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2018 marks a new era as AFN is finishing its transition to High Definition service around the globe. We are aware that many viewers have experienced difficulties during this transitory period setting up their decoder boxes, and for that we are deeply sorry for the inconvenience.
January has much to offer to kick off the New Year, so take a look at the breakdown below.
AFN|pulse 8:00pm (CET/JKT) Thursday, January 4th
The truth is still out there for at least 10 more episodes. Season 11 will pick up where the season 10 cliffhanger left off with the world in the midst of a pandemic, Mulder looking like he’s on death’s door, and Scully staring down a UFO.
AFN|pulse 9:00pm (CET/JKT) Thursday, January 4th
The series is based on the real-life, high-pressure experiences of emergency response providers who are thrust into heart-stopping situations that are equal parts unpredictable, intense and uplifting. These emergency responders must try to balance saving those who are at their most vulnerable with solving the problems in their own lives.
AFN|spectrum 7:00pm (CET/JKT) Saturday, January 6th
The Knights Templar were the most powerful, wealthy and mysterious military order of the Middle Ages, entrusted with protecting Christianity’s most prized relic—the Holy Grail—and harboring secrets capable of great destruction. From their battles in the Holy Land, to their complex relationship with the King of France, to the betrayal that would ultimately lead to their tragic dissolution, their story has never been fully told until now.
AFN|pulse 10:00pm (CET/JKT) Friday, January 12th
The midseason finale ended with Callie and AJ ditching the prom to keep Ximena from being taken away by ICE agents. The three of them found sanctuary in a church, but their fight is far from over. The second half of season 5 resumes.
AFN|prime 9:00pm (CET/JKT) Saturday, January 13th
Season two starts with six show regulars leaving, but with the addition of Adam Goldberg and Jessica Camacho. Goldberg will play Kilroy, “a gray hat hacker who is eccentric and intelligent and wields a droll sense of humor” while Camacho will play the role of Santana, “a scary-smart, rule-breaking former Army captain who possesses an acerbic wit and calculated bravado.”
Star Trek: Discovery
AFN|spectrum 10:00pm (CET/JKT) Saturday, January 13th
The second part of season 1 begins with Episode 10, “Despite Yourself”: While in unfamiliar territory, the U.S.S. Discovery crew is forced to get creative in their next efforts to survive opposing and unprecedented forces and return home. Six episodes remain for the year.
Black Lightning (new)
AFN|spectrum 10:00pm (CET/JKT) Sunday, January 21st
Jefferson Pierce has made his choice. He hung up the suit and his secret identity years ago, but with a daughter hell-bent on justice and a star student being recruited by a local gang, he’ll be pulled back into the fight as the wanted vigilante and DC legend: Black Lightning.
The Resident (new)
AFN|pulse 9:00pm (CET/JKT) Tuesday, January 23rd
This new medical drama focuses on the final years of a young doctor’s training ripping back the curtain revealing the truth of what really happens, both good and bad, in hospitals across the country. Stars Matt Czuchry, Emily VanCamp, Manish Dayal, Moran Atias, Merrin Dungey and Shaunette Renée Wilson, Melina Kanakaredes and Bruce Greenwood.
AFN|spectrum 7:30pm (CET/JKT) Wednesday, January 24th
Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein are back for one final season, and they’re taking on the big issues before bowing out. Brownstein plays the first female partner at a male-dominated law firm. With sexism, sexual harassment, and sexual assault dominating headlines in multiple industries, the sharply satiric creators of Portlandia will address the issue head-on.
129th Tournament of Roses Parade
AFN|prime Atlantic 5:00pmCET Monday, January 1st
From Pasadena California the parade nicknamed “The Granddaddy of Them All” features many floats made up entirely of organic materials most of which are flowers. Will encore on AFN|prime Pacific 8am Tuesday, January 2nd.
American Masters: This is Bob Hope
AFN|prime 7:00pm (CET/JKT) Tuesday, January 2nd
During his eight-decade career, Bob Hope was the only performer to achieve top-rated success in every form of mass entertainment. American Masters explores his life with unprecedented access to personal archives and clips from films, radio and TV shows. Excerpts of Hope’s writings are voiced by Billy Crystal along with interviews with Woody Allen, Dick Cavett, Margaret Cho, Linda Hope, Kermit the Frog, Leonard Maltin, Conan O’Brien, Tom Selleck, Brooke Shields, Connie Stevens, Sherwood Schwartz and biographer Richard Zoglin.
College Football Championship Game
AFN|sports Tuesday 2:00am CET/ 10:00am JKT January 9th
The 2018 College Football Playoff National Championship will be played at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, Georgia. As part of a three-year rotation, the game will be played between the winners of two semi-final bowl games which will be played on January 1, 2018: the Rose Bowl Game, and the Sugar Bowl.
NHL All-Star Game
AFN|sports Sunday 9:00pm CET/ Monday 5:00am JKT January 28th & 29th
Tampa Bay Lightning and the city of Tampa will host the 2018 NHL® All-Star game. The Game will be divided into three 20-minute games, with star players from each NHL division making up the four All-Star teams: Pacific, Central, Atlantic, and Metropolitan.
The Lost Wife of Robert Durst — PREMIERE
AFN|movie 7:00pm (CET/JKT) Wednesday, January 3rd
Young and wide-eyed Kathie (Katharine McPhee) falls in love with charming, yet quirky real estate scion Robert Durst (Daniel Gillies), only to find their marriage turning stranger, darker and more disturbing as time passes. But when Kathie disappears in 1982, her family and friends are deeply disturbed that her disappearance isn’t taken seriously by police. While Durst is currently in jail awaiting trial for the murder of his close friend, journalist Susan Berman, the questions linger as to what really happened to Kathie.
Morgan (Anya Taylor-Joy) is a bioengineered child who began walking and talking after one month of existence, exceeding the wildest expectations of her creators. When Morgan attacks one of her handlers, a corporate troubleshooter (Kate Mara) visits the remote, top-secret facility where she’s kept to assess the risks of keeping her alive. When the girl breaks free and starts running amok, the staff members find themselves in a dangerous lockdown with an unpredictable and violent synthetic human. TV-MA
Star Trek Beyond, the highly anticipated next installment in the globally popular Star Trek franchise, created by Gene Roddenberry and reintroduced by J.J. Abrams in 2009, returns with director Justin Lin at the helm of this epic voyage of the U.S.S. Enterprise and her intrepid crew. In Beyond, the Enterprise crew explores the furthest reaches of uncharted space, where they encounter a mysterious new enemy who puts them and everything the Federation stands for to the test.
Looking for any way to get away from the life and town he was born into, Tripp (Lucas Till), a high school senior, builds a Monster Truck from bits and pieces of scrapped cars. After an accident at a nearby oil-drilling site displaces a strange subterranean creature with a taste and a talent for speed, Tripp may have just found the key to getting out of town and a most unlikely friend.
When millionaire hedge fund manager James (Will Ferrell) is nailed for fraud and bound for a stretch in San Quentin, the judge gives him 30 days to get his affairs in order. Desperate, he turns to Darnell (Kevin Hart) to prep him for a life behind bars. But despite James’ one-percenter assumptions, Darnell is a hard-working small business owner who has never received a parking ticket, let alone been to prison. Together, the two men do whatever it takes for James to “get hard” and, in the process, discover how wrong they were about a lot of things—including each other. TV-MA
The story follows a one-time bullied geek who grew up to be a lethal CIA agent (Dwayne Johnson), coming home for his high school reunion. Claiming to be on a top-secret case, he enlists the help of the former “big man on campus” (Kevin Hart), now an accountant who misses his glory days. But before the staid numbers-cruncher realizes what he’s getting into, it’s too late to get out, as his increasingly unpredictable new friend drags him through a world of shoot-outs, double-crosses and espionage that could get them both killed in more ways than he can count.
Best friends Ryan, Sasha, Lisa and Dina are in for the adventure of a lifetime when they travel to New Orleans for the annual Essence Festival. Along the way, they rekindle their sisterhood and rediscover their wild side by doing enough dancing, drinking, brawling and romancing to make the Big Easy blush. Stars Regina Hall, Tiffany Haddish, Larenz Tate, Mike Colter, Kate Walsh, Jada Pinkett Smith and Queen Latifah.
Jack Reacher: Never Go Back — PREMIERE
AFN|movie 7:00pm (CET/JKT) Saturday, January 20th
Jack Reacher (Tom Cruise) returns with his particular brand of justice when Army Major Susan Turner (Cobie Smulders), who heads Reacher’s old investigative unit, is arrested for treason. Reacher will stop at nothing to prove her innocence and to uncover the truth behind a major government conspiracy involving soldiers who are being killed.
In this all-new spectacular adventure featuring the unforgettable characters from Lewis Carroll’s beloved stories, Alice returns to the whimsical world of Underland and travels back in time to save the Mad Hatter. Stars Johnny Depp, Anne Hathaway, Mia Wasikowska, Matt Lucas, Rhys Ifans, Helena Bonham Carter and Sacha Baron Cohen.
I Am Elizabeth Smart — PREMIERE
AFN|movie 7:00pm (CET/JKT) Wednesday, January 24th
In June 2002, Elizabeth Ann Smart (Alana Boden) was a 14-year-old girl when she was abducted from her Salt Lake City home by religious fanatic Brian David Mitchell (Skeet Ulrich). He brought her to a hilly encampment where, with his twisted accomplice Wanda Barzee (Deirdre Lovejoy), he held Elizabeth captive. She was starved, drugged, raped and subjected to bizarre religious rituals until, nine months later, she enabled her own rescue.
This action-thriller follows MI6’s most lethal assassin through a hive of traitors. The crown jewel of Her Majesty’s Secret Intelligence Service, Agent Lorraine Broughton (Charlize Theron) is equal parts- spycraft, sensuality- and savagery, willing to deploy any of her skills to stay alive on her mission. Sent alone into Berlin to deliver a priceless dossier out of the destabilized city, she partners with embedded station chief David Percival (James McAvoy) to navigate her way through the deadliest game of spies. TV-MA
When mysterious spacecraft touch down across the globe, an elite team—lead by expert linguist Louise Banks (Amy Adams)—are brought together to investigate. As mankind teeters on the verge of global war, Banks and the team race against time for answers—and to find them, she will take a chance that could threaten her life, and quite possibly humanity.
A reimagining of Disney’s cherished family film, “Pete’s Dragon” is the adventure of an orphaned boy named Pete and his best friend Elliott, who just so happens to be a dragon.
CREDITS— Contributing Writer/Editor: Fabian Montgomery, Blog Layout and Design: Mark Middleton, #TheBigDeal Production: Rock Grant. Narration: Rock Grant. December 29, 2017.