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New television spots for the 30 Days of Night movie are now airing, promoting "a new vision of the vampire comes to life" -- which is exactly what the creators of the comic book and the film had in mind.

"When Ben and I were doing the comic, I think we were both really aware that vampires aren't scary anymore," said Steve Niles, who created the IDW Publishing series with Ben Templesmith and was one of the screenwriters on the film. "They hang out with you, teenage girls date them on TV now. They're just not scary. We've made them too human.

"So we had to strip away all that, and the idea of a creature that looks very much like us, that looks at us like cattle, like food, and that is it. That was something me and Ben really wanted to do. Make actual frightening vampires again. And then, that worked in the comic, especially with his designs and then you take that film."

"I was going for pure savagery, with just a hint of alien," Templesmith said. "The classic image of the vampire is the goth, romantic ponce. I wanted eating machines."

David Slade, the film's director, said he wanted 30 Days of Night to be very close to Templesmith's style.

"Within reason, they've taken the look of the movie from the page," Templesmith said. "The color's stripped back, the vampires look like the vampires in the book -- the integrity is there."

Prosthetics were used on the vampires, but were kept to a minimum.

"I just wanted to tweak our vampires' faces so that they look a little less human but still completely real," Slade said. "They're human enough to recognize them, but they're not like you and me."

The film -- which stars Josh Hartnett, Melissa George, Danny Huston, Ben Foster, Mark Boone Junior and Mark Rendall -- opens Oct. 19 from Sony Pictures, which has released numerous new images. Click on the thumbnails for larger images and look for more on 30 Days of Night soon here in The Continuum.

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The CW has announced it is ending its Kids' WB! franchise at the end of the season, turning over Saturday morning programming to 4Kids Entertainment.

Kids' WB! currently airs The Batman and Legion of Super-Heroes, with The Spectacular Spider-Man and World of Quest scheduled for mid-season.

"Clearly, this was an issue that we examined closely with our partners at CBS," said Bruce Rosenblum, president, Warner Bros. Television Group. "We fully believe it makes the most business sense for The CW in this broadcast marketplace.

"That being said, Warner Bros. has a long, successful track record in the animation business and we absolutely intend to stay true to our heritage by producing world-class animated entertainment for the children's market be it for cable, direct-to-DVD, broadband, wireless and platforms of the future. This is an important business that touches many of the Warner Bros. divisions and we have confidence that Lisa Judson and her team at Warner Bros. Animation will continue to build towards future opportunities."

4Kids has handled Fox's Saturday morning kids programming the past six years. The new agreement is for five years starting in September 2008.

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Kids' WB! has released three images from "Cry Wolf," this Saturday's new episode of Legon of Super Heroes.

Here's how the episode is described:

"After being convicted for a deadly attack on his father, Timber Wolf must escape Legion custody and track down the real assassin, while being both hunted and aided by various teammates. It's up to Chameleon Boy and Phantom Girl to help Timber Wolf clear his name and discover the truth."

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For covers and five-page previews of upcoming titles, CLICK HERE.

Titles include Drain #5, Hiding in Time #3 and Velocity: Pilot Season #1 from Image Comics; Foolkiller #1 from Marvel Comics; and Zapt!: Volume 3 from TokyoPop.

Look for more First Looks on Thursday here in The Continuum.

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NBC has released 16 images from "Sister," the Wednesday, Oct. 10 episode of Bionic Woman.

Here's how the network describes the episode:

" Jaime (Michelle Ryan) is tasked by the Berkut Group to watch the daughter of a Canadian defense contractor. At the same time, she must decide whether or not she is going to help Sarah Corvus (guest-star Katee Sackhoff), the first bionic woman, save herself."

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For previously published solicitations for December, click on the publishers' names below.

* Archie Comics.

* Avatar Press.

* BlueWater Productions.

* Boom! Studios.

* Dark Horse Comics.

* Devil's Due Publishing.

* DC Comics.

* Digital Webbing.

* Heroic Publishing.

* IDW Publishing.

* Image Comics.

* Markosia Publishing.

* Marvel Comics.

* Moonstone Books.

* Red 5 Comics.

* Top Cow Productions.

* TwoMorrows Publishing.

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* The CW has released six more images from "Cure," the episode of Smallville guest-starring Dean Cain. The episode is scheduled for Thursday, Oct. 18.

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* The Friday, Oct. 19 episode of Sci Fi Channel's Flash Gordon is titled "Conspiracy Theory."

* Jackson Guice is the artist of Marvel Comics' Iron Man #23.


In case you missed The Continuum's coverage over the past month, here are some links. Click on the date to get the day's full report.

* Friday, September 28: Smallville, Marvel First Looks, The Batman and Legion of Super Heroes.

* Thursday, September 27: Captain Marvel, Smallville, The Simpsons, Image First Looks, Marvel First Looks, Archie First Looks and Bionic Woman.

* Wednesday, September 26: Heroes, Bionic Woman's Katee Sackhoff, Marvel First Looks, Wolverine and the X-Men, Top Cop news and The Simpsons Movie DVD.

* Tuesday, September 25: Watchmen movie, Legion of Super Heroes, Boom! Studios for December, Marvel First Looks, Dynamite First Looks, Bionic Woman and Heroes.

* Monday, September 24: Justice League, X-Men: Messiah Complex, Wolverine and the X-Men, The Batman, Red 5 Comics and First Looks.

* Sunday, September 23: Justice League: The New Frontier and Wolverine and the X-Men. SUPERMAN RETURNS MOVIE COSTUMES

* Saturday, September 22: First Looks and Star Wars.

* Friday, September 21: Marvel First Looks and Heroes.

* Thursday, September 20: Devil's Due Publishing for Decmeber, IDW Publishing for December, Smallville, The Bionic Woman, Legion of Super Heroes, The Batman and The Spectacular Spider-Man.

* Wednesday, September 19: Heroes, Top Cow Productions for December, Image Comics for December, Image First Looks and Superman.

* Tuesday, September 18: Marvel Comics for December, Markosia Publishing for December, Superman Doomsday and First Looks.

* Monday, September 17: DC Comics for December, Avatar Press for December, Archie Comics for December, Superman Doomsday's Duane Capizzi, Smallville and First Looks.

* Sunday, September 16: Resident Evil: Extinction, Smallville DVD and Heroes.

* Saturday, September 15: Digital Webbing for December, First Looks, The Batman and Legion of Super Heroes.

* Friday, September 14: Marvel Comics First Looks, Smallville and Super Friends on DVD.

* Thursday, September 13: Dark Horse Comics for December, The Simpsons and Catacombs.

* Wednesday, September 12: Blade: The Series, Legion of Super Heroes, Gene-Fusion and First Looks.

* Tuesday, September 11: Painkiller Jane, Smallville, First Looks and Boom! Studios' Salem.

* Monday, September 10: Superman Doomsday's Bruce Timm, Marvel movie roundup and Bluewater Productions First Looks.

* Sunday, September 9: The Batman, Family Guy and First Looks.

* Saturday, September 8: Family Guy, The Batman, Top Cow's Michael Broussard and Kong: King of Skull Island.

* Friday, September 7: Marvel First Looks, Image First Looks and Who Wants to Be a Super Hero?

* Thursday, September 6: First Looks, Warner Bros. to launch T-Works.

* Wednesday, September 5: Smallville, Legion of Super Heroes, The Batman, Heroes, Dynamite Entertainment First Looks and Transformers on DVD.

* Tuesday, September 4: Iron Man's Gwyneth Paltrow, The Batman's John Larroquette, TwoMorrows Publishing for December and Superman Confidential.

* Monday, September 3: Legion of Super Heroes, Archie All-Stars and First Looks.

* Sunday, September 2: Family Guy, Flash Gordon and Dark Horse First Looks.

* Saturday, September 1: The Simpsons, Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer DVD and First Looks.

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