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President Obama to appear on “Running Wild with Bear Grylls”

President Obama to appear on "Running Wild with Bear Grylls"

President Barack Obama will trek through the wilderness with survival expert Bear Grylls for a special edition of Grylls’ NBC series Running Wild with Bear Grylls, to air later this year. The episode will be taped while President Obama is in Alaska this week to observe the effects of climate change on the area. The president will then come together with Grylls in the Alaskan wilderness, where he will become the first U.S. president to receive a crash-course in survival techniques from Grylls. Running Wild with Bear Grylls is currently in its second season, and has already featured a number of non-presidential celebrities, including … Continue reading

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Recap: Naked and Afraid XL, Episode 8: “40 Days Filth and Fury”

Naked and Afraid XL, Episode 8

It’s almost over, we’ve made it to Naked and Afraid XL, Episode 8. Somewhere, what started out as a celebration of our favorite survivalists, has turned into a “warts and all” expose where we realize that our heroes are little more than flawed humans with a very specific set of skills. We’ve seen strong men and women felled by dehydration, but more surprising, we’ve seen strong people taken down by bullying and mental instability. I didn’t foresee team members turning against and tormenting each other. Did you? It’s disappointing; in the regular two-person 21-day experiences, if you don’t get along … Continue reading

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2015 Little League World Series championship games on ABC

Little League World Series 2015 TV schedule

The 2015 Little League World Series comes down to the semifinal and final rounds, beginning with the International and U.S. Championship Games on Saturday, Aug. 29, on ABC. The U.S. champion takes on the international champion Sunday, Aug. 30, at Howard J. Lamade Stadium in South Williamsport, Pa., for the final game live on ABC at 3pm ET. 2015 Little League World Series championship games on ABC Saturday, Aug. 29 12:30pm ET: International Championship Game: Mexicali Baja California, Mexico vs. Tokyo, Japan (ABC/ESPN3) 3:30pm ET: U.S. Championship Game: Pearland, Texas vs. Lewisberry, Pennsylvania (ABC/ESPN3) Sunday, Aug. 30 10am ET: Consolation Game (ESPN/ESPN3) 3:30pm ET: Championship Game (ABC/ESPN3)

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2015 US Open tennis TV schedule on ESPN networks

2015 US Open tennis TV schedule

The year’s last Grand Slam returns to the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Queens, N.Y., with US Open early rounds beginning Monday, Aug. 31 Serena Williams looks to complete a dominant Grand Slam season with a fourth straight US Open women’s singles title and a sweep of the Australian Open, French Open, Wimbledon and US Open majors of 2015. Marin Čilić is the reigning men’s singles champion. ESPN takes over as the exclusive US Open broadcast partner, and the tournament returns to its traditional 14-day schedule. ESPN, ESPN2 and ESPN3 share tournament coverage through Sept. 13. 2015 US … Continue reading

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truTV’s first live event features the Impractical Jokers in a Punishment Special

truTV's first live event features the Impractical Jokers in a Punishment Special

In celebration of their 100th episode of the hit series Impractical Jokers, hosts Joe, Sal, Q and Murr announced recently that they will take on their most challenging dare yet: a high-wire walk five stories in the air above New York City during the show’s first-ever live “punishment extravaganza,” hosted by Howie Mandel. To prepare for the event, the Jokers upon the expertise of Ringling Bros. Circus clown and “World’s Greatest Dare Devil” Bello Nock, to provide training and tips on the art of successful tightrope walking. With multiple cameras positioned to capture every moment and New York City’s South Street Seaport … Continue reading

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PBS’ “Big Blue Live” billed as “one of nature’s great reality shows”

PBS' "Big Blue Live" billed as "one of nature's great reality shows"

PBS has aired live events before, usually of the performing arts or concert variety. But the three-part live event Big Blue Live is unique for the network. A co-production with the BBC, the miniseries brings together scientists, filmmakers and photographers, animal behaviorists and other experts for two weeks to document the rejuvenation of the once endangered, but now thriving, ecosystem of Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary in California. Creatures as varied as humpback whales (like the one pictured below), blue whales, sea lions, dolphins, elephant seals, sea otters, great white sharks and more converge in a once-a-year confluence in late … Continue reading

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2015 MTV VMAs – Date, time, channel, lineup, nominees

2015 MTV VMAs - Date, time, channel, lineup, nominees

Justin Bieber will return to the MTV Video Music Awards (VMAs) stage when the 2015 MTV VMAs air live Aug. 30 at 9pm ET. This marks Bieber’s first time performing at the VMAs since 2010, when he performed an epic medley of “Baby,” “Somebody to Love” and “U Smile.” This year, Bieber will perform “What Do You Mean,” the lead single from his new album. Miley Cyrus (pictured) hosts the 2015 MTV VMAs. Additionally,  Kanye West will join the exclusive club of legendary artists bestowed with the “Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award.” Announced performers, in addition to Bieber, include Nicki Minaj, … Continue reading

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Warlords of Ivory: How Africa’s illegal ivory trade funds terrorism

Warlords of Ivory: How Africa's illegal ivory trade funds terrorism

The critically acclaimed documentary series Explorer returns to National Geographic Channel on Sunday, Aug. 30, at 8pm ET/PT. Each monthly episode of the series will go deep into a story ripped from the pages of the current issue of National Geographic magazine. In the premiere episode, Warlords of Ivory, special investigative correspondent Bryan Christy, a veteran of wildlife trafficking wars, traces the path of destruction left in the wake of Africa’s illegal ivory trade — a path rife with misery, crime and terrorism that spreads like a dark stain across the map of the world. Christy and his team had an … Continue reading

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Mr. Robot season finale rescheduled in wake of Virginia shootings

Mr. Robot season finale rescheduled in wake of Virginia shootings

Last night, the hit summer series Mr. Robot was supposed to air its first season finale on USA Network. However, the was pulled in light of the horrific shootings in Virginia, where former employee at WDBJ in Roanoke, Vester Lee Flanagan II, murdered reporter Alison Parker and cameraman Adam Ward while they were live on the air. According to USA, a scene in the Mr. Robot season finale, obviously shot well before yesterday’s events, happened to be similar enough in nature to the shootings that the network understandably thought it would be disrespectful to air it so soon after the tragedy. USA re-ran … Continue reading

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Recap: Monica The Medium, Episode 1, “Blind Date Surprise”

Monica The Medium, Episode 1

Monica Ten-Kate is your average college student who is busy hanging out with roommates, taking classes and trying to find a cute guy. And… she talks to dead people. Ten-Kate is a medium, who discovered her gift in high school, but who kept it a secret until college. Monica’s journey as a normal woman with an extraordinary ability is chronicled In ABC Family’s new reality series, Monica the Medium. Monica generously answered my questions for a revealing profile and she is incredibly honest about the incredible life she leads. I an interested to learn more about Monica and see for … Continue reading

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