The Journey Begins in 2012

Tolkien fans get to return to Middle Earth and see where the LOTR saga began during the 2012 holiday season. The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey is scheduled to release on December 14th of this new year. Peter Jackson agreed to the role of directing this film. Key actors from the epic trilogy like Orlando Bloom, Elijah Wood, and Ian Mckellen also appear in this prequel. For those unfamiliar with The Hobbit, as mentioned this is the account of how the events of the Lord of the Rings series came to be.

As Bilbo Baggins accompanies Gandalf the Grey and a group of dwarves on a quest to reclaim a great treasure, he meets the creature Gollum and obtains his precious possession, a ring that possesses magnificent power. An Unexpected Journey is going to be the first of two installments of this epic genesis. The Hobbit: There and Back Again will pick up where Journey left off. Christmas season of 2013 is when the second film is due to release.

As fans anxiously await the most anticipated movie of 2012, TheHobbitMovie.com would be a great place to stay connected with progress and information on the movie! It’s chalk-full of blogs about publicity and offers behind-the-scenes photos and material. This site claims to be the number one Hobbit fan site on Facebook.

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ABC Cancels EM:HE

 

ABC’s hit reality series Extreme Makeover: Home Edition will ring in its last new year on primetime lineup. After airing four very special episodes, the show will close its ninth and final season with their 200th episode on January 13th, 2012.

Extreme Makeover: Home Edition first aired in 2003 as a spinoff from the original Extreme Makeover series where people underwent physical transformation to better their appearance. The goal of the Home Edition was to build new homes within a week for families in need. As the viewer ratings grew, so did the show itself as they visited all fifty states and rebuilt churches, schools, daycares, and other community buildings. EM:HE earned two Emmys for “outstanding reality program” in its nine years. It first aired on Wednesday nights but was later moved to Sundays where it remained till this past fall. ABC’s popular new series Once Upon a Time premiered in its place and EM:HE was moved to Friday nights where it struggled to keep an audience even with high-profile guest appearances from people like First Lady Michelle Obama and the Kardashians.

Ty Pennington, the design team leader and host of the show, called the experience “the greatest job of my life” on his personal website (Typennington.com). He is incredibly grateful for having been apart of a television show that changed the lives of so many people and says its been an honor to work side by side with the EM:HE families, builders, and thousands of volunteers who have proven that good hearts can and do change the world. Pennington is still working with ABC. This time he will be co-hosting with Tim Gunn and Harley Pasternack on a new health and lifestyle program called The Revolution, airing January 16th at 2pm.

Tune in Friday night at 8pm for the final two-hour episodes of Extreme Makeover: Home Edition.

Napoleon Dynamite is Back! Sweet!

Everybody’s favorite geek is back! Major television network Fox will soon air an animated series of Napoleon Dynamite. All the characters will be voiced by the cast from the movie. According to the synopsis found on Fox.com, the series will be similar to the movie in that it follows the awkard sixteen year old’s feats in his supposed destiny for greatness. He still practices his sweet dancing moves, hones his ninja skills, draws ligers, and brags about his “girlfriend in Oklahoma” nobody has ever seen. Along with Kip, his lazy, cyberspace bachelor of a brother, he still lives with his grandma, who still enjoys four-wheeling at the sand dunes with her friends. Still hanging around are Uncle Rico, and Napoleon’s friends Pedro and Deb. In addition to the original crew, more of the martial arts master, Rex Quon Do, will be seen, as well as many other new characters.

A special two-episode showing will premiere on Sunday, January 15th at 8:30pm and 9:30pm. Find your chapstick and make yourself a dang quesadilla because this show is sure to please Napoleon Dynamite fans!