What’s On TV This Week (November 21 – November 27)
*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”.
The days are colder and Thanksgiving is looming… and since there aren’t a whole bunch of Thanksgiving movies to pull out of the vaults, we are finally seeing an increase in the martial arts movies we all love! Just like every week there is also WALKER, TEXAS RANGER. WGN is airing it Monday through Wednesday mornings at 9:00, 10:00 and 11:00 AM while GRIT shows it every night 7:00, 8:00, 9:00 and 10:00 PM.
As far as movies go, things start off slow on Monday. IFC has THE FOOT FIST WAY (2006) at 6:00 AM and that is it for Monday. Tuesday all the action is on El Rey. They have MORTAL KOMBAT (1995) at 4:00 PM followed by KICKBOXER 4: THE AGGRESSOR (1994) at 6:00 PM, KICKBOXER 3: THE ART OF WAR (1992) at 8:00 PM and KICKBOXER 3: THE ART OF WAR (1992) at 10:00 PM before they kick off Wednesday with KICKBOXER (1989) at midnight. And yeah, you read that right: they are showing those movies in reverse order! Then El Rey pulls out TIMECOP (1994) at 2:00 AM before returning to the KICKBOXER movies with KICKBOXER 5: REDEMPTION (1994) at 4:00 AM. Spike jumps in at 10:00 AM with THE EXPENDABLES (2010) and then Sony gets in on the action at 4:25 PM with KNOCK OFF (1998) before El Rey strikes back with TIMECOP at 6:00 PM. It is a good couple of days if you are a JCVD fan! TNT continues Wednesday with RUSH HOUR (1998) at 8:00 PM and RUSH HOUR 2 (2001) at 11:00 PM. IFC finishes off the night with CRANK (2006) at 11:00 PM.
Thursday is about more than just giving thanks… it is also about martial arts beatdowns! FX has KUNG FU PANDA 2 (2011) at midnight before Spike shows THE EXPENDABLES at 1:30 AM. At 6:00 AM El Rey starts their marathon of mayhem with HOUSE OF TRAPS (1982), then OPIUM AND THE KUNG FU MASTER (1984) at 8:00 AM, ONE ARMED SWORDSMAN (1967) at 10:00 AM, RETURN OF THE ONE ARMED SWORDSMAN (1969) at 12:30 PM, NEW ONE ARMED SWORDSMAN (1971) at 2:30 PM, FIST OF FURY (1972) at 4:30 PM, EXECUTIONERS FROM SHAOLIN (1977) at 7:00 PM, LEGENDARY WEAPONS OF CHINA (1982) at 9:15 PM and THE 36TH CHAMBER OF SHAOLIN (1978) at 11:15 PM. By the way, at 5:00 PM FX sneaks in a showing of KUNG FU PANDA 2.
Friday everything is on El Rey, starting with RETURN TO THE 36TH CHAMBER (1982) at 1:45 AM and DISCIPLES OF THE 36TH CHAMBER (1985) at 4:00 AM. Then CLAN OF THE WHITE LOTUS (1980) at 6:00 AM, LEGENDARY WEAPONS OF CHINA at 8:00 AM and HOUSE OF TRAPS at 10:00 AM. They pull out the classic THE FLYING GUILLOTINE (1975) at noon and THE FLYING GUILLOTINE 2 (1977) at 2:00 PM. FIVE DEADLY VENOMS (1979) is airing at 4:00 PM followed by CRIPPLED AVENGERS (1978) at 6:00 PM. Then El Rey turns its attention to Bruce Lee with FIST OF FURY at 8:00 PM and WAY OF THE DRAGON (1972) at 10:00 PM. Saturday kicks off with GAME OF DEATH (1978) at midnight, still of El Rey. Inspiration has THE MASTER GUNFIGHTER (1975) at 1:00 AM, then El Rey finishes off their Bruce-a-thon with THE BIG BOSS (1971) at 2:00 AM. El Rey caps off Saturday very early with TEN TIGERS OF KWANGTUNG (1980) at 4:00 AM.
Even though most of Saturday is a wash, Sunday comes back strong. El Rey starts everything off at 6:00 AM with TEN TIGERS OF KWANGTUNG, then EXECUTIONERS FROM SHAOLIN at 8:00 AM, FIST OF FURY at 10:15 AM and WAY OF THE DRAGON at 12:45 PM. IFC jumps into the fray with BLADE: TRINITY (2004) at 1:45 PM, then El Rey returns with GAME OF DEATH at 3:00 PM. Inspiration brings out THE 36TH CHAMBER OF SHAOLIN (1978) (1971) at 4:30 PM, then THE BIG BOSS on El Rey at 5;15 PM and FIVE DEADLY VENOMS at 7:30 PM. IFC is back with another showing of BLADE: TRINITY at 9:45 PM before El Rey finished of the week with CRIPPLED AVENGERS at 9:45 and FIVE FINGERS OF DEATH (1973) at 11:45 PM.
So don’t worry you martial maniacs, because there is plenty to be thankful for this week!
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