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Hand of God

On September 4, the Amazon series Hand of God will debut online.

The show centers on Judge Harris (Ron Perlman from Sons of Anarchy), a hard-living, law-bending married man with a high-end call girl named Tessie Graham (Emayatzy Corinealdi from Middle of Nowhere) on the side, who suffers a mental breakdown and goes on a vigilante quest to find the rapist who tore his family apart.

There is much more to Judge Harris than that, though. After his son PJ (relative newcomer Johnny Fero) is forced to watch his wife Jocelyn (Alona Tal from Supernatural and Burn Notice) be raped repeatedly, he attempts suicide. Barely clinging to life, the judge’s wife Crystal (Dana Delany from China Beach and Body of Proof) and Jocelyn, know it is time to allow PJ to die. However, the judge believes that his son will miraculously awaken and then he begins to experience visions that the thinks will lead him to the person responsible; someone who has never been caught.

Enter Reverend Paul Curtis (Julian Morris from Pretty Little Liars and Once Upon a Time), a money-grubbing pastor, with a very shady past, who exploits the judge’s grief and Alicia (Elizabeth McLaughlin from Betrayal), who is more than just Paul’s disciple.

When KD (Garret Dillahunt from Raising Hope), a former white supremacist who, too has found Jesus (like the judge), passes through Pernell’s court, the judge convinces KD to serve as his “personal avenger”.

And then there is Robert ‘Bobo’ Boston (Andre Royo from The Wire), who is the slick mayor of the fictional city of San Vicente, California, ruled by generations of the Harris family.

Here is a trailer for Hand of God:

All 10 episodes of Hand of God can be viewed on Amazon and Amazon Prime on September 4.

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Here is the list of the programming options of what to expect on TV this week:

The final episode of The Whispers will air on ABC on August 31 at 10 PM.

On September 1, the season finale of Rizzoli and Isles will air on TNT at 8 PM as well as the season finale of Tyrant will air at 10 PM on FX.

The season finales of Mistresses and Rookie Blue will air at 9 and 10 PM respectively on ABC on September 3.

On September 4, the Amazon series Hand of God will debut online today, starring Ron Perlman (Sons of Anarchy) and Dana Delany (China Beach and Body of Proof) [among others].

The Lifetime made-for-TV movie River Raft Nightmare will air on September 5 at 8 PM, starring Bridgit Brannaugh (Army Wives) and Ivan Sergei (Charmed).

And on September 6, The Last Ship will air its season finale on TNT at 9 PM while the PBS 3-part mini-series Arthur & George will debut at 8 PM.

Mark your calendars!

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Trying to figure out what to watch tonight? Be it new episodes of the TV season, reairs of cable series or a movie, here are some suggestions:

7 PM:
Back to the Future movie on AMC

8 PM:
Switched at Birth on ABC Family (NEW)
Strike Back on Cinemax (Reair)
Castle on TNT
We Are Marshall movie on Lifetime

9 PM:
Chasing Life on ABC Family (NEW)
Scorpion on CBS (Reair)
Castle on TNT

9:30 PM:
Back to the Future II movie on AMC

9:55 PM:
Holiday movie on Encore

9:59 PM:
NCIS: Los Angeles on CBS (Reair)

10:01 PM:
The Whispers on ABC (NEW – Season Finale)


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Hey All,

Here are the news items from the last week:


Even though the VH1 series Hindsight received a second season renewal the network has reneged on that deal, canceling the show. It would seem the show is the victim of a regime change and “tighten the purse strings at VH1 and Viacom. (Cynthia Littleton at Variety)

The USA Network has pulled the plug on its new drama Complications after only one season. (Whitney Friedlander at Variety)

Actress Brenda Strong (Desperate Housewives) will appear in season 3 of The CW post-apocalyptic series The 100, playing Queen Nia of the Ice Nation, who has reigned over her nation for many through ruthlessness and savvy. (Carissa Pavlica at TV Fanatic)

Actresses Lynn Whitfield (The Josephine Baker Story), Merle Dandridge (The Night Shift and Star Crossed) and Desiree Ross (Falling Skies) have joined the cast of the megachurch drama series Greenleaf that will air on OWN. The series will focus on the unscrupulous world of the Greenleaf family and their sprawling Memphis megachurch, where scandalous secrets and lies are as numerous as the faithful. Whitfield will play Bishop Greenleaf’s imperious wife Lady Mae; Dandridge is Lady Mae’s estranged daughter Grace, a disillusioned former preacher who returns home after having fled her contentious family 20 years ago and Ross will play Grace’s teenage daughter, Sophia. (Denise Petski at Deadline)

Newcomer Violett Beane has landed the role of Jesse Quick (known as Jesse Chambers in the comics), daughter of Johnny Quick and Lady Bell, the first female speedster on The Flash. And, actor Demore Barnes (The Unit) will appear as Henry Hewitt (aka Tokamak), a charming but cocky scientist who was affected by the same particle accelerator explosion that created The Flash. When Caitlin Snow recruits him to join the S.T.A.R. Labs team, Henry begins to fulfill his destiny as a powerful meta-human. (Carissa Pavlica at TV Fanatic and Rebecca Iannucci at TV Line)

Actor Esai Morales (NYPD Blue and Caprica) will guest star in an episode of Blue Bloods this fall, playing Delgado, a charismatic NYPD sergeant who has a plan to increase the accuracy of police statistics by seeking the opinions of city youth, and thus earns a promotion from commish Frank Reagan (series lead Tom Selleck). (Matt Mitovich at TV Line)

Actress Mia Maestro (The Strain and Alias) has landed a major recurring role on Scandal, but her role is being kept under wraps. (Vlada Gelman at TV Line and Deadline)

Actor Matthew Willig (NCIS and veteran NFL player) will Lash, an Inhuman on Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. when the show returns this fall for its third season. (Matt Mitovich at TV Line)

Actress Shohreh Aghdasloo (24 and Grimm) will guest star in an episode of Elementary this fall, staring as Donya Esfandiari, a glamorous international hotelier who’s in negotiations with Sherlock’s dad, Morland (new series regular John Noble), a consultant on the global scale. (Vlada Gelman at TV Line)


Actress Amy Forsyth (Defiance) has joined the cast of the upcoming Hulu online drama series The Way from series creator Jason Katims (the man behind Roswell and Parenthood). The Way examines a couple, Eddie (Aaron Paul from Breaking Bad) and Sarah Cleary (Michelle Monaghan from Source Code and True Detective) at the center of a controversial movement struggling with relationships, marriage and power. Forsyth will play Ashley Fields, Hawk’s (Kyle Allen) [son of Eddie and Sarah] smart, popular classmate who forces him to confront the confines of his own religious upbringing. (Denise Petski at Deadline)


Actor Timothy Olyphant (Justified) and actresses Shay Mitchell (Pretty Little Liars) and Britt Robertson (Life Unexpected and Under the Dome) [among others] have joined the cast of the upcoming box office movie Mother’s Day, the romantic comedy from Garry Marshall. They join the already cast Julia Roberts, Jennifer Aniston, Kate Hudson and Jason Sudeikis. This film is the latest in Marshall’s franchise that includes Valentine’s Day and New Year’s Eve. Olyphant plays Henry, the ex-husband of Aniston’s character, Sandy. Mitchell will play Tina, Henry’s new bouncy, beautiful wife, who wants nothing more than to be the perfect stepmom to Henry and Sandy’s children. And, Robertson plays Kristin, a slightly neurotic new mother to a one-year-old girl. (Patrick Hipes at Deadline)

Actress Melissa Benoist (Glee and this fall’s Supergirl) and actor Sam Heughan (Outlander) have landed the lead roles in the upcoming box office film Oxford that will find Benoist as an American Rhodes Scholar student, recently arriving at Oxford University, falls for an arrogant teaching assistant (Heughan) who is quietly fighting terminal cancer. When she finds out the reason he is so standoffish, they make the most of each day, traveling the world together. (Mike Fleming, Jr. at Deadline)

Q&A SECTION (with Michael Ausiello at TV Line and Natalie Abrams at Entertainment Weekly)

Question: Is this finally going to be the Arrow season that Felicity Smoak gets a code name to help protect her identity? —Julie

Ausiello: We took your Q to executive producer Wendy Mericle, who admitted that there’s a running joke in the writers room about what Felicity’s alias would be if they were to give her one. But at the moment, the tech wiz isn’t getting a second moniker. “Dig is out in the field, so there’s a necessity for [him to have one],” Mericle explains. “But not quite yet for Felicity, although you never know. We all love the idea of getting her out there more and being a badass. It’s just a question of finding the right way to do it.”

Question: I can’t wait for Season 13 of NCIS, please give me some scoop on our lovable Abbys (Sciuto or/and Borin). –Ann

Ausiello: There are no plans (yet) for another visit from Diane Neal as Abigail Borin, but we have better news regarding the other Abby: Episode 5 of the new season features what show boss Gary Glasberg touts as “an Abby/Die Hard story,” where the forensics whiz, all alone in a lab, “must use her wits” to save the day.

Question: Will fans of NCIS: LA’s Deeks and Kensi get to see their relationship develop more through Season 7? —Tony

Ausiello: That would be a definitive yes. “Things must be getting serious if he makes the choice to introduce her to his mom (played by Pamela Reed),” says Daniela Ruah, who plays Kensi. “Throughout that episode, Deeks gets calls on his phone, he doesn’t tell Kensi who it is, he doesn’t pick up… so you can see he’s making the decision about whether he wants to take this step or not. And then he ends up taking it,” previews the actress. “I like that they’ve made it a thought-out decision.”

Question: Anything new about Castle? —Rachael

Ausiello: As part of the Season 8 plan to present twentysomething Alexis as “a young woman as opposed to a child,” Rick’s daughter will find an influential new mentor, in Scotland Yard alum-turned-security specialist Hayley Shipton (new series regular Toks Olagundoye). “Hayley is going to help Alexis find herself,” says co-showrunner Terence Paul Winter, who sees the two sharing “a different kind of energy” than when Alexis interned for M.E. Lanie. “What we’ve shot with [Alexis and Hayley] together is magic, it really is.”

Question: Got any scoop on Scorpion? —Shon

Ausiello: Yes, but promise me you won’t breathe a word of it to Paige. Episode 6 will find Walter getting aggressively pursued by a disarmingly beautiful woman at a hotel bar. But wait, there’s a catch! The hottie in question is later suspected of planting a worm in a security system Walter is designing. In other words, she probably was just pretending to be interested in him. So it’s cool if you wanna tell Paige.

Question: Is there any hope that we will see Once Upon a Time‘s Robin Hood in a new adventure? When I heard Merida was coming (Amy Manson from Atlantis and Outcasts), I immediately thought that she would somehow end up related to him. –Chris

Ausiello: “We are going to see his adventure side,” series co-creator Eddy Kitsis answered when Matt Mitovich delivered your Q. As for the other ace archer entering the series’ mix, “Robin does not have a connection to Merida,” Kitsis said, “but he will interact with her.”

Question: What’s going on with Liz Keen this season on The Blacklist? — Peritta

Natalie: Discovering that she was responsible for her father’s death will really challenge Liz in the new season. “It informs this feeling deep inside that there’s a criminal instinct that she’s trying to resist and trying not to embrace, and yet she’s being forced to embrace by virtue of the fact that she’s on the run,” says executive producer Jon Bokenkamp. Still, Liz may use her new Most Wanted status to her advantage. “The idea of who she is, what her past is, who her mother was, her ties to Russia, those all play into how she’s going to have to survive.”

Question: Beyond being “Abbie’s boss,” what importance will the character Daniel Reynolds hold in this upcoming season of Sleepy Hollow? — Ramón

Natalie: Yeah, he’s not just Abbie’s boss. Reynolds (Lance Gross) and Abbie first met at Quantico as recruits, where they pushed each other, which led to a short but passionate affair before they parted ways to pursue their careers — Reynolds as a rookie FBI agent, and Abbie back to her hometown of Sleepy Hollow to work for the Sheriff’s Department. It’s been four years when they reunite in the new season and now he’s her boss, so this should be interesting!

Question: Flash scoop, please! I will take anything on Iris West or Westallen. — Tatiana

Natalie: Iris will be stepping up in a big way this season now that Wells is no longer the team leader at S.T.A.R. Labs. “Iris slides into [the role] very naturally,” says executive producer Andrew Kreisberg. “She’s a born leader. One of the best things in the premiere is Barry decides that he wants to work alone because he doesn’t want to risk anyone else’s lives, and Iris is really the one who gets the band back together again. She’s the only one who can stand up to Barry.”

Question: Hi! Any scoop about Castle? — Fred

Natalie: We’re finally going to learn more about Castle’s missing time — and it appears to be way more important than even I could’ve guessed. “This year, we really do want to get into what happened when he was gone in a way that hopefully ties a lot of the threads of mysteries of seven seasons together in an unexpected and exciting way,” says EP Alexi Hawley.

Question: Anything on the new faces coming to Gotham? — Mac

Natalie: Instead of talking about one of the new faces we know — of which there are many — let’s talk about someone I can’t yet identify. When talking with my colleague Samantha Highfill about the time period in which the city of Gotham exists, executive producer Danny Cannon teased: “We have a character now who basically wants to move into the future and has a grand design of moving Gotham into a modern future, and we’re going to see if the city can handle that kind of pressure or not.” Their true intentions remain to be seen, but considering the season explores the rise of the villains, he or she is probably bad.

Question: On Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., why exactly is Mack — who has shown to be anti-alien and powered people in the past — working with Skye on a project that’s supposed to be secret and looking for powered people? — klutzy_girl

Natalie: That’s because Skye Daisy and Mack are going to be the Mulder and Scully of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. In other words, “The person who’s skeptical of alien stuff and the person who has it inside of her,” EP Jed Whedon says. Taking on much more of a leadership role this season, Skye Daisy is the only super-powered person within the Secret Warriors team when the show returns — but that won’t last for long.

Question: Any Deeks and Kensi news for NCIS: LA? — Henrietta

Natalie: The Internal Affairs investigation will continue to be a point of concern between Kensi and Deeks. “It’s tough,” says Eric Christian Olsen, who remains steadfast that even he doesn’t know what Deeks did. “I think he’s covering something up, something catastrophic. I think he probably gets sent back to LAPD at some point. I think he’s hiding it from everybody, he’s been hiding it from himself. Whatever it is, I only hope he did it for the right reasons.”

That’s it. Enjoy!

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Trying to figure out what to watch tonight? Be it new episodes of the TV season, reairs of cable series or a movie, here are some suggestions:

5 PM:
The Notebook movie on ABC Family
Jerry Maguire movie on SundanceTV

5:15 PM:
Ray movie on Showtime 2

5:30 PM:
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey movie on TNT

5:45 PM:
Legends of the Fall movie on Encore

7 PM:
A Country Wedding movie on Hallmark Channel (Reair)

8 PM:
The Lucky One movie on ABC Family
Tangled (animated) movie on Disney
Casino Royale movie on ION
Field of Dreams movie on SundanceTV

9 PM:
The Last Ship on TNT (NEW)
Sherlock on PBS (Reair)
Psych on Esquire
Perfect Match movie on Hallmark Channel (Reair)
The Bourne Ultimatum movie on Syfy

10 PM:
Falling Skies on TNT (NEW – Series Finale)
The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies movie on HBO2

10:10 PM:
Remember the Titans movie on Encore

10:30 PM:
Jerry Maguire movie on SundanceTV


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Based on information provided by the Box Office Mojo and some internet research, here are just some of the movies you can expect to see in the movie theatres in September:

A Walk in the Woods
Opens: September 4

After spending two decades in Britain, celebrated travel humorist Bill Bryson (Robert Redford) returns to his native United States. In an effort to reconnect with his country, he decides to hike the 2,200 stunning miles of the Appalachian Trail. But while he had envisioned it as a trek of relaxation and tranquility, it becomes something entirely different when his philandering, former friend Stephen Katz (Nick Nolte) joins him on the trip. The cast includes Kristen Schaal, Nick Offerman, Mary Steenburgen and Emma Thompson.

Before We Go
Opens: September 4

While a young woman in New York City races to catch the 1:30 train to Boston, her purse gets stolen. Lost and frantic while walking through Grand Central just before closing time, a young musician avoiding his own life choices takes note of her desperation and offers his help. What starts out as an awkward adventure to get her back to Boston, ends as a night that leaves them both with an indelible impression of the lies we often tell ourselves to avoid deeper truths, and the humanity that can surprise us in the unlikeliest of places. Chris Evans stars (and directs for the first time) with Alice Eve as part of the cast.

The Transporter Refueled
Opens: September 4

A femme fatale and her cohorts kidnap Frank Martin’s (Ed Skrein from Game of Thrones) father to coerce Frank into helping them break up a ring of human traffickers from the Russian Federation.

Time Out of Mind
Opens: September 9

Evicted from his squat and suddenly alone on the streets, George (Richard Gere) is a man without a home. Struggling with his demons and desperately trying to connect with the daughter he abandoned, he navigates the system, hustling for change and somewhere safe and quiet to gather his thoughts. But the streets are relentless and soon, George finds himself teetering on the edge, alone and abandoned. The film also stars Jena Malone, Kyra Sedgwick, Steve Buscemi and Ben Vereen.

The Perfect Guy
Opens: September 11

Leah Vaughn (Sanaa Lathan) appears to have the ideal life. She enjoys a challenging, fast-paced career as a lobbyist, and Dave (Morris Chestnut, her long-term boyfriend, loves her. And yet at 36 years old, she’s ready to move on to the next phase. Marriage and a family seem like a logical and welcome step. However, Dave is not so sure. A bit of a commitment phobic, his misgivings lead to a painful break-up. Enter Carter Duncan (Michael Ealy), a handsome, charming stranger whose path keeps crossing with Leah’s. Caring and solicitous of Leah and her family and friends, their relationship rapidly progresses. It seems like Leah has met the perfect guy. But it seems too good to be true. Soon his protective nature morphs into something much more sinister. It’s clear that Leah has to end this new relationship and when she does, her onetime lover becomes her ultimate enemy. It will take every bit of her cunning and resolve to escape and outwit him. The cast also includes Tess Harper, Charles S. Dutton, Kathryn Morris, Rutina Wesley, Holt McCallany and Shannon Lucio.

Black Mass
Opens: September 18

The film depicts the true story of Whitey Bulger (Johnny Depp), the brother of a state senator and the most infamous violent criminal in the history of South Boston. Following a string of too many of his violent actions, he becomes an FBI informant for 30 years in order to take down a Mafia family invading his turf. It starts around the late 1970s and early 1980s when Bulger was just beginning this operation, around the time when he was becoming the crime boss of Irish Winter Hill Gang. The film also stars Joel Edgerton, Benedict Cumberbatch, Dakota Johnson, Kevin Bacon, Jesse Plemons, Peter Sarsgaard, Corey Stoll, Sienna Miller, Juno Temple, Rory Cochrane and W. Earl Brown.

Opens: September 18

A story based on the real events of 1996 Mount Everest disaster which led to the deaths of several climbers. It is based on the real events of the 1996 Mount Everest disaster. It will focus on the summit and survival attempts of two expedition groups, the one led by Scott Fischer (Jake Gyllenhaal), and the one led by Rob Hall (Jason Clarke). The film also stars Josh Brolin, Sam Worthington, Robin Wright, Keira Knightley, Emily Watson, Martin Henderson and Clive Standen.

Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials
Opens: September 18

In this next chapter of the “Maze Runner” saga, Thomas (Dylan O’Brien) and his fellow Gladers face their greatest challenge yet: searching for clues about the mysterious and powerful organization known as WCKD. Their journey takes them to the Scorch, a desolate landscape filled with unimaginable obstacles. Teaming up with resistance fighters, the Gladers take on WCKD’s vastly superior forces and uncover its shocking plans for them all. The cast includes Thomas Brodie-Sangster, Ki Hong Lee, Kaya Scodelario, Giancarlo Esposito, Lili Taylor, Patricia Clarkson, Barry Pepper and Katherine McNamara.

Pawn Sacrifice
Opens: September 18

In this true story set during the rise of the Cold War, American chess professional Bobby Fischer (Tobey Maguire) finds himself caught between two superpowers when he challenges the Soviet Empire and its greatest player of all. The film also stars Live Schreiber, Lily Rabe, Peter Sarsgaard, Sophie Nelisse, Evelyne Brochu and Robin Weigert.

Opens: September 18

In Latin America, the word “Sicario” stands for hitman or hired killer. At the border stretching between the United States and Mexico itself, idealistic FBI agent Kate Macy (Emily Blunt) is enlisted by an elite government task force official to aid in the escalating war against drugs by tracking down an anonymous drug lord. Led by an enigmatic consultant with a questionable past, the team sets out on a clandestine journey forcing her to question everything that she believes in order to survive. The cast includes Benicio del Toro, Josh Brolin, Jon Bernthal and Jeffrey Donovan.

Hotel Transylvania 2
Opens: September 25

In this animated sequel, Hotel Transylvania has gone through several changes since Jonathan (Andy Samberg) first stumbled onto it. The hotel is now open to human guests. Mavis (Selena Gomez) and Johnny have a baby boy named Dennis, whose lack of any vampire abilities worries his grandfather Count Dracula (Adam Sandler). When Mavis and Johnny go on a visit to Johnny’s parents Mike and Linda (Nick Offerman and Megan Mullally), Dracula calls his friends Frank (Kevin James), Murray (Keegan-Michael Key), Wayne (Steve Buscemi), Griffin (David Spade) and Blobbie, to help him put Dennis through a “monster-in-training” boot camp. Meanwhile, Dracula’s father, Vlad, arrives at the hotel and to his dissatisfaction finds out that his great-grandson is not a pure-blood vampire and that Hotel Transylvania now accepts humans. Other voice actors include Mel Brooks, Fran Drescher and Molly Shannon.

Mississippi Grind
Opens: September 25

A gambler (Ben Mendelsohn) on a losing streak teams up with a younger gambler (Ryan Reynolds), hoping to change his luck. The cast includes Sienna Miller, Alfre Woodard and Robin Weigert.

The Intern
Opens: September 25

Jules Ostin (Anne Hathaway), the founder and CEO of a fashion based e-commerce company, agrees to a community outreach program where a senior, Ben Whittaker (Robert De Niro), will intern at the firm. The cast includes Rene Russo, Adam DeVine, Reid Scott, Andrew Rannells and Linda Lavin.

The Keeping Room
Opens: September 25

Left without men in the dying days of the American Civil War, three Southern women—two sisters and one African-American slave—must fight to defend their home and themselves from two rogue soldiers who have broken off from the fast-approaching Union Army. The film stars Brit Marling, Hailee Steinfeld and Sam Worthington.

Opens: September 25

The plot revolves around the 1969 Stonewall Riots, the violent clash that kicked off the gay rights movement in New York City. The film centers on Danny Winters (Jeremy Irvine), who flees to New York, leaving behind his sister. As he finds his way to the Stonewall Inn, he meets Trevor (Jonathan Rhys Meyers) before catching the eye of Ed Murphy (Ron Perlman), manager of the Stonewall Inn. The cast also includes Joey King, Caleb Landry Jones and Matt Craven.

The Walk
Opens: September 30

In this retelling of a 1974 stunt involving the World Trade Center, Joseph Gordon-Levitt stars as French street performer Phillippe Petit, who achieved global fame by stringing a tightrope across the corners of the two towers and walking across it 1,350 feet in the air. The cast includes Ben Kingsley and Charlotte Le Bon.

Movies coming out in October will be posted at the end of September.


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Trying to figure out what to watch tonight? Be it new episodes of the TV season, reairs of cable series or a movie, here are some suggestions:

6 PM:
Tombstone movie on AMC
The Green Mile movie on IFC

7 PM:
The Notebook movie on ABC Family
Footloose (original) movie on VH1

7:15 PM:
The Giver movie on Showtime

8 PM:
Cedar Cove on Hallmark Channel (NEW)
Doctor Who on BBC America (Reair)
NCIS on USA Network
Cars (animated) movie on ABC
Mulan (animated) movie on Disney
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey movie on TNT
The Legend of Zorro movie on WGN America

9 PM:
Strike Back on Cinemax (Reair)
NCIS on USA Network
Cloudy With a Chance of Love movie on Hallmark Channel (Reair)

9:15 PM:
Doctor Who on BBC America (Reair)

10 PM:
NCIS on USA Network
The Lucky One movie on ABC Family
The Green Mile movie on IFC
The Day After Tomorrow movie on Spike

10:30 PM:
Doctor Who on BBC America (Reair)


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