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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:

5:30 PM:
RED 2 movie on Syfy

7 PM:
Marvel’s The Avengers movie on FX
Falling in Love with the Girl Next Door movie on Hallmark Movies & Mysteries
Fast Five movie on Spike

8 PM:
NCIS on CBS (NEW)
The Flash on The CW (NEW)
The Fosters on Freeform (NEW)

9 PM:
Bull on CBS (NEW)
DC’s Legends of Tomorrow on The CW (NEW)
Switched at Birth on Freeform (NEW)
Lead with Your Heart movie on Hallmark Movies & Mysteries

10 PM:
NCIS: New Orleans on CBS (NEW)
Rebel on BET (Two-Hour DEBUT)

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 April:

Gifted
Opens: April 7

Frank Adler (Chris Evans) is a single man raising a child prodigy – his spirited young niece Mary (Mckenna Grace from Designated Survivor) – in a coastal town in Florida. Frank’s plans for a normal school life for Mary are foiled when the 7-year-old’s mathematical abilities come to the attention of Frank’s formidable mother, Evelyn (Lindsay Duncan from Sherlock), whose plans for her granddaughter threaten to separate Frank and Mary. The cast includes Jenny Slate (Parks and Recreation, Oscar winner Octavia Spencer and Keir O’Donnell (Sun Records).

Going in Style
Opens: April 7

Lifelong buddies Willie, Joe and Al (Morgan Freeman, Michael Caine and Alan Arkin respectively) decide to buck retirement and step off the straight-and-narrow for the first time in their lives when their pension fund becomes a corporate casualty. Desperate to pay the bills and come through for their loved ones, the three men risk it all by embarking on a daring adventure to knock off the very bank that absconded with their money. The film also stars Joey King (Independence Day: Resurgence), veteran actors Ann-Margaret and Christopher Lloyd, Matt Dillon (Wayward Pines) and John Ortiz (Togetherness).

Smurfs: The Lost Village
Opens: April 7

In this sequel to the animated film, the evil wizard Gargamel (Rainn Wilson) creates a couple of mischievous Smurf-like creatures called the Naughties that he hopes will let him harness the all-powerful, magical Smurf-essence. But when he discovers that only a real Smurf can give him what he wants, and only a secret spell that Smurfette (Demi Lovato) knows can turn the Naughties into real Smurfs, Gargamel kidnaps Smurfette and brings her to Paris, where he has been winning the adoration of millions as the world¹s greatest sorcerer. It’s up to Papa (Mandy Patinkin), Clumsy (Jack McBrayer), Grouchy (Jake Johnson), and Vanity (Tituss Burgess) to return to our time, reunite with their human friends Patrick and Grace Winslow, and rescue her. Other voices provided by Danny Pudi, Joe Manganiello, Michelle Rodriguez, Ellie Kemper, Ariel Winter, Meghan Trainor, Julia Roberts, Gordon Ramsey, Gabriel Iglesias and Wolfgang Puck.

The Case for Christ
Opens: April 7

Based on the true story of an award-winning investigative journalist, and avowed atheist, who applies his well-honed journalistic and legal skills to disprove the newfound Christian faith of his wife with unexpected, life-altering results. The cast includes Mike Vogel (Under the Dome), Erika Christensen (Parenthood) and veteran actress Faye Dunaway.

Their Finest
Opens: April 7

The film is set during World War II in the early 1940s, focusing on some filmmakers trying to make a patriotic film about the Miracle of Dunkirk to boost morale of the British during The Blitz. The film stars Gemma Arterton, Sam Claflin, Bill Nighy, Jack Huston, Eddie Marsan and Jeremy Irons.

A Quiet Passion
Opens: April 14

This biographical film will focus on the life of American poet Emily Dickinson (Cynthia Nixon from Sex and the City). The film will also star Jennifer Ehle and Keith Carradine.

The Fate of the Furious
Opens: April 14

With Dom and Letty (Vin Diesel and Michelle Rodriguez) on their honeymoon, Brian and Mia having retired from the game, and the rest of the crew exonerated, the team has found a semblance of a normal life. But when a mysterious woman (Charlize Theron) seduces Dom back into a world of crime he cannot seem to escape, causing him to betray those closest to him, they will face trials that will test them as never before. The cast includes Dwayne Johnson, Jason Statham, Tyrese Gibson, Chris Bridges, Nathalie Emmanuel, Kurt Russell, Elsa Patakay and Helen Mirren.

The Lost City of Z
Opens: April 14

The film tells the true story of British explorer Percy Fawcett (Charlie Hunnam), who journeys into the Amazon at the dawn of the 20th century and discovers evidence of a previously unknown, advanced civilization that may have once inhabited the region. Despite being ridiculed by the scientific establishment who regard indigenous populations as “savages,” the determined Fawcett — supported by his devoted wife (Sienna Miller), son (Tom Holland) and aide-de-camp (Robert Pattinson) — returns time and again to his beloved jungle in an attempt to prove his case, culminating in his mysterious disappearance in 1925.

The Circle
Opens: April 28

A young tech worker (Emma Watson) takes a job at a powerful Internet corporation, quickly rises up the company’s ranks, and soon finds herself in a perilous situation concerning privacy, surveillance and freedom. She comes to learn that her decisions and actions will determine the future of humanity. The cast includes Tom Hanks, John Boyega, Karen Gillan, Patton Oswalt, Bill Paxton and Nate Corddry.

Movies coming out in May will be posted at the end of April.

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On March 31, the new Netflix series 13 Reasons Why will debut online.

Adapted from the best-selling books by Jay Asher, the streaming series follows teenager Clay Jensen (Dylan Minnette from Lost and Scandal) as he returns home from school to find a mysterious box with his name on it lying on his porch. Inside he discovers cassette tapes recorded by Hannah Baker (newcomer Katherine Langford) – his classmate and crush – who tragically committed suicide two weeks earlier. On tape, Hannah explains that there are thirteen reasons why she decided to end her life.

The cast includes Justin Prentice (Awkward), Miles Heizer (Parenthood), Alisha Boe (Teen Wolf and Ray Donovan), Ross Butler (Riverdale), Amy Hargreaves (Homeland), Derek Luke (Rogue and Empire), Kate Walsh (Private Practice) and Brian d’Arcy James (Smash).

Here is a trailer for 13 Reasons Why:

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

On March 28, the new BET drama Rebel will debut at 9 PM. The series follows Rebel (relative newcomer Danielle Mone Truitt), a police officer who leaves the force after being under an intense Internal Affairs/criminal investigation for shooting her partner in the hopes of stopping him from gunning down her little brother. Continuing to fight crime as a P.I., Rebel struggles with her brother’s murder while defending herself from the dirty cops who are out for revenge.

Also on March 28, Bones brings its 12-season run to an end on FOX with a 2-part series finale [check local listings for airtime and details].

The FX series Legion will air its season finale on March 29 at 10 PM. That same night, the new Hulu streaming drama Harlots will debut online today. The drama is set in 18th Century London and focuses on Margaret Wells (Samantha Morton from Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them and The Last Panthers) struggles to reconcile her roles as brothel owner and mother to daughters Charlotte (Jessica Brown Findlay from Downton Abbey) and Lucy (Eloise Smyth from Fortitude). When her business comes under attack from Lydia Quigley (Lesley Manville from Maleficent and Cranford), a rival madam with a ruthless streak, Margaret must fight back even if it means losing her family and possibly her life.

On March 31, the new Netflix series 13 Reasons Why will debut online today. Adapted from the best-selling books by Jay Asher, the streaming series follows teenager Clay Jensen (Dylan Minnette from Lost and Scandal) as he returns home from school to find a mysterious box with his name on it lying on his porch. Inside he discovers cassette tapes recorded by Hannah Baker (newcomer Katherine Langford) – his classmate and crush – who tragically committed suicide two weeks earlier. On tape, Hannah explains that there are thirteen reasons why she decided to end her life.

The series finale of Grimm will also air on NBC on March 31 at 8 PM.

On April 1, the Hallmark Channel movie Love at First Bark will debut at 9 PM, starring Jana Kramer (One Tree Hill) and Kevin McGarry (Heartland).

The Black Sails series finale will air on Starz on April 2 at 9 PM. Also that night, the sixth season of Call the Midwife and the second and final season of Home Fires will premiere on PBS at 8 and 9 PM respectively.

The Reelz Channel 4-hour mini-series The Kennedys After Camelot will air its two-hour premiere on April 2 at 9 PM. The mini-series is based on the best-seller by J. Randy Taraborrelli, starring Katie Holmes as Jackie Kennedy Onassis, Matthew Perry as Ted Kennedy, Alexander Siddiq as Aristotle Onassis, Brett Donahue as John F. Kennedy, Jr., Kristen Hager as Joan Kennedy with Diana Hardcastle and Kristin Booth reprising their roles as Rose and Ethel Kennedy. The two-hour conclusion will air on April 9 at 9 PM.

Also on April 2, the Hallmark Movies & Mysteries movie Concrete Evidence: A Fixer Upper Mystery will debut at 9 PM, starring singer-songwriter Jewel and Colin Ferguson (Eureka)

Lastly, the season finale of The Walking Dead will air on AMC on April 2 at 9 PM and the finale of The Missing will air on Starz at 8 PM.

Mark your calendars!

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Here is how the weekend dramas fared in the ratings:

SATURDAY:

8 PM Show:
Ransom (CBS) [NEW] – 3 million

SUNDAY:

8 PM Shows:
NCIS: Los Angeles (CBS) [NEW] – 11.3 million [Delayed due to March Madness]
Once Upon a Time (ABC) [NEW] – 2.9 million

9 PM Shows:
Madam Secretary (CBS) [NEW] – 8.5 million [Delayed due to March Madness]
Chicago Justice (NBC) [NEW] – 5.8 million
Time After Time (ABC) [NEW] – 1.9 million

10 PM Shows:
Elementary (CBS) [NEW] – 5.6 million [Delayed due to March Madness]
Shades of Blue (NBC) [NEW] – 4.4 million
American Crime (ABC) [NEW] – 1.6 million

What did you watch on TV this past weekend? 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:
Lucy movie on FX

7 PM:
Underground on WGN America (Reair)
An Uncommon Grace movie on Hallmark Movies & Mysteries (Encore)

7:01 PM:
Outlander on Starz (Reair)

8 PM:
Supergirl on The CW (NEW)
24: Legacy on FOX (NEW)
Jack Reacher movie on FX
Valentine’s Day movie on Lifetime

9 PM:
Jane the Virgin on The CW (NEW)
Framed for Murder: A Fixer Upper Mystery movie on Hallmark Movies & Mysteries (Encore)

9:01 PM:
APB on FOX (NEW)

9:30 PM:
Deadpool movie on HBO2

10 PM:
Taken on NBC (NEW)
Scorpion on CBS (Reair)
The Arrangement on E! (Reair)

10:01 PM:
Quantico on ABC (NEW)

Enjoy!

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Hey All,

Here are the news items for the past week:

CASTING NEWS

Actress Ashley Judd has joined the cast of the EPIX series Berlin Station for its second season. She will play BB Yates, Berlin’s disarming new Chief of Station, nicknamed “The Station Whisperer” for her itinerant work in the field shoring up CIA stations in moral or corporate disrepair. (Variety)

Actor Peter Sarsgaard will star alongside Jeff Daniels in the Hulu streaming series The Looming Tower that is based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning expose by Lawrence Wright on the in-fighting between the FBI and CIA in the years leading up to 9/11. He will play Martin Schmidt, a CIA analyst who invariably believes he’s by far the smartest person in the room. (Variety)

Actress Katie McGrath (Merlin) has been promoted to series regular on Supergirl where she plays Lena Luthor, the baby sister of Lex Luthor, who came to National City to get out from under the shadow of her notorious brother. (Deadline)

Actress Anne Dudek (House and Covert Affairs) will have a recurring role on The Flash, playing Tracy Brand, who is described as “a smorgasbord of quirky idiosyncrasies.” Showing nary a hint of the greatness that people will celebrate her for in the future, Tracy will set out to find the genius she’s destined to one day become. (TV Line)

Actress Eliza Dushku (Buffy and Dollhouse) has joined the cast of Bull. She will appear in a 3-episode arc of its debut season and has the option of being added as a series regular for its 2nd season. She will play J.P. Nunnelly, the savvy head of the best criminal defense firm in New York, who is hired by Dr. Jason Bull (series lead Michael Weatherly) when a member of his Trial Analysis Corporation team faces prison time. (Variety)

Actress Talulah Riley has been promoted to series regular for the second season of HBO’s Westworld. She plays Angela, the host whose beatific face welcomed guests to Westworld for decades. (Deadline)

Actor Yohance Myles (Shots Fired) will guest star in the second season of OWN’s Queen Sugar, playing a successful barbershop owner named D’Andre. It seems he and Nova (series lead Rutina Wesley) shared an “intimate night” not too long ago, and D’Andre isn’t the least bit shy about letting her know he’d like to make it a more regular thing. (TV Line)

Actress Mary Stuart Masterson will guest star in the season finale of Blindspot, but details on the character she will play is being kept under wraps. (Entertainment Weekly and TV Line)

TV MINI-SERIES NEWS

Some well-known names have been cast in the upcoming National Geographic mini-series The Long Road Home, based on the Martha Raddatz book. It will focus on April 4, 2004 (aka Black Sunday) on which a Texas platoon form the 1st Calvary Division came under attack in Sadr City, Baghdad. The 8-episode event will star Kate Bosworth (Blue Crush), Sarah Wayne Callies (Prison Break, The Walking Dead and Colony), Jason Ritter (Parenthood), Jeremy Sisto (Law & Order and Suburgatory) and Noel Fisher (Shameless) [among others]. The mini-series is expected to air sometime in 2017. (The Hollywood Reporter and TV Line)

RENEWALS/CANCELLATIONS

Hulu has given a second season order to Shut Eye, the series that stars Jeffrey Donovan (Burn Notice) as Charlie Haverford who, along with his wife Linda (KaDee Strickland), run a chain of fortune-telling parlors, one of which occupies a room in their Los Angeles home. (Variety)

CBS has renewed the following dramas: Blue Bloods, Bull, Hawaii Five-O, MacGyver, Madam Secretary, NCIS, NCIS: Los Angeles, NCIS: New Orleans and Scorpion. Meanwhile, the fate of the following CBS drama are still yet to be determined: Code Black, Criminal Minds, Criminal Minds Beyond Borders, Elementary, Ransom and Training Day.  (CBS Press Release)

Cinemax has officially canceled the period piece medical drama The Knick. (Variety)

Lucifer fans be forewarned. Fox is cutting the sophomore season short, saving the final four episodes for season 3 with the season finale set for May 29. Those final four episodes are actually considered mostly stand-alone episodes that will be character-focused. (TV Line and The Futon Critic)

TRAILER

Red Nose Day, Actually (Love Actually Reunion)

Justice League

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:

5:30 PM:
The Maze Runner movie on FX
Independence Day movie on Syfy

6:55 PM:
Independence Day: Resurgence movie on HBO

7 PM:
A Dash of Love movie on Hallmark Channel (Encore)
Murder She Baked: A Deadly Recipe movie on Hallmark Movies & Mysteries
White Collar on ION

8 PM:
Once Upon a Time on ABC (NEW)
NCIS: Los Angeles on CBS (NEW)
Me Before You movie on EPIX
Lucy movie on FX
White Collar on ION

9 PM:
Time After Time on ABC (NEW)
When Calls the Heart on Hallmark Channel (NEW)
Murder She Baked: Just Desserts movie on Hallmark Movies & Mysteries (DEBUT)
To Walk Invisible: Bronte Sisters on Masterpiece movie on PBS (DEBUT)
True Lies movie on Encore
Criminal movie on HBO2
The Proposal movie on Lifetime
Thor movie on TNT
White Collar on ION

10 PM:
The Arrangement on E! (NEW)
White Collar on ION

10:15 PM:
Berlin Station on EPIX (Reair)

Enjoy!

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Over the course of the last few days, I had the opportunity to attend two more of the Paley Fest 2017 panels (the last two I will be attending for this year), saluting the Clone Club otherwise known as Orphan Black and the biggest social media show on TV: Pretty Little Liars.

The following are pictures I took at both panels, but please note that I’m not a professional photographer nor do I have a fancy camera, but I had to share the pictures I was able to take with the fans of the shows:

Orphan Black:

Pretty Little Liars:

That’s a wrap (at least for me).

More pictures from Paley Fest 2017 will be posted once the site’s photographer, Dominick Dusseault, has them ready for release.

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The new Hulu streaming drama Harlots will debut online on March 29.

The drama is set in 18th Century London and focuses on Margaret Wells (Samantha Morton from Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them and The Last Panthers) struggles to reconcile her roles as brothel owner and mother to daughters Charlotte (Jessica Brown Findlay from Downton Abbey) and Lucy (Eloise Smyth from Fortitude).

When her business comes under attack from Lydia Quigley (Lesley Manville from Maleficent and Cranford), a rival madam with a ruthless streak, Margaret must fight back even if it means losing her family and possibly her life.

Here is a trailer for Harlots:

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