? Nickelodeon’s new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles cartoon will debut with a one-hour special on September 29th. From the Nick press release:
In the one-hour premiere, Master Splinter allows his teenaged sons to visit the surface for the first time, with strict instructions to remain unseen. But when they spy a group of thugs attempting to kidnap a teenage girl (April O’Neil) and her father, the Turtles must leap into action. They soon discover that the surface world isn’t as simple as it first appears, as they find themselves in the middle of a conspiracy involving alien creatures, robotic droids, missing scientists and come face-to-face with the same glowing green mutagen that mutated them in the first place.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is based on four mutant turtles–Leonardo, Raphael, Donatello and Michelangelo–trained in the art of ninjutsu by their mutant rat sensei, Master Splinter, who teaches the turtles to battle evil from the New York City sewers. The new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles series will be funnier and “ninja-ier” than ever before. The action comedy explores the camaraderie of four teenage brothers learning to rely on one another as they unravel the mystery of their existence and train to become the heroes they’re destined to be. The heroes in a half shell will confront the wondrous and hostile world of New York City, facing enemies more dangerous and pizza more delicious than anything they could have imagined.
I know I make up words all the time on TR — I’ve probably even used “ninja-ier” at one point or another — but seeing “ninja-ier” in an official press release fills me with contempt and scorn. (Via ToyNewsI)
? Entertainment One, makers of The Walking Dead TV series, got the rights to make a live-action TV show version of the classic manga Blackjack. Created by Osamu “God of Manga” Tezuka (the guy who created Astro Boy), Blackjack is about an unlicensed surgeon with a scarred face who deals with mysteries and more than a little of the medically macabre. Anyone familiar with the original manga can probably guess what they’re going to drop for the U.S. version — Blackjack’s cape and distinctive hairstyle, almost certainly — but given the fact that America loves medical dramas, this could actually work. (Via MTV Geek)
? Someone painstakingly colorized the classic Doctor Who scene where the First Doctor says goodbye to his granddaughter Susan. If you’ve ever wanted to see William Hartnell’s Doctor in color, this is your chance. Try not to be overwhelmed by the sexy! (Via io9)
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