TV News Trifecta: Arrow, Toonami, Care Bears

? The CW has released this first look at their upcoming Green Arrow series, Arrow. (Did they do focus testing that told them the word ‘green’ was lame?) The series stars Stephen Amell as the DC hero and is described by the network thusly:

After a violent shipwreck, billionaire playboy Oliver Queen was missing and presumed dead for five years before being discovered alive on a remote island in the Pacific. When he returns home to Starling City, his devoted mother Moira, much-beloved sister Thea, and best friend Tommy welcome him home, but they sense Oliver has been changed by his ordeal on the island. While Oliver hides the truth about the man he’s become, he desperately wants to make amends for the actions he took as the boy he was. Most particularly, he seeks reconciliation with his former girlfriend, Laurel Lance. As Oliver reconnects with those closest to him, he secretly creates the persona of Arrow – a vigilante – to right the wrongs of his family, fight the ills of society, and restore Starling City to its former glory. By day, Oliver plays the role of a wealthy, carefree and careless philanderer he used to be – flanked by his devoted chauffeur/bodyguard, John Diggle – while carefully concealing the secret identity he turns to under cover of darkness. However, Laurel’s father, Detective Quentin Lance, is determined to arrest the vigilante operating in his city. Meanwhile, Oliver’s own mother, Moira, knows much more about the deadly shipwreck than she has let on – and is more ruthless than he could ever imagine.

I was too distracted by the CG apples at the end of the clip to really form too much of an opinion on this, but I can say that someone desperately needs to redub the montage sequence featured here with “Higher and Higher” from Wet Hot American Summer. (Via /Film)


? You asked for it. You prayed for it. Some of you even wrote songs about it. And now, finally, Toonami is returning to Cartoon Network on Saturday, May 26th. There’s only speculation about exactly what will be featured in the anime lineup when it makes its comeback so far, but stay tuned to Topless Robot for more info when it becomes available. And feel free to voice your hopes in the comments.
? Lou Reed once sang “there’s a bit of magic in everything, and some loss to even things out.” Indeed. Just as word about Toonami’s triumphant return began to spread yesterday, this teaser for The Hub’s impending Care Bears: Welcome to Care-A-Lot series. (And with that, the great Brony vs. Bruin war of 2012 officially began). Say what you will about this corporate exercise in manufactured cuteness aimed at breathing new life into a 1980s franchise, yet it’s still bound to yield better results than this. (Via Pop Candy)