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Dan Dierdorf Retiring From Broadcast Booth After NFL Season

The burly, mustachioed color man who followed a Hall of Fame football career with a three-decade stint in the broadcast booth is hanging up his microphone. Dan Dierdorf will retire from CBS after this season, his 43rd connected to the National Football League. After a 13-year stint as an offensive tackle for the St. Louis Cardinals, he began his announcing career with CBS Radio in 1984, moving to the TV side the following year. He left CBS in 1987 for ABC, where he did color for Monday Night Football until 1999 and also covered Ncaa games, boxing and the 1988 Winter Olympics. He has been with CBS for the past 14 years. Dierdorf’s often brusque, call-it-like-he-sees-it style earned him plenty of detractors — snarky L.A. sports radio legend Jim Healy famously referred to him as “Dan Dierdork” — but in 2008 he became one of only four Pro Football Hall of Fame players to receive the
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It’s Not TV: HBO, The Company That Changed Television: An Original Voice

An Original Voice

“We didn’t get mad, we got smart,” HBO CEO Michael Fuchs said about hitting The Wall, looking back at HBO stalling in 1984 from the vantage of the early 1990s. Actually, a lot of the rank and file didn’t get mad or smart; we’d seen 125 of our friends and colleagues get shown the door when the company had suddenly flatlined after eight years of phenomenal growth, and what we got was scared.

But it’s to the credit of HBO’s execs that whatever anxieties they may have had, they showed no panic or even nervousness in public. Instead, they poured any concerns into energetically and immediately addressing the question of, “What do we do now?” The world we knew had changed and there was no going back to the Gold Rush days of the late 1970s and early 1980s. The company required a humongous
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NFL Audible: League Will Select A Team For HBO’s ‘Hard Knocks’ If None Volunteers

The NFL has quietly passed a rule during its fall meeting that will force one franchise per year to be filmed for HBO’s Hard Knocks. The news came the same day that the league was fending off some negative PR over PBS’ premiere of the football concussion docu League Of Denial and President Obama weighing in on the Washington Redskins nickname flap. The popular series, which follows a team through preseason, had a tough time finding a subject this year. Five teams declined to participate before the Cincinnati Bengals — a good-not-great small-market franchise with a negligible national following — agreed to do it for a second time. The NFL and HBO signed a multiyear extension for the program in July, so something had to be done. Under the new rules, teams can volunteer to be on the program, but now the league will select one if there are no takers.
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Discovery Channel’s NFL Two-Parter To Be Produced By NFL

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Discovery Channel announced this morning it will air a two-part special, NFL In Season, in which the network goes on the road with the NFL as the Pittsburgh Steelers, Minnesota Vikings, San Francisco 49ers and Jacksonville Jaguars prepare for two “critical regular season games” — in London. It will be produced by NFL Films. The two-part special will premiere Friday, October 4, and Friday, November 1. In this way the special will book-end PBS’ Frontline special about head injuries sustained by NFL players, League Of Denial: The NFL’s Concussion Crisis, which is now scheduled to debut on PBS on October 8. The Frontline project was originally scheduled to debut as a two-parter October 8 and October 15, but that was before Espn pulled out of that documentary, calling it a “branding” issue. Anonymous sources in August told the New York Times that Espn, which reportedly pays the NFL upwards of $1 billion a year for Monday Night Football rights,
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NFL and Super Bowl to air on Channel 4 in UK

The NFL and Super Bowl will air on Channel 4 in the UK, after the American football league signed a two-year deal with the terrestrial broadcaster.

Channel 4 will air the NFL's annual games at Wembley Stadium live, a weekly highlights show and Hard Knocks, a fly-on-the-wall documentary about life at an NFL training camp, amongst other specialised programming.

Jamie Aitchison, Channel 4 sports editor, said: "The NFL has always had a connection with the Channel 4 audience and it's fantastic that after the return of Sunday Night Football we now can tell the story of the whole season right up to its spectacular conclusion.

"The Super Bowl is an iconic event and alongside the live Wembley games we can showcase the sport in all its glory. We are proud to be the NFL's sole terrestrial partner."

Alistair Kirkwood, managing director of NFL UK, said: "We are thrilled to be
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'Catfish: The TV Show' react in Gif form -- Artis and Jess

'Catfish: The TV Show' react in Gif form -- Artis and Jess
This season’s ‘Catfish: The TV Show,’ which premiered Tuesday, June 25 at 10 p.m. on MTV, features so many Omg moments that it is best to analyze each episode with equally expressive reactions. And not just text-based or still image reactions — Gif reactions.

This episode apparently originally aired on Sunday before the VMAs. Did anyone watch it then? Does anyone watch this show at all? Does anything matter anymore? Max makes baby crying noises really well, and that’s all that matters.

Nev needs to stop forcing unnatural banter in these nondescript hotel openers. It’s not a good look.
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Linebacker Aaron Maybin -- Art Business Is Booming After 'Hard Knocks' Rejection

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Aaron Maybin's career took a surprising turn for the better last night -- 'cause after the linebacker was 86'd from the Cincinnati Bengals on "Hard Knocks," demand for his artwork went through the roof ... TMZ has learned. Maybin's demise from the team was chronicled on the HBO docu-series last night -- along with his passion for painting. Cameras rolled as he worked on two pieces ... and his stuff was actually pretty good. In fact, after
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'Hard Knocks' -- Broken Leg Rookie Vows ... I'm Coming Back

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You saw the injury ... you saw the tears ... but Cincinnati Bengals lineman Larry Black tells TMZ he is Determined to get back into the NFL after mangling his leg in a freak accident captured on "Hard Knocks."Millions watched as Black's promising rookie campaign came to a heart wrenching end last week when he suffered a dislocated ankle and broken fibula during a routine practice drill. The big man's tearful phone call to his
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What to Watch Tuesday: Dixie Dude Hits Whose Line, Bengals' Hard Knocks, Suits Conflict & More

What to Watch Tuesday: Dixie Dude Hits Whose Line, Bengals' Hard Knocks, Suits Conflict & More
On TV this Tuesday: Wilson Bethel asks Whose Line Is It Anyway?, the Cincinnati Bengals prep for another season of Hard Knocks, “A” puts the “surprise” in a Pretty Little party and Suits find themselves at cross purposes. As a supplement to TVLine’s original features, here are 10 programs to keep on your radar.

8 pm So You Think You Can Dance (Fox) | Choreographer Kenny Ortega (Dirty Dancing) guest-judges, which means the Top 12 better get to the lake and practice those lifts!

8 pm The Diplomat (Espn) | This documentary, part of the network’s Nine for IX series, chronicles how East German
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Hard Knocks 2013: HBO goes back to the Bengals

Hard Knocks 2013: HBO goes back to the Cincinnati Bengals for its popular NFL training camp reality series beginning Tuesday, Aug. 6, at 10pm Et/Pt. Hard Knocks: The Bengals Are Back Also See: 2013 NFL Preseason TV schedule 2013 NFL Preseason games on NFL Network 2013 Pro Football Hall of Fame Induction on ESPN2 NFL Films again teams up with HBO for a new edition of the Hard Knocks training camp docuseries, this time featuring the Cincinnati Bengals. The Bengals were previously on Hard Knocks in 2009. They finished 10-6 and won the Afc North that year, bucking the trend [...]

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2013 NFL Season: 5 Burning Questions For Upcoming Season

Summer is here and for NFL fan, the agonizing post draft drought is almost over. In the heat of late summer, almost 3000 men will compete in the ultimate job interviews; NFL training camps. Each of the 32 teams will take a training camp roster to camp and whittle those 90 hopefuls in a active roster of 53 and an eight man practice squad. For a select few superstars and veterans, this is a more part of the process, though a new coaching regime might test a veteran’s ability to survive their 11th or 12 camp. But for 100s of other highly touted rookies, undrafted players, on the bubble veteran players and aging veterans, training camp means a job or no job as they show their wares over the next month.

While the drama of training camp is truly must see TV as shown by the hit HBO TV series, “Hard Knocks”, there is

HBO, NFL Films Extend Deal for ‘Hard Knocks,’ Set Aug. 6 Bow

HBO, NFL Films Extend Deal for ‘Hard Knocks,’ Set Aug. 6 Bow
Hard Knocks” is staying put on HBO.

NFL Films and HBO Sports announced Thursday that they have reached agreement on a long-term extension of the “Hard Knocks” franchise. The first-ever sports reality series is set to return to HBO next month with a new, five-episode edition featuring the Cincinnati Bengals.

The season premieres Tuesday, Aug. 6.

When “Hard Knocks” debuted in the summer of 2001, it was television’s first sports reality series. In the ensuing decade, the series became the most-acclaimed sports reality franchise on television, earning national recognition for its innovative production techniques, unscripted drama and unmatched storytelling.

“We are thrilled to have HBO continue as the home of ‘Hard Knocks,’ the preeminent sports reality series,” said Ken Hershman, President of HBO Sports. “The partnership between HBO and NFL Films continually produces unrivaled and groundbreaking television programming.”

“We are excited to continue teaming with HBO on ‘Hard Knocks’ to bring
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TVLine Items: Doctor Who Star Books Death-ly Role, Ray Donovan Premiere Video and More

TVLine Items: Doctor Who Star Books Death-ly Role, Ray Donovan Premiere Video and More
Doctor Who dame Jenna-Louise Coleman has joined BBC One’s upcoming Pride and Prejudice-based project Death Comes To Pemberley.

Related | Doctor Who‘s 50th’s Anniversary Special: Why John Barrowman Won’t Appear

Based on the suspense novel by P.D. James, the serial — which is timed to P and P‘s 200th anniversary — centers on three of author Jane Austen’s iconic characters: Mr. Darcy (played by Matthew Rhys) Elizabeth Bennet (Anna Maxwell Martin) and George Wickham (Matthew Goode).

Coleman joins Pemberley as Elizabeth’s sister and George’s wife Lydia.

Ready for more of today’s TV dish?
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HBO’s ‘Hard Knocks’ Will Go Camping With Cincinnati Bengals Again

In the 12-year, eight-season history of HBO’s Hard Knocks, only one franchise – the Dallas Cowboys, often cited as “America’s Team” – has been featured twice. Make that two. The premium network on Monday officially tapped the Cincinnati Bengals to star on its popular series chronicling life at an NFL training camp. The Bengals first were featured in 2009, with the season earning a pair of Sports Emmys. Last year’s Hard Knocks showcased the Miami Dolphins, and plenty of screen time was devoted to aging former All-Pro wide receiver, who was known as Chad Ochocinco when he was onscreen with the ’09 Bengals. The show began in 2001 with then- and current defending Super Bowl champion Baltimore Ravens, followed by the Cowboys in 2002. But that was the last Hard Knocks until the Kansas City Chiefs in 2007. Since then it has aired every year expect 2011, when the series went dark because no team
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10 TV Shows That Prove HBO Is Utterly Unbeatable

HBO have, over the years gained a reputation as the frontrunner in terms of producing great TV shows, and indeed, some of the very greatest TV shows have been broadcast on the network. HBO have commissioned numerous Emmy and Golden Globe winners and in 2004 The Wire, The Sopranos, Curb Your Enthusiasm, Sex and the City, Deadwood, Entourage and Six Feet Under were all featured on HBO’s schedule in what is arguably the finest line up in television history.

Other networks such as Showtime and AMC are catching up with HBO with shows such as Mad Men, Breaking Bad, Dexter, Californication and Homeland but HBO still possesses a formidable schedule that includes Game of Thrones, Boardwalk Empire, Girls, Treme and True Blood. HBO possesses an entire back catalogue of great shows which means AMC and Showtime still have some catching up to do. HBO’s dedication to sport is also

Espn Announces Spring '30 for 30' Docs 'Survive and Advance' and 'Elway to Marino'

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Espn Announces Spring '30 for 30' Docs 'Survive and Advance' and 'Elway to Marino'
Espn has announced two new films for round two of its sports documentary series "30 for 30," both to air this spring -- "Survive and Advance," from director Jonathan Hock ("Unguarded," "The Lost Son of Havana"), looks at Jim Valvano and the North Carolina State Wolfpack's 1982-1983 season, and "Elway to Marino," from NFL Films and director Ken Rodgers ("Hard Knocks"), examines the 1983 NFL Draft and its six first-round quarterbacks, including John Elway and Dan Marino. The next full slate of "30 for 30 Vol. II" films is scheduled to premiere in October. Here are the full descriptions for the spring pair, courtesy of Espn: Survive and Advance Directed by Jonathan Hock Airdate: Sunday, March 17, at 9pm Et on Espn When the 1982-83 college basketball season began, Jim Valvano and his North Carolina State Wolfpack faced high expectations with equally high aspirations. But with ten losses for the...
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Exclusive: ‘Transformers Prime’ Explosive Clip (Season 2 Episode 22): Hard Knocks

“We Decepticons now face our darkest hour.” – Megatron

We have an Exclusive clip from this week’s episode of Transformer’s Prime, “Hard Knocks,” featuring Bulkhead and Smokescreen. As we head into the Transformers Prime Season 2 finale, the rivalry between the Autobots and Decepticons is beginning to heat up and get more deadly.

Watch the Full Clip Below

If you’re a fan of Transformers G1, you’ll definitely want to tune into Transformers Prime, especially going into the Season 2 Finale. Both Peter Cullen and Frank Welker, who originally voiced Optimus Prime and Megatron in the 1980s cartoon, reprise their roles in this Hasbro Studios’ CG series.

In “Hard Knocks”:

As the race for the Omega Keys grows more desperate, Knock Out harnesses the power of sound, and Starscream the power of hyper-speed.

Hasbro Studios’ Transformers Prime airs Friday, October 5 at 7pm Et/4pm Pt on The Hub.
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Giselle Bundchen, Matt Damon, and John Legend want to build a movement around candy -- Video

Greed. Corruption. Trans fats. Such is the sordid state of candy today. We are a miserable populace force-fed the injustices of corn syrup and artificial flavors.

No more!

Enter Unreal — a brand-spankin’-new candy company that’s here to cast off our chains and liberate us, O children of the earth, from our oppressors.

Their new four-minute promo video takes viewers on a journey into forests and rivers and other exotic locales as it unlocks the all-natural origins of their sweets. And adding their gold-plated endorsements are, that’s right PopWatchers, celebrities: Giselle Bündchen, Tom Brady, Matt Damon, John Legend,
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Chad Johnson, Evelyn Lozada Divorce Finalized

Chad Johnson, Evelyn Lozada Divorce Finalized
Just over one month after his arrest for suspected domestic battery, Chad Johnson is officially divorced from reality star Evelyn Lozada.

Johnson's attorney, Adam Swickle, confirmed the divorce finalization to The Associated Press on Wednesday, saying that the split was "governed by a confidential prenuptial agreement."

Related: Chad Johnson Arrested, Cut From Miami Dolphins

The estranged couple, who wed on July 4, had an altercation on August 11, resulting in Johnson's arrest. The six-time NFL Pro Bowl wide receiver was later dropped from the Miami Dolphins before his first regular season game. HBO's Hard Knocks captured the firing on their season finale.
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