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Review: Adult Swim in a Box

by Nick Zaino, posted Nov 5th 2009 10:02AM
Adult Swim in a BoxThe new Adult Swim In A Box is an embarrassment of riches - six boxed sets for six different shows and a bonus disc featuring five unreleased pilots -- more than 20 hours on 12 DVDs. I was especially happy to get season two of Sealab 2021, which I have never been able to catch regularly, and season one of Metalocalypse, which I have always enjoyed.

Getting season two of Robot Chicken, volume one of Moral Orel, volume two of Aqua Teen Hunger Force, and volume three of Space Ghost Coast to Coast just seemed like a bonus. Well worth the suggested retail price of $69.98 for Adult Swim fans who haven't already purchased any of the included sets.

The pilots are a mixed bag, but mostly good. The Best of Totally for Teens is a live action parody of a moralistic teen variety show hosted by thirtysomethings trying to be hip. It's a promising premise, one that should maybe be revisited, but the pilot is a bit of a mess. It hits topics ripe for satire in the format like teen insecurity, drugs, and sex, and has the right look for Adult Swim.

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Seth Green sells animated series to Fox

by Brad Trechak, posted Sep 30th 2009 10:30AM
Robot ChickenThe team behind Robot Chicken is moving on up ...to Fox. They sold an animated series to the network that is intended to appear on prime time.

The formula of the new show will be familiar. It's pretty much a family and school-based comedy like all the other Fox animated shows. It's somewhat of a shame as Robot Chicken presented something fun and different while this could potentially be lost in a crowd that includes the entire Sunday night Fox line-up. Hopefully Green and company can add some sort of unique flavor to the show that will help it distinguish itself.

Obviously, Seth Green is already involved with the Sunday night Fox animated shows, since he's the voice of Chris Griffin on Family Guy. That show even throws in lines occasionally promoting a fictitious Family Guy/Robot Chicken feud. I wonder if this news will change the dynamic of that "feud" somewhat. Probably not, other than giving them something else to make in-jokes about.

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What's On Tonight: Emmy Awards, Army Wives, Mad Men, Bored To Death

by Bob Sassone, posted Sep 20th 2009 4:00PM
  • Seinfeld Reunion - Entertainment WeeklyTV Land has an Andy Griffith Show marathon all night.
  • At 7, CBS has a new 60 Minutes, then the Emmy Awards.
  • NBC has a new Football Night in America at 7, followed by the Giants/Cowboys game.
  • At 8, Great American Country has a new Soundstage.
  • At 8:30, Disney has a new Jonas.
  • At 9, PBS has a new Masterpiece Mystery!
  • HBO has the season premiere of Curb Your Enthusiasm at 9, then the series premiere of Bored To Death.
  • Lifetime has a new Drop Dead Diva at 9, followed by a new Army Wives.
  • Cartoon Network has a new Total Drama Action at 9.
  • At 10, AMC has a new Mad Men.
  • History Channel has a new Pawn Stars at 10.
  • At 10:30, HBO has a new Entourage.
  • At 11:30, Cartoon Network has a new Robot Chicken.

Check your local TV listings for more.

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We got your Titan Maximum right here

by Brad Trechak, posted Sep 12th 2009 10:14AM
Robot ChickenIt was mentioned a few months ago that some of the folks behind Robot Chicken (including Seth Green) are making a new Adult Swim series called Titan Maximum, which is basically a Voltron parody. I didn't realize when I first heard of this project that there was also a little Thunderbirds in the mix as well. And quite probably some Team America: World Police.

It's too early to tell, but based on the preview, the show certainly looks funny. Unlike Robot Chicken, this show will likely have things like plots and regular characters (the nerd kid from Robot Chicken doesn't count). In that sense, it's more a parody in the vein of The Venture Brothers.

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What's On Tonight: Jonas, Masterpiece Mystery, Robot Chicken

by Bob Sassone, posted Sep 6th 2009 4:07PM
  • Design StarAt 5, TV Land has an Andy Griffith Show marathon.
  • At 7, NBC has a new Dateline.
  • At 7:30, ESPN has the Sprint Cup: Labor Day Classic 500 race.
  • At 8, CBS has a new Big Brother, followed by a new There Goes The Neighborhood.
  • CNBC has the NBC Prime Time Preview Show at 8.
  • Nickelodeon has a new Nick News at 8.
  • CMTV has the original The Longest Yard at 8.
  • Also at 8: Style Network has a new Ruby.
  • At 8:30, Disney has a new Jonas.
  • At 9, various stations have The Jerry Lewis MDA Telethon (check local listings).
  • PBS has a new Masterpiece Mystery! at 9.
  • WE has a new Bridezillas at 9.
  • At 10, AMC has a new Mad Men.
  • There's a new Design Star on HGTV at 10.
  • History Channel has a new Pawn Stars at 10.
  • At 11:30, Cartoon Network has a new Robot Chicken.

Check your local TV listings for more.

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What's On Tonight: Daytime Emmys, Futurama, True Blood, Design Star

by Bob Sassone, posted Aug 30th 2009 4:00PM
  • Army WivesA 7, NBC has a new Dateline, then Pre-Season Football, the Bears vs. the Broncos.
  • At 8, CBS has a new Big Brother, followed by a new There Goes The Neighborhood.
  • The CW has the Daytime Emmy Awards at 8.
  • Food Network has a new Challenge at 8, followed by a new Iron Chef America.
  • At 9, ABC has a new Shark Tank, then a new Defying Gravity.
  • PBS has a new Masterpiece Mystery! at 9.
  • Comedy Central has Futurama: Into the Wild Green Yonder at 9.
  • There's a new Drop Dead Diva on Lifetime at 8, then a new Army Wives.
  • National Geographic Channel has the series premiere of The Human Family Tree at 9.
  • HBO has a new True Blood at 9, followed by new episodes of Hung and Entourage.
  • Also at 9: Syfy has the movie High Plains Invaders.
  • At 10, AMC has a new Mad Men.
  • HGTV has a new Design Star at 10.
  • History Channel has two new episodes of Pawn Stars at 10.
  • At 11:30, Cartoon Network has a new Robot Chicken.

Check your local TV listings for more.

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What's On Tonight: Elvis, Big Brother, Mad Men, Robot Chicken

by Bob Sassone, posted Aug 16th 2009 4:00PM
Merlin

  • TCM has Elvis Presley movie all night.
  • At 7, CBS has a new Michael Vick interview on 60 Minutes.
  • NBC has two new episodes of Merlin at 7.
  • The CW has a new Easy Money at 7.
  • Retro TV has Airwolf at 7, followed by the Hardy Boys/Nancy Drew Mysteries and two episodes of the original Mike Hammer.
  • At 8, ABC has a new Who Wants To Be A Millionaire, then new episodes of Shark Tank and Defying Gravity.
  • CBS has a new Big Brother at 8, followed by a new There Goes The Neighborhood.
  • There's a new Challenge on Food Network at 8.
  • ESPN2 has Little League Baseball at 8.
  • Also at 8: Disney has a new Sonny with a Chance, followed by a new Jonas.
  • At 9, Lifetime has a new Drop Dead Diva, then a new Army Wives.
  • HBO has a new True Blood at 9, then new episodes of Hung and Entourage.
  • A&E has two new episodes of Gene Simmons' Family Jewels at 9.
  • History Channel has a new Ice Road Truckers at 9, followed by a new Pawn Stars.
  • At 10, AMC has the season premiere of Mad Men.
  • At 11:30, Cartoon Network has a new Robot Chicken.

Check your local TV listings for more.

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What's On Tonight: Shark Tank, Neighborhood, Joan Rivers Roast

by Bob Sassone, posted Aug 9th 2009 4:00PM
  • Law and Order: CIAt 7, NBC has a new Dateline, followed by Pre-Season Football, Bills vs. Titans.
  • At 7:30, Disney has a new Hannah Montana.
  • At 8, ABC has the premiere of Who Wants To Be A Millionaire, then the series premiere of Shark Tank and a new Defying Gravity.
  • CBS has a new Big Brother at 8, then the series premiere of There Goes The Neighborhood.
  • Retro TV has two episodes of the original Mike Hammer at 8, then The Alfred Hitchcock Hour.
  • ESPN has the Red Sox/Yankees game at 8.
  • At 8:30, Disney has a new Jonas.
  • At 9, Lifetime has a new Drop Dead Diva, followed by a new Army Wives.
  • USA has the season finale of Law and Order: CI at 9, then the season finale of In Plain Sight.
  • HBO has a new True Blood at 9, followed by new episodes of Hung and Entourage.
  • A&E has two new episodes of Gene Simmons' Family Jewels, then Animal House: The Inside Story.
  • History Channel has a new Ice Road Truckers at 9, followed by two new episodes of Pawn Stars.
  • There's a new Web Soup on G4 at 9.
  • Also at 9: Food Network has a new Iron Chef America.
  • At 10, Comedy Central has the Joan Rivers Roast.
  • At 11:30, Cartoon Network has a new Robot Chicken.
  • At 1am, Cartoon Network has a new Mighty Boosh.

Check your local TV listings for more.

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What's On Tonight: Shark Week, Defying Gravity, Next Food Network Star

by Bob Sassone, posted Aug 2nd 2009 4:00PM
  • EntourageShark Week stars on Discovery Channel today.
  • Travel Channel has a Man vs. Food marathon all night.
  • At 7, NBC has a new Dateline, followed by a new Merlin and the conclusion of The Storm.
  • At 8, ABC has Ty's British Adventure, then the series premiere of Defying Gravity.
  • CBS has a new Big Brother at 8.
  • At 8:30, Disney has a new Jonas.
  • At 9, USA has a new Law and Order: CI, then a new In Plain Sight.
  • Food Network has the season finale of Next Food Network Star at 9, followed by a new The Best Thing I Ever Ate.
  • Lifetime has a new Drop Dead Diva at 9, then a new Army Wives.
  • A&E has two new episodes of Gene Simmons' Family Jewels at 9.
  • There's a new Ice Road Truckers on History Channel at 9, followed by two new episodes of Pawn Stars.
  • G4 has a new Web Soup at 9.
  • Also at 9: HBO has a new True Blood, then new episodes of Hung and Entourage.
  • At 11:30, Cartoon Network has a new Robot Chicken.
  • At midnight, Cartoon Network has a new Squidbillies.
  • At 12:30am, Cartoon Network has a new Mighty Boosh.

Check your local TV listings for more.

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What's On Tonight: Cronkite Remembers, Hannah Montana, Army Wives

by Bob Sassone, posted Jul 26th 2009 4:04PM
Robot Chicken

  • Discovery has a Cronkite Remembers marathon all night.
  • At 7, NBC has a new Dateline, followed by a new Merlin and the miniseries The Storm.
  • The CW has a new Easy Money at 7.
  • At 7:30, Disney has a new Hannah Montana.
  • At 8, CBS has a new Big Brother.
  • TCM has High Noon at 8.
  • Food Network has a new Challenge at 8, then new episodes of Next Food Network Star and Extreme Cuisine with Jeff Corwin.
  • At 9, PBS has a new Masterpiece Mystery!
  • USA has a new Law and Order: CI at 9, then a new In Plain Sight.
  • HBO has a new True Blood at 9, then new episodes of Hung and Entourage.
  • There's a new Drop Dead Diva on Lifetime at 9, followed by a new Army Wives.
  • A&E has two new episodes of Gene Simmons' Family Jewels at 9, then two new episodes of Hammertime.
  • History Channel has a new Ice Road Truckers at 9, followed by two new episodes of Pawn Stars.
  • Also at 9: G4 has a new Web Soup.
  • At 11:30, Cartoon Network has a new Robot Chicken.
  • At 12:30, Cartoon Network has a new Mighty Boosh.

Check your local TV listings for more.

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Seth Green's Robot Chicken panel takes on Avatar - Comic-Con Report

by John Scott Lewinski, posted Jul 23rd 2009 10:25PM
The Robot Chicken/Titan Maximum panel drew a huge crowd at Comic-Con.If you asked around to most experts and fans attending Comic-Con International what the biggest event was today, they'd probably pick the 3 p.m. panel featuring James Cameron and his first public showing of footage from Avatar.

But Seth Green was scheduled opposite Avatar to discuss Robot Chicken, the new Titan Maximum and whatever else his fans could throw at him.

Sure the crowds were massive for Cameron, but it was also a maxed-out Meeting Room 6A for Green and the Adult Swim shows as fans lined up down the hall, down another hall and, eventually, outside the upper level of the convention center.

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New TV on DVD releases this week

by Bob Sassone, posted Jul 20th 2009 6:01PM
SpongeBob SquarePantsHere are the new TV DVDs, in stores tomorrow.

I don't care how much controversy there is, why would anyone want to buy the Jon & Kate Plus 8 DVDs? Would you really want to sit around a year or two or five from now and watch the episodes again? Why?

There's a new Route 66 DVD set out, Season 3, Volume 1, but if you got the Season 3 collector's set from Best Buy or Critic's Choice, they've issued a recall.

  • Charlie's Angels - Season 4
  • The Donna Reed Show - Season 2
  • Hotel - Season 1
  • Jon & Kate Plus 8 - Season 4, Vol. 2
  • The Lucy Show - Season 1

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Remember the good times we had with (at) Michael Jackson('s expense)?

by Danny Gallagher, posted Jul 9th 2009 5:04PM
South Park poking fun of Michael Jackson
A lot of memories have surfaced of the good times that pop icon and musical genius Michael Jackson provided the world in the wake of his untimely and unfortunate death. However, an elephant in the room has wedged its wide butt in between the happy memories that range from "Billy Jean" to "Rockin' Robin," other than the eye-bleedingly bad Moonwalker movie.

Jackson's life outside of the recording studio and in the blood-soaked pages of the supermarket tabloids provided a lot of fodder for comedies and comedians that turned the man into a punchline just as fast as the radio waves turned him into a legend.

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Robot Chicken Star Wars touring on skates across U.S.

by John Scott Lewinski, posted Jul 3rd 2009 9:03AM
Seth MacFarlane is Emperor Palpatine in Robot Chicken Star Wars.Seth Green and the Robot Chicken: Star Wars team are taking a skate show on the road to promote the release of the sequel on DVD.

Adult Swim's Robot Chicken: Star Wars -- Episode II comes to DVD conveniently in time for San Diego Comic-Con, and Green will kick-off a national bus tour of roller skating rinks for two weeks to hype the disc.

It's a hip choice for Robot Chicken: Star Wars, as the first DVD in the series included a funny "Star Wars on Ice" segment.

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Robot Chicken crew to star in Titan Maximum

by Brad Trechak, posted May 7th 2009 5:07PM
Robot ChickenSeth Green and a bunch of his associates from Robot Chicken will be lending their voices to a new animated series called Titan Maximum which is, for all intents and purposes, a parody of the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers and their ilk (or even Voltron). Many of the people behind this show are also behind Robot Chicken.

I've been saying for years that if the world is threatened by an extra-terrestrial menace, the last group of people I would want to defend me is "teens with attitude". With that in mind, this sounds like a really funny concept. I'm just not sure if it would work as a continuing series. It might be better as a limited series or just a movie. Hopefully Green and company will prove me wrong.

It helps that two of the writers behind it write for comic books (Geoff Johns and Zeb Wells) since it's such a comic book premise. This is definitely one that I'll set the DVR for.

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