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Supergirl: The Leaked Pilot

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Oh yes.

And no spoilers.

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Jonathan Strange And Mr. Norrell

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I had no intention of watching this.

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Mad Men: The Finale

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The Blacklist: BANG!

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Thunderbirds Are China Go

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According to @ianjackal, Giles Ridge and Estelle Hughes revealed earlier that the CGI is being done in China.

I wonder what the production people make of what they’re animating? And would it ever air in China? Maybe Xiaomi will pick it up as part of their $1B media war chest?

How long before China production companies can provide Pixar-level detail at rock-bottom China prices? Judging from some bits of Thunderbirds Are Go, that day will soon be here.

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TV: Thunderbirds Are Go

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The Blacklist Turns To Twitter

1) Go back to Monday

2) Bring back Red’s sense of humor

Things have gotten very grim this season. I miss all of the humor from the first season. I could do without season one’s implausible villains, however — although they were so unbelievable some of them made me laugh too.

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R.I.P. Satiric Genius Stan Freberg

Stan Freberg, master of comedy parodies and commercials, dies at 88

Freberg later said the cancellation led him to concentrate on advertising work. He formed his own company, Freberg Ltd. (but not very), whose motto was Ars gratia pecuniae (Art for money’s sake.)

One of his most memorable early spots was a 1956 radio commercial for Contadina Foods, a small San Jose-based tomato-paste maker that was taking on the giant Hunt’s company.

Freberg came up with a jingle — “Who puts eight great tomatoes in that little bitty can?” — and sales of Contadina tomato paste increased dramatically within weeks.

Later dubbed “the father of the funny commercial” by Advertising Age, he won more than 20 Clio Awards for his television and radio spots.

Freberg later promoted such varied products as Sunsweet pitted prunes (“Today the pits, tomorrow the wrinkles; Sunsweet marches on!”) and Heinz’s Great American Soups, for which he created a lavish Busby Berkeley-style production number with a tap-dancing Ann Miller atop a giant can of chicken gumbo soup.

After the break, some samples of his magnificent precendent-setting work.

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Thunderbirds Are Go Have Gone

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Thunderbirds Are Go: ONE!

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That special aired last night in England.

It showed lots of footage never seen before.

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