Friday, June 01, 2007

Entertainment News

Battlestar Galactica's 4th Season Will Be Its Last

According to several sources, executive producers David Eick and Ron Moore have officially announced that Battlestar Galactica's fourth season will be its last. A while back, when Edward James Olmos (Admiral Adama) said that season four would be the last, the producers announced soon after that that was not necessarily true. Now it is true, but I don't think it's been confirmed whether the producers intended to go for a fifth year too or if year four was also intended to be the natural end.

I like the current trend of shows deciding early when they are going to end. It keeps them from dragging on forever, gives them an "endgame" goal to work towards, and allows ample time to wrap up lose ends in the final season. Just a few weeks ago, there was a little of industry buzz when the producers of Lost announced that their show would have three and only three more seasons. Six total years is a good run, more than the expected five which had already been rumored earlier. However, to compensate for the extra year, each season will only have 18 episodes, rather than the usual 22 to 24.

Lost, of course, gets a lot of credit for making this groundbreaking decision to end their show so far ahead of time. But, this is not the first time such thing has been done. Back in the '90's, TV producer & writer J. Michael Straczynski firmly declared that his show Babylon 5 (my all time favorite TV show) would last only five years and no more than that, and he declared this before a single frame of footage was committed to film.

Changes to On The Lot

I like the show, but apparently, ratings have been too low for Fox's comfort. According to TV Guide, the competition show and the results show would be combined into the same night. If America is supposed to be able to vote by internet and phone, how is it even possible to combine both events into the same night? Perhaps the judges will make the selections instead of the home audience.

Picture of Speed Racer Movie's Mach 5 Released

The picture of the Mach 5 looks pretty good and remarkably similar to the old cartoon version. I'm surprised they did not change the design more.

According to Wikipedia, the live-action Speed Racer is being produced by Joel Silver; directed by the Wachowski brothers; and stars Emile Hirsch as Speed Racer, John Goodman and Susan Sarandon as Speed's parents, Christina Ricci as Speed's girlfriend Trixie, Matthew Fox (probably) as Racer X, and a real chimpanzee (supposedly) as Chim Chim. It has a release date of 09 May 2008.

New Transformers TV Spot

There have been several TV spots for the forthcoming Transformers movie, but the newest seems to be the most different from the full-length trailers. The images flash by quickly, so this movie is being very protective of it's visual surprises. It's still pretty exciting. Check it out below.

Transformers' release date has been bumped early by a day to 03 July 2007.

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