Archive for April, 2017

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Here are the news items for the past week:


AMC has renewed Into the Badlands for an expanded 16-episode third season. (Variety)

The Hallmark Channel has renewed When Calls the Heart for a 5th season. (Twitter)

MTV has canceled Sweet/Vicious after only one season. (Variety)

The Amazon series Z: The Beginning of Everything will return for a second season. (Press Release)


Actor Dule Hill (Psych) has joined the cast of Suits for a season-long arc. He will play Alex Williams, a longtime friend of Harvey’s (series lead Gabriel Macht), who is currently a senior partner at rival law firm Bratton Gould, where he maintains an enviable roster of clients. (The Hollywood Reporter)

Additional cast members have been added to the upcoming Star Trek: Discovery that will air on CBS All Access. They include Rekha Sharma (Battlestar Galactica), who will play Commander Landry, the security officer of the Starship; Kenneth Mitchell (Jericho) will now play Kol, a commanding officer in the Klingon Empire; Shazad Latif (Penny Dreadful) who will shift from the role of Kol to Lieutenant Tyler, a Starfleet officer in the Federation; Damon Runyan (Gangland Undercover), who will play Ujilli, a leader in the Klingon Empire. (Deadline)

Actors Patrick Sabongui (Homeland) and Troy Garity (Ballers) as well as actress Jaina Lee Ortiz (Rosewood) will have recurring in the second season of Shooter that follows the journey of Bob Lee Swagger (Ryan Phillippe), a highly decorated veteran who must confront a nemesis from his past in order to return to a life of normalcy. Sabongui will play Yusuf Ali, a core member of Swagger’s original Marine team; Garity is Jeffrey Denning, a seasoned investigative journalist who cares deeply about justice being served and Ortiz will play Angela Tio, a Marine and part of Bob Lee’s former unit. (Deadline)

Actor Mark Consuelos (Pitch) has been cast as a series regular on Riverdale, playing Hiram Lodge, a ruthless, handsome, charismatic businessman who is coming back to Riverdale after weathering a financial scandal that almost destroyed him. (TV Line and Deadline)

Oscar winner Hilary Swank has landed a leading role in the upcoming FX limited series called Trust, which is set to air in January 2018. The series is set in 1973, when J. Paul Getty, III is kidnapped in Rome and his mafia captors are banking on a huge ransom. Swank will appear as Gail Getty, mother of the kidnapped boy. Donald Sutherland is also part of the cast. (Variety)


Actress Lyndie Greenwood (Sleepy Hollow) will star opposite Queen Latifah in the Lifetime original movie Flint about the water-contamination crisis in Flint, MI. Greenwood will play the daughter of Queen Latifah’s character who works as a medical assistant and is uniquely positioned to view firsthand the effects of the Flint water crisis. (Deadline)

That’s it. Enjoy!

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Saturday nights are always light on new programming, that has been the case for many years now, and last night was no different with only one new episode airing on all of the major networks.

Here is how that one drama fared in the overall ratings:

8 PM Show:
Training Day (CBS) [NEW] – 2.7 million

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

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WonderCon 2017 took place one month ago in Anaheim, California.

In honor of that anniversary, let’s take a look back at the three-day event via the fantastic pictures taken by Rueben Rambling’s official photographer, Dominick Dusseault.

Here are pictures from Day One:

Prison Break:


Teen Titans:

Tomorrow: Day Two

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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:
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 1 movie on Freeform

5:45 PM:
Creed movie on EPIX

5:55 PM:
How to Train Your Dragon 2 (animated) movie on FXM

6 PM:
Taken 2 movie on FX

6:30 PM:
Walking Tall movie on TNT

6:51 PM:
Good Will Hunting movie on Encore

7 PM:
Love Blossoms movie on Hallmark Channel (Encore)
White Collar on ION

7:04 PM:
The White Princess on Starz (Reair)

8 PM:
Once Upon a Time on ABC (NEW)
NCIS: Los Angeles on CBS (NEW)
Call the Midwife on PBS (NEW)
The White Princess on Starz (NEW)
Heartland on UP Channel (NEW)
Alex Cross movie on BET
Tombstone movie on CMT
Taken 3 movie on FX
The Fast and the Furious movie on MTV
Charlie’s Angels movie on POP
Skyfall movie on Syfy
White Collar on ION

9 PM:
Good Witch on Hallmark Channel (Season Premiere)
Home Fires on PBS (NEW)
American Gods on Starz (DEBUT)
That Thing You Do! movie on Encore
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2 movie on Freeform
White Collar on ION

10 PM:
The Arrangement on E! (NEW)
Mary Kills People on Lifetime (NEW)
White Collar on ION

10:05 PM:
American Gods on Starz (Encore of DEBUT)
Furious 7 movie on Cinemax


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Left to Right: Matt Lanter, Abigail Spencer, Malcolm Barrett, Eric Kripke and Shawn Ryan

This last week, in conjunction with the well-known entertainment news site Deadline and their Awardsline screening series, NBC’s freshman drama Timeless was presented to members of various Guilds and fans.

The room was treated to a first (or second) viewing of the show’s fourth episode entitled “Party at Castle Varlar,” that featured Nazis and Ian Fleming (as played by Once Upon a Time alum Sean Maguire). It was also one of the first episodes to dig deeply into Flynn Garcia’s (series regular Goran Visnijc) motives. After the episode, Dominic Patten from Deadline led a short question and answer session with Executive Producers Eric Kripke and Shawn Ryan as well as stars Matt Lanter (Wyatt Logan), Abigail Spencer (Lucy Preston) and Malcolm Barrett (Rufus Carlin).

While nothing about the show’s future was discussed, much was asked about how some stories were broken (usually the room focuses on a style of episode – Western, Mystery, etc. – and then finds a historical time to match) while also allowing the cast to share their favorite episodes and costumes.

Left to Right: Matt Lanter, Abigail Spencer, Malcolm Barrett, Eric Kripke and Shawn Ryan

Overall, for a show that generated some buzz during the year, but could always use more if there’s another season, this event allowed existing fans a shot at seeing the cast up close while also teasing some of the behind the scenes stories that made the show fun and captivating each week.

NBC will announce their 2017-2018 TV schedule at the network’s annual upfront presentation in New York City on Monday, May 15. It is possible that the fate of Timeless could be revealed shortly before the official announcement is made.

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For the most part last night’s programming on the major networks was typical, except for the shows that already aired their season finales of course.

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

8 PM Shows:
Rosewood (FOX) [NEW – Finale] – 2.9 million
The Originals (The CW) [NEW] – 961,000 viewers

9 PM Shows:
Hawaii Five-0 (CBS) [NEW] – 7.9 million
Reign (The CW) [NEW] – 694,000 viewers

10 PM Show:
Blue Bloods (CBS) [NEW] – 8.5 million

What did you watch on TV last 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:

5:30 PM:
Twister movie on CMT
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire movie on Freeform

5:50 PM:
The 33 movie on Cinemax

7 PM:
The Good Witch’s Destiny movie on Hallmark Channel
Garage Sale Mystery: Novel Murders movie on Hallmark Movies & Mysteries
NCIS on USA Network

7:55 PM:
Doctor Who on BBC America (Reair)

8 PM:
Dreamgirls movie on ABC
The Terminator movie on Cinemax
NCIS on USA Network

9 PM:
The Son on AMC (NEW)
Doctor Who on BBC America (NEW)
Wreck-It Ralph (animated) movie on Disney
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince movie on Freeform
The Good Witch’s Wonder movie on Hallmark Channel
NCIS on USA Network

10 PM:
The Son on AMC (Encore)
The Class on BBC America (NEW)
Creed movie on EPIX
NCIS on USA Network

10:31 PM:
The White Princess on Starz (Reair)


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It was a pretty typical night of programming on the major networks last night with all of the Thursday night dramas airing new episodes.

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

8 PM Shows:
Grey’s Anatomy (ABC) [NEW] – 6.9 million
Supernatural (The CW) [NEW] – 1.4 million

9 PM Shows:
Chicago Med (NBC) [NEW] – 5.8 million
Scandal (ABC) [NEW] – 5.3 million
Riverdale (The CW) [NEW] – 849,000 viewers

10 PM Shows:
The Blacklist (NBC) [NEW] – 4.8 million
The Catch (ABC) [NEW] – 3.1 million

What did you watch on TV last 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:

3:30 PM:
Titanic movie on VH1

6:50 PM:
Moulin Rouge movie on Starz

7 PM:
Forrest Gump movie on AMC
Miss Congeniality movie on Bravo
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets movie on Freeform
Along Came a Nanny movie on Hallmark Movies & Mysteries
I Am Number Four movie on Showtime
Castle on TNT

8 PM:
Star Trek: Beyond movie on EPIX
The Hurt Locker movie on TMC

9 PM:
Reign on The CW (NEW)
Hailey Dean Mystery: Deadly Estates movie on Hallmark Movies & Mysteries (Encore)
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks movie on HBO (Encore)
Outlander on Starz (Reair)

10 PM:
Forrest Gump movie on AMC
Titanic movie on VH1

10:03 PM:
The White Princess on Starz (Reair)

10:10 PM:
Bridge of Spies movie on TMC


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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 May:

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2
Opens May 5

Set two-to-three months after the first film, the Guardians of the Galaxy travel throughout the cosmos and struggle to keep their new-found family together, while helping Peter Quill (Chris Pratt) learn more about his true parentage and stopping an enemy who threatens to destroy the entire galaxy. The returning cast members include Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Vin Diesel, Bradley Cooper, Michael Rooker, Sean Gunn and Karen Gillan. New cast members include Pom Klementieff, Elizabeth Debicki, Chris Sullivan and Kurt Russell.

3 Generations
Opens: May 5

Teenager Ray (Elle Fanning) realizes and pursues his true identity as male and his mother Maggie (Naomi Watts), lesbian grandmother Dolly (Susan Sarandon) and absent father Craig (Tate Donovan) must learn to accept him for who he is. The cast also includes Sam Trammell (True Blood).

King Arthur: Legend of the Sword
Opens: May 12

The young Arthur (Charlie Hunnam) runs the back streets of Londinium with his crew, not knowing his royal lineage until he draws the sword Excalibur from the stone. Instantly confronted by the sword’s influence, Arthur is forced to decide when to become involved with his power. Throwing in with the Resistance and an enigmatic young woman named Guinevere (Astrid Berges-Frisbey), he must learn to master the sword, face down his demons and unite the people to defeat the tyrant Vortigern (Jude Law) — who murdered his parents and stole his crown — and become king. The film also stars Djimon Hounson, Eric Bana and Katie McGrath (Merlin and Supergirl).

Opens: May 12

A contemporary tale about a teen whose loyalties are tested when an annual lowrider event forces him to choose between his father and his criminal brother. The cast members include Demian Bichir, Theo Rossi, Melissa Benoist, Cress Williams and Eva Longoria.

Paris Can Wait
Opens: May 12

When her director husband is occupied with work in Paris, an American woman takes a jaunt with his business associate, a charming Gallic rogue who is happy to squire her on a tour of some of the finest meals in Provence. The film stars Diane Lane, Alec Baldwin and Arnaud Viard.

Alien: Covenant
Opens: May 19

Bound for a remote planet on the far side of the galaxy, the crew of the colony ship Covenant, which includes Walter (Michael Fassbender), an android similar to David, a survivor of the doomed Prometheus expedition, find what they believe to be an uncharted paradise. It soon reveals itself to be a dark and dangerous world inhabited by the original David and monstrous creatures that start to hunt them. The film also stars Katherine Waterston (Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them), Billy Crudup, Danny McBride, Demian Bichir, Carmen Ejogo, Jussie Smollett, Noomi Rapace and Guy Pearce.

Everything, Everything
Opens: May 19

Maddy (Amandla Stenberg) is a smart, curious and imaginative 18-year-old who is unable to leave the protection of the hermetically-sealed environment within her house because of an illness. Olly (Nick Robinson) is the boy next door who won’t let that stop them from being together. Gazing through windows and talking only through texts, Maddy and Olly form a deep bond that leads them to risk everything to be together, even if it means losing everything. The cast also includes Anika Noni Rose.

Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales
Opens: May 26

Captain Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp) is pursued by an old nemesis, Armando Salazar (Javier Bardem), who along with his Spanish Navy ghost crew has escaped from the Devil’s Triangle (aka The Bermuda Triangle), and is determined to kill every pirate at sea. Jack must seek the Trident of Poseidon, a powerful artifact that grants its possessor total control over the seas, in order to defeat Salazar. The film also stars Kaya Scodelario (The Maze Runner franchise), Brenton Thwaites, Kevin McNally, Geoffrey Rush, Orlando Bloom, David Wenham, Martin Klebba and Keira Knightley.

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

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