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What's On Tonight: 'The Simpons,' 'The Pacific,' 'The Tudors' 'TV Land Awards'

by Rich Keller, posted Apr 25th 2010 2:40PM
The 8th edition of the 'TV Land Awards' airs tonight at 9:00
Here's tonight's lineup of new shows and events (all times Eastern). Check your local
TV listings for additional information.

7:00 to 8:00
ABC: 'Americas' Funniest Home Videos'
CBS: '60 Minutes'
NBC: 'Dateline NBC'
Animal Planet: 'Wild Kingdom'

8:00 to 9:00

CBS: 'The Amazing Race 16'
FOX: 'The Simpsons'
NBC: 'Minute to Win It'
BBC America: 'James May at the Edge of Space'
Discovery: 'How the Universe Works'
Disney: 'Good Luck Charlie' -- 8:30 start
Food Network: 'Food Network Challenge'
HGTV: 'House Hunters' and 'House Hunters International'
History: 'Pawn Stars' -- Two 30-minute episodes
ION: 'The Emeril Lagasse Show'
Nick: 'Victorious'
Style: 'Ruby'

9:00 to 10:00
ABC: 'Desperate Housewives'
CBS: 'When Love Is Not Enough: The Lois Wilson Story' -- Story about the founders of Al-Anon and Alcoholics Anonymous
FOX: 'American Dad' -- 9:30 start
NBC: 'The Celebrity Apprentice' -- Two hours
A&E: 'Gene Simmons Family Jewels' -- 9:30 start
Discovery: 'Into the Universe With Stephen Hawking'
ESPN2: 'SportsCenter Special' -- NFL Draft wrap-up. Two hours
Food Network: 'Chef vs. City'
HBO: 'The Pacific'
HGTV: 'Holmes on Homes'
History: 'America the Story of Us' -- Two hours
Showtime: 'The Tudors'
Style: 'Kimora: Life in the Fab Lane'
TV Land: '8th Annual TV Land Awards' -- 90 minutes

10:00 to 11:00
ABC: 'Brothers & Sisters'
A&E: 'Kristie Alley's Big Life'
AMC: 'Breaking Bad'
Animal Planet: 'River Monsters'
Discovery: 'Into the Universe With Stephen Hawking'
E!: 'Kendra' and 'Pretty Wild'
HBO: 'Treme'
Lifetime: 'Army Wives'
Style: 'Jerseylicious'
TLC: 'Hoarding: Buried Alive'

11:00 and Beyond
Cartoon Network: 'Aqua Teen Hunger Force' and 'Tim and Eric's Awesome Show, Great Job' -- Starts at midnight
HGTV: 'Income Property' -- 11:00 Start

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'The Pacific' - 'Peleliu Airfield' Recap

by Jason Hughes, posted Apr 19th 2010 12:09PM
(E06) Part two of what I'm going to call the 'Peleliu Trilogy' offered more of what we saw with 'Peleliu Landing,' and then some. This extended look at one island campaign is to show us just how intense and long these boys were fighting for this one chunk of land, and how intense the fighting got.

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What's On Tonight: 'Simpsons,' 'Celebrity Apprentice,' 'Army Wives'

by Rich Keller, posted Apr 18th 2010 12:30PM
A new 'Kristie Alley's Big Life' airs at 10:00 on A&EHere's tonight's TV lineup (all times Eastern). All shows listed are new, unless otherwise noted.

7:00 to 8:00
CBS: '60 Minutes' -- Stories on Al Pacino and con men who tell dying patients they can be cured
FOX: 'Til Death'
NBC: 'Dateline NBC'
Animal Planet: 'Wild Kingdom'

8:00 to 9:00
CBS: 'The 46th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards' -- Three hours
FOX: 'The Simpsons'
NBC: 'Minute to Win It'
BET: 'Sunday Best'
Discovery: 'Life' -- Plants
Disney: 'Sonny With a Chance' and 'Good Luck Charlie'
Food Network: 'Food Network Challenge'
Nickelodeon: 'Victorious' and 'Nick News Special Edition' -- On 'Nick News', a discussion of safe drinking water
Style: 'Ruby'
TLC: 'Accidental Fortune'
The Weather Channel: 'Storm Stories' -- Two 30-minute episodes

9:00 to 10:00
ABC: 'Desperate Housewives'
FOX: 'American Dad' -- Starts at 9:30
NBC: 'The Celebrity Apprentice' -- Two hours
A&E: 'Gene Simmons Family Jewels' -- Starts at 9:30
Discovery: 'Life' -- Primates
Food Network: 'Ultimate Recipe Showdown'
HBO: 'The Pacific'
Showtime: 'The Tudors'
Style: 'Kimora: Life in the Fab Lane'
Travel: 'David Blaine: What is Magic?'

10:00 to 11:00
ABC: 'Brothers & Sisters'
A&E: 'Kirstie Alley's Big Life'
AMC: 'Breaking Bad'
Discovery: 'Life' -- Making of Life
E!: 'Kendra' and 'Pretty Wild'
Food Network: 'Chef vs. City'
HBO: 'Treme'
History: 'Ax Men'
Lifetime: 'Army Wives'
Style: 'Jerseylicious'
TLC: 'Hoarding: Buried Alive'

11:00 and Beyond
Cartoon Network (Adult Swim): 'Aqua Teen Hunger Force' and 'Tim and Eric's Awesome Show, Great Job' -- midnight and 12:30

Check your local TV listings for more information.

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'The Pacific' - 'Peleliu Landing' Recap

by Jason Hughes, posted Apr 12th 2010 4:02PM
'The Pacific' - 'Peleliu Landing'
(E05)
Another week and another wholly different experience in the Pacific front of World War II. Whereas Guadalcanal was an island oasis, and eerily quiet when the 1st Marines landed, the island of Peleliu was a far different story. From an ocean of cannon-fire and ships to a sea of the dead, dying and injured on the beach, it was warfare from the word "Go!"

Eugene Sledge finally made it into the war, joining Leckie and company in the 1st Marines Division. He hooked up with them on the island of Pavuvu, where we left them last week. Leckie returned as well from his stay at the hospital, and they got to enjoy some wartime camaraderie before shipping out.

Sledge even got some time with his friend from back home, Sid Phillips. The care in which the producers of 'The Pacific' have given to each of these very different wartime experiences has helped to create one of the most diverse and thorough looks at war that I've ever seen.

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'The Pacific' - 'Gloucester/Pavuvu/Banika' Recap

by Jason Hughes, posted Apr 5th 2010 1:38PM
James Badge Dale, 'The Pacific'(E04) While we were celebrating Easter, the boys in 'The Pacific' were ringing in Christmas and 1944 in somewhat less than optimal conditions. We got a brief glimpse of Eugene Sledge, finally in the marines and screwing up in training. But his story is yet to come.

With Basilone off selling war bonds and banging bar blondes, and Sledge learning the difference between "Bob" and "Tojo," it was Robert Leckie and the 1st Marines tours of duty that took center stage. And through these venues, and this Division, the writers and producers were able to showcase the psychological toll that war can have on battle-beaten soldiers.

Leckie was pretty strained already going into their tour on Gloucester, after his disastrous love affair on Melbourne. He was also on the outs with Lt. Larkin, which certainly didn't help matters on the ground.

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Gone Too Soon: Wonderfalls

by Jason Hughes, posted Mar 30th 2010 11:05AM
'Wonderfalls'
After bringing us the quirky death dramedy 'Dead Like Me,' and just before the resurrection dramedy 'Pushing Daisies,' Bryan Fuller co-created, along with Todd Holland ('Sons of Tucson'), another odd little show for FOX. 'Wonderfalls' premiered in March 2004; the tale of a young woman instructed by animal-shaped figurines to help people in need.

Much like his other shows, the whole atmosphere and presentation of 'Wonderfalls' was tailored to create a magical world just outside our own. Gritty realism certainly wasn't the goal.

Unfortunately, a serious lack of network patience led to 'Wonderfalls' getting canceled after airing only four critically acclaimed episodes out of thirteen produced. But those four hours left an indelible mark on the loyal viewers who did find it, and the series message of hope resonates as powerfully today as it did then.

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'The Pacific' - 'Melbourne' Recap

by Jason Hughes, posted Mar 29th 2010 2:31PM
Jon Seda, 'The Pacific' - 'Melbourne'(S03) Wasn't that a stark contrast from the first two episodes. As viewers, we were just as out of sorts watching that arrival in Melbourne, Australia as the marines themselves were. After two weeks of near non-stop warfare and bloodshed, the marines got a chance to get some much needed R & R, as well as the attention of some very appreciative Aussie young women.

The more relaxed pace of the episode allowed us to get to know some of our principal cast members more intimately. Particularly Robert Leckie and John Basilone, who had very different experiences in Melbourne. Basilone was the decorated war hero, given the highest honor he could possibly achieve, while Leckie found something even sweeter: a woman.

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'Justified' Creator Also Wrote for Nickelodeon's 'Hey Dude'

by Danny Gallagher, posted Mar 25th 2010 7:30PM
Graham Yost may have brought the noir western back to television with the hit FX series 'Justified,' but it's not his first foray into the wild west. That is if you can actually call his first western "wild."

According to his IMDB page, Yost's first writing job was for the short-lived Nickelodeon series 'Hey Dude' in the late 80s and early 90s, an afternoon sitcom about the day in the life of an Arizona dude ranch. He wrote 13 episodes of the series, the most of any other writer on the staff.

He went on to write a number of screenplays for hit action movies such as 'Speed' and 'Broken Arrow,' and even contributed to critically acclaimed mini-series including 'From the Earth to the Moon' and 'The Pacific.' Still, it just amuses me to know that such a storied and impressive career all started on Mr. Ernst's ranch. It also shames me a little bit to admit that I remember watching that show.

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'The Pacific' - 'Basilone' Recap

by Jason Hughes, posted Mar 22nd 2010 8:26AM
Jon Seda as John Basilone, 'The Pacific'
(E02)
After watching this second installment of 'The Pacific,' I think I have a feeling why people who've seen further along are talking about how things pick up once we get into the next episode. With these first two parts, we spent virtually the entire time on Guadalcanal, and there was virtually no time for any sort of character connections.

After this, the 1st Marines are finally getting off the island to move onto their next campaign, which means a change of scenery, and a chance for the impact of what they've just gone through to start hitting both the marines themselves, and the audience. Just like them, we've had virtually no time to process all the horror and warfare these men endured on the island.

While last week spotlighted most of the hour on the beauty of the island, this week it was the brutality of war itself that took center stage, with almost constant gunfire from the opening credits to the closing credits.

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WWII Veteran Dr. Sidney Phillips Reacts to HBO's 'The Pacific'

by Sandie Angulo Chen, posted Mar 19th 2010 1:30PM
'The Pacific,' HBO's monumental 10-part miniseries produced by Tom Hanks and Steven Spielberg, chronicles four Marines as they serve in the Pacific Theater of Operations during World War II.

Unlike its companion miniseries, 'Band of Brothers,' which followed the legendary Easy Company throughout the war in Europe, 'The Pacific' focuses more on the individual perspectives of four Marines -- Pvts. Robert Leckie (James Badge Dale) and Sidney Phillips (Ashton Holmes) in the 1st Marine Regiment; Sgt. John Basilone (Jon Seda) in the 7th Marine Regiment; and Phillips' best friend, Pvt. Eugene Sledge (Joseph Mazzello), in the 5th Marine Regiment -- as they struggle to keep their spirits high while fighting an unrelenting enemy -- the Japanese.

AOL TV had the honor of speaking to 85-year-old WWII veteran Dr. Sidney Phillips, the only one still with us (Basilone was fatally wounded at Iwo Jima, and Leckie and Sledge, both of whom wrote memoirs on which 'The Pacific' is based, both passed away in 2001). Phillips tells us what it felt like to see his war-time experiences and those of his best friend Sledge depicted on screen.

Read the interview after the jump

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HBO Offering 'The Pacific' Premiere for Free Online Streaming

by Jason Hughes, posted Mar 16th 2010 5:00PM
'The Pacific'
Reviews of the first installment of HBO's ten-part mini-series 'The Pacific' have been mixed -- I liked it, though -- and ratings figures aren't in yet. Nevertheless, the network has taken the bold step of putting that entire episode online for free viewing; you can catch it here. Is it a response to poor ratings -- even though we don't know those figures yet, the network likely does -- or just an attempt to lure people in who don't already have HBO?

The premiere was more style over substance, which is one of the major problems critics had with it, but it did offer some stunning visuals and established an atmosphere very different than 'Band of Brothers.' As a companion piece of sorts to the modern classic 'Brothers,' brought to us by the same production team including Tom Hanks and Steven Spielberg, expectations were pretty high for 'The Pacific' coming out of the gate.

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'The Pacific' - 'Guadalcanal/Leckie' Recap (mini-series premiere)

by Jason Hughes, posted Mar 15th 2010 9:00AM
'The Pacific'
(E01)
Just as Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks collaborated with HBO in 2001 to bring us the European World War II epic 'Band of Brothers,' they've joined forces again to take us to the other side of the war with 'The Pacific.' Another ten-part series, like 'Brothers,' 'Pacific' is based on true military figures and events depicted with some dramatic license, but with attempts to be as accurate as possible.

One of the first things the production team did was establish just how different the Pacific front was from the European one. The image that dominates most dramatic presentations about the fight against the Nazi forces of Germany is the military arrival on the beaches of Normandy; a veritable trip into hell.

In contrast, the 1st Marine Regiment's arrival on the beaches of Guadalcanal is a temporary reprieve from the hell of the naval warfare going on just offshore. Everything about this first episode established the atmosphere, tension, anxiety, beauty and horrors of fighting in a tropical paradise.

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Soldiers Explain War on 'The Pacific' (VIDEO)

by Jane Boursaw, posted Mar 15th 2010 3:12AM
The Pacific, HBOJust why DO we go to war anyway? The soldiers on 'The Pacific' (Sun., 9PM ET on HBO) have a few theories on that, some involving Japs and shipping lanes.

And one offers something more prophetic about swords, brave men, countries and omens. We'll go with that one, mainly because it sounds super cool.

Watch the video after the jump.

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Louie and Michael Face a Battlefield on 'The Amazing Race' (VIDEO)

by Jane Boursaw, posted Mar 14th 2010 11:17PM
The Amazing Race, Louie and Michael 'The Pacific' wasn't the only war on TV tonight. The contestants on 'The Amazing Race' (Sun., 8PM ET on CBS) had to face a battlefield with explosions, barbed wire, and plenty of adrenaline-pumping action.

But here's the good news: Louie and Michael snagged first place, and each were rewarded with a 55" HD TV! All the better to watch those future 'Amazing Race' episodes.

Watch the video after the jump.

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What to Watch: March 13-14

by Kim Potts, posted Mar 13th 2010 6:00AM
'The Pacific' (Sun., 9PM, HBO) series premiere
Is this 10-part World War II miniseries reminiscent of 'Band of Brothers' and 'Saving Private Ryan'? It is indeed, which is no surprise, since the producers of that classic TV miniseries and that Oscar-winning movie, Tom Hanks and Steven Spielberg, are also the producers of 'Pacific.' And that's a good thing, because 'The Pacific' is as emotional and powerful as both of those projects, as it unfolds the story of the war in Japan, through the eyes of three U.S. Marines (all based on real-life U.S. Marines). '24' alum James Badge Dale, Jon Seda and Joe Mazzello star, after going through a 10-day boot camp to prepare for the 10-month shoot that has resulted in an unflinchingly realistic portrait of our heroic, and often tragic, Marines in action.

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