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Last week’s episode of The Walking Dead proved that the zombie show is not just one of TV’s good shows, it is one of TV’s great shows, thanks to last week’s amazing, gut wrenching episode that left me (and I know pretty much everybody else) in tears at the very end. I will say this, The Walking Dead has quickly redeemed itself from the mistakes it made in the first season and has finally allowed itself to really transfer the genius of the comic book series to television screens.

In tonight’s episode, I cannot help but wonder just how far Rick will have fallen and how far Carl will rise thanks to the events of last week’s episode. I’m also looking forward to seeing the newly hinted, more hinged dynamic that is starting to develop between the far more sympathetic Merle and the Governor as I know they’re going to butt heads sooner rather then later. It is weird to say that for a zombie show, its most compelling elements are not the zombie kills and the tension that comes from the zombie action but the characters themselves. For what felt like a season finale episode, I cannot wait to see what happens next in this series- if it keeps up this trend, The Walking Dead could do the unthinkable and actually win an Emmy, something nobody would have thought possible for a show that’s initial draw was that it was a show with zombies. Kudos to the creative team, just, kudos!!!

Episode Description, “Say the Word”: Rick struggles after experiencing another loss; Michonne has her suspicions about the Governor, who throws a party for the people of Woodbury, but gives it an unusual twist.

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NBC is calling this a TV Special, but it is actually a pilot. From Bryan Fuller, the mastermind behind the visually spectacular Pushing Daises, the ever quirky Dead Like Me, and the co-creator of Wonderfalls. If there was ever a remake that could use his touch it would be the Munsters — and man does this look like it has potential. Directed by Bryan Singer and starring Eddie Izzard, Jerry O’Connell, and Portia de Rossi amongst others, the show looks to be filled with spectacular effects (did anyone else see the dragon in the TV spots?!?) and a quirky storyline. I’m hoping that the ratings justify a potential series pickup — since I dig the creative team behind and in front of the camera, but my gut is saying that’s not going to be the case. In which case I have to wonder, is this (rumored) 10 million dollar **pilot** erhm “TV Special” that much of a disaster?!?

Regardless of the outcome, I’m intrigued enough to check out, since it legitimately looks like nothing else on TV and that’s exactly the type of TV I scout out when looking at potential new shows. What’s the point of watching the same old slosh week in and week out when stuff like this is actually being produced. Especially with Bryan Fuller hamming it up in interviews that if this show goes to series, he plans on doing to the Universal Pictures monster catalog what Once Upon a Time is doing with fairy tales and Disney’s catalog and updating them for the modern age — and for the more mature viewer. However, I cannot say if the given special will be good or not, nor can I say if NBC is making a good call on doing what it is doing by “airing” this special all I can say is that whether it turns out good or not, I’m still going to be, at the very least, recording this for a weekend viewing.

Official Episode Description, “Pilot”: A revamping of the 1964-66 TV series “The Munsters” tracks the lives of a ghoulish family. Here, young Eddie discovers he grows hair all over his body during a full moon, and funeral director Herman Munster suffers from a heart condition.

8PM

SYFY: WWE SmackDown (wrestling)
ABC: Shark Tank (reality)
FOX: Kitchen Nightmares (docu)
CW: America’s Next top Model (reality competition)
ANIMAL: Monsters Inside Me (docu)
DISNEY: A.N.T. Farm/Jessie (teen)
DIS: Gold Rush (reality)

9PM

NBC: Grimm (supernatural drama)
ABC: 20/20 All Access Nashville w/ Katie Couric (showcase)
CBS: CSI: NY (crime drama)
CW: Nikita (action drama)
TBS: For Better or Worse (comedy)
HGTV: Home Strange Home (docu)
TRAVEL: Ghost Adventures (docu)

10PM

ABC: 20/20 (news showcase)
CBS: Blue Bloods (crime drama)
NBC: Dateline NBC (news showcase)
ANIMAL: Monsters in My Head (docu)
E!: Fashion Police (entertainment news)
FX: The Ultimate Fighter Fridays (fighting)
SYFY: Haven (supernatural drama)

Before he created Breaking Bad, Vince Gilligan worked on a number of failed pilots. One of them was for a show called A.M.P.E.D; which apparently involved a police squad fighting monsters in the shady streets of Minnesota. It was shot for Spike TV and (thankfully) never picked up. Why I am mentioning it is that Gilligan co-wrote that pilot with a man named Frank Spotniz, a writer he worked with on his time on The X-Files. After A.M.P.E.D failed to go to series, Gilligan went off and created Breaking Bad and Spotniz took the reigns of Cinemax’s Strike Back sequel series which was meant to be that network’s flagship series. Thank god they split up because Spotniz was clearly dragging Gilligan down. Strike Back: Project Dawn as it was called ended up being a horrible mess but somehow it has come away with two additional series (god knows how that happened). However, Spotniz is now taking his try at doing something wholly original which I only hope means he will not be constrained by story elements established before he got his hands on Strike Back.

His new show, debuting tonight on Cinemax, marks Cinemax’s second original (non-erotic) series and marks a departure for the male skewing network. Starring Melissa George and Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje (Mr. Ecko from Lost), Hunted is a cross between Taken and 24. The show follows an agent who, after surviving an attempt on her life, goes on the run to figure out who is trying to kill her which ultimately leads her to uncover a vast conspiracy. Though the logline sounds extremely run of the mill, I must give Cinemax credit for putting out stylish trailers that at least make the show seem compelling. The show has a nice and distinctive British flair to it with production qualities that are only seen on the most popular of British shows (Dr. Who, Spooks) and it is a nice change of pace to see that. The only thing that will make me be warry of going into it with much expectations is that Spotniz has a spotty track record when it comes to manning his own shows and that the trailers, though arthouse in feel, do leave me skeptical about whether not this show will be as compelling as spy stories of the past. I’m calling this one as I see it and I’ll be proceeding with caution.

Official Episode Description, “Pilot”: Pregnant Sam Hunter is part of a team from Byzantium, a private security company completing the rescue of a doctor imprisoned in Tangiers when later in the day, alone, she is ambushed and badly wounded. A year later after recovering in Scotland she returns to her company in London, who thought she was dead, to take up her old job determined to find who betrayed her.

The series premieres tonight on Cinemax at 10:00pm. Don’t get Cinemax? Well, there are a lot of other shows to watch tonight…

8PM

ABC: Shark Tank (reality)
FOX: Baseball Playoffs (sports)
CW: America’s Next top Model (reality competition)
SYFY: WWE SmackDown (wrestling)
ANIMAL: Monsters Inside Me (docu)
DISNEY: Make Your Mark (teen reality)
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9PM

NBC: Grimm (supernatural drama)
ABC: What Would You Do? (hidden camera)
CBS: CSI: NY (crime drama)
CW: Nikita (action drama)
TBS: For Better or Worse (comedy)
HGTV: Home Strange Home (docu)
TRAVEL: Ghost Adventures (docu)

10PM

ABC: 20/20 (news showcase)
CBS: Blue Bloods (crime drama)
NBC: Dateline NBC (news showcase)
PBS: Voces on PBS (docu)
E!: Fashion Police (entertainment news)
FX: The Ultimate Fighter Fridays (fighting)
SYFY: Haven (supernatural drama)

Posted on October 19th, 2012 by Quantum | Leave a Comment
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I covered The League last week and this week I’m covering It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, FX’s flagship comedy series. Last week’s season opener for the show culminated in one of the funniest one liner’s in the show’s history in a sequence that saw Mac saying “It’s an Original Hitler” when it came to a picture Sweet Dee and Dennis’ Grandfather, a Nazi. It was an episode that harkened back to the second season and it was appreciated. Unlike most sitcoms that generally “forget” what has happened in the past of the show, it is a nice change of pace to show that the characters in It’s Always Sunny actually have memories.

And it sure sounds like the second episode will be filled with laughs, especially impressive for a show that is in its eighth season. It’s rare, and thus great, to see that the characters are still funny, not warn out, and are not getting on my nerves as a viewer. The only thing I question with the show is whether or not it can keep the laughs coming, which I bet they will seeing as though there are network shows that have more episodes, run longer, and keep up with the laughs (cue Friends and Seinfeld). I’m just glad that It’s Always Sunny is back!

Official Episode Description, “The Gang Recycles Trash”: With the garbage men of Philadelphia on strike, Frank concocts a plan to undercut the union and get the contract to collect the city’s trash. But when The Gang’s elaborate plan starts to fall apart, everyone will get their hands a little dirtier than expected.

It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia returns tonight at 10:00pm on FX Network. FX has really had our attention this week between this, American Horror Story, and Sons of Anarchy!

8PM

NBC: 30 Rock/Up All Night (comedies)
ABC: Last Resort (war drama)
CBS: The Big Bang Theory/Two and a Half Men (comedies)
FOX: Baseball Playoffs (sports)
CW: The Vampire Diaries (supernatural drama)
CARTOON: MAD (animated)
SPIKE: Impact Wrestling (wrestling)

9PM

CW: Beauty and the Beast (action drama)
ABC: Grey’s Anatomy (medical drama)
NBC: The Office/Parks and Recreation (comedies)
GSN: The Pyramid (game show)
A&E: The First 48 (docu)
HGTV: Extreme Homes (docu)
TLC: Four Weddings (docu)

10PM

NBC: Rock Center (news showcase)
CBS: Elementary (crime drama)
ABC: Scandal (drama)
PBS: POV (docu)
A&E: Beyond Scared Straight (docu)
FOOD: Sweet Genius (docu)
HGTV: House Hunters/House Hunters International (docu)

Posted on October 18th, 2012 by Quantum | Leave a Comment (2)
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Horror is back in full swing! First up to bat was The Walking Dead, which just shattered basic cable ratings records, and now American Horror Story goes for round two in its anthology story telling with what is being described as a “workplace horror” in American Horror Story: Asylum. I must say this — the ads for the first season got me sucked in and though the first season had some very shocking moments (the school shooting sequence remains one of the most intense sequences in television history) it did not do enough to keep me hooked for the full season. I’m hoping that this season changes it.

With the old story about the Harmon’s wrapped up, I’m excited to be able to be transported back in time when mental asylums were actually scary places and the fear of Nazism, the Church, being Gay, and being locked up just based on your gender were a number of very real threats to an individual back in the 1950’s. The teaser ads for this season are not as compelling as the first season ads. However, after watching the behind the scenes video and the longer trailer for the new season I must say, I’m going to give this a shot. For a noble television experiment in horror, I will give Ryan Murphy and company credit, they have a way of sucking people in, but the battle for them will be keeping me there past episode one.

Official Episode Description, “Welcome to Briarcliff”: Welcome to Briarcliff Manor, a notorious insane asylum home to the deranged serial killer, Bloody Face. Lurking in the shadows of this “sanctuary of healing” are terrifying evils that blur the boundaries between reality and insanity.

The all new episode airs tonight at 10pm on FX Network. Lets look at what else is on tonight…

8PM

CW: Arrow (action drama)
ABC: The Middle/The Neighbors (comedies)
CBS: Survivor: Philippines (reality competition)
FOX: The X Factor (reality competition)
NBC: Animal Practice/Guys with Kids (comedies)
ION: WWE Main Event (wrestling)
CARTOON: DreamWorks Dragons (animated)

9PM

ABC: Modern Family/Suburgatory (comedies)
CBS: Criminal Minds (crime drama)
NBC: Law & Order: SVU (crime drama)
CW: Supernatural (supernatural drama)
FOOD: Restaurant: Impossible (docu)
PBS: Nova (docu)
SYFY: Ghost Hunters (docu)

10PM

ABC: Nashville (drama)
CBS: CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (crime drama)
NBC: Chicago Fire (drama)
A&E: Duck Dynasty (reality)
BRAVO: Life After Top Chef (reality)
VH1: Couples Therapy (docu)
COMEDY: South Park (animated)

 

Posted on October 17th, 2012 by Quantum | Leave a Comment (2)
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The show I just profiled in my “Shows You Aren’t Watching But Should” article returns for its fourth season! After the glorious mess that was last season’s finale, the show is poised to comeback with a bang as the guys (+ girl) get ready for the new draft. Though I’m not sure they can top last season’s spectacular spoof on the almost-NFL lockout, I think it could be close. Judging from the promos I’ve seen online, it looks like they’re going all out this year, and having a dream draft sequence that includes an appearance by rookie sensation Robert Griffin III. I’ve got high hopes for this season and I doubt I’ll be let down with this fantastic ensemble.

Official Episode Description, “Training Camp”: The League prepares for the draft and the arrival of Kevin and Jenny’s baby boy. Taco’s business dealings with Jerry Jones get the guys invited to the Dallas Cowboys’ Training Camp.

The League airs on FX at 10:30pm. What else is on tonight?

8PM

CBS: The Big Bang Theory/Two and 1/2 Men (comedies)
ABC: The Last Resort (war drama)
FOX: The X Factor (reality competition)
NBC: 30 Rock/Up All Night (comedies)
CW: The Vampire Diaries (supernatural drama)
SPIKE: Impact Wrestling (wrestling)
MTV: Jersey Shore (disgusting “reality”)

9PM

CW: Beauty and the Beast (action drama)
ABC/CBS/FOX/NBC/PBS: VP Debate (election coverage)
A&E: The First 48 (docu)
BBC: Top Gear (docu)
DIY: Raising House (docu)
GSN: The Pyramid (gameshow)
LIFE: Project Runway (reality competition)

10PM

FX: It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia (comedy)
HGTV: House Hunters/House Hunters International (docu)
A&E: Beyond Scared Straight (docu)
ID: Very Bad Men (docu)
TLC: Little Shop of Gypsies (reality)
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Posted on October 11th, 2012 by Quantum | Leave a Comment (1)
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The CW is returning to the superhero genre with a bang. Arrow is easily one of my most anticipated new shows and I cannot wait for its premiere. Merging the grit of Nolan’s Batman series with the long arc story telling of Smallville, Arrow could be the best new show the CW has produced in a long time.

From what I can tell of the promos, I’m expecting that we’re in for something special and Stephen Amell seems absolutely perfect as the Green Arrow, more so then Justin Hartley (though, I do believe he did a good job during his run on Smallville). For all the geeks out there, I know this is going to be must see TV. I can just feel it.

Official Episode Description, “Pilot”: Oliver is rescued and creates the persona of Arrow, an expert archer determined to fight evil in his beloved city in the opener of a series about billionaire playboy Oliver Queen, who becomes a vigilante after being shipwrecked for five years.

Arrow premieres on the CW at 8pm tonight.

8PM

ABC: The Middle/The Neighbors (comedies)
CBS: Survivor: Philippines (reality)
FOX: The X Factor (reality competition)
NBC: Animal Practice/Guys with Kids (comedies)
PBS: Nature (docu)
CARTOON: DreamWorks: Dragons (animation)
ION: WWE Main Event (wrestling)

9PM

CW: Supernatural (supernatural drama)
ABC: Modern Family (comedy)
CBS: Criminal Minds (crime drama)
NBC: Law & Order: SVU (crime drama)
PBS: Nova (docu)
DSC: Sons of Guns (docu)
FOOD: Restaurant: Impossible (reality)

10PM

E!: The Soup (clip comedy)
ABC: Nashville (drama)
CBS: CSI (crime drama)
NBC: Chicago Fire (drama)
A&E: Duck Dynasty (reality)
BRAVO: Life After Top Chef (reality)
TRAVEL: Hamburger Paradise 2 (docu)

Posted on October 10th, 2012 by Quantum | Leave a Comment (5)
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