ESPN To Debut New ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ Trailer During ‘Monday Night Football’

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ESPN is giving audiences extra reason to tune in to Monday Night Football.

The network will debut the first full trailer for the forthcoming Stars Wars movie The Last Jedi during its Oct. 9 broadcast, which will see the Bears and Vikings face off under the lights.  According to a news release from the network, the trailer will debut during halftime.  Game coverage is currently scheduled to start at 8:15 p.m. EDT.

Details have been scant about the movie’s plot ever since the announcement that the movie was being made.  What is known is that it picks up where The Force Awakens left off, with Rey (Daisy Ridley) locating Luke Skywalker.  The trailer that has currently been made available hints that despite Luke’s reluctance, she convinces him to train her while also learning some deeply held secrets about the force and the Jedi.

Mark Hamill returns to reprise his role as Luke Skywalker alongside the now late Carrie Fisher, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Lupita Nyong’o, Andy Serkis, Domhnall Gleeson, Anthony Daniels, Gwendoline Christie, Kelly Marie Tran, Laura Dern and Benecio Del Toro.

Rian Johnson wrote and directed the movie.  Kathleen Kennedy and Ram Bergman produced while J.J. Abrams, Tom Karnowski and Jason McGatlin each served as executive producers.

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PBS’ Latest ‘Arthur’ DVD Will Entertain Siblings Of All Ages

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Brothers and sisters are the bet and the worst people in the world.  They make life great and they make it miserable all at the same time.  Through it all, they are family, and life would not be the same without them.  So in celebration of siblings, PBS Kids and Public Media Distribution recently released a new collection of Arthur episodes focused on the ups and downs and brothers and sisters in the form of Arthur: Brothers and Sisters.  Originally released this past July on DVD, this eight-episode collection boasts plenty of positives beginning with its episodes.  This will be discussed shortly.  The stories presented in the featured episodes are just as important to discuss in examining this DVD as the episodes and will be examined later.  The lessons that are presented within the featured episodes round out the collection’s most important elements.  All elements are important in their own right to the DVD’s overall presentation.  All things considered, Arthur: Brothers and Sisters proves in the end to be a DVD that brothers and sisters of all ages will appreciate.

Arthur: Brothers and Sisters, the latest DVD compilation from the hit animated PBS Kids series, is a collection of episodes that brothers and sisters of all ages will appreciate.  That is due in part to the episodes that are featured in the collection.  Eight episodes make up the DVD’s body.  They are pulled from a wide swath of the series’ current 20-season run, reaching all the way back to the series’ first season with the disc’s first four episodes—“D.W. The Copycat,” “Arthur’s Baby,” “D.W.’s Baby” and “Arthur’s First Sleepover.”  It also pulls from Season Two in “Sue Ellen’s Little Sister” as well as the series’ 17th and 18th season in “Francine Redecorates,” “Two Minutes” and “The Pageant Pickle” respectively.”  That far-reaching rundown shows that those behind the DVD’s sequencing did not want to just rely on one season for the DVD’s body.  Instead, they wanted to get what they thought were some of the series’ most engaging and entertaining episodes to date that focused on various sibling situations.  To that end, the thought put into selecting the disc’s episodes paid off with eight episodes that are certain to connect with siblings of several ages.  Keeping this in mind, the DVD’s featured episodes are only a small part of what makes this disc so enjoyable.  The stories featured within the episodes strengthen its presentation even more.

The stories featured in the DVD’s featured episodes are important to discuss in examining the disc because of the ability of the stories to reach a wide range of audiences.  From twins trying to find out who was born first in “Two Minutes” to the older sibling forced to include the younger sibling in a big social event in “Arthur’s First Sleepover” to siblings dealing with conflict in interior design (and in turn personal connections) and more, the scenarios presented in these episodes prove relatable to siblings of all ages including adult siblings.  The collection even gives those who are only children something to which they can relate in the form of “Sue Ellen’s Little Sister.” Sue Ellen, who is an only child, eventually learns through trial and error in this episode that sometimes, being an only child can be just as good as having a sibling, if not better.  That attention to siblings and only children in the episodes’ scenarios shows a sensitivity to a wide range of audiences that deserves its own share of applause as part of the DVD’s whole.

Speaking of the ability of the episodes’ stories being relatable to a wide range of audiences, the lessons taught through the stories prove to be important to the disc’s whole, too.  The lesson presented in “Francine Redecorates” supports that statement.  Francine and her sister learn here that despite their different views on interior design tastes, they are still sisters and even something as minuscule as that difference should not be enough to make them so determined to want to be apart.  The lesson presented in the disc’s opening episode “D.W. The Copycat” is another example of the importance of the episodes’ lessons.  Arthur learns in the long run that siblings’ differences are what make them special, and that maybe siblings being exactly alike maybe isn’t as good as they might think.  It’s a tried and true lesson that has been presented in so many other series, but is still as entertaining and engaging here as in those series.  As has already been noted, the lesson presented through “Sue Ellen’s Little Sister” is another key lesson as Sue Ellen learns through trial and error that being an only child isn’t necessarily as bad as one might think.  It’s another invaluable lesson from which especially younger audiences can learn.  Between that lesson, the others noted here, and those not noted, it becomes clear why the episodes’ lessons are critical to the overall presentation of Arthur: Brothers and Sisters.  When this is considered along with the importance of the episodes’ stories and the episodes themselves, the whole of those elements shows clearly why this DVD is another welcome addition to any family’s home, and why it is undeniably one of this year’s top new family DVDs.

Arthur: Brothers and Sisters is one of 2017’s top new family DVDs.  That is due in no small part to the episodes selected for the DVD.  They are pulled from the series’ roots and from some of its more recent seasons.  That shows that those behind the DVD’s creation wanted to pull the episodes they best felt followed the DVD’s central theme, rather than just pulling from one season or another.  The stories presented in the featured episodes are stories to which audiences of all ages (including grown-ups) will relate, and in turn find quite entertaining and engaging.  The lessons presented within the stories round out the set’s most important elements.  Audiences of all ages will find the lessons offer plenty for their engagement, too.  Clearly, each element played an important part in the whole of this DVD.  All things considered, they make Arthur: Brothers and Sisters one of this year’s top new family DVDs.  It is available now in stores and online and can be ordered direct via PBS’ online store.  More information on Arthur: Brothers and Sisters is available online along with lots of Arthur games, activities, printables and more at:

 

 

 

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‘The Good Place: The Complete First Season’ Will Put Viewers In Their Own Good Place

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NBC’s hit serial sitcom The Good Place has proven in its now season and a half or so on the air to be one of the “peacock network’s” biggest properties in years.  That is because currently, there is little if anything like it on television – broadcast, cable and even online – like it today.  Though, there is no denying in watching this series its similarity to another former NBC hit serial sitcom in the form of My Name Is Earl.  Given, the two series are not entirely alike, but there are enough similarities that one cannot ignore the series’ connection.  Even with that in mind, The Good Life is still deserving of its own applause, and later this audiences maybe not familiar with the series will see why it is deserving of its own applause when Shout! Factory releases the series’ debut season on DVD.

There are plenty of things that audiences can say to the positive about The Good Place: The Complete First Season beginning with its’ writing.  That will be discussed shortly.  Just as important to Season One’s presentation as the writing is the work of the series’ cast.  This will be discussed later.  The bonus material included in the set rounds out its most important elements, and when it is considered along with the once again welcome precise episode listing inside the case and the set’s average price point, the whole proves to be a set that will put any of the series’ fans in their own good place.

Shout! Factory’s forthcoming release of The Good Place: The Complete First Series is a collection that is certain to put the series’ fans in their own good place.  That is due in no small part to the work of the series’ writers beginning with the series’ very premise.  The premise is simple: a person who was not so nice in life dies, goes to the afterlife and ends up learning to be a better person and bettering others in the process.  The catch here is that the woman – Eleanor Shellstrop – shouldn’t be where she is….or should she? (not to give away too much from the series’ second season, which recently premiered).  Regardless of whether the good place is in fact the good place or not, Eleanor’s personal growth over the course of the first season is something that audiences will love to watch.  That is thanks not only to the stories, but how the stories are executed.  From causing giant frogs and cocktail shrimp to terrorize her afterlife home to causing a giant sinkhole to who knows where to appear and more, the ways in which Eleanor learns to become a better person will leave audiences laughing uproariously while also moving them.  Again, The very concept of a lead figure trying to improve is nothing new for NBC.  Audiences saw a very similar concept in My Name Is Earl, but it was done in a different format.  Add in the fact that the writers keep viewers guessing throughout Season One if the good place is indeed the good place thanks to Michael’s story line and there’s plenty to keep audiences engaged.

The story’s plot is just one part of what makes the writing so enjoyable in the first season of The Good Place.  The way in which the episodes are separated, which is – like the show’s premise – very much like that of My Name is Earl.  Whereas the earlier program was divided up into names on Earl’s list, this series is divided up into the people who Eleanor meets in her afterlife and the connections between them and herself.  There are no overly drawn out interweaving subplots.  Rather, each episode focuses only on the noted story lines, which are clearly outlined in the episode guide inside the set’s case.  This will be touched on lightly later.

As if the storylines and the series’ plot are not enough example of what makes the series’ writing so strong in its debut season, the back stories presented for each of Eleanor’s new friends add their own depth to the series as they help with the series’ overall character development.  This leads viewers to be even more engaged as they either root for certain characters or boo them.  It is all so entertaining, and collectively shows why this show’s writing, even in its lead season, is so important to its whole.  It is just one part of what makes the series’ debut season so enjoyable.  The work of the series’ cast is just as important as that of its writers to its presentation in Season One.

The work of The Good Place’s cast is so important to note in examining the series’ first season because their work keeps viewers just as entertained and engaged as the writing.  Kristen Bell’s take on Eleanor is spot on as Eleanor goes from completely clueless, self-centered subject to someone who actually, genuinely cares about people.  Again, that care and concern for others grows in the series’ now second season, but that won’t be discussed too much here.  Fellow leads Ted Danson and William Jackson Harper are just as entertaining as Michael and Chidi.  In all honesty, Danson’s take on the somewhat manic Michael is perhaps his best portrayal since his days as bartender Sam from yet another former NBC hit series, Cheers.  He makes Michael so silly in his behavior, yet there is something so entertaining about that silliness even if Michael might not be such a nice guy after all.  Harper meanwhile has wonderful chemistry opposite Bell anytime the pair is onscreen together.  Chidi’s neurotic behavior is so funny to watch whenever he has to deal with Eleanor thanks to Jackson’s work.  That behavior, juxtaposed against Eleanor’s more carefree nature makes for such an entertaining odd couple setup.  Keeping all of this in mind, all three of the series’ leads do so much to make the show so fun.  When they are joined by the supporting cast, they show just as much talent. When all of this is considered, it becomes clear why the cast’s work in The Good Place’s first season is just as important as the work of the series’ writers.  It is hardly the last of the set’s most important elements, too.  The bonus material included in the set plays its own part in the set’s presentation, too.

Audiences get plenty to appreciate in the bonus material included with the first season of The Good Place.  The standard gag reel and table read offer plenty of behind the scenes entertainment for audiences, giving them another view of how much fun the cast had preparing for each episode.  The audio commentary included in the series’ premiere and the season finale offer just as much entertainment as well as a certain amount of insight.  The look at how the series’ special effects were brought to life will especially engage those with an interest in the visual arts, especially as they apply in the realm of computer graphics.  Those audiences will be amazed (along with fans in general) at the amount of work that went into bringing the good place to life including all of the craziness brought on by Eleanor’s choices.  It all collectively makes the whole of this set’s bonus material just as fun to watch as the series itself.  When it is joined with the series’ episodes, it makes the set’s viewing experience that much more entertaining.  Add in a relatively affordable average price point of $14.49 (determined by comparing prices at Wal-Mart, Amazon, Target, Best Buy and Shout! Factory’s store), and audiences get in this set a collection that is sure to put audiences in their own good place.

Shout! Factory’s forthcoming home release of The Good Place: The Complete First Season is a release that is certain to put audiences in their own good place.  That is due in no small part to the work of the show’s writers.  Whether intentionally or not, the writers have generated an entertaining plot here that bears a striking similarity to that of My Name Is Earl, just with a few alterations in terms of the setup.  Eleanor’s attempts to hide her secret, which result in her own personal growth, makes for its plenty of endearing entertainment.  The work of the series’ lead cast adds even more entertainment to the series’ lead season.  The bonus material included in the set and the set’s relatively affordable average price point put the finishing touches to the set.  Each piece is important in its own right to the collection.  All things considered, The Good Place: The Complete First Season is certain to put viewers in their own good place.  The Good Place: The Complete First Season will be available in stores and online Oct. 17.  It can be pre-ordered online now via Shout! Factory’s online store.  More information on this and other titles from Shout! Factory is available online now at:

 

 

 

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Bears,Vikings Round Out NFL’s Week 5 Schedule Live On ESPN’s ‘MNF’

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The Vikings and Bears will play live in primetime Monday night to finish off the fifth week of the National Football League’s 2017 – ’18 season.

The NFC North divisional opponents will play live on ESPN’s Monday Night Football broadcast beginning at 8:15 p.m. ET.  Suzy Kolber and her Monday Night Countdown cohorts – NFL analysts Matt Hasselbeck, Randy Moss, Charles Woodson, and Steve Young, ESPN NFL Insiders Chis Mortensen, Louis Riddick and Adam Schefter, and ESPN senior fantasy sports analyst Matthew Berry – will be on the air ahead of Monday night’s game beginning at 6 p.m. ET live from ESPN’s studios.

The Monday Night Football team of Sean Mcdonough, Jon Gruden and Lisa Salters will offer commentary during the broadcast.  Michelle Beisner-Buck and Chris Berman will have features during the broadcast, too.

Monday night’s game will mark the 14th time that the Vikings and Bears, who sit third and fourth respectively in the NFC North, will have played live on MNF.  That makes the teams’ latest appearance the third-most in the Monday Night Football history.  It is also just one of nine divisional matchups scheduled for this season’s Monday Night Football broadcast schedule.

The Bears (1 – 3) and Vikings (2 – 2) will both be hungry for a win Monday night after both lost in Week 4.  Chicago fell to Green Bay in Week 4’s opening game 35 – 14 while the Vikings fell to Detroit 14 – 7, so a win for Minnesota would finally put the Vikings on the positive side of .500 while a loss would drop the team to one below.

A win for the host Bears would put Chicago one game closer to .500 while a loss would put the team even more in the whole as the season gets one more week closer to midway.

Chicago is currently 1 – 1 at home this season while Minnesota is 0 – 1 on the road.  Those records make Monday’s game even more pivotal for both teams.

Sean McDonough will have the call for Monday’s game and will be joined in the booth by Jon Gruden for additional commentary. Lisa Salters will be on the sidelines for all of the latest in-game news and interviews.

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Wolverines, Spartans Headline ESPN Networks College Football Week 6 Broadcast Schedule

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The Wolverines and Spartans will go head-to-head live Saturday night under the lights on ABC.

The in-state rivals will headline the ESPN networks’ broadcast schedule for the sixth week of the 2017 – ’18 college football season on ABC’s Saturday Night Football presented by Wells Fargo. Coverage is expected to start at 7:30 p.m. on ABC. It will mark the first time ever that the teams will have faced off under the lights and on prime time.

Michigan State has had the edge on the Spartans’ in the teams’ ongoing rivalry with the Spartans taking seven of the teams’ last nine games.  Michigan comes into Saturday’s matchup undefeated so far this season and has allowed no more than 17 points scored against the team, meaning Saturday’s matchup will be just as big as the teams’ previous showdowns.

While the Wolverines – Spartans matchup is the headliner for this week’s broadcast schedule across the ESPN networks, it is not the networks’ only game on tap.  Arkansas State and Georgia Southern open Week Six tonight at 8 p.m. on ESPN.

Millersville takes on East Stroudsburg to open the ESPN networks’ Thursday college football coverage.  Broadcast is scheduled to start at 7 p.m. on ESPN3.  Alcorn State and Alabama State follow at 7:30 p.m. on ESPNU while No. 17 Louisville and No. 24 N.C. State round out the night on ESPN beginning at 8 p.m.

The UConn Huskies play host to the Memphis Tigers to open Friday’s college football coverage on ESPN beginning at 7 p.m. Morgan State and South Carolina State follow at 7:30 p.m. on ESPNU.  Boise State and BYU finish off the night at 10:15 on ESPN.

The ESPN networks’ college football coverage continues Saturday with a near daylong schedule that kicks off at noon with Northwestern hosting No. 4 Penn State on ABC, No. 5 Georgia on the road against Vanderbilt on ESPN, No. 2 Clemson hosting Wake Forest on ESPN2, No. 12 Auburn hosting Ole Miss on the SEC Network, East Carolina hosting Temple on ESPN and Graceland on the road against Evangel on ESPN3.

The gridiron action runs late into the night as Southwest Baptist and Truman State are currently scheduled to finish off the weekend’s coverage.  The full broadcast schedule for this weekend’s games is noted below.

Date

Time (ET)

Game

Network

Wed, Oct 4

8 p.m.

Arkansas State at Georgia Southern

Kevin Negandhi, Rocky Boimain

ESPN2

Thu, Oct 5

7 p.m.

Millersville at East Stroudsburg

ESPN3

7:30 p.m.

Alcorn State at Alabama State

Tiffany Greene, Jay Walker

ESPNU

8 p.m.

No. 17 Louisville at No. 24 NC State

Dave Flemming, Tim Hasselbeck, Matt Hasselbeck, Laura Rutledge

ESPN

Fri, Oct 6

7 p.m.

Memphis at UConn

Dave Lamont, Mack Brown, Jen Lada

ESPN

7:30 p.m.

Morgan State at South Carolina State

Eric Clemons, Jay Walker

ESPNU

10:15 p.m.

Boise State at BYU

Adam Amin, Dusty Dvoracek, Molly McGrath

ESPN

Sat, Oct 7

Noon

No. 4 Penn State at Northwestern

Steve Levy, Brian Griese, Todd McShay

ABC

No. 5 Georgia at Vanderbilt

Mike Patrick, Tommy Tuberville, Paul Carcaterra

ESPN

Wake Forest at No. 2 Clemson

Beth Mowins, Anthony Becht, Rocky Boiman

ESPN2

Ole Miss at No. 12 Auburn

Tom Hart, Jordan Rodgers, Cole Cubelic

SEC Network

Temple at East Carolina

Mike Couzens, John Congemi

ESPNU

Graceland at Evangel

ESPN3

12:20 p.m.

Duke at Virginia

ACC Network Extra

12:30 p.m.

Pittsburgh at Syracuse

ACC Network Extra

1 p.m.

Georgetown at Princeton

ESPN3

North Dakota State at Indiana State

ESPN3

Davidson at Jacksonville

ESPN3

Brown at Stetson

ESPN3

1:30 p.m.

Samford at VMI

ESPN3

Yale at Dartmouth

ESPN3

Western Carolina at Wofford

ESPN3

2 p.m.

Central Michigan at Ohio

Dave Weekley, John Gregory

ESPN3

Valdosta State at West Georgia

ESPN3

California (PA) at Indiana (PA)

ESPN3

Mercer at The Citadel

ESPN3

Sam Houston State at Stephen F. Austin

ESPN3

2:30 p.m.

Bowling Green at Miami (Ohio)

Jim Barbar, Doug Graber

ESPN3

Kutztown at Bloomsburg

ESPN3

3 p.m.

Florida International at Middle Tennessee

ESPN3

Louisiana-Monroe at Texas State

Shawn Kenney, Stanford Routt

ESPN3

Youngstown State at South Dakota

ESPN3

3:30 p.m.

No. 22 Notre Dame at North Carolina

Bob Wischusen, Brock Huard, Allison Williams

ABC

No. 13 Miami at Florida State

Dave Pasch, Greg McElroy, Tom Luginbill

ESPN

Minnesota at Purdue

Jason Benetti, Kelly Stouffer, Kris Budden

ESPN2

Kent State at Northern Illinois

Dan Gutowsky, Marcus Ray

ESPN3

Ball State at Akron

Michael Reghi, Jerod Cherry

ESPN3

Western Michigan at Buffalo

Doug Sherman, Dustin Fox

ESPN3

New Mexico State at Appalachian State

Matt Stewart, Stan Lewter

ESPN3

4 p.m.

Tulsa at Tulane

Mark Neely, Ray Bentley

ESPNU

Arkansas at South Carolina

David Neal, Matt Stinchcomb, Dawn Davenport

SEC Network

Furman at Chattanooga

ESPN3

Oregon State at No. 14 USC

Bill Rosinski, David Norrie, Ian Fitzsimmons

ESPN Radio

5 p.m.

Louisiana at Idaho

Joel Meyers, Watson Brown

ESPN3

Western Illinois at Northern Iowa

ESPN3

6 p.m.

UNC-Pembroke at Wingate

ESPN3

6:30 p.m.

Georgia State at Coastal Carolina

Jeff McCarrigher, Tyoka Jackson

ESPN3

7 p.m.

Southern Illinois at South Dakota State

ESPN3

7:15 p.m.

No. 1 Alabama at Texas A&M

Joe Tessitore, Todd Blackledge, Holly Rowe

ESPN

 

No. 16 Virginia Tech at Boston College

Mike Corey, Ahmad Brooks, Roddy Jones

ESPN2

7:30 p.m.

No. 7 Michigan State at Michigan

Chris Fowler, Kirk Herbstreit, Maria Taylor

ABC

Missouri at Kentucky

Taylor Zarzour, Andre Ware, Olivia Harlan

SEC Network

Northwestern State at Nicholls

ESPN3

Fresno State at San Jose State

ESPN3

8 p.m.

No. 25 UCF at Cincinnati

Roy Philpott, Tom Ramsey

ESPNU

10:45 PM

California at No. 6 Washington

Mark Jones, Rod Gilmore, Quint Kessinich

ESPN

No. 19 San Diego State at UNLV

Clay Matvick, Kirk Morrison

ESPN2

TBD

Southwest Baptist at Truman State

ESPN3

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ESPN Inks New Broadcast Deal With F1

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Formula 1 racing is returning to the ESPN networks.

ESPN announced Wednesday the network has reached a broadcast rights deal with Formula 1 to broadcast the FIA Formula 1 Racing Championship series throughout 2018. The deal gives ESPN and ABC the broadcast rights for all 21 of the series’ races beginning with the season-opening Formula 1 Australian Grand Prix on March 25 and ending with the Formula 1 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix on Nov. 25.

Burke Magnus, ESPN executive vice president of programming & scheduling, was enthusiastic about the series’ return to the ESPN networks after being away for many years.

“ESPN has a long commitment to motorsports, and F1 is a crown jewel in the sport,” Magnus said.  “There are many passionate Formula 1 fans in the U.S. and we look forward to bringing the pageantry, spectacle and excitement of F1 to viewers across the ESPN platforms.”

Sean Bratches, Formula 1 managing director of commercial operations, was just as enthusiastic about the new deal as Magnus.

“We are excited about the return of the world’s foremost motor racing platform to the ABC and ESPN platforms,” Bratches said. “ABC’s Wide World of Sports first started airing live live grands prix in the early 1960s and this linear partnership with ESPN represents a significant step forward in achieving Formula 1’s aim of broadening the sport’s appeal.  The U.S. market is very important growth opportunity for Formula 1 and we are looking forward to working with ESPN to ignite the growing fan interest.”

Formula 1 made its Wide World of Sports debut on June 10, 1962 with the Monaco Grand Prix, a week after the race was actually run.  ABC ran a handful of Formula 1’s races up until 1988.  ESPN joined ABC in broadcasting Formula 1 in 1984 with a 10-race schedule.

Following the broadcast of that 10-race schedule, ESPN would continue to air Formula 1 races until 1997, its last year carrying the series.  The full schedule for Formula 1’s return to the ESPN networks in 2018 is noted below.

2018 FIA Formula One World Championship Schedule on ESPN and ABC

(all times Eastern)

Date

Time

Event

Network

March 25

12:55 a.m.

Australian Grand Prix

ESPN2

April 8

1:55 a.m.

Chinese Grand Prix

ESPN2

April 15

10:55 a.m.

Bahrain Grand Prix

ESPN2

April 29

8:55 a.m.

Azerbaijan Grand Prix

ESPN2

May 13

7:55 a.m.

Spanish Grand Prix

ESPN2

May 27

7:55 a.m.

Monaco Grand Prix

ESPN

3:30 p.m.

Monaco Grand Prix

ABC *

June 10

1:55 p.m.

Canadian Grand Prix

ESPN

June 24

7:55 a.m.

French Grand Prix

ESPN2

July 1

7:55 a.m.

Austrian Grand Prix

ESPN2

July 8

7:55 a.m.

British Grand Prix

ESPN

July 22

7:55 a.m.

German Grand Prix

ESPN2

July 29

7:55 a.m.

Hungarian Grand Prix

ESPN2

Aug. 26

7:55 a.m.

Belgian Grand Prix

ESPN2

Sept. 2

7:55 a.m.

Italian Grand Prix

ESPN2

Sept. 16

7:55 a.m.

Singapore Grand Prix

ESPN2

Sept. 30

7:55 a.m.

Russian Grand Prix

ESPN2

Oct. 7

12:55 a.m.

Japanese Grand Prix

ESPN2

Oct. 21

2:55 p.m.

United States Grand Prix

ABC

Oct. 28

2:55 p.m.

Mexican Grand Prix

ABC

Nov. 11

10:55 a.m.

Brazilian Grand Prix

ESPN2

Nov. 25

7:55 a.m.

Abu Dhabi Grand Prix

ESPN2

* re-air

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PBS Announces New ‘Wild Kratts’ DVD Release Date, Specs

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PBS Distribution will get a little “Wild” this October.

The company will release a brand new Wild Kratts DVD Oct. 10 in stores and online titled Wild Kratts: Wild Winter Creatures.  The four-episode collection will retail for MSRP of $14.99 and can be pre-ordered online now via PBS’ online store.

The brothers Kratt have to deal with the vile Zach Varmitech in “Polar Bears Don’t Dance”, one of the disc’s featured episodes, after they find out he has kidnapped a walrus calf and Polar Bear cub.  In “Journey to the Subnivean Zone,” Martin and Chris get miniaturized and discover the world of the meadow vole.

A search for Chris’ Creature souvenir leads the Kratts and their friends back to the Arctic and a lesson about the Musk Ox in “Musk Ox Mania.”  In “Mystery of the Weird Looking Walrus,” Chris and Martin have to deal with Zack Varmitech again after Zach and Donita Donata partner to kidnap a herd of walrus for evil purposes.

More information on Wild Kratts: Wild Winter Creatures is available online along with plenty of Wild Kratts games, activities, printables and more at:

 

 

 

Website: http://pbskids.org/wildkratts

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/wildkrattsofficial

 

 

 

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