Witchblade (TV series)

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Witchblade
Witchblade 2001 Intertitle.png
Witchblade's intertitle
Genre Superhero
Supernatural drama
Action/Adventure
Mystery
Thriller
Created by Ralph Hemecker
Starring Yancy Butler
David Chokachi
Anthony Cistaro
Will Yun Lee
John Hensley
Eric Etebari
Theme music composer Joel Goldsmith
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 2
No. of episodes 23 (List of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s) Dan Halsted
Ralph Hemecker
Producer(s) Vikki Williams
Running time 60 minutes
Production company(s) Camelot Pictures
Hotsed Pictures
Mythic Films
Top Cow Productions.inc
Warner Bros. Television
Broadcast
Original channel TNT
Audio format Dolby
Original run June 12, 2001 (2001-06-12)  – August 26, 2002 (2002-08-26)
Chronology
Preceded by Witchblade (2000 film)
Related shows Witchblade (anime)
External links
Website

Witchblade is an American television series that aired on TNT from 2001 to 2002. The series is based on the Witchblade comic book series, and followed a pilot film which debuted in August 2000. Some of the episodes were written by Ralph Hemecker, Marc Silvestri (who also wrote the comic book) and J.D. Zeik.

Yancy Butler starred as Sara Pezzini, Anthony Cistaro as Kenneth Irons, David Chokachi as Jake McCartey, Eric Etebari as Ian Nottingham, Will Yun Lee as Danny Woo, Conrad Dunn as Tommy Gallo, Kenneth Welsh as Joe Siri, and John Hensley as Gabriel Bowman, among others.[1] Although critically acclaimed and popular with audiences,[citation needed] the show was canceled in September 2002; there was speculation that the cancellation was connected to Butler's entering rehab for alcoholism.[2]

The series ran for two seasons on TNT, for a total of 24 episodes (including pilot). The first episode aired June 12, 2001; the last episode aired August 26, 2002. In spite of its cancellation, Witchblade was ranked seventh in the Top 10 Basic Cable Dramas for 2002 (Multichannel News, February 24, 2003).

According to Top Cow editor Matt Hawkins, the Witchblade TV series was cancelled because the lead actress Yancy Butler went into rehab and he claims it was and remains the highest rated TV series to be cancelled.[3]

Cast and characters[edit]

Main cast[edit]

Recurring cast[edit]

Episodes[edit]

Music[edit]

The series used song fragments from various artists during the two seasons. Acts like Stabbing Westward, Pump, Michael Kisur, and Suicidal Tendencies were featured in the show soundtrack.

On May 29, 2007, the soundtrack for the series' score was released by composer Joel Goldsmith on his independent record label, FreeClyde.[4]

In 2004, a compilation album, Witchblade the Music, was released on the Edge Artists record label featuring music from/inspired by the Top Cow comic book and the Witchblade TV series. It was compiled and produced by G Tom Mac and Eddie Kislinger.

DVD release[edit]

On April 1, 2008, Warner Home Video announced a DVD release. Witchblade: The Complete Series — a seven-disc collectors set including the original made-for-TV movie, all 24 episodes of the series, and special features — was released on July 29, 2008.[5] For the DVD release the music was altered in many episodes in comparison to the original aired episodes.

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.newsarama.com/655-dvd-review-witchblade-the-complete-series.html
  2. ^ Josh, Grossberg (September 5, 2002). ""Witchblade" Sliced by TNT". E! Online. Retrieved February 23, 2010. [dead link]
  3. ^ "Top Cow Announce New Talent Contest - With A Little Gender Weighting - Bleeding Cool Comic Book, Movies and TV News and Rumors". Bleedingcool.com. 2013-02-24. Retrieved 2013-10-05. 
  4. ^ Joel Goldsmith. "Official Site of Joel Goldsmith". FreeClyde. Retrieved 2013-10-05. 
  5. ^ "Witchblade: The Complete Series (2001)". Amazon.com. Retrieved February 22, 2010. 

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