There’s no denying that college kids always love a good dose of nostalgia in their lives. At this age we can’t get enough of the stuff, with the impending push of the real world drawing near with every consecutive year we finish at Cal. For those who desire it, this week’s dose of awesome childhood nostalgia comes in the form of the announcement of the return of the “Powerpuff Girls!”

Now who doesn’t remember that amazing show from our childhood? Who can forget Blossom, Bubbles and Buttercup? After all, those girls were made with sugar, spice and everything nice. Oh and CHEMICAL X. But the show was definitely a childhood favorite for many. Okay, sure the show was specifically designed to appeal to girls but hey, we boys at the Clog watched it too! It was cool … Y’know, for the fights and stuff.

An exciting announcement was recently made by Cartoon Network, the channel that broadcasted the original series from 1998-2005. According to the press release, the series is slated to make a return with all of its old voice cast reprising their roles and “will soar again as a brand-new, redesigned and re-imagined CG special coming in 2013 where the trio of pint-sized super heroines will be called upon to rescue not just the city of Townsville, but the USA and the world!” The special will also oddly feature the Beatles drummer Ringo Starr, who is set to compose the theme song of read more »

chabonWhat do these three things have in common? They’re all a part of the new project tentatively titled “Hobgoblin” which will be co-written by Berkeley couple Michael Chabon and Ayelet Waldman. As you might have guessed, they also pretty much sum up the premise of the show. In this WWII drama, conmen and magicians use their abilities to combat Hitler and his forces.

Working with scripts is nothing new to Chabon and he has also written novels including “Wonder Boys,” which was made into a movie starring Michael Douglas. Another of his novels, “The Yiddish Policemen’s Union” is currently being developed at Sony with Scott Rudin and Joel and Ethan Coen.

Waldman’s work includes “Bad Mother” and “Love and Other Impossible Pursuits,” which was adapted into “The Other Woman,” starring Natalie Portman. She and her husband have never worked together before, but how can you go wrong with magicians fighting Hitler?

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Michael Chabon casts spell on HBO [Variety]

ZOMG, you’re a star

Saturday may be your day if you’ve ever dreamed of being on TV. Tomorrow, San Francisco will host two casting calls: one for “Real World” and one for Bravo’s new show “The Dating Project.”

The casting call for “Real World” will last from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in Suite 181 in SF. Bring in a recent picture and a photo ID. Oh, and don’t be any older than 24, mmkay? Maturity not accepted here.

If you are over 24 years old (say, between 25 and 35) and you’re a guy, “The Dating Project” is more up your alley. The casting call opens at 1 p.m. and ends at 4 p.m. for both Saturday and Sunday. You can hit up the Bravo crew at Broadway Studios, but it’d be best to e-mail first at [email protected]. Tell ‘em your name and number and don’t forget that photo. You might be lucky enough to woo a “young Hollywood Starlet (sic)” in Hollywood Hills.

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First, we have to say, WTF? Second, why VERSUS?!

Cal announced that the 110th Big Game (yes, the annual rival match against Stanfurd) will not air on ESPN or ABC or even the really shitty Fox Sports Net, but on a network where the NHL went to rot in hell for all eternity.

Yes, this year’s Big Game will air nationally, which is nice, but on the network that used to be called the Outdoor Life Network, now known as Versus.

The only positive? Most cable providers already have Versus on their basic cable packages. The huge negative? It’s on Versus.

So, next year, on Versus: more NHL that no one watches, the Tour de France, some show about hunting, fat guys fishing, grown men fighting in a cage and the Big Game.

This has to be a slap in the face to Cal football, but it’s probably more of a reflection of how bad the Card has been the last half decade.

Oh well, at least for all those Cal fans who can’t go to the Big Game, they can watch it on TV. Our question: can you get Versus in high-def?

Earlier: Tiny Stanfurd Stadium Means Less Cal Fans for This Year’s Big Game
Big Game on Versus beats no TV at all [SF Gate]
Three More Cal Football Games Selected for Television [Cal Bears]