The entertainment industry can be brutal, and that often goes double for women. It’s tough to break into a system that’s been designed to keep them relegated to the sidelines and the struggle for representation in front of and behind the camera rages on, with occasional small victories fueling this generation of female filmmakers to battle for the right to share stories with audiences.
It’s not just directors, either: women accounted for only 13% of writers of movies last year. But while there’s still a lot of work to be done, things are looking up a little bit, and a couple of recent stories from the TV world illustrate the strides that have been made from the early days of The Simpsons to the new season of Rick and Morty.
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Posted on Wednesday, July 27th, 2016 by Fred Topel
Adult Swim’s sci-fi comedy Rick and Morty had a panel at San Diego Comic-Con. We spoke with the show’s creators Justin Roiland and Dan Harmon along with writer Ryan Ridley in a roundtable interview. In only two seasons, Rick and Morty has established a sub-franchise within the show, with two episodes of “Interdimensional Cable.” They said a third episode is possible, but also tease a season three episode that could launch a different recurring element.
“Possibly, yeah, we’re figuring it out,” Roiland said. “It’s very rough on production. It’s not an easy episode to make.We’re introducing something amazing we can’t say much about, but there’s probably room for both ultimately. I’d be down to do it. The connective tissue has to be different and Ridley’s got a really good pitch that [Harmon] hasn’t heard yet so we’re not going to talk about it here. It’s spoiler alert territory.” Read More »
Back in September, we learned that Genndy Tartakovsky wouldn’t be part of Hotel Transylvania 3 if Sony Pictures Animation decided to continue the franchise he began (and they already have it set for release on September 22, 2018, along with an animated series in the works too). Now we have a good reason as to why the director isn’t sticking with the franchise.
Adult Swim has just announced that the beloved animated series Samurai Jack will be making a comeback on Toonami sometime in 2016 and Tartakovsky will be back as executive producer. Christmas has definitely come early. Read More »
Posted on Tuesday, October 20th, 2015 by Jacob Hall
No show on television takes its sweet time quite like The Venture Bros., which frequently makes its fans wait years between seasons. Thankfully, the waits tend to be worth it, as Adult Swim‘s smartest, funniest, and most consistently clever show has only gotten better and stranger with age. The series never wanted to appeal to appeal to a mainstream audience, but the years have seen showrunners Jackson Publick and Doc Hammer burrow so deep into their geeky niche that they are pretty much exclusively catering the faithful at this point. Which means that the rewards of keeping up with the show have only grown.
And now, we are happy to report that the new season of The Venture Bros. actually exists. Really! There’s a trailer and everything. And just in time to keep us from mourning the temporary loss of Rick and Morty, a truly great series that owes a great deal to this one. Seriously, if you watch Rick and Morty but not The Venture Bros., what are you doing?
Watch the Venture Bros season 6 trailer after the jump!
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Over on Adult Swim, the stop-motion comedy of Robot Chicken has taken on nearly every facet of pop culture, all with the help of action figures. Now the series from Seth Green and Matt Senreich will return to the world of comic books with their third special focusing on the characters of DC Comics.
Robot Chicken DC Comics Special 3: A Magical Friendship is coming in October, and the first trailer for the special premiered at Comic-Con. But now it’s available online for your viewing pleasure, complete with some familiar voices for those who grew up on the classic 1960s version of Batman and Robin.
Watch the Robot Chicken DC Comics Special 3 trailer below! Read More »
It’s amazing to see something as bizarre as Too Many Cooks take the internet by storm. This short played on Adult Swim for a few nights in late October and hit YouTube this week, but it seems like Too Many Cooks has always been with us. It has that effect. This piece of television warps space and time. It’ll turn your head inside out, return you to the womb then shoot you into imaginary media space like Mike Teavee from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory if he was the Star Child from 2001.
What is Too Many Cooks? I can’t tell you. You either already know — you’ve always known — or you’re about to find out. Watch below. Read More »
Someone is getting a new TV series….FOR ME TO POOP ON. Yes, it’s true, Robert Smigel’s cult comedy puppet, Triumph the Insult Comic Dog, is getting his own TV show. It’ll be part of the Cartoon Network’s Adult Swim programming block, which will soon run from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. nightly.
Triumph’s show is currently untitled but will co-star 30 Rock‘s Jack McBrayer. Read about the plot of the Triumph TV show below. Read More »
Posted on Friday, December 21st, 2012 by Angie Han
Today’s TV Bits comes with the caveat that none of this applies if the world actually ends on 12/21/12. After the jump:
- Black Dynamite, Catfish, The League, and Psych get renewed
- Cinemax sets a January premiere date for Alan Ball‘s Banshee
- Game of Thrones gets more screen time and its own beer
- Jason Schwartzman and Jenny Slate head to Parks & Rec
- Rose McGowan is Once Upon a Time‘s young Barbara Hershey
- Amazon Studios orders pilots from Kristen Schaal, Garry Trudeau, and more
- The premiere episode of NBC’s 1600 Penn hits the web
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Posted on Monday, October 29th, 2012 by Angie Han
NBC’s shaking things up, while its former employee Dan Harmon’s bouncing back on Adult Swim. After the jump:
- NBC doesn’t want that Dwight Schrute spinoff The Farm after all
- NBC decides to turn Up All Night into a multi-camera sitcom
- Adult Swim orders Dan Harmon‘s new animated comedy to series
- Chloë Sevigny signs up for A&E crime drama pilot Those Who Kill
- See Conan O’Brien hanging around the Arrested Development set
- Wheel of Fortune and Jeopardy! are renewed through 2015-16
- ABC gives full season orders to Scandal and The Neighbors
- AMC decides to renew Hell on Wheels for a third season
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Posted on Friday, October 7th, 2011 by Angie Han
Let’s call this the “life or death” edition of TV Bits, as it’s all about renewals, cancellations, and even one possible renewal of a previously cancelled series. After the jump, more on:
- Renewals for Cinemax’s Strike Back and Adult Swim’s NTSF:SD:SUV
- Cancellations for The CW’s H8R and NBC’s Free Agents
- And last but not least, the possible revival of Reno 911!
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