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.
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.
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
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.
Every Thanksgiving, the sound of the television has always been in the background. If not a football game, it’s the Macy’s Day Parade, a cooking show or a favorite series or holiday movie. Here’s a list of just a few of the marathons scheduled for this upcoming Thanksgiving weeked.
All times are Eastern. You can always check to see what’s on your favorite channels by Googling their schedule (for example: Cloo Schedule). Have a wonderful Thanksgiving.
Thursday, Nov. 27
Adventure Time: 9am–2pm on Cartoon Network
Portlandia: 9am-2:30pm on IFC
Friends: 10am-5pm on TBS
Seinfeld: 5-8pm on TBS
Friday Night Lights: 10am–9pm on Pivot
Jurassic Park: 10am–2am Friday on AMC (I bet they air the trailer from the upcoming Jurassic Park movie coming to theaters this summer)
Modern Family: 10am-12am (Midnight) on USA
Transporter the Series: 11am-11:03pm on TNT
Alaska: The Last Frontier: 12pm-3am Friday on Discovery Channel
My Dirty Little Secret: 12pm-8pm on Investigation Discovery
The Millionaire Matchmaker: 3-10:30pm on Bravo
The Simpsons: 4-10pm followed by The Simpsons Movie on FXX
The Brady Bunch: 5:30-9pm on TV Land
Friday, Nov. 28
Helix: 6am–8pm on Syfy
Deadly Women: 6am–9pm on Investigation Discovery
Buffy the Vampire Slayer: 9am–10pm on Pivot
Rambo: 11am–midnight on AMC
Star Trek: The Next Generation: 12pm–6am Saturday on BBC America
American Pickers: 1–11pm on History
Tanked: 2–9pm on Animal Planet
Gilligan’s Island: 3–9pm on TV Land
Gold Rush: 3–10pm on Discovery Channel
Mysteries: 3pm–4am Saturday on Travel Channel
Blue Bloods: 11am on Ion
Rookie Blue: 10pm on Ion
Saturday, Nov. 29
House: 6am–6am Sunday on Cloo
Manzo’d with Children: 6–10am on Bravo
The Leftovers: 8:45am–6:45pm on HBO Signature
NCIS: 11am–midnight on USA
The Matrix: 11am–5am Sunday on AMC
Veronica Mars: 12pm–5pm on Pivot
Vikings: 3pm–4am Sunday on History
Homeland: 3pm–12am on Showtime
Z Nation: 11pm–5:30am Sunday on Syfy
Law & Order: Criminal Intent: 11am on Ion
Sunday, Nov. 30
NCIS: 6am-6am Monday on Cloo
Ax Men: 7am–1pm on History
Law & Order: SVU: 9am–11pm on USA
Roseanne: 10am–4pm on weTV (also on TV Land from 12–6pm)
Man v. Food Nation: 2–8pm on Travel Channel
The Walking Dead (Season 5): 1–10pm on AMC
The Real Housewives of Atlanta: 3–11:30pm on Bravo
The Affair: 4–11pm on Showtime
I admit, I have been more than pissed at A&E for dumping Longmire and insulting my intelligence with Love Prison. I mean I watch and write about TV for a living. I understand demograpics. I’m in the demographic range that they no longer want anything to do with.
But how many 18-49 year olds do you know are buying expensive cars and saving for retirement? I’m quite sure Longmire will land on it’s feet where it will be more than appreciated and bring its 5.7 million fans* with it.
But there are shows on A&E that I’ve been watching since Day 1. The First 48 is one of those. From Miami to Memphis to Birmingham to New Orleans to Dallas and Harris County, I’ve seen them all. I own both “Best of the First 48” DVDs. I’ve laughed and I’ve cried. I’m a very loyal fan and I bet the demographic category I fall in is too.
Joe Schillaci has always been one of my favorites. He openly admitted one morning when having breakfast with two colleagues that he was metrosexual. When I discovered he was taking part in a Dick Wolf crime show called “Dead Again” I was really excited.
Executive Producer Dick Wolf has gone from showing us some of the fictionalized dramas of America’s real cases in Law & Order to Cold Justice on TNT (I’m a fan) and now to A&E with Dead Again.
Wolf has assembed a team of experts: Joe Schillaci (Retired Deputy Commander, Miami), a 30 year veteran with a background in homicide and undercover work and a fan-favorite from The First 48; Kevin Gannon (Retired Detective Sergeant, NYC); and Michele Wood (Homicide Detective, Chicago, 13 year veteran).
The 60-minute series uses these experts in their field to re-examine controversial murder cases in which serious unresolved questions still linger long after the verdict was determined.
The episodic premiere was Thursday, October 2. I watched it twice. I’m still thinking about it and today is Saturday. The case and how it ended is haunting me.
Like The First 48, the eight cases Schillaci and the team re-investigate will not be resolved when the 60-minutes is up. The first episode of Dead Again ended so abruptly, with no known resolution, that I believe that’s why it’s still effecting me.
But I guess you can’t watch year after year of true crime murder cases and not have it effect you. But what really marvels me is the difference between Cold Justice and Dead Again.
Cold Justice reopens unsolved murder cases with the consent of local law enforcement and has a go at re-examining the evidence in an attempt to solve the murder.
The premise behind Dead Again is totally fascinating when you seriously think about.
* Longmire fans 5.7 million viewers when DVR views get added in over 7 days. Multichannel News (8/28/14) Updated
“Cold Justice” on TNT — Dishing Out Justice on Old Cases
You might remember the name Dick Wolf from his Law & Order shows. He still has one Law & Order drama on network television: Law & Order: SVU.
But he also has his hands into a real life show that’s racked up a real life score: 4 confessions, 8 indictments, 12 arrests, 2 guilty pleas and one 22-year prison sentence for murder.
It’s made up of real women traveling from cold case to cold case, tackling some that have little or no evidence. They bring fresh eyes and talented, tough retired detectives to small and medium sized towns. They use their talents to reopen unsolved murder cases by invitation of local law enforcement and many times, with the blessing of family members of the deceased.
Kelly Siegler is a former Texas prosecutor and in that position she has prosecuted some of the toughest cases against some of the most formidable and respected criminal defense attorneys in the state of Texas. She has lectured all over the country on topics such as Final Arguments, Jury Presentation, Arguing Effectively for a Death Sentence and How to Pick a Jury.
Yolanda McClary is a former Las Vegas crime scene investigator with 16 years of experience who has worked more than 7,000 cases. It’s been said that Las Vegas is one of the busiest crime labs in the country. Of course you’ve probably heard that she’s the real life model for the Catherine Willows character on CSI: Crime Scene Investigations, which definitely explains why Marg Helgenberger always gets her man and apparently, so does Yolanda McClary.
Johnny Bonds is a retired homicide detective from Houston, Texas. He started his career in 1967 and was the youngest detective promoted to the Homicide Division at the age of 25. In 1988 he began working for the Harris County DA’s office as an investigator and it is there he met Kelly Siegler. They worked closely together in the Special Crimes Unit.
Orlando Martinez is the only active detective on the Cold Justice team. He has been a sworn officer for the LAPD for over 18 years. His specialties include case biopsies, interviews and the application of modern tech advances to cases. He loves working in homicide, as it is a way to bring closure to families of lost loved ones.
If you watched A&E’s American Justice, you may know the face of Armando Perez. Armando grew up in a very large family in Brownsville, Tex. He received his BA in Criminal Justice from Abilene Cristain University at Dallas. He went on to graduate from the Dallas Police Academy in December of 1972 and began working as a DPD officer in the Patrol Division. After 26 years with the DPD, working with such various department as Vice, IA and the Intelligence Division, he moved into Homicide in 1996. He retired in 2008.
July 18 “Cold Justice” Episode features Case Updates – Hosted by John Walsh
Who doesn’t know John Walsh from America’s Most Wanted? TNT’s Cold Justice episode on Friday, July 18 features a special episode created in response to fan requests for case updates. Entitled “Justice Served,” this episode will look back at the impressive results achieved by the investigators on TNT’s Cold Justice.
All Independence Day Marathons listed begin at 7am CT on Friday, July 4, unless otherwise noted. When a program is listed at a specific time, i.e. 7am America’s Next Top Model, and the next program of a different title starts at 11am, the program listed at 7am runs in hour (or half hour) increments through until the new program starts at the new time. HD Channels of the networks listed below are showing identical line-ups only in High Definition.
A&E: 7am Dog the Bounty Hunter; 3pm Criminal Minds
AMC: 8am The Walking Dead Season 1, Episode 1; 2:30 The Walking Dead Season 2, Episode 1; Saturday, July 5 at 4am Season 3, Episode 1; Season 4, Episode 1
There’s a special Talking Dead on Sunday, July 7 at 8 CT. Scott M. Gimple & Aisha Tyler joins Chris Hardwick and discuss what’s in store in Season 5.
American Heroes Channel: 7am The Revolutionary War
Animal Planet: 7am Crocodile Hunter; 8am Dirty Jobs; 3pm Treehouse Masters; 8pm The Pool Master
BBC America: 7am Star Trek: The Next Generation
BET: 7am The Game; 1:30pm Stomp The Yard; 4pm Just Keke; 5pm The Cookout; 7pm Gun Hill; 9pm Apollo Live!; 10pm The Message; 11pm The Wendy Williams Show
Bio: 7am The Inside Story: Jaws; 9am Downsized; 1pm Wife Swap; 5pm Flipping San Diego; 7pm Flipping Vegas
Bravo: 7am Tabatha Takes Over; 8:04am Games of Crowns; 8:35am The Real Housewives New Jersey; 2:16pm Speed; 4:52pm The Bourne Identity; 7:26pm The Bourne Supremacy; 9:56pm The Bourne Supremacy
Chill: 6am Truth or Die; 8am Brainscan; 10am Paintball; 12pm Cube 2: Hypercube; 2pm Cube Zero; 4pm Cube; 6pm The Ghostmaker; 8pm Needle; 10pm Cube; 12am The Ghostmaker
CLOO: 7am Whatever Works; 9:02am The Maiden Heist; 11am Glee – the 3D Concert Movie; 1pm Whatever Works; 9:02pm Fools Rush In; 5pm Dinner For Schmucks; 7:30pm The Back-Up Plan; 10pm Dinner For Schmucks
CMT: 7am Reba; 8am CMT Music; 10:30am CMT Music Awards; 1pm Miss Congeniality; 4pm Party Down South; 9pm Bruce Almighty
Comedy: 8:15am The Daily Show w/Jon Stewart; 8:47am The Colbert Report; 9:18am Nathan for You; 9:48am Drunk History; 10:49am Jeff Dunham: Spark of Insanity; 12:21pm Jeff Dunham: Controlled Chaos; 1:52pm It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia; 3:25pm Futurama; 4:56 South Park; 5:27 Tosh.O; 5:58pm The Colbert Report; 6:29pm The Daily Show with Jon Stewart; 7pm Tropic Thunder; 9:30pm Tropic Thunder
Destination America: 7am BBQ Pitmasters; 7pm Mountain Monsters
DFH: 7am Maternity Ward; 8am Birth Day; 9am Trauma: Life in the ER
Discovery: 7am Cash Cab; 8am Nerve Center; 9am Manufactured; 10am Pyros; 11am Mighty Planes; 12pm Mayday; 1pm Megaspeed; 2pm Dallas Car Sharks; 3pm Overhaulin’ Top10; 4pm Overhaulin; 5pm How It’s Made; 6pm Salvage Hunters; 7pm Lords of the Car Hoards; 8pm Mayday;
E!: 7am Keeping Up With the Kardashians; 1pm Sex & the City; 11pm Kardashians
FXM: 6:45am The Adventures of Hajji Baba; 8:30am Dante’s Inferno; 10am The Alligator People; 11:30am The Day Mars Invaded Earth; 12:45pm The Horror of It All; 2pm Megamind; 4pm How to Train Your Dragon; 6pm Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa; 8pm Puss in Boots; 10pm Monsters vs. Aliens
FX: 7am Tron: Legacy; 9:30am Red Tails; 12pm The Incredible Hulk; 2:30pm Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer; 4:30pm Thor; 7pm Captain America: The First Avenger; 9:30pm Captain America: The First Avenger
FXX: 7am The Hughleys; 8am Spin City; 10am Mad About You; 12pm Sports Night; 1pm Arrested Development; 2pm How I Met Your Mother; 4:30pm American Reunion; 7pm Grown Ups; 9pm Grown Ups; 11pm Freaks and Geeks
Hallmark: 7am The Golden Girls; 9am Home & Family; 11am Home & Family (different episode); 1pm The Christmas Spirit; 3pm Window Wonderland; 5pm Finding Christmas; 7pm The Christmas Ornament; 9pm Debbie Macomber’s Trading Christmas
History: 7am American The Story of Us; 7pm American Pickers
H2: 7am UFO Files; 8am Ancient Aliens; 11pm United Stuff of America
ID: 7am Nightmare Next Door; 8am Who the (Bleep) Did I Marry?; 3pm Nightmare Next Door;
ION: 10am W.; 1pm Cold Case; 6pm Law & Order: CI
Lifetime: 7am Celebrity Wife Swap; 11am Little Women: LA; 5pm Flowers in the Attic; 7pm Outlaw Prophet: Warren Jeffs; 9pm Petals on the Wind; 11pm Outlaw Prophet: Warren Jeffs
LMN: 7am Deadly Wives; 9am The Babysitter’s Seductions; 11am Dark Desire; 1pm Homecoming; 3pm The Perfect Boyfriend; 5pm A Mother’s Rage; 7pm The Wife He Met Online; 9pm The Trainer; 11pm The Wife He Met Online
Logo: 7am The A-List: New York; 8am Boston Legal; 9am The Golden Girls; 11am Roseanne; 5pm Will & Grace; 7pm Designing Women
Nat Geo Wild: 7am Stranger than Nature; 8am Icy Killers; Secrets of Alaska’s Salmon Shark; 9am Sharkfest; 10am Deadliest Week Ever; 11am Monster Fish
NGC: 8am Life Below Zero
OWN: 7am Dr. Phill; 12pm Two Weeks Notice; 2:30pm The American President; 5pm Oprah: Where Are They Now
Oxygen: 7am America’s Next Top Model; 11am Preachers of L.A.; 7pm Stomp the Yard: Homecoming; 9pm Welcome Home Roscoe Jenkins; 11:30pm Tattoos After Dark
Science Channel: 7am Outrageous Acts of Science 2; 8am MythBusters
Spike: 7am Shaun T’s Focus T25, 7:30am Cindy Crawford; 8am Bar Rescue; 10am Frankenfood; 11am Robin Hood; 2:30pm John Carter; 5:30 Raiders of the Lost Ark; 8:12pm Indiana Jones & the Temple of Doom; 11:06pm The Fifth Element.
Syfy: 7am The Twilight Zone; 7pm WWE Firday Night SmackDown! 9pm Spartacus: Blood & Sand; 11:10 The Twilight Zone
TBS: 7am Are We There Yet? 7:30am TP’s Met the Browns; 8am TP’s House of Payne; 8:30am Ghosts of Girlfriends Past; 10:30am Definitely, Maybe; 1pm Knocked Up; 3pm Friends; 5pm Seinfeld; 7pm Family Guy; 9pm Funniest Wins
TLC: 7am A Very Duggar Wedding; 8am 18 Kids & Counting; 8:30am 19 Kids & Counting; 7:30pm Say Yes to the Dress;
TNT: 7am Charmed; 8am Supernatural; 11am Hulk; 2pm Spider-Man; 4:30 The Dark Knight; 8pm Cold Justice; 9pm Cold Justice; 10pm Limitless
Travel: 8am Food Paradise; 7pm Monumental Mysteries; 9pm America Declassified; 10pm Mysteries; 11pm Monumental Mysteries
truTV: 8am Conspiracy Theory with Jesse Ventura; 10am Panic Button; 12pm Motor City Masters; 2pm Top 20 Most Shocking; 6pm Impractical Jokers; 7pm The Carbonaro Effect; 10pm Motor City Masters; 11pm The Carbonaro Effect;
USA: 7am NCIS Marathon; 7pm Modern Family; 11pm Royal Pains; 12am: CSI: Crime Scene Investigation.
We: 9am Marriage Boot Camp: Reality Stars
I don’t watch much network television. CSI, Criminal Minds, that’s about it. This past season CSI had CSI: Cyber which was excellent. This coming season they’ll be switching up between regular Vegas CSI and the CSI: Cyber.
Here’s an up-to-date list of some of what the cable networks have cancelled and renewed so you can start marathon watching what’s on your DVR and begin making room.
Hell on Wheels: Season 4 to debut Aug. 2
The Killing: Season 4 to debut Aug. 1 on Netflix (all six episodes)
Mad Men: Part 2 of Season 7/finale season to debut summer 2015
TURN: Season 1 finale aired June 8; Season 2 renewal could go either way.
The Walking Dead: Season 4 finale aired March 30; Renewed for Season 5
Doctor Who: Season 8, now starring Peter Capaldi, to debut August 2014
Orphan Black: Season 2 debuted April 19; Season 3 renewal a safe bet
Ripper Street: Renewed for Season 3 The last I heared Ripper Street may be on a new network.
American Horror Story: Renewed for Season 4 – AHS: Freak Show
The Americans: Season 2 finale aired May 21; already renewed for Season 3
Anger Management: The 90-episode Season 2 premiered Jan. 17, 2013
Archer: Season 5 finale aired April 21; renewed for Season 6 and Season 7
The Bridge: Season 2 to debut July 9
Chozen: Officially cancelled
It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia: Renewed for Season 10 (FXX); already renewed for Seasons 11 and 12
Justified: Season 6 will be show’s last
The League: Renewed for Season 6 (FXX)
Legit: Season 2 finale aired May 14 (FXX); Officially cancelled
Louie: Season 4 debuted May 5
Married: Season 1 to debut July 17 (FX)
Sons of Anarchy: Renewed for Season 7
The Strain: Season 1 to debut July 13
Tyrant: Season 1 to debut June 24
Wilfred: Fourth and final season to debut June 25 (FXX)
You’re the Worst: Season 1 to debut July 17 (FX)
Call the Midwife: Season 3 finale aired May 18
Downton Abbey: Renewed for Season 5
Mr. Selfridge: Season 2 finale aired May 18
Sherlock: Season 3 finale aired Feb. 2; Season 4 a sure thing
Dallas: Season 3b premieres Aug. 18
Falling Skies: Season 4 to debut June 22
Franklin & Bash: Season 4 to debut Aug. 20
King & Maxwell: Officially cancelled.
The Last Ship: Season 1 to debut June 22
Legends: Season 1 to debut Aug. 20
Major Crimes: Season 3 to debut June 9
Mob City: Officially cancelled
Monday Mornings: Officially cancelled
Perception: Season 3 debuted June 17
Rizzoli & Isles: Season 5 debuted June 17
Southland: Officially cancelled
Burn Notice: Series finale aired Sept. 12, 2013
Covert Affairs: Season 5 to debut June 24
Graceland: Season 2 debuted June 11
Necessary Roughness: Officially cancelled.
Playing House: Season 2 could go either way.
Psych: Series finale aired March 26
Royal Pains: Season debuted June 10
Sirens: Season 1 finale aired May 1; Renewed for Season 2
Suits: Season 4 to debut June 11
White Collar: Renewed for shortened sixth and final season.
Salem: Renewed for Season 2