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!

8PM

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)

9PM

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)

10PM

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!

X-FACTOR #245
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…

8PM

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)

9PM

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)

10PM

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…

8PM

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)

9PM

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)

10PM

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?

8PM

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”)

9PM

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)

10PM

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)
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Posted on October 11th, 2012 by Quantum | Leave a Comment (1)
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The CW is returning to the superhero genre with a bang. Arrow is easily one of my most anticipated new shows and I cannot wait for its premiere. Merging the grit of Nolan’s Batman series with the long arc story telling of Smallville, Arrow could be the best new show the CW has produced in a long time.

From what I can tell of the promos, I’m expecting that we’re in for something special and Stephen Amell seems absolutely perfect as the Green Arrow, more so then Justin Hartley (though, I do believe he did a good job during his run on Smallville). For all the geeks out there, I know this is going to be must see TV. I can just feel it.

Official Episode Description, “Pilot”: Oliver is rescued and creates the persona of Arrow, an expert archer determined to fight evil in his beloved city in the opener of a series about billionaire playboy Oliver Queen, who becomes a vigilante after being shipwrecked for five years.

Arrow premieres on the CW at 8pm tonight.

8PM

ABC: The Middle/The Neighbors (comedies)
CBS: Survivor: Philippines (reality)
FOX: The X Factor (reality competition)
NBC: Animal Practice/Guys with Kids (comedies)
PBS: Nature (docu)
CARTOON: DreamWorks: Dragons (animation)
ION: WWE Main Event (wrestling)

9PM

CW: Supernatural (supernatural drama)
ABC: Modern Family (comedy)
CBS: Criminal Minds (crime drama)
NBC: Law & Order: SVU (crime drama)
PBS: Nova (docu)
DSC: Sons of Guns (docu)
FOOD: Restaurant: Impossible (reality)

10PM

E!: The Soup (clip comedy)
ABC: Nashville (drama)
CBS: CSI (crime drama)
NBC: Chicago Fire (drama)
A&E: Duck Dynasty (reality)
BRAVO: Life After Top Chef (reality)
TRAVEL: Hamburger Paradise 2 (docu)

Posted on October 10th, 2012 by Quantum | Leave a Comment (5)
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I feel like the big reason why the show is logging low ratings is not because of the quality of the show — this is seriously becoming one of TV’s most underrated family comedies — but comes from the show’s name. A show titled Ben & Kate makes one think this is a gooshy semi-romantic series ala Melissa & Joey or even Will & Grace. I think this show would be logging more viewers if it had stuck with its original title “Ben Fox is My Manny” as it invokes a more goofy feeling show, which show is. It is an ensemble series stuck with a title that makes you think it is a more low key series. Honestly, though, from the episode description I’m expecting another solid airing. Just after two airings, I can say that I’m hooked. It is funny and not just “cute” like its competition in The New Normal. Try this show out for size, you might find that it fits your bill.

Official Episode Description, “The Fox Hunt”: Ben and Kate discover a list from an unfinished scavenger hunt that their dad created 15 years earlier, and they set out on a mission to find the remaining items. Meanwhile, BJ asks Kate for help retrieving her things from a former beau’s home.

The new episode airs on FOX tonight at 8:30pm. Lets take a look at what else is on tonight…

8PM

CBS: NCIS (crime drama)
FOX: Raising Hope (comedy)
NBC: The Voice (reality competition)
CW: Hart of Dixie (medical drama)
BET: Hip Hop Awards 2012 (awards show)
CARTOON: The Looney Tunes Show (animation)
DIY: Homes on Homes (docu)

9PM

ABC: Dancing with the Stars: All-Stars (reality competition)
CBS: NCIS: LA (crime drama)
FOX: New Girl/The Mindy Project (comedies)
NBC: Go On/The New Normal (comedies)
CW: Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog (musical)
SYFY: Face Off (reality)
HGTV: Property Virgins (docu)

10PM

FX: Sons of Anarchy (biker drama)
ABC: Private Practice (medical drama)
CBS: Vegas (gangster drama)
NBC: Parenthood (drama)
BBC: Chef Race: UK vs US (competition)
BRAVO: Flipping Out (docu)
COMEDY: Tosh .0/Brickleberry (clip comedy/comedy)

Posted on October 9th, 2012 by Quantum | Leave a Comment (1)
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