I have gotten a plethora of cool press releases have been flooding my inbox recently that you may find interesting. This post will include blurbs on new NBC shows, Grimm, About Face: Supermodels Then and Now , American Colony: Meet the Hutterites, School Spirits, The New Yorker, American Pickers, Kevin Nealon: Whelmed… But Not Overly,The Real Story, Dracula, Selena Gomez, and folk festivals.
You will not have to wait until their official premiere dates to watch the new series on NBC this fall. They will all be airing early on NBC.com, your cable on Demand channel, iTunes and the like. Here are the dates you can start watching them: THE NEW NORMAL (August 29), GO ON (August 9), GUYS WITH KIDS (September 13), REVOLUTION (September 4), ANIMAL PRACTICE (August 13), and CHICAGO FIRE (September 27).
- If you need to catch up on NBC’s new offering from last season Grimm, it is out on Blu-Ray and DVD August 7. While you wait, check out the clip below:
- The latest installment in the HBO Summer Documentary Series is About Face: Supermodels Then and Now! The film explores the lives and careers of legendary models, highlighting the complex relationship between physical appearance and the business of beauty. Check out the trailer below and tune in Monday at 9:00 to watch it:
- The season finale of American Colony: Meet the Hutterites airs Tuesday at 10:00 and check out a preview here: College for Claudia.
- Tune in this Wednesday at 10:00 for the season finale of School Spirits. Check out a preview below:
- I this week’s issue of The New Yorker, Emily Nussbaum takes a look at cliffhangers throughout television history and how they were influenced by classic literature.
- There will be a three hour marathon of American Pickers starting at 8:00 tonight on History where Danielle will take you through her favorite picks from the show.
- Be prepared to be Whelmed when Kevin Nealon’s new comedy special Whelmed… But Not Overly premieres August 4 at 10:30.
- The fourth season of The Real Story returns to the Smithsonian Channel this Sunday at 9:00. First up is the real story behind Saving Private Ryan with future episode focusing on True Grit, Apollo 13, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Braveheart, and Master and Commander.
- Apparently NBC did not get the memo that vampires are so last decade (the 10’s are all about zombies), but they are going ahead with a Dracula series starring that dude from The Tudors. No word on when the ten episode season will hit the network.
- Selena Gomez has recently teamed up with Case-Mate for their “Right Case, Right Occasion” marketing campaign set to begin September.
- There are a couple of folk festivals popping up around the country over the next two months, here are four of them:
Edmonton Folk Music Festival (August 9th – 12th) – Known as one of the leading folk festivals in the world since the 1980’s, the Edmonton Folk Music Festival, taking place at Gallagher Park, has a lineup of some of the best folk musicians in the industry. With 80,000 people in attendance over a 4 day period, this festival strives to minimize their carbon footprint by instating special green programs. US performers include: Mary Chapin Carpenter, Bonnie Raitt, Emmylou Harris, Mavis Staple and many others. For more information, please visit: www.edmontonfolkfest.org
Cambridge Folk Festival (July 26th – 29th) - One of the premier music events in Europe and the longest running folk festival in the world (started in 1964), the Cambridge Folk Festival attracts more than 10,000 people, many of who return year after year. For people looking to widen their definition of folk music, this is the concert to attend. An intimate stage at the festival, The Den, has dedicated 15 minute slots for up and coming performers to show off their talents. For more information, please visit: www.cambridgefolkfestival.co.uk
Newport Folk Festival (July 28th – 29th) – Started in 1959, this festival is known for introducing a number of performers who have become major stars including Bob Dylan, Johnny Cash and Joan Baez. Taking place at Fort Adams in Newport, RI, the festival works to preserve the legacy of the Folk Festival through continuing the traditions of music education and collaboration. Musicians taking one four stages over the weekend include Wilco, My Morning Jacket, Deer Tick and Iron & Wine. For more information, please visit: www.newportfolkfest.net
Shrewsbury Folk Festival (August 24th – 27th) – Bringing together the finest acts from the UK and the around the world, this festival works to create an atmosphere the highlights both new and established performers. Besides music, concertgoers will enjoy loads of additional entertainment including workshops, a craft fair, open mic area and a children’s program with a folk band, craft tent, storytelling and theatre performances. For more information, please visit:www.shrewsburyfolkfestival.co.uk