Disclosure: This is a sponsored post on behalf of NuBlu TV, but all opinions are my own.
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.
Check Out The Action-Packed Trailer For The Grand Tour Season Three
Get excited people, because season three of The Grand Tour is returning to Amazon Prime on January 18, 2019. And if this first trailer is any indication, we’re in for one fun season!
As always, we’ve got plenty of drifting, burnouts, yelling, crashing, explosions and sweeping shots, with ex-Top Gear hosts Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond, and James May driving a wide variety of high horsepower vehicles, including the Dodge Challenger, Chevrolet Camaro, Ford Mustang, Lamborghini Urus, Porsche 911 Turbo, and McLaren Senna.
There are also some death-defying stunts (like Hammond once again risking one of his nine lives as he struggles to keep his Jeep on a tiny bridge over a steep canyon in Colombia), along with other strange and unique challenges that are sure to please.
You can watch the trailer for The Grand Tour season three here:
We think the new season looks like a lot of fun, and January 18th can’t get here soon enough!
Do You Think A&E’s Live PD Is Real Or Fake?
A few months back, I was flipping through the channels on TV and stumbled onto a Cops-type show on A&E called Live PD, and I was instantly drawn in.
For those of you who haven’t seen Live PD before, it’s a popular TV series on the A&E network that follows police from 8 different police departments from around the country in real time, broadcasting everything from DUI checkpoint stops to high-speed chases, bar fights to gang shootings, domestic disputes to drug busts, using a mix of dash cams, fixed rig and handheld cameras to capture all of the action.
And amazingly enough, there seems to be PLENTY of crazy stuff happening at all times, to the point where you start to wonder if this is actually for real, or an elaborate production made to look real. I mean seriously, I’ve seen cops in Greene County pull over someone driving a riding lawnmower on the streets on multiple occasions. How is this a thing?!
So I decided to do some digging and see if I couldn’t answer the question on everyone’s mind: Is Live PD real?
As far as I can determine, it actually is, with one caveat. While the events that happen on Live PD actually happen, with real police officers and people, they’re not exactly appening “live” anymore. Apparently in 2016, there was an incident in which a woman recognized the body of her son, who had been shot to death. Since that incident, the show has operated on a slight delay (20-60 minutes), to prevent something like that from happening again.
We even talked to a person on Reddit who appeared on Live PD (for a domestic issue involving his girlfriend and her ex), and he verified that everything we see on TV is for real.
So how they can legally show people’s faces unblurred, considering they haven’t signed a release waiver in order to appear on screen?
The laws vary by state, but there is generally an exception for news/newsworthy material. The material should not be creative — it should be providing information, and the recording must take place in public. Given that Live PD is a reality show, and it follows real people suspected of wrongdoing, there is a reasonable argument for the producers to say the they are protected by law based on the news exemption.
Based on everything we could find, we have no reason to believe that Live PD is fake. While it might seem incredible that stuff like this goes on right under our noses, a quick search of the local police blotter will tell you otherwise!
Make sure you tune in to Live PD every Friday and Saturday night from 9pm-12am.
Watch The Wild And Crazy ‘Jersey Shore: Family Vacation’ Season 2 Trailer
Start pumping your fist people, because MTV has released the trailer for Jersey Shore: Family Vacation Season 2, and this time the guidos are packing their bags and heading to Las Vegas!
Crazy, right? It seems like they just left Miami, but I guess you can’t blame the producers, who wanted to hurry up and film another season before The Situation got sentenced to prison.
Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi, Jenni “JWoww” Farley, Mike “The Situation” Sorrentino, DJ Pauly D, Vinny Guadagnino, Deena Cortese, and Ronnie Ortiz-Magro are all back for another season (and another paycheck), and it looks like Angelina might even make another appearance.
This time around, the crew gets their partying on in Sin City, before heading back to where it all began: the Jersey shore. It should be another fun season full of drunken meatballs falling, Sitch binge eating, Pauly and Vinnie’s bromance, and Ronnie making bad decisions.
Mark your calendars for Jerzday, August 23rd at 8/7c on MTV for the premiere you can’t miss!