LGBT Pride Month on AFN

LGBT Pride Month is an opportunity for Americans to demonstrate to the world the true meaning of freedom and equality. LGBT Pride Month is a time to understand the struggles, achievements and contributions made by members of the LGBT community and to recognize with pride, that they now serve openly, with full honor, integrity and respect. In recognition of this commemorative month, AFN has planned special programming to air on AFN|spectrum, AFN|pulse, AFN|xtra and AFN|movie.

AFN’s recognition of LGBT Pride Month begins on June 1st with “Stonewall Uprising,” the dramatic event that launched a global rights movement, and concludes June 27th at 9:30pm with an encore showing of “The Normal Heart,” starring Julia Roberts and Jonathan Groff.

LGBT Pride Month on AFN|spectrum, AFN|pulse & AFN|Xtra

Stonewall UprisingAmerican Experience: Stonewall Uprising
Sunday, June 1st, 5pm CET/JKT

Hunted and often entrapped by undercover police in their hometowns, gay people from around the U.S. began fleeing to New York in search of a sanctuary. They found refuge in the Stonewall Inn, a Mafia-run gay bar in Greenwich Village. When police raided Stonewall on June 28, 1969, gay men and women did something they had not done before: They fought back. The streets of New York erupted into violent protests and street demonstrations–announcing the gay rights movement had arrived.

Oprah's Next Chapter
Neil Patrick HarrisNeil Patrick Harris
Sunday, June 8th, 5pm CET/JKT
Oprah visits Emmy award-winning actor Neil Patrick Harris and David Burtka… and in the backyard, meets the twins!
Jason CollinsJason Collins
Sunday, June 15th, 5pm CET/JKT
Oprah interviews NBA player Jason Collins, the first openly gay athlete in a major American sport. The program includes remarks by Collins’ family.
Gay HollywoodGay Hollywood
Sunday, June 22nd, 5pm CET/JKT
A discussion of homosexuality in America, featuring remarks by Wanda Sykes, Jesse Tyler Ferguson and Dan Bucatinsky.
The FostersThe Fosters — AFN|pulse
Season 1B Marathon
Sunday, June 8th, 7pm CET/JKT
Season 2 Premiere
Sunday, June 22nd, 9pm CET/JKT

The critically acclaimed series follows the lives of the Foster family, an interracial lesbian couple raising children together. The Fosters won the 2013 Teen Choice Award for Choice TV Breakout Show and is nominated for a 2014 GLAAD Media Award for Outstanding Drama Series.

True LifeTrue Life: I’m a Gay Athlete
Wednesday, June 12th, 7pm CET/JKT

On this special edition of True Life, MTV’s groundbreaking documentary series takes a look into the lives of two gay college athletes.

LGBT Pride Month on AFN|movie

The Normal HeartThe Normal Heart PREMIERE
Wednesday, June 4th, 7pm CET/JKT

A gay activist attempts to raise HIV/AIDS awareness during the early 1980s. Stars Julia Roberts, Jonathan Groff, Taylor Kitsch, Jim Parsons.

The Kids are All RightPREMIEREFriday, June 6th, 7pm CET/JKT

Two children conceived by artificial insemination from the same sperm donor, who have been living with their lesbian mothers, bring their father into their family life. Stars Annette Bening, Julianne Moore, Mark Ruffalo.

Philadelphia Friday, June 6th, 9pm CET/JKT

When a man with AIDS is fired by his law firm because of his condition, he hires a homophobic small time lawyer as the only willing advocate for a wrongful dismissal suit. Stars Tom Hanks, Denzel Washington.

Geography ClubGeography ClubPREMIERE
Wednesday, June 11th, 7pm CET/JKT

At Goodkind High School, a group of students of varying sexual orientation form an after-school club as a discreet way to share their feelings and experiences. Stars Cameron Deanne Stewart, Meagan Martin, Justin Deeley, Nicki Blonsky.

Far From HeavenPREMIEREFriday, June 13th, 7pm CET/JKT

Cathy is the perfect 50s housewife: healthy kids, successful husband, social prominence. Her tidy world starts spinning out of control when she finds her husband Frank kissing another man. A friendship with their African-American Gardner provides consolation from her grief, but it’s a socially taboo relationship that leads to the further disintegration of life as she knew it. Stars Julianne Moore, Dennis Quaid, Dennis Haysbert.

Wednesday, June 18th, 7pm CET/JKT

The story of San Francisco Supervisor Harvey Milk, and his struggles as an American gay activist who fought for gay rights and became California’s first openly gay elected official. Stars Sean Penn, Emile Hirsch, Josh Brolin.

Boys Don’t CryPREMIEREFriday, June 20th, 7pm CET/JKT

Born as a female, Teena Brandon transforms himself into his male identity:Brandon Teena. He attempts to find himself, and love in Nebraska. Stars Hilary Swank, Chloe Sevigny.

Beginners – Friday, June 20th, 9pm CET/JKT

A young man is rocked by two announcements from his elderly father: that he has terminal cancer, and that he has a young male lover. Stars Ewan McGregor, Christopher Plummer.

Angels in America – Friday, June 20th, 11pm CET/JKT

Based on Tony Kushner’s political epic about the AIDS crisis during the mid-eighties, around a group of separate but connected individuals. Stars Al Pacino, Meryl Streep, Emma Thompson, Mary Louise Parker.

A Single ManA Single ManPREMIERE
Wednesday, June 25th, 7pm CET/JKT

An English professor, one year after the sudden death of his boyfriend, is unable to cope with his typical days in 1960s Los Angeles. Stars Colin Firth, Julianne Moore.

Brokeback MountainPREMIEREFriday, June 27th, 7pm CET/JKT

The story of a forbidden and secretive relationship between two cowboys and their lives over the years. Stars Jake Gyllenhaal, Heath Ledger, Michelle Williams.

The Normal Heart  ENCORE  Friday, June 27th, 9:30pm CET/JKT

A gay activist attempts to raise HIV/AIDS awareness during the early 1980s. Stars Julia Roberts, Jonathan Groff, Taylor Kitsch, Jim Parsons.

Memorial Day Weekend 2014

There’s a full schedule for you this Memorial Day Weekend, including specials, movies and concerts. AFN has a full day of informative, educational and entertaining television planned, as part of our effort to remember our fallen. As part of this special day, we’d like to share some testimonials and stories of remembrance from AFN viewers around the world. Many thanks to everyone for sharing these special tributes.

Continuing with this special commemoration, AFN will air two landmark HBO series back-to-back and unedited. Band of Brothers and The Pacific will air together on AFN Spectrum Late Night starting at 11pm and 12am respectively starting Memorial Day Mondays through Thursdays.

Band of Brothers & The Pacific

May 26th AFN|spectrum LateNight 11pm & 12am CET/JKT Mondays – Thursdays

2013 & 2014 has seen the passing of three actual members of Easy Company as portrayed in the series Band Of Brothers. Although these men survived WWII, AFN would like to acknowledge them for bearing witness to their fallen brothers’ heroism and courage, and sharing their stories.

Frank Perconte

Perconte was played by actor James Madio in the series. Raised in Joliet Illinois, Perconte enlisted In 1942 becoming one of the first men assigned to Easy Company. Perconte was a non-commissioned officer in 1st Platoon.

Edward Heffron

Heffron was played by actor Robin Laing in the series. From South Philadelphia, Heffron was a replacement to Easy Company as a machine gunner. He quickly became friends with William Guarnere. Heffron fought in several major battles, including Operation Market Garden and the Battle of the Bulge.

William Guarnere

Guarnere was played by actor Frank John Hughes in the series. Also from South Philedelphia, Guarnere became lifelong friends with Edward Heffron. Guarnere earned the nickname “Wild Bill” because of his reckless attitude towards the enemy.

Memorial Day on AFN|spectrum

Volunteer Jam featuring The Charlie Daniels Band / 1:00 pm PREMIERE
Volunteer Jam 2014AEG Live Rocky Mountains announces Volunteer Jam featuring The Charlie Daniels Band with The Outlaws, BlackHawk and Craig Campbell at Fiddler’s Green Amphitheatre, a concert to honor members of the military, the Red Cross and first responders.

The Brokaw Files: The Greatest Generation / 4:00 pm
Inspired by a trip to Normandy, Brokaw became fascinated by the cultural shifts that occurred as WWII soldiers returned home to America to rebuild their lives and their nation before passing the torch to the next generation.

Against The Odds: The Marines at Hue / 5:00 pm PREMIERE
Against the OddsThe premiere episode features the Battle of Hue City, the site of one of the Vietnam War’s fiercest battles. Three understrength U.S. Marine battalions attacked and soundly defeated entrenched enemy troops, liberating Hue for South Vietnam. This episode tells the stories of the young men of Alpha, Fox, Golf and Hotel Companies who fought and recaptured Hue City.

RAW WAR: The Lost Film of Dak To / 6:00 pm PREMIERE
Raw WarRAW WAR presents gripping personal stories through film and photographs from combat cameramen who filmed some of the most significant military engagements in Vietnam. These cameramen risked – and sometimes lost – their lives to capture some of the bloodiest battles of our time. This special reveals an unknown chapter of the Vietnam War through the gripping personal stories behind this newly discovered footage.

The National Memorial Day Concert / 7:00 pm PREMIERE
National Memorial Day ConcertThe concert features uplifting musical performances, documentary footage and dramatic readings that honor all Americans who have served or made the ultimate sacrifice for our country.

ACM Presents: An All-Star Salute to the Troops / 8:30pm
LL Cool J and Chris O’Donnell, stars of the hit CBS drama series NCIS: Los Angeles, will co-host this concert event featuring some of the biggest names in country music paying tribute to our armed forces. Additionally, Dierks Bentley, Lee Brice, Luke Bryan, Hunter Hayes, Toby Keith, Tim McGraw, Kellie Pickler and Keith Urban have been added to the star-studded lineup of artists scheduled to perform at the event. These artists join previously announced performers Merle Haggard, George Strait, Carrie Underwood, Florida Georgia Line, Lady Antebellum and The Band Perry. The concert will honor the country’s remarkable servicemen and women and include special moments and stories of incredible bravery and integrity.

Memorial Day on AFN|movie

(Starts 6 am Monday May 26th through 6 am Tuesday May 27th)

Pearl Harbor, 6:00 am
The story of two friends as they join the military prior to the bombing of Pearl Harbor. Stars Ben Affleck, Kate Beckinsale and Josh Hartnett.

Women of Valor, 9:30 am
U.S. Army nurses in the Philippines during World War II are captured and imprisoned by Japanese troops during the invasion of the Philippines. Stars Susan Sarandon and Kristy McNichol.

Miracle at St. Anna, 11:30 am
Set in 1944 Italy, the story of four black American soldiers who get trapped in a Tuscan village during WWII. Stars Derek Luke and Michael Ealy.

Only the Brave, 2:00 pm
WWII Japanese Americans determined to prove their loyalty, successfully petition the government to serve becoming the 100th Infantry Battalion. Stars Lane Nishikawa and Greg Watanabe.

Memorial Day, 4:00 pm
13-year-old Kyle Vogel discovers the World War II footlocker belonging to his grandfather, which leads to a wartime past and future. Stars Jonathan Bennett and James Cromwell.

Act of Valor, 7:00 pm PREMIERE
Navy SEALs in a powerful story of contemporary global anti-terrorism, inspired by true events. Stars Alex Veadov, Roselyn Sanchez and Nestor Serrano.

The Hurt Locker, 9:00 pm
An intense portrayal of soldiers in Iraq who have one of the most dangerous jobs in the world: disarming bombs. Stars Jeremy Renner and Anthony Mackie.

We Were Soldiers, 11:30 pm
Lt. Colonel Hal Moore and 400 troopers were surrounded by 2,000 North Vietnamese soldiers in a savage battle. Stars Mel Gibson and Madeleine Stowe.

Gardens of Stone, 2:00 am
A sergeant must deal with his thwarted desires to save lives, settling for helping the son of an army buddy while assigned to Arlington National Cemetery. Stars D.B. Sweeney, James Caan and James Earl Jones.

Windtalkers, 4:00 am
Two U.S. Marines in WWII are assigned to protect Navajo Marines who use their native language as an unbreakable radio cypher. Stars Nicholas Cage and Adam Beach.

Stop Bullying Event – AFN|family

AFN is excited to announce a special broadcast event on Sunday March 23rd. In cooperation with the Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA), AFN|family will be airing an entire afternoon of movies and specials designed to inform, educate and stimulate discussion on the important issue of bullying. Designed for parents and kids, the event is titled, “Stop Bullying.”Stop Bullying

Bullying hurts. It can have a lasting and damaging impact on lives – sometimes more than we realize. AFN and DoDEA’s goal is to raise awareness of the simple, yet powerful actions that parents and kids can take to prevent bullying. We hope to inspire you to take action by speaking up when you see bullying and to grow a community committed to ending it.

Following is the schedule for this important television event. Also feel free to browse the very helpful online resources after the schedule from DoDEA and Let us know what you think on AFN’s Facebook Page, or drop us a line at You are also invited to join an online conversation during the shows. DoDEA staff will be monitoring Twitter, so feel free to send tweets to @DoDEA #StopBullying with comments, observations and questions.

An important part of the Stop Bullying event is to encourage parents and students to share information and constructive comments via social media. Please use social media in a courteous way during the anti-Bullying event. You never know who will see or forward your message. Arguments, mean spirited discussions and hurtful comments will be deleted from Facebook.

Stand Up: Military Kids Against Bullying – 12pm CET/JKT
Stand Up: Military Kids Against Bullying
Students from DoDEA Schools in Europe take an active role to stop bullying through creative programs and through their own initiative. AFN Europe Journalists talk to kids about their “Stand Up To Bullies” project, which created a tight-knit support system. A Sembach Middle School student started her own Facebook page to help her classmates, while a video class at Ramstein High School took on bullying as a theme, creating their own commercials. Army Sergeant Abbie Waldrop hosts with guest Dr. Krystal White, a pediatric psychologist from Landstuhl Regional Medical Center.
Nick News with Linda Ellerbee: Sticks, Stones & CyberSlams – 12:30 CET/JKT
Nick News with Linda Ellerbee
Nick News with Linda Ellerbee takes a hard look at the issue of bullying. Kids talk about being bullied and bullies talk about why they did what they did. Both groups of kids discuss ways to stop bullying. Viewers will hear from peers on both sides of the bullying equation, as well as gain tips to help end this problem.
Cyberbully – 1pm CET/JKT
Taylor Hillridge is a teenager that gets a laptop for her birthday and signs up on a social networking site. She starts to feel alone as her friends ostracize her as she becomes a victim of their cyberbullying. This is a fictional account of how cyberbullying can destroy a young person’s life – and closely parallels real accounts.
Tagged: The Jonathan Wamback Story – 2:50pm CET/JKT
Tagged: The Jonathan Wamback Story
Based on the true story of Jonathan Wamback, who was savagely beaten by a gang of high school bullies who mistakenly thought he tagged their graffiti. This film shows how bullying can result in serious violence and how important it is for adults and parents to listen to young people.
NFL Characters Unite – 4:40pm CET/JKT
Characters Unite
NFL stars share deeply personal stories of overcoming prejudice, bullying and discrimination. Players featured include Green Bay Packers wide receiver Randall Cobb, New York Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz and linebacker Mark Herzlich, New York Jets center Nick Mangold, Chicago Bears cornerback Charles Tillman and Houston Texans defensive end J.J. Watt. Through meaningful conversations and one-on-one confidence building, these NFL leaders, both on and off the field, open lines of communication, instill courage and help kids realize that they can achieve greatness and should “Never Say Never” to their dreams.
Bully – 5:30pm CET/JKT
This powerful documentary is about peer-to-peer bullying and exposes all the raw emotion surrounding this topic. Five stories of how families have been touched by bullying are chronicled. Co-viewing by parents and youth is strongly advised, as this documentary covers serious bullying topics and related issues in graphic detail.

DoD schools website –
The bullying Awareness and Prevention Program web with resources for parents, students and administrators from the U.S. Department of Defense Educational activity (DoDEA).

Stop Bullying Now –
Great resources from the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services. Get the information that you need to help stop bullying at school, online, and in the community.

Webisodes – Kids –
Watch these videos to learn how KB, Josh, Milton, and their friends deal with kids who bully. After watching each video, take a quiz to see how much you know about bullying.

What is Bullying –
Find out what bullying is and what the different types are. You can also learn more about other topics related to bullying.

Prevent Bullying –
Parents, school staff, and other adults in the community can help kids prevent bullying by talking about it, building a safe school environment, and creating a community-wide bullying prevention strategy. Find out what you can do.

Prevention at School –
Bullying can threaten students’ physical and emotional safety at school and can negatively impact their ability to learn. The best way to address bullying is to stop it before it starts. There are a number of things school staff can do to make schools safer and prevent bullying.

Warning Signs –
There are many warning signs that may indicate that someone is affected by bullying—either being bullied or bullying others. Recognizing the warning signs is an important first step in taking action. Not all children who are bullied or are bullying others ask for help.

For Educators –
Schools are a primary place where bullying can happen. Helping to establish a supportive and safe school climate where all students are accepted and knowing how to respond when bullying happens are key to making sure all students are able to learn and grow.

Special Site for kids –
Find facts, webisodes, and quizzes about bullying for kids. Visit for more information.

Women’s History Month on AFN

This year’s theme, Celebrating Women of Character, Courage, and Commitment, honors the extraordinary and often unrecognized determination of women. AFN will present three Premiere movies based on real events where women have overcome the status quo with dedication and resolve.

House of Versace
House of Versace – The chronicles of Donatella Versace’s triumph over tragedy by carrying on her brother’s powerful legacy after his 1997 slaying.
AFN|movie – 7pm CET/JKT
Wednesday March 12
Won't Back Down
Won’t Back Down – inspired by true events – of parenthood, friendship, hope and courage. Maggie Gyllenhaal and Viola Davis portray determined mothers who will stop at nothing to transform their children’s failing inner city school. Facing a powerful and entrenched bureaucracy and a system mired in traditional thinking, they risk everything to make a difference in the education and future of their children.
AFN|movie – 7pm CET/JKT
Wednesday March 19
Murder on the Home Front
Murder on the Home Front – inspired by true events – is a crime drama set during the London Blitz of WWII. After several women are murdered, pathologist Lennox Collins and his assistant Molly Cooper employ ground breaking forensic techniques in pursuit of the killer.
AFN|movie – 7pm CET/JKT
Wednesday March 26
Succeeding in the movie industry requires a level of talent and tenacity that transcends the social conventions of an industry traditionally dominated by men. For this reason AFN will be spotlighting four highly talented female directors for Women’s History Month. Showcased with an eclectic selection of their works, Kathryn Bigelow, Sofia Coppola, Nancy Meyers and Catherine Hardwicke are being recognized as contributing to a legacy that expands these frontiers for generations to come. Tune in every Friday in March for a new director showcase on AFN|movie.
Kathryn Bigelow
Director: Kathryn Bigelow
“If there’s specific resistance to women making movies, I just choose to ignore that as an obstacle for two reasons: I can’t change my gender, and I refuse to stop making movies. It’s irrelevant who or what directed a movie, the important thing is that you either respond to it or you don’t. There should be more women directing; I think there’s just not the awareness that it’s really possible. It is.”
• Friday, March 7, 2014 •
The Hurt Locker – 7pm CET/JKT
During the Iraq War, a Sergeant recently assigned to an army bomb squad is put at at odds with his squad mates due to his maverick way of handling his work. Stars Jeremy Renner and Anthony Mackie.
The Widowmaker – 9:30pm CET/JKT
When Russia’s first nuclear submarine malfunctions on its maiden voyage, the crew must race to save the ship and prevent a nuclear disaster. Stars Harrison Ford.
Zero Dark Thirty
Zero Dark Thirty -PREMIERE- 11:30pm CET/JKT
A chronicle of the decade-long hunt for al-Qaeda terrorist leader Osama bin Laden after the September 2001 attacks, and his death at the hands of the Navy S.E.A.L. Team 6 in May 2011. Stars Jessica Chastain and Joel Edgerton.

Sofia Coppola
Director: Sofia Coppola
“There’s so many more female directors than when I started. That’s encouraging. Maybe it’s because it’s such an all-encompassing job, and if you have a family, it’s harder to do. But there are female surgeons. And there’s plenty of women working in the film business.”
• Friday, March 14, 2014 •
The Bling Ring
The Bling Ring -PREMIERE- 7pm CET/JKT
Inspired by actual events, a group of fame-obsessed teenagers use the internet to track celebrities’ whereabouts in order to rob their homes. Stars Emma Watson, Katie Chang and Israel Broussard.
Lost in Translation – 8:30pm CET/JKT
A faded movie star and a neglected young woman form an unlikely bond after crossing paths in Tokyo. Stars Bill Murray and Scarlett Johansson.
Marie Antoinette – 10pm CET/JKT
The retelling of France’s queen, Marie Antoinette from her betrothal and marriage to Louis XVI at 15 to her reign as queen at 19 to the end of her reign and ultimately the fall of Versailles. Stars Kirsten Dunst and Jason Schwartman.

Nancy Meyers
Director: Nancy Meyers
“I’ve always been blessed with confidence. I am a glass-half-full person. My first movie, ‘Private Benjamin,’ got turned down by every studio until the very last one, but I just kept thinking, ‘Why are you people not seeing that this is a hit movie? What is wrong with you?”
• Friday, March 21, 2014 •
It’s Complicated – 7pm CET/JKT
When attending their son’s college graduation, a couple re-ignite the spark in their relationship…but the complicated fact is they’re divorced and he’s remarried. Stars Meryl Streep, Alec Baldwin, Steve Martin.
The Holiday – 9:30 pm CET/JKT
Two women troubled with guy-problems swap homes in each other’s countries, where they each meet a local guy and fall in love. Stars Kate Winslet, Cameron Diaz, Jude Law and Jack Black.
What Women Want – 12am CET/JKT
After an accident, a chauvinistic executive gains the ability to hear what women are really thinking. Stars Mel Gibson and Helen Hunt.

Catherine Hardwicke
Director: Catherine Hardwicke
“… My first couple of movies, people might have liked them, but when I did make a blockbuster and started a big franchise called “Twilight” I thought, “Wow, no there’s no excuse.” Every guy I knew who made a movie that successful got a three-picture deal and an office on the lot. None of that happened to me. Then I realized there is still a real barrier.”
• Friday, March 28, 2014 •
Red Riding Hood – 7pm CET/JKT
Set in a medieval village that is haunted by a werewolf, a young girl falls for an orphaned woodcutter, much to her family’s displeasure. Stars Amanda Seyfried, Lukas, Haas and Gary Oldman.
The Nativity Story – 9pm CET/JKT
This drama focuses on the period in Mary and Joseph’s life where they journeyed to Bethlehem for the birth of Jesus. Stars Keisha Castle-Hughes and Shohreh Aghdashloo.
Twilight – 11pm CET/JKT
A teenage girl risks everything when she falls in love with a vampire. Stars Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattison.

Weekday mornings in March will feature movies directed by women.
All movies air on AFN|movie at 9am CET/JKT.

3/04 Introducing Dorothy Dandridge Martha Coolidge
3/05 Julie & Julia Nora Ephron
3/06 Across the Universe Julie Taymor
3/07 Preacher’s Wife, The Penny Marshall
3/10 The Matrix Reloaded Lana Wachowski
3/11 Sleepless in Seattle Nora Ephron
3/12 Bridget Jones Diary Sharon Maguire
3/13 Home for the Holidays Jodie Foster
3/14 Amelia Mira Nair
3/17 Call Me Crazy: A Five Film Laura Dern, Bryce Dallas Howard, Bonnie Hunt
Ashley Judd and Sharon Maguire
3/18 Deep Impact Mimi Leder
3/19 Bewitched Nora Ephron
3/20 Frida Julie Taymor
3/21 Bend It Like Beckham Gurinder Chadha
3/24 I Spy Betty Thomas
3/25 You’ve Got Mail Nora Ephron
3/26 Speed Racer Lana Wachowski
3/27 Anna Nicole Mary Harron
3/28 Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason Beeban Kidron
3/31 When Harry Met Sally Nora Ephron
Together Time

Saturday Together Time movies will feature the
following women directors on AFN|family:

3/08: The Parent Trap- Nancy Meyers
3/22: Alvin & the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel- Betty Thomas
3/29: The Secret Garden- Agnieszka Holland

African American History Month

African American History MonthThis February’s official theme for African American History Month, Civil Rights in America, will be covered in AFN’s celebratory premiere presentation of the award winning Lee Daniels’ The Butler,Lee Daniels' TheButler and the PBS series African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross. AFN is also proud to add the winner of the 2013 Grand Jury Prize at Sundance Film Festival to the line-up with Fruitvale Station.

Included in this year’s commemorative agenda are specials about groundbreaking comedienne Jackie “Moms” Mabley and Muhammad Ali’s conscientious objector fight with the government, and Dark Girls, a documentary that explores the prejudices dark-skinned women face throughout the world. AFN will also cross the Atlantic to bring you two movies about South Africa’s apartheid struggle with Winnie Mandela and In My Country.

African Americans: Many Rivers to CrossAfrican Americans: Many Rivers to Cross (Six-part PBS series)
Harvard scholar Henry Louis Gates, Jr. recounts the full trajectory of African-American history in this groundbreaking new six-part series. Written and presented by Professor Gates, the series explores the evolution of the African-American people, as well as the multiplicity of cultural institutions, political strategies, and the evolution of religious and social perspectives forging history, culture and society against all odds. Commencing with the origins of slavery in Africa, the series moves through five centuries of remarkable historic events right up to the present — when America is led by a black president, yet racial divides persist.
AFN|prime – 4pm CET/JKT Sundays starting February 2nd (3 weeks, 2 weekly back to back episodes)

Dark GirlsDark Girls
This fascinating and controversial documentary film goes underneath the surface to explore the prejudices that dark-skinned women face throughout the world. It explores the roots of classism, racism and the lack of self-esteem within a segment of cultures that span from America to the most remote corners of the globe. Women share their personal stories, touching on deeply ingrained beliefs and attitudes of society, while allowing generations to heal as they learn to love themselves for who they are.
AFN|pulse – 10pm CET/JKT Saturday February 22nd

Moms MableyWhoopi Goldberg Presents Moms Mabley
Director Whoopi Goldberg explores the legacy of groundbreaking African-American stand-up comedienne Jackie “Moms” Mabley through recently unearthed photography, rediscovered performance footage and the words of numerous celebrated comedians, entertainers and historians, including Eddie Murphy, Joan Rivers, Sidney Poitier, Kathy Griffin, Harry Belafonte, Bill Cosby, Quincy Jones, Jerry Stiller and Anne Meara.
AFN|prime – 4pm CET/JKT Sunday February 23rd

Commemorative titles on AFN|movie

Winnie MandelaSaturday February 1st
Winnie Mandela
This drama chronicles the life of Winnie Mandela from her childhood, marriage and her husband’s incarceration. Stars Jennifer Hudson and Terrence Howard.

Muhammad Alis Greatest FightWednesday February 5th
Muhammad Ali’s Greatest Fight
Ali’s biggest bout was his fight with the US government. This film is about the politics and hubris surrounding the Vietnam War and the revenge exacted on America’s greatest sportsman of the 20th century because he refused to fight in that war. Stars Danny Glover.

SparkleSaturday February 8th
Set in the 1960s, three sisters form a girl group and soon become local sensations with major label interest, but fame becomes a challenge as the close-knit family begins to fall apart. Stars Whitney Houston and Jordin Sparks.

Fruitvale StationSaturday, February 15th
Fruitvale Station
Oscar Grant, a 22-year-old African American Bay Area resident who on December 31, 2008 was killed by police officers at the Fruitvale BART station. Stars Michael B. Jordan, Melonie Diaz and Octavia Spencer. Winner of the 2013 Grand Jury Prize at Sundance Film Festival.

In My CountryWednesday, February 19th
In My Country
A Washington Post journalist is sent to South Africa to cover the Truth and Reconciliation Commission hearings, in which the perpetrators of murder and torture on both sides during Apartheid are invited to come forward and confront their victims. He meets Anna Malan, an Afrikaans poet who is covering the hearings for radio. As a white South African she is shattered by the accounts of the cruelty and depravity committed by her fellow countrymen. Stars Samuel L. Jackson and Juliette Binoche.

The ButlerSaturday, February 22nd
Lee Daniels’ The Butler
As Cecil Gaines serves eight presidents during his tenure as a butler at the White House, the civil rights movement, Vietnam, and other major events affect this man’s life, family, and American society. Stars Forest Whitaker and Oprah Winfrey.

Improved AFN|family line-up for 2014

Starting January 6, AFN will be introducing new shows, new episodes and an improved lineup for your family. There are numerous enhancements to the line-up, so download the PDF grid for a complete listing.

Following are the highlights:
Preschoolers will enjoy a refreshed weekday morning line-up with new and returning shows. All new series will be coming to the lineup with Sofia the First, Doc Mc Stuffins, the Paw Patrol, Barbar and the Adventures of Badou and Peter Rabbit.New AFN|family Shows New episodes of Dora the Explorer will air Mondays with new Mickey Mouse Clubhouse episodes on Fridays. It’s also important to note that the start times for Sesame Street and Mickey Mouse Clubhouse will not change.

Tween evenings will have all new series and episodes Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays from 5 to 7pm. Weekend mornings will be refreshed with new episodes for Supercharged Saturdays and Funtoon Sundays.AFN|familyTogether Time will host ALL New episodes (brought to you within days of US air) of educational shows for the entire family, capped off with a family friendly movie. Download the grid here for more details.

Join AFN in a Live Tweet with Bill Cosby!

Bill CosbyOn Friday December 20th, Bill Cosby will be available for two live tweet sessions with you, the men and women of the U.S. armed forces, plus dependents. During our encore airings of Bill Cosby’s newest (Comedy Central®) TV special Far From Finished, you will be able to communicate with Cosby via Twitter, the online social networking and microblogging service.

AFN’s encore airings of Far From Finished will be on AFN|prime at 9pm 10pm in Japan/Korea and 9pm 10pm in Europe. This will give two time-zone adjusted opportunities for the approximately 1 hour sessions. To participate, tweet @BillCosby on Twitter and use hashtag #AFNCosbyTroops.

Far From FinishedFar From Finished is Bill Cosby’s first stand-up TV special in 30 years. In the show, the educating and entertaining comedian gives his hilarious viewpoints on topics such as relationships, marriage and children. Bill Cosby served in the U.S. Navy from 1956 to 1961, trained as a hospital corpsman and worked with veterans of the Korean War. He was also recognized as an Honorary Chief Petty Officer in 2011.

@BillCosby #AFNCosbyTroops
Friday December 20th, 10pm CET/JKT

Veterans Day November 11, 2013 – Honoring All Who Served

Veterans Day 2013On this day, our country pauses to honor the men and women who have made their top priority the security of our nation. This year AFN will pay tribute to those who have returned from deployment but are experiencing challenges living a productive and meaningful life.

The centerpiece of AFN’s commemorative Veterans Day specials is the Homeward Bound Telethon, beginning at 3pm CET/JKT on AFN|spectrum. This fundraiser aims to improve the lives of returning military service men and women, including those affected by traumatic brain injury, post-traumatic stress disorder and psychological health conditions. Alan Alda and Joe Mantegna will host this four-hour national telethon with phone banks manned by veterans, celebrities, and dignitaries. The broadcast will feature celebrities, music and comedy entertainment, telethon results, profiles of various charities, and a great number of veterans telling personal stories behind their dramatic armed forces experiences abroad which led them to come home with PTSD and TBI. Leading up to the telethon, AFN|spectrum has a full schedule for the day:

  MONDAY on AFN|spectrum

Coming Home

Coming Home 8am CET/JKT
We will start the day with encore episodes of the popular Coming Home series. This touching show gets close and personal with military family reunions of parents returning home from deployment.

The Brokaw Files

The Brokaw Files: Return to D-Day 12pm CET/JKT
Newsman Tom Brokaw revisits his most memorable moments from decades in broadcasting in this series, which begins with a 2004 report from Normandy and conversations with three Americans who took part in the Allies’ D-Day invasion on June 6, 1944.
The Brokaw Files: The Greatest Generation 1pm CET/JKT
Inspired by a trip to Normandy on the 40th anniversary of D-Day, Brokaw became fascinated by the cultural shifts that occurred as WWII soldiers returned home to America to rebuild their lives and their nation before passing the torch to the next generation. Now, Brokaw reflects on the modern-day effort to document heroic and untold stories of this generation and the importance of preserving the rich history of a defining era.

National Salute to Veterans

National Salute to Veterans 2pm CET/JKT
Joe Mantegna and Gary Sinise host the inaugural broadcast of the National Salute to Veterans, celebrating all our American heroes who have served throughout our country’s history. The National Salute to Veterans will feature new footage shot at the U.S. Capitol with Mantegna and Sinise, as well as the “best of the best” moments from past National Memorial Day concerts. The all-star line-up includes Colin L. Powell USA (Ret.), Forest Whitaker, Pia Toscano, Kris Allen, A.J. Cook, Jason Ritter and Yolanda Adams, accompanied by the National Symphony Orchestra.

Homeward Bound 3pm CET/JKT
Homeward Bound TelethonAlan & Joe
Alan Alda and Joe Mantegna will host Homeward Bound, ( a live four-hour national telethon to support American veterans suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI). Presented by Haven from the Storm and broadcast by the Military Channel, the telethon will be broadcast from the historic American Legion Hall #43 in Hollywood. Haven From the Storm founder


Leonard Wilf commented, “It’s important to recognize the valiant contributions made by brave American soldiers, veterans who protect our country, and return home with PTSD and TBI. This cause is in my heart and I suspect that’s true for many Americans who care.”

People® is teaming up with Homeward Bound because of the magazine’s commitment to providing assistance to men and women who served in the military. A portion of the night’s proceeds will go to one of People’s charities, Operation Finally Home, which has built more than 30 custom-designed mortgage free homes for wounded and disabled veterans and the widows of the fall in an effort to get their lives back on track to become productive members of their communities.

Haven from the StormHaven From the Storm was established to support returning service people, address the particular problems faced by vets today, aid in their recovery and provide assistance for their re-entry back into productive society. Established in 2012 by Leonard Wilf, Connie Francis and Bruce Charet, and registered with the IRS as a 501(c)(3) public charity, Haven From the Storm will engage in fundraising activities to benefit returning service men and women. The Homeward Bound Telethon is one such activity, and the Haven From The Storm Foundation will continue to offer funding to many reputable charities.

Alongside AFN|spectrum’s lineup, AFN|movie will offer a full day of features to compliment the day:

  MONDAY on AFN|movie

Miracle at St. Anna 9am CET/JKT
Set in 1944 Italy, the story of four black American soldiers who get trapped in a Tuscan village during WWII. Stars Derek Luke, Michael Ealy.

Windtalkers 11:30am CET/JKT
Two U.S. Marines in WWII are assigned to protect Navajo Marines who use their native language as an unbreakable radio cypher. Stars Nicholas Cage, Adam Beach.

Rescue Dawn 2pm CET/JKT
A US Fighter pilot’s epic struggle of survival after being shot down on a mission over Laos during the Vietnam War. Stars Christian Bale, Steve Zahn.

G.I. Jane 4:30pm CET/JKT
A female Senator succeeds in enrolling a woman into Combined Reconnaissance Team training where everyone expects her to fail. Stars Demi Moore, Viggo Mortenson, Anne Bancroft.

The Hurt Locker 7pm CET/JKT
Forced to play a dangerous game of cat-and-mouse in the chaos of war, an elite Army bomb squad unit must come together in a city where everyone is a potential enemy and every object could be a deadly bomb. Stars Jeremy Renner, Anthony Mackie.

Pearl Harbor 9:30pm CET/JKT
Pearl Harbor follows the story of two best friends and their love lives as they go off to join WWII in the midst of Pearl Harbor. Stars Ben Affleck, Kate Beckinsale, Josh Hartnett.

Only the Brave 12:30am CET/JKT
A haunting journey into the hearts and minds of the forgotten heroes of WWII – the Japanese-American 100th/442nd. Stars Lane Nichikawa, Tamlyn Tomita.

Catch-Up with AFN

Catch up with your favorite shows on AFN-TV. If you missed your favorite primetime series due to the shutdown last week, AFN is making it up to you. Wednesday through Saturday on AFN|Movie, we’ll air as many of last week’s episodes as we can. The shows will air without commercial interruption, so they will have odd start times. You’ll have multiple chances to watch your favorite show.

It’s on AFN|Movie beginning 11am Wednesday until 7pm Saturday. Here are some of the shows and times:

Wednesday, October 9, 2013
4:01 PM America’s Next Top Model: Guys and Girls
4:44 PM The Amazing Race
5:28 PM Survivor: Blood vs. Water
6:12 PM The Middle
6:34 PM Last Man Standing
6:56 PM Sean Saves the World
7:23 PM The Michael J. Fox Show
7:45 PM Glee
8:33 PM Once Upon a Time
9:17 PM Grey’s Anatomy
10:00 PM Scandal
10:44 PM Two and a Half Men
11:06 PM The Big Bang Theory
11:27 PM Modern Family
11:49 PM The Crazy Ones
Thursday, October 9, 2013
12:10 AM Sleepy Hollow
12:53 AM The Vampire Diaries
1:36 AM The Originals
2:19 AM Parks and Recreation
2:41 AM New Girl
3:03 AM The Mindy Project
3:26 AM Brooklyn Nine-Nine
3:48 AM The Good Wife
4:35 AM Castle
5:18 AM The Mentalist
6:01 AM The Blacklist
6:43 AM Hostages
7:24 AM Blue Bloods
8:07 AM Two and a Half Men
8:28 AM NCIS
9:12 AM NCIS: Los Angeles
9:55 AM Hawaii Five-O
10:38 AM Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
11:20 AM Revolution
12:04 PM Revenge
12:48 PM Parenthood
1:31 PM Nashville
2:14 PM Law & Order: SVU
2:58 PM Chicago Fire
3:41 PM Person of Interest

To see Friday’s and Saturday’s catch-up schedules on AFN|movie, go to