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“Shark Tank” companion series coming to ABC

"Shark Tank" companion series coming to ABC

ABC announced today that it will be launching Beyond the Tank, a “companion series” to its hit, Emmy-winning reality series Shark Tank. Ten hourlong episodes have been ordered of the series that will explore the opportunities and challenges that come after striking a deal on Shark Tank. From ABC: “Audiences familiar with the compelling ups and downs of the negotiations will be further engaged in the drama that takes place after the entrepreneurs’ appearance on Shark Tank. What lies in the aftermath of their investment? Did a promising deal turn sour or launch a million dollar profit margin? After closer … Continue reading

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The Flash recap: “Things You Can’t Outrun”

The Flash recap: "Things You Can't Outrun"

Episode 3 of The CW’s The Flash is titled “Things You Can’t Outrun,” and that applies both literally to Barry’s (Grant Gustin) troubles in outrunning a dangerous new metahuman villain, and also figuratively to various characters’ inability to outrun their pasts. The baddie for this week is Kyle Nimbus (guest star Anthony Carrigan), who has the ability to turn himself into poison gas (and, of course, resolidify himself afterward). Nimbus got this power as a death row inmate the night of the particle accelerator accident — as Nimbus was being put to death by gas, the accident that also created … Continue reading

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Set list for “Tony Bennett & Lady Gaga: Cheek to Cheek LIVE!” on PBS

Set list for "Tony Bennett & Lady Gaga: Cheek to Cheek LIVE!" on PBS

This Friday, Oct. 24, PBS’ Great Performances will air a taped performance of Tony Bennett & Lady Gaga: Cheek to Cheek LIVE! as part of the PBS Arts Fall Festival. The special airs at 9pm ET (check local listings). Recorded on July 28 at Lincoln Center, the hourlong special, which I’ve had a chance to screen, is impressively entertaining, featuring a variety of jazz standards from the Great American Songbook, each handpicked by the artists. The performance features solo performances and duets, with Lady Gaga, as you might expect, almost continually surprising the live and home audiences with an array … Continue reading

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“American Dad!” begins its new season on TBS

"American Dad!" begins its new season on TBS

You may have noticed that Seth MacFarlane’s animated comedy series American Dad! is not in its former slot as part of FOX’s Sunday night lineup. Starting Oct. 20, the series is moving to its new home on TBS. The network has been showing reruns of American Dad! for years, and it will now be showing first-run episodes starting with the Oct. 20 season premiere. TBS’ sister network Adult Swim, which already airs reruns of American Dad!, will continue doing so. According to TBS, the Oct. 20 premiere will air on TBS at 9pm ET/PT, and then on Adult Swim at … Continue reading

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The Flash recap: “Fastest Man Alive”

The Flash recap: "Fastest Man Alive"

In episode 2 of the first season of The CW’s The Flash, called “Fastest Man Alive,” we are a few weeks into Barry Allen’s (Grant Gustin) new life as, well, the fastest man alive, following his transformation into a “metahuman” after being struck by lightning during the breakdown of Dr. Wells’ (Tom Cavanagh) particle accelerator. We also learn more of the history, and likely future, of the relationship between Barry and Joe, find out that Iris is becoming more intrigued by the unidentified and very speedy new hero of Central City, and are introduced to the foe eventually known as … Continue reading

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“Guardians of the Galaxy” to be an animated series on Disney XD

Following the hugely successful Guardians of the Galaxy feature film this past summer, the popular heroes from the Marvel Comics franchise will be coming to TV in animated form, Jeph Loeb, Marvel’s head of television, announced today at New York Comic-Con. The Marvel Animation series has begun production, and will feature characters Peter Quill (Star-Lord), Rocket Raccoon, Gamora, Drax and, of course, Groot. The series is expected to premiere in 2015 on the Marvel Universe programming block on Disney XD. “The movie and franchise quickly became a worldwide phenomenon. We’re looking forward to working with the great team at Marvel … Continue reading

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Animal Planet developing zombie animal graphic novel “The Other Dead” into scripted series

Animal Planet developing zombie animal graphic novel "The Other Dead" into scripted series

If zombie people on your TV screen aren’t enough to freak you out, thanks to shows like The Walking Dead and Z Nation, before long you will be able to see zombie animals on the attack, courtesy of Animal Planet. The network announced today that it has acquired exclusive rights for the zombie animal graphic novel The Other Dead, and will be developing it into a scripted series. From creators Joshua Ortega (Gears of War, Star Wars, Spider-Man) and Digger Mesch (Agent 88, X-Men, Payday), The Other Dead is a critically acclaimed, best-selling graphic novel from IDW Publishing. The story … Continue reading

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NOVA’s “Surviving Ebola” episode informative and relatively scare-free

NOVA's "Surviving Ebola" episode informative and relatively scare-free

Earlier this week, PBS NewsHour science reporter Miles O’Brien slammed U.S. media’s generally breathless and panic-stricken coverage of the Ebola outbreak that he feels “borders on irresponsibility.” He singled out Fox News Channel coverage in particular as having a “racial component,” especially considering the disease’s initial outbreak in West Africa, and as reflecting “a level of ignorance which we should not allow in our media and in our discourse.” Following that, PBS has a chance to change the discourse in tonight’s installment of NOVA called “Surviving Ebola.” Discussing such a deadly disease as this, it is probably impossible to get … Continue reading

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UP TV removes “7th Heaven” from schedule following Stephen Collins’ alleged child molestation confession

UP TV removes "7th Heaven" from schedule following Stephen Collins' alleged child molestation confession

Fans of actor Stephen Collins were stunned today when TMZ released an audio recording on which Collins reportedly admitted to child molestation. The tape was purportedly recorded two years ago during a therapy session attended by Collins and his estranged wife, actress Faye Grant. The recording has already cost Collins a movie job — he was fired from the upcoming Seth MacFarlane comedy Ted 2 earlier today, Entertainment Weekly reported. And now, UP TV has announced that it will be pulling reruns of 7th Heaven – the popular 1996-2007 family drama in which Collins played a minister, perhaps his most … Continue reading

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Tosh.0 gets “family-friendly” tonight

Tosh.0 gets "family-friendly" tonight

For the first time in its six-season history, Comedy Central’s hit series Tosh.0 will air a “family-friendly” edition. Being a program that showcases the wildest viral videos from the Internet, Tosh.0 regularly includes clips that certainly are not suitable for younger viewers. Tonight, Oct. 7, however, the program promises a show “completely devoid of puking, bodily injuries, strong language with little or no sexual dialogue or situations.” While that may be a buzzkill for some, it will allow the more sensitive and younger viewers to tune in for once (but don’t get used to it). “Comedy isn’t about being clean … Continue reading

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