Tuesday, October 21, 2014

TV Schedule: MLB World Series

A Complete Guide to TV's World Series Coverage
Sports Illustrated

The alphabet soup of where to find postseason baseball games has thankfully come to an end. All the World Series games will air on Fox, with the first pitch of Game 1 between the Giants and Royals coming at 8:07 p.m. on Tuesday. Below, we offer a television viewing guide to the World Series.

The first pitch for each game is scheduled for 8:07pm Eastern Time. The games will be played as followed:

Tuesday Oct. 21: Game 1 at Kansas City. Keep reading.

Preview: Roots: Our Journeys Home

CNN Anchors Go Back To Their Beginnings

CNN's move the past several months from a 24-hour news network to a news network loaded up for good chunks of primetime with documentaries has been an pretty good one. In fact, with news available at a second's notice on our phones, the move is inevitable and smart. Tonight, CNN melds its news heritage with its new appreciation for documentaries with Roots: Our Journeys Home (9pm). On the special, 13 CNN anchors like Anderson Cooper, Wolf Blitzer and Dr. Sanjay Gupta travel the world to track down their personal histories.

Preview: Face Off

The Creature That Ate Paris

Syfy's long-running and totally cool Face Off (9pm) is down to this season's final four special effects makeup artists: Cig, Dina, Drew and George. Tonight, they're given newspapers with headlines like "Mantis Preys on Paris." Then, they're tasked with designing the creature that did it.

Review: The Real Apes of the Planet

Animal Planet Proves That Animals Can Still Surprise Us
Wall Street Journal

The Real Apes of the Planet (Animal Planet, 8pm) - It would seem unlikely that there could be many surprises left in the category of wonders involving the abilities of primates.

Still Animal Planet delivers enough to make a viewer gape. It’s one thing to see the sacred macaques of Thailand using stolen human hair for tooth flossing. But nothing is equal to the party thrown by the 33-year-old bonobo male Kanzi.

Keep reading.

Monday, October 20, 2014

News: The FAB

ABC Stations Lock In Tyra Banks Show For Fall 2015 Daytime TV

Disney-ABC announced today that it has garnered clearances for its upcoming syndicated lifestyle show The FAB (Fun and Beautiful) on the ABC Owned Stations for fall 2015.

In addition, social media buff and foodie Chrissy Teigen, fashion guru Joe Zee, interior design professional Lauren Makk, and do-it-yourself YouTuber Leah Ashley will join Tyra Banks as co-hosts when the show debuts in national syndication.

Keep reading.

Review: Twin Sisters

Emotionally Moving Story About Separated Sisters Loses Steam

In the hustle and chaos of international adoptions, with thousands of desperate families searching for countless thousands of abandoned babies around the world, there are bound to be blunders - like twins separated without anyone ever knowing about it.

But, in the case of Mia and Alexandra - one adopted by a couple in the farthest reaches of Norway, the other by an American couple in Sacramento, Calif. - coincidence brought them together, briefly. As separated identical twin babies, who had been found in a cardboard box, Mia and Alexandra shared a couple of things that made their parents, at a China adoption agency, stop and wonder.

First, they looked like each other. And, against all odds, they each wore a red gingham dress - one purchased in Norway, the other halfway around the world. Their parents met each other when the couple from Norway overstayed their time at the agency, just as American families were showing up.

Review: Private Violence

Excellent Documentary About Domestic Violence Will Hopefully Spark Change
New York Daily News

The frustrating part about this latest first-rate documentary on domestic violence is that it’s unlikely to reach the one group that could stop the epidemic.

The ones who could stop it, of course, are the ones who perpetrate it. The rest of us, notably including the criminal justice system, can at best try to discourage it by making it clear domestic abusers will pay the same price any other criminal pays.

Private Violence (HBO, 9pm), sadly, offers little assurance that happens. Keep reading

Preview: Kirby Buckets

Disney XD Launches Single-Camera Comedy Kirby Buckets

Disney XD - these days, home of the animated Star Wars Rebels, today launches a new single-camera comedy (in the style of Modern Family with no laugh track) about a 13-year-old kid, Kirby (Jacob Bertrand), who wants to grow up to be an animator. While he waits, his life is a mix of real life and animation. Kirby Buckets (Disney XD, 8pm).

News: The Voice

Taylor Swift Joining The Voice as an Adviser

You have to say this about NBC's The Voice (8pm): the show's behind-the-scenes team knows a thing or two about luring in big-name talent. Country-turned-pop singer Taylor Swift will be joining the show this fall as an adviser, according to multiple reports earlier this month. She'll be advising wannabe singers alongside advisers such as Stevie Wonder and Alicia Keys. The Voice recently announced that original judge Christina Aguilera will return to the show next year.

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Preview: Midterms

Caucus Director AJ Schnack Goes Inside Swing-State Political Campaigns

Now, more than ever, political campaigns play out minute by minute on TV and on our telephones. Candidates' every moves are scrutinized and examined. But, that's just how it seems.

Behind the scenes, many political candidates - including those in states that could reshape the future of the United States - plot and plan their futures on screen while dealing off screen with their personal lives, and the affect their political aspirations are having on them. And they deal with campaign setbacks that few voters ever see, despite the media's nonstop coverage of them and their campaigns.