This tool is in Beta and subject to change…
Really like that actor in “Such-and-such”? Sure they are in other shows in your media library? This is the tool to tell you!
Among the meta-data that The TVDB collects (and you import) is information about actors, they may be a shows “core characters” or “guest stars” but the data is available for every episode of every season of every show on The TVDB (If it’s not or you know better please visit their site, log in and fix it - it’s to everyone’s benefit.
Think of a spreadsheet, with actors names along the top (and a total at the end) and show names down the side (and a total at the bottom), now make it totally dynamic and fill the matching actor/show cells in green…
The data can be manipulated further: along the bottom of the window are an “Include Guest Stars” tick box, “Sort:” radio buttons and
Ticking the “Include Guest Stars” box will expand the grid further to include guest stars of the shows (in light green). Sorting on “Name” will re-arrange the data alphabetically by actor name and by show name. Clicking on “Totals” will place the show with the most actors at the top of the list and the actor in the most shows to the left of the list.
Custom is automatically selected if you click on an actors or shows name.
If you click on an actors name they will be moved to the left of the grid with all the shows they appear in at the top.
Similarly, clicking on a show name will move it to the top of the grid with all the actors that appear in it moved to the left.
Save will save the entire grid as a “Portable Network Graphic” (.png) file to a path of your choosing.
The Actors Grid has one more trick up its sleeve. If you click on one of the green cells your web browser will launch targeting the actor whose column the green cell is in at the “Internet Move Database” (IMDb.com).