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Chris Elliott to Star in Cartoon Network Pilot 'Eagleheart'

by Scott Harris, posted Nov 17th 2009 12:21PM
Former 'Late Night' hosts and current competitors David Letterman and Conan O'Brien now have something else in common: Chris Elliott.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Elliott, who got his break as a recurring guest star on 'Late Night with David Letterman' and went on to co-star with Letterman in 'Cabin Boy', will be playing the lead role in an upcoming live-action comedy pilot produced by O'Brien's Conaco Productions. Titled 'Eagleheart', the show will focus on the misadventures of a one-time action star, played by Elliott, who uses his role on the hit series 'Eagleheart' to push his conservative political agenda, bringing him in conflict with network executives.

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Chris Elliott returns to TV

by Brad Trechak, posted Nov 17th 2009 11:06AM
Get a LifeChris Elliott is quite possibly the most famous person few people have heard of. His early '90s sitcom Get A Life is a classic and he's had runs on TV shows like Late Night With David Letterman and Everybody Loves Raymond as well as some memorable movie cameos. And now he's in a new TV show.

It's called Eagleheart and it's about an over-the-hill action star who uses his television show of the same name "as a soapbox for his right-wing politics and conservative paranoia". He'll likely be more carictaure than character. Is the character based on Chuck Norris, I wonder?

It is produced by Conan O'Brien's production company. Conan actually co-created a pilot with similar themes (an over-the-hill star trying to remain relevant) in the early 90's called Lookwell starring Adam West.

It's got the right star and the concept certainly sounds amusing. But did it have to be Cartoon Network? Isn't the word "cartoon" in the network's title? Yet another example of channel drift.

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Ironically-named Cartoon Network picks up live action shows

by John Scott Lewinski, posted Nov 9th 2009 11:02AM
Unnatural History is one of the new live action shows picked up my Cartoon Network.Cartoon Network is getting deeper into the live action series game.

Yes, I know that's like Fox Sports getting into the daytime soap opera business, but you can't get too upset about the network inappropriate name game. Remember when Bravo was the fine arts network? I rest my case.

As for Cartoon Network's new non-animated shows, a release from the network says Tower Prep and Unnatural History are headed our way in January, 2010.

According to the network, Tower Prep is "an action thriller telling the story of rebellious teen, Ian (Drew Van Acker), who wakes up one morning to find himself trapped at a mysterious prep school." In other words, it's a teenage remake of The Prisoner -- the original 1960s version -- or "Jim Henson's The Prisoner Babies."

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New Clone Wars episodes stunning, but less kid friendly

by John Scott Lewinski, posted Nov 7th 2009 10:00AM
The Clone Wars is strong on action, but inching away from kids.Cartoon Network's Star Wars: The Clone Wars just might be the best action/adventure show on television. Come to think of it, it might be the only true action/adventure show on television.

But, as the show ramps up the action content and significantly sweetens its visuals, its increased intensity might be driving away some younger viewers.

As The Clone Wars moves through its second season, the war is growing -- both in scope and violence. Viewers are seeing more dead Clonetroopers, more crashed vehicles and more beloved characters in deadly jeopardy.

Its ratings continue to cruise in hyperspace (especially for males), but I wonder if the darker tones of season two could drive younger kids and their parents away from the show.

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Cartoon Network Picks Up Two Live-Action Series

by Chris Jordan, posted Nov 6th 2009 3:32PM
Ben 10The Cartoon Network is getting in on the action -- live action, that is.

The network has just picked up its first-ever live-action series -- 'Tower Prep' and 'Unnatural History' -- with production expected to begin in January, according to Variety.

Starring Drew Van Acker, 'Tower Prep' will tell the story of a teen who winds up at a mysterious school for students with unique potential. In 'Unnatural History,' a worldly student (Kevin G. Schmidt) and his smart alec cousin (Jordan Gavaris) find that D.C.'s National Museum of Natural History holds more mystery than history (bring on the 'Night at the Museum' crossover episode).

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Bullied boys strike back with Cartoon Network's Commando

by Brad Trechak, posted Nov 5th 2009 11:10AM
Cartoon NetworkThe Cartoon Network is stepping away from cartoons yet again. This time they're creating a new reality show in which scrawny teenaged boys ages 13 to 16 will be put through high-tech training an effort to stop them from being bullied or to get back property that has been borrowed and not returned. The series will be called Going Commando. Insert joke here.

I'm somewhat ambivalent on this show. On one hand, teaching kids problem-solving skills is a great idea. On the other hand, the show should also teach the kids the discipline needed to use their knowledge for good rather than evil (perhaps the show could be sponsored by Google?).

I'm sure many of us nerdy types were bullied in our youth and would have enjoyed the use of "night vision, hydro reconnaissance or rappelling" in an effort to fix the problem or at least make it go away. So what do you think? Is this program a good idea or a disaster waiting to happen?

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'Venture Brothers' Season 4 on Adult Swim: Show Guide

by Gary Susman, posted Oct 19th 2009 1:00PM
The Venture Brothers on Cartoon Network's Adult Swim Why is everyone in the geekosphere floating on clouds of bliss today? Because last night was the season 4 premiere of 'The Venture Brothers' on Cartoon Network's Adult Swim.

Aside from the consensus on Twitter and elsewhere that the adventure/comic book parody series (think 'Jonny Quest' on acid) is up to its usual standards of inventive ridiculousness and nerd-culture savvy, there's also a tangle of new plot and character complications to keep fans buzzing until next Sunday's episode. Here's a crib sheet to help you catch up ...

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Set Visit: Clone Wars returns with better visuals, darker stories

by John Scott Lewinski, posted Sep 30th 2009 2:00PM
LucasFilm Animation hosted a special press event to hail the premiere of The Clone Wars' second season at Skywaliker Ranch in Marin County.Lucasfilm's Star Wars: The Clone Wars might just be the beat best action and adventure show on television.

Admittedly, there isn't a ton of competition as action shows are few and far between on TV these days. They're expensive to produce in live action, so reality TV, detective shows and "chick-flick" dramas drive network schedules. Since the Star Wars universe exists only in the imaginations of George Lucas and his team encamped north of the Golden Gate bridge, The Clone Wars has more room to play affordably.

The second season of The Clone Wars launches this Friday on Cartoon Network. To build some force behind the premiere, LucasFilm Animation hosted a press event at Skywalker Ranch in Marin County. Munching on Wookie-Cookies (as all of the catering was Star-themed) and rubbing elbows with costumed Clone Troopers and bounty hunters, show creators and cast members mingled with reporters in an enthusiastic, nerd-friendly atmosphere.

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We got your Titan Maximum right here

by Brad Trechak, posted Sep 12th 2009 10:14AM
Robot ChickenIt was mentioned a few months ago that some of the folks behind Robot Chicken (including Seth Green) are making a new Adult Swim series called Titan Maximum, which is basically a Voltron parody. I didn't realize when I first heard of this project that there was also a little Thunderbirds in the mix as well. And quite probably some Team America: World Police.

It's too early to tell, but based on the preview, the show certainly looks funny. Unlike Robot Chicken, this show will likely have things like plots and regular characters (the nerd kid from Robot Chicken doesn't count). In that sense, it's more a parody in the vein of The Venture Brothers.

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Marvel's Super Hero Squad teaser site now live

by Mike Moody, posted Aug 30th 2009 8:04AM
marvel super hero squadBeing a big fan of Cartoon Network's goofy Batman: The Brave and the Bold, I'm really looking forward to the debut of Marvel's Super Hero Squad. The show premieres Sept. 19 on Cartoon Network, and Marvel has already launched a teaser site featuring a fun video preview that could turn out to be the show's opening montage.

Super Hero Squad is based on the toy line and video game of the same name. It features cute and cuddly versions of Marvel heroes, like Wolverine, Iron Man, and the Hulk, protecting Super Hero City from a pint-sized Dr. Doom and other baby baddies. Judging by the preview video, the show will even make room for kid-sized versions of more obscure characters like Fing Fang Foom and MODOK.

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Star Wars: The Clone Wars gets a subtitle and a premiere date

by Jason Hughes, posted Aug 25th 2009 1:06PM
Star Wars: The Clone Wars - Rise of the Bounty HuntersLucasfilms told us at Comic-Con that the new season of Star Wars: The Clone Wars promised more sophisticated storylines and higher stakes. It is war, after all. And they promised us bounty hunters. One of the most popular classes of characters in the franchise was conspicuously absent during the first season.

To drive this point home, they've even added a snazzy subtitle to the title of the show for this season, as well as giving it a premiere date. The action starts Friday, October 2 with the one-hour premiere of Star Wars: The Clone Wars - Rise of the Bounty Hunters.

That follows the pattern of the films, if you think about it. While the first film was technically Episode IV: A New Hope, it was only branded as Star Wars. The stakes were raised and things got much better with the next installment, complete with official subtitle. Rise of the Bounty Hunters even sounds like an episode in the film franchise.

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The Venture Bros. Season four promo

by Brad Trechak, posted Aug 20th 2009 10:02AM
The Venture BrosAdult Swim has put a three and a half minute promotional video for The Venture Bros. Season 4 on their site. To save you folks a click, I've embedded it here at the end of the article.

The intro goes immediately into silliness, noting various significances of the number four, most of which are completely ludicrous. In the preview, Hank is sporting a different haircut, and I have no idea what's happening with Dean. He seems to be bonding with his father, among other strange misfortunes.

Brock is only in a quick clip with a shaven head without a clue as to what's happened to him since he quit his bodyguard position. The Monarch and Dr. Girlfriend only appear in a brief segment, as well. It's weird to see 21 without his henchman outfit.

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Will Cartoon Network become "The Network"?

by Danny Gallagher, posted Aug 18th 2009 9:07PM
Cartoon Network It seems that all of television is slowly losing its identity. The History Channel doesn't cover history. TV Land clogs their airwaves with run-of-the-mill reality shows. Comedy Central gives Carlos Mencia his own show.

It must be hard to draw in the kind of ratings the average television executive expects (average=viewers who are willing to commit mass suicide if they miss a rerun of Chico and the Man) when you're anchored to one theme or genre. But it's not impossible.

One network that seems very close to giving up entirely is the Cartoon Network. According to the Los Angeles Times, CN's new lineup of live-action, reality-based programming is tanking in the ratings and rumors are swirling that the CN may drop the "C" in its name. Does the head of Radio Shack now work for the Cartoon Network?

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Cartoon Network gets animated with new series announcements

by John Scott Lewinski, posted Aug 14th 2009 12:01PM
Flapjack will return to Cartoon Network with a line-up of new and renewed cartoons.Cartoon Network picked Thursday to announce a lineup of new, green-lit shows and the return of a couple successful 2008 outings.

The two new original comedy animated series include Regular Show and the intriguingly entitled Horrorbots. The former was developed by the network's sort of "animator in training" developmental system, Cartoonstitute.

Regular Show is created by J. G. Quintel and was developed as a short for the development program. In each episode, "two bored groundskeepers, Mordecai (a six-foot-tall blue jay) and Rigby (a hyperactive raccoon) are best friends who spend their days trying to entertain themselves by any means necessary, much to the displeasure of Benson (their boss, who is a gumball machine) and to the delight of Pops (an older, lollipop-headed gentleman)."

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Unnatural History a natural choice for Cartoon Network

by John Scott Lewinski, posted Aug 9th 2009 7:02PM
Cartoon Network is shooting a new live-action martial arts pilot, Unnatural History.Cartoon Network and Warner Horizon Television fired up the cameras in Toronto recently on the new live-action pilot, Unnatural History.

While it's easy to ask why another live action show is proceeding on the Cartoon Network, Unnatural History could be fun enough to delay your need for that explanation.

According to a network press release, we're dealing with an "action-packed blend of mystery and martial arts" here. Fortunately, there's no sign of Power Rangers masks or rubber monsters stalking Unnatural History.

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