Shameless Season 5, Episode 3: “The Two Lisas”

Shameless Season 5, Episode 3: "The Two Lisas"

Oh, wow, things are certainly blowing in Gallagher land this week! Frank & Shelia: Frank decides to try and sell his beer and is on the search of finding buyers. With his first order in, he realizes his brewery is too slow and is trying to find ways to get it going faster. Trying steal some stuff from a scrap yard he is busted by the owner so he barters Sammi out as a trade since the only thing he needs is a woman for the night. Sammi, not knowing she is being pimped out, agrees to go out on a … Continue reading

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Misery for all: Downton Abbey Season 5, Episode 4 recap

Misery for all: Downton Abbey Season 5, Episode 4 recap

With the exception of the final scene, which offers a ray of hope, this is one depressing episode of Downton Abbey. Everyone is mired in individual misery, and some plot points look as if the characters will have to suffer quite a bit more. For a handsome man, Thomas Barrow (Rob James-Collier) had been looking ghastly. His color was bad, and during a servants’ lunch he mentioned he had to visit his dying father. The story sounded mendacious, but who would question this? Later, Baxter (Raquel Cassidy) finds him, sick, and espies his drug paraphernalia. Wretched because he is gay … Continue reading

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Ben Barnes: Sons of Liberty a “rough-and-tumble” version of early American history

Ben Barnes: Sons of Liberty a "rough-and-tumble" version of early American history

The name Sam Adams may be familiar to most Americans nowadays as the name of a beer, but he was, of course, in real life one of the patriots instrumental in leading the American Revolution. He is one of the main characters followed in Sons of Liberty, the new scripted miniseries on History about the years leading up to that monumental event. The three-night, six-hour Sons of Liberty (named after the moniker the group of young freedom fighters gave themselves) chronicles the years 1765-1775. While the Revolution itself has been covered in many a film and TV series, these earlier … Continue reading

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Discovery Channel’s Alaskan Bush People recap: Birdy Get Your Gun

Alaskan Bush People

On Season 2, Episode 4 of Discovery Channel’s Alaskan Bush People, “Birdy Get Your Gun” (Jan. 23), the Brown family searches for food in the woods and faces stiff competition with bears for resources. With the family low on food, Birdy and Gabe go out to hunt deer. Greetings Bush People peeps. My tour of duty in the Television Critics Association conference in Los Angeles is over, and I’m back in the bush of Wisconsin, where it is cold and gray, our cars are caked in road salt, and football fans are sad and/or angry. Now, back to the bush … Continue reading

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2015 U.S. Figure Skating Championships TV schedule

2015 U.S. Figure Skating Championships

2015 U.S. Figure Skating Championships TV schedule begins Saturday, Jan. 24, at 3pm ET on NBC. NBC airs the Prudential U.S. Figure Skating Championships from Greensboro, N.C., beginning Saturday with the pairs free skate and free dance competitions, and primetime coverage of the ladies free skate. Sunday’s coverage features the men’s free skate. The Smucker’s Skating Spectacular airs Jan. 31. Additional live and on-demand coverage is available on a subscription basis from IceNetwork.com. 2015 U.S. Figure Skating Championships TV schedule on NBC Saturday, Jan. 24 3pm ET: Pairs’ Free Skate and Free Dance 8pm ET: Ladies’ Free Skate Sunday, Jan. … Continue reading

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2015 Rolex 24 at Daytona TV schedule on FOX Sports

Rolex 24 at Daytona

FOX, FOX Sports 1, FOX Sports 2 and IMSA.com combine to present complete live coverage of the IMSA-sanctioned Tudor United Sportscar Championship Rolex 24 at Daytona from Saturday, Jan. 24 through Sunday, Jan. 25. The Rolex 24 at Daytona sportscar endurance race takes place on the road circuit at Daytona International Speedway Jan. 24-25. FOX airs a two-hour live broadcast at the start of the race on Saturday, Jan. 24, beginning at 2pm ET. Saturday race coverage continues on FOX Sports 2 from 4-8pm ET and on FOX Sports 1 from 8-10pm ET. Overnight race coverage is available on IMSA.com … Continue reading

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TLC invites you to get to know Our Little Family (video)!

Dan, MIchelle, Jack, Cate and CeCe Hamill of TLC's Our Little Family.

If you’re a fan of the weekly dose of inspiration and sweet family fun that is TLC’s The Little Couple, the network is about to deal you a big dose of happy. On Feb. 17, TLC will introduce America to Dan and Michelle Hamill and their three adorable blond kids, 6-year-old Jack and toddler twins Cate and CeCe, all of whom live with achondroplasia, a form of dwarfism. Throughout the series, Dan and Michelle tap into their own experiences to help their kids adapt to the world around them, while celebrating the milestones and celebrations that make being a family so special. Among them — … Continue reading

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2015 NHL All-Star Weekend TV schedule on NBC Sports

2015 NHL All-Star Weekend TV schedule on NBC Sports

NBCSN has complete coverage of the 2015 NHL All-Star Weekend from Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio, Jan. 23-25. Columbus Blue Jackets All-Star Nick Foligno is captain of Team Foligno, alongside assistant captains Patrick Kane (Blackhawks) and Drew Doughty (Kings). Chicago Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews leads Team Toews with assistant captains Ryan Getzlaf (Ducks) and Rick Nash (Rangers). Foligno and Toews select their All-Star rosters on Friday night in the All-Star Fantasy Draft. Saturday features the Honda NHL All-Star Skills Competition at 7pm ET. The NHL All-Star Game itself is Sunday at 5pm ET. 2015 NHL All-Star Weekend TV schedule on … Continue reading

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Kids TV: Bella and the Bulldogs on Nickelodeon

Bella and the Bulldogs

I really wanted Bella and the Bulldogs to be great. I really did. I would have settled for it to be good. But instead it’s more of the same. I had high hopes for Nickelodeon’s newest live-action comedy, Bella and the Bulldogs the laugh track-backed story of a girl as she bolts from the sidelines to the headlines as the quarterback of her middle school football team. When I read the show’s logline, I imagined an opportunity for Nickelodeon to step away from the bouncy-haired starlets who make up its cavalry of talent and portray an athlete as someone who … Continue reading

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“Dragons: A Fantasy Made Real” – an early Discovery natural history “mockumentary” – re-airs on Discovery Family Channel

"Dragons: A Fantasy Made Real" - an early Discovery natural history "mockumentary" - re-airs on Discovery Family Channel

Several years before Discovery networks came under fire for their “mockumentaries” about mermaids, megalodon sharks and man-eating anacondas — specials that were not explicitly clear at the outset that they were, in fact, fantasies — Animal Planet aired a similar type of program with 2005’s Dragons: A Fantasy Made Real, probably the first of Discovery Communications’ foray into less-factual animal programming. That two-hour program will be re-airing Jan. 25 at 9pm ET on the new Discovery Family Channel, and you can see how it differs from its modern counterparts; namely, it doesn’t try to deceive viewers into thinking it’s actually a true … Continue reading

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