or


[07/23/12 - 08:25 AM]
"The Real Story" Season 4 Premieres This Sunday at 9pm on Smithsonian Channel
"Saving Private Ryan," "True Grit," "Apollo 13," "Close Encounters Of The Third Kind" and "Braveheart" are among the films featured this season.

[via press release from Smithsonian Channel]

BEHIND HOLLYWOOD'S BIGGEST BLOCKBUSTERS THERE IS ALWAYS... THE REAL STORY SEASON FOUR PREMIERES SUNDAY, JULY 29 AT 9 PM ET/PT

Find Out True-Life Inspirations Behind Classic Films Saving Private Ryan, True Grit, Apollo 13, Close Encounters Of The Third Kind, Braveheart and Master and Commander: The Far Side Of The World

New York, NY - July 23, 2012 - Brutal medieval warfare of epic proportion, a failed mission to the moon, an invincible warship, Omaha Beach on D-Day, UFO sightings, the real Wild West. These historic events have all inspired successful Hollywood hits but the facts didn't always make it to the silver screen. The Smithsonian Channel original series, THE REAL STORY, which debuts its fourth season on Sunday, July 29 at 9 p.m. ET/PT, separates fact from fiction and real life from reel life.

Kicking off the season is THE REAL STORY: SAVING PRIVATE RYAN. In 1998, "Saving Private Ryan" captured audiences with its violent depiction of the horror that American troops faced on Omaha Beach. Under the direction of Steven Spielberg, the film's realistic portrayal of D-Day earned an Oscar for Best Picture. THE REAL STORY puts those action scenes to the test with experiments to see how accurate they really were. It also explores two family tragedies that inspired the movie: the Sullivans, who lost five brothers and led the military to create the Sole Survivor Rule; and the Nilands, whose four brothers from Tonawanda, New York inspired the fictional Ryan family.

Other THE REAL STORY episodes this season include:

THE REAL STORY: TRUE GRIT - Premieres Sunday, August 5 at 9 p.m. ET/PT

"True Grit" has the foundation of a typical Western - revenge, retribution and redemption. The story centers on the unlikely partnership between a 14 year-old girl and a one-eyed Deputy Marshal, who join forces to avenge her father's death. "True Grit" may be fiction but it's closer to truth than many imagine. THE REAL STORY shows how the character of Rooster was inspired by a gun-toting Deputy Marshal; introduces "Hanging Judge" Parker, who delighted in sending legions of men to the gallows; and leaves the viewer with no illusions about what really happened in the Wild West.

THE REAL STORY: APOLLO 13 - Premieres Sunday, August 12 at 9 p.m. ET/PT

It was nominated for nine academy awards and grossed 62 million dollars at the box office. Directed by Ron Howard and starring Tom Hanks, "Apollo 13" told the story of America's ill-fated third mission to the moon in the summer of 1970. The film forever changed the way people relate to what has been called the most successful failure in the history of space exploration. Now, THE REAL STORY will reveal how closely Hollywood portrayed the extraordinary events that ensured the miraculous survival of the astronauts on Apollo 13.

THE REAL STORY: CLOSE ENCOUNTERS OF THE THIRD KIND - Premieres Sunday, August 19 at 9 p.m. ET/PT

The worldwide phenomenon, "Close Encounters of the Third Kind," landed in our cinemas over thirty years ago, lifting the lid on UFO sightings. As the biggest box office smash of 1977, it took a stab at answering the eternal question - are we alone in the universe? "Close Encounters" was a work of fiction, but the story was inspired by real people, real science and real-life witness testimonies. THE REAL STORY investigates the original cases that inspired the film, from the Michigan UFO chase to the first and most famous case of alien abduction in the US - the Betty and Barney Hill abduction.

THE REAL STORY: BRAVEHEART - Premieres Sunday, August 26 at 9 p.m. ET/PT

Mel Gibson's Oscar-winning box office smash "Braveheart" tells the story of real-life Scottish rebel and freedom fighter William Wallace. The savage battle scenes and cast of thousands created a film of epic proportion, but ever since it was first shown historians have challenged the accuracy of the movie. Did William Wallace really live the life that "Braveheart" depicts? THE REAL STORY draws on medieval accounts and uses forensic evidence and weapons testing to build a picture of the real man and his times.

THE REAL STORY: MASTER AND COMMANDER: THE FAR SIDE OF THE WORLD - Premieres Sunday, September 2 at 9 p.m. ET/PT

Receiving 10 Oscar nominations, Master and Commander follows the exploits of Captain Jack Aubrey and his close friend, surgeon Stephen Maturin - two characters based on the 20-volume series of seafaring novels by Patrick O'Brian. Although these novels were supported by fact and meticulously researched, this $150 million film had to bend the historical framework for creative effect. THE REAL STORY reveals the extraordinary real-life story of Admiral Lord Cochran, the swashbuckling nobleman who inspired the classic movie of combat on the high seas.

ABOUT SMITHSONIAN CHANNEL

Smithsonian Channel is owned by Smithsonian Networks, a joint venture between Showtime Networks Inc. and the Smithsonian Institution. Its programs are largely inspired by the assets of the Smithsonian Institution, the world's largest museum complex. Smithsonian Channel features award-winning original documentaries, series, and groundbreaking programs highlighting America's historical, cultural and scientific heritage. Smithsonian Channel brings the American experience home in high definition and Dolby Digital 5.1 and is available to customers of DirecTV, Comcast, Time Warner Cable, Charter Communications, Cablevision, Verizon, AT&T, and more. Learn more at www.smithsonianchannel.com.





  [july 2012]  
S
M
T
W
T
F
S


· SHOWATCH
(series past and present)
· DEVWATCH
(series in development)
· MOVIEWATCH
(tv movies and mini-series)





[06/29/16 - 12:28 PM]
Golf Channel Posts Most-Watched Second Quarter Ever
Golf Channel spins the numbers for the quarter to date.

[06/29/16 - 12:06 PM]
AMC Renews "Preacher" for an Expanded Second Season
The Sony Pictures Television-AMC Studios co-production is the #2 new series on cable this year among adults 18-49 and adults 25-54.

[06/29/16 - 11:40 AM]
LMN Debuts Drama Series "Blue: A Secret Life," Starring Julia Stiles on July 8
The project was originally commissioned in the US as "Blue," a three-season, short-form series for online channel WIGS.

[06/29/16 - 11:02 AM]
Video: Netflix's "Tallulah" - Trailer & Key Art Debut
Ellen Page and Allison Janney co-star in the project, which will debut on July 29.

[06/29/16 - 10:01 AM]
Sara Bareilles, DNCE and Pitbull Join All-Star Lineup of Performers for NBC's Annual "Macy's 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular"
Returning to emcee the broadcast are "Today" show co-hosts Willie Geist and Tamron Hall.

[06/29/16 - 10:01 AM]
HBO and Cinemax Bring Four Series to Comic-Con International: San Diego 2016
The HBO series "Game of Thrones," "Silicon Valley" and "Vice Principals" and the Cinemax series "Outcast" are confirmed for panels and autograph sessions.

[06/29/16 - 09:29 AM]
The Second Season of Pop's "Sing It On" Premieres on Wednesday, July 27 at 9:00 PM, ET/PT
The eight-episode docu-series showcases the real-life stories of four wickedly talented and highly charismatic collegiate a cappella teams.

[06/29/16 - 09:02 AM]
Ovation TV Sets Revolutionary Programming Stunt for Bastille Day, July 14
"Pardon Our French!," Ovation's day-long programming event, will feature French-themed films, documentaries and exclusive previews and behind-the-scenes footage from "Versailles."

[06/29/16 - 09:02 AM]
"Squidbillies" Season 10 Premieres Sunday, July 10 at 11:30 p.m. ET/PT on Adult Swim
This season features all-new covers of the theme song each week from a variety of musical artists including Father John Misty, Kurt Vile, The B-52s, Sharon Van Etten, Jimmy Cliff and Rebecca Schiffman.

[06/29/16 - 08:51 AM]
Stewart Copeland of The Police Rocks Out in Travel Channel's "Island Fever"
In the hour-long special, Copeland dives headfirst into the Java Sea to surf Bali's famous waves, drinks local moonshine in the rice fields and jams with a Balinese gamelan drumming group.

[06/29/16 - 08:35 AM]
Tuesday's Broadcast Ratings: "Got Talent" Once Again Keeps NBC on Top
The Peacock wins the night in adults 18-49 as well as total viewers.

[06/29/16 - 08:03 AM]
Dave Navarro to Be First Male Honoree at Investigation Discovery's Annual "Inspire a Difference" Event in October
Navarro will join such former honorees as Marcia Gay Harden, Rosario Dawson, Angie Harmon and Kristin Chenoweth.

[06/29/16 - 08:00 AM]
E!'s Hit Series "Hollywood Medium with Tyler Henry" Returns Wednesday, August 17 at 8PM ET/PT for a Powerful New Season
Kris Jenner, Moby, Tori Spelling, Roselyn Sanchez, Kevin McHale, Carole Radziwill, Austin Mahone, Jewel and Lil John are among those featured this season.

[06/28/16 - 03:42 PM]
OWN Delivers 2Q 2016 Primetime Growth and Most-Watched Week in Network History
OWN spins the numbers for the quarter to date.

[06/28/16 - 02:37 PM]
Sarah Gadon to Star in Netflix and CBC Miniseries "Alias Grace"
The six-hour miniseries, inspired by the historical true story of convicted murderer Grace Marks, is written and produced by Sarah Polley and directed by Mary Harron.