Bobcat Goldthwait Wants Disneyland to Remove Him to Avoid Being ‘Hypocritical’ in James Gunn Firing

Comedian and voice actor Bobcat Goldthwait doesn’t want Disney to be seen as “hypocritical,” so he suggested the company remove his voice from an upcoming Disneyland attraction in response to “Guardians of the Galaxy” director James Gunn’s firing.

Goldthwait, who voiced the villain Pain in Disney’s 1997 animated film “Hercules,” wrote in an Instagram post on Monday that he’s also made jokes in the past that he’s embarrassed by, so Disney should disassociate with him as well and remove him from “World of Color – Villainous” — a not-yet-announced version of its World of Color attraction.

“You see here’s the deal, years ago I made a lot of sarcastically shocking and offensive jokes,” Goldthwait wrote in the post. “Many that I’m embarrassed about now, and I’d hate to make you guys look bad seeing that I’m openly critical of the president and his administration, and you seem to be taking your lead from some of his radical fringe supporters.”

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He continued by suggesting Disney take a look at the past of some of the other actors and filmmakers they work with. He pinpointed James Woods, who also lent his voice to “Hercules” as god of the underworld Hades.

“I think James Woods may have recorded a voice for this new attraction, too. Why not check out some of his whacky past tweets?! They’re a hoot! For the record I do stand with survivors of sexual abuse and I was wondering if you guys are still making money off of your movie ‘Powder?’ Asking for a friend,” Goldthwait wrote.

“Powder,” was a 1995 fantasy drama directed by Victor Salva. The film’s release was plagued by Salva’s history as a convicted sex offender.

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Disney fired Gunn from the “Guardians of the Galaxy” franchise last week after tweet’s the filmmaker wrote as much as a decade ago resurfaced. In the tweets Gunn joked about rape and pedophilia. Gunn later apologized for the tweets.

Since his firing, a number of actors and filmmakers, including cast members on “Guardians of the Galaxy,” have come to Gunn’s defense.

Goldthwait said of Gunn in his post: “I love @jamesgunn. He’s a loyal friend, super talented, passionate and kind.”

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Comedian and voice actor Bobcat Goldthwait doesn’t want Disney to be seen as “hypocritical,” so he suggested the company remove his voice from an upcoming Disneyland attraction in response to “Guardians of the Galaxy” director James Gunn’s firing.

Goldthwait, who voiced the villain Pain in Disney’s 1997 animated film “Hercules,” wrote in an Instagram post on Monday that he’s also made jokes in the past that he’s embarrassed by, so Disney should disassociate with him as well and remove him from “World of Color – Villainous” — a not-yet-announced version of its World of Color attraction.

“You see here’s the deal, years ago I made a lot of sarcastically shocking and offensive jokes,” Goldthwait wrote in the post. “Many that I’m embarrassed about now, and I’d hate to make you guys look bad seeing that I’m openly critical of the president and his administration, and you seem to be taking your lead from some of his radical fringe supporters.”

He continued by suggesting Disney take a look at the past of some of the other actors and filmmakers they work with. He pinpointed James Woods, who also lent his voice to “Hercules” as god of the underworld Hades.

“I think James Woods may have recorded a voice for this new attraction, too. Why not check out some of his whacky past tweets?! They’re a hoot! For the record I do stand with survivors of sexual abuse and I was wondering if you guys are still making money off of your movie ‘Powder?’ Asking for a friend,” Goldthwait wrote.

“Powder,” was a 1995 fantasy drama directed by Victor Salva. The film’s release was plagued by Salva’s history as a convicted sex offender.

Disney fired Gunn from the “Guardians of the Galaxy” franchise last week after tweet’s the filmmaker wrote as much as a decade ago resurfaced. In the tweets Gunn joked about rape and pedophilia. Gunn later apologized for the tweets.

Since his firing, a number of actors and filmmakers, including cast members on “Guardians of the Galaxy,” have come to Gunn’s defense.

Goldthwait said of Gunn in his post: “I love @jamesgunn. He’s a loyal friend, super talented, passionate and kind.”

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Bobcat Goldthwait Rises In Support Of James Gunn, Asks Disney To Remove His Voice From Park Attraction

Bobcat Goldthwait joined the ranks of celebrities to rise in support of James Gunn, with the comedian calling on Disney to remove his voice from an upcoming Disneyland theme park attraction to avoid appearing hypocritical.
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Bobcat Goldthwait joined the ranks of celebrities to rise in support of James Gunn, with the comedian calling on Disney to remove his voice from an upcoming Disneyland theme park attraction to avoid appearing hypocritical. Disney fired Gunn as director of Guardians of the Galaxy 3 on Friday after a conservative website surfaced tweets that referenced rape and pedophilia that Disney called “indefensible.” In an Instagram post today, Goldthwait notes that he’s done his…

Bobcat Goldthwait Says He ‘Probably Won’t’ Watch HBO’s Robin Williams Documentary

Bobcat Goldthwait enjoyed a long friendship with Robin Williams since they met at a comedy club kitchen in the 1980s up until Williams’ death in 2014. But Goldthwait has no current plans to watch HBO’s upcoming documentary about Williams&#8…

Bobcat Goldthwait enjoyed a long friendship with Robin Williams since they met at a comedy club kitchen in the 1980s up until Williams’ death in 2014. But Goldthwait has no current plans to watch HBO’s upcoming documentary about Williams’ life and career. “I probably won’t watch the movie,” Goldthwait told Variety at Wednesday’s premiere of his new “Misfits […]

Danny Pudi and Bobcat Goldthwait Explain Why ‘Misfits & Monsters’ Is Basically ‘Black Mirror’

Bobcat Goldthwait’s new TruTV anthology series “Misfits & Monsters” is all about mashups and playing with tropes, something you would 100 percent expect from the comic-turned director and producer.

But when Danny Pudi explained to TheWrap that his episode is “Enemy of the State” meets “Home Alone” (and that fellow series star Seth Green’s installment is “Who Framed Roger Rabbit?” combined with “Cape Fear”) we felt like that sounded a little whacky — and we’re talking about Goldthwait here. And then Pudi described it as “‘Black Mirror’-ish.”

“Yeah, thats fine with me [laughs],” Goldthwait told us, coming in mid-interview during the Television Critics Association’s winter press tour back in January, to hear that Pudi was pitching his show to TheWrap as Goldthwait’s version of Charlie Brooker’s Netflix series. “Compare it to that! I’d rather you compare it to that than something bad.”

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“But, yeah, I even felt that when we were making it,” Goldthwait said. “I might actually owe those guys a fruit basket. I felt [Pudi’s] is the closest episode to ‘Black Mirror,’ because that’s the only one that basically takes place right now and is tech heavy. The other episodes, even though they take place now, you’re not sure.”

“In my episode, I work as a scientist at this corporation that is working with artificial intelligence and I am on the brink of discovering something,” Pudi explained. “I get these elements to communicate and the technology starts doing something very exciting and I think that I’ve discovered something but it quickly escalates — and the technology is after me! [laughs]”

“He’s really good at physical comedy and it’s really about tech and how it’s cutting us off from each other, basically,” Goldthwait, who worked with Pudi on an episode of Dan Harmon’s series “Community,” added. “That’s the theme of his episode.”

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“It feels like it’s this kind of suspenseful half-hour, but at the same time there is a lot of physicality and physical comedy involved,” Pudi says. “And when I read the script I was super excited because it is this thing that quickly escalates and the stakes keep getting higher and higher and higher, and there is this dark undercurrent. My episode definitely has a twist to it and this great exploration of a theme of modern day technology and how we use it and how it affects us. So despite it being this weird trip and journey, he’s saying something really cool. And, yeah, ‘Black Mirror.’”

“Yeah, it’s ‘Black Mirror,’” Goldthwait added.

Here is “Bobcat Goldthwait’s Misfits & Monsters” official description, per TruTV:

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From the twisted mind of celebrated auteur Bobcat Goldthwait, truTV’s scripted anthology series “Bobcat Goldthwait‘s Misfits & Monsters” mashes up wildly different genres to tell suspenseful stories with funny, imaginative twists. Each distinct episode turns familiar tropes inside out to create a curated and eclectic collection of stories filled with equal parts nostalgia and modern satire.

Guest stars throughout the eight-episode first season include Pudi, Green, Michael Ian Black, Bridget Everett, Dave Foley, Seth Green, Melissa Joan Hart, David Koechner and more.

“Bobcat Goldthwait’s Misfits & Monsters” premieres tonight, Wednesday, at 10/9c on TruTV.

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Bobcat Goldthwait’s new TruTV anthology series “Misfits & Monsters” is all about mashups and playing with tropes, something you would 100 percent expect from the comic-turned director and producer.

But when Danny Pudi explained to TheWrap that his episode is “Enemy of the State” meets “Home Alone” (and that fellow series star Seth Green’s installment is “Who Framed Roger Rabbit?” combined with “Cape Fear”) we felt like that sounded a little whacky — and we’re talking about Goldthwait here. And then Pudi described it as “‘Black Mirror’-ish.”

“Yeah, thats fine with me [laughs],” Goldthwait told us, coming in mid-interview during the Television Critics Association’s winter press tour back in January, to hear that Pudi was pitching his show to TheWrap as Goldthwait’s version of Charlie Brooker’s Netflix series. “Compare it to that! I’d rather you compare it to that than something bad.”

“But, yeah, I even felt that when we were making it,” Goldthwait said. “I might actually owe those guys a fruit basket. I felt [Pudi’s] is the closest episode to ‘Black Mirror,’ because that’s the only one that basically takes place right now and is tech heavy. The other episodes, even though they take place now, you’re not sure.”

“In my episode, I work as a scientist at this corporation that is working with artificial intelligence and I am on the brink of discovering something,” Pudi explained. “I get these elements to communicate and the technology starts doing something very exciting and I think that I’ve discovered something but it quickly escalates — and the technology is after me! [laughs]”

“He’s really good at physical comedy and it’s really about tech and how it’s cutting us off from each other, basically,” Goldthwait, who worked with Pudi on an episode of Dan Harmon’s series “Community,” added. “That’s the theme of his episode.”

“It feels like it’s this kind of suspenseful half-hour, but at the same time there is a lot of physicality and physical comedy involved,” Pudi says. “And when I read the script I was super excited because it is this thing that quickly escalates and the stakes keep getting higher and higher and higher, and there is this dark undercurrent. My episode definitely has a twist to it and this great exploration of a theme of modern day technology and how we use it and how it affects us. So despite it being this weird trip and journey, he’s saying something really cool. And, yeah, ‘Black Mirror.'”

“Yeah, it’s ‘Black Mirror,'” Goldthwait added.

Here is “Bobcat Goldthwait’s Misfits & Monsters” official description, per TruTV:

From the twisted mind of celebrated auteur Bobcat Goldthwait, truTV’s scripted anthology series “Bobcat Goldthwait‘s Misfits & Monsters” mashes up wildly different genres to tell suspenseful stories with funny, imaginative twists. Each distinct episode turns familiar tropes inside out to create a curated and eclectic collection of stories filled with equal parts nostalgia and modern satire.

Guest stars throughout the eight-episode first season include Pudi, Green, Michael Ian Black, Bridget Everett, Dave Foley, Seth Green, Melissa Joan Hart, David Koechner and more.

“Bobcat Goldthwait’s Misfits & Monsters” premieres tonight, Wednesday, at 10/9c on TruTV.

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The filmmaker’s new truTV anthology also takes on sexism via a masturbating chimp. In real life, “I can sleep at night,” Goldthwait said of refusing to work with “predators.”

No matter how many times Bobcat Goldthwait takes a film to Sundance or premieres another new project, he knows that — for some people — he’ll forever be known as the guy who screams in the “Police Academy” movies. And he’s OK with that.

“I don’t get too hung up on what people think of me,” Goldthwait told IndieWire’s TURN IT ON podcast. “But that persona, it’s this weird thing, as a guy who’s made seven movies and had a bunch play Sundance. I made a movie about child abuse, a documentary, and it was very well received at film festivals. Then I look at a review and it says, ‘Bobcat Goldthwait (Police Academy).’ I can’t expect that to go away.”

In one of the episodes of Goldthwait’s new truTV anthology series, “Bobcat Goldthwait’s Misfits & Monsters,” Seth Green plays a voiceover actor who’s similarly racing from his past. In the episode, Green’s character gives a goofy, stuttering voice to a cartoon character named “Bubba Bear.” But then Bubba appears for real — angry about how he’s been given such an over-the-top, stereotypical depiction.

“It wasn’t until my daughter pointed it out to me after we edited it, ‘you didn’t understand it’s you?'” Goldthwait said. “I didn’t get it because I’m an idiot! Obviously, it’s a satire about myself, where there’s this character that’s killing me!”

IndieWire’s TURN IT ON podcast recently sat down with Goldthwait to discuss the new series, which is both timely and timeless as it tackles everything from sexual harassment to a Trump-like political figure who eats toddlers, to a man haunted by the animated character he voices. We began by discussing the benefits of being able to tell so many stories over one season. Listen below!

Seth Green in “Bobcat Goldthwait’s Misfits & Monsters”

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In the new eight-episode scripted anthology series, each twisted episode contains plenty of thrills and satire. Guest stars include Michael Ian Black, Bridget Everett, Dave Foley, Seth Green, Melissa Joan Hart, David Koechner, Danny Pudi and others.

Goldthwait, however, doesn’t make an appearance. “I do these movies, I do this series because I love telling stories,” he said. “At this age, I’m not interested in reinventing myself or being considered… I just want to tell stories. I’m on my own trip.”

Goldthwait has become a prolific director in recent years, and credits that focus to his time helming, of all things, three years of “Jimmy Kimmel Live.” “You had to create these worlds, parodying a single-camera show or a sitcom or a horror film. That prepared me more. I think Kimmel was my ER experience,” he said. “The writers would write something at 4:00 and then we shoot it and we edit it, and then I’m not sure it’s loaded so we can call it on camera. It was really exciting but trying to get things good and funny, but it was really about stabilizing.”

The exec producer said the truTV series was also inspired by his early love of “The Twilight Zone.” “I couldn’t stop watching it,” he said. “I loved the satire in them. The more political ones I really liked.”

Goldthwait doesn’t shy away from satire or politics in “Misfits & Monsters.” In one episode, “A Face in the Car Lot” (inspired by the classic film “A Face in the Crowd”), a used car salesman becomes a Trump-like president — so much so that even when it’s revealed he’s a werewolf (and yes, eats a toddler), his followers approve.

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Dave Koechner in “Bobcat Goldthwait’s Misfits & Monsters”

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Another episode takes on sexism: “A very famous chimp that masturbates in front of women and this female reporter tries to break the story,” Goldthwait said of the episode. “Men won’t listen to her, in fact, the chimp will do it when a guy is there and he can’t see it. After years of this, a man accidentally puts on a woman’s glasses and he sees it, and he breaks the story, and he becomes a hero.

“The topical nature of that story isn’t what interests me as much as there’s a hypocrisy from my fellow peers, and I’m not even talking about the abusers, there’s a hypocrisy where they knew this stuff was going on and they facilitated it and now they’re saying, ‘hey we’ve got to listen to women.’ And it’s bullshit because they knew what was going on.”

Goldthwait said he has refused to work with at least two different men over the years “because they’re predators. So I can sleep at night. Every day there’s a new person in the press, and it’s just, at the end of the day the message is, men have to shut up and listen. If you comment on that, you’re not shutting up and listening. Just shut up!”

Michael Schneider and Bobcat Goldthwait

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Barry Crimmins Dies: Comic, Activist & ‘Call Me Lucky’ Documentary Subject Was 64

Barry Crimmins, a stand-up comic who was a tireless advocate for child sexual abuse victims and subject of Bobcat Goldthwait’s 2015 documentary Call Me Lucky, has died of cancer. He was 64. His wife, Helen Crimmins, tweeted from his account that he died Tuesday night:

Helen here with sad news…Barry passed peacefully yesterday with Bobcat and I. He would want everyone to know that he cared deeply about mankind and wants you to carry on the good fight. Peace.
— Barry…

Barry Crimmins, a stand-up comic who was a tireless advocate for child sexual abuse victims and subject of Bobcat Goldthwait’s 2015 documentary Call Me Lucky, has died of cancer. He was 64. His wife, Helen Crimmins, tweeted from his account that he died Tuesday night: Helen here with sad news…Barry passed peacefully yesterday with Bobcat and I. He would want everyone to know that he cared deeply about mankind and wants you to carry on the good fight. Peace. — Barry…

Barry Crimmins, Pioneering Comedian and Activist, Dies at 64

Barry Crimmins, the Boston-based comedian and political activist who was the subject of Bobcat Goldthwait’s 2015 documentary “Call Me Lucky,” has died at age 64 just weeks after disclosing a cancer diagnosis.

His wife, Helen, who herself is battling stage four non-Hodgkins lymphoma, tweeted the news early Thursday.

Helen here with sad news…Barry passed peacefully yesterday with Bobcat and I. He would want everyone to know that he cared deeply about mankind and wants you to carry on the good fight. Peace.

— Barry Crimmins (@crimmins) March 1, 2018

Crimmins was a major figure on the 1980s comedy circuit in Boston where comics such as Stephen Wright, Denis Leary and Bobcat Goldthwait first emerged.

He became famous for his outspoken political views and his advocacy of victims of childhood sexual abuse in the 1990s after he revealed during a stand-up set that he had been raped as a child.

After discovering chatrooms for pedophiles on AOL, Crimmins led a crusade against the company and others he felt were involved in distributing online child pornography, even testifying before the U.S. Senate on the matter.

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Tributes quickly poured in for the political satirist. “Barry Crimmins was a compassionate, hilarious man who touched so many lives,” Judd Apatow tweeted.

“Rest in Power Barry Crimmins. You fought with your whole heart to make the world better,” “Daily Show” co-creator Lizz Winstead wrote.

John Hodgman added, “Barry Crimmins has been an inspiration as a comedian and model of human courage and decency for as long as I’ve been conscious.”

Please watch @bcgoldthwait’s documentary “Call Me Lucky” about Barry Crimmins. Barry passed away today & you should know why he was a special person & why we’re all better off because he existed. RIP Barry. https://t.co/5TTRZLDCoH

— Hari Kondabolu (@harikondabolu) March 1, 2018

Barry Crimmins was a compassionate, hilarious man who touched so many lives. He gave so much of himself to help other people. I hope his life inspires others to follow his example. And he was hilarious. We love you Barry. https://t.co/egRwEfiZda

— Judd Apatow (@JuddApatow) March 1, 2018

I had not known this sad sad news til this moment. Barry Crimmins has been an inspiration as a comedian and model of human courage and decency for as long as I’ve been conscious. https://t.co/4UXHKuIf0r

— John Hodgman (@hodgman) March 1, 2018

Rest in Power Barry Crimmins. You fought with your whole heart to make the world better. Thank you. xo

— Lizz Winstead (@lizzwinstead) March 1, 2018

Barry Crimmins was my brother. He’s a warrior & funny & most of all a very good boy. to his family & million friends. Barry loved people but not a huge fan of the Pope. Watch the documentary @bcgoldthwait did about him “Call Me Lucky” Barry was #MeToo before #MeToo was #MeToo

— Tom Arnold (@TomArnold) March 1, 2018

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Barry Crimmins, the Boston-based comedian and political activist who was the subject of Bobcat Goldthwait’s 2015 documentary “Call Me Lucky,” has died at age 64 just weeks after disclosing a cancer diagnosis.

His wife, Helen, who herself is battling stage four non-Hodgkins lymphoma, tweeted the news early Thursday.

Crimmins was a major figure on the 1980s comedy circuit in Boston where comics such as Stephen Wright, Denis Leary and Bobcat Goldthwait first emerged.

He became famous for his outspoken political views and his advocacy of victims of childhood sexual abuse in the 1990s after he revealed during a stand-up set that he had been raped as a child.

After discovering chatrooms for pedophiles on AOL, Crimmins led a crusade against the company and others he felt were involved in distributing online child pornography, even testifying before the U.S. Senate on the matter.

Tributes quickly poured in for the political satirist. “Barry Crimmins was a compassionate, hilarious man who touched so many lives,” Judd Apatow tweeted.

“Rest in Power Barry Crimmins. You fought with your whole heart to make the world better,” “Daily Show” co-creator Lizz Winstead wrote.

John Hodgman added, “Barry Crimmins has been an inspiration as a comedian and model of human courage and decency for as long as I’ve been conscious.”

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‘Robin Williams: Come Inside My Mind’ Film Review: HBO Doc Remembers Comic Actor With Tough Love

Free association has rarely been freer than in the mind of Robin Williams, whose gift for improvisation made him one of the most respected comedians and dramatic actors of his generation. And in “Robin Williams: Come Inside My Mind,” director Marina Zenovich (“Roman Polanski: Wanted and Desired”) pops the hood and shows us some of what made this artist tick.

It’s a film that, early on, feels like a standard catch-a-rising-star celebrity hagiography, but as the story continues — and the impressive line-up of interviewees get deeper into their memories of Williams — the film achieves a balance between celebration and unfiltered recollection. His addictions to cocaine, alcohol and even the very act of getting a laugh are explored by friends and family as well as, in voice-over, by Williams himself in frank archival interviews.

Most fans know the general outline: Marin County kid goes to Juilliard, where John Houseman picks Williams and his roommate Christopher Reeve as his most promising students. Classically-trained improv actor becomes stand-up comedian who jumps from subject to subject to impersonation to outrageous physicality with lightning speed. A one-episode stint as Mork from Ork on the hit sitcom “Happy Days” leads to his own show. The movies, the nanny, the heart surgery, the Parkinson’s diagnosis, and the tragic suicide in 2014 at the age of 63.

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Zenovich fills in some of the blanks: Williams grew up spending a lot of time alone, entertaining himself with characters he would create for his toy soldiers. Later, he attended an all-male college and started taking theater classes because they were the only ones that were co-ed.

And then there’s the film’s impressive array of interviews: David Letterman recalls thinking that he’d picked perhaps the worst time to move to L.A. to become a comedian after seeing Williams onstage. Elayne Boosler talks about being Williams’ girlfriend while acknowledging his need to have other women, including another girlfriend in San Francisco, Valerie Velardi, who eventually became his first wife.

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Eric Idle and Billy Crystal and Steve Martin speak in awe about Williams’ gifts while acknowledging his personal demons. (Crystal recalls Williams’ dependence on audience response, noting he always needed “that one extra-special hug you can only get from a stranger.”) Pam Dawber remembers having to tell Williams that John Belushi died of an overdose not long after Williams had visited him.

Velardi reveals that her privacy kept her from correcting press reports at the time that Williams had left her for their former nanny, Marsha Garces, even though Velardi and Williams had already been separated for a year and that Garces hadn’t worked in that capacity for them in quite some time. It’s an overdue correction, but it’s also understandable that she would have wanted to avoid that media scrum at the time. (Velardi and Williams’ son Zak also shares touching memories of his dad.)

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“Come Inside My Mind” offers some revealing bloopers (the Elmo/”Sesame Street” outtakes are priceless) that demonstrate Williams’ unique train of thought and how he was always reaching for some beautiful moment of truth and absurdity. You would expect him to be cutting up between takes of, say, “Patch Adams” (it’s a little heartbreaking to see the late Philip Seymour Hoffman lose his composure), but it’s jarring to see Williams shtick it up on the set of the intense “One Hour Photo” — director Mark Romanek recalls that Williams just had to get the wackiness out of his system, and the relaxed glow he got after getting a laugh fed into his dramatic focus.

Apart from one radio interview with Williams’ friend (and “World’s Greatest Dad” director) Bobcat Goldthwait, “Come Inside My Mind” doesn’t spend quite enough time explaining the connections between the Lewy body dementia (brought on by the Parkinson’s) that led to his suicide. It also would have helped if any of the stand-up or movie clips peppered throughout featured years alongside the titles to let those less acquainted with his career know where and when we are over the course of his life.

These are minor drawbacks, however, to a film that’s compassionate without being fawning, and poignant without being sentimental. It’s less a lament over his loss and more a celebration that he existed at all.

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Robin Williams Appreciation — Master of Laughter, Master of Tears

Free association has rarely been freer than in the mind of Robin Williams, whose gift for improvisation made him one of the most respected comedians and dramatic actors of his generation. And in “Robin Williams: Come Inside My Mind,” director Marina Zenovich (“Roman Polanski: Wanted and Desired”) pops the hood and shows us some of what made this artist tick.

It’s a film that, early on, feels like a standard catch-a-rising-star celebrity hagiography, but as the story continues — and the impressive line-up of interviewees get deeper into their memories of Williams — the film achieves a balance between celebration and unfiltered recollection. His addictions to cocaine, alcohol and even the very act of getting a laugh are explored by friends and family as well as, in voice-over, by Williams himself in frank archival interviews.

Most fans know the general outline: Marin County kid goes to Juilliard, where John Houseman picks Williams and his roommate Christopher Reeve as his most promising students. Classically-trained improv actor becomes stand-up comedian who jumps from subject to subject to impersonation to outrageous physicality with lightning speed. A one-episode stint as Mork from Ork on the hit sitcom “Happy Days” leads to his own show. The movies, the nanny, the heart surgery, the Parkinson’s diagnosis, and the tragic suicide in 2014 at the age of 63.

Zenovich fills in some of the blanks: Williams grew up spending a lot of time alone, entertaining himself with characters he would create for his toy soldiers. Later, he attended an all-male college and started taking theater classes because they were the only ones that were co-ed.

And then there’s the film’s impressive array of interviews: David Letterman recalls thinking that he’d picked perhaps the worst time to move to L.A. to become a comedian after seeing Williams onstage. Elayne Boosler talks about being Williams’ girlfriend while acknowledging his need to have other women, including another girlfriend in San Francisco, Valerie Velardi, who eventually became his first wife.

Eric Idle and Billy Crystal and Steve Martin speak in awe about Williams’ gifts while acknowledging his personal demons. (Crystal recalls Williams’ dependence on audience response, noting he always needed “that one extra-special hug you can only get from a stranger.”) Pam Dawber remembers having to tell Williams that John Belushi died of an overdose not long after Williams had visited him.

Velardi reveals that her privacy kept her from correcting press reports at the time that Williams had left her for their former nanny, Marsha Garces, even though Velardi and Williams had already been separated for a year and that Garces hadn’t worked in that capacity for them in quite some time. It’s an overdue correction, but it’s also understandable that she would have wanted to avoid that media scrum at the time. (Velardi and Williams’ son Zak also shares touching memories of his dad.)

“Come Inside My Mind” offers some revealing bloopers (the Elmo/”Sesame Street” outtakes are priceless) that demonstrate Williams’ unique train of thought and how he was always reaching for some beautiful moment of truth and absurdity. You would expect him to be cutting up between takes of, say, “Patch Adams” (it’s a little heartbreaking to see the late Philip Seymour Hoffman lose his composure), but it’s jarring to see Williams shtick it up on the set of the intense “One Hour Photo” — director Mark Romanek recalls that Williams just had to get the wackiness out of his system, and the relaxed glow he got after getting a laugh fed into his dramatic focus.

Apart from one radio interview with Williams’ friend (and “World’s Greatest Dad” director) Bobcat Goldthwait, “Come Inside My Mind” doesn’t spend quite enough time explaining the connections between the Lewy body dementia (brought on by the Parkinson’s) that led to his suicide. It also would have helped if any of the stand-up or movie clips peppered throughout featured years alongside the titles to let those less acquainted with his career know where and when we are over the course of his life.

These are minor drawbacks, however, to a film that’s compassionate without being fawning, and poignant without being sentimental. It’s less a lament over his loss and more a celebration that he existed at all.

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18 Things We Learned at TCA 2018: Logan Paul’s Future, Joanna Gaines Dissed, and One Dead Cat

With all due respect to PBS’ second day of presentations in the Langham Huntington Hotel in Pasadena, California, the Television Critics Association Winter Press Tour has (mercifully) come to a close.

TheWrap sat through about 1,000 panels from what feels like 100 platforms over a legitimate 13 days (and attended probably a dozen parties, where we consumed [REDACTED] drinks). All told, we wrote roughly a million stories.

We can boil that down further though. In recognition of the new year, below are 18 things we learned from the first (of two) TCA of ’18.

Also Read: PBS Chief Says She Hopes Charlie Rose, Tavis Smiley, New #MeToo Series Will ‘Tee Up a Conversation’

Paige Davis Has a Different Design Sense Than Joanna Gaines
Don’t expect to see a bunch of shiplap on the revived “Trading Spaces”: Paige Davis isn’t a fan of Joanna Gaines’ (HGTV’s “Fixer Upper”) favorite wood siding. The TLC personality made her negative feelings on the trend known while occupying the stage, eliciting laughter from the folks that got that message loud and clear.

Also Read: Marcia Clark Says A&E Docuseries Uncovered New Evidence in Casey Anthony Case

“The Simpsons” Will Address “The Problem With Apu”
“The Simpsons” will address documentary film “The Problem with Apu” within “the context of the show,” Hank Azaria said.

“The idea that anybody, young or old, past or present, was bullied or teased or worse based on the character of Apu … it’s distressing,” the voice behind Indian immigrant Apu Nahasapeemapetilon said. “The idea that anybody was marginalized based on it or had a hard time was very upsetting to me personally and professionally.”

Also Read: ‘Supergirl’ Star Melissa Benoist on Fired Show Creator: ‘Major Disappointment’

Danny Pudi (Still) Wants to Do a “Community” Movie
Danny Pudi is still down to do a “Community” movie.

“Yes, absolutely,” Pudi told TheWrap. “I’ve told Dan [Harmon] multiple times — we have a text chain —  we’re ready for the movie! So yeah, absolutely.”

And Bobcat Goldthwait wants to direct.

Also Read: Harvey Weinstein Won’t Be in Credits for Paramount Network’s ‘Yellowstone,’ ‘Waco’

Why “Game of Thrones” Season 8 Has to Wait
It’s the special effects, man. Do you know how long those dragons take to come to life? HBO chief Casey Bloys does, and he gave us a rough idea here.

“Could we force them to do something — to come back early? I suppose we could force it,” he told us. But that’s just not how they roll.

Also Read: ‘Hard Sun’: How David Bowie Inspired Hulu’s Apocalypse Drama

Mira Sorvino Is Finally Busy
Mira Sorvino says Harvey Weinstein had her blacklisted after she rejected his advances — but her phone’s been ringing lately.

“I have to say the general atmosphere since those allegations came out, those revelations, there seems to be a lot of goodwill towards me in the entertainment business and I’ve been getting offers,” she told reporters.

Sorvino is starring on AT&T Audience Network’s “Condor” and just joined Season 3 of Sony Crackle’s “StartUp.”

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Why Kelly Clarkson Chose “The Voice” over “Idol”
The honorable Kelly Clarkson wants all to rise. The first ever American Idol would rather be a coach than a judge, so choosing “The Voice” over the show that made her a star was a no-brainer.

Basically, she didn’t want to feel “sh—y” about herself, in Clarkson’s words.

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Why “Rise” Turned a Gay Character Straight
NBC’s “Rise” is based on a true-life story of drama teacher Lou Volpe, a gay man, but when the drama premieres in March, the lead character played by Josh Radnor will be a straight man.

“We took [the book] as an inspiration, and then I really felt like I needed to make it my own story,” showrunner Jason Katims said. “With Lou’s family life and Lou’s family itself, there’s a lot of re-imagination. Not just in terms of gay or straight, but in terms of the family structure.”

Also Read: Logan Paul Still Has ‘Opportunity to Prove’ Himself to YouTube

Don’t Hold Your Breath for More “Twin Peaks”
Guys, it took David Lynch like 25 years to bring “Twin Peaks” to Showtime for a revived run. So don’t expect it to just be another year or two before he does it again.

Still: “The door at Showtime is always open for Mark [Frost, co-creator] and for David — for ‘Twin Peaks’ or anything else they want to talk about,” the premium-TV channel’s Gary Levine said.

Also Read: TLC’s ‘Trading Spaces’ Star Takes Shot at HGTV Darling Joanna Gaines

But How About More “Fargo”?
OK, this one is good news. More “Fargo” should hit FX in 2019, and Jon Landgraf seems pretty excited about Noah Hawley’s new (top secret) idea.

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What the Hell Is “Robbin’ Season”?
“Atlanta” Season 2 isn’t called “‘Atlanta’ Season 2.” We’ll explain. The sophomore run of Donald Glover’s FX comedy is officially titled “Atlanta Robbin’ Season.” Why? We’ll also explain that. Better yet, Stephen Glover can.

“Robbin’ Season, for most of you that I guess don’t know, is a time in Atlanta right before Christmastime and New Year’s,” the executive producer and writer said. “Basically, a bunch of crime happens in the city right during that time.”

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Furguson the Cat May Be a Goner
Someone’s gonna die on the final season of Fox’s “New Girl.” TheWrap may have uncovered that it’s Furguson, Winston’s (Lamorne Morris) beloved cat.

Sorry for the spoiler, and for the (probably) dead cat.

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Marcia Clark May Have Just Solved Casey Anthony Case
Marcia Clark was unsuccessful in prosecuting O.J. Simpson, but she may have just convicted Casey Anthony of murder. The A&E docuseries host says her show has uncovered some “pretty big” new evidence that points to Caylee Anthony’s mom in the young girl’s death.

Read the details here.

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Logan Paul Could Still Return to YouTube
Logan Paul has been downgraded and suspended from YouTube — but it’s not a lifetime ban.

“Actions should speak louder than words,” YouTube chief business officer Robert Kyncl said. “Logan has the opportunity to prove that,” Kyncl says.

Also Read: Ryan Seacrest Tells Us About His Coffee Routine, Chronic Fatigue

Glenn Howerton’s Dennis Ain’t Dead Yet
One of the biggest ongoing dramas in sitcom-land is whether or not Glenn Howerton return to “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia.”

At TCA, Howerton said he “has not officially left” the FXX comedy, and that his “A.P. Bio” schedule would “absolutely” allow him to do both. You know, if he wants to.

Also Read: Jenna Fischer on ‘The Office’ Revival: ‘I Haven’t Been Approached’

Jimmi Simpson Is Returning to “Westworld” – And Maybe the USS Callister
Jimmi Simpson confirmed that he’ll be back on “Westworld” for Season 2, but we’ve got bigger fish to fry here: WILL THERE BE A “U.S.S CALLISTER” SPINOFF???!?

“I’ve heard little buzzes,” Simpson told reporters about a standalone series based on his popular “Black Mirror” episode. “But I don’t believe anything until I’m working on set. I would love it.”

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“AHS” Is Heading to the Future for Season 8
“American Horror Story” is fast-forwarding a few decades into the future for Season 8. But no, we’re not going into outer space here.

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Why Tatiana Maslany Was Recast on Ryan Murphy’s “Pose”
Here’s something you don’t hear very often in Hollywood: Tatiana Maslany wasn’t old enough to star on Ryan Murphy’s “Pose.”

“This show does have an element of shows that I grew up loving, like ‘Fame,’” Murphy said of recasting his show’s dance instructor. “We needed a Debbie Allen character, to be blunt. And that’s what we decided to do.”

Also Read: Why ‘Game of Thrones’ Season 8 Has to Wait Until 2019 – HBO Boss Casey Bloys Explains

Why the “Grey’s Anatomy” Spinoff Still Doesn’t Have a Title
The untitled “Grey’s Anatomy” firefighter spinoff is still untitled. Um, why?

“Coming up with a title is one of the most challenging things that we do,” ABC Entertainment President Channing Dungey told TheWrap.

Ironically, “Grey’s Anatomy” itself didn’t have a title almost until premiering.

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See you in July.

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With all due respect to PBS’ second day of presentations in the Langham Huntington Hotel in Pasadena, California, the Television Critics Association Winter Press Tour has (mercifully) come to a close.

TheWrap sat through about 1,000 panels from what feels like 100 platforms over a legitimate 13 days (and attended probably a dozen parties, where we consumed [REDACTED] drinks). All told, we wrote roughly a million stories.

We can boil that down further though. In recognition of the new year, below are 18 things we learned from the first (of two) TCA of ’18.

Paige Davis Has a Different Design Sense Than Joanna Gaines
Don’t expect to see a bunch of shiplap on the revived “Trading Spaces”: Paige Davis isn’t a fan of Joanna Gaines’ (HGTV’s “Fixer Upper”) favorite wood siding. The TLC personality made her negative feelings on the trend known while occupying the stage, eliciting laughter from the folks that got that message loud and clear.

“The Simpsons” Will Address “The Problem With Apu”
“The Simpsons” will address documentary film “The Problem with Apu” within “the context of the show,” Hank Azaria said.

“The idea that anybody, young or old, past or present, was bullied or teased or worse based on the character of Apu … it’s distressing,” the voice behind Indian immigrant Apu Nahasapeemapetilon said. “The idea that anybody was marginalized based on it or had a hard time was very upsetting to me personally and professionally.”

Danny Pudi (Still) Wants to Do a “Community” Movie
Danny Pudi is still down to do a “Community” movie.

“Yes, absolutely,” Pudi told TheWrap. “I’ve told Dan [Harmon] multiple times — we have a text chain —  we’re ready for the movie! So yeah, absolutely.”

And Bobcat Goldthwait wants to direct.

Why “Game of Thrones” Season 8 Has to Wait
It’s the special effects, man. Do you know how long those dragons take to come to life? HBO chief Casey Bloys does, and he gave us a rough idea here.

“Could we force them to do something — to come back early? I suppose we could force it,” he told us. But that’s just not how they roll.

Mira Sorvino Is Finally Busy
Mira Sorvino says Harvey Weinstein had her blacklisted after she rejected his advances — but her phone’s been ringing lately.

“I have to say the general atmosphere since those allegations came out, those revelations, there seems to be a lot of goodwill towards me in the entertainment business and I’ve been getting offers,” she told reporters.

Sorvino is starring on AT&T Audience Network’s “Condor” and just joined Season 3 of Sony Crackle’s “StartUp.”

Why Kelly Clarkson Chose “The Voice” over “Idol”
The honorable Kelly Clarkson wants all to rise. The first ever American Idol would rather be a coach than a judge, so choosing “The Voice” over the show that made her a star was a no-brainer.

Basically, she didn’t want to feel “sh—y” about herself, in Clarkson’s words.

Why “Rise” Turned a Gay Character Straight
NBC’s “Rise” is based on a true-life story of drama teacher Lou Volpe, a gay man, but when the drama premieres in March, the lead character played by Josh Radnor will be a straight man.

“We took [the book] as an inspiration, and then I really felt like I needed to make it my own story,” showrunner Jason Katims said. “With Lou’s family life and Lou’s family itself, there’s a lot of re-imagination. Not just in terms of gay or straight, but in terms of the family structure.”

Don’t Hold Your Breath for More “Twin Peaks”
Guys, it took David Lynch like 25 years to bring “Twin Peaks” to Showtime for a revived run. So don’t expect it to just be another year or two before he does it again.

Still: “The door at Showtime is always open for Mark [Frost, co-creator] and for David — for ‘Twin Peaks’ or anything else they want to talk about,” the premium-TV channel’s Gary Levine said.

But How About More “Fargo”?
OK, this one is good news. More “Fargo” should hit FX in 2019, and Jon Landgraf seems pretty excited about Noah Hawley’s new (top secret) idea.

What the Hell Is “Robbin’ Season”?
“Atlanta” Season 2 isn’t called “‘Atlanta’ Season 2.” We’ll explain. The sophomore run of Donald Glover’s FX comedy is officially titled “Atlanta Robbin’ Season.” Why? We’ll also explain that. Better yet, Stephen Glover can.

“Robbin’ Season, for most of you that I guess don’t know, is a time in Atlanta right before Christmastime and New Year’s,” the executive producer and writer said. “Basically, a bunch of crime happens in the city right during that time.”

Furguson the Cat May Be a Goner
Someone’s gonna die on the final season of Fox’s “New Girl.” TheWrap may have uncovered that it’s Furguson, Winston’s (Lamorne Morris) beloved cat.

Sorry for the spoiler, and for the (probably) dead cat.

Marcia Clark May Have Just Solved Casey Anthony Case
Marcia Clark was unsuccessful in prosecuting O.J. Simpson, but she may have just convicted Casey Anthony of murder. The A&E docuseries host says her show has uncovered some “pretty big” new evidence that points to Caylee Anthony’s mom in the young girl’s death.

Read the details here.

Logan Paul Could Still Return to YouTube
Logan Paul has been downgraded and suspended from YouTube — but it’s not a lifetime ban.

“Actions should speak louder than words,” YouTube chief business officer Robert Kyncl said. “Logan has the opportunity to prove that,” Kyncl says.

Glenn Howerton’s Dennis Ain’t Dead Yet
One of the biggest ongoing dramas in sitcom-land is whether or not Glenn Howerton return to “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia.”

At TCA, Howerton said he “has not officially left” the FXX comedy, and that his “A.P. Bio” schedule would “absolutely” allow him to do both. You know, if he wants to.

Jimmi Simpson Is Returning to “Westworld” – And Maybe the USS Callister
Jimmi Simpson confirmed that he’ll be back on “Westworld” for Season 2, but we’ve got bigger fish to fry here: WILL THERE BE A “U.S.S CALLISTER” SPINOFF???!?

“I’ve heard little buzzes,” Simpson told reporters about a standalone series based on his popular “Black Mirror” episode. “But I don’t believe anything until I’m working on set. I would love it.”

“AHS” Is Heading to the Future for Season 8
“American Horror Story” is fast-forwarding a few decades into the future for Season 8. But no, we’re not going into outer space here.

Why Tatiana Maslany Was Recast on Ryan Murphy’s “Pose”
Here’s something you don’t hear very often in Hollywood: Tatiana Maslany wasn’t old enough to star on Ryan Murphy’s “Pose.”

“This show does have an element of shows that I grew up loving, like ‘Fame,'” Murphy said of recasting his show’s dance instructor. “We needed a Debbie Allen character, to be blunt. And that’s what we decided to do.”

Why the “Grey’s Anatomy” Spinoff Still Doesn’t Have a Title
The untitled “Grey’s Anatomy” firefighter spinoff is still untitled. Um, why?

“Coming up with a title is one of the most challenging things that we do,” ABC Entertainment President Channing Dungey told TheWrap.

Ironically, “Grey’s Anatomy” itself didn’t have a title almost until premiering.

See you in July.

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Yes, Danny Pudi ‘Absolutely’ Still Wants to Do a ‘Community’ Movie

Look, “Community” fans, we know you got your sixth season, but you never got your movie. However, you can continue to hold out hope that one day Dan Harmon’s vision will hit the silver screen. After all, Danny Pudi tells TheWrap he’s still down. And so is director Bobcat Goldthwait.

“Yes, absolutely,” Pudi said Thursday during the Television Critics Association press tour, while the two were discussing working together on truTV’s upcoming anthology series “Bobcat Goldthwait’s Misfits & Monsters.” “I’ve told Dan [Harmon] multiple times — we have a text chain —  we’re ready for the movie! So yeah, absolutely.”

Well, someone should let creator Harmon (who told TheWrap in November he is still “trying” to make the movie happen) know that he may have a director all lined up too.

Also Read: ‘Community’ Creator Dan Harmon Apologizes Again, Details Sexual Harassment of Show Writer

“Yes,” Goldthwait told TheWrap, when asked if he’d roll camera for the long-awaited film, as he did direct an installment of the original series. “So, we better call Dan,” he added, laughing.

Pudi and Goldthwait met for the first time while shooting the sixth season episode “Basic Crisis Room Decorum,” and the director was impressed enough by Pudi to think of him when casting his new series.

“When I was working on ‘Community,’ he was always working on different things and trying different things. And I put that in my Rolodex,” Goldthwait told TheWrap.

Also Read: Dan Harmon Apologizes for ‘Abusing My Position’ With Female ‘Community’ Writer

If (and when) the movie happens, Pudi doesn’t know what it would be about — nor would he want to.

“I never guessed what the episodes would be about while shooting the show, so I would continue to keep that theme going,” Pudi said “I’d rather be surprised by what I’m doing and trust Dan’s process.”

So just keep your fingers crossed and #SixSeasonsAndAMovie trending.

Also Read: Dan Harmon on ‘Community’ Movie: Justin Lin and I Are ‘Trying’ to Make It Happen

Bobcat Goldthwait’s Misfits & Monsters” will premiere on truTV this summer.

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Look, “Community” fans, we know you got your sixth season, but you never got your movie. However, you can continue to hold out hope that one day Dan Harmon’s vision will hit the silver screen. After all, Danny Pudi tells TheWrap he’s still down. And so is director Bobcat Goldthwait.

“Yes, absolutely,” Pudi said Thursday during the Television Critics Association press tour, while the two were discussing working together on truTV’s upcoming anthology series “Bobcat Goldthwait’s Misfits & Monsters.” “I’ve told Dan [Harmon] multiple times — we have a text chain —  we’re ready for the movie! So yeah, absolutely.”

Well, someone should let creator Harmon (who told TheWrap in November he is still “trying” to make the movie happen) know that he may have a director all lined up too.

“Yes,” Goldthwait told TheWrap, when asked if he’d roll camera for the long-awaited film, as he did direct an installment of the original series. “So, we better call Dan,” he added, laughing.

Pudi and Goldthwait met for the first time while shooting the sixth season episode “Basic Crisis Room Decorum,” and the director was impressed enough by Pudi to think of him when casting his new series.

“When I was working on ‘Community,’ he was always working on different things and trying different things. And I put that in my Rolodex,” Goldthwait told TheWrap.

If (and when) the movie happens, Pudi doesn’t know what it would be about — nor would he want to.

“I never guessed what the episodes would be about while shooting the show, so I would continue to keep that theme going,” Pudi said “I’d rather be surprised by what I’m doing and trust Dan’s process.”

So just keep your fingers crossed and #SixSeasonsAndAMovie trending.

Bobcat Goldthwait’s Misfits & Monsters” will premiere on truTV this summer.

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truTV Orders ‘Super Troopers’ Team Comedy, Bobcat Goldthwait Anthology, and Sets Premieres for ‘Talk Show the Game Show’ and More

truTV announced a number of new and returning series Thursday at its Television Critics Assn. panel in Pasadena, Calif. Newly in development at the cabler is “Tacoma FD,” a half-hour comedy that has received a pilot order. Co-creators and stars Kevin Heffernan and Steve Lemme (of “Super Troopers” fame) will put on uniforms for the […]

truTV announced a number of new and returning series Thursday at its Television Critics Assn. panel in Pasadena, Calif. Newly in development at the cabler is “Tacoma FD,” a half-hour comedy that has received a pilot order. Co-creators and stars Kevin Heffernan and Steve Lemme (of “Super Troopers” fame) will put on uniforms for the […]

Netflix Orders More ‘Skylanders Academy’ as Activision Blizzard Slate Ramps Up

Activision Blizzard’s “Skylanders Academy” has been picked up for a third season at Netflix, the companies announced this week.

The first original TV series developed and produced by the gaming giant’s content studio, run by Co-Presidents Stacey Sher and Nick Van Dyk, is an animated collaboration with France’s TeamTO.

“Our focus, really, is to continue to make family entertainment that is filled with adventure, humor and heart,” Sher told TheWrap of the renewal.

Also Read: ‘Hateful Eight’ Producer Stacey Sher Named Co-President of Activision Blizzard Studios

For an animated series, the show is produced at a remarkable speed. Season one premiered in October of 2016.  It stars new addition Felicia Day (“Buffy The Vampire Slayer”), and returning voice leads Justin Long and Ashley Tisdale. Season two featured Susan Sarandon, Parker Posey, James Hetfield, Catherine O’Hara, Bobcat Goldthwait and Chris Diamantopoulos.

“Skylanders Academy” is based on the juggernaut game Skylanders (valued at $3.5 billion). The scripted offshoot follows its own narrative trajectory but Sher and Van Dyk found exciting opportunities for cross-pollination.

A game initiative called Skylanders Imagineers let game users create their own individual characters — one of which is now featured in the animated cast.

“What’s helpful about the game is the global reach it has. The challenging part about our content is to deliver this in 23 languages,” Sher said. “But we have a mandate to deliver the quality fans expect and on deadline.”

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After a flurry of virtual reality platforms at January’s CES and the Sundance Film Festival, we asked if the show’s integration into the game might be approaching faster than anyone could guess.

“Having looked at it over many years at Disney, any time new tech comes out and it’s original and enhances story telling, great,” said Van Dyk, a former SVP and strategist at Disney. “When its gimmicky it doesn’t work.”

“What James Cameron was for 3D is what we’re waiting for in augmented reality or VR — I think it’s going to be a filmmaker who presents it to the market in such that you can’t see it any other way,” Sher added.

As for the other blockbuster gaming franchises in the Activision Blizzard portfolio, which also counts their acquisition King, the team will next be tackling first-person shooter Call of Duty. News about a planned film universe based on the game is expected this spring.

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Activision Blizzard’s “Skylanders Academy” has been picked up for a third season at Netflix, the companies announced this week.

The first original TV series developed and produced by the gaming giant’s content studio, run by Co-Presidents Stacey Sher and Nick Van Dyk, is an animated collaboration with France’s TeamTO.

“Our focus, really, is to continue to make family entertainment that is filled with adventure, humor and heart,” Sher told TheWrap of the renewal.

For an animated series, the show is produced at a remarkable speed. Season one premiered in October of 2016.  It stars new addition Felicia Day (“Buffy The Vampire Slayer”), and returning voice leads Justin Long and Ashley Tisdale. Season two featured Susan Sarandon, Parker Posey, James Hetfield, Catherine O’Hara, Bobcat Goldthwait and Chris Diamantopoulos.

“Skylanders Academy” is based on the juggernaut game Skylanders (valued at $3.5 billion). The scripted offshoot follows its own narrative trajectory but Sher and Van Dyk found exciting opportunities for cross-pollination.

A game initiative called Skylanders Imagineers let game users create their own individual characters — one of which is now featured in the animated cast.

“What’s helpful about the game is the global reach it has. The challenging part about our content is to deliver this in 23 languages,” Sher said. “But we have a mandate to deliver the quality fans expect and on deadline.”

After a flurry of virtual reality platforms at January’s CES and the Sundance Film Festival, we asked if the show’s integration into the game might be approaching faster than anyone could guess.

“Having looked at it over many years at Disney, any time new tech comes out and it’s original and enhances story telling, great,” said Van Dyk, a former SVP and strategist at Disney. “When its gimmicky it doesn’t work.”

“What James Cameron was for 3D is what we’re waiting for in augmented reality or VR — I think it’s going to be a filmmaker who presents it to the market in such that you can’t see it any other way,” Sher added.

As for the other blockbuster gaming franchises in the Activision Blizzard portfolio, which also counts their acquisition King, the team will next be tackling first-person shooter Call of Duty. News about a planned film universe based on the game is expected this spring.

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Netflix Picks Up Justin Long, Ashley Tisdale Animated Series 'Skylanders Academy'

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