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KOAA tabs former Miss Colorado for morning anchor desk

2014-08-19

Local NBC affiliate KOAA-TV announced today that Shellene Cockrell, a Colorado Springs native and the 1994 Miss Colorado, will soon be joining Adam Atchison on the station’s morning anchor desk. A former reporter and anchor for KWGN in Denver, the Mitchell High School graduate is also the host and analyst of the Purina Pro Plan Incredible Dog...

Q&A: 'Simpsons' EP Al Jean talks 'Futurama' crossover, where Springfield might be (maybe)

2014-08-17

Recently I had a chance to sit in on a Fox conference call with “The Simpsons’” executive producer and showrunner, Al Jean. A 12-day “Simpson’s” marathon kicks off this Thursday (8/21) on FXX. Here’s a transcript of the conversation.  Q: Are there any preparations for a “Simpsons” movie sequel? Al: No, we happen to be—it’s just sort of...

Blog: 5 Inspiring Robin Williams Quotes

2014-08-13

Like many people, I felt a connection to Robin Williams. I never met the man, but like so many others I felt like I knew him. I grew up watching his comedy specials, with his “Live at the Met” something I had to sneak to watch as a kid. There was a lot of cursing and some of the content was a bit explicit for my young ears, but I understood the...

Take a peek at 'Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare' Multiplayer

2014-08-12

Looking to give gamer’s itchy trigger fingers, today game publisher Activision released a multiplayer trailer for it’s upcoming FPS “Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare.” Activision and developer Sledgehammer games seem to be taking the “Advanced Warfare” name seriously, as the trailer features more advanced weapons, faster gameplay and (my...

Blog: 'Legends' a welcome addition to Wednesday night lineup

2014-08-12

Here's my review of “Legends.” Cast: Sean Bean (“Game of Thrones,” “The Lord of the Rings”), Ali Larter (“Heroes,” “Resident Evil: Afterlife”), Morris Chestnut (“American Horror Story,” “Nurse Jackie”), Tina Majorino (“Grey’s Anatomy,” “True Blood”), Steve Harris (“The Practice,” “Awake”) Airs: The premiere episode airs at 7 p.m. Wednesday...

Blog: 10 More Songs from the 70s for the “Guardians of the Galaxy” soundtrack

2014-08-06

If you watched “Guardians of the Galaxy” there’s a good chance you loved it. There’s also a good chance you noticed the film’s unusual use of music. Marvel movies aren’t known for their soundtracks and unless a movie is set in a specific decade like “American Hustle,” most films aren't likely to feature music from the 1970s either. Yet that’s...

Blog review: 'Outlander' rich and compelling

2014-08-05

Here's a look at "Outlander:" Cast: Caitriona Balfe (“Now You See Me,” “Super 8”), Sam Heughan (“A Princess for Christmas”), Tobias Menzies (“Casino Royale,” “Atonement”), Graham McTavish (“The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey,” “Rambo”), Lotte Verbeek (“The Fault in Our Stars”) Airs: The premiere episode airs at 7 p.m. Saturday on Starz The...

EA Access – The good, the bad and a lot questions

2014-07-31

EA Access has only been available for two days but that doesn’t mean it’s too early to form some initial impressions. After all, it’s not like the program is particularly complicated. Pay $5 a month or $30 a year, and get access (see what they did there) to some of EA’s biggest games on Xbox One. While you can read the official EA press release...

TV Review – ABC’s “The Quest”

2014-07-31

“The Quest” Cast: Twelve reality show contestants ages 22-41 from around the country Airs: The premiere episode airs at 7 p.m. Thursday on ABC The premise: “The Quest” is a new reality based competition series that takes 12 contestants to a world where ogres run free in the forest, dragons stir, agents of a dark lord infiltrate the...

TV Review – NBC’s “Welcome to Sweden”

2014-07-08

“Welcome to Sweden” Cast: Greg Poehler, Josephine Bornebusch, Lena Olin (Chocolat”), Claes Månsson, Patrick Duffy (“Dallas”), Illeana Douglas (“Goodfellas”) Air-date, time: The pilot episode airs at 8 p.m. Thursday on NBC The premise: Bruce Evans (Poehler) and Emma Wiik (Bornebusch) are an adorable pair. He is an accountant to...

TV Review – NBC’s “Welcome to Sweden”

2014-07-08

“Welcome to Sweden” Cast: Greg Poehler, Josephine Bornebusch, Lena Olin (Chocolat”), Claes Månsson, Patrick Duffy (“Dallas”), Illeana Douglas (“Goodfellas”) Air-date, time: The pilot episode airs at 8 p.m. Thursday on NBC The premise: Bruce Evans (Poehler) and Emma Wiik (Bornebusch) are an adorable pair. He is an accountant...

Behind the Scenes at Local TV Stations Part 2 – KXRM (Fox21)

2014-07-07

Time to see what they don’t show you on TV. My behind the scenes look at local TV stations continues with Part Two today (you can find Part One right here). In this installment I visit local Fox affiliate KXRM. Anchor/news director Joe Cole was my tour guide on a Friday afternoon. I sat in on a quick staff meeting, toured the station’s revamped...

Q&A: Diane Kruger of ‘The Bridge’

2014-07-09

Recently I had a chance to sit in on a conference call with actress Diane Kruger (“Inglourious Basterds,” “National Treasure,” “Troy”) , who stars as Sonya Cross on FX’s “The Bridge.” The show begins its second season tonight. Here’s a transcript of the conversation.

Fox announces Fall premiere dates

2014-07-10

  Today Fox announced its premiere dates for the 2014-15 season, as well as the debut dates for two highly anticipated new shows -”Gotham” (about Bruce Wayne’s early years and focusing on a young Jim Gordon) and “Gracepoint” (an American version of the British hit show “Broadchurch”). And yeah, don’t bother looking for “Almost Human” is...

Jordan Mason leaves KOAA-TV

2014-07-11

KOAA-TV sports director Jordan Mason has left the station. His last day at the NBC affiliate is today (Friday). Earlier this afternoon KOAA anchor Rob Quirk posted this message from Mason on his Facebook page: “It’s a bittersweet day. Today will be my last broadcast for KOAA-TV. After nearly eight years with the station, I’ve decided to...

Video Game Haiku Review – “Sniper Elite III”

2014-07-06

Title: Sniper Elite III Format: Xbox One, Xbox 360, PS4, PS3 Price: $39.99-$69.99 Publisher: 505 Games Developer: Rebellion ESRB Rating: T (Mature 17+) The Grade: B- Sniper Elite III Haiku Review African setting  Bloody, slo-mo, sniper shots AI is not too bright What’s it all about:“Sniper Elite III” is a third person...

Q&A: Elijah Wood on ‘Wilfred,’ being Frodo and the state of TV

2014-07-13

Recently I was able to sit in on a conference call with actor Elijah Wood (“Lord of the Rings,” “Sin City”). Wood stars as Ryan Newman in the FX comedy “Wilfred” (Wednesdays at 8 p.m.), which began its fourth and final season last month. Wood talked about the stigma of being Frodo, if he had his own imaginary friend, what he thinks about the...

The 5 Best Video Games of 2014 (so far)

2014-07-01

It’s hard to believe it’s already July. The year is halfway over! With only six months left to go in 2014, it’s time to reflect on what the gaming world has managed to accomplish the first half of the year. The industry has started strong in 2014, offering up a mix of interesting titles from solid indies to blockbusters. This made looking back...

Behind the Scenes at Local TV Stations Part 3 – KRDO

2014-07-14

Time to see what they don’t show you on TV. My behind the scenes look at local TV stations continues with Part Three today. You can find Part One (KKTV) right here and Part Two (KXRM) here. In this installment I visited local ABC affiliateKRDO on a Tuesday afternoon. KRDO is unique in that it is the only local TV station...

TV Review – FX’s “Married”

2014-07-15

“Married” Cast: Nat Faxon (“Ben and Kate,” “Bad Teacher”), Judy Greer (“Archer,” “Arrested Development”), Brett Gelman (Funny or Die, Upright Citizens Brigade), Jenny Slate (“Saturday Night Live,” “Obvious Child”), John Hodgman (“The Daily Show with Jon Stewart”) Air-date, time: The premiere episode airs at 8 p.m. Thursday on FX...

Weird Al does his best ‘School House Rock’ impression

2014-07-15

Chances are, sometime during your adolescence, you fell in love with Weird Al Yankovic. With goofy lyrics about topics as ridiculous as ice cream, the Amish, and the challenges of being white and nerdy, all set to a tune popular for its time, he hits the 8-14 year old demographic right on the head. I first became a fan of Al’s in the 1980s. His...

Activision announces collector’s editions for ‘Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare’

2014-07-30

Another year, another edition of “Call of Duty.” This week Activision announced three different collector’s editions for the latest version of CoD, “Advanced Warfare,” set to come out in November. So which version will you choose to pwn some newbs with? Will it be the Atlas Pro Edition, Atlas Limited Edition or Atlas Digital Pro Edition?...

TCA 2014 – ‘Brooklyn Nine Nine,’ panels and set visits

2014-07-17

Greetings from sunny and not rainy at all Southern California! I’m in Beverly Hills for the 2014 Television Critics Association summer tour. Not all of it, however, as this bad boy runs for almost three weeks. I’m here for a few days near the tail end to get inside info on this fall’s television programs. But what is the TCA summer tour? It’s...

TNT renews three summer shows, sets final season for ‘Falling Skies’

2014-07-18

In a press release sent out today, TNT announced that the station has renewed hit summer shows “The Last Ship,” “Major Crimes” and “Falling Skies.” The next season of “Falling Skies” will be its fifth and final one, wrapping up the battle for Earth between humans and alien invaders. TNT has received significant ratings from all three...

‘Breaking Bad,’ ‘True Detective,’ big winners at 2014 TCA Awards

2014-07-19

The Television Critics Association (TCA) recognized the top programs and actors of the 2013-2014 television season tonight, at its 30th Annual TCA Awards presentation. The invite only, untelevised event was held at the Beverly Hills Hilton hotel, and was emceed by Terry Crews, actor and host of “Who Wants to be a Millionaire” and star of FOX’s...

Longest. ‘The Simpsons.’ Marthon. Ever.

2014-07-21

Hit network shows are syndicated to cable networks all the time, but with its recent acquisition of “The Simpsons,” FXX is looking to make a big splash. Today during the TCA (Television Critics Association) summer tour, FXX did just that. To celebrate their exclusive cable and VOD (video on demand) rights to the legendary animated comedy, FXX...

Behind the Scenes at Local TV Stations Part 4 – KOAA

2014-07-21

IMG_3600 Time to see what they don’t show you on TV. My behind the scenes look at local TV stations concludes with Part Four today. You can find Part One (KKTV) right here, Part Two (KXRM) here and Part Three (KRDO) here. For my final installment in my Behind the Scenes web series I went to local NBC affiliate KOAA on an overcast Wednesday...

10 Ways to Fix ‘The Bachelor/Bachelorette’ franchise

2014-07-21

What the heck has happened to “The Bachelorette?” The television program, not the constantly frowny-smiley faced female contestant who thinks every guy on the show is “hawt” and “a real man.” As another season of “The Bachelorette” winds down, I can’t help but wonder where it all went downhill. Andi was supposed to be feisty, smart and willing...

TV Review – NBC’s “Food Fighters”

2014-07-22

“Food Fighters” Cast: Host – Adam Richman (“Man vs. Food,” “Fandemonium”), celebrity guest chefs include Lorena Garcia, Stefan Richter, Marcel Vigneron and many others viewers are familiar with from TV shows like “Top Chef” and “Chopped” Air-date, time: The premiere episode airs at 7 p.m. Tuesday on NBC The premise:The best amateur cooks in...

Review: 'Penn & Teller: Fool Us' is fascinating, if too light on the world renown duo

2014-07-29

"Penn & Teller: Fool Us" Airs at 7 p.m. Wednesday on The CW. The premise Aspiring magicians are invited to perform their best trick to try and fool the world-famous comedy/magic team of Penn & Teller. A live studio audience and the TV audience watch along with the duo as they try to figure out the secrets of the trick. Penn &...

HBO announces new ‘Game of Thrones’ characters

2014-07-25

Pack your bags! We’re going to Dorne! HBO has confirmed some of the new cast members for the fifth season of the hit series “Game of Thrones,” with many of them appearing in a video that was unveiled today at San Diego Comic-Con 2014. Among the new actors and the characters they will portray are: - Alexander Siddig (“Star Trek: Deep Space Nine,”...

TV Review – ‘Penn & Teller: Fool Us’

2014-07-29

“Penn & Teller: Fool Us” Cast: Penn Gillette, Raymond Teller, Host – Jonathan Ross (“Friday Night with Jonathan Ross”) Airs: The premiere airs at 7 p.m. Wednesday on The CW The premise: Aspiring magicians are invited to perform their best trick to try and fool the world-famous comedy/magic team of Penn & Teller. A...

Q&A: Bear Grylls talks about his new show, shares hilarious Channing Tatum story

2014-07-27

Last week I had the opportunity to sit in on a conference call with Bear Grylls. The survival expert has a new show, “Running Wild With Bear Grylls,” that premieres Monday on NBC. In the series Bear takes celebrities on an outdoor adventure and tests their mettle. Below is a transcript of the conversation, which includes a hilarious anecdote...

The 5 Best Video Games of 2014 (so far)

2014-07-01

It’s hard to believe today is July 1. The year is halfway over! With only six months left to go in 2014, it’s time to reflect on what the gaming world has managed to accomplish the first half of the year. The industry has started strong in 2014, offering up a mix of interesting titles […]

Behind the Scenes at Local TV Stations Part 1 - KKTV

2014-06-30

We see local newscasters on TV every day. Everyone has their favorites and we get comfortable with people we see onscreen because they’re in our living room so often. But what does a TV station look like away from the camera? Where does my favorite anchor sit when he’s not telling me about the latest […]

Video Game Haiku Review - "Transformers: Rise of the Dark Spark"

2014-06-29

Title: Transformers: Rise of the Dark Spark Format: Xbox One, Xbox 360, PS4, PS3, Wii U, 3DS Price: $29.99-$59.99 Publisher: Activision Developer: Edge of Reality ESRB Rating: T (Teen) The Grade: D Transformers RotDS Haiku Review Series has new dev  Transforming is no fun So what is the point? Summary: There are warning signs in “Transformers:...

Video Game Haiku Review - "Blue Estate"

2014-06-29

Title: Blue Estate Format: Xbox One, PS4 Price: $19.99 Publisher: Focus Home Interactive Developer: He-Saw ESRB Rating: M (Mature, 17+) The Grade: C – Blue Estate Haiku Review On-rails shoot’em up  Story based on graphic novel Too inconsistent What’s it all about: “Blue Estate” is an on-rails shooter about a clueless private detective who’s...

Amy Van Dyken-Rouen chats with Matt Lauer at Colorado hospital

2014-06-27

In case you missed it, Olympic gold medalist Amy Van Dyken-Rouen appeared on NBC’s “Today” show this morning. Host Matt Lauer visited the swimmer, who suffered a severe back injury after crashing an ATV June 6, at Craig Hospital in Englewood, CO yesterday. Van Dyken-Rouen’s injury was so serious that prior to surgery to...

TV Review - HBO's "The Leftovers"

2014-06-26

Cast: Justin Theroux (“Mulholland Dr.,” “American Psycho,” Mr. Jennifer Aniston), Amy Brenneman (“Heat,” “Private Practice”), Christopher Eccleston (“28 Days Later,” “Dr. Who”), Liv Tyler (“The Lord of the Rings”) Air-date, time: The pilot episode airs at 8 p.m. Sunday on HBO The premise: When 2% of the world’s population abruptly disappears...

CW announces Fall premiere dates

2014-06-25

Today The CW announced its Fall premiere dates, including the debut dates for two new series – “Jane the Virgin” and “The Flash.” With the success of “Arrow” (one of my favorite shows) I’m intrigued to see how “The Flash” will do. I’ve seen the pilot, and while I’m saving my impressions of it for […]

TV Review - FX's "Tyrant"

2014-06-24

Cast: Adam Rayner (Bassam “Barry” Al-Fayeed), Jennifer Finnigan (Molly Al-Fayeed), Ashraf Barhom (Jamal Al-Fayeed), Moran Atias (Leila Al-Fayeed), Sammy (Noah Silver) and Anne Winters (Emma) Air-date, time: The pilot episode airs at 8 p.m. Tuesday on FX The premise: “Tyrant” tells the story of an American family drawn into the political...

Five TV Shows That Are Worth Your Time

2014-06-23

Have you ever been so invested in a TV show and felt so passionate about it that you tried to get everyone you know to watch it? Are you so insistent to get people tuned into a series that your friends and family ask you if you are working for the network it airs on? […]

"True Blood" Season 7 Preview (Spoiler Free)

2014-06-20

Cast: Anna Paquin (Sookie Stackhouse), Stephen Moyer (Bill Compton), Alexander Skarsgard (Eric Northman), Sam Trammell (Sam), Ryan Kwanten (Jason), Rutina Wesley (Tara), Chris Bauer (Andy), Kristin Bauer van Straten (Pam) Air-date, time: The seventh and final season premieres at 7 p.m. June 22 on HBO At the conclusion of season six of “True...

KOAA-TV debuting new Colorado Springs set/broadcast center tonight

2014-06-19

Local NBC affiliate KOAA-TV will be debuting their new Colorado Springs set and broadcast facility during tonight’s 5 p.m. newscast. The brand new, 25,000 square foot broadcast center, located at 5520 Tech Center Drive, is a significant upgrade to KOAA’s long-standing home in Colorado Springs. Purchased by the station in 2013, the new center...

PBS to add afternoon 'Sesame Street' program

2014-06-18

PBS Kids and “Sesame Street” will introduce a bonus half-hour program this fall. Starting Monday, September 1, the additional half-hour program will air on weekday afternoons on PBS stations, complementing the one-hour series that airs weekday mornings. Selected full episodes of the 30-minute show will also be available for free online at...

“Falling Skies" Season 4 Preview (Spoiler Free)

2014-06-18

Cast: Noah Wyle (Tom Mason), Moon Bloodgood (Ann), Will Patton (Captain Weaver), Colin Cunningham (Pope), Drew Roy (Hal Mason), Connor Jessup (Ben Mason), Sarah Carter (Margaret), Seychelle Gabriel (Lourdes) and Mpho Koaho (Anthony) Air-date, time: The fourth season premieres at 8 p.m. June 22 on TNT Last season on “Falling Skies” the human...

Halfbrick games free on iOS

2014-06-18

Looking for some fun games to play on you iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch? Halfbrick Studios has you covered, all for the price of nada. For a very limited time Halfbrick is offering nine of its games made from 2010-2014, all for free. I already own one of their more popular titles (“Fruit Ninja”) but […]

Video Game Haiku Review - "EA Sports UFC"

2014-06-17

Title: EA Sports UFC Format: Xbox One, PS4 Price: $59.99 Publisher: Electronic Arts Developer: EA Canada ESRB Rating: T (Teen) The Grade: C+ EA Sports UFC Haiku Review MMA fighting  Bruce Lee in the octagon? Land a flying punch What’s it all about: There have been other UFC video games before but this is the first time […]

TV Review: TNT's "The Last Ship"

2014-06-16

“The Last Ship” Cast: Eric Dane (“Grey’s Anatomy”), Adam Baldwin (“Firefly,” “Chuck”), Rhona Mitra (“Strike Back,” “Shooter”) Air-date, time: The pilot episode airs at 7 p.m. Sunday on TNT The premise: “The Last Ship” opens with a global catastrophe as a deadly virus has wiped out most of the Earth’s population. Because of its...

Q&A: Lou Ferrigno at Denver Comic Con

2014-06-15

During Denver Comic Con I had a chance to sit down and chat with the original Incredible Hulk, Lou Ferrigno. Ferrigno still poses an impressive figure. Despite being 62 years old he’s in phenomenal shape and at 6’5″, he can be quite imposing. Despite his size he was kind, had a good sense of humor […]

Q&A: 'The Walking Dead's' Michael Rooker at Denver Comic Con

2014-06-14

During Denver Comic Con I had a chance to sit down and chat with actor Michael Rooker. Best known for his role as Merle in “The Walking Dead,” the long time character actor has had a stellar career. Rooker has been as a voice over performer in several video games and has had countless roles […]

Denver Comic Con 2014 - Day 1 In Pictures

2014-06-13

Today was the first day of Denver Comic Con, plenty to see and do on Day 1. Besides seeing the funny and self-deprecating Walter Koenig (Chekov of “Star Trek” fame above) there were plenty of comics, merchandise and strangely dressed pop culture fans to see. On Saturday I’ll be chatting with Michael Rooker (“The Walking...

Q&A: Neil deGrasse Tyson and Ann Druyan talk 'Cosmos'

2014-06-10

Last week, while I was on vacation in Hawaii (see how dedicated I am), I took a break from palm trees and tanning to sit in on a conference call with “The Cosmos: A SpaceTime Odyssey” host Neil deGrassse Tyson and the show’s writer/producer/director Ann Druyan. The season finale of the show aired Sunday but […]

Capt. Kirk and crew coming to Denver Comic Con this weekend

2014-06-10

What: Denver Comic Con When: Friday June 13 – Sunday June 15 Where: Colorado Convention Center, 700 14th Street Denver Hours: Friday and Saturday 10 a.m – 7p.m., Sunday 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. With the success of movies like “Iron Man,” “The Avengers” and “X-Men,” comics have moved further into the mainstream. Inspired by that […]

Video Game Haiku Review - "Wolfenstein: The New Order"

2014-05-25

Title: Wolfenstein: The New Order Format: Xbox 360, Xbox One, PS3, PS4, PC Price: $59.99 Publisher: Bethesda Developer: Machine Games ESRB Rating: M (Mature, for gamers 17 and older) The Grade: B Wolfenstein: The New Order Haiku Review Nazis rule the world  You are the Earth’s only hope What? Robot Nazis?!? Synopsis: Europe, 1946. World War II...

YOU could be in the new Star Wars movie

2014-05-21

Would you like to shoot a scene for “Star Wars: Episode VII?” Would you like to be JJ Abrams’ guest on set in London? Would you like to ask the real Han Solo who really shot first? Would you like to ask the real Princess Leia where she currently keeps her gold bikini from “Return […]

“Brews Wayne” – The Official 2014 Denver Comic Con Beer

2014-05-21

For the third year in a row Breckinridge Brewery has teamed up with Denver Comic Con to craft a super beer for the masses.  “Brews Wayne,” the official 2014 Denver Comic Con beer, will be unveiled on Friday, May 30, at The 1up – Colfax. The limited release Brews Wayne is a full bodied hoppy […]

5 TV Shows That Deserve a Reboot

2014-05-19

What’s the most popular word in Hollywood? “Reboot.” Creating original programming is not just hard work but the chances for failure are high (see: “The Michael J. Fox Show,” “Almost Human,” etc.). To lighten their load, Tinsel Town likes to take popular programs from the past and make them new again. We see this in […]

Denver Comic Con Adds “Defiance” Stars

2014-05-18

                    Denver Comic Con recently announced Grant Bowler and Stephanie Leonidas of SyFy’s “Defiance” will be in attendance at the June event. Bowler plays Joshua Nolan, the lawman for the town of Defiance, a community where humans and an intelligent extraterrestrial species coexist in...

Weta Workshop to Attend Denver Comic Con

2014-05-17

Denver Comic Con recently announced that the Weta Workshop will attend the 2014 convention. Weta Workshop is the five time Academy Award winning conceptual design and physical effects manufacturing facility in Wellington, New Zealand that helped create Middle-earth for “The Lord of the Rings” and “The Hobbit” trilogies and that has many other...

Q&A: David Boreanaz and Emily Deschanel of “Bones”

2014-05-13

 Recently I sat in on a Fox conference call with David Boreanaz and Emily Deschanel of the TV series, “Bones.” The show’s season finale, which was directed by Boreanaz, airs Monday May 19 at 7 p.m. Q: You’re directing the finale, David. Can you kind of talk about doing that and then, Emily, about being […]

William Shatner to Host Star Trek: TNG Cast Reunion at Denver Comic Con

2014-05-12

Today Denver Comic Con announced it will host a reunion of six of the cast members of “Star Trek: The Next Generation” to be moderated by William Shatner. The ticketed panel also includes Jonathan Frakes, LeVar Burton, Denise Crosby, Michael Dorn, Gates McFadden and Marina Sirtis. Brent Spiner, Patrick Stewart and Will Wheaton will not […]

A list of canceled and renewed TV Shows for 2014-15 (so far)

2014-05-11

If you think NFL teams were busy last week, take a look at the major television networks. NBC, FOX, CBS, ABC and The CW are all making preparations for the 2014-15 television season and each network seemed to take a different approach. Some networks dropped the hammer pretty hard (NBC, FOX) while others seemed to […]

TV Review: Showtime's "Penny Dreadful"

2014-05-08

“Penny Dreadful” Cast: Eva Green (“Casino Royale,” “300: Rise of an Empire”), Timothy Dalton (“Living Daylights,” “License to Kill”), Josh Hartnett (“Black Hawk Down,” “Pearl Harbor”), Harry Treadaway (“The Lone Ranger,” “City of Ember”) Airdate, time: The premiere airs at 8 p.m. Sunday May 11 on Showtime The premise: Some of literature’s...

Why the NFL won't move the draft back to April

2014-05-06

Like a lot of people, I love professional football. While my interest in other sports has waned as I’ve gotten older, my love for the NFL, and the Denver Broncos in particular, has never been higher. This explains why I watched Peyton Manning on “Late Night with David Letterman” earlier this week, a program I […]

Video Game Review - "The Amazing Spider-Man 2"

2014-05-06

Title: The Amazing Spider-Man 2 Format: PC, Xbox One, Xbox 360, PS4, PS3, Wii U, Nintendo 3DS Price: $49.99-$59.99 Publisher: Activision Developer: Beenox ESRB Rating: T (Teen) The Grade: B What is it? Launching alongside the film of the same name, “The Amazing Spider-Man 2” is a new third-person action-adventure video game. This title builds...

TV Review: Fox's "24: Live Another Day"

2014-05-04

“24: Live Another Day” Cast: Kiefer Sutherland, Yvonne Strahovski (“Chuck,” “Dexter”), Benjamin Bratt (“Miss Congeniality,” “Law & Order”), William Devane (“Knots Landing”), Tate Donovan (“Hercules,” “Hostages”) Airdate, time: The two hour premiere airs at 7 p.m. Monday May 5 on Fox The premise: Set and shot in London, the event series once...

Q&A: "The Simpsons" executive producers Al Jean and Matt Selman

2014-05-02

I was recently able to sit in on a Fox conference call with “The Simpsons” executive producers Al Jean and Matt Selman (Yes, I know, I do a lot of these. Next week I’ll post a Q&A with Kiefer Sutherland). The duo talked about Sunday’s LEGO Simpsons episode and give clues as to which character […]

Video Game Haiku Review - "LEGO The Hobbit"

2014-04-30

Title: LEGO The Hobbit Format: Xbox 360, Xbox One, PS3, PS4, PS Vita PC, Wii U, Nintendo 3DS Price: $29.99-$59.99 Publisher: TT Games Developer: 
Warner Bros. ESRB Rating: E10+ (Everyone 10 and older) The Grade: B – LEGO The Hobbit Haiku Review Explore Middle Earth  Play through the last two movies  Bilbo chills with dwarves Summary: “LEGO...

Zombie expert Max Brooks coming to Denver Comic Con

2014-04-29

Denver Comic Con announced yesterday that Max Brooks will appear at the convention on Saturday, June 14, 2014 to host a premium meet-and-greet and one limited-seating Q&A for DCC ticket-holders. Tickets to a special “Max Brooks Meet-and-Greet” on Saturday June 14, 2014, are available for purchase by only 75 lucky con attendees with a valid,...

Q&A: "24: Live Another Day" showrunners Evan Catz and Manny Coto

2014-04-28

I recently sat in on a Fox conference call with Evan Catz and Manny Coto, the executive producers and show runners of “24: Live Another Day.” The drama, starring Kiefer Sutherland reprising his role as Jack Bauer, returns to Fox with a two hour premiere on Monday, May 5. Below is a transcript of the […]

TV Review: ABC's "Black Box"

2014-04-22

“Black Box” Cast: Kelly Reilly (“Sherlock Holmes”), Ditch Davey (“Spartacus”), Laura Fraser (“A Knight’s Tale”), Terry Kinney (“Oz”) and Vanessa Redgrave (“Howards End”) Air-date, time: The pilot episode airs at 9 p.m. Thursday April 24 on ABC The premise: Dr. Catherine Black, world famous neurologist, is at the top of her game. Each week, this...

Local radio, TV stations earn Edward R. Murrow honors

2014-04-22

Today the Radio Television Digital News Association (RTDNA) announced the 2014 regional winners of the Edward R. Murrow Awards. The awards recognize the best journalism produced by radio, television and online news organizations. Among the recipients named were one local radio station and two local TV stations – KRCC (91.5 FM), KXRM-TV and...

TV Review: CBS's "Bad Teacher"

2014-04-21

“Bad Teacher” Cast: Ari Graynor (“The Guilt Trip”), Kristin Davis (“Sex and the City”), David Alan Grier (“In Living Color”), Sara Gilbert (“Roseanne”) and Ryan Hansen (“Veronica Mars,” “Party Down”) Air-date, time: The pilot episode airs at 8:30 p.m. Thursday April 24 on ABC The premise: “Bad Teacher” is a comedy based on the feature film...

Green Arrow (Stephen Amell) to appear at Denver Comic Con

2014-04-17

Denver Comic Con announced today that actor Stephen Amell will appear at the convention on Saturday, June 14, 2014. Amell stars in CW’s hit television show “Arrow” as Green Arrow/Oliver Queen. “Amell’s Green Arrow is a shining example of how well DC comics is bringing its characters to television,” said Dr. Christina Angel, DCC convention...

Q&A: Kitchen Nightmares EP Arthur Smith talks about Gordon Ramsay's temper and the show's visit to Colorado

2014-04-16

I recently had a chance to sit in on a Fox conference call with Arthur Smith, executive producer “Kitchen Nightmares.” The show started a new season last Friday and makes stops at three Colorado restaurants this season. Here’s a transcript of the conversation. Q: I had a chance to see the episode where Gordon revisits […]

Video Game Haiku Review - Batman: Arkham Origins Blackgate Deluxe Edition

2014-04-14

Title: Batman: Arkham Origins Blackgate – Deluxe Edition Format: Xbox 360, PS3, PC, Wii U Price: $19.99 Publisher: Armature Studios Developer: 
Warner Bros. ESRB Rating: T (Teen) The Grade: B Batman: Arkham Origins Blackgate – Deluxe Edition Haiku Review Port of handheld game  Batman in 2.5D Different but fun Summary: “Blackgate” is a port...

Photo Gallery: Spring 2014 Colorado Springs Comic and Toy Con

2014-04-13

The Colorado Springs Comic and Toy Con wraps up today. See what you’re missing out on with this photo gallery from this weekend’s event.    

The Colorado Springs Comic and Toy Con returns this weekend

2014-04-09

Colorado Springs Comic and Toy Con When:  9 a.m. – 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday – Apr. 12-13 Where: Embassy Suites, 7290 Commerce Center Dr. Entry Fee: Admission is free but a donation to the Southeastern Colorado Affiliate of the Susan G. Komen Foundation is appreciated Contact info: 913-961-4347, cospringscomicandtoycon.com Grab your...

Video Game Review - 'Kinect Sports Rivals'

2014-04-07

Title: Kinect Sports Rivals Format: Xbox One Price: $59.99 Publisher: Microsoft Studios Developer: Rare ESRB Rating: E10 (Everyone 10 and older) The Grade: B – What is it? The next generation of the motion sensing sports game, “Kinect Sports.” Like its predecessor, “Sports Rivals” uses the Kinect sensor that comes packed in with all Xbox […]

Denver Comic Con offering free passes to educators

2014-04-07

  If you’re an educator looking to use pop culture to help your students, Denver Comic Con has a free program specifically made for you. The DCC wants to show you how to put comic books, television, video games and geek culture to good use. Denver Comic Con and Literacy Conference, a program of Comic […]

Review in Two: HBO's 'Silicon Valley'

2014-04-04

“Silicon Valley” Cast: Thomas Middleditch (“The Wolf of Wall Street”), Colorado native TJ Miller (“Cloverfield”), Martin Starr (“Party Down,” “Knocked Up”) and Zach Woods (“The Office”). Air-date, time: The pilot episode airs at 8 p.m. Sunday April 6 on HBO The premise: Mike Judge (“Office Space,” “Beavis & Butthead,” “King of the Hill”)...

What superheroes are on your comic book Mount Rushmore?

2014-04-03

Comic books and comic book characters never have been more in vogue. There are comic book-based TV shows such as “The Walking Dead,” “Arrow” and “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” Seven movies built around comic books are planned for 2014, including “Captain America: The Winter Soldier,” which...

Game of Thrones season 4 preview (spoiler free)

2014-04-01

Cast: Peter Dinklage (Tyrion Lannister), Nikolaj Coster-Waldau (Jaime Lannister), Lena Headey (Cersei Lannister), Emilia Clarke (Daenerys Targaryen), Charles Dance (Tywin Lannister), Kit Harrington (Jon Snow) and about 50 others Air-date, time: Season four premieres at 7 p.m. Sunday April 6 on HBO The last two episodes of season three of “Game...

Q&A: Christopher Meloni and Rachael Harris talk 'Surviving Jack'

2014-03-26

On Monday I was able to sit in on a conference call with actors Christopher Meloni and Rachael Harris of the new Fox comedy “Surviving Jack.” The show, set in the 1990s, premieres this Thursday following “American Idol.” Below is a transcript of the conversation. Q: Chris, I was wondering; this is your foray into […]

Video Game Haiku Review - Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes

2014-03-25

Title: Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes Format: Xbox 360, PS3, PS4, Xbox One Price: $29.99 Publisher: Konami Developer: 
Kojima Productions ESRB Rating: M (Mature 17+) The Grade: A- Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes Haiku Review Snake mini mission  Sets up next year’s Phantom Pain No box to hide in Summary: This game was released last […]

Video Game Review: 'Titanfall'

2014-03-24

Title: Titanfall Format: Xbox 360, Xbox One, PC Price: $59.99 Publisher: EA Developer: Respawn Entertainment ESRB Rating: M (Mature 17+) The Grade: C+ What is it? A new first person shooter from the creators of the “Call of Duty” franchise. Respawn Entertainment is the studio formed by Jason West and Vince Zampella, former co-founders of […]

Matt Meister talks about leaving KRDO

2014-03-20

On Tuesday KRDO-TV announced that Chief Meteorologist Matt Meister was leaving the station to take a job with Falcon School District 49 to be their Director of Communications. After the announcement I traded emails with Matt to ask about his departure from the station. Gazette: Any particular reason for the switch? How did this move/transition...

Review in Two: The CW’s “The 100”

2014-03-18

 “The 100” Cast: Newcomer Eliza Taylor, Paige Turco (“Person of Interest,” “Damages”), Isaiah Washington (“Grey’s Anatomy”), Kelly Hu (“X2,” “Arrow”) and Henry Ian Cusick (“Lost,” “Scandal”) Air-date, time: The pilot episode airs at 8 p.m. Wednesday on The CW The premise: Ninety-seven years ago a nuclear war decimated the Earth, destroying all...

Men’s NCAA Basketball Tournament Moving to AM1300 The Animal

2014-03-17

Cumulus Media announced late last week that Sports/Talk radio station “AM1300 The Animal” (KCSF-AM) has added the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament and other NCAA championships to the station’s play-by-play lineup. Tournament games had previously aired on KRDO (105.5FM/1240AM) but Cumulus recently acquired the rights to...

Matt Meister leaving KRDO for school position

2014-03-17

In a press release sent to The Gazette this afternoon, ABC affiliate KRDO-TV announced that Chief Meteorologist Matt Meister is leaving NewsChannel 13 to pursue a new career with Falcon School District 49 as the district’s Director of Communications. Meister will continue to perform weather duties on KRDO’s 5 p.m., 6 p.m. and 10 p.m. […]

KOAA-TV Announces New Weather Team Member

2014-03-13

Thursday afternoon NBC affiliate KOAA-TV announced that meteorologist Valerie Abati is joining the First Alert Weather team beginning Monday, March 17th. She’ll take over weather duties during News 5 at noon on weekdays and will team with Mike Daniels at 5 p.m. and 6 p.m. Abati joins KOAA from Monterey, California where she was the […]

Video Game Haiku Review - South Park: The Stick of Truth

2014-03-12

Title: South Park: The Stick of Truth Format: Xbox 360, PS3 Price: $59.99 Publisher: Ubisoft Developer: 
Obsidian ESRB Rating: M (Mature 17+) The Grade: B+ South Park: The Stick of Truth Haiku Review Eric Cartman rules  South Park characters galore Laugh out loud funny Summary: It’s incredibly hard to make a funny video game, especially...

Local TV stations score big at CBAs

2014-03-11

Last weekend the Colorado Broadcasters Association held their annual Awards of Excellence banquet in Denver and local TV stations came home with several awards. NBC affiliate KOAA-TV was the big winner, bringing home awards in 10 different categories including Best Specialty Reporter (Bill Folsom), Best Investigative Reporting and Best...

Denver Comic Con roster continues to expand, adding Karl Urban and two Batmen

2014-03-10

Batman, Robin, Catwoman, another Batman and Judge Dredd? Oh my! Last week Denver Comic Con announced a Batman 75th anniversary lineup for their June convention that includes Adam West, Burt Ward and Julie Newmar from the iconic 1960’s ABC television series “Batman” and Kevin Conroy, the voice of Batman in “Batman: The Animated Series.” In...

Review in Two: ABC's “Resurrection”

2014-03-07

What is it? “Resurrection” Star appeal: Omar Epps (“House”), Kurtwood Smith (“That 70s Show”), Frances Fisher (“Titanic”) When does it air? The pilot episode airs Sunday March 9 at 7 p.m. on ABC What’s the premise? The people of Arcadia, Missouri are forever changed when their deceased loved ones suddenly start to reappear. An 8-year-old...

Q&A: ‘The Simpsons’ producer Al Jean talks Legos, Sideshow Bob and the ‘Futurama’ crossover

2014-03-06

I recently sat in on a Fox conference call with Al Jean, the executive producer of “The Simpsons.” Here’s a transcript of the conversation. Q: There’s been a lot of talk about how there’s going to be an all-LEGO episode coming up later in the season. What can you share about how that came to […]

Q&A: Neil deGrasse Tyson talks ‘Cosmos,’ dark energy and Seth MacFarlane

2014-03-05

I recently sat in on a Fox conference call with Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson, host of the new show “The Cosmos: A SpaceTime Odyssey,” and the show’s writer/producer/director Ann Druyan. The show premieres this Sunday at 8 p.m. Here’s a transcript of the conversation.    Q: How do you feel the public appetite for science […]

Video Game Review: 'Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare'

2014-03-04

Title: Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare Format: Xbox 360, Xbox One Price: $29.99-$39.99 Publisher: EA Developer: PopCap Games ESRB Rating: E10+ (10 years and older) The Grade: C – What is it? A new vision of the strategy game “Plants vs. Zombies.” In a traditional “Plants vs. Zombies” title, gamers manipulate a 2D environment by […]

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Gazette Media Columnist Terry Terrones is a veteran journalist and pop culture addict. He covers the worlds of TV, film, video games and spends too much time on several social networks. You can follow him on Twitter at twitter.com/terryterrones.

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