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R. Lee Ermey: ‘Saving Private K-9’ Puts The Beef In Reality Genre

Veteran actor and retired U.S. Marine Corps Staff Sergeant R. Lee Ermey is the host of The Sportsman Channel's new series Saving Private K-9, which highlights the lives of military and law enforcement service dogs and their handlers. Ermey, who earned a Golden Globe nomination for his role in the 1987 film Full Metal Jacket and, more recently, hosted History’s military weapons-themed series Mail Call, recently spoke to me about his new series as well as his thoughts on cable’s reality programming genre.

Showtime PPV Promo Packs Social-Media Punch

Showtime is taking a jab at social media to promote its upcoming May 3 Floyd Mayweather-Marcos Maidana pay-per-view event.


April's PPV Ring Events Take Jab At Category's Future

Two big April pay-per-view ring sports events could have lasting ramifications for the category.


WWE officials confirmed the April 6 Wrestlemania XXX event reached more than 1 million U.S. households, which is a record for the franchise.


To the dismay of some PPV event distributors, though, most of those households were not buying the event via traditional PPV, where distributors get a split of the revenue.


Getting Original At Digital Upfronts

The digital upfronts take place later this month, but the major over-the-top content distributors are getting out ahead of the digital upfronts with big programming development news.