DW S7E1Doctor Who has just returned with the first episode in Series 7 titled “Asylum of the Daleks,” and my first reaction is confusion . . . and I am not yet sure if that is good or bad.



Ben 10 OmniverseOver the past several years, Ben Tennyson has been the hero that everyone needed, yet no one thought of.  He has saved the Earth—and the rest of the galaxy (and perhaps the universe, too)—from threats so huge that they sometimes induce cultist activities.  And, while he may have annoying tendencies toward self-imposed fame, he always tries to do the right thing, along with the help of his cousin, Gwen, and one-time-enemy, Kevin.  Now, as they move forward in their lives, he’s back to his old tricks—protecting the Earth, one alien at a time.



Husbands S2The Paley Center for Media, known for leading the discussion about the cultural, creative, and social significance of television, radio, and other emerging platforms, made headlines last night at its Beverly Hills location by honoring its first online sitcom, Husbands.  The web series, created by writer/producer Jane Espenson (Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Once Upon a Time) and writer/actor Brad “Cheeks” Bell (Pop Up Video), follows a young same-sex couple as they deal with the trials and tribulations that all newlywed couples face.  In a red carpet event, the Paley Center hosted the creators, cast, and crew of Husbands for a panel discussion and preview of the first two episodes of Season 2.

Batman animatedThe Top Four series looks at certain aspects of the comic book world from two perspectives: Rob’s, as a relative newcomer to mainstream comics, and Kristine’s, as an older hand in the world.  Each installment evaluates the top four choices from both Rob and Kristine and why they chose their picks.

By Robert J. Baden and Kristine Chester



While there haven’t been that many shows based on comic books, there are still quite a few out there, and we grew up watching cartoons of comic characters as a supplement, or even as a replacement, for the comics themselves.  Despite the fact that we’re now adults, we still enjoy the cartoons based on comics, including such recent titles as Young Justice and Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes.  We also watch many of the live action shows which drew their inspiration from comics with titles like Smallville and The Walking Dead, still fresh or currently in the public eye.  As such, we’ve identified the shows (based on comic books) that we believe are the best.






Doctor WhoFor years people have been trying to get me to watch Doctor Who ever since it was reincarnated back in 2005, and for years I’ve always pushed them away.  For me, my reasoning was that it had such a huge backstory to it from the classic run that I’d never be able to find the time to sit down and immerse myself into it the way it deserved.  I actually did try to watch the classic run once and even caught the 1996 television movie, but I just couldn’t find myself enjoying them.  A second time I watched my fiancée catch up on Series 5 of the revived show, though I only paid a bit of attention to it; I was so lost as to what was going on that I once again concluded that it was to be one of those things I just didn’t get involved in.  It was a few months later when my fiancée decided to show it to my wife—who does not have the greatest love of some of the more obsessive geek culture identities such as comic books, Star Trek, Star Wars, or tabletop RPGs—and her reaction to the show was what really made me decide to give it yet a third try.  After all, if she could like it, then there was a very strong chance I might at least enjoy some aspects of it.

“Spoilers!” –River Song


Rob PaulsenAs far back as I can remember, I have always loved doing voices. A strange talent I had obtained in my youth to vocally mimic almost anything I heard. One minute I was singing "The Christmas Song" as Alvin and the Chipmunks, and then next spouting cheesy Arnold Schwarzenegger lines from Predator.  Just hearing the kids laugh in class while I mimicked teachers and classmates was a gift in itself. Though, as a child I was told such a gift would change once I neared puberty, so I took that negativity and focused on practicing every single day to prove them wrong. When asked, "How do you do that?" or "How do you get your voice so high?" I never really had an answer. It just came naturally. By the age of 12, I could tell exactly which characters Hank Azaria voiced on The Simpsons just by ear, which both amazed and confused my mother. She explained that I just had an ear for it. When watching Animaniacs, I would tell my friends that it was one guy who played Yakko, Pinky, and Dr. Scratchansniif, to which they scoffed. "But they don't sound anything alike. Yakko's voice is WAY higher. How do you know?"


Young JusticeThe second time a television show has been made around a young superhero team within the greater DC universe, Young Justice is about several former sidekicks coming together to act as a support team for the greater Justice League.  Heroes band together to take on some of the worst of the worst in the DC universe, but that doesn’t keep them from having fun throughout the series.  These young whippersnappers are ready to take on the world to prove they’re worthy of a larger role in the superhero community, but their eagerness produces some problems.


The Legend of KorraNew on the Tube is a series devoted to reviewing relatively new television shows and determining how they may (or may not) appeal to their intended audiences, where the shows are going, and what can be done to make them better.


Show Premise: 

It is decades after the events of Avatar: The Last Airbender and the latest Avatar, Korra, is training in the various elements.  Deciding to go to Republic City to learn more from the Airbenders—and to make a bit of a difference in the metropolis that is the capital—Korra encounters several individuals, including those who are distrustful of benders.  She continues to train, so that she will be ready to not just be the Avatar, but to be a legend.  The show airs on Saturdays at 11:00 a.m. (Eastern) on Nickelodeon.




Ultimate Spider-Man AdvNew on the Tube is a series devoted to reviewing relatively new television shows and determining how they may (or may not) appeal to their intended audiences, where the shows are going, and what can be done to make them better.



Show Premise: 

Peter Parker continues to sling across the skyscrapers of NYC, protecting its citizens while taking care of his day-to-day life.  Young and brash, Parker is seen as a superhero that needs training by Nick Fury, Head of S.H.I.E.L.D.  Not sure what to make of his newfound benefactor, Parker deals with the introduction of 4 other superheroes into his life and the increasing realization that someone’s out to get him.  He’s not just a web slinger; he’s Ultimate Spider-Man.  The show airs on Sundays at 11:00 a.m. (Eastern) on Disney XD.





Level Up TV showNew on the Tube is a series devoted to reviewing relatively new television shows and determining how they may (or may not) appeal to their intended audiences, where the shows are going, and what can be done to make them better.


By Robert J. Baden, Guest Contributor to Fanboy Comics  


Show Premise: 

Three MMORPG-playing teens unwittingly unleash creatures and items from their game into the real world.  Now, with the help of the game’s designer, the trio must search out “leaked” creatures and send them back to the game world while they balance their personal lives and school.  The show airs on Tuesdays at 8:00 p.m. (Eastern) on Cartoon Network (even though it’s a live-action series).




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