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Airing Tonight: “Comic Book Men” Season 2 (10/14/2012)

Fans of the AMC Original Program and Kevin Smith will be happy to learn that season two of the unscripted reality program “Comic Book Men” airs its premiere this evening. Does this excite you? Were you a fan of it when it made its debut back in February?

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The premise of the show is the day-to-day happenings that take place in Jay and Silent Bob’s Secret Stash which is Kevin Smith’s comic book shop that is located in Red Bank, New Jersey. Having seen a few of the first seasons six episodes I can tell you that there is some similarity to “Pawn Stars” where the customer brings in items that they wish to sell off to the store along with the occasional expert who knows more about a particular piece. In season one they called upon someone to help with a Star Wars item and another for a Godzilla piece. There is also a podcast that Smith hosts and the show appears to switch back and forth from the staff talking there and the activity at the comic store. Did you watch the first season? What are your thoughts on the show? I will give you mind after presenting the cast of players who have remained the same. The show is now only 30 minutes as opposed to the 60 that the first season was.

The Cast:
Kevin Smith – Store Owner and Podcast Host
Walt Flanagan – Store Manager
Mike Zapcic – One of the clerks at the shop
Bryan Johnson – Friend of the staff.
Ming Chen – One of the clerks at the shop

My Thoughts On It: After breezing through the first season in a few hours one lazy afternoon I have to say that the show was pretty much what I expected it to be. I anticipated being only moderately interested what it offered and after seeing it this was a correct thought. When the customers brought in their wares I was the most attentive but the constant belittling of each other in the staff was getting a little stale to me. When they hit the garage sale and found some really worthwhile treasures like Mego figures and vintage comics, well that was pretty cool. I used to have so many of the Mego collections and they all broke over the years. Sigh. One thing that did strike me as curious is that we only see Smith during the podcast and never at the store. We get a visit from “Jay” early in the season and he appears to be as out there in real life as he does in the movies. Do you think you will tune in to the second season?

Official Websites:
AMC Official Show Page: http://www.amctv.com/shows/comic-book-men
Secret Stash Podcast: http://smodcast.com/channels/the-secret-stash/

Airing Tonight: “The Walking Dead” Season 3 (10/14/2012)

Time to rally up your armaments for the seemingly endless battle against the dead who walk and seek us out like we were McDonald’s cheeseburgers. Yep, hot off the ending of this years NY Comic Con, comes the third season of “The Walking Dead” which begins tonight. Folks that didn’t attend the Con might be amused to find out that the access passes to the event featured various characters from the show.

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Airing Tonight: “That Metal Show” Season 11

Fans of Eddie Trunk and his team will be happy to learn that Season 11 of “That Metal Show” will return tonight and of course air on VH1 Classic as it has done for the previous ten seasons.

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Airing Tonight: “Gene Simmons Family Jewels” Season 7

“Oh Yeah”; “Oooooooooooh Yeah”; “Well alright”; Sorry for using one of Gene Simmons own trademark phrases during a KISS show but the A&E Network’s reality program “Gene Simmons Family Jewels” begins airing its seventh season tonight on the A&E Network. Are you still watching? Have you even started yet? If it’s the latter you best get onto Netflix or something to catch up with the world around you as you are missing out in some key happenings in The Demons life.

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Airing Tonight: VH1 Classics “That Metal Show” Reaches Season #10

Can you believe that my Metal fiends? Yep, it’s the Big 10th Season for a Metal program and that is pretty cool in my humble opinion. Of course let’s immediately get this out in the open that the show while running for ten seasons has never had a season that showed more than ten episodes and its only been on the air since November 2008 which is not quite four years as of this posting. If you were to use shows like “Big Bang Theory” or “CSI” as an example, their first seasons were 17 and 23 episodes respectively. In addition to that there are many fans who feel this is more of a Hard Rock show than it is a Metal show and I can see where they come from based on some of the episodes that I have seen. These fans should try to realize that this is on VH1 Classic and that means we are not going to see Behemoth, Dimmu Borgir or Kamelot on any time soon.

For those in the dark or returning from a faraway land and needing some background on the program, the show is now an hour in length and hosted by radio personality Eddie Trunk with comedians Don Jamieson and Jim Florentine as his co-hosts. It features an interview format along with a few special segments that allow the hosts to banter at length. There is a live musical guest who brings them to commercials and while its been guitarists and bassists since they started, with season ten they shall bring out guest drummers. As a former hobbyist skinbasher I kind of like that idea. The later seasons actually found the hosts interacting with this guest more than they did in the earlier broadcasts. Outside of that there is no true musical guest performer doing a song from a new album or anything. It’s probably a cost issue. Oh yes, the show is recorded in Los Angeles as opposed to New York City where it started.

So what does everyone think of the show so far? Are you loving it? Are you hating it? What parts make you feel a certain way and what do you wish they would do differently? Me? I guess I can admit to liking parts of the show but I agree with those who feel there is too much banter time happening but that is to be expected when you have three hosts. Losing a little of that might allow for longer interview time and that benefits the artist and the fans that are interested in learning what is up all the more. For me as a supporter of the Metal scene I don’t find a lot of the bands that I consider of vital importance to the sound today being represented but I don’t really expect them on VH1 Classic anyway. Yes I love the old stuff but as many Metal fans point out on the forum board sites and news feeds, we don’t need a show to tell us how Judas Priest, Alice Cooper, UFO and Thin Lizzy are bands that we should be listening to. Yet for those fans who are locked into the traditional side of things the show rules since it caters right to that preference and only deviates every once in awhile. It’s nice to have something related to Metal on the air, but I still very much miss Talking Metal on Fuse and hope we find something new and perhaps even edgier coming on somewhere soon.

I’ve met Eddie Trunk a number of times on my own adventuring around the Metal Realm, so I do send congratulations to him on the 10th Season. It has to be a nice feeling. Here is to your 11th, 12th, 13th and etc.

Watch Full Episodes HERE if you are curious about it. Comments are open on this post to let us know what you think about the show.

Official Website: http://www.eddietrunk.com