Kingsman, summer shows take center stage this week on TV

This week brings one of the year’s first hits, “Kingsman: The Secret Service”, to TDS TV on Demand. Other highlights include some exceptionally strong summer programing, such as “True Detective,” “Orange is the New Black” and “Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell.” Summer is often one of the weaker times of the year for new programs, but 2015 is shaping up nicely.

New on TDS TV On Demand

KingsmanKingsman: The Secret Service
“Kingsman” is a wickedly funny spy film, finding twisted humor in cartoonish action and ultra-violence. Colin Firth stars as the veteran agent who has to transform a street wise young man into a deadly spy. As noted, the film is quite violent, so be forewarned. Available June 9.

The DUFF
An enjoyable teen film about a girl who rebels against her high school’s social pecking order after finding out she’s been designated the DUFF – Designated Ugly Fat Friend. It’s a charming film with winning message – and an equally winning performance by Mae Whitman in the lead role. Available June 9.

Project Almanac
Entertaining film about a group of teen boys who discover how to travel through time. The boys use their new found powers to help out themselves and people they know. But as you would expect, the ability to travel through time unlocks some unforeseen consequences. Available June 9.

ChappieChappie
Ambitious sci-fi tale about a police robot that begins to think and feel for itself – which threatens the powers that be. The movie mixes excellent special effects with social commentary. Available June 16.

Run All Night
Liam Neeson is back as a man who must protect his estranged son from mobsters. It’s a gritty and grim tale that fits Neeson’s world-weary persona quite well. Top notch support is provided by Ed Harris and Joel Kinnaman. Available June 16.

The Lazarus Effect
Spooky, atmospheric horror film about a group of researchers who discover how to bring the dead back to life. When the knowledge is put into use, they find that playing God has some decidedly bad consequences. Available June 16

TV Highlights

Becoming UsBecoming Us
Engrossing reality show about a 17-year-old boy and his family with a transgender parent. It’s a surprisingly poignant tale, filled with heartbreak, joys and challenges. Monday, June 8, ABC Family.

iZombie
Enjoy the finale of one of the season’s best shows. “iZombie” is clever, witty, funny and a while lot of awesome. Tuesday, June 9, The CW.

CMT Music Awards
Brittany Snow and Erin Andrews host the latest country awards show. This year’s line up is first rate, and includes Luke Bryan, Carrie Underwood, Keith Urban, Lady Antebellum, Kenny Chesney, Florida Georgia Line and many more. Wednesday, June 10, CMT.

orange-is-the-new-blackOrange is the New Black
Season three of the award-winning drama/comedy picks up as Alex heads back to Litchfield on a parole violation – courtesy of Piper. The entire season drops on Netflix on Friday, June 12.

Dark Matter
Sci-fi fans can sit back and enjoy this cliche-filled – but enjoyable – new series about six strangers who wake up on a mysterious spaceship. Friday, June 12, SyFy.

Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell
This mini-series is an adaptation of the acclaimed Susanna Clarke novel that mixes fantasy with alternative history. The story focuses on two men who bring magic back to England in the Napoleonic era. Saturday, June 13, BBC America.

VeepVeep
Julia Louis-Dreyfus wraps another season of the brilliant “Veep.” Dreyfus has garnered three consecutive Emmys for her performance as our nation’s clueless second-in-command (and now president). Sunday, June 14, HBO.

Proof
Jennifer Beals stars as a brilliant, but troubled, doctor exploring the mysteries of life after death. Tuesday, June 16, TNT.

True Detective
The first go around of “True Detective,” which starred Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson, was great. A second season moves to California, and stars Taylor Kitsch, Colin Farrell, Rachel McAdams and Vince Vaughn. Sunday, June 21, HBO.

News

tangledDisney is bringing the hit animated film “Tangled” to the small screen in 2017. Mandy Moore and Zachary Levi will reprise their roles, voicing Rapunzel and Eugene.

John Noble, who has starred in “Fringe” and “Sleepy Hollow,” will join “Elementary” next season as a regular, playing Sherlock Holmes’ father.

Showtime is developing an eight-part adaptation of Steven King’s post-apocalyptic novel, “The Stand.”

Fox is developing a spinoff of “24.” The series will feature a new cast, but expect Kiefer Sutherland’s Jack Bauer to make an appearance or two.

A new season of the cult favorite “Arrested Development” is coming to Netflix in 2016.

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