In this edition of TV Bits:
- Cord cutting has reached new heights
- Seth MacFarlane‘s The Flintstones show probably isn’t happening
- Sabrina, a Riverdale spin-off, is currently in the works
- New photos from The Walking Dead season 8
- The Exorcist season 2 debuts a new featurette
- And more!
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When I was growing up in the ’90s, channels like Nickelodeon, The Disney Channel, and Cartoon Network were gaining popularity and figuring out exactly what they wanted to be in the rapidly expanding world of cable television. The result was plenty of experimental cartoons that maybe shouldn’t have been expressly for kids (such as Ren & Stimpy and Johnny Bravo), but that also meant that there were classic cartoons from decades past that were finding traction with the children of parents who grown up with them a generation before.
In recent years, as each of those networks has expanded their reach of original programming, going so far as to have spin-off channels like Teen Nick and Disney XD. Sadly, this means classic cartoons have gone by the wayside, and there hasn’t been an easy way for those who want to watch shows like Looney Tunes, Tom & Jerry, The Flintstones and more. But that’s about to change with the new Boomerang subscription service.
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Last summer we learned that Warner Bros. was putting together a new big screen version of Scooby-Doo, but at the time it wasn’t clear if it would be another live-action/CG hybrid or if the studio would return to Hanna-Barbera cartoon roots with an animated feature film. Now we have our answer.
The animated Scooby-Doo reboot feature will be an animated film from the Warner Animation Group banner, which had quite a big debut with The LEGO Movie, and they’ve brought in some promising talent with a history bringing Scooby-Doo to life in animated form. Read More »
You can almost hear the cries of “Yabba, Dabba, don’t” from fans everywhere but it doesn’t matter. Warner Bros. is looking to bring the classic Sixties property The Flintstones back to the big screen, this time as a full-length, animated feature. Will Ferrell and Adam McKay are executive producing and Chris Henchy, who wrote The Other Guys and The Campaign, is penning the script. Read more about the latest Flintstones movie below. Read More »
Cool Posts From Around the Web:
Topher Grace has launched a new website called Cereal Prize where he’s posting fun pop culture bits every 24 hours. One of his first posts features a strange but funny 70’s-style morning cartoon mash-up of That 70’s Show and Land of the Lost/The Flintstones. Watch it now embedded after the jump.
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Fans of the classic animated series The Flintstones should always remember this: You’ll always have the original. After a set of live-action films in the Nineties, a new animated, direct-to-DVD film is now set to go into production aimed at release in 2015. Here’s the kicker, though. It’ll be produced by World Wrestling Entertainment and feature the voices of WWE superstars like CM Punk, John Cena and Chairman Vince McMahon. The wrestlers aren’t voicing Fred, Wilma, Barney, Betty and the gang, however. Those characters are just going to to attend their first prehistoric wrestling match featuring new characters named Vince McMagma, John Cenastone and CM Punkrock.
This marks the second team up between WWE and Warner Bros., who currently owns the Flintstones rights. The companies co-produced an animated Scooby-Doo film set at Wrestlemania that’ll be released on DVD on March. Read More »
Posted on Friday, April 13th, 2012 by Angie Han
Donald Glover may have lost the campaign to play Spider-Man, but he’ll be set to portray another great American hero: Tracy Jordan. Also after the jump:
- The Flintstones reboot gets put on hold
- NBC considers an Office sorta-reboot
- Showtime sets up a Californication spinoff
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Posted on Friday, October 14th, 2011 by Angie Han
Love him or hate him, there’s no denying things are looking up for Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane. His series continues to be a hit in its tenth season, his feature film Ted is set to hit next year, he’s updating the ’80s PBS series Cosmos: A Space-Time Odyssey, and earlier this year, he finally won the rights to reboot The Flintstones for film and television. Now he’s kinda-sorta got his eye on bringing back another classic property: Star Trek.
After the jump, read about MacFarlane’s interest in the iconic sci-fi series, plus his thoughts on modernizing The Flintstones and (eventually) ending Family Guy.
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Briefly: It’s funny that the people who own the rights to The Flintstones were OK with the two godawful feature films released in 1994 and 2000, but have been nervous about handing the show over to Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane. But that has been the situation for some time; Mr. McFarlane has long wanted to do a new Flintstones show and/or movie, but a whole list of boulders have been roadblocking the dream.
That changes today, as Fox announced at the company’s upfront that Seth McFarlane will now reboot The Flintstones “as a TV and film property,” according to Deadline. That’s all we’ve got right now, as the deal has just been put together. McFarlane fans and haters alike — they seem to exist in roughly equal numbers — can start imagining how he’ll bring the stone age family back to life. The show will arrive in 2013.
What is Page 2? Page 2 is a compilation of stories and news tidbits, which for whatever reason, didn’t make the front page of /Film. After the jump we’ve included 30 different items, fun images, videos, casting tidbits, articles of interest and more. It’s like a mystery grab bag of movie web related goodness. If you have any interesting items that we might’ve missed that you think should go in /Film’s Page 2 – email us!
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