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:

3:30 PM:
Titanic movie on VH1

6:50 PM:
Moulin Rouge movie on Starz

7 PM:
Forrest Gump movie on AMC
Miss Congeniality movie on Bravo
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets movie on Freeform
Along Came a Nanny movie on Hallmark Movies & Mysteries
I Am Number Four movie on Showtime
Castle on TNT

8 PM:
Star Trek: Beyond movie on EPIX
The Hurt Locker movie on TMC

9 PM:
Reign on The CW (NEW)
Hailey Dean Mystery: Deadly Estates movie on Hallmark Movies & Mysteries (Encore)
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks movie on HBO (Encore)
Outlander on Starz (Reair)

10 PM:
Forrest Gump movie on AMC
Titanic movie on VH1

10:03 PM:
The White Princess on Starz (Reair)

10:10 PM:
Bridge of Spies movie on TMC


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 May:

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2
Opens May 5

Set two-to-three months after the first film, the Guardians of the Galaxy travel throughout the cosmos and struggle to keep their new-found family together, while helping Peter Quill (Chris Pratt) learn more about his true parentage and stopping an enemy who threatens to destroy the entire galaxy. The returning cast members include Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Vin Diesel, Bradley Cooper, Michael Rooker, Sean Gunn and Karen Gillan. New cast members include Pom Klementieff, Elizabeth Debicki, Chris Sullivan and Kurt Russell.

3 Generations
Opens: May 5

Teenager Ray (Elle Fanning) realizes and pursues his true identity as male and his mother Maggie (Naomi Watts), lesbian grandmother Dolly (Susan Sarandon) and absent father Craig (Tate Donovan) must learn to accept him for who he is. The cast also includes Sam Trammell (True Blood).

King Arthur: Legend of the Sword
Opens: May 12

The young Arthur (Charlie Hunnam) runs the back streets of Londinium with his crew, not knowing his royal lineage until he draws the sword Excalibur from the stone. Instantly confronted by the sword’s influence, Arthur is forced to decide when to become involved with his power. Throwing in with the Resistance and an enigmatic young woman named Guinevere (Astrid Berges-Frisbey), he must learn to master the sword, face down his demons and unite the people to defeat the tyrant Vortigern (Jude Law) — who murdered his parents and stole his crown — and become king. The film also stars Djimon Hounson, Eric Bana and Katie McGrath (Merlin and Supergirl).

Opens: May 12

A contemporary tale about a teen whose loyalties are tested when an annual lowrider event forces him to choose between his father and his criminal brother. The cast members include Demian Bichir, Theo Rossi, Melissa Benoist, Cress Williams and Eva Longoria.

Paris Can Wait
Opens: May 12

When her director husband is occupied with work in Paris, an American woman takes a jaunt with his business associate, a charming Gallic rogue who is happy to squire her on a tour of some of the finest meals in Provence. The film stars Diane Lane, Alec Baldwin and Arnaud Viard.

Alien: Covenant
Opens: May 19

Bound for a remote planet on the far side of the galaxy, the crew of the colony ship Covenant, which includes Walter (Michael Fassbender), an android similar to David, a survivor of the doomed Prometheus expedition, find what they believe to be an uncharted paradise. It soon reveals itself to be a dark and dangerous world inhabited by the original David and monstrous creatures that start to hunt them. The film also stars Katherine Waterston (Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them), Billy Crudup, Danny McBride, Demian Bichir, Carmen Ejogo, Jussie Smollett, Noomi Rapace and Guy Pearce.

Everything, Everything
Opens: May 19

Maddy (Amandla Stenberg) is a smart, curious and imaginative 18-year-old who is unable to leave the protection of the hermetically-sealed environment within her house because of an illness. Olly (Nick Robinson) is the boy next door who won’t let that stop them from being together. Gazing through windows and talking only through texts, Maddy and Olly form a deep bond that leads them to risk everything to be together, even if it means losing everything. The cast also includes Anika Noni Rose.

Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales
Opens: May 26

Captain Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp) is pursued by an old nemesis, Armando Salazar (Javier Bardem), who along with his Spanish Navy ghost crew has escaped from the Devil’s Triangle (aka The Bermuda Triangle), and is determined to kill every pirate at sea. Jack must seek the Trident of Poseidon, a powerful artifact that grants its possessor total control over the seas, in order to defeat Salazar. The film also stars Kaya Scodelario (The Maze Runner franchise), Brenton Thwaites, Kevin McNally, Geoffrey Rush, Orlando Bloom, David Wenham, Martin Klebba and Keira Knightley.

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

Last night’s programming options on the major networks was pretty full with all of the Wednesday night dramas airing new episodes, including a handful of shows coming back from their mid-season breaks.

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

8 PM Shows:
Blindspot (NBC) [NEW – Return] – 4.5 million
Shots Fired (FOX) [NEW] – 3.3 million
Arrow (The CW) [NEW – Return] – 1.5 million

9 PM Shows:
Criminal Minds (CBS) [NEW] – 6.8 million
Empire (FOX) [NEW] – 6.2 million
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (NBC) [NEW – Return] – 5.3 million
The 100 (The CW) [NEW – Return] – 921,000 viewers

10 PM Shows:
Chicago P.D. (NBC) [NEW – Return] – 6.2 million
Designated Survivor (ABC) [NEW] – 5.1 million
Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders (CBS) [NEW] – 4.6 million

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:
Captain America: The First Avenger movie on FX

6 PM:
Burlesque movie on Freeform

6:59 PM:
NCIS on Oxygen

7 PM:
Honeymoon For One movie on Hallmark Movies & Mysteries

8 PM:
Supernatural on The CW (Reair)
Captain America: The Winter Soldier movie on FX
NCIS on Oxygen

8:30 PM:
The Perks of Being a Wallflower movie on Freeform

9 PM:
Riverdale on The CW (NEW)
Lead With Your Heart movie on Hallmark Movies & Mysteries
NCIS on Oxygen

10 PM:
The Blacklist on NBC (NEW)
Independence Day: Resurgence movie on HBO2
NCIS on Oxygen


The Black List: Gifted

Gifted Program

The Black List, a collection of Hollywood’s best screenplays that have yet to be produced or picked up by a production company or studio [not to be confused with the NBC TV series of the same name], conducts at least a few staged readings a year. The goal of those readings is to get the screenplays (aka scripts) made into features (aka box office films).

Two years ago, I had the opportunity to attend a staged table reading of Gifted with Armie Hammer (from the box office movies The Man From U.N.C.L.E. and The Social Network) and Gina Rodriguez (from Jane the Virgin) as the leads. Just this year, that screenplay was finally released in the theatres, starring Chris Evans (Captain America himself) and Saturday Night Live alum Jenny Slate.

Left to Right: Cooper Thornton as Narrator; Gina Torres, Gina Rodriguez, Armie Hammer, Mckenna Grace, Frances Fisher and Michael Beach

What’s most interesting about a film that comes out of The Black List is how a virtual table read can still feel intimate, but once the film is made, emotions come out in different ways.

With Gifted, the story is about a young girl with a mathematical mind who is pushed into a normal elementary school to learn to socialize. The movie has an emotional punch without action, but with the action, it’s more haunting.

When I first “saw” Gifted at that table read, I don’t remember crying, but as I watched the film the other week, it was a waterworks from beginning to end.

Gifted was released in theatres on April 12 and was written by Tom Flynn. The film also stars young actress Mckenna Grace (she plays the daughter of President Tom Kirkman on Designated Survivor), Oscar winner Octavia Spencer and Lindsay Duncan (Sherlock and Under the Tuscan Sun).

It was another night filled with quite a number of repeats, but there were a handful of new episodes of Tuesday night dramas.

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

8 PM Show:
The Flash (The CW) [NEW – Return] – 2.6 million

9 PM Shows:
Prison Break (FOX) [NEW] – 2.8 million
iZombie (The CW) [NEW] – 1.1 million

10 PM Shows:
Chicago Fire (NBC) [NEW] – 6.8 million
Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (ABC) [NEW] – 2.2 million

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:

NOTE: The streaming series The Handmaid’s Tale will debut online on Hulu today.

5 PM:
Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows movie on AMC

6:25 PM:
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks movie on HBO (Encore)

7 PM:
The Seven Year Hitch movie on Hallmark Movies & Mysteries
NCIS on USA Network

7:19 PM:
The White Princess on Starz (Reair)

7:30 PM:
Captain America: The First Avenger movie on FX
The Blind Side movie on Spike

8 PM:
Arrow on The CW (NEW)
Shots Fired on FOX (NEW)
Blindspot on NBC (NEW)
Lethal Weapon (original) movie on AMC
Secretariat movie on CMT
Me Before You movie on EPIX
Suicide Squad movie on HBO

9 PM:
The 100 on The CW (NEW)
Away & Back movie on Hallmark Movies & Mysteries
Good Will Hunting movie on POP

9:37 PM:
A League of Their Own movie on Encore

10 PM:
Designated Survivor on ABC (NEW)
Underground on WGN America (NEW)
The White Princess on Starz (Reair)