Television and video, you say?
We’ve got it in spades this week.
First of all, online animation series The Gloomers have released their first-ever Halloween special. Starring Scott Spiegel, the writer of Evil Dead II, the Halloween episode is (as the rest of the series, apparently) a razor-edged sendup of old-school Hanna Barbera animation style with a contemporary and slightly twisted sense of humor. I’d never heard of the show until the Halloween special came out, but the new episode is pretty sweet. There’s a lot of fun to be had in this episode and, eventually, I’ll probably work back through the archives now that I’ve seen the kind of absurd humor they have in store.
Second—and even cooler, in my estimation, but with the possibility to go horribly wrong—The Hollywood Reporter has a story that the Britcom Being Human, which revolves around the day-to-day lives of a werewolf, a ghost and a vampire, has been optioned by Syfy for an American treatment. Obviously, there’s a pretty checkered history with American networks trying to adapt British television, with stinkers like Kath & Kim and the abortive Spaced remake (seriously? Will Sasso?), but there’s always NBC’s The Office to consider—and the reality that even just a few mentions on mainstream American television could bring a decent-sized audience to the good, British version of a show whether the original sucks or not.
The Warner Brothers Home Video weekly e-mail newsletter just hit, too, which offers fans a shot at up to 40% off all DC Comics products at the Warner Brothers website. It’s mostly notable because of the nice little piece of accompanying art that came with it, featuring characters like Guy Gardner and the black Firestorm. I recently bought a t-shirt at Wal-Mart that had Kilowog and Mr. Terrific on it; I have to say I’m loving how DC is promoting its not-so-mainstream properties these days. Anyway, the sale might be a good place to pick up that four-movies-in-one-box Batman DVD for eleven bucks or a couple of the recent direct-to-DVD DC movies.
And last but not least, Smallville has been in the news quite a bit this week; after a producer confirmed for fans that they’re hoping to get a tenth season for the “adventures of Superman when he was a boy” show on the CW network, Hawkman Michael Shanks has a great interview on the Huffington Post today, where he discusses the upcoming Geoff Johns-scripted episodes of the show. In it, Shanks mentions that he’ll be the re-incarnated Egyptian Acrcheologist, Carter Hall. He has wings, he has a mace, and yes, he will be using both, flying and doing some damage.