4th and Loud’s JJ Raterink, quarterback of the LA KISS, talks about his ups and downs during the team’s inaugural season and what it’s like being a part of the KISS brand.
Q: So it’s the offseason for you at this point. What do you do for a living when you’re not playing AFL football?
A: I actually work for a software company. We do tracking software for car dealerships… I travel all around the country, and I go into stores and train new salespeople and managers how to use the software.
Q: In the Series Premiere of 4th and Loud, Colt Brennan is the favorite for the starting quarterback job, but has to retire due to lingering injuries. Did you ever think you’d wind up as starting QB for the LA KISS?
A: When they did sign Colt, I knew that the name was going to be a big draw, and I knew that was probably going to be something I was going to have to overcome personally to play. Having been a rookie myself, I know that the game is a lot faster than people realize, especially at that position. So it’s not that I was sitting there waiting for him to fail or get his opportunity and not succeed. I just know how difficult it is for a first-time guy to get that opportunity. But my mindset the whole time was that I was going to be playing.
Q: There must’ve been a tremendous amount of pressure on you to succeed.
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If you haven’t tuned into AMC’s newest series, 4th and Loud, it’s not too late to get into the game. This Sunday at 2PM/1c, AMC will air the first three episodes of 4th and Loud back-to-back. Catch up with the LA KISS coaches, players, and of course, owners Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons. Then, tune in on Tuesday, September 2 at 10/9c for the latest touchdowns, concerts and more.
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AMC had a lot to celebrate after the Emmys, with Breaking Bad taking home five awards, including Outstanding Drama Series, Outstanding Lead Actor, Outstanding Supporting Actor and Outstanding Supporting Actress. It’s no wonder then that the AMC/IFC Emmy Awards After Party was all smiles for the Breaking Bad and Mad Men cast and creators, which included guests Bryan Cranston, Jon Hamm, Aaron Paul, January Jones and more. Check out the photos from the glamorous shindig here.
• Gene Simmons tells the New York Daily News why the LA KISS players don’t wear the trademark KISS makeup when they play: “For one thing, you’ve got to earn it. Secondly, it’s got to be real football, not stuff going into everybody’s eyes while they are running on the field and getting tackled.”
• TVRuckus assesses 4th and Loud: “So far, it is interesting…If you want to see a Gene Simmons/Paul Stanley reality series, yes, it’s worth a look.”
• The Week spotlights 4th and Loud, concluding that it “isn’t cheesy, wisely focusing on the players — a scrappy group of undrafteds and has-beens looking for their break…” [No link]
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Q: You’ve been a player and coach in the AFL for 18 years. Did you ever think you’d end up working for and with members of an internationally renowned rock band?
A: To be able to work with Paul and Gene is actually really surreal. I mean, it’s amazing that these are guys I grew up listening to and now they’re my bosses. They’re just a bunch of regular guys. Everything Paul and Gene have accomplished in those 40 years of being together, [and] they’re just normal guys and very smart business guys. And they really, really enjoy watching and being a part of the Arena Football League. Having those guys in your corner makes everything a lot easier.
Q: You just called Paul and Gene your “bosses,” but it seems they’ve given you quite a bit of control over the football team.
A: That was one of the things that drew me to come to the KISS. I sat down with Paul and Gene and Brett [Bouchy], and one of the things I asked for was full autonomy to run the football side of things. I wanted to be able to do it my way, and they agreed to it. Paul and Gene [said], “We’re not football guys. If you ask us to help you on the football side of things, we can’t do that. But what we can do is promote us and make this into the biggest thing in the Arena Football League.”
Q: Before the LA KISS, you coached for the Chicago Rush. What’s the one thing you miss most about working in Chicago?
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Snap Fitness and AMC’s 4th and Loud are partnering to launch a Get Off the Sidelines campaign that will include free workouts and the 4th and Loud Workout: Get Off the Sidelines Sweepstakes.
Snap Fitness trainers collaborated with LA KISS quarterback, J.J. Raterink, to develop the 4th and Loud Workout: Get Off the Sidelines 4-week fitness program. Check out the four installment video series featuring Raterink at www.snapfitness.com/4thandloud, the Snap Fitness YouTube channel. The workout is free to Americans ready to get off the sidelines and get active.
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White City is an adventure story set in the somewhat surreal ex-pat world of near-present Afghanistan, one of the most discussed and least understood places on earth. The show focuses on Jon Liston, a war junkie who has spent the better part of the last decade in Kabul with a front-row seat to the carnage. In the pilot, against the advice of everyone from American embassy staffers to tweeting tribal leaders to the French journalist he’s in a relationship with, Jon tragically overreaches in an attempt to talk with insurgent leaders. In the series, Jon must find a new role in Kabul as he attempts to address his guilt, frustration and doubts about whether there is good left for him or any Westerner to do in Afghanistan.
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This week, The Washington Post watches Colt Brennan, a former Washington Redskin, on 4th and Loud, while Gene Simmons talks to SportsGrid about reality TV. Plus, Simmons tells Postmedia News about the LA KISS’ first season. Read on for more:
• The Washington Post watches the 4th and Loud premiere because Colt Brennan, a former Washington Redskin, is “a focal point” of the episode.
• Gene Simmons tells SportsGrid about 4th and Loud, saying, “This is not reality TV. This is reality.”
• Promoting 4th and Loud, Gene Simmons talks to Canada’s Postmedia News about LA KISS’ first season.
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LA KISS president/co-owner Schuyler Hoversten and managing partner/co-owner Brett Bouchy, stars of 4th and Loud, talk about working in the Arena Football League with rock stars Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons.
Q: Have you guys painted your faces, donned black spandex, and joined the KISS Army?
Schuyler Hoversten: No, I became a fan of KISS after having worked for Gene and Paul. And actually, I had never gone to a full-blown KISS concert until the Forum in Los Angeles just a couple of weeks ago. Prior to that, I was just a fan of Gene and Paul. I was just blown away with how they approached business and the entertainment business.
Brett Bouchy: [Schuyler] obviously grew up in a different time than I did. I was born in ’69, and my older brother… was a huge KISS fan. I’ll never forget in 1979, he went to go see them in concert, and my parents deemed me too young at 10 to go, and I literally thought about running away. My brother called me when they announced their reunion tour, and he said, “Listen, I’m going to get tickets in the first couple of rows, and we’re going to fly to Detroit to see the first concert.” It was in Tigers Stadium. He talked me into going. It was in 1996, it was sold out, 50,000 people. So I went to that concert, and I’ll never forget it. To be working with the guys [in KISS] almost 20 years later is crazy.
Q: How did each of you end up working with the LA KISS? Did you receive a phone call from Paul and Gene, or was it something more formal?
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It’s a full day of Westerns with AMC’s John Wayne Saturday. All day you can catch the Duke (and his iconic cowboy hat) in a four-film marathon that culminates in a 45th anniversary showing of True Grit. Check out the full schedule, then prep your chaps with all things John Wayne online…
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