Critic Prefers Reality Shows for Family Viewing

When it comes to prime time viewing with the kids, Time TV critic James Poniewozik finds himself tuning in mostly to reality shows.  While admitting unscripted programs vary greatly in quality — as do their scripted counterparts — Poniewozik defends the reality genre in his column, “Why Reality TV Is the New Family TV.”

Today’s Sound Bars are Cheaper, More Powerful

The days of cumbersome multi-speaker home theaters may be numbered, thanks to soundbars. A soundbar is a slender collection of speakers in a single housing that connects directly to the TV. Soundbars have been around for a while, but recent offerings are cheaper, more powerful and can connect to mobile devices for streaming music.  USA Today explains.

The Soundbar Review Center offers additional purchasing advice.

Discovery Goes Brainy All Night

Get your science on by tuning in to Discovery Channel tonight.  Starting at 7 p.m. (CT) you can cheer on competing scientists and inventors with a new episode of “The Big Brain Theory: Pure Genius,” followed by “Outrageous Acts of Science.” Then stay put for a new episode of “MythBusters.” 

On “Big Brain Theory,” competitors take on an Olympian challenge: design a robot that can tackle three athletic events.

“Outrageous Acts of Science” takes science to the streets, as amateur and professional scientists conduct experiments and post their exploits online, competing with other backyard scientists to go bigger and bolder.

“MythBusters” burns rubber at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway testing racing myths.

Discovery Channel is available to all Suddenlink customers who have what is commonly known as Expanded Basic TV service.

New on VOD: ‘Parker,’ ‘The Last Stand’

Action thrillers “Parker” and “The Last Stand” are now available on Suddenlink Video on Demand (VOD). 

“Parker” is a thief who lives by a code of integrity. He believes that there must be order in his profession.  If that order is broken, or if he’s crossed, he’ll go to the ends of the earth to make it right. Jason Statham and Jennifer Lopez star.

Arnold Schwarzenegger and Forest Whitaker star in “The Last Stand,” the story of a small border-town sheriff who becomes the center of attention when a drug lord escapes the FBI and heads toward Mexico, straight through his territory.

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.

It’s Monster Week on Animal Planet

Animal Planet’s Monster Week is back with all-new stories about the world’s most legendary creatures. Scheduled programming explores mermaids, monster squids, super snakes, mutant pigs and other mysterious creatures, both real and imagined.

Tonight’s lineup includes three hour-long programs, “Monster Squid: It Lives,” “Man-Eating Super Squid,” and “River Monsters: Unhooked (Season 5),” beginning at 7 p.m. (CT).

Animal Planet is available to virtually all Suddenlink customers who have what is commonly known as Expanded Basic TV service.

Last Chance to Catch These Four VOD Titles

 

The clock is ticking on four Suddenlink Video on Demand (VOD) titles.

The rental window for “End of Watch,” “Dredd,” and “The Possession” closes after tonight. “Frankenweenie” is available through Friday.

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.

New on VOD: ‘Side Effects,’ ‘Beautiful Creatures’

Crime thriller “Side Effects” and fantasy romance “Beautiful Creatures” debut tomorrow on Suddenlink Video on Demand (VOD).  Both movies come to VOD 28 days before Netflix and Redbox.

In “Side Effects,” Rooney Mara and Channing Tatum portray a successful New York couple whose world unravels when a new drug prescribed by Emily’s psychiatrist has unexpected side effects.

Alden Ehrenreich and Alice Englert star in “Beautiful Creatures” as a young couple who uncover dark secrets about their families, their histories, and their town.

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.

Discovery’s ‘North America’ Series Starts Sunday

Discovery Channel’s seven-episode series, “North America,” narrated by Tom Selleck, premieres Sunday, 8 p.m. (CT).  You can check out sneak previews now.

Discovery Channel is available to all Suddenlink customers who have what is commonly known as Expanded Basic TV service.

New Retail Store Opens in Beckley, W. Va.

Mayor Emmett Pugh, local Chamber of Commerce officials, and  Suddenlink staff this week cut a ceremonial ribbon to celebrate the opening of Suddenlink’s new retail store in Beckley, W. Va., at 124 Beckley Crossing. The store began serving customers April 8.

The new store offers a whole new experience for customers, with hands-on interactive displays demonstrating Suddenlink services.  Counters no longer separate representatives from customers, allowing more personal interaction. 

 “We have a beautiful place now to showcase our Advanced Digital TV, high-speed Internet, phone and new home security services,” said Director of Government Relations Michael Kelemen.  “It allows our customers an opportunity to get hands-on experience that we could not provide at the Dye Drive office.”

Since September 2011, Suddenlink has unveiled new or renovated stores in Payson, Ariz.; Arkadelphia, Jonesboro, El Dorado, Mountain Home, Pocahontas and Russellville, Ark.; Alexandria, Bastrop, Bossier City, DeRidder, Natchitoches and Ruston, La.; Blythe, Calif.; Greenwood, Miss.; Branson and St. Joseph, Mo.; Rocky Mount, N.C.; Stillwater, Okla.; Abilene, Bryan, Conroe, Little Elm, Lubbock, and  Nacogdoches, Texas; and Point Pleasant, W. Va.

 

‘Office’ Gang Says Farewell Tonight

 

Tonight on NBC, long-running hit comedy “The Office” says goodbye with a two-hour finale.  The curtain call begins at 7 p.m. (CT) with a one-hour retrospective, followed by the closing episode. Tissue alert: John Krasinski, Jenna Fischer, Rainn Wilson and others offer tears and thanks in this farewell video.