PBS Presents Tesla Bio In New Episode of ‘AE’ This Fall

Courtesy: Public Media Distribution

Courtesy: Public Media Distribution

PBS Distribution has announced it will release another new episode of its hit bio series American Experience this fall.

American Experience: Tesla will be released Tuesday, November 22nd.  The new episode of the hit series examines the life of genius Nikola Tesla.  Tesla is revered today as one of the great minds of the 20th Century.  What few people know, though is that Tesla died penniless and unknown.  This new episode of American Experience discusses that and much more throughout its hour-long run time.

Tesla originally rose to fame for creating what would eventually become the basis for the world’s major power grids.  But what few people know of Tesla is that he didn’t stop there.  As this episode of American Experience reveals, he had much more that he wanted to address including the wireless transmission of messages and pictures, and utilizing renewable energy sources among so much more.

For all of his ideas, that were obviously ages ahead of his time, Tesla never received the fame nor fortune that he so rightly deserved.  That is all discussed in this new episode of American Experience, from his fallout with Edison to losing out on countless millions due to a deal gone bad.

American Experience: Tesla will be available on Tuesday, November 22.  It will retail for MSRP of $24.99.  Audiences can view a trailer for this episode of American Experience online now here.  It can be pre-ordered online now via PBS’ online store at a reduced price of $19.99.

More information on this and other episodes of American Experience is available online now at:

 

 

 

Website: http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/americanexperience

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

 

 

 

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ESPN To Feature Its Own Battle Of Red Vs. Blue Friday In Postseason Impact Game

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Courtesy: ESPN

ESPN has added another matchup to its 2016 MLB postseason coverage schedule.

The Blue Jays and Red Sox will face off live this Friday on ESPN. The game, the first in the teams’ three-game weekend series, will be the network’s key MLB Postseason Impact Game telecast presented by Exxon and Mobil.  Broadcast of the game is expected to begin at 7:10pm ET.

Neither team has announced its rotation for the game or who will take the mound.  The weekend series will have extra meaning for Red Sox fans and for star David Ortiz.  That is because this weekend’s series is the last regular season series at Fenway Park for Ortiz.

Ortiz announced ahead of the 2016 season that this season would be his last before he hangs up his cleats and bat for good.  Ortiz will go out on a high note, though as the Red Sox have already clinched a spot in the postseason. So his final season will be extended at least a little bit longer.

Dan Shulman will have the call for Friday’s game.  He will be joined in the booth by analysts Aaron Boone and Jessica Mendoza for additional commentary.  The game will be blacked out in the Boston market.

Friday’s game is just the latest in ESPN’s 2016 MLB season broadcast schedule.  The Indians and Tigers will be live on ESPN and ESPN Deportes+ in a Wednesday double header schedule. The Rockies and Giants cap the night beginning at 10pm ET.  The Indians and Tigers will be live again on ESPN and ESPN Deportes+ at 1pm ET on Thursday.

More information on the ESPN networks’ 2016 MLB regular and postseason coverage is available online now at:

 

Website: http://espn.go.com/mlb

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Twitter: http://twitter.com/BBTN

 

 

 

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MLB On TBS Team Mourns Fernandez’s Death

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Courtesy: Turner Sports

Sunday was another sad day in the sports world.  Jose Fernandez, who had played with the Miami Marlins from 2012 – 2016 passed away Sunday morning after a boating accident.

As news of the young star’s death made its way through the league, some members of TBS’ MLB broadcast team shared their thoughts on Fernandez and his passing with heavy hearts.  They include Pedro Martinez, Gary Scheffield, and Rollins.  The trio’s comments are noted in whole below.

Pedro Martinez: “It’s not only sad for baseball, but [also] the culture, the family, and the hope that the entirely family has.  That’s a kid that went through a lot of struggles [to make it].  Destiny tells you where you are going to end up.  It’s hard for me to believe that this day is going on.  A kid so energetic, so happy all the time… all the things we can say about him.  More than anything, I understand how the family must feel losing this young baby.  Maybe one of the best arms that was ever going to play in the game.  The hopes that they had, so many people that looked up to him to open that door to finally make it to a better life, it’s really difficult for us to swallow.  I thank God that I was able to bring that back home… For this family, it’s devastating and it’s devastating for all of us.  I feel extremely sad.  I saw a better talent than I was lose his life this tragic morning.  It’s really sad and I don’t have words to express how bad I feel for baseball, for him and his family.

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Gary Sheffield: “Wow, that’s all I can say at this point is, wow.  Condolences go out to the family, big time, because when stuff like this happens, especially in the baseball family – baseball is really a family – when you lose a guy in your family, it hits home and it hits you right here [in the heart].  To know this young man in Tampa, Florida, he wanted to meet me.  I didn’t think it was a big deal until I met him.  I came to meet him, he was working out with all the Cuban players, and when I met this kid, there was a spirit about him that lights up the room.  He gives and he breathes energy into you.  When I talked to him about his preparation for the season – I’m watching this kid go out and throw 98 MPH in November getting ready for the season – I pulled him to the side and said you’ve got to tone it down a little bit.  And he said, ‘Mr. Sheffield, I only have 100.  I have 100% in me and I have to go as hard as I can, that’s just my energy level.’… When you got to meet this guy, the life that he instilled in everyone around him, he’s just full of energy.  It’s a sad loss.  Not only for the Marlins but all of Major League Baseball and his family.”

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Jimmy Rollins: “When I first met the kid, I had seen him on TV and seen his stuff and his dynamic arm, but it was his smile.  You knew his struggle, you knew where he came from and what he went through to get here and he never lost who he was and that joy for the game and joy for life.  I wanted to meet him because he was the next big thing… As a competitor he was in your face and smiling and joking with you and letting you know he was a presence.  From the field, you knew he was the same way off the field – he accepted everyone and wanted to bring joy and happiness to everyone’s life.  Not just the attention on him, but it was his journey and he wanted you to be part of it and share it with those that he loved… For a life to end so young, you feel it and you realize how precious life is… Baseball is a family, you don’t want to lose anyone, especially in a tragic way.”

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Jose Fernandez originally came to the United States when he was 15, defecting from Cuba at the time.  He then eventually went on to become one of MLB’s major pitching stars.  Two others were killed in the accident along with Fernandez.

 

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‘Wild Kratts: Creature Christmas’ Is One Of 2016’s Top New Holiday Offerings

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Christmas is still a few months away but don’t tell the people at PBS Kids.  That is because they are already getting audiences in the holiday mood with the new Wild Kratts DVD WildKratts: Creature Christmas.  The new Wild Kratts “movie” will be released Tuesday, October 4th in stores and online.  There is plenty to say to the positive about this new offering from PBS Kids beginning with its story.  That will be discussed shortly.  As enjoyable as its story makes it, Wild Kratts: Creature Christmas is not a perfect presentation.  Even with the movie being a full-hour-long presentation, there are no bonus features included with the movie.  That will be discussed later.  Of course it doesn’t completely ruin the movie.  The movie’s pacing ensures audiences will remain engaged and entertained throughout the course of its hour-long run time.  All things considered even without any bonus material to accompany it, Wild Kratts: Creature Christmas still proves to be an enjoyable holiday flick for the whole family.

PBS Kids’ new Wild Kratts “movie” Creature Christmas is an enjoyable holiday flick for the whole family.  That is due in large part to its story.  The story at the center of this movie stands out because it isn’t just another rip-off of It’s a Wonderful Life or Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol.  Those two movies serve as the basis for so many of today’s holiday flicks.  So it’s nice to see from this movie that it isn’t just another one of those pieces.  In the case of this movie, Chris, Martin and their friends have to stop Zach Varmitech, Donita Donata, and Gaston Tato from kidnapping a bunch of animal babies for their own nefarious purposes.  This means splitting up and going after the trio of villains and recovering all of the animal babies that they have ever saved before.  What audiences will especially appreciate here is that the “movie’s” writers don’t just make it easy for the Kratt brothers and their friends.  They actually present something of a challenge for the gang.  Of course the whole thing comes out with a happy end.  And at no point will it ever leave audiences upset.  Considering this, the “movie’s” story proves in the end to be one of its key elements if not its sole key element.  As much as the story does for the “movie’s” presentation, it is not a perfect presentation.  Unlike PBS Kids’ other Wild Kratts DVDs, this presentation doesn’t include any bonus material.

The story at the center of Wild Kratts: Creature Christmas is an undeniably important piece of the “movie’s” presentation.  The show’s writers are to be hugely applauded for not taking the easy route with this story and just making it another rip-off of It’s A Wonderful Life or A Christmas Carol.  For that reason alone, this “movie” makes itself well worth the watch any holiday season.  As important as that is not note, the DVD’s lack of bonus material is just as important to note as the story.  That is because there are no bonus features included in the DVD’s presentation here.  It would have been nice to see some bonus activities centered on children making their own animal themed holiday decorations or something similar, but none of it is present here.  There is no denying the fact that this detracts from the “movie’s” presentation.  In defense of the “movie,” though the creature features at the beginning and end of the “movie” are present just as with every other Wild Kratts DVD.  To that end, it at least somewhat makes up for the disc’s lack of bonus material.  Considering this, the “movie’s” lack of bonus material doesn’t completely detract from its presentation.  The pacing of the “movie’s” story works with the story and the standard creature features to make Wild Kratts: Creature Christmas even more worth the watch.

 

The story at the center of Wild Kratts: Creature Christmas and its standard creature features, which bookend the special, do plenty to make it a holiday flick that the whole family will enjoy.  That is the case even though the special comes without any bonus material.  The movie’s pacing through its hour-long run time never once lets up nor does it move too fast.  The special’s writers balanced the pacing just enough that no viewer will ever feel lost or left behind at any one point.  It is that easy to follow from beginning to end.  Being that it is so easy to follow audiences will remain engaged and entertained throughout.  By the time the story ends, audiences will agree that the story’s pacing is indeed an important part of the special’s presentation, and just as important as the story itself.  When it is set alongside the “movie’s” story and the standard creature features that bookend the story the presentation in whole proves to be one of the year’s best new holiday offerings.

Wild Kratts: Creature Christmas is one of 2016’s first great holiday offerings.  It is a special that is a great holiday flick for the whole family.  That is due in part to the special’s story.  It is an original presentation that stands out clearly from all of the rip-offs of It’s a Wonderful Life and A Christmas Carol.  Even though the DVD lacks the bonus material that is commonplace in the series’ previous DVDs, the creature features that bookend the movie make up for that lack at least to a point.  That is because they are standard to the series’ standard episodes.  The story’s solid pacing works directly with the story itself to keep viewers completely engaged and entertained from beginning to end.  When all three elements are combined, they reveal the “movie” to be one of the year’s best new holiday offerings and an enjoyable holiday flick for the whole family. Wild Kratts: Creature Christmas will be available in stores and online on Tuesday, October 4th.  It can be ordered online direct via PBS’ online store.  More information on this and other Wild Kratts DVDs is available along with all of the show’s latest news and more at:

 

 

 

Website: http://pbskids.org/wildkratts, http://www.krattbrothers.com

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Yankees, Blue Jays Face Off Live On TBS This Weekend

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Courtesy: Turner Sports

Two AL East opponents will face off this week in the latest edition of TBS’ Sunday MLB on TBS.

The Yankees and Blue Jays will face off live at 1:00pm ET on TBS’ weekly MLB program Sunday MLB on TBS.  The game is the third in the teams’ four-game series.  The series’ closer is Monday night with first pitch set for 7:07pm.

Michael Pineda is expected to get the start for the Yankees in Sunday afternoon’s game while Marco Estrada (9-9) is expected to take the mound for Toronto.  Estrada’s last time on the mound was Monday against Seattle.  He was credited with the win in the Blue Jays’ 3-2 win over the Mariners.  Estrada shined in the game, fanning 8 while only allowing just 1 hit, 0 runs or earned runs, 3 walks and no home runs.  That was over the course of 7 innings pitched.

Pineda (6-11) last took the mound Tuesday against the Tampa Bay Rays.  Pineda pitched 5.1 innings in the Yankees 5-3 win over the Rays.  He had a rough time on the mound, allowing 2 runs on 5 hits 2 earned runs, 1 walk and no home runs while striking out 11.

The numbers seem to favor Toronto in Sunday’s game and the weekend’s series overall.  Toronto is almost as good at home as it is on the road so far this season, going 42-32 at home so far this season and 41-37 on the road.

New York meanwhile has been lackluster on the road going 35-42 on the road so far this season versus a home record of 44-31.  Even with both teams looking to get back in the “W” column this weekend – both teams lost their most recent games – Toronto’s chances are better having gone 5-5 in its last ten games versus New York going 3-7 in its last ten games.

Ernie Johnson will have the call in Sunday afternoon’s broadcast on TBS.  He will be joined in the booth by MLB on TBS analysts Ron Darling and Cal Ripken, Jr. for additional commentary.

MLB on TBS Pre-Game Show will precede Sunday afternoon’s broadcast of the Yankees and Blue Jays. Broadcast of the TBS Pre-Game Show begins at 12:30pm ET.  Casey Stern will anchor the program and will be joined by analysts Pedro Martinez and Gary Sheffield for additional commentary.

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Entertainment One, AMC To Release ‘Hell On Wheels: The Complete Series’ This Fall

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Courtesy: Entertainment One/AMC

This fall Entertainment One will release AMC’s hit western serial Hell on Wheels in its entirety in one complete set.

Hell on Wheels: The Complete Series will be released Tuesday, November 1st.  It will be released on DVD and Blu-ray.  The series’ 57 episodes will be spread across 17 discs in the set and total more than 40 hours.

Hell  on Wheels earned three Western Heritage Awards for Outstanding Fictional Drama over the course of its five seasons on AMC.  The new complete series set includes a number of bonus features including: “The Making of Hell on Wheels,” “Inside the Episodes” featurettes, and more.  The bonus material included in the set is noted in whole below.

 

BONUS FEATURES

 

HELL ON WHEELS: THE COMPLETE SERIES 

  • The Making of HELL ON WHEELS
  • “Inside the Episode” Featurettes
  • Character Featurettes
  • Behind-the-Scenes Footage
  • Set Tour with Anson Mount

 

Hell on Wheels: The Complete Series will retail for MSRP of $149.98 on Blu-ray and $119.98 on DVD.  It will be available in stores and online on Tuesday, November 1st.  More information on Hell on Wheels is available online now along with all of the series’ news at:

 

 

 

Website: http://www.amc.com/shows/hell-on-wheels

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

Twitter: http://twitter.com/hellonwheelsamc

 

 

 

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ESPN’s ‘CGD’ To Broadcast Live From University of Tennesse Campus This Weekend

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Courtesy: ESPN

ESPN’s College GameDay Built by The Home Depot will be live in Tennessee this weekend.

The worldwide leader in sports’ flagship college football show will be live in Knoxville, TN for this weekend’s matchup between the Volunteers and Gators.  Broadcast begins at 9am ET.

Rece Davis will host the broadcast.  He will be joined at the desk by the team of analysts Lee Corso, Kirk Herbstreit, Desmond Howard and David Pollack, and contributors Chris Fallica, Jen Lada, Samantha Ponder, Tom Rinaldi, George Whitfield and Gene Wojciechowski.

College GameDay Live will air live from the College GameDay set beginning at 1:30pm ET.  Samantha Ponder, Desmond Howard and David Pollack will be on hand for the broadcast.

More information on ESPN’s College GameDay built by The Home Depot is available online now along with all of the latest college football headlines at:

 

 

 

 

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

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Twitter: http://twitter.com/CollegeGameDay

 

 

 

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