What’s On TV This Week (August 1 – August 7)

by Michael Lauck on August 1, 2016 · 3 comments in Buddhist Blog

*TV listings are as fluid as a tai chi fighter and may change without notice. Channels may also vary schedules by region. Movie titles and dates are based on the channel listings and usually reflect US release versions. The scriptures say “the wise man always checks local listings.”*

Maybe it is the heat or the allergies or just plain old being in a bad mood, but it looks like so many of this week’s listings are things that just keep popping up over and over again! WALKER, TEXAS RANGER is still all over the airwaves with airings every night at 8:00 and 9:00 PM on Grit, weekdays at 2:00 and 3:00 AM, and again at 10:00 and 11:00 PM on Inspiration (with two more episodes on Sunday night starting at 8:00 PM), and three episodes Monday through Thursday morning on WGN starting at 9:00 AM. CBS is listing another new episode of RUSH HOUR Saturday at 8:00 PM, too.

Movies start Monday at 6:40 AM with UNIVERSAL SOLDIER: THE RETURN (1999) on Sony. The action picks up in the afternoon with LONE WOLF MCQUADE (1983) on MGM at 2:05 PM. El Rey has HIGHLANDER: THE FINAL DIMENSION (1994) at 4:00 PM and HIGHLANDER: ENDGAME (2000) at 6:00 PM. Meanwhile, Sony offers up BLOOD AND BONE (2009) at 5:10 PMSHADOW MAN (2006) at 8:20 PM, and Chuck Norris in AN EYE FOR AN EYE(1981) at 10:00 PM. They repeat SHADOW MAN at 11:50 PM, followed by AN EYE FOR AN EYE again at 1:30 AM Tuesday. The only other movie Tuesday is THE KARATE KID (2010) at 5:00 PM on FX.

Wednesday kicks off with another showing of THE KARATE KID on FX at 9:00 AM. El Rey closes out the day with HIGHLANDER: THE FINAL DIMENSION at 9:00 PM, and HIGHLANDER: ENDGAME at 11:00 PM.

Thursday only brings RETURN OF THE SENTIMENTAL SWORDSMAN (1981) at 6:00 PM, and PERILS OF THE SENTIMENTAL SWORDSMAN (1982) at 8:00 PM on El Rey. The two films then repeat at midnight and 2:00 AM Friday morning (again on El Rey). The day continues with BLOOD AND BONE at 8:50 AMAN EYE FOR AN EYE at 6:30 PM, and SHADOW MAN at 8:20 PM, all on Sony and then ends with RUSH HOUR, the movie (1998), at 10:00 PM on TBS.

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Saturday…. nothing. Break out the Xbox/PS.

Everything on Sunday is on El Rey. It kicks off at 10:00 AM with GAME OF DEATH (1978), then OPERATION CONDOR (1991) at noon, and OPERATION CONDOR 2: THE ARMOUR OF THE GODS (1991) at 2:00 PM. The action continues with FIVE DEADLY VENOMS (1979) at 4:00 PM, CRIPPLED AVENGERS (1978) at 6:00 PMGAME OF DEATH again at 8:00 PM, and ends with OPERATION CONDOR at 10:00 PM.

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Kung Fu Bob August 3, 2016

I was thinking the same thing Michael. There are SO MANY films out there that would be great to show. Why keep showing their audience the same ones again and again?

BTW- thanks for your hard work creating this feature for the site week after week!

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Michael Lauck August 2, 2016

Unfortunately it looks like El Rey, one of the prime sources of the foot and fist films on TV, is kind of in a rut and that is what I was really talking about. They play Crippled Avengers, for example, all the time. It seems like the Sentimental Swordsmen films play about once a month and this is the second or third week in a row for the Operation Condor films!

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Secret Executioner August 2, 2016

“Maybe it is the heat or the allergies or just plain old being in a bad mood, but it looks like so many of this week’s listings are things that just keep popping up over and over again! ”

TBH, the Highlander stuff seems to be on constant rotation. For the rest, except Game of Death and a few other titles (Universal Soldier maybe ?), it seems relatively new.

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