Video: ‘The Banana Splits’ Official Trailer, Coming to DVD This August! — One banana, two banana, three banana… gore?!

A beloved children’s show is back “with a vengeance, a horrible, bloody vengeance,” in Syfy’s The Banana Splits Movie, which released its first trailer on Thursday.

Directed by Danishka Esterhazy (Black Field) and penned by Jed Elinoff and Scott Thomas, the telepic follows a family of four: Harley (played by Finlay Wojtak-Hissong) and his brother Austin (Romeo Carere), plus their parents Beth (Wynonna Earp‘s Dani Kind) and Mitch (Bitten‘s Steve Lund).

While attending a taping of beloved The Banana Splits TV series — starring Fleegle, Bingo, Drooper and Snorky, of course! — things take an unexpectedly deadly turn for Harley and his family.

Press play above to get a taste for the jarring mix of peppy Banana Splits jingle and slasher film mayhem.

Banana Splits Movie Will Terrorize Blu-ray This August — The Banana Splits Movie will be bringing the potentially childhood-ruining R-rated horror shenanigans home this summer. We initially learned in February that the children’s show icons were being revived with a brand new movie. Yet, peculiarly, the series was being given a horror twist. Recently, we were treated to the first, very bizarre and blood-filled trailer for the unlikely reboot. Now, those who are curious to see how this all comes together will get their chance via Blu-ray/DVD this summer.

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment and SyFy have partnered to bring The Banana Splits Movie to digital platforms on August 13. The movie will then make its way to Blu-ray Combo Pack and DVD on August 27. The cover art for the Blu-ray has also been released, which features Drooper, Snorky, Fleegle and Bingo, with Bingo holding onto an ax like Jack Torrence from The Shining. The cover also boasts the tagline “Tra la la terror,” as a play on the original theme song. As for bonus features, here’s what the release will include.

Special Features
• Banana Splits: Behind the Horror
• Terror on Set
• Breaking News! The Banana Splits Massacre

Rated R for “Violence and Gore” — In a surprise move that was probably inspired by the success of Five Nights at Freddy’s, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment and Syfy announced earlier this year that they’re bringing back the characters from Hanna-Barbera’s variety program “The Banana Splits Adventure Hour” for… a horror movie. And not just any horror movie, but a hardcore rated “R” horror movie.

This week the MPAA has given The Banana Splits an R rating for “horror violence and gore“!

CBC’s ‘Street Legal’ reboot cancelled after just six episodes — The verdict is in on the Canadian courtroom drama “Street Legal.”

The CBC announced recently it has decided not to continue the series beyond six episodes.

The show debuted in March and was a reboot of the original Gemini Award-winning series that ran from 1987 to 1994.

Cynthia Dale starred in both the original series and the new incarnation, which saw her lawyer character working at a small upstart.

While the original version was a hit, the CBC said the reboot didn’t pull in the ratings it had hoped for.

“We are proud of ‘Street Legal,’ which had a strong creative and producing team and cast led by the talented Cynthia Dale,” Sally Catto, CBC’s general manager of programming, said in a statement.

“After thoughtful consideration, we have made the difficult decision not to continue beyond six episodes. While the series resonated with a smaller audience than we had hoped, the finale on Monday is a must-see for the show’s dedicated fan base.”

Airing on CBC-TV and the CBC Gem streaming service, the new “Street Legal” also starred Cara Ricketts, Steve Lund, and Yvonne Chapman. Other returning cast members included Eric Peterson and Anthony Sherwood.

“I will always be head-held-high proud of this show; I will always, always know in my gut that it was a really good show; and I will always, always, always hold the incredible joy we had when we filmed this deep in my heart,” Dale tweeted on Saturday.

Former CBC News anchor Peter Mansbridge, who is married to Dale, expressed disappointment with the cancellation on Twitter.

“I’m biased, but it feels like killing a quality Canadian show in a one-and-done fashion is short-sighted,” Mansbridge tweeted on Saturday.

“Good content can build support over time, by peer-to-peer influence. Smart investment in quality needs to be patient, otherwise the CBC loses the plot, not just a show.”

Street Legal: 1×03-1×06 Screen Captures

I’ve added over 1,500+ HD screen captures of Steve as Adam Darling from the final 4 episodes of Street Legal into the gallery. Check them out below:

Audio: Steve Chats with SEA AND BE SCENE… And HEARD Podcast; Talks ‘Street Legal’, ‘Bitten’, ‘Haven’ and More — One things for sure – we at SEA AND BE SCENE have certainly enjoyed watching today’s guest over the years – from guest starring on shows like HAVEN, Reign and Frankie Drake Mysteries to starring roles in shows like the SyFy smash BITTEN and all kinds of truly romantic leading roles for the Hallmark Channel – Nova Scotia born actor STEVE LUND has given us plenty to celebrate over the years. So you can imagine how thrilled we were to hear he’ll be starring in the forthcoming CBC series STREET LEGAL – indeed the mega award winning long running drama is returning to prime time TV Starting Monday, March 4 and once again starring Cynthia Dale as the always fierce Olivia Novack but this time she’s got a a brand new team of lawyers to practice with and face off against – Steve Lund will star as the brash young lawyer Adam Darling – So we’ll talk about that new project and so much more – including what hockey brought to his life, his stance on social media and his great respect for the fans. We’ll also play an enlightening round of Insights IN 10 and get to first things first. BUT FIRST i gotta tell ya this whole interview was a first for SEA AND BE SCENE… AND HEARD now given the nature of this show and the crazy busy career of my guests so often in lieu of the ideal sit down we catch up over the phone – that’s not new – the fact that the guest was calling me – all the way from the tip of the southern most tip of the African Continent… that my friends is a first! Here’s my super-far, transatlantic phone call with the one and only Steve Lund.

Photos/Interview: Steve Covers ‘The Coast’ Magazine

Click to view high resolution scans. — Steve Lund is a cliche. At first glance Lund seems about as rare as a three-leaf clover, or a piece of hay in a haystack. A Steve, after all, is just a variation on a Chris, a Ryan or, heaven help us, a Tom. A Steve is exactly who you’d expect to fall in love with a Sandra or an Emma. A Steve drives fast cars, flies to the moon, works for the CIA or gives Hitler a sock on the jaw. A Steve is unquestionably the lead actor in a CBC legal drama. But here, in his own words, is the thing that sets Steve Lund apart: “I still to this day never feel more myself, never feel more comfortable or more able to access more of my entire being than when I am on set.”

Ha! Just kidding. What a fucking cliche!

If you just look at Lund, it would be as easy to make him the new Batman as it would be to shrug him off as “that guy from Bitten” while paying him $40 for a photo at a fan convention. He’s tall, he’s white, he’s handsome. He has all the ingredients to fall up a ladder and into a Cinematic Universe or up a totally different ladder into 20 years of Supernatural.

But when you actually watch Lund, there is a spark of something else: A reminder that we are the ones who shouldn’t be so obvious, that we are the ones who need to ask for some nuance from our Chrises, our Ryans and our Toms. And when you really watch, there he is—a Steve!—offering it to us.

Lund grew up in Manor Park and Halifax’s south end. His first acting role was the role of Banzai, a hyena in a production of The Lion King at Shannon Park Elementary School. He was in grade four. “I think I stole the show,” he says. His voice warms with humour whenever he talks about his family and childhood. He has two sisters, one older and one younger. “I’m the jelly in that doughnut.” He liked to dress up as Indiana Jones. “I had the hat; I had the whip; I had the cap gun; I had the leather jacket. Oh yeah. I even had the satchel. I believe it is still in a birch tree in Dartmouth.”

In grade five, Lund was cast in Jafar in what sounds like a Guy Ritchie production of Aladdin, but the play was cancelled. “It was going to be my big break, for sure,” he claims, obviously serious. That play’s cancellation dovetailed with his first year of rep hockey. (Competitive minor league hockey that is more competitive than community-based house league.) “It all kind of fell into place before I really realized or had made a conscious decision and eventually hockey was everything. It was my entire life for a very long time.”

Lund, who says he is “not a natural athlete” with the same breeziness of Tyra Banks saying she was an awkward tween, was picked fifth overall in the 2005 Quebec Major Junior Hockey League draft. He played defense for the PEI Rocket (now Islanders) and Halifax Mooseheads until 2008. A series of concussions (“I was living in a fog for most of the year. It was really awful”) and a sucker-punch at a pick-up game (“It was really bad, I was lying unconscious in a pool of my own blood at centre ice while someone called the ambulance”) made him realize maybe a 19-year-old shouldn’t be facing the end of a career, but instead begin one. So he left the sport. Continue reading Photos/Interview: Steve Covers ‘The Coast’ Magazine