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Bill Cosby’s first TV stand-up comedy special in 30 years will air on American Forces Network on Friday, and viewers will be able to chat live with the man who, nearly 60 years ago, served as a Navy corpsman. “Far From Finished” debuted on Comedy Central on Nov. 23. Reviews ranged from “predictably safe” to “comedy of the highest form”; Scoop Deck caught the show on a re-air and can say, without fear of contradiction, that it’s somewhere in the middle. Cosby served from 1956 to 1961 before heading to Temple University and then to superstardom that crosses generations and…

The CBS drama “NCIS,” now in its 11th season, reigns supreme in the weekly Nielsen TV ratings (football excluded) and has fans at the highest level of the sea service. It’s launched one successful spinoff and has plans for a second. Thanks to reruns on cable, the Mark Harmon-led procedural is rapidly becoming this generation’s “MASH” when it comes to the most likely show to pop up when you turn on your television. But there has to be a limit. And the folks at Fox Japan are testing it. From Dec. 29 to Jan. 8, the network will air 234…

A movie based on the ambush of a Navy SEAL team in Afghanistan has generated Academy Award buzz for its lead actor, Mark Wahlberg. After the premiere of “Lone Survivor” on Tuesday night in Hollywood, Wahlberg generated some buzz of his own. Asked about preparing for the role of Marcus Luttrell, whose book recounting the 2005 mission served as the basis of the film, Wahlberg offered a profanity-filled tirade aimed at actors who compare their jobs to those of service members. Various entertainment-media outlets reported the speech. Here’s a cleaned-up version of the remarks, as reported by The Hollywood Reporter:…

Recent cinematic efforts involving Navy SEAL units have included the dramatized takedown of a terrorist mastermind and real-life special operators lending their talents to Hollywood. Later this year, an adaptation of a SEAL’s story of a 2005 ambush in Afghanistan will hit theaters, with Academy Award buzz likely. Also, “The Rock” is going to kill some monsters. The Hollywood Reporter reported yesterday that the wrestler-turned-actor-turned-sometimes-wrestler Dwayne Johnson will star in “SEAL Team 666,” in which special operators will “battle demons” as they do in the Weston Ochse novel of the same name. A brief passage: “While one of the SEALs…

First, take a look at the picture. Then, take a few deep breaths. After that, scroll down for details: To sum up: The man on the left is Ivan Wilzig, a financier-turned-TMZ target who goes by the name “Sir Ivan” and is famous in some circles for: Being a trailblazing “millionaire hipster,” called such by The New York Times nearly nine years ago. Remixing anthems of the pacifist movement in ’60s and ’70s into dance-club background tracks. Appearing on various reality shows, including one about wannabe superheroes. Owning a castle. The woman on the right is Dina Lohan, who is…

It was going to be the last re-enlistment ceremony Jesse Siordia Jr. would ever plan. So, why not go big? Ready to re-up for six years after serving 14, the operations specialist second class decided to try and book country music superstar Toby Keith for the gig, hoping to connect with the singer June 16, when Keith’s “Hammer Down” tour rolled through Detroit. Siordia, a reservist with Navy Operational Support Center Detroit, started sending emails to everything with Keith’s name on it: Websites, record companies, casual dining establishments — “I went after everything I could possibly find,” he said. No…

First, watch this trailer. Then, read on for some background on how a fictional destroyer will try to save the world next year: Wedged between signature special effects from Michael ( “Transformers”) Bay and close-ups of Capt. Tom Chandler (Eric “Dr. McSteamy” Dane) is the plot of “The Last Ship,” based loosely on the 1989 William Brinkley novel of the same name. In the TV version, which will air on TNT in the summer of 2014, the destroyer Nathan James ends four months of radio silence off Antarctica only to find out the world’s been ravaged by a global pandemic.…

It took late-night TV legend David Letterman about 50 seconds to do what loads of PowerPoint presentations, deployment-schedule shifts and turn-down-that-thermostat directives couldn’t: Solve the Navy’s budget mess. The fix involves overweight comedian Louie Anderson in a wet suit. Which doesn’t come up in any of those Navy PowerPoints. Not even in the footnotes. The “Late Show” weapons initiative has to be seen to be appreciated; click this link for video or skip to the 1:05 mark in the clip below. Letterman’s no stranger to military strategy at its highest levels. And he’s good with the enlisted side, too, as…

If Mark Wahlberg and Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson are not enough reason to draw you into the movie theater to see “Pain & Gain” — the top-grossing movie in America last weekend — how about the fact that several Coasties make cameos in the movie? As the good guys, of course. Coasties with a law enforcement detachment from Tactical Law Enforcement Team South, out of Opa-locka, Fla., had a chance to be extras in the movie and meet Marky Mark. On screen, the Coasties were the guys escorting Wahlberg from a helicopter to turn him over to Miami authorities, said…

 If “Top Chef” was set on the high seas, Coast Guard Food Service Specialist 2nd Class David Blonn might have a shot. The cook on the coastal patrol boat Albacore has had to do some of his cooking in 12-foot waves. His galley is only 12 feet by 8 feet, including all the equipment. The 6-foot-2 Blonn looks like a giant when cooking inside the small galley, and when the seas get rough and the boat is rocking back and forth, cooking a meal can seem like a monumental task in the tight space. While some crew members might be…

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