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Bugs and Daffy Return in Cartoon Network's New 'Looney Tunes'

by Gary Susman, posted Apr 21st 2010 3:00PM

It's wabbit season! No, it's duck season!

Actually, it's both. Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Elmer Fudd, and all the old-school Warner Bros. animated characters are coming back for 'The Looney Toons Show,' a series on Cartoon Network consisting of all-new half-hour episodes and shorts starring the classic cartoon characters.

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What's On Tonight: 'Stargate Universe,' 'Medium,' 'Ghost Whisperer'

by Rich Keller, posted Apr 9th 2010 12:30PM
A new episode of 'Stargate Universe' airs on SyFy at 9:00 pm
Here's tonight's TV lineup (all times Eastern). All shows listed are new, except where otherwise noted.

8:00 to 9:00
  • CBS: 'Ghost Whisperer'
  • The CW: 'Smallville'
  • TCM: 'Hang 'Em High' -- 1968 Western starring Clint Eastwood
9:00 to 10:00
  • ABC: 'Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution'
  • CBS: 'Medium'
  • FOX: 'Kitchen Nightmares'
  • NBC: 'Dateline NBC' -- Two hours
  • Cartoon Network: 'Star Wars: The Clone Wars'
  • National Geographic: 'Dog Whisperer'
  • TeenNick: 'Degrassi: The Next Generation'
  • TLC: 'What Not to Wear'
  • SyFy: 'Stargate Universe'
10:00 to 11:00
  • ABC: '20/20'
  • CBS: 'Miami Medical'
  • Discovery: 'American Loggers'
  • E!: 'The Soup'
  • Food Network: 'Private Chefs of Beverly Hills'
  • Starz: 'Spartacus: Blood and Sand'
  • SyFy: 'Merlin'
  • TLC: 'The Message'
11:00 to Midnight
  • Comedy Central: 'Comedy Central Presents' -- Matt Braunger and Mo Mandel (two 30-minute episodes)
  • VH1: 'Unplugged' -- Adam Lambert
Midnight
  • Comedy Central: 'The Awkward Comedy Show'
  • HBO: 'Funny or Die Presents'

Check your local TV listings for more information. After the jump, the late night talk shows.

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'Robot Chicken' Dudes Land "Irreverent" 'Star Wars' Series

by Sharon Knolle, posted Apr 5th 2010 6:30PM
Star WarsWell, who knew George Lucas likes to laugh at himself?

The sci-fi legend was tickled enough by 'Robot Chicken's' 'Star Wars' send-ups to hand over the reins of a new animated series to 'Chicken' wunderkinds Seth Green and Matthew Senreich.

Lucasfilm Animation announced the new series Monday, promising "a comedic and irreverent look at the characters from the sci-fi franchise." Green offers a hint at where he'll take these iconic characters.

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Direct from Lucasfilm: Mandalorians, Favreau rock Clone Wars

by John Scott Lewinski, posted Jan 29th 2010 1:02PM
The Jedi must once again face the Mandalorians in this Friday's Clone Wars episodes.Lovers of Star Wars: The Clone Wars look forward to any new episode of their favorite show. But, when you add a certain mask and armor mix into any Star Wars story, the fans woof like wookies.

That collective hooting and hollering has never been any louder now that the Mandalorians are finally getting Star Wars canon screen time in tonight's kick-off of a three-story arc, "The Mandalore Plot." Dave Filoni, Clone Wars supervising director, hears those empassioned tones and knows the responsibility he's facing.

"Ever since the first time we saw Boba Fett in 1980, the fans have known he had Mandalorian armor," Filoni said during an interview at Lucasfilm's HQ in San Francisco's Presidio. "Fans have been waiting a long time to see the Mandalorians in action."

"This is George Lucas' universe and he's very active in the show. So, it was George who suggested we bring the Mandalorians into the series."

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MacFarlane's home goes festive for Dark Side release

by John Scott Lewinski, posted Dec 14th 2009 2:02PM
Seth MacFarlane hosted the premiere event for Family Guy: Something, Something, Something Dark Side.The Dark Side came to Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane's house Saturday night in the form of both the worst weather Los Angeles has seen in years and the DVD release party for the Empire Strikes Back parody, Something Something Something Dark Side.

The follow-up to the successful Star Wars: Episode IV -- "A New Hope" spoof, Blue Harvest, Dark Side follows the exploits of Luke Skywalker (Chris Griffin, voiced by Seth Green), Han Solo (the MacFarlane-voiced Peter Griffin -- who insists on a new Rebel Alliance code name: Carlos Spicy Wiener) and their heroic friends as they flee the pursuing Imperial Fleet and Darth Vader (Stewie, also MacFarlane).

To celebrate the DVD's December 22 release, MacFarlane hosted a star (wars) studded Christmas party at his estate in the upper reaches of Beverly Hills. Reporters were rounded up, blind-folded and transported via unmarked black helicopters to MacFarlane's home to talk to the DVD's cast and to rub elbow's with Mos Eisley Cantina's worth of celebrities.

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Holiday gift ideas keep coming from 'a galaxy far, far away'

by John Scott Lewinski, posted Nov 23rd 2009 1:03PM
The Remote Control R2-D2 should help your kids scare the cat this holiday.Black Friday is less than a week away, and if you're stumped for gift ideas for a boy anywhere in the family, you could do worse than going with Star Wars: The Clone Wars merchandise.

The show remains one of the highest rated programs for males aged 12-25. That's no surprise since boys have always been the cash cow of George Lucas' $3 billion empire (no pun intended).

Hasbro is the emperor of Star Wars toys (at least those for kids), and the company has a couple of new, higher end items for the 2009 holidays.

The Clone Wars Remote Control R2-D2 is pretty much as advertised. For about $30, you get a replica of a Death Star comm-link that controls the droid's movements, sounds and lights. A kid will have fun driving him around the house. But, the toy is more fun for adults if you imagine that every beep he makes is really a rude, digitized curse word.

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Cartoon Network lets Clone Wars fans design online games

by John Scott Lewinski, posted Nov 12th 2009 10:02AM
Cartoon Network's Clone Wars Video Game Creator lets fans design their own games.If there aren't already enough Star Wars video games for your liking, you can make your own with Cartoon Network's Star Wars: The Clone Wars Game Creator.

With the animated action show continuing to draw big numbers on Friday nights, its home network is serving up a chance for fans to build their own Clone Wars game and share it with other gamers.

According to the network, these game creators aren't a stunt to generate TV show buzz. The Ben 10: Alien Force Game Creator posted more than 630 million game plays since it went live a year ago, with more than 4.6 million games created by online visitors.

Once fans open their game creator, they choose their character (Anakin Skywalker, Captain Rex or Cad Bane) and their vehicle (AT-TE, AT-RT or Speeder), allowing nine different combinations of character abilities and vehicle powers.

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New Clone Wars game ties into Star Wars series canon

by John Scott Lewinski, posted Oct 28th 2009 8:02PM
Star Wars The Clone Wars Republic Heroes adds to the animated series' backstory.If you're a fan of Star Wars: The Clone Wars, and you want to know what happened between Season One and the now-running Season Two, you're going to need a video game system.

The story in the new game, Star Wars: The Clone Wars - "Republic Heroes" bridges the gap between the show's first two runs, as Obi-Wan Kenobi, Anakin Skywalker and their loyal Clone Trooper comrades take on a new Separatist enemy packing a freshly polished doomsday weapon.

Available for PS3, Nintendo Wii or Xbox 360, "Republic Heroes" lets you play as a Jedi Knight or as a Clone Trooper -- depending on where you are in the game and what choices you make as a player.

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Misplaced steps reveal doorway to Star Wars live action series

by John Scott Lewinski, posted Sep 30th 2009 3:01PM
That distant glass door leads to LucasFilm television and its new live action Star Wars show.While I'll admit that the photo at right is not the most detailed, and Ansel Adams is unlikely to claim it as one of his own due to its lighting and composition, it should prove an important image for Star Wars fans.

The sign artfully painted on the glass door in this tasteful, Frank Lloyd Wright-inspired hallway within the Skywalker Ranch compound in Marin County, Calif. reads "LucasFilm Television." You'll have to trust me on that. This is as close as I could get with a camera.

You might wonder what the big deal is about that sign -- considering that LucasFilm has a show on the air already with Cartoon Network's Star Wars: The Clone Wars. But, those 22 episodes originate across the building in LucasFilm Animation -- a separate division.

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Set Visit: Clone Wars returns with better visuals, darker stories

by John Scott Lewinski, posted Sep 30th 2009 2:00PM
LucasFilm Animation hosted a special press event to hail the premiere of The Clone Wars' second season at Skywaliker Ranch in Marin County.Lucasfilm's Star Wars: The Clone Wars might just be the beat best action and adventure show on television.

Admittedly, there isn't a ton of competition as action shows are few and far between on TV these days. They're expensive to produce in live action, so reality TV, detective shows and "chick-flick" dramas drive network schedules. Since the Star Wars universe exists only in the imaginations of George Lucas and his team encamped north of the Golden Gate bridge, The Clone Wars has more room to play affordably.

The second season of The Clone Wars launches this Friday on Cartoon Network. To build some force behind the premiere, LucasFilm Animation hosted a press event at Skywalker Ranch in Marin County. Munching on Wookie-Cookies (as all of the catering was Star-themed) and rubbing elbows with costumed Clone Troopers and bounty hunters, show creators and cast members mingled with reporters in an enthusiastic, nerd-friendly atmosphere.

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Live action Star Wars begins shooting this year

by John Scott Lewinski, posted Aug 19th 2009 2:02PM
Boba Fett will play a major role in the new Star Wars live action show.The long-rumored Star Wars live action series is reportedly coming together quickly and will begin shooting before 2009 ends.

You can pick any one of many collected reports, but they all say the show is well past the planning stages and is only waiting on completed scripts before George Lucas begins casting the essential roles.

While news of Star Wars on TV might have generated a bored groan from viewers after the prequel movies came and went, the critical and ratings success of Cartoon Network's The Clone Wars shows that a galaxy far, far away can work on TV if the writers, directors and cast remember that this is all supposed to be fun -- not high drama of a deeply spiritual nature.

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Star Wars Saturday preview - Comic-Con Report

by John Scott Lewinski, posted Jul 25th 2009 7:02AM
The Clone Wars will head up Star Wars Saturday at Comic-Con.Today is Star Wars Saturday at Comic-Con International, and TV Squad has some special exclusives lined up for the event.

The Clone Wars is the big title for Lucasfilm's TV slate currently, but will George Lucas use this big event as the perfect launching pad to announce a live-action Star Wars series?

Of course, not everything is from a galaxy far, far away today, as other top shows hold their first panels and press events. I'll be running from interview to press conference to panel as fast as my sore feet will carry me.

You can keep tabs on where TV Squad's Comic-Con presence is in and out of the Convention Center by following our Twitter stream, @tvsquad.

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Rumor has Lucas discussing Star Wars TV series at Comic-Con

by John Scott Lewinski, posted Jul 7th 2009 12:03PM
Star Wars is coming to TV, and George Lucas might unveil it at Comic-Con.George Lucas will come as close to San Diego's Comic-Con as he could ever dare when he appears via video conference as part of the event's Star Wars presentation.

It's not top secret news that George Lucas is planning a live-action Star Wars television series that would fill in the gaps between big screen entries Episode III: Revenge of the Sith and Episode IV: A New Hope. With talk of the show preparing to roll camera in Australia, the status of the TV production will be first and foremost on most fans' minds.

Speculation has it that Lucas might even shine his Death Star super laser of wisdom down on his followers by answering fan-submitted questions during the convention appearance.

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G4 to air Star Wars Comic-Con panel

by Mike Moody, posted Jun 25th 2009 5:00PM
gr star wars clone wars comic-conLionel Lum's awesome Bumblebee costume was one of the many cool things I saw at last year's San Diego Comic-Con. The giant show floor was packed with sweaty costumed fans, big geek friendly displays, and a few not-so incognito celebs. Folks at home got a small taste of all the corporate sponsored nerdery thanks to G4's daily coverage. This year, G4 will air the first televised panel in the convention's history.

Attack of the Show
hosts Olivia Munn and Kevin Pereira will host "The Star Wars Spectacular." The taped panel will feature special guests, a table read and new footage from Cartoon Network's Star Wars: The Clone Wars. The panel will take place July 24 and air July 25 at 2 p.m. on G4. After the panel broadcast, G4 will air three live hours (on the East Coast) of Comic-Con coverage with celeb interviews and more.

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James Marsters joins Star Wars - but not as Anakin Skywalker

by Mike Moody, posted Dec 5th 2008 4:26PM
james marsters the cwIn an interview with StarWars.com (yeah, I go there) former Buffy the Vampire Slayer baddie James Marsters talks about his new character, Captain Argyus, who he voices on tonight's ep of Star Wars: The Clone Wars. But, here's the interesting news: Marsters says George Lucas once considered him for the role of Anakin Skywalker for the Star Wars prequel films.

"When George Lucas was casting The Phantom Menace he, for one day maybe, considered me for the role of Anakin Skywalker and possibly found that I was too old," Marsters told StarWars.com.

Too old? That's an understatement. Anakin Skywalker was a wamp rat-fearing tween in The Phantom Menace. Marsters was 37 when that film came out! Maybe Lucas was eying him to play an older Anakin in the prequels that followed Menace? Either that, or Lucas is far more out of touch than most people think he is. (That's a scary thought). Anyway, Marsters would've also been too old to play the 20-something Anakin we saw in the later prequels. Dude's in his late forties already.

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