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…


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)


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)


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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Last week Marvel Now! kicked off with a bang with the release of Uncanny Avengers #1. In the aftermath of Avengers vs X-Men, the world has changed and the mutant gene has been reactivated. With that a new team of Avengers formed with a mix of classic Avengers and new mutant members like Rogue and Havok. In addition to the new series, Marvel is relaunching most of their lineup with new number 1s with fresh creative teams in the mix.

The merc with the mouth, Deadpool, is one of the series that will be getting a new number one. While he did not beat Deathstroke in our recent head to head match up [SEE: Deathstroke vs Deadpool, Who Would Win?], the assassin is ready to take on giant monsters (see above) and dead presidents in his new title, written by the comedy team of Gerry Duggan, a writer of Attack of the Show!, and comedian/actor Brian Posehn, who appeared in Fox’s horrible Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer. The art in the series is by Toy Moore, who I think has one of the cleanest and coolest styles. He drew the first few issues of The Walking Dead, which blow away most other titles and helped the book stand out.

Official Issue Description: Marvel is pleased to present your first look at Deadpool #1, kicking off the all-new ongoing series from the blockbuster creative team of writers & comedians Brian Posehn (The Sara Silverman Program), Gerry Duggan (Attack of the Show!, Infinite Horizon) and superstar artist Tony Moore (The Walking Dead)! Washington, D.C. is in turmoil when dead former U.S. Presidents – from George Washington to Gerald Ford – are resurrected and the heroes of the Marvel Universe can’t be the ones to stop them! There’s only one other person that has the reputation, skills, and plausible deniability to handle these com-monsters in chief…NOW! is the time for Deadpool! In Wade We Trust!

Deadpool #1 hits stands and the digital marketplace in three weeks on November 7th. Are you excited for the new team on the book? Ready for the mix of action, comedy, and gore?

Check out these Deadpool related products…

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!


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)


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)


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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It is no secret that I think that X-Factor is Marvel’s best title. Month after month Peter David, who has been on the title since its relaunch in 2005, delivers compelling storytelling with characters you can actually get behind and care about. X-Factor is a team book, but each member of the team gets the spotlight and no one is left behind. The current storyline, “Breaking Points”, reaches a climax in issue #245 and I’m not sure how much more the team can take.

Over the course of the first 4 parts of the storyline, Strong Guy, who was discovered recently to be soulless, quit the team after being rejected by Monet, Wolfsbane left the team after finding the son she abandoned, Polaris lost her mind after finding the truth about her parents dead, and Banshee became a God. When it rains it pours. Who will remain after Day 5 of “Breaking Points”? You’ll have to read to find out!

Official Issue Description: In the last of five issues that will change the face of X-FACTOR forever, two characters find their lives irrevocably altered.When the smoke clears, the team’s roster will be nearly halved…

The issue hit stands yesterday on October 17th from Marvel Comics.

Posted on October 18th, 2012 by ThePit | Leave a Comment
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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…


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)


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)


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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Who would have ever thought that a small drama about a biker club would become out of the most shocking shows on television? Currently in its fifth season, with the events of the last few episodes you’d think they were on the march to a series finale. The bloodshed and drama put this show on the top of the must see pile, almost edging out AMC’s Breaking Bad. for the most brutal and compelling show on television. It will be interesting if show creator Kurt Sutter can keep this high energy as the show moves into its sixth season and rumored final seventh season. For now, strap in and enjoy the ride.

Official Episode Description, “Small World”: Jax presents a dangerous proposal to the club.

Sons of Anarchy airs on FX Network at 10pm. What else is on tonight? A little something called the Presidential Debate…


ABC: Dancing with the Stars (reality competition)
FOX: Raising Hope/Ben and Kate (comedies)
NBC: The Voice (reality competition)
CW: Hart of Dixie (medical drama)
CARTOON: The Looney Tunes Show (animation)
DIY: Holmes on Homes (how to)
GSN: Minute to Win It (game show)


ABC/NBC/FOX/PBS: Presidential Debate (political)
CW: Emily Owens, M.D. (medical drama)
DSC: Alaska: The Last Frontier (docu)
GSN: Minute to Win It (game show)
ID: Homicide Hunter: Lt. Joe Kenda (docu)
SYFY: Face Off (competition)
TRAVEL: Airport 24/7: Miami (docu)


USA: Covert Affairs (action drama)
FOOD: Chopped (competition)
BET: Keyshia & Daniel/The Soul Man (reality)
BRAVO: Flipping Out (docu)
COMEDY: Tosh .0/Brickleberry (clip comedy/comedy)
MTV: Underemployed (drama)
ID: Twisted (docu)

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?


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”)


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)


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)

Posted on October 11th, 2012 by Quantum | Leave a Comment (1)
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