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Much has been written this year about low-wage workers being compelled to work on Thanksgiving day, as major retail employers expand Black Friday holiday-selling hours. But this work-on-the-holiday reality has already been true for a while regarding another class of under-compensated laborers: College athletes.
The Thanksgiving weekend brings a dizzying assortment of college basketball tournaments and football games, a prelude to the latter’s bowl season, which now begins in mid-December and extends well into January. How quaint it is to think back on the day when everyone consumed their fill of football on New Year’s Day and then got back to other pastimes.
While the analogy isn’t perfect — and yes, some of these kids will eventually become millionaires — the exploitation of college athletes has become a major topic of conversation, as detailed in the recent documentary “Schooled: The Price of College Sports,” which makes the case that »
- Brian Lowry
The 50th anniversary of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy is on Nov. 22, and TV programming related to the anniversary will be hard to escape all month long.
Here's a rundown of some of the specials, movies and other retrospectives on JFK and his death that are airing in November. All times Eastern.
Friday, Nov. 8
"JFK: The Lost Bullet" (Nat Geo, 7 p.m.): Using remastered home movies from the scene of the Kennedy assassination, this hour-long special looks for evidence that may have been missed in earlier viewings.
"JFK: The Final Hours" (Nat Geo, 8 p.m.): Actor Bill Paxton, who as an 8-year-old saw Kennedy deliver one of his final speeches in Fort Worth, Texas, on the morning of Nov. 22, 1963, hosts this two-hour documentary retracing the final day of JFK's life via accounts of those who were with him.
"JFK: The Smoking Gun" (Reelz, 8 p.m.): »
Who ever believed that modern day ‘punk rock’ would go hand-in-hand with Broadway musical theatre?! Well, Billie Joe Armstrong did! Today we can bring you the trailer for Broadway Idiot, the documentary charting the story of turning Green Day’s music catalogue into a sell-out show.
Focusing on the band’s journey from stage to…well, stage…the documentary shows how theatre mastermind Michael Mayer worked with Armstrong to turn his music dream into a dramatic reality.
I’ve been a fan of Green Day since I was 11, and as soon as I heard about the American Idiot musical I’ve been praying it’d make it to the UK. If Broadway Idiot is the closest I’ll get to the drama, that’s fine by me!
- Jazmine Sky Bradley
Professional and collegiate sports have been on twin tracks in terms of bad publicity, each besieged by former players who have sought legal remedies to what they see as abusive systems. “League of Denial: The NFL’s Concussion Crisis” received an assist from Espn in tackling the U.S.’ most powerful sport — though the network subsequently (and foolishly) withdrew from the collaborative investigation; while “Schooled: The Price of College Sports,” from Epix, expands author Taylor Branch’s indictment of the Ncaa to forge its own lacerating documentary. Taken together, the two docs create an image that persuasively links big money and exploitation, not that such revelations will deter the sport’s devotees in either instance.
PBS’ “Frontline” teamed with Espn to report on the NFL story, before Disney’s cable sports titan bowed out, citing as a reason a lack of editorial control. Yet as several media outlets reported, the »
- Brian Lowry
Sandra Bullock is plotting revenge ("He's gonna get it one day") on her "Gravity" co-star George Clooney after his latest prank ruined her expensive dress. E! Online. Creator Vince Gilligan discusses five alternate endings to "Breaking Bad" in a podcast, including Walter White (Bryan Cranston) turning into Rambo and Skyler (Anna Gunn) killing herself. The Wrap. In a guest column, Damon Lindelof says the "spectacular storytelling" of "Breaking Bad" and its finale has finally helped him let go of his own show "Lost." Hollywood Reporter. Mia Farrow says her son Ronan Farrow may have actually been fathered by "the greatest love of her life" Frank Sinatra and not Woody Allen. Vanity Fair. CBS was the biggest winner Tuesday with 12 trophies at the 34th News and Documentary Emmy Awards. PBS earned nine, and HBO picked up six Emmys. "Frontline" executive producer David Fanning received a life »
CBS and PBS lead the 34th Annual News and Documentary Awards, handed out Tuesday in New York, with the most wins, while PBS’ “Frontline” scored the most Emmys per show, with 7. Its founder and executive producer David Fanning was also given a Lifetime Achievement Award. Seattle’s King 5 TV and Boston’s Wbz-tv also won an Emmy each for best regional reporting. Also read: NBC4, ABC7 Lead L.A. Emmy Award Winners Here’s the breakdown by the numbers: Shows Frontline: 7 60 Minutes: 6 HBO Documentary Films: 6 CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley: 3 Sunday Morning: 2 ABC News Nightline: »
- Sara Morrison
CBS was the big winner at the News and Documentary Emmy Awards ceremony last night, bagging 12 statuettes — more than CNN (3), NBC (2), and ABC (1) combined. PBS was CBS’ closest competition with 9 Emmys, followed by HBO’s 6. Sunday newsmag 60 Minutes scored half of CBS’ statuettes. CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley won 3 Emmys last night, the total wins for CBS Sunday Morning is 3 and it shared an award with CBS This Morning. (An earlier academy tally had incorrectly placed one of the newscast’s wins in the CBS Sunday Morning column). CBS’ award-winning reports covered a wide range of topics, from Seal Team 6 to congressional lobbying to Glen Campbell’s farewell tour, to the front lines of Syria’s civil war. Frontline accounted for 7 of PBS’ Emmys — a tally that does not include this year’s lifetime achievement award to Frontline founder/Ep David Fanning. American Experience and Nature also contributed to PBS’ tally. »
- THE DEADLINE TEAM
CBS lead TV news hounds with a dozen wins at the 34th annual News and Documentary Emmy Awards, presented Tuesday night at Lincoln Center’s Frederick P. Rose Hall.
Half of CBS’ wins came for “60 Minutes” segments, including two for its “Killing Bin Laden” report and two for the “Joy in the Congo” report. The “Killing Bin Laden” seg earned the best interview award for CBS News frontman Scott Pelley.
“The CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley” scored three trophies, including best coverage of a breaking story in regularly scheduled newscast for the “Fight for Idlib” report on the civil war in Syria.
BBC World News America took the honor for continuing coverage of a news story for its coverage of the Syrian strife. And the same issue earned PBS’ “Frontline” the award for coverage of a breaking story in a newsmag.
“CBS Sunday Morning” and “CBS This Morning” shared »
- Variety Staff
The Corporation for Public Broadcasting (Cpb) is pleased to congratulate Frontline executive producer David Fanning on receiving the National Academy of Arts and Sciences Lifetime Achievement Award. The award, which will be presented by the National Academy of Arts and Sciences tonight at the 34th Annual News and Documentary Emmy Awards in New York City, is given in recognition of a distinguished individual who has made a profound and long-term contribution to excellence in television. From the press release “In his three decades at the helm of Frontline, David Fanning has produced more than great filmmaking and journalism,” said Patricia Harrison, president and CEO of Cpb. “His commitment to taking on the important issues of the day, regardless of »
- April Neale
The doc League of Denial: The NFL's Concussion Crisis -- previously branded as an Espn and Frontline collaboration before the sports network dropped the partnership -- will now debut in a single episode in October instead of being split into two parts over the course of a week. The project will debut in full from 9 to 11 p.m. on Oct. 8. "The move was made to create a stronger, two-hour footprint for the program, which will be augmented by a robust marketing plan," said Frontline deputy ep Raney Aronson-Rath in a statement Wednesday. Story: Espn Ombud: Frontline
- Erik Hayden
Espn President John Skipper told a report posted today that a promotional trailer for PBS‘ Frontline documentary investigating NFL concussions was the “catalyst” for Espn‘s pulling out of its partnership with the project. The League Of Denial: The NFL’s Concussion Crisis trailer was screened at an August 6 media panel and unveiled without Skipper’s or Espn’s approval. Skipper complained the video was “sensational” and made him “quite unhappy”. He didn’t like the tagline, “Get ready to change the way you see the game”, or the trailer’s final quote from a neuropathologist on the extent of brain injuries in the NFL, “I’m really wondering if every single football player doesn’t have this.” Media watchers say pressure from the NFL led to Espn’s sudden withdrawal and now Skipper admits he was embarrassed by the Frontline docu. Here’s the trailer:
- THE DEADLINE TEAM
Espn has exited a long-running investigation into the response of the National Football League to various head injuries suffered over the years by its players that the sports-cable network was pursuing with PBS’s “Frontline” news program, senior “Frontline” producers said in a dispatch posted online Thursday.
The two parties’ investigation has been running for 15 months, and the work has spawned a web site, “Concussion Watch,” that tracks and analyzes officially reported head injuries in the NFL, as well as a two-part investigation called “League of Denial” expected to air on PBS in the fall – just as the NFL’s season is getting underway.
“From now on, at Espn’s request, we will no longer use their logos and collaboration credit on these sites and on our upcoming film League of Denial, which investigates the NFL’s response to head injuries among football players,” read a statement from “Frontline” executive »
- Brian Steinberg
There are no spectators at Burning Man, only participants. But that core principle doesn’t apply to “Spark: A Burning Man Story,” a documentary that purports to offer an inside look at the annual Diy festival of self-expression and artistic freedom that materializes every Labor Day weekend in Nevada’s Black Rock Desert. Armchair voyeurs can soak it all in when the film launches Aug. 16 in limited theatrical play and Aug. 17 on VOD, though they may be disappointed with carefully curated imagery more suggestive of a promotional video than of a fully immersive experience.
Tyro feature helmers Steve Brown (a tech-world entrepreneur) and Jessie Deeter (director of the “Frontline” documentary “Death by Fire”) bring a clear reverence to their Burning Man chronicle, establishing the event as an ephemeral utopia built on values of “decommodification,” a “gifting economy” and “communal effort.” That celebratory approach yields striking visuals but minimal insight, though »
- Geoff Berkshire
Frontline, the long-running documentary television series on PBS, has a program airing in October called "League of Denial: The NFL's Concussion Crisis," which asks the question, "What did the NFL know and when did they know it in regards to concussions and long-term effects on players?"
NFL hall-of-fame linebacker Harry Carson (pictured) says that concussions were just a part of the game when he played, because back then, nobody knew about the long-term effects.
"That's the way that we played the game. Nobody knew anything about concussions and certainly nobody knew anything about the lingering effects of concussions down the road," says Carson. "It was about playing hard, playing for your teammates, trying to save your job and winning games."
But he adds, "When I look at the various film clips, it was there in plain sight for everybody to see. ... Nobody knew anything back then, but everybody knows a whole lot more now. »
Diane Haithman contributes to Deadline’s TCA coverage. Producers of PBS’ Frontline documentary League Of Denial: The NFL’s Concussion Crisis, said today at TCA that the NFL has not cooperated in any way with the project or approved any of the film footage. Most of that footage comes from Espn. The two-part series is a collaboration between Frontline and Espn’s Outside The Lines. Filmmaker Michael Kirk said that NFL has been as resistant to revealing information as other major institutions have been to Frontline investigations, including the CIA. “They obviously don’t want to talk about it and it’s too bad, because it’s a huge, huge problem,” Kirk said. Said senior Espn writer Steve Fainaru: “They did not cooperate. They [the NFL] are being sued by one third of the players dealing with this issue.” Dwayne Bray, Espn senior coordinating producer, said that Espn has been aware of »
- THE DEADLINE TEAM
CBS nabbed a leading 46 nominations when finalists for the 34th annual edition of the News and Documentary Emmy Awards were announced Thursday. (See full list of nominees here.) The Tiffany net's Sunday night staple "60 Minutes" accounted for 24 of those bids while "CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley" earned eight and "Sunday Morning" five. PBS reaped 45 nominations, including 18 for "Frontline" (exec producer David Fanning will be feted with the lifetime achievement award) as well as eight for "Pov" and six for "Nature." The Documentary Films series on HBO accounted for all 21 of the nominations for the paycaster. ABC has 14 bids, with five of those going to "Nightline" and four to "ABC World News with Diane Sawyer." -Break- NBC landed 13, including five for "Dateline" and three apiece for "NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams" a »
CBS and PBS lead the nominees for the 34th annual News and Documentary Emmy Awards, with 46 and 45 nominations, respectively. Frontline executive producer David Fanning will receive the lifetime achievement award at the Oct. 1 event, held at the Time Warner Center in New York City. Frontline is the longest-running investigative documentary series in the U.S. and has won several notable awards, including 57 Emmys, 27 Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Awards and 15 Peabodys. "Congratulations to our esteemed nominees," said Malachy Wienges, chairman of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. "We are honoring
- Philiana Ng
Nominations for the 34th Annual News and Documentary Emmy Awards were announced Thursday by the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. The awards, given out in 42 categories including Breaking News, Investigative Reporting, Outstanding Interview, and Best Documentary, will be given out October 1 in New York City.
CBS leads with 46 nominations, followed by PBS with 45 and HBO with 21.
“Congratulations to our esteemed nominees,” Malachy Wienges, chairman of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, said in a release. ”We are honoring this year’s outstanding news stories, and we are also pleased to have David Fanning as this year’s Lifetime Achievement recipient. »
- Erin Strecker
CBS leads this year’s News and Documentary Emmy nominees with 46 and PBS follows close behind with 45. The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences also will honor Frontline executive producer David Fanning as recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award. Emmy Awards will be presented in 42 categories, including Breaking News, Investigative Reporting, Outstanding Interview, and Best Documentary, among others. The 34th annual News & Documentary Emmy Awards will be presented on Tuesday, October 1 at Frederick P. Rose Hall, located in the Time Warner Center in New York City. The complete list of nominees is available on the National Television Academy’s website emmyonline.tv. »
- THE DEADLINE TEAM
CBS earned 46 nominations and PBS 45 for the 34th annual News and Documentary Emmy Awards, to be presented Oct. 1 at Lincoln Center’s Frederick P. Rose Hall in New York.
HBO was third with 21 nominations from the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, followed by ABC with 14 and NBC 13.
HBO’s nominations for the News and Doc Emmys all went to its documentary films, led by “Saving Face” with five, the same number “Nightline” on ABC and “Dateline” on NBC.
A full list of nominations can be found here. »
- Jon Weisman
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