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Only a handful of years since his last retirement from The Tonight Show, it appears that the curtain is closing on Jay Leno once again in 2014. As expected, he will be passing the torch to Saturday Night Live alum and Late Night host Jimmy Fallon. This time around it seems much more likely that Leno will not steal the show back as he did when Conan O’Brien took over the hosting duties in 2009. Speaking of Conan, his own late night show over on TBS has been renewed through November of 2015.

With Fallon moving to The Tonight Show, rumors have begun about who might replace him on Late Night with the frontrunner seemingly being fellow SNLer Seth Meyers. Personally I think Meyers would be a great fit.

USA Network has announced their summer slate premiere dates! Lets start with Burn Notice (pictured left), the spy action series will start its seventh season on Thursday, June 6 at 9pm. It will be followed by the new series Graceland, which stars Daniel Sunjata and Aaron Tveit. Like Burn, the series is an action drama (and I’m sure it will have its share of lighthearted fare).  A week later on Wednesday June 12th, Royal Pains and Necessary Roughness’ new seasons begin. Pains at 9pm and Roughness at 10pm. Then you’ll have to wait almost another week for the return at Covert Affairs and Suits on Tuesday June 16th (also 9pm and 10pm).

The only standout USA Network show missing from the lot is White Collar, which will return with a new season in the fall (hey, they have to save something for their fall schedule).

Spoilers! Turn away if you have not watched the season finale of The Walking Dead. The third season of the zombie survival drama was really strong up until the last couple episodes. It went out without the bang everyone was expecting and that AMC hyped so loudly. It did have its fair share of surprises, including the fact that the season’s villain, the Governor (David Morrissey), survived. Everyone that I know (and myself) included counted on him being killed and we were taking bets on who would/should do it (Maggie and Michonne topped the list of would-be killers). AMC has announced that Morrissey will indeed be back next season as a regular. I honestly have no idea where they could take this character. I guess he can go out and build a new army to attack the prison- but how can they do this and keep things fresh? We shall see when The Walking Dead returns in October.

All season has been building to this; the prison vs Woodbury. The preview show’s Woodbury’s evil “Governor” leading an army that outnumbers Rick’s prison crew by at least two (if not three) to one. Will there be a massacre at the prison? Does Rick have a plan up his sleeve? Will they abandon ship? As readers of this website know, I am a long time fan of The Walking Dead comics and the thing that amazes me about where we are in the show is that I have no idea what will happen next. The television series is so different than the comic and both are as suspenseful and intriguing as each other. I can not wait to see what happens next.

Official description, “Welcome to the Tombs”: With the Governor’s attack looming, Rick and his people need to determine if the prison is worth defending.

The Walking Dead season finale airs tonight on AMC at 9pm. After the episode, Talking Dead takes viewers behind the scenes and host Chris Hardwick talks to some of the brains behind the show. Also on tonight…

8PM

BBC: Doctor Who: The Doctors Revisited (special)
CBS: Amazing Race 22 (reality competition)
PBS: Call the Midwife (period drama)
COOK: Cupcake Wars (cooking competition)
HISTORY: The Bible (dramatic retelling)
TRAVEL: Trip Flip (docu)
STYLE: Jerseylicious (reality)

9PM

HBO: Game of Thrones (supernatural action drama)
ABC: Revenge (drama)
CBS: The Good Wife (drama)
PBS: Mr. Selfridge (period drama)
BRAVO: Married to Medicine (reality)
FOOD: Worse Cooks in America (cooking competition)
LIFE: Army Wives (drama)

10PM

AMC: Talking Dead (live talk show)
ABC: Red Widow (acion drama)
FOOD: Chopped (cooking competition)
HISTORY: Vikings (period action drama)
LIFE: The Client List (drama)
SHOW: House of Lies (drama)
ANIMAL: Finding Bigfoot (reality)

Posted on March 31st, 2013 by ThePit | Leave a Comment (2)
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Bingo. The classic game that mixes puzzle and chance. It has always been one of my favorite forms of gambling (especially when when I was little and it was for prizes). The last time I played was on a cruise and I was lucky enough to win a free drink. This of course led me to want to play every round offered over the course of the vacation, which leads me to the point of this Bingo discussion. The addictive quality of Bingo has been underused in television and movies, but when it is used, it is very effective for laughs.

There are of course many ways besides cruise ships to play Bingo. There are professional tournaments, games held at churches and community centers, fairs, and nowadays you can even play online at websites such as www.partybingo.com. The options for finding your own game to join are endless. In television that is another story. You have to search high and low to find the classic game featured anywhere. Sure, there was the short lived ABC gameshow National Bingo Night in 07, followed by Bingo America on GSN, which lasted until 09. But before reading this article, did you even know these gameshows existed?

What brings about this sudden urge to chat about Bingo? Well, just this past week NBC’s Matthew Perry comedy Go On was smart enough to feature the game in its new episode. It used a church game of Bingo attended by Perry’s character Ryan to set off the chain of events for the rest of the episode and got some laughs along the way.

Of course this pales in comparison to the hysterical use of Bingo back in the sit-com Roseanne. You remember the episode I’m talking about. Barr’s title character reluctantly goes to a game of Bingo on a girl’s night out only to win fifty bucks. From there she goes all out, with the big hair, multiples boards and markers and becomes a “pro” (pictured to the right). She only stops playing when her family literally carries her out of the game.

Any I missing any classic uses of Bingo? What is your favorite television show or movie to use the game?

Posted on March 15th, 2013 by ThePit | Leave a Comment (1)
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85th Academy Award Winners

  • Best Picture – Argo
  • Best Animated Feature Film – Brave
  • Best Foreign Language Film – Amour
  • Best Documentary, Searching for Sugar Man
  • Best Direction – Ang Lee, Life of Pi
  • Best Actor – Daniel Day-Lewis, Lincoln
  • Best Actress – Jennifer Lawrence, Silver Linings Playbook
  • Best Supporting Actor – Christoph Waltz, Django Unchained
  • Best Actress in a Supporting Role – Anne Hathaway, Les Miserables
  • Best Original Song – Adele, Skyfall
  • Best Original Score – Mychael Danna, Life of Pi
  • Best Production Design – Lincoln
  • Best Sound Mixing – Les Miserables
  • Best Sound Editing – (tie) Skyfall and Zero Dark Thirty
  • Best Film Editing – William Goldenberg, Argo
  • Best Original Screenplay – Quentin Tarantino, Django Unchained
  • Best Adapted Screenplay – Chris Terrio, Argo
  • Best Make-Up and Hair Styling – Lisa Westcott/Julie Dartnell, Les Misérables
  • Best Costume Design – Jacqueline Durran, Anna Karenina
  • Best Cinematography – Claudio Miranda, Life of Pi
  • Best Visual Effects – Life of Pi
  • Best Short Documentary – Inocente
  • Best Live Action Short Film – Curfew
  • Best Animated Short Film – Paperman

Agree or disagree with the winners? Sound off in our comments!

Release Date: February 15, 2013
Studio: 20th Century Fox
Director: John Moore
Cast: Bruce Willis, Jai Courtney, Sebastian Koch, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Yuliya Snigir, Radivoje Bukvic, Cole Hauser, and Amaury Nolasco.
Plot: Bruce Willis is back as iconoclastic, take-no-prisoners cop John McClane, who for the first time finds himself on foreign soil after traveling to Moscow to help his wayward son Jack (Jai Courtney)– unaware that Jack is really a highly-trained CIA operative out to stop a nuclear weapons heist.

With the Russian underworld in pursuit, and battling a countdown to war, the two McClanes discover their opposing methods make them unstoppable heroes.

Thoughts: I am a huge Die Hard fan and I’ll always be excited for a new action flick that features Bruce Willis’ John McClane. The original movie is near perfect and is one of the top actions movies of all time (and one of the best Christmas movies ever made). The second was a bit lackluster (Die Harder), but the series rebounded with an awesome third movie (Die Hard with a Vengence), only to be followed by a disappointing forth flick (Live Free or Die Hard).

As it stands, the odd numbered Die Hard movies are the strongest, so A Good Day to Die Hard should be good, right? Sadly, the early buzz is not great and John Moore as the director makes me even concerned- he already delivered a awful adaptation of Max Payne, a video game that was already cinematic yet his version lacked the game’s visual appear and style. I love the idea of John McClane fighting along side his just as badass son (and look at that poster, they do look like family), but will they be enough to make the movie entertaining? The movie hit theaters this past Friday, so why are you here reading this? If you are a fan of Die Hard, go check it out!

On March 24th Luigi will finally push Mario out of the spotlight and emerge from the massive shadow of the Italian plumber turned superhero when he headlines Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon. The game is heading to the Nintendo 3DS and is a sequel of sorts to the original Luigi’s Mansion, which was released in 2001 for the Nintendo GameCube.

In the new game, Luigi is sent to five new haunted houses by Professor E. Gadd (from the original game) armed with the new Poltergust 5000 to capture ghosts and gather various treasures along the way. Just like the Poltergust 3000 from the original, the 5000 is a specialized vacuum cleaner used to capture the ghosts. The new game adds to the gameplay by making it a little more difficult to capture the ghosts along with new puzzled-oriented elements to advance through the game. Also new is a multiplayer mode on the Nintendo Network that always players to assume the role of Luigi (in different colors) to explore the “ScareScraper” mansion.

If the new game is anything like the original it’ll be a blast to play. Not only did the original game not take itself serious, but the concept alone of Luigi in a haunted house with a vacuum to catch ghosts is as fun as it gets. Why didn’t the vacuum ever make it into other Mario game’s Haunted House levels? Check out Luigi’s new adventure next month (and you can pre-order it here)!

Posted on February 17th, 2013 by ThePit | Leave a Comment
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I have been saying for a very long time that X-Factor is easily the best (and most consistent) series that Marvel Comics puts out. Peter David connects the reader to these characters (all of which are b-level at best) like few can. Year of his stories are coming to a head as the team is caught in the middle of the “Hell on Earth War”. Darwin finally returned recently and now it would appear that Strong Guy is following suit… to bad it would appear that like Darwin, Strong Guy is on the wrong side of this fight.

X-Factor #250
Official Description: The story years in the making continues here as X-Factor struggles to stop the Lords of Hell from tearing the Earth apart in their battle for dominance! Familiar faces will return as the battle reaches a fever pitch, the first of whom is STRONG GUY! And he has a bone to pick with his former teammates…

The issue hits stands this Wednesday, February 6th, 2013. If you were not aware, X-Factor’s writer Peter David had a stroke at the end of the year and could use his fans help. Find out more on how you can help over on his personal blog.

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Posted on February 3rd, 2013 by ThePit | Leave a Comment (2)
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