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Revival of The Raccoons could see a return to television

The popular Canadian 80s’ cartoon The Raccoons could be on its way back to television after 30 years according to series creator Kevin Gillis.

In a briefing with Canadian media, Gillis has “…been thinking about it for the last four or five years…” and has pitched the idea of returning the animated show with Canadian broadcasters. Gillis has even given thought to having another country handle co-production.

Gillis is now considering how best to restart the show. “If I take Raccoons into a brand new relaunch, do I do the obvious and age it up? Is it Raccoons 10 years later?” he ponders.

Although The Raccoons is based around the daily life of the audacious Bert Raccoon, his adventures are not alone as they include his close friends Ralph and Melissa, the son of the wealthy and villanous aardvark Cyril Sneer, Cedric, and the sheepdogs Schaeffer and Broo.

The Raccoons made their appearance in 1980 in the televised special The Christmas Raccoons, with Raccoons on Ice in 1981, The Raccoons & the Lost Star in 1983, and The Raccoons Let’s Dance in 1984. The actual series began its televised broadcast in 1985 on the CBC.

Source: Global News

Studio Ghibli tribute on The Simpsons

An upcoming episode of The Simpsons will include a sequence featuring numerous references to works by acclaimed Japanese animator Hayao Miyazaki. The long running animated American sitcom is known for its take on popular culture and some anime has worked its way into the show previously, but never before on this scale.

How many Studio Ghibli movies can you spot in the promotional clip below?

The Simpsons airs this Sunday, January 12th at 8:00 pm PST on Fox in the United States and Global in Canada.

Rogers signs 12-year media deal with NHL in Canada

The way Canadians watch hockey is about to change. Broadcasting giant Rogers has signed a 12-year, $5.2 billion CAD contract with the National Hockey League for the media rights of NHL games across the country this past Tuesday.

The agreement, which starts during the 2014-15 NHL season, gives Rogers the right to all NHL games in all languages on all media platforms from coast-to-coast through to the 2025-26 season. All regular season, post season, Stanley Cup Final, NHL All-Star and NHL Draft games will become available on Rogers’ vast portfolio of media platforms. With Rogers’ wide reach, hockey fans can not only watch their favourite teams on television through City and Sportsnet channels, but on mobile devices (phones and tablets), the World Wide Web and satellite radio. Rogers will also manage the NHL Centre Ice and NHL Game Centre digital cable packages. The NHL is promising that there won’t be any blackouts or regionalization of games involving Canadian teams.

Currently, Canadian broadcast rights in English are held by TSN (a joint venture between Bell Media and ESPN). Rogers mentioned that it is sub-licensing English-language broadcasts to the CBC for Hockey Night in Canada and to TVA for French-language transmissions. And yes, Don Cherry is expected to continue making appearances with his colourful suits and commentaries.

Rogers CEO, Nadir Mohamed made the announcement with other senior Rogers executives alongside NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman at the communication company’s Toronto offices. This monumental contract still needs to be reviewed and approved by the NHL’s Board of Governors who are set to convene on December 9th – 10th, 2013.

Sources: Rogers, 680 News, NHL

Last volume of Gurren Lagann in 2013

As the end of one year passes, so does another manga series. Kotaro Mori posted a message via Twitter on December 31st, 2012 announcing the completion of the Gurren Lagann manga in 2013.

The final volume of Gurren Lagann will appear in Japan just as the series is set to re-run over the island nation’s television networks on January 5th, 2013. Mori goes on to add that there will be a reading of the series over the radio on the 15th of each month beginning this January before wishing his followers a Happy New Year’s.

Six volumes of Gurren Lagann were published in North America before Bandai Entertainment ceased publication in early 2012.

Source: Anime News Network

Toonami launch line-up

If you haven’t already heard, Toonami is making its long awaited return on Cartoon Network beginning Saturday, May 26th, 2012. There had been plenty of feedback from fans pining Toonami’s departure when the programming block went off air in 2008.

According to the Anime News Network, Cartoon Network’s new vice president, Jason DeMarco, confirmed the line-up of shows for Toonami (which actually start on the morning of Sunday, May 27th, 2012).

  • 12:00 am – Bleach
  • 12:30 am – Deadman Wonderland
  • 1:00 am – Casshern Sins
  • 1:30 am – Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood
  • 2:00 am – Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex 2nd GIG
  • 2:30 am – Cowboy Bebop

DeMarco went on further to say Toonami will not be broadcasting certain series such as Naruto and Dragon Ball Z due to financial limitations and competition from other stations and media companies.

Toonami is also looking to acquire the broadcasting rights for other popular series like One Piece, Gundam Wing, Panty & Stocking with Garterbelt, Fairy Tail, and InuYasha: The Final Act.

Cartoon Network will be examining the ratings to see if Toonami will be a success – a lack of viewers will hamper the programming block’s ability to obtain new shows.

Source: Anime News Network

YTV drops Naruto and Bleach/Adult Swim takes on FMA: Brotherhood

YTV, the Canadian youth-aimed channel, has removed Naruto and Bleach from its schedule, after running repeats for the past year. The two series used to air at midnight and 1:00 am respectively.

Source: Anime News Network

The Caroon Network’s Adult Swim will be airing the first 26 episodes of Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood in the United States. The series will start on February 14th, 2010, however, check local listings for show times. A list of the English voice cast can be found here.

Source: Anime News Network

Top Five Favourite Simpsons Episodes

The Simpsons are celebrating 20 years of animated hilarity on television. The series is part of our culture, where we quote it or use examples of it in our daily lives. I’m a bit of a Simpsons nut, often quoting chunks of episodes, getting into (and winning) trivia contests with my friends and sometimes using its values at work (“It’s my first day!). So, here are my top five, favourite episodes of the popular yellow-skinned family.
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Naruto Shippuden on Disney XD

The Walt Disney Company and Viz Media have worked out a deal to broadcast Naruto Shippuden on the Disney XD channel this October.

Disney XD is a channel aimed at boys aged 6 to 10, and Disney believes that this will be a draw as Naruto Shippuden proved popular once Viz started streaming subtitled episodes earlier this year. Naruto Shippuden follows the original Naruto series, with the titular character as a teenager. The first four episodes of Naruto Shippuden are currently available on iTunes.

Disney recently purchased Marvel Entertainment back on August 31st, 2009.

Source: The Hollywood Reporter

Get the pan on the stove!

Gordon Ramsay and his vulgar culinary style are back for another season of Hell’s Kitchen on FOX (or Global if you’re in Canada).  The hit reality TV series features a group of chefs, under the watchful eye of the foul-mouthed Ramsay, vying for a top kitchen position in an upscale restaurant is now in its sixth season. The new season starts on Tuesday, July 21st and has been moved to a new time slot of 8:00 PM PT/7:00 PM CT on Tuesday instead of Thursday.