Linus Torvalds, the creator of the Linux kernel, isn’t shy about criticizing things that displease him. In recent months, he has taken aim at GitHub’s support for pull requests, the GNOME 3 user experience, and overzealous security mechanisms in software. That last case proved especially controversial, as Torvalds jokingly suggested that the developers responsible should kill themselves.
TNT‘s sci-fi drama series Falling Skies, which launched as basic cable’s No. 1 new series in adults 18-49 last year, returned for its second season last night with 4.5 million total viewers, down 24% from its series debut. In adults 18-49, it drew 1.9 million viewers, down from 2.6 million last year. Falling Skies faced stiff competition last night from the strong NBA Finals, which also took a toll on USA Network’s Suits‘ second-season premiere last week as well as the season finales of AMC’s The Killing and Showtime’s The Borgias, among others. Falling Skies‘ ratings result was potent enough to make a third season renewal very likely.
EXCLUSIVE: Disney has just closed a seven-figure pitch deal for an untitled action comedy pitch by Scott Rosenberg. Several studios were bidding. John Jacobs is producing. They’re keeping the plot under wraps. Rosenberg’s most recent spec, Hauntrepeneur, sold to Paramount with Platinum Dunes producing, Russell Brand attached to star and Rob Letterman to direct. Rosenberg just did a production rewrite on the Michael Bay-directed Pain And Gain for Paramount, currently shooting with Mark Wahlberg and Dwayne Johnson. Rosenberg recently did a rewrite for Disney’s Life For Sale, which Andrew Panay is producing. WME brokered the deal.
Jacobs’ Smart Entertainment will produce, with Zac Unterman executive producer. Smart produced the Seth MacFarlane-directed comedy Ted for Universal and MRC.
Are all TV writers, or near-TV writers comics fans? We here at TVWriter™ sure are. So we were delighted to find this at ComicMix.Com.
Creator Michael Habjan is obviously as talented and all hell and will be running the film biz in no time, but still we’re forced to say that although technically he does one hell of a great job and this is really cool, we always imagined a fight between these two being a little wilder.
No, wait, let’s be honest. We always figured that the Hulk would show himself as an even bigger badass than he does here, so like every fan who finds fault with someone else’s take we’re, um, finding fault. And dying to know where all of you stand on an issue as earth-shaking as this.
EDITED TO ADD: Apologies! We found Parts 1 and 2 and are now thinking that our original opinion is invalid. Both Superman and the Hulk are way badass here, and either the music owes a big debt to our beloved SILVER SURFER animated series or the SURFER series owes just as big a debt to Propellerhead. Go see this. Hold it close. Make it your baby.
A two-night launch for the revamped X Factor(now with Britney Spears and Demi Lovato) kicks things off on Sept. 12, while Touch brings up the rear, holding its sophomore premiere until just before Halloween.