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Best War Series and Miniseries: TV's Greatest Depictions of Battlefield Drama

by Leonard Jacobs, posted Nov 11th 2009 11:00AM
Much as we may detest war, it remains a part of American life. And TV, from its earliest days, has been right on top of dramatizing it, satirizing it, explaining it, railing about it, even celebrating it -- or at least celebrating the brave men and women who proudly wear the uniform. To honor those who have served our country this Veterans Day, here are 13 of the greatest war-themed TV shows of all time. What are yours?

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General Motors drops Ken Burns

by Danny Gallagher, posted Mar 10th 2009 11:30AM


General Motors has made a lot of dumb decisions in their day, and three-quarters of them are still being sold to gullible car-buyers across the globe.

However, one of their biggest, boneheaded moves doesn't involve a car at all. The soon-to-be-former car manufacturing giant has announced that it's ending its 22-year run as primary sponsor for PBS filmmaker Ken Burns, and it just might end Burns' career in television as we know it.

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2008 Television Critics Association Awards nominees announced

by Bob Sassone, posted Jun 3rd 2008 2:28PM

Baldwin, SeinfeldHey, they're not the TV Squad Awards, but the TCAs are pretty cool too, and the nominees have been announced.

There are a lot of the usual suspects on the list, of course (though that doesn't mean they're not worthy - they are), including 30 Rock, The Office, Friday Night Lights, and The Wire. It's also great to see Mad Men get so many nominations, including Program of the Year, Best Drama, Best New Show, and a Best Individual Achievement nom for star Jon Hamm. It's interesting to see that Mad Men will go up against another AMC show, Breaking Bad, in the Best New Show category.

Lost is well represented, as are John Adams, Flight of the Conchords, and PBS' The War miniseries. As for The Wire, it's not only up for drama and acting awards, it has also been nominated for the Heritage Award, along with M*A*S*H, Saturday Night Live, Sesame Street, and Roots. Interesting to see such a recent show up for a lifetime award next to classics. The awards will be presented on July 19.

Anything missing from these nominations?

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Directors Guild Awards nominations are in

by Jason Hughes, posted Jan 11th 2008 8:00AM
Yunjin KimFinally someone shows some love for Lost, which got itself back on track last season. The Directors Guild announced their nominees for this year's awards. Lost nabbed two nominations in the Dramatic Series category, for "The Looking Glass" and "The Brig." The Sopranos picked up two of the three remaining nominations, saving the last one for AMC's excellent freshmen drama, Mad Men.

On the comedy side, 30 Rock nabbed two nominations, with Desperate Housewives and Entourage picking up one each. And the critical love for ABC's incredibly charming Pushing Daisies continues as it snatches the final spot. But one category in which the Directors think very differently than anyone else is in Reality Programs. Not only is the kitschy Who Wants to be a Superhero? nominated, but is joined by Shooting Sizemore and Pros vs. Joes. The full list, including commercials, documentaries and mini-series after the jump.

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What's On Tonight: Cavemen, Carpoolers, Five Days, World Series of Poker

by Bob Sassone, posted Oct 2nd 2007 4:07PM
  • NCISAt 8, ABC has the series premiere of Cavemen, followed by the series premiere of Carpoolers and new episodes of Dancing with the Stars and Boston Legal.
  • CBS has a new NCIS at 8, then new episodes of The Unit and Cane.
  • NBC has a new Singing Bee at 8, then new episodes of The Biggest Loser and Law and Order: SVU.
  • There's a new Bones on FOX at 8, followed by a new House.
  • The CW has new episodes of Beauty and the Geek and Reaper, starting at 8.
  • PBS has another installment of The War at 8.
  • HBO has the premiere of the five week miniseries Five Days at 8.
  • Also at 8: ESPN has two new eps of The World Series of Poker, then a new Contender.
  • TV Land is showing an I Love Lucy marathon tonight.
  • At 9, Sci-Fi has a new Eureka, then a new ECW.
  • The final season of Queer Eye starts on Bravo at 9, with a special episode featuring Susan Lucci.
  • Food Network has a new Rachael Ray's Tasty Travels at 9, then a new Have Fork, Will Travel.
  • At 10, FX has a new Damages.
  • TLC has a new L.A. Ink at 10.

Check your local TV listings for more.

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New TV on DVD releases this week

by Bob Sassone, posted Oct 1st 2007 6:06PM

Paul Lynde HalloweenHere are the new TV DVDs, in stores tomorrow.

  • Criminal Minds - Season 2
  • Entourage - Season 3, Part 2
  • Felix The Cat - Golden Anniversary Collection
  • The Glen Campbell Goodtime Hour - Good Times Again
  • The Godzilla Power Hour - Vol. 3
  • Hee Haw - A Salute to Hee Haw
  • How I Met Your Mother - Season 2
  • I Love New York - Season 1
  • Jericho - Season 1
  • Little People, Big World - Season 1
  • Metalocalypse - Season 1
  • The Paul Lynde Show Halloween Special
  • The Sarah Silverman Program - Season 1
  • The Secret World of Alex Mack - Season 1
  • Shark - Season 1
  • Star Trek: TNG - Complete Series
  • The War - Complete Series

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What's On Tonight: Everybody Hates Chris, Chuck, Heroes, The War

by Bob Sassone, posted Oct 1st 2007 4:05PM
  • Big Bang TheoryAt 8, CBS has a new How I Met Your Mother, then new episodes of Big Bang Theory, Two and a Half Men, Rules of Engagement, and CSI: Miami.
  • ABC has a new Dancing with the Stars at 8, then a new episode of The Bachelor.
  • NBC has a new Chuck, followed by new episodes of Heroes and Journeyman.
  • FOX has a new Prison Break at 8, then a new K-Ville.
  • The CW has the season premire of Everybody Hates Chris at 8, then the series premiere of Aliens in America and the season premieres of Girlfriends and The Game.
  • PBS has another installment of The War at 8.
  • History Channel has a new Modern Marvels at 8.
  • At 8:30, ESPN has the Patriots/Bengals game.
  • At 9, USA has a new Monday Night RAW.
  • There's a new Unwrapped on Food Network at 9.
  • At 10, MTV has a new episode of The Hills.
  • Food Network has a new Diners, Drive-In, and Dives at 10.
  • Also at 10: Showtime has a new Weeds, then a new Californication.
  • At 10:30, HGTV has a new Living with Ed.
  • At 11, USA has the series premiere of Dr. Steve-O.

Check your local TV listings for more.

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What's On Tonight: 60 Minutes, Desperate Housewives, Dexter, Robot Chicken

by Bob Sassone, posted Sep 30th 2007 5:55PM
  • Curb Your EnthusiasmAt 7, NBC has a new Football Night In America, then the Eagles/Giants game.
  • The CW has a new CW Now at 7, followed by a new Online Nation.
  • At 7:30 (or after football), CBS has a new 60 Minutes, then new episodes of Cold Case and Shark.
  • At 8, PBS has a new installment of The War.
  • ABC has a new Extreme Makeover at 8, then the season premieres of Desperate Housewives and Brothers & Sisters.
  • There's a new Simpsons at 8 on FOX, followed by new episodes of King of the Hill, Family Guy, and American Dad.
  • At 9, Lifetime has a new Side Order of Life.
  • VH-1 has a new Rock of Life with Bret Michaels at 9.
  • Showtime has the season premires of Dexter and Brotherhood, starting at 9.
  • Also at 9: HBO has a new Tell Me You Love Me, followed by a new Curb Your Enthusiasm.
  • Discovery has a new Man vs. Wild at 10.
  • MSNBC has this morning's Meet The Press at 10.
  • At 11:30, Cartoon Network has a new Robot Chicken, then new eps of Metalocalypse, Frisky Dingo, and Lucy, Daughter of the Devil.

Check your local TV listings for more.

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What's On Tonight: Bones, NCIS, Reaper, Boston Legal, Cane

by Bob Sassone, posted Sep 25th 2007 4:02PM
  • HouseAt 8, FOX has the season premiere of Bones, then the season premiere of House.
  • ABC has a new Dancing with the Stars at 8, then the season premiere of Boston Legal.
  • CBS has the season premiere of NCIS at 8, followed by the season premiere of The Unit and the debut of Cane.
  • There's a new Biggest Loser on NBC at 8, then the season premiere of Law and Order: SVU.
  • The CW has a new Beauty and the Geek at 8, followed by the series premiere of Reaper.
  • PBS has another installment of The War at 8.
  • ESPN has two new episodes of The World Series of Poker, then a new episode of The Contender.
  • HBO has Little Rock Central: 50 Years Later at 8.
  • Also at 8: ABC Family has a new Lincoln Heights.
  • At 9, Sci-Fi has a new Eureka, then a new ECW.
  • Gordon Ramsay talks to Larry King on CNN at 9.
  • At 10, FX has a new Damages.
  • TLC has a new L.A. Ink at 10.

Check your local TV listings for more.

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What's On Tonight: Big Bang Theory, Dancing, Heroes, Chuck, Weeds

by Bob Sassone, posted Sep 24th 2007 4:00PM
  • JourneymanAt 8, CBS has the season premiere of How I Met Your Mother, then the series premiere of Big Bang Theory and the season premieres of Two and a Half Men, Rules of Engagement, and CSI: Miami.
  • ABC has the two-hour season premiere of Dancing with the Stars at 8, then the season premiere of The Bachelor.
  • NBC has the series premiere of Chuck at 8, followed by the season premiere of Heroes and the series premiere of Journeyman.
  • There's a new Prison Break on FOX at 8, then a new K-Ville.
  • PBS has another installment of The War at 8.
  • At 8:30, ESPN has the Saints/Titans game.
  • At 9, USA has a new Monday Night RAW.
  • Food Network has a new Unwrapped at 9.
  • VH-1 has a new Pick Up Artist at 9.
  • At 10, MTV has a new episode of The Hills, followed by a new Life of Ryan.
  • The Travel Channel has a new Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations at 10.
  • Also at 10: Showtime has a new Weeds, then a new Californication.
  • At 10:30, HGTV has a new Living with Ed.

Check your local TV listings for more.

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PBS offering censored and uncensored versions of The War

by Adam Finley, posted Sep 4th 2007 7:02PM

The War"Gee whiz, that crazy nut just shot at me! I'd like to give that silly so-and-so a bop on the noggin, by golly!"

Yeah, I just can't imagine a World War II veteran talking about his experiences and not using a few expletives, and there are more than a few curse words bandied about in Ken Burns' seven-part documentary The War. The swearing comes not only from the soldiers themselves who use phrases like "holy s**t" and "***hole," but from the narrator, who explains what the military acronyms "FUBAR" and "SNAFU" stand for (if you don't know, Google it).

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Sneak preview of PBS' The War available online - VIDEO

by Adam Finley, posted Sep 1st 2007 1:03PM

ken burnsLike everyone else, I'm looking forward to the end of summer reruns, and for the new fall season to kick off over the next several weeks. In addition to returning shows and new offerings from the networks and studios, I'm also quite interested in Ken Burns' new documentary for PBS, The War, which debuts on September 23 at 8:00 p.m. and is scheduled to air in seven parts. Check your listings for airtimes in your area.

I've been drawn to the idea of a lengthy documentary about World War II partially for the historical aspect, but moreso because of the human aspect. Growing up, my exposure to that era was through films featuring rugged heroes and clean, bloodless battles. Combine this with the solipsism inherent in all young people, and the result is a skewed --if not completely false-- perspective on what it was really like to be alive during that era, not only for the soldiers on the battlefields overseas, but also for the people back home.

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Catch a glimps of PBS' The War - VIDEO

by Adam Finley, posted Jul 4th 2007 2:01PM

the warPBS recently posted a teaser clip of the new Ken Burns documentary about World War II, The War, on YouTube. I've placed it at the end of this post.

Based on my past posts about this upcoming documentary (it airs for two weeks starting September 23), people have differing opinions about Burns' talent as a documentary filmmaker. As a layman, I thought his Civil War was well-made and very interesting, though certainly not the most exciting documentary I've ever seen.

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Burns goes back to documentary after protests

by Adam Finley, posted Apr 11th 2007 7:25PM

ken burnsYou'll recall my recent post where I said Ken Burns documentary about World War II angered some in the Latino community for its lack of coverage of Latinos who fought in the war. Well, Burns apparently took the protest to heart and has decided to not only go back and retool his 14-hour documentary to include the overlooked footage, but has also hired a Latino producer to help him create the new content. The War is scheduled to hit PBS in September. The series will focus on four communities in the United States and how they were impacted by the war.

As I said in my previous post, it has to be almost impossible to make a documentary about something as substantial as World War II and not inadvertently leave some stuff out. I do think it's admirable that Burns has decided to go back and amend his documentary, but at the same time I wonder what else he may have overlooked, and whether or not more people will come forward to accuse his documentary of being incomplete. People have the right to protest, of course, but I imagine pleasing everyone is almost impossible.

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Burns' WWII doc upsets Latino veterans

by Adam Finley, posted Apr 10th 2007 2:01PM

ken burnsKen Burns' upcoming PBS documentary about World War II has angered some veterans and leaders in the Latino community.

The protest was sparked by Maggie Rivas-Rodriguez, who runs an oral history project about Latino veterans for the University of Texas.

Burns points out that not every story could be told in The War, his 14-hour documentary slated to air on PBS this September, but the documentary contains no interviews with Latino soldiers whatsoever. Unfortunately, going back and splicing in stories from Latino veterans is easier said than done, and satisfying Rivas-Rodriguez's desire to have at least an additional two hours dedicated to Latino veterans is a rather tall order, considering the documentary focuses on four specific communities and Latino veterans from each of those communities would have to be found and their stories spliced in to fit the overall narrative.

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