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The stories behind TV production company closing logos

10 August 2015 10:59 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Grr, argh. Sit, Ubu, sit. I made this! What’s the story behind the production company tags added onto our favourite TV shows?

Closing logos have evolved into a TV production company’s tiny stamp of individuality. They’re a single snippet of screen time not at the mercy of network notes, audience feedback or sponsorship concerns.

A closing tag doesn’t need to sell a show, tell a story, or lasso an audience back for the next episode. It’s simply a signature, a few seconds entirely belonging to the creatives, to do with what they will.

As such, closing logos are as self-indulgent or esoteric as the production company wills them. They’re perhaps the only place in television production where in-jokes, family photos, personal homages (or extended rants in the case of one comedy producer) and kid-drawn scribbles usually found taped to the fridge door are entirely welcome. »

- louisamellor

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Titan announces The Autobiography of James T. Kirk for September

1 August 2015 12:00 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Following its unveiling at the San Diego Comic-Con where William Shatner read excerpts from the book, Titan has announced that Family Guy and Futurama writer David Goodman’s The Autobiography of James T. Kirk is set for release this September.

Chronicling the greatest Starfleet captain’s life (2233–2393) in his own words, from his youth spent on Tarsus IV, his time in the Starfleet Academy, through to his meteoric rise through the ranks of Starfleet, and his illustrious career at the helm of the Enterprise, This in-­‐world memoir uncovers Captain Kirk in a way Star Trek Tm fans have never seen before…

With excerpts taken from his personal correspondence and captain’s logs, alongside a unique colour illustrations insert of the captain with his many memorable colleagues and friends, The Autobiography of James T. Kirk is a captivating piece of Star Trek history.

The Autobiography of James T. Kirk is »

- Gary Collinson

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William Shatner Reads from Captain Kirk’s Memoirs and Things Get Sexy at Comic-Con

9 July 2015 2:20 PM, PDT | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

With the word Boss inscribed across his chest (the Hugo half being hidden by his suit jacket), William Shatner lived up to that title—as well as the rank of Captain—as he read excerpts from the upcoming book, The Autobiography of James T. Kirk, which will be hitting shelves on Sept. 8, the anniversary of Star Trek’s premiere. Shatner got huge laughs reading, and especially riffing off, the material. He also spoke with the book’s author, David A. Goodman, a writer on Family Guy, Star Trek: Enterprise, and Futurama, for which he penned the Trek homage, “Where No Fan Has Gone Before.” Learn how Shatner coined several new sexual euphemisms and much more below.

The post William Shatner Reads from Captain Kirk’s Memoirs and Things Get Sexy at Comic-Con appeared first on Collider. »

- Anna Kaufman

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Comedy Central Orders ‘TripTank’ Spinoff Series ‘Jeff and Some Aliens’

24 June 2015 8:00 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

The aliens have landed.

Comedy Central has ordered the animated series “Jeff and Some Aliens.”

The series follows average guy Jeff and his three alien “roommates” who were sent to study him to determine if humankind should be destroyed. This includes forcing Jeff to participate in grueling intergalatic decathalons and perform Azurian honor killings to restore interstellar balance.

Thus, Comedy Central president of original programming Kent Alterman made a valid point when he announced the news on Wednesday and said “it would be so weird if this show wasn’t animated.”

“Jeff and Some Aliens” is exec produced and created by Sean Donnelly and Alessandro Minoli and exec produced by ShadowMachine’s Corey Campodonico and Alex Bulkley. The show is based on sketches that appeared on Comedy Central’s satirical animated shorts series “TripTank.”

“We’d like to beat the trolls to the punch and be the first to say: ‘They cancelled ‘Futurama’ for This? »

- Whitney Friedlander

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12 TV Comedies You Need To Be Watching

19 June 2015 4:42 PM, PDT | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

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Over the past few years, many iconic TV comedies have come to an end, leaving fans desperately searching for something new to fill the void. Original greats like 30 Rock, The Office, Parks and Recreation, How I Met Your Mother and Futurama all went off the air within a few years of each other, while so many new sitcoms struggled to live up to that high standard as replacements, many cancelled before we even got to know them at all.

Let’s face it, Selfie and Animal Practice aren’t about to become your new addiction. Nobody is going to remember S*it My Dad Says with William Shatner as anything more than a complete and utter waste of time. And how Melissa and Joey managed to make over 100 episodes before viewers were put out of their misery, we’ll never know. 

While the hole in your heart left by »

- Brendan Morrow

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Howard Rodman, Joan Meyerson Running for Writers Guild Presidency

19 June 2015 1:57 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Howard Rodman and Joan Meyerson are running for a two-year term as president of the Writers Guild of America West.

The guild released a list of candidates chosen by its nominating committee Friday — including several prominent newcomers to WGA politics such as Zak Penn, Mara Brock Akil and Meredith Stiehm. Candidates can still be nominated for the next month by petition with 50 signatures and a July 23 deadline.

David A. Goodman and Carl Gottlieb are seeking the VP slot, currently held by Rodman. Marjorie David and Aaron Mendelsohn are seeking the secretary-treasurer post, currently held by Gottlieb.

Seventeen candidates are seeking eight board seats, including incumbent Patric Verrone, best known for leading the WGA during the 2007-08 strike, and “Captain Phillips” screenwriter Billy Ray. Other incumbents seeking re-election are Carleton Eastlake, Alfredo Barrios Jr., Karen Harris and Ari B. Rubin.

The other candidates include Penn, Brock Akil, Stiehm, Andrea Berloff, Cynthia Riddle, »

- Dave McNary

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Howard Rodman, Joan Meyerson Running for Writers Guild Presidency

19 June 2015 1:57 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Howard Rodman and Joan Meyerson are running for a two-year term as president of the Writers Guild of America West.

The guild released a list of candidates chosen by its nominating committee Friday — including several prominent newcomers to WGA politics such as Zak Penn, Mara Brock Akil and Meredith Stiehm. Candidates can still be nominated for the next month by petition with 50 signatures and a July 23 deadline.

David A. Goodman and Carl Gottlieb are seeking the VP slot, currently held by Rodman. Marjorie David and Aaron Mendelsohn are seeking the secretary-treasurer post, currently held by Gottlieb.

Seventeen candidates are seeking eight board seats, including incumbent Patric Verrone, best known for leading the WGA during the 2007-08 strike, and “Captain Phillips” screenwriter Billy Ray. Other incumbents seeking re-election are Carleton Eastlake, Alfredo Barrios Jr., Karen Harris and Ari B. Rubin.

The other candidates include Penn, Brock Akil, Stiehm, Andrea Berloff, Cynthia Riddle, »

- Dave McNary

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'Star Trek' Star Nichelle Nichols Suffers Mild Stroke

5 June 2015 2:05 AM, PDT | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

Actress Nichelle Nichols, known to legions of fans as the original Lt. Uhura from the "Star Trek" series, suffered a mild stroke at her Los Angeles home on Wednesday night, but appears to be doing well after a series of tests at a local hospital.

A rep for Nichols, Zach McGinnis, announced the news on Nichols's Facebook page early Thursday, writing that the actress "is currently undergoing testing to determine how severe the stroke was. Please keep her in your thoughts." Despite that scare, those tests appear to have gone well, and McGinnis updated Nichols's Facebook page later in the day. He wrote:

Nichelle Nichols has had both a Cat scan and an Mri today. The Cat scan came back negative and we are awaiting the results from the Mri. Currently she is awake, eating, in good spirits and able to have full conversations. Her right side has shown minor »

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Nichelle Nichols hospitalized after mild stroke

4 June 2015 3:24 PM, PDT | Comicmix.com | See recent Comicmix news »

Last night while at her home in Los Angeles, actress Nichelle Nichols suffered from a mild stroke and was taken to a hospital. She is currently undergoing testing to determine how severe the stroke was. Her publicist provided a statement to EW: “Nichelle Nichols is resting comfortably and undergoing tests. We do not have a prognosis yet but everyone’s prayers and well wishes are appreciated.”

Nichols, 82, is best known to fans as Lt. Nyota Uhura on Star Trek in a diverse career spanning over fifty years including appearances on stage and screen, from singing with the Duke Ellington and Lionel Hampton bands to voice-overs on Futurama and The Simpsons, with possibly her biggest impact coming from her volunteer work with Nasa to help recruit minority and female candidates for the agency.

We hope she gets better quickly, and look forward to seeing her at conventions soon. This lady is »

- Glenn Hauman

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‘Star Trek’ Star Nichelle Nichols Suffers Stroke

4 June 2015 2:05 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Nichelle Nichols, best know for her role as Lt. Uhura in “Star Trek,” suffered a stroke in her Los Angeles home on Wednesday night.

Her rep Zach McGinnis announced the news on Facebook.

“Last night while at her home in L.A., Nichelle Nichols suffered from a mild stroke,” McGinnis wrote. “She is currently undergoing testing to determine how severe the stroke was. Please keep her in your thoughts.”

Nichols was next scheduled to appear at New York’s Eternal Con on June 13 and 14.

Nichols, 82, appeared in the original “Star Trek” TV series, which ran from 1966-1969, as well as the “Star Trek” movies. She also played the role of Nana Dawson in the ABC show “Heroes,” and voiced characters in the TV series “Futurama,” “Gargoyles” and “Spider-Man.”

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- Maane Khatchatourian

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‘Star Trek’ Star Nichelle Nichols Suffers Stroke

4 June 2015 2:05 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Nichelle Nichols, best know for her role as Lt. Uhura in “Star Trek,” suffered a stroke in her Los Angeles home on Wednesday night.

Her rep Zach McGinnis announced the news on Facebook.

“Last night while at her home in L.A., Nichelle Nichols suffered from a mild stroke,” McGinnis wrote. “She is currently undergoing testing to determine how severe the stroke was. Please keep her in your thoughts.”

Nichols was next scheduled to appear at New Jersey’s Eternal Con on June 13 and 14.

Nichols, 82, appeared in the original “Star Trek” TV series, which ran from 1966-1969, as well as the “Star Trek” movies. She also played the role of Nana Dawson in the ABC show “Heroes,” and voiced characters in the TV series “Futurama,” “Gargoyles” and “Spider-Man.”

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- Maane Khatchatourian

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Futurama: 15 Obscure Easter Eggs & References You Probably Missed

23 May 2015 10:33 AM, PDT | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

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Futurama is both one of the funniest and one of the smartest TV shows ever made. In addition to just being consistently hilarious, quotable and often poignant, the show is packed to the brim with obscure references that only a handful of fans will probably pick up on the first time through.

A lot of these references are math or science related, as many of the show’s writers have pretty impressive academic backgrounds. The head writer and executive producer, David X. Cohen, graduated from Harvard with a B.A. in physics. He also has a degree in computer science from the University of California, Berkeley. Another one of the show’s writers, Ken Keeler, graduated from Harvard with a PhD in applied mathematics. In fact, Keeler famously invented his own mathematical theorem for the Season 7 episode The Prisoner of Benda.

The show is also a love letter to »

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15 Life Lessons Bob’s Burgers Taught Us

8 May 2015 6:05 AM, PDT | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

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If we can take anything at all from the animated burger restaurant Belcher clan, it’s that you don’t need Seth MacFarlane’s name in the rolling credits to make an utterly brilliant cartoon series.

In competition with other animated comedies including Family Guy, American Dad, and Futurama, Bob’s Burger’s (after a slow start and initially poor ratings) now has a huge following of fans, both on Fox and on the internet.

Bob and Linda and their three eccentric children make it look easy to create and recover from absolute chaos in 20 minutes. From accusations of making burgers out of human flesh, to Bob being the worst yet best husband ever, to Tina’s zombie obsessions, to Louise and Gene’s sibling rivalry, there seems to be no end to the imagination of the screen writer and director who has created this marvellously entertaining program.

Funny it may be, »

- Rachel Bailey

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Teen Titans Go! The Complete First Season on Blu-Ray Today!

21 April 2015 1:35 PM, PDT | Legions of Gotham | See recent Legions of Gotham news »

Teen Titans Go! The Complete First Seasonnow Available On Blu-rayfrom Warner Archive Collection

First 52 Episodes of Popular Animated Series Arrive Today on Two Blu-Ray Discs

Teen Titans Go!, the popular Warner Bros. Animation television series airing on Cartoon Network, gets the full HD treatment via Warner Archive Collection when Teen Titans Go! The Complete First Season debuts on Blu-rayTM today (April 21). Orders are now available via wbshop.com.

What happens after everyone’s favorite teenage super heroes have saved the planet from total annihilation? Swing by Titans Tower and find out as Robin, Cyborg, Raven, Starfire and Beast Boy chill out after a hard day of crime fighting and take on some real challenges like laundry, chores, video games and plain ol' trying to get along! Enjoy the laughs when Beast Boy introduces his new villainous girlfriend, Raven's demonic father stops in for a visit, or Cyborg has his birthday »

- Matt MacNabb

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"Galaxy Quest" To Become A TV Series

21 April 2015 10:08 AM, PDT | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Paramount Television is developing a TV series based on DreamWorks' 1999 sci-fi/comedy satire "Galaxy Quest".

The original film centered on the cast of a canceled "Star Trek"-like space opera TV show who are accidentally sent to a real spaceship and must save an alien nation. Tim Allen, Sigourney Weaver, Alan Rickman, Tony Shalhoub, Sam Rockwell, Daryl Mitchell and Enrico Colantoni starred.

The film's scribe Robert Gordon is expected to write the TV version and executive produce with director Dean Parisot, and producers Mark Johnson and Melissa Bernstein.

Various attempts have been made to blend comedy and sci-fi on the small screen before, most notably the early 1990s British sitcom "Red Dwarf" and the beloved long-running animated series "Futurama".

Source: Variety »

- Garth Franklin

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Wizard World Comic Con St. Louis May 22-24 – Great Line-Up of Movie Guests

19 April 2015 7:44 PM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

Pop culture comes to life in St. Louis next month! It’s the Wizard World Comic Con May 22nd through the 24th at America’s Center downtown (701 Convention Plaza – St. Louis, Mo 63101), and boy oh boy, do they have an amazing line-up of guests!

Sure, you got the comic artists and cosplayers, wrestlers, a St. Louis Ram, a Power Ranger,  and of course the ubiquitous Walking Dead stars, but what We Are Movie Geeks is most excited about are the celebrities from movies that will be on hand: Horror legend George Romero, Sharknado legend Tara Reid, horror hostess with the mostest (if you know what I mean) Elvira, Guardians Of The Galaxy tough guy Dave Bautista, Henry the serial killer himself Michael Rooker, Do The Right Thing’s ‘Buggin Out’ Giancarlo Esposito. Lord of the Rings Trilogy’s Pippin Billy Boyd, Captain America squeeze Hayley Atwell, and Silent Bob’s buddy Jay aka Jason Mewes. »

- Tom Stockman

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25 Futurama Quotes To Use In Everyday Life

2 March 2015 7:03 AM, PST | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

Comedy Central

With Futurama, Matt Groening created his second incredible animated television show. People will always compare it to The Simpsons, but really it is its own beast entirely. In the end, comparing the two is rather pointless and takes away from just enjoying them both for the hilarious programmes they are.

Futurama’s appeal stems largely from its science-fiction elements. Being set in the distant future opens up a whole new way of thinking about jokes, and the writers have a lot of fun with that. At the same time though, what is just as funny about the show is how much of the comedy manages to be timeless. Fry, especially gets some of the show’s best lines and often speaks on behalf of the audience as a 1990s man stuck in the 3000s.

Futurama is an amazing achievement as a piece of sci-fi and comedy, and its »

- Joe O'Brien

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Sketchy Episode 158 – ‘Leonard Nimoy Tribute’

1 March 2015 5:46 AM, PST | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Leonard Nimoy has passed away, leaving behind a body of work extending to The Simpsons, Futurama, The Pagemaster, and some interesting studio recordings. Sketchy remembers him this week with this tribute episode. Enjoy and Llap!

Listen on iTunes!

Music

By Myself

by Leonard Nimoy

Follow Sketchy

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The post Sketchy Episode 158 – ‘Leonard Nimoy Tribute’ appeared first on Sound On Sight.

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- Ryan Clagg

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Adventure Time Movie Incoming

28 February 2015 5:11 AM, PST | www.themoviebit.com | See recent TheMovieBit news »

Debuting in 2010, Adveture Time has become one of the weirdest, subservise, and downright entertaining cartoons in recent memory, developing a huge fan base among teenagers and adults, as well as it's target kid audience. Following teenager Finn and his magical talking dog Jake (voiced by veteran John Dimaggio, better known as Bender from Futurama) as they get into numerous, utterly barmy adventures in the magical Land of Ooo (actually a post apocalyptic earth ravaged by nuclear war, just one of the many details of the shows hidden, dark mythology), it has become a ratings hit for Cartoon Network, and has seen a number of high profile celebrities lend their vocals, including Neil Patrick Harris, Mark Hamil, Ron Perlman, George Takei, Matthew Broderick, and Andy Samberg. Now Adventure Time will be coming to the big screen with Warner Bros. charging The Lego Movie producer Roy Lee and the upcoming Lego Batman »

- noreply@blogger.com (Tom White)

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‘Late Late Show’ Host Craig Ferguson to Star in ABC Scripted Comedy Pilot

27 February 2015 2:54 PM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

The Late Late Show” is being passed down to James Corden, who debuts on March 23, but former host Craig Ferguson is wasting no time returning to television — just a few hours earlier.

Ferguson has been cast to lead ABC’s scripted comedy pilot “The King of 7B,” Variety has confirmed.

The 30-minute laffer follows an agoraphobic recluse, Prentiss Porter, played by Ferguson, who ventures outside for the first time in 20 years, only to find his potential soulmate moving into the building across the street. The ensemble rounds out with the previously cast Carla Jiminez and Kirby Howell-Baptiste.

The project marks the return to primetime for the Scottish-born comedian, who starred in “The Drew Carey Show”  for eight years before his latenight break. Since, he’s appeared on “Web Therapy,” “Hot in Cleveland,” portrayed himself on “Family Guy” and lent his voice to “Futurama” and “Archer,” among other animated series. Ferguson »

- Elizabeth Wagmeister

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