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CW sets fall premiere dates

By Rich Heldenfels Published: June 17, 2016

The list:


8:00-9:00pm THE FLASH (Season Premiere)

9:00-10:00pm NO TOMORROW (Series Premiere)

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Cleveland Museum of Art sets festival of boxing movies before "Rocky." Lots of knockouts!

By Rich Heldenfels Published: June 14, 2016


"Champion." "The Harder They Fall." "Requiem for a Heavyweight." "Fat City." More. Lots of cinema to love here. The official word:

Lords of the Ring: Boxing Films before Rocky and Raging Bull

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CMT makes deal for new "Nashville" season

By Rich Heldenfels Published: June 10, 2016

Interesting details about the deal are in this story. 

The official word: Nashies rejoice! On the heels of tremendous outcry from legions of devoted fans, CMT, Hulu, Lionsgate (NYSE: LGF) and ABC Studios today announced that the critically acclaimed and fan darling series “Nashville” will return with a brand new season on CMT. Long-time SVOD partner Hulu will continue to bring fans their favorite series 24/7 by making all “Nashville” episodes available to stream the day after they air on CMT.


The series is produced by Lionsgate, ABC Studios, and Opry Entertainment. Production will commence in Nashville with Ed Zwick and Marshall Herskovitz (the creators of “Thirtysomething”)at the helm. The deal, negotiated by Lionsgate Television Group President Sandra Stern on behalf of Lionsgate and ABC Studios, Sarah Levy of Viacom Kids and Family Groupon behalf of CMT, and Hulu executives, is an orchestrated initiative to ensure that “Nashville” fans will continue to have the same level of access to their favorite show.

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Stuff I've been thinking about: Cavs and our feelings, Muhammad Ali, "Alias"

By Rich Heldenfels Published: June 6, 2016

In the fall of 1997, when Tom Feran and I were enjoying the success of our "Ghoulardi" book, Tom hypothesized that one reason for it doing well was that NE Ohio was feeling good about itself, not least because the Indians were doing so well (at least until the end of the World Series). And last night's Cavs loss underscored the way our emotions get tied up with how sports teams do. (And I don't just mean Cleveland teams; think how fans in Oklahoma City must have felt not long ago.) Even with the Indians back in first place in their division, the deflation of the Cavs gives this morning a sourness that is hard to get past. This is not how the Cavs are supposed to be, this is not how the world is supposed to be, particularly when other parts of the culture are so gloomy. Many of us look to our sports teams as a way to feel better about life. Last night sure did not do that. I turned the game off in the third quarter, devoid of any hope that a Cleveland comeback was in the cards.

Many years ago, a small group of young cynics sat in the bar of the Century Plaza, chatting about the day on the TV press tour. We were the sort who often proved hard to impress. Across the lobby, Muhammad Ali came walking with two associates. We stopped talking. Heck, we stared. One of Ali's sidekicks noticed and spoke to the champ. Ali looked toward us and waved. Jaws dropping, we waved back. Cynicism was gone. This was Ali. RIP.

How big was Ali? Look at the lineup in this TV special marking his 50th birthday.


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"American Pickers" hunting in Ohio

By Rich Heldenfels Published: June 6, 2016

The official word:

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On sports, gender and the media: Two Guys Talkin' (video)

By Published: May 20, 2016

Akron Beacon Journal reporters Malcolm X Abram and Rich Heldenfels have some thoughts on women in sports media.

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The CW prime-time schedule, including the "Supergirl" move

By Rich Heldenfels Published: May 19, 2016

The official word for 2016-17:


"Supergirl" Joins The CW's Stellar Lineup of Superheroes This Fall,

Along With New Series "Frequency" and "No Tomorrow,"

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CBS announces 2016-17 prime-time plans

By Rich Heldenfels Published: May 18, 2016

The official word:


Network Expands Its Comedy Lineup, Creating a 4-Stack of Comedy on Monday and Thursday

The New Fall Series Are Comedies “Kevin Can Wait,” “Man with a Plan” and “The Great Indoors,” and Dramas “Bull,” “MacGyver” and “Pure Genius”

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Canton Palace plans summer movies

By Rich Heldenfels Published: May 17, 2016

The official word:

The Canton Palace Theatre, downtown Canton’s historic 1489-seat theatre, is pleased to announce a new summer movie series featuring popular films that audiences will love. Tickets can be purchased at the door 30 minutes before each showing for just $5.00 per person. Tickets for double-feature showings are $8.00 admission for both movies or $5.00 for one.


The movie schedule is as follows:

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ABC presents 2016-17 prime-time plans

By Rich Heldenfels Published: May 17, 2016

The official word:


New Series “American Housewife,” “Conviction,” ”Designated Survivor,” “Downward Dog,” “Imaginary Mary,” “Notorious,” “Speechless,” “Still Star-Crossed,” and “Time After Time” Will Join the Lineup

 Fan Favorites “The Catch,” “Dr. Ken,” “Last Man Standing” and “The Real O’Neals” to Return, Along With Emmy-Nominated Limited Series “American Crime”

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