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Christmas hasn’t even gotten here yet, but The CW is obviously ready to ring in the New Year as the network also known as a genre fan’s best friend has provided us with synopses for the mid-season returns of “The Vampire Diaries” (Episode 3.10-“The New Deal”), “The Secret Circle” (Episode 1.10-“Darkness”), and “Supernatural” (Episode 7.11-“Adventures in Babysitting”). Read on for all the details.

The Vampire DiariesEpisode 3.10 “The New Deal” (1/5/12 Air Date; 8:00-9:00 PM):
A REASON TO FEEL GUILTY — Stefan (Paul Wesley) has hidden the coffins containing the bodies of Klaus’ (Joseph Morgan) family, and Klaus quickly turns to violence to convince Damon (Ian Somerhalder) and Elena (Nina Dobrev) that no one will be safe until he finds Stefan and gets his family back.

Tyler (Michael Trevino) continues to make the most of his new abilities as a hybrid, but he has to face the disturbing consequences of his actions as well.

After a terrifying incident, Elena and Alaric (Matt Davis) grow increasingly concerned about Jeremy’s (Steven R. McQueen) attitude and, ultimately, his safety. Alaric meets the beautiful Dr. Fell (guest star Torrey Devitto, “Pretty Little Liars”), who is intrigued with his amazing ability to heal. While trying to strike a deal with Klaus, Elena delivers news that truly shocks him.

Kat Graham also stars, and Internet personality Justine Ezarik guest stars as a bartender. John Behring directed the episode written by Michael Narducci.

The Secret Circle
Episode 1.10 “Darkness” (1/5/12 Air Date; 9:00-10:00 PM):
CASSIE REVEALS HER DEEPEST SECRET YET — Cassie (Britt Robertson) turns to Adam (Thomas Dekker) when she uncovers a secret about herself that she needs kept from the rest of the Circle, including Diana (Shelley Hennig).

Meanwhile, Diana is thrilled when her grandmother Kate (guest star Stepfanie Kramer, “Hunter”) drops in for a visit, but Charles (Gale Harold) is suspicious of his mother’s motives after Kate takes an unusual interest in Cassie.

Faye (Phoebe Tonkin) recruits a mysterious stranger named Lee (guest star Grey Damon, “Friday Night Lights”) to help her with a spell that could change the balance of the Circle forever.

Jessica Parker Kennedy and Natasha Henstridge also star. Chris Grismer directed the episode written by David Ehrman.

In addition, The CW is running a marathon of “The Secret Circle” Episodes 1.04-1.09 from Monday, January 2 through Wednesday, January 4.

Supernatural
Episode 7.11 “Adventures in Babysitting” (1/6/12 Air Date; 9:00-10:00 PM):
“ONCE UPON A TIME” ACTRESS MEGHAN ORY GUEST STARS — Still reeling after what happened to Bobby (Jim Beaver), Dean (Jensen Ackles) becomes dangerously obsessed over finding a way to take down Dick Roman (guest star James Patrick Stuart).

Meanwhile, Sam (Jared Padalecki) decides to help a teenage girl (guest star Madison McLaughlin) look for her father (guest star Ian Tracey), a hunter who has gone missing.

Sam traces his last steps to a truck stop where the help (guest star Meghan Ory) turns out not to be so friendly.

Jeannot Szwarc directed the episode written by Adam Glass.

For more on all three of these shows, visit The CW.

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I think we can all agree that this may very well be one of those times when we see an announcement and go, “Huh… That actually makes 100% sense and I’m completely behind it!”

It’s been announced that the classic FPS shooter series Duke Nukem is getting a film adaptation out of Paramount with Platinum Dunes, the company owned by Michael Bay, Andrew Form, and Brad Fuller, producing the movie. As of now, there is no script but the plan is to have WWE superstar John Cena taking on the lead role. As of now, it’s still in early stages but this is actually very exciting news as this combination seems like a match made in heaven.

Just think about some of Bay’s films, like Transformers, Bad Boys, The Rock, The Island, etc… Now imagine that kind of gleeful explosive action as the backdrop for Cena to kick untold amounts of alien ass. For those who worry that Bay won’t go hard enough in terms of violence or offensive language, don’t forget that both Bad Boys films as well as Pain & Gain were rated R for very good reasons.

Duke Nukem was originally released back in 1991 in the self-titled game made by Apogee Software. The character has since been in multiple sequels, although there are only four titles to the main storyline, and spin-offs as well as appearing in cameos in other games such as Death Rally, Blood, Serious Sam 2, Balls of Steel and can be seen in the trailer for Ready Player One. Nukem’s last video game appearance was 2011’s Duke Nuke Forever, a game that went through countless delays only to be met with critical panning upon release.

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That being said, how cool would it be if Campbell made an appearance in the film to put Cena’s Duke Nukem in his place should he use one of those quotes? Apart from being a treat for fans of the games, it’d be a great moment in a film that’s meant to be chock full of bravado, machismo, and strong chins!

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