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There is so much going on, so lets just jump right in and focus on some television news today.

After clearing house with cast members via a plane crash the season before this past one, Grey’s Anatomy is upgrading four recurring cast members from this past season to regulars… “Grey’s 2.0”? “Grey’s: The New Class”? All four, Camilla Luddington, Gaius Charles, Jerrika Hinton and Tessa Ferrer (pictured to the left), took on the roles of the new class of interns along with Tina Majorino. Sadly, due to being attached to the new TNT drama Legends, Majorino has not joined the others as a regular next season. Personally, I preferred the Veronica Mars and  Napoleon Dynamite alum to the others. We’ll see if she’ll be back recurring and depending on how her new show does, if she’ll be upgraded at some point.

While on the subject of a Shonda Rhimes show, lets turn to another one. Scandal has been red hot for ABC and the drama just made another smart move. They have upped Scott Foley to a series regular for the shows upcoming third season. This past season he recurred as Jake Ballard, who ended the season with his fate being a cliffhanger. I guess we can say that he survives “the pit” (sorry, I can never resist a bad pun).

Foley has been busy on TV in recent years, with recurring gigs on Cougar Town, Grey’s Anatomy and True Blood, along with a regular role on the dead-before-it-aired The Goodwin Games. It’ll be nice for him to stick around a series for more than a season and grow into a new role.

Moving away from ABC and Shonda Rhimes, how about we turn to some lighter fare? The well received Cartoon Network Teen Titans Go! has been renewed for a second season. The series features DC Comic’s younger generation of heroes, including Robin, Beast Boy and Raven, being teenagers and doing normal teenage things. Things like taking your driving test and messing with a pizza man. The cartoon is over the top and zany.

Season one is still ongoing with new episodes airing every Tuesday at 7:30pm, then reairing throughout the week. The series is surprisingly enjoyable and I can’t wait to see what they have in store for future episodes. Shut off your brain, sit back, and enjoy.

The summer is quickly coming to a close and you know what that means… TV IS ALMOST BACK! It is time to dust off the remote control and set the DVR to record all of your favorites. As we get closer and closer to the fall season, info is starting to spill out. Lets tale a look at some of the recent news.

Tina Majorino is jumping from her most recent gig on True Blood to another bloody show with a high body count, Grey’s Anatomy. You might remember Majorino from Napoleon Dynamite, Veronica Mars, and Big Love. She joins already announced guest stars including Friday Night Lights‘ “Smash” Gaius Charles and Californication‘s Camilla Luddington (who was also on True Blood). The show has a little more room to play around with new characters after cast regulars Chyler Leigh (Lexie) and Kim Raver (Teddy) left at the end of last season and Eric Dane has announced that he will be leaving after a few episodes into the new season. Last season was the best since the second season. The show really found a good stride and worked hard to make characters likeable again, and it showed and worked. I was genuinely surprised by the season finale and Lexie’s fate. I hope that the show can continue to surprise me next season.

Mad Man‘s awesome “partner” John Slattery will be guest starring on Netflix’s Arrested Development revival. This keeps with the tradition of Arrested Development having the best casting department in the business.  Slattery is a joy to watch and I hope that he is in as many episodes of the 10 episode season as possible. With the forth season of the cult comedy beginning production, expect a lot more news in coming weeks.

Keeping up with this week’s theme of casting news, Martin Sheen joined his son Charlie “#Winning” Sheen’s FX series Anger Management as… you guessed it, his father. The character first appeared yesterday and is described as “hyper-critical and a bully”. The series is still working off its initial order and is waiting for FX to decide to put in a massive 90 episode back order. If they go through with it, Martin Sheen will be staying along for the ride. What can we do to get Emilio on the show also? Throw in another 90 episodes? The elder Sheen was last seen in The Amazing Spider-Man as the ill-fated Uncle Ben.

Don’t forget with all the great TV that is coming up soon and all of the sitting and junk fooding out that you’ll be doing that is is important to stay in shape- and team sportswear will help you look good while doing it.

TV News

All the latest TV news courtesy of PJ Flip and 141tv.

  • Friday Night Lights will premiere its final season on Oct. 27 on DirecTV. It just concluded its forth season rebroadcast on NBC.
  • Mandy Moore will return to Grey’s Anatomy. The former popstar guest starred in the two part season finale last season. She returns in next season’s sixth episode.
  • 5.5 million viewers watched the last episode of Jersey Shore, a series record.
  • Bret Harrison (Reaper) joins the cast of V in a recurring role. He will make his debut in the season premiere. Will he help raise the shows ratings? Is he a human or alien?
  • A double dose of Castle news: Ken Baumann (Secret Life of the American Teenager) will appear on the show as Alexis’ (Molly Quinn) first boyfriend. Victor Webster from the recent Melrose Place reboot joins the cast as a recurring character, a possible love interest for Beckett.
  • Over on the CW, One Tree Hill and Life Unexpected will be crossing over this year when Mia (Kate Voegele) and Haley (Bethany Joy Galeotti) from Hill play at a music festival hosted by Life Unexpected‘s Kate’s (Shiri Appleby) radio station in Portland.
  • Antonio Sabato, Jr. will guest star in an episode of Bones as a Guido bouncer at a Jersey Shore club. Bones was trying to get The Situation from MTV’s Jersey Shore for the episode, but were unable to secure him.
  • Zach Gilford (Friday Night Lights) has joined the cast of ABC’s new show Off The Map as a series regular.  OTM is from the creator of Grey’s Anatomy.
  • Jack Black will be guest starring on an upcoming episode of Nickelodeon’s iCarly.
  • Masi Oka (Heroes) has joined the cast of Hawaii Five-0 as a coroner. He joins cast members Alex O’Loughlin, Scott Caan, and Daniel Dae Kim. Buffy‘s James Marsters guest stars in the premiere also.
  • Laura Bell Bundy joins the cast of How I Met Your Mother, in a recurring role, as Robyn’s new co-host.Will she end up being the mother? I doubt it…

TV News

Wow. So much can happen in just a few days; dates have been announced for the returns of my two favorite shows, a series thought dead has gotten a couple more episodes and new hope for the future, a great series is coming to a close, and a popular show is getting a webseries offshoot.

Lost, the best show on TV, will be starting its final season on February 2nd, 2010 and will air its remaining 18 episodes on Tuesday nights at 9pm. I’m on the edge of my seat. I don’t read (or post) any news or spoilers about Lost, I just like to watch and be surprised. I can’t believe we are so close to its conclusion.

I can also barely hold in the excitement that Chuck will be coming back early, on Sunday Janruary 10th, with back to back episodes, and than another new episode the next night as it retakes its 8pm time slot on NBC’s Monday night schedule. This will push the ratings struggling Heroes back to 9pm, where hopefully it can regain some of its former numbers (and glory). With the network ordering additional episodes of Chuck, bringing it back early, and trusting the series with a strong lead off spot on the schedule, this gives me hope that NBC is getting behind the series and is ready to give it a big push to help it get the numbers that it deserves.  The list of guest stars for the upcoming season is amazing, with cult favorites Robert Patrick and Vinnie Jones, Superman himself Brandon Routh, Smallville‘s Kristin Kreuk, and former WWE wrestler Steve Austin to name a few. I can’t wait to see where Chuck and company go from here.

With Heroes moving to 9pm, that means that NBC’s Trauma is homeless. The freshmen Emergency medical drama, which was thought to have been canceled, just got 3 additional episodes ordered. Are they giving it a second chance? Or is this a sign that the network might be looking for shows to replace Jay Leno at 10pm? Trauma is better suited for the later hour just as ER benefited from a 10pm slot. Don’t get me wrong, I love Jay Leno, his show is just misplaced.

After eight seasons, Monk is coming to a close. There are just three episodes left! One of the last three airs tonight at 9pm on USA. In the new episode, Monk becomes Detective Monk after he is reinstated on the police force. Well, after 8 seasons, it is about time!

Finally, ABC’s Grey’s Anatomy is expanding online! Starting this week on ABC.com and airing until Janruary 21st of the new year is Seattle Grace: On Call, a webseries spinoff of the medical drama. The series is shot in a documentary-style with four minute episodes set in Joe’s bar. They focus on this year’s new interns (Mark Saul, Molly Kidder, Joseph Williamson, Gloria Garayua, Brandon Scott), a few of the doctors that were recently merged into Seattle Grace from another hospital (Nora Zehetner and Robert Baker), and of course Joe the Bartender (Steven Bailey). I’m a big fan of webseries, and I think this is a perfect way for a show to keep people tuning in when they are airing reruns.

It is an exciting time for TV, I just wish I could say the same about movies.

Posted on November 20th, 2009 by ThePit | Leave a Comment
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What can I say, last night three (…yeah, three…) shows managed to shock me with their plot twists. I don’t want to reveal any spoilers (as all can still be viewed online), but I gotta give big props to Grey’s Anatomy, Smallville, and The Office. That is how you make memorable season finales!

Posted on May 15th, 2009 by ThePit | Leave a Comment (2)
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Patrick Dempsey in Grey\'s Anatomy

Tonight at 9pm, Grey’s Anatomy is actually good again! Well, maybe, if last weeks episode was foreshadowing of things to come. In the last episode, Derek’s loss of a patient and high death rate broke him and Izzie learned what is wrong with her and that she only has a 5% chance of survival. Add to that drama a face-transplant surgery and you have all of the ingredients of a pretty cool episode. We’ll see.

Also on tonight…

8PM

  • ABC: Ugly Betty (Drama)
  • CW: Smallville (Sci Fi Drama)
  • FOX: Bones (Crime Drama)
  • NBC: My Name is Earl/The Office (Comedies)

9PM

  • CW: Supernatural (Supernatural Drama)
  • FOX: Hell’s Kitchen (Reality)
  • NBC: The Office/30 Rock (Comedies)
  • SPIKE: TNA Impact! (Wrestling)

10PM

  • ABC: Private Practice (Medical Drama)
  • A&E: The Beast (Crime Drama)
  • NBC: ER (Medical Drama)

ABC Starter Kit

ABC is offering Starter Kit videos to prepare viewers for the fall season of TV for Ugly Betty, Grey’s Anatomy, Pushing Daisies, Desperate Housewives, Brothers & Sisters, Private Practice, Samantha Who?, Dirty Sexy Money, and Eli Stone. Each video is a 5 minute recap of what you need to know for the new season.  Read on for more details…

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