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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.

Release Date: July 3, 2012
Studio: Sony
Director: Marc Webb (500 Days of Summer)
Starring: Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Martin Sheen, Sally Field, Denis Leary and Rhys Ifans.
Plot: Peter Parker, an outcast high schooler who was abandoned by his parents as a boy, leaving him to be raised by his Uncle Ben and Aunt May. Like most teenagers, Peter is trying to figure out who he is and how he got to be the person he is today. Peter is also finding his way with his first high school crush, Gwen Stacy, and together, they struggle with love, commitment, and secrets.

As Peter discovers a mysterious briefcase that belonged to his father, he begins a quest to understand his parents’ disappearance — leading him directly to Oscorp and the lab of Dr. Curt Connors, his father’s former partner. As Spider-Man is set on a collision course with Connors’ alter-ego, The Lizard, Peter will make life-altering choices to use his powers and shape his destiny to become a hero.

Thoughts: When Sony first announced they were abandoning Spider-Man 4 and rebooting the series (so soon after the last flick int he series) I was pissed off. As off the mark as 3 was, I still wanted to see that series continue and get a proper ending. Or in the very least a better ending that it did get. But no, Sony didn’t want to fight to keep Sam Raimi on the project and instead we would get a reboot by the director of 500 Days of Summer, a great movie but by no means a movie that screams “I’m ready to direct Spider-Man!”

Months and months later and we only a few weeks from The Amazing Spider-Man coming out, and I have to admit, I’m really looking forward to it. The cast lives up to the title and really is amazing. Andrew Garfield looks spot on as Peter Parker (much better than Tobey Maguire ever did) and Emma Stone as Gwen Stacey is inspired casting. Bringing it back to High School, a setting that Raimi jumped over for no good reason, was a great idea. The footage looks great and I’ve stayed away from spoilers, so I will genuinely be going in not knowing much and will be ready to be surprised.

An all new week has begun, welcome to The Pit!

  • The first season of The Walking Dead has already ended! It feels like it had just begun… well, it had. The short six episode season pulled a lot from the comic and did a lot right. The season finale took a big diversion from the comic and tried to offer the audience and characters some explanation about how the zombies rise. It also did something that the comic never did by showing us a flashback of what happened to Rick in the hospital. Have you enjoyed the first season? Looking forward to more?
  • Campbell Scott and Julianne Nicholson have joined the new Spider-Man movie as Peter Parker’s parents, In the main Marvel Comic comic they were revealed to be spies before their death, while in Ultimate Spider-Man Peter’s father was a scientist that helped develop the Venom symbiote. It will be interesting to see if they are seen in flashbacks, or if we’ll see Peter as a young child before their death. It might be a bit much to have them die and Martin Sheen’s Uncle Ben also die.  Irrfan Khan and Annie Parisse have also joined the movie as a villain and his wife. Khan’s character is Nels Van Adder, an Oscorp employee who is used as a test subject by Norman Osborn when he is testing his Goblin formula. The incomplete formula turns Adder into a red goblin like monster. Does this mean that Norman Osborn will be in the new film? Sure seems like it. This seems to point a little towards the reboot following Ultimate Spider-Man. I just wish Mary Jane was gonna be in the movie.
  • Hawkman, Stargirl, and Black Canary return in this Friday’s Smallville! We had Aquaman two episodes ago, Lionel in the last episode and before the season ends we’ll have Booster Gold, Blue Beetle, and other DC Comics characters. I think this has easily been the best season of Smallville. It is a shame that it is its last.
  • Looking for a good Holiday gift? You should think about getting wine delivery for friends. It makes an awesome gift.
Posted on December 6th, 2010 by ThePit | Comments Off on The Pit: Walking Dead, Spider-Man, & More!
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