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

The new NBC drama Ironside will debut on October 2 at 10 PM. In the gritty world of the NYPD, no one’s tougher than Det. Robert Ironside (Blair Underwood); he’s a fearless cop who won’t stop until the guilty are brought to justice. He and his trusted, handpicked team of specialists, including Virgil (Pablo Schreiber), Holly (Spencer Grammer) and Teddy (Neal Bledsoe) as well as his former partner Gary (Brent Sexton) and boss Det. Ed Rollins (Kenneth Choi), will do whatever it takes to solve New York’s most difficult and notorious crimes. As a detective, Ironside’s instincts are second to none, and those around him have to stay on their toes if they want to keep up because when his spine was shattered by a bullet two years ago, Ironside swore he’d never let a wheelchair slow him down.

That same night, The CW will air a special “Arrow: Year One” at 8 PM.

On October 3, the darkly humorous half-hour BBC series A Young Doctor’s Notebook will debut on Ovation at 8 PM. Based on the book by Mikhail Bulgakov, this series focuses on the experiences of a newly graduated young doctor (Daniel Radcliffe from the Harry Potter franchise) who lands a post at a small hospital in a remote village during the Russian Revolution. The story is told through the eyes of the doctor’s older, opiate-addicted self (Jon Hamm) as he narrates the action from his own notebooks.

Also on October 3, The Vampire Diaries will air its season premiere on The CW at 8 PM followed by the debut of its spin-off series The Originals at 9 PM. The spin-off centers on the Mikaelson siblings, otherwise known as the world’s original vampires: Klaus (Joseph Morgan), Elijah (Daniel Gillies) and Rebekah (Claire Holt). Werewolf Hayley (Phoebe Tonkin) is pregnant with Klaus’ child; and now Klaus must take down his protégé, Marcel (Charles Michael Davis), who is now in charge of New Orleans, in order to re-take his city, as he originally built New Orleans.

The recap special “Scandal: The Secret Is Out” will lead off the night on ABC at 8 PM followed by a new Grey’s Anatomy at 9 PM and then the season premiere of Scandal at 10 PM.

Then on October 5, the HBO TV Film Muhammad Ali’s Greatest Fight will debut at 8 PM. The film goes behind the closed doors of the United States Supreme Court as its nine justices – Chief Justice Warren E. Burger (Frank Langella), Hugo Black (Fritz Weaver), William O. Douglas (Harris Yulin), John Harlan II (Christopher Plummer), William Brennan, Jr. (Peter Gerety), Potter Stewart (Barry Levinson), Byron “Whizzer” White (John Bedford Lloyd), Thurgood Marshall (Danny Glover) and Harry Blackmun (Ed Begley, Jr.) – decide the outcome of Muhammad Ali’s landmark appeal. Justice Harlan, a respected jurist with 15 years on the Court, finds himself at odds with the Court’s status quo after his perspective is challenged by the contemporary ideals of his new clerk, Kevin Connolly (Benjamin Walker).

That same night over on the Hallmark Channel movie the new made-for-TV movie The Mystery Cruise will debut at 9 PM. Based on the book “The Santa Cruise” by New York Times best-selling authors, Mary Higgins Clark and Carol Higgins Clark, this back door pilot centers on best friends and impending partners, Alvirah Meehan (Gail O’Grady), a lottery winner turned amateur sleuth and Regan Reilly (Michelle Harrison) a private investigator. After the two heroines rescue the diamond-collared pooch of a wealthy socialite, they set off with their spouses to join Regan’s mom, Nora Reilly (Colleen Winton), a world famous mystery writer, on a luxurious three-day cruise around the San Juan Island off the coast of Washington, the setting for a mystery game created to promote the release of Nora’s latest book.

NOTE: Should this backdoor pilot succeed the series based on the movie will air on the Hallmark Channel sometime in 2014.

The following night, on October 6, Drop Dead Diva will be back with the final five episodes of its current resurrected season on Lifetime at 9 PM followed by the new drama Witches of East End will debut at 10 PM. This new series is inspired by the Melissa de la Cruz best-selling novel, the series centers on the mysterious Beauchamp family: free-spirited artist Joanna (Julia Ormond) and her two grown daughters, wild-child bartender Freya (Jenna Dewan-Tatum) and shy librarian Ingrid (Rachel Boston), both of whom are unaware that they are gifted (and cursed) with a magical birthright: they are witches.

Mark your calendars!

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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:

8 PM:
2013 iHeart Radio Music Festival on The CW (Part 1 of 2) [Special]
Homeland on Showtime (Reair)
Castle on TNT
Teen Beach Movie on Disney
Unstoppable movie on FX
Your Love Never Fails movie on Hallmark
The Iron Lady movie on Showtime 2
The Hurt Locker movie on Sundance

9 PM:
Sleepy Hollow on FOX (NEW)
Castle on TNT
Underworld: Awakening movie on Starz

9:50 PM:
Good Will Hunting movie on Encore

10 PM:
Hostages on CBS (NEW)
Homeland on Showtime (Reair)
Major Crimes on TNT (Reair)
The Dark Knight Rises movie on Cinemax
Argo movie on HBO2

10:01 PM:
Castle on ABC (NEW – Part 2 of Premiere)
The Blacklist on NBC (NEW)

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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:
27 Dresses movie on Fox Movie Channel

6:25 PM:
Legally Blonde movie on Flix

6:40 PM:
Taken 2 movie on Cinemax

6:55 PM:
Source Code movie on TMC

7 PM:
Once Upon a Time: Journey to Neverland on ABC (Special)

8 PM:
Once Upon a Time on ABC (Season Premiere)
Last Tango in Halifax 6-part mini-series on PBS (NEW)
Debbie Macomber’s Cedar Cove on Hallmark (Reair)
Strike Back on More Max (Reair)
The White Queen on Starz (Reair)

9 PM:
Revenge on ABC (Season Premiere)
Masterpiece Mystery Movie: Foyle’s War on PBS (Finale)
Homeland on Showtime (Season Premiere)
The White Queen on Starz (Reair)

10 PM:
Taken movie on FX

10:01 PM:
Betrayal on ABC (DEBUT)

10:15 PM:
Low Winter Sun on AMC (NEW)

10:30 PM:
The Bletchley Circle on PBS (Reair)

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The Originals

The Vampire Diaries spin-off The Originals will debut on October 3 on The CW at 9 PM.

The spin-off centers on the Mikaelson siblings, otherwise known as the world’s original vampires: Klaus (Joseph Morgan), Elijah (Daniel Gillies) and Rebekah (Claire Holt). Werewolf Hayley (Phoebe Tonkin) is pregnant with Klaus’ child; and now Klaus must take down his protégé, Marcel (Charles Michael Davis), who is now in charge of New Orleans, in order to re-take his city, as he originally built New Orleans.

Here is a trailer for The Originals.

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TV Ratings

Another day closer to the end of the first official week of the start of fall TV.

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

9 PM Show:
Hawaii Five-0 (CBS) [Season Premiere – New Night and Time] – 9.4 million

10 PM Show:
Blue Bloods (CBS) [Season Premiere] – 11.4 million

What did you watch last night? Please share.

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Ironside

On October 2, the new NBC drama Ironside will debut at 10 PM.

In the gritty world of the NYPD, no one’s tougher than Det. Robert Ironside (Blair Underwood); he’s a fearless cop who won’t stop until the guilty are brought to justice. He and his trusted, handpicked team of specialists, including Virgil (Pablo Schreiber), Holly (Spencer Grammer) and Teddy (Neal Bledsoe) as well as his former partner Gary (Brent Sexton) and boss Det. Ed Rollins (Kenneth Choi), will do whatever it takes to solve New York’s most difficult and notorious crimes. As a detective, Ironside’s instincts are second to none, and those around him have to stay on their toes if they want to keep up because when his spine was shattered by a bullet two years ago, Ironside swore he’d never let a wheelchair slow him down. Nothing gets in his way.

Here is a trailer for Ironside.

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Based on information provided by the Dark Horizons website and some internet research, here are just some of the movies you can expect to see in the movie theatres in October:

Gravity
Opens: October 4

The story follows brilliant medical engineer (Sandra Bullock) on her first shuttle mission, along with a veteran astronaut (George Clooney). The pair are the sole survivors when debris destroys their space station. Their only chance of survival is to reach rescue before they run out of air. Everything that can go wrong does go wrong, with one left alone and having to essentially hopscotch from satellites to vessels to floating debris – all the time facing hazards of all sorts.

Runner, Runner
Opens: October 4

Singer turned actor Justin Timberlake stars as a Princeton student cheated of his tuition money by playing online poker. He flies to Costa Rica in the hope of reclaiming his losses from the site’s billionaire owner (Ben Affleck). Unexpectedly he ends up becoming the deceptive and corrupt CEO’s right-hand man. At the same time, an FBI agent (Anthony Mackie from The Hurt Locker) sees the student’s proximity as a way into the world of this criminal CEO whom he has spent years trying to bring down. The cast includes Gemma Arterton (Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters) and Sam Palladio (Nashville).

Sin City: A Dame to Kill For
Opens: October 4

The four stories in this sequel takes place before, during and after events in the first film. In “A Dame to Kill For”, Dwight (Josh Brolin) is called by his former lover, Ava Lord, who wants his help to escape her abusive billionaire husband. “Just Another Saturday Night” has Marv (Mickey Rourke) awakening on a highway overlooking the Projects and surrounded by dead young guys. “The Long Bad Night” is an original story about a cocky gambler (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) out to destroy the town’s biggest villain, and a currently untitled story picks up after “That Yellow Bastard”, following Jessica Alba’s Nancy. The cast includes Bruce Willis, Jamie Chung, Dennis Haysbert, Rosario Dawson, Ray Liotta, Christopher Meloni, Jeremy Piven and Juno Temple.

Captain Phillips
Opens: October 11

While it was the sixth vessel in a week to be attacked by the Somali pirates that roam the Gulf of Aden, the takeover of the Maersk Alabama was the first successful pirate seizure of a ship registered under the American flag since the early 19th century. Using Captain Richard Phillips’ memoir “A Captain’s Duty” as the basis for the script, the film deals with the tense five-day stand-off between the four armed invaders and the crew, a stand-off that saw Phillips offer himself as hostage in exchange for the safety of his crew. Ultimately a daring high-seas rescue saw U.S. Navy SEALs take down three of the captors. The cast includes Tom Hanks, Catherine Keener, Max Martini and Chris Mulkey.

Oldboy
Opens: October 11

An advertising executive (Josh Brolin) is kidnapped and held hostage for over a decade in solitary confinement without any indication of his captor’s motive. When he is inexplicably released, he embarks on an obsessive mission to discover just who orchestrated his bizarre and torturous punishment, only to learn he is still trapped in a web of conspiracy and torment. His quest leads him into an ill-fated relationship with a young social worker (Elizabeth Olsen) and an elusive man (Sharlto Copley) who allegedly holds the key to his salvation. The cast also includes Samuel L. Jackson

Romeo and Juliet
Opens: October 11

Hailee Steinfeld (True Grit) takes on the female lead in the Shakespearean adaptation with Douglas Booth in the male lead. The cast includes Ed Westwick (Gossip Girl), Paul Giamatti, Damian Lewis and Kodi Smit-McPhee.

12 Years a Slave
Opens: October 18

Set in the mid-19th century, the film tells the true story of New Yorker Solomon Northrup
(Chiwetel Ejiofor), a married and educated free black man living in New York when two men approach him with a job offer in Washington. When he shows up in D.C., he is kidnapped and put in a slave pen, paving the way to his grueling life under numerous owners. Northup secures his freedom when a white carpenter from Canada smuggles out letters to Northup’s wife. She contacts a lawyer (Brad Pitt) who initiated legal proceedings that saw him set free. The cast includes Michael Fassbender, Benedict Cumberbatch, Paul Giamatti, Garret Dillahunt, Sarah Paulson, Alfre Woodard and Quvenzhane Wallis.

Carrie
Opens: October 18

Actress Chloe Moretz takes on the title role of the classic novel by Stephen King with Julianne Moore as her mother, telling the story of a sheltered high school girl with an abusive fundamentalist mother. The cast includes Judy Greer and Portia Doubleday.

Escape Plan
Opens: October 18

Sylvester Stallone plays Ray Breslin, a well-regarded structural engineer who has designed numerous high-tech buildings. Wrongly convicted of a crime, he is sent to serve out his sentence in an escape-proof maximum security prison of his own design. He now faces the challenge of breaking out with the help of his cell mate, the complicated Emil Rottmayer (Arnold Schwarzenegger). The cast includes Jim Caviezel (Person of Interest) as the ruthless warden, Vincent D’Onofrio (Law & Order: Criminal Intent) as the prison’s deputy director, Vinnie Jones (The Cape) as a corrupt guard, rapper-turned-actor Curtis ’50 Cent’ Jackson as a cybercriminal who plans to escape with the other two, Sam Neill (Alcatraz) as the prison’s sympathetic doctor, and Amy Ryan as Stallone’s business partner and potential love interest.

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

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