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I always loved 24, and I’m happy to hear it’ll be back, even in a limited format.

Here’s the news from Christian Toto at brietbart.com:

>>Jack Bauer is back!

I’ve learned that, after marathon negotiations, Kiefer Sutherland has closed a deal for a new installment of 24 on Fox. With him on board, I hear Fox has greenlighted the real-time drama as a limited series and will announce it during its upfront presentation today. The continuation is a brain child of longtime 24 showrunner Howard Gordon, now executive producer of Showtime’s Homeland. His 20th Century Fox TV-based Teakwood Lane will co-produce the new 24 alongside original series producers Imagine TV and 20th TV, with Imagine’s Brian Grazer returning as executive producer. This will mark Fox’s second event series under the network’s push into that arena, joining the just-greenlighted M. Night Shyamalan’s Wayward Pines starring Matt Dillon. View full article »

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It’s hard to believe, but people in the United States may actually be turning off their televisions in favor of other forms of entertainment.

Yes, you read that right. The nightly ritual of plunking down in front of the “idiot box” may be coming to an end. Some things have led up to this, including the writers’ strike (when people learned they could live without their favorite programs) and the growing number of alternative things to do, like find out what is happening on the Internet or using their DVD players.

I think this is a good thing, and that’s coming from a long-time TV viewer. When we choose to watch the “boob tube” only when there is something worth watching, that’s serious progress, I think.

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This year, the program I found to be the most fun of the new offerings (and also of many of the other shows on television) was The Human Target on Fox. It had action! It had adventure! They did things I’d never seen before on the tube, including a fistfight inside a moving car!

But the network was hesitant to renew the show for some reason. I guess the ratings weren’t the best, but it did appeal strongly to the male demographic, and that group tends to spend money more than other groups, so it might be worth advertising on that show (if you are trying to sell a product guys would consider buying).

Then, too, Human Target usually had self-contained episodes that wrapped up most of the storylines within the hour. But during the season finale, they treated us to a cliffhanger, which made me want it back for another year even more!

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When we last spoke on this topic, Batman: The Animated Series (B:TAS) was about to debut on Fox.

Monday, September 7, 1992. I lived for that date.

That was the day the first episode of Batman: The Animated Series was set to debut on Fox.

As I mentioned last time, I had seen a copy of an episode at a local Trek convention, and I was stoked! It looked great, and I counted the days until the show hit the airwaves.

I was so excited that week and so focused on that Monday that I didn’t follow my usual practice at that time of read­ing the TV Guide from stem to stern. I hated missing programs! And I knew that nothing was going to compete with B:TAS.

Finally, the day came, and my VCR (yes, it was that long ago) taped the premiere half hour. It was “On Leather Wings,” the same episode I’d seen at the Trek con. I was thrilled to have it on tape, the first of many.

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Previously on “Images Of Batman:” Frank Miller’s The Dark Knight Returns rocked the comics industry and led to a hit feature film.

During the early ’90s, I used to comb the Internet looking for any news on Star Trek for the COMSTAR, the monthly publication for the U.S.S. Chesapeake club. I’d print every credible item I could find about the franchise in the newslet­ter. Of course, while I searched for Trek news, I’d look up other topics of interest, including Batman.

After the Batman movie had earned a huge take, word came across the web that Fox was going to air a new animated series about the Caped Crusader.

As a long-time Batman fan, I’ve seen pretty much every animated show based on the character. And it hasn’t been pretty.

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