Screen Junkies » the history channel http://www.screenjunkies.com Movie Reviews & TV Show Reviews Wed, 17 Dec 2014 20:49:34 +0000 en hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.3.3 Eli Roth To Develop A Series About Young Jesus That Probably Won’t Be Called ‘Young Jesus’ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/eli-roth-to-develop-a-series-about-young-jesus-that-probably-wont-be-called-young-jesus/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/eli-roth-to-develop-a-series-about-young-jesus-that-probably-wont-be-called-young-jesus/#comments Wed, 04 Dec 2013 16:34:00 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=258213 'Jesus Jr.'?

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Eli Roth, known predominately for his Hostel torture-porn franchise and playing a Nazi-killing jew in Inglorious Basterds, is going to use that same deft hand to tackle (not literally) Jesus.

The Lost Years will cover the adolescence and earlier years of Jesus, and less the ones that Mel Gibson covered in his take with The Passion of the Christ. In fact, the series may focus on Jesus’ work expelling demons as described in the Gospel of Thomas, which would essentially just make it a really old, beloved Ghostbusters film.

Considering Ghostbusters is both old and beloved anyway, all this seems a little redundant, doesn’t it?

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History Channel Is Remaking ‘Roots’ For A New Generation Of High School Students http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-news/history-channel-is-remaking-roots-for-a-new-generation-of-high-school-students/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-news/history-channel-is-remaking-roots-for-a-new-generation-of-high-school-students/#comments Tue, 05 Nov 2013 21:43:21 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=257901 i'm going to go ahead and guess Paul Giamatti will be in this somewhere.

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Because today’s teens don’t know LeVar Burton well enough to snicker when he appears in the old Roots, The History Channel will be remaking the iconic 1977 miniseries which follows the sobering journey of an African from the point at which he is captured through his enslavement. The miniseries was based on the book by Alex Haley.

The original served as a brutally honest portrayal of slavery that forced many Americans to confront the institution of slavery that many Americans had refused to acknowledge. While a remake probably won’t serve to be as eye-opening, if done in earnest, an update of the original could make an impact on many Americans nonetheless.

While the History Channel has deviated towards the sensational in many projects, it’s unlikely that they would dare mess with the original in any significant way, due to its favor among historians and critics.

However, never say never.

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NBC, Inspired By A More Successful Channel, Is All About Hatfield And McCoys http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-news/nbc-inspired-a-more-successful-channel-is-all-about-hatfield-and-mccoys/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-news/nbc-inspired-a-more-successful-channel-is-all-about-hatfield-and-mccoys/#comments Mon, 11 Jun 2012 18:46:12 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=249173 NBC tried to come up with a more original concept for its programming, but claimed it was "really really hard," then threw its books to the ground and went to the quad.

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Oh NBC, you little scamp! What will you do next?

In a quest for ratings improvement that most closely resembles an epileptic child batting blindfolded at a pinata, NBC was flipping through the channels a couple weeks ago and saw that The History Channel was putting on a fairly big-budget mini-series about the Hatfields and McCoys, two feuding families in West Virginia following the Civil War.

Of course, NBC, now adamant about “shifting the paradigm” after hearing that phrase at a Tony Robbins lecture at the airport Marriott, has decided to put a spin on the tale by making it contemporary. Feuding contemporary families, folks.

In the show, the working class McCoys will be at odds with a now exceedingly wealthy Hatfield family. It’s Screen Junkies corporate policy to despise all things working class, so let us now formally endorse the Hatfields in this feud.

Goooooooo Hatfields!

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Bob Dylan Gets Stalked by Fat Guy from ‘Pawn Stars’ (Video) http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/bob-dylan-gets-stalked-by-fat-guy-from-pawn-stars-video/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/bob-dylan-gets-stalked-by-fat-guy-from-pawn-stars-video/#comments Wed, 30 Nov -0001 00:00:00 +0000 Usually, a living legand like Bob Dylan doesn’t lower himself to something as crass as commercial television. Well, not unless it involves Pepsi, women’s underwear, or “Dharma and Greg.” But America’s poet will come out of hiding on an upcoming episode of the History Channel's “Pawn Stars.” I’ll be deep in the cold, cold ground before I refer to it as justĀ  “History.” Chumlee, the fat guy from the show (by fat guy I mean fattest guy), stalks Dylan and ambushes him outside a hotel. I have no idea if Dylan was in on it, although it is odd that he’s just walking around Vegas with no security. Hopefully the episode won’t inspire a new generation of Mark David Chapman’s. (TV Squad via Vulture) Watch Bob Dylan get accosted by a fat guy after the jump...

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Usually, a living legand like Bob Dylan doesn’t lower himself to something as crass as commercial television. Well, not unless it involves Pepsi, women’s underwear, or “Dharma and Greg.” But America’s poet will come out of hiding on an upcoming episode of the History Channel’s “Pawn Stars.” I’ll be deep in the cold, cold ground before I refer to it as just  “History.”

Chumlee, the fat guy from the show (by fat guy I mean fattest guy), stalks Dylan and ambushes him outside a hotel. I have no idea if Dylan was in on it, although it is odd that he’s just walking around Vegas with no security. Hopefully the episode won’t inspire a new generation of Mark David Chapman’s. (TV Squad via Vulture)

Watch Bob Dylan get accosted by a fat guy after the jump…

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8 History-less History Channel Shows http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/8-history-less-history-channel-shows/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/8-history-less-history-channel-shows/#comments Wed, 30 Nov -0001 00:00:00 +0000 In March of 2008, The History Channel shortened its name to History. It would have made more sense if it had shortened its name to The Channel. Over the past few years, the network has stopped pretending to give a damn about history and now traffics mainly in crappy reality television. Sure, it can be entertaining, but history it ain’t! Remember when The History Channel used to enlighten its viewers with quality historical documentaries and relevant original programming? Yeah, neither do we. The network has always been a sad mix of poor-quality World War II stock footage and shoddy battle reenactments. But for all its faults, at least it used to take its name somewhat seriously. Sure, “UFO Hunters: Nazi UFOs” wasn’t the most historically accurate documentary, but at least it had Hitler as opposed to some hillbilly running around in a swamp. With those simpler times in mind, here are eight History Channel shows that have nothing to do with history.

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In March of 2008, The History Channel shortened its name to History. It would have made more sense if it had shortened its name to The Channel. Over the past few years, the network has stopped pretending to give a damn about history and now traffics mainly in crappy reality television. Sure, it can be entertaining, but history it ain’t!

Remember when The History Channel used to enlighten its viewers with quality historical documentaries and relevant original programming? Yeah, neither do we. The network has always been a sad mix of poor-quality World War II stock footage and shoddy battle reenactments. But for all its faults, at least it used to take its name somewhat seriously. Sure, “UFO Hunters: Nazi UFOs” wasn’t the most historically accurate documentary, but at least it had Hitler as opposed to some hillbilly running around in a swamp.

With those simpler times in mind, here are eight History Channel shows that have nothing to do with history.

(Note: I continue to refer to it as The History Channel instead of History because I’m living in the past.)

8. “Ax Men”

According to an unsourced website I found using Google, Napoleon once described history as “a myth that men agree to believe.” Notice he didn’t say anything about a bunch of toothless hill-jacks running around the woods cutting down trees. Despite this fact, The History Channel has been filming various logging crews across the country. And as the following clip of a dumbass sitting on a bee’s nest demonstrates, their efforts to chronicle important historical events have not been in vain.

7. “MadHouse”

Hillbillies have a long and storied history in these United States. From slavery to moonshine to those fake testicles that hang off of trucks, white trash has left an unmistakable mark on our society. MadHouse chronicles the latest chapter in redneck history by filming four teams of modified race-car drivers as they work on their cars and drive around in circles. Future generations are in your debt, History Channel.

6. “Ice Road Truckers”

When the Soviet Union blockaded the city of Berlin in 1948, the Allies organized the Berlin Airlift, flying in 13,000 tons of food per day for almost a year. In 2006, when winter blockaded some diamond mines in Canada (just like it does every year), the company running the mines organized a bunch of trucks to haul in some supplies. One of these events is of historical significance while the other is not. See if you can figure out which is which.

5. “Extreme Marksmen” and “More Extreme Marksmen”

If there’s one thing to be said for “Extreme Marksmen,” it’s that the show does deal with marksmen. If there’s a second thing to be said, it’s that these marksmen are totally extreme! If there’s a third thing to say, it’s that this show is friggin’ retarded.

To be fair, the guy in the following clip is wearing a cowboy hat, which is kind of history-ish.

4. “How Bruce Lee Changed the World”

As the title suggests, this History Channel documentary chronicles the ways in which Bruce Lee changed the world. There’s only one problem: despite what historians LL Cool J and Brett Ratner might tell you, Bruce Lee didn’t change jack sh*t!

I’ll give this one credit since it actually explores something that took place in the past. But Jesus H. Christ, Bruce Lee didn’t cure Polio or invent the Internet. He stared in Kung Fu movies. Yeah, nothing breaks down Asian stereotypes like a good Kung Fu movie.

3. “MonsterQuest”

If this show chronicled “monsters” like Hitler or Mao or Justin Bieber, it might belong on The History Channel. But this show chronicles “monsters” like “Mega Hog” and “Birdzilla,” so it doesn’t (except for the episode on “Stalin’s Ape Man”). In fact, the only thing this show has to do with history is the fact that it went back to the 70’s to steal ideas from “In Search Of,” just like I went to Wikipedia to steal that joke.

2. “Life After People”

In all fairness, The History Channel does have a get out of jail free card, albeit a stupid one. Technically speaking, all of the shows I’ve described thus far were dealing with the past in the sense that they were prerecorded. Even if the shows were broadcast live, they would be delayed by a few seconds, thereby making them history. The network’s marketing department is aware of this preposterous copout, as evidenced by the channel’s ridiculous new slogan, “History Made Every Day.”

But even with this absurd amount of wiggle room, The History Channel still manages to screw sh*t up. Not content to wallow in the present, the network decided to take their programming to the one place history, by definition, cannot go: the future!

“Life After People” attempts to answer a question man has pondered from time immemorial: in the future, after we’re gone, how long will it take for huge bridges to fall apart?

1. “Apocalypse Man”

When your show starts out with the disclaimer “The events you are about to see have not yet happened,” that should be your first clue that it doesn’t belong on The History Channel. That point aside, “Apocalypse Man” is by far the dumbest show on this list. By dumb, I mean totally freaking awesome.

U.S. Marine and survival expert Rudy Reyes shows viewers how to survive Armageddon by navigating the closest thing we have to a post apocalyptic world: Detroit. If you’re a survivalist (like me) or a Christian Fundamentalist (like me), you will not find a better show on television.

The only problem with the show is that it lets the cat out of the bag. Sure, the library might have been a good place to hide during society’s collapse. But now that you’ve broadcast that secret on the History Channel, I’ll have to fight every gun-toting bible thumper in a five-mile radius for a spot in the reference section. Thanks for nothing, Rudy.


Honorable Mention – “Pawn Stars”

 

I wanted to include "Pawn Stars" on this list, but as the clip below demonstrates, every once in a while they actually discuss something related to history.

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