On TV Tonight: Thursday February 2, 2017


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


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
10:00 p.m. SWEET/VICIOUS (MTV)

Thursday, November 17

Friday, November 18

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

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

Friday, November 25

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

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

Wednesday, December 7

Friday, December 9

Sunday, December 11

Monday, December 12

Friday, December 16

On TV Tonight: Friday September 23, 2016


NET 8PM 8:30PM 9PM 9:30PM 10PM 10:30PM
ABC Last Man Standing Dr. Ken Shark Tank 20/20
CBS MacGyver Hawaii Five-0 Blue Bloods
CW Masters of Illustion Penn & Teller: Fool Us
FOX Hell’s Kitchen The Exorcist
NBC Superstore (R) The Good Place (R) Dateline NBC
MISC Liv and Maddie/Girl Meets World (DISNEY) Real Time with Bill Maher (HBO)

Quarry (Cinemax)
Syfy Z Nation Van Helsing
Transparent (Amazon) Longmire (Netflix)

Welcome to “On TV Tonight,” the TV Addict’s daily look at what’s on, what’s streaming and what’s worth watching today.

Series Premiere: Is American clamoring for a reboot of a nostalgic 80’s series. Based on the fact that this series opens on a night that includes the seventh season of HAWAIAI FIVE-0 and Tom Selleck’s BLUE BLOODS, we suspect CBS has a hit on his hands.

Season Premiere: Television’s most underrated and underapprecaited gem returns for a sixth season to make America laugh again.

Season Premiere: When MASTER OF NONE co-creator Alan Yang railed against Hollywood’s lack of Asian visibility on television at this past weekend’s Emmys, we’re not sure this is what he was talking about.

Series Premiere: Geena Davis faces down the scarriest three words in the history of Fox Broadcasting, “Friday Night Timeslot!”

Columnist Maureen Dowd and musician Michael Franti are the interview guests. The panelists are author Max Brooks, Hoover Institution fellow Lanhee Chen and Center for American Progress president Neera Tanden.

Series Premiere: After a three-year sleep, the mysterious Vanessa is resurrected in a world now ruled by vampires. Joining other human survivors holed up in an abandoned hospital, she discovers she has special powers, which, in the series premiere, she quickly puts to use fending off those who want her dead.

TRANSPARENT (Streaming, Amazon)
Season Premiere: Amazon’s trailblazing series returns for a third season that sees Maura consider gender confirmation surgery.



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• Hillary Clinton Just Went on Between Two Ferns, and It’s Hilarious ‘Any regrets over losing the Scott Baio vote?’
• Groan: ABC Readying ‘Magnum P.I.’ Sequel
• Scoop: Ryan Murphy Is Teasing A Huge ‘American Horror Story’ Twist That Will Be This Season’s Game Changer
• Nashville Season 5: Looking Fave Joins Cast… as Will’s New Love?
• Criminal Minds’ Thomas Gibson Details Kick That Got Him Fired, Hopes ‘Good Work Is What People Will Remember’
• Post-mortem: Empire EP Explains Why [Spoiler] Met a ‘Grisly’ End in Season 3 Premiere
• Guest Column: MTV Star Nicole Byer on Being “a Person of Color, a Woman, Overweight” in Hollywood
• Fall TV Survey: 17 Showrunners on Live Tweeting, Dream Guest Stars and More
• ‘Mr. Robot’ Season 2 Finale: Sam Esmail On Shocking Twist & Possible Donald Trump Season 3 Impact
• Bartlet for America: How the ‘West Wing’ Cast Reunited to Campaign for Hillary Clinton
• Ratings Stunt: Ray Romano to guest-star on Kevin James comedy Kevin Can Wait
• Family Guy season premiere: Stewie and Brian form a children’s music group
• ‘Notorious’: After 32 Years at CNN, Producer Wendy Walker Finally Gets to Make Up the News

The Four Best Apps for Fans of TV!

The TV shows available today provide for some of the best entertainment out there. Keeping track of the latest seasons of your favorite shows all while new series are being launched can be a little daunting, to say the least. With technology striving to make our lives a little easier, apps have come to the rescue, helping tv fans have a more efficient and entertaining viewing experience. To improve your viewership and optimize your tv-watching, we’ve listed some of the best tv apps on the market today. Get a hold of these nifty apps and thank us later!


IMDb (Android, iOS)
The IMDb app has become a staple for most tv and film junkies for obvious reasons. This clever app serves as an encyclopedia of information related to your favorite stars, their portfolio of work and, of course, all tv shows and films you can think of. You can also view user ratings which might help you decide whether or not a tv show is worth your time. You might even find yourself discovering that one of your beloved actors starred in a few shows you have yet to watch!

TV Guide (Android, iOS)
Not sure what to watch tonight? Having a tough time keeping track of showtimes and dates? The Tv Guide app will help you keep your tv schedule organized and always give you a reason to turn on the tv and catch a great show. You will find a detailed listing of all networks and their programs. The app can be customized so that you can apply alerts that notify you of particular shows and programs that you might be interested in checking out. For particular nights of boredom, this app will come in very handy.

Mobile on Bingo (Variety of apps available on Android, iOS)
These days, Tv commercials and advertisements seem to have gotten longer and much more elaborate than those of the past. Often enough, when we’re watching some of our favorite sports games, we have to endure lengthy advertisements that spoil the fun midway. That’s where mobile bingo apps, as listed on bingoonmobile.co.uk, come into the play! You will find a wide variety of popular bingo apps from some of the most highly-rated brands out there so you can spend your commercial breaks entertained instead of bored.


Yidio (Android, iOS)
Possibly one of the most aggravating experiences for any tv fan is trying to find where they can watch their favorite shows. With so many networks and streaming services available in abundance, finding your show can be like trying to spot a needle in a haystack. Yidio makes this much easier. You can quickly find out how and where to view your favorite shows and even launch the apps on which they are hosted directly through Yidio. It’s that easy!

These four apps are sure to make your tv time and viewer experience all that much more pleasant and efficient. Don’t miss any of your favorite shows or popular programs ever again. Happy Viewing!

On TV Tonight: Wednesday July 13, 2016


NET 8PM 8:30PM 9PM 9:30PM 10PM 10:30PM
ABC ESPY Awards from Los Angeles
CBS Big Brother Criminal Minds (R) American Gothic
CW Pen & Teller: Fool Us (R) Whose Line Is It…
FOX MasterChef Wayward Pines Tyrant (FX)
NBC America’s Got Talent The Night Shift
MISC Young & Hungry/Baby Daddy (8:30PM Freeform) Kingdom (DirecTV)
Maron (IFC)
The A-Word (Sundance)
Greenleaf (OWN)
Another Period (Comedy)
USA Suits Mr. Robot

Orange denotes what the TV Addict is watching and/or recording tonight!

What’s Coming to Netflix in July 2016?

marco polo

The new Netflix original series STRANGER THINGS is coming to the US streaming service in July 2016, as is season 2 and 3 of MARCO POLO and BOJACK HORSEMAN, respectively. In terms of movies, MEAN GIRLS, the LETHAL WEAPON series and the BACK TO THE FUTURE series are all coming to Netflix.

Related: What’s Coming to Netflix Canada in July 2016?

July 1
41 on 41
A Long Way From Home
Back to the Future
Back to the Future Part II
Back to the Future Part III
Bad Boys II
Batman: The Movie
Beavis and Butt-head Do America
Between: Season 2 Netflix Original
Beverly Hills Cop
Beverly Hills Cop II
Big Trouble in Little China
Blade 2
By the People: The Election of Barack Obama
Cheaper by the Dozen
Cinderella Man
Death Race 2
Death Race 3: Inferno
Deep, Season 1 – Netflix Original
Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close
Gentlemen Prefer Blondes
Hello, Dolly!
Hey Arnold! The Movie
The Italian Job
Jackass: Number Two
Jim Jefferies: Freedumb
Lalaloopsy Ponies: The Big Show
Lethal Weapon
Lethal Weapon 2
Lethal Weapon 3
Lethal Weapon 4
The Longest Yard
The Lovely Bones
Making the American Man
Marcella, Season 1 – Netflix Original
Marco Polo, Season 2 – Netflix Original
Mean Girls
Nevada Smith
Nick of Time
The Painted Veil
Raiders Of The Lost Art, Season 2
Rumor Has It
The Shannara Chronicles, Season 1
The Sting
Stomp the Yard: Homecoming
Turner and Hooch
Watershed: Exploring A New Water Ethic For The New West
Well Wishes
Working Girl
Yours, Mine and Ours

July 4
Kuromukuro, Season 1 – Netflix Original

July 6
The Big Short

July 7
A War
The Armor of Light
Brahman Naman – Netflix Original
NSU German History X, Season 1 – Netflix Original

July 8
The Invitation
Word Party, Season 1 – Netflix Original

July 9
Mystery Files, Season 1

July 10
The Last Kingdom, Season 1

July 12
Rolling Papers

July 14
Magi: The Adventures of Sinbad, Season 1 – Netflix Original
Todd Margaret, Season 3

July 15
The Adventures of Puss in Boots, Season 3 – Netflix Original
Rebirth – Netflix Original
Stranger Things, Season 1 – Netflix Original
Tony Robbins: I Am Not Your Guru – Netflix Original

July 16

July 19
Liv and Maddie, Season 3

July 21
Internet Famous

July 22
BoJack Horseman, Season 3 – Netflix Original
Degrassi: Next Class, Season 2

July 24
Popples, Season 3 – Netflix Original

July 27
The Wave

July 29
Home: Adventures With Tip & Oh, Season 1 – Netflix Original
Last Chance U – Netflix Original
LEGO Bionicle: The Journey to One, Season 2 – Netflix Original
Tallulah – Netflix Original

July 30
My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic, Season 6, part 1

July 31
Hit Record on TV with Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Season 2


July 1
2001: A Space Odyssey
A Clockwork Orange
A League of Their Own
Along Came Polly
Best in Show
The Beverly Hillbillies
Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid
The Central Park Five
Cheech & Chong’s Up in Smoke
The Conspiracy
Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood, seasons one-two
Dinosaur Train, season two
Drive Me Crazy
Flashpoint, seasons one-five
The Flintstones
The Flintstones in Viva Rock Vegas
The Game, seasons one-three
How to Marry a Millionaire
Ice Age: The Meltdown
Medium, seasons one-seven
Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood, volume one
Mouse Hunt
My Sister’s Wedding
Notting Hill
Numb3rs, seasons one-six
Odd Squad, season one
The Perfect Storm
The Quiet Man
Reading Rainbow, volume one
The Right Stuff
Star Trek: The Motion Picture
Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan
Star Trek III: The Search for Spock
Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home
Star Trek V: The Final Frontier
Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country
Star Trek: Generations
Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby
Team America: World Police
Tesla: Master of Lightning
The Very Hungry Caterpillar and Other Stories
Wild Kratts, seasons one-three
Women Aren’t Funny
WordWorld, season one
Zoboomafoo, season two

July 2
Venus and Serena

July 15
Color Crew

July 16

July 31
Braxton Family Values, season three

TRUE DETECTIVE Season 3: Truly a Mystery

As it is the time of year when series are either renewed or cancelled, fans of the popular HBO crime drama will be excited to learn that HBO has renewed the contract for the crime anthology True Detective, through 2018.  HBO has locked producer Nic Pizollato in for this and several other projects, including The Magnificent Seven, which premieres in September of this year.  While this is great news for the series and the fans, season 3’s premiere date has not still not been announced with certainty.

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What we Know
Despite the fact that there was quite a lot of disappointment in season 2 of the series in comparison to season 1, TD fans are screaming for a third season and now that we all know there will be a new cast each season, a lot of speculation is going on about the possibilities of the new ensemble.  Other speculation goes on about whether Pizollato will work alone as he did in season 2 or with the influence of another director/writer/producer as in season 1.
Michael Lombardo of HBO told the Television Critics Association that “Pizollato is one of the best writers working in television and motion pictures today.”  He also stated that despite the fact that season 2 became a social media punching bag, it still generated over 12 million viewers per episode, 1 million up from season 1.

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The Season 2 Curse
So what went wrong with season 2 and how could season 3 benefit from the many comparisons with season 1?  While season 2 received the approval of critics from the likes of The Hollywood Reporter and Rolling Stone, the common thread line was that a lack of character development and too much action combined with uneven storytelling all affected season 2, especially when compared with the brilliance of the first season.  It could be that trying to follow the lives of four main characters left the audience feeling the shallowness of those characters as they stumbled through the action-packed weekly dramas. 
The pace of plot development with Woody Harrelson and Matthew McConaughey allowed for real character development down to the very still moments where the audience could actually sense the character thinking and figuring things out.  Yes, people really do want to see just two cops riding around in a car talking, especiall when that comes with the brilliant acting these two brought in. Characteristics were far subtler and that is what we hope for season 3.

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Subtle Character Development
 There are many indirect ways to develop a character that engross a watcher allow them to decide what it mean to the character.  What a character drinks shows a lot about who or where he is.  McConaughey drinks Jameson as the younger sharper detective but is drinking warm Lone Star beer by the end, showing how far downhill he has slid. Likewise, James Bond’s “shaken, not stirred” martinis shows a very different officer of the law than Raylan Givens’ (Justified) whiskey straight up or John McClane (Die Hard), who starts with something out of a decanter in DH 1 and ends up drinking anything he can put in a paper bag by DH 3 and 4.

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Another great tool for developing characters could be what casino game he prefers.  What a person chooses to play at a casino can show you a lot about who they are – and in true literary fashion, it’s showing rather than telling. Wyatt Earp played poker, which is a strategic every-man-for-himself game of skill. It requires instinct, calculation of risk and nerves of steel. while Agent Cooper from Twin Peaks prefers blackjack, a typical game for someone who likes everything to be in order and all of it to make sense. Cooper’s calm and collected. Wyatt Earp is passionate and likes to take risks.
In True Detective season 2, it was odd that while Vince Vaughn ran the gaming house in Vinci, he never played.  His game of choice may have shown us something about his character we hadn’t seen before.  Or perhaps it was the fact that he never played that hints at his character. That’s brilliant, but why not bring that to the foreground and juxtapose it with other characters’ choices? The casino was a major theme in the series, but it was never used for character development, just as a set.
Who’s In?
Fewer main characters and more character development would go a long way towards re-engaging fan loyalty for season 3. Recently Olive Munn posted a photo on Instagram with the caption “True Detective Season 3” leading to even more speculation on the cast.  The photo also featured Jason Bateman and TJ Miller, which would certainly be an odd ensemble for a drama. But then again, choosing Vince Vaughn for season 2 wasn’t expected either. Idris Elba is another contender, according to industry speculation.  HBO hasn’t confirmed or denied at all.

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Other fan sites are calling for a real bad guy this next time.  Both seasons really only racked up one mysterious corpse each, although season 1 hinted at a serial killer.  Why not explore his side of the story? There are also many wanting to go back to a dark, desolate location.  The pace of the California locations took away from the story instead of enhancing it, according to some.  The Deep South just felt so dirty and real. It’s also vastly unexplored compared to LA.
Lombardo has stated that season 3 must evolve in its own time.  He takes blame for any of season 2 failings in that he pushed Pizollato into a time crunch over and over, not “allowing the writing to find its own natural resting place.”  Season 1 began production in 2010 and the crew had three full years to complete its stellar achievement. Season 2 had to be complete in just 14 months, without the assistance of fellow director Cary Fukunaga.
Steve Golin of Anonymous Content, had said in one of his interviews that the scripts for season 2 were just not as good.  He also stated that Nic did “not want to go with the stand alone director plan,” as he believed much of the success of season 1 rested in the partnership with Fukunaga.  So an obvious answer for season three would be to bring the team back together with Pizollato at the helm.
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What does all of this mean for True Detective season 3?  It means we will not be seeing it in 2016.  Pizzollato has been given full authority for the upcoming season, which means he can get a team of writers, get a show runner or go it alone again.  With the support of Lombardo and HBO, Pizollato could put together an epic production team, and fans can be enjoying the show by 2017. So we’re going to be patient, and we hope we’re going to be handsomely rewarded.

On TV Tonight: Wednesday May 25, 2016


NET 8PM 8:30PM 9PM 9:30PM 10PM 10:30PM
ABC Finding Nemo (Movie) Nashville
CBS The Price is Right Primetime Special Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders
CW Arrow Supernatural
FOX Rosewood Wayward Pines The Americans (FX)
NBC Heartbeat Law & Order: SVU Chicago PD
MISC Maron (IFC)
The Path (Hulu)
Rogue (DirectTV)
Royal Pains (USA)
Lopez/Soul Man (TVLand)

Orange denotes what the TV Addict is watching and/or recording tonight!