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Shark Tank is a show that takes real entrepreneurs and gives them a short time to present their “get rich” business idea to a panel of business and tech moguls, including Barbara Corcoran, Mark Cuban, Daymond John, Robert Herjavec, and Kevin O’Leary. On paper I thought this idea was ridiculous, but it is so addicting and entertaining (and slightly inspiring) that I can’t help to make it one of my must watch shows every week. The panel of “sharks” are diverse and it is so interesting to see the ideas that they fight over and the ones that they laugh off. They have taken ideas like a man that draws cats and a couple with a homemade sippy cup and have turned their businesses into huge successes (along with countless others). If you’ve never watched the show, I urge you to give it a chance. You’ll want to spend every Friday nights in the Shark Tank.

Official Episode Description: An unemployed Tampa man and his pregnant wife serve their famous chicken dip; an injured NFL athlete has an idea for a spring-loaded laundry hamper; a zip bag that turns into a bowl is pitched by two brothers from Missouri; and a wireless device for finding lost keys and cell…

Shark Tank airs on ABC at 8pm. Also on tonight…

8PM

SYFY: WWE SmackDown (wrestling)
CBS: CSI: NY (crime drama)
CW: America’s Next Top Model (reality)
DISNEY: A.N.T. Farm/Jessie (teen)
FX: UFC: Browne vs Bigfoot (fighting)
LMN: No Surrender (movie)
NGC: Family Guns (docu)

9PM

LIFE: America’s Most Wanted (news)
ABC: What Would You Do? (reality news)
CBS: Made in Jersey (drama)
FOX: Fringe (sci-fi drama)
NBC: Grimm (supernatural drama)
CMT: Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders (docu)
DISNEY: Gravity Falls/Fish Hooks (teen)

10PM

HBO: Real Time With Bill Maher (talk)
ABC: 20/20 (news showcase)
CBS: Blue Bloods (crime drama)
NBC: Dateline NBC (news showcase)
CINE: Strike Back (action drama)
E!: Fashion Police (entertainment news)
FX: The Ultimate Fighter Fridays (fighting)

You know what? Any excuse to do a Google search for “bacon” is a good one in my book. And I will try to get as much use of the above image as possible in future months and years. Expect to see it at the top and any and all future stories about Kevin Bacon. Tonight, while President Barack Obama and challenger Mitt Romney are battling it out across all the broadcast Networks at 10pm est, over on the Travel Channel is a show titled Bacon Paradise 2… but they had me at Bacon. The show is traveling across the country shedding light on some of the best bacon dishes. I just hope they follow the show with a GPS styled APP to take me to each one of these destinations.

Official description: More of the country’s best bacon dishes are samples. Included: bacon lasagna in Idaho; bacon brownies in New York.

While I drool over the idea of bacon lasagna, you can check out what else is on tonight…

8PM

ABC: The Middle/The Neighbors (comedies)
CBS: Survivor: Philippines (reality competition)
FOX: The X-Factor (reality competition)
NBC: Animal Practice/Guys with Kids (comedies)
CW: Oh Sit! (gameshow)
CARTOON: DreamWorks Dragons: Riders of Berk (animation)
ION: WWE Main Event (wrestling)

9PM

CW: Supernatural (supernatural drama)
ABC/CBS/FOX/NBC: Presidential Debate (news)
DSC: Sons of Guns (docu)
FOOD: Restaurant: Impossible (reality)
HGTV: Buying and Selling (docu)
SYFY: Ghost Hunters (docu)
TLC: Cracking Addiction (docu)

10PM

E!: The Soup (clip comedy)
A&E: American Hoggers (docu)
BRAVO: Life After Top Chef (reality)
COMEDY: South Park/Key & Peele (animation/comedy)
HGTV: House Hunters/House Hunters International (docu)
HIST: Cajun Pawn Stars (docu)
MTV: The Challenge (reality competition)

Posted on October 3rd, 2012 by ThePit | Leave a Comment
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Last week How I Met Your Mother returned with its new season and once again dangled the mother in front of the audience without revealing much more about her. Will we meet her in the season (series?) finale? At that point will it even matter? Personally I’d like to see Ted’s relationship with the mother take off and grow. If we only get a minute with the mother it will feel like such a copout. Anyhow, for a first time in the show’s history all of the characters are paired up in relationships with three of them doomed for failure. It should be a fun ride seeing how over the course of the season said relationships crash and burn.

Official Description, “The Pre-Nup”: Barney’s extensive and comprehensive prenup leads the guys to put forth their own relationship principles, which their significant others do not find agreeable. Meanwhile, an incensed Quinn responds with her own prenup.

The episode airs at 8pm on CBS, followed by the new series Partners. What else do you have to look forward to tonight?

8PM

FOX: Bones (crime drama)
ABC: Dancing with the Stars: All Stars (reality competition)
CBS: (8:30) Partners (comedy)
NBC: The Voice (reality competition)
CW: iHeartRadio Music Festival (special)
ABCFAM: Switched at Birth (drama)
CARTOON: Regular Show/The Annoying Orange (animated)

9PM

A&E: Hoarders (docu)
CBS: 2 Broke Girls/Mike & Molly (comedies)
FOX: The Mob Doctors (crime/medical drama)
BRAVO: The Real Housewives of New York City (reality)
DSC: American Chopper (docu)
SYFY: Warehouse 13 (sci-fi)
HGTV: Love It or List It (docu)

10PM

ABC: Castle (crime drama)
CBS: Hawaii Five-0 (crime drama)
NBC: Revolution (end of world drama)
A&E: Intervention (docu)
BRAVO: Gallery Girls (reality)
FOOD: Diners, Drive-Ins & Dives/$24 in 24 (docu)
MTV: Ridiculousness/The Inbetweeners (comedies)

Oh man is tonight a busy TV night. My DVR will be working overtime to record the season premieres of the Emmy winning Outstanding Drama Homeland’s second season, along with the return of Once Upon a Time, now with 100% more magic in present day, and the show that I anticipate most week to week, Dexter. Spoilers will follow on Dexter‘s shocking season 6 finale. You sir, have been warned.

When we last left our favorite vigilante serial killer Dexter, he was literally caught red handed by his sister (and police lieutenant) Debra. For six seasons we have seen him do everything in his power to avoid this moment, lying, pitting the blame on others, and even killing to protect his secret. What will he do now that he has been exposed? And what will she do? I’m sure the wounds that Dexter’s serial killer brother left on Debra in season 1 will resurface as she battles with herself about turning him in or not. This is just the sorta twist that the show needed to stay fresh and after season six split the audience with love and hate (I personally loved it), the show might have a lot it needs to prove to old fans.

The series costars Michael C Hall, Jennifer Carpenter, Lauren Velez, Desmond Harrington, James Remar, and David Zayas. Joining them this season will be special guest stars including Yvonne Strahovski from Chuck, and Ray Stevenson from Punisher: War Zone. Tune in tonight on Showtime at 9pm if you subscribe. If not, there are a lot of other shows for you to check out tonight.

8PM

ABC: Once Upon a Time (magical drama)
CBS: Amazing Race 21 (reality)
FOX: The Simpsons/Bob’s Burgers (animation)
NBC: Sunday Night Football (sports)
PBS: Call the Midwife (drama)
FOOD: Cupcake Wars (gameshow)
TRAVEL: Making Monsters (docu)

9PM

FOX: Family Guy/American Dad! (animation)
ABC: Revenge (drama)
CBS: The Good Wife (law drama)
AMC: Hell on Wheels (drama)
BRAVO: The Real Housewives of New Jersey (reality)
FOOD: The Great Food Truck Race (reality competition)
OWN: Oprah’s Next Chapter (docu)

10PM

ABC: 666 Park Avenue (horror drama)
CBS: The Mentalist (crime drama)
SHOW: Homeland (drama)
BBC: Copper (drama)
E!: Married to Jonas (reality)
ID: Unusual Suspects (docu)
TLC: Breaking Amish (reality)

Release Date: September 28th, 2012
Studio: Sony Pictures
Director: Genndy Tartakovsky
Voice Cast: Adam Sandler, Kevin James, Selena Gomez, Fran Drescher, Steve Buscemi, Molly Shannon, David Spad, CeeLo Green, Jon Lovitz, Chris Parnell, and Andy Samberg
Plot: Welcome to the Hotel Transylvania, Dracula’s lavish five-stake resort, where monsters and their families can live it up, free to be the monsters they are without humans to bother them. On one special weekend, Dracula has invited some of the world’s most famous monsters – Frankenstein and his wife, the Mummy, the Invisible Man, a family of werewolves, and more – to celebrate his daughter Mavis’ 118th birthday. For Drac, catering to all of these legendary monsters is no problem – but his world could come crashing down when a human stumbles on the hotel for the first time and takes a shine to Mavis.

Thoughts: I absolutely love love love the classic monsters. Dracula, Frankenstein, the Mummy, the Wolfman, etc, the list goes on. Growing up one of my favorite movies was The Monster Squad, which brought so many of these characters together in one movie. Sure, at the time I thought it was a horror movie and it took many years to realize that it was more of a family comedy than an actual horror movie. Nevertheless, even as an adult, the movie still works on all levels for me. I have high hopes for Hotel Transylvania and I hope that the animated flick can capture even just a little bit of the magic of The Monster Squad. The voice cast is a who’s who of modern comedy with Adam Sandler as Dracula and Kevin James as Frankenstien and enough ex-SNLers to fill a truck. The director, Genndy Tartakovsky, has a ton of TV animation work on shows such as Dexter’s Laboratory, The Powerpull Girls, Samurai Jack, and Star Wars: Clone Wars. I am familar with the shows, but have not watched enough of any of them to get an actual opinion on the guy. He works, and works a lot, so I’m sure that is a good sign.

This very well could be a hit or miss. It has talent behind it, but will it have enough heart? We’ll see on October 5th. Are you going to be checking into Hotel Transylvania?

It is that time of the year again, this Sunday, September 23rd, on ABC is the 64th Primetime Emmy Awards. The Best Drama category is damn impressive and for the first time in a long time I think that ll of the shows are very deserving, and while only one can get the award, I don’t think anyone could have hard feelings for which show is ultimately chosen. Lets take a look at the nominees.

Game of Thrones – Not Going to Win.
I can not tell you how excited I am that Game of Thornes got the honor of a nomination and the second season of supernatural medieval drama would be well deserving of a win… but sadly there isn’t a chance of it happening. The series has already taken home six Creative Arts Emmys; Outstanding (non-prosthetic) Make Up, Costumes, Art Direction, Visual Effects, Sound Mixing, and Sound Editing. The show also has the real possibility of  Peter Dinklage taking home his second Best Actor Emmy for his portrayal of Tyrion Lannister, afterall this past season rested firmly on his shoulders and he knocked it out of the part.

Broadwalk Empire – Not Going to Win.
The second HBO series to get the Best Drama nomination and the show did already take home the Creative Arts Emmys for behind the scenes work, but like Thrones is not going to win. The second season of the period gangster drama was well received by fans and critics and ended with a (literal) bang, but it just didn’t have the raw power to overcome the beyond strong seasons delivered by Breaking Bad, Mad Men, and newcomer Homeland.

Downton AbbeyThe Wild Card.
I have to admit here, I have not seen the wildly popular PBS series. It has a very strong cast and an even stronger following and could actually surprise people like me with a win here. In its third season the show is a drama, but does it have the intensity to win? Does every episode leave the viewer wanting and needing to know what happens next?

Mad Men – A Strong Possibility.
Normally this would be a sure bet. Mad Men returned with a top notch season; featuring great writing, acting, direction, etc. But in a sense it was just more of the same. It gave us exactly what we wanted, but was it surprising or shocking? Sure, Christina Hendricks’ Joan Harris took an unexpected turn well as the fate of Jared Harris’ Lane Pryce, but they were two turns I would have preferred not to see.

Homeland50/50.
I avoided watching the first season of Homeland for as long as possible, but I could only last so long with everyone telling me that I needed to give it a shot. And I am very happy I did. The storytelling was tight and suspenseful. They kept me on the edge of my seat like only Breaking Bad and Dexter usually can. Claire Danes, Damian Lewis, and Mandy Patinkin all had award caliber performances.  My only gripe was the disappointing and drawn out season final. It was a half an hour too long. Had it been as tight and well paced as the other episodes than Homeland might have a sharper edge for the win.

Breaking Bad50/50.
What can I say about a show that gets better and better with every episode? It has drama, action, thrills, and laughs, along with one of the best casts of television. Between Bryan Cranston, Aaron Paul, Giancarlo Esposito, Anna Gunn, Jonathan Banks, Bob Odenkirk, Dean Norris, and Betsy Brandt there is not a weak link in the bunch. The story always feels like it is moving forward going into surprising and entertaining directions. The rise of Walter White, in the nominated season in particular, to the dark side puts Darth Vader to shame. And that is saying something.

Who do you think will take home the Outstanding Drama Emmy?

Release Date: September 28, 2012
Studio: Sony Pictures
Director:  Rian Johnson
Starring: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Bruce Willis, Emily Blunt, Paul Dano, Jeff Daniels, Garret Dillahunt, and Piper Perabo.
Plot: In a futuristic gangland in the year 2042, a 25-year-old assassin named Joseph Simmons (Gordon-Levitt) works for a mafia company in Kansas City as a “Looper”. Loopers kill and dispose of agents sent by their employers from corporate headquarters in Shanghai from the year 2072. Loopers are foot soldiers, paid on the condition that all targets must never escape.

When Simmons recognizes his target as a future version of himself (Willis), his older self escapes after incapacitating him. The failure of his job causes his employers to come after him, forcing him to fight for his life as he hunts his older self.

Thoughts: I don’t understand why Looper didn’t come out in the May through August release calendar. The trailers are thrilling. The casting could not be better, headlined by the always impressive Joseph Gordon-Levitt and action legend Bruce Willis, with top notch supporting talents including Emily Blunt, Paul Dano, and Jeff Daniels. The time travel paradox/assassin/mafia concept is right up the alley for both genre fans and action flick fans. And Rian Johnson. You might not know the name, but you should. He directed the pitch perfect Brick, which also starred JGL, and the very creative and entertaining The Brothers Bloom, with Rachel Weisz, Adrien Brody and Mark Ruffalo. This is a director with a clear vision who surrounds himself with some of the best working talents around. I can’t wait to head to the theater to check out Looper, then maybe I’ll go back in time and see it again for the first time.

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