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Discovery Channel Announces 2010-2011 Season

by Sharon Knolle, posted Apr 8th 2010 3:29PM
Discovery Channel unveiled a lineup of new specials and series for its 2010-11 season today, including new series 'Worst Case Scenario' and 'Construction Intervention,' and miniseries from Steven Spielberg, Disney and NASA, according to the Hollywood Reporter

Discovery introduces 'Worst Case Scenario,' based on the popular series of books and starring 'Man vs. Wild's' Bear Grylls,and 'Construction Intervention,' featuring New York City construction guru Charlie Frattini and his crew as they tackle real-life property improvement nightmares.

The specials include the miniseries 'Human Planet,' which will explore eight different natural environments and the people who live in them, and 'Earth from Space,' which shows Earth as a living organism, as viewed from space. Discovery is producing in conjunction with NASA.

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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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'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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'The Pacific' - 'Basilone' Recap

by Jason Hughes, posted Mar 22nd 2010 8:26AM
Jon Seda as John Basilone, 'The Pacific'
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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.

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

by Jason Hughes, posted Mar 15th 2010 9:00AM
'The Pacific'
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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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'The Pacific' on HBO: Previewing the WWII Miniseries From the 'Band of Brothers' Team

by Gary Susman, posted Mar 11th 2010 5:00PM
Historians like to say that each new war usually finds its generals trying to re-fight the previous war. So it is with Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks, who are ready to fight World War II one more time in 'The Pacific,' a 10-hour miniseries debuting March 14 on HBO.

The team that brought you 'Saving Private Ryan' on the big screen in 1998 and miniseries 'Band of Brothers' to HBO in 2001 has returned with a lavish, detailed, docudrama companion piece to 'Brothers' that promises to do for the fight against Japan what 'Ryan' and 'Brothers' did for the war in Europe: make it come alive for those of us too young to remember.

And they've spared no expense in doing so. According to the Hollywood Reporter, costs for 'The Pacific' have been estimated as high as $200 million, making it the most expensive single event in TV history. Then again, it costs a lot of money to manufacture 3,000 uniforms on 1940s-vintage sewing machines so that they'll have the right texture, or to paint 80 tons of white sand black to replicate the volcanic beachscape of Iwo Jima. That's the level of detail and authenticity the filmmakers were going for in trying to restage the Pacific war.

Read on for more of what to expect from Hanks and Spielberg's latest historical epic.

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Spielberg's 'Nine Lives' Might Have a Home at NBC

by Bob Sassone, posted Feb 18th 2010 3:03PM
NBC logoWay back in 2006 (cue the blurry flashback) we told you that Syfy had picked up a twelve-hour science fiction mini-series from Steven Spielberg titled 'Nine Lives.' Well, nothing ever came of that on Syfy (back when it was called Sci-Fi - cue the blurry flashback again), but now it looks like it's going to be on TV after all, only on another network.

The Hollywood Reporter says that NBC might pick up the show. It all depends on whether or not they like the new script, which is being written by Les Bohem. It's about people who unleash something evil when they try to reunite with family members who have died. That might sound slightly similar to 'Ghost Whisperer' or 'Medium' but it sounds more epic, likes there's something bigger to the overall plot than standalone episodes.

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'Nine Lives' to Live on at NBC?

by Bryan Enk, posted Feb 18th 2010 10:00AM
'Nine Lives' may find a second life at NBC.

The Hollywood Reporter brings news that the network is interested in the sci-fi drama series, executive produced by Steven Spielberg, Les Bohem and DreamWorks' Justin Falvey and Darryl Frank. 'Nine Lives' was originally pitched to Syfy as a 12-hour miniseries in 2007.

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Jason Lee, Angie Harmon Pilots Picked Up by TNT

by Leonard Jacobs, posted Jan 22nd 2010 11:30AM
If you can't choose one, why not choose them all?

That's exactly what TNT did yesterday with the pickup of three new pilots: 'Delta Blues,' 'Rizzoli and Isles' and the still-untitled alien-invasion series from producer Steven Spielberg. Each show received 10-episode orders, according to the Hollywood Reporter.

'Delta Blues,' from producer George Clooney, stars Jason Lee as a Memphis cop who moonlights as a musician and still lives at home with his mother. The Boston-set 'Rizzoli,' based on a series of mystery novels by Tess Gerritsen, stars Angie Harmon and Sasha Alexander as detectives, with Lorraine Bracco playing Harmon's tough, but loyal mother.

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TNT picks up more dramas

by Danny Gallagher, posted Jan 21st 2010 11:33PM
TNT has some new dramatic shows on the horizon and believe it or not, they actually don't involve sexy cops or lawyers. Well, one of them does.

The cable network has picked up a new science fiction series about aliens overtaking humanity starring Noah Wyle, a detective series starring Angie Harmon and (surprise!) a cop drama starring Jason Lee.

The "untitled alien invasion series" (wouldn't it be a big bowl of hilariousness if that were the actual title?) will star Wyle as the leader of a band of human resisters who aspire to take back the Earth from an alien race that has laid waste to humanity. Since this is being produced by Steven Speilberg, how about calling it Close Encounters of the Ass Kicking Kind?

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Spielberg to Produce World Trade Center Doc for Science Channel

by Marina Zogbi, posted Jan 15th 2010 1:40PM
SpielbergCoinciding with the 10th anniversary of the World Trade Center attacks, Steven Spielberg is executive-producing an in-depth documentary about the rebuilding of the site for Discovery's Science Channel, set to air in 2011.

The project, 'Rebuilding Ground Zero,' will focus on the engineering and construction of One World Trade Center, the 1,776-foot skyscraper formerly known as Freedom Tower; as well as the memorials, park, underground museum and transportation hub being erected at the site. It will also pay tribute to those who died on Sept.11 and examine how the rebuilding is affecting the lives of everyday New Yorkers.

New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg called the effort "a compelling story of remembrance and renewal," according to the Science Channel. "The fact that Steven Spielberg -- one of the great filmmakers of our time -- will produce a documentary on it ensures that the story will be brought to life for people around the world for generations to come."

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Another Stephen King TV movie coming

by Brad Trechak, posted Nov 21st 2009 1:07PM
Under The DomeSteven and Stephen are getting together. That is to say that Steven Spielberg and Dreamworks TV are working with Stephen King to make a television movie based on King's latest novel Under The Dome.

The novel is about one of those small New England towns that King enjoys writing about suddenly finding itself trapped in a force field. Unlike The Simpsons Movie, the concept is not played for humorous effect.

The idea is reminiscent of those stories where people are trapped in a confined space and lawlessness sets in. There have been many similar concepts done in TV and film, although I can't think of any particular ones off the top of my head.

As he gets older, King's television presence becomes less. For a few years it seemed like a different TV show based on his work was being produced every year. He may be starting that again. So much for retirement.

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Spielberg, King Bringing 'Under the Dome' to TV

by Scott Harris, posted Nov 20th 2009 12:15PM
You can pinch yourself all you want, but you aren't dreaming: Steven Spielberg and Stephen King are teaming up for a TV show.

In the greatest Steven/Stephen combination since Carell and Colbert left 'The Daily Show', Variety is reporting that King and Spielberg are collaborating on an adaptation of King's latest novel, 'Under The Dome', which has been optioned by DreamWorks TV with the likely intent of turning it into a major cable event.

King, of course, remains one of the most prolific writers in America, especially when it comes to works adapted for television or film; the acclaimed horror author has had no fewer than 33 feature films alone based on his stories, including classics such as 'Cujo', 'Carrie' and 'Stand By Me'. In the realm of television his record is a little spottier, though it does include popular events such as 'Salem's Lot,' 'It' and 'The Stand'.

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Watch the Trailer & Footage for New HBO Miniseries 'The Pacific' Now (VIDEO)

by Daynah Burnett, posted Nov 17th 2009 4:21PM
After the critical and commercial success of 2001's 'Band of Brothers,' HBO is putting its efforts behind another World War 2 miniseries: 'The Pacific,' set to air in March 2010.

As the title suggests, this 10-part miniseries will focus on American soldiers fighting in Japan, and is largely based on the memoirs of three WWII veterans, two of whom share writing credit on the series.

With Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks spearheading the project, in addition to writers from 'Band of Brothers' and 'The Wire,' it's a little surprising that there are no big-name actors attached. However, the ensemble's anonymity is no doubt meant to enhance the series' intended realism. According to executive producer Gary Goetzman, 'The Pacific' aims to present the events of WWII Japan as truthfully as possible. "The truth is always much more amazing than anything that you can make up," he said.

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