‘Command And Control’ Is An “Explosive” New Episode Of ‘American Experience’

Courtesy: PBS/PBS Distribution

Courtesy: PBS/PBS Distribution

On September 18, 1980 America narrowly escaped what could have been one of the worst nuclear disasters that it has ever experienced when a Titan II ballistic missile exploded in its silo in Damascus, Arkansas.  PBS recently profiled the near catastrophic event in a new episode of its history-based series American Experience titled American Experience: Command And Control.  This two-hour program is a visualization of author Eric Schlosser’s book by the same name.  It is a powerful presentation, too that is certain to keep its audiences enthralled just as easily as any big screen action thriller.  That is due in part to its story, its most important element.  The information that is provided within the story is just as important to note as the story itself in examining the program’s overall presentation.  The program’s dual presentation rounds out its most important elements.  Each element plays its own important part in the program’s presentation.  All things considered, they make this episode of American Experience a documentary that is certain to command and control any critic’s list of the year’s top new documentaries.

American Experience: Command And Control is the first great documentary of 2017.  This two-hour program is certain to command and control any critic’s list of the year’s top new documentaries all year.  That is due in no small part to the story at the center of the program.  The story at the center of this program follows the events that unfolded on September 18, 1980.  It follows the events almost hour-by-hour from the events ahead of the near catastrophe to the fallout (no pun intended) that followed from the event.  It is right up there with some of the biggest action flicks of the 20th century.  In fact, being a real life event and not overly embellished by Hollywood writers, it is even more enthralling. Speaking of Hollywood blockbusters, the story’s transitions are just like something that would be used in a major Hollywood production.  It is a minor element, but even as small as it is, it does so much to keep viewers entertained and engaged in the story.  It should also be noted that the story includes a rather scathing indictment of the military and its protocol as the story is told.  That indictment comes direct from those involved in the event.  It also presents a warning about the dangers of nuclear weapons and relying on nuclear buildup as it provides a history on the nuclear weapons accidents that happened before the Damascus accident.  It should be noted that considering the discussions that are raised by those involved in the accident, not every viewer will want to watch this story because of their views.  But those who are not so set in their ways will enjoy and appreciate this story and all of its elements.  Speaking of those elements, they lead into another important piece of the program’s whole, its information content.

The story at the center of AE: Command and Control is in its own way a key piece of the program’s presentation.  It is a story that is just as engaging as any Hollywood blockbuster of its kind, if not even better.  It is just one of the program’s key elements. The information that is presented throughout the story is just as important to note as the story itself.  Audiences learn over the course of the program’s two-hour run time that the 1980 incident was just one of a number of accident that had happened since the end of World War II.  There is mention of the H-Bomb incident in North Carolina and other accidents that happened before and after.  At the story’s end, audiences learn that between the Damascus incident and others, thousands of incidents had been reported by the military but not made public.  It is even revealed here that the Air Force tried to cover up the Damascus incident, which luckily didn’t turn out to be as bad as it could have been, but still could have been.  Thousands of people could have died not just in Arkansas but across the country had it been worse.  That the military didn’t initially tell the public about what was happening as it happened is understandable to a point.  It is also very troubling considering how bad the situation could have been and how many lives could have been lost.  Audiences also learn of how poorly the men involved in trying to stop the incident were treated by the military after the event as part of the presented informational content.  It probably wasn’t the first time the military has done its officers so wrongly, and definitely not the last time it has ever acted so wrongly toward those who wear the assigned uniform.  Between those revelations and other items presented throughout the program, audiences will find that the information presented throughout this program is indeed just as important to its presentation as its story.  It is not the last important element to note, either.  The program’s dual presentation rounds out its most important elements.

The story at the center of AE: Command and Control and the information that makes up the story are both key elements to the program’s presentation.  That is because of their ability to keep viewers engaged, informed, and entertained.  They combine make the program just as gripping as any big screen presentation crafted by any Hollywood screen writer.  As important as they are to the program’s presentation, they are not its only important elements.  PBS Distribution presents the program in both a standard hour-long presentation and a full two-hour presentation.  Why PBS Distribution would even go that route is anyone’s guess.  Perhaps that has to do with its use at certain levels in high school and beyond.  It is possible maybe younger high school-age viewers would only have an attention span for an hour-long presentation while older audiences would be more apt to sit the entire two-hours.  It would be interesting to find out why exactly the company went this route.  Regardless, giving audiences the option of the program’s hour or two-hour-long presentation is certain to be beneficial in one way or another depending on the setting in which each is used.  When this is set alongside the program’s story and its rich depth of information, it rounds out the program’s most important elements.  It joins with them to show once and for all why this program is such an interesting watch.  It is a piece that students and lovers of military history and history in general will appreciate.  All things considered, it is a program that will command and control any critic’s list of the year’s top new documentaries.

American Experience: Command and Control is a work that students and lovers of military history and history in general will appreciate.  It is a work that is certain to command and control any critic’s list of the year’s top new documentaries.  That is due to its wholly engaging story.  The story presented here is just as enthralling as any major Hollywood action thriller with a similar plot.  Being that it is real life, it is even more enthralling than those movies.  The information that makes up the body of the program adds even more depth to the viewing experience.  It will educate audiences and potentially shock them at the same time.  That is because of the revelations that are made throughout the program.  That audiences are given the choice to watch the program in its abbreviated, hour-long presentation and its full two-hour theatrical presentation makes the experience even more engaging.  Each element plays its own important part to the program’s presentation.  All things considered, they make this episode of American Experience a program that will command and control any critic’s list of the year’s top new documentaries.  It is available now on DVD.  It can be ordered online now via PBS’ store both by itself and in a bundle pack with Schlosser’s book.  More information on this and other episodes of American Experience is available online now at:

 

 

 

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Fitz And The Tantrums Performing Live Overnight Tonight On TV

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Courtsey: New Elektra

Fitz and the Tantrums will be live on TV overnight tonight.

The group will perform live on The Late Late Show with James Corden on CBS. It is set to perform its megahit ‘Handclap’ from its self-titled 2016 album. The song was the album’s lead single.

The performance is a continuation of the group’s 2016 “Come Get Your Love Fall Tour.”  The next date on the group’s tour is a performance at the Pot Of Gold Music Festival in Chandler, AZ on March 18.

The Late Late Show with James Corden airs at 12:37 a.m. ET/11:37 CT.

More information on Fitz and the Tantrum’s performance tonight on The Late Late Show with James Corden is available online now along with all of the group’s latest news and more at:

 

 

 

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TNT Announces Special MLK, Jr. Day NBA Broadcast Schedule

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Courtesy: TNT/Turner Sports/NBA

TNT will present a special edition of its weekly double header NBA broadcast on Monday.

First up on Monday’s special double header broadcast is an interdivisional matchup in the Eastern Conference.  The Knicks (18 – 22) will play host to the Hawks (22 – 17) in Madison Square Garden. Broadcast is scheduled to begin at 1 p.m. ET.

Atlanta currently sits atop the Eastern Conference’s Southeast Division while New York sits third in the Atlantic division, 8.5 games back from the division leading Raptors. The numbers favor Atlanta coming into Monday afternoon’s game between the conference Eastern Conference opponents.

Atlanta has gone 8 – 2 in its last 10 games and is 12 – 9 on the road so far this season versus its current 10 – 8 home record. New York has proven to be better at home so far this season with a 12 – 8 home record so far versus its current road record of 6 – 14.

However, the Knicks are 2 – 8 in their last 10 games, having won their most recent game. So even though New York is great and home and Atlanta is better on the road so far than at home, the team’s long-term records combine with those records to favor Atlanta.

The Denver Nuggets play host to the Orlando Magic at 5 p.m. in the second game on TNT’s Monday NBA on TNT double header schedule.  Each team currently sits fourth in its respective division, and going by the numbers, this game is either team’s game to win and lose.

The host Nuggets are currently 8 – 11 at home this season versus going 7 – 12 on the road so far.  Denver has also struggled lately, going 3 – 7 in its last 10 games. Orlando is only slightly better on the road than they are on the road, going 10 – 11 so far on the road and 7 – 13 at home.

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New York Sports Anthem Will Get NFL Fans Going At Pro Bowl, Super Bowl

Courtesy: Chris Clemence

Courtesy: Chris Clemence

Bassist Chris Clemence’s New York sports anthem ‘Let’s Go’ is about to become one of the next big national sports anthems thanks to the National Football League.

‘Let’s Go’ will air live during the NFL’s Pro Bowl later this month and early next month during Super Bowl LI. The song will play over the speakers at each game’s stadium.  Clemence originally debuted the song late last year.

The up-tempo, fist-pumping inciting composition features vocals from Cro Mags member Harley Flanagan and additional instrumentation from Madison Square Gardens organist and DJ Ray Castoldi. It went on to become an anthem of the Knicks, Giants and Rangers since its debut.

Photo Credit: Ultra Sound Studios L - R: Chris Clemence, Harley Flanagan, Ray Castoldi writing 'Let's Go' in New York City.

Photo Credit: Ultra Sound Studios
L – R: Chris Clemence, Harley Flanagan, Ray Castoldi writing ‘Let’s Go’ in New York City.

Clemence was humble as he talked about the continuously growing popularity of ‘Let’s Go.’ He said he was moved by the reaction audiences have had to the song and looked forward to see if it would continue to grow in its popularity.

“The song has had a really great response, and it’s exciting to watch it grow even bigger,” Clemence said.  “I can’t wait to see what happens next.”

Audiences can download ‘Let’s Go’ now via iTunes. Audiences can also stream the song online via Clemence’s website.

Clemence said downloading the song will allow audiences to hear it whenever they want, but stressed fans who hear it live during a game will gain even more of an appreciation for the song.

“For the full effect you have to go hear it at a game,” Clemence said.

More information on ‘Let’s Go’ is available online now along with all of Clemence’s latest news and more at: http://www.chrisclemence.com.

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ESPN Announces Major League Soccer 2017 Season Broadcast Schedule

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Courtesy: ESPN/ESPNFC

ESPN has announced its Major League Soccer 2017 broadcast schedule.

ESPN and its family of networks will broadcast 31 MLS games this season.  The networks’ schedule opens Sunday, March 5 as the Orlando City SC takes on the New York City FC.  Broadcast begins at 5 p.m. ET.

ESPN’s broadcast of the game marks the first time that Orlando’s soccer team will have played a full game in the new Orlando City Stadium.  ESPN Deportes will simulcast the game, which will feature a number of the league’s top international stars.  They include Brazil’s Kaka, Italy’s Antonio Nocerino (Orlando), Spain’s David Villa and Italy’s Andrea Pirlo (New York City).

Games will be broadcast each Sunday through June. On ESPN and its networks.  Each game will be simulcast on ESPN Deportes.  ESPN will present a special Friday broadcast of Real Salt Lake City FC vs. the Orlando City SC on June June 30 at 9:30 p.m. Games will vary between Friday, Saturday and Sunday through the remainder of the season.  The full schedule for the ESPN networks’ coverage of the MLS 2017 season is noted below.

ESPN’s 2017 MLS Schedule

(Schedule Subject to Change)

Date Time (ET) Match Networks
Sun, March 5 5 p.m. Orlando City SC vs. New York City FC ESPN, ESPN Deportes
Sun, March 12 5 p.m. Minnesota United FC vs. Atlanta United FC ESPN2, ESPN Deportes
Sun, April 2 9 p.m. Portland Timbers vs. New England Revolution ESPN2, ESPN Deportes
Sun, April 9 4 p.m. Orlando City SC vs. New York Red Bulls ESPN, ESPN Deportes
Fri, April 14 7 p.m. Philadelphia Union vs. New York City FC ESPN, ESPN Deportes
Sun, April 23 4 p.m. Los Angeles Galaxy vs. Seattle Sounders FC ESPN, ESPN Deportes
Sat, May 6 4 p.m. Seattle Sounders FC vs. Toronto FC ESPN, ESPN Deportes
Sun, May 14 4 p.m. Portland Timbers vs. Atlanta United FC ESPN, ESPN Deportes
Sun, May 21 5 p.m. Minnesota United FC vs. Los Angeles Galaxy ESPN, ESPN Deportes
Sun, May 28 5 p.m. Atlanta United FC vs. New York City FC ESPN, ESPN Deportes
Sat, June 3 5 p.m. Sporting Kansas City vs. Minnesota United FC ESPN, ESPN Deportes
Sat, June 17 1 p.m. New York City FC vs. Seattle Sounders FC ESPN, ESPN Deportes
Sun, June 18 5 p.m. Philadelphia Union vs. New York Red Bulls ESPN, ESPN Deportes
Sun, June 25 4 p.m. Portland Timbers vs. Seattle Sounders FC ESPN, ESPN Deportes
Fri, June 30 9:30 p.m. Real Salt Lake City FC vs. Orlando City SC ESPN, ESPN Deportes
Sat, July 1 7 p.m. Sporting Kansas City vs. Portland Timbers ESPN, ESPN Deportes
Fri, July 21 7 p.m. Orlando City SC vs. Atlanta United FC ESPN2, ESPN Deportes
Sat, July 22 4 p.m. Minnesota United FC vs. New York Red Bulls ESPN, ESPN Deportes
Sat, July 29 TBD Los Angeles Galaxy vs. Seattle Sounders ESPN, ESPN Deportes
Sun, July 30 2 p.m. Toronto FC vs. New York City FC ESPN, ESPN Deportes
Sun, Aug 6 4 p.m. Portland Timbers vs. Los Angeles Galaxy ESPN, ESPN Deportes
Sun, Aug 13 6 p.m. Atlanta United FC vs. Minnesota United FC ESPN2, ESPN Deportes
Sat, Aug 19 4 p.m. Atlanta United FC vs. Los Angeles Galaxy ESPN, ESPN Deportes
Fri, Aug 25 7 p.m. New York Red Bulls vs. New York City FC ESPN, ESPN Deportes
Sun, Aug 27 4:30 p.m. Montreal Impact vs. Toronto FC ESPN, ESPN Deportes
Sun, Sep 10 1 p.m. Columbus Crew SC vs. Sporting Kansas City ESPN, ESPN Deportes
Sun, Sep 17 1 p.m. New York Red Bulls vs. Philadelphia Union ESPN, ESPN Deportes
Sun, Sept 24 1 p.m. Sporting Kansas City vs. Los Angeles Galaxy ESPN, ESPN Deportes
Sun, Oct 1 1 p.m. Philadelphia Union vs. Seattle Sounders FC ESPN, ESPN Deportes
Sun, Oct 15 3 p.m. TBD – Week 33 Flexible Scheduling ESPN, ESPN Deportes
Sun, Oct 22 4 p.m. TBD – Decision Day ESPN, ESPN Deportes

 

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ESPN Updates Its NBA On ESPN Broadcast Schedule

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Courtesy: ESPN

ESPN has added another matchup to its broadcast schedule for the NBA’s 207 – 2018 season.

The Rockets and Bucks will play live Jan. 18 on ESPN as part of the network’s double header schedule. The game takes the place of the previously scheduled Hawks/Pistons game which was in that slot.

The Warriors and Thunder follow that game with coverage scheduled to begin at 10:30 p.m.

ESPN will lead into the night’s action with its NBA pre-game show, NBA Countdown charged by Mountain Dew.  The program is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. ET.

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TNT Announces Thursday, Special Monday NBA Broadcast Schedules

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Courtesy: TNT/Turner Sports/NBA

TNT will carry a special double header schedule NBA double header schedule Monday night.

Monday’s special broadcast schedule opens at 7 p.m. with a special hour-long edition of TNT NBA Tip-Off presented by Autotrader.  The special broadcast will come live from the National Center for Civil and Human Rights in Atlanta, GA.  It will lead into the first of the games scheduled for the night as the Cavaliers and Warriors face off in a rematch of last year’s NBA Finals.

The Inside The NBA broadcast team of Ernie Johnson, Charles Barkley, Kenny Smith, and Shaquille O’Neal will be at the desk for Monday’s special edition of TNT NBA Tip-Off presented by Autotrader.  Hank Thomas – one of the original Freedom Riders – will be a special guest during the broadcast.

Marv Albert will have the call for the game.  He will be joined by analyst Chris Webber for additional commentary.  Reporter Kristen Ledlow will also be on hand for all of the latest in-game interviews and news.

The Oklahoma City Thunder and Los Angeles Clippers round out the night’s NBA on TNT coverage.  Kevin Harlan will have the call for the game.  Coverage is scheduled to begin at 10:30 p.m.  Harlan will be joined by analyst Reggie Miller for additional commentary.  Reporter David Aldridge will be on hand for all of the latest in-game interviews and news.

Before Monday’s matchup, TNT will present its regular NBA on TNT double header schedule on Thursday.  The New York Knicks and Chicago Bulls will lead the night’s schedule beginning at 8 p.m. ET.

Marv Albert will have the call for the game.  He will be joined by analyst Brent Barry for additional commentary.  Reporter Kristen Ledlow will be on hand for all of the latest in-game interviews and news.

The Detroit Pistons and Golden State Warriors follow at 10:30 p.m. ET.  Kevin Harlan will anchor the broadcast.  He will be joined by analyst Kevin Mchale for additional commentary.  Reporter Lewis Johnson will be on hand for the latest in-game interviews and news.

As an additional bonus for audiences, Kevin Garnett’s Area 21 will feature a number of special guests throughout the evening.  This includes pre-game, halftime and post-game coverage.

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