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StoogeTV – R.I.P.

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StoogeTV is down. Not sure what’s up, but I’m going with terrorism. In the meantime, try http://us.zaptiger.com for games online.

“King of the Hill” Cancelled, “The Goode Family” Premiering

 

After 13 years on FOX, “King of the Hill” is no more.

On Friday, a FOX spokesman said that the 2009-2010 season will be its last, ending the second-longest running primetime animated series on TV, next to “The Simpsons”. 

Creator Mike Judge is leaving the series to work on a new project: an animated series called “The Goode Family,” featuring characters with a similar design.

 

 

According to a plot summary on IMDB.com, it will “revolve around a family obsessed with doing the “right” thing environmentally, politically and socially,” 

Look for it in the Fall of ’09 on ABC.

 

http://www.fox.com/kingofthehill

A Longer Review of “Heroes”, Season 3

Poor Heroes. 

First, the actors go on strike and now the muse has too. How did it happen? In the beginning is was all so simple: Save the Cheerleader, Save the World.

Now the show is all over the place, scattered and frantic like Britney Spears at a coke party.

…so what happened? (To save a “!SpOiLEr AlERt!”, I’ll stick with abstracts)

I have two guesses.

First, the strike. It threw off the timing (and plot direction) of the show in mid-flight. The writers were forced to wrap-up it up prematurely (I mean, how else were they to sell the DVD’s over the summer?).

If you watch the bonus features on the DVD set, you know that originally, the bad guys won. The vile containing the virus breaks on the floor of the vault at the paper mill, slips into the ventilation system and spreads to the town. Within hours (or a few shows really) the result is mass death, yelling, screaming, (cats and dog making love) and millions dead, bleeding out of their mouths in cities everywhere.

 

Getting sick of his "oh, golly gee" yet?

Getting sick of his "oh, gooly gee!" yet?

 

But then, the actors walked and screwed the plan, leaving producers tripping over their shoelaces for an alternate ending–one that would make due ’till Fall when a new plot could be drawn in the sand. The result was last year’s nicely-packaged but anti-climatic Disney World finale where (ta-da!) the vile lands–not on the ground–but softly in the palm of the all-around nice guy Peter Petrelli. And the world is saved. For now.

My second guess is the writer’s got lazy (too many off-season piña coladas by the pool).

Part of the charm of Heroes is its balance of fantasy and emotional realism–sure people can fly, but the characters are developed. They have believable investments in the plot. Their reactions to situations are consistent with their background. Their goals are reasonable, etc. 

But now, the fantastical is so far outweighing the realism that viewers with any self-worth are catching on (and tuning out). Character development is a-bye-bye and Coincidence is God almighty. 

The show has lost 20% of its viewers since the premiere a month ago, but luckily for Heroes, TV is bad everywhere. Even with the loss, the show is the fifth-most watched on TV. But it’s still not a reason to care about a cheerleader. If NBC wants a loving audience it’ll have to save the show first.

Time Warner – KXAN – Blackout

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See ya NBC.  Good knowin’ ya. “The Cosby Show”, “ALF”, “Seinfeld”. Never forget ya.

That’s the lament of Time Warner customers all over Austin, Texas. Us poor bastards stuck in the midst of a penny feud between LIN TV, who owns the NBC affiliate in Austin, and Time Warner Cable, who broadcasts them—one that ended with a blackout.

Well, sort of.

Instead of a black screen, Time Warner is running a 24-hour infomercial about why LIN TV is greedy and how to get the morning soaps by hooking up an antenna to your 52-inch HD flat-screen TV (which TWC will happily give you free-of-charge). 

The issue is over subscriber fees. LIN TV says the fee paid by Time Warner would be “less than a penny a day” per subscriber—so not much, but still in the millions. The broadcaster wants them in the new retransmission contract that expired last Thursday because ad revenue has dropped. Time Warner does not. 

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KXAN

Time Warner pays subscriber fees for stations like Comedy Central and A&E. But since basic channels like CBS, NBC, and ABC are broadcasted free-of-charge over the air waves locally, Time Warner is against paying.

LIN TV broadcasts in eleven markets—15 stations to over 2.7 million Time Warner customers. Not all are NBC. The CBS in Buffalo is kaput too.

The tiff is closing its first week. Thursday will be the anniversary. Celebrated, sadly, without “The Office”.

NBC no mas. Atleast for now.