Archive for the ‘Television’ Category

William Shatner Rides for the American Legion

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William Shatner, legendary Priceline spokesman and the real commander of the starship USS Enterprise, is riding a motorcycle from Chicago to Hollywood, retracing the trip he took along Route 66 at age 19 as he drove west to launch his acting career.

He’s undertaking this trip in partnership with the American Legion Riders to help raise awareness of American Legion programs and raise funds for The American Legion Legacy Scholarship, which helps cover college expenses for children of U.S. military men and women who lost their lives while on duty since Sept. 11, 2001. +Continue Reading

‘The Last Ship’ Returns

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The Last Ship was a surprise hit for the TNT network last summer and now the sci-fi adventure series’ first season is out on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital HD in advance of its second season premiere on Sunday, June 21st at 9pm/8pm central.

Based on William Brinkley’s bestselling novel, the series tells the story of the crew of the USS Nathan James, a Navy ship spared infection after a viral pandemic wipes out over 80% of the world’s population. Scientists on board the ship have developed a vaccine that might save what’s left of the human race, but they’ve got to survive military engagements and conspiracies to get that vaccine into mass production.

Season One ended with a cliffhanger, one that will hopefully be resolved in the 10-episode Season Two. We’ve got a video clip from the Blu-ray bonus features in which cast members Eric Dane, Rhona Mitra and Adam Baldwin talk about the inspiration and guidance they’ve received from the real US Navy. +Continue Reading

‘House of Cards’ Needs Veterans!

If you’re a veteran living in the Washington, DC area, the hit Netflix series House of Cards wants you. Filming on the fourth season starts this July and they’re looking for extras. The show wants to cast men and women who actually served.

There’s always a chance they’ll give someone a line which would get you into the actors union which could lead to a huge action movie career. Or you could at least be visible in a couple of shots, allowing you to show the episodes to your friends and family and talk about what it was like to work with Kevin Spacey. +Continue Reading

Dwayne Johnson Plans to ‘Rock the Troops’

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Dwayne Johnson, long a vocal supporter of men and women in uniform, has announced plans to produce “Rock the Troops,” a music and entertainment variety program designed to honor and entertain US troops deployed overseas. The special, which will be filmed at a yet-to-be-announced base overseas, is set to air Veterans Day 2015 on the Spike TV network. +Continue Reading

‘The Fighting Season’: This Isn’t ‘Call of Duty’

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The Fighting Season is a documentary series about the war in Afghanistan that’s currently hiding out on DirecTV’s exclusive Audience channel. The six-episode program aims to chronicle the war from a soldier’s perspective and was shot over three months in 2014 by a crew led by Ricky Schroder. +Continue Reading

Military News From ‘American Ninja Warrior’

  • June 1, 2015
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Staff Sgt. Randall Forsythe, a 375th Civil Engineer Squadron firefighter at Scott Air Force Base in Illinois, and U.S. Navy Lt. Natalie Schibell, the environmental health officer at Naval Submarine Base New London in Connecticut, have both been chosen to compete on NBC’s summer reality series American Ninja Warrior (airing Mondays at 8/7c, repeating Tuesdays on the Esquire network).

For those of you not spending a lot of time down at the gym, American Ninja Warrior is a competition show now airing its seventh season. Competitors race along ever more complicated and difficult obstacle courses with the winner who conquers the final course winning $1,000,000. Except no one’s ever actually completed the last leg in the show’s history, a fact that seems to motivate competitors even more. +Continue Reading

An Army Vet Faces a Decision on ‘The Briefcase’

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Army veteran Dave Bronson and his wife Cara are featured on the new CBS reality show The Briefcase, premiering on Wednesday May 28 at 8pm ET/PT. Dave was injured in Iraq when an IED destroyed his Humvee and now he uses a prosthetic leg. The couple lives in Manchester, NH and, when the program was filmed, were building a new home using VA grants and expecting their second child.

The show’s premise is pretty tough: families who are dealing with financial issues are given a briefcase containing $101,000 and they’re given 72 hours to decide what to do with the money. They can keep all of it for themselves or give some or all of the cash to another family in need. Everything gets filmed and America gets to watch. +Continue Reading

Facts Are Overrated: ‘Sons of Liberty’

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Sons of Liberty, the History Channel’s dramatic series about the events leading up to the American Revolution, is out now on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital HD. The show features big production values (even though it substitutes Romania for Colonial America) and an impressive cast that features Dean Norris (Hank from Breaking Bad) as Benjamin Franklin , Henry Thomas (E.T.) as John Adams, Jason O’Mara as George Washington and focuses on Ben Barnes (Prince Caspian in the Chronicles of Narnia movies) as Sam Adams and Ryan Eggold (The Blacklist) as Dr. Joseph Warren.

The program is 100% created for an audience that believes that costume dramas and the American Revolution are boring. The colonists seem more like the bootleggers from Boardwalk Empire than the noble idealists that put everyone to sleep in high school and the chase scenes more like the video game Assassin’s Creed 3 than anything you’d see at a Bunker Hill reenactor event. +Continue Reading

PBS Highlights Military Families on ‘The Homefront’

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It’s a fact that an overwhelming majority of Americans have little or no direct connection to our all-volunteer military force. For those of us who spend every day living the life or thinking about military issues, The Homefront (premiering Monday at 9pm on most PBS stations) might seem like a portrait of the obvious. But that would be missing the point: the program makes a straightforward presentation of the struggles (and triumphs) faced by military families in a way that will educate (and hopefully motivate) a disconnected America. +Continue Reading

The Birth of the Texas Rangers

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On Memorial Day, the History Channel is launching Texas Rising, a new dramatic series about the Texas Rangers and the rise of the Lone Star republic. Starring Bill Paxton and directed by Roland Joffe (The Killing Fields), the ten-part series will offer insight into the Texas psyche for modern audiences, especially those viewers who are puzzled by contemporary protests about a potential “invasion” of Texas by the United States military.

In connection with the series, noted historian Stephen L. Moore has just published Texas Rising: The Epic True Story of the Lone Star Republic and the Rise of the Texas Rangers, 1836–1846. Moore, who’s a descendent of Ranger Captain William T. Sadler, has condensed a lot of his previous research into a readable and colorful version of the Ranger story. +Continue Reading