Saturday, June 30, 2012

BROWNCOATS UNITE! COMIC-CON PANEL FEATURING JOSS WHEDON, NATHAN FILLION AND MORE

per press release:


BROWNCOATS UNITE! SCIENCE CELEBRATES FIREFLY'S 10 YEAR ANNIVERSARY WITH EXCLUSIVE SAN DIEGO COMIC-CON PANEL FEATURING JOSS WHEDON, NATHAN FILLION AND MORE
--SCIENCE Takes Comic-Con International: San Diego 2012 by Storm with Panels for FIREFLY, DARK MATTERS: TWISTED BUT TRUE and STUFF YOU SHOULD KNOW--

(SILVER SPRING, MD) - SCIENCE announced that it will converge on the world's leading comics and pop culture convention with three exclusive panels at this year's Comic-Con International: San Diego (Comic-Con), taking place July 12-15.  Headlined by the 10-year anniversary panel for the cult sensation FIREFLY, the network's first appearance at the event features a star-studded lineup of top talent, producers and never-before-seen footage, along with numerous buzz-worthy surprises.  SCIENCE will burst onto the scene at this year's Comic-Con providing the ultimate signature experience that fans won't soon forget, with additional presentations for DARK MATTERS: TWISTED BUT TRUE and STUFF YOU SHOULD KNOWFRINGE, which will make its SCIENCE debut on November 20, also will feature a panel on Sunday, July 15.

For the first time ever, SCIENCE will bring together the cast from the beloved but short-lived series, FIREFLY.  Captain Mal and his team will descend upon San Diego 10 years after the sci-fi western first hit airwaves and triggered a fanatical following.  Since making its debut on SCIENCE in 2011, FIREFLY has become an audience favorite, attracting an army of both new and veteran Browncoats to the network.  Join creator, executive producer and writer Joss Whedon, alongside fellow executive producer and writer Tim Minear, and cast members Nathan Fillion, Alan Tudyk, Adam Baldwin, Sean Maher, Michael Fairman and the rest of the crew of Serenity for one of this year's the most anticipated panels on Friday, July 13, at 12:30 PM (PT). 

Friday evening at 7:15 PM (PT), John Noble (FRINGE) and the creators of SCIENCE's hit series DARK MATTERS: TWISTED BUT TRUE will unveil shocking never-before-seen footage from the show's second season.  Join host Noble, the series' executive producer and a featured scientific historian as SCIENCE offers a sneak peak at forbidden research records from the most shocking studies ever executed.  Featuring gruesome lobotomy experiments, controversial CIA mind-control studies and accounts of live human transplants, the all-new season shows that science fact can be stranger—and sometimes more entertaining—than science fiction.  Noble also will be signing limited edition DARK MATTERS Comic-Con posters at his autograph session for those brave enough to question everything.  DARK MATTERS: TWISTED BUT TRUE season two premieres Saturday, July 14, at 10 PM (ET/PT).  This is just the beginning of Noble's Comic-Con conquest, as he will appear alongside the cast of the FRINGE at the Warner Bros. featured panel on Sunday, June 15.  FRINGE makes its cable debut on SCIENCE on November 20 at 8 PM (ET/PT).

Finally, everyone's favorite genius generalists Josh Clark and Chuck Bryant make their freshman Comic-Con appearance to record a live edition of their top-10 downloaded HowStuffWorks podcast.  Josh and Chuck will lead Comic-Con's fans in the 360-degree discussion Time Travel: Science Fact or Science Fiction?  With surprise guests and exclusive giveaways, the guys also will reveal hidden scenes from their upcoming SCIENCE series STUFF YOU SHOULD KNOW, premiering in January 2013. 

"As a network, SCIENCE has one foot in the planetarium and the other in Comic-Con.  This venue is the Mecca for creativity and inspiration that can spark a great work of art or the next scientific breakthrough," said Debbie Adler Myers, general manager and executive vice president for SCIENCE.  "From Joss, Nathan and our amazing FIREFLY panel, to John Noble and DARK MATTERS, to Josh and Chuck; our panels reflect the programming on SCIENCE—totally diverse but all whip-smart, hugely entertaining, lean-forward television."

"We are very excited to welcome SCIENCE to the Comic-Con International family," commented David Glanzer, director of marketing and public relations for Comic-Con.  "They have some of the most-anticipated panels at this year's event and we know they won't disappoint the legion of fans that come from all over the world to experience the phenomena that is Comic-Con."

SCIENCE CHANNEL PANELS AT SAN DIEGO COMIC-CON 2012
TIME TRAVEL: SCIENCE FACT OR SCIENCE FICTION?  STUFF YOU SHOULD KNOW WITH JOSH & CHUCK
Thursday, 7/12/12, 4:00 p.m.–5:00 p.m., Room: 5AB  
SCIENCE presents Josh Clark and Chuck Bryant, hosts of the Top 10 iTunes podcast STUFF YOU SHOULD KNOW, as they lead a discussion about time travel with some very special celebrity guests for a live from Comic-Con taping of their podcast.  Josh and Chuck's loyal fan following, chemistry and insatiable curiosity are core to the launch of SCIENCE's upcoming series STUFF YOU SHOULD KNOW, as the two pioneer the way for what likely will be more introductions of talent discovered and incubated online finding a place on new platforms.  Join Josh and Chuck and the SCIENCE team at Comic-Con for an exclusive sneak-peek of STUFF YOU SHOULD KNOW, as well as limited edition Comic-Con exclusive giveaways from SCIENCE.

FIREFLY 10-YEAR ANNIVERSARY
Friday 7/13/12, 12:30 p.m.–1:30 p.m., Room: 20
It has been 10 years since the crew of Serenity took flight in Joss Whedon's short-lived but now revered series, FIREFLYSCIENCE will reconvene, for the first time in a decade, Captain Mal Reynolds and the crew from the ship, calling all Browncoats to unite at the 2012 San Diego Comic-Con.  The cast of FIREFLY will talk about the past, present and future of FIREFLY, 10 years after its debut.  SHINY.

DARK MATTERS
Friday, 7/13/12, 7:15 p.m.–8:15 p.m., Room: 6A  
This summer, SCIENCE returns to the laboratory to unearth history's most sinister tales with the second season of the breakout series DARK MATTERS: TWISTED BUT TRUE.  Join USA Today's Brian Truitt; John Noble; Executive Producer Rocky Collins; and science historian Michael Stevens as we take a closer look at the forbidden research records on the most shocking scientific studies ever executed.  From gruesome lobotomy experiments, to controversial CIA studies, to spine-chilling accounts of live human transplants, the all-new season shows that science fact can be stranger, and even more entertaining, than science fiction.  The six world premiere episodes take audiences inside a real-life Twilight Zone, where shocking CGI re-creations illustrate unforgettable tales of genius gone horribly awry.  DARK MATTERS: TWISTED BUT TRUE premieres Saturday, July 14, at 10:00 PM (ET/PT).

JOHN NOBLE/DARK MATTERS AUTOGRAPH SESSION
Saturday, 7/15/12, 1:30 p.m.–2:30 p.m.
John Noble, host of SCIENCE's hit series DARK MATTERS, will be signing limited edition Comic-Con International: San Diego 2012 commemorative posters during his autograph session. 


About SCIENCE:
SCIENCE, a division of Discovery Communications, Inc. (Nasdaq: DISCA, DISCB, DISCK), is home for the thought provocateur, the individual who is unafraid to ask the killer questions of "how" and "why not."  The network is a playground for those with audacious intellects and features programming willing to go beyond imagination to explore the unknown.  Guided by curiosity, SCIENCE looks for innovation in mysterious new worlds as well as in its own backyard.  SCIENCE and the SCIENCE HD simulcast reach more than 68 million U.S. households.  The network also features high-traffic online and social media destinations, including ScienceChannel.com, facebook.com/Science Channel and twitter.com/Science Channel.

About Discovery Communications
Discovery Communications (Nasdaq: DISCA, DISCB, DISCK) is the world's #1 nonfiction media company reaching more than 1.5 billion cumulative subscribers in over 200 countries and territories. Discovery is dedicated to satisfying curiosity through more than 140 worldwide television networks, led by Discovery Channel, TLC, Animal Planet, Science and Investigation Discovery, as well as US joint venture networks OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network, The Hub and 3net, the first 24-hour 3D network. Discovery also is a leading provider of educational products and services to schools and owns and operates a diversified portfolio of digital media services, including HowStuffWorks.com. For more information, please visit www.discoverycommunications.com.

About Comic-Con International: San Diego
Comic-Con International: San Diego (Comic-Con), the largest comic book and popular arts convention of its kind in the world, is a nonprofit educational organization dedicated to creating awareness of, and appreciation for, comics and related popular art forms, primarily through the presentation of conventions and events that celebrate the historic and ongoing contribution of comics to art and culture.  In addition to its San Diego convention each summer, Comic-Con organizes WonderCon each spring and the Alternative Press Expo each fall.  On the Web: Comic-Con.org, Facebook.com/comiccon, Twitter.com/comic_con.

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Friday, June 29, 2012

MTV’S 'Teen Wolf' Returns to Comic-Con With Cast and an Exclusive First Look New Episode

per MTV press release



MTV'S HIT DRAMA "TEEN WOLF" RETURNS TO COMIC-CON,


GIVING FANS ACCESS TO THE CAST, AND AN EXCLUSIVE FIRST LOOK AT ALL-NEW EPISODE
MTV News and MTV Geek! To Provide Wall-to-Wall Convention Coverage
Exclusive Unveiling of the Trailer of New Scripted Comedy Series


"The Inbetweeners" Will Air Following the "Teen Wolf" Panel
New York, NY (June 27, 2012)— MTV announced today the hit drama Teen Wolf will be back at Comic-Con for the third consecutive year, with a panel featuring all the stars from the series, and a special sneak peek of an all-new episode.  In addition, MTV Geek! will host a live pitch competition between three top comic creators in the industry.  For those who can't make it to San Diego this year, MTV News and MTV Geek! will bring the Con to fans providing wall-to-wall convention coverage.  
"Teen Wolf" cast members Tyler Posey, Dylan O'Brien, Crystal Reed, Tyler Hoechlin, Holland Roden and Colton Haynes are taking Comic-Con by storm again, and giving fans an exclusive first-look at an all-new episode, along with the latest scoop from season two during the Q&A session, moderated by TV Guide Magazine Senior Writer, Damian Holbrook.  Fans will want to stick around for the can't-miss world premiere trailer of MTV's upcoming scripted comedy series, "The Inbetweeners," immediately following the Q&A session.  The series, from executive producer Brad Copeland ("Arrested Development," "My Name is Earl"), will premiere Monday, August 20 at 10:30 p.m. ET/PT on MTV.
On Thursday, July 12, join MTV Comics Executive Editor Tom Akel for MTV Presents: Creator Pitch LIVE!,  a live pitch competition between three of the top creators in the business, including Image co-founder/Top Cow CEO and co-creator of "Witchblade" and "The Darkness," Marc Silvestri, co-creator of the "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" and owner/editor/publisher of "Heavy Metal," Kevin Eastman, and Eisner Award-winning creator of the all-ages hit "Mouse Guard," David Petersen. 
Just three weeks prior to Comic-Con, the creators will each be given the same topic, something that's been a hot button issue to the industry from the past year, from which they will draw their inspiration to develop a new comic series.  Creators have 10 minutes to present their pitch to the fans, there will be time for questions, and then put it to a vote that's determined by the fans. 
MTV News and MTV Geek will be live all week long from San Diego delivering complete coverage from the panels, on the floor, in the press rooms, on the streets, and live broadcasts from the Hilton and the Omni hotels throughout the week.  Join hosts Josh Horowitz and Steven Smith for fan-favorite movies, comic creators, TV shows, cosplay, gaming and more!  Keep it locked to www.comic-con.mtv.com for the schedule and updates and follow along on Twitter using #MTVSDCC. 
Please Note: Series stars and creative teams scheduled to attend are subject to change
MTV PANEL AND PRESS ROOM SCHEDULE
THURSDAY, JULY 12
"Teen Wolf" Panel


2:30-3:30 p.m.


Room 6A


MTV Presents: Creator Pitch LIVE!


5:00-6:00 p.m.


Room 25ABC
About MTV:          


MTV is the world's premier youth entertainment brand.   With a global reach of more than a half-billion households, MTV is the cultural home of the millennial generation, music fans and artists, and a pioneer in creating innovative programming for young people.  MTV reflects and creates pop culture with its Emmy®, Grammy® and Peabody® award-winning content built around compelling storytelling, music discovery and activism across TV, online and mobile.  MTV's sibling networks MTV2 and mtvU each deliver unparalleled customized content for young males, music fans and college students, and its online hub MTV.com is a leading destination for music, news and pop culture.  MTV is a unit of Viacom Inc. (NASDAQ: VIA, VIAB), one of the world's leading creators of programming and content across all media platforms.



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A "FIREFLY" FOURTH OF JULY MARATHON: WEDNESDAY, JULY 4 STARTING AT 8AM ON SCIENCE

press release:



 



***MEDIA ALERT***

FIREFLY  FOURTH  OF JULY!

-- An all-day marathon event starting at ­­8 AM (ET/PT) —
On Wednesday, July 4 only on SCIENCE
This Independence Day, SCIENCE invites viewers to celebrate by choosing Browncoats over redcoats and tuning in for an all-day marathon of its 2002 hit series FIREFLY. Complementing the 10th anniversary reunion panel that will be held at this year's San Diego Comic -Con on July 13, the event will reintroduce viewers to the adventures of Capt. Malcom "Mal" Reynolds and his spaceship crew as they seek out (extraterrestrial) life, liberty and pursue happiness.
Descriptions of the fourteen FIREFLY episodes are below:
Episode 1: Serenity
Wednesday July 4 at 8:00 AM (ET/PT)
In this original pilot episode, the crew transports passengers to another planet to sell salvaged goods only to discover that an undercover Alliance agent is on board the Serenity. The crew heads off to the rim worlds after picking up three passengers: Book, Simon, and Dobson.
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Episode 2: The Train Job
Wednesday, July 4 at 10:00 AM (ET/PT)
Serenity continues to travel through space conducting illegal runs across the star system, which is under the control of the Alliance. A powerful and fearsome mobster named Adelei Niska demands that the crew of Serenity pull a train robbery. The train is carrying medical supplies for a community, and Mal and Zoe get held on suspicion.
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Episode 3: Bushwhacked
Wednesday, July 4 at 11:00 AM (ET/PT)
On a salvage mission aboard a drifting colony ship, the Serenity crew finds signs that the crew of the deserted ship was killed by the cannibalistic Reavers. They find one survivor, however things take a turn for the worse when an Alliance ship, looking for an unspecified Firefly-class ship with brother-and-sister stowaways, shows up and takes them in.
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Episode 4: Shindig
Wednesday, July 4 at 12:00 AM (ET/PT)
On the planet Persephone, the crew is contacted by their old "friend" Badger, the ruthless crime lord, to transport some goods on behalf of a local lord. While at a ball to arrange a transport job with the lord, Mal defends Inara's honor when her current customer insults her. By local custom, he unintentionally challenges her date, Atherton Wing, to a duel.
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Episode 5: Safe
Wednesday, July 4 at 1:00 PM (ET/PT)
Mal must choose which crew members to save when one is gravely wounded and two others are kidnapped. Simon finds an uneasy haven in a remote village, but River's uncanny perceptions jeopardize the Tams' temporary safety. Simon is kidnapped by locals who need a doctor, while River is threatened with burning as a witch.
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Episode 6: Our Mrs. Reynolds
Wednesday, July 4 at 2:00 PM (ET/PT)
While completing a job on a backwater world, Mal is married to a village girl without his knowledge. The girl, Saffron, gets onboard and the crew does not find her until they're already in the air. Mal is not sure what to do with her, but let her come along.
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Episode 7: Jaynestown
Wednesday, July 4 at 3:00 PM (ET/PT)
The Serenity crew pulls a job in a town where Jayne once made some friends and few lifelong enemies. Meanwhile, Kaylee and Simon dance, River rewrites Book's bible, and Inara beds the magistrate's son, a virgin.
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Episode 8: Out of Gas
Wednesday, July 4 at 4:00 PM (ET/PT)
Following Serenity's engine explosion, the crew is left with only hours of oxygen. In a delirious state, draining the ship of its oxygen supply, Mal has a series of flashbacks about how he came to own Serenity and form his crew.
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Episode 9: Ariel
Wednesday, July 4 at 5:00 PM (ET/PT)
On return to Ariel, Simon hires the crew out to smuggle River into a hospital so Simon can figure out what the Alliance did to her. The plan goes off without a hitch - that is, until the Alliance catches wind of the Tam siblings' presence on the planet.
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Episode 10: War Stories
Wednesday, July 4 at 6:00 PM (ET/PT)
Jealous of Zoe's relationship with Mal, Wash insists that he go with Mal to try to sell some of the medical supplies the crew stole from the Alliance. In the middle of the deal, Mal and Wash are kidnapped by men working for Niska, the crime lord, who wants revenge against Mal for the botched train heist. Meanwhile, Inara extends her services to a council member. To the crew's surprise, it's a woman. And Simon continues to treat River with some of the medicine he stole, but she suffers the occasional relapse.
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Episode 11: Trash
Wednesday, July 4 at 7:00 PM (ET/PT)
Saffron (from "Our Mrs. Reynolds") returns - after Mal breaks up her current gig, she convinces him and the crew to help out with a "perfect crime" that isn't. The crime: go to Bellerophon and steal a criminal's prototype laser gun from his collection. The plan: Saffron and Mal sneak in and dump the gun down the trash, bypassing security, and the Serenity crew grabs it from the disposal system.
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Episode 12: The Message
Wednesday, July 4 at 8:00 PM (ET/PT)
An old war comrade of Mal's and Zoe's, Tracey, mails his corpse to them. He also leaves a message asking them to deliver his body to his family. Some men, claiming to be with the Alliance, are on the trail of the body and catch up to them demanding the corpse. The crew can't find anything on Tracey's corpse, but as they prepare to cut it open, Tracey comes back to life. He explains he is smuggling super-organs in his own body.
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Episode 13: Heart of Gold
Wednesday, July 4 at 9:00 PM (ET/PT)
The Serenity goes to the moon of Deadwood to answer a distress call from Inara's old friend, who runs a brothel. The Serenity crew defends a bordello from a gunslinger, who got a prostitute pregnant and now intends to collect the child; Mal falls for the bordello's madam.
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Episode 14: Objects in Space
Wednesday, July 4 at 10:00 PM (ET/PT)
Serenity encounters a ruthlessly professional bounty hunter, Jubal Early, who will stop at nothing to retrieve River. But River, feeling unwelcome on the ship, takes a novel approach to escaping from the long arm of the Alliance.



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E L James to sign 'Fifty Shades of Grey' at Comic Con

via press release

E L JAMES AUTHOR OF THE BEST-SELLING "FIFTY SHADES OF GREY" TRILOGY WILL SIGN COPIES OF HER BOOKS AT COMIC-CON SAN DIEGO 2012.

Next month, E L James, the author of the "Fifty Shades" trilogy, will be signing books July 12, 4-5:30 at the San Diego Convention Center. The ticketed afternoon event is free. This is the author's first book signing on the West Coast. 

First published in May 2011, Fifty Shades of Grey follows the relationship of 27-year-old billionaire Christian Grey and college student Anastasia Steele. Subsequent novels in the series, Fifty Shades Darker and Fifty Shades Freed explore the couple's deepening relationship.

Since Vintage Books acquired the books in March 2012, the trilogy has sold 16 million copies in the U.S. in all formats.

E L James is a former TV executive, wife and mother of two based in West London. Since early childhood she dreamed of writing stories that readers would fall in love with, but put those dreams on hold to focus on her family and her career. She finally plucked up the courage to put pen to paper with her first novel, Fifty Shades of Grey.

Vintage Books is an imprint of the Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, which is a division of Random House, Inc., whose parent company is Bertelsmann AG, the international media company.

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Travel Channel's "Bizarre Foods America" Returns 7/9

via press release:

Travel Channel's "Bizarre Foods" series with Andrew Zimmern marks its 100th episode next month!  To commemorate this milestone, Travel Channel is premiering a fun-filled one-hour retrospective special, "Bizarre Foods Celebrates 100," on Monday, July 9 at 8:00 p.m., ET/PT.  Then get ready to dive into pigeon pie in Austin, barbeque some armadillo in Central Florida and eat lambs tongue at a one-night only pop-up restaurant in Los Angeles in season six of the "Bizarre Foods" series.  Host Andrew Zimmern once again ditches his passport and explores the bizarre foods and cultures in our own backyard in the new season of "Bizarre Foods America" with Andrew Zimmern at 9:00 p.m., ET/PT.

Also, a tune-in reminder:

**TUNE-IN REMINDER FOR THE WEEK OF JULY 9**

“BIZARRE FOODS AMERICA” WITH ANDREW ZIMMERN KICKS OFF SEASON SIX WITH THE 100TH EPISODE

TRAVEL CHANNEL COMMEMORATES “BIZARRE FOODS” MILESTONE WITH RETROSPECTIVE SPECIAL “BIZARRE FOODS CELEBRATES 100”

SEASON FINALE OF “MYSTERIES AT THE MUSEUM” PREMIERES TUESDAY, JULY 10 AT 9 P.M. ET/PT

NEW ORIGINAL SERIES “TOP SPOT” PREMIERES THURSDAY, JULY 12 AT 10 P.M. ET/PT WITH TWO BACK-TO-BACK EPISODES

SPECIAL “GHOST ADVENTURES” LONDON EPISODE PREMIERES FRIDAY, JULY 13 AT 9 P.M. ET/PT

PLUS, NEW EPISODES OF PRIMETIME SERIES INCLUDING:
“TRIP FLIP,” “ADAM RICHMAN’S BEST SANDWICH IN AMERICA,” “HOTEL IMPOSSIBLE” AND MORE


(Additional information, including airdates and times, listed in chronological order)

BIZARRE FOODS CELEBRATES 100
NEW SPECIAL:  Monday, July 9 at 8:00 p.m., ET/PT
Travel Channel’s “Bizarre Foods” series with Andrew Zimmern marks its 100th episode this month!  To commemorate this milestone, Travel Channel is premiering a fun-filled one-hour retrospective special, “Bizarre Foods Celebrates 100.”  Andrew Zimmern, the two-time James Beard Award-winning TV personality, chef, food writer and teacher, and his crew look back over six years and 100 episodes to recount favorite memories, behind-the-scenes bloopers, travel mishaps, and of course, the foods and the memorable characters that have given “Bizarre Foods” its unique brand of flavor.  Interviews, show clips and behind-the-scenes footage will take fans through the wild ride that began with Zimmern eating a beating frog heart in Japan.  The special will also highlight some of the best and worst foods from around the world – including the one food he will never try again, as well as a look at the most important lesson Zimmern has learned from his travels.  “Bizarre Foods Celebrates 100” will also explore how the series has made viewers more curious about other cultures and more willing to sample new foods, culminating with a challenge for some lucky contest winners.

BIZARRE FOODS AMERICA
SEASON 6 PREMIERE:  Monday, July 9 at 9:00 p.m., ET/PT
Get ready to dive into pigeon pie in Austin, barbeque some armadillo in Central Florida and eat lambs tongue at a one-night only pop-up restaurant in Los Angeles in season six of the “Bizarre Foods” series.  Host Andrew Zimmern once again ditches his passport and explores the bizarre foods and cultures in our own backyard in the new season of “Bizarre Foods America” with Andrew Zimmern.  The sixth season, featuring eight one-hour episodes, premieres with Zimmern’s 100th episode of the “Bizarre Foods” series.  In this all-new episode at 9:00 p.m., ET/PT, Zimmern travels to Las Vegas to uncover why this city is all about extremes – biggest, best, most expensive and elaborate.  From over-the-top-excess including $750 cupcakes, $1,000 sundaes, and a hamburger priced at $5,000, Zimmern goes behind the velvet curtain at some of “Sin City’s” top luxury hotels including the Bellagio and MGM Grand.  At the Bellagio buffet – feeding 4,000 people a day, armies of people turn out handcrafted perfection in quantity (over 16,000 pastries per day) with a supply of top quality items including 4,000 homemade sausages, 400 pounds of prime rib and 2500 pounds of fish – delivered fresh six days a week.  Over at MGM Grand, where special event parties happen year-round, Zimmern goes backstage at the celebrity-filled Muhammad Ali 70th Birthday Bash to see how they serve a world-class dinner to 1800 guests – each of whom needs to be treated like a star. 

HOTEL IMPOSSIBLE
Monday, July 9 at 10:00 p.m., ET/PT
In this new original weekly hour-long series, Anthony Melchiorri, a hotel “fixer,” turns struggling hotels into bustling tourist destinations.  Each episode features a hotel that is having problems or not living up to its potential.  Melchiorri secretly scouts the property and identifies its biggest problems.  He then meets with the staff, from front desk receptionists to housekeeping to the owners themselves, to determine the key operation issues.  Some owners could risk losing their hotels if Melchiorri’s renovations do not work!  After coming up with a plan and prescribing the changes that need to be made, Melchiorri revamps and re-motivates the staff and transforms the hotel.  In an all-new episode at 10:00 p.m., ET/PT, Melchiorri travels to Billings, Montana where the historic Dude Rancher Lodge is out of touch – and almost out of time.  Melchiorri must jumpstart everyone to increase the hotel’s local presence for it to have any chance of survival.

MYSTERIES AT THE MUSEUM
SEASON FINALE:  Tuesday, July 10 at 9:00 p.m., ET/PT
Don Wildman journeys across the United States, going deep into the vaults of the nation's most revered institutions and unearthing wondrous treasures from the past.  Behind each extraordinary artifact are stories to be told and secrets to be revealed – all brimming with scandal, mystery, murder and intrigue.  In the season finale at 9:00 p.m., ET/PT, Wildman travels to Topeka, Fort Lee and Washington, D.C.  Hanging in storage at the Kansas Museum of History in Topeka, Kansas is what appears to be a well-worn naval uniform.  It actually belonged to a physician who practiced a bizarre and infamous surgery using the testicles of goats!  What common malady was this operation said to cure?  And did it really work?  The U.S. Army Quartermaster Museum in Fort Lee, Virginia displays a brass bell that was linked to legendary beast known as the Red Ghost.  What was this terrifying creature?  And how did it come to stalk the Arizona desert?  Within the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of Natural History in Washington, D.C. stands an immense stone figure from a little-known corner of the globe.  Who made this mysterious statue?  And what role did it play in the collapse of an ancient civilization? 

ADAM RICHMAN’S BEST SANDWICH IN AMERICA
Wednesday, July 11 at 9:00 p.m., ET/PT
Travel Channel fan-favorite Adam Richman has sampled countless variations of this delectable and ingenious American icon, and now he is crisscrossing the country on a mission to find the most delicious sandwich ever created.  “Adam Richman’s Best Sandwich in America” is an 11-episode weekly series (10 half-hour shows with a special one-hour finale), which documents Richman’s nationwide quest to find the best thing since sliced bread ON sliced bread.  Using his own BITE SCALE (B=Bread, I=Interior, T=Taste, E=Eating Experience), Richman samples and judges the three most mouthwatering masterpieces a region has to offer.  After naming a regional favorite in 10 geographical locales, each winning sandwich moves to the finals, to face off against each other and two secret wildcards – earning a chance to compete in the ultimate national championship – and fight for the title of “Adam Richman’s Best Sandwich in America.”  In an all-new episode at 9:00 p.m., ET/PT, Richman’s nationwide hunt for the best sandwich in America has taken him to the Northwest!  Beginning his journey in Seattle, WA, Richman gets a taste of one of renowned chef Mario Batali’s favorites – the Oxtail Sandwich from Salumi, which has shredded pieces of oxtail braised in a vegetable-based ragu and topped with herbed oil. This special sandwich is only made every other month and sells out every time!  Next it’s off to Portland, OR for two of Richman’s favorite hoagies - Big Ass Sandwiches’ Roast Beef Sandwich loaded with homemade roast beef, b├ęchamel sauce and packed with hand-cut fries, and Bunk Sandwiches’ Pork Belly Cubano with ham, Swiss cheese, pickles and mustard.  It’s a tough call between these three very unique sandwiches.  Although Richman would gladly elect all three as the best in the region, only one can move on to the next round and compete for the crowning title as Adam Richman’s Best Sandwich in America!

BAGGAGE BATTLES
Wednesday, July 11 at 10:00 p.m., ET/PT
In this new original weekly half-hour series, viewers get a glimpse into the very profitable business of bidding, buying and reselling unclaimed luggage from airport auctions, freight and shipping auctions and police and seizure auctions.  “Baggage Battles” follows three teams of savvy “auction specialists” – married couple Laurence & Sally Martin, Mark Meyer and Billy Leroy – who all own and run antique-related shops.  The auction experts travel to some of the most important and unknown auctions, and bid on items lost in transit or confiscated by the police from airports around the world – all based on sight-unseen instincts.  They don’t know if it’s junk or a jackpot until they win the bid and open the suitcase or freight container.  In an all-new episode at 10:00 p.m., ET/PT, Billy Leroy, Mark Meyer and Laurence & Sally Martin return to New York to attend a lost freight and shipping auction at the NY Port Authority.  This auction culls together personal property that’s been lost in transit in New York City’s vast transportation network including airports, trains, subways and buses. 

TRIP FLIP
Thursday, July 12 at 9:00 p.m., ET/PT
In this new original 13-episode series, professional fun-seeker and travel expert Bert Kreischer turns the tables on would be vacationers and offers them a fantasy vacation of a lifetime –all they have to do is say “yes” and enjoy the adventure. Each weekly half-hour show features Kreischer as he surprises two people with the most unbelievable trip beyond their imaginations, convincing them to seize an opportunity of a lifetime and add a large dose of spontaneity into their lives.  Kreischer becomes the ultimate tour guide providing an all-expense-paid three-day vacation that goes well beyond any normal travel guide.   In an all-new episode at 9:00 p.m, ET/PT, Kreischer surprises two tourists in Maui with an amazing vacation upgrade, including lodging in a private beach cottage, a helicopter tour, paragliding, speed sailing and driving a submarine!

TOP SPOT
NEW SERIES PREMIERE:  One-Hour Season Opener to Feature Back-to-Back Episodes on Thursday, July 12 at 10:00p.m. and 10:30p.m., ET/PT
How do you plan the perfect vacation?  In each episode, travelers reveal their ideal vacation and test drive three different locations.  From hotels with private cabanas just steps away from Miami beaches to the rich culture of London, each destination will be exciting, but will make the choice very difficult.  Viewers play along by guessing which vacation will be chosen.  The winning spot is revealed at the end of each show, along with whether or not the travelers stayed on budget.  On the series premiere at 10:00 p.m., ET/PT, a family of four from Pittsburgh is taking a dream vacation in Miami.  With a $2,500 budget, they will take a whirlwind tour of three amazing hotel locations.  Will they choose trendy, swanky or a towering resort?  Then at 10:30 p.m., ET/PT, celebrating their wedding anniversary, an Ohio couple is on the hunt for the perfect romantic getaway in London.  They explore three different luxury resorts to find just the right accommodation that meets everything on their wish list – and falls within a $10,000 budget.

GHOST ADVENTURES
SPECIAL NEW EPISODE:  Friday, July 13 at 9:00 p.m., ET/PT
In celebration of the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, the “Ghost Adventures” crew – Zak Bagans, Nick Groff and Aaron Goodwin – head across the pond to investigate two of England’s most haunted & terrifying locations.  The trio interviews eyewitnesses and historians at each location, arming themselves with the stories of the ghosts they later confront during their dusk-to-dawn lockdowns.  Then they review and analyze their findings with some the most-respected experts and specialists in the paranormal field.  In the first of the two all-new episodes at 9:00 p.m., ET/PT, Bagans, Groff and Goodwin go deep inside the Hellfire Caves outside London where they recreate one of the infamous secret rituals known to have occurred there.  While attempting to conjure spirits of 18th century English royalty (said to still roam the catacombs), the crew experiences mysterious and unexplained activity – audio, visual and even physical. [Note: A second all-new special London episode will premiere the following week on Friday, July 20.]

XTREME WATERPARKS
Sunday, July 15 at 8:00 p.m., ET/PT
Hold on to your trunks, because we're taking an all-access, adrenaline-filled ride on the wildest, over-the-top and exhilarating water rides in the world!  From a high-speed, gravity defying water ride in Orlando, Florida to the world’s tallest water slide in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil, we're trotting the globe to reveal the most insane, nail-biting and “Xtreme Waterparks” that will thrill even the greatest adrenaline junkies.  In an all-new episode at 8:00 p.m., ET/PT, take a ride down the world’s tallest water slide in Brazil; ride a monster tube that throws you down three stories in 12 seconds in Texas; and race down a slide built for speed with the world's fastest slider in Germany.

INSANE COASTER WARS 
Sunday, July 15 at 9:00 p.m., ET/PT
Roller coasters promise a terrifying trip full of death-defying drops, spine-torqueing twists and stomach-churning inversions – but which ride is better?  This series invites thrill seekers everywhere to settle the battle once and for all by voting for their favorite coasters.  Each episode features four coasters in a total of six different categories.  Coaster experts will argue the pros, cons, advantages and weaknesses of each ride, while viewers experience the ride firsthand through specially mounted cameras.  The fan-favorites will be announced on air at the end of each episode, and in the one-hour finale, we count down the top ten coasters with the most votes!  In an all-new episode at 9:00p.m., ET/PT, wooden coasters shake, rattle and roll riders out of their seat as they thunder through savage turns and rumble around ferocious bends like a runaway train!  Which coaster will turn their competition into kindling?  Four of the most rip-roaring wooden coasters have been chosen to compete in one timber-shredding category called Splintering Speedsters.  Experience the thrill of the longest wooden roller coaster in the country on The Beast at Kings Island in Mason, Ohio; twist and turn through a maze of timber on Thunderhead at Dollywood in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee; take a whirlwind tour of the new world on The Voyage at Holiday World in Santa Claus, Indiana; and saddle up for the ride of your life on El Toro at Six Flags Great Adventure in Jackson, New Jersey.  Fans all across the country have voted and we will find out which bark-built coaster has the most bite!

For The 'Star Wars' Fan Who Likes Running - 'Course of the Force' Partners with 'Otter Pops'

via press release:

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Course of the Force Partners with Otter Pops
Otter Pops to Sponsor Runner Giveaway

SANTA MONICA, CA (June 29, 2012) Course of the Force is proud to announce a partnership with Otter Pops, the fun, iconic freezer pop  brand from The Jel Sert Company, for the inaugural lightsaber relay. The partnership includes branded on-site activities and an exciting opportunity for fans to carry the official event lightsaber during one segment of the Course of the Force through an online Facebook promotion courtesy of Otter Pops. The Course of the Force is a five-day relay, July 7-11, for Star Wars™ enthusiasts to celebrate their love of the Saga. The event is held in partnership with Lucasfilm, Ltd., Nerdist Industries and Octagon to raise proceeds for Make-A-Wish®.    

Otter Pops has delighted generations for over 40 years with six zippy flavors and lovable Otter characters. The brand plans to bring this same fervor to a great event for charity. Through the partnership, Otter Pops will be on location to create an original otterly awesome experience for Course of the Force participants. Otter Pops will be at each relay stop, offering item giveaways and keeping event-goers cool with free freezer pops.

In addition to these activities, Otter Pops is offering a sweepstakes where fans will have the chance to enter to win a free running spot in the inaugural epic relay.  Fans can head to the Course of the Force Facebook page (www.facebook.com/CourseOfTheForce) now through July 1 to enter.

"Otter Pops is an awesome addition for Course of the Force," Nerdist Industries' principal and Course of the Force creator and executive director Peter Levin said. "The Otter Pops brand is a perfect fit with the atmosphere of Course of the Force and their freezer pops will refresh fans and celebrities throughout the event. Otter Pops' generous Facebook giveaway is an exciting way to give even more fans the opportunity to experience the journey."

Participants must be at least 18 years or older and a California resident living within 100 miles of Huntington Beach to participate.

The Course of the Force is similar to an Olympic torch relay, except participants come dressed in their favorite Star Wars or popular culture-themed costumes and hand off a custom Hasbro Ultimate FX Lightsaber at quarter-mile markers to the next runner. On July 7, Course of the Force will kick off with an event at the Santa Monica Pier at 10:00 a.m. The relay will start later in the day and end that night at the Redondo Beach Pier. Other planned stops include Huntington Beach Pier, Oceanside and Crystal Pier at Pacific Beach.

Fans have the opportunity to participate in the historic lightsaber relay by registering online now at CourseoftheForce.com. One hundred percent of runner proceeds benefit the Make-A-Wish chapters of San Diego, Greater Los Angeles, and Orange County and the Inland Empire.

Giving the event a true fan's touch, Nerdist Industries' founder Chris Hardwick will be joined by co-hosts Ashley Eckstein of Her Universe and Alison Haislip of Nerdist. They will follow the action from the Course of the Force lead vehicle, a replica of Jabba the Hutt's sail barge, and broadcast to fans across the world on StarWars.com  and the Nerdist YouTube channel (youtube.com/nerdist). They will be joined by special guests from the Saga and pop-culture to put on an epic celebration for both the fans in attendance and watching online.

DAILY RELAY SCHEDULE

Day
Start Time
Start Location
End Time
End Location
Saturday, July 7
1:00 p.m.
Santa Monica Pier
7:00 p.m.
Redondo Beach Pier
Sunday, July 8
7:00 a.m.
Redondo Beach Pier
4:30 p.m.
Huntington Beach Pier
Tuesday, July 10
7:00 a.m.
Oceanside Pier
5:30 p.m.
Crystal Pier, Pacific Beach
Wednesday, July 11
9:00 a.m.
Crystal Pier, Pacific Beach
12:30 p.m.
San Diego

*All times approximate and subject to change. The concluding event at the Balboa Theatre is a ticketed event. All other events mentioned in schedule are free to the public.

    



About The Jel Sert Company
The Jel Sert Company, based in West Chicago, Ill., is a manufacturer, marketer and distributor of a variety of well-known food and beverage products. Its proprietary brands include Wyler's®, Wyler's Light®, Pop-Ice®, Flavor-Aid®, Fla-Vor-Ice®, Royal®, My*T*Fine®, Otter Pops® and Mondo®, among others. Jel Sert is also active in licensing and contract manufacturing with some of the premier brands and companies in the food, beverage and health and wellness industries. Jel Sert has been privately held since its founding in 1926. For more information on the Jel Sert Company, go to www.jelsert.com.


Lucasfilm, the Lucasfilm logo, STAR WARS™ and related properties are trademarks and/or copyrights, in the United States and other countries, of Lucasfilm Ltd. and/or its affiliates. TM & © Lucasfilm Ltd.  All rights reserved.  All other trademarks and trade names are properties of their respective owners.

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Adult Swim's Comic-Con 2012 Panel Information

Below is information sent out for the 2012 Comin-Con weekend for the Adult Swim-based programming.  If you're not going, all this means is that whatever press is attending will start distributing news or updates that come from these panels.

via press release:

ADULT SWIM PANEL BLOCK

Friday, July 13
Indigo Ballroom, Level 2, Hilton San Diego Bayfront (directly next to the convention center)

The Venture Bros.
Show creators Jackson Publick and Doc Hammer, with the voice of Dr. Venture James Urbaniak, will discuss the original
series and answer fan questions.

NTSF:SD:SUV:: (National Terrorism Strike Force: San Diego: Sport Utility Vehicle::)
Come watch a sneak peek of NTSF:SD:SUV:: season 2 and hear from the show's creative team led by creator and star Paul
Scheer (The League), executive producer Jonathan Stern (Childrens Hospital, Newsreaders) and co-executive producer
Curtis Gwinn (Fat Guy Stuck in Internet). They will be joined by members of their ensemble cast including Martin Starr
(Party Down, Freaks & Geeks), Rebecca Romijn (X-Men,Ugly Betty), Brandon Johnson (Funny or Die), June Diane Raphael
(Players), and Rob Riggle (Funny or Die). Rob Corddry (Childrens Hospital, Hot Tub Time Machine) will moderate the
panel.

Childrens Hospital
Come watch a sneak peek of Childrens Hospital season 4 and hear from the show's creative team, led by creator and star Rob
Corddry and executive producer Jonathan Stern. They will be joined by members of the show's ensemble cast of comedic
heavyweights, including Lake Bell (How To Make It In America), Erinn Hayes (Parenthood), Rob Huebel (The Descendants)
Henry Winkler (Happy Days) and Ken Marino (Party Down, The State). Childrens Hospital explores the emotional struggles
and sexual politics of a group of doctors charged with healthy libidos. Paul Scheer (NTSF:SD:SUV::) will moderate the
panel.

Aqua Something You Know Whatever / Squidbillies
Show creators Dave Willis, Jim Fortier and Matt Maiellaro will discuss their original series, show footage from the new
seasons, and answer questions.

Robot Chicken / Robot Chicken DC Comics Special
Co-creators/executive producers Seth Green and Matthew Senreich are joined by co-head writer/executive producer Tom
Root, actor/writer Breckin Meyer and writer Matthew Beans to discuss the Emmy-winning series. DC Entertainment chief
creative officer Geoff Johns joins to the panel to share insider scoop about the Robot Chicken DC Comics Special. Come
watch a sneak peek and get your questions answered about Season Six. Keith Crofford, vice president of production for Adult
Swim, will moderate the panel.

Black Dynamite
Creators and voice talent from the new animated series, based on the 2009 feature film, will give an exclusive preview of
the show and answer questions. The Black Dynamite animated series further chronicles the exploits of Black Dynamite and
his crew. Executive producer Carl Jones (The Boondocks) will be on the panel in addition to: Michael Jai White (For Better
or Worse, The Dark Knight, Why Did I Get Married?), Tommy Davidson (In Living Color), Kym Whitley (The Cleveland
Show, Brian McKnight Show), Byron Minns (Mongo Wrestling Alliance), Debra Wilson (MadTV), Orlando Jones (Rules
of Engagement), and Cedric Yarbourgh (The Boondocks). The panel will be moderated by Gary Anthony Williams (The
Boondocks).

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ADULT SWIM SIGNINGS

Thursday, July 12
Robot Chicken
Adult Swim Booth #3949

Friday, July 13
NTSF:SD:SUV::
Adult Swim Booth #3949

Childrens Hospital
WB Booth #4545

Saturday, July 14
Black Dynamite
Adult Swim Booth #3949

Venture Bros.
Adult Swim Booth #3949

Aqua Something/Squidbillies
Adult Swim Booth #3949

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Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Comic-Con Appearance News [Morgan Spurlock, Joss Whedon, George R. R. Martin & More]

here's a few pieces of press regarding appearances at Comic-Con by Morgan Spurlock, Joss Whedon, George R. R. Martin and more...  check it out...

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Morgan Spurlock's (SUPER SIZE ME) COMIC-CON EPISODE IV: A FAN'S HOPE will be released on DVD on July 10, 2012. The film will also be available in two Collectors Editions with figurines.

The two Collector's Editions will contain the DVD alongside action figures of Stan Lee and Harry Knowles or Joss Whedon and Spurlock. This is the first time mega-director Whedon has been immortalized into action figure status... which will no doubt delight fans everywhere.

The Whedon/Spurlock special editions will be sold exclusively at Toys "R" Us stores nationwide.

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Warner Bros. Entertainment is the key to excitement at Comic-Con! The Studio has once again created a set of limited-edition collectible hotel keycards, which will be in use at top hotels throughout the San Diego area during Comic-Con 2012. This marks the fifth consecutive year for the popular room key program, giving fans instant access to a usable — and collectible — piece of artwork.

Over 40,000 branded room keys will be available to fans at 38 participating San Diego–area hotels, courtesy of Warner Bros. Worldwide Television Marketing. 

The shows highlighted will include

    The 666 Park Avenue keycard grants access to anything you desire — as long as it's inside your room

    The Arrow keycard features star Stephen Amell as the Arrow in an all-new in-character photo

     The Revolution keycard opens hotel doors every time — no blackout here!

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EPIX PRESENTS TWO LEGENDS ON ONE STAGE AT COMIC-CON:  ROGER CORMAN & WILLIAM SHATNER ON A PANEL MODERATED BY KEVIN SMITH | JULY 14th

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Random House authors at Comic Con 2012:

The following authors are attending San Diego Comic Con for the Random House Publishing Group.  If you are interested in setting up interviews during San Diego Comic Con with an author or editor, please let me know.

George R. R. Martin, mega-bestselling author of A GAME OF THRONES

Chelsea Monroe-Cassel and Sariann Lehrer, co-authors of A FEAST OF ICE AND FIRE (official Game of Thrones cookbook)

Rob Reid, author of YEAR ZERO and TED Talk veteran (can discuss copyright law and how piracy effects the music and book industry)

Kevin Hearne, bestselling author of the Iron Druid Chronicles

Karen Marie Moning, bestselling author of the hot paranormal Fever series

Troy Denning, Star Wars author

Peter F. Hamilton, bestselling British science fiction author

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