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Truman Show TV Series In The Works From Paramount

TrumanThere are lots of movies that would make great TV shows. (I can think of at least seven just right off the top of my head.) Some have rich worlds worthy of further exploration. Some have characters we’d love to see developed more than a movie’s brief runtime allows. And then there’s The Truman Show, which told its story perfectly well in 90 minutes back in 1998, but which Paramount has decided needs to be a TV show anyway.

The Truman Show tidbit came almost as a footnote in The Wrap’s story about Paramount hiring several new people to oversee their TV division, with former AMC exec Jason Fisher getting the big chair as head of production. We already knew there was a new Terminator series in the works which will intertwine with the next film, Terminator: Genesis, but Paramount has now announced the Truman Show series and other shows based on a Charles Lindbergh biography and Caleb Carr’s novel The Alienist. Unfortunately, for the moment nothing else is known about the Truman Show show (I’m going to get tired of typing that).

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Comic(s) Relief: Flash Gordon Returns To Battle Ming In A New Ongoing Series

FlashCovSmallComics have been recycling, revamping, and rebooting their characters nearly as long as there have been comics. As somebody who’s been reading and collecting for around 30 years at this point, I can’t even guess how many new “#1” issues I’ve seen for long-running characters over the years. Sometimes it’s just a publicity stunt to generate heat for a floundering series, and sometimes it’s something much bigger, like DC’s “New 52” universe-wide reboot. But where it can be more worthwhile is in visiting characters that aren’t as popular as they once were and giving them a new spin. Characters like the iconic pulp hero Flash Gordon, who is returning to the comics page today in a new series from Dynamite Entertainment.

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The Walking Dead: Season Four Report Card

Rick & CarlNow that AMC’s hit zombie drama The Walking Dead has shuffled off for another end-of-the-year hiatus full of casting updates and random fan speculation, we have some space to take a step back and examine the season that was. Going into season four, I was hopeful, despite the fact that, since nearly day one, I’ve had a troubled, at best, relationship with this show. Season three saw one of the best episodes of the series (“Clear”), and some of the absolute worst (“Arrow on the Doorpost,” among others). Plagued since the beginning by a lack of overall consistency, season three raised fluctuations in quality to a damn art form.

Here’s why, armed with a new showrunner, the third in the show’s short life, I still had hope. See, the new head, taking over after Glen Mazzara was unceremoniously—and publicly—ousted, is Scott M. Gimple, who, as a writer, is responsible for the best and most memorable episodes of the entire run. And low and behold, my persistence paid off, and season four is indeed the most consistent in Walking Dead history. The season is definitely a tale of two halves, bisected as it was by their annual mid-season break, but even approaching it in this manner, there was almost nothing but forward progress.

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Orphan Black’s One-Hour Special The Cloneversation Tops This Week’s TV Picks

CloneversationWe’re big fans of Orphan Black here at GFR. You might have noticed that during Nick’s post-game wrap-ups last season. Or all the times we’ve screamed indignantly about how OB’s mega-talented lead actress Tatiana Maslany was robbed — ROBBED, WE SAY! — when it came time for the Emmys. (We weren’t the only ones who felt that way.) Well, the show is returning for its second season next week, and to celebrate the occasion BBC America is airing a one-hour special Saturday night, the clunkily titled Orphan Black: The Cloneversation. (This is what you have wrought, Talking Dead!)

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BionicKangaroo Is Here Because Who Doesn’t Want A Robotic Kangaroo?

Robots have so many uses. They can carry absurdly heavy loads, perform repetitive tasks, get into situations that are too hazardous to send humans into, and eventually they’re going to take over the world and enslave us all. And then there are robots that seem to serve absolutely no practical utilitarian purpose whatsoever. This robotic kangaroo robot definitely belongs to this second category.

Developed by the German engineers at a firm called Festo, BionicKangaroo is designed to mimic the realistic movements and jump mechanics of a real life kangaroo. As you can see from this video, the creation has definitely accomplished this goal. Kangaroos are able to take the energy from one jump and roll it over into the next one and so on. This makes their movements very efficient, keeping them from growing too tired too quickly, and in this manner they can move incredibly fast for extended lengths of time.

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Star Wars: Episode VII Rebuilding Tatooine Sets (Plus, Help Save The Originals)

STAR WARSIt seems like we’ve been writing about Star Wars: Episode VII forever now, and it feels even longer because there’s so little we know about it that’s actually been confirmed. Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, and Carrie Fisher are all returning — probably. It’ll introduce their children as major characters — probably. It will involve use of the Force — probably. (Okay, that last one is more of a sure thing.) Well, you can add another detail to the probably pile, because scuttlebutt has it that the Episode VII production is recreating the iconic Tatooine sets in the desert.