September 25, 2012 |
After the coffee. Before seeing if I can become an NFL replacement by this Sunday. The Skinny: The bad officiating wasn't the only thing wrong with ESPN's "Monday Night Football" game between the Packers and Seahawks. The game ran for well over three hours. Tuesday's headlines include a profile of producer Randall Emmett, a new co-host at "Today" and a review of CBS' new drama "Vegas. " Daily Dose: From boffo to toldja? My co-worker Ben Fritz reports that Penske Media, owner of Hollywood blog Deadline, is making a serious play for Variety . The price tag for the venerable trade paper is in the neighborhood of $30 million, which is far less than what current owner Reed Elsevier was initially seeking.
September 8, 2012 |
In "How to Train Your Dragon," the 2010 film from DreamWorks Animation, a skinny viking teen named Hiccup discovers that dragons can be taught and tamed, a lot like dogs, except that these dogs are 30 feet across and breathe fire. By the end of the film, vikings and dragons, who began the movie trying to brain each other, are best pals. As with so many other stories of star-crossed, interspecies pairings, from "The Adventures of Milo and Otis" to "Avatar," one wonders just where this relationship will go. That question is answered in the new animated series "Dragons: Riders of Berk," which is being produced by DreamWorks Animation for Cartoon Network.
September 3, 2012 |
First it was the penguins of "Madagascar" and then the animal warriors of "Kung Fu Panda" on Nickelodeon, now it's the cast of DreamWorks' "How to Train Your Dragon" on Cartoon Network. "Dragons: Riders of Berk," which premieres Tuesday, is the latest small-screen incarnation of a successful animated film to retain both the personality and production value of its progenitor. But unlike its predecessors, it plays more like sequel than spinoff. (Although a cinematic sequel is also in the works.)
June 18, 2012 |
PBS came out as the big winner at the 39th annual Daytime Entertainment Creative Arts Emmys on Sunday night with 13 wins, including Emmys for children's series ("The Electric Company"), writing in a children's series ("Sesame Street") and preschool children's series (also "Sesame Street"). Nickelodeon was in second place with 10 wins. ABC was tops among the major networks with 8 wins. Oprah's fledgling cable channel OWN even managed to grab one Emmy for special class series for "Super Soul Sunday.
June 9, 2012 |
It's logged more than 1 billion views on YouTube and is a genuine Internet sensation, even though all the characters are bickering, crudely animated fruits. But will TV audiences find "Annoying Orange" as appealing? Cartoon Network is about to find out Monday with its latest series, adapted from the enormously popular three-minute animated Web clips about a talking citrus with a high-pitched voice and a grating penchant for laughing at his own jokes. Annoyed critics have trashed "Orange" for humor that might not pass muster on a grade-school playground: Imagine"South Park"set in a kitchen, minus the ripped-from-the-headlines outrageousness.
May 30, 2012 |
Dish Networks landed the first punch in its fight against broadcasters ABC, CBS, Fox and NBC over whether its new ad-skipping feature called AutoHop is legal. Wednesday, a federal court judge in New York granted Dish Network's request for a temporary restraining order preventing Fox and other networks from trying to advance their claims against the satellite television provider in lawsuits that were separately filed last week in...