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 ...
Damon Lindelof, Superman
Superman hit the big 900 on Wednesday. Action Comics, the signature title that launched the Man of Steel's career in 1938, released its 900th consecutive issue this week, the first comic to reach that milestone. To commemorate the event, publisher DC Comics recruited an all-star squadron of writers to contribute to the issue, including Richard Donner (director of Superman: The Movie) David Goyer (cowriter of Batman Begins), Paul Dini (writer/producer of Superman: The Animated Series) and Lost exec producer Damon Lindelof. Lindeolf's story, "Life Support," is set on Krypton in the days before the planet exploded, as scientist Jor-El is planning to send his son Kal-El (the future Superman) to Earth in a rocket ship. TV Guide Magazine emailed Lindelof, who previously wrote Marvel Comics' Ultimate Wolverine vs. Hulk, a few questions about this super assignment...
Wide World of Sports
Long before there was ESPN (or ESPN2 or ESPNU or Versus or Speed or any of the numerous other channels dedicated to sports) ABC's Wild World of Sports was a pioneer in coverage of niche and emerging athletic events. The venerable anthology series premiered 50 years ago this week, on April 29, 1961, and is perhaps best known for host Jim McKay's iconic opening narration: "Spanning the globe to bring you the constant variety of sport. The thrill of victory and the agony of defeat."
There are still a few more weeks to go before Smallville signs off, but if you're expecting to go through withdrawal, here's something that should help: Smallville: The Complete Series DVD is coming out this fall. In addition to all 218 episodes, the massive 62-disc(!) set includes the following special features:
Tom Welling and Erica Durance
The May 13 series finale of Smallville promises major changes for Clark Kent, and not just his transformation into Superman. As seen in this exclusive photo, Clark (Tom Welling) and Lois Lane (Erica Durance) head to the chapel — but there's drama along the way. "It's a very, very long walk down that aisle," teases executive producer Kelly Souders. "There are some good moments, some heart-wrenching moments and some surprising moments at their wedding."