Posts by Rachel Poletick
- Rachel Poletick at Yahoo! TV Emmys Blog3 mths ago
It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a series in possession of an excellent cast and crew, a fresh vision, and great source material must be deserving of an Emmy.
This morning, the juried winners of the Creative Arts Emmys in Interactive Media were announced. While all the projects were excellent contributions to the world of digital entertainment, one stood out despite its name being perhaps the least well known among the winners: "The Lizzie Bennet Diaries."
'Top Chef's' 'Last Chance Kitchen,' 'Oprah's Lifeclass,' the Nick App, and 'The Lizzie Bennet Diaries' to Receive Interactive Media EmmysRachel Poletick at Yahoo! TV Emmys Blog3 mths ago
This morning the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Interactive Media Peer Group announced the juried winners for Creative Arts Emmys in the field of digital media programming. Walking away with awards were "Top Chef's" "Last Chance Kitchen" for Multiplatform Storytelling, "Oprah's Lifeclass" for Social TV Experience, the Nick App for User Experience and Visual Design, and "The Lizzie Bennet Diaries" for Original Interactive Program.
While some of these titles contain familiar names, the power of these creative projects is just beginning to permeate the public consciousness. So what are these award-winning interactive works? Let's break them down:
"Top Chef's" "Last Chance Kitchen"
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- Rachel Poletick at Yahoo! TV3 mths ago
The cartoon brothers who accomplish preternatural feats while hanging out at home on summer vacation will come to the rescue of some of the superpowerful talents of the Marvel universe in "Phineas and Ferb: Mission Marvel."
The hourlong episode features four of Marvel's greatest heroes: Spider-Man, Iron Man, Thor, and the Hulk, all of whom have lost their superpowers to the Power Drain-Inator of Dr. Doofenshmirtz (Phineas and Ferb's primary antagonist). When the Marvel villains Red Skull, Whiplash, Venom, and M.O.D.O.K. learn of the occurrence, they take the opportunity to cause trouble in the city of Danville.
In this exclusive clip from the special episode of the hit Disney Channel series, a group of unlikely heroes come to the rescue of Iron Man when he is under duress by the evil villain Red Skull. Baljeet Tjinder (voiced by Maulik Pancholy) arrives at the scene as "Hulkjeet" to rescue Iron Man from plummeting to his death.
Thompson, along with his wife June and their daughters (including Alana, aka "Honey Boo Boo"), made their way from the family home in McIntyre, Georgia to the Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Florida to determine the cause of the TLC reality star’s ailment. As they departed from their home city, “Mama” June Shannon asked for fans to keep her husband in their thoughts via their official Facebook page, adding that as they traveled to Jacksonville, they were nervous to see what could be done for Thompson.
Shannon disclosed that Thompson has been “passing out a lot since May.” Doctors in their hometown were apparently unable to ascertain the cause of the problem. As a result, the family decided to visit the clinic in Jacksonville with the hope that they could find answers and put together a treatment plan.
Thompson has dealt with other health problems, including diabetes and pancreatitis, but the family insists that the potential neurological condition does not have any correlation to his previously identified medical issues. His “diabetes and pancreatitis are under control,” Shannon confirmed via Facebook.
There's no escaping it — the cast of "Community" has some crazy cats. Or opossums, perhaps.
In this exclusive gag reel from the "Community" Complete Fourth Season DVD, the crew from one of NBC's most ridiculous and hilarious comedies shows off its kooky side, no one more than the socially awkward and ever-random pop culture nerd Abed (Danny Pudi).
When Troy (Donald Glover) messes up his line and accidentally mentions opossums, Pudi proceeds to impersonate an opossum, complete with sound effects. It certainly doesn't live up to his vampire self, but it comes close.
Other key moments include the time when Shirley (Yvette Nicole Brown) is given a whistle and gets the necklace chain stuck around her hair, as well as a flub when Dean (Jim Rash) dresses up like Donna Reed in honor of a 1950s-themed Sadie Hawkins dance at Greendale Community College.
The show is full of inside references, but even a casual fan could appreciate these funny tidbits.
Seth Meyers has been on a roll lately. News broke in May that he would be leaving his head-writer position at "Saturday Night Live" to pursue the host gig at "Late Night" in 2014 when Jimmy Fallon leaves the show to take over as host of "The Tonight Show." He became engaged to his longtime girlfriend, Alexi Ashe, earlier this month. Now, Meyers is bringing something new to the table, and he's bringing a bunch of top-notch comedians along for the ride.
At the ReelzChannel Television Critics Association event, we were introduced to the network's newest reality-show additions to their movie-screening lineup. "The Capones" and "Hollywood Hillbillies" both follow their respective families in all of their loud-mouthed and comedic glory. The former focuses on an Italian restaurateur family that claims to be related to the infamous Chicago gangster Al Capone; the latter looks into the family of Michael Kittrell, who gained Internet fame for his YouTube video "GINGERS DO HAVE SOULS!," which has had more than 34 million views since it was posted in January 2010. They don't have much in common, but they do have enough crazy for us to anticipate their freshman seasons.
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Among some of the more intense questioning during the "Capones" panel was a general distrust about the origins of the name. According to Dominic "The Boss" Capone, who is considered the center of the Italian Mafia-descended family, the relationship is through his great-great-grandfather, who was Al Capone's uncle.
This past weekend, producers from some of the most popular serial programming on the Web presented on a panel at the Television Critics Association press tour. Together, these industry professionals, responsible for buzzy shows like "Husbands" and Yahoo!'s own "Burning Love," gave us all a little insight into why it is that the Internet is the new frontier for entertainment. Here are a few reasons why you should be on the lookout for Web series when you're searching for new shows to watch.
1. They open up new creative possibilities.
The first thing that the panel was eager to share was how they have different expectations for their shows because, first and foremost, they answer to themselves. Television shows and their creative teams must often answer to the networks on which they air, meaning they must sometimes compromise their wants and needs to fit the goals of a company.
What would you do if you were trapped under the dome?
As fans of CBS's new science-fiction series "Under the Dome" know, these are no ordinary circumstances for the residents of Chester's Mill. The town has been surrounded by a mysterious dome (hence, the show's title) that's cut it off from the rest of the world.
In this exclusive clip, the show's cast discusses what they believe would be their initial reactions should a dome suddenly and inexplicably appear over their town.
"You don't know how to react until you're there," Mike Vogel (who plays Dale "Barbie" Barbara) said.
Samantha Mathis (Alice Calvert) discussed the most important thing to her: finding loved ones. "I would want to know where my loved ones were. That would be my first concern. Are they with me? Are they under the dome? Where are they? And if they're not, how do I get in touch with them?"
Other stars took the prospect more lightly. "I'd find the nearest Costco and just take over," Colin Ford (who portrays Joe McAlister) said.
While fans around the country go crazy for Disney Channel's newest original film, "Teen Beach Movie," some lucky boys and girls had the chance to see the movie's stars, Ross Lynch and Maia Mitchell, in person in front of the Disney 365 Store at the Disneyland Resort.
In "Teen Beach Movie," Ross and Maia play Brady and McKenzie, a pair of beachgoers who get swept away by waves and end up in a modern beach-themed retelling of "West Side Story." In this incredible world of singing and dancing and 1960s-style clothing, there's a battle taking place between bikers and surfers over control of the local hangout, Big Momma's. Brady and McKenzie get caught up in all the drama, as well as all the catchy songs and dance routines, but much bigger problems are bubbling under the surface.