ESPN’s Weekly ‘CGD’ Broadcast To Air Live Saturday From Miami

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ESPN College GameDay Built by The Home Depot will broadcast live Saturday from the campus of the University of Miami.

The network’s flagship college football program is scheduled to air from 9 a.m. to noon ET live from Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, FL.  It will simulcast on ESPNU.

Rece Davis will anchor the broadcast.  Desmond Howard, David Pollack, and Chris “The Bear” Fallica will provide additional commentary.  Kirk Herbstreit and lee Corso will join the broadcast from their homes due to COVID-19 regulations.

The No. 12-ranked Hurricanes will host their Atlantic Coast Conference foes, the Florida State Seminoles on ABC’s weekly Saturday Night Football presented by Capital One broadcast.  Chris Fowler will have the call for the game while Herbstreit will provide additional commentary.  Reporter Molly McGrath will have all of the game’s key headlines.

Miami comes into Saturday night’s matchup on the heels of a 13-point win (47-34) over Louisville on Sept. 19 and a 17-point win (31-14) over the University of Alabama at Birmingham Sept. 10 in its season opener.

The Hurricanes outperformed the Blazers in almost every category in the teams’ Sept. 10 meeting, from first downs to average gain per play, to total yardage.  On the other hand, the Blazers recorded 205 passing yards in the game versus Miami’s total of 155 passing yards.

Louisville gave Miami a harder fight than UAB, performing almost as well as the Hurricanes from the first quarter to the last.  The Cardinals outdid the Hurricanes in Net  Rushing Yards, 209-160, but Miami’s Net Passing Yards total of 325 just barely beat Louisville’s total of 307.

In the battle of the QBs, Louisville went 16-36 in completions, outdoing Miami there, too, 18-30.  The Hurricanes also saw more impact in the penalties category than Louisville, racking up 11 penalties for a total of 89 yards.  Louisville, on the other hand, had seven penalties for a total of 70 yards.

Miami’s Third-Down efficiency rate of 6-13 outdid Louisville’s 4-14.  At the same time, Louisville was 3-4 in Fourth-Down efficiency.  Louisville also outdid Miami in total yardage, 516-485.

Florida State comes into Saturday night’s game hoping to rebound from a Week 1 loss to Georgia Tech.  The Seminoles lost the game 16-13.

Florida State struck early in the game, putting up 10 points in the first quarter, but the Yellow Jackets kept the Seminoles scoreless in the second and to only a field goal in the third quarter.  Georgia State meanwhile put up 16 points between the third and fourth quarters.

Georgia State outplayed Florida State through most of the team’s Sept. 12 game.  The Yellowjackets racked up a total of 438 yards versus Florida State’s 307 yards.  Georgia State totaled more passing yards than Florida State (277-198) and more rushing yards (161-109).  Even the two interceptions thrown by GT quarterback Jeff Simms weren’t enough to stop the Yellowjackets.

On the positive side for Florida State, Georgia State incurred more penalties and lost more yardage than Florida State throughout the game.  The Seminoles were charged with eight penalties for 55 yards while the Yellowjackets had a total of 10 penalties for a loss of 80 yards.

 

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Saturday night’s ACC matchup between the Hurricanes and Seminoles is just one of the games scheduled to air Saturday night.  Southeastern Conference foes No. 2 Alabama and unranked Missouri open the night at 7 p.m. ET on College Football Primetime on ESPN.  The game is ESPN’s College Football Primetime Samsung QLED 4K Game of the Week.

Sean McDonough will have the call for Saturday night’s SEC showdown.  Todd Blackledge, Todd McShay, and Allison Williams will provide additional commentary and reports.

With this week being the SEC’s official return to play, each team comes into Saturday’s game looking to start the season with a win.

 

SATURDAY SCHEDULE

While Saturday night’s college football schedule will be busy, the two games on tap for the evening are not the only games scheduled to air on the ESPN networks.  Saturday’s schedule kicks off at noon ET on ABC — following ESPN’s weekly College GameDay Built by The Home Depot broadcast (9 a.m. to noon ET) — with East Carolina University hosting No. 13 UCF in an AAC matchup.

The previously scheduled game between No. 7 Notre Dame and Wake Forest, which was scheduled to air at noon on ABC, was postponed Tuesday due to concerns about COVID-19.

The full schedule for Saturday’s games is noted below.

Date Time (ET) Matchup/Commentators Network
Thu, Sep 24 7:30 p.m. UAB at South Alabama
Matt Barrie, Mike Golic, Jr., Lauren Sisler
ESPN
Sat, Sep 26 Noon No. 7 Notre Dame at Wake Forest
Dave Pasch, Mike Golic, Sr., Paul Carcaterra
ABC
No. 5 Florida at Ole Miss
TV: Joe Tessitore, Greg McElroy, Marty Smith
Radio: Sean Kelley, Barrett Jones
ESPN/ESPN Radio
Georgia Southern at No. 19 Louisiana
Beth Mowins, Kirk Morrison, Dawn Davenport
ESPN2
Georgia State at Charlotte
Mike Couzens, Jay Walker
ESPNU
No. 23 Kentucky at No. 8 Auburn
Tom Hart, Jordan Rodgers, Cole Cubelic
SECN
No. 24 Louisville at No. 21 Pittsburgh
Wes Durham, Roddy Jones, Kelsey Riggs
ACCN
Georgia Tech at Syracuse ESPN3
No. 13 UCF at East Carolina
Lincoln Rose, Keith Moreland
ESPN+
Campbell at Appalachian State ESPN+
1 p.m. Florida International at Liberty ESPN3
3:30 p.m. West Virginia at No. 15 Oklahoma State
Bob Wischusen, Dan Orlovsky, Kris Budden
ABC
No. 22 Army at No. 14 Cincinnati
Mark Jones, Dusty Dvoracek, Quint Kessenich
ESPN
Tulsa at Arkansas State
Anish Shroff, Tom Luginbill, Lericia Harris
ESPN2
UTEP at Louisiana-Monroe
Clay Matvick, Rocky Boiman
ESPNU
4 p.m. No. 4 Georgia at Arkansas
Dave Neal, DJ Shockley, Tera Talmadge
SEC Network
Duke at Virginia
Chris Cotter, Mark Herzlich, Eric Wood
ACC Network
6 p.m. Texas State at Boston College ESPN3
7 p.m. No. 2 Alabama at Missouri
Sean McDonough, Todd Blackledge, Todd McShay, Allison Williams
ESPN
Houston Baptist at Louisiana Tech ESPN3
North Texas at Houston
Tyler Denning, Stan Routt
ESPN+
Stephen F. Austin at SMU
David Saltzman, LaDarrin McLane
ESPN+
7:30 p.m. Florida State at No. 12 Miami
Chris Fowler, Kirk Herbstreit, Molly McGrath
ABC
No. 16 Tennessee at South Carolina
Taylor Zarzour, Matt Stinchcomb, Alyssa Lang
SEC Network
Vanderbilt at No. 10 Texas A&M
Mike Morgan, Andre Ware, Taylor Davis
SEC Network Alternate
Kansas at Baylor
Roy Philpott, Kelly Stouffer
ESPNU
8 p.m. NC State at No. 20 Virginia Tech
Dave O’Brien, Tim Hasselbeck, Katie George
ACC Network
10:15 p.m. Troy at No. 18 BYU
Dave Flemming, Rod Gilmore, Stormy Buonantony
ESPN

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ESPN Networks To Present Double Headliner Schedule Saturday Night

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The ESPN family of networks will round out Saturday’s college football broadcast schedule with a double headliner slate of games.

 

GAME ONE

The first game on Saturday’s special double headliner schedule is a matchup of Southeastern Conference foes No. 2 Alabama and unranked Missouri.  Coverage for the weekly broadcast is scheduled to start at 7 p.m. ET on ESPN.  The game is ESPN’s College Football Primetime Samsung QLED 4K Game of the Week.

Sean McDonough will have the call for Saturday night’s SEC showdown.  Todd Blackledge, Todd McShay, and Allison Williams will provide additional commentary and reports.

With this week being the SEC’s official return to play, each team comes into Saturday’s game looking to start the season with a win.

 

GAME TWO

The second of the day’s headlining games is an Atlantic Coast Conference matchup between the No. 12 Miami Hurricanes and unranked Florida State Seminoles.  Coverage of the Saturday Night Football presented by Capital One game is scheduled to start at 7:30 p.m. ET on ABC.

Chris Fowler will have the call for the game.  Analyst Kirk Herbstreit will provide additional commentary.  Reporter Molly McGrath will have all of the game’s key headlines.

Miami come into Saturday night’s matchup on the heels of a 13-point win (47-34) over Louisville on Sept. 19 and a 17-point win (31-14) over the University of Alabama at Birmingham Sept. 10 in its first game of the season.

The Hurricanes outperformed the Blazers in almost every category in the teams’ Sept. 10 meeting, from first downs to average gain per play, to total yardage.  On the other hand, the Blazers recorded 205 passing yards in the game versus Miami’s total of 155 passing yards.

Louisville gave Miami a harder fight than UAB, performing almost as well as the Hurricanes from the first quarter to the last.  The Cardinals outdid the Hurricanes in Net  Rushing Yards, 209-160, but Miami’s Net Passing Yards total of 325 just barely beat Louisville’s total of 307.

In the battle of the QBs, Louisville went 16-36 in completions, outdoing Miami there, too, 18-30.  The Hurricanes also saw more impact in the penalties category than Louisville, racking up 11 penalties for a total of 89 yards.  Louisville, on the other hand, had seven penalties for a total of 70 yards.

Miami’s Third-Down efficiency rate of 6-13 outdid Louisville’s 4-14.  At the same time, Louisville was 3-4 in Fourth-Down efficiency.  Louisville also outdid Miami in total yardage, 516-485.

Florida State comes into Saturday night’s game hoping to rebound from a Week 1 loss to Georgia Tech.  The Seminoles lost the game 16-13.

Florida State struck early in the game, putting up 10 points in the first quarter, but the Yellow Jackets kept the Seminoles scoreless in the second and to only a field goal in the third quarter.  Georgia State meanwhile put up 16 points between the third and fourth quarters.

Georgia State outplayed Florida State through most of the team’s Sept. 12 game.  The Yellowjackets racked up a total of 438 yards versus Florida State’s 307 yards.  Georgia State totaled more passing yards than Florida State (277-198) and more rushing yards (161-109).  Even the two interceptions thrown by GT quarterback Jeff Simms weren’t enough to stop the Yellowjackets.

On the positive side for Florida State, Georgia State incurred more penalties and lost more yardage than Florida State throughout the game.  The Seminoles were charged with eight penalties for 55 yards while the Yellowjackets had a total of 10 penalties for a loss of 80 yards.

 

SATURDAY SCHEDULE

While Saturday night’s college football schedule will be busy, the two games on tap for the evening are not the only games scheduled to air on the ESPN networks.  Saturday’s schedule kicks off at noon ET on ABC — following ESPN’s weekly College GameDay Built by The Home Depot broadcast (9 a.m. to noon ET) — with East Carolina University hosting No. 13 UCF in an AAC matchup.

The previously scheduled game between No. 7 Notre Dame and Wake Forest, which was scheduled to air at noon on ABC, was postponed Tuesday due to concerns about COVID-19.

The full schedule for Saturday’s games is noted below.

Date Time (ET) Matchup/Commentators Network
Thu, Sep 24 7:30 p.m. UAB at South Alabama
Matt Barrie, Mike Golic, Jr., Lauren Sisler
ESPN
Sat, Sep 26 Noon No. 7 Notre Dame at Wake Forest
Dave Pasch, Mike Golic, Sr., Paul Carcaterra
ABC
No. 5 Florida at Ole Miss
TV: Joe Tessitore, Greg McElroy, Marty Smith
Radio: Sean Kelley, Barrett Jones
ESPN/ESPN Radio
Georgia Southern at No. 19 Louisiana
Beth Mowins, Kirk Morrison, Dawn Davenport
ESPN2
Georgia State at Charlotte
Mike Couzens, Jay Walker
ESPNU
No. 23 Kentucky at No. 8 Auburn
Tom Hart, Jordan Rodgers, Cole Cubelic
SECN
No. 24 Louisville at No. 21 Pittsburgh
Wes Durham, Roddy Jones, Kelsey Riggs
ACCN
Georgia Tech at Syracuse ESPN3
No. 13 UCF at East Carolina
Lincoln Rose, Keith Moreland
ESPN+
Campbell at Appalachian State ESPN+
1 p.m. Florida International at Liberty ESPN3
3:30 p.m. West Virginia at No. 15 Oklahoma State
Bob Wischusen, Dan Orlovsky, Kris Budden
ABC
No. 22 Army at No. 14 Cincinnati
Mark Jones, Dusty Dvoracek, Quint Kessenich
ESPN
Tulsa at Arkansas State
Anish Shroff, Tom Luginbill, Lericia Harris
ESPN2
UTEP at Louisiana-Monroe
Clay Matvick, Rocky Boiman
ESPNU
4 p.m. No. 4 Georgia at Arkansas
Dave Neal, DJ Shockley, Tera Talmadge
SEC Network
Duke at Virginia
Chris Cotter, Mark Herzlich, Eric Wood
ACC Network
6 p.m. Texas State at Boston College ESPN3
7 p.m. No. 2 Alabama at Missouri
Sean McDonough, Todd Blackledge, Todd McShay, Allison Williams
ESPN
Houston Baptist at Louisiana Tech ESPN3
North Texas at Houston
Tyler Denning, Stan Routt
ESPN+
Stephen F. Austin at SMU
David Saltzman, LaDarrin McLane
ESPN+
7:30 p.m. Florida State at No. 12 Miami
Chris Fowler, Kirk Herbstreit, Molly McGrath
ABC
No. 16 Tennessee at South Carolina
Taylor Zarzour, Matt Stinchcomb, Alyssa Lang
SEC Network
Vanderbilt at No. 10 Texas A&M
Mike Morgan, Andre Ware, Taylor Davis
SEC Network Alternate
Kansas at Baylor
Roy Philpott, Kelly Stouffer
ESPNU
8 p.m. NC State at No. 20 Virginia Tech
Dave O’Brien, Tim Hasselbeck, Katie George
ACC Network
10:15 p.m. Troy at No. 18 BYU
Dave Flemming, Rod Gilmore, Stormy Buonantony
ESPN

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Cardinals, Hurricanes To Headline This Weekend’s ESPN Networks CFB Broadcast Schedule

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ABC’s weekly Saturday Night Football broadcast will feature a showdown of two Top 20 college football teams this week.

No. 18 Louisville will host No. 17 Miami in this week’s broadcast.  Coverage is scheduled to start at 7:30 p.m. ET.  The broadcast team of Chris Fowler, Kirk Herbstreit and Allison Williams will cover the game.

Each team will come in to Saturday night’s game on the heels of a Week 1 win.  The Hurricanes defeated the University of Alabama at Birmingham 31-14 in Week 1 while the Cardinals won their game against the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers 35-21.

Saturday night’s showdown is just one of the games on tap for ESPN’s weekly CFB schedule.  The Campbell Camels and Coastal Carolina Chanticleers open the weekend’s slate at 7:30 p.m. ET Friday on ESPN.

Saturday’s day-long schedule opens at noon with games across the ESPN family of networks.  Tulane will host Navy on ABC;  No. 11 Oklahoma State will host Tulsa on ESPN; No. 19 Louisiana will be on the road against Georgia State on ESPN2; The ACC Network will carry coverage of the Syracuse Orange taking on host No. 25 Pittsburgh.

Liberty and Western Kentucy will face off live on ESPNU at noon while No. 13 Cincinnati will take on the 0-2 Austin Peay at noon on ESPN+; Boston College and Duke will broadcast live at noon on ESPN3.

The ESPN networks’ full CFB broadcast schedule for this weekend is noted below.

 

Date Time (ET) Matchup/Talent Network
Fri, Sep 18 7:30 p.m. Campbell at Coastal Carolina
Tom Hart, Andre Ware, Cole Cubelic
ESPN
Sat, Sep 19 Noon Navy at Tulane
Mark Jones, Dusty Dvoracek, Quint Kessenich
ABC
    Tulsa at No. 11 Oklahoma State
Sean McDonough, Todd Blackledge, Todd McShay, Kris Budden
ESPN
    No. 19 Louisiana at Georgia State
Wes Durham, Roddy Jones, Paul Carcaterra
ESPN2
    Liberty at Western Kentucky
Clay Matvick, Rocky Boiman
ESPNU
    Syracuse at No. 25 Pittsburgh
Chris Cotter, Mark Herzlich, Kelsey Riggs
ACC Network
    Austin Peay at No. 13 Cincinnati
David Saltzman, Keith Moreland
ESPN+
    Boston College at Duke ESPN3
  3 p.m. Stephen F. Austin at UTSA ESPN3
  3:30 p.m. No. 14 UCF at Georgia Tech
Joe Tessitore, Greg McElroy, Marty Smith
ABC
    Florida Atlantic at Georgia Southern
Dave Flemming, Rod Gilmore, Lericia Harris
ESPN
    Charlotte at No. 12 North Carolina ESPN3
  4 p.m. Troy at Middle Tennessee
Dave Neal, Jay Walker, Dawn Davenport
ESPN2
    The Citadel at No. 1 Clemson
Anish Shroff, Tom Luginbill, Eric Wood
ACC Network
  7:30 p.m. No. 17 Miami at No. 18 Louisville
Chris Fowler, Kirk Herbstreit, Allison Williams
ABC
    Louisiana Tech at Southern Mississippi
Dave Pasch, Mike Golic, Sr., Lauren Sisler
ESPN2
    Texas State at Louisiana-Monroe
Roy Philpott, Kelly Stouffer
ESPNU
  8 p.m. Wake Forest at NC State
Dave O’Brien, Tim Hasselbeck, Katie George
ACC Network
  9 p.m. Abilene Christian at UTEP ESPN3

 

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WNBA 2020 Postseason Broadcast Schedule Details Announced

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The ESPN family of networks will launch its coverage of the WNBA 2020 postseason next week.

The network is scheduled to open its coverage of the WNBA Playoffs presented by AT&T Sept. 15 with a 7 p.m./9 p.m. ET double header schedule on ESPN2.   The first round is a single-elimination round.

The No. 3 and 4 seeds will get a bye in the first round.  one of the two lead-off games will see the No. 5 and No. 8 seeds face off while the No. 6 and No. 7 seeds will compete in the other game.  The No. 1 and No. 2 seeds get a bye until the semifinals.

The semi-finals are scheduled to run Sept. 29 on ABC and ESPN2.  The second round is also a single-elimination round.  The No. 3 seed will host the lowest seeded first-round winner in the semis while the  No. 4 seed will host the other first-round winner.

The Finals — also scheduled to air on ESPN2 and ABC — is scheduled to start Oct. 2 and run at least through Oct. 6 (the round’s first three games).  If Games four and five are necessary, they will air Oct. 8 and 11 on ESPN2 and ABC respectively.

The networks’ playoffs schedule is noted below.

WNBA Playoff Schedule*

Date Time (ET) Game Network
Tue, Sept 15 7 p.m. First Round (Single Elimination) ESPN2
  9 p.m. First Round (Single Elimination) ESPN2
Thu, Sept 17 7 p.m. Second Round (Single Elimination) ESPN2
  9 p.m. Second Round (Single Elimination) ESPN2
Sun, Sept 20 1 p.m. Semifinals Game 1 ESPN
  3 p.m. Semifinals Game 1 ABC
Tue, Sept 22 6 p.m. Semifinals Game 2 ESPN2
  8 p.m. Semifinals Game 2 ESPN2
Thu, Sept 24 7:30 p.m. Semifinals Game 3 ESPN2
  9:30 p.m. Semifinals Game 3 ESPN2
Sun, Sept 27 1 p.m. Semifinals Game 4 (If Necessary) ESPN
  3 p.m. Semifinals Game 4 (If Necessary) ABC
Tue, Sept 29 7 p.m. Semifinals Game 5 (If Necessary) ESPN2
  9 p.m. Semifinals Game 5 (If Necessary) ESPN2
Fri, Oct 2 7 p.m. Finals Game 1 ESPN2
Sun, Oct 4 3 p.m. Finals Game 2 ABC
Tue, Oct 6 7 p.m. Finals Game 3 ESPN
Thu, Oct 8 7 p.m. Finals Game 4 (If Necessary) ESPN2
Sun, Oct 11 3 p.m. Finals Game 5 (If Necessary) ABC

* Schedule is subject to slide up depending on the necessity of Semifinal games 4 and 5.

More information on the ESPN networks’ coverage of the WNBA 2018 post season is available online now at:

 

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NBA Postseason Coverage Continues This Weekend On ESPN’s Networks

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The NBA postseason continues this weekend on the ESPN family of networks.

ESPN leads the way tonight with coverage of Game 1 between the The Houston Rockets and Los Angeles Lakers.  Coverage is scheduled to start at 9 p.m. ET.

Mark Jones will anchor tonight’s broadcast.  He will be joined by analyst Mark Jackson for additional commentary.  Reporter Cassidy Hubbarth will provide the latest in-game news.

Houston comes into this latest round of the postseason after winning its previous series four games to three over the Oklahoma City Thunder.The Rockets finished off that series Wednesday after defeating the Thunder 104-102.

The Lakers meanwhile have had a little more downtime after taking their first-round series against the Portland Trailblazers Saturday in game five.  The Lakers won that game 131-122.

While the added rest can potentially benefit the Lakers coming into tonight’s second-round opener against Houston, the Rockets’ momentum is potentially just as beneficial for Houston.

The ESPN networks’ coverage of the semifinals continues Sunday with two games on ABC.  The Milwaukee Bucks and Miami Heat at up first at 3:30 p.m. as they continue their best-of-seven series.  Miami leads the Eastern Conference matchup two games to none.  The series’ third game will take place tonight on TNT.

Mike Breen, Jeff Van Gundy, and Mark Jackson will call Sunday afternoon’s game.  Reporter Malika Andrews will have all of that game’s latest headlines.

The Lakers and Rockets continue their series in the second game on the day on ABC’s schedule.  Coverage of the game is scheduled to start at 8:30 p.m. ET.  Breen, Van Gundy, and Jackson will anchor the broadcast. Hubbarth will have all of the game’s latest news.

NBA Countdown presented by Draft Kings will precede each of ABC’s games, with the afternoon broadcast scheduled to start at 3 p.m. ET and even coverage at 8 p.m. ET.  Maria Taylor will anchor the pre-game (and halftime) broadcasts.  Analysts Paul Pierce, Jalen Rose, Stephen A. Smith, and Jay Williams will join her for additional commentary.

More information the ESPN networks’ NBA’s postseason coverage is available online now along with all of the latest NBA headlines at:

 

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The Wiggles Releases Its Latest LP Friday

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Famed family entertainment act The Wiggles will release its latest album this week

The group is scheduled to release its new record Choo Choo TrainsPropellor PlanesToot Toot Chugga Chugga Bid Red Chair Friday through ABC (Australian).  The 23-song record features songs about all forms of transportation, as its title notes.  it is the band’s 55th (yes, 55th) album.

Band member Emma Wiggles talked about the album in a recent interview, noting she hoped it would connect with young listeners.

“Today, more than ever, children need a release for all their creative energy, and we hope this album will have the young listener dancing, singing and using their imagination to go traveling,” she said.

Along with songs about transportation, The Wiggles’ new album also encourages social distancing and hand washing in their own effort to help battle the spread of COVID-19.

Select videos for songs from the band’s new album will appear on the band’s official YouTube channel weekly.

More information on The Wiggles’ new album is available along with all of the group’s latest news and more at:

 

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‘Police Squad!: The Complete Series’ Re-issue Will Appeal To Series’ Most Devoted Audiences

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Det. Frank Drebin and company are back again.  No, Hollywood hasn’t rebooted the series or re-imagined it again for another Naked Gun series.  The series was re-issued in April on a single-disc Blu-ray presentation.  It marked the first time ever that the series had been presented on Blu-ray.  The short-lived series, which ran for only six episodes in 1982 on ABC, poked nonstop fun at all of the crime procedurals that were so prominent on television at the time.  Ironically, they are still big business for networks and advertisers alike even today.  So having this series re-issued for the first time since 2006 (a span of more than 14 years) audiences looking for an escape from all of those over-the-top crime dramas will welcome this presentation, at least to a point.  That is due in part to the work of the show’s cast.  This will be discussed shortly.  While the work of the show’s cast did its share to make the show worth watching, it did suffer from one fatal flaw, its writing.  Despite what the late great Leslie Neilsen wanted to believe, the writing was the real reason for the show’s cancellation after just six episodes.  This will be discussed a little later.  Nielsen’s noted discussion, featured as one of the bonuses included with the new re-issue, is its key bonus feature.  It is at least somewhat of a positive, and will be discussed later, too.  When it and the trio of feature-length audio commentaries are considered along with the issues raised by the writing and the positivity of the cast’s writing, the whole of this short-lived series’ resurrection proves worth at least an occasional watch, but not much more.

Paramount Home Entertainment and CBS DVD’s latest re-issue of Police Squad!: The Complete Series is a program that will appeal to the series’ most devoted fan base.  Of course even those who are less familiar with the series might find it at least somewhat appealing.  That is thanks in part to the cast’s on-camera work.  Led by the late, great Leslie Nielsen as Det. Frank Drebin, the cast’s deadpan, matter-of-fact approach to every script makes for its own share of laughs.  The casual way in which Alan North (Capt. Ed Hocken) addresses Al (played by Ronald “Tiny Ron” Taylor) in each episode will put a smile on any viewer’s face.  North’s delivery makes it seem like Hocken dealing with Al is just second nature for himself.  Again that goes back to that deadpan approach.  Nielsen’s reaction every time someone politely just says “yes, it is” when he asks if the characters want a cigarette is timeless in its own right, too.  What’s more all of the sillines — from Drebin essentially singing karaoke as if he is so great, to Peter Lupus’ calm nature as a bunch of keys fall on him in another episode to Ed Williams’ performance as the rather sleazy cop scientist Ted Olsen – from the cast will leave audiences in stitches…at least to a point.  The note “to a point” is made because after taking in the same kind of acting episode after episode, it becomes somewhat predictable, and in turn reduces the enjoyment factor.  The same thing applies to the series’ writing, its one major unavoidable negative.

Much like watching the same kind of acting over and over can get real old real fast, so can watching the same sort of jokes and physical humor from one episode to the next.  Even with each episode running less than half an hour (24-25 minutes to be exact) audiences still get the same sort of writing in each story line.  The series premiere finds Drebin and the story’s antagonist trading gunfire at close range, in such campy fashion before eventually throwing their guns (and then more guns, inexplicably) at each other in the story’s final moments.  It’s a great comic moment.  On another note, the initial introduction of Johnny (William Duell) the shoeshine snitch makes for its own great laughs.  That is especially as Drebin was not the only one who utilized Johnny’s knowledge.  The problem here is that this moment is rehashed in every episode thereafter in different ways, eventually leading it to become less entertaining each time.  It isn’t the only element that is overly used.  There is also the issue of the freeze frame ending in each episode.  Yes, it’s funny the first couple of times, in how it spoofs that all-too-familiar element used in TV shows of the time.  That is especially as Nielsen and North’s cast mates keep going, essentially breaking that fourth wall.   However, as with the scenes involving Johnny, this is used in every episode.  The result is that it loses its impact very quickly.  It’s like those advertisements that are funny the first couple of times, but eventually become less entertaining each time they run.  The writing is good on its initial view, but after seeing it over and over again, it just gets annoying.  That’s how this scenario is, except rather than getting annoying, it just gets boring and trite.  This is why Police Squad! failed.  It did not fail because people weren’t watching.  It failed because people stopped watching when after just a few episodes, they got tired of taking in the same stylistic approach in each story.

Staying on this note, Nielsen’s comment about why the series failed in the series’ latest home release is just one of the items in which audiences will take note from his comments.  He also addresses in the roughly 10-minute segment, the creation of the Naked Gun movies and how much he enjoyed the approach of Police Squad!’s creative heads, David and Jerry Zucker, and Jim Abrahams.  That should come as no surprise, of course, considering that Abrahams and the Zuckers were also the creative heads behind the hit 1980 spoof flick Airplane.  The trio also worked with Nielsen in that movie, although Nielsen was more of a supporting actor in that movie.  Getting back on the subject at hand, Neilsen’s interview, which was also featured in Police Squad!’s 2006 DVD re-issue, doesn’t add a lot to the presentation of the series’ home release.  It does add just enough to make for some engagement, though.  Keeping that in mind with the occasional laughs that the series’ writing and acting offer, the whole of these elements makes the series’ latest re-issue worth at least an occasional watch, but sadly little more.

Paramount Home Entertainment and CBS DVD’s latest home re-issue of Police Squad!: The Complete Series is an interesting new offering.  The cast’s acting is entertaining to a point.  The phrasing “to a point” is used because as with the writing, audiences get very much the same thing from one episode to the next, stylistically speaking from the acting and writing.  At first it is entertaining, but becomes old hate very quickly.  The bonus content featured with this set is the same content featured in the series’ 2006 DVD release.  To that end, audiences who already own that set won’t be losing out on anything by not buying this set.  At the same time, those who do not already own the previously DVD release will have the same bonus content as those who own said previously released presentation.  To that end, it does have that much going for it as well as the occasional laughs generated through the acting and writing.  Keeping all of that in mind, while Police Squad! might not be the most memorable series of all time, its latest re-issue reminds audiences why its run was so short, but still at least somewhat memorable.  It is available now.  More information on this and other titles from CBS Home Entertainment is available at http://vicaomcbsexpress.com.

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Robin Roberts To Be Honored At TNT’s Annual NBA Awards

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Good Morning America anchor and veteran broadcaster Robin Roberts will receive a special honor at next month’s NBA Awards presented by Kia.

Roberts will receive the Sager Strong Award at the ceremony, which will air at 9 p.m., June 24 on TNT.  The Sager Strong Award is named for iconic TNT sidelines reporter Craig Sager and is presented annually to one person who is a trailblazer that has exemplified courage, faith, compassion and grace.

Sager died in 2016 after losing his battle with cancer. He was known as much for his bright, colorful outfits as his coverage of the NBA. Roberts, who is known for her leadership at ABC’s Good Morning America, was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2007. She was named co-anchor for GMA in 2005.

Prior to her appointment at ABC, Roberts became a well-known figure at ESPN, mostly for her work on ESPN’s SporsCenter.  Roberts started her broadcast career in Mississippi before eventually moving to Nashville and Atlanta.  That path would eventually lead Roberts to ESPN and then to ABC.

Roberts was inducted into the Broadcasting Hall of Fame in 2016.  She has also been honored with the Gracie Award this year and the George Foster Peabody Award in 2012, the Arthur Ashe Courage Award at the 2013 ESPYs and the Walter Cronkite Award for Excellence in Journalism in 2014.

Other recipients of the Sager Award are figures, such as Monty Williams (2017) and Dikembe Mutombo (2018).

This year marks the third year for TNT’s NBA Awards.  The ceremony honors the NBA’s top performers from the 2018-19 season.  The program is produced by Dick Clark Productions.

More information on next months’ broadcast is available online now along with all of the latest NBA headlines at:

Website: http://www.tntdrama.com/nba-on-tnt

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

Twitter: http://twitter.com/NBAonTNT

 

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The ACC Network Is Coming

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The ACC Network is going to become a reality next year.

ESPN announced this week that it will launch its new college sports network Aug. 22.  The network’s first college football broadcast will feature Georgia Tech on the road against Clemson on Aug. 29 for a Thursday night showdown.

According to a news release from ESPN, the ACC Network is expected to broadcast 1,300 live ACC events annually on its TV and digital platforms.  Those events will come from all 15 of the conference’s schools and 27 sponsored sports.

ESPN President and Disney Media Networks Co-Chairman James Pitaro said he is optimistically anticipating the network’s launch.

“With just under nine months until launch, we are all systems go with ACC Network preparations,” Pitaro said.  “The strength of the season-opening game between Georgia Tech and Clemson is indicative of the robust schedule and programming we have planned for ACC fans.”

ACC Commissioner John Swofford echoed Pitaro’s comments in a prepared statement.

“We continue to look ahead to the launch of the ACC Network with great anticipation,” Swofford said.  “Showcasing all of our outstanding programs remains a top priority, and our partnership with ESPN allows fans to have greater access than ever before.  I also commend our schools, who have done an outstanding job in their preparations for a successful launch.”

The ACC Network’s first TV spot is scheduled to air live Dec. 1 during the Dr. Pepper ACC Football Championship game.  The game is scheduled to air at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.

More information on the ACC Network is available online now at http://www.getaccn.com.

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ESPN Networks Announce Broadcast Schedule For Week 11 Of College Football’s 2018 Season

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ESPN has announced its broadcast schedule for Week 11 of the 2018 college football season.

This week’s schedule features a number of games that have major playoff implications.  One of the most notable of the week’s games is an ACC matchup between undefeated No. 2 Clemson and No. 22 Boston College.  The headlining Saturday Night Football game is scheduled to air live at 8 p.m. Saturday on ABC.

ESPN’s College GameDay Built by the Home Depot will set up the game Saturday morning starting at 9 a.m.  It will broadcast live from the campus of Boston College.  Saturday’s broadcast marks the first time since 2009 that College GameDay Built by the Home Depot has aired from Boston College.

The Eagles are 4-1 in ACC play and second to Clemson in the ACC’s Atlantic Division.  The matchup is critical in Clemson’s search for a division (and conference) title, and for the team’s hopes for a spot in this year’s College Football playoffs.

Other key matchups featured in this week’s schedule are No. 7 Oklahoma taking on Oklahoma State at 3:30 p.m. on ABC and No. 8 Washington State on the road against Colorado at the same time on ESPN.  Both games have their own importance to this year’s college football playoffs impacts.

Also, if the Sooners and Cougars each win their games, they will play in their respective conference title games.  A win for either team additionally puts each group in good position to be considered for the playoffs.

Georgia hosts Auburn at 7 p.m. on ESPN in yet another key matchup for Week 11. ESPN2 will feature yet another big game at noon as UCF and Navy (AAC) face off in Florida.  The Knights have the nation’s longest winning streak while the Midshipmen are coming off a loss to Cincinnati in Week 10, so they will be hungry to get back in the “W” column, and to stop the Knights’ streak.

The full schedule of this week’s games is noted below.

Date

Time (ET)

 Matchups/Commentators

Network

Tue, Nov 6

7:30 p.m.

Kent State at Buffalo

Kevin Brown, Ray Bentley

ESPNU

Wed, Nov 7

7 p.m.

Ohio  at Miami (Ohio)

Matt Barrie, Rocky Boiman

ESPN2

8 p.m.

Toledo at Northern Illinois

Chris Cotter, Desmond Howard

ESPNU

 Thu, Nov 8

7 p.m.

North Carolina Central at Bethune-Cookman

Tiffany Greene, Jay Walker

ESPNU

7:30 p.m.

Wake Forest at No. 21 NC State

Dave Flemming, Tim Hasselbeck/Matt Hasselbeck, Laura Rutledge

Radio: Bill Rosinski, David Norrie, Ian Fitzsimmons

ESPN/ESPN Radio

Fri, Nov 9

7 p.m.

Louisville at No. 19 Syracuse

Jason Benetti, Kelly Stouffer, Olivia Dekker

ESPN2

 

10:15 p.m.

No. 23 Fresno State at Boise State

Mike Couzens, Kirk Morrison, Alyssa Lang

ESPN2

Sat, Nov 10

Noon

Wisconsin at No. 14 Penn State

Mark Jones, Dusty Dvoracek, Molly McGrath

ABC

 

South Carolina at Florida

Dave Pasch, Greg McElroy, Tom Luginbill

ESPN

 

Navy at No. 12 UCF

Anish Shroff, Ahmad Brooks, Roddy Jones

ESPN2

 

Tulsa at Memphis

Mike Corey, Rene Ingoglia

ESPNU

 

Vanderbilt at Missouri

Dave Neal, DJ Shockley, Dawn Davenport

SEC Network

 

SMU at UConn

Drew Fellios, Al Groh

ESPN3

 

Akron at Eastern Michigan 

Dan Gutowsky, Bob Carpenter

ESPN3

 

Coast Guard Academy at Merchant Marine Academy

Robert Lee, Matt Chatham

ESPN3

 

12:20 p.m.

North Carolina at Duke

ACC Network Extra

 

1 p.m.

Troy at Georgia Southern

ESPN+

 

2 p.m.

North Texas at Old Dominion

ESPN3

 

2:30 p.m.

Charlotte at Marshall

ESPN+

 

3 p.m.

Liberty at No. 25 Virginia

ACC Network Extra

 

Middle Tennessee at UTEP

ESPN+

 

Jackson State at Alabama State

ESPN3

 

Bowling Green at Central Michigan

Chris Vosters, Marcus Ray

ESPN+

 

3:30 p.m.

Oklahoma State at No. 7 Oklahoma

Steve Levy, Brian Griese, Todd McShay

ABC

 

No. 8 Washington State at Colorado

Bob Wischusen, Brock Huard, Allison Williams

ESPN

 

Purdue at Minnesota

Beth Mowins, Anthony Becht, Rocky Boiman

ESPN2

 

Virginia Tech at Pittsburgh

Kevin Brown, Andre Ware

ESPNU

 

Kentucky at Tennessee

Taylor Zarzour, John Congemi, Kris Budden

SEC Network

 

4 p.m.

East Carolina at Tulane

Jay Alter, Dustin Fox

ESPNEWS

 

Appalachian State at Texas State

ESPN3

 

5 p.m.

Georgia State at Louisiana

ESPN+

 

Louisiana-Monroe at South Alabama

ESPN+

 

Arkansas State at Coastal Carolina

ESPN+

 

7 p.m.

Auburn at No. 6 Georgia

Sean McDonough, Todd Blackledge, Holly Rowe

ESPN

 

Miami at Georgia Tech

TV: Clay Matvick, Dan Orlovsky, Paul Carcaterra

Radio: Bill Rosinski, Barrett Jones, Ian Fitzsimmons

ESPN2 and ESPN Radio

 

South Florida at Cincinnati

Bill Roth, Mike Golic Jr.

ESPNU

 

Rice at Louisiana Tech

ESPN+

 

Florida International at UTSA

ESPN+

 

7:30 p.m.

No. 3 LSU at Arkansas

Tom Hart, Jordan Rodgers, Cole Cubelic

SEC Network

 

8 p.m.

No. 2 Clemson at No. 22 Boston College

Chris Fowler, Kirk Herbstreit, Maria Taylor

ABC

 

10:30 p.m.

UNLV at San Diego State

Mark Neely, Ray Bentley, Alex Corddry

ESPN2

 

10:30 PM

California at USC

Adam Amin, Rod Gilmore, Quint Kessenich

ESPN and ESPN Radio

 

Colorado State at Nevada

Roy Philpott, Tom Ramsey

ESPNU

Not all digital games are exclusive

More information on the ESPN networks’ college football coverage is available online along with all of the latest college football news at:

 

Website: http://www.espn.com/college-football

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

Twitter: http://twitter.com/espncfb

 

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