What’s On TV This Week (June 5 – June 11)

by Michael Lauck on June 5, 2017 · 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”.

Before we get into this week’s TV shows and movies, I went to see WONDER WOMAN last Thursday and I am wondering if anyone else found that the action sequences reminded them of ’90s Tsui Hark movies. I liked WONDER WOMAN, but it made me want to go home and dig out my ONCE UPON A TIME IN CHINA DVDs! Okay, now on to this week’s TV listings. When it comes to TV shows, the story starts and pretty much stops with WALKER, TEXAS RANGER (as usual). WGN is showing the Chuck Norris series every weekday at 9:00 AM and Inspiration has it Tuesday through Friday mornings at 2:00 and 3:00 AM (and just 3:00 AM on Saturday), weekdays at 9:00 PM and Sunday at 8:00 and 9:00 PM. El Rey is premiering a show this week they may interest some of you. MAN AT ARMS is a nonfiction look at the weapons of various cultures hosted by Danny Trejo and the first episode (airing Thursday at 8:00 and 10:00 PM and again Sunday at 8:00 AM and 6:00 PM) will examine the weapons of kung fu.


June 5, 2017

Movies start slow Monday with HAYWIRE (2012) on Sony at 7:50 AM and then BLACK DRAGON (1989… also known as MIRACLES) at 9:55 PM, also on Sony. 



June 6, 2017
Tuesday kicks off with a repeat of BLACK DRAGON at 2:05 AM on Sony, which they follow up with UNIVERSAL SOLDIER: THE RETURN (1999) at 4:20 AM and UNIVERSAL SOLDIER: DAY OF RECKONING (2012) at 5:50 AM. After a little break, Sony returns at 12:05 PM with KNOCK OFF (1998) and DOUBLE TEAM (1997) at 1:45 PM. Sony has a whole bunch of JCVD this week! TNT continues the Tuesday action with THE EXPENDABLES (2010) at 4:00 PM, when El Rey is showing FIVE SHAOLIN MASTERS (1974). El Rey then finishes out the day with THE 36TH CHAMBER OF SHAOLIN (1978) at 6:00 PMRETURN TO THE 36TH CHAMBER (1982) at 8:30 PM and DISCIPLES OF THE 36TH CHAMBER (1985) at 10:30 PM.


June 7, 2017
Wednesday is a good day because El Rey brings back the early morning kung fu movies that they have been featuring the last couple of weeks. First, though, they re-air FIVE SHAOLIN MASTERS at 12:30 AM, show SHAOLIN ABBOTT (1979) at 2:30 AM and fit in another showing of RETURN TO THE 36TH CHAMBER at 4:00 AM, then MY REBELLIOUS SON (1982) at 6:00 AM and MONKEY KUNG FU (1979) at 8:00 AM. IFC has THE MAN WITH THE IRON FISTS (2012) at 3:30 PM and FXM closes Wednesday with double showings of SHANGHAI KNIGHTS (2003) at 8:00 and 10:20 PM.


June 8, 2017

Sony is back with more JCVD on Thursday, starting with MAXIMUM RISK (1996) at 1:50 AM followed by THE SHEPHERD (2007) at 3:40 AM. El Rey has THUNDERING SWORD (1967) at 6:00 AM and THE DEVIL’S MIRROR (1972) at 8:00 AM, then Sony is back with THE HARD CORPS (2006) at 4:15 PM and NOWHERE TO RUN (1993) at 6:15 PM before RUSH HOUR 2 (2001) at 8:00 PM on TNT makes it an early night.


June 9, 2017

Friday is kind of a mixed day, starting with UNIVERSAL SOLDIER: THE RETURN at 4:35 AM on Sony, followed by BLOODY PARROT (1981) at 6:00 AM on El Rey, UNIVERSAL SOLDIER: DAY OF RECKONING at 6:10 AM on Sony and LONG ROAD TO GALLANTRY (1984) at 8:00 AM on El Rey. Then MGM has the early Chuck Norris movie BREAKER! BREAKER! (1977) at 1:30 PM, IFC has THE MAN WITH THE IRON FISTS (2012) at 3:30 PM and TNT finishes off the day with THE EXPENDABLES 2 (2012) at 11:00 PM.



June 10, 2017

Saturday sees only two showings of HAYWIRE at 8:00 PM and 9:10 PM, both on Sony.


June 11, 2017

Do not despair though, Sunday is our busiest day and probably has the most variety too. It starts early with CODE OF SILENCE (1985) on MGM at 2:15 AM and MAXIMUM RISK (1996) on Sony at 2:45 AM, followed by THE SHEPHERD (2007) on Sony at 4:45 AM. American martial arts movies not your thing? That’s okay because El Rey has THE PROUD TWINS (1979) at 9:00 AM, then IFC is showing THE MAN WITH THE IRON FISTS at 10:15 AM before El Rey is back with THE KID WITH THE GOLDEN ARM (1979) at 11:00 AM and THE KID WITH A TATTOO (1980) at 1:00 PM. Sony has more JCVD with THE HARD CORPS (2006) at 2:40 PM. El Rey has THE TREASURE HUNTERS (1982) at 3:00 PM, Sony is back with NOWHERE TO RUN (1993) at 4:40 PM, then FXM jumps into the fray with 47 RONIN (2013) at 5:30 PM before SyFy ends the week with BLADE (1998) at 10:30 PM.

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