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Hallmark Channel announces development deal with author Karen Kingsbury

Hallmark Channel announces development deal with author Karen Kingsbury

She’s the “queen” of Christian fiction, according to Time magazine, and now novelist Karen Kingsbury (pictured) has a deal with Hallmark Channel to have two of her popular books developed into original movies, the network announced today. The Bridge, based on Kingsbury’s 2012 novel, is scheduled for a Holiday 2015 premiere on Hallmark Channel. According to a release,”the captivating romance follows Molly Allen, a woman who left her heart in Franklin, Tennessee with the man she walked away from in college. When Molly finds out The Bridge, a beloved bookstore back in Franklin, is in jeopardy along with the bookstore’s … Continue reading

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Special “Cops” episode to honor audio technician Bryce Dion

Special "Cops" episode to honor audio technician Bryce Dion

Langley Productions and Spike TV have announced that Spike will air a special, one-hour episode of Cops to remember the show’s veteran audio technician Bryce Dion, who was tragically killed during production on a police shootout in Omaha on Aug. 26. Dion was 38 years old. Bryce Dion worked for seven years as audio technician on Cops, and had recently been promoted to Audio Supervisor. A release says that the one-hour special dedicated to him, airing Sept. 20, will feature clips of some of his best work, as well as his courage and commitment in showing the challenges faced by … Continue reading

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Discovery Fit & Health airs night of Ebola documentaries

Discovery Fit & Health airs night of Ebola documentaries

If you’re not scared of enough things in the world today, you may want to tune in for Discovery Fit & Health’s (DFH) “Ebola: Are We Next?” night on Sept. 18. The network is briefly breaking into its monthlong “Sextember” programming event (including the preemption of the special 100 Orgasms a Day) to present a few documentaries about the deadly Ebola virus. “Ebola: Are We Next?” is a block of programming dedicated to specials primarily about the dreaded Ebola virus, but also other outbreak-themed specials, too. At the heart of the block is the premiere special Ebola: Inside the Deadly … Continue reading

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2015 Miss America Competition: Date, time, channel

2015 Miss America Competition: Date, time, channel

The 2015 Miss America Competition will air Sunday, Sept. 14, at 9pm ET on ABC, live from the Atlantic City Boardwalk Hall. Once again, Chris Harrison (The Bachelor) and Lara Spencer (Good Morning America) will serve as co-hosts. Comedian and former Miss New Jersey, Dena Blizzard, will serve as a special correspondent, sharing live updates from inside the auditorium. The judges panel will include television writer and executive producer Marc Cherry; former Green Bay Packer and Super Bowl Champion, Donald Driver; author and entrepreneur Kathy Ireland; U.S. Olympic gold medalist Shawn Johnson; Gen. Anne Macdonald, who served over 30 years … Continue reading

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Nicholas Sparks makes TV debut with Lifetime’s “Deliverance Creek”

Nicholas Sparks makes TV debut with Lifetime's "Deliverance Creek"

I’m probably not the audience for Nicholas Sparks books and films, but it cannot be denied that he has a tremendous track record in both, given successes such as The Notebook (and its film adaptation), A Walk to Remember (and its film adaptation) and more. Those film adaptations of his books were on the big screen, but tonight he makes his television debut as executive producer of Deliverance Creek, airing 8pm ET on Lifetime. The two-hour movie comes from his Nicholas Sparks Productions. Deliverance Creek is not based on a Nicholas Sparks work, but does include the themes that fans … Continue reading

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CBS’ “48 Hours” features coverage of Oscar Pistorius verdict

CBS' "48 Hours" features coverage of Oscar Pistorius verdict

This Friday’s edition of the CBS news program 48 Hours will feature coverage from when the show was in a South African courtroom this week to cover a judge’s decision on whether Olympic sprinter Oscar Pistorius (a.k.a. “Blade Runner,” a reference to the leg prostheses he wears as a double amputee) murdered his model girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, or if her death was an accident. Pistorius was cleared of premeditated murder charges, but was found guilty of “culpable homicide,” similar to a manslaughter conviction in the United States. The judge’s decision, along with an interview with Oscar Pistorius’ former girlfriend, Samantha … Continue reading

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PBS special commemorates “The Star-Spangled Banner” bicentennial

PBS special commemorates "The Star-Spangled Banner" bicentennial

The valiant defense of Fort McHenry on the night of Sept. 13, 1814, during the Battle of Baltimore in the War of 1812 inspired Francis Scott Key to write “The Star-Spangled Banner.” The song eventually was declared the national anthem of the United States by Congress in 1931. In commemoration of 200 years of “The Star-Spangled Banner,” PBS will air a live, two-hour broadcast featuring various performances of patriotic tunes — including, of course, America’s national anthem. John Lithgow (pictured) hosts the event, held at Pier Six Pavilion in Baltimore, and is joined by co-host Jordin Sparks. The concert, called … Continue reading

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Tim Tebow joins “Good Morning America”

Tim Tebow joins "Good Morning America"

It’s Tebow Time for ABC’s Good Morning America. The network announced today that former NFL quarterback and Heisman Trophy-winning college football star Tim Tebow will be adding a contributor role on GMA to his current and continuing roles as ESPN and SEC Network analyst (both those networks are also in the ABC-Disney family). ABC says that Tebow “will help launch GMA’s ‘Motivate Me Monday’ series, featuring individuals and their amazing stories of triumph. Tebow will appear in studio and live on location in towns across America with a wide-range of reports that motivate and inspire.” Tebow played professionally for the … Continue reading

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Barbra Streisand to appear on “The Tonight Show” for first late-night guest appearance in decades

Barbra Streisand to appear on "The Tonight Show" for first late-night guest appearance in decades

Legendary singer Barbra Streisand will be making her first late-night talk show appearance as a guest in over 50 years, according to NBC, when she appears on the network’s The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon on Sept. 15. Streisand will be the only featured guest on that night’s show, which a release says will be “a night of talk, comedy and performance to celebrate the upcoming release of her new album Partners.” Streisand’s new Partners album will be released the day after her Tonight Show appearance, on Sept. 16. The album features 12 new duets with famous male vocalists, including … Continue reading

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“The Roosevelts” is another winning documentary from Ken Burns

"The Roosevelts" is another winning documentary from Ken Burns

Ken Burns’ latest historical documentary (and certainly not the last; he said at a recent press conference that he is working on seven other films right now) is, according to Burns and collaborator Geoffrey C. Ward, the first project to intertwine the stories of Theodore Roosevelt, Franklin Delano Roosevelt and Eleanor Roosevelt into one family history. The 14-hour film spans the years from 1858 (Teddy Roosevelt’s birth) to 1962 (Eleanor Roosevelt’s death), and airs seven consecutive nights. “Half [our] films have touched upon the Roosevelts, and for as long as we’ve worked together,” Burns told reporters, about how he and … Continue reading

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