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TV Ratings

We are now into the second week of the fall TV season and last night featured two more season premieres and plenty of new episodes of the Monday night dramas.

Here is how they all fared in the overall ratings:

8 PM Show:
Gotham (FOX) [NEW] – 7.3 million

9 PM Shows:
Scorpion (CBS) [NEW] – 12.2 million
Sleepy Hollow (FOX) [NEW] – 5.1 million

10 PM Shows:
Castle (ABC) [Season Premiere] – 11.3 million
The Blacklist (NBC) [NEW] – 10.7 million
NCIS: Los Angeles (CBS) [NEW] – 9.4 million

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:
Braveheart movie on IFC

6:50 PM:
Saving Mr. Banks movie on Starz

7:30 PM:
Immortals movie on FX

8 PM:
NCIS on CBS (NEW)
Rizzoli & Isles on TNT (Reair)
Ella Enchanted movie on Disney

8:30 PM:
New Year’s Eve movie on ABC Family

9 PM:
Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. on ABC (NEW)
NCIS: New Orleans on CBS (NEW)
Matador on El Rey Network (NEW)
Outlander on Starz (Reair)
Good Will Hunting movie on CMT
Braveheart movie on IFC

9:01 PM:
Rizzoli & Isles on TNT (Reair)

9:40 PM:
Practical Magic movie on Encore

10 PM:
Forever on ABC (NEW)
Chicago Fire on NBC (NEW)
Outlander on Starz (Reair)

10:01 PM
Person of Interest on CBS (NEW)

10:02 PM:
Rizzoli & Isles on TNT (Reair)

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Hey All,

Here are the new items for today:

TELEVISION

Devious Maids received a last minute renewal for a 13-episode third season by Lifetime. It will be back sometime in 2015. (TV Guide Magazine)

Actress Ksenia Solo (Lost Girl) has joined the cast of the AMC period piece drama Turn that is set during the summer of 1778, centering on a New York farmer named Abe Woodhull, who bands together with a group of childhood friends to form the Culper Ring, a group of spies who turn the tide in America’s fight for independence. Solo will play Peggy Shippen, who hails from one of the richest families in the capital of Philadelphia who is well-versed in politics, foreign affairs and finance. She heroically sacrifices her happiness for the cause she believes in and the man she loves and eventually marries: Benedict Arnold (Owain Yeoman from The Mentalist). The 10-episode second season will air sometime in 2015. (Lesley Goldberg at The Hollywood Reporter)

ABC Family has ordered the supernatural series Stitchers to series. The drama follows a young woman recruited into a covert government agency to be “stitched” into the minds of the recently deceased, using their memories to investigate murders and decipher mysteries that otherwise would have gone to the grave. (Nellie Andreeva at Deadline)

STREAMING SERIES

Actress Valorie Curry (The Following) will have a recurring role in the online series House of Lies, playing Kelsey, a computer code writer who has all the weird, hours-alone-at-the-screen aloofness the job suggests. She’s smart, socially awkward, but confident in her coding prowess. A bit intimidating and intriguing in the way she’s unlike the usual business types. Kelsey finds it hard to suffer fools and anyone who doesn’t respect the technology she creates. What’s her connection to the pod, you ask? She works in their office suite. House of Lies will be back in early 2015. (Michael Ausiello at TV Line)

BOX OFFICE NEWS

Actor Matt Bomer (White Collar) will star alongside Ryan Gosling and Russell Crowe in the upcoming box office movie The Nice Guys which will take place in 1970s Los Angeles with Gosling playing a detective hired by a gangster (Crowe) to find a missing girl. In the process, he uncovers a dangerous conspiracy, and that is where Bomer’s character comes in. (Mike Fleming, Jr. at Deadline)

Here are the top 10 box office films from this past weekend courtesy of Box Office Mojo:

1. The Equalizer – 34.1 million
2. The Maze Runner – 17.4 million
3. The Boxtrolls – 17.3 million
4. This is Where I Leave You – 6.9 million
5. Dolphin Tale 2 – 4.8 million
6. No Good Deed – 4.5 million
7. A Walk Among the Tombstones – 4.2 million
8. Guardians of the Galaxy – 3.8 million
9. Let’s Be Cops – 1.51 million
10. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles – 1.45 million

That’s it. Enjoy!

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TV Ratings

Sunday night was busy not only with football, but also plenty of season premieres and new episodes of other fall programming. Here is how all of the Sunday night dramas fared in the overall ratings:

7 PM Show:
Once Upon a Time: Storybrooke is Frozen Over (ABC) [Special] – 5.1 million

8 PM Shows:
Madam Secretary (CBS) [NEW] – 12.7 million
Once Upon a Time (ABC) [Season Premiere] – 9.3 million

9 PM Shows:
The Good Wife (CBS) [NEW] – 11.2 million
Resurrection (ABC) [Season Premiere] – 7.6 million

10 PM Shows:
CSI (CBS) [Season Premiere] – 9.7 million
Revenge (ABC) [Season Premiere] – 5.3 million

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

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Reign Season 2

The second season of Reign will be returning to The CW this Thursday, October 2 and with it a return to the French Court and Mary, Queen of Scots. But this past July cast members Adelaide Kane, Toby Regbo and Megan Follows as well as series creator Laurie McCarthy took to the stage at San Diego Comic Con to talk about the show and what fans can expect in season two.

Among the items discussed during the panel included:

• Fans should be, according to McCarthy, be concerned about how season one ended and where the stories will pick up in season two;

• Anything can happen on the show, including perhaps even a visit by the Ghost of King Henry, who, as viewers know, died after an injury that was inflicted by his own son Francis, but only Francis knows that truth and that truth will haunt the new King;

• Season two will focus greatly on what goes on behind the walls of the castle, seeing a power play go on between the people with money and the people with the food and materials especially given the fact that the Black Plague is upon them;

• Season two will also find new romantic intrigue and even new de’ Medici’s (Queen Catherine’s family) showing up;

• McCarthy shared that she is eager to get Mary and Francis on the throne; in fact, she said there is “no bigger challenge” right now than getting the couple to that point;

• Adelaide shared that her character Mary will be torn between being the Queen of Scotland and being a good wife; and that will, of course, be tested greatly by the child of her best friend Lola (series regular Anna Popplewell), who is also the child of her husband Francis;

• Adelaide also said that she is “interested (in seeing) how Mary wrests power from Queen Catherine;

• Toby shared that Francis wants his brother Bash (series regular Torrance Coombs) on his side and part of the second season will be focused on the brothers regaining their trust of each other;

• Megan shared that her character Queen Catherine and Mary now have something in common and that will make their relationship in season two a bit different; and it was shared that Catherine will gain a new lover this year; and,

• During the audience Q&A, each of the actors were asked their favorite scenes to play out with Megan sharing she liked the dynamics between Catherine and Nostradamus (recurring guest star Rossif Sutherland); Adelaide likes the scenes where there is tension between Mary and Francis; and Toby liked the scene with King Henry on his death bed.

Reign will be back on The CW with its second season starting on Thursday, October 2 at 9/8c.

[Photo Credit: Dominick Dusseault]

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Here is a list of the programming options to expect on TV this week now that the Fall TV Season has started:

On September 29, Castle will be back for another season on ABC at 10 PM and NCIS: Los Angeles will take on a new night and time on CBS at 10 PM.

Then, the new CBS drama Stalker will debut on CBS on October 1. Maggie Q (Nikita) and Dylan McDermott (Hostages and American Horror Story) star as detectives who investigate stalking incidents, including voyeurism, cyber harassment and romantic fixation, for the Threat Assessment Unit of the LAPD.

On October 2, The Vampire Diaries and Reign will return for new seasons on The CW at 8 and 9 PM respectively.

The season finale of Cedar Cove will air on the Hallmark Channel on October 4 at 8 PM.

Lastly, Homeland will return for a new season on Showtime with back-to-back episodes on October 5 at 9 PM while the 2-hour season finale of Witches of East End will air on Lifetime at 9 PM that same night.

Mark your calendars!

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

Left Behind
Opens: October 3

Based on the book of the same name, Nicolas Cage stars as Ray Steele, a jumbo jet pilot who tries to calm his hysterical passengers who saw loved ones vanish before their eyes; and it seems millions of other people around the globe have simply vanished. The cast includes Chad Michael Murray, Cassi Thomson, Lea Thompson, Jordin Sparks, Nicky Whelan and Quinton Aaron.

Gone Girl
Opens: October 3

Based on the 2012 novel of the same name by Gillian Flynn, Ben Affleck stars as Nick Dunne, a man whose wife – Amy Dunne (Rosamund Pike) – has disappeared. Her disappearance becomes the focus of an intense media circus with Nick becoming a prime suspect. The cast includes Neil Patrick Harris (How I Met Your Mother), Tyler Perry, Scoot McNairy, Casey Wilson (Happy Endings) and Sela Ward

Men, Women & Children
Opens: October 3

The film follows the story of a group of high school teenagers and their parents as they attempt to navigate the many ways the internet has changed their relationships, their communication, their self-image and their love lives. The cast includes Adam Sandler, Jennifer Garner, Judy Greer, Emma Thompson, Ansel Elgort, Dean Norris, Rosemarie DeWitt, Dennis Haysbert, Kaitlyn Dever and J.K. Simmons.

The Good Lie
Opens: October 3

Reese Witherspoon stars as employment agency counselor who has an encounter with Sudanese refugees, given a chance to resettle in, of all places, Kansas. The film co-stars Corey Stoll and newcomers Arnold Oceng, Ger Duany and Emmanuel Jal.

Dracula Untold
Opens: October 10

This film is an origins story of a man – Vlad III Tepes (the man who becomes the mythological Dracula), who strikes a deal with dark forces in order to protect his family and battle the sultan Mehmed (Dominic Cooper) hell-bent on conquering everything in his path. The cast includes Sarah Gadon and Charlie Cox.

Kill the Messenger
Opens: October 10

The film is based on the true story of journalist Gary Webb (James McAvoy), taking place in the mid-1990’s when Webb uncovered the CIA’s past role in importing huge amounts of cocaine into the U.S. that was aggressively sold in ghettos across the country to raise money for the Nicaraguan Contras rebel army. Despite pressure not to, Webb chose to pursue the story and went public, experiencing a vicious smear campaign fueled by the CIA, making Webb defend his integrity, his family and his life. The cast includes Barry Pepper, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Rosemarie DeWitt, Ray Liotta, Paz Vega, Oliver Platt, Michael Sheen, Richard Shiff, Andy Garcia and Robert Patrick.

The Judge
Opens: October 10

Big city lawyer Henry “Hank” Palmer (Robert Downey, Jr.), a successful lawyer, returns to his hometown of Carlinville, Indiana for his mother’s funeral only to discover that his estranged father, Judge Joseph Palmer (Robert Duvall) is suspected of murder. He has to now defend his father in court against Dwight Dickham (Billy Bod Thornton), a prosecutor determined to see Joseph put away. The cast includes Vera Farmiga, Dax Shepard, Vincent D’Onofrio, Leighton Meester, David Krumholtz, Balthazar Getty and Sarah Lancaster.

Whiplash
Opens: October 10

Andrew Neiman (Miles Teller) is a 19-year-old jazz drummer, dreaming of greatness but unsure if his dream will ever come true. Haunted by the failed writing career of his father, Andrew is determined to rise to the top of the country’s most elite music conservatory. He is discovered by Terence Fletcher (J.K. Simmons), a conductor known for his talent for teaching and for his terrifying method of instruction. He ignites a passion in Andrew to achieve his goals. He cast includes Melissa Benoist (Glee), Austin Stowell, Jayson Blair and Paul Reiser.

Birdman
Opens: October 17

A washed-up actor (Michael Keaton) – famous for portraying an iconic superhero – struggles to mount a Broadway play while battling his ego and family trouble. The film also stars Emma Stone, Naomi Watts, Edward Norton, Amy Ryan, Merritt Wever and Zach Galifianakis.

Fury
Opens: October 17

It is April 1945. The Allies make their final push in the European Theatre where a battle-hardened Army Sergeant named Wardaddy (Brad Pitt) commands a Sherman tank and her five-man crew on a deadly mission behind enemy lines. The cast includes Shia LaBeouf, Logan Lerman, Scott Eastwood, Jon Bernthal, Jason Isaacs, Xavier Samuel, Michael Pena and Jim Parrack.

Rudderless
Opens: October 17

Sam (Billy Crudup) is a former high-profile advertising executive whose life has been torn apart by the tragic death of his son. Off the grid, living on a docked sailboat, he drowns his pain in alcohol. When Sam discovers a box filled with his son’s demo tapes and lyrics, he learns each song and eventually musters the will to play one at a local bar. When Quentin (Anton Yelchin), a young musician in the audience, is captivated by the song, the unlikely duo forms a rock band that becomes surprisingly popular and changes both of their lives. The cast includes Selena Gomez, Jamie Chung, Laurence Fishburne, Felicity Huffman and William H. Macy (who also directed the film).

The Best of Me
Opens: October 17

This Nicholas Sparks film focuses on two former high school sweethearts Amanda Collier (Liana Liberato) and Dawson Cole (Luke Bracey) who are reunited after 20 years for a funeral in their hometown. This tragedy just may be the spark that reignites their loved. The adult versions of the characters will be played by Michelle Monaghan and James Marsden. The cast also includes Gerald McRaney and Jon Tenney.

The Book of Life
Opens: October 17

This animated film is about Manolo, a young man who is torn between fulfilling the expectations of his family and following his heart, embarks on an adventure that spans three fantastic worlds where he must face his greatest fears. Voices will be provided by Zoe Saldana, Channing Tatum, Ron Perlman, Christina Applegate, Danny Trejo, Ice Cube and Cheech Marin.

Laggies
Opens: October 24

When 28-year-old Megan (Kiera Knightley) visits her 11-year high school reunion, she realizes that very little has changed in her life. She still lives with her high school boyfriend Anthony, and works as a sign flipper for her father’s accounting company. When her boyfriend proposes, she panics and crosses paths with 16-year-old Annika (Chloe Grace Moretz). The cast includes Sam Rockwell, Gretchen Mol and Kaitlyn Dever.

St. Vincent
Opens: October 24

Bill Murray stars as St. Vincent, a drunken, gambling war veteran retiree, who gets recruited by his single-mom neighbor Maggie (Melissa McCarthy) to watch over her undersized 12-year-old son Oliver (newcomer Jaeden Lieberher); but his ideas of after-school activities involve racetracks and strip clubs, but eventually the mismatched pair begin to help each other grow up. The cast also includes Naomi Watts and Chris O’Dowd.

White Bird in a Blizzard
Opens: October 24

Kat Connor (Shailene Woodley) is very close to her mother Eve (Eva Green); close enough that Kat could never imagine what she would do if something ever happened to her. One day, Kat was waiting for a call from her mother and it was a call that never came. Kat’s life is turned upside down as she vows to find her mother no matter what, which changes her life forever. The film also stars Christopher Meloni, Shiloh Fernandez, Angela Bassett, Gabourney Sidibe, Sheryl Lee and Thomas Jane.

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

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