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You'll love Friday Night Lights, or your money back

by Adam Finley, posted Aug 22nd 2007 12:35PM

friday night lightsThat's right, Friday Night Lights shaves as close as a blade, or your money back.

Sorry, whenever I hear news of a refund that old electric razor commercial pops into my head. Remember that one? No? Okay, moving on:

The folks behind NBC's Friday Night Lights are so sure you'll love the first season DVD set coming out next Tuesday that they're offering to refund your money if you don't like it. In order to qualify for the refund, you have to purchase the DVD before the end of the year, and I guess you also have to hate the series.

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The Smurfs coming to DVD - VIDEO

by Adam Finley, posted Aug 4th 2007 2:01PM

smurfsChoke on hot blue nostalgia, Generation X.

The Smurfs, that popular animated program I and many of my friends watched religiously as children of the '80s, is finally coming out on DVD. The Smurfs: Season One, Volume One is a two-disc set including the first nineteen episodes of the first season, along with "The Smurfs Springtime Special" and "Smurfs: The Music Video." The set comes out December 4.

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Friday Night Lights: The First Season on DVD August 28

by Adam Finley, posted Aug 3rd 2007 11:02AM

friday night lightsFriday Night Lights is a good series.

Oh, really, Adam? And why should we believe you?

I'll tell you why: because I don't like football, hated high school, and especially didn't care for high school football, or athletics of any kind. Despite all of that, Friday Night Lights has drawn me in by being one of the most objective, unflinching depictions of teenage life since Freaks and Geeks. The two series aren't comparable beyond that, but they both do away with the gloss and rose-colored hindsight prevalent in so many other TV series and movies about teens. Friday Night Lights does not try to force a certain perspective: if you think getting worked up over a sport is idiotic, this show won't change your mind, but you'll be too affected by how it both tears the town apart and brings it together to care.

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Did Brian Dunkelman wish AIDS on Ryan Seacrest?

by Liz Finn-Arnold, posted Jul 31st 2007 5:39PM
Ryan SeacrestAccording to TMZ, Brian Dunkelman offended a Laugh Factory audience last week by bitterly joking during his stand-up routine, "If wishes came true Ryan Seacrest would have AIDS."

As you might recall, Dunkelman was Ryan's American Idol co-host during season one. After leaving the show, Dunkelman faded into obscurity while Ryan Seacrest went on to become one of the most recognizable faces on TV.

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This American Life now on iTunes

by Adam Finley, posted Jul 3rd 2007 6:20PM

this american lifeSome very cool news for fans of This American Life, the Showtime version of the long-running public radio mainstay. The first season of the series is now available on iTunes for $1.99 per episode (six episodes total) or $10.99 for the whole season. You can also download the radio version for free, just in case you didn't know.

I'll admit I didn't get into This American Life, the radio series or the TV program, until recently after hearing for many years how compelling and well-made it is. Those people were right, and it's become a permanent fixture on both my Tivo and my iPod. If they made a This American Life pamphlet, I would subscribe to that, too.

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A bunch of Star Trek: The Next Generation endings - VIDEO

by Adam Finley, posted May 30th 2007 4:02PM

star trekDon't ask me why, but someone has compiled a video consisting of the final ten seconds of every episode of the first season of Star Trek: the Next Generation.

Now many of you may know this, but almost every episode ended with someone saying, "bite me, suck-face!" and giving the finger directly into the camera. I know, it's weird. I never quite understood it myself. It's one of those TV catchphrases that never quite caught on.

Seriously, though, if you're a fan of The Next Generation, this is a pretty cool tribute, as each episode doesn't end with a definite conclusion, but with another step toward more adventure.

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Not into football? Watch a My Boys marathon

by Adam Finley, posted Feb 1st 2007 11:01AM

My BoysOn Sunday, February 4, the same day some kind of football game or something airs on TV, TBS will air all thirteen season one episodes of the series My Boys. The marathon begins with the first episode at 5:00pm and ends at 11:30pm. New episodes will premiere sometime this summer.

My Boys is currently the number one sitcom on ad-supported cable for adults 18 to 49, which means you actually have to watch the show if you fall into that age bracket. Otherwise, you upset the balance of the universe and before you know it the moon is crashing into the sun, the ocean tides are reversing, and owls are eating giraffes. I don't make the rules, people.

Of course, you could always record the marathon and watch the big game instead, but those of us who were artsy marching band nerds when we were younger and never cared much for football will be sitting back to enjoy some comedy.

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My accidental lunch with ABC's Steve McPherson - TCA Report

by Joel Keller, posted Jan 14th 2007 5:55PM
Steve McPherson of ABCAfter the TCA Lost session, the gathered reporters tried to get some one-on-ones with the stars and producers, but I decided to skip that and go straight to lunch (the closest I got to a one-on-one was when I saw Matthew Fox exit the bathroom as I was on my way in. Me: "Havin' fun?" Fox: "Yeaaaah." It was in a tone that told me that he'd have rather gotten a full-cavity body search at the airport than sit for that panel). So, there I was, sitting at a big empty table with an AOL colleague, innocently eating and chatting, when ABC President Steve McPherson sat down with two reporters in tow.

It seems that little bombshell the Lost producers dropped about an "endpoint" had the reporters all atwitter, as the two were peppering him with questions about it. Before we knew it the table was jam packed with reporters, asking McPherson if he knew about this endpoint and when it might be. When he speculated it might be after a seventh season, one reporter chimed in that "they said it might be after five." But McPherson was smooth throughout, telling everyone that he's been talking with the producers about an endpoint almost since the beginning of the series, and he didn't seem to be that concerned about it.

As the conversation turned from Lost to other shows, I decided to throw him a question about my favorite fall disappointment, The Nine.

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Metalocalypse DVD and CD out this summer

by Adam Finley, posted Dec 28th 2006 6:02PM

metalocalypseThe first season of Metalocalypse, which finished off last week, will be available on DVD in the summer of 2007, according to DethKlok's lead singer Nathan Explosion (each of the band members have their own MySpace). The message was sent as a bulletin to members of the site, but you can check it out in the Toon Zone forums, also.

The message also teases that there may be a second season of the series, telling fans to pay close attention to the last line of the season's last episode. Since that line was something like, "The Metalocalypse has begun" I'm going to say that's a pretty good sign we'll be seeing more of the brutal but not-especially-bright boys of DethKlok in the future.

Also, a full-length DethKlok album will be available this summer. The CD will include complete songs featured in the show, as well as some new stuff. I'll keep my eyes and ears open for new information on both of these releases as more pops up. ROCK.

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G4 to show Arrested Development marathon on Christmas day

by Joel Keller, posted Dec 23rd 2006 5:08PM
Arrested DevelopmentLet's face it; TV in Christmas day blows, especially if you're not a fan of football, basketball, or constantly burning logs. Yeah, the various networks tend to have marathons, but many of them are holiday related, and by the time you've unwrapped the presents and drank your weight in egg nog, you're pretty damned sick of holiday cheer.

Our friends at G4 might have the perfect antidote to that: a marathon of everyone's favorite cancelled comedy, Arrested Development. According to Newsday, the network will air the entire first season of AD, starting at 9 AM Monday morning. That's eleven hours of Bluthian fun and games to help you forget that your aunt gave you socks for the tenth year in a row. Unlike a lot of comedies, the first season of AD hits its creative stride pretty quickly (I became a fan after watching the second episode), so there are no real growing pains to see here, just smart comedy. It's a heck of a lot better than hearing about Shaq and Kobe for the three billionth time.

[via Pop Candy]

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Complete first season of SNL on iTunes

by Adam Finley, posted Dec 13th 2006 1:02PM

snlI don't know how long these episodes have been available, but I just happened to notice that the entire first season of Saturday Night Live is available for download on iTunes (actually, it looks like it was just added this week). You can purchase individual episodes for a buck ninety-nine, or get the whole shebang for $44.99. This first season is filled with classic moments that were unlike anything seen on television before, late night or otherwise, proving beyond any doubt that lots and lots of cocaine make people very funny. But I kid.

Of course, you can always buy the DVD set, also, which is probably the better option, but this first season is pretty damn funny no matter what screen you view it on, unless it's the new Sylvania Dead Puppy Television, a TV screen framed in dead puppies. This product is available through the Sylvania Web site, or it could possibly just be a dream I had the other night. I haven't bothered to check.

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Lost rumor: Season one coming out on Blu-ray DVD

by Anna Johns, posted Oct 25th 2006 7:32PM
lostThere's a rumor floating around The Tail Section, a Lost fan forum, that ABC is about to announce a new DVD set of Lost in Blu-ray format. What is Blu-ray? It's a high-definition disc that can store substantially more content than a regular DVD and the brand is currently competing against HD-DVD to be the optimum choice for high-def DVDs (kinda like the Beta vs. VHS battle of the '80s). But, the Sony Blu-ray player keeps getting delayed because of various technical glitches.

According to the rumor mill, the HDTV enhanced box set of season one will cost $199.99! The site also says that there will be two-episode discs available for $20, which is still $220 for the entire season if you get them all.

I put a call in to Buena Vista about this, but no response yet.

[Thanks, Richard L.!]

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Dexter: Let's Give the Boy a Hand

by Keith McDuffee, posted Oct 22nd 2006 11:35PM
dexter(S01E04) "I'm not the monster he wants me to be. So I'm neither man nor beast. I'm something new entirely, with my own set of rules.

I'm Dexter.

Boo!"


Dexter's right about relationships. A relationship means picking up someone at an airport, doing things together ... and things can sometimes get ... messy. However, the messy parts of a relationship aren't exactly what a normal person considers messy.

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What's New, Scooby-Doo? first season on DVD in 2007

by Adam Finley, posted Oct 22nd 2006 6:04PM

scooby dooWhat's New Scooby-Doo? was an updated version of the classic Scooby-Doo, Where Are You? that stuck with the basic premise of the gang solving spooky mysteries, but with new gadgets and contemporary music to give everything a more modern feel. The only voice actors who remained from the original series were Casey Kasem as Shaggy and Frank Welker as Fred (who also took over the voice of Scooby-Doo after Don Messick passed away in 1997). All other characters were voiced by different people. The animation was done by Warner Bros, giving it a more fluid look than the Hanna-Barbera original. The first season of the cartoon, which ran for just under three years on the WB, will be released on DVD on February 20, 2007. Fans of the original series probably don't care too much about this modern version, but younger kids seem to like it. Besides, it's not like people my age aren't more familiar with the Ralph Bakshi version of Mighty Mouse than the original Terrytoons version. Things get updated for new generations, that's how this nutty industry works sometimes.

[via Toon Zone]

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Classic Transformers coming to DVD next year

by Adam Finley, posted Oct 22nd 2006 4:01PM
transformersPreview copies of Transformers: the Movie have been sent out (regular people like us can get our hands on it November 7), and according to TVShowsOnDVD, the DVD includes trailers for the original Sunbow Productions TV series to be released on DVD in 2007. Along with another of Sunbow's cartoons, GI Joe, I watched the Transformers religiously when it aired from 1984 to 1987, but never saw the movie and lost track of the franchise when Beast Wars came along and everything became too convoluted for me to keep track of. Also, I was in college by that time and had lost interest in the transforming 'bots as anything more than a fond memory of a childhood spent parked in front of the television. The trailer for the original series does not give a specific date of release, and apparently it doesn't say whether the episodes will be released as season sets, either. Hopefully we'll find out more about that soon.

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