Wednesday, August 19, 2009

TV news and views

Brooklyn, Conn., resident Rudy Pauls, 31, an engineer, will be one of the new overweight folks in the cast of "The Biggest Loser" starting Sept. 15 on NBC.

Deal or No Deal auditions will be in the Grand Ballroom at Foxwoods on August 20 from 1 to 5 p.m.

Cox Communications says it has upgraded its On-Demand TV section to make navigation quicker and easier. Good, since it was balky and frustrating, and prone to freezing oup.
"The upgrade includes several new features including horizontal scrolling through menus, a ‘skip’ function enabling users to fast forward and rewind quicker, and a new ‘Instant Replay’ function. Cox will also add more choices to FreeZone, more HD content, and more movies available On Demand," Cox says.

TNT has added two episodes to the summer run of its hit series LEVERAGE, starring Academy Award® winner Timothy Hutton (Ordinary People), Gina Bellman (Coupling), Christian Kane (TNT’s Into the West), Beth Riesgraf (Alvin and the Chipmunks) and Aldis Hodge (Friday Night Lights). The summer finale, guest-starring Star Trek: Voyager’s Jeri Ryan in a new recurring role as Tara, a grifter who helps the team out, will air Wednesday, Sept. 9.

TNT has added two episodes of the entertaining show "Leverage" to the current run: “The Ice Man Job” – Wednesday, Sept. 2, at 9 p.m.; and the Summer Finale: “The Lost Heir Job” – Wednesday, Sept. 9, at 9 p.m.

Rainbow Media Holdings, LLC has announced the launch today of Wedding Central (, a new multiplatform, interactive programming service devoted to weddings, dating and romance. The new channel is available to subscribers of Cablevision’s iO digital cable package.

Anything-but-music channel MTV has a new night of bizarro programming: Premiering Thursday, August 27th at 9 p.m., MTV’s ‘See You Thursday’ programming includes second seasons of “Rob Dyrdek's Fantasy Factory,” “Bully Beatdown,” “Nitro Circus,” and the new “Pranked.” Oh, boy.

The NHL has announced its upcoming TV schedule, not that most of the populace cares. Gams will be on NBC, VERSUS, CBC, TSN and RDS. (Yeah, exactly...) Top-interest game will be the opener, in Fenway Park, on New Year's Day, Boston vs. Philly. It will be the first time ol' Fenway is that lily-white since... the last Bosox game.

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