June 2010 Archives
In what may be the craziest news we've heard this week, the CW TV show Supernatural will be getting a 22-episode animated series in Japan. Or maybe it's not so crazy -- the show already has a comic book, and when you think about it, Supernatural is kinda perfect for anime, in which good-looking men (and women) are constantly fighting monsters and demons, and religious iconography is rampant. Maybe they should air it in America, in place of the sure-to-be awful sixth series! We were so intrigued that it got us thinking about other TV shows that might be ripe for the transition to animation. Here are ten ideas we had for cartoon adaptations of debatably lifelike shows.
Today's news is heavy on the guilty pleasures!
Bethenny Frankel's Real Housewives of New York spin-off Bethenny Getting Married? begins tonight (with the goddamn stupidest question mark in the history of television), and while I'm on the fence as to whether it will be awesome or unforgivably boring, I do know that the media call Bethenny participated in to promote the show ended up being all about how Jill Zarin is the devil and how Kelly Bensimon is the mayor of crazytown, which is definitely awesome. I mean, I only posted like a tenth of it, because it got pretty redundant. Read on for the gloriously catty highlights.
After you re-watch the Glee finale and cry more tears, come on over for today's TWoP news!
By now, audiences of teen dramas are used to seeing 16-year-olds being played by 25-year-olds and their parents being played by 30-year-olds. So when confronted with the fact that ABC Family's new drama series Pretty Little Liars has a cast of ingenues whose resumes already boast major roles on Buffy, Charmed, ER, 24 and The Young and the Restless, all we can do is laugh at the absurdity and move on. As if to further underline the girls' actual ages, the series is being compared to Desperate Housewives left and right, and after watching the pilot, I find that the association rings true. But to Pretty Little Liars' credit, it's more akin to the earlier, better seasons of Desperate Housewives, back when it had some quality campy-but-dark mysteries.
The entire Dance Your Ass Off audition process was efficiently handled in a mere one hour premiere last night, as we saw people come from around the country in droves, asses firmly intact, to dance for us in quick cuts of what probably amounted to about 90 seconds per contestant until they were either dismissed or cast. It wasn't that compelling (are audition episodes -- of any show -- ever engrossing?), at this stage in the game, but it was admirably quick, I will give them that.
Given the success rate of serialized horror/mystery TV shows in this country, it's cute that a show still wants to be the next Lost. But you have to try, right? If you don't try, you may never hit on that magic combination that results in a hit. So I'm certainly rooting for the new NBC show Persons Unknown, which follows seven strangers abducted and placed in an empty hotel on an empty street in the middle of nowhere. Besides Lost, many are comparing it to The Prisoner, or an episode of The Twilight Zone, or an installment in the Saw horror movie franchise (the first episode is bloodless, but shots are fired starting next week). But they're also comparing it to last summer's 13-episode mystery Harper's Island -- not to mention this spring's already-cancelled Happy Town -- and I'm hoping it doesn't get a similar treatment, either by the network or the writers.
In 1987, a crack TV show was cancelled due to falling ratings over which they had no control. This show promptly escaped to the Los Angeles underground and spent the next 20 years building nostalgia through strategically placed pop culture references. Today, still wanted by fans of the show, they survive as a DVD boxed set. If you have a DVD player, if no other show will do the trick and if you can find it in Best Buy, maybe you can buy... The A-Team.
Stop what you're doing and read this exciting Torchwood news!
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