Ryan Berenz

About Ryan Berenz

Star Wars nerd. Adult Fan of LEGO (AFOL). Father of two. Husband of one. I write about sports on TV because I am bad at sports in real life.

ABC’s “Black Box”: A doctor’s secret is locked up in new medical drama

Black Box ABC

ABC’s new medical drama Black Box (Thursdays beginning April 24 at 10pm ET/PT) is set in the most mysterious place in the universe: the human brain. “Marco Polo of the Brain” Catherine Black (Kelly Reilly) is a brilliant neuroscientist at a top medical facility where she studies patients with some of the strangest, most complex brain disorders. In each episode, Catherine and her colleagues attempt to unlock the mysteries of patients’ hallucinations and other frightening conditions. While the case of the week might be Black Box’s neurons, Catherine’s personal life forms the synapses that fire the show. Catherine has bipolar … Continue reading

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Boston Marathon 2014 date, time and TV coverage on Universal Sports

Boston Marathon 2014

The world’s oldest annual marathon, the Boston Marathon, showcases an expanded field of 36,000 runners tackling the historic 26.2-mile course on Monday, April 21. Prerace coverage begins at 8:30am ET, with live coverage of the race beginning at 9:25am ET (see full broadcast schedule below). Universal Sports Network’s coverage will also include stories about the terrorist bombing near the finish line of the 2013 event. More Boston Marathon Coverage: NBC Dateline special investigates Boston Marathon bombings NGC special looks at the hunt for Boston bombers NBC’s Brian Williams interviews Boston Marathon bombing survivor Jeff Bauman Al Trautwig and Larry Rawson … Continue reading

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2014 NBA Playoffs TV schedule by day: First Round

2014 NBA Playoffs TV schedule by day: First Round

Sixteen teams embark on the playoff journey toward June’s NBA Finals with first-round games beginning Saturday, April 19. The 2014 NBA Playoffs TV schedule begins with ESPN and ABC combining for four Game 1s on Saturday. TNT’s playoff coverage begins with three games Sunday, April 20. NBA TV begins its playoff coverage with Game 2 of Brooklyn-Toronto series on Tuesday, April 22. 2014 NBA PLAYOFFS FIRST-ROUND MATCHUPS EASTERN CONFERENCE (1) Indiana Pacers vs. (8) Atlanta Hawks (2) Miami Heat vs. (7) Charlotte Bobcats (3) Toronto Raptors vs. (6) Brooklyn Nets (4) Chicago Bulls vs. (5) Washington Wizards WESTERN CONFERENCE (1) … Continue reading

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New BBC America series explores “The Real History of Science Fiction”

The Real History of Science Fiction

The Real History of Science Fiction documentary series on BBC America (Saturdays at 10pm ET beginning April 19) aims to tell the definitive history of the genre and its impact on cinema, television and literature. Each episode in the four-part series explores one of the enduring themes of sci-fi: time travel, space exploration, robots and artificial intelligence, and aliens. The list of sci-fi notables contributing to the series include William Shatner (Star Trek), Nathan Fillion (Firefly), Zoe Saldana (Avatar, Star Trek), Steven Moffat (Doctor Who), Richard Dreyfuss (Close Encounters of the Third Kind), Chris Carter (The X-Files), Ronald D Moore … Continue reading

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ESPN’s 30 for 30 Soccer Stories kick off with “Hillsborough”

30 for 30 Soccer Stories

Gearing up for its coverage of the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil this summer, ESPN launches a series of documentaries in its popular 30 for 30 franchise devoted to soccer, looking at some fascinating but little-known or long-forgotten stories surrounding the world’s most popular game. The “Soccer Stories” series includes two feature-length documentaries and six 30-minute films, each examining key moments and figures in soccer and placing them in the context of historical events. Sign up to receive all the latest Soccer news, delivered straight to your inbox! The series opens with Hillsborough (April 15, 8pm ET), a feature-length … Continue reading

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NHL playoffs 2014 TV schedule

NHL Playoffs 2014 TV Schedule

The NHL playoffs 2014 TV schedule begins with first round games on Wednesday, April 16. The best-of-seven-game first round airs on NBCSN, NBC, CNBC and NHL Network. NHL Playoffs Round 1 Matchups Eastern Conference Boston Bruins vs. Detroit Red Wings Tampa Bay Lightning vs. Montreal Canadiens Pittsburgh Penguins vs. Columbus Blue Jackets New York Rangers vs. Philadelphia Flyers Western Conference Colorado Avalanche vs. Minnesota Wild Anaheim Ducks vs. Dallas Stars St. Louis Blues vs. Chicago Blackhawks San Jose Sharks vs. Los Angeles Kings NHL PLAYOFFS 2014 TV SCHEDULE All Times Eastern. Schedule Subject To Change. *If Necessary First Round Wednesday, … Continue reading

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Preview: Golf Channel’s “Arnie” documentary tribute to Arnold Palmer


Golf Channel’s Arnie three-night documentary tribute to Arnold Palmer examines Palmer’s rise to becoming one of the most beloved figures in sports. Arnie premieres Sunday, April 13, at 10pm ET following Golf Channel’s Live From The Masters tournament roundup with the first installment, “Arnie & His Army.”  The series continues Monday, April 14, with “Arnie & His Majors” and concludes Tuesday, April 15, with “Arnie & His Legacy.” Golf Channel spent the past year traveling with Palmer and collected hundreds of hours of archival film footage, including never-before-released Palmer family videos. Arnie also features more than 100 interviews with luminaries … Continue reading

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Power of the popcorn: 2014 MTV Movie Awards preview

2014 MTV Movie Awards

Given that the summer movie season actually starts right … about … now, the MTV Movie Awards were bumped up from their traditional June slot to April last year. Now Hollywood could maximize pitching its wares to that young demo with all the disposable income and the time to dispose of it. Get More: 2014 MTV Movie Awards, Latest Movie News   It must have worked. The MTV Movie Awards are back this month (airing live on MTV on Sunday, April 13, at 9pm ET (tape-delayed PT), with Conan O’Brien hosting at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles. Their unique … Continue reading

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Stephen Colbert to take David Letterman’s “Late Show” seat

Stephen Colbert

That didn’t take long. Merely a week after David Letterman announced he will retire as host of The Late Show on CBS in 2015, the network today announced it as found Letterman’s successor in Comedy Central’s popular The Colbert Report host Stephen Colbert. Clearly CBS wasn’t too concerned about the recent #CancelColbert campaign (though in a roundabout and unintended way, that campaign got what it wanted). RELATED: David Letterman announces retirement from The Late Show Here’s the press release from CBS with the announcement: CBS ANNOUNCES STEPHEN COLBERT AS THE NEXT HOST OF “THE LATE SHOW” The CBS Television Network … Continue reading

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Highlights of Golf Channel Masters Week TV coverage

The Masters 2014 dates, times and TV channels

It’s Masters Week on Golf Channel, and the network has the year’s first and most prestigious major covered from all angles. Signature shows include Live From The Masters, with more than 50 hours of live news coverage and press conferences from Augusta National Golf Club. Morning Drive has interviews, news, analysis and special features for early risers each day of the tournament. Following The Masters on Sunday is the premiere of Golf Channel’s three-part documentary series Arnie, featuring more than 100 interviews and extensive archival footage to present the most complete portrait of golf legend Arnold Palmer. Full schedule and programming … Continue reading

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