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Tube Bits For 12/28/2007

  • Adult Swim is showing every single episode of Futurama from now until the crack of Midnight, January 1st, 2008 (see the schedule for times and episodes). I believe it actually started last night, but still, for those of you who don’t have the DVDs, now is the time to set your DVRs or stay up late every night. Then why not top it off by buying the new movie on DVD?
  • D. Maass at goes back in time to dissect an article bemoaning the lack of ‘diversity’ in science fiction TV. Maass, quite rightly, shows that much of science fiction today has strong non-traditional leads and uses Bionic Woman, Galactica and Torchwood to make his point.
  • TV Squad has a spoilerific review of the first two episodes for The Sarah Conner Chronicles. I know I’ll watch just to see how it turns out.
  • Speaking of remakes, did you know the BBC is re-imagining the 1960’s sitcom Bewitched? As with the Dune remake, is this really necessary? Even with Sheridan Smith as Samantha.
  • Paul Levinson lays into TV Guide’s Worst TV of 2007 for including Journeyman on the list. Levinson basically says that Adam Schubak, the TV Guide critic, doesn’t ‘get’ science fiction (and neither do most people) and that’s why Schubak didn’t ‘get’ Journeyman. I never watched it, but I’ve heard some good things about the later episodes. Hmm, it is on Hulu. (and the NBC main site)
  • Super Punch points us to a photographic look at the old TV show UFO. First, what’s up with the horrible, on the men anyway, mesh shirts. Is there a shortage of cotton (or any other fabric) in the future? Second, the anime chick with the purple hair looks a lot like a young Jane Fonda…
  • The anime production company, Gonzo, is creating their own P2P netowork to compete with the other networks and, hopefully, sell their shows. Although at $9 an episode ($14 for HD), I don’t see this going anywhere fast. If you’re going to compete with the pirates, you need to provide your product at a competitive rate (vs. free), and these prices are too high, at least to me.
  • Dreamworks/Paramount is remaking the creepy Korean horror flick, A Tale Of Two Sisters, for American audiences. It will star Emma Browning and Elizabeth Banks. I’ve seen the Korean version which was very creepy and suspenseful, with a cool, and logical, twist at the end. I’m interested to see how this can be ‘Americanized’.
  • With the start of season 4 of LOST fast approaching, ABC is reaching out to fans, both current and lapsed, with this 8:15 (natch) recap of the previous 3 seasons to get people up to speed for the new season. Just over one month and counting. This is worse than waiting for Christmas.
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