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President Obama to appear on “Running Wild with Bear Grylls”

President Obama to appear on "Running Wild with Bear Grylls"

President Barack Obama will trek through the wilderness with survival expert Bear Grylls for a special edition of Grylls’ NBC series Running Wild with Bear Grylls, to air later this year. The episode will be taped while President Obama is in Alaska this week to observe the effects of climate change on the area. The president will then come together with Grylls in the Alaskan wilderness, where he will become the first U.S. president to receive a crash-course in survival techniques from Grylls. Running Wild with Bear Grylls is currently in its second season, and has already featured a number of non-presidential celebrities, including … Continue reading

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truTV’s first live event features the Impractical Jokers in a Punishment Special

truTV's first live event features the Impractical Jokers in a Punishment Special

In celebration of their 100th episode of the hit series Impractical Jokers, hosts Joe, Sal, Q and Murr announced recently that they will take on their most challenging dare yet: a high-wire walk five stories in the air above New York City during the show’s first-ever live “punishment extravaganza,” hosted by Howie Mandel. To prepare for the event, the Jokers upon the expertise of Ringling Bros. Circus clown and “World’s Greatest Dare Devil” Bello Nock, to provide training and tips on the art of successful tightrope walking. With multiple cameras positioned to capture every moment and New York City’s South Street Seaport … Continue reading

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PBS’ “Big Blue Live” billed as “one of nature’s great reality shows”

PBS' "Big Blue Live" billed as "one of nature's great reality shows"

PBS has aired live events before, usually of the performing arts or concert variety. But the three-part live event Big Blue Live is unique for the network. A co-production with the BBC, the miniseries brings together scientists, filmmakers and photographers, animal behaviorists and other experts for two weeks to document the rejuvenation of the once endangered, but now thriving, ecosystem of Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary in California. Creatures as varied as humpback whales (like the one pictured below), blue whales, sea lions, dolphins, elephant seals, sea otters, great white sharks and more converge in a once-a-year confluence in late … Continue reading

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2015 MTV VMAs – Date, time, channel, lineup, nominees

2015 MTV VMAs - Date, time, channel, lineup, nominees

Justin Bieber will return to the MTV Video Music Awards (VMAs) stage when the 2015 MTV VMAs air live Aug. 30 at 9pm ET. This marks Bieber’s first time performing at the VMAs since 2010, when he performed an epic medley of “Baby,” “Somebody to Love” and “U Smile.” This year, Bieber will perform “What Do You Mean,” the lead single from his new album. Miley Cyrus (pictured) hosts the 2015 MTV VMAs. Additionally,  Kanye West will join the exclusive club of legendary artists bestowed with the “Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award.” Announced performers, in addition to Bieber, include Nicki Minaj, … Continue reading

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Mr. Robot season finale rescheduled in wake of Virginia shootings

Mr. Robot season finale rescheduled in wake of Virginia shootings

Last night, the hit summer series Mr. Robot was supposed to air its first season finale on USA Network. However, the was pulled in light of the horrific shootings in Virginia, where former employee at WDBJ in Roanoke, Vester Lee Flanagan II, murdered reporter Alison Parker and cameraman Adam Ward while they were live on the air. According to USA, a scene in the Mr. Robot season finale, obviously shot well before yesterday’s events, happened to be similar enough in nature to the shootings that the network understandably thought it would be disrespectful to air it so soon after the tragedy. USA re-ran … Continue reading

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Hurricane Katrina 10 years later: TV programming

Hurricane Katrina 10 years later: TV programming

Early in the morning on Aug. 29, 2005, Hurricane Katrina made landfall in the Gulf Coast of the United States. The devastation that resulted in the region, especially in New Orleans, coupled with questions about the preparedness for and handling of the event, has led Katrina to stand out in the minds of many Americans as an epic tragedy on a variety of scales. This year, 10 years after Katrina struck, some programs will be airing over the next few days (a few other specials have already aired) to remember the storm, its victims, and how the Gulf Coast is fairing a … Continue reading

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“The Late Show With Stephen Colbert” announces first week of guests

"The Late Show With Stephen Colbert" announces first week of guests

In about two weeks, Stephen Colbert will debut as the new host of CBS’ Late Night when The Late Show With Stephen Colbert premieres Sept. 8 at 11:35pm ET/PT. Today, the show announced who Colbert’s guests will be that initial week, and it will run the gamut from Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush, to actress Scarlett Johansson, and from comedian Amy Schumer to author Stephen King and a musical performance by Kendrick Lamar (along with an interview). It seems like a nice mix that exemplifies what Colbert’s interests appear to be, at least based on what we’ve seen on his previous show: politics, music, … Continue reading

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Chris Hardwick’s “@ midnight” to temporarily change time slot

Chris Hardwick's "@ midnight" to temporarily change time slot

From Sept. 8-17, Comedy Central’s hit series @midnight with Chris Hardwick will move an hour earlier to 11pm ET/PT, followed by new episodes of The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore. @midnight will return to its regular (and self-titled) midnight ET/PT time slot on Sept. 21, following The Nightly Show. It doesn’t appear initially clear why this is taking place, but late-night viewers and fans of the show will want to take note. More from Comedy Central: “@midnight with Chris Hardwick, produced by Funny Or Die, leads viewers down the ultimate internet wormhole with a rotating lineup of today’s top comedians battling nightly to determine who has … Continue reading

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Robin Roberts returns to Gulf Coast to examine region 10 years after Katrina

Robin Roberts returns to Gulf Coast to examine region 10 years after Katrina

ABC anchor and Mississippi Gulf Coast native Robin Roberts will return to the region to explore Hurricane Katrina’s legacy 10 years after the devastating disaster, in a new special called Katrina: 10 Years After the Storm, airing Aug. 23 on ABC. Roberts will examine the remarkable recovery, see where it has fallen short, and celebrate the indomitable spirit that runs through New Orleans and the Gulf Coast. Roberts’ coverage of Hurricane Katrina began during the darkest hours of the storm, when there were uncertainties for many, including Roberts’ own family, who were impacted by the hurricane in Pass Christian, Mississippi. Now, viewers … Continue reading

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TCA: NBC says Donald Trump “absolutely not” returning to Celebrity Apprentice

TCA: NBC says Donald Trump "absolutely not" returning to Celebrity Apprentice

“I want to open it up and see who has the first question about Donald Trump,” quipped NBC Entertainment Chairman Robert Greenblatt at this morning’s NBC executive session panel at the Television Critics Association (TCA) press tour. Greenblatt had already, in his opening remarks prior to taking questions from assembled journalists, addressed the situation regarding NBC’s relationship, or lack thereof, with Donald Trump in terms of The Celebrity Apprentice, but he knew there would be follow-ups. Greenblatt had this to say about The Celebrity Apprentice in his opening remarks: “Due to circumstances that everyone here is aware of regarding our host [laughter … Continue reading

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