Online Film, TV and Music website Shout! Factory TV have announced their July programming highlights (see below for the press release). Of most interest to Nerdspan is classic Gerry and Sylvia Anderson puppet series Joe 90, Mystery Science Theater 3000, Assault on Precinct 13, Secret Agent (known in the United Kingdom as Danger Man) and a whole bunch of Anime.
Press release follows:
FATHER KNOWS BEST: THE COMPLETE SERIES,
B.B. KING: LIVE AT THE ROYAL ALBERT HALL, AND MORE
STREAMING ON SHOUT! FACTORY TV JUNE 1
Just in time for Father’s Day, Shout! Factory TV presents an event the whole family can enjoy! Every episode of Father Knows Best lands on the streaming service June 1st. Whether reliving the rosy memory of a perfect family life from the 1950s or discovering this classic sitcom for the first time, viewers from all generations will fall in love with Father Knows Best all over again. Enter the perfect family life of a General Insurance agent Jim Anderson. Beginning in 1954, Jim would come home from his office, take off his sports jacket, put on his comfortable sweater, and deal with the everyday problems of a growing family without breaking a sweat. His picture perfect wife Margaret is a vibrant mother of three – Betty, Bud and Kathy. To the millions who watched the six-time Primetime Emmy®-winning Father Knows Best, starring Robert Young and Jane Wyatt; Elinor Donahue, Bill Gray and Lauren Chapin, this long running TV sitcom not only captured the hearts of American viewers, but also stood as the representation of mid-century traditional family values. In 1949, Father Knows Best? first premiered as a NBC radio sitcom. The series star Robert Young and producer Eugene B. Rodney transplanted the popular radio series into television (minus the question mark in the show’s title). The TV sitcom Father Knows Best premiered on CBS in October 1954 and has been part of the American cultural fabric ever since. The depiction of a “typical” mid-century, middle-class, Midwestern American family from Father Knows Best is fondly remembered by many of us who grew up watching the show and rather enviously thinking: “Oh. So this is what happens in all the other houses.” Jim Anderson (Robert Young) became the idealized American dad for many generations. Margaret Anderson (Jane Wyatt) charmed us as the levelheaded domestic diva who stood faithfully behind the strong and benevolent father. Their three children—sophisticated teen Betty (Elinor Donahue), chronically befuddled 14-year-old brother “Bud” (Billy Gray) and precocious little sister Kathy (Lauren Chapin)—faced the challenges of growing up right alongside of us. And in episode after episode, Jim and Margaret treated their children’s youthful transgressions with authority, empathy and wisdom. By the end of each half hour, we’d all learned our lesson. B.B. KING: LIVE AT THE ROYAL ALBERT HALL 2011 On June 28, 2011, the “King of the Blues” B.B. King played to an adoring sold-out crowd at London’s spectacular Royal Albert Hall. It was another unforgettable night in the career of one of the most legendary bluesmen to ever pick up a guitar. Joining the illustrious Mr. King onstage were guitar virtuoso Derek Trucks, “songbird extraordinaire” Susan Tedeschi, The Rolling Stones’ Ronnie Wood, Simply Red’s Mick Hucknall and former Guns N’ Roses axeman Slash. B.B. and friends delighted the London crowd with favorites “I Need You So,” “Key To The Highway” and “The Thrill Is Gone,” trading solos, verses and endless admiration. The magical evening concluded with everyone onstage participating in a rousing rendition of “When The Saints Go Marching In.” GERRY ANDERSON’S JOE 90 (Featuring 6 hand-picked episodes) He is only nine years old but he is the world’s most special agent! An ordinary boy becomes anything but ordinary in Joe 90, the cult classic adventure series from Gerry and Sylvia Anderson. Created using Anderson’s Supermarionation technique and set to a quirky late ‘60s pop score, six episodes of the elementary student turned secret agent’s escapades come to Shout! Factory TV for a month-long special event this June. When the brilliant scientist Professor Ian McClaine develops a fantastic machine called the BIG RAT (Brain Impulse Galvanoscope Record And Transfer) – a device capable of transferring knowledge and skills from one person to another, he picks a surprising test subject…his adopted son, Joe! When the goodhearted schoolboy emerges with the ability to become an expert in any field, both father and son are recruited by the World Intelligence Network (W.I.N.) to join their quest to stop evildoers wherever they may arise. Now a special agent of W.I.N., young Joe travels the world in a non-stop tour of duty, adventure, and excitement. MYSTERY SCIENCE THEATER 3000 This May, Shout! Factory TV presents two classic MST3K episodes available exclusively month-long! Multiple Emmy®-nominated and Peabody Award-winning Mystery Science Theater 3000 (MST3K) is a true cult classic. Its high-camp rendition of B-movies from every genre to the small screen makes it one of the most memorable pop culture shows of our time. Brimming with laugh-out-loud commentaries from caustically hilarious space travelers Joel Robinson, Mike Nelson and their robot pals Crow T. Robot and Tom Servo, MST3K was a genuine phenomenon. Its popularity spawned an MST3K fan following that numbers over hundreds of thousands of fans world-wide. MST3K: Devil Doll Well … hello Dolly! Before a sold-out audience in London, “The Great Vorelli” performs with his ventriloquist dummy, Hugo. The doll walks on his own. It talks on his own. It even threatens the audience on his own. But is Hugo the real villain? Or could it be that his ventriloquist owner has lost his marbles? While Pearl and Brain Guy show the Romans how to have a good time at the Lesser God Day celebration, Mike, Crow and Servo invite you to their own open-window frat party! Party it up with the S.O.L. crew, complete with special guests, devil dolls and their own British pub! MST3K: Teenagers from Outer Space Joel Hodgson and his band of fellow cynical movie-watchers rise up against the mean Dr. Clayton Forrester and strike again in this vicious and hilarious critique of yet another silly movie. This time, the not-so-expertly-made film on the line features sulky alien teenagers, led by a boy named Derek, who channel their wrath into morphing humans into plastic skeletons by training chintzy-looking guns on them. ANIME TV Danguard Ace War in space! Transforming super robots! Burning, hot-blooded emotional drama! Danguard Ace is a classic of Japanese animation — created by artist Leiji Matsumoto (Space Battleship Yamato, Starzinger), and originally featured as part of the Force Five series broadcast on US television. A new planet named Promete is on the verge of entering our solar system. The World Space Institute tries to reach this new world to tap its resources, but a mysterious malfunction leads to tragic consequences for the brave space pilots and their mission. Years later, the next generation of pilots, including Takuma, the son of an astronaut who disappeared during the first attempt to reach Promete, trains for a new voyage to the mysterious planet. Takuma and his friends are stationed at Jasdam Base, a high-tech facility where construction has begun on Danguard Ace, an incredible transforming robot that Takuma is destined to pilot. Gaiking An iconic classic from the golden age of Japanese animation, Gaiking the transforming super robot is back in adventures loaded with high-impact action and mind-expanding science fiction! Far off in outer space, the planet Zela is doomed by an approaching black hole, which forces the diabolical Great Emperor to set his sights on a suitable world to colonize for his people…Earth! But before the invasion can begin, the Emperor and his four generals scheme to eliminate the troublesome human race by raiding our planet with giant robot monsters! As one of only a handful of Earthlings with psychic powers, Sanshiro Tsuwabuki is destined to pilot Gaiking, a giant robot that might be Earth’s only hope against the monstrous steel hordes of the Great Emperor. Recruited to join an elite team of pilots who control an incredible arsenal of high-tech weapons and mecha, including a massive carrier known as the Space Dragon, Tsuwabuki and Gaiking must square off against a giant robot tarantula, Zelan mind control, deadly hallucinations, nuclear war and more evil, mechanical monstrosities! The battle for the fate of two worlds begins! Starzinger Starzinger is a classic of Japanese science-fiction animation. Originally airing on US television as part of the Force Five series, and created by artist Leiji Matsumoto of Space Battleship Yamato fame, it is an action-packed reinterpretation of the timeless Chinese legend Journey to the West that recasts the Monkey King and his friends as brave space warriors on a mission to save the galaxy. The Great Planet responsible for maintaining galactic peace and harmony is losing its power. Once-peaceful aliens have now mutated into violent creatures bent on death, destruction, and invading inhabited planets. The aging monarch of the Great Planet must be replaced by a new queen with special powers that can restore balance to the galaxy and transform the rampaging creatures back to their peaceful selves. The beautiful Princess Aurora must now undertake a dangerous mission to the Great Planet, 30,000 light years away from our solar system. But first she needs a royal guard to ensure her safety on the long voyage… LINE KING: THE AL HIRSCHFIELD STORY A documentary of the life of artist Al Hirschfeld (1903-2003). While there might still be debate as to whether caricatures are art, anyone who has seen Hirschfeld’s elegant depictions of stage personalities over the years would unequivocably classify them as such. This movie, which took nearly ten years to make, follows the chronology of Hirschfeld’s life closely. It includes many interviews with Hirschfeld himself, his second wife, and his beloved daughter Nina. His drawings had appeared in The New York Times since the 1920s, and they covered the entire modern history of theater in New York City, a fact underscored in this documentary. American actors have long known that one sign of their having “made it” as stage actors, was a published caricature by this charming man. SECRET AGENT: SEASON 2 “Every government has its secret service branch. America, CIA; France, Deuxième Bureau; England, MI5. NATO also has its own. A messy job? Well that’s when they usually call on me or someone like me. Oh yes, my name is Drake, John Drake.” So begins the dramatic 1960s British spy series Secret Agent. The adventures of John Drake come to Shout! Factory TV this June with the release of Secret Agent: Season Two. Patrick McGoohan (The Prisoner) stars as John Drake in Secret Agent (known in the United Kingdom as Danger Man), the popular television series from the Golden Age of Spy Thrillers, the 1960s. Travelling the world to capture international criminals, John Drake rarely solved problems with a gun, preferring to use charm and wit over violence to bring in the bad guys. ASSAULT ON PRECINCT 13 Isolated and cut off from the city inside a soon-to-be-closed L.A. police station, a group of police officers and convicts must join forces to defend themselves against the gang called Street Thunder, who have taken a blood oath to kill someone trapped inside the precinct. From John Carpenter (Halloween, The Thing and Prince Of Darkness), Assault On Precinct 13 combines the elements of a classic western and a modern thriller to create a riveting cult classic. Discover, experience and binge-watch over 1,000 hours of culture-defining entertainment for free on SHOUT! FACTORY TV by visiting ShoutFactoryTV.com on your desktop or through a mobile browser. Download the SHOUT! FACTORY TV app on Roku to watch through your television set. About SHOUT! FACTORY TV SHOUT! FACTORY TV is a premiere digital entertainment streaming service that brings timeless and contemporary cult favorites to pop culture fans. 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