It's been a rough summer for track and field, with drug scandals and injuries taking several players out of contention for the IAAF World Championships. But the sport's biggest name, Usain Bolt, is on his marks for this year's edition of the biennial event, August 10—18 in Moscow (airing daily on Universal Sports and NBC, see full schedule below).
The six-time Olympic gold medalist got off to a shaky start this season with a June loss to American Justin Gatlin at an invitational meet in Rome. NBC/Universal Sports analyst Ato Boldon cites other commitments for diluting the Jamaican's training, but he's confident Bolt will step up. "When it's time for a championship," Boldon says, "his management locks out a period of time, really the only time of the year, when he can have really good consistent and continuous training."
One of the (many) great things about the 1960s Batman TV series was the colorful rogues gallery who took on the Dynamic Duo. In addition to legendary comic book villains like the Joker, the Riddler, Catwoman and Penguin, producers of the series created their own assortment of baddies, often portrayed by Hollywood icons. Among the more inspired casting choices: Tallulah Bankhead played Black Widow, Milton Berle was Louie the Lilac and Vincent Price camped it up as Egghead.
Phineas and Ferb
Nothing is sacred to Dr. Doofenshmirtz, not even... waffles?! The bumbling villain of Disney Channel's Phineas and Ferb has big plans for next month's D23 Expo, where a real-life version of his latest contraption, the Waffle-inator, is set to be installed. The 40-foot tall "video skyscraper" will spout flying foam waffles at this year's edition of the biennial event, a festival of all things Disney, held Aug. 9—11 at the Anaheim Convention Center in California. Attendees can board the interactive game and help the adventurous stepbrothers outmaneuver Dr. Doof and help free Agent P.
She's one of the fastest women in the world, but there will be no running from the cameras for Sanya Richards-Ross in her new reality series, Sanya's Glam & Gold, which premieres Thursday (10/9c, WE). Turns out, the type-A personality that helped drive her to the Olympic title in the 400-meter dash last summer is not confined to the stadium. "The only time Sanya stays in her lane is on the track," younger sister Shari laments in the first episode, annoyed by Sanya's involvement in the Austin hair salon Sanya funded for her.
Batman '66 Chapter 2
Holy revival, Batman! DC Comics has brought the Caped Crusader's iconic 1960s TV show back to life in a weekly digital comic book series. Batman '66 debuted last week with new vibrant adventures of Batman and Robin, famously played by Adam West and Burt Ward on the ABC series.
Marvel's Avengers Assemble
After a sneak preview over Memorial Day weekend, the Avengers are back on duty for the official debut of the new animated series Marvel's Avengers Assemble (Sunday, July 7, 11am/10c, Disney XD). In May's teaser two-parter, Iron Man, Captain America and Co. discovered a growing threat from a gang of villains who are teaming up to defeat them. To better deal with this menace, the Avengers decide that shacking up will improve unity and training.
Phineas and Ferb
Princesses, pop stars and superheroes will be among the many Disney favorites taking over the Anaheim Convention Center on August 9—11 for the biennial D23 Expo. The celebration of all things Disney will include the stars and creators of several popular shows from the Disney Channel, Disney XD and Disney Junior.
Among the big Disney Channel events being showcased are Phineas and Ferb: Mission Marvel, a summer special in which the boys meet the superheroes of (Disney-owned) Marvel Comics; Teen Beach Movie, a live-action musical airing July 19; and Wander Over Yonder, the upcoming animated series from The Powerpuff Girls creator Craig McCracken and starring 30 Rock alum Jack McBrayer (both of whom will be in attendance).
Teen Titans Go!
Cartoon Network's got Teen spirit! The channel is set to announce Tuesday that Teen Titans Go! has been picked up for a second season. The comedic adventures of the five young heroes — based on the iconic DC Comics team — premiered in April and have been a ratings winner for the network. Airing Tuesdays at 7:30/6:30c, Teen Titans Go! is averaging 1.7 million total viewers and is No. 1 for the night (excluding movies) among kids and boys demographics.
The Yoda Chorincles
The Force will be strong in Times Square this week. To celebrate the premiere of the new Cartoon Network special LEGO Star Wars: The Yoda Chronicles, LEGO and Lucasfilm have teamed up to bring a massive recreation of a X-wing Starfighter to New York City.
Made of 5,335,200 LEGO bricks, the model — based on the iconic ship Luke Skywalker & Co. fly in the Star Wars movies — was transported to the United States from the LEGO Model Shop in Kladno, Czech Republic, where it was constructed by a team of 32 builders. It is an exact replica — at 42 times the size — of the LEGO Star Wars set No. 9493. It will be parked in Times Square Thursday through Saturday, May 23-25.