"Jeremiah" writer/producer J. Michael Straczynski is so put off bycreative interference from MGM that he will not return for a third season of thehit show. Straczynski's told his fans that much in a posting on the moderated rec.arts.sf.tv.babylon5.moderatedusenet news group last Thursday.
"I have zero desire to return to a third season of 'Jeremiah,'"Straczynski, who shaped the series into a hit for the Showtime cable channel,said. "Showtime was great, no mistake, but MGM has overall been the mostheinous, difficult and intrusive studio I've ever worked for. I've worked for,and had great relations with, Viacom, Universal, Warner Bros., and a bunch more.But I will never, ever, work for the present administration at MGM.
"I didn't know why so many other writers had a problem there and neverwanted to go back," the writer added. "Now I do."
When asked if the show could continue without him Straczynskiresponded, "Sure, they could definitely do so. At the end of their day,it's their show, and if there should be a season three, they would have nochoice but to bring someone else in."
The creator added, "None of this should be taken as a diss of the comingseason. I honestly think that the second season is miles better than our firstseason. It's more consistent, takes more chances, it's really a very strongseason."
The new season of "Jeremiah" is slated to begin in August. Thanksto SCIFI Wire for the lead.
There's a reason they call it "development hell." Almost five yearsago C2F first reported on plans to animate Mike Vieten's independent superherocomic "S.M.A.S.Heroes." Now Vieten's hard work and persistence isabout to pay off.
Vieten told C2F/CBR News this week that he is partnering with a majorHollywood CGI animation house to develop a pilot trailer for promotion to majorTV network producers and distribution companies. The as yet unnamed animationcompany plans to utilize its key industry contacts to secureproduction/distribution partners for the animated television series.
The name of the animation house is being kept under wraps but Vieten tells usthat all will be revealed, "real soon as S.M.A.S.Heroes prepares toSMASHollywood."
"S.M.A.S.Heroes" was first published by Zen Comics Publishing backin 1998. The book centers on a team of soldiers from various branches of theU.S. military who are killed in combat but are revived by a top-secret program,using alien DNA. The new super soldiers form an elite fighting team that canmorph into alien creatures.
BATMAN:MYSTERY OF THE BATWOMAN
From a press release:
"Batman: The Mystery of the Batwoman" is slated for release on thehome video market on October 21. The new animated movie features the voicesKelly Ripa, Kyra Sedgwick and Hector Elizondo along with Batman regular KevinConroy. Warner Home Video provides this description of the movie:
"When a new vigilante in the guise of a Batwoman appears in Gotham City,she is so ruthless and destructive that Batman feels compelled to stop her. Ashe tries to uncover her secret identity, he realizes that she has targeted acriminal consortium headed by Penguin, who is trying desperately to export acache of high tech arms out of Gotham City. By the time Batman realizes who themysterious Batwoman is, she has been captured by Bane, whom Penguin has hired tooversee the export of arms. It's up to Batman to save her, defeat Bane and stopthe shipment of arms before it leaves Gotham Harbor."
The DVD includes special features like:
- Chase Me - A DVD exclusive, original Batman short.
- Behind the Mystery - Behind-the-scenes of the production.
- Nine Character Bios.
- Great Gadgets! - A look at the gadgets used by Batman and his enemies.
- Life of a Scene - How everything comes together to create a scene.
- Batman: P.O.V. - The director, writer, producers and animators discuss favorite characters and scenes.
- DVD-ROM sneak peeks of Batman edutainment games.
"Batman: Mystery of the Batwoman" will be available on DVD for$24.98 SRP and on VHS for $14.94 SRP. Check out theofficial website for trailers and more information.
TheDigital Bits has published what is said to be the cover art of the DVDrelease of "X2: X-Men United." The artwork is the same group shot usedon the cover of "The Art of X2" coffee table book. Fans will alsonotice it bears the more sensible title "X-Men 2."
The online "Smallville" resources KryptonSitehas the details on episode three of season three entitled"Extinction." Check it out if you must be spoiled.
Fans of the new "Teen Titans" animated show on Cartoon Network willbe happy to hear that DC Comics is planning a comic book title based on theseries.
TheComics Continuum reports that "Teen Titans Go!," will be the nameof the new comic book launching Nov. 26. The book is to be written by J.Torres, with art by Todd Nauck and Lary Stucker anda cover by Dave Bullock.
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