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NBC has released a description for "The Second Coming" and "The Butterfly Effect," the first two episodes of Season 3 of Heroes, scheduled to air on Monday, Sept. 22.

Here's how the network describes the episodes:

"The first chapter of 'Volume 3: Villains' kicks off moments after shots rang out, as the shocking identity of Nathan's (Adrian Pasdar) assassin and the reasons why the Texas press conference had to be cut short are revealed -- immediately throwing Peter (Milo Ventimiglia) and Matt (Greg Grunberg) into unexpected, uncharted territory. With his powers partially restored, Sylar (Zachary Quinto) decides a visit to Claire (Hayden Panettiere) could give him a boost. Meanwhile, in Tokyo, Hiro (Masi Oka) and Ando (James Kyson Lee) are charged with safeguarding a family secret that could split the planet apart, and discover that the path to a grim future starts with shady speedster, Daphne (guest star Brea Grant). In New York City, thanks to Maya (Dania Ramirez), Suresh (Sendhil Ramamurthy) makes a startling breakthrough that could change the world -- or just destroy his. And who is Tracy Strauss?

"In the shocking second chapter of 'Volume 3: Villains,' Angela (Cristine Rose) confronts her much-changed son, Peter, as the bursts of violence around them only hint to the catastrophes to come. First, Sylar declares war on the Company by attacking their main facility, and finds even more than he bargained for on Level 5. During a devastating battle with Elle (guest star Kristen Bell), a dozen savage criminals -- all with terrible abilities -- escape. Meanwhile, Claire discovers something new and unexpected about her abilities. Determined to reclaim his family's terrible secret, Hiro and Ando track Daphne (guest star Brea Grant) to Paris. After a fateful night, Suresh is thrilled to find his research, his life and his relationship with Maya evolving in leaps and bounds. Stuck in unfamiliar territory, Matt finds a guide (guest star Ntare Mwine) to help him."

In other Heroes news:

* The Monday, Sept. 29 episode is "One of Us, One of Them."

* Heroes' Hayden Panettiere will be a guest on CBS' The Late Show with David Letterman on Friday, Sept. 5.

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Cartoon Network has announced an Friday, Oct. 3 launch for Star Wars: The Clone Wars, the first weekly television series from Lucasfilm Animation.

The series will launch with a one-hour special at 9 p.m. and will be joined by The Secret Saturdays and Ben 10: Alien Force for the network's Saturday night action lineup.

Here's how the series is described:

:In the signature style of Lucasfilm Animation, Star Wars: The Clone Wars chronicles the adventures of Anakin Skywalker, Obi-Wan Kenobi, Yoda, Ahsoka Tano and other favorite Star Wars characters as they struggle against the dark side during the divisive, action-packed Clone Wars. Each week, a new story in the galaxy-changing Clone Wars comes to center stage, brought to the screen by supervising director Dave Filoni and executive producer George Lucas.

"Dwindling numbers of Jedi fight to maintain freedom and restore peace to the galaxy, using their army of genetically engineered clones against the seemingly never-ending droid army. The terrible conflict grows wider as our heroes are swept into the turmoil of war, while the evil Count Dooku, his assassin Asajj Ventress, their master Darth Sidious, the mechanical General Grievous and a rogue's gallery of never-before-seen villains scheme to defeat them."

The first two half-hour episodes airing on Oct. 3 are:

"Ambush" at 9 p.m. -- Jedi Master Yoda is on a secret mission to forge a treaty with the King of the strategic system of Toydaria when his ship is ambushed by Count Dooku. Yoda and three clone troopers must face off against Count Dooku's dreaded assassin Ventress and her massive droid army to prove the Jedi are strong enough to protect the king and his people from the forces of the war.

"Rising Malevolence" at 9:30 p.m. -- Creating panic throughout the galaxy, a devastating Separatist mystery weapon terrorizes the clone Starfleet. Anakin and Ahsoka race to save Jedi Master Plo Koon and his clone troopers in time.

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Moonstone Books has released its solicitations for December.

For a rundown, with images, CLICK HERE.

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Bluewater Productions has released its solicitations for December.

For a rundown, with images, CLICK HERE.

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Shirley Manson, who joins the cast for Season 2 of Fox's Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles as Catherine Weaver, said her character is "seriously hardcore."

"Make of that what you will," she said. "Sometimes being tough is fair and sometimes tough is not so fair."

To view more of Manson's comments, CLICK HERE for the video.

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For covers and five- to eight-page previews of Dynamite Entertainment titles arriving in stores on Sept. 4, CLICK HERE.

Titles include The Boys #22, New Battlestar Galactica: Season Zero #12, Army of Darkness: Home Sweet Hell #12 and Savage Tales #9.

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For covers and five- to six-page previews of DC Comics titles arriving in stores on Sept. 4, CLICK HERE for the video.

Titles include The Authority #2 and Storming Paradise #3.



For previously posted November solicitations, click on the publishers' names below:

* Antarctic Press.

* Ape Entertainment.

* Arcana Studio.

* Archie Comics.

* Aspen Comics.

* Avatar Press.

* Bluewater Productions.

* Bongo Comics.

* Boom Studios.

* Dabel Brothers Publishing.

* Dark Horse Comics.

* DC Comics.

* Desperado Publishing.

* Dynamite Entertainment.

* IDW Publishing.

* Image Comics.

* Marvel Comics.

* Mirage Studios.

* Moonstone Books.

* Oni Press.

* Radical Publishing.

* Red 5 Comics.

* Top Cow Productions.

* Viper Comics.


* In addition to providing the voice of Beast as a cast regular in Nicktoon's upcoming Wolverine and the X-Men, Fred Tatasciore is also providing the voices of Hulk and Juggernaut.

* "Blue Harvest," the Star Wars spoof of Family Guy, will air again on Fox on Sunday, Sept. 21.

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In case you missed The Continuum's coverage over the past month, here are some links. Click on the date to get the day's full report.

* Thursday, August 28: Smallville, Avatar Press for November, Mirage Studios for November, Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles' Brian Austin Green and Marvel Comics First Looks.

* Wednesday, August 27: The Middleman, Smallville, Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles, The Incredible Hulk, Marvel Comics First Looks, Archie Comics First Looks and Oni Press for November.

* Tuesday, August 26: Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles' Summer Glau, Bluewater Productions teams with Roger Corman, Ape Entertainment for November, Viper Comics for November, Arcana Studio for November, Smallville: Season 7 DVD, Virgin shuts down New York offices and Top Cow Productions' The Impaler.

* Monday, August 25: Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles, no Preacher on HBO, Knight Rider, Antarctic Press for November, Dabel Brothers Publishing for November, Desperado Publishing for November, Dark Horse Comics First Looks, Devil's Due Publishing for November and Legion of Super Heroes.

* Sunday, August 24: Laura Vandervoort returns to Smallville and Radical Publishing for November.

* Saturday, August 23: IDW Publishing for November and The Dark Knight.

* Friday, August 22: Aspen Comics for November, Marvel First Looks and Kick-Ass movie.

* Thursday, August 21: Heroes, Boom! Studios for November, Red 5 Comics for November, Marvel Comics roundup and Image Comics First Looks.

* Wednesday, August 20: Top Cow Productions for November, Dynamite Entertainment for November, Bongo Comics for November and Archie Comics First Looks.

* Tuesday, August 19: Marvel Comics for November, Image Comics for November, Marvel Comics First Looks, Image Comics First Looks, Sleeper movie, Savage Dragon and MGM's Jonas Moore.

* Monday, August 18: DC Comics for November, Archie Comics for November, Boom! Studios First Looks, Markosia Publishing First Looks and Image Comics First Looks.

* Sunday, August 17: The Dark Knight passes Star Wars.

* Saturday, August 16: Watchmen and The Dark Knight box office.

* Friday, August 15: Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles and Marvel Comics First Looks.

* Thursday, August 14: Marvel animation, Harris Comics First Looks, DC Comics First Looks, Darwyn Cooke on Madman and Bruce: The Little Blue Spruce.

* Wednesday, August 13: Next Avengers: Heroes of Tomorrow, Heroes, Archie Comics First Looks and Oni Press' Billy Smoke.

* Tuesday, August 12: Star Wars: The Clone Wars, Marvel Comics First Looks, Fringe, Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles and Gemini Division.

* Monday, August 11: Dark Horse Comics for November, George Lucas talks Star Wars: The Clone Wars, Dini Cartoons at Top Cow Productions, Red 5 Comics First Looks, Virgin Comics First Looks and Next Avengers: Heroes of Tomorrow.

* Sunday, August 10: The Dark Knight.

* Saturday, August 9: Dynamite Entertainment First Looks, The Dark Knight box office and Marvel Comics First Looks.

* Friday, August 8: Iron Man, Marvel Comics First Looks, Boom! Studios First Looks and Archie Comics First Looks.

* Thursday, August 7: Watchmen, Elfquest, The Middleman, First Looks and Battlestar Galactica.

* Wednesday, August 6: The Dark Knight, Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles, First Looks, Greg Horn, Marvel Comics roundup, DNAgents and Viz titles.

* Tuesday, August 5: Batman: The Brave and the Bold's Tom Kenny, Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles' Shirly Manson, Marvel Studios, The Dark Knight, Heroes and Bluewater Productions' manga.

* Monday, August 4: The Middleman, Morgan Freeman in accident, Bluewater Productions for November, Moonstone Books for November, Marvel Comics roundup, Dark Horse First Looks, Image First Looks, Boom! Studios First Looks and Top Cow's Berserker.

* Sunday, August 3: The Dark Knight and Avatar Press for October.

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