TVLine’s Performer of the Week: Grant Gustin

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THE PERFORMER | Grant Gustin

THE SHOW | The Flash

THE EPISODE | “Fast Enough” (May 19)

THE PERFORMANCE | With its game-changing twists, promising peeks into the future and more Easter eggs than you could shake Danielle Panabaker’s Killer Frost wig at, Tuesday’s Flash finale can remain confident in its summer-long stay on our DVRs.

But it was star Gustin’s tearjerking performance as an uncertain hero with the weight of the world — and its many alternate timelines — on his shoulders that made this a truly unforgettable hour of television. We barely held it together during Barry’s just-in-case farewell to Joe (“Goodbye dad!”), a fitting tribute to one of the most formative figures in Barry’s Life. Of the many things The Flash gets right, its portrayal of his relationship with Joe has always been one of our favorites.

Then came Barry’s long-overdue goodbye to his…

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Panini America’s Weekly Redemption Card Update: Eisenhower, ‘Manster’ and More

Originally posted on The Official Panini America Blog:

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In an effort to keep collectors updated on the status of those Panini America redemption cards that are currently being processed, we’ll post a list every week, like the one included in the attachments below, detailing the most recent cards being fulfilled this week.

The following list is intended to inform collectors about which redemption cards from which products are being processed this week. We’ll update this list every Friday afternoon, so stay tuned next week if you don’t see your card here.

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Panini America, beIN Sports Join Forces for Special Copa America Chile 2015 Promotion

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In conjunction with the North American release last month of the official Copa America Chile 2015 Sticker Collection, Panini America and beIN Sports have teamed up for a special social media initiative that will last throughout the tournament and reward loyal soccer fans with the opportunity to win great prizes such as a trip to the final match in Chile, a beIN Sports studio tour in Miami and national team jerseys.

North American collectors busy completing their official Copa America Chile 2015 Sticker Collections no doubt started participating in the promotion shortly after first cracking their albums, tipped off by beIN Sports ads featured on the inside front and back covers. But just in case you haven’t secured your album just yet, we provide complete contest details after the jump.

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NBC SPORTS GROUP’S SUNDAY OF CHAMPIONS

NBC Sports’ Championship Season coverage takes center stage this Sunday with numerous high-profile events airing on NBC and NBCSN, including Game 5 of the NHL Eastern Conference Final between Tampa Bay Lightning and the New York Rangers; the Formula One Monaco Grand Prix; Premier League’s “Championship Sunday;” the first round of the 2015 French Open; and the Senior PGA Championship.

“Championship Season” consists of high-profile events from May through July, and continues with the 2015 Stanley Cup Final, the 147th Belmont Stakes featuring Triple Crown contender American Pharoah, The Men’s and Women’s French Open Finals, and the 2015 Tour de France.

via NBC SPORTS GROUP’S SUNDAY OF CHAMPIONS: NHL CONFERENCE FINAL, MONACO GRAND PRIX, PL “CHAMPIONSHIP SUNDAY,” FRENCH OPEN & SENIOR PGA CHAMPIONSHIP | NBC Sports Pressbox.

Ricky Williams, National Treasures Football Star in Special Panini Unwrapped Episode

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Early last month, one of the greatest players in college football history dropped by Panini America HQ to visit old friends and sign autographs for upcoming Panini America college football and NFL trading card releases. While he was here, the legendary Ricky Williams made time for a special episode of Panini Unwrapped. Fittingly, the product being busted that day was 2014 National Treasures Football.

Today, we honor the icon’s 38th birthday with a must-see video during which Williams discusses a decorated career that took him from Heisman glory at the University of Texas to superstardom in the NFL and, ultimately, back to UT. Enjoy the video and stay tuned to The Knight’s Lance for continued coverage.

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2014-15 Spectra Basketball Coming Next Week

Panini America’s colorful, Prizm-infused Spectra brand has wasted precious little time in etching out a loyal following among hardhcore hoops collectors. In fact, with just one inaugural release last season, Spectra Basketball became a bona fide favorite — as much for its perfect-for-Prizm designs as for its rich autograph and memorabilia content. When the second installment arrives next week, collectors will revel in the fact that the brand has only improved with age.

2014-15 Spectra Basketball releases one week from today and will deliver seven autograph or memorabilia cards in every box. The product this year also has been bolstered by the addition of Global Icons, a one-per-case chase insert that showcases some of the game’s greatest international players. After the jump, you can discover a little bit of everything else the product has to offer.

via The Panini America Quality Control Gallery: 2014-15 Spectra Basketball (69 Sweet Pics) | The Official Panini America Blog.

Premier League Championship Sunday Schedule

NBCUniversal presents a blockbuster “Championship Sunday,” with all 10 matches presented live simultaneously on 10 different NBCUniversal television networks this Sunday, May 24 at 10 a.m. ET. NBC and TELEMUNDO host coverage of Hull City v. Manchester United, with 2014-15 Champions Chelsea v. Sunderland on NBCSN and NBC UNIVERSO. In addition, all 10 matches will be streamed on NBC Sports Live Extra, NBC Sports Group’s live streaming product for desktops, mobile devices and tablets.

Chelsea, this season’s Premier League champions, will be presented with the trophy this Sunday. Following Sunderland’s 0-0 draw against Arsenal today, the club is clear of relegation danger, while Newcastle and Hull City aim to avoid the final relegation position on Sunday.

via NBCUNIVERSAL MATCH SCHEDULE ANNOUNCED FOR PREMIER LEAGUE “CHAMPIONSHIP SUNDAY,” THIS SUN., MAY 24, AT 10 AM ET | NBC Sports Pressbox.

Today In Wrestling

1905 – Tom Jenkins defeated Frank Gotch to retain the American Heavyweight Championship in Madison Square Garden in New York City.

1961 – In Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada; AWA Tag Team Champions Hard Boiled Haggerty & Gene Kiniski beat Whipper Billy Watson & Wilbur Snyder and AWA Champion Verne Gagne beat Stan Kowalski.

1963 – The Destroyer (Dick Beyer) defeated Rikidozan in Osaka, Japan,

1966 – In Kansas City, Kansas; Pat O’Connor defeated The Butcher via DQ and Bob Ellis & The Mongolian Stomper defeated Bob Geigel & Bob Brown in three falls.

1973 – In Peoria, Illinois; Dusty Rhodes won a 10 man battle royal by eliminating The Crusher; The Crusher beat Dusty Rhodes; Reggie Parks beat Dick Murdoch via DQ; Ken Patera beat Vic Rossitani; Ric Flair went to a time limit draw with Greg Gagne and Jim Brunzell beat Khosrow Vaziri.

1977 – Bruno Sammartino defeated Larry Zbyszko in the main event of a WWWF event in Worcester, MA.

1980- In Madison Square Garden, Larry Zbyszko won a 16-man $15,000 battle royal; WWF World Champion Bob Backlund pinned WWF IC Champion Ken Patera in a Texas Death Match and Tony Atlas, Ivan Putski, & Pat Patterson defeated Peter Maivia & WWF Tag Team Champions the Wild Samoans in a Best 2 out of 3 falls match.

1981 – It was officially announced by the American Wrestling Association that, due to Verne Gagne retiring and vacating the AWA World Heavyweight Title, Nick Bockwinkel, the former champion and current number one contender, was being awarded the belt.

1981 – In Omaha, Nebraska; AWA Tag Team Champions Adrian Adonis & Jesse Ventura beat Greg Gagne & Jim Brunzell and Baron Von Raschke beat John Studd.

1986 – In Fayetteville, NC; NWA World Tag Team Champions The Midnight Express, Bobby Eaton & Dennis Condrey defeated Dusty Rhodes & NWA U.S. Champion Magnum TA.

1990 – In Washington, DC; The Midnight Express (Bobby Eaton & Stan Lane) defeated Brian Pillman & Tom Zenk to win the U.S. Tag Team Title and Doom (Ron Simmons & Butch Reed) defeated Rick & Scott Steiner to win the NWA World Tag Team Championship.

1991 – In St. Petersburg, FL at the SuperBrawl PPV; The Freebirds (Michael Hayes & Jimmy Garvin) defeated Tracey Smothers & Steve Armstrong to win the vacant United States Tag Team Title, Bobby Eaton defeated Arn Anderson to win the WCW Television Title and WCW World Champion Ric Flair defeated Tatsumi Fujinami to capture the NWA World Title.

1995 – Razor Ramon defeated Jeff Jarrett in Montreal, Quebec to win the WWF Intercontinental Championship in a Ladder match.

1996 – In Madison Square Garden, Henry & Phinneas Godwinn defeated WWF Tag Team Champions Skip & Zip to win the titles.

2002 – In Nashville, Tennessee; the Undertaker defeated Hulk Hogan to capture the WWE Undisputed World Title and Rikishi & Rico beat Billy & Chuck to capture the WWE World Tag Titles.

2011 – Abyss defeated Frankie Kazarian to win the TNA X Division Title.

2013 – At the Extreme Rules PPV; Dean Ambrose defeated Kofi Kingston to win the United States Title and The Shield defeated Bryan Danielson & Kane to win the WWE Tag Team Titles. Also, Brock Lesnar defeated Triple H in a steel cage match.

via On this day in pro wrestling history: Undertaker beats Hogan, Gagne’s first retirement match.

Looking Back on #MOFY Season 6

After six seasons, when the producers of most TV sitcoms are feeling lucky just to simply still have a place on the schedule for their shows, the biggest question facing “Modern Family” is whether room will need to be made on the mantle for a sixth straight Emmy for outstanding comedy series.

“I feel very good about what we did this season,” co-creator Steven Levitan told Variety Monday at a For Your Consideration event on the 20th Century Fox lot, where fans – and, importantly, Television Academy voters – assembled to watch the sixth-season finale and listen to members of the cast and creative team discuss the most recent crop of episodes, which all agreed felt as fresh and funny as the high-water mark seasons that preceded them.

via ‘Modern Family’ Cast on Season Six, Haley and Andy’s Maybe-Romance | Variety.

Season Ratings Wrap-up

NBC and CBS were the season’s ratings winners in key demo categories, and Fox had the hottest new show in years, but the best story of the 2014-15 television season just might have belonged to ABC.

The Alphabet emerged as the only major network to draw a larger young-adult audience this season than last, thanks in large part to a strong rookie class that included hits “How to Get Away With Murder” and “Black-ish” as well as other solid newcomers like “Fresh Off the Boat” and “Secrets and Lies.” “The Goldbergs” blossomed in in its second year, while veterans like “Grey’s Anatomy,” “Scandal,” “Modern Family” and “Shark Tank” also continued to produce.

CBS introduced new drama hit “Scorpion” and renewed four other first-year shows, while Fox launched megahit “Empire” and solid newcomer “Gotham” and the CW discovered its biggest hit to date, “The Flash.” NBC, on the other hand, was unable to find any new hits, with modestly rated drama “The Mysteries of Laura” its only show from this season to return in the fall.

via ABC Draws Largest Young-Adult Audience This Season Over Last | Variety.