Amazon To Make Tiny Cult Impression With Tick Revival

Having already made an impression on the animated comedy entertainment industry through use of superheroes, Amazon are reportedly planning to use the same means to leave their mark on live-action, according to People.

tick_groceriesThis new plan also incorporates an existing cult fanbase, as they look set to recruit Patrick Warburton (Rules of Engagement, Ted) to reprise his lead role as The Tick. That series, lasting for just 9 episodes in 2001 on Fox, was an adaptation of Ben Edlund’s parody comic book and spinoff cartoon from the 80′s and 90′s, respectively, an indie project formed from Edlund’s creation of a mascot for his comic book store.

Edlund is noted in the article as being recruited by Amazon and production company Sony Pictures to be a writer and executive producer on the project, along with Warburton as the titular character.

Whether the latest potential addition to Amazon Instant Video‘s original content roster will be as good as or better than awesome will be a judgement made when it airs, but is The Tick (“IGN’s #57 Comic Book Hero of All-Time”) a big enough name to lure people into the subscription streaming platform in its own right?

Not many shows go through the pilot phase twice over a decade apart, but the makers of this show will feel confident they can take inspiration from their last effort, featuring Joe Swanson and Doc Brown:

Samsung Reveal Curved Sound

Not in the nature of acoustic architecture or altering physics, but Samsung do aim to soon provide the world with a type of ‘curved sound’ through a complimentary speaker set for their shaped smart TV sets.

samsung_uhd_curved_soundbarThe well-known ‘curved UHD TVs’ developed by the South Korean company are designed to add an immersive layer of depth to a person’s large-screen viewing experience, and Samsung will hope that they have made a product that can achieve a similar goal for audio, with a soundbar that is set to match both technologically and aesthetically.

The Samsung Curved Soundbar is claimed to be an accessory capable of being applied either by wallmount next to the TV set or as a stand for the full product, measuring in with a 42mm width and ‘curvature radius’ of 4,200mm. This is combined with dual speakers either side of the television, and is noted as offering 8.1 channel support and being compatible with both the ’55′ and ’65-inch’ models of the smart TV.

It is also claimed that the TV remote control from Samsung for the main set will be compatible with the Curved Soundbar through their wireless ‘TV SoundConnect’ technology.

Young Lak Jung, Samsung’s ‘head of display’, said of the release: “Following the successful launch of our Curved TVs, Samsung is looking to expand the curved line-up with the introduction of Curved Soundbar – a first ‘Total Curved Solution’ for the consumer AV industry.”

The device is set to be first demonstrated on 5 September at the IFA Trade Show in Berlin (Germany), so will everyone within the concave radius of impact hear the noises being made as good ones for the next level in audio?

Oculus Rift Leaps Into Motion

The Oculus Rift virtual reality headset has made notable breakthroughs in the technology and gaming industry by bringing content even more to life (even if users generally have to wear a heavy wired headset whilst doing so), and are looking to further enhance these attributes with their latest add-on.

oculus_rift_leap_motion_add-onThe brand are looking to incorporate hand motion control into their sets via a new mount on offer for $20, a product to be known as ‘Leap Motion‘.

Leap Rift is attached to the headset with designs of eliminating a user’s need for a control pad, with the system generating a ‘wire frame’ of the wearer’s hands in front of them for an internal reference, where hand movements can then be monitored with gesture recognition, enabling control of the device in all sections of Oculus Rift.

Having also released a ‘beta senior developer’s kit’ to encourage new features for the new Oculus Rift/Leap Motion combined option, the innovative brand are certainly looking to further their image of headset-related progress, alongside a new ‘prototype built-in sensor’ known as Dragonfly potentially implemented into future releases.

Building towards a full consumer release in 2015, will the Oculus Rift be able to leave a bigger opening impression than previously anticipated with all these add-ons, or will they literally and figuratively weigh them down?

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The Walking Dead Launch Two Season 5 Previews

AMC drama The Walking Dead can safely be declared a quite popular show for the network, and with fellow AMC show Breaking Bad not producing new episodes this year, 2014, or season 5 represents a clear stretch for the apocalyptic drama to try and assert a position in that status for cable TV as well as in-house.

the_walking_dead_returnAhead of a premiere of the 16-episode run as of Sunday 12 October at 9pm ET, the show have launched its first two official previews, hinting at the drama that will occur in the latest installments of zombie survival.

The Walking Dead‘s creator Robert Kirkman recently claimed that the 5th season is going to be “the best season yet” of the show, stating: “We’re bringing in new characters like we always do, and I think season five is going to be our best season yet,” he shared. “I think when people finally see the premiere, they’ll see what I’m talking about.”

Actor Norman Reedus (“Daryl Dixon”) recently added on a similar note: “These scripts are the best scripts so far. It’s so fast-paced and so complicated. It’s great to be back.”

Ready to take their total episode tally up to 67, the cable network will certainly be looking forward to their new season premiere day of The Walking Dead as much as their potentially many viewers, but will it be able to live up to the hype as AMC’s new undisputed #1?

Johnny Knoxville Plans ABC Family Comedy

For a Disney part-owned network such as ABC, the list of people to recruit for creating a ‘family’ TV show would have Jackass creator/presenter Johnny Knoxville even further down the list than he would normally be for the genre, but it appears as though he has been this week.

jackass_johnnyUnder the terms of a new ’2-year first-look deal’ with ABC Studios, Knoxville, most recently featured as a voice actor for “Leonardo” in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (but pictured here taking a hit from an exploding inflatable on 2010 release Jackass 3D, the most recent direct release of the popular stunt/prank franchise), will be developing a scripted comedy show for ABC.

Even more surprisingly, the format will be a ‘based on my life experiences’ approach, but perhaps slightly less stressfully for ‘concerned parent groups’, it will be geared towards the actor’s ‘unique southern upbringing’ in childhood.

Whilst not acting on the project, Knoxville will be the narrator of the series, as well as being an executive producer through his Hello Junior! brand.

Following on from his most recent created production in the form of Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa, will Johnny Knoxville’s presumably fine family portrayal be one that is seen as ‘fit to air’ on network television? Alternatively, ‘moral guardians’ of television are still far too strict, and things like this should be shown prime-time on a regular basis:

Fox To Keep Viewers And Cast Away From Sleep With New Sci-Fi Series

Novels are a good way to ease someone into sleep, and the sheer range of topics in such books make it prime material for TV executives looking for new show ideas. Fox has taken one of the ideas and reversed the other.

nod_book_coverThe network have announced their planned upcoming development (under a ‘script and penalty commitment’) of a sci-fi series entitled NOD, based on the 2013 novel from Canadian author Adrian Barnes. This series, while not currently having an airdate, is confirmed to have a pilot episode being written by Jason Richman (Detroit 1-8-7), with executive production coming from Katherine Pope, Peter Chernin (of former potential Hulu investors Chernin Co.), and 20th Century Fox.

NOD is a story that features a world in which most humans have lost the ability to sleep, many people constitute ‘The Awakened’ – a group of people who appear to have evolved to not needing it, whilst some remain in need of rest, with scientists unable to figure out why.

The focus of the series is a conflicting ‘inter-somnial’ couple that are part of the respective groups – the Awakened Tanya and non-insomniac Paul.

The Hollywood Reporter describe the series’ premise as follows: “When most of humanity loses the ability to sleep, scientists are at a loss to explain why no one is tired. Nod will explore the new, wondrous and eerie 24/7 world through the eyes of Tanya and Paul, an ‘inter-somnial’ couple — she, awakened and flourishing, and he, one of the remaining few who are still handicapped by the need for sleep. But when signs of deprivation start to show among the Awakened, the bonds of friendship and love get tested in unexpected ways… because if something seems too good to be true, it probably is.”

Whether the show takes on any of the book’s ‘post-apocalyptic’ themes remains to be seen, but can the intriguing concept deliver on its potential? Surely some soothing music could have helped these characters to promised land if they really wanted it?