PBS’s Barney and Friends was introduced in 1992 and became instantly famous, not just for its popularity with toddlers but it’s ANTI-popularity with their parents. Most people above the age of five couldn’t stand the giant guffawing dinosaur, the dopey look on his face, the lack of any effort to make him look like he was talking (his toothy jaw just hung there open the entire time), the overall mind-numbing brainlessness of the whole thing in contrast to deliberately educational shows like Sesame Street…there were plenty of valid reasons for the show and the character to receive the negative response they did. But according to a two-part documentary coming to streaming next month, the reason you hated Barney is because you hate love.
The Witcher has three main characters: the Witcher himself, the sorceress Yennefer, and the princess Ciri — but only rarely have all three been onscreen at the same time. Season 1 involved Geralt and Yennfer meeting and fooling around while Ciri escaped her burning kingdom and ran from one peril to another. In Season 2 Geralt finally found Ciri and became her father figure, so they spent pretty much the whole season together but Yennefer was off doing her own thing somewhere else. It was only in the final episode of Season 2 that the three finally met in one place.
Netflix has revealed when we can expect Tim Burton’s eight-episode Wednesday series — November 23! Our first thought was, “that date better fall on a Wednesday.” We checked, and it does. So it has that going for it, but it’s strange Netflix would put this out around Thanksgiving instead of Halloween. Until now everyone assumed an October release.
Those craving new anime will have plenty of it this fall, as Crunchyroll has made perfectly clear with the release of their autumn schedule.
Man, there was a time when getting any continuation of Ridley Scott’s Blade Runner beyond the 1982 original was a mere pipe dream. Now there seems to be no end to the procession of Replicants, Turing Tests, and the Runners who hunt robots down rain-slicked, grungy urban streets. You can thank Blade Runner 2049 for this; the sequel was considered a risky gamble at the time but it paid off and now suits have confidence in the concept.
In case you’re wondering, there is a real, actual explanation for why “Weird” Al Yankovic exists. The short of it is that he was a college DJ who fooled around and created his own parodies of the songs that were popular at the time. Offbeat syndicated radio personality Dr. Demento was sent demos of his recordings and liked them enough to play them on the air. This led to a record deal and it snowballed from there. You can find out the details by reading this article, assuming a paywall notice doesn’t pop up in your face.
Disney unexpectedly announced this week they are developing a live-action TV show about King Kong for the Disney+ streaming service. The series will reportedly explore the origins of Kong (why is he so big anyway?) and be produced by James Wan’s production company. Stephany Folsom (Paper Girls) will be head writer.
On September 9, The Walt Disney Company will hold its D23 event. Not unlike E3, this event is exciting for consumers and deeply dreaded by reporters (like yours truly) because the company dumps TEN THOUSAND NEWS ITEMS AT THE SAME TIME and makes it IMPOSSIBLE TO COVER EVERYTHING.
Netflix has been working on an Addams Family spinoff centered on a teenage Wednesday for a couple years. Today was the day they opened the coffin and revealed their creation to the world. The show is produced by Tim Burton and sticks the deadpan delight into boarding school — Nevermore Academy, a place for everyone kooky and ooky to learn algebra.
The last season of Netflix’s Cobra Kai appeared around Christmas of last year, so it stands to reason we wouldn’t see it return until NEXT holiday season, right? Wrong…here it is. Or rather, the trailer is here, and the new season itself has been slotted for September 9.
A day after Hollywood was rocked by the cancellation and shelving of a fully complete Batgirl movie, current Warner Bros Discovery CEO Mike Zaslav doesn’t appear to nearly be done. Six films just disappeared today from the HBO Max menu, seemingly never to return. The move, like Batgirl, was a tax writeoff where you declare an investment to be unprofitable and sever all ties with it.
Spend a summer evening with some old friends from Class 1-A as Crunchyroll brings two brand-new My Hero Academia OVAs to the West. They’ll both arrive on the service the same day, this coming Monday.