The official word: Following the U.S. Premieres of the BAFTA Award-winning comedy Detectorists and the highly anticipated new Agatha Christie series Partners in Crime, Acorn TV presents the U.S. Premiere of DOC MARTIN, SERIES 7, the newest season of the smash hit ITV and Acorn TV series. Doc Martin stars BAFTA winner Martin Clunes (Arthur & George, Men Behaving Badly, Shakespeare in Love) in an uproarious lead performance as a tactless, self-centered, and uptight doctor in a quirky seaside town in Cornwall. Acorn TV debuts the first two episodes of the eight episode season on Monday, October 5, 2015, followed by a new episode every Monday through its season finale on Monday, November 16. Available at Acorn.TV and on a variety of devices, Acorn TV is the premier streaming service for world class television from Britain and beyond from RLJ Entertainment (NASDAQ: RLJE). Currently, Acorn TV features all previous seasons (Series 1-6) readily available to watch anytime for catch-up viewing.
Called “completely addictive” (Slate) and “absolutely bloody hilarious” (London Evening Standard), Doc Martin has become one of the most successful British series in the U.S. with new fans continuing to discover the series on Acorn TV, public television, and on DVD. In the U.K., Doc Martin is one of ITV’s highest-rated drama series, while in the U.S. the last season was the #1 show on many public television stations and Acorn’s fastest-selling DVD of all-time. The series is also a global phenomenon, having sold to more than 70 countries, with licensed local versions in France, Germany, Spain, Russia, and many more.
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The official word: Golden Globe® and Emmy® winner Tom Selleck ("Magnum, P.I.,") returns as Robert B. Parker’s Jesse Stone in Crown Media Family Networks’ two-hour original motion picture “Lost in Paradise,” to debut on Hallmark Channel (Sunday, October 18, 9 p.m. ET/PT, 8C) and Hallmark Movies & Mysteries (Sunday, October 25, 9 p.m. ET/PT, 8C). Starring alongside Selleck are the Golden Globe® and Emmy® nominated William Devane ("The Dark Knight Rises," "Interstellar"), Gloria Reuben (“ER,” “Mr. Robot”), Leslie Hope ("24," "NCIS") and Luke Perry ("Beverly Hills, 90210").
Based on the bestselling books by Robert B. Parker, the 10th anniversary installment of the iconic detective franchise Jesse Stone is the first ‘Jesse Stone’ original produced by Sony Pictures Television exclusively for Crown Media Family Networks. With things running smoothly in Paradise, Police Chief Stone (Selleck) agrees to serve as a consultant on an unsolved murder case in Boston. Local police suspect “The Boston Ripper,” a killer who is already behind bars, but Stone believes the murderer is a bit closer to home – setting him off on an investigation filled with surprises and grave danger.
“Tom Selleck is a TV legend and ’Jesse Stone’ is a cornerstone franchise on our very successful Hallmark Movies & Mysteries,” said Michelle Vicary, Executive Vice President, Programming and Publicity, Crown Media Family Networks. “While unprecedented to debut a program across our networks, we want Tom’s millions of fans to see one of TV’s greatest actors reprise one of his best roles ever,” Vicary concluded.To read more or comment...
Rippers Rock House, the bar and restaurant co-owned by musician Tim "Ripper" Owens has a new name: Tim Owens' Traveler's Tavern. Take a look at the new sign.
The change comes after the Spike TV show Bar Rescue oversaw a retooling of the Manchester Road place.To read more or comment...
The official word: Cleveland is a city of constant growth and with the momentum of change sweeping through our cities and neighborhoods comes the brand new Cleveland 19 News and two new television stations, Cleveland 19 and CLE 43.
WOIO, the CBS affiliate serving Northeast Ohio, is now known as Cleveland 19. My 43 WUAB, a My Network affiliate, is now known as CLE 43. And Cleveland 19 News is the newscast that will air on both replacing 19 Action News.
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This week Beacon Journal pop culture writer Rich Heldenfels checks out The Man from U.N.C.L.E. He thinks the Guy Ritchie movie is an interesting gamble which doesn't diminish the original 1960s TV show.
Click here for a full review of the movie starring Henry Cavill and Armie Hammer.To read more or comment...
The official word: Sesame Workshop, the nonprofit educational organization behind the Emmy Award-winning program, Sesame Street, and HBO, the nation’s leading premium cable network, today announced a new partnership that will make the next five seasons of the iconic series available on HBO and its multiplex channels, HBO GO, HBO On Demand and the new internet only SVOD service HBO NOW. As a key part of the deal, Sesame will be able to produce almost twice as much new content as previous seasons, and for the first time ever, make the show available free of charge to PBS and its member stations after a nine-month window.
“Our new partnership with HBO represents a true winning public-private partnership model,” said Jeffrey D. Dunn, Sesame Workshop’s CEO. “It provides Sesame Workshop with the critical funding it needs to be able to continue production of Sesame Street and secure its nonprofit mission of helping kids grow smarter, stronger and kinder; it gives HBO exclusive pay cable and SVOD access to the nation’s most important and historic educational programming; and it allows Sesame Street to continue to air on PBS and reach all children, as it has for the past 45 years.”
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The official word: For the first time in 19 years, The Garth Brooks World Tour is coming Cleveland, OH! The shows will be Friday, October 9th, 7:00 PM and Saturday, October 10th, 7:00 PM at Quicken Loans Arena.
Tickets will be on sale Friday, August 21st at 10:00 AM EST. You can only buy tickets at www.theqarena.com/garth or 1-844-63GARTH (844-634-2784). Please note there will be no ticket sales at the venue box office or outlets on August 21st.
Tickets will cost $61.56 plus $4.92 tax, a $3.00 facility fee and a $5.50 service charge for a total of $74.98.
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This week's mailbag is here.
Of time and culture: Listening to satellite radio this morning, I heard a host sending condolences to Kathie Lee Gifford re Frank's death and the host admitting she had no idea that Frank had played football. A co-host then said Gifford had played before many of them were born -- and he knew of Gifford from "Monday Night Football." A reminder of a man who, among other things, was a Pro Bowl selection at three different positions is here.
The Cuyahoga County Public Library's series of writer lectures is now selling single-event tickets. The lineup includes Gillian Flynn, Neil Gaiman and the co-creators of the "Serial" podcast. More info here.To read more or comment...
Here's some info from the online service, including its streaming of new "Mindy Project" episodes:
Premiere date: Season three streaming weekly beginning Tuesday, September 8
Cast: Seth Meyers,Taran Killam, Paula Pell, Ike Barinholtz, Rashida Jones, Bill Hader, Kenan Thompson, Bobby Lee, Emily Spivey and Josh Meyers
Crew: Executive Produced by Seth Meyers and Mike Shoemaker
Synopsis: The Awesomes is the story of the greatest superhero team in history, and what happens after all the most powerful members leave. In season three, the new Awesomes and team leader Prock (Seth Meyers) have finally been accepted by America. Their only problem: the team’s founder and Prock’s Dad, Mr. Awesome, has returned from space and he’s been infected with Dr. Malocchio’s evil serum and has a plan to destroy his own son’s team.
The Mindy Project
Premiere date: Streaming weekly beginning Wednesday, September 15
Cast: Mindy Kaling, Chris Messina, Ed Weeks, Ike Barinholtz, Beth Grant and Xosha Roquemore
Crew: Executive Produced by Mindy Kaling, Howard Klein, Matt Warburton, and Charlie Grandy
Synopsis: A young Ob/Gyn doctor balances her personal and professional life, surrounded by quirky co-workers in a small office.
Premiere date: Streaming weekly beginning Wednesday, October 7
Cast: Tommy Dewey, Michaela Watkins and Tara Lynne Barr
Crew: Created by Zander Lehmann, directed by Jason Reitman, executive produced by Jason Reitman, Zander Lehmann, Helen Estabrook and Liz Tigelaar
Synopsis: A comedy series about a bachelor brother and his newly divorced sister living under one roof again. Together, they coach each other through the crazy world of dating while raising her teenage daughter.
RocketJump: The Show
Premiere date: Streaming weekly beginning Wednesday, October 21
Cast: Freddie Wong, Jimmy Wong, Ashly Burch, Clint Jones, Chase Williamson, Ellary Porterfield, Josh Blaylock, Anthony Alabi and Noah Segan
Crew: Created, produced, written by Freddie Wong with Showrunner Ben M. Waller, Producer Ashim Ahuja, Head Writer Anthony Burch and Director Matt Arnold
Synopsis: Each half-hour episode of the comedy series will chronicle the filmmaking behind RocketJump’s newest short. The eight full episodes will be released exclusively on Hulu on a weekly basis and the newly created shorts will premiere exclusively on Hulu.
In today's Beacon Journal, I have a chat with Joe Vitale, the great and renowned drummer, who is in Meryl Streep's band in the new movie "Ricki and the Flash." (I also liked the movie.) You can read the interview here.
Thursday night I tweeted my way through the early debate, the late debate and Jon Stewart's farewell. You can find those tweets through @RHeldenfelsABJ. Here are some brief thoughts about those events:
Re Stewart, the cameos and thank-you's went on too long. Paddy Chayefsky beat Stewart to the "BS is everywhere" speech by about 40 years. (See "Network.") But in the end -- as Bruce Springsteen sang for the last moment of zen -- it's still about the land of hope and dreams. And I so very much wish Stewart had done one more show, just to see what he'd say about today's GOP debates.
That said, Stewart's best walk-off would have been this "Destroyer of Worlds" piece from Wednesday. It combined his passion with the awareness that all the jokes hadn't changed as much as people would like to think.To read more or comment...