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On Tuesday, WGN America announced that sophomore show, Underground, would not return for a third season. Already the cast and creative team are trying to get the show on another network (or streaming service), but generally fans are sad and frustrated that the show was cancelled.

However, the show is not the only WGN America show to be cancelled this week – Outsiders was also cancelled by the new CEO in an effort to rebrand the station. Just a few years ago, the idea of original programs (Salem, Manhattan, Underground and Outsiders) was seen as a way to branch the network away from its roots as a local Tribune station.

Winds change – as does management – but the end of all of these show (but Underground most of all) changes what types of shows are available on TV. What stood out for all of these WGN America shows was a strong sense of different narratives – all of the shows were ground in some real history but took different spins and turns on the same facts that most people know.

Underground was difficult to watch – rightly so – but it raised awareness of issues of race and class that are still relevant to all of us today. The show’s themes hit the right moment in the zeitgeist but each of the shows that are no longer on the air were important to thinking about larger issues.

Regardless of why Underground has left the air (for now), the show made many fans realize more of the cruelties of slavery while also celebrating triumphs in difficult times.

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On June 4, the Hallmark Movies & Mysteries movie Site Unseen: An Emma Fielding Mystery will debut at 9 PM.

Based on the series of novels by famed historical archaeologist turned fiction writer Dana Cameron, Courtney Thorne-Smith (Life with Jim and Melrose Place) stars as Emma Fielding, a brilliant, dedicated, and driven archaeologist who discovers artifacts that have been lost for hundreds of years–and she’s very, very good at it. Emma has recently unearthed evidence of a possible 17th century coastal Maine settlement that predates Jamestown, one of the most significant archaeological finds in years.

But the dead body she uncovers on the site pushes Emma into a different kind of exploration. Her dig site is suddenly in jeopardy of being shut down, due to the meddling of local treasure-hunters and a second suspicious murder. Emma must team with the handsome FBI Agent investigating the case to dig up dirt on the killer, before Emma and her excavation are ancient history.

James Tupper (Revenge and Men in Trees) co-stars.

Here is a trailer for Site Unseen: An Emma Fielding Mystery.

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And so it starts…

NBC has announced its first changes to the 2017-2018 TV season.

They are as follows:


8 p.m. – The Voice
9 p.m. – This Is Us
10 p.m. – Law & Order True Crime: The Menendez Murders

NOTE: This Is Us will return to its Tuesday timeslot and the new Law & Order series has been moved from Thursday night.


8 p.m. – Superstore
8:30 p.m. – The Good Place
9 p.m. – Will & Grace
9:30 p.m. – Great News
10 p.m. – Chicago Fire

NOTE: The drama Chicago Fire and the comedies Superstore and The Good Place will now move to Thursday nights.

Viewers should expect more changes before the fall TV season officially gets under way in September.

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The Hallmark Channel movie Destination Wedding will debut on June 3 at 9 PM.

Ellie (Alexa PenaVega from Nashville) has been painstakingly planning her sister Mandy’s destination wedding for the longest time. She is excited as guests begin arriving at the idyllic beach resort but is somewhat nonplussed when one of them turns out to be her ex-boyfriend Greg (Jeremy Guilbaut from When Calls the Heart), who is the groom’s best man.

When Mandy (Andrea Brooks from Supergirl) and her fiancé don’t show up, Ellie and Greg must lie to the guests and assure them everything is okay when it clearly isn’t. With the wedding fast approaching and Mandy’s attendance a question mark, Ellie and Greg scramble to stave off disaster while simultaneously falling back in love with each other.

Here is a trailer for Destination Wedding.

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On June 2, Date My Dad is the new UP Channel series to debut at 9 PM.

This family dramedy tells the story of a single dad Ricky Parker (Barry Watson from 7th Heaven), raising his three daughters alone. Three years after losing their mother, the daughters make it their mission to get their dad back in the game: the dating game, that is.

The cast includes Cindy Busby (Cedar Cove and the Hallmark Channel movie Unleashing Mr. Darcy), Willie Aames (Eight is Enough), Lochlyn Munro (Riverdale) and legendary actress Raquel Welch.

Here is the trailer for Date My Dad.

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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 June:

Band Aid
Opens: June 2

A non-stop fighting married couple (Zoe Lister-Jones and Adam Pally) attempt to save their marriage by turning their fights into songs. The film also stars Fred Armisen, Retta, Brooklyn Decker, Jesse Williams, Jerry O’Connell, Colin Hanks and Jamie Chung.

Wonder Woman
Opens: June 2

In the early 20th century, the Amazon princess Diana (Gal Gadot), who is living on the island of Themyscira, meets American military pilot Steve Trevor (Chris Pine) when he is washed ashore. After learning from him about the ongoing events of World War I, she leaves her home for London to bring an early end to the war. The cast includes Robin Wright, Danny Huston, David Thewlis and Connie Nielsen.

Megan Leavey
Opens: June 9

The movie is based on the true events about young female Marine Megan Leavey (Kate Mara) and a combat dog named Rex. The film also stars Edie Falco, Common, Tom Felton, Bradley Whitford and Will Patton.

My Cousin Rachel
Opens: June 9

The movie is based on the 1951 novel of the same name by Daphne du Maurier about a young Englishman (Sam Claflin), who seeks revenge against his beautiful cousin (Rachel Weisz), but soon finds himself falling under the spell of her mysterious charm. The cast includes Iain Glen and Holliday Grainger.

The Hero
Opens: June 9

Lee Hayden (Sam Elliott) is an aging Western icon with a golden voice, but his best performances are decades behind him. He spends his days reliving old glories and smoking too much weed with his former-co-star-turned-dealer, Jeremy (Nick Offerman), until a surprise cancer diagnosis brings his priorities into sharp focus. He soon strikes up an exciting, contentious relationship with stand-up comic Charlotte (Laura Prepon), and he attempts to reconnect with his estranged daughter, Lucy (Krysten Ritter), all while searching for one final role to cement his legacy.

The Mummy
Opens: June 9

Thought safely entombed in a crypt deep beneath the desert, ancient princess Ahmanet (Sofia Boutella) whose destiny was unjustly taken from her is awakened in the modern era, bringing with her malevolence grown over millennia and terrors that defy human comprehension. The film stars Tom Cruise, Annabelle Wallis, Jake Johnson, Courtney B. Vance and Russell Crowe.

Cars 3
Opens: June 16

After being trounced in many races by high-tech racer Jackson Storm (Armie Hammer), many begin to wonder if the famous Lightning McQueen (Owen Wilson) will retire from racing after he endures a terrible crash. To preserve his racing career, he seeks help from race technician Cruz Ramirez (Cristela Alonzo) and some other friends to train and attempt a comeback in the Florida 500. Other voices will be provided by Larry the Cable Guy, Bonnie Hunt, Cheech Marin, Jenifer Lewis, John Ratzenberger, Tony Shalhoub, Katherine Helmond, Kerry Washington, Nathan Fillion, Chris Cooper and Margo Martindale.

The Book of Henry
Opens: June 16

In a small suburban town, a precocious 11-year-old boy, Henry Carpenter (Jaeden Lieberher), and his younger brother, Peter (Jacob Tremblay), are being raised by their single mother, Susan (Naomi Watts), a waitress. Henry has a crush on their neighbor Christina (Maddie Ziegler), stepdaughter of the Police Commissioner (Dean Norris). To protect Christina from harm at the hands of her stepfather, Henry comes up with a plan to rescue her that he writes down in a book. Henry’s mother discovers the book and decides that she and Peter will put Henry’s scheme into motion. The cast also includes Sarah Silverman and Lee Pace.

Opens: June 16

An arthritic Nova Scotia woman (Sally Hawkins) works as a housekeeper while she hones her skills as an artist and eventually becomes a beloved figure in the community. The film also stars Ethan Hawke and Kari Matchett.

Transformers: The Last Knight
Opens: June 21

In the absence of Optimus Prime, a war has commenced between the human race and the Transformers. To save their world, Cade Yeager (Mark Wahlberg) forms an alliance with Bumblebee, an English lord, and an Oxford professor to learn the secrets of why the Transformers keep coming back to Earth. The cast includes Stanley Tucci, Josh Duhamel, Tyrese Gibson, John Turturro, Laura Haddock, Santiago Cabrera and Mitch Pileggi.

The Beguiled
Opens: June 23

Based on the novel by Thomas P. Cullinan, an injured Union soldier (Colin Farrell) arrives at an all-female Southern boarding school during the Civil War. Soon, sexual tensions lead to dangerous rivalries as the women tend to his wounds and offer him shelter and companionship. The film includes Nicole Kidman, Kirsten Dunst and Elle Fanning.

Despicable Me 3
Opens: June 30

Gru (Steve Carell) faces off against Balthazar Bratt (Trey Parker), a former child star who has grown up to become obsessed with the character that he played in the ’80s, and gets into some sibling rivalry when he meets his long-lost charming, cheerful, and more successful twin brother Dru who wants to team up with him for one last criminal heist to steal the diamond that Bratt has stolen. Other voice actors include Kristen Wiig, Miranda Cosgrove, Julie Andrews and Jenny Slate.

Movies coming out in July will be posted at the end of June.

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Thanks to the folks over at Variety the following is the night-by-night breakdown of the major networks proposed line-ups for the 2017-2018 fall TV season.

Please keep in mind that while the schedules that follow will, for the most part, stay the same by the time September and October roll around, there is the possibility for alterations and changes.

Here is the 2017-2018 fall line-up:

For full details on what each network has planned for the fall TV season, please see my previous upfront reports:

ABC 2017-2018 Fall Schedule

CBS 2017-2018 Fall Schedule

FOX 2017-2018 Fall Schedule

NBC 2017-2018 Fall Schedule

The CW 2017-2018 Fall Schedule

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