Archive for the ‘Television’ Category

Army SSG Jeremy Gaynor Kills It on ‘The Voice’


Army Staff Sergeant Jeremy Gaynor, the lead singer in the West Point Band, auditioned for NBC’s The Voice last night and blew everyone away with his rendition of the old Carpenters hit “Superstar.”

His version was so smooth and powerful that all four judges (Adam Levine, Blake Shelton, Christina Aguilera and Pharrell) judges hit their buttons and turned around during the Blind Audition phase of the competition. After all four made their pitch to Gaynor, he decided to go with Christina. She’s back from maternity leave and has never won the show as a coach. Gaynor may give her a real shot at victory. Check out his killer performance and the show’s “Meet Jeremy Gaynor” clip below. +Continue Reading

‘Dad, It’s Just ISIS’

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Someone in the Saturday Night Live writer’s room must have been reading our “10 Best Military Sketches on ‘Saturday Night Live’” post because the show returned last night with its first new episode since the 40th Anniversary Special and the program featured a prominent military-themed parody of the Toyota “My Bold Dad” Super Bowl commercial, the one where a father drops his daughter at the airport as she appears to head off to start her military service.

Except, well, the daughter (played by guest host Dakota Johnson) is joining ISIS and Dad (played by Taran Killam) sheds a tear has he hands his daughter over to a group of armed Jihadists in a pickup truck. It’s not a car commercial, it’s a recruitment video! Watch the sketch below: +Continue Reading

Army Vet Noah Galloway Dances With the Stars


Retired Army Sgt. Noah Galloway made a positive statement for injured veterans when he appeared on the cover of Men’s Health magazine last fall. Now the double amputee has joined the cast of the 20th season of ABC’s Dancing With the Stars. Galloway, who lost his left arm and left leg while serving in Iraq, will be partnered with professional dancer Sharna Burgess.

Galloway hopes to follow in the footsteps of J.R. Martinez, the Army 101st veteran who won the competition back in 2011. Martinez, who was also wounded by an IED and suffered burns over 40% of his body, did a lot to raise awareness that men and women injured in battle can return and lead productive, well-adjusted lives. +Continue Reading

Return of ‘The Night Shift’

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The Night Shift, NBC’s drama about ER doctors working overnights in a cash-strapped Texas hospital, was a surprise hit last summer and now it’s back for a full run in the Monday 10pm slot previously occupied by State of Affairs.

A large number of the show’s main characters are veterans, doctors and medics who served in Iraq or Afghanistan and are in the process of reintegrating into civilian life. Those experiences are central to The Night Shift’s plot lines and the action often feels more like M*A*S*H than ER, something we discussed in an interview with the show’s creators Jeff Judah and Gabe Sachs last year.

We’ve got a clip from the new season below: +Continue Reading

10 Best Military Sketches on ‘Saturday Night Live’

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Topical humor has always been a big part of Saturday Night Live history and there have been plenty of military stories in the news to inspire its writers over the last four decades. As the show celebrates is 40th anniversary with a three-hour special set to air on Sunday, February 15th, we’ve combed through the SNL archives and selected the 10 best military-themed sketches. +Continue Reading

4 Times Jon Stewart Stood Up for the Troops

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Jon Stewart announced this week that he’s leaving The Daily Show later this year. His comedy-fueled takes on the news were often brutal to politicians and the powers that be, but Stewart has long gone out of his way to support the men and women who serve in uniform.

We’ve collected some of’s best Jon Stewart Daily Show videos. Check them out below. +Continue Reading

Hollywood’s in the Sniper Business

Is Nick Irving’s new memoir The Reaper helping American Sniper’s Oscar chances?


Studio head Harvey Weinstein might be the best Oscar campaigner ever. He’s the guy who engineered the notorious upset when Shakespeare in Love beat out Saving Private Ryan for Best Picture 1998. His movies get nominated every year and he’s behind a string of other Best Picture winners: The English Patient, The King’s Speech, The Artist and Chicago. +Continue Reading

Defense TV, Now in Your Living Room


Defense TV is a United States military-themed online channel created by DVIDS, the Defense Video & Imagery Distribution System, operated by U.S. Army Central. All of the content is created and hosted by U.S. active duty personnel, so you’re getting the military’s official take on the topics and events they cover. +Continue Reading

10 Best Opening Sequences From the Glory Days of Military TV Shows

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During the halcyon days of broadcast television – before streaming media and DVRs existed – there were a host of military-themed shows on the airwaves. As much as the quality of the episodes (in some cases even more so) these programs were known for their openings and the associated theme songs. Here are 10 of the most classic: +Continue Reading

Bing Crosby’s WWII Legacy

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During World War II (and for several years after), Bing Crosby was just about the biggest popular entertainer the USA has ever known: he was the #1 actor at the movie box office, the #1 recording artist in the world and the hosted the top-rated radio show in America. It’s like he was peak Tom Cruise, peak Michael Jackson and peak Johnny Carson all at the same time.

A big reason for that success was the song “White Christmas,” a throwaway tune from the 1942 movie Holiday Inn that became the biggest record of all time and a poignant reminder of home for millions of troops stationed overseas during World War II. People remember Bing’s movie partner Bob Hope for his tours to entertain the troops, but no one did more than Crosby to promote the war effort in the Forties.

There are a flood of new releases that might help revive Crosby’s reputation, including American Masters: Bing Crosby Rediscovered, a new documentary airing this week on PBS and available on DVD and White Christmas: Diamond Anniversary Edition, an elaborate Blu-ray/DVD reissue of the 1954 movie inspired by the song’s popularity with the troops. +Continue Reading