*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”.
Even though we are fully into the holiday season, the martial arts mayhem is coming on strong! This is a good week for movies, particularly if you like the ’90s American action stars. First though, plenty of WALKER, TEXAS RANGER. WGN has it at 9:00, 10:00 and 11:00 AM Monday through Thursday (with an extra episode at noon Monday). Inspiration shows it Monday through Thursday at 9:00 and 10:00 PM. 10:00 PM on Friday and 8:00 and 9:00 PM Sunday, with 3:00 AM airings Tuesday through Saturday. If that isn’t enough, Grit has WALKER every single night at 7:00, 8:00, 9:00 and 10:00 PM.
Movies start off at 1:00 AM Monday on Grit with BLOODSPORT (1988), then Sony has ARENA (2011) at 2:30 AM. TNT jumps in at 3:50 AM with THE EXPENDABLES 2 (2012) and El Rey has BLOODSPORT 4: THE DARK KUMITE (1998) at 4:00 AM and the day ties up at 3:30 PM with another airing of BLOODSPORT 4 on El Rey. Tuesday gets a late start with CRADLE 2 THE GRAVE (2003) at 6:00 PM on El Rey. Sony follows with BILLY JACK (1971) at 8:05 PM and HDNet Movie brings the day to a close with KICKBOXER (1989) at 9:00 PM. Wednesday only offers up a re-airing of at CRADLE 2 THE GRAVE 12:30 AM on El Rey and KICKBOXER at 1:10 AM on HDNet Movies.
Things really pick up on Thursday, although not until the afternoon. The action starts at 3:00 PM with DRAGONBALL: EVOLUTION (2009) on FX Movie, followed by FIVE FINGERS OF DEATH (1973) at 4:00 PM and FIVE DEADLY VENOMS (1979) at 6:00 PM, both on El Rey. Then HDNet Movie offers up DRAGONBALL: EVOLUTION (2009) at 7:30 PM. 8:00 PM brings KUNG FU PANDA 2 (2011) on FX and CRIPPLED AVENGERS (1978) on El Rey. Then at 10:00 PM FX re-shows KUNG FU PANDA 2 and El Rey airs KID WITH THE GOLDEN ARM (1979) to close out the day.
Friday starts with the classic THE FLYING GUILLOTINE (1975) at midnight on El Rey. FX Movie drags out DRAGONBALL: EVOLUTION again at 1:30 AM, followed by THE FLYING GUILLOTINE 2 (1977) at 2:00 AM and KID WITH THE GOLDEN ARM (1979) at 4:00 AM, both on El Rey. Then, for some reason, HDNet Movie has DRAGONBALL: EVOLUTION at 8:10 AM. The day closes early with FLIGHT OF FURY (2007) at 1:00 PM on Grit. Saturday sees BEST OF THE BEST 2 (1993) at 1:00 AM and BLOODSPORT at 3:00 AM, both on Grit. 3:30 sees another showing of FLIGHT OF FURY, this time on Sony who follows it up with THE FOREIGNER (2003) at 5:10 AM. HDNet Movie has KICKBOXER at 8:30 AM and then Grit takes over with INTO THE SUN (2005) at 1:00 PM, THE FOREIGNER (2003) at 3:00 PM, THE FOREIGNER 2: BLACK DAWN (2005) at 5:00 PM and SILENT RAGE (1982) at 11:00 PM before SyFy closes Saturday with BLADE (1998) at 11:30 PM.
Sunday brings SHAOLIN HANDLOCK (1978) at 10:00 AM and MARTIAL ARTS OF SHAOLIN (1986) at noon, both on El Rey. SyFy has BLADE at 1:00 PM, then El Rey offers up CHALLENGE OF THE MASTERS (1976) at 2:00 PM, FIVE DEADLY VENOMS (1979) at 4:00 PM and CRIPPLED AVENGERS at 6:00 PM. IFC slips in THE LAST SAMURAI (2003) at 7:00 PM and then Grit ends the week with DELTA FORCE (1986) at 11:00 PM.
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