Set the DVR! “Red Band Society” Premieres on Fox!

Red Band Society

Red Band Society – FOX

What if a hospital was your high school, boarding school and summer camp rolled into one? What if it was the place where you fell in love for the first time and made friendships that lasted a lifetime? And what if it was all weirdly hilarious and the most fun you ever had in your entire life? This is the world of RED BAND SOCIETY.

From Steven Spielberg’s Amblin Television, starring Academy Award-winning actress Octavia Spencer (“The Help,” “Fruitvale Station”) and based on the award-winning Spanish series, “Polseres Vermelles,” RED BAND SOCIETY is a provocative, unconventional and, at times, comic high school drama told through the eyes of a group of teenagers who meet as patients in the pediatric ward of Ocean Park Hospital in Los Angeles. The series is part comedy, part drama, with a tone that’s unique unto itself.

Twelve-year-old narrator CHARLIE (Griffin Gluck, “Back in the Game,” “Private Practice”) is in a coma in the hospital. Charlie’s friends and fellow patients include JORDI PALACIOS (Nolan Sotillo, “Prom”), a 16-year-old who illegally crosses the Mexican border into California to seek out treatment at the renowned hospital. What he soon discovers is that it’s not his illness that’s going to change his life, but his new friends. Also at the hospital is LEO ROTH (Charlie Rowe, “Neverland,” “Pirate Radio”). At 16, Leo is charismatic and independent. But after living at the hospital for a year, he’s starting to lose his way. When he’s forced to room with Jordi, he’s angry and resentful, until he realizes they are more alike than he could imagine. Continue reading

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Set the DVR! “Mindy” & “New Girl” Premiere Tonight!

The Mindy Project – FOX

THE MINDY PROJECT is a comedy created by and starring Emmy Award-nominated writer/producer and New York Times best-selling author Mindy Kaling. Entering its third season, the series follows a skilled OB/GYN with a chaotic personal life.

This past season, Dr. MINDY LAHIRI (Kaling) fell for her colleague and office sparring partner, Dr. DANNY CASTELLANO (Chris Messina). Their relationship skyrocketed to new heights when the two shared a kiss in an airplane, but when their feet hit the ground, the two struggled to make their relationship work. Danny broke things off, but then acted like a jealous boyfriend when Mindy dated other men. In the end, Mindy believes she got her fairytale ending when the two reunited atop the Empire State Building. But did she? Season Three will continue to explore her and Danny’s romantic and professional relationship.

The New Girl – FOX

Taking a modern look at friendship and romance, ensemble comedy NEW GIRL begins its fourth season, continuing to follow a group of six friends, their somewhat interconnected romantic exploits and their often hilariously misguided attempts to find their respective places in the world.

As the series’ third season came to a close, JESS (Emmy Award and Golden Globe nominee Zooey Deschanel) and NICK (Jake Johnson) ended their romance, when they discovered that their differences outweighed their love for each other. SCHMIDT (Emmy Award and Golden Globe nominee Max Greenfield) decided to pursue his on-again-off-again relationship with CECE (Hannah Simone), despite her fling with a younger man. Meanwhile, WINSTON (Lamorne Morris) passed his entrance exam on his way to becoming a police officer, and COACH (Damon Wayans, Jr.) is adjusting to life as a grade school gym teacher.

See the entire Fall 2014 Fox Premiere Schedule here!

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Set the DVR! “Dancing with the Stars” Premiere Tonight!

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This season’s dynamic lineup of stars includes two Olympic Gold Medalists, a game show host, a swimming legend and a teen pop star. In a first for “Dancing with the Stars,” the competition will feature a new game-changing twist called “The Switch Up.” This season, America will be given the power to vote and change celebrities and professional dance pairings. This new rule will affect all couples as they will be required to switch partners at a point in the season. Never before have dance partnerships been split up during the course of competition.

See the entire Fall 2014 ABC Premiere Schedule here!

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New Book: “The Tunnel” by Helene Louard

The Tunnel

The Tunnel by Helen Louard

Seventeen-year-old Alexa enters a strange tunnel on a nameless road; and her life changes forever. She is sent to the future, where the earth is ravaged by mutated animals and ruled by the Others: monsters that were once human. Before a mutated dog tears her to shreds, she is rescued and taken to Shelter, where the few human survivors remain.

There, she meets two warrior brothers, Micah and Tane. Micah is warm-hearted and flirtatious, while his brother is mysterious and guarded. Despite her better judgment, Alexa is drawn to the dangerous Tane, but she has bigger problems than unrequited emotion.

Soon, she questions how she ended up in the future. Why did the tunnel choose her, and why are the people of Shelter so welcoming? Tane is entrusted with her protection, but even more questions arise as Alexa begins to suspect the Others are out to get her. Alexa could hold the power to save the human race, but first, she must make a devastating choice that will alter the fate of the world. The Tunnel on Amazon

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Set the DVR! “The Biggest Loser” Premiere Tonight!

the-biggest-loserFifteen inspiring contestants, including the show’s first celebrity player, Ruben Studdard, an uplifting “Second Chances” theme, and fun, new creative elements ignite Season 15 of NBC’s popular series “The Biggest Loser,” premiering Thursday, September 11 (8:00 – 9:00 p.m. ET). Alison Sweeney hosts the series featuring charismatic trainers Bob Harper, Jillian Michaels and Dolvett Quince, who have helped contestants lose over 26,600 pounds collectively during 14 seasons of the motivational show.

On the trainer side, new creative elements are being introduced this season that give Bob, Jillian and Dolvett more powerful roles. For the first time ever in the show’s history, trainers sat in on casting sessions and helped select the new contestants. Also, the trainers will be empowered with a “trainer save” in Season 15, allowing each one to save one eliminated contestant from going home. In addition, “The Biggest Loser” will be moving to a one-hour format for the remainder of 2013, airing Tuesdays from 8:00 – 9:00 p.m. ET, with just a few two-hour episodes airing in 2014 prior to the season’s February 4th finale.

See the entire Fall 2014 NBC Premiere Schedule here!

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Set the DVR! “Hell’s Kitchen” Premiere Tonight!

Hell's Kitchen

Once again, 20 aspiring restaurateurs will brave Ramsay and his fiery command of the kitchen as he puts the competitors through an intense culinary academy to prove they possess the right combination of ingredients to win a life-changing grand prize. The chefs will have to raise their game if they want to prove to Ramsay that they will have what it takes to win.

The chefs will leave the pleasantries at the door as the pressure to impress Chef Ramsay will reach a boiling point. The contestants must prove their ability to work in teams before Chef Ramsay determines which chefs are worthy of a black jacket. The rewards for winners of upcoming challenges will be luxurious and extravagant, while the punishments will be strenuous, dull and repetitive.

As the competition progresses, the number of contestants will be whittled down until only two chefs are left to compete for the ultimate prize and fulfill their dreams of working in the culinary industry as the winner of HELL’S KITCHEN.

See the entire Fall 2014 Fox Premiere Schedule here!

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Set the DVR! Utopia Part 2 Premiere Tonight!

Utopia on Fox

Utopia – FOX

From unscripted mastermind John de Mol, and based on the hit Dutch television series of the same name, comes television’s biggest social experiment, UTOPIA. Since the dawn of time, humans have always wondered: does a perfect world exist? Now, we get the chance to build one. Will it be ultimate happiness or utter chaos? Fifteen pioneering Americans leave their everyday lives and move to an isolated, undeveloped location – for an entire year – where they are challenged to create their own civilization from scratch.

With no existing power structures and limited amenities, these “pioneers” will be faced with rewriting the rules. Will they choose democracy or dictatorship? Fidelity or free love? Will they punish or forgive? Choose religion or rationalism? Share with others or hoard for themselves? What conflicts will emerge, what leaders will arise? What principles will guide their daily lives and inform their deepest decisions?

UTOPIA is a presentation of Talpa Media USA. The show is created by John de Mol (“Deal Or No Deal,” “Fear Factor,” “The Voice,” “Big Brother”). De Mol, Conrad Green (“Dancing with the Stars”), Jon Kroll (“The Week the Women Went,” “The Amazing Race”) and David Tibballs (“Dragon’s Den,” I WANNA MARRY “HARRY”) will executive-produce.

See the entire Fall 2014 Fox Premiere Schedule here!

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Set the DVR! “Sunday Night Football”, “Football Night in America” & “Utopia” Premiere Tonight!

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NBC brings out “Sunday Night Football” in it’s regular timeslot, Sunday. Along with a new season of football comes a new season of “Football Night in America”, the studio pregame show usually preceding NBC’s broadcasts of Sunday night National Football League games. The program airs at 7 pm Eastern live, and is broadcast from Studio 8H in the GE Building in New York, where NBC’s Saturday Night Live program is also taped.

Utopia on Fox

See the entire Fall 2014 NBC Premiere Schedule here!

Utopia – FOX

From unscripted mastermind John de Mol, and based on the hit Dutch television series of the same name, comes television’s biggest social experiment, UTOPIA.

Since the dawn of time, humans have always wondered: does a perfect world exist? Now, we get the chance to build one. Will it be ultimate happiness or utter chaos?

Fifteen pioneering Americans leave their everyday lives and move to an isolated, undeveloped location – for an entire year – where they are challenged to create their own civilization from scratch.

With no existing power structures and limited amenities, these “pioneers” will be faced with rewriting the rules. Will they choose democracy or dictatorship? Fidelity or free love? Will they punish or forgive? Choose religion or rationalism? Share with others or hoard for themselves? What conflicts will emerge, what leaders will arise? What principles will guide their daily lives and inform their deepest decisions?

As the Utopians build the new society, every decision counts. Each must try to become indispensable to the group, or risk being exiled to their former lives and replaced by potential newcomers from the viewing audience who have been vying to join.

With cameras following the pioneers 24/7, viewers can watch their society unfold, both weekly on FOX and also online. As they observe the inhabitants living together, and building their new existence, viewers themselves will have the chance to become a valuable and powerful asset to the community, and ultimately to question whether Utopia remains an elusive but alluring fantasy, or whether the pioneers have truly realized their dream.

A Dutch version of “Utopia” has been broadcast and streamed live on the internet since January 2014. It has become an instant sensation, ranking as its network’s highest-rated unscripted premiere in six years, while maintaining its position as the network’s biggest show for every episode. “Utopia” has increased the channel’s key demo (20-49) market share by an astonishing 500%.

UTOPIA is a presentation of Talpa Media USA. The show is created by John de Mol (“Deal Or No Deal,” “Fear Factor,” “The Voice,” “Big Brother”). De Mol, Conrad Green (“Dancing with the Stars”), Jon Kroll (“The Week the Women Went,” “The Amazing Race”) and David Tibballs (“Dragon’s Den,” I WANNA MARRY “HARRY”) will executive-produce.

See the entire Fall 2014 Fox Premiere Schedule here!

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Feel Old Now: The Tragically Hip’s “Up To Here” Released 25 Years Ago Today!

Up to Here On September 5th, 1989 the Canadian rock band The Tragically Hip released their first full-length album “Up To Here”

The album reached #13 in February 1990 on the RPM Canadian Albums Chart and was certified diamond in Canada in 1999. The single “Blow at High Dough” became the theme song to the CBC comedy-drama Made in Canada.

The Tragically Hip, often referred to simply as The Hip, are a Canadian rock band from Kingston, Ontario, consisting of lead singer Gordon Downie, guitarist Paul Langlois, guitarist Rob Baker, bassist Gord Sinclair, and drummer Johnny Fay. Since their formation in 1983 they have released 12 studio albums, two live albums, 1 EP, and 54 singles. Nine of their albums have reached No. 1 in Canada. They have received numerous Canadian Music awards, including 14 Juno Awards.

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Set the DVR! “Sunday Night Football” Premieres Tonight!

SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL

NFL Kickoff: Packers at Seahawks

If you’re going to lead with your best foot, Aaron Rodgers vs. the Super Bowl champs is about as good as it gets. Expect the 12th Man to be in rare form, and a few Fail Mary replays for good measure. While you’re at it, why not check out our list of the Top 10 Football Movies!

NBC Sunday Night Football is a weekly television broadcast of American football games in the National Football League on NBC. It began airing on Sunday, August 6, 2006 with the pre-season opening Hall of Fame Game. It replaced ESPN Sunday Night Football, which ran from 1987 through 2005. (ESPN took over Monday Night Football from sister network ABC starting in 2006.) In the 2011–12 season, it was the highest rated, most watched TV program in Nielsen ratings, beating American Idol, which had previously been the most watched TV program for eight consecutive seasons and eight straight years. It was also the most-watched program for the 2013-14 season.

Al Michaels is the play-by-play announcer, with Cris Collinsworth as the color commentator and Michele Tafoya as the sideline reporter. Fred Gaudelli and Drew Esocoff, the lead producer and director respectively, carry over their duties from ABC’s telecasts of Monday Night Football. John Madden, the color commentator for the first three years of the program, retired prior to the 2009 season; Collinsworth succeeded him. Starting in 2014, under the new NFL television contract, a Spanish-language simulcast will eventually air on sister network Telemundo; currently like all networks with NFL television contracts, NBC’s SAP channel features Spanish-language audio, though promoted by NBC as “provided by Telemundo”.

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