George Stephanopoulos and ABC News land first Darren Wilson interview

George Stephanopoulos and ABC News land first Darren Wilson interview

Last night, it was announced that a grand jury had decided not to indict Ferguson, Missouri, police officer Darren Wilson following the shooting death of unarmed teenager Michael Brown back in August. The incident sparked months of often-heated protests, and the announcement even more so, with national and international eyes tuned in to what would happen in the situation. Even President Obama weighed in. ABC News’ George Stephanopoulos conducted an exclusive interview with Darren Wilson today in the wake of last night’s announcement. Parts of the interview will air Nov. 25 on World News With David Muir (6:30pm ET) and … Continue reading

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Esquire Network documentary series to chronicle Clay Aiken’s congressional campaign

Esquire Network documentary series to chronicle Clay Aiken's congressional campaign

Clay Aiken, perhaps the most famous second-place finalist on American Idol (he was runner-up to Ruben Studdard in Season 2), came in second once again yesterday when North Carolina voters chose not to elect him to the House, opting to stick with incumbent representative Renee Ellmers. Had he won in the predominantly Republican 2nd Congressional District, Aiken, who ran as a Democrat, would have been the South’s first openly gay representative in Congress. The drama of Clay Aiken’s improbable congressional campaign will be chronicled in a four-hour documentary series for Esquire Network, set to premiere on the cable channel in … Continue reading

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2014 midterm elections TV coverage

2014 midterm elections TV coverage

Tuesday, Nov. 4, is the date of the 2014 midterm elections in the United States (do vote if you’re able!). With control of the Senate, as well as a number of governorships, at stake, this year’s midterms are of great interest to citizens and political junkies alike. Several news (and one non-news) outlets will be covering the 2014 midterm elections on Nov. 4. Here are some places to watch for analysis and results; all times Eastern unless otherwise noted. ABC – Nov. 4 at 6:30pm. This year, instead of separate digital and network election broadcasts, ABC News will feature one … Continue reading

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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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