The World Wars Begin Tonight, May 26 at 9pm/8pm ET narrated by Jeremy Renner

MacArthur in battle

MacArthur in battle

The six-hour The World Wars special event series premieres tonight on History® at 9pm/8pm ET,  continues Tuesday, May 27 at 9pm/8pm ET and concludes Wednesday, May 28 at 9pm/8pm ET. Later this summer, the 3-part series with premiere on H2 and more than 160 countries across the globe will have an opportunity to see it.

Narrated by 2-time Oscar nominee Jeremey Renner (The Town, The Hurt Locker), The World Wars features interviews with Senator John McCain, General Colin Powell, British Prime Minister John Major, Italian Prime Minister Mario Monti and more.

The story tells the history of the World Wars through the eyes of the most powerful men: Roosevelt, Hitler, Patton, Mussolini, Churchill, Tojo, DeGaulle and MacArthur. These men held the fate of humankind in their hands. This event series examines the two world wars as one contiguous timelines, starting in 1914 and concluding in 1945, with these unique individuals coming of age in World War I before ultimately making some of the toughest decisions in the history of mankind in World War II.

 

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The 2013 Peabody Awards

PeabodyThe annual Peabody Awards are administered by the Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication of the University of Georgia. The Awards recognize distinguished achievement and meritorious service by radio and television stations, networks, producing organizations and individuals.

Selections are made by the Peabody Awards Board, a committee of experts in media, culture, journalism and the arts and are followed by a special screening committee made up of faculty, staff and students.

The 73rd Annual Awards celebrate programs produced for broadcast, cablecast or webcast in 2013. They are under no restrictions as to the number of awards it can present. There are 46 Peabody Award winners this year.

Some of the 2013 Peabody Award winners are:

Turner Classic Movies The Story of Film: A 15-week Historical Journey Through World Cinema

Ira Glass, Master of Ceremonies (host and producer) This American Life which premiered in 1995 and is broadcast on more than 555 public radio stations and is one of the most popular podcasts in America. Over 3 million people listen to the show every week.

Scandal (ABC) ABC Studios

One-on-One with Assad (CBS) CBS This Morning, CBS News

Hanford’s Dirty Secrets (KING-TV, Seattle) King 5 Television

In Plain Sight: Poverty in America (NBC & InPlainSight.NBCNes.com) NBC News

The Central Park Five

The Central Park Five

Tom Brokaw: Personal Award

House of Cards (Netflix)

The Central Park Five (PBS) Florentine Films, WETA

The Bridge (FX) Shine America and FX Productions

Key & Peele (Comedy Central) Central Productions

Breaking Bad (AMC) Sony Pictures Television

Six by Sondheim (HBO) HBO Documentary Films and Sabella Entertainment

Broadchurch (BBC America) A Kudos and Imaginary Friends Co-Production

Life According to Sam

Life According to Sam

Life According to Sam (HBO) HBO Documentary Films and Fine Films LLC

Orange is the New Black (Netflix) Lionsgate Television, Netflix

Coverage of Boston Marathon Bombings (WBZ-TV, Boston, and WBZ Newsradio 1030) WBZ-TV, WBZ Newsradio 1030

Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown (CNN) CNN, Zero Point Zero Production, Inc.

Anthony Bourdain at J Mueller BBQ

Anthony Bourdain at J Mueller BBQ

Outside the Lines: NFL at a Crossroads: Investigating a Health Crisis (ESPN) ESPN

FRONTLINE: League of Denial: The NFL’s Concussion Crisis (PBS) FRONTLINE, Kirk Documentary Group

Orphan Black (BBC America) Temple Street Productions in associations with BBC America and SPACE

The Returned (Les Revenants) (SundanceTV) Haut et Court TV, Canal +, Jimmy, Cine + Backup Films)

And for the first viral video ever honored: A Needed Response (YouTube/Samantha Stendal) Samantha Stendal, Aaron Blanton. A Needed Response grew out of two University of Oregon students’ outrage when watching the news coverage of the Steubenville, Ohio rape sentencing that denied the perpetrators’ loss of their promising athletic careers while ignoring the 16-year-old girl they had drugged and sexually assaulted. Samantha Stendal and Aaron Blanton conceived, staged and shot a 26-second video that emphatically rejects the idea rape is ever excusable. Short, sweet and to the point, it was an ingenious PSA targeted to college age viewers and definitely got their attention. They uploaded the video to Upworthy’s Facebook page and within 48-hours the video surpassed 1 million views. It doubled, tripled and continued to grow as more and more peopled shared it, debated it and discussed its take on masculinity and morality. A Needed Response received a Peabody Award for creating an unforgettable, undeniable statement about rape culture and sharing it with the world via social media.

 

Penny Dreadful is Wunderbar on Showtime

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I adore Josh Hartnett. Even when he’s in something I don’t like, I still watch it because he’s in it. For example, I didn’t really like The Black Dahlia, but I watched it because he was in it.

He’s currently appearing in Penny Dreadful, a new series on Showtime. But I’d watch that even if Josh Hartnett wasn’t in it, that’s how good it is. It also stars Timothy Dalton, Eva Green and Harry Treadaway; but the cast will be growing as more episodes are shown.

It premiered on Sunday, May 11 at 10pm ET, but you can catch the first episode anytime at http://www.sho.com. You can also see it at http://www.huluplus.com if you have a huluplus.com account.

Once you view the first episode and get introduced to some of the iconic characters in Showtime’s reinvented Victorian London you’ll understand what I mean about wanting to catch the entire series. Showtime recently had a free preview weekend on DirecTV and they had a BTS (behind the scenes) on it. There’s an extremely committed and dedicated, talented cast bringing each episode to the screen. Those are the kind of programs I enjoy watching.

The nice thing about premium series is that if you miss one episode at its premiere showing, you can catch it at other times throughout the week. That helps tremendously if you have over committed your DVR as well.

The link (above) takes you to the Showtime/Penny Dreadful show site which as recaps, previews and BTS features. But be forewarned because I guarantee, you will get as hooked as I well. Not just on John Hartnett, but on the rest of the cast as well.

‘Longmire’ Marathon”S” Sat. May 24 continues Sat. May 31

‘Longmire’ Renewed for Season 3 by A&E – TVLine.

Robert Taylor stars as Walt Longmire

Robert Taylor stars as Walt Longmire

“Longmire was A&E’s most-watched scripted series in the network’s history with M25-54 viewership rising +23% vs. the prior season*,” said Rosemary Markson, Senior Vice President, TV and Special Interest Marketing of Warner Bros Home Entertainment. “We are very excited to release Longmire: The Complete Second Season on DVD just in time for the numerous fans to relive the excitement before the next season.”

June 2 10/9pm – “In the season three premiere episode, Walt deals with the aftermath of Henry’s arrest and Branch’s shooting. The search for the shooter, however, is complicated by Deputy Branch’s insistence that it was someone known to be dead.” aetv.com

You can catch some behind the scenes video of the upcoming season and some promos at aetv.com.

Want more Walt Longmire – http://www.audible.com has some of Craig Johnson’s Walt Longmire books that are great to listen to and if you’re new to audible you can get one free. Try them out today and get your free book and if you’re craving “Longmire” … download a Craig Johnson book. If you have an Apple product with iTunes, you can listen to an audible product through your iTunes.

You can caught up on Season 2 on Saturday, May 24. A&E will be showing a marathon of Longmire starting at 10/9am. So while you’re enjoying the long Memorial Day Holiday, set your DVR and enjoy Season 2 of Longmire.

Out of the blue yonder today, the #LongmirePosse tweeted to tell me the Longmire Marathon continues on Saturday, May 31 beginning at 10/9am, ending at 4/3pm. Then on Monday, June 2, 10/9pm the premiere of Season 3 begins with “The White Warrior.”

Need I say this … set your DVRs. The long wait is finally over.