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Behind the Attraction

Wednesday /Disney+
Peek beyond the magic of Disney Parks to discover what’s Behind the Attraction! Explore how Imagineers filled the Haunted Mansion with 999 happy haunts, how the Twilight Zone Tower of Terror™ transformed into Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: BREAKOUT! (while defying gravity in the process) and why Space Mountain took so long to launch. From the 1950s to today, from Jungle Cruise to “it’s a small world” to Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, Disney Parks attractions have amazed millions. And this is the story of how they did it.

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Olympic Dreams Featuring Jonas Brothers

Wednesday /8 p.m. / NBC
A one-hour special featuring the Jonas Brothers pursuing their Olympic dreams. (Insert eye-roll here.)

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Tokyo Olympic Games Opening Ceremony

Friday /Various Times / NBC
This year marks the first time that NBC will be airing the Opening Ceremony for the Tokyo Olympic Games live on Friday, July 23 along with rebroadcasts throughout the day and evening. The ceremony will begin at 8 p.m. in Japan which is actually 7 a.m. ET and 4 a.m. PT our time.. Read More >>>

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Manifest
(NBC)

NBC Grounds ‘Manifest’

TV has a habit of creating intriguing action/adventure shows with complicated plotlines that last long enough to get fans hooked only to cancel them right after ending with huge cliffhangers. NBC’s Manifest is the latest casualty. Filming season three of the show had its challenges due to the pandemic and so it premiered much later than anticipated and perhaps some fans moved on. However, not only are the fans being vocal about wanting “somebody” to save the show, so are the cast.

“My dear Manifesters, I’m devastated by NBC’s decision to cancel us. That we’ve been shut down in the middle is a gut punch to say the least,” said showrunner Jeff Rake as reported by Newsweek. He had hoped to have the show last for at least six seasons. “Hoping to find a new home. You the fans deserve an ending to your story. Thanks for the love shown to me, cast, and crew.”

Ironically, the show is leaving NBC just as it has been the #1 show being streamed on Netflix, and people are hoping that Netflix will pick up the tab. In addition, there are numerous petitions placed on Change.org to save the show as well.

Who are you Charlie Brown

‘Charlie Brown’ Documentary Delves Deep Into His Creator

Linus Van Pelt once said, “Of all the Charlie Browns in the world, you’re the Charlie Browiniest.” And that’s true. There is a little Charlie Brown in all of us and a new documentary streaming on Apple TV+ aims to prove that. Despite its title, Who Are You, Charlie Brown?, this isn’t really a documentary about the cartoon character, but rather his creator, Charles Schulz. And unlike other specials, this one almost completely centers on the comic strips and the influences in Schulz’s life that shaped it. Read More >>>

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TV Series Reviews

Wellington Paranormal

Wellington Paranormal

he New Zealand mockumentary TV series, Wellington Paranormal, has been airing in that country since 2018. A spinoff of the 2014 mockumentary film, What We Do in the Shadows about the life and times of a group of modern-day vampires, the show has finally found a home on U.S. television on The CW. Although vampires might be shown on the show, they are not main focus. In fact, only two actors/characters from the original film appear in Wellington Paranormal: Officer Minogue (Mike Minogue) and Officer O’Leary (Karen O’Leary)Read More >>>

Monsters at Work

Monsters at Work

It’s not easy to create a sitcom that is both appropriate for kids but entertaining for adults as well. Disney and Nickelodeon have been making them for years on their own channels, but the end result is something that the kids enjoy and parents tolerate at best. Monsters at Work is one of the rare exceptions to this rule with a clever storyline, great animation and squeaky clean humor that is actually funny. (Not even the new Muppets Now has been able to pull that off.) Read More >>>

The Mysterious Benedict Society

The Mysterious Benedict Society

What a wonderful surprise this is! I’ve heard of The Mysterious Benedict Society as it was one of my son’s favorite books growing up, but I myself have never read the bestseller written by Trenton Lee Stewart. I fell in love with this new show within just the first few minutes. After watching the first episode on Disney+, I’m hooked and can’t wait to see what happens next. Read More >>>

The Celebrity Dating Game

The Celebrity Dating Game

The new show mostly follows the format of the old show. The set looks similar, there are still three bachelors or bachelorettes hoping to make a love connection and a guest separated by a wall asking the three simple questions to help get a better idea of who they would like to go out with. Gone is the iconic theme music (a lot by Herb Albert) which is a bad idea since it was just as much a part of the show. Not that many would notice. Most of the people on the stage weren’t even around when the first show aired. Read More >>>

Behind the Attraction

Behind the Attraction

When it comes to Disney+ streaming service, Disney is clearly is trying to reach everybody with its programming. Here you’ll find nostalgic movies, preschool programming and number 1 hit shows. This is fine for the causal Disney fan and similar entertainment can be found elsewhere. But for diehard fans, those who love all things Disney including the theme parks, Disney+ offers some things that you can’t find anywhere else. They offer a number of behind-the-scenes docuseries like Prop Culture (which really needs a season 2!), Inside Pixar, the fantastic The Imagineering Story and One Day at Disney. Released this week, Behind the Attraction gets added to the list. Read More >>>

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