January 27, 2006Animation)
That nigh-invulernible superhero in blue spandex is finally coming to DVD. The original cartoon version of The Tick is rumored to be released on DVD in 2006 by Disney.
Can you say, "right on!"?Buzz)
Will the cancelled TV show Firefly that came back as the movie Serenity return yet again as a second series of the TV show? A guy named Ace Underhill think so, and he's started a Firefly Season 2 web site to gauge interest in non-broadcast revenue models and secure rights to the series.
Will it actually fly? Firefly/Serenity creator Joss Whedon has never heard of Underhill, who originally began campaigning to continue Firefly in 2003. Underhill says he won't do it without Whedon's consent, but it seems unlikely Whedon would let somebody he hasn't worked with continue his creation.
January 24, 2006TV)
There's some big rumblings in the world of broadcast TV: CBS and Warner Bros. are partnering to merge UPN and the WB and replace them with the CW Network. It's an interesting idea that brings together successful shows like Everybody Hates Chris, Veronica Mars, Gilmore Girls and Smallville. It could make the combined WB/UPN an actual threat in the broadcast landscape (and really minimize the opportunities for new shows).
But what isn't discussed is how such a big move in broadcast happens. Local TV stations are affiliates for national networks, and this could leave affiliates all over the country scrambling for programming, much like they scrambled several years ago when UPN and the WB debuted. Could we be returning to the days when the low budget local TV station has no affiliate and plays nothing but reruns and old movies? Or, more likely, will another network step up to provide content to all those affiliates?
January 9, 2006TV)
So I watched The Book of Daniel, the new NBC dramedy about an Episcopal priest and his family. Oh, and said priest regularly sees Jesus--a long-haired, white-robed, European Jesus, as stereotypically hippie as you can imagine. Of course the show is more Desperate Housewives than Joan of Arcadia. I'm always intrigued when a show tries to explore religion, though more often than not it doesn't work.
January 6, 2006Buzz)
Seriously. That's the title of a movie starring Samuel L. Jackson. Snakes on a Plane. Apparently New Line tried to re-dub it Pacific Air 121, but Jackson wouldn't have it. He signed on to do Snakes on a Plane, and that's what it's going to be.
January 5, 2006Buzz)
Buffy the Vampire Slayer creator Joss Whedon pens a column for TV Guide where he predicts the future of television. Best lines:
"...the constant slew of cable mergers will result in the creation of CinePax, a channel that's just very confused about its morals. ...
"And what of me? My short-lived series Firefly was the basis for the epic action film Serenity (now available on DVD! I have little or no shame), and the future will see even more incarnations of this visionary work, as it returns to TV as Serenity: The Firefly Years, then back to film as Firefly: Serenity's Sequel, back to TV as SereniFly, and finally end as the direct-to-eyeglasses series Choose a Damn Name Already. I promise it'll be as heartwarming and exciting as the original Serenity, now available on DVD. (Explain again this thing you call shame....)"
If only he wouldn't jest about the future of Serenifly. You can't toy with my emotions like that! There's also an interview with Whedon in the Toronto Sun where he says lots of lovely things about the Fox TV executives. Kind of like an episode of the Simpsons.