Neil Patrick Harris to Host the 2015 Academy Awards

2015 Academy Awards

  In recognition of the solemnity that Hollywood treats the Academy Awards, I will hold a moment of reverence for this momentous decision …  Moment over.  SQUEE!!! If there has ever been a performer better suited to introduce a little levity, showmanship and snark to a night that has become a parade of fantastic fashion and celebrity self-congratulation, it is NPH. The Emmy and Tony Award winner totally slayed when he hosted 2013 Tony Awards and the 2013 Emmy Awards. I am hopeful that Neil could become a regular host of the Oscars like Billy Crystal or Bob Hope, but … 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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U.S. TV coverage of vote for Scottish independence

U.S. TV coverage of vote for Scottish independence

Scottish independence from the United Kingdom, after a 305-year political union, is up for a vote on Sept. 18, and everyone from pundits and economists to The Simpsons‘ Groundskeeper Willie has weighed in on the financial, social and political pros and cons of such a move. But on Thursday, the people of Scotland will decide in a referendum whether their home country should be an independent nation or not. In the United States, various news networks will have coverage of the vote for Scottish independence. Here are some of the outlets where U.S. viewers can keep up with the latest. … 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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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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TV coverage of President Obama ISIS address

TV coverage of President Obama ISIS address

President Barack Obama will address the nation on Sept. 10 at 9pm ET, from the State Floor of the White House. A release from the White House press secretary said that the president will “discuss with the American people the threat posed by ISIL and to lay out the United States’ strategy for degrading and ultimately destroying the terrorist group.” Press secretary Josh Ernst told reporters that the president is addressing the nation in primetime because he “believes this is a high national security priority.” ISIL [also known as ISIS, or Islamic State] has taken over parts of Iraq and … Continue reading

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9/11 anniversary TV programming 2014

9/11 anniversary TV programming 2014

Sept. 11, 2014, marks the 13th anniversary of the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. Once again, a number of television specials will air around this time to remember the events of 9/11, and their lasting impact on the United States, and the world. 9/11 Anniversary TV Programming 2014 (All Times Eastern; Titles in ALL CAPS Indicate Premieres) Stopping the Second 9/11 – Sept. 7 at 12pm on National Geographic Channel. This real-life international drama recalls the summer of 2006, when as many as 18 conspirators planned to simultaneously blow up almost 10 airplanes by bringing hydrogen peroxide-injected soda bottles-turned-bombs onto … Continue reading

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“Iyanla: Fix My Life” airs a special report from Ferguson

"Iyanla: Fix My Life" airs a special report from Ferguson

The shooting and killing of unarmed teen Michael Brown by police officer Darren Wilson in Ferguson, Missouri, has been the focus of much of the nation’s attention, especially in the wake of protests that arose over the situation. Among the many media personalities who converged on the town to cover the story was Iyanla Vanzant, the ordained minister and life coach who hosts her own series on OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network called Iyanla: Fix My Life. A special episode of the series premiering Aug. 26 and called Iyanla: Fix My Life — Special Report: Healing in Ferguson, follows Iyanla’s trip … Continue reading

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“The Life and Death of Robin Williams” special 20/20 episode tonight

The Life and Death of Robin Williams airs on ABC

ABC announced that they will be airing a special edition of 20/20 tonight (Tuesday, Aug. 12) titled The Life and Death of Robin Williams at 10pm ET. The beloved Oscar winner died Monday, Aug. 11 at his Tiburon, Calif., home at the young age of 63. According to the release: ABC News’ 20/20 will celebrate the life of Robin Williams, the comedic genius whose death yesterday stunned a nation. The Life and Death of Robin Williams will update viewers with the latest news on his untimely death, delve into the unanswered questions, and celebrate the many faces and voices that … Continue reading

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TV legend James Garner dies at age 86

James Garner dies at age 86

From Maverick and The Rockford Files to The Notebook, James Garner was a TV and film legend. Garner, age 86, died Saturday, July 19, 2014 at his Los Angeles home. As of press time the cause of death is unknown. Garner had a distinguished career in TV and film, and could easily move between light-hearted comedies to dramas. He dropped out of high school at age 16 and joined the Merchant Marines and then later served in the Army fighting in the Korean War before he turned his attention to acting. His first breakout role was as dry-witted gambler Brett … Continue reading

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