#TheBigDeal — March 2017

In this issue:

New Series
Movie Premieres
Returning Series

March is Women’s History Month, and this year’s theme is “Honoring Trailblazing Women in Labor & Business.” Every Friday night in March starting at 7pm CET/JKT, AFN|movie will present double features honoring women who have successfully challenged the role of women in business, labor and in the arts. Go to myAFN.net’s schedule page for details.

Have a great “Together Time” with the 2017 Kids’ Choice Awards at 3pm CET/JKT Sunday, March 12th on AFN|family. This pop culture party will be hosted by WWE star John Cena, celebrating the hottest in movies, music and more.

NCAA March Madness 2017NCAA basketball is getting hot as March Madness starts this month, and AFN is proud to announce that we will carry every game in the tournament. Following selection Sunday on March 12th, AFN will be posting a one stop site listing all NCAA tournament games. Go to myAFN.net for the special page.


Go to TopNew Series

Chicago Justice
AFN|spectrum &AFN|pulse 9:00pm (CET/JKT) Thursday, March 2nd
Chicago JusticeIn this new installment to the hit Chicago franchise, the State’s Attorney’s dedicated team of prosecutors and investigators navigate heated city politics and controversy head-on, while fearlessly pursuing justice. As they take on the city’s high-stakes and often media-frenzied cases, they must balance public opinion, power struggles within the system and their unwavering passion for the law. Series premiere during a crossover event with Chicago Fire and Chicago P.D. tonight. Series continues on AFN|pulse the following week.

AFN|pulse 10:00pm (CET/JKT) Friday, March 3rd
ImpostersMaddie is a persona shifting con-artist as beautiful as she is dangerous. She leaves her unwitting victims tormented when realizing they have been used and robbed of everything – including their hearts. But things get complicated when her former targets, Ezra, Richard and Jules team up to track her down.

AFN|spectrum 10:00pm (CET/JKT) Saturday, March 4th
TakenAs he fights to overcome the trauma of the incident and exact revenge, Mills is pulled into a career as a deadly CIA operative, a job that awakens his very particular, and very dangerous, set of skills. In 30 years, this character is destined to become the Bryan Mills that we’ve come to know from the “Taken” films.

When We Rise
AFN|movie 7:00pm (CET/JKT)Monday, March 6th
When We RiseWritten and created by Academy Award-winning screenwriter Dustin Lance Black, this 4 night mini-series event chronicles the real-life personal and political struggles, set-backs and triumphs of a diverse family of LGBT men and women who helped pioneer one of the last legs of the U.S. Civil Rights movement. Catch this three night mini-series event with a “Behind the Story” special Thursday March 9.

Sneaky Pete
AFN|spectrum LateNight 11:00pm (CET/JKT) Monday, March 13th
Sneaky PeteA con man (Giovanni Ribisi) is on the run from a vicious gangster (Bryan Cranston), who takes cover from his past by assuming the identity of his prison cellmate, Pete. “Reuniting” with Pete’s estranged family, a colorful, dysfunctional group that threatens to drag him into a world just as dangerous as the one he’s trying to escape – and, just maybe, give him a taste of the loving family he’s never had.

The Breaks
AFN|pulse 9:00pm (CET/JKT) Thursday, March 23rd
The BreaksThe Breaks series picks up where the VH1 original movie leaves off. It is 1990 in New York City at the height of rap’s “Golden Age” of creativity, but corporate America has been hesitant to embrace the genre. Nikki lands a dream job as the assistant to the legendary and out-of-control Barry Fouray. Her best friend and producer DeeVee is working with rapper Ahm who is currently under investigation by the police for murder. How far will these driven young people go to rise to the top of the hip-hop world?

Shots Fired
AFN|prime Pacific 10:00pm (CET/JKT) Saturday, March 25th
Shots FiredShots Fired is a 10-hour event series that examines the dangerous aftermath of two racially charged shootings in a small Southern town, providing an explosive autopsy of our criminal justice system. When an African-American Sheriff’s deputy, kills an unarmed white college student, a small town in North Carolina is turned upside-down. Before the town has a chance to grapple with this tragedy, the neglected murder of an African-American teen is brought to light, opening wounds that threaten to tear the community apart.

Training Day
AFN|prime Pacific 7:00pm (CET/JKT) Sunday, March 26th
Training DayThis new crime thriller begins 15 years after the events of the feature film, about a young, idealistic police officer who is tapped to go undercover where partnering with a morally ambiguous veteran detective. Detective Frank Rourke is the maverick head of the Special Investigation Section (S.I.S.) that hunts the city’s most dangerous criminals, and one of the finest investigators the department has ever produced. However, when the LAPD brass notices Rourke’s penchant for operating in legal gray areas, they assign Kyle Craig, a heroic, untarnished cop, to pose as Frank’s trainee to spy on him and report on his off-book methods.

The Arrangement
AFN|pulse 9:00pm (CET/JKT) Friday, March 31st
The ArrangementThe Arrangement is being described as “a Cinderella story for modern times with a dark and complicated Hollywood twist.” The show follows a young actress named Megan Morrison who auditions for a huge summer movie alongside top Hollywood action movie star Kyle West. When Megan’s audition leads to a first date with Kyle, she’s presented with a contract that could change her life forever. But will she accept?


Go to TopMovie Premieres

AFN|movie 11:00pm (CET/JKT) Friday, March 3rd

The Big ShortWhen four outsiders saw what the big banks, media and government refused to foresee, the global collapse of the economy, they had an idea: The Big Short. Their bold investment leads them into the dark underbelly of modern banking where they must question everyone and everything. True story based on the best-selling book by Michael Lewis. Stars Christian Bale, Steve Carell, Ryan Gosling and Brad Pitt. (TV-MA)

X-Men: ApocalypsePREMIERE
AFN|movie 7:00pm (CET/JKT) Saturday, March 4th

X-Men: ApocalypseApocalypse, the first and most powerful mutant from Marvel’s X-Men universe, amassed the powers of many other mutants, becoming immortal and invincible. Upon awakening after thousands of years, he is disillusioned with the world and recruits a team of powerful mutants, including Magneto to cleanse mankind and create a new world order. As the fate of the Earth hangs in the balance, a team of young X-Men must stop their greatest nemesis and save mankind from complete destruction. Stars James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, Oscar Isaac, Nicholas Hoult, Rose Byrne, Tye Sheridan, Sophie Turner, Olivia Munn, Lucas Till, Evan Peters, Kodi Smit-McPhee, Alexandra Shipp, Josh Helman, Lana Condor and Ben Hardy.

The Angry Birds MoviePREMIERE
AFN|family 4:00pm (CET/JKT) Sunday, March 5th

Angry BirdsThere is an island populated entirely by happy, flightless birds – or almost entirely. In this paradise, Red, a bird with a temper problem, speedy Chuck, and the volatile Bomb have always felt like outsiders – never quite fitting in. But when the island is visited by mysterious green piggies, it’s up to these unlikely outcasts to figure out what they are up to.

Danny CollinsPREMIERE
AFN|movie 11:00pm (CET/JKT) Friday, March 10th

Danny CollinsInspired by a true story, Al Pacino stars as aging 1970s rocker Danny Collins, who can’t give up his hard-living ways. But when his manager uncovers a 40 year-old undelivered letter written to him by John Lennon, he decides to change course and embarks on a heartfelt journey to rediscover his family, find true love and begin a second act. Stars Al Pacino, Annette Bening, Jennifer Garner, Bobby Cannavale and Christopher Plummer. (TV-MA)

Money MonsterPREMIERE
AFN|movie 7:00pm (CET/JKT) Saturday, March 11th

Money MonsterIn this high-stakes thriller George Clooney and Julia Roberts star as financial TV host Lee Gates and his producer Patty, who are put in an extreme situation when an irate investor who has lost everything forcefully takes over their studio. During a tense standoff broadcast to millions on live TV, Lee and Patty must work furiously against the clock to unravel the mystery behind a conspiracy at the heart of today’s fast-paced, high-tech global markets. Stars George Clooney, Julia Roberts, Jack O’Connell, Dominic West, Caitriona Balfe and Giancarlo Esposito.

Escobar: Paradise LostPREMIERE
AFN|movie 11:00pm (CET/JKT) Friday, March 17th

Escobar: Paradise LostWhile visiting his brother on Colombia’s idyllic Pacific coast, young surfer Nick falls in love with a woman named Maria — only to discover that she’s the niece of notorious drug kingpin Pablo Escobar. He finds his life on the line when he’s pulled into the dangerous world of the family business, and for Pablo Escobar family is everything. Stars Benicio Del Toro, Josh Hutcherson, Claudia Traisac, Brady Corbet, Carlos Bardem and Ana Girardot. (TV-MA)

Independence Day: ResurgencePREMIERE
AFN|movie 7:00pm (CET/JKT) Saturday, March 18th

Independence Day: ResurgenceThis next epic chapter delivers global catastrophe on an unimaginable scale. Using recovered alien technology, the nations of Earth have collaborated on an immense defense program to protect the planet. But nothing can prepare us for the aliens’ advanced and unprecedented force. Only the ingenuity of a few brave men and women can bring our world back from the brink of extinction. Stars Liam Hemsworth, Jeff Goldblum, Bill Pullman, Judd Hirsch, Vivica A. Fox, Brent Spiner, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Jessie Usher, Maika Monroe and Sela Ward.

Louder Than BombsPREMIERE
AFN|movie 11:00pm (CET/JKT) Friday, March 24th

Louder Than BombsTwo years after her sudden death, the family of famed photographer Isabelle Reed is still trying to cope with their loss. Gene struggles as a single parent. Jonah, the elder son, has just had a baby of his own and finds the transition from child to parent daunting. The younger son, Conrad is a typical teenager, wearing his alienation as a badge of honor and resisting his father’s attempts to connect. On the occasion of a major retrospective of Isabelle’s work, Jonah returns home to help his father. All three men are flooded with memories, and secrets are unearthed—most notably the truth behind the mysterious circumstances of Isabelle’s death. Stars Jesse Eisenberg, Gabriel Byrne, Amy Ryan, Isabelle Huppert and Devin Druid. (TV-MA)

AFN|movie 7:00pm (CET/JKT) Saturday, March 25th

BlendedAfter a disastrous blind date, single parents Lauren and Jim agree on only one thing: they never want to see each other again. But when they each sign up separately for a fabulous family vacation with their kids, they are all stuck sharing a suite at a luxurious African safari resort for a week. Stars Adam Sandler, Drew Barrymore, Wendi McLendon-Covey, Kevin Nealon, Terry Crews, Joel McHale, Bella Thorne, Emma Fuhrmann, Jessica Lowe and Dan Patrick.

AFN|family 4:00pm (CET/JKT) Sunday, March 26th

High StrungRuby Adams is a dancer from the Midwest on a scholarship, living her first day in New York City. Johnnie Blackwell is a British musician, playing for money in the subway tunnels. Ruby’s world is classical and disciplined; Johnnie’s is improvisational and street-smart. When a hip-hop battle gone wrong throws these two artists together, they immediately clash but can’t deny it when sparks begin to fly. Stars Keenan Kampa, Nicholas Galitzine, Sonoya Mizuno, Jane Seymour, Richard Southgate, Paul Freeman, Marcus Mitchell, Maia Morgenstern, Ian Eastwood and Comfort Fedoke.

AFN|movie 11:00pm (CET/JKT) Friday, March 31st

No EscapeAn intense international thriller, No Escape centers on an American businessman as he and his family settle into their new home in Southeast Asia. Suddenly finding themselves in the middle of a violent political uprising, they must frantically look for a safe escape as rebels mercilessly attack the city. Stars Owen Wilson, Pierce Brosnan and Lake Bell. (TV-MA)


Go to TopReturning Series

Shades of Blue 2 Wed Mar 8 AFN|pulse 10:00pm
Designated Survivor 1 Sat Mar 11 AFN|spectrum 9:00pm
Greenleaf 2 Thu Mar 16 AFN|pulse 10:00pm
American Crime 3 Fri Mar 17 AFN|spectrum 9:00pm
The Originals 4 Sat Mar 18 AFN|pulse 8:00pm
Dancing With the Stars 24 Tue Mar 21 AFN|spectrum 7:00pm
Empire 3 Wed Mar 23 AFN|prime 9:00pm
Into the Badlands 2 Mon Mar 27 AFN|spectrum 10:00pm

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