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In this episode, Orenthal and John talk a lot about Knight Rider, despite Andrea's best attempts to stop them.  In addition, Andrea gives a preview of teen vampire works (for the Twilight fans), Keith reviews Dollhouse, David rants about comic "events", and Derrick reviews Gran Torino.  Plus, Michael Burstein sits down and talks about his award nominated anthology, I Remember the Future. Don't forget to rate the episode below and to comment on it - here. Also, listen for your chance to win a copy of I Remember the Future.

Segment One - Bringing it to the Table

3:16 - Andrea talks about the Razzies and offers her prediction for the Worst Movie of 2008.

10:58 - Orenthal offers an apology to the ten Knight Rider fans as he has found the fun in the reboot.

16:20 - Promo for Doctor Who: Podshock.

Segment Two - Reviews

17:45 - Andrea offers a variety of teen vampire works for the kids.

25:08 - David rants about the evils of comic events.

34:02 - Derrick reviews Gran Torino.

37:48 - Keith reviews Dollhouse.

48:52 - Promo for the Better in the Dark podcast.

Segment Three - Michael Burstein Interview (50:48)

 Michael A. Burstein, winner of the 1997 Campbell Award for Best New Writer, has earned ten Hugo nominations and three Nebula nominations for his short fiction, collected in I Remember the Future. Burstein lives with his wife Nomi in the town of Brookline, Massachusetts, where he is an elected Town Meeting Member and Library Trustee. When not writing, he edits middle and high school Science textbooks. He has two degrees in Physics and attended the Clarion Workshop. More information on Burstein and his work can be found on his webpage, http://www.mabfan.com. Photo by Nomi Burstein.

 

Segment Four- Conclusion

1:22:05 - Promo for The Dome audio drama.

 

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"In the not too distanct future way down in Deep Thirteen,
Doctor Forrester and TV's Frank were hatching an evil scheme.
"

For ten seasons, Joel, Mike, and the bots were tortured with the worst Hollywood had to offer, much to the delight of the viewing audience. Now, twenty years later, the show is a cult classic with DVDs being released and the tapes still being circulated. Keith and Andrea host this Roundtable discussion with Cinefantastique's Dan Persons and Frank Conniff, TV's Frank. Plus, Jay Smith tells us why zombies are "My Guilty Pleasure".

Please remember to rate the episode at the bottom of this entry. Also, please comment on the episode in our forum - here.

Frank Conniff, was best known to MST3K viewers as TV's Frank, but also participated behind the scenes as a writer and as the primary movie selector for many years. His character of TV's Frank joined Dr. Clayton Forrester at Gizmonics Institute in Episode 201 (Rocketship XM) and left the show at the end of season 6, when Torgo appeared to take Frank to "second banana" heaven. Since leaving MST3K, Frank Conniff has gone on to a variety of writing, producing, and acting projects on shows like Sabrina the Teenage Witchand Invader Zim. His current projects include Cartoon Dump, a monthly comedy/music revue, and Cinematic Titanic, a show that riffs on bad movies, along with other MST3K alums Joel Hodgson, Trace Beaulieu, J. Elvis Weinstein, and Mary Jo Pehl.

 

In his twenty plus years as writer and film journalist, Dan Persons has interviewed the likes of Paul Verhoeven, Wes Craven, Stuart Gordon, Satoshi Kon and John Kricfalusi; published the well-received novella, "A Game of the Apocalypse", in The Ultimate Silver Surfer, edited by The Chronic Rift's own Keith R.A. Decandido; and been an occasional, and somewhat peculiar, guest on the public access incarnation of the Rift. He presently is the host of Mighty Movies Temple of BadMighty Movie Podcastand The Cinefantastique Podcast when he isn't haunting the dining room of his local Popeye's.

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