Archive for the ‘TV’ Category

The Return of the Muppets

Saturday, May 9th, 2015

muppetsK1After two successful Muppet movies we now finally will get a Muppets show back on TV. “It’s about time” fans would say. The last Muppets series dates from 1996 when ABC aired 10 episodes of ABC’s Muppets Tonight. A new series is long overdue.

But now the Muppet fans will get a new series. The new series is said to be a little more Adult orientated. It will be shot in a documentary format and will explore the Muppets’ relationships, romances, desires and disappointments.

At the helm of the series will be producer Bill Prady, known for the fantastic Big Bang Theory series. With such a name on the roster the Muppets must be a sure win. I know I’ll be watching!

Disney heading back to the beach

Monday, April 28th, 2014

Do you remember the summer of 2013? Back then The Disney Channel took millions of teens (and one may safely assume adults) on a surf ride into a beach movie by way of the “Disney Teen Beach Movie”. The story evolved around a pair of teenage surfers that magically traveled into an old-school beach movie and featured a number of beach pop songs that delivered a number one billboard soundtrack for Disney.

After the movie’s success fans expected a sequel rather sooner than later. Afterall, the final scene of the movie showed a group of characters from the movie following the pair of lovers back into the real world of today. And now, Deadline Hollywood reports that The Disney Channel has scheduled the sequel (Disney Teen Beach Movie 2) for a 2015 broadcasting premiere.

The stars of part one, Ross Lynch (whose Disney Channel series “Austin & Ally” just got renewed), Maia Mitchell, Grace Phipps, Garrett Clayton and John DeLuca, will reprise their characters. Jeffrey Hornaday is, according to Deadline Hollywood, ready to get the cameras rolling in July, returning as director.

Considering the infectious beach pop features in the original Disney Teen Beach Movie, which can be expected to return for part 2 (maybe with a more modern twist depending on whether the action will take place more or less only in the real world of today instead of a 50s/60s beach movie setting), and the handling of the High School Musical movies a logic question now is: will the Disney Teen Beach Movie make it to the parks as well in 2015?

The movie with its vacation / beach setting, youthfull cast and upbeat music just lends itself to a summer show that could roll into the streets of Disney Parks such as the Walt Disney Studios Park (at Disneyland Paris), Disney California Adventure (at Disneyland Resort Anaheim), Disney Hollywood Studios (at Walt Disney World) – following the play book established for the High School Musical. For the HSM franchise the Disney parks produced “stage” shows taht were performed on moving stages that rolled along the parade route of the according park and stopped for song & dance performances – with just a bare hint of a story, mostly relying on high energy dance and song performances.

In particular the Walt Disney Studios Park would benefit from a revival of this concept for the Disney Teen Beach Movie franchise as the park is lacking live entertainment on the streets to liven up its atmosphere and to add some kinetic energy. The HSM shows performed in the WDS were hugely popular drawing not only large crowds for numerous performances daily during the summer season but even gaining their own dedicated fans. A street song & dance show based on the Disney Teen Beach Movie franchise would not only allow the Disney Channel to further advertise the two movies to its core audience but also would help the Walt Disney Studios Park to enhance the experience for guests. But then again, as we are talking about 2015 here and Disneyland Paris lately has announced its entertainment offerings only on very short notice we might have to wait a year (or even longer?) till will learn whether or not the movies will make it to that park (or any Disney park).

More music for the Disney Channel

Monday, April 28th, 2014

As Deadline Hollywood reports the Disney Channel show “Austin & Ally” starring Ross Lynch, Laura Marano, Raini Rodriguez and Calum Worthy got renewed for a fourth season. Thereby the Disney Channel not only renewed a show popular with the tween audience but also assured the Walt Disney Records division a further flow of pop songs marketed straight to the audience in the show.

Star Wars Live Action TV Series for ABC

Friday, January 11th, 2013

The rumor of a live action Star Wars television series has been out their for a while but with Disney now buying the Star Wars franchise it looks like it might finally become reality. EW has talked to ABC entertainment president Paul Lee who seems excited about the idea. There are already fifty scrips out there written by Battlestar Galactica’s Ron Moore. Those scripts have been sitting on the shelves for some year but could now be dusted off for future use.

The main problem in the beginning was money and ownership issues. Episodes where said to cost about $5 million each to produce. Not something that would make any decision easy! With the ownership now at Disney and ABC part of the Disney family the step to make a Star Wars Live TV show changes a lot. Full control of all aspect will be at one location and this could be that little push the project needed to get started.

There is not much known about the story that could be used. However, there are rumors that a favorite draft would be about rival families in the Star Wars universe fighting for control. The main location would be the subterranean levels of the planet Coruscant and a bounty hunter would be a main part of the story. Remember that this is only a rumor and that the project is in an early stage so all of this could still change.

Exciting times for Star Wars fans for sure. Not only will there be new movies but their might be a great TV show too. Can’t wait to see it all materialize!

Muppets are Wrestling Stars

Monday, September 19th, 2011

The Muppets are ready for their long overdue return on the big screen. The trailers look great and the movie looks promising. To show the world they are ready they will now also tackle some other big guys… in the ring! That’s right, Kermit the Frog and Miss Piggy are ready to take it up with the big guys and girls from the World Wrestling Entertainment. Who will they face?

To celebrate their first theatrical release in more than a decade – Disney’s “The Muppets,” opening this Thanksgiving – the Muppets will step into the ring on the Oct. 31 WWE Raw SuperShow to mix it up with the Superstars in Atlanta. (WWE.com)

Think what you want about wrestling! Me, I love it. I hope it will all be done in good taste and fun and it will not be to serious. I can’t wait to see it.

Disney handwritten letter to Mickey creator and More Disney Auctions

Tuesday, May 10th, 2011

Live Auctioneers has a big auction coming up this weekend where Disney fans’ hearts will beat either a little harder or might even skip a couple of beats when they see the fantastic collection of items that will go under the hammer. There are to many lots to name but I picked a couple of my favorites to give you an idea on what to expect.

How about a “Complete Gladiator Costume from Tron” for those fans of the 1982 Tron movie. I know there are plenty and there is plenty in the auction from Tron for them. Other Tron items include “Tron Light Cycles print signed by Syd Mead” and a “Tron crew jacket and original press kit” among many other Tron stuff.

Want something special straight from the Disney Parks history. You could own a Lincoln bust prototype estimated $4000 to $6000. There are also some first day Disneyland opening tickets set to go for $1.500 or more. There are even some ride vehicles in the auction lot from Snow White and Mr Toad ride and an original 1962 Haunted Mansion door comings from the attraction.

With the new Pirates of the Caribbean movie coming up it’s a great moment to have some Pirates items in your auction too. This includes some amazing stuff like “Pirates of the Caribbean Keira Knightly costume”, “Johnny Depp “Capt. Jack Sparrow” stunt flintlock from Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest”, “Johnny Depp “Capt. Jack Sparrow” stunt flintlock from Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest” and lots of other cool pirates items.

Tim Burton items are also being sold during the auction. There will be a whole lot of Original Tim Burton hand-drawn ink sketches for Vincent, but also items from Nightmare on Chistmas like a “Collection of 12 color storyboards from The Nightmare Before Christmas” and other artwork. But that’s just the beginning as there is some amazing Nightmare stuff to choose from, including original puppets and items used on the set and in the movie.

But the one and most important items will be a letter written and signed by Walt Disney himself. It’s the “Disney handwritten letter to Mickey creator” written by Disney to Ub Iwerk. This historical document is estimated $60.000 to $80.000 and has been in the hands of the Iwerks family up to now.

This letter documents a major turning point for Disney, urging Iwerks to leave Kansas City, move to Los Angeles and accept his offer to become Disney’s chief animator, marking the moment in time in which history was secured and the Master of Fantasy and the Hand Behind the Mouse came to an agreement that would ultimately change popular culture as we know it today. (Live Auctioneers)

A true gem for a real (and wealthy) Walt Disney collector

Other Disney items include animation production cells, concept art, drawings, Theme Park attraction posters, Club 33 chair, maquettes, and a lot more. There is also a big collection of other movie and TV items not related to Disney.

Auction starts on May 14 and will be divided over 2 days. Early bids can be placed via the site.

No More Sonny

Wednesday, April 20th, 2011

The Disney Channel and Disney XD! I love it, watch it every day. Love Wizards of Waverly Place, The Suite Life on Deck, Good Luck Charlie, Shake It Up!, I’m in the Band and Phineas and Ferb. I can’t help it, I guess I’ll never grow up…

Another favorite was Sonny with a Chance. A fun TV show about a TV show within a TV show with the talented Demi Lovato. Unfortunately Demi had to fight with some health issues leaving the creators of the show without their main character. They did find a solution and made a couple of spin offs with the other characters. Those have been successful. (more…)

Once Upon A Time

Friday, October 29th, 2010

Adam Horowitz and Edward Kitsis, two writers from the new Tron Legacy movie and the successful Lost series have a new television series in the pipeline. The new series will be for ABC and will tackle fairy tales with a modern look.

Described as “a modern-day take on fairy tales, with a female protagonist who comes from a unique background,” the series will be set in a small town in Maine and will feature an ensemble cast. (comingsoon.net)

SCREAM!

Saturday, September 11th, 2010

It’s not often that you’ll see horror movies and Disney movies fighting it out in the same category in a competition but at the Scream awards it is possible. Here, movies are up against each other to get the awards in some fun categories. There are 30 categories in total and it’s the public that decides. Visit the Scream site to vote for your (Disney) favorite.

Here a list with the Disney related nominations.

In Best Fantasy Movie we find Alice in Wonderland and Toy Story 3. Not only are they up against each other but they’ll have to fight against the awesome movie Kick-Ass and the Twilight Saga. The last one might win this, not because it’s the best but because of its followers it has.

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Own a Piece of Lost

Friday, July 30th, 2010

It’s done, the fantastic Lost series has come to an end and is now looking for full closure with an auction including over 1000 lots. The auction will take place on August 21 – 22, 2010, starting at 1pm (Pacific Daylight Time). The auction will take place at the Barker Hanger, 3021 Airport Ave., Santa Monica, CA 90405. Pre-registration can be done online.

Some of the lots include the Dharma Van, Hurley’s Camaro, Locke’s wheelchair, parts of the airplane, Costumes of the actors, the comic books, notes, passports anda whole lot more. For the Lost and Disney fans there is also a very nice lot: Kate and Tom’s Lunchbox Timecapsule with contents including Kate’s airplane and a Mickey and Minnie statue.

Are the items a little to expensive but you would still want a nice souvenir from the show. Order the auction catalog! A nice keepsake for all Lost fans. The catalog can be ordered online for $55. You can also view the complete catalog online. Visit the Lost auction site.

Complete Lost

Tuesday, June 1st, 2010

We have all witnessed one of the most anticipated endings in television history when watching Lost. It might be the end for this amazing series, but it’s surely not the end for Lost itself as we will still get to see some awesome stuff appear in the future. One of the items that wouldn’t take long before it was going to be out there is a Complete Collection of Lost on DVD and Blu-Ray. Hardcore fans will have the opportunity to relive the whole series, but will need a lot of extra hours to get to see all the nice little gems that will be packed on this set.

You can order it on Amazon.

Check out the full press release for full detail on both the 6th series and the Complete Collection:

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Tron: Legacy Animation Series

Friday, March 5th, 2010

The first movie from 1982 wasn’t the success Disney had hoped for but over the years it did became the cult classic it deserves to be and Disney saw potential in a sequel. The second movie isn’t out yet, but is already generating a followers of fans who can’t wait to see it.

This time Disney isn’t going to wait another 28 years before they’ll add another Tron to their list of many projects. It looks like we might get a Tron; Legacy animation series for Fall 2011. If green lighted the new series should find it’s way to the target public of 9 to 14 year olds on Disney DX.

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Disney’s Avengers

Friday, March 5th, 2010

The Disney Channel and Disney XD has released their plans for the 2010-2011 television season and as expected will have some of their famous usuals return.

But there will be some new shows to and one of them will be a new Avengers animation series: “The Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes”.

The new show will target kids age 9 to 14, will be 52 episodes long and will feature Iron Man, Thor, Captain America, the Hulk, Giant Man and Wasp.

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Joe Jonas in ABC show

Thursday, February 4th, 2010

Depsite having received a nomination for the Razzies Joe Jonas seems to have a growing interest in becoming an actor and not “limiting” himself to his career in music. The member of all brothers’ trio The Jonas Brothers whichDisney made into the latest pop-phenomenon for the audience of The Disney Channel and Radio Disney (after they had failed to come out big when Sony released their debut album), is going to guest star in one of ABC’s big Sunday evening shows: Brothers & Sisters. Whether one likes the music of The Jonas Brothers or has any interest in the brothers it is just amazing how well the various segments of The Walt Disney Company group manage to work together to create and now sustain the success of this band and even branch it out into new markets, as “Brothers & Sisters” surely is not the regular tv-fare of the fans of the band.

Joe Jonas should be showing up in two episodes later this season as the show (airing in the USA right after Desperate Housewifes) is preparing a two-part flashback in which viewers will be traveling back in time to meet the Walker siblings as young teens. So obviously the big question was who was going to play the younger versions of the family members of the Walker family around whom the show evolves. Which brings us back to Joe Jonas… (more…)

Disney Channel on iTunes Subscription TV

Tuesday, December 22nd, 2009

Disney has show interest in the TV subscription plan from apple. If rumors are correct apple wants to reinvent the television as we know it with offering TV subscription via their iTunes platform. It’s no surprise Disney has shown interest in this as they where the first to come on board when iTunes offered movie and TV content.

Apple would like to offer a $30 per month iTunes TV subscription where costumers would get the chance to see a collection of TV channels. Others interested in the online TV serve is CBS. This would be a new step for iTunes who normally offers individual shows for a flat fee.

The big problem for Apple would be convincing other companies to join in on this new venture. Mayor networks might have difficulties setting up another platform for their programs without angering the traditional cable providers. Those might not want to give away some of their costumers through this new platform.