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:

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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?

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?

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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?

Parenthood Offer First Preview of Final Season

The NBC series Parenthood has already confirmed that its upcoming season will be its last, and are now running through their pre-season promotional campaign for the final time.

parenthood_nbcOne of the biggest steps in this process is a trailer for the upcoming season, and while only in ‘teaser’ form at present, the family drama will hope what they say sets the tone for the 13-episode run, which will take the show (loosely based on a 1989 Ron Howard movie of the same name) to an end total of 6 seasons and 103 episodes.

Less than half a minute long, the trailer runs through a number of short clips from the upcoming lives of the ‘Braverman’ family, promising that it will be the most dramatic season of all, though some commenters have criticised the fact that a pregancy plot is blatantly revealed amidst the footage.

The narrator of the trailer states: “If you’ve ever watched Parenthood – it’s time to come home. In true Parenthood fashion, they’ve saved the best for last.”

The video description adds: “Get ready for the very best season of Parenthood, premiering Thursday, September 25 at 10/9c on NBC.”

Such a claim will probably be one for viewers and critics to decide, but will they be able to live up to their own-set expectations upon season premiere day in less than a month’s time?

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Amazon Plan 4K Streaming Introduction In October

Amazon’s efforts in the streaming market, away from producing equality-favouring original content, will soon include Netflix-matching 4K streaming, to originally be made available on supporting 4K HD smart TV sets.

Amazon-TVThe first brand to take Amazon up on the update offer is South Korean company Samsung, who yesterday (28 August) confirmed that the Amazon Instant Video service will be amongst the brands offering 4K content to their compatible sets in Europe from October.

Samsung’s head of display Won Jin Lee said of the move: “The era of UHD has begun, and to continue even more widespread adoption, it is important to provide consumers with more choices when it comes to UHD content. We are providing our customers with a wider array of UHD content to enjoy on our ultra-immersive Curved UHD TVs.”

That speech was not designed purely for Amazon’s purposes, though ,with the European market also set to receive 4K content from Chilli, Maxdome, Wuaki.tv, and most notably, Amazon’s streaming rivals Netflix, all on board as of October.

How long it will be between this date and ‘Amazon Prime Instant Video 4K’ being seen as a compatible option on the sets of other TV manufacturers will unveil itself in due course, but for now it looks likely that Samsung will be the first, so can the online retail giants leave a vivid impression on a product set that is often looking at their platforms for key support?

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