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Ever since my last article about TV Themes I’ve been inundated with suggestions and requests for another list. It’s absolutely flattering of course to think that something as simple as remembering a few nostalgic chords of a television program that once graced our screens when we were either too young to understand it or too busy to watch it properly can bring people together. And we’ve got loads of examples ready to go! The people have spoken and their responses have been taken on board, mixed in with a few suggestions of my own once again, to present a list twice as long which will no doubt provide you three times the fun of the last one!
I felt it would be good to establish a few rules, just so that I’m not producing an infinite list – which considering both the amount of quality theme music »
- Wayne Madden
Check out this new still from Amazon Studios’ kids’ series pilot in production - Hard-Boiled Eggheads. What do you think of the illustration?
More on Hard-Boiled Eggheads:
Miles and Quentin are classified special agents who set out to correct the mistakes of science—monsters made of toxic waste, mutants born of lab accidents and the occasional hostile alien. Hard-Boiled Eggheads, an animated action comedy, was created by Emmy Award-winner Duane Capizzi (Transformers Prime, Jackie Chan Adventures, Men in Black: The Series, and Darkwing Duck).
Learn more about the Amazon Studios development process. »
Washington, Oct 7: Marcia Wallace, who is known for her roles as The Simpsons' cynical fourth grade school teacher Edna Krabappel and The Bob Newhart Show's wisecracking secretary Carol Kester, has died. She was 70.
'Simpsons' executive producer Al Jean said in a statement that Wallace's "irreplaceable character," of scoffing schoolteacher would be retired from the show, ABC News reportd.
Wallace, who won he Emmy as outstanding voice actress in 1992 for her performance Krabappel, also lend her voice in animated shows, including Darkwing Duck and Captain Planet and the Planeteers. (Ani) »
- Ketali Mehta
As Edna Krabappel on The Simpsons, Marcia Wallace may be the only 4th-grade teacher to have the same student for 24 years. Before that, she was beloved as Carol Kester, the lovelorn, wisecracking secretary on The Bob Newhart Show.
Wallace, who was a breast cancer survivor for 28 years, has died at age 70, according to the showrunner of The Simpsons. “I was tremendously saddened to learn this morning of the passing of the brilliant and gracious Marcia Wallace,” producer Al Jean said in a statement to EW. “She was beloved by all at The Simpsons and we intend to retire her irreplaceable character. »
- Anthony Breznican
It’s 7:18 a.m. at Kaufman Astoria Studios in Queens, N.Y., and John Goodman is yawning.
The ursine actor is up early for a shoot at the studio’s Stage K, an 18,000-square-foot facility where he’s shooting “Alpha House,” a new TV series in which he plays Gil John Biggs, a Republican senator from North Carolina. In this political satire — a half-hour buddy comedy penned by “Doonesbury” creator Garry Trudeau that skewers conservative pols — Biggs bunks with three other Gop senators in a rented D.C. house.
Despite the daybreak call, Goodman hams it up on set, sticking out his tongue, arching his eyebrows and smirking on command, joking easily with castmates Clark Johnson, Matt Malloy and Mark Consuelos. The four are grouped around Biggs’ desk, where there’s a box of cold pizza and several unfinished beers. “Can we get some blow?” Goodman quips.
With risque »
- Todd Spangler
At Dragon Con a few weeks ago, I was delighted to catch up with voice actor John Dimaggio (a.k.a. Bender from Futurama) once again. John was at the con for several voice actor and Futurama panels, and also to continue spreading the word about his new voice actor documentary, I Know That Voice, which I interviewed him and the other producers about during San Diego Comic-Con. John was actually selling limited collector’s edition/advance copies of the documentary at the con, so not only did I check in with him on further documentary news, but I also snagged a copy of the film! Read on for our short I Know That Voice follow-up interview, and my review of the documentary!
What has the reception to the I Know That Voice documentary been at Dragon Con, and have you sold some of the advance copies?
It’s been really wonderful. »
- Emily S. Whitten
Welcome back to the series of posts here at SciFi Mafia that we’re calling Web Series Wednesday where we devote a space to the wonderment of the web series. Every Wednesday we’ll cover an awesome web series and give you all the info to get into it.
If you’ve got a favorite web series you’d like us to cover, head on over to the Contact Us page and shoot us your request. To catch up on past Web Series Wednesday posts click here.
This week we’re covering World of Warcraft: The Burdens of Shaohao.
World of Warcraft is one of those things I wish I had time to explore. I’m sure I’d love it and I’m certain it would completely overpower all my time management and I would happily exchange it for sleep. Since I have yet to find a way to »
- Jess Orso
by Brett White
Watch out Marvel, because it looks like Boom! Studios is on the way up. Following fellow Boom! Studios alum "2 Guns'" #1 debut at the box office, it looks like the indie publisher could be poised for even more film adaptations. Deadline has reported that "Day Men"—by Matt Gagnon, Michael Alan Nelson, and Brian Stelfreze—has been optioned by Universal in what's reported to be a pre-emptive seven-figure bid.
The series follows a covert group of humans charged with protecting vampires while they sleep during the day, a plan that gets all kinds of messed up when when things get heated between two rival vampire families. The crazy thing is, this series has one issue out and just debuted from Boom! Studios last month. Now that's a quick turnaround, especially considering how long properties like "Preacher" have been hanging out, waiting for the movie treatment.
Apparently Universal hopes »
- Splash Page Team
Walter White has lots of money. We know this, because unlike most very rich men — who keep their money safely tied up in investments and assets and Switzerland — Walt keeps his money stored in a gigantic pile of greenbacks. On the most recent episode of Breaking Bad, go-to Goodman enforcers Kuby and Huell had to move his cash, and Huell briefly indulged himself by lying flat on his back in the pile of cash. “We’re here to do a job, not channel Scrooge McDuck,” chastised Kuby…before taking the opportunity to do the same thing. No doubt it was just a throwaway comment. »
- Darren Franich
It didn’t take long for Amazon to show that it’s really getting behind its original programming theory. It doesn’t seem that long since we were running through the pilots and filling out polls, but Amazon is already saying it wants to see more, and continue on this road.
Five more shows aimed at children will produce pilots in the hopes of getting a series green light, and like the last set of children’s programming, these look like they’ll be great shows. From massively prestigious pedigrees in the business to someone Amazon found through their open submission process, there’s a lot to look forward to here. Amazon Studios kids shows were the best part of the initial run of pilots for me, and I think they may be aiming to make a real push into the market with these additional titles.
Of course, all of »
- Marc Eastman
From outer space to “normal street,” five new series optioned by Amazon Studios will take children on journeys of wonder, laughter, and creative exploration.
Amazon Studios today announced that it will be producing five pilots for Prime Instant Video, including its first for 6- to 11-year-olds. The children’s series were created by established writers such as Duane Capizzi (Transformers Prime), as well as a newcomer discovered via Amazon Studios’ open-door development process.
The pilots will stream on Amazon Instant Video and LOVEFiLM in the U.K. for customers to watch, provide feedback, and help determine which shows should be produced as series.
“We’re very excited to be able to introduce these original ideas and their talented creators to Amazon customers. After the success of our first pilots, we look forward to getting lots more fantastic feedback from kids and parents,” said Roy Price, Director of Amazon Studios. “For »
It's been more than a decade since the 1990s ended, yet the Internet can't seem to go a day without a reminder of the neon slap bracelets that may have been banned from your school.
Yes, we get it. Times are tough and there's comfort in reflection, but enough is enough.
Below, a final goodbye to the 90s to end the nostalgia once and for all. (We're not kidding. There are 1990 items below.)
2. "The Wild Thornberries"
3. Dawson and Joey
5. Mr. Feeny
7. MTV playing music videos
9. The premiere of "Freaks and Geeks"
10. Levar Burton
13. "The Powerpuff Girls"
14. "Smart Guy"
15. Comedy Central globe logo with buildings
16. "The X-Files"
17. Rosie O'Donnell
18. Bill Nye
19. "Dawson's Creek"
20. The Mighty Ducks"
21. "Are You Afraid of the Dark"
23. Rachel Green
24. Tim Allen
25. "All That"
26. "Beverly Hills 90210"
27. "Step by Step"
28. "The Ren & Stimpy Show"
29. "The Famous Jett Jackson"
30. "Buffy the Vampire Slayer »
- The Huffington Post
I’ve been revisiting my childhood on YouTube and podcasts a lot lately; and for this I place the blame squarely on voice actor Rob Paulsen – voice of Yakko Warner, Dr. Otto Scratch’n’sniff, and Pinky, of Animaniacs and Pinky and the Brain. Well, if I was going to be fair, the daisy chain of blame would stretch all the way back through Twitter; Billy West; the organizers of Awesome Con; Mike Gold; Deadpool; a couple of federal judges; Glenn Hauman; Glenn’s lovely wife Brandy; Ya author Esther Friesner; and Terry Pratchett and the Discworld. But that’s way too convoluted, so Rob, it’s all your fault!
At some point in my childhood, I became a latchkey kid. Both of my parents worked until after school let out, and although there was a lot of “homework time” and “chore time” in my day, I fondly remember the »
- Emily S. Whitten
Where there's trouble you call...Rita Ora? If the pop star's latest St. Laurent ensemble is any indication, she was apparently as big of a fan of Darkwing Duck as the rest of us. The wide brim hat and flowing cape are too uncanny to be a coincidence. Though we do miss that hot pink lining... And if Rita is taking requests for fashion inspired by our childhood TV series, we'd really love to see her go Scrooge McDuck-chic next, directly followed by some David the Gnome couture. »
With the success of fans using Kickstarter to fund the gestating film adaptation of the series "Veronica Mars", there's a plethora of fans trying to get their various shows on the big screen, and some of the talent is listening (like Zachary Levi talking about a "Chuck" movie). Yesterday, Funny or Die took it to the extreme by launching Kickstart or Die, with a series of projects they're trying to get funded based on series from the 90s. Honestly, I wouldn't be adverse to a movie for Sliders or Darkwing Duck, but there's also Family Matters, a one-man show with Baby Sinclair from Dinosaurs and a Wings revival. Kickstart Sliders, Darkwing Duck, Family Matters, Dinosaurs and Wings from Kickstart or Die: The Dinosaurs one falls a bit flat, but the rest of them are pretty damn great. It's awesome to see Jim Cummings in the flesh and lending his voice to this Darkwing Duck gag, »
- Ethan Anderton
Traditionally on April Fools' Day, we see a lot of fake news about obviously ridiculous movie announcements. Today, for instance, there's Funny or Die's Veronica Mars movie parody campaigns involving big-screen versions of Wings, Sliders, Darkwing Duck and Family Matters, and a promotion for the upcoming Seth Rogen/James Franco movie This Is the End came in the form of a Pineapple Express 2 trailer. In the past, we've seen nice pranks involving a Criterion Collection release of Kindergarten Cop, Fox Searchlight rereleasing Garden State and Little Miss Sunshine in 3D, Tim Burton remaking Little Shop of Horrors, a Matrix movie starring Robert Pattinson, a C.S. Lewis biopic starring Kirk Cameron, Johnny Depp playing Freddy Krueger in the Nightmare on Elm Street...
- Christopher Campbell
After finding out that "Veronica Mars" was able to raise enough money on KickStarter to make a feature film, lots of other shows are attempting to raise money for their own movies. Thanks to FunnyOrDie, we now have April Fools videos of Jerry O'Connell pitching a "Sliders" movie, as well as Reginald VelJohnson pitching a "Family Matters" movie, which will apparently be like "Taken." Check out the videos below, as well as pitches for Darkwing Duck, Dinosaurs, Wings. Sliders: Family Matters: »
This year Funny or Die pranked us with an April Fools joke that would get any lover of the 90s excited followed by immediate letdown. Creating the faux site Kickstart of Die for our favorite dated 90s shows like "Wings," "Sliders," "Dinosaurs," "Family Matters," and "Darkwing Duck," Funny or Die gave us an enjoyable dose of nostalgia while also supporting real charities. On each of the show's fake Kickstarter pages the original casts come together in videos asking for help in turning their memorable shows into movies since, if "Veronica Mars" could do it, why not? In the "Wings" video the casts tell us that the film "Wings: Serenity" has already been partially shot, but still needs $60 million more to finish. But before you pledge your dollars just yet make sure to watch the exclusive clip from the unfinished film in which Steven Weber and Amy Yasbeck try to save »
- Erin Whitney
Ah, April Fools’: The one day when you can’t believe everything you read online.
A Google product that leverages “photo-auditory-olfactory sensory convergence,” a Twitter initiative that asks users to pay for vowels, and bacon-flavored mouthwash are just the tip of the jocular iceberg this year. Read on for a list of some of the best gags we’ve come across so far; we’ll be updating it throughout the day.
The search giant/omnipotent Internet god’s next big project? Searchable smells. Somehow, this still doesn’t sound as ridiculous as Google Glass.
The jewel in »
- Hillary Busis
It’s not just WhatCulture who have embraced the spirit of the 1990s on this first day of April, as merchants of lol Funny or Die have unveiled a grand scheme to bring five classic 90s TVs shows back to screens in the best possible way – with a big screen treatment.
Family Matters and Sliders fill out the five chosen classics, and you can pledge your allegiance to the causes by heading to Funny Or Die, or Kickstarter and pledging real cash money.
The Family Matters big screen redo offers an intriguing (and probably far more preferable) possibility for the next inevitable Taken movie…
The exceptionally funny Dinosaurs cause features one star who has fallen hard since his time on the show. »
- Simon Gallagher
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