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Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends wins Emmy, kudos from my son

by Jane Boursaw, posted Aug 19th 2008 10:03AM
Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends wins EmmyLet it be known that my son knows a good thing when he sees it. He's 14 now, but between the ages of six and 10, he was obsessed with Foster's Home For Imaginary Friends, a Cartoon Network show that just earned an Emmy. Character designer Ben Balistreri won in the juried award category for individual achievement in animation for the "Mondo Coco" episode.

I would see the show in passing and think, what the heck is this? It just looked so weird, and the animation is practically primitive compared to today's CG standards. But the concept is somewhat more complicated.

In the Foster's universe, imaginary friends become physical beings the instant a child imagines them. An Imaginary Friend is completely real and can be seen, heard, and felt by all under most circumstances. The only problem is that children outgrow them, and they're left to fend for themselves.

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Creature Comforts coming to DVD

by Adam Finley, posted Aug 19th 2007 1:03PM

creature comfortsIf you lamented the early cancellation of CBS' Creature Comforts as I did, don't shoot yourself just yet: all seven episodes will be available on DVD October 9. The set will also include interviews not shown on television.

Creature Comforts began as a UK series, based on the Oscar-winning short by Nick Park (Wallace and Gromit). The American version, like the British version, features real-life interviews filtered through animated animals, resulting in what I thought was a funny and often poignant new way of experiencing everyday conversation among normal people. Apparently not too many viewers felt the same way, because the series didn't last long.

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Goodbye Creature Comforts

by Bob Sassone, posted Jun 22nd 2007 8:19PM

Creature ComfortsDid you get attached to the cute animation and humor of the new CBS summer series Creature Comforts? Sorry!

The network has pulled the summer series effective immediately. The most recent episode came in fourth place in its time slot. It will be replaced Monday at 8pm with reruns of The New Adventures of Old Christine.

No word on whether or not they'll show the other episodes online, but you can go to the CBS site and watch previous episodes, read the show's blog, check out other info, and remember what used to be (for now anyway). This show - a summer replacement - must have really been a disappointment to the network for it to be pulled so quickly.

[via BuzzSugar]

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What's On Tonight: Kyle XY, Hell's Kitchen, RAW, Heartland

by Bob Sassone, posted Jun 18th 2007 5:05PM
  • The CloserAt 8, CBS has a new Creature Comforts.
  • NBC has a new Deal Or No Deal at 8, then the premiere of Age of Love and a new Dateline.
  • TLC has two new episodes of Little People, Big World starting at 8, then a new Big Medicine.
  • ABC Family has a new Kyle XY at 8.
  • American Life has private eye shows at 8: Harry O, 77 Sunset Strip, and Hawaiian Eye.
  • At 9, FOX has a new Hell's Kitchen.
  • Lifetime has the new movie My Neighbor's Keeper at 9.
  • There's a new Monday Night RAW at 9 on USA.
  • Also at 9: TNT has the season premiere of The Closer, then the series premiere of Heartland.
  • At 10, Food Network has a new Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives, followed by a new The Secret Life Of...
  • TCM has The Picture of Dorian Gray at 10.
  • HBO has a new Big Love at 10.

Check your local TV listings for more.

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What's On Tonight: American Inventor, Last Comic Standing, Top Chef

by Bob Sassone, posted Jun 13th 2007 5:09PM
  • Denis LearyAt 8, ABC has a new episode of The Next Best Thing, followed by a new American Inventor and a new Traveler.
  • CBS has a new Creature Comforts at 8.
  • NBC has a new Deal Or No Deal at 8, then the season premiere of Last Comic Standing.
  • There's a new, two-hour So You Think You Can Dance on FOX at 8.
  • TCM has The Big Combo at 8, with Cornel Wilde, then Suddenly, Last Summer, with Elizabeth Taylor, Katharine Hepburn and Montgomery Clift.
  • At 9 on CNN, Larry King talks to Regis Philbin.
  • There's a new Mythbusters on Discovery at 9.
  • BBC America has a new Footballer's Wives at 9.
  • Also at 9: the Travel Channel has a new "Fathers and Sons" World Poker Tour.
  • At 10, FX has the season premiere of Rescue Me.
  • Bravo has the season premiere of Top Chef at 10.
  • At 10:30, Comedy Central has the series premiere of Lil' Bush.

Check your local TV listings for more.

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What I'm watching this summer: Adam's list

by Adam Finley, posted Jun 13th 2007 1:01PM

ice road truckers

Hey gang, here's a few shows I plan on checking out this summer. Some are old, some are new.

Creature Comforts [Mondays at 8:00 p.m. on CBS]: What can I say that I haven't said already? It's a charming little animated show that pipes the everyday conversation of normal human beings through animated animals. It's such a simple idea, but at the same time it demonstrates how we probably have more in common with one another than we realize.

Ice Road Truckers [begins June 17 at 10:00 p.m. on the History Channel]: This new series focuses on truck drivers who risk injury and death while driving their big rigs across frozen lakes. It's one of the world's most dangerous occupations, and one I wasn't even aware existed until hearing about this new series a few months ago.

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What's On Tonight: Monday Night RAW, Hell's Kitchen, Big Love

by Bob Sassone, posted Jun 11th 2007 5:02PM
  • Little People, Big WorldAt 8, CBS has a new Creature Comforts.
  • TLC has two new episodes of Little People, Big World at 8.
  • USA has a special Monday Night RAW starting at 8.
  • ABC Family has the season premiere of Kyle XY at 8.
  • Also at 8: Bravo has a new Inside The Actor's Studio, with Kyra Sedgwick.
  • At 9, FOX has a new Hell's Kitchen.
  • ABC has a new Ex-Wives Club at 9.
  • Lifetime has the new movie In God's Country at 9.
  • HBO has the season premiere of Big Love at 9, then a repeat of the first ep of John From Cincinnati, if you missed it last night.
  • At 10, NBC has a new Dateline.
  • Food Network has a new Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives at 10, then a new The Secret Life Of...

Check your local TV listings for more.

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What I'm watching this summer: Anna's list

by Anna Johns, posted Jun 7th 2007 10:46AM
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I'm actually looking forward to summer television this year as a break from all the hype and mania surrounding shows like Lost, 24, and American Idol. I get a little burned out on all the talk as the mainstream media outlets (Today, Good Morning America, all cable news channels) try to get their grubby hands on a fraction of the ratings for each show by covering them... heavily.

This summer, I'm taking it easy. I'm watching a few intense dramas that I enjoy and picking up a few more new programs that look light-hearted. No reality programming here. And, unlike Bob and Jonathan, I don't feel any allegiance to Studio 60. It's just not good.

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What's On Tonight: Creature Comforts, Hell's Kitchen, Monday Night RAW

by Bob Sassone, posted Jun 4th 2007 5:05PM
  • The RichesAt 7, WE starts airing Kate & Allie (two episodes).
  • At 8, CBS has the series premiere of Creature Comforts.
  • NBC has the Ducks/Senators game at 8.
  • TLC has two new episodes of Little People, Big World at 8.
  • The History Channel has two new episodes of Cities of the Underworld at 8.
  • Some private eye shows on American Life at 8: Harry O, 77 Sunset Strip, and Surfside 6.
  • Julia Louis-Dreyfus is interviewed on a new Inside The Actor's Studio on Bravo at 8.
  • At 9, ABC has a new Ex-Wives Club.
  • The new season of Hell's Kitchen starts on FOX at 9.
  • Larry King interviews Jack Kevorkian on CNN at 9.
  • USA has a new Monday Night RAW at 9.
  • At 10, FX has the season finale of The Riches.

Check your local TV listings for more.

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Creature Comforts preview clips - VIDEO

by Adam Finley, posted May 31st 2007 3:24PM

creature comfortsAs I said in my early review of the new CBS animated series Creature Comforts, I never saw the original Channel 4 version from the UK, so I couldn't compare and contrast, but I loved the pilot episode of the American version, which creator Nick Park (Wallace and Gromit) is also involved with.

Luckily, I found a video preview of the pilot episode via Animation Magazine, and I've placed it below for your viewing pleasure. I absolutely love the idea of putting the words of regular folks into the mouths of these animals, because in doing so, it makes the stories seem less personal and gives them a more universal appeal. It's one of the smartest and cleverest ideas for an animated series I've seen in a long time, and it's nice to see another animated series that, not unlike King of the Hill, doesn't rely heavily on random weirdness to be funny (not that I have a problem with "random weirdness," I just like variety).

Creature Comforts debuts on CBS this Monday at 8:00 p.m.

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Creature Comforts -- An early look

by Adam Finley, posted May 24th 2007 1:01PM

creature comfortsI have never seen the original Creature Comforts, neither the Oscar-winning short film by Nick Park and Aardman Animation, nor the British TV series, so I can't compare the new American version to them, but I can say that the upcoming CBS animated series Creature Comforts is one of the most engaging and charming things I've seen in a long time.

Don't expect something goofy and fast-paced like The Simpsons or Family Guy, because that's not the kind of laughs this series is going for. Instead, the series takes interviews with regular people and then sticks their words into the mouths of cartoon animals. For example: two men sniffing wine become two dogs sniffing another dog's butt.

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Animation news: another Drinky Crow clip, Creature Comforts and Birdman the video game

by Adam Finley, posted Apr 21st 2007 1:04PM

ed edd n eddyHere's some animation news from the past week:

You can see a short clip from the new Drinky Crow series for Adult Swim here. The series is based on the Maakies comic strip by Tony Millionaire. It debuts May 13.

Also in Adult Swim news: our pals over at Joystiq picked up on news of a Harvey Birdman: Attorney at Law video game that'll be released this fall. There's not much news on the game just yet, other than it'll be developed by Capcom for the Playstation 2 and PSP.

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CBS orders up American version of Creature Comforts

by Anna Johns, posted Feb 3rd 2006 9:19AM
creature comforts cbsI am totally getting a kick out of the claymation Creature Comforts on BBC America, so it's nice to see that we're getting our own version in America. The show pairs real-life interviews with claymation animals. So, you get some pretty funny audio about everything from relationships to movies, placed in the mouths of everything from pigs to birds. Just like the British version, the American show will be produced by Wallace and Gromit creators Aardman Animations. CBS ordered 7 half-hour episodes for midseason 2006-2007.

I wonder if they will change the look of the characters for the American version? Specifically, the toothy overbite. For some reason, that works really well with the British accent. Hopefully they'll find a way to make these characters distinctly American.

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