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TV Wasteland: The Cancellation Hammer Falls by Rob Vaux, Editor
(February 27, 2011)
Unless you’re watching the CW, your genre show is looking at some pretty grim prospects for renewal. That’s the vibe as February ends and March brings the season – and possibly series – finales for a number of shows. Nothing is certain, and sometim

Zombified Oscars by Rob Wieland, Writer
(February 25, 2011)
Awards shows are designed to be self-aggrandizing spectacle, but nobody does it like the Oscars. They somehow stretch 3+ hours into feeling longer than a marathon screener of all the Best Picture nominees back to back. Let’s spice things up a bit. Everyt

TV Wasteland: And the Overhyped Pretense to Quality Goes to… by Rob Vaux, Editor
(February 21, 2011)
The Oscars are here again, in which a gaggle of privileged, aging Hollywood elites pretend they really care about art rather than commerce, only to have Father Time de-pants their capricious choices year after year. There’s no sense complaining about it,

Battle Royale: Superman Vocal Actors by Rob Vaux, Writer
(February 21, 2011)
When we did our Battle Royale for Batman’s voice actors a few weeks ago, there really wasn’t any question of who would win out. We went forward with it as a means of showcasing some of the other great performers who played the Caped Crusader, but Kevin

10 Best Genre Romances by Rob Wieland, Writer
(February 14, 2011)
Romance in most genre movies is often a kiss between the main male and female lead, then back to the alien blasting. Or, it’s a clunky part of the plot, where one of the non-human characters must learn to love, or a kiss brings the hero back to life to k

TV Wasteland: Happy Valentine’s Day! by Rob Vaux, Editor
(February 13, 2011)
Love is in the air, Cupid’s arrow flies and too damn many genre shows are on the chopping block for comfort. How do we love them? Let us count the ways…

TV Wasteland: More than meets the eye? by Rob Vaux, Editor
(February 07, 2011)
If Transformers fans need a silver lining to the dreadful Michael Bay movies, it may be arriving this Friday. Transformers Prime, an all new CGI animated show, debuts on The Hub network. It takes place after the Decepticon assault on Earth; Megatron is gon

Smallville: Mania TV Review by Joe Oesterle, Mania Critic
(February 05, 2011)
It’s been a long layoff in between episodes of Smallville, and after watching Friday’s newest installment I couldn’t help but ask myself, why? Not why was the show gone so long, or the even why did it bother to come back. The answer to both questions

6 Sidekicks Who Could Use a Makeover by Chad Derdowski, Writer
(February 04, 2011)
As in any walk of life, trends come and go in comic books. Pulp influences give way to science fiction. Huge collars and flowing capes fall to the wayside as pockets and shoulderpads become the norm. And the sidekicks of yesteryear have given way to legacy

Battle Royale: Batman Voice Actors by Rob Vaux, Mania Critic
(February 03, 2011)
In many ways, Batman has no face. Bruce Wayne died in the alleyway with his parents, and whoever he is now exists in that implacable cowl. It’s the voice we associate most with the Caped Crusader: the gravelly sense of menace thundering out of the shadow

TV Wasteland: Super Bowliana by Rob Vaux, Editor
(January 30, 2011)
Super Bowl week arrives with a full slate of shows, but no real stand-outs. Instead, let’s all point and laugh at the CW for hosing their Friday line-up and pissing off some dedicated fans in the process. Get that egg off your faces quickly, boys; Smallv

TV Wasteland: In Her Satin Tights, Fighting for Our Rights… by Rob Vaux, Editor
(January 23, 2011)
Our news this week concerns a show which isn’t airing, but will. Considering that said show is Wonder Woman – which was left for dead just a few weeks ago – it’s bound to raise some eyebrows. After David E. Kelley couldn’t sell his pilot for dog

TV Wasteland: Being Human… Again by Rob Vaux, Editor
(January 16, 2011)
Syfy is premiering the American remake of Being Human--originally a BBC production--this Monday. We haven’t seen it yet, so we’ll withhold judgment. The trend, however, continues Hollywood’s distressing tendency to cannibalize earlier works rather th

TV Wasteland: The Playoff Blues by Rob Vaux, Editor
(January 09, 2011)
Nothing out of the ordinary is showing up on TV this week, so let’s get right to it!

Mania Interview: Elizabeth Mitchell by Kurt Anthony Krug, Writer
(January 04, 2011)
After Elizabeth Mitchell left the TV series Lost, a week later she received the script for V, which is returning Jan. 4 for its second season.

The Top 10 TV Shows of 2010 by Stephen Lackey
(December 30, 2010)
There was a bevy of solid TV offerings out there for the “Maniac” in 2010. Some shows, such as No Ordinary Family seemed weak at first, but ended up being quite entertaining. There were other great shows that don’t fit our genres of choice, such as J

Nice to Naughty: Genre Characters Getting Coal in Their Stockings by Rob Wieland, Author
(December 23, 2010)
Oh, sure, they start out as allies, sidekicks, even the main characters of the story. But little by little, because of pride, fate or madness, they reveal selfish tendencies and become bad guys. They’ve betrayed everyone in their fictional world as well

Naughty to Nice: Genre Characters Who Saw the Light by Rob Wieland
(December 22, 2010)
The challenge with a good villain is that the public wants to see that villain again and again. Recurring villains are great characters, but they have to walk a line of effectiveness. If they are too good, the hero has to pull out some Script Immunity to w

TV Wasteland: A Cold Winter’s Night by Rob Vaux, Columnist
(December 19, 2010)
As far as actual shows goes, the networks have closed up shop for the annual holiday break… with one very notable exception. The BBC delivers a brand-new episode of Doctor Who this Christmas Day. They’re riffing on A Christmas Carol, as The Doctor (Mat

5 Things To Do Until The Walking Dead Is Back on the Air by Joe Oesterle, Author
(December 14, 2010)
After a cruelly short 6-episode season, fans of AMC’s critically acclaimed The Walking Dead are now ambling about aimlessly, much like the dreaded walkers they love to fear, searching for their next zombified fix.

TV Wasteland: I Have a Bad Feeling About This by Rob Vaux, Columnist
(December 12, 2010)
Seth Green loves Star Wars, as anyone who has ever watched his brilliant stop-motion animation series Robot Chicken can attest. The show features copious parodies of every corner of the Lucas-verse, complete with voice-overs from the likes of Mark Hamill a

Worst Franchise Reboots by Rob Wieland, Author
(December 10, 2010)
It seems like Hollywood is always looking backwards rather than forwards. Why risk millions of dollars on original ideas when people will pay to see remakes even if they are violently opposed to the idea? Here is a most wanted list of some of the worst att

Best Franchise Reboots by Rob Wieland, Author
(December 09, 2010)
Sometimes, Hollywood does a remake, reimaging or reboot that works. A fresh take, an ensemble with chemistry, or a talented producer can breathe life into a beloved series or even something that was poorly executed but had good ideas buried in the rubble.

TV Wasteland: Santa’s Coming by Rob Vaux, Critic
(December 06, 2010)
As Christmas season rolls around, the TV schedule becomes a hash. Some shows power through with all-new episodes, while others take a hiatus, leaving loyal fans either scrambling for the TiVo or burning through a lot of reruns. It gets awfully confusing--a

Mania Interview: Will Friedle by Kurt Anthony Krug, Author
(December 03, 2010)
Nowadays, actor Will Friedle prefers doing voiceover work than live-action work. “I retired from on-camera work at 30. Plain and simple. I started acting on camera when I was 10, so it had been 20 years. I really enjoyed it, but the on-camera side of

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