To celebrate its 100th episode, MAD is getting "Super"-sized. The animated sketch-comedy series features a parody of the Superman blockbuster Man of Steel in Monday's double-sized show (Nov. 11 at 8:30/7:30c on Cartoon Network). Producer Kevin Shinick recruited Weird Al Yankovic and Henry Winkler to voice Superman and his father, Jor-El, respectively in the sketch, which takes a playful jab at the film's controversial violence.
The network gave Shinick 22-minutes to play with — twice the Emmy-nominated show's typical episode length — and he's stuffed it with a variety of pop-culture parodies and comedy bits. The featured musical sketch, "The Worst Show Ever," is inspired by a certain boy band. "It's One Direction's take on having to watch MAD," Shinick says, emphasizing his series' self-deprecating attitude. Yankovic will voice the band's manager.
Blair Herter and Tiffany Smith
DC Entertainment debuts a new web series Tuesday and Arrow fans will definitely want to check it out. DC All Access is a weekly look into all things DC — movies, TV, games, animation and, of course, comic books. In a short-but-sweet clip in the first episode, Arrow exec producers Marc Guggenheim and Andrew Kreisberg reveal that...
When Batman's away, Catwoman will play — unless Batgirl has something to say about it. In this week's chapter of Batman '66, the digital comic based on the classic 1960s TV series Batman, Batgirl makes her debut, filling in for the Dynamic Duo, who are out of town on a case.
Of all the fantastical things TV brings into our lives, nothing indulges the imagination quite like cartoons. Whether timely (South Park) or timeless (Looney Tunes), animation can truly take us anywhere. The rules — and the budgets — of conventional television don't apply. In short, we just can't help being drawn to them. In honor of TV Guide Magazine's 60th anniversary, we present our list of the best and, often quite literally, the brightest:
Noah Wyle and Erika Forest
Falling Skies won't be back until next summer, but TV Guide Magazine has an early tease for Season 4. Production on the alien invasion drama began in Vancouver last week and TNT sent along this video from the first day. Though few plot details are disclosed, cast members do reveal that we'll be seeing more of the 2nd Mass. in 2014: The show's episode order has been increased from 10 to 12.
Smallville Season 11 is coming to and close, but that won't be the end of Clark Kent & Co.'s adventures. Starting this fall the popular digital comic book series based on the long-running TV series will segue into a new format. Rather than continuing under the Season 11 banner — which kicked off last year — the DC Comics franchise will now consist of individual miniseries, each one starting with a new No. 1 issue.
The Futurama producers have plenty of experience writing series finales. After all, Wednesday's episode marks the fourth time they've thought they were bringing their outrageous animated sci-fi comedy to a close. Originally canceled by Fox back in 2003, the show later gained new life (and fans) with a series of DVD movies before Comedy Central resurrected the show in 2010. Producers thought their new home would last just one season, so they prepared for another ending. Now, two years later, here they are, signing off again. And this time it's for good. Probably.
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.