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The Resurrection of Michigan J. Frog (and The WB)

Given its blatant catering to the youth of America, I was always stunned by the WB's use of Michigan J. Frog as their mascot. The (then) 40-year-old cartoon character was most famous for belting out old-timey music like "Hello My Baby" and "The Michigan Rag," and was not at all as well-known as the rest of the Looney Tunes stable... and probably the only one not already licensed out to a T-shirt company, which is likely why Warner Bros. chose him. Of course, since the network's demise in 2005, no one has seen hide nor hair of him, so I'm curious if he'll make a comeback now that The WB has resurfaced as a website, The, where you can watch all of your favorite WB (and Warner-produced) shows. Somehow I doubt it.

At, fans will be able to watch episodes of, among others, Angel, Babylon 5, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Everwood, Firefly, Friends, Gilmore Girls, The O.C. , One Tree Hill, Roswell, Smallville and Veronica Mars. Not only that, but the site will also offer up brand-new shows, including the mystery Sorority Forever and Whatever Hollywood, so people can scope out and reaffirm Warner Bros.' suspicions that they weren't good enough to air on television. The videos will also come with a full range of editing software, so you can create mash-ups, or even better-edited versions of the aforementioned TV rejects. You can also set up viewing parties, where your friends can all watch the same clip together and chat about it at the same time -- it's like having friends over, but for people who really don't like how their friends smell.

The site goes live today at 2:00 PM, and we'll see then whether or not Michigan J. Frog has returned, and whether we can edit clips of him into The Gilmore Girls. In the meantime, I'm going to make the appropriately wacky -- and appropriately extinct -- Looney Tunes character the Do-Do the new WB mascot... and edit him into The Gilmore Girls. He seems like he'd be appropriate there, too.




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