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.

#TBT TV: The Scare Factor III: Scare Factor Lives! (2002)

Scare Factor III

This Throwback Thursday transports us to October 2002, when we celebrated Halloween with our annual Scare Factor series of tributes to the best in horror and sci-fi films and TV shows. Scare Factor III was my personal favorite, as our staff picked our favorite genre characters and wrote little epitaphs for them. From the October 2002 edition of Channel Guide Magazine: It just won’t die! Our annual homage to horror shakes off the rigor mortis for its third edition, this time celebrating our favorite characters who really make for big-scream TV. Our office asylum put their severed heads together and … Continue reading

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CBS should blacklist “The McCarthys”

The McCarthys

The McCarthys CBS Premieres: Oct. 30 Airs: Thursdays at 9:30pm ET/PT Who’s In It? Tyler Ritter, Jack McGee, Laurie Metcalf, Jimmy Dunn, Joey McIntyre What’s It All About? The McCarthys are a tight-knit Boston family and are therefore loud, obnoxious, sports-obsessed and closed-minded. Middle child Ronny (Ritter) is gay, civilized, sports-ignorant but WICKED BOOK SMAAHT and therefore something of the family’s black sheep. When Ronny wants to move away, his father (McGee), head coach of a high-school basketball team, hires him to be an assistant coach. Crazy, right? It’s also infuriatingly bad. We’d rather listen to New Kids on the … Continue reading

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7 Questions With Charles Halford of NBC’s “Constantine”

7 Questions With Charles Halford of NBC's "Constantine"

NBC’s Constantine (premiering Friday, Oct. 24), the series spinoff of the comic book Hellblazer and the 2005 movie Constantine, features blond and British Matt Ryan as John Constantine. A seasoned demon hunter and master of the occult, Constantine decides, with his soul already damned to hell, to abandon his campaign against evil — until a series of events thrusts him back into the fray, working to protect the innocent. Playing Constantine’s sidekick Chas is Charles Halford, an artistic, thoughtful vegan from Utah who is perhaps best recognized for his disturbing serial-killer role on HBO’s True Detective. Hopefully for Halford, Constantine … Continue reading

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ISU Grand Prix Skate America TV coverage on NBC

Skate America TV

The ISU Grand Hilton HHonors Prix Skate America TV coverage on NBC airs Sunday, Oct. 26, from 4-6pm ET. America’s elite skaters, including Gracie Gold, Jeremy Abbott and Jason Brown are among those selected to compete at Sears Centre in Chicago. After receiving critical and viewer acclaim for their work at the 2014 Winter Olympics, Johnny Weir and Tara Lipinski have been named NBC Sports Group’s new lead figure skating analysts, joining play-by-play announcer Terry Gannon and analyst Tracy Wilson and reporter Andrea Joyce on the broadcasts beginning with Skate America. Full NBC Sports Group 2014-15 figure skating TV schedule … Continue reading

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When is LeBron’s first game back with the Cavs?: NBA 2014-15 TV Schedule

NBA 2014-15 TV schedule

Call it “The Undecision.” After taking his talents to South Beach in 2010, LeBron James takes his talents back to the place where he first took them, the Cleveland Cavaliers. King James joins Kevin Love and Kyrie Irving to try to win a title for his hometown Cavs, while the rest of the NBA’s elite try to spoil his homecoming. ESPN, ABC, TNT and NBA TV again have coverage of the NBA season. Full schedule below. Circle these nine dates on the NBA 2014-15 TV schedule to watch the Association’s biggest displays of star power: Oct. 30 Knicks at Cavaliers … Continue reading

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Discovery Channel’s Alaskan Bush People is canceled. Here’s why.

Alaskan Bush People

There were a lot of things about Discovery Channel’s unscripted series Alaskan Bush People that didn’t pass the smell test. Now there’s more foul air surrounding the Brown family, and it’s very likely we’ve seen the last of them on TV. ALSO SEE: What Happened to Discovery Channel’s Alaskan Bush People? Alaskan Bush People Recaps: Episode 1 | Episode 2 | Episode 3 | Episode 4 Commenter Talkeetnachris tipped us to this: Billy brown was just charged with stealing over $13000 filing fraudulent PFD claims in Alaska. His near life will be in prison. A few other family members were … Continue reading

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Bill Simmons’ “The Grantland Basketball Hour” debuts on ESPN

The Grantland Basketball Hour

Grantland editor in chief Bill Simmons, who should be well rested and reenergized after his three-week suspension, hosts The Grantland Basketball Hour on Thursday, Oct. 23, at 7pm ET on ESPN. NBA analyst Jalen Rose joins Simmons for this new talk show covering a variety of NBA topics and featuring a rotating panel of guests and commentators. The premiere includes special guests Michelle Beadle, Jeff Van Gundy, Zach Lowe and Clippers head coach Doc Rivers. TGBH was originally announced to premiere Oct. 21, but MLB’s decision to move Game 1 of the World Series up a day likely made ESPN … Continue reading

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BTN’s “The Journey: Big Ten Football 2014″ premieres Oct. 22

The Journey: Big Ten Football 2014

BTN’s The Journey series returns for the 2014 football season with profiles of some of the Big Ten’s top players. The new season premieres Wednesday, Oct. 22, at 7pm ET with a look at Nebraska running back Ameer Abdullah, Michigan State wide receiver Tony Lippett and Indiana wide receiver Shane Wynn. Viewers will get to see the personal side of the players as student-athletes and learn about their backgrounds and lives off the field. “The best part of The Journey is that each year, new characters emerge on the scene,” says BTN Originals coordinating producer Bill Friedman. “Our talented and … Continue reading

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Boo-urns!: Simpsons World reviewed

Boo-urns!: Simpsons World reviewed

Everything’s coming up Milhouse. The Simpsons World immersive experience launched Oct. 21 on SimpsonsWorld.com and the FXNOW mobile app. Highlights of Simpsons World include: – Every Simpsons episode from Seasons 1-25, plus new Season 26 episodes available the day after they air on FOX. Sorry, episodes have commercials. – Episode and clips playlists created around a central theme (“Eat My Shorts” Shorts, Simpsons Predict the Future) – A section with the most popular episodes and clips, sorted by today, this month or this year – Rareties, including behind-the-scenes featurettes, cast and producer interviews, and more – Links to Simpsons stuff … Continue reading

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Notre Dame at Florida State highlights college football Week 8

2014 College Football Schedule

Notre Dame at Florida State highlights college football Week 8 with a primetime matchup on Saturday, Oct. 18, on ABC. This weekend in college football features a big matchup in primetime on ABC at 8pm ET as the No. 5 Notre Dame Fighting Irish take on the No. 2 Florida State Seminoles at Doak Campbell Stadium in Tallahassee. Two dynamic quarterbacks, Notre Dame’s Everett Golson and FSU’s Jameis Winston, will be on display in a game that could impact the teams’ hunt for a berth in the new playoffs. Both teams have had their share of off-the-field complications, with the … Continue reading

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