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Hey everyone, I hope that you had a wonderful Holiday and New Years (and break from television)- but it is 2013 and shows are coming back just as fast as they left. Tonight I think you should sit back with ABC at 10pm for a new episode of Happy Endings and stay through Don’t Trust the B- in Apartment 23 (pictured above).

Wait a minute! Why in the freck are Happy Endings and The B- new on Sunday, don’t these comedies air new episodes on Tuesdays? Well, ABC? Would you like to explain yourself? (crickets) Last month the usually reliable network pulled 666 Park Ave and decided to replace it with new episodes of two of television’s most underrated comedies- I mean what makes a better pair for the melodramatic soap Revenge than these two shows… right? Right? (ugh) To make matters worse the network is keeping both comedies in their regular slots with new episodes. They say this will give the shows a chance to get new fans and try out a new time slot. What it actually looks like to a fan is that they are burning off episodes with little regard for the show or building audience.

Don’t Trust the B- in Apartment 23 has grown from an okay show with silly over the top characters (including Dawson’s Creek star James Van Der Beek as himself) to a laugh out loud show with even crazier over the top characters (Beek stands out). The series went from something I’d watch every now and than when bored to a show that I DVR and watch every week (now twice a week?). Hopefully the ratings improve and show ABC that this is a comedy worth keeping. Ditto for Happy Endings.

Official Description, “Paris…”: June begins a new job and is befriended by a colleague, but Chloe thinks the coworker is just keeping her enemies close. Meanwhile, Mark asks James for help in expressing his feelings to June.

What else is on tonight?

8PM

ABC: Once Upon a Time (fantasy drama)
FOX: The Simpsons/Bob’s Burgers (animation)
NBC: Dateline NBC (news showcase)
BRAVO: The Real Housewives of Atlanta (reality)
FOOD: Chopped (competition)
VH1: Mob Wives (reality)
ANIMAL: Gator Boys: Xtra Bites (docu)

9PM

FOX: Family Guy/American Dad! (animation)
ABC: Revenge (drama)
NBC: The Biggest Loser (reality)
PBS: Downton Abbey (period drama)
ANIMAL: Gator Boys (docu)
FOOD: Rachel vs Guy: Celebrity Cook-Off (reality competition)
LIFE: An Amish Murder (tv movie)

10PM

ABC: Happy Endings (comedy)
CBS: The Mentalist (crime drama)
FOOD: Iron Chef America (competition)
ANIMAL: Finding Bigfoot (reality)
DSC: Moonshiners: Outlaw Cuts (reality)
E!: Ice Loves Coco (reality)
HGTV: House Hunters Renovation (docu)

The 2013 Writers Guild Awards Movie Nominees are:

Original Screenplay

  • Flight – written by John Gatins
  • Zero Dark Thirty (pictured above) – written by Mark Boal
  • Looper – written by Rian Johnson
  • The Master – written by Paul Thomas Anderson
  • Moonrise Kingdom – written by Wes Anderson & Roman Coppola

Documentary Screenplay

  • The Central Park Five – written by Sarah Burns, David McMahon and Ken Burns
  • Mea Maxima Culpa: Silence in the House of God – written by Alex Gibney
  • The Invisible War – written by Kirby Dick
  • Searching for Sugar Man – written by Malik Bendejelloul
  • We Are Legion: The Story of the Hacktivists – written by Brian Knappenberger
  • West of Memphis – written by Amy Berg and Billy McMillin

Adapted Screenplay

  • Argo – adapted by Chris Terrio
  • The Perks of Being a Wallflower – adapted by Stephen Chbosky
  • Life of Pi – adapted by David Magee
  • Lincoln – adapted by Tony Kushner
  • Silver Linings Playbook – adapted by David O Russell

The winners will be announced on February 17. The DGA will announce their film nominees on January 10th, television and commercial nominees on January 11th, and documentary nominees on January 14th.

 

Release Date: January 4, 2013
Studio: Lionsgate
Director: John Luessenhop (Takers)
Cast: Alexandra Daddario, Dan Yeager, Tremaine Neverson, Scott Eastwood, Tania Raymonde, Shaun Sipos, Keram Malicki-Sanchez, James MacDonald, Thom Barry, Paul Rae and Richard Riehle.
Plot: TEXAS CHAINSAW 3D continues the legendary story of the homicidal Sawyer family, picking up where Tobe Hooper’s 1974 horror classic left off in Newt, Texas, where for decades people went missing without a trace. The townspeople long suspected the Sawyer family, owners of a local barbeque pit, were somehow responsible. Their suspicions were finally confirmed one hot summer day when a young woman escaped the Sawyer house following the brutal murders of her four friends. Word around the small town quickly spread, and a vigilante mob of enraged locals surrounded the Sawyer stronghold, burning it to the ground and killing every last member of the family – or so they thought.

Decades later and hundreds of miles away from the original massacre, a young woman named Heather learns that she has inherited a Texas estate from a grandmother she never knew she had. After embarking on a road trip with friends to uncover her roots, she finds she is the sole owner of a lavish, isolated Victorian mansion. But her newfound wealth comes at a price as she stumbles upon a horror that awaits her in the mansion’s dank cellars…

Thoughts: When Lionsgate first announced the plot of the movie [SEE: Texas Chainsaw 3D Poster and Plot Details] I thought it was weird; “Even with the “3? in the title, this movie is not a sequel to the two modern rebooted movies in the series from the Platinum Dunes (the 2003 Jessica Biel starring The Texas Chainsaw Massacre and its 2006 prequel The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning). No, Texas Chainsaw 3D is a direct sequel to the 1974 original, The Texas Chain Saw Massacre. Ironically, this would mark the third direct sequel to the original film after 1986?s The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2 from the original director Tobe Hooper and 2004?s Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Next Generation.” And I still think it is weird. Why not just craft a stand alone story with Leatherface? That what the actual story feels like. It doesn’t feel like a direct sequel that picks up moments after the original. I’d prefer it if it was just “after” the other movies and stood on its own feet.

There is a lot of good horror left in a character like Leatherface. Texas Chainsaw 3D really does just seem like more of the same. Why not change it up a bit? Have Leatherface go on a massacre in Dallas or Houston. Hell, at this point I’d rather see “Leatherface in Space” than another movie with a bunch of young people in an old mansion in the middle of nowhere getting put on hooks and cut up with a chainsaw.- even if it is now in 3D. Ugh.

I can’t wait to see where we go from last issue’s cliffhanger ending (spoilers) that saw someone or something in Gile’s body claiming to know a lot about resurrection. Whether this twist is a good or bad thing for Angel’s quest to revive the former watcher is anyone’s guess. More to talk about after the description…

Angel and Faith #17
Official Description:
Longtime nemesis Ethan Rayne has set the final piece of Giles’s soul practically in Angel’s lap. To complicate things further, the loss of a Slayer has sent Nadira and her group into the fray with their sights set on Angel now more than ever! Coincides with events in Buffy Season 9.

The last time we saw Gile’s friend turned foe was in Dark Horse Comic’ s Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 8 where he helped Buffy and seemingly died in the process. Could the villain have found a way to save himself through Gile’s corpse? It should be interesting to see how this plays out and even more so how it connections to the current storyline that is running through Buffy (spoilers– where Angel’s former love is face to face with Illyria).

The issue went on sale last week from Dark Horse Comics, but I’m a little backed up due to the Holiday (who isn’t?). The issue is from Christos Gage and artist Rebekah Isaacs and “executive producer” Joss Whedon.


Check out these Angel related products…

In the last Pit column we talked about some movie news, including Ghostbusters 3, the next Muppets adventure, and FOX’s upcoming reboot of Marvel Comic’s Fantastic Four. Today lets look at some television news bits.

Lets start with a show that has been breaking Cable ratings records left and right, the AMC zombie horror series The Walking Dead. The show had it’s Mid-Season finale and left us with a reunion and a cliffhanger to keep us on our toes until it is back on the air come February 10th. The network will also be giving us something pretty cool to chew on starting on February 14th; an encore presentation of the first and second season of the show broadcast is beautiful black and white- just like the comic the show is based on. AMC previously did this with just the pilot, but it will be pretty awesome to see more episodes in a style that is close to the comic book. Speaking about the comic (spoilers), this past week issue #105 hit stands and sees Carl across enemy lines after confronting Neegan last issue. The official description for the issue is short and to the point, “Sing me a song.” Will Carl live through this?

Cult fan favorite Gillian Anderson will be returning to television after a ten year break. The X-Files star will be joining NBC’s upcoming prequel to the Hannibal series of books for an undetermined amount of episodes. She joins Mads Mikkelsen, who portrays the title character made famous by Anthony Hopkins, and Hugh Dancy who steps in as FBI agent Will Graham, who was expertly portrayed by William Petersen in  Michael Mann’s Manhunter and later by Edward Norton in Brett Ratner’s sub-par Red Dragon. Anderson’s character will get to look into just what makes Hannibal tick as she is described as “Dr. Lecter’s personal psychiatrist” by Bryan Fuller, the creator of the new series. Fuller is the man behind Dead Like Me, Wonderfalls, and Pushing Daisies. Most recently he tried to revive/reboot the Munsters with Mockingbird Lane.

After failing hard last year with H8R and more recently having mediocre results with the musical chairs inspired game show Oh Sit! (which was renewed for a second season), The CW is getting back into the reality game with two new shows; The Hunt and Perfect Score. The Hunt is the CW’s attempt at building their own version of Survivor meets The Hunger Games. They describe the show as an “intense wilderness competition” that sees twelve teams of two players facing off in games to test their survival skills and endurance.  The second new show, Perfect Score,is a dating game show that gives players the chance to win cash prizes if they are able to identify their “perfect match”. Neither show has a premiere date. On the narrative side, The CW also has a young Wonder Woman series tentatively titled Amazon in the works as a complement to Arrow. In the very least you need to give props to the Network for keeping their slate fresh and with a lot of variety.

Yesterday the 19th Annual SAG Award nominations were announced and today we have the 2013 Golden Globes nominations. There are some very noticeable differences between the two awards. Check them out…

Best Picture Drama

  • Argo
  • Django Unchained
  • Life of Pi
  • Lincoln
  • Zero Dark Thirty

Best Picture Musical or Comedy

  • The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel
  • Les Misérables
  • Moonrise Kindgom
  • Salmon Fishing in the Yemen
  • Silver Linings Playbook

Best Director

  • Ben Affleck, Argo
  • Steven Spielberg, Lincoln
  • Kathryn Bigelow, Zero Dark Thirty
  • Ang Lee, Life of Pi
  • Quentin Tarantino, Django Unchained

Best Actor Drama

  • Daniel Day-Lewis, Lincoln
  • Richard Gere, Arbitrage
  • John Hawkes, The Sessions
  • Joaquin Phoenix, The Master
  • Denzel Washington, Flight

Best Actress Drama

  • Jessica Chastain, Zero Dark Thirty
  • Naomi Watts, The Impossible
  • Marion Cotillard, Rust and Bone
  • Helen Mirren, Hitchcock
  • Rachel Weisz, The Deep Blue Sea

Best Actor Musical or Comedy

  • Jack Black, Bernie
  • Bradley Cooper, Silver Linings Playbook
  • Hugh Jackman, Les Misérables
  • Ewan MCGregor, Salmon Fishing in the Yemen
  • Bill Murray, Hyde Park on Hudson

Best Actress Musical or Comedy

  • Emily Blunt, Salmon Fishing in the Yemen
  • Jennifer Lawrence, Silver Linings Playbook
  • Judi Dench, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel
  • Meryl Streep, Hope Springs
  • Maggie Smith, Quartet

Best Supporting Actress

  • Amy Adams, The Master
  • Sally Field, Lincoln
  • Helen Hunt, The Sessions
  • Anne Hathaway, Les Misérables
  • Nicole Kidman, The Paperboy

Best Supporting Actor

  • Alan Arkin, Argo
  • Leonardo DiCaprio, Django Unchained
  • Philip Seymour Hoffman, The Master
  • Tommy Lee Jones, Lincoln
  • Christoph Waltz, Django Unchained

Best Screenplay

  • Mark Boal, Zero Dark Thirty
  • Tony Kushner, Lincoln
  • David O. Russell, Silver Linings Playbook
  • Quentin Tarantino, Django Unchained
  • Chris Terrio, Argo

Best Original Score

  • Dario Marianelli, Anna Karenina
  • Alexandre Desplat, Argo
  • Tom Tykwer, Johnny Klimet & Reinhold Heil, Cloud Atlas
  • Michael Danna, Life of Pi
  • John Williams, Lincoln

Best Original Song

  • For You from Act of Valor
  • Not Running Anymore from Stand Up Guys
  • Safe and Sound from The Hunger Games
  • Suddenly from Les Misérables
  • Skyfall from Skyfall

Best Foreign Language Film

  • Amour
  • A Royal Affair
  • The Intouchables
  • Kon-Tiki
  • Rust and Bone

Best Animated Feature

  • Rise of the Guardians
  • Brave
  • Frankenweenie
  • Hotel Transylvania
  • Wreck-It Ralph

Cecil B DeMille Award

  • Jodie Foster

Best Television Drama

  • Breaking Bad
  • Boardwalk Empire
  • Downton Abbey
  • Homeland
  • The Newsroom

Best Television Comedy or Musical

  • The Big Bang Theory
  • Episodes
  • Girls
  • Modern Family
  • Smash

Best Miniseries or Television Movie

  • Game Change
  • The Girl
  • Hatfields & McCoys
  • The Hour
  • Political Animals

Best Actress Television Drama

  • Connie Britton, Nashville
  • Glenn Close, Damages
  • Claire Danes, Homeland
  • Michelle Dockery, Downton Abbey
  • Julianna Margulies, The Good Wife

Best Actor Television Drama

  • Steve Buscemi, Boardwalk Empire
  • Bryan Cranston, Breaking Bad
  • Jeff Daniels, The Newsroom
  • Jon Hamm, Mad Men
  • Damian Lewis, Homeland

Best Actress Television Comedy Or Musical

  • Zooey Deschanel, New Girl
  • Lena Dunham, Girls
  • Tina Fey, 30 Rock
  • Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Veep
  • Amy Poehler, Parks And Recreation

Best Actor Television Comedy Or Musical

  • Alec Baldwin, 30 Rock
  • Don Cheadle, House of Lies
  • Louis CK, Louis
  • Matt LeBlanc, Episodes
  • Jim Parsons, The Big Bang Theory

Best Actress Mini-series or TV Movie

  • Nicole Kidman, Hemingway and Gellhorn
  • Jessica Lange, American Horror Story: Asylum
  • Sienna Miller, The Girl
  • Julianne Moore, Game Change
  • Sigourney Weaver, Political Animals

Best Actor Mini-Series or TV Movie

  • Kevin Costner, Hatfields and McCoys
  • Benedict Cumberbatch, Sherlock
  • Woody Harrelson, Game Change
  • Toby Jones, The Girl
  • Clive Owen, Hemingway and Gellhorn

Best Supporting Actress Series, Mini-Series or TV Movie

  • Hayden Panettiere, Nashville
  • Archie Panjabi, The Good Wife
  • Sarah Paulson, Game Change
  • Maggie Smith, Downton Abbey
  • Sofia Vergara, Modern Family

Best Supporting Actor Series, Mini-Series or TV Movie

  • Max Greenfield, New Girl
  • Ed Harris, Game Change
  • Danny Huston, Magic City
  • Mandy Patinkin, Homeland
  • Eric Stonestreet, Modern Family

We have about a month until we learn the Academy Award nominations.

Between Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel & Faith, Spike, and Willow we’ve had a new Buffy universe title every week and that will be continuing a little bit longer. Today, Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Season 9 #16 hit stands from Dark Horse Comics, writer Andrew Chambliss, artist Georges Jeanty and as always “executive produced” by Joss Whedon.

After a two-parter, “Billy the Vampire Slayer” that introduced a new supporting character, we are moving on to “Welcome to the Team” which looks to be bringing Xander and Dawn back to the forefront. The two characters have taken a back seat for much of the current season. The new storyline also looks to be joining the Scooby Gang with the SFPD for some Zompire hunting. For those coming into Season 9 late, (spoilers!) ever since Buffy broke the seed at the end of season 8 and ended magic in our realm, newly sired vampires aren’t quite right. They are just as much a zombie as they are a vampire and their numbers are growing by the day.

To make this issue even more excited, it is promising an appearance by an “ancient demon from her former lover’s past”. There is one particular “ancient demon” that was hanging out with two of Buffy’s former lovers who I’d love to see return to the fold. I’m not going to name names, but I’ll be making a trip to the comic store tonight to see if I’m right or not.

Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Season 9 #16
Official Description: Buffy takes on the zompire epidemic in San Francisco with new allies, the SFPD and Billy the Vampire Slayer! Just as Buffy finds contentment in her life, she’s torn from routine battle and forced to confront an ancient demon from her former lover’s past!

The issue is already out… go get it already. Also hitting stands today from Dark Horse Comics is Billy the Kid’s Old Timey Oddities and the Orm of Loch Ness #3, Conan the Barbarian #11, The Creep #4, and To Hell You Ride #1, among others.


Check out these Buffy the Vampire Slayer related trade paperbacks for sale…

Posted on December 12th, 2012 by ThePit | Leave a Comment
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