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.
Who doesn't love free stuff? Comic book fans — and those who'd like to be — can pick up free samples on Saturday during the 12th annual Free Comic Book Day. The event, which will be hosted at over 2,000 comic book shops across the country, features dozens of special limited editions including Superman, Star Wars, Archie and The Smurfs. More than four and a half million copies are expected to be distributed during the day, which aims to introduce newcomers to the genre.
The Teen Titans are back in action. Seven years after their last series ended, the team of rambunctious young heroes returns Tuesday in the all-new series Teen Titans Go! This new show takes a more comedic tone than Teen Titans, the original 2003-06 incarnation, and springs from a series of animated shorts that premiered last year on Cartoon Network's DC Nation block.
A pair of Grey's Anatomy doctors will spend their summer hiatus saving lives in a different way. Justin Chambers and Kevin McKidd don cape and cowl to star in the upcoming animated superhero adventure Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox.
Once Upon a Time graphic novel
The Evil Queen is expanding her kingdom — into comic books! The Once Upon a Time villainess will headline an upcoming original graphic novel adaptation of the ABC drama, which explores her relationship with the Huntsman. Once Upon a Time: Shadow of the Queen, coming form Marvel Comics on Sept. 4, will directly tie in to the show's continuity. "We wanted to explore some new narrative territory that the show hadn't fully covered yet," says Emily Shaw, the Marvel editor working on the book. "The Huntsman was perfect. Fans love him, he's such a compelling character, but his background is still pretty mysterious. Especially when it comes to his servitude to Regina, the Evil Queen."
She's back! Four years after last appearing on TV, Lana Lang returns to Smallville — in comic-book form. Clark Kent's first love shows up in a new arc of DC Comics digital series Smallville Season 11 on Friday, April 5.
The character — Clark Kent's first true love — last appeared in 2009, during the eighth season of the TV series. Shortly after gaining super powers (courtesy a special suit developed by Lex Luthor) she saved Metropolis by absorbing a kryptonite bomb, which essentially made her toxic to Clark. She then flew off into the proverbial sunset and out of his life. (The role was played by Kristin Kreuk, now starring in The CW's Beauty and the Beast.)
Spider-Man is on the move. New York City's friendly neighborhood superhero is heading to Boston in this Sunday's episode of Ultimate Spider-Man (March 24, 11am/10c on Disney XD).
While Major League Soccer's biggest rivalries might not yet have the marquee value of Yankees vs. Red Sox or Duke vs. Carolina, give the league credit for coming up with an innovative showcase for its top regional matchups. Among the "Rivalry Week" games this weekend are showdowns in the East (D.C. United at New York Red Bulls), Midwest (Chicago Fire at Sporting Kansas City) and West (Portland Timbers at Seattle Sounders).
NBC Sports has ambitious plans for the event, starting with Saturday's United—Red Bulls game (12:30/11:30am c, NBC), followed by seven hours of coverage on NBC Sports Network. That includes MLS Breakway, a whip-around show ...