Here's a doozy straight from the 80s for you: MGM TV has commissioned an animated television series based on Mel Brooks' movie Spaceballs. Hmm, so it looks like the thing will happen after all. They've sold exclusive rights for US broadcast to G4 (which probably means nobody will watch it and it will only last one season) and it will begin airing in the fall of 2007. The first run will be comprised of a one hour pilot "movie," to be followed by 13 original, half-hour episodes. The pilot will be penned by Mel Brooks and Thomas Meehan, who co-wrote the film, and the 13 additional episodes will be handled by Meehan alone. Brooks will voice characters Yogurt and President Skroob for the entire run.

While I have a heavy dose of skepticism regarding this series ever finding its legs on television, I am actually ecstatic about it happening because it means more Spaceballs in my life. With Brooks and Meehan directly involved, there is strong hope for the series retaining the comedic feel of the movie, although it has been a good twenty years since they originally put it together. This does mean, however, they've got a whole new trilogy to lampoon ...