11 items from 2013
With Sdcc 2013 kicking off soon, Preview Night details and the full schedule for Day 1 have arrived. We have some tough decisions to make as The Walking Dead comics take on "The X-Files" reunion and then the "Dexter," "Hannibal," and "Teen Wolf" panels go head-to-head.
Per usual, the abovementioned choices are just the tip of the iceberg for genre fans with panels running all day and evening on July 18th for paranormal novels, sexy steampunkers, horror gaming, horror novels, horror comics, horror journalists (including our own Heather Wixson!), composers, the ever present and popular zombies, The Goon feature film, and - in the last panel of the night - horror sitcom "Holliston." Check out our picks below, and be sure to visit the official San Diego Comic-Con 2013 website for the full lineup.
Preview Night: Wednesday, July 17, 2013
6:00pm - Special Sneak Peek Pilot Screenings
Comic-Con and Warner Bros. Television proudly continue their annual Preview Night tradition, »
- The Woman In Black
Revolver Magazine presented the 5th annual Golden Gods Awards Thursday (May 2). The show is essentially the heavy metal Grammys, presenting awards for various categories in the hard rock genre.
Hosted by WWE wrestler, rock singer and host of "Robot Combat League" Chris Jericho, the show was loaded with tributes to Jeff Hanneman. A founding member of metal band Slayer, it was announced shortly before the show that Hanneman had died. Fellow Slayer member Kerry King led the audience in a "moment of noise" as a tribute to Hannemen, because a moment of silence just would not do.
The full list of winners from the show is below:
Best Drummer:Arejay Hale (Halestorm)
Best Bassist:Lemmy Kilmister (Motörhead)
Best Vocalist:Corey Taylor (Stone Sour & Slipknot)
Best New Talent:Device
Most Metal Athlete:Triple H (WWE Superstar)
Best Live Band:Slipknot
Comeback of the Year:Tenacious D
Song of the Year: »
Yes, admittedly it isn’t necessarily an obvious pairing, Face Off and Robot Combat League. Let’s look at what they have in common. Both on Syfy, Tuesday nights, one after the other, and both are competition shows. Face Off is one of Syfy‘s highest rated shows, and Rcl is just getting started.
If you’re a fan of one, though, I recommend you give the other a try. Face Off showcases the creation of some excellent special effects makeup. It’s a competition show with competitors that try to do their best work, as opposed to strategizing against the other contestants. Robot Combat League, on the other hand, is… well it’s fun. Come on, it’s fighting eight-feet-tall robots! And if you saw last week’s series premiere, you’ll want to know that it looks like the rest of the episodes will feature two battles per episode, »
- Erin Willard
Robot Combat League came out swinging last night for Syfy. The 10 Pm premiere of the mechanically inclined competition series Wednesday pulled in 1.3 million viewers for the network. While not as high as the 1.7 million the make-up artist series Face-Off averaged on Syfy in its most recent season, that’s a steel solid number for an unscripted show on the network. The tournament-style robot battle show’s 748,000 viewers Wednesday in the Adult 18-49 demo scored even better. That result for the Chris Jericho hosted series is a more than two-year unscripted premiere high for NBCUniversal owned network. The Face-Off premiere on January 26, 2011 got 896,000 in the demo. Last night’s Robot Combat League also garnered 200,000 views pre-premiere on multiple platforms including Syfy.com, VOD, Xbox 360, Roku and Hulu. Robot Combat League is produced by Smart Dog Media. »
- DOMINIC PATTEN
At least since 1927's "Metropolis," and continuing into the modern era with "Transformers" and this summer's anticipated blockbuster "Pacific Rim," robots have been a fixture in movies and television. Some of the mechanized creations have become popular characters in their own right, from Robby the Robot of "Forbidden Planet" and the nameless robot in TV's "Lost in Space" to those lovable droids R2-D2 and C-3Po in "Star Wars," to name just a few.
A burgeoning TV and movie genre over the years has pitted robots in battle against one another, and for a while, the "battling robots" TV trend was popular, most notably in the Comedy Central series "BattleBots." But that series featured robots created by home inventors doing battle. "Robot Combat League," premiering Tuesday, Feb. 26, on Syfy, ups the ante, combining elements of "BattleBots" with cinematic robotics.
Robot boxing isn’t just for your little Rock’em Sock’em game anymore. In the new Syfy series Robot Combat League, metal giants dole out powerful punches on other robots. Much like in the Hugh Jackman-starring Real Steel, competitors shadowbox in an exo-suit that translates every uppercut and right hook to their mechanical avatars.
The show began with an idea from producers Jeremy Whitham and Craig Plestis. They gave the duties of creating the show’s robots to Mark Setrakian, whose credits include the animatronic effects in Hellboy, Men in Black, and Batman Forever. He was also a »
- Emily Rome
Genre: Reality | Competition
Air Date/Time: February 26 at 10/9c
A gripping new reality series which reinvents gladiatorial combat for the 21st century, Robot Combat League will feature tournament-style battles each week between eight-feet tall, state-of-the-art humanoid robots controlled by human “robo-jockeys”. Hosting the series is Chris Jericho, the wildly popular WWE wrestler and multifaceted performer.
This extraordinary new series will feature twelve teams consisting of a fighter (a “robo-jockey”) and a robotics engineer (a “robo-tech”) from myriad backgrounds including a race car driver, an Olympic athlete, a National Guard helicopter pilot along with a mix of professional fighters and software engineers. Each team is paired with its own unique robot and will fight in a first-of-its kind competition using a high-tech exo-suit that translates their movements to their robot. Each fight consists of three rounds of intense action, with the winning team advancing in the competition.
In his role as host, »
- Erin Willard
In the upcoming wave of programming starting this week from SyFy you can take your pick of fighting robots, stranded paranormal investigators and paranormal interventions. Robot Combat League WWE wrestler Chris Jericho hosts what is essentially Rock 'Em Sock 'Em Robots for grown up kids. The competition style reality show Robot Combat League pairs up athletes/gamers/active types with engineers/programmers/nerd types and together they pilot and fight with large robots. We're still a ways away from action like Real Steal as these robots are tethered and anchored from behind but the teams indeed control every movement and motion on the floor. It really looks like a lot of fun to do. From the first episode it would appear that the more athletic types will operate the...
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It’s a little bit of sports, a little bit of science fiction and all action. SyFy is set to debut Robot Combat League with man-controlled machines battling to survive. Series host (and WWE Superstar) Chris Jericho, explains why the new reality show is really a wave of the future. Plus Valiant offers a comic book bargain, and everyone on the net is asking Who Is Writing Green Lantern?
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- Mike Raub
Ready to meet our new robot overlords?
Here’s Syfy’s 12 giant fighting robots that star in its upcoming new series Robot Combat League. In the show, human-controlled state-of-the-art robots pummel each other in a boxing ring until one is destroyed. Hosted by WWE’s Chris Jericho, Robot Combat League invades Syfy on Tuesday, Feb. 26. For much more on the show, see our original story here that has all the details about the show’s origin and format. After all, you’re not here for words. You’re here for bots. Here’s the rogues gallery of fighters, four on each page, »
- James Hibberd
Jericho made his sudden and unexpected return last night as the number two entrant in the Rumble contest, facing his old adversary Dolph Ziggler, the man who cost Y2J his job from a storyline point of view.
Given the reaction to Chris’ entrance, it is believed that he may appear for the company as part of the build to WrestleMania in between his commitments to his band Fozzy, who have only a small touring schedule between now and April, freeing him up for a few months.
- Matt Aspin
11 items from 2013
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