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Discovery Channel’s Alaskan Bush People recap: A Wolfpack Divided

Alaskan Bush People

In the May 29 midseason* premiere of Discovery Channel’s Alaskan Bush People, “A Wolfpack Divided,” the Brown family is ready to move into their new home when Ami requires immediate medical attention and must travel to a big city for surgery. Meanwhile, the pressure is on the boys to secure a wood-burning stove so the family can stay warm over winter. *Discovery Channel has been pushing this as a new season, though the May 29 new episode is listed as Season 2, Episode 9. We’re going to call this Season 2B until someone at Discovery who knows what the hell … Continue reading

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ABC’s “The Whispers”: Something Wicked Is Coming, And It Wants Our Kids

ABC's "The Whispers": Something Wicked Is Coming, And It Wants Our Kids

In ABC’s summertime thriller The Whispers, someone — or something — is manipulating our most innocent and beloved asset — our children — to commit the unthinkable. When several D.C.-area children start communicating with an imaginary friend named Drill and the mysterious games he convinces them to play turn dangerous, FBI child specialist Claire Bennigan (American Horror Story’s Lily Rabe) is called in to investigate. On the other side of the world, Defense Department operative Wes Lawrence (Revenge’s Barry Sloane) unearths a haunting and otherworldly geological phenomenon. And closer to home, a riveting and mysterious man named John Doe (Heroes’ … Continue reading

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“Treetop Cat Rescue”: Animal Planet series follows duo who save treed felines

"Treetop Cat Rescue": Animal Planet series follows duo who save treed felines

If you live in Washington state, home of some of the largest trees in the country, and your cat ends up in one of those trees, who do you call? If the trees are too tall for your local fire department to help with, and if Superman isn’t around, how can poor kitty ever get back down to the ground? Turns out that expert tree climbers and cat communication experts Shaun Sears and Tom Otto are on the case, and a new Animal Planet series, Treetop Cat Rescue, chronicles their adventures in trying to rescue frenzied felines from the canopy. More from Animal Planet: … Continue reading

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Aquarius two-hour premiere: Summer of Love begins to get dark

Aquarius two-hour premiere: Summer of Love begins to get dark

While interesting, NBC’s new drama Aquarius doesn’t exactly break new ground. In fact, the only original thing about it might be its distribution plan. Following last night’s two-hour premiere, all 13 episodes of the show are now available for binge-watching at NBC.com and other VOD platforms. “With Aquarius we have the opportunity to push some new boundaries to give our audience something no broadcast network has done before,” said NBC Entertainment Chairman Bob Greenblatt. “We are fully aware how audiences want to consume multiple episodes of new television series faster and at their own discretion, and we’re excited to offer our viewers … Continue reading

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It’s A Double Crossed Weekend on K.C. Undercover

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This weekend, Disney Channel’s exciting spy series, K.C. Undercover premieres an adventure that is so massively amazing; it’ll take three all-new episodes to tell it all! And Disney Channel has shared an exclusive clip of one of the coolest backstories in the history of TV. The fun starts with a one-hour special event, on Friday, May 29 at 8pm ET/PT. In “Double Crossed Part 1,” K.C. (Zendaya) is assigned a new partner to go undercover as boyfriend and girlfriend. “Her parents are give her a new mission and they tell her that they’re pairing her up with the Junior Agent … Continue reading

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When does Ring of Honor move to Destination America? Here are the details.

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Come June 3, Destination America will be home to not only TNA’s Impact Wrestling, but Ring of Honor as well. Sinclair Broadcast Group, which owns ROH, announced it had signed a national broadcast deal with the network, which is part of Discovery Communications. Ring of Honor will premiere on its new home on Wednesday, June 3 at 8/7CT and run for an initial 26 weeks. Impact Wrestling moves from its Friday night time slot to 8 p.m. CT on the same day, meaning ROH is serving as a lead-in. This is unprecedented, as a broadcast network now serves as the home of … Continue reading

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Catching up with “So You Think You Can Dance” judge Paula Abdul

SYTYCD Paula Abdul

Paula Abdul was an early multi-hyphenate — singer, songwriter, dancer, choreographer and TV personality — but at her essence, she’s a dancer. After a stint as a guest judge on So You Think You Can Dance and fresh off judging Australia’s version of the show, Abdul, 52, takes a permanent place on the judging panel for SYTYCD’s 12th season, which begins with a two-hour premiere Monday, June 1, at 8pm ET/PT on FOX. “I have been a teacher for pretty much all of my late teens and adulthood, and having a phenomenal career as a choreographer around the world, I … Continue reading

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CBS “The Briefcase”: How much money would you keep? How much would you give away?

CBS The Briefcase

If you suddenly came into a large sum of money, how much would you keep and how much would you share with complete strangers? That’s the premise of The Briefcase (premiering Wednesday, May 27, at 8pm ET/PT) on CBS. In this new reality series, hardworking American families experiencing financial setbacks are presented with a briefcase full of money. They can keep all of the money for themselves, or give all or part of it to another family in need. Each week, two families have 72 hours to learn details about each other’s challenging circumstances and decide what to do with … Continue reading

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2015 Scripps National Spelling Bee Finals on ESPN networks

2015 Scripps National Spelling Bee Finals on ESPN networks

ESPN, ESPN2 and ESPN3 combine to present 14 hours of live coverage from the 2015 Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington, D.C., May 27-28. ESPN3 airs live preliminary rounds on Wednesday. ESPN3 and WatchESPN offers a multiple-choice “Play-Along” version of the broadcasts. ESPN2 airs the semifinals on Thursday beginning at 10am ET, and ESPN airs the finals beginning at 8pm ET. ESPN’s commentators are Chris McKendry, Kaylee Hartung and word analyst Paul Loeffler. 2015 Scripps National Spelling Bee Finals on ESPN networks Date Time (ET) Round Networks Wed, May 27 8-11:45 a.m. Preliminary Round & Play-Along Version ESPN3 / WatchESPN 1:15-5:45 p.m. Preliminary Round … Continue reading

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“Meerkat Manor” returning (sort of)

"Meerkat Manor" returning (sort of)

Animal Planet’s cute “docu-soap” hit from about a decade back, Meerkat Manor, is being packaged with reversioned footage from the first two seasons and a new narrator for two 90-minute specials debuting on sister network Discovery Family Channel in June. Meerkat Manor: The Monarchy Begins, and Meerkat Manor: The Monarchy Under Attack will air June 2 and 9, respectively. As you can tell from the photo above, the repackaging is inspired by Downton Abbey, as new narrator Rupert Graves explains the drama in the “Whiskers Mob” of meerkats that became viewer favorites (hopefully the post-Edwardian garb will not be CGIed onto the real meerkats). … Continue reading

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