Thursday, March 10, 2005

Bugs Bunny Fans Hopping Mad At Pending Remake

Fans of the classic Looney Tunes series are furious at Warner Bros.' plans to turn Bugs, Daffy, Taz and other legendary Looney Tunes characters into a team of futuristic fighting superheroes.

Called Loonatics, the reimagining of some of the most popular cartoon characters of our time isn't sitting well with fans. WB is just calling the series one of the family.

I just hope Tweety is killed off immediately. I hate that annoying little shit in any form.

Seinfeld Season 4 DVD On The Way

... not that there's anything wrong with that.

The first two Seinfeld DVD sets have made the show the fourth best selling TV franchise on DVD. Family Guy is the best-seller, followed closely by The Simpsons and Chappelle's Show.

Breaking News

Muslims still hate 24.

Nicktoons To Run Commercials

Nicktoons has found a solution to rising programming costs: commercials!

Geez! Why didn't we think of that?

Thursday Roundup

The season premiere of HBO's Deadwood drew a paltry 2.8 million viewers, significantly down from last season's debut audience of 5.8 million. Carnivale followed with 1.96 million viewers.... The pilot of Queen B, Fox's Alicia Silverstone comedy, will be directed by Danny DeVito... The Weather Channel will launch a new logo and tag line ("Bringing Weather To Life") this summer. The new logo represents a small screen TV set that more resembles an open window, and is designed to be easily seen and read on small screens (cell phones?)... On Tuesday, NBC's Law & Order: SVU won the 10p hour, beating the premiere of ABC's moronic Blind Justice, which still did better numbers than NYPD Blue was doing...

Text of Rather's Farewell

Text of Dan Rather's final, apology-free sign-off as anchor of the CBS Evening News on Wednesday:

"We have shared a lot in the 24 years we've been meeting here each evening. And before I say good night this night, I need to say thank you. Thank you to the thousands of wonderful professionals at CBS News, past and present, with whom it has been my honor to work over these years.

"And a deeply felt thank you to all of you, who have let us in to your homes night after night. It has been a privilege and one never taken lightly.

"Not long after I first came to the anchor chair I briefly signed off using the word 'courage.' I want to return to it now, in a different way, to a nation still nursing a broken heart for what happened here in 2001, and especially to those who found themselves closest to the events of September 11th.

"To our soldiers, sailors, airmen and Marines in dangerous places. To those who have endured the tsunami, and to all who have suffered natural disasters and who must now find the will to rebuild.

"To the oppressed and to those whose lot it is to struggle in financial hardship and failing health. To my fellow journalists in places where reporting the truth means risking all.

"And, to each of you, courage.

"For the CBS Evening News, Dan Rather reporting. Good night."

Wiggin' Out! with Sydney Bristow: Week Nine

Welcome to this week's Wiggin' Out! with Sydney Bristow... the only internet tally of J-Gar's Alias wigs.

Episode 4 x 10: "The Index"

In this episode, which may finally be starting some sort of continuing storyline (I hope- standalones are not working for this show), Syd did have one wild Parisian hairstyle (as teased in the promo), but it was NOT, in fact, a wig. Dammit. Can't even count on the wigs on this show anymore to keep this show interesting.

"The Index" total: 0 wigs

Season total:
8 wigs

Click here to check out Dawn Summers' special Alias travel analysis of this week's episode.

Tonight's Tube

It's Rocky Thursday, as NBC once again pumps The Contender in this plum timeslot. It won't be an easy fight, though, with an all new Without A Trace in the other corner. And AMC will come out swinging as well, pitting Sly vs Sly as it airs the excruciating Rocky V. But any of these would make a better choice than Lizzie Grubman’s PoweR Girls on MTV- the latest show we're begging you not to watch.

Wednesday Trivia Solved: Cheers, Part Three

What is Norm's real first name?

A) Norwegious
B) Sally
C) Hillary
D) Pete

Answer: C) Hillary.

99 Words on Alias: A Special Dawn Summers Travel Analysis

Have you ever watched Alias thinking how lucky Sydney is? Sure, her fiancée was murdered by her boss, her roommate was replaced with an assassin, she lost two years of her life, and then her father killed her mother because her she took out a contract on Sydney's life... but wow, does she get to see the world!

Like to follow in her footsteps, literally? Here's a travel cost analysis:

Roundtrip L.A. to Paris on one day's notice: $1,948

Roundtrip L.A. to Brussels on one day's notice: $1,845

I didn't really pay attention to where Vaughn's uncle was convalescing.

Sportztyme!: March Madness!

I'd write a nice intro for this week's Sportztyme, but I'm too busy working on my office pool brackets.

Why is it called March Madness?

Because it happens in March, dummy!

No, seriously, what other three week event brings so many people together for a common purpose? People that normally wouldn't walk across the street to ignore college basketball will be riveted to their boob tubes beginning next Thursday. Folks who don't know a free throw from a throw rug will be pulling their hair out... wondering if Old Dominion can pull the upset on Gonzaga. Then they will go get a map to figure out where the hell those two schools are.

I have two theories about why the NCAA tournament gets so much attention from fans and non-fans alike. One is the college tie-in. Most of us went on to higher education after 4 years of what I like to call Jeopardy preparedness classes. Other folks refer to it as high school. But you have that collegiate tie in. Your school might be the underdog, or your wife's school might be the favorite. In any case, it brings out a sense of territorial nostalgia that just makes you pay attention. You know someone who graduated from the school that's playing. Or you like the mascot... or like Diane on Cheers, you pick teams based on the nationality of their symphony's conductor.

Which brings me to my second theory on its popularity: Illegal gambling. There's nothing better than tossing $5 into an office pool for a year's worth of superlative bragging rights. Seriously, how many pools have you been in where the secretary that loses every phone call and makes coffee that could fill potholes takes home a schload of cash because she picked every team "named after a birdie"?

We can't help it. It's the lure of easy money. It's a chance to recapture some of our hedonistic, carefree college memories. It is March Madness.

Don't forget to fill out your brackets.

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