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Charmed

Charmed ended in 2006 after eight successful seasons on the WB. The series focused on three sisters; originally Holly Marie Combs, Alyssa Milano, and Shannen Doherty as Piper, Phoebe, and Prue Halliwell, but Doherty left the show after season 3 and was replaced by Rose McGowan as Paige. It is over a decade since the show ended and the CW (which replaced the WB) is eyeing a reboot prequel series.

TV Line reports that the new series will take place in 1976 and focus on three witches fighting evil in a small New England town. While none of the original actors are attached to the new series (yet?) there are possibilities that they can connect the shows via time travel (which occurred on the original series), or by having the characters appear as kids (maybe a demon is hunting future witches). In the very least the new show has to include a cameo by Holly Marie Combs, who was the only star of the show to appear in every episode. The show is being brought back to life by Jennie Snyder Urman, an executive producer of the CW’s Jane the Virgin.

If you are bummed that none of the original characters are slated to return, back in 2010 there was a comic series that continued the story of the Halliwell sisters and took place after the TV series finale. Zenescope Entertainment created two “seasons” of the comic, which spanned 44 issues. The series ended last September, with no news if the comic will continue with a season 11.


We are super excited to announce a giveaway for our readers featuring the hit CW shows The Vampire Diaries and The Originals! One lucky entry will take home either The Vampire Diaries Season 6 or The Originals Season 2 on Blu-ray! First lets take a look at the prizes, then take the “Could You Be A Supernatural Being?” and post a comment for your chance to take one of these awesome TV sets home!

The Vampire Diaries The Complete Sixth Season
The Vampire Diaries continues its sixth season with more delicious drama to sink your teeth into. In season five, after a passionate summer with Damon, Elena headed to Whitmore College with Caroline, not knowing Bonnie sacrificed her life for Jeremy’s. Meanwhile, Stefan and Caroline’s friendship deepened as they stood up to the Travelers, a nomadic witch tribe driven to strip Mystic Falls of magic and cast out its supernatural residents. In the shocking season finale, Damon, fearing he would lose his loved ones on the crumbling Other Side, made a huge sacrifice to bring them all back — with catastrophic and heartbreaking results. Season six follows the characters’ journey back to each other as they explore the duality of good versus evil inside themselves. Matt Davis reprises his role as Alaric Saltzman, recently returned from The Other Side. Plus, the season will make you misty-eyed as the departure of a major character will turn lives upside down and leave us asking what happened to Mystic Falls.

The Originals The Complete Second Season
As Original vampire-werewolf hybrid Klaus Mikaelson returned to the vibrant, supernaturally charged city of New Orleans in season one, he was stunned to learn — along with his siblings Elijah and Rebekah — that Hayley, a werewolf, was pregnant with his child, and his vampire protégé, Marcel, whom the Original siblings had thought long dead, was ruling the French Quarter. Soon, a bloody war escalated between vampires and witches — the stakes raised by powerful teenage witch Davina and by Klaus’s bond with Cami, a student with a painful past — and a ruthless pack of wolves seized the opportunity to stage a violent coup. Now, in season two, a new status quo must be adjusted to, as the newly empowered werewolves control the city. Klaus struggles with weaknesses as Elijah desperately tries to save Hayley — now a hybrid — from a vicious spiral of self-destruction. Meanwhile, with the re-emergence of several Mikaelsons, “family is power” takes on new meaning.

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Hot off the news that FOX has picked up Gotham, a Batman prequel focusing on young Bruce Wayne and Jim Gordon before he became the police commissioner, comes the news that we’ll be seeing a lot of comic inspired shows next season! So many show sin fact that we’ll be splitting this article into multiple parts.

Captain America

Marvel’s Agent Carter (ABC)
Spinning directly out of Captain America: The First Avenger and the Agent Carter short film, Hayley Atwell returns to the role in a action series that takes place in the 1940s and recounts the origin of SHIELD.  As we reported on earlier (SEE: TV News: Agents of SHIELD, Agent Carter), Tara Butters and Michele Fazekas have been tapped as showrunners, with Steve McFeely, Christopher Marcus, and Jeph Loeb executive producing. ABC’s official description: The story is set in 1946 and peace has dealt Peggy Carter a serious blow as she finds herself marginalized when the men return home from fighting abroad. Working for the covert SSR (Strategic Scientific Reserve), Peggy must balance doing administrative work and going on secret missions for Howard Stark all while trying to navigate life as a single woman in America, in the wake of losing the love of her life – Steve Rogers.

It should be really interesting to see how they shape the series moving forward. There are other heroes and villains from the 40s that could be interesting to see (the original robotic Human Torch or Namor for example). I wonder if they’ll tie the series into Agents of SHIELD at all. Peggy Carter stops a bad guy and finds a powerful weapon, then in the future that weapon is stolen from SHIELD and Agent Coulson’s team must find it. (possible spoiler for Captain America: The Winter Soldier). It would also be pretty cool to see the seeds of HYDRA planted in SHIELD from the beginning. Also, it’d be great to see folks like Dum Dum Dugan (Neal McDonough), Jim Morita (Kenneth Choi), and the Howling Commandos again. Plus, could we see a young Nick Fury in action? Sure, Sam Jackson wasn’t born until 1948, but in the comics Nick Fury is nearly a century old and uses the Infinity Formula to slow his aging and stay strong. Would be cool to see this element of Fury added into the mix along with seeing him rise the ranks from Agent of SHIELD to Director of the spy agency.

The Flash CW Series Details

The Flash (The CW)
Lets change pace from Marvel Comics to DC Comics for a moment as DC is bringing one of their big guns to the small screen. Justice League member and speedster Barry Allen, the Flash, is spinning directly out of DC’s other successful CW series Arrow. Barry, as portrayed by Grant Gustin, was established in a couple episodes of Arrow as a young CSI who has a keen interest in meta crimes. The CW’s official description: The Flash focuses on scientist Barry Allen (Grant Gustin), who’s given powers that transform him into the Fastest Man Alive. 

On one hand I’m surprised they cast Barry so young, I always picture him as being at least in his thirties. But on the other hand it makes sense to cast him young and let Gustin grow into the role. This could also differentiate the series from a possible Flash film series, where they can make him a bit older. I’d love to see them cross villains over between The Flash and Arrow, and it could lead to a lot of other possible DC spinoffs (Green Lantern? Wonder Woman?). In addition to Gustin, the cast includes Jesse L. Martin, Danielle Panabaker, Rick Cosnett, Candice Patton, Tom Cavanagh, Carlos Valdes, and John Wesley Shipp, the Flash of the 90s television series.

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Constantine (NBC)
Three heroes. Three networks. Constantine is an anti-hero from DC Comic’s dark (and magical) corner of their universe. Forget the Keanu Reeves movie, because Matt Ryan is the striking image of a young John Constantine. Maybe they will also get the rest right. The show is executive produced by David Goyer (Writer of Nolan’s Batman flicks) and directed by Neil Marshall (who helmed such movies as The Descent and Doomsday). The Wiki description of the DC Comic character: Constantine is a working-class magician, occult detective, and con man stationed in London. He is known for his endless cynicism, deadpan snarking, ruthless cunning, and constant chain smoking, but is also a passionate humanist driven by a heartfelt desire to do some good in his life.

This show needs to be dark, gritty, and with a touch of noir. A mix between Angel and A Nightmare on Elm Street. Constantine is one of those heroes that is at his best when he is beat down and on the edge of his sanity. NBC, please do not sugar coat the series or try to make it appeal to kiddies. And I hope I’m not asking too much when I say that I need Zatanna to be part of the cast; fishnets, top hat, and all. (It might be cool to also see characters like the Swamp Thing. Just saying.)

In Part 2 we will be looking at some more Comics that are being turned into television series in the 2014 – 2015 season. Which of these three shows are you excited about?

In the last Pit column we talked about some movie news, including Ghostbusters 3, the next Muppets adventure, and FOX’s upcoming reboot of Marvel Comic’s Fantastic Four. Today lets look at some television news bits.

Lets start with a show that has been breaking Cable ratings records left and right, the AMC zombie horror series The Walking Dead. The show had it’s Mid-Season finale and left us with a reunion and a cliffhanger to keep us on our toes until it is back on the air come February 10th. The network will also be giving us something pretty cool to chew on starting on February 14th; an encore presentation of the first and second season of the show broadcast is beautiful black and white- just like the comic the show is based on. AMC previously did this with just the pilot, but it will be pretty awesome to see more episodes in a style that is close to the comic book. Speaking about the comic (spoilers), this past week issue #105 hit stands and sees Carl across enemy lines after confronting Neegan last issue. The official description for the issue is short and to the point, “Sing me a song.” Will Carl live through this?

Cult fan favorite Gillian Anderson will be returning to television after a ten year break. The X-Files star will be joining NBC’s upcoming prequel to the Hannibal series of books for an undetermined amount of episodes. She joins Mads Mikkelsen, who portrays the title character made famous by Anthony Hopkins, and Hugh Dancy who steps in as FBI agent Will Graham, who was expertly portrayed by William Petersen in  Michael Mann’s Manhunter and later by Edward Norton in Brett Ratner’s sub-par Red Dragon. Anderson’s character will get to look into just what makes Hannibal tick as she is described as “Dr. Lecter’s personal psychiatrist” by Bryan Fuller, the creator of the new series. Fuller is the man behind Dead Like Me, Wonderfalls, and Pushing Daisies. Most recently he tried to revive/reboot the Munsters with Mockingbird Lane.

After failing hard last year with H8R and more recently having mediocre results with the musical chairs inspired game show Oh Sit! (which was renewed for a second season), The CW is getting back into the reality game with two new shows; The Hunt and Perfect Score. The Hunt is the CW’s attempt at building their own version of Survivor meets The Hunger Games. They describe the show as an “intense wilderness competition” that sees twelve teams of two players facing off in games to test their survival skills and endurance.  The second new show, Perfect Score,is a dating game show that gives players the chance to win cash prizes if they are able to identify their “perfect match”. Neither show has a premiere date. On the narrative side, The CW also has a young Wonder Woman series tentatively titled Amazon in the works as a complement to Arrow. In the very least you need to give props to the Network for keeping their slate fresh and with a lot of variety.

The CW is returning to the superhero genre with a bang. Arrow is easily one of my most anticipated new shows and I cannot wait for its premiere. Merging the grit of Nolan’s Batman series with the long arc story telling of Smallville, Arrow could be the best new show the CW has produced in a long time.

From what I can tell of the promos, I’m expecting that we’re in for something special and Stephen Amell seems absolutely perfect as the Green Arrow, more so then Justin Hartley (though, I do believe he did a good job during his run on Smallville). For all the geeks out there, I know this is going to be must see TV. I can just feel it.

Official Episode Description, “Pilot”: Oliver is rescued and creates the persona of Arrow, an expert archer determined to fight evil in his beloved city in the opener of a series about billionaire playboy Oliver Queen, who becomes a vigilante after being shipwrecked for five years.

Arrow premieres on the CW at 8pm tonight.

8PM

ABC: The Middle/The Neighbors (comedies)
CBS: Survivor: Philippines (reality)
FOX: The X Factor (reality competition)
NBC: Animal Practice/Guys with Kids (comedies)
PBS: Nature (docu)
CARTOON: DreamWorks: Dragons (animation)
ION: WWE Main Event (wrestling)

9PM

CW: Supernatural (supernatural drama)
ABC: Modern Family (comedy)
CBS: Criminal Minds (crime drama)
NBC: Law & Order: SVU (crime drama)
PBS: Nova (docu)
DSC: Sons of Guns (docu)
FOOD: Restaurant: Impossible (reality)

10PM

E!: The Soup (clip comedy)
ABC: Nashville (drama)
CBS: CSI (crime drama)
NBC: Chicago Fire (drama)
A&E: Duck Dynasty (reality)
BRAVO: Life After Top Chef (reality)
TRAVEL: Hamburger Paradise 2 (docu)

Posted on October 10th, 2012 by Quantum | Leave a Comment (5)
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In the first Shows You Aren’t Watching But Should column we talked about Starz’s underrated gangster drama, Magic City. Today we’ll be discussing a very different series…

The LA Complex
A Canadian product. As a Canadian TV Junkie, I feel like I can say without a doubt that most Canadian TV shows suck. They just do. All of the great storytellers from Canada, along with lots of the top tier actors, have fled or are fleeing to America for opportunity to make more money and be apart of better productions. Out of the last 10 years, Canada has only produced a handful of television classics, in my opinion, and they are Kenny vs Spenny, Call Me Fitz, and this show, The LA Complex.

Unfortunately for The LA Complex, the logline for this show makes it sound a lot worse then it actually it is. The show itself, at its most bare bones description, is about a group of Canadians (ironic, huh) who are making their way up the ladder in Hollywood and who all happen to live in the same complex. It sounds like Melrose Place 3.0 (yes, I’m making reference to the awful remake of the series) and though I only watched the pilot for the Melrose redo and never watched a single episode of the original show, this show, from what I have been told is above and beyond the best of the batch. And what’s even worse for the show is that its premiere on CW (a network that should really be deemed a cable network because of its miserable ratings) ranked the lowest broadcast premiere in the history of modern US television. That is something this show did not deserve to have as its record. Though, my feeling is that the bad ratings had more to do with poor promotion and the fact that the first 6 episodes were already online thanks to having premiered ahead of its CW (aka American) premiere.

What The LA Complex does so well is that it knows how to soap things up without going too far overboard. It also delves into some of the nitty and gritty parts of the Hollywood experience. The show does take a few dramatic turns and always leaves an episode on a cliffhanger, but what I can definitively say is that this show knows what it wants to be and that is — your new guilty pleasure. I know a dozen male friends who secretly are hooked onto the show, much like myself, and what this show does better then anything other is that it does not overplay the Canadian aspects of the series. It single handedly tries to mask the Canadianness of the characters and this might be in line with the show’s primary location.

Now for what makes this show appealing. I have to say, though the show’s biggest star arguably is Jewel Staite of Firefly flame, she actually is not the biggest draw in the show. Though she plays the role of Raquel, a washed up actress trying to keep her fifteen minutes of fame alive and beautiful, the draw comes from the show’s breakout star Andra Fuller who plays Kaldrick King. What I have to give The LA Complex  credit for is the fact that they’re taking on what is one of the most taboo subjects in the Entertainment industry and pulling it off with such vigor in the fact that (SPOILERS) Kaldrick King, a major (he’s suppose to be P. Diddy big) rapper, struggling with his homosexuality. A major taboo in not only rap music (Frank Ocean came out after the show started airing the storyline) but also in the African-American community. It’s a storyline that’s only able to succeed in Fuller’s stellar work as he comes off as being tough and violent (he beats the shit out of his love Tariq when they’re caught kissing in the studio) to shift suspicion away from his homosexuality activity. (END SPOILERS). The other big draw is the work of Jonathan Patrick Moore who plays Connor Lake, the breakout star of a new medical TV series who has had virtually zero exposure to fame before the role. He plays someone who should have it all, and appears to have it all on the outside but is empty and boy like on the inside. Connor truly is a boy in a man’s body and a lonely one at that. His draw is in the fact that he comes off as so innocent when other actors would play him off as being more of a womanizer and could have been less sympathetic when the self harm stuff started appearing.

The other storylines are just as good and appearances by the likes of Mary Lynn Rajskub, Paul Tompkins, and Alan Thicke make this show even more enjoyable. Definitely better then the mediocre soap crap CW puts out (not looking at you Supernatural/Smallville). This is one of the best guilty pleasure series out there. Its treatment of Hollywood might not be as glamorous as Entourage, but this show is way more addictive, way more fast pace, and a lot less douchey. My suggestion is that you get this show when it hits Netflix or DVD and start watching. It definitely deserves more viewers then the 300k it averages now because this show is addictive. Damn addictive. Now it’s not award winning television, but if you like to be taken on an unsophisticated ride, try this. It’s definitely the best primetime soap out there right now that both sexes can handle watching in all of its juicy glory. I say this to the guys out there, if your girl wants to watch something with you and she asks you what to watch, suggest this, because she’ll like it — you’ll like it — and who knows, both of you may walk away satisfied in more ways then one. I’m just saying.

If there was any doubt at all, this confirms it; television is completely out of ideas. Tonight, The CW brings us the series premiere of Oh Sit!, a reality competition/gameshow based on the children’s game musical chairs. Yes. Extreme musical chairs the gameshow. The series is hosted by Jamie Kennedy, Jessi Cruikshank, and Tanika Ray… Jamie Kennedy, are times really this hard? You showed so much promise in the Scream series and now you are hosting musical chairs? Come on dude. *shakes head*

Oh Sit! season 1, episode 1
Official Description: The series premiere of a competition based on musical chairs in which contestants race through obstacle courses to avoid being eliminated. The goal: to claim a chair that allows them to continue playing and possibly win a cash prize.

The show premieres on The CW at 8PM against the likes of other reality competitions Big Brother and So You Think you Can Dance? Lets take a look at a few other shows on tonight:

8PM

CBS: Big Brother (reality competition)
FOX: So You Think You Can Dance (reality competition)
ABCFAM: Melissa & Joey/Baby Daddy (comedies)
CARTOON: Lego Ninjago: The Series (animation)
HGTV: (8:30PM) Kitchen Cousins (docu)
STARZ: Boss (drama)
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9PM

A&E: Storage Wars Texas (reality)
BRAVO: Million Dollar Listing Los Angeles (reality)
DSC: Shark Fight (docu)
HGTV: Property Brothers (docu)
SYFY: Haunted Collector (docu)
TLC: Toddlers & Tiaras (disgusting reality)
USA: Royal Pains (medical drama)

10PM

ABC: 20/20 (news showcase)
A&E: American Hoggers (reality)
BRAVO: Top Chef Masters (reality competition)
COMEDY: Futurama (animation)
E: The Soup (news comedy)
FOOD: Restaurant: Impossible (docu)
USA: Necessary Roughness (drama)

Posted on August 15th, 2012 by ThePit | Leave a Comment
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