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.

FX “Partners” with Kelsey Grammer and Martin Lawrence

FX Partners

In the new FX comedy series Partners, Kelsey Grammer and Martin Lawrence play two Chicago lawyers from vastly different backgrounds who unexpectedly meet on their worst day. Marcus Jackson (Lawrence) is going through a heartbreaking divorce, while Allen Braddock (Grammer) just got fired from his father’s firm. After fate brings them together, they form a friendship and start their own storefront law firm. Two comic heavyweights team up in the new FX comedy Partners, with Kelsey Grammer and Martin Lawrence playing down-on-their-luck lawyers who are brought together by fate and become cohorts. If the law firm of Grammer & Lawrence … Continue reading

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2014 NFL preseason TV schedule

2014 NFL preseason TV schedule

The 2014 NFL preseason TV schedule kicks off Aug. 3 in Canton, Ohio, with the Hall of Fame Game between the New York Giants and the Buffalo Bills. The games don’t count, but NFL football is NFL football. Preseason games with unrecognizable players lining up for most of the snaps still get fans fired up for the season and draw TV viewers. While dropping a week from the preseason and adding another week to the postseason is smart (and inevitable), it won’t happen this year. But one wrinkle to this preseason is that the NFL will experiment with longer extra-point … Continue reading

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Play D’oh!: The Simpsons FXX marathon schedule

FXX Simpsons Marathon

Woo hoo! TV’s longest-running marathon gets underway Aug. 21 on FXX, which will air every episode of The Simpsons — 552 episodes, 25 seasons — back-to-back in order over the next 12 days. FXX will also air The Simpsons Movie on Aug. 29. Thank you! Come again!   You’ll need a wheelbarrow full of tacos to provide adequate sustenance for this marathon. In a historic deal, FXX won exclusive pay-TV, on demand and non-linear rights to The Simpsons, and the network is celebrating with the longest marathon on TV history: all 552 episodes from Seasons 1-25 and The Simpsons Movie … Continue reading

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NASCAR returns to Indianapolis for the Brickyard 400

NASCAR returns to Indianapolis for the Brickyard 400

The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series heads to the legendary 2.5-mile oval at Indianapolis Motor Speedway for the Brickyard 400 on ESPN Sunday, July 27, as top drivers Jimmie Johnson, Joey Logano, Kevin Harvick, Jeff Gordon, Carl Edwards, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Kyle Busch and others race for a win on the famed track. Coverage begins with the NASCAR Countdown prerace show at 12pm ET, with the green flag waving at approximately 1:19pm ET. Allen Bestwick calls the race with analysts Dale Jarrett and Andy Petree. Reporting from the pits are Dave Burns, Jamie Little, Dr. Jerry Punch and Vince Welch. Dale … Continue reading

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National Baseball Hall of Fame 2014 induction ceremony on MLB Network

National Baseball Hall of Fame 2014 induction ceremony on MLB Network

Bobby Cox, Tom Glavine, Tony La Russa, Greg Maddux, Frank Thomas and Joe Torre are inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame 2014 class in Cooperstown, N.Y., on Sunday, July 27. MLB Network has exclusive coverage of the ceremony live at 1:30pm ET. MLB Network begins the festivities with MLB Tonight on Sunday at 12pm ET, featuring Greg Amsinger, Peter Gammons, Harold Reynolds and John Smoltz, and Bob Costas will have exclusive interviews with all six new inductees before the ceremony. Additional details in the press release from MLB Network below: 2014 NATIONAL BASEBALL HALL OF FAME INDUCTION CEREMONY … Continue reading

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British Open 2014 TV coverage on ESPN

British Open 2014 TV coverage

British Open 2014 TV coverage on ESPN includes all four rounds live from Royal Liverpool (Hoylake) in northwest England July 17-20. Golf’s third major of the year, the Open Championship — still the “British Open” to some of us in the Colonies — tees off July 17 at Royal Liverpool (Hoylake) in northwest England. Adam Scott, Henrik Stenson, Matt Kuchar, Bubba Watson and Rory McIlroy are the top contenders to capture the Claret Jug. Phil Mickelson had the round of his life at the 2013 Open, making birdie on four of his final six holes to win his fifth career … Continue reading

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Drake hosts the 2014 ESPYS tonight on ESPN

2014 ESPYS

Multifaceted performer Drake hosts the 2014 ESPYS, the annual celebration that brings athletes and celebrities together to honor the year’s best in sports. ESPN televises the awards show from the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles on Wednesday, July 16, beginning at 9pm ET. Michael Sam, the first openly gay player to be drafted by an NFL team, receives the Arthur Ashe Courage Award. Stuart Scott will be honored with the Jimmy V Perseverance Award. U.S. Paralympic gold medal sled hockey player and Purple Heart recipient Josh Sweeney is the first to be honored with the new Pat Tillman Award for … Continue reading

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MLB All-Star Game 2014 TV coverage on FOX

MLB All-Star 2014

MLB All-Star Game 2014 TV coverage on FOX begins Tuesday, July 15, at 7:30pm ET from Target Field in Minneapolis. The best of the American League take on the best of the National League as voted by fans in the Midsummer Classic. Calling the game is play-by-play announcer Joe Buck along with analysts Harold Reynolds and Tom Verducci. Ken Rosenthal and Erin Andrews are field reporters, and Kevin Burkhardt anchors pregame coverage with analysts Frank Thomas and Gabe Kapler. Expect the New York Yankees’ Derek Jeter to get the spotlight as he’ll be playing in his final All-Star Game, as … Continue reading

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TCA: “Sharknado 2″ is the feel-good movie of the summer

Sharknado 2

Monday was NBCUniversal cable day at the Television Critics Association 2014 Summer Press Tour, with panels for shows from USA Network, Syfy, Bravo, Oxygen, Esquire Network and more. Kicking off the day was USA Network’s DaVinci Code-like new limited series DIG, starring Jason Isaacs and Anne Heche. Described as a murder mystery set in the realm of biblical prophecies, DIG is in production in Jerusalem. Recent violence in the Holy Land may impact production of both DIG and FX’s Tyrant, but producers were still trying to assess the situation. We talked with Isaacs, who reveled in the opportunity to film … Continue reading

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MLB Home Run Derby 2014 TV coverage on ESPN

MLB Home Run Derby 2014

MLB Home Run Derby 2014 TV coverage on ESPN begins Monday, July 14, at 8pm ET from Target Field in Minneapolis as part of the 2014 MLB All-Star break festivities. ESPN airs the 2014 Gillette Home Run Derby Monday, July 14, beginning at 8pm ET from Target Field in Minneapolis. Chris “Back Back Back Back, etc.” Berman will host the telecast with analyst John Kruk. Buster Olney and Pedro Gomez provide reports and interviews with participants. The Derby has a new format this year that should speed up the pace (thankfully!) and keep the participants fresh for the finals. There … Continue reading

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