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Preview: Cartoon Network's 'Young Justice' is More Superhero than Sidekick

by Laura Prudom, posted Nov 26th 2010 12:36PM
We all know that it's not easy being green, but apparently it's even tougher being a superhero's sidekick. (Don't even get us started on being a superhero's sidekick and being green, like one of the stars of 'Young Justice'.)

If you're a fan of the various animated shows that DC and Warner Bros. have created over the past two decades, chances are that 'Young Justice' was already on your radar -- or maybe this is the first you're hearing about the super new series, an energetic take on some familiar -- and lesser known -- teenage heroes such as Robin, Kid Flash, Aqualad, Superboy, Miss Martian and Artemis. Similar in tone to the superb 'Justice League Unlimited' but focusing more on the 'Teen Titans' generation, 'Young Justice' is certain to appeal to fervent DC fans and newcomers alike.

TV Squad was lucky enough to land an advanced screener of the one-hour pilot event airing tonight (Friday, Nov. 26) at 7PM ET on Cartoon Network. Join us after the jump for our advanced review -- there will be light spoilers, but nothing to ruin your enjoyment of the show.

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New TV on DVD releases this week

by Bob Sassone, posted Nov 9th 2009 6:03PM
Sesame Street DVDHere are the new TV DVDs, in stores tomorrow.

I'm always amazed at how many seasons JAG lasted. It started on NBC in 1995 then went to CBS, and I really thought it was the type of show that wouldn't last beyond three seasons, but it lasted ten! I thought the same thing about NCIS, and look at what happened there too. Obviously I don't do well predicting how shows with all caps in their titles will do.

  • Batman: The Brave and the Bold - Vol. 2
  • Dawson's Creek - Complete Series
  • Discovery Collection - Complete Collection
  • G.I. Joe - A Real American Hero Collector's Set
  • Heartland - Season 1, Part 2
  • JAG - Season 9

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The next DC direct-to-DVD animated movie is ...

by Brad Trechak, posted Sep 16th 2009 3:02PM
Justice LeagueAfter the Superman/Batman story Public Enemies, DC Entertainment's next Direct-to-DVD animated release for Spring 2010 will be called Crisis on Two Earths and will star the animated Justice League. Will it be the same Justice League that was on Cartoon Network for four years? I doubt it. The animated features tend to be in their own, self-contained universes.

The story involves the League fighting their evil, other-dimensional counterparts. It's based on the classic "Crisis" stories from the comic books.

I do wish the story was in the Cartoon Network Justice League universe because I liked that theme song. However, the fact that the Hal Jordan Green Lantern appears in the promo picture and the television version used the John Stewart Green Lantern pretty much confirms that it won't be. The writer behind the story is Dwayne McDuffie, who was one of the folks behind the Justice League cartoon. So even if it's not that version of the group, it'll likely still be a quality story.

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New TV on DVD releases this week

by Bob Sassone, posted Aug 18th 2008 6:00PM
Justice League DVDHere are the new TV DVDs, in stores tomorrow.

There's actually nothing on this list I want to buy. I'm not into Hannah Montana, I've never seen an episode of Bleach, I wasn't a big Married with Children fan, and I haven't bought any previous seasons of Perry Mason, so I might actually save some money this week.

I like Chelsea Handler though. Not sure if it's worth buying Girls Behaving Badly just for her.

  • Are You Afraid of the Dark? - Season 7
  • Bleach - Season 2
  • Camp Rock - Extended Rock Star Edition
  • Dexter - Season 2
  • Galaxy Rangers - Vol. 2
  • George of the Jungle - Season 1
  • Girls Behaving Badly - Chelsea Handler Exposed
  • Gossip Girl - Season 1
  • Hannah Montana/Miley Cyrus - Best of Both Worlds 3-D Concert
  • House - Season 4
  • Justice League - Season 1 (Blu-Ray)
  • Kenny vs. Spenny - Season 4 (Canada)
  • Married with Children - Season 9
  • Perry Mason - Season 3, Vol. 1
  • Recount
  • Spider-Man - Dr. Octopus
  • Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles - Season 1
  • Transformers - Season 1
  • Wayside - Season 1
  • William Tell - Best Of

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Guess who's returning to Smallville

by Brad Trechak, posted Jul 2nd 2008 9:02PM
SmallvilleStop reading now if you don't want to be spoiled regarding the beginning of season eight of Smallville. We already know that the new season takes a different direction, as Lana Lang goes part-time, Lex Luthor is gone and Doomsday is in. At least Allison Mack is staying.

Spoilers after the jump ...

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Ten worst superhero TV shows

by Brad Trechak, posted Jun 3rd 2008 11:04AM
Justice LeagueBrian Heiler over at the Topless Robot website took it upon himself to list the ten worst superhero television shows ever made. I don't know if I agree with every choice, but he's certainly in the right ballpark.

Going through the list, we start with Birds of Prey. The first mistake they made (and there was a myriad of them) was altering Batman's daughter to have superpowers. I guess the WB was trying to copy the success of Smallville into other superhero shows and failing.

I remember seeing one episode of Once A Hero. I'm only sorry they didn't air the episode in which Adam West parodied himself. I missed Exo Man altogether (but only in the sense that I didn't watch it).

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Dana Delany back on Wisteria Lane next season

by Jane Boursaw, posted May 14th 2008 7:00AM
Dana DelanyWe learned yesterday that ABC's Desperate Housewives will be back for season five next fall, in its same time-slot of Sunday at 9 p.m. I'm sure creator Marc Cherry has stocked up on Tums in the past few years, as the series waffled between must-see and mediocrity. Right now, it's somewhere in the middle, although I've made a point to watch every week, so that says something right there.

ET Online is breaking news tonight that Dana Delany will be returning to the series in the fall. Although no storyline has been as compelling as the murder intrigue that super-charged season one, the mystery surrounding Delany's Katherine Mayfair this season has been mildly interesting.

We know it has something to do with her daughter, Dylan (Lyndsy Fonseca) and ex-husband, Wayne (Gary Cole), who struck up a relationship with Dylan in recent weeks. I must admit, I'm curious enough to make sure the DVR records when the season finale rolls around.

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Comic-Con: Smallville panel report

by Julia Ward, posted Jul 28th 2007 10:56PM

The Smallville panel was a hot Comic-Con ticket for one reason and one reason only - Supergirl. We got our first glimpse of Supergirl in action with some preview scenes from Smallville's upcoming season. She was blonde, hot and had the gift of flight.

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The Five: Best comic book-to-TV adaptations

by Jay Black, posted Mar 20th 2007 2:40PM
Yeah, Aquaman taking a crap. Nice.Being a comic book fan sets you up for a lot of disappointment. For one thing, there seems to be a pretty direct ratio between the number of Atlantis Attacks crossover books you own and the age at which you lose your virginity (ahem19ahem). For another, our only portrayal in the media seems to be Comic Book Guy on The Simpsons and he is as insulting as he is completely and utterly dead-on.

The worst disappointment, though, is whenever some studio exec decides to "adapt" one of our mylar-enshrined treasures into some big or small screen entertainment. It seems that for every good decision made, there are ten disasters of the "nipples on the bat-suit" variety.

In recent years, movies have faired better than TV when it comes to adaptations, but there are a few gems to be had. The Five best comic book-to TV adaptations after the jump...

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New TV on DVD releases this week

by Bob Sassone, posted Mar 19th 2007 7:15PM

Newsradio season 5New TV DVDs, in stores tomorrow (a whole bunch!).

  • Batman Beyond - Season 3
  • Christy - Complete Series
  • Deadliest Catch - Season 1
  • Garfield and Friends - An Ode To Odie
  • JAG - Season 3
  • Justice League Unlimited - Season 2
  • Kong: The Animated Series - Vol. 1 and Vol. 2 and gift set
  • Masters of Horror - Pro Life
  • Maude - Season 1
  • McHale's Navy - Season 1
  • Miami Vice - Season 3 and Season 4
  • Mythbusters - Mega Movie Myths
  • Newsradio - Final Season
  • Run's House - Season 1 and Season 2
  • Sleeper Cell - Season 2
  • The Wild, Wild West - Season 2

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Carl Lumbly: The TV Squad Interview

by Keith McDuffee, posted May 19th 2006 10:25AM
carl lumblySome of you long time readers of TV Squad -- in particular those who are Alias fans -- know that I've had a love-hate relationship with the show. I've been an avid viewer since its first season, and although I will say it's had its ups and downs, there's no denying that the show has retained one simple yet important characteristic: it's fun.

Unfortunately for some, the show comes to an end next week, having completed a solid five season run. Though I feel some may not find it so unfortunate, as the show gets to wrap up the way it should, giving it the proper send off it throughly deserves.

Speaking of fortunate, I was just that for having the opportunity to talk to Carl Lumbly last week. Carl's been playing Marcus Dixon on Alias since day one, starting out as Sydney Bristow's partner in what they both thought was the CIA. He's also supplied the voice of Martian Manhunter from the Justice League cartoon series. We talked about his work on Alias, Justice League, his new 'do and a little bit of golf.

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