or


[07/11/07 - 06:54 PM]
PBS Greenlights 'Car Talk' Television Series
The as-yet-untitled animated sitcom, featuring the stars of the beloved radio show, will launch with ten 30-minute episodes targeted for summer 2008.

[via press release from PBS]

PBS Greenlights 'Car Talk' Television Series

First-Ever Animated Primetime Series for PBS to Launch in Summer 2008 TV Series Titling Contest Open to Fans

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif., July 11 -- Start your engines! PBS is bringing Tom and Ray Magliozzi, of CAR TALK, to TV. Based on the hit NPR radio show, the as-yet-untitled animated sitcom will launch with ten 30-minute episodes targeted for summer 2008. Fans will be invited to submit title suggestions for the television show.

The fast-paced series will take off where the radio series ends, focusing on the adventures of Click and Clack and their crew of mechanics and co- workers. Based largely in Tom and Ray's fictional garage, the show will focus on the "off-air" escapades of Tom and Ray Magliozzi ("known to their listeners as Click and Clack," the Tappet brothers) as they try to fix cars, fend off disgruntled customers and seek out ways to do less and less work.

"We want to apologize in advance to Jim Lehrer, Bill Moyers, the folks at FRONTLINE, NOVA and AMERICAN EXPERIENCE for the damage we are about to do to your network's reputation," said Tom and Ray Magliozzi, who will provide the voices for their own animated characters. "Oh, and Big Bird, too. Sorry, pal."

"Tom and Ray are larger than life characters, and the only way to keep them larger than life, and not diminish them on TV, is through animation," said creator and executive producer Howard K. Grossman. "We've brought on a world-class animation team, and I'm confident the series will rank among the best anywhere."

"Unlikely!" said Tom.

"We're looking forward to bringing Tom and Ray to television, with new characters and stories that capture the humor of the radio series and take it even further," said John Boland, PBS chief content officer. "Through animation and fresh content, we anticipate the show will be a hit among current fans of the radio show and new audiences. PBS has long been a leader in creating animated, educational programming for children, but, with CAR TALK, we will present our first primetime animated series for a general audience."

The animated series takes place at Car Talk Plaza, a fictional building which houses their radio studio and their famed garage in Cambridge, Massachusetts, in Harvard Square. Along with "Click and Clack," the cast of characters includes:

-- Fidel -- A mechanic with a cleanliness obsession, who insists on wearing Armani suits while working on cars. He can sense car problems through smell and touch.

-- Crusty -- A former Harvard professor who was tossed out of the nearby academic institution and now turns a wrench, while thinking deep thoughts, for Tom and Ray.

-- Stash -- A gruff, Eastern bloc escapee who can manufacture anything out of anything.

-- Sal (short for Sally) -- The veteran Bostonian garage receptionist who handles insiders and outsiders with the same lack of etiquette.

-- Beth -- Their young, eager radio producer who desperately wants to improve their show and make it more professional to please the network higher ups.

In conjunction with the series, an innovative partnership brokered by executive producer Howard K. Grossman with The American Association of Motor Vehicle Administrators (AAMVA), whose membership includes all state motor vehicle agencies (DMVs) in the United States and Canada, will feature a public safety campaign, with the cartoon versions of Tom and Ray dispensing safe driving tips and other useful information to drivers renewing their licenses in person at participating state DMVs, and online, as well as other educational materials.

The titling contest will be announced on the CAR TALK radio program and will allow listeners to submit their own suggestions for the television program title. More details regarding the titling contest will be available soon.

PBS is a media enterprise that serves 355 public noncommercial television stations and reaches more than 75 million people each week through on-air and online content. Bringing diverse viewpoints to television and the Internet, PBS provides high-quality documentary and dramatic entertainment, and consistently dominates the most prestigious award competitions. PBS is a leading provider of educational materials for K-12 teachers and offers a broad array of other educational services. PBS' premier kids' TV programming and Web site, PBS KIDS Online http://www.pbskids.org, continue to be parents' and teachers' most trusted learning environments for children. More information about PBS is available at http://www.pbs.org, one of the leading dot-org Web sites on the Internet.

CAR TALK TV Bios

Howard Grossman's career has encompassed nearly every facet of the entertainment industry in the United States, England, Russia, South Africa, Columbia, Israel and Canada. Some of his film and dramatic television projects include Apprentice to Murder starring Donald Sutherland; "Heartbreak House" starring Amy Irving and Rex Harrison; True West starring John Malkovich and Gary Sinise; and "The Dining Room" starring William H. Macy. Other television projects he has produced include "The Beach Boys Celebration Concert," "Billy Joel Live From Long Island" and "American Rock." Most recently he executive produced the pilot episodes of "Stageside" for the Coca Cola Company and with neon animation THE SCENE (based on the successful Internet Series).

CAR TALK TV'S other executive producer is Robert Harris, former president of Universal Television and the MCA Television Group. Mr. Harris oversaw the production of more than 50 prime time television series as well as a number of highly rated and award winning miniseries and movies-for-television. Under his tutelage, Universal produced such hits as "Murder, She Wrote," "Miami Vice" and "Magnum, P.I." and became the leading supplier of prime time programming to U.S. broadcast and cable networks. Mr. Harris also served as president of Motion Pictures and Television for Imagine Films Entertainment. More recently, he was vice president Broadband Strategy for America On Line, leading the team that created and launched AOL's high speed internet services.

Bill Kroyer is CAR TALK TV's executive producer of animation and an Academy Award-nominated director of animation and computer graphics commercials, short films, movie titles and theatrical films. Kroyer received an Academy Award nomination in 1988 for the animated short "Technological Threat," which successfully combined the personality of hand-drawn animation with the complexity of computer-generated characters. Kroyer directed the film Ferngully: The Last Rainforest and animated the light-cycle sequence in Tron.

CAR TALK TV's director of animation is the legendary industry veteran Tom Sito. Tom's screen credits include Shrek, The Little Mermaid, Osmosis Jones, Garfield The Movie and The Lion King. His television credits include "He Man and the Masters of the Universe," "She Ra," "Fat Albert" and "Biker Mice from Mars."

CAR TALK TV's writers come from the radio show. Peabody Award winning executive producer Doug Berman has been Tom and Ray's head writer and producer since 1987. He has collaborated with the brothers on their weekly syndicated column, all of their albums, and almost everything they've done for the last 20 years. In 1998, he created and launched "Wait, Wait, Don't Tell Me!" for NPR, and is considered NPR's top entertainment producer. Doug Mayer has also worked with Tom and Ray as a producer and writer for more than a decade. He's head writer and producer for http://www.cartalk.com, Car Talk's successful web site, as well as the author of numerous humor books.

Tom Minton is CAR TALK TV's script supervisor. He is a Peabody award winner and multi-Emmy nominee. Tom started his career working with Ralph Bakshi where he developed his skills as a writer and storyboarder. He has gone on to work extensively with Warner Bros., Walt Disney Television Animation, and Steven Spielberg's Amblin Entertainment. Some of his credits include "Animaniacs," "Mighty Mouse: The New Adventures," "Tiny Toon Adventures," "Disney's Raw Toonage," "The Sylvestor and Tweety Mystery Series," "Baby Looney Tunes," "Duck Dodgers" and many, many more.

Karen Johnson is the producer of animation and is founder and CEO of Aha! Studios. Her company has produced numerous award winning productions, including "The Wish That Changed Christmas," a Christmas Television Special for Children's Television Workshop and "Rudolph's Life Lesson," a Direct to Video release. Karen has also received a historical tribute from Women In Animation, honoring her for her contribution to the art of animation.

Elissa Myers is the casting director for all the character voices outside of Tom and Ray.

She has been casting motion pictures, television and theatre for over twenty years. While in Los Angeles she is a key casting negotiator and consultant for most major studios such as Miramax, Paramount, Fox, Warner Brothers, Home Box Office and Showtime. Her New York City casting consists of major Broadway and off-Broadway theatre. Elissa and her New York casting partner, Paul Fouquet, also do the majority of PBS series casting. Her office has received three awards for "Outstanding Achievement in Casting," known as Artios Awards.

SOURCE PBS
http://www.pbs.org http://www.pbskids.org





  [july 2007]  
S
M
T
W
T
F
S


· SHOWATCH
(series past and present)
· DEVWATCH
(series in development)
· MOVIEWATCH
(tv movies and mini-series)





[02/20/17 - 08:37 AM]
Sunday's Broadcast Ratings: ABC Wins Low Key Night in Demos
The Alphabet wins the evening among adults 18-49 with a modest 0.9 average rating.

[02/19/17 - 08:07 PM]
Upcoming Episodes of "Big Little Lies," "Girls," "Crashing" Available for Early Streaming Next Friday
HBO's originals will be available in advance of Sunday's telecast against the Oscars.

[02/19/17 - 04:18 PM]
BBC America Announces "Blue Planet II" - Successor to Nature Series Phenomenon "Planet Earth II"
This brand new seven-part landmark nature series exploring the world's oceans, will be presented by world renowned broadcaster and naturalist Sir David Attenborough.

[02/19/17 - 08:32 AM]
Saturday's Broadcast Ratings: NBC Wins Race in Total Viewers, Adults 18-49
The Peacock's "SNL Vintage" tops the night in the key demographic.

[02/18/17 - 08:25 AM]
Friday's Broadcast Ratings: CBS Tops Both Viewers, Demos
The Eye's "Blue Bloods" leads the night in each category.

[02/17/17 - 03:05 PM]
ABC Counts Down to Oscar(R) Sunday from Morning till Night with Special Episodes of "Jimmy Kimmel Live," "Speechless," "Good Morning America" and "The Chew," Beginning Monday, February 20
On "Speechless": When the Dimeos throw their annual Oscar party with other special-needs families, Maya feels threatened by new mom Becca, who seems a little too perfect.

[02/17/17 - 02:37 PM]
"The Late Show with Stephen Colbert" to Broadcast Live Following President Trump's Address to Congress, Tuesday, Feb. 28
Colbert will host from the Ed Sullivan Theater in New York and welcome actress Lisa Kudrow and former White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest as his guests.

[02/17/17 - 12:20 PM]
Nick Swisher Joins FOX Sports - 2009 World Series Champion and MLB All-Star Serves as Studio Analyst
Recently retired, Swisher, a fan-favorite with an infectious personality throughout his 12-year playing career, makes his 2017 debut on FS1's "MLB Whiparound" this April.

[02/17/17 - 11:09 AM]
TNT's "Animal Kingdom" Returns for Season 2 Tuesday, May 30
The second season has been expanded to 13 episodes, up from its 10-episode freshman run.

[02/17/17 - 10:31 AM]
The Top 20 Junior Home Cooks Are Revealed on "MasterChef Junior"
Throughout this season, the juniors will face a wide array of exciting new challenges, including one served up by former First Lady Michelle Obama.

[02/17/17 - 09:21 AM]
"The Walking Dead" Season 7 Mid-Season Premiere Delivers 15.9 Million Total Viewers
AMC further spins the numbers for Sunday, February 12.

[02/17/17 - 09:01 AM]
TBS's "Full Frontal with Samantha Bee" Is #1 in Late Night Among Young Adults in 2017
TBS spins the numbers for the year to date.

[02/17/17 - 08:37 AM]
Showtime Sports(R) to Stream First Ever Live Boxing Event on Twitter with Broner vs. Grandos, Live on Saturday, Feb. 18
The unique collaboration with Twitter is an extension of the Showtime Free Preview Weekend during which the premium network will be available to more than 73 million television households nationwide from Friday, February 17 through Monday, February 20.

[02/17/17 - 08:27 AM]
Thursday's Broadcast Ratings: ABC Continues Demo Win Streak
The Alphabet leads the night among adults 18-49 for the fourth consecutive week.

[02/16/17 - 11:28 PM]
Development Update: Thursday, February 16
Updates include: Kevin Smith brings "Sam & Twitch" to BBC America; Retta tapped for "Good Girls" at NBC; and Jonathan Krisel to helm "Ghosted" at FOX.