Friday, April 27, 2007

"Robot Chicken: Star Wars," a 30-minute stop-motion animation special for Adult Swim, will reunite George Lucas and Mark Hamill in a spoof of the Star Wars franchise. The series, which has previously skewered the show brilliantly. is producing the special in collaboration with Lucasfilm. The show airs June 17th. The special also features voicework from the likes of Conan O'Brien, Robert Smigel, Malcolm McDowell, Hulk Hogan and Joey Fatone.

The show that wouldn't die, "Studio 60", is coming back -- the day after May sweeps. Episodes will be shown in E.R.'s Thursday timeslot.

It's TV-Turnoff Week! Too bad it happened the week Heroes came back.

The latest season of Doctor Who (season 3) will air on CBC this summer. The series is currently airing in the U.K. The show will likely air after hockey finishes, with the darker Who spin-off Torchwood to follow in Fall 2007

"Ugly Betty" forced to do "Traveling Pants" sequel. Since originally cast in the "Sisters of The Travelling Pants, America Ferrerra has found fame in this season's hottest TV show. I suspect the producers are taking advantage of the fact that she's contractually obligated to do a sequel, which gets them name recognition.

No word on renewals yet for "Veronica Mars", "Scrubs", or "How I Met Your Mother" (really?). It looks like "Gilmore Girls" will be back for an abbreviated final season, maybe 16 episodes.

It looks like "Drive" is roadkill. Fox crams 3 hours of a premiere, plus one new episode and they yank it. Why does producer Tim Minnear keep going back to Fox after what happened with "Wonderfalls", "Firefly", "The Inside"? Bloody sadist. Here's a short refresher of "Could Have Been Great But Cancelled By Fox" shows, which typically had high acclaim, low ratings, poor promotion, and a small but loyal fanbase: Firefly, Sliders, Space: Above and Beyond, Dark Angel, Tru Calling, Fastlane, Wonderfalls, Reunion, Arrested Development, Family Guy, Futurama, Andy Richter Controls The Universe, and Action. Updated: how could I forget the screw job Fox did on Undeclared. Did I also forget to mention Fox's tendency to air episodes out of order?

Another "Brilliant But Cancelled By Fox" shows is coming to DVD: all 13 episodes of Fox's "Kitchen Confidential" are coming to DVD, with extras, on May 22.
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Rebecca said...

Fox can bite me. The only upside of them cancelling Drive is that now I don't have to watch the network and see the eleventy-million ads for American Idol. In fact, that's probably why so many great shows do so poorly on that network: it spends all of its resources promoting the hell out of a few shows (AI, 24, House) which are already popular, but ignoring the rest.

the2scoops said...

I realize why that list of shows sounded familiar: most of them are on my DVD rack. I have a shelf dedicated to Brillian & Cancelled shows. "Freaks & Geeks" is on there too.