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TV Ratings

Last night’s programming on the major networks was business as usual with ABC and CBS airing new episodes of their Sunday night dramas.

Here is how those Sunday night dramas fared in the overall ratings:

8 PM Shows:
NCIS: Los Angeles (CBS) [NEW] – 9.8 million
Once Upon a Time (ABC) [NEW] – 3 million

9 PM Shows:
Madam Secretary (CBS) [NEW] – 7.8 million
Secrets & Lies (ABC) [NEW] – 2.7 million

10 PM Show:
Elementary (CBS) [NEW] – 5 million
Quantico (ABC) [NEW] – 2.4 million

What did you watch on TV last night? Please share.

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Here is a list of programming option to expect on TV this coming week:

The third season of Salem will premiere on November 2 at 9 PM on WGN America.

On November 4, the Netflix 10-part drama The Crown will debut online today. The drama tells the inside story of Queen Elizabeth II’s early reign, revealing the personal intrigues, romances and political rivalries behind the great events that shaped the second half of the 20th Century. The cast includes Claire Foy (Wolf Hall) as Queen Elizabeth II, Matt Smith (Doctor Who) as Prince Phillip as well as John Lithgow, Jared Harris and Jeremy Northam.

The Hallmark Channel movie The Mistletoe Promise will debut on November 5 at 9 PM. Based on the bestselling novel by Richard Paul Evans, a chance meeting between two strangers (Jamie King from Hart of Dixie and Luke Macfarlane from Killjoys) who share a disdain for Christmas results in The Mistletoe Promise, a pact to help them navigate their holiday complications – together. But as they spend more time with each other and experience the magic of Christmas the phony couple discovers there may be more to their contract than business.

On November 6, the new Hallmark Movies & Mysteries movie Love Always, Santa will debut at 9 PM. After losing her husband Bradley three years ago on Christmas day, Celia Banks (Marguerite Moreau from The Mighty Ducks) never thought she’d fall in love again. Now, her entire world revolves around taking care of her daughter Lilly. Lilly writes a letter to Santa with one wish — for her mommy to be happy and find love again. The film also stars Mike Faiola (Awkward).

The UP Channel movie Married by Christmas will also debut on November 6 at 7 PM. When it comes to her work, Carrie Tate (Jes MaCallan from Mistresses) takes herself very seriously. She has dedicated her entire life to growing Emerson Foods, the high-end food distribution company founded by her father, and doesn’t have much time for a social life. Carrie’s sister Katie, on the other hand, is a gourmet food-to-table restaurateur and marrying her boyfriend on Christmas Eve. However, due to an outdated stipulation in their grandmother’s will, it’s discovered that ownership of the company will pass to whichever sister marries first. Now, Carrie must get married by Christmas or kiss her family business goodbye. The cast includes Coby Ryan McLaughlin (Parenthood), April Bowlby (Drop Dead Diva) and James Eckhouse (Beverly Hills, 90210).

Mark your calendars!

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The Netflix 10-part drama The Crown will debut online on November 4.

The drama tells the inside story of Queen Elizabeth II’s early reign, revealing the personal intrigues, romances and political rivalries behind the great events that shaped the second half of the 20th Century.

The cast includes Claire Foy (Wolf Hall) as Queen Elizabeth II and Matt Smith (Doctor Who) as Prince Phillip as well as John Lithgow, Jared Harris and Jeremy Northam.

Here is a trailer for The Crown:

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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:
Shrek Forever After (animated) movie on FX

7 PM:
Silver Bells movie on Hallmark Movies & Mysteries
NCIS on USA Network

8 PM:
Supergirl on The CW (NEW)
Royal Christmas movie on Hallmark Channel
Hotel Transylvania (animated) movie on FX

9 PM:
Jane the Virgin on The CW (NEW)
Christmas with Holly movie on Hallmark Movies & Mysteries

10 PM:
Scorpion on CBS (NEW)

10:01 PM:
Timeless on NBC (NEW)
Berlin Station on EPIX (Reair)
Hotel Transylvania (animated) movie on FX

Enjoy!

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Hey All,

Here are the news items for the past week:

CASTING NEWS

Actor Tim DeKay (White Collar) has landed a recurring role on the ABC anthology series American Crime that will explore labor issues, economic divides and individual rights in North Carolina. (Deadline)

Actor Jackson Rathbone (Finding Carter and the Twilight movie franchise) has joined the cast of The Last Ship. He will recur as Giorgio, a rich, Greek-American playboy who is charming but also is a dangerous thug. He uses his considerable wealth and power to make the Mediterranean his playground. (Deadline)

Actor Denis O’Hare (American Horror Story and True Blood) will recur on This Is Us, but character details are not available. (Entertainment Weekly and TV Line)

Actress Stana Katic (Castle) is expected to star in the crime drama Absentia, the straight-to-series order from Sony Pictures Television Networks’ AXN. The series follows a female FBI agent who, while hunting down one of Boston’s most notorious serial killers, vanishes without a trace and is declared dead. Six years later, the G-woman is found in a cabin in the woods, clinging onto life and with no memory of her missing time. Returning home, she not only discovers that her (stupid, stupid) husband has remarried, she also finds herself implicated in a series of murders. (Deadline and TV Line)

TV NEWS

ABC has reduced the episode order of its new drama Notorious from 13 episodes to 10 episodes. This isn’t an outright cancellation, but it’s not a good sign. (Deadline)

TRAILERS

That’s it. Enjoy!

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TV Ratings

It was a typical Friday night on the major networks with all of the dramas airing new episodes.

Here is how the Friday night dramas fared in the overall ratings:

8 PM Shows:
MacGyver (CBS) [NEW] – 7.3 million
The Vampire Diaries (The CW) [NEW] – 919,000 viewers

9 PM Shows:
Hawaii Five-0 (CBS) [NEW] – 8.4 million
Crazy Ex-Girlfriend (The CW) [NEW] – 478,000 viewers

10 PM Show:
Blue Bloods (CBS) [NEW] – 8.8 million

What did you watch on TV Friday night? Please share.

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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:
Mrs. Doubtfire movie on CMT
Christmas Under Wraps movie on Hallmark Channel
Air Force One movie on Sundance TV

6:15 PM:
Coyote Ugly movie on HBO2
Big Eyes movie on TMC

7 PM:
Christmas in Conway movie on Hallmark Movies & Mysteries

8 PM:
Once Upon a Time on ABC (NEW)
NCIS: Los Angeles on CBS (NEW)
Christmas Land movie on Hallmark Channel

9 PM:
Secrets and Lies on ABC (NEW)
Poldark on PBS (NEW)
Berlin Station on EPIX (NEW)
Christmas Song movie on Hallmark Channel
You Cast a Spell on Me movie on ION
The Shawshank Redemption movie on SundanceTV

10 PM:
Quantico on ABC (NEW)
Indian Summers on PBS (NEW)
A Family for Christmas movie on Hallmark Channel

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:

6 PM:
A Crown for Christmas movie on Hallmark Channel

6:05 PM:
The Age of Adaline movie on EPIX

6:30 PM:
Black Hawk Down movie on TMC

6:35 PM:
Avengers: Age of Ultron movie on Starz

7 PM:
The Christmas Note movie on Hallmark Movies & Mysteries
Erin Brockovich movie on WGN America

8 PM:
A Wish for Christmas movie on Hallmark Channel (DEBUT)

9 PM:
The Christmas Secret movie on Hallmark Movies & Mysteries

9:35 PM:
Casino Royale movie on Showtime

Enjoy!

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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 November:

Doctor Strange
Opens: November 4

Dr. Stephen Strange’s (Benedict Cumberbatch) life changes after a car accident robs him of the use of his hands. When traditional medicine fails him, he looks for healing, and hope, in a mysterious enclave. He quickly learns that the enclave is at the front line of a battle against unseen dark forces bent on destroying reality. Before long, Strange is forced to choose between his life of fortune and status or leave it all behind to defend the world as the most powerful sorcerer in existence. The cast includes Chiwetel Ejiofor, Rachel McAdams, Benedict Wong, Benjamin Bratt, Mads Mikkelsen and Tilda Swinton.

Hacksaw Ridge
Opens: November 4

The film is based on the true story of US Army medic Desmond T. Doss (Andrew Garfield), who was a Seventh-day Adventist conscientious objector who refused to bear arms, yet was awarded the Medal of Honor by President Harry S. Truman for single-handedly saving the lives of over 75 of his comrades while under constant enemy fire during the Battle of Okinawa in World War II. The film also stars Vince Vaughn, Sam Worthington, Luke Bracey, Hugo Weaving, Teresa Palmer and Rachel Griffiths.

Loving
Opens: November 4

The film follows the courtship and marriage of Mildred Jeter (Ruth Negga), a black woman, and Richard Loving (Joel Edgerton), a white man. They are arrested and sentenced to prison in Virginia in 1958, because their interracial marriage violates the state’s anti-miscegenation laws. Exiled to Washington DC, they sue the state of Virginia in a series of proceedings leading to the Supreme Court’s unanimous decision in Loving v. Virginia, which holds that laws prohibiting interracial marriage are unconstitutional. The cast includes Nick Kroll, Michael Shannon and Marton Csokas.

Trolls
Opens: November 4

In this animated film Poppy (voice by Anna Kendrick), the optimistic leader of the trolls, and Branch (voiced by Justin Timberlake), her polar opposite, embark on an adventure that takes them far beyond the only world they’ve ever known. Other voices will be provided by Zooey Deschanel, Russell Brand, James Corden, Gwen Stefani, Christine Baranski, John Cleese, Jeffrey Tambor and Quvenzhane Wallis.

Arrival
Opens: November 11

Linguistics professor Louise Banks (Amy Adams) leads an elite team of investigators when humongous spaceships touch down in 12 locations around the world. As nations teeter on the verge of global war, Banks and her crew must race against time to find a way to communicate with the extraterrestrial visitors. Hoping to unravel the mystery, she takes a chance that could threaten her life, and quite possibly all of mankind. The cast includes Jeremy Renner and Forest Whitaker.

Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk
Opens: November 11

Billy Lynn (newcomer Joe Alwyn) is a 19-year-old Army specialist fighting in Iraq. After he and his comrades barely survive a tense battle that receives broad news coverage, they are celebrated as heroes and brought back home by the Department of Defense. In the United States, they go on a promotional tour across the country which ends in a spectacular halftime show at a Thanksgiving Day football game. There, Lynn recounts the tragic memories of the war and losing his sergeant in a firefight. The film also stars Kristen Stewart, Chris Tucker, Garrett Hedlund, Vin Diesel and Steve Martin.

Shut In
Opens: November 11

Following a recent accident that took the life of her husband and left her son paralyzed, a female psychologist (Naomi Watts) finds herself isolated in her own home caring for her child. Cut off from the outside world during a deadly storm, she starts to believe someone is inside her house trying to harm them. The cast includes Oliver Platt, David Cubitt and Jacob Tremblay.

Fantastic Beast and Where to Find Them
Opens: November 18

The year is 1926, and Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne) has just completed a global excursion to find and document an extraordinary array of magical creatures. Arriving in New York for a brief stopover, he might have come and gone without incident, were it not for a No-Maj (American for Muggle) named Jacob, a misplaced magical case, and the escape of some of Newt’s fantastic beasts, which could spell trouble for both the wizarding and No-Maj worlds. The film also stars Katherine Waterston, Dan Fogler, Colin Farrell, Carmen Ejogo, Samantha Morton, Ezra Miller, Ron Perlman, Jon Voight and Zoe Kravitz.

Manchester By the Sea
Opens: November 18

After the sudden death of Joe Chandler (Kyle Chandler), his younger brother Lee (Casey Affleck) is made legal guardian of Joe’s son Patrick (Lucas Hedges). Lee returns to his hometown and has to deal with both his separated wife Randi (Michelle Williams) and the North Shore community. The cast includes Gretchen Mol, Tate Donovan and Matthew Broderick.

Nocturnal Animals
Opens: November 18

An art gallery owner (Amy Adams) is haunted by her ex-husband’s (Jake Gyllenhaal) novel, a violent thriller she interprets as a veiled threat and a symbolic revenge tale. The film also stars Michael Shannon, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Isla Fisher, Armie Hammer, Laura Linney, Michael Sheen, Kristin Bauer van Straten and Jena Malone.

The Edge of Seventeen
Opens: November 18

The life of high school junior Nadine (Hailee Steinfeld) is already awkward when her all-star older brother Darian (Blake Jenner) starts dating her best friend Krista. Nadine now feels more alone than ever, until the unexpected friendship with an awkward thoughtful boy gives her a glimmer of hope that things might not be so terrible after all. The cast also stars Woody Harrelson and Kyra Sedgwick.

Allied
Opens: November 23

In 1942 North Africa, intelligence officer Max Vatan (Brad Pitt) meets French Resistance fighter Marianne Beausejour (Marion Cotillard) on a dangerous mission behind enemy lines. The couple reunites in London, only to have their relationship threatened by the pressures of the war, as Vatan is presented with the possibility that Beausejour is a German spy. The film also includes Lizzy Caplan, Matthew Goode and Jared Harris.

Moana
Opens: November 23

On a mystic island in Polynesia, the young princess of the tribe, Moana from Motunui Island, is a born navigator who sets sail in search of a fabled island of mysterious secrets. During her journey, she teams up with her hero and legendary demigod Maui. The voices in this animated film will be provided by newcomer Auli’i Cravalho, Dwayne Johnson, Nicole Scherzinger, Jermaine Clement and Alan Tudyk.

Rules Don’t Apply
Opens: November 23

In 1958, Marla Mabrey (Lily Collins), a devout Baptist beauty queen from Virginia and an aspiring actress, arrives in Hollywood only a few weeks after Frank Forbes (Alden Ehrenreich), an ambitious young businessman and devout Methodist. Both of them long for success under their contracts with billionaire filmmaker, famed aviator, and notorious womanizer Howard Hughes (Warren Beatty). The pair have an instant attraction, but this is hindered by the strict rules laid down by Hughes that prohibit any romantic or sexual interaction between his employees. The ensemble cast includes Annette Bening, Matthew Broderick, Alec Baldwin, Haley Bennett, Candice Bergen, Dabney Coleman, Steve Coogan, Ed Harris, Megan Hilty, Oliver Platt, Martin Sheen, Paul Sorvino, Taissa Farmiga, Amy Madigan, Chace Crawford and Joshua Malina.

Miss Sloane
Opens: November 25

A brilliant but ruthless lobbyist (Jessica Chastain) is notorious for her unparalleled talent and her desire to win at all costs, even when it puts her own career at risk. The curtain is pulled back on how Capitol Hill games are played — and won — as Sloane faces off against the most influential powers in D.C. The film also stars Mark Strong, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Alison Pill, Sam Waterston, John Lithgow and Douglas Smith.

Movies coming out in December will be posted at the end of November.

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TV Ratings

It was a very full night of programming on the major networks last night with all of the Thursday night dramas airing new episodes as well as the debut of a new drama on CBS.

Here is how all of the Thursday night dramas fared in the overall ratings:

8 PM Shows:
Grey’s Anatomy (ABC) [NEW] – 8 million
Rosewood (FOX) [NEW] – 3.4 million
DC’s Legends of Tomorrow (The CW) [NEW] – 1.8 million

9 PM Shows:
Chicago Med (NBC) [NEW] – 6.8 million
Notorious (ABC) [NEW] – 3.8 million
Pitch (FOX) [NEW] – 2.9 million
Supernatural (The CW) [NEW] – 1.8 million

10 PM Shows:
Pure Genius (CBS) [DEBUT] – 6.6 million
The Blacklist (NBC) [NEW] – 5.5 million
How to Get Away With Murder (ABC) [NEW] – 4.1 million

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