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Mormon-raised Glen Larson took the quest for a promised land in to outer space in the most lavish TV show of its time
Humankind has spread across 12 planets somewhere in the deep reaches of outer space, but it’s fighting a long-running war against the Cylons, robotic beings that look part Darth Vader, part Roman centurion. When the dastardly Cylons wipe nearly everyone out, a few thousand survivors go on the run in a ragtag fleet of battered spaceships under the protection of the mighty Battlestar Galactica, a sort of spacebound aircraft carrier.
And so they embark on a search for The 13th Colony: a largely forgotten and possibly mythical little planet known as Earth.
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- Phelim O'Neill
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
Welcome back to day three of Daily Dead’s Holiday Gift Guide! Today we’re putting the spotlight on one of the coolest purveyors of geek-related collectibles out there and we’ve also got a few gift ideas for the ladies and the little genre fans out there as well.
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- Heather Wixson
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
For those of you who are fans of the original 1978 Battlestar Galactica series, you’re going to want to check this out. It’s a demo reel created by Adam “Mojo” Lebowitz that gives us a look at what a digitally restored special edition of Battlestar Galactica would look like with a CGI upgrade, and it’s freakin' glorious! If he actually had a budget and a team to work with, imagine what they could do. The same thing was done for the original Star Trek series, so why not give Battlestar a little love?!
Lebowitz has worked as a Senior Computer Animator on Babylon 5, a Visual Effects Supervisor on the 2001 restoration of Star Trek: The Motion Picture, a digital artist on Serenity, a Computer Graphics Animation Supervisor on Star Trek: Voyager, and a previz artist on Oz: The Great and Powerful. He was also a CGI artist on »
- Joey Paur
Stephen Colbert to host the Kennedy Center Honors At the Dec. 7 ceremony, which CBS will broadcast on Dec. 30, Colbert will help honor Tom Hanks, ballerina Patricia McBride, Lily Tomlin, Sting and Al Green. Plus: Colbert says goodbye to “Esteban Colberto.” NBC: We’re sticking with our current “Today” team "NBC wants to be absolutely clear: The rumors are wrong — period,” NBC News President Deborah Turness said in a statement, responding to rumors of a cast shakeup. "This is the team we are committed to. And this is the team that our viewers turn to in the morning.” “Orange is the New Black” star Taryn Manning arrested Manning was taken into custody for allegedly making threats against a former friend. Click Read Full Post For More “Fargo” alum Allison Tolman’s next stop: Comedy Central's “Review" She’ll play a nurse who becomes part of Forrest MacNeil’s “blackmail” scheme. »
- Norman Weiss
Happy Tuesday, Boys & Girls! Time for an All-Mailbag Edition of The Firewall & Iceberg Podcast. Nobody bothered to schedule anything new for us to review this week and, as a result, we dipped into our overflowing mailbag for a sextet of queries that allow us to check in on "Arrow" and "Black-ish," touch on recent news involving Bill Cosby and Glen Larson and, for the first time in Firewall & Iceberg history, to discuss in another podcast, in this case "Serial." And next week? It's an All-Grumpy Cat Podcast. No. Really. It may be heavy on Grumpy Cat if y'all don't send in more great messages. Oh and in answer to your question: Yes, we probably spoil things from the first eight installments of "Serial," but I'm not sure we spoiled anything that will actually spoil the experience of listening to "Serial" from scratch, though I could be wrong. Here's today's »
- Daniel Fienberg
"Ken Takakura, who first rose to stardom in the 1960s playing yakuza outlaws, but later became Hollywood’s go-to actor for made-in-Japan films, died on Nov. 10 at age 83," reports Mark Schilling for Variety. We're also collecting remembrances of former Los Angeles Times arts editor, film critic and columnist Charles Champlin, actress-turned-screenwriter Leigh Chapman, Battlestar Galactica creator Glen A. Larson, Jerry Blumenthal, founding partner of the Chicago documentary production house Kartemquin Films, actors Warren Clarke and David Watson and stuntman Jerry Alan. » - David Hudson »
As the creator of TV series such as Battlestar Galactica, Quincy, Magnum Pi and The Fall Guy, the producer and writer Glen Larson, who has died aged 77, was one of the most astute makers of small-screen American dramas in the 1970s and 80s. He made TV gold from the most unlikely material, whether it be a show premised on a talking car (the 1982-86 drama Knight Rider, starring David Hasselhoff as a crime fighter aided by a Pontiac Trans Am with artificial intelligence), a culture-clash cop show featuring a sheriff from New Mexico transferred with his horse to crime-fighting in Manhattan (the 1970-77 series McCloud, starring Dennis Weaver) or the Mormon beliefs that he mobilised in the creation of the science-fiction series Battlestar Galactica (1978).
Larson also used the musical skills he had developed »
- Stuart Jeffries
Will NBC proceed with its new Bill Cosby family comedy? The Peacock last July announced plans to bring Cosby back to primetime in summer or fall of 2015 as the patriarch of a new family sitcom. As Deadline reports, "That plan may have been derailed by the resurfaced rape accusations against the veteran comedian.” Plus: Comedian Hannibal Buress is responsible for the Bill Cosby rape story going viral, another woman is accusing Cosby of rape, and Whoopi Goldberg is skeptical of the Cosby rape accuser. Parents TV Council blasts FX for showing graphic “Sons of Anarchy” sex scene The conservative watchdog called the opening 2 1/2 minutes of last week’s episode "the most sexually explicit content the (organization) has ever documented on basic cable,” adding that such content should be reserved for pay cable like HBO or Showtime. New “Peter Pan Live!” promo shows Allison Williams singing Watch Williams sing “I Won’t Grow Up, »
- Norman Weiss
The science-fiction and television world are mourning Glen A. Larson, the popular television producer and writer who died Friday at the age of 77. Larson created a number of television properties in the 1970s and '80s that have stood the test of time, including the original "Battlestar Galactica" on ABC and "Knight Rider" on NBC. While he would continue to receive credit for the reboot of the franchise more than a decade ago by the former SciFi Channel, he was never a supporter of the series. Richard Hatch, who starred in the original series as Apollo and returned to play a new character in the SciFi Channel version, shared his condolences to the Larson family on Facebook. "He was one of a kind," Hatch said, adding that Larson at the time was still working on a new "Battlestar Galactica" »
Battlestar and Knight Rider creator Glen A Larson has sadly passed away, at the age of 77.
Sad news, this. Glen A Larson passed away on Friday night, after a battle with esophageal cancer.
Glen A Larson is credited with creating an array of much-loved TV programmes, including the original Battlestar Galactica, Knight Rider and Magnum P.I., as well as co-developing Buck Rogers In The 25th Century with Leslie Stevens.
Reflecting on his shows a while ago, Glen A Larson told TV Archive they "were enjoyable, they had a pretty decent dose of humor. All struck a chord in the mainstream. What we weren’t going to do was win a shelf full of Emmys. We got plenty of nominations for things, but ours were not the kind »
Tributes have been flying back and forth this weekend in the wake of the death of legendary TV creator Glen A. Larson who passed away from esophageal cancer at the age of 77.
Larson was the man behind a dozen hit television series in the 1970s and 1980s including the original "Battlestar Galactica," "Knight Rider," "Magnum P.I.," "Manimal," "The Fall Guy," "Quincey M.E.," "Alias Smith And Jones" and "Buck Rogers in the 25th Century".
Source: io9 »
- Garth Franklin
The iconic television writer, creator, and producer Glen A. Larson passed away Friday, November 14, at the age of 77.
Larson was perhaps best known for creating some of the most iconic TV shows of the 1970s and '80s including Alias Smith and Jones, McCloud, Buck Rogers In The 25th Century, B.J. And The Bear, Trauma Center, Quincy M.E., Manimal, The Fall Guy, and Magnum P.I..
However, two of Larson's most lasting creations are still cultural touchstones to this day. In 1982, Larson introduced Kitt, the artificially intelligent car, and David Hasselhoff's Michael Knight to American audiences with Knight Rider, and it quickly became one of the biggest TV hits of its day.
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Four years prior, Larson created a show that would, much later, become a hugely celebrated franchise. In 1978, Larson brought the cult classic sci-fi series Battlestar Galactica to TVs across the country.
While not a huge »
Glen A. Larson, the writer and producer behind well-loved TV series such as the original Battlestar Galactica, Knight Rider, Magnum, P.I., and Quincy, M.E., has died. He was 77. Larson died at the UCLA Medical Center on Friday night of complications from esophageal cancer, his son, James Larson, said in a phone interview yesterday. Larson, also an accomplished singer and composer, was a powerhouse in the television landscape in the 1970s and 1980s, when he churned out hits that became staples in millions of living rooms every night. He also co-composed the theme songs for some of his »
The television writer and producer Glen A. Larson, whose oeuvre includes hit television shows from Battlestar Galactica, Quincy M.E., Magnum, P.I., Knight Rider, and a number of others died Friday night in Los Angeles, California. He had been battling esophageal cancer. He was 77.Larson's first writing credit was for The Fugitive, and he later worked his way up the ladder, creating his first show, Alias Smith and Jones in 1971. He later made Battlestar Galactica, which lasted for just a season in 1978-79, because of high production costs. The show is best known now for its beloved rebirth in the mid aughts on Syfy. His biggest hits would come in the '80s with the mustachioed Tom Selleck in Magnum P.I. and Knight Rider starring David Hasselhoff. He earned three Emmy nominations for McCloud and Quincy, M.E. When Larson was younger, he was part of a vocal quartet called »
- E. Alex Jung
In his prime, Glen A. Larson could have sold a pilot for ice to the Eskimo Network.
The prolific producer, who died Friday at the age of 77, was not afraid of stretching the limits of physics and credulity in the pursuit of a hit series. He gave us K.I.T.T., the talking supercomputer car of “Knight Rider.” He gave us Steve Austin, the astronaut whose creaky atomic-powered implants gave him superhuman strength. He put Lorne Greene in a track suit and cape to lead “Battlestar Galactica.” And he sicced a mild-mannered Nyu professor who turns into fierce animals on NBC with “Manimal.”
But even with a track record of success that also included “Quincy,” “Magnum, P.I.,” “The Fall Guy” and, yes, “B.J. and the Bear,” Larson had plenty of ones that got away. Culled from the pages of Variety, here’s a look at a few Larson pilots »
- Cynthia Littleton
Considering there's so much evidence out there of it, it's probably not a big surprise that Glen A. Larson has not been one of my favorite people over the past decade or so. His opposition to the SciFi Channel reboot of "Battlestar Galactica" really got under my skin, and the fact that he had not really introduced anything new to the television world in quite a while helped fuel my position that he should enjoy retirement, and let entertainment continue to evolve without him. Yet, looking back at the life of Larson, there is so much we as fans should thank him for, starting with "Battlestar Galactica." The series premiered in 1978, when I was just 2. I would not even know about it until I was almost a teenager, and by then, it was only the basic premise. It wasn't in reruns anywhere »
Glen A. Larson was an incredibly prolific TV creator, responsible for such widely adored series as Magnum, P.I., Battlestar Galactica, Knight Rider and Quincy, M.E. Larson died Friday at age 77 of cancer. Here is how he is being remembered on Twitter by Hollywood colleagues and peers. See more The Long, Historic Career of Glen A. Larson Actor Scott Baio Rip Mr. Glen Larson. You made great television and was a dear friend. Prayers to the Larson family. — Scott Baio (@ScottBaio) November 15, 2014 Actor Edward James Olmos, who starred on the Battlestar Galactica reboot Glen Larson, we thank
- Ryan Gajewski
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