Fox is obviously returning to form with another animated family comedy, as if their entire Sunday night line-up weren't enough. I yearn for animated shows that dare to be a little different like South Park, Futurama and The Venture Bros.
However, the show involves hamburgers and as a hamburger fan I may give it a shot. It is a bit of a concern that Fox is overdoing it with the animated shows. Perhaps Cartoon Network and Fox should just switch names and be done with it.
Also, based on the photo doesn't the main character look a little like Luigi from the Mario Brothers? Will he have a thick Italian accent as well?
I'm getting that deja vu feeling. Didn't I already list season two of Route 66 and both the Get Smart and Starlost complete series DVDs before? Yup, I did. For some reason the Route 66 and Starlost DVDs were delayed. As for Get Smart, Time-Life had a complete series set, but this one is from HBO Home Video.
To confuse things even further, there is another Get Smart complete series set, only it's for the short-lived 90s series with Andy Dick.
- Batman: The Animated Series - Complete Series
- Chowder - Vol. 1
- Fraggle Rock - Complete Series
- Futurama - Bender's Game
- Get Smart - Complete Series Gift Set
- Home Movies - 10th Anniversary
- Howdy Doody - 40 Episodes and Best Of
- JAG - Season 7
- Popeye - Vol. 3
- Primeval - Seasons 1 and 2
- Project Runway - Season 4
- Reaper - Season 1
- Route 66 - Season 2
- Spider-Man - Villains Showdown
- Spin City - Season 1
- The Starlost - Complete Series
- The Wild, Wild West - Complete Series
If you don't know who H. Jon Benjamin is, let me inform you: he's a writer and comedian most of us probably first saw when he played "Ben" on Dr. Katz: Professional Therapist. He was also a writer on that show and would later show up on Home Movies (one of my top five favorite series of all time), and the recent short-lived animated series Freak Show for Comedy Central.
In an interview with Gothamist, Benjamin revealed he was working on a new Web series for Super Deluxe called "Thunderpoint." What the series is exactly remains to be seen, but if Benjamin is behind it, I'm going to go out on a limb and say it'll be damn funny.
I'll preface this by telling my fellow Home Movies fanatics that right now there's no guarantee this is ever going to happen, but according to an e-mail sent to Landstander, maintainer of the Home Movies Super Site, Shout! Factory, the company that produces the Home Movies DVD sets, wants to commission new episodes of the series for either download or as a straight-to-DVD type thang. The episodes would cost five dollars each. Episodes would run from fifteen to twenty-five minutes, and there would be about eight of them. It seems that at this stage the company is just putting out feelers to see if there would be enough people out there who would buy these episodes to make it a worthwhile endeavor. Home Movies is one of my favorite shows of all time, but it seems to me everyone involved, especially Brendon Small, has already moved on to new horizons. I guess we'll wait and see.
[via Adult Swim HQ]
UPN ended its broadcasting this past Friday. Now we'll have to get used to the new CW network and that awful logo.
More often than not, UPN had some terrible shows on the air (Homeboys in Outer Space, The Bad Girl's Guide, Shasta McNasty, Hitz, The Love Boat remake), but it also happened to have some gems in there (and, no, I'm not talking about either Star Trek: Voyager or Enterrprise). Here are five great UPN shows that we can all sit back and reminisce about.
1. Nowhere Man: Bruce Greenwood as a famed photographer who goes into the men's room of a restaurant one night, and when he comes out his wife claims not to know him, his credit cards no longer work, and people are trying to get him. This was a clever, moody show, sort of like The Fugitive (the great 60s show, not the terrible Harrison Ford flick), only with a conspiracy behind it. You can get the complete series on DVD.
Greetings, home audience. I just wanted to take a second and let ya'll know that over on Adult Swim Fix right now you can check out the complete first seasons of both Venture Bros. and Home Movies. They tend to take episodes down and replace them with new ones rather quickly, so check them out while you can. Only yesterday they had the complete first season of Perfect Hair Forever, but now those are gone. Don't make the same mistake I did, friends. Unplug the phone, lock all your doors, and watch all of those episodes from beginning to end. This is the only way to prove your loyalty to these fine programs. Plus, every time you watch one of the episodes, one dollar is donated to Jerry's Kids*. Please, do what's right, America.
* "Jerry's Kids" refers to Jerry Bourdeux, assistant sales manager at my local Target. He's trying to collect singles so he can take his two oldest boys to their first strip club. Your generosity can help make this a reality.
Happy news for fans of Dr. Katz: Professional Therapist: the second season of the Comedy Central animated series about a shrink whose clients all happen to be comedians will be out on DVD November 21. The show starred Jonathan Katz as a therapist who tried to help his patients by, essentially, setting them up so they could tell jokes. The series also introduced many people to the comedic genius that is Jon Benjamin, who played Katz's son Ben. Benjamin would go on to voice Coach McGuirk on Home Movies, and occasionally offer his dry delivery to other cartoons such as Aqua Teen Hunger Force and Venture Bros. Looks like I have yet another DVD set to ad to my "To Buy Later" list on Amazon. Look for Garry Shandling, Steven Wright, Rita Rudner, and Emo Philips to appear in this season.
[via Toon Zone]
Okay gang, here's what I'm looking forward to in the new fall season. Slip on your reading socks and enjoy:
1. The return of South Park: Many shows have a tendency of starting off strong and then entering a slow decline if they stay on for too long. South Park is one series that I think has actually improved with every season, and last season's episodes, most notably the two-part "Cartoon Wars," contained some of the most hysterical and vicious jabs at every religion, political affiliation and societal norm you could think of. As Stan so rightly points out, either everything is okay to make fun of, or nothing is. That mantra is what makes South Park still one of the best shows on television, even as it enters its tenth year.
2 and 3. New Adult Swim shows from the creators of Home Movies and Sealab 2021: Brendon Small created one of my favorite shows of all time, Home Movies. His new Metalocalypse, which he created with Tommy Blacha (a writer for Conan and TV Funhouse) won't have the same poignancy of Home Movies, but that's just fine with me. Also, the crew behind Sealab 2021, an Adult Swim "classic" if it's not too early to use such a term, are also returning with Frisky Dingo, the tale of a super hero named Awesome-X whose secret identity is that of Xander Crews, a billionaire who makes money from the toys based on his alter ego. He battles Killface, an evil mastermind who wants to plunge the Earth into the sun, but only if he doesn't lose interest in his plan. I'm anxious to see how both of these shows fare.
Tom Snyder Productions, the company best known for its use of the Squigglevision animation technique which resulted in such cult faves as Dr. Katz: Professional Therapist and Home Movies, also tried its hand at Saturday morning children's entertainment with Science Court, a show which dipped from the same well of humor as his other productions but with more of a kiddy slant. You know, dry and witty science humor for little kids.
Actually, it was probably the "dry and witty" part that pretty much guaranteed the show wouldn't last more than a year, since it was clearly aimed at little kids who weren't necessarily interested in the kind of cerebral humor the show would occasionally delve into. Those of us who knew Snyder's other productions, though, could at least enjoy hearing many of the same voice talents, including H. Jon Benjamin. Still, the show, which would pit lawyers against one another in a trial over scientific principles (thus, the "learning" part) managed to stick out from whatever else was on ABC Saturday morning in 1997. Unfortunately, it was one of many Saturday morning gems, like Freakazoid and The Completely Mental Misadventures of Ed Grimley, that never quite gained the audience it deserved.
- Beat Club - Volume 1; Volume 2
- The Big Valley - Season 1
- Grounded for Life - Season 2
- Here Come the Brides - The Complete 1st Season
- Hill Street Blues - The Complete 2nd Season
- Home Movies - Season 4
- Monarch of the Glen - Series 4
- Mystery Science Theater 3000 - Collection: Volume 9
- Supernanny - Season 1
- Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles - Volume 21: Hun On The Run
- That Girl - Season 1
Comedian and musician Brendon Small, creator of Home Movies, one of the greatest shows ever made, animated or otherwise, is appearing, sans clothes, in the April issue of Playgirl, which is on newsstands now. Apparently he appears wearing only a Viking helmet (but not on his head). Anyway, Small is working on his new show, Dethklok, about a popular death metal band consisting of American and Norwegian musicians. Brendon describes the band as being "...a million times bigger than the Beatles. But a million times more dangerous and a million times more stupid."
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