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Game Over Gets Second Life on Disc

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Game Over Gets Second Life on Disc

Anchor Bay is putting another quarter in the short-lived, primetime animated UPN series, Game Over. The home video distributor will release all six episodes, including one that never made it air, in a two-disc set scheduled to hit retail on June 28.

Produced by Carsey-Werner-Mandabach, Game Over follows the misadventures of The Smashenburns, a family of video game characters living in suburban America. Patrick Warburton (The Tick, Seinfeld, The Emperor’s New Groove) voices patriarch Rip Smashenburn, a Grand Prix racecar driver, while Lucy Liu (Kill Bill Vol. 1, Charlie’s Angels) plays his tomb-raiding wife, Raquel. The series was Created by David Sacks.

An obvious attempt to attract the young male audience that broadcasters have been losing to video games, the series debuted last among network offerings and suffered even weaker ratings in subsequent weeks. UPN then moved it out of competition with Wednesday’s American Idol broadcast and put it on Friday nights, where it still failed to attract an audience.

Though it’s the dominant animation style on the big screen, CG is having a tough time on primetime television. DreamWorks and NBC struggled to keep viewers with it’s big-budget, star-studded Father of the Pride. That series comes to disc on June 7.

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