This week’s TV highlights include Rob Burgundy, a Hobbit, Dragons and Basketball

The next couple of weeks will see the conclusion of several TV stalwarts as well as the season premiere of some of TVs best dramas. Video on Demand features a nice mixture of comedy, drama and blockbusters.

New this week on Movies on Demand

anchorman2Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues
If you enjoyed the original “Anchorman,” then “Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues” will please you. Star Will Ferrell and a strong supporting cast, including Paul Rudd, Steve Carell and Christina Applegate, have some serious fun. Available April 1.

47 Ronin
“47 Ronin” mixes martial arts and impressive visuals with a classic Japanese fantasy story. Star Keanu Reeves is somewhat out of place in this samurai film (a Ronin is a term for a samurai with no master or lord), but the film entertains if you can look past some trite dialogue and historical inaccuracies. Available April 1.

augustAugust: Osage County
A dysfunctional family of strong-willed women is brought back together when a family crisis strikes. This prestige film will satisfy viewers who love to see their favorite actors delivering fiery dialogue and fierce performances. The movie’s cast, which boasts Meryl Streep, Julia Roberts, Chris Cooper, Ewan McGregor, Sam Shepard and many others, is fantastic. Available April 8.

Grudge Match
Our guilty pleasure of the week film. “Grudge Match” takes two of Hollywood’s most memorable actors (Robert De Niro and Sylvester Stallone) and casts them as two boxers coaxed back into the ring for one last bout – 30 years after their last match. There is nothing new here, but the stars have a good deal of fun – as will you. Available April 8.

smaugThe Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug
The second part of Peter Jackson’s “The Hobbit” trilogy picks up right where the first film left off. “Smaug” betters the first film, upping the pace and action. The highlight is the arrival of Smaug, the arrogant, hateful and charming dragon voiced by Benedict Cumberbatch. Available April 8.

Justin Bieber’s Believe
You know if you’re going to like this film before you even see it. Bieber’s fans will shout and sing and swoon. The unconverted will roll their eyes. Available April 8.

TV Highlights

howHow I Met Your Mother
The CBS comedy putters to an end. While the show is a shell of it’s former self, don’t miss the chance to say goodbye to Ted, Barney, Lily, Marshall and Robin in this two-part finale. Monday, March 31, CBS.

Raising Hope
Catch the final episode of this winning comedy, which Fox has canceled after four seasons. Lucas Neff, Martha Plimpton and Garrett Dillahunt never disappoint. Friday, April 4, Fox.

Veep
HBO kicks off season 3 of this comedy staring the wonderful Julia Louis-Dreyfus. Sunday, April 6, HBO.

gameofthronesGame of Thrones
The mayhem and intrigue begins again as HBO’s critically acclaimed fantasy series returns for season 4. Sunday, April 6, HBO.

River Monsters
Who doesn’t like to hunt down legendary freshwater monsters? Jeremy Wade returns for the sixth season of this highly entertaining series. Sunday, April 6, Animal Planet.

NCAA Basketball Championship
Don’t miss the culmination of the NCAA basketball season. The Final Four is set for Saturday, April 5 (on TBS), while the finale will be Monday, April 7, on CBS.

About Matthew Breen

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