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What's Hot On TV Tonight – Kung Fu Panda


Although it’s an animated film, there is actually a lot of real martial arts elements in Kung Fu Panda. From the five animals that make up the original disciples to some of the discipline learned. Although, there is no “wushu finger hold”, per se. As a martial arts instructor, I can’t even tell you the number of kids that came in last summer and asked if they could learn the “wushu finger hold.”

1. The Wiz. Modern urban version of The Wizard of Oz, based on a Broadway musical, starring Diana Ross and Michael Jackson. Ease On Down the Road replaces We’re Off to See the Wizard. 11:00 AM CT Retro

2. The Number 23. If you feel like being a little spooked and weirded out this afternoon, this is the movie for you. Jim Carrey stars as a guy that throughout the movie you can never tell whether he truly is being haunted by this number, or whether he’s just flat out going nuts. 1:00 PM CT 5 Star Max

3. Cocoon. A retirement community finds what amounts to be a fountain-of-youth, but it’s really aliens looking to return home. Stars Dom Ameche, Wilford Brimley, Hume Cronyn, and Brian Dennehy. 1:20 PM CT Retro

4. The Great Debaters. Denzel is terrific as always in this true story of an all-black college debate team trying to break out of the mold and be able to debate some of the larger all-white schools back in the 1930s. 2:40 PM CT Showtime Next East

5. Con Air. This movie has one of my favorite movie lines of all time. Steve Buscemi hears Sweet Home Alabama playing, and watching the other convicts dancing around to it on the airplane, says “Define irony. Bunch of idiots dancing on a plane to a song made famous by a band that died in a plane crash.” Love it. 7:00 PM CT TNT

6. Kung Fu Panda. A panda is chosen to succeed a martial arts master, and has to depend on the other disciples to learn the trade in a matter of days. Stars Jacks Black, Jackie Chan, and Dustin Hoffman. 7:00 PM CT HBO East

7. NBA Playoff: Game 3: Lakers at Nuggets. Game 3 of the Western Conference finals. 7:30 PM CT ABC

8. Harper’s Island. After Wellington’s murder, the entire wedding party is in shock, as Abby and Henry try to figure out what happened. 8:00 PM CT CBS

9. America’s Most Wanted. William Weigt is named an AMW All Star after remaining on the job as a detective, despite being shot and paralyzed by a suspect in 2005. Fugitives included in tonight’s broadcast include a man accused of killing his girlfriend, a man wanted for killing for men at the gym, and a gymnastics coach suspected of child molestation. 8:00 PM CT Fox

10. Primeval. A creature able to camouflage itself takes up residence in a “haunted house.” 8:00 PM CT BBC

11. Groomer Has It. The contestants have to groom potbellied pigs that are hard to control, then have to make overweight dogs appear thinner. 8:00 PM CT Animal Planet

12. 48 Hours Mystery. The murders of a couple shot and killed at home could be linked to a mortgage banker. 9:00 PM CT CBS

13. Beverly Hills Groomer. Artist gets advice from a financial adviser, a new mysterious client could mean good things for the business, and his sister drags him to an exercise class early in the morning to get potential clients. 9:00 PM CT Animal Planet

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