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Six Spot-On Cultural Insights from Greg and Amy Poehler’s “Welcome to Sweden”

Amy Poehler and her brother Greg know that moving is hard. Moving to a country where you don’t speak the language or understand the local customs is even harder . . . and sometimes hilarious.  The Poehler siblings, who are co-Executive Producers for “Welcome to Sweden,” are counting on this fish-out-of-water discomfort to drive their…

What the “Arrested Development” Chicken Dance Really Says About the Bluth Family

The dysfunctional Bluth family returns this Sunday with 15 new episodes of the canceled sitcom Arrested Development via Netflix. And you know what that means: more chicken dancing! Arrested Development is built on recurring jokes but one of the biggest crowd-pleasers of all is the Bluth family chicken dance, deployed to taunt other family members,…

National Geographic HQ Makes a Scene on the FX Spy Series The Americans

  If you’ve been watching the FX network’s retro spy series, The Americans, which has its season finale tonight, you may or may not have noticed a recurring cameo by the National Geographic headquarters building as seen from the window of the show’s FBI headquarters (that’s us in the picture above, with our flat roof…

Nat Geo WILD: Rehearsal Pictures

Are you watching?! The challenges that a show like this faces are huge and numerous, and the production team has been working tirelessly for three months, against all odds, to pull it off. Here are some pictures from the final moments leading up to the live event, including technical rehearsals, when the crew tests the…

Nat Geo WILD: Only 30 Minutes to Go Until ‘Shark Attack’ LIVE!

Nat Geo WILD: Know Your Hosts – Mark Thompson

Veteran producer, actor and TV host Mark Thompson will be taking to the air live on Friday, November 25th to lead us through the ‘Shark Attack Experiment’.  Stationed in the middle of the action, Mark will be on board our TV-Studio at sea — a tricked out catamaran, 6km off the coast of Scottburgh, South…

Nat Geo WILD: ‘Shark Attack Experiment LIVE’

On November 25, Nat Geo WILD is going to go half way around the world to some of the most shark-infested waters on the planet, get into the water with those sharks – with nothing between them and our experts – and systematically test what triggers these animals to attack humans.  And we’re going to…

Happy Birthday, Star Trek TOS and TNG!

Stardate 20153.7: People in the United States were the first to boldly watch what no TV viewer had seen before. In more ancient (i.e., today’s) terms, it was on September 8, 1966, that the first episode of Star Trek, now subtitled The Original Series, aired on NBC. —Perhaps one of the most famous TOS scenes.…

Hawking Says, Don’t Phone ET; NASA Says, Too Late

By Ker Than “Thanks, but no thanks.” That was the gist of NASA’s response to advice from famed British physicist Stephen Hawking that humanity should stop trying to attract the attention of aliens, some of whom could be hostile to us Earthlings. Hawking issued his warning during an episode of the Discovery Channel series “Into…