Arrow renewed for 3rd Season

From the DC Website:
Looks like we have a whole new year of arrows and awesome abdominals to look forward to!
CW President Mark Pedowitz announced that Arrow had been renewed for a third season, along with four other CW dramas. (They’re The Vampire Diaries, The Originals, Supernatural and Reign, for those who are counting.)
The stars and producers of the show seemed pretty excited about it. Read More...

JSA on Batman: Brave and the Bold

One of my favorite DC Superhero teams, The Justice Society of America made an appearance on Batman: The Brave and the Bold cartoon series. The JSA, Black Canary and Batman battle Per Degaton and his Robot Army.

The Middleman - Fighting Evil So You Don't Have To

I just saw the premiere episode of a new TV series called The Middleman. Based on a comic book, this show is a blend of sci-fi, action and comedy that will please the geek at heart. If you like watching Torchwood, Men In Black and Get Smart, you just might like The Middleman. The dialog is great to listen to with lots of pop culture references from comics to music. The show is on Monday nights at 8:00pm eastern on ABC Family.

Wendy Watson (Natalie Morales) thought mindless temp jobs were tough. Then she bravely faced a creature way beyond the bounds of her reality, and in so doing, impressed the straight-laced hero known as the Middleman (Matt Keeslar). Hello, new career! Now she's balancing her art, her friends, and saving the planet while battling alien evils for the world's most ludicrously secret organization. "The Middleman" -- fighting evil so you don't have to.

One of the other things that I liked is that The Middleman cruises around in a black Dodge Charger.
Much better than a POS Ford LTD.

Batman: The Brave and the Bold

Cartoon Network has announced Batman: The Brave and The Bold, a new animated series slated to debut in 2008.

"Batman isn't going at it alone this time! From Warner Bros. Animation comes the latest interpretation of the classic Batman franchise. Our caped crusader is teamed up with heroes from across the DC Universe, delivering nonstop action and adventure with a touch of comic relief. Blue Beetle, Green Arrow, Aquaman and countless others will get a chance to uphold justice alongside Batman. Though still based in Gotham, Batman will frequently find himself outside city limits, facing situations that are both unfamiliar and exhilarating. With formidable foes around every corner, Batman will still rely on his stealth, resourcefulness and limitless supply of cool gadgets to bring justice home."

The series, consisting of 30-minute episodes, will be produced by James Tucker and Linda M. Steiner -- the team behind Legion of Super Heroes -- and will be executive produced by Sam Register. Other creators include line producer Amy McKenna, story editor Michael Jelenic and directors Ben Jones, Brandon Vietti and Michael Chang.

Birds of Prey: The Complete Series

BURBANK, CA (April 2, 2008) – The wait is over! Birds of Prey, the hit WB show, will finally make it to DVD. Three young female heroines will be fighting together, living together, and soaring into adventure together when Warner Home Video's (WHV) releases of Birds of Prey: The Complete Series on July 15, 2008 for $39.98 SRP. Birds of Prey: The Complete Series includes all 13 episodes from the series plus all-new bonus features in a 4-disc collection.

From the creators of the CW hit Smallville, Birds of the Prey was produced in 2002 for the WB and is loosely based on the DC Comics series with the same name. The hit show brought in 7.6 million viewers each week and was the largest audience in the 18-34 demographic for the network at that time. While the world was sleeping at night, the Birds of Prey flock together to fight crime on the streets of New Gotham City. Several years after the city was abandoned by Batman, the awesome threesome of Huntress (Ashley Scott), Oracle (Dina Meyer), and Dinah (Rachel Skarsten) was formed. Huntress is the daughter of Batman and Catwoman, and can smell danger from miles away. Dinah has the gift of clairvoyance and Oracle leads the team through her cyber experience, despite being wheelchair bound by the Joker. During the course of the show, the girls are often confronted with schemes masterminded by Dr. Quinzel, but always prevail and beat her at her own game.

"The Birds of Prey continues the legacy of Batman in an action-packed show with a trio of female heroines that are adored by fans," said Rosemary Markson, WHV Vice President, TV Marketing, "We are delighted to finally release Birds of Prey: The Complete Series for the very loyal fan base and a new generation of comics lovers."

In addition to the entire series, complete with 13 full episodes, Birds of Prey: The Complete Series includes never-before-seen special features such as:
  • Gotham Girls S1-3 – An animated series of shorts starring the Birds of Prey characters.

Birds of Prey: The Complete Series
Street Date: July 15, 2008
DVD SRP: $39.98
Running Time: 727 mins

Family Guy presents Blue Harvest

This Family Guy special was a great parody of Star Wars: A New Hope. There are lots of funny gags to enjoy but parents be warned, this cartoon is not for young kids. The DVD will be available on January 15, 2008.

Doctor Who - The Complete Third Series

The 3rd DVD set of the DOCTOR WHO television series is scheduled for release on November 6, 2007.

  • 6 DVDs:
    • Disc 1
      • Christmas Special: The Runaway Bride

    • Disc 2
      • Smith and Jones
      • The Shakespeare Code
      • Gridlock

    • Disc 3
      • Daleks in Manhattan
      • Evolution of the Daleks
      • The Lazarus Experiment
      • 42

    • Disc 4
      • Human Nature
      • The Family of Blood
      • Blink

    • Disc 5
      • Utopia
      • The Sound of Drums
      • Last of the Time Lords

    • Disc 6
      • Doctor Who Confidential
  • Apple announces Apple TV

    Your computer is the center of your digital life. Your TV is the center of your entertainment life. But what if you want to watch movies, TV shows, movie trailers, podcasts, and photos from your computer on your TV? At $299, Apple TV brings iTunes to the big screen.

    iTunes to Apple TV, wire free.
    Apple TV connects to your TV via an HDMI port or component video and audio ports. Its built-in, superfast 802.11 wireless capability syncs your iTunes library to any Mac or PC in the house. Best of all, what's on Apple TV stays in sync: Anytime you change your library in iTunes, it changes on Apple TV — wirelessly, automatically.

    What’s on TV? Whatever you want.
    Apple TV puts your iTunes library — movies, TV shows, music, and podcasts — plus movie trailers from on your TV. And your digital photos from iPhoto on a Mac or Adobe Photoshop Elements or Adobe Album on a Windows PC appear in high definition, so you can put on a stunning big-screen slideshow.

    Doctor Who - The Complete Second Series (2006)

    The 2nd DVD set of the DOCTOR WHO television series is scheduled for release on January 16, 2007.

    I really enjoy watching Doctor Who. I have been a Doctor Who fan for many years. I purchased the first DVD set when it came out last July.

    Happy Birthday STAR TREK !

    Yes it was 40 years ago today that Star Trek first aired on television. September 8, 1966.

    This three-season show became a cultural icon and would go on to spawn four live-action spin-offs, an animated series, ten movies and counting, plus a licensing empire that, to this day, embraces books, videos, toys, exhibits and assorted merchandise.

    Star Trek back on TV with Enhanced FX

    Star Trek journeys to the 21st century as the Original Series returns to broadcast syndication for the first time in 16 years with brand-new digitally remastered episodes to celebrate its 40th anniversary.

    CBS Paramount Domestic Television has officially announced that they are releasing digitally remastered episodes of Star Trek, with all new special effects and music, to celebrate the groundbreaking series' 40th anniversary, according to John Nogawski, president of CBS Paramount Domestic Television.

    The Star Trek episodes will begin airing on the more than 200 stations that own the rights to the weekend broadcast syndication window starting September 16. (As always, please check your local listings for station and dates.) The plan is for all 79 episodes of the Original Series to be remastered, with the first batch of episodes chosen from a list of Star Trek fans' favorite shows.

    With the complete running order to be determined, the syndication schedule won't follow the classic air-date order or production order format familiar to fans. The first episode to air will be the Season One classic "Balance of Terror." "That gives us a chance to really show off the 'new' Enterprise," says Mike Okuda, 18-year veteran of the Star Trek art department and one of the supervisors on this project. His comments and more can be found in next week's TV Guide.

    "Star Trek redefined science-fiction and constantly pushed the envelope with concepts that were ahead of their time," Nogawski said. "By giving the series a digital upgrade using the best technology available today, it will continue to be a leader in cutting-edge television programming as we introduce the series to a new generation of viewers."

    The most noticeable change will be redoing many of the special effects, created with 1960s technology, with 21st century computer-generated imagery (CGI). Upgrades include:

    • Space ship exteriors – The Enterprise, as well as other starships, will be replaced with state of the art CGI-created ships. The new computer-generated Enterprise is based on the exact measurements of the original model, which now rests in the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C.
    • Show opening – The Enterprise and planets seen in the main title sequence will be redone, giving them depth and dimension for the first time.
    • Galaxy shots – All the graphics of the galaxy, so frequently seen through the viewscreen on the Enterprise's bridge, will be redone.
    • Exteriors – The battle scenes, planets and ships from other cultures (notably the Romulan Bird of Prey and Klingon Battle Cruisers) will be updated.
    • Background scenes – Some of the iconic, yet flat, matte paintings used as backdrops for the strange, new worlds explored by the Enterprise crew will get a CGI face-lift, adding atmosphere and lighting.

    The refurbished episodes also feature higher quality sound for the famous opening theme. The original score by Emmy Award-winning composer Alexander Courage, has been re-recorded in state-of-the-art digital stereo audio with an orchestra and a female singer belting out the famous vocals. A digitally remastered version of William Shatner's classic original recording of the 38-word "Space, the final frontier..." monologue continues to open each episode.

    The remastered episodes have been converted from the original film into a High-Definition format, which gives viewers a clearer, crisper, more vibrant picture than before, even when viewed in standard definition. Once stations upgrade and start broadcasting HD signals, the episodes will be all ready for viewers to enjoy in HD.

    Justice League Unlimited Cancelled

    One of my favorite cartoon shows is ending.

    Justice League Unlimited's 3rd season will be it's last. Cartoon Network has aired 2 seasons of the
    JUSTICE LEAGUE and will now finish the 3rd season of JUSTICE LEAGUE UNLIMITED for a total of 5 seasons. Justice League Unlimited scored a big ratings boost for Cartoon Network, but they are dropping it in favor of creating new shows for the network. Having been off the air since September 24, 2005, Cartoon Network plans to resume airing the final season starting February 11, 2006 at 10:30pm.

    I am glad that I got to see some of my favorite DC Comics characters, like Stargirl (pictured above) in the animated series.

    Here are the remaining shows for Season 3 of Justice League Unlimited.

    5.5 Episode #31 -
    Flash and Substance
    Batman and Orion see a different side of the Flash when a rogues' gallery of villains attacks the museum that is opening in his honor.
    5.6 Episode #32 - Dead Reckoning
    The ghost of a circus performer convinces Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman to help him retrieve the stolen souls of a mystic order of Monks.
    5.7 Episode #33 - Patriot Act
    When an out of control super soldier threatens Metropolis, Green Arrow leads seven non-powered Justice Leaguers, including Crimson Avenger and Shining Knight, in a battle they can't hope to win.
    5.8 Episode #34 - The Great Brain Robbery
    A mystical accident leads to Lex Luthor and the Flash's minds being swapped into each other's bodies.
    5.9 Episode #35 - Grudge Match
    Roulette starts Metabrawl ("Cat and Canary") again, this time with an all-female fight card made up of Justice Leaguers.
    5.10 Episode #36 - Far From Home
    Supergirl, Green Lantern and Green Arrow travel into the future where they meet the Legion of Super Heroes and their enemies The Fatal Five.
    5.11 Episode #37 - Ancient History
    The Shadow Thief returns and so does Hawkman as more mysteries from "Shadow of the Hawk" are explored.
    5.12 Episode #38 - Alive (Part 1)
    In a knock-down drag out battle on Earth and in space, the power moving behind the scenes of the villains is revealed leading to the most unexpected team-up in Justice League history.
    5.13 Episode #39 - Destroyer (Part 2)
    Series Finale
    In a knock-down drag out battle on Earth and in space, the power moving behind the scenes of the villains is revealed leading to the most unexpected team-up in Justice League history.

    Doctor Who returns to the United States

    One of my favorite Science Fiction TV series, Doctor Who, is returning to the United States. I used to watch this show all of the time on the New Jersey Network. I have seen almost every episode that was aired in the United States. I can't wait to see the new series. I haven't watched much Sci-Fi since Star Trek: ENTERPRISE was cancelled.

    SCI FI Channel and BBC Worldwide Americas announced a major licensing deal for the first series of the latest Doctor Who adventures.

    The 13-part drama is about a mysterious time-travelling adventurer known simply as "The Doctor" (Christopher Eccleston) and his companion, Rose Tyler (Billie Piper). The Doctor and Rose risk death and danger, battling aliens and monsters.

    The deal, brokered by Lisa Hofer, Director Co-Production and Sales, BBC Worldwide Americas, grants SCI FI Channel the first run rights for series one with an option for series two. The award-winning series will premiere on SCI FI beginning in March, airing Friday nights at 9.00pm.

    Russell T Davies, Head Writer and Executive Producer told us: "The Doctor's made all sorts of journeys in Time and Space, but this is one of his most exciting yet! I'm a huge fan of the SCI FI Channel, and I'm delighted that Doctor Who is appearing on a channel that supports and enhances the entire genre."

    "With its rich history of imaginative storytelling, Doctor Who is a true sci-fi classic," stated Thomas P. Vitale, SCI FI's Senior Vice President, Programming & Original Movies. "We're excited to add the show to our lineup."

    Commenting on the deal Candace Carlisle, Senior Vice President, BBC Worldwide Americas, said: "The new production has fantastic storylines and production values and has already gained an iconic status around the world. SCI FI Channel is the perfect home for the show and will introduce Doctor Who to a whole new generation of fans in the US."

    In addition, BBC Video has moved the US release date of the DVD from February 2006 to July 4, 2006 to capitalize on the exposure from the TV broadcast. As part of the deal, BBC Video and SCI FI Channel have agreed to work together on joint marketing promotions to support the brand launch.

    Burton Cromer, Vice President, Consumer Products, BBC Worldwide Americas said: "We are delighted to be working with SCI FI Channel on the launch of this exciting new take on Doctor Who. The additional marketing support from SCI FI, as well their ability to reach such a broad audience base, made moving the release date an easy decision."

    Executive Produced by Russell T Davies (lead writer) and Julie Gardner, the first series of Doctor Who attracted huge ratings and received critical acclaim when it aired on BBC ONE in March 2005.