Yeah, BARBARELLA. Produced/Directed by Nicolas Refn. Starring Who Knows? No network specified yet.
It doesn’t star Jane Fonda
Hippies don’t watch TV
Jane Fonda probably doesn’t even watch TV
The director is a foreigner who isn’t Roger Vadim
Jane Fonda isn’t even Jane Fonda anymore anyway
There is, however, one way to save this show:
Add visual scrumptiousness, heaps of sex, and lots of P.R. about being faithful to the original comics conception. The TV audience doesn’t give a blind angel’s wings about any of that, but blissfully ignorant fandom will step in and add at least 1 undeserved season to its life
Oh, that’s Jane Fonda in the pic above. According to her autobiography, Vadim, who directed the original BARBARELLA and micro-managed Jane Fonda both as Barbarella and as, well, Jane Fonda, created huge self-doubt issues for her that she’s only now getting over. But that look he also created for her has to have been worth it. Ask any current reality show starlet. Go ahead.
Ah, DARIA! Of course it’s back. One of the best animated shows in the history of TV. With Daria herself the progenitor of our entire population of hipster chicks. (That’s right, even before Katy Perry.)
But are new episodes coming?
Nah. Of course not. We’re talking the umpteenth reruns here because – it hurts to cast aspergions, but I can’t think of any other way to say this – no one on this show gets residuals! It’s as good as effing free!
Oh, MTV, do you remember when you broke, like, new ground? Bounded over the edge into the unknown universe of music entertainment and made us rock out?
Why hast thou forsaken us? Daddy? Why…?
EDITED TO ADD: We found this brilliant DARIA image at AnimeFlavor.Com. Which we believe is a very cool site. Even for hipsters.
FURTHER EDITED TO ADD: What? LAGUNA BEACH? THE HILLS? What kind of cretin would want to talk about, or even see, them?
…until we realize that they aren’t giving us anything they promised.
Stick with us on this. It’s the only way you won’t be disappointed.
Tim Roth to Star in David Cronenberg’s ‘Knifeman’ Series
By Tim Kenneally
Tim Roth is about to explore the cutting edge of television programming.
“Lie to Me” star Roth has signed on to star in “Knifeman,” David Cronenberg’s maiden foray into television. Roth will play John Tattersall in the series, which chronicles “the trials and triumphs of a radical, self-educated surgeon” who goes to “extraordinary and unorthodox lengths … to uncover the secrets of the human body.”
‘Barbarella’ Series in the Works From Nicolas Refn
By Tim Kenneally
“Barbarella” is coming to the small screen.
“Drive” director Nicolas Refn is working with Gaumont International Television on a TV series based on the Jean-Claude Forest comic-book character made famous by the 1968 Jane Fonda film of the same name.
…but it’s okay because he’s teaching us something, see?
How to Write an Aaron Sorkin Script, by Aaron Sorkin
by AARON SORKIN
A song in a musical works best when a character has to sing— when words won’t do the trick anymore. The same idea applies to a long speech in a play or a movie or on television. You want to force the character out of a conversational pattern. In the pilot of The Newsroom, a new series for HBO, TV news anchor Will McAvoy (Jeff Daniels) emotionally checked out years ago, and now he’s sitting on a college panel, hearing the same shouting match between right and left he’s been hearing forever, and the arguments have become noise. A student asks what makes America the world’s greatest country, and Will dodges the question with glib answers. But the moderator keeps needling him until…snap.