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Angel fans may finally get closure with new comic books

by Adam Finley, posted Mar 19th 2007 2:01PM

AngelI would never have seen a single episode of Buffy the Vampire Slayer or Angel if I hadn't recently lived with some friends who were huge fans of both series. I could never get into Buffy, but I did like Angel, and was more than a little perturbed to find out the series ended abruptly with no real resolution at all.

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Buffy the Vampire Slayer: The Long Way Home, Part 1 (season premiere)

by Keith McDuffee, posted Mar 16th 2007 9:29AM
buffy season 8(S08I01) Fans of Buffy have waited a long time for something like this. It's not a new television season and it's not a movie, but when you think about it this could be the best way for it to return. You don't have ugly casting problems and the special effects budget isn't a concern at all. In fact, you can just kill off a major character in spectacular fashion and not worry that you just ruined an actor's livelihood.

If you haven't gone out and picked up this first issue of what's been blessed bu Joss Whedon as Buffy the Vampire Slayer season eight, you might not want to read on, as there will be spoilers. Or if you're just cheap or too lazy to pick it up, you can come too.

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Buffy The Vampire Slayer: Season 8 comic -- An early look

by Keith McDuffee, posted Feb 19th 2007 10:19AM
buffy season 8Since Angel left the air almost three years ago, fans of the Buffyverse shows have wondered how (not if) either series would continue. We've been teased with the possibility of moves since even before Buffy ended its run, and still no one seems to have given us a straight answer.

Finally we Whedon fans have had something to look forward to in the form of a comic book. Sure there have been plenty of books done in the Buffyverse before, but this time it's different. 'Long Way from Home' is meant to serve as the start of Joss' s vision of what a season eight of Buffy would have been, had the show continued. So for purists this is most probably considered canon.

I was lucky enough to get an early draft of the first issue from the series, so read on for a few not-so spoilery tidbits.

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Chiller's horrific schedule

by Adam Finley, posted Feb 16th 2007 4:17PM

hitchcockNot long ago Kevin hepped us all to the new Chiller channel from NBC/Universal for DirecTV. Now we have a full schedule and some details on some more of the programs that will be a part of the new horror-themed channel. Here's what folks can look forward to:

  • Alfred Hitchcock Presents
  • New Alfred Hitchcock Presents (1985 version)
  • Night Gallery
  • Tales From the Crypt
  • Friday the 13th: The Series
  • Freddy's Nightmares
  • G Vs. E
  • American Gothic
  • Monsters
  • Twin Peaks

The new channel launches on March 1. Sitcoms Online has the full schedule here. As Kevin pointed out, it's all recycled content, but it's good recycled content (at least to a horror fan like myself), so I'm not complaining. Aside from the TV series, the new channel will also feature movies like The Shining, Psycho, Cat's Eye, The Andromeda Strain, and some of those great Abbot and Costello Meet [Blank] flicks.

One final thought: No Tales From the Darkside? What's up with that nonsense?

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Short-Lived Shows: Garth Marenghi's Darkplace - VIDEOS

by Annie Wu, posted Feb 3rd 2007 6:02PM
Garth Marenghi's DarkplaceLast month, I started taking a course in basic video techniques. The first day of class, the professor gave us a large packet on all the number one no-no's of amateur filmmaking. The next evening, I happened upon a few episodes of Garth Marenghi's Darkplace and suddenly, I saw everything in that twenty-four page packet spring to life before my very eyes. The hilariously cheesy effects, poor acting, and continuity so awful that it would have made even Ed Wood weep... Somehow, within six short episodes, this show had done every television "don't".

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Details on Sci Fi's 'Dangerous Night'

by Brett Love, posted Jan 16th 2007 1:01PM
Adrian PaulKevin mentioned Sci Fi's new plan for Saturday the other day. It's a series of movies that they are calling "Sci Fi Saturday: The Most Dangerous Night of Television." It's a tricky bit of business, the Sci Fi originals. I'm a fan of the cheesy movies like Mansquito, or Alien Apocalypse, but I know from the comments here that many of Sci Fi's viewers are not impressed by their movie slate. Some details about the movies are coming out now. So either get ready to plan your viewing, or use this to fuel your rage about how they are ruining the network.

First up is The Lost Colony. Adrian Paul (Highlander) stars in a story about the mystery of the lost colony of Roanoke. King Arthur & The Order of the Dragon follows a quest for the Holy Grail. Both of those will premiere in 2007. In addition, three others have been given the go ahead for production. Riddle of the Sphinx finds an astronomer and a cryptographer who mistakenly awaken a deadly Sphinx. Sherlock Holmes & the Banshee is a new adventure for the classic detective. Finally, Odysseus & the Isle of Mists chronicles the battle between Odysseus & Persephone as his men face her vampire beasts. I guess ampersands are big this year. Depending on your perspective, and taste, it should either be a fun year on Sci Fi, or totally suck.

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Sci Fi Channel dropping 400 hours of original content this year - TCA Report

by Kevin Kelly, posted Jan 12th 2007 2:03PM
sci fi logoThe Sci Fi chanel has their hands full this year, with a ton of original programming coming down the pipeline, which can probably be attributed to what I'm calling the Battlestar Galactica effect. That's a whole different channel from what debuted in 1992 as a place for Paramount and Universal to recycle old material.

Helping to buoy up the 400 hours will be Sci Fi Saturday: The Most Dangerous Night on Television, which debuts an original movie every Saturday. They showed us a couple of teasers, which actually pretty slick.

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NBC/Universal to launch new horror channel: Chiller - TCA Report

by Kevin Kelly, posted Jan 12th 2007 1:16PM
crypt keeperWe're live at the Television Critic's Association 2007, sitting in on the NBC/Universal morning presentation. One little tidbit they've just dropped is that they will be launching a new channel on DIRECTV called Chiller. It will focus on horror and sci-fi, and feature series like Tales from the Crypt and Alfred Hitchcock Presents, as well as movies like The Shining, Blade Runner, and Psycho.

While the channel is tailor-made for horror fans, they are just using this new channel to recycle old content, and it would be nice to see an original show or two. I can already smell a "Who Wants to be a Serial Killer?" reality show to fit with the Fangoria crowd.

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The Talisman hits TNT in 2008

by Adam Finley, posted Dec 6th 2006 10:01AM

stephen kingRumors about Steven Spielberg helming an adaptation of The Talisman, the novel by Stephen King and Peter Straub, have been circulating for almost as long as the book itself has been in print, almost three decades. Last year reports began to pop up again that a film adaptation was in the works, but still nothing. Now, however, it's official: Steven Spielberg and Kathleen Kennedy will be executive producing the six-hour adaptation for DreamWorks Television, set to air on TNT in the summer of 2008. Ehren Krueger (Arlington Road, The Ring, The Brothers Grimm) is penning the script.

The novel focuses on Jack Sawyer, a young boy who sets out on a quest to find the titular talisman, a magic artifact that may save his mother, who is dying of cancer. Jack flips back and forth between parallel worlds, his own reality and another called "the Territories." This novel, along with its sequel, 2001's Black House, also ties into King's seven-part Dark Tower series, as does a large portion of his other works.

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Torchwood: Countrycide

by Martin Conaghan, posted Nov 20th 2006 9:04PM
Owen from Torchwood(S01E06) Well, didn't I make a big mistake in sitting down to watch the latest episode of Torchwood all by myself, late in the evening?

Why didn't I just wait until my wife was ready to watch it with me, so that she could reassure me that the doors and windows rattling around the house was just the wind playing tricks on my mind?

But no, I just had to sit and watch it all by myself. I was too impatient.

And now I don't think I'll get to sleep tonight.

Or tomorrow night, for that matter.

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Supernatural: The Usual Suspects

by Brett Love, posted Nov 10th 2006 7:30AM
Linda Blair(S02E07) I have to say, I have been looking forward to this episode all week. I'm the kind of TV nut that loves seeing the actors from shows, or movies, that I like show up in other things. So, when I saw Jason Gedrick (Murder One) and Linda Blair (The Exorcist) in the preview, I couldn't wait. And if that wasn't enough, did everyone recognize Karen? That was Keegan Connor Tracy. You might remember her as Diane on Jake 2.0, but I hope you remember her from one of my most favorite shows, Beggars and Choosers, where she played Audrey Malone. Can they just release that DVD already? But I'm getting sidetracked on a TV geek tangent, let's get back to the show.

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Supernatural: No Exit

by Brett Love, posted Nov 3rd 2006 12:30PM
Jared Padalecki, Jensen Ackles(S02E06) Well, that didn't take long. Last week I mentioned that I would like to see Jo out of the ROADHOUSE and on a hunt soon. And this week, that is just what we got. Sam and Dean walked in on a fight between Jo and Ellen only to find that Jo going on a hunt is the reason behind it. The boys took Ellen's side, leaving Jo behind. When Jo showed up to investigate the case anyway, things got interesting.

There was a nice scene with Jo and Dean where he explained why she shouldn't be hunting. It isn't just because they don't want to cross her mother. Dean thinks that she's better than this. That she should be taking advantage of her options and going to school. More than anything, I think Dean just wants to protect her because he hates the thought of being responsible for anything happening to her. That's all beside the point anyway, was Jo is having none of it.

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Comcast launches FEARnet on Halloween

by Brett Love, posted Oct 28th 2006 2:24PM
Night of the Living DeadWe have a channel for golfers, one for soap fans, and even one that is all reality tv all the time, so why not an outlet for horror fans? Seeing the recent growth in the horror market, Comcast has decided to do just that. But this isn't just some run of the mill obscure cable channel. FEARnet is a "multiplatform network". Customers will be able to view content from three different platforms. The video on demand component will feature 200 movies over the course of the first year, at around 70 hours a month. Those movies will be free to Comcast digital subscribers. And I thought the Charlie's Angels section on TubeTime was good.

The online companion, FEARnet.com, will have 9 movies and 200 shorts that stream for free. In addition, there will be 50 downloadable movies available for rent or purchase. The site will also have news, reviews, and some community features. One of those that sounds interesting is the interactive database. Users, or victims as fearnet calls them, will also have the ability to chat with other members while they watch the movies. Sure, you could do it with IM, but it's good that they are trying something new. And finally, mobile.FEARnet.com will have news, reviews, and polls all designed with the tiny screens in mind. There are also plans to add ringtones and other goodies in the future. It's all very niche market, but since I find myself in that particular niche, I'm all for the idea. The various sites and services will all go live on Halloween.

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Halloween TV: Before she was Old, she was a nymph

by Bob Sassone, posted Oct 27th 2006 11:39AM
Julia Louis-DreyfusThat's Julia Louis-Dreyfus on the right, in her groundbreaking performance as a woman turned into a nymph in the classic 1986 horror flick Troll. It was her first big screen appearance after her short stint on Saturday Night Live. Luckily, she went on to a role in Woody Allen's Hannah and Her Sisters the very same year, then on some show about nothing. And now, of course, she's on the hit CBS comedy The New Adventures of Old Christine.

If you've never seen Troll, it's, um, interesting to say the least. Maybe good for a goofy Halloween DVD to rent. It stars Michael Moriarty, Sonny Bono, Shelley Hack, June Lockhart and Noah Hathaway as the hero of the flick, Harry Potter.

Yup, Harry Potter.

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Shaun of the Dead coming to Comedy Central

by Annie Wu, posted Oct 27th 2006 10:07AM
Shaun of the DeadI don't know how long these promos have been running on Comedy Central, but during South Park, I just saw a bug promoting the television premiere of Shaun of the Dead (Saturday at 9 PM EST!). I was so giddy, I choked on air. Although I've seen it a million an one times, I am very excited that it's coming to American cable. Shaun is one of those films that I constantly try to get people to see, so it's nice that some fresh meat will watch it without me having to strap them to a chair and do various Clockwork Orange-y things to them.

Also, I am quite interested in seeing how much they edit from the film. After all, it is a rather gory movie... and the language is quite coarse (heh, Ed's not going to have any lines in the television version, is he?).

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