AMC announced today that it has ordered a second season of its unscripted arm-wrestling series, Game of Arms, which premiered last February with 1 million viewers, delivering the network’s highest weeknight original series premiere. The network has ordered 10 one-hour episodes of the series, which goes inside the raw, highly-competitive world of underground arm-wrestling. The competition series follows members of various regional arm wrestling clubs, as they hit the road each week to compete in intense matches, often sacrificing their jobs, health, and even relationships in pursuit of victory.
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• Gene Simmons takes Entertainment Weekly‘s Pop Culture Personality Test and reveals how he won a Twist Championship in school and that he frequently binges on marathons of The Twilight Zone.
• After watching “The Fall Guy,” ArenaFan says, “If you think things have already been bad enough and love to see yelling and screaming, this would be the time to begin to follow the show.”
• TVRuckus‘ recap of this week’s episode, “The Fall Guy,” remarks, “Fans of 4th and Loud saw less of owners Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley this week and more of the L.A. KISS arena football team.”
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• 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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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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This week, Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley discuss 4th and Loud with TV Guide, while Variety positively reviews the series premiere. Plus, The Wall Street Journal takes an early look at the show. Read on for more:
• Talking to TV Guide about 4th and Loud, Gene Simmons says, “You don’t have to create drama because there’s so much going on in the growing pains of launching a brand-new sports team.”
• Variety, reviewing 4th and Loud, says that “the premiere delivers an unexpectedly solid kickoff.”
• The Wall Street Journal debuts a clip from the show where Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons present themselves to the Arena Football League owners “and bring that on-stage confidence they’ve cultivated for over 40 years into a stuffy board room.”
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• The Wall Street Journal interviews Gene Simmons, who shares the LA KISS game plan and assures viewers, “When you tune in, you’re going to see real stuff. Some of it gets ugly, some of it heartwarming.”
• Loudwire posts the first three companion webisodes to 4th and Loud, featuring Paul Stanley, Gene Simmons and the LA KISS players and coaches.
• The Orange County (Calif.) Register includes 4th and Loud‘s August 12 debut on its list of best TV bets. [No link]
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This week, The Washington Post previews 4th and Loud, which premieres Aug. 12, while TheWrap showcases a trailer with Gene Simmons, Paul Stanley and the LA KISS players. Plus, Gene Simmons tells Zap2it that 4th and Loud will put arena football on the map. Read on for more:
• KISS’s Paul Stanley says of 4th and Loud that viewers are “going to meet some very, very interesting characters and stars in their own right that we want to come to the forefront,” according to The Washington Post.
• TheWrap features a 4th and Loud clip of Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley, where “the self-proclaimed kings of the night time world (and rock-related marketing) whip their players into a frenzy.”
• Zap2it reports that Gene Simmons is intent on putting arena football on the map via 4th and Loud, saying, “We’re the Tiger Woods of golf. Before Tiger Woods, nobody cared about golf.”
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AMC announced today from Comic-Con International in San Diego, CA the premiere of The Walking Dead season five on Sunday, October 12 at 9pm ET/PT. As in previous seasons, the series’ fifth season of 16 episodes will air in two-parts with the first eight hours kicking off October 12 and the final eight episodes returning February 2015. Following The Walking Dead will be the season premieres of AMC’s unscripted series Talking Dead, hosted by Chris Hardwick (Nerdist), at 10pm ET/PT and Comic Book Men at midnight ET/PT. Internationally, The Walking Dead will return to audiences in 125+ FOX International Channels (FIC) markets within 24 hours of the U.S. broadcast, as part of FIC continued commitment to broadcast the series near date-and-date globally.
“From the opening tease in the premiere onward, season 5 is without question the most ambitious and satisfying season this amazing team has ever crafted” said Charlie Collier, AMC president. “In the zombie apocalypse, event television is alive and well, and I am proud to acknowledge that this uniquely talented writing staff, production team and cast have once again raised the bar (and the crossbow).”
The season premieres of The Walking Dead, Talking Dead and Comic Book Men will coincide with AMC’s Zombie Apocalypse Week, from Monday, October 6 through Sunday, October 12, as well as the network’s annual blockbuster marathon of thriller and horror films, AMC Fearfest. Celebrating its 18th year, AMC Fearfest will feature themed programming and more than 70 films, running from Friday, October 17 through Friday, October 31.
Today at 12:20pm PT is AMC’s The Walking Dead Comic-Con panel event, moderated by Hardwick, and season five trailer premiere in Hall H. Following the event, the trailer can be viewed here.
At AMC’s The Walking Dead booth (#4237), fans can stop by to take photos of themselves within a recreation of Terminus, the infamous setting from the season four finale, in which Rick and his group are currently being held captive. Also at AMC’s booth, from 1:50 – 2:50pm PT, there will be an autograph signing with the cast and executive producers.
Also on Friday, July 25 from 6:35 – 8:10pm PT in Hall H Kevin Smith will reveal a new video and discuss the fourth season of his unscripted series Comic Book Men, during his annual Comic-Con panel.
AMC today announced a straight-to-series order for the martial arts drama Badlands (working title). Badlands joins The Walking Dead and the Breaking Bad prequel Better Call Saul as AMC’s only straight-to-series orders.
Badlands is a genre-bending martial arts series very loosely based on the classic Chinese tale Journey to the West. In a land controlled by feudal barons, Badlands tells the story of a great warrior and a young boy who embark on a journey across a dangerous land to find enlightenment.
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