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Thursday, January 3, 2008

Fox Resurrects Shows, Up, TV DVD News, Strike News, Journey, Comic Previews

"New Amsterdam" Cast
Fox Resurrects Shows

Given the dearth of newly written series, Fox will give two series, "New Amsterdam" and "The Return of Jezebel James," shots after "American Idol" when it returns January 15. On November 7, the third day of the Hollywood writers strike, Fox decided to put the incomplete season of "24" on the shelf till next season. Now they see the strike will be longer than originally thought, so more fixes must be done. Preston Beckman, Fox scheduling chief, said: "As we have new information on our needs, we thought it was time to adjust the schedule. We want to make sure we give all new shows every opportunity to find an audience because we may need them." The supernatural detective drama "New Amsterdam" will debut on March 10 after two previews after "Idol" Tuesday, March 4 and Thursday, March 6. The Parker Posey comedy "Jezebel James" will launch on March 14, two days after previewing after "Idol" on Wednesday, March 12.


Animated News says here that many sites on the net are abuzz with rumors that Pixar's 2009 release, "Up," may be a variation on Miguel de Cervantes' "Don Quixote." Variety said back in the summer of 2007 that "Up" was "about a 70-year-old man who teams with a wilderness ranger to fight beasts and villains. Monsters, Inc. director Pete Docter is helming. Pixar vet Bob Peterson is writing the script and will co-direct."

TV DVD News has posted info about "The Red Green Show" (1999 Season) here, "That '70s Show" (8th Season) here, "This Is Tom Jones" (Volume 2) here, "The Shield" (Season 6) here, "The Vice" (Season 1) here, "My Boys" (Season 1 News) here & here, "Tin Man" (Mini-series) here and "Battlestar Galactica" (3rd Season) here.

Strike News

The producers of the "Golden Globe Awards" said they were in the process of making a deal to get the Jan. 13 show on the air. A few hours later, however, the guild announced it wouldn't change its decision to withhold a waiver. A WGA statement said: "Dick Clark Productions is a struck company. As previously announced, the Writers Guild will be picketing the Golden Globes. The WGA has great respect and admiration for the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, but we are engaged in a crucial struggle that will protect our income and intellectual property rights for generations to come. We will continue to do everything in our power to bring industry negotiations to a fair conclusion. In the meantime, we are grateful for the ongoing support of the Hollywood talent community."


Daniel Radcliffe will star in the true story of 22-year-old British photographer Dan Eldon, who was among four journalists stoned to death by a mob in Mogadishu in July 1993. Eldon's mother, Kathy, says that she has rejected numerous bids for film rights to the story, and met but turned down many leading actors, but said: "The timing is right and the person is right and I couldn't ask for more. He has portrayed a magician for years and my Dan was a different kind of magician. There are parallels in the two Dans' lives. Daniel Radcliffe is a poet, he keeps journals and he's half Jewish. He has a puckishness, sense of humour and energy inside him which remind me of Dan."

Comic Previews
Comics Continuum has posted preview pages of
Avengers Classic #7,

Exiles #100,

Marvel Holiday Special,

Marvel Illustrated: The Iliad #1,

& Ultimate X-Men #89

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