On TV Tonight: Tuesday May 16, 2017

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NET 8PM 8:30PM 9PM 9:30PM 10PM 10:30PM
ABC The Middle American Housewife Fresh Off the Boat Imaginary Mary Agents of SHIELD
CBS NCIS Bull NCIS: New Orleans
FOX Brooklyn Nine-Nine Prison Break The Americans (FX)
NBC The Voice Great News Chicago Fire
CW The Flash iZombie
FFORM Famous in Love Truth & Iliza
MISC Dimension 404 (Hulu) If Loving You is Wrong (OWN)
Genius (NatGeo)
Team Ninja Warrior (USA)

ONCE UPON A TIME Sneak Peek: Hook Sings in the Musical Episode

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ONCE UPON A TIME is getting a musical episode! In the next episode, titled “The Song In Your Heart”, we’re back in the Enchanted Forrest via flashbacks, where Snow and Charming have made a special wish that their daughter Emma will be protected. Unfortunately, the result of this wish is that the whole kingdom spontaneously bursts into choreographed song and dance, which makes the Evil Queen very grumpy.

In a sneak peek from the episode we see Snow and Charming trying to buy passage to the Evil Queen’s castle in order to save their daughter. But Hook isn’t interested in the money or jewels that the royals offer him — he’s just interested in revenge.

Don’t miss the musical episode of ONCE UPON A TIME on May 7 at 8:00 p.m. ET/PT on ABC.

The Best Entertainment Right from Home

Sometimes, the best entertainment, is the entertainment that can be had right from home. There are plenty of advantages to staying in and enjoying your own company or the company of your friends in the comfort of your own surroundings, with all your favourite things around you. There is no need to feel like you have to get out to have fun and here we will look at some top ideas of things to keep you entertained at home.

TV
Alone or with friends, you can have a full night of your favourite series or movies right from the comfort of your living room. With a top entertainment system this can be as good, if not better, than going to the cinema and there is definitely a whole lot more choice available when staying in. Kick off your shoes, get into your pyjamas and make some popcorn for a full night of entertainment.

Online Casino
Through the UK’s leading online casino provider, you can bring your casino experience right into your home. There is no need to get dressed and make your way to a land-based casino anymore. Now, a casino can be enjoyed right from your desktop, laptop or even smartphone or tablet. You can get comfortable and find a huge range of casino games of all types right in front of you and available with the click of the mouse or the tap of your mobile screen. Not only can an online casino provide you with hours of entertainment, but you could come away a winner.

Books
Novels are always winners if you are looking for hours of entertainment from home. Pick an old favourite or a new book and snuggle under the covers and let your imagination run wild as you turn the pages.

Music
Whether alone or with friends, there is something fabulous about music. Pick something soothing for a quiet night in or rock the house for a louder vibe. Listen alone or invite some friends for a party or a bit of dancing. There are so many options when it comes to music, that you can cater your entertainment to suit your mood.

Gardening
Gardening is the perfect solution for those who are looking to get outdoors, while staying home. Get your body moving, get some fresh air and have the added benefit of cleaning up your backyard or planting some new flowers for a pretty haven right outside your door. Getting your hands dirty can make the hours fly by if you’re looking for something to keep you occupied at home.

The Big Tease: HBO Unveils GAME OF THRONES Season 7 Premiere Date

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Winter is coming… this summer!

After one of the cleverest marketing campaigns in recent memory that saw HBO attempt to melt a block of ice on Facebook Live that culminated in a seventh season premiere date reveal, the Network announced that GAME OF THRONES will return with new episodes on Sunday July 16th at 9PM on HBO.

Game of Thrones Series Seven Launch Date Leaked?

It’s been a long wait for Game of Thrones fans to find out when the next season is due. But this week gave us the exciting news that series seven could be due to arrive on our TV screens on 25 June 2017.

Thanks to a leak on the iMDB website, a few eagle-eyed fans saw that we could be revisiting the lands of Westeros in less than six months time. It’s been a long wait for fantasy fans as the series usually begins in April. But as the series’ makers wanted snowy scenes, they had to delay filming until the right weather conditions prevailed.

Already there have been many fascinating glimpses of what we can expect from series seven. The last series saw the likes of Daenerys Targaryen making her bid for the iron throne, but as she becomes more empowered there are worries that she could follow the path of her insane father, Aerys, and become a Mad Queen!

Whilst fans have usually been able to read George R. R. Martin’s books to get a taste of what to expect, the TV series has long overtaken the author. And interestingly it looks like series seven won’t be the final season, but it will be shorter than usual and will give us series eight to deliver a bloodthirsty climax to one of the biggest TV shows of all-time.

What Game of Thrones fans are to do after the TV series ends is anybody’s guess. Whilst the Telltale Games episodic video games series and the Game of Thrones slots game at MrSmithCasino can provide solid fantasy-themed entertainment, there are signs that HBO are looking into the option of expanding the Westeros universe a little further.

Already we’ve seen rumours of a prequel spin-off to the TV series. And with HBO’s president saying that they will be holding preliminary ongoing talks into the possibility of a Game of Thrones movie, it looks like the franchise is going to be just as open-ended as the political machinations of House Lannister!

So although there are still doubts over the past and future of favourites like Jon Snow, it seems that thanks to an array of books, games and potential movies, we can expect much more from the Game of Thrones universe in the coming years.

Exclusive Interview: Al Mukadam’s Long Road

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Al Mukadam is a self proclaimed ham’n’egger – a working actor, who broke into the biz at the tender age of 11. Now, at age 31, he’s banked an impressive twenty years of experience with early credits that include Nickelodeon’s Radio Free Roscoe, Degrassi: TNG and Disney Channel’s Get A Clue where he starred alongside Lindsay Lohan and Little Rascal’s Bug Hall. Recently he’s appeared in more mature roles like Oscar nominated John Madden’s feature film Miss Sloane where he shared the screen with the likes of Jessica Chastain, Mark Strong and Michael Stuhlbarg. Next up, Al can be seen in Canadian director, Mark Raso’s feature film Kodachrome, where he plays opposite Jason Sudeikis. We caught up with Al to discuss the past, present and what the future holds for this Canadian born rising star.

You’ve been acting for 20 years…
Al Mukadam: Please, don’t remind me. That just means I’m old.

What made you want to get into acting at such an early age?
I guess I was an attention seeking class clown. I’m the youngest of three brothers in a very loud, very funny family – so I guess without knowing it, I was building character by just wanting to be heard and acknowledged. ‘Cause you’d get cut off or talked over pretty quickly if the story you were telling wasn’t funny or compelling.

You experienced success in the industry pretty early on. What can you attribute that to?
Luck. Timing. I don’t know. When I was a kid, it was fun. There was no pressure or expectations. It was professional make believe. There was a comfort and ease in its simplicity. Nowadays I have to keep myself from overthinking, doubting myself or being insecure – back then, it was so simple and natural. I’m constantly striving to get back to that place.

Starting off as a child actor, did you find it tough to transition into more adult roles?
Yeah that wasn’t always easy. And we all know that can be rough for some kids. But I guess I got lucky for the most part. Puberty didn’t rock me too hard. It was a gentle transition. But I mean, yeah, there was a period of time where I didn’t find work for a few years during my early twenties. At the time it was awful, but in retrospect I think it was necessary. Proper self reflection where you had to ask yourself some serious questions like do you really want to keep doing this? Do you still love it? Are you going to take it seriously? And I think those are just important questions to ask yourself throughout your life and career. Like circling back to check yourself – before you wreck yourself, you know?

Did you ever think of quitting acting?
Oh sure! Look it’s not an easy racket and has an abundance of disappointments and frustrations. But I always came back to the fact that I actually have no other discernible skills, talents or crafts whatsoever. So it’s basically this or…destitution. Also, I love it.

But it’s worked out. What do you attribute your unwavering commitment to acting to?
Okay, I appreciate the fancy way you put that, but no, early on, I just kind of decided that this is what I want to do for the rest of my life. Sounds corny, I know, but it’s true. There’s going to be good times and bad times and that’s okay. I’m a ham’n’egger. Like Rocky, you just keep going, no matter what. God, I love that movie. Definitely worth a rewatch. And if you’ve never seen the first Rocky, do yourself a favor and take that masterpiece in.

You’ve done comedic roles, with Spun Out and dramatic roles, like Miss Sloane – which do you prefer and which is more challenging?
Yeah, there seems to be that age old debate, doesn’t there? Which is harder, comedy or drama…Jeez, I don’t know. They’re different. They’re opposite sides of the same coin. Different sides of yourself, different ways to tell a story. I genuinely enjoy them both, it’s just working different muscles. Either way, I’m just trying get to a place of sincerity and truth in a performance. Because they both suffer if you’re not approaching it openly and honestly.

Working on Miss Sloane, you worked with some heavy hitters – John Madden, Jessica Chastain, Mark Strong and Michael Stuhlbarg, what was that experience like?
Unforgettable. Incredible. Inspiring. I can go on and on about that experience. Definitely a career highlight thus far, for sure. It was a big learning experience as well.

What was the most important lesson you learned on that set?
Ah..Just to be in it. In the moment. I mean, all the folks you just mentioned have such esteemed and accomplished careers and I admire their bodies of work and the skill and talent and hard work they put into what they do – but man, they’re also just having fun out there. There was levity and fun and jokes and a good natured vibe always on that set. I feel like you stay young when you love what you do. Not that there weren’t challenges to get through while shooting scenes for that movie, but they were all genuinely loving the process and wanting to perfect it and go deeper and I loved that. They were all just in it. I feel like the mark of a true professional is someone who makes something very difficult look effortless and graceful. And that’s something I saw in spades on that set.

Next up, people can look forward to seeing you act opposite Jason Sudeikis in Kodachrome, that comes out later this year. How was it working with him?
That guy’s the best! So smart and so sharp and obviously so funny. But he’s so quick. Like something would happen and he’d have three jokes flying at you about it right away. I really had to be on my toes with his brand of really smart, fast humor. And he’d do something slightly different every take without telling you, which I loved, because it was fresh and after a few takes, I started throwing new things back at him. So we were really playing with one another and it kept it really exciting. Love that guy.

Finally, as a veteran of the biz, what advice would you give to a young person wanting to get into acting.
Oh jeez. That’s your final question? That’s a tough one. I’m reticent to ever offer up any advice, simply because I’ve had a lifetime of people telling me what I ought to be doing and how to do it without they themselves ever having done it – do you know what I mean?… I remember watching Inside the Actor’s Studio with Don Cheadle, and they asked him that same question and his reply was amazing, he said – don’t do it… And then he followed up with – and if you actually listened to me, then you’re not cut out for this business. Something like that, I’m paraphrasing. His point being that, it’s tough and it sucks a lot of the time, but you have to really want it and you have to stick with it. He said it way better, look it up on YouTube, it’s worth it. I guess I’ve got my own take on that, which is…if you want something, go get it. And don’t listen to anybody, including me and the rest of this sentence.

On TV Tonight: Thursday February 2, 2017

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NET 8PM 8:30PM 9PM 9:30PM 10PM 10:30PM
ABC Grey’s Anatomy Scandal How to Get Away with Murder
CBS The Big Bang Theory Superior Donuts Mom Life in Pieces Training Day
CW Supernatural Riverdale
FOX Hell’s Kitchen My Kitchen Rules Baskets (FX)
NBC Superstore Powerless Chicago Med The Blacklist
MISC Inside the Actors Studio (Bravo) Nashville (CMT)
Project Runway: Junior (Lifetime)
Top Chef (Bravo)
Colony (USA)
Portlandia (IFC)

How Long Can Hollywood Keep Recreating Superhero Movies?

One of Hollywood’s staple themes is superheroes and for decades the industry has been revelling in the mania created every time a new comic book hero movie is released. Comic book characters and stories are constantly re-told, re-hashed and re-made and new technologies mean that each time another Hollywood blockbuster hits the big screens; it always promises to be even bigger and better than those before it. Well, nearly always. From the early days when Batman first erupted onto the silver screen to present day when everyone from Iron Man to the Fantastic 4 dominate the box office ticket sales, the modernisation of characters mean superhero movies can continue to be released.

But, just how long can this trend go on for or is it as immortal as the superheroes they portray?

The On-Going Smell of Success …
What is it that draws people to a superhero storyline? Is it the underlying sense of good outdoing evil or is it that it takes us into a different world, filled with mystery and intrigue? Whatever the lure, there’s no doubt about it that movies based on a comic book superhero will draw in the crowds and with masses of fans comes the sweet smell of success – or money, as it it’s more aptly referred to.

There is always a continual new generation being introduced to the concept of superheroes. Kids are fascinated with them, teenagers love the flashy action and adults can’t stop themselves from watching the latest instalment – even if only so they can complain about its faults next to the original – but whatever the reason; one’s thing’s clear and that is that superhero movies featuring familiar faces will always go down a storm at the box office.

Good vs. Evil
Of course, it’s not as straight forward as simply re-telling old stories over and over again and Hollywood are constantly throwing in new faces to stir up some excitement and in recent years, writers have been busying themselves transforming some characters from good to evil and vice versa to add a new dimension to the otherwise predictable storylines. X-Men’s Rogue is the perfect example of a villain-turned-superhero, after originally being explicitly evil in her first appearance in the books before transforming into one of the most famous female superheroes of recent years. This moral ambiguity is a genius medium uncovered by Hollywood and with heroes turning into villains and villains to heroes, characters who can suddenly switch alliances and who find or drop their morality at the drop of a hat add new twists to stories that allow producers to keep things fresh.

Modern Merchandise
Along with the release of brand new movies, a whole range of merchandise follow suit and there’s money to be made on everything from online slots to fancy dress costumes. Everything from the Dark Knight Rises and Captain America to The Avengers are available to play on slot game platforms and with each new generation comes more excited enthusiasm for recognisable characters to take over the world once again, as they appear everywhere from the big screen to fan’s bedroom walls.

While some claim to be getting bored of the repetition, the profitability on the back of the new-gen popularity of re-releasing new superhero movies is gigantic and this is why it is unlikely that Hollywood will stop weaving their superhero magic anytime soon.

November and December Premiere Dates: Network, Cable and Streaming Shows

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September and October were the biggest months for fall premieres, but several new and returning shows are still premiering in November and December. Read on for the full list of network, cable and streaming shows are premiering before the end of 2016.

Friday, November 4
THE CROWN (Netflix)

Friday, November 11
RED OAKS (Amazon)

Tuesday, November 15
9:00 p.m. GOOD BEHAVIOR (TNT)
10:00 p.m. SWEET/VICIOUS (MTV)

Thursday, November 17
UNDERCOVER (BBC America)

Friday, November 18
THE GRAND TOUR (Amazon)

Sunday, November 20
8:00 p.m. THE LIBRARIANS (TNT)
10:00 p.m. THE AFFAIR (Showtime)

Monday, November 21
11:00 p.m. SEARCH PARTY (TBS)

Friday, November 25
GILMORE GIRLS: A YEAR IN THE LIFE (Netflix)

Wednesday, November 30
INCORPORATED (Syfy)
9:00 p.m. VIKINGS (History)

Thursday, December 1
10:00 p.m. TOP CHEF (Bravo)

Wednesday, December 7
8:00 p.m. HAIRSPRAY LIVE! (NBC)
SHUT EYE (HULU)

Friday, December 9
FULLER HOUSE (Netflix)
MOZART IN THE JUNGLE (Amazon)

Sunday, December 11
9:00 p.m. THE HOLLOW CROWN: THE WAR OF THE ROSES (PBS)

Monday, December 12
10:00 p.m. AMERICAN’S NEXT TOP MODEL (VH1)

Friday, December 16
THE MAN IN THE HIGH CASTLE (Amazon)