Good Smile Company Plays With Their Toys On Camera In “KanColle” And “BBK/BRNK” Nendoroid Showcase Videos

With the recent launch of pre-orders, Good Smile Company has put their Nendoroid figures through the paces in a series of videos

With the recent launch of pre-orders, Good Smile Company has put their Nendoroid figures of Kancolle’s Shigure Kai Ni and and BBK/BRNK’Asabuki + Migite-chan through the paces in a series of videos, even bringing in a microwave to showcase the girls’ cuteness! Check them out after the jump.

Suzune Okabe and Toshiyuki Toyonaga Join the Cast of “Days”

TV anime adaptation based on soccer manga by Tsuyoshi Yasuda debuts in July of 2016

Two new cast members have been announced for Days, an upcoming TV anime adaptation based on the soccer manga by Kōnosuke Uda that is serialized in Kodansha’s Weekly Shōnen Magazine. Hit the jump to learn more.

ESQUIRE NETWORK ANNOUNCES SECOND SEASON OF HIT SERIES “TEAM NINJA WARRIOR”

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LOS ANGELES – May 31, 2016 – Esquire Network continues to expand on one if its most popular franchises, “American Ninja Warrior,” with a second season of the hit competition reality series “Team Ninja Warrior.”  This season will feature an expanded 16 episodes which will include the debut of a five-part special event, “Team Ninja Warrior: College Edition” (wt), featuring top college competitors going head-to-head against rival universities.  

“Our success last season made it clear that viewers love watching these amazing competitors battle against each other on the course, and as we move into season two, we will continue to raise the bar on the competition as teams are even more driven to conquer not only the course, but each other,” said Matt Hanna, Executive Vice President Development & Production, Esquire Network.  “Now with the introduction of our college edition episodes, we are bringing some of the most famous college rivalries to life as only Esquire Network can as these schools go head-to-head for the ultimate Ninja bragging rights.”  

Hosted by comedian Matt Iseman and former NFL player Akbar Gbajabiamila, the upcoming season of “Team Ninja Warrior” will once again feature some of the biggest names from the “American Ninja Warrior” franchise, while “Team Ninja Warrior: College Edition” will consist of teams pulled from some of the most historical and deep-seeded collegiate rivalries.  The dual running course, which will be highlighted by even more challenging obstacles this season, incorporates speed, human agility, skill and a whole new strategy of racing.  Both sets of teams will be comprised of three people – two men and one woman – who will battle it out on this amped-up version of the world’s most intense obstacle course.

The debut episode of “Team Ninja Warrior” set records as the most watched series premiere with A18-49 in Esquire Network history, as fans tuned in to see their favorite top contenders join forces to take on the mother of all obstacle courses as a team.  Throughout the season, the series continued to captivate audiences, peaking at the finale which ranked as the 2nd most-watched original telecast in network history with Total Viewers as team “Party Time” – featuring rock-climbing legend Brian Arnold; Jake Murray, a young protégé of Brian’s who trains extensively with his group; and stay-at-home-mom Jennifer Tavernier who became a break-out star on “American Ninja Warrior” – took home the trophy and title of the first winners of “Team Ninja Warrior.”  Currently the season overall ranks as Esquire Network’s most watched original series in network history with Total Viewers and most-watched debut season with A18-49.

“Team Ninja Warrior” is executive-produced by A. Smith & Co. Productions’ founders Arthur Smith and Kent Weed (Hell’s Kitchen, The Dunk King, Ellen’s Design Challenge), along with Brian Richardson as executive producer. The series is a spin-off of “American Ninja Warrior” which is based on the “Ninja Warrior” format from Tokyo Broadcasting System Television, Inc., and is a co-production between Esquire Network and NBC. 

About Esquire Network

Esquire Network champions the pursuit of a well-played life. The lifestyle and entertainment network features programming that speaks to classic and contemporary passions and interests, from fashion and style to food and drink, travel, family and relationships. Building on Esquire magazine’s 80 years of insight into what makes men tick, Esquire Network is available wherever viewers are watching: in nearly 70 million homes nationwide, online at http://esquiretv.com, On Demand, via mobile with the Esquire TV Now app and other platforms. Esquire Network is a unit of NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment, a division of NBCUniversal. To find Esquire Network, visit: http://esquiretv.com/channelfinder. For more corporate information, visit www.nbcuniversal.com.

About A. Smith & Co. Productions

A. Smith & Co. Productions creates some of the most innovative, highly rated, and high-quality programming for the domestic and international television marketplace. The company has produced more than 3,000 hours of award-winning programming – with budgets totaling over one billion dollars across more than 45 broadcast and cable networks. Current productions include “Hell’s Kitchen,” “American Ninja Warrior,” “Spartan Race,” “Ellen’s Design Challenge,” “Unsung,” “Inside the Label,” “Acting Out,” “Full Throttle Saloon,” “Team Ninja Warrior,” “Container Homes,” and “The Dunk King.” Past hits include “Kitchen Nightmares,” “Wizard Wars,” “Conspiracy Theory with Jesse Ventura,” “UFC Countdown,” “Joe Rogan Questions Everything,” “Paradise Hotel,” “I Survived a Japanese Game Show,” “The Swan,” “Trading Spaces,” “Pros vs. Joes,” “Skating with Celebrities,” and many others. For more information, visit www.asmithco.com.

NBC SPORTS GROUP TO PRESENT MORE THAN 15 HOURS OF THE 2016 PENN MUTUAL COLLEGIATE RUGBY CHAMPIONSHIP

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Live Coverage Begins Saturday at 2 p.m. ET on NBCSN, Continues on NBC at 4 p.m. ET

24 Colleges and Universities Represented, Including Three-Time Defending Champion Cal, Two-Time Champion Dartmouth, Michigan, Arizona and Notre Dame

NBCSN Presents Rugby Rising Presented by Penn Mutual Saturday at 1 p.m. ET, Featuring an Exclusive Look at Team USA as They Prepare To Defend Gold in Rio

Comcast SportsNet Philadelphia and The Comcast Network to Air Coverage

NBC Sports Live Extra to Provide Streaming Coverage

STAMFORD, Conn. – May 31, 2016 – NBC, NBCSN and Comcast SportsNet Philadelphia will combine to present more than 15 hours of Rugby Sevens action from the annual Penn Mutual Collegiate Rugby Championship from Talen Energy Stadium in Philadelphia, Pa. 

Coverage begins on Saturday at 2 p.m. ET on NBCSN with live preliminary-round matches, followed by live coverage on NBC at 4 p.m. ET. Penn Mutual Collegiate Rugby Championship coverage continues Sunday at 2 p.m. ET on NBCSN, and shifts to NBC at 4 p.m. ET with live coverage of the Championship Final.

Todd Harris will serve as the play-by-play commentator for all telecasts. Harris will be joined in the booth by former USA Sevens captain and USA Rugby World Cup participant Brian Hightower. Tracy Wilson will report all the action from the sidelines.

The seventh annual Penn Mutual Collegiate Rugby Championship will be held at Talen Energy Stadium and features 24 teams from various colleges, including three-time defending-champion California, two-time tournament champion Dartmouth, and two-time runner-up Kutztown. Click here for a full list of the colleges and universities participating in the Collegiate Rugby Championship.

All matches will consist of seven players per team, playing on the same size pitch as a traditional 15’s rugby match. Teams will compete in one of six pools and will play seven minute halves, with a two-minute halftime.

Rugby makes its return to the Olympics at the 2016 Summer Games in Rio for the first time since 1924. A majority of the players on the Team USA Rugby men’s and women’s teams participated in the Penn Mutual Collegiate Rugby Championship at one point, including Madison Hughes (Dartmouth) and New England Patriots defensive back Nate Ebner (Ohio State).


NBCSN PRESENTS RUGBY RISING PRESENTED BY PENN MUTUAL SATURDAY AT 1 P.M. ET, FEATURING AN EXCLUSIVE LOOK AT TEAM USA AS THEY PREPARE TO DEFEND GOLD IN RIO

NBCSN will present a one-hour special this Saturday at 1 p.m. ET – Rugby Rising Presented by Penn Mutual – leading into live coverage of the Collegiate Rugby Championship at 2 p.m. ET. The special will include features on Team USA standouts Madison Hughes and Kristen Thomas and an in-depth look at the dominance of the Cal Golden Bears, who have won the past three Collegiate Rugby Championships. NBCSN will air an encore presentation on Sunday at 1 p.m. ET, leading into coverage at 2 p.m. ET.


COMCAST SPORTSNET PHILADELPHIA AND THE COMCAST NETWORK TO PROVIDE COVERAGE OF THE COLLEGIATE RUGBY CHAMPIONSHIP

Comcast SportsNet Philadelphia and The Comcast Network will provide coverage of the Penn Mutual Collegiate Rugby Championship with encore presentations airing next week, beginning on Wednesday, June 8 at 7 p.m. ET on CSN Philadelphia. Coverage will feature local colleges and universities, including Drexel, Temple, Penn State, St. Joe’s, and Kutztown.


2016 PENN MUTUAL COLLEGIATE RUGBY CHAMPIONSHIP TELECAST SCHEDULE ON NBC AND NBCSN

DATE COVERAGE TIME (ET) NETWORK
Sat., June 4 Rugby Rising 1 p.m. NBCSN
Pool Play 2 p.m. NBCSN
Pool Play 4 p.m. NBC
Sun., June 5 Rugby Rising (Encore) 1 p.m. NBCSN
Playoff Rounds 2 p.m. NBCSN
Playoff Rounds 4 p.m. NBC
Wed., June 8 Pool Play* 7 p.m. CSN Philadelphia
Thurs., June 9 Pool Play* 7 p.m. CSN Philadelphia
Fri., June 10 Pool Play* 7 p.m. The Comcast Network
Pool Play* 9 p.m. The Comcast Network

*Encore presentation

NBC SPORTS LIVE EXTRA 

NBC Sports Live Extra – NBC Sports Group’s live streaming product for desktops, mobile devices, tablets, and connected TVs – will stream the Penn Mutual Collegiate Rugby Championship via “TV Everywhere,” giving consumers additional value to for their subscription service, and making high quality content available to MVPD customers both in and out of the home and on multiple platforms. NBC Sports Live Extra is powered by Playmaker Media and is available on the iTunes App Store, Google Play and Windows Store.

For more information about NBC Sports Group shows and properties, including press releases, photos, talent and executive bios and headshots, please visit NBCSportsGroupPressBox.com.

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NBCUniversal Is Proud To Celebrate Pride Month

Please join MSNBC anchor Thomas Roberts as he celebrates June as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Pride Month, and highlights 2016’s exciting international Employee Resource Group launches and events. 

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Emily Blunt and Lin-Manuel Miranda to Star in “Mary Poppins Returns,” the Sequel to the Studio’s 1964 Classic, Directed by Rob Marshall

Golden Globe Award® winner Emily Blunt (“Into the Woods,” the upcoming “Girl on the Train”) and Emmy®, GRAMMY®, Tony Award® and Pulitzer Prize winner Lin-Manuel Miranda (“Hamilton,” “In the Heights”) are set to star in “Mary Poppins Returns,” a sequel to the studio’s 1964 classic, “Mary Poppins,” which will be released on December 25, 2018. Reuniting the director and producing team Continue Reading

“One Piece: Burning Blood” Celebrates Launch with a New Trailer

North American version available today, Europe follows on June 3

One Piece: Burning Blood hits PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PS Vita in North America today, with a European release to follow on June 3. Bandai Namco Entertainment Europe marked the occasion with a new trailer celebrating the fighter’s launch, so check out the latest collection of footage in the video after the jump.