Lethal Weapon TV Gets a Strong Start

When the Lethal Weapon TV series was announced, there was an outcry from fans of the original big screen series. For one thing, the series was one of the influential films of its time. It has taken on the genre of buddy cop and crafted a hit. There have been a few buddy cop movies that have followed similar formulas. Among the similarities that the following Lethal Weapon inspired movies had included music, the character pair and plenty of other similarities. Often times, the buddy cop pairing consisted of one cop who wants to live a mellow life or retire, and one cop that is unstable and aggressive either due to traumatic tragedy or just an extreme dedication to the job.

 

The TV series has started out with Damon Wayans and Clayne Crawford. So far, it has had a strong start. It is in fact one of the strongest openings of any tV drama in a while. Perhaps one of the reasons is that Wayans and Crawford do not try to be Danny Glover and Mel Gibson. They bring their own take on the role. This results in a show that is actually a bit stronger than people thought it would be. However, there are still people who would’ve preferred that the creators go with something completely new. However, this is a worthy series from what it looks like.

 

This seems to be the age of adapting feature films to TV shows. This is nothing entirely new. Hollywood has been playing with the idea for a while. For one thing, there are a ton of TV shows that have been adapted to full length films. Also, there was ideas to bring buddy cops like Beverly Hills Cop to the TV screen back in the 80s. Another buddy cop movie that has been adapted to TV is Rush Hour. However, that one quickly fell into obscurity. Then there are other movies being adapted like Training Day.

Fraggle Rock Returns in HD

Fraggle Rock, an 80’s era children’s show from legendary creator Jim Henson (IMdB), is set to return to it’s parent network, HBO.

 

This show, which featured an array of colorful characters who lived in and about a system of natural caves, was one of the first examples of original programming to be presented to American audiences on a pay TV network. It was produced in partnership with TVS, a British broadcaster, and CBC.

 

The series was notable as being accessible by a wide range of age groups, as well as presenting stories that attacked serious issues such as racial and religious prejudice with integrity and in a youth oriented manner, without being overly preachy. It was musical, fun, and warm in it’s approach. Due to it’s general nature, and the avoidance of overly topical material, it remains relevant and watchable.

 

It sparked a short lived animated spin-off, Fraggle Rock: the Animated Series, which appeared for one season on NBC in 1987. More recently, a second spin-off series, The Doozers, appears on Hulu. A feature film adaptation has been in the works for several years, but at this time, has no scheduled filming or release date.

 

A total of 96 episodes were produced during the series’ run from 1983 – 1987. Episodes were aired in a total of 95 countries. After it’s run ended on HBO, it resurfaced in syndication on TNT in the late 80s, then on the Hallmark Channel predecessor Odyssey Network. It was dormant through much of 90s and early 2000s, but reappeared on Boomerang in the summer of 2007. Additionally, it has been available on streaming providers Hulu and Amazon Video. The series was released on DVD beginning in 2005. Previously, it had been made available on VHS. The DVD collections also feature commentary as well as a typical array of extras.

 

HBO will be re-airing the series in HD starting later this year. Fraggle Rock’s return to the network comes after the network started showing first-run episodes of children’s staple Sesame Street, which also features various puppets (Muppets) created by Henson.