Cable Nets Receive Top Emmy Nominations

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Cable networks are once again set to dominate the Primetime Emmy Awards. For the second year in a row, “Game of Thrones” leads the race with 24 nods, helping make HBO the most-nominated network, with a total of 126. FX received 45 nods, including 20 for “American Horror Story: Freak Show.”

Among other cable networks receiving multiple nominations were AMC (24), History Channel (11), Lifetime (10), Discovery Channel (7) and Disney Channel (4). These networks are available to virtually all Suddenlink customers who have what is commonly known as Expanded Basic TV service.

Check here for a complete list of nominations.

History to Air ‘America: The Story of Us’

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In honor of Independence Day, the History channel will air “America: The Story of Us” on Friday, July 4. The epic 12-hour television event, which originally premiered in 2010, tells the extraordinary story of how America was invented. Tune in to the marathon between 6 a.m. and 6 p.m. CT.

“America: The Story of Us” presents a comprehensive telling of our country’s history, featuring CGI animation, dramatic recreations and insights from respected artists, business leaders, academics and intellectuals.

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

Videos Honor Black History Month

In honor of Black History Month, History has produced several videos, including “Origins of Black History Month,” “Forest Whitaker: Growing Up with Dr. King,” “Meet Madam CJ Walker,” and “Carver and the Tuskegee Institute.”  All these videos can be viewed at the History website’s Black History Month page.

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

Three Nets to Simulcast ‘Bonnie & Clyde’

The two-night miniseries “Bonnie & Clyde” will bow simultaneously on Lifetime, A&E and History, Sunday and Monday at 8 p.m. CT.

The new onscreen incarnation of the real-life Bonnie Parker-Clyde Barrow romantic crime spree legend stars Holliday Grainger and Emile Hirsch.

While the pair has not yet achieved household name status, TV and film buffs may recognize them from their extensive filmographies, which include Grainger as Lucrezia Borgia on Showtime’s “The Borgias,” and Hirsch in a multi-award winning performance as Christopher “Alexander Super-Tramp” McCandless in 2007’s “Into the Wild.”

Better known cast members include Holly Hunter and William Hurt, who play Bonnie’s mother and retired Texas Ranger Frank Hamer.

Read a review of “Bonnie & Clyde” from Variety’s Brian Lowry.

Tonight: ‘Bible Secrets Revealed’ on History

Cable network History debuts its original documentary “Bible Secrets Revealed” tonight at 9 p.m. CT. The six-part series will feature scholars, archaeologists and religious leaders explaining the Bible’s age, authorship, and accuracy with a combination of on-location photography and biblical reenactments.

Tonight’s episode, “Lost in Translation,” will look at the Bible’s translations and edits throughout history and discuss how these changes may or may not have affected the original stories and messages.

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

History to Remake ‘Roots’

Cable network History has announced plans to remake  the 1977 miniseries “Roots.” The new version will unfold in eight hours.  The original, based on Alex Haley’s book “Roots: The Saga Of An American Family,” aired over 12 hours on ABC. Deadline yesterday reported details about the new project.

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

History’s ‘Star Trek’ Special Premieres Tonight

In anticipation of tomorrow’s theater premiere of JJ Abram’s “Star Trek Into the Darkness,” History Channel is presenting a behind-the-scenes special, “Star Trek: Secrets of the Universe,” tonight at 9 p.m. CT.

The special, from the creators of “Star Trek Into the Darkness,” delves into “Star Trek” science — amazing new exoplanets, the physics of Warp drive, and the ideas behind how we might one day live in a Star Trek universe.

Before watching, you may want to brush up on some Star Trek trivia, compliments of History Channel.

“American Pickers” Will Soon Scout Muskogee

A producer from History Channel’s “American Pickers” will visit Suddenlink-served Muskogee, Okla., in early June, in search of prime “picking” locations for the show’s stars Frank Fritz and Mike Wolfe.

Casting Associate Producer Anthony Rodriguez says they are looking for unique items, such as Civil War antiques, vintage casino gaming machines, vintage motorcycles and scooters, old advertising signs, and antique rodeo gear.

This Muskogee Phoenix article includes a more complete list of  items “American Pickers” is seeking, and instructions for contacting the producers.

‘Top Gear’ Season Finale Premieres Tonight

On the “Top Gear” season finale tonight (History Channel, 8 p.m. CT), the hosts head to Iceland, home of some of the toughest winter off-roading, to prove to the locals that American trucks still have what it takes to conquer the world. Their challenge is to drive over mountains, across frozen rivers and through 30-foot snowdrifts to the virgin land at the top of an active volcano. What could possibly go wrong?

“Top Gear,” one of the UK’s most popular series since 1977, has been bringing its high-adrenaline action entertainment to America for three seasons on History Channel. The show delves into the colorful history of the automobile and showcases an offbeat celebration of the art of driving, featuring super-cars, extreme stunts and challenges, car reviews and celebrity interviews, as well as the eccentric adventures of its hosts, comedian and car buff Adam Ferrara, champion rally and drift racer Tanner Foust and racing analyst Rutledge Wood.

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

Test Your History Knowledge Online

Think you know history? Test your knowledge with The Ultimate History Quiz at the History Channel website. The game, which features thousands of questions about American and global history, can be played solo or against others.