14 items from 2011
Words can't even describe how excited I was to interview actor Michael Bower. Alright, maybe two. Donkey Lips. Michael Bower, now 36, is known as playing one of the most iconic character roles in the business--Donkey Lips from Nickelodeon's Salute Your Shorts. He didn't just stop at that 1991 critically acclaimed series though. He then went on to appear in over 30 primetime television shows that have included guest spots on The Wonder Years, Monk, Popular, Dark Angel and the comedy film Dude Where's My Car. Michael continues to act and is keeping busy with several production companies.
Some specific moments Ology got to chat about with Michael included his infamous Roy stop by at a certain Central Perk set, his super pumped up Super Bowl commercial and his days at Camp Anawanna. Check it out.
Ology: Before we get to what you're doing now, I have to ask about the Super Bowl »
- Stephanie Webber
Welcome back to our weekly look at the new podcasts available at our “partners in podcast crime” the GeekCast Radio Network. As usual here’s our weekly look at the podcasts from Gcrn, This Week in Geek and the latest toy review videos from Baltmatrix, with descriptions and links to each and every podcast.
Gcrn WarZ – Episode 02: Flintstones Vs Jetsons
The gauntlet has been thrown down, and Gcrn WarZ has returned. This time around we debate over the Stone Age or the Space Age as we dissect The Flintstones and The Jetsons. So, sit back relax and listen in to find out which show wins this epic battle! Be sure to comment on the post and tell us whether you prefer The Flintstones or The Jetsons! Listen Now.
Legends of the Dark Knight – Episode 00: Premiere
The return to the DC Animated Universe has arrived in the form of Legends of the Dark Knight! »
Most may know Erik MacArthur as an actor, but for years he's been sitting in the producer and director's chair. We all know him from esteemed works like Pleasantville, We Were Soldiers and the cult following Salute Your Shorts, but now it's time to see the other side. Ology caught up with MacArthur to discuss his impressive background in film and television and to see what projects he's currently working on.
Like catching up with an old friend, Erik talks to Ology about his newest film Pono that will begin filming in Hawaii in the upcoming months. He also explains the transition he made to behind the camera, with previous projects like the short Life Makes Sense When You're Famous and his first feature film Bottoms Up.
Ology: It's so nice to talk to you today and seeing what you're up to. What projects are you currently working on?
- Stephanie Webber
Nickelodeon recently made legions of twentysomethings hungry for their childhood faves very happy when they launched a programming block on Teen Nick called The ’90s Are All That. Now, every night from midnight to 4:00am, you can watch All That, Kenan & Kel, Clarissa Explains It All, and Doug. More shows are expected to be rolled out soon, some of which are rumored to be Hey Dude, Rugrats, Are You Afraid Of The Dark?, Salute Your Shorts, and The Adventures Of Pete & Pete. Not only does this satiate the appetites of a generation for whom a sense of nostalgia is so strong that we take pictures on our iPhone and then filter them so they look like Polaroids from the 70′s (Guilty!), but it makes that sense of longing even stronger for those shows that are being ignored completely. Say, Roundhouse for example? Remember Roundhouse? It was on during Snick, »
- Eliot Glazer
TeenNick was clearly banking on nostalgia when it announced its heavily-promoted late night block of '90s reruns, and it looks like it's paying off.
The Monday night, 12:00-to-2:00 a.m. Et launch of "The 90s Are All That" brought in 555,000 viewers, boosting the time-slot's ratings from the previous year by over 100%.
It's inaugural line-up of "Kenan & Kel," "All That," "Doug" and "Clarissa Explains It All" was an exceptional success among adults 18-34. It brought in 229,000 viewers, an increase of 500%.
As the block continues to run on the network, which it looks likely to do for some time now, other '90s series joining the mix will be "The Adventures of Pete & Pete" and "Are You Afraid of the Dark?"
Zap2it would like to put in a special request for "Salute Your Shorts" to start airing as soon as possible.
By Stefan Doyno and John Mitchell
The ‘90s are back, and so are your favorite shows. Last night, TeenNick premiered "The ‘90s Are All That," a statement anyone in their twenties or early thirties will most certainly agree with. Twitter has been burning up with love for the classic shows that made Nickelodeon the channel it is today. Shows like "iCarly," "Drake and Josh" and "Victorious" are wildly popular with the younger generation, but it was shows like "All That," "The Amanda Show," "Rugrats," “Clarissa Explains It All” and "Doug" that paved the way and still have a special place in our hearts.
The two-hour run of shows, which air weeknights from midnight to 2Am, is not just a block of programming, it’s a movement. Viewers can "Watch. Discuss. Obsess." on Facebook and Twitter. You can also join the ongoing conversation, keep up with the evolving schedule and catch »
- MTV News
Unbelievably, Hey Dude, Nickelodeon's teen-focused, dude ranch extravaganza, started airing in 1989. That isn't unbelievable because of how long ago it was, but because I find it hard to imagine I was actually that old when it came out.
The misadventures of the Bar None Ranch was the first original, live-action program on the network. Though it didn't last an especially long time in first runs, it lived on for quite a while on the network, and paved the way for more original shows by the network that soon followed - Welcome Freshmen, Clarissa Explains It All, Salute Your Shorts, Doug, Rugrats, and many others.
Thus, odd as it may sound, the show has its place in TV history, and is pretty legitimately the forefather of the teen market of shows now ruled by such treasures as iCarly.
The show opened with the return to summer employment at the ranch, with »
- Marc Eastman
Children of the 90's and cowboys rejoice! "Hey Dude" has finally made its way to DVD.
Now you can relive all the antics of the kids at Bar None Ranch. The classic Nickelodeon series which boasted the likes of a pre-Mrs. Ben Stiller, Christine Taylor hit stores today. You can even catch Taylor in an exclusive interview as part of the special features
Though the first two season have been available on iTunes for a few years, this is the first time fans of the show can have a hard copy to love and call their own.
Now we just need Salute Your Shorts to follow suit and we'll be all set!
What shows from your childhood do you want to see on DVD? »
I was a deprived child whose family didn't have a TV when I was growing up (and even if we had, let's be real, Nickelodeon wasn't a channel in Canada), and even I am excited for this. Earlier this year it was announced that Nickelodeon would re-air it's '90s hits. After much anticipation, it was announced that the premiere date for its "90s Are All That" lineup will be Monday, July 25th, at midnight. All of those shows that you could only vaguely remember with fondness (many are not available on DVD) will be reappearing: Clarissa Explains It All, All That, Are You Afraid of the Dark, Kenan and Kel, Salute Your Shorts, and more. Yes, more. Evidently, Nickelodeon really churned out classic hit after classic hit in the '90s. Kind of like Nirvana! And just like Nirvana, things kind of fell apart [...] »
Since the beginning of Salute Your Shorts, one of the primary reasons for this column has been to support the creation and appreciation of short films. You wouldn’t necessarily think that this would be necessary, but short films, while much more easily accessible due to YouTube and the nigh-infinite other streaming video services, remain critically neglected and weirdly ghettoized. For some reason there’s an assumption that if a movie is 70 minutes long it’s worth $10 of your money to see in theaters while if it’s 45 minutes long it isn’t even worth your time. »
What sucks about having a bandmate as genuinely talented, charismatic (and, yes, physically attractive) as Jenny Lewis, lead singer and co-songwriter of Rilo Kiley, is that when you step out for a side-project, it’s tough for listeners to not automatically be a little disappointed by the lack of star power. But that’s no slight to Blake Sennett, the former child star of shows like Boy Meets World and Nickelodeon classic Salute Your Shorts (Where you at, Nickheads?) who has been the co-brains behind Rilo Kiley, one of indie-rock’s finest and most reliable bands, since day one. »
The minute Nickelodeon announced its intention to re-air the network's '90s hits, nostalgia swept over me for oldie-but-goodie series like Salute Your Shorts and Are You Afraid of the Dark. But there was one show that several of you brought up when we asked you for your favorite: Clarissa Explains It All. Clarissa's long monologues, sarcasm, and unconventional fashion sense made her pretty cool back in the day. For this week's Buzz Time Machine, let's pay tribute to the series by watching the intro once more (na, na, na, na, na . . .). Check it out after the jump. »
- Lauren Bradshaw
Sick was the best way to describe me this week. Y'all should have seen me in the same room as Bradley Cooper doing the Limitless Press conference, discreetly wiping snot out of my moustache (and what a moustache it has become, my facial-hair fan friends).There was also some "bidness" to take care of over the weekend regarding renewable energy and pregnant woman and the other jobs that abbreviated this column just a smidge.The cool thing that I've been doing all week is re-watching Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles in preperation of my grand theory of Terminator Timelines. As an i09 editor told me: "I'm pretty sure that exists already," but it's not Mine, dammit (more on that below).I'm a sci-fi fan and it's a great time of year for sci-fi fans, so let's geek out a little bit shall we? [Welcome To The Spring of Science Fiction] It's going to be quite the March, »
As EW reported this morning, starting this fall TeenNick will devote their 12Am-2Am programming block to reviving old Nickelodeon programs from the 1990s, and are appropriately dubbing the block "The '90s Are All That."
They got the idea from the surge of social media groups and fansites devoted to shows like All That, Rugrats, The Adventures of Pete & Pete and Clarissa Explains It All, populated by twentysomething children of the '90s who are nostalgic for the shows of their youth.
Keith Dawkins, senior VP and general manager of TeenNick, says Nickelodeon's programming strategy in the '90s was "completely devoted" to kids ages 9 through 11. "It was ground-breaking and for the young viewers, a powerful and pivotal time in their lives. Those kids who are now 22, 23 and 24 want to bring that back," he told EW.
I'm not a part of any Facebook groups on the matter, but as »
14 items from 2011
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