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Archive for January, 2019

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

On January 28, the new TNT drama I Am The Night will debut at 9 PM. Inspired by true events, the series tells the gripping story of Fauna Hodel (India Eisley), a teenage girl who is given away at birth, and grows up outside of Reno, Nevada. Fauna lives more-or-less comfortably with the mysteries of her origin, until one day she makes a discovery that leads her to question everything. As Fauna begins to investigate the secrets of her past, she meets a ruined reporter (Chris Pine), haunted by the case that undid him. Together they follow a sinister trail that swirls ever closer to an infamous Los Angeles gynecologist, Dr. George Hodel (Jefferson Mays), a man involved in some of Hollywood’s darkest debauchery, and possibly, its most infamous unsolved crime. The cast includes Connie Nielson, Leland Orser and Yul Vazquez [among others].

The season finale of Vikings will air on the History Channel on January 30 at 9 PM.

On February 1, the Amazon Prime streaming series The ABC Murders will debut online. Based on the Agatha Christie crime-solver Hercule Poirot (John Malkovich), the series is set in the 1930s with Poirot facing a serial killer known only as A.B.C. First the killer strikes in Andover, then Bexhill. As the murder count rises, the only clue is the copy of The ABC Railway Guide at each crime scene. Among the ensemble cast is Rupert Grint.

The Hallmark Channel movie Valentine in the Vineyard will debut on February 2 at 8 PM. This is the third movie in the franchise starring Rachael Leigh Cook and Brendan Penny, as Frankie and Nate (respectively), who manage life on their vineyard while planning a wedding in secret. The cast also includes Teryl Rothery, Marcus Rosner and Tegan Moss.

Mark your calendars!

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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 February:

Cold Pursuit
Opens: February 8

Nels Coxman’s (Liam Neeson) quiet life as a snowplow driver comes crashing down when his beloved son dies under mysterious circumstances. His search for the truth soon becomes a quest for revenge against a psychotic drug lord named Viking and his sleazy henchmen. Transformed from upstanding citizen to coldblooded vigilante, Coxman unwittingly sets off a chain of events that includes a kidnapping, a series of deadly misunderstandings and a turf war between Viking and a rival boss. The cast includes Laura Dern and Emmy Rossum.

Everybody Knows
Opens: February 8

The story follows Laura (Penelope Cruz), a Spanish woman living in Buenos Aires, who returns with her children to her hometown outside Madrid for a wedding. However, the trip is upset by unexpected events that bring secrets into the open. The film also stars Javier Bardem.

The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part
Opens: February 8

Five years after the events of the first film, Finn’s (Jadon Sand) sister Bianca (Brooklyn Prince) has grown up and started taking some of Finn’s Lego and other toys to play with in her own room. Metaphorically, in the Lego universe, the Duplo invaders have turned Bricksburg into a post-apocalyptic wasteland. While his friends have become hardened over the change, Emmet (voiced by Chris Pratt) remains upbeat, and he inadvertently draws the attention of General Sweet Mayhem (voiced by Stephanie Beatriz) from the Systar System. Mayhem, with the help of the Duplo invaders, capture Emmet’s friends and takes them back to the shape-shifter Queen Watevra Wa-Nabi (voiced by Tiffany Haddish), who has great plans for taking over the universe. Emmet teams up with intergalactic hero Rex Dangervest (also voiced by Chris Pratt) to launch a rescue mission. Other voices will be provided by Elizabeth Banks, Will Arnett, Charlie Day, Alison Brie, Nick Offerman, Channing Tatum, Jonah Hill, Gal Gadot, Jason Momoa, Margot Robbie, Will Ferrell and Bruce Willis.

Alita: Battle Angel
Opens: February 13

The film follows the story of the titular Alita (Rosa Salazar), a disembodied “core” who awakens with no memory in a post-apocalyptic world destroyed by a technological fall. Dr. Ido (Christoph Waltz) finds her and gives her a new body. They later discover that Alita is more than what she seems and has an extraordinary past. As she navigates her new life, she battles other machines who are empowered with skills. The cast also includes Jennifer Connelly, Mahershala Ali, Ed Skrein, Jackie Earle Haley, Michelle Rodriguez, Eiza Gonzalez, Lana Condor and Casper Van Dien.

Fighting with My Family
Opens: February 13

This film is based on the 2012 documentary The Wrestlers: Fighting with My Family depicting the WWE career of professional wrestler Saraya “Paige” Bevis (Florence Pugh). The Bevis family, all who are professional wrestlers try to work through the issues that arise when sister and brother duo, Saraya and Zak (Jack Lowden), audition for roles in WWE. The film also stars Nick Frost, Lena Headey, Vince Vaughn and Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson as himself.

Isn’t It Romantic
Opens: February 13

For a long time, Natalie (Rebel Wilson), an Australian architect living in New York City, had always believed that what she had seen in romantic comedies is all fantasy. But after thwarting a mugger at a subway station only to be knocked out while fleeing, Natalie wakes up and discovers that she is self-aware of her existence in a “PG-13 Universe” and must escape every cliché in order to finally fall in love and achieve the happily ever after that will bring her back to reality. The cast includes Liam Hemsworth, Adam DeVine, Priyanka Chopra, Betty Gilpin, Tom Ellis and Jennifer Saunders.

How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World
Opens: February 22

This animated movie tells the surprising tale about growing up, finding the courage to face the unknown and how nothing can ever train you to let go. What began as an unlikely friendship between an adolescent Viking and a fearsome Night Fury dragon has become an epic adventure spanning their lives. Welcome to the most astonishing chapter of one of the most beloved animated franchises in film history: How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World. Now chief and ruler of Berk alongside Astrid, Hiccup has created a gloriously chaotic dragon utopia. When the sudden appearance of female Light Fury coincides with the darkest threat their village has ever faced, Hiccup and Toothless must leave the only home they’ve known and journey to a hidden world thought only to exist in myth. As their true destines are revealed, dragon and rider will fight together—to the very ends of the Earth—to protect everything they’ve grown to treasure. Voices will be provided by Jay Baruchel, America Ferrera, Cate Blanchett, Craig Ferguson, Jonah Hill, Kit Harington, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, F. Murray Abraham and Gerard Butler.

Run the Race
Opens: February 22

Two desperate brothers sacrifice today for a better tomorrow. Reeling from his mother’s death and his father’s abandonment, Zach (Tanner Stine), an All-State athlete, finds glory on the football field, working to earn a college scholarship and the brothers’ ticket out of town. When a devastating injury puts Zach—and his dreams—on the sidelines, David (Evan Hofer) laces up his track cleats to salvage their future and point Zach toward hope. The film stars Mykelti Williamson, Frances Fisher, Kristoffer Polaha, Kelsey Reinhardt and Mario Van Peebles.

Movies coming out in March will be posted at the end of February.

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The Amazon Prime streaming series The ABC Murders will debut online on February 1.

Based on the Agatha Christie crime-solver Hercule Poirot (John Malkovich), the series is set in the 1930s with Poirot facing a serial killer known only as A.B.C. First the killer strikes in Andover, then Bexhill. As the murder count rises, the only clue is the copy of The ABC Railway Guide at each crime scene.

Among the ensemble cast is Rupert Grint.

Here is a trailer for The ABC Murders:

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It was a night filled with a lot of reality, some repeats, a special live presentation and a few new episodes of Sunday night dramas on the major networks last night.

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

8 PM Show:
Supergirl (The CW) [NEW] – 1.3 million viewers

9 PM Shows:
NCIS: Los Angeles (CBS) [NEW] – 6.7 million viewers
Charmed (The CW) [NEW] – 890,000 viewers

10 PM Show:
Madam Secretary (CBS) [NEW] – 5.4 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:

5:30 PM:
The Post movie on HBO

6 PM:
Pearl of Paradise movie on Hallmark Channel (Encore)

6:03 PM:
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story movie on TNT

6:30 PM:
13 Going on 30 movie on Freeform

6:55 PM:
London Has Fallen movie on Syfy

7 PM:
Outlander on Starz (Encore)
Gourmet Detective Mysteries: A Healthy Place to Die movie on Hallmark Movies & Mysteries (Reair)

7:10 PM:
Dear John movie on Encore

8 PM:
Arrow on The CW (NEW)
Strike Back on Cinemax (Encore)
Berlin Station on EPIX (Encore)
Anything for Love movie on Hallmark Channel (Reair)
National Treasure movie on A&E
Hotel Transylvania 2 (animated) movie on FX

8:01 PM:
Counterpart on Starz (Encore)

8:50 PM:
Red Sparrow movie on Cinemax

9 PM:
Black Lightning on The CW (NEW)
The Passage on FOX (NEW)
I Am the Night on TNT (DEBUT)
Gourmet Detective Mysteries: Death Al Dente movie on Hallmark Movies & Mysteries (Reair)

9:50 PM:
True Detective on HBO (Encore)

10 PM:
Manifest on NBC (NEW)
The Dater’s Handbook movie on Hallmark Channel (Reair)
Terminator 2: Judgment Day movie on CMT
Hotel Transylvania 2 (animated) movie on FX

10:05 PM:
Road House movie on AMC

10:08 PM:
I Am the Night on TNT (Encore of DEBUT)

Enjoy!

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Hey All,

RENEWALS

Syfy has renewed The Magicians for a 5th season. (Variety)

Suits has been renewed for its 9th and final season by USA Network. (Variety)

WGN America has given the comedic procedural Carter a second season order. (The Futon Critic)

CBS has renewed the freshman dramas FBI and Magnum P.I. (Variety)

SERIES ORDER

The USA Network has given a series order to the anthology drama Briarpatch that will star Rosario Dawson. The first season is based on the Ross Thomas book that follows Allegra Dill (Dawson), a dogged investigator returning to her border-town Texas home after her sister is murdered. What begins as a search for a killer turns into an all-consuming fight to bring her corrupt hometown to its knees. The series also stars Jay R. Ferguson, Brian Geraghty and Edi Gathegi. (Variety)

CASTING NEWS

Actor Chandler Riggs (The Walking Dead) will appear in a multi-episode arc on A Million Little Things, playing PJ, a young man Rome (series regular Romany Malco) meets. Like Rome, PJ has had some dark days and their encounter proves meaningful to both of them in ways each of them doesn’t even fully realize at the time. (TV Line)

Actresses Marika Dominczyk and Christa Miller will both appear in the mid-season drama Whiskey Cavalier. Marika – who is married to series star Scott Foley – will play Martyna “Tina” Marek, a sexy, tough-as-nails mercenary who collides with Team Whiskey during a harrowing mission in Eastern Europe. Christa, wife of executive producer Bill Lawrence, will play Kelly Ashland, a close friend of Frankie’s (series lead Lauren Cohan) family who stepped in after the death of her parents. (Deadline and The Futon Critic)

The Fosters star Sherri Saum and 21 Jump Street alum Steven Williams have landed roles in the long-in-the-works comic book adaptation Locke & Key. Saum will play Ellie Whedon, a teacher at Matheson Academy who has a mysterious history with the Locke family while Williams will recur as Joe Ridgeway, an esteemed teacher at Matheson Academy who connects with the newly arrived Locke family. (Deadline, TV Line and The Futon Critic)

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:

5:20 PM:
Ocean’s 8 movie on HBO

5:30 PM:
Doctor Strange movie on TBS

6 PM:
Snowcoming movie on Hallmark Channel (Encore)
Downton Abbey on PBS (Reair)
Top Gun movie on CMT

6:29 PM:
Olympus Has Fallen movie on Syfy

7 PM:
Outlander on Starz (Encore)

7:50 PM:
Rio 2 (animated) movie on FXM

8 PM:
Supergirl on The CW (NEW)
Outlander on Starz (NEW – Season Finale)
Rent Live movie on FOX (DEBUT)
Victoria on PBS (Reair)
Love on the Sidelines movie on Hallmark Channel (Reair)
Deadpool movie on FX

8:30 PM:
Terminator 2: Judgment Day movie on CMT

9 PM:
Berlin Station on EPIX (NEW)
Valley of the Boom on National Geographic Channel (NEW)
Victoria on PBS (NEW)
Mystery 101 movie on Hallmark Movies & Mysteries (DEBUT)
Private Eyes on ION (Reair)
London Has Fallen movie on Syfy

9:45 PM:
Marley & Me movie on FXM

9:57 PM:
Outlander on Starz (Encore – Season Finale)

10 PM:
Valley of the Boom on National Geographic Channel (NEW)
Berlin Station on EPIX (Encore)
Falling for Vermont movie on Hallmark Channel (Reair)

10:15 PM:
The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo movie on TNT

11 PM:
Pure on WGN America (Encore)

Enjoy!

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