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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.
According to Variety, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson will host a new reality series in development for TNT and TBS. Johnson will help people facing major life challenges learn to help themselves in “Wake Up Call,” which is set to debut in early 2014. Johnson also hosted and mentored contestants on TNT’s competition series “The Hero.”
For its 10th annual 2014 StudentCam competition, C-SPAN is asking middle and high school students to create short video documentaries based on the question “What’s the Most Important Issue the U.S. Congress Should Consider in 2014?”
Prizes totaling $100,000 will be awarded to 150 students and 53 teachers. The student with the top video will receive a $5,000 award. His or her teacher will receive $750 to purchase digital video equipment.
Last year Cole Holloway, a student in Suddenlink-served Amarillo, Texas, received an honorable mention award of $250 for his video. Cole’s and all past winners’ videos can be viewed online.
The deadline for entries is Jan. 20. Winners will be announced in March.
C-SPAN, created by the cable television industry to provide public access to the political process, is available to all Suddenlink customers who have what is commonly known as Expanded Basic TV service.
Animal Planet has partnered with several leading animal organizations to create its R.O.A.R. (Reach Out, Act, Respond) initiative. Today through Nov. 12, the network will match R.O.A.R. donations, which help support such efforts as protecting wild chimpanzees, rescuing and training horses for therapy programs, and saving homeless dogs. Interested donors can contribute online.
The Weather Channel has launched “Connect with Weather,” a campaign designed to provide families and communities with weather preparedness information. Features include a video contest and an interactive website. Local awareness events are also being planned.
The website includes games and activities, a step-by-step guide to creating a disaster plan, and many other resources.
“Connect with Weather” partners include the American Red Cross, American Humane Association, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Portlight Strategies, and Save the Children.
The Weather Channel is available to virtually all Suddenlink customers who have what is commonly known as Expanded Basic TV service.
Lifetime is gearing up for Breast Cancer Awareness Month. While the network’s campaign officially begins in October, many resources, including Tools for Men to Support a Woman’s Cancer Diagnosis, can already be found on Lifetime’s Stop Breast Cancer for Life website.
Cable networks once again dominated the Primetime Emmy Awards. Of 18 major awards presented, 15 went to cable programs and individual actors on cable shows.
HBO led the way with seven awards, including two each for miniseries “Behind the Candelabra” and comedy series “Veep,” and one each for drama series “The Newsroom” and “Boardwalk Empire,” and variety special “Louis C.K.: Oh My God.”
Showtime captured three Emmys, one each for comedy series “Nurse Jackie,” drama series “Homeland,” and miniseries “The Big C: Hereafter.”
AMC’s “Breaking Bad” won two awards. One award each for USA’s “Political Animals,” Comedy Central’s “The Colbert Report,” and FX’s “American Horror Story: Asylum” rounded out the cable network winners.
USA Today has a complete list of winners.
A “Breaking Bad” studio prop auction site went live today. While the auction won’t begin until Sept. 29, many items from the popular AMC series, including Walt’s book bag, Gus’ computer, and, yes, even the charred pink bear can already be viewed at Screenbid.
“Breaking Bad” propmaster Mark Hanson talks about his work in this AMC video.
AMC is available to virtually all Suddenlink customers who have what is commonly known as Expanded Basic TV service.
Sept. 15 through Oct. 15 is Hispanic Heritage Month and several networks are commemorating the observation with special programming.
PBS, for example, will present a six-hour documentary series exploring the 500-plus year history of Latinos in what is today the United States. The series will run Sept. 17 – Oct. 1, 7-9 p.m. CT.
For younger viewers, Disney Channel has begun presenting new installments of its original between-program short series, “This is Me,” which features kids talking about their heroes, families, passions and what Hispanic Heritage Month means to them.
The Texas Cable Association offers details about other Hispanic Heritage Month programming.