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This really has been a strange week in entertainment. The off-screen drama has been a lot more interesting and contrived than anything that can be written.

  • For example, NBC’s late night debacle.  If you haven’t heard (but I’m sure that you have), NBC is moving Jay Leno out of prime time after 4 months of horrible ratings and putting him back into his old 11:35pm time slot.  To do this, they have to push back their whole line up, including The Tonight Show with Conan O’Brien, and Late Night with Jimmy Fallon (yeah, that Carson Daly guy also). They will also be cutting Jay’s show to a half an hour, aka just airing his opening monologue. Cheers to you NBC, for entertaining us on and off the screen.  I’m sitting on the edge of my seat to see how this will play out. I enjoyed Jay’s Tonight Show, but the series had its time and ended. I love Conan and hope to see where he takes the show over time. I just hope he gets that time.
  • I just want to take a moment to say that I loved James Cameron’s Avatar. I saw it in Imax 3D and it reminded me about what going to the movies could (and should) be.  This is an event film that had a little bit of everything, from mind blowing special effects and a completely new world perfectly rendered, to characters that I could actually care about. Was the plot predictable? Sure, but it didn’t take anything away from the film.  I honestly hope Avatar passes Titanic to become the number 1 Box Office grossing film of all time. It is that good. A Mini Review has been added to the archive.
  • Chuck comes back tomorrow (Sunday, 01/10/10) with a special two hour episode! Then it takes its normal timeslot Monday at 8pm on NBC (see, the Network can do something right). You can catch up on Chuck by watching last season’s finale, “Chuck Versus The Ring”, by heading over to NBC’s official website. We fought long and hard to save the series, now make sure to watch it and tell a friend to watch it to make sure we get multiple new seasons. And don’t forget to get your 5 Dollar Footlong from Subway.
  • Blake Lively has been cast as Carol Ferris in Green Lantern. Now, don’t get me wrong, I like Ms. Lively. I actually watch and (used to) enjoy Gossip Girl.  But this is horrible casting. She does not fit the role at all, not look wise or the right kind of attitude. Nor is it believable that she could be running the Ferris Airfield. Will they be de-aging the character to college aged? *shakes head* They hit the nail on the head by casting Ryan Reynolds as Hal Jordan, but this is a misfire. I just hope it doesn’t bring down the film or cause another sequel (lead female) recasting like Nolan’s Batman series.
  • In TV News, Miley Cyrus has quit Hannah Montana. The next season will be its last. Yeah, I think I’ve said enough about that.
  • Bill Paxton is hoping to revisit his 1996 hit Twister with a 3D sequel.  Don’t movies usually wait until the third entry into their series to go the 3D route? RE: Jaws 3D, Friday the 13th Part 3D, Amityville 3D. How else can they seamlessly blend “3D” into the title? All kidding aside, I love Twister and I’d be down for a sequel. We don’t have many event films like it anymore. Man vs nature (now in 3D).
  • Have you checked out Hollywood the Game recently? It is an online Hollywood Simulation Game and Community, where you write, cast, advertise and release virtual films. Do you have what it takes to become a mega producer?

Gossip Girl Spin-Off

After weeks of rumors, it is official! The CW’s hit series Gossip Girl is getting a spin-off in the form of a prequel. The new series will focus on the younger years of Lily Van Der Woodsen, Serena (Blake Lively)’s mother who is portrayed in Gossip Girl by Kelly Rutherford.

According to EW, the pilot follows Lily as she moves out of her wealthy parent’s home to live with her outcast sister in Los Angeles. There she’ll deal with going to public school and experience the glitz of Hollywood in the 80s.

I think this is a really cool way to expand the universe created in Gossip Girl without losing any of the show’s actors. A pilot for the prequel will air on May 11th in the place of Gossip Girl.

Posted on January 15th, 2009 by ThePit | Leave a Comment (1)
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Tonight, Gossip Girl returns with an all new episode on The CW at 8pm. “In the Realm of the Basses” official description: Chuck’s uncle Jack (Desmond Harrington) arrives in town to help his grieving nephew, who’s been missing since Bart’s funeral. Meanwhile, Blair tries to get accepted into a distinguished ladies club, and Jenny returns to school, ready to take on Penelope and her crew.

Click to enlarge these new pictures from the episode:

Also on tonight:

8PM

  • ABC: The Bachelor (Reality)
  • NBC: Superstars of Dance (Reality)

9PM

  • CW: One Tree Hill (Drama)

10PM

  • NBC: Momma’s Boys (Reality)

Yahoo! TV has released the first 5 minutes for the new season of Gossip Girl. The show, which is based on the popular young adult book series, “gives viewers a peek into the world of privileged teenagers in an elite private school in New York City.” The first season was only a mild hit for the CW network in rating, but proved to be an internet sensation among teenagers. The season premieres this Monday at 8pm on the CW.

To watch the first 5 minutes of Gossip Girl’s second season, click here.