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Michael Chiklis Joins ABC 'Family'

by Laura Prudom, posted Feb 8th 2010 11:15AM
Michael ChiklisMichael Chiklis is no stranger to superpowers, but thanks to a new pilot from ABC, he'll be able to flex his heroic muscle without layers of orange make-up.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, Chiklis has been tapped to star in 'No Ordinary Family,' a drama pilot from Greg Berlanti that centers around an American family whose members all have special abilities. (Think a live-action version of 'The Incredibles.') Chiklis will play the family patriarch.

Aside from acquiring his superhero chops as The Thing in the 'Fantastic Four' franchise, Chiklis also gained recognition for his role as badass Detective Vic Mackey on the FX drama 'The Shield,' a role that won him an Emmy in 2002. He'll next co-star in the indie feature 'High School,' which premiered at this year's Sundance and stars Colin Hanks..

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New TV on DVD releases this week

by Bob Sassone, posted Sep 29th 2008 6:02PM
Sports NightHere are the new TV DVDs, in stores tomorrow.

Glad I held off on getting the season one set of Banacek, as the complete series gets released on DVD tomorrow. I'm also interested in The Starlost, since I think it's something I haven't seen before but I've heard many things about (not all good).

Of course, you Sports Night fans are going to want the new 10th Anniversary complete series set, even if you have the old set.

  • Adam-12 - Season 2
  • B.L. Stryker - Complete Series
  • Banacek - Complete Series
  • Beauty and the Beast - Complete Series
  • Click & Clack's As The Wrench Turns
  • Edward the King - Miniseries
  • Laredo - Best of Season 2, Part 1
  • Mr. Bean - Best of Mr. Bean, Vol. 2
  • My Name is Earl - Season 3
  • My Three Sons - Season 1, Vol. 1
  • The New Fantastic Four - The Impossible Man
  • Numb3rs - Season 4
  • Lewis Black's Root of All Evil
  • Sports Night - Complete Series
  • The Starlost - Complete Series
  • When We Left Earth: The NASA Missions

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Saturday Morning: 1967 - VIDEOS

by Richard Keller, posted Apr 19th 2008 11:04AM

The Herculoids -- Just one of 11 cartoon series to premiere in 1967Saturday mornings in 1967 were super. And I mean that literally. All eleven shows that premiered during this time featured one form of superhero or another. Be it heroes from the comic books, heroes of the jungle, prehistoric heroes, or alien animal heroes that shot hot lava balls from their horns. It was the heyday for these cartoons, and one that would be short-lived, thanks to outside sources who wished to limit the violence on the Saturday morning schedule. But, more on that in a later post.

Hanna-Barbera led the pack in animated fare with an amazing SIX hours of programming; three of those hours comprised of original material. Filmation was on their heels (and would gain even more next year) with 90-minutes of new shows. Broken down by network, both CBS and ABC, who had finally woken up and gotten into the Saturday morning game, offered four new shows each. NBC wasn't far behind with three new offerings.

Needless to say, the 1967-68 season was an exciting one for a child. So, if you were a child back then, and are interested in remembering what you watched, then grab you box of Quisp & Quake cereal and let's begin the journey.

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BET gets its own Marvel cartoon

by Brad Trechak, posted Apr 19th 2008 10:25AM
Marvel Comics' Black PantherThe Marvel Comics character Black Panther is getting his own animated show on the BET network. This was announced during the BET upfront presentation in New York for the 2008-2009 season.

The character was created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby (who co-created most of the classic Marvel Comics line up) and first appeared in Fantastic Four #52 in 1966. The character's real name is T'Challa and he is the ruler of a fictional African country called Wakanda. His name predates the existence of the Black Panther Party.

There have been a few attempts to bring the character to the movie screen, one in particular in the early 1990's starring Wesley Snipes. In 2007, Marvel announced that a film based on the character was on its movie development slate.

He's a minor character as far as the Marvel universe goes, but he is the most visible black superhero they have. He has appeared in several other animated Marvel television shows before, but not in a main role.

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What's On Tonight: Cops, Naruto, Andy Griffith Show, Supergator

by Bob Sassone, posted Jul 14th 2007 5:02PM
  • Fantastic FourAt 8, FOX has a new Cops.
  • AMC has One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest at 8.
  • At 9, FOX has a new America's Most Wanted.
  • CNBC has a new Suze Orman Show at 9.
  • TV Land has an Andy Griffith Show marathon starting at 9.
  • Cartoon Network has a new Naruto at 9, followed by new episodes of Fantastic Four, Bobobo-bo Bo-Bobo, and One Piece.
  • Also at 9: Sci-Fi has Supergator, about (you guess it) a giant alligator.
  • At 10, Garrison Keillor is interviewed on a new episode of C-SPAN's Book TV.
  • There's a new Design on a Dime on HGTV at 10.
  • BBC America has a new Graham Norton Show at 10, with guests Sharon Gless, Tyne Daly (Cagney and Lacey!), and Natalie Imbruglia.

Check your local TV listings for more.

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What's On Tonight: Naruto, Fantastic Four, Graham Norton

by Bob Sassone, posted Jun 30th 2007 5:03PM

My Favorite Martian

  • At 8, CBS repeats the Tom Selleck TV movie Jesse Stone: Night Passage. I wonder why this never became a regular series?
  • Food Network has a new Emeril Live at 8, followed by Scoop, which has contestants trying to come up with a new ice cream flavor.
  • There's a new Suite Life of Zack & Cody on Disney at 8, followed by new episodes of Cory in the House and The Emperor's New School.
  • At 9, Cartoon Network has a new Naruto, then new episodes of Fantastic Four, Bobobo-bo Bo-Bobo, and One Piece.
  • Have you ever seen My Favorite Martian? It's on American Life at 9.
  • Also at 9: IFC has The Cooler, with William H. Macy and Maria Bello.
  • At 10, BBC America has a new Graham Norton Show, with Alice Cooper.

Check your local TV listings for more.

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What's On Tonight: Cops, Naruto, Emeril Live, Suze Orman

by Bob Sassone, posted Jun 16th 2007 5:01PM
  • Fantastic FourAt 8, FOX has a new Cops.
  • There's a new "Surf & Turf" Emeril Live at 8 on Food Network.
  • Also at 8: TCM has Harvey, followed by Guess Who's Coming To Dinner.
  • At 9, FOX has a new America's Most Wanted.
  • CNBC has a new Suze Orman Show at 9.
  • TLC has a new Real Estate Pros at 9, then a new Backyard Nation.
  • Cartoon Network has a new Naruto at 9, followed by new episodes of Fantastic Four, Bobobo-bo Bo-Bobo, and One Piece.
  • At 10, The History Channel has a new episode of The States.

Check your local TV listings for more.

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What's on tonight: Naruto, Cops, Trading Spaces, Little People, Big World

by Bob Sassone, posted Nov 18th 2006 5:41PM
  • WhoopiAt 8, ABC has college football, California at USC.
  • NBC has a new Dateline at 8.
  • FOX has a new Cops at 8, a repeat episode, then a new America's Most Wanted.
  • There are two new eps of Little People, Big World on TLC at 8, followed by a new Flip That House.
  • Cartoon Network has a new episode of Fantastic Four: World's Greatest Heroes at 8.
  • At 9, HBO has Comic Relief 2006, with Robin Williams, Billy Crystal, Whoopi Goldberg, Bill Maher, George Lopez, and more.
  • Cartoon Network has four new episodes of Naruto, starting at 9.
  • At 10, CBS has a new 48 Hours Mystery.
  • TLC has a new Trading Spaces at 10.
  • Discovery has a new Dirty Jobs at 10.
  • Also at 10: HGTV has a new Design on a Dime.

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A bit more on those Marvel toons

by Adam Finley, posted Nov 8th 2006 4:02PM

skrull kill krewBack in June I mentioned that cartoons were being developed based on Marvel characters Spider-Man, Wolverine, Iron Man and The Fantastic Four. At the time, there was not a lot of information available, but a friend of mine sent me a link to Dark Horizons, which gives us just a smidgen more info on these series. Well, if you're a fan of Fantastic Four you know that series hit Cartoon Network a couple months ago, but Wolverine and Ironman are both still in development, and there doesn't seem to be any mention of the new Spider-Man cartoon. However, just because it's not mentioned doesn't mean it's not going to happen. They might have just pushed it back while Marvel works on the plethora of TV, film and straight-to-video projects it has cooking right now. Still, out of all these upcoming cartoons, I was most excited about Spider-Man. I just loves me lonely teenage mutant boys. You know, as friends. Seriously.

Also, if cartoons are too bright and colorful for you, Marvel is also developing three live-action series based on Alter Ego, Moon Knight and Skrll Kill Krew.

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Previously on Cinematical: Bond, Batman, and Bruce Campbell

by Bob Sassone, posted Sep 12th 2006 11:16AM

Casino Royale teaserOur regular roundup of what's happening over at our sister blog, Cinematical.

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The Venture Bros: Twenty Years to Midnight

by Annie Wu, posted Aug 7th 2006 9:38AM
The Venture Bros.(S02E05) It's been two weeks since a fresh episode of The Venture Bros. Two viciously agonizing, heinously miserable, adverb adjective weeks. However, "Twenty Years to Midnight" made the wait completely worthwhile. The amount of action was a nice surprise, a true throwback to the show's original roots: a take-off of the 60's cheesy, mystery-adventure cartoons. All these amazing elements have caused me some inner conflict. See, in my last VB post, I said that "Escape to the House of Mummies Part II" had become my favorite... Well, now I don't know how to feel. My heart is now painfully torn between a Doc Hammer script and a Jackson Publick script! Ohh, "Twenty Years" is truly worthy contender for my love. The guest appearance by Stephen Colbert didn't hurt, either.

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Jessica Alba almost had dolphin sex once

by Bob Sassone, posted Jun 14th 2006 8:14AM
Jessica Alba and FlipperNow there's a headline you never thought you'd see, but it's kinda true. Remember when the Fantastic Four star was on the syndicated New Adventures Of Flipper back in the 90s, when she was just a teenager? Seems that the male dolphins got a little bit too amorous with the star while they swam together:

"Dolphins get excited, even when you're a human being, and they have long, long...I didn't know this until I was poked by a few of them, which was very rude. I sort of requested female dolphins after that because those are little b--s."

Now, I'm not sure what "b--s" would be. Bastards? Bitches? Baseballs? I guess even dolphins know a hot chick when they see one. That Flipper. He's faster than lightning!

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The Fantastic Four come to Cartoon Network

by Richard Keller, posted Apr 10th 2006 9:14AM

Animated Fantastic FourNo, we're not talking about a return of the old Beatles cartoons; that would be the Fab Four. We're talking about the long-running Marvel Comics series created by Stan "The Man" Lee that became a popular movie last year. Starting in the fall, Cartoon Network will air 26 new half-hour episodes of the Fantastic Four animated series.

Produced in cooperation between Marvel Studios and Moonscoop, the animated series will incorporate both 2D and 3D animation styles. According to Marvel Chief Operating Officer Michael Helfant, the animated series will be part of an aggressive strategy to promote their comic book characters through a number of different media outlets.

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Lost producer creating a comic book

by Anna Johns, posted Feb 8th 2006 8:27AM
lost comicJavier Grillo-Marxuach, a writer and supervising producer for Lost, is really expanding his horizons. On top of co-writing two episodes this season, Orientation and Collision, he also hosts a regular Lost video podcast and regularly posts updates on The Fuselage. He's also been writing an indie-comic called The Middleman, which apparently got him noticed by Marvel Comics. He's working on the Super-Skrull miniseries, an old school villian who once battled The Fantastic Four, Thor and Captain Marvel. Grillo-Marxuach is re-working Super-Skrull, to transform him from a villian to a hero. There will be four issues, starting in March.

Grillo-Marxuach said, "It's nice to do The Middleman, which is my own thing, but it's really cool, much in the same way as my work on Lost, that I get to be part of something much bigger."

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