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Tube Bits for 03/26/2008

  • We mentioned yesterday that Sci Fi Channel will be airing a special on the Crystal Skulls on Indy 4‘s release date of May 18th. But that’s not all! They will also air the first three Indy films during the day, so if you play your cards right, you can watch the first three films, then catch the new one in the theaters that evening.
  • The G4 channel has come a long way from its roots as a gaming channel. G4 merged with TechTV awhile back and they have been trying to grow their audience. Currently you can find severl Japanese game shows during their Duty Free TV block: Ninja Warrior, Unbeatable Banzuke, and the crazily named Big Super Product Fun Show, which all sound like a hoot. On June 1st, G4 will air the animated Spaceballs series, and they will also suplement their airings of Heroes by airing repeats of LOST, in order, starting with the pilot.
  • A couple of Jericho bits here: Showrunner Carol Barbee says the fans did more than enough, but there’s a limit to what they can do. SF Universe gives us a list of what went wrong. I can answer both posts with the same reason: The writers didn’t make their show compelling enough. Sure Jericho has a dedicated fan base, but it wasn’t enough to ensure long term success. In the end, it boils down to appealing to a wide audience, and the didn’t do that.
  • Joe Morton, who plays Henry on Eureka, hopes that his character will become more involved with politics and the environment on the show. Normally I would roll my eyes at a statement like that, expecting the usual Hollywood take, but Morton says this: “I think, probably, it would be nice if politics was a thing, if the world economy was a thing, if he could find a way to use science to help people to make a better living, have a better life, etc., etc…” I agree to the extent that I fell science, in most TV and film, is shown as being bad or is used for bad purposes. I’d like to see science portrayed in a positive light.
  • Holy cow! Check out these sweet, custom-made Futurama LEGOs! I want a set. Too bad they aren’t official. Awesome.
  • South Park Studios has done what every studio should do, make every episode of South Park available, for free, online. Yes, all 11(!) seasons. Yes there are ads, but they are short and few in number. Applause all around.
  • Our boys over at Raven Stake strike again, giving us another episode of LOST, What Will Happen Next?.
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1 Comment on Tube Bits for 03/26/2008

  1. Ninja Warrior is great fun. My son loves the show and so do I. It’s what “American Gladiators” SHOULD BE but unfortunately, is not.

    Although I would advise caution in letting young kids watch the show as you (the parent) will invariably be asked to create Ninja Warrior obstacle courses at home or in the yard ad nauseum. While this can be great fun with your child, your spouse would rather you continue to just make a fort out of the couch cushions. πŸ˜‰

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