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Seeso Teams With Russell Simmons’ All Def Digital For Original Programming

19 May 2016 10:00 AM, PDT | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

NBC’s ad-free streaming comedy channel Seeso has forged a programming deal with Russell Simmons’ media empire All Def Digital that will see the creation of original content as well as licensed programming. First up, Seeso has greenlit stand-up comedy specials for comedians Tyree Elaine and Robert Powell that will be filmed in front of live audiences in Los Angeles. In addition, Add’s original series Blackie Sack will live exclusively on Seeso. The series, created by and… »

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Seeso Acquires Russell Simmons’ ‘Blackie Sack,’ Two Stand-Up Specials

19 May 2016 10:00 AM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

NBC’s comedy streaming service Seeso has acquired two stand-up specials, featuring Tyree Elaine and Robert Powell, as well as the exclusive rights to web series “Blackie Sack,” from Russell SimmonsAll Def Digital (Add). “We’re very excited about what NBC is building with Seeso,” said Russell Simmons, Add co-founder and Chairman. “At Add, our mission is to shine a light on the hottest new talent. Our company is an accelerator for social video stars, but also for emerging comedic actors, sketch and improv artists, and of course stand-up comics.” Also Read: Seeso Chief Evan Shapiro's Streaming-Service Goal: Disrupt 'Those That Have. »

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‘Doomwatch: Series 1-3 – The Remaining Episodes’ DVD Review

7 April 2016 11:09 AM, PDT | Blogomatic3000 | See recent Blogomatic3000 news »

If the BBC realised how beloved their old shows would become, they might have taken greater care of them. And while Doomwatch: Series 1-3 – The Remaining Episodes may not feature every episode of the show thanks to the BBC’s archiving issues, it still stands up as a very good boxset. For fans of the show, the fact that it now includes unaired episode Sex and Violence may be the best news yet…

Doomwatch is the nickname for the Department of Measurement of Scientific work. A team headed by the Nobel Prize winning physicist Dr. Spencer Quist (John Paul). Their job is to keep the government and private sector research companies in check and protect the environment from pollution and disasters.

While there is a definite feel of old school Doctor Who show quality about Doomwatch (both feature low-budget set designs and special effects) the quality of this particular »

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Doomwatch: revisiting a UK 'sci-fact' classic

31 March 2016 3:58 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »




Ground-breaking, intelligent, prescient 1970s drama Doomwatch, now out on DVD, is a British television classic...

Playing on the public's fear that 'this could actually happen', Doomwatch had a veneer of credibility unusual in the escapist television drama landscape of the late 60s/early 70s. This spring sees the most comprehensive haul of Doomwatch episodes released on DVD for the first time. The nickname for the "Department for the Observation and Measurement of Scientific Work", the series first appeared on BBC1 on Monday 9th February 1970 at 9.40pm. It followed half an hour of comedy from Kenneth Williams, which must have surely heightened its dramatic impact.

The series would run in tandem with the early Jon Pertwee era of Doctor Who; the first episode made its debut two days after part two of Doctor Who And The Silurians. The two shows undoubtedly shared a synergy of ideas - not to mention cast and crew. »

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