"The Daily Galaxy" TV Guide: Space, Science, & SciFi (VIDEO)

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Programs August 30 - September 5

Note: Program Times are CST (for EST, add one hour)

SUNDAY AUG. 30, 2009

“Defying Gravity” (9 p.m. on ABC): Drawing closer to the orbit of Venus, some members of the Antares crew struggle with guilt and experience vivid repercussions of past actions, while a serious accident puts the life of a teammate in danger, uniting everyone in the desperate endeavor to save her.

“Futurama” (8 p.m. on Comedy Central): New episodes of the Emmy-winning animated series (1999-2003 on Fox) will premiere in 2010 on Comedy Central. Kicking things off is this four-hour movie titled “Into the Green Yonder,” in which Turanga Leela teams up with an environmentally aware feminist group to save an asteroid filled with primitive life forms.

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The Science of "Fringe"

Fringe_header Airing on the Fox Network on Tuesday nights, one of TV’s newest dramas is Fringe. Starring Joshua Jackson, Anna Torv and John Noble, the show focuses on FBI investigations into paranormal events taking place across America. You would be excused for immediately thinking that this is a science fiction show, but in an interview with Live Science, Rob Chiappetta and Glen Whitman believe they are contributing a measure of reality to the show.

"One week we are pouring over journals and focusing on the latest neuroscience research and the next week we are learning all about hormones," said Chiappetta. "We have to learn a lot very quickly and a lot of the information isn’t used, but the writers really do appreciate our research which is cool."

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A Short Time from Now In a Galaxy That's Right Here: Two Star Wars Series Heading to the Small Screen

Starwarsclonewars_3_2 According to an October 17th interview in the L.A. Times, George Lucas has started work on a live-action television series set in the Star Wars universe. The project, which he first announced at 2005's Celebration III fan convention in Indianapolis just prior to the release of Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith, has been the subject of rampant rumors for nearly half a decade.

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Superman Reborn?

Superman1978_3Our favorite Superman movie at the Galaxy is the one that was never made, Superman Reborn: the 1994 cancelled Warner Bros script featured an insecure Clark Kent unable to admit his feelings for Lois Lane. Before Superman can resolve his feelings, he and a creature called Doomsday fight to the death. When Superman dies, his soul enters Lois' body, and she soon gives birth to Superman's child. The child grows into the body of a 21-year-old man within weeks. Lois is killed in the middle of the film, and the child assumes his birthright as the new Superman and saves the world.

The classic lore of the imaginary Superman Reborn short (see link below) featuring the cast of Smallville makes us long for what might have been compared to the Smallville series we've been watching the past few seasons. But maybe there's hope!

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Apple TV to Stream YouTube -A Video Tour

Beginning in mid-June, Apple TV will wirelessly stream videos directly from YouTube. Using Apple TV's interface and Apple Remote, viewers will be able to browse, find and watch free videos from YouTube in the comfort of their living room rather than in the study on their PC.

Appletv20070530201_2"This is the first time users can easily browse, find and watch YouTube videos right from their living room couch, and it's really, really fun," said Steve Jobs, Apple's CEO. "YouTube is a worldwide sensation, and Apple TV is bringing it directly from the Internet onto the wide-screen TV in your living room."

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Flash Gordon -The Next Star Trek Debuts this Summer

Flashgordonming_2Smallville's Eric Johnson, will star of the upcoming Flash Gordon SciFi Channel series - debuting August 10th-- breaks new ground for a character based on the legendary 1934 comic strip.

The series will be based on the comic strip adventures of Flash Gordon and his companions Dale Arden and Dr. Hans Zarkov. In the original 1934 series, the story begins with Earth bombarded by fiery meteors. Dr. Zarkov intuits the meteors are from outer space, and invents a rocketship to locate their place of origin. Half mad, he kidnaps Flash and Dale, and the three travel to the planet Mongo, where they discover that the meteors are actually alien weapons devised by Ming (above) the Merciless, evil ruler of the planet Mongo.

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Will Wife of Jack the Ripper lead the Web TV Revolution?

Ipod20videoTelevision has long been the domain of… well, television. And, though that seems a poor way to start a quality article, it is the exact sentiment I want to work from. For you see, the standard ‘over the air’ television that has long been the cornerstone of many family dinners, is slowly coming to an end. And yes, cable-television is one aspect to that ending, but not the whole.

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TV Goes Mobile

Mobile_tv_3The BBC reports that mobile TV  could overtake gaming and music as our favoured application for mobile phones, according to research. Services in Japan, South Korea and Italy are attracting millions, confounding critics who said people would not watch TV on a small device.

TV going mobile brings its own problems because peak viewing on conventional TV does not coincide with how people consume TV via their mobiles - mainly in short bursts early in the morning and on the way home from work.

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MeeVee -Personalized TV Listings & Search

Meeveelogo210MeeVee is a online guide to what’s on internet TV, built on a personalized navigation system and metadata generation technology – resulting in a powerful and comprehensive television search and personalization service for multiple platforms (PC, TV, DVR, set-top Boxes and mobile devices).

You can create a schedule of what you want to watch based on their listings of video content. If you’ve enjoyed a certain video, MeeVee allows you to save it and add it to a play list for future viewing. You can rate the videos you’ve seen as well, allowing MeeVee to select content that fits you better.

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Joost: The Future of TV?

Featurebox4Check out the world's first commercial for Joost TV. Joost, a company from the founders of Kazaa and Skype, could be the future of TV: universal TV, running on a hybrid P2P platform - millions of networked PCs with traditional video servers and, free to viewers who download the player app. Content owners are provided with industrial-strength encryption, high-definition-quality video, and advertisers get pinpoint contextual targeting. The Joost software combines search and chat functions to add to the functionality. Joost turns your PC into an instant, on-demand TV. No set top box is required.

A possible YouTube killer, Joost TV runs instantly, full screen and at high quality - there's no lag from activating the TV software to getting something to watch. The key, of course, is content. The Luxembourg-based startup has signed with JumpTV, a Toronto-based Internet television broadcaster that culls content from stations in 70 countries around the world as well as a revenue-sharing deal with Viacom for MTV, Comedy Central, Nickelodeon, and Paramount Studios content. Other Joost channels broadcast shows from the likes of National Geographic and Voy, which targets Latino youth. Posted by Jason McManus.

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