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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:
Beauty and the Beast movie on TNT

5:44 PM:
Spider-Man: Homecoming movie on Starz

5:55 PM:
Tomb Raider movie on HBO

6 PM:
Love to the Rescue movie on Hallmark Channel (Encore)

6:25 PM:
Zootopia (animated) movie on Freeform

6:30 PM:
Pretty Woman movie on AMC

7:30 PM:
The Help movie on Paramount Network

8 PM:
Ransom on CBS (NEW)
A Brush With Love movie on Hallmark Channel (DEBUT)
Gone on WGN America (Encore)
Iron Man 2 movie on EPIX
Suicide Squad movie on TNT

8:55 PM:
Moana (animated) movie on Freeform

9 PM:
9-1-1 on FOX (Encore)
Mystery 101 movie on Hallmark Movies & Mysteries (Encore)

10 PM:
Home By Spring movie on Hallmark Channel (Reair)
Captain America: The Winter Soldier movie on FX

10:03 PM:
Pretty Woman movie on AMC

Enjoy!

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It’s that time of year again with Wonder Con 2019 getting underway in Anaheim, California. Among the many panels that took place today the following were the TV shows and one big franchise film that were featured:

Dark Phoenix

The latest X-Men franchise film Dark Phoenix will open in theatres on June 7, but at today’s panel the audience got a sneak peek at 17 minutes of the movie.

Thanks to the folks at Syfy Wire, the two key scenes that were screened first found “the X-Men assemble and fly the Blackbird into the cosmos to rescue the crew of a space shuttle damaged by the Phoenix Force. At first all goes well, but Jean (Sophie Turner) accidentally gets left behind to absorb the Phoenix Force into her body.” And in the second sequence, “two teams of mutants — one led by Xavier and one by Magneto (Michael Fassbender) — assemble outside an apartment building on New York’s Central Park, where Jean Grey is holed up inside with the enigmatic alien character (Jessica Chastain).

Those on the panel include writer/director Simon Kinberg, producer Hutch Parker, and cast members Sophie Turner (Jean Grey), Tye Sheridan (Cyclops), Nicholas Hoult (Beast), Alexandra Shipp (Storm), Evan Peters (Quicksilver) and Kodi Smit-McPhee (Nightcrawler)

Marvel’s Cloak & Dagger

The panel for the Freeform series Marvel’s Cloak & Dagger, which returns for its second season on April 4, included cast members Olivia Holt (Tandy/Dagger), Aubrey Joseph (Ty/Cloak) and Emma Lahana (Bridget/Mayhem) as well as showrunner Joe Pokaski.

Check out an exclusive clip for the show courtesy of Syfy Wire:

The audience got to see a sneak peek of the entire season premiere that basically focused on how the three characters (Tandy, Ty and Bridget – aka Mayhem) are adjusting to the events of the Season 1 finale.

Legion

A clip from the upcoming third and final season of Legion, which will air on FX in June, was screened for the audience with executive producers Noah Hawley, John Cameron, Lauren Shuler Donner and Jeph Loeb on stage alongside cast members Dan Stevens, Rachel Keller, Aubrey Plaza, Navid Negahban, Jeremie Harris, Amber Midthunder and Lauren Tsai.

The following are excerpts from the folks at CBR.com:

Music plays an important role in the series. Hawley explained that for him, “so much of your experience actually happens through your ears. So much of this show is about setting your state of mind to understand the story.

Loeb shared, “every page of this show is a surprise. And we pride ourselves on making surprises. But Noah, as a filmmaker, is in a different league… what’s sort of remarkable is when you sit and talk with Noah… he’ll explain to you exactly what you’re going to see. It’s like someone trying to explain what a duck looks like if you’ve never seen a duck. And then you finally see it, and you go ‘oh, that’s it.’ This is kind of the end of this journey, and I’m hoping we can convince Noah to come back and do something else with Marvel.”

Discussing how David shifts and changes over the course of the series, Stevens said “We’re all sort of sharing in this wonderful experience, and I think that’s what this has been. An experience. It’s all about feeling the full experience. It’s not about focusing on one narrative or version of David, it’s about all of them fighting and living together.”

When asked about how they decided to end the series, Hawley revealed “The show opened with him at his lowest point, he goes to the hospital and meets a girl and he’s happy. And then he goes off his meds and things get out of hand. So we could either [have David] go back to a happy place, or he can go off the bottom of the map. And we decided that’s where to end the story, otherwise we start the loop again… it’s bittersweet, but a story has no meaning without it’s ending. The old paradigm of television is that major corporations don’t do a mic drop. There’s something special about the… story determining the ending.”

Here are just some of the cool cosplayers photographed at today’s event courtesy of Jeff Gritchen for the Orange County Register/SCNG:

Batman (Frank Miguel) and Superman (Peter Rourlaris)

Cheshire Cat Mashup (Nikki Skelton)

Dude Vader, an Egyptian version of a steam-punk samurai Vader (Christopher Canole)

Reverse Jack and Sally from Nightmare Before Christmas called “Sal and Jackie” (Miguel and Lucy Capuchino)

Group Photo of X-Men Meet-Up

Group Photo of Marvel Characters

Two Captain Marvel Cosplayers (Kelsey Endter, left and Courtney Baze, right)

Day Two of Wonder Con tomorrow…

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The Twilight Zone will air its series premiere on CBS All Access on April 1.

Jordan Peele will serve as host and narrator of the new series, a role made famous by creator Rod Serling, who used socially conscious storytelling to explore the human condition and culture of the times.

Here is a trailer for The Twilight Zone.

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Last night’s programming options on the major networks was top-heavy with repeats and basketball, but a few Thursday night dramas aired new episodes, including an early season finale.

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

8 PM Show:
Grey’s Anatomy (ABC) [NEW] – 7.3 million viewers

9 PM Shows:
Station 19 (ABC) [NEW] – 5.5 million viewers
Legacies (The CW) [NEW – Season Finale] – 937,000 viewers

10 PM Show:
For the People (ABC) [NEW] – 3 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:

NOTE: The small screen adaptation of the box office movie Hanna will debut online on Amazon.

4:55 PM:
Mrs. Doubtfire movie on AMC

5:30 PM:
Me Before You movie on Lifetime

5:50 PM:
The Kingsman: The Golden Circle movie on Cinemax

6 PM:
Love, Romance & Chocolate movie on Hallmark Channel (Encore)

7 PM:
Murder She Baked: The Plum Pudding Mystery movie on Hallmark Movies & Mysteries (Reair)
Men in Black movie on WGN America

8 PM:
The Blacklist on NBC (NEW)
Christmas in Evergreen: Letters to Santa on Hallmark Channel (Encore)
The Green Mile movie on AMC
X-Men: Apocalypse movie on FX
The Lucky One movie on Lifetime
Beauty and the Beast movie on TNT

8:13 PM:
Skyscraper movie on HBO

9 PM:
Proven Innocent on FOX (NEW)
The Blacklist on NBC (NEW)
Murder She Baked: A Deadly Recipe movie on Hallmark Movies & Mysteries (Reair)

10 PM:
Strike Back on Cinemax (NEW – Finale)
Flip That Romance movie on Hallmark Channel (Encore)

Enjoy!

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It was a full night of programming on the major networks last night with all of the Wednesday night dramas airing new episodes along with some repeats and reality.

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

8 PM Shows:
Chicago Med (NBC) [NEW] – 8 million viewers
Empire (FOX) [NEW] – 4 million viewers
Riverdale (The CW) [NEW] – 853,000 viewers

9 PM Shows:
Chicago Fire (NBC) [NEW] – 8.2 million viewers
Star (FOX) [NEW] – 3.2 million viewers
Jane the Virgin (The CW) [NEW – Season Premiere – Final Season] – 795,000 viewers

10 PM Shows:
Chicago P.D. (NBC) [NEW] – 7.1 million viewers
SEAL Team (CBS) [NEW] – 3.9 million viewers
Whiskey Cavalier (ABC) [NEW] – 2.9 million viewers

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

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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:

Shazam!
Opens: April 5

One year after Steppenwolf’s invasion in Justice League, troubled 14-year-old orphan Billy Baston (Asher Angel) is set to move in with the Vazquez family and their other five foster kids. One day, Billy gets on a subway car and finds himself transported to a different realm where an ancient wizard gives him the power to transform into a godlike adult superhero (played by Zachary Levi) by uttering the word “Shazam!” Billy and his new foster brother Freddy Freeman must discover Billy’s new powers and how to use them to prevent the villain Dr. Thaddeus Sivana (Mark Strong), who has powers of his own, from committing nefarious acts. The film also stars Jack Dylan Grazer and Djimon Hounsou.

Storm Boy
Opens: April 5

Based on the book, the film follows a young boy (Finn Little) growing up on largely uninhabited coastline of Southern Australia. He rescues three orphan pelicans and forms a close bond with the three. The cast includes Geoffrey Rush and Jai Courtney.

The Best of Enemies
Opens: April 5

The true story of the unlikely relationship between Ann Atwater (Taraji P. Henson), an outspoken civil rights activist, and C.P. Ellis (Sam Rockwell), a local Ku Klux Klan leader. During the racially charged summer of 1971, Atwater and Ellis come together to co-chair a community summit on the desegregation of schools in Durham, N.C. The ensuing debate and battle soon lead to surprising revelations that change both of their lives forever. The cast includes Anne Heche, Wes Bentley, Bruce McGill and Nick Searcy.

Fast Color
Open: April 12

A woman (Gugu Mbatha-Raw) is forced to go on the run when her superhuman abilities are discovered. Years after having abandoned her family, the only place she has left to hide is home. The film also stars Lorraine Toussaint, Saniyya Sidney and David Strathairn.

Hellboy
Opens: April 12

Hellboy (now played by David Harbour) and his closest allies battle an undead sorceress who has the intention of destroying the world. The film also stars Milla Jovovich, Ian McShane, Sasha Lane, Daniel Dae Kim and Thomas Haden Church.

Little
Opens: April 12

A woman (Regina Hall) is transformed into her younger self (Marsai Martin) at a point in her life when the pressures of adulthood become too much to bear. The cast includes Issa Rae and Justin Hartley.

Missing Link
Opens: April 12

This animated film focuses on myths and monsters investigator Sir Lionel Frost (voiced by Hugh Jackman), who sets off on an adventure to the Pacific Northwest to prove the existence of a legendary creature—Mr. Link (voice by Zach Galifianakis). Frost, who’s also looking to gain acceptance by his small-minded explorer peers, is accompanied on his journey by Adelina Fortnight (voice by Zoe Saldana), a free-spirited, independent adventurer who just so happens to possess the only known map to their secret destination of trying to find Link. Other voices will be provided by Emma Thompson, Stephen Fry and Timothy Olyphant.

Teen Spirit
Opens: April 12

Violet (Elle Fanning), a shy teenager living in a small European town, dreams of pop stardom as an escape from her dismal surroundings and shattered family life. With the help of an unlikely mentor, Violet enters an international singing competition that will test her integrity, talent, and ambition. The cast includes Rebecca Hall.

Breakthrough
Opens: April 17

John Smith (Marcel Ruiz) fell through ice on Lake St. Louis while playing with friends. He was put in a coma after being rescued by first responder Tommy Shine (Mike Colter). The film follows his parents Joyce (Chrissy Metz) and Brian (Josh Lucas), whose faith in God keeps their hope alive that John will pull through. The cast includes Topher Grace, Sam Trammel and Dennis Haysbert.

Little Woods
Opens: April 19

A modern Western that tells the story of two sisters, Ollie (Tessa Thompson) and Deb (Lily James), who are driven to work outside the law to better their lives. For years, Ollie has illicitly helped the struggling residents of her North Dakota oil boomtown access Canadian health care and medication. When the authorities catch on, she plans to abandon her crusade, only to be dragged in even deeper after a desperate plea for help from her sister. The film also stars Luke Kirby, James Badge Dale and Lance Reddick.

Avengers: Endgame
Opens: April 26

After half of all life in the universe was killed due to the actions of Thanos (Josh Brolin), the remaining Avengers – Tony Stark (Robert Downey, Jr.), Captain America (Chris Evans), Bruce Banner (Mark Ruffalo), Thor (Chris Hemsworth), Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson), Clint Barton (Jeremy Renner), James Rhodes (Don Cheadle), Scott Lang (Paul Rudd) and their allies must reassemble to revert those actions in one final stand. The large ensemble cast includes Brie Larson, Karen Gillan, Danai Gurira, Benedict Wong, Bradley Cooper, Tessa Thompson, Jon Favreau, Gwyneth Paltrow as well as expected appearances by Benedict Cumberbatch, Tom Holland, Chadwick Boseman, Paul Bettany, Elizabeth Olsen, Anthony Mackie, Sebastian Stan, Tom Hiddleston, Pom Klementieff, Dave Bautista, Zoe Saldana, Chris Pratt, Evangeline Lilly and Letitia Wright.

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

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