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.



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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, 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: For more corporate information, visit

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



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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 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 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.


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 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.

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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.


Writer: James Asmus Artist: Carlos Magno Cover Artists: Felipe Massafera, Nick Robles, and Eric Powell Format: 32 pages, full color Price: $3.99 Diamond Order Code: #1 – MAY161216 On sale: #1 – July 13, 2016 in comic book shops Synopsis: King Kong, world-famous and original gargantuan …

Saluting Captain America: Streets of Poison

Every day we celebrate Captain America’s 75th anniversary by looking deep into the Marvel Unlimited archives and going through some of Steve Rogers’ most thrilling adventures. Happy diamond anniversary Sentinel of Liberty!

No stranger to war, Captain America finds himself caught in an all new one in the “Streets of Poison” story from 1990. While out on patrol, Cap stumbles upon a new drug called Ice whose dealers have no problem killing innocents to protect their business. Upon returning to Avengers Headquarters he discovers that mechanic Fabian used the substance and currently suffers from the after effects.

In the seven-part tale that ran in CAPTAIN AMERICA #372378 by Mark Gruenwald and Ron Lim, Cap struggles with something that Fabian mentions early on in the first issue: “Don’t you owe your very powers…to a drug?”

Driven to stop the spread of Ice on the streets, the Star-Spangled Avenger launches his own war on drugs that leads him to a warehouse stocked with the product and a pusher willing to blow the whole place up to stop its unauthorized removal. Steve survives the explosion, but soon starts acting erratically. Diamondback sees this and posits that it might be because the drug entered his system and possibly latched on to the Super-Soldier Serum.

Unhappy with the interference in the drug trade, Kingpin hires Bullseye to look into it. The assassin clashes with Cap who later throws down with Daredevil while in the drug’s thrall. After taking a beating from the Super Soldier, the Man Without Fear then faces off against Crossbones who’s still working for Red Skull.

While Black Widow, Diamondback, and John Jameson try to put a stop to a rampaging Cap, Bullseye crashes in on Red Skull and Crossbones, seemingly killing the Nazi, but it turns out to be a robot. Those two go on to fight at Yankee Stadium while Hank Pym figures he can get the Ice out of Steve’s system by cycling out his blood, but the Super-Soldier Serum goes with it.

No longer super-powered, Cap needs to prove that he makes the hero, not the drug known as the Super-Soldier Serum. He successfully defeats Crossbones while Kingpin and the Red Skull battle each other. “I’ve proven it! I can be Captain America without the drug!” Cap thinks to himself standing over ‘Bones. 

Cap Declassified

While detoxing from Ice, Cap dreams that Red Skull attacks him, claiming that anyone given the Super-Soldier Serum would have become a hero and that he’s nothing special. Steve responds that many people have been given variants on the serum and no one’s become the hero he has. He’s not kidding. Professor Erskine’s substance helped change Isaiah Bradley and Patriot while attempts at recreating it led to the creation of Master Man by the Nazis and U.S. Agent among others.

The team that saved Steve Rogers’ life in more than one way comes under fire from within in the “Avengers Disassembled” story in AVENGERS #500-503 and AVENGERS FINALE.

Seven Seas Entertainment Licenses “Secret of the Princess”

One-shot yuri manga by Milk Morinaga will receive an English language publication in February of 2017

Seven Seas Entertainment has licensed Secret of the Princess, a standalone high school romance yuri manga by Milk Morinaga, for an English language release in February of 2017. Hit the jump to learn more.

Dive Into Dark Matter: Season One – Own it 6/14!

    Space cowboys and wanderers rejoice! Coming very soon is the hit live-action Syfy series, Dark Matter: Season One, on DVD and Blu-ray on 6/14. Now you can start fresh with the amnesiac crew of the Raza and go through the horrors of space from the safety of your home theater. Pre-order your copy […]

Get Ready for Comic-Con 2016 with Our Souvenir Book Cover!

OUR COMIC-CON 2016 COVERAGE BEGINS NOW!Get Ready for Comic-Con 2016 with Our Souvenir Book Cover!We jumpstart our Comic-Con 2016 coverage with the reveal of our 2016 Souvenir Book cover, featuring Wonder Woman’s 75th anniversary by Babs Tarr!
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Declaring Civil War: Spider-Man

Beginning this week, Marvel fans prepare for what promises to be one of the most exciting summer events in recent history: Civil War II! And just like the past super hero fallout, this one promises to see at least one webslinger standing in the middle of the heat!

Before the start of Civil War II, and before it reaches the pages of SPIDER-MAN #6 this July, we spoke with the event and series writer, Brian Michael Bendis, as well as the artist for the tie-in issue, Nico Leon, about what we can expect when Miles Morales finds himself in the midst of a super hero war. Brian, the last time we spoke, you were just getting ready to begin working on SPIDER-MAN. How have things been since closing down the Ultimate Universe and bringing Miles over to the All New, All Different Marvel Universe?

Brian Michael BendisIt has gone just about as amazing as one could have hoped. We have increased our readership immensely. Miles has found his way into the Marvel Universe with more grace than one would have thought possible. The conversation about the character and his place in the Marvel Universe and pop culture is as potent as ever. Every day people speak to me about Miles with such reverence that I am overwhelmed.

And Miles is a “Build a Bear” now!!! The true mark of success! Now, looking back at the death of the Ultimate Peter Parker five years ago next month, which I’ll add still hurts, we learned Nick Fury saw Spider-Man as being a future member of the Ultimates, and even leading them one day. With Miles as an Avenger today, do you see this as a sort of fulfillment of that dream? 

Brian Michael Bendis: I think Civil War II and other things happening over the next couple of years will reveal things about Miles and his potential in the Marvel Universe that people might not have even thought possible with Ultimate Peter Parker. In the spirit of reminiscing, Spider-Man stood in the center of the super hero civil war and acted as the moral compass for the two warring sides 10 years ago. Fast forward to 2016, and we find ourselves at the start of a second super hero civil war. Where do either of you see Miles in the midst of this fallout? Will he play a similar role as Peter Parker or does he have another part to play?

Brian Michael BendisWe’re very proud that the second civil war is in no way shape or form a rehash of the original story. Miles will have a part in Civil War II, and it will be a substantial one, but it is not the same as the one Peter Parker had.  I don’t want to say anymore because the spoilers but everyone at Marvel is curious to see what the reaction to all of this is.

Nico Leon: I think the things have changed a lot since the first Civil War, not only inside the Marvel Universe, but also in the world at large. Society is dealing with different problems in 2016, and our readership has expanded and changed a lot, too—for the better! Given this new context, while it is Civil War II, I think—talking as a fan—people should avoid side by side comparisons with first [event]. Readers should expect excitement and a lot of surprises for Miles, but expecting him to fill the same role that Peter Parker did in the original event would feel forced in 2016, and it would prevent Civil War II from standing on its own. What appeal is there for Miles to side with Captain Marvel? Iron Man?

Brian Michael Bendis: One of the big side stories of Civil War II is how the younger generation of heroes like Miles, Ms. Marvel, and Nova are going to be faced with making some hard choices that may fly in the face of heroes that they admire or aspire to be. It is a very familiar coming of age moment but with a very special Marvel flair. I’m actually very excited about just this possibility. Brian, what risks and dangers does Miles Morales face, knowing you’ve already filled your allowed quota for killing Spider-Men? 

Brian Michael Bendis: Quota? I have filled no quota. [Laughs] Shifting gears to an only mildly safer territory, you’re pitting Miles against the Black Cat and sticking with the original intent to keep SPIDER-MAN operating on a street level. Is this continued approach the plan for Civil War II, or do you look to shift things up?

Brian Michael Bendis: There will be a pretty big shake up for Miles coming out the other side – and not what anyone is expecting. That I can promise you. Nico, of all the characters you’ve in the Marvel toy box, is there someone in SPIDER-MAN you haven’t gotten to tackle yet that we can expect to see? 

Nico Leon: Well, I am not deep into the events of Civil War II yet—and if I were, I probably couldn’t say much [Laughs]—but what the fan in me most wants to see is the younger, inexperienced characters like Miles Morales, Kamala Khan, and Sam Alexander dealing with this huge event. Not only how they will react to the event, but also how they will respond to their heroes and mentors.

And I would love to see a Ms. Marvel, Silk, and Miles team-up! Before we wrap things up, let’s get personal for a minute. We know that CIVIL WAR II centers on a new Inhuman, Ulysses, who has the ability to see the future. Let’s say someone in our world gained the ability to see the future and opened the door for law enforcement to prevent crimes before they occur. Do you think we should arrest people for pre-crimes or no? Should a pre-criminal be remanded to the government or left free to operate on his or her own?

Nico Leon: The human mind can make decisions in less than a second, and in many scenarios, neither the victim nor the perpetrator would believe that a crime was about to happen until the instant that it does and not a moment before. So, I don’t think that arresting confused people would help law enforcement at all.

I wonder what would happen if, instead of having specialized crime prevention teams smashing down doors, there was a specialized team of “crime scene modifiers.” Instead of preventing the crimes themselves, they could modify the given situation and circumstances that lead to a crime being committed. In a shooting, for example, they could replace the real gun with an exact replica, which fires harmless paint bullets before the “future murderer” or “future victim” could notice. This team, being unnoticed, could prevent anybody from getting hurt on the scene, but still let the circumstances of the crime happen. Then, they could smash down the doors. I think that would cause fewer moral problems.

Brian Michael Bendis: My job is to present both sides of the debate. 

SPIDER-MAN #6 place Miles Morales in the hands of Brian Michael Bendis and Nico Leon for Civil War II this July!

“Final Fantasy XV” Footage Spends Some Time Riding Chocobos

Long-awaited entry in the series launches on September 30

Square Enix’s Active Time Report Community Special included a special thank you from the Final Fantasy XV community team to those who follow the @FFXVJP Twitter account. Jam along to some familiar tunes and enjoy the montage of chilling and Chocobo riding in the video after the jump.

Kamala Chooses a Side in Ms. Marvel #8

This June, as the blockbuster Civil War II heats up, Kamala Khan gets called to the front lines to join the fray! Marvel is pleased to present MS. MARVEL #8, a Civil War II tie-in from creators G. Willow Wilson, Takeshi Miyazawa and Adrian Alphona! A new Inhuman has emerged, one with the power to predict the future. The heroes of the Marvel Universe are faced with a choice: Wield this new power to change the future as they see fit, or reject it and allow tomorrow to unfold unaltered. As the battle lines are drawn, which side will Kamala choose? Is she ready to take a stand against her idol and mentor, Captain Marvel? Find out this June as Civil War II comes to Jersey City in MS. MARVEL #8!

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‘Little STALIN’ & Russian Mafia vs. A Modern-Day Golem In Oni’s BRIK

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“Katawa Shoujo” And “Valkyria Chronicles” Artist RAITA Redesigns Legendary Shuten-dōji For “Fate/Grand Order”

Among the fans of this take on Shuten-doji is “Tokyo Ghoul” author Sui Ishida!

Oni chief Shuten-dōji is one the biggies of Japanese mythology. According to one of his origin stories, he was a “pretty boy,” who spurned all female admirers, until, while burning their love letters, he was confused by the females and became a monstrous oni. Well, Shuten-dōji certainly kept their prettiness for their introduction to Fate/Grand Order, with designs by Raita Honjou.

“Onechanbara Z2: Chaos” Hacks ‘n Slashes Its Way to Steam

PC release set for June 1

Originally released in Japan in 2014, with western releases following in summer 2015, the next stop for PlayStation 4 hack-and-slasher Onechanbara Z2: Chaos is PC. The release is right around the corner on June 1, and the Steam page is now live. More after the jump.



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Los Angeles, CA – Tuesday, May 31st – Lather up the sunblock because E! News is using its signature pop culture conversation to kick summer off right, with a smokin’ hot programming lineup across all of E! News’ platforms.  Starting Tuesday, May 31st, E! News will launch a sizzling summer schedule of themed weeks with content covering everything from the most extravagant real estate properties and vacation destinations to the latest controversial plastic surgery crazes and hottest bodies to the greatest buzz-worthy films and TV shows.  Each week E! News will dive into a new topic and deliver videos, in-depth editorial pieces and pop culture commentary dedicated to that week’s dialog, with exclusive content on linear, on digital and on mobile and social.

With custom content tailored by platform and the most authentic conversation than anywhere else, E! News is the only place you need to be a part of any discussion this bikini season – in real-time and on your terms.  Get all of these water cooler essentials and more on the network every weeknight at 7p and 11p ET/PT, on mobile on the E! News app for Android and iOS, from the home of E! News at, @enews across social platforms (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram) and @E_News on Snapchat, as well as on the E! News page on Facebook Live weekdays at 9:30a PT and 12:30p ET.   

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Hot Bodies Week (May 31 – June 3 ) 

From beach bods to the hottest stars over 40, E! News is breaking down Hollywood’s most popular diets and workouts for the best ways to achieve that coveted Hollywood physique!  Hear from stars like Jennifer Lopez revealing their secrets to staying in shape and looking better than ever.   

Couples Week (June 6 – June 10) 

From the shocking hook-ups to the nasty and bitter breakups, and everything in between, only E! News is peeling back the curtains to bring viewers an in-depth look at Hollywood’s hottest couples.  Plus, find out why some of your favorite couples have been able to keep the flame alive!    

Plastic Surgery Week (June 13 – June 17) 

Whether they admit it or not, it is clear Hollywood is addicted to plastic surgery. From the most jaw dropping transformations and biggest regrets to the most requested celebrity body parts, E! News is divulging the most sought-after procedures of the rich and famous, as well as why some work and why others, clearly do not.  Additionally, Dr. Terry Dubrow and Dr. Paul Nassif of E!’s hit series, “Botched,” reveal their best advice for anyone that plans to go under the knife.   

Business of Celebrity Week (June 27 – July 1) 

From famous to household name.  E! News is taking you through all the ways today’s Hollywood elite transformed their successful careers into billion dollar brands.  Plus, E! News is finding out the crazy costs to keep up with this exclusive celebrity lifestyle. 


Blockbusters Week (July 5 – July 8) 

From rom coms to raunchy comedies, summer is all about the big blockbuster films and E! News is talking to the stars behind some of your all-time favorite movies.   

The Real Housewives Week (July 11 – July 15) 

Some we love and some we hate, but either way, we can’t stop watching. From their nastiest fights to their biggest scandals, E! News is breaking down everything you need to know about The Real Housewives and bringing fans all new interviews with some of your favorite Bravo stars.   

We Heart TV Week (July 25 – July 29) 

Take a trip down memory lane with a look back at the memorable moments and set secrets from the great television classics.  Plus, E! News has brand new interviews with some of the most beloved stars, as well as surprise guests from your favorite shows. 


Lux Vacation Week (August 1 – August 5) 

Stars are not just like us. From million dollar yachts and private jets to the most expensive hotels in the world, E! News takes a look into how your favorite celebrities spend their downtime and give us some serious vacation envy.   

Real Estate Week (August 22 – August26) 

Personal tanning beds, private lakes, closets the size of your living room, gold toilets and so much more, E! News goes inside the homes of your favorite Hollywood stars and you won’t believe what we’re finding! 



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UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif. — May 31, 2016 — NBC Digital Entertainment, in partnership with “American Ninja Warrior” producer A. Smith & Co., is pulling back the curtain and giving fans an immersive behind-the-scenes experience with two digital series, “Crashing the Course” and “24/B4.”

Both series launch today with new episodes every week on the NBC App, and the “American Ninja Warrior” YouTube channel.

“American Ninja Warrior” premieres its eighth season tomorrow, Wednesday, June 1 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on NBC.

“We are really excited about the two digital series we’ve created for the upcoming season which allows fans to engage and share what we believe to be truly insightful elements of the “American Ninja Warrior” experience,” said Rob Hayes, Executive Vice President, Digital, NBC Entertainment. “This show has some of the most passionate fans in the world and we love providing them with as much content as possible on our digital and social platforms.”

“Crashing the Course” is a weekly series giving fans a look at how each obstacle is designed, constructed and tested all leading up to the moment when the first competitor takes the course. The series will be hosted by digital correspondent Alex Weber (MTV’s “Greatest Party Story Ever)”. 

“24/B4” will highlight one Ninja each week, detailing “the life of a Ninja” and the mental, physical and emotional preparation competitors go through in the 24 hours before they compete.

“Over the course of seven seasons we’ve captured countless hours of really interesting content that never makes it to air on ‘American Ninja Warrior,’ and we wanted to share that content with our audiences,” said Kent Weed, executive producer of ‘Crashing the Course’ and ’24/B4.’ “These new shows will give an exclusive look into what’s going on behind the scenes, providing viewers with an insiders’ look at all the work that goes into the course construction and testing, while also profiling top Ninjas as they prepare to conquer the course and punch their ticket to the Las Vegas finals.”

Follow the all NEW NBC American Ninja Warrior Social Profiles for EXCLUSIVE Content:

• Facebook – /NBCNinjaWarrior

• Twitter – /NBCNinjaWarrior

• Instagram – /nbcninjawarrior

• YouTube – /NBCNinjaWarrior

Kent Weed of A. Smith & Co. Productions is the executive producer of “Crashing the Course” and “24/B4,” with Meredith Ellis, Jack Primavera, and Lindsay Wilkes-Edrington serving as producers.  


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The Emmy Award-winning digital team oversees NBC’s Late Night, Primetime and Daytime initiatives across all digital platforms and is the leading mobile and online destination for television and interactive entertainment. Producing both derivative and web-exclusive programming and building digital products; the team extends the broadcast experience through key collaborations with partners and targeted social outreach via its robust social platforms. For full episodes visit or get the NBC app. You can find us at @NBC on Twitter, /NBC on Facebook and @NBCTV on Instagram.


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


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