RIP Ken Spears - co-creator of Scooby-Doo

ALSO: A Quiet Place 3? AND: The Hardy Boys are back!

Co-creator of Scooby-Doo Ken Spears dead at 82

Animation legend Ken Spears has died at the age of 82. Along with his creative partner Joe Ruby, Spears has played a defining role in your pop-cultural life with the many beloved cartoons produced by the duo.

Spears and Roby together created shows that included:

  • Scooby-Doo, Where Are You

  • Dynomutt

  • Jabberjaw

  • Dog Wonder

They produced shows including:

  • Superman

  • Alvin and the Chipmunks

  • Mister T

  • The Plastic Man Comedy-Adventure Hour

  • Thundarr the Barbarian

  • The Centurians

  • Goldie Gold and Action Jack

  • Police Academy: The Animated Series

Joe Ruby died in August of this year. Television legends.

Read: Variety


TeeVee Snacks

  • Mrs Fletcher star Kathryn Hahn is joining the cast of Apple TV+ limited series The Shrink Next Door. Source: Deadline

  • Joe Pinsker at The Atlantic asks: Can there ever be another Alex Trebek? Read: The Atlantic

  • The US Wheel of Fortune will have a prime-time spin-off. Celebrity Wheel of Fortune. Read: TV Line


The A Quiet Place extended universe. Or is it a sequel?

The sequel to A Quiet Place was bumped thanks to the stupid virus. So we don’t really know how much appetite there is for this franchise beyond the initial hit film. That isn’t stopping the birth of an extended universe of films with Jeff Nichols (Take Shelter, Loving, Midnight Special) directing a film that is either the third in the series, or an off-shoot. Either way, the opportunity for a Jeff Nichols film is always welcome.

(That said… I do wish Nichols was instead still working on the Alien Nation film he had been developing prior to the Disney Fox merger. I’ve got a fondness for that franchise and I think Nichols would have been a great voice on it).

Read: Deadline


Trailer Park

The Hardy Boys are back. Now on Hulu. From Dec 4.

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Alice in Borderland debuts on Netflix Dec 10.

Happiest Season debuts on Netflix on November 25.

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Amazon series The Pack has a live-streamed spin-off that lasts for… well, it’s in the title. The Pack Presents: 24 Hours of Pawsitivity will stream on Nov 20. More details: thefutoncritic

Marvel’s Spider-Man Miles Morales debuts on PS4 and PS5 this weekend.


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