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If you were a child or a parent during the early '90s, there's a good chance that ABC's Tgif lineup graced your TV set. Remember Tgif? A two-hour block of family-friendly comedies that tried to make it seem fun staying in on Friday nights? It officially debuted 25 years ago this month - on Sept. 22, 1989, with a lineup that included Perfect Strangers, Family Matters, Full House and Just the Ten of Us. And notably, it debuted four years before that other landmark '90s TV block, Must See TV. The early promos are a trip, as they're both introducing the »
- Drew Mackie, @drewgmackie
In fall 1993, a coming-of-age comedy called “Boy Meets World” premiered on ABC’s “Tgif” Friday night lineup; 21 years later, its sequel series, “Girl Meets World,” is debuting on the Disney Channel with many of the original cast members reprising their roles for a new generation.
Few could have anticipated the enduring popularity of the family sitcom — which starred Ben Savage as Cornelius “Cory” Matthews and Danielle Fishel as his first love and eventual wife, Topanga Lawrence — but ABC’s Tgif block was responsible for a number of iconic comedies during its initial run between 1989 and 2000, many of which still live on in syndication today. And, as with all networks, the roster was also responsible for some spectacular trainwrecks, with concepts so surreal, you’d think a kid pitched them while on a sugar high.
Before we meet Cory and Topanga’s precocious daughter, Riley (Rowan Blanchard), take a trip down »
- Laura Prudom
Jim Henson’s Creature Shop Challenge wrapped up its first season on Syfy earlier this week, and it has proven to be one of 2014’s most delightful surprises. The eight-episode reality competition premiered in late March to over 1.1 million viewers, making it the network’s highest-rated unscripted premiere since 2013. Each week, contestants are challenged to design and build mechanized, camera-ready creatures, which are then put through screen tests to determine a winner. Their creations are imaginative and original, but they also trigger nostalgia for Jim Henson productions of yore: films like The Dark Crystal and Labyrinth are brought up frequently, as are TV series like Farscape and Dinosaurs. Which got us thinking: Is the Jim Henson Company dropping hints about rebooting these franchises?The recent Hulu debut of Doozers, an animated Fraggle Rock spinoff for preschoolers, did nothing to curb our curiosity. To get the scoop, Vulture called up Lisa Henson, »
- Gwynne Watkins
Creationist Cosmos is a short story, Awkward’s new gays to “stir up some sh*t,” TV Land orders a gay Impastor series
Ariana Grande loves her gays, and she’s about to show it by performing at Jeffery Sanker’s White Party in Palm Springs. Not quite in keeping with her Nickelodeon image, but I’m sure she’ll have a blast. I attended a lot of various “color” parties, but never managed either White Party.
For reasons that can only be explained by, well, I don’t know who, the Louisiana House voted overwhelmingly to keep their unenforceable sodomy law on the books, 27-66.
Toss those Easter Eggs in your refrigerator, because Disney has outdone us all.
TV Land has given a pilot order for Impastor, contingent on casting. The story is about a scammer who runs from his debts by hiding out in a small town pretending »
- Ed Kennedy
For years, Jim Henson’s Creature Shop has given life to the iconic puppets and creatures in your favorite children’s shows (Sesame Street), sci-fi/fantasy movies (Labyrinth), and other endlessly-rewound projects (basically, anything with the Muppets).
As Chairman of the Henson Company, Brian Henson (son of Jim and Jane Henson) has worked on his share of famous creatures — and as the head judge on Syfy’s new reality series Jim Henson’s Creature Shop Challenge (Tuesdays at 10 pm), Henson is hoping that fans will relish a weekly peek behind the curtain of one of Hollywood’s most fascinating processes. »
- Marc Snetiker
Jim Henson’s Creature Shop Challenge is the latest SFX show from Syfy, following their successful make-up competition show Face/Off. In anticipation of the series debut we talked to Brian Henson, chairman of the Jim Henson Company and also the head judge on the Syfy series, about the new creature building competition series.
Can you tease a bit of some of the creatures we’re going to see coming up, since we’ve only seen what’s in the first one?
Brian Henson: Well, we keep it a little bit secret because that’s part of the fun so I won’t tell you too much. I will say that creatures in general – there’s a really wide range that you can do depending on if they’re small or they’re large or what kind of technique you’re using. Is it more fabrication or is it more mechanization? »
- Phil Wheat
On Tuesday night, Syfy premieres “Jim Henson’s Creature Shop Challenge,” a reality series akin to “Project Runway” with 10 designers scrambling to make the next Yoda instead of an overflowing dress. The first episode features a sea animal assignment that ends with a screen test (and tears). The contestants battle over hand-glue and sliced foam for a prize worth $100,000, which includes a job at Henson’s old shop.
The star of the series is Brian Henson, the company chairman, Jim’s oldest son and one of the judges. Brian started his career on the special effects team of 1984′s “Muppets Take Manhattan,” and his credits include 1986′s “Labyrinth,” 1990′s “The Witches” and the first “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” big-screen movie, where he acted as second-unit director. In the ’90s, he directed two chestnut Muppets classics, “The Muppet Christmas Carol” and “Muppet Treasure Island,” before Kermit and his Muppet pals were »
- Ramin Setoodeh
In this very special 19th Episode of the Hey You Geeks podcast we’re taking you into the Jim Henson Creature Shop with special guests Peter Brooke (Creative Supervisor) and John Criswell (Animatronic Supervisor), both Mentors on the the new Syfy series Jim Henson’s Creature Shop Challenge. With the new Syfy series set to premiere on March 25th, a new Muppets film in theaters and this week marking the 15th anniversary of Farscape, theres no better timing for an episode devoted to the imagination geniuses at Henson Studios. From the Creature Shop itself, Peter and John discuss past projects including the Dinosaurs TV series, the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles films, Where the Wild Things Are and more. Then, we discuss the practical effects vs. CGI debate and what that might mean for the future of special effects. Give a listen, and don’t forget to share your reviews of Hey You Geeks on iTunes! »
- Tony Nunes
This has been a terrific season of Face Off so far, with a lot of amazing hits and very few misses. I was afraid that last season’s Veterans vs Rookies would be hard to match, but Season 6 has taken over without missing a beat. Tonight’s spotlight challenge looks particularly cool:
TV Spot: Face Off – 604 Preview
Syfy debuts the new reality competition series, “Jim Henson’s Creature Shop Challenge,” Tuesday, March 25 at 10 p.m. Et/Pt following an all-new episode of Syfy’s acclaimed “Face Off.” The eight-episode series provides a fascinating window into the imaginative and wildly creative environment of world-class creature design, fabrication and mechanization.
Syfy introduces ten hopeful creature designers who have »
- Erin Willard
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