Bugs Bunny and his pals are being updated for the future – way in the future.
The WB network will take the famed Looney Tunes characters as models for a new children’s series, “Loonatics,” that will air on Saturday mornings starting this fall.
The network’s animators have re-imagined Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck and Wile E. Coyote as sleek new figures for a modern age. Their descendants – Buzz Bunny and the like – will be superhero action figures for the cartoon set in the year 2772.
“We all flipped for it,” said David Janollari, president of the Kids’ WB. “We just said, ‘Wow, what a great way to take the classic Looney Tunes franchise that has been huge with audiences for decades and bring it into the new millennium.’
“I think the legacy is intact,” he added. “If anything, it’s an homage to the legacy instead of a destruction of the legacy.”
Prinze pilot flies
A comedy pilot starring Freddie Prinze Jr. has received a green light from ABC.
The pilot, which Prinze co-wrote and is executive-producing as well, is about a successful single guy who was raised in a houseful of women. His life takes an unexpected when they move back in with him.
It would be Prinze’s first regular role in a TV series, following in the footsteps of his father, Freddie Prinze, who starred in NBC’s “Chico and the Man” in the mid-1970s.
After beginning his career with a guest spot on “Family Matters,” Prinze has starred in “I Know What You Did Last Summer,” “She’s All That,” “Head Over Heels” and the two “Scooby-Doo” movies with his wife, Sarah Michelle Gellar.
He’s also logged guest appearances on ABC’s “Boston Legal” this season, playing the son of William Shatner’s Denny Crane.
To make the latest edition of “American Idol” more fulfilling – for fans and for its coffers – the producers of the Fox TV talent competition have authorized American Idol: The Magazine, a glossy, “official” viewer’s guide available for $5.99 at newsstands and grocery checkouts.
Its 130 pages are packed with everything from thumbnail profiles of Season Four’s top 75 contestants to scorecards for each of the semifinals and the finals.
It also features dress-to-impress tips (“Hey, guys, if you want to look fashionable, then wearing a dark-colored crushed-velvet or corduroy sport coat is definitely a popular trend”) and answers to oft-asked questions about the judges (“Is Simon Cowell really a jerk?”).
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