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Posted Friday 1/18/19 at 2:14PM EST
Showtime to air a Wu-Tang Clan docuseries
The four-part Wu-Tang Clan: Of Mics and Men from director Sacha Jenkins will air sometime this spring. The Wu-Tang docuseries is premiering this week at Sundance. This is the third Wu-Tang TV project to be announced in recent months. Last October, a Wu-Tang Clan TV special and a Hulu scripted limited series were announced.
Posted Tuesday 1/15/19 at 4:41PM EST
This Is Us casts Goran Višnjić as Beth's teacher
Source: Entertainment Weekly
The ER and Timeless alum will recur on the NBC drama, starting with an episode that explores Beth's backstory.
Posted Sunday 11/11/18 at 4:43AM EST
Chip and Joanna Gaines are partnering with Discovery to launch the Magnolia Network
Source: USA Today
The former Fixer Upper stars announced on The Tonight Show that they are returning to TV with a new network from HGTV owner Discovery. Magnolia Network, named after their design and decor company, will likely replace the underperforming Discovery-owned DIY, Destination America or Great American Country cable channels. "We signed a non-disclosure and it said, quote unquote, you can tell your mother, but that’s it,” Chip joked to Jimmy Fallon. “So mom, I just wanted to make a quick announcement, we are coming back to television. You are going to get to see the kids grow up, you are going to see us, well maybe a six-month delay like the rest of the world, but we are excited to be back.”
Posted Sunday 1/21/18 at 3:26AM EST
Gov't shutdown takes American Forces Network off air, prompting NFL to scramble to bring Sunday’s games to U.S. troops abroad (UPDATED)
Source: The Washington Post
UPDATE: With six hours to go before kick-off, the Dept of Defense has deemed AFN broadcasts an "essential activity," enabling the airing of the games to servicemembers despite the government shutdown.
(Original story follows below.)
The American Forces Network, the U.S. military’s TV and radio broadcasting service, is usually the only way for American military stationed abroad to watch American television. The shutdown of the AFN means that troops can’t watch Sunday’s AFC and NFC championship games on the armed services network. The NFL responded to the shutdown, saying it would provide free access to its streaming service, NFL Game Pass, at USO facilities around the world. "However, not all USO locations – such as those in Iraq and Afghanistan – have high-speed internet needed for the NFL’s steaming service,” reports Stars and Stripes. “Also, servicemembers assigned to ships may not have access to a USO facility.” According to ProFootballTalk, the NFL “has been working on finding ways” for those members of the military who don’t have access to a USO facility. “The NFL is working on alternatives for service members in the event Armed Forces Network is not operational before the start of tomorrow’s championship games,” tweeted NFL spokesperson Brian McCarthy.