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After being lost in space for more than two decades, Rocko and his pals — and, you know, the Bigheads — are returning to Earth. And they’re all in for a rude awakening.
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Nickelodeon on Thursday officially announced that a one-hour TV special, Rocko’s Modern Life: Static Cling, will reunite the animated series’ original voice cast as the characters adjust to life in the 21st century.
And some will adjust more successfully than others. Per the network, “Heffer and Filburt embrace every aspect of new technology, social »
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Hollywood lost its original Batman over the weekend with the passing of Adam West, and now Los Angeles is planning what can only be described as the coolest tribute imaginable. Tonight at Los Angeles’ City Hall, La Mayor Eric Garcetti and Lapd Chief Charlie Beck will join the good citizens of La to light the iconic Bat-Signal in tribute to the late star.
Special guests will be in attendance at the ceremony, and fans are encouraged to attend and pay tribute. The Bat-Signal will be projected onto the tower of Los Angeles City Hall at Spring Street.
Adam West, whose lighthearted take on the Caped Crusader endeared him to fans for more than half a century, passed away at 88-years-old after a short battle with leukemia. He became well known »
- Zack Sharf
Adam West, whose lighthearted take on the Caped Crusader endeared him to fans for more than half a century, has died. A family spokesperson revealed that the 88-year-old “Batman” actor passed away last night following a short battle with leukemia; he died surrounded by family.
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“Our dad always saw himself as The Bright Knight and aspired to make a positive impact on his fans’ lives. He was and always will be our hero,” said his family in a statement. West starred on “Batman” for the entirety of its three-season run, headlining 120 episodes between 1966 and 1968. Known for its campy approach and straight-and-narrow morals, the show also inspired a feature film — the first full-length Batman movie.
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- Michael Nordine
“Our dad always saw himself as The Bright Knight, and aspired to make a positive impact on his fans’ lives. He was and always will be our hero,” his family said in a statement.
West became known to a new generation of TV fans through his recurring voice role on Fox’s “Family Guy” as Mayor Adam West, the horribly corrupt, inept and vain leader of Quahog, Rhode Island. West was a regular on the show from 2000 through its most recent season. West in recent years did a wide range of voice-over work, on such shows as Adult Swim’s “Robot Chicken” and Disney Channel’s “Jake and the Neverland Pirates.”
But it was his role as the Caped Crusader in »
- Brian Lowry
Why are the Fairly OddParents hanging out with Danny Phantom? Today, Nickelodeon released a new animated short featuring characters from The Fairly OddParents, Danny Phantom, and Tuff Puppy.All three shows were created by Butch Hartman, whose new series Bunsen is a Beast premieres today, February 21st, at 5:30 p.m. Et/Pt. The animated series tells the "story of Bunsen and Mikey--two new friends who embark on endless fun and adventures in their town of Muckledunk."Read More… »
Butch Hartman has a long and storied history of creating great cartoon shows. Not only is he responsible for The Fairly OddParents, the second longest-running Nicktoon on Nickelodeon, but he’s also created several other popular shows including Danny Phantom and T.U.F.F. Puppy. And now here he is once again with a unique new Nickelodeon show, Bunsen is a Beast.
Bunsen is a Beast is a cartoon about Bunsen (voiced by Jeremy Rowley), the first beast to be integrated into the Muckledunk Middle School, and his new human friend Mikey Munroe (Ben Giroux). It also features self-appointed school safety monitor and beast-hater Amanda Killman (Kari Wahlgren) and a collection of other oddball characters such as Ms. Flap (Cheri Oteri) and Darcy, who circle the main pair during their adventures.
But what is a Beast, per se? Well, in Hartman’s creation, even within the Beast world there appears to be great variety, »
- Emily S. Whitten
There’s a new kid in school at Nickelodeon, and he’s a real beast.
“Bunsen” tells the tale of a strange creature learning to navigate the world of middle school for the first time with the help of his human friend Mikey. Bunsen just wants to show the human world that monsters and humans can co-exist peacefully without monsters wanting to eat everyone.
“The show’s about every kid’s experience in school about trying to fit in and be popular. Who better to try and fit in than someone who’s not even from this world,” says Hartman, who first drew the characters back in 2009, when he was considering the idea for a children’s book.
“I drew this cover picture of a boy »
- Terry Flores
Casting FX’s “Sons of Anarchy” spinoff, titled “Mayans Mc,” has cast its first star, Variety has confirmed. Edward James Olmos has joined the pilot as a series regular. The “Battlestar Gallactica” alum will play Felipe Reyes, the once-strong Mexican patriarch, crushed by bullets and hard labor, who struggles to keep his past buried and lead his sons down a lawful, righteous path. The pilot, which is slated to shoot next month, focuses on the Mayans motorcycle club and will follow Ez Reyes (yet to be cast), a potential member for the club’s charter on the California-Mexico border. “Sons of Anarchy” creator Kurt Sutter will direct the pilot and serve as executive producer.
- Dani Levy, Will Thorne and Sarah Ahern
On Wednesday, it was revealed via a press release from Netflix that producer Adi Shankar’s long in-development adaptation of the long-running video game franchise, Castlevania, would be getting the TV treatment. Not only would the series be hitting the streaming service, but it would be hitting it soon. 2017 soon. That’s right, unlike many other TV announcements, you won’t have to sit on your hands for two years while the show runs through the development mill.
Now, on the heels of that announcement, Shankar has had a chance to give us a few more tidbits of information regarding the show. So what can we expect from this brutally violent series?
For starters, the show is animated.
- Joseph Medina
Viacom CEO Bob Bakish has shifted oversight of TV Land and Cmt to Spike chief Kevin Kay, who will lead the three networks as head of the company’s Global Entertainment Group. The move continues the reorganization of Viacom’s cable brands under Bakish, who was named permanent Viacom CEO in December.
“Consolidating all three under Kevin’s leadership will strengthen these brands even further and will allow Geg to connect more deeply with our adult audience — which is well over 180 million viewers across Viacom brands globally,” Bakish said Wednesday in a memo to staff.
Bakish went to quick work reorganizing Viacom’s brands after taking the full-time reins at Viacom last month. Just one week after Bakish was named permanent CEO, longtime Viacom exec Doug Herzog, who had overseen Comedy Central, MTV »
- Daniel Holloway
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