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Programming Lineup For ‘Stan Lee’s World Of Heroes’ YouTube Channel

One of our favorite human beings shows us the meaning of keeping on. Shakespeare said it best:

Age cannot wither her, nor custom stale
Her infinite variety

Okay, he was talking about Cleopatra. Still…

by TeamTVWriter Press Service

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif., July 9, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — Vuguru and POW! Entertainment today officially announced the programming lineup for the highly anticipated premium YouTube channel, Stan Lee’s World of Heroes. The comic book icon will showcase a slate of original digital programming on Thursday, July 12th at Comic-Con with a panel of pop culture experts and enthusiasts, including Mark Hamill, Adrianne Curry, Peter David, Jace Hall, Bonnie Burton and America Young.

Every story has a hero.  Stan Lee’s World of Heroes is the premiere destination for all things related to heroes, villains and the world of fandom. With both scripted and unscripted shows, the channel offers something for everyone from comic book fans to pop culture enthusiasts looking for Stan’s opinions, hero pop culture, the geek universe and beyond. All flavored with Stan’s unique brand of humor.

“Stan Lee is a master story teller who has created iconic characters loved by people of all ages.  We are excited to offer a new way for Stan to connect directly with fans, create new stories and characters and inspire a new generation of creators,” said Scott Nocas, Head of Distribution and Marketing at Vuguru.

“It’s an absolute thrill to be unveiling World of Heroes alongside Vuguru at Comic-Con this week. To unveil fun, scripted and unscripted shows around new characters that fans globally can enjoy, converse with and participate in everyday has been such a reward for me. The channel is a great extension of our company’s exciting, ever-growing lineup of franchises,” saidStan Lee, Chairman and co-Founder of POW! Entertainment.

The programming schedule includes:

Stan Lee’s Super.Model (scripted action comedy)
From the mind of Stan Lee, two aspiring models Bree and Sera and blogger friend Lizzie, are accidentally exposed to a mysterious serum that grants them super powers. Their newfound powers wreak havoc on their quest to become top models and pull them into a world of danger and intrigue. From Executive Producer Heath Corson (Aim High) and writer Taryn O’Neill (BlackBoxTV)

Head Cases (scripted comedy)
You know those classic superhero battles where good and evil clash in epic fashion? This isn’t one of those. Set at the local bar frequented by super powered heroes and villains, the comedy Head Cases is what happens before, after, and in between those battles. From the minds of Eisner Award winner Peter David (Babylon 5, Ben 10, The Incredible Hulk) and Producer David M. Uslan.

Bad Days (animated parody)
From Junaid Chundrigar, the creator of the animated viral sensation Disassembled, Bad Days shows us heroes and villains on their worst days. Whether Green Lantern is wasting time with an emerald Yo-Yo or Batman has locked himself out of the Bat-Mobile, Bad Days lets us laugh at epic super failure.

FanWars (courtroom reality)
Ever wonder who would do better with the ladies, Tony Stark or Bruce Wayne? How about who is the most intelligent Super Villain of all time? FanWars gives opinionated fans a chance to go toe to toe on the most pressing issues in the World of Heroes.  Producer and host Jace Hall (The Jace Hall Show, V, The Morning After) and his panel of celebrity experts pit fan against fan as they debate topics from the realms of comic books, superheroes, science fiction and more.

Stan Lee’s Academy of Heroes (makeover reality)
From Emmy Award winning producer Jon Kroll (Amazing Race, Blade), Stan Lee’s Academy of Heroes takes real life aspiring heroes from all over the country and gives them the mentoring and training they need to take their fight for good to the next level. The nuts and bolts training includes financial planning, public relations, and of course the Zen of heroism from Stan himself.

Stan’s Rants (opinion)
The spirit of the classic Stan’s Soap Box comic column is finally back in Stan’s Rants, which explores the complex inner workings of the brilliantly unique mind of Stan Lee.  From behind his desk, Stan, tongue firmly in cheek, explains his thoughts on pop culture, upcoming films, the general state of the world and more, in this weekly series.

Starz Announces New Projects

For us, the cool part of this news is that Joe Straczynski’s got a project that sounds amazingly cool, and, like, we know him. Well, almost know him. Close enough!

by TeamTVWriter Press Service

As part of STARZ overall deal with “Spartacus” creator Steven S. DeKnight, STARZ is developing “Incursion,” an epic science fiction action-thriller that follows a squad of soldiers caught in a war against a hostile alien race. Each season the battle will be fought on a new, exotic planet as humanity punches deeper into enemy territory. Grittily realistic combat, darkly complex characters and intrigue on a cosmic scale will permeate the tale of fighting men and women facing the pressures of war and an enemy unlike any ever seen. In addition to his international acclaim on “Spartacus,” Steven has worked on such well-regarded series as “Buffy The Vampire Slayer”, “Angel”, “Smallville,” and “Dollhouse.

J. Michael Straczynski is the wildly successful writer and producer whose credits include such fan classics as Thor, Underworld: Awakening, “Babylon 5,” and The Changeling. He has teamed with horror master Roy Lee, whose credits include such hits as The Ring, The Strangers and The Woman in Black in developing “Vlad Dracula” with veteran producer Rob Tapert, whose credits include the international Starz hit series, “Spartacus,” iconic “Xena: Warrior Princess,” Evil Dead and The Grudge. The project is a unique spin of the classic tale, blending the historical facts of the 15th century Prince of Wallachia, with the fictional Dracula whose story is known around the world and continues to fascinate audiences. “Vlad Dracula” traces his evolution from a revered ruler to the world’s most feared vampire, and his slow downfall as he struggles desperately to hang on to his humanity, his wife and his kingdom.

Managing Director of Starz, Carmi Zlotnik said “Steven DeKnight, J. Michael Straczynski, Roy Lee and Rob Tapert are legendary talents, having created some of the most groundbreaking and iconic television series with incredibly passionate fan bases the world over. We are thrilled to work with such sophisticated auteurs and producers as we grow the slate of unique Starz original series.”


Legal versions anyway:

by TeamTVWriter Press Service

After an impasse in carriage negotiations between Viacom and DirecTV, Viacom’s 17 networks were pulled from DirecTV last night at midnight. One of the reported sticking points was that DirecTV didn’t want to pay as much as Viacom wanted especially since so much of its content was available freely on the web.

Well, okay, probably it’s more complicated than that. Because these things always are.

And probably it’ll get settled just when we’re about to plunge into despair. Because these things usually go that way.

But meanwhile one thing’s for sure: Those of us who get our daily dose of comedy and current events on the web are shit out of luck.

Never forget who’s done this to you. Never forgive.

GOSSIP GIRL Won’t Tell If You Watch…

Gossip Girl – Season 5 Episode 1
by The Hudsonian 

**This episode originally aired in September 2011. If you are unfamiliar with the series, turn away to avoid spoilers, or bleeding corneas.**

Ah, now we see why this show is so popular

Rich kids and their lustrous lifestyles. How much drama could there possibly be?

You didn’t get the rhetoric in that question?

The episode begins with the cast each receiving their “save the dates” from Blair, where she’s set to become a princess of Monaco. Naturally, the audience would assume Dan and Chuck would take this news harder than most – both have done the dirty, dirty with Ms. Waldorf – but they hide their emotions well.

Sort of.

When approached about a story he wrote, Dan realizes it’s from the book he wrote, and that the book is missing. He points the finger at Vanessa (she ran off to Spain, or somewhere that’s not New York) and needs to track down the manuscript so the book doesn’t get published and expose Blair.

Serena adjusts to life in California on the set of the movie she helped get off the ground, only to be beaten down and prevented from rising by Marshall, who’s kind of her boss, and doesn’t like that the spoiled rich girl is better at his job than he is.

Chuck displays a new-found respect for life, and for the duration of the episode behaves like CW’s version of Jim Carrey’s “Yes Man,” a man-whore/thrill-seeker, but one who’s not funny. Nate works on adopting similar principals, but his prop-like character just takes up screen time for the “real” people of this show.

Blair  tries to deal with Louis’s mother in planning the wedding, but not only are there “family tradition” hurdles that must be cleared, there’s also the fact that Louis, her fiancee, constantly sides with his mother. Gee, seems that this kind of thing doesn’t go down well with someone who’s all about getting what she wants. Who’d have thought?

The episode ends with Serena tricked by Marshall into quitting her job but being brought back in by the lead producer; Dan getting Louis to help him thwart the printing of the book excerpt and incurring Blair’s wrath for it; Chuck suffering severe road rage in his attempt at living life, but brushing it off and forging on; and Nate finding that Chuck’s ‘Yes Man” attitude only gets him so far when he cons a day player into sleeping with him and feels horrible about lying to her.

I went into this series with a mostly unbiased mind, but its intriguing plot threads and timely humor pleasantly surprised me. If upscale, spoiled rich kid drama isn’t for you, you may be happy to know that the cinematography is very well orchestrated, almost making you feel that you are one with the cast.

Of course, I’d feel better about being caught up in Gossip Girl’s tangled web of high society living if I had even a fraction of her money.