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As is the new habit in basic cable, the Cartoon Network split the current season of its hilarious Robot Chicken into two halves, airing the first part of the fifth season late last year and then, a few weeks ago kicking off the second season. Where they didn’t follow the script was releasing Robot Chicken Season 5 on DVD just days after the second half debuted October 23.
All 20 episodes are included and I am late in bringing this to your attention because I have been savoring the installments, catching up on what has aired, and working ahead. The show, from co-creators Seth Green and Matthew Senreich, available on Blu-ray and standard DVD in separate packages. And as has become their wont, there are hours of bonus features, some exclusive to the Blu-ray edition, which was not sent for review.
Last year, the show won a much-deserved Emmy Award for Outstanding »
- Robert Greenberger
How many degrees away from Kevin Bacon are you if you play his character almost 30 years later? Kenny Wormald, who is kicking off his Sunday shoes as Ren McCormack in the remake of 1984's "Footloose," is about to find out. The new "Footloose" opens this Friday and costars Julianne Hough from "Dancing With the Stars," Dennis Quaid and Andie MacDowell.
Age: 27 (the exact same age as the original "Footloose")
Hometown: Boston, Mass.
What He's Done: Wormald danced his way into Paramount's hearts through nerve-wracking open auditions. Before this, he starred in 2008's "Center Stage: Turn It Up," shook his groove thang in a number of music videos, and even toured with Justin Timberlake and the Pussycat Dolls as a backup dancer.
What He's Doing Now: Wormald's Ren is a big-city boy with little-city blues in Bomont, where no one is allowed to dance or listen to rock 'n' roll or have any fun ever, »
- Jenni Miller
Are you ready for some video from the upcoming film Perks of Being a Wallflower? You are probably particularly excited if you happen to be a fan of young stars, Emma Watson and Nina Dobrev. Watson is better known for her role as Hermione Granger in the Harry Potter films, which finalized this year. Dobrev is Elena of the CW network’s hit, the Vampire Diaries. They join forces in Perks, which is a movie based on the book by Stephen Chbosky. He happens to be the author behind the 2005 screenplay for the theatrical version of Rent and CBS television series Jericho, which starred Skeet Ulrich.
Chobsky’s tale centers on the theme of coming of age. Watson has described her role in the film to media as being a girl with a troubled upbringing. She’s had »
- Sasha Nova
Cops, lawyers and doctors. These are the foundations on which the majority of TV stories are built. Stories about selfless professionals who clean up our streets, populate our prisons with deserving felons, and stitch us up to face another day. Investigative procedurals are universally accepted and American shows are generally recognised as the gold standard. So it came as something of a surprise when the Us audience started to show signs of falling out of love with the genre. The forensic evidence is splattered all over the rotting corpse of the 2011 network TV season. Law & Order, the ripped-from-the-headlines behemoth that lorded it over the schedules for 20 years limped unceremoniously into cancellation a few months back. That is correct: we live in a world where Bradley Walsh still has a job and Sam Waterston does not. »
- Jonathan Bernstein
Son of an advertising executive, Dick Wolf began his career writing commercials and producing them. He transitioned into TV crime dramas, writing for "Hill Street Blues" and "Miami Vice," and went on to create the "Law & Order" franchise that now spans the globe. From the original "Law & Order" with Jerry Orbach, S Epatha Merkerson, and Sam Waterston, Wolf developed "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit," with Mariska Hargitay and Christopher Meloni, the short-lived "Law & Order: Trial by Jury" with Bebe Neuwirth and Kirk Acevedo, and "Law & Order: Criminal Intent" with Vincent D'Onofrio. When the original "Law & Order" went off the air after 20 seasons, "Law & Order: La" starring Alfred Molina, Skeet Ulrich and Terrence Howard replaced it for a season. Twenty-two years after the original series debuted, its spin-off "Law & Order: Svu" and the international versions including "Law & Order: UK" continue to »
- email@example.com (Melinda Loewenstein)
The Queen's Palaces | Doc Martin | Embarrassing Bodies | Britain's Youngest Undertaker | Law & Order: Los Angeles | Entourage
The Queen's Palaces
It's property porn by appointment as Fiona Bruce wanders around the Queen's three official residences and tells the buildings' stories. She begins with Buckingham Palace, built on what was once boggy land where Henry VIII liked to hunt. However, it was under George IV that the palace took shape, as the profligate monarch replaced an existing grand house on the site. A documentary that often gets too Antiques Roadshow as it lingers on some of the (admittedly fabulous) objects, but which has a neat line in did-you-know facts: James I's elephant had a gallon-a-day wine allowance.
- Jonathan Wright, Ali Catterall, Ben Arnold, Phelim O'Neill
From thingy off Hollyoaks to whatsit from Misfits, the new British horror flick is awash with household names from the telly
Cinema is full of funny little "what ifs". What would Back to the Future have been like if Michael J Fox had never replaced Eric Stoltz? What would have happened if Tom Selleck had played Indiana Jones? Most of the time, such questions are simply left twisting in the wind.
But, finally, one of the greatest enduring cinematic what ifs has been answered – what would Scream be like if it only starred people who you sort of half-recognise from British television? New British horror film Demons Never Die has decided to find out, perhaps in more detail than anybody really required. Here's a breakdown of the film's plot, according to its new trailer.
- Stuart Heritage
Most Scream fans would admit Scream 4 was a disappointment . It had its moments, the seeds of some great ideas, but it didn't come close to living up to the promise of the 1997 original. Thankfully, fans can now look back fondly at the first three films in the series with Still Screaming: The Ultimate Scary Movie Retrospective, a new documentary by Ryan Turek, the managing editor of ShockTillYouDrop.com. It's your basic, talking-head documentary, not unlike what you'd expect to find as an extra on any Blu-ray worth its retail price. But, unlike a studio produced piece, Still Screaming contains some real honesty about what the franchise did right and what it did wrong while providing a slew of new information. The film falls short of being truly "ultimate" due to some noticeable interviewee absences and a few other odd moments, but the core of the film will delight not only Scream fans, »
- Germain Lussier
From the creators of Academy Award winning series Law & Order comes the latest spin-off, Law & Order: Los Angeles. This brand new series fuses the classic crime-then-punishment storytelling of the landmark original series with the distinctive backdrop of La, delving into the unique attitudes, cultures and criminal element of the West Coast.
The drama follows two detectives, played by Skeet Ulrich (Jericho) and Corey Stoll (Salt, Lucky Number Slevin) as they conduct investigations throughout the diverse City of Angels as members of the Lapd’s elite Robbery Homicide Division. The cases are then prosecuted by Deputy District Attorneys portrayed by Academy Award-nominee Terrence Howard (Iron Man), Regina Hall (Scary Movie) and Alfred Molina (Raiders Of The Lost Ark, Spider Man 2).
Law & Order: Los Angeles airs weeknights at 9pm from 12th September, only on Universal Channel. »
The former Saved by the Bell star and actor-turned-race car driver Muniz were among the participants who got behind the wheel on Saturday night to hit the Toyota Speedway in Irwindale, California as part of the second annual Kids Against Cancer Night.
The drivers, including Scream's Skeet Ulrich and The Brady Bunch's Christopher Knight, were challenged to complete the 15-lap race without causing any damage to their cars - and each successful racer would earn $2,500 (£1,560) for the sick children's cause.
Gosselaar explains, "Frankie Muniz is a professional race car driver and actually him and I were racing this weekend. It was all for charity, it was for Kids Against Cancer so if we brought the cars home safe and sound, there was $2,500 on each car. There were 10 racers. So if we all brought the cars back, $2,500 (each) for Kids Against Cancer, and we brought them all back safely." »
For most people it would probably be flattering to be mistaken for a beautiful Oscar nominee who is currently starring in the country's No. 1 movie and is on the cusp on becoming an even bigger star once her new movie based on a series of popular Ya novels comes out.
However, we suspect for "The Hard Times of Rj Berger" actress Amber Lancaster it was probably a bit more bitter than sweet to be id-ed by a photo service as "X-Men: First Class'" Jennifer Lawrence on Sunday (June 5). Especially at her home network, MTV's, Movie Awards.
Producer Dick Wolf’s original “Law & Order” series ran for 20 seasons and became one of the highest-grossing TV franchises of all time.
Wolf’s latest spinoff, “Law & Order: L.A.” will end after one season.
The drama’s quick cancellation by Comcast Corp.’s NBC marks the latest blow to Wolf’s signature legal shows. Last spring after weeks of tense negotiations NBC pulled the plug on the original. »
- Amy Chozick
After several months away, original episodes of Law & Order: Los Angeles returned to the NBC schedule last month. April 11th was a sad day for fans of Skeet Ulrich as his character was killed off. A month later, the whole series has been eliminated. NBC has cancelled Law & Order: Los Angeles.
The latest in a long-running franchise, Law & Order: Los Angeles follows the men and women of the justice system in the Southern California metropolis. Castmembers include Alana de la Garza, Alfred Molina, Corey Stoll, Rachel Ticotin, Terrence Howard, Megan Boone, Regina Hall, and Ulrich.
The Dick Wolf series got off to an okay start back in September with a 3.2 rating in the 18-49 demographic and 10.64 million viewers. Unfortunately, the numbers took an immediate turn for the worse and the TV series lost 25% of the demo viewers in week »
It's one and out for NBC's latest Law & Order spinoff. I hear the network just canceled Law & Order: Los Angeles. It is hard to imagine what more NBC could do with the series. After a slow start, the network put the series on hiatus. Dick Wolf did a complete overhaul, bumping up Alfred Molina and Terrence Howard, letting go of several cast members, including Skeet Ulrich, and bringing in Law & Order veteran Alana De La Garza. But after a wide marketing campaign, the crime drama relaunched to ratings that were lower than the unimpressive numbers for its original run. Lola did get a second chance at a complete reboot, something very few shows get. Its demise underscores the fact that, while dreaded and sometimes outrageously expensive, TV pilots serve a purpose. Lola was hastily picked up straight-to-series as NBC canceled the mothership Law & Order series last May. The show tried to make amends midstream, »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
We got these two right. In our feature earlier this week predicting what would happen at the NBC Upfronts on Monday, we predicted that “Harry’s Law” would get a second season and that “Law & Order: Los Angeles” would not and this is exactly what TV By the Numbers is hearing has been made official (as has the expected pick-up of “Wonder Woman”).
No word yet on the future of other bubble programs at NBC, including “Chuck,” “Outsourced,” and “Parenthood.”
Both “Harry’s Law” and “Law & Order: Los Angeles” premiered with strong numbers but slid in the following weeks. “Harry’s Law” plateaued at a reasonable level, especially for NBC. It’s not a “hit,” but it seems to have a loyal following and that’s something NBC could use right now.
“Law & Order: Los Angeles” seemed troubled from the beginning and the decision to overhaul the cast so early »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
Chicago – A week from today - May 16, 2011 - the TV networks will begin the annual unveiling of their fall schedules, and a very-hazy picture will be much clearer by the end of next week. There will be a few miracles, but some hearts will surely be broken. With more programs on the bubble than ever before, what will be renewed and what will be shown the door? Let us guide the way with our fearless predictions, network by network.
NBC (May 16th, 2011):
Photo credit: NBC
Bubble Shows: “Chuck,” “Harry’s Law,” “Law & Order: Los Angeles,” “Outsourced,” & “Parenthood”
The peacock has been one of the most troubled networks for years, a situation deepened by the notorious “The Jay Leno Show” debacle, so it seems appropriate that they’re pushing out of the gate first to reveal what, I expect, will be the most overhauled schedule of the fall season. »
- email@example.com (Adam Fendelman)
A month after Mike Jelline left ICM, where he was head of TV Talent, to join UTA as a talent agent, the dust has settled on which of his clients will join him at the new agency. The bulk of them did, with the total currently at 13. The list includes Desperate Housewives co-star Vanessa Williams; Jason O‘Mara, star of the Spielberg/Chernin-produced Fox fall series Terra Nova; Morena Baccarin, star of ABC’s V; Jeremy Sisto, star of the hot ABC comedy pilot Suburgatory; Skeet Ulrich, most recently of Law and Order: La; Natalie Zea, co-star of FX’s Justified; Paula Malcomson, who was just cast opposite Jennifer Lawrence in Hunger Games; Philip Winchester, star of the Cinemax action series Strike Back; Steven R. McQueen (Vampire Diaries); Lennie James (HBO’s Hung, Colombiana); Megan Dodds, female lead opposite Ethan Hawke in the Fox's pilot Exit Strategy; Chyler Leigh, »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
Ryan Turek, Editor-in-Chief of Shock Till You Drop and good chum of ours, has been hard at work. Between his upcoming Hellraiser doc and his Scream documentary, Still Screaming: The Ultimate Scary Movie Retrospective, debuting, this is a gent who hasn’t let any grass grow under his feet.
And we were lucky enough to jabber with him, at great length, about the weird, wild experience of turning the Scream franchise’s story into an engaging feature film, featuring Wes Craven, Neve Campbell, Liev Schreiber, Henry Winkler, Matthew Lillard, Jamie Kennedy, Laurie Metcalf, Parker Posey, Scott Foley and many others.
I think we’ll take the “On:” format for this one. Cool?
And a One and a Two and a…
On “Why Scream?”
“Obviously the first Scream definitely held a lot of strength in my eyes. I was there in film school, New York, in ’96 when it first came out. »
- Chris Haberman
In honor of the release of Scream 4 this Friday, EW is looking back at the original 1996 film and talking to cast members about their best production memories. Matthew Lillard played Stu Macher, who was ultimately revealed to be one of the film’s two killers, along with best bud Billy Loomis (Skeet Ulrich). “It’s weird now that so much time has elapsed and we all know that it’s become iconic, like a piece of film history,” says the actor. EW talked to Lillard about reading the original script for the first time, filming the movie’s intense climax, »
- Tim Stack
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