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Legendary TV producer and writer Glen A. Larson sadly passed away recently aged 77 – Larson was most famous for creating Battlestar Galactica one of the most spectacular and ambitious television programmes ever produced in the 1970s. And with Battlestar Galactica: The Complete Original Series being released on Blu-ray for the first time last month we’re remembering some of the most iconic TV shows of the 1970s.
Created by Garry Marshall, the series presents an idealised view of Us life in the 1960s and was one of the highest-rated Us TV shows in the 1970s. ‘The Fonz’: Early episodes of the Happy Days revolve around Richie Cunningham (Ron Howard) and his friends but high school dropout and ladies man Arthur ‘The Fonz’ Fonzarelli (Henry Winkler) proved a favourite with viewers so more story lines were written to reflect this popularity. Fun Facts! Robin Williams appeared in the »
- Phil Wheat
Sandwiched between Star Wars and Star Trek: The Motion Picture in the heyday of late 1970’s sci-fi entertainment was Battlestar Galactica. The show pitted Cylons against the crew of the Galactica for 24 episodes before being followed by Galactica 1980, and fans of the franchise should be pleased to hear that Universal is releasing both series on two separate Blu-ray releases—each with a bunch of bonus features:
(Press release via TVShowsOnDVD.com.) “Universal City, Calif., Nov. 24, 2014 – From renowned writer/producer Glen A. Larson, the creative force behind Knight Rider, The Six Million Dollar Man, and Buck Rogers in the 25th Century, comes the groundbreaking TV series that launched one of the most beloved sci-fi franchises in history, now available in widescreen and high definition as both Battlestar Galactica: The Definitive Collection and Battlestar Galactica: The Remastered Collection come to Blu-ray on May 12, 2015 from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment. »
- Derek Anderson
Written by Paul Ruditis | Published by Aurum Press | Format: Hardback, 176pp
For over thirty years, science-fiction fans have been enthralled by Battlestar Galactica and the captivating saga of humanity’s war with the chilling Cylons. From its innovative special effects to its controversial storylines, the franchise has fascinated generations of viewers. Now, drawing on unique insights from the original producer, Glen A. Larson, and exclusive interviews with David Eick and Ronald D. Moore – creators of the series’ acclaimed reimagining – Battlestar Galactica Vault offers a complete visual history of the show’s evolution, from 1978′s ‘Saga of a Star World’ to spin-offs Caprica and Blood & Chrome.
Billed as the complete history of the series from 1978-2012, Battlestar Galactica Vault is a treasure trove of behind-the-scenes images: including concept artworks by legendary artist Ralph McQuarrie; annotated scripts and storyboards; candid behind-the-scenes photography; and ten meticulously reproduced pieces of memorabilia for readers to remove and examine. »
- Paul Metcalf
When rebooting an old television show for the silver screen, it has become tradition in Hollywood to try and find some way to include the original stars. We have seen it happen time and time again, from Johnny Depp and various others showing up in 21 Jump Street to Dirk Benedict and Dwight Schultz showing up in The A-Team. Now that a Power Rangers reboot is on the way, most of us probably assumed that cameos from the original cast were a possibility, but now one of the stars has come forward and admitted that he will be in the film. Jason David Frank, who many of you may remember as Tommy Oliver a.k.a. the Green/White Ranger on the original Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, has revealed that he has already been having conversations with the people behind the new Power Rangers movie and that he will, at the »
He embraced the big green angry one for The Avengers franchise, but it appears Mark Ruffalo has his sights on a lower key character for the future. Taking to Twitter, he has addressed rumours about a forthcoming Columbo movie with a decidedly non-non-committal response:
@MysteryExec @garywhitta Ed Soloman approached me on this about a month ago. We are thinking a movie.
— Mark Ruffalo (@MarkRuffalo) July 16, 2014
Though he’s shown a lack of detective work in the spelling of screenwriter Ed Solomon (who wrote Now You See Me featuring Ruffalo), the prospect of the legendary shambolic snoop being resurrected with a respected name is a bewildering yet enticing one. Forever associated with the late Peter Falk, the franchise has been routinely prodded with a stick over the past decade since ending in 2003. The A-Team star Dirk Benedict recently took the part in a stage production of 1962′s introductory play Prescription Murder »
- Steve Palace
Marvel Comics revealed that a mystery woman will take up the mantle of the God of Thunder yesterday (July 15).
5 Joss Whedon projects you never got to see: Wonder Woman, Ripper, Batman
Writing on Twitter, Whedon quipped: "A female Thor? What the hell makes them think That would be cool?"
A female Thor? What the hell makes them think That would be cool? pic.twitter.com/Tg2Ti8PIOo
— Joss Whedon (@josswhedon) July 15, 2014
Starbuck was previously a male character and played by Dirk Benedict.
(Cbr) TV Urban Legend: B.A. Baracus never actually said “I pity the fool” on The A-Team. "The A-Team" was a fascinating hit TV series in that it was absurd even for the era in which it aired (1983-1987). The cartoon violence on the program was evident when, in the first episode, a jeep carrying soldiers pursuing the team flips over spectacularly and crashes (it’s an impressive enough shot that it was used in the opening credits for pretty much the entire run). Voiceovers, of course, quickly assure viewers that both the driver and passenger were fine after the crash. That was "The A-Team" in a nutshell: spectacular violence but people almost never actually got hurt, despite the A-Team’s extensive use of explosives and automatic weapons. "The A-Team" was about a team of soldiers who were wrongly convicted of a crime they didn’t commit in the »
- Brian Cronin, Comic Book Resources
On the Today show this morning, what began as a harmless discussion with Welsh actor Matthew Rhys about how he learned to mimic American accents by watching U.S. television shows quickly escalated into unmitigated ’80s pop-culture joy when he began reciting the spoken-word opening credits to The A-Team verbatim. But like the wrongly accused crack commando unit from the George Peppard, Dirk Benedict, Dwight Schultz, and Mr. T vehicle in question (and I don’t mean their bitchin’ Gmc van), The Americans stud doesn’t take on a mission alone. Clearly, Al Roker and Matthew Rhys love it when a plan comes together. »
- John Sellers
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Organisers have announced the lineup for the very first Sheffield Film and Comic Con to be held at Motorpoint Arena and it’s a watershed for Classic Who companion fans! In addition to stars like Battlestar Galactica/A-Team star, Dirk Benedict, several stars from Classic Doctor Who are scheduled to appear at the event. That lineup includes
The post Mel, Ace, Davros, and Leela Set for First Sheffield Film and Comic Con! appeared first on Kasterborous Doctor Who News and Reviews. »
- Nick Kitchen
According to Variety, Universal Pictures is prepping a big screen reboot of the cult sci-fi franchise Battlestar Galactica, with original series creator Glen A. Larson producing, and rising screenwriter Jack Paglen (Transcendence and the upcoming Prometheus sequel) signing on to pen the script.
Battlestar Galactica originally arrived on screens back in 1978 with a TV movie pilot leading in to a single season. The show starred Lorne Greene, Richard Hatch and Dirk Benedict and centred on the crew of the warship Galactica as they searched for a new home after a sneak attack on their planet by the evil Cylons. The original series was followed by the short-lived spin-off Galactica 1980, while the property also enjoyed acclaim and a renewed popularity with the rebooted series, which ran between 2003 and 2009 and was followed by the spin-off prequel Caprica and webseries Battlestar Galactica: Blood & Chrome.
Are you excited about the prospect of a Battlestar Galactica movie? »
- Gary Collinson
The project is said to be a complete reimagining of this iconic sci-fi TV series, although no specific plot details were given. The movie has been in the works for several years, with Bryan Singer attached to direct back in 2009. We reported in 2011 that screenwriter John Orloff (Anonymous) signed on to write the script, which was said, at the time, to be based on the original 1978 Battlestar Galactica TV series, and not the 2003 Battlestar Galactica remake series.
Original series creator Glen A. Larson will produce the feature, although it isn't known if Ronald D. Moore, who created the 2003 remake series, will be involved in the film. Scott Bernstein and Jay Polidoro are overseeing the project for Universal.
The Super Bowl is usually the highest-rated single television broadcast of the year, so the post time slot is probably the most coveted in TV because of the massive lead-in audience (upwards of 100 million viewers). But if the program that airs right afterwards typically draws big ratings, why don’t networks take advantage of this and premiere the pilot of a new series? Wouldn’t this be the best way to promote a show you think will be a huge hit? It would seem like a no-brainer, but in fact, that strategy isn’t always bulletproof. More often than not, a pilot for a new series won’t bring in the same high ratings as a special episode of an established series. Once the Big Game is over, most viewers will go ahead and switch the channel. Unless your a fan of the winning team, and care to sit through the post-game wrap up, »
I’m unfortunately not clued up to Ronald D. Moore’s acclaimed reboot of the sci-fi series of Battlestar Galactica, although I am ancient enough to remember the original series starring Lorne Green and Dirk Benedict. While that series has now come to an end, Moore’s latest project Helix, which first caught my eye after being plastered down the side of a lavish hotel during San Diego Comic Con, looks as if it could be right up my street.
Coming via Syfy, the show centres on a group of scientists heading the Centers for Disease Control who travel to a remote outpost in the Arctic to investigate a possible viral outbreak. We’ve a look at the first 15 minutes that suggest they’re all in for a terrifically traumatic time!
- Craig Hunter
13 items from 2014
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