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the oh-no! DVD of the week: ‘Nuclear Hurricane’

A Sci Fi Channel original, of course (from back before it was Syfy): At a nuclear power plant, the cooling system becomes a problem when the mother of all storms is headed straight towards it. As the hurricane gets stronger, and with the nuclear core in serious danger of meltdown, time is not on it’s … more…

‘Doctor Who’ breaks ratings records in the U.S.

But it’s not quite how it sounds. The Mirror: The first episode of the new Dr Who series was watched by 1.2 million viewers at the weekend. This is the biggest draw BBC America has ever had. And it’s pretty good for a basic cable channel that doesn’t even reach huge chunks of the American … more…

question of the day: What new specialty TV channel would you create?

Does the American entertainmentscape really need another food channel? Cuz we’re getting one, The New York Times reported yesterday: Scripps, the owner of the Food Network, plans to turn on the Cooking Channel on Memorial Day, May 31, this year, enhancing its position in the category of kitchen programming. Before meetings with advertisers, the company … more…

Alice (review)

More’s the pity that it ends up feeling pointless and empty and humorless, for it starts off rather intriguing, this modern update of Lewis Carroll’s classic novel…

the oh-no! DVD of the week: ‘Shark Attack Lunch Box’

Huh. And here I thought there was an official unofficial moratorium are packing nonlunch things in pseudo retro lunch boxes if they didn’t actually have some sort of nostalgic value for the cohort of today’s consumers who once carried their bologna sandwiches to school in the 1960s and 70s in tin containers emblazoned with cartoon … more…

‘Warehouse 13’ debuts on Sci Fi, er, SyFy tonight

SyFy is kicking off its on-air rebranding with the debut of a series that, clearly, it has high hopes for as some sort of anchor for the network’s “new” image. Alas that Warehouse 13 — premering with a two-hour pilot tonight at 9pm Eastern — feels like more of the same-old not-too-daring Sci Fi Channel … more…

Sci Fi Channel becomes SyFy today

So, yesterday the FedEx man brings me a mysterious package. It was not, alas, a ransom letter or Professor Henry Jones Sr.’s grail diary or a coded message from a secret agent or anything cool like that. It was one of the most bizarre promotional items I’ve gotten in my years of being courted by … more…