The successful television spin-off has a high wire act to maintain. It has to differentiate itself from its source material while maintaining enough of what fans love so they’ll come along with it in the first place. But for every Better Call Saul there are a dozen Joeys – spin-offs that fail right from the start. With the former returning for its third season, let’s take a look at ten spin-offs that were just as good (if not better) than their parent series.
Posted on Thursday, July 28th, 2016 by Ethan Anderton
Right now Nickelodeon is enjoying a dip back into the nostalgia of the ’90s with the programming block known as The Splat and the developing of projects such as the NickToons movie and a TV movie based on Legends of the Hidden Temple. Now it looks like MTV has been bitten by the nostalgia bug as the network is preparing to debut MTV Classic.
In what is a full-on revamp of VH1 Classic, the new channel will put a focus on the 1990s original programming that helped make the network a success in that decade and into the 2000s. This includes Beavis and Butt-Head, Daria, Cribs, Punk’d and much more, but there’s plenty of other awesome retrospective programming coming to this new channel as well. Find out about all the shows you’ll be able to see on MTV Classic and other nostalgic programming in the works after the jump. Read More »
We’ve seen how clueless some teens can be when it comes to the original animated iteration of Transformers, but also how excited they get about something like The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2. Now we get a mixed batch of reactions as the folks over at the React YouTube channel sets out to answer the question, “Do teens know 90s cartoons?”
However, it’s a little more complicated than just showing them footage of the cartoon as the video has them trying to guess the 90s cartoons just by hearing their respective theme songs. Read More »
Posted on Thursday, July 25th, 2013 by Angie Han
Everything else we loved from the ’90s is back, and now we can go ahead and add the hit MTV show Daria to the list. Lawndale High’s favorite misanthrope, now played by Aubrey Plaza, returns to the screen in Daria: High School Reunion, and you can watch the trailer below.
… Okay, you can relax, this isn’t a real movie. (Yet.) But if it were, I’d have to admit that the casting of Plaza as Daria Morgendorffer was absolutely spot-on. What is Parks & Rec‘s April Ludgate, if not the 20something, city government version of Lawndale High’s favorite misanthrope for this decade? Watch the CollegeHumor parody video after the jump.
Posted on Tuesday, October 5th, 2010 by David Chen
This week, David Chen, Devindra Hardawar, and Adam Quigley discuss the passing of several great cinema icons, praise the brilliance of Louis CK, and delve into the state of online journalism and film criticism. Special guest Anthony Ha joins us from VentureBeat.
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Posted on Tuesday, May 11th, 2010 by Adam Quigley
This Week in DVD & Blu-ray is a column that compiles all the latest info regarding new DVD and Blu-ray releases, sales, and exclusive deals from stores including Target, Best Buy and Fry’s.
EDGE OF DARKNESS
Lest you be fooled by the trailer, Edge of Darkness is not an action thriller; it’s a drama thriller, with sporadic moments of action. Those moments also happen to be by far the best thing about it. The rest, meanwhile, doesn’t make much of an impression, leaving us with a collective total of 5-10 great minutes in an otherwise fairly middling 2 hours. Would the film have fared better had it delivered straight-up action all the way through? I doubt it. The action works as well as it does because of the way it punctuates the drama, with superbly orchestrated bursts of violence forcefully grabbing you by the throat during times of quiet dread. The problem with the movie is that its story is stuck in the ’80s, back when the original British TV serial first aired. 25 years later, the conspiracy at the core of Edge of Darkness is as arid and familiar as the political subtext that comes with it. The closer I came to the mystery being unraveled, the less I cared what the truth was. It’s lucky then, that the film has Mel Gibson’s brooding intensity to keep the proceedings engaging. I may not have had any interest in what sort of dastardly deeds Craven’s daughter had uncovered, but I was eager to see what Craven was going to do about it. The payoff did not disappoint.
Available on Blu-ray? Yes.
Notable Extras: DVD – Additional scenes. Blu-ray – Includes everything on the DVD, as well as 9 Focus Point video pods (“Scoring the Film”, “Revisiting the Edge of Darkness Mini-series”, “Edge of Your Seat”, “Making a Ghost Character Real”, “Adapting the Edge of Darkness Mini-series”, “Director Profile Martin Campbell”, “Boston as a Character”, “Mel’s Back”, “Craven’s War of Attrition”), a digital copy of the film, and a copy of the DVD.
|BEST DVD PRICE|
|Amazon – $16.99|
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|Amazon – $19.99|