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Television: Gossip Girls Go Dressy for Goodbye Columbia

 

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A GOSSIP GIRL BLAST STRIKES OUT AGAINST SERENA —An anonymous Gossip Girl blast starts a very damaging rumor about one of Columbia’s new students, Serena (Blake Lively). On her path to greatness, Blair (Leighton Meester) decides to take a class with a powerful businesswoman, Martha (guest star Marilyne Barrett), who is guest-lecturing at Columbia, but a mysterious fellow student thwarts her plans to secure the prized position as Martha’s assistant. Penn Badgley, Chace Crawford, Ed Westwick, Jessica Szohr, Kelly Rutherford and Matthew Settle also star. Jeremiah Chechik directed the episode written by Robby Hull

Television: Supernatural’s Jared Padalecki Gives ‘The Situation’ Some Competition

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Note to Mike ‘The Situation’ Sorrentino -you can pull your shirt down now, because Supernatural actor Jared Padalecki may have just ended your days as the ‘King of Abs’.

In Last night’s brand new episode of Supernatural, S6.03 The Third Man, Jared Padalecki gave the viewers and fans of the hit CW action series a really impressive visual image of the new leaner, stronger Sam Winchester. Oh man, what a visual that was too and it isn’t even sweeps week yet!

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Naturally, Jersey Shore viewers and fans are welcome to let us know if you think Mike ‘The Situation’ Sorrentino has nothing to worry about in regards to competition from Jared Padalecki and that ‘The Situation’ still has the best abs thing covered..or is that uncovered.

Television: Supernatural S6.01 Exile On Main Street – Romance, Bad Djinn & Annoying Relatives Makes for An Odd Mix for the Start of Supernatural Season 6

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I know the Djinn in Supernatural S6.01 Exile on Main Street (written by Sera Gamble) are suppose to be the bad guys, but I wonder if they would grant this viewer a wish anyway; to send Grandpa Samuel Campbell (Mitch Pileggi) and the Campbell cousins into exile and off of Supernatural as quickly as possible (and why is Mark Campbell now a cousin when back in season one he was Mary’s brother?). I’m going to be right upfront and honest. I never thought any group of new characters introduced to Supernatural would be so immediately annoying to me as a viewer more than the Ghostfacers were. I was wrong. Gramps and the Campbell cousins have the Ghostfacers beat, hands down. Unfortunately, I’m sure that we have a lot more to see of the Campbell clan in episodes to come. Supernatural has been filming since late July and there is no magic wand or handy good Djinn to make the Campbell crew disappear from those episodes. So the best I, as a viewer can hope for is that the storyline involving them gets good enough to make me change my mind about wanting the Campbell’s to go away.

That said, and my immediate adverse reactions to them aside, there are some interesting questions surrounding the decision to bring these characters into Supernatural for season six. As I was watching this part of the story unfold in S6.01 Exile on Main Street, it left me wondering if this wasn’t somehow a loop back to the pre-writer’s strike part of Supernatural season three. Back before the season got shortened and Supernatural, like all the other scripted series affected by the writer’s strike, had to ‘cut to the chase’. Was this the direction they were headed in when Ruby( played in this instance by Katie Cassidy) had Sam investigating Mary Winchester’s background? I’m wondering what meeting the Campbell cousins back then would have brought forth in season three since we know that Sam was originally suppose to have saved Dean from going to hell. It seems pretty clear from S6.01 Exile on Main Street, that Grandpa and the cousins know more secrets about hunting than John Winchester did and are going to play a pivotal role in Sam Winchester’s new storyline and direction.

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Television: Sneak Peek At Tonight’s Episode of Nikita S1.04 Rough Trade

 

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Nikit continues to heat up the Thursday night ratings for the CW Network and win rave reviews from critics and viewers alike, and with good reason. Nikita is action packed and intelligently written. The main character, played with ultimate cool by Maggie Q is a strong and resourceful woman who can hold her own.

In S1.04 Rough Trade, Nikita revisits a past assignment where she posed as a nanny for an influential government official and decides to right the wrong of his death.  During the mission, Michael (Shane West) comes to Nikita’s rescue and begins to doubt Percy’s (Xander Berkeley) motives.  Back at Division, while undergoing basic training, Alex (Lyndsy Fonseca) suffers from a panic attack which prompts Amanda (Melinda Clarke) to break her of claustrophobia.  Aaron Stanford, Tiffany Hines and Ashton Holmes also star.  Nick Copus directed the episode written by Carlos Coto .

Check out the sneak peek provided by the CW Network and then tune in tonight at 9 PM EST to catch the newest episode of the CW Network’s newest hit series, Nikita.

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Contest – An Amazing TNA Impact Giveaway!!!!

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Our new buddies over at TNA Impact have thrown taken the gloves off and given us an absolutely amazing TNA Wrestling Prize Pack. Any fan of wrestling should want this set!!! Be honest and admit you like wrestling, I get more comments and compliments when I where my wrestling T-Shirts than I do anything else.  What’s this prize pack??? In honor of TNA Wrestling iMPACT! LIVE show on Thursday, October 7th at 9 pm EST/ 8pm CST on Spike TV we have NINE DVD Sets to give away!!  The DVD Sets include FIVE TNA Wrestling DVDs including Against All Odds PPV 2005, Bound for Glory PPV 2005, Turning Point PPV 2006, Genesis PPV 2007 and Lockdown 2007.  That’s over 9 hours of PPV Wrestling!! Featuring the likes of Booker T, Kurt Angle, Hulk Hogan, Sting, and more!!

To win this set, sign up for your Twitter Feed at twitter.com/eclipsemagazine  and/or Facebook at facebook.com/eclipsemagazine.  This contest will run Sept 29 through Oct 13th. During the contest period send your request to contests@eclipsemagazine.com with your full name and mailing address – I will not hunt people down to give this away.  Nine Winners will be selected at random during the course of the next two weeks. If you want extra credit, leave a post about your favorite TNA Wrestler or Match.

Television: The CW Network Smallville and Supernatural Boys Are Back Together & Kicking It on Friday Nights!

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After being separated for a season when The CW Network moved Smallville to Friday nights, Dean (Jensen Ackles) and Sam (Jared Padalecki) Winchester and Clark Kent (Tom Welling) are back in action together.  For its sixth season, Supernatural was moved to the 9 PM Friday night time slot right after the tenth and final season of Smallville and that turned out to be an action packed ratings ramp up for The CW Network.

The premiere of SMALLVILLE’s final season with episode S10.01 Lazarus, kicked off the night by won its time period in adults 18-34 (1.3/5), men 18-34 (1.6/7), men 18-49 (1.5/6).  The CW’s SMALLVILLE outperformed both ABC and FOX at 8:00-9:00p.m. in adults 18-49 (1.3/5).SMALLVILLE delivered The CW’s best performance in the Friday 8-9pm time period in 2 years in total viewers (3.0  mil) and adults 18-49 (1.3/5).

The debut of the sixth season of SUPERNATURAL  with the episode S6.01 Exile on Main Street, was first the 9-10pm hour in adults 18-34 (1.4/5-tie), men 18-34 (1.5/6) and men 18-49 (1.4/5-tie).  SUPERNATURAL ranked third in the hour among total viewers (2.9mil) and adults 18-49 (1.3/4). Compared to its season premiere last year (on Thursday), SUPERNATURAL was flat year to year in adults 18-34, and up 25% in men 18-34 and 17% in men 18-49. SUPERNATURAL scored The CW’s best performance in the time period in 2 years in all key categories, including adults 18-34 (1.4/5), adults 18-49 (1.3/4), men 18-34 (1.5/6), men 18-49 (1.4/5) and viewers (2.9mil).

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Television: Bieber Fever Invades the CBS Season Eleven Premiere of CSI

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Justin Bieber (pronounced Bee-bar) is a Canadian born pop/R&B singing sensation who was discovered in 2008 after Scooter Braun saw videos of the fresh faced, talented teen on Youtube and later became his manager. Bieber’s debut single, “One Time“, was released worldwide during 2009, and charted within the top 30 in over ten countries. His first full studio release, My World 2.0, was released on March 23, 2010 and debuted at number one and within the top ten of several countries and was certified platinum in the United States.

Having conquered the music world, Justin Bieber is setting his sights on Hollywood and tonight Bieber makes his acting debut in the CSI eleventh season premiere episode Shockwave as Jason McCann. CBS shares some behind the scenes footage and photos of Justin Bieber at work in his role on the long running, CBS hit procedural drama, which stars Laurence Fishburne and Marg Helgenberger.

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Television: New Supernatural Showrunner, Sera Gamble Talks Season 6 At the 2010 San Diego Comic Con

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The end of S5.22, Swan Song left us with Dean Winchester (Jensen Ackles) shattered down to his very soul over the loss of Sam and knowing (he thinks) where and what his brother had to go to. Left us with Sam Winchester (Jared Padalecki) standing outside of the place where his brother has sought out retreat and sanctuary (but not a reprieve from the pain) looking in. It left us with the question of how did Sam Winchester get out of hell?

This Friday night, September 24th at 9 PM EST, Supernatural season six premieres with S6.01 Exile on Main Street. With the apocalypse avoided, Dean and Sam Winchester have a whole new direction to go into and they will be doing it under the guidance of Sera Gamble, who also wrote the episode, as she steps into her role as the new show runner.

Sera Gamble started out as a story editor in Supernatural season one with S1.2, Wendigo and S1.3 Dead in the Water as story editor/writer. These were the first episodes to mark this talented lady’s introduction in the world of Supernatural. Like the series itself, Sera Gamble has come a long way since season one premiered back in September of 2005. Throughout the past five seasons of Supernatural, Sera Gamble has progressed from writer/story editor, to executive producer.

Eclipse Magazine got to participate in a round table interview with Sera at the 2010 San Diego Comic Con. Check out what Sera had to say about her new duties and the new direction for Sam, Dean and Supernatural.

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Television: Eclipse Looks Back At Supernatural As The Season 6 Premiere Approaches

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The premiere of the sixth season of the CW Network’s hit action/horror series, Supernatural is just a few days away and I don’t know about anyone else, but this dedicated viewer is psyched about it! With the premiere of season 6, Supernatural is moving to its new Friday night 9 PM (EST) slot where the Winchester brothers will be buddies once more with the CW Network’s other long running action series, Smallville.

Supernatural season 5 was the culmination of a storyline that had began in season one under show runner/series creator, Eric Kripke. From the very first moment the audience was introduced to Dean (Jensen Ackles) and Sam (Jared Padalecki) Winchester, we knew they were fated for something bigger than either one of them could imagine. Over the past five seasons of Supernatural the audience has become invested in the way the Winchester brothers seem to rise above just about every adversity thrown at them and our hearts broke for them when they couldn’t. When Dean’s deal was closing in on him in season 3 of Supernatural, I found the lines from one of my favorite songs running through my head. They are part of the lyrics to ‘Comanche’ by Johnny Horton. Ok, so yes, Comanche was a horse. But not just any horse, he was the lone survivor of Custer’s last stand at Little Bighorn. I have since found the lyrics to be fitting for both Dean and Sam.

“Comanche you fought hard, Comanche you tried. You were a good soldier, so hold your head up high for even the greatest soldiers sometimes must fall. Comanche the great horse, you gave your all.”

Both Sam and Dean Winchester were called upon time and time again by angels, demons, God and even their own father, John Winchester (Jeffrey Dean Morgan/Matt Cohen) to ‘give their all’. Even above and beyond death.

Of course none of this would have had the dramatic impact for Supernatural viewers and fans without the talents of the writers, producers, creators, guest actors and most of all without the talent and on screen brotherly chemistry of Jared Padalecki and Jensen Ackles.

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Television: The CW Is Cheering About The Cheerleaders of Hellcats!

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One of the predictions I made in my advance review of The CW Network’s new Wednesday night series, Hellcats, is that it had the potential to be a hit with the younger female audiences. Judging by the cheering coming out of the CW Network offices over the ratings success, I would say my prediction was right on the money.  Below is some excerpts from the CW Network press release on the ratings success of Hellcats which stars Ashley Tisdale, Gail O’Grady and Aly Michalka.

September 9, 2010 (Burbank, CA) –  THE CW’s HELLCATS Marks First Premiere to Ever Match or Build on TOP MODEL Lead-In  and Scores Largest Non-Top Model Audience in the 9PM Wednesday night Time Period in 3 Years and Best in 2 Years Among Women 18-34. The series premiere of HELLCATS, titled A World Full of Strangers, accomplished something no other UPN or CW show has ever done, matched or built on its TOP MODEL lead-in.  According to preliminary live plus same day Nielsen ratings for Wednesday, Sept. 8, 2010, the younger-skewing Hellcats ranked first in the hour among total teens and female teens, and ranked second in the hour with females 12-34. Hellcats also built at the half hour by 15% in adults 18-34, 5% in women 18-34, 8% in adults 18-49, 6% in women 18-49, 14% in persons 12-34 and 9% in females 12-34.

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Television: CW’s Nikita -Mildly Entertaining Action Despite A Lack of Spark From Maggie Q

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On Thursday, September 9th at 9PM EST (Supernatural’s old time slot), The CW Network is set to offer up their re-imagining of the 1997 USA Network series Nikita which starred Peta Wilson. That series was in itself an adapting of the 1990 French film, Le Femme Nikta.

While the blue eyed blonde Wilson has been replaced by the darkly exotic beauty of female action star Maggie Q (Mission Impossible 2), the basic plot remains the same. When Nikita was a deeply troubled eighteen year old accused of murder, she was rescued from death row by a secret U.S. agency known only as Division. They trained her as a spy and assassin.  Nikita was their top agent until she broke the cardinal rule of never getting close to someone and fell in love. Because of this, Nikita was betrayed by the only people she thought she could trust and the man she loved was murdered by them.  Now, after three years in hiding, Nikita is seeking retribution and making it clear to her former boss, Percy (Xander Berkeley, “24”) and her former friends Michael (Shane West, “E.R.”) and Birkhoff (Aaron Stanford, “X-Men: The Last Stand) that she will stop at nothing to expose and destroy their covert operation.

The majority of the pilot for Nikita, which was directed by Danny Cannon and written by Craig Silverstein, spends a lot of it’s time giving the audience the exposition on title character’s back story. The exposition is interspersed with action sequences to show the audience what a kick ass, strong woman Nikita is.

While all of this was slickly presented and mildly entertaining, the biggest problem I had was this: Yes, Maggie Q is as deadly graceful and skilled as an action hero should be in all the fight sequences. However, her Nikita comes across as too remote and coldly detached from the angst surrounding her character to create any spark or screen presence to connect to outside of her fighting prowess. I do have to say that this remote detachment does help the character keep a sense of dignity around her during the scenes in which Nikita must run around scantily clad. On the up side, that kind of dignity is a welcome change from the usual “sex it up” mentality that often comes along with a series which revolves around a female spy . It certainly makes Nikita more intimidating. On the downside, the issue I had with this is that, unfortunately, there is no heat of any kind whatsoever in those scenes nor in the action sequences. To me, the action sequences of a series like this is where the character’s passion for her cause should be most revealed. I just didn’t feel Nikita’s passion for her crusade.

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