#TheBigDeal — March 2016


It’s a big month on AFN with heaps of great programming coming your way for Women’s History Month, premiere movies and returning series. Be sure to check out the NCIS 300th episode celebration, and start taking great pictures of your kids for the Month of the Military Child celebration this April!


Go to TopWomen’s History Month on AFN

Working to Form a More Perfect Union: Honoring Women in Public Service and Government is the theme for National Women’s History Month 2016. AFN salutes women in military, public, diplomatic and world community service, further recognizing that women have had an inestimable hand in building our nation. Following are four premiere movies to commemorate the month depicting woman of great strength and character.

He Named Me MalalaPREMIERE
AFN|movie 7:00pm (CET/JKT) Saturday, March 5th

He Named Me MalalaNobel Peace Prize Laureate Malala Yousafzai was targeted by the Taliban and severely wounded by a gunshot when returning home on her school bus in Pakistan’s Swat Valley. The then 15-year-old was singled out, along with her father, for advocating for girls’ education, and the attack on her sparked an outcry from supporters around the world. She miraculously survived and is now a leading campaigner for girls’ education globally as co-founder of the Malala Fund.

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

Still AliceA movie based on a fictional novel by Dr. Lisa Genova PhD (neuro-science) that describes a descent into dementia of protagonist professor Alice Howland via early onset Alzheimer’s. Dr. Genova has created a third person narration that offers a unique and talented way to identify with the effects of this disease. Her book has been used to offer insight understanding Alzheimer’s by healthcare students and professionals alike. Stars Julianne Moore, Alec Baldwin and Kristen Stewart.

Woman in GoldPREMIERE
AFN|movie 7:00pm (CET/JKT) Saturday, March 19th

Woman In GoldBased on the true story of Maria Altmann – sixty years after fleeing Vienna she attempts to reclaim family possessions that were seized by the Nazis. Among them is a famous portrait of Maria’s beloved Aunt Adele: Gustave Klimt’s “Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer I.” With the help of young lawyer Randy Schoeberg, Maria embarks upon a lengthy legal battle to recover this painting and several others, but it was not easy, for Austria considers them national treasures.Stars Helen Mirren and Ryan Reynolds.

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

SuffragetteIn early 20th-century Britain, the growing suffragette movement forever changes the life of working wife and mother Maud Watts Galvanized by political activist Emmeline Pankhurst, Watts joins a diverse group of women who fight for equality and the right to vote. Faced with increasing police action, Maud and her dedicated suffragettes must play a dangerous game of cat-and-mouse, risking their jobs, homes, family and lives for a just cause. Stars Carey Mulligan, Anne-Marie Duff, Helena Bonham Carter and Meryl Streep.

Sundays at 4pm CET/JKT on AFN|prime will offer four Commemorative Documentary specials featuring women of distinction and public service. Sunday March 6th starts with Independent Lens: Wilhemina’s War – exposing a family marked by AIDS, and the reality of the leading cause of death for black women in the south. Sunday March 13th will feature American Masters: Althea – the biography of Althea Gibson, the first African American to play and win at Wimbledon and the U.S. Nationals. On Sunday March 20th, Independent Lens: A Ballerina’s Tale – Misty Copeland rises to be the first African American Principal dancer at the American Ballet Theater. On Sunday March 27th, we conclude with Ethel – Ethel Kennedy’s life and an insider’s view into a political dynasty.

Saturdays on AFN|family’s Together Time will celebrate kids’ news pioneer Linda Ellerbee with 2-hour weekly blocks of Nick News episodes at 4pm CET/JKT in March. Sunday Together Time with feature movies with young, strong & righteous female roles for the whole family. Tune in Sundays at 4pm for animated features Frozen, Brave, Epic and Home.

Additionally, Thursday evenings in March starting at 7pm, AFN|movie will feature three nightly movies with Women’s History topics. Check myafn.net for listings.


Go to TopNCIS 300th Episode

On February 9th, AFN was invited along with a select number of international and domestic TV media outlets to attend the NCIS 300th episode cake cutting party. Located at the NCIS stages in Valencia California, the producers served 300 cupcakes, each decorated with a single episode title. This occasion gave us an opportunity to interview the very talented stars, crew and producers from the show. Here are the highlights from our visit:

Be sure to join us on AFN|prime 7pm CET/JKT Wednesday March 16th for this landmark episode.


Go to TopPremiere Movies

AFN|movie 11:00pm (CET/JKT) Friday, March 4th

ChefAfter a controlling owner pushes him too far, Chef Carl Casper quits his position at a prestigious Los Angeles restaurant. As he tries to figure out what his next step should be, he finds himself in Miami. Carl joins forces with his ex-wife best friend and son to launch a food-truck business, and the venture provides a chance to reignite his passion for cooking – as well as his zest for life and love. Stars Jon Favreau, Sofía Vergara, John Leguizamo, Emjay Anthony, Scarlett Johansson, Dustin Hoffman and Robert Downey Jr.. (TV-MA)

AFN|movie 11:00pm (CET/JKT) Friday, March 11th

WildDriven to the edge by the loss of her beloved mother, the dissolution of her marriage and a headlong dive into self-destructive behavior, Cheryl Strayed makes a decision to halt her downward spiral and put her life back together again. With no outdoors experience, a heavy backpack and little else to go on but her own will, Cheryl sets out alone to hike the Pacific Crest Trail – one of the country’s longest and toughest through-trails. Stars Laura Dern and Reese Witherspoon. (TV-MA)

The Hangover Part IIIPREMIERE
AFN|movie 11:00pm (CET/JKT) Friday, March 18th

The Hangover Part IIIIt’s been two years since the gang known as the Wolfpack narrowly escaped disaster in Bangkok. Now, Phil, Stu and Doug have happy lives at home — but Alan doesn’t. Still lacking contentment and a sense of purpose, Alan has gone off his meds and surrendered to his natural impulses. It’s up to the other members of the Wolfpack to get him through his personal crisis by embarking on a road trip to the place it all began: Las Vegas. Stars Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms, Justin Bartha and Zach Galifianakis. (TV-MA)

AFN|movie 11:00pm (CET/JKT) Friday, March 25th

The GamblerLiterature professor Jim Bennett leads a secret life as a high-stakes gambler. Always a risk-taker, Bennett bets it all when he borrows from a gangster and offers his own life as collateral. Staying one step ahead, he pits his creditor against the operator of an illicit gambling ring while garnering the attention of Frank, a paternalistic loan shark. As his relationship with a student deepens, Bennett must risk everything for a second chance. Stars Mark Wahlberg, John Goodman and Brie Larson. (TV-MA)


Go to TopReturning Series

The Voice
AFN|pulse 7:00pm (CET/JKT) Tuesday & Wednesday, March 1st & 2nd
2-Night Season Premiere
The VoiceAfter a season away from the competition, Grammy-winning singer Christina Aguilera reclaims her red chair in season 10, alongside the three other celebrity musician coaches: hip-hop artist Pharrell Williams, pop star Adam Levine and country music star Blake Shelton. Each coach selects contestants for their teams during the blind auditions, and can steal contestants during the battle rounds, which determine the strongest vocalists.

AFN|spectrum 7:00pm (CET/JKT) Saturday, March 5th
Season 2 return (new day & time).
GothamThe fall finale defeat of Theo Galavan by Jim and Penguin, will not go unpunished. Detective Gordon’s principles have been tarnished and the wrong people know it. But there are new problems facing Gotham, as Mr. Freeze will make his Icy introduction to the Gotham along with Dr. Hugo Strange (not to be confused with Dr Strange, the hero from Marvel Universe) conducting inhuman experiments on the populace.

House of Cards
AFN|spectrum LateNight 11:00pm (CET/JKT) Sunday, March 6th
Series Return
House of CardsSeason 4 will open with Frank Underwood mired deeply in his 2016 presidential campaign. Back in December, Kevin Spacey’s character “hijacked” the Republican Presidential debate and aired his own political ad, which bore a resemblance to a campaign ad from yesteryear, the “Morning in America” ad for Ronald Reagan from 1984. We know this season is going to be good, because the series has already been renewed for season 5!

AFN|prime 10:00pm (CET/JKT) Thursday, March 31st
Series Return
EmpireThe fall finale ended with Lucious losing his CEO position at Empire Entertainment to Camilla Marks (Naomi Campbell), thanks to Hakeem’s betrayal. Besides, Jamal and Lucious are both nominated for the song of the year category at the fictional American Sound Awards. An unidentified person pushes Rhonda Lyon down the stairs, endangering the lives of Andre’s wife and their unborn baby. Fans of the show know that Lucious will go to any length to get his company back and get his revenge on those who wronged him.


Go to TopMarch Madness

March MadnessThe NCAA college basketball championship starts March 17th. Are you a fan? AFN will be posting a dedicated championship schedule at myafn.net after selection Sunday just for you. Be sure to check out marchmadness.myafn.net after March 13th for game times in your local time zone.


Go to TopCelebrating Military Children

Month of the Military Child is coming in April!
Sharing pictures of your kids on AFN for Month of the Military Child has become a cherished yearly tradition. Starting mid-March we will be calling for submissions from you for the April commemoration. Also as part of the tribute we will be additionally asking you to participate in the “Mil Kids Pick”, where you can vote on Youth, Pre-teen and Tween television shows to marathon in April. Please take a moment and vote for your kids’ favorites.MOTMC

CREDITS— Contributing Writer/Editor: Fabian Montgomery, Blog Layout and Design: Mark Middleton, Video Production: Rock Grant, Video Talent: Eric Gabriel, February 23 2016.