Boob Tube and Silver Screens August 2017

Jodie Whittaker as the new Doctor. (Credit: BBC)


Other than “The Dark Tower” and the action comedy “The Hitman’s Bodyguard”, there are not a lot of big movies coming out this month. The new season of South Park and the movie for the “Ducktales” reboot come to TV later this month. Comic Con was this past week and released several tv trailers, as well as a new trailer for the third movie and more info on the “Supernatural” spinoff. First, we’re going to discuss the recent casting of the new Doctor on “Doctor Who”.


Boob Tube


Glass Ceiling In Sci-Fi?

Last Sunday, producers of “Doctor Who” announced Jodie Whittaker as the first female Doctor and, of course, male nerd rage ensued. I will not go in to too much detail on “the controversy” as it’s already been covered in detail by other entertainment sources. What I will address is some news sources (BBC, Huffington Post) saying she is breaking the glass ceiling in sci-fi; like women haven’t been in and or led sci-fi shows or movies until recently.

While it’s true women have it hard in Hollywood, sci-fi is the one exception. Sci-fi has always been good about creating strong female characters and not just supporting characters but also as show leads.

We can go all the way back to the 70’s with Lindsay Wagner in the Bionic Woman, and Lynda Carter as Wonder Woman. Also starting in the 70’s is the “Alien” franchise, in which women have always been the strong lead, especially Ripley (played by Sigourney Weaver) in the first four.

The 80’s we had V with the primary villain being a woman, Terminator with Linda Hamilton, and Star Trek The Next Generation (which has always been progressive) which had a woman in charge of Sickbay. And of course we had the second “Alien” movie where Sigourney Weaver becomes one of the biggest bad ass women of all time.

In the 90’s we have T2 Judgement Day where Linda Hamilton’s Sarah Conner becomes on par with Sigourney Weaver’s Ripley from the Alien franchise (which has two more movies this decade with her as the lead). One of the biggest action stars of the 90’s was Lucy Lawless as the bad ass Xena: Warrior Princess. This decade also brought a new Star Trek with a female captain and lead in Captain Janeway. The Stargate series (which followed the movie) feature Samantha Carter a navyofficer who not only kicked ass but was a really smart astrophysicist and one of the leads of the show.

In the 00’s we had entire franchises built around Milla Jovovich and Kate Beckinsale in Resident Evil and Underworld respectively. The Battlestar Galactica reboot had several strong female characters. A second Stargate series also featured strong female characters one of which, Teyla (played by Rachel Luttrell), kicked serious ass and was only matched in combat prowess by Ronan (played by Jason Momoa) who come on the show in season 2.

Most recently we had two more Alien related movies both of which had female leads, as well as the last movies in the Resident Evil (at least versions featuring Milla’s character Alice) and Underworld franchises. We also have sci-fi series like The Expanse (coming back for its third season next year) and Dark Matter (currently on it’s third season. Also the last two Star Wars movies had strong female characters.

While it’s great and new for Doctor Who to have a female lead (despite what some fans say) it’s not revolutionary or groundbreaking. The glass ceiling for sci-fi was broken a long time ago.


Wayward Sisters


Jodie and Donna (Credit: The CW)


Producers have released more info on the Supernatural spinoff Wayward Sisters. Along with Jody, characters Donna, Claire and Alex (all already established characters) will join the cast along with new character Patience Turner who will be the Granddaughter of Missouri Moseley. Missouri is a psychic (played by Loretta Devine) who appeared in the first season of Supernatural when Sam and Dean were looking for their father. She well also make appearance on the new show.

No word yet on the series premiere date, but there will be a episode of Supernatural that spins off into the new series. (Source: Entertainment Weekly)


Boob Tube Trailers


American Horror Story Cult



Starring: Sara Paulson, Evan Peters
Previous Seasons: Hulu, Netflix
Network: FX
Date: Sept 5
Time: 10p E/ 9p C


Fear The Walking Dead



Starring: Kim Dickens, Frank Dillane
Previous Seasons: Hulu
Network: AMC
Date: Season 3 returns Sept 10
Time: 9p E/ 8p C


The Walking Dead



Starring: Andrew Lincoln, Norman Reedus
Previous Seasons: Netflix
Network: AMC
Date: October 22
Time: 9p E/ 8p C


It’s Going To Be A Super Season


Comic Con premiered trailers for several comic book shows. Inhumans comes to ABC this September and the rest return to The CW this october.




The Flash



Marvel’s Inhumans



Legends of Tomorrow






Coming to the Boob Tube


Tuesday, August 1

8p E/ 7p C

ABC – CMA Fest 2017

9p E/ 7p C


Wednesday, August 2

8p E/ 7p C

Pop – SWEDISH DICKS Series Premiere

10p E/ 9p C

A&E – THE LOWE FILES (One-hour Series Premiere)
USA – THE SINNER Series Premiere

Thursday, August 3

8p E/ 7p C

NBC – NFL Sunday Night Football: Hall of Fame Game (Special presentation)

10p E/ 9p C

CMT – Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders: Making the Team Season 12 Premiere
TBS – THE GUEST BOOK (One-hour series Premiere)

11p E/ 10p C

CMT – I Love Kellie Pickler Season 3 Premiere
truTV – The Chris Gethard Show Season 3 Premiere

Sunday, August 6

8p E/ 7p C

Syfy – Sharknado 5: Global Swarming

9p E/8p C

E! – LIFE OF KYLIE (One-hour series premiere)
Show – Ray Donovan Season 5 Premiere

Monday, August 7

10p E/ 9p C

NBC – Hollywood Game Night Season 5 Premiere

Tuesday, August 8

8p E/ 7p C

ABC – Bachelor In Paradise Season 4 (Moves to Mondays August 14)

10p E/ 9p C

HBO – Hard Knocks Season 12 Premiere

Wednesday, August 9

8p E/ 7p C

Aud – MR. MERCEDES Series Premiere

9p E/8p C


Thursday, August 10

9p E/8p C


Saturday, August 12



12p E/ 11p C

DisXD – DUCKTALES (2 hour movie premiere shown all day, regular series in Sept)

Sunday, August 13

8p E/ 7p C

FOX – Teen Choice 2017

10p E/ 9p C

Epix – GET SHORTY Series Premiere

Wednesday, August 16

9p E/8p C

NBC – MARLON Series Premiere

Thursday, August 17

8p E/ 7p C

Life – Project Runway Season 16 Premiere

Saturday, August 19

9p E/8p C

AMC – Halt and Catch Fire Season 4 (Two-hour season premiere)

Sunday, August 20

9p E/8p C

PBS – Endeavour Season 4 Premiere
TNT – The Last Ship Season 4 Premiere

10p E/ 9p C

Show – Episodes Season 5 Premiere (Final season)
Starz – Survivor’s Remorse Season 4 Premiere

10:30p E/ 9:30p C

Show – Dice Season 2

Wednesday, August 23

10p E/ 9p C

CC – South Park Season 21 Premiere

10:30p E/ 9:30p C

CC – Broad City Season 4 Premiere

Sunday, August 27

9p E/8p C

MTV – 2017 MTV Video Music Awards


Channel Guide

Aud = Audience
BBCA = BBC America
CC = Comedy Central
CN = Cartoon Network
Cooking = Cooking Channel
CW = The CW
Disc = Discovery
Disc Family = Discovery Family
DisXD = Disney XD
Food = Food Network
Hist = History
Life = Lifetime
Nick = Nickelodeon
Oxy = Oxygen
Show = Showtime


Silver Screens

Thor: Ragnorak

Here is a new trailer for the third Thor movie released during Comic Con this past week.



Starring: Chris Hemsworth, Cate Blanchett, Mark Rufallo
Date: November 3


Coming to the Silver Screen


Friday, August 4




  • An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power NR Documentary Expanded
  • Armed Response R Horror Limited
  • Brave New Jersey Comedy Limited
  • Detroit Crime Drama R Nationwide
  • Fun Mom Dinner Comedy Limited
  • Kidnap R Suspense Nationwide
  • Lycan Horror Limited
  • Savage Dog Action Limited
  • Step PG Documentary Limited
  • The Battleship Island Historical Drama Limited
  • The Dark Tower Action Nationwide
  • Wind River R Action Limited

Saturday, August 5

  • Disney’s Newsies: The Broadway Musical! PG Musical (Fathom Events Encore)

Monday, August 7

  • Dixie Chicks – DCX MMXVI – In Concert NR Event Limited

Wednesday, August 9

  • Disney’s Newsies: The Broadway Musical! PG Musical (Fathom Events Encore)

Friday, August 11




  • A Taxi Driver Historical Drama Limited
  • Annabelle: Creation R Supernatural Nationwide
  • Good Time Crime Drama Limited
  • In This Corner Of The World PG-13 Animation Limited
  • Ingrid Goes West R Dark Comedy Limited
  • Nut Job 2: Nutty By Nature PG Animated Nationwide
  • Pilgrimage Thriller Limited
  • The Glass Castle PG-13 Drama Nationwide
  • The Only Living Boy in New York R Drama Limited
  • The Trip to Spain Drama Limited
  • Whose Streets? Documentary Limited

Saturday, August 12

  • Mune: The Guardian of the Moon Animation Limited

Friday, August 18




  • 6 Days Crime Limited
  • California Typewriter NR Documentary
  • Dave Made a Maze NR Comedy Limited
  • Gook NR Drama Limited
  • Lemon Drama Limited
  • Logan Lucky PG-13 Comedy Limited
  • Patti Cake$ R Drama Limited
  • The Hitman’s Bodyguard R Comedy Nationwide

Monday, August 21

  • Starship Troopers: Traitor of Mars R Event Limited

Friday, August 25


Terminator 2: Judgement Day is getting a 4K 3D limited rerelease.



Starring: Linda Hamilton, Arnold Schwarzenegger


  • All Saints PG Drama Nationwide
  • Beach Rats R Drama Limited
  • Birth of the Dragon Martial Arts PG-13 Limited
  • Bushwick Action Limited
  • Crown Heights Drama Limited R
  • Legend of the Naga Pearls Adventure Limited
  • Polaroid Horror Nationwide
  • Polina Drama Limited
  • Terminator 2: Judgment Day R 3D Limited
  • Tulip Fever R Drama Adaptation Limited
  • Unleashed Comedy Limited

Wednesday, August 30

  • Leap! PG Animated Nationwide



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