Scream Factory To Release Hemlock Grove Season One This Fall

Courtesy:  Shout! Factory/Scream Factory/Netflix

Courtesy: Shout! Factory/Scream Factory/Netflix

Officials with Scream Factory made a big announcement Tuesday about a new upcoming release.

The announcement was made Tuesday that Scream Factory will release the first season of Netflix’s hit original series Hemlock Grove. The first season of the Emmy© nominated series will be released on DVD and Blu-ray Tuesday, October 7th. All thirteen episodes from the series’ first season will be spread across three discs. Both box sets will also include exclusive bonus features not available through Netflix, including six new vignettes. More information on the set’s bonus material will be announced as the set’s release date nears. The complete list of the set’s bonus material is listed below.

Hemlock Grove: The Complete First Season Bonus Features

Vignettes:

“Dysfunctional In Every Way,”

“Anatomy of a Kill,

“Fairytales for Adults”

“The Rust Beneath the Surface”

“The Monster Within”

“It Hurts So Good”

Hemlock Grove is based on author Brian McGreevy’s novel. It is executive produced by Eli Roth (Cabin Fever) and was co-created by McGreevy and Lee Shipman. The series stars Famke Jenssen (XMen , X2: XMen United, X3: The Last Stand), Bill Skarsgard (Anna Karenina, The Crown Jewels, Simon & The Oaks), Landon Liboiron (Altitude, Degrassi: The Next Generation, The Howling: Reborn), Penelope Mitchell (The Vampire Diaries, The Joe Manifesto, 6 Plots), and Dougray Scott (Mission: Impossible II, Hitman, Ever After: A Cinderella Story). The series is produced by Gaumont International Television for Netflix.

Hemlock Grove: The Complete First Season can be pre-ordered online now via Shout! Factory’s online store at http://www.shoutfactory.com/product/hemlock-grove-season-one-0. More information including pricing on the DVD and Blu-ray box sets on this and other releases from Scream Factory is available online at http://www.screamfactorydvd, http://www.facebook.com/ScreamFactoryDVD, and http://twitter.com/@Scream_Factory. To keep up with the latest sports and entertainment news and reviews, go online to http://www.facebook.com/philspicks and “Like” it. Fans can always keep up with the latest sports and entertainment news and reviews in the Phil’s Picks blog at https://philspicks.wordpress.com.

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TV Renewals and Cancellations Start For 2013

The television industry is in one of its key moments right now.  As the calendar turns from Winter and closer to Spring, network execs at the “Big 4” (and CW) are starting to do some early planning for each network’s Fall schedule.  Typically the Fall schedules are released in Spring; May to be exact.  And if the latest numbers are any sign, things could be very interesting for television this coming Fall as the Winter/Spring season nears its end and we move into the annual filler season.  While things are still uncertain for many shows, the picture for all of the “Big 4” (and CW) has become increasingly clear already.  While there are still a lot of uncertain, it looks like when the dust settles, NBC will have the most to lose, while CBS will end up the big winner with FOX and ABC battling it out for second place.  Of course, let’s not forget the massive slate of pilots set to air very soon across the networks.  Considering the way the schedules look for the “Big 4” (and CW), CBS may still end up the big winner, even with networks such as Syfy and A&E having two of the most anticipated shows of the year.  Let’s take a look at everything.

So far, it looks like NBC has the most to lose.  The network proves to be the biggest loser (yes, that pun is intended) with no fewer than ten of the shows in its schedule being on the chopping block.  This means that at the time of this posting, their fate is up in the air.  Those shows include the likes of Community, Parks & Rec, and 1600 Penn just to name a few.  The network has officially renewed five of its shows at the time of this posting and brought four to an end.  In NBC’s defense, two of those shows ending (The Office and 30 Rock) simply came to the end of their run whereas Animal Practice and Do No Harm were cancelled due to poor ratings.  CBS on the other hand looks to have come out the big winner in everything, and likely will even after the summer filler season ends.  As of this time, CBS’ schedule looks to be largely intact with at least fifteen shows from its schedule set to return, one cancelled, and six still on the hook. 

Perhaps the most interesting trend to note of all the announcements released so far is that audiences seem to be drawing more towards dramas than anything else.  This includes reality television.  Considering the glut of reality TV shows out there on the majors, ABC, CBS, NBC, Fox and The CW have combined so far for a total of ten total reality shows officially confirmed as being safe so far.  Dramas from the five networks on the other hand, combined for a total of twenty-one shows that have been confirmed as being back so far.  Comedies accounted for only fourteen total shows that will definitely be back as of yet.  On the other side of the coin, comedies topped the list of shows that have been cancelled during the Winter/Spring schedule.  ABC lost the most dramas, with five total.  None of the 5 majors reported cancellation of their reality TV programming.  It really makes for an interesting trend to note.

In terms of the most anticipated shows coming this year are A&E’s Bates Motel, ABC’s much talked about small screen take from the Marvel Comics universe in S.H.I.E.L.D. and Syfy’s long awaited return to actual science fiction programming in Defiance.    Syfy has had at least some science fiction based shows in the likes of the previous Battlestar Galactica re-incarnation as well as Eureka and the now short lived Alphas.  So there’s a lot of talk around this one, especially after the leap of faith that was Battlestar Galactica: Blood & Chrome.  After the much maligned Caprica ended, there was a lot of speculation around the fate of this property.  And considering that Alphas has ended so abruptly and that Eureka only lasted four seasons, one can only wonder if Defiance will be able to revive science fiction programming on Syfy.  Should it survive, sci-fi fans could finally see the network finally return to its roots.  One can only hope.  Supernatural shows seem to have been all the rage on that network in recent memory.  Though it too, has added its own slate of reality shows just like so many of the cable networks.  One thing fans can cheer about is that USA has brought back Psych.  The show’s new episodes started airing this week.  This little show that could has really proven to be a surprise hit for the network and a great replacement for the equally entertaining Monk.  For fans of other cable shows, FX has renewed Archer and American Horror Story.  AMC is said to be bringing back its hit Western saga, Hell on Wheels.  Simply put, this year is going to be another interesting one for television as it competes for eyes over theaters.  That’s a whole other story in itself for another time.

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American Pickers Volume Three is one great pick

Reality shows are all the rage right now.  It seems that nearly every network is dominated by reality shows.  From the Big Four (CBS, NBC, ABC, and FOX) to the major cable networks, viewers are bombarded by reality shows every day.  There is such a glut of reality shows that one can’t help but wonder which shows will still be standing when and if the reality show industry finally implodes on itself.  When and if that day comes, suffice to say that one of the few shows that will still be standing is History Channel’s hit show, American Pickers.  The show’s newest collection, “American Pickers:  Volume Three” is proof of that. 

“American Pickers:  Volume Three” was released Tuesday.  And the episodes contained on this new collection are some of the best proof of what makes this show stand out in an ocean of reality shows.  What makes American Pickers such a great program is that unlike so many of the other shows of its ilk, it takes viewers across the backroads of America.  It’s not so much about the value of the stuff that Mike and Frank pick.  It’s about learning about America’s history through the nation’s people.  The people that Mike and Frank meet come from every walk of life.  Their stories are the “people’s stories.”  One could almost argue that what American Pickers does is it combines the best elements of PBS’ Antiques Roadshow with legendary CBS newsman Walter Cronkite’s travels across America.  Now, with the third volume of episodes, fans get another chance to see just what makes American Pickers such a great show.  In Volume Three, Mike and Frank meet a man named Larry.  Larry’s “home made town” epitomizes what American Pickers is all about.  They also meet Hobo Jack, who is literally a hobo.  But his stories and his stuff are worth their weight in rusty gold.  And in what is one of the show’s best episodes yet, Mike and Frank finally let Danielle go picking.  She proves that she’s got what it takes, while Frank learns a hard lesson about doing Danielle’s job.

Volume Three is loaded with great episodes on its two discs.  Among all the great episodes, one of the best is “Mike’s Breakdown.”  This episode opens with the guys meeting Jan Burton.  Danielle had told them that Jan had a 1965 Honda motorcycle.  But she didn’t tell them what line the bike was.  Frank, hoping it was a Scrambler, is excited.  But then when Jan tells Frank that the bike was indeed a Scrambler but had already been sold, it hits him pretty hard.  They do find an old printing press, though.  At the end of the episode, they get their friend, “Mushroom” to appraise it for them.  After looking it over and talking to them about it, he gives it a pretty hefty price tag, at which they’re obviously very happy. 

Next up, they meet a gentleman named Larry in Wisconsin.  Larry had saved loads of old buildings that were going to be torn down, and actually made his own “home made town” called Unionville with them.  As Mike notes, Larry is one of the reasons that he loves doing what he does.  Larry shows that he has respect for America’s history and is trying to preserve it for future generations so they’ll remember America’s past.  The town looks like a life size model town right out of a train set.  Its condition is stunningly impressive.  While they’re touring the “town”, Frank finds a beautiful old “leadlight.”  The guys also find a DX oil sign and an old liquor store sign.  While those were the only real picks they found, Larry’s “town” and his stories about how he brought it together were the real find.  Again, it is a perfect example of what makes American Pickers so great.  It’s not always about the picks.  It’s also about discovering pieces of America’s history.  The stories are just as valuable as the finds.

The final segment of this episode finds Mike and Frank meeting a guy named Ted.  Ted’s house is absolutely amazing.  It’s beyond description.  It really is one of those things that has to be seen to be believed *hint hint*.  Among all the stuff that Ted has, he has fake aliens that were used as props in a little show by the name of Roswell.  He also has a perfect condition porcelain Goodyear tires sign and loads more.  After getting the picks that they wanted, the guys head back to Iowa.  But on the way, they have to call Mike’s brother after the van breaks down.  Frank had been complaining about feeling something weird.  But Mike didn’t believe him until it finally happened.  They do get back to the shop in the end, which is when the printing press is appraised.  And as “punishment” for not listening to Frank, Mike has to pull weeds outside the store while he [Frank] and Danielle kick back and enjoy a cold drink.

In another example of what makes AP such a great show, Mike and Frank meet a Vietnam Veteran named Tony.  Mike and Frank don’t even discover this until later in the first segment of the episode, “Hobo Jack.”  Tony’s got loads of classic stuff, including a korean helmet and grenades.  He also has a classic toy Dick Tracy car that Frank falls for.  Frank also manages to get Tony to sell him a classic movie projector and giant pair of antlers in a bundle. 

Next up Mike and Frank meet Ken in their cross country touring.  Ken has some stuff that the guys get.  They pick out an urn, some chairs, and a bicycle that he was keeping for a friend.

After meeting Tony and Ken, Mike and Frank are still looking for the “golden pick” that could help the shop bring in some real money.  That’s when they come upon real life hobo named Hobo Jack.  Jack doesn’t have a house.  He lives way out in the forest.  And while he and his surroundings look every part the hobo lifestyle, his stuff is just as great a find.  While going through Jack’s buildings, Frank finds a 1921 V-Twin engine for an Indian motorcycle.  It takes over an hour, but Mike finds the transmission that goes with the engine.  The guys also find an old Excelsior bicycle and a 2-cycle engine that turns out to be one heck of a find after having it appraised.  The  engine turns out to be a Curtiss motor.  It’s appraised at $7,000.  That’s a good thing for Mike since he had bought it for $3,000.  The bike itself was appraised at $8,000.  He had bought the bike for $6,000.  So in total, Mike spent $9,000.  But the total appraisal for the two would bring in upwards of $15,000.

In another of the collection’s best episodes, Danielle finally gets to go picking.  After having a bit of a blowup with Frank, she and Frank agree that Frank would give her job a try, while she goes out picking with Mike.  Danielle starts out slow.  But it doesn’t take her long to catch on and take off.  The real fun starts for Danielle when she and Mike meet Jesse and Ricardo in Pennsylvania.  These two guys are eccentric to say the least.  But when she discovers a bunch of vintage clothes in their equally eccentric home, she takes off.  Frank, on the other hand, isn’t doing so well trying to do Danielle’s job.  After meeting Jesse and Ricardo, Mike and Danielle meet Steve and Bill, who work at the Hotel Tidioute in PA.  Danielle finds a portrait of a woman in what looks like Victorian dress.  She falls in love with it.  She decides to start flirting with Steve and Bill in order to get a deal.  And it works.  All four later go to the hotel’s basement, where Mike finds a really old pinball game.  He gets Danielle to use her “womanly ways” to get Steve and Bill to come down on their price.  And do they ever.  They go from wanting a price in the triple digits all the way down to $90.  Mike and Danielle take the pinball machine to have it appraised.  They’re pleasantly surprised when it’s given a number in the range of $800.  To make things better, the machine works, too.When they finally get back to the shop, Danielle tells Frank about the pick, to which he’s very impressed.  Danielle does admit that she’s ready to get back to her job, though.  So everyone did learn a lesson in the end. 

American Pickers is one the best shows in the mass of reality tv today.  It’s such a simple show.  But its general construction is what makes it so great.  And this newest volume from the show proves why it is a leader among the pack.  Whether for the episodes listed here or the others included in the set, “American Pickers Volume Three” is one of the few reality tv shows on dvd worth picking up this year.  Anyone that wants to check out this brand new double disc set can get it through History Channel’s shop site, http//shop.history.com.

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