Sunday, March 31, 2013

What's On TV Sunday, 3-31-13 (A quickie list w Walking Dead, Game of Thrones and more)

Happy Easter everyone...  tonight we have Amazing Race, Game of Thrones premiere, Red Widow and The Walking Dead season finale amongst the Sunday night options.  Check out what's on for new episodes tonight:


8 pm ----------------------------

  • Amazing Race 22 on  CBS
  • Call the Midwife on  PBS
  • Cupcake Wars on  FOOD
  • Doctor Who: The Doctors Revisited on  BBC
  • Max Steel on  DISXD
  • The Bible on  HIST
  • The Real Housewives of Atlanta on  BRAVO
  • You Live in What? on  HGTV

8:30 pm ----------------------------

  • Max Steel on  DISXD

9 pm ----------------------------

  • Army Wives on  LIFE
  • Game of Thrones on  HBO
  • Kourtney and Kim Take Miami on  E!
  • Married to Medicine on  BRAVO
  • Masterpiece Classic on  PBS
  • My Big Fat American Gypsy Wedding on  TLC
  • Revenge on  ABC
  • Shameless on  SHO
  • The Good Wife on  CBS
  • The Walking Dead on  AMC
  • Worst Cooks in America on  FOOD

9:30 pm ----------------------------

  • Hawaii Life on  HGTV

10 pm ----------------------------

  • Bar Rescue on  SPIKE
  • Chopped on  FOOD
  • House of Lies on  SHO
  • Mob Wives on  VH1
  • Red Widow on  ABC
  • Talking Dead on  AMC
  • The Celebrity Apprentice on  NBC
  • The Client List on  LIFE
  • Vikings on  HIST
  • Welcome to Myrtle Manor on  TLC

10:30 pm ----------------------------

  • Californication on  SHO

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via TV Guide

Saturday, March 30, 2013

News for True Blood, Game of Thrones, Arrow-like Shows, and The Walking Dead


David Morrisey as The Governor in "The Walking Dead"


With Game of Thrones starting up this Sunday, it has people wondering when another popular HBO series... True Blood is starting up.

HBO has now announced that date...

The sixth season of True Blood will be premiering on June 16th.

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Speaking of Game of Thrones, I caught a piece over on Entertainment Weekly saying we won't see so much of Peter Dinklage in this upcoming third season of GoT.

Dinklage plays one of my favorite characters from the series, Tyrion.  He almost makes the show for me.  But news is that with so many story lines that were shoved in our faces last season, has seemed to make it necessary to cut back on other story lines.  Tyrioin is one of them.

According to Dinklage, he's had fewer days of shooting.

Grr.

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Over on Blastr.com, they put up a piece that suggested a list of ten superheroes that deserve what they call the "Arrow treatment" on TV.

Friday, March 29, 2013

Quick List of What's On TV Tonight, FRI, 3-29-13 (Nikita, Grimm...)

March is almost over and tonight's TV programming includes more NCAA basketball, some wrestling on Syfy ('cause somehow, just maybe, wrestling is sci-fi), Nikita, Grimm, Cult and a few other Friday night stragglers...

Check your local listings for times on the games...

NCAA Basketball Tournament: Oregon vs. Louisville  on  CBS
NCAA Basketball Tournament: Kansas vs. Michigan  on  TBS
NCAA Basketball Tournament: Michigan State vs. Duke  on  CBS
NCAA Basketball Tournament: Florida Gulf Coast vs. Florida  on  TBS

8 pm ------------------------------

Fashion Star  on  NBC
Four Weddings  on  TLC
Gravity Falls  on  DISNEY
Happy Endings  on  ABC
Max Steel  on  DISXD
Nikita  on  CW
The Real Housewives of Atlanta  on  BRAVO
WWE SmackDown  on  Syfy
You Live in What?  on  HGTV
Yukon Men: Revealed  on  DSC

8:30 pm ------------------------------

Happy Endings  on  ABC

9 pm ------------------------------

American Masters  on  PBS
Cult  on  CW
Flea Market Flip  on  HGTV
Gravity Falls  on  DISNEY
Grimm  on  NBC
Say Yes to the Dress: Atlanta  on  TLC
Shark Tank  on  ABC
Touch  on  FOX
Yukon Men  on  DSC

9:30 pm ------------------------------

Say Yes to the Dress: Atlanta  on  TLC

10 pm ------------------------------

Bering Sea Gold  on  DSC
Best Week Ever  on  VH1
Fashion Police  on  E!
Something Borrowed, Something New  on  TLC

10:30 pm ------------------------------

Dangerous Edge: A Life of Graham Greene  on  PBS
The Jenny McCarthy Show  on  VH1

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Via TV Guide


Of course there's always what new movies hit theaters this weekend:

 • G.I. Joe: Retaliation
 • The Host
 • Tyler Perry's Temptation
 • Mental
 • Zambezia

Thursday, March 28, 2013

Sara Canning & Niall Matter Coming To Syfy in Primeval: New World; Continuum (Rachel Nichols) Gets Renewed

The wait is over folks!  Primeval: New World is coming to Syfy this summer.  Premiering on Saturday, June 8th at 10pm, this newest spin on the Primeval franchise will star "Niall Matter (Eureka), Sara Canning (The Vampire Diaries) and Danny Rahim (Eastenders) as a team of animal experts and scientists investigating paranormal events, while battling both prehistoric and futuristic creatures."

The bummer part of the info (so far), is that there's no mention of Andrew Lee Potts or Hannah Spearritt.

BUT...  Under IMDb, it shows Andrew as showing up in a few episodes ("The Sound of Thunder - Pt. 2" and "The New World.")  But no Hannah.

It will be following up another new series premiering on the same night at 9pm called Sinbad, starring newcomer Elliot Knight.

Yes, these shows are in Syfy's Saturday Night Original Movie time slot.  Also, according the the press release, Amanda Tapping is on board to direct several episodes.

Innocent question:  What do you think are the odds she'll be in the show?  She does always manage to get into things she directs.

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Did you know that Continuum will start season 2 off on Friday, June 7th?  yea, that's pretty soon if you ask me, but hey, who's complaining?

Continuum stars Rachel Nichols as the time traveling cop (not by design, but rather, by accident where she's stuck in some prehistoric time frame called 2013).  Poor girl!

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press release:

NEW YORK – March 28, 2013 – Building on the success of acquired original series such as Lost Girl and Continuum, Syfy today announced that Sinbad and Primeval: New World will join the prime time schedule beginning Saturday, June 8.

Debuting at 9PM (ET/PT), the 12-episode Sinbad follows the epic sea journey of the flawed hero Sinbad, played by newcomer Elliot Knight, who embarks on a quest to rid himself of a curse and embrace his destiny, as he is forced to flee from his home town of Basra. On board The Providence, an intriguing band of travelers is thrown together, including taciturn Norwegian sailor Gunnar (Elliot Cowan/Marchlands), agile jewel-thief Rina (Marama Corlett/The Devil’s Double), and haughty and aristocratic Nala (Estella Daniels/Thorne). Completing the ship’s complement is the odd-ball cook (Junix Inocian/The 51st State) and the cerebral doctor Anwar (Dimitri Leonidas/Grange Hill).

Sinbad is a British Sky Broadcasting presentation of An Impossible Pictures Production. Producer is Grainne Marmion. Executive producers are Tim Haines, Sophie Gardiner and Andrew Woodhead. The series is distributed by BBC Worldwide.

Following at 10PM (ET/PT) will be Primeval: New World. The 13-episode series will star Niall Matter (Eureka), Sara Canning (The Vampire Diaries) and Danny Rahim (Eastenders) as a team of animal experts and scientists investigating paranormal events, while battling both prehistoric and futuristic creatures. Amanda Tapping, who starred in the Syfy series Sanctuary, is on board to direct several episodes.

Based on the original series from Impossible Pictures, Primeval: New World’s creative team is led by executive producers Martin Wood (Sanctuary, Stargate: Atlantis) and Gillian Horvath (Sanctuary, Highlander). The spin-off was created by Judith and Garfield Reeves-Stevens (Star Trek: Enterprise, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s The Lost World) and written by Gillian Horvath, Peter Hume (Charmed, Flash Gordon), Jon Cooksey (The Collector, The Outer Limits), Sarah Dodd (Flashpoint, Arctic Air), Katherine Collins (Endgame), and Judith and Garfield Reeve-Stevens.


Primeval: New World is produced by Omnifilm Entertainment. Executive producers for Ominfilm are Gabriela Schonbach and Michael Chechik. The series is produced and developed in association with Bell Media, German free-to-air broadcaster ProSieben, and UKTV channel Watch, with the participation of the Canadian Media Fund, The Province of British Columbia Film Incentive BC, The Canadian Film & Video Production Tax Credit Program, and British Columbia Film. Leading independent studio, Entertainment One, holds the international distribution rights.

Syfy is a media destination for imagination-based entertainment. With year round acclaimed original series, events, blockbuster movies, classic science fiction and fantasy programming, a dynamic Web site (www.Syfy.com), and a portfolio of adjacent business (Syfy Ventures), Syfy is a passport to limitless possibilities. Originally launched in 1992 as SCI FI Channel, and currently in more than 98 million homes, Syfy is a network of NBCUniversal, one of the world's leading media and entertainment companies. NBCUniversal is owned by Comcast Corporation.(Syfy. Imagine greater.)

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What's On TV Tonight, THUR, 3-28-13 (Quick List) (Grey's Anatomy, Scandal, Vampire Diaries and...)

Tonight on TV, we have more NCAA basketball, so keep your eyes peeled for that on CBS & TBS.
Tonight it's
Marquette vs. Miami
Arizona vs. Ohio State
Syracuse vs. Indiana &
La Salle vs. Wichita State

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For the non-sports folks, we have a hot new episode of The Vampire Diaries (Just kill off that damn evil twin already... oh wait, they're both evil Elenas now!); Beauty and the Beast, and the politically incorrect Archer!



And please tell me you're not missing that HUGE The Walking Dead marathon going on over on AMC, leading up to the season finale this Sunday! (They're replaying ALL episodes leading up to Sunday's ep. -Bruce)


8 pm ------------------------------

American Idol on ->  FOX
Impact Wrestling on ->  SPIKE
The This Old House Hour on ->  PBS
The Vampire Diaries on ->  CW
Wife Swap on ->  ABC

8:30 pm ------------------------------

1600 Penn on ->  NBC

9 pm ------------------------------

Auction Kings on ->  DSC
Beauty and the Beast on ->  CW
Grey's Anatomy on ->  ABC
Project Runway on ->  LIFE
Raising Hope on ->  FOX
Swamp People on ->  HIST
The First 48 on ->  A&E

9:30 pm ------------------------------

1600 Penn on ->  NBC
Auction Kings on ->  DSC
Freakshow on ->  AMC
Rehab Addict on ->  HGTV

10 pm ------------------------------

Archer on ->  FX
Bellator MMA: From Tampa on ->  SPIKE
Big Rig Bounty Hunters on ->  HIST
Chef Wanted With Anne Burrell on ->  FOOD
Comic Book Men on ->  AMC
Property Wars on ->  DSC
Ridiculousness on ->  MTV
Scandal on ->  ABC
The Ben Show With Ben Hoffman on ->  COMEDY
The First 48 on ->  A&E
The Millionaire Matchmaker on ->  BRAVO
What Not to Wear on ->  TLC

10:30 pm ------------------------------

Failosophy on ->  MTV
Legit on ->  FX
Nathan for You on ->  COMEDY
Property Wars: Boom or Bust on ->  DSC

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via TV Guide

CBS Primetime Renewals for 2013-2014 TV Season


Today CBS has announced what shows they're renewing for the upcoming 2013-2014 TV season, and it's a huge count of Eighteen TV series being renewed!

Amongst the renewals are  NCIS: LA, Elementary, Person of Interest, Hawaii Five-0, The Mentalist, Blue Bloods, and The Good Wife.  (Remember, NCIS and CSI have already had their renewal notes)

Also, amongst the reality TV fare, is included  The Amazing Race, Survivor and Undercover Boss.

(You can double check me, but I'm not seeing Criminal Minds in the renewal list... a typo?  Other shows not announced for renewal were  CSI: NY, Vegas, Golden Boy  or Rules of Engagement.  Golden Boy doesn't surprise me... non-optimal ratings, being jerked around from night to night to see if it will do better in one spot than that other... never good signs.)

The network has their upfront sessions in May, so we may know more then.  (The upfronts are TV advertiser selling times. Trust me, we'll hear about it then.  Advertisers drop around $10 BILLION PER SEASON on TV ads for you!)


via press release:

CBS RENEWS 18 PRIMETIME SHOWS FOR THE 2013-2014 SEASON

Returning Series Showcase the Ratings Success and Programming Depth of Television's

#1 Network in Viewers, Adults 18-49 and Adults 25-54

            CBS announced today it has renewed 18 returning series from television's top-rated lineup for the 2013-2014 broadcast season.

April 2013 Programming Notes for the TRAVEL CHANNEL

April Programming Notes for the TRAVEL CHANNEL

I can tell that many of you who come by Cinema Static are Travel Channel fans, so I try my best to keep up with their programming announcements.

I might not do the "bestest" job on the planet, but these huge press releases definitely help me out.



Today there's news on The Dead Files, Ghost Adventures, Mysteries at the Museum, Food Paradise, Bizzare Foods America, Trip Flip, Airport 24/7 and other goodies!

With that said, here's a chunk of stuff for

  • Series premieres,
  • Season premieres,
  • Programming specials and
  • The usual shows

That are all airing in April!  With that said,

via press release:

TRAVEL CHANNEL
APRIL 2013 HIGHLIGHTS
All times ET/PT unless otherwise noted.
All programs are rated TV G unless otherwise noted.

The marking “(wt)” designates a working title and may be subject to change.

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SERIES PREMIERES

BURGER LAND

TV-G

Premiering Monday, April 15 at 10:00PM (Moves to 9:00PM beginning April 29)

In each half-hour of this docu-style series, host George Motz will meet America's best hamburger creators, tour their establishments and find out what goes into making their burger one of the best in the land. In each episode, three of these burger classics Motz has encountered before, but the fourth hamburger is a new burger experience for Motz - a burger he's never tried before but that comes highly recommended by one of his local burger experts. Motz's rules for greatness are tough - fresh ground beef is a must, and most of the burger joints he visits have been around for decades.  But his travels will also take him to some new-school burger spots that are upholding classic burger traditions while putting their own spin on things.  Join Motz as he crisscrosses the country in his quest to keep the all-American hamburger alive and well.

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Monday, April 15 10:00PM
   
“Hollywood Hamburgers – Los Angeles, CA”

George Motz visits classic Los Angeles burger joints that guard the tradition of burgers and their ties to car culture in an ever-changing cityscape. He enjoys meals at the Apple Pan and Pie 'N Burger, two nostalgic favorites known for their burgers as well as their pie. He visits Marty's, one of the few remaining walk-up burger stands in LA, for a Combo, which stacks two American favorites, the burger and the hot dog, right on top of each other. Then, with the help of local burger lover Brad Morris, Motz discovers Charlie's, an old farm-to-table favorite hidden within the Original LA Farmer's Market, and talks burgers with actor/comedian Jeff Garlin. Finally, Motz stops by Irv's, one of his all-time favorite hamburger stands, which is at risk of being forced to close its doors forever if not for support from the mayor of West Hollywood.

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Monday, April 22 10:00PM
   
“Miami’s Cuban Frita – Miami, FL”

George Motz travels to Miami to sample four burgers with various Latin influences. He visits family-owned competitors, El Rey de las Fritas and El Mago de las Fritas, for classic Cuban fritas, which are covered in thinly cut and fried potatoes. Then he goes to the Latin Burger food truck, which is reminiscent of Cuban street vendors and serves up a Latin Macho, consisting of two ground beef and chorizo patties. For a new burger experience, Motz heads to the brand new Pincho Factory for a Nicaraguan-inspired burger framed between two fried plantains instead of a bun. Motz's friend, Sef Gonzalez, nicknamed the 'Burger Beast' joins him on his journey for some burgers and a little Spanish translation.

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Monday, April 29 9:00PM
   
“New Orleans Po’ Boy Burgers”

George Motz visits New Orleans’ most popular burger spots. From the signature Po’ Boy with a twist, to a sizzling burger covered in mushrooms, Motz travels the New Orleans bayou in search of some of the best burgers in America.

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RED, WHITE & NEW

TV-PG

Premiering Monday, April 29 at 10:00PM & 10:30PM (Special Back-to-Back Premieres)

“Red, White & New” celebrates American ingenuity, innovation and the people who push the envelope to create new and exciting ways of doing things. These innovations include a compressed air-powered, high jumping, flipping take on the classic Pogo Stick, a wearable robotic exoskeleton straight out of Aliens that gives you super-human strength, and the Seabreacher – a personal watercraft that looks like a shark, and is able to go underwater as well as jump out of it!  Each episode features fascinating characters, fun gadgets and activities as well as a first hand, high-energy experience for host Steve Watson.

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SEASON PREMIERES

TOY HUNTER

TV-PG

Premiering Wednesday, April 10 at 9:00PM & 9:30PM (Special Back-to-Back Premieres)

In the second season of “Toy Hunter,” acclaimed toy dealer and expert Jordan Hembrough continues to travel across America buying and selling great iconic toys.  As Hembrough’s reputation grows, his client list grows to include such celebrities as Gene Simmons of KISS and Danny Bonaduce from the “Partridge Family” – both to be featured this season.  In addition to being challenged with more demanding clients and missions, Hembrough provides more pop culture history to better illuminate the toys’ timelessness and value.  The scope of this toy hunter’s travels expands beyond basements and attics to include toy auctions, flea markets, and storage units.

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Wednesday, April 10 9:00PM
   
“KISS and Tell”

Jordan Hembrough is approached by his biggest client to date – KISS' bass player, Gene Simmons.  He's tasked Hembrough with finding the rarest of rare KISS memorabilia to add to his collection…which he's been working on for 40 years!  Hembrough must search high and low to find items that Gene doesn't already own.  And he must be willing to pay thousands to get them.

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Wednesday, April 10 9:30PM
   
“Toy Lovers”

Jordan Hembrough and his teammate Steve travel to Virginia in search of some expensive toys to add to their inventories.  After a costly bet is made between the two toy addicts, the hunt begins from storage units to staircases.  A $300 Foghorn Leghorn Bobblehead and rare Blythe doll put one collector in the lead…until a $900 play-set is found.

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Wednesday, April 17 9:00PM
   
“Toy Gamble”

No preview

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Wednesday, April 24 9:00PM
   
“Chi Toy-Town”

Jordan Hembrough is in Chicago to hunt for some classic toys with an extremely diverse group of collectors including a Santa Claus impersonator and a former football pro.  His big surprise is getting lost in the infamous “nerd-seum,' run by the Kings of Geekdom. Hembrough’s finds include a Batman Space Probe set, a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle pizza thrower, the Ghost Busters Proton Pack, a remote control Batmobile and Raiders of the Lost Ark action figures. 

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AIRPORT 24/7: MIAMI

TV-PG

Premiering Tuesday, April 30 at 9:00PM & 9:30PM (Special Back-to-Back Premieres)

“Airport 24/7: Miami” brings back the nine larger-than-life characters whose jobs it is to keep one of America's largest airports running around the clock.  The series grants an all-access pass inside the intense and dramatic world of Miami International Airport, considered a Category X airport, a prime target for a terrorist attack.  With nearly 40 million passengers a year, it's an airport the size of a small city.  Whether it’s intercepting drug smugglers, fighting terrorism, securing an Air Force One landing, handling medical emergencies or dealing with sting operations and aircraft malfunctions, “Airport 24/7: Miami” reveals what travelers typically don’t see.

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Tuesday, April 30 9:00PM
   
“Fight or Flight”

The MIA team springs to action as two fully-loaded international flights collide on the jet way. As repercussions hit some passengers harder than others, the Beagle Brigade sniffs out a smuggler with unusual cargo.

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Tuesday, April 30  9:30PM
   
“Signs of Disaster“

A tour bus of Jehovah's Witnesses crashes into an airport underpass and the MIA team faces one of the worst disasters in Miami Airport history. Customs and Border Protection uncovers a massive drug shipment, and opens the door to the undisclosed location where tons of confiscated narcotics end up.

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

New On TV Tonight, WED, 3-27-13 (A quick list) (Idol, Arrow, Survivor, Supernatural, )

Tonight on TV we have a bunch of reality and scripted fantasy.  From American Idol hopefuls, to island hopper back stabbers...  and that island reference could be either American Idol or Arrow, since both have islands in them.

Supernatural is back as well as Syfy's Stranded.


8 pm ---------------------------

American Idol on ->  FOX
Arrow on ->  CW
Cousins on Call on ->  HGTV
Survivor: Caramoan - Fans vs. Favorites on ->  CBS
The Middle on ->  ABC
Whitney on ->  NBC

8:30 pm ---------------------------

The Neighbors on ->  ABC
Whitney on ->  NBC

9 pm ---------------------------

Boston's Finest on ->  TNT
Haunted Collector on ->  Syfy
Hoarding: Buried Alive on ->  TLC
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit on ->  NBC
Modern Family on ->  ABC
Nova on ->  PBS
Supernatural on ->  CW
The Rachel Zoe Project on ->  BRAVO

9:30 pm ---------------------------

Suburgatory on ->  ABC

10 pm ---------------------------

Blade Runner: The Untold Story on ->  TLC
Chicago Fire on ->  NBC
Duck Dynasty on ->  A&E
It's a Brad Brad World on ->  BRAVO
Nashville on ->  ABC
Psych on ->  USA
Restaurant Stakeout on ->  FOOD
Southland on ->  TNT
Stranded on ->  Syfy
The Real World: Portland on ->  MTV
The Soup on ->  E!
Weed Country on ->  DSC


10:30 pm ---------------------------

Dukes of Melrose on ->  BRAVO

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via TV Guide

Calling All Star Wars/Running Fans! Lightsaber Relay Race News

Hey, if you're both a Star Wars fan and a runner, you might be interested in this event from Lucasfilm!

via press release

NERDIST INDUSTRIES AND LUCASFILM'S
COURSE OF THE FORCE RETURNS FOR
AN EPIC SECOND JOURNEY
JULY 9-16

Lightsaber Relay Strikes the California Coast
From Skywalker Ranch To San Diego Comic-Con International


SAN FRANCISCO (MARCH 27, 2013) – On the heels of last year's monumental, first-of-its-kind event, Course of the Force, the lightsaber run that captivated the attention of Star Wars fans around the world, is returning July 9th – 16th, 2013.  Kicking off at the famed Skywalker Ranch, participants will continue the relay run down through San Francisco with several stops along the California coastline before reaching the finish line— arriving just in time for the start of the 2013 San Diego Comic-Con® International convention. Nerdist Industries' founder Chris Hardwick will be back to host the event, with city-stops along the way featuring "Conivals" where fans can celebrate their love of the Saga with live entertainment, expo booths, giveaways and much more.

"Our plan to run at Comic-con screaming with a lightsaber worked beyond our wildest dreams. People showed up! Lots of them! In cosplay! And we were able to grant more than 1000 wishes for Make-A-Wish!" said Chris Hardwick. "Last year we started in Santa Monica, this year, Marin, and hopefully next year Tatooine."

 Course of the Force has reteamed with the Make-A-Wish Foundation® chapters of Greater Bay, Los Angeles, Orange County, and San Diego with 100 percent of all runner registration proceeds benefiting the charity.  In 2012, the Make-A-Wish Foundation® had a strong presence during the inaugural event, with Make-A-Wish kids participating in the opening and closing ceremonies of Course of the Force and running in the event.

Given the overwhelming response to the 2012 relay, this year's event is expanding and will cover nearly 500 miles; at the end of the route, Course of the Force will be hosting activities at the Chuck Jones Gallery in San Diego during San Diego Comic-Con International from July 18th - 20th.

Highlights from last year's 136-mile Course of the Force lightsaber run featured a caravan of costumed runners, Jabba the Hutt's Sail Barge and two Yoda-fied RVs traveling down the Pacific Coast Highway. 

In addition to helping grant wishes, participants of Course of the Force will run quarter-mile segments down the California coast, passing off the official Course of the Force lightsaber. Registration is now open at http://www.starwars.com/courseoftheforce. Each relay spot is $150, which includes a customized Hasbro lightsaber, exclusive Course of the Force swag bag and the experience of a lifetime.  Runners are encouraged to be creative and wear their best Star Wars gear.  

All Course of the Force video content will be distributed via Starwars.com  at http://www.starwars.com/courseoftheforce and hosted on the Nerdist YouTube channel at http://www.youtube.com/Nerdist

For more information on Course of the Force, visit http://www.starwars.com/courseoftheforce

RESOURCES
Facebook – facebook.com/courseoftheforce                       
Twitter – @CourseOtheForce
Lucasfilm, the Lucasfilm logo, STAR WARS™ and related properties are trademarks and/or copyrights, in the United States and other countries, of Lucasfilm Ltd. and/or its affiliates. TM & © Lucasfilm Ltd.  All rights reserved.  All other trademarks and trade names are properties of their respective owners.

ABOUT NERDIST INDUSTRIES
Nerdist Industries is a multi-platform creator of genre and popular culture content. Its online presence includes a website at Nerdist.com, a premium YouTube channel (youtube.com/nerdist), Nerdist News daily e-newsletters, 1.8 million Twitter followers, and a Podcast Network including the flagship Nerdist Podcast, also produced as a TV show on BBC America.  Nerdist also hosts live events around the country such as The Nerdist Podcast Live! and Course of the Force, an annual lightsaber relay in partnership with Lucasfilm LTD and Octagon which leads up to San Diego Comic-Con International.
Nerdist Industries was founded in 2008 by comedian, author, podcaster and AMC's The Talking Dead host Chris Hardwick.  Hardwick serves as Founder & Chief Creative Officer and digital media entrepreneur Peter Levin serves as Chief Executive Officer.  In July 2012, Legendary Entertainment, the company behind such genre films as Inception, Watchmen, 300, Man Of Steel and The Dark Knight Trilogy, acquired Nerdist Industries.  Hardwick and Levin serve as Co-Presidents of Digital for Legendary, in dual roles with their Nerdist positions. Nerdist Industries is headquartered at Meltdown Comics in Hollywood, CA.

ABOUT OCTAGON
Octagon, (IPG: NYSE) is the world's largest sponsorship consulting practice, managing and influencing some $3 billion in sponsorship-related spending annually.  Octagon also is a pioneer and leader in athlete & personality representation and management.  With more than 800+ employees worldwide, Octagon works with hundreds of blue-chip corporate clients and more than 800 athletes & personalities clients and manages more than 5,000 events per year.  Octagon's Events & Hospitality team operates four professional golf tournaments, a professional bass fishing tournament and numerous first-class corporate hospitality events. To learn more about Octagon, visit: http://www.octagon.com.

ABOUT LUCASFILM LTD.
Lucasfilm Ltd., a wholly owned subsidiary of The Walt Disney Company, is a global leader in film, television and digital entertainment production.  In addition to its motion-picture and television production operations, Lucasfilm's global activities include Industrial Light & Magic and Skywalker Sound, serving the digital needs of the entertainment industry for visual effects and audio post-production; LucasArts, a leading developer and publisher of interactive entertainment software worldwide; Lucasfilm Animation, which produces cutting-edge digital entertainment; and Lucas Licensing which manages the global merchandising activities for Lucasfilm's entertainment properties including the legendary STAR WARS and INDIANA JONES franchises.   Lucasfilm Ltd. is headquartered in northern California.

Stuff on Hannibal, Defiance (1st 14 min.), Shark Tank Casting Calls And Summer Premiere Dates...

Hey, if you're going to be watching Hannibal, keep your eye out for Easter Eggs... they're going to be dropping nods to the franchise from Thomas Harris all throughout the series.

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TV Summer Premiere Reminders:
Mad Men returns to AMC on April 7th.
Syfy's Merlin SERIES FINALE is set for May 31st.
Falling Skies returns on Sunday, June 9th.
Major Crimes on June 10th.
Rizzoli and Isles, Tuesday, June 18th
Perception also on Tue, June 18th.

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Defiance, the First 14 minutes:

The ads for Syfy's Defiance are looking pretty good.  The snippets of game preview, are looking badass.  I don't see any reason for this show not doing well at the TV and game console, as players interact with the franchise via a game.

But time will tell, as always.  Though I do like the story.

There's not much to dislike in this 14-minute trailer.


Defiance premieres April 15, at 9/8c on Syfy

via press release:

DEFIANCE (NEW ORIGINAL SERIES)

Premieres Monday, April 15 at 9PM – Syfy’s highly-anticipated transmedia event Defiance is the first-ever convergence of television and online gaming, featuring an interconnected world between the two mediums as they evolve together into one overall story. The series’ luminous cast includes Grant Bowler, Julie Benz, Stephanie Leonidas, Tony Curran, Jaime Murray, Graham Greene and Mia Kirshner. Set in the near future, Defiance introduces an exotically transformed planet Earth, its landscapes permanently altered following the sudden – and tumultuous – arrival of seven unique alien races. In this somewhat unknown and unpredictable landscape, the richly diverse, newly-formed civilization of humans and aliens must learn to co-exist peacefully. Each week, viewers will follow an immersive character drama set in the boom-town of Defiance, which sits atop the ruins of St. Louis, MO, while in the game, players will experience the new frontier of the San Francisco Bay area.

The series is executive produced by Kevin Murphy (“Desperate Housewives,” “Caprica,” “Hellcats”), who also serves as showrunner, Michael Taylor (“Battlestar Galactica”) and Rockne O’Bannon (“Farscape”). Scott Stewart (“Legion,” “Priest”) directed the pilot; Michael Nankin will serve as supervising producer/director on the series. Defiance is produced by Universal Cable Productions.

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I've only seen the headline snippets, but it would seem that X-Files is headed the route of the comic book, finally getting that "tenth season!"

Sometimes, comics work for franchises.  Ask Joss Whedon.  Firefly, Buffy and Angel have all lived on in that venue.

Hey! A fan is a fan, and fans sometimes will take what they can get.  Right?

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Shark Tank is having casting calls!

via press release:

DARE TO SWIM WITH THE SHARKS, AS ABC’S HIT SHOW
“Shark Tank” ANNOUNCES SEASON 5 OPEN CASTING CALLS IN
LOS ANGELES, CHICAGO, ATLANTA, Dallas AND PHILADELPHIA


Tuesday, March 26, 2013

New Movies This Week (G.I. Joe, The Host and...)

This week new movies coming out in theaters include Dwayne Johnson, Saoirse Ronan,  Jurnee Smollett-Bell and more.

But the somber bit about it all is that the movies this week are all rated PG-13.  Even worse, I was planning on seeing G.I. Joe, but in-laws are coming in on Friday which puts a crimp in THAT plan!

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G.I. Joe: Retaliation (Opens Thursday, March 28th)



PG-13 110 min

The G.I. Joes are not only fighting their mortal enemy Cobra; they are forced to contend with threats from within the government that jeopardize their very existence.

Director: Jon M. Chu (Step Up franchise)
Cast:  Dwayne Johnson, D.J. Cotrona, Channing Tatum, Bruce Willis

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Friday, March 29th:
   
The Host



PG-13 125 min

When an unseen enemy threatens mankind by taking over their bodies and erasing their memories, Melanie will risk everything to protect the people she cares most about, proving that love can conquer all in a dangerous new world.

Director: Andrew Niccol (In Time, Gattaca)
Stars: Saoirse Ronan, Max Irons, Jake Abel, Diane Kruger

It looks like early IMDb numbers are rating The Host at a 6.2.

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Tyler Perry's Temptation



PG-13

An ambitious married woman's temptation by a handsome billionaire leads to betrayal, recklessness, and forever alters the course of her life.

Director: Tyler Perry
Cast: Jurnee Smollett-Bell, Vanessa Williams, Brandy Norwood, Kim Kardashian

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Reality Steve, Game of Thrones, Continuum, Spartacus, And Cinema Static's Newsletter

If you one of my five email update recipients, (Receive Email Updates), you might have noticed that my newsletter showed up Tuesday afternoon rather than at 3 to 5 a.m. in the morning, where it used to await for you to see it as you woke up in the morning.  There's a good reason for that.  Well, at least I thought it was.

It seemed that as I do my daily, What's on TV Tonight posts, email recipients weren't seeing that update until the next morning.  Which, if you're an amateur historian, then it was great to see what was going to be on last night.

But I went out on a limb and thought that just maybe, you would want to see the newsletters come in the mid-afternoon, so that if I get to the daily post in a timely fashion, you'd get the information and have it actually be helpful before the shows actually aired.

So there's that.

Since this is a TV/Movie news site, I guess I'll toss in a bit of highly critical news...

Word on the street is that ABC had its lawsuit dropped against the Reality Steve site, the place that has all the Bachelor(ette) spoiler details, months ahead of time, and he's right about 99% of the time.  I guess rather than suing the guy, ABC needs to find its mole.

Game of Thrones season three premiere on HBO will air this weekend, on March 31st.

Syfy's Continuum, (which isn't a bad show at all), will be coming back for a second season, on June 7th, 2013.

Remember, this upcoming Friday episode of Spartacus, is a recap/tribute ep to Crixus.  The next to last episode is the following week, followed by the series finale of Spartacus.


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"Star Wars: The Clone Wars" Looks Doomed, Has the Dark Side Won?



First word on the street was that Disney would be picking up any kind of production for the continuing adventures from Star Wars: The Clone Wars from Cartoon Network.  It made sense to take the very popular animated series and pull it in, under the same production umbrella.

It least it did then.

But it seems that Disney buying up Star Wars was any good for the Clone Wars project.

Seems that Disney is reassigning and laying off staff from the production of this great animated series, which makes the future not look so bright.

In fact GFR is reporting that the future of Lucasfilm Animation is pretty uncertain.

There's some kind of hope on the horizon that there might be some content with 2 story arcs, but if there's a layoff and cancellation, I'm not sure when they'll be presented, or how.

What's On TV Tonight, Tue, 3-26-13 (A quick list) (NCIS, Justified, Voice)

Tonight on TV, (Tuesday, March 26th) we have some reality and scripted drama vying for your eyes.  NCIS, New Girl, Body of Proof and Justified are your scripted contenders, while the reality TV shows include Dancing with the Stars and the 2nd night of blind auditions of The Voice.

Syfy also sends out the season finale of Face Off and the continuing battles from Robot Combat League.

Games on TNT today/tonight:
NBA Basketball: Knicks at Celtics
NBA Basketball: Clippers at Mavericks


8 pm ---------------------------
Hell's Kitchen on - FOX
NCIS on - CBSSplash on - ABC
The Voice on - NBC
9 pm ---------------------------
180 Days: A Year Inside an American High School on - PBS
19 Kids and Counting: Duggars Do Asia on - TLC
Dancing With the Stars on - ABC
Face Off on - SyfyGo On on - NBC
How We Invented the World on - DSC
Income Property on - HGTV
NCIS: Los Angeles on - CBS
New Girl on - FOX
The Ultimate Fighter: Team Jones vs. Team Sonnen on - FX
Top Gear on - HIST

9:30 pm ---------------------------
The Mindy Project on - FOX
The New Normal on - NBC

10 pm ---------------------------

Body of Proof on - ABC
Cougar Town on - TBS
Golden Boy on - CBS
How We Invented the World on - DSC
Justified on - FXPreachers' Daughters on - LIFE
Robot Combat League on - Syfy
Six Little McGhees on - TLC
Smash on - NBC
Snooki & JWoww on - MTV
World's Worst Tenants on - SPIKE

10:30 pm ---------------------------
The Jeselnik Offensive on - COMEDY
Urban Tarzan on - SPIKE

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'The Voice' Returned For Season 4 With Some Heart-Jerking Stories

 


The Voice returned for its fourth season.  New judges Shakira and Usher were the new blood on the panel, though I found myself missing some attributes of Ceelo.

The premiere had all four judges singing a song, which I love, since it shows off their chops.  (Or hip slinging in Shakira's case)

And they got right down to it.

Between Blake, Adam and Shakira, the ribbing and jesting continue.  It's great to see.  Usher on the other hand, seemed like Cool Hand Luke, a bit aloof mostly, looking cool and distant (but not in a bad way, just the cool way).

Regardless, some of the contestants had some pretty powerful,  heart-rending stories.  But the judges never hear these stories.  These are blind auditions, where the judges face away from the contestants as they sing.  No appearances will or should influence their decisions to choose a singer for their teams.

The singing was good, and despite some sad stories, some went home.

This is the same Voice of previous seasons, just with new blood.  We'll see how it goes and if Shakira's team gets filled with all men!!!  LOL.

The Mid-Season Return of 'Revolution,' "The Stand," Took A Daring Turn




Revolution returned from one of the longest mid-season breaks I've ever seen.  Usually when a network gives a show a huge mid-season break, they're not holding their breath on the outcome of the TV ratings.

NBC is still ranting about its ratings status success.  (See note below)  But regardless of the exaggerated chest puffing, the mid-season return of Revolution seemed to have taken a turn for the better.

The Eric Kripke(Supernatural), J.J. Abrams (Anything sci-fi and hot) produced sci-fi series came back with our heroes running for their lives from a powered-up helicopter that Sebastian Monroe (David Lyons) sent out to kill them with.

SPOILERS FOLLOW (Time Shifted viewers beware)

The episode saw Monroe send out his (with that spiffy logo on the nose of his soon-to-be-doomed) helicopter to smite all resistance that he knew of.  Miles (Billy Burke) and Rachel (Elizabeth Mitchell) went off to find toys to help fight Monroe, encountered some of their own problems, but managed to show up and save a resistance camp.

In the process, Kripke got daring.  Miles tried to down the choppers, but got missiled.  (That's having a missile shot at you, but not having it kill you.)  Then Charlie's (Tracy Spiridakos) brother, Danny (Graham Rogers), stepped up and let loose the shoulder launched missile.

It took out the chopper with the power generator and the second chopper flying nearby, but there was a cost involved.  Danny found himself riddled with bullets from the chopper.

Yes, the very Danny that Charlie spent the entire first half of the season trying to rescue from Capt. Neville, played by Giancarlo Esposito.  (Man, he's awesome in everything he pulls off.)

And top of all this, it seems that maybe, the resistance might have a new member on their team in the form of Neville's son, Nate (JD Pardo).  It seems Nate did not have the stomach for wanton slaughter of innocents.

We'll see how that plot point turns out.

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Despite the high-powered names associated with the show, it has to stand on its own two legs in story telling.

There were a few glaring plot flaws, but not so much that detracted from last night's episode of Revolution, "The Stand." 



Monday, March 25, 2013

"The Walking Dead" Episode "This Sorrowful Life" - A Review and Reflection

Last night's episode of The Walking Dead, "This Sorrowful Life," was a very powerful, character driven episode that kept me hanging on the edge of my seat.  And what I'm about to chat about could be considered spoiler-based if you're a time shifted viewer.

Be it as it may, last night we came into the episode with Rick (Andrew Lincoln) plotting to capture Michonne (Dannai Gurira), and turn her over to the evil, twisted man we call the Governor (David Morrissey).  You know that Rick only has the best intentions for the group in mind, but can he really go through with this?  This is crazy stuff, and yet, there he is plotting with Daryl (Norman Reedus) and Hershel (Scott Wilson).  Neither of them like it, but the arguments of humanity can't seem to outweigh the safety and future of this group of survivors that have stayed together for this long.

But then Rick needs help.  He's not quite up to this and asks Merle (Michael Rooker) for help.  Merle laughs in his face, while dispensing advice on just how to capture Michonne.  For instance, use wire to tie her up so she can't chew through it.  Rick walks away, weighing things out in his mind.

But Merle had his own plan in action, captures Michonne himself and drags her towards Woodbury.  But Michonne talks his ear off and then they find themselves in a situation with walkers.  I'm not sure at what point Merle changed his mind, or if it was changed. Was this his plan all along?

Meanwhile, Rick changed his mind about giving up Michonne, but no one can find her... and then they all realize that Merle took her for himself to work a deal with the Governor.  Daryl goes after them.

Merle lets Michonne go and heads towards the meeting place with the Governor, leading a pack of zombies behind him.  It's rather ingenious to blast a radio and drive dog slow, as he collected a healthy herd of walkers.  And as the walkers invade the meeting spot, the Governor's men open fire to defend themselves.  All the while, Merle is taking one shot after the other, taking down the men.  No one is noticing in the rukus that a single shot is taking out men.  That is, until one errant shot is deflected.  The one meant for the Governor himself, and the tide changes rapidly for Merle.

I had always thought of Merle as a tough son-of-a-bitch, but the Governor wipes the floor with him and I was sorely disappointed.  Not only disappointed, but saddened when the Governor shoots him.

But the heart wrenching moment that came at the viewer later on, was when Daryl happened across the slaughter scene.  And he finds his walker brother.  And Rooker played this walker to such a degree that you could swear he was in there, while he was shambling towards Daryl.

It was a heart wrenching moment and Daryl had the hardest time putting him down.

This is only conjecture on my part, but this event may put Daryl on the Governor's case, and could mean the end for the evil, lying tyrant.

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It was a touch episode to watch, not knowing for sure what Rick was going to do.  And then watching Merle take the lead, and you're still now sure what's up.  Not until this Grinch finally did grow a heart, and sadly, pay the ugly price of going up against the Governor.  But in the end, Daryl paid the ultimate price.  It's a rough world he lives in.  Let's see what kind of motivation these set of events create.  It could be a most satisfying end to the Governor.  But then again, he keeps dodging that bullet these last few episodes.  Grr.



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Trailer for Batman Documentary Rallies Fan Support (Check This Out Before Walking Away)

If you can take a mere four minutes of your time, check out this piece... and if anything else, check out the video alone.  I touched me and I think it just might touch you.

via press release

Trailer for Batman Documentary Rallies Fan Support
The trailer for the new documentary film "Legends of the Knight" has debuted online, and hundreds of fans around the world have joined together to fund the not-for-profit film.
Since its launch, the Trailer for the film "Legends of the Knight" has over 100,000 views on YouTube. The film explores the inspirational impact of Batman and the power of heroic storytelling.
The official Trailer can be viewed at: http://youtu.be/sf_7IsvXV-U

Over 850 supporters have financially contributed to make the film possible. The funding campaign on Kickstarter (http://kck.st/W4yO4a) met its initial goal of $31,850 within 48 hours.
"Batman has become contemporary mythology," producer/director Brett Culp said. "We want to show how enduring stories like this shape us. Our goal is to inspire everyone on the planet who loves Batman to embody his spirit, engage with the world, and make a difference. Together, we are Batman."
Culp is a life-long Batman fan. Over the past year, he and his team have filmed stories in 12 cities, recording 48 interviews. They captured the stories of individuals whose love of the Dark Knight has inspired them to overcome devastating obstacles, to motivate and encourage young people, and to contribute to their communities.
Well-known Batfans who appear in the film include:
  • Michael Uslan - executive producer of "Batman", "Batman Begins", "The Dark Knight", and "The Dark Knight Rises"
  • Denny O'Neil - legendary Batman writer
  • Lenny B Robinson - visits children's hospitals around the country as Batman
  • Jill Pantozzi (The Nerdy Bird) – Superhero journalist with the spirit of the Caped Crusader
  • Rabbi Cary Friedman - author, "Wisdom from the Batcave"
  • Dr. Travis Langley - author, "Batman & Psychology"; teacher of university course in psychology called "Batman"
  • Gotham Chopra - co-author, "Seven Spiritual Laws of Superheroes"; son of best-selling author Deepak Chopra
"Human beings have always been stirred to greatness by the tales of heroes," Culp said. "We connect with Batman because he is the super hero with no super powers. Just as he has committed himself to making the world better, we can dedicate ourselves to a noble cause and make a difference. This type of inspiration is a core function of storytelling in society."
The production team for "Legends of the Knight" is currently raising funds through Kickstarter to finish the film. The 30-day funding campaign gives supporters of the project the opportunity to pre-order copies of the finished film and other incentives as a way of funding this documentary project.
In the spirit of Batman, all revenues generated by the completed film that are beyond production, screening, distribution, and administrative costs will be donated to charitable organizations.
Release date will be Summer 2013.
Official website: www.WeAreBatman.com

by BeS

What's On TV Tonight, Mon, 3-25-13 (A quick reference list) (Voice, Revolution, Following)



So what is new tonight on TV?  Good question!

Debuting is THE VOICE, while Revolution returns from one of the longest mid-season breaks on record.

I also see we have Bones, Dancing with the Stars, and the huge and popular hit, THE FOLLOWING.  And we also get new eps of Castle, and H50.

My money is on The Voice, and The Following.  Of course there are complications, where Voice is a 2-hour premiere that runs over The Following, so some balancing act will have to be performed!


8 pm --------------------------------

Antiques Roadshow on - PBS
Bones on - FOX
Dancing With the Stars on - ABC
Fast N' Loud: Revved Up on - DSC
How I Met Your Mother on - CBS
Love & Hip Hop on - VH1
The Carrie Diaries on - CW
The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills on - BRAVO
The Secret Life of the American Teenager on - ABCFAM
The Voice on - NBC
Welcome to Myrtle Manor: Double Wide on - TLC
WWE Monday Night Raw on - USA

8:30 pm --------------------------------

Chasing the Saturdays on - E!
Crash & Bernstein on - DISXD
Rules of Engagement on - CBS

9 pm --------------------------------

180 Days: A Year Inside an American High School on - PBS
2 Broke Girls on - CBS
Being Human on - Syfy
Black Ink Crew on - VH1
Dallas on - TNT
Fast N' Loud on - DSC
Lab Rats on - DISXD
Love It or List It on - HGTV
Storage Wars on - A&E
The Following on - FOX
The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills on - BRAVO
Welcome to Myrtle Manor: Double Wide on - TLC starts at: 9:10

9:30 pm --------------------------------

Mike & Molly on - CBS
Storage Wars on - A&E

10 pm --------------------------------

Bates Motel on - A&E
Black Ink Crew on - VH1
Castle on - ABC starts at: 10:02
Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives on - FOOD
Hawaii Five-0 on - CBS
House Hunters on - HGTV
LA Shrinks on - BRAVO
Lost Girl on - Syfy
Monday Mornings on - TNT
Revolution on - NBC
Teen Mom 2 on - MTV
The Devils Ride on - DSC
Welcome to Myrtle Manor: Double Wide on - TLC - starts at: 10:18

10:30 pm --------------------------------

After Lately on - E!
House Hunters International on - HGTV

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via TV Guide

Sunday, March 24, 2013

New on TV for a Sunday Night... 3-24-13 (Walking Dead, Revenge...)

Sunday is a big night for TV, and it will probably tax some DVRs, but so be it....

8 pm ------------------------------

Amazing Race 22
American Ninja Warrior on Syfy
Cupcake Wars on FOOD
Dog With a Blog
Extreme Homes
My Big Fat Gypsy Valentine
Once Upon a Time ABC
The Real Housewives of Atlanta BRAVO

8:30 pm ------------------------------

Bob's Burgers FOX
Shake It Up

9:00 pm ------------------------------

American Ninja Warrior Syfy (?)
Army Wives
Family Guy
12 and a Half Angry Men
Kourtney and Kim Take Miami
Married to Medicine
My Big Fat American Gypsy Wedding
Revenge
Shameless
The Celebrity Apprentice
The Good Wife
The Walking Dead
Worst Cooks in America

9:30 pm ------------------------------

American Dad!
Hawaii Life

10 pm ------------------------------

American Ninja Warrior
Bar Rescue
Mob Wives
Playing With Fire
Real Husbands of Hollywood
Red Widow
Restaurant: Impossible
Talking Dead
The Client List
The Mentalist
Welcome to Myrtle Manor

10:30 pm ------------------------------

Californication
Second Generation Wayans

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via TV Guide

Saturday, March 23, 2013

'The Biggest Loser' Season 14 Winner Was...

The 14th season of The Biggest Loser came down to Jackson, Jeff and Danni in the final weigh-off of the season.
 


Everyone looked wonderful compared to not only their original appearance, but just in general.

The 2-hour season finale had a lot of filler content, but for the fan of the show, that wasn't an issue at all.

First up, was the battle of the ejected contestants from throughout the season.  Or, the "At Home" contestants.

After all was said and done, Gina won the "At Home" continuing weight loss contest, having lost 46.1% of her initial weight.  (Actually, kudos to everyone, they all win because right now, they're all much healthier than when they started out.)



Loser Start End Lost Percent
Pam 237 166 71 29.96%
Nathan 359 260 99 27.58%
Alex 240 156 84 35.00%
Francine 267 172 95 35.58%
TC 376 266 110 29.26%
Michael 444 308 136 30.63%
Cate 237 173 64 27.00%
Lisa 246 138 108 43.90%
David 307 205 102 33.22%
Gina 245 132 113 46.12% < At Home Winner
Joe 364 217 147 40.38%
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But in the end, betwen our three finalists, Danni rocked the both by barely edging out Jeff with a total body weight loss of 46.90%.  Look at the chart below and you'll see what I mean by edging out.  It was close!


Loser Start End Lost Percent
Jackson 328 190 138 42.07%
Jeff 388 207 181 46.65%
Danni 258 137 121 46.90%
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For the detractors:

Yes, the weight loss we see during The Biggest Loser is unrealistically achieved because no "regular Joe" has the kind of time or assistance to work at this kind of lifestyle change.

But many of the contestants in the show who went home, got their family members involved and we saw reports of how much weight they lost at home too.

The bottom line, lifestyle changes in how one approaches their diet and some form or regime of exercise can help reduce health-threatening conditions for anyone.

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Friday, March 22, 2013

On TV Friday, 3-22-13 (Grimm, Cult, NCAA)

New shows of note on TV tonight include CULT, GRIMM, TOUCH and other one and two worded titles!

All times Eastern (For sports events) and local times for the usual shows.


7 pm ---------------------------------

NCAA Basketball Tournament: Iona vs. Ohio State on - CBS
NCAA Basketball Tournament: Villanova vs. North Carolina on - TNT

8 pm ---------------------------------

Fashion Star on - NBC
Four Weddings on - TLC
Last Man Standing on - ABC
WWE SmackDown on - Syfy
You Live in What? on - HGTV
Yukon Men: Revealed on - DSC

8:30 pm ---------------------------------

Malibu Country on - ABC

9 pm ---------------------------------

Cult on - CW
Flea Market Flip on - HGTV
Grimm on - NBC

NCAA Basketball Tournament: Oklahoma vs. San Diego State on - TBS

Say Yes to the Dress: Atlanta on - TLC
Touch on - FOX
Yukon Men on - DSC

9:30 pm ---------------------------------

NCAA Basketball Tournament: Iowa State vs. Notre Dame on - CBS
NCAA Basketball Tournament: Western Kentucky vs. Kansas on - TNT

Say Yes to the Dress: Atlanta on - TLC
The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills on - BRAVO

10 pm ---------------------------------

Bering Sea Gold on - DSC
Best Week Ever on - VH1
Fashion Police on - E!
Something Borrowed, Something New on - TLC

10:30 pm ---------------------------------

House Hunters International on - HGTV
The Jenny McCarthy Show on - VH1

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via TV Guide

Thursday, March 21, 2013

New Movies Coming Out Friday, 3-22 (Olympus, Croods and more)


Holy cripes, I haven't chatted about the new movies in theaters yet this week!  OK, so real quick, here's a rundown of what new movies are coming out this Friday, 3-22-13:

 •      Spring Breakers
 •      Olympus Has Fallen
 •      The Croods
 •      Admission

There... have fun!

Oh, wait, I left a few things out.

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This week, cast in the new movies include Gerard Butler, Aaron Eckhart, Morgan Freeman, Angela Bassett, Nicolas Cage, Ryan Reynolds, Emma Stone, Catherine Keener, Tina Fey, Paul Rudd, Nat Wolff, & Gloria Reuben.

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Olympus Has Fallen
Rated R ; 120 min

Disgraced former Presidential guard Mike Banning finds himself trapped inside the White House in the wake of a terrorist attack; using his inside knowledge, Banning works with national security to rescue the President from his kidnappers.

Director: Antoine Fuqua
Stars: Gerard Butler, Aaron Eckhart, Morgan Freeman, Angela Bassett

Early IMDb user ratings (6.7/10)

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The Croods
PG ; 98 min

The world's very first prehistoric family goes on a road trip to an uncharted and fantastical world.

Directors: Kirk De Micco | Chris Sanders
Stars: Nicolas Cage, Ryan Reynolds, Emma Stone, Catherine Keener

Early IMDb user rating:  7.1/10)

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Admission

PG-13 ; 117 min

A Princeton admissions officer who is up for a major promotion takes a professional risk after she meets a college-bound alternative school kid who just might be the son she gave up years ago in a secret adoption.

Director:Paul Weitz
Stars: Tina Fey, Paul Rudd, Nat Wolff, Gloria Reuben

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Spring Breakers
So this looks like it might be The Hangover, but in bikinis.  So be it.

Brit, Faith, Candy and Cotty are best friends anxious to cut loose on their own spring break adventure, but they lack sufficient funds. After holding up a restaurant for quick cash, the girls head to the shore for …

With  James Franco, Selena Gomez, Vanessa Hudgens, Ashley Benson & Rachel Korine

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Below, are the production status states of several movies, so you can see where they're at...

In Development
·     Valley of the Dolls
·     Untitled Pierce Brosnan Project
·     Johannes Brahms
·     The Avengers 2·     Closer Than Love

In Pre-production
·     X-Men: Days of Future Past
·     Star Wars: Episode VII·     Divergent
·     Jurassic Park IV
·     Untitled Transformers Sequel

Filming
·     The Amazing Spider-Man 2
·     Captain America: The Winter Soldier·     Sin City: A Dame to Kill For
·     Anchorman: The Legend Continues
·     Godzilla
In Post-production
·     Kick-Ass 2
·     Iron Man 3·     The Hunger Games: Catching Fire
·     The Hangover Part III
·     Fast & Furious 6

Completed
·     Man of Steel·     The Bling Ring
·     The Great Gatsby
·     Oblivion
·     Scary Movie 5
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See everyone at the movies!

UK premiere of 'G.I. Joe: Retaliation' - Cast Photo Call (Tatum, Johnson, et al)

Some of the gang (cast) from G.I. Joe: Retaliation have been attending various red carpet movie premieres around the globe.  I snagged a few of the red carpet pictures from the event at The Empire Leicester Square on March 18, 2013 in London, England.

Pictures below include Channing Tatum looking pretty good, Dwayne Johnson looking... well, it's a good looking cast.  Other personalities on the red carpet include Elodie Yung and Adrianne Palicki.

Check it out below...

 Channing Tatum attends the UK premiere of 'G.I. Joe: Retaliation' at The Empire Leicester Square on March 18, 2013 in London, England.  (Photo by Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images)
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Dwayne Johnson attends the UK premiere of 'G.I. Joe: Retaliation' at The Empire Leicester Square on March 18, 2013 in London, England.  (Photo by Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images)
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Channing Tatum and Dwayne Johnson attend the UK premiere of 'G.I. Joe: Retaliation' at The Empire Leicester Square on March 18, 2013 in London, England..  (Photo by Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images)
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Elodie Yung and Adrianne Palicki attend the UK premiere of 'G.I. Joe: Retaliation' at The Empire Leicester Square on March 18, 2013 in London, England.  (Photo by Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images)
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Dwayne Johnson attends the UK premiere of 'G.I. Joe: Retaliation' at The Empire Leicester Square on March 18, 2013 in London, England.  (Photo by Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images)
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Dwayne Johnson attends the UK premiere of 'G.I. Joe: Retaliation' at The Empire Leicester Square on March 18, 2013 in London, England.  (Photo by Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images)
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Ray Stevenson attends the UK premiere of 'G.I. Joe: Retaliation' at The Empire Leicester Square on March 18, 2013 in London, England.  (Photo by Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images)
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 Jon M Chu attends the UK premiere of 'G.I. Joe: Retaliation' at The Empire Leicester Square on March 18, 2013 in London, England.  (Photo by Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images)
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ABC Summer 2013 TV Schedules (Wipeout, Rookie Blue and more)

Check out the list of Summer TV series returning for fun, games and action:

For me, Wipeout is endless fun, Rookie Blue is a guilty police drama/love angst series and other members of the household will be watching The Bachelorette.

Of course, in Wipeout, JILL WAGNER returns!!!

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Thursday, May 9:  "Wipeout"

Monday, May 20:  "The Bachelorette" (special time period premiere following the finale of the "Dancing with the Stars" performance show)

Tuesday, May 21  "Motive" (new series premiere on a special day and time, following the finale of "Dancing with the Stars the Results Show" from 8:00-10:01 p.m.)

Thursday, May 23:  "Motive" (regular time period premiere)
                   "Rookie Blue"

Monday, May 27:  "The Bachelorette" (regular time period premiere)

Tuesday, May 28:  "Extreme Makeover: Weight Loss Edition"

Wednesday, May 29:  "What Would You Do?"

Monday, June 3:  "Mistresses" (new series premiere)

Sunday, June 23:  "Celebrity Wife Swap" (summer premiere)
                  "Whodunnit?" (new series premiere)

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Via the press release below, show descriptions:

"WIPEOUT" – PREMIERES THURSDAY, MAY 9 (8:00-9:00 p.m.)

As summer temperatures heat up, quirky contestants go down! This season "Wipeout" will hit the 100th episode milestone, and we'll be celebrating all season long with brand new, over-the-top courses and the return of Jill Wagner to the "Wipeout" family. We'll have lots of special episodes, including Dirty Jobs, Newlyweds, Exes, Beauty Queens and Brains VS Brawn. Also returning are favorite specials featuring Families, Boss & Employee, Hotties VS Nerds and Blind Date. The infamous Big Balls make their return, along with new obstacles such as Octopushy, Space Pod of Doom and The Miami Pound Machine. The series will be hosted by John Anderson (ESPN's "SportsCenter"), John Henson (E! Entertainment's "Talk Soup") and co-hosted by Jill Wagner (MTV's "Teen Wolf"). "Wipeout" executive producers are Matt Kunitz ("101 Ways to Leave a Game Show," "Fear Factor") and Scott Larsen. Kevin Wehrenberg, Trice Barto and J. Rupert Thompson are co-executive producers. The series is produced by Endemol USA. David Goldberg is the chairman of Endemol North America.

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"THE BACHELORETTE" – SPECIAL PREMIERE ON MONDAY, MAY 20 (9:00-11:00 p.m.), FOLLOWING THE FINALE OF "DANCING WITH THE STARS" PERFORMANCE SHOW THAT NIGHT, BEFORE DEBUTING IN ITS REGULAR TIMESLOT ON MONDAY, MAY 27 (8:00-10:01 p.m.)

This season the hit romance reality series will feature its ninth edition with the lucky new Bachelorette – Desiree Hartsock -- getting to know 25 fortunate men via a series of social gatherings and exotic, romantic dates, some in groups, some individually. She will introduce some of the men to her family and will visit their hometowns for a slice of their lives in an effort to determine the man with whom she is most compatible. At the end of the journey, filled with drama and surprises against the backdrop of spectacular international settings and featuring innovative twists and special guest stars, the Bachelorette may quite possibly have found true love. But the big question is: After all of this, will she hand out her final rose? And if she does, will the final bachelor accept it and propose? Hosted by Chris Harrison, "The Bachelorette" is a production of Next Entertainment in association with Warner Horizon Television. Mike Fleiss and Martin Hilton are the executive producers.

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"MOTIVE" – SPECIAL DEBUT ON TUESDAY, MAY 21 (10:01-11:00 p.m.), FOLLOWING THE FINALE OF "DANCING WITH THE STARS THE RESULTS SHOW" THAT NIGHT, BEFORE PREMIERING IN ITS REGULAR TIMESLOT ON THURSDAY, MAY 23 (9:00-10:00 p.m.)

When murder is committed, Angie Flynn, a loving, single mother and a damned good detective, along with her partner, Detective Oscar Vega, are on the case, looking for clues that will lead them to the killer. But "Motive" turns the tried-and-true crime drama formula on its head by identifying the Killer and Victim at the beginning of each episode. These storylines are then further explored via stylized flashbacks that piece together the mysterious connection between these two characters and what drove the Killer to commit murder. "Motive" stars Kristin Lehman ("The Killing," "Judging Amy") as Detective Angie Flynn, Louis Ferreira ("SGU Stargate Universe," "Rookie Blue") as Detective Oscar Vega, Lauren Holly ("NCIS," "Chicago Hope," "Picket Fences") as Dr. Betty Rogers, Roger Cross ("24," "Arrow") as Staff Sergeant Boyd Bloom, Brendan Penny as Detective Brian Lucas and Cameron Bright ("The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2") as Manny Flynn. "Motive" was created by Daniel Cerone ("Dexter," "The Mentalist"), who executive-produces the show along with Louise Clark, Rob Merilees, Erin Haskett, Rob LaBelle, Lindsay Macadam and James Thorpe. Developed by CTV, the series is produced by Foundation Features and Lark Productions in association with Bell Media, and distributed by NBCUniversal International.

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"Rookie Blue" – Premieres THURSDAY, MAY 23 (10:00-11:00 p.m.)

A group of young and ambitious rookie cops continue to navigate the emotional trials and tribulations of their professional and personal lives. After three years on The Job, these rookies are well on their way to becoming experienced officers, but at what cost? It's been six months since Andy McNally and Nick Collins left for their undercover operation. We return to 15 Division with them – and quickly realize that everything seems to have changed. But that's what being a cop is: adjusting to new situations, rolling with the punches. Change is constant, and if you don't adapt, you're left behind. So when Andy returns to find that Sam Swarek is now a Detective and that he's moved on, both professionally and personally, she's going to have to figure out how to deal with it. Meanwhile, Dov's life gets awkward when a one-night stand with Frank's goddaughter becomes more complicated; Chris is torn between staying at 15 Division and moving his new family back to his smaller, safer hometown; Traci is learning to work with new detective Swarek, while trying to move on from the loss of her fiancé, Jerry Barber; And although Nick and Gail have cemented their relationship, Nick can't seem to shed the feeling that all is not right between them. Last season our officers got what they wanted and had to deal with the repercussions. This year they will have to look change right in the eye and learn to adapt -- leaving them with some big, bold choices to make. "Rookie Blue" stars Missy Peregrym as Andy McNally, Gregory Smith as Dov Epstein, Charlotte Sullivan as Gail Peck, Enuka Okuma as Traci Nash, Travis Milne as Chris Diaz, Peter Mooney as Nick Collins, Ben Bass as Sam Swarek, and this season introduces Priscilla Faia as Chloe Price and Rachael Ancheril as Marlo Cruz. Also starring in the series are Matt Gordon as Oliver Shaw and Lyric Bent as Frank Best. Tassie Cameron, Ilana Frank, David Wellington, Russ Cochrane and John Morayniss are executive producers. "Rookie Blue" is produced by ICF Films and Entertainment One.

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"Extreme Makeover: WEIGHT LOSS EDITION" – PREMIERES TUESDAY, MAY 28 (8:00-10:01 p.m.)

"Extreme Makeover: Weight Loss Edition" -- The hit series returns for Season Three as transformational specialist Chris Powell, author of the New York Times bestseller Choose to Lose, documents the amazing makeover of 15 courageous, "super obese" people who, in an unprecedented 365 days, set out to safely lose up to half of their body weight, ultimately revealing an amazing metamorphosis. In each of the 13 stand-alone, two-hour episodes, the participants undergo a transformation not only of their bodies, but of who they are as individuals. By assuring they have the proper nourishment and exercise movement, Powell provides a fresh perspective to individuals whose lives have become unmanageable because of their weight. He guides each of the participants through their transformation process by moving into their homes with their families or loved ones. The upcoming season is filled with remarkable and eye-opening changes, including twins who work together to shed weight, a married couple and the inspiring story of an amputee who worked to shed the weight he gained after losing his limb. From the producers of ABC's new celebrity diving series, "Splash," "Extreme Makeover: Weight Loss Edition" is executive-produced by JD Roth, Todd A. Nelson, Matt Assmus and Brant Pinvidic. The series is produced by Eyeworks USA.



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"WHAT WOULD YOU DO?" – PREMIERES WEDNESDAY, MAY 29 (10:00-11:00 p.m.)

Using hidden cameras, "What Would You Do?" establishes everyday scenarios and then captures people's reactions. Whether people are compelled to act or mind their own business, John Quiñones reports on their split-second and often surprising decision-making process. "What Would You Do?" has won awards from the Chicago International Television Festival, and the Avon Foundation's 2006 Voice of Change Award for exposing "injustice and wrongdoing against women and bringing the message of domestic violence to the mainstream."

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"MISTRESSES" – PREMIERES MONDAY, JUNE 3 (10:01-11:00 p.m.)

Based on the hit UK television series of the same name, "Mistresses" is a provocative and thrilling drama about the scandalous lives of a sexy and sassy group of four girlfriends, each on her own path to self-discovery: Savannah ("Savi"), a successful career woman working toward the next phase in her life, both professionally and personally; Savi's free-spirited and capricious baby sister, Josslyn; their friends April, a recent widow and mother of a ten-year-old daughter, and Karen, a therapist with her own thriving practice. These four friends find support and guidance with each other as they brave their turbulent journeys and life's storms of excitement, secrecy and betrayal, all the while bound by the complex relationships they've created. "Mistresses" stars Alyssa Milano as Savannah ("Savi") Davis, Yunjin Kim as Karen Kim, Rochelle Aytes as April Malloy, Jes Macallan as Josslyn Carver, Brett Tucker as Harry Davis, Jason George as Dominic Taylor and Erik Stocklin as Sam Grey. The series is executive-produced by Rina Mimoun ("Privileged," "Gilmore Girls"), K.J. Steinberg ("Gossip Girl"), Robert Sertner ("Revenge," "No Ordinary Family") and Douglas Rae ("Wuthering Heights," "Camelot," "Mistresses," "Raw," "Meadowlands"). The series is from ABC Studios.

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"Celebrity Wife Swap" – RETURNS TO THE SCHEDULE SUNDAY, JUNE 23 (8:00-9:00 p.m.)

In "Celebrity Wife Swap," two mothers of celebrity families, each with opposing values, trade households, lifestyles and children (but not bedrooms) in a week-long challenge. In the first part of the exchange, each mom moves into the other's home and agrees to follow a manual of "household rules" written by the departing mother, including how to parent, manage their social life, do house work, unwind and more. Everything changes in the second half of the week, when "new mommy" takes charge, introduces her own set of rules and runs the "nest" her way. At the end of the week the two couples meet for the first time. In a raw, honest and highly-charged exchange of views, the couples will make frank assessments of each other and discuss their experiences, having had a very real taste of what life would be like in someone else's family. "Celebrity Wife Swap" is produced by Tony Yates and Bruce Toms for Zodiak USA.

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"WHODUNNIT?" – PREMIERES SUNDAY, JUNE 23 (9:00-10:00 p.m.)

Anthony E. Zuiker, the creator of the "CSI" franchise, begins production on his first primetime reality series, "Whodunnit?" Cris Abrego partners with Zuiker for the new nine-episode alternative series that puts 13 contestants' investigative skills to the test in a mystery reality competition. Each week players will use a variety of crime scene investigation techniques to meticulously uncover evidence that will ultimately reveal who among them is the killer. The interactive series will pit 13 amateur sleuths against each other in a quest to solve a series of puzzling murders. Some will form alliances and others will choose to go it alone just to get them closer to the grand prize. The contestants will reside on a glamorous estate where each week they must solve a new crime in order to advance in The Game. Failure to solve the crime will lead to a player's demise, until only three are left. In the final episode, one player will unmask the killer and take home the $250,000 prize. "Whodunnit?" is produced by Dare to Pass and 51 Minds. Zuiker and Abrego are executive producers. Matt Weinberg, president of Dare to Pass, also serves as producer.

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