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

The 6th season of Major Crimes will air on October 31 on TNT at 9 PM.

On November 1, the season finale of the SundanceTV mini-series Liar will air at 10 PM.

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.

On November 3, the new Netflix series Alias Grace will debut online today. The series follows Grace Marks (Sarah Gadon from 11.22.63), a poor, young Irish immigrant and domestic servant in Upper Canada who, along with stable hand James McDermott (Kerr Logan), was convicted of the brutal murders of their employer, Thomas Kinnear, and his housekeeper, Nancy Montgomery (Anna Paquin from True Blood), in 1843. James was hanged while Grace was sentenced to life imprisonment. Grace became one of the most enigmatic and notorious women of 1840s Canada for her supposed role in the sensational double murder, and was eventually exonerated after 30 years in jail. Her conviction was controversial, and sparked much debate about whether Grace was actually involved in the murder, or merely an unwitting accessory.

The Hallmark Channel original movie Christmas Festival of Ice will debut on November 4 at 8 PM, starring Taylor Cole, Damon Runyan and Wendy Crewson.

Also that night, the Hallmark Movies & Mysteries holiday movie The Perfect Christmas Present will air at 9 PM, starring Sam Page (The Bold Type) and Tara Holt (Z Nation); and that same night over on Lifetime, the original movie The Lost Wife of Robert Durst will debut at 8 PM, starring Katharine McPhee (Scorpion) and Daniel Gillies (The Originals).

On November 5, Star Trek: Discovery will air its season finale on CBS All Access at 8:30 PM.

The original movie Miss Christmas will debut on the Hallmark Channel on November 5 at 8 PM, starring Brooke D’Orsay (Royal Pains) and Marc Blucas (Necessary Roughness).

Lastly, also on November 5, the original movie Christmas in the Air will debut at 9 PM on the Hallmark Movies & Mysteries, starring Catherine Bell (from Good Witch) and Eric Close (Nashville).

Mark your calendars!

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It was a rather full night of programming on Friday night with nearly all of the Friday night shows airing new episodes except for Hawaii Five-0 on CBS (as it didn’t air) and The Exorcist on FOX (which was pre-empted for baseball).

Here is how all of the dramas that aired new episodes fared in the overall ratings on Friday night:

8 PM Shows:
Blindspot (NBC) [Season Premiere] – 4.1 million viewers
Once Upon a Time (ABC) [NEW] – 2.5 million viewers
Crazy Ex-Girlfriend (The CW) [NEW] – 605,000 viewers

9 PM Shows:
MacGyver (CBS) [NEW – Different Timeslot] – 6.4 million viewers
Marvel’s Inhumans (ABC) [NEW] – 2.2 million viewers
Jane the Virgin (The CW) [NEW] – 599,000 viewers

10 PM Show:
Blue Bloods (CBS) [NEW] – 8.2 million viewers

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:

5:30 PM:
Minority Report movie on HBO2

6 PM:
Merry Mix Up movie on Hallmark Channel (Reair)

7 PM:
A Nutcracker Christmas movie on Hallmark Movies & Mysteries (Reair)

8 PM:
Supergirl on The CW (NEW)
Outlander on Starz (Encore)
A Heavenly Christmas movie on Hallmark Channel (Reair)
Daredevil movie on Cinemax
xXx: The Return of Xander Cage movie on EPIX
X-Men: Days of Future Past movie on FX
Pretty Woman movie on Lifetime

9 PM:
The Gifted on FOX (NEW)
Operation Christmas movie on Hallmark Movies & Mysteries (Reair)

9:50 PM:
Berlin Station on EPIX (Reair)

10 PM:
Scorpion on CBS (NEW)
The Halcyon on Ovation (NEW)
Once Upon a Holiday movie on Hallmark Channel (Reair)

10:01 PM:
The Good Doctor on ABC (NEW)
The Brave on NBC (NEW)

10:26 PM:
Outlander on Starz (Encore)

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Hey All,

Here are the news items for this past week:

CASTING NEWS

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)

RENEWALS/CANCELLATION

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)

MOVIE CASTING NEWS

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

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:

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.

Wonder
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.

Chappaquiddick
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.

Coco
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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