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Here are the news items for the past week:

SERIES PICK-UPS/RENEWALS

Facebook is pushing its way into scripted programming. The latest project is called Five Points set on the South Side of Chicago, taking a look at high school students from five unique points of view. When a life changing event occurs, all of these different perspectives will be necessary to understand the truth. One of the executive producers will be Scandal star Kerry Washington and cast currently includes Hayley Kiyoko (CSI: Cyber) and model Madison Pettis. It will air on Watch, Facebook’s new platform for original shows. The series has a 10-episode order. (Variety)

The CBS summer drama Salvation has been given a second season order. (Variety)

CASTING NEWS

Three new series regulars have been added to the latest season of Doctor Who that will boast the first female doctor in actress Jodie Whittaker. Those include Bradley Walsh (Law & Order: UK and Coronation Street), Tosin Cole (Star Wars: The Force Awakens) and Mandip Gill (Hollyoaks). Season 11 will also consist of ten 50-minute episodes with a “feature-length” premiere. (TV Line)

Actress Marsha Thomason (White Collar) will have a guest starring role on ABC’s new medical drama The Good Doctor, playing Isabel Barnes, the wife of Marcus Barnes (Hill Harper), the head of surgery at San Jose St. Bonaventure Hospital. (Deadline)

Actor Ryan Potter (Big Hero 6) has been cast as a lead opposite Brenton Thwaites, Anna Diop and Teagan Croft in the new live-action series Titans, which is slated to premiere in 2018 as part of the slate of a new DC-branded direct-to-consumer digital service. Potter will play the series regular role of Garfield “Gar” Logan (aka Beast Boy). (Deadline)

Veteran actor Malcolm McDowell will guest star in an episode of Chicago Med as Dr. Jaffrey, a world-renowned heart surgeon who is the mentor of Dr. Rhodes’ new rival, Dr. Bekkar (Norma Kuhling). Chicago Med returns Tuesday, Nov. 21 at 10/9c on NBC. (TV Line and The Hollywood Reporter)

Actor Peter Facinelli (Supergirl) will have a recurring role on the upcoming drama S.W.A.T., playing Michael Plank, a confident, powerful businessman who also volunteers as a civilian police commissioner and head of the police board. S.W.A.T. will debut on November 2 on CBS. (TV Line and Deadline)

Actress Liv Tyler (Lord of the Rings franchise) has joined the Hulu streaming series Harlots for its upcoming second season. She will play Lady Isabella Fitzwilliam, the aristocratic social butterfly whose long-held secrets keep her in the thrall of Lydia Quigley (Lesley Manville). (The Hollywood Reporter)

TRAILER

Marvel Studios’ Black Panther – Official Trailer

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 PM:
Zero Dark Thirty movie on FXM

5:30 PM:
Jurassic World movie on FX

6 PM:
A Harvest Wedding movie on Hallmark Channel (Encore)
Unstoppable movie on IFC

6:30 PM:
Outlander on Starz (Reair)

7 PM:
A Bundle of Trouble: An Aurora Teagarden Mystery movie on Hallmark Movies & Mysteries (Reair)
Jack Reacher: Never Go Back movie on EPIX

8 PM:
Wisdom of the Crowd on CBS (NEW)
Durrells in Corfu on PBS (NEW)
Outlander on Starz (NEW – 74-Minute Extended Episode)
Good Witch: Spellbound movie on Hallmark Channel (DEBUT)
Taken 3 movie on FXX
I Am Number Four movie on TM

9 PM:
NCIS: Los Angeles on CBS (NEW)
Berlin Station on EPIX (NEW)
Poldark on Masterpiece on PBS (NEW)
Darrow & Darrow movie on Hallmark Movies & Mysteries (Encore)

9:16 PM:
Outlander on Starz (NEW – Encore – 74-Minute Extended Episode)

10 PM:
Ten Days in the Valley on ABC (NEW)

10:30 PM:
Taken 3 movie on FXX

10:32 PM:
Outlander on Starz (NEW – Encore – 74-Minute Extended Episode)

Enjoy!

It was a full night of programming on the major networks last night with all of the Friday night dramas airing new episodes.

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

8 PM Shows:
MacGyver (CBS) [NEW] – 6.8 million viewers
Once Upon a Time (ABC) [NEW] – 2.5 million viewers
Crazy Ex-Girlfriend (The CW) [NEW] – 637,000 viewers

9 PM Shows:
Hawaii Five-0 (CBS) [NEW] – 8.5 million
Marvel’s Inhumans (ABC) [NEW] – 2 million viewers
The Exorcist (FOX) [NEW] – 1.3 million
Jane the Virgin (The CW) [NEW] – 607,000 viewers

10 PM Show:
Blue Bloods (CBS) [NEW] – 8.9 million viewers

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

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:
Sweet Home Alabama movie on Bravo

5:40 PM:
Fences movie on EPIX

6:30 PM:
Guardians of the Galaxy movie on FX

6:53 PM:
National Treasure: Book of Secrets movie on Encore

7 PM:
Love Struck Café movie on Hallmark Channel (Encore)
NCIS on USA Network

8 PM:
The Watcher in the Woods movie on Lifetime (DEBUT)
NCIS: Los Angeles on CBS (Reair)
The Help movie on Bravo
Hotel Transylvania (animated) movie on FXX
The Avengers: Age of Ultron movie on TNT
NCIS on USA Network

8:30 PM:
Loving movie on HBO2

9 PM:
A Harvest Wedding movie on Hallmark Channel (DEBUT)
Jurassic World movie on FX
The Day After Tomorrow movie on Spike
NCIS on USA Network

10 PM:
xXx: The Return of Xander Cage movie on EPIX
NCIS on USA Network

Enjoy!

Nearly all of the Thursday night dramas aired new episodes on the major networks last night except one that was pre-empted for Halloween specials and one that aired a repeat episode.

Here is how the dramas that aired new episodes fared in the overall ratings last night:

8 PM Shows:
Gotham (FOX) [NEW] – 2.7 million viewers
Supernatural (The CW) [NEW] – 1.9 million viewers

9 PM Shows:
Scandal (ABC) [NEW] – 4.7 million viewers
Arrow (The CW) [NEW] – 1.5 million viewers

10 PM Shows:
Chicago Fire (NBC) [NEW] – 6.3 million viewers
How to Get Away With Murder (ABC) [NEW] – 3.6 million viewers

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

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:
Mean Girls movie on VH1

6 PM:
I Married Who? movie on Hallmark Movies & Mysteries (Reair)

6:23 PM:
The Firm movie on Encore

6:25 PM:
Sully movie on HBO2

6:30 PM:
Quantum of Solace movie on VICE

7 PM:
Concrete Evidence: A Fixer Upper Mystery movie on Hallmark Movies & Mysteries (Reair)

8 PM:
Once Upon a Time on ABC (NEW)
Love Blossoms movie on Hallmark Channel (Encore)
We Are Marshall movie on Lifetime

8:05 PM:
The Legend of Tarzan movie on Cinemax

8:35 PM:
Hidden Figures movie on HBO2

9 PM:
Jane the Virgin on The CW (NEW)
Hailey Dean Mystery: Dating is Murder movie on Hallmark Movies & Mysteries (Encore)
Sweet Home Alabama movie on Bravo
Crazy, Stupid, Love movie on VH1

9:01 PM:
Marvel’s Inhumans on ABC (NEW)

Enjoy!

It was another full night of shows on the major networks with all of the Wednesday night dramas airing new episodes.

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

8 PM Shows:
Empire (FOX) [NEW] – 5.5 million viewers
The Blacklist (NBC) [NEW] – 5.3 million viewers
Riverdale (The CW) [NEW] – 1.8 million viewers

9 PM Shows:
SEAL Team (CBS) [NEW] – 7 million viewers
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (NBC) [NEW] – 5.6 million viewers
Star (FOX) [NEW] – 4.3 million
Dynasty (The CW) [NEW] – 979,000 viewers

10 PM Shows:
Criminal Minds (CBS) [NEW] – 5.9 million viewers
Chicago P.D. (NBC) [NEW] – 5.7 million viewers
Designated Survivor (ABC) [NEW] – 4.4 million viewers

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