Arts & Leisure

Entertainment (06/23/15)

Posted on June 23, 2015

NOAH WYLE (center) is the star of Falling Skies, the last season of which starts airing on June 29. -- AXN NETWORKS, INC.

Falling Skies returns

THE PREMIERE of the final season of Falling Skies will be on June 29, 9:45 p.m., on AXN. Subsequent shows will air on Mondays at the same time. The show is set in the chaotic aftermath of an alien attack that has left most of the world completely incapacitated. The few survivors have banded together outside major cities to begin the difficult task of fighting back. As season five opens, the Espheni’s power core has been destroyed, and humans are now ready to fight on their terms, even if it means resorting to hand-to-hand combat against the enemy. After four years of being tortured, imprisoned and mutated, and having their loved ones stolen from them, Tom and the 2nd Mass are filled with rage, ready to destroy the enemy in an all-out battle to determine the fate of Earth. The premiere airs within 12 hours of the US telecast, first and exclusively on AXN. AXN is seen on SkyCable Channel 49, Cignal Digital TV Channel 49, Cable Link Channel 38 and Destiny Cable 61.

Lion documentary

FOR 16 years, Animal Planet has documented the group of Mapogo lions, from their early beginnings as five cubs to becoming fearsome predators who claim their territory and fight to lead. On June 30, 9 p.m., Animal Planet presents an intense two-hour documentary called Brothers in Blood: The Lions of Sabi Sand.

MasterChef Asia

ONE OF the world’s most popular cooking shows, MasterChef, comes to Asia this year with the inaugural season of MasterChef Asia on Lifetime. MasterChef Asia -- whose 15 episodes will air later this year -- will bring together some of the finest amateur cooks from the Philippines, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand, and Vietnam who will go through grueling kitchen challenges and ultimately battle it out to become the first winner of the show. With shooting set to commence early next month, Lifetime has announced the three chefs who will act as mentors and judges on the show. They are Toronto-based chef and restaurateur Susur Lee, three-Michelin starred chef Bruno Ménard and former MasterChef Australia finalist Audra Morrice. Based on an original format by Franc Roddam and represented internationally by Endemol Shine Group, MasterChef is the most travelled food format in the world having sold to 52 territories and counting. Lifetime is available on Cable Link, Destiny Cable, Dream Satellite, SkyCable, and other select provincial channels.

New HBO shows

THE second season of True Detective and the new series Ballers and The Brink debuted back-to-back on HBO same time as the US: Monday, June 22 starting at 9 a.m., with a same day prime time encore at 9 p.m. The shows will air every Monday. True Detective’s eight-episode second season follows a bizarre murder that brings together three law-enforcement officers and a career criminal, each of whom must navigate a web of conspiracy and betrayal in landscapes of California. The show stars Colin Farrell, Vince Vaughn, Rachel McAdams and Taylor Kitsch. It will air at 9 a.m. and 9 p.m. on Mondays. The new comedy series Ballers has a 10-episode season on HBO, airing Mondays at 10 a.m. and 10 p.m. Looking at the lives of former and current football players, the show follows former superstar Spencer Strasmore (Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson) as he gets his life on track in retirement while mentoring other current and former players through the daily grind of the business of football. Another new comedy series, The Brink, has a 10-episode season which airs Mondays at 10:30 a.m. and 10:30 p.m. This dark comedy focuses on a geopolitical crisis and its effect on three disparate, desperate men: Secretary of State Walter Larson, lowly Foreign Service officer Alex Talbot and ace Navy fighter pilot Zeke Tilson, who must pull through the chaos around them to save the planet from World War Three. Jack Black, Tim Robbins, Pablo Schreiber, Aasif Mandvi, Maribeth Monroe, Eric Ladin, Esai Morales and Geoff Pierson star. These series will also be released on HBO GO on the same day.

New show on airports

EVERY DAY, 20 million people all over the world pass through airports. In fact, airports are one of the most engineered environments one will ever step into. A new five-part series on Discovery Channel, X-Ray: Mega Airport -- premiering June 24, 9 p.m. -- will look at how this epicenter of engineering works. Using cutting edge camerawork and computer-generated imagery, the series reveal the inner workings of one of the busiest hubs in the world: Frankfurt’s mega airport. Each 60-minute episode provides an insider look on the state-of-the-art equipment and security in the airport, its round-the-clock deadlines, its role in the international air network and the quick decisions that make-or-break the exhibition of flights through unparalleled imaging technology.

TFC launches new anti-piracy PSA

ABS-CBN’s The Filipino Channel (TFC) recently launched its new global anti-piracy PSA which is now airing on TFC worldwide. Entitled “Gusto mo ba ng ‘Libre?’ Don’t pay a high price for free!,” the PSA focuses on the dangers of visiting so-called free sites or free streaming sites to watch Filipino TV shows and films. There have been reports of malware on these free sites, which infect viewers’ computers allowing hackers to invade people’s computers and steal personal and financial information. To view the PSA, visit Meanwhile, TFC launched its official online service,, through which Filipinos in Malaysia can watch news, teleseryes, variety shows, talk shows, etc. through the Web-based video-on-demand and live broadcast on the online service.