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5 Manliest Shows You Should Be Watching In 2013

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The winter television landscape is generally littered with dating reality shows and re-runs of NBC sitcoms. But if you’ve been waiting around for some testosterone-driven programming, the time has come to enjoy some of the best man shows of 2013!

The Americans (FX)

After just one episode, it’s hard to believe Keri Russell ever played the much tamer Felicity Porter in the 1998 drama “Felicity.” But now she’s back as a KGB spy posing as an American housewife and mother of two in the FX action-drama “The Americans.”

Creator Joseph Weisberg packed Russell’s character, Elizabeth Jennings, with all the weapons of a great female protagonist: She’s tough, sexy, witty and, at the moment, is wearing the pants in the relationship over her undercover husband, Phillip Jennings. Aside Russell’s great start to what looks to be a successful series, you’ll have all the action that a show about Soviet spies can offer.

Top Gear (BBC)

No, not the newer version from History Channel. I’m talking about the original version from BBC. If you have BBC America in your cable lineup, then you might have been fortunate enough to catch the season premiere of the show earlier this month. If not, you might be making a phone call to your provider after watching a few highlights. You don’t have to be a petrol-head to appreciate the British humor alongside some of the world’s fastest and most powerful cars.

The Walking Dead (AMC)

Based on the popular comics, it seems like “The Walking Dead” reached the height of its intensity with last year’s episode “Killer Within.” One viewer described the brutal episode as “fueled with fear and grief,” which might be a light-hearted description.

This month, the series focuses less on the battles between man and zombie, and more about man and man. More specifically, Rick Grimes vs. Governor Phillip. I expect to see an amazing showdown at the prison where Rick and company are taking shelter.

Justified (FX)

Timothy Olyphant’s character as U.S. Marshal Raylan Givens comes back to Tuesday night with new challenges. He might have halted a criminal network last season, but the drama between his father and pregnant wife will give the season some new issues that hit close to home. Oh, you’ll still get to see the gun-slinging you love from the series, but it’s looking like the writers really want to focus in on the inner workings of Givens this year.

Game of Thrones (HBO)

The quintessential man show. “Game of Thrones” has everything sex, gore, violence, revenge, betrayal and I’m not even talking about the scenes involving the wretched King Geoffrey. HBO is famous for its Sunday night programming and this might be one of the best shows ever in the lineup. In 2012, it was the most pirated show of the year, according to Hollywood Reporter.

This show alone makes HBO worth it. The third season begins in March, so don’t miss out.

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  1. Francesco

    February 11, 2013 at 9:28 am

    Top Gear is the only show that I watch from this list.

  2. Sujeet

    February 11, 2013 at 10:45 am

    I’ve been watching The Americans and I’m enjoying it so far. FX puts out some good shows, you should check it out.

  3. dee repomanski

    February 11, 2013 at 10:43 pm

    What, no sons of anarchy?

    • Sujeet

      February 12, 2013 at 3:01 pm

      I personally haven’t watched it, but I’ve heard nothing but great things about it..

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Seriously, A Reboot Of ‘The Office’ Sounds Like A Terrible Idea

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There have been reports that NBC is interested in reviving The Office for the 2018-19 season, bringing back a mix of new and old cast members to the Greg Daniels-created workplace comedy.

The only problem? It’s going to suck. BIG TIME.

I’m sorry people, but you can’t remake a classic like The Office, especially without the people who made it so funny in the first place. Steve Carell, John Krasinski, B.J. Novak, Mindy Kaling, Ed Helms, Craig Robinson, and Ellie Kemper? There’s no chance of them coming back (save for a cameo), as they’re huge stars now.

NBC is reportedly already searching for a new regional manager to replace Michael Scott at Dunder Mifflin’s Scranton branch, but honestly who can play that role as well as Steve Carell did? Nobody.

As for the “mix of old cast members,” does anyone really care about Stanley, Creed, Angela, Phyllis, Toby, and the rest of ’em? Nope, they were just background filler that barely got any air time to begin with..

C’mon guys, the last few years of The Office stunk without Steve Carell, a far cry from the show’s glory days. So leave well enough alone, and try coming up with an original idea instead.

What do you think about The Office getting a reboot?

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Watch As Special Ops. Veterans Take On Historical Foes In ‘Time Warriors’

If you’re looking for a new TV show to sink your teeth into, you’ve got to check out Time Warriors, which airs on NuBlu TV, a new streaming channel offering interactivity and giving viewers the power to weigh in on the content of future episodes […]

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If you’re looking for a new TV show to sink your teeth into, you’ve got to check out Time Warriors, which airs on NuBlu TV, a new OTT streaming channel offering interactivity and giving viewers the power to weigh in on the content of future episodes.

The premise of Time Warriors is like nothing you’ve seen before, with an elite team of seven ex-Navy SEALs and British SAS special operations veterans revisiting history to fight in battles with legendary foes such as Blackbeard, Hitler and the Confederate Army. Watch as these special ops fighters customize their weapons, material and equipment, all drawn from the appropriate historical period, to level the odds against a larger enemy, much as SEALs do today.

Sounds pretty bad-ass, right? Trust me, it is, and once you start watching, you won’t be able to stop..

The team behind Time Warriors and NuBlu includes Daniel Weinand (co-founder of Shopify), Michael Janke (tech entrepreneur and co-founder of cybersecurity company DataTribe, as well as a former member of SEAL Team 6), Matt Bartley (director of series such as The Apprentice and The Biggest Loser), and Chris Campbell (former Mark Burnett Productions and Endemol Shine Group exec). That’s a pretty exceptional team!

To learn more about Time Warriors, we sat down with Michael “Odin” Janke, the Team Leader of the special forces team on the show:

Where did you come up with the idea for Time Warriors?

In my career in Special Ops, we study, refine and analyze tactics from history. Apache Indians, African tribes, Vikings, etc. We often talk about specific battles and break them down to analyze the strategies. This always leads to discussions about “what would we have done? What if 5-10 of us were inserted into that specific time in history?” We wanted to show the “flaws and failures” that also happen, not just the movie-like hero always wins side of this job.

Did you consider offering the show on a traditional network vs. online, and if so why did you decide otherwise?

When Daniel, Matt, Chris and I filmed Time Warriors, we had many studios and networks offer to produce it. However, as discussion continued, they wanted to change it for “broad viewer consumption” and it would be a completely different, canned type of show. We didn’t want that and felt that with our technology background, we could take everything that we like about Reddit and everything we like about what we would watch, and present it for free to audiences. We feel strongly that there is a problem that is not being solved.

Viewers want to binge watch, not wait for next week to see the next episode, and they want to engage, give suggestions and have a say in the plot/characters and challenges. We feel that NuBlu is our attempt to solve that problem. We feel OTT (Over The Top) is where customized, white-glove content can best be served to an interested audience.

Why did you decide to go with Blackbeard?

Blackbeard was more than just a pirate. He commanded an armada and force that literally raided, burnt and looted entire cities. He disrupted trade and the buildup of the new world. The Golden Age of Piracy helped shaped the U.S. the way it is today. Stopping Blackbeard at that point in time or even earlier, would have drastic changes to the current history of the U.S. He would be a formidable enemy back in the day.

What’s next for Time Warriors? Who do the fans want to see you guys go up against next?

We have presented three key historical battles that we are having our audience vote on: Defend the Alamo, Assassinate Hitler, and Stop the Viking Raid of France. We will tally all of the votes and announce what the audience has chosen as the next series.

So what are you waiting for, go watch all five episodes Time Warriors now and see how they fare against the almighty Blackbeard! And afterwards, head over to the Time Warriors Forum, where you can vote for who you want them to fight next!

Make sure to also visit the campaign landing page at #MenWhoBlog for more info about NuBlu TV and links to interviews with Mike conducted by other bloggers.

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Take Your Shows Everywhere You Go With DISH’s FREE HopperGO

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This is a paid post on behalf of Megan Media and DISH HopperGO, but the opinions and ideas expressed here are my own.



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As someone who’s constantly traveling, I often find myself getting really backed up on my TV shows. I’ve got 5 episodes of Gotham recorded right now, and who knows when I’ll find the time to get caught up? Wouldn’t it be great if we could just take our DVRs with us on the road, allowing us to watch our favorite shows when it’s convenient? With DISH Network’s innovative #FreeHopperGO Cyber Monday deal, you can do exactly that!

The HopperGO is a portable media storage device that lets you transfer DVR recordings from your Hopper 3 or Hopper w/ Sling and watch them anywhere using the free DISH Anywhere app. The HopperGO acts as a private entertainment hotspot for up to five devices, allowing you to stream your shows wherever you are, even if you don’t have access to the internet. There are no wires, no cords, and it’s small enough to fit in the palm of your hands, making it super convenient for travel.

Prior to the HopperGO, I would download a few movies or TV shows when preparing for a long flight. But with my iPad always near-full, that always proved challenging, requiring me to delete some apps or music to free up enough space. With the HopperGO, that’s no longer an issue, as it doesn’t use any data or storage on your mobile device. And with 100 hours of storage space on the HopperGO, you could conceivably watch every episode of Game of Thrones and still have more than 30 hours left to spare!

And don’t worry about finding an outlet or lugging around another power cord, because the HopperGO has a battery that lasts up to four hours and can easily be recharged through any USB port. Many of the newer planes have USB jacks right in the headrests, which makes charging really convenient. I also travel with a mophie battery pack, which can charge the HopperGO in a pinch if need be.

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Personally, I think the HopperGO is a real game changer. It will keep you and your family entertained when you’re disconnected from the world (like on those painful cross-country flights), and allowing your DVR queue not to grow out of control.

If you’re interested in getting the HopperGO for free, now is the time to act, as DISH has an awesome Cyber Monday deal happening now through December 11th. Any new customer who signs up for DISH by calling from the promotion site and mentions the Cyber Monday deal offer code “Free HopperGO” can get a free HopperGO with any DISH base pack (Hopper 2 or Hopper 3 DVR only).

** Free HopperGO is only available with a NEW subscription to DISH, and restrictions apply.

So what do you say, are you ready to take your shows everywhere you go with the HopperGO?

This is a paid post on behalf of Megan Media and DISH HopperGO, but the opinions and ideas expressed here are my own.

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