Revisting the Political Pasts of USA’s Political Animals

by Ethan Alter July 12, 2012 4:14 pm
Revisting the Political Pasts of USA’s <i>Political Animals</i>

Talk about stacking the court. USA has packed the cast of their new Washington D.C.-set drama Political Animals, which premieres on Sunday, with eight experienced screen politicians who have each held down prestigious government (or government adjacent) jobs before. Here's a look at their past political lives and how those experiences prepared them to survive in this version of the Washington jungle.

Superhero Team-Ups Before The Avengers

by Ethan Alter May 2, 2012 5:34 pm
Superhero Team-Ups Before <i>The Avengers</i>

As has been repeated ad nauseam at this point, the release of The Avengers this Friday marks the first time that a batch of individual superheroes who aren't already part of an ensemble (like, say, the X-Men) have teamed up on the big screen in a live-action feature. It's a momentous occasion and all, but it's worth pointing out that television has already beaten them to the punch. Within the past few decades, both DC and Marvel have staged small screen crossover events that united some of their biggest heroes. So why aren't these special one-shots as celebrated as The Avengers? Easy... they're all pretty terrible. For the completest and the curious, though, here are the TV team-ups that pre-date Joss Whedon's new blockbuster. (Note: this list covers live-action TV shows only; these crossovers are a far more common event on the many, many Marvel and DC-related animated series out there, which are a revolving door for special guest stars.)

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