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The CW Network has updated their Smallville photo gallery with pictures of Laura Vandervoort as Supergirl and James Marsters as Brainiac. Also intriguing is a picture with witht he caption “Lex Luthor “. Another clone? Or could it be the real Luthor?  Start here for the picture’s with Marsters, and over here for the pics of Vandervoort’s return.

David E. Kelly (Boston Legal, The Practice, Ally McBeal) is bringing DC Comic’s hero Wonder Woman back to TV. The superhero was famously portrayed by Lynda Carter in the 70’s series The New Adventures of Wonder Woman.  It would have been cool to have this on the air at the same time as Smallville with possible crossovers, but who knows what kind of world Kelly is planing to craft. Ultra-realistic? Will it have more of a legal feel like his other shows? Over in the comics, Wonder Woman’s costume and history was recently redesigned/updated to look more modern and realistic.

Bryan Fuller (Pushing Daisies) is remaking The Munsters. This is cool on many levels.

Summer Glau to guest star as Greta on Chuck, and tonight, Stacy Keibler will guest star as Greta on.  This gag with the different agents taking over the Greta role in the buy more is fun, but I couldn’t help but think that they could have used Glau in a bigger role. Keibler is guest starring and will throw fists with another ex-professional wrestler, Stone Cold Steve Austin, who makes a return appearance.

FOX’s Lone Star is the first show to get canceled, after only two episodes, while ABC’s My Generation is the second show to get canceled, also after only two episodes. What will be next? Likely Undercovers, which is at the bottom of the NBC ratings pool.

Snooki is starring in her own dating show and writing a book? It’s not April Fools Day yet, is it?

Eliza Dushku will guest star on The Big Bang Theory. She will play an FBI agent named Angela.

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As you can see, our short vacation has ended and we are fully back into the swing of things.  Big thanks to Lucian for continuing his Wrestling Recaps while I have been gone.  I have not been able to check out Scott Pilgrim vs. the World yet, but I’ve wanted to see it for a while and Lucian’s review only makes me want to see it more. Anyhow, I’m happy to be back with a new Pit and this week’s edition will have a slight superhero slant (sorry, but sooooo much has been going on while I’ve been out).

  • Okay, first up is the confirmation that X-Men: First Class will feature the Hellfire Club. That’s right, it is confirmed that Kevin Bacon will be the villainous Sebastian Shaw with Mad Men‘s January Jones will be Emma Frost, aka the White Queen. How does this fit into the past films with Emma being featured by Tahyna Tozzi in X-Men Origins: Wolverine? The film will start in the 1960s with James McAvoy’s Charles Xavier and Michael Fassbender’s Magneto working together for the future of mutant kind.  I hate that they’ve cast a younger Mystique… she’s a shape shifter, she can look as young as she wants forever. They should have kept Rebecca Romijn if we ever see an of age Mystique. At least it would feel a little connected to the other films. We shall see…
  • Okay, lets move off one X-Men prequel and onto another one: X-Men Origins: Wolverine 2 (god, I hope that isn’t going to be the official title).  It has been rumored for a while that the film would take Wolverine to Japan where he’d train to be a samurai warrior and fight the likes of Silver Samurai.  Yeah, so the Wolverine we met in the first X-Men film was no samurai, I guess that means he’ll be getting shot with another memory wiping bullet? Ugh.  Prequels are stupid, just make a good damn sequel.
  • Yesterday I checked out DC Comic’s animated Superman/Batman: Public Enemies and I gotta say, I dug it. DC has really been on a roll with its animated features, Superman Doomsday and Justice League:  The New Frontier were both very well done. I wasn’t before, but now I’m really interested in the Man of Steel and the Dark Knight’s next animated team up in Superman/Batman: Apocalypse. The film once again features Tim Daly as Superman and Kevin Conroy as Batman, and they are joined by genre fan favorite Summer Glau as Supergirl.
  • Okay, so this isn’t movie related, but it is both comic adaptation related and Batman related. It has been a long time, but Batman and Scooby-Doo will meet again!  An upcoming episode of Batman: The Brave and the Bold will feature the cartoon dog and Batman teaming up to solve a case. While I don’t regularly watch the series, I will be checking out this episode.
  • According to Mark Millar, Kick-Ass 2 has been officially greenlighted and we be based on his upcoming graphic novel follow up to the first series. Matthew Vaughn did an awesome job adapting Kick-Ass for the big screen. He knew just what to cut and what to keep to make the film as good as it can be. I hope Millar learns from what Vaughn did with the film to craft the sequel series.
  • AICN has been reporting that Fox has narrowed the possible directors list for its Fantastic Four reboot to James McTeigue, Joe Carnahan, and David Yates. None of them get me excited about the film.  McTeigue could make it visually impressive, Carnahan would be just as bad as Tim Story, and Yates is a passable director, but is he suited for the first family of superheroes? There is also a rumor that the studio wants a CGI Thing voiced by Bruce Willis. Um… okay.
  • Disney and Marvel Comics are moving forward with an Iron Fist movie! The karate expert with literal fists of fury could make a decent film. In the past, Ray Parks was rumored to be in the running for the role and I still think he’d make a great fit. I’m assuming that Disney will want to make the film be a kid friendly action flick. Hopefully we’ll see Luke Cage in it.
  • No MJ in the Spider-Man reboot? That’s the rumor from THR. If it is true, I can understand the need to want to distance the movie from the Raimi trilogy, but this is just plain stupid. Have MJ, have Gwen, and just concentrate on making the best Spider-Man movie possible. If this is true, it’d bring my interest for this re-do to zero.

Excited about all of the upcoming comic book flicks? Sound off in our comments!

Summer Glau is a Terminator

While Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles doesn’t return to television until February 13th (when it will be teamed up with Joss Whedon’s Dollhouse), that doesn’t mean we don’t have something to keep our attention. Executive producer and head writer Josh Friedman is hosting a weekly podcast that features a mix of raw footage, interviews and previews of upcoming episodes. So far, three have been released. The third one is easily the most interesting of the batch and features a dream-like sequence between Sarah Connor (Lena Headey) and Kyle Reese (Jonathan Jackson), the first screen time that they have shared in the series.

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This past week, Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles and Knight Rider, two shows that were rumored to be heading for cancellation, were extended to full season orders.  Both shows are based on popular 1980s franchises and have been getting low ratings against tough competition.

Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles airs on Monday nights at 8pm against Chuck, Gossip Girl, The Big Bang Theory, How I Met Your Mother, Dancing With the Stars, and Monday Night Football, which shares a similar demographic and takes a big chunk of the ratings.  Like a lot of other shows in the current season, Fox offers all the new episodes online, which makes it less important to see the show in its first run on television.  I think we’re finally seeing the full effect of airing episodes online for free with how many struggling shows we have this season.

Knight Rider airs on NBC Wednesday nights at 8pm against Pushing Daisies, Bones, America’s Next Top Model, New Adventures of Old Christine, and Gary Unmarried. While not nearly as competitive as Sarah Connor’s time slot, it still faces a tough variety of content; from Daisies stylized quirkiness to Bones’ intriguing cases and whatever the heck people see in Top Model. With rumors that David Hasselhoff will be guest starring in future episodes, I can picture a spike in the ratings, maybe even a big enough one to warrant a second season for the struggling action show.

Love them or hate them? Either way you have 9 more episodes to give them a chance.

There are a lot of new shows on tonight, but one in particular that is worthy of your time and needs your help is “Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles”. The show, which features an alternate Terminator timeline that spun directly off of “Terminator 2: Judgement Day”, is an entertaining and action packed show that features Lena Headey (300) as Sarah Connor, Thomas Dekker (Heroes) as John Connor, Brian Austin Green as Derek Reese, a resistance fighter from the future and John’s uncle, and Summer Glau (Firefly) as Cameron, a Terminator reprogramed to protect John at all costs.

In tonight’s installment, “after a case of mistaken identity, John, Sarah and Derek work to protect a member of the Resistance.” To do so, they must infiltrate a military academy. The episode airs at 8pm on Fox.

Click to enlarge these pictures from past episodes of season 2 of “Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles”:

Also new tonight:

8PM:

  • ABC: Dancing With the Stars (Reality)
  • CBS: The Big Bang Theory/How I Met Your Mother (Comedies)
  • NBC: Chuck (Action/Comedy)
  • FOX: Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles (Action/Drama)

9PM:

  • CBS: Two and a Half Men/Worst Week (Comedies)
  • NBC: Heroes (Action/Drama)
  • FOX: Prison Break (Action/Drama)

10PM:

  • ABC: Boston Legal (Comedy/Drama)
  • CBS: CSI: Miami (Crime/Drama)
  • NBC: Life (Crime/Drama)

Summer Glau is a Terminator

Tonight, “Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles” returns to Fox.  Five scenes from the premiere have been released on the show’s official website, and you can check out the season’s awesome teaser poster here.

The first episode of season 2 is titled “Samson & Delilah” and takes place directly after season 1’s clifhanger, where Cameron was caught in a Jeep explosion. The official description: “After the Jeep explosion, John’s 16th birthday makes him confront the fact that he’s destined to be alone. Meanwhile, after Cromartie’s massacre, Agent Ellison must face off against both the Feds and his faith.”