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American Crime Episode 1 recap

American Crime Episode 1 recap

Even from the opening credits of the first episode of ABC’s American Crime, which resembled those of a feature film, you could probably tell you were getting into something unique on broadcast television, something more cinematic and theatrical, more gritty and real. And from there, the style of the direction from creator and executive producer John Ridley (12 Years a Slave), and the intense performances he elicited from his great cast, may have confirmed your belief that you were watching something fantastic (if you weren’t already too engrossed in the story). If there was any drawback, it’s that it is on … Continue reading

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Iditarod ceremonial start airs live for first time in Lower 48 states and Hawaii

Iditarod ceremonial start airs live for first time in Lower 48 states and Hawaii

Sportsman Channel will broadcast the ceremonial start of the famed Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race from Anchorage, Alaska, this Saturday, March 7, live at 1:30pm ET. This first hour of the 2015 Iditarod will be the first time in the history of the event that a national television network will broadcast the ceremonial start of the race live to the “Lower 48” states, as well as Hawaii. Sportsman Channel will carry the feed of the CBS affiliate in Anchorage, KTVA, for its live coverage. “National, live-televised coverage of the start of this iconic race will give viewers a true sense of … Continue reading

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2015 MTV Movie Awards nominees announced

2015 MTV Movie Awards nominees announced

Guardians of the Galaxy, The Fault in Our Stars and Neighbors lead the way among 2015 MTV Movie Awards nominations, with seven each, as announced today. The ceremony will air live on MTV April 12 at 8pm ET, with Amy Schumer hosting. Fans can vote for their favorites through Saturday, April 11. 2015 MTV Movie Awards Nominations Movie Of The Year Presented By Geico American Sniper Boyhood The Fault in Our Stars Gone Girl Guardians of the Galaxy The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 1 Selma Whiplash Best Female Performance Scarlett Johansson — Lucy Jennifer Lawrence — The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 1 … Continue reading

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Tom Selleck returning as Jesse Stone in Hallmark Movies & Mysteries original film

Tom Selleck returning as Jesse Stone in Hallmark Movies & Mysteries original film

Tom Selleck will be back in the ninth installment of the popular Jesse Stone mystery film franchise, based on the books by Robert B. Parker, in a Fall 2015 original film debuting on Hallmark Movies & Mysteries. The movie, titled Jesse Stone: Lost in Paradise, is currently in pre-production in Halifax, Nova Scotia, and finds Paradise Police Chief Jesse Stone (Selleck) agreeing to help the Massachusetts State Homicide Division track down a serial killer. The previous installments of the Jesse Stone franchise have aired on broadcast television, and have made their cable premieres on Hallmark Movies & Mysteries. This is the … Continue reading

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Mark Cuban, Ann Coulter join cast of “Sharknado 3″

Mark Cuban, Ann Coulter join cast of "Sharknado 3"

Dallas Mavericks owner and Shark Tank “shark” Mark Cuban will be tackling sharks of a different sort when he appears as the President of the United States in Syfy’s Sharknado 3, the third installment of the network’s delightfully awful original movie series. Along with this announcement, Syfy also put shivers down liberals’ spines by saying conservative political commentator and author Ann Coulter will be joining Cuban in her role as Vice President.                 Previously announced cameos in Sharknado 3 include Bo Derek as May, the mother of April (Tara Reid); Jerry Springer, appearing as Mr. White, a manic tourist; … Continue reading

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Battle Creek: Vince Gilligan’s Breaking Bad follow-up was conceived over a decade ago

Battle Creek: Vince Gilligan's Breaking Bad follow-up was conceived over a decade ago

“It’s embarrassing to note that I’ve never actually been to Battle Creek, Mich.,” laughed Vince Gilligan (Breaking Bad) last summer at a press conference introducing his new series Battle Creek. “I am fascinated by the name because it’s such a great name, because it’s got the word ‘battle’ in it.” Despite Gilligan not having been inspired by the city because of a visit, Battle Creek manages to capture the ambience of a hardscrabble small town. The drama follows mismatched law enforcement officers (Josh Duhamel and Dean Winters) with polar-opposite views of the world, who work to clean up the streets … Continue reading

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Syfy airing Leonard Nimoy tribute this Sunday morning

Syfy airing Leonard Nimoy tribute this Sunday morning

In the wake of the passing of actor Leonard Nimoy today, the Syfy channel will be airing a programming tribute to him this Sunday, March 1 — appropriate, given Nimoy’s greatest renown came from his portrayal of Spock on the original Star Trek, its various film incarnations, as well as the 2009 reboot Star Trek, and its 2013 sequel Star Trek: Into Darkness. During the Leonard Nimoy tribute, the network will air an episode of The Twilight Zone (there are also two episodes airing just before the official start of the tribute that star William Shatner; perhaps they are tying him in for the Star Trek connection), as well as … Continue reading

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OWN orders new episodes of all four of its Tyler Perry series

OWN orders new episodes of all four of its Tyler Perry series

OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network announced today that more episodes of all four of its popular Tyler Perry series have been ordered. The Haves and the Have Nots has been given 23 one-hour episodes; If Loving You Is Wrong, 22 one-hour episodes; Love Thy Neighbor, 22 half-hour episodes; and For Better or Worse, 20 half-hour episodes. In a release, OWN credits these Tyler Perry series with the network’s boost into the Top 25 among cable networks in primetime among women 25-54. The Haves and the Have Nots (pictured), in particular, has averaged more than 3 million viewers throughout its current season and consistently ranked as Tuesday night’s No. … Continue reading

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Leonard Nimoy dies at 83

Leonard Nimoy dies at 83

Legendary TV and film star Leonard Nimoy, best known for his role as the Vulcan Spock in the the Star Trek TV and film series, has died, the New York Times reported today. Nimoy had been hospitalized with chest pains last week, and his wife, Susan Bay Nimoy, when confirming Leonard’s death to the Times, said the cause was end-stage chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Personally, along with his work on Star Trek, I have fond memories of Nimoy hosting the ’70s paranormal series In Search Of. His distinctive voice could add a unique touch to most things he tried, from narrating series to even singing. Along with acting, Nimoy was … Continue reading

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Disney XD to revive “DuckTales”

Disney XD to revive "DuckTales"

People of a certain generation probably fondly remember the late ’80s-early ’90s animated Disney series DuckTales, which followed Scrooge McDuck and his curious, mischief-making grandnephews Huey, Dewey and Louie, along with Donald Duck, on worldwide adventures. It ran from 1987-90, and inspired a theatrical animated film DuckTales the Movie: Treasure of the Lost Lamp in 1990. Well, that generation will have a new version of the series to show to its own children, as Disney XD announced today that an all-new DuckTales animated series has been ordered for launch in 2017. A Disney XD release said that the new series will again feature the adventures … Continue reading

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