USA Unites Awards Nominations Due April 17

The nomination period for the USA Unites Awards runs through April 17. Suddenlink is again partnering with USA Network for the annual awards, which are part of the network’s ongoing public affairs campaign to address social injustices and bridge cultural divides. The program recognizes extraordinary individuals dedicated to improving lives and strengthening their communities.

Ten winners will each receive a $5,000 grant to help start or build on their community projects, which will also be featured on-air and online. For the first time, this year’s program will include a youth category to recognize young people inspiring change.

Entries, including a maximum 500-word essay on how the nominee meets the criteria of character, impact and influence, can be submitted online.

Clock is Ticking for Character Unite Nominations

There’s only one week left to nominate someone for a $5,000 grant towards fighting hate and discrimination…

‘Burn Notice’ Bids Farewell Tonight

After a seven-season run, the final episode of USA drama “Burn Notice” will debut tonight, 8 p.m. CT. Feeling sentimental? Suddenlink TV customers can watch every past episode with Suddenlink2GO.

‘Burn Notice’ Props Are Up for Auction

Now that filming of the final season is complete, props from USA’s “Burn Notice” will go to the highest bidders.  Live bidding on some of the items takes place today and tomorrow at the show’s Miami studios, but many items, including Michael’s original “burn notice” and Fiona’s sunglasses, are being held for tomorrow’s online auction.  The online bidding goes live at noon, although early bidding has already begun. The Miami Herald has details.

USA Network, Suddenlink Honor Abilene Leader

Abilene, Texas community advocate and civic leader Petty Hunter was recognized at a hometown award ceremony last Friday as one of 10 national recipients of USA Network’s Characters Unite Awards in 2013. In partnership with Suddenlink, USA Network presented the award and a check for $5,000 to support Hunter’s community projects.

Hunter was recognized for displaying outstanding leadership in spearheading positive social change in the areas of education, civic duty, economic and community development and elder care.

Shown at the award ceremony are (left to right) Suddenlink Senior Director of Operations Jason Gebhart, Abilene Mayor Norm Archibald, Petty Hunter and NBCUniversal Director of Marketing Fred Haug. (Photo courtesy of Cooper Neill/USA Today)

Hill Harper Talks Dramatic TV Role Change

Hill Harper, who played nice guy Dr. Sheldon Hawkes on “CSI: NY,” recently talked about his new role as a cocky CIA boss on USA’s  “Covert Affairs.” You can watch the interview at The Hollywood Reporter.

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

Cable Offers Fresh Summer Fare

Are you already tired of summer reruns?  Cable offers plenty of new programming tonight.  Here’s a sampling:

New seasons of “Hot in Cleveland,” “The Exes” and “The Soul Man” begin on TV Land.  On TNT, season three of “Franklin & Bash” premieres. A fresh season of “Futurama” starts on Comedy Central.

You can catch new episodes of “Melissa & Joey” on ABC Family, and both “Royal Pains” and “Necessary Roughness” on USALifetime will air its newest special, “John Walsh Investigates: Abduction in the Heartland.”

To see a complete list of TV programming available in your area tonight, visit My Suddenlink and enter your zip code.

Abilene Man Receives Characters Unite Award

USA Network and Suddenlink will honor Petty Hunter, Abilene, Texas, as a recipient of USA Network’s Characters Unite Award. The award recognizes those who have made extraordinary efforts in combating prejudice and discrimination while increasing tolerance and acceptance in their communities. Petty was among 10 winners selected from hundreds of nominees.

Petty serves as president of the local NAACP chapter, executive director of Neighborhoods in Progress, treasurer of Interested Citizens of Abilene North, board member of the Big Country Sports Hall of Fame, and in several other volunteer committee positions. He will receive a $5,000 grant for his work from Suddenlink and USA Network, which he said he will give to I-CAN’s Curtis House renovation project.

USA Network Offers Summer Guide 2013

USA summer guide

USA Network is helping fans prep for the coming months with its online Summer Guide 2013. In addition to related video clips, games and program schedules, the summer guide offers seasonal fashion, food, and entertainment tips. There’s even a list of family-friendly beaches.

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