Category Archives: Television

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News: Jennifer Egan’s Goon Squad Heads to HBO

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It’s official—Brooklyn-based author Jennifer Egan is having the Best Week Ever.

First, her rock-and-roll novel A Visit From The Goon Squad won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. Now, it’s being reported that HBO has optioned the novel for a television series. There’s no script yet, and thus there’s no idea how the novel’s sprawling, loosely-connected tales will be translated to the small screen. Egan will serve as series consultant.

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Ratchet: What If The Wire Were A Victorian Novel?

Ratchet: What If The Wire Were A Victorian Novel?

What if HBO’s critically acclaimed television series The Wire was originally a serialized Victorian novel written by someone named Horatio Bucklesby Odgen?

That’s the scenario explored by Joy Delyria and Sean Michael Robinson in “When It’s Not Your Turn”: The Quintessentially Victorian Vision of Ogden’s The Wire, an essay that not only parodies literary criticism but also makes sharp comparisons between The Wire and the works of Charles Dickens, William Makepeace Thackeray and Emily Brontë.

An excerpt from the essay:

If at any time besides its treatment of [journalist Scott] Templeton The Wire flirts with caricature, it does so in the character of Omar Little. Yet no one would ever reduce such a monumental culmination of literary tradition, satire, and basic human desire for mythos as Omar Little by defining him as mere caricature. Little is not Dickensian. Nor is he a character in the style of Thackeray, Eliot, Trollope, or any of the most famous serialists. If he must be compared to characters in the Victorian times, he most closely resembles a creation of a Brontë; he could have come from Wuthering Heights.

Check out an example of what the “original text and illustrations” looked like below.

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Film: 80s Soap Opera Dynasty To Get Big Screen Treatment

As a kid, I watched all the 80s prime time soaps: Dallas, Falcon Crest, Knots Landing, The Colbys, and of course, Dynasty, about an obscenely wealthy Colorado oil family.

Well, while Dallas is getting a reboot on TNT, Dynasty is headed for the big screen. Richard Shapiro, the show’s creator, told E! that a feature film version of Dynasty is happening; however, it will be a prequel set in the 1960s.

It was my daughter Florie’s notion to do a prequel, and that sounded very very good to us […] It’s how young Blake doesn’t realize he’s the son of Tom Carrington, but then he finds himself at the head of this company and surrounded by assassins and people who want to do him in.

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Random Cool: Gotham High, or Batman’s Animated High School Adventures

Random Cool: <i>Gotham High</i>, or Batman's Animated High School Adventures

Oh, what could have been.

Gotham High was the concept for proposed animated television series about Bruce Wayne‘s high school years, complete with all his allies and enemies representing various high school cliques. Hey, The Joker‘s the class clown! Scarecrow is so emo! Catwoman and Poison Ivy are the hotties! Edward Nigma and Oswald Cobbepot are nerds! And of course, Bane and Killer Croc are the jocks.

The idea was developed by artists Jeff and Celeste, who came up with this plot:

We all go through incredible changes as teenagers: growth spurts, bad skin, a sudden insatiable need to uphold justice and avenge your murdered parents…. Well, that is if you’re Bruce Wayne. As if being a freshman at Gotham High wasn’t tough enough, Bruce’s insomnia and technological fascinations are taking their toll. Instead of spending his time studying, he has begun to obsess over an emerging personality trait: Batman. But under the watchful eye of his guardian and steward, Alfred Pennyworth, Bruce is forced to put his intelligence to good use: graduating high school. But given his classmates, can Bruce survive Gotham High?

Peep the entire gallery of concept art below.

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Nominate @JayFingers To Be The First MTV TJ! #zyncmtvtj

Nominate @JayFingers To Be The First MTV TJPlease indulge a little shameless self-promotion here.

MTV has partnered with American Express ZYNC to find what they’re calling a Twitter Jockey (aka “TJ”), a person that would serve as “the social voice of MTV.”

The Twitter Jockey will actively engage with MTV’s audience—that’s you, dear readers—by answering your questions, being an advocate for your interests, and sharing behind-the-scenes info, cool links & exclusive media across MTV.com, Twitter, Facebook, blogs, & even some TV segments. MTV General Manager Stephen Friedman says the TJ position is “a natural evolution of how we connect with our audience.”

As the social voice of MTV, the TJ will be the liaison between you, my friends, and all the MTV celebrities, producers, and employees. Naturally, I think that voice should be me. And this is where you come in, dear readers.

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The Week in Cool 11-2-08

Though I promised more, I still gave less this week. For that, I apologize. It’s been insane, just like the Huck Gee Dunny (see right). So much has been happening for me recently, I’ve been neglecting y’all. But the stuff I did post about:

Halloween was fucked for me, so there are no pics, even though I did wear my costume all day. Ah well. Feeling good since I’ve started my NaNoWriMo project and I’m still working on the latest script, which I’ve been procrastinating on. Shout out to the W!ldbrain crew, oh, and make sure you get your asses out and vote, motherfuckers! Holler!

Oh yeah, Twitter is cool!