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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)

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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The funniest new show from last season returned last week with two episodes and it is airing its third episode of its second season tonight. The headliner of Fox’s newly minted Tuesday Comedy Block, it is by far the strongest of the shows. Featuring an excellent cast that includes standout weekly performances from Max Greenfield, Jake Johnson, and Zooey Deschanel, New Girl is a show that Fox deserves to be proud of. Judging by the preview for this week’s episode, I’m sure it will be another excellent episode, filled to the brim with well deserved laughs. It is a show that I make an effort to watch live on Tuesdays.

Official Description, “Fluffer”: Jess and Nick examine their friendship. Elsewhere, Schmidt hopes to impress an attractive Republican by pretending to be one of Mitt Romney’s sons.

The new episode of New Girl airs tonight at 9pm on FOX. Also new tonight…

8PM

ABC: Dancing with the Stars: All Stars (reality competition)
CBS: NCIS (crime drama)
FOX: Raising Hope/Ben and Kate (comedies)
NBC: The Voice (reality competition)
CW: Hart of Dixie (medical drama)
PBS: History Detectives (docu)
CARTOON: The Looney Tunes Show (animation)

9PM

NBC: Go On/The New Normal (comedy)
CBS: NCIS: Los Angeles (crime drama)
FOX: (9:30) The Mindy Project (comedy)
CW: The Next (competition)
GSN: Minute to Win It (gameshow)
MSNBC: The Rachel Maddow Show (news showcase)
SYFY: Face Off (competition)

10PM

FX: Sons of Anarchy (biker drama)
ABC: Private Practice (medical drama)
CBS: Vegas (drama)
NBC: Parenthood (drama)
A&E: Shipping Wars (docu)
HGTV: House Hunters/House Hunters International (docu)
MTV: Teen Mom (docu)

Posted on October 2nd, 2012 by Quantum | Leave a Comment
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Release Date: October 5th, 2012
Studio: 20th Century Fox
Director: Olivier Megaton
Cast: Liam Neeson, Famke Janssen, Maggie Grace, and Rade Serbedzija
Plot: Liam Neeson returns as Bryan Mills, the retired CIA agent who stopped at nothing to save his abducted daughter in TAKEN. When he is targeted by a vengeance-seeking crimelord, Bryan must employ his “particular set of skills” to protect his family against an army out to kill them.

Thoughts: When the first Taken came out, I’ll be honest, the trailers hooked me. Liam Neeson uttering “I don’t know who you are. I don’t know what you want…. I have a very particular set of skills…. I will look for you. I will find you. And I will kill you.”  It was that monologue that made the first film an action classic and brought Liam Neeson into a whole new realm of fame. Before Taken, he was best known for Schnidler’s List, but after it he has had a career people kill for.

Only there is something off with the latest trailers for Taken 2, though they are a flashy and beautiful, that same raw feeling, unexpected violence is gone. I suspect this film is going to go the way of The Hangover Part II, wherein the same story is told again but with a slight twist. From what I’ve gathered this film will see a family member of one of the guys killed in film one coming after Bryan Mills (Neeson) and his family for revenge and clearly people are going to be kidnapped and of course people will be killed in Mills’ pursuit to “get his family back.”

Honestly, I’m of the opinion that they should have let this one go and kept Taken as an action gem with no sequel. Unlike the Hangover, where they could have taken it into a new direction but didn’t, it’s hard to see where Taken 2 would go beyond this premise. Revenge. Simple. Sounds appealing but I get the feeling this is going to be the same old, been there before/seen him do that thing. There were early rumors that Maggie Grace, the actress who played the daughter in the first film, would take the hero role but judging from those trailers, that’s likely not going to be the case and that is disappointing. I would have loved to have seen her save her daddy this time and maybe, as a twist, have them team up halfway through the movie to save the mom and other possibly family members (brother? sister? cousin?) as a father and daughter duo. Again, though, that is likely not going to be the case here and again — that’s disappointing.

Will I be seeing this film in theaters? Maybe, if my friends drag me to it. I’ll likely see this on TV or maybe I’ll Netflix or Redbox it down the line. At this point, Taken 2 just does not have the same “must see” factor that the first film had and I’m worried that it is just not as fresh as it could be. My verdict? Wait until the reviews trickle out…

There is so much going on across all entertainment. I might have to make The Pit bi-weekly again to keep up with everything! Today lets talk about a few recent news bits and pieces…

This is pretty amazing, according to Vulture, Sony Pictures Television is teaming up with Will Gluck and a Michael J Fox to make a new series that will loosely be based on Fox’s life and star the Back to the Future actor. Gluck was the director behind the really enjoyable Easy A. Apparently they are aiming for a 2013 launch and all of the majors are fighting over getting the show.

Most recently, Fox has been guest starring on The Good Wife, with other TV appearances in recent years on Curb Your Enthusiasm and Rescue Me. His last regular TV role was on Spin City, which he left in 2000 due to Parkinson’s disease. I would love to see Fox return to TV on a regular basis and I can’t wait to see what he comes up with Gluck.

The Marvel Comics and Fox prequel/sequel The Wolverine has an official plot synopsis and has cast one of its leads, the mysterious Viper. Released on the movie’s Facebook page; “Based on the celebrated comic book arc, The Wolverine finds Logan, the eternal warrior and outsider, in Japan. There, samurai steel will clash with adamantium claw as Logan confronts a mysterious figure from his past in an epic battle that will leave him forever changed.

Russian actress Svetlana Khodchenkova, best known from last year’s Tinker Tailor Soldier Sp, will be fitting into the boots of Viper, also known as Madame Hydra and leader of the terrorist organization HYDRA.

While on the subject of Marvel, Disney has revealed that it intends to release Joss Whedons sequel to The Avengers on May 1st, 2015. The first weekend in May is historically a slot for Marvel movie adaptations and has been the home of Spider-Man and Ironman.

With the Falcon being cast to fight along side Steve Rogers in Captain America: The Winter Soldier and the new Avengers Assemble animated series, I think it is a safe bet that he will be joining the Avengers in the sequel. What are you hoping for in the sequel? Doctor Strange? Luke Cage? Spider-Woman? How about Daredevil now that it looks like Marvel is getting the rights back to the blind lawyer/vigilante?

With all of the recent Marvel movie news, you might need GPS trackers to find your way through all of it! Next week we’ll take a look at what companies besides Marvel still hold rights to Marvel’s popular characters and we’ll also have the second part of our Justice League movie suggestions column.

The last episode of Glee was a pretty big one for Naya Rivera’s Santana as she was outed and the repercussions will continue in this week’s episode, “I Kissed a Girl”. It airs on Fox at 8pm, here is the official description: As the race for McK.inley High President comes to an end, someone is caught trying to fix the results. Meanwhile, Coach Beiste gets up the nerve to challenge Sue Sylvester and things get complicated for Puck and Quinn.

You can check out a video preview for the episode over on 141tv. This season of Glee has been leaps and bounds better than last year as they try to recapture some of the magic of the first season.  They have been getting away from the gimmicks and have shifted the focus back on the characters.

What else is on tonight?

8PM

ABC: Last Man Standing/Man Up! (comedies)
CBS: Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer (Holiday movie)
CW: 90210 (drama)
NBC: The Biggest Loser (reality)
HGTV: Getting the Most Bang for Your Offer (reality)
SPEED: Stuntbusters (docu)
SYFY: WWE SmackDown (wrestling)

9PM

CW: Ringer (noir drama)
FOX: New Girl/Raising Hope (comedies)
BRAVO: The Millionaire Matchmaker (reality)
LIFE: America’s Supernanny (reality)
MTV: Teen Mom 2 (reality)
TLC: What Not to Wear (reality)
TRU: Hardcore Pawn/Storage Hunters (reality)

10PM

ABC: Body of Proof (crime drama)
CBS: Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show (special)
NBC: Parenthood (drama)
ION: Flashpoint (crime drama)
FX: Sons of Anarchy (drama)
SYFY: Sanctuary (sci-fi drama)
USA: Covert Affairs (spy drama)

Posted on November 29th, 2011 by ThePit | Comments Off on TV Tonight: Glee (11/29/11)
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There is a decent selection of programming tonight, along with the return of FOX’s regular Tuesday night programming since the World Series ended. On tonight’s Glee at 8pm on FOX we are introduced to a new character portrayed by Damian McGinty, the co-winner of The Glee Project reality competition. Check out the network’s official description of the all new episode: “Pot of Gold” A new foreign-exchange student (Damian McGinty) enrolls at McKinley and crashes with Brittany, who thinks he’s a leprechaun. Meanwhile, Mercedes tries to recruit members for Shelby Corcoran’s new glee club; and Sue’s congressional campaign heats up.

I’m not digging this whole rivalry with the school having two Glee clubs. We’ll have to see how it plays out, the random month hiatus between new episodes certainly did not help the flow of season three.

Also on tonight:

8PM

ABC: Last Man Standing/Man Up! (comedies)
CBS: NCIS (crime drama)
CW: 90210 (drama)
NBC: The Biggest Loser (reality competition)
HGTV: My First Place (docu)
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9PM

ABC: Dancing With the Stars (reality competition)
BRAVO: Millionaire Matchmaker (reality dating)
CBS: NCIS: Los Angeles (crime drama)
CW: Ringer (noir drama)
FOX: New Girl/Raising Hope (comedies)
MTV: True Life (docu)
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10PM

ABC: Body of Proof (crime drama)
CBS: Unforgettable (crime drama)
FOOD: Chopped (competition)
FX: Sons of Anarchy (drama)
NBC: Parenthood (drama)
ION: Flashpoint (crime drama)
USA: Covert Affairs (spy drama)

A very full night. What will you be watching? DVRing?

Posted on November 1st, 2011 by ThePit | Comments Off on TV Tonight: Glee (11/1/11)
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