Season four has brought a lot of changes to FOX’s musical drama Glee. It split the action between McKinley High in Ohio with the actual Glee club and New York City where graduates Rachel and Kurt moved to at the end of last season.The split is ambitious to say the least and it sorta feels like there are two separate shows going on at once- I’m not fully sure if this is a good thing yet. It comes off a little scatter brained and as someone who doesn’t care much for Rachel or Kurt, I feel myself zoning out whenever the show cuts to New York (that is unless Whoopi is guest starring).

Last week saw the New Directions, led by Finn, losing Sectionals and putting the future of the club on the line. This was a pretty good twist after the team came off winning Nationals last year and not only knocks them down a peg, but breaks us from the constant format of always working towards Sectionals, Regionals, then Nationals… a format that feels very tired in the show’s forth season. I’m very interested in where they will go from here.

Official Description, “Swan Song”: Finn thinks about his future with the glee club after Sectionals are over. Elsewhere, Rachel gets ready for NYADA’s winter showcase; and Kurt gets a second chance at an audition.

The new Glee episode airs tonight at 9:00pm on FOX. What else is on tonight?

8PM

CBS: The Big Bang Theory/Tw0 & a Half Men (comedies)
NBC: 30 Rock/Up All Night (comedies)
ABC: Last Resort (spy drama)
FOX: The X Factor (music competition)
CW: The Vampire Diaries (supernatural drama)
BET: Apollo Live (variety)
SPIKE: Impact Wrestling (wrestling)

9PM

CW: Beauty and the Beast (supernatural drama)
NBC: The Office/Parks and Recreation (comedies)
ABC: Grey’s Anatomy (medical drama)
CBS: Person of Interest (action drama)
GSN: Newlywed Game (game show)
HGTV: Extrene Homes (docu)
TLC: Four Weddings Holiday Showdown (reality)

10PM

ABC: Scandal (drama)
NBC: Rock Center (news showcase)
CBS: Elementary (action drama)
USA: Burn Notice (action drama)
FOOD: Sweet Genius (cooking competition)
FX: It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia/The League (comedies)
DSC: Ghost Town Gold (docu)

X-Factor is one of the few Marvel Comics series unaffected by all of the changes brought by Marvel Now! Thankfully Peter David is still writing the book and it will not be renumbered (for the time being… and hopefully not ever). The series just went through some of its own big changes in the five part “Breaking Points”, which saw Wolfsbane, Havok, Strong Guy, and Banshee leave the team for various reason. This left X-Factor Investigations with Madrox, Butterfly, Longshot, M, Pip The Troll, Polaris, Rictor, and Shatterstar.

That was until the last issue, when the team’s non-mutant “receptionist” Pip the Troll was shot point blank in the head. Will he survive? From the cover (top left) and description (below) it would appear that Monet is the key to Pip’s possible survival.

X-Factor #248
Official Descriptions: A familiar face hovers between life and death. The only one who can save them is Monet…but it will require reliving the most horrific experience of her life.

Marvel Comic’s X-Factor #248 features art by Leonard Kirk, with a cover by Dave Williams. It hits stands on Wednesday December 5th, 2012. Don’t forget, on Wednesday you can also pick up Avengers #1 and Deadpool #3.


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Posted on December 3rd, 2012 by ThePit | Leave a Comment
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Here we go, a new era begins for Marvel’s Avengers as they enter Marvel Now! with a new creative team, Jonathan Hickman and Jerome Opena, and a new number 1. Hickman has promised a large roster of heroes as part of the team and we can see from the covers above that it includes all of the movie Avengers (although they all look very different with their Marvel Now! makeovers) and an assortment of Marvel’s popular recent Avengers, including Wolverine, Spider-Man, Falcon and Spider-Woman.

Brian Michael Bendis had a long and very well done run with Avengers and New Avengers, but this shakeup is needed to keep things fresh and moving forward. I can’t wait to see which characters are a part of the book. While I think DC Comics handled their “New 52” reboot/rebranding very poorly from a fan’s point of view, I think Marvel has treated fans with respect during the creative changes that have come along with “Marvel Now!”. DC Comics should take note on how to not alienate your core group of fans.

Avengers #1
Official Description: The greatest heroes in comics together on one unbeatable team! Now shipping twice a month, the Avengers “go large,” expanding their roster and their sphere of influence to a global and even interplanetary level. When Captain America puts out his call – who will answer? Big threats, big ideas, big idealism – these are the Avengers NOW!

You can pick up the issue on Wednesday, December 5th, 2012 and you’ll have to pick it up fast because the Marvel Now! #1s have been selling out. I didn’t get to the store quick enough and I’m waiting for a second printing of All New X-Men #1 as we speak.

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I’m loving this new season of The Walking Dead. It is easily the best season of the show and it has fixed all the wrongs that made the first two seasons drag on and on. The characters are getting more desperate, people are finally becoming more vicious, and best of all the walkers are not even the most dangerous people around.

If you watched last week’s episode, you know that the two worlds — The Prison and Woodbury — are about to collide and I cannot wait for the bloodshed that’s going to ensue. This show easily justifies its status as a must watch show week in and week out now. With a cable high average of just under 10 million viewers a week, we’re bound to be watching this show for a long time. Only question I have is how soon will the conclusion point between Rick and the Governor come? And who is going to die from the prison group in Woodbury? This show is hard to predict and I love that about it.

Official Description, “Made to Suffer”: A situation in Woodbury throws inhabitants for a loop and forces Andrea to take charge, while a new threat arises at the prison.

You can watch the all new episode of The Walking Dead at 9pm on AMC. What else is on tonight?

8PM

ABC: Once Upon a Time (fantasy drama)
CBS: (8:30) Amazing Race 21 (competition)
NBC: Sunday Night Football (sportS)
ANIMAL: Rattlesnake Republic (docu)
BRAVO: The Real Housewives of Atlanta (reality)
DISNEYXD: Dog With a Blog/Shake it Up (teen comedy)
HALLMARK: The Christmas Heart (holiday movie)

9PM

SHOWTIME: Dexter (horror drama)
ABC: Revenge (drama)
LIFE: Finding Mrs Claus (holiday movie)
OWN: Oprah’s Next Chapter (docu)
HBO: Boardwalk Empire (crime drama)
TLC: Sister Wives (reality)
FOOD: The Next Iron Chef (reality competition)

10PM

ABC: 666 Park Avenue (horror drama)
CBS: The Good Wife (drama)
A&E: Be the Boss (docu)
ANIMAL: Finding Bigfoot (docu)
E!: Ice Loves Coco (reality)
FOOD: Iron Chef America (food competition)
SHOWTIME: Homeland (drama)

Posted on December 2nd, 2012 by Quantum | Leave a Comment (1)
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Back in 2009 we talked about Steven Spielberg and DreamWorks TV striking a deal to bring Stephen King’s Under the Dome to television, and after three years the project is finally happening! Out is DreamWorks TV and in is Spielberg’s Amblin Television along with CBS Television Studios and producers Neal Baer, Stephen King, Justin Falvey, Darryl Frank, Stacey Snider and Brian K. Vaughan. The show is skipping the pilot stage and going straight to series with a 13-episode pickup slated to premiere in summer 2013.Under the Dome focuses on a small New England town that is cut off fromt he rest of the world by an invisible force field that causes ecological effects and a fight for control within the isolated population. It is perfectly suited for being adapted for television.

From out of the blue it looks like the potential DC Comic Booster Gold television series is still a possibility thanks to SyFy channel and Arrow showrunner Andrew Kreisberg, who is heading up the potential Gold series. IGN asked Kreisberg for an update on the project and he told them; “Booster Gold is going in in the next couple weeks before Christmas. We’ll see what happens from there. It’s such a different project even though they’re both DC Comics properties. Booster is much more candy and popcorn, being about time travel and changing the future and being a superhero who can fly. But they’re both super-fun projects. As a lifelong DC Comics fan, I am beyond blessed to be working on these projects with all these amazing characters.” There is so much potential for the series. Timecop meets superheroes with a lighthearted/comedic underlining. If they are allowed to use other DC characters throughout time it would be even better. Have Booster Gold travel to the golden and silver ages of the DC Comics universe and showcase different heroes and villains that are well known. I just hope that SyFy doesn’t hold it back and make the series take place in present day.

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I normally do not write about Saturday Night programming. Why? Because there is nothing worth mentioning — until now!

Did you know that Brian Austin Green (Beverly Hills 90210) and Harold Perrineau Jr (Sons of Anarchy) star in a hour long musical comedy series on TBS called The Wedding Band?!? Most people do not because TBS dumped the series on Saturday’s- yet the series has been breaking cable Saturday night viewing ratings records for the network and has actually been making a case for a renewal — though I still feel like TBS is trying to burn off the series after changing its mandate from producing a mix of hour and half hour comedies. And I will say this though, the series is actually pretty funny with good covers of popular songs making me question TBS’ decision to dump the show on Saturdays.

So, what is The Wedding Band about for those who have not heard about it? The series follows a group of lifelong friends and the new guy (Perrineau) who are in a wedding band (called Mother of the Bride) and get into trouble with each and every gig they play. It is a strange mix of comedy and procedural which actually works in favor for the show as they play at different parties and get to know the people they are playing for. It works. The episodes already have ranged from weddings (that’s what they normally do) to playing at a house party for two geeky guys trying to land the girls of their dreams. The show also has had quite the guest list for a new series and has included appearances by Megan Fox, Ryan Hansen, and Bree Turner amongst others.

The show’s main strength lies in the ensemble cast. Besides BAG and HP, the series features the likes of Jenny Wade (Reaper), Melora Hardin (The Office), and Peter Cambor (NCIS: LA). This group clicks in ways most shows wish they could because they all play off each other strongly. The covers are actually pretty good, better then what we’ve seen on shows like Glee  and they twist them in ways you wouldn’t expect. Brian Austin Green shows that he actually has a pretty good singing voice (he plays the lead singer of the band), as do the others in the cast as they sing songs every so often as they switch off singing duties from time to time.

Is The Wedding Band amazing TV? No, but it’s fun and deserves a lot more attention then it is getting. If you go out on Saturdays (like most people do) I suggest that you DVR this show. It actually is worth your time. It is fun and a little bit quirky and that’s all you can ask for from a show like this and I’m glad it’s around for now (even if it is being burned off).

Episode Description, “Time of My Life:” Rutherford plans an adult prom, but she must deal with her high-school nemesis in the process. Elsewhere, Tommy woos everyone’s fantasy woman, and Stevie dates a florist with some lusty talents.

Catch the all new episode of The Wedding Band on TBS at 10pm! What else can you watch tonight (there isn’t much- but there are some good classic Holiday movies on)!

8PM

HALLMARK: A Bride for Christmas (holiday movie)
NICK: Victorious/Marvin Marvin (comedies)
NBC: It’s a Wonderful Life (classic holiday movie)
DISNEY: The Santa Clause 3 (holiday movie)
LIFE: Undercover Christmas (holiday movie)
TLC: Extreme Christmas Trees (holiday repeat)
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9PM

DISNEYXD: Kickin’ It (teen comedy)
BIO: Celebrity Ghost Stories (docu)
CMT: Redneck Island (reality)
ID: Motives & Murders (docu)
SYFY: Dragonwasps (tv movie)
ABC: College Football (sports)
FOX: College Football (sportS)

10PM

CBS: 48 Hours (news showcase)
ANIMAL: Pit Bulls and Parolees (docu)
BIO: The Haunting of… (docu)
CMT: Chainsaw Gang/Big Texas Heat (reality)
ID: Fatal Vows (docu)
MTV: House of Style (behind the scenes)
ABCFAM: Elf (holiday movie)

The CSI franchise is going the way of the Law & Order franchise — at its height, it was three series strong, and probably could’ve sustained a fourth series, but now as time goes on three is now two and the “youngest” CSI show, CSI: NY, airs on Fridays. It is a strong Friday night series and has proven to CBS time and time again that it actually has the viewership to stay on Fridays seeing as anything scripted that isn’t CSI: NY or Blue Bloods that airs on CBS on Friday’s cannot make it past a season (Looking at you A Gifted Man & Made in Jersey). Now, does that means I actively watch this series? No. I use too watch it when I was younger and in the “prime” of its run, but not anymore. Will I tune into it if I’m having a lazy Friday night? Sometimes.

The last time I watched CSI: NY was actually pretty recently when they did this stunt episode where half the episode was silent and featured songs from Green Day’s new album. Upon watching it, I was surprised that, the quality of the series hadn’t much diminished since the last time I watched which had been several years before. At the same time, the stunt episode was not enough for me to actively want to restart watching the show. However, what that viewing did show me was that for such a standard procedural, it still has some compelling elements which explains why Gary Sinise still does not want to return to the world of films.

The show is not as strong as it use to be, but it is still better then a lot of the reality programming, or just “reruns” the other networks offer up. I salute CBS for still making Friday a priority by getting original episodes of shows out on the night. Though this show is not my cup of tea anymore, it could still be a lot worse. This is a take it or leave it show — you’ll either love it or feel meh with it. Hard to really hate this series but there’s not enough in it to distinguish it from a lot of the ballsy shows being produced nowadays. Its only advantage is that it airs on Fridays with very little scripted competition. If Friday was still in its hayday (like in the 90’s and earlier), this show wouldn’t be on the air anymore. Still though, I don’t recommend you watch this show actively — I’m not saying you shouldn’t watch the show entirely at all.

However, maybe you might want to make an exception tonight and at least DVR this week’s episode. Our EIC, The Pit, has a friend in this week’s episode- so check it out for him!

Episode Description, “Blood Out”: Lovato’s cover is inadvertently blown, which leads the CSIs to investigate a Latin street gang she infiltrated while undercover.

Catch the new episode of CSI: NY at 9:00pm on CBS.

8PM

SYFY: WWE SmackDown (wrestling)
CBS: Undercover Boss (reality)
CW: Nikita (spy drama)
ABC: Last Man Standing/Malibu Country (TGIF!)
DSC: Gold Rush (docu)
HGTV: Lightmares (docu)
ID: Facing Evil (docu)

9PM

TBS: For Better or Worse (comedy)
CW: Arrow (action drama)
PBS: The Mind of a Chef (docu)
ANIMAL: Raised Wild (docu)
DISNEY: Phineas and Ferb/Fish Hooks (animation)
HGTV: Flea Market Flip (reality)
TRU: Killer Karaoke (reality)

10PM

CBS: Blue Bloods (crime drama)
E!: Fashion Police (docu)
FX: Ultimate Fighter Fridays (fighting)
DSC: Jungle Gold (docu)
PBS: The Mind of a Chef (docu)
TLC: Brides of Beverly Hills (reality)
TRAVEL: The Dead Files (docu)

Posted on November 30th, 2012 by Quantum | Leave a Comment
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