Archive for the ‘Television’ Category

Singing Soldier Gets Through on ‘America’s Got Talent’

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Army Pfc. Paul Ieti first went viral when he sang Rihanna’s “Stay” in a video shot while he was serving in Afghanistan. America’s Got Talent producers then invited him to perform the song on their program, he moved the judges to tears and they invited him to perform for the show’s Judgment Week.

Ieti sang the Rascal Flatts song “Bless This Broken Road” on Wednesday night’s program and the panel unanimously voted him through to the next stage of the competition, which will include live performance onstage at Radio City Music Hall.  +Continue Reading

‘Wounded: The Battle Back Home’ — Dennis

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The Wounded Warrior Project is marking its tenth anniversary with a new documentary series called Wounded: The Battle Back HomeThe series continues with Operation Iraqi Freedom veteran and Army Sergeant, Dennis Cabanting.  +Continue Reading

‘Homeland’ Inspiration: ‘Prisoners of War’

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Prisoners of War is the Israeli television series that’s the basis for Homeland. The first season is out this week on DVD. +Continue Reading

SEAL Cade Courtley Talks ‘America Unplugged’

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Former Navy SEAL Cade Courtley hosts America Unplugged, now showing on Thursdays at 8pm ET on the Sportsman Channel. Each of the eight episodes profiles one of the estimated 400,000 Americans who choose to live off the grid. The show doesn’t sensationalize their choices. It’s about the mechanics of how these people choose to live more than it is about what motivated the decision in the first place.

Courtley has a fascinating post-service career, first working in Hollywood and then with Blackwater and other security firms after 9/11. More recently, he’s been a TV host and authored the 2012 book A Navy SEAL’s Secrets to Surviving Any Disaster. Cade talked to us about the series and his career. +Continue Reading

Save the World With ‘The Last Ship’

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TNT’s new drama series The Last Ship (premiering Sunday 6/22 at 9pm ET) puts one Navy ship as the last line of defense against a deadly virus that’s wiping out the world’s population. Produced by Transformers mastermind Michael Bay, the show stars Eric Dane as the ship’s capation, Adam Baldwin as the XO and Rhona Mitra as the scientist who may be able to find a cure. +Continue Reading

‘Wounded: The Battle Back Home’ — John: Operation Employ

Usenerbattle550 The Wounded Warrior Project is marking its tenth anniversary with a new documentary series called Wounded: The Battle Back Home. Episode 7 is called “John: Operation Employ” profiles Texas native John Usener as he recounts the harrowing war events that led to his PTSD and traumatic brain injury (TBI). A February 2007 insurgent attack targeting his Army truck convoy left Usener with severe injuries to his eyes and debilitating migraines. +Continue Reading

‘Cosmos’ Won’t Apologize for Science

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Maybe the most notable thing about the FOX TV series Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey is that it was shown at all on American network television. Astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson hosts this 13-episode update of the legendary 1980 series hosted by Carl Sagan. The show, which completed its run last week on the network, has just been released on Blu-ray and DVD. +Continue Reading

‘Inside Combat Rescue’ Returns to Afghanistan

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The National Geographic Channel premieres Inside Combat Rescue: The Last Stand this Sunday June 15th at 9PM ET/PT. The tw0-hour special is a followup to the highly-rated 2013 series Inside Combat Rescue. +Continue Reading

‘D-Day 360′ Brings a New Perspective

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PBS retells the story of June 6th, 1944 with D-Day 360, a new documentary that employs LiDAR light detection and ranging technology to create animations that show the battle from all kinds of new angles. The show premieres on May 27th, but make sure you check you local listings for the exact time and date. +Continue Reading

Military Doctors on the Home Front in ‘The Night Shift’

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The Night Shift (premiering on Tuesday May 27th at 10/9 C) wants to be a different kind of emergency room drama series. Creators Jeff Judah and Gabe Sachs have populated the staff of their San Antonio Trauma 1 hospital with a group of former military doctors and the lack of other facilities in the area allows them to bring in all kinds of other military elements like helicopter transport and in-the-field medical procedures.

There’s a lot of the interpersonal drama that should appeal to viewers who like their medical dramas but there’s a more-than-passing emphasis on the issues that veterans face in the civilian workforce over the show’s eight-episode run.    +Continue Reading