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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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Television: Hellcats-CW’s New Cheerleading Drama Brings It On In Generic But Classy Style

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Hellcats is described by the CW Network as a coming-of-age story about Marti Perkins (Aly Michalka, “The Roommate,” “Bandslam”), a pre-law scholarship student at Lancer University in Memphis, Tennessee. Marti is a hip, edgy townie with working class roots, whose world flips upside down, literally and figuratively, when her scholarship is canceled and her well-meaning but irresponsible mother, Wanda (Gail O’Grady, “NYPD Blue,” “American Dreams”) neglects to inform her.

Broke and out of options, Marti realizes the only way she can stay in school is by resurrecting  her dormant gymnastic skills to win a place on the Hellcats – Lancer’s legendary cheer squad – and the scholarship that comes with it. Along the way she crosses paths with Savannah Monroe (Ashley Tisdale) the upbeat captain of the cheerleading squad.

Based on the book Cheer: Inside the Secret World of College Cheerleaders by journalist Kate Torgovnick, Hellcats is created by Kevin Murphy who also serves as executive producer along with Tom Welling (star of the long running CW hit series Smallville). The series also stars Heather Hemmens, Matt Barr,Robbie Jones and D. B. Woodside.

Hellcats premieres on the CW Network on Wednesday September 8th at 9PM EST. but a few of us reporter types got an advanced screener to take a look at. I was one of them. Before I had received the screener, I had heard about Hellcats and I have to admit it sounded pretty much like every other generic cheerleading dramas/comedies I had seen before. Plus the CW had already spent some time exploring the lives of high school cheerleaders in their long running teen angst series, One Tree Hill. With this in mind I am not afraid to say I was expecting Hellcats to just be more of the same formula. For it to be a yet another cast of ‘pretty people’ twenty something’s playing roles enmeshed in sex soak angst, betrayals and melodrama  interspersed with scenes of fancy dance moves.  After seeing the screener for the pilot episode of Hellcats, titled A World Full of Strangers, I found out I was right about two things: the cast is full of pretty people and the  episode is definitely interspersed with scenes of fancy dance moves. And while this is a fairly generic cheerleading story filled with your requisite cheerleader type storyline characters, Hellcats is not a One Tree Hill clone set on a college campus. I am pleased to say that Hellcats is a really fun, kind of wholesome series that is all about the spirit of competitive cheerleading without all the sappiness or oversexed raunchiness they could have so easily fallen into.

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Television: Actor/Comedian Zach Cregger Joins Cast of NBC Series, Friends With Benefits

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Zach Cregger, an Arlington VA native who has most recently spent his time in New York City working as a writer/producer and actor in the comedy troupe Whitest Kids U’ Know, has been signed on to join the cast of the new NBC comedy series, Friends With Benefits.  Cregger, who starred in the 2009 comedy movie Miss March, will be joining the half hour, single camera comedy in the role Aaron a nerdy but cute, hopeless romantic who is worth $12 million after selling an algorithm to Google.

Friends With Benefits, which also stars Danneel Harris, Ryan Hansen, Alexandra Holden and Andre Holland, explores modern-day romance through the eyes of five friends, each looking for “the one” but in the meantime settling for “friends with benefits.”  Cregger describes his character as someone with the smarts to make a ton of money but isn’t so smart about figuring out the complexities of romance.  “He’s a total spazz and he’s gonna be really fun to play.”

Friends with Benefits, which was created by  Brian Grazer and is executive produced by David Nevins, David Dobkin, Jeff Kleeman and Scott Neustadter, begins principle filming in two weeks and is set to become a 2011 mid season replacement on the NBC schedule.

Zach Cregger is repped by William Morris Endeavor (WME) Entertainment

Television: TNT Orders New Seasons of Three Hit Series: The Closer, Rizzoli & Isles and Leverage

 

TNT knows drama and they also know how to keep hit drama series on their Network – by renewing them! Which is why TNT has ordered new seasons of three of the network’s hit series, The Closer, Rizzoli & Isles and Leverage.

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On the renewal of these three hit series, Michael Wright, executive vice president and head of programming for TNT, TBS and Turner Classic Movies (TCM) had this to say to the media. “TNT has enjoyed tremendous success on Sunday and Monday nights with Leverage, The Closer and Rizzoli & Isles. All three shows feature terrific casts, sharp writing and top-notch production teams. We look forward to continued success with new seasons in 2011.”

The Closer, which continues to rank as ad-supported cable’s #1 series of all time, will return for its seventh season. Rizzoli & Isles, which currently ranks as cable’s #1 new series for the year-to-date, will return for a second season. Leverage, which is performing exceptionally well in its new Sunday timeslot, will be back for a fourth season. TNT has ordered 15 episodes each of The Closer and Leverage, along with 13 episodes of Rizzoli & Isles, with all three slated to start their new seasons in 2011. Continue reading Television: TNT Orders New Seasons of Three Hit Series: The Closer, Rizzoli & Isles and Leverage

Video Games Live on PBS

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If you haven’t had the opportunity to catch a live performance of Video Games Live, the group has secured a deal with PBS to air a 90 minute concert.  I attended this show a few years ago and it’s a pretty amazing experience that features a full orchestra performing music from the most popular video games against a backdrop of big HD Televisions that project images from the games. The show features music from Halo, Mario Brothers, World of Warcraft and others.  Check your local listings for airdates, it airs on Maryland Public TV tonight (Sat).