Lucasfilm Cancels ‘Star Wars: The Clone Wars,’ Puts ‘Star Wars: Detours’ On Hold Indefinitely

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Via Blog Post From The Official Star Wars Website:

A NEW DIRECTION FOR LUCASFILM ANIMATION

March 11, 2013

As we enter into an exciting new era focused on the next Star Wars trilogy, Lucasfilm has decided to pursue a new direction in animated programming. We are exploring a whole new Star Wars series set in a time period previously untouched in Star Wars films or television programming. You can expect more details in the months to come.

As part of this shift, we have also made some key decisions affecting Star Wars: The Clone Wars and Star Wars Detours.

After five highly successful and critically acclaimed seasons of Star Wars: The Clone Wars, we feel the time has come to wind down the series. While the studio is no longer producing new episodes for Cartoon Network, we’re continuing production on new Clone Wars story arcs that promise to be some of the most thrilling adventures ever seen. Stay tuned for more information on where fans can soon find this bonus content. In the video below, Supervising Director Dave Filoni offers a peek of what is to come in Star Wars: The Clone Wars.

At Star Wars Celebration VI last year, George Lucas gave fans a glimpse at the animated comedy series Star Wars Detours from Seth Green, Matthew Senreich, and Todd Grimes. Detours was conceived and produced before we decided to move forward with the new Star Wars trilogy, and in the wake of that decision, Lucasfilm has reconsidered whether launching an animated comedy prior to the launch of Episode VII makes sense. As a result, we’ve decided to postpone the release of Detours until a later date.

We are incredibly proud of the teams at Lucasfilm Animation for creating some of the most amazing animation ever produced for TV. Keep checking StarWars.com for new developments on these and future projects.

Comedy Central: ‘South Park’ Halloween Special To Air Wednesday October 24th (VIDEO!)

Via Press Release:

AN ALL-NEW “SOUTH PARK” HALLOWEEN SPECIAL

PREMIERES ON WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 24 AT 10:00 P.M. ON COMEDY CENTRAL®

All-New “South Park” Episodes from This Season are Available in HD Exclusively on Xbox LIVE, iTunes,

Sony PlayStation Network, Amazon Instant Video and Vudu, and Samsung Media Hub

Episodes are Also Available on SouthParkStudios.com


NEW YORK, October 22, 2012 – Randy keeps Stan from trick or treating on an all-new episode of “South Park” titled “A Nightmare on Facetime,” premiering Wednesday, October 24 at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT on COMEDY CENTRAL.

The boys are all ready to dress up as their favorite foursome, the Avengers, for Halloween. After months of planning their costumes, at the last minute Randy tells Stan he can’t go trick or treating with his friends. Instead, Stan has to pitch in and help his father with a new business venture.

Voted “The Greatest Animated TV Series” in a poll conducted by Entertainment Weekly, COMEDY CENTRAL’s “South Park” launched on August 13, 1997. The series airs Wednesday nights at 10:00 p.m. and repeats later that night at midnight (all times ET/PT).

Co-creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone, along with Anne Garefino, are Executive Producers of the Emmy® and Peabody® Award-winning “South Park.” Frank C. Agnone II is the Supervising Producer. Eric Stough, Adrien Beard, Bruce Howell and Vernon Chatman are Producers. “South Park’s” Web site is www.southparkstudios.com.

Available on-air, online and on-the-go, COMEDY CENTRAL (www.cc.com) is the #1 brand in comedy and is owned by, and is a registered trademark of, Comedy Partners, a wholly-owned unit of ViacomInc. (NASDAQ: VIA and VIAB). For up-to-the-minute and archival press information and photographs visit COMEDY CENTRAL’s press Web site at www.cc.com/press and follow us on Twitter@ComedyCentralPR for the latest in breaking news updates, behind-the-scenes information and photos.

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Disney XD Announces Two New Marvel Comics Animated Series, ‘Avengers Assemble’ And ‘Hulk And The Agents Of S.M.A.S.H.’

Via Press Release:

TWO SMASHING ANIMATED SERIES, “MARVEL’S AVENGERS ASSEMBLE” AND “HULK AND THE AGENTS OF S.M.A.S.H.,” SET TO PREMIERE ON MARVEL UNIVERSE ON DISNEY XD 

Voice Casts Include Adrian Pasdar, Eliza Dushku and Seth Green

Disney XD will premiere two highly anticipated animated series on the Marvel Universe programming block, “Marvel’s Avengers Assemble” and “Hulk and the Agents of S.M.A.S.H.,” it was announced today by David Levine, Vice President and General Manager, Disney XD Worldwide and at New York Comic Con by Jeph Loeb, Marvel’s Head of Television. Produced by Marvel Television, the series feature some of Marvel’s most popular characters — Hulks smashing and Avengers assembling to take down the most infamous villains in the Marvel universe. Filled with action, big adventures and humor, both series are currently in production and slated to premiere in summer 2013 on Marvel Universe on Disney XD.

(Editors please note: photos are available at http://www.DisneyXDmedianet.com. Registration is required.)

“Fans who enjoy the cinematic thrills of Marvel’s The Avengers and Hulk will be thrilled with the new Marvel series, which are the ultimate blend of action, adventure, humor and, above all, great storytelling that perfectly aligns with boys’ interests,” said Levine. “The Marvel Universe block on Disney XD brings together the greatest super heroes on the planet to the delight of kids and families worldwide.”

“All the fun from the movie theater, all the fun you’ve had reading these characters through the years in the comics will be brought to life in a way that will explode out of your TV set!” said Loeb. “But to be a Marvel TV series, it also needs to have humor and heart. We have extraordinary, talented voice casts and superb writer/producers for our new series that deliver both.”

In “Marvel’s Avengers Assemble,” an animated series parallel to the record-breaking blockbuster movie “Marvel’s The Avengers,” Iron Man leads the team of mightiest heroes – Hulk, Captain America, Thor, Hawkeye, Black Widow and newcomer Falcon – who combine their powers to battle threats no single hero could overcome. When the Avengers assemble, evil doesn’t stand a chance. The voice cast includes: Adrian Pasdar (“Heroes”) as Iron Man, Fred Tatasciore (“Kung Fu Panda: Legends of Awesomeness”) reprising his role as Hulk, Roger Craig Smith (“Wreck-It Ralph”) as Captain America, Travis Willingham (“Shelf Life”) as Thor, Troy Baker (“Ultimate Spider-Man”) as Hawkeye, Laura Bailey (“The Super Hero Squad Show”) as Black Widow and Bumper Robinson (“The Game”) as Falcon. Joe Casey, Joe Kelly, Duncan Rouleau and Steven T. Seagle of Man of Action Studios (“Ben 10,” “Generator Rex”) will serve as executive producers.

“Hulk and the Agents of S.M.A.S.H.” stars Marvel’s biggest, hardest-hitting super hero, Hulk, as he is joined by his larger-than-life teammates and unconventional family – his cousin She-Hulk, the irascible Red Hulk, the exuberant A-Bomb and the savage Skaar – to tackle threats that are too enormous for other heroes to handle. The creative talents of Emmy Award-winning Paul Dini (“Batman: The Animated Series,” “Lost”) and Henry Gilroy (“Star Wars: The Clone Wars”) have been tapped for this series. The voice cast includes: Fred Tatasciore (“Kung Fu Panda: Legends of Awesomeness”) as Hulk, Clancy Brown (“SpongeBob SquarePants”) as Red Hulk, Eliza Dushku (“Dollhouse”) as She-Hulk, Ben Diskin (“Codename: Kids Next Door”) as Skaar and Emmy Award-winning Seth Green (“Robot Chicken”) as A-Bomb.

Disney XD is a basic cable channel and multi-platform brand showcasing a compelling mix of live-action and animated programming for Kids age 6-14, hyper-targeting boys and their quest for discovery, accomplishment, sports, adventure and humor. Disney XD branded content spans television, online, mobile and VOD platforms. The programming includes series, movies and short-form, as well as sports-themed programming developed with ESPN. In the U.S., Disney XD is seen on a 24-hour, advertiser supported network that reaches over 78 million households via its basic cable and satellite affiliates. For more information visit http://www.DisneyXD.com/

Marvel Entertainment, LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of The Walt Disney Company, is one of the world’s most prominent character-based entertainment companies, built on a proven library of over 8,000 characters featured in a variety of media over seventy years. Marvel utilizes its character franchises in entertainment, licensing and publishing. For more information visit http://www.marvel.com/

FOX: ‘Bob’s Burgers’ Renewed For Fourth Season, We Lose All Hope For Humanity

Via Press Release:

FOX COOKS UP A FOURTH SEASON OF “BOB’S BURGERS”

WITH 22-EPISODE PICK-UP

October 16, 2012 – FOX has ordered a fourth season of 22 all-new episodes of the Emmy-nominated animated comedy BOB’S BURGERS, it was announced today by Kevin Reilly, Chairman of Entertainment, Fox Broadcasting Company.

“We love BOB’S,” said Reilly. “We are really proud of the way the show has grown over the past three seasons – without losing the unique voice at its core – and we know that the best is yet to come for BOB’S BURGERS and its fans.”

BOB’S BURGERS recently was nominated for an Emmy Award for Outstanding Animated Program as well as for a 2012 Critics’ Choice Television Award for Best Animated Series. Premiering earlier this fall, BOB’S BURGERS displayed the greatest year-to-year growth of any returning broadcast series and ranks No. 2 in its competitive Sunday time period among Men 18-49, Men 18-34 and Male Teens.

In the all-new “Bob Fires the Kids,” episode of BOB’S BURGERS airing Sunday, Oct. 21 (8:30-9:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX, Bob worries he’s depriving his children of their summer vacation by making them work at the restaurant, so he fires them. However, the kids become so bored with their newfound freedom that they secretly get hired by a pair of married hippie farmers (guest voices and real-life spouses Nick Offerman and Megan Mullally), who hire the Belcher kids as “weed pickers.” Meanwhile, Bob hires Mickey The Bank Robber to help out at the restaurant, but soon regrets his decision.

This season, BOB’S BURGERS also serves up holiday cheer with the series’ first-ever Thanksgiving and Christmas episodes. In the upcoming Thanksgiving episode, Bob’s eccentric landlord, Mr. Fischoeder (guest voice Kevin Kline), invites the Belchers for an unusual Thanksgiving dinner to impress a former flame. In the Christmas episode, Zach Galifianakis guest-voices as a man who is infatuated with a mannequin, and believes he used to be a mannequin himself. Other guest voices this season include Jon Hamm, Jeffrey Tambor, Aziz Ansari, Bill Hader and Sarah and Laura Silverman.

BOB’S BURGERS follows a third-generation restaurateur as he runs his own burger joint with the help of his wife and their three kids. Bob has big ideas about burgers, condiments and sides, but only a few thoughts on customer service and business management. Despite his greasy counters, lousy location and occasionally spotty service, Bob is convinced his burgers speak for themselves. The animated series features the voice talents of H. Jon Benjamin, John Roberts, Dan Mintz, Eugene Mirman and Kristen Schaal.

BOB’S BURGERS is a 20th Century Fox Television production. The series was created by Loren Bouchard. Bouchard and Jim Dauterive serve as executive producers and writers. Become a fan of the series on Facebook at www.facebook.com/bobsburgers. Follow the series on Twitter @BobsBurgersFOX and join the discussion at #bobsburgers.

[EDITOR’S NOTE: For photos and more information on BOB’S BURGERS, please visit http://www.foxflash.com/div.php/main/page?aID=1z2z2z309.]

-FOX-

 

 

REVIEW: Napoleon Dynamite (FOX – Sunday, 8:30 p.m.)

The series is based on the 2004 film Napoleon Dynamite. It follows the adventures of Napoleon Dynamite, and his family and friends, as they navigate small-town life in rural Preston, Idaho. The original cast from the film, Jon Heder, Aaron Ruell, Efren Ramirez, Tina Majorino, Sandy Martin, Jon Gries and Diedrich Bader, voice their characters in the series, in addition to the series introducing several new characters.

Napoleon Dynamite is a 16-year-old boy convinced that he is blessed with unlimited “sweet skills.” His hobbies include practicing his ninja moves, dancing, drawing, and bragging about his “girlfriend in Oklahoma.” Napoleon’s brother, Kip, is an unemployed 32-year-old who lives at home, and continually attempts to meet girls online. The two live with their grandmother, who is often found four-wheeling with her friends at the local sand dunes. Napoleon’s friends include Pedro, who has recently been elected class president, and Deb, a girl who sees the good in Napoleon and dreams of someday becoming his girlfriend. Napoleon’s uncle, Rico, lives in an orange van, where he obsesses over his failed high school football career and dreams up ways to become rich and famous.

Guest voices in the debut season include Amy Poehler as Misty, Jennifer Coolidge as Elizabeth Moser, Sam Rockwell as Justive and Jemaine Clement as Dr. Jeff Henry – FOX

65 out of 100

About three or four times we’ve made a point to rip Napoleon Dynamite as a concept that is eight years too late and wasn’t very funny when it was popular to begin with. As usual, we were correct. Napoleon Dynamite is exactly what we thought it would be; a rehash of old jokes that are a little too deadpan for our own good.

Surprisingly enough, though, the show isn’t horrible. Although at times it does seem like one big montage of deleted scenes from the original film, it’s really not just an animated version of its live-action counterpart. If it was, it would be truly awful but what Napoleon Dynamite does is take the well-known themes of the film, amplify and exaggerate them to create ridiculous, albeit endearing, stories that are the mainstay of FOX’s ‘Animation Domination’ block.

The supporting characters at times are way over-the-top, which is a bit tiresome and induces long stretches of eyeball rolling, but overall, the show is rather charming for what it is and appropriate for pretty much anyone over the age of ten, which is a dramatic shift from the usual ‘A.D.’ fare on FOX.

Is Napoleon Dynamite a groundbreaking or fantastic animated show? No, but it’s certainly better than Bob’s Burgers and the most awful piece of animated crap on television in years, Allen Gregory. In fact, we’ve had to reflect a couple of times about this endorsement because we weren’t sure if the show was actually as decent as we thought it was or if it was a case that anything would be better after the recent animated offerings that we’ve had to suffer through. Upon further review, we’ve decided that this is not the case.

Napoleon Dynamite is a keeper and has a very high potential for improvement and unlike every other animated show in recent years on FOX, we actually don’t want to see it canceled.

You can watch full episodes of Napoleon Dynamite, here.

Hey, Fartknockers! Beavis and Butt-Head Return Tonight To MTV With All New Episodes… REVIEWniverse Called It!

Back in July of 2010, when the ‘Tastic was just a wee baby, we did a piece discussing a piece from REVIEWniverse that claimed, without verifying or confirming any sources, that Mike Judge was planning on bringing the 1990’s animated hit, Beavis and Butt-Head, back to MTV with 30 new episodes.

At the time, as excited as we were to hear the news, we were skeptical to say the least because A.) we don’t like anonymous, unconfirmed and unverified sources and B.) the details seemed just a little too perfect.  Well, after more than a year later, today we are glad to say that we were wrong and REVIEWniverse was absolutely correct.  New episodes of Beavis and Butt-Head will air beginning tonight on MTV at 10:00 p.m.  What’s funny is that Kenny Herzog of REVIEWniverse was so moved by our idiotic piece back from last year that last month he even made a point to rub our noses in it, and for that, we feel honored because he has a lot more street cred than we do.

Kenny Herzog:

Told you :)

-Kenny H./REVIEWniverse

So, we humbly concede to Kenny Herzog and Robbie Wolliver over at REVIEWniverse on this one. They were right, we were wrong and we couldn’t be happier.

And for the record, if this teaser is any indication of what to expect from the relaunch, it’s funnier than ever.

Snookie: I’m a whore… hello?

Butt-Head: That’s how she answers the phone… uh… huh… huh… huh.

Bob’s Burgers Renewed For A Second Season? House & Bones May Be Leaving FOX? Where’s Terra Nova? What’s Going On Over There? (Part One)

In news that came as an absolute shock to us, the poorly-received (we gave it a 3 out of 10 and that was generous) and lackluster-rated Bob’s Burgers has been picked up for a second season by FOX as announced on April 7th.

Via Press Release:

FOX ORDERS UP A SECOND SERVING OF “BOB’S BURGERS”

Animated Series Renewed for a Second Season

All-New Episode Airs Sunday, April 10, on FOX

Animation Domination newcomer BOB’S BURGERS has been renewed for a second season, it was announced today by Kevin Reilly, President of Entertainment, Fox Broadcasting Company.

“BOB’S BURGERS has proved to be a perfect neighbor to our slate of fan-favorite animated families this year,” said Reilly. “The series has found its own really unique, irreverent voice and is doing consistent business for us on Sundays, so we’re excited to serve up another season to the fans.”

The premiere of BOB’S BURGERS this year was the highest-rated new series debut on any network so far this season. The series currently ranks among the Top 10 programs this season among young men.

In the all-new “Burger War” episode, airing Sunday, April 10 (8:30-9:00 PM ET/PT), BOB’s (H. Jon Benjamin) eccentric landlord, MR. FISCHOEDER (guest voice Kevin Kline), pays the family a visit to deliver some bad news. Bob’s rival across the street, JIMMY PESTO (guest voice Jay Johnston) of Jimmy Pesto’s Pizzeria, wants to take over Bob’s lease so that he can expand his gift shop. With little time and not enough money, the Belcher family must cook up some business or luck to save the restaurant.

BOB’S BURGERS follows a third-generation restaurateur as he runs his own burger joint with the help of his wife and their three kids. Bob has big ideas about burgers, condiments and sides, but only a few thoughts on customer service and business management. Despite his greasy counters, lousy location and occasionally spotty service, Bob is convinced his burgers speak for themselves. The animated series features the voice talents of H. Jon Benjamin, John Roberts, Dan Mintz, Eugene Mirman and Kristen Schaal.

BOB’S BURGERS is a 20th Century Fox Television production. The series was created by Loren Bouchard. Bouchard and Jim Dauterive serve as executive producers and writers. Become a fan of the series on Facebook at www.facebook.com/bobsburgers and follow the series on Twitter at www.twitter.com/bobsburgersfox.

Now, you’re probably figuring that our response to this news would be outrage due to the fact of how much we dislike the show but surprisingly, it’s not.  We not only aren’t bothered but we’re actually a little relieved because of all of the other news surrounding FOX programming over the last few weeks, particularly the renewals of American Dad and Fringe, both early and both with full season orders.

Seriously???

But first, there are two things about the renewal of Bob’s Burgers that need to be noted: Number one on the list is the fact FOX ordered two more animated shows last year for the 2011 – 2012 schedule; an animated version of Napoleon Dynamite (no, we’re not kidding) and a show by Jonah Hill called Allen Gregory, “which will have Hill voicing the title role of a freakishly smart, internationally acclaimed 7-year-old kid who’s about to take on the task of attending elementary school with kids his own age.” On the upside, at least it’s animated so we won’t have to see Hill’s absolute grotesqueness on the beautiful 65″ HDTV. But waitaminute… since they’ve ordered these two shows, how will there be room for the recently renewed American Dad and Bob’s Burgers on the Sunday night schedule?

That of course brings us to the second item of note: unlike American Dad, there has been absolutely no indication that FOX ordered a full season of 22 episodes for Bob’s Burgers whereas they made a point to brag about it in the press release announcing American Dad’s renewal.  So, even though FOX renewed Bob’s Burgers, the show’s status would appear to be more precarious than this renewal would seem to indicate and FOX is hedging its bets by keeping Napoleon Dynamite and Allen Gregory in the hopper for 2011, despite the fact that there is ZERO room on the Sunday night schedule for them.

Now, this being said, does anyone in their right mind think that a cartoon based on an overrated film that came out seven years ago and a series with an absolutely uninteresting premise has as snowball’s chance in hell of surviving past the six and seven episodes, respectively, that were ordered?  We don’t and we think that after a year of sitting on these projects and taking an inventory of the state of the network as far as scripted programming is concerned come Fall 2011, FOX execs are reconsidering their commitment to these two new shows and leaning toward full support of Bob’s Burgers, should, as we expect, Napoleon Dynamite and Allen Gregory fail quickly.  We think FOX is starting to realize that it may be better for them to deal with the devil that they know as opposed to the one they don’t, but because they are still FOX, after all, they’re taking a “wait and see” approach with Bob’s Burgers.

And what exactly is the state of FOX come Fall 2011?  And why aren’t we bothered by the renewal of Bob’s Burger’s, a show we really don’t like?  What’s this about House and Bones possibly not being on FOX and Terra Nova that you dopes alluded to in the headline yet never mentioned in this piece? Tune in to the ‘Tastic tomorrow and we’ll give you some insights based on what we know for sure, and what we think all of this information means based on us piecing it all together and wildly speculating… including the news about HouseBones and Terra Nova.