What’s On TV This Week (October 3 – October 9)

by Michael Lauck on October 4, 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”.

We are continuing through fall towards Halloween, and I don’t know about you, but we’re already stockpiling the most allergy free candy options we can find at our house. Think about how rough it is for kids who can’t eat most of the candy out there! Look up “Teal Pumpkin Project” to learn more about allergy safe Halloween treats, but look here for all the martial arts mayhem on TV this week! Like I said, Halloween is coming, so vampires and monsters are winning out over Ming rebels and fighting monks in the listings, but there are still options and we are seeing a little blending of the horror and martial arts genres!

As far as television programs go, WALKER, TEXAS RANGER still is the sole option. WGN runs seven episodes on Tuesday and Thursday starting at 9:00 AM while Grit runs four episodes every day starting at 7:00 PM. Not enough Chuck Norris? Don’t worry because Inspiration runs two episodes Monday through Thursday starting at 9:00 PM and Sunday at 8:00 PM and single episodes Tuesday through Saturday at 2:00 AM and Friday at 9:00 PM. That is a whole bunch of high kicks and cowboy hats right there!

Speaking of Chuck, he kicks off the week in movies (in a cowboy hat) too with LONE WOLF MCQUADE (1983) at 2:35 AM on MGM. I think we can all agree that this movie was an obvious inspiration for Cordell Walker, who is pretty much a more family friendly and wholesome McQuade. Sony offers up two servings of KICKBOXER (1989) at 10:00 and 11:40 PM to finish off Monday. Chuck is back on Tuesday though, when MGM shows BREAKER! BREAKER! (1977) at 2:05 PM. This movie has its faults but for me the combination of martial arts and 18 wheelers is pretty much everything great about 1970s movies in a single serving! El Rey finished off Tuesday with THE CROW: SALVATION (2000) at 6:00 PM. If you like The Crow sequels Wednesday is your day because El Rey has THE CROW: CITY OF ANGELS (1996) at midnight, another showing of THE CROW: SALVATION at 2:00 AM and THE CROW: WICKED PRAYER (2005) at 4:00 AM.

I know what you are thinking: The week is already half over and that is it? Yes. It is Halloween season so deal with it. Thursday picks up though. At 6:00 PM FX airs the MMA comedy HERE COMES THE BOOM (2012) while at the same time El Rey gives you a classic kicks fix with THE FLYING GUILLOTINE (1975). El Rey follows up with THE FLYING GUILLOTINE 2 (1977) at 8:00 PM and FIVE FINGERS OF DEATH (1973) at 10:00 PM. They then usher in Friday with a midnight showing of THE CHINESE BOXER (1970) followed by THE BLACK TAVERN (1972) at 1:30 AM and a re-airing of FIVE FINGERS OF DEATH at 3:00 AM. FX also re-airs HERE COMES THE BOOM at 7:00 AM. Then comes the Halloween/kung fu mash ups! Sony trots out TSUI HARK’S VAMPIRE HUNTERS (2002) at 6:00 AM, which is also known to some as ERA OF THE VAMPIRES. (Of course, I always think of it as: Tsui Hark Wishes He Got To Make Blade!) TNT continues the monsters meet martial arts with THE MUMMY: TOMB OF THE DRAGON EMPEROR (2008) at 11:30 PM. Saturday only offers up RUSH HOUR (1998) at 11:00 AM and RUSH HOUR 2 (2001) at 1:00 PM, both on TBS.

Sunday ends pretty strong with something for everyone. Want modern, western gangster movie influence martial arts? TRANSPORTER 3 (2008) at 3:00 AM on TNT. Want some good old fashioned old school kung fu movies? El Rey has you covered with THE TREASURE HUNTERS (1982) at 10:00 AM, HEROES OF THE EAST (1979) at 12:15 PM, HEROES SHED NO TEARS (1980) at 2:15 PM, THE DEADLY KNIVES (1972) at 4:15 and LEGENDARY WEAPONS OF CHINA (1982) at 6:00 PM. Wanting more vampire slaying action? BLADE (1998) at 6:30 on SyFy. 1980’s JCVD goodness? Sony has your back at they finish the week with an 11:50 PM airing of KICKBOXER.

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