ESPN to Air ESPY Awards Tonight

2014-espy-awardsThe annual ESPY (Excellence in Sports Performance Yearly) Awards return to ESPN tonight, July 16, at 8 p.m. CT. The show will bring the best sports stories of the year together in one evening, hosted by recording artist Drake.

Time still remains to vote for your favorite athletes and the best sports moment of the year. Visit the ESPN ESPY Awards webpage by 8 p.m. CT to cast your ballot.

ESPN is available to all Suddenlink customers who have what is commonly known as Expanded Basic TV service.

Cable Nets Showered With Emmy Nominations

emmysCable networks once again dominated the Primetime Emmy Awards nominations. HBO remains the most nominated network, having earned 99 total nods. “Game of Thrones” led the way with 19 nominations. FX received 45 nods, including 18 for miniseries “Fargo.”

Additional cable programs receiving multiple nominations were “American Horror Story: Coven” on FX (17), “The Normal Heart” on HBO (16), “Breaking Bad” on AMC (16) and “True Detective” on HBO (12).

FX and AMC are available to virtually all Suddenlink customers who have what is commonly known as Expanded Basic TV service.

To order HBO or other premium cable channels, go to http://www.suddenlink.com/television/why/. Scroll to “Premium Entertainment,” and click Find Offers.

Check here for a complete list of nominations.

Sites Help Parents Navigate Media

child-using-computer-650x0 A recent study from the American Academy of Pediatrics found that the average 8-year old spends seven hours a day consuming digital entertainment in the form of TV, computers, smart phones and video games.

With summer vacation nearing, it’s a good time to discuss appropriate TV viewing and to activate or update parent control settings. Healthy Kids recommends several resources designed to help parents and caregivers navigate children’s media exposure.

For more tips, see our past posts, “Parental Controls at Your Fingertips” and “TV Boss Helps Manage Kids’ Viewing.”

Romance Out. Horror In. What Women Watch

Horror showsAccording to the recent AdWeek article “What Women Watch on TV,” today’s female audiences are gobbling up television’s darker fare.

More than half (59 percent) of FX’s “American Horror Story: Coven” viewers were women. Within the cable drama realm, the next three most popular shows among female audiences were AMC’s “The Walking Dead,” FX’s “Sons of Anarchy,” and ABC Family’s “Pretty Little Liars.”

Another fun fact: More women watch NBC’s “Sunday Night Football” than the network’s reality romance show “The Bachelorette.”

AMC Will Send Fans to ‘Walking Dead’ Premiere

AMC is offering fans several chances to win a trip to Los Angeles for the season five premiere screening.

Each Sunday during “The Walking Dead,” two code words will be revealed during commercial breaks. At the end of each episode, The Walking Dead Fantasy Sweepstakes site will open, and remain open until 4:59 a.m. (CT) Monday, for fans to enter the code words.

Each week, one winner will be awarded a trip for two to L.A. for the new season’s red carpet premiere, where they’ll watch a screening with the show’s cast and crew. The prize also includes hotel, airfare, $250 in spending money, and a $500 prize pack from ShopTheWalkingDead.com. A new winner will be chosen every week throughout Season 4.

“The Walking Dead” can be seen on AMC Sundays at 8 p.m. CT. AMC is available to virtually all Suddenlink customers who have what is commonly known as Expanded Basic TV service.

Videos Honor Black History Month

In honor of Black History Month, History has produced several videos, including “Origins of Black History Month,” “Forest Whitaker: Growing Up with Dr. King,” “Meet Madam CJ Walker,” and “Carver and the Tuskegee Institute.”  All these videos can be viewed at the History website’s Black History Month page.

History is available to virtually all Suddenlink customers who have what is commonly known as Expanded Basic TV service.

Sweeps Draw Viewers into Reality Shows

Two cable networks are sponsoring contests that reward winners with chances to win fantasy experiences custom-designed for loyal viewers of popular reality series.

Fans of National Geographic’s “Ultimate Survival Alaska” (Sundays, 8 p.m. CT) may enter the Ultimate Survival Alaska Sweepstakes for a chance at a trip for two to the last frontier, joining cast member Dallas Seavey on an adventure that will include dog mushing, viewing of the Aurora, and more.

Over on TLC, another trip for two is up for grabs for “Cake Boss” and “Bakery Boss” watchers (Mondays, 8 and 9 p.m. CT). The winner of the Cake Boss Kickoff Sweeps will fly with a guest to New York and bake alongside Buddy Valastro at a “Taste of NFL” event held during Super Bowl XLVIII.

Winners of both sweepstakes will be taped during their adventures for possible inclusion on future episodes.

National Geographic and TLC are available to most Suddenlink customers who have what is commonly known as Expanded Basic TV service.

History to Remake ‘Roots’

Cable network History has announced plans to remake  the 1977 miniseries “Roots.” The new version will unfold in eight hours.  The original, based on Alex Haley’s book “Roots: The Saga Of An American Family,” aired over 12 hours on ABC. Deadline yesterday reported details about the new project.

History Channel is available to virtually all Suddenlink customers who have what is commonly known as Expanded Basic TV service.