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July 28th, 2014

Bachelor in Paradise to Premiere on ABC

Bachelors and Bachelorettes who didn’t find love during their first appearance on The Bachelor receive a second chance in Bachelor in Paradise. Fans of The Bachelorette and The Bachelor will recognize familiar faces, you know, the ones you love to hate.

Bachelor in Paradise premieres Monday, August 4 at 8:00pm on ABC.

July 27th, 2014

Gym Rescue to Premiere on SPIKE

Randy Couture Photo by Gage Skidmore © Wikimedia Commons

Randy Couture
Photo by Gage Skidmore © Wikimedia Commons

After being involved in the mixed martial arts business for years MMA legends Frank Shamrock and Randy Couture are looking to aid failing gyms. But not necessarily MMA gyms, any struggling gym including traditional gyms, boot camp type gyms, and yoga studios. Together they hope to use their business savvy to help struggling gyms turn into championship gyms.

Gym Rescue premieres Sunday, August 10 at 9:00pm on Spike TV.

July 25th, 2014

The Knick to Premiere on CINEMAX

Clive Owen Photo by Mario Antonio Pena Zapatería from Irun, Spain © Wikimedia Commons

Clive Owen
Photo by Mario Antonio Pena Zapatería from Irun, Spain © Wikimedia Commons

The Knick, which centers around The Knickerbocker Hospital set in 1900s downtown New York, is directed by Academy Award and Emmy-winning director Steven Soderbergh. During this time surgeons, nurses and hospital staff pushed the normal bounds of medicine when mortality rates ran astonishingly high and antibiotics were unheard of.

Doctor John Thackery (Clive Owen) has a secret cocaine addiction but in his professional life is a brilliant pioneering surgeon creating new surgical methods in the medical field. He leads a medical team consisting of his protégé Dr. Everett Gallinger, young Dr. Bertie Chickering, Jr. and most recently Dr. Algernon Edwards. Other hospital workers include Cornelia Robertson, the daughter of Captain August Robertson, the hospital’s benefactor; Tom Cleary, ambulance driver; Lucy Elkins, a new nurse from the country; Herman Barrow, the crooked hospital administrator; and Sister Harriet, an outspoken nun.

Soderbergh will direct the series first season of 10 episodes.

The Knick premieres Friday,August 8 at 10:00pm on Cinemax.

July 24th, 2014

Garfunkel & Oates to Premiere on IFC

 

Riki Lindhome and Kate Micucci performing as "Garfunkel and Oates" at the UCB Theater in Hollywood Photo by Kafziel © Wikimedia Commons

Riki Lindhome and Kate Micucci performing as “Garfunkel and Oates” at the UCB Theater in Hollywood
Photo by Kafziel © Wikimedia Commons

Fred Savage will direct and executive produce this comedy starring Riki Lindhome (Garfenkel) and Kate Micucci (Oates). The duo’s professional satirical and sometimes dirty singing has left them with little in common with their peers both personal and professional. Savage has also directed shows such as It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, 2 Broke Girls, Modern Family and Party Down.

Garfunkel & Oates premieres Thursday, August 7 at 10:oopm on IFC.

July 23rd, 2014

Final Season is Announced for “Falling Skies”

Noah Wyle Photo by starbright31 © Wikimedia Commons

Noah Wyle
Photo by starbright31 © Wikimedia Commons

On July 18, TNT announced the renewal of the fifth and final season of their summer hit series Falling Skies. The final season will consist of 10 episodes. Hopefully this will give the writers time to wrap up the series for viewers with no cliffhangers.

Falling Skies premiere caught sci-fi viewers’ interest with their alien invasion based show. The alien revolution is led by Noah Wyle who plays Tom Mason, who was a mere history professor before the skies fell on Earth full of aliens. The newest aliens have been dubbed by humans as Skitters and Mechs. The Skitters are a spider looking alien who are intelligent. They like to harness children with an alien device that allows them to control the child’s movements and behavior through telepathy. The Mechs look like a giant robot creature that destroys anything in its path. Falling Skies left viewers with a cliffhanger when Tom boarded an alien ship.

Seasons one, two and three have been listed as cable’s top new series and ranked as basic cable’s top summer drama with adults 18-49. With positive numbers like that it is no surprise that fans are wondering what led to the decision of the cancellation of such a promising and popular show? I don’t have the answer. And much like other shows that seem to get cancelled before their time should be up, we probably never will. I just hope that with this much notice they have time to wrap up the series in a logical way and not make it look harried like this season (four) with the Lexie storyline.

Two comments made on TV Guide sums up most everyone’s feelings about season four so far:

“Falling Skies has been flat out awful this season. I hope the show can revisit what made it great in its final season. I can’t tell you how stupid blonde, grown up Lexie is. And turning Jane into a monster? I don’t know what they were thinking when they plotted this season — but it was nothing good.” – Amanda

“The whole creepy/platinum-blonde Lexie thing is a road they should never have started down. I’m really not even interested in her.” – Jenna

Falling Skies Returns (2012)

Love is in the Air

Falling Skies airs Sundays at 10:00pm on TNT.

 

July 23rd, 2014

Penn & Teller: Fool Us to Premiere on CW

Penn & Teller Photo by Scott A Hurst © Wikimedia Commons

Penn & Teller
Photo by Scott A Hurst © Wikimedia Commons

Any up and coming magician who can fool Penn & Teller with their best trick will win a spot to perform with Penn & Teller at the Rio Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas.

Penn & Teller: Fool Us premieres Wednesday, July 30 at 8:00pm on the CW.

July 23rd, 2014

Top Chef Duels to Premiere on BRAVO

Chef Curtis Stone will host and judge the new show, "Top Chef Duels" Photo by Jeff Rowley © Wikimedia Commons

Chef Curtis Stone will host and judge the new show, “Top Chef Duels”
Photo by Jeff Rowley © Wikimedia Commons

Top Chef Duels will be hosted by Curtis Stone who will also judge. Other judges include Gail Simmons, Wolfgang Puck, & Hugh Acheson plus other special guests throughout the season. Dueling chefs include Brooke Williamson, Antonia Lofaso, Chris “CJ” Jacobson, Art Smith, Dale Talde, David Burke, Kristen Kish, Nyesha Arrington, Jennifer Carroll, Marcel Vigneron, Richard Blais, Kevin Gillespie, Mike Isabella, Shirley Chung, Stefan Richter, Takashi Yagihashi, Tiffani Faison, Stephanie Izard.

Top Chef Duels will premiere Wednesday, August 6 at 10:00pm on Bravo.

July 21st, 2014

2014 Teen Choice Award Nominations, Hosted by Tyler Posey from “Teen Wolf”

Tyler Posey will emcee the 2014 Teen Choice Awards. Photo by Gage Skidmore (C) Wikimedia Commons

Tyler Posey will emcee the 2014 Teen Choice Awards.
Photo by Gage Skidmore (C) Wikimedia Commons

On June 17, nominations for the 2014 Teen Choice Awards were announced. Leading the pack is the teen soap Pretty Little Liars (CW) with 5 nominations in the drama category. The Vampire Diaries (CW) are biting on their necks with their domination (5 nominations also) in the sci-fi/fantasy category with all three leads being in the awards running as well as the series itself. Tyler Posey is nominated in the crowded actor field for his portrayal of Scott in Teen Wolf.

Speaking of wolves, Posey will host the annual event. Last year Posey took home some surfboards for Choice Male Summer TV Star while Teen Wolf won Choice Summer TV Show.

The ceremony airs live on Sunday, August 10 at 8:00pm on Fox, but until then, fans ages 13-19 can vote once each day per category for their favorite nominees at www.teenchoiceawards.com.

The full list of TV nominees is below:

Teen Choice TV: Animated Show
Adventure Time
Family Guy
Gravity Falls
Regular Show
The Simpsons

Teen Choice TV Actress: Comedy
Debby Ryan, Jessie
Kaley Cuoco, The Big Bang Theory
Laura Marano, Austin & Ally
Lea Michele, Glee
Mindy Kaling, The Mindy Project

Teen Choice TV Actor: Comedy
Andy Samberg, Brooklyn Nine-Nine
Ashton Kutcher, Two and a Half Men
Chord Overstreet, Glee
Jim Parsons, The Big Bang Theory
Ross Lynch, Austin & Ally

Teen Choice TV Show: Comedy
Austin & Ally
The Big Bang Theory
Glee
New Girl
Sam & Cat

Teen Choice TV Actress: Drama
Lucy Hale, Pretty Little Liars
Maddie Hasson, Twisted
Maia Mitchell, The Fosters
Rachel Bilson, Hart of Dixie
Troian Bellisario, Pretty Little Liars

Teen Choice TV Actor: Drama
Avan Jogia, Twisted
Ian Harding, Pretty Little Liars
Jake T. Austin, The Fosters
Keegan Allen, Pretty Little Liars
Lucas Grabeel, Switched at Birth

Teen Choice TV Show: Drama
The Fosters
Hart of Dixie
Pretty Little Liars
Switched at Birth
Twisted

Teen Choice TV: Reality Competition Show
The Amazing Race
American Idol XIII
Masterchef Junior
Survivor
The Voice

Teen Choice TV: Reality Show
Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey
Dance Moms
Keeping Up with the Kardashians
Real Husbands of Hollywood
Total Divas

Teen Choice TV Actress: Sci-Fi/Fantasy
Claire Holt, The Originals
Ginnifer Goodwin, Once Upon a Time
Kat Graham, The Vampire Diaries
Kristin Kreuk, Beauty and The Beast
Nina Dobrev, The Vampire Diaries

Teen Choice TV Actor: Sci-Fi/Fantasy
Ian Somerhalder, The Vampire Diaries
Joseph Morgan, The Originals
Josh Dallas, Once Upon a Time
Paul Wesley, The Vampire Diaries
Tyler Posey, Teen Wolf

Teen Choice TV Show: Sci-Fi/Fantasy
Arrow
Once Upon a Time
Sleepy Hollow
Teen Wolf
The Vampire Diaries

July 17th, 2014

The Astronaut Wives Club to Premiere on ABC

The wives of Gemini 4 astronauts James A. McDivitt and Edward H. White II visited the Mission Control in Houston. Left to right are: Mrs. Patricia McDivitt,and Mrs. Patricia White. The wives were taking the opportunity to speak to their astronaut husbands as they passed over the United States. Photo by Great Images in NASA permission from Wikimedia Commons

The wives of Gemini 4 astronauts James A. McDivitt and Edward H. White II visited the Mission Control in Houston. Left to right are: Mrs. Patricia McDivitt,and Mrs. Patricia White. Photo by Great Images in NASA permission from Wikimedia Commons

As America’s astronauts were looking towards the stars, their wives and families were left here on Earth. These women went from being plain military wives who were suddenly thrown into the spotlight. Life Magazine documented the behind-the-scenes looks of these resilient women who became key players in America history and bonded together with each other. “The Astronaut Wives Club” is based on the book by Lily Koppel and stars JoAnna Garcia Swisher, Odette Annable, Zoe Boyle, Azure Parsons and Desmond Harrington.

The Astronaut Wives Club premieres Thursday, July 24 at 9:00pm on ABC.

 

July 15th, 2014

Food Fighters to Premiere on NBC

Dubbed as a cooking game show series, amateur cooks on Food Fighters pit their best dish against professional chefs who try to cook the amateurs “secret family recipe” dish better than they can. Hosted by Adam Richman.

Food Fighters premieres Tuesday, July 22 at 8:00pm on NBC.

July 13th, 2014

Flipping the Block to Premiere on HGTV

Four teams will battle in this renovation competition to rebuild identical living spaces from the ground up. The teams of two will be mentored by HGTV and DIY Network experts David Bromstad, Nicole Curtis, and Scott McGillivray. The winning teams will receive $50,000 cash and the return on investment.

Flipping the Block premieres Sunday, July 20 at 10:00pm on HGTV.

July 13th, 2014

The Quest to Premiere on ABC

The creators of  The Amazing Race and the producers of The Lord of the Rings have joined forces to create a new reality game show called The Quest. Think of a magical land where wickedness and mythological creatures lurk in the wooded forest. 12 contestants will be sent on a quest in this competition series set in a bizarre, strange, whimsical, and imaginary world to take part in heroic challenges. As a sci-fi fan, I hope it doesn’t disappoint.

The Quest premieres Thursday, July 31 at 8:00pm on ABC.

July 11th, 2014

8 New TV Series to Premiere in August 2014

A Dalek from "Doctor Who" Photo by Tony Hisgett © Wikimedia Commons

A Dalek from “Doctor Who”
Photo by Tony Hisgett
© Wikimedia Commons

PLUS 6 Season Premieres

August is typically the hottest month of the summer so why not cool off inside with some new TV programs? Read on to see what’s new on TV in August.

New shows listed in alphabetical order.

Anger Management (FX)
Mondays @ 10:00pm, 2nd Season Premiere August 4

Bachelor in Paradise (ABC)
Mondays @ 8:00pm, Series Premiere August 4
Bachelors and Bachelorettes who didn’t find love during their first appearance on The Bachelor receive a second chance in Bachelor in Paradise. Fans of The Bachelorette and The Bachelor will recognize familiar faces, you know, the ones you love to hate.

BBQ Crawl (TRAVEL)
Sundays @ 8:00pm, 2nd Season Premiere August 31

David Tutera’s CELEBrations (WE)
Fridays @ 9:00pm, 6th Season Premiere August 1

Peter Capaldi will be the new Doctor. Photo by Stuart Crawford © Wikimedia Commons

Peter Capaldi will be the new Doctor.
Photo by Stuart Crawford
© Wikimedia Commons

Doctor Who (BBCA)
Saturdays @ 8:00pm, 8th Season Premiere August 23

Garfunkel & Oates (IFC)
Thursdays @ 10:00pm, Series Premiere August 7
Fred Savage will direct and executive produce this comedy starring Riki Lindhome (Garfunkel) and Kate Micucci (Oates). The duo’s professional satirical and sometimes dirty singing has left them with little in common with their peers both personal and professional. Savage has also directed shows such as Party Down, It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, 2 Broke Girls and Modern Family.

Gym Rescue (SPIKE)
Sundays @ 9:00pm, Series Premiere August 10
After being involved in the mixed martial arts business for years MMA legends Frank Shamrock and Randy Couture are looking to aid failing gyms. But not necessarily MMA gyms, any struggling gym including traditional gyms, boot camp type gyms, and yoga studios. Together they hope to use their business savvy to help struggling gyms turn into championship gyms.

Hell on Wheels (AMC)
Saturdays @ 9:00pm, 4th Season Premiere August 2

Hollywood Hillbillies (REELZ)
Tuesdays @ 9:00pm, 2nd Season Premiere August 5

Legends (TNT)
Wednesdays @ 9:00pm, Series Premiere August 13
As an undercover spy you have to be able to adopt numerous personalities like Martin Odum (Sean Bean) does. But sometimes a person can go so deep and adapt so many personas that they forget who they really are. Legends stars Sean Bean as Martin Odum, Ali Larter as Crystal McGuire, Amber Valletta as Sonya Odum, Steve Harris as Nelson Gates, and Tina Majorino as Maggie Harris.

Outlander (STARZ)
Saturdays @ 9:00pm, Series Premiere August 9
Outlander tells Claire’s (Caitriona Balfe) story who is a British combat nurse in 1945 who is married to Frank Randall (Tobias Menzies). Claire accidently gets sent back in time to 1743 Scotland. Once there, Claire is forced to marry a young Scottish warrior, Jamie Fraser (Sam Heughan). Jamie is the sworn enemy of Randall (also played by Tobias Menzies) who is the ancestor of Claire’s husband, Frank.
Did you follow all that? It’s time travel. The lines of reality are going to be blurred.

Clive Owen Photo by Mario Antonio Pena Zapatería from Irun, Spain © Wikimedia Commons

Clive Owen
Photo by Mario Antonio Pena Zapatería from Irun, Spain © Wikimedia Commons

The Knick (CINEMAX)
Fridays @ 10:00pm, Series Premiere August 8
Directed by Academy Award and Emmy-winning director Steven Soderbergh, The Knick centers around The Knickerbocker Hospital set in 1900s downtown New York . During this time surgeons, nurses and hospital staff pushed the normal bounds of medicine when mortality rates ran astonishingly high and antibiotics were unheard of.

Doctor John Thackery (Clive Owen) has a secret cocaine addiction but in his professional life is a brilliant pioneering surgeon creating new surgical methods in the medical field. He leads a medical team consisting of his protégé Dr. Everett Gallinger, young Dr. Bertie Chickering, Jr. and most recently Dr. Algernon Edwards. Other hospital workers include Cornelia Robertson, the daughter of Captain August Robertson, the hospital’s benefactor; Tom Cleary, ambulance driver; Lucy Elkins, a new nurse from the country; Herman Barrow, the crooked hospital administrator; and Sister Harriet, an outspoken nun.

Soderbergh will direct the series first season of 10 episodes.

Chef Curtis Stone will host and judge the new show, "Top Chef Duels" Photo by Jeff Rowley © Wikimedia Commons

Chef Curtis Stone will host and judge the new show, “Top Chef Duels”
Photo by Jeff Rowley © Wikimedia Commons

Top Chef Duels (BRAVO)
Wednesdays @ 10:00pm, Series Premiere August 6
Dueling chefs include Brooke Williamson, Antonia Lofaso, Chris “CJ” Jacobson, Art Smith, Dale Talde, David Burke, Kristen Kish, Nyesha Arrington, Jennifer Carroll, Marcel Vigneron, Richard Blais, Kevin Gillespie, Mike Isabella, Shirley Chung, Stefan Richter, Takashi Yagihashi, Tiffani Faison, Stephanie Izard. “Top Chef Duels” will be hosted by Curtis Stone. Judges include Curtis Stone, Gail Simmons, Wolfgang Puck, & Hugh Acheson plus other special guests throughout the season.

Wizard Wars (SYFY)
Tuesdays @ 10:00pm, Series Premiere August 19
In this challenging series, magical competitors are given random objects and are tasked with creating a spectacular illusion with them. Viewers will get a behind-the-scenes look at the project from the beginning to the end. The winning team of competitors will then go head-to-head with the “home team” of world-renowned wizards – mentalist Angela Funovits, YouTube sensation Justin Flom, Wynn resort resident magician Shimshi, and two-time world Championship of Magic Winner Gregory Wilson. Contestants will be judged by Penn & Teller, Jason Latimer, and Christen Gerhart.

July 11th, 2014

Satisfaction to Premiere on USA

According to the lives of one couple, Neil Truman (Matt Passmore) and his wife, Grace (Stephanie Szostak), this series supposedly answers the question, “What do you do when having it all is not enough?” The description on USA’s site reads, “A provocative drama that explores modern marriage at its midpoint.” When is the ‘midpoint” of marriage? What does that even mean? Also starring in Satisfaction are Michelle DeShon, Katherine LaNasa and Blair Redford. Follow Satisfaction on Facebook.

Satisfaction premieres Thursday, July 17 at 10:00pm on USA.

July 10th, 2014

Dating Naked to Premiere on VH1

According to the network description, “The series will play with the idea of what it really means to be naked in the search for love. There’s no clothing, no jewelry, no phones and no conventions of society. – just you. Dating Naked will be filmed in a remote exotic locale. There’s nothing to hide if you are dating naked.

Dating Naked premieres Thursday, July 17 at 9:00pm on VH1.

July 9th, 2014

Rush to Premiere on USA

The renegade Dr. William P. Rush (Tom Ellis) whose highly discreet approach, no matter the ailment, and disassociation with any hospital, comes with the hefty price tag of his cash-only premium. Dr. Rush lives life in the fast lane, can party with the best of them and has no fear of consequence. But when an old flame and his conscience surface, he questions everything. Follow Rush on Facebook.

Rush premieres Thursday, July 17 at 9:00pm on USA.

July 8th, 2014

Seed to Premiere on the CW

Harry (Adam Korson) is in the midst of 3 different relationships – the overanxious single mom-to-be, a lesbian couple with a 9-year-old son, and an upper-class family with a defying teenage daughter. What do they all have in common? They all are the recipients of Harry’s seed. You see, Harry is a sperm donor who will share more than his DNA with these families.

Seed premieres Monday, July 14 at 9:30pm on the CW.

 

July 7th, 2014

And the Award for the Most Impressive Dives in the 2014 FIFA World Cup Goes To…

 #11 Arjen Robben UEFA Euro 2012 match between Netherlands and Denmark that took place in Kharkiv. Photo by Dmitrij Nejmyrok  © Wikimedia Commons

#11 Arjen Robben UEFA Euro 2012 match between Netherlands and Denmark that took place in Kharkiv. Photo by Dmitrij Nejmyrok  © Wikimedia Commons

…Number Eleven, Arjen Robben of the Netherlands. Robben racked up a World Cup record of 5 personal fouls against him in the Netherlands versus Mexico match. A good soccer dive is a piece of art as much as it is a part of the game of soccer. But there is a time and a place to perform this act in order to receive the best advantage from it. Outside and close to the goalie box is acceptable which could result in a direct or indirect free kick, which is where set plays come in handy. A successful dive inside the goalie box and the player will be awarded a penalty kick. But these days it seems like most of the players are exaggerating every little hit or touch they receive from an opponent which takes away from the perfect dive. Players falling to the ground on a consistent basis during matches can possibly make it more difficult for a referee to determine if the foul is actual or faked. A good dive will trick the ref into thinking there was an actual foul committed.

 With at least one more game to go, possibly 2 if the Netherlands defeat Argentina in the semi-finals, Robben has suffered 22 tackles in the World Cup. That’s number 4 in the overall stats (as of this posting) behind Georgios Samaras (23-Greece), Alex Sanchez (34-Chile) and Neymar (35-Brazil). But the stats cannot tell us the difference between real fouls and fouls he has acquired because of a convincing dive such as the one where he was awarded a penalty kick in the 90+ minute that led to the winning goal against Mexico. Now that’s how to get the most from a dive.

Robben has been named Man of the Match twice during World Cup play so far in games against Australia, June 18, 2014 and Chile, June 23, 2014.

July 7th, 2014

Backpackers to Premiere on the CW

Noah Reid Photo by gdcgraphics © Wikimedia Commons

Noah Reid
Photo by gdcgraphics
© Wikimedia Commons

Backpackers, a digital series on the CW Seed video service provided by the CW, is moving from online to primetime this summer. Backpackers will be the CW’s first digital series to transition from online to on-air. The first four TV episodes will be very similar to those that were released as digital versions; the remaining six episodes of this 10-part season will be specifically written and produced for the network. Backpackers follows best friends Ryan and Brandon (Noah Reid & Dillon Casey) as they race across Europe searching for Ryan’s missing fiancé.

Backpackers premieres Monday, July 14 at 8:30pm on the CW.

July 6th, 2014

World Cup Players Have Forgotten What Set Plays Are

Why Can’t the Professional Soccer Teams of the World Cup Be More Innovative with Their Free Kicks?

The_Offical_Adidas_Brazuca_Ball_For_The_2014_Fifa_World_Cup_In_Brazil_2014-06-28_21-41These past few weeks I have enjoyed watching the matches played in the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil. But I cringe when I see a free kick close to the goal booted straight toward the goal then sail high above it and nowhere near on target. Not everyone can “bend it like Beckham” (referring to David Beckham‘s skill at scoring from direct free kicks by “bending” or curving the ball past a wall of defenders). Lobbing the ball in close to goal and expecting a player to out-jump a goalie (who can jump AND use his hands) for a header shot on goal is just ridiculous. If you put two people side-by-side and have them jump as high as they can with one person keeping their arms at their sides and the other person extending their arms high above them when they jump, who do you think is going to have the longer reach? Most times this play ends with the goalie catching the ball or punching it out of danger. There are times when a player gets lucky and reaches the ball before the goalie thus getting a shot on goal but these chances are few and far between plays. In watching this happen over and over again I can’t help but wonder what has happened to the set plays teams used to perform when given a free shot within range of the goal. The only team I have seen take advantage of an indirect free kick by using a set play was the USA in their last match. And it almost worked. They were so close and it added a lot of excitement for a soccer enthusiast to watch it unfold.

As a Wowdie (a fan of the Tampa Bay Rowdies1975 NASL Champions) I viewed many innovative indirect free kicks from the Rowdies that resulted in a goal. Coached by Eddie Firmani (1975-1977, 1976 Coach of the Year), Gordon Jago (1978-1982) and John Boyle (1977) and led on the field by the clown prince of soccer Rodney Marsh (1978 first-team all star), it was fun to see what the Rowdies had in their arsenal of tricks every time they were rewarded a free kick close to the goal. All it takes is a tiny bit of imagination to come up with new plays to execute for a free kick which could result in a goal. One play could have various options to choose from depending on the situation. Here is an example of a set play with many options available to the players.

An indirect free kick is given just outside the goalie box. The defensive wall is set up close to the goal making it nearly impossible to take a shot over the heads of the players in the wall. The ball will inevitably fly over top of the goal if this is tried. A better idea would be to try to go around the defensive wall. Six players for the offense set up on the ball: player one is behind the ball, player two is beside the ball, players three & four are off to the right on the outskirt of the defensive wall and players five & six are off to the left beyond the defensive wall. Once the whistle is blown player one runs up to the ball like he is going to take a hard shot but instead flicks the ball to the left or the right to players three or five. Player three or five stops the ball with the bottom of their foot giving player four or six a clean shot at the goal. The player stops the momentum of the ball because it gives the shooting player an easier shot on goal; it is much harder to hit a moving target than one that is standing still. It also gives the defensive wall a few seconds to open up some and provide a cleaner shot at the goal. Remember, the defense is NOT supposed to move until the ball is touched into play.

In option two, using the same scenario and player set up, player one runs up to the ball but this time he runs past the ball and to the right or left, away from the player who will eventually be taking the shot. Player one screams and yells for the ball to be sent to him thereby drawing attention to him and away from the ball while player two passes the ball to player three or five who set up the shot for players four or six like in option one.

Option three will also use the same scenario and player set up. This time player runs over and past the ball. When he does this player two starts yelling at him asking, “What are you doing? That is not the play the coach called for.” Player one walks back toward the ball all the time arguing with player two. When he reaches the ball, player one flicks the ball to players three or five to set the ball up for the shot. For this play (and any other free kick) remember that the referee has blown the whistle to resume play but defensive players are not supposed to move until the ball is touched. If executed correctly, this set play for an indirect free kick will almost always result in a goal, but probably only once.

These are only three simple options from one set play for an indirect free kick. At the professional level of the World Cup we should be seeing better and more innovative free kicks than I can imagine.

July 5th, 2014

The Strain to Premiere on FX

Sean Astin Photo by Diane Kraus © Wikimedia Commons

Sean Astin
Photo by Diane Kraus
© Wikimedia Commons

When an ancient, evil strain of vampirism begins spreading in New York City, Dr. Ephraim Goodweather (Corey Stoll), the head of the CDCCT (Center for Disease Control Canary Team), is called in to investigate. Everything you thought you knew about vampires will be rewritten. The Strain is based on the trilogy written by Guillermo del Toro that has the same title. Also starring in The Strain are Sean Astin, Natalie Brown, Kevin Durand, Miguel Gomez, Jonathan Hyde, Ben Hyland, Jack Kesy, Mia Maestro, Robert Maillet, and Richard Sammel.

On June 29, TV reported that several people in the Los Angeles area complained about the graphic image on billboards FX was sponsoring to promote the show. Now adults who don’t like this kind of stuff may have the option of looking away, but this image of a worm coming through an eyeball is not something I’d want an elementary aged child to see and FX should have taken that into consideration before choosing which image to display on their billboards. It’s been reported that the billboard images will be replaced but no news yet about what that image might be.

The Strain premieres Sunday, July 13 at 10:00pm on FX.

July 3rd, 2014

Welcome to Sweden to Premiere on NBC

Josephine Bornebusch Photo by Frankie Fouganthin © Wikimedia Commons

Josephine Bornebusch
Photo by Frankie Fouganthin
© Wikimedia Commons

Welcome to Sweden is based on events in the life of Greg Poehler who stars as Bruce Evans in this comedy filmed primarily on location in Stockholm. When Bruce’s Swedish girlfriend, Emma Wiik (Josephine Bornebusch), decides to move back home when she is offered a prestigious job he decides to drop everything and move with her. Bruce will face the many challenges moving to a foreign land presents including culture clashes and a big language barrier. But Bruce is determined to win over Emma’s family, beginning with her parents, Viveka (Lena Olin) and Birger (Claes Månsson). This is Bruce’s first hard challenge. Viveka dislikes Bruce from the get-go. Birger is a typical male Swede – tall, kind and silent who doesn’t speak English very well, making the communication barrier huge. Rounding out the Swedish family are Gustav (Christopher Wagelin), Emma’s younger brother who is a mega-slacker and Birger’s younger brother, Bengt (Per Svensson), who lives his life through American Hollywood movies. Also starring in Welcome to Sweden are Patrick Duffy as Bruce’s dad, Wayne, and Illeana Douglas as his mother, Nancy. Guest stars expected to make an appearance as themselves include Amy Poehler, Aubrey Plaza, Will Ferrell and Gene Simmons.

Welcome to Sweden premieres Thursday, July 10 at 9:00pm on NBC.

July 2nd, 2014

Extant to Premiere on CBS

 

Halle Berry Photo by Toastie14 © Wikimedia Commons

Halle Berry
Photo by Toastie14
© Wikimedia Commons

An astronaut is away from her family and all human contact for a year in space. When she returns to Earth she discovers she is a few months pregnant. How can that be? Halle Berry portrays the grounded astronaut who has to re-find her place in her family’s life after being gone for a year on a solo mission. Also starring in Extant are Goran Visnjic, Hiroyuki Sanada, Pierce Gagnon, Canryn Manheim, Grace Gummer and Michael O’Neill.

Extant premieres Wednesday, July 9 at 9:00pm on CBS.

 

June 28th, 2014

19 New TV Shows to Premiere in July 2014

New Series Premieres on TV in July 2014

The wives of Gemini 4 astronauts James A. McDivitt and Edward H. White II visited the Mission Control in Houston. Left to right are: Mrs. Patricia McDivitt,and Mrs. Patricia White. The wives were taking the opportunity to speak to their astronaut husbands as they passed over the United States. Photo by Great Images in NASA permission from Wikimedia Commons

The wives of Gemini 4 astronauts James A. McDivitt and Edward H. White II visited the Mission Control in Houston. Left to right are: Mrs. Patricia McDivitt,and Mrs. Patricia White. Photo by Great Images in NASA permission from Wikimedia Commons

This July, there are at least 19 new TV shows premiering on various channels. You will find anything from astronauts to magicians, musicians and a new reality competition which, from the description, should interest people who are fans of The Lord of the Rings trilogy. Read on to learn about these new shows debuting in July.

New shows premiering are listed in alphabetical order.

The Astronaut Wives Club (ABC)
Thursdays @ 9:00pm, Series Premiere July 24
As America’s astronauts were looking towards the stars, their wives and families were left here on Earth. These women went from being plain military wives who were suddenly thrown into the spotlight. Life Magazine documented the behind-the-scenes looks of these resilient women who became key players in America history and bonded together with each other. The Astronaut Wives Club is based on the book by Lily Koppel and stars JoAnna Garcia Swisher, Odette Annable, Zoe Boyle, Azure Parsons and Desmond Harrington.

Backpackers (CW)
Mondays @ 8:30pm, Series Premiere July 14
“Backpackers,” a digital series on the CW Seed video service provided by the CW, is moving from online to primetime this summer. “Backpackers” will be the CW’s first digital series to transition from online to on-air. The first four TV episodes will be very similar to those that were released as digital versions; the remaining six episodes of this 10-part season will be specifically written and produced for the network. Backpackers follows best friends Ryan and Brandon (Noah Reid & Dillon Casey) as they race across Europe searching for Ryan’s missing fiancé.

 

Halle Berry Photo by Toastie14 © Wikimedia Commons

Halle Berry
Photo by Toastie14
© Wikimedia Commons

Extant (CBS)
Wednesdays @ 9:00pm, Series Premiere July 9
Halle Berry portrays an astronaut who has to re-find her place in her family’s life after being gone for a year on a solo mission. Extant also stars Josh Malina and Camryn Manheim.

Food Fighters (NBC)
Tuesdays @ 8:00pm, Series Premiere July 22
Dubbed as a cooking game show series, amateur cooks on “Food Fighters” pit their best dish against professional chefs who try to cook the amateurs “secret family recipe” dish better than they can.

Penn & Teller: Fool Us (CW)
Wednesdays @ 8:00pm, Series Premiere July 30
Any up and coming magician who can fool Penn & Teller with their best trick will win a spot to perform with Penn & Teller at the Rio Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas.

The Quest (ABC)
Thursdays @ 8:00pm, Series Premiere July 31
The creators of The Amazing Race and the producers of The Lord of the Rings have joined forces to create a new reality game show called The Quest. Think of a magical land where wickedness and mythological creatures lurk in the wooded forest. 12 contestants will be sent on a quest in this competition series set in a bizarre, strange, whimsical, and imaginary world to take part in heroic challenges. As a sci-fi fan, I hope it doesn’t disappoint.

Seed (CW)
Mondays @ 9:30pm, Series Premiere July 14
Harry (Adam Korson) is in the midst of 3 different relationships – the overanxious single mom-to-be, a lesbian couple with a 9-year-old son, and an upper-class family with a defying teenage daughter. What do they all have in common? They all are the recipients of Harry’s seed. You see, Harry is a sperm donor who will share more than his DNA with these families.

 

Josephine Bornebusch Photo by Frankie Fouganthin © Wikimedia Commons

Josephine Bornebusch
Photo by Frankie Fouganthin
© Wikimedia Commons

Welcome to Sweden (NBC)
Thursdays @ 9:00pm, Series Premiere July 10
“Welcome to Sweden” is based on events in the life of Greg Poehler who stars as Bruce Evans in this comedy filmed primarily on location in Stockholm. When Bruce’s Swedish girlfriend, Emma Wiik (Josephine Bornebusch), decides to move back home when she is offered a prestigious job he decides to drop everything and move with her. Bruce will face the many challenges moving to a foreign land presents including culture clashes and a big language barrier. But Bruce is determined to win over Emma’s family, beginning with her parents, Viveka (Lena Olin) and Birger (Claes Månsson). This is Bruce’s first hard challenge. Viveka dislikes Bruce from the get-go. Birger is a typical male Swede – tall, kind and silent who doesn’t speak English very well, making the communication barrier huge. Rounding out the Swedish family are Gustav (Christopher Wagelin), Emma’s younger brother who is a mega-slacker and Birger’s younger brother, Bengt (Per Svensson), who lives his life through American Hollywood movies. Also starring in “Welcome to Sweden” are Patrick Duffy as Bruce’s dad, Wayne, and Illeana Douglas as his mother, Nancy. Guest stars expected to make an appearance as themselves include Amy Poehler, Aubrey Plaza, Will Ferrell and Gene Simmons.

American Grilled (Travel)
Wednesdays @ 10:00pm, Series Premiere July 2
Ride along with host David Guas and find out what America is grilling in their backyard. Each week 4 contestants will compete for a $10,000 cash prize and bragging rights for killer griller of the neighborhood.

Candidly Nicole (VH1)
Thursdays @ 10:00pm, Series Premiere July 17
Nicole Richie is famous for her entertaining tweets on her AOL web series and now that is being turned into a TV show.

Dating Naked (VH1)
Thursdays @ 9:00pm, Series Premiere July 17
According to the network description, “The series will play with the idea of what it really means to be naked in the search for love. There’s no clothing, no jewelry, no phones and no conventions of society. Just you.” The show will be filmed in a remote exotic locale and there will be no naked people shown on the show.

Flipping the Block (HGTV)
Sundays @ 10:00pm, Series Premiere July 20
Four teams will battle in this renovation competition to rebuild identical living spaces from the ground up. The teams of two will be mentored by HGTV and DIY Network experts David Bromstad, Nicole Curtis, and Scott McGillivray. The winning teams will receive $50,000 cash and the return on investment.

Leann & Eddie (VH1)
Thursdays @ 10:30pm, Series Premiere July 17
Leann & Eddie is a reality show following the personal lives of celebrities LeAnn Rimes and Eddie Cibrian.

Make or Break: The Linda Perry Project (VH1)
Wednesdays @ 10:00pm, Series Premiere July 16
The songwriter and former frontwoman for the band “4 Non Blondes,” Linda Perry, takes some young musicians under her wings and attempts to mold them into stars.

Man Finds Food (Travel)
Wednesdays @ 9:00pm, Series Premiere July 2
Adam Richman is traveling across America looking for the best eating places that are known only by the locals.

Rush (USA)
Thursdays @ 9:00pm, Series Premiere July 17
What is the difference between a “concierge doctor” such as Dr. Hank Lawson (Mark Feuerstein) on Royal Pains and a “medical fixer” like the renegade Dr. William P. Rush (Tom Ellis) on Rush? I have no idea other than Hank is in The Hamptons while Rush is in L.A. charging an arm and a leg to their elite citizens.

Satisfaction (USA)
Thursdays @ 10:00pm, Series Premiere July 17
According to the lives of one couple, Neil Truman (Matt Passmore) and his wife, Grace (Stephanie Szostak), this series supposedly answers the question, “What do you do when having it all is not enough?” The description on USA’s site reads, “A provocative drama that explores modern marriage at its midpoint.” When is the ‘midpoint” of marriage? What does that even mean? Also starring in Satisfaction are Michelle DeShon, Katherine LaNasa and Blair Redford.

Snack Off (MTV)
Thursdays @ 10:30pm, Series Premiere July 10
In this cooking competition, amateur chefs face “snack” inspired challenges. The amateur chefs are guided through these unique challenges with the aid of host Eddie Huang. Three judges, food fanatic and supermodel Chrissy Tiegen, and master chef Jason Quinn will determine the fate of the chef contestants. The third judge had yet to be named.

 

Sean Astin Photo by Diane Kraus © Wikimedia Commons

Sean Astin
Photo by Diane Kraus
© Wikimedia Commons

The Strain (FX)
Sundays @ 10:00pm, Series Premiere July 13
When an ancient, evil strain of vampirism begins spreading in New York City, Dr. Ephraim Goodweather (Corey Stoll), the head of the CDCCT (Center for Disease Control Canary Team), is called in to investigate. Everything you thought you knew about vampires will be rewritten. The Strain is based on the trilogy written by Guillermo del Toro that has the same title. Also starring in The Strain are Sean Astin, Natalie Brown, Kevin Durand, Miguel Gomez, Jonathan Hyde, Ben Hyland, Jack Kesy, Mia Maestro, Robert Maillet, and Richard Sammel.

June 25th, 2014

American Grilled to Premiere on TRAVEL

 

Photo by AMAPO © Wikimedia Commons

Photo by AMAPO
© Wikimedia Commons

 

Ride along with host David Guas and find out what America is grilling in their backyard. Each week 4 contestants will compete for a $10,000 cash prize and bragging rights for killer griller of the neighborhood.

American Grilled premieres Wednesday, July 2 at 10:00pm on the TRAVEL CHANNEL.