New “Star Wars” animated series in works

Miss The Clone Wars? Well, don’t fret: “the force” is creating a new animated series to ease the pain. Lucasfilm announced Monday it was launching a new animated series called Star Wars: Rebels, which will have a one-hour launch special on the Disney Channel in the fall 2014 and then move to Disney XD as a regular half-hour series. Rebels […]

Lucasfilm to end production on “Clone Wars”

In a rather confusing press release, Lucasfilm announced on Monday it was halting production of animated series Star Wars: The Clone Wars after five seasons as the company is pursuing a “new direction” for its Star Wars television animated projects. But the company also announced it was working on some “additional story arcs” for the series as “bonus content”. Lucasfilm […]

“Clone Wars” cable network switch likely

It looks like the first fallout from The Walt Disney Co.’s purchase of Lucasfilm came sooner than we thought… As first reported by The Hollywood Reporter Friday, Lucasfilm-produced half-hour animated series Star Wars: The Clone Wars, is expected to end its five-year run on Cartoon Network and is expected to land on Disney XD if Lucasfilm decides to continue the […]

Disney buys Lucasfilm Ltd. for $4.05 billion

We knew Mickey Mouse had a little Darth Vader in him. The Walt Disney Co. announced its acquisition of Lucasfilm Ltd., the production company behind the Star Wars franchise. Included in the deal is visual affects company Insudtrial Light & Magix, Skywalker Sound (a post-production sound house), LucasArts (computer and video game division), and Lucasfilm Animation, which produces Cartoon Network’s […]

More Grab Bag: RIP Alex Karras; CBS cancels “Made in Jersey”

– Alex Karras, the Detroit Lions defensive lineman-turned-actor, died Wednesday at his Southern California home  at the age of 77 due to complications from kidney failure. The Gary, Ind. native played his entire NFL career with the Lions from 1958-70, then went into television and film, including a stint with WLS-TV for a local Monday Night Football pregame show and […]

Joss Whedon to work on new Marvel TV show

…oh, and he’s set to direct the Avengers sequel too You think there was be any doubt there would be an Avengers sequel? After amassing more than $1 billion in box office receipts globally and nabbing the biggest opening weekend haul in North American film history, Marvel announced it’s planning a sequel to the film, scheduled to be released in […]

Comic-Con, Day 3: Marvel and more

Last week, Comic-Con descended on San Diego for four days for non-stop fanboy (and fangirl) fun. Last Saturday (July 14) was the busiest day of the convention, with a lot of TV, movie, and video game panels. While yours truly won’t be able to go through all of them due to time and space constraints, here’s a quick (and snarky) […]

Comic-Con 2012: Day 2

Here’s what went down on the second day of Comic-Con from San Diego: – Diana Rigg, star of the 1960’s British TV series The Avengers (not related to the Marvel property), has joined the cast of HBO’s hit fantasy drama Game of Thrones as Olenna Redwyne, Queen of the Throns, as it was announced at a rather limp panel Friday […]

Welcome to Comic-Con

It’s finally here! On Thursday, the 43rd annual Comic-Con kicked off Thursday in San Diego. Once held in a basement of a downtown hotel, Comic-Con expanded over the decades and now takes place at the city’s convention center. Certainly, Comic-Con is a far better and more enjoyable experience to cover than some overrated, overblown, overhyped, and over-covered event that took […]

Remembering Ray Bradbury

Last week, noted science-fiction/fantasy author Ray Bradbury passed away at the age of 91. The Waukegan native is best known for his many literary works, including novels Fahrenheit 451, Something Wicked This Way Comes, and The Martian Chronicles. But Bradbury also made numerous contributions to television, particularly in the early days of the medium. Bradbury’s works were adapted for many […]

The Toilet 10 of ‘10

And other misfires of note What were the worst programs of 2010? They’re all below – and most are future T Dog Media Blog TV Hall of Shame nominees (one is already a member.:) Just don’t forget to flush twice… 1. The Marriage Ref (NBC). An “A-list project” from Jerry Seinfeld turned out to be one of those D-level programs […]

The Excellent 10 of ‘10

This trophy was well represented in the countdown of the best media items of 2010. Here we go with the annual list of the best media-related items of 2010 – a list of not just the best shows (isn’t everyone doing those?) but the best events as well. If you notice (excluding sports), cable is well-represented in this countdown, with […]

TCA: PBS and "The Pioneers of Television"

It was PBS’ turn at the mic at the annual TCA Press tour on Thursday, which focused mainly on the second edition of their miniseries Pioneers of Television, whose panel of classic TV stars featured two Chicago natives: Robert Conrad (Wild, Wild West, Black Sheep Squadron) Nichelle Nichols (Star Trek), who hails from southwest suburban Robbins. The panel also featured […]

T Dog’s Four Pack

The best and the worst in media for the week ending May 9: Winners: – Perfect. The City of Oakland and the word “perfect” often goes together as Playboy models and science-fiction conventions. But the city gets to celebrate for one day as Dallas Breaden pitched a perfect game Sunday for the hometown Athletics against the Tampa Bay Rays. Now […]

Flash Forward… to your demise… Part 2

It may be over for FlashForward. The ABC sci-fi drama did not generate any interest Thursday night, averaging only a 1.9 rating among adults 18-49, and 6.5 million viewers according to figures supplied by Nielsen and The Wrap. While the program fared better in households, the 25-54 demo, and even made Trending Topics on Twitter during the 8 p.m. hour […]