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TCM to remember Mike Nichols with film tribute

TCM to remember Mike Nichols with film tribute

Famed director Mike Nichols passed away yesterday at the age of 83. One of the few artists to have earned Oscar, Tony, Emmy and Grammy accolades, Nichols will be remembered by Turner Classic Movies (TCM) with a three-film tribute on Dec. 6, featuring Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (1966), The Graduate (1967) and Carnal Knowledge (1971). TCM Remembers Mike Nichols — Saturday, Dec. 6 (All Times ET) 8pm: Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? – starring Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Burton, Sandy Dennis and George Segal 10:30pm: The Graduate – starring Dustin Hoffman, Anne Bancroft, Katharine Ross, Murray Hamilton, William Daniels and … Continue reading

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Animal Planet’s “The Whale” explores real-life event that inspired “Moby-Dick”

Animal Planet's "The Whale" explores real-life event that inspired "Moby-Dick"

“From the network that brought you Mermaids,” read the title card ahead of the trailer for Animal Planet’s self-described “scripted event” The Whale: Revenge From the Deep. That may be enough to either intrigue or dissuade any number of people who either liked or disliked Animal Planet’s previous forays into scripted fare like Mermaids, but the trailer does look promising. Add to that the fact that Martin Sheen headlines the film based on a gripping true-life tale, and that’s enough to get us to dive in. The two-hour production is a retelling of the sinking of the Nantucket whaling ship … Continue reading

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When is “It’s a Wonderful Life” on TV 2014?

When is "It's a Wonderful Life" on TV 2014?

When is It’s a Wonderful Life on TV 2014? You might recall the days of being able to watch It’s a Wonderful Life on TV a LOT. The 1946 Frank Capra classic was in the public domain at that time, about 20 or 30 years ago, and it seemed to air nearly nonstop in syndication between Thanksgiving and Christmas. For the past several years, rights to It’s a Wonderful Life have belonged to NBC, so airings of the film have become more of a special viewing occasion, with the network usually airing it twice during the Christmas season. And they … Continue reading

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When is Rudolph on TV 2014?

When is Rudolph on TV 2014?

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer 50th anniversary airing — Tuesday, Dec. 9, 2014, at 8pm ET/PT on CBS. In 2014, the classic 1964 Rankin-Bass stop-motion animation special Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer celebrates its 50th anniversary! It airs on Tuesday, Dec. 9, at 8pm ET/PT on CBS. (Description below from CBS) The special, narrated by Burl Ives, who is also heard as the voice of Sam the Snowman, is a musical story based on the popular song of the same title by Johnny Marks. It recounts the tale of a shy reindeer whose Christmas spirit is dampened because his shiny nose has … Continue reading

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When is Frosty the Snowman on TV 2014?

When is Frosty the Snowman on TV 2014?

When is Frosty the Snowman on TV 2014? In 2014, CBS will again be airing the beloved 1969 special starring that “jolly, happy soul” Frosty the Snowman, along with the 1992 special Frosty Returns: Frosty the Snowman — Friday, Nov. 28, at 9pm ET/PT on CBS. Frosty Returns — Saturday, Dec. 13, at 9:30pm ET/PT on CBS. (Descriptions below from CBS) Friday, Nov. 28 (9:00-9:30 PM, ET/PT) FROSTY THE SNOWMAN — Frosty, that “jolly, happy soul” whose old silk hat full of magic has turned him into a musical Christmas legend, once again demonstrates his unique showmanship. Comedian Jackie Vernon … Continue reading

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“American Dad!” recap: “Now and Gwen”

"American Dad!" recap: "Now and Gwen"

Francine took the spotlight in last night’s American Dad! episode “Now and Gwen,” which was fairly unmemorable and, again, not as “edgy” as TBS keeps promising (I heard a “shit” and a “God damn,” which would have been bleeped on broadcast, but otherwise …) We start with Francine having a nightmare in which she’s back in high school, trying to run away from her sister Gwen (voiced by Uma Thurman), who transforms into a fiery monster that burns down the school. In the dream, Francine is led to safety by Scott Baio, and upon awakening, admits to Stan that she’s … Continue reading

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Thanksgiving 2014 TV programming

Thanksgiving 2014 TV programming

Thanksgiving 2014 in the United States is Thursday, Nov. 27. Leading up to that day, and through the Thanksgiving 2014 weekend, as always there will be a number of specials, sports, movie marathons and more (and even the start of some Christmas specials) to enjoy on TV. Here are some notable programs to watch leading into, and over the Thanksgiving 2014 weekend. All times Eastern. Epic Meal  Empire Thanksgiving special – Nov. 14 at 10pm on FYI. In the newest episodes, viewers will get even more over-the-top cooking recipes and antics, starting with a Thanksgiving meal (not the Canadian kind) … Continue reading

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“The Flash” recap: Things get explosive in “Plastique”

"The Flash" recap: Things get explosive in "Plastique"

I’m not sure if The CW purposely scheduled the “Plastique” episode of The Flash to air on Veterans Day or not, but either way, it was timely, in that its main story dealt with the mistreatment of a military veteran who ends up as a metahuman capable of blowing things up merely by touching them. Her backstory touches on the way she has been used in the past, and in her current story she is pursued by the military to be used again, this time as a new weapon. Also in the episode, Barry (Grant Gustin) and Iris (Candice Patton) … Continue reading

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“American Dad!” recap: “Big Stan on Campus”

"American Dad!" recap: "Big Stan on Campus"

A bit of the reality of our current government and law enforcement came into play in last night’s new episode of American Dad!, called “Big Stan on Campus.” Director Bullock (Patrick Stewart) gives his CIA team the bad news that their budget needs to be cut (but he won’t give up his ornate “hover-throne” that he is seen using to get around, naturally) and that he needs one of them to take what he calls a “vacation” (actually an unpaid furlough). Stan agrees before fully understanding what it is, and then must find a way to earn some money during … Continue reading

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Channel Guide’s 2014 Viewers Voice Awards Winners

If there’s anything we learned in this year’s Viewers Voice Awards, it’s that our readers love Sleepy Hollow and that Jane Rizzoli (Angie Harmon) has one serious fan base. Almost 50,000 votes helped secure the no-nonsense, all-too-relatable detective from TNT’s Rizzoli & Isles as the 2014 Top TV Cop. Other fun findings included Todd Chrisley and Neal Caffrey (Matt Bomer) beating out Kim Kardashian in the “Most Drool-Worthy Wardrobe” category. Find out who else won top honors from fans across the country in Channel Guide’s 2014 Viewers Voice Awards. Click on a category below to find the winner for that … Continue reading

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