Author: Chris Ullrich

The Writer’s Strike Is Over, So What About Your Favorite Shows?

The Writer’s Strike Is Over, So What About Your Favorite Shows?

With the writer’s strike over, a new contract ratified by the WGA board and a pending vote by the membership at-large looming, I know what you’re thinking: enough of this strike business, when the heck am I gonna see new episodes of Battlestar Galactica, Chuck, Heroes or  "insert name of favorite show here"?

Believe me, I sympathise and apparently so do the folks at TV Guide because they’ve already posted a pretty comprehensive guide to the TV shows that are coming back now, sooner, later or never.

Some of the shows with their fates already determined include:

Battlestar Galactica

Returns April 4 with first half of 20-episode final season. Production on second half could start as early as March. Airdate for those TBD.


No new episodes until fall.


No new episodes expected until fall.


Six pre-strike episodes remain. Five additional episodes could air this season.


Four pre-strike episodes remain. Expected to shoot 5 or 6 additional episodes to air in April/May.

Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles

Four pre-strike episodes remain. Future beyond that TBD.

Bionic Woman

No new episodes expected. Ever.

Check out the complete list, updated regularly, for more details on your favorite shows.

First Look at Anakin Skywalker from ‘Star Wars’ Animated Movie

First Look at Anakin Skywalker from ‘Star Wars’ Animated Movie

USA Today is first out of the gate with an exclusive look at everyone’s favorite mis-understood Jedi who turns evil and becomes a Sith Lord: Anakin Skywalker. This cool new image is, of course, from the upcoming CG-animated feature film "Star Wars: Clone Wars" set to hit theaters on August 15th.

In case you haven’t heard, the film chronicles the adventures of a pre-Vader Anakin and his mentor Obi-Wan Kenobi during the Clone Wars and is set immediately before the events of "Revenge of the Sith". The film will also serve as a starting point for the half-hour animated TV series planned for Cartoon Network and TNT.

I’ll say for the record that I love "Star Wars" and if the only way I’m going to get more of it is through an animated feature film and then a TV series, sign me up — just please, no more Jar Jar Binks, animated or otherwise.

Inside the ‘Y: The Last Man’ Party

Inside the ‘Y: The Last Man’ Party

We told you about this event before and now Kevin Kelly at i09 let’s us in on the highlights of Friday night’s "Y: The Last Party" in L.A., celebrating the conclusion of Y: The Last Man, Brian K. Vaughan’s hugely popular tale of the last man on Earth.

The party, which took place at Meltdown Comics on Sunset Blvd., featured guests such as Vaughan himself, comic co-creator and artist Pia Guerra, Grant Morrison, Drew Goddard, Mark Waid and Joss Whedon.

Among the highlights of the event, whose proceeds went to the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund, were many revelations regarding the creation and inspiration of the comic as well as some tidbits about who might play the comic’s title character, Yorick Brown, in the oft-discussed, big-screen version and what co-creator Guerra’s next project will be.

According to the report:

[Vaughan] originally came up with the concept for Y as a project called Boyson, "The Last Boy On Earth" for Penthouse Comics full of "women built like robot fuck machines" and one boy remaining on the planet. After they folded, he replaced the robots with a Gloria Steinem quote and sent it over to Vertigo.


Guillermo Del Toro to Direct ‘Dr. Strange’?

Guillermo Del Toro to Direct ‘Dr. Strange’?

With Hellboy behind him and the upcoming Hellboy 2 on the way, director Guillermo Del Toro is mulling over another comics-related project that could be one of his next films — that is if he doesn’t take on The Hobbit or At the Mountain of Madness first. According to Empire News, he is seriously considering bringing the Sorcerer Supreme, Dr. Strange, to the big screen.

Not only is Del Toro’s interest potentially great news for Dr. Strange fans, but there’s more: Del Toro has also been talking to one of the comics world’s most successful creators about taking on the film’s writing duties. Who, you may wonder? None other than Neil Gaiman. According to Del Toro:

"I talked with Neil Gaiman [about writing it]. I said, that’s an interesting character because you can definitely make him more in the pulpy occult detective/magician mould and formula than was done in the Weird Tales, for example…the idea of a character that really dabbles in the occult in a way that’s not X-Filey, where the supernatural is taken for granted. That’s interesting…But I wouldn’t use the suit!"

So, that’s a Dr. Strange movie directed by Gueilerrmo Del Toro and written by Neil Gaiman? Is it just me or does that sound like a pretty fantastic collaboration that could yield a teriffic film?