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Only a handful of years since his last retirement from The Tonight Show, it appears that the curtain is closing on Jay Leno once again in 2014. As expected, he will be passing the torch to Saturday Night Live alum and Late Night host Jimmy Fallon. This time around it seems much more likely that Leno will not steal the show back as he did when Conan O’Brien took over the hosting duties in 2009. Speaking of Conan, his own late night show over on TBS has been renewed through November of 2015.

With Fallon moving to The Tonight Show, rumors have begun about who might replace him on Late Night with the frontrunner seemingly being fellow SNLer Seth Meyers. Personally I think Meyers would be a great fit.

USA Network has announced their summer slate premiere dates! Lets start with Burn Notice (pictured left), the spy action series will start its seventh season on Thursday, June 6 at 9pm. It will be followed by the new series Graceland, which stars Daniel Sunjata and Aaron Tveit. Like Burn, the series is an action drama (and I’m sure it will have its share of lighthearted fare).  A week later on Wednesday June 12th, Royal Pains and Necessary Roughness’ new seasons begin. Pains at 9pm and Roughness at 10pm. Then you’ll have to wait almost another week for the return at Covert Affairs and Suits on Tuesday June 16th (also 9pm and 10pm).

The only standout USA Network show missing from the lot is White Collar, which will return with a new season in the fall (hey, they have to save something for their fall schedule).

Spoilers! Turn away if you have not watched the season finale of The Walking Dead. The third season of the zombie survival drama was really strong up until the last couple episodes. It went out without the bang everyone was expecting and that AMC hyped so loudly. It did have its fair share of surprises, including the fact that the season’s villain, the Governor (David Morrissey), survived. Everyone that I know (and myself) included counted on him being killed and we were taking bets on who would/should do it (Maggie and Michonne topped the list of would-be killers). AMC has announced that Morrissey will indeed be back next season as a regular. I honestly have no idea where they could take this character. I guess he can go out and build a new army to attack the prison- but how can they do this and keep things fresh? We shall see when The Walking Dead returns in October.

I normally do not write about Saturday Night programming. Why? Because there is nothing worth mentioning — until now!

Did you know that Brian Austin Green (Beverly Hills 90210) and Harold Perrineau Jr (Sons of Anarchy) star in a hour long musical comedy series on TBS called The Wedding Band?!? Most people do not because TBS dumped the series on Saturday’s- yet the series has been breaking cable Saturday night viewing ratings records for the network and has actually been making a case for a renewal — though I still feel like TBS is trying to burn off the series after changing its mandate from producing a mix of hour and half hour comedies. And I will say this though, the series is actually pretty funny with good covers of popular songs making me question TBS’ decision to dump the show on Saturdays.

So, what is The Wedding Band about for those who have not heard about it? The series follows a group of lifelong friends and the new guy (Perrineau) who are in a wedding band (called Mother of the Bride) and get into trouble with each and every gig they play. It is a strange mix of comedy and procedural which actually works in favor for the show as they play at different parties and get to know the people they are playing for. It works. The episodes already have ranged from weddings (that’s what they normally do) to playing at a house party for two geeky guys trying to land the girls of their dreams. The show also has had quite the guest list for a new series and has included appearances by Megan Fox, Ryan Hansen, and Bree Turner amongst others.

The show’s main strength lies in the ensemble cast. Besides BAG and HP, the series features the likes of Jenny Wade (Reaper), Melora Hardin (The Office), and Peter Cambor (NCIS: LA). This group clicks in ways most shows wish they could because they all play off each other strongly. The covers are actually pretty good, better then what we’ve seen on shows like Glee  and they twist them in ways you wouldn’t expect. Brian Austin Green shows that he actually has a pretty good singing voice (he plays the lead singer of the band), as do the others in the cast as they sing songs every so often as they switch off singing duties from time to time.

Is The Wedding Band amazing TV? No, but it’s fun and deserves a lot more attention then it is getting. If you go out on Saturdays (like most people do) I suggest that you DVR this show. It actually is worth your time. It is fun and a little bit quirky and that’s all you can ask for from a show like this and I’m glad it’s around for now (even if it is being burned off).

Episode Description, “Time of My Life:” Rutherford plans an adult prom, but she must deal with her high-school nemesis in the process. Elsewhere, Tommy woos everyone’s fantasy woman, and Stevie dates a florist with some lusty talents.

Catch the all new episode of The Wedding Band on TBS at 10pm! What else can you watch tonight (there isn’t much- but there are some good classic Holiday movies on)!

8PM

HALLMARK: A Bride for Christmas (holiday movie)
NICK: Victorious/Marvin Marvin (comedies)
NBC: It’s a Wonderful Life (classic holiday movie)
DISNEY: The Santa Clause 3 (holiday movie)
LIFE: Undercover Christmas (holiday movie)
TLC: Extreme Christmas Trees (holiday repeat)
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9PM

DISNEYXD: Kickin’ It (teen comedy)
BIO: Celebrity Ghost Stories (docu)
CMT: Redneck Island (reality)
ID: Motives & Murders (docu)
SYFY: Dragonwasps (tv movie)
ABC: College Football (sports)
FOX: College Football (sportS)

10PM

CBS: 48 Hours (news showcase)
ANIMAL: Pit Bulls and Parolees (docu)
BIO: The Haunting of… (docu)
CMT: Chainsaw Gang/Big Texas Heat (reality)
ID: Fatal Vows (docu)
MTV: House of Style (behind the scenes)
ABCFAM: Elf (holiday movie)

Im With Coco, Team Conan O Brien

I don’t know about you, but “I’m with Coco” and I can not wait until 11pm tonight to see his new late night show, Conan, begin on TBS. Recently, Team Coco put a live camera in their office for 24 hours and premiered a special web “Show Zero“. Will we see the Dancing Taco or the date interrupting bear tonight? How about classic characters the Masturbating Bear or Pimpbot5000? We shall have to wait and see.

Also on tonight?

8PM

  • ABC: Dancing with the Stars (Celebrity Competition)
  • CBS: How I Met Your Mother/Rules of Engagement (Comedies)
  • CW: 90210 (Teen Drama)
  • FOX: House (Medical Drama)
  • NBC: Decision Points (News Spotlight)

9PM

  • CBS: Two and a Half Men/Mike & Molly (Comedies)
  • CW: Gossip Girl (Teen Drama)
  • FOX: Lie to Me (Crime Drama)
  • NBC: The Event (Mystery Drama)
  • USA: WWE Monday Night Raw (Sports Entertainment)

10PM

  • ABC: Castle (Crime Drama)
  • CBS: Hawaii Five-0 (Crime Drama)
  • NBC: Chase (Crime Drama)
  • A&E: Hoarders (Docu)
Posted on November 8th, 2010 by ThePit | Leave a Comment (1)
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A week before his new late night talk show begins on TBS, Conan O’Brien has aired a special Show Zero online! Check out the 4 minute “fastest talk show ever” below…

Posted on November 3rd, 2010 by ThePit | Comments Off on Conan O’Brien’s “Show Zero”
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Team Coco Live

For 24 hours Team Coco were broadcasting live from their offices on the Warner Brothers Lot.  To fill the many hours, staff members and interns read Shakespeare, held puppet shows, played Punishment Bingo, did some stand up comedy, 80s style aerobics, lasso-ed interns, and there was even an awkward first date that was interrupted by a bear (who sadly didn’t masturbate).

One of my personal favorite things occurred just after 3am as the stand up routine got taken over by a zombie attack. Check it out…

You can watch a ton of videos from the 24 hours of live broadcasting here. Conan begins airing on November 8th at 11pm on TBS.

Posted on October 21st, 2010 by ThePit | Leave a Comment
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The Mid-Week Pit, Wolverine, Star Wars, Lost, Harry Potter, Action Movies

There is so much stuff going on that I didn’t want to wait for the weekend. Introducing The (Mid-Week) Pit!

  • Variety reports that Wolverine himself, Hugh Jackman, is set to star in Avon Man for Fox.  In the comedy from Hitch writer Kevin Bisch, Jackman portrays a car salesman that is laid off and reluctantly becomes an Avon salesman to provide for his family. Using his charm he becomes a top seller… ah, I’m not sure about this one Wolverine.
  • Renee Zellweger will return as Bridget Jones in a third film in the series, which is based on the 2005 newspaper column by Helen Fielding. In the new installment, Bridget is in her 40s and is desperatly trying to have a baby before it is too late.
  • TBS has greenlighted a new series based on the Ice Cube comedy Are We There Yet? The new series sees Terry Crewstake over the role originated by Cube, who will guest star in the series as an all new character.  Are We There Yet? joins Meet the Browns on TBS, another film turned TV series.
  • Staying on the subject of TV, FX Network has given the thumbs up for a pilot for The League, a semi-scripted comedy set around a fantasy football league.  There is a cool webseries with a similar premise (fantasy baseball) that has been going for a couple months, Fantasy Life.
  • More poisoning of the vampire genre, a Twilight graphic novel. Ugh.
  • Bobby Miller from The Best Short Films in the World has an all new webseries, The Reel Good Show. Miller hosts the online talk show. Their first guest, Obama Girl. Check out the pilot here.