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!

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!

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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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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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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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.

Lost 2010 Auction (SDCC report)

Saturday, July 25th, 2009

LostAuctionLost fans will still have to wait until 2010 before the can spend their well earned money on one of the many Lost items that will go up for Auction. Those visiting the San Diego Convention can run to booth 315 at the San Diego Comic Convention for a preview look at the collection of items that will go under the hammer next year. Some great and amazing stuff that will not go cheap.

Can’t make it to the San Diego Convention, visit this flickr Lost auction picture collection.

Rock Again

Thursday, July 9th, 2009

CampRock-II-CopyrightsDisneyCamp Rock has been a Disney success with 10.1 million viewers watching it. To no big surprise  Disney announced a sequel.

The Jonas Brothers and Demi Lovato will reprise their roles and this time will have to try to save their Camp Rock against a rival camp that has been set up across the lake. Not a very original story. One we have seen in multiple, especially teen, movies before.

The title of the sequel. “Camp Rock 2 The Final Jam”

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The Jonas Brothers, The Purity Rings … & Mickey Mouse

Wednesday, March 18th, 2009

Much has been written about the success of The Jonas Brothers – frequently the three brothers have been presented as the typical Disney created artifical boy-band (even so they moved into the Disney fold only after Sony failed to market their major label debut as successful as the brothers had hoped), even more frequently critics and “music fans” past the tween stage have criticized their music … but the band continued to sell their two studio albums for Disney extremly good and played to sell-out crowds on their tours in the US and international … so the public debate in the recent months turned to the Purity Rings all three brothers wear (indicating that they have pledged not to have sex before marriage) … a story so “interesting” that even the (compared to the Hannah Montana concert movie) not so impressive performance of their concert movie on the box office didn’t manage to shoulder it aside. But this is about to change … forever … because finally we are going to learn the true story behind the Purity Rings … thanks to SouthPark episode 1301 … and let me tell you so much … it might not be the Jonas Brothers who want to wear the rings … but take a look yourself:

Power Rangers not that mighty anymore

Thursday, March 12th, 2009

March 8 saw the premiere of the latest season of Disney’s long running children tv series “Power Rangers” (currently titled “Power Ranges R.P.M.”) but just the day before The New Zealand Herald reported that cast and crew of the show were informed that Disney would drop the show after the current season’s 32 episodes and end production. Thus after 17 seasons another chapter in the history of children tv comes to end. The show originally premiered on FOX as “The Mighty Morphin Power Rangers” but moved to ABC and also selected Disney premium channels when it was acquired by Disney in 2003.

While Disney did not officially confirm the report it was taken up by various online and offline sources including The New York Post, according to which the tv show has become “passé” even so the toys still seem to sell rather well. In light of this it needs to be awaited whether dropping the tv show will have any impact on  the visits of the Power Rangers to the various Disney theme parks such as Disney’s Hollywood Studios at Walt Disney World and The Walt Disney Studios at Disneyland Resort Paris.

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Miles to Go

Wednesday, March 4th, 2009

milestogo-bookMiley Cyrus, the Disney teen superstar from Hannah Montana (as if you didn’t know), released her book “Miles to go” yesterday.

In Miles to Go, Miley shares her inspiring story, spanning from her Southern roots in Tennessee to the excitement of her record-setting triumphs in TV, music and film through never-before-seen photos, family stories, and a look at her inner circle of loved ones. Throughout the book, Miley has included pages of doodles, poems, song lyrics, and musings in addition to fun anecdotes and touching stories. (Disney books)

The book will also be released in Italy in April 2009 via Disney Libri and a French translation will be published for the Canada market (April 2009). This one will also be offered in France via Michel LaFon.

More Zack, Cody and Hannah Montana

Wednesday, December 3rd, 2008

Disney has extended their order for more Hannah Montana an The Suite Life on Deck episodes. Hannah Montana, staring Miley Cyrus, will get its third series while the The Suite life with Zack and Cody spin off, with Cole and Dylan Sprouse, will go right into season two. Both series have top ratings with Hannah getting the most viewers among kids age 6-11 en tweens age 9-14 leading the basic cable series shown on television. The Suite Life on Deck comes in second for the kids and third for the 9-14 year olds.

I am happy Zack and Cody (and London) are being picked up for another series, although I must admit that I like the original more. But that’s only my opinion and looking at the ratings people must love it, otherwise it would never rank this high.

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Kermit and Miss Piggy Back on TV?

Monday, September 1st, 2008

If rumors are correct we might not only see a new Muppets movie but a possible return on television. It has been 27 years since the original went of the air but there have always been fans keeping the Muppets from fading away.

Even after 27 years, they still are great characters that deserve to step back in the light. How I used to love the Swedish Chef, Animal and Pigs in Space.

And Kermit still got it. He proofed that on America Got Talent when duetting with the winner Terry Fator.

Via Calgary Herald.

60th Primetime Emmy Awards Nominations

Thursday, July 17th, 2008

The Academy of Television Arts and Sciences announced the 60th Primtime Emmy Awards nominations and Disney has some of their talent and productions in the running too.

In the category Outstanding Children’s Program Disney managed to get three of the five nominated entries. Hannah Montana, High School Musical 2 and The Suite Life of Zack and Cody. While I would love to see The Suite Life win I think the title will go to HSM2.

Outstanding Choreography is another category where Disney is present. Again for High School Musical 2. This for the routines; ‘What Time Is It?’, ‘Fabulous’, ‘Work This Out’, ‘I Don’t Dance’, ‘You Are the Music In Me’, ‘For One’. Although not a fan of the High School Musical movies, I do understand they are nominated for this category. The choreography is good and fun, but will it be enough to win? Personally I hope that one of the three “So you Think you Can Dance” routines (either Hummingbird and Flower / ‘The Chairman’s Waltz” ,“Transformers / ‘Fuego” and “Table / ‘Sweet Dreams”) will make it as the choreography in this program is awesome. This show is proof that dance is an amazing art form, but unfortunately so many people still don’t (want to) see it.

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More Mickey Mouse TV for Europe

Friday, July 4th, 2008

Europe is a massive market so expanding a brand their could bring millions of new costumers. Disney is well aware of that and is now looking into expanding their TV market in Europe. Obviously not completely new (like I can enjoy the Disney Channel on my Sky box), there is enough new viewers that can come on board. Disney is looking at a possible growth of 100 million households within 5 years…

The UK (via sky) and Spain for example already have a pay TV channel, but it could be that Disney might expand their TV market by offering a Free channel in other countries.

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