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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 second season of Jessica Jones will air on Netflix while the new streaming series The Oath will debut on Crackle.

5 PM:
Open Range movie on AMC

6:55 PM:
Sweet Home Alabama movie on FXM

7 PM:
Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows movie on BBC America
True Lies movie on Vice
Psych on Hallmark Movies & Mysteries
NCIS on Oxygen

7:10 PM:
Dear John movie on Encore

8 PM:
Supernatural on The CW (NEW)
Gotham on FOX (NEW)
Beyond on Freeform (NEW)
Watchmen movie on Cinemax
Psych on Hallmark Movies & Mysteries
NCIS on Oxygen

9 PM:
Arrow on The CW (NEW)
Along Came a Nanny movie on Hallmark Movies & Mysteries (Reair)
Footloose (original) movie on Encore
True Lies movie on Vice
NCIS on Oxygen

9:01 PM:
Miss Congeniality movie on Freeform

10 PM:
S.W.A.T. on CBS (NEW)
NCIS on Oxygen

Enjoy!

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The next film in the Jesse Stone franchise, Jesse Stone: Benefit of the Doubt, will debut on CBS at 9 PM on May 20.

Jesse (Tom Selleck) finds himself struggling to get his job back as the Paradise police chief, and he is forced to rely on his cop intuition to sort through a maze of misleading clues and hidden meanings as he attempts to solve a shocking and horrifying mob-related double homicide. The cast includes Kathy Baker, Kohl Sudduth, Stephen McHattie, William Devane, Gloria Reuben, Saul Rubinek and Robert Carradine.

Here is a trailer for Jesse Stone: Benefit of the Doubt.

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A Smile as Big as the Moon

The Hallmark Hall of Fame movie A Smile as Big as the Moon will debut on ABC at 9 PM on January 29.

John Corbett (Sex and the City and Northern Exposure) stars as a high school football coach and special-education teacher who worked to achieve an impossible dream — to take a class of special-education students to NASA’s Space Camp.

The cast includes Jessy Schram (Falling Skies) and Cynthia Watros (Lost).

Here is a trailer for A Smile as Big as the Moon.

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The folks over at TVOvermind posted a very interesting list today that I just had to share. It seems they wrote an article about what the recent TV Guide cover poll taught readers about online fandoms – you can read that article here – and in light of that article a university student named Lethia Williams wanted to see if she could determine which show’s online fandom was the most passionate.

With the help of David Lemmons, a survey was put together and examined. From the 3,562 surveys in the study, coming from every continent around the world except for Antarctica, and from fans of more than 65 shows on each of the big networks and cable channels (and with 3,284 surveys being considered complete and valid), here are the results of the shows with the strongest online fandom:

1. Supernatural
2. Castle
3. Smallville
4. Community
5. Hawaii Five-0
6. Chuck
7. Bones
8. Leverage
9. The Vampire Diaries
10. Fringe
11. Burn Notice
12. Glee
13. Mad Men

Please visit here to read the rest of the TVOvermind article that discusses the outcome of this poll. You just might be surprised by what they discovered.

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Did you attend any of the 2011 PaleyFest events? If so, you may have seen or heard about the PaleyFest-inspired posters that were made for a number of this year’s panels.

You can see the posters and find out how to order a copy for your own collection here.

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Thanks to the folks at Blastr for highlighting this great YouTube video mashup for Doctor Who done by a fan is – in their words – “like getting wonderful geek chocolate stuck in amazing nerd peanut butter”.

The fan – known as Punkocarp on YouTube created this mashup of clips from Doctor Who set to the theme music for Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Think of it as “a greatest hits reel” of Matt Smith‘s Doctor—along with Amy Pond, River Song and Rory—in action.

Reminder: Doctor Who is back on America TV via BBC America on April 23.

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Pretty Little Liars

ABC Family is offering fans the chance to have extra video sneak peeks of upcoming episodes of Pretty Little Liars sent directly to their phones. All you have to do is text “SECRETS” to 21534 or visit here to sign up for the exclusive insider texts.

The sneak peeks will be sent out to all mobile subscribers every Tuesday. To learn more about receiving the insider texts or get more information on Pretty Little Liars, please visit ABC Family.

An all new episode of the show will air this Monday, February 7 at 8 PM on ABC Family.

Thanks to the folks over at Zap2It for the details and for the great new promo of the cast as shown to the left.

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Over the last week or so, there were some interesting searches made by visitors to the site and I wanted to share details based on those questions.

A number of readers asked questions about some of the cast for the recently aired Hallmark Channel movie “Backyard Wedding,” which starred Alicia Witt, as a soon-to-be-doctor who was getting married in the backyard of her family’s home. The actor who played her brother was portrayed by Brad Beyer, who viewers will remember as Stanley Richmond on the short-lived series Jericho. And, the actor who played Evan Slauson – the romantic lead in the movie – was Teddy Sears, who appeared in the short-lived series Raising the Bar and can be seen in the CBS series The Defenders.

There was also a question about the new guy on the Canadian series Being Erica, which just started airing new episodes this past Wednesday on SOAPnet. The actor’s name is Adam Fergus and is a relative newcomer with credits in a couple of little unknown films and some small appearances in a couple of European TV shows. His role on Being Erica can easily be considered his first real, big break on TV.

Some readers were interested in the status of the Cartoon Network shows Tower Prep and Unnatural History. Sadly, I have to report that Unnatural History has not been renewed and the 13 episodes that aired earlier this year will be the only episodes ever. Meanwhile, the fate of Tower Prep is still up in the air as an official announcement has yet to be made about the show’s future. But, if the show’s ratings are any indication, there is a good possibility it will not returned simply because the ratings for Tower Prep aren’t any higher than Unnatural History.

For those TV viewers in the US who are interested in seeing the Canadian series Lost Girl, you can see all of the episodes here. Please know that Lost Girl does not have a US distributor so it cannot be seen on any American channel; but it will return for a second season on the Canadian channel Showcase sometime this fall.

As always, if you have an entertainment news related question, please feel free to ask and I’ll do my best to answer.

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The following are a number of TV related tidbits that have come up over the last couple of weeks that I wanted to share with all of you just in case you weren’t aware:

1. AMC has not renewed their conspiracy drama Rubicon for a second season. I can’t really say I’m surprised by this news as the show struggled every week to garner more than 1 million viewers each week and, unfortunately, it was the slowest moving conspiracy-laced story I have ever seen.

2. Castle received an order for 2 more scripts, bringing their episode total up to 24 for this TV season.

3. After airing only two episodes, which garnered 5.3 and 4.7 million viewers respectively, AMC has picked up The Walking Dead for a second season, ordering 13 episodes this time around. The current season only contains six episodes.

4. If you live in Canada and receive the Showcase channel, you just might want to check out the new show Lost Girl that debuted back in September. It’s getting enough buzz that despite it not airing here in the States it is on my radar. I hope that much like Being Erica is airing here in America thanks to SoapNet that one of the cable providers will pick Lost Girl up so the US audience can see what all the talk is about. In short the series is about a young woman named Bo (Anna Silk from Being Erica) who is a succubus. She grew up in an adopted human family, unaware of her non-human nature or the existence of the “Fae” (supernatural beings) world. Along the way to learning more about who she really is, she ends up with a werewolf boyfriend (of sorts), who also happens to be a police detective (Kris Holden-Reid from The Tudors and The Bridge) and a human sidekick named Kenzi (Ksenia Solo from Life Unexpected). You can find out more about the series here or if you live in Canada you can visit the show’s official website here. Note: The content on this website is not currently available in the US so navigating on the site is extremely limited.

5. If you are looking answers to the Pretty Little Liars Secret Seekers, I am sorry, but I cannot help you. You will have to follow the clues that are given at the ABC Family website here and try your hand at figuring out the clues.

6. The ratings for the 3-part mini-series Sherlock that recently aired on PBS have been as elusive as some of the criminals Sherlock and Watson were tailing. I’ve done as much research as I can to find those details, but they simply have not been posted.

7. The results of the fan voting for the TV Guide cover for December 13 is being kept under lock and key by the folks at TV Guide. The winning cover will not be released until that issue hits newsstands. Be patient and wait for any spoilers that the folks at TV Guide might reveal.

8. Please don’t forget to check out new installments of, or get caught up on the whole web series, Riese: Kingdom Falling on Tuesday and Thursdays. You can watch the episodes here. If the series receives a sizeable amount of views, the network just MIGHT allow it to be picked up as a regular series much the same way Sanctuary was taken from a web series to a weekly TV series.

9. Despite still being touted as the number one new show of the fall, the CBS series (and remake of the classic) Hawaii Five-0 has slowly started to lose its number one status to its closest competitor: Blue Bloods. If the ratings for each of these shows are reviewed closely, Blue Bloods has beaten Hawaii Five-0 in nearly all of the last five airings. It is not a clear-cut victory, as the numbers are very close, but Blue Bloods is slowly encroaching on the number one title held by Hawaii Five-0.

If you have any questions regarding TV, please drop me a line.

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TV Tidbits

The following are some TV tidbits that I wanted to share:

1. The Gates will NOT be back on ABC for another season. It has officially been canceled.

Tower Prep Cast

2. If you haven’t done so already, please check out the new Cartoon Network live-action series Tower Prep, which airs on Tuesday nights at 8 PM. It’s the network’s second live-action series (the first being the recently completed Unnatural History) that tells the story of a rebellious teenager, Ian, who wakes up in a mysterious prep school with no idea how he got there or where the school is located. The school is focused on finding the “unique potential” of each student; but with the help of new-found friends C.J., Gabe and Suki, they investigate the mysteries of the school while trying to escape.

3. Quite a number of shows have been given full season orders by their respective networks, but the new ABC series The Whole Truth has been canceled; however, the episodes that have been filmed are to be still air (at least for now). Meanwhile, Undercovers on NBC is still in jeopardy. The returning shows that are in trouble include Life Unexpected on the CW, Parenthood on NBC and The Good Guys on FOX.

4. Don’t forget to make your vote count for any of the six shows (Bones, Castle, Chuck, Smallville, Supernatural or How I Met Your Mother) that are being considered for the cover of an upcoming issue of TV Guide. You can make your vote here.

5. If you haven’t checked out the 3-part mini-series Sherlock on PBS, it’s not too late – parts 2 and 3 will air on PBS this coming Sunday and next Sunday. Check your local listings for airtime and channel. Also, another terrific and compelling 6-part mini-series worth checking out is Luther, airing on BBC America. This Sunday will be episode 3 of the new, popular British series. Again, check your local listings for airtime and channel.

Gigantic Cast

6. Ever wonder what it’s like to live in Los Angeles as part of a famous Hollywood family. Here is your chance to watch the new half-hour series Gigantic that looks inside this world. The series airs on Teen Nick on Friday nights, stars Grace Gummer (Meryl Streep’s daughter), Gia Mantegna (Joe Mantegna’s daughter), Jolene Purdy (from 10 Things I Hate About You, the TV series) and Malcolm David Kelly (from Lost) as well as Helen Slater (Supergirl herself), Patrick Fabian (Joan of Arcadia and Veronica Mars) and Emma Caulfield (Buffy). It is also a series brought to television by Marti Noxon (of Buffy and Angel fame).

7. If you have DirecTV, make sure you start tuning in for the fifth and final season of Friday Night Lights, which returns on October 27. Check your local listings for time.

Enjoy!

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