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The Boondocks returns to TV but without Aaron McGruder

The Daily Beast is reporting that Aaron McGruder’s The Boondocks will be returning to television after a four year hiatus – but the return is without Aaron who has developed another live-action show called Black Jesus. As the world now knows, The Boondocks will be returning for a fourth season, but I will not be […]

Posted on: Apr 21, 2014,  Section: Animation, Comic strips, Television, Comments: Comments Off on The Boondocks returns to TV but without Aaron McGruder

See Jack Kirby on The Incredible Hulk tv show

Interesting find. Jack Kirby appeared briefly as a police sketch artist on the 1970’s Incredible Hulk series.

Posted on: Mar 14, 2014,  Section: Comic Books, Television, Comments: 1 Comment

Garry Trudeau announces another hiatus to concentrate on Alpha House

Doonesbury creator Garry Trudeau has announced that he’s taking another hiatus from his daily comic strip to work on the second season of his online sitcom Alpha House. He’ll continue producing the Sunday strip. The daily replacement strips will start in papers on March 3. From the Boston Globe: “It’s a wonderful opportunity, but as […]

Posted on: Feb 11, 2014,  Section: Comic strips, Television, Comments: 1 Comment


The HERBLOCK: The Black & the White documentary premiered on HBO last night, but will re-air several more times in the next two weeks. I saw portions of the film when it screened in Salt Lake City during the AAEC convention. It’s a fair documentary and worth your time. From the description: This feature documentary […]

Posted on: Jan 22, 2014,  Section: AAEC-feed, Editorial cartooning, Television, Comments: 1 Comment

Video: Garry Trudeau talks about his TV show Alpha House

Great to see Doonesbury creator Garry Trudeau talking about Alpha House himself. H/T: Mike Lynch

Posted on: Dec 4, 2013,  Section: Comic strips, Television, Comments: 1 Comment

NYT looks at Garry Trudeau’s Alpha House

The New York Times looks at the recent trend of politically based television shows – specifically Alpha House created by Doonesbury creator Garry Trudeau. In the instances of ?House of Cards? and ?Alpha House,? they are even presenting the same general subject matter, albeit taking different approaches ? ?House of Cards? is a whodunit-to-whom drama […]

Posted on: Nov 4, 2013,  Section: Comic strips, Television, Comments: Comments Off on NYT looks at Garry Trudeau’s Alpha House

The Simpsons Sam Simon donating millions to charity after cancer prognosis

The Simpsons co-creator Sam Simon is donating millions of dollars to charity after being given prognosis of terminal colon cancer with three to six months to live. From Hollywood Reporter: THR: You said to Marc Maron on his podcast that you’ve been aggressive about the giving you’ve done, that you are giving most of all […]

Posted on: Jul 29, 2013,  Section: Animation, Television, Comments: 1 Comment

Simpsons, Family Guy cross-over episode set for 2014

Entertainment Weekly is reporting that a cross-over episode is planned for The Family Guy and The Simpsons. Simpsons castmembers Dan Castellaneta, Julie Kavner, Nancy Cartwright, Yeardley Smith and Hank Azaria will lend their voices to the installment, in which Peter and the rest of the Griffins embark on a road trip and wind up in […]

Posted on: Jul 23, 2013,  Section: Animation, Television, Comments: 5 Comments

Trudeau’s show picked up by Amazon; taking sabbatical

Amazon has announced that one of the five pilots that will be developed into a series is Garry Trudeau’s Alpha House. Michael Cavna reports that Garry will be taking a summer sabbatical to work on the shows. The show features four big name actors such as John Goodman, Mark Consuelos, Clark Johnson and Matt Malloyand, […]

Posted on: May 30, 2013,  Section: Comic strips, Television, Comments: 4 Comments

Garry Trudeau writes political TV show

Michael Cavna interviews Doonesbury creator Garry Trudueau about the creation and writing of an upstart political drama TV show available through Amazon Studios. The show is called Alpha House based on the premise of this article in the New York Times wherein four U.S. Senators live together as roommates in Washington D.C. The show brings […]

Posted on: Apr 26, 2013,  Section: Comic strips, Television, Comments: 1 Comment

Futurama has been cancelled. Again

Entertainment Weekly is reporting that Matt Groening’s animated tv show Futurama has been cancelled. It ran from 1999 to 2003 and was cancelled by Fox, but fan interest was enough too keep it re-runs and direct to DVD movies. Comedy Central brought the show back in 2010. From EW: The producers say that they are […]

Posted on: Apr 25, 2013,  Section: Animation, Television, Comments: 3 Comments

Corey Pandolph creates TeamOlbo avatar

Back when the NBC-Leno-Conan debacle was unfolding a grass roots effort fanned out through the web behind a “I’m with Coco” avatar. From Huffington Post comes news that Corey Pandolph cartoonist for The Elderberries, Toby, Robot Satan and Barkeater Lake has created an iconic image of Keith Olbermann. From the Huffington Post Maybe Keith Olbermann […]

Posted on: Jan 25, 2011,  Section: Television, Comments: Comments Off on Corey Pandolph creates TeamOlbo avatar

Most beloved, obscure holiday TV specials

CNN has a round up of obscure, yet beloved holiday TV specials. Included in the list: “The Star Wars Holiday Special” “The Nightmare Before Christmas” (not so obscure) “Claymation Christmas Celebration” “Batman Returns” (not sure why this is even on their list) “Christmas Comes to PacLand” “Santa Claus Conquers the Martians”/”Santa Claus” (1959) “Futurama” (holiday […]

Posted on: Dec 10, 2010,  Section: Television, Comments: 2 Comments

The history behind A Charlie Brown Christmas

Comic Riffs blogger Michael Cavna has a detailed history of “A Charlie Brown Christmas” which airs tonight. Charles Schulz was long viewed as a man plagued by anxiety, self-doubt and fear of rejection. Yet when it came to the production of “A Charlie Brown Christmas,” Mendleson says, Schulz was the epitome of confidence and assured […]

Posted on: Dec 7, 2010,  Section: Comic history, Television, Comments: 2 Comments

Dora the Explorer voice talent withdraws lawsuit

I reported last October that Caitlin Sanchez, the voice behind Dora the Explorer, sued Nickelodeon claiming the company forced her to sign an “unconscionable” contract. ABC News reports that the suit has withdrawn her lawsuit. Sanchez also claimed that reps from the network had promised her substantial compensation from merchandising and residuals, but later cut […]

Posted on: Dec 7, 2010,  Section: Animation, Television, Comments: Comments Off on Dora the Explorer voice talent withdraws lawsuit