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'South Park' and New TV Shows on DVD, Streaming Online for April 26, 2011

by Mike Moody, posted Apr 26th 2011 5:00PM
south park 14Yes, many people are still watching 'South Park' 14 seasons after its Comedy Central debut. Should you still be watching 'South Park'? Depends.

Do you like to laugh until your sides hurt and your eyes tear up? Does cheering on an aging but still sharp franchise that somehow manages to stay relevant sound appealing to you? If you answered yes to any of these questions, then you should probably pick up a copy of 'South Park' The Complete Fourteenth Season on Blu-ray or DVD today.

The show might be a bit past its prime, but it still takes more risks and delivers more jokes per episode than anything else on TV. Season 14's targets include Facebook, NASCAR and, most famously, the Muslim prophet Muhammad.

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'Glee: Encore' and New TV Shows on DVD, Streaming Online for April 19, 2011

by Mike Moody, posted Apr 19th 2011 3:00PM
Glee Encore blu-rayWhy on Earth would Fox release a DVD featuring the "most sensational" musical numbers from 'Glee''s first season and none of the other scenes -- you know, the ones with actual dialogue and jokes about hepatitis and waterboarding? Lots of reasons actually.

'Glee: Encore,' released today on DVD and Blu-ray, will appeal to parents wanting to share their favorite 'Glee' musical performances with their little Gleeks-in-training (or force them down their throats) without worrying about exposing them to the show's more mature content. This set is also perfect for viewers who want to cut straight to Finn and crew belting out 'Don't Stop Believen' and 'Jessie's Girl' and avoid fast-forwarding through all the relationship drama and slushie tossing.

The barebones single-disc package offers 34 musical bits from the series' debut season, including memorable sequences like Sue Sylvester's 'Vogue,' Mercedes' rockin' version of Christina Aguilera's 'Beautiful,' and Kurt's winning rendition of 'Rose's Turn.' (Sorry, no 'Over the Rainbow' or 'Poker Face.)

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'H.R. Pufnstuf' and New TV Shows on DVD, Streaming Online for April 12, 2011

by Mike Moody, posted Apr 12th 2011 5:00PM
Vivendi EntertainmentWhat is it about kids' shows? They're the trippiest things on TV. Remember that ghastly Baby Sun from 'The Teletubbies'? That was weird, but nothing compares to 'H.R. Pufnstuf,' the show that made America wonder, "What they hell were they smoking when they made this!? And where in San Francisco can I get some?"

Sid and Marty Krofft's first live-action, giant puppet series premiered in 1969 and held the nation's children in its colorful, hallucinogenic grip for three seasons as part of NBC's Saturday morning lineup. Now you can relive the long, strange trip with 'H.R. Pufnstuf' The Complete Series and Collector's Edition, released today on DVD.

The three-disc package is pretty much a re-release of the Complete Series box that came out a few years ago, but the newer set features an H.R. Pufnstuf Bobblehead plus a rare episode of the 'Pufnstuf' spinoff 'Horror Hotel.' It's a must-buy for Krofft completists (and perhaps a fun gift for the 'Mr. Show' fan in your life).

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'Friday Night Lights' and New TV Shows on DVD, Streaming Online for April 5, 2011

by Mike Moody, posted Apr 5th 2011 2:30PM
friday night lights season 5 dvdIn a way, it's a good thing that 'Friday Night Lights' is now over. The entire series can now be viewed as a complete masterwork on DVD, with the fifth and final season hitting stores today.

The fantastic drama about a small Texas town has languished in the ratings. Despite endless praise from critics and devoted fans, a public enraptured by reality TV and forensic science neglected the show, relegating the Dylan Panthers and their cheering section to the bottom of the Nielsen charts. But, somehow, the TV gods allowed 'FNL' to continue spinning its inspiring, captivating and ultimately heroic tale for five seasons.

In the end, some characters moved on, some stayed put, and showrunner Jason Katims smartly shined the spotlight on the series' star players, Kyle Chandler and Connie Britton.

The Season 5 DVD features final-episode commentary from Katims as well as a tearjerker featurette about the show's five-season run. Buy it!

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'Mad Men' and New TV Shows on DVD, Streaming Online for March 29, 2011

by Mike Moody, posted Mar 29th 2011 1:20PM
Mad Men season 4 blu-rayDon Draper took a bold stab at building a new life during 'Mad Men' season 4, available today on DVD and Blu-ray. Season 4 followed Don, Peggy, Roger and the rest of the Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce clan as they experienced small successes, bitter failures and, of course, tragedies in their relationships and business ventures.

Season 4 almost felt like a fresh start for the Emmy-winning series, as Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce began to take off, and Don, now divorced from Betty, stumbled in his new role as a single father and authority figure. One of the great joys of season 4 was watching Don and Peggy work together more than ever and seeing their relationship evolve from the boss/secretary dynamic to a more rewarding teacher/student scenario.

Roger and Joan's drama seemed never-ending, and Don almost fell off the deep end (again) in a whirlwind season that ended with a huge question mark hovering over every major character's head. Here's hoping AMC and Matthew Weiner settle that reported contract dispute already and start production on the much-anticipated fifth season.

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'The Venture Bros.' and New TV Shows on DVD, Streaming Online for March 22, 2011

by Mike Moody, posted Mar 22nd 2011 7:00PM
the venture bros. season 4 blu-rayIt could be argued that the world is split into two camps: those who get and love 'The Venture Bros.' and those who don't.

The bizarre, hilarious and (sometimes) brilliant Adult Swim series skewers the conventions of 1960s action toons like 'Johnny Quest' and 'Space Ghost' while paying homage to their silly and antiquated storytelling and animation styles. But 'The Venture Bros.' is much, much more than a campy parody show.

In four short seasons, creator Jackson Publick has crafted an intricate mythology for his cracked fantasy world that features an ever-growing cast of weirdo scientists, adventurers, heroes, and villains with dueling agendas, strange love lives and shifting personalities.

The Complete Fourth Season, available today on Blu-ray along with Season 4, Volume 2 on DVD, follows the Venture family as they're separated from brawny bodyguard Brock Samson and Dean Venture is tasked with killing Hitler, whose soul has been transferred to a bull dog. Yeah, a bull dog. Like I said, two camps!

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'Batman: The Brave and the Bold' and New TV Shows on DVD, Streaming Online for March 15, 2011

by Mike Moody, posted Mar 15th 2011 6:15PM
batman brave bold dvdThe Dark Knight's animated adventures in 'Batman: The Brave and the Bold' offer a pleasant departure from Christopher Nolan's dark and broody Bat-films.

The Nolan flicks are great, but 'Brave and the Bold' feels almost revolutionary and, in a way, punk rock in its depiction of Bruce Wayne's crime-fighting world as a colorful, jokey, kid's comic book come to life.

Catch up with the sunny Cartoon Network series with 'Batman: The Brave and the Bold' Season 1, Part 2 available today on DVD. The show isn't exactly for everyone, but it should please any Batfan looking for a smart, action-packed and humor-filled dose of cartoon superhero badassery.

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'The Walking Dead' and New TV Shows on DVD, Streaming Online for March 8, 2011

by Mike Moody, posted Mar 8th 2011 12:00PM
AMC and Anchor Bay EntertainmentIt's a good day for discerning gorehounds: Season 1 of AMC's 'The Walking Dead' hits DVD and Blu-ray today. (Didya enter our giveaway yet?) Both sets feature all six season 1 episodes of the hit zombie-apocalypse drama based on the graphic novel by Robert Kirkman.

Kirkman even co-wrote a few episodes, including the haunting and suspenseful installment 'Tell It to the Frogs,' which saw lawman leader Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln) finally reuniting with his family after fending off gobs of hungry, undead Atlantans.

Filmmaker Frank Darabont ('The Mist,' 'Shawshank Redemption') is the mastermind behind the show's artful mix of panic and pathos. Darabont pops up in a producers' convention panel and a "making-of" featurette on the season 1 DVD and Blu-ray special features (sorry, no commentary).

The highly anticipated second season of 'The Walking Dead' premieres later this year, but the short first season should satisfy your zombie fix for now.

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'ReBoot' and New TV Shows on DVD, Streaming Online for March 1, 2011

by Mike Moody, posted Mar 1st 2011 3:15PM
reboot shout factory dvdBefore 'The Matrix,' there was 'ReBoot.' OK, maybe that's taking it a little too far, but it's hard not to overstate the importance and influence of 'ReBoot' -- it was the first fully computer-generated animated TV series, after all.

The sci-fi adventure series, which aired on Saturday mornings in the U.S. in the mid 1990s, stood out not only because of its highly stylized (but admittedly clunky by today's standards) computer-generated visuals, but also for its ambitious serial storytelling and its sly take on the world's growing obsession with technology and video games.

Shout! Factory has released Seasons 1 and 2, packaged together, today as well as the nine-disc 'Definitive Mainframe Edition,' which features a 20-page booklet, making of doc, and episode commentary from the series creators. Shiver me templates!

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Larry King Announces 'Standing Up' Tour, Ted 'Golden Voice' Williams Gets Reality Show and More

by Jean Bentley, posted Feb 22nd 2011 6:30PM
Larry KingLarry King, stand-up comedian?

At the age of 77, the former CNN host is embarking on his newest career journey with a one-man comedy show called 'Larry King: Standing Up.'

The suspender-clad 'Larry King Live' star will crack wise about his life and career as well as answer audience questions beginning April 14 in Torrington, Conn., TV Guide reports. The tour will also take him to Pennsylvania, New York, Maryland, New Jersey and Nevada.

King stepped down from his namesake show last year after a quarter-century grilling public figures about the latest news.

In other TV news ...

The Man with the Golden Voice is getting another chance to extend his 15 minutes of fame in the form of a new reality show. The series, which begins shooting in two weeks, will document his life in Ohio, Brooklyn and Los Angeles. [TMZ]

Yet another 'Teen Mom' star is in legal hot water -- but this time, it's one of the teen dads. 'Teen Mom 2' star Jonathan "Jo" Rivera was "arrested last week for being under the influence of marijuana while driving with his brother in Warren County, Pa." [E! Online]

Courteney Cox is traveling from 'Cougar Town' to the Food Network. Don't worry -- it's not too far of a relocation. Since Cox films her sitcom on the same lot as Bobby Flay's 'The Next Food Network Star,' she recently popped over to film a guest judge spot. [NY Post]

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'Weeds' and New TV Shows on DVD, Streaming Online Feb. 22, 2011

by Mike Moody, posted Feb 22nd 2011 1:08PM
weeds season 6 dvdSeason 6 of 'Weeds,' released today on DVD and Blu-ray, saw the Botwins fleeing (again) from the law, from a rogue journalist, from angry baby mamas and from Nancy's mob boss husband Esteban after the shocking event of the season 5 finale.

The uneven season, with the Botwins usually on the road or trading locales in seemingly every other episode, almost felt like the show was trying to reinvent itself after every hour. But, as usual, everything was held together by an engaging season-long arc, the Botwin boys' growing pains (Silas found a new dad! Shane is a demented genius!), Uncle Andy's wise, X-rated quips and, of course, a sad-funny guest spot from Oscar winner Richard Dreyfuss.

The emotional and exciting season finale still has fans looking forward to the show's seventh season, which premieres later this year.

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'Doctor Who,' 'Top Gear' and New TV Shows on DVD, Streaming Online for Feb. 15, 2011

by Mike Moody, posted Feb 15th 2011 2:40PM
doctor who top gear'Doctor Who' mastermind Steven Moffat crafted a thrilling and emotional adventure in 'A Christmas Carol,' last year's 'Doctor Who' Christmas special.

'Carol' holds a special place in the hearts of fans; it was the first 'Who' holiday episode to air in the U.S. on Christmas day. The ep was praised for its imaginative, timey-wimey narrative and its strong emotional punch.

This new classic, on DVD and Blu-Ray today, also boasts fine turns from special guest stars Michal Gambon and international singing star Katherine Jenkins, and, of course, the Doctor himself, Matt Smith.

Also new on DVD and Blu-ray today are the 14th and 15th seasons of 'Top Gear,' the hit BBC series about all things auto. Nab both seasons and put a smile on your favorite motorhead's face.

We're giving away two sets of 'Doctor Who: A Christmas Carol,' 'Top Gear 14' and 'Top Gear 15' -- one on DVD and one on Blu-ray. For details, scroll to the bottom of this post.

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'Project Runway' and New TV Shows on DVD, Streaming Online for Feb. 8, 2011

by Mike Moody, posted Feb 8th 2011 2:50PM
The Weinstein CompanyAfter jumping from Bravo to Lifetime for season 7, and the cancellation of the vapid spinoff 'Models of the Runway,' 'Project Runway' took a risk and expanded its format for season 8.

Episodes were stretched to the extra-fabulous running time of 90 minutes, and 17 contestants were chosen (one more than usual).

'The Complete Eighth Season,' released today on DVD, kicked off with the show's shortest challenge ever -- the aspiring designers only had five hours to make it work -- as Tim Gunn, Heidi Klum and returning judges Nina Garcia and Michael Kors presided over a season full of bitchy bickering, stressful challenges, big upsets and a few stunning collections.

A few celebrity guest judges, including Selma Blair, Betsey Johnson, Kristen Bell and January Jones, arrived to help separate the hot messes from the future runway stars.

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'Cosby' and New TV Shows on DVD, Streaming Online for Feb. 1, 2011

by Mike Moody, posted Feb 1st 2011 4:10PM
the cosby showThe impact of 'The Cosby Show' on TV, our lives ... heck, the universe cannot be overstated.

Bill Cosby and crew revived the American sitcom, established the template for the modern half-hour family comedy, and remained at the top of the ratings for almost eight years. The classic show, which ran from 1984 to 1992, is a rerun staple, but you can now stream any episode you want, when you want, with all eight seasons available on Netflix Watch Instantly.

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'Glee' and New TV Shows on DVD, Streaming Online for Jan. 25, 2011

by Mike Moody, posted Jan 25th 2011 1:30PM
glee season 2 volumen 1 dvdCan't get enough 'Glee' in your life? Well, you're in luck. Hoping to cash in on the series' red-hot popularity, Fox is repeating the model it used last year and releasing the first half of the show's current season on DVD.

'Glee' Season 2, Volume 1, available today, features the first 10 episodes of the hit series' sophomore year.

This first batch of season 2 eps, from 'Audition' to last December's 'A Very Glee Christmas,' are worth re-watching to see Ryan Murphy and his game cast tackle some heavy issues like bullying, faith, coming to terms with one's sexual identity and, of course, Britney Spears. Plus Gwyneth Paltrow!

The three-disc set also boasts a few featurettes, including 'The Wit of Brittany,' which captures all of Brittany's quirky one-liners going back to season 1, and 'Getting Waxed with Jane Lynch,' which chronicles the creation of the Sue Sylvester statue at Madame Tussaud's museum. There's also a bonus 'Rocky Horror' song that was recorded specifically for the DVD release.

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