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Drama

TV Has Its Place: On HBO’s Forthcoming Series “Treme”

by Karl J. Paloucek Now here’s an appealing and relevant idea for a new series: According to Variety, HBO has given the green light to a new series called Treme, named after the New Orleans district in which it’s set. The main characters, including various musicians and a restaurateur, try to rebuild their lives in the wake of Hurricane Katrina’s devastation. Executive produced by David Simon (The Wire) and Eric Overmyer (Law & Order franchises, The Wire), the series is being considered for release in spring 2010. This is an encouraging sign, as I see it. I’m sure I’m far […]

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Family

Nickelodeon’s “The JumpArounds” Aims At Kids’ Musical Sensibilities

by Karl J. Paloucek The folks at Nickelodeon are once again stepping up their creative edge, introducing new and arguably more hip programming for preschoolers. Just announced this morning, summer 2009 will see the premiere of a new music-based series for the pre-K set. In production right now, The JumpArounds is being billed as “an energetic, vibrant new music series … packed with hip, catchy songs, dynamic choreography and clever storylines.” At the center of the series are four friends and bandmates who attend music school. Through their musical experiences, preschoolers will acquaint themselves with basic musical concepts like rhythm, […]

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Music

New Eminem Video Premieres On Cinemax

By RabbitEars In the first for the network, Cinemax exclusively debuts the latest, never-before-seen, uncensored music video from Eminem. The video is for the song “3 a.m.” — the third track to be released from his new album Relapse, which is coming out May 19 and is his first original studio album in over four years. Fortunately, the video — directed by Syndrome — does not air at 3am; you can see it at 10pm ET/PT this Saturday, May 2. _________________________ Credit: Karin Catt

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Music

“The Chris Isaak Hour” Takes On Chicago (The Band Not The City) Thursday Night On BIO

By ButtonKnows Couple things about Thursday night’s episode of BIO Channel’s “The Chris Isaak Hour.” First of all, Rodney’s back and I am relieved with a Capital R. In fact, I considered blaming my delinquency in blogging last week’s Michael Bublé episode on my protesting Furry Little Brother’s recent absence. But mostly I just ran out of time. The show was good. When it repeats, you should watch it — or watch it again — because even if Bublé’s uberslick crooner shtick is not for you, the combination of Chris Isaak and Michael Bublé in a single camera shot is […]

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Music

Music For “Losers”

By RabbitEars The next album in the series of Workout Mixes inspired by The Biggest Loser looks to put all memories of Jock Jams out of your mind (if it wasn’t already) by using sports anthems as its theme. The Biggest Loser Sports Anthems Workout Mix features high-energy favorites like “Let’s Get It Started,” “Don’t Stop Believin,” “We Will Rock You,” “I Like to Move It” and “Everybody Dance Now.” Like the other Workout Mixes, Sports Anthems is 60 minutes long, and its amplified beats-per-minute help users keep up a powerful exercise pace, becoming sort of a personal trainer to […]

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Music

Glen Campbell (And Kids!) On BIO Channel’s “The Chris Isaak Hour” Thursday, 10pm ET

By ButtonKnows Wichita Lineman? Check. Galveston? Check. Rhinestone Cowboy? Check, check and check. Tommy Smothers saddled up on a hippopotamus? GRAVY! If it’s been a while since you’ve seen television’s original Good Time guy, Glen Campbell, on the tube, Thursday night’s episode of The Chris Isaak Hour, has everything you’re hoping for and then some. With one caveat. Because Campbell’s public appearances have been few and far between of late, you may need a few moments to adjust to the reality that the once boyish-faced Campbell is now 70-something, not above a little Burt Reynolds-esque “freshening” and sometimes a tad […]

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Awards Shows

Toby Keith, Miranda Lambert, Tim McGraw, Heidi Newfield, Rascal Flatts, Sugarland And Taylor Swift To Perform On The “44th Annual Academy Of Country Music Awards” Live From Vegas, April 5, On CBS

Toby Keith, Miranda Lambert, Tim McGraw, Heidi Newfield, Rascal Flatts, Sugarland and Taylor Swift are set to perform on the 44TH ANNUAL ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC AWARDS, to be broadcast live from the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Sunday, April 5 (8:00-11:00 PM, live ET/delayed PT) on the CBS Television Network. The event honors country music’s top talent as well as the industry’s hottest emerging talent. Reba McEntire will return to host the show for a record eleventh time. McEntire has won 12 Academy of Country Music Awards — including the Entertainer of the Year Award — and has been […]

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Music

Fleetwood Mac Fans! Stevie Nicks Guests On BIO’s “The Chris Isaak Hour” Thursday At 10pm ET

By ButtonKnows I know me some Fleetwood Mac and I love me my Stevie Nicks. So much so that my purse is crafted (by Karla of Chicago’s “Bagitude,” not me and some duct tape) of an actual Rumours album cover in homage to the multiple discs I wore out and replaced. And I still wish I would have tried a little harder to convince my only daughter’s dad to let me name her Rhiannon. A little, anyway. So fellow fanatics, let me spare you some opening-credit sweats — the Stevie Nicks that appears on Chris Isaak’s retro-cool sofa in Thursday […]

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Music

U2 On “Late Show With David Letterman”

With the economic news just getting ever more bleak and everyone and his brother looking to cut spending, I’ve been trying to encourage people to get out and spend a little of that money they’ve been saving, and looking anywhere but in the headlines for anything that might drag a bit of hope into the picture. It may not be the biggest potential cash infusion into the economy, but with a new U2 album out today, the oft-cited “biggest band in the world” is pulling a high-profile weeklong guest appearance on CBS’ “Late Show With David Letterman.” Letterman brought them […]

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Documentary

“Biography: Mötley Crüe” Debuts On BIO Tonight At 10ET/8PT

Move over, Bret Michaels — Vince, Tommy, Mick and Nikki have scored some TV time and a hit disc too. Biography: Mötley Crüe premieres tonight on BIO, featuring exclusive concert, tour and personal footage; music videos and photographs; and interviews with all of the band members — plus  commentators including the band’s manager Allen Kovac, Billboard Magazine’s Christa Titus, author Neil Strauss (“The Dirt”), photographer Neil Zlozower and concert promoter Ron Delsener. Featured music includes “Shout at the Devil,” “Too Fast for Love,” “Kickstart My Heart,” “Looks That Kill,” “Home Sweet Home,” “Girls, Girls, Girls,” “Dr. Feelgood” and “Saints of […]