Not Enough Emmy Noms to Go Around

In response to today’s Emmy Award nominees announcement, television blogger Alan Sepinwall discusses several commendable shows that received few or no nods at a time when the abundance of quality TV programming makes it difficult to choose.

Saturns Honor Best in Horror, Sci-fi, Fantasy, Action

The 38th annual Saturn Awards, which honored TV and film’s recent horror, sci-fi, fantasy, and action achievements, were held this week. 

Best Film Awards went to “Marvel’s the Avengers” (Science Fiction); “Life of Pi” (Fantasy); “The Cabin in the Woods” (Horror/Thriller); and “Skyfall” (Action/Adventure).

Best TV Awards went to NBC’s “Revolution” (Best Network Series); AMC’s “The Walking Dead” (Best Syndicated/Cable Series) and “Breaking Bad” (Best Presentation on TV); and MTV’s “Teen Wolf” (Best Youth-Oriented Series).

SuperHeroHype offers a full list of winners.

You can catch “Life of Pi” and “Skyfall,” as well as other Saturn Award winners, “Cloud Atlas,” “Django Unchained,” “The Hobbit: an Unexpected Journey,” and “Les Miserables,” on Suddenlink Video on Demand (VOD). Where Suddenlink VOD is available, check out these and other titles by going to Channel 1. A Suddenlink digital receiver is required to access the VOD menu.

NBC, AMC, and MTV are available to virtually all Suddenlink customers who have what is commonly known as Expanded Basic TV service.

‘The X Factor’ Contest Ends Tomorrow

Suddenlink customers have until tomorrow, Nov. 15, to enter for a chance to win a trip for two to Los Angeles, Calif., to attend “The X Factor” live. Hotel, airfare, and a “VIP experience” are included.

To enter, go to the “X Factor Experience” tab at Facebook.com/mysuddenlink, where you’ll also find more information and the complete set of rules

Enter to Win a Trip to L.A. for ‘The X Factor’

From an unforgettable show comes an unforgettable prize: a trip for two to Los Angeles, Calif., to attend “The X Factor” live. Hotel, airfare, and a “VIP experience” are included.

To enter, go to the “X Factor Experience” tab at Facebook.com/mysuddenlink, where you’ll also find more information and the complete set of rules.  The deadline to enter is Nov. 15.

TV News Search Service Launched

The Internet Archive is now offering a free TV news search service. The TV News Search & Borrow’s database contains roughly 350,000 television news video clips and transcripts starting in 2009. Users can access programs produced by 20 different broadcast and cable networks. The project also allow users to borrow the video clips via DVD. Program clips are added 24 hours after they’re first aired, with older programs also being added over time.

Beyond being a tool for researchers and news junkies, the service is designed to help engaged citizens better understand the issues and candidates in the 2012 elections.

Prime Time Tonight: T&F, Gymnastics, Beach V-ball

If you’re unable to watch live online coverage of today’s marquee events, see them on tonight’s prime-time TV coverage. Finals in track and field (women’s 100m hurdles, men’s 1500m, men’s high jump) highlight the action. Gymnastics coverage includes men’s parallel bars, men’s high bar, women’s balance beam and women’s floor exercise. Beach volleyball semi-finals will also be featured.

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10th Anniversary of 9/11 TV Specials

A flurry of television coverage is planned to commemorate the 10-year anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks. USA Today offers a rundown of 9/11 specials and live commemorations coming to cable and broadcast TV.

Of note is Nickelodeon’s news special, “What Happened? The Story of September 11, 2001,” which gives children, most too young to remember, a forum to talk about the events. A companion online discussion guide was designed in association with the American Psychological Association.

New NCAA Hoops Coverage Clicking

The decision to spread coverage of the NCAA basketball tournament among four networks is producing double-digit ratings gains thus far. Through Saturday night, viewership of the March Madness games was up 11 percent over last year, according to Multichannel News. CBS, TBS, TNT and truTV are averaging 7.828 million viewers, up 12 percent over last year’s 7.007 million, when the games were shown exclusively on CBS. This is the first time in tournament history that every game is being aired live in its entirety.