sucks actually, hilarious leitmotifs, dynamite freakazoids, and Cranberry750401's disinformatsiya campaign. Episodes covered: Kyoryu Sentai Zyuranger 10 "猿はもうイヤ! (Saru wa mou iya!: Monkeys No More!)" & Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers s1e10 “Happy Birthday, Zack." Research topic: Power Rangers home video releases VHS Releases on the wiki: Hosted by Ethan & Andrew ( Produced by Nelson (@NelsonForYou) Kenkyuu Sentai Podcast Rangers is produced at the Ellijay Makerspace ( in collaboration with New Ellijay Television ( You can follow the show on the fediverse at The Ellijay Makerspace stands on the ancestral, unceded, stolen, and occupied lands of the Cherokee people ( Cop City will never be built; Palestine will be free. This is the audio version of the podcast! You can watch the extended video cut on New Ellijay TV.
  1. KSPR EPISODE TEN: Please Pirate This Podcast and Anything Else You Want to Keep
  2. KSPR S01E09 – Pay No Attention To The Megazord-Sized Child
  3. KSPR – S01E08 – Real Eye Guys Realize Real Eye Lies
  4. KSPR S01E07: I Think My Soul Is More of a Slinky
  5. KSPR S01E06: Now We All Want Jamaican Food.

You can find the podcast on New Ellijay Television and you can subscribe to it via RSS or Apple Podcasts.

You can find the extended Video edition on New Ellijay Television Video on Demand, on the NETV Roku channel, or watch it here:


So, first and foremost, why am I making a podcast about Power Rangers? It started when my oldest friend posted on the only worthwhile social media platform that, if he had infinite money and mental health resources, he’d do a deep dive podcast into power rangers and super sentai.

I don’t have unlimited financial or mental health resources, but I do have a makerspace, its associated Television Network, and Big Feels about Community Media. I also have, as I recently mentioned, dedicated my days to producing media, so I decided not to wait for a hypothetical future in which we had the resources to do the thing perfectly, and I arranged conditions such that we were able to get started.

It goes a little deeper than that, though.

Super Sentai is a Japanese television program that, in many ways, was a Japanese response to American comic books (No really! We’ll get in to the way that Spider-Man shaped Power Rangers in an upcoming episode of the show, but suffice it to say that they are deeply intertwingled) and Power Rangers was an attempt at recontextualizing Super Sentai for an American audience. This kind of Transnational adaptation is fascinating to me, and several of the pieces I am working on right now start with this idea of cross-cultural adaptation and remix, exploring the good and the bad of it, as well as talking about the legal frameworks that make it less common than it otherwise might be.

(For two Excellent books on this subject from a filmic perspective take a look at How The World Remade Hollywood and The Hollywood Meme, which cover transnational film adaptation in greater detail than I will.)

There’s a lot to be said about what Power Rangers says about media production in general, and about how Power Rangers has influenced the last several generations of children!

What next?

Episodes should hit roughly bi-weekly. We’re shooting two at a time, and releasing at a cadence that affords us the grace of rest. It’s human scale media, so the episodes will come when they come, but I figure we can probably hit twice a month, right?

We’re going to dive deep on Power Rangers and Super Sentai, with a rotating cast of guests. We’ll probably use this same format to do special episodes about things like Supaidāman, the Sentai shows before Zyuranger, other Tokusatsu shows and their American counterparts (VR Troopers, BeetleBorgs, The Masked Rider), and we may even dive into the larger world of cross-cultural adaptation.

So, if you do podcasts, subscribe. If you’re on the fediverse, give us a follow. If neither of those things apply, watch the episode and share it with some friends.

This is one of several ongoing podcasts I’m involved with, including Expedition Sasquatch and Jupiter’s Ghost, and those are just the tip of a deep iceburg for the media we’re producing as part of New Ellijay Television. If this kind of thing speaks to you, consider sponsoring us.

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Our Monthly/bi-weekly/quarterly/yearly podcast Expedition Sasquatch has just released a new episode! It’s Episode Number 13. We’ve been producing this show since early 2019, and releasing episodes since June of 2019. That’s an average of one episode every four months, although in reality it’s actually 4 episodes in 2019, no episodes in 2020, 3 episodes in 2021, and 6 episodes of 2022. We’re aiming to release an episode every two weeks or so for the foreseeable future. Check it out:

(This is not our TV show Expedition Sasquatch which is a related but independent thing)

This episode was written and edited by me, and recorded by my good friend Josh Allen.

Neither one of us has a real job anymore, and we’re trying to make our living making weird media, (and tools for making weird media) and we’d really appreciate it if you’d help.

Consider sponsoring us or buy some of our merch or just tell your friends about the show. Every little bit helps!


Jack is on the run from the FBI on account of two episodes ago. He makes a friend.


Sponsored by Georgia Mountain Coffee. Try the bigfoot brew, or the sasquatch select, or the jackalope joe. They’re all really good.


Expedition Sasquatch will return later this week with the conclusion of this thrilling episode. If you haven’t heard from us by December 9th, start kicking things.

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Sherlock Holmes 1954 TV Series

The 1954 Sherlock Holmes series is a timeless addition to New Ellijay Television’s library, offering a glimpse into the golden era of detective television. With its stellar cast, engaging stories, and pioneering production, this series is a must-watch for both aficionados of classic television and those discovering Holmes for the first time. Tune in weekly to experience Holmes (Ronald Howard) and Watson (H. Marion Crawford) as they solve crimes in a bygone era.

Based on the Sherlock Holmes stories by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, this television series captivated audiences with 39 half-hour episodes

Watch the debut episode, “The Case of the Cunningham Heritage,” aired on October 18, 1954. The initial segment recounts Holmes ( and Watson’s first encounter, mirroring “A Study in Scarlet.” Holmes then invites Dr. Watson to join their first murder investigation. However, Inspector Lestrade jumps to conclusions, pointing fingers at the apparent suspect, Peter Cunningham’s secret bride—a “jailbird.”

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Harry Houdini Vs a Cyborg in The Master Mystery (1918)

Harry Houdini stars in this 1918 science fiction adventure serial about a criminal organization and a rampaging cyborg. It was filmed several years before the word Robot was first uttered, and more than 100 years ago.

It is presented here with an entirely new score, and some other light digital repairs. It is about a criminal gang, a human brain in a mechanical body, and features the most famous magician to have ever lived performing acts of daring escape in nearly every episode. It was filmed several years before the word Robot was first uttered, and more than 100 years ago.

This playlist above contains every episode we’ve released so far. We’re releasing one episode a week until it’s all done.

This is one of several film serials Houdini starred in, and this one was Savaged by censors in NY and around the country. The version presented here is built from the most complete known sources, but some original materials are still missing.

If you enjoy this kind of thing, please consider sponsoring us:

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You can and must make your own television today!

This is the blueprint for a revolution in the creation and distribution of media. We will discuss how and why to produce your own television using free tools, and explore how to use Community Television as an instrument for social change.

This text is divided in to three sections: A manual, a meta-manual, and a look back. These can be consumed in any order.

This text takes a decidedly American approach to history and theory, and while I assume these ideas are applicable elsewhere, I do not have the expertise or knowledge to comment on any place other than the US.

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From the opening page of Community Media.

I wrote a book.

The text above adorns the first page of the current Zine copies of this book, which are available for sale. It clocks in around 100 pages, and those pages are complete and can stand alone. I am now working through additional supplements and further information, which will be shared on Community Media Network, and made available as zines.

The full text is available for free online, and it informs a lot of the work we do here at New Ellijay Television.

In the meantime, learn about the history of DIY Television, and how you can (and must!) make your own television today.

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Trolley Trouble (1927) – Restored and Scored!

We’re thrilled to announce the release of a restored version of the classic Disney cartoon “Trolley Trouble” with a brand new soundtrack! This 1927 animated short features Oswald the Lucky Rabbit. Created by Walt Disney and Ub Iwerks, Oswald premiered to the world in this cartoon, and went on to appear in dozens of cartoons before ultimately being replaced by Mickey Mouse.

Here are some fun facts about Oswald and the early days of Disney animation:

  • Oswald was one of the first animated characters to have a consistent personality and backstory. He was known for his mischievous nature and his penchant for getting into trouble.
  • When Walt Disney lost the rights to Oswald, he was devastated. But he didn’t give up on animation, and instead went on to create a new character named Mickey Mouse, who would go on to become one of the most iconic animated characters of all time.
  • Oswald was eventually purchased by Universal Studios, and continued to appear in cartoons well into the 1930s.
  • In recent years, Oswald has made a comeback of sorts. He was featured in the popular video game “Epic Mickey” and has been embraced by Disney fans as a beloved character in his own right.

While not as well known as Walt Disney, Ub Iwerks was a key figure in the early days of Disney animation, and played a major role in the creation of both Mickey Mouse and Oswald the Lucky Rabbit. He worked closely with Walt Disney in the 1920s and 1930s, serving as a chief animator and helping to develop the distinctive Disney animation style. In fact, Iwerks was the one who actually designed Mickey Mouse, creating the character’s iconic round ears and white gloves.

However, Iwerks’ relationship with Disney was not always smooth sailing. When Disney lost the rights to Oswald in the late 1920s, Iwerks found himself caught in the middle. He was one of the few animators who remained loyal to Disney during this difficult time, but he also recognized the potential of working with the popular Oswald character. Ultimately, Iwerks left Disney in 1930 to start his own animation studio, where he continued to work on Oswald cartoons. While Iwerks’ solo efforts were not as successful as those of Disney, he remained a respected figure in the animation industry and continued to work on various projects throughout his career.

Despite being overshadowed by Mickey Mouse, Oswald has remained a beloved character, and it’s exciting to see his first released appearance, “Trolley Trouble”, restored to its full glory. The restoration of “Trolley Trouble” was a labor of love, and we’re proud to have been a part of it. We’ve enhanced the picture quality to give viewers the clearest and most vibrant picture possible, while the new soundtrack adds excitement and energy to the already thrilling rampage on rails.

“Trolley Trouble” is a prime example of the early days of Disney animation, and we’re excited to share it. So if you’re looking to dive into the history of animation, head over to our independent streaming service, New Ellijay Television, and check out “Trolley Trouble” with its brand new restoration and soundtrack. And while you’re there, be sure to explore the other classic cartoons available for streaming.

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Archival TV: Why Yesterday’s Classics Matter Today

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While the focus of New Ellijay TV is local-first, a quick glance through the on-demand library will show you that’s not all there is to see. You can also stream dozens of films such as Vincent Price’s classic House on Haunted Hill or cartoons like Popeye The Sailor Meets Sinbad The Sailor through the NETV archives channel, with more added all the time.

At first, it might seem odd to spend so much time archiving and uploading these classics. But, as you’ll see below, cataloging and restoring archival TV is an important process that could help preserve entertainment for generations. Here are just a few reasons why it’s such an important task.


It’s easier and more profitable for media companies to let these old properties fly off into the sunset to live in obscurity instead of dedicating labor and resources to preservation.

When this happens, one of three things occurs:

Realistically, the property will live on a site like and fade away. While is a fantastic resource, it doesn’t offer much in terms of discoverability due to how vast the website truly is.

In other cases, companies may put together barebones DVD compilations, with few to no extras. This might seem better than the first option, but frankly, the quality of these compilations are often so lackluster that you’re better off skipping them.

The third option is for a media company to take the time and effort re-release, upscale, or remaster their properties for modern audiences. While remastering takes the most time, it’s ultimately the most important, as it’s the only scenario in which the media is preserved in a digital format.

To make an already complicated job even tougher, most productions would simultaneously film and preserve footage through kinescope recording, which involved filming the live broadcast on a monitor and transposing that footage onto a tape reel.

If you’ve ever wondered why a lot of old shows look grainy, it’s because the kinescope process, while effective, didn’t offer much in terms of image quality, so the footage that we do have from this era often needs a lot of love.

Historical Value

Many of these old shows and movies have had a major influence on today’s entertainment. 

The George Burns and Gracie Allen Show, for instance, was one of TV’s earliest sitcoms, and without it, you can pretty much forget about shows like The Simpsons or Modern Family. In fact, it was one of the very first shows to break the fourth wall and acknowledge the audience, something sitcoms have cribbed from ever since.

Many of the projects NETV focuses on come from an interesting point in history, too, as they’re from an era where producers were trying whatever they could to translate radio plays to a visual medium.

They represent a weird era of entertainment where companies would just try anything to see what would stick. It was a period of experimentation, where you’d always find someone trying something odd yet ingenious.

If it weren’t for the type of experimentation creators were doing, today’s media landscape would look completely different, and it’s important to honor that work.


At the end of the day, it doesn’t matter how old a piece of media is. If it’s interesting and entertaining, it’s often worth preserving.

While these classics might stream in black and white and the footage might be a little grainy, a good story is a good story.

It’d be easy to thumb your nose at something like Space Patrol because of how “old” it looks. But you’d be missing out on some fantastic stories that hold up surprisingly well today.

When push comes to shove, a good story is a good story, regardless of when and how it was first told.

Champion Archival TV With Us

Archival TV is important, and without the right love and care, most of these old shows and movies will sit in a dusty warehouse somewhere, likely damaged by the passage of time. That’s not fair to audiences who deserve to see these fun, campy, and often surprisingly progressive pieces of art.

All of our archival TV and movies are free to watch, so find your next favorite or just relive a classic in a brand-new way. If archival TV isn’t your thing, don’t worry, we have plenty of original content too, with more developed and released all the time!

If you’d rather get involved and make your own show, get in touch and let us know what you’re hoping to do! We’re looking to work with creators from all backgrounds.

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‘Expedition Sasquatch’: The Sasquatch Hunting Show That Isn’t Really About Killing Sasquatch

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Sasquatch is a menace who can, and must, be compromised to a permanent end. At least, according to Jack, Fat Jimbo, Intern Jess, and the rest of the team at Expedition Sasquatch, New Ellijay TV’s premier and only streaming TV show about hunting and killing sasquatch.

But Expedition Sasquatch is more than a comedy mockumentary about finding and likely maiming new types of sasquatch (though there could be a mouse ‘squatch right behind you and you’d never know).

At its core, Expedition Sasquatch is a show about a group of like-minded people coming together to pool their collective knowledge and resources to solve a common goal, even if that goal happens to be bizarre and difficult. It’s about knowing the odds and throwing caution to the wind anyway in favor of finding an accepting community.

‘Accepting’ is a word that does a lot of heavy lifting, as this isn’t a show that aims to punch down at people. While some of the stories and encounters are played for laughs, you’re laughing with the characters, not at them.

And that’s an extremely important distinction.

Expedition Sasquatch has accidentally become NETV’s most autobiographical show. Not because we’re hunting sasquatch (we already found several species, you’re just not ready), but because NETV has always aimed to be an inclusive and welcoming environment that encourages new ideas and perspectives.

We believe that media should be fun, weird, and accessible.

Most of the equipment used to film Expedition Sasquatch is simple point-and-shoot tech that anyone with a Makerspace subscription can use to tell their own stories.

You don’t have to care about sasquatch – or cryptids in any form, really – to enjoy Expedition Sasquatch.

It’s a show for anyone who has ever considered themselves an outsider or had a goal that others considered ‘strange’. Just like Jess and Jimbo aim to hear as many believers’ stories as possible, NETV is a network where anyone’s stories can be heard, so please, join us and let your voice be heard.

The first episode is streaming now on NETV’s on demand section, so make sure to check it out. You can also sign up for our mailing list to make sure you’re in the know when new episodes drop.