Archive for July, 2010

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The Colony: Season 2

July 31, 2010

The Colony

Airs Tuesday Nights at 10pm

Discovery Channel

by Angie Quidim 

The Colony is an experiment where several people undergo strenuous situations in anapocalyptic environment.  The crew will have 50 days (10 episodes) to create shelter, secure a reliable food and water source, while creating a society in which they all can exist peacefully.  They are tested mentally, physically and emotionally in different scenarios through the series.  Experts in disaster preparedness make educated guesses as to the reactions and give their two cents as the situations arise in the show. 

 The first season included a very good handful of people that you would want to be around.  There was a mechanic, two carpenters, and engineer, a martial arts instructor, a doctor, a nurse, and a marine biologist.  The first experiment was in a warehouse district in Los Angeles.  The compound was enclosed and the colonists had to use the resources around them to create livable conditions.  This experiment was a success as you watched human ingenuity at work.  There were able to create filtered water, a reliable good source and a secure home base as well as create some modern day conveniences such as a washer, shower, soap, communications station, and an oven.

The conclusion of this season was the colonists abandoning their home to travel to a new shelter where survivors have amassed up north. 

In this season of The Colony, the survivors are moved by the military, to a safe zone after a viral outbreak that wipes out most of humanity.  This nuclear virus takes about 48 hours to incubate and kill a person form fever, lack of oxygen and infection, The surroundings are in Louisiana after a major catastropy.  There is no pre planned course of action….Their MO is just to survive.

This series reminds me of shows like the reality hit Survivor or the longstanding series LOST.  It is interesting to really see human ingenuity at work when you have absolutely nothing.  This show may be a little graphic for children, as there is some violence and adult situations they may not understand, but all in all, it demonrates what it means to be a survivalist wben tested.

Click here for the The Colony website.

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REPRESENTING THE WORKS OF JACK KIRBY

July 17, 2010

Sid and Marty Krofft changed Saturday mornings forever when the sibling puppeteers unleashed colorful characters like H.R. Pufnstuf and The Bugaloos on a generation of sugary-cereal-fueled kids growing up in the 1970s and ’80s. They will debut a brand new compilation DVD this fall, the first release in their exclusive new partnership with Vivendi Entertainment. As this upcoming release will celebrate the Kroffts’ past, the brothers are looking to the future with a new partnership with Ruby-Spears Productions, the legendary animation studio responsible for Scooby Doo. They are working together to bring to life numerous illustrations that iconic comic book artist Jack Kirby created for Ruby-Spears Productions in the ’80s.

Dave Itzkoff of The New York Times writes: “The characteristics of a Jack Kirby illustration are easily distinguished: extravagantly costumed heroes and nefarious villains locked in titanic struggles; foreshortened fists, feet and muscles that seem to pop off the page; intricately detailed settings meant to conjure the ancient past or suggest the distant future.” The Krofft brothers will appear for the first time together with Joe Ruby and Ken Spears at Comic-Con 2010 for an exclusive panel discussion called Behind the Scenes with Sid & Marty Krofft, Joe Ruby and Ken Spears: A Look at the Past, Present and Future. Join them for a look back at what they have achieved and then take a look to the future with their new partnership in Creations from the World of Jack Kirby. The panel will be moderated by producer Bonny Dore.

WHO:         Sid & Marty Krofft, Joe Ruby, Ken Spears

WHAT:       An exclusive panel and Q & A (moderated by Bonny Dore)

WHERE:    Comic-Con San Diego – Room 24ABC    

WHEN:       Saturday, July 24 from 1:30pm – 2:30pm. 

After the panel, Sid & Marty Krofft, Joe Ruby and Ken Spears will appear in Huckleberry’s booth # 4149 for a signing from 3:00-4:00 PM.

About Sid & Marty Krofft

Brothers Sid & Marty Krofft have been producing quality family entertainment for over 30 years. Sid & Marty became a household name in the ’70s with a series of remarkable programs that featured elaborate sets and fanciful characters. H.R. Pufnstuf was the first in a long line of beloved programs created by the Kroffts, including The Bugaloos, Lidsville, Land Of The Lost, Far Out Space Nuts, Lost Saucer, The Krofft Supershow Hour, The Bay City Rollers Show, Wonderbug and Bigfoot & Wildboy. The Kroffts’ success with Saturday morning television prompted a demand for them to produce prime-time programming. They produced various prime-time series and specials, including The Brady Bunch Hour, The Donny & Marie Show and Barbara Mandrell & The Mandrell Sisters.

About Ruby/Spears

While at CBS then ABC television Ruby/Spears created such memorable shows as Scooby Doo, Blue Falcon and Dynomutt, Captain Caveman, JabberJaw, The Harlem Globetrotters, Josie and the Pussycats and in association with Sid and Marty Krofft/ABC such memorable shows as Electra Woman and Dyna Girl and Wonder Bug. Ruby-Spears Productions, the studio was formed in 1977 and there they created and produced over 36 hit series including such huge Saturday Morning programs as Thundarr the Barbarian, The Centurions, Goldie Gold. Plasticman , Mighty Man and Yukk, Rickety Rockett, Alvin and the Chipmunks, Fangface, Dink the Little Dinosaur, Mega Man and Skysurfer Strike Force. Ruby-Spears won an Emmy and a Humanitas Prize for a CBS Afternoon School Break Special entitled The Day They Came to Arrest The Book and they also have multiple awards for Action for Children’s Television. Ruby-Spears has scrupulously guarded what may be its greatest asset, a wealth of development properties and extraordinary comic art from the brilliant and creative mind of the world famous comic artist Jack Kirby[creator of Captain America, The Incredible Hulk, The Fantastic Four and many others].