Comic-Con 2011: GRIMM Panel Recap via Collider

Rather than taking the classic tales we’ve grown up with and simply giving the Big Bad Wolf a sawed-off shotgun in an attempt to “modernize”, the producers and writers of the show are clearly focusing on turning these stories on their heads. How are they doing that?

As I said before, the creators are trying to evolve the old stories in a way that surprises you while still paying homage to what’s familiar. We will not be watching the stories that our mother told us where nobody gets hurt and everyone hugs it out in the end. Instead, the creators promise an unforgiving cop drama where brutal crimes are solved within the context of the Grimm fairy tales. If the rest of the season is anything like the pilot, which began with a college girl getting tackled and ripped to pieces in the woods, then it will remain true to the dark and gritty tone of the original German tales.

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Interview with the Creators (via Hero Complex) here

Comic-Con 2011: Avatar: The Legend of Korra Coverage and Panel via UGO

The head of Nickelodeon Animation, Roland Poindexter, if that really is his name, welcomed Comic-Con with a somewhat awkward “Goooooooood afternoon!”  The way-past-capacity crowd gave a reserved shout back, perhaps due to the (maybe) underestimated line outside.  But once he mentioned the phrase “Avatar: The Last Airbender” the place went nuts

The eager fans were here to learn anything, anything about the forthcoming Avatar: The Legend of Korra series.

The producers said it was important that “the next Avatar” 70 years later must be totally different from Aang…The show can’t come soon enough, but, alas, there is still no premiere date.

“But it’s coming.  It’s like being on an airplane runway – there’s nothing wrong with the plane, just waiting for our spot.”

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There’s also this anamatic that was posted on F#$% Yeah Last Airbender:

Comic-Con 2011: 5 Things to Know About ‘The Secret Circle’ via Buddy TV

This fall, The CW will expand it supernatural-themed lineup with the new show, The Secret Circle. The series features Britt Robertson (formerly of Life Unexpected) as a teenage girl who moves to a new town and finds out that she is a witch. While the series will not premiere until September, fans attending the 2011 San Diego Comic-Con got an advance look at the pilot.

2. There are six families of witches, all hanging out in one little town.
Each of the families is also very good at procreating at around the same time. Thus, Cassie (Britt Robertson) and her witchy cohort are all more-or-less the same age. Based on appearances, it kind of looks like the parental generation all had similar ages as well. As for the grandparents, only Cassie’s grandmother (played by Ashley Crow of Heroes) seems to be left.

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In defense of HBO’s “unnecessary” nudity via Salon

“Maybe it’s time to tone down the tits,” writes Mary McNamara, TV critic of the Los Angeles Times.

She’s talking to HBO… And … “Game of Thrones” — a series based on George R.R. Martin’s fantasy fiction that happens to include female nudity.

McNamara’s editorial is not the first strike against unclothed feminine pulchritude on cable dramas, and against HBO’s “Game of Thrones” in particular. The series has sparked debate about nudity and sex on cable TV, and especially what some critics have termed “sexposition” — a term coined by TV critic Myles McNutt that refers to the delivery of supposedly routine plot information while characters are getting dressed, taking a bath, having sex, etc. “Game of Thrones” had several scenes like that during its ten-episode run.

This whole argument is misdirected and misses the larger, more important picture: Whose fantasy is HBO indulging, why is it indulging it, and what other sorts of fantasies could it cater to?

But that’s not the takeaway from McNamara’s piece. The takeaway is another remnant of America’s Puritan mentality, which holds that female nudity is dramatically “unnecessary” and unacceptable unless it’s divorced from sex.

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Grimm looks really good, as does Secret Circle (it’s on right after Vampire Diaries so that’s nice and easy). But I am ridiculously excited for Legend of Korra. SO excited it’s not even funny.

I understand that there are going to be people who think any nudity is too much, and people who defend it regardless. And Game of Thrones IS on HBO. But I thought it had too much nudity in it. The books are full of sex, and that’s fine, but the show was ridiculous. I don’t agree with McNamara, but I don’t agree with Seitz either. Some scenes were important to the plot, but nudity was what filled gaps when there was a lot of dialogue. I’ll give them good marks for at least including male nudity rather than just featuring boobs, but overall it was too much. Just because you can have that much doesn’t mean you should.