#TheBigDeal — September 2017

Hopefully your senses are savoring its summer vacation, resting your eyes and ears, because AFN is about to deliver a Tsunami of premiere dates for the Fall TV season. Hold on tight to your remote as this immense wave of new and returning shows will pummel you this September.

And best of all, NFL football season is here! The regular season begins Thursday, September 7th with the Kansas City Chiefs facing the New England Patriots. Keep an eye out on Facebook @myafn and Twitter @AFNtelevision for our NFL infographic schedules, or go to sports.myafn.net for fresh listings.


Go to TopNew Series

The Last Tycoon
AFN|spectrum LateNight 11:00pm (CET/JKT) Monday, September 4th
The Last TycoonAn adaptation from F. Scott Fitzgerald’s final unfinished novel set in 1930s Hollywood, an era darkened by the Depression and the growing influence of Hitler. Written and directed by Billy Ray, the series centers on Monroe Stahr (Matt Bomer), a handsome and talented studio executive whose career is on the rise. As Stahr struggles to gain a firm foothold in the movie industry and bring his cinematic visions to life, he must navigate a power struggle with Pat Brady (Kelsey Grammer), his boss and mentor.

AFN|spectrum LateNight 12:30am (CET/JKT) Friday, September 15th
WillIt’s 1589 in Elizabethan England, where a young William Shakespeare arrives from the small town of Stratford to an electric London theatre scene. This seductive, violent world inspires Will to dream big, but his budding talent faces rioting audiences, religious fanatics and raucous sideshows. Attracted to Will is the beautiful, rebellious Alice Burbage, who is forbidden by society from pursuing a career in the theater. However, a chance encounter leads Alice’s brother Richard to team with Will to create what soon becomes the greatest actor-writer partnership ever. Regularly airs at midnight on Fridays.

Me, Myself & I
AFN|prime 7:30pm (CET/JKT) Tuesday, September 26th
Me, Myself & IThe defining moments in one man’s life is portrayed over three distinct periods – as a 14-year-old in 1991, at age 40 in present day and at age 65 in 2042. As a 14-year-old boy living in 1991 Chicago, Alex has it good, until his mom, moves them to Los Angeles. In 2017, 40-year-old Alex is an inventor/entrepreneur on top of the world until his wife leaves him and threatens to take their daughter away. In 2042 at 65, Alex is a highly successful businessman who, after suffering a minor heart attack, decides he’s ready for a change.

The Opposition with Jordan Klepper
AFN|spectrum 10:30pm (CET/JKT) Tuesday, September 26th
The Opposition with Jordan KlepperJordan Klepper will satirize the hyperbolic, conspiracy-laden noise machine that is the alternative-media landscape on both the right and left. The Opposition is the voice of the new America. It is the America that defines its own reality. It’s the America of paid protestors, Obama’s birth certificate, and the certainty that CNN is fake news.

Law & Order True Crime: The Menendez Brothers
AFN|spectrum 9:00pm (CET/JKT) Wednesday, September 27th
Law & Order True Crime: The Menendez BrothersStarring the incomparable Emmy and Golden Globe winner Edie Falco (“The Sopranos,” “Nurse Jackie”), this new true-crime installment of the powerhouse “Law & Order” franchise delivers a gripping in-depth dramatization of the notorious murder case that changed America forever. When the Menendez brothers were tried on national TV for brutally killing their parents in Beverly Hills, their story became a national obsession.

AFN|prime 8:00pm (CET/JKT) Thursday, September 28th
SEAL TeamThis new military drama that follows the professional and personal lives of the most elite unit of Navy SEALs as they train, plan and execute the most dangerous, high-stakes missions our country can ask of them. Deployed on clandestine missions worldwide at a moment’s notice, and knowing the toll it takes on them and their families, this tight-knit SEAL team displays unwavering patriotism and fearless dedication even in the face of overwhelming odds.

Will & Grace
AFN|prime 8:30pm (CET/JKT) Friday, September 29th
Will & GraceA decade after their unforgettable eight-season run, comedy’s most fabulous foursome is back. Eric McCormack, Debra Messing, Sean Hayes and Megan Mullally reprise their infamous roles as Will, Grace, Jack and Karen in this exclusive 12-episode event. There’s no doubt that with this crew’s indelible bond and all the happenings in today’s rollercoaster world, the banter will be on point. The legendary James Burrows, director of every original Will & Grace episode, returns along with a slew of razor-sharp jabs and dirty martinis. Behold once again, from the minds of Max Mutchnick and David Kohan, TV’s wittiest ensemble ever.

Star Trek Discovery
AFN|prime 9:00pm (CET/JKT) Saturday, September 30th
Star Trek DiscoveryOne of the most iconic and influential global television franchises returns 50 years after it first premiered. The series will feature a new ship, new characters and new missions, while embracing the same ideology and hope for the future that inspired a generation of dreamers and doers.


Go to TopSpecials

Labor Day Weekend Movie Event Stunt
AFN|movie — Begins Friday, September 1st
Labor Day Weekend Movie EventCelebrate Labor Day all weekend long with work-place movies Friday through Monday. Also, catch two huge premieres, TVMA – Horrible Bosses 2 Friday night at 11pm CET/JKT and The Intern starring Robert Deniro Saturday night at 7pm CET/JKT. Working to entertain you all weekend long on AFN|movie!

2018 Miss America Competition
AFN|spectrum 7:00pm (CET/JKT) Monday, September 11th
2018 Miss America CompetitionThe 91st Miss America Competition will return to Atlantic City’s historic Boardwalk Hall. Packed with glitz and glam, the spectacular evening will showcase the serious smarts and tremendous talent of 52 women representing their home states and territories as they compete to bring home the crown. At the conclusion of the intense competition, one woman will win the coveted Miss America title.

Nat’l POW/MIA Recognition Day Marathon
AFN|movie — Friday, September 15th
Nat'l POW/MIA Recognition DayAFN honors our nation’s men and women who have been Prisoners of War or are Missing In Action. Starting Friday at 11:30am on AFN|movie – join us a day of movies with POW/MIA themes.

Hispanic Heritage Month Movies
AFN|movie — Begins 7:00pm (CET/JKT) Sunday, September 17th
Hispanic Heritage Month MoviesAFN celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month with the premiere of Tortilla Soup, followed by From Prada to Nada and Ask the Dust. To look for other movies that commemorate the month, search at myafn.net.

Air Force 70th Birthday
AFN|movie — Begins 9:00am (CET/JKT) Monday, September 18th
Air Force 70th BirthdayAFN celebrates the United States Air Force’s 70th Birthday with a day of movies. To learn more about the USAF birthday, please visit the 70th birthday website.

The Vietnam War
AFN|movie 7:00pm (CET/JKT) Monday, September 18th to Friday, September 29th
The Vietnam WarThis 10 part, 18-hour documentary film series directed by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick will immerse you into a 360-degree narrative, telling you the epic story of the Vietnam War as it has never before been told on film. The series features testimony from nearly 80 witnesses, including many Americans who fought in the war and others who opposed it, as well as Vietnamese combatants and civilians from both the winning and losing sides.

69th Primetime Emmy Awards
AFN|prime 7:00pm (CET/JKT) Monday, September 18th
The Vietnam WarWant to know what are the best prime time television series? Then the Primetime Emmy Awards is your thing. The awards ceremony honors the best television programs from June 1, 2016, till May 31, 2017, and is telecasted by the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences.


Go to TopMovie Premieres

Horrible Bosses 2PREMIERE
AFN|movie 11:00pm (CET/JKT) Friday, September 1st

Horrible Bosses 2Fed up with answering to higher-ups, Nick, Dale and Kurt decide to become their own bosses by launching their own business. But a slick investor soon pulls the rug out from under them. Outplayed and desperate, and with no legal recourse, the three would-be entrepreneurs hatch a misguided plan to kidnap the investor’s adult son and ransom him to regain control of their company. TV-MA

AFN|movie 7:00pm (CET/JKT) Saturday, September 2nd

The InternBen Whittaker (Robert De Niro) is a 70-year-old widower who has discovered that retirement isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. Seizing an opportunity to get back in the game, he becomes a senior intern at an online fashion site founded and run by Jules Ostin (Anne Hathaway).

Jupiter AscendingPREMIERE
AFN|movie 7:00pm (CET/JKT) Saturday, September 9th

Jupiter AscendingJupiter Jones (Mila Kunis) was born under a night sky, with signs predicting that she was destined for great things. Jupiter dreams of the stars but wakes up to the cold reality of a job cleaning other people’s houses and an endless run of bad breaks. Only when Caine (Channing Tatum), a genetically engineered ex-military hunter, arrives on Earth to track her down does Jupiter begin to glimpse the fate that has been waiting for her all along—her genetic signature marks her as next in line for an extraordinary inheritance that could alter the balance of the cosmos.

AFN|movie 7:00pm (CET/JKT) Saturday, September 16th

The 33The eyes of the world turned to 2010 Chile, where 33 miners had been buried alive by the catastrophic explosion and collapse of a 100-year-old gold and copper mine. Over 69 days, an international team worked night and day in a desperate attempt to rescue the trapped men as their families and friends, as well as millions of people globally, waited and watched anxiously for any sign of hope.

The Secret Life of PetsPREMIERE
AFN|family 4:00pm (CET/JKT) Sunday, September 17th

The Secret Life of PetsMax (Louis C.K.) is a spoiled terrier who enjoys a comfortable life in a New York building until his owner adopts Duke, a giant and unruly canine. During their walk outside, they encounter a group of ferocious alley cats and wind up in a truck that’s bound for the pound. Luckily, a rebellious bunny named Snowball swoops in to save the doggy duo from captivity. In exchange, Snowball demands that Max and Duke join his gang of abandoned pets on a mission against the humans who’ve done them wrong.

Tortilla SoupPREMIERE
AFN|movie 7:00pm (CET/JKT) Sunday, September 17th

Tortilla SoupThree grown sisters, Maribel (Tamara Mello), Leticia (Elizabeth Peña) and Carmen (Jacqueline Obradors) try to cope and live with their father Martin (Héctor Elizondo) ; a veteran chef who is slowly losing his sense of taste. Martin has one simple rule: be at home for Sunday dinner and attendance is both mandatory and non-negotiable. A rift in the family develops when the sisters develop relationships and an obnoxious woman (Raquel Welch) sets her sights on Martin’s affections.

The Man from U.N.C.L.E.PREMIERE
AFN|movie 7:00pm (CET/JKT) Saturday, September 23rd

The Man from U.N.C.L.E.A fresh take on the popular 1960s television series, THE MAN FROM U.N.C.L.E. is set against the backdrop of the early 1960s, at the height of the Cold War, “The Man from U.N.C.L.E.” centers on CIA agent Napoleon Solo (Henry Cavill) and KGB agent Illya Kuryakin (Armie Hammer). The two men are forced to put aside longstanding hostilities, and team up on a USA/USSR joint mission to stop a mysterious international criminal organization, which is bent on destabilizing the fragile balance of world power.

AFN|family 4:00pm (CET/JKT) Sunday, September 24th

SingIn a city of humanoid animals, a hustling theater impresario’s attempt to save his theater with a singing competition becomes grander than he anticipates even as its finalists’ find that their lives will never be the same. Stars the voices of Matthew McConaughey, Reese Witherspoon, Seth MacFarlane, Scarlett Johansson, John C. Reilly, Taron Egerton and Tori Kelly. Find the shining star that lives inside all of us. See it on Together Time (animated).

My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2PREMIERE
AFN|movie 7:00pm (CET/JKT) Saturday, September 30th

My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2Parenting and marriage is becoming tougher and tougher for Toula (Nia Vardalos) and her husband Ian. Not only has their relationship lost some of its spark, but they’re also dealing with a rebellious teenage daughter who clashes with Greek traditions. On top of that, Toula must contend with aging parents and the endless needs of cousins and friends. When a shocking family secret comes to light, the entire Portokalos clan makes plans to come together for an even bigger wedding than before.


Go to TopReturning Series

American Horror Story: Cult 7 Sat Sep 09 AFN|spectrum LateNight 11:00pm
Fear The Walking Dead 3 Mon Sep 11 AFN|spectrum 9:00pm
Outlander 3 Sun Sep 17 AFN|spectrum LateNight 11:00pm
Dancing with the Stars 25 Tue Sep 19 AFN|spectrum 7:00pm
Gotham 4 Sat Sep 23 AFN|prime 7:00pm
Scorpion 4 Tue Sep 26 AFN|prime 8:00pm
The Voice 13 Tue Sep 26 AFN|pulse 8:00pm
The Mick 2 Wed Sep 27 AFN|spectrum 7:00pm
Brooklyn Nine-Nine 5 Wed Sep 27 AFN|spectrum 7:30pm
Lethal Weapon 2 Wed Sep 27 AFN|spectrum 8:00pm
NCIS 15 Wed Sep 27 AFN|prime 7:00pm
This Is Us 2 Wed Sep 27 AFN|pulse 8:00pm
Bull 2 Wed Sep 27 AFN|prime 8:00pm
NCIS: New Orleans 4 Wed Sep 27 AFN|prime 9:00pm
Law & Order: SVU 19 Thu Sep 28 AFN|spectrum 8:00pm
Chicago PD 5 Thu Sep 28 AFN|spectrum 9:00pm
Survivor 35 Thu Sep 28 AFN|prime 7:00pm
Criminal Minds 13 Thu Sep 28 AFN|prime 9:00pm
Modern Family 9 Thu Sep 28 AFN|pulse 7:00pm
Black-ish 4 Thu Sep 28 AFN|pulse 7:30pm
Empire 4 Thu Sep 28 AFN|pulse 8:00pm
Star 2 Thu Sep 28 AFN|pulse 9:00pm
The Goldbergs 5 Fri Sep 29 AFN|pulse 7:00pm
Speechless 2 Fri Sep 29 AFN|pulse 7:30pm
Grey’s Anatomy 14 Fri Sep 29 AFN|spectrum 7:00pm
How To Get Away With Murder 4 Fri Sep 29 AFN|spectrum 9:00pm
Big Bang Theory 11 Fri Sep 29 AFN|prime 7:00pm
Superstore 3 Fri Sep 29 AFN|prime 8:00pm
Chicago Fire 6 Fri Sep 29 AFN|prime 9:00pm
Designated Survivor 2 Sat Sep 30 AFN|prime 9:00pm

CREDITS— Contributing Writer/Editor: Fabian Montgomery, Blog Layout and Design: Mark Middleton, #TheBigDeal Production: Rock Grant. Narration: Eric Gabriel. August 29, 2017.

#TheBigDeal — August 2017

In this issue:

New & Returning Series
Movie Premieres

AFN’s summer season is coming to a close, not with a whimper but with a BANG! August being at the transition point of what is promising to be an exciting new 2017 season, isn’t offering very much calm before the upcoming fall season storm. Presenting a healthy dose of new and returning series, specials and premiere movies, AFN summer TV has been, and is going to be, far from dry. And more about the upcoming 2017 new fall schedule next month!

In honor of The Coast Guard’s birthday, on Tuesday August 4th at 7pm, AFN|movie will present the heroic action-thriller – The Finest Hours, the remarkable true story of the greatest small boat rescue in Coast Guard history. Happy Birthday Coast Guard!

AFN will transport you to Charlotte, North Carolina for the 2017 PGA Championship. Watch AFN|sports Thursday August 10th for coverage of this essential golf major.

And finally, NFL Football Preseason Begins on Friday, August 11th. Check http://myafn.dodmedia.osd.mil/ScheduleSports.aspx for lineups and tune-in times.


Go to TopNew & Returning Series

Manhunt: Unabomber (new)
AFN|prime 8:00pm (CET/JKT) Wednesday, August 2nd
Manhunt: UnabomberThis is the story of the FBI’s hunt for the deadliest serial bomber in history. The plot focuses on FBI Agent and Criminal Profiler Jim “Fitz” Fitzgerald, who pioneered the use of forensic linguistics to identify and ultimately capture Unabomber Ted Kaczynski. Fitz faced an uphill battle against a very brilliant criminal, but also against the bureaucracy of the UTF itself.

The Sinner (new)
AFN|spectrum 9:00pm (CET/JKT) Thursday, August 3rd
The SinnerThis eight episode mini-series follows a young mother (Jessica Biel) who, when overcome by an inexplicable fit of rage, commits a startling act of violence and to her horror has no idea why. The event launches a crime investigation whose driving force is not the “who” or the “what” — but the “why” — as investigator (Bill Pullman) finds himself obsessed with the buried motive.

Ray Donovan (season 5)
AFN|spectrum LateNight 11:00pm (CET/JKT) Wednesday, August 9th
Ray DonovanLiev Schreiber returns as L.A.-by-way-of-Southie professional fixer Ray Donovan. In Season 5, Ray is going back all-in on his fixin’ business by joining with movie studio exec Samantha Winslow (played by Susan Sarandon). Under Samantha’s guidance, Ray will be charged with protecting a young client (played by Lili Simmons) and continue to try to keep his family together.

Riverdale (new)
AFN|pulse 8:00pm (CET/JKT) Friday, August 11th
RiverdaleYou probably never imagined that “The Archies” would have a dark side – with its wholesome American “apple pie” facade. However, as you are transported deeper into the world of Riverdale, you will discover a subversive take on Archie and friends, exploring small town life, and exposing the darkness and weirdness bubbling beneath.

Halt & Catch Fire (season 4)
AFN|spectrum 8:00pm (CET/JKT) Monday, August 21st
Halt & Catch FireIt’s the early 1980s, and the spirit of innovation in personal computing is about to catch fire. Hot on the trail is a renegade trio – a visionary, an engineer and a prodigy – who risk everything to realize their vision of building a computer that can change the future. Not long after IBM corners the market with its flagship PC, a flaw is discovered in its operation, opening the door for competition. Final season. Season Premiere at 8:00pm; regular time 9:00pm.

episodes (season 5)
AFN|spectrum LateNight 1:30am (CET/JKT) Friday, August 25th
episodesMatt LeBlanc Returns for his show’s swan song final season. After several months have passed the game show is a runaway hit, leaving Matt thought of as a game show host, with his years as an actor completely forgotten. Husband and wife writing team Sean and Beverly are miserable as Hollywood continues to live up to its reputation for absurdity.


Go to TopSpecials

The Story of Diana
AFN|spectrum 7:00pm (CET/JKT) Saturday, August 12th
The Story of DianaFrom ABC and People magazine AFN presents a four-hour primetime television event on the extraordinary life of Princess Diana. This documentary event, which will air with two back to back episodes, will mark the 20th anniversary of Princess Diana’s passing at age 36. The documentary will not only explore the remarkable chapters of her life, but will also delve deeply into the ways in which her story remains relevant today.

Black Girls Rock!
AFN|spectrum 7:00pm (CET/JKT) Wednesday, August 23rd
Black Girls Rock!This awards special continues to be a historic and monumental show highlighting the accomplishments of exceptional women of color who have made outstanding contributions in their careers and who stand as inspirational and positive role models in their communities.

Michael Jackson: Searching for Neverland
AFN|movie 7:00pm (CET/JKT) Wednesday, August 23rd
Michael Jackson: Searching for NeverlandTold through the eyes of the King of Pop’s trusted bodyguards, Bill Whitfield (Chad Coleman) and Javon Beard (Sam Adegoke), the movie will reveal firsthand the devotion Michael (played by Navi, the world’s #1 Michael Jackson tribute artist) had to his children, and the hidden drama that took place during the last two years of his life.

2017 MTV Video Music Awards
AFN|spectrum 6:00pm (CET/JKT) Monday, August 28th
2017 MTV Video Music AwardsMTV’s Annual event rocks the house with special performances. The awards are to be held at The Forum in Inglewood, California. The 34th annual award show will air live from the venue for the second time in its history. This year’s show will be hosted by Adam DeVine. Stick this one in your calendars.


Go to TopMovie Premieres

Ride Along 2PREMIERE
AFN|movie 7:00pm (CET/JKT) Saturday, August 5th

Ride Along 2Kevin Hart and Ice Cube lead the returning lineup to the sequel to the action-comedy where Rookie lawman Ben Barber (Kevin Hart) aspires to become a detective like James Payton (Ice Cube), his future brother-in-law. James reluctantly takes Ben to Miami to follow a lead that’s connected to a drug ring.

AFN|movie 4:00pm (CET/JKT) Sunday, August 6th

PanOffering a new take on the origin of the classic characters created by J.M. Barrie, this action-adventure follows the story of an orphan who is spirited away to magical Neverland. There, he finds both fun and dangers, and ultimately discovers his destiny—to become the hero who will be forever known as Peter Pan.

Sharknado 5PREMIERE
AFN|movie 7:00pm (CET/JKT) Wednesday, August 9th

Sharknado 5America will be bait again with the premiere of SHARKNADO 5!!! Should be a great night to watch TV and chum around with your friends Gill, Fin and Ray. The premiere will be preceded by the other four glorious classics in order, so tune in way early at 1pm CET/JKT on AFN|movie for a fun day with Sharknado 1 through 5.

AFN|movie 7:00pm (CET/JKT) Saturday, August 12th

San AndreasAfter the infamous San Andreas Fault finally gives, triggering a magnitude 9 earthquake in California, a search and rescue helicopter pilot (Dwayne Johnson) and his estranged wife make their way together from Los Angeles to San Francisco to save their only daughter. But their treacherous journey north is only the beginning, and when they think the worst may be over… it’s just getting started.

Dumb & Dumber ToPREMIERE
AFN|movie 7:00pm (CET/JKT) Saturday, August 19th

Dumb & Dumber ToJim Carrey and Jeff Daniels reprise their signature roles as Lloyd and Harry in the sequel to the smash hit that took the physical comedy and kicked it below the belt. The original film’s directors, Peter and Bobby Farrelly, take Lloyd and Harry on a road trip to find a child Harry never knew he had and the responsibility neither should ever, ever be given.

AFN|movie 7:00pm (CET/JKT) Saturday, August 26th

Seventh SonThe sole remaining warrior of a mystical order (Jeff Bridges) travels to find a prophesied hero born with incredible powers, the last Seventh Son (Ben Barnes). Torn from his quiet life as a farmhand, the unlikely young hero embarks on a daring adventure with his battle-hardened mentor to vanquish a dark queen (Julianne Moore) and an army of supernatural assassins.

Menendez: Blood BrothersPREMIERE
AFN|movie 7:00pm (CET/JKT) Wednesday, August 30th

Menendez: Blood BrothersBased on the true story, the movie explores the inner lives and motivation behind the murders of entertainment executive Jose Menendez and his wife Kitty at the hands of their sons Lyle and Erik in 1989. The movie will also reveal new details about the extreme abuse the brothers endured at their father’s hands, all while their mother looked the other way. Stars Courtney Love, Nico Tortorella, Myko Olivier and Benito Martinez.

CREDITS— Contributing Writer/Editor: Fabian Montgomery, Blog Layout and Design: Mark Middleton, #TheBigDeal Production: Rock Grant. Narration: Eric Gabriel. July 28, 2017.