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CBS-TV’s ‘Intelligence’ goes global and U.S. Cyber Command school is near

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As of Feb. 11, 2014, CBS’ new Monday night prime-time show, “Intelligence,” has gone international. Since the show’s ratings record debut after NCIS on Jan. 7, 2014, the fast-paced, futuristic drama has begun to settle into its regular Monday night 9:00 p.m. CST home base. But “Intelligence” has gone global, as tonight was the debut of Season 1, Episode 1 of the show on the RTL CBS Entertainment HD channel, as reported by news outlet Asia OnScreen. Their report notes, “The show airs first and exclusive on the channel every Tuesday starting on Feb. 11 at 9:55 p.m. (8:55 JKT/BKK, Jakarta/Bangkok time zone).”

Good news travels fast. Intelligence has a home on Monday nights in the United States and on Tuesday nights in Jakarta and Bangkok. That has to be a heady feeling for show creator Michael Seitzman and unparalleled excitement for collaborator, and frequent episode co-writer, John Dixon, to experience. Dixon, of course, is the author of “Phoenix Island” the book which inspired the television show.

Each week “Intelligence” has seen more social media interaction among fans who live-chat with the show’s stars on Twitter. Stars reach out to the fans during the program (in the central time zone and again in the pacific time zone) as they sort of “watch together.” Fans are also able to chat occasionally with the show’s writers and various stars who maintain an active social media presence, and you can find the regularly scheduled chats through their popular official Facebook page, which already has 54,975 “Likes” in just six weeks’ time.

Then, if you prefer Twitter, you can find a place to share your thoughts where actors Michael Rady, Marg Helgenberger, PJ Byrne, will often read and respond directly. In fact, actor PJ Byrne (who is also in “The Wolf of Wall Street”) made the front page of “Hollywood Reporter” today because he was “multitasking” by attending the Hollywood Reporter’s annual “Oscar Nominees Night,” held at Wolfgang Puck’s trendy Spago restaurant, but he was tweeting with viewers during the broadcast of “Intelligence” while he was partying with the "zum-zum" gang in Academy-Land. Smart-phone smart. Check out his Twitter picture from last night.

Show creator and executive producer Michael Seitzman even hangs out occasionally on Twitter, when he’s not multitasking as show creator, executive producer, scriptwriter and he does media, too. The show’s writers have fun teasing followers with photos, video links and chat during the show. You can follow them on Twitter (@IntelligenceHQ). Two of the show’s writers include Michael Seitzman, show creator and executive producer and John Dixon, and others whose names we want to know.

If you think that “Intelligence” is just an exercise in unrealistic, futuristic conjecture with a snowball’s chance of becoming reality, think again. On Feb. 11, 2014 the CBS-TV affiliate KPHQ in Springfield, Arizona reported that Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Prescott, Arizona, “is soaring to new heights, and it’s just not in aviation. The College of Security and Intelligence has been officially cleared for takeoff, and roughly 300 students are enrolled in the program.”

The report also shares that Dr. Philip Jones, Dean of ERAU’s College of Security and Intelligence, says their program is ‘the first of its kind in American higher education...The new, four-year program was developed because of interest in the University’s global securities and intelligence studies (GSIS).”

At Embry-Riddle University, students will be studying the aviation aspect of security and intelligence to be sure, but all students will be learning a foreign language, with emphasis on Russian and Chinese. And the outcome? “The CIA, NSA and FBI are just a few of the agencies that look for graduates of the program,” reported Jason Kadah of KPHO-TV3.

“Monsters at Home,” Episode 7 of “Intelligence” airs Mon., Feb. 17. To watch a preview, or to catch up on an episode you might have missed, check out cbs.com. Could the U.S. Cyber Command College of Cyberknowledge be that far away, really? As Grand Funk Railroad sang, perhaps it’s growing “Closer to Home” every day.

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