We hate to be the bearer of bad news, but one of your fondest childhood traditions has kicked the bucket: Saturday morning cartoons are no more. The CW has aired its last batch of Vortexx programming, leaving American kids without any animated broadcast TV to start their weekends for the first time in decades. From here on out, young ones glued to the tube will mostly be watching educational shows.
Welcome to the fall premiere season. We’re welcoming back familiar shows like Key & Peele, Person of Interest, The Simpsons and The Big Bang Theory, as well as some of last year’s holdovers like Sleepy Hollow, Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Brooklyn Nine-nine and The Blacklist. So what about this year’s newcomers? First up tonight is Gotham, an interesting Batman prequel, along with CBS’ first attempt at a hacker drama/action show called Scorpion (CSI: Cyber starring Luke Perry and Bow-Wow aka Shad Moss will debut in midseason). ABC will tie the new comedy Black-ish to its long-running hit show Modern Family, and on Amazon we’ll get the next block of episodes for its new show Transparent. The How I Met Your Mother complete series boxed set arrives on Blu-ray, along with a 25th anniversary edition of Ghost in the Shell, and FIFA 15 on almost all videogame consoles. Oh – and on Saturday Night Live you can expect Star-Lord himself Chris Pratt. Hit the gallery or just look after the break to check out each day’s highlights, including trailers and let us know what you think (or what we missed).%Gallery-slideshow225321%0
Oculus/Facebook, Samsung, Sony, Google. We’re about to be flooded with virtual reality hardware, but what about content? While John Carmack works on the gaming side, the folks at NextVR (formerly Next3D) have been developing camera rigs to record live video in full surround that will let VR units put you anywhere in the world you want to go, and here’s the latest one. Red Camera’s Jarred Land spilled the beans, posting pics of this “Virtual Reality Camera System” which links six of his company’s 6K Dragon cameras together in a rather monstrous-looking array. There should be demo footage on display at the IBC conference, but based on what we’ve seen from NextVR already, the potential is high. There aren’t any cameras pointing up (or down) but previous systems from NextVR have used fisheye lenses to expand their range, and we expect something similar would be in store for this. NextVR is providing video to go along with Samsung’s Gear VR headset when it launches and it’s working with Oculus too. Judging by this setup more video experiences — whether live streamed or recorded — will be coming to the VR space soon.%Gallery-slideshow222222%0
“Waffles. Waffles with Swedish fish in them!” Destiny developer Bungie’s community manager Eric Osborne is telling me about his crew’s Halo LAN-party ritual. Lugging bulky CRT TVs everywhere (“You didn’t have a 36-inch [Sony] Trinitron Wega?” he asks), snaking Ethernet cables around a possible stranger’s house, sipping Mountain Dew in the kitchen between games of capture the flag, eating lots of cheap pizza. Or, in Osborne’s case, breakfast food sprinkled with candy. “That was my experience!” It’s easy for him to chuckle at how ridiculous his go-to game fuel sounds in retrospect.
Back then, host advantage wasn’t having non-lagging bullets — it was knowing where the bathroom was and not having parents home. Times were a lot simpler.0
Beyond the summer TV shows already running (VH1’s Naked Dating is exactly what you’d expect, The Leftovers and The Strain are improving and FX has two good comedies in Married and You’re the Worst), and Discovery kicking off Shark Week on Sunday night, there are a few new shows this week worth mentioning. Steven Soderbergh and Clive Owen bring The Knick to Cinemax, which puts a twist on the usual doctor drama by transferring the scene back to 1900. Starz is ready with “Scotland’s Answer to Game of Thrones” aka Outlander, a book adaptation about a British Army nurse who time travels from 1945 to 1743. Fans of Grand Theft Auto and The Boondocks should keep an eye out for Black Jesus on Adult Swim, which is created by Aaron Macgruder and stars Gerald “Slink” Johnson (aka Lamar from GTA V and the guy in this Everest College parody). On Blu-ray, Baltimore documentary 12 O’Clock Boys Bill Murray’s The Man Who Knew Too Little and cult classic Phantom of the Paradise are probably more worth your time than Divergent or Need for Speed. Check after the break for a list of what’s new this week plus a few trailers, and drop a note in the comments if you see any highlights we’ve missed.0