TV Review: Star Trek: Picard Needs More Than Patrick Stewart To Truly Engage

The Pitch: Fourteen years after 2002’s Star Trek: Nemesis (aka the furthest in Trek’s timeline we’ve been to date), the utopian dream of the Federation isn’t quite what it used to be. After the destruction of Romulus by a freak supernova created a refugee crisis no one wanted to handle, and a terror attack by ‘rogue synths’ on Mars left the planet a burning husk, Starfleet has grown cold and isolationist. It’s what led Jean-Luc Picard (Patrick Stewart) to resign his commission, holing up at his family’s vineyard in La Barre, France to live out the rest of his days with the grapes, some grateful Romulan emigres, and his prized pitbull (whom he names Number One, of course). He’s grumpy, resentful, and still in mourning of his dear friend Data. Star Trek: Picard (CBS All Access) But just when he thought he was out, events pull him back onto the intergalactic stage: he’s approached by Dahj (Isa Briones), a mysterious young girl with a target on her back and superhuman fighting abilities that activate at the drop of a hat. Without the help of a corrupted and cynical Starfleet, Picard has no choice but to assemble a small crew of his […]

Amazon Studios cancels The Dark Tower series

Amazon Studios has officially passed on The Dark Tower pilot. The studio was in the process of transforming Stephen King’s book series into a TV show. Allegedly they canceled the pilot after challenges with translating the material, reports Deadline. According to sources, Amazon is shopping two original scripts and picked up the pilot on that basis. Well aware of the infamous struggle to adapt The Dark Tower, Amazon declined doing a straight-to-series production to instead opt for a pilot. In the end, Amazon executives “felt like the pilot was not on the level of other large-scope elevated genre series the streamer has in production/pre-production like Wheel of Time and The Lord of the Rings,” notes Deadline. Showrunner and executive producer Glen Mazzara hoped to retell the book series in a faithful way, separating the TV series from the 2017 film entirely — in part because the movie was a flop. Last June, Michael Rooker was seen filming on set for the TV series. Sam Strike was supposedly Roland Deschain, Jasper Pääkkönen was The Man in Black, Jerome Flynn was Steven Deschain, Joana Ribeiro was Susan Delgado, and Ana Padrão was Cordelia Delgado, though the cast was never formally announced. (Read: 50 Most […]

Polaris announce reunion tour and deluxe reissue of The Adventures of Pete & Pete soundtrack

Polaris are reuniting for another tour, and you won’t have to wait until October. Even better, they’ve announced a new deluxe vinyl reissue of their diamond soundtrack album to Nickelodeon’s The Adventures of Pete and Pete. Start smiling strange. The tour kicks off May 14th in Rhode Island and continues until August 8th in Iowa. Mark Mulcahy (Muggy), David McCaffrey (Jersey), and Scott Boutier (Harris) will perform a selection of Polaris and Miracle Legion songs, in addition to some surprises. (Read: Whatever Happened to the Cast of Pete and Pete?) As for the reissue, fans can anticipate a “deluxe vinyl package” that includes a CD of original demos dating between 1992-95, liner notes from Pete & Pete co-creator Will McRobb, and a complete album lyric sheet. A release date is forthcoming. Consult the full tour itinerary below, and get tickets here. In the meantime, you can revisit their Live at Lincoln Hall double album shortly after. The album was recorded amidst their debut “Waiting for October Tour” in 2014 at a Chicago stop this site co-produced. Ah, the memories. Polaris 2020 Tour Dates:05/14 – Pawtucket, RI @ The Met05/15 – Holyoke, MA @ Gateway City Arts05/16 – Hamden, CT @ […]

ABC is bringing back Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? and Supermarket Sweep

ABC has announced plans to revive two iconic TV game shows: Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? and Supermarket Sweep. Based off the British success, the original US version of Millionaire premiered in 1999. It stayed on the air a full 17 seasons and featured a variety of hosts, including Regis Philbin. Now, in celebration of the iconic game show’s 20th anniversary, ABC is bringing back the program for a limited eight-episode run, per The Hollywood Reporter. The network’s late-night star, Jimmy Kimmel, has been tapped to host. This 2020 Millionaire revival will look a little different compared to seasons past. Instead of random contestants, the new version will be celebrity-focused, with stars playing to raise money for charities. Other updates include an interactive app that’ll allow home viewers to play alongside celebrities, and the chance to compete for the same amount of money as the stars. (Read: The Top 25 TV Shows of 2019) In a press statement, Kimmel joked, “Regis came to me in a dream, asked me to do this and promised my own line of neckties if I did. I had little choice but to say yes.” It won’t be Kimmel’s first time on the show though, as […]

R.I.P. Lee Mendelson, producer of Peanuts TV specials dies at 86

Lee Mendelson, who produced over 50 Peanuts TV specials including A Charlie Brown Christmas, has died after a long battle with lung cancer. He was 86. Mendelson died at home on Christmas Day, his family told the Palo Alto Daily Post. Son Jason Mendelson commented, “It wasn’t great for us, but to have him pass on Christmas really ties into his history and legacy.” Born March 24th, 1933, Lee Mendelson broke into show business with A Man Named Mays, a 1963 television documentary about baseball great Willie Mays. A few weeks later, as Mendelson told Stanford Magazine, he was reading the Peanuts comic strip and was struck by inspiration. He thought to himself, “you’ve just done the world’s greatest baseball player, now you should do the world’s worst baseball player, Charlie Brown.” What began as a documentary about creator Charles Schultz eventually morphed into 1966’s A Charlie Brown Christmas. Mendelson hired animator Bill Melendez to bring the comic strip to life, and brought in composer Vince Guaraldi to create the now iconic Peanuts score. Mendelson pitched in musically as well, penning the lyrics to “Christmastime is Here”. A Charlie Brown Christmas earned Mendelson his first of 12 Emmy wins. Over the course of his career […]

Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross share Watchmen end credits music: Stream

After Sunday night’s series debut of Watchmen, Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross promptly announced a three-volume official release of the HBO series accompanying soundtrack. Today, the duo has shared an extended version of the first episode’s end credit track. Initially the Watchman episode’s closing credit music cut at roughly the two-minute mark. In the new extended clip below, Reznor and Ross’ music goes more than twice the original time-length, now capping at right under five minutes. The Nine-Inch Nails bandmates will release the first installment of their Watchmen soundtrack on November 4th, followed by the other two, respectively, on November 25th, and December 16th. Each will come on limited-edition 180-gram vinyl, along with exclusive artwork and packaging. Pre-orders are currently available via the band’s website. [embedded content] Consequence of Sound RSS Feed

Fiona Apple sings new song for Bob’s Burgers Halloween episode

While we patiently wait for Fiona Apple’s new record supposedly coming in 2020, looks like we have a little something to hold us over. The singer/songwriter contributed a short song to the end credits of Sunday night’s episode of Bob’s Burgers. The Halloween special, entitled “Pig Trouble in Little Tina”, featured Gene dressed in costume as Fiona Applesauce, aka “Fiona Apple’s saucy aunt.” As the episode wrapped up, the singer’s signature voice came rolling in over quick moving banjo, singing the campy lines, “There’s an oink, oink in the night/ And it gives you such a fright/ He’s got a tail that’s curly/ And he’s coming for you, girly.” Check out the full Bob’s Burgers episode (complete with the Apple tune) at FOX’s website. (Read: TV Review: Bob’s Burgers’ 10th Season Is Sweet and Comforting as Ever) Apple initially teased the song via the Fiona Apple Rocks Tumblr page, posting a brief YouTube video of herself with a spooky pig (see below). She also posted the song’s lyrics. She’s also far from the first artist to join the Bob’s Burgers musical lexicon. The National have had a long love affair with the Belcher clan, recording Christmas and Thanksgiving jingles, singing about […]

R.I.P. Gordon Bressack, Pinky and the Brain writer dead at 68

Gordon Bressack, an Emmy Award-winning writer known for his work on 90’s-era cartoons including Pinky and the Brain and Animaniacs, has died at the age of 68. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Bressack died Friday in Los Angeles after a long health battle. Bressack also wrote episodes of Tiny Toon Adventures, The Smurfs, DuckTails, Mighty Max, Darkwing Duck, and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. For his efforts, Bressack won three Daytime Emmy Awards, including outstanding achievement in animation for Animaniacs in 1996; outstanding special class animated program for Pinky and the Brain in 1999; and outstanding children’s animated program for Pinky, Elmyra & the Brain in 2000. In 1998, he was the inuagural recipient of the Writers Guild’s Animation Writers Caucus Animation Award. Consequence of Sound RSS Feed

Hilary Duff returning for Lizzie McGuire series on Disney+

Disney+ has added another familiar name to their ever-expanding catalogue: Lizzie McGuire. On Friday, the Mouse House announced at their D23 conference that Hilary Duff will reprise her role in a new series surrounding her iconic character. Original series creator Terri Minsky will serve as showrunner for the show, which follows a now-30-year-old McGuire trying to survive in New York City. Further details are expected to be announced as the weekend unfolds. Seeing how the forthcoming streaming service will also include a revival of High School Musical, it’s not exactly surprising that McGuire is also making a comeback. The original McGuire series ran for two seasons on the Disney Channel from 2001 to 2004 with a blockbuster movie in 2003. At the time, the series followed the titular 13-year-old who dreamed of being popular. Like most things Disney, it became a total phenomenon with pre-teens, producing all sorts of soundtracks, books, shirts, toys, you know the drill. Today? Eh, we’ll see how McGuire fares for thirtysomethings. [embedded content] Consequence of Sound RSS Feed

Kevin Smith announces new anime He-Man series for Netflix called Masters of the Universe: Revelation

Kevin Smith announced he’s working on a new anime He-Man series for Netflix. The ’80s-indebted show will be called Masters of the Universe: Revelation. The Jay and Silent Bob Reboot director broke the news over the weekend during the Power-Con convention. It turns out Masters of the Universe: Revelation will play into the He-Man nostalgia by existing in the Mattel toy world and exploring some of the unresolved plots from the original animated show, which ran for two seasons from 1983 to 1985. Smith will serve as a showrunner and as the executive producer. “I’m Eternia-ly grateful to Mattel TV and Netflix for entrusting me with not only the secrets of Grayskull, but also their entire Universe,” said Smith, reports Variety. “In Revelation, we pick up right where the classic era left off to tell an epic tale of what may be the final battle between He-Man and Skeletor! Brought to life with the most metal character designs Powerhouse Animation can contain in the frame, this is the Masters of the Universe story you always wanted to see as a kid!” (Read: Ranking Kevin Smith Movies From Worst to Best) Mattel Television is producing along with Rob David, the vice president of […]