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In WGN America’s Underground, death and hard times are par for the course. However, for a show that tackles the struggles of slavery in the US, it also has no qualms in killing characters regularly and without mercy.

Last season, one more than half of the Macon Seven survived, and beyond the three dead of that seven, other characters met cruel ends. However, in those episodes no death was as shocking as the one that ended the premiere of the show this season.

In “Contraband,” John Hawkes (Marc Blucas) was violently shot in the head after deciding to run for office in Ohio. Until then, the episode had been rather hopeful, meeting new characters and discovering new obstacles, but in that last moment, all of the hope faded.

Killing John was different from the death of his brother, Tom (Reed Diamond), who was hung by his mistress and leader of the house slaves, Ernestine. However, after watching that season I had come to dislike Tom’s actions and choices while admiring what John choose to do (that they were each on one side of the slavery battle helped), John’s hopeful attitude and his desire to help free his brother’s slaves made him one way for the audience to enter the show.

With John’s death, though, one emotional center died. The show’s focus now allows for the pain of his death to drive other characters forward, but this time, the push forward feels different.

The next new episode of Underground will air this Wednesday, March 29 at 10/9c on WGN America.

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The new E! drama The Arrangement will debut on March 5 at 10 PM.

Show Synopsis: The 10-part drama shows what happens when actress Megan Morrison (Christine Evangelista from Chicago Fire and The Walking Dead) auditions for the role of a lifetime, she also lands a Cinderella-esque date with A-list movie star Kyle West (Josh Henderson from Dallas). But things get complicated when Megan is offered a 10 million dollar marriage contract and is introduced to Kyle’s secretive self-help organization, The Institute of the Higher Mind.

While Megan has a mysterious past she is trying to keep hidden, Kyle has secrets of his own. Terence (Michael Vartan from Alias) runs The Institute of the Higher Mind, a burgeoning self-help organization with a retreat-like campus in Malibu. Kyle credits both Terence and The Institute for his success. In addition to being Kyle’s best friend and closest confidante, Terence also helps manage his career, as his wife, DeAnn (Lexa Doig from Arrow and Continuum), is Kyle’s producing partner. Terence, whose motives are often unclear, created this contract to “protect” Kyle.

The show will also feature Autumn Reeser (The O.C.) and Katharine Isabelle (Being Human and Hannibal).

Here is a trailer for The Arrangement:

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On March 5, the two-hour debut of the new series Time After Time will air on ABC at 9 PM.

The series chronicles the adventures of a young H.G. Wells (Freddie Stroma from UnReal) as he travels through centuries, decades and days in the time machine he created. While in the pursuit of the charismatic (yet secretly psychopathic) Dr. John Stevenson (Josh Bowman from Revenge), better known as “Jack the Ripper,” Wells travels to modern day New York City in search of Stevenson following the doctor’s brazen escape from authorities in Wells’ London home. But instead of the Utopia he imagined, Wells finds a world more aligned with Stevenson’s temperament that leads him on a daring adventure full of mystery, romance and intrigue.

The cast includes Genesis Rodriguez (Big Hero 6), Nicole Ari Parker (Rosewood), Jennifer Ferrin (Hell On Wheels) and Will Chase (Nashville).

Here is a trailer for Time After Time:

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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 March:

Before I Fall
Opens: March 3

The plot centers on Samantha Kingston (Zoey Deutch from Vampire Academy and Why Him?), a high school senior who finds that she may be living the last day of her life over and over until she gets it right. If you had only one day left on earth who would you kiss, who would you tell the real truth to, who would you save? Amid that, she must untangle the mystery surrounding her death—and discover the true value of everything she is in danger of losing. The film also stars Halston Sage, Medalion Rahimi, Cynthy Wu (as Samantha’s best friends); Jennifer Beals, Diego Boneta, Elena Kampouris and Nicholas Lea.

Leap
Opens: March 3

This animated film is set in the 1880s, focusing on Félicie (Elle Fanning), a poor orphan girl who dreams of becoming a ballerina, but lacks any formal training. She runs away from her orphanage in rural Brittany and goes to beautiful Paris accompanied by her friend, a young inventor, Victor (Dane DeHaan), but they soon become separated, as Victor becomes an office boy in Gustave Eiffel’s workshop. Félicie gets a chance to audition for the celebrated school of the Paris Opera Ballet by briefly assuming the identity of the ruthless, snobby and bratty Camille Le Haut (Maddie Ziegler). Penniless, and without any formal dance experience, 11-year-old Félicie finds her training, and making friends at the ballet school among her fellow-students, to be very difficult. She finds a mentor: a mysterious cleaning woman with a limp, Odette (singer Carly Rae Jepsen), who turns out to be a former prima ballerina.

Logan
Opens: March 3

In 2029, the mutant population has shrunk significantly and the X-Men have disbanded. Logan (Hugh Jackman), whose power to self-heal is dwindling, has surrendered himself to alcohol and now earns a living as a chauffeur. He takes care of the ailing, old Professor X (Patrick Stewart) whom he keeps hidden away. One day, a female stranger asks Logan to drive a girl named Laura (Dafne Keen) to the Canadian border. At first, he refuses, but the Professor reveals that he has been waiting a long time for her to appear. Laura possesses an extraordinary fighting prowess and is in many ways like Wolverine. She is pursued by sinister figures working for a powerful corporation because her DNA contains the secret that connects her to Logan. A relentless pursuit begins, and a decrepit Wolverine is forced to ask himself if he can or even wants to put his remaining powers to good use. The cast includes Boyd Holbrook, Richard E. Grant and Stephen Merchant.

Table 19
Opens: March 3

Eloise McGarry (Anna Kendrick) is invited to a wedding, and finds herself seated at Table 19, a table intended for guests who were only reluctantly invited and whom the hosts hoped would not arrive. The film also stars Amanda Crew, Stephen Merchant, Lisa Kudrow, Craig Robinson and June Squibb.

The Shack
Opens: March 3

After his young daughter is murdered during a family camping trip, Mack Phillips (Sam Worthington) spirals into a deep depression causing him to question his innermost beliefs. Facing a crisis of faith, he receives a mysterious letter urging him to the shack where the crime occurred, deep in the Oregon wilderness. Despite his doubts, Mack goes there and encounters an enigmatic trio of strangers led by a woman named Papa (Octavia Spencer. Through this meeting, Mack finds important truths that will transform his understanding of his tragedy and change his life forever. The film also stars Graham Greene, Radha Mitchell, Tim McGraw, Alice Braga and Ryan Robbins.

The Last Word
Opens: March 3

A retired businesswoman (veteran actress Shirley MacLaine) wants to control everything around her, including her own obituary, so she writes her own to ensure her life story is told her way. A young writer at the local newspaper takes up the task of finding out the truth. The cast includes Amanda Seyfried, Anne Heche, Tom Everett Scott, Thomas Sadoski, Adina Porter, Phillip Baker Hall and Steven Culp.

Kong: Skull Island
Opens: March 10

In the 1970s, a team of explorers and soldiers are brought together to venture deep into an uncharted island in the Pacific Ocean—as beautiful as it is treacherous—unaware that they are crossing into the domain of monsters, as well as the mythic Kong. The cast includes Tom Hiddleston, Samuel L. Jackson, John Goodman, Brie Larson, Toby Kebbell, Corey Hawkins and John C. Reilly.

The Ottoman Lieutenant
Opens: March 10

The movie is a love story between an idealistic American nurse (Hera Hilmar) and a Turkish officer (Michiel Huisman) during World War I. The film also stars Josh Hartnett and Sir Ben Kingsley.

Beauty and the Beast
Opens: March 17

Belle (Emma Watson) is a young woman who is taken prisoner by a Beast (Dan Stevens) in his castle in exchange for the freedom of her father Maurice (Kevin Kline). Despite her fears, she befriends the castle’s enchanted staff and learns to look beyond the Beast’s exterior to recognize the true heart and soul of the human Prince within. Meanwhile, a hunter named Gaston (Luke Evans) is on the loose to take Belle for himself and later intends to hunt down the Beast at any cost. The cast includes Josh Gad, Ewan McGregor, Stanley Tucci, Ian McKellen, Emma Thompson, Audra McDonald and Gugu Mbatha-Raw.

Life
Opens: March 24

A crew aboard the International Space Station perform a successful capture of a space probe returning from Mars with a sample inside. The crew is tasked with studying the sample, which may be the first proof of extraterrestrial life. However, the study eventually backfires as the organism gains intelligence. Trapped aboard the ISS with the rapidly-growing organism, the crew must find out how to kill it before it manages to escape and decimate Earth. The film stars Jake Gyllenhaal, Ryan Reynolds, Rebecca Ferguson and Hiroyuki Sanada.

Power Rangers
Opens: March 24

Five teens (Dacre Montgomery, Naomi Scott, RJ Cyler, Becky G and Ludi Lin) with attitude are inexplicably brought together by coincidence or destiny to become the newest generation in a line of warriors known as the Power Rangers. The world rests in their hands as Rita Repulsa, a powerful witch, launches an assault seeking the Zeo Crystal with an army of stone golems called Putties and a giant golden monster called Goldar. The cast includes Bill Hader, Bryan Cranston and Elizabeth Banks.

Ghost in the Shell
Opens: March 31

Cyborg counter-cyberterrorist field commander The Major (Scarlett Johansson) and her task force Section 9 thwart cyber criminals and hackers. Now, they must face a new enemy who will stop at nothing to sabotage Hanka Robotics’ artificial intelligence technology. The film also stars Michael Pitt, Juliette Binoche, Rila Fukushima and Michael Wincott.

The Boss Baby
Opens: March 31

This animated film is about a man named Tim Templeton (Tobey Maguire), who tells the story of his seven-year-old life being jealous of his fast-talking, briefcase-carrying baby brother named the “Baby Boss” (Alec Baldwin). When he goes on a mission to win back affection of his parents (Jimmy Kimmel and Lisa Kudrow), he finds out about a secret plot by Puppy Co.’s CEO Francis E. Francis (Steve Buscemi) which revolves around his baby brother and threatens to destabilize the balance of love in the world. Both brothers must unite to save their parents and restore order to the world and prove that love is indeed an infinite force.

The Zookeeper Wife
Opens: March 31

A true story about the Warsaw Zoo keepers couple Jan and Antonina Zabinski (Jessica Chastain and Johan Heldenbergh), who saved many human and animal lives during World War II by hiding them in animal cages. Daneil Bruhl also stars.

Movies coming out in April will be posted at the end of March.

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The small screen adaptation of Taken will debut on NBC on February 27 at 10 PM.

The series follows the origin story of younger, hungrier former Green Beret Bryan Mills (Clive Standen from Vikings) as he deals with a personal tragedy that shakes his world. As he fights to overcome the trauma of the incident and exact revenge, Mills is pulled into a career as a deadly CIA operative, a job that awakens his very particular, and very dangerous, set of skills. In 30 years, this character is destined to become the Bryan Mills that we’ve come to love from the “Taken” films.

The cast includes Brooklyn Sudano (My Wife and Kids), Gaius Charles (Friday Night Lights and Aquarius), Jennifer Beals (Flashdance), Jose Pablo Cantillo (The Walking Dead), Michael Irby (The Unit) and Monique Curnen (The Following).

Here is a trailer for Taken:

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Outlander 2014

Sorry Outlander fans, but the third season of the show won’t be returning until September.

Yep, I said September!

This delay isn’t because Starz doesn’t want to air it any earlier (considering it started in April last season), but because the show needs time to get full production of the season done.

In fact, filming is expected to wrap in June.

NOTE: Outlander is the first TV show to confirm attendance at the 2017 San Diego Comic Con where they will be “offering fans a chance to experience more of this beloved series in person.” [Source: SDCC Blog]

Sony Pictures TV Executive Vice President Steve Kent had this to say about the September premiere, “With the scope of the production and all of the intricate details that go into the Emmy-nominated sets and costumes, we had to make sure everything is kept to the high standard of the previous seasons and [author] Diana Gabaldon’s beautiful story. We’re so proud of the incredible work that Ron [Moore] and the Outlander team have done.”

The 13-episode third season is based on the third book “Voyager” in the Outlander book franchise. The new season picks up right after Claire (series lead Caitriona Balfe) travels through the stones to return to her life in 1948, where she gives birth to Jamie’s (series lead Sam Heughan) daughter Brianna and resumes her marriage to her first husband, Frank (Tobias Menzies). Back in the 18th century, Jamie suffers from the aftermath of his doomed last stand at the historic battle of Culloden, as well as the loss of Claire.

Mark your calendars, Outlander fans, for September!

[Source: Entertainment Weekly]

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the-crown

This TV season brought not one, but two series about famous monarchs and as both featured two of the three British Queens, it’s nearly impossible not to compare both shows from the start. The Crown and Victoria, tackling Queen Elizabeth II and Queen Victoria (respectively), have similar starting places – young queens with dozens of men surrounding them trying to influence policy – and even have some of the same cast: actor Alex Jennings is both David, Duke of Windsor (in The Crown), and King Leopold of Belgium (in Victoria) – but the focus of each show is different.

The Crown is taking a longer look at the reign of Queen Elizabeth II, from the early days of her rule (as seen in the first season) and progressing through more current times. During the shows run, multiple actresses will play the Queen through the years, and hopefully the two or three other women will do just as well as Claire Foy has done so far. In the first season, Elizabeth’s advisors constantly try to govern for her, be it Churchill, Prince Philip, or her private secretary. She simply follows so much of what these men tell her as if it is status quo that it is hard to find her power and strength amid all the other voices.

With Victoria, Jenna Coleman plays the young Victoria, who ultimately shaped modern Britain that we still see today. She too, follows along with some of what her Prime Minister says (though with the added hint of a sexual attraction), but after she is married to Prince Albert, Albert does his best to guide his wife and monarch.

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However, given that both women are strong rulers, who are equally defiant in their roles as monarch, it’s hard not to compare both shows.

The Crown has the money behind it to really make the life of Queen Elizabeth shine, but it does not focus as much on what Elizabeth might want, whereas Victoria gives the audience a strong sense of what Victoria wants and how she goes about getting it.

Though we all know the history behind both rulers, Victoria seems more willing to bend the truth for the sake of drama (the flirting Victoria does with Lord Melbourne and how she wasn’t already smitten with Albert as the two shining examples of inaccuracies), but if anything The Crown wants Elizabeth’s story to be as real as possible.

Of course, the rationale behind both shows is different and at the heart of each, there is a different purpose and a different audience (with different reactions; it’s much easier to glorify the past rather than the current) but in the end, each show is about a woman ruling Britain, and that is where any comparisons should end.

Is it hard to do just that? Yes, at least for me. But, the next seasons of each show may make it easier to separate them as being of the same cloth.

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