Curly Seckler: Traditional Bluegrass Master

Wednesday, 17 January 2018 09:31 AM Written by

 

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Curly Seckler's career in bluegrass lasted well over half a century. His death December 27, two days after his 98th birthday. Severs the last link between the 21st Century and the first generation of bluegrass musicians, contemporaries of the music's creator Bill Monroe. Ironically, Seckler, singer, mandolinist and guitarist, is one of the very few bluegrass pioneers who didn't do an apprenticeship with Monroe's groundbreaking Blue Grass Boys.

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The second event of this season’s Call of Duty World League (CWL) took place last weekend at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in New Orleans. The outcome was the same as January’s kickoff event in Dallas. At the end of three days of play, Team Kaliber came up victorious and took home their piece of the weekend’s $200,000 prize pool.

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PRESS TOUR: PBS covers #METoo in new series

Tuesday, 16 January 2018 03:52 PM Written by

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PASADENA, Calif. -- The #METOO movement will be explored in a five-part, half-hour PBS series, “#METOO, Now What?” (8:30 p.m. Feb. 2, WQED-TV), hosted by Zainab Salbi, founder of Women for Women International.

 

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It's a special edition of Tuned In podcast from the Television Critics Association winter 2018 press tour previewing new midseason series on cable networks and streaming services.

I'm joined by Candace Havens of FYI Television, Scott Pierce of the Salt Lake Tribune and Gwen Reyes of FreshFiction.com 

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PRESS TOUR: BET readies legal drama 'In Contempt'

Monday, 15 January 2018 03:39 PM Written by

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PASADENA, Calif. -- In addition to the second season of "The Quad," which returns at 10 p.m. Jan. 23, BET will launch another scripted drama, "In Contempt," a legal drama starring Erica Ash ("Survivor's Remorse") as Gwen Sullivan, an outspoken public defender inside and outside the courtroom

"You are like a maple-bacon glazed donut," she says to a love interest in one clip for the series, which has not yet been scheduled. "You are a few seconds of fun but then you regret it."

"I don't play quiet characters," Ash said during a press conference at the Television Critics Association winter 2018 press tour. "I play characters who say things that need to be said."

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PRESS TOUR: 'UnReal' resets for season three

Sunday, 14 January 2018 07:08 PM Written by

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PASADENA, Calif. -- When it returns for its third season, Lifetime's "UnReal" (10 p.m. Feb. 26) takes a different approach compared to its much-derided season two.

This time around the show within the show, "Everlasting," has a female "suitress," Serena (Caitlin FitzGerald, "Masters of Sex"), who faces off with "Everlasting" executive producer Quinn King (Constance Zimmer).

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PASADENA, Calif. – Emmy-winning “The Handmaid’s Tale” returns for its second season on Hulu April 25th with a two-hour premiere. The new season will explore Offred/June (Elisabeth Moss), her pregnancy and her efforts to free her future child from the dystopian horror of Gilead.

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This past Tuesday Sean Jones, the Ohio-born trumpet virtuoso considered one of the many jazz giants to emerge from Pittsburgh over the past century, has accepted an appointment as the Richard and Elizabeth Case Chair in Jazz Studies at the Peabody Conservatory of Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore. He takes over a jazz program, mired in controversy as of late.

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Sights from MLG New Orleans: Day 1

Friday, 12 January 2018 07:25 PM Written by

 

-NEW ORLEANS

 

Call of Duty World League kicked off its second event of its season this weekend in New Orleans. Nearly 200 hopeful teams traveled to the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center to compete and try to get a piece of the $200,000 prize pool.

 

The season kicked off last month in Dallas where Team Kaliber took first place. It was the first win for the foursome made up of Dylan “Theory” McGee, Lamar “Accuracy” Abedi, Martin “Chino” Chino and Kenny “Kenny” Williams. They’re on the quest to score back-to-back championships this weekend.

 

Day one was full of excitement with elation from winners and heartbreak from losers. Here are some of the sights and sounds from day one.

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PASADENA, Calif. -- Sandra Oh ("Grey's Anatomy") returns to series TV in BBC America's "Killing Eve" (8 p.m. April 8) as a desk-bound MI5 agent who takes on an international assassin, Villanelle (Jodie Comer), in a drama with humor from Phoebe Waller-Bridge ("Fleabag").

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