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Here is the list of the programming options to expect on TV this week, as the 2019-2020 Fall TV Season continues to roll out:

On October 1, the season finale of Pandora will air on The CW at 9 PM while that same night the second season premiere of the Facebook drama Sorry For Your Loss will air online.

SEAL Team will air its season premiere on CBS at 9 PM followed by the season premiere of S.W.A.T. on October 2 at 10 PM while that same night the new drama Almost Family will debut on FOX at 9:01 PM.

On October 4, the Amazon drama Goliath will premiere its third season online while that same day the streaming thriller Light As a Feather will premiere its second season online on Hulu. Also that same day, the new Netflix series Raising Dion will debut online while that same day the new Passionflix movie A Brother’s Honor will debut online.

Meanwhile on TV on October 4, The Blacklist will air its season premiere on NBC at 8 PM.

On October 5, the Hallmark Channel Fall Harvest movie Over the Moon in Love will debut at 9 PM, starring Jessica Lowndes and Wes Brown.

The new DC series Batwoman will debut on The CW on October 6 at 8 PM followed by the season premiere of Supergirl at 9 PM while that same night, the 10th season premiere of The Walking Dead will air on AMC at 9 PM. Also that night the season premiere of Mr. Robot will air on the USA Network at 10 PM while the 6th season premiere of Madam Secretary will also air that night on CBS at 10 PM.

Lastly, also on October 6, the new made-for-TV movie Matchmaker Mysteries: A Killer Engagement will debut on Hallmark Movies & Mysteries at 9 PM, starring Danica McKeller and Victor Webster.

Mark your calendars

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The new Netflix series Raising Dion will debut online on October 4.

A single mom (Alisha Wainwright from Shadowhunters) must hide her young son’s (Ja’Siah Young) superpowers to protect him from exploitation while investigating their origins and her husband’s death.

The cast includes Michael B. Jordan and Jason Ritter.

Here is a trailer for Raising Dion:

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Last night brought the first week of the 2019-2020 fall TV season to a close with more season premieres on the major networks as well as animation, reality, and of course, Sunday night football (which delayed programming on CBS).

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

8 PM Show (Delayed Due to Football):
God Friended Me (CBS) [Season Premiere] – 6.9 million viewers

9 PM Show (Delayed Due to Football):
NCIS: Los Angeles (CBS) [Season Premiere] – 5 million viewers

10 PM Show:
The Rookie (ABC) [Season Premiere] – 4.1 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:
A Knight’s Tale movie on BBC America

5:30 PM:
The Hitman’s Bodyguard movie on Syfy

5:55 PM:
Cast Away movie on AMC

6 PM:
Marrying Mr. Darcy movie on Hallmark Channel (Reair)
The Christmas Gift movie on Lifetime (Reair)

6:55 PM:
Justice League movie on HBO

7 PM:
Hailey Dean Mysteries: Death on Duty movie on Hallmark Movies & Mysteries (Encore)
Independence Day: Resurgence movie on FXM
The Outsiders movie on Sundance TV

8 PM:
9-1-1– on FOX (NEW)
Pennyworth on EPIX (Encore)
Under the Autumn Moon movie on Hallmark Channel (Encore)
The Flight Before Christmas movie on Lifetime (Reair)
The Patriot movie on BBC America
Dances With Wolves movie on TMC
Doctor Strange movie on TNT

9 PM:
All Rise on CBS (NEW)
Hailey Dean Mysteries: Killer Sentence movie on Hallmark Movies & Mysteries (Reair)
Me Before You movie on CMT
Monster, Inc. (animated) movie on Freeform
Veronica Mars movie on HBO2

9:01 PM:
Prodigal Son on FOX (NEW)

10 PM:
Love on a Limb movie on Hallmark Channel (Reair)

Enjoy!

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Hey All,

Here are the news items for this past week:

RENEWALS/CANCELLATIONS

Freeform has canceled Pretty Little Liars: The Perfectionists. (Variety)

Amazon has given the Stana Katic drama Absentia a third season renewal. (Deadline)

CASTING NEWS

The long-gestating drama The Gilded Age from Downton Abbey creator Julian Fellows has announced some of its cast. They include Christine Baranski, Cynthia Nixon and Amanda Peet. The series is set in the titular period of American history, beginning in 1882, centerting on young Marian Brook, the orphaned daughter of a Southern general, who moves into the home of her rigidly conventional aunts in New York City. Accompanied by the mysterious Peggy Scott, an African-American woman masquerading as her maid, Marian gets caught up in the dazzling lives of her stupendously rich neighbors, led by a ruthless railroad tycoon and his ambitious wife struggling for acceptance by the Astor and Vanderbilt set. Baranski will star as Agnes van Rhijn, a proud and stubborn aristocrat who will never accept that the world has changed, and that ancient values are being replaced by new ones. Nixon will play Ada Brook, another victim of the collapse of the old south, but unlike her sister Agnes, she never found a way to get out until it was too late, and she was forced back on her sister’s charity. Peet will appear as Bertha Russell, who comes from the ordinary middle-class. She backed her instincts when she set out to catch her husband George, the son of a merchant family who has proved to be a financial genius. She is determined to use her money and position to break into a society that resists change at every turn. (Variety)

Actress Ashley Scott will reprise her role of Helena Kyle aka Huntress from the short-lived series Birds of Prey in the upcoming Arrowverse “Crisis on Infinite Earth.” Also, actor Osric Chau (Supernatural) will recur as Ryan Choi, a physics professor at Ivy Town Universiry, who is a normal guy who comes to learn that he has a pivotal role to play in the crisis crossover. (TV Line and Deadline)

Actresses AnnaSophia Robb (The Act) and Alona Tal (SEAL Team) and actor Luke Bracey (Hacksaw Ridge) will appear in the flashback episode of the upcoming Hulu limited series Little Fires Everywhere, which is based on the best-selling book by Celeste Ng that will star Reese Witherspoon (as Elean Richardson) and Kerry Washington in a story that follows the intertwined fates of the picture-perfect Richardson family and an enigmatic mother and daughter who upend their lives. Robb will play a young Elena, a young mother with four children under four, who struggles to reassert control over her life after her youngest child is born. Tal portrays Young Linda, Elena’s best friend, who along with her husband Mark long for a child of their own while enduring heartbreaking loss and the grief of infertility. Bracey will play Jamie Caplan, Elena’s college boyfriend. (Deadline)

Actor Chuku Modu, who plays Dr. Gabriel Santiago (aka Xavier) on The 100, has been promoted to series regular for the show’s 7th and final season. Acto Chad Rook (Siren, Timeless, Supernatural and The Flash) has also joined the cast, recurrnng as Hatch, a charming Eligius convict who is determined to forge a better life for those he loves,” TVLine has learned exclusively. (Deadline)

MADE-FOR-TV MOVIE NEWS

Actor John Stamos and Graham Phillips (The Good Wife and Riverdale) have joined the cast of the upcoming ABC live musical The Little Mermaid Live with Stamos reprising his role as eccentric French cook Chef Lous while Phillips will play Prince Eric. (Variety)

SHOWS IN DEVELOPMENT

Actor Jared Padalecki (Supernatural) could soon be starring in a reboot of Walker, Texas Ranger, as CBS TV Studios is currently developing a new version of the long-running CBS series that starred Chuck Norris in the lead role. At this time no network is currently attached, but the the series would focus on Walker as he returns from years undercover. A widower and father of two, he begins fighting crime with a new partner, who is one of the only female Rangers in history. (Variety)

The CW is developing an Arrow spin-off that would focus on the crime-fighting team The Canaries that would star Katherine McNamara (Shadowhunters) as Mia Smoak and Arrow alums Katie Cassidy as Laurel Lance and Juliana Harkavy as Dinah Drake. The Canaries are a vigilante group operating in a future of Star City in which the city was overrun by an uprising by the denizens of the city known as The Glades. (Variety)

BOX OFFICE CASTING NEWS

Actress Kirby Howell-Baptiste (Hulu’s Veronica Mars) will join Emma Stone in the Disney live-action film Cruella, an origin story based on the classic 101 Dalmatians villian Cruella de Vil (Stone). Details on what character Howell-Baptiste has yet to be revealed. (Variety)

Jurassic Park alums Laura Dern, Jeff Goldblum and Sam Neill will reprise their roles in the third chapter of the Jurassic World franchise. (Variety)

Actor Aidan Turrner (The Hobbit, Being Human and Poldark) has joined the cast of the upcoming under-the-radar life of Christ movie The Last Planet. He will play Apostle Andrews. (Deadline)

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:

4 PM:
Braveheart movie on IFC

4:55 PM:
Iron Man movie on Freeform

5 PM:
Hacksaw Ridge movie on A&E

6 PM:
Love Under the Rainbow movie on Hallmark Channel (Encore)
The Incredibles (animated) movie on Disney
Zootopia (animated) movie on Disney
The Magnificent Seven (2016) movie on Syfy

6:20 PM:
13 Going on 30 movie on TMC

6:30 PM:
Downton Abbey on PBS (Reair)
Mission: Impossible – Fallout movie on EPIX

7:30 PM:
Atomic Blonde movie on FX

8 PM:
Chesapeake Shores on Hallmark Channel (NEW – Finale)
The Bourne Ultimatum movie on A&E
Broken Arrow movie on Cinemax
Road House movie on Sundance TV
Wonder Woman movie on TNT

8:30 PM:
God Friended Me on CBS (Season Premiere – Special Time)

9 PM:
Pennyworth on EPIX (NEW – Finale)
Poldark on PBS (Season Premiere – Final Season)
Ruby Herring Mysteries: Her Last Breath movie on Hallmark Movies & Mysteries (DEBUT)
Love, Of Course movie on Hallmark Channel (Reair)
The Terminator movie on Comet
The King’s Speech movie on Showtime 2
The Hitman’s Bodyguard movie on Syfy

9:30 PM:
NCIS: Los Angeles on CBS (Season Premiere)

10 PM:
The Rookie on ABC (Season Premiere)

Enjoy!

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Last night’s prime time line-up on the major networks was filled with comedies, news, reality and encores with CBS the only network airing premiere episodes of fall TV shows.

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

8 PM Show:
Hawaii Five-0 (CBS) [Season Premiere] – 6.8 million viewers

9 PM Show:
Magnum P.I. (CBS) [Season Premiere] – 6.4 million viewers

10 PM Show:
Blue Bloods (CBS) [Season Premiere] – 7.8 million viewers

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

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On October 2, the new drama Almost Family will debut on FOX at 9:01 PM.

An only child (Brittany Snow from the Pitch Perfect franchise) finds her life turned upside down when her father (Timothy Hutton from Leverage) reveals that, over the course of his prize-winning career as a pioneering fertility doctor, he used his own sperm to conceive upwards of a hundred children, including two new sisters (Megalyn Echikunwoke from The Following and 90210 and Emily Osment from Young & Hungry). As these three young women slowly embrace their new reality, they will attempt to form an untraditional bond as sisters, even as they must welcome a tidal wave of new siblings into their rapidly expanding family.

Here is a trailer for Almost Family:

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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:
The Incredibles (animated) movie on Freeform

5:30 PM:
Twister movie on AMC
Zero Dark Thirty movie on BBC America
Suicide Squad movie on TNT

6 PM:
How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days movie on HBO

6:02 PM:
The Prince of Persia: Sands of Time movie on Starz

7 PM:
Pennyworth on EPIX (Encore)

7:10 PM
Hidden Figures movie on FXM

8 PM:
Pearl Harbor movie on AMC
Iron Man movie on Freeform
Spider-Man: Homecoming movie on FX
Road House movie on IFC
The Dark Knight movie on TNT

9 PM:
The Help movie on Showtime

9:55 PM:
The Day After Tomorrow movie on Cinemax

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 October:

Joker
Opens: October 4

In 1981, Arthur Fleck (Joaquin Phoenix), a failed stand-up comedian, turns to a life of crime and chaos in Gotham City. The cast includes Robert De Niro, Zazie Beetz and Frances Conroy.

Lucy in the Sky
Opens: October 4

Astronaut Lucy Cola (Natalie Portman) returns to Earth after a lengthy space mission where she begins an affair with fellow astronaut Mark Goodwin (Jon Hamm). Due to her experience far from home, Lucy heads into a downward spiral as she loses connection to her family, and when her lover begins another affair with an astronaut trainee, the bottom drops out. The film also stars Zazie Beetz, Dan Stevens, Colman Domingo, Ellen Burstyn, Nick Offerman, Tig Notaro and Jeffrey Donovan.

The Addams Family
Opens: October 11

In this animated movie, the Addams family’s lives begin to unravel when they move to New Jersey and face-off against the 21st century and its greedy, arrogant and sly reality TV host Margaux Needler while also preparing for thei extended family to arrive for a major celebration. Voices will be provided by Oscar Isaac, Charlize Theron, Chloe Grace Moretz, Finn Wolfhard, Nick Kroll, Snopp Dogg, Bette Midler, Allison Janney, Elsie Fisher, Martin Short, Catherine O’Hara, Pom Klenentieff, Aimee Garcia, Tituss Burgess and Jenifer Lewis.

Gemini Man
Opens: October 11

Henry Brogan (Will Smith), an aging government assassin seeking to exit his career, finds himself going up against a younger clone of himself named Junior, who’s able to predict his every move. With no other choice, Henry must uncover the truth behind Junior’s creation and save him from going down the same dark path he did, all while fighting against a corrupt system determined to “retire” him at all costs. The cast includes Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Clive Owen and Benedict Wong.

Maleficent: Mistress of Evil
Opens: October 18

Five years after the first film, Maleficent’s (Angelina Jolie) peaceful life in the Moors takes an unexpected turn when Prince Phillip (Harris Dickinson) proposes to Aurora (Elle Fanning) and she accepts. Unbeknownst to all, Phillip’s mother, Queen Ingrith of Ulstead (Michelle Pfeiffer), plans to use the wedding to divide humans and fairies forever. With Maleficent and Aurora finding themselves on opposite sides of an impending war, the two question whether they can truly be a family. The film also stars Chiwetel Ejiofor, Ed Skrein, Imelda Stauton, Juno Temple, Lesley Manville, Warwick Davis and David Gyasi.

The Lighthouse
Opens: October 18

The film chronicles the gritty adventures of two lighthouse keepers as they are faced with loneliness, friendship and their worst fears, including how long it has been since they have been in the lighthouse. The movie stars Willem Dafoe and Robert Pattinson.

Black and Blue
Opens: October 23

New Orleans PD rookie Alicia West (Naomie Harris) captures the murder of a drug dealer on her body cam. What’s more disturbing is that the murder has been committed by her partner and a squad of dirty police officers (Frank Grillo, Reid Scott, Beau Knapp). Unable to get help from her former community or the police department she’s sworn to, West allies herself with a stranger named Milo (Tyrese Gibson) in an attempt to expose the murder while a local gang puts out a bounty on West’s life. The cast also includes Nafessa Williams and Mike Colter.

The Current War
Opens: October 23

The film presents the story of the “war of the currents” between electricity titans Thomas Edison (Benedict Cumberbatch), and partners George Westinghouse (Michael Shannon) and Nikola Tesla (Nicholas Hoult), which determined whose electrical system would power the modern world. Edison has decided on Direct Current (DC) but it is limited in range and is expensive. Westinghouse sets out to prove Alternating Current (AC) can work over longer distances at significantly lower cost. Edison and Westinghouse compete to get cities across the United States to use their system. Edison suggests that AC is dangerous and engages in a publicity war, while Westinghouse stands behind the technical merits of AC. As Edison struggles to find ways to make DC more affordable, Westinghouse attempts to get the high voltage AC system to work with motors. The competing systems come to a head as they both put forward proposals to illuminate the Chicago World’s Fair. The film also stars Katherine Waterston, Tom Holland, Tuppence Middleton and Matthew Macfadyen.

The Last Full Measure
Opens: October 23

Fifty-three years after his death, Airman William H. “Pits” Pitsenbarger, Jr. (Christopher Plummer) is awarded the nation’s highest military honor for his actions on the battlefield. The film also stars Sebastian Stan, William Hurt, Ed Harris, Zach Roerig, Samuel L. Jackson, Ser’Darius Blain, the late Peter Fonda, Jeremy Irvine, LisaGay Hamilton, Michael Imperioli, Diane Ladd, Amy Madigan, Linus Roache, Bradley Whitford and John Savage.

Frankie
Opens: October 23

Three generations grappling with a life-changing experience during one day of a vacation in Sintra, Portugal, a historic town known for its dense gardens and fairy-tale villas and palaces. The cast includes Isabelle Huppert, Greg Kinnear, Marisa Tomei, Jeremie Renier, Brendan Gleeson and Vinette Robinson.

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

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