Ed Robertson of Barenaked Ladies
One of the highlights of Comic-Con 2010 was the surprise appearance of the quirky Canadian pop-rock band Barenaked Ladies at The Big Bang Theory panel to sing their catchy theme song to the hit CBS sitcom. (Sample lyric: "Religion or astronomy, Descartes or Deuteronomy, it all started with the big bang.") It was an exhilarating moment for the crowd — and the cast. "To hear thousands of fans screaming and singing along with them was truly moving for me," says Simon Helberg, aka Howard Wolowitz. "Nothing to make a man question his masculinity like crying during an accordion solo."
US Women's Soccer Team
It took two weeks, but it looks like America is finally paying attention to the Women's World Cup. The United States' sensational come-from-behind victory over Brazil as time was winding down in Sunday's quarterfinal match in Dresden, Germany, drew 3.89 million viewers on ESPN. That was easily the biggest audience of this year's tournament (which began June 26), and ranks as the...
Warner Bros. Comic-Con Swag Bags
For the second year in a row, Warner Bros. is sponsoring the official swag bag of Comic-Con International. These roomy sacks, which also convert into a backpack, are free to all attendees at the July 20-24 event at the San Diego Convention Center and are perfect for toting goodies sold and given out at the event...
Futurama was recently picked up for 26 new episodes, which will air on Comedy Central through 2013. But when writers for the animated sci-fi comedy were mapping out the current season (Thursdays, 10/9c), didn't know if this would be their final frontier, so they crafted the season finale (airing September 8), as a potential series ender. "The idea is that it's Futurama reincarnated in three different animation styles...
Eliza Dushku is getting catty this fall. The Buffy and Dollhouse alum provides the sultry voice for Catwoman in the animated DVD-movie Batman: Year One and as an added bonus will headline a short film included as a DVD extra. In Catwoman, the femme fatale tangles with crime ...
Though she's not known as a basketball fan, Katie Couric was honored Tuesday by the WNBA with the league's 2011 Inspiration Award. The award "recognizes an individual who inspires others through her commitment and dedication to work, family, and community." (Previous winners of the award include Susan Rice, United States ambassador to the United Nations and ABC News' Cokie Roberts and Robin Roberts.)...
Batman Brave and the Bold
NBC may have passed on its Wonder Woman pilot, but the Amazon princess is still heading to TV. The opening segment of this Friday's episode of Batman: The Brave and the Bold features DC Comics' top heroine — voiced by Vicki Lewis — as she comes to the rescue of Batman and Steve Trevor (May 27, 6:30/5:30c, Cartoon Network). The endearingly campy appearance, Wonder Woman's first on The Brave and the Bold, includes her trademark invisible jet and the iconic theme song from the 1970s live-action Lynda Carter series. In the main storyline of the episode, "Scorn of the Star Sapphire," the Caped Crusader teams up with Green Lantern, a perfect warm up to next month's feature film starring Ryan Reynolds.
The Cleveland Show
The Cleveland Show geeks out for its Season 2 finale when the Brown/Tubbs family heads to Comic-Con (Sunday, 9:30/8:30c, Fox). Tired of being overshadowed by his wife, Donna, Cleveland wants to "find my thing, something that makes me utterly unique." In typical random fashion, he comes up with the idea to write his own comic book and peddle it at the annual pop-culture gathering in San Diego. His creation, Waderman (named for the rubber wading boots he wears), is described by The Simpsons' caustic übernerd Comic Book Guy (in the Best. Cameo. Ever.) as "an aquatic superhero who lacks the ability to swim — apparently he also has a superhuman tolerance for irony."
Supernatural's sixth season ends next Friday, but fans have a nice treat to look forward to during the summer hiatus. Supernatural: The Anime Series, a 22-episode Japanese offshoot of the CW drama, will be released in the United States on July 26. Produced by animation studio Madhouse, the series is set during Seasons 1 and 2 of the live-action show, as Sam and Dean Winchester search for their missing father and begin their demon-hunting odyssey. For the U.S. release, Warner Home ...