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

On July 29, the new HBO drama Years and Years will air its season finale at 9 PM.

The new Hulu streaming series Four Weddings and a Funeral will debut online on July 31. Four American friends — Maya (Nathalie Emmanuel from Game of Thrones), Craig (Brandon Mychal Smith from You’re the Worst), Ainsley (Rebecca Rittenhouse from Red Band Society) and Duffy (John Paul Reynolds from Stranger Things) — who reunite for a fabulous London wedding. But after a bombshell at the altar throws their lives into turmoil, they must weather a tumultuous year of romance and heartbreak. Relationships are forged and broken, political scandals exposed, London social life lampooned, love affairs ignited and doused, and of course, there are four weddings…and a funeral. The cast includes Ashley Madekwe (Revenge) and Tom Mison (Sleepy Hollow). Original cast member Andie MacDowell will also appear.

Also on July 31, a special one-hour special retrospective of Jane the Virgin will air on The CW at 8 PM followed by the series finale of the drama at 9 PM.

On August 1, the season finale of Strange Angel will air today on CBS All Access while that same night the series finale of iZombie will air on The CW at 8 PM; and also that night the summer finale of Siren will air on Freeform at 8 PM.

On August 2, the season finale of Swamp Thing will air on DC Universe; and that same night the two-hour season finale of Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. will air on ABC at 8 PM.

Also on August 2, the original telefilm Descendants 3 will debut on Disney at 8 PM. Mal (Dove Cameron) and her friends face their biggest challenge yet when an unfathomable dark force threatens the people of Auradon. The cast includes the late Cameron Boyce, Booboo Stewart, China Anne McClain and Mitchell Hope [among others].

The Hallmark Channel movie Love and Sunshine will debut on August 3 at 9 PM. Ally Craig (Danica McKellar) has been fostering retired military dog, Sunshine, as she recovers from a broken engagement. But sparks fly again when Sunshine’s military partner, Jake Terry (Mark Deklin) returns to claim the dog.

On August 3, the Lifetime movie V.C. Andrews’ Heaven Casteel Saga: Dark Angel will debut at 8 PM. This film picks up directly after Heaven (Annalise Basso) finds a new life in her estranged grandmother and grandfather, Jillian (Kelly Rutherford) and Tony Tatterton’s (Jason Priestley) exquisite Boston mansion, Farthinggale Manor. But even in the world of wealthy, there are strange forebodings, secrets best forgotten. As Heaven reaches out for love, she is slowly ensnared in a sinister web of cruel deceits.

The final season of Preacher will premiere on AMC on August 4 at the special time of 9 PM followed by a second episode at its regular timeslot of 10 PM. Meanwhile, that same night the season finale of Euphoria will air at 10 PM on HBO; and also that night Perpetual Grace, LTD will air its season finale on EPIX at 10 PM.

Also, lastly on August 4, the Hallmark Movies & Mysteries telefilm Aurora Teagarden Mysteries: A Game of Cat and Mouse will debut at 9 PM. When someone begins taunting Aurora Teagarden (Candace Cameron Bure) with cryptic clues left at crime scenes, the librarian-turned-crime buff attempts to figure out who is behind the creepy “game.” But when the people closest to Aurora become targets, the game takes on a much more dangerous edge as it points to a planned murder. Aurora’s blossoming relationship with Professor Nick Miller (Niall Matter) might be the source of jealousy that is driving the crime spree, Aurora must be especially careful not to become the next victim. The film also co-stars Marilu Henner.

Mark your calendars!

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It was another night filled with repeats, reality and game shows on the major networks with only one Sunday night drama airing a new episode.

Here is how that lone Sunday night drama fared in the overall ratings:

9 PM Show:
Instinct (CBS) [NEW] – 3.4 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:

6 PM:
Love on Safari movie on Hallmark Channel (Reair)
The Italian Job movie on Showtime

7 PM:
Mrs. Doubtfire movie on CMT
Logan movie on FX
X-Men: First Class movie on WGN America

7:30 PM:
The Rook on Starz (Encore)

7:45 PM:
Pennyworth on EPIX (Encore)

8 PM:
Jett on Cinemax (Encore)
Eat, Play, Love movie on Hallmark Channel (Reair)
Remember the Titans movie on TNT

9 PM:
Years and Years on HBO (NEW)
The 15:17 to Paris movie on HBO2

9:30 PM:
The English Patient movie on TMC

10 PM:
Deep State on EPIX (Encore)
School of Rock movie on CMT

10:01 PM:
Grand Hotel on ABC (NEW)

10:30 PM:
Years and Years on HBO2 (Encore)

Enjoy!

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Hi All,

RENEWALS/CANCELLATIONS

The Handmaid’s Tale has been renewed for a 4th season by Hulu. (TV Line)

Netflix has cancelled Designated Survivor with four seasons under its belt after rescuing it from ABC. (Variety)

Animal Kingdom has been renewed for its fifth season by TNT. (TV Line)

TV Land has given Younger a 7th season renewal. (The Hollywood Reporter)

Amazon has renewed both the new drama Carnival Row for a second season before its debut on July 30 as well as a fifth season for The Expanse. (Variety)

Amazon has cancelled the cop drama Too Old to Die and the anthology drama The Romanoffs. (TV Line)

TV NEWS

Netflix has given the final season order of Lucifer 6 more hours, bringing the season total to 16 episodes. (Deadline)

The Droughtlander will continue with Starz announcing that Outlander will not be back with its fifth season until early 2020. (Deadline)

NEW SHOW ANNOUNCEMENT

Starz will have a spin-off to their drama Power, which ends after this current season. Power Book 2: Ghost will continue the journey of the show’s most controversial characters, and will feature Mary J. Blige. (Variety)

MOVIE CASTING NEWS

Actor Jason Dohring (Veronica Mars) has landed a lead role in the ensemble indie film You Are Here with Lea Thompson (Switched at Birth), William Baldwin (Netflix’s Northern Rescue), Anna Popplewell (The Chronicles of Narnia franchise) [among others], which is about a dying young man who clashes with his dysfunctional family when his attempts to bring them closer together over one weekend – reveal how truly estranged they are from one another. (Deadline)

Actress Auli’i Cravalho (the voice of Disney’s Moana) has landed the lead role in the Netflix film Sorta Like A Rock Star about a teenage girl who, despite difficult circumstances, is preternaturally optimistic about the world and her place in it. She often helps those around her, resulting in powerful bonds with a disparate group of outsiders in her community, until she faces a devastating loss and can no longer ignore the challenges in her own life. The movie is based off Matthew Quick’s novel of the same name. (Deadline)

TV CASTING NEWS

Veteran actor Jeff Bridges will star in the newly ordered FX drama The Old Man, based on the best-selling novel by Thomas Perry, centering on Dan Chase (Bridges), who absconded from the CIA decades ago and has been living off the grid since. When an assassin arrives and tries to take Chase out, the old operative learns that to ensure his future he now must reconcile his past. (Variety)

Actress Julee Cerda (The Loudest Voice) will have a recurring role in Blindspot, playing Ivy Sands, but further character details are being kept under wraps. (Deadline)

Actor Keir O’Donnell (Sun Records and Ray Donovan) has landed a recurring role in the History Channel drama Project Blue Book. He will play Even William Blake, a charmingly eccentric alien enthusiast with a religious dedication to his weekly U.F.O meetings. He takes a liking to Hynek and, thanks to his encyclopedic knowledge of everything extraterrestrial, quickly becomes friend, confidant, and premier informer to Project Blue Book’s best behind-the-scenes agent. (Deadline)

Actor Steven Pasquale (Rescue Me) has taken over the role, played by David Denman, in the new FOX drama Filthy Rich, starring opposite Kim Cattrall. The series is a southern Gothic family drama in which wealth, power and religion collide – with outrageously soapy results. When the patriarch of a mega-rich Southern family, famed for creating a wildly successful Christian television network, dies in a plane crash, his wife and family are stunned to learn that he fathered three illegitimate children, all of whom are written into his will, threatening their family name and fortune. Pasquale will play Reverend Paul Luke Thomas, the beloved, popular, influential and ambitious minister at the Sunshine Network. (Deadline)

Actress Afton Williamson will not be returning for the second season of The Rookie on ABC in the fall. She played TO Talia Bishop. (TV Line)

TV MOVIE NEWS

Actress Sofia Carson (Disney’s Descendants franchise and Freeform’s PLL: The Perfectionists) will star in the Netflix dance film Feel the Beat that will follow April (Carson), who, after failing to find success on Broadway, returns to her small hometown and reluctantly is recruited to train a misfit group of young dancers for a big competition. The cast will include Enrico Colantoni (Veronica Mars), Wolfgang Novogratz (Sierra Burgess Is a Loser) and Donna Lynne Champlin (Crazy Ex-Girlfriend) [among others]. (Deadline)

That’s it. Enjoy!

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Based on information provided by the Box Office Mojo and some internet research, here are a few of the movies you can expect to see in the movie theatres in August:

After the Wedding
Opens: August 9

Isabel (Michelle Williams), a co-founder of an orphanage in Kolkata, India travels to New York to meet a potential benefactor, Theresa (Julianne Moore). Despite her frustration by the need to justify a charitable donation, she agrees to the meeting, which falls a day before the wedding of Theresa’s daughter Grace (Abby Quinn). Isabel is unexpectedly invited to the wedding and the events that ensue force her to confront decisions she made 20 years ago as well as a man (Billy Crudup) from her past, who turns up to be Theresa’s husband. The movie also stars Will Chase.

Brian Banks
Opens: August 9

The inspirational true story of Brian Banks (Aldis Hodge), an all-American high school football star who finds his life upended when he’s wrongly convicted of a crime he didn’t commit. Despite the lack of evidence, Banks gets railroaded through a broken justice system and sentenced to a decade of prison and probation. Years later, with the support of Justin Brooks (Greg Kinnear) and the California Innocence Project, Banks fights to reclaim his life and fulfill his dreams of playing in the NFL. The movie also stars Melanie Liburd (This Is Us), Tiffany Dupont (Proven Innocent) and Sherri Shepherd (Trial and Error).

Dora and the Lost City of Gold
Opens: August 9

Having spent most of her life exploring the jungle, nothing could prepare Dora (Isabela Moner) for her most dangerous adventure yet — high school. Accompanied by a ragtag group of teens and Boots the monkey, Dora embarks on a quest to save her parents while trying to solve the seemingly impossible mystery behind a lost Incan civilization. Michael Pena and Eva Longoria play Dora’s parents; Danny Trejo provide the voice of Boots the Monkey

Ode to Joy
Opens: August 9

A man’s narcolepsy (Martin Freeman) is activated when he’s happy, so he must find new ways to not feel joy. This becomes especially problematic when he falls in love. The cast includes Morena Baccarin (Gotham and Homeland), Melissa Rauch (The Big Bang Theory) and Jake Lacey (Fosse/Verdon).

The Art of Racing in the Rain
Opens: August 9

Denny Swift (Milo Ventimiglia from This Is Us) is a Formula One race car driver who understands that the techniques needed on the racetrack can also be used to successfully navigate everyday life. Besides his career, Denny has three loves of his life — his beautiful wife Eve (Amanda Seyfried), their young daughter and his best friend, which is a dog (voiced by Kevin Costner) that wants to be reincarnated into a human. The cast includes Kathy Baker, Martin Donovan and Gary Cole.

The Kitchen
Opens: August 9

Based on the Vertigo comic Book series, Melissa McCarthy, Tiffany Haddish and Elisabeth Moss star as three 1978 Hell’s Kitchen housewives whose mobster husbands are sent to prison by the FBI. Left with little but a sharp ax to grind, the ladies take the Irish mafia’s matters into their own hands, proving unexpectedly adept at everything from running the rackets to literally taking out the competition. The cast includes Domhnall Gleason, Margo Martindale, Common, James Badge Dale, Alicia Coppola and Brian d’Arcy James.

The Angry Birds Movie 2
Opens: August 14

Red (voiced by Jason Sudeikis), Chuck (voiced by Josh Gad), Bomb (voiced by Danny McBride) and the rest of their feathered friends are surprised when a green pig suggests that they put aside their differences and unite to fight a common threat. Aggressive birds from an island covered in ice are planning to use an elaborate weapon to destroy the fowl and swine way of life. After picking their best and brightest, the birds and pigs come up with a scheme to infiltrate the island, deactivate the device and return to their respective paradises intact. Other voices will be provided by Leslie Jones, Bill Hader, Rachel Bloom, Awkwafina, Sterling K. Brown, Peter Dinklage, Dove Cameron, Nicki Minaj, Brooklynn Prince, Maya Rudolph and Tiffany Haddish.

Blinded By the Light
Opens: August 16

Javed (Viveik Kalra) is a British teen of Pakistani descent growing up in 1987 England. Amidst the racial and economic turmoil of the times, he writes poetry as a means to escape the intolerance of his hometown and the inflexibility of his traditional father. But when a classmate introduces him to the music of Bruce Springsteen, Javed sees parallels to his working-class life in the powerful lyrics. As Javed discovers an outlet for his own pent-up dreams, he also begins to express himself in his own voice. The movie co-stars Hayley Atwell.

Where’d You Go, Bernadette
Opens: August 16

Bernadette Fox (Cate Blanchett) seems to have it all — a beautiful home, a loving husband and a brilliant teenage daughter. When Bernadette suddenly disappears, her concerned family sets off on an exciting adventure to solve the mystery of where she might have gone. The cast includes Billy Crudup, Kristen Wigg, Judy Greer, Troian Bellisario (Pretty Little Liars) and Claudia Doumit (Timeless).

Angel Has Fallen
Opens: August 23

Authorities take Secret Service agent Mike Banning (Gerard Butler) into custody for the failed assassination attempt of U.S. President Allan Trumbull (Morgan Freeman). After escaping from his captors, Banning must evade the FBI and his own agency to find the real threat to the president. Desperate to uncover the truth, he soon turns to unlikely allies to help clear his name and save the country from imminent danger. The cast includes Danny Huston, Michael Landes, Tim Blake Nelson, Nick Nolte, Piper Perabo (who takes over the role formerly played by Radha Mitchell), Jada Pinkett Smith and Lance Reddick.

Killerman
Opens: August 30

Moe Diamond (Liam Hemsworth) is a New York City money launderer who wakes up with no memory and millions of dollars in stolen cash and drugs. He must soon scour the streets in search of answers while trying to dodge a crew of violent and crooked cops.

Playmobil: The Movie
Opens: August 30 THIS FILM HAS BEEN MOVED TO DECEMBER 6

This animated action-adventure follows what happens when a top-secret organization causes citizens from different lands to vanish from thin air. The dashing and charismatic secret agent Rex Dasher (Daniel Radcliffe) must partner with smooth-talking food truck driver Del (Jim Gaffigan) and Marla (Anya Taylor-Joy) a smart, savvy civilian with her own secret agenda, to rescue them. Against unthinkable odds, the trio go on a fantastic journey across stunning new worlds as they gather clues for their rescue mission. Other voices will be provided by Adam Lambert, Kenan Thompson, Meghan Trainor and Wendi McLendon-Covey.

Movies coming out in September will be posted at the end of August.

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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:
Captain America: The Winter Solider movie on USA Network

5:30 PM:
Fantastic Beast: The Crimes of Grindelwald movie on HBO2

6 PM:
Reunited at Christmas movie on Hallmark Channel (Reair)
Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement movie on CMT

6:30 PM:
Downton Abbey on PBS (Reair)
Twister movie on Syfy
Suicide Squad movie on TNT

7 PM:
The Fate of the Furious movie on FX

7:04 PM:
The Rook on Starz (Encore)

8 PM:
Good Witch on Hallmark Channel (NEW)
The Rook on Starz (NEW)
Pandora on The CW (Encore)
Mystery 101: Playing Dead movie on Hallmark Movies & Mysteries (Encore)
Poldark on PBS (Reair)
Columbiana movie on IFC

9 PM:
Instinct on CBS (NEW)
Pennyworth on EPIX (DEBUT)
Grantchester on PBS (NEW)
Pandora on The CW (Encore)
San Andreas movie on Syfy

9:26 PM:
The Rook on Starz (Encore)

10 PM:
V.C. Andrews’ Heaven movie on Lifetime (Encore)
New Amsterdam on NBC (Reair)

10:30 PM:
Columbiana movie on IFC

Enjoy!

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The viewing options on the major networks last night was filled with reality, news and repeats with only one Friday night drama airing a new episode.

Here is how that lone Friday night drama fared in the overall ratings:

8 PM Show:
Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (ABC) [NEW] – 2.2 million viewers

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

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