It's The X-Files meets Twin Peaks — but animated. Oh, and for kids. Disney Channel's Gravity Falls, which launches tonight at 9:30/8:30c, may be unlike any other cartoon out there for the runny-nose set — and that's the appeal.
Disney, which already reinvented its cartoon brand with irreverent fare like megahit Phineas and Ferb, goes even further down that path with Gravity Falls, the tale of a brother and sister forced to spend the summer with their great-uncle (or "Grunkle") in a town where very weird things happen. Jason Ritter plays bright-eyed youngster Dipper Pines, while Kristen Schaal provides the voice of his eager sister Mabel. Linda Cardellini is on board as teenager Wendy, the older object of Dipper's affections.
Good thing she previously worked in an ER. Linda Cardellini is pregnant with her first child, People reports.
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Freaks and Geeks and Undeclared, two short-lived TV series from Judd Apatow, are heading to IFC.
The network has picked up the rights to air repeats of both in full, which includes 18 episodes from Geeks, debuting Friday at 11/10c.
The 17 episodes — including...