What’s On TV This Week (August 22 – August 28)

by Michael Lauck on August 22, 2016 · 0 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.”*

Let’s just start off by admitting I screwed up. I missed something big. BBC America started re-running INTO THE BADLANDS last Saturday night. They continue this Saturday with two episodes starting at 10:00 PM. In my defense, who expected them to break up their STAR TREK THE NEXT GENERATION airings with something martial arts related. RUSH HOUR continues on CBS Saturday night at 8:00 AM, although in some areas in may by pre-empted by preseason football. And, of course,WALKER TEXAS RANGER is on WGN Monday through Thursday mornings at 9:00 AM, 10:00 AM and 11:00 AM, Inspiration weekdays at 2:00 AM, 3:00 AM, 10:00 PM and 11:00 PM and Sunday at 8:00 and 9:00 PM and Grit every night at 8:00 and 9:00 PM.

Movies start at 2:00 AM Monday with RETURN OF THE ONE ARMED SWORDSMAN (1969) and continue at 4:00 AM with NEW ONE ARMED SWORDSMAN (1971), both on El Rey. Sony has HAYWIRE (2014) at 8:20 PM to close out the day… and then they kick off Tuesday with HAYWIRE at 12:20 PM, continuing with ARENA(2011) at 2:00 PM and BLOOD AND BONE (2009) at 5:10. Tuesday also bring THE KARATE KID (2010) at 5:00 PM at FXX, and they are re-airing it at 3:00 PM Wednesday… which is the only thing on Wednesday!

HAYWIRE is on Sony again Thursday at 4:30 PM, but other than that it is all 36 CHAMBERS on El Rey. THE 36TH CHAMBER OF SHAOLIN (1978) is on at 4:00 PM (and again at 10:30 PM), RETURN TO THE 36TH CHAMBER (1982) airs at 6:30 PM and DISCIPLES OF THE 36TH CHAMBER (1985) is on at 8:30 PM. Friday starts late with HAYWIRE on Sony again at 11:10 AM. BLADE (1998) airs on SyFy at 6:30 PM and then Sony finishes off the night with AN EYE FOR AN EYE (1981) at 8:05 PM,UNIVERSAL SOLDIER: THE RETURN (1999) at 10:00 PM and UNIVERSAL SOLDIER: DAY OF RECKONING (2012) at 11:30 PM and then Sony replays them in order at 1:30 and 3:00 AM Saturday. MGM has ENTER THE DRAGON (1981) at 9:45 AM and SyFy ends Saturday with BLADE at 4:00 PM and BLADE TRINITY (2004) at 6:30 PM.


The big day of the week is Sunday, starting with LONE WOLF MCQUADE (1983) at ten after midnight. TNT jumps into the fray with THE EXPENDABLES 2 (2012) at 12:30 AM (and again later at noon). El Rey is re-showing RETURN TO THE 36TH CHAMBER at 1:00 AM and DISCIPLES OF THE 36TH CHAMBER at 3:00 AM. TCM has MARLOWE (1969) 4:15 AM and it is the pick of the week. It is a modern day version of Raymond Chandler’s Phillip Marlowe detective stories starring James Garner and, honestly, as Chandler adaptations go it isn’t great but it does have an early screen appearance by Bruce Lee. Syfy has BLADE TRINITY at 2:30 PM but the rest of the day is all El Rey. They are showing THE YOUNG TIGER (1977) at 10:00 AM, SHAOLIN TEMPLE (1976) at 11:30 AM, SHAOLIN PRINCE (1982) at 2:00 PM, SHAOLIN AVENGERS (1976) at 4:00 PM, THE SAVAGE FIVE (1974) at 6:00 PM, SHAOLIN TEMPLE at 8:00 PM and then they finish off the week with a re-airing of SHAOLIN PRINCE at 10:30 PM.

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