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The veteran actor is among the interviewees in "Superheroes: A Never-Ending Battle," a new three-part PBS documentary narrated by Liev Schreiber ("Ray Donovan") and airing in its entirety Tuesday, Oct. 15 (check local listings). Television's former "Wonder Woman," Lynda Carter, and Marvel Comics legend Stan Lee are among others who reflect on the popularity and endurance of characters that also encompass Superman, Spider-Man, Green Arrow and the X-Men.
"I hear it from thousands of people," West says to Zap2it -- in an interview for this article -- about the entertainment "Batman" provided (and continues to, on the nostalgia network Me-tv). "I did Salt Lake City's first Comic-Con recently, and it was like 75,000 people ... so they really turn out to see us, »
Comic book fans will have a great treat tonight.
PBS will air a three-hour block tonight dedicated to the program “Superheroes: A Never-Ending Battle.”
The program will be hosted and narrated by Liev Schreiber.
The documentary film will explore the dawn of the comic book genre and the evolution of the characters from the past 75 years with their ongoing lasting cultural impact.
It was originally going to premiere in three parts over three weeks. However, PBS will dedicate tonight starting at 8 p.m. to the documentary.
Part One, 8 Pm: “Truth, Justice, and the American Way” (1938-1958)
During the Depression, the popularity of dozens of superhero characters opens the door for a new generation of artists and writers. »
- Gig Patta
We told you last month about the PBS special presentation Superheroes: A Never-Ending Battle that would be premiering in October, and tonight’s the night! Tuesday nights are pretty jam-packed for Our Kind of Viewing, but this one looks like it should get some priority.
We have a TV spot and the clip from the first hour to get you primed, and the press release is included again below so you’ll get the full details, including the info on the accompanying book and Blu-ray.
Here’s a quick scheduling note: After the initial broadcast the three hours are broken into three one-hour parts and have slightly different titles, though at least in my area they will still be aired one right after the other. So if you’re thinking of DVR-ing it, check the titles and time carefully so you don’t miss out on any of the three hours. »
- Erin Willard
In disappointing news, it turns out The Good Wife won’t be introducing a new romance for Kalinda. TVLine reports that while Juliet Rylance was cast for a potentially recurring role as an Assistant State’s Attorney with a past with Kalinda, her scenes were left on the cutting room floor.
Teen Beach Movie star Garrett Clayton has graduated from one Disney channel to another. He has landed a recurring role on ABC Family’s The Fosters, according to The Hollywood Reporter, which already stars his Teen Beach Movie co-star Maia Mitchell.
NBC seems to have been recruiting some big stars these days. Previously, Meg Ryan was said to be considering a comedy. Now Susan Sarandon, has signed on for a comedy starring and written by her daughter.
Hey, did you hear that the pilot of Reign has a scene so steamy it had to be edited for broadcast? »
- Lyle Masaki
On TV this Tuesday: The Biggest Loser weighs in again, Real Husbands of Hollywood are back for more, Superheroes go cerebral, Brooklyn Nine-Nine hosts someone from Svu and more. As a supplement to TVLine’s original features (linked within), here are 10 programs to keep on your radar.
8 pm Superheroes: A Never-Ending Battle (PBS) | This documentary takes a look at how comic books got their start and how characters have evolved over the past 75 years. Hosted and narrated by Live Schreiber (Ray Donovan), the film features on-camera interviews with Adam West (Batman), Lynda Carter (Wonder Woman) and auteur Stan Lee, among others. »
- Kimberly Roots
PBS opted to air the three-part “Superheroes: A Never-Ending Battle” on a single night, which is either a vote of confidence or (more likely) a way of shrinking its footprint. Either way, producer-director-co-writer Michael Kantor’s documentary (a tie-in to a companion book) pretty neatly distills 75 years of comic-book history into three tightly constructed packages, while interviewing a who’s who of the industry’s greatest talents. Comic-book aficionados might not learn much, but those who casually consume the current wave of theatrical blockbusters might, especially since Kantor endeavors to put this uniquely American art form into a broader sociological context.
Obviously, Kantor (who co-wrote with Laurence Maslon) begins with the birth of Superman in the 1930s, the creation of Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster, whose screwing in terms of the financial rewards thrown off by the character are chronicled later. That birthed an industry of costume-clad heroes fathered mostly by the sons of immigrants, »
- Brian Lowry
(Cbr) Despite the seemingly exponential popularity of superheroes in pop culture -- "Iron Man 3" and "The Avengers" both grossed more than a billion dollars each the previous two summers -- there are still many out there who don't necessarily take the genre very seriously. (There are still articles out there being written with "Bam! Pow!" in their headlines or intro paragraphs, after all.) The "Superheroes: A Never-Ending Battle" documentary airing on PBS Tuesday, Oct. 15, is the latest effort to start changing those attitudes. Directed by Michael Kantor and co-written by Kantor and Lawrence Maslon (they previously teamed on "Make »
- Albert Ching, Comic Book Resources
Hosted by actor/producer/director/screenwriter Liev Schreiber, Superheroes: A Never-Ending Battle, airing on PBS, is the first documentary to examine the dawn of the comic book genre and its powerful legacy, as well as the evolution of the characters who leapt from the pages over the last 75 years and their ongoing worldwide cultural impact. Among the talent in the film are Stan Lee, Adam West and Lynda Carter, along with various comic book writers and artists. The companion book, Superheroes!: Capes, Cowls, and the Creation of Comic Book Culture by Laurence Maslon, tells the story of the superhero in American pop culture, featuring interviews, character biographies, and over 500 illustrations. During this recent exclusive interview with Collider, comic book writer Len Wein – who has served as editor-in-chief of Marvel Comics, Disney Comics and Top Cow Comics, as well as senior editor at DC Comics, and has written extensively for »
- Christina Radish
Adam West is up for making a "Big Bang."
The iconic "Batman" of 1960s television was asked last weekend -- during a joint appearance with William Shatner at Salt Lake City's Comic-Con -- whether they'd consider doing guest shots with the superhero-obsessed characters of the CBS sitcom "The Big Bang Theory," which starts its seventh season Thursday, Sept. 26.
Shatner seemed more enthused by the prospect than West, whose response at the time was, "Maybe." In fact, the actor who was the Caped Crusader from 1966-68 on ABC (and also in a 1966 movie spinoff) confirms he would very much welcome a stint with Sheldon (Jim Parsons), Leonard (Johnny Galecki) and the rest of the "Big Bang" gang.
"My agent has called for a year," West tells Zap2it, "and has said, 'Do you want to do "Big Bang?" Do you want to do "Hot in Cleveland?" I think it would be nice, »
Click the Above Title to read the Full Story.... PBS Announces “Superheroes Night” On October 15th – Superheroes: A Never-Ending Battle to be shown in one three-hour programming block, beginning at 8pm Et (check local listings) – Arlington, Va; September 5, 2013 – PBS announced today that Tuesday, October 15, 2013, is “Superheroes Night,” featuring a three-hour block dedicated to the groundbreaking program Superheroes: A Never-ending Battle. The newest film from Emmy Award-winning producer/director Michael Kantor (Broadway: The American Musical; Make ‘Em Laugh: The Funny Business Of America) will premiere at 8:00 p.m. Et and include insightful interviews from Stan Lee; actors Adam West (TV’s “Batman”) and Lynda Carter (“Wonder Woman”); Geoff Johns (chief creative officer, DC Comics), Jeph Loeb (head of television for Marvel Entertainment); Pulitzer Prize-winning author Michael Chabon (The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay) and cartoonist/author Jules Feiffer (the long-running strip “Feiffer”), as well as appearances by the late comic »
- Matt MacNabb
The circus tent of geekdom encompasses an infinite number of interests, but when the brainy geeks are also the superhero fan geeks, what do you get? This bit of wonderfulness: a PBS miniseries on superheroes entitled Superheroes: A Never-Ending Battle. Three episodes, all in one night, narrated by the excellent Liev Schreiber (X-Men Origins: Wolverine, Salt). And just wait until you see the list of people involved.
There will also be a book and a Blu-ray/DVD released in conjunction with the all-in-one-night miniseries; here are the details, followed by links to pre-order the book and the Blu-ray:
PBS Announces “Superheroes Night” On October 15th – Superheroes: A Never-Ending Battle to be shown in one three-hour programming block, beginning at 8pm Et (check local listings) –
Arlington, Va; September 5, 2013 – PBS announced today that Tuesday, October 15, 2013, is “Superheroes Night,” featuring a three-hour block dedicated to the groundbreaking program Superheroes: A Never-ending Battle. The »
- Erin Willard
Liev Schreiber (X-Men Origins: Wolverine, Showtime’s Ray Donovan) will host and narrate the upcoming series Superheroes: A Never-Ending Battle, which premieres October 8, 2013 at 9:00 p.m. Et. Here are the highlights from the press release, you can read the entire thing at the link below. Superheroes: A Never-ending Battle is the first documentary to examine the dawn of the comic book genre and its powerful legacy, as well as the evolution of the characters who leapt from the pages over the last 75 years and their ongoing worldwide cultural impact. It chronicles how these “disposable diversions” were subject to intense government scrutiny for their influence on American children and how they were created in large part by the children of immigrants whose fierce loyalty to a new homeland laid the foundation for a multi-billion-dollar industry that is an influential part of our national identity. Among the notable on-camera talents in »
12 items from 2013
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