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onesmallstep
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posted 05-28-2014 01:59 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for onesmallstep   Click Here to Email onesmallstep     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Starting Thursday, May 29, CNN will begin a 10-part documentary entitled "The Sixties," focusing on a decade that produced the Beatles, the Civil Rights movement, and the moon landings (one entire episode is entitled "The Space Race").

The series actually began with a two-hour documentary on the 50th anniversary of JFK's assassination in November of last year. The producers include Tom Hanks and Playtone Productions, responsible for the HBO series "From the Earth to the Moon."

Robert Pearlman
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posted 07-16-2014 06:44 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Here's the teaser for "The Space Race":

The episode premieres Thursday (July 17) at 9 p.m. EDT (with an encore presentation at 10 p.m.), but will also air on Saturday (July 19) at 10 p.m. and at midnight EDT.

Robert Pearlman
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posted 07-17-2014 09:50 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Here's my preview of tonight's broadcast for Space.com:
The Space Race, Apollo 11 Star in CNN's 'The Sixties' Tonight

The first moon landing, 45 years ago on Sunday (July 20), didn't just define a decade, it set a new chapter in human history.

"All of human experience will be divided into two eras: before man walked on the moon and after man walked on the moon," says actor Tom Hanks in "The Space Race," the seventh episode of CNN's 10-part series "The Sixties," which he co-executive produced.

The one-hour episode, premiering on the cable news network on tonight (July 17) at 9 p.m. EDT, recounts the not-so-small-steps that led to "a giant leap for all mankind." It features new interviews with Apollo 11 moonwalker Buzz Aldrin, Neil Armstrong's Gemini 8 crewmate David Scott, "A Man on the Moon" author Andrew Chaikin, Hanks and more...

Robert Pearlman
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posted 07-17-2014 12:51 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Due to the tragic loss of the Malaysian 777 this morning, CNN has postponed the premiere of "The Sixties: The Space Race," previously scheduled for this evening.

A new air time has not yet been announced.

Robert Pearlman
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posted 07-21-2014 09:29 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
CNN has rescheduled the premiere of "The Space Race" episode of "The Sixties" for Thursday, July 24.

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posted 07-25-2014 04:34 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
So did anyone watch? What did you think?

If you missed it Thursday, the episode re-airs tonight at 9 p.m. EDT and again on Saturday at 10 p.m. EDT.

fredtrav
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posted 07-26-2014 12:06 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for fredtrav   Click Here to Email fredtrav     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I did watch and thoroughly enjoyed it. My biggest complaint was the length. It needed to be two hours (at least), but it did give a good overview of the impetus driving us to the moon and how we got there.

ea757grrl
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posted 07-26-2014 05:48 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for ea757grrl   Click Here to Email ea757grrl     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I liked it, and given the constraints of the hour-long format, thought it did a good job. (As with the entire series, I've *really* enjoyed the vintage clips from network broadcasts, more than a few of which I'd never seen before.) There were some edits of telecasts and radio transmissions and similar, but I knew why they were done and they didn't distract from the overall effect. Much as I'd have enjoyed a longer version (90 minutes, perhaps?) I thought this one was an excellent overview for those who aren't as familiar with the subject as we are.

tegwilym
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posted 07-27-2014 02:01 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for tegwilym   Click Here to Email tegwilym     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Well done! It took me three tries to finally see it since current events took over. There were a lot of "raw" video clips that I don't think I have ever seen before. Good documentary, but I agree that 2 hours would have been great!

alanh_7
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posted 07-27-2014 08:07 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for alanh_7   Click Here to Email alanh_7     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
One thing I did notice, and it could be just the victim of editing, they were talking about Al Shepard's flight just before a commercial break. When they came back the segment had Charlie Bolden saying something to the effect of "Next up was John Glenn" and discussing Glenn's orbital flight, completely missing Gus Grissom's flight.

Jerry Brouillette
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posted 08-10-2014 08:41 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Jerry Brouillette   Click Here to Email Jerry Brouillette     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I watched the rerun yesterday. Well done with some rare footage of NASA simulations, news shorts and interviews. That Cronkite space walk was cool! As stated before, it could have been 3 hrs long.

3 thumbs up!

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