Archive for October, 2017

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Here are the news items for this past week:


The Grey’s Anatomy fire fighters spin-off has announced its premise and cast. The 10-episode series will be set in Seattle, focusing on firefighters from the captain down the ranks to the newest recruit in their personal and professional lives. The cast includes Jaina Lee Ortiz (Rosewood), Jason George (Grey’s Anatomy) Miguel Sandoval, Danielle Savre (Too Close to Home), Jay Hayden (The Catch) [among others].  (The Hollywood Reporter)

Actress Sara Ramirez (Grey’s Anatomy) has joined the cast of Madam Secretary, playing Kat Sandoval, a brilliant political strategist, legendary in D.C. for her talent and for abruptly dropping out of politics until Elizabeth (Tea Leoni) manages to coax her back into the State Department. (The Hollywood Reporter)

Actor Vincent D’Onofrio will reprise his role as Wilson Fisk on the Netflix series Marvel’s Daredevils when it returns for season 3, which will air in 2018. (The Futon Critic)

Actor Yancey Arias (Bosch) has been promoted to series regular on Queen of the South. (Deadline)

Actress Hannah Ware (Betrayal) has landed a role in the Hulu/U.K.’s Channel 4 series The First that will follow the first human mission to Mars, exploring the challenges of taking the first steps toward interplanetary colonization. The story focuses not only on the astronauts, but also on their families and loved ones, as well as the ground team on Earth. Her role is being kept under wraps, though. (Deadline)

Actress Tamlyn Tomita (The Good Doctor) has landed a recurring role in The Man in the High Castle for its upcoming 3rd season. She will play Tamiko, an Okinawan-American woman born in Hawaii who was an American citizen before the war. Now living in San Francisco, she is Tagomi’s (series lead Cary Hiroyuki-Tagawa) neighbor. (Deadline)

Actor Scott Cohen (Gilmore Girls) has booked a recurring role on the 6th and final season of The Americans. He will play Glenn Haskard, a member of a State Department negotiating team that Russian secret agent Elizabeth Jennings is covertly working against. (The Hollywood Reporter and TV Line)

Actress Bethany Joy Lenz (One Tree Hill) has landed a role in Grey’s Anatomy for the show’s current season in an as yet-to-be-announced role. (The Hollywood Reporter and The Futon Critic)

Actress Olivia Colman (Broadchurch) will play Queen Elizabeth in season three and season four of Netflix’s The Crown, taking over the role from Claire Foy. The second season is set to debut on December 8th on Netflix. Seasons 3 and 4 have not been officially ordered, but early production is said to be underway. (Variety)

Actor Nathan Fillion (Castle) will star in the ABC straight-to-series ordered series The Rookie, which focuses on John Nolan, the oldest rookie in the LAPD. At an age where most are at the peak of their career, Nolan cast aside his comfortable, small town life and moved to L.A. to pursue his dream of being a cop. Now, surrounded by rookies twenty years his junior, Nolan must navigate the dangerous, humorous and unpredictable world of a “young” cop, determined to make his second shot at life count. (Deadline and TV Line)

Ryan Murphy – the man behind Glee and American Horror Story – has another new series coming to FX: Pose, which will examine everything from New York City’s art and ballroom scene to the late-’80s financial boom. The cast will include Evan Peters (a mainstay on American Horror Story), James Van Der Beek (Dawson’s Creek), Tatiana Maslany (Orphan Black) [among others]. (TV Line)


Zoo has been canceled after three seasons on CBS. (Variety)

Ray Donovan has been renewed for a sixth season by Showtime. (Variety)

Star Trek: Discovery has been renewed for a second season by CBS All Access. (Variety)

AMC has renewed Preacher for a third season. (Variety)


Actor Zachary Levi (Chuck) will play the title character in the New Line and DC Entertainment’s film Shazam! that follows a boy named Billy Batson who can transform into an adult superhero by uttering the magic word Shazam!, the name is an acronym of the ancient gods and historical figures Solomon, Hercules, Atlas, Zeus, Achilles, and Mercury, from whom Batson derives his heroic attributes from when in adult form. (Variety)

That’s it. Enjoy!

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The new CBS drama S.W.A.T. will debut on November 2 at 10 PM.

Inspired by the TV series and the feature film, the series stars Shemar Moore as a locally born S.W.A.T. sergeant, former Marine Daniel “Hondo” Harrelson who is newly tasked to run a specialized tactical unit that is the last stop in law enforcement in Los Angeles.

The cast includes Stephanie Sigman (Narcos), Kenny Johnson (Secrets and Lies), Lina Esco (Kingdom), Jay Harrington (Better Off Ted) and Peter Onorati.

Here is a trailer for S.W.A.T.:

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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:

4:25 PM:
Avatar movie on TBS

6 PM:
Christmas Dream movie on Hallmark Channel (Reair)
Hotel Transylvania (animated) movie on FX

6:14 PM:
Outlander on Starz (Reair)

6:40 PM:
Fences movie on EPIX

7 PM:
The Christmas Note movie on Hallmark Movies & Mysteries (Reair)
Alex Cross movie on BET

7:13 PM:
The Empire Strikes Back movie on TNT

8 PM:
Wisdom of the Crowd on CBS (NEW)
Durrells in Corfu on PBS (NEW)
Outlander on Starz (NEW)
The Christmas Cure movie on Hallmark Channel (Encore)
Watcher in the Woods movie on Lifetime (Encore)
Hotel Transylvania 2 (animated) movie on FX
Avengers: Age of Ultron movie on TBS

9 PM:
NCIS: Los Angeles on CBS (NEW)
Berlin Station on EPIX (NEW)
Poldark on Masterpiece on PBS (NEW)
Outlander on Starz (Encore)
The Christmas Secret movie on Hallmark Movies & Mysteries (Reair)

10 PM:
Ten Days in the Valley on ABC (NEW)
A Perfect Christmas movie on Hallmark Channel (Reair)
Hotel Transylvania 2 (animated) movie on FX


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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:

Murder on the Orient Express
Opens: November 10

A lavish trip through Europe quickly unfolds into a race against time to solve a murder aboard a train. Everyone’s a suspect when Detective Hercule Poirot (Kevin Branagh) arrives to interrogate all passengers and search for clues before the killer can strike again. The cast includes Penelope Cruz, Willem Dafoe, Dame Judi Dench, Johnny Depp, Josh Gad, Leslie Odom Jr., Michelle Pfeiifer, Daisy Ridley, Derek Jacobi and Olivia Colman.

Justice League
Opens: November 17

Months after the events of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and inspired by Superman’s apparent sacrifice for humanity, Bruce Wayne (Ben Affleck) and Diana Prince (Gal Gadot) assemble a team of meta-humans consisting of Barry Allen (Ezra Miller), Arthur Curry (Jason Momoa) and Victor Stone (Ray Fisher) to face the catastrophic threat of Steppenwolf and his army of Parademons, who are on the hunt for three Mother Boxes on Earth. The cast also includes Henry Cavil, Amy Adams, Jeremy Irons, Diane Lane, Connie Nielsen, J.K. Simmons, Joe Morton, Robin Wright, Jesse Eisenberg, Ciaran Hinds, Amber Heard, Billy Crudup and Willem Dafoe.

Roman J. Israel, Esq.
Opens: November 17

A liberal lawyer named Roman J. Israel (Denzel Washington) has been fighting the good fight while others take the credit. When his partner, the firm’s front man, has a heart attack, Israel suddenly takes on that role. He finds out some unsettling things about what the crusading law firm has done that run afoul of his values of helping the poor and dispossessed, and he finds himself in an existential crisis that leads to extreme action. The film also stars Colin Farrell, Carmen Ejogo, Nazneen Contractor and Shelley Hennig.

The Star
Opens: November 17

The animated film centers on a donkey named Bo (voiced by Steven Yeun) and his animal friends who become the unsung heroes of the first Christmas. Other voices will be provided by Gina Rodriguez, Zachary Levi, Keegan-Michael Key, Kelly Clarkson, Patricia Heaton, Kristin Chenoweth, Tracy Morgan, Tyler Perry, Oprah Winfrey, Kris Kristofferson, Christopher Plummer, Anthony Anderson, Ving Rhames and Gabriel Iglesias.

Opens: November 17

August “Auggie” Pullman (Jacob Tremblay) is a young boy born with a facial difference who has been in and out of hospitals for years. With the help of his mother, Isabel (Julia Roberts) and his father, Nate (Owen Wilson), he tries to fit in at a new school named Beecher Prep and shows everyone that he is just an ordinary kid, no different than the rest of the world. He strives to teach others that beauty is not just on the outside. The film also stars Mandy Patinkin and Sonia Braga.

Opens: November 22

Ted Kennedy’s (Jason Clarke) life and political career become derailed in the aftermath of a fatal car accident in 1969 that claims the life of a young campaign strategist, Mary Jo Kopechne (Kata Mara). The cast also includes Ed Helms, Bruce Dern, Jim Gaffigan and Taylor Nichols.

Opens: November 22

Despite his family’s generation-old ban on music, Miguel (voiced by Anthony Gonzalez) dreams of becoming an accomplished musician like his idol Ernesto de la Cruz (who is also his late and long-lost great-great-grandfather) [voiced by Benjamin Bratt]. Desperate to prove his talent, Miguel and his dog Dante find themselves in the Land of the Dead. Along the way, they meet charming trickster Hector and together they set off on an extraordinary journey to unlock the real story behind Miguel’s family history. Other voices are provided by Gael Garcia Bernal, Edward James Olmos, Jaime Camil, Alanna Ubach, Gabriel Iglesias, Cheech Marin and John Ratzenberger.

Darkest Hour
Opens: November 22

Winston Churchill (Gary Oldman) faces a crucial moment against Adolf Hitler’s army in the beginning of the Second World War. The film also stars Ben Mendelsohn, Kristin Scott Thomas, Lily James and Stephen Dillane.

The Man Who Invented Christmas
Opens: November 22

In October 1843, Charles Dickens (Dan Stevens) was suffering from the failure of his last nine books. Rejected by his publishers, he set out to write and self-publish a book he hoped would keep his family afloat and revive his career. The cast includes Christopher Plummer, Jonathan Pryce and Simon Callow.

The Current War
Opens: November 24

The dramatic story of the War of Currents between electricity titans Thomas Edison (Benedict Cumberbatch) and George Westinghouse (Michael Shannon) to determine whose electrical system would power the modern world. The film also stars Nicholas Hoult, Katherine Waterston, Tom Holland, Tuppence Middleton and Matthew Macfadyen.

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

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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:
We Are Marshall movie on Lifetime

5:45 PM:
Cinderella movie on TNT

6 PM:
December Bride movie on Hallmark Channel (Reair)
Arrival movie on EPIX
The Help movie on USA Network

6:30 PM:
Underworld movie on Syfy

7 PM:
Debbie Macomber: Trading Christmas movie on Hallmark Movies & Mysteries (Reair)
Quantum of Solace movie on Vice

7:10 PM:
Men in Black 3 movie on FXM

7:30 PM:
Sweet Home Alabama movie on E!

8 PM:
Marry Me at Christmas movie on Hallmark Channel (DEBUT)
Flint movie on Lifetime (DEBUT)
NCIS: Los Angeles on CBS (Reair)
Jack Reacher: Never Go Back movie on EPIX

9 PM:
NCIS: New Orleans on CBS (Reair)
Dashing Through the Snow movie on Hallmark Movies & Mysteries (Reair)

9:49 PM:
Outlander on Starz (Encore)

10 PM:
A Dream of Christmas movie on Hallmark Channel (Reair)


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With no World Series on FOX, the Thursday night primetime line-up of dramas on the major networks was at full capacity.

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

8 PM Shows:
Grey’s Anatomy (ABC) [NEW] – 7.6 million viewers
Gotham (FOX) [NEW] – 2.8 million viewers
Supernatural (The CW) [NEW] – 1.9 million

9 PM Shows:
Scandal (ABC) [NEW] – 4.9 million
The Orville (FOX) [NEW] – 4.2 million viewers
Arrow (The CW) [NEW] – 1.4 million viewers

10 PM Shows:
Chicago Fire (NBC) [NEW] – 6.5 million viewers
How to Get Away With Murder (ABC) [NEW] – 3.6 million viewers

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 PM:
Crazy, Stupid, Love movie on VH1

5:20 PM:
La La Land movie on HBO

6 PM:
Christmas in Homestead movie on Hallmark Channel
Casino Royale movie on Vice

6:10 PM:
xXx: The Return of Xander Cage movie on EPIX

6:25 PM:
S.W.A.T. movie on Cinemax

7 PM:
Finding Father Christmas movie on Hallmark Movies & Mysteries (Reair)

8 PM:
Once Upon a Time on ABC (NEW)
Blindspot on NBC (Season Premiere)
The White Princess on Starz (Reair)
Christmas Under Wraps movie on Hallmark Channel (Reair)
Furious 7 movie on FX
Pretty Woman movie on Lifetime
Ghostbusters (original) movie on VH1

9 PM:
Jane the Virgin on The CW (NEW)
Outlander on Starz (Encore)
Love Always, Santa movie on Hallmark Movies & Mysteries (Reair)

9:01 PM:
Marvel’s Inhumans on ABC (NEW)

10 PM:
The Edge of Seventeen movie on Showtime


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It was a busy night of programming on the major networks last night with all of the Wednesday night dramas airing new episode, except – once again – FOX pre-empting their regular schedule due to the World Series.

Here is how all of those dramas, that aired new episodes, fared in the overall ratings last night:

8 PM Shows:
The Blacklist (NBC) [NEW] – 5.3 million viewers
Riverdale (The CW) [NEW] – 1.6 million

9 PM Shows:
SEAL Team (CBS) [NEW] – 6.9 million
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (NBC) [NEW] – 5.7 million viewers
Dynasty (The CW) [NEW] – 726,000 viewers

10 PM Shows:
Chicago P.D. (NBC) [NEW] – 6.1 million viewers
Criminal Minds (CBS) [NEW] – 5.9 million viewers
Designated Survivor (ABC) [NEW] – 4 million viewers

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:

5:44 PM:
X-Men movie on Starz

5:50 PM:
Terminator: Genisys movie on EPIX

6 PM:
Independence Day: Resurgence movie on HBO2

7 PM:
Hailey Dean Mystery: Dating Is Murder movie on Hallmark Movies & Mysteries (Encore)
The Notebook movie on VH1
NCIS on Oxygen

8 PM:
Supernatural on The CW (NEW)
John Wick, Chapter 2 movie on HBO2
The Edge of Seventeen movie on Showtime 2
NCIS on Oxygen

9 PM:
Arrow on The CW (NEW)
Van Helsing on Syfy (NEW)
NCIS on Oxygen

9:45 PM:
xXx: The Return of Xander Cage movie on EPIX

10 PM:
Ghost Wars on Syfy (NEW)
Crazy, Stupid, Love movie on VH1
NCIS on Oxygen


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New York Comic Con 2017 took place from October 5 through October 8 in, of course, New York City.

Rueben’s Ramblings is pleased to say that our very own Dominick Dusseault was on hand to snap as many pictures as he could during numerous panels as well as in the interview space on the convention floor during three of the four days of the convention.

What is to follow below are just some of the fantastic photos he took during the annual event on Saturday:

The Tick:


American Gods:

Black Mirror:

More pictures for Saturday and Sunday from New York Comic Con 2017 will be posted over the course of the next week or two. Stay tuned!

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