This week's new movies and TV shows: 'Schitt's Creek,' 'Taken 3,' and chatting with Nia Vardalos

By Clare Douglas

From new series to memorable guest stars and the new movies releases that will have you racing to the theatre, Hello! Canada’s weekly report on new movies and TV shows is your all-access guide to the big and small screen. Check back on Mondays to stay up to date on must-see TV and noteworthy silver-screen news!

Movies


IN THEATRES: TAKEN 3 (JAN 9.)

In the third installment of the action-series, Liam Neeson’s alter-ego, former CIA operative Bryan Mills, must avenge his wife’s murder. “I don’t know whether people will look at me and wonder if I’m getting too old to be getting banged around and delivering all that punishment,” jokes the 62-year-old Irish actor when asked if there will be more Taken in his future. For more with Liam, pick up issue 430 of Hello! Canada on newsstands and tablets Jan. 8.

CATCHING UP WITH … NIA VARDALOS

When Hello! touched base with the hilarious Nia Vardalos over the holidays, the actress and best-selling author (Nia’s first book Instant Mom was released in 2014) was gearing up for the new year with a positive mindset and a growing list of upcoming projects. “I make resolutions and quickly forget about them,” says Nia, who has teamed up with Kellogg’s Special K to revolutionize the resolution.

Instead of fixing something about yourself, the Winnipeg-native is encouraging her fans to embrace what makes them happy. “I don’t enjoy going to the gym, but I enjoy being fit. So my revolution is to sing more,” she says, adding, “because when I did a musical last summer I got fit and happy.” What’s also on tap for the star in 2015? Filming the highly anticipated sequel to 2002’s hit, My Big Fat Greek Wedding. “Everyone has been invited back to the wedding!” teases Nia, who when pressed for more info jokes, “It’s top secret. I’d have to blow-dart you.” [Laughs].

TV

Winter TV Preview: A look at some must-see new shows… and returning favourites!

New

Agent Carter (debut Jan. 6 on CTV/ABC) In the latest arm of the Marvel franchise, Hayley Atwell stars as Peggy Carter, a post-WW2 administrative assistant turned secret agent determined to make her mark in the male-dominated field of espionage.

Schitt’s Creek (debut Jan. 13 on CBC) Eugene Levy and Catherine O’Hara navigate a bumpy fall from (financial) grace in this Canadian-made comedy, co-starring Eugene’s son, Dan Levy (one of Hello! Canada’s Best Dressed Canadians!).

One Big Happy (debut Mar. 17, NBC) And baby makes three for a pair of platonic friends (Canada’s Elisha Cuthbert and Nick Zano) until a fourth arrives to break up the party.

Honorable mention: The Slap (debut Feb. 12, NBC) Starring: Uma Thurman, Thandie Newton and Peter Sarsgaard.

Returning

Parks and Recreation (Jan. 13, City/NBC) The Pawnee Parks Department prepares to say farewell in the series' seventh and final season.

The Americans (Jan. 28, FX Canada) Tensions continue to brew between Soviet spies Phillip and Elizabeth (Matthew Rhys and Keri Russell) as they disagree on parenting and following orders from their agency.

House of Cards (Feb. 27, Netflix) With President Underwood (Kevin Spacey) and his first lady (Robin Wright) now in power, there’s no predicting what’s in store for America.

Honorable mention: Justified (debut Jan. 27, Super Channel) The wild-west flavoured drama starring Timothy Olyphant takes its final bow.

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