Nasty doin’s at CN
Cable’s Cartoon Network has teamed with Worldwide Biggies, Albie Hecht’s multimedia production company, to adapt Barry Yourgrau’s children’s horror-book series, “Nastybook,” into a live-action/CGI film.
According to the Hollywood Reporter, the deal also calls for Worldwide Biggies to develop a range of Web content based on the book series.
“Nastybook” features a world populated by a horrifying albeit colorful cast of characters, including an Internet-trolling witch and an alien exchange student. Some have compared it to “The Twilight Zone” but geared toward a young audience. A scary and mysterious figure who comes in and out of the characters’ lives in each story serves as the host, THR notes.
“Nastybook” joins CN’s growing slate of movies in development, including “Tiger’s Apprentice”; the comic-book titles “Firebreather,” “The Vanishers” and “Mice Templar”; and a “Ben 10” sequel.
Worldwide Biggies’ credits also include Nickelodeon’s “The Naked Brothers Band” and Spike TV’s “Video Game Awards.”
Vet salutes planned
MTV’s Choose or Lose campaign and CNN are teaming up for “A Night for Vets: An MTV Concert for the Brave,” which supports veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, airing at 8 tonight on MTV.
The performance was taped Thursday in New York, Associated Press reports. The show’s name alludes to a petition MTV and several veterans organizations created called the Bill of Rights for American Veterans (Brave).
On Saturday, CNN will air a special edition of “Anderson Cooper 360” titled “Back From Battle” that focuses on stories of young veterans.
The concert will feature performances by 50 Cent, Ludacris and Saving Abel, plus taped performances by Kanye West, Kid Rock, Fall Out Boy, Angels and Airwaves, Nelly, Juanes and Taylor Swift. Others making taped appearances include Beyonce, Will Ferrell, Jennifer Hudson and John Legend.
News packages from CNN and MTV News will air throughout the special, which will be presented in front of an audience of young veterans and their families.
“It doesn’t matter where you stand on the war; we can all agree that young veterans serving our country must receive the benefits they’ve earned for their sacrifices,” says Van Toffler, president of MTV Networks.
Collaboration on the Brave petition came from Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America, Veterans of Foreign Wars, Disabled American Veterans, AMVETS, Veterans for America and the Wounded Warrior Project.
The concert also will be broadcast online on www.vMTV.com.
Also this weekend:
• Halloween (8 p.m., AMC) — Believe it or not, it has been 30 years since Michael Myers, director John Carpenter’s career-making serial killer, made his first appearance on the big screen. This first feature, which introduced audiences to the pyschotic menace, begins on Halloween night 1963 in Haddonfield, Ill., as 6-year-old Michael inexplicably slaughters his teenage sister. A psychiatrist, Dr. Loomis (Donald Pleasence), can’t penetrate Michael’s psyche after years of institutionalization. So when Michael escapes just before Halloween in 1978, Dr. Loomis knows the worst is yet to come.
• The Ex List (9 p.m., CBS) — In an episode titled “Do You Love Me, Do You Surfer… Boy,” Bella (Elizabeth Reaser) re-connects with a free-spirited surfer she broke up with years earlier because she thought he would never grow up.
• MonsterQuest: The Real Hobbit (8 p.m., History Channel) — Halloween may be a week away, but History’s “MonsterQuest” series gets a jump on the action with a night filled with monsters real and imagined. First up: “The Real Hobbit,” follows a team traveling to Sumatra, in Indonesia, in a search for what locals call the Orang Pendek (Man of the Woods). In 2004, skeletal remains were found on the neighboring island of Flores and named “the Real Hobbit.” Could Orang Pendek, with its human face, be a surviving ancestor to the Flores Man? “Giant Killer Snakes” follows at 9 p.m. Investigations into the “Boneless Wonder” (10 p.m.), a massive octopus large enough to attack and sink boats, and the “Loch Ness Monster” (11 p.m.) round out the night.
• My Fair Wedding (10 p.m., WeTV) — Series premiere. Celebrity event planner David Tutera lends his expertise to misguided brides who are in dire need of a wedding-day makeover — from dress to decor. Sunday’s episode centers on Wanda, a New Jersey bride who wants to use bright purple-and-green bridesmaid dresses, martini-glass centerpieces and glowing plastic ice cubes in all the drinks for her South Beach-themed wedding.
• Tyler Perry versus Spike Lee (10 p.m., TV One) — The different styles of the two filmmakers are explored and beg the question: which one tells the better story?
• Compiled by Robyn-Denise Yourse from staff, Web and wire reports