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Episode IV: A New Hope (For Marketers)

Hey, gang, with the 30th anniversary of Star Wars upon us, several networks are getting into the act of exploring its cultural significance, but all next week, CNBC is taking a new approach: It’s discussing the profound business impact the film has had on the way that big budget films are produced and marketed. CNBC’s media reporter Julia Boorstin, senior correspondent Scott Cohn, Silicon Valley bureau chief Jim Goldman and business news reporter Jane Wells dissect the Star Wars financial phenomenon in a series of special reports that air throughout CNBC Business Day’s programming, beginning each morning on Squawk Box […]

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’Tis The Season For Finales!

Hey, gang, the next few weeks see the traditional season finales of your favorite shows. Check ’em out: May 16 America’s Next Top Model (The CW, 8pm ET/PT) Details TBA Bones (FOX, 8pm ET/PT) “Stargazer in a Puddle” While Brennan investigates a case that strikes an especially emotional chord with her, her father (guest star Ryan O’Neal) tries to reconnect with her. Hodgins and Angela walk down the aisle with Brennan and Booth as maid of honor and best man, but all does not go as planned. According to Jim (ABC, 8:30pm ET/PT) “Jim’s Birthday” Jim is turning 50 and […]

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“Star Wars,” Ozzy and Bingo

Hey, gang, even though there’s no new Star Wars flick coming out in the foreseeable future, there is still something you can await a countdown for while wearing your Darth Maul costume! The History Channel, taking a break from Hitler and focusing on Vader, is premiering a special on Memorial Day, May 28, at 9pm ET called Star Wars: The Legacy Revealed. The special looks at the influence of the seminal sci-fi film and why it will always remain relevant. Some of the sometimes unexpected folks talking about the movie are Peter Jackson, Newt Gingrich (!?) and, perhaps offering a […]

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Sports

“Crown Their Ass!” And Other Classics On NFL Network

NFL Network today announced it will be airing a series of classic regular season and postseason games from nearly 70 years worth of televised football. May’s NFL Classics don’t reach back very far, but they’re definitely worth checking out, simply because this is the first time these games have been shown in their entirety on TV since they were played. The series begins this week and airs Thursday nights at 8pm ET. This month’s schedule: May 10 — Chicago Bears vs. Arizona Cardinals (ESPN, 2006). This game is a classic for so many reasons: The Bears’ huge comeback, the Paris […]

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“Idol” Gives Something (Besides Headaches To Me)

Hey, all, I know I’m in the minority as a person who doesn’t watch American Idol, but I have to admit that they are finally doing something worthwhile. Tonight and tomorrow night FOX is airing Idol Gives Back, a fundraiser special to help children and young people in extreme poverty in America and Africa. On tonight’s performance show, the top six show finalists will sing “life anthem” songs of hope (can I predict a “We Are the World” cover?). On tomorrow’s two-hour results show, Ellen Degeneres hosts a star-studded evening with Celine Dion, Kelly Clarkson, Pink, Gwen Stefani, Earth, Wind […]

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The Rock Pulls A Stunt, While PBS Seeks More “Lives”

AMC just announced its coverage of the 2007 Taurus World Stunt Awards on May 25 at 10:30pm ET. Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, the 2005 host, returns to headline the festivities. This year, Jeanne Epper becomes the first woman honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award. Epper’s 50-year career as a stuntwoman includes work on TV series like Wonder Woman and Charlie’s Angels, and such films as Armageddon and Kill Bill: Vol. 2. Also receiving this award is Burt Reynolds, who’s done many of his own stunts in films like Smokey and the Bandit and Cannonball Run. On the more current front, […]

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All The News We Couldn’t Fit In Print

Channel Guide Magazine: The Blog is on the air! (or, at least on your computer screen). As you know, TV is changing so quickly that everything cannot be captured in a monthly print product like Channel Guide. That’s why we’ve launched this blog to keep you informed of updates to programs you’ve read about in the guide, news on upcoming programs, and otherwise cool info that we just did not have room for, but which we know you all would love to hear about. We’ll also keep you updated on the latest HD and multicultural news. And away we go […]