Tuesday, February 19, 2013

The CW's 'Cult'... will it last? (A CW Observation/Editorial)


The CW's new series Cult, may have bad timing.  A piece over on Media Life Magazine took a quick peek at Cult and they made a few points about the show:

It's about a group of folks mimicking murders from a TV show they watch.  It's dark and has dark promise.  But...

There's already one "cult" show out there and its kicking butt, called The Following!  Its lead-in program is Hart of Dixie, which is not the correct demographic for the show.  It's up against NCIS: LA and White Collar in the same day/time slot.  (Should that matter in this day and age of the VoD?  Apparently enough so for it to be a concern.)

The concern being that this kind of series won't attract the younger viewers like many of its other shows do and this has advertisers worried.

The article also suggests it should have a better, possibly darker lead in show, like Nikita on Friday nights.  Which seems to make sense.

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But does the CW know what its doing or are they lobbing a pipe bomb in the pond in hopes of getting some fish?  The series premieres tonight (Feb 19th) and stars Matt Davis, Jessica Lucas and a favorite actor of mine, Robert Knepper.

You might remember Matt Davis as Alaric from The Vampire Diaries, and Damages.  Jessica Lucas from Melrose Place and Friends with Benefits. She can also be seen in the upcoming remake of Evil Dead. Knepper has been in SGU Stargate Universe, Heroes and I first took note of him in Fox's Prison Break.

As far as a grab at something, I think the CW may know what they're doing.  Or are at least expecting a particular outcome.  For one, the marketing is taking advantage of who created Cult, that being Rockne S. O'Bannon, who heralded such popular genre series such as Farscape and V.

But doom is being suggested or predicted by other media outlets.  Time and time again, I've seen TV ratings reports that spin the numbers that the network gets as "dismal" numbers from The CW.  And it seems like it's all doom and gloom for the network.  But then again, that's a different type of spin/marketing by the reporting sources, as they hope to generate interest/shock so you go check out their report.

But I continually keep something in mind about this network:

A few years back I caught a piece where the execs from the network indicated they knew they had low-rated fare and were more-or-less fine with it.  Their expectations weren't that dismal and knew that they would need to build an audience over time.

Case in point could be how many years has Supernatural been on the "renewal bubble," only to get renewed.  (This year they had an early renewal notice!)  And that's a decent show with a pretty hard core set of fans.  And it seems that the network is loyal to their fans, as long as they can stay afloat with the advertisers, costs and what not for a show.

Case in point, again, is Supernatural.  It came on the scene like gang busters but had some financial troubles after the first few seasons.  Then they scaled back on the grandiose technique of how they filmed going to a single camera method.  They scaled back the writing.  They also scaled back the licensed classic rock tunes to save cash, and other little things.  But the CW kept it on the air and now that gamble, and dedication to the fan base, has paid off as the show heads into its ninth season next year.

And they've continued to build up new franchise brands with a certain amount of patience that other networks either don't have or can't afford as they all compete with CBS.

This season, The CW has The Carrie Diaries, The Vampire Diaries (so not related to the Carrie thing), Hart of Dixie, Arrow, Beauty and the Beast, Supernatural, 90210 (which somehow manages to hang around), Nikita and a few others.  And some of these shows are starting to bring in TV rating records for the network, as they break their own records set by previous other series.

So as shows grow and advertisers are taking note, they can start attracting other creative talent to generate bigger and better shows.  (You need the advertisers to have the money or they can't make what they make.  For some, this is considered the necessary evil.)

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Now whether Cult lasts or not is an interesting inquiry.  I'm not sure it will.  It's time slot is a nasty one.  It has a poor lead in show (for the right demographic), it's not alone in the Cult focus thing and so forth and what not.

But it done right, it could hit it off.  It just needs time for that slow burn affect to kick in, like some of The CW's other shows.

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Did you know that The CW is the younger sibling to CBS?  It's a jointly owned network between CBS, the now defunct UPN and Time Warner.  CW comes from CBS and Warner Bros..)  Warner Bros. is the parent company of Time Warner.  The network landed with a splash in its opening with America's Next Top Model, and it went from there.

Monday, February 18, 2013

News: Kyle Chandler, 'Hannibal,' 'The Killing,' 'Star Wars,' Jason Momoa...

In a sad piece of news, Mindy McCready passed away, apparently of her own hand, leaving her two children behind.  What a shame.  Ad to top if all off, she allegedly killed her own dog first.  That pisses me off.  Sorry, but sometimes animals become victims of humans and they don't deserve it.

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TV Bits:

If you're a Kyle Chandler Fan, he's landed a role on the Showtime cable channel production of The Vatican.  Chandler will portray Cardinal Thomas Duffy.

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If you've been tracking the new upcoming NBC series titled Hannibal, the news on the street is that it will be premiering on NBC on Thursday, April 4th at 10pm.  But there's worry out there that most shows that premiere in that time slot for NBC seem to have issues, as in ratings issues.  We'll see how that goes.

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The new season of The Killing on AMC has landed Peter Sarsgaard and Amy Seimetz.  Despite the crap with the first two seasons of this show, AMC has a chance to fix their image with this third season. And to be honest the first season was pretty good, so they are capable.

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Movie Bits:

Everyone has articles titled with question, 'Will Han Solo Return to Star Wars, Episode VII?'  We know there's a Han Solo movie coming...  and it wouldn't be a huge stretch to include the character in VII.

Right now this "news" is a scoop/rumor.  Much like the next obvious conjecture is, will Harrison Ford be making any kind of cameo?  Again, a great question.

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Remake Alert!

Looks like MGM is casting their eye on remaking the 1950s hit movie, The Incredible Shrinking Man.  Universal reportedly was looking at a comedic remake/spin but MGM nabbed the rights from them and save us, as it's being reported that they are now looking to make a serious take on the movie.  Good.

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Have you heard that Jason Momoa landed the part of Drax the Destroyer in the upcoming Guardians of the Galaxy movie from Marvel?  Awesome news for Momoa fans.  And he just had a movie out in theaters, starring with Sylvester Stallone, Bullet to the Head.

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Also, Hugh Laurie fans might be interested in knowing that he's rumored for a part in the Disney movie, Tomorrowland.  A supposed UFO conspiracy movie.

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It sounds like GoT's Peter Dinklage is going to be in X-Men:Days of Future Past.  I haven't caught the details of what character yet, but in time, we'll hear about it.

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Tuesday, February 12, 2013

TV Shows on DVD This Week (Weeds, Gossip Girl)

If you're a fan of TV OR not a fan of cable bills and buy your TV series when they come to DVD, well, you might like to know that a few shows came out this week.

Season eight of Weeds, starring Mary-Louise Parker is out, and this release is its last season.

Another final season release, Gossip Girl, season six, with Blake Lively and Leighton Meester.  There's also a package called Gossip Girl: The Complete Series.

Season four of Nurse Jackie, starring Edie Falco hit the stands.

Umm, it took long enough I guess, but the third season of The Hardy Boys is out this week.  I'm not sure I need that kind of flashback.  Do you?

OK, it's related to a TV show, but Babar The Movie.

Big Bad Beetlebords: Season One, Volume Two (I hate when they break out a show into "volumes" or "parts."  I just went on about that in a piece about the return of The Walking Dead from its season break over on Brusimm.

Bonanza: The Complete Fifth Season; Starring Lorne Greene, Michael Landon, Dan Blocker, & Pernall Roberts. Oh, those were the days.

Doctor Who: The Reign of Terror

Dora's Butterfly Ball (Dora the Explorer)

Family Matters: Complete Third Season w/ Reginald VelJohnson and Jaleel White.

Fushigi Yugi: Season Two

It's kid related, Martha's Magnificent Egg

Matlock: The Eighth Season, w/ Andy Grifith

Storage Wars: Volume 4 (Seriously, I have enough issues with crap of my own.)

Here's some scary reality TV:

Toddlers & Tiaras Crowning Moments

Toddlers & Tiaras: Season 2

Top Gear: 50 Years of Bond Cars

WCW: The Best of Monday Nitro, Volume 2

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Movies Opening Thursday, Valentine's Day [Die Hard, Save Haven]

This week all the new movies coming to theaters are opening on Thursday, February 14th, or Valentine's Day.

Oh what a perfect combination of a holiday celebrating love and a great love story in A Good Day to Die Hard.  Eh?  What?

OK, maybe Bruce Willis and Jai Courtney playing father & son and blowing things up in Russia might not be the best example of a Valentine's Day movie.

Other cast includes Sebastian Koch, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, & Cole Hauser.



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Fine, then maybe Safe Haven could be a good relationship movie?

This Drama/Mystery/Romance/Thriller movie stars the beautiful Julianne Hough and Josh Duhamel... in a story where "A young woman with a mysterious past lands in Southport, North Carolina where her bond with a widower forces her to confront the dark secret that haunts her."

Hmm.  Well, it will be good to see those two in what could promise to be a decent movie.  (Who here remembers her from her Dancing With the Stars days, where she would wear the skimpiest of skimpy dance attire?)



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There's always Beautiful Creatures, with Alden Ehrenreich, and Alice Englert.  Here, "Ethan (Ehrenreich) longs to escape his small Southern town. He meets a mysterious new girl, Lena (Englert). Together, they uncover dark secrets about their respective families, their history and their town."

Well, the movie is categorized as a "Drama  / Fantasy  / Romance" flick.



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Escape from Planet Earth

This animated feature opens in theaters on Friday and is at least a family friendly movie.  The voice cast includes Brendan Fraser as Scorch and other voice talent includes Rob Corddry, Jessica Alba, Sofía Vergara, & Sarah Jessica Parker.



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Movies that might fill the bill of Valentine's Day, that are out.  To be honest, that's a tough call, so I'll just spit out what's still in theaters...

  • Identity Thief
  • Side Effects
  • Bullet to the Head
  • Stand Up Guys
  • Warm Bodies
  • Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters
  • Parker
  • Mama
  • Gangster Squad
  • Quartet
  • Zero Dark Thirty
  • Django Unchained
  • Les Miserables (2012)
  • The Impossible
  • The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
  • Life of Pi
  • Silver Linings Playbook
  • Lincoln
  • Argo

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I'm not really one to complain, but I can't help but notice the plethora of vengeance in the collective of movies we have out or coming out.

But there's still something that might qualify.  Sort of.  I recall some folks complaining on this site's parent site, Brusimm, about when Christmas rolled around, there weren't very many holiday spirit movies to take the family to.  It's starting to look a little of the same here, this week!

Monday, February 11, 2013

The CW Renews 'Arrow' And Other Favorites; A 'Breaking Bad' Actor Lands New Role + More


'Arrow,' 'Supernatural,' and 'Vampire Diaries' Renewed for Next Year!

Awesome news for fans of the shows if you ask me. The CW announced today that they are renewing these shows for next year, and it would seem they were a shoe in!

Arrow brought the CW their best premiering series since 2009.

The Vampire Diaries is the network's best rated series in specific target demographics.

Supernatural is hitting it out of the park and the ratings are 15% better than last year.

That means that Arrow will be returning for a second season, while Vampire Diaries will have a fifth season.  Supernatural is steamrolling in on its ninth season next year.

But on top of the great TV ratings these shows are pulling in for CBS's The CW, they're also highlighting good numbers "digitally."  That would include the social media world, DVR, streaming... etc..

There's no word yet on Nikita or Hart of Dixie, Beauty and the Beast, The Carrie Diaries and other such series.

Plus the network has Cult coming up!

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Arrow stars Stephen Amell as Oliver Queen/Green Arrow, and also has Katie Cassidy, Willa Holland, and John Barrowman (as a bad guy!) in the cast.  The Green Arrow character is based on the DC comic.

The Vampire Diaries stars Nina Dobrev, Paul Wesley, Ian Somerhalder and Steven R. McQueen.  It's a vampire love-triangle with lots of other complications of sub-plots.

Supernatural stars Jensen Ackles and Jared Padalecki as brothers who hunt down supernatural troubles, referred to as "Hunters."

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NCIS: LA Spin-Off News

I caught a piece on Huff Post Entertainment that says the word on the street is that Kim Raver (Grey's Anatomy, Revolution, 24) has joined the NCIS: LA spin-off series, which some are referring to as NCIS: Red.

Kim Raver is now joining Scott Grimes (American Dad, ER), John Corbett (Parenthood, Sex and the City 2), Edwin Hodge (Cougar Town, Red Dawn) and veteran actor Miguel Ferrer (NCIS: LA, The Courier).

It's good to see Raver getting a new gig.  She's always brought something unique to all the roles I've seen her in.  Her characters are easy to like, yet they always seem to have some flaw that's very easy to dislike.

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The Originals News

The CW has hired actress Danielle Campbell (Prison Break, Madea's Witness Protection) for the potential new spin-off from The Vampire Diaries, called The Originals.

The Originals will focus on Klaus, and takes place around the New Orleans region.

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Jonathan Banks, who played the hired thug, Mike, in Breaking Bad last year has a new gig coming up on NBC.

That new gig is a pilot episode for a potential new show titled Bloodline.  In Bloodline, Banks will be playing the head of a dysfunctional family, if you can call a bloodline with a history of mercenaries dysfunctional.  I know I can!

There's another family also involved in the story, whose bloodlines involve murderers.

It's like the McCoys and Hatfields... but... meaner!

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Saturday, February 9, 2013

This Week's TV News, Do No Harm, Being Human, and Survivor

The premiere of Do No Harm set some dismal records...  as the worst premiere in television history.  And as usual, 2nd episodes of new TV shows historically have even fewer viewers.  And apparently so did Do No Harm, and thus, not wishing to harm their viewers NBC canceled the series.

It's a shame too, because ensuing dialog between split personalities can be pretty entertaining.  But I guess the premise of someone having a good and dark side, in this fashion, didn't appeal to folks.

To be honest, if the character was a good guy for 12 hours of the day, and sort of evil for the other 12, I was personally wondering when he'd sleep.

But that's just my quirky approach to things.  I seriously don't think we'll even see... wait... NBC owns Syfy...  hmm, if they have so many episodes already in the can, maybe they could air what they have left over on Syfy.  Could it hurt Syfy?  Maybe. (It should be a midnight airing, if they dare go this idea/route!)

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TV Guide reported that BBC Three has canceled their version of Being Human, with the series coming to a close at the end of this, their fifth season.

I'm a bit baffled, but the byte about the show being canceled is that BBC Three is "committed to breaking new shows and new talent" into the world.  But Being Human became so popular, that they achieved this status/goal in a rather hearty fashion, and hence, must make room for more new talent.

But knowing the show is coming to a close, show creator Toby Whithouse can pen a proper ending.

That's always good.  (Anyone remember when NBC's Vegas was canceled and they cut the show right in the middle of a solid cliffhanger?)

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Can you believe that the February 13th premiere of Survivor (Survivor: Caramoan – Fans vs. Favorites) will be its 26th "edition" of the reality TV series?

Wow, so they've found 26 different locales to toss their wayward contestants into to starve and torment with games and challenges.

Well, this time around, for what I presume might be a warning bell in the background, TV Media Insights is reporting that CBS is cutting the season premiere of Survivor down from the originally programmed 2-hours to a mere 90 minutes and filling the other 30 minutes with a repeat of The Big Bang Theory.

Wait? What?

To me, this seems like something that might be worth worrying about if you're a Survivor fan.  If a show is doing well enough, no network tampers with it.  But when something looks afoul in the ratings, tampering begins.

And to make way for a repeat of a different, and as popular series, could be a signal flare.

So enjoy...  just in case.  It's been a great run for the show, if this is indeed, a warning sign.

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

TV News for John Corbett, George R.R. Martin!

Here's a few pieces of news for fans of John Corbett and George R. R. Martin...

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First up is that TV Guide is reporting John Corbett has landed the lead role in the spin-off coming out of NCIS: LA.  And you can catch the episode that will showcase the new show, titled "Red."

His character's name will be Roy Quaid and is a former NCIS agent who is now an analyst.

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I just caught over on io9 that HBO has hired George R. R. Martin for a 2-year contract which has a multi-purpose end to it.  First, to continue in his stint as co-producer for their Game of Thrones series, and secondly, they like him so much, that they're hiring him to let him develop some new shows for the pay network.

Sounds good to be George, that's for sure.  This sounds much like the creative deal that Marvel wrangled Joss Whedon into for overseeing all of the Marvel movies.  Cool!


Is 'CSI: NY' Going Away?

CSI: NY will be having an early end to it's 9th TV season this month.  They'll also be enjoying a cross-over event with CSI.  But with ratings being consistently low, and production costs too high compared to the ratings, those first two bullets I just mentioned just slid from statements to warning signs. 

Early season closures are never good and cross-overs are usually to help a show generate attention with the show they've just mingled with.  The hopes are to get viewers from the bigger show to take a gander at this other show.

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Word on the street is that there's a very good possibility that this 9th season finale of CSI: NY will end up being a series finale.

And while CSI: NY will be joining CSI: Miami in the scrap heap, the original show keeps going like gang-busters in their time-slot in the all important TV viewing demographic of the 'adults 18-49' Nielsen categories.  (Those are the folks who spend more money than any other graphic, and why you see it quoted so often in TV ratings news.)

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I remember when Miami was pulled... the situation was the same.  Ratings were iffy and costs too high.  The production company gave star David Caruso a chance to take a cut in pay, and that would have kept the show going.  But he chose the route of sticking to his guns and the show bowed out.  (I'm not sure why or if this opportunity wasn't presented to anyone else in the cast or crew, or if Caruso just made THAT MUCH money per episode.)

So cherish these final season 9 moments of CSI: NY gang.  They might the shows' last.

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

ABC Starts a Weekly Twitter Contest with "The Taste"

via press release

THE COMPETITION STARTS TONIGHT! 16 contestants chosen after two nail-biting audition episodes will compete against one another in tonight's episode of ABC's new cooking competition series, "The Taste" (Tuesday's at 8pm ET/PT). To add some extra flavor to this viewing experience, ABC Television Network and Kinetic Content have launched a weekly Twitter competition which kicks off today for viewers from coast to coast!
It goes like this: five winners from both the East Coast and West Coast will be chosen each week for a chance to win a prize! For this week's Twitter battle, "The Taste" Twitter handle (@TheTasteABC) will tweet a question re: tonight's episode to the East Coast and West Coast viewers (each a different question of course). Fans should follow @TheTasteABC tonight for the specific questions and submit their answers – the first five viewers on each coast to tweet the correct answer wins. The ten lucky winners altogether will receive an autographed book by each mentor and a shout out from the mentors as well.

Fans should follow @TheTasteABC tonight for the questions!


One blind spoonful could change everything … on ABC's all new alternative series, "The Taste" airing with a special two-hour premiere episode on TUESDAYS AT 8 p.m. ET, on The ABC Television Network. An exhilarating new one-hour cooking competition, "The Taste" puts 16 culinary competitors -- pro chefs to home cooks -- to the fire when four of the world's most notable masters of the food world judge their creations based on a blind taste test. In this pressure-packed contest, the taste in a single spoonful can catapult a contender to the top or send him packing. "The Taste" features no-holds barred chef Anthony Bourdain, British food star Nigella Lawson, expert chef/author Ludo Lefebvre and chef/restaurateur Brian Malarkey. Each of the four culinary superstars and "Taste" mentors – Bourdain, Lawson, Lefebvre and Malarkey – will coach a team of four competing pro and amateur cooks chosen from a nationwide casting call, as they vie to create the best tasting dish in a state of the art kitchen. In each episode, the groups will face team and individual challenges with a variety of culinary themes through several elimination rounds.  At the end of each episode, the mentors will have to judge the competitors' dishes blind with no knowledge of whose creation they're sampling, what they're eating, how it was prepared or who they could be sending home. "The Taste" is from Kinetic Content, and is executive produced by Chris Coelen, Matilda Zoltowski, Emma Conway, Anthony Bourdain and Nigella Lawson.  Brian Smith is the director.



'Dexter,' 'Ironside,' NCIS spin-off, 'Dracula' TV news bits

There's a little bit of TV news floating around today and the last few days.  For one, Aimee Garcia has been upgraded to a series regular in Dexter.  And yes, no matter how many people tell me I have to watch it, my time has been spoken for.  Some day, I WILL get to it, starting from season 1 and on through.  But for now, I have to take everyone's word on it.  (This is going to be another Breaking Bad thing for me, I'm guessing.  I ignored Breaking Bad for the first few seasons, then just happen to catch it on Netflix and bam, I suddenly realized I had been missing the best television story/series ever written.)

NBC is looking at a remake of the old TV series, Ironside, and Blair Underwood is set to star in it.  This is an old show that used to star Raymond Burr.

While Edwin Hodge is reported to be cast for the new NCIS: LA spinoff coming soon.

Disney has renewed Dog with a Blog for a second season.  Probably does better then most blogs!

Victoria Smurfit has been cast in the upcoming NBC series, Dracula.  Jonathan Rhys Meyers plays the thirsty fanged guy.  And if you're interested, I slapped up a book review on the original book from the late 1800's.  Wow, it was actually a great read!

And The Vampire Diaries series spinoff casts Daniella Pineda in a regular role on The Originals,

"The Originals stars Joseph Morgan, Daniel Gillies and Phoebe Tonkin reprising their roles from The Vampire Diaries. Written by TVD co-creator/executive producer Julie Plec, The Originals centers on the Original family of vampires, as Klaus (Morgan) returns to the supernatural melting pot that is the French Quarter of New Orleans — a town he helped build centuries ago — and is reunited with his diabolical former protégé Marcel. Elijah (Gillies), intent on helping his self-destructive brother find redemption, must side with Marcel's enemies in order to keep Klaus in line."

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'Black Beetle' and 'Star Wars' Are Fast Sellers for Dark Horse

I don't know if you've been keeping track or looking to snag copies of various Dark Horse titles, but there are a few titles that hit the stands and sell out in no time flat!


Back in early January, Black Beetle #0 sold out like it was not even there!  ""The Black Beetle: Night Shift" has sold out of its entire printing!  The Black Beetle looks to be a throwback to the serials and film noir of the late '30s and early '40s."

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Then Dark Horse went on and printed a Star Wars comic,


"This is Star Wars as you remember it . . . and as you have never seen it before! Dark Horse is taking you back to those heady, adventure-filled days following the destruction of the Death Star—when the Empire ruled, the Rebels were on the run, and the galaxy was a dangerous place where anything might happen!"

but...

"The critically acclaimed and highly anticipated Star Wars #1, written by Brian Wood, has officially sold out of its first printing and will be going for a second run next month! "

Good news though, if you're paying attention here, the reprint hits stands February 6th.

But move fast... Star Wars #1 sold out within 24 hours of hitting the stands.

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Then Hellboy #2 went like gangbusters, and Star Wars #1 is getting a third reprinting.  GO figure!

Oh, and the latest news is that after Black Beetle #0 sell out, the next edition, Black Beetle #1 also sold out.

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So if you're a Dark Horse fan, if I've learned anything here, it's that you have to be fast on your feet to get those copies in your possession!

Bruno Mars' Sisters the Subject of a New Docu-series in Development at WE TV

via press release


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

WE tv DEVELOPING DOCU-SERIES WITH BRUNO MARS' SISTERS: THE LYLAS

New York, NY – February 5, 2013 – WE tv announced today that the women's network – dedicated to presenting real stories about real women with diverse voices – is currently developing a docu-series with singer-songwriter Bruno Mars' sisters – Jaime Kailani, Tiara, Tahiti and Presley– who make up the pop band, "The Lylas."

The unscripted series is being developed for WE tv by Asylum Entertainment (The Kennedys, Addicted) and will chart the sisters' path from Hawaii to LA – where they are living and working together on their debut album – and their dynamic relationship as sisters turned business partners.

"'The Lylas' are fierce, independent women, leaving their home – and in some cases their relationships and kids – for a chance at pursuing their love of music," said Lauren Gellert, WE tv's SVP of production & development. "Their story is one filled with all of the drama and chaos that comes from making a major life change, with the added spice of doing it alongside your sisters."

"The Lylas" just released their first single – "Come Back" – and corresponding music video. The single is available on iTunes; the video is available on YouTube.

About WE tv
WE tv (www.wetv.com) is the women's network that features original stories for and about modern women who are taking charge of their life, their family and their household.  Hit shows like Braxton Family Values, Joan & Melissa: Joan Knows Best?, Mary Mary and Bridezillas showcase strong, bold characters that are as entertaining as they are relatable and that viewers just can't get enough of.  Audiences connect to WE tv online, on demand and via WE tv Sync, a live, dual screen viewing experience tailored to each new original episode. WE tv is owned and operated by AMC Networks Inc. and is available in over 81 million homes on every major cable, satellite and TelCo provider.

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Monday, February 4, 2013

'Top Gun' Coming to IMAX 3D for a limited time.

Hey, if there are any serious Top Gun fans out there, you might be interested to know about the 3D IMAX screenings of the 1986 Tom Cruise hit coming out on February 8th, 2013.

Of course, as I dwell on it, if you're a huge Top Gun fan, you might already know about this!

Check it out:


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Sunday, February 3, 2013

Who Was That In The Calvin Klein 2013 Super Bowl Commercial?

Calvin Klein TV ad for 2013 Super Bowl

Fans and followers know that when I'm asked to look into something for them, I'm like a dog on a bone!  And so it was, that I got a few items land in my inbox about who that guy was that was in the Calvin Klein TV commercial at the beginning of the 2013 Super Bowl. (Which I've added below.)

So be it.  I had a mission.

It turns out that the model in the skimpy skivvies is Matthew Terry and he's a Ford (Not the car) model.  He hails from Pennsylvania.

He works out four or five days a week to hone that vessel he tosses around for the camera, and focuses also on his diet to help keep things trim.

He used to be a personal trainer and has a weakness for chocolate and Double Stuf Oreos.  [menshealth.com]

He landed his Calvin Klein gig back in early 2012.

Do I need to say more?



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Super Bowl Clydesdale Ad Is Not for The Weak of Heart

If you were watching the Super Bowl, near the end of the 3rd quarter, or beginning of the 4th quarter, Budweiser lobbed their usual Clydesdale TV ad.

I put this ad up a few days back and I thought by now, that I would be toughened up to the emotions this ad stirs up.  A man raises his baby horse and we're shown a few personal moments between him and the horse.

Obviously, he sells his horse to Budweiser because his buddy makes the Clydesdale team.  But it's a sad parting.

Later, the man see's that the Budweiser horses will be in town and goes to see his buddy.  I'll leave the rest for you to see.  If you have any size of a heart, this pulls on those strings... and with my household, having recently lost our 13-year old lab, well, we're easy victims to the heart string story lines...



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'Iron Man 3' Super Bowl Trailer And An Editorial

'Iron Man 3' Super Bowl promo poster and trailer

For a few weeks, many Iron Man 3 fans were waiting with a certain amount of anxiety, for the Super Bowl trailer.  It has new footage and after the first incredible trailer, well, fans  are needing more.

And badly.

And we waited through the first half of the Super Bowl, but nada!  Then the Halftime show.  Nada, but soon after the beginning the of the second half, the moment I saw Air Force One in the ad, I knew this was it.  I knew that Air Force One is in the movie, so I silenced the house, cranked the surround, and prepared to enjoy.

And after all that waiting, I got a 15-second teaser.  FIFTEEN seconds.  (Was it longer?  It didn't feel like it.)

At first I was a bit miffed, after all that waiting, but then my analytical mind started to review the process.  And suddenly I had a business management-like light bulb go off in my head!

First:  Statistically speaking, movies that advertise during the Super Bowl, see twice the box office performance on opening day.

Second:  At around a record setting $4 million per 30-seconds, Marvel just saved themselves an extra $2 million.

Third:  They just pointed millions of TV viewers to their Facebook page, possibly generating a huge windfall in their page's traffic.  Or at least, netting a bunch of new fans for the page.  (Right now, 12.9M folks like the page. [12,877,954])

Fourth:  I think they spent that other $2M on the screen banner that says "this game is brought to you by Iron Man 3."

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From a business perspective, I think the Disney run Marvel made an excellent set of decisions as far as this powder-keg of an advertising pot of gold, called the Super Bowl.

I mean, I'm watching their fan count on the page and in just the time it took to write these last three paragraphs, they gained 2,000 likes.

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But as a fan, I felt let down a bit.  I wanted another 30 or 60 seconds of a new trailer.  But be it as it may, did you notice that the (new?) armor looked a bit scuffed up already?

Check out the new Iron Man 3 teaser trailer, the movie is coming to theaters May 3rd, 2013!

UPdated: One Minute, Thirty Second Trailer:



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Oh, and PS: To the other sites turning the promo poster upside down, dudes, seriously?  He's falling, not flying people!

Oh, double PS:  The Iron Man Fan Page is now at 12,881,875 likes.  "Winner! With almost 4000 new likes."
Next day update: Likes are up to 12,910,905 (+32,951 likes.  The Super Bowl works).
https://www.facebook.com/ironman/

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TV News Bites: 'Girls,' J.J. Abrams New Shows, 'Spartacus' Ratings and Spin-Off?

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Spartacus Season Three, Slow Start
It looks like the TV ratings for Spartacus War of the Damned (season 3) started out to a mere 930,000 viewers on Friday night and finally hit 2.5 million viewers by the end of the premiere weekend.  STARZ calls it solid and says that's within the realm of cable subsribers.

What's curious is that despite the numbers, STARZ might still be looking carefully at the numbers because they're considering a spin-off on the Julius Caesar character, played by Todd Lasance.

And with those sparky character traits that Caesar was exhibiting in the latest episode, it could be a fun series, if STARZ follows up on it.
[STARZ]

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J.J. Abrams Two New TV Shows?

EW is reporting that Fox Network is picking up a J.J. Abrams sci-fi series centered around robot police officers.

It's a story about human cops that are partnered up with robot cops.

He also sold another series titled Believe.  It's about a girl with a gift who develops a relationship with a man sprung from prison.  He's responsible to protect her from evil forces hunting for her.

My god, Abrams is a busy guy!!!  Then again, I'm guessing any network will be more willing than ever before to be able air a show by the guy behind both Star Trek and Star Wars!

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You guys know HBO renewed Girls for a third season, right?

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Saturday, February 2, 2013

TV News Bites: 'South Park,' 'The Americans,' 'Do No Harm'

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Do No Harm Harms the Ratings

Do No Harm, the show that I thought has an interesting premise, has set a record with its series premiere... 

Apparently Do No Harm has become the lowest rated in-season scripted drama to ever premiere in TV history.  Dang, now that's a benchmark no one ever wants to set, and yet, now NBC owns that new low mark.

This record was amongst the four basic networks.
 

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How I Met Your Mother...

Is getting one finale season, its ninth.  So next season will be the final season and they get a chance to wrap up the series properly.

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The Americans Strong Premiere

Even though I missed the premiere of The Americans, and have to wait for FX's 7-day delay embargo of Comcast's 'On Demand,' apparently enough folks tuned in to the show.

4.7 million tuned into the premiere and the encore episodes (that I missed too).  The first ep pulled in 3.2 million folks, and FX is pleased as punch about that.

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Uh ho for South Park!

EW is reporting that South Park is getting its seasons reduced to 10 episodes.  This is down from 14 per season.

show creators said that they picked 10 because it sounded like a good number.  Typical of those crazy guys.

Actually the showrunners are scaling back to keep the content fresh rather than trying to fulfill episode count orders.  That, I can respect.

First Look at Comic-Con 2013 Badge Sales Information

'Comic-Con' News and updates

Hey Comic-Con to-be attendees, if you're aiming to go to this year's San Diego Comic-Con International 2013, you might want to prepare your ticket purchasing prowess.  Tickets go on sale Saturday, February 16th, 2013 at 9:00 AM, Pacific Time.

And if you're even pondering the idea of pondering the idea, you know that you need to buy the tickets asap!  The 4-day passes sold out pretty fast last year and single-day passes, though they lasted a little longer, still went pretty fast.  Last year I had too many questions from hopeful parents who had last-minute ideas of taking their little ones to the event.

To be honest, this event would be a treasure of an event for little ones, but there is no way to make quick last-minute decision to take them.  If you're a parent and you think you might even consider taking your little ones, you need to buy tickets when they go on sale.

Now the 4-day packages are the most popular and go fast.  But while folks are in a tizzy grabbing the multi-day passes, this leaves the single-day passes to last a little while longer.

Thursdays and Fridays tend to go first (as part of the 4-day packages) then Saturday, and then Sundays go last.

And then there's the aspect that there were pre-sale events at the end of the 2012 for this year.  So there aren't as many tickets available as you might think!

Most importantly, buying badges is a multi-step process, one of which is creating an account first, if you don't have one at first.

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Below is the press release snippet and the link included is very, very important.  It has all the information you need to understand the registration and ticket purchase process.  Follow that link!

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If so, then you are ready for Comic-Con International 2013 Open Online Registration! Badge sales will begin at 9:00 AM Pacific Time (PT) on Saturday February 16, 2013. For more information and details regarding eligibility, we strongly recommend you visit http://www.comic-con.org/cci/2013-badge-purchase

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'Paperman,' A Disney Animated Short Combining CGI and Hand-Drawn Art

Give it to Disney to lead the industry in various facets of entertainment.  And doing it while demonstrating an imaginative spin on first impressions on potential true love.

It's a cute and compelling little story and while watching it, the animation feels very unique to watch.

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Via Disney Animation Press Release:

"Introducing a groundbreaking technique that seamlessly merges computer-generated and hand-drawn animation techniques, first-time director John Kahrs takes the art of animation in a bold new direction with the Oscar®-nominated short, "Paperman."

Using a minimalist black-and-white style, the short follows the story of a lonely young man in mid-century New York City, whose destiny takes an unexpected turn after a chance meeting with a beautiful woman on his morning commute. Convinced the girl of his dreams is gone forever, he gets a second chance when he spots her in a skyscraper window across the avenue from his office. With only his heart, imagination and a stack of papers to get her attention, his efforts are no match for what the fates have in store for him.

Created by a small, innovative team working at Walt Disney Animation Studios, "Paperman" pushes the animation medium in an exciting new direction.
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Friday, February 1, 2013

Good News: 'NCIS' Renewed for 2013-2014 TV Season

'NCIS' Renewed for 2013-2014 season

Hey NCIS fans, incredible news came out today, though, if you think about it, it's not a surprise.  CBS announced that it has extended their contract with Mark Harmon, the star and executive producer of NCIS.  In so doing, they also renewed NCIS through the 2013-2014 TV season!

That's pretty decent news gang.

NCIS has seen and is in the middle of its 10th season right now, and despite being in its 10th year, is still cranking out what CBS calls "ratings milestones."  The show is averaging 21.48 million viewers, which is 7% higher than the previous year.  And is that surprising?  If you've been following the show this season, you know with recent developments, just how compelling the story writing has been.

To me, this says that not only are fans thoroughly enjoying the series but it would seem that new fans are coming along and checking out the TV series that is one of the only scripted series that consistently conquers "reality TV" and this season, actually best all the other TV programming, including football.

And the show is licensed around the world in over 200 different markets.  Not bad for a spin-off, huh?

Check out the press release below for more ratings and historical references...

via press release:

            CBS announced today a new contract extension for NCIS star and executive producer Mark Harmon, and that the U.S. and global ratings phenomenon NCIS has been renewed for the 2013-2014 season. 

            "In a world gone niche, NCIS keeps getting bigger, and Mark Harmon continues to define the role of leading man on the #1 show on television," said Leslie Moonves, President and Chief Executive Officer, CBS Corporation.  "NCIS is the type of franchise every company wants in today's global content ecosystem – high-quality storytelling that generates passionate viewers and drives revenue on every conceivable platform."

            Currently in its 10th season, NCIS continues to hit ratings milestones.  This season, for the first time ever, it ranks as television's #1 program (ahead of Sunday Night Football).  NCIS is averaging 21.48 million viewers, up +7% over last year and is the highest-rated drama among adults 25-54 (5.9/15), while averaging 4.2/12 in adults 18-49.  The series delivered its second-largest live plus same day audience on Jan. 15, averaging 22.86 million viewers.  That total soared to 25.36 million viewers with L+3 day lift, marking the first NCIS broadcast to deliver more than 25 million viewers with live plus 3-day lift or live plus 7-day lift.

            NCIS is also an international hit, licensed in more than 200 markets.  It is the #1 series on M6 in France, the #1 U.S. series on Rai2 in Italy and the #2 U.S. series overall, the #1 U.S. series on TV3 in Sweden, the #2 U.S. series on LaSexta in Spain, the #2 U.S. drama on Network Ten in Australia and the #3 U.S. series on Sat1 in Germany. 

            In domestic syndication, NCIS is broadcast on USA Network and ranks as cable's #1 off-network drama.

            NCIS premiered on CBS in 2003-2004. Since its debut, NCIS's ratings have steadily climbed, finishing 2008-2009 ranked fifth among all primetime programs.  During the 2009-2010 season it became the #1 drama/scripted program on television, and has remained the #1 drama ever since.

            NCIS stars Mark Harmon, Michael Weatherly, Cote de Pablo, Sean Murray, Pauley Perrette, Rocky Carroll, Brian Dietzen and David McCallum.  Gary Glasberg, Chas. Floyd Johnson, Mark Horowitz, Mark Harmon, Shane Brennan, George Schenck, Frank Cardea and Donald P. Bellisario are executive producers for Belisarius Productions in association with CBS Television Studios.

Mark Harmon is represented by Paradigm and attorney Barry Axelrod.


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'Revenge' Star Lands Female Lead in 'Captain America: The Winter Soldier'

Emily VanCamp lands role in Captain America: The Winter Soldier

Hey gang, if you watch Revenge on ABC, then you're very familiar with Emily VanCamp, who plays the lead.  News on the street is that Emily has landed the female lead in Captain America: The Winter Soldier.

She's reportedly a love interest for Steve Rogers (Chris Evans), and franchise fans are taking guesses that this will or could be the character of Sharon Carter.

We've seen her play sultry, and yet, fully capable of good action moves also in Revenge.  I think she'll be a good addition to the cast.

(Technically, she's still in talks, but it seems to be a given.)

Captain America: The Winter Soldier logo and movie news

Captain America: The Winter Soldier hits theaters in April of 2014 and the cast so far includes Chris Evans, Sebastian Stan, Anthony Mackie, Frank Grillo, Samuel L. Jackson, Cobie Smulders, Scarlett Johansson and Toby Jones.

The character, The Falcon (played by Anthony Mackie) will be in the story (Awesome).  If you paid attention to the character list above, you'll see that Sebastian Stan is returning, and reprising his role as Bucky.

The Falcon joins 'Captain America: The Winter Soldier'

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Possible Plot Spoiler for Captain America: The Winter Soldier:

The reference to The Winter Soldier is a story line where, after Bucky fell from that train in the first movie, he's saved by the forces of evil, brainwashed and turned into the Winter Soldier.

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Saw this casting news at SuperHeroHype.


'Insidious Chapter 2' Fan Contest for Walk-On Role

'Insidious 2' casting call fan contest


Hey gang, anyone here catch Insidious, starring Patrick Wilson, Rose Byrne and Ty Simpkins?  Over on IMDb, it's received a great user-rating of 6.7/10.

If you enjoyed the movie, you feel like the best fan ever of the movie, and you might be interested in a "walk-on" role contest for  Insidious Chapter 2, then today might be your lucky day.

The fan casting call contest is on, right now, (Feb 1, 2013) and runs through to February 4th.  Check out the press release below...
Check out some info here: http://www.youtube.com/insidiousmovie

via press release:



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HOW TO ENTER: Fans can enter by logging on to www.insidiouscastingcall.com and uploading a video to the Official Insidious: Chapter 2 YouTube or Facebook Page that tells James why he/she is the biggest Insidious fan and deserves to be cast alongside stars Patrick Wilson and Rose Byrne in the sequel. The contest closes on February 4th, 2013.

Winners will be announced on February 8th on the Official Insidious: Chapter 2 Facebook Page.The lucky winner, to be personally selected by Wan, Whannell, and producer Jason Blum, will receive an all-expense paid trip for two to Los Angeles where he/she will get a walk-on role in the movie, filming now and due for release in theatres this summer.

ABOUT INSIDIOUS: CHAPTER 2  (In Theatres – AUGUST 30, 2013)
INSIDIOUS CHAPTER 2 is the sequel to 2010’s hit film that captivated horror movie audiences worldwide. Patrick Wilson, Rose Byrne, Lin Shaye and Ty Simpkins return to reprise their roles in the film, directed by James Wan from a script by Leigh Whannell, who also wrote the first film. www.insidiouscastingcall.com

  #insidiouscastingcall, @insidiousmovie

Writer Leigh Whannell has also just  tweeted the first photo from set at:
https://twitter.com/LWhannell ; http://twitpic.com/bzkcda
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Dear FX Network, Oh Why Do You Torment Me With 7-Day Delays

So guess who missed the series premiere of The Americans?  Yep.  Me.  And forgetting about it, I didn't even record it.  Now with most other networks, all I have to do is wait for midnight, or a bit later and the show I might have missed will become available on my Comcast 'On Demand.'   But not FX programming.  Every single show they redistribute to On Demand, they enforce a 7-day delay.  So unless they have an encore presentation, I have to wait until next week to catch the FX series.  Much like any other FX series.

I had checked with Comcast and they made note that it is not their decision to delay the On Demand broadcast, but up to the various distributors.

The only reason that I can take a guess as why FX does this is so that it forces their live+7 viewing ratings to be funneled through their broadcast and DVR ratings.  Or it could be some competitive things between FX and Comcast.  Who knows.  All I know is that I hate this 7-day delay.

Urg., Arg!

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'Warm Bodies' and 'Bullet to the Head:' What Critics I Trust are Saying

I don't think I'll be hitting up the movie theater this weekend damnit, but if I were to, my first impulse, because of the IMDb scores, would be to go see Bullet to the Head with Sylevster Stallone and Jason Momoa.

Unfortunately, critics I trust didn't go see this movie.  But other critics are calling it a moderate movie.  If you're dramatically inclined with an eye for the artistic details of a story, I'm thinking this might not be a movie for you.  Across the board, Bullet isn't being received very well, dramatically speaking.

Warm Bodies was seen by someone of like-mindedness and they called out the movie as being very good.  Across the board, critics were giving it a nod of tentative approval.

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[See  http://moviereviewintelligence.com/ for more details.]

(Like-minded critics are those whom appreciate the popcorn fun movies for what they are and don't put them on the same scale as Gone with the Wind.  That's all I mean there. It's a to-may-to vs. to-mah-to thing.  I've always said movies should have different scales and then rated, not all be looked at with the same eye.)

'Super Bowl' 2013 Game Day Commercials, A Preview Of A Few

'Super Bowl' 2013 TV Commercials
Well, like previous years, some sponsors are putting up their Super Bowl ads online.  That means non-football fans don't need to worry about tuning in to the game if you want to check it out.

Now obviously, everything will come out online the day of or the day after the game.  Particularly, I'm thinking about the movie trailers that will play during the Super Bowl.  Those being Oz, The Great and Powerful; the Tom Cruise starring movie, Oblivion; The Lone Ranger w/ Johnny Depp playing an pirate Indian.  Fast and the Furious 6, the Star Trek Into Darkness ad, tied into an app-based event, and of course, the two, count them, TWO, Iron Man 3 spots.  (I believe one of those will be a quickie that airs sometime during the pre-game show.)

Aside from that, there's the product TV commercials.  I've skipped a few and included the more interesting ones that got my attention, and kept it, after the ad ended.  I also skipped the ads for products that had more ads in the YouTube video itself.  That seemed self-deprecating to have ads in ads.

I also skipped the teasers for these teasers or trailers.  I have a short tolerance for that.  It could become an endless cycle if we're not careful.

Below is a cute Budweiser ad, Fiat delivers more sexy women, Coke has an "ok" ad and VW, after their mini-vader ad from seasons past, is a bit of a "meh!"  I also include a lengthy Doritos bit.  It's 6 minutes, with the "Doritos Girl," Ali Landry introducing the "fan" ads that are up for winning the magic spot.  (I think the world needs to start distinguishing between the regular fan and professional fans.  It's not fair to some of the regular folk that take a swing at these moments!  What do you think of that idea?)

Without further adieu (AKA, I'll stop babbling...)

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This is a bit of a tear-jerker at the end...

Full ad:

2013 Budweiser Super Bowl Ad — The Clydesdales: "Brotherhood"



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Fiat sticks with what is working for them... subtle but sexy...

2013 Sisters Fiat 500L Super Bowl Commercial



and...

Fiat 500 Abarth - 2013 Superbowl Topless Commercial



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Cute, but not stirring.

Coke Chase 2013 Ad



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Cute, not over the top though.

Volkswagen Super Bowl 2013 Game Day Commercial | Get In. Get Happy.



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A bit on Puppy Bowl 2013 from ABC News



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ALL Finalists... (AKA, Long commercial set)  First ad starts around the 2 minute mark.  I got a kick out of the goat piece, and the "wedding dress" bit.  "Fetch" is cute.

"Doritos Girl" Unveils Crash the Super Bowl 2013 Finalists



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Skechers



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Pepsi - Shopping for the Party (Duct Tape???)



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'The Clone Wars' Darth Maul Lures Obi-Wan Into A Trap, Plus a New Hangout For Fans

via press release:

Using Duchess Satine As Bait, Darth Maul Lures Obi-Wan Into A Trap.




With Duchess Satine as bait, the vengeful Darth Maul lures Obi-Wan into a trap. Drunk with power, Maul declares himself the true Sith Lord, a claim that will not go unanswered in "The Lawless" airing this Saturday, February 2nd at 9:30am ET/PT on Cartoon Network.

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Episode Trivia:
·         This episode marks the first appearance of Darth Sidious "in the flesh." In all other appearances, he has been a hologram.
·         Obi-Wan Kenobi is wearing his Rako Hardeen disguise (from Season Four's "Deception" arc) when he arrives on Mandalore.
·         The much battered Twilight now sports a cartoonish illustration of Anakin as a boy Podracer pilot, with Aurebesh text that says "WIZARD!!!" The Twilight has not been seen since Season Two's "Children of the Force."

But Wait, there's more....
Obi-Wan Kenobi. Duchess Satine. Darth Maul. Savage Opress. And another certain Sith Lord. Saturday's episode of The Clone Wars, "The Lawless," will change the show forever. To mark the occasion, Lucasfilm is excited to announce The Clone Wars Google Hangout -- the first ever official Star Wars Google Hangout -- taking place this Saturday, February 2, at 10:30 a.m. PST. Featuring The Clone Wars supervising director Dave Filoni, Matt Lanter (Anakin Skywalker), Ashley Eckstein (Ahsoka Tano), and Sam Witwer (Darth Maul), fans will get the chance to connect with the cast and creators of the hit series like never before. They'll also get an exclusive first look at next week's installment of The Clone Wars, "Sabotage," along with other surprises.
Fans with Google+ profiles can RSVP for the event now; hashtag #CloneWarsHangout will be used to ask questions and interact live during the Hangout. Lucasfilm's own Pablo Hidalgo and Hollywood.com's Christian Blauvelt will moderate the discussion, and a live stream of the event will be open to everyone at youtube.com/starwars.
Tune in to "The Lawless" this Saturday at 9:30 a.m. on Cartoon Network, and then join the The Clone Wars Hangout to get your questions answered. Secrets will be revealed, and it will be a day long-remembered!
Click on this link for a brand new sneak peek at "The Lawless"

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vmz-Znld25o&feature=youtu.be

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