Why Viewers Love the Walking Dead

The Walking Dead is one of the top-rated shows of all time, and is consistently ranked as #1 or #2 in the ratings on Sunday nights—sometimes, it even beats out football. The show, based on a comic book series of the same name, has quickly amassed a large amount of fans that can’t get enough of the series. But why is The Walking Dead so popular? What about the show makes it appeal to so many people, who continue to watch the show even after four seasons?

It’s got great characters
There is a character for just about everybody in The Walking Dead. If you like take-no-prisoners badasses, there’s Rick post season 2; if you’re looking for female characters with an edge, there’s post season 2 Carol and every season of Michonne; there’s Daryl, for people who like strong characters with secret hearts of gold; there’s Glenn, for people who like intelligent characters who use their brain more than brawn; there’s Hershel and pre-death Dale, for people who want a wise old man who acts as the voice of reason—and so on. Viewers love to connect with the characters in the TV shows they watch, and The Walking Dead provides ample opportunity for viewers to find someone (or multiple someones) to connect with.

It’s got intense action
Although the show does have some lulls in action, when the show gets intense—it’s very intense. The show has gruesome zombie kills, nail biting chase scenes, and even shoot out fights that can leave you breathless. The show’s director is excellent at shooting action and manages to put viewers in the front row of the carnage—whether they want to be there or not! This type of action is relatively rare on TV shows and is usually reserved for feature films, which makes The Walking Dead unique on TV.

It has an emotional core
Yes, the show has action; yes, the show has kickass characters. But it also has a great emotional core at its center that elevates the show above the typical zombie movie or action series. The Walking Dead makes you care about these characters, their relationships, and their ultimate fate. It can even make you question your own morality and your own ability to make decisions in a seemingly impossible world, and make you ask: “If it were me, what would I do?”

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Beauty And The Beast TV Series

Beauty and the Beast (CW) portrays the beauty and the beast in ways no viewer has ever seen them. A childhood trauma leads Catherine Chandler, or Cat, to become a detective when she grows up. The trauma also introduced mysteries into her life that, even as an adult, she has no answers to. When her mother and she are attacked and her mother is killed, Cat sees some kind of beast as it protects her from getting killed also. Later in life, after becoming a detective, Catherine learns of her mother’s involvement in an experiment. This may have been what led to her death but Catherine isn’t sure how or why at first.
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When a case she is working on leads Catherine to Vincent Keller, a former soldier, Catherine finds out that he knew her mother. After years of being in the dark about the details of her mother’s death and the reasons behind it, Catherine is finally able to ask the questions she has had for so long. He said her mother had been involved in an experiment to help build super soldiers for the government. These super soldiers had a flaw, however. They would turn into uncontrollable, unhindered beasts set on destruction. It may have been her work on this experiment that led to her getting killed and one of the super soldiers that protected her that night.

While many of the super soldiers had died, Vincent had managed to escape alive he is still being hunted by the very same organization that killed Cat’s mother. As a result, he has faked his own death and withdrawn from society, choosing to live in seclusion than to face death daily. It was Vincent, who had been tracking the source of attacks placed on the soldiers that night that Catherine’s mother and Cat were attacked. The act of saving her life brought Vincent closer to Catherine. When Catherine finds out that it was Vincent that saved her, she feels a pull towards him and they begin a love affair.

The organization that killed Catherine’s mother, Muirfield, is still trying to kill everyone involved in the experiment, which means that Catherine and Vincent are still in danger. Because of Muirfield’s harrassment, Catherine loses some of her closest friends. She can’t explain to her sister or her partner because of the secrecy of the project and Muirfield’s involvement in trying to silence her and Vincent forever. This leaves her at an even higher disadvantage when she needs the support she is used to having and canët confide in them to get it.

Upon finding one another again, Vincent and Catherine form a deep bond. However, it appears that this will end tragically when the beauty and the beast are separated when Catherine is kidnapped by a man that wants to lure Vincent out of hiding. The man is Lowan, the Assistant District Attorney. He is assigned the task of closing cases that involve the beast. His superiors think it is some kind of vigilante that they want stopped. Lowan doesn’t want to play by the rules in finding the beast and picks up on Catherine’s attachment to it. Ultimately, Lowan is successful in getting the beast but is wounded when people show up in a helicopter to take possession of the beast he has worked so hard to get. The men grab the beast up and take it away, leaving Catherine alone and causing her to lose the man/beast she loves.

When Catherine is reunited with Vincent, he has been changed. He looks different physically and he doesn’t remember her. His beast-like abilities have also been given a supercharge. He is on a mission that Catherine can’t figure out. Now, she has two mysteries. She needs to find out what mission he has been sent on and she needs to find out about what has changed him. She wants to help him but she also wants the man that she loves back so they can continue their lives together.

In the process of losing the beast and getting hurt, Assistant District Attorney Lowen has had a change of heart and offers his resouces. Catherine accepts this help and enlists the help of Tess and JT. Together, the foursome try to unravel the mysteries that surround Vincent and his newly acquired mission.

The storyline leads viewers down an exciting and action-packed adventure where the original role of Bell is replaced by a modern woman with independent ways and a strong heart that stays faithful to her mate. It’s a whole new twist on a centuries old tale.

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MacGyver TV Series

macgyverI love when pop culture crosses over into everyday vernacular.  When someone is able to “MacGyver” something, it means they jury rig into functioning.  Any home handyman is considered to be a bit of a MacGyver.  In fact, anyone that uses their brain to fix a technical problem with nothing more than duct tape and a Swiss Army Knife could be considered a MacGyver.

For those that have lived in a cave for the last 30 years, MacGyver was an action adventure show starring the one and only Richard Dean Anderson as a semi-professional secret agent working for the US government, sent into tight spots to foil the bad guys plans, save the damsel in distress or get information necessary to national security.

But MacGyver was not just some spy guy, he worked for his boss Pete Thornton at the Phoenix Foundation and went on assignments that he cared about, only when he was needed, never for money and never used firearms, instead focusing on his extensive knowledge of chemistry, physics, and mechanical engineering.

There was also his best bud, Jack Dalton, the high flying pilot and wannabe daredevil always on the lookout for the next big thing.  Or next big paycheck to be more precise.  Jack always had some scheme up his sleeve to get rich quick and things never worked out well for either of them and oftentimes it was ol’ MacGyver pulling Jack’s behind out of the fire.

There are tons of engineers or inventors in the world that owe their careers to MacGyver.  I took a bigger interest in the physical sciences because of this show and my interest in building things, just being a guy that tinkers with whatever is around, was encouraged by watching him do his thing.  MacGyver could build a bomb out of a stick of gum and some aluminum foil.  He was a genius.

Richard Dean Anderson, with his Mid-West charm and easy going attitude, was the perfect guy to play the character.  He is smart, resourceful, he’s great with children… what’s not to like?  MacGyver was an awesome character and awesome entertainment.   I frequently watch old reruns on late night television. I sure an glad I can find the reruns.

Little House on the Prairie

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One of my favorite childhood memories is watching The Little House on the Prairie with my family.  My sister and I loved it.  And our mom introduced us to it.  It’s that way with a lot of shows.  Your parents love them so they pass them on to you.  I am glad we were able to experience such a wonderful show.

Based on a series of novels by real life frontier woman Laura Ingalls, The Little House on the Prairie begins as her young family travels across pioneer era America, circa 1870’s through 1880’s.  The stories and characters do deviate in many ways from the actual real life events but so what?  It works the way it is.

Charles and Caroline Ingalls, played by the legendary TV actor Michael Landon and Karen Grassle respectively, were one of the best “TV” parents anyone could ever hope for.  Along with their three daughters, Mary, Laura and Carrie, they attempt to build a live for themselves in a part of the country that was both challenging and at times, very unforgiving.

I loved Victor French as Mr. Edwards, the lovable, grizzled neighbor.  He was on again, off again during the series as his character came and went, but for the most part, he served as their closest friend and ally during tough times.  All the trials and tribulations they went through over the course of the show’s run is staggering.  During a full 203 episodes and three made for TV films, the Ingalls family was pushed around by tragedy every step of the way, including a newborn son’s death, one of the daughters going blind, and the loss of friends and family members.

I think this was one of the appeals for me as a child watching Little House.  The Ingalls were as tough as their environment.  I remember an early episode where Charles made a deal with a man to move some sacks of grain and had only a small amount of time to get it done or he wouldn’t get paid.  Charles hurt his ribs and was in constant pain trying to move the bags and it was obvious he wasn’t going to make it in time, ensuring his family would starve for the foreseeable future.  His small children pitch in to help but they are much too tiny to do it well enough and time is running out.

Just as things looked their grimmest, Charles is saved by the townsfolk who, upon seeing his plight, decide to pitch in and help him carry the bags.  They get the job done just in time and work together, showing the power of generosity and team spirit.

Little House many episodes with similar themes of humanity standing together against adversity and I cherish each one.

Dish Network Satellite TV Just Got Better

Just when you thought it couldn’t get any better, Dish has started providing Dish Anywhere services for a more satisfying and complete viewing experience from any location. All you need is a tablet, smartphone or laptop and you can watch your movies, live channels and recorded programming from the coffee shop, the break room at work or the commute home. You can stream this programming with a wifi connection or watch something you downloaded before you leave your house in the morning. Find out more details about Dish Network Programming Packages over at http://www.tvdonewright.com/Dish-Network-Packages-.html.

In order to fully utilize the Dish Anywhere service, you have the option of using the DISH Hopper, an HD-DVR that skips commercials and helps you find the remote. The Hopper can play up to four different shows on four different sets at the same time. You have more than 2,000 hours of storage for standard definition shows and up to 250 hours of HD content. Use the choice selections the Hopper can store to give yourself some entertainment while you are grid locked in traffic. It’s the perfect companion for any busy family.

You can also use your Dish TV Anywhere service to access the thousands of movie and programming selections you have available to your through Blockbuster@Home and the Dish On Demand service. Blockbuster@Home is an in-home rental service that provides you with programming, movies and games you can enjoy from the comfort of your home. With remote access, you can take the movies and programming with you. Dishnetwork On Demand is a huge collection of more than 15,000 titles that include new movie releases and tons of other programming options.

All of these services are offered with a variety of programming packages that include English and International programming options. Find out more about International Programming at http://www.tvdonewright.com/dish-network-International-.html. You can also have three different services on a single discounted rate per month. DishTV offers Bundled packages for a lower monthly rate and quality services.

Time Warner Cable Deals In NYC Just Got Better

With all the great features and options that Time Warner Cable in New York City has to offer, it is easy to see why so many families make it their main provider for home entertainment and communications. Time Warner Cable NYC has the newest services and better rates than many other providers that offer the same services.

Time Warner Cable TV can give a home the convenience of a DVR or HD-DVR. This means that families get to see the channels and specific programming they are paying for, no matter what their schedules look like.

This DVR, or the HD-DVR can record hours of programming in the same quality of definition it aired in originally. This DVR can record on multiple channels at one time or play back recorded programming while recording more. There are no more missed shows because every channel the family is paying for can be recorded and stored for viewing later.

The large channel selection and the DVRs also come with a large On Demand selection, with more than 10,000 viewing choices that include new movie releases, music videos, sports programs and episodes from popular TV shows. These selections are available 24/7, giving even more for the value of the programming package.

Parents do not need to worry about what their children are watching when they aren’t around due to the Parental Controls that Time Warner Cable TV provides. These free Controls make sure that programming on the channel package and programming stored to the DVR are off limits if parents don’t approve.

With Time Warner Cable TV in New York, NY, families get more than 250 channels and a large selection of Free HD channels. This means a wide assortment of programming for all the age groups in the home.

With Time Warner Cable, families also get the benefit of the Time Warner Cable Internet service. This online service is delivered with incredibly fast broadband speeds that can deliver online games and HD movies in seconds. This service comes with PowerBoost, an online aid that provides extra broadband when a download needs it.

This service also offers free online security software that can help protect against viruses, bots, trojans and other online threats. This security software can also help save money from Identity Theft, since it helps protect personal information.

These services wouldn’t be complete without the free online Parental Controls that the Time Warner Cable Internet service provides. These online Parental Controls can keep the children on educational and fun sights they should be on, while blocking undesirable content.

These Parental Controls can also help parents keep track of who their children are networking with online.

When it’s time to talk to friends and loved ones, the Time Warner Cable Home Phone service is the best service to go with. It provides unlimited, anytime calling to any location in the United States and Canada, all for one low monthly rate.

This rate becomes even more valuable with the addition of up to ten digital calling features at no additional charge.

These calling features include Caller ID, Call Forwarding, Call Waiting, Three Way Calling, and more, to make sure that everyone gets the calls they need.

Digital home phone subscribers can also enjoy the benefits of digital voice mail.

These services can be provided in bundled service packages so that families get more of a discount, and more convenient bill pay options.

Have You Looked At the Comcast Deals Lately?

Money, hard to get, hard to keep. Phone bills go through the roof, internet is unreliable and to get good internet, you pay too much, then you have the TV programming that’s costing too much while you’re getting almost nothing.

While your searching all those sites for the perfect Cable TV provider, they can all seem to blend together. Don’t search high and low, in fact, you can stop right here, you found Comcast Cable. Get details at Special Cable Deals right now.

Relaxation In Television
When you finally get home from a long and grueling day of work or school, all you want to do is get into some comfortable clothes and get absorbed in your favorite show. Although, if you don’t have the channels, you can’t watch them. Comcast offers you hundreds of standard channels and free HD channels.

To keep you entertained and relaxed, they also offer you On Demand, Pay Per View and sports and movie premiums. With these menus, you can get thousands of movies and shows as well as live events like live music, sports and comedy events. Then, you can also get a DVR or HD-DVR to record all of your shows and use the fast forward, pause and rewind functions so you never miss a single beat. Also use these functions with the Pay Per View and On Demand to get the full experience.

To add on to all this, they even offer you Parental Controls. This allows you to block whole channels and shows to make sure your children are always safe. That includes when you are not there to protect them yourself.

Comcast Cable has all you need in home programming to make sure you always have what you want to relax and be entertained.

Talkative Much?
Comcast Cable does not just offer home programming, they also offer home phone. They offer you services and features that make it easy and affordable. They can give you the service of unlimited local and long distance calling to anywhere in the USA, Puerto Rico, or Canada.

They will even offer you features that help you manage your call volume and make all the calls you need. One of the features they offer is Digital voice mail. This is the standard voice mail with all the prompts. To allow you to skip all those prompts, they also give you inbox notifications. This feature allows you to go into your email and listen, forward or delete all the messages you received at home. This helps you big time when you are traveling.

Comcast Cable can even offer you International calling, all with the same great digital calling quality that lets you hear every word.

Help From Your Internet!
Comcast Cable is not done offering you services yet, they still want to offer you high-speed broadband home internet. They do not just give you internet, they give you internet that has 100 Mbps pulsating through it. Not to mention the broadband WiFi that you can connect with from many different wireless device at once. Find out more about Comcast High Speed Internet Deals over at specialcabledeals.com/comcast-internet-specials-.html.

This kind of speed can give you all the freedom in the world. It allows you to upload, download and stream in seconds. No disconnecting or long loading times. Stream from many sites at once and still barely have to wait for it to load for you. Play your games with little or no lag and chat with friends without interruption. All this at the tips of your fingers.

Comcast Cable is still not done yet though. They also give you Parental Controls and online security software. Give of course means free and automatic. This cost nothing to you and as soon as you get internet installed, you get it. Parental Controls are great for families. It allows you to block sites, monitor online chats and even see what your children are doing online when you are not looking. Then you have the online security software that is good for anyone, this blocks trojans, bots and other online threats, that includes hackers. Everything close to you is always safe so you and breath easier.

Bundled Reliability
When you go through Comcast Cable, you can get a Bundled service package. This rolls all three of your services into one low monthly bill. Not only that but they also let you pay the bill online to save you time. When you get a Bundled service package, you can get a monthly discount to save you even more money.

What are you waiting for? Call Comcast Cable today!

Charter Communications Packages Will Make You Smile

Thinking of switching to Charter Communications? Technology connects everybody be it through a unified experience in a movie that moves us or the ability now to video chat with friends and new acquaintances from around the world online.  Charter’s services are the best for taking advantage of the benefits of technology because they are so affordable!  More households than ever are utilizing Charter TV, Charter Internet, and Charter Phone.  Expert engineers and designers have come together to create these home services in order to help them satisfy customer needs in terms of ease-of-use, convenience, accessibility, and affordability.

Stop spending tons of money on going out to the movies, to shows, and to concerts when you get Pay-Per-View from Charter TV! With hundreds of daily live events available instantly and in HD you can save on transportation costs while importing the action right into your living room. Go to chartercabletvonline.info/charter-digital-Cable-TV-.html for details on Charter Cable TV Deals.

Charter TV is the best resource for all your entertainment needs because you can watch what you want when you want with the plethora of programming tools.  Like Pay-Per-View, On Demand offers a great way for anybody in your house to access over 6,500 movies as well as shows and thousands of them for free!  New selections are always being added so that you can continuously discover new and exciting things to interest you.  All of these programming features come with tons of HD options for an extra realistic quality. Find the right Comcast Package at Chartercabletvonline.info/Charter-Communications-Packages-.html.

The final programming tool is a free DVR so you can manipulate when you get to watch your shows.  Even if your favorite series comes on at 2:00 a.m. and you have work at 8:00 a.m. you can record the entire series to enjoy at any time you like.  HD recording is available too, and you can rewind, fast forward, stop, and pause live TV while you are watching it!

So many programming tools are supplemental to the array of channels that Charter Cable TV comes with.  Even if the people you live with are polar opposites with completely different interests, Charter TVs hundreds upon hundreds of channels has the capacity to entertain everyone extensively.

Have you ever had a virus that has ruined your computer and all the information on it?  When you order Charter Internet you can relax every time you get online, letting you surf and download freely, knowing your computer and personal information are completely safe with the Charter Security Suite!

There are five separate levels of speed and ability that Charter offers when it comes to its internet services.  The first two are great for households looking to access the web without the fancy bells and whistles.  These services, Lite and Express, still offer the fastest surfing speeds when compared to DSL and are perfect for downloading small files and folders.  Great for households on a budget that want the basics, everyone can now access the fastest internet!

The next three levels of Charter Internet are Plus, Max, and Ultra.  Each of these come with incrementally greater allocations of broadband for a huge push in downloading speeds!  With Charter’s internet services you can quickly discover exciting new shows, movies, music, pictures, books and more and then upload them onto your computer almost instantaneously!  You can finally stop waiting around and wasting valuable time in your busy day for any of your online needs when you order Charter.

Now Charter Phone Unlimited is reaching more households than ever with its growing popularity thanks to an unlimited calling plan.  Previously unheard of, when you order Charter Phone not only is the installation insanely easy with the ability to keep your old phone number but so too is calling!  Without the burden of overage charges regularly being tacked onto your monthly phone bill the world is your oyster.  Enjoy phoning friends and family from across the country without the cost of long-distance fees.  You can even call to Canada and Puerto Rico cost-free!

There are a variety of other benefits to switching to Charter Phone like its bundle of calling features.  A unique approach to home phone technology, now your home phone will be connected to the web with features like call forwarding select that will forward any call you want to any number you want every time! You do not even have to come home to access your voicemail as it is conveniently tied to your email account with Charter Phone.

Tons of other helpful features include selective call acceptance, call screening, call waiting, caller ID, speed dial, and countless others.

Get a Charter Cable Deal by filling out a form online for a hassle-free ordering process and discover how much money you can save every month!  More households than ever are taking advantage of these deals so jump on the Charter bandwagon and start saving time and money immediately.

Heard About Hunger Games 2?

hungergames“Hunger Games” premiered in 2012 to an excited and appreciative audience. Viewers watched as Katniss wowed spectators before and during the Hunger Games. The good news is that there is now a “Hunger Games: Catching Fire”, the sequal to the original. It comes out in the fall of 2013, offering a second look at Katniss Everdeen and the world she lives in. The Hunger Games are carried out by a number of children that are set to fight to the death. The winning child receives extra food for his or her family. Since two children are picked from each district, the winner has to kill his or her own teammate to go home.

At the end of the first movie, Katniss and Peeta, her co-champion in the 74th event of the Hunger Games, are fresh from the victory. They are the only champions in the history of the annual event to make it home as a couple. This gives the population hope but it puts the two victors at odds with the government that sponsors the events and makes the rules.

In “Hunger Games: Catching Fire”, the government is gunning for Katniss. After winning, Katniss and Peeta come within the cross hairs of political maneuvering while they are on the “Victorís Tour”, a mandated tour for all winners. The government has come to blame Katniss and Peeta, for a rebellion that comes out of the Districts of Panem after their victory. The government views the rebellion as the start of greater uprisings and seeks to snuff them out.

Listed at the top of some of the most promising movies for the fall of 2013, “Hunger Games: Catching Fire” stars Jennifer Lawrence, Liam Hemsworth, Josh Hutcherson and Philip Seymour Hoffman, among others. It is set for release on November 22 in the US.