Top of the morning, July 25, 2014

Top of the morning, July 25, 2014

Weekend TV guide

Get ready Rantoul, Howard Griffith, Dave Revsine, Gerry DiNardo, Tom Dienhart and friends are on the way.

BTN's annual tour of Big Ten schools is tentatively scheduled to arrive at Camp Rantoul on Aug. 20. That will be the last of this year's stops.

It is an ambitious schedule for the BTN tour, which will travel to 11 states in two time zones. The first stop is Indiana on Aug. 5.

For the first time, it will be a 14-school tour thanks to the addition of Rutgers and Maryland. The new stops add to the logistical troubles of planning the trips.

Because of its relationship with the league and schools, the BTN enjoys unequaled access. The announcers can talk to pretty much anyone they want and take more footage than your average station.

Hard to argue with the success of the BTN. The brainchild of commissioner Jim Delany, it has provided the league with better television coverage than any other conference. And the financial rewards have been huge. The BTN was a big selling point for both Rutgers and Maryland.

Think back to the start of the BTN, which had trouble finding spots on local cable systems. But the demands of the public and a strong campaign by BTN leaders fixed that flaw in a hurry.

With a strong stable of announcers and a growing set of in-house programs, BTN becomes bigger by the day.

Enough about college football, which doesn't start for another five weeks. Here are some TV options to fill your pre-football weekend.


News magazine: "20/20," 9 p.m., WICD (ABC)

There are all sorts of serious stories going on in the world today. So, what do the folks at "20/20" have for you? Beauty queen flubs and flaws. Somebody in charge thinks this is a good idea.


Movie: "The Bourne Identity," 4:30 p.m., Bravo

For T.O.T.M.'s money, there isn't a better action/suspense actor than Matt Damon. It's like "Good Will Hunting" only with lots of bullets and car chases.


Series: "Halt and Catch Fire," 9 p.m., AMC

They are down to the final two shows of this show about the start of the PC age. Great acting and even better storylines. You won't recognize any of the stars, and that's a good thing. Here's hoping AMC brings this winner back for another season.

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