Nov 172014
 
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by Alicia Glass, contributing writer

We at Krypton Radio are grieved to report that over the weekend, the mega-talented Glen Larson died after a battle with esophageal cancer. Larson died on Saturday, November 14, 2014,  in Santa Monica, California, at age 77. Larson was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, and is survived by three ex-wives and nine children.

Known as one of the most prolific, if misunderstood, producers of Hollywood, Larson was involved in everything from Magnum P.I. to Battlestar Galactica: both the original series and the newer SyFy version. Active in Hollywood since 1968, Larson began as a producer for the It Takes a Thief television series, galactica1978ev2 (1)and went on to produce many well-known television shows, popular still today: Alias Smith and Jones, The Six Million Dollar Man, Quincy, M.E., The Hardy Boys & Nancy Drew Mysteries, Battlestar Galactica (1978), Buck Rogers in the 25th Century, Magnum, P.I., The Fall Guy, Knight Rider, Team Knight Rider, Battlestar Galactica (2004) and Caprica. His shows usually sport Larson’s signature style of wholesome family entertainment, revolving around cool technology, usually in a comedic fashion, and generously sprinkled with in-joke references to the movie and television business.

Larson managed to secure an unprecedented (for its day) million-dollar budget per episode for Battlestar Galactica. Larson had been kicking around the concept for the show since 1968, originally intending to call it Adam’s Ark and incorporating many Mormon elements like marriage for “time and eternity,” and the “council of 12,” in the show. Former Star Trek TOS producer Gene L. Coon mentored Larson through the process, convincing him to rename the show and incorporate the word “star” in the title, thus Battlestar Galactica in all its sci-fi glory was born.

The pilot episode of original BSG was edited into a two-hour theatrical film, which was released in North America and Europe, but the show lasted only one entire season on television. Much to-do was made about the controversy surrounding BSG vs. the wildly popular Star Wars, many people accusing Larson of plagiarism, resulting in a lawsuit that went right up to 2011, when Larson ultimately lost the case. A great deal of the entertainment coming from Hollywood today is a copy of an old-timey show or film, or reboot, or remake anyway, so there’s little point in arguing who did it first or even discussions of who did it better.

glen-larson-2Much later, Larson went on to shoot a sequel series, Galactica 1980, set 30 years after the original series when the Galactica had finally made it to Earth. The sequel series was even less popular and, sadly, cancelled after only 10 episodes. Larson is credited with the title “consulting producer” for both the newer SyFy Battlestar Galactica and prequel Caprica series, though it appears that his role was limited to that of consultant for both series.

Then, there was the Knight Rider series, which ran from 1982 to 1986, starring the redoubtable David Hasselhoff and a wisecracking crime-fighting AI car. Lead character Michael Knight got a brand new name and face after being wounded in the line of police duty, and with these new things came a new job: primary field agent for a new justice organization, FLAG (Foundation for the Law and Government). His partner was KITT (Knight Industries Two Thousand), a heavily modified Pontiac Firebird Trans Am, like something James Bond would envy, with Artificial Intelligence to aid him, and the voice of William Daniels: it’s handy having a car that can drive itself!

magnum piThe original show featured a great deal of merchandise for car enthusiasts, popular still today, including a Playstation 2 video game, lunchboxes, remote-control KITT cars, model cars, and Hot Wheels even released a die-cast version of KITT as part of their Elite series in 2013. Glen Larson and Roger Hill are credited with writing a series of fictional books about the Knight Rider series, some only released in the U.K.

The show went on to spawn the 1991 sequel movie, Knight Rider 2000, which was meant to be a starter for a newer version of the show on TV that never actually materialized; then Knight Rider 2010, which veered far away from canon and didn’t do much to aid the series; and finally, in 1997, Team Knight Rider, a spinoff of the original show that was set sometime in the future and featured a fleet of intelligent cars, graced us with 22 episodes before finally disappearing. The cliffhanger at the end of the first season episode was supposed to feature the original Michael Knight, David Hasselhoff (though it wasn’t him who guested in this instance), making a stunning reveal, but since season 2 never happened, we never learned what it was.

Glen Larson led a fulfilling life and had a long and successful career. Fans of Larson’s grand televised storytelling, warm humor, glee for the growing embrace of technology and joy at providing entertainment for the masses are legion, and will never let his memory die.

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Nov 142014
 
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Bill Schultz, the Emmy-winning producer of The Simpsons, is our guest on The Event Horizon this week. His new project is Jimmy Stones, a new half hour animated adult fantasy comedy. The upcoming episode of The Event Horizon with Bill Schultz debutsexclusively on Krypton Radio, this Saturday, November 15, 2014,  at 9:00 p.m., Pacific.

Jimmy Stones  is about a man who has had so much go wrong with his life that he has decided to actively give up. The trouble is that the talking animals of New York aren’t going to let him off the hook. From a cranky squirrel with rabies, to a pair of proselytizing pidgeons, to a suicidal horse, Jimmy’s world is populated by unconventional and unexpected characters who just won’t leave him in peace.

Bill Schultz and fellow Emmy-winning writer and producer James Manos, jr., creator of the hit cable series Dexter,  took their idea for Jimmy Stones to every major comedy network there is, but each needed it to be changed to fit their brand. That’s why they’re taking the road-less-traveled and crowd-funding the show themselves.

This episode of The Event Horizon airs again on Sunday, November 15, 2014 at 4 p.m. Pacific, and at various other times throughout the coming week.  Consult our What’s On When page for showtimes in your area.

The Event Horizon – it’s Sci-Fi for your Wifi.

Emmy winning producer Bill Schultz

Emmy winning producer Bill Schultz

Bill Schultz

Bill Schultz is a four-time Emmy-award winning Animation Producer and Studio Executive with more than 25 years of experience in the entertainment industry, producing such well known shows as The Simpsons, King of the Hill, Garfield, Clifford the Big Red Dog, He-Man and the Masters of the Universe and Hero:108.  In 2010, Bill launched Home Plate Entertainment as a new animation studio, creators of Rob Dyrdek’s Wild Grinders for Nicktoons.

James Manos, Jr.

James Manos, Jr. won the Emmy Award for the College episode of HBO’s The Supranos.  He created and produced Showtime’s Dexter, and is presently Show Runner on South of Hell, a one hour dramatic series slated to air on WETV next year.  Mr. Manos produced the award-winning movie The Positively True Adventures of the Alleged Texas Cheerleader-Murdering Mom, starring Holly Hunter and Beau Bridges, for HBO. The movie was nominated for six Emmys and won three. He also produced the critically acclaimed tele-films, Apollo 11 and The Ditchdigger’s Daughters.

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Nov 102014
 
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Krypton RadioIt’s happened again, Faithful Fans:  Krypton Radio is Editor’s Pick on Windows Media Guide!  The first time this happened was March of this year. Four stations are chosen each week, and that week one of the other picks was BBC One, so we considered ourselves in good company.

Now that we’ve won this accolade a second time in a single year, we know we’ve been going about all this the right way.

We started in 2009. We and our friends were all geeks and we wanted a radio station to listen to that satisfied the true geek in all of us. We couldn’t find one, so we made our own. By 2011 we realized that we were the still the only ones doing it, and we decided to turn it into a business. Today we have thousands of fans on Facebook, Twitter and TuneIn. We’re listed on iTunes, Stitcher, Windows Media Guide, Roku Radio and a host of other services, and of course here on our own web site and on our own Android app.

You can find us on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Tumblr, and Instagram.

Krypton Radio is currently heard all over the world and offers the finest in audio geek entertainment. Tell your friends about us. They’ll thank you. And so will we.

Krypton Radio: it’s Sci-Fi for your Wi-Fi!

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Nov 092014
 
Writer: Dan Slott
Artist: Olivier Coipel and Giuseppe Camuncoli
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Four-Color Bullet

Welcome to the third Saturday edition of Four-Color Bullet, the greatest comic book review column in the Multiverse.

From Marvel this week: Act Two of Axis begins with issue four. A founding Avenger quits. The birth of KLUH, the strongest one there is. Doom tears down Latveria and the X-Men join their greatest foe; Groot joins Rocket on his dangerously daring cosmic shenanigans, in Rocket Raccoon #5; and the Spider-Verse saga continues as alternate universe Spideys team up in two separate stories, in Spider-Verse Team-Up #1.

From DC this week: Olive joins the Order of the Bat, and we learn about her secret past, in Gotham Academy #2; Batman’s Scott Snyder and the legendary Jim Lee wrap up their run on Superman: Unchained with the extra-sized issue #9; and the Main Man defends Earth against alien attackers, in Lobo #2

Image brings us the second issue of the amazing new series Birthright.

The Eternal Warrior finally returns to the Valiant Universe, in Eternal Warrior #1

 

A family of powerful, nigh-immortal vampiric monsters. All of the Spider-People in the Multiverse are their dinner. The craziest team-up in the cosmos has begun.

Writer: Dan Slott Artist: Olivier Coipel and Giuseppe Camuncoli MARVEL

Writer: Dan Slott
Artist: Olivier Coipel and Giuseppe Camuncoli
MARVEL

Way back during J. Michael Stracynski’s run of Amazing Spider-Man, it was posited that perhaps the spider that bit Peter Parker did so on purpose. That the spider was, in fact, a totem. Then we were introduced to a cosmically powerful being named Morlun, who eats the life-force of anyone who has the Spider Totem. Morlun was intent on Peter becoming his next meal, but through about four issues, our hero fought Morlun to a standstill, finally beating him and almost getting killed himself.

Now, Morlun has returned, and writer Dan Slott has introduced us to Morlun’s family, all a group of terrifyingly powerful vampires who eat the Spider Totem. But now we learn that the family travels the Multiverse looking for their meal. Along with Morlun, the family has eaten a large number of Spider-Heroes from different Earths. But a select few have banded together and come to Earth-616 to rally behind the greatest Spider-Man in the Multiverse, the “mainstream” Peter Parker, and fight for their very survival.

Slott has been dropping clues and hints about this epic for some time, laying the groundwork over time in true Dan Slott fashion. And he wastes no time getting the story underway. As we see Morlun and his family stalking Spider-People from every universe, and the survivors come to Earth-616, the mainstream Marvel earth, to ask for Peter Parker’s help. On this earth alone, the resistance is joined by Spider-Woman Jessica Drew, the temporally out-of-place Miguel O’Hara, Spider-Man 2099, and Peter’s new foil, Silk, who was bitten by the same spider that bit Peter.

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We’re sorry. Our editor is a dork, and couldn’t help herself.

Half the fun is seeing all of the alternate Spider-People, from Spider-Ham, a cartoon pig with spider powers that Marvel created back in the 1980s for their kid-friendly Star Comics imprint, to fan-favorite and soon-to-get-her-own-book Gwen Stacy, also in possession of her own spider powers. And the presence of all of these Spider-People, coupled with the family of vampires pursuing them, makes one a little queasy as you realize some of the different Spider-Folk won’t make it out alive. And there are still more alternate Spideys to come.

Olivier Coipel’s art is fantastic. I’ve been a fan of his since his DC days when he worked on Legion of Super-Heroes. No stranger to drawing diversity in a team-oriented atmosphere, Coipel’s take on all of the different Spider-People is awesome and you’ll just want to pause for a bit to look at all of them. And if that’s not enough, it’s an extra-sized issue, featuring a 10-page story by Slott and artist Giuseppe Camuncoli that really drives home how freaking scary Morlun and his family are.

So, the Spider-Verse is here and is shaping up to be the event of the year. Even non-Spider-Man fans might want to take a peek. With so many Spider-Men and -Women you might find one to root for. I’m angling for Spider-Man Noir, the Spider-Man of the 1930s, myself.

And that wraps another Four-Color Bullet. Email and comment if you so desire, and check back here next week for the final Saturday edition (we’ll be back on Thursdays after that).

It’s a great time to be a comics fan. See you next week!

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