Palm Door on Sixth
"...The Federal Communications Commission is investigating Time Warner Cable and other cable systems around the country over the practice of moving channels from analog to digital tiers, an apparent attempt to prod people to pay for the more expensive digital service...."
"...To paraphrase Exene Cervenka of the Los Angeles punk band X, "The world's a mess; it's in their dance." This two-pronged documentary, which follows the ups, downs, and all-arounds of a group of Ugandan schoolchildren – victims of a 20-year civil war who compete in a national dance contest – was both a Sundance favorite and a 2008 Oscar nominee, and it's easy to see why. Longtime doc-directing couple the Fines are no strangers to composing shots that juxtapose scenes of tremendous hardship against backdrops of eye-watering beauty (they've possibly done more than their share of National Geographic Channel films), and the technique serves them well here..."
"...With Stratton's departure, TV news gossipmongers will now turn their attention to the status of Warren, who manages to annoy a large swath of serious news viewers, except those who think he's "dreamy." Warren's contract was also up in a few weeks, but he has inked a new deal, Vaught said. "He'll be staying with us," she said.No More Geography? Time Warner Cable subscribers continue to find a black hole on Channel 51, the prime channel slot most recently filled by the National Geographic Channel..."
"...Dr. Ian Hancock, University of Texas professor and director of the Romani Archives and Documentation Center, is calling for the National Geographic Channel to immediately halt broadcasting its new reality series called American Gypsies..."
"...Austin choreographer Allison Orr pops up in the darndest places. These days you can catch her on the National Geographic Channel in an episode of a series called Dogs With Jobs..."
"...Airing on National Geographic Channel and produced by TV docu-reality king Thom Beers' Original Productions (Deadliest Catch, Whisker Wars), America's Lost Treasures touches down in ten cities over the course of ten shows. The premise rings a lot like PBS' Antiques Roadshow – that moth-eaten Navajo blanket you found in your great-grandfather's attic just may be a national treasure! – but then spins the idea out into a contest in which cohosts Kinga Philipps and Curt Doussett (weirdly bickering) each pluck three potential treasures and investigate them further, with historians, authenticity experts, and, in one instance, a Texas Revolution reenactor..."
"...Dear Editor, Your article in this week's issue regarding Time Warner's removal of yet another of the very few quality channels from its standard cable package shows yet again TW's lack of commitment to the public [“The Cable Channel Shell-Game Shuffle,” News, Nov. 28]..."
"...While producer Dial and the Beef & Pie team fine-tune their film (they're currently in distribution discussions with the History Channel, PBS, and the National Geographic Channel, among others), Garriott, for his part, has found himself a changed man since exiting the Earth aboard the Russian Soyuz spacecraft and spending a grand total of 10 days in the cramped confines of the International Space Station. Somewhere, Ray Bradbury is smiling, and Robert Heinlein is grinning...."
"...I got the cable hooked up this week. Is it possible that summer TV has gotten even worse than I remember when I let the tube go black? Every channel I flipped to, there was some new low-rent reality series that strained my patience..."
"...Equal parts The Blair Witch Project, The Descent, and the National Geographic Channel's more arcane survivalist shows (with a hint of Ruggero Deodato thrown in for good measure), this Austin-based found-footager makes, above all, stunning use of the verdant Belizean countryside to creep the living daylights out of you. Wait, wait: It's actually almost all shot in Lockhart, by cinematographer Chad Brewer, in the bright, oppressively lurid light of faux-jungle sunlight, which only adds to the film's audacious scares..."
"...Two weeks ago, I wrote that LAT TV would launch on channel 17. It did, though several friends mentioned to me that they could not see it..."
"...Ben Affleck," he jokes on the phone. (If current photos do him justice, he's definitely rocking a rugged silver fox look to excellent effect.) Swett appeared on Those Amazing Animals (twice) with Burgess Meredith and Priscilla Presley and has been featured in several documentaries on the Discovery Channel, National Geographic, the Outdoor Life Network, and PBS..."
"...Made-for-TV movies and miniseries abound, assuring the Lifetime channel and USA Network of a new supply of weepers and weekend fare this fall. The Long Island Incident (5/3, 8pm NBC) is centered around Carolyn McCarthy (Laurie Metcalf), whose son was shot and husband was killed on a New York commuter train...."
"...In that context, the unlikely alliance among Bloomberg Philanthropies (Michael Bloomberg and Carl Pope have just co-authored a book, Climate of Hope, on global warming), the pretentiously named but eclectic production firm RadicalMedia, and the Murdoch-owned National Geographic makes a little more sense (the National Geographic channel will air From the Ashes on June 25). Rupert Murdoch might deny global warming, but his sons have been generally committed only to what's good for business – and like the sun, global warming heats believers and unbelievers alike, along with their business ventures...."
"...Monkey Town 6: [image-2] Enjoy the unique experience from one of New York’s legendary video cinema and dining installations. Sit inside a massive 27 foot cube, watching a two hour multi-channel video program..."
"...Although it might initially appear that this is a cookbook of recipes for the dessert Apple Brown Betty, that is not the case. The Brown Betty Dessert Boutique in Philadelphia is one of the nation's leading bakeries, garnering attention from O Magazine, The Food Network, The Learning Channel, National Geographic, Glamour, and every regional rag in its vicinity..."
"...Jon Dee Graham (pictured) is the subject of a new documentary film, Swept Away, scheduled for release next spring by Treadmill Productions. Director Mark Finkelpearl, who discovered Graham's work through his appearance on Willie Nelson's live 2005 benefit DVD, Songs for Tsunami Relief: Austin to South Asia, and who has worked with the Discovery Channel and National Geographic Television, followed the local guitarist over the course of nine months..."
"...And now for something completely different: The Natural History of the Chicken. Nope, not something from National Geographic, the Discovery Channel, or Monty Python..."
"...Blank has parlayed his art cars into his livelihood, having already created one book and two films on the topic - Wild Wheels was recently "sequel"ed on National Geographic's Explorer Channel by his Driving the Dream: Wild Wheels Two, Part A. Blank has plans in the near future to publish a second book and shoot a third movie..."