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The last song on The O.C.

by Julia Ward, posted Feb 15th 2007 11:23AM
Patrick Park The O.C.Which indie darling will be chosen to accompany the inevitable series finale montage of The O.C. on February 22nd? Stereogum knows. The show responsible for bringing Death Cab for Cutie into mainstream consciousness has dubbed neo-folkie Patrick Park the lucky recipient of this most coveted of pop culture moments. You can hear singer/songwriter Park's "Life is a Song" on MySpace. It will be available for purchase in July on Park's forthcoming album, and quite possibly on iTunes before that if The O.C. has anything to do with it.

Apparently, the folks at The O.C. weighed Jeff Buckley's "Hallelujah" and Imogen Heap's "Hide and Seek" before going with the LA-based Park's ditty. It's good to see them spread the love to a lesser known commodity. Congratulations, Patrick. You're destined for graduation mix CDs everywhere. Personally, I can't wait. There's nothing better than a tear-jerking montage accompanied by a certifiable indie hit. I give you as evidence E.R.'s Green Day "Time of Your Life" montage. TV this sappy - it has to be good.

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Cagney and Lacey coming to DVD

by Adam Finley, posted Jan 21st 2007 4:01PM

cagney and laceyAre you a fan of Cagney and Lacey, or do you just enjoy collecting things that have the words "Cagney" and "Lacey" on them for reasons you can't really explain? If so, I have good news: Cagney and Lacey is coming to DVD. TVShowsOnDVD linked to this USA Today story that reads the DVDs will be out soon, though what exactly those sets will consist of is still unknown.

Cagney and Lacey starred Tyne Daly and Sharon Gless as two female police officers working in a male-dominated profession. Gless replaced actress Meg Foster as Cagney after the first six episodes. The series ran from 1982 to 1988 and was almost canceled after the first season, but was brought back when ratings improved during the summer reruns and fans wrote to CBS in protest. The series actually began in1981 as a made-for-TV movie with Loretta Swit playing the role of Cagney.

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Original Ghostbusters coming to DVD

by Adam Finley, posted Dec 10th 2006 4:03PM

original ghostbustersWell, heck, I guess you can learn something new every day. In 1975, Filmation produced a live-action series titled Ghostbusters. The series ran on CBS for two official seasons and eventually the name "Ghostbusters" was forgotten until the box office smash with the same title hit screens in 1984.

Folks around my age probably remember The Real Ghostbusters, a cartoon spun off from the movie with the clever hook that they were the actual Ghostbusters, and the guys in the movie were just actors. At the same time, however, after having settled out of court with Columbia Pictures for using the name, Filmation decided to try and cash in on the name by making a cartoon titled The Original Ghostbusters, which featured the sons of the original CBS series taking up the business once again.

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Moral Orel comes to DVD next year

by Adam Finley, posted Nov 20th 2006 11:32AM

moral orelIn the beginning, Dino Stamatopoulos created Moral Orel, and it was good.

Anyway, if you read my interview with Dino, you know that at some point Moral Orel would be getting the versatile digital treatment, and Warner Bros. has just announced that Volume 1 will be in stores March 20, 2007. The set will include fifteen episodes, and I'm going to assume that means the ten episodes that comprised season one plus the first five episodes from season two (Dino also told me in an e-mail that'll most likely be the case). I tend to like my DVD sets in seasons rather than volumes, but when the episodes are only about 11 minutes long sans commercials, this approach does make more sense. No official word yet on extras, though Dino tells me they have recorded commentaries for the episodes.

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Next Smallville DVD in HD

by Adam Finley, posted Oct 23rd 2006 12:01PM
smallvilleGood news for Smallville fans who dig that whole "high definition" thing. The fifth season of the series will be released in the HD DVD format on November 28, so if you're willing to shell out a little more cash (it'll cost around eighty bucks), you can enjoy watching young Superman doing whatever it is he does on that show. Sorry, I've never seen a single episode. Not much of a comic book geek am I. But occasionally type like Yoda I do. The DVD will also include the usual extras such as deleted scenes and audio commentary, as well as special HD features. This is part of Warner's new Superman DVD campaign, which also includes HD DVD releases of the Superman movies.

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The Simpsons season nine out on DVD in December

by Adam Finley, posted Sep 28th 2006 4:28PM

simpsonsThe ever-vigilant TVShowsonDVD has announced that the ninth season of The Simpsons will be ready for purchase in digital versatile format on December 19, just in time for any family members who might be reading this to grab the set for me for Christmas. Hell, I haven't even made it all the way through my eighth season set yet and already a new one has been announced -- not that I'm complaining. The ninth season has more than a few great episodes: the family's trip to New York City; Homer buying a handgun to protect his family; a religious debate spurned by the alleged remains of a dead angel; the students of Springfield Elementary stranded on an island a la Lord of the Flies; Homer and his reluctant family joining the Movementarian cult; Bart and Lisa becoming co-anchors on a student news program while Homer purchases and subsequently almost kills a helper monkey; and Homer climbing the dangerous Murderhorn mountain to earn Bart's respect.

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Aqua Teen movie in February (I guess)

by Adam Finley, posted Sep 18th 2006 4:01PM

aqua teenSo there I was poking around this blog when I came across this post I did back in April where I relayed the news to all of you that the Aqua Teen Hunger Force movie would be out in September. 'Wait a second,' thought I, 'we're already halfway through September and I haven't heard or seen anything about this movie at all.' I had to do a lot of digging, because Adult Swim makes it nearly impossible to find any information on their shows, but I finally found this posting on the AS messageboards from BrandMerrill, who I think might be Andy Merrill, who provides the voice of Oglethorpe on the series, and apparently in the movie, too. Anyway, he's listed as a "Swim Insider" so let's assume this missive he left is true:

The movie is actually almost done. I've seen part of it. The stuff I saw was really good. But the people who distribute movies said we should put it out in February, so since they do movies all the time and we do not, we are going to listen to them.

So there you go, the movie will be out in February, or so I shall assume. Oh yeah, and if this was mentioned on any of the bumps during the AS block you'll have to forgive me. Since I watch everything on Tivo I tend to skip over those.

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CBS releases fall premiere dates

by Joel Keller, posted Aug 3rd 2006 12:34PM
CBS logoWell, folks, it's time to start arranging your calendars; the networks are beginning to announce the premiere dates for both their new shows and their returning shows. So, if you've been hankering to find out what happened to Lilly and Marshall on How I Met Your Mother, what the new show Jericho is going to be like, or how many new ways CSI is going to show a person's pancreas, then look below and make note of these dates:

9/14: Survivor: Cook Islands
9/17: The Amazing Race 10
9/18: The Class, How I Met Your Mother, Two and a Half Men, The New Adventures of Old Christine, CSI: Miami
9/19: NCIS, The Unit, Smith
9/20: Jericho, Criminal Minds, CSI: NY
9/21: CSI, Shark
9/22: Ghost Whisperer, Close to Home, Numb3rs
9/23: Crimetime Saturday, Crimetime Saturday, 48 Hours Mystery
9/24: 60 Minutes, The Amazing Race 10, Cold Case, Without a Trace

[via Cynopsis]

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Jamie Kennedy gets record deal

by Adam Finley, posted Jul 5th 2006 1:01PM
jamie kennedyOkay, I can admit when I'm wrong. When Jamie Kennedy and his pal Stu Stone tried to set the world of hip hop on fire with their sorta-reality show Jamie Kennedy's Blowin' Up, I didn't think they stood a chance in hell of ever getting a record deal. I figured the show would be essentially be a comedic look at two mediocre rappers trying to seem legit, and I guess that's what it was, but it also got Kennedy and Stone the deal they wanted all along. On July 11, Reprise/Warmer Bros. Records and Kennedy's own label Jkss will release an album from the first-time rappers, which will feature guest rappers Ice-T, E-40, Paul Wall, and Kardinall Offishall. If you like your rap light and fluffy, this is probably the album for you. I'm not sure if anything can beat Kennedy's tribute to Bob Saget (link NSFW), though.

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Joking Apart fan releases DVD himself

by Adam Finley, posted May 23rd 2006 2:53PM

joking apartIf you've never heard of the cult TV series Joking Apart, join the club, because I've never heard of it either. Of course, I don't live in the UK. Apparently, however, it was created by Steven Moffat as a precursor to his more popular show Coupling. The BBC comedy, however, was never released on DVD, at least not until a fan named Craig Robins bought the rights to the show himself. Robins also works in television as an editor, so the DVD, which will be available on May 28, is said to have a very "professional" look to it. The series ran from 1995 to 1997 on BBC2, but was eclipsed at the time by more popular fare.

[via Digg]

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The Boondocks DVD pushed back to July

by Adam Finley, posted May 19th 2006 4:01PM
boondocksAs I mentioned in April, the first season of The Boondocks, uncut and uncensored, will be out in June. Well, apparently I lied. Okay, I didn't really lie, but the release date has been pushed back over a month to July 25. Actually, I'd be interested to know if anyone watches this show. I checked it out when it debuted, and while I think individual episodes were okay, the show never seemed to leave me with any reason to keep checking back in. If I serendipitously catch it while surfing the channels, I'll stop and watch it, but it's not a show I actually make a point to watch. It has become one of those shows I can admire even if personally it leaves me a bit cold. Should I give it another chance?

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Tale Spin and Darkwing Duck coming to DVD

by Adam Finley, posted Apr 19th 2006 3:36PM
darkwing duckIn August, two of my favorite after school cartoons from my middle school days will be coming out on DVD. Darkwing Duck, a sorta spin-off of Duck Tales which focused on an undercover crime-fighting duck who fought a menagerie of villains a la Dick Tracy, is tentatively set for an August 29 release. In addition, Tale Spin, which took some of the characters from The Jungle Book and made them part of a global delivery service led by Baloo the Bear, will also be released in late August, though we don't know what the exact release date of that will be, either. Actually, I'm not sure how much I ever really got into Tale Spin, I think it was just part of the block of shows I watched. I loved Darkwing Duck, however, and always found it to be quite clever.

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The Tick animated series coming to DVD (most likely)

by Adam Finley, posted Apr 4th 2006 3:02PM

the tickI know, I know, this news is a bit old, but stuff slips by sometimes and you have to catch it later. In this case it was TV Shows On DVD's unofficial annoucement back in January that The Tick, the 1994 animated series based on Ben Edlund's comic book, will be coming out on DVD this year. Disney, who owns the rights, have not made an official annoucement, so we'll have to trust TVSODVD's super secret inside sources.

I hate to admit it, but The Tick didn't really impress me all that much, at least not at first. I had been a huge fan of the comic books long before the animated series came out, and, perhaps unfairly, I had a hard time not comparing it to the comics. Eventually I stopped making that unfair comparison and began to enjoy the show on its own merit. Still, I think I prefer the comics more. I suppose some people felt the same way when the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles got animated. It's hard to let go sometimes, but you learn.

Special thanks to vaccenyl, who mentioned this over on my Animaniacs post.

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Aqua Teen Hunger Force hits theaters in September

by Adam Finley, posted Apr 1st 2006 2:03PM

aqua teen hunger forceWhen I was doing some research for my interview with Adam de la Pena of Minoriteam, I stumbled upon this IMDb page for an alleged Aqua Teen Hunger Force movie. I say "alleged" because there seemed to be some question as to the page's veracity, which is common on IMDb where movies are sometimes listed that don't actually  exist.

Well, this movie, according to Adult Swim's site, does in fact exist, and it will be in theaters by this September. No official date, however, has been announced. The movie, in true Aqua Teen style, is being called The Aqua Teen Hunger Force Movie Film for Theatres. Here's Adult Swim's synopsis:

"The Aqua Teen Hunger Force Movie Film for Theatres is an action-adventure epic that tackles the mysterious circumstances that brought Meatwad, Frylock and Master Shake together. An immortal piece of exercise equipment threatens the balance of galactic peace, and it is up to the Aqua Teen Hunger Force to run away from it. Complicating matters, the Plutonians team up with the Cybernetic Ghost of Christmas Past for ultimate control of the deadly device."

I was slightly concerned about how they were going to stretch a fifteen minute cartoon into a feature film, but it sounds like they've found a way to do it. I'm stoked, how about the rest of you?

 

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Family Guy video games coming

by Adam Finley, posted Mar 7th 2006 8:29AM
family guyI lost interest in video games several years ago, so any information from that particular realm pretty much stays off my radar. However, I did find out recently that 2K Games would be developing games based on Family Guy. Apparently, these games have been in development for awhile, so it seems this was just another friendly reminder that yes, the games are being made. The first one will be released this fall and will be of the "action/adventure" variety.

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