Well here’s a link to Channel Guide Magazine‘s 2017 Fright Guide.
Every year the staff at puts their heads together to produce the most comprehensive list of Daily Listings, Movies, Specials and this year, a bonus. Read about the 13 Most Shocking Horror Movies you may have missed.
Not only are they playing new episodes of The First 48, they’re in a new city. Thursday’s episode (August 4) was in Mobile, Ala. Since I’ve seen every episode, I don’t think they’ve ever been in Mobile, or I would have remembered the fact that Mobile is the city with the oldest Mardi Gras.
Mobile, is a very intriguing city, with talented and interesting homicide detectives (and they all seem to have a sense of humor). Their motto, or at least the one on their coffee cups is “Homicide, our day begins when your’s ends.”
The one that really had me laughing was the one that was spoken three minutes into the show by Det. Julius Nettles, “if we’re not eating as a unit, we’re not eating.”
The other interesting thing I noticed about Mobile, and it could just have been the case they were working, or this particular murder victim, but when the detectives were looking for witnesses, I never once heard, “I didn’t see anything,” or I don’t know nothing,” I didn’t hear nothing.” Mobile citizens were calling the police to give them information.
With the information from the community and armed with what they find on Facebook – yes, Facebook, they track one of the killers down in the first 16 hours.
What follows is nothing short of hysterical. Just when they’re going to call it a day, a tip comes in about where their suspect is and they find him hiding at his grandmother’s house. They finally convince her to come to the door, she continually denies that he’s even in the house, yet he can be seen through the windows. They get her out of the house, they go in and get him. Now they stay at the house while they wait for a search warrant, and poor grandma has to sit in her front yard while all this goes on.
Once the criminal is in the interrogation room it starts at “I didn’t kill anyone,” to “It was just a robbery,” and when they get sick of hearing that, Det. Nettles shames the guy into crying. But the guy’s only crying because he knows he’s caught and he doesn’t know what to do or say to get out of it. What a wimpy, cry baby little twerp. Hardly worth time and trouble. When he finally calms down and says he want to talk, he says “Zebbie killed him.”
They hit the streets to find Zebbie, but they don’t. So, it’s finally time to eat. Back at the station, they hear from a relative of Zebbie’s, and get him in custody.
This episode ends with Zebbie also going into custody for the murder.
A different city with homicide detectives who get the job done. Three out of every four homicides in Mobile get solved. Higher than the national average.
Recently I heard that the founder of Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, may be considering a run for President in the near future. I wonder if he’ll use Facebook crime statistics as a part of his platform.
For the first time ever the five winter episodes are one continuous story line, and after seeing the first two, it’s playing like an impeccably acted mini-series.
It begins with a young woman and her infant son getting killed while driving through LA in the wrong colored car threw rival gang territories. When Major Crimes shows up, they discover that some of the shots are so close to the car, there’s powder residue around the holes. They also find packaged heroin and lots of cash hidden in the car.
When the shell casings Amy Sykes takes to ballistics for analyzing uncovers 12-year old wounds from a missing uzi, Sykes is forced to make the acquaintance with a disgraced LAPD detective for some inside information (Mark Hickman).
In the meantime, Rusty catches Gary following him and discovers that his mom has rehabilitated herself right out of custody and into an apartment and a program. But he’s afraid if he goes to see her, Gary will just follow him there so he and Gus concoct a high tech way of communicating with her using Talk Chat on Gus’s cell phone.
By the time the second episode has begun, they’ve discovered the missing uzi in the pulpit of a church that is run by one of the suspects of the 12-year old crime and Mark Hickman has been invited down to the squad for some face time.
Though he does keep his secret liaisons with Sykes quiet, he’s not so silent with his contempt for almost everyone else in the squad: Captain Raydor originally fired him; he asks Andy Flynn if he’s still cheating on his girlfriends, causing Capt. Raydor’s eyes to fly open; and of course he has a lot to say to Lt. Tao, because he was his (Hickman’s) old partner.
By the end of the second episode, their only witness, Emile Fisher is dead, and they still don’t know his connection to the girl who was killed in the car, even though she was calling his cell phone.
So either clear your Monday nights or set your DVRs, or learn how to use your OnDemand, because you won’t want to miss the winter episodes (3 to go) of Major Crimes, on TNT at 8pm CT.
If you haven’t heard, TNT has cancelled Rizzoli & Isles. It will end after a shortened season this summer.
Still unsure why you should watch The Walking Dead on AMC. Yes, if you read the article attached to the link above, the stats mention the 18-49 age bracket. But “we” all know just how useless that’s become.
Just look at how our age bracket affected Longmire this past viewing season. A&E dumped it and Netflix picked it up. Very possibly due to pressure from our age bracket and because they realized a quality show when they saw one.
The fact is, The Walking Dead isn’t just about zombies, it’s about humans overcoming adversity. The zombies represent just another wall to climb, negative to overcome, or enemy to defeat.
Just when Season 5 of The Walking Dead began, it was announced there would be a Season 6. The first season only had 6 episodes. Season 5 had 16.
There are more “zombie” related shows on television than you count on one hand. The CW has one that is so unique, you should definitely set your DVR to catch it. iZombie, stars Malcolm Goodwin (you may know him from Breakout Kings) and Rose McIver (The Lovely Bones).
Goodwin plays a homicide detective who thinks McIver has psychic powers. The truth is, McIver is a zombie and when she devours the brains of the dead people in the morgue where she works she ends up “digesting” some of their “personality traits” and can “see” who killed them.
iZombie creators Diane Ruggiero and Rob Thomas are the same team behind Veronica Mars (2004 & 2014). iZombie is slated for 13 episodes at this time and I’ve devoured the first two episodes and can hardly wait for more.
iZombie is on the CW Network on Tuesdays at 8pm CST. Set those DVRs, you don’t want to miss this show.
BTW: There’s very little gore or violence in this show, and yes, she does eat brains, but it’s usually tastefully done in a pita pocket or disguised in other ways, so if you’ve avoided The Walking Dead because of the “zombie” element, you shouldn’t have any trouble watching iZombie and will thoroughly enjoy the cleverness of this show.
If you own a DVR and really use it to it’s full potential, then you should be able to skip the first couple of paragraphs of this post. I left to go shopping this morning and was completely unaware that Dead Again, one of my new favorites on A&E was coming on with not one, but two new episodes.
Which is where my DVR comes in. Since I have it set to record all “new” episodes of Dead Again, I came again home several hours later, unpacked my groceries, walked my dog, and sat down wondering what I was going to watch on TV.
When I pressed my Play List button, I was overjoyed to find at the very top of the list, a folder entitled Dead Again with two new episodes in it – the case of Margo Prade and the murder of millionaire William McLaughlin.
With these two particular episodes I was one-for-one. I remember the case of Margo Prade, vividly. I’ve seen at least three different television shows on this particular murder, but because Dead Again is so unique, is done so differently, and the real names of the people involved aren’t revealed until the very end, I wasn’t exactly sure it was the Prade case until the last 7 minutes or so.
The second episode, the murder of William McLaughlin, I wasn’t familiar with at all, but when I googled his name, I noticed there was extensive coverage of the murder trials of both suspects that are currently serving time in prison.
One of the biggest enjoyments I get from Dead Again is the affirmation of my own opinions on cases they’ve reexamined. Most recently the Prade case. Last season there were two cases they had a go at that reaffirmed my opinions.
So what’s my advice – if you don’t want to miss any of this season’s Dead Again, you should learn how to operate your DVR.
I’ve seen every episode of The First 48 Hours on A&E. Every once in a while I’ll catch one that I think I’ve never seen and then as it continues, I realize, nope, seen it.
So when a new season starts and they’re in a new city, I really get excited. This new season they’ve branched out into Atlanta (though they’ve been there before) and Tulsa, Oklahoma.
The first few episodes they were … well … not that exciting. Actually, they’ve been boring up until now.
But this past episode, which aired Thursday, Feb. 26, has brought Tulsa into it’s own. First let me just say that I had no idea that Dwayne Johnson (aka The Rock) had a much younger brother working in law enforcement and living in Tulsa.
More on that later. When a car heist goes wrong and a “Stray Shot” kills the car owner, Corporal Nathan Schilling is up next in the rotation to solve the homicide.
On the scene to help is Det. John Brown and Sgt. Dave Walker. Solving a homicide is definitely team work and having a sense of humor must be an important asset, because I can’t ever remember hearing a man ask another man (much less a cop ask another cop) “do these pants make my ass look fat?”
Or maybe it’s just Det. Brown with the sense of humor. Upon leaving the parking garage it’s “exiting the bat cave.” And when he’s searching a 16-year old suspect he’s looking for “guns or bazookas.”
Even when he’s looking at the ammunition from the handgun to see if it’s the same type from the homicide he’s cracking wise about “he’s the oldest guy in here.” To which one of the other detectives brings him a magnifying glass 5 times the size of the one used by Sherlock Holmes.
With the 16-year old suspect in custody and the gun confirmed as the murder weapon the case is on track and now The Rock’s younger brother can go to work. Head of the Fugitive Warrant Squad, Sgt. Luke Sherman has a profile that would have any woman believing he’s Dwayne Johnson’s baby brother.
I’d show you ladies a picture but A&E doesn’t have one posted with the rest of the “Meet the Officers” photos.
Once they have a majority of the underage suspects in custody and interview them, they have a clearer picture of exactly how the homicide went down and exactly who the killer is. And after searching for him (who is not underage), but not finding him, he eventually turns himself in.
From the very start of the interview he denies involvement … “I was home that night.” I wanted to reach into the TV and smack him in the back of his head.
We’ve heard every one of the suspects say he was the one who had the gun and did the shooting. Sgt. Walker and Corporal Schilling tell him that as well. They tell him this is his opportunity to tell his side of the story.
Sgt. Walker gets frustrated … angry … pissed off … or is it just a ploy and exits the room and leaves Corporal Schilling in the room with the suspect. Which works and the suspect opens up and admits that the shooting was an accident. He didn’t mean to shoot anyone.
Which brings it from first degree murder to second degree murder, giving all of them some possibility of a life after serving their sentences.
Don’t take me for one of those bleeding hearts – they definitely deserve to go to jail. But as Corporal Schilling said, the victim lost his life and a bunch of families are going to lose their children. Their are a lot of victims of crime, on both sides of the table.
The officers who fight it see the devastation on all levels.
While NBC shows the Super Bowl 49 (starting at 12pm CST), other stations will be running regular scheduled programming and still others will be running marathons. Here’s a list of marathons (and other special programming) to distract you while your living room is occupied by jocks and other folk watching Super Bowl 2015.
If you get the channel POP, Boomer Esiason and Katharine McPhee will host a countdown of the best ‘old school’ and ‘new school’ Super Bowl commercials of 2015 at 10:30am CST. It’s a great way to see the “best part of the Super Bowl” without having to actually watch the game.
Note, most programming can be confirmed by going to http://www.locatetv.com and some channels that listed “TBA” when I was compiling this list may now have more details on what’s showing.
All programming listed is in CST unless otherwise noted.
A&E: 11am Criminal Minds all day Marathon
ABC Family: 6am Miss Congeniality; 8am Doctor Doolittle; 10am Beauty Shop; 12:30pm What to Expect When You’re Expecting; 3pm The Blind Side; 6pm Back to the Future; 8:30pm Back to the Future Part II
AMC: 9am The Walking Dead (Ssn 1, Ep 1); 3:30 The Walking Dead (Ssn 2, Ep 1) Marathon continues till 4am, Feb. 2
American Heroes Channel: 8am Patriots Rising: The American Revolution; 11am America: Facts vs. Fiction; 1pm How We Got Here; 3pm Egypt’s 10 Greatest Discoveries; 5pm Secrets of the Bible
Animal Planet: 11am Too Cute!; 2pm Annual Puppy Bowl XI
Audience Channel: 11am Taxi; 1pm Off Camera with Sam Jones; 2pm NYPD Blue; 7pm Beautiful Girls; 9pm A Walk in the Clouds; 11pm Beautiful Girls
BBC America: 12am Star Trek: The Next Generation; 5am The Making of Planet Earth; 11am Star Trek: The Next Generation
BET: 10:30am It’s a Mann’s World; 12:30pm Meet the Browns; 3pm The Pursuit of Happyness; 6pm A Time to Kill; 10pm Super Bowl Gospel 2015; 11pm Rev. Peter Popoff
Bravo: 11am The Real Housewives of Atlanta
Centric: 10:30am The Rosa Parks Story; 1pm Super Bowl Gospel 2015; 2pm Lady Sings the Blues; 5pm TBA Movie; 7pm TBA Movie; 9:30pm The Women of Brewster Place
Chiller: 10am Black Cadillac; 12pm CLONED: The Recreator Chronicles; 2pm Bloodwork; 4pm Godsend; 6pm The X Files; 10pm Godsend
Cloo: 5am COPS all day marathon
Cooking Channel: 7am Dinner: Impossible; 7:30am Ultimate Food Showdown; 8am Donut Showdown; 9am Rebel Without a Kitchen; 9:30am The Originals With Emeril; 10am Good Eats; 12pm Unique Eats; 12:30pm Unique Sweets; 1pm Man, Fire, Food; 1:30pm Emeril’s Florida; 2pm Chuck’s Eat the Street; 3pm My Grandmother’s Ravioli; 4pm Cupcake Wars; 5pm Donut Showdown; 6pm Carnival Eats; 7pm Real Girl’s Kitchen; 8pm The Best Thing I Ever Ate; 9pm Unique Sweets; 10pm Carnival Eats
Destination America: 9am Buying the Beach; 5pm Buying Hawaii
Discovery Life: 9am 50 Ways to Kill Your Mother; 11am Toddler Bowl; 11:30am World’s Worst Mom; 1pm Untold Stories of the ER; 6pm Outrageous Births: Tales from the Crib
The Discovery Channel: 9am TBA; 9pm Alaskan Bush People
DIY: 7am Bath Crashers; 8am Kitchen Crashers; 11am Tiny House Builders; 12pm Renovation Realities; 4pm Rehab Addict
E!: 8:30am Hairspray; 11am Enchanted; 1pm Total Divas; 7pm Ghost; 9:30 Ghost
Food Network: 8am The Pioneer Woman; 8:30am Trisha’s Southern Kitchen; 9am Southern at Heart; 9:30am Giada at Home; 10am Guy’s Big Bite; 10:30am Brunch at Bobby’s; 11am Daphne Dishes; 11:30am Farmhouse Rules; 12pm The Kitchen; 1pm Chopped; 3pm Guy’s Grocery Games; 4pm Best. Ever; 5pm Worst Cooks in America; 10pm Cutthroat Kitchen
FX: 11:30am The Bourne Legacy; 2:30pm We Bought a Zoo; 5pm Ice Age: Continental Drift: 7pm How To Train Your Dragon; 9pm How To Train Your Dragon; 11pm Death at a Funeral
FXM: 10:25am Teenage Rebel; 12pm Decline & Fall … of a Bird Watcher; 2pm Chronicle; 3:41pm FXM Presents; 4pm Underworld Awakening; 5:42pm FXM Presents; 6pm Star Trek; 8:33pm FXM Presents; 9pm Star Trek
FXX: 10am American Pie 4: Reunion; 12:30pm 13 Going On 30; 2:30pm The Simpsons; 6:30pm Marley & Me; 9pm Marley & Me; 11:30pm In Living Color
FYI: 1pm Married at First Sight: The First Year; 4pm Food Factory USA; 6pm Food Tech; 7pm TBA
Great American Country: 11am Top 20 Country Countdown; 1pm Friday Night Impossible with Jerry Rice; 2pm West End Salvage; 5pm Endless Yard Sale 2014; 7pm Flea Market Flip
GSN: 11am Family Feud Marathon; 4pm Idiotest; 6pm Family Feud
Hallmark Channel: 11am Kitten Bowl II; 8pm Puppy Love; 10pm My Boyfriends’ Dogs
HGTV: 6am Fixer Upper; 10am Ellen’s Design Challenge; 11am Property Brothers; 7pm Beachfront Bargain Hunt; 8pm Caribbean Life; 9pm Island Life; 10pm House Hunters; 11pm Caribbean Life
History: 6am Swamp People all day marathon
H2: 11am The Universe; 3pm Bigfoot: The Definitive Guide; 5pm America’s Book of Secrets
Investigation Discovery: 5am DATELINE: Real Life Mysteries Marathon; 3pm Wives with Knives
ION Channel: 11am The Karate Kid III; 1:30pm Romeo Must Die; 4pm The Transporter 2; 6pm Space Cowboys; 9pm The Guardian;
The Learning Channel: 11am Toddler Bowl; 11:30am Say Yes to the Dress; 5pm Untold Stories of the ER; 7pm Sex Sent Me to the E.R.
Lifetime: 9am The Holiday; 12pm Stolen From the Womb; 2pm Killing Daddy; 4pm Whitney; 6pm With This Ring; 8pm Beautiful & Twisted; 10:02pm With This Ring
Lifetime Movie Network: 7am Dead at 17; 9am Missing at 17; 11am Fugitive at 17; 1pm Betrayed at 17; 3pm Guilty at 17; 5pm A Haunting at Silver Falls; 7pm Big Driver; 9pm Cold Spring; 11pm Big Driver
LOGO: 5am The Golden Girls; 9am Dallas Cowboy Cheerleaders; 9pm The Brady Bunch Movie; 11pm Living Single
Nat Geo: 8am Ultimate Survival Alaska; 10am Remote Survival; 11am Southern Justice; 6pm Alaska State Troopers; 9pm Remote Survival; 10pm Alaska State Troopers; 11pm Remote Survival
Nat Geo Wild: 6am The Incredible Dr. Pol; 5pm Fish Bowl II; 9pm The Incredible Dr. Pol
Ovation: 11am Persuasion; 1pm Pride & Prejudice (Episode 16); 2pm P&P (Episode 17); 3pm P&P (Episode 18); 4pm P&P (Episode 19); 5pm P&P (Episode 20); 6pm P&P (Episode 21); 7pm The American President; 9:30pm Notting Hill
OWN: 11am Help Desk with Dr. Michael Beckwith; 12pm Super Soul Sunday; 2pm Oprah’s Master Class; 7pm Oprah: Where Are They Now?
Oxygen: 7am My Wife & Kids; 9am Snapped
Pivot: 11am Cesar’s Last Fast; 1pm Panoramica: Crossing Over; 2pm History of the Earth; 4pm Inside Job; 6:30pm Winter’s Bone; 9pm Fortitude; 11pm Deadliest Journeys
POP: 10:30am Super Bowl’s Greatest Commercials 2015; 11:30am The Love Boat; 12:30pm Patch Adams; 3pm The Birdcage; 5:30pm Patch Adams; 8pm The Birdcage; 10:30pm Kindergarten Cop
Reelz Channel: 10am Hollywood Buzz; 10:30am Hollywood Scandals; 11:30am Celebrity Damage Control; 1:30pm Steven Seagal Lawman; 2pm Gangsters: America’s Most Evil; 10pm XXX
Science Channel: 2:01am How It’s Made Marathon all day
Spike TV: 10am COPS
Syfy: 8am Chupacabra vs. The Alamo; 10am Mega Python vs Gatoroid; 12pm Mega Shark vs Crocosaurus; 2pm Mega Shark vs Mecha Shark; 4pm Airplane vs Volcano; 6pm Asteroid vs Earth; 8pm Abraham Lincoln vs Zombies; 10pm Airplane vs Volcano
TBS: 11am Just Married; 1pm She’s the Man; 3pm 17 Again; 5pm Shrek; 7pm Shrek 2; 9pm Shrek the Third; 11pm 17 Again
TCM: 8:30am The Four Feathers; 10:45am The Wind and the Lion; 1pm The Great Race; 3:45pm Around the World in 80 Days; 7pm And the Oscar Goes To …. (The history of the Academy Awards); 9pm Wings; 11:30pm All Quiet on the Western Front;
TNT: 2am Law & Order (the original); 5pm Tyler Perry Madea Goes to Jail; 7pm The Help; 10pm The Help
The Travel Channel: 11am Adam Richman’s Fandemonium Super Bowl Tailgate Takeover; 12pm Food Paradise; 7pm The Layover with Anthony Bourdain; 9pm Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations; 11pm The Layover with Anthony Bourdain
truTV: 9am Hardcore Pawn; 2pm Kart Life; 3pm Impractical Jokers; 7pm Branson Famous; 9pm Kart Life; 10pm Harcore Pawn; 11pm Branson Famous
TV ONE: 10am Girlfriends all day marathon
USA Network: 10am Law & Order: SVU; 10pm Modern Family
Velocity: 11am What’s My Car Worth?; 11:30am MotorWeek; 12pm Naked Speed; 1pm Desert Car Kings; 9pm Fast N’ Loud: Demolition Theater; 10pm Desert Car Kings; 11pm Street Outlaws
WE TV: 9am Will & Grace; CSI: Miami;
WGN America: 8am Law & Order (the original); 10am Parks & Recreation; 11am How I Met Your Mother; 10pm Salem; 11pm Bones
An average of forty-two calls an hour; as many as 1,000 calls a night. No matter how you say it, New Orleans gets a helluva lot of police, fire and EMS calls in a 24-hour period. A&E has a new show on Thursday, following one of my favorites (The First 48) that comes on at 9pm CST entitled Nightwatch. It’s a Wolf Films (yes, follow along here, a Dick Wolf Production: Law & Orders) that follows the police, fire and EMS squads of New Orleans as they go about their nightly … business.
Let me be perfectly clear, it’s not Cops; it’s not even anything like Cops. It is a reality show but it will certainly keep your ass in your chair so I suggest you set your DVR so you don’t miss a single moment.
It’s no secret that New Orleans is one of the cities that The First 48 added to it’s roster in 2013. I was in New Orleans in December 2013 and was pleasantly surprised when I settled in my hotel room to watch my favorite show (The First 48) and that particular episode took place in New Orleans.
But I’m not writing this to tell you about my last vacation. This is a show you should definitely check out because you will be rewarded with an insight into modern police work, dedicated and knowledgeable EMS workers who you hope (or not) you meet one day, and firefighters who save a cat from an arson started burning house and actually have oxygen masks on board their truck that are meant for animals. (Yes, the cat makes it.)
EMSers Gavin and Holly and Titus and Dan start work at 8pm. Gavin is an iceberg. I have never seen anyone so cool; even when he’s dealing with a lying doper and delivers a dose of Narcan to a man in the back of his ambulance while his partner Holly drives.
Titus and Dan, the other well matched pair of EMSers, assist with some calls, but also answer their own. A man has congestive heart failure and can’t breathe. Of all the calls they’re sent to, one particular address gives Dan a deja vu and as they go in, he recalls the patient and talks to him like an old friend.
Victor and Cedric of the NOPD in the meantime are “wolfpackin'” in an attempt to find the shooters who gunned down Anthony, the first case the EMSers responded to in this episode.
Over at Firehouse SQURT 27, dinner is being made and Chief Terence is impatient. An alarm goes off and everything is dropped for a residential fire call. An arson job.
Just as Gavin and Holly get ready to leave Tulane University Emergency they’re called back to the neighborhood where Anthony, their first call, was shot. Retaliation shots have been fired and members of the neighborhood have suffered. They bring an elderly lady in with three gunshot wounds.
NOPD continues their wolfpackin’ strategy in an attempt to catch the shooters. Driving in a pack, patrolling the streets in the area where the shooting took place, checking out foot traffic, hoping the shooters get nervous and make a mistake. Around 12:30pm that’s exactly what happens and they recover two guns, the magazines and some pills.
“Cousins” Titus and Dan stop off at SQURT 27 just in time for dinner. It’s way after 1am and Chef/Capt Kevin has finally put dinner on the table. As they laugh and eat and compliment the cook, Titus makes a joke about them being the kind of cousins “you let ’em on the porch but not in the house.” (I use to have a boyfriend like that.)
Yes, there is some humor, yes there is plenty of drama. At the end of this particular episode, there is a great deal of sadness, and a good deal of truth. Even when Gavin and Holly’s shift is finally over and they stop for a coffee, they still cannot let it go. A citizen tells them there’s someone over at Jackson Square having a seizure.
Turns out it’s just someone who’s overpartied. That happens a lot in New Orleans. I wonder if Nightwatch is going to have a Mardi Gras episode (or two).
Planning a night out this New Year’s Eve? With gas prices at an all time low pretty much all over the county, experts say many will travel by car up to 50 miles for a night out this New Year’s Eve. If you’re planning a party and are wondering what might be on TV to keep your kids occupied, or perhaps be the center of entertainment, here’s a list of TV marathons on New Year’s Eve (December 31).
If you need a theme for your party, how about a Zombie Theme. AMC is starting a Walking Dead Marathon tomorrow, yes, I said tomorrow, Tuesday, December 30 at 8am, beginning with the first episode and continuing through Friday, January 2, 12am. I hope your guests don’t expect to stay that long.
All times listed are Central, and networks are listed alphabetically. If you want to confirm anything listed here, or want to know what’s coming on January 1 or any other days, you can click on the link above. You’ll probably have to put in your satellite/cable provider and your timezone, and may have to register (I’m not sure about that part). It’s quite an invaluable resource.
Of course if you’re still in Christmas mode, and many of us still are, and you’re looking for good quality Christmas programming, then you should head over to the Hallmark Channel. In addition to showing original Holiday movies on New Year’s Eve, they’ll be showing Episode 506 and 505 of Home & Family starting at 9am (CST) (That’s 4 hours worth of good advice at a time of year when you might need it). Talking about something to celebrate, they just did … celebrate … their 500 episode of Home & Family. Congrats Hallmark Channel … that’s quite a milestone.
A&E: Dec. 31, 9am Criminal Minds; 11am CSI: Miami; 1pm Wahlburgers; 5pm Duck Dynasty
ABC Family: Dec. 31, 6am The Middle; 10am New Year’s Eve; 12:30pm The Wedding Planner; 3pm Miss Congeniality; 5pm The Proposal; 7:30pm Pretty Woman; 10pm The 700 Club
AHC: Dec. 31, 8am 10 Commandments of the Mafia; 10am Mafia’s Greatest Hits; 4pm FBI’s 10 Most Wanted: Manhunts; 6pm I (Almost) Got Away With It
AMC: Dec. 30, 8am CST: The Walking Dead Marathon starting with the very first episode from Season 1, Days Gone Bye. Continues through Friday, Jan. 2, 12am
Animal Planet: Dec. 31, 6am Africa; 1pm Frozen Planet; 4pm North America
Audience: Dec. 31, 1am The History Boys; 3am GCS Wiz Khalifa; 4am GCS Ziggy Marley; 5am GCS Phantogram; 6am JFK: A President Betrayed; 8am The Dan Patrick Show; 11am The Rich Eisen Show; 2pm The Box Score; 2:30pm ten x ten; 3pm Off Camera with Sam Jones: Jessica Chastain; 4pm GCS The Gaslight Anthem; 6pm 24 (Ssn 6 Ep 21: Day 6 2-3am); 6pm Locker Room Addiction; 7pm 54; 9pm The Clearing; 11pm NYPD Blue (Ssn 1, Ep 1 Pilot); 11:51pm NYPD Blue (Ssn 1, Ep 2 4b or Not 4b)
BBC America: Dec. 31, 12am Star Trek: The Next Generation – Ssn 5, Ep 8, Pt 2; 1am Ssn 5, Ep 9; 2am Ssn 5, Ep 10; 3am Ssn 5, Ep 11; 4am Ssn 5, Ep 12; 5am BBC World News; 8am Doctor Who Ssn 2, Ep 8; 9am Ssn 2 Ep 9; 10am Ssn 2 Ep 11; 11am Ssn 2 Ep 12; 12pm Ssn 2 Ep 13; 1pm Doctor Who: Voyage of the Damned; 2:30pm Doctor Who Season 8 Ep 1; 4:15pm Doctor Who Season 8 Ep 11; 5:15pm Ssn 8 Ep 12; 6:30pm Doctor Who: Last Christmas; 8pm Doctor Who: The End of Time; 11pm Doctor Who: The Time of The Doctor
BET: Dec. 31, 7am Nellyville; 10am Top 100 Videos of 2014; 10pm 106 & Party: New Year’s Eve 2014
Bravo: Dec. 31, 5am The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills; 6am Black Swan; 8:30 Gangs of New York; 12pm Hannibal Rising; 2:30pm The Prestige; 5pm Shutter Island; 8pm The Prestige; 10:30pm Gangs of New York
Cloo: Dec. 31, 5am NCIS: Los Angeles New Year’s Eve Marathon
CMT: Dec. 31, 10:30am Steve Austin’s Broken Skull Challenge; 9pm Cops Reloaded
Destination America: Dec. 31, 8am Railroad Alaska all day/all night
Discovery HD: Dec. 31, 7am Joyce Meyer: Enjoying Everyday Life; 7:30am It’s Supernatural! with Sid Roth; 8am Dual Survival; 2pm Naked & Afraid
DIY: Dec. 31, 12am Holmes Makes It Right (Ssn 1, Episode 11: Breaking Through); 3am Paid Programming; 3:30am Renovation Rookies (Ssn 1, Episode 1: Mudroom Madness); 4am Paid Programming; 6am The Vanilla Ice Project; 6pm Rev. Run’s Renovation
E!: Dec. 31, 6am Kourtney & Khloe Take the Hamptons; 11pm Sex & the City
ElRey: Dec. 31, 9am Dark Angel; 3pm Lucha Underground; 11pm Miami Vice
Esquire: Dec. 31, 6am Weekend Fix; 7:30am Percy Jackson & the Lightning Thief; 10am 21; 12:30pm Red Dawn; 3pm Percy Jackson & the Lightning Thief; 5:30pm 21; 8pm Snakes on a Plane; 10pm Best of Running of the Bulls 2014; 11pm Best Bars in America
Food Network: Dec. 31, 8:30am Throwdown with Bobby Flay (Grinders); 9am 5 Ingredient Fix (Reservations For Brunch); 9:30am Hungry Girl (Just Desserts); 10am Cupcake Wars (Dodgers Cupcakes); 11am The Pioneer Woman (Little School House on the Prairie); 11:30am Barefoot Contessa (Rehearsal Dinner); 12pm Semi-Homemade Cooking (Brunch for a Bunch); 12:30pm Ten Dollar Dinners (Dixie on a Time); 1pm Secrets of a Restaurant Chef (Crispy Stuffed Chicken Breasts); 1:30pm 30 Minute Meals; 2pm Giada at Home; 3pm Barefoot Contessa; 4pm The Pioneer Woman (Gathering Bulls); 4:30pm Southern at Heart (Pizza Party); 5pm Diners, Drive-ins & Dives; 6pm Cutthroat Kitchen; 3am Kitchen Casino
FX: Dec. 31, 6am The Insider; 9am The Tourist; 11am Salt; 1pm How I Met Your Mother; 3pm Anger Management; 4pm Two & a Half Men; 5pm Mike & Molly
FXM: Dec. 31, 7:55am Wabash Avenue; 9:30am The I Don’t Care Girl; 10:50am The Farmer Takes a Wife; 12:15pm High Time; 2pm Twilight; 4:30pm The Twilight Saga: New Moon; 10pm The Twilight Saga: Eclipse
FXX: Dec. 31, 6am Sports Night; 7am Parks & Recreation; 10:30am The Taking of Pelham One Two Three; 1pm Tropic Thunder; 3:30pm Click; 6pm The Simpsons Movie; 8pm The Simpsons
Hallmark Channel: Dec. 31 7am All I Want for Christmas; 9am Home & Family; 1pm Help for the Holidays; 3pm Matchmaker Santa; 5pm Meet the Santas; 7pm The Christmas Ornament; 9pm The Middle; 10pm The Good Witch’s Gift
Hallmark Movies & Mysteries: Dec. 31, 12am Finding John Christmas; 2am When Angels Come to Town; 4am Fallen Angel; 6am What I Did for Love; 8am A Kiss at Midnight; 10am Christmas Wishes; 12pm Finding John Christmas; 2pm Fallen Angel; 4pm Anne Tyler’s Saint Maybe; 6pm A Season for Miracles; 8pm A Kiss at Midnight; 10pm Christmas Wishes
HGTV: Dec. 31, 5:30am House Hunters International; 8pm-3:30am House Hunters
History: Dec. 31, 7am Brad Meltzer’s Decoded: Lincoln Assassination; 8am Lost History: White House Cornerstone; 9am Lost History: D-Day Footage; 10am Lost History: Moon Landing Tapes; 11am Lost History: Lee Harvey Oswald’s Ring; 12pm Lost History: Geronimo’s Skull; 1pm Lost History: Hitler’s Photo Album; 2pm Lost History: Missing Moon Rocks; 3pm Lost History: JFK’s Brain; 4pm American Pickers
H2: Dec. 31, 7am Mega Movers; 8am Ancient Discoveries
Investigation Discovery: Dec. 31, 5am Blood Relatives; 1pm My Dirty Little Secret; 7pm Momsters: When Moms Go Bad
IFC: Dec. 31, 12:30am Halloween (2007); 3am Saw VI; 5am Trapped in Paradise; 7:30am Comedy Bang! Bang! 8:45am Caddyshack; 11am Trapped in Paradise; 1:30pm House Party; 3:45pm Caddyshack; 6pm The Three Stooges
ION: Dec. 31, 12pm Rookie Blue; 3pm-11pm Cold Case; Jan. 1, 10am-1am (Jan. 2) Criminal Minds
Lifetime: Dec. 31, 12:02am Biography; 1:02am G.I. Jane; 4:04am Biography; 5:04-8:30am Informational Programming; 8:30am The Balancing Act; 9am Unsolved Mysteries; 10am How I Met Your Mother; 3pm The Surrogacy Trap; 5pm The Nightmare Nanny; 7pm Accused at 17; 9pm Missing at 17; 11pm Guilty at 17
LMN: Dec. 31, 12am Intervention; 2am Escaping Polygamy; 4am Intervention; 5-6:30am Informational Programming; 7am Fatal Desire; 9am Too Close to Home; 11am Murder at My Door; 1pm Murder in a College Town; 3pm Maid of Honor; 5pm Vows of Deception; 7pm The Preacher’s Mistress; 9pm The Good Mistress; 11pm Dark Desire
Logo: Dec. 31, 5am: T-Shirt Stories; 6am The ANTICS Roadshow; 7am Kylie Minogue: Aphrodite Tour; 9am RuPaul’s Drag Race
Nat Geo Wild: Dec. 31, 6am Dog Whisperer; 7am Monster Fish; 8am Wild Wives of Africa; 11am Caught in the Act; 4pm Animals Gone Wild
Ovation: Dec. 31, 12:30am A Dangerous Method; 2:30am Music Mavericks (Neil Diamond); 6am Raiders of the Lost Art (Leonardo da Vinci); 7am Raiders of the Lost Art (Vermeer); 8am Johnny Cash in San Quentin; 9am Johnny Cash at Folsom Prison; 11am Lonesome Dome Season 1, Episodes 1-4; 7pm Return to Lonesome Dove, Episodes 1-3 (Episode 4 airs at 1am on January 1)
OWN: Dec. 31, 5am Dr. Phil; 1pm Undercover Boss; 6pm Tyler Perry’s For Better or Worse
Oxygen: Dec. 31, 5am Love & Other Drugs; 7:30am My Wife & Kids; 10am Why Do Fools Fall in Love?; 12pm Soul Plane; 2pm Love Jones; 4pm Soul Plane; 6pm Magic Mike; 8:30 Magic Mike; 11pm Love & Other Drugs
Pivot Channel: Dec. 31, 1am Buffy the Vampire Slayer; 5am The Operatives; 6am Friday Night Lights; 8am Farscape; 8pm Angry Planet; 9pm Future of Water Part 1; Part 2 (10pm); Part 3 (11pm)
Reelz Channel: Dec. 31, 7am Access Hollywood LIVE; 8am TMZ Hollywood Sports; 8:30am Mansion Hunters; 9am EP Daily; 9:30am OK! TV; 10am Access Hollywood LIVE; 11am OK! TV Specials; 11:30am Holiday Movie Preview Review; 12pm Hatfields & The McCoy’s: Bad Blood; 2pm True Grit (1969); 5pm OK! TV; 6pm The Shooter; 8pm True Grit (1969); 11pm TMZ Hollywood Sports; 11:30pm OK! TV Specials; 12pm OK! TV Specials
Science: Dec. 31, 12am MythBusters, all day/all night
Spike: Dec. 31, 1:30pm Jail; 2pm Cops; 3pm World’s Wildest Police Videos; 5pm Cops; 6:30pm Jail; 7pm Cops; 7:30pm Jail; 8pm Cops
Syfy: Dec. 31, 8am The Twilight Zone all day/all night
TBS: Dec. 31, 5am Rules of Engagement; 5:30am Married with Children; 6:30am Lord of the Rings: Return of the King; 11am The Cleveland Show; 12pm American Dad; 1:30pm Family Guy; 2pm The King of Queens; 3pm Friends; 5pm Seinfeld; 7pm Family Guy; 7:30pm Big Bang Theory; 10pm Conan; 11pm Cougar town; 11:30pm Conan (repeat) 12pm Cougar Town
TLC: Dec. 31, 5am Hoarding: Buried Alive; 1pm Untold Stories of the ER; 7pm Strange Sex: The Year’s Best; 8pm Secret Sex Lives
TNT: Dec. 31, 12am CSI: NY; 5am Law & Order (the original); 7am Charmed; 9am The Mechanic; 10:45am The Fast & the Furious; 12:45pm Fast & Furious; 2:45pm Clash of the Titans; 4:45pm 300; 7pm The Expendables; 9pm Red; 11pm Law & Order (the original)
Travel: Dec. 31, Tastiest Places to Chowdown – Chowdown Countdown: 10am – Lobster Shack in Main, the BBQ Capital of Texas, Sausage; 11am – Big Red in Alabama; 12pm – soul food in Nebraska, a BBQ join with 100 years of pit experience, steak join in the south; 1pm – Brooklyn style pizza, the best lobster roll in New Hampshire, how the president likes his chili; 2pm – top 20 spots in the Chowdown Countdown; 3pm Booze Traveler; 9pm Bizarre Foods with Andrew Zimmerman; 11pm Booze Traveler
TruTV: Dec. 31, 9am World’s Dumbest; 11am Top 20 Most Shocking; 1pm Barmageddon; 3pm South Beach Tow7pm Hardcore Pawn; 10pm Barmageddon (New); 12am Hardcore Pawn
TV Land: Dec. 31, 8am The Andy Griffith Show; 10am Hogan’s Heroes; 12pm Gunsmoke; 1pm Bonanza; 3pm Walker, Texas Ranger; 7pm Family Feud; 8pm Everybody Loves Raymond; 9pm The Year: 2014; 11pm Friends
TV One: Dec. 31, 7am A Different World; 8am News One Now; 9am Martin
UP: Dec. 31, 8am Heartland; 9am Dr. Quinn: Medicine Woman; 11am Touched by an Angel; 12pm Judging Amy; 2pm Heaven is Waiting; 4pm Fireproof; 6:30pm Facing the Giants; 9pm Courageous; 11:30pm King’s Faith
USA: Dec. 31, 12:30am Law & Order: Special Victims Unit all day
Velocity: Dec. 31, 7am South Beach Classics; 8am Wheeler Dealers
weTV: Dec. 31, 10:30am Judge Hackett; 11am Roseanne; 1pm Will & Grace; 3pm SWV Reunited
WGN America: Dec. 31, 8am America’s Funniest Home Videos
When this issue hits our mailbox at work, I always make sure to read it cover-to-cover. Most of the other People Magazines that arrive in the mail I just page through, but the Best & Worst is always interesting and since I don’t pay for the subscription, that’s even better.
This year-end issue they usually forecast who will be HOT in the coming year and they didn’t disappoint … They mention Kathy Griffith taking over for the late Joan Rivers on Fashion Police. I never watched that show, so I could give a rat’s ass who takes over. Up and comers versus backstabbers is the daughters of Melanie Griffin and Don Johnson, Dakota Johnson, who we’ll be seeing in the adaptation of 50 Shades of Grey. That girl has strong acting genes on both sides of the bloodline.
Katy Perry will be headlining the half time show at the Super Bowl in 2015 (Feb. 1), which is just a week before the Grammys (Feb. 8). I wonder if Taylor Swift feels snubbed.
On page 50 they list the Top 10 “Your Faves” Pop Culture’s Most Wanted, Streamed, Watched and Read of 2014. Under Prime-Time Cable, #8 was… yep, you guessed it … Longmire. The show A&E dumped and the show Netflix has now picked up and put into filming for Season 4. That was the only A&E show listed. The Walking Dead was #1 (of course) followed by Game of Thrones (HBO); American Horror Story (FX); Sons of Anarchy (FX); Rizzoli & Isles (TNT); Major Crimes (TNT); The Last Ship (TNT); Longmire (A&E); True Blood (HBO); The Real Housewives of Atlanta (Bravo).
Movies, Most Streamed Songs on Spotify, Kindle Bestsellers, Increase in Twitter Followers, and some other social media garbage is also listed.
I also use this issue to see if I missed anyone in my 2014 list of obituaries. People, of course lists the really big celebrities who died, but they also included some of the lesser known celebrities.
I’ll be putting up my list starting on Friday, December 19.