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Memorial Day 2015 TV programming

Memorial Day 2015 TV programming

Memorial Day 2015 in the United States is Monday, May 25. As always, there will be plenty of programming on this day, and over the four-day weekend, related to the holiday. Here is some of the notable Memorial Day 2015 TV programming. All times Eastern. Salute to Sacrifice programming event — May 22-25 on American Heroes Channel (AHC). This Memorial Day weekend, join AHC in giving thanks to our fallen soldiers with SALUTE TO SACRIFICE, a four-day programming event that honors our veterans and remembers those who made the ultimate sacrifice for their country. SALUTE TO SACRIFICE culminates on Memorial Day, Monday, May … Continue reading

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Interview: Grey Damon of NBC’s “Aquarius”

Interview: Grey Damon of NBC's "Aquarius"

Although infamous cult leader Charles Manson initiates the events of the new historical fiction series Aquarius, he at times is almost relegated to the background in the midst of other cases and events, though you can always sense his lurking presence as the Summer of Love begins its descent into the darkness that ended the 1960s. “[Manson]’s sort of this symbol, more or less, of the change that was happening,” says costar Grey Damon, who plays young undercover cop Brian Shafe. Shafe is teamed with veteran homicide detective Sam Hodiak (David Duchovny, who also is an executive producer) to find … Continue reading

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David Letterman finale: The host goes out with laughs, memories and music

David Letterman finale: The host goes out with laughs, memories and music

Although David Letterman’s final Late Show broadcast went over its normal length by about 20 minutes, it felt like it flew by. It was a very well-produced and presented swan song, filled primarily with laughs and memories, but also a few more serious and emotional moments (though Dave never fully broke down, and he didn’t appear to tear up, but that did not diminish his clear emotion at all). The evening led off, surprisingly, with an old clip of President Gerald Ford speaking his famous phrase, “Our long national nightmare is over.” That was followed by Presidents Clinton, Bush, W. Bush … Continue reading

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Bill Murray makes hilarious final appearance with David Letterman

Bill Murray makes hilarious final appearance with David Letterman

In David Letterman’s penultimate episode of Late Show last night, it was only fitting that Bill Murray would be the final guest of a “normal” show (tonight’s series finale is going to be more of a retrospective and send-off). Murray was Dave’s first guest on both his NBC Late Night gig, and Late Show, and he showed up in his typically memorable fashion to say farewell to Letterman’s late-night career. After an appearance by another longtime Letterman guest and frequent butt of good-natured humor, Regis Philbin, and before a performance of “The Night We Called It a Day” by Bob Dylan later in the show, … Continue reading

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Thanks, Dave! The legacy of Letterman

Thanks, Dave! The legacy of Letterman

In a year of momentous shifts and departures in the late-night scene, none was as big as David Letterman announcing last April that he would be retiring this year (Stephen Colbert will be taking over as host of Late Show in September). The last holdover of the old-school late-night hosts, Letterman has been keeping people up since 1982, first on NBC’s Late Night, and then on CBS’ Late Show since 1993, in the wake of him being passed over by NBC as host of The Tonight Show upon the departure of Letterman’s idol, Johnny Carson. Over the years, it may … Continue reading

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2015 Billboard Music Awards: Date, channel, performers, presenters

2015 Billboard Music Awards: Date, channel, performers, presenters

Ludacris and Chrissy Teigen (pictured) will host the 2015 Billboard Music Awards, which air live from Las Vegas Sunday, May 17, at 8pm ET on ABC. Billboard Music Awards finalists are based on key fan interactions with music, with this year’s awards based on reporting period of March 10, 2014, through March 8, 2015. Fan voting for the 2015 Billboard Chart Achievement Award will continue through the first hour of the show, ending at 9pm ET on May 17. To vote for finalists Taylor Swift, Iggy Azalea or Meghan Trainor, go to billboardmusicawards.com/vote, or the @OfficialBBMAs Twitter account. Performing at … Continue reading

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American Crime season finale recap; and, where does the show go from here in Season 2?

American Crime season finale recap; and, where does the show go from here in Season 2?

Wow. Still kind of processing the American Crime season finale, as well as the entire first season as a whole. I feel like I would upon completing a first read of a good novel, thinking back upon the entire experience, as well as the individual elements that stuck out. First, let’s look at Season 1’s final “chapter,” Episode 11. Recently, at a screening event for the season finale, costar Timothy Hutton said of the final episode and the first season: “I think hopefully what [the audience] take away from it is that they’ve watched 11 chapters of a really amazing story that comes … Continue reading

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Tom Hanks, Bill Murray, Bob Dylan, Eddie Vedder are David Letterman’s final guests

Tom Hanks, Bill Murray, Bob Dylan, Eddie Vedder are David Letterman's final guests

CBS announced the final guests for David Letterman’s final week of shows, which the network says will be a “three-night event” May 18-20. Not surprisingly, Bill Murray — who was Letterman’s first guest ever on both Late Night and Late Show — will make an appearance on the penultimate episode. Tom Hanks and musician Eddie Vedder will also appear during the final week, with the May 20 final episode being described by CBS as “an hour filled with surprises, memorable highlights, the show’s final Top Ten List and more.” David Letterman has spent 33 years in late-night television, encompassing 6,028 broadcasts, nearly 20,000 … Continue reading

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2015 CMT Music Awards nominations announced

2015 CMT Music Awards nominations announced

This morning, CMT announced the nominations for the 2015 CMT Music Awards, which will air live from Nashville June 10 at 8pm on the network. Performers, presenters and host will be announced at a later date. Carrie Underwood leads the way with five nominations, including two for Video of the Year (“Something in the Water” and “Somethin’ Bad” with Miranda Lambert), two for Female Video of the Year (“Little Toy Guns” and “Something in the Water”) and Collaborative Video of the Year (“Somethin’ Bad” with Miranda Lambert). Lady Antebellum and Kenny Chesney are just behind Underwood, with four nominations each. … Continue reading

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Samantha Bee mocks “sausage fest” of late-night TV scene in teaser for her new TBS series

Samantha Bee mocks "sausage fest" of late-night TV scene in teaser for her new TBS series

At the Turner Upfront presentation this morning, during the TBS portion, a teaser for former Daily Show correspondent Samantha Bee’s upcoming late-night, issues-oriented series poked fun at the preponderance of men on the late-night TV scene. The teaser finds Bee at an art gallery, looking at pictures of hosts like Seth Meyers, Jimmy Fallon, Jimmy Kimmel, Carson Daly, John Oliver and newcomer James Corden. Bee admits that she likes looking at each picture individually, but upon stepping back, it seems to her like something is missing. Driving home the point that late-night TV is basically a “sausage fest,” a waiter appears with a huge … Continue reading

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