Bill Simmons’ “The Grantland Basketball Hour” debuts on ESPN

The Grantland Basketball Hour

Grantland editor in chief Bill Simmons, who should be well rested and reenergized after his three-week suspension, hosts The Grantland Basketball Hour on Thursday, Oct. 23, at 7pm ET on ESPN. NBA analyst Jalen Rose joins Simmons for this new talk show covering a variety of NBA topics and featuring a rotating panel of guests and commentators. The premiere includes special guests Michelle Beadle, Jeff Van Gundy, Zach Lowe and Clippers head coach Doc Rivers. TGBH was originally announced to premiere Oct. 21, but MLB’s decision to move Game 1 of the World Series up a day likely made ESPN … Continue reading

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BTN’s “The Journey: Big Ten Football 2014″ premieres Oct. 22

The Journey: Big Ten Football 2014

BTN’s The Journey series returns for the 2014 football season with profiles of some of the Big Ten’s top players. The new season premieres Wednesday, Oct. 22, at 7pm ET with a look at Nebraska running back Ameer Abdullah, Michigan State wide receiver Tony Lippett and Indiana wide receiver Shane Wynn. Viewers will get to see the personal side of the players as student-athletes and learn about their backgrounds and lives off the field. “The best part of The Journey is that each year, new characters emerge on the scene,” says BTN Originals coordinating producer Bill Friedman. “Our talented and … Continue reading

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“Shark Tank” companion series coming to ABC

"Shark Tank" companion series coming to ABC

ABC announced today that it will be launching Beyond the Tank, a “companion series” to its hit, Emmy-winning reality series Shark Tank. Ten hourlong episodes have been ordered of the series that will explore the opportunities and challenges that come after striking a deal on Shark Tank. From ABC: “Audiences familiar with the compelling ups and downs of the negotiations will be further engaged in the drama that takes place after the entrepreneurs’ appearance on Shark Tank. What lies in the aftermath of their investment? Did a promising deal turn sour or launch a million dollar profit margin? After closer … Continue reading

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The Flash recap: “Things You Can’t Outrun”

The Flash recap: "Things You Can't Outrun"

Episode 3 of The CW’s The Flash is titled “Things You Can’t Outrun,” and that applies both literally to Barry’s (Grant Gustin) troubles in outrunning a dangerous new metahuman villain, and also figuratively to various characters’ inability to outrun their pasts. The baddie for this week is Kyle Nimbus (guest star Anthony Carrigan), who has the ability to turn himself into poison gas (and, of course, resolidify himself afterward). Nimbus got this power as a death row inmate the night of the particle accelerator accident — as Nimbus was being put to death by gas, the accident that also created … Continue reading

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Nail’d It Episode 3: Recap

Nail'd It Episode 3: Recap

Nail’d It Episode 3 is zooming onto Oxygen tonight. I have been waiting for this episode ever since I saw my first Nail’d It tease. One of the things that I love about this show is they don’t mess around; once the opening credits roll, they get right onto the contestant intros. So let’s follow their lead, dive in and get nail’d. Kandi, age 23 from Long Beach, CA Calls herself the “Nail Ninja” “I’m a ninja because, they kill the nail game every single time.” Has never done a nail competition, but at age 23 has worked for celebs … Continue reading

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Boo-urns!: Simpsons World reviewed

Boo-urns!: Simpsons World reviewed

Everything’s coming up Milhouse. The Simpsons World immersive experience launched Oct. 21 on SimpsonsWorld.com and the FXNOW mobile app. Highlights of Simpsons World include: – Every Simpsons episode from Seasons 1-25, plus new Season 26 episodes available the day after they air on FOX. Sorry, episodes have commercials. – Episode and clips playlists created around a central theme (“Eat My Shorts” Shorts, Simpsons Predict the Future) – A section with the most popular episodes and clips, sorted by today, this month or this year – Rareties, including behind-the-scenes featurettes, cast and producer interviews, and more – Links to Simpsons stuff … Continue reading

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Set list for “Tony Bennett & Lady Gaga: Cheek to Cheek LIVE!” on PBS

Set list for "Tony Bennett & Lady Gaga: Cheek to Cheek LIVE!" on PBS

This Friday, Oct. 24, PBS’ Great Performances will air a taped performance of Tony Bennett & Lady Gaga: Cheek to Cheek LIVE! as part of the PBS Arts Fall Festival. The special airs at 9pm ET (check local listings). Recorded on July 28 at Lincoln Center, the hourlong special, which I’ve had a chance to screen, is impressively entertaining, featuring a variety of jazz standards from the Great American Songbook, each handpicked by the artists. The performance features solo performances and duets, with Lady Gaga, as you might expect, almost continually surprising the live and home audiences with an array … Continue reading

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Recap of Tethered episode 3, blame the gators

Tethered episode 3

In our recap of Discovery’s survival series Tethered episode 3, titled “Bayou Breakdown,” we go to Louisiana’s alligator filled bayou where we meet Rob Greenfield and Kevin Dutoit. We learn Rob biked 2,000 miles to Louisiana— barefoot — before even starting the journey. We figure Kevin probably flew first class. Rob’s first to arrive at the destination. Rob took one look at Kevin in his preppy-boy attire (yes, he had a sweater neatly tied around his neck) and knew he was in trouble. Kevin took one look at Rob and felt relief. Kevin, however, reassures Rob that he’s not a … Continue reading

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Notre Dame at Florida State highlights college football Week 8

2014 College Football Schedule

Notre Dame at Florida State highlights college football Week 8 with a primetime matchup on Saturday, Oct. 18, on ABC. This weekend in college football features a big matchup in primetime on ABC at 8pm ET as the No. 5 Notre Dame Fighting Irish take on the No. 2 Florida State Seminoles at Doak Campbell Stadium in Tallahassee. Two dynamic quarterbacks, Notre Dame’s Everett Golson and FSU’s Jameis Winston, will be on display in a game that could impact the teams’ hunt for a berth in the new playoffs. Both teams have had their share of off-the-field complications, with the … Continue reading

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2014 World Series begins Oct. 21 on FOX

2014 World Series begins Oct. 21

The MLB League Championship Series are over, and despite the lopsided look on paper (the Kansas City Royals swept the Baltimore Orioles and the San Francisco Giants knocked off the St. Louis Cardinals in five games), the games themselves were competitive, close and wildly entertaining. What does the Fall Classic have in store? The Giants are looking for their third World Series title in five years after winning in 2010 and 2012. The Royals haven’t won a World Series since 1985. The 2014 World Series begins Tuesday, Oct. 21, on FOX with the Giants at Kauffman Stadium to face the … Continue reading

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