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.

Super Bowl’s Greatest Commercials special Monday on CBS

Super Bowl 2015

The NFL Today analyst Boomer Esiason and Scorpion’s Katharine McPhee host this special Monday, Jan. 26, at 8pm ET/PT on CBS, celebrating the commercials that have become almost as big as the Super Bowl itself. Viewers can vote live on CBS.com between the “New School” and “Old School” commercials, and America’s all-time favorite Super Bowl spot will be revealed at the end of the program. Full details on the special and how to vote from the CBS press release below: “SUPER BOWL’S GREATEST COMMERCIALS 2015,” AN INTERACTIVE COUNTDOWN SPECIAL HOSTED BY BOOMER ESIASON AND KATHARINE McPHEE, STAR OF CBS’s SCORPION, … 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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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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Mecum’s Kissimmee Car Auction TV schedule on NBCSN and NBC

Kissimmee Car Auction TV

Fresh off the Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale auction, it’s time for Mecum‘s Kissimmee Car Auction from Osceola Heritage Park in Kissimmee, Fla. The auction includes nearly 3,000 classic and collector vehicles, featuring 25 cars from the Wellborn Musclecar Museum Collection. NBC and NBCSN combine to televise the auction from Jan. 22-26, with additional coverage available online through NBC Sports Live Extra. Mecum’s Kissimmee Car Auction TV schedule on NBCSN and NBC Jan. 22: 12pm ET & 10pm ET, NBCSN Jan. 23: 12pm ET, NBCSN Jan. 24: 4pm ET, NBCSN Jan. 25: 2pm ET, NBC; 9pm ET, NBCSN Jan. 26: 7:30pm ET, NBCSN Full … Continue reading

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NFL Pro Bowl 2015 rosters, TV coverage on ESPN

Pro Bowl 2015date

Super Bowl XLIX between the Patriots and Seahawks is a week away, but the Pro Bowl all-star game at University of Phoenix Stadium in Arizona (Sunday, Jan. 25, at 8pm ET on ESPN) might fill the football gap for some, but probably not many. The NFL’s best players compete against each other in the second year of an “unconferenced” format that has players put on teams through a fantasy-style draft. ESPN’s Monday Night Football team of Mike Tirico, Jon Gruden and reporter Lisa Salters call the game. ESPN NFL-themed programming on Pro Bowl Sunday, Jan. 25: Time (ET) Show Network … Continue reading

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TCA: To Cos or Not to Cos? That was no question.

TCA: To Cos or Not to Cos? That was no question.

There have been many good questions asked by reporters at the Television Critics Association Winter Press Tour. There have been many so-so questions that elicited good answers. And there have been questions and answers that can only be described as “Wha?” But today, the story might be the question that no one asked. During the PBS session for American Masters: August Wilson: The Ground on Which I Stand (Feb. 20), Phylicia Rashad was present to discuss the documentary about “America’s Shakespeare,” August Wilson. Informed and astute questions were asked about the documentary, but simmering underneath was Rashad’s response to the … Continue reading

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TCA: Annie Lennox brings the house down!

TCA: Annie Lennox brings the house down!

The Langham Hotel & Spa in Pasadena, Calif., won’t be able to host the Television Critics Association Press Tour — or anything else, for that matter — because Annie Lennox obliterated the place. The legendary singer and musician of The Eurythmics fame performed for TV critics and PBS guests a scorching four-song set of classic jazz and blues standards — “Summertime,” “I Put a Spell on You,” “God Bless the Child” and “Georgia on My Mind” — from her album Nostalgia. Lennox then took questions from reporters gathered, discussing her approach to covering these longtime favorites, her love of Motown … Continue reading

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TCA: Damian Lewis says Henry VIII more than “syphilitic, philandering Elvis”

Damian Lewis

During PBS’ Masterpiece: “Wolf Hall” (Sundays beginning April 5) panel at the Television Critics Association Winter Press Tour actors Claire Foy, Damian Lewis and Mark Rylance, and executive producer Colin Callender, director Peter Kosminsky, and series executive producer Rebecca Eaton, discussed the six-hour miniseries which is a dramatic look at the adversarial relationship between Anne Boleyn and Thomas Cromwell for the favor of King Henry VIII. It’s a story often told, perhaps Showtime’s The Tudors being the most famous onscreen adaptation of late. But this is PBS, so the sex, torture and violence won’t be quite as prominently displayed in … Continue reading

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