Archive for the ‘Television’ Category

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

Noah Galloway Falls Short on ‘Dancing With the Stars’

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Army veteran Noah Galloway came oh-so-close to winning this series of Dancing With the Stars but, in the end, early favorite Rumer Willis (daughter of Bruce Willis and Demi Moore) proved just too talented a dance to be defeated by a talented and charismatic guy who lost an arm and a leg to an IED in Iraq. +Continue Reading

Darius Rucker Surprises a Veteran With a New Home!

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Country singer (and former Hootie & the Blowfish frontman) Darius Rucker visited the Today show this week to promote his Southern Style summer tour and to give away a house to a deserving veteran. Army veteran Daniel Branham served 15 months in Iraq. After he was injured in an IED attack, Branham drove his vehicle to rescue nine soldiers from a gas attack.

Branham believed he was there as part of a tour promotion that will give veterans and their families tickets to Rucker’s shows. What he didn’t know was that General Leroy Sisco from the Military Warriors Support Foundation was also there to join Darius in surprising Daniel with keys to a (paid-for) new house in Mt. Pleasant, SC.  +Continue Reading

Can Noah Galloway Actually Win ‘Dancing With the Stars’?

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Does Vegas casinos allow fans to bet on Dancing With the Stars? If so, what were the odds that Army veteran Noah Galloway had a chance to make the Finals of the ABC’s dance competition. Well, he made it. Noah (along with pro partner Sharna Burgess) will face off next week against Rumer Willis and Riker Lynch in the show’s final week.

Of course, Noah developed some incredible survival instincts during his service. After losing his suffering severe injuries to his left arm and leg during a 2005 IED attack in Iraq, he managed to pull himself together and build a successful career as a motivational speaker and personal trainer. +Continue Reading

Noah Galloway Makes the Final Four on ‘Dancing With the Stars’

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Did anyone believe Army veteran Noah Galloway had a shot at the Dancing With the Stars semifinals when the season premiered eight weeks ago? Yet here he is, with a missing arm and prosthetic leg (courtesy of an IED in Iraq), with a shot to win a dance competition. +Continue Reading

Navy Honors Celebrity Chef Robert Irvine

150501-N-OT964-136 WASHINGTON (May 1, 2015) Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy (MCPON) Mike Stevens places rank insignia on Chef Robert Irvine during a ceremony recognizing him as an Honorary Chief Petty Officer. Irvine has dedicated much of his time to service members world wide supporting their morale and welfare through cooking. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Martin L. Carey/Released)

150501-N-OT964-136 WASHINGTON (May 1, 2015) Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy (MCPON) Mike Stevens places rank insignia on Chef Robert Irvine during a ceremony recognizing him as an Honorary Chief Petty Officer. Irvine has dedicated much of his time to service members world wide supporting their morale and welfare through cooking. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Martin L. Carey/Released)

Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy Mike Stevens honored celebrity chef Robert Irvine as an Honorary Chief Petty Officer in a ceremony at the United States Navy Memorial on May 1st. +Continue Reading

First Lady Michelle Obama & Dr. Jill Biden Visit ‘The Night Shift’

First Lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden join the cast of The Night Shift for a group photo at the Department of Veterans Affairs Vet Center, Silver Spring, Md., April 17, 2015. (Official White House Photo by Lawrence Jackson)

First Lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden join the cast of The Night Shift for a group photo at the Department of Veterans Affairs Vet Center, Silver Spring, Md., April 17, 2015. (Official White House Photo by Lawrence Jackson)

On Monday May 4th, NBC’s medical drama The Night Shift welcomes special guests Trace Adkins, Dr. Jill Biden and First Lady Michelle Obama for a special episode to promote the White House’s Joining Forces initiative. Cast members Robert Bailey Jr, Eoin Macken and Jill Flint joined Dr. Biden and the First Lady to make a PSA promoting the program.

We’ve got video of the PSA below, along with an interview with Trace Adkins (who plays Colonel Elwood “Smalls” Green, TC’s MMA group therapy leader) and Eoin Macken (who plays series lead character TC, a veteran doctor who’s coping with PTSD). Adkins and Macken talk about the episode and their efforts to aid the men and women who serve. +Continue Reading

Revisit the Vietnam Era With Dick Cavett

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Dick Cavett’s Vietnam premieres this week on PBS. The one-hour documentary features moments from his successful late-night talk show where visiting politicians and celebrities discuss the conflict in Southeast Asia.

What’s bound to shock anyone who grew up during our wars in Iraq and Afghanistan is how much Vietnam was part of the national discussion: everyone had a opinion, many of those opinions were thoughtful, mostly because civilians were educated about the conflict and, because of the draft, almost everyone knew someone whose family was serving in the war.  Another shocking fact: people who really disagree with one another still manage to respect each other. The idea that you might not want to demonize people who disagree with you seems totally alien today.

Check out the promo trailer below or find out when it’s showing where you live by clicking here by entering you local station information on the right side of the page.

 

 

 

‘Last Days in Vietnam’ Comes to PBS

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Last Days in Vietnam is the Academy Award-nominated documentary by filmmaker Rory Kennedy about the United States evacuation from South Vietnam in April 1975. The film has been available on DVD and Digital for a few months now, but PBS is broadcasting the film this month in recognition of the 40th anniversary of the operation. +Continue Reading