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TV options abound for cord-cutters, old-school and newfangled alike
09:52 p.m., December 7, 2014 Updated 09:23 a.m.
If you’re a serious sports watcher, awards-show junkie or don’t like the idea of life without live-tweeting The Bachelor, probably nothing but cable and satellite TV subscriptions will do. But cord-cutters are relying on an ever-increasing array of products and services to keep their TV screens flickering. Here’s a roundup of some of the most popular: By Sara Shepherd
KU Hospital dedicates in-house broadcast studio and Medical News Network
November 3, 2014
When Kansas University Hospital admitted a man being testing for Ebola last month, it didn’t take long for media calls to start pouring in. First local TV stations, then national outlets, hospital spokeswoman Jill Chadwick said. “It just went whoosh, like a grass fire.” The situation called for deploying the hospital’s new communications tool: an in-house broadcast studio capable of sharing live news feed around the globe. By Sara Shepherd
KU researcher takes real look at fake wrestling
October 18, 2014
Jordan Bass learned a secret when he was 12: Professional wrestling is fake. “I was crushed,” he said. “I didn’t watch again for years.” He came back to it this year - this time armed with a doctorate. And now he has completed a scientific research study at Kansas University. On wrestling.
Daily Show’ films in Lawrence; segment focuses on ‘Brownback’s Conservative Experiment’
12:33 p.m., October 8, 2014 Updated 08:04 a.m.
Lawrence played host to Comedy Central’s “The Daily Show,” as correspondent Jessica Williams and crew filmed at locations around town Monday and Tuesday, Oct. 6 and 7. The segment, “Sam Brownback’s Conservative Kansas Experiment,” aired Thursday, Oct. 16. By Joanna Hlavacek
Playing it ‘Saf3’: Lawrence native finds success in TV show
April 26, 2014
Since she was an adolescent at South Junior High School, Lydia Hull had been dreaming of a career in acting. Now, the Lawrence native has just experienced her first big break. By Nikki Wentling
Lied Center to host The Price is Right Live!
September 8, 2013
The Lied Center is inviting audiences to “come on down” and win big prizes at The Price is Right Live! on Sunday, Oct. 27 at 7 p.m. Tickets will go on sale at 11 a.m. Monday.
Televison history buffs dig Black Jack Battlefield
August 11, 2013
Black Jack Battlefield, the National Historic Landmark just east of Baldwin City, will be featured on an episode of the National Geographic Channel show “Diggers” on Aug. 14.
Tune In Tonight: Knox trial examined on ‘20/20’
April 30, 2013
Is Amanda Knox innocent or guilty? And how many of us really care? For those who haven’t heard, Knox was a American college student studying abroad in Perugia, Italy, when arrested and convicted for the gruesome 2007 murder of a roommate. Her conviction was later overturned by an Italian court, and she’s the subject of an hourlong interview on tonight’s “20/20” (9 p.m., ABC).
Tune In Tonight: Comedy in ‘The Big C’ is sickening
April 29, 2013
The cancer comedy “The Big C” (9 p.m., Showtime) wraps up its final season in four episodes. It’s not hard to see where this is going. The final installments will break out of the show’s half-hour format with longer narratives as the end grows near. I wish I could love or even like this series, which grapples with such sad and profound matters. But it does so with cloying whimsy and precious situations. (And I’m not just talking about casting Gabourey Sidibe.)
Tune In Tonight: ‘Good Wife,’ ‘Vikings’ end their seasons
April 28, 2013
Two acclaimed series wrap up Sunday, and happily for fans, both are assured of a new season. “The Good Wife” (8 p.m., CBS) finishes its fourth season with Zach certain he has evidence of vote rigging. This legal drama, set in Chicago (but shot in New York), has never been at the top of the ratings. But it has given CBS something it doesn’t get from its more popular shows: critical acclaim, prestige and a positive buzz from the chattering class. “NCIS” may get more than 20 million viewers, but cutting edge it is not. CBS has long maintained that it’s not in the business of collecting Emmys, but it’s nice to have at least one show that gets some respect.
Tune In Tonight: Lifetime’s bad girls out for ‘Revenge’
April 27, 2013
Where would the women’s network be without bad girls or femme fatales? Brooke Burns (”Baywatch”) stars as the conniving other woman in “A Sister’s Revenge” (7 p.m. Saturday, Lifetime). Michael Miller (Tim Rozon) has put his wild ways behind him. The former Lothario has settled down with a wife and baby and is focused on running the hottest new restaurant in town.
Tune In Tonight: ‘Hearst’ tells different tale from ‘Kane’
April 23, 2013
As media experiences go, there’s nothing more peculiar — and interesting — than spin control seven decades after the fact. Released in conduction with the 125th anniversary of the Hearst Corp., the documentary “Citizen Hearst” (7 p.m., BIO) has the unenviable task of retelling its subject’s story, a tale many people will associate with the 1941 drama “Citizen Kane,” whose title character was loosely based on Hearst. And that’s only a film generally considered to be the greatest movie ever made.
Tune In Tonight: New thriller appeals to smart crowd
April 22, 2013
What happens when a closed case comes undone? A smart whodunit and a superior psychological thriller, “Rectify” (8 p.m., Sundance) deserves a large audience. It will probably get a smart one. Convicted of rape and murder, Daniel Holden (Aden Young) spent 19 years in prison, most of them on death row awaiting execution. After DNA evidence appears to exonerate him, he returns to his shattered, confused family in the small town of Paulie, Ga., which is filled with friends of the murder victim — who still want him behind bars. Chief among them is Sen. Roland Foulkes (Michael O’Neill), whose prosecution of Holden launched his political career. The local sheriff (J.D. Evermore) doesn’t seem too pleased with Holden’s release either, and most of the scuttlebutt at the coffee shop involves conversations about returning him to prison, evidence be damned.
Tune In Tonight: Watergate special tries too hard
April 21, 2013
Too often, history — particularly recent history — is reduced to nostalgia and show business. So a week after “The ‘80s: The Decade That Made Us” premiered on the National Geographic Channel, I was hesitant about “All the President’s Men Revisited” (7 p.m., Discovery), hosted by Robert Redford. The rewarding documentary just tries to tackle too much in its two-hour running time. I’m not sure if a weeklong or even a monthlong documentary miniseries could have done the subject justice.
Tune In Tonight: Cable shows on Saturday aim higher
April 20, 2013
Are Saturday nights where network shows go to die? NBC’s “Smash” makes the case for that assumption. On the other hand, the competition for cable viewers seems to be heating up. AMC recently announced that when its ambitious Western “Hell on Wheels” returns in August, it wouldn’t air on Sunday nights, like the channel’s other original series do, but on Saturday nights. AMC found that it already had a solid audience for Western movies on Saturday afternoons and evenings, and “Wheels” would appeal to that crowd.

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