Monthly Archives: November 2010

“Power Rangers Samurai” Promo and Tentative Premiere Date Now Available [UPDATEDx2]

Article By: Alex J. Rosolowsky
NEWS

We have some interesting news today courtesy of Power Rangers On-Air Central. First, for those of you who missed the initial Power Rangers Samurai promo, you can see it below, or you can (and should) watch it on Yahoo! Kids, via the link at the official Power Rangers website. This is the same promo that aired on NickToons; whether or not it’s the same promo we’ll see over the weekend remains to be seen.


Power Rangers Samurai Promo (NickToons & Nickelodeon)


Power Rangers Samurai Promo (Nick.com)

In addition to the new promo, the Power Rangers Samurai logo appears to have been updated. The newest logo, which appears to be final, features the word “Saban’s” as it appeared from Power Rangers in Space–Power Rangers Time Force added to the Power Rangers Samurai logo that we’ve all become familiar with over the past few months. The previous version of the logo, and the one I’ll be sticking with for this site, lacks the word “Saban’s” on the top–left side, and is consistent with the Disney–era logos.

A third variation of the Power Rangers Samurai logo appeared in the show’s promo when it was briefly available on the official Power Rangers website last night before the site switched to a link to the promo on Yahoo! Kids with the logo mentioned in the previous paragraph. The third logo sported a slightly more symmetrical lightning bolt that was more consistent with the one we’ve seen since Zeo, although still slightly redesigned. This logo also contained the word “Saban’s” in its iconic location; whether or not Saban Brands pulled the promo from the official Power Rangers website, and switched to a link to Yahoo! Kids because of the logo, or for other reasons remains unknown.

Up until now many fans have been speculating over whether or not Power Rangers Samurai‘s standard definition cablecast would be displayed in a panned and scanned 4:3 “fullscreen” aspect ratio, or if it’d be displayed in a 16:9 “widescreen” aspect ratio letterboxed to fit a 4:3 standard definition television. If the promo itself is any indication, the show will likely be presented in a letterboxed format. My recording of the aforementioned promo from NickToons, a standard definition channel on my standard definition DiSH Network receiver, was presented in this very format. This news will likely please fans who were unhappy with Disney’s rather noticeable use of “panning and scanning” of Super Sentai source footage that started with Power Rangers Operation Overdrive, and was met with rather harsh criticism.

The really “big news” though comes from BurgundyRanger’s Power Rangers On-Air Central, or PROAC as noted above. According to PROAC, several viewers spotted a countdown clock on the official Power Rangers website that was quickly removed. The exact date and time that the clock was counting down to are in slight dispute, but most people calculated it out to the weekend of February 5–6, 2011 with a premiere time of 11:00A.M. Eastern and Pacific time. For the time being, The Power Rangers Samurai Times is going to treat this as a “tentative premiere date” until further scheduling information is available, but we advise against setting your recording device of choice just yet.

Finally, in case you slept in and missed it as the author of this article did, the Power Rangers‘ appearance in the Macy’s Parade can be seen below.

SORRY, VIDEO NO LONGER AVAILABLE!
Power Rangers Samurai in the Macy’s Parade

Update 1: After reviewing the promo on Nick.com, it would appear that it was pulled from the official Power Rangers website for reasons other then the differing logo designs.
Update 2:
It would appear that the promo shown on Nickelodeon was the same as the one shown on NickToons and Yahoo! Kids. The Nick.com promo is the one that was briefly available on the official Power Rangers website; note the slightly more traditional lighting bolt in the logo.

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“Power Rangers Samurai” Promos on Nickelodeon and NickToons This Week

Article By: Alex J. Rosolowsky
NEWS

Last month we reported that three Power Rangers Samurai promos would be cablecast on NickToons over Thanksgiving weekend. In addition to the NickToons promos, a Nickelodeon promo has also been announced, and is scheduled for Thanksgiving Day during the Hero Factory line-up. Initially, we were holding off on adding this information until we could include a time for the promo, but it appears that Nick isn’t announcing one, and that it may be shown more then once, and possibly at the same time as the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. This information comes courtesy of Rangerboard, and the Hero Factory promo, which includes a small clip of footage from Power Rangers Samurai.


The Hero Factory Promo Featuring Power Rangers Samurai (Above)

like to wish everyone a safe and happy Thanksgiving weekend, and to remind everyone to set their recording device of choice to catch a glimpse of Power Rangers Samurai.

Disney Lead to Believe “Power Rangers” Destined for “The Hub,” not “Nickelodeon;” Episode Count In Dispute Once More

Article By: Alex J. Rosolowsky
NEWS

The New York Times reports in a story on Nickelodeon that Haim Saban may have deceived Disney when reacquiring the rights to the Power Rangers brand. According to the article, Disney was lead to believe that Saban would bring Power Rangers to The Hub, which launched earlier last month, rather then to long-time rival Nickelodeon.

The deal was a jab at Disney, which had just sold “Power Rangers” to Mr. Saban. Disney was under the impression that he planned to license the show not to the rival Nickelodeon but to the Hub, a less-threatening children’s channel that is a joint venture of Discovery Communications and Hasbro.

The article also notes that the negotiations for Power Rangers were incredibly short, with Haim Saban stating that they took a mere “two minutes.” Power Rangers was used as an example of Nickelodeon’s new method of licensing brands, rather then producing, and subsequently owning, all of its programming.

As a result of The New York Times article, the episode count for Power Rangers Samurai is once again up for debate. Last month, we reported that the official Power Rangers Facebook page had been launched, and that new promotional artwork stated that 40 new episodes would be produced. The New York Times article contradicts this by stating 20 new episodes will be cablecast on Nickelodeon “starting early next year.” It’s also possible that the Facebook promo meant 40 new episodes total, while The New York Times article meant 20 episodes will be shown in 2011. This would effectively confirm what was reported in an interview with Variety magazine, where Saban Brands stated that the samurai theme “would be kept for two years,” rather then only one. As always pre-production information, such as the episode count, should be considered subject to change.

The 84th Annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade is Set to Feature New Balloons, Amazing Floats and a Star-Studded Line-Up of Celebrity Performers

Source: The PRNewswire via Rangerboard

PRESS RELEASE

Performers this year include Kanye West, Jessica Simpson, Juanes, Arlo Guthrie, Big Time Rush, Gladys Knight, and Victoria Justice
New balloons include Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Kung-Fu Panda, Kool-Aid Man, Takashi, Murakami’s Kaikai & Kiki, and Virginia
New floats include Dora’s Christmas Carol Adventure, Elves Raise the Roof, Home Baked Goodness, Mount Rushmore’s American Pride, On the Roll Again, Snow Queen, and Top Hat!

NEW YORK–(PRNewswire)–The nation’s most cherished procession returns to the Big Apple once more for a dazzling dose of spectacle, enchantment and tradition as the 84th Annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade kicks off the holiday season. On Thursday, November 25, 2010 at 9:00A.M. at the sound of Let’s Have a Parade, America’s favorite holiday spectacular will step off to entertain more than 3.5 million spectators lining the streets of Manhattan and more than 50 million viewers nationwide with its signature giant helium balloons, floats of fantasy, marching bands, clowns, celebrity and large performance groups, and the one-and-only Santa Claus.

“The 84th Macy’s Parade will dazzle and entertain the entire nation with a fantastic pageant filled with the most popular giant character helium balloons, awe-inspiring floats, the nation’s best marching bands, and an amazing line-up of performers that will enchant millions of Parade fans everywhere,” said Amy Kule, executive producer of Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.

Ready to entertain millions in the Parade of magic are superstars from music, stage, and screen who will make special appearances and perform for the nation at Macy’s famed red star mark on 34th Street. Stars joining the festivities this year include India Arie, Big Time Rush, Betty Buckley, Ann Hampton Callaway, the casts of Broadway’s American Idiot, Elf, Memphis, Million Dollar Quartet, the Big Apple Circus, the cast and Muppets of Sesame Street, Miranda Cosgrove, Jimmy Fallon & The Roots, Gloriana, Michael Grimm, Arlo Guthrie, Keri Hilson, Eric Hutchinson, Juanes, Victoria Justice, Gladys Knight, Mannheim Steamroller, Miss USA 2010 Rima Fakih, Power Rangers Samurai, Joan and Melissa Rivers, Crystal Shawanda, Jessica Simpson, and Kanye West.

For 2010, the Macy’s Parade will once again follow a route first taken last year as the procession winds down to Macy’s Herald Square. Beginning at 77th Street and Central Park West, the Parade will travel south to Columbus Circle, turn onto Central Park South before making a right turn to march down 7th Avenue to 42nd Street. The Parade will then turn east towards 6th Avenue where it will march down the Avenue of the Americas. At 34th Street, the Parade will make its final turn west marching in front of Macy’s Herald Square. The Parade will step off promptly at 9:00A.M. and end at noon.