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New TV on DVD for March 23: 'Mad Men,' '7th Heaven' and More

by Scott Harris, posted Mar 23rd 2010 3:15PM
In 'Julius Caesar,' Shakespeare famously wrote, "beware the Ides of March," leading generations of students to wonder: just what the heck is an "Ide"? Technically, it's the 15th day of the month, while metaphorically it's a sign of impending doom. But for those of you wondering what a real Ide of March is, look no further than this week's random and lackluster assortment of DVD releases. Because when one of the top releases of the week is 'Krod Mandoon,' well, be very wary indeed.

Not that there aren't some bright spots in these dog days of spring. 'Mad Men,' for instance, has capitalized on the weak crop by releasing 'Mad Men: Season 3,' ensuring that the acclaimed series will get even more attention than it might otherwise have during a more crowded week. Not that we'd expect anything less form the savvy folks at Sterling Cooper.

Also on the plus side of the lameness ledger is old favorite '7th Heaven,' which turns up just when you need it like a threadbare-but-comfy sweater. The latest batch of adventures featuring the Camden clan is '7th Heaven: The Complete Tenth Season.' Ten seasons! Eat that, 'Eight is Enough.'

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AMC turns all Prisoner fans into numbers - Comic-Con Report

by John Scott Lewinski, posted Jul 23rd 2009 8:03AM
The evil eyes of Number Two look out over AMC's Prisoner booth.In every episode of The Prisoner, the heroic Number SIx would shout, "I am not a number. I am a free man!" Thanks to AMC's booth promoting the new updated Prisoner, everyone at Comic-Con can be a number.

Convention visitors can visit AMC's costumed staffers to obtain their own fictional identity and join the world of The Prisoner.

Fans become official residents of The Village (the show's mysterious city) and receive a photo ID badge identifying them by number only.

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AMC develping Robinson's Red Mars for series

by Jason Hughes, posted Oct 5th 2008 1:07PM
Red MarsAMC has done pretty well for itself of late with the critically acclaimed series Broken Trail, Mad Men and Breaking Bad. I'm also hopefully optimistic that they will do a good job with their mini-series remake of The Prisoner. Because of this established pedigree, I am incredibly excited to hear that AMC is developing a series based on Kim Stanley Robinson's Red Mars novel. With Terry Goodkind's The Sword of Truth series already coming to television, it looks like someone in TV land has been raiding my library. Oh there are so many more good sci-fi and fantasy series to develop. Feel free to stop by any time!

The article indicates the series is based on Robinson's 1992 novel of the same name, but I hope they take it a step further and look to his expanded Mars trilogy. That way they can have several seasons of stories to tell. I guess, though, with the bigger story covering a couple of centuries there could be some casting problems. Hell, overhaul the entire cast every few seasons. ER does it and it's been on the air for almost fifteen years.

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The Five: Reasons I won't be watching The Prisoner TV remake

by Julia Ward, posted Dec 20th 2006 2:27PM
The Prisoner Patrick McGoohanI'm not the kind of person who gets her panties in a twist over a favorite book being brought to the screen, a movie being turned into a television series or Shakespeare getting a modern revamp. Different mediums. Different stories. Different times. In the hands of the right artist, you get an equally exciting cultural product to hug, love, squeeze and call "George." Even crappy re-tellings don't have to denigrate the original. They're not necessary - High Fidelity didn't need to be a Broadway musical; Gus Van Sant didn't need to remake Psycho shot-for-shot; and no one needs to see The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen. But, for the most part, these things come and go. They haven't bothered me any... until now.

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Reno 911!: Spanish Mike Comes Back

by Adam Finley, posted Aug 7th 2006 11:20AM

reno 911(S04E05) Maybe I have some kind of chemical imbalance, or I just wasn't in a comedy kind of mood, but I didn't think this episode was that great. Normally I love this show, but this episode just kind of left me cold.

Fans might recall that in the first season there was a two-part episode where some officials from Home Land Security came to Reno to teach the deputies about terrorist training. It turns out they were actually con artists and they wound up stealing a bunch of stuff from the evidence lockers. In this episode, one of the con artists, "Spanish Mike" Alvarez, is placed in custody in the Reno jail where he tries to get inside the heads of each of the deputies. My favorite scene was with Junior, who he convinces to hand over his gun, but little does he know that Junior took the bullets out of the gun first. Junior taunts him: "Now who's in whose head?" That was pretty funny.

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