Childrens Hospital may have begun as a satire of medical dramas like Grey's Anatomy, but now its take on everything in pop culture has us in stitches. Last season the Adult Swim series spoofed everything from Broadway plays to PSAs, and in one episode, all TV programming from the 1970s.
"It's gotten to the point where we don't know what the normal Childrens Hospital is anymore," says creator Rob Corddry, who also plays clown doctor Blake Downs. The best example? "This year we preempt the regularly scheduled episode to present the pilot for the British adaptation of the show." (In that version, Downs is a French mime).
In recent years there have been rumblings about a slight decrease in participation from movie studios at Comic-Con. But throw a stick (or graphic novel) pretty much anywhere in the San Diego Convention Center this week, and you'll likely connect with some sort of TV show presentation. If you're one of the 125,000 attendees, expect a slew of panels for returning genre hits (Falling Skies, Supernatural, Grimm, Game of Thrones, Teen Wolf, The Walking Dead, Warehouse 13, etc.);
For longtime Green Arrow fans, an exclusive 10-page preview comic of the new CW series Arrow (starring Stephen Amell) will be the keepsake giveaway from this year's Comic-Con. "It's almost like a little mini episode after the pilot but before the next episode," explains Andrew Kreisberg, who cowrote the story with his fellow Arrow exec producers, Greg Berlanti and Marc Guggenheim, along with comics superstar Geoff Johns, DC Entertainment's chief creative officer. (The cover was penciled by legendary artist Mike Grell, with colors by Randy Mayor; interior art was provided by Omar Francia.)
It was 1992 and they would be the first team of NBA stars to represent the United States in the Olympics. They would secure an 8-0 record on their way to the coveted gold medal, demolishing their opponents by an average of nearly 44 points. They were the original Dream Team. And now, in honor of their 20th anniversary, the NBA TV documentary The Dream Team gathers the players that coach Chuck Daly, who passed away in 2009, led to victory (including Michael Jordan, Magic Johnson, Larry Bird and Charles Barkley). "It was a moment, really, for the game of basketball," says then-assistant coach Mike Krzyzewski (head coach at Duke University and now also the head coach of the U.S. team going for gold at the London Olympics this summer). "You could feel just the aura, the power of the personalities and the talent. It made you feel that, wow, this may never happen again."
For nearly a decade, the NBA has been looking for the next Michael Jordan. And while it is much too early to compare the game's ultimate competitor — six championships, 10 scoring titles — to the New York Knicks' new guard Jeremy Lin, there is one similarity: He gets people to watch.
High school, for any kid, is tough enough. But if you're half-human, half-Kaiju (a "monster" in the Godzilla genre), it's a mess. Cartoon Network's first original CGI movie, Firebreather, follows 16-year-old Duncan Rosenblatt (voiced by Jesse Head) as he deals with his unique appearance (scaly skin, pointy teeth, etc.), superhuman abilities, typical girl troubles and an estranged father the size of a skyscraper who now wants a relationship with his son.
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The gang was (almost) all there for the premiere of HBO's new Jersey crime epic Boardwalk Empire — the Sopranos gang, that is. Former cast members including James Gandolfini, Steven Van Zandt, Tony Sirico, Vincent Curatola and Aida Turturro as well as creator David Chase showed up for Boardwalk's splashy New York premiere on Sept. 15 thanks to its multiple Sopranos connections. After all, the series stars Steve Buscemi, who played Tony's inept cousin, and was created by Terence Winter, an Emmy-winning writer for The Sopranos.
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Someone forgot to tell Henry Winkler about typecasting. You'd think after playing one of the most iconic characters of a generation, the Fonz on Happy Days, Winkler would have had some trouble getting new roles. But the parts just keep on coming. In addition to his recurring role as the estranged father on USA's Royal Pains, Winkler has now joined the cast of Adult Swim's Childrens Hospital as the ridiculously nice hospital administrator. The series, which mercilessly skewers the medical show genre, was created by The Daily Show alum Rob Corddry during the writers' strike of 2007-08, and streamed online at thewb.com in five-minute segments. Now graduated to ...
If medical shows like House, Grey's Anatomy or even Scrubs have been too serious for you, then you might want to check into Childrens Hospital.
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The series, which mercilessly skewers the genre, was created by The Daily Show alum Rob Corddry during the writers' strike of 2007—08, and streamed online at thewb.com in five-minute segments. Now graduated to Cartoon Network's late-night Adult Swim (where the initial shorts have been airing since July), Hospital begins a run of 12 original, 15-minute episodes on Sunday at 10:30/9:30c.
Corddry stars as Blake Downs...