Interview with cast and crew of “Astrid and Lilly Saves the World”

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Syfy panel with actors and producers from "Astrid & Lilly Save the World"

Interview with actors Samantha Aucoin and Jana Morrison, and showrunners Noelle Stehman and Betsy Van Stone of “Astrid and Lilly Save the World” on Syfy by Suzanne 12/9/21

This was a fun panel with the stars and executive producers of this new Syfy show. The show seems to me like “Scooby Doo” crossed with “Supernatural.”

NBCUNIVERSAL VIRTUAL PRESS TOUR SYFY

Astrid & Lilly Save the World

Samantha Aucoin, Talent, “Lilly Fortenberry”, Jana Morrison, Talent, “Astrid Bell”, Noelle Stehman, Executive Producer/Showrunner and Betsy Van Stone, Executive Producer/Showrunner

Virtual via Zoom December 9, 2021

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HALLE HERMAN: Hi. I’m Halle Herman, and I’m here to introduce the panel for SYFY’s new series “Astrid and Lilly Save the World,” which will premiere Wednesday, January 26th, at 10:00 p.m., on both SYFY and USA Network before airing exclusively on SYFY.

High school is hard enough when you’re different, but when outcast BFFs Astrid and Lilly accidently crack open a portal to a terrifyingly quirky monster dimension, it gets a lot more complicated. It’s up to them to vanquish the creepy creatures and save the world, becoming the badass heroes they were meant to be; that is, if they can survive the horrors of high school.

Here’s a peek at “Astrid and Lilly Save the World.”

From left to right are executive producers Noelle Stehman and Betsy Van Stone and Samantha Aucoin and Jana Morrison. We are now ready for your questions.

MATTHEW LIFSON: Thank you, Halle, and welcome to our panelists.

(Zoom instructions.)

QUESTION: Hey, Noelle and Betsy. I love that these two lead actresses are larger than a typical leading lady. Was that body positivity something you went into creating with these particular roles or did you just stumble on these really good talents and they fit the characters?

BETSY VAN STONE: We went into it very intentionally. You know, the whole world doesn’t look the same. Not everyone is a size two, and representation matters. We are lucky to have found incredibly talented actresses who happen to look like what most American women look like. And it’s long overdue to see that represented on television.

QUESTION: Amen. Thank you, guys, so much. And Samantha and Jana, you guys are beautiful, and I love that you guys get these comedic leads to you. Talk about, for you, what it means to you to see more inclusivity as far as larger lead actresses.

JANA MORRISON: Like, where do we start? It obviously means the world because when we were young, we would have killed to see a show like this.

SAMANTHA AUCOIN: Yeah.

JANA MORRISON: To have people like us be heroes? Back then it wasn’t a thing and now I’m really stoked that we’re that for people around the world.

SAMANTHA AUCOIN: Yeah.

JANA MORRISON: Anything you want to say?

SAMANTHA AUCOIN: Yeah. No. I mean, that’s so true. I could have 100 percent used this show in high school. And I’m so proud that we get to represent these characters, these amazing characters. And I think it’s really going to make a difference in for anyone who watches the show.

QUESTION: This is for Noelle and Betsy. So much of TV is about people who are perceived of as outsiders; particularly teen shows, a lot are about that. So, I’m just wondering, in your own teen years, when you were kids, were you thought of do you think of yourself as outsiders or were you one of the cool kids or were you in the theater crowd? What were you like at the time?

BETSY VAN STONE: All of the above.

NOELLE STEHMAN: Yeah. I think I hopped through a lot of the different crowds the uncool crowd, a little bit of the theater crowd, a little bit of sometimes in with the cool kids. But, definitely, I think high school’s a time when no one quite feels comfortable no matter what crowd you’re in. And that doesn’t just stop at high school. It kind of extends throughout all of life. So, I think in that way, this is a show that is for everybody of every age, anyone who’s ever felt like an outsider in any type of way, yeah.

QUESTION: Well, let me ask the actresses that too because you’re so near to having been in high school. And like you say, that’s probably the time when you feel like you said, everyone feels like an outsider. So, what were your high school years like? Were you cool kids? Were you outsiders? What did you feel like?

SAMANTHA AUCOIN: Yeah. My high school experience, I was definitely part of the theater group and music kids. I kind of hopped from group to group; and because I hopped from group to group, I definitely felt like more of an outsider. I definitely didn’t stick with one set group. So, I can definitely relate to the characters in that way.

JANA MORRISON: For me, my high school, I was definitely theater-kid through and through. All my little group were just theater and dance people and we just all got each other because we were weird and loud. And all the other kids in school thought we were losers for, like, loving theater, which I don’t know why. Theater’s really fun. But I had maybe a couple, like, “cool kid” friends, but I don’t know if they were really my friends. So

QUESTION: Okay. Cool.

BETSY VAN STONE: Yeah. I just want to add quickly that one thing we’ve really learned in writing and making the show and talking to as many people as we have come in contact with, whether they be related to the show or not, like, at some point in your life, you felt like an outsider. That’s just universally true. And you felt like an outcast, whether that was when you were a kid or at work or in your family, and that’s why this show is for everyone. And what’s cooler than two outcasts who save the world? I mean, come on.

NOELLE STEHMAN: Absolutely. And we want to celebrate everyone’s uniqueness and weirdness in all of its glory.

QUESTION: Good point. Thanks a lot.

BETSY VAN STONE: Thank you.

QUESTION: I kind of want to follow up on Mike’s question about the teen subject. Can you talk a little bit I’d like to hear from the producers and then from the talent, please, about the series and maybe what is your most important subject matter that you think will continue to keep teens interested in the show?

NOELLE STEHMAN: I mean, I guess I would say overall it’s just, again, emphasis on the feeling comfortable being yourself, whatever that means.

BETSY VAN STONE: Yeah.

NOELLE STEHMAN: And I feel like that extends to all the different categories of insecurities and vulnerabilities and being different. So, yeah, I think whatever it is that scares you or makes you feel like an outsider, that is to be celebrated, and that’s what we’re trying to emphasize across the board.

I don’t know if you have anything specific to add.

BETSY VAN STONE: Well, yeah, I mean, specific to the teen experience, I think you’re sort of forced in high school into trying to be like everyone else. And when you’re not, you feel somehow like you’re cast aside or

NOELLE STEHMAN: You don’t matter as much.

BETSY VAN STONE: like you don’t matter. And we just want people to watch this show, and I think they’ll be surprised and charmed by these unlikely heroes and will connect to the fact that they are different and they matter the most in the world because they’re the only two girls who can save the world.

QUESTION: Okay. And then the talent, please.

JANA MORRISON: I think it’s going to be really important for teens to hear that whether you think you look like a hero or you act a certain way, you can still be a hero in your own way and in your own community because you don’t have to be in a certain group or look a certain way to be a hero for the people in your life.

SAMANTHA AUCOIN: Yeah, absolutely, yeah. I mean, appearances aren’t everything, and I think this show really shows you that it doesn’t matter what you look like. And I think people are really going to resonate with that, hopefully, and

(To Jana) I know. We’re going to cry.

no. But, yeah, this really means everything to us to be able to be those characters for people. I think people are really going to resonate with this show. And, like Betsy said, there really is something in it for everyone. So, I think that’s going to keep people watching.

QUESTION: And could the two of you or one of you talk about was there ever a time on the set where reality and fantasy may have coincided?

JANA MORRISON: It’s like that every day.

SAMANTHA AUCOIN: Yeah.

JANA MORRISON: Because we were living it was like we were living two different lives.

SAMANTHA AUCOIN: Yeah, yeah.

JANA MORRISON: Kind of, right?

SAMANTHA AUCOIN: Totally, totally.

JANA MORRISON: I feel like I know we both feel ourselves in the characters. So, every scene, it felt like it was kind of an Astrid and Jana situation.

SAMANTHA AUCOIN: Right, and a Lilly and Sam situation, totally. No, I totally agree with.

JANA MORRISON: Because I can resonate so deeply with the character, and it doesn’t it’s not often that that happens. So, reality and fantasy really hit. I mean, I don’t necessarily have monsters in my life.

SAMANTHA AUCOIN: Physically, physical monsters.

JANA MORRISON: Physical monsters.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE PANELIST: That you know of.

SAMANTHA AUCOIN: That we know of.

But, no, the internal monsters have definitely been there with us, and we’ve kind of gotten to grow and, I think, really learn from the characters as they kind of conquer their internal demons. So

JANA MORRISON: Yeah.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE PANELIST: Which is a blessing.

QUESTION: Great. Thank you very much.

JANA MORRISON: Thank you.

SAMANTHA AUCOIN: Thank you.

QUESTION: Hi. Noelle and Betsy, can you talk a little bit about the creation and development of the show, the hows and the whys and how it all worked out and the casting of the two young women here?

BETSY VAN STONE: Yeah. Noelle and I have always written strong female women who are dynamic and colorful and likeable and also unlikeable. And it was always a dream of ours to find two characters like that in high school. And then, you know, because of some experiences we had as kids or as teens, I guess these two characters developed that are outcasts and are called losers, but they rise above that. And maybe that’s something we wanted to do in high school

NOELLE STEHMAN: Yeah.

BETSY VAN STONE: you know.

NOELLE STEHMAN: Absolutely. And on a personal note, I can say I came from a small town, and one of our, sort of, social activities because there wasn’t much to do was driving around and looking to see what kids were doing, driving by their houses late at night. So, again, we didn’t open any portals that I know of, but that really was one of our social activities. That was part of the patrolling aspects of it.

BETSY VAN STONE: Oh, absolutely. Same here. I mean, suburban, high school town where, yeah, we would meet in the grocery store parking lot and then drive past people’s houses because what else do you do. So, we definitely injected some of our own experiences for sure.

QUESTION: And the casting process?

NOELLE STEHMAN: Well, that was just a dream process for us. I feel like got very lucky.

BETSY VAN STONE: Yeah. I mean, you know, you create a character in your head and you sort of picture who the actors are going to be more or less. And then we met Jana first, and it was no question. The second she opened her mouth, we knew that she was our Astrid. She also embodied her. She was wearing a very Astrid shirt and had her hair in a very Astrid look. And she actually Jana the actress influenced Astrid the character, and it was just it was just her from the beginning. We just knew it.

And then, once we had our Astrid, the trick was then to find a complimentary Lilly. And we met Sam. And we saw them interact on Zoom, mind you. And the chemistry on Zoom was so incredible, and right away they both got such a kick out of each other. And it was like, ah ha, that’s what we’re looking for. And it was one of those things that you couldn’t manufacture it. It just was, and it was evident on Zoom. And then when they met in person and we all met together, it was like, oh my god. These characters are real. This is real. This is magic. And we couldn’t be happier that we found them.

QUESTION: Thank you so much.

BETSY VAN STONE: Thank you.

JANA MORRISON: So giggly.

BETSY VAN STONE: It’s all true.

QUESTION: Hi, guys. This is for Noelle and Betsy. There’s a lot of shows that have supernatural elements to it, and one of the really fun things about developing a show like that is that you make your own bible. You determine, you know, what your how far you go, what kind of things we’re going to see. So just in terms of the supernatural elements and the demon aspects and the monsters, what’s kind of the first season, either parameters or the mythology that you want to you’re going to let us learn?

BETSY VAN STONE: You want to take this one?

NOELLE STEHMAN: I mean, I will say, first of all, if you love shows with monsters, this is absolutely for you. And each episode we try to create a monster that was fully formed and very dynamic in its own way, a monster that you want to watch and follow along with. Almost that you can’t tell if you want to root for, but probably not, but they’re that interesting. And each monster has a theme about them that sort of ties into a different theme of what the high school kids are going through in that episode. So that overall is the sort of model for the season. And some of the monsters are straight up terrifying. Some of them are a little bit funny. They’re all certainly quirky. I’m very excited for you to meet all of them.

BETSY VAN STONE: And I will just add that they’re not monsters you’ve seen before.

NOELLE STEHMAN: Yes.

BETSY VAN STONE: We created original, weird monsters, and they all have big personalities. And we’re super excited for y’all to get a whole picture of who they are, yeah.

QUESTION: Thanks.

BETSY VAN STONE: Thank you.

QUESTION: My question is also for the creators. How much of an influence because obviously this was the big, great grandmother of “high school is hell” shows. How much of an influence was “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” on you guys? And (foreign language). How is your show explicitly different from “Buffy”?

NOELLE STEHMAN: Well, I’m a huge we’re both huge “Buffy” fans. It’s something definitely that I grew up with. And there are certainly various homage moments to “Buffy” throughout this season, which you will see. But within that, we sort of it became a, sort of, model where we combined it with, sort of, a book-smart type aspect because this is about also a very close female friendship. And that’s one way that it differs.

And, also, we put an emphasis as we had said before on this outcast story and the idea that someone who you least expect can be a hero. And that extends to the way that the powers that the girls inherit are very quirky and not something that necessarily seems particularly helpful. And their monster guide is a bit quirky. So, yeah, I would say that it takes those models but turns them on their head a little bit.

Do you have anything else?

BETSY VAN STONE: No. I think you said that well, yeah.

QUESTION: Thank you very much.

BETSY VAN STONE: Thank you.

QUESTION: Hello. Also, for the creators, with a project like this and a title like this, you’ve got to come up with that combination of names that sing, whether it’s Bill and Ted, or Jay, which I personally like, in “Silent Bob.” How many variations did you go through to arrive at Astrid and Lilly?

BETSY VAN STONE: You know, they were kind of right away, Astrid and well, there was a slight tweak on Lilly, but

NOELLE STEHMAN: Yeah. The Astrid name has been there for so long, honestly, I don’t even

BETSY VAN STONE: I think Astrid was the first name we gave her, and it’s just like who she was at her core.

NOELLE STEHMAN: Yeah.

BETSY VAN STONE: It just made sense.

Lilly was a little bit after that, but it also it just felt like her. Astrid is kind of a bold, unapologetic name. And Lilly is a little softer and like a little more of a sensitive

NOELLE STEHMAN: Sensitive, yeah.

BETSY VAN STONE: of a name. And, so, they just really fit the two characters well.

QUESTION: Thank you very much.

BETSY VAN STONE: Thank you.

QUESTION: Hi, guys. Thanks for talking to us. This is for the two actresses. You talked about how you felt like outsiders before and how you connected to the characters. But can you talk about maybe what parts of the characters were the most difficult for you to connect to? You know, not including the monsters, because obviously

(Simultaneous speaking.)

SAMANTHA AUCOIN: Yeah, for sure. Well, for me personally, I found that Lilly, she really wears her heart on her sleeve. And one thing, something I absolutely love about her and I personally don’t because I’m much more guarded and Lilly kind of opened me up, I found. I ended up learning a lot from her. So that was definitely difficult at first to access being so vulnerable openly all the time. And that’s one of the differences between the two characters, Lilly and Astrid. And, yeah, I think that was definitely the most difficult part to access, but definitely learned a lot from getting to be able to access that side of her.

JANA MORRISON: And you did it so beautifully.

SAMANTHA AUCOIN: Aww.

JANA MORRISON: And for me, I think something that was different from Astrid and I is that I have a hard time, like, speaking up for myself once in a while. And Astrid, if she doesn’t like something, oh, you’ll know it. And I think that’s something I can take away from Astrid. You know, as a woman who is Filipino and maybe sometimes reverts to keeping things to myself to not hurt others, I think I can do a little more speaking up and learning a little bit more from Astrid in that way.

QUESTION: Thank you so much, both of you.

QUESTION: Well, thank you for coming along. We wondered who was going to save us.

SAMANTHA AUCOIN: We’re here for you.

JANA MORRISON: We got you.

QUESTION: You know, we all ask ourselves: What would I do if I was really tested, really confronted with something difficult? So, I want to know, in your young lives, what each you has been through that tested you and what your expectation of yourself is that you could get through things?

BETSY VAN STONE: Ooh. I mean, I guess I will say for myself there is a lot of Lilly and Astrid in me, you know. High school wasn’t always super easy, and that shifts your perspective, I think, for the rest of your life. So, I think I felt a little like, you know, I had to prove myself a little more maybe than some people. And, honestly, in creating these characters, I’ve actually learned a lot from them, which is weird because I wrote them. But they’ve really shown me, you know, if two 16 year olds can battle monsters and struggle through high school and come out of it feeling great, then maybe so can I?

NOELLE STEHMAN: Yeah. And I think the only thing that comes to mind is I moved schools right before middle school, which is one of the most awkward phases of time to be a stranger, and I did feel like an outsider at that time. And, I think, just learning that you can survive the idea of being sort of a fish out of water and it’s okay to be scared and it’s okay to be brave and you can get through the unknown. Which, you know, doing this show was a big unknown and a big, exciting challenge and just to embrace that kind of unknown and feeling, you know, like, taking on challenges.

QUESTION: And for our actresses, the actresses, do you feel like you’ve been tested, and what’s your assessment of your own strength?

JANA MORRISON: I feel like I have been tested kind of within this acting industry, because for so many years, you try really hard and you put your heart out there and you put yourself out there. And you think you believe in yourself, but when it doesn’t come at the time you want, it’s easy to let that dream go away. And I think that continuing to have that fire and confidence continue on is what really helped me get here. And there could have been times where I could have been doing something else, but this is something I really wanted.

SAMANTHA AUCOIN: Yeah.

JANA MORRISON: And I think the confidence in myself really helped me get through.

SAMANTHA AUCOIN: Mm hmm. Yeah. And I would say I was definitely tested. It was a really weird transition after high school for me, and it was I had this really weird, sort of, sense of unknowing and I didn’t really know what was going to happen. I kind of didn’t have much of a plan. I wasn’t really sure what life was going to throw at me or if life was going to throw anything at me. And then, funnily enough, this show happened and it kind of saved me a little, I think, in so many ways. But it definitely gave me this sort of reassurance that the unknown isn’t scary; or that it is scary but it’s okay and it’s okay to not know what’s going to happen next. And I really thank this show and I thank everyone for that, yeah.

QUESTION: Thank you, all, and thanks for coming to save us.

ALL PANELISTS: Thank you.

QUESTION: Okay. I have a question for each of the ladies here. For Noelle and Betsy, I’d like to know if you ladies have either teen children or teen relatives. What do they think about this show? And for the actresses, I’d like to know: Would your teenage selves what would they think of Astrid and Lilly?

NOELLE STEHMAN: Well, we don’t have teenage kids. I do have a niece who’s getting toward that age and she’s very excited. And our friends who have teen kids are very excited. I think, though, we’re, in a lot of ways, big teenagers ourselves.

BETSY VAN STONE: Yeah. Well, I was going to say something similar. Like, I don’t have any teenagers, but I am friends with

NOELLE STEHMAN: Yes.

BETSY VAN STONE: some teenagers, you know, friends’ kids.

And one thing I will say is they’ve all asked me why the show sounds like it was written by actual teenagers. They’re like, “It sounds like the way we talk. How did you guys do that?” And I think it’s because we’re, on a very base level, still 16.

JANA MORRISON: I think my high-school self would be a little intimidated by Astrid because of how she does whatever she wants and she doesn’t care what authority thinks. She just is, and if you don’t like it, you can go.

SAMANTHA AUCOIN: Yeah. I mean, I think my high-school self would probably really empathize with Lilly and would probably feel comfort in all of Lilly’s insecurities. And I think my high-school self would absolutely love this show and would get a lot from it. And, again, I wish I had this show when I was in high school because I feel like it would have really helped me.

JANA MORRISON: Uh, my high-school self would have loved the show.

SAMANTHA AUCOIN: Right? Right.

QUESTION: Thank you, ladies.

ALL PANELISTS: Thank you.

QUESTION: Hi. I’m from the Filipino channel ABS CBN, so, of course, my question is for Jana.

JANA MORRISON: Yay.

QUESTION: Asian matters. Phew, you can’t see me, but I’m a little bit teary eyed at the

JANA MORRISON: I am too. We’re good together.

BETSY VAN STONE: Me too.

QUESTION: You’re one of very few Filipino Americans in lead roles who’s also playing a Filipino character. So, what does this representation mean for you?

JANA MORRISON: It means a lot for me because, of course, growing up I’m actually I’m Canadian. And growing up in Canada, watching American shows, I had not seen any sort of Filipino representation on screen. And this is something in entertainment I wanted to do my whole life and I wanted to be a Filipino in this industry. And, thankfully, I have a group of Filipino mentors in this industry that really helped back me up and lift me up to say you can still do this and you need to continue because the other Filipinos around the whole world who want to do this will see you and want to follow their dreams also. So, it’s really important. And us Filipinos, oh, my gosh. We work so hard and I think we need a little more credit.

QUESTION: Well, thank you so much, and I hope to see you in person soon. I’m rooting for you always. You know, this is amazing, just watching the episodes and seeing you and seeing the person who plays your mom, who’s obviously Filipino.

BETSY VAN STONE: Yeah, she is.

JANA MORRISON: I want to say that that was a really amazing thing for the creators to bring for me. Because, you know, my mother’s Filipino, and to have my mother on the show be Filipino also, it is really touching to see the dynamic. And I’m really excited for the world to see our relationship on screen.

BETSY VAN STONE: Me too.

QUESTION: Salamat. That’s thank you in Tagalog. And if you ever need to consult in Tagalog, hey, holler.

JANA MORRISON: Oh, I’m going to holler. I’m going to holler. Salamat.

QUESTION: Thank you. And I wish you all the best.

JANA MORRISON: Thank you so much.

BETSY VAN STONE: Thank you so much for your question.

QUESTION: Thanks.

MATTHEW LIFSON: Oh, what a perfect question to end on.

Thank you to our panelists. That concludes our session for “Astrid and Lilly Save the World.” We’re going to take one more short break, and then we’ll pick it back up for our final panel of the day, NBC’s “Grand Crew.”

ALL PANELISTS: Thanks, everyone.

BETSY VAN STONE: Watch the show.

SAMANTHA AUCOIN: Yes.

JANA MORRISON: Thank you.

MORE INFO:

High school is hard enough when you’re different, but when outcast BFFs Astrid (Jana Morrison) and Lilly (Samantha Aucoin) accidentally crack open a portal to a terrifyingly quirky monster dimension, it gets a lot more complicated. It’s up to them to vanquish the creepy creatures and save the world, becoming the badass heroes they were meant to be. That is, if they can survive the horrors of high school.

“Astrid & Lilly Save the World” was written by Noelle Stehman and Betsy Van Stone, who executive produce along with Lance Samuels, Daniel Iron and Samantha Levine. Blue Ice Pictures will produce.

Samantha Aucoin

Lilly Fortenberry

ASTRID AND LILLY SAVE THE WORLD -- Season:1 -- Pictured: Samantha Aucoin as Lilly -- (Photo by: Alex Stead/Blue Ice Pictures/SYFY)
Samantha Aucoin makes her television debut as Lilly in the SYFY original new series “Astrid & Lilly Save the World.”

Aucoin is a Canadian singer, songwriter and actress from Beeton, Ontario, a small town north of Toronto. She began her acting career in local plays and would go on to play the lead roles in “Fiddler on the Roof,” “James and the Giant Peach,” “Mary Poppins” and many more. With a desire to venture into the television and film world, Aucoin attended an open call with BookItTalent agency in 2016.

Aucoin’s recording debut was on the album “What Is Christmas For.” She wrote three original songs for other singers and wrote and recorded the power anthem “Hip Hop, Santa Bop.” Aucoin has been spending the last year in the studio producing more original music.

 

 

 

Jana Morrison

Astrid Bell

ASTRID AND LILLY SAVE THE WORLD -- Season:1 -- Pictured: Jana Morrison as Astrid -- (Photo by: Alex Stead/Blue Ice Pictures/SYFY)
Jana Morrison plays Astrid in the new SYFY original series “Astrid & Lilly Save the World.”

Morrison is a Filipino-Canadian multi-disciplinary artist hailing from Winnipeg, Manitoba. Now based in Vancouver, she studied at the Canadian College of Performing Arts and is very passionate about performing on stage and in front the camera.

Most recently, she appeared on NBC’s “Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist” as well as Hallmark’s “Master of the Heart” and “Chesapeake Shores.” Morrison was recognized for her work in the British Columbia arts community and was awarded the Pro-Art Early Career Artist Award in 2020.

 

 

 

Noelle Stehman and Betsy Van Stone

Executive Producer

Noelle Stehman and Betsy Van Stone are the creators and executive producers of SYFY’s new original series “Astrid & Lilly Save the World.”

They began their partnership in New York writing for pop culture mecca VH1. From there they moved to Los Angeles where they started writing and developing for various outlets, including a YA genre pilot for Lionsgate as well as a feature for the team behind “How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days.” They also created, wrote and produced the web series “Clean Freaks” for Elizabeth Banks’ comedy site WhoHaha. Currently, they are crafting a holiday feature film for Viacom.

As a writing team, they are committed to creating dynamic female characters through their collective love of comedy, horror and sci-fi.

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This was a short but fun call. I always love talking to these guys! They’re so fun to listen to, and so funny, both on and off the show. I gave them a rather weird question, but they handled it very well, like the professionals they are. Don’t miss the season premiere January 26 on Syfy!

Question:   This year, it looks like you guys have been set up as more foes than allies. What can you tell me about the investigation?

Corey:   Well, you know, at the end of last season, we found out who killed Sam Hodges, and this season we’re going to delve more into the why. You know, what exactly was the actual, the first, human Harry Vanderspeigle? What was he up to, and what type of chaos did Alan’s character inherit by taking over his life.? But [there’s] still a tremendous amount of hijinks that takes place as we pursue said leads in the case.

Alan:   Yeah, as foes, out of respect, they both have their amount of being idiots. Out of respect.

Corey:   Fact.

Alan:   Fact. So, as foes, I think that’s where the hilarity that ensues comes from, is that they’re both idiots, but, I mean, we started off as foes from the very beginning.

Corey:   Yes. You know, it’s the joke you made about the black truck from the very, very first moment that they met that set the tone in a way that they’re still trying to recuperate from.

Alan:   From the first “kung kung.”

Suzanne:   Hi, guys.

Corey:   Hi Suzanne.

Alan:   Hey.

Suzanne:   So, on the videos– we’ve seen a promo video. A lot of you guys [the cast] were saying that you believed in aliens, or that you saw aliens or ships. Recently, NASA was working with theologians and faith leaders to discuss how aliens visiting Earth might affect religion and religious people. Sorry, it’s such a deep question for early in the morning, but… how do you think people might react to the idea that humans are not the only sentient beings in the universe?

Alan:   Corey, I think you probably –

Corey:   I think we – I can’t remember exactly who said it; it might have been Reagan. I hope I’m right. someone’s going to look me up and either say I’m an idiot, or “my God, he knew that; he’s a genius,” but he said something about the arrival of aliens being a good thing, because basically, it would unify all of humanity. It would help us to see ourselves as a race of beings as opposed to beings of different races. And I’d like to believe that that’s what would happen, but over the last couple of years, there’s been this pandemic that’s taken place that I think has been a stress test of society, that in a lot of ways we’re failing. So, honestly, aliens could either be the thing that unites everyone or could be the thing that makes everyone go, “Okay, fuck. It’s a free for all. Let’s just tear it all and burn it all down.” So, I don’t know, but I know they exist, whether or not they want to come here – You know, I mean, I’m not getting on a cruise ship right now. It’s a giant soup of nastiness. So, we might be the COVID cruise ship of planets to aliens. You know what I mean? They may not want to go here, because we’re so polluted and rude and sick and angry and all of these things that we should be better at. So, I wouldn’t come here. I wouldn’t go house shopping in a fucking shed that’s built by the railroad tracks either. So, I don’t know that aliens would want to come here, if I’m being honest. I just ate up all the time with that.

Suzanne:   I like that, the COVID cruise ship…

Corey:   …of planets. That’s probably what we are.

Suzanne:   Alan, what’s your take on that?

Alan:   Oh, you know, I would love it if aliens would come here and help us with our problems….I don’t think we understand what would… what would happen. I don’t know. If they wanted to come here and remove carbon from our atmosphere or something like that, that would be great. Otherwise, they could just leave it alone as far as I’m concerned. I don’t think it’s going to be good. Soylent Green is people. You know, that’s mainly where I stand. Soylent Green is people.

Suzanne:   All right. And as a short follow up, what– how is it working with Nathan Fillion again, the octopus voice?

Alan:   Oh, it’s fantastic. It’s fantastic. He’s great this season. He’s a puppet. I mean, he is also CGI, but there’s a actual puppet on set in the tank that is being puppeted by people. And just having a Nathan Fillion octopus puppet that I’m having arguments with, and that’s my job; I’m pretty, pretty excited about that.

Suzanne:   Great. Thank you guys so much.

Question:   So, really quickly, one of the things I love about the trailer is that Mike’s just not buying this whole alien thing, and I don’t think he’s kind of bought it from the very beginning. So, kind of for the both of you, do you feel like that’s going to continue to be to Harry’s advantage this season, or are we gonna see Mike sorta kind of lean over a little bit and maybe start believing a little more?

Corey:   Al, you want to field that?

Alan:   No, no, you go for it.

Corey:   I think he has a healthy skepticism of UFOs, and I don’t see that – without getting into too much of the season, but I don’t see that changing very much. I think Mike’s very much into what he can see, smell, taste, touch, you know?

Alan:   Also, simultaneously, Sheriff Mike would suddenly believe in the Chupacabra?

Corey:   Oh, absolutely! And he believes in Bigfoot.

Alan:   Then there’s that!

Corey:   You know, he says that Bigfoot lives up in Seattle. And he also believes that women love buckets.

Question:   So that’s the line.

Corey:   You know, the aliens line is the line he won’t cross. That’s the one –

Alan:   They don’t love buckets? This is news to me. That explains why Christmas was so bad in the Tudyk household.

Corey:   Yes, the ladies love the buckets.

Alan:   I got my wife several buckets for Christmas. Hmm.

Corey:   [unintelligible]

Alan:   No, no. Dang it.

Corey:   So yeah, I think his skepticism of aliens remains pretty firm thus far.

Alan:   Lucky for me.

Publicist:   All right. We’re just trying to get you guys back on schedule.

Corey:   Oh, I understand. I ran a little long on my alien answer.

Publicist:   No, no, you’re good. You’re good. It makes it so hard when when they’re around tables to be quick. This next one is a one on one though, so I’m hoping we can kind of try to get us back on [track].

Alan:   TV week, you’ll see probably in Canada. It’s amazing. Like my wife and my dogs were attacked by a coyote by Stanley Park, and my mother in law heard about it across the country on her nightly news.

Publicist:   Yeah, everyone picked that up

Alan:   And then like suddenly my wife disappeared from the stories very quickly. There’s just I think me who was attacked.

Publicist:   Isn’t it funny how that happens?

Alan:   Yeah.

Publicist:   He should be joining any moment.

Alan:   Man, I’m terrible at the new Halo.

Corey:   I’ve been playing with my kid. We finally got the new Xbox X series. His Xbox that was so fucking overpriced. You pay like 750 bucks each for those things, because we have to get to, you know, because we both play, so that was part of the hang up was needing to get two of them at the same time. I threw it on – he’s been playing the online mode. I’m not there yet, because I don’t want to get murdered by eight-year-olds. You know what that means? You know, these ten-year-olds are killing us.

Alan:   Yeah, man. I’m destroyed they’re like playing a different game. I can’t. I’m last place every time, and I put so many hours into this game. But now the game has changed enough – what you want to do when you have a new a new version of it, Ii’s changed enough that you have to relearn it. But I think I’ve crossed the threshold. Old man.

Corey:   I’m with you, dude.

Here is the video version of it.

Interview Transcribed by Jamie of http://www.scifivision.com

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Resident Alien poster

Based on the Dark Horse comics, SYFY’s “Resident Alien” follows a crash-landed alien named Harry (Alan Tudyk) whose secret mission is to kill all humans. In season two, Harry is once again stranded on Earth where he must confront the consequences of having failed his people’s mission to destroy the human race. On his new quest to protect the people of Earth, Harry struggles to hold on to his alien identity as his human emotions grow stronger by the day. In an adventure that takes Harry and Asta (Sara Tomko) all the way to New York City, Asta brings Harry into the arms of someone he can call family. While back in Patience, Sheriff Mike (Corey Reynolds) and Deputy Liv (Elizabeth Bowen) find themselves closer to unraveling the mystery of Sam Hodges’s murder. “Resident Alien” also stars Alice Wetterlund, Levi Fiehler and Judah Prehn.

From UCP, a division of Universal Studio Group, in association with Amblin TV and Dark Horse Entertainment, “Resident Alien” was adapted to television by executive producer Chris Sheridan. Mike Richardson and Keith Goldberg of Dark Horse Entertainment, Justin Falvey and Darryl Frank of Amblin TV, Robert Duncan McNeill, Christian Taylor and Nastaran Dibai also executive produce.

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SCRIPTED SHOWS

    “The Knock” – The team responds to the report of a severed hand washing up on the beach and are on the hunt to find its owner. Meanwhile, Tim attempts to prove he isn’t a control freak to Lucy and invites her on a double date with him and Ashley on an all-new episode of “The Rookie,” SUNDAY, JAN. 23 (10:00-11:00 p.m. EST), on ABC. (TV-14, V) Watch episodes on demand and on Hulu the day following their premieres.
    Guest starring is Brent Huff as Officer Smitty, Crystal Coney as Nurse Lisa, Helena Mattsson as Ashley McGrady, Kanoa Goo as ADA Chris Sanford and Jay Hunter as Officer Gil Webb.
    “The Knock” was written by Zoe Cheng and directed by Charissa Sanjarernsuithikul. Promo
  • ABC Promised Land: SERIES PREMIERE – A Place Called Heritage (1/24) Show More
    “A Place Called Heritage” – Alliances and loyalties are tested as Joe Sandoval assesses the future of his family-run Sonoma Valley wine business. Just a few hundred miles south but a world away, Carlos Rincón and sisters Juana and Rosa Sánchez cross the U.S. border from Mexico in search of a better life on the series premiere of “Promised Land,” airing MONDAY, JAN. 24 (10:01-11:00 p.m. EST), on ABC. (TV-14, LV) Watch episodes on demand and on Hulu the day following their premieres.
    Guest starring Yul Vazquez, Andrew J. West, Ariana Guerra, Natalia Del Riego, Christopher Wallinger, Guilherme Apollonio, Susan Ortiz and Miguel Angel Garcia.
    Written by Matt Lopez and directed by Michael Cuesta. Promo
  • ABC Abbott Elementary: Student Transfer (1/25) Show More
    “Student Transfer” – After a negative teacher review, Janine gets a confidence boost when a student gets transferred from Melissa’s class into hers, but it turns out the student proves to be too much to handle. While trying to forge a friendship with an uninterested Gregory, it is revealed that Jacob is constantly getting roasted by his students. The two bond after Gregory unintentionally gives Jacob the idea to incorporate the roasts in an educational way on an all-new episode of “Abbott Elementary,” TUESDAY, JAN. 25 (9:00-9:30 p.m. EST), on ABC. Watch episodes on demand and on Hulu the day following their premieres.
    “Student Transfer” was written by Brittani Nichols and directed by Randall Einhorn. Promo
    “Hoop Dreams” – Jack gets a job as the locker room attendant for the Los Angeles Lakers, and Dre and Bow feel like they need to step in before letting the job get to his head. Meanwhile, Pops and Ruby realize their daily routine has gotten boring and heed advice from Junior and Olivia on an all-new episode of “black-ish,” airing TUESDAY, JAN. 25 (9:30-10:00 p.m. EST), on ABC. (TV-PG, L) Promo
  • Amazon THE LEGEND OF VOX MACHINA – Friday, January 28 Show More
    Based on the beloved characters and adventures of Critical Role’s first livestreamed tabletop role-playing game (RPG) campaign, The Legend of Vox Machina is an animated fantasy-adventure series for adults that follows Vox Machina, a band of misfits with a fondness for boozing and brawling. In a desperate attempt to pay off their mounting bar tab, these unlikely heroes end up on a quest to save the realm of Exandria from dark magical forces. From a sinister necromancer to a powerful curse, the group confronts a variety of obstacles that not only test their skills, but also the strength of their bond. Promo
  • Apple TV+ THE AFTERPARTY – Friday, January 28 Show More
    “The Afterparty,” will debut on Friday, January 28, 2022. From Academy Award, BAFTA and Golden Globe Award winners Chris Miller and Phil Lord (“Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse,” “The Lego Movie,” “21 Jump Street”), the eight-episode first season will launch with three episodes, followed by one new episode weekly every Friday. “The Afterparty” features a stellar ensemble cast including Tiffany Haddish (“Girls Trip,” “Like a Boss”), Sam Richardson (“The Tomorrow War,” “Veep”), Zoë Chao (“Love Life,” “Downhill”), Ben Schwartz (“Space Force,” “House of Lies”), Ike Barinholtz (“The Mindy Project,” “Neighbors”), Ilana Glazer (“Broad City”), Jamie Demetriou (“Fleabag,” “Stath Lets Flats”) and Dave Franco (“The Rental,” “The Disaster Artist”). Created and directed by Miller, “The Afterparty” is a genre-defying series centered on a murder mystery at a high school reunion. Each episode explores a different character’s account of the fateful evening in question, all through the lens of popular film genres and unique visuals to match the storyteller’s perspective. Promo
  • BET The Oval – Tuesday, January 25, 9:00PM Show More
    The Command Performance – Victoria rubs everyone close to her the wrong way as she elects to change the narrative on her own following a tragic accident. Promo
  • BET Sistas – Wednesday, January 26, 9:00PM Show More
    The Night Game – Karen attempts to stop Andi from falling back into her old ways when it comes to relationships. Promo
    “NCIS: HAWAI’I” TO AIR PART ONE OF A TWO-PART EPISODE IMMEDIATELY FOLLOWING THE AFC DIVISIONAL PLAYOFF GAME, SUNDAY, JAN. 23 ON CBS
    Part Two Airs the Following Night in the Series’ Regular Monday 10:00 PM Time Period
    NCIS: HAWAI’I will air part one of a two-part episode on a special day and time, immediately following the AFC DIVISIONAL PLAYOFF GAME, Sunday, Jan. 23 (10:00-11:00 PM, ET; 9:00-10:00 PM, CT; 8:00-9:00 PM, MT; 7:00-8:00 PM, PT) on the CBS Television Network, and available to stream live and on demand on Paramount+*. (Buffalo Bills at Kansas City Chiefs will begin at 6:30 PM, ET. Episode airtime is approximate after post-game coverage). Part two airs the following night in the series’ regular time period, Monday, Jan. 24 (10:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT).
    “Spies, Part 1” – When NCIS investigates the mysterious death of a Navy engineer, Joseph Chan, they learn the last person he met with was his colleague, Maggie Shaw (Julie White), Jane’s mentor and friend, who’s been kidnapped. Also, David Sola (Beulah Koale), a New Zealand intelligence service case officer arrives in Hawai’i, following a lead that connects Joseph’s death to a Chinese black op secret agent, on part one of a two-part episode of the CBS Original series NCIS: HAWAI`I, to be broadcast immediately following the AFC CHAMPIONSHIP GAME, Sunday, Jan. 23 (10:00-11:00 PM, ET; 9:00-10:00 PM, CT; 8:00-9:00 PM, MT; 7:00-8:00 PM, PT) on the CBS Television Network, and available to stream live and on demand on Paramount+*. (Time is approximate after post-game coverage). The episode is directed by LeVar Burton.
    WRITTEN BY: Yakira Chambers & Ron McGee
    DIRECTED BY: LeVar Burton  Promo
  • CBS THE NEIGHBORHOOD – Monday, January 24 Show More
    THE BUTLERS AND JOHNSONS ARE RATTLED IN DIFFERENT WAYS WHEN AN EARTHQUAKE STRIKES THE COMMUNITY, ON “THE NEIGHBORHOOD,” MONDAY, JAN. 24
    “Welcome to the Big One” – The Butlers and Johnsons are rattled in different ways after an earthquake strikes, with Calvin and Tina moving in with Malcolm and Marty while their home is repaired, and Dave going to extremes trying to prepare his family for the next time, on the CBS Original series THE NEIGHBORHOOD, Monday, Jan. 24 (8:00-8:30 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network, and available to stream live and on demand on Paramount+*.
    WRITTEN BY: Camilla Cordelia & Molly Haldeman
    DIRECTED BY: Phill Lewis Promo
  • CBS BOB ♥ ABISHOLA – Monday, January 24 Show More
    BOB IS SURPRISED WHEN ABISHOLA’S MEDICAL SCHOOL PLANS INCLUDE GOING TO BALTIMORE – WITH OR WITHOUT HIM, ON “BOB ♥ ABISHOLA,” MONDAY, JAN. 24
    “Your Beans Are Flatlining” – Bob is surprised when Abishola’s medical school plans include going to Baltimore – with or without him, on the CBS Original series BOB ♥ ABISHOLA, Monday, Jan. 24 (8:30-9:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network and available to stream live and on demand on Paramount+*.
    STORY BY: Al Higgins, Gina Yashere and Ibet Inyang Beneche
    TELEPLAY BY: Matt Ross, Carla Filisha and Jamarcus Turner
    DIRECTED BY: Kristy Cecil 
    THE NCIS INVESTIGATION INTO THE BODY OF A NAVY LIEUTENANT MISSING AN EYE LEADS THEM TO THE WORLD OF CAGE FIGHTING, ON “NCIS,” MONDAY, JAN. 24
    “Fight or Flight” – When the body of a Navy lieutenant is discovered missing an eye, the NCIS investigation leads to the world of cage fighting, on the CBS Original series NCIS, Monday, Jan. 24 (9:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network, and available to stream live and on demand on Paramount+*.
    WRITTEN BY: Katherine Beattie
    DIRECTED BY: James Whitmore, Jr. Promo

    “Spies, Part 2” – While Jane investigates Maggie’s kidnapping, she’s shocked when she learns the truth and enlists her team and Whistler to prove her findings, on the conclusion of the two-part episode of the CBS Original series NCIS: HAWAI`I, Monday, Jan. 24 (10:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network, and available to stream live and on demand on Paramount+*. Beulah Koale returns as David Sola, a New Zealand Intelligence Service case officer.
    “SPIES, PART 2”:
    WRITTEN BY: Christopher Silber
    DIRECTED BY: Tessa Blake Promo
  • CBS GOOD SAM – Wednesday, January 26 Show More
    DR. SAM GRIFFITH IS SHOCKED TO DISCOVER THE REASON FOR AN ANONYMOUS DONOR’S LOYALTY TO HER FATHER, GRIFF, ON “GOOD SAM,” WEDNESDAY, JAN. 26
    “Attachments” – When Dr. Sam Griffith tracks down a deep-pocketed anonymous hospital donor, she’s shocked to discover why the donor is so loyal to her father, Griff. Also, Griff offers to mentor his daughter and assure her succession – if he returns to his role as chief, on the CBS Original series GOOD SAM, Wednesday, Jan. 26 (10:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network, and available to stream live and on demand on Paramount+*.
    WRITTEN BY: Joshua Troke DIRECTED BY: Gina Lamar
  • CBS YOUNG SHELDON – Thursday, January 27 Show More
    SHELDON MAKES FRIENDS WITH HIS DORM NEIGHBORS, ON “YOUNG SHELDON,” THURSDAY, JAN. 27
    “A Lot of Band-Aids and the Cooper Surrender” – Sheldon makes friends with his dorm neighbors. Also, George Sr. learns his job is in jeopardy, on the CBS Original series YOUNG SHELDON, Thursday, Jan. 27 (8:00-8:31 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network, and available to stream live and on demand on Paramount+*.
    STORY BY: Steven Molaro & Jeremy Howe & Marie Cheng
    TELEPLAY BY: Steve Holland & Nick Bakay & Connor Kilpatrick
    DIRECTED BY: Jaffar Mahmood Promo
  • CBS UNITED STATES OF AL – Thursday, January 27 Show More
    RILEY SETS OUT TO TEACH HAZEL SOMETHING NEW TO MAKE UP FOR FREDDY SHOWING HER HOW TO RIDE A BIKE WHILE RILEY WAS DEPLOYED, ON “UNITED STATES OF AL,” THURSDAY, JAN. 27
    “Hunt / Shikar” – Riley, upset that Freddy taught Hazel how to ride a bike while he was deployed, attempts to teach her something new to make up for it. Also, Ariana invites Al to a fundraiser involving spin bikes, where he becomes competitive with Ariana’s handsome cycling instructor, and Art introduces Lois to his favorite secret pastime, on the CBS Original series UNITED STATES OF AL, Thursday, Jan. 27 (8:31-9:01 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network, and available to stream live and on demand on Paramount+*.
    STORY BY: Joshua Keller Katz, Chuck Tatham, Bobby Telatovich
    TELEPLAY BY: Fahim Anwar, Dave Goetsch, Ursula Taherian
    DIRECTED BY: Nikki Lorre Promo
  • CBS B POSITIVE – Thursday, January 27 Show More
    “B POSITIVE,” AIRING THURSDAY, JAN. 20
    “Dagobah, a Room and a Chimney Sweep” – Thursday, Jan. 20 (9:00-9:30 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network – TBA
  • CBS B POSITIVE – Thursday, January 27 Show More
    “B POSITIVE,” AIRING THURSDAY, JAN. 20
    “A Boss, a Bear Claw and a Defibrillator” – Thursday, Jan. 20 (9:30-10:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network – TBA
  • CBS MAGNUM P.I. – Friday, January 28 Show More
    MAGNUM AND HIGGINS GO TO EXTRAORDINARY LENGTHS TO HELP OUT A HAWAII SUPREME COURT NOMINEE WHO IS BEING BLACKMAILED, ON “MAGNUM P.I.,” FRIDAY, JAN. 28
    “Judge Me Not” – When Hawaii Supreme Court nominee Judge Rachel Park (Moon Bloodgood)
    is being blackmailed, she hires Magnum and Higgins who go to extraordinary lengths to help her out. Also, with the pressure of fatherhood looming, Rick suggests changes to make La Mariana more profitable, but TC and Kumo aren’t swayed, on the CBS Original series MAGNUM P.I., Friday, Jan. 28 (9:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network, and available to stream live and on demand on Paramount+*.
    WRITTEN BY: David Slack
    DIRECTED BY: Benny Boom Promo
  • CBS BLUE BLOODS – Friday, January 28 Show More
    FRANK CONTENDS WITH A POTENTIALLY DIRTY COP WITHIN HIS RANKS, WHEN DANNY AND BAEZ’S INVESTIGATION INTO AN ASSAULT ON AN NYPD DETECTIVE REVEALS THE OFFICER MAY BE CORRUPT, ON “BLUE BLOODS,” FRIDAY, JAN. 28
    “Cold Comfort” – Frank contends with a potentially dirty cop within his ranks when Danny and Baez’s investigation into a brutal assault on an NYPD detective reveals the officer may be corrupt. Also, Eddie and Badillo track down the culprits behind the theft of valuable rare works from a celebrated bookstore; Jamie begrudgingly joins Henry as he looks into an old friend’s death he deems suspicious; and Erin snoops into the background of a new woman in Anthony’s life, on the CBS Original series BLUE BLOODS, Friday, Jan. 28 (10:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network, and available to stream live and on demand on Paramount+*.
    WRITTEN BY: Kevin Riley
    DIRECTED BY: Alex Zakrzewski   Promo
  • The CW Two Sentence Horror Stories – Sunday, January 23 Show More
    “Toxic” – (9:00-9:30 p.m. ET) (TV-14, LV) (HDTV)
    MY FRIENDS’ JOKES ARE HARMLESS… – A group of high school friends enjoy one last party in the “Woods of the Damned” until a prank goes horribly wrong. Graham Verchere, Sam Robert Muik, Sean Depner, Patrick Lubczyk, Michael Taylor, Robyn Daye Edwards, Nik Vasilyev, Zandara Kennedy, Mike Mitchell, Chase Nicholson, Andrew Long, Sawyer Nicholson and Kevin Haaland star. Chase Joynt directed the episode written by Liz Alper. (#306). Original airdate 1/23/2022. Promo
  • The CW Two Sentence Horror Stories – Sunday, January 23 Show More
    “Teatime” – (9:30-10:00 p.m. ET) (TV-PG, V) (HDTV)
    OF ALL MY TOYS, I LOVE THIS DOLL THE BEST… – A babysitter’s latest gig takes a sinister turn when she discovers the controlling little girl has a collection of evil dolls. Christina Orjalo, Sophia Reid-Gantzert, Matthew James Dowden, Paula Lindberg and Rami Kahlon star. Kailey & Sam Spears directed the episode written by Stephanie Adams-Santos. (#304). Original airdate 1/23/2022. Promo
  • The CW 4400 – Monday, January 24 Show More
    “Give Up The Ghost” – (9:00-10:00 p.m. ET) (TV-14) (HDTV)
    LIGHTS OUT – With everyone at the Bois Blanc still on edge, the government deals another blow to the 4400. Meanwhile, Jharrel (Joseph David Jones) gets some shocking information about his brother, Shanice (Brittany Adebumola) and Andre (TL Thompson) continue to grow closer, and Mildred (Autumn Best) resurfaces. The series also stars Ireon Roach, Jaye Ladymore, Derrick A. King, Cory Jeacoma, Khailah Johnson, and AMARR. Ayoka Chenzira directed the episode written by Bradley Estrin-Barks (#110). Original airdate 1/24/2022. Every episode of 4400 will be available to stream on The CW App and CWTV.com the day after broadcast for free and without a subscription, log-in or authentication required. Promo
  • The CW Superman & Lois – Tuesday, January 25 Show More
    “The Thing in the Mines” – (8:00-9:00 p.m. ET) (TV-PG, V) (HDTV)
    GREGORY SMITH (“EVERWOOD”) DIRECTS THE EPISODE – Lois (Elizabeth Tulloch) reaches out to Ret. General Lane (Dylan Walsh) as Clark’s (Tyler Hoechlin) visions become worse during heated arguments with both Jonathan (Jordan Elsass) and Jordan (Alex Garfin). Meanwhile, Lana (Emmanuelle Chriqui) shares her frustrations with Kyle (Erik Valdez). Lastly, Natalie (Tayler Buck) learns that her father (Wole Parks) didn’t follow through on a promise he made to her. Inde Navarrette and Sofia Hasmik also star. The episode was directed by Gregory Smith and written by Katie Aldrin & Juliana James (#203). Original airdate 1/25/2022. Promo
  • The CW Naomi – Tuesday, January 25 Show More
    “Zero to Sixty” – (9:00-10:00 p.m. ET) (TV-PG) (HDTV)
    LEARN TO WALK BEFORE YOU CAN RUN – Naomi (Kaci Walfall) gets guidance from Dee (Alexander Wraith) as she learns to harness her powers, all while juggling her everyday life as a teenager finishing her college application. And as Naomi’s obsession with uncovering answers has her and her friends engaging in dangerous behavior, Zumbado (Cranston Johnson) seeks out the help of an old friend to help further his plans. Also starring Mary-Charles Jones, Barry Watson, Mouzam Makkar, Daniel Puig, Camila Moreno, Will Meyers, Aidan Gemme and guest starring Stephanie March. Sheldon Candis directed the episode written by Oscar Balderrama (#103). Original airdate 1/25/2022. Every episode of NAOMI will be available to stream on CWTV.com and The CW App the day after broadcast for free and without a subscription, log-in or authentication required. Promo
    “The Fixed Point” – (8:00-9:00 p.m. ET) (TV-PG, V) (HDTV)
    DOING THE IMPOSSIBLE – The Legends are tired of being chased by an evil A.I. and her robo-soliders, so Sara (Caity Lotz) decides to create an aberration that will allow the team to take back the Evil Waverider. However, the Legends find themselves in a Bar for time-travelers, and quickly learn that this “fixed point” is popular with time-travelers, leaving Sara questioning her odds at winning. With Behrad (Shayan Sobhian) and Astra (Olivia Swann) growing closer, Zari (Tala Ashe) and Spooner (Lisseth Chavez) are forced to awkwardly interact with each other as the rest of the Legends are paired up on the mission. Meanwhile, Ava (Jes Macallan) hears Gwyn’s (Matt Ryan) plan to save his boyfriend, and Ava is forced to remind him of the consequences in he succeeds. Nick Zano, Adam Tsekhman and Amy Pemberton also star. Maisie Richardson-Sellers directed the episode written by Matthew Maala & Paiman Kalayeh (710). Original airdate 1/26/2022. Promo
  • The CW Batwoman – Wednesday, January 26 Show More
    “Toxic” – (9:00-10:00 p.m. ET) (TV-PG, LV) (HDTV)
    THE TIES THAT BIND – Batwoman’s (Javicia Leslie) hands are full as she juggles Jada’s (Robin Givens) demands, Mary’s (Nicole Kang) ever-increasing power and a new romantic entanglement. Loyalties are tested and motives come into question as Batwoman races against the clock to once again save the city and those closest to her. Also starring Rachel Skarsten, Meagan Tandy, Camrus Johnson, Nick Creegan and Victoria Cartagena and guest starring Bridget Regan. Glen Winter directed the episode written by Caroline Dries and Jerry Shandy (#310). Original airdate 1/26/2022. Every episode of BATWOMAN will be available to stream on The CW App and CWTV.com the day after broadcast for free and without a subscription, log-in or authentication required. Promo
  • The CW Walker – Thursday, January 27 Show More
    “Sucker Punch” – (8:00-9:00 p.m. ET) (Content Rating TBD) (HDTV)
    LIAM AND DAN SET UP AN UNEASY ALLIANCE – When he hears that Serano (guest star Henderson Wade) is out on bail, Dan (guest star Dave Annable) panics and asks Liam (Keegan Allen) for help. Liam doesn’t trust Dan but Dan makes him a tempting offer that would put Serano behind bars for good. There is just a small catch – Liam can’t tell Walker (Jared Padalecki) what’s going on. Meanwhile, Geri (Odette Annable) decides to have an open mic night at the Side Step and encourages August (Kale Culley) to hit the stage. Amyn Kaderali directed the episode written by Aaron Carew (#209). Original airdate 1/27/2022. Every episode of WALKER will be available to stream on The CW App and CWTV.com the day after broadcast for free and without a subscription, log-in or authentication required. Promo
  • The CW Nancy Drew – Friday, January 28 Show More
    “The Ransom of the Forsaken Soul” – (9:00-10:00 p.m. ET) (Content Rating TBD) (HDTV)
    SEASON FINALE – In the season finale, the fate of Horseshoe Bay rests in the hands of the Drew Crew (Kennedy McMann, Leah Lewis, Maddison Jaizani, Tunji Kasim, Alex Saxon), who must find a way to defeat their most powerful nemesis yet. Lives and hearts are in supernatural jeopardy – and a star-crossed choice will change everything, forever. Also starring Scott Wolf and Riley Smith. Larry Teng directed the episode written by Noga Landau & Alex Taub (#313). Original airdate 1/28/2022. Every episode of NANCY DREW will be available to stream on The CW App and CWTV.com the day after broadcast for free and without a subscription, log-in or authentication required. Promo
  • Disney Secrets of Sulphur Springs – Friday, January 28, 8:00PM Show More
    “Wrong Place, Wrong Time”
    Young Sam secretly watches Harper search for the hatch in the dead of the night, and Elijah receives a visit from a judge with a life-altering offer. TV-PG Promo
  • Epix Brittannia – Sunday, January 23, 9:00PM Show More
    Episode 2
    Aulus struggles to remain in control now that Hemple is on the scene. The Druids are splintered by the betrayal of the Chosen One. 
  • FOX 9-1-1: LONE STAR – Monday, January 24 Show More
    “9-1-1: LONE STAR” – (8:00-9:01 PM ET/PT) CC-HDTV 720p-Dolby Digital 5.1 Video Clips
    PA: Viewer Discretion is advised.
    T.K.’S LIFE HANGS IN THE BALANCE AS OWEN ATTEMPTS TO SAVE MULTIPLE LIVES IN THE ICE STORM ON AN ALL-NEW “9-1-1: LONE STAR” MONDAY, JANUARY 24, ON FOX
    As the unexpected arctic cold front and ice storm continues to cause havoc in Austin, Owen works to rescue the lives of the stranded migrants; T.K.’s life hangs in the balance and Grace prepares for the birth of her baby in the all-new “Shock & Thaw” episode of 9-1-1: LONE STAR airing Monday, Jan. 24 (8:00-9:01 PM ET/PT) on FOX. (NLS-303) (TV-14 D, L)
    Guest Cast: Lisa Edelstein as Gwyn; Julie Benz as Sadie; Billy Burke as Billy
  • FOX THE CLEANING LADY – Monday, January 24 Show More
    “THE CLEANING LADY” – (9:01-10:00 PM ET/PT) CC-HDTV 720p-Dolby Digital 5.1 Video Clips
    PA: Viewer Discretion is advised.
    GARRETT GIVES THONY AN ULTIMATUM ON AN ALL-NEW “THE CLEANING LADY” MONDAY, JANUARY 24, ON FOX
    Thony is given a dire ultimatum by Garrett that could compromise her son’s access to medical treatment. Arman is tasked with collecting large “donations” for Hayak’s daughter’s wedding, calling into question his real role within the family. Meanwhile, a rift forms between Fiona and her son, Chris, when a secret is revealed that has major consequences for his future, sending Fiona into a spiral as she tries to find a solution in the all-new “Legacy” episode of THE CLEANING LADY airing Monday, Jan. 24 (9:01-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. (CLD-103) (TV-14 D, L, V)
    Guest Cast: Deniz Akdeniz as Tarik, Navid Negahban as Hayak Barsamian, Eva De Dominici as Nadia, Jay Mohr as Councilman Eric Knight, Harold Fisch as Carlos, Liza Weil as Katherine Russo, Shiva Negar as Isabel Barsamian, Beth Bailey as Dr. Laura Kirschner, Ellen Humphreys as Janna, Marcos Martinez as Eduardo Morales, Dan Davidson as Wyatt Jennings, Erinn Bartlett as Colleen Miller, Chris Gann as Councilman Charles Burton, Daniel Peera as Ben Tashjian, Rana Haddad as Vida Barsamian, Dean Allen Williams as Sammy Miller, Jessica Delgado as Lexi Torres/Aerial Dancer
  • FOX OUR KIND OF PEOPLE – Tuesday, January 25 Show More
    **SEASON FINALE**–“OUR KIND OF PEOPLE” – (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) CC-HDTV 720p-Dolby Digital 5.1 Video Clips
    ANGELA VOWS TO CLEAR HER MOTHER’S NAME AND BRING DOWN TEDDY ON THE SEASON FINALE OF “OUR KIND OF PEOPLE” TUESDAY, JANUARY 25 ON FOX
    As the Illumination Ball nears, Angela and Leah team up to discover the truth about what happened between Teddy and Eve in 1984. Angela must make a choice between Tyrique and Nate in “Kiss It Up To God,” the season finale episode of OUR KIND OF PEOPLE airing Tuesday, Jan. 25 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. (OKP-112) (TV-14 D, L, S, V)
    Guest Cast: Debbi Morgan as Aunt Piggy; L. Scott Caldwell as Olivia Dupont; McKinley Freeman as Nate; Nicole Chanel Williams as Taylor
  • FOX CALL ME KAT – Thursday, January 27 Show More
    “CALL ME KAT” – (9:00-9:30 PM ET/PT) CC-AD-HDTV 720p-Dolby Digital 5.1 Video Clips
    KAT TURNS 40 ON AN ALL-NEW “CALL ME KAT” THURSDAY, JANUARY 27, ON FOX
    Oscar attempts multiple surprises to celebrate Kat’s 40th birthday, including meeting his mother. Meanwhile, Max tries to figure out why he continually strikes out with women in the all-new “Call Me Forty” episode of CALL ME KAT airing Thursday, Jan. 27 (9:00-9:31 PM ET/PT) on FOX. (KAT-204) (TV-14 D, L, V)
    Guest Cast: Christopher Rivas as Oscar; Rosie Abdoo as Mary; Daisha Graf as Erica; Brenda Arteaga-Walsh as Lucy; Tom Plumley as Noah; Caleb Ranglin as C.J.; Karen Huie as Chloe
  • FOX PIVOTING – Thursday, January 27 Show More
    “PIVOTING” – (9:30-10:00 PM ET/PT) CC-AD-HDTV 720p-Dolby Digital 5.1 Video Clips
    SARAH, AMY AND JODIE TAKE THEIR WOES TO THE ROLLER RINK ON AN ALL-NEW “PIVOTING” THURSDAY, JANUARY 27, ON FOX
    Sarah begins to dip her toes into the dating pool and enlists Amy and Jodie’s help in vetting a woman whom she ran across on a dating app. Meanwhile, Amy’s maternal instincts are tested when she learns Luke isn’t fitting in with other kids. Then, Matt comes to Jodie for business advice, causing her to reflect on how she’s appreciated within her own family in the all-new “Hell on Wheels” episode of PIVOTING airing Thursday, Jan. 27 (9:31-10:00 PM ET) (PIV-104) (TV-14 D, L, S)
    Guest Cast: Connie Jackson as Gloria; Colton Dunn as Brian
  • Freeform Grown-ish – Thursday, January 27, 10:00PM Show More
    Season 4 – WINTER PREMIERE – “It Was Good Until It Wasn’t”
    The gang deals with the fallout of the explosive events that took place at the luau: Aaron must deal with the accountability of his actions at the party, Zoey turns to Pops and Ruby for advice, and Ana and Vivek do their best to keep the secret of their hookup under wraps. Jazz struggles with her feelings for Des. Nomi processes her run-in with Phil. Promo
  • Freeform Single Drunk Female – Thursday, January 27, 10:30PM Show More
    “I’m Sorry, But… ”
    Sam tries to win over Brit by making an amends at her birthday party. Unfortunately, Sam wasn’t invited and neglected Felicia. Meanwhile, when Sam’s probation officer stops by, Carol struggles to explain Sam’s “situation” to her friends. Promo
  • Hallmark Movie Channel BUTLERS IN LOVE – Saturday, January 29, 8:00PM Show More
    In a prestigious butler academy, passionate Emma and rebellious Henry train to become royal butlers where the competition is fierce and sparks fly. Promo
  • HBO Euphoria – Sunday, January 23, 9:00PM Show More
    Ruminations: Big and Little Bullys
    Rue pursues a new business venture as she helps forge a friendship between Jules and Elliot. Cassie settles into a routine, while Lexi pours herself into mounting a school play. Maddy considers getting back together with Nate, and Cal finds a target. Promo
  • HBO The Righteous Gemstones – Sunday, January 23, 10:00PM Show More
    Episode 4: “As to How They Might Destroy Him”
    Still reeling from their father’s revelation, Kelvin (Adam Devine) and Jesse (Danny McBride) conspire to put Eli (John Goodman) in his place. As BJ’s (Tim Baltz) baptism approaches, Judy (Edi Patterson) clashes with her in-laws, while Baby Billy (Walton Goggins) struggles with his own growing family.
    Written by Danny McBride & John Carcieri & Edi Patterson; Directed by Danny McBride Promo
  • HBO Somebody Somewhere – Sunday, January 23, 10:30PM Show More
    Knick-Knacks and Doodads
    Sam begins to bond with fellow members of Choir Practice, but her burgeoning friendship with Joel is threatened over competing outlooks on their future in Kansas. After a disappointing job review and a concerning visit to her parents’ house, an increasingly distraught Sam seeks help from someone close to Holly. Promo
  • HBO The Gilded Age – Monday, January 24, 9:00PM Show More
    The American Gilded Age was a period of immense economic change, of great conflict between the old ways and brand new systems, and of huge fortunes made and lost. Against the backdrop of this transformation, HBO’s The Gilded Age begins in 1882 with young Marian Brook (Jacobson) moving from rural Pennsylvania to New York City after the death of her father to live with her thoroughly old money aunts Agnes van Rhijn (Baranski) and Ada Brook (Nixon). Accompanied by Peggy Scott (Benton), an aspiring writer seeking a fresh start, Marian inadvertently becomes enmeshed in a social war between one of her aunts, a scion of the old money set, and her stupendously rich neighbors, a ruthless railroad tycoon and his ambitious wife, George (Spector) and Bertha Russell (Coon). Exposed to a world on the brink of the modern age, will Marian follow the established rules of society, or forge her own path? Promo
  • HBO HOW I MET YOUR FATHER – Tuesday, January 25 Show More
    The Fixer
    Sophie helps Jesse take photos for his Tinder profile and feels sparks with someone unexpected. Valentina helps Sid maintain his long-distance relationship. Ellen helps Charlie find an apartment.
  • Lifetime DEADLY HOUSE CALL – Sunday, January 23, 8:00PM Show More
    A busy working mother hires a nurse to care for her wealthy father who has early onset dementia but soon a bizarre deception creeps into play when the seductive nurse makes a play for the family fortune. Stars Joanne Jansen, Neville Edwards, and Sierra Woolridge (2021). Promo
  • LMN DEADLY MISCONDUCT – Thursday, January 27, 8:00PM Show More
    Single mom Annie, juggling her career as a rising prosecutor with her daughter’s extracurricular activities, suffers a lapse in judgment when she spends the night at rival defense attorney Doug’s home. Things go from bad to worse when she’s awakened next to Doug’s murdered body. The worst is yet to come though, as the next morning she’s tasked with prosecuting his murder. Anna Marie Dobbins, Colt Prattes, Louis Mandylor star. (2021) Promo
  • NBC “KENAN””WORKAHOLIC” ORIGINAL Show More
    01/24/2022 (08:00PM – 08:30PM) (Monday) : Mika finds herself at odds with Kenan, Pam and Tami when they accuse her of being a workaholic. Gary unintentionally meets a woman that he really likes and struggles with how to tell her. TV-14
  • NBC “KENAN””THE WHOLE ENCHILADA” ORIGINAL Show More
    01/24/2022 (08:30PM – 09:00PM) (Monday) : Kenan has doubts about introducing his secret girlfriend, Janay, to his family. Pam pursues a new business opportunity with Gary, but her competitive nature gets in the way of her own success. TV-PG
  • NBC “ORDINARY JOE””AFTERMATH” ORIGINAL Show More
    01/24/2022 (10:00PM – 11:00PM) (Monday) : Cop Joe tries to impress Amy’s family. Nurse Joe takes an important road trip with Chris. Music Joe hits rock bottom. TV-14 Promo
  • NBC “AMERICAN AUTO””COMMERCIAL” ORIGINAL Show More
    01/25/2022 (08:00PM – 08:30PM) (Tuesday) : Katherine and the team reshoot a commercial to make it more inclusive of the LGBTQ+ community. TV-14 Promo
  • NBC “GRAND CREW””WINE & PIE” ORIGINAL Show More
    01/25/2022 (08:30PM – 09:00PM) (Tuesday) : TV-14 – Noah’s dad is in a funk, so he asks Fay to make him a pie. Promo
  • NBC “THIS IS US””DON’T LET ME KEEP YOU” ORIGINAL Show More
    01/25/2022 (09:00PM – 10:01PM) (Tuesday) : Jack visits Ohio. TV-PG Promo
  • NBC “NEW AMSTERDAM””…UNTO THE BREACH” ORIGINAL Show More
    01/25/2022 (10:01PM – 11:00PM) (Tuesday) : As the team gathers to mourn the loss of someone dear, Max and Helen realize the extent to which New Amsterdam has changed since they left. Bloom struggles with a big decision while Reynolds decides to take his concerns for his patients to a new level. Dr. Fuentes once again reminds the New Amsterdam team who is in control. TV-14 Promo
  • NBC “SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE””WILLEM DAFOE / KATY PERRY” ORIGINAL Show More
    01/29/2022 (11:29 PM) (Saturday) : Willem Dafoe / Katy Perry  Promo
  • Netflix CHOSEN – Thursday, January 27 Show More
    A teenager finds her world turned upside down when she discovers the disturbing truth lurking in her sleepy Danish town. From the creators of “The Rain.” Promo
  • Netflix FRAMED! A SICILIAN MURDER MYSTERY – Thursday, January 27 Show More
    After two hapless TV technicians stumble upon a murder scene, every step they take to avoid becoming suspects lands them in deeper trouble. Promo
  • Netflix IN FROM THE COLD – Friday, January 28 Show More
    A mom’s life turns upside down when she must choose between putting her family at risk and returning to her past as a bioengineered Russian agent. Promo
  • Netflix FERIA: THE DARKEST LIGHT – Friday, January 28 Show More
    In mid-’90s Andalusia, two sisters face rejection and search for the truth when their missing parents are accused of killing 23 people in a cult ritual. Promo
  • Netflix ALL OF US ARE DEAD – Friday, January 28 Show More
    A high school becomes ground zero for a zombie virus outbreak. Trapped students must fight their way out — or turn into one of the rabid infected. Promo
  • Netflix ANGRY BIRDS: SUMMER MADNESS – Friday, January 28 Show More
    Sparks and feathers fly when a teenage Red, Chuck, Bomb and Stella spend a wild summer together with other Angry Birds at Camp Splinterwood! Promo
  • Netflix THE WOMAN IN THE HOUSE ACROSS THE STREET FROM THE GIRL IN THE WINDOW – Friday, January 28 Show More
    Watching the world go by from her living room window, heartbroken Anna sets her sights on a handsome new neighbor until she witnesses a gruesome murder. Promo
  • Netflix THE ORBITAL CHILDREN – Friday, January 28 Show More
    In 2045, two children born on the moon and three kids from Earth try to survive after an accident on their space station leaves them stranded. Promo
  • OWN THE KINGS OF NAPA – Tuesday, January 25, 8:00PM Show More
    What’s Port Got To Do With It? – August and Dana argue over the future of the King family wine business, leading to a contentious competition that yields surprising results. Plus, Dana makes an alarming request of Quincy. Promo
  • Paramount+ Seal Team – Sunday, January 23 Show More
    All Bravo Stations
    Bravo must make a daring escape before they can put Venezuela in their rearview mirror, but they find themselves on even less stable ground when they return home to Virginia Beach. Promo
  • PBS All Creatures Great And Small – Sunday, January 23, 9:00PM Show More
    We Can But Hope
    Medical advice clashes with farming wisdom as James and Helen have their first quarrel. Mrs. Pumphrey’s dog gets Tristan in trouble.
    TVPG Promo
  • PBS Vienna Blood – Sunday, January 23, 10:00PM Show More
    The Devil’s Kiss, Part 1
    A beggar girl finds a mutilated corpse in the slums. Strasser warns Oskar that the investigation is not their concern, but when Oskar receives anonymous messages relating to the murder, he can’t resist delving further.
    TV14 Promo
  • Roku DOOMLANDS – Friday, January 28 Show More
    “DOOMLANDS” will premiere on The Roku Channel on January 28. From the irreverent mind of Josh O’Keefe, “DOOMLANDS” is Roku’s first adult animated series. The show started as creator Josh O’Keefe’s university film project turned crowd-funded pilot and was later developed by Josh Bowen and Look Mom! Productions. The series looks at the life of the infamous Danny Doom and aspiring bartender, Lhandi, as they sling beers across a hellish wasteland in their mobile pub: The Oasis. Facing ruthless desert gangs, memory-stealing creeps, and even mean bathroom graffiti, all this crew’s got to do to survive is not kill each other. The series will be available exclusively for free on The Roku Channel in the U.S., Canada, and the U.K. 
  • Showtime BILLIONS – Sunday, January 23, 9:00 PM Show More
    Cannonade
    Prince revamps the team in his image with mixed results, leading him to question if he wants to keep any of them at all. Chuck, clearing his head upstate, leads a crusade against a local blue blood. Meanwhile, Wags, Wendy and Taylor all try to wrap their heads around their new positions under Prince. Promo
  • Starz POWER Book II: Ghost – Sunday, January 23, 8:00PM Show More
    Drug Related
    Davis advises Tariq on the best way to protect himself against Jenny and Saxe questions what lines Davis crossed in doing so; Carrie realizes her own actions have put her students in harm’s way. Promo
  • Syfy / USA Network RESIDENT ALIEN – Wednesday, January 26, 9:00PM Show More
    Old Friends
    Harry, the alien, is back on Earth but doesn’t remember who he is and only Asta can keep him safe. Promo
  • Syfy / USA Network ASTRID & LILLY SAVE THE WORLD – Wednesday, January 26, 10:00PM Show More
    High school is hard enough when you’re different, but when outcast BFFs Astrid (Jana Morrison) and Lilly (Samantha Aucoin) accidentally crack open a portal to a terrifyingly quirky monster dimension, it gets a lot more complicated. It’s up to them to vanquish the creepy creatures and save the world, becoming the badass heroes they were meant to be. That is, if they can survive the horrors of high school. Promo
  • TBS American Dad – Monday, January 24, 9:00PM Show More
    Langley Dollar Listings” – Season 18 Premiere – 10pm ET/PT – The show is back tonight with a special guest. It was renewed for season 19. Promo
  • TNT Claws – Sunday, January 23, 9:00PM Show More
    “Chapter Eight: Reckoning”
    With the realization that Tony is an undercover DEA agent, Desna must rally her crew to avoid being taken down by the feds. But when Jenn ODs, the crew begins to uncover buried truths that threaten to unravel their tight-knit bond. Promo
  • UP Tv LOVE ON THE ROAD – Sunday, January 23, 7:00PM Show More
    When restaurant makeover show host Abby gets a new assignment to turn a rustic small-town diner into a place on the culinary map, she knows she’s way out of her element. But as Abby and diner owner Tom spend time together in and out of the kitchen, Abby discovers the joy of good comfort food, a place she just might call home, and a thing she just might call love. Promo

 

NON-FICTION

  • ABC America’s Funniest Home Videos: 3211 (1/23) Show More
    “3211” – A look at 10 of the season’s best videos as they compete to win a $100,000 cash prize, plus a tribute to dogs walking backwards and boneheads on an all-new episode of “America’s Funniest Home Videos,” SUNDAY, JAN. 23 (7:00-8:00 p.m. EST), on ABC. (TV-PG)
  • ABC Celebrity Wheel of Fortune: Curtis Stone, Haley Joel Osment and Tatyana Ali (1/23) Show More
    “Curtis Stone, Haley Joel Osment and Tatyana Ali” – Hosted by pop-culture legends Pat Sajak and Vanna White, “Celebrity Wheel of Fortune” takes a star-studded spin on America’s Game®. Season two continues with an all-new episode SUNDAY, JAN. 23 (8:00-9:00 p.m. EST), on ABC. (TV-PG) “Celebrity Wheel of Fortune” welcomes celebrity contestants to spin the world’s most famous Wheel and solve puzzles for a chance to win $1 million. All of the money won by the celebrity contestants will go to a charity of their choice. Watch episodes on demand and on Hulu the day following their premieres.
    This episode’s celebrity contestants include Curtis Stone (playing for Chrysalis), Haley Joel Osment (playing for Los Angeles Regional Food Bank) and Tatyana Ali (playing for Commonsense Childbirth).
  • ABC Supermarket Sweep: Another Man’s Trash Is Another Woman’s Treasure! (1/23) Show More
    “Another Man’s Trash Is Another Woman’s Treasure!”– Three-time Emmy® nominee and comedienne Leslie Jones is back with a stockpile of groceries and more good times when an all-new episode of “Supermarket Sweep” airs SUNDAY, JAN. 23 (9:00-10:00 p.m. EST), on ABC. (TV-PG, L)
    “2603” – Following last week’s cliffhanger, Clayton confronts one of the women about a shocking rumor involving her, but will her explanation check out, or will Clayton break tradition and take back a rose? Later, Kaitlyn Bristowe pays a surprise visit, leading an emotional date where Clayton and the women bravely open up about their insecurities. Becca Kufrin stops by to plan an extreme scavenger hunt for the one-on-one date in downtown Los Angeles; and back at the mansion, one of the ladies unknowingly sets off a new set of drama dominoes when she cooks the house a shrimp snack. Then, it’s time to kick up some sand when former “Baywatch” star Nicole Eggert takes the second group-date ladies through some romantic lifeguard training; but when the date doesn’t end as expected, one disappointed woman is ready to make waves yet again. Will Clayton reward her efforts to protect him by giving her the group date rose or be pushed to his limits? Find out on “The Bachelor,” airing MONDAY, JAN. 24 (8:00-10:01 p.m. EST), on ABC.
  • ABC Judge Steve Harvey: Problem with Panda (1/25) Show More
    “Problem with Panda” – Steve Harvey serves as the judge, jury and star, and must rule on various cases in his courtroom based on some good old common sense. In the first case, best friends go head-to-head when one sues the other for damage caused by a pet cat. In the second case, a man attempts to collect back rent and household bills from his girlfriend. In the third case, a woman is suing her photographer for photographs that were never received on “Judge Steve Harvey,” TUESDAY, JAN. 25 (8:00-9:00 p.m. EST), on ABC. (TV-PG, L)
  • ABC Truth and Lies: The Last Gangster (1/27) Show More
    ABC News Presents a Two-Hour Primetime Event on the Infamous Gambino Mob Family Featuring a New Interview With One of the Most Notorious Hitmen in Mafia History, Sammy ‘The Bull’ Gravano
    The Special Also Includes Interviews With Gravano’s Son Gerard and Daughter Karen, John Gotti Jr., Former Mobsters, Former FBI Investigators and the Families of Murder Victims
    ‘Truth and Lies: The Last Gangster’ Premieres Thursday, Jan. 27 (8:00-10:00 p.m. EST), on ABC
    ABC News announced today the premiere of “Truth and Lies: The Last Gangster,” a two-hour event special on the infamous Gambino mob family, featuring a new interview with one of the most notorious hitmen in mafia history, Sammy “The Bull” Gravano. In a blockbuster interview, Gravano reveals secret rites and practices of the mafia and speaks candidly about the use of murder as an instrument of power and control. Gravano, a man who murdered 19 people, including his closest friend and his brother-in-law, was part of a violent brotherhood known as “Cosa Nostra.” For years he and John Gotti, the head of the Gambino family, controlled tremendous portions of New York City’s economy under a rule of fear and intimidation, and his loyalty to “The Family” came at a devastating cost. Ultimately, Gravano became a witness for the FBI, and his testimony brought down the mafia. Together with Gravano’s 1997 Diane Sawyer interview, the special features new interviews with Gravano’s son Gerard and daughter Karen; Curtis Sliwa; former mobsters John Gotti Jr., Larry Mazza, Michael Francese and Anthony Ruggiano; Ruggiano’s daughter Toni Lee; companions of both Gravano and Gotti; daughters of Gravano’s victims; “Sopranos” producer and writer Terence Winter; and former FBI and NYPD officers who led the Gambino investigation. “Truth and Lies: The Last Gangster” premieres Thursday, Jan. 27 (8:00-10:00 p.m. EST), on ABC.
    “1314” – All-new episode of “Shark Tank,” FRIDAY, JAN. 28 (8:00-9:01 p.m. EST), on ABC. (TV-PG) – TBA
    20/20 Airing Friday, January 28, 2022 (9:01 PM-11:00 PM EST) on ABC. – TBA
  • ABC NBA Countdown Presented by Papa John’s (1/29) Show More
    NBA SATURDAY PRIMETIME Airing Saturday, January 29, 2022 (8:00 PM-8:30 PM EST) on ABC.
    “NBA Countdown Presented by Papa John’s”
  • ABC NBA Saturday Primetime:Brooklyn Nets at Golden State Warriors (1/29) Show More
    NBA SATURDAY PRIMETIME Airing Saturday, January 29, 2022 (8:30 PM-11:00 PM EST) on ABC
    “Brooklyn Nets at Golden State Warriors”
  • Bravo The Real Housewives of Salt Lake City – Sunday, January 23, 9:00PM Show More
    Sorrys and Sleepovers Preview
    The girls’ trip to Zion goes from bad to worse when Meredith catches wind of speculation over the validity of her father’s memorial. However, an outdoor adventure of ATVing and rock climbing becomes the bonding experience the ladies need. Jen and Whitney keep the fun going with a VIP party at “Club Zion,” and it looks like good vibes only from here on out.
  • CBS AFC Divisional Playoffs – Sunday, January 23 Show More
    Divisional Playoffs – Buffalo Bills at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, Jan. 23 (6:30-10:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.
  • CBS LET’S MAKE A DEAL PRIMETIME – Wednesday, January 26 Show More
    NEW EPISODE OF “LET’S MAKE A DEAL PRIMETIME” AIRS WEDNESDAY, JAN. 26, WITH THE BIGGEST PRIZES IN THE SHOW’S HISTORY
    LET’S MAKE A DEAL PRIMETIME is back and celebrating its return in a BIG way, with over three quarters of a million dollars in cash and prizes up for grabs – the most in the entire 58-year history of the show!
    LET’S MAKE A DEAL PRIMETIME, hosted by Emmy Award winner Wayne Brady, will be broadcast Wednesday, Jan. 26 (8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network, and available to stream live and on demand on Paramount+*.
    The special’s amazing prizes include dream trips to Portugal, Croatia and Greece, a Mercedes-Benz SUV, and a 2022 Lamborghini Huracan EVO Spyder, worth over $347,000! Plus, at least one trader is guaranteed to win $50,000 in cash.
  • CBS THE AMAZING RACE – Wednesday, January 26 Show More
    TEAMS RACE THROUGH SWITZERLAND WHERE RACERS BUNGEE JUMP OVER 700 FEET OFF THE VERZASCA DAM, ON “THE AMAZING RACE,” WEDNESDAY, JAN. 26
    “Stairway to Hell” – Teams race through Switzerland, where Racers bungee jump over 700 feet off the Verzasca Dam, on the CBS Original series THE AMAZING RACE, Wednesday, Jan. 26 (9:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network, and available to stream live and on demand on Paramount+*.
  • CBS UNDERCOVER BOSS – Friday, January 28 Show More
    FRIDAY, JAN. 28
    “Rita’s Ice” – Linda L. Chadwick, president and CEO, Rita’s Italian Ice & Frozen Custard goes undercover to see how her new initiatives are working and to help franchisees become more profitable. Will the boss encounter procedures or equipment that seem “frozen in time”? What will it take to help her get a struggling franchisee to reach sweet success?
    Rita’s Italian Ice & Frozen Custard, founded in 1984 in the greater Philadelphia area, has nearly 550 shops across the U.S. and Asia and is the largest Italian ice concept in the world. Dedicated to spreading “Ice, Custard, Happiness!” in every community it serves, guests visit Rita’s to enjoy its famous, freshly made Italian ice and premium frozen custard in a fun-filled atmosphere.
  • CBS 48 HOURS – Saturday, January 29 Show More
    1/29/22 (Saturday) (10:00 PM) on CBS. – TBA
  • The CW Legends Of The Hidden Temple – Sunday, January 23 Show More
    “The Aboriginal Australian Legend of the Seven Sisters” – (8:00-9:00 p.m. ET) (TV-PG, DL) (HDTV)
    SEASON FINALE – Cristela Alonzo cheers on four teams as they compete to win the chance at the Temple Run and $25,000 (#113). Original airdate 1/23/2022. Every episode of LEGENDS OF THE HIDDEN TEMPLE will be available to stream on CWTV.com and The CW App the day after broadcast for free and without a subscription, log-in or authentication required.
  • The CW March – Monday, January 24 Show More
    SERIES PREMIERE – “Into the Storm” – (8:00-9:00 p.m. ET) (Content Rating TBD) (HDTV)
    WELCOME TO PRAIRIE VIEW A&M – MARCH showcases the eclectic and energetic group of college students at Prairie View A&M University as they navigate performing in one of the most prestigious HBCU marching bands along with tackling a rigorous academic schedule and maintaining a high grade point average. The series chronicles their pressure-filled journey to become the highest ranked HBCU band in the land. As MARCH shares the personal and unique stories of individual members and staff of the over 300-person marching band, it also explores the legacy and culture of Prairie View A&M and highlights how the Marching Storm band is an integral part of that rich history. From Stage 13, MARCH is executive produced by Cheryl Horner McDonough, Jamail Shelton, Shari Scorca and Marcel Fuentes (#101). Original airdate 1/24/2022.
  • The CW Penn & Teller: Fool Us – Friday, January 28 Show More
    “P&T’s Big Game Halftime Show” – (8:00-9:00 p.m. ET) (TV-PG, DL) (HDTV)
    WILL PENN & TELLER BE FOOLED THIS WEEK? – Aspiring magicians are invited to perform their best trick to try and fool the world-famous team of Penn & Teller, who will get to see the trick only once and have to immediately try to work it out. Anyone who succeeds wins the right to perform with Penn & Teller in their celebrated show at the Rio Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. The TV audience watches along with Penn & Teller as they try to figure out the secrets. The magicians featured in the episode include Rick Smith Jr. & Rokas, Lindsey Noel, Jason Suran and Roddy McGhie. Alyson Hannigan (“How I Met Your Mother”) serves as host (#813). Original airdate 1/28/2022.
  • The CW The Great Chocolate Showdown – Saturday, January 29 Show More
    SERIES PREMIERE – “The World Needs S’More People Like You” – (8:00-9:00 p.m. ET) (Content Rating TBD) (HDTV)
    SERIES PREMIERE – Ten home bakers embark on their first decadent chocolate Technique Test as they take on the art of tempering and create a dessert that represents their personality. In the Chocolate Elimination Challenge, they deliver s’more creativity when they reimagine a campfire classic for our panel of esteemed judges that includes renowned pastry chef and best-selling author, Anna Olson, award-winning cake designer, Cynthia Stroud and master chocolatier and pastry chef, Steven Hodge. Three contestants will be granted immunity while one baker will be sent home. (#101). Original airdate 1/29/2022. Every episode of GREAT CHOCOLATE SHOWDOWN will be available to stream on The CW App and CWTV.com the day after broadcast for free and without a subscription, log-in or authentication required.
  • The CW World’s Funniest Animals – Saturday, January 29 Show More
    “Episode 211” – (9:00-9:30 p.m. ET) (TV-PG) (HDTV)
    BOB MORLEY (“THE 100”) VISITS – We have haywire huskies, gregarious goats, frowning felines, a daring kangaroo, charged chinchillas, and a very cute, but mischievous cat! Hosted by Elizabeth Stanton with special guest Bob Morley and commentary by Brian Cooper, Mikalah Gordon, Maiara Walsh and Neel Ghosh (#211). Original airdate 1/29/2022. Every episode of WORLD’S FUNNIEST ANIMALS will be available to stream on The CW App and CWTV.com the day after broadcast for free and without a subscription, log-in or authentication required.
  • FOX I CAN SEE YOUR VOICE – Wednesday, January 26 Show More
    “I CAN SEE YOUR VOICE” – (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT) CC-AD-HDTV 720p-Dolby Digital 5.1 Video Clips
    CAN YOU GUESS WHO THE GOOD SINGERS ARE? ON AN ALL-NEW “I CAN SEE YOUR VOICE” WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 26, ON FOX
    Hosted by Ken Jeong, permanent panelists Cheryl Hines and Adrienne Bailon-Houghton and an additional rotating panel of celebrity detectives, must help one contestant tell the difference between good and bad singers, without ever hearing them sing a note. With $100,000 on the line and the celebrity panel by their side, our contestant, will attempt to weed out the bad “Secret Voices” from the good, based on a series of clues, interrogation, and lip synch challenges. New this season, contestants are given one chance to use the “Golden Mic,” which grants them advice from one secret mystery celebrity. In the end, the singer whom the contestant picks will reveal if they are good or bad in a duet performance with Ashanti, resulting in an amazing musical collaboration or a totally hilarious train wreck in the all-new “Episode 4: Ashanti, Joel McHale, Alison Brie, Cheryl Hines, Adrienne Houghton” episode of I CAN SEE YOUR VOICE airing Wednesday, Jan. 26 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. (VOI-202) (TV-PG D, L)
  • FOX NEXT LEVEL CHEF – Wednesday, January 26 Show More
    “NEXT LEVEL CHEF” – (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) CC-AD-HDTV 720p-Dolby Digital 5.1 Video Clips
    THE CONTESTANTS PREPARE A NEXT LEVEL BURGER ON AN ALL-NEW “NEXT LEVEL CHEF” WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 26, ON FOX
    Gordon Ramsay, Nyesha Arrington and Richard Blais challenge their teams to create all types of burgers! Each team is randomly assigned to a kitchen where they will need to prove that they can create magic in any environment, even when the odds are stacked against them. The best dish will keep one entire team safe from elimination, but one contestant will be sent home with their dreams up in flames in the all-new “The Next Level Burger” episode of NEXT LEVEL CHEF airing Wednesday, Jan. 26 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. (NLC-105) (TV-14 L)
  • FOX JOE MILLIONAIRE: FOR RICHER OR POORER – Thursday, January 27 Show More
    “JOE MILLIONAIRE: FOR RICHER OR POORER” – (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT) CC-AD-HDTV 720p-Dolby Digital 5.1 Video Clips
    PA: Viewer Discretion is advised.
    A COZY CAMPFIRE LIGHTS UP S’MORE DRAMA ON AN ALL-NEW “JOE MILLIONAIRE: FOR RICHER OR POORER” THURSDAY, JANUARY 27, ON FOX
    The ladies get cozy by the campfire with Kurt and Steven until jealousy gets the best of them. Cuddling and connections turn to campfire crying in this wild wilderness adventure – will one suitor abandon love once and for all? Tune in for s’more drama in the all-new “Campfire, Cuddles, S’more Drama” episode of JOE MILLIONAIRE: FOR RICHER OR POORER airing Thursday, Jan. 27 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX (JOM-105) (TV-14 D, L, S)
  • FOX WWE’S FRIDAY NIGHT SMACKDOWN – Friday, January 28 Show More
    “WWE’S FRIDAY NIGHT SMACKDOWN” – (8:00-10:00 PM ET live/PT tape-delayed) CC-HDTV 720p-Dolby Digital 5.1 Video Clips
    FOX SPORTS PRESENTS “WWE’S FRIDAY NIGHT SMACKDOWN” FRIDAY, JANUARY 28, ON FOX
    A unique combination of edge-of-your-seat action, unpredictable drama and world-class athleticism, FOX Sports presents WWE’S FRIDAY NIGHT SMACKDOWN airing Friday, Jan. 28 (8:00-10:00 PM ET live/PT tape-delayed) on FOX. (WWE-2404) (TV-PG D, L, S, V)
  • HBO Real Time With Bill Maher – Friday, January 28, 10:00PM Show More
    TBA
    01/23/2022 (10:00PM – 11:00PM) (Sunday) : DATELINE NBC TO AIR TANGLED WEB ON SUNDAY
    Dateline’s “Tangled Web” Airs Sunday, January 23 at 10 p.m. ET/9 p.m. CT
    THE STORY: When a beloved firefighter, Sam Dreher, is murdered just outside Sarasota, Florida, investigators discover a twisted tale of secrets, lies and infidelity.
    REPORTED BY: Andrea Canning WHERE: Sarasota, Florida
    INTERVIEWS WITH: The victim’s family members, Sarasota County Lead Homicide Prosecutor Karen Fraivillig and others.
    Dateline NBC is the longest-running series in NBC primetime history and is now in its 30th season. Dateline is anchored by Lester Holt and features correspondents Andrea Canning, Josh Mankiewicz, Natalie Morales, Keith Morrison and Dennis Murphy.
  • NBC “THAT’S MY JAM””JAY PHAROAH & NIKKI GLASER VS. TERRY CREWS & DAN FINNERTY” ORIGINAL Show More
    01/24/2022 (09:00PM – 10:00PM) (Monday) : TV-PG D, L – Jay Pharoah, Nikki Glaser, Terry Crews and Dan Finnerty compete in a series of music, dance and trivia-based games and musical performances.
  • NBC “DATELINE””FR3119” ORIGINAL Show More
    01/28/2022 (09:00PM – 11:00PM) (Friday) : TBA
  • TBS Wipeout – Tuesday, January 25, 9:00PM Show More
    “Nips, Flips ‘n’ Dips”
    With Camille out “sick”, flight attendants, kindergarten crushes, and an EDM rock couple take on the toughest Wipeout course of all time!
  • TBS The Go-Big Show – Thursday, January 27, 9:00PM Show More
    “No Pain, No Gain”
    “Go-Big Show” showcases supersized talents on a scale never before seen on television. Featuring monster trucks, alligator trainers, stunt archery and other radical feats, the program celebrates daring acts alongside personal, behind-the-scenes stories from the challengers as they battle head-to-head to impress the judges and advance toward the finale’s ultimate $100,000 prize.
  • TBS Full Frontal With Samantha Bee – Thursday, January 27, 10:00PM Show More
    “January 27, 2022” – TBA
  • USA Network WWE RAW – Monday, January 24, 8:00PM Show More
    1/24/22 – TBA
  • USA Network WWE NXT – Tuesday, January 25, 8:00PM Show More
    1/25/22 – WWE NXT Preview For Tonight: Falls Count Anywhere, Gunther, Dusty Classic Matches, More
    Tonight’s WWE NXT 2.0 episode on the USA Network will feature the final first round matches in the 2022 Men’s Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic.
    The tournament will continue tonight with MSK vs. Jacket Time and The Grizzled Young Veterans vs. Andre Chase and Bodhi Hayward.
    NXT will also include a musical performance by OllieJayy, who sings the “Make Em Fall” NXT theme song, a No DQ Falls Count Anywhere Match between Boa and Solo Sikoa, and more.
    While not officially announced in the NXT preview for tonight, WWE is teasing an appearance by Gunther and Imperium, as seen in the video promo below.
    WWE has announced the following line-up for tonight:
    * Men’s Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic First Round Match: MSK vs. Jacket Time (winners face Edris Enofe and Malik Blade in the semi-finals)
    * Men’s Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic First Round Match: The Grizzled Young Veterans vs. Andre Chase and Bodhi Hayward (winners face The Creed Brothers in the semi-finals)
    * OllieJayy performs her NXT 2.0 theme song “Make Em Fall”
    * Kay Lee Ray, Indi Hartwell and Persia Pirotta vs. Toxic Attraction (NXT Women’s Champion Mandy Rose, NXT Women’s Tag Team Champions Gigi Dolin and Jacy Jayne)
    * Solo Sikoa vs. Boa in a No DQ, Falls Count Anywhere match
    * Cameron Grimes vs. Tony D’Angelo to determine the new #1 contender to NXT North American Champion Carmelo Hayes

 

RERUNS

  • ABC Judge Steve Harvey: Stuck on Stupid (1/25) (Rebroadcast. OAD: 1/11/22) Show More
    “Stuck on Stupid” – Steve Harvey serves as the judge, jury and star, and must rule on various cases in his courtroom based on some good old common sense. In the first case, a woman accuses her boyfriend of 20 years of breaking his promise to marry her and has since become opposed to marriage. In the second case, a woman sues a raffle prize organizer for travel costs she was forced to pay during a supposed all-expense-paid trip. In the third case, a man alleges that his longtime friend, a caterer, intentionally sabotaged a special date with his new girlfriend on “Judge Steve Harvey,” TUESDAY, JAN. 25 (10:00-11:00 p.m. EST), on ABC. (TV-PG, L)
  • ABC The Goldbergs: The William Penn Years (1/26) (Rebroadcast. OAD: 10/13/21) Show More
    “The William Penn Years” – Never a sports enthusiast, Adam finds himself in a pickle with his peers when he’s recruited to film his high school’s highly awaited last football game of the year and fails to capture his team’s winning touchdown. Meanwhile, Beverly discovers her neighbor Arnie Wolfy (Dan Lauria) is moving and she’s determined to buy his spacious home and move the family in. Murray’s long-standing and unresolved conflict with Arnie challenges Beverly’s plans, but the family comes to appreciate home is where the heart is on “The Goldbergs,” airing WEDNESDAY, JAN. 26 (8:00-8:30 p.m. EST), on ABC. (TV-PG, DL) Promo
  • ABC The Wonder Years: Lads and Ladies and Us (1/26) (Rebroadcast. OAD: 1/5/22) Show More
    “Lads and Ladies and Us” – Bill and Lillian decide to join high society club Lads & Ladies as a way to introduce Kim and Dean to positive influences in the community. Bill, Kim and Dean fit right in, but things take a turn when Lillian is treated differently for being a working mom on this episode of “The Wonder Years,” airing WEDNESDAY, JAN. 26 (8:30-9:00 p.m. EST), on ABC. (TV-PG) Promo
  • ABC The Conners: Peter Pan, The Backup Plan, Adventures in Babysitting, and A River Runs Through It (1/26) (Rebroadcast. OAD: 10/27/21) Show More
    “Peter Pan, The Backup Plan, Adventures in Babysitting, and A River Runs Through It” – The Conner home is decked out for Halloween despite the leak in the roof that forces Dan and Louise to cancel their honeymoon. But all is not lost when Becky surprises the newlyweds and takes them on a virtual adventure around the world. Meanwhile, Darlene continues her spiritual journey, and Harris introduces Aldo’s children to the family, where more tricks than treats await, on “The Conners,” WEDNESDAY, JAN. 26 (9:00-9:30 p.m. EST), on ABC. (TV-PG, DL) Watch episodes on demand and on Hulu the day following their premieres. (Rebroadcast. OAD: 10/27/21)
    Guest starring is Katey Sagal as Louise and Tony Cavalero as Aldo. 
  • ABC Home Economics: Speeding Ticket, $180 (1/26) (Rebroadcast. OAD: 11/3/21) Show More
    “Speeding Ticket, $180” – Sofia brings out Tom’s adventurous side which ignites Marina’s jealous side. Meanwhile, Sarah and Denise learn that Shamiah has been confiding in Connor instead of them, leaving them no choice but to take action, on “Home Economics,” WEDNESDAY, JAN. 26 (9:31-10:00 p.m. EST), on ABC. (TV-PG) Watch episodes on demand and on Hulu the day following their premieres. (Rebroadcast. OAD: 11/3/21)
    “Speeding Ticket, $180” was written by Damir Konjicija & Dario Konjicija and directed by Kabir Akhtar. 
  • ABC The Chase: I Wanted to See What He Was Made Of, Now I Know (1/26) (Rebroadcast. OAD: 9/12/21) Show More
    “I Wanted to See What He Was Made Of, Now I Know” – Ken “The Professor” Jennings returns as The Chaser in this race-against-the-clock quiz show. Do three new players beat the chaser or get caught? Find out on “The Chase,” WEDNESDAY, JAN. 26 (10:00-11:00 p.m. EST), on ABC. (TV-PG) Promo
  • ABC Promised Land: A Place Called Heritage (1/27) (Rebroadcast. OAD: 1/24/22) Show More
    “A Place Called Heritage” – Alliances and loyalties are tested as Joe Sandoval assesses the future of his family-run Sonoma Valley wine business. Just a few hundred miles south but a world away, Carlos Rincón and sisters Juana and Rosa Sánchez cross the U.S. border from Mexico in search of a better life on “Promised Land,” airing THURSDAY, JAN. 27 (10:00-11:00 p.m. EST), on ABC. (TV-14, LV) Watch episodes on demand and on Hulu the day following their premieres. (Rebroadcast. OAD: 1/24/22) Promo
    Guest starring Yul Vazquez, Andrew J. West, Ariana Guerra, Natalia Del Riego, Christopher Wallinger, Guilherme Apollonio, Susan Ortiz and Miguel Angel Garcia.
    Written by Matt Lopez and directed by Michael Cuesta. Promo
    ISOBEL TELLS A RELUCTANT OA TO RECRUIT A FORMER ARMY BUDDY FOR INTEL, WHEN THE TEAM FINDS A CONNECTION BETWEEN BOMBINGS AT GOVERNMENT AGENCIES AND A VETERANS’ CLUB WHERE THE PAL SPENDS TIME, ON A REBROADCAST OF “FBI,” TUESDAY, JANUARY 25
    “Trauma” – After the team finds a connection between bombings at government agencies and a private veterans’ club in New York City, Isobel tells OA to recruit his former Army buddy, Chris (Cleveland Berto), for intel since he spends time at the club. However, knowing the difficulty soldiers like Chris often face returning to civilian life, OA is reluctant to follow orders, on the CBS Original series FBI, Tuesday, January 25 (8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network, and available to stream live and on demand on Paramount+. (OAD 10/5/21)
    WRITTEN BY: Joe Webb
    DIRECTED BY: Alex Chapple Promo
  • CBS FBI: INTERNATIONAL – Tuesday, January 25 Show More
    WHEN THE AMERICAN FOUNDER OF AN ILLEGAL ADULTS-ONLY SITE IS KILLED IN PRAGUE, THE TEAM HUNTS FOR HIS CO-FOUNDER WHO IS STILL ON THE RUN, ON A REBROADCAST OF “FBI: INTERNATIONAL,” TUESDAY, JANUARY 25
    Julian McMahon from “FBI: Most Wanted” Guest Stars
    “Trying to Grab Smoke” – When an American founder of an illegal adults-only site is killed in Prague, the team is tasked to locate his co-founder, who is still on the run in the Czech Republic. Also, Kellett struggles to maintain a relationship with her mother due to the complications of working so far from home, on the CBS Original series FBI: INTERNATIONAL, Tuesday, January 25 (9:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network, and available to stream live and on demand on Paramount+. (OAD 11/16/21)
    WRITTEN BY: Matt Olmstead
    DIRECTED BY: Alex Zakrzewski Promo
  • CBS FBI: MOST WANTED – Tuesday, January 25 Show More
    WHEN A JUDGE KNOWN FOR SERVING HARSH SENTENCES TO JUVENILES IS MURDERED, THE TEAM LOOKS INTO HIS LENGTHY LIST OF CASES IN THE HUNT FOR HIS KILLER, ON A REBROADCAST OF “FBI: MOST WANTED,” TUESDAY, JANUARY 25
    “Tough Love” – When a judge known for serving harsh sentences to juveniles is murdered, the team looks into his lengthy list of cases in the hunt for his killer. Also, Kristin faces family hurdles while resettling with her teenage daughter in New York City, on FBI: MOST WANTED, Tuesday, January 25 (10:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network, and available to stream live and on demand on Paramount+. (OAD 10/5/21)
    WRITTEN BY: Stephanie SenGupta
    DIRECTED BY: Marc Roskin Promo
    BULL AIMS TO WIN OVER A FEDERAL JURY WITHOUT THE USE OF HARD EVIDENCE WHEN TAC REPRESENTS A CHILD RECOVERY AGENT CHARGED WITH FRAUD FOR NOT HAVING PROOF OF HIS COVERT WORK, ON A REBROADCAST OF “BULL,” THURSDAY, JANUARY 27
    “Snatchback” – Bull aims to win over a federal jury without the use of hard evidence when TAC represents Hank Alston (Gino Anthony Pesi), a child recovery agent charged with fraud for not having documented proof of his covert work. Also, Izzy wants Benny to consider hitting back at his opponent in the District Attorney race when the other candidate engages in mudslinging before an important debate, on BULL, Thursday, January 27 (10:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT), on the CBS Television Network. (OAD 5/10/21)
    WRITTEN BY: Sarah H. Haught
    DIRECTED BY: Martha Mitchell Promo
  • CBS Special – Saturday, January 29 Show More
    1/29/22 (Sa.) 8:00 PM CBS – TBA
  • CBS 48 HOURS – Saturday, January 29 Show More
    1/29/22 (Sa.) 9:00 PM CBS – TBA
    “You Will Remember Me” – (9:00-10:00 p.m. ET) (Content Rating TBD) (HDTV)
    NOT THE REACTION I EXPECTED – Hope (Danielle Rose Russell) find herself on a dangerous undertaking. Josie (Kaylee Bryant) goes deep for answers as Lizzie (Jenny Boyd) asks Cleo (Omono Okojie) for inspiration and is surprised as to where she finds it. Meanwhile, Landon (Aria Shahghasemi) continues his mission for peace. Matthew Davis, Quincy Fouse, Chris Lee, Ben Levin, and Leo Howard also star. Nimisha Mukerji directed the episode written by Brett Matthews & Layne Morgan (#404). Original airdate 12/9/2021. Promo
  • The CW World’s Funniest Animals – Saturday, January 29 Show More
    “Episode 208” – (9:30-10:00 p.m. ET) (TV-PG) (HDTV)
    PLAYING AROUND WITH GUEST STAR LOLA FLANNERY (“SHADOWHUNTERS”) – We have playful pigs, diving dogs, confused cats, a tegu eating sushi, a bear who is loving the weather, energetic elephants, and a golden retriever getting some much-needed rest and relaxation. Hosted by Elizabeth Stanton with special guest Lola Flannery and commentary by Maiara Walsh, Brian Cooper. Mikalah Gordon, and Neel Ghosh (#208). Original airdate 1/8/2022. Every episode of WORLD’S FUNNIEST ANIMALS will be available to stream on The CW App and CWTV.com the day after broadcast for free and without a subscription, log-in or authentication required.
  • FOX THE SIMPSONS – Sunday, January 23 Show More
    “THE SIMPSONS” – (7:00-7:30 PM ET/PT) CC-HDTV 720p-Dolby Digital 5.1
    A RUTHLESS DEBT COLLECTOR TARGETS FLANDERS ON “THE SIMPSONS” SUNDAY, JANUARY 23, ON FOX
    Chris O’Dowd (“The Starling”), Brian Cox (“Succession”), Cristin Milioti (“Palm Springs”), Joe Mantegna (“Criminal Minds”), Jessica Pare (“SEAL Team”) and Timothy Olyphant (“Fargo”) Make Guest-Voice Appearances
    When a ruthless debt collector comes to Springfield, Homer and Ned’s lives are sucked into the artfully violent world of prestige TV in Part One of the “A Serious Flanders” episode of THE SIMPSONS airing Sunday, Jan. 23 (7:00-7:30 PM ET/PT) on FOX. (SI-3221) (TV-14 D, L, S, V)
    Guest Voice Cast: Chris O’Dowd as Seamus, Brian Cox as Kostas Becker, Cristin Milioti as Barb, Joe Mantegna as Fat Tony, Jessica Pare as Collette, Timothy Olyphant as Sheriff Flanders Promo
  • FOX BOB’S BURGERS – Sunday, January 23 Show More
    “BOB’S BURGERS” – (7:30-8:00 PM ET/PT) CC-AD-HDTV 720p-Dolby Digital 5.1
    TINA FEELS LEFT OUT ON “BOB’S BURGERS” SUNDAY, JANUARY 23, ON FOX
    Nick Kroll Guest-Voices
    Susmita offers to help Tina with a photography class assignment, but Tina can’t stop thinking about all the fun Tammy, Jocelyn, Zeke and Jimmy Jr. are having ditching class. Meanwhile, a woman who used to live in the Belchers’ apartment comes for a visit in the “FOMO You Didn’t” episode of BOB’S BURGERS airing Sunday, Jan. 23 (7:30-8:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. (BOB-1109) (TV-PG L)
    Guest Voice Cast: Kevin Avery as Cousin Lewis/Victor; David Herman as Mr. Branca; Nick Kroll as Mr. De Santo; Aparna Nancherla as Susmita; Jenny Slate as Tammy; Robin Thede as Violet/Violet’s Mom; Bobby Tisdale as Zeke 
  • FOX THE SIMPSONS – Sunday, January 23 Show More
    “THE SIMPSONS” – (8:00-8:30 PM ET/PT) CC-HDTV 720p-Dolby Digital 5.1
    HOMER AND NED’S NIGHTMARE CONTINUES ON “THE SIMPSONS” SUNDAY, JANUARY 23, ON FOX
    The Thrilling Conclusion to the Two-Part Episode “A Serious Flanders”
    Chris O’Dowd (“The Starling”), Brian Cox (“Succession”), Cristin Milioti (“Palm Springs”), Joe Mantegna (“Criminal Minds”), Jessica Pare (“SEAL Team”), Timothy Olyphant (“Fargo”) Make Guest-Voice Appearances
    Uff-da! Things for Ned and Homer go from bad to gosh-darn worse in the stunning conclusion of this two-part crime thriller in which Homer and Ned’s lives are sucked into the artfully violent world of prestige TV in the “A Serious Flanders (Part 2)” episode of THE SIMPSONS airing Sunday, Jan. 23 (8:00-8:30 PM ET/PT) on FOX. (SI-3222) (TV-14 D, L, S, V)
    Guest Voice Cast: Chris O’Dowd as Seamus, Brian Cox as Kostas Becker, Cristin Milioti as Barb, Joe Mantegna as Fat Tony, Jessica Pare as Collette, Timothy Olyphant as Sheriff Flanders Promo
  • FOX THE GREAT NORTH – Sunday, January 23 Show More
    “THE GREAT NORTH” – (8:30-9:00 PM ET/PT) CC-HDTV 720p-Dolby Digital 5.1
    WOLF WANTS TO GET BEEF A SPECIAL GIFT ON “THE GREAT NORTH” SUNDAY, JANUARY 23, ON FOX
    Chelsea Peretti (“Brooklyn Nine-Nine”) and Mel Rodriguez (“The Last Man on Earth”) Guest-Voice
    When Wolf discovers that Beef secretly wants a jet ski, he formulates a plan to get it. Then, Ham bonds with a novelty singing fish toy in the “Beef’s Craig Beef Adventure” episode of THE GREAT NORTH airing Sunday, Jan. 23 (8:30-9:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. (GRN-110) (TV-PG D, L)
    Guest Cast: Sarah Baker, Wyatt Cenac, Eugene Cordero, Mel Rodriguez, Chelsea Peretti, Judith Shelton Promo
  • FOX BOB’S BURGERS – Sunday, January 23 Show More
    “BOB’S BURGERS” – (9:00-9:30 PM ET/PT) CC-AD-HDTV 720p-Dolby Digital 5.1
    THE KIDS HAVE ALL THE POWER ON “BOB’S BURGERS” SUNDAY, JANUARY 23, ON FOX
    Will Forte Guest-Voices
    Louise realizes that Mr. Frond’s new plan of students evaluating their teachers has shifted the balance of power at school from teacher to kid. Meanwhile, Bob and Linda discover that they don’t agree on where they want their final resting place to be in the “Touch of Eval(uations)” episode of BOB’S BURGERS airing Sunday, Jan. 23 (9:00-9:30 PM ET/PT) on FOX. (BOB-1110) (TV-PG L)
    Guest Voice Cast: Laura Silverman as Andy; Sarah Silverman as Ollie; Andy Kindler as Mort; David Herman as Mr. Branca/Mr. Frond; Kevin Kline as Mr. Fischoeder; Will Forte as Mr. Grant; Ashley Nicole Black as Ms. Jacobson; Tymberlee Hill as Ms. Twitchell; Brian Huskey as Rudy; Jenny Slate as Tammy; Bobby Tisdale as Zeke 
    “FAMILY GUY” – (9:30-10:00 PM ET/PT) CC-AD-HDTV 720p-Dolby Digital 5.1
    PA: Viewer discretion is advised.
    LOIS ATTEMPTS TO WIN “CUSTOMER OF THE WEEK” AT HER FAVORITE COFFEE SHOP ON “FAMILY GUY” SUNDAY, JANUARY 23, ON FOX
    After feeling unappreciated by her family, Lois taps into her villainous side and attempts to win “Best Customer” at her favorite coffee shop in the “Customer of the Week” episode of FAMILY GUY airing Sunday, Jan. 23 (9:30-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. (FG-1813) (TV-14 D, L, S, V) Promo
  • FOX 9-1-1: LONE STAR – Tuesday, January 25 Show More
    “9-1-1: LONE STAR” – (8:00-9:01 PM ET/PT) CC-HDTV 720p-Dolby Digital 5.1
    PA: Viewer Discretion is advised.
    THE ICE STORM CAUSES HAVOC IN AUSTIN ON “9-1-1: LONE STAR” TUESDAY, JANUARY 25, ON FOX
    As the unexpected arctic cold front and ice storm continues to cause havoc in Austin, Tommy, T.K. and Gillian race to rescue a young boy who has fallen in a frozen pond. Judd and Mateo work furiously to help a trapped Paul, and Owen takes drastic measures to save a man who has been stabbed and left for dead in the snowy hill country in the “Thin Ice” episode of 9-1-1: LONE STAR airing Tuesday, Jan. 25 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. (NLS-302) (TV-14 D, L, V)
    Guest Cast: Billy Burke as Billy Tyson; Julie Benz as Sadie Promo
  • FOX 9-1-1 – Saturday, January 29 Show More
    THE 118 RACES TO AN EXPLOSION AT A RETIREMENT COMMUNITY ON “9-1-1” SATURDAY, JANUARY 29, ON FOX
    The members of the 118 face an awkward rescue call when a man over-exerted himself while exercising. The team also must save the life of a groundskeeper whose chainsaw cut into him, and race to an explosion at a retirement community. Meanwhile, Athena has an extreme reaction to Harry’s new behavior. Then, Hen and Eddie, as well as Buck and Ravi, have rocky starts to their new partnerships, and May receives an emergency call from a suicidal teen, while continuing her uneasy work relationship with Claudette in the “Peer Pressure” episode of 9-1-1 airing Saturday, Jan. 29 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. (NIN-505) (TV-14 L, V)
    Guest Cast: Vanessa E. Williams as Claudette Collins; Anirudh Pisharody as Ravi Promo
  • FOX THE CLEANING LADY – Saturday, January 29 Show More
    THONY TURNS TO THE SYNDICATE TO GET MEDICAL HELP FOR HER SON ON “THE CLEANING LADY” SATURDAY, JANUARY 29, ON FOX
    Jay Mohr (“Suburgatory”) Makes A Recurring Guest-Star Appearance
    Thony attempts to sever ties with the crime syndicate when the FBI comes asking questions. But when her son’s health declines, she crosses a moral line, getting deeper involved with the syndicate. Meanwhile, things turn violent during a weapons exchange when inventory goes missing and Arman (Adan Canto) has 24 hours to find the thief in the “The Lion’s Den” episode of THE CLEANING LADY airing Saturday, Jan. 29 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. (CLD-102) (TV-14 D, L, V)
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Interview with Carolyn Hennesy of “General Hospital” on ABC and “Vanished: Searching for My Sister” on Lifetime by Suzanne 1/19/22

This was such a fun call! Carolyn is very sweet and friendly. I really enjoyed chatting with her. You can probably tell that by reading or listening to us gab.

Don’t miss her movie this Saturday, January 22 on Lifetime. She does play a small part, but it’s worth watching. It’s a good suspense drama.

Suzanne: It’s nice to meet you.

Carolyn: Nice to meet you, too.

Suzanne: I want to let you know that my site TVMEG.com has been around for twenty-five years, and I’ve been interviewing TV actors, directors, producers, for about fifteen years. So, I just wanted to let you know… I’m not some rank amateur, even though, today I feel like one.

Carolyn: Jacqueline would never set me up with a rank amateur. I knew that from the start.

Suzanne: Oh, good, good. Just to let you know. I’m also a General Hospital fan, and I’ve been watching since 1984.

Carolyn: Wonderful.

Suzanne: So, I’m very excited to speak with you. I watched the Lifetime movie, it was very interesting. Tell us how this part came about for you.

Carolyn: It’s very simple. I told the director, Timothy Woodward Jr., who directed and is one of the producers of Studio City with Sean Canaan, I said to him one day on the set of Studio City, I said, “What’s our next project? What are we doing together?” And he said, “Well, interestingly enough, I’ve got this feature that’s going in Atlanta,” and I said, “Terrific, when do I show up?” And he laughed, and then he said, “You show up at this time.” So, yeah, I just basically told the director. I said, “We’re going to do something together. What is it?” This was it.

Suzanne: Well, that’s good that it worked.

Carolyn: Right. I mean, it’s so rare that you kind of bypass the audition process. It’s actually becoming a little more frequent for me, but this is one of those wonderful times where he just said, “Yeah, this is your role. Show up on set at this time.”

Suzanne: Well, that’s great. Well, he knew you already. So, why bother having an audition? He knows what you can do.

Carolyn: Yeah, and he knew what I was like to work with. He knew my set behavior and set protocol until it’s over. So yeah, all worked out. I was a proven commodity.

Suzanne: Right. And where was it filmed, and how long did it take?

Carolyn: It was filmed in Atlanta, and I was there for about – I was in Atlanta for I think it was a week all told. Actually, probably more like ten days. I think I was in Atlanta for about ten days. Now, that was my portion. The filming, I think it was a three week shoot. I believe it was a three week shoot.

Suzanne: And all done in Atlanta?

Carolyn: Yeah, well, on the outskirts of Atlanta, in various locales.

Suzanne: All right, great. And how was it playing a police detective, and have you played one before?

Carolyn: Have I ever played a police detective before? That’s a very good question. [laughs] You would think I would remember that. I might have. I just can’t remember at the moment.

Suzanne: No, I understand. I understand completely. Once you’ve done things many, many times. I’ll be like, sometimes I’ll get an interview request. “Oh, I would love to interview that person.” Then, “wait, wait. I interviewed them already, like 2012. Oops. I completely forgot.”

Carolyn: Yeah, people will say, “Carolyn, have you ever played a lawyer?” It’s like, “Have I?” Yes, in fact, I play one now.

Suzanne: Right, and was it very different from playing a lawyer, playing a police detective?

Carolyn: Well, this particular police detective is very stoic, very calm, very skeptical, a little jaded, a little hardened. So, there wasn’t the usual [unintelligible] that I have with Diane Miller or basically any of my other characters, almost any of them. She was a little more grounded, a little more stern, and just hard. You know, she’s seen it all; nothing surprises her. Nothing shocks her; that kind of character. And basically, Jasmine had the bulk of the dialogue in our scene. Kind of, not quite a “yes man,” but she’s the kind of person that doesn’t speak except when she really has something to say. She doesn’t talk for the sake of talking.

Suzanne: Well, that’s good, less dialogue to have to memorize

Carolyn: Oh, this seems really easy. Jasmine does most of the talking. I just say, you know, “Hold up there, Missy,” or something like that. Yeah, it was a little easy.

Suzanne: You just had to sit there and look pretty; that was your role.

Carolyn: I had to sit there and look as pretty as I possibly could, you know, three in the morning in the cold and rainy Atlanta.

Suzanne: Yeah, it can get cold rainy there. We used to live about three hours from there, so, yeah.

Carolyn: It can get cold and rainy, and you think, “Well, listen, this is Georgia.” You just don’t accept cold and rainy out of out of the Deep South, you just don’t. Then, when it happens, you think “Well, my goodness.” You know, it’s like Wisconsin, but the hair and the makeup people were top of their game, as was wardrobe, basically everybody, but the hair and makeup people were really first class. So, I never really had to worry about looking good, looking my best, actually.

Suzanne: Good. Yeah. Funny thing about the Deep South, it’s a large area, and the weather is crazy. I’m in Arkansas, and today it’s in the 60s, and last week we had snow. So, you never know. You just never know.

Carolyn: That’s what they say about the weather. “Just wait ten minutes. It’ll change.”

Suzanne: Yeah, I mean, it’s not like I grew up in Southern California, so it’s nothing like that at all.

Carolyn: And it’s interesting, because it was bitter cold this morning, and when I say “bitter cold,” you know.

Suzanne: No, I know. So, you and Jasmine, you play partners. Did you do to do anything to get to know each other better or to make you work more like partners beforehand?

Carolyn: Beforehand, no. It sort of came afterwards. She’s just a lovely individual. She’s so wonderful, so professional. And again, she’s one of these people that she’s been in the business so long. She’s seen it all. She’s done it all, but she makes cheesecake, and she brought in a couple of cheesecakes for the hair and makeup department, or, actually, that’s what that’s where they landed. Everybody was coming in to get some of Jasmine’s cheesecake. But then we started talking about some of the restaurants and some of the things to do in Atlanta proper, and my favorite restaurant in Atlanta. Maybe it’s the top three in in the United States, for me. It’s called Mary Mac’s Tea Room.

Suzanne: I know where that is. Yeah, I stayed at the hotel right across the street from there.

Carolyn: Well, Jasmine lives catty corner. So, I was there once on my own, as I am want to do, because [they] basically do anything. But after filming, I think I was to leave the next day, and I think it was a Monday, or we had one more day of filming, I can’t remember what it was, but Jasmine met me there. I’ve got pictures of more food on that table. They just kept bringing us stuff. We were ordering it but they just kept loading [up our plates]. Jasmine and I basically ate our weight in fried chicken and tomato pie and broccoli souffle. We just had the best time. And of course she was recognized. She’s recognized all over America. And she’s so gracious, so lovely. Then, every once in a while, somebody would look at me and go, “Oh, I know you, my kids watch Jessie.” I am like, “Thank you. Thank you very much.” Jasmine was like, “She’s on General Hospital.” [laughs] Thank you, Jasmine, my publicist.

Suzanne: You’ve done so much. So, you’re bound to be noticed for something.

Carolyn: But everyone loved A Different World. So, she still gets recognized. And she’s, again, so lovely, and that voice is so unique. [unintelligible] It’s Jasmine’s curse to bear, and she does it with great aplomb.

Suzanne: And this movie has two actors from early 90s hits sitcoms and three soap actors. So, was there any joking around about either of those things?…[Jasmine and] Tatyana Ali, from Fresh Prince.

Carolyn: …Again, one of the more lovely professional, gracious, funny individuals that I’ve ever worked with. She’s just lovely. She and Jasmine were basically the only ones I really worked with.

Suzanne: Tatyana was also on The Young & the Restless and of course, Justin (Bruening) was on All My Children.

Carolyn: That’s right. Again, I didn’t work with a lot of them, or didn’t closely with a lot of them. I worked certainly with Jasmine and Tatyana, but you’re absolutely right.

Suzanne: And I was wondering if you had any joking around about that or about the sitcom thing?

Carolyn: No, no, not really, because, again, I didn’t really work with them.

Suzanne: That’s fine. Did you see Tatyana when she was dressed up as both Jade and Kayla, and did you know it was the same actress?

Carolyn: I did not see her dressed up as Kayla, but I saw photos, I should say that. I saw photos, and yeah, a different person. And from what I understand, she navigated those waters just expertly.

Suzanne: Yes, she did.

Carolyn: She really did. I actually can’t wait to see the film. I’ve not seen it. [laughs] I’ve seen little bits and pieces, but nothing of her as Kayla.

Suzanne: The reason I asked is because I’d read an article where Justin was saying when he saw her dressed up as Kayla [he] didn’t recognize her and didn’t know who that person was and thought it was some other actress and had not been talking to her. Then, once once she spoke, he’s like, “Oh, I’m so sorry. I wasn’t talking to you.”

Carolyn: Right, right. It was a complete and utter transformation. There again, that’s due in large part to the hair and makeup people. They work magic.

Suzanne: Now, I have a question about GH, and you can feel free to say “no comment” or “move along” or whatever. I’m wondering about the mood of the cast and crew right now, because I know you had some actors leave, and there was some public fighting. Has this affected anyone?

Carolyn: You know what’s interesting? I.. actually, I go back to work a week from tomorrow. I have not been there…I was there one day before Christmas, and things were fine. I’ll just say “fine.” The mood was not elevated. The mood wasn’t depressed. Was it a different dynamic onset? Yes, it was, because everyone knew what happened. So, we all have a job to do. Everyone was professional enough not to discuss it, at least the actors that I worked with that day, and I actually only worked with Laura Wright, who is a consummate professional.

Suzanne: I was going to say, it’s probably the scene that was on this week, where Diane and Carly talk around stuff.

Carolyn: Yes. We have become gal pals. Who would have thunk it? Who would have thought that Carly and Diane could become close friends? And yes, we are.

Suzanne: Well, I guess after it’s been long enough.

Carolyn: Exactly, exactly, after long enough. Diane gets to know somebody long enough, and you know, we’re bosom buddies.

Suzanne: Well, I mean, even Sam and Carly were friends, and they did some terrible things to each other a long time ago.

Carolyn: Right! It just goes to show. Then, give it a few years, they’ll change back, and then their twin will come on the scene, and everyone will be confused, and then they’ll be possessed, or they’ll be in a coma.

Suzanne: And touching on that note, I had asked some GH fans on various Facebook groups if they had any questions for you. Many, many fans said to say that they love Diane, and that you’re a great actress. They didn’t say great. They said wonderful and a lot of other compliments I didn’t write down. They just love you, and they wish you had a bigger role in the show. I told them that wasn’t up to you.

Carolyn: No, it’s not up to me, but I wholeheartedly agree. Yes. And tell them, bless them for all of those wonderful comments, and I wholeheartedly agree.

Suzanne: And a few wanted to know if Diane might get another love interest soon. If you can tell us that or if you know anything about that?

Carolyn: Not that I know, but there again, I’m not on the fifth floor, in on those decisions. So, I will say that I did an event with Chris Rogers over the weekend, and Tristan looked at me and said, “We should really get together on the show.” And I said, “You can make that happen. You can go to Frank Valentini and say, ‘Guess what I’d like?’”

Suzanne: That would be an awesome couple. That would be great.

Carolyn: Wouldn’t that be so hilarious?

Suzanne: It would be so funny.

Carolyn: It would be so much fun.

Suzanne: Yes, definitely. I’ll have the fans start a petition.

Carolyn: Start a petition, exactly. Diane and Robert. Yeah. What should happen should be that we should butt heads in court and realize exactly how smart each other is and how fun each other is and how capable, and it should it should progress from there.

Suzanne: Right, or with Martin; that would also be good.

Carolyn: I would love that. I mean, my gosh. Michael Knight, come on. Michael Knight whose skin is better than a twenty-five year old, for God’s sake. I don’t know what he does. He must have a painting going to hell in an attic somewhere. I’m just saying.

Suzanne: Yes, I was so glad to see him join. I know there’re lots of All My Children fans who are so glad to see him join the show.

Carolyn: Yeah. So am I.

Suzanne: This was what I was going to touch on from what we were talking before about Diane and her friends. Sylvia wants to know if Diane will be having any scenes soon with Alexis, and whether they’re still besties.

Carolyn: Well, I do not know if I’m having scenes soon. As I say, I know I’m working a week from tomorrow, but I don’t know what those things are yet, as far as I’m concerned, and I think as far as Diane’s concerned, we’re still besties. Absolutely. You know, you don’t find someone like an Alexis on the show and then kind of let them go. I do wish that the powers that be had let Diane in a little bit more on Alexis’s stay in prison, be a little bit more involved in her recovery. So, I do wish that, but there again, I just stand on my mark and say my lines. [laughs]

Suzanne: You do your job, keep your head down, and hope for the best.

Carolyn: Keep my head down, show up on time, make sure I’m wearing the right shoes, and [unintelligible].

Suzanne: So, here’s a question, again, this wasn’t on the list, but it just occurred to me, because I thought about this before. Why do they have women on TV wear high heels? We can’t see your feet.

Carolyn: Well, honestly, for me, I can only speak for me, it actually helps. It elongates the leg. It makes you stand a little straighter, at least it does for me, and it completes the look. Certainly with Diane wearing a suit, or if you’re wearing a gown, sometimes you will see the feet, that’s number one, but number two is it completes the look, and for this actress, it helps fully flesh out the character.

Suzanne: Well, that makes sense…

Carolyn: And believe me, I wouldn’t I wouldn’t put on slippers or sneakers or low flats if I was in court and you couldn’t see my feet. I would never do it, because you want to hear the “click click click” as Diane walks back to her seat. You want to hear the “click click” as she’s rising and walking into the center of the courtroom. It’s very deliberate, and you know something profound is going to come out because of the way she walks in those heels, and that’s all part of the dynamic of that character in that moment, because you want to be able to use every tool that you’ve got.

Suzanne: Right, it’s part of the TV magic in a way, because fans wouldn’t necessarily notice it, but if it was gone, we’d probably say something is off. We might not notice the “click,” but if it was gone, we’d be, “Huh, what is wrong?”

Carolyn: Exactly. “What’s she got on her feet?”

Suzanne: Another fan, and I think her name is Hueann, loves your red hair and wants to know what your secret is for looking so young.

Carolyn: $200 a month.

Suzanne: Getting your hair done?

Carolyn: [laughs] Yes. My secret for looking so young? Well, that is all attitude. That’s just attitude. If you have the correct attitude for your own brain, then you could walk down the street wearing a gunny sack, and the next day, people would be wearing gunny sacks. It’s all attitude and the way you approach life and the way you approach your age, and etc, etc, etc. So, I’m very lucky that I do have what I think is just a great attitude towards living, and that keeps me young. Also, I work out on a track. So, that keeps me young too.

Suzanne: Right. Yeah, actually, I think you’re almost exactly – your birthday is in February, right?

Carolyn: No, June.

Suzanne: Oh, June, okay. So, you’re about six months younger than I am. I saw that. I was like, “Oh, okay.” That was just funny.

Carolyn: When is your birth date?

Suzanne:
Oh, December 3rd, ‘61.

Carolyn:
Oh, great.

Suzanne: So, I know what you mean when you talk about forgetting stuff. It seems to get worse as I get older. I’m lucky if I know what I had for lunch yesterday.

Carolyn: Truly.

Suzanne: One last question. Maggie wants to know, which client of Diane’s would you say is the one that causes the most trouble, and which client causes the least trouble? Or what would Diane say?

Carolyn: The most trouble is a toss up between Jason Morgan and Sonny Corinthos, and the least trouble – Does she have a client that causes her the least trouble? There is no such thing as the least trouble in Port Charles, certainly not with Diane’s clients. They’re all wonderful, fabulous train wrecks.

Suzanne: You mentioned the possession thing earlier, that would be great. I know they don’t want to do something like that on GH anymore. I love the stuff in the 80s when they did things like that. I wish they would bring that kind of thing back like when they had the alien. I don’t know if you saw that.

Carolyn: I remember a little bit, and there was an island and someone was a Mayan princess.

Suzanne: Yes. Felicia was a Mayan princess. No, not Mayan; she’s an Aztec princess.

Carolyn: Aztec princess. So sorry. So sorry.

Suzanne: Yes, in fact, I started watching in ‘84, like I said, and it was before Felicia came on, and [there] was something to do with a necklace. There’s always a necklace, right?

Carolyn: There’s always the necklace.

Suzanne: Aztec necklace and she was dressed as a boy and hiding under Frisco’s bed.

Carolyn: As one does.

Suzanne: Exactly, but that wasn’t nearly as odd as when Robin got involved with the Ancient One in the Asian quarter and they discovered Casey the Alien, and he had some magical crystals from his planet, and the bad guys in the Asian quarter had them, something to do with that. I don’t remember the exact story, but it was very – I love that.

Carolyn: …The fans will remember.

Suzanne: Yes, the fans will. Well, I’m a fan but like I said, I have to look everything up.

Carolyn: Oh, of course, yeah, me too. That’s so funny.

Suzanne: That would be great if they did something like that nowadays. I don’t know if the fans would like it. They seem to be more into realism.

Carolyn: They do seem to be, don’t they? But it would be a little fun.

Suzanne: It would be.

Carolyn: It would be a boat load of fun. A boat load of fun, I’ll tell you that. Especially If Diane saw an alien, and no one believed her.

Suzanne: Well, you would think of all people you might believe Diane, because she’s so no-nonsense and down to earth.

Carolyn: That’s absolutely true. That’s absolutely true. It’s like if Diane walked in and said, “I just saw a spaceship.”

Suzanne: Or they’d wonder what she drank — if she drank too much at her lunch.

Carolyn: Exactly, and, you know, Diane’s been known to do that. It’s that simple.

Suzanne: Yeah, I guess the closest they’ve come in modern times was when they sort of touched on the vampire thing, but they were sort of cagey about it. It’s like, did it happen? Didn’t it happen. And it was Lucy, so nobody believed her.

Carolyn: Well, no, I mean, would you? I mean, let’s face it, she’s an alien herself.

Suzanne: Yeah, exactly. Well, she was a vampire hunter. Well, I appreciate your talking at me.

Carolyn: I loved it. Let’s do it again.

Suzanne: All right, and I am telling everybody about the movie, and I hope you get lots of people watching, and we look forward to the next one.

Carolyn: Thank you so much. I really appreciate it. We’ll talk at you again, okay?

Suzanne: Thank you. Bye bye.

Carolyn: Thank you so much. Bye bye.

Here is the audio version of it.

Here’s our panel interview with Tatyana Ali, Justin Bruening, Carolyn Hennesy and Treach!

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Trailer: Vanished: Searching For My Sister

"Vanished: Searching For My Sister" on Lifetime posterVANISHED: SEARCHING FOR MY SISTER

Premieres Saturday, January 22ndat 8p/7c

Twins Jada and Kayla (both played by Tatyana Ali) could not be more opposite: Jada being the mild- mannered sister with an office job, and Kayla the wild child. Recently divorced from her husband Warren (Justin Bruening), Kayla asks Jada to watch her daughter while she sets up her new apartment. But after a few days with no word from Kayla, Jada begins to worry and reports her sister missing. With no leads and the police investigation at a standstill, Jada takes matters into her own hands. She disguises herself as her sister and gets pulled into a world of drugs and deceit in order to learn the shocking truth about what really happened to Kayla.

Vanished: Searching for My Sister also stars Jasmine Guy, Carolyn Hennesy and Anthony “Treach” Criss. The film is produced by Big Dreams Entertainment and Leslie Greif serves as executive producer. Tim Woodward Jr. directs from a script written by Christina Welsh.

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Carolyn Hennesy in "Vanished: Searching For My Sister" on Lifetime

Interview with Tatyana Ali, Justin Bruening, Carolyn Hennesy and Treach

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Interview with Tatyana Ali, Justin Bruening, Carolyn Hennesy and Treach of “Vanished: Searching For My Sister” on Lifetime by Suzanne 1/10/22

This was an intriguing movie with many different actors. The panel was for Lifetime with quite a few panels that day. This was the only one where I didn’t get to ask a question. It’s okay, though. There were many great questions asked. I enjoyed seeing this great cast. Jasmine Guy is also in the movie, and she’s fabulous. I was just happy to see Justin Bruening again (as he was great as Jamie on “All My Children“) and Carolyn Hennesy (she plays Diane on “General Hospital“).  Tatyana does a fine job with her dual role as sisters Kayla and Jada. Also, I didn’t know that “Treach” was the leader of the rap group Naughty By Nature. Stay tuned soon for my one-on-one interview with Carolyn Hennesy!

MODERATOR: Hi, everyone. Welcome to our “Vanished: Searching For My Sister” panel. Today we have Tatyana Ali, Justin Bruening, Carolyn Hennesy and Treach. Thank you guys all for being here.

CAROLYN HENNESY: Thank you.

MODERATOR: Our first question is an email question, and it comes in asking for the entire cast how was this movie standout compared to other projects that you’ve all acted in?

TREACH: Well, for me, I had the honor of working with a legend like Tatyana right there. I’ve grown up, I was watching her. You know the history so just to have the pleasure of getting on there is really when you know Jasmine Guy and Justin, these great actors, you got to understand you’ve got to really come here prepared, because they are legendary these guys here. So it was just a whole different vibe with just knowing that you were in great hands. You know when you step on a set with production and everything, you see how it’s rolling you’re like, yeah, this is one of them right here.

CAROLYN HENNESY: Well, for me, it was really cold in Atlanta, so there was that. My trailer had no heat so that was fun, but it was all the more exciting to get inside when we did have those scenes inside. Yay! And be able to work with Tatyana, and Tatyana on this panel is the only one that I worked with, because my scenes were with her and Jasmine pretty much primarily. And so Jasmine’s just everything you would expect her to be. She’s a hoot-and-a-half, and she’s so, she’s a consummate professional as is Tatyana, but Tatyana was not quite as funny, because she was threatened with she’s going to be killed at any moment, her character. So she was very, very serious, and we were kind of coming at her with don’t do what we all know you’re going to do and that is double as your sister. So it was really a tremendous amount of fun to keep it fun and light on the set, and then when the cameras rolled we were just in it, but I was pretty much cold all the time, so that was me.

(Laughter.)

Tatyana Ali as Kayla, pretending to be JadaJUSTIN BRUENING: I didn’t have that problem but working with Tatyana was amazing. Watching her transform into two different, entirely different people was just phenomenal. I mean, there was even a moment when she did her whole transformation into Kayla, and we were sitting across from each other, and like we had on masks on and stuff, but I didn’t know it was her, because I’d never seen her. I mean, I just worked with her twenty minutes before that, and I was like sitting across from this woman. I’m like, “Who’s that?”

(Laughter.)

JUSTIN BRUENING: “They just let anybody in on this set. It’s just strange.”

TATYANA ALI: I remember that. We had such a rapport during the whole shoot, and I was like, “Wow, is he having a bad day? Like what, why are you staring at me that way?”

JUSTIN BRUENING: I’m shy. I was shy. I didn’t know who that was. It’s a new person. Nobody introduced me. I felt bad. Yeah, it was great.

TATYANA ALI: For me, what was different about this one, the cast is so amazing, and the crew, and I just had an incredible time working with everybody. Treach, there was a point when it was one of the scenes in the trailer when you kind of grip me up in the club, and I don’t even know if you noticed, but I had to take a moment afterwards, because you are scary. When you want to be. You’re so like kind and wonderful, and you just scared the bejesus out of me, like, for real. Yeah, just working with everybody was amazing. Especially, I was so excited when I read the script, like the fact that it’s based on a true story and that this really happened, that a woman really went undercover as her twin. All of that was so exciting. I love the notion of not allowing your loved one to remain a statistic or not be cared about; that someone would fight so hard to make sure that her sister, who has been through addiction, been through all these things, that her life mattered. I really loved that and so into it, and then right before I started working I was like, “Oh, my God. What did I get myself into?” But y’all saved me, so thank you.

(Laughter.)

MODERATOR: Thank you, everybody. Our next question is from Rick Bentley.

QUESTION: Thank you very much. Tatyana, do actors when they start their career think, “Oh, boy. I hope one day I get to play a twin?” Or “Oh, my God. I hope I don’t ever have to play a twin?”

Kayla (Tatyana Ali) and her ex-husband, played by Phillip Mullings, Jr.TATYANA ALI: (laughs) Maybe, “Oh, my God. I don’t ever have to play — I hope I don’t ever have to play a twin.” I, actually, no, it was really a wonderful sort of like experiment, and especially in the kind of truncated schedule that we have there were days when I went back and forth between the sisters, and it can make you feel a little bit crazy. Like our makeup and hair department and costumes, they were really like a refuge for me on those days. But it’s fun. You kind of have to use literally like everything you know or think you know or might guess at to, not just create two people, but then also a relationship, the relationship between them, the history between them. That was really fun, actually. It’s kind of like you might not hope to do it, but it could be a dream to be able to do it.

QUESTION: A quick follow-up. Did you color code your script or did you put markers to who you were for the day?

TATYANA ALI: I’m super anal. I always color code my script even if it’s one person.

(Laughter.)

TATYANA ALI: So, yeah, I keep a binder. I’m not at the iPad script yet phase —

JUSTIN BRUENING: Yeah.

QUESTION: Thank you very much.

MODERATOR: Thanks, Rick. Our next question is from “Right On! Digital.”

QUESTION: Hello? Can you hear me?

TATYANA ALI: Hi.

TREACH: Hi.

JUSTIN BRUENING: Hi.

QUESTION: Okay. Hi. My question is for Tatyana. We’ve known about your work for years, and we’ve publicized you many times in “Right On! Magazine.” You talked about the fact that it can make you a little crazy playing two characters in one. What was it like actually preparing for a role where you’re actually playing two people, because that’s an enormous amount of responsibility to have that much dialogue. So what was your secret to actually preparing?

TATYANA ALI: Just, you know, it’s similar to the way I prepare for just playing one role except you just double it. They both have their, they’re sisters, so they have their shared pasts, and they’re sisters, so they also have things that only the two of them know that the rest of the world don’t know. They both have their own wishes and desires and hopes and dreams, and so it’s all it’s the same, it’s just more. And so even with when I was kind of prepping for it and doing my own rehearsals like I just tried to kind of schedule the time, so there’d be like days working on one, and then days working on the other so I didn’t have to get confused. And then their style, like, for me, once I start, once I am in their hair, in their clothes, and then all of the things, their walk or their body language, all those things that I tried to –I always work on those things but just with twins it’s like I was trying to differentiate them a little bit more, but once all those pieces come together then it’s kind of like they kind of, it meets somewhere. I felt that I guess that’s how it happened.

(Laughter.)

QUESTION: All right. Well, thank you. Hi, Treach.

TREACH: Hello.

QUESTION: And one —

MODERATOR: And — Oh, sorry.

QUESTION: May I ask Treach a question while we have him?

MODERATOR: Of course.

QUESTION: Okay. Treach, hi.

TREACH: Hello.

QUESTION: Cynthia from “Right On! Magazine.” What was it like on the set? Is there a fun fact you can tell us about, something that we wouldn’t know because we weren’t there?

TREACH: Yeah. I mean, there’s certain times you get into stuff, like you’ll have a scene. Like, for instance, I was rolling upon a motorcycle. I’m not even half good on a pedal bike.

(Laughter.)

TREACH: So I got to really show my acting skills. I had to find, okay, the clutch and when I do should I look (audio glitch @ 00:38:07), but I know people that ride motorcycles and stuff, so I had to do what I knew they do without doing nothing.

(Laughter.)

TATYANA ALI: You look good on that bike.

TREACH: Thank you. But the movie magic makes things happen. So I know, like, certain, like I said, it was certain things that I naturally don’t do at all. When I do a movie it’s so fun to me because I got to really make sure they think I know what I’m doing.

QUESTION: Okay. Thank you.

TREACH: You’re welcome.

MODERATOR: Thank you. Our next question is from Abbie Bernstein.

QUESTION: Sorry. It took me a second to find my unmute. Good morning. Thank you all for doing this. Question for anybody or everybody who’d like to take it. Is there any difference between doing a Lifetime thriller and a different network or an indie film with thriller subject matter and the same schedule and budget? Is there anything specific to working for Lifetime?

CAROLYN HENNESY: There’s a lot more blood on an independent.

(Laughter.)

JUSTIN BRUENING: Yeah.

CAROLYN HENNESY: It’s the truth. It’s the absolute truth.

JUSTIN BRUENING: Yeah, yeah, yeah.

CAROLYN HENNESY: And the things you can get away with on an independent thriller, um hm. Yeah, the Lifetime audience would pass on that, so.

JUSTIN BRUENING: Yeah.

CAROLYN HENNESY: But (audio glitch @ 00:39:33).

QUESTION: Is there —

TREACH: You know, for this type of movie, like, everyone goes to Lifetime to watch these types of movies, but the masses, one thing that’s beautiful about Lifetime, the masses is going to tune in.

CAROLYN HENNESY: Yeah.

TREACH: They have a long list of anything that like what comes on Lifetime I’m here. So it’s just a honor to be on Lifetime, because you know that following, that cult following is goin’ be there for you.

Justin Bruening and Tatyana AliJUSTIN BRUENING: Well —

QUESTION: Is there any — Oh, sorry.

JUSTIN BRUENING: I was going to say that’s a tough question, because I think our Director Tim Woodward sort of filmed it like an independent, like I think he went for that.

CAROLYN HENNESY: True.

JUSTIN BRUENING: So I think there’s some stuff that ended up on the cutting room floor, speaking of blood.

(Laughter.)

JUSTIN BRUENING: There was a little bit, but — a lot — but, yeah, I mean, I think that — I think he really — that I think he set that as his benchmark, and he went for that, but I think that we had to tone it down for Lifetime, for that audience, but I think we filmed it the same way we would film an independent film.

TATYANA ALI: Yeah. I’ve worked with Lifetime many times now, and I always feel really supported by the network and by the executives. That’s always a really good feeling, and they stay in communication while you’re filming and that’s awesome but to also know, it’s true, there’s this very wide audience, and there’s something about Lifetime. Like I always think about my cousins and my family because I know they’re going to be watching it. Like I can’t, I got to make them proud. Like they are (audio glitch @ 00:41:09), everyone’s going to be texting me while it’s on, and there’s something about that that’s actually really special.

CAROLYN HENNESY: I think also with it being Lifetime — very often in an independent you don’t get the justice that you want at the end. Things are left unresolved, and sometimes you can leave the theater or whatever you’re viewing it on unsatisfied, that’s not going to happen with a Lifetime thriller. Things are going to be wrapped up. Everyone’s going to be happy and vindicated, and you’re going to end up being thrilled during the movie, but all will be well at the end pretty much, or maybe not this with this one. I don’t know —

QUESTION: Does it affect your performances in any way?

CAROLYN HENNESY: Say that again?

QUESTION: I’m sorry. Does it affect your performances in any way either knowing there isn’t going to be that much blood or that everything is going to be resolved at the end? Do you play with more fervor and less frustration? Or do you perform it the same way you would perform a more ambiguously ended material?

CAROLYN HENNESY: Whatever is honest for the character is how you go.

JUSTIN BRUENING: Um-hm.

CAROLYN HENNESY: So it doesn’t matter if it’s a soap opera.

TATYANA ALI: That’s right.

CAROLYN HENNESY: Or a Lifetime or a Darren Bousman “Saw” franchise films. It’s all, for me, for me. I mean —

JUSTIN BRUENING: Yeah, I agree with that.

TATYANA ALI: Yeah, ditto.

QUESTION: Thank you very much.

TREACH: You’re welcome.

MODERATOR: Thank you. Our next question is from Luaine Lee.

QUESTION: Tatyana, which twin was more difficult to play and why?

TATYANA ALI: Huh, you know, I guess I would have to say Jada, because I certainly get to play her more, but often during the film, and it sometimes led to a little bit of confusion when we were filming, I spent a lot of time playing — I spent a lot of time — I’m sorry. Did I leave? I spent a lot of time playing Jada pretending to be Kayla, and those were probably the most challenging parts, playing someone you love, kind of Jada putting on Kayla’s wigs, going out into Kayla’s world which, you know, she’s heard of but never really participated in, just the longing to know what’s happened to her sister and to find her. I think Jada pretending to be Kayla was the most challenging, for sure.

QUESTION: Were you scared to do it?

TATYANA ALI: I was excited at first and then as I got closer and closer, yeah, I was scared, but that, I’ve come to learn that that’s — If I’m not intimidated by what I’m trying to do then I’m almost like not that excited about it, so nerves to me are like a good sign that I’m stretching myself. So, yeah, I was.

QUESTION: Thanks.

MODERATOR: Thank you. We have time for one more question and that’s going to be from Noah Wilson.

QUESTION: Hello, everyone. It’s so great to be here with you guys. Tatyana, I do want to ask you, taking on two roles could you ever see yourself doing it again?

TATYANA ALI: (laughs) I had a lot of fun doing it. I would love to do it on a project where we had more time. It was hard to switch on the same day. That was really hard to go back and forth on the same day, and when I was prepping for it I saw a lot of films where actors played multiple characters and twins and sisters and even read a lot of interviews of the process, but we had three weeks, so. I would. I would try it again. I thought it was — I was exhausted when it was done, but it was thrilling, and I really liked playing a character like Kayla, even for the short period of time that I do in the film. I’ve never really, I’ve never been able, given the chance to play somebody like her, and she really stole my heart.

QUESTION: Yes. Well, I enjoyed you in “A Picture Perfect Holiday” and I cannot wait to see you in “Vanished: Searching For My Sister.” Thank you so much, guys.

CAROLYN HENNESY: Thank you.

TREACH: Thank you.

JUSTIN BRUENING: Thank you.

MODERATOR: Thank you so much to all the panelists and everyone that attended. Please tune in to “Vanished: Searching For My Sister” on January 22nd at 8/7 Central. Thanks you guys.

TATYANA ALI: Love you, guys. Good to see.

TREACH: Thank you.

CAROLYN HENNESY: You too, honey.

JUSTIN BRUENING: Thank you.

TREACH: Love y’all. Peace.

TATYANA ALI: Bye.

JUSTIN BRUENING: Happy 2022!

Check out our one-on-one interview with Carolyn Hennesy!

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"Vanished: Searching For My Sister" on Lifetime posterTwins Jada and Kayla (both played by Tatyana Ali) could not be more opposite: Jada being the mild-mannered sister with an office job, and Kayla the wild child. Recently divorced from her husband Warren (Justin Bruening), Kayla asks Jada to watch her daughter while she sets up her new apartment.  But after a few days with no word from Kayla, Jada begins to worry and reports her sister missing. With no leads and the police investigation at a standstill, Jada takes matters into her own hands.  She disguises herself as her sister and gets pulled into a world of drugs and deceit in order to learn the shocking truth about what really happened to Kayla.

Vanished: Searching for My Sister also stars Jasmine Guy, Carolyn Hennesy and Anthony “Treach” Criss.

The film is produced by Big Dreams Entertainment and Leslie Greif serves as executive producer. Tim Woodward Jr. directs from a script written by Christina Welsh.

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List of Serials on Zee Keralam Worth Watching

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Chembarathi

Article by Jaya 1/6/22

Zee Keralam echoes the vivid spirit of every Malayali and offers content that motivates people to rise above odds and craft their destiny. The channel has always retained the essence of authentic Kerala with shows that resonate with cultural nuance and lifestyle. The content library includes fiction, non-fiction or reality that are different in storyline and scale. With deep, culturally rooted, and family-inclusive programs, Zee Keralam brings together generations and keeps them engaged. A pioneer in providing Malayalam entertainment online, Zee Keralam is available on YuppTV. The world’s leading OTT platform for streaming South-Asian content, YuppTV brings exciting and enthralling content for its users with more than 300 TV channels. Get ready to watch Zee Keralam on YuppTV and enjoy an enhanced viewing experience.

Let’s check out popular serials streaming on Zee Keralam.

  1. Chembarathi

Starring Thara Kalyan, Amala Girish, and Stebin in lead roles, Chembarathi revolves between an arrogant, wealthy Akhilandeshwari and her son Anand, in love with Kalyani. While Akhilandeshwari wants her son to marry a rich girl of her stature, unforeseen events lead to Anand and Kalyani marriage. When she learns about the wedding, she despises Kalyani and creates problems that start disrupting her relationship. With an engaging storyline and a stellar cast, Chembarathi is receiving appreciation from all corners. In recent developments, Sivaramakrishnan is glad to see Das coming back home, and Kalyani appreciates Aravind’s concern for Anand. Meet Kalyani and her family from Monday to Thursday at 9 pm. Watch Zee Keralam on YuppTV and get your daily dose of entertainment.

  1. Kaiyethum Dhoorathu

This family drama revolves around Siblings Krishna Prasad and Krishna Priya, who share a great bond. Prasads wife, Durga and Priya also share a loving relationship but turns bitter in a strange shift of events. The twist in the tale arises when Priya’s daughter Kalyani and Durga’s son Aditya fall in love. In the new episodes, Priya is seen disturbed remembering the mess that happened in Tulasi engagement. The rest of the story is about Durga’s attempts to separate the couple, Tulasi struggles to win Durga’s acceptance, the revelation of a big secret and much more. Watch Kaiyethum Dhoorathu streaming on Zee Keralam at 6:30 pm from Monday to Saturday.

  1. Mrs. Hitler

People call Devakrishnan, aka DK as Hitler due to his arrogant attitude towards others. He adopts three sons after his wife Supriya passes away. On his 40th birthday, he decides to marry again in 15 days to fulfil his late wife’s wish. While everyone in the family is excited about his marriage and the arrival of Mrs Hitler, a comedy of errors introduces Jyothirmayi to DK. What follows after is the crux of the story. Shanavas Shanu and Megha Vincent essay the role of Hitler and Mrs Hitler accompanied by Ponnamma Babu, Anjali Rao, Akshaya Raghavan and others. Meet Hitler and his wife at 8:30 pm from Monday to Saturday on Zee Keralam.

  1. Karthika Deepam

Karthika Deepam tells the story of an orphan girl, Karthika and is later adopted by Kannan and Pavithra. Unexpected problems arise in the new house, and her joy of coming into a family is short-lived. A determined Karthika faces all her adversities and stands firm. Snisha Chandran plays the lead role of Karthika in the serial, and seasoned actors like Yedu Krishnan and Vivek Gopan essay other vital roles. Karthika Deepam is aired at 7:30 pm from Monday to Saturday.

Make your family time more memorable while you watch Zee Keralam on YuppTV. With a vast content library, YuppTV is sure to entertain you at the comfort of your home. Subscribe to YuppTV and catch all the Malayalam entertainment online on YuppTV now.

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Zee Keralam is an Indian Malayalam language general entertainment pay television channel owned by Zee Entertainment Enterprises. The channel was launched on 26 November 2018 and it is ZEE’s fifth channel in the southern region. The channel is headquartered in Kochi, Kerala.

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    Apple TV+ today unearthed the teaser trailer for the highly anticipated reboot of the beloved classic series “Fraggle Rock,” titled “Fraggle Rock: Back to the Rock.” Debuting on Apple TV+ on Friday, January 21, 2022, the new 13-episode Apple Original series from The Jim Henson Company in association with New Regency follows last year’s celebrated Apple Original shorts “Fraggle Rock: Rock On!” Jim Henson’s fun-loving, musical Fraggles are back! Join Gobo, Red, Wembley, Mokey, Boober, and new Fraggle friends on hilarious, epic adventures about the magic that happens when we celebrate and care for our interconnected world. Promo
  • BET House of Payne – Tuesday, January 18, 8:00PM Show More
    THE SEASON FINALE OF “TYLER PERRY’S HOUSE OF PAYNE” AIRS ON TUESDAY, JANUARY 18 AT 8 PM ET/PT ON BET AND BET HER
    “Payneful Suffering” airs on Tuesday, January 11, at 8 PM ET/PT– As the family prepares for Janine’s return, everyone and everything goes awry. Lisa goes above and beyond to show Janine she’s a new and improved Lisa. Promo
  • BET Assisted Living – Tuesday, January 18, 8:30PM Show More
    THE SEASON FINALE OF “TYLER PERRY’S ASSISTED LIVING” AIRS TUESDAY, JANUARY 18 AT 8:30 PM ET/PT ON BET AND BET HER
    “Forgive and Forget” airs on Tuesday January 18, at 8:30 PM ET/PT– Reginald seeks forgiveness from his estranged son. Promo 
  • BET The Oval – Tuesday, January 18, 9:00PM Show More
    “Tragic Monologues” airs on Tuesday, January 18, at 9 PM ET/PT – Eli causes chaos to erupt in the White House when he exposes Hunter’s criminal activity to the press, and Victoria decides to use it to her advantage. Promo
  • BET Ruthless – Tuesday, January 18, 10:00PM Show More
    “Prophecy” airs on Tuesday, January 18, at 10 PM ET/PT – The Highest awaits Andrew’s return to the compound with much anticipated news after carrying out an order. Promo
  • BET Bruh – Tuesday, January 18, 11:00PM Show More
    “Own Two Feet” airs on Tuesday, January 18, at 11 PM ET/PT – John has second thoughts about his arrangement with Leon, Bill gets unexpected news from his ex-girlfriend, and John takes offense at his friends not believing in him. 
  • BET Sistas – Wednesday, January 19, 9:00PM Show More
    “Pleasantries” airs on Wednesday, January 19, at 9 PM ET/PT– Preston gives Karen pause when he shows up at her salon with a friend. Calvin’s pride causes an uncomfortable situation between him and Sabrina. Promo
  • BET First Wives Club – Wednesday, January 19, 10:00PM Show More
    “On Bended Knee” airs on Wednesday, January 19, at 10 PM ET/PT– Bree is not thrilled about Hazel’s engagement news. Under pressure from label, Hazel searches to find new talent. Bree and Gary go back to therapy – Bree is enticed by a new role at the hospital. Jayla tries to get a foothold on the case. Promo 
  • BET Bigger – Wednesday, January 19, 10:30PM Show More
    “You Feel Better? I Feel Better” airs on Wednesday, January 19, at 10:30 PM ET/PT– Layne’s stress builds as her business booms, with a chance to style Billie Eilish. Tracey’s show return is filled with deceit and surprises. Veronica fantasizes about her college boyfriend. Deon gets a shock when a man answers his mom’s phone. Promo
  • CBS THE NEIGHBORHOOD – Monday, January 17 Show More
    CALVIN COACHES DAVE FOR A BOXING BOUT BEFORE HIS MILESTONE BIRTHDAY, ON “THE NEIGHBORHOOD,” MONDAY, JAN. 17
    “Welcome to the Knockout” – As Dave nears his 40th birthday, Calvin offers to coach his friend for an amateur boxing tournament. Also, sparks fly when Marty meets a new woman at the gym, on the CBS Original series THE NEIGHBORHOOD, Monday, Jan. 17 (8:00-8:30 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network, and available to stream live and on demand on Paramount+*.
    WRITTEN BY: Terrell Lawrence & Austen Faggen
    DIRECTED BY: Mimi Deaton Promo
  • CBS BOB ♥ ABISHOLA – Monday, January 17 Show More
    WHEN BOB ACCIDENTALLY REVEALS MORENIKE IS GAY, ABISHOLA AND KEMI ARE FORCED TO DEFEND HER AGAINST THEIR CHURCH, AND EVEN THEIR OWN FAMILIES, ON “BOB ♥ ABISHOLA,” MONDAY, JAN. 17
    “Cats in a Bathtub” – When Bob accidentally reveals Morenike is gay, Abishola and Kemi are forced to defend her against their church, and even their own families. Also, Douglas comes clean to Olivia about not being poor, on the CBS Original series BOB ♥ ABISHOLA, Monday, Jan. 17 (8:30-9:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network, and available to stream live and on demand on Paramount+*.
    STORY BY: Al Higgins, Gina Yashere and Gloria Bigelow
    TELEPLAY BY: Nathan Chetty, Marla DuMont and Dave Pilson
    DIRECTED BY: Beth McCarthy-Miller Promo
    AFTER A CIVILIAN RESEARCH VESSEL RESCUES A SMALL BOAT OF WOUNDED NAVY OFFICERS, NCIS ARRIVES ON THE SHIP AND IS FORCED TO HIDE AFTER DISCOVERING TERRORISTS ON BOARD, ON “NCIS,” MONDAY, JAN. 17
    “All Hands” – After a civilian research vessel in the North Atlantic picks up a small boat of wounded Navy officers, NCIS arrives on the ship and is forced to hide after discovering terrorists on board. Also, Agent Knight takes a paper doll with her on the mission to capture photos for her niece’s grade school class, on the CBS Original series NCIS, Monday, Jan. 17 (9:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network, and available to stream live and on demand on Paramount+*.
    WRITTEN BY: Christopher J. Waild
    DIRECTED BY: Martha Mitchell Promo
    WHEN EVIDENCE TO PUT AWAY A DRUG KINGPIN IS STOLEN, LUCY GOES UNDERCOVER AT AN UNDERGROUND POKER TOURNAMENT TO FIND OUT WHICH HIGH-ROLLER IS BEHIND THE CRIME, ON “NCIS: HAWAI`I,” MONDAY, JAN. 17
    “The Game” – When evidence to put away a drug kingpin is stolen, Lucy goes undercover at an underground poker tournament to find out which high-roller is behind the crime. Also, Lucy’s feelings are in turmoil when Whistler’s ex-girlfriend arrives in town, on the CBS Original series NCIS: HAWAI`I, Monday, Jan. 17 (10:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network, and available to stream live and on demand on Paramount+*.
    WRITTEN BY: Noah Evslin & Amy Rutberg
    DIRECTED BY: James Hayman Promo
  • CBS GOOD SAM – Wednesday, January 19 Show More
    GRIFF ORCHESTRATES A COSTLY SURPRISE FOR HIS DAUGHTER, DR. SAM GRIFFITH, WHEN SHE REFUSES TO CONCEDE HER JOB AS CHIEF, ON “GOOD SAM,” WEDNESDAY, JAN. 19
    Sendhil Ramamurthy (“Heroes”)
    Begins a Recurring Role as Therapist Asher Pyne
    Episode Directed by Gina Rodriguez (“Jane the Virgin”)
    “Butt of the Joke” – When Dr. Sam Griffith (Sophia Bush) refuses to concede her role as chief, her father Griff (Jason Isaacs) orchestrates a costly surprise. Also, Sam’s mother, hospital administrator Vivian (Wendy Crewson), turns to her new spouse, therapist Asher Pyne (Sendhil Ramamurthy), for help navigating the battle between her daughter and ex-husband, on the CBS Original series GOOD SAM, Wednesday, Jan. 19 (10:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network, and available to stream live and on demand on Paramount+*.
    WRITTEN BY: Jen Klein
    DIRECTED BY: Gina Rodriguez Promo
  • CBS YOUNG SHELDON – Thursday, January 20 Show More
    SHELDON ATTENDS HIS FIRST COMIC BOOK CONVENTION, ON “YOUNG SHELDON,” THURSDAY, JAN. 20
    Jason Alexander and Wendie Malick Return as Professor Lundy and President Hagemeyer, Respectively
    “A Pink Cadillac and a Glorious Tribal Dance” – Sheldon attends his first comic book convention. Also, Mary tries selling make-up, on the CBS Original series YOUNG SHELDON, Thursday, Jan. 20 (8:00-8:31 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network, and available to stream live and on demand on Paramount+*.
    STORY BY: Steve Holland & Nick Bakay & Yael Glouberman
    TELEPLAY BY: Steven Molaro & Eric Kaplan & Nadiya Chettiar
    DIRECTED BY: Beth McCarthy-Miller Promo
  • CBS UNITED STATES OF AL – Thursday, January 20 Show More
    ART GROWS CONCERNED WHEN AL BECOMES HOOKED ON PLAYING POKER, MISSES A CLASS AND IS LATE FOR WORK, ON “UNITED STATES OF AL,” THURSDAY, JAN. 20
    “Poker / Pokar” – Art grows concerned when Al gets hooked on playing poker, misses a class and is late for work. Also, Lizzie and Brett’s relationship grows stronger, but she struggles with dating again for the first time in a few years, on the CBS Original series UNITED STATES OF AL, Thursday, Jan. 20 (8:31-9:01 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network, and available to stream live and on demand on Paramount+*.
    STORY BY: Andy Gordon, Chuck Lorre, Bobby Telatovich
    TELEPLAY BY: Emily Ann Brandstetter, Anthony Del Broccolo
    DIRECTED BY: Nikki Lorre Promo
  • CBS GHOSTS – Thursday, January 20 Show More
    JUST AS SAM AND JAY ARE ABOUT TO HOST A FRIEND’S WEDDING THAT WOULD PROVIDE GREAT PUBLICITY FOR THEIR B&B, THE GHOST OF HETTY’S HUSBAND TRIES TO RUIN IT, ON “GHOSTS,” THURSDAY, JAN. 20
    Matt Walsh Guest Stars as Hetty’s Husband, Elias Woodstone
    “The Vault” – Just as Sam and Jay are set to host a friend’s wedding that could get their B&B business off the ground, the ghost of Hetty’s husband, Elias Woodstone (Matt Walsh), tries to ruin it, on the CBS Original series GHOSTS, Thursday, Jan. 20 (9:01-9:30 PM, ET/PT) on CBS Television Network, and available to stream live and on demand on Paramount+*.
    WRITTEN BY: Joe Port and Joe Wiseman
    DIRECTED BY: Christine Gernon Promo
  • CBS B POSITIVE – Thursday, January 20 Show More
    GINA HIRES PETER’S SON TO BE HER LAWYER, BUT THINGS GET COMPLICATED WHEN HE ASKS HER OUT, ON “B POSITIVE,” THURSDAY, JAN. 20
    “Louisville, Bubbaroo and Sully” – Gina hires Peter’s son to be her lawyer, but things get complicated when he asks her out. Also, Drew and Harry’s van breaks down during their road trip, leaving them stranded, on the CBS Original series B POSITIVE, Thursday, Jan. 20 (9:30-10:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network, and available to stream live and on demand on Paramount+*.
    STORY BY: Jim Patterson, Warren Bell and Adam Chase
    TELEPLAY BY: Heide Perlman, Jamie Rhonheimer and Jessica Kravitz
    DIRECTED BY: Scott Ellis Promo
    THE TAC TEAM FINDS ITSELF IN A TENSE AND UNPRECEDENTED SITUATION WHEN BULL FACES OFF AGAINST MARISSA IN COURT FOLLOWING HER DEPARTURE FROM THE COMPANY, ON “BULL,” THURSDAY, JAN. 20
    “Family Matters” – The TAC team finds itself in a tense and unprecedented situation when Bull faces off against Marissa and her new boss in court, following her departure from the company. Also, Taylor’s professional life works against her during her custody battle with her ex-husband, on the CBS Original series BULL, Thursday, Jan. 20 (10:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network, and available to stream live and on demand on Paramount+*.
    WRITTEN BY: Steven Paul Martinez
    DIRECTED BY: Leslie Libman Promo
  • CBS MAGNUM P.I. – Friday, January 21 Show More
    SHAMMY ASKS MAGNUM AND HIGGINS TO LOCATE HIS MISSING FRIEND, A HOMELESS VETERAN, ON “MAGNUM P.I.,” FRIDAY, JAN. 21
    “Angels Sometimes Kill” – Shammy (Christopher Thornton) asks Magnum and Higgins to locate his missing friend, a homeless veteran. Also, T.C. tries to get Cade to return to school, but quickly learns it’s not that simple, on the CBS Original series MAGNUM P.I., Friday, Jan. 21 (9:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network, and available to stream live and on demand on Paramount+*.
    WRITTEN BY: Mike Diaz & Barbie Kligman
    DIRECTED BY: Marcus Stokes Promo
  • CBS BLUE BLOODS – Friday, January 21 Show More
    FRANK IS AT ODDS WITH HIS FRIEND ARCHBISHOP KEARNS WHEN HE SAYS THE NYPD ARRESTED THE WRONG MAN FOR A MURDER, BUT HE CAN’T BREAK THE CONFESSIONAL SEAL TO REVEAL THE TRUE KILLER’S IDENTITY, ON “BLUE BLOODS,” FRIDAY, JAN. 21
    Stacy Keach Guest Stars as Archbishop Kevin Kearns
    Will Hochman Returns as Joe Hill, the Newest Reagan Family Member
    “The Reagan Way” – Frank is at odds with his friend Archbishop Kearns (Stacy Keach) when he says the NYPD arrested the wrong man for a murder, but he can’t break the confessional seal to reveal the true killer’s identity. Also, Danny and Baez use unorthodox methods to work around the Church’s confidentiality constraints to find the real killer; Eddie defies Erin and the D.A.’s office to get justice for a sexual assault survivor; and Reagan family ties are put to the test when Jamie and his nephew, Joe Hill (Will Hochman), butt heads over fair police practices, on the CBS Original series BLUE BLOODS, Friday, Jan. 21 (10:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network, and available to stream live and on demand on Paramount+*. Stacy Keach guest stars as Archbishop Kevin Kearns, and Will Hochman returns as Joe Hill, the newest Reagan family member.
    WRITTEN BY: Siobhan Byrne O’Connor
    DIRECTED BY: Jackeline Tejada Promo
  • The CW Two Sentence Horror Stories – Sunday, January 16 Show More
    SEASON PREMIERE – “Crush” – (9:00-9:30 p.m. ET) (TV-14, LV) (HDTV)
    OUR HOUSE IS FILLED WITH MEMORIES… – Living amongst their hoard of forgotten memories, elderly twin sisters Mabel and Jane are at each other’s throats until they find a common enemy. Jacqueline Robbins, Joyce Robbins and Matthew Kevin Anderson star. Kailey & Sam Spear directed the episode written by Amy Do Thurlow. (#310). Original airdate 1/16/2022. Promo
  • The CW Two Sentence Horror Stories – Sunday, January 16 Show More
    “Plant Life” – (9:30-10:00 p.m. ET) (TV-14, V) (HDTV)
    IT’S DANGEROUS TO IGNORE MOTHER NATURE… – A technology-addicted man receives a strange plant from his boyfriend, but soon experiences disturbing changes to his mind and body as the plant takes root in his apartment. Donald Heng, Michael Ayres and Allyson Grant star. Vera Miao directed the episode written by Stephanie Adams-Santos. (#301). Original airdate 1/16/2022. Promo
  • The CW 4400 – Monday, January 17 Show More
    “Great Expectations” – (9:00-10:00 p.m. ET) (TV-PG, DLV) (HDTV)
    THE AFTERMATH – The scene is chaotic, and everyone is still reeling after Mildred’s (Autumn Best) on camera performance, meanwhile the government tries to figure out their next move. Rev (Derrick A. King) is confused by his new ability, Jharrel (Joseph David-Jones) get some unexpected news, and no one seems to know Ladonna’s (Khailah Johnson) whereabouts. The series also stars Brittany Adebumola, TL Thompson, Ireon Roach, Jaye Ladymore, Cory Jeacoma, and AMARR. Rob Greenlea directed the episode written by Mia Katherine Iverson (#109). Original airdate 1/17/2022. Every episode of 4400 will be available to stream on The CW App and CWTV.com the day after broadcast for free and without a subscription, log-in or authentication required. Promo
  • The CW Superman & Lois – Tuesday, January 18 Show More
    “The Ties That Bind” – (8:00-9:00 p.m. ET) (TV-PG, LV) (HDTV)
    DAVID RAMSEY “ARROW” DIRECTS THE EPISODE – Clark (Tyler Hoechlin) opens up to Lois (Elizabeth Tulloch) about his ongoing struggle with visions and admits that there is only one person who might be able to help. Meanwhile, Lana (Emmanuelle Chriqui) receives some unexpected news and tensions begin to rise between Lois and Chrissy (Sofia Hasmik). Lastly, Sarah (Inde Navarrette) breaks plans with Jordan (Alex Garfin) to spend time with Natalie (Taylor Buck). Jordan Elsass, Erik Valdez and Wole Parks star. The episode was directed by David Ramsey and written by Kristi Korzec & Michael Narducci (#202). Original airdate 1/18/2022. Promo
  • The CW Naomi – Tuesday, January 18 Show More
    “Unidentified Flying Object” – (9:00-10:00 p.m. ET) (TV-PG) (HDTV)
    SEARCHING FOR ANSWERS – Following a shocking revelation by Dee (Alexander Wraith), Naomi (Kaci Walfall) enlists her friends to dig deeper into the mystery surrounding unexplained occurrences in Port Oswego and whether they have anything to do with her past. Meanwhile, Naomi’s parents (Barry Watson and Mouzam Makkar) are caught off guard by Naomi’s interrogations. Another ominous encounter with Zumbado (Cranston Johnson) leaves Naomi shaken, and she seeks Dee’s help in taking the next step to embracing her destiny. Also starring Mary-Charles Jones, Daniel Puig, Camila Moreno, Will Meyers and Aidan Gemme. DeMane Davis directed the episode written by Jill Blankenship (#102). Original airdate 1/18/2022. Every episode of NAOMI will be available to stream on CWTV.com and The CW App the day after broadcast for free and without a subscription, log-in or authentication required. Promo
    “Lowest Common Demoninator” – (8:00-9:00 p.m. ET) (TV-PG, DS) (HDTV)
    EMOTIONS RUN HOT – When Gideon jumps the time machine into the Manor Dimension, the which lands in Hell, and Astra (Olivia Swann) realizes that a damned 90’s reality show crew sneaks into the manner causing havoc. Unbeknownst to the Legends, the reality tv crew is causing emotions to spike, and Sara (Caity Lotz) and Ava (Jes Macallan) share their true feelings about their roles as Co-Captains. Behrad (Shayan Sobhian) seeks advice about Astra from Nate (Nick Zano) and Zari (Tala Ashe), but Behrad finds that his past is put on display instead. Meanwhile, when Gideon’s (Amy Pemberton) opinions are ignored and her relationship with Gary (Adam Tsekham) is dismissed, no one could have anticipated what happens. Matt Ryan and Lisseth Chavez also star. Eric Dean Seaton directed the episode written by James Eagan & Emily Cheever (#709). Original airdate 1/19/2022. Promo
  • The CW Batwoman – Wednesday, January 19 Show More
    “Meet Your Maker” – (9:00-10:00 p.m. ET) (TV-14, LV) (HDTV)
    NATURAL DISASTERS – Ryan (Javicia Leslie), Sophie (Meagan Tandy) and Luke (Camrus Johnson) attempt to track down the OG Poison Ivy when all signs point to Pamela Isley’s (guest star Bridget Regan) reappearance in Gotham. At the same time, Mary (Nicole Kang) feels drawn by a powerful force and Alice (Rachel Skarsten) suddenly feels very protective of her stepsister. Meanwhile, Jada (Robin Givens) hasn’t given up on rehabilitating Marquis (Nick Creegan) and seeks the help of an old friend. Guest starring David Ramsey. Michael Blundell directed the episode written by Caroline Dries and Maya Houston (#309). Original airdate 1/19/2022. Every episode of BATWOMAN will be available to stream on The CW App and CWTV.com the day after broadcast for free and without a subscription, log-in or authentication required. Promo
  • The CW Walker – Thursday, January 20 Show More
    “Two Points for Honesty” – (8:00-9:00 p.m. ET) (TV-PG, V) (HDTV)
    CAPTAIN JAMES IS SHOT – While setting up protective detail on Trey (Jeff Pierre), Captain James (Coby Bell) is shot and left in critical condition. Walker (Jared Padalecki) takes on the role of interim Captain and turns to an unlikely source for help. Bosede Williams directed the episode written by Blythe Ann Johnson (#208). Original airdate 1/19/2022. Every episode of WALKER will be available to stream on The CW App and CWTV.com the day after broadcast for free and without a subscription, log-in or authentication required. Promo
  • The CW Nancy Drew – Friday, January 21 Show More
    “The Witch Tree Symbol” – (9:00-10:00 p.m. ET) (TV-PG, V) (HDTV)
    HEXED – Nancy (Kennedy McMann) searches for a missing person targeted by Temperance (guest star Olivia Taylor Dudley), who has also placed a fatal hex on the kids of the Youth Center. With the solution to the Frozen Hearts mystery almost in their grasp, a shocking reversal puts the Drew Crew (Kennedy McMann, Leah Lewis, Maddison Jaizani, Tunji Kasim, Alex Saxon), in the crosshairs. Also starring Scott Wolf. Larry Teng directed the episode written by Erika Harrison (#312). Original airdate 1/21/2022. Every episode of NANCY DREW will be available to stream on The CW App and CWTV.com the day after broadcast for free and without a subscription, log-in or authentication required. Promo
  • Disney Secrets of Sulphur Springs – Friday, January 21, 8:00PM Show More
    “Time Out”(8:00-8:30 p.m. EST)
    Griffin frantically searches for the missing crystal and helps a panicking Daisy to navigate her modern surroundings; meanwhile, Harper has a cryptic vision at the springs. TV-PG Promo
  • DisneyXD LEGO Marvel Avengers – Monday, January 17, 8:30PM Show More
    Original Special Premiere on Disney XD
    “LEGO Marvel Avengers – Time Twisted”(8:30-9:00 p.m. EST)
    When Thanos steals the quantum tunnel, the Avengers embark on a mission to stop him from changing history. TVY7-FV Promo
  • FOX OUR KIND OF PEOPLE – Tuesday, January 18 Show More
    “OUR KIND OF PEOPLE” – (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) CC-HDTV 720p-Dolby Digital 5.1 Video Clips
    TEDDY GIVES ANGELA AN ULTIMATUM ON AN ALL-NEW “OUR KIND OF PEOPLE” TUESDAY, JANUARY 18 ON FOX
    Teddy gives Angela an ultimatum. Raymond regains his confidence and makes an offer to Leah. Aunt Piggy is shocked when a face from the past reappears. A death shocks the Franklin/Dupont families in the all-new “It Is Not Light We Need, but Fire” episode of OUR KIND OF PEOPLE airing Tuesday, Jan. 18 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. (OKP-111) (TV-14 D,L,S)
    Guest Cast: Debbi Morgan as Aunt Piggy; L. Scott Caldwell as Olivia Dupont; McKinley Freeman as Nate; Nicole Chanel Williams as Taylor
  • FOX CALL ME KAT – Thursday, January 20 Show More
    “CALL ME KAT” – (9:00-9:30 PM ET/PT) CC-AD-HDTV 720p-Dolby Digital 5.1 Video Clips
    RANDI STRUGGLES WITH BEING THE ROOMMATE ON AN ALL-NEW “CALL ME KAT” THURSDAY, JANUARY 20, ON FOX
    While staying in Kat’s apartment, Randi starts to feel overwhelmed by Kat’s quirks. Meanwhile, Max and Carter try to teach Phil how to ride a bike in the all-new “Call Me A Sporty Giant” episode of CALL ME KAT airing Thursday, Jan. 20 (9:00-9:31 PM ET/PT) on FOX. (KAT-203) (TV-14 D, L)
    Guest Cast: Christopher Rivas as Oscar; Reggie De Leon as Wesley; Greta Sesheta as Claire; Anastasia Basil as Bethany; Jared Gertner as George; Tim Herzog as Jeff; Richard Whiten as Nelson
  • FOX PIVOTING – Thursday, January 20 Show More
    “PIVOTING” – (9:30-10:00 PM ET/PT) CC-AD-HDTV 720p-Dolby Digital 5.1 Video Clips
    SARAH DRAGS THE LADIES OUT FOR A NIGHT OF SHENANIGANS ON AN ALL-NEW “PIVOTING” THURSDAY, JANUARY 20 ON FOX
    In a desperate attempt to prove she’s fun, Sarah drags Amy and Jodie out on a night of hijinks. Amy struggles to balance a work crisis and her new dedication to motherhood and Jodie’s anxiety takes over after sending a flirty text to Matt without a response in the all-new “The Giving Tree” episode of PIVOTING, airing Thursday, Jan. 20 (9:31-10:00 PM ET). (PIV-102) (TV-14 D, L)
    Guest Cast: Connie Jackson as Gloria; Colton Dunn as Brian; Robert Baker as Dan; Kash Abdulmalik as Huddy; J.B. Smoove as the voice of The Fig
  • Freeform Single Drunk Female – Thursday, January 20, 10:00PM Show More
    Season 1 – TWO EPISODE PREMIERE – “Pilot”
    A public flame-out forces 20-something alcoholic Sam to move back home with her overbearing mother, Carol. Surrounded by all the triggers that made her drink, Sam tries to move past her worst self and figure out her best self. Kinda. Promo
  • Freeform Single Drunk Female – Thursday, January 20, 10:30PM Show More
    Season 1 – TWO EPISODE PREMIERE – “One Day at a Time”
    An awkward run-in with her former best friend and her ex inspires Sam to own up to her past mistakes, both emotionally and financially. Meanwhile, as she resets her relationship with her mom, Sam is horrified to learn Carol is dating. Promo
  • Hallmark Movie Channel DON’T FORGET I LOVE YOU – Saturday, January 22, 8:00PM Show More
    On her birthday, Taylor opens a time capsule left by her deceased mother, which contains six envelopes. In each one is a challenge to complete, challenges that her mother – aware of Taylor’s many anxieties that hold her back – knew would expand her horizons and give her the push she needs in life and to help open her mind, and heart, to the possibility of love. Promo
  • HBO Euphoria – Sunday, January 16, 9:00PM Show More
    Out of Touch
    As the semester kicks off, Jules questions Rue and Elliot’s new friendship. While Cal hunts for answers, Nate makes a tough decision. The lines between fantasy and reality begin to blur as Kat ponders her relationship, and Maddy contemplates the decision to end hers. Promo
  • HBO The Righteous Gemstones – Sunday, January 16, 10:00PM Show More
    “For He Is a Liar and the Father of Lies”
    The Gemstone siblings seek to pull back the curtain on their father’s past. Eli (John Goodman) shares a hard truth, and Kelvin (Adam Devine) grapples with an unruly God Squad.
    Written by Danny McBride & Kevin Barnett & Chris Pappas; Directed by David Gordon Green Promo
  • HBO Somebody Somewhere – Sunday, January 16, 10:30PM Show More
    Starring and executive produced by comedian and singer Bridget Everett, the seven-episode HBO original comedy series SOMEBODY SOMEWHERE debuts on SUNDAY, JANUARY 16 (10:30-11:00p.m. ET/PT) on HBO and is available to stream on HBO Max. From Mighty Mint, Duplass Brothers Productions, and creators & executive producers Hannah Bos and Paul Thureen (writers on HBO’s “High Maintenance”), the series follows Sam (played by Everett), a true Kansan on the surface, but, beneath it all, struggling to fit the hometown mold. Grappling with loss and acceptance, singing is Sam’s saving grace and leads her on a journey to discover herself and a community of outsiders who don’t fit in but don’t give up, showing that finding your people, and finding your voice, is possible. Anywhere. Somewhere. Promo
  • Hulu HOW I MET YOUR FATHER – Tuesday, January 18 Show More
    Today it was announced that the Hulu Originals comedy series “How I Met Your Father” from Isaac Aptaker and Elizabeth Berger (“This Is Us,” “Love, Victor”) has received a straight-to-series order to stream exclusively on Hulu in the United States. The 10-episode comedy will star Hilary Duff (“Younger”) as Sophie, with Duff also serving as a producer. The sequel will use a multi- and single-camera approach similar to its predecessor. “How I Met Your Mother” creators Carter Bays and Craig Thomas will executive produce alongside Aptaker and Berger. 20th Television, which produced the original, will again serve as the studio. In the near future, Sophie (Duff) is telling her son the story of how she met his father: a story that catapults us back to the year 2021 where Sophie and her close-knit group of friends are in the midst of figuring out who they are, what they want out of life, and how to fall in love in the age of dating apps and limitless options. Promo
  • Lifetime MY BEST FRIEND’S SECRET LIFE – Sunday, January 16, 8:00PM Show More
    When teenager Maggie makes a new friend in the cool, edgy Laurel, she’s thrilled. But Maggie soon realizes she’s being groomed for something much worse than a best friend, and it’s up to her mother Kate to save her. Stars René Ashton, Nicolette Langley, Rachel Turner Pusey and Philip Boyd (2021). Promo
  • Lifetime VANISHED: SEARCHING FOR MY SISTER – Saturday, January 22, 9:00PM Show More
    Twins Jada and Kayla (both played by Tatyana Ali) could not be more opposite: Jada being the mild-mannered sister with an office job, and Kayla the wild child. Recently divorced from her husband Warren (Justin Bruening), Kayla asks Jada to watch her daughter while she sets up her new apartment. But after a few days with no word from Kayla, Jada begins to worry and reports her sister missing. With no leads and the police investigation at a standstill, Jada takes matters into her own hands. She disguises herself as her sister and gets pulled into a world of drugs and deceit in order to learn the shocking truth about what really happened to Kayla. Promo
  • LMN KILLER AMBITION – Friday, January 21, 8:00PM Show More
    When a successful businesswoman joins an exclusive entrepreneur society for women, she becomes the target of suspicious attacks and begins questioning the intentions of everyone in her life. Tahnee Harrison, Jonathan Stoddard, Carrie Schroeder, Monique Parent, Sean Kanan star. (2022) Promo
  • NBC “KENAN””HUSTLE AND FLOW” ORIGINAL Show More
    01/17/2022 (08:00PM – 08:30PM) (Monday) : Kenan and Aubrey clash when he refuses to see that she’s growing up. While Gary pursues a controversial revenue stream on social media, Mika, Tami and Pam are inspired to show him the downside. TV-PG
  • NBC “ORDINARY JOE””WHITEOUT” ORIGINAL Show More
    01/17/2022 (10:00PM – 11:00PM) (Monday) : A winter blizzard forces each Joe to confront the limits of his own control. Music Joe goes full rock star mode while on tour alone. An unsavory family secret threatens Cop Joe and Amy. Nurse Joe and Jenny each have cause to celebrate but are unable to be together. TV-14 Promo
  • NBC “AMERICAN AUTO””MILLBANK, IA” ORIGINAL Show More
    01/18/2022 (08:00PM – 08:30PM) (Tuesday) : The group travels to Iowa for the opening of a new factory. TV-14 Promo
  • NBC “GRAND CREW””WINE & HIP HOP” ORIGINAL Show More
    01/18/2022 (08:30PM – 09:00PM) (Tuesday) : TV-14 – Sherm tags along as Nicky sells a house to a famous rapper.
  • NBC “THIS IS US””FOUR FATHERS” ORIGINAL Show More
    01/18/2022 (09:00PM – 10:01PM) (Tuesday) : TV-PG – The fathers struggle to connect with their children. Promo
  • NBC “NEW AMSTERDAM””FAMILY” ORIGINAL Show More
    01/18/2022 (10:01PM – 11:00PM) (Tuesday) : Max and Helen adjust to sharing their lives and their problems, including the challenge of Helen’s mother. Bloom and Reynolds treat a family after their horrific car accident lands them in the ED. Iggy and Trevor reach a new understanding in their business relationship. TV-14  Promo
  • NBC “CHICAGO MED””WHAT YOU DON’T KNOW CAN’T HURT YOU” ORIGINAL Show More
    01/19/2022 (08:00PM – 09:00PM) (Wednesday) : Will and Stevie get stuck in the middle of a marital face-off. Dr. Blake’s entire surgical team mysteriously collapses during a liver transplant. Charles encourages Ethan to reconcile with his father. TV-14 Promo
  • NBC “CHICAGO FIRE””SHOW OF FORCE” ORIGINAL Show More
    01/19/2022 (09:00PM – 10:00PM) (Wednesday) : Boden, Kidd and Severide work together to protect one of their own. At the Fire Academy, Herrmann meets an inspiring young man. Talk of the annual CFD Gala dominates the firehouse. TV-14 Promo
  • NBC “CHICAGO PD””TO PROTECT” ORIGINAL Show More
    01/19/2022 (10:00PM – 11:00PM) (Wednesday) : The team works together to identify the head of the brutal Los Temidos gang. Voight dives deeper into his informant Anna Avalos’ past when her undercover role is threatened. TV-14 Promo
  • NBC “THE BLACKLIST””BOUKMAN BAPTISTE” ORIGINAL Show More
    01/20/2022 (08:00PM – 09:00PM) (Thursday) : A spate of coordinated attacks on Red’s lieutenants puts Dembe in imminent danger, prompting him to relive the events that led him to join the FBI two years earlier. TV-14 
    01/20/2022 (09:00PM – 10:00PM) (Thursday) : When a popular fighter doesn’t show up for the biggest bout of the year, Rollins and Velasco are drawn into a complicated web of secrets. McGrath confides in Benson. TV-14 Promo
    01/20/2022 (10:00PM – 11:00PM) (Thursday) : Stabler asks Bell to have his back when they’re called in to defend their actions. Jet and Malachi work together to pin down Wheatley. Cho and Maldonado go undercover to watch Angela. TV-14 Promo
  • NBC “SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE””WILL FORTE / MANESKIN” ORIGINAL Show More
    01/22/2022 (11:29 PM) (Saturday) : Will Forte is the guest host. Maneskin is the musical guest. From Collider.com: Saturday Night Live has set forth the next mission for none other than MacGruber himself, Will Forte. The actor and comedian will host the next episode of SNL, with musical guest Måneskin. While it’s yet to be seen, a very good episode could be in store as Forte was a cast member on the series from seasons 28 through 35, a span of eight years. Both he and Måneskin will be making their first respective hosting and musical guest debuts.
  • Netflix THE PUPPET MASTER: HUNTING THE ULTIMATE CONMAN – Tuesday, January 18 Show More
    From the acclaimed filmmakers behind The Imposter, this three-part series tells the jaw-dropping story of one of the world’s most audacious conmen who was convicted in 2005 for stealing fortunes and destroying multiple lives. But now, in an incredible twist, the story reaches into the present day, with a desperate family who fear for their mother’s safety. Promo
  • Netflix JUANPIS GONZÁLEZ – THE SERIES – Wednesday, January 19 Show More
    A Colombian snob forays into the uncharted territories of dirty politics and true love while attempting to pass a test to inherit the family business. Promo
  • Netflix SUMMER HEAT – Friday, January 21 Show More
    A group of young adults working at a paradisiac resort live an unforgettable summer as they discover love, true friendships and devastating secrets. Promo
  • Nickelodeon WARPED! – Thursday, January 20, 7:30PM Show More
    Nickelodeon’s new live-action buddy comedy series Warped! is set to premiere Thursday, Jan. 20, at 7:30 p.m. (ET/PT). The show follows two employees of a popular comic book shop, Warped!, who learn to embrace their differences, become best friends and set off to create the world’s greatest graphic novel. In Warped!, Milo (Anton Starkman), the beloved head geek at a popular strip-mall comic book shop, Warped!, finds his world disrupted when his boss hires a new employee. With the quirky and excitable Ruby (Kate Godfrey) now on the payroll, the two form an unlikely alliance to create the world’s greatest graphic novel. Joining them in their adventures are Darby (Ariana Molkara), a smart and fashion-forward friend who is always there to lend a hand, and Hurley (Christopher Martinez), a neighboring pizza shop employee who spends his time coming up with brilliant culinary creations. Promo
  • OWN THE KINGS OF NAPA – Tuesday, January 18, 8:00PM Show More
    She’s Gotta Crush It – The Kings of Napa is focused on a gorgeous and picturesque Napa Valley, California vineyard owned by the Kings, an aspirational African American family whose wealth and status lands them on the pages of design magazines and society pages. The wine business has brought the family success and acclaim, but following the patriarch’s sudden exit from the company, his three children must grapple for the reigns to the kingdom — to their own power, wealth, and legacy. Promo
  • PBS All Creatures Great And Small – Sunday, January 16, 9:00PM Show More
    James invites Helen to the gala spring dance. Siegfried also tries his luck with romance. Promo
  • PBS Vienna Blood – Sunday, January 16, 10:00PM Show More
    The Melancholy Countess, Part 2
    Circumstantial evidence points to the countess’s young friend having poisoned her, but without a motive, Oskar and Max must widen the search. A breakthrough in Max’s analysis of the countess’s dreams opens a new line of investigation. 
  • Peacock SUPERNATURAL ACADEMY – Thursday, January 20 Show More
    The series is the book adaptation of best-selling series “The Supernatural Academy” from Jaymin Eve, chronicling an otherworldly adventure of sisters marked at birth. One twin sister was raised in the Supernatural world, confident and popular. The other was raised in the human world, an offbeat outsider. Now they’re about to be reunited at the Supernatural Academy, and neither one of them is thrilled about it. These adversarial twins will have to learn to get over their differences and trust each other in order to save themselves – and save the world! Promo
  • Showtime YELLOWJACKETS – Sunday, January 16, 10:00 PM Show More
    Sic Transit Gloria Mundi
    On the night of their 25-year class reunion, the Yellowjackets navigate damning evidence, false alibis and a dubious attempt to “heal.” In the wilderness, the Doomcoming fallout finds everything firmly off the rails as simmering resentments come to a head. Promo
  • Starz POWER Book II: Ghost – Sunday, January 16, 8:00PM Show More
    Forced My Hand
    Tariq, finds himself on a quest for normalcy, which is not in arm’s reach as he returns to school and attempts to find evidence of his innocence. Helping Tariq, as always, are Davis and Saxe. Promo
  • TNT Claws – Sunday, January 16, 9:00PM Show More
    Chapter Seven: Ascension
    Desna vows not to rest until she has dismantled Uncle Daddy’s organization from the inside out. Jenn’s questionable friendship with Tony is discovered by both Desna and Bryce, threatening to destroy both relationships. Promo
  • UP Tv FISHING FOR LOVE – Sunday, January 16, 7:00PM Show More
    Talented chef Courtney Preston’s life is turned upside down after the death of her father. Armed with a family heirloom her father left behind called the “Rule Book of Love,” Courtney’s passion for cooking is reignited as she finds love in a place she least expects. Promo

 

NON-FICTION

  • ABC Monday Night Football: Progressive NFL Super Wild Card Kickoff (1/17) Show More
    MONDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL Airing Monday, January 17, 2022 (8:00 PM-8:15 PM EST) on ABC.
    “Progressive NFL Super Wild Card Kickoff”
  • ABC Monday Night Football: Super Wild Card Weekend – NFC: 5 Arizona at 4 Los Angeles Rams (1/17) Show More
    MONDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL Airing Monday, January 17, 2022 (8:15 PM-11:15 PM EST) on ABC.
    “Super Wild Card Weekend – NFC: 5 Arizona at 4 Los Angeles Rams”
  • ABC Supermarket Sweep: Tough Like Leather But Well Put Together! (1/9) Show More
    “Tough Like Leather But Well Put Together!”– Three-time Emmy® nominee and comedienne Leslie Jones is back with a stockpile of groceries and more good times when an all-new episode of “Supermarket Sweep” airs SUNDAY, JAN. 9 (9:00-10:00 p.m. EST), on ABC. (TV-PG, L)
  • ABC Judge Steve Harvey: Ok Mr. Hightower! (1/18) Show More
    “Ok Mr. Hightower!” – Steve Harvey serves as the judge, jury and star, and must rule on various cases in his courtroom based on some good old common sense. In the first case, it’s a real family feud, when one brother sues another over damages, distress and lost profits caused by a destroyed camper. In the second case, a woman sues a close friend over a number of financial loans that have not been repaid. In the third case, a father attempts to collect rent from his son who has moved back home and is acting like a child on “Judge Steve Harvey,” TUESDAY, JAN. 18 (8:00-9:00 p.m. EST), on ABC. (TV-PG, L)
  • ABC THE CHASE: It’s Ladies’ Night! (1/19) Show More
    “The Chase,” airing WEDNESDAY, JAN. 19 (10:00-11:00 p.m. EST) “It’s Ladies’ Night!” – Ken “The Professor” Jennings takes on three new hopefuls as they face off against him in a race against the clock on “The Chase,” WEDNESDAY, JAN. 19 (10:00-11:00 p.m. EST), on ABC.
  • ABC Let The World See: Say His Name (1/20) Show More
    Final Episode of ‘Let the World See’ Follows the Aftermath of Emmett Till’s Death to Its Influence on the Civil Rights Movement and the Present-Day Fight for Justice
    The final episode of “Let The World See” follows what Ms. Mamie Till-Mobley and her family did in the face of the acquittal of the men who murdered Emmett Till and how Ms. Mamie Till-Mobley’s actions helped to shape the civil rights movement. The program examines why, after two FBI re-investigations, Ms. Mamie Till-Mobley and her family’s quest for justice continues and how the questions she raised and the actions she took remain central to the present-day fight for justice. The episode features interviews with Ms. Mamie Till- Mobley and Emmett Till’s cousins Rev. Wheeler Parker, who was a witness to his abduction, as well as Ms. Thelma Wright and Ms. Ollie Gordon; recording artist and activist Common; former first lady Michelle Obama; Rev. Jesse Jackson Sr.; retired FBI agent Lent Rice; professors Dr. Khalil Gibran Muhammad and Gloria J. Browne-Marshall and more. “Let The World See” airs THURSDAY, JAN. 20 (10:31-11:00 p.m. EST), on ABC.
    “1305” – First into the Tank is a young entrepreneur from Baltimore, Maryland, who presents her easy-to-use organic skincare product line born from a personal need. A fashion designer from Los Angeles, California, introduces her all female company that makes confidence-boosting swimwear; while entrepreneurs from Longmont, Colorado, pitch their convenient tool that helps to combat an annoying problem. An entrepreneur from Orem, Utah, introduces his lifestyle jewelry brand made from a unique recycled material on all-new episode on “Shark Tank,” FRIDAY, JAN. 21 (8:00-9:01 p.m. EST), on ABC. (TV-PG) Watch episodes on demand and on Hulu the day following the premiere.
    In a Shark Tank update, Aaron Powell from Denton, Texas, updates his investor, Barbara Corcoran, on Bunch Bikes, his electric cargo bike line.
    The Sharks in this episode are Mark Cuban, Daymond John, Kevin O’Leary, Lori Greiner, Daymond John and Barbara Corcoran.
  • ABC 20/20: Lori Vallow update (1/21) Show More
    20/20 Airing Friday, January 21, 2022 (9:01 PM-11:00 PM EST) on ABC. – ‘20/20’ Features First TV Network Interview With Lori Vallow’s Brother Who Discusses Disappearance and Murder of Her Children
    ‘20/20’ Includes Never-Before-Seen Video of Her Husband Chad Daybell’s Teachings and New Evidence From Police
    Two years ago, the strange and horrific story of Lori Vallow gripped the nation when after falling in love with doomsday prepper and author, Chad Daybell, her children mysteriously disappeared and authorities later found them buried in his backyard. Now, as Lori and Chad both face charges in connection to the murders of her children, JJ Vallow and Tylee Ryan, ABC News contributor Ryan Smith sits down for the first TV network interview with her brother, Adam Cox. He opens up about her strange shift in behavior before the murders; her involvement with Chad and his doomsday beliefs; his thoughts on the alleged involvement of his brother, Alex Cox; and how these haunting events affected him and his family. “20/20” contains never-before-seen video of Chad’s teachings and new home videos of the Cox family, including Alex at shooting practice. It also has newly released evidence from authorities, including video of police interviews with Lori, Alex, and Tylee and texts that Chad sent to Lori detailing his infatuation with her. The two-hour program includes interviews with “The Followers: Madness of Two” podcast host Sarah Treleaven, and producer and ABC News consultant Beth Karas; as well as interviews from the ABC News archives with Kay and Larry Woodcock, grandparents of JJ; Janis Cox, Lori’s mom; Melani Pawlowski, Lori’s niece; Chandler Police detectives who worked on the case; and friends of Lori and Chad. Chad pleaded not guilty to the charges he’s facing. Lori is undergoing mental evaluations to see if she is competent for trial. “20/20” airs Friday, Jan. 21 (9:01-11:00 p.m. EST), on ABC, next day on Hulu.
    ABC News’ “20/20” is an award-winning primetime program anchored by David Muir and Amy Robach. A proven leader as a long-form newsmagazine for over 40 years, “20/20” features unforgettable, character-driven true-crime mysteries, exclusive newsmaker interviews, hard-hitting investigative reports and in-depth coverage of high profile stories. The two-hour “20/20” events air Fridays from 9:01–11:00 p.m. EST on ABC and are available to stream on ABC News digital platforms and Hulu. David Sloan is senior executive producer, and Janice Johnston is executive producer.
    *COPYRIGHT ©2021 American Broadcasting Companies, Inc.
  • Bravo The Real Housewives of Atlanta Porsha’s Family Matters – Sunday, January 16, 8:00PM Show More
    Can’t Get Right
    Back in Atlanta, Porsha prepares for Pilar’s upcoming surgery, while Aunt Liz hopes to reunite the family at the grand opening of Hosea Helps. Porsha and Dennis attempt to finalize the details of their co-parenting plan.
  • Bravo The Real Housewives of Salt Lake City – Sunday, January 16, 9:00PM Show More
    Who’s Calling Who A Fraud? Preview
    The ride to Zion has the women on edge as Jen and Lisa face off over her refusal to choose sides between Jen and Meredith. Whitney aims to reunite the group with some spiritual healing, but her efforts quickly go to waste when tempers flare at the white dinner. Meredith’s integrity is called into question, and Jen finally gets a chance to ask for the truth.
  • Bravo The Real Housewives of Orange County – Wednesday, January 19, 8:00PM Show More
    Wild Cards Preview
    Heather charters a private jet to Cabo San Lucas for the ladies. Noella ends up trailing behind after receiving a last minute invite from Gina. The crew enjoys some fun in the sun while Jen opens up to Heather about her struggles to find balance at home. Temperatures start to rise as soon as Noella arrives and Gina finds herself running interference.
  • CBS “60 MINUTES” LISTINGS FOR SUNDAY, JAN. 16 Show More
    “60 MINUTES” LISTINGS FOR SUNDAY, JAN. 16
    8:00-9:00 PM, ET/7:00-8:00 PM, PT
    THE BETRAYAL – 60 MINUTES reveals new findings from an unprecedented investigation into the seven-decade-old mystery of how the Nazis discovered Anne Frank, her family and four others hiding in an Amsterdam annex. Otto Frank, Anne’s father, the only family member to survive the Holocaust, returned from Auschwitz with a question: Who betrayed their hiding place to the Nazis? Two inquiries by the Dutch police and decades of research have resulted in theories but no definitive answers. In 2016 a team of investigators and researchers, led by former FBI agent Vince Pankoke, launched a new effort to crack this cold case using modern investigative techniques and technology. Jon Wertheim speaks with Pankoke and others on the team about their groundbreaking approach to this stubborn question, revealing their prime suspect. This is a two-part report. David M. Levine is the producer. Preview
    CHRIS STAPLETON – His contemporaries will tell you he’s among the best that country music has these days. Kentucky-bred Chris Stapleton is a triple-threat: a powerfully gifted singer, prolific songwriter, and skilled guitar player. His talents have connected with music fans across generations and genres. Sharyn Alfonsi traveled to Nashville, where Stapleton performed at the Bridgestone Arena and showed 60 MINUTES around town and inside his rehearsal space filled with artifacts and awards. Alfonsi also interviewed Stapleton and his wife and bandmate, Morgane, about their life together and making country music. John Hamlin is the producer. Preview
  • CBS THE PRICE IS RIGHT – Wednesday, January 19 Show More
    “THE PRICE IS RIGHT AT NIGHT” PRIMETIME SPECIAL WELCOMES THE HOSTS OF “THE TALK,” WEDNESDAY, JAN. 19
    CBS’ top-rated daytime game show THE PRICE IS RIGHT, hosted by Drew Carey, welcomes the hosts of Daytime Emmy-winning talk show THE TALK to the primetime special THE PRICE IS RIGHT AT NIGHT, Wednesday, Jan. 19 (8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network, and available to stream live and on demand on Paramount+*.
    THE TALK hosts – Akbar Gbajabiamila, Amanda Kloots, Natalie Morales, Jerry O’Connell and Sheryl Underwood – will come on down and play alongside contestants for Feeding America, the nation’s largest hunger relief charity, and contestants will compete for amazing prizes, including cash, trips and cars.
    THE PRICE IS RIGHT, network television’s #1-rated daytime series and the longest-running game show in television history, is produced by Fremantle and broadcast weekdays (11:00 AM-12:00 PM, ET/10:00-11:00 AM, PT). Evelyn Warfel is the executive producer.
    THE TALK airs weekdays (2:00-3:00 PM, ET; 1:00-2:00 PM, PT/CT) on the CBS Television Network and is available to stream live and on demand on Paramount+. THE TALK is produced by CBS Studios.
  • CBS THE AMAZING RACE – Wednesday, January 19 Show More
    HOST PHIL KEOGHAN GATHERS THE TEAMS IN SWITZERLAND TO RESTART THE RACE NEARLY 20 MONTHS AFTER PRODUCTION WAS SUSPENDED FOR THE PANDEMIC, AND THE LONGEST PIT STOP IN THE SHOW’S HISTORY, ON “THE AMAZING RACE,” WEDNESDAY, JAN. 19
    “Ready to Restart the Race” – Host Phil Keoghan gathers the teams in Switzerland to restart the Race nearly 20 months after production was suspended for the pandemic, and the longest pit stop in the show’s history, on the CBS Original series THE AMAZING RACE, Wednesday, Jan. 19 (9:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network, and available to stream live and on demand on Paramount+*.
  • CBS UNDERCOVER BOSS – Friday, January 21 Show More
    FRIDAY JAN. 21
    “The Vitamin Shoppe” – The Vitamin Shoppe’s CEO, Sharon M. Leite, goes undercover to learn new ways to achieve added growth for her brand and to experience how her new operational changes and innovations are impacting the front lines. Will the boss find a healthy balance between the happiness of her employees and the satisfaction of their customers? Will her work as a store associate supplement the team’s efforts or set them back?
    The Vitamin Shoppe® is a global specialty retailer and wellness lifestyle company, providing trusted products and guidance for nutritional solutions, including vitamins, minerals, specialty supplements, herbs, sports nutrition, homeopathic remedies, green living products and natural beauty aids. The company conducts business in the U.S. online and in over 700 company-operated retail stores under The Vitamin Shoppe/Super Supplements banners, and internationally in select Asia, South America and Central America markets.
  • CBS 48 HOURS – Saturday, January 22 Show More
    1/22/22 (Saturday) (10:00 PM) on CBS. – AFTER A COLORADO MOTHER OF TWO VANISHES ON MOTHER’S DAY, BIZARRE CLUES EMERGE – A CHIPMUNK ALIBI, A TRANQUILIZER GUN, A SPY PEN AND AN AFFAIR
    “48 Hours” Investigates: “The Suzanne Morphew Case: Nothing Is What It Seems” Preview
    When a Colorado mother of two vanished on Mother’s Day 2020, police initially thought maybe she was taken while riding her mountain bike. They also considered her husband. Then, bizarre clues emerged – a chipmunk alibi, a tranquilizer gun, a spy pen and an affair.
    Peter Van Sant and 48 HOURS investigate the disappearance of Suzanne Morphew, the case against her husband Barry Morphew, and incredible twists the story takes in “The Suzanne Morphew Case: Nothing Is What It Seems,” to be broadcast Saturday, Jan. 22 (10:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network and streaming on Paramount+.
    “When something like this happens … when somebody goes missing … you want answers,” said Aya Gruber, a law professor at the University of Colorado and a former defense attorney. “But this case is incredibly unique … when you started to dig a little bit deeper. Nothing is what it seems.”
    The case gave investigators a mound of evidence to sift through. Suzanne Morphew disappeared days after telling her husband she was “done” with their marriage. Investigators noticed Barry Morphew’s cell phone appeared to be pinging all around his house on Mother’s Day weekend 2020, which he maintains was because he was chasing and shooting at chipmunks to shoot. Investigators also found a plastic cap for a syringe that they believe was used to load a tranquilizer dart in the couple’s dryer. Barry Morphew, investigators say, told them he didn’t know how the cap got there, but admitted he was an experienced tranquilizer dart gun shooter. The cap, however, had Suzanne Morphew’s DNA on it, not Barry’s. Investigators also found a spy pen right out of a James Bond movie that was able to capture and record conversations. One of the conversations the pen captured was between Suzanne Morphew and a secret lover. Investigators also uncovered DNA on the glovebox of Suzanne Morphew’s Range Rover, which traced back to an unknown male connected to three sexual assaults.
    But prosecutors arrested Barry Morphew for first-degree murder even though Suzanne Morphew’s body was never found. In their arrest affidavit, prosecutors spelled out what they believe happened to her: “It had become clear that Barry could not control Suzanne’s insistence on leaving him, and he resorted to something he has done his entire life – hunt and control Suzanne like he had hunted and controlled animals.”
    Morphew pled not guilty.
    What really happened to Suzanne Morphew? Barry Morphew talked to investigators dozens of times, but they believe he knows more than he’s saying.
    “When somebody goes missing who’s beloved and had children,” said Gruber, “you want the bad guy to be held accountable, but in some cases they are just mysteries.”
    48 HOURS: “The Suzanne Morphew Case: Nothing Is What It Seems” is produced by Paul La Rosa. Elena DiFiore is the field producer. Stephen A. McCain is the development producer. Atticus Brady, Michael Baluzy and George Baluzy are the editors. Peter Schweitzer is the senior producer. Nancy Kramer is the executive story editor. Judy Tygard is the executive producer.
    48 HOURS is broadcast Saturdays at 10:00 PM, ET/PT, on CBS and streams on Paramount+.
  • The CW Legends Of The Hidden Temple – Sunday, January 16 Show More
    “The Sumarian Legend of Gilgamesh” – (8:00-9:00 p.m. ET) (TV-PG, DL) (HDTV)
    THE SUMARIAN LEGEND OF GILGAMESH – Cristela Alonzo cheers on four teams as they compete to win the chance at the Temple Run and $25,000 (#112). Original airdate 1/16/2022. Every episode of LEGENDS OF THE HIDDEN TEMPLE will be available to stream on CWTV.com and The CW App the day after broadcast for free and without a subscription, log-in or authentication required.
  • The CW Penn & Teller: Fool Us – Friday, January 21 Show More
    “Stabba Dabba Deck” – (8:00-9:00 p.m. ET) (TV-PG, L) (HDTV)
    WILL PENN & TELLER BE FOOLED THIS WEEK? – Aspiring magicians are invited to perform their best trick to try and fool the world-famous team of Penn & Teller, who will get to see the trick only once and have to immediately try to work it out. Anyone who succeeds wins the right to perform with Penn & Teller in their celebrated show at the Rio Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. The TV audience watches along with Penn & Teller as they try to figure out the secrets. The magicians featured in the episode include Zak Mirz, John-Henry, Andy Deemer and Thomas Solomon. Alyson Hannigan (“How I Met Your Mother”) serves as host (#811). Original airdate 1/21/2022.
  • The CW Whose Line Is It Anyway? – Saturday, January 22 Show More
    “Kyle Richards 2” – (8:00-8:30 p.m. ET) (TV-14, DL) (HDTV)
    LAUGHING NEVER GOES OUT OF STLYE – WITH GUEST STAR APPEARANCE BY KYLE RICHARDS (“THE REAL HOUSEWIVES OF BEVERLY HILLS”) – Hosted by comedian Aisha Tyler, cast members Ryan Stiles, Wayne Brady and Colin Mochrie, along with guest comedian Jonathan Mangum put their comedic skills to the test through a series of spontaneous improv games that are prompted only by random ideas supplied by the studio audience. The four performers must use the little information they have and their wild imaginations to depict different characters and an array of scenes, as well as perform songs. After each round of improvisation, Aisha will dole out points to our four performers and declare a winner at the end of every episode. Directed by Geraldine Dowd (#1008). Original airdate 1/22/2022.
  • The CW World’s Funniest Animals – Saturday, January 22 Show More
    “Episode 210” – (9:00-9:30 p.m. ET) (TV-PG) (HDTV)
    CHRISTINA OCHOA (“ANIMAL KINGDOM”) STOPS BY – We have playful puppies, boorish birds, a litany of labs, cows attending a live concert, entertaining elk, sporty sheep, and a stallion who is a pretty amazing soccer player. Hosted by Elizabeth Stanton with special guest Christina Ochoa and commentary by Miklalah Gordon, Carmen Hodgson, Noah Matthews, and Brian Cooper (#210). Original airdate 1/22/2022. Every episode of WORLD’S FUNNIEST ANIMALS will be available to stream on The CW App and CWTV.com the day after broadcast for free and without a subscription, log-in or authentication required.
  • FOX I CAN SEE YOUR VOICE – Wednesday, January 19 Show More
    “I CAN SEE YOUR VOICE” – (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT) CC-AD-HDTV 720p-Dolby Digital 5.1 Video Clips
    CAN YOU GUESS WHO THE GOOD SINGERS ARE? ON AN ALL-NEW “I CAN SEE YOUR VOICE” WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 19, ON FOX
    Hosted by Ken Jeong, permanent panelists Cheryl Hines and Adrienne Bailon-Houghton and an additional rotating panel of celebrity detectives, must help one contestant tell the difference between good and bad singers, without ever hearing them sing a note. With $100,000 on the line and the celebrity panel by their side, the contestant will attempt to weed out the bad “Secret Voices” from the good, based on a series of clues, interrogation and lip synch challenges. New this season, contestants are given one chance to use the “Golden Mic,” which grants them advice from one secret mystery celebrity. In the end, the singer whom the contestant picks will reveal if they are good or bad in a duet performance with Kelly Rowland, resulting in an amazing musical collaboration or a totally hilarious train wreck in the all-new “Episode 3: Kelly Rowland, Kelly Osbourne, Brian Austin Green, Cheryl Hines, Adrienne Houghton” episode of I CAN SEE YOUR VOICE airing Wednesday, Jan. 19 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. (VOI-207) (TV-PG D, L)
  • FOX NEXT LEVEL CHEF – Wednesday, January 19 Show More
    “NEXT LEVEL CHEF” – (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) CC-AD-HDTV 720p-Dolby Digital 5.1 Video Clips
    THE CONTESTANTS FLY THE COOP AS THEY PREPARE A NEXT LEVEL POULTRY DISH ON AN ALL-NEW “NEXT LEVEL CHEF” WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 19, ON FOX
    Gordon Ramsay, Nyesha Arrington and Richard Blais challenge their teams to create a poultry dish! Each team is randomly assigned to a kitchen, where they will need to prove that they can create magic in any environment, even when the odds are stacked against them. The best dish will keep one entire team safe from elimination, but one contestant will be sent home with their dreams up in flames in the all-new “Fowl Play” episode of NEXT LEVEL CHEF airing Wednesday, Jan. 19 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. (NLC-104) (TV-14 L)
  • FOX JOE MILLIONAIRE: FOR RICHER OR POORER – Thursday, January 20 Show More
    “JOE MILLIONAIRE: FOR RICHER OR POORER” – (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT) CC-AD-HDTV 720p-Dolby Digital 5.1 Video Clips
    PA: Viewer Discretion is advised.
    A MOVIE NIGHT GETS MIXED REVIEWS FROM THE LADIES ON AN ALL-NEW “JOE MILLIONAIRE: FOR RICHER OR POORER” THURSDAY, JANUARY 20, ON FOX
    The ladies are cordially invited by Martin the Butler to a movie night that unexpectedly turns the spotlight back on them. With the ladies in the hot seat, tensions run high as the men’s emotions get the best of them and motives are questioned. Grab some popcorn and tuck into another adventure at Lakeshore Manor filled with laughter, tears and new connections in the all-new “Movie Night Meltdown” episode of JOE MILLIONAIRE: FOR RICHER OR POORER airing Thursday, Jan. 20 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. (JOM-104) (TV-14 D,L,S)
  • FOX WWE’S FRIDAY NIGHT SMACKDOWN – Friday, January 21 Show More
    “WWE’S FRIDAY NIGHT SMACKDOWN” – (8:00-10:00 PM ET live/PT tape-delayed) CC-HDTV 720p-Dolby Digital 5.1 Video Clips
    FOX SPORTS PRESENTS “WWE’S FRIDAY NIGHT SMACKDOWN” FRIDAY, JANUARY 21, ON FOX
    A unique combination of edge-of-your-seat action, unpredictable drama and world-class athleticism, FOX Sports presents WWE’S FRIDAY NIGHT SMACKDOWN airing Friday, Jan. 21 (8:00-10:00 PM ET live/PT tape-delayed) on FOX. (WWE-2403) (TV-PG D, L, S, V)
  • FOX FOX SPORTS SPECIAL – Saturday, January 22 Show More
    “FOX SPORTS SPECIAL” – (8:00 PM-CC ET Live/5:00 PM-CC PT Live) CC-HDTV 720p-Dolby Digital 5.1
    FOX SPORTS PRESENTS FOX SPORTS SPECIAL SATURDAY, JANUARY 22, ON FOX
    FOX SPORTS SPECIAL airs Saturday, Jan. 22 on FOX. (8:00 PM-CC ET Live/5:00 PM-CC PT Live) (FSP-2243) (n/a)
  • FOX FOX SPORTS SPECIAL – Saturday, January 22 Show More
    “FOX SPORTS SPECIAL” – (11:30 PM-CC ET Live/8:30 PM-CC PT Live) CC-HDTV 720p-Dolby Digital 5.1
    FOX SPORTS PRESENTS FOX SPORTS SPECIAL SATURDAY, JANUARY 22, ON FOX
    FOX SPORTS SPECIAL airs Saturday, Jan. 22 on FOX. (11:30 PM-CC ET Live/8:30 PM-CC PT Live) (FSP-2244) (n/a)
  • HBO Real Time With Bill Maher – Friday, January 21, 10:00PM Show More
    REAL TIME WITH BILL MAHER debuts its landmark 20th season FRIDAY, JANUARY 21 (10:00-11:00 p.m. ET/7:00-8:00 p.m. PT). Allowing Maher to offer his unique perspective on contemporary issues, the show includes an opening monologue, roundtable discussions with panelists and interviews with guests.
    This week features a one-on-one interview with professor of history at Yale University and author of “On Tyranny Graphic Edition: Twenty Lessons from the Twentieth Century,” Timothy Snyder. This week’s panel discussion will include editor of the newsletter “Common Sense” on Substack and host of the podcast “Honestly,” Bari Weiss; and Democratic Congressman representing New York’s 15th district who, at 25 years old, became New York City’s youngest elected official and the first Afro-Latino, LGBTQ member of Congress, Rep. Ritchie Torres.
  • NBC “FOOTBALL NIGHT IN AMERICA””011622” ORIGINAL Show More
    01/16/2022 (07:30PM – 08:15PM) (Sunday) : TV-14 – Mike Tirico and Maria Taylor look at Wild Card playoff weekend and preview Steelers-Chiefs with Tony Dungy, Chris Simms, Drew Brees, insider Mike Florio, Rodney Harrison and Jac Collinsworth.: Week 18 highlights and discussion, plus a preview of tonight’s regular season finale. Mike Tirico and Maria Taylor host, with Tony Dungy, Chris Simms, Drew Brees, insider Mike Florio, Rodney Harrison and Jac Collinsworth.
  • NBC “SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL””NFL WILD CARD PLAYOFF GAME #1 (PITTSBURGH AT KANSAS CITY)” ORIGINAL
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    01/16/2022 (08:15PM – 11:30PM) (Sunday) : Pittsburgh Steelers At Kansas City Chiefs
    Pittsburgh Steelers at Kansas City Chiefs in an AFC Wild-Card game. From Arrowhead Stadium.
  • NBC “THAT’S MY JAM””ANTHONY ANDERSON & T-PAIN VS. RYAN TEDDER & BEBE REXHA” ORIGINAL Show More
    01/17/2022 (09:00PM – 10:00PM) (Monday) : Celebrity guests Anthony Anderson, T-Pain, Ryan Tedder and Bebe Rexha compete?in a series of music, dance and trivia-based games and musical performances. TV-PG D,L
  • NBC “DATELINE””FR3118” ORIGINAL Show More
    01/21/2022 (09:00PM – 11:00PM) (Friday) :NEW FRIDAY DATELINE NBC: CONNECTICUT MOTHER SPEAKS OUT ABOUT THE FIGHT TO KEEP HER ATTACKER FROM WALKING FREE
    Dateline’s New “Evil Paid a Visit ” Airs Friday, January 21 at 9 p.m./8 p.m. CT
    THE STORY: In the weeks after 36-year-old mother Donna Palomba is raped, investigators accuse her of lying and threaten her with arrest. Eleven years later, police finally track down her attacker and reveal his identity, sending shockwaves throughout the community. Donna speaks out in Friday’s broadcast about her years-long journey for justice and the latest developments in the case, including the fight to keep her assailant from walking free.
    REPORTED BY: Andrea Canning WHERE: Waterbury, Connecticut
    INTERVIEWS WITH: Donna Palomba, her husband John Palomba, the Palomba children and others.
    Dateline NBC is the longest-running series in NBC primetime history and is now in its 30th season. Dateline is anchored by Lester Holt and features correspondents Andrea Canning, Josh Mankiewicz, Keith Morrison and Dennis Murphy.
  • Syfy RESIDENT ALIEN – Monday, January 17, 10:00PM Show More
    First Look – Season Two. Returns Wednesday, January 26
    Based on the Dark Horse comics, SYFY’s “Resident Alien” follows a crash-landed alien named Harry (Alan Tudyk) whose secret mission is to kill all humans. In season two, Harry is once again stranded on Earth where he must confront the consequences of having failed his people’s mission to destroy the human race. On his new quest to protect the people of Earth, Harry struggles to hold on to his alien identity as his human emotions grow stronger by the day. In an adventure that takes Harry and Asta (Sara Tomko) all the way to New York City, Asta brings Harry into the arms of someone he can call family. While back in Patience, Sheriff Mike (Corey Reynolds) and Deputy Liv (Elizabeth Bowen) find themselves closer to unraveling the mystery of Sam Hodges’s murder. Promo
  • TBS Wipeout – Tuesday, January 18, 9:00PM Show More
    Wipeout is back and BIGGER than ever! This week, flamenco dancers, pro tennis players and musical sweethearts will take on the hardest Wipeout course in history with the hopes of winning $25,000.
  • TBS The Go-Big Show – Thursday, January 20, 9:00PM Show More
    The limits are tested like never before with extreme height, intense fire, raging stallions, a shocking lift and judges in danger. Six more crazy acts duke it out for a shot at the $100,000 prize. Judged by Rosario Dawson, Jennifer Nettles, T Pain and Cody Rhodes. Hosted by Bert Kreischer.
  • TBS Full Frontal With Samantha Bee – Thursday, January 20, 10:00PM Show More
    Season 7 Premiere – TBA
  • USA Network WWE RAW – Monday, January 17, 8:00PM Show More
    1/17/22 – from wrestlinginc.com: WWE RAW Preview For Tonight: Bobby Lashley, What’s Next For RK-Bro?, Becky Lynch
    Tonight’s WWE RAW will take place from the BOK Center in Tulsa, Oklahoma with more build for the Royal Rumble.
    WWE has not announced any matches for tonight’s show, but Omos vs. Reggie was teased last week.
    It should be noted that WWE Champion Brock Lesnar is not currently advertised for tonight’s RAW, by WWE or the arena. Bobby Lashley will be on the show to respond to last week’s jokes made by Lesnar during their in-ring segment.
    WWE has announced the following line-up for tonight’s RAW:
    * Bobby Lashley issues an “All Mighty Response” to WWE Champion Brock Lesnar’s jokes
    * RAW Women’s Champion Becky Lynch reacts to new challenger Doudrop
    * What’s next for RK-Bro? Can Randy Orton and Riddle bounce back from losing the RAW Tag Team Titles
  • USA Network WWE NXT – Tuesday, January 18, 8:00PM Show More
    1/18/22 – WWE NXT Preview For Tonight: Dusty Classic Kicks Off, WALTER In Action, Elektra Lopez, More
    Tonight’s WWE NXT 2.0 will be the second episode of the new era with NXT Champion Bron Breakker leading the brand.
    The 2022 Men’s Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic will kick off tonight, and continue next week. First round matches include MSK vs. Jacket Time, Edris Enofe and Malik Blade vs. Legado del Fantasma, The Creed Brothers vs. Josh Briggs and Brooks Jensen, and Grizzled Young Veterans vs. Andre Chase and Bodhi Hayward.
    As seen in the promo below, WWE is teasing an appearance by Elektra Lopez on this week’s show. She picked Santos Escobar over Xyon Quinn on last week’s NXT.
    Below is the current line-up for tonight:
    * Elektra Lopez plans to unleash
    * The 2022 Men’s Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic kicks off
    * Tony D’Angelo hosts a memorial service for Pete Dunne
    * WALTER vs. Roderick Strong

 

RERUNS

  • ABC America’s Funniest Home Videos: 3203 (1/16)(Rebroadcast. OAD: 10/17/21) Show More
    “3203” – It’s kids getting upset for dumb reasons, a woman having an unfortunate mishap with cupcakes while driving, and people getting fooled by the “uncooked pasta prank,” on “America’s Funniest Home Videos,” SUNDAY, JAN. 16 (7:00-8:00 p.m. EST), on ABC. (TV-PG) Watch episodes on demand and on Hulu the day following their premieres. (Rebroadcast. OAD: 10/17/21)
  • ABC Celebrity Wheel of Fortune: Melissa Joan Hart, Tituss Burgess and Lacey Chabert (1/16)(Rebroadcast. OAD: 10/17/21) Show More
    “Melissa Joan Hart, Tituss Burgess and Lacey Chabert” – Hosted by pop-culture legends Pat Sajak and Vanna White, “Celebrity Wheel of Fortune” takes a star-studded spin on America’s Game®, SUNDAY, JAN. 16 (8:00-9:00 p.m. EST), on ABC. “Celebrity Wheel of Fortune” welcomes celebrity contestants to spin the world’s most famous Wheel and solve puzzles for a chance to win $1 million. All of the money won by the celebrity contestants will go to a charity of their choice. Watch episodes on demand and on Hulu the day following their premieres. (TV-PG) (Rebroadcast. OAD: 10/17/21)
    This episode’s celebrity contestants include Melissa Joan Hart (playing for Youth Villages), Tituss Burgess (playing for Broadway Dreams Foundation Corporation) and Lacey Chabert (playing for New Day Foundation For Families).
  • ABC Supermarket Sweep: Bring That Meat Back, Girl! (1/16) Show More
    “Bring That Meat Back, Girl!” – Three-time Emmy® nominee and comedienne Leslie Jones is back with a stockpile of groceries and more good times when “Supermarket Sweep” airs SUNDAY, JAN. 16 (9:00-10:00 p.m. EST), on ABC. (TV-PG, L) Watch episodes on demand and on Hulu the day following their premieres. (Rebroadcast. OAD: 0/17/21)
  • ABC The Rookie: In the Line of Fire (1/16) (Rebroadcast. OAD: 10/10/21) Show More
    “In the Line of Fire” – Officer Nolan and officer Chen report to a structure fire and suspect that there is more to the situation than meets the eye. Meanwhile, after witnessing a sniper shooting, the team searches for the shooter and discovers that the perpetrator has a connection to one of their own, on “The Rookie SUNDAY, JAN. 16 (10:00-11:00 p.m. EST), on ABC. (TV-14, V) Watch episodes con demand and on Hulu the day following their premieres. (Rebroadcast. OAD: 10/10/21)
    Guest starring is Jay McLaren as Elijah, Jenna Dewan as Bailey Nune and Tru Valentino as Aaron Thorsen.
    “In the Line of Fire” was written by Robert Bella and directed by Dan Willis. Promo
  • ABC Shark Tank: 1301 (1/22) (Rebroadcast. OAD: 10/8/21) Show More
    “1301” – Emma Grede, the CEO of fashion juggernaut Good American and founding partner of SKIMS, makes history when she joins the Tank as the first Black female guest Shark. First into the Tank is an entrepreneur from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, who presents her functional apparel and accessories line with an emphasis in hair care and protection. A husband and wife from Cincinnati, Ohio, think they have the next heavenly combination of taste and health transformation when they pitch their healthy superfood-packed indulgence. A high school art teacher from Burnet, Texas, introduces the Sharks to her convenient and safe way to store jewelry when on the go, while a passionate and renowned fashion designer from New York City wants to transform the way clothes are manufactured in America on “Shark Tank,” airing SATURDAY, JAN. 22 (8:00-9:00 p.m. EST), on ABC. (TV-PG, L) Watch episodes on demand and on Hulu the day following their premieres. (Rebroadcast. OAD: 10/8/21)
    The Sharks in this episode are Mark Cuban, Kevin O’Leary, Lori Greiner, Barbara Corcoran and Guest Shark Emma Grede.
  • ABC Shark Tank: 1302 (1/22) (Rebroadcast. OAD: 10/15/21) Show More
    “1302” – Peter Jones, global business tycoon and original Dragon from BBC’s “Dragon’s Den” (the U.K. version of “Shark Tank”), brings his expertise from across the pond into the Tank. First into the Tank are entrepreneurs from Chattanooga, Tennessee, who think their gift of music is sure to make their dreams come true when they introduce their one-of-a-kind custom song service to the Sharks. Entrepreneurs from Sacramento, California, pitch their helpful work-from-home product that increases productivity, boosts confidence and decreases interruptions. A proper sibling duo from Austin, Texas, present their convenient and healthy meal service that does not require refrigeration, mailed directly to your door while siblings from Seabrook, New Hampshire, hope to hook the Sharks with their apparel company focused on helping clean the world’s oceans on “Shark Tank,” airing SATURDAY, JAN. 22 (9:00-10:00 p.m. EST), on ABC. (TV-PG, L) Watch episodes on demand and on Hulu the day following their premieres. (Rebroadcast. OAD: 10/15/21)
    The Sharks in this episode are Mark Cuban, Kevin O’Leary, Lori Greiner, Barbara Corcoran and Guest Shark Peter Jones.
  • ABC The Rookie: Red Hot (1/22) (Rebroadcast. OAD: 10/17/21) Show More
    “Red Hot” – Officer Nolan and Officer Chen search for a missing person who may have international ties that puts everyone’s lives in danger. Meanwhile, Harper continues the search for a serial arsonist after responding to a report of an injured cyclist. Elsewhere, Wesley must overcome an impossible task on “The Rookie,” SATURDAY, JAN. 22 (10:00-11:00 p.m. EST), on ABC. (TV-14, V) Watch episodes on demand and on Hulu the day following their premieres. (Rebroadcast. OAD: 10/17/21)
    Guest starring is Jay McLaren as Elijah, Tru Valentino as Aaron Thorsen and Jenna Dewan as Bailey.
    “Red Hot” was written by Diana Mendez and directed by Lisa Demaine. Promo
  • CBS THE EQUALIZER – Sunday, January 16 Show More
    AS MCCALL CONSIDERS ENDING HER VIGILANTE WORK, SHE’S PULLED BACK IN WHEN SHE TAKES ON DETECTIVE DANTE AS A NEW CLIENT, ON A REBROADCAST OF THE SECOND SEASON PREMIERE OF “THE EQUALIZER,” SUNDAY, JANUARY 16
    “Aftermath” – Just as McCall considers ending her work as The Equalizer, she’s pulled back in when she takes on Detective Marcus Dante as a new client who needs her help to find an untraceable group of bank robbers, on the second season premiere of THE EQUALIZER, Sunday, January 16 (9:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network, and available to stream live and on demand on Paramount+. (OAD 10/10/21)
    WRITTEN BY: Andrew W. Marlowe & Terri Edda Miller
    BASED ON: The original series by Richard Lindheim & Michael Sloan
    DIRECTED BY: Slick Naim Promo
  • CBS S.W.A.T. – Sunday, January 16 Show More
    HONDO RETREATS TO MEXICO TO PONDER HIS FUTURE AND FINDS HIMSELF DRAWN INTO A LOCAL FAMILY’S FIGHT FOR JUSTICE, ON A REBROADCAST OF THE SEASON PREMIERE OF “S.W.A.T.,” SUNDAY, JANUARY 16
    “Vagabundo” – In the aftermath of his decision to speak out in the press, Hondo retreats to a quiet town in Mexico to reassess his life and professional future, only to find himself reluctantly drawn into one local family’s fight for justice, on the season premiere of S.W.A.T., Sunday, January 16 (10:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network, and available to stream live and on demand on Paramount+. (OAD 10/1/21)
    WRITTEN BY: Mellori Velasquez
    DIRECTED BY: Billy Gierhart Promo
    MAGGIE, OA AND THE TEAM MUST STOP A HACKER WHO IS DISABLING LIFE-SAVING EQUIPMENT IN SEVERAL NEW YORK CITY HOSPITALS, INCLUDING ONE WHERE JUBAL’S SON AWAITS AN IMPORTANT SURGERY, ON A REBROADCAST OF “FBI,” TUESDAY, JANUARY 18
    “Hacktivist” – Maggie, OA and the team must stop a hacker who is disabling life-saving equipment in several New York City hospitals, while demanding a full investigation into the recently deceased patients of a local psychiatric facility. With Jubal’s son waiting for important surgery at one of the impacted hospitals, Jubal’s adamant about remaining involved in the case despite Isobel’s reservations, on FBI, Tuesday, January 18 (8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network, and available to stream live and on demand on Paramount+. (OAD 9/28/21)
    WRITTEN BY: Claire Demorest
    DIRECTED BY: Jean De Segonzac 
  • CBS FBI: INTERNATIONAL – Tuesday, January 18 Show More
    THE TEAM INVESTIGATES THE SUDDEN DISAPPEARANCE OF A U.S. INTELLIGENCE NEGOTIATOR AFTER HER PARIS APARTMENT IS FOUND COVERED IN HER BLOOD, ON A REBROADCAST OF “FBI: INTERNATIONAL,” TUESDAY, JANUARY 18
    “The Secrets She Knows” – After a U.S. intelligence negotiator goes missing and her ransacked Paris apartment is discovered to be covered in her blood, the team is on the clock to find her before the country’s nuclear secrets fall into the wrong hands. Also, Forrester finds himself drawing certain parallels to his mother’s disappearance, on the CBS Original series FBI: INTERNATIONAL, Tuesday, January 18 (9:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network, and available to stream live and on demand on Paramount+. (OAD 11/9/21)
    WRITTEN BY: Brooke Roberts
    DIRECTED BY: Anton Cropper Promo
  • CBS FBI: MOST WANTED – Tuesday, January 18 Show More
    NEW FUGITIVE TASK FORCE MEMBER KRISTIN GAINES JOINS JESS AND THE TEAM, AS THEY HEAD TO D.C. TO FIND A DANGEROUS FUGITIVE FROM THE JAN. 6 CAPITOL RIOT, ON A REBROADCAST OF “FBI: MOST WANTED,” TUESDAY, JANUARY 18
    “Patriots” – New Fugitive Task Force member Kristin Gaines joins Jess and the team, as they head to D.C. to find a dangerous fugitive from the Jan. 6 Capitol riot, on FBI: MOST WANTED, Tuesday, January 18 (10:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network, and available to stream live and on demand on Paramount+. (OAD 9/28/21)
    WRITTEN BY: Richard Sweren
    DIRECTED BY: Peter Stebbings Promo
  • CBS MCCALL FINDS HERSELF IN THE CROSSHAIRS OF A FOREIGN GOVERNMENT’S INTELLIGENCE AGENCY WHEN HER FRIEND MIRA, A DIPLOMAT’S DAUGHTER, SEEKS MCCALL’S HELP TO FIND HER MISSING BROTHER, ON A REBROADCAST OF “THE EQUALIZER,” SATURDAY, JANUARY 22 Promo
    “The Kingdom” – McCall finds herself in the crosshairs of a foreign government’s intelligence agency when her friend Mira (Melis Aker), a diplomat’s daughter, seeks McCall’s help to find her missing brother. Also, Dante faces suspicion from a fellow detective newly tasked by the district attorney to find the vigilante knows as the Equalizer, on the CBS Original series THE EQUALIZER, Saturday, January 22 (8:00-9:00 PM, ET/8:00-9:00 PM, PT) on the CBS Television Network, and available to stream live and on demand on Paramount+. (OAD 10/17/21)
    WRITTEN BY: Zoe Robyn DIRECTED BY: Randy Zisk
    BASED ON: The original series by Richard Lindheim & Michael Sloan
  • CBS HONDO, HIS FATHER DANIEL SR. AND HONDO’S TEEN CHARGE DARRYL CONFRONT THE HISTORY OF RACIAL TENSION IN LOS ANGELES SINCE THE RODNEY KING VERDICT IN 1992, ON A REBROADCAST OF “S.W.A.T.,” SATURDAY, JANUARY 22
    Guest Stars Include Donald Dash as 17-Year-Old Hondo and Rico E. Anderson as Younger Daniel Sr.
    Episode Written by Executive Producer Aaron Rahsaan Thomas Promo
    “3 Seventeen Year Olds” – Hondo, his father Daniel Sr. (Obba Babatundé) and his teen charge Darryl (Deshae Frost) confront the history of racial tension in Los Angeles between law enforcement and the Black community, through flashbacks to the city in 1992 following the Rodney King verdict. Also, the SWAT team pursues El Diablo’s scattered drug cartel hiding in the city and a Jihadist group detonating bombs in coordinated attacks, on a rebroadcast of S.W.A.T., Saturday, January 22 (9:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. Guest stars include Donald Dash as 17-year-old Hondo and Rico E. Anderson as younger Daniel Sr. Episode written by executive producer Aaron Rahsaan Thomas. (Originally broadcast 11/11/20.)
    WRITTEN BY: Aaron Rahsaan Thomas
    DIRECTED BY: Billy Gierhart
  • The CW Naomi – Monday, January 17 Show More
    “Pilot” – (8:00-9:00 p.m. ET) (TV-PG) (HDTV)
    SERIES PREMIERE – Naomi McDuffie (Kaci Walfall) is living her best life as a top student, skateboarder and Superman-stan, when a supposed “stunt” in the middle of her hometown of Port Oswego turns her world upside down. While Naomi’s doting parents – Greg and Jennifer McDuffie (Barry Watson and Mouzam Makkar) – are concerned with their daughter’s strange new fainting spells, the teen’s closest friends – Annabelle (Mary-Charles Jones), Nathan (Anthony Puig), Lourdes (Camila Moreno), Anthony (Will Meyers), and Jacob (Aidan Gemme) – join Naomi to help uncover who or what is behind the unexpected event that has the small military town buzzing. A bit of sleuthing leads Naomi and her friends to discover that the owners of two local businesses – Dee (Alexander Wraith) and Zumbado (Cranston Johnson) – seem to know a lot more about the incident than everyone else. Soon Naomi realizes that the mysterious event is just the beginning of a thrilling journey that will change her life and challenge her to question everything she knew to be true. Amanda Marsalis directed the episode written by Ava DuVernay and Jill Blankenship (#101). Original airdate 1/11/2022. Every episode of NAOMI will be available to stream on CWTV.com and The CW App the day after broadcast for free and without a subscription, log-in or authentication required. Promo
    “Someplace Far Away From All This Violence” – (9:00-10:00 p.m. ET) (TV-14, LV) (HDTV)
    PROMISES, PROMISES – The Super Squad continues to work on helping Hope (Danielle Rose Russell), much to her dismay. MG (Quincy Fouse) makes a last-ditch effort at helping the Super Squad, but things do not go as he had planned. Meanwhile, Lizzie (Jenny Boyd) searches for answers as Josie (Kaylee Bryant) goes to extreme measures. Aria Shaghasemi, Matthew Davis, Chris Lee, Leo Howard and Ben Levin also star. America Young directed the episode written by Jose Molina & Hannah Rosner and directed by Barbara Brown (#403). Original airdate 12/2/2021. Promo
  • The CW Whose Line Is It Anyway? – Saturday, January 22 Show More
    “Jeff Davis 14” – (8:30-9:00 p.m. ET) (TV-14, DL) (HDTV)
    THE POINTS DO NOT MATTER – Hosted by comedian Aisha Tyler, cast members Ryan Stiles, Wayne Brady and Colin Mochrie, along with guest comedian Jeff Davis, put their comedic skills to the test through a series of spontaneous improv games that are prompted only by random ideas supplied by the studio audience. The four performers must use the little information they have and their wild imaginations to depict different characters and an array of scenes, as well as perform songs. After each round of improvisation, Aisha will dole out points to our four performers and declare a winner at the end of every episode. Directed by Geraldine Dowd (#909). Original airdate 3/19/2021.
  • The CW World’s Funniest Animals – Saturday, January 22 Show More
    “Episode 207” – (9:30-10:00 p.m. ET) (TV-PG) (HDTV)
    SPECIAL GUEST NEIL BROWN JR (“SEAL TEAM”) JOINS IN ON THE FUN – We have mischievous monkeys, dreaming dogs, stealing seals, copy cats, a goat on a blind date?!, Delighted dogs, and a cat who loves World’s Funniest Animals! Hosted by Elizabeth Stanton with special guest Neal Brown Jr. and commentary by Brian Cooper, Mikalah Gordon, Carmen Hodgson and Noah Matthews (#207). Original airdate 11/20/2021. Every episode of WORLD’S FUNNIEST ANIMALS will be available to stream on The CW App and CWTV.com the day after broadcast for free and without a subscription, log-in or authentication required.
  • FOX THE SIMPSONS – Sunday, January 16 Show More
    “THE SIMPSONS” – (7:00-7:30 PM ET/PT) CC-HDTV 720p-Dolby Digital 5.1
    LISA REACTS TO MARGE’S HURTFUL WORD ON “THE SIMPSONS” SUNDAY, JANUARY 16, ON FOX
    Marge puts a hurtful word in Lisa’s brain and Bart gets swole in the “Lisa’s Belly” episode of THE SIMPSONS airing Sunday, Jan. 16 (7:00-7:30 PM ET/PT) on FOX. (SI-3220) (TV-PG D, L, S, V) Promo
  • FOX BOB’S BURGERS – Sunday, January 16 Show More
    “BOB’S BURGERS” – (7:30-8:00 PM ET/PT) CC-AD-HDTV 720p-Dolby Digital 5.1
    GENE DOESN’T WANT TO GROW UP ON THE “BOB’S BURGERS” SUNDAY, JANUARY 16, ON FOX
    Gene has a freak-out about growing up and he desperately tries to relive his youth. Meanwhile, Linda is tempted to try the fancy new hair salon that opened up next to Bob’s Burgers, but she’s scared of her hairdresser-slash-friend Gretchen’s wrath in the “Seven-tween Again” episode of BOB’S BURGERS airing Sunday, Jan. 16 (7:30-8:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. (BOB-1104) (TV-PG L)
    Guest Voice Cast: Paul rust as Alex; Katie Crown as Becca/Georgia; Paige King as Miss Erica; John Early as Receptionist; David Herman as Ryder; Kate Berlant as Shampooer  Promo 
  • FOX THE SIMPSONS – Sunday, January 16 Show More
    “THE SIMPSONS” – (8:00-8:30 PM ET/PT) CC-HDTV 720p-Dolby Digital 5.1
    GRAMPA FALLS VICTIM TO A PHONE SCAM ON “THE SIMPSONS” SUNDAY, JANUARY 16, ON FOX
    Alan Cumming (“Schmigadoon”) and Scott Hanson (“NFL RedZone”) Make Guest-Voice Appearances
    When Grampa falls victim to a phone scammer, the Simpsons set out on a mission of vengeance to get his money back in the “Bart’s in Jail!” episode of THE SIMPSONS airing Sunday, Jan. 16 (8:00-8:30 PM ET/PT) on FOX. (SI-3218) (TV-PG L, V)
    Guest Cast: Alan Cumming as Norse Deity/Loki, Scott Hanson as Sports Anchor, Grey Griffin as Young Woman, Alex Hirsch as Bill Cipher   Promo
  • FOX THE GREAT NORTH – Sunday, January 16 Show More
    “THE GREAT NORTH” – (8:30-9:00 PM ET/PT) CC-HDTV 720p-Dolby Digital 5.1
    THE TOBINS TAKE CARE OF DELMER ON “THE GREAT NORTH” SUNDAY, JANUARY 16, ON FOX
    After Delmer suffers a concussion while eating soup, the Tobins tell their favorite stories about him in order to keep him awake and alive in the “Wanted: Delmer Alive Adventure” episode of THE GREAT NORTH airing Sunday, Jan. 16 at (8:30-9:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. (GRN-204) (TV-14 D,L,V)
    Guest Cast: Wyatt Cenac as Deppy and Sea Captain; Rob Delaney as Brian; Brooke Dillman as Administrator #1, Alien #1, and Waitress; Daniele Gaither as Administrator #2, Alien #2, and Kinberly; David Herman as Alien #3, Lawler, and Mayor Pockets; Aloysius Hootch as Delmer and Tim Jennings as Duke.  Promo 
  • FOX BOB’S BURGERS – Sunday, January 16 Show More
    “BOB’S BURGERS” – (9:00-9:30 PM ET/PT) CC-AD-HDTV 720p-Dolby Digital 5.1
    THE BELCHER’S VISIT A RETIREMENT HOME ON “BOB’S BURGERS” SUNDAY, JANUARY 16, ON FOX
    Stephanie Beatriz Guest-Voices
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Interview with actors from “Safe Room”

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Nicole Ari Parker and Nik Sanchez

Interview with actors from “Safe Room” on Lifetime by Suzanne 1/10/22

This was from another Lifetime Press Panel on Zoom. It was a lot of fun. I enjoyed this movie, too. It was a good, suspenseful drama. The actors did a great job. I was the third questioner below.

MODERATOR: Please join me in welcoming the cast of “Safe Room.” We have with us today the stars Nicole Ari Parker, her husband Boris Kodjoe, who not only stars in the movie but is also making his directorial debut, Drea De Matteo, Mackenzie Astin, and the talented Nik Sanchez.

NICOLE ARI PARKER: Woo hoo.

BORIS KODJOE: Hey, what up?

NICOLE ARI PARKER: What up?

MODERATOR: I’m going to get us started immediately with questions from the floor and, once again if you’d like to ask a question please raise your hand, and we have a lot already, so I’m going to get started. The first question goes to Jay Bobbin. Jay, if you can unmute your line.

QUESTION: Hello, thank you very much. Hi, everyone. Thanks for doing this. Boris, when you’re doing something like this the space you have to work with is somewhat limited, obviously. Can you talk a little bit about the challenges and how you meet those to keep your camera moving within such a finite space and keep things active and just keep things in motion?

BORIS KODJOE: That’s a great question. You know, one of the things that I discussed with my DP, Jay Feather, who’s a genius, who — We discussed expanding out of the room by way of creating visuals that pull you in and that create a different sort of angle and a different vision. And so we talked to Luie Garcia, who is our amazing production designer, and she really created magic in that room and every wall, if you noticed, every wall was different, and everything sort of looked different that gave us a different perspective. When the camera was where the front door was and looked into the room there was an amazing wallpaper, I don’t know if you remember, that sort of took us out of the room into nature, but it was definitely at the forefront of my mind, because I didn’t want the audience to feel like we were constricted, and then it’d turn into sort of like a boring thing every time they head into the space.

QUESTION: Thank you.

MODERATOR: Our next question goes to Rick Bentley.

QUESTION: Thank you very much. And, Nicole, I have to imagine that the easiest part of doing this role was the motherly instinct to protect. Can you just talk about was that set, and you just had to work on all the other aspects?

NICOLE ARI PARKER: Well, when I met Nik Sanchez it was very easy to love him and want to protect him. So, yes, I am a mom, but also that does not always translate when you have to — when the movie’s cast, but Nik was so generous with me, because when you’re playing a parent it’s not just the title of mom. It’s the small things, the way you touch your son or your daughter, the way you hug them and talk to them, and I really wanted to respect Nik’s space, and he let me violate him with kisses and hugs.

[LAUGHTER]

NICOLE ARI PARKER: So, yeah, it was a wonderful experience to work with such a talented young actor playing my son.

QUESTION: If I can quickly ask Nik to respond.

NIK SANCHEZ: Yeah.

QUESTION: How was it working with Nicole?

NIK SANCHEZ: Well, she was amazing. She felt like a real mom to me, and both Boris and Nicole knew that this was going to be like their first movie project, so like they made sure like before, we had lunch together, and like they made sure that I felt comfortable and knew what was going on and, immediately, I already like knew that me and Nicole were going to get along, and it really felt like I had two moms on set because like, yeah, they were just amazing, and you and Nicole was amazing.

QUESTION: Thank you.

NIK SANCHEZ: Yeah.

NICOLE ARI PARKER: Shout out to your mom, Naomi, who is incredible and also very kind and patient with me because part of revealing a relationship is what happens in private and between a mother and a son or a mother and a daughter. How do you really be there for your kid in crisis, and then in the confines of shooting it like what is the aspect that we can show in this moment. And Naomi, Nik’s mom, said these are the kind of things I do when I’m at home with Nik and Damaya (SP), and this is how I solve a crisis, and so I’m really grateful for her presence on set.

MODERATOR: Thank you, and thank you, Rick. The next question goes to Suzanne with “TVMeg.”

NICOLE ARI PARKER: Hi, Drea.

DREA DE MATTEO: Hi, Nicole. You look really, really, really cute right now.

NICOLE ARI PARKER: So do you.

DREA DE MATTEO: I was going to text you, but I’m like I’m just going to stay still. I’m going to be cool.

NICOLE ARI PARKER: I was thinking the same thing. I was like —

DREA DE MATTEO: I was like she looks smokin’.

NICOLE ARI PARKER: Thank you.

MODERATOR: Suzanne, go right ahead with your question.

QUESTION: Okay. Can you hear me now?

BORIS KODJOE: Yeah. Hi, Suzanne, speak up.

QUESTION: Okay, hi. Sorry. So I really love this movie. It’s such an interesting idea and has so many twists and turns. You didn’t know what was going to happen next. Boris, did you write the movie or just direct it, just to clarify for me real quick?

BORIS KODJOE: No, I did not write the movie. The movie was written by the amazing — I keep pronouncing her name wrong. Help me. Her name is… sorry. I did not write the movie. I made some tweaks and changes to accommodate the location and some of the aspects we have to deal with. Also, in terms of the characters I made some changes to accommodate all the amazing actors we have but, no, I did not write the movie and before you leave us I will have the name of the incredible writer who wrote this movie.

QUESTION: All right. And what attracted you to the script?

BORIS KODJOE: The mother/son relationship is what attracted me to the script. Obviously, there are circumstances that are high stakes and dangerous and suspenseful, which lent itself to heighten the stakes to the point where it’s life or death. But, to me, at the core was the mother and son relationship, because when you have a child on the spectrum, as a parent, you constantly put out fires. You deal with and you manage your child, and there’s a whole lot of things we project on our children, but throughout the movie the relationship between the mother and the son changes, and she really sees him in a different light, because he steps up and at the end, I can’t give it away, but really comes into his own.

QUESTION: Yes, thank you so much.

BORIS KODJOE: And her name is Nneka, by the way. Nneka, Nneka — How do you pronounce it? Gerstle?

NICOLE ARI PARKER: I think it’s Gerstle.

BORIS KODJOE: Nneka Gerstle is her name.

QUESTION: Thank you so much.

MODERATOR: Thank you, Suzanne.

NICOLE ARI PARKER: And it’s N-N-E-K-A.

BORIS KODJOE: N-N-E-K-A, Nneka.

NICOLE ARI PARKER: Watch her be like my name is [SOUNDS LIKE: Neeka Ga-still-lay].

(Laughter.)

DREA DE MATTEO: This is my favorite conversation.

MODERATOR: The next question goes to the “Hollywood Times.” If you could unmute your mic.

QUESTION: Oh, good morning. I have a question for Boris, and then I have a follow-up for Nicole. How was it stepping in behind the camera and directing the film? Did you find it challenging to direct and star in the film?

BORIS KODJOE: Thanks for the question. Actually, that was not the most challenging part. The most — Hello?

QUESTION: That’s not me talking.

BORIS KODJOE: Okay. Can you hear me?

QUESTION: Yeah, I can hear you.

BORIS KODJOE: The most challenging part for me was to get all my ideas and my vision into this very sort of constrained schedule. We didn’t have a lot of time, and it made it very challenging for me, and I had to be very creative with —

NICOLE ARI PARKER: Very quickly.

BORIS KODJOE: –with Jay Feather, my DP. We had to figure out ways to tell the story and to respect my vision while not going over budget. That was the most challenging part to me.

NICOLE ARI PARKER: You were also really nervous to meet Drea.

BORIS KODJOE: Yes, I was very nervous to meet Drea.

NICOLE ARI PARKER: Because she’s the bomb.

BORIS KODJOE: That was the second most challenging part of shooting this movie.

DREA DE MATTEO: Oh, because I’m so scary.

NICOLE ARI PARKER: We did not know how sweet and kind and shy and delicate she was. You know, she has this massive presence and persona —

BORIS KODJOE: Persona, yes. She’s a delicate flower.

NICOLE ARI PARKER: She’s totally a delicate flower.

BORIS KODJOE: On a meadow, somewhere in a black forest. I had no idea.

DREA DE MATTEO: It’s the eyebrows, the mean eyebrows.

BORIS KODJOE: But we had a lot of challenges. We had flooding on the set. We had an active shooter in the neighborhood who made it really hard for us to continue.

NICOLE ARI PARKER: We had the cicadas, the 17-year, yeah.

BORIS KODJOE: Cicadas came and descended down —

NICOLE ARI PARKER: Right on the house with the sound department, and we can’t shoot anything.

BORIS KODJOE: And we had the camera truck stolen, so —

NICOLE ARI PARKER: Well, just the, the entire truck wasn’t stolen, just the cameras in the camera truck.

BORIS KODJOE: In the camera truck.

NICOLE ARI PARKER: Yeah.

BORIS KODJOE: Yeah. So a lot of challenges but with these beautiful people here that you see, and the quarterback next to me, I was able to pull through; Jay Feather, the DP; obviously, Dominique Telson, our producer, and we got it done.

QUESTION: Nicole, you’ve shared seamlessly, actually, shared the screen with Boris over a decade, but was it easy taking direction from him because he is your real husband? And do you feel like he made it a point to try and exceed your expectations?

NICOLE ARI PARKER: Well, I think that we have such a great rapport back and forth because we did meet on “Soul Food” twenty years ago in a TV setting, so we know how a set runs. My first impulse was to collaborate, so he would tell me something day one, and I would be like, “Well, actually, if you just push in and then da-da-da-da-da,” and I realized like halfway through the sentence, because everybody was silent — I think, Mack, you were there that day — I just, in that moment, I was like we’ve got one take, and we have to do it in four minutes, okay? And he is the captain of the ship, and I have to just let him do it. So I pushed back like day one, scene one.

BORIS KODJOE: Yeah.

NICOLE ARI PARKER: And then after that I just did what he said.

BORIS KODJOE: Well, she realized that a lot of preparation went into setting up these shots and, you know —

NICOLE ARI PARKER: Yes.

BORIS KODJOE: — I had the confined space, time, a lot of things to deal with, and I think she realized that I had through those things numerous times, and I had plan A, B, C, D, E, F, G ready to go.

NICOLE ARI PARKER: Yeah. And I looked Mack’s face. I was like, “Because you’re an actor, right? Mack, you get it. You get what I’m saying, that if you just run in and then fall he can just shoot it from…” and Mack just looked at me like (Makes face.)

MACKENZIE ASTIN: Got to make this day, got to make this day —

BORIS KODJOE: He pled the fifth, he pled the fifth.

NICOLE ARI PARKER: He (totally pled the fifth @ 00:14:07).

BORIS KODJOE: He pled the fifth. He was hiding behind his mask. (Laughter.)

QUESTION: Thank you both for doing this today.

BORIS & NICOLE: Thank you.

MODERATOR: The next question is an email question for Drea. Drea, you have a huge fan following from “The Sopranos,” and in this movie you play the villain Rocco, who’s also a tough-talking type. Did you like playing Rocco?

DREA DE MATTEO: I really, really did. I think, well, this has been the month of me playing psychopaths, just the beginning of it. So I think I’m used to playing a victim, so it was nice to victimize somebody else. There’s a real freedom that comes with being a psychopath. You’re just not careful about anything, nothing is calculated. Everything is just, you know, it just all hangs out. So, yes, I really enjoyed being able to be this awful human being. There’s no redeeming qualities here.

MODERATOR: Thank you, Drea. The next question is from Karen Moul. Karen, if you can unmute your mic.

QUESTION: Hi, everybody. Hi from Baltimore. I’m calling you from my place in Baltimore.

NICOLE ARI PARKER: Hi, Karen.

BORIS KODJOE: Hey.

QUESTION: In fact, Mack and I are neighbors and go to the same restaurant.

MODERATOR: Ask a question.

BORIS KODJOE: Wow.

QUESTION: When I read about this movie I thought Drea De Matteo and Mackenzie Astin as the heavies, that’s a little unexpected, and then halfway through the film I thought these two need like a spinoff like a workplace comedy with these characters, and I wonder if you could talk about where you guys found your chemistry together and for these two characters, and how you enjoyed playing them together.

DREA DE MATTEO: Go Mack.

MACKENZIE ASTIN: Well, I’ll go ahead and say that I think like the universe helped establish the chemistry. Drea and I have known each other for about twenty years now. An old friend of mine that I worked with ended up working with her and connected us, and we became friends. So I actually sort of got this job because Drea recommended me, so there’s an instant chemistry boost right there, but we’ve known each other twenty some-odd years now, so that stuff’s sort of already in there, which is great, actually. And the opportunity to work together after being friends for so long absolutely destroyed our friendship. (Laughter.)

BORIS KODJOE: Karen, I want to jump in here real quick because, yes, it’s not true. He didn’t get the job because Drea recommended him. He got the job because —

NICOLE ARI PARKER: He got the audition because Drea recommended him.

BORIS KODJOE: Exactly. He got the audition because Drea recommended him.

NICOLE ARI PARKER: And then killed it.

BORIS KODJOE: And he slaughtered and incinerated the audition.

NICOLE ARI PARKER: And I’m from Baltimore, and my mother and father still live in Baltimore, so I was like you got to give it to Baltimore, man. You got to give it to Baltimore.

BORIS KODJOE: No, he came in and it was scorched earth.

NICOLE ARI PARKER: Yeah. He shut it down.

BORIS KODJOE: He took the role.

MACKENZIE ASTIN: Well, a lot of stuff conspired to make it all come together for which I’m super grateful, because it’s not that often that a job comes to town, and it was good to get onboard.

QUESTION: Well, Dominic and Rocco were a lot of fun and very scary, so thanks a lot.

MODERATOR: Thank you, Karen. The next question is from Noah Wilson.

QUESTION: Hello, everyone. It’s so great to be here with you guys. Boris, I wanted to ask you my first question. Congratulations on this being your directorial debut. It being with Lifetime, could you ever see yourself direct more movies with Lifetime down the road, because this is such a fantastic film. So many are going to love to “Safe Room.” It’s so intense.

BORIS KODJOE: Wow. Thank you. Thank you, Noah.

NICOLE ARI PARKER: Wow.

BORIS KODJOE: Thank you for these kind words, and I was delighted to work with Lifetime. Tanya Lopez was amazing. She really supported the project. She loved it, as well as Mekita Faiye who was our executive over there. It was a delight. I’m forever grateful for them for thinking about me for this movie and, hopefully, yes, absolutely. I’d love to do more work with them.

QUESTION: Now how was it like to not only direct but star in the movie with your wife and get to work together as partners on this, because you don’t see a lot of Hollywood stars get to work with their husband or wife in a movie, so how was that like?

BORIS KODJOE: That’s true. Like my wife said earlier, we met on a set, so we were very much accustomed to the environment of a professional setting, and we thrive in that setting, and so working with her again was a dream because, first of all, she makes me better, and she is, you know, she was a top dog, and her energy and her professionalism sort of transcended the whole set. Everybody had to step it up a notch when she stepped on set, and I love to see that. And I’m forever grateful for these people here on our Zoom. They really came to play, which I loved. All I had to do was really set the stage and then get out the way. They were all phenomenal.

NICOLE ARI PARKER: I think Nik kind of stepped up everyone’s game.

BORIS KODJOE: Yeah. Definitely.

NICOLE ARI PARKER: Yeah.

BORIS KODJOE: Nik’s energy —

NICOLE ARI PARKER: He was like that’s not your line.

BORIS KODJOE: Yeah. He was very specific about everybody’s lines.

NIK SANCHEZ: Thank you.

NICOLE ARI PARKER: Are you (audio glitch @ 00:19:36).

(Laughter.)

QUESTION: No, you guys, I want to ask the rest of the cast that are on the Zoom chat how is it like to take direction from Boris? Did you guys think he nailed down his first directorial debut?

NICOLE ARI PARKER: No pressure.

MACKENZIE ASTIN: Yeah.

DREA DE MATTEO: Oh, yeah. Yeah, yeah. Yeah, I —

MACKENZIE ASTIN: Hundred percent.

NIK SANCHEZ: Yeah.

MACKENZIE ASTIN: I don’t want to take up too much space in this, but I definitely — and I definitely talk too much — but like this guy, I don’t know, I absolutely loved it. This guy had a plan, and when stuff went wrong he had a way to counter it, and when stuff went wrong the second time he had a way to counter that. I don’t know where it comes from, but it was a treat to work with a guy who is such a natural at leading a team.

BORIS KODJOE: Wow. Thank you.

DREA DE MATTEO: Yeah. I mean, I’ve been on too many film sets, TV sets for sure, and I thought that Boris seemed like he had been doing this longer than all of the seasoned directors I’ve ever worked with.

BORIS KODJOE: Oh, my goodness.

NICOLE ARI PARKER: And I knew like, and it was funny when you were talking about Nicole, like, “Well, I want to do it like this,” and I was just like I’m just going to park and bark. I’m going to do whatever he says to do. I don’t know. Park and bark. Here I go. I’ll make anything fit into a tiny space, so it was easy. You really are awesome, Boris.

BORIS KODJOE: Thank you so much.

NICOLE ARI PARKER: You really are. Like there’s a confidence that you have that’s like and which it just there was no question. Okay, if he says do this then I’m going to do this. I don’t care.

(Laughter.)

MODERATOR: Thank you all. I’m sorry. We have to move on to our next question, because we just have a few more minutes left and we are trying to get through as many as possible. But thank you, Noah, and thank you to the cast.

QUESTION: Thank you, guys.

MODERATOR: The next question is for Starry Constellation Mag.

BORIS KODJOE: Wow.

QUESTION: Hi, guys. Nik, what was it like for you doing a character that’s on the spectrum? Did you study much about this in order to portray the character properly?

BORIS KODJOE: Hang on a second, hold on.

NIK SANCHEZ: Well, I mean, like playing an autistic, sorry, since I am autistic playing autistic just feels like, you know, a man playing a man. It’s part of who I am, but what I most like about playing Ian is the fact that it helps me learn more about like myself, and my own aspects of my own autism, and what other people on the spectrum go through, too. And Ian loves a lot of things like videogames, STEM, like gadgets, cars, basically, you name it. He’s a big geek, but I love those similar things. Ian and I are very similar when it comes to our character and our traits, and I really enjoyed playing this role. It made me feel like that if I was in a similar situation like he was I would be able to be brave and confident just like he was.

QUESTION: Well, it was wonderful to watch you. You really excelled in this role.

NIK SANCHEZ: Thank you.

BORIS KODJOE: Well said.

MODERATOR: Thank you so much, Nik. Thank you. I think we have room for one more question, and that will be the “Hollywood Times.”

QUESTION: Hi, there. One more time. Thank you. Do any of the writers or actors have experience dealing with children on the autistic spectrum, and how did you all ensure the authenticity of Ian’s character?

BORIS KODJOE: Well, first of all, we did a lot of research and partnered with organizations who support children and young adults on the spectrum. We wanted to make sure, again, we wanted to make sure that this comes across with full authenticity and truth, and that’s why I fought to hire and actor who was on the spectrum. And Nik, he superseded any expectations that I had going into this project, and I was so delighted and grateful to have him onboard. He really, like Nicole said, he made everybody step up around him and not just in front of the camera, but also just the energy on set changed when he stepped on the set, which is amazing to watch. Representation is everything. It is truly important, because it creates normalcy around whatever we’re talking about, in this case, autism. And we wanted to shed a light, because we want to make sure that young actors on the spectrum are supported, and the opportunities increase in the industry. It’s much needed. It’s time, and it’s completely normal. The problem has been that we project too much on these performers, on these kids, young adults, and that’s our own problem, and this experience has been eye-opening for me in that we should talk less and listen more, and Nik has taught us a whole lot in those four weeks we spent together.

NICOLE ARI PARKER: And it also helped us understand, and you, as a director, you were saying how you would hire Nik for anything.

BORIS KODJOE: Yeah.

NICOLE ARI PARKER: It wouldn’t have to be the narrative around a child or a teenager on the spectrum; that his talent and his work ethic were so tremendous that he could, you know, play any role in any film —

BORIS KODJOE: Yeah. Hundred percent. So specific. So prepared. So professional. I aspire to be like Nik.

(Laughter.)

NIK SANCHEZ: What?

BORIS KODJOE: To be honest with you. And I thought I was prepared and disciplined being German.

NICOLE ARI PARKER: Oh, man.

NIK SANCHEZ: (Inaudible @ 00:25:25) like that.

QUESTION: Wonderful answer. Thank you. And thank you to the “Safe Room” team.

MODERATOR: Thank you to the entire cast of “Safe Room.” It’s been great having you. I really appreciate it and thank you to the press for asking your great questions. Just a reminder, “Safe Room” premieres Saturday, January 15th at 8/7 Central on Lifetime.

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Safe Room centers on recently widowed Lila Jackson (Ari Parker) and her 14-year-old autistic son Ian (Sanchez).  Since the death of her husband, Lila is grateful for their kind neighbor Neil Hargrove (Kodjoe), who looks out for them.  After Ian accidentally witnesses a break-in in the house across the street and records the horrific murder of the homeowner, Lila becomes embroiled in a deadly struggle to protect her son from intruders Dominic (Astin) and Rocco (De Matteo), who will stop at nothing to retrieve the video evidence of the crime and silence them. Hiding and trapped in a makeshift panic room created by her late husband, Lila and Ian must use all of their strength and intelligence to outsmart the intruders to save themselves.

Additional cast members include Monica Calhoun who appears as Officer Armani and Julito McCullum as a repairman.

Lifetime has worked with the organization RespectAbility in review of the script to ensure as much authenticity as possible in the portrayal of Ian. The role of Ian is played by Nik Sanchez who is on the autism spectrumAs part of Lifetime’s advocacy efforts, resources to learn more about autism will be provided at the end of the film.

Safe Room is produced by Astute Films for Lifetime. Executive producers include Dominique Telson and Karen Kaufman Wilson. Boris Kodjoe directs from a script by Nneka Gerstle.

LIFETIME ANNOUNCES AIRDATES FOR “SAFE ROOM” AND “VANISHED: SEARCHING FOR MY SISTER”

LIFETIME SETS AIRDATES FOR
NEW ORIGINAL THRILLERS FOR JANUARY 2022

 SAFE ROOM
DEBUTS JANUARY 15
STARRING NICOLE ARI PARKER, DREA DE MATTEO,
MACKENZIE ASTIN, NIK SANCHEZ
AND BORIS KODJOE, IN HIS DIRECTORIAL DEBUT

 VANISHED: SEARCHING FOR MY SISTER
PREMIERES JANUARY 22

STARRING TATYANA ALIJUSTIN BRUENING, JASMINE GUY,
CAROLYN HENNESY AND ANTHONY “TREACH” CRISS

LOS ANGELES, CA (Nov 16, 2021) – Lifetime unveils airdates for two new suspense-filled original movies— Safe Room and Vanished: Searching For My Sister—scheduled to premiere on back to back weekends in January 2022. Marking his directorial debut, Boris Kodjoe directs real-life wife Nicole Ari Parker (Chicago P.D., Empire), Drea de Matteo (The Sopranos), Nik Sanchez (The Rookie) and Mackenzie Astin (The Magicians) in the home invasion movie Safe Room (formerly known as Safe Space), premiering Saturday, January 15th at 8p/7c. The following weekend, the chills and thrills continue with the story of a sister who poses as her missing twin in Vanished: Searching For My Sister, starring Tatyana Ali (Love That Girl) playing both twins, Justin Bruening (Sweet Magnolias) and Jasmine Guy (Grey’s Anatomy). Vanished: Searching For My Sister premieres on Saturday, January 22nd at 8p/7c.

Full movie descriptions below.

SAFE ROOM
Premieres Saturday, January 15TH at 8p/7c

The Lifetime thriller, Safe Room, centers on recently widowed Lila Jackson (Nicole Ari Parker) and her 14-year-old autistic son Ian (Nik Sanchez).  Since the death of her husband, Lila is grateful for their kind neighbor Neil (Boris Kodjoe), who looks out for them.  After Ian accidentally witnesses a break-in in the house across the street and records the horrific murder of the homeowner, Lila becomes embroiled in a deadly struggle to protect her son from intruders Dominic (Mackenzie Astin) and Rocco (Drea De Matteo), who will stop at nothing to retrieve the video evidence of the crime and silence them. Hiding and trapped in a makeshift panic room created by her late husband, Lila and Ian must use all of their strength and intelligence to outsmart the intruders to save themselves.

Lifetime has worked with the organization RespectAbility in review of the script to ensure as much authenticity as possible in the portrayal of Ian. The role of Ian is played by Nik Sanchez who is on the autism spectrumAs part of Lifetime’s advocacy efforts, resources to learn more about autism will be provided at the end of the film.

Safe Room is produced by Astute Films for Lifetime. Executive producers include Dominique Telson and Karen Kaufman Wilson. Boris Kodjoe directs from a script by Nneka Gerstle.

VANISHED: SEARCHING FOR MY SISTER
Premieres Saturday, January 22nd at 8p/7c

Twins Jada and Kayla (both played by Tatyana Ali) could not be more opposite: Jada being the mild-mannered sister with an office job, and Kayla the wild child. Recently divorced from her husband Warren (Justin Bruening), Kayla asks Jada to watch her daughter while she sets up her new apartment.  But after a few days with no word from Kayla, Jada begins to worry and reports her sister missing. With no leads and the police investigation at a standstill, Jada takes matters into her own hands.  She disguises herself as her sister and gets pulled into a world of drugs and deceit in order to learn the shocking truth about what really happened to Kayla.

Vanished: Searching for My Sister also stars Jasmine Guy, Carolyn Hennesy and Anthony “Treach” Criss.

The film is produced by Big Dreams Entertainment and Leslie Greif serves as executive producer. Tim Woodward Jr. directs from a script written by Christina Welsh.

About Lifetime
Celebrating over 35 years of entertaining audiences, Lifetime is a premier entertainment destination for women dedicated to offering the highest quality original programming spanning award-winning movies, high-quality scripted series and breakout non-fiction series. Lifetime has an impressive legacy in public affairs, bringing attention to social issues that women care about with initiatives such as the long-running Stop Breast Cancer for Life, Stop Violence Against Women, and  Broader Focus, a major global initiative dedicated to supporting and hiring female directors, writers and producers, including women of color, to make its content.Lifetime Television®, LMN®, Lifetime Real Women® and Lifetime Digital™ are part of Lifetime Entertainment Services, LLC, a subsidiary of A+E Networks. A+E Networks is a joint venture of the Disney-ABC Television Group and Hearst Corporation.

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Interview with Fiona Rene

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Fiona Rene of "I Know What You Did Last Summer" on Amazon Prime

Interview with Fiona Rene of “I Know What You Did Last Summer” on Amazon Prime by Thane 12/27/22

I was excited to ask Fiona about the technological aspects of her work as technology interests me.

Thane: Are you pleased with how I Know What You Did Last Summer turned out?

Fiona: Yes, I am. I don’t know if you know this, but we didn’t know who the killer was while we were shooting until the very end. So, I myself was very surprised by the whole ordeal.

Thane: Were there any scenes that were challenging to play?

Fiona: You know, it’s always interesting doing intimate scenes with someone that you have just met. So, obviously, that was a little, you know, intense. And I think one of my favorite scenes that we shot was when I had to go into the cave, because I had to actually squeeze through a whole bunch of little crevices, and it really it felt very realistic. That was probably the most intense, those two.

Thane: Overall, what has been your favorite role to play and why?

Fiona: Oh, what a good question. I don’t know. I don’t know if you have seen this, but I played a character named Sarah Bernhardt in a video game for PS4 and virtual reality called The Invisible Hours, and my character is French, and it took place in like the early 1900s. So yeah, that was probably my favorite thus far, but I love playing cops, don’t get me wrong.

Thane: What drove you to get into acting?

Fiona: I’ve been doing it ever since I was a kid, and I moved around a lot when I was younger. Every year we moved, so it was kind of difficult to make friends, and acting was always the thing that was consistent in my life that made me feel like I could have fun and play without being super nervous or scared all the time. So, it really made me feel comfortable, and that’s the best feeling in the world, right? Whenever you actually feel like you’re accepted, and you’re comfortable, and now I could never stop, ever.

Thane: How do you feel about the current state of diversity in Hollywood?

Fiona: It’s getting better. It’s consistently getting better, and there’s so much more room to grow. I really like that people of color are being seen for roles that don’t put them in boxes as much as they used to, but we still have so much more work to do. And I also feel very proud, because I’ll be it, we’re not perfect, and Hollywood has so much to learn still, but I feel like we are coming from a small town in Oklahoma where the diversity is very rare, and you don’t have a lot of different cultures there. The Midwest, it is predominantly white, so I think we’re making moves, and I think that we’re doing it in a really good job, but I think that it’s slow, but it’s supposed to be slow, because if we went any faster, it’s like we would be missing steps. Great question.

Thane: Is there any actor and/or director who you want to work with?

Fiona: Mike Flanagan…Burton Bernie. In the Marvel world, I think that they could really use me. Burton, Bernie and Mike Flanagan, I love horror. I’m such a big horror fan. So, I Know What You Did Last Summer was super fun, but I wouldn’t mind getting into a little bit more deeper psychological horror.

Thane: Are you inspired by any actors or actresses?

Fiona: Oh gosh. Yes. I think, you know, this might be a little on the nose, but JLaw, Jennifer Lawrence, when she came out, and she made such big waves, it really inspired me to know that I can kind of just be myself: sarcastic, I don’t have to be in the best mood all the time, I don’t have to put on a face all the time, I can be curvy, like, there’s lots of lots of inspiration that I got from her. And also, maybe not named actors, but actors that are working in improv. I don’t know if you’ve ever heard of like Groundlings and UCB, but they’re like improvisational theater groups that are kind of around LA, and there are a lot of people that every day, they’re grinding. They’re going to the theater; they’re playing games. They’re working with other actors. That’s the most inspiring people that aren’t getting paid thousands of dollars yet, but are still just grinding, because they love their craft. That’s probably the most inspirational, aside from so many amazing actors and names. [Margaret Qualley from] the show Maid. I don’t know if you’ve seen Maid. It’s about a girl who is very poor. She goes through domestic violence. The actress who played that, oh, blew me off my feet. But yeah, a lot of the time I’m inspired not by named actors, but by actors that I meet, that are just grinding every day.

Thane: As an acting coach, does it bother you if you see actors on set that are not doing a great job with their acting?

Fiona: That’s a hard question, because define “what is doing a great job?” I am bothered as an acting coach; I am bothered when I see actors take it so seriously that they forget to play, especially, you know, when you go method, and whenever you get into the role so much that you’re so focused that you’re no longer part of the community on set, but you’re just in your own zone. I think that’s the hardest, and that’s when I get the most disappointed, because they could be doing a great job. They can be acting the character off the wall, but if they’re making it uncomfortable, difficult, and not fun for all the people that they’re working with, that’s when I get upset, or disappointed, you may say, because it really, our job is to not only put on a good performance for the audience, but also to create a good energy in the space that we’re working. I hope I answered your question.

Thane: Tell us about your workshop method for being acting in immersive environments.

Fiona: Okay, I get really excited talking about this. There’re lots of different mediums nowadays, right? Video games, virtual reality, TV, RPGs, movies, so many different kinds of ways to experience storytelling, that it’s really interesting for the actor, especially whenever you’re just starting, because you can get a job doing voiceover. You can get a job doing virtual reality, augmented reality, TV, and there are lots of technical difficulties and differences between these mediums, but there’s not a lot of difference between character preparation, and a lot of actors can get thrown off with the technical differences that they let those technicalities affect their character performance. So, Method for Being is really about helping you define your character, helping you define your role, what those differences are, and how to put those into any medium, no matter the technical difference. So, whether you’re on stage in front of fifty thousand people, you’re playing the same authentic character as you would be if you got cast as the same thing, but in a TV show or video game.

Thane: You have experience with virtual reality, which is great, because I am a nerd. Do you think there’s potential for independent producers to create their own productions utilizing virtual reality technology?

Fiona: Yes, 100% I mean, especially someone who’s differently abled, I think that there is a platform there where you can really have a voice, for sure. The one thing about VR is that it’s such complicated storytelling, because there’s such an open world; it’s not so linear, and there’s pros and cons to that, right? Pros being, there’re not a lot of people; not everyone in Hollywood knows how to tell a nonlinear story. So if you really can understand how that world works, then you really got a one up. The cons to that is that, because there are not many people in Hollywood that understand nonlinear storytelling, it takes a little bit more effort to get people to listen, but I think right now is the time for independent producers and independent storytellers that don’t maybe have as much experience as your Joe Schmo on TV making series every day to pump their own content. There’s so much more space for new content. So, yes.

Thane: What are the advantages of using AR/VR as opposed to traditional 2-D Productions?

Fiona: Well, one, it’s 2-D on television screens in movies. There’s a fourth wall, and the audience is on the sidelines watching. Whenever we play in VR and AR, the audience now becomes a player in the story. The audience now has agency; the audience now has the ability to change things up. I don’t know if you know about We Are OFK, the game that I’m in that’s coming out 2022. It is a narrative video game, but just like in the 90s, when you play or you read a choose your own adventure novel, there’s so much more ability for the audience to affect how the story changes. And it’s not as easy to do that on a 2-D platform, because you still feel separated with the screen, but when you are in VR, and AR, when you turn your head and you look to that side of the room, you see that side of the room. You become the filmmaker yourself. So, there’s so much more agency for the audience, that it really becomes an interactive experience, as opposed to something that you’re just watching. You’re now a part of the story; you have choice. That’s so exciting to me, because I think storytelling in general is so collaborative, that whenever not only are you you’re collaborating with your fellow artists, but now you’re collaborating with your audience, that’s just that’s just so dope to me.

Thane: As an actor and/or producer, do you have to think about different things when you do productions in newer technologies? What are the main things?

Fiona: That was a complicated question. I almost want you to ask it again, because you said actor or producer. And, you know, the producer’s job is to really get hands on, and there’s a huge, a huge difference between what a producer would be doing in let’s say, a VR production, as opposed to what a producer would be doing in a TV production, lots of differences, the way things are handled. I mean, there’re different kinds of producers as well, the producer that makes sure everyone’s doing their job on set versus the producer that is budgeting out the money and making sure money goes to different places. A virtual production would have different jobs that a producer would have to hire for, as opposed to a 2-D production, but I think – and that’s where Method for Being comes in. For the actor, there shouldn’t be that much of a difference. The actor should know what their “moment before” is. The actor should know how to focus and ground themselves so they are able to become the character that they need to become. The actor should know who they’re talking to. What’s the relationship to the person they’re talking to, and where are they? Those things no matter whether you’re doing a green screen mocap suit or you’re out in the middle of the wilderness, those should be the same. So, to answer your question, yes and no.

Thane: Is there anything else that you want to share with the TVMEG.COM audience?

Fiona: Let’s see. Make sure to check out I Know What You Did Last Summer and We Are OFK on PS4 and PS5, 2022. You’ll see me in – I’m about to shoot a couple of episodes of a few other shows at the top of the year, so I should have some new content coming out soon. And thank you just so much for spending time with me talking about this stuff. I’m a geek too. So, I’m with you. I could talk about interactive storytelling all day long.

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Interview Transcribed by Jamie of http://www.scifivision.com

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Multi-faceted, Chinese-American actress, voice artist, immersive director and educator, Fiona Rene will star in herFiona Rene of "I Know What You Did Last Summer" on Amazon Prime first series regular role in the highly-anticipated Amazon Original series “I Know What You Did Last Summer” which all episodes are now streaming to 240 countries and territories worldwide. The Sony Pictures produced series will premiere with the first four episodes premiering at once on October 15th and the remaining four will come out weekly, with the finale episode Friday, November 12th. Written by Sara Goodman (“Gossip Girl”) and executive produced by James Wan (SAW, THE CONJURING), the gory yet sexy series, based on the 1973 novel by Lois Duncan, is a YA mystery thriller series with elements of horror, comedy and drama and is a modern take of the 1998 movie adaptation. In a town full of secrets, a group of teenagers are stalked by a mysterious killer a year after a fatal accident on their graduation night. Rene plays the role of “Lyla”, the police chief of the small town who works to piece together clues to find the killer.

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Rene is best known for her role as Kara Lee on ABC’s “Stumptown,” her first recurring role in which she played Michael Ealy’s love interest. Her other credits include ABC’s “Grey’s Anatomy,” FOX’s “LA’s Finest,” and The CW’s “Jane the Virgin,” in which she played the role of ‘Celeste,’ a lesbian mother who goes on a playdate with Jane (Rodriguez) and her son. Rene is also a successful voiceover actor in animation, radio, promo, narrative and commercial. She has voiced for the Freeform network’s “The Bold Type” and “Good Trouble” along with several other animation projects. She is also best known for being one of the hosts in LATV’s “Get it Girl” where she dives into fun, culturally relevant, provocative and attention-grabbing conversation. Alongside acting, Rene has worked extensively in theater and animation in addition to voiceover work and has worked as an interactive performance director, creative consultant, and performance manager.

Born in Montana, Rene and her family moved often and lived in many different places growing up. At the age of 13, Rene and her family moved from Michigan to Texas where she eventually graduated from high school at the age of sixteen and attended Austin Community College and then Oklahoma Baptist University. Moving from school to school, she struggled making friends but soon found her calling as an actor through augmented and virtual reality storytelling. She started working at a haunted house and learning prosthetics while teaching acting at the same time. Rene made her directorial debut alongside writing and casting her first immersive show with 13th Floor Entertainment in 2008. After relocating to London, Rene worked as an actor, acting coach and director, "I Know What You Did Last Summer" posterdirecting and casting for Le Manoir de Paris, France for 5 years until she moved to Los Angeles. Since then, she has worked nonstop as an actor and director and has much experience working on long tours as well as abroad. Through the Disney Talent Mentorship program, she became an artist residence at Technicolor where she creates interactive content for their augmentative and virtual reality department.

Rene created several immersive haunted house experiences and also directed and co-wrote an immersive interactive theatre experience called THE WILLOWS, a 2-hour experience that takes guests through a sprawling 10,000 square foot mansion in Los Angeles. This allowed her to create her own concept and began teaching workshops on “Method for Being: Acting in Immersive Environments,” an interactive masterclass for actors and storytellers designed to explore the commonalities of character building and world building, between the mediums of stage, film, television, voiceover, motion capture, live immersive/interactive, VR and AR. The workshops also explore the critical similarities and differences between creative processes like Audience POV, special awareness, motivation-based movement, linear/multi-liner/multiverse and open world storylines. Her clientele includes ABC/Disney, private and public schools, universities, theatre companies, design summits, conference, and also teaches one-on-one personal sessions to enhance the actor’s and storyteller’s creative process and confidence in their craft. Rene was also on the Board of Directors for The Game Academy in San Rafael, a company empowering learners to achieve social, emotion, cognitive, and academic success through engaging, interactive role-playing games for kids and students who are on and off the spectrum, helping them interact socially and emotionally.

In her free time, Rene lives a healthy and fit lifestyle weight training and practicing spiritual meditation. Having struggled with mental illness, she has found stability through art and acting and works to help others dealing with mental health. She also loves to spend time with her adorable cats Lily & Denver.

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Interview with cast of “Naomi”

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cast o "Naomi" on The CW

Interview with actors from “Naomi” on The CW by Suzanne 1/6/22

This was a great panel with the cast and creators of the new teen superhero show on The CW. I love all of their superhero shows, so I was very grateful to be there. There was a lot of youth and passion in our little Zoom press panel.

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Naomi

Cast Zoom:  Ava DuVernay (EP), Jill Blankenship (EP), Kaci Walfall “Naomi,” Cranston Johnson “Zumbado,” Alexander Wraith, “Dee,” Mary-Charles Jones, “Annabelle,” Barry Watson, “Greg,” Mouzam Makkar “Jennifer,” Daniel Puig “Nathan,” Camila Moreno “Lourdes,” Will Meyers “Anthony,” Aidan Gemme “Jacob,” 2022.0106

Here’s the description of the series that we were given in the panel:

“This is a truly fresh take on the superhero genre from executive producers Ava DuVernay and Jill Blankenship. And we’re so happy you’re joining us today to hear from them and our incredible cast. The DC drama Naomi follows the journey of a cool, confident, comic book-loving teenager as she pursues her hidden destiny. When a supernatural event shakes her hometown of Port Oswego to the core, Naomi sets out to uncover its origins with a little help from her fiercely-loyal best friend, Annabelle. She also has the support of her adopted doting parents, veteran military officer, Greg and linguistics teacher, Jennifer. After an encounter with Zumbado, the mysterious owner of a used-car lot leaves her shaken, Naomi turns to tattoo-parlor owner, Dee, who becomes her reluctant mentor. While unraveling the mystery about herself, Naomi also effortlessly navigates her high school friendships with kids on the military base, as well as local townies, including ex-boyfriend and high school jock Nathan, Annabelle’s long-time loyal boyfriend, Jacob, proud townie, Anthony, and fellow comic book enthusiast, Lourdes, who works in a vintage collectible shop. As Naomi journeys to the heights of the Multiverse in search of answers, what she discovers will challenge everything we believe about our heroes. Don’t believe everything you think. This is… Naomi. New series, Tuesday, January 11. Only on The CW.”

I was able to ask just two question because it was a large press panel with many journalists. First I asked the show’s star, Kaci, if she had been a fan of this (or any other) comic book prior to the show. She answered that she’s an “avid reader,” but not of comics. However, she did love The CW superhero shows, such as “Supergirl” and “The Flash.”

I love Barry Watson because I used to watch “7th Heaven,” where he played the hunky oldest teen boy. Here, he plays Naomi’s adoptive dad on the show. I asked him if he’d ever played a military man before. He replied that he hadn’t, as far as he could remember. He added that he does come from “a bit of a military family,” but this is his first time playing someone in the military.

Ava DuVernay chimed in to say how much she likes him “with the salt and pepper beard.” She said it’s a shame that he can’t wear it on the show, since he’s in the military. Then she mused that they might have to find a way to write it in the show. I had just been thinking the same thing, that he should keep the beard because he looks great with it. I thought, “Should I say that? Do I have time?”… so I’m glad she said it! She said that he looked “fantastic.” He grinned modestly. I’m sure he’s used to women complimenting him. He said that this is “how I roll.” Like so many men, he doesn’t shave when he’s not working. I don’t normally like beards, but it looks good on him. She joked again that she’ll have to write it in the script. He agreed and revealed that “shaving it every day hurts my face.”

DuVernay was very chatty during the panel and had a lot of energy. I could tell that she’s really the driving force behind the show as well as its biggest cheerleader. I can see now why people are so inspired by her.

Jamie asked where the show might fit in the DCU and whether it might be involved with some of the CW crossovers. Executive Producer Jill answered that this is the third DC show she’s worked on, and she loves how they have something for everyone. She doesn’t think that anything is “ever off the table” (including a crossover). That’s great to hear.

Max asked Ava and Jill about where the idea came from to develop the series and what their experiences were with comics beforehand. Duvernay informed us that through her production company Array, which is via Warner Brothers, she had been involved with a DCU movie “New Gods” (unfortunately, this film had been canceled because it conflicted with the “Justice League” movie). She also worked with them on another new show, “DMZ,” which comes out on HBO Max later this spring. Then she heard about a new comic about a black girl superhero, so she really wanted to be involved with it. She liked it because it was different from other superheroes, since this girl is figuring out her destiny and who she is. She praised Jill as one of the “top two best writing partners I’ve ever, ever had,” so she wanted her for the show, and they started working on it. Then she went on to heap loving praise on all of the cast and crew and said they’ve had a good time creating the show together.

Max then asked a second question, for Kaci, about what her audition process was like; he also asked the producers why they chose her. Kaci described her audition. She sent in a self-tape and didn’t hear anything for 2 weeks. Then Ava emailed her and wanted to do a Zoom call with her and two others. She did some scenes with them and answered questions, and then they flew her to L.A. She went with her mom out to L.A., where they had her do some readings (for chemistry). Then they talked about the show over lunch and got to know each other. A week later, Ava phoned her to say she got the part. This sounds like a very thorough audition. They never answered his second question, unfortunately.

Fred was called on next. Ava recognized him from when he was a publicist and she used to pitch (story ideas) to her. Awww, that was nice. Ava said he was very sweet and that they’d both been doing this a long time.

Fred asked Kaci whether the fact that Naomi just discovered her powers gives her a little leeway into training a little bit, and he also asked her how extensive her physical training has been.

Kaci agreed that she has been able to ease in to the training. She’s finding things out as Naomi does and is able to grow over time. She credits her stunt coordinator, Elizabeth, for telling her that she’s just at the right place (the same as the character). She just works out to stay fit and keep her energy going, but Naomi gets better every episode.

Fred followed up with asking Alex about his own physical training for the role of Dee. Alex admitted that while he was “pretty athletic,” he’d given up on heavy training and martial arts for a few years, so he had to start training again. He pointed out that it feels very good, and he feels that he’s back on track.

Ava disappeared for a moment to get her charger, just as Rick was going to ask her a question, so everyone laughed because it was a funny moment. He asked her whether she thinks first of the scifi elements of the story, or the coming of age stuff first, and what have been the pitfalls, as well as positive things about adapting a popular comic to the screen.

Ava answered that she thought of it first as the coming-of-age story and that’s what she loves most about it. She believes that all comic book stories are “really personal human stories about the … journeys that we all take, written in with issues of heroism and … magic.” The best ones are the ones we can relate to. She shared some of her favorite scenes in the show. There was one she was editing today that brought a tear to her eye. She was getting emotional editing this “young adult drama.” There’s another scene where Naomi and Cranston talk about love that made her cry. She also spoke highly about Barry and Mouzam, who play Naomi’s parents. She praised them for having “an edge” and “mystery. She added that Naomi has three love interests (one a girl). Lastly, she said that her favorite couple is Jacob and Annabelle; she said they might get a spinoff one day. All of these things make it more than just a superhero show to her.

Jill answered the other part of the question. She’s a fan herself of the comic book and loves how “characters jump off the page.” She’s excited to honor the writing in that and how the story progresses, yet still “expanding the world even beyond the comic.” She added that seeing this wonderful cast bringing it to life has been “spectacular.”

Judy asked Cranston and Alex to describe their characters, whom have known each other a long time and lived in the same town for years. She wants to know what their relationship is and whether they wrote their own backstory for them. Cranston relayed that he had been told that his character doesn’t like Dee, and we’ll find out why. Also, “the feeling is mutual,” but they may have to work toward a common goal. Ava praised him for avoiding any spoilers, saying “Well done!”

Alex doesn’t agree that Dee hates Zumbado. Dee keeps to himself to avoid any kind of drama, which he’s been through before. He just knows that Zumbado will be responsible for any problems that might come up.

Judy pointed out that the series relies on Naomi’s relationship with her friends, so she asked each of the young actors what they did outside of the set and hanging out together to get their chemistry. Ava asked Mary Charles to start. She shared that she and Kaci had done one scene together over Zoom for the pilot (so they could work looking like best friends). Then they started doing a group Zoom with the other younger people. She revealed that they “did very teenagery icebreakers,” such as asking each other’s “star signs” and what their favorite ice cream flavor was.

Camila remembers that and said she really liked “this amazing group of people. She thought that building this relationship was going to be very easy. She’s blessed to part of it and says that they’re a very likable group.

Ava pointed out that this is Daniel’s first job. Puig agreed that making the chemistry with them all was “awesome” and reminded him of hanging out with his high school friends. He feels that they’ll all be close forever. Will was wearing a suit, so Ava pointed out that he was “”looking so debonaire” and asked him his thoughts on it. He noticed that at the beginning, they were all just working on their characters and anxious to get started, but then they were told to get to know each other, which made him more excited. He said that they were all “wonderful” and that getting to know them has been “such a joy.” He echoed Daniel’s sentiments, saying, “I really feel a connection with every single one of you, and it’s been nothing but fun. ”

Ava called on Aidan last. He said there was some awkwardness when they did their first table read, but since then, they’ve all been building on their relationships. He feels that “everybody wants to be here and [is] open and engaging.” It makes him feel “humbled” to be included. Then Ava praised them all and talked about how they support Kaci, which is “extraordinary.” She said that Kaci is the star and lead of the show, and they all work to rally around her, even though she’s only 17 and the youngest person in the cast. She complimented her on handling things with such “grace.”

Abbie asked Ava if she’ll be addressing issues such as “race and civil rights” in a real or metaphorical way, since that’s what she’s done in previous projects. Ava says they will be doing it with a process she calls “normalization,” which means having diversity of race, gender and class as if it’s an every-day thing and not anything out of the ordinary. She feels this is a “radical revolutionary thing.”

Abbie also asked Kaci about how she views her character, whether it’s through being excited that she has superpowers or something else. Kaci replied that the show is very realistic, so she asks herself the question of what she would do if she had superpowers. She wouldn’t necessarily be “joyful,” which is how the character is dealing with the issue. Being a teenager, she doesn’t want to be “different.” Abbie went on to ask whether Naomi feels that she has a greater responsibility to protect her community (now that she has superpowers). Kaci believes anyone with powers would feel that way. Being 16, it may not be a good thing to have to struggle with, which she does throughout the show.

Jim asks about Naomi’s flirting and romances in the show and whether we’ll see some of that as a story point in the first season. He feels that some viewers might be struggling with their own sexuality and want to see that addressed.

Jill, adding on to what Ava said about normalization, replied that she admires how the younger people today are very different when it comes to sexuality. She finds their “attitude towards sexuality and toward this sort of aversion to labels so inspiring.” They do use that through the season, grounded in the reality of their show.

Ava asked Barry and Mouzam to give their opinions on this, since they’re playing Naomi’s parents. She reminds us that there’s a conversation in the first episode where they’re talking about the other teens that Naomi is involved with. Mouzam agrees with Ava that there are many different people in the world, and their characters raised Naomi to believe that “love is love.” They have great communication between them. She praises their family dynamic and how Naomi can be free to be herself and that it’s all coming from reality. Barry agrees and says they have “an openness” to everything and they really want their daughter to be happy, more than anything.

Jim had a follow-up question. He calls the teens the “Scooby gang.” Ava chimed in to say that the kids don’t know that ancient reference, but they all do (of course, because “Scooby-Doo” has run in re-runs and remakes forever, and the phrase has been used many times, over and over, in the media). Kaci said that they do call themselves that already.

Jim asks them if they knew the backstory of their characters, whether it was in the script or not. Camila answered that they have great access to asking Jill questions. She and Ava are very open about answering their questions. She’s very curious about her character’s background and personality. Aidan agrees. He comes from the theater, where there’s always an end, so they don’t have as much opportunity to explore their characters. This show has been fun because they’re all on a journey together. Every time he opens his script, he learns something new about the characters.

Ava piped up again to say that they gave Mary-Charles, Will and Daniel the most background material. She mentions who the characters each are. She doesn’t like giving them too many details because they want the actors to help fill in those gaps. They listen to the younger actors and how they speak, so they use some of the slang terms they use. Jill agrees that she feels “10% cooler just from my text exchange …with these actors.” Mary-Charles backed them up by saying that what is really great is that they listen to them in a respectful way about how they speak and whether this or that is still trendy to say.

Dawn asked Ava and Jill what made Kaci just right for the role (which is great, since that question was asked earlier and never answered). Ava says that besides the talent, she looks for a person that has certain qualities because she has to work closely with them, possibly for years. She asks if she wants to be in a relationship with this person. She knew after Kaci auditioned that she is “flat out incredible, beyond good enough” as an actor. She had to fly her out and meet her, have a meal and get to see who she was as well. Even though Kaci was only 16 and just had a little theater experience, she had a great “work ethic, the professionalism, the talent, the vibrancy, the charisma, all of it.” She also liked her as a person. She knew Kaci would be able to shoulder the responsibility of being the title character of a TV show. She feels very lucky to have found her, and she felt the same way about other actors she found for roles in her TV and movie projects (which she listed). Jill also added how impressed she’s been with Kaci. She sometimes forget she’s 17 “because she’s so thoughtful. She’s so mature. She’s so considerate and such a great leader, as Ava said that again, it’s just, she’s exceeded my wildest expectations, personally.” Kaci blushed a bit and smile at all of the nice things they said about her.

Ava also added that the rest of the cast was also great. They all like each other in real life, which is not always the case. She complimented Cranston, Alex, Barry and Mouzam again.

There was more, but this was a really long interview. I’ll add the rest later if I see anything worth adding, but you get the idea. I hope you enjoy the series!

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NAOMI

Tuesday (9:00 – 10:00 p.m. ET) on The CW

 

From Oscar® nominee/Emmy® winner Ava DuVernay and Jill Blankenship (“Arrow”), and starring Kaci Walfall (“Army Wives,” “Power,” “The Lion King” on Broadway) in the title role, the DC drama NAOMI follows the journey of a cool, confident, comic book–loving teenager as she pursues her hidden destiny. When a supernatural event shakes her hometown of Port Oswego to the core, Naomi sets out to uncover its origins, with a little help from her fiercely loyal best friend Annabelle (Mary-Charles Jones, “Kevin Can Wait”). She also has the support of her adoptive, doting parents, veteran military officer Greg (Barry Watson, “7th Heaven,” “The Loudest Voice”) and linguistics teacher Jennifer (Mouzam Makkar, “The Fix”). After an encounter with Zumbado (Cranston Johnson, “Filthy Rich”), the mysterious owner of a used car lot, leaves her shaken, Naomi turns to tattoo parlor owner Dee (Alexander Wraith, “Orange Is the New Black”), who becomes her reluctant mentor. While unfolding the mystery about herself, Naomi also effortlessly navigates her high school friendships with kids on the military base as well as well as local townies, including ex-boyfriend and high school jock Nathan (Daniel Puig); Annabelle’s longtime, loyal boyfriend Jacob (Aidan Gemme); proud “townie” Anthony (Will Meyers, “Bad Education”); and fellow comic book enthusiast Lourdes (Camila Moreno), who works in a vintage collectible shop. As Naomi journeys to the heights of the Multiverse in search of answers, what she discovers will challenge everything we believe about our heroes. Based on the characters from DC, NAOMI is written and executive produced by Ava DuVernay and Jill Blankenship (“Arrow”), and executive produced by Sarah Bremner and Paul Garnes of ARRAY Filmworks. Amanda Marsalis (“Echo Park,” “Queen Sugar”) directed and co-executive produced the pilot episode. The series is from ARRAY Filmworks in association with Warner Bros. Television.

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    “End Game” – The team must rely on a criminal for his expertise to help take down an even bigger threat. Meanwhile, Officers Chen and Bradford investigate the murder of an unhoused teenager who used to be friends with Tamara, on an all-new episode of “The Rookie,” SUNDAY, JAN. 9 (10:00-11:00 p.m. EST), on ABC. Watch episodes on demand and on Hulu the day following their premieres.
    Guest starring is Matthew Glave as Oscar Hutchinson, Dylan Conrique as Tamara Colins, True Valentino as Aaron Thorson, Arjay Smith as James Murray, Steve Kazee as Jason Wyler, Kanoa Goo as Assistant District Attorney Chris Sanford and Jamil Walker Smith as Curtis Jones.
    “End Game” was written by Terence Paul Winter and directed by Tori Garrett. Promo
  • ABC Abbott Elementary: Wishlist (1/11) Show More
    “Wishlist” – It’s Wishlist Week at Abbott: a chance for teachers to ask the local community for new school supplies. Janine takes to TikTok and with Ava’s assistance, her video is a success and goes viral. Feeling confident, Janine and Ava make a video for Barbara behind her back after she declines their help. Later, Janine encourages Gregory to decorate his classroom on an all-new episode of “Abbott Elementary,” TUESDAY, JAN. 11 (9:00-9:30 p.m. EST), on ABC. (TV-PG) Watch episodes on demand and on Hulu the day following their premieres.
    “Wishlist” was written by Morgan Murphy and directed by Randall Einhorn. 
    “The Natural” – Dre can’t seem to land a good pitch now that he’s moved up to general marketing at his firm and begins to doubt himself. Meanwhile, Bow and Ruby question the new boy Diane is dating who doesn’t necessarily meet her standards on an all-new episode of “black-ish” airs TUESDAY, JAN. 11 (9:30-10:00 p.m. EST), on ABC. (TV-PG, L) 
  • ABC Queens: Nasty Girl Records (1/11) Show More
    “Nasty Girl Records” – Putting old rivalries aside, the ladies embark on a new career venture with Zadie, aka “Lady Z.” Meanwhile, Jill faces her past while standing up to her disapproving father and Naomi encourages Zadie to demand justice on an all-new episode of “Queens,” TUESDAY, JAN. 11 (10:01-11:00 p.m. EST), on ABC. Watch episodes on demand and on Hulu the day following their premieres.
    Musical performances include “Lady Z Strikes Back” performed by Remy Ma featuring Brandy and “Best of Me” performed by Brandy, Naturi Naughton, Nadine Velazquez, Pepi Sonuga and Remy Ma. Guest starring is Remy Ma as Zadie aka “Lady Z” and Gaius Charles as Thomas.
    “Nasty Girl Records” was written by Kyra Jones and directed by Sidney Siddell. Promo
  • ABC The Goldbergs: Hip-Shaking and Booty-Quaking (1/12) Show More
    “Hip-Shaking and Booty-Quaking” – Erica and Geoff decide to throw a party to prove to others and themselves that they can still have fun as a young, engaged couple. Meanwhile, Beverly assumes control of William Penn Academy as “acting principal” and presses the school faculty to put together a “Fame”-themed send-off for the senior class on a new episode of “The Goldbergs,” airing JAN. 12 (8:00-8:30 p.m. EST), on ABC. (TV-PG, D) 
  • ABC The Wonder Years: Brad Mitzvah (1/12) Show More
    “Brad Mitzvah” – Brad works through his nerves preparing for his bar mitzvah speech while Dean ends his friendship with Keisa when Charlene tells him he can’t be friends with other girls. Things come to a head when the whole group comes together to celebrate Brad’s bar mitzvah on this episode of “The Wonder Years” airing WEDNESDAY, JAN. 12 (8:30-9:00 p.m. EST), on ABC. (TV-PG, DL) 
  • ABC The Conners: Spills, Pills and The Midnight Lasagna (1/12) Show More
    “Spills, Pills and The Midnight Lasagna” – The Conners celebrate Mark when he makes dean’s list at his new magnet school; but when Darlene and the family learn what he’s been doing to keep up with his classmates, it’s anything but a party. Meanwhile Jackie continues to navigate her relationship with Neville on “The Conners,” WEDNESDAY, JAN. 12 (9:00-9:31 p.m. EST), on ABC. (TV-14, L) Promo
  • ABC Home Economics: Camping Tent, $39.99 (1/12) Show More
    “Camping Tent, $39.99” – While Connor looks to Tom for advice on how to come clean with Denise about a sensitive matter, Marina is surprised to learn that Sarah didn’t like her when they first met on an all-new “Home Economics,” WEDNESDAY, JAN. 12 (9:31-10:00 p.m. EST), on ABC. (TV-PG, D) Watch episodes on demand and on Hulu the day following their premieres.
    Guest starring is Tetona Jackson as JoJo.
    “Camping Tent, $39.99” was written by Julieanne Smolinski and directed by Ryan Case. 
  • ABC Women of the Movement: Let the People See (1/13) & Manhunt (1/13) Show More
    “Let the People See”– After her son’s body is recovered in Mississippi, Mamie insists on having a public wake with an open casket to ensure that he did not die in vain. The case becomes national news, which puts pressure on Mississippi officials to do the unthinkable—go to trial. (TV-MA, LV)
    “Manhunt” – A historic trial begins, and on the eve of her testimony, Mamie must face the three people responsible for her son’s murder, while also facing some ugly truths in the Jim Crow South. (TV-MA, LV)
    “Women of the Movement” airs THURSDAY, JAN. 13 (8:00-10:01 p.m. EST), on ABC. Promo
  • Adult Swim SMILING FRIENDS – Sunday, January 9 Show More
    Adult Swim will be turning frowns upside down with Smiling Friends, its newest animated comedy series premiering Sunday, January 9th at Midnight ET/PT with two new episodes. Smiling Friends follows the employees of a small company dedicated to bringing happiness to a bizarre yet colorful world. The company consists of cynical Charlie and star employee Pim, each tasked with out-calls to cheer people up. There’s also meticulous Allan who keeps things in order, mysterious Glep, and the unpredictable billionaire Boss who founded the company. Promo
  • BET House of Payne – Tuesday, January 11, 8:00PM Show More
    “The First Day” airs on Tuesday, January 11, at 8 PM ET/PT – C.J. prepares to return work for the first time since his mishap running into a building. While Calvin and Laura make wedding plans, Miranda has made plans of her own. Promo 
  • BET Assisted Living – Tuesday, January 11, 8:30PM Show More
    “Unpleasant Days” airs on Tuesday January 11, at 8:30 PM ET/PT– A resident of Pleasant Days shows immense generosity to the rest of the tenants before she parts ways with them. Promo 
  • BET The Oval – Tuesday, January 11, 9:00PM Show More
    “The Dutiful Wife” airs on Tuesday, January 11, at 9 PM ET/PT – A press briefing called by the Vice President places Hunter and Victoria in the hot seat behind recent tragedies that transpired. Promo
  • BET Ruthless – Tuesday, January 11, 10:00PM Show More
    “Evil Deeds” airs on Tuesday, January 11, at 10 PM ET/PT – River shares with Ruth his experience of what happens when The Highest gets angry. Promo
  • BET Bruh – Tuesday, January 11, 11:00PM Show More
    “Pilot” airs on Tuesday, January 11, at 11 PM ET/PT – John seeks financial backing for a new business venture. Tom deals with the fallout of an ill-advised fling with a coworker, and Mike agrees to let Pam decorate his loft. Promo
  • BET Sistas – Wednesday, January 12, 9:00PM Show More
    “Still Waters Run Deep” airs on Wednesday, January 12, at 9 PM ET/PT– Andi finds herself in the middle of a tragedy that involves Zac and Fatima. Gary goes through great lengths to grab Andi’s attention. Danni becomes a hero at work, but her love life takes a turn. Promo
  • BET First Wives Club – Wednesday, January 12, 10:00PM Show More
    “Independent Women” airs on Wednesday, January 12, at 10 PM ET/PT– With Hazel on a world tour, Bree balances home and work. Ari struggles to stay connected to David. Back in NY, Jayla tries to fill Ari’s shoes with a high-profile case. Hazel returns from her travels with more than just a souvenir keychain. Promo
  • BET Bigger – Wednesday, January 12, 10:30PM Show More
    “All Good” airs on Wednesday, January 12, at 10:30 PM ET/PT– Three months after the big arrest, we catch up with the gang. Layne is stressed by her shop and feelings for Deon. Veronica has whack tenants and an unsatisfied sex life. Vince is a successful yet miserable Bar Mitzvah DJ. Deon searches for a job. Promo
  • CBS THE EQUALIZER – Sunday, January 9 Show More
    MCCALL BECOMES ENSNARED IN A DEADLY BATTLE BETWEEN RIVAL RAP CREWS WHEN SHE’S HIRED BY THE WIFE OF A FAMOUS RAPPER TO PROVE THE MUSICIAN DID NOT MURDER A FELLOW ARTIST, ON “THE EQUALIZER,” SUNDAY, JAN. 9
    GRAMMY®-Nominated Rapper and Entrepreneur Rick Ross Guest Stars as
    Dilemma, a Famous Rapper Imprisoned for the Murder of a Fellow Music Artist
    “Bout That Life” – McCall becomes ensnared in a deadly battle between rival rap crews when she is hired by the wife of a famous rapper, Dilemma (Rick Ross), to prove the musician is innocent of murdering a fellow artist, on the CBS Original series THE EQUALIZER, Sunday, Jan. 9 (8:30-9:30 PM, ET/8:00-9:00 PM, PT) on the CBS Television Network, and available to stream live and on demand on Paramount+*. GRAMMY®-nominated rapper and entrepreneur Rick Ross guest stars as Dilemma, a famous rapper imprisoned for the murder of a fellow music artist.
    WRITTEN BY: Jamila Daniel
    BASED ON: The original series by Richard Lindheim & Michael Sloan
    DIRECTED BY: Eric Laneuville Promo
    THE NCIS TEAM SCRAMBLES TO FIND KENSI, WHEN SHE IS ATTACKED AND KIDNAPPED BY A MYSTERIOUS MILITIA GROUP WHILE HELPING A GROUP OF MIGRANTS CROSS THE BORDER, ON “NCIS: LOS ANGELES,” SUNDAY, JAN. 9
    “A Land of Wolves” – The NCIS team scrambles to find Kensi, when she is attacked and kidnapped by a mysterious militia group while helping a group of migrants cross the border, on the CBS Original series NCIS: LOS ANGELES, Sunday, Jan. 9 (9:30-10:30 PM, ET/9:00-10:00 PM, PT) on the CBS Television Network, and available to stream live and on demand on Paramount+.*
    WRITTEN BY: Justin Kohlas & Adam George Key
    DIRECTED BY: Tawnia McKieman Promo
  • CBS S.W.A.T. – Sunday, January 9 Show More
    THE SWAT TEAM PARTNERS WITH THE DEA TO LOCATE STOLEN HIGH-TECH, HIGH-POWER WEAPONS SMUGGLED INTO LOS ANGELES, ON “S.W.A.T.,” SUNDAY, JAN. 9
    Michael Beach Guest Stars as Leroy, Hondo’s Childhood Friend and Darryl’s Father
    Angelica Scarlet Johnson, Daughter of Series Star Kenny Johnson,
    Returns as Kelly, Luca’s Mentee
    “Three Guns” – The SWAT team partners with the DEA to locate stolen rocket launchers smuggled into Los Angeles, high-power weapons with new technology capable of cutting through armored tanks. Also, a personal issue for Tan arises when a colleague is hurt in the field; Hondo’s inquiry into the arrest of a homeless veteran for Leroy (Michael Beach), Darryl’s father, sparks an idea for a new policing initiative; and Luca suspects the mother of his mentee, Kelly (Angelica Scarlet Johnson), wants to date him, on the CBS Original series S.W.A.T., Sunday, Jan. 9 (10:30-11:30 PM, ET/10:00-11:00 PM, PT) on the CBS Television Network, and available to stream live and on demand on Paramount+*. Michael Beach guest stars as Leroy, Hondo’s childhood friend and Darryl’s father. Angelica Scarlet Johnson, daughter of series star Kenny Johnson, returns as Kelly, Luca’s mentee.
    WRITTEN BY: Melissa Park
    DIRECTED BY: Guy Ferland Promo
    AS THE TEAM SEARCHES FOR AN ABDUCTED COLLEGE CO-ED, JUBAL TRIES TO OBTAIN LIFESAVING LEADS FROM THE FATHER OF THE ABDUCTOR’S PREVIOUS VICTIM, ON “FBI,” TUESDAY, JAN. 11
    “Grief” – As the team searches for an abducted college co-ed, Jubal becomes intent on obtaining lifesaving leads from the father of the abductor’s previous victim. Also, Jubal continues to grapple with the aftermath of Rina’s condition, leading to a tense encounter with her mother, on the CBS Original series FBI, Tuesday, Jan. 11 (8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network, and available to stream live and on demand on Paramount+*.
    WRITTEN BY: Keith Eisner
    DIRECTED BY: Matthew McLoota Promo
  • CBS FBI: INTERNATIONAL – Tuesday, January 11 Show More
    KELLETT AND THE FLY TEAM ARE PULLED INTO AN INVESTIGATION IN NORTHERN IRELAND, WHEN ONE OF HER INFORMANTS WHO’S LINKED TO A ROBBERY AND MURDER ASKS FOR HELP CLEARING HIS NAME, ON “FBI: INTERNATIONAL,” TUESDAY, JAN. 11
    “Close to the Sun” – Kellett and the Fly Team reluctantly join an investigation in Northern Ireland, when one of Kellett’s shifty yet valuable informants who’s arrested for his connection to a robbery and murder, calls her to help clear his name, on the CBS Original series FBI: INTERNATIONAL, Tuesday, Jan. 11 (9:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network, and available to stream live and on demand on Paramount+*.
    WRITTEN BY: Hussain Pirani
    DIRECTED BY: Rob Greenlea Promo
  • CBS FBI: MOST WANTED – Tuesday, January 11 Show More
    THE FUGITIVE TASK FORCE CHASES A KILLER WHO PLAYS A TWISTED GAME OF CAT AND MOUSE WITH HIS VICTIMS, ON “FBI: MOST WANTED,” TUESDAY, JAN. 11
    “Hunter” – The Fugitive Task Force chases a killer who plays a twisted game of cat and mouse with his victims. Also, Hana shares something personal about herself with her new roommate, Ortiz, on the CBS Original series FBI: MOST WANTED, Tuesday, Jan. 11 (10:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network, and available to stream live and on demand on Paramount+*.
    WRITTEN BY: Rickey Cook
    DIRECTED BY: John Murray Promo
  • CBS GOOD SAM – Wednesday, January 12 Show More
    DR. SAM GRIFFITH FIGHTS TO KEEP HER PROMOTION WHEN HER FATHER TAKES HIS CASE FOR REINSTATEMENT TO THE BOARD, ON “GOOD SAM,” WEDNESDAY, JAN. 12
    “Natural Order” – Dr. Sam Griffith (Sophia Bush) fights to keep her new leadership role as chief of surgery when her father and former boss, Dr. Rob “Griff” Griffith (Jason Isaacs), takes his case for reinstatement directly to the hospital board. Also, resident Dr. Caleb Tucker (Michael Stahl-David), Sam’s ex, forms an unexpected connection to a patient battling a mystery condition, on the CBS Original series GOOD SAM, Wednesday, Jan. 12 (10:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network, and available to stream live and on demand on Paramount+*.
    WRITTEN BY: Katie Wech
    DIRECTED BY: Randy Zisk Promo
  • CBS YOUNG SHELDON – Thursday, January 13 Show More
    SHELDON ACTS AS MARY’S SPY WHEN HE IS FORCED TO SPEND THE NIGHT AT CHURCH FOR A YOUTH LOCK-IN, ON “YOUNG SHELDON,” THURSDAY, JAN. 13
    Emily Osment Guest Stars as Mandy
    “A Lock-In, a Weather Girl and a Disgusting Habit” – Sheldon acts as Mary’s spy during a youth lock-in at church. Also, Georgie is attracted to an older woman, Mandy (Emily Osment), on the CBS Original series YOUNG SHELDON, Thursday, Jan. 13 (8:00-8:31 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network, and available to stream live and on demand on Paramount+*.
    STORY BY: Steven Molaro & Nick Bakay & Connor Kilpatrick
    TELEPLAY BY: Steve Holland & Jeremy Howe & Marie Cheng
    DIRECTED BY: Alex Reid Promo
  • CBS UNITED STATES OF AL – Thursday, January 13 Show More
    RILEY AND VANESSA DISAGREE ON HOW TO HANDLE THE ISSUE WHEN HAZEL GETS IN TROUBLE AT SCHOOL, ON “UNITED STATES OF AL,” THURSDAY, JAN. 13
    “Punch / Musht” – When Hazel gets in trouble at school, Riley and Vanessa disagree on how to handle the issue, on the CBS Original series UNITED STATES OF AL, Thursday, Jan. 13 (8:31-9:01 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network, and available to stream live and on demand on Paramount+*.
    STORY BY: Chuck Lorre, Ursula Taherian, Bobby Telatovich
    TELEPLAY BY: Andy Gordon, Chuck Tatham, Habib Zahori
    DIRECTED BY: Mark Cendrowski Promo
  • CBS GHOSTS – Thursday, January 13 Show More
    JAY AND SAM ARE SHOCKED TO DISCOVER THAT JAY’S SISTER IS COMMUNICATING WITH SOMEONE THEY KNOW ON A DATING APP, ON “GHOSTS,” THURSDAY, JAN 13
    Punam Patel Guest Stars as Jay’s Sister, Bela
    “Jay’s Sister” – When Jay’s sister, Bela (Punam Patel), comes to visit Sam and Jay after being dumped by her boyfriend, they’re shocked to discover that she’s communicating with someone they know on a dating app, on the CBS Original series GHOSTS, Thursday, Jan. 13 (9:01-9:30 PM, ET/PT) on CBS Television Network, and available to stream live and on demand on Paramount+*.
    WRITTEN BY: Julia Hartner and Ian Murphy
    DIRECTED BY: Christine Gernon Promo
  • CBS B POSITIVE – Thursday, January 13 Show More
    GINA GETS A SURPRISE VISIT FROM HER SISTER, AND DREW AND HARRY START A ROAD TRIP TOGETHER, BUT WITH DIFFERENT DESTINATIONS IN MIND, ON “B POSITIVE,” THURSDAY, JAN. 13
    Katie Finneran Guest Stars as Gina’s Sister, Natalie
    “S’mores, Elvis and a Cubano” – Gina gets a surprise visit from her sister, Natalie (Katie Finneran). Also, Drew and Harry (Hector Elizondo) start a road trip together, but have different destinations in mind, on the CBS Original series B POSITIVE, Thursday, Jan. 13 (9:30-10:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network, and available to stream live and on demand on Paramount+*.
    STORY BY: Carol Liefer, Jessica Kravitz and Preston Walker
    TELEPLAY BY: Jim Patterson, Heide Perlman and Darrin Bragg
    DIRECTED BY: Scott Ellis Promo
    BULL AND CHUNK AIM TO PROVE THAT THEIR CLIENT, A WOMAN ON TRIAL FOR MURDER, COMMITTED THE CRIME DUE TO A LACK OF BEHAVIORAL CONTROL CAUSED BY A BRAIN TUMOR, ON “BULL,” THURSDAY, JAN. 13
    “Frontotemporal” – Bull and Chunk aim to prove that their client, a woman on trial for murder, committed the crime due to a lack of behavioral control caused by a brain tumor. Also, Taylor’s professional and personal worlds come crashing down when she’s suspected by the FBI for cybercrimes, and her ex-husband blindsides her regarding their son, on the CBS Original series BULL, Thursday, Jan. 13 (10:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network, and available to stream live and on demand on Paramount+*.
    WRITTEN BY: Andrew Karlsruher
    DIRECTED BY: Carlos Bernard Promo
  • CBS MAGNUM P.I. – Friday, January 14 Show More
    A NUN HIRES MAGNUM AND HIGGINS TO INVESTIGATE A MYSTERIOUS LARGE CASH DONATION AT THE CHURCH, ON “MAGNUM P.I.,” FRIDAY, JAN. 14
    “If I Should Die Before I Wake” – A nun hires Magnum and Higgins to investigate a mysterious and large cash donation made to a parishioner undergoing medical treatment at the church. Also, Jin’s (Bobby Lee) new dog walking business takes a dramatic turn, and Rick nervously prepares to reconnect with Suzy (Betsy Phillips), on the CBS Original series MAGNUM P.I., Friday, Jan. 14 (9:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network, and available to stream live and on demand on Paramount+*.
    WRITTEN BY: Gene Hong & Andrew Jackson
    DIRECTED BY: Lin Oeding Promo
  • CBS BLUE BLOODS – Friday, January 14 Show More
    DANNY PURSUES A CON ARTIST PRETENDING TO BE THE LEGENDARY SINGER JIMMY BUFFETT, WHILE FRANK INVESTIGATES AN IMPRESSIVE POLICE CAPTAIN WHO IS USING HER BADGE TO GET FREE WARES FROM LOCAL STORES, ON “BLUE BLOODS,” FRIDAY, JAN. 14
    Singer-Songwriter Jimmy Buffet Guest Stars as Dickie Delaney, a Jimmy Buffet Impersonator
    Regina Taylor Guest Stars as NYPD Captain Terrell
    “On The Arm” – Danny pursues Dickie Delaney (Jimmy Buffett), a con artist pretending to be the legendary singer Jimmy Buffett, after he’s tricked into paying for the scammer’s meal at an expensive restaurant. Also, Frank investigates NYPD Captain Terrell (Regina Taylor), who is using her badge to get free wares from local stores; Erin worries about her reputation when she’s the subject of a salacious, anonymous police blog; and Jamie introduces a decades-old saluting rule in the precinct, on the CBS Original series BLUE BLOODS, Friday, Jan. 14 (10:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network, and available to stream live and on demand on Paramount+*. Singer-songwriter Jimmy Buffett guest stars as Dickie Delaney, a Jimmy Buffett impersonator. Regina Taylor guest stars as NYPD Captain Terrell.
    WRITTEN BY: Kevin Wade & Brian Burns
    DIRECTED BY: Alex Zakrzewski Promo
  • The CW Superman & Lois – Tuesday, January 11 Show More
    SEASON PREMIERE – “What Lies Beneath” – (8:00-9:00 p.m. ET) (TV-PG, D) (HDTV)
    GREGORY SMITH (“EVERWOOD”) DIRECTS THE SEASON TWO PREMIERE – Season two opens with the dust still settling in Smallville following the shocking outcome of the confrontation between Tal-Rho (Adam Rayner, “Tyrant”) and Superman (Tyler Hoechlin). Lois (Elizabeth Tulloch) and Clark struggle as a couple while Chrissy (Sofia Hasmik) adjusts to running The Smallville Gazette with Lois. Jonathan (Jordan Elsass) faces new challenges on the football field, and secrets threaten to destroy Jordan (Alex Garfin) and Sarah’s (Inde Navarrette) growing relationship. Meanwhile, Kyle (Erik Valdez) grows concerned over Lana’s (Emmanuelle Chriqui) involvement with a new mayoral candidate. Lastly, John Henry Irons (Wole Parks) and his daughter Natalie (Tayler Buck) attempt to make this new Earth their home. The episode was directed by Gregory Smith and written by Brent Fletcher & Todd Helbing (#201). Original airdate 1/11/2022. Promo
  • The CW Naomi – Tuesday, January 11 Show More
    SERIES PREMIERE – “Pilot” – (9:00-10:00 p.m. ET) (TV-PG) (HDTV)
    SERIES PREMIERE – Naomi McDuffie (Kaci Walfall) is living her best life as a top student, skateboarder and Superman-stan, when a “stunt” in the middle of her hometown of Port Oswego turns her world upside down. While Naomi’s doting parents – Greg and Jennifer McDuffie (Barry Watson and Mouzam Makkar) – are concerned with their daughter’s strange new fainting spells, the teen’s closest friends – Annabelle (Mary-Charles Jones), Nathan (Anthony Puig), Lourdes (Camila Moreno), Anthony (Will Meyers), and Jacob (Aidan Gemme) – join Naomi to help uncover who or what is behind the unexpected event that has the small military town buzzing. A bit of sleuthing leads Naomi and her friends to discover that the owners of two local businesses – Dee (Alexander Wraith) and Zumbado (Cranston Johnson) – seem to know a lot more about the incident than everyone else. Soon Naomi realizes that the mysterious event is just the beginning of a thrilling journey that will change her life and challenge her to question everything she knew to be true. Amanda Marsalis directed the episode written by Ava DuVernay and Jill Blankenship (#101). Original airdate 1/11/2022. Promo
    “Paranoid Android” – (8:00-9:00 p.m. ET) (TV-PG, LV) (HDTV)
    SEEING THINGS DIFFERENTLY – Sara (Caity Lotz) starts to realize her team is making questionable choices when it comes to the timeline. Trying to figure out who is behind everything, Sara discovers some harsh truths. Jes Macallan, Nick Zano, Tala Ashe, Olivia Swann, Adam Tsekham, Lisseth Chavez, Shayan Sobhian, Matt Ryan and Amy Pemberton also star. David Geddes directed the episode written by Phil Klemmer & Marcelena Campos Mayhorn (708). Original airdate 1/12/2022. Promo
  • The CW Batwoman – Wednesday, January 12 Show More
    “Trust Destiny” – (9:00-10:00 p.m. ET) (Content Rating TBD) (HDTV)
    EXTREME MEASURES – Mary (Nicole Kang) and Alice (Rachel Skarsten) continue their sisterly bonding, Ryan (Javicia Leslie), Luke (Camrus Johnson) and Sophie (Meagan Tandy) are desperate and willing to do almost anything to stop them…even entertaining a dangerous proposition by Renee Montoya (Victoria Cartagena) that finally rid Gotham of Pamela Isley (Bridget Regan). As the team hunts for the source of Poison Mary’s power – and potential demise – Renee is forced to revisit her heartbreaking past. Meanwhile, Marquis (Nick Creegan) grows more unhinged and throws a spectacularly sinister soiree at Wayne Tower…and everyone is invited. Marshall Virtue directed the episode written by Ebony Gilbert and Daphne Miles (#308). Original airdate 1/12/2022. Every episode of BATWOMAN will be available to stream on The CW App and CWTV.com the day after broadcast for free and without a subscription, log-in or authentication required. Promo
  • The CW Walker – Thursday, January 13 Show More
    “Where Do We Go From Here” – (8:00-9:00 p.m. ET) (TV-PG, LV) (HDTV)
    WALKER ADJUSTS TO LIFE WITHOUT HIS PARTNER – Things are still tense between Walker (Jared Padalecki) and Liam (Keegan Allen) after Liam called in a false warrant on Dan Miller (guest star Dave Annable). However, things take a turn for the worse when Captain James (Coby Bell) informs the brothers that Serano’s (guest star Henderson Wade) lawyers are using Liam’s mistake as a way to set the criminal free, putting the entire Walker family in danger. Amyn Kaderali directed the episode written by Anna Fricke & Katherine Alyse (#207). Original airdate 1/12/2022. Every episode of WALKER will be available to stream on The CW App and CWTV.com the day after broadcast for free and without a subscription, log-in or authentication required. Promo
  • The CW Nancy Drew – Friday, January 14 Show More
    “The Spellbound Juror” – (9:00-10:00 p.m. ET) (TV-PG, V) (HDTV)
    TENSION – While serving on a jury, Nick (Tunji Kasim) realizes that one of his fellow jurors may be the next target of the Frozen Hearts Killer as Carson (Scott Wolf) goes to court against his new girlfriend, D.A. Jean Rosario (guest star Erica Sera). In the aftermath of recent romantic turns, the Drew Crew (Kennedy McMann, Leah Lewis, Maddison Jaizani, Tunji Kasim, Alex Saxon) deals with tensions of their own. Also starring Riley Smith. Larry Teng directed the episode written by Celine Geiger (#311). Original airdate 1/14/2022. Every episode of NANCY DREW will be available to stream on The CW App and CWTV.com the day after broadcast for free and without a subscription, log-in or authentication required. Promo
  • Disney Secrets of Sulphur Springs – Friday, January 14, 8:00PM Show More
    Season Two Premiere – “Only Time Will Tell” (8:00-8:30 p.m. EST)
    Griffin, Savannah and Harper find themselves face to face with Harper’s carbon copy, Daisy, and the Tremont ghost sends Harper and Griffin an important message. TV-PG Promo
  • Disney Secrets of Sulphur Springs – Friday, January 14, 8:30PM Show More
    “No Time to Waste” (8:30-9:30 p.m. EST)
    Harper pretends to be Daisy to learn her family’s secrets, and Topher stumbles upon the hidden bunker. TV-PG Promo
  • FOX CALL ME KAT – Sunday, January 9 Show More
    **SEASON PREMIERE**–“CALL ME KAT” – (8:00-8:30 PM ET / 7:00-7:30 PM CT / 6:00-6:30 PM MT / 5:00-5:30 PM PT) CC-HDTV 720p-Dolby Digital 5.1 Video Clips
    IT’S A BLOSSOM REUNION ON THE ALL-NEW SEASON PREMIERE OF “CALL ME KAT” SUNDAY, JANUARY 9, ON FOX
    Joey Lawrence, Jenna von Oy & Michael Stoyanov Guest Star
    CALL ME KAT Makes its Time Period Premiere Thursday, Jan. 13 @ 9/8c on FOX
    When a celebrity charity golf tournament comes to Louisville, it brings the cast of “Blossom” together for a long-awaited reunion. Meanwhile, Kat (Mayim Bialik) struggles with a romantic crisis and Randi (Kyla Pratt) and Phil (Leslie Jordan) get help in the cafe from a customer in the all-new “Call Me Kerfuffled” season premiere episode of CALL ME KAT airing Sunday, Jan. 9 (8:00-8:30 PM ET / 7:00-7:30 PM CT / 6:00-6:30 PM MT / 5:00-5:30 PM PT) on FOX. (KAT-201) (TV-14 D,L,S)
    Guest Cast: Christopher Rivas as Oscar; Joey Lawrence as Himself; Jenna Von Oy as Herself; Michael Stoyanov as Himself; Tim Bagley as Wyatt; Maria Ochoa as Laura
  • FOX PIVOTING – Sunday, January 9 Show More
    **SERIES PREMIERE**–“PIVOTING” – (8:30-9:00 PM ET / 7:30-8:00 PM CT / 6:30-7:00 PM MT / 5:30-6:00 PM PT) CC-HDTV 720p-Dolby Digital 5.1 Video Clips
    THREE WOMEN MAKE LIFE-ALTERING PIVOTS ON THE PREMIERE OF THE ALL-NEW COMEDY “PIVOTING” SUNDAY, JANUARY 9, ON FOX
    PIVOTING Makes Time Period Premiere Thursday, Jan. 13 @ 9:30/8:30c on FOX
    Following the death of their childhood friend, three women make a series of life-altering decisions: Amy (Eliza Coupe) commits herself to being a better mother, Jodie (Ginnifer Goodwin) vows to lose weight and Sarah (Maggie Q) quits her career in medicine to work at a local grocery store. Don’t miss the all-new “If She Could See Us Now” series premiere episode of PIVOTING, airing Sunday, Jan. 9 (8:30-9:00 PM ET / 7:30-8:00 PM CT / 6:30-7:00 PM MT / 5:30-6:00 PM PT) on FOX. (PIV-101) (TV-14 D,L,V)
    Guest Cast: Connie Jackson as Gloria
  • FOX BOB’S BURGERS – Sunday, January 9 Show More
    “BOB’S BURGERS” ” – (9:00-9:30 PM ET / 8:00-8:30 PM CT / 7:00-7:30 PM MT / 9:00-9:30 PM PT) CC-HDTV 720p-Dolby Digital 5.1 Video Clips
    THE KIDS HAVE ALL THE POWER ON AN ALL-NEW “BOB’S BURGERS” SUNDAY, JANUARY 9, ON FOX
    Will Forte Guest-Voices
    Louise realizes that Mr. Frond’s new plan of students evaluating their teachers has shifted the balance of power at school from teacher to kid. Meanwhile, Bob and Linda discover that they don’t agree on where they want their final resting place to be in the all-new “Touch of Eval(uations)” episode of BOB’S BURGERS airing Sunday, Jan. 9 (9:00-9:30 PM ET / 8:00-8:30 PM CT / 7:00-7:30 PM MT / 9:00-9:30 PM PT) on FOX. (BOB-1110) (TV-PG L)
    Guest Voice Cast: Laura Silverman as Andy; Sarah Silverman as Ollie; Andy Kindler as Mort; David Herman as Mr. Branca/Mr. Frond; Kevin Kline as Mr. Fischoeder; Will Forte as Mr. Grant; Ashley Nicole Black as Ms. Jacobson; Tymberlee Hill as Ms. Twitchell; Brian Huskey as Rudy; Jenny Slate as Tammy; Bobby Tisdale as Zeke
    “FAMILY GUY” – (9:30-10:00 PM ET / 8:30-9:00 PM CT / 7:30-8:00 PM MT / 9:30-10:00PM PT) CC-AD-HDTV 720p-Dolby Digital 5.1 Video Clips
    PA: Viewer discretion is advised.
    AN ACCIDENT LEAVES PETER WITH A HIGH-PITCHED VOICE, AND JESUS COACHES HIM INTO FENDING OFF THE OTHER CHOIR BOYS; MEANWHILE, STEWIE IS ATTRACTED TO LOIS’ NEW MASCULINE PHYSIQUE ON AN ALL-NEW “FAMILY GUY” SUNDAY, JANUARY 9, ON FOX
    An accident leaves Peter with a high-pitched voice, and Jesus coaches him into fending off the other choir boys; meanwhile, Stewie is attracted to Lois’ new masculine physique in the all-new “Mister Act” episode of FAMILY GUY airing Sunday, Jan. 9 (9:30-10:00 PM ET / 8:30-9:00 PM CT / 7:30-8:00 PM MT / 9:30-10:00PM PT) on FOX. (FG-1908) (TV-14 D, L, S, V)
  • FOX 9-1-1: LONE STAR – Monday, January 10 Show More
    “9-1-1: LONE STAR” – (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT) CC-HDTV 720p-Dolby Digital 5.1 Video Clips
    PA: Viewer Discretion is advised.
    THE ICE STORM CAUSES HAVOC IN AUSTIN ON AN ALL-NEW “9-1-1: LONE STAR” MONDAY, JANUARY 10, ON FOX
    As the unexpected arctic cold front and ice storm continues to cause havoc in Austin, Tommy, T.K. and Gillian race to rescue a young boy who has fallen in a frozen pond. Judd and Mateo work furiously to help a trapped Paul, and Owen takes drastic measures to save a man who has been stabbed and left for dead in the snowy hill country in the all-new “Thin Ice” episode of 9-1-1: LONE STAR airing Monday, Jan. 10 (8:00-9:01 PM ET/PT) on FOX. (NLS-302) (TV-14 D, L, V)
    Guest Cast: Billy Burke as Billy Tyson; Julie Benz as Sadie
  • FOX THE CLEANING LADY – Monday, January 10 Show More
    “THE CLEANING LADY” – (9:01-10:00 PM ET/PT) Video Clips
    THONY TURNS TO THE SYNDICATE TO GET MEDICAL HELP FOR HER SON ON AN ALL-NEW “THE CLEANING LADY” MONDAY, JANUARY 10, ON FOX
    Jay Mohr (“Suburgatory”) Makes A Recurring Guest-Star Appearance
    Thony attempts to sever ties with the crime syndicate when the FBI comes asking questions. But when her son’s health declines, she crosses a moral line, getting deeper involved with the syndicate. Meanwhile, things turn violent during a weapons exchange when inventory goes missing and Arman (Adan Canto) has 24 hours to find the thief in the all-new “The Lion’s Den” episode of THE CLEANING LADY airing Monday, Jan. 10 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. (CLD-102) (TV-14 D, L, V)
    Guest Cast: Jay Mohr as Councilman Eric Knight, Ivan Shaw as Marco, Eva De Dominici as Nadia, Navid Negahban as Hayak Barsamian, Joseph Garcia as Alonzo Ortega, Deniz Akdeniz as Tarik Barsamian, Ivo Nandi as Mateo, Antonio Leon as Dr. Daniel Soroyan, Virginia Asbury as Hostess, Cosima Cabrera as Gabby, Tom McCafferty as Jimmy, Harold Fisch as Carlos, Gigi Erneta as Vivian Serrano, Vick Sabian as Viktor Nazaryan, Eduard Osipov as Roman Yerelekian, Rana Haddad as Vida Barsamian, Esodie Geiger as Renee Lawson, Michelle Campbell as Helen and Dar Therrien as Cory
  • FOX OUR KIND OF PEOPLE – Tuesday, January 11 Show More
    **WINTER PREMIERE**–“OUR KIND OF PEOPLE” – (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) CC-HDTV 720p-Dolby Digital 5.1 Video Clips
    ANGELA IS CLOSE TO GETTING WHAT SHE WANTS, AS LEAH INVESTIGATES THE PAST AND RAYMOND SCHEMES TO GET HIS COMPANY BACK ON AN ALL-NEW “OUR KIND OF PEOPLE” TUESDAY, JANUARY 11 ON FOX
    Bid Week at the Gracities finds Angela as close as ever to getting everything she wants. Meanwhile, Teddy confronts Leah, as she questions her mother about what happened the night Eve was arrested and Raymond is desperate to get Jack’s Darmon shares away from Teddy and cover for Olivia with the police. Then, Piggy comes clean to Tyrique about his father in the “Just Desserts” winter premiere episode of OUR KIND OF PEOPLE airing Tuesday, Jan. 11 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. (OKP-110) (TV-14 L)
    Guest Cast: Debbi Morgan as Aunt Piggy; L. Scott Caldwell as Olivia Dupont; McKinley Freeman as Nate; Nicole Chanel Williams as Taylor
  • FOX CALL ME KAT – Thursday, January 13 Show More
    **TIME PERIOD PREMIERE**–“CALL ME KAT” – (9:00-9:30 PM ET/PT) CC-AD-HDTV 720p-Dolby Digital 5.1 Video Clips
    KAT CELEBRATES HER ANNIVERSARY ON THE ALL-NEW TIME PERIOD PREMIERE OF “CALL ME KAT” THURSDAY, JANUARY 13, ON FOX
    Kat struggles to find the perfect way to celebrate her anniversary. Meanwhile, Randi and Carter continue to navigate their new relationship in the all-new “Call Me By My Middle Name” time period premiere episode of CALL ME KAT airing Thursday, Jan. 13 (9:00-9:30 PM ET/PT) on FOX. (KAT-202) (TV-14 D, L)
    Guest Cast: Christopher Rivas as Oscar; Kalpana Pot as Kristen; Freedom Bridgewater as Dan; Chris Aquilino as Ben
  • FOX PIVOTING – Thursday, January 13 Show More
    **TIME PERIOD PREMIERE**–“PIVOTING” – (9:30-10:00 PM ET/PT) CC-AD-HDTV 720p-Dolby Digital 5.1 Video Clips
    AMY GETS HER FIRST DOSE OF SURVIVOR’S GUILT ON THE ALL-NEW TIME PERIOD PREMIERE OF “PIVOTING” THURSDAY, JANUARY 13 ON FOX
    Survivor’s guilt causes Amy to spin out, thinking that death is around every corner. Jodie’s relationship with her trainer seems to take on a new light after she has a heroic moment, and Sarah gets bullied for not slacking enough at her new “relaxing” job in the all-new “My Friend Died!” time period premiere episode of PIVOTING airing Thursday, Jan. 13 (9:30-10:00 PM ET) on FOX. (PIV-103) (TV-14 D, L, S, V)
    Guest Cast: Connie Jackson as Gloria
  • Hallmark Movie Channel NORTH TO HOME – Sunday, January 9, 8:00PM Show More
    Suzanne McBride is excited to spend her birthday with her family. It will be the first time that her three adopted daughters will be together in years. This seems like a great time for a family reunion, but the sisters are each wrestling with unique challenges that threaten to derail this special occasion. Will their bond be strong enough to survive this time together? Promo
  • Hallmark Movie Channel THE PERFECT PAIRING – Saturday, January 15, 8:00PM Show More
    Influential and anonymous food and wine critic Christina finds herself at a winery she panned in the past. She hopes to leave before anyone finds out who she is, but she instead slips on ice and hits her head. The Hollingbrook family, led by single father Michael graciously takes Christina in while she recovers and tries to jog her memory. In the process, Christina helps the Hollingbrooks prepare for their annual wine tapping party, which includes Michael’s risky passion project, ice wine. Promo
  • HBO Euphoria – Sunday, January 9, 9:00PM Show More
    Season Premiere – Episode 1
    Amidst the interwining lives in the town of East Highland, Seventeen-year-old Rue must find hope while balancing the pressures of love, loss, and addiction. Promo
  • HBO The Righteous Gemstones – Sunday, January 9, 10:00PM Show More
    Season 2, Episode 1: “I Speak in the Tongues of Men and Angels”
    Debuts: SUNDAY, JANUARY 9 (10:00-10:55 PM ET/PT)
    As Jesse (Danny McBride) eyes a business opportunity with an Evangelical couple (Eric Andre and Jessica Lowe) on the rise, the media cracks down on a fellow preacher. Meanwhile, Eli (John Goodman) reconnects with a figure (Eric Roberts) from his mysterious past.
    Written by Danny McBride; Directed by David Gordon Green Promo
  • HBO The Righteous Gemstones – Sunday, January 9, 10:55PM Show More
    Episode 2: “After I Leave, Savage Wolves Will Come”
    Debuts: SUNDAY, JANUARY 9 (10:55-11:25 PM ET/PT)
    After doubling-down on their efforts to invest in Zion’s Landing, Jesse (Danny McBride) and Amber (Cassidy Freeman) scramble for the cash. Meanwhile, Eli’s (John Goodman) attempts to dodge a big-city reporter (Jason Schwartzman) spell doom for the Gemstones.
    Written by Danny McBride & John Carcieri & Jeff Fradley; Directed by Jody Hill Promo
  • Lifetime TRAPPED BY MY SUGAR DADDY – Sunday, January 9, 8:00PM Show More
    An 18-year-old begins dating a charming 50-year-old man who treats her to shopping sprees and fancy restaurants, creating a huge rift with her mother. Mom’s instincts prove right when the man becomes psychologically manipulative, turning the girl into an emotional prisoner in his mansion. Stars Katie Kelly, Lindsay Hartley, James Hyde, Tiffany Montgomery and Heather Harris (2021). Promo
  • Lifetime SAFE ROOM – Saturday, January 15, 9:00PM Show More
    The Lifetime thriller, Safe Room, centers on recently widowed Lila Jackson (Nicole Ari Parker) and her 14-year-old autistic son Ian (Nik Sanchez). Since the death of her husband, Lila is grateful for their kind neighbor Neil (Boris Kodjoe), who looks out for them. After Ian accidentally witnesses a break-in in the house across the street and records the horrific murder of the homeowner, Lila becomes embroiled in a deadly struggle to protect her son from intruders Dominic (Mackenzie Astin) and Rocco (Drea De Matteo), who will stop at nothing to retrieve the video evidence of the crime and silence them. Hiding and trapped in a makeshift panic room created by her late husband, Lila and Ian must use all of their strength and intelligence to outsmart the intruders to save themselves. Promo
  • LMN THE WRONG BLIND DATE – Friday, January 14, 8:00PM Show More
    Laura recently divorced, is encouraged by both her therapist, Beth (Vivica A. Fox,) and her daughter, Hannah, to get back into the dating game. While hesitant at first, Laura registers for an online blind dating service and gets an incoming message from a man named Kevin. On their first date, Kevin appears to be Laura’s perfect match. All seems to be going well until Hannah suddenly realizes that Kevin is more interested in Laura than he lets on. Kevin has a sinister motive behind his kind gestures and matters only seem to get worse when it’s discovered that Kevin does this all under the command of Laura’s ex-husband. Stars Vivica A. Fox, Meredith Thomas, Matthew Pohlkamp, Sofia Masson, Clark Moore, Rainer Dawn (2021). Promo
  • NBC “KENAN””THOSE CHOPS POP” ORIGINAL Show More
    01/10/2022 (08:00PM – 08:30PM) (Monday) : Kenan struggles to define his personal and professional relationship with Mika. Rick searches for his passion and makes an unexpected enemy. TV-PG
  • NBC “KENAN””GHOSTS OF BOYFRIENDS PAST” ORIGINAL Show More
    01/10/2022 (08:30PM – 09:00PM) (Monday) : Kenan believes he should help Mika with her boyfriend troubles, whether she needs it or not. Pam and Gary have a crush on the same woman and risk their friendship to be with her. TV-14 
  • NBC “ORDINARY JOE””CALLING AN AUDIBLE” ORIGINAL Show More
    01/10/2022 (10:00PM – 11:00PM) (Monday) : Music Joe is invited to sing the national anthem at the Giants game, Cop Joe bonds with a new friend over their shared love of football and Nurse Joe and Jenny each get a win of their own. TV-14 Promo
  • NBC “AMERICAN AUTO””THE $10K CAR” ORIGINAL Show More
    01/11/2022 (08:00PM – 08:30PM) (Tuesday) : Sadie and Cyrus struggle with how honest to be about Katherine’s car idea. Elliot pawns his vicious dog off on Dori. TV-14 
  • NBC “GRAND CREW””WINE & THERAPY” ORIGINAL Show More
    01/11/2022 (08:30PM – 09:00PM) (Tuesday) : Wyatt convinces Noah to try therapy. Fay plays matchmaker for Sherm. Anthony helps Nicky navigate the dynamics of a casual hookup. And there’s wine. TV-14 
  • NBC “THIS IS US””ONE GIANT LEAP” ORIGINAL Show More
    01/11/2022 (09:00PM – 10:01PM) (Tuesday) : TV-14 – Nicky, Rebecca and Miguel go on a road trip.
  • NBC “NEW AMSTERDAM””THE CROSSOVER” ORIGINAL Show More
    01/11/2022 (10:01PM – 11:00PM) (Tuesday) : Helen takes the reins at NHS Hampstead Hospital while Max gets creative to help a patient in need. Reynolds reaches a decision about Dr. Malvo. Iggy and Bloom help their patients understand the underlying cause of their stress. Dr. Wilder employs more unconventional techniques. TV-14 Promo
  • NBC “CHICAGO MED””THE THINGS WE THOUGHT WE LEFT BEHIND” ORIGINAL Show More
    01/12/2022 (08:00PM – 09:00PM) (Wednesday) : Crockett and Blake clash with Randall when a famous alcoholic football player needs a liver transplant. Dylan is reluctantly reunited with old friends when their son breaks his arm. Stevie and Charles work together when a patient falls ill after back-alley plastic surgery. TV-14 Promo
  • NBC “CHICAGO FIRE””FOG OF WAR” ORIGINAL Show More
    01/12/2022 (09:00PM – 10:00PM) (Wednesday) : On a call with Station 37, a firefighter is struck by a power line and decides to lash out after her injury. Brett is visited by Scott and Amelia. Violet gets a surprise envelope. The rest of 51 enters a contest. TV-14 Promo
  • NBC “CHICAGO PD””LIES” ORIGINAL Show More
    01/12/2022 (10:00PM – 11:00PM) (Wednesday) : Voight employs his new informant to help solve a tricky drug trafficking case. Atwater, who once again struggles to reconcile his personal and professional life, reaches a decision. TV-14 Promo
  • NBC “THE BLACKLIST””DR. RAZMIK MAIER” ORIGINAL Show More
    01/13/2022 (08:00PM – 09:00PM) (Thursday) : The death of a professional tennis player leads the Task Force to a doctor who may be fixing the odds for a major sports betting syndicate. Red digs deeper into Dembe’s betrayal. Ressler struggles with sobriety. TV-14 Promo
    01/13/2022 (09:00PM – 10:00PM) (Thursday) : A boy disappears after meeting up with an online gamer. Benson suspects her son is being bullied. TV-14 Promo
    01/13/2022 (10:00PM – 11:00PM) (Thursday) : When a barrage of cyber-attacks cripples the city, Stabler is convinced Wheatley is involved. Bernadette receives an unwelcome visitor. TV-14 Promo
  • NBC “SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE””ARIANA DEBOSE / BLEACHERS” ORIGINAL Show More
    1/15/2022 (10:00PM – 11:00PM) (Thursday) : Ariana DeBose is the guest host; Bleachers is the musical guest, replacing previously announced Roddy Ricch, who had to bow out on short notice due to COVID-19 exposure. Bleachers is the band stage name of pop-rock impresario Jack Antonoff.
  • Netflix THE JOURNALIST – Thursday, January 13 Show More
    A journalist known as the maverick of news media defiantly chases the truth in this series adaptation of the hit movie of the same name. Promo
  • OWN THE KINGS OF NAPA – Tuesday, January 11, 8:00PM Show More
    “The Kings of Napa” from acclaimed writer and executive producer Janine Sherman Barrois (“Claws,” “Self-Made: Inspired by the Life of Madam C.J. Walker”) and Warner Bros. Television, to premiere on OWN Tuesday, January 11, 2022, at 8 p.m. ET/PT. “The Kings of Napa” is centered on a gorgeous and picturesque Napa Valley, California vineyard owned by the Kings, an aspirational African American family whose wealth and status lands them on the pages of design magazines and society pages. The wine business has brought the family success and acclaim, but following the patriarch’s sudden exit from the company, his three children must grapple for the reins to the kingdom – to their own power, wealth, and legacy.  Promo
  • PBS Vienna Blood – Sunday, January 9, 10:00PM Show More
    The Melancholy Countess
    When a depressed Hungarian Countess drowns in the bath of her luxury hotel suite it looks like suicide. Intense scrutiny falls on her psychoanalyst, Max Liebermann. Investigating Officer Oskar Rheinhardt teams up with Max to solve the riddle of the Countess’ death and clear Max’s professional reputation. Promo
  • Peacock WOLF LIKE ME – Thursday, January 13 Show More
    Everyone brings their own set of baggage to a new relationship. Gary (Josh Gad) and Mary (Isla Fisher) are no different. Gary is an emotional wreck and struggles to provide for his daughter since the death of his wife. Mary has a secret she can’t bring herself to share with anyone. The universe brought these two together for a reason, they just need to keep following the signs. Promo
  • Showtime DEXTER: NEW BLOOD – Sunday, January 9, 9:00 PM Show More
    Sins of the Father
    Dexter and Harrison try to live a normal life in a place that they have discovered is not as normal as they thought it was. Will they live happily ever after, despite all the threats coming their way? Promo
  • Showtime YELLOWJACKETS – Sunday, January 9, 10:00 PM Show More
    Doomcoming
    You are cordially invited to The Doomcoming. On the brink of death, the Yellowjackets opt to throw one last rager before careening into oblivion. An increasingly paranoid Shauna struggles between keeping her cool and being Shauna. Promo
  • Showtime RAY DONOVAN: THE MOVIE – Friday, January 14, 9:00PM Show More
    RAY DONOVAN: THE MOVIE, set to premiere on Friday, January 14 at 9 p.m. ET/PT and will replay across all platforms on Saturday, January 15 at 8:15 p.m. and Sunday, January 16 at 8:15 p.m. The film follows the hit drama series’ seven-season run on the network and stars Liev Schreiber in his Emmy(R) nominated role. Schreiber also co-wrote the script with series showrunner David Hollander, who directed the film. Original cast members reprising their roles include Eddie Marsan as Ray’s brother Terry, Dash Mihok as Ray’s brother Bunchy, Pooch Hall as the Donovan’s half-brother Daryll, Kerris Dorsey as Ray’s daughter Bridget, Katherine Moennig as Lena, along with Kerry Condon as Molly Sullivan and Oscar(R) winner Jon Voight as Mickey Donovan. During its 82-episode run from 2013 to 2020, the series earned multiple Emmy, Writers Guild and Critics’ Choice award nominations. Promo
  • Starz POWER Book II: Ghost – Sunday, January 9, 8:00PM Show More
    What’s Free?
    Tariq reflects on where he is in his life and who he can trust. Brayden must decide whether to protect his family or help save Tariq’s. Monet’s faced with a new world order within her own family. Promo
  • TNT Claws – Sunday, January 9, 9:00PM Show More
    Chapter Six: Greed
    Desna opens up a second nail salon but a rival salon owner soon demands a monthly payoff, forcing Desna to take drastic measures and securing her place as a hardened gangster. Jenn’s Oxy addiction spirals out of control as she forms a suspiciously close bond with Tony. Promo
  • UP Tv LOVE’S SECOND CHANCE – Sunday, January 9, 7:00PM Show More
    When Rose, a passionate fashion stylist in her 30’s living in New York, inherits her grandmother’s vintage dress shop, she returns to her small hometown to take care of the store. As she’s contemplating closing the store for good, she runs into her charming high school crush, Cole Murphy, who convinces her to restore the store and help people in need that can’t afford new clothes. After hesitantly agreeing, the two friends reminisce about their old feelings, and realize that the store is not the only that deserves a second chance, but so does their love. Promo

 

NON-FICTION

  • ABC America’s Funniest Home Videos: 3210 (1/9) Show More
    “3210” – Check out pranks, including a wife who scares her husband by pretending she cut her finger, kids’ funny reactions to face filters, crazy cats and a mom who discovers her kids’ diaper cream disaster on an all-new episode of “America’s Funniest Home Videos,” SUNDAY, JAN. 9 (7:00-8:00 p.m. EST), on ABC. (TV-PG).
  • ABC Celebrity Wheel of Fortune: Marcia Cross, Karl-Anthony Towns and Anthony Anderson (1/9) Show More
    “Marcia Cross, Karl-Anthony Towns and Anthony Anderson” – Hosted by pop-culture legends Pat Sajak and Vanna White, “Celebrity Wheel of Fortune” takes a star-studded spin on America’s Game®. Season two continues with an all-new episode SUNDAY, JAN. 9 (8:00-9:00 p.m. EST), on ABC. “Celebrity Wheel of Fortune” welcomes celebrity contestants to spin the world’s most famous Wheel and solve puzzles for a chance to win $1 million. All of the money won by the celebrity contestants will go to a charity of their choice. (TV-PG) Watch episodes on demand and on Hulu the day following the premiere.
    This episode’s celebrity contestants include Marcia Cross (playing for Stand Up To Cancer), Karl-Anthony Towns (playing for Vera Institute of Justice) and Anthony Anderson (playing for Anderson Family Foundation).
  • ABC Supermarket Sweep: Tough Like Leather But Well Put Together! (1/9) Show More
    “Tough Like Leather But Well Put Together!”– Three-time Emmy® nominee and comedienne Leslie Jones is back with a stockpile of groceries and more good times when an all-new episode of “Supermarket Sweep” airs SUNDAY, JAN. 9 (9:00-10:00 p.m. EST), on ABC. (TV-PG, L)
    “2602” – Clayton moves forward in his journey to find love with the 22 incredible women who remain. After moving into the Bachelor Mansion for the first time since the pandemic began, these eligible singles are ready to kick off a week of dates! On the season’s first group date, celebrity guest Hilary Duff enlists the help of the ladies to throw a dream Beverly Hills birthday party, but when one woman is more interested in spending time with Clayton than the kids, the others have strong feelings to share. Later, one lucky lady flies high with Clayton on the first one-on-one date featuring a surprise musical performance by Amanda Jordan; and Ziwe stops by the second group date to help Clayton spot potential red flags among his bachelorettes. After the dates have all ended, a major storm brews heading into the cocktail party when a shocking secret about a woman who already has a rose is revealed. Will Clayton be forced to do something that no other Bachelor has ever done before? Find out on “The Bachelor,” airing MONDAY, JAN. 10 (8:00-10:01 p.m. EST), on ABC.
  • ABC Judge Steve Harvey: Stuck on Stupid (1/11) Show More
    “Stuck on Stupid” – Steve Harvey serves as the judge, jury and star, and must rule on various cases in his courtroom based on some good old common sense. In the first case, a woman accuses her boyfriend of 20 years of breaking his promise to marry her and has since become opposed to marriage. In the second case, a woman sues a raffle prize organizer for travel costs she was forced to pay during a supposed all-expense-paid trip. In the third case, a man alleges that his longtime friend, a caterer, intentionally sabotaged a special date with his new girlfriend on “Judge Steve Harvey,” TUESDAY, JAN. 11 (8:00-9:00 p.m. EST), on ABC. (TV-PG, L)
  • ABC THE CHASE: “I Dabble In Drag” (1/12) Show More
    “The Chase,” airing WEDNESDAY, JAN. 12 (10:00-11:00 p.m. EST), on ABC. ABC’s popular quiz show where three competitors must pit their wits and face off against the Chaser, a ruthless quiz genius determined to stop them from winning cash prizes, is back with new episodes on Wednesdays at 10/9c.
    “I Dabble In Drag” – Mark “The Beast” Labbett returns as this week’s Chaser as three new hopefuls face-off against him in a race against the clock on “The Chase” WEDNESDAY, JAN. 12 (10:00 – 11:00 p.m.) on ABC and next day on HULU.
    The show features “JEOPARDY! The Greatest of All Time’s James Holzhauer, Ken Jennings and Brad Rutter as well as Mark “The Beast” Labbett of ITV’s “The Chase” taking turns as the Chaser. Sara Haines (ABC’s “The View”) hosts.
  • ABC Let The World See: There He Is (1/13) Show More
    New Episode of ‘Let the World See’ Follows Ms. Mamie Till-Mobley’s Journey As She Testifies Against Two White Men Accused of Murdering Emmett Till and the Story of the Courageous Testimony by Two Black Witnesses Who Identify the Killers
    ‘Let The World See’ Airs Thursday, Jan. 13 (10:01–11:00 p.m. EST) on ABC
    The second installment of “Let The World See” follows Ms. Mamie Till-Mobley’s journey to the Jim Crow South to face the two white men, J.W. Milam and Roy Bryant, on trial for Emmett Till’s murder. The episode details the events of the trial, including the historic testimony of her uncle Rev. Mose Wright who stood up on the witness stand and pointed to Emmett Till’s abductors, the 18-year-old Black man who came forward to describe what he saw the morning of Emmett Till’s death, and the subsequent confession the two accused men made with their reasons for killing Emmett Till. The program also highlights the protests across the country after the jury acquitted Milam and Bryant. The episode features interviews with recording artist and activist Common; former first lady Michelle Obama; Rev. Jesse Jackson Sr.; Mayor of Glendora, Mississippi, Johnny Thomas, whose stepfather was suspected of aiding the murderers; authors Angie Thomas and Michael Eric Dyson; professors Dr. Khalil Gibran Muhammad and Gloria J. Browne-Marshall and more. The second episode of “Let The World See” airs THURSDAY, JAN. 13 (10:01-11:00 p.m. EST), on ABC.
    “1314” – All-new episode of “Shark Tank,” FRIDAY, JAN. 14 (8:00-9:01 p.m. EST), on ABC. (TV-PG) “1309” – Peter Jones, global business tycoon and original Dragon from BBC’s “Dragon’s Den” (the U.K. version of “Shark Tank”), brings his expertise from across the pond into the Tank in an all-new episode. First into the Tank are entrepreneurs from White Bear Lake and Champlain, Minnesota, who pitch their two-in-one common household tool designed and engineered to make cleaning quick and easy. Best friends from Los Angeles, California, introduce a healthier version of a favorite indulgence; while entrepreneurs from Santa Clarita, California, present their stylish men’s apparel line designed to help men stand out and feel confident. Black female entrepreneur from Chicago, Illinois, shows the Sharks the light with her problem-solving wearable design on “Shark Tank,” FRIDAY, JAN. 14 (8:00-9:01 p.m. EST), on ABC. (TV-PG) Watch episodes on demand and on Hulu the day following the premiere.
    In a Shark Tank update, Nick Hamburger and Zack Shreier from Glencoe, Illinois, update their investor, Daymond John, on Quevos, their egg-based snack chips.
    The Sharks in this episode are Mark Cuban, Daymond John, Kevin O’Leary, Lori Greiner and guest Shark Kevin Hart.
    20/20 Airing Friday, January 14, 2022 (9:01 PM-11:00 PM EST) on ABC. – ‘20/20’ Reports Latest Details on Murdaugh Family Murders and Alleged Financial Crimes of Alex Murdaugh
    Two-Hour Program Has Exclusive Interviews With Parents of Mallory Beach, the Young Woman Who Died in a Boating Accident Involving Alex’s Son, Paul Murdaugh
    ‘20/20’ Contains Never-Before-Seen Footage From Interview With Alex Murdaugh’s Brothers, Randy and John Marvin Murdaugh – Only Murdaugh Family Members to Speak Since Murders of Paul and Maggie Murdaugh, Alex’s Wife
    A new “20/20” documents the latest details in the developing story on the Murdaugh family murders, the alleged financial crimes of Alex Murdaugh and other unusual events surrounding the family. The well-known South Carolina family first made headlines when Alex’s son, 19-year-old Paul Murdaugh, was involved in a boat accident that left Mallory Beach dead in 2019. The family made worldwide news again last summer when Paul and his mother, Maggie Murdaugh, were murdered and discovered by Alex. “20/20” reports on the string of unusual events and questions about past tragedies surrounding the family that recently unraveled in the public eye. These include Alex allegedly stealing insurance settlement money intended for the family of Murdaugh housekeeper, Gloria Satterfield, after she fell and died while working on their property in 2018; questions about the suspicious roadside death of Stephen Smith in 2015, and how authorities re-opened the case based on information gathered during the investigation into Paul and Maggie’s murders; and just a few months ago, Alex allegedly hiring a hitman to kill him so his other son could collect insurance money. The two-hour “20/20” features exclusive interviews with Renee and Philip Beach, who open up about the loss of their daughter, Mallory. It also contains never-before-seen footage from ABC News correspondent Eva Pilgrim’s interview with Alex’s brothers, Randy and John Marvin Murdaugh– the only Murdaugh family members to speak publicly since the murders of Paul and Maggie, which remain unsolved. The program features interviews with Mandy Matney, host of the popular “Murdaugh Murders” podcast; Sandy Smith, Smith’s mother; Stephanie Smith, Smith’s twin sister; Ginger Hadwin, Eric Harriott Jr. and Scott Harriott, siblings of Satterfield; and Brian Harriott and Michael “Tony” Satterfield, Satterfield’s sons. Alex is currently in jail, facing dozens of charges related to his alleged assisted suicide and alleged financial crimes. “20/20” airs Friday, Jan. 14 (9:01 – 11:00 p.m. EST), on ABC, next day on Hulu.
    ABC News’ “20/20” is an award-winning primetime program anchored by David Muir and Amy Robach. A proven leader as a long-form newsmagazine for over 40 years, “20/20” features unforgettable, character-driven true-crime mysteries, exclusive newsmaker interviews, hard-hitting investigative reports and in-depth coverage of high-profile stories. The two-hour “20/20” events air Fridays from 9:01–11:00 p.m. EST on ABC and are available to stream on ABC News digital platforms and Hulu. David Sloan is senior executive producer, and Janice Johnston is executive producer.
    *COPYRIGHT ©2021 American Broadcasting Companies, Inc.
  • Bravo The Real Housewives of Atlanta Porsha’s Family Matters – Sunday, January 9, 8:00PM Show More
    Ghost of Porsha’s Past
    Family tensions explode past the point of no return, leaving Porsha’s blended family in limbo. Back in Atlanta, Porsha has to pick up the pieces and navigate through the mess left behind.
  • Bravo The Real Housewives of Salt Lake City – Sunday, January 9, 9:00PM Show More
    Holy Mother of Zion Preview Meredith throws Seth a birthday party and doesn’t invite the Shahs, leaving Heather and Whitney to believe something bigger is causing a rift between the two women. Jen and Sharrieff work on their marriage, while Mary questions Jennie’s overreaction to her regifted shoes. The husbands surprise the women with a Mother’s Day trip to Zion, but once Jen learns Meredith hired a private investigator, she and Lisa come to blows when Lisa refuses to hold Meredith accountable.
  • Bravo The Real Housewives of Orange County – Wednesday, January 12, 8:00PM Show More
    Straight Questions, Straight-ish Answers – Heather treats Jen and Emily to a spa day where Jen opens up about her marriage; Shannon heads for Nashville to visit her mom and is surprised when her daughter Sophie opens up about her new relationship. Preview
  • CBS “60 MINUTES” LISTINGS FOR SUNDAY, JAN. 9 Show More
    “60 MINUTES” LISTINGS FOR SUNDAY, JAN. 9
    7:30-8:30 PM, ET/7:00-8:00 PM, PT
    THE BIG QUIT – As employers try to fill millions of open positions – for everything from restaurant dishwasher to software engineer – workers who have jobs are leaving them. People are quitting jobs at an unprecedented rate, and some are simply taking a “time out” from work entirely. Many are calling it “The Great Resignation,” but few have been able to explain what’s behind it. Bill Whitaker gets answers from the chief economist at the huge jobs site LinkedIn, who says that we are amid a historic shift in people’s attitudes toward and expectations from their jobs. Rome Hartman is the producer. Preview
    ONE SMALL STEP – Norah O’Donnell interviews Dave Isay, the founder of StoryCorps, an oral history project he started 18 years ago that has become the largest single collection of human voices ever recorded. Isay’s new project, “One Small Step,” is designed to get Americans from across the political spectrum to stop demonizing each other and start communicating, face to face, one conversation at a time. Keith Sharman is the producer. Preview
    THE KICKER – Jon Wertheim reports on the NFL’s great secret hiding in plain sight: the kicker. Kickers score about one third of the points in the league, but only get a small fraction of the respect. Wertheim interviews Baltimore Ravens kicker Justin Tucker, who is on a trajectory to go down as perhaps the greatest NFL kicker there ever was. Wertheim speaks with other current and former kickers about how unique the position is and the immense pressure that comes with the job. Draggan Mihailovich is the producer. Preview
  • CBS THE PRICE IS RIGHT – Wednesday, January 12 Show More
    “THE PRICE IS RIGHT AT NIGHT” KICKS OFF THE NEW YEAR WITH A PRIMETIME SPECIAL HONORING FIRST RESPONDERS, WEDNESDAY, JAN. 12, ON CBS
    CBS’ top-rated daytime game show THE PRICE IS RIGHT, hosted by Drew Carey, returns to primetime with a special episode honoring first responders, Wednesday, Jan. 12 (8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network, and available to stream live and on demand on Paramount+*. An audience made up entirely of first responders – firefighters, EMTs, 911 operators, police officers and other workers on the frontlines – will be called to come on down and compete for amazing prizes, including luxury cars, vacations and more.
    As a thank you for all these heroes who protect and serve us, THE PRICE IS RIGHT is making a donation to the First Responders Children’s Foundation, which provides financial support and awards scholarships to children of first responders who have been injured or lost their lives in the line of duty.
    THE PRICE IS RIGHT, network television’s #1-rated daytime series and the longest-running game show in television history, is produced by Fremantle and broadcast weekdays (11:00 AM-12:00 PM, ET/10:00-11:00 AM, PT). Evelyn Warfel is the executive producer.
  • CBS THE AMAZING RACE – Wednesday, January 12 Show More
    WHILE RACING THROUGH SCOTLAND IN FEBRUARY 2020, TEAMS RECEIVE SHOCKING AND UNPRECEDENTED NEWS – FOR THE FIRST TIME IN THE SHOW’S HISTORY, “THE AMAZING RACE” SUSPENDS PRODUCTION DUE TO THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC, ON “THE AMAZING RACE,” WEDNESDAY, JAN. 12
    “Who Has This One in the Bag?” – While racing through Scotland in February 2020, teams receive shocking and unprecedented news – for the first time in the show’s history, THE AMAZING RACE suspends production due to the COVID-19 pandemic, on the CBS Original series THE AMAZING RACE, Wednesday, Jan. 12 (9:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.
  • CBS UNDERCOVER BOSS – Friday, January 14 Show More
    FRIDAY, JAN. 14
    “Fremont Street Experience” – Andrew Simon, president and CEO, Fremont Street Experience, who began his job at this hugely popular Las Vegas attraction at the start of the pandemic, goes undercover to discover and address problems that may be sparking the labor shortage causing significant lost profits. Will the boss “see the light” while perched 100 feet off the ground to help change light panels on its enormous $50 million canopy? How does he handle the sticky situation of scraping gobs of gum from the mall floor for hours at a time? Does he leave anyone hanging during a physically demanding shift at the Slotzilla zip line?
    The Fremont Street Experience, designed in 1995 as a must-see six-block entertainment district built to reenergize Las Vegas’ downtown area, now attracts over 24 million visitors annually. The iconic destination is featured in countless television shows, music videos and films and helps generate over $800 million annually in gaming revenue. The area is known for its unparalleled offering of entertainment, featuring live music on three permanent stages 365 days per year; the “Viva Vision” canopy, the largest digital display in the world; and the urban-based thrill ride “Slotzilla” Zipline.
  • CBS NFL Playoff Saturday, January 15 Show More
    (All New!, HD) New England Patriots at Buffalo Bills in an AFC Wild-Card game. From Highmark Stadium. The visitor won both December meetings between these division foes, who rank 1-2 in scoring defense.
  • CBS 48 HOURS – Saturday, January 15 Show More
      1/15/22 (Saturday) (10:00 PM) on CBS. – TBA (Rebroadcast)
    • The CW Legends Of The Hidden Temple – Sunday, January 9 Show More
      “The Lakota Legend of the White Buffalo Calf Woman” – (8:00-9:00 p.m. ET) (TV-PG, L) (HDTV)
      LET’S ROCK – Cristela Alonzo cheers on four teams, including two married teams, one dating team and a team of friends, as they compete to win the chance at the Temple Run and $25,000 (#111). Original airdate 1/9/2022. Every episode of LEGENDS OF THE HIDDEN TEMPLE will be available to stream on CWTV.com and The CW App the day after broadcast for free and without a subscription, log-in or authentication required.
    • The CW Penn & Teller: Fool Us – Friday, January 14 Show More
      “The Penn-Tagram” – (8:00-9:00 p.m. ET) (TV-PG, L) (HDTV)
      ALYSON HANNIGAN PERFORMS WITH PENN & TELLER – Aspiring magicians are invited to perform their best trick to try and fool the world-famous team of Penn & Teller, who will get to see the trick only once and have to immediately try to work it out. Anyone who succeeds wins the right to perform with Penn & Teller in their celebrated show at the Rio Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. The TV audience watches along with Penn & Teller as they try to figure out the secrets. The magicians featured in the episode include Mellow, Paige Thompson, Stanley Zhou and Jonathon Lachance. Alyson Hannigan (“How I Met Your Mother”) serves as host (#810). Original airdate 1/14/2022.
    • The CW World’s Funniest Animals – Saturday, January 15 Show More
      “Episode 209” – (9:00-9:30 p.m. ET) (TV-PG) (HDTV)
      PERCY DAGGS III (“VERONICA MARS”) – We have excited elk, teasing tigers, sour seals, happy huskies, an alpaca who is not interested in taking any photos, and a bengal cat who has become a sushi chef! Hosted by Elizabeth Stanton with special guest Percy Daggs III and commentary by Carmen Hodgson, Brandon Rogers, Mikalah Gordon, and Brian Cooper (#209). Original airdate 1/15/2022. Every episode of WORLD’S FUNNIEST ANIMALS will be available to stream on The CW App and CWTV.com the day after broadcast for free and without a subscription, log-in or authentication required.
    • FOX I CAN SEE YOUR VOICE – Wednesday, January 12 Show More
      “I CAN SEE YOUR VOICE” – (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT) CC-AD-HDTV 720p-Dolby Digital 5.1 Video Clips
      CAN YOU GUESS WHO THE GOOD SINGERS ARE? ON AN ALL-NEW “I CAN SEE YOUR VOICE” WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 12, ON FOX
      Hosted by Ken Jeong, permanent panelists Cheryl Hines and Adrienne Bailon-Houghton and an additional rotating panel of celebrity detectives, must help one contestant tell the difference between good and bad singers, without ever hearing them sing a note. With $100,000 on the line and the celebrity panel by their side, our contestant, will attempt to weed out the bad “Secret Voices” from the good, based on a series of clues, interrogation, and lip synch challenges. New this season, contestants are given one chance to use the “Golden Mic,” which grants them advice from one secret mystery celebrity. In the end, the singer whom the contestant picks will reveal if they are good or bad in a duet performance with Jason Mraz, resulting in an amazing musical collaboration or a totally hilarious train wreck on the all-new “Episode 2: Jason Mraz, Joel McHale, Lil Rel Howery, Cheryl Hines, Adrienne Houghton” episode of I CAN SEE YOUR VOICE airing Wednesday, Jan. 12 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. (VOI-201) (TV-PG D, L)
    • FOX NEXT LEVEL CHEF – Wednesday, January 12 Show More
      “NEXT LEVEL CHEF” – (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) CC-AD-HDTV 720p-Dolby Digital 5.1 Video Clips
      THE COMPETITION GETS SPICY AS CONTESTANTS PREPARE A NEXT LEVEL ITALIAN DINNER ON AN ALL-NEW “NEXT LEVEL CHEF” WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 12, ON FOX
      Gordon Ramsay, Nyesha Arrington and Richard Blais challenge their teams to create a delicious Italian dinner! Each team is randomly assigned to a kitchen where they will need to prove that they can create magic in any environment, even when the odds are stacked against them. The best dish will keep one entire team safe from elimination, but one contestant will be sent home with their dreams up in flames in the all-new “Infinite Pastabilities” episode of NEXT LEVEL CHEF airing Wednesday, Jan. 12 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. (NLC-103) (TV-14 L)
    • FOX JOE MILLIONAIRE: FOR RICHER OR POORER – Thursday, January 13 Show More
      **TIME PERIOD PREMIERE**–“JOE MILLIONAIRE: FOR RICHER OR POORER” – (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT) CC-AD-HDTV 720p-Dolby Digital 5.1 Video Clips
      PA: Viewer Discretion is advised.
      THE BIGGEST ‘GOLD DIGGERS’ COME OUT ON TOP ON AN ALL-NEW TIME PERIOD PREMIERE OF “JOE MILLIONAIRE: FOR RICHER OR POORER” THURSDAY, JANUARY 13, ON FOX
      In Episode 2 of JOE MILLIONAIRE: FOR RICHER OR POORER, things get messy when the ladies go digging for gold – literally! Winners of the gold-digging competition receive some coveted one-on-one time with Steven and Kurt in the all-new “Admit It, You’re a Gold Digger!” time period premiere episode of JOE MILLIONAIRE: FOR RICHER OR POORER airing Thursday, Jan. 13 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. (JOM-103) (TV-14 D, L, S)
    • FOX WWE’S FRIDAY NIGHT SMACKDOWN – Friday, January 14 Show More
      “WWE’S FRIDAY NIGHT SMACKDOWN” – (8:00-10:00 PM ET live/PT tape-delayed) CC-HDTV 720p-Dolby Digital 5.1 Video Clips
      FOX SPORTS PRESENTS “WWE’S FRIDAY NIGHT SMACKDOWN” FRIDAY, JANUARY 14, ON FOX
      A unique combination of edge-of-your-seat action, unpredictable drama and world-class athleticism, FOX Sports presents WWE’S FRIDAY NIGHT SMACKDOWN airing Friday, Jan. 14 (8:00-10:00 PM ET live/PT tape-delayed) on FOX. (WWE-2402) (TV-PG D, L, S, V)
    • NBC “FOOTBALL NIGHT IN AMERICA””010922” ORIGINAL Show More
      01/09/2022 (07:00PM – 08:20PM) (Sunday) : Week 18 highlights and discussion, plus a preview of tonight’s regular season finale. Mike Tirico and Maria Taylor host, with Tony Dungy, Chris Simms, Drew Brees, insider Mike Florio, Rodney Harrison and Jac Collinsworth.
    • NBC “SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL””LOS ANGELES CHARGERS AT LAS VEGAS RAIDERS” ORIGINAL Show More
      01/09/2022 (08:20PM – 11:30PM) (Sunday) : Los Angeles Chargers At Las Vegas Raiders
      Los Angeles Chargers (9-7) at Las Vegas Raiders (9-7) in the NFL’s regular-season finale. From Allegiant Stadium.
    • NBC “THAT’S MY JAM””TAIKA WAITITI & RITA ORA VS. NORMANI & TARAJI P. HENSON” ORIGINAL Show More
      01/10/2022 (09:00PM – 10:00PM) (Monday) : Celebrity guests Taika Waititi, Rita Ora, Normani and Taraji P. Henson compete?in a series of music, dance and trivia-based games and musical performances. TV-PG D,L
    • NBC “DATELINE””FR3117” ORIGINAL Show More
      01/14/2022 (09:00PM – 11:00PM) (Friday) : NEW FRIDAY DATELINE NBC: KEITH MORRISON REPORTS ON THE MYSTERIOUS DEATH OF LAS VEGAS CASINO MAGNATE TED BINION
      Dateline’s New “What Happened in Vegas” Airs Friday, January 14 at 9 p.m./8 p.m. CT
      THE STORY: A chance encounter on the Pacific Coast Highway with a woman he first spoke to in a jail cell leads Dateline’s Keith Morrison to reexamine the mysterious death of Las Vegas casino magnate Ted Binion. Friday’s new broadcastfeatures never-before-seen footage from interviews with insiders close to the case.
      REPORTED BY: Keith Morrison WHERE: Las Vegas, NevadaINTERVIEWS WITH: Binion’s former girlfriend Sandy Murphy, former Las Vegas Mayor Oscar Goodman, investigator Wayne Petersen and more.
      Dateline NBC is the longest-running series in NBC primetime history and is now in its 30th season.
    • USA Network WWE RAW – Monday, January 10, 8:00PM Show More
      1/10/22 – From wrestlinginc.com: WWE RAW Preview For Tonight: Alexa Bliss’ Journey Back, Title Match, Brock Lesnar, More
      Tonight’s WWE RAW will take place from the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, PA with more build for the upcoming Royal Rumble event.
      WWE Champion Brock Lesnar has been announced locally for tonight’s RAW, but not by WWE. He’s expected to continue the Royal Rumble feud with Bobby Lashley.
      Tonight’s RAW will also feature “a glimpse at Alexa Bliss‘ journey back to RAW,” but there’s no word on if she will be appearing live or if this will include vignettes to hype her upcoming return.
      The official WWE website noted that Bliss’ journey back to RAW begins this week, writing, “The last time the WWE Universe laid eyes on Alexa Bliss, it wasn’t during her finest hour. After suffering the heartbreak of losing her doll, Lilly, courtesy of Charlotte Flair four months ago at WWE Extreme Rules, the former Women’s Champion is ready to rejoin Raw. What exactly will her journey back to the red brand look like? Find out on Raw live this Monday at 8/7 C on USA Network!”
      Stay tuned for more on tonight’s RAW and be sure to join us for live coverage at 8pm ET. Below is the current line-up for tonight’s show:
      * WWE Champion Brock Lesnar will appear to continue the Royal Rumble build with Bobby Lashley
      * Liv Morgan vs. Doudrop vs. Bianca Belair to determine the Royal Rumble opponent for RAW Women’s Champion Becky Lynch
      * RAW Tag Team Champions Randy Orton and Riddle defend against Otis and Chad Gable
      * Alexa Bliss’ journey back to RAW begins
    • USA Network WWE NXT – Tuesday, January 11, 8:00PM Show More
      1/11/22 – From ringsidenews.com: Tonight’s NXT is set to be a stacked show, headlined by AJ Styles Vs. Grayson Waller, a feud that has bled over onto RAW. That isn’t the whole heated match tonight though, as Pete Dunne faces Tony D’Angelo in a first-ever Crowbar-On-A-Pole match, and Xyon Quinn faces Santos Escobar for custody of Elektra Lopez or something to that effect.
      Elsewhere, Boa faces Solo Sikoa, Joe Gacy and Harland look to establish themselves as a proper tag team ahead of the Dusty Cup, and Wendy Choo teams with Indi Hartwell and Persia Pirotta to take on Kayden Carter, Kacy Catanzaro and Amari Miller. We’ll also get an appearance by the new NXT Champion, Bron Breakker. That’s the preview for tonight’s exciting NXT show.

     

    RERUNS

    • ABC Judge Steve Harvey: Not Mending Faces (1/10) (Rebroadcast. OAD: 1/4/22) Show More
      “Not Mending Faces” – Steve Harvey serves as the judge, jury and star of “Judge Steve Harvey,” the new unscripted courtroom comedy. With the help of Nancy, Steve’s trusted bailiff by trade, Steve plays by his own rules and must rule on various cases in his courtroom based on some good old common sense. In the first case, neighbors and former friends sue each other for the cost of repairs after allegedly damaging a fence during a holiday party. In the second case, sisters argue after one demands that the other owes her money, claiming she used the money donated to pay for their brother’s funeral expenses on herself instead. In the third case, another pair of siblings clash when a sister sues her younger brother, a carpenter, for unfinished work for which she already paid on “Judge Steve Harvey,” MONDAY, JAN. 10 (10:01-11:00 p.m. EST), on ABC. (TV-PG, L) Watch episodes on demand and on Hulu the day following the premiere. (Rebroadcast. OAD: 1/4/22)
    • ABC America’s Funniest Home Videos: 3206 (1/15) (Rebroadcast. OAD: 11/14/21) Show More
      “3206” – Don’t miss people getting busted, including a little girl who denies she is hiding an entire donut in her mouth and a little girl who gets caught using her mom’s laptop, along with kids saying funny things, on a rebroadcast episode of “America’s Funniest Home Videos,” SATURDAY, JAN. 15 (8:00-9:00 p.m. EST), on ABC. (TV-PG)
    • ABC Abbott Elementary: Light Bulb (1/15) (Rebroadcast. OAD: 1/4/22) Show More
      “Light Bulb” – Going against everyone’s advice, Janine takes it upon herself to fix every problem when she notices a flicking light bulb in the hallway. Despite the best intentions, Janine ends up causing new issues throughout the school. Elsewhere, Gregory asks Barbara for help talking to a parent, which leads him to spend his lunch period in an unexpected way on “Abbott Elementary,” airing SATURDAY, JAN. 15 (9:00-9:30 p.m. EST), on ABC. (TV-PG, L) Watch episodes on demand and on Hulu the day following their premieres. (Rebroadcast. OAD: 1/4/22)
      “Light Bulb” was written by Quinta Brunson and directed by Randall Einhorn. Promo
    • ABC Abbott Elementary: Wishlist (1/15) (Rebroadcast. OAD: 1/11/22) Show More
      “Wishlist” – It’s Wishlist Week at Abbott: a chance for teachers to ask the local community for new school supplies. Janine takes to TikTok and with Ava’s assistance, her video is a success and goes viral. Feeling confident, Janine and Ava make a video for Barbara behind her back after she declines their help. Later, Janine encourages Gregory to decorate his classroom on “Abbott Elementary,” SATURDAY, JAN. 15 (9:30-10:00 p.m. EST), on ABC. (TV-PG) Watch episodes on demand and on Hulu the day following their premieres. (Rebroadcast. OAD: 1/11/22)
      “Wishlist” was written by Morgan Murphy and directed by Randall Einhorn. 
    • ABC The Rookie: Five Minutes (1/15) (Rebroadcast. OAD: 10/3/21) Show More
      “Five Minutes” – Officer Nolan and Officer Chen’s run-in with an infamous thief tips them off to a potentially big heist surrounding the Getty’s big gala event. Meanwhile, Nolan works up the courage to ask Bailey out on date on “The Rookie,” SATURDAY, JAN. 15 (10:00-11:00 p.m. EST), on ABC. Watch episodes on demand and on Hulu the day following their premieres. (TV-PG, L) (Rebroadcast. OAD: 10/3/21)
      Guest starring is Jenna Dewan as Bailey Nune, Dylan Conrique as Tamara Colins, Tru Valentino as Aaron Thorsen, Tricia Helfer as Claire Ivey and Aaron Leddick as Robinson.
      “Five Minutes” was written by Brynn Malone and directed by Lisa Demaine. Promo
    • CBS THE NEIGHBORHOOD – Monday, January 10 Show More
      THE BUTLERS AND JOHNSONS JOIN FORCES TO DRUM UP BUSINESS AND GIVE BACK TO THEIR COMMUNITY WHEN AN AUTO REPAIR CHAIN TRIES TO STEAL CALVIN’S CUSTOMERS, ON A REBROADCAST OF “THE NEIGHBORHOOD,” MONDAY, JANUARY 10
      George Lopez Guest Stars as Victor Alvarez, Calvin’s Business Rival
      “Welcome to the Challenge” – When Victor Alvarez (George Lopez), owner of auto-repair chain Motor Boys, tries to steal Calvin’s customers, the Butlers and Johnsons join forces on a plan to drum up business and give back to their community, on THE NEIGHBORHOOD, Monday, January 10 (8:00-8:30 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. (OAD 4/26/21)
      WRITTEN BY: Jim Reynolds
      DIRECTED BY: Mark Cendrowski 
    • CBS BOB ♥ ABISHOLA – Monday, January 10 Show More
      ABISHOLA IS NERVOUS ABOUT DELE’S TRIP TO NIGERIA, AND BOB CREATES A GUIDEBOOK ON NIGERIA FOR DELE THAT HE PROUDLY CALLS “SIGHTS AND BITES,” ON A REBROADCAST OF “BOB ♥ ABISHOLA,” MONDAY, JANUARY 10
      “Sights and Bites” – Abishola is nervous about Dele’s trip to Nigeria with his father. Also, Bob creates a guidebook on Nigeria for Dele that he proudly calls “Sights and Bites,” on BOB ♥ ABISHOLA, Monday, January 10 (8:30-9:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. (OAD 5/3/21)
      STORY BY: Al Higgins, Gina Yashere and Ibet Inyang
      TELEPLAY BY: Matt Ross, Carla Filisha and Nathan Chetty
      DIRECTED BY: Beth McCarthy Miller Promo
      IN THEIR ATTEMPT TO HELP FIND THE SERIAL KILLER GIBBS WAS AFTER, THE NCIS TEAM DISCOVERS THAT SOMEONE ELSE HAS BEEN TRACKING THE CASE AS WELL, ON A REBROADCAST OF “NCIS,” MONDAY, JANUARY 10
      Gary Cole Joins the Cast as FBI Special Agent Alden Parker
      “Nearly Departed” – While trying to find the serial killer Gibbs was after, the NCIS team discovers another person has been tracking the case as well, on NCIS, Monday, January 10 (9:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network, and available to stream live and on demand on Paramount+. Gary Cole joins the cast as FBI Special Agent Alden Parker. (OAD 9/27/21)
      WRITTEN BY: Scott Williams
      DIRECTED BY: Terrence O’Hara Promo
      WHEN A NAVY PETTY OFFICER IS MURDERED, JANE AND THE TEAM INVESTIGATE, WHILE PROTECTING THE VICTIM’S FRIEND AND COLLEAGUE, ON A REBROADCAST OF “NCIS: HAWAI`I,” MONDAY, JANUARY 10
      “Rescuers” – When a Navy petty officer is murdered, Jane and the team investigate while protecting the victim’s friend and colleague, on the CBS Original series NCIS: HAWAI`I, Monday, January 10 (10:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network, and available to stream live and on demand on Paramount+. (OAD 11/8/21)
      WRITTEN BY: Yakira Chambers
      DIRECTED BY: James Bamford Promo
    • The CW Superman & Lois – Sunday, January 9 Show More
      “Last Sons of Krypton” – (9:00-10:00 p.m. ET) (TV-PG, LV) (HDTV)
      SEASON FINALE DIRECTED BY TOM CAVANAGH – In the action-packed season finale, Superman’s (Tyler Hoechlin) worst nightmare comes to life, and Lois (Elizabeth Tulloch) confronts Leslie Larr (guest star Stacey Farber “Degrassi: The Next Generation”). Meanwhile, Lana (Emmanuelle Chriqui), Kyle (Erik Valdez) and Sarah (Inde Navarette) agree to stay to help General Lane (Dylan Walsh). Jordan Elsass, Alex Garfin, Wole Parks and Adam Rayner also star. (#115). The episode was directed by Tom Cavanagh with story by Kristi Korzec & Michael Narducci and teleplay by Brent Fletcher & Todd Helbing. Original airdate 8/17/2021. Every episode of SUPERMAN & LOIS will be available to stream on The CW App and CWTV.com the day after broadcast for free and without subscription, log-in or authentication required. Promo
    • The CW All American – Monday, January 10 Show More
      “Prom Night” – (8:00-9:00 p.m. ET) (TV-14, L) (HDTV)
      TRADITIONS – The gang is ready to celebrate prom together, but Spencer (Daniel Ezra) finds himself fixing a mistake made by his teammates that could have some major consequences. Olivia (Samantha Logan) struggles with how to connect with her sponsor and making her take her sobriety seriously. Coop (Bre-Z) bails on prom prep with Patience (Chelsea Tavares) to help Amina (guest star Ella Simone Tabu) once again. Meanwhile, Asher (Cody Christian) finds himself spending his prom night a little differently than expected, and Layla (Greta Onieogou) gets some sage advice from Jordan (Michael Evans Jordan). Ryan Zaragoza directed the episode written by Micah Cyrus & Carrie Gutenberg. (#407). Original airdate 12/13/2021. Promo
    • The CW The 4400 – Monday, January 10 Show More
      “All Things Are Possible” – (9:00-10:00 p.m. ET) (TV-PG, DV) (HDTV)
      A CHANGE IS GONNA COME – As the 4400 become even more disenchanted with their accommodations, new rules have everyone on edge. Andre (TL Thompson) and LaDonna (Khailah Johnson) help Claudette (Jaye Ladymore) push her new-found ability to new limits. Keisha (Ireon Roach) and Jharrell (Joseph David-Jones) explore a way to ease the tension for a small group of the returned and Shanice (Brittany Adebumola) gets an unexpected visitor. Meanwhile, Rev (Derrick A. King) begins to believe he may be part of a higher calling, but what will that mean for the rest of the 4400? The series also stars Cory Jeacoma, AMARR and Autumn Best. Janice Cooke directed the episode written by Ariana Jackson (#102). Original airdate 11/1/2021. Every episode of 4400 will be available to stream on The CW App and CWTV.com the day after broadcast for free and without a subscription, log-in or authentication required. Promo
      “You’re A Long Way From Home” – (9:00-10:00 p.m. ET) (TV-14, LV) (HDTV)
      YOU CAN RUN BUT YOU CAN’T HIDE – Josie (Kaylee Bryant) and Lizzie (Jenny Boyd) search for answers which leads Lizzie to uncover a dangerous plan. Cleo (Omono Okojie) works on tracking down Hope (Danielle Rose Russell), who does not want to be found. Hope pays a visit to a familiar face. Meanwhile, Landon (Aria Shahghasemi) gets some clarity – and a surprise visitor. Matthew Davis, Quincy Fouse, Chris Lee, Ben Levin and Leo Howard also star. America Young directed the episode written by Thomas Brandon & Kimberly Ndombe (#402). Original airdate 11/18/2021. Promo
    • The CW Whose Line Is It Anyway? – Saturday, January 15 Show More
      “Jeff Davis 15” – (8:00-8:30 p.m. ET) (TV-PG, DL) (HDTV)
      GOOD-HUMORED FUN – Hosted by comedian Aisha Tyler, cast members Ryan Stiles, Wayne Brady and Colin Mochrie, along with guest comedian Jeff Davis, put their comedic skills to the test through a series of spontaneous improv games that are prompted only by random ideas supplied by the studio audience. The four performers must use the little information they have and their wild imaginations to depict different characters and an array of scenes, as well as perform songs. After each round of improvisation, Aisha will dole out points to our four performers and declare a winner at the end of every episode. Directed by Geraldine Dowd (#1005). Original airdate 11/6/2021.
    • The CW Whose Line Is It Anyway? – Saturday, January 15 Show More
      “Jonathan Mangum 10” – (8:30-9:00 p.m. ET) (TV-14, DL) (HDTV)
      AUDIENCE PARTICIPATION – Hosted by comedian Aisha Tyler, cast members Ryan Stiles, Wayne Brady and Colin Mochrie, along with guest comedian Jonathan Mangum, put their comedic skills to the test through a series of spontaneous improv games that are prompted only by random ideas supplied by the studio audience. The four performers must use the little information they have and their wild imaginations to depict different characters and an array of scenes, as well as perform songs. After each round of improvisation, Aisha will dole out points to our four performers and declare a winner at the end of every episode. Directed by Geraldine Dowd (#908). Original airdate 3/12/2021.
    • The CW World’s Funniest Animals – Saturday, January 15 Show More
      “Episode 206” – (9:30-10:00 p.m. ET) (TV-PG) (HDTV)
      AMY GUMENICK (“ARROW”) GUEST STARS – We have majestic mini horses, laughing lassies, burglar birds, a cat who wonders if dog food is as exciting as dogs make it seem to be, charging chickens, bathing bears, and dolphins who can really bust out some pretty amazing aerial maneuvers. Hosted by Elizabeth Stanton with special guest Amy Gumenick and commentary by Carmen Hogdson, Brandon Rogers, Mikalah Gordon, and Brian Cooper (#206). Original airdate 11/13/2021. Every episode of WORLD’S FUNNIEST ANIMALS will be available to stream on The CW App and CWTV.com the day after broadcast for free and without a subscription, log-in or authentication required.
    • FOX CALL ME KAT – Sunday, January 9 Show More
      **SEASON PREMIERE**–“CALL ME KAT” – (8:00-8:30 PM PT ONLY) CC-HDTV 720p-Dolby Digital 5.1
      IT’S A BLOSSOM REUNION ON THE ALL-NEW SEASON PREMIERE OF “CALL ME KAT” SUNDAY, JANUARY 9, ON FOX
      Joey Lawrence, Jenna von Oy & Michael Stoyanov Guest Star
      CALL ME KAT Makes its Time Period Premiere Thursday, Jan. 13 @ 9/8c on FOX
      When a celebrity charity golf tournament comes to Louisville, it brings the cast of “Blossom” together for a long-awaited reunion. Meanwhile, Kat (Mayim Bialik) struggles with a romantic crisis and Randi (Kyla Pratt) and Phil (Leslie Jordan) get help in the cafe from a customer in the all-new “Call Me Kerfuffled” season premiere episode of CALL ME KAT airing Sunday, Jan. 9 (8:00-8:30 PM PT ONLY) on FOX. (KAT-201) (TV-14 D,L,S)
      Guest Cast: Christopher Rivas as Oscar; Joey Lawrence as Himself; Jenna Von Oy as Herself; Michael Stoyanov as Himself; Tim Bagley as Wyatt; Maria Ochoa as Laura  Promo
    • FOX PIVOTING – Sunday, January 9 Show More
      **SERIES PREMIERE**–“PIVOTING” – (8:30-9:00 PM PT ONLY) CC-HDTV 720p-Dolby Digital 5.1
      THREE WOMEN MAKE LIFE-ALTERING PIVOTS ON THE PREMIERE OF THE ALL-NEW COMEDY “PIVOTING” SUNDAY, JANUARY 9, ON FOX
      PIVOTING Makes Time Period Premiere Thursday, Jan. 13 @ 9:30/8:30c on FOX
      Following the death of their childhood friend, three women make a series of life-altering decisions: Amy (Eliza Coupe) commits herself to being a better mother, Jodie (Ginnifer Goodwin) vows to lose weight and Sarah (Maggie Q) quits her career in medicine to work at a local grocery store. Don’t miss the all-new “If She Could See Us Now” series premiere episode of PIVOTING, airing Sunday, Jan. 9 (8:30-9:00 PM PT ONLY) on FOX. (PIV-101) (TV-14 D,L,V)
      Guest Cast: Connie Jackson as Gloria  Promo
    • FOX 9-1-1: LONE STAR – Tuesday, January 11 Show More
      “9-1-1: LONE STAR” – (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT) CC-HDTV 720p-Dolby Digital 5.1
      PA: Viewer discretion is advised.
      OWEN AND GWYN DISCUSS THEIR FUTURE ON “9-1-1: LONE STAR” TUESDAY, JANUARY 11, ON FOX
      Judd is shocked at the latest victim of an emergency call, Grace and Carlos must save a woman literally trapped in a domestic abuse situation and the 126 arrive at a horrific highway crash that threatens the lives of a father and daughter. Meanwhile, Owen and Gwyneth face a difficult decision in their relationship and Mateo regrets his new tattoo in the “Difficult Conversations” episode of 9-1-1: LONE STAR airing Tuesday, Jan. 11 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. (NLS-205) (TV-14 D, L, V)
      Guest Cast: Lisa Edelstein as Gwyneth Morgan; Derek Webster as Charles Vega  Promo
    • FOX NEXT LEVEL CHEF – Saturday, January 15 Show More
      “NEXT LEVEL CHEF” – (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT) CC-AD-HDTV 720p-Dolby Digital 5.1
      THE COMPETITION GETS SPICY AS CONTESTANTS PREPARE A NEXT LEVEL ITALIAN DINNER ON “NEXT LEVEL CHEF” SATURDAY, JANUARY 15, ON FOX
      Gordon Ramsay, Nyesha Arrington and Richard Blais challenge their teams to create a delicious Italian dinner! Each team is randomly assigned to a kitchen where they will need to prove that they can create magic in any environment, even when the odds are stacked against them. The best dish will keep one entire team safe from elimination, but one contestant will be sent home with their dreams up in flames in the “Infinite Pastabilities” episode of NEXT LEVEL CHEF airing Saturday, Jan. 15 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. (NLC-103) (TV-14 L)
    • FOX CALL ME KAT – Saturday, January 15 Show More
      “CALL ME KAT” – (9:00-9:30 PM ET/PT) CC-HDTV 720p-Dolby Digital 5.1
      IT’S A BLOSSOM REUNION ON A SPECIAL ENCORE OF THE SEASON PREMIERE OF “CALL ME KAT” SATURDAY, JANUARY 15, ON FOX
      Joey Lawrence, Jenna von Oy & Michael Stoyanov Guest-Star
      When a celebrity charity golf tournament comes to Louisville, it brings the cast of “Blossom” together for a long-awaited reunion. Meanwhile, Kat (Mayim Bialik) struggles with a romantic crisis and Randi (Kyla Pratt) and Phil (Leslie Jordan) get help in the cafe from a customer in a special encore of the “Call Me Kerfuffled” season premiere episode of CALL ME KAT airing Saturday, Jan. 15 (9:00-9:30 PM ET/PT) on FOX. (KAT-201) (TV-14 D,L,S)
      Guest Cast: Christopher Rivas as Oscar; Joey Lawrence as Himself; Jenna Von Oy as Herself; Michael Stoyanov as Himself; Tim Bagley as Wyatt; Maria Ochoa as Laura
    • FOX PIVOTING – Saturday, January 15 Show More
      “PIVOTING” – (9:30-10:00 PM ET/PT) CC-HDTV 720p-Dolby Digital 5.1
      THREE WOMEN MAKE LIFE-ALTERING PIVOTS ON A SPECIAL ENCORE OF THE SERIES PREMIERE OF “PIVOTING” SATURDAY, JANUARY 15, ON FOX
      Following the death of their childhood friend, three women make a series of life-altering decisions: Amy (Eliza Coupe) commits herself to being a better mother, Jodie (Ginnifer Goodwin) vows to lose weight and Sarah (Maggie Q) quits her career in medicine to work at a local grocery store. Don’t miss the special encore of the “If She Could See Us Now” series premiere episode of PIVOTING, airing Saturday, Jan. 15 (9:30-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. (PIV-101) (TV-14 D,L,V)
      Guest Cast: Connie Jackson as Gloria
    • FOX ALTER EGO – Saturday, January 15 Show More
      “ALTER EGO” – (11:00 PM-Midnight PM ET/PT) CC-HDTV 720p-Dolby Digital 5.1
      LOST DREAMS AND SECOND CHANCES ARE REIGNITED ON A SPECIAL ENCORE OF PART TWO OF THE SERIES PREMIERE OF “ALTER EGO,” SATURDAY, JANUARY 15, ON FOX
      On Night Two of the special two-night series premiere, 20 contestants from all walks of life go head-to-head in ALTER EGO, the world’s first avatar singing competition series and the next iteration of the musical competition show. On ALTER EGO, singers from across the country become the stars they’ve always wanted to be. However, these contestants won’t perform as themselves. Rather, they’ll be given the chance to show how they’ve always wanted to be seen, creating their dream avatar ALTER EGO to reinvent themselves, while showcasing their unique performance style via motion capture technology. Check out the avatar auditions in the special encore of Part Two of the “The Auditions Night 2” series premiere episode of ALTER EGO airing Saturday, Jan. 15 (11:00 PM-Midnight ET/PT) on FOX. (ALT-102) (TV-PG D, L)
    • NBC “THAT’S MY JAM””TAIKA WAITITI & RITA ORA VS. NORMANI & TARAJI P. HENSON” REPEAT Show More
      01/14/2022 (08:00PM – 09:00PM) (Friday) : Celebrity guests Taika Waititi, Rita Ora, Normani and Taraji P. Henson compete?in a series of music, dance and trivia-based games and musical performances. TV-PG D,L
    • NBC “THE WALL””ANDREA AND TERRY” REPEAT Show More
      01/15/2022 (08:00PM – 09:00PM) (Saturday) : TV-PG Re-run from 12/10/21 Andrea, a fire captain, and Terry, a recruiter, are husband and wife from California; Andrea was the first female firefighter and the first female fire captain for the city of Upland; they hope to break even more records while up against the wall.
    • NBC “DATELINE WEEKEND MYSTERY””SA3117” ORIGINAL Show More
      01/15/2022 (09:00PM – 10:00PM) (Saturday) : Dateline’s “Trouble at the 7-11 Ranch” Airs Saturday, January 15 at 9 p.m. ET/8 p.m. CT
      Due to NBC’s primetime schedule, the broadcast will air according to the following time zones: Eastern: airs at 9 p.m. ET on Saturday; Central: airs at 8 p.m. CT on Saturday; Pacific and Mountain: check your local listings.
      THE STORY: When Colorado rancher Jake Millison mysteriously disappears, his friends spend years searching for answers.
      REPORTED BY: Josh Mankiewicz WHERE: Gunnison, Colorado
      INTERVIEWS WITH: Sheriff Mark Mykol, Gunnison County District Attorney Jessica Waggoner, Jake’s friends and more.
      Dateline NBC is the longest-running series in NBC primetime history and is now in its 30th season.
    • NBC “SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE””VINTAGE” DANIEL RADCLIFFE / LANA DEL REY REPEAT Show More
      01/15/2022 (10:00PM – 11:00PM) (Saturday) : TV-14 L:V Daniel Radcliffe is the guest host; Lana Del Rey is the musical guest. Episode aired Jan 14, 2012.
      Sketches include – cold open: one-percenter Mitt Romney (Jason Sudeikis) can’t lay off the unemployment metaphors;
      monologue: Radcliffe is glad that lame Harry Potter skit ideas won’t be seen tonight;
      TV commercial: after the Golden Globes, Ricky Gervais (Sudeikis) will emcee more awards shows;
      skit: Target manager (Bill Hader) likes Target stock boy (Radcliffe) who likes Target clerk;
      TV show: You Can Do Anything!- uncriticized Millennials show Dunning-Kruger effect;
      Film: “Spin The Bottle”- unlucky teen (Radcliffe) has to kiss hobos at a party;
      TV commercial: Delaware Fellas- Jersey Boys knockoff is rooted in the Blue Hen State;
      skit: at Hogwarts in 2020, Harry Potter (Radcliffe) can’t let go of his glory days;
      song: musical guest Lana Del Rey performs “Video Games”;
      news: Kim Jong Un’s best friends (Al Franken) & (Vanessa Bayer) badmouth him via sotto voce;
      news: Casey Anthony’s recently-adopted dog (Radcliffe) is disturbed by his new owner;
      skit:in 2112, theatergoers laugh at dramatization of 21st-century ignorance;
      TV commercial: mayoral candidate Glenda Okones (Kristen Wiig) runs an attack ad against herself;
      TV commercial: for transparency’s sake, Glenda Okones reveals more character flaws;
      TV show: The Jay Pharoah Show- Jay Pharoah leans on impersonations in interview with Radcliffe;
      TV commercial: Glenda Okones isn’t ashamed to admit that she terrorized her own mother;
      song: Lana Del Rey performs “Blue Jeans”;
      skit:(Wiig)’s exit poll of New Hampshire voter (Radcliffe) extends beyond politics; and
      TV commercial: World-Tel’s Headz Up service alerts engrossed texters to meatspace perils.

     

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    Dexter VS. Resident Alien

    20 Ways in Which “Dexter: New Blood” and “Resident Alien” are similar!

    Michael C. Hall as Dexter and Alan Tudyk as Harry

    Dexter: New Blood

    1. Dexter is a serial killer who has killed hundreds of bad people.
    2. Dexter lives in a small, woodsy, snowy town in the fictional town of Iron Lake, NY.
    3. Dexter has a cabin out in the woods, away from everyone in the nearby small town.
    4. Dexter is dating a smart, pretty, intuitive Native American woman named Angela, who has a daughter. Angela adopted her daughter after her mother gave her up.

    Julia Jones as Angela and Sara Tomko as Asta
    5. Dexter says he loves Angela, but we’re not entirely sure he does or if he’s capable of that kind of love.
    6. Dexter spent 10 years hiding out, trying to blend in and not to kill anyone.
    7. Dexter chops up his victims and feeds them into the town incinerator (sometimes hiding them near his cabin).
    8. Dexter’s teenaged son came to town, surprising him and creating conflict. They become close.
    9. A mystery in the show is that someone else is murdering teenaged girls.
    10. Dexter tries to avoid a handsome, suspicious African-American cop named Logan.
    11. Sometimes Dexter hallucinates dead relatives, who guide him (really it’s his subconscious).
    12.  Dexter is cute, in a goofy kind of way.
    13.  We hear Dexter’s thoughts in voiceover.
    14. The show is a one-hour black comedy, or a drama with many humorous elements.
    15.  The show has excellent writing and acting.
    16.  Many great actors have guest-starred over the years (in the original “Dexter” as well as the current show).
    17. Dexter’s father’s name was Harry, and his son Harrison was named after him.
    18. The show has many devoted fans.
    19. Michael X. Hall (star of “Dexter”) was born February 1, 1971 (less than a month and a half before Alan Tudyk, star of “Resident Alien”).
    20. Fans hope there will be a second season.

    Resident Alien

    1. Harry is an alien who killed the real Harry, a human, and took his place (after his spaceship crashed). Also, he spent the first season trying to fix his spaceship so he could complete his mission: to set off a device that will kill everyone on earth.
    2. Harry lives in a small, woodsy, snowy town in the fictional town of Paradise, CO.
    3. Harry lives in a cabin out on a lake, away from everyone in the nearby small town.
    4. Harry is dating a smart, pretty, intuitive Native American woman named Asta, who has a daughter. Asta recently reconnected with her daughter, whom she gave up.
    5. Harry and Asta have grown close and seem to have real feelings for each other, but we’re not sure if he’s capable of love, since he’s an alien.
    6. Harry spent a year after arriving on earth, trying to blend in.
    7. Harry chopped up the real Harry and hid him in his freezer.
    8. The mayor’s young son, Max, can see the real alien and causes trouble for him. They become close.
    9. A mystery in the show is that the real Harry murdered beloved town doctor Sam.
    10. Harry tries to avoid a handsome, suspicious African-American Sherrif named Mike.
    11.  Sometimes Harry hallucinates the real (dead) Harry, who acts as his subconscious.
    12. Harry is cute, in a goofy sort of way.
    13. We hear Harry’s thoughts in voiceover.
    14. The show is a one-hour comedy, or a scifi drama with many humorous elements.
    15. The show has excellent writing and acting.
    16.  Many great actors guest-starred in the first season (and that will continue in the second season).
    17. The alien that now calls himself “Harry” is the star of the show.
    18. The show has many devoted fans.
    19. Alan Tudyk (star of “Resident Alien”) was born March 16, 1971 (less than a month and a half after Michael C. Hall, star of “Dexter”).
    20. Fans were elated to hear that there will be a second season (starting January 26).

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    Interview with the cast of “Grand Crew”

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    Interview with cast of “Grand Crew” on NBC by Suzanne 12/9/21

    The actors on this show are all friends in real life, so that made it a very entertaining press panel. Their characters are very interesting and work well together. As a comedy, I don’t find it all that funny. You should watch it, though, and make your own evaluation.

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    VIRTUAL PRESS TOUR 

    NBC

    Grand Crew

    Nicole Byer, Talent, “Nicky”

    Justin Cunningham, Talent, “Wyatt”

    Aaron Jennings, Talent, “Anthony”

    Echo Kellum, Talent, “Noah”

    Grasie Mercedes, Talent, “Fay”

    Carl Tart, Talent, “Sherm”

    Phil Augusta Jackson, Creator/ Executive Producer/Showrunner

    Dan Goor, Executive Producer

    Virtual via Zoom

    December 9, 2021

    © 2021 NBCUniversal, Inc.  All rights reserved.

    MARIANA DURAN:  Hi.  I’m Mariana Duran, and I’ll be introducing our new comedy, “Grand Crew,” which will be sneak‑previewed on Tuesday, December 14, 8:00 and 8:30 p.m., before moving to its normal time slot on Tuesday, January 4th, at 8:30 p.m.  From Phil Augusta Jackson and Dan Goor of “Brooklyn Nine‑Nine” comes a new comedy that proves life is better with your crew.  This group of young professionals are all trying to navigate the ups and downs of life and love in Los Angeles, and they always find time to gather at their favorite bar to wind down and unpack it all.  And just like wine, their friendship gets better with time.  Here’s a look at “Grand Crew.”

    In the first row, our executive producer, Phil Augusta Jackson, executive producer Dan Goor, Echo Kellum, and Nicole Byer.  In the second row are Carl Tart, Justin Cunningham,

    AARON JENNINGS:, and Grasie Mercedes.  We are now ready for your questions.

    MATTHEW LIFSON:  Thank you, Mariana.  And welcome to our panelists.  One final reminder to use the “raise hand” function to ask a question.  Our first question comes from Mike Hughes, and Valerie Milano will be on deck.  Mike, go ahead.

    QUESTION:  Yeah.  Nicole, a two‑part question.  Let me ask them one at a time here.  We are so used to you speaking in your own voice, doing reality shows, doing a show that you wrote, sort of, almost about your life and so on.  So what’s different now when you are doing someone else’s scripts?

    NICOLE BYER:  What’s different?  Honestly, it’s not that different because I know Phil so well and Phil and I did improv together in New York for a very long time.  Like, ten years ago, we did improv out here, and then her name is Nicky.  My government name is Nicole.  She’s based on me a little bit.  So it is my voice.  And I feel like our writers’ room and Phil are just so talented that everything that was written was just easy.  It was easy to find.  It was easy to say.  It was easy to perform.  So, honestly, it wasn’t much different than what I’m used to, but it was fun and funny.

    QUESTION:  This is ‑‑ you talk about it is a little bit your life, a little bit your voice.  You get almost serious for a minute there where your character talks about how her mother dying when she was a teenager kind of shaped her personality a little bit.  Now, that happened to you too in real life.  In what way did that shape your personality in some way?

    NICOLE BYER:  I think it shaped my personality in a way where, when something sad or tragic happens, I tend to lean into finding the humor in it because I do think laughter is the best medicine.  How corny.

    AARON JENNINGS::  I’m with you.  I think you are right.

    NICOLE BYER:  Who wants to be sad?  So I think it shaped me in a way where I can be sad about something because I am a multifaceted person, but, also, I’d rather just laugh and have a nice time.

    DAN GOOR:  These questions got deep real fast.

    NICOLE BYER:  They did.

    MATTHEW LIFSON:  Our next question comes from Valerie Milano, and on deck is Suzanne Lanoue.  Valerie, go ahead.

    QUESTION:  Hi there.  What will set the show apart from others such as “Insecure” or “Black‑ish”?

    PHIL AUGUSTA JACKSON:  I think, for me, the inspiration for this show is just based off of my real life.  It’s about a group of friends that hang out at a wine bar, and in real life, I hang out with my friends at a wine bar, the people that are in front of your screen right now.  So, I think that’s the core of it.  I worked on “Insecure,” and I love that show.  I love Issa and Prentice.  That whole camp over there is amazing.  And I think what made that show so relatable was the authenticity with which Issa was bring it to the table.  And so, in the same way, what I’m trying to do is just share my perspective, what I find interesting and funny.  And, so, I think I based it on ‑‑ that’s going to be what sets this show apart is just it’s coming from my personal point of view.  We have an amazing cast and (inaudible).

    DAN GOOR:  What it’s like, it’s a very specific, very funny show, and also, I mean, you know, there are 25 shows about a group of white characters in the 1990s, and, you know, there was nobody asking what separated them or made those shows different or distinct.  These are different stories about different people in different circumstances than “Insecure” or “Black‑ish.”  We all think those are good shows, but this is its own show that just also happens to have an all‑Black cast.

    QUESTION:  Could you give us a couple of examples about some recurring themes that the viewers can expect to see in the series?

    PHIL AUGUSTA JACKSON:  I’m not sure about recurring themes, but I think, with this first season, what we did try to do is make sure that every episode did have a theme that is not only relatable at a broader, human level, but is relatable at a Black level.  So, in Episode 2, we talk about self‑care.  In Episode 3, we talk about the insecurity of status of who makes the money in a relationship.  In Episode 4, we talk about therapy.  In Episode 5, we talk about being inspired by your friend.  In Episode 6, we talk about Black men and their fathers.  In Episode 7, we talk about headlines.  So, each episode, we were very intentional about the themes that we wanted to hit.  But as far as recurring themes, I think one recurring theme is friendship and just having your friends there by your side for whatever you are going through and finding the fun and the funny in those situations.

    QUESTION:  Great.  Thank you for talking about it.

    ECHO KELLUM:  Yeah.  Like, from current things like being human and, you know, love and loss and just exploring being young and alive in L.A., you know.  It’s just a recurring theme, which is being alive.

    AARON JENNINGS::  The recurring themes are the human things, which we can all connect to.

    GRASIE MERCEDES:  Yeah.

    AARON JENNINGS::  So being human beings, that’s a fact.

    PHIL AUGUSTA JACKSON:  And I don’t know which one of you just said it but the wine.

    AARON JENNINGS::  And the wine.

    PHIL AUGUSTA JACKSON:  The low‑hanging fruit, that was such an alley oop.  I should have said, “Well, first of all….”

    NICOLE BYER:  The wine.

    QUESTION:  Okay.  Thanks again.

    AARON JENNINGS::  Thank you.

    MATTHEW LIFSON:  The next question is from Suzanne Lanoue, and Jeanne Wolf will be on deck.  Suzanne, go ahead.

    QUESTION:  Hi.  I enjoyed the first two episodes.  Those are funny.

    PHIL AUGUSTA JACKSON:  Thanks so much.

    AARON JENNINGS::  Thank you.  Thank you.

    QUESTION:  And, Echo, I really loved your character on “Arrow.”  What attracted you to this role?

    ECHO KELLUM:  Oh, man.  First of all, the fact that Phil was working on it.  As Phil said, we are actually good friends in real life, and I’m such a fan of his creative artistry.  And so, automatically, Phil wrote an amazing script and a lot of just really deep, fleshed‑out characters in different ways than I’ve seen them, and I was very excited to get the opportunity to come and play any part on it.  I would have been a grip on this show if I had an opportunity to do it.  So that’s number one, but the character really connected to me in a lot of specific ways.  As Phil said, it’s based off of our friend group.  So, I think we all have a lot of commonalities and experiences that we go through, being young Black professionals just trying to survive, you know, in L.A., and so these characters definitely connect to that struggle and the successes and wonderful aspects of that aspect too.  So, there’s a lot that pulled me into it, and I really appreciate you asking me that.

    QUESTION:  Thank you.

    CARL TART:  I was a grip on the show.

    AARON JENNINGS::  Yeah.  Carl (inaudible).

    MATTHEW LIFSON:  The next question comes from Jeanne Wolf, and Jamie Ruby will be on deck.  Jeanne, go for it.

    QUESTION:  Hi.  It’s good that you are making us laugh.  And the setup of the show, the introduction, is kind of that you are making fun of the stereotypes that are being treated in a very serious way today.  So, doing that, making fun of the stereotypes, who is going to be thrilled about that, and who is going to be upset about that?

    DAN GOOR:  I don’t know that it’s ‑‑ sorry.  I don’t know that it’s making fun of the stereotypes.  I think the idea is, sort of, trying to elucidate that the stereotypes are just that.  They are stereotypes, and they don’t in any way speak to the totality of these characters.  So, I don’t think, in any way, it’s, like, making light of these stereotypes.  I think the idea is to say how ridiculous it is to only portray Black men in the way in which those stereotypes suggest.  And then what we see, we are in no way laughing at Garrett Morris when he says that these characters have layers and everything else.  That’s really the mission statement of the show, and I think that’s what Phil has so geniusly put into, really, every character and every script and everything.  But in no way is it intended ‑‑ hopefully, no one will take it as us making light of those stereotypes.  I didn’t mean to cut you off, Phil.

    PHIL AUGUSTA JACKSON:  No.  I was going to say, I think, to me, the plan we were caught up in was we are just like everybody else.  I feel like a lot of times there are certain tropes that get played out in the media with Black people, and we are put into a specific box where there’s an opportunity just to be shown as, like, slice‑of‑life, everyday folks that are just trying to figure stuff out, and so that’s why we ‑‑ I think, with the characters that we have, whether it be Justin’s character ‑‑ he’s playing Wyatt ‑‑ like, a married guy, I would just like to see what it’s like for a married guy, who really enjoys his marriage, be in a friend group.  And we’ve got a guy who is an accountant.  I had a friend in college who was in finance and stuff like that.  So, it’s really just about just humanizing the Black experience.  And, again, I’m not trying to speak for everybody.  I don’t think we are trying to speak for everybody with this show.  It’s just, here’s a set of friends that exist in this specific part of Los Angeles, and, hey, they feel things just like everybody else.  And that was, kind of, the goal, to go from there.

    QUESTION:  For the actors, is that showing of the layers what attracted you to the show?

    AARON JENNINGS::  Absolutely.  Go ahead, Justin.

    JUSTIN CUNNINGHAM:  I’d like to, kind of, go back to that question again, actually the prior question, which is ‑‑ well, actually, this question too about what attracted.  Yeah, I don’t think it’s necessarily making fun of stereotypes or, like ‑‑ see, I’m from Arkansas.  So, I’ve, sort of, lived with the perception of how people see me on a daily basis, being there.  And when I was in New York and we got this script ‑‑ I’ve told Phil this, and I’ve told several of the cast this.  But when I was auditioning and we got this script, people were talking about this script.  Like, me and my friends of color, we were, like, “Have you gotten this script?”  And what was so unique about it was that it was so human.  And it was, sort of, not necessarily making fun of the stereotypes, but it was showing the human side that we didn’t get to explore as actors.  And that’s what really drew me because I really fell right into this character.  And even in my audition, I had so much fun going on tape for it because it wasn’t playing towards, basically, these stereotypes.  It was showing that I can be human in this industry and I can be human through my art as well, and that’s what really drew me.

    AARON JENNINGS::  And to piggyback off of that, Justin, if you don’t mind, I had the opportunity to audition for a few of the characters, and what I loved about it through the auditioning process was that each character, sort of, forced me and enabled me to tap into a different side of myself, and still they were fully fleshed out and dimensional characters.  And then, as I arrived at Anthony, it was, like, okay, as you look at the whole group, you see that these are people that are ‑‑ and a credit to you, Phil and Dan, and the rest of the writing staff ‑‑ these are people that I know in life and that I see on a daily basis that I have had experience with.  And I was so happy to see that, especially on a network such as NBC, to see that.  I don’t think we oftentimes get that opportunity.  And not only is it fully realized, but there’s also a lot of humor, and there’s also a lot of fun that we get to have in going to work every day.  It’s a fun set to be on.  We are collaborating with people who are passionate about the work but also have just, like, this immense humanity and capacity for love, and that’s what we want to bring to the audience is that love and that fun.

    ECHO KELLUM:  People are really, really freaking good at their jobs to come and bring it every single day with the effort, professionality, like, the humor.  Like, I feel so privileged to get to come on set and work with every single person on this panel and all the people behind the scenes too.  It’s just, like, to have that feeling, like, family, like, everyone is at the top of their game is great.

    DAN GOOR:  Watching Carl do his grip work.

    ECHO KELLUM:  Oh, man.  When Carl out, he’s with the light.

    DAN GOOR:  One time he had to fill in as a boom operator.  You can see the dedication.

    ECHO KELLUM:  Oh, my gosh.  (Inaudible) was just shaking.

    DAN GOOR:  He didn’t know he was in the cast for, like, the first few episodes.

    (Laughter.)

    CARL TART:  Everybody’s dialogue was Chris.  Everybody’s dialogue.

    AARON JENNINGS::  No ADR for anybody.

    ECHO KELLUM:  So, no ADR, yeah.

    PHIL AUGUSTA JACKSON:  Nicole, didn’t you actually use the stick at a certain point?  Was that the finale, or am I ‑‑

    NICOLE BYER:  Yeah.  It was the last scene of our last episode.  I was, like, “Doot da doot.”

    (Laughter.)

    DAN GOOR:  I didn’t mean to cut you off, Echo.

    ECHO KELLUM:  No.  But, like everyone was saying, there’s a lot of nuance, you know, people of color, the monolith.  We are all very different, distinct individuals, and Phil is really tapping into it from a perspective that really comes from a personal place, and I think that’s what really drew us as artists.  There’s a lot of uniqueness and perspective from his personal life.

    GRASIE MERCEDES:  I would love to add to that that this is the first audition I personally have had in a really long time where I read it, and not only did I think it was so funny, but I didn’t feel like I had to play at a stereotype of a Black woman that I so often have to play at.  I felt, like, oh, I can just bring who I am to this character, and it felt really good.  I felt really excited about it where a lot of times I feel, like, “Oh, I’m not that thing they want me to be,” and that thing we see over and over again.  And that’s what I think is so refreshing about all of these characters.

    AARON JENNINGS::  We hope that answered your question.

    MATTHEW LIFSON:  Our next question comes from Jamie Ruby, and Jamie Steinberg is on deck.  So, Jamie R., go ahead.

    QUESTION:  Hello.  Thank you for talking to us.  Can you tell me, during working on ‑‑ throughout the time working on the show ‑‑ this is for the actors.  Sorry ‑‑ what have you learned about yourself, either professionally, personally as an actor, as a person?  Is there anything that you’ve learned since you started?

    NICOLE BYER:  Um ‑‑

    ECHO KELLUM:  I’ve learned that ‑‑ sorry, Nicole.  You’ve got it.

    NICOLE BYER:  No.  You go.

    ECHO KELLUM:  Okay.  Well, I mean, honestly, I’ve learned that I love working with my friends and people that are close to me in my life.  I feel like sometimes, being a Black person, it’s really rare that we get to create with people that are closest to us.  I feel like I’m one in a mix.  Like, I’m just, like, one Black person in something.  And to come do this show with the people that I’m actually close to in life and really just kill it together is something that I just love, to just, like, create art with family and friends and people that I would love to have a job in real life.

    NICOLE BYER:  Yeah.  That was fully my answer as well.

    AARON JENNINGS::  Me too.

    NICOLE BYER:  I really love working with friends, and I also love working with people who are open to collaborate and just, like, easy to work with, funny, talented people who are a joy to be around but also a professional.  Do you know what I mean?  It’s, like, we can joke, but, also, we came to do a job.  I love that so much, and that’s what I’ve learned.  I really like my friends.

    CARL TART:  I’ve learned a few things.  I’ve learned that I’m not a morning person at all.  Also, I’ve learned that I never want to work on another set again because this one is so perfect.  I’m just playing.  I’m just playing people who are given jobs.  Don’t worry about what they are saying.  No.  It was such a fun time.  Like, even the hard days weren’t hard because we had such a good time.  And literally everybody ‑‑ everybody who we worked with, everybody was so fun.  It went so perfectly the whole time that we would be, like, “Who is going to ruin it?”  I guess it’s up to me to come in and demand more money next season.

    (Laughter.)

    I felt like it was such a ‑‑ I also learned ‑‑ and this is more personal, I guess.  I learned to trust myself a little bit more acting‑wise.  I think I always want to lean into what I think is my strength, which is being ridiculous.  And Phil challenged me to stay grounded a lot of times and actually forced me to believe that it would be good.  And everybody else in the cast stayed on me about it.  Aaron would threaten physical violence when I talked down on myself.  When I talked down on myself, Aaron would be, like, “You ain’t gonna to be talking about yourself like that in front of me.”  And, so, I appreciate the support.  I think I learned that I can act a little bit, you know.  I think that’s what I learned.

    AARON JENNINGS::  A lot of bit.  A lot of bit.

    GRASIE MERCEDES:  I was going to say, I think Aaron was everyone’s cheerleader.  I think, Aaron, he’s such a light.  And, for me, he definitely ‑‑ I come in on the second episode.  So, I was a little scared and nervous to join this crew.  And from day one, everyone was incredible, but Aaron specifically reached out and was just, like, “You belong here,” because there was that feeling of, like, “Do I belong here?  These people are so funny and so great.”  And I know who they are, and I know how funny they are, and I know how talented they are.  And everyone was so warm and incredible.  And Phil, I think, challenged me to believe that I could do comedy.  I never thought I’d be on a sitcom.  I always thought I’d be, like, a drama girl, so just embracing that and having more confidence in that.  And I’m excited.  I hope we get a second season because I’m excited to blend Fay even more.

    AARON JENNINGS::  Well, let me tell you, Grasie, you can still be very dramatic, but ‑‑

    GRASIE MERCEDES:  Touche.

    AARON JENNINGS::  Touche.  Yeah, the same.  The same.

    MATTHEW LIFSON:  So, we are actually going to go to Rick Hong with the next question, and then Laura Surico will be on deck.  So, Rick, whenever you are ready.

    QUESTION:  Hello.  I wanted to tell everybody congratulations.  So, what I love about this show is that it takes place in the backdrop of Silver Lake.  So, I was just trying to figure out just a fun question.  How convenient is it for the cast, or are some of you west-siders?

    CARL TART:  I think we are all east‑siders, right?

    GRASIE MERCEDES:  We are all east‑siders.

    AARON JENNINGS::  We are all east‑siders.

    CARL TART:  I’m from the west side.

    ECHO KELLUM:  The most convenient, we can walk to set sometimes.

    GRASIE MERCEDES:  Yeah, literally.  We literally shot down the block from me once.

    CARL TART:  I’m from West L.A., and growing up in L.A., where I’m from, I never came to Silver Lake at all, like, never.  And then once I started doing stuff with The Second City and UCB Theaters that are more in the Hollywood area, more east, now we always frequent Silver Lake.  We are always in Silver Lake.  So, I spend much more time there than I do on the west side where I’m from, where my origins are, so yeah.

    PHIL AUGUSTA JACKSON:  I definitely ‑‑ oh, sorry.  Go ahead.

    ECHO KELLUM:  No.  Go ahead, Phil.

    PHIL AUGUSTA JACKSON:  I was going to say I definitely ‑‑ I like to walk a lot.  I like walking.  That’s why I like the east side a lot.  I walk the reservoir a lot, and I definitely walk to Paramount every day.  So, it’s very convenient.

    AARON JENNINGS::  You walk to Paramount every day?

    PHIL AUGUSTA JACKSON:  It’s, like, three and a half miles.  Yeah.

    DAN GOOR:  What’s your daily steps?  What does that look like a day for you?

    PHIL AUGUSTA JACKSON:  Six miles.

    DAN GOOR:  How many steps?  Like, 15,000?  14,000?

    PHIL AUGUSTA JACKSON:  Whatever six miles is.

    NICOLE BYER:  Yeah.  I often see Phil just walking around.  It’s gotten to the point where I don’t say hello anymore because I’m, like, this is redundant.

    PHIL AUGUSTA JACKSON:  I literally have been seeing Echo ‑‑ I see Echo three times a week now.

    ECHO KELLUM:  It’s, like, nonstop.

    PHIL AUGUSTA JACKSON:  Every other time I walk, I would just see him.

    ECHO KELLUM:  And I feel like I grew up with them, driving and just, like, walking ‑‑

    NICOLE BYER:  Yeah.  I don’t say hello anymore.  I’m, like, “Oh, I’m lazy.”

    DAN GOOR:  You guys just flip him off.

    ECHO KELLUM:  I will say to that question really quickly, it is very surreal to get to shoot and create this television show in places that I actually frequent and, like, really enjoy being around.  It’s been such a pleasure and such a unique thing.  I don’t think a lot of actors or people get the privilege to shoot in their own neighborhood.  It’s something very special, and I’m really happy that our show gets to showcase this little slice of life in L.A.

    QUESTION:  It’s a true dream job, like, a small commute time, especially in L.A.

    AARON JENNINGS::  Oh, yeah.

    QUESTION:  Congratulations again.  Thank you so much.

    MATTHEW LIFSON:  Our next question is from Laura Surico, and Janice Malone will be on deck.  Go ahead, Laura.

    QUESTION:  Hi.  Can you guys hear me?  Okay.  Yes.  So, touching on what Rick said, I noticed that it mentions L.A. life and being in L.A.  It’s relatable, being an Angeleno and not having friends past the 405.  We are no longer friends, like Nicole said.  But how much of ‑‑ for the writers and for the cast, how much of your experience of being and living in L.A. did you put into this and how, being a Black, person of color, Angeleno, adds to this and, for the cast, if they added their own L.A. experiences into their characters?

    AARON JENNINGS::  Carl, do you want to?  I’ll say this, I added a lot of my experience.  I’m born and raised in Los Angeles, in West Adams, but I went to Brentwood.  Then I went to King School in Compton.  Then I went to school in Santa Monica.  Then I got my diploma from Culver City in the day and the whole thing.  With that being said, I had the monte of experience, and I was in and out of a lot of different worlds.  And so I think that’s ultimately ‑‑ and correct me if I’m wrong, Phil or Dan ‑‑ one of the ‑‑ one of the themes that we are, sort of, exploring is just this nominalistic Black experience.  And so, for me, it was cool because I got to pull from all of my past experiences.  And with Anthony especially, not to give too much away, but, like, he’s the captain, and I think he definitely, sort of, bounces between two worlds, if not more.  And, so, it was very, very nice to have that real‑life experience to pull from.  Yeah, that’s what I’ll say about myself.  But, Carl, also, you have an experience growing up in L.A.

    CARL TART:  Yeah.  I’m not born, but I am raised, which is why I’m not a Laker fan, I’m a Clipper fan, and I ‑‑ but I’m raised here.  I’m raised in the View Park Windsor Hills area, and I always went to school on the west side, Palms Middle School, Hamilton High School Academy of Music, class of 2007 stand‑up. I was very thankful and grateful to be able to put some of my L.A. experience into the character, and I think a lot of it also came through in the wardrobe.  I will say, I’m probably going to be the only person on a network TV show this year wearing a Marathon jersey by brother Nipsey Hussle, who is very important to me, very special to me, went to Hamilton High School as well, was always in the neighborhood, was always visible, always accessible and seen and meant a lot to the community, the Crenshaw community, the area, the View Park, the Windsor Hills, the Baldwin Hills area and stuff like that.  So, to be able to, like, represent him on a network show is really awesome after his untimely and tragic passing.  And I think just like ‑‑ just the way that you know how to move in the city and, like, being a ‑‑ I think being a local helps, kind of, sell that.  And Aaron can speak to it too.  Being, like, from here kind of helps sell the fact that not all L.A. people are these people who you can’t, you know ‑‑

    AARON JENNINGS:: (Inaudible.)

    CARL TART:  But, yeah, I’ve been able to sell that.

    DAN GOOR:  Can I just say also, it’s located here, and there’s a lot of great specifics.  But this is really, like, a big cast show.  It’s for people from all over the country, and it’s, like, in the same way that I think a show like “Seinfeld” or “Friends,” that are very New York‑based, but can be enjoyed by everybody.  What I’m saying is this show is as good as “Seinfeld” and “Friends” is what I’m saying.

    PHIL AUGUSTA JACKSON:  What are you doing, Dan?

    DAN GOOR:  My internal thoughts are coming out.

    CARL TART:  Los Angeles is really the seventh member of ‑‑

    (Laughter.)

    ECHO KELLUM:  But see, that’s the kind of thing I want to touch on, Dan, is, like, I’m from Chicago, like, real blue‑color kind of city, you know, and these stories still connect through other regions and other, like, people.  Might be set in Los Angeles, but it is really a human experience that we are really going onto these, kind of, young semiprofessionals and different perspectives in L.A.

    PHIL AUGUSTA JACKSON:  And just to build off of that, I think, when in doubt, when we were in the room, from a story perspective, for someone trying to crack a story, what would happen in real life?  What would be interesting?  What conversations have we had at the bar?  I would talk to the entire cast about inspirations that they have, things that they found interesting with their characters.  I am all for putting those feelings on the page because I think that that allows for the cast to, kind of, thrive, and that was, kind of, the goal with this first season.

    MATTHEW LIFSON:  All right.  Our next question is from Janice Malone, and on deck will be Lloyd Carroll.  Janice, go ahead.

    QUESTION:  Okay.  I’d like to ask the two showrunners, Dan and Phil.  I’m so happy to see Garrett Morris in your wonderful trailer there.  Are there any plans, future episodes, for him?  And second, for anyone, were there any, shall we say, wine‑bar test sites that were used in the filming of the show or what?

    DAN GOOR:  Let me say really quickly ‑‑ I just want to make it very clear that Phil is not ‑‑ which side are you on?

    PHIL AUGUSTA JACKSON:  To me or her?

    DAN GOOR:  Phil is the showrunner extraordinaire.  I’m an EP on it, but this is Phil’s show, and he is maybe the best showrunner I’ve ever been around.  He’s so, so talented.  So, I love the reflected shared glory, but I want to make sure it stays with Phil.  And with that said, Phil, you should answer the question.

    PHIL AUGUSTA JACKSON:  Thank you for the beautiful clarification, Dan.  Garrett Morris is a legend.  He’s amazing.  He only appears in the pilot of the first season, but in the room, we did talk about ways to bring him back if possible and if it fit within, kind of, the structure of how the season broke.  The way it broke out this first season, it did, but I think, moving forward ‑‑ it was such an awesome start to the pilot, and we were so lucky to have him.  It would obviously be incredible if we could work with him again.  He was so kind and so talented on set that it was a dream come true to work with him.  So that is definitely on the table if he would be down to do it.

    DAN GOOR:  And that monologue really, sort of, opened the pilot for us in a lot of ways.  So, you could imagine using him again would be something equally inspiring.  And then she was asking about ‑‑

    ECHO KELLUM:  The cast?

    DAN GOOR:  It was about any inspirations.  Wine bars that might be an inspiration.

    ECHO KELLUM:  Oh, yeah.  Writing this show is really based off of a wine bar that we all frequent in real life ‑‑

    NICOLE BYER:  Yeah.

    ECHO KELLUM:  ‑‑ that I think we all collectively have been going to, like, the last five years where we’ve just been, like, kind of, the wine group of friends.

    AARON JENNINGS::  Yeah, most of the time.

    ECHO KELLUM:  It’s kind of an all‑white establishment, like, unpacking life and love and work, and I think that’s what Phil really tapped into that’s really great.

    PHIL AUGUSTA JACKSON:  And when everyone got cast, we were hanging out ‑‑ I mean, this is right before the shutdown.  So it was, like, we would meet at these bars just to try and, like, get the chemistry popping early.  And so that definitely was a thing that was top of mind as far as just building the chemistry that was already built in because a lot of these folks that you are looking at now have known each other for a long time.

    MATTHEW LIFSON:  Our next question comes from Lloyd Carroll, and then our final question will come from Dennis Pastorizo.  So, Lloyd, go ahead.

    QUESTION:  Okay.  Phil, Dan, you guys have been talking about the wine bar.  So, I’ve got to ask this one.  How big an influence was that other bar show I remember from the 1980s, set on the East Coast, “Cheers”?  I was curious.  How much of that?  And did you have to say, “Wait a minute.  We can’t have a Norm here.  We’ve got to, kind of, make something more relevant for an urban audience.”  I’m just curious.  How big an influence was “Cheers” and to stay away from stereotypical characters, which “Cheers” sometimes got into?

    PHIL AUGUSTA JACKSON:  I think “Cheers” is such an iconic show that if you were making a television show, you are aware of that show.  And whether or not there’s a wine bar or any type of bar, I think the pilot has gone down as one of the best pilots in history.  So, I think, in that way, it’s just an inspiration to look at a really great piece of writing, but I don’t think the bones or the structure of this show is super, super close to what they were, what they had going on.

    DAN GOOR:  Yeah.  It was inspirational and important in that it’s inspirational and important to all TV comedy.  It’s one of the greatest legendary comedies of all time.  But I definitely agree with Phil.  This show has its own bones.  It doesn’t feel like the same kind of bar or the same kind of regulars showing up, but, obviously, it’s something we would be aware of and something we wouldn’t ever want to step on the toes of because it’s such a great show, which this show is better.  It’s better than “Friends,” “Seinfeld,” and “Cheers.”

    PHIL AUGUSTA JACKSON:  Dan, what are you doing?

    DAN GOOR:  Somebody is going to put that in their post and say, “This show is better than ‘Friends,’ ‘Cheers,’ and ‘Seinfeld’ combined.” And no one needs to know who said that.

    PHIL AUGUSTA JACKSON:  Whoever puts that in quotes, please put, “Dan, what are you doing?” and my response.

    DAN GOOR:  “Dash, a person who watched all of those shows.”  No one has to know who it was.

    ECHO KELLUM:  And I would also like to say, because you, kind of, mentioned something like it’s an urban show.  It’s just a show, you know, and the cast happens to be Black folk, you know.  So just like “Cheers” ‑‑ I guess you could say it’s a white show if you want to say that.  I feel like a lot of us connected to parts of that regardless of the human aspect of it.

    CARL TART:  I’m Norm.

    (Laughter.)

    DAN GOOR:  No, you aren’t.

    NICOLE BYER:  Like the pilot of “Cheers,” you see the magic happening on this show.  And I don’t want to toot our own horn.  Is that a phrase?  I don’t know.  But, like, we have very magical chemistry that happened almost instantaneously, and I think that really comes through on the screen.  So, I think, like “Cheers,” you’ll be, like, “Oh, I’m rooting for these people.”  I think these people are interesting, they are funny, and they seem to just really have joy and love each other.  So, yeah, that’s what I wanted to add.

    PHIL AUGUSTA JACKSON:  Great.  A great addition.  And I was going to say, I was a kid in the ’90s too.  So, I think you’ve got shows like “Cheers.”  You’ve got shows like “Living Single.”  I love “Sex and the City.”  I like a lot of different shows.  So, I think, as far as inspiration and energy, I just love TV, and I do have a soft spot in my heart for network television because I think, if you were born in a certain type, it really did shape your view of comedy.  And so, yes, a shout out to all of the shows that, kind of, came before this one.

    MATTHEW LIFSON:  All right.  Our final question of the day comes from Dennis Pastorizo.  Dennis, go ahead.

    QUESTION:  Hey.  Good afternoon, guys.  So, my question is a bit of a double question.  What was really in the wine glasses?  And what would each one of you order ‑‑

    DAN GOOR:   What was the second part?

    QUESTION:  ‑‑ in real life?

    NICOLE BYER:  What was ‑‑

    ECHO KELLUM:  Can you say the second part again.

    DAN GOOR:  What would you order in real life?

    QUESTION:  What would you order in real life?

    AARON JENNINGS::  This is a great final question, by the way.

    GRASIE MERCEDES:  We were just asked a similar question, and I realized in that moment that I don’t know what orange wine is, really, but it’s what I drink and love.  It’s, like, this new trend of natural organic wine happening, especially, I think, in Los Angeles, but I’m so down with it because it doesn’t give me a headache and I love it.  But what was in our glasses on set, everyone had something a little different.  My glass was a white wine, and it was basically colored water.  So that was not very fun.  It wasn’t very interesting.  But sometimes I had grape juice.  Sometimes I had white grape juice.

    CARL TART:  My glass was diet Cran-Grape, and when I order at a bar, I order Nicki Minaj’s mixed Moscato.

    (Laughter.)

    NICOLE BYER:  My order is a rosé, and on set, I was hammered all the time, drinking actual rosé.

    (Laughter.)

    No.  I was also drinking colored water, which sounds like a slur.

    ECHO KELLUM:  It does, doesn’t it?

    NICOLE BYER:  Yeah.

    AARON JENNINGS::  That sounds good, colored water.

    MALE PANELIST:  Yeah, I would say ‑‑ go ahead, Echo.

    ECHO KELLUM:  Well, the same as Carl with a diet Cran.  And on the show and at the bar, I’d probably do, like, a lambrusca [sic], which is, like, an Italian, red ‑‑

    AARON JENNINGS::  Sparkling.

    ECHO KELLUM:  ‑‑ sparkling red.

    AARON JENNINGS::  I’m going to piggyback off of you.  I think it was diet grape, and then I feel like they transitioned to something else, but I honestly can’t say what it was.  I forget now.

    GRASIE MERCEDES:  They did have nonalcoholic wine at some point.  Yeah.

    CARL TART:  It was disgusting.

    AARON JENNINGS::  Like, the diet cranberry, the diet grape, I couldn’t do.  So, I switched over to the nonalcoholic wine.  And then, lately, I’ve been drinking the ‑‑ is it lambrusco or lambrusca?  I thought it was lambrusco, whatever, from Northern Italy, the wine that’s sparkling.  That’s the wine that I would order as of now, as of late.

    ECHO KELLUM:  And I will say Phil put me on that, just to give him all credit.

    AARON JENNINGS::  Yeah, the same.  The same.

    ECHO KELLUM:  Uh‑huh.  Uh‑huh.

    JUSTIN CUNNINGHAM:  Yeah, it was the diet cranberry, and I think ‑‑ I don’t really drink that much anymore or almost at all, but if I do have a cocktail, it will be either an old fashioned or, for the Bond people, a Vesper.  I don’t know if you are familiar with Vesper.

    NICOLE BYER:  That’s classy.

    CARL TART:  I ride to the bar.  I drive a Vespa.  What are you drinking right now, Dan?  (Inaudible.)

    DAN GOOR:  It depends who is paying.  If I’m being purchased wine, I would love a white Burgundy.  If people want to send me something nice, I’m available.  And then we have been having a lot of pandemic cocktails.  I really like a Boulevardier, which is like a wry ‑‑ oh, my god.  I’m totally blanking on what it is, but ‑‑ sweet vermouth and Campari.  Sorry.

    CARL TART:  I drive my Vespa down the Boulevardier.

    (Laughter.)

    ECHO KELLUM:  I just want to say, if colored water is racist, white Burgundy has got to be racist too.

    (Laughter.)

    AARON JENNINGS::  That all doesn’t sound right.

    DAN GOOR:  Phil, what are you drinking?

    PHIL AUGUSTA JACKSON:  Okay.  So, I’ll go backwards.  Right now, I’m really on this Mexican natural wine called Bichi.  They have a really great rosé and chilled red as well as an orange wine.  And before that, there was this wine called Gibbs, but I can’t really find it anymore.  They have a really great Cabernet.  I also like Lambrusco.  And, yeah, I think that’s it.  And I also mix sparkling wines a lot, Blanc de Blanc and stuff like that.  I think I said ‑‑ I like every wine.  I just named some.

    ECHO KELLUM:  And they didn’t require it to bring it on set, but he would always have ‑‑

    NICOLE BYER:  Always has it.  Always drinking.

    ECHO KELLUM:  Yeah.

    QUESTION:  Well, thank you so much for your answers, and cheers to the new season.

    AARON JENNINGS::  Cheers to all of you.  Thank you so much.

    MATTHEW LIFSON:  Thank you to our “Grand Crew” panelists.  It sounds like everyone needs to go grab a glass of wine.  So, thank you so much to everyone for joining us today.  This concludes NBC’s scripted press day.  For more information, please visit our MediaVillage site at NBCUMV.com, and have a fantastic rest of your day.

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    "Grand Crew" cast on NBCFrom Phil Augusta Jackson (Writer/Producer/Director, “Brooklyn Nine-Nine”) and Dan Goor (Creator, “Brooklyn Nine-Nine”) comes a new comedy that proves life is better with your crew. This group of young professionals are all trying to navigate the ups and downs of life and love in Los Angeles – and they always find time to gather at their favorite bar to “wine down” and unpack it all. There’s Noah, a hopeless romantic too eager to settle down; Nicky, a go-getter in real estate who’s adventurous in romance; Sherm, a low-key genius who plays the dating odds; Anthony, whose true love is his career; Wyatt, who’s relieved to be married and out of the dating scene; and Fay, who’s recently divorced and looking to start fresh in LA. And just like wine, their friendship gets better with time.

    Echo Kellum

    Noah, “Grand Crew”

    GRAND CREW -- Season: 1 -- Pictured: Echo Kellum as Noah -- (Photo by: Kwaku Alston/NBC)
    Echo Kellum plays Noah on the new NBC comedy “Grand Crew.”

    Kellum, an actor, writer and director originally from Chicago, will recur in the new FX series “The Old Man,” starring Jeff Bridges.

    Previous credits include “Arrow,” “You’re the Worst,” “Drunk History,” “Comedy Bang Bang” and a recurring voiceover role on “Rick & Morty.” Still an avid improviser, Kellum performs regularly at UCB with house team Winslow.

     

     

    Nicole Byer

    Nicky, “Grand Crew”

    GRAND CREW -- Season: 1 -- Pictured: Nicole Byer as Nicky -- (Photo by: Kwaku Alston/NBC)
    Nicole Byer plays Nicky on the new NBC comedy “Grand Crew.”

    An actress, comedian, writer, author and podcaster, Byer is perhaps most well-known as the host of Netflix’s Emmy Award-nominated competition baking series “Nailed It!,” which has gained a cult following of viewers since its premiere on the streaming platform in 2018. In 2020, Byer made history by becoming the first Black woman ever to be nominated in the category of Outstanding Host for a Reality or Competition Program.

    Byer can also be seen co-hosting TBS’ reboot of “Wipeout,” alongside John Cena. She also voices characters in Amazon’s “Invincibles” and Adult Swim’s “Tuca & Bertie” and will voice the role of Susie Carmichael’s mom, Lucy, in the upcoming reboot of Nickelodeon’s “Rugrats,” which premieres on Paramount+.

    Listeners can hear Byer on five different podcasts, the fan-favorite being “Why Won’t You Date Me?,” which sees her inviting friends and guests to discuss their dating lives all while trying to figure out her own. In 2021 the podcast moved under the TeamCoco banner and Byer won the 2021 iHeart Radio Podcast Award for best female host for the show.

    Byer is an Upright Citizens Brigade alum who continues to cement her status as a force in standup by regularly performing in cities across the country. Previously, she received national attention for her web series “Pursuit of Sexiness,” which she co-created and starred in alongside friend and fellow comic Sasheer Zamata.

    Her additional film and television work includes “Loosely Exactly Nicole,” “Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates,” “Lady Dynamite,” “Party Over Here,” “BoJack Horseman” and “30 Rock.”

    Byer currently resides in Los Angeles.

    Grasie Mercedes

    Fay, “Grand Crew”

    GRAND CREW -- Season: 1 -- Pictured: Grasie Mercedes as Fay -- (Photo by: Kwaku Alston/NBC)
    Grasie Mercedes plays Fay in the new NBC comedy “Grand Crew.”

    Mercedes is a Dominican-American multi-hyphenate from New York City, living in Los Angeles. An actress who has appeared on shows that include “9-1-1,” “Good Trouble,” “Southland,” “The Affair” and “Criminal Minds,” she also recently wrote on NBC’s “Perfect Harmony.”

    Mercedes is a former improviser and sketch comedy actor, and an alumna of both iO West and UCB. She also recently wrapped season two of her podcast “Not (Blank) Enough.”

    Justin Cunningham

    Wyatt, “Grand Crew”

    GRAND CREW -- Season: 1 -- Pictured: Justin Cunningham as Wyatt -- (Photo by: Kwaku Alston/NBC)
    Justin Cunningham plays Wyatt on the new NBC comedy “Grand Crew.”

    Cunningham received his BFA in acting from the University of Arkansas. That ultimately led him to being accepted to the esteemed Drama Division at Juilliard, where he graduated with his MFA in 2017.

    In 2019, Cunningham had a co-starring role for Ava DuVernay in the Netflix limited series “When They See Us,” based off the true story of the Central Park Five. Prior roles include CBS’ “Blue Bloods and HBO’s “Succession.” Shortly after graduating, Cunningham was part of the cast of “King Lear” on Broadway.

    Cunningham is an avid boxer and is also a big advocate for fitness as well as mental health.

    Aaron Jennings

    Anthony, “Grand Crew”

    GRAND CREW -- Season: 1 -- Pictured: Aaron Jennings as Anthony -- (Photo by: Kwaku Alston/NBC)
    Aaron Jennings plays Anthony on the new NBC comedy “Grand Crew.”

    Previously seen on CBS’ “Pure Genius” and HBO’s “Insecure,” Jennings can next be seen  recurring on the upcoming Amazon series “A League of Their Own,” based the feature film.

    Jennings’ big screen debut came in 2013 with the Farrelly Brothers’ comedy “Movie 43,” opposite Terence Howard. Other credits include “Meet the Browns,” “Rizzoli & Isles,” “Vegas,” “Bones,” “Aquarius” and “Loosely Exactly Nicole.”

    Jennings spent his youth training in theater and some of his stage credits include “Elmina’s Kitchen,” which won the NAACP Award for best ensemble, Matthew Lopez’s “The Whipping Man,” Athol Fugard’s “My Children! My Africa!” and “Facing Our Truth” at the Kirk Douglas Theatre in Culver City, Calif.

    Dan Goor

    Executive Producer, “Grand Crew”

    Dan Goor is an executive producer on the new NBC comedy “Grand Crew.”

    Previously, Goor was co-creator and executive producer of NBC’s Golden Globe-winning comedy series “Brooklyn Nine-Nine.” In addition to having run the show, he also wrote and directed numerous episodes.

    Goor is also the co-creator of the new Peacock comedy “Killing It,” starring Craig Robinson.

    Prior to working on “Brooklyn Nine-Nine,” Goor was an executive producer, writer and director on NBC’s Peabody Award-winning comedy “Parks and Recreation.”

    Goor got his start writing for “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart,” for which he won an Emmy Award in 2001. He was also a writer for NBC’s “Late Night with Conan O’Brien,” where he won an Emmy in 2007.

    Goor resides in Los Angeles with his wife and their two daughters.

    Phil Augusta Jackson

    Creator/Executive Producer, “Grand Crew”

    Phil Augusta Jackson is an Emmy Award-nominated writer, producer and musical artist from Philadelphia. He is the creator and showrunner of NBC’s new half-hour comedy “Grand Crew.”

    A co-executive producer of HBO’s “Insecure,” Jackson also has written for “Key & Peele,” “Survivor’s Remorse” and, most recently, “Brooklyn Nine-Nine,” where he also directed. He has been nominated for Emmy, WGA and NAACP awards and has self-produced and directed shorts and music videos.

    Jackson graduated from the University of Virginia and currently resides in Los Angeles.
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    Interview with the cast of “American Auto”

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    Interview with the cast of “American Auto” on NBCLifetime by Suzanne 12/9/21

    This is a pretty funny sitcom, and it was a lot of fun talking to the cast. This press panel had many journalists asking questions. You can see my one question a little more than halfway down the page. I wish I had gotten another question because I would have loved to have asked Harriet Dyer a question. I really loved her show “The InBetween” (2019).  What an amazing actress she is! I didn’t even recognize her as the same person in this role.

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     American Auto

     Jon Barinholtz, Talent, “Wesley”

    Harriet Dyer, Talent, “Sadie”

    Ana Gasteyer, Talent, “Katherine”

    Humphrey Ker, Talent, “Elliot”

    X Mayo, Talent, “Dori”

    Michael B. Washington, Talent, “Cyrus”

    Tye White, Talent, “Jack”

    Justin Spitzer, Creator/Executive Producer

    Virtual via Zoom

    December 9, 2021

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    PAM BEER:  Hi.  It’s Pam again, and I’m here to introduce the panel for our new comedy “American Auto,” which will be sneak‑previewed on Monday, December 13th at 10:00 and 10:30 p.m., before moving to its normal time slot on Tuesday, January 4th at 8 o’clock.

    From “Superstore” creator Justin Spitzer comes a new workplace comedy that takes the wheels off of the automobile industry.

    Set in Detroit, the corporate executives of Payne Motors are at a crossroads:  Adapt to the changing times or be sent to the junkyard.

    Shaking things up as the new CEO, her leadership, experience, and savvy is only slightly offset by her complete lack of knowledge about cars.  From the corporate to the factory floor, the crew of Payne Motors is driving home the laughs.

    Here’s a look at the first season of “American Auto.”

    (Clip shown.)

    PAM BEER:  In the top row are executive producer Justin Spitzer, Ana Gasteyer, and Harriet Dyer.  In the second row are Michael B. Washington, Jon Barinholtz, and Tye White.  In the third row are Humphrey Ker and X Mayo.

    We are now ready for your questions.

    MATTHEW LIFSON:  Thank you, once again, Pam.  And welcome to our panelists.

    Just a reminder to use the “raise hand” function if you want to ask a question.

    And our first question comes from Mike Hughes, and Jay Bobbin will be on deck.

    So, go ahead, Mike.

    QUESTION:  Yeah, for Ana.  It seems like you’re in a really good streak right now.  I saw “A Clüsterfünke Christmas,” and I thought it was hilarious, and you co‑wrote it, and so forth.  And so, I wanted to ask you what this time has been like for you?  Because you got this show, apparently, pretty early last year, but then, had to wait for a long time, and now, this is coming up right after “Clüsterfünke.”  Has this just been a really good ‑‑ in other words, has the pandemic been pretty good for you?

    ANA GASTEYER:  The pandemic has been fantastic for me, yeah.       I mean, you know, besides all the millions of people that have died, it’s worked really well for me.  Please don’t print that.

    QUESTION:  Okay.

    ANA GASTEYER:  You know, I flew to L.A., and I had my fitting for the pilot, and we were getting ready to film it when the entire world went into shutdown, and it’s been ‑‑ I mean, you know, it’s an overused word, but it really has been an incredible series with blessing on this because, honestly, we didn’t even know if it was going to go.  I just assumed ‑‑ I mean, I leaped at the opportunity.  The script was fantastic.  Justin is established, and smart, and human, and the perfect writer to, sort of, meet the times, I think, comedically, and that’s not an easy thing to do.  And, yeah, we got lucky.  We ended up making the pilot last October – 2020 — and then, picked up, and started filming in 2021.  So, it was a long, kind of, drawn‑out thing, but kind of nice, in a way, because you do these new television shows really, truly, in a bubble.  We didn’t really interact with anyone because of COVID.  We actually didn’t even really see Justin’s lower half of his face for a good couple of years.  (Justin laughs.)  And it was nice because, as a cast and a community, we, sort of, did that thing where we established a relationship via text, and over the months, kind of, checking in with one another, and by the time it came to filming, we were really friends, which was fantastic.

    QUESTION:  And in the middle of that, when did you do “Clüsterfünke,” then?

    ANA GASTEYER:  So, we ‑‑ by the way, thank you for honoring the umlauts and pronunciation.

    (Laughter.)

    We had sold that in ‑‑ Rachel and I sold it in 2019.  And so, we wrote that script right when we went into the shutdown.  So, we wrote it at the beginning, and then, the timing just worked out beautifully because we were able to film it directly prior to “American Auto,” and it just was, sort of, a confluence of good fortune that everything came out at the same time.

    QUESTION:  Well, thanks.

    MATTHEW LIFSON:  Our next question is from Jay Bobbin, and Valerie Malone is going to be on deck,

    Jay, go for it.

    QUESTION:  Thank you very much.  My question is for Harriet.

    Harriet, you’ve been doing a lot of heavy‑duty drama lately, and a certain scene at a restaurant with an invisible man certainly sticks in mind.  Doing comedy at this point in time, is this, like, the possible best juncture for you to pivot from the drama you’ve been doing, to this?

    HARRIET DYER:  I don’t know.  I, kind of ‑‑ when I got out of drama school in Sydney, I was doing both; whether it was theater, or TV, which, kind of, came later.  I would just hope to, kind of, do both for as long as, you know, people will allow it.  I think you can find both in both.  And I mean ‑‑ but this is a dream, to come to America and do a network comedy.  That was something I never thought would happen.  So, I mean, if I stayed in comedy now, you know, mostly, that would be very exciting to me, but I really do ‑‑ really do love drama, too.

    QUESTION:  Thank you.

    MATTHEW LIFSON:  Our next question comes from Valeria Malone, and Jamie Sticker is on deck.

    Go ahead, Valerie.

    QUESTION:  Justin, can you talk about your decision to center the series around the corporate perspective, and your decision to make it a comedy, rather than an action or drama series, please?

    JUSTIN SPITZER:  I don’t know that I would know how to write an action or a drama series.  I would love that challenge, but I think I’m in comedy for now.

    The genesis of this was, I pitched this show back in 2013.  I’d been on “The Office” for a long time, and I thought I’d love to do a workplace show about the corporate world, you know?  And in “The Office,” they refer to decisions made by corporate, occasionally, and I’d think, like, oh, what’s that show about, and how do those decisions get made?  And then, the following year, I did “Superstore.”  “American Auto” was in pilot at that point, so I took bits and pieces, and put them in “Superstore,” and then, every now and then, I would talk to Tracy Acosta ‑‑ who had been to the studio when we developed “American Auto” originally, and she moved over to the network, and she was always a fan of it ‑‑ about if there was ever an opportunity to redevelop it.  And so, then, when I left “Superstore,” it felt like an opportunity, and it felt like an even better time.  You know, “Superstore” is so much a show about people whose lives are dictated by corporate, and they seem like antagonists all the time, and it seemed fun to get a peek on behind the scenes of how the decisions get made, you know?  The people at corporate aren’t bad people; they’re good people doing their best to try to make the company work, and, sometimes, their decisions have bad effects on the employees, but I thought it would be fun to get to see why those decisions get made.  So, yeah, that was, sort of, the reasoning about the corporate world.

    And then, the fact that it’s the auto industry, sort of, came later.  I, sort of, just wanted it to be about a big multibillion‑dollar American industry.

    QUESTION:  But you feel that diversity is important to you.  Can you talk about, perhaps, how it plays out in different roles in the series?

    JUSTIN SPITZER:  You know, I think – it’s always a hard thing to answer.  I think, you know, we’re all trying to be more conscious of diversity.  I think it allows you to do more kinds of stories, especially in a show like this, that deals with issues impacted by those things.  You know, it’s a satire.  You know, you guys have seen the first episode that deals with bias in tech.  And so, it gives me those opportunities.

    You know, I don’t think of it so much as what can we do for social good?  You know, my job is to make a show, and make it good, but I think diversity certainly helps with that.  Maybe some of our other cast could speak to that if anyone would like to.

    MICHAEL B. WASHINGTON:  Yeah.  Well, one of the things that I was drawn to so much when I first read the script, and had the opportunity to read, NBC Universal has been very kind to many of us, and they’ve taken care ‑‑ ready good care of us for many years, but they’ve always been looking for something for me to do in a more corporate structure; like, more authoritative roles.  And that’s not something that a network lets you get to read for, as an African American gentleman, let alone two, three, four, you know, people of color in executive ranks.  So, I was very drawn to the fact that Cyrus is a very smart, educated corporate executive who’s allowed to be the smartest one in the room, for good or for bad, whether he puts his foot in his mouth, or not, and all the comedy that ensues from it, and the beautiful thing about the place we’re in right now, with the world, and society, and cultural issues.  Getting to represent that so that young Black boys, young Black girls, get to see somebody in a suit be smart is not still the norm.  So, I’m very drawn to this show because of that, and getting to play with these incredible comedians, and keeping levity about it.  It’s not always hard‑hitting; it’s light and fun.  So, diversity can be a fun thing as well.

    QUESTION:  Very good.  Thank you.

    MATTHEW LIFSON:  Our next question is from Jamie Sticker, and Suzanne Lanoue is on deck.

    Jamie, go ahead.

    QUESTION:  X, I have to say, those are some hilariously funny, funny scenes with you.  How much of your work is improv?  Like, the soap scene; you bring your own soap with you.  How much of your time on “American Auto” is scripted, and how much of it is just improv?

    X MAYO:  Yes.  I don’t say any lines that are written.

    (Laughter.)

    No, I’m kidding.  I’m kidding.  No.  I love ‑‑ first of all, this script is amazing.  But let me tell you, as someone who is an actor and an improvisor, if the script isn’t good, I do not improvise because I don’t have a place to jump off of.  There is no clear foundation.  I have nowhere to go.  So, the fact that I do play so much speaks to the quality of the writing, and the fact that they are writers, when they write that episode, they’re on there, and they’re so open to collaborate.  And I’m, like, “Hey, I wanted to try this,” and they’re, like, “Yes, go, do.  Yeah, go do that.”  And so, I really love that aspect of it.  But yeah, I mean, a lot of those words that you hear are from the script, but I do like to, like, punch up and play.  And, also, too, like, there are, like, so many amazing comedians on the show, like Humphs and JB.  Like, I just love, like, pitching jokes to them, or if I can make one of them laugh, I’m, like, “Damn.”

    (Laughter.)

    Sorry.  Can I cuss?

    (Laughter.)

    But I just did, so …

    (Laughter.)

    Yeah, there’s a lot of that.  There’s a lot of that where Justin always is checking, “Can X say ‘shit’ or ‘damn’?”

    (Laughter.)

    So, I’m just, like, “Okay.”  I’m, like, “Okay, I can do this.”  So, yeah, a lot of it ‑‑ I would say a lot of it I’ve played with, but most of what you see is, like, a mixture of me playing, and the amazing, wonderful script that we have combined.  That’s what you’ll see a lot within the show.

    JUSTIN SPITZER:  Yeah.  We always like to think of, like, the jokes in the script are a safety net, you know?  It won’t get worse than that line, and to whatever extent that the actors can improve it, I always want to encourage that.  And that’s something that was very important to me, even in casting this.  You know, I’ve worked with Jon on “Superstore”; I’ve worked with Humphrey years ago on another pilot.  I knew they were amazing improvisers.  Obviously, Ana was, from her years on “SNL,” and other things.  And some of the other cast we’ve played with in the audition even a little, and I was aware of your guys’ talent, too.  So, you know, I love when the actors beat the jokes that are on the page; I love when the actors even rework the lines to make it natural in their mouth to make it the best joke, the best line.

    QUESTION:  And then, Justin, we know that you’ve worked with Jon in “Superstore.”  What was it about this role that made him right for “American Auto”?

    JUSTIN SPITZER:  I mean, obviously, I would work with Jon on anything.  He’s, like, aside from being a delight to work with, just hilarious.  You know, there were so many times on “Superstore,” you know, if there was a scene he was in, and it wasn’t working, and I didn’t know how to get out of it, I would say to the editor, like, “Just check through Jon’s improv, like, if he has an ad‑lib, we could, like, go in, and then, that’ll get us out of it.”  So, I wasn’t writing the role specifically for him.  It, actually, probably felt different from him on the page.

    And Jon, I think we were talking ‑‑ I think it was the episode I directed of “Superstore,” and you had just recently reread the script ‑‑ that was the week it got picked up ‑‑ and you said you liked it, and it was, like, “Oh, man, I would ‑‑ if you could come aboard.”  Then, I just felt bad about taking you away from “Superstore,” potentially, and had to have the big talk with the guys over there.  But, yeah, I love Jon, and I think he’s amazing in this role.

    JON BARINHOLTZ:  That’s so nice of you to say.  Yeah, I remember.  I remember reading the script that week, and it was ‑‑ it was amazing.  And I think it was, like, maybe written for, like, a little bit older of a role, but, yeah, it was ‑‑ I would jump at the opportunity ‑‑ right back at Justin ‑‑ to work with him on anything.  He’s just such a great writer, and really ‑‑ really addresses the world honestly.  And most importantly, he gives really good, wrap gifts, so…

    (Laughter.)

    I’m in it for the gifts.  And the scripts are secondary, for me.

    HARRIET DYER:  You guys all got a car, right?

    ANA GASTEYER:  I’ve got a bike.  I don’t know how to drive.

    X MAYO:  I’ve got a scooter; it’s got a little bell.

    JUSTIN SPITZER:  A funny little thing, also about Jon ‑‑ and this was not intentional, but on “Superstore,” he played, like, the most down‑and‑out ‑‑ like, the warehouse guy who ‑‑ like, whose car didn’t have doors, and he was homeless for a while, and now, we bring him over to this show where he is the most privileged and wealthy of all.

    JON BARINHOLTZ:  Yeah.  I mean, the difference ‑‑ like, someone asked me, like, “What’s the difference between Marcus and Wesley?”  And I think the answer is 58 million dollars.

    (Laughter.)

    QUESTION:  Thank you all so much for your time.

    ALL PANELISTS:  Thank you.

    MATTHEW LIFSON:  All right.  We’re actually going to go to Steven Prusakowski next, and then, Suzanne, you will be on deck.

    So, Steven, go ahead.

    QUESTION:  Hey, how are you doing?  The show looks great.  I can’t wait to watch.

    My question is for Ana.  I have one for Ana, and one for all.

    So, you were on “SNL,” and then, it seems like you’ve been working continuously since you left the series.

    What do you credit your success to, and what about “American Auto” attracted you to the series?

    ANA GASTEYER:  Gosh, I don’t know what to attribute my success to.  I mean, obviously, “Saturday Night Live” is an insane launching pad, as my mother would say.  Meaning, you know, the visibility is just nuts.  I mean, you get recognized pretty quickly just for being in that cast.  And then, just, honestly, hustling a lot of different angles.  I mean, I’ve worked on Broadway; I’ve worked on television; I’ve worked, you know, wherever I can work.  And I like working, so I’ve kept my nose to the grindstone, if you will.

    “American Auto” ‑‑ you know, I’ve been waiting my entire career to be in my 50s.  I’ve been waiting for this part since I was 30.  So, you know ‑‑ and frankly, 10 years ago, this role wouldn’t have existed, I don’t think.  And Justin ‑‑ or I guess he said he wrote it 10 years ago, but, I mean, within that range.  I think just the opportunity to play a female CEO was really exciting to me because I like characters who are, sort of, lost in moral dilemma, and Katherine definitely is, as Justin said.  I think she definitely personifies the aspirations to do right by the company, but maybe not always ‑‑ there can be a human sacrifice in that.  And it’s just fun.  It’s a fun gray area, comedically.

    My best friend ‑‑ I told Justin this before ‑‑ has characterized the, sort of, ethos of the show as Americans being bad at being good, which I think is, kind of, really fun to play, you know?  And, yeah, so, that’s ‑‑ I think that’s ‑‑ is that your question?

    QUESTION:  That’s my question.  I have to say, I spoke to Kenan today, and now you, and as a big “SNL” fan, this is a dream come true.  So, thank you so much for your time.

    JON BARINHOLTZ:  And I put in three different tapes for “SNL.”  So, if you want to include someone associated with “SNL” that you’ve talked to.

    (Laughter.)

    QUESTION:  Now, I have that connection, too.  Thank you so much.

    And one more question real quick.  Are any of you big car fans, or do you actually drive?

    X MAYO:  Yeah.

    QUESTION:  Or it depends on, yeah, your type of auto reliance.

    HUMPHREY KER:  L.A. leaves little choice but to drive.  There is no alternative.

    TYE WHITE:  Well, I’m from Michigan.  So, yeah, I’ve been driving since I was 12.

    JON BARINHOLTZ:  My grandfather was one of the first used car salesmen in Chicago, because used cars are, like, a newer thing.  And then, my great, great, great grandfather on my mom’s side was Studebakers.

    X MAYO:  Wow.

    JON BARINHOLTZ:  This is true:  There are four Studebaker brothers, and Jacob was the one I’m a descendant of, and he was the one who thought cars weren’t going to take off, and he was, like, “I’m going to stick with farming.”

    (Laughter.)

    And I have the legacy of Studebakers.

    ANA GASTEYER:  It was the slower Studebaker; is that what you’re saying?  You’re a descendant of the slower Studebaker.  Got it.

    (Laughter.)

    I live in New York City, so I, pretty much, stopped it.

    MATTHEW LIFSON:  All right.  Our next question ‑‑

    TYE WHITE:  Cars aren’t going to work.  I don’t see it.

    (Laughter.)

    MATTHEW LIFSON:  Our next question comes from Suzanne Lanoue, and Bruce Miller on deck.

    So, go ahead, Suzanne.

    QUESTION:  Hi.  Good morning.  Jon, my question is for you.  Your character is so unlikable.

    (Laughter.)

    JON BARINHOLTZ:  Thank you.

    QUESTION:  I’m sorry.

    UNIDENTIFIED PANELIST:  In real life.  In real life.

    QUESTION:  Will we get to see him change and grow a little more this season, or show us a nicer side?

    JON BARINHOLTZ:  I don’t want to give out any spoilers, but I think all the characters, as we go throughout the season, we see people exist together more and more, and it really ‑‑ yeah, I think there is growth and change in everyone, but in that really, you know, pinpointed way, where we’re always able to reset and still be the same characters that you, kind of, you know, fell in love with, whether it’s fell in love with because of who they are, or fell in love to hate them, I think we all ‑‑ we strut that line pretty well throughout the season.

    JUSTIN SPITZER:  I was just going to say, I think he will become more likable.  I think, you know, as the episodes go on, you want to start people with an edge, you know, or at least I like to.  You know, I would never want to create characters that are all soft, all immediately too easily likeable.  There’s no place to go.  But, you know, I think we’ll see ‑‑ I can think of one or two, you know, moments of real vulnerability in Wesley, and when you see those moments, they give you little windows, and you empathize with them, and with all the characters, as we learn about them, we’ll grow to like all of them.

    JON BARINHOLTZ:  Yeah, I just want to change my answer to what Justin just said.

    (Laughter.)

    So, put his voice to my mouth.

    QUESTION:  Sure, I can do that.  I enjoyed the first two episodes a lot.  Thank you.

    PANELISTS:  Thank you.

    MATTHEW LIFSON:  Our next question comes from Bruce Miller, and Rick Hong will be on deck.

    So, Bruce, go for it.

    QUESTION:  This is for Jon, too.  Jon, when you’re on a big show like “Superstore,” what do you do when you’re not on camera?  Are you trying to be seen so that you can get a bigger role, or what is that process like?

    JON BARINHOLTZ:  Wait.  What do you ‑‑ do you mean, like ‑‑ in what way do you mean?  Do you mean, like, literally, like, off the camera, but still in the scene, or is it, like, I’m just, like, hanging out in my trailer?

    QUESTION:  Because on “Superstore,” you guys were around a lot; you could see you in the background and doing things.  And would you just try to, like, “I’ll be a little more active here, so, then, they’ll pick me to be in more scenes”?

    JON BARINHOLTZ:  I would show up on days when I wasn’t even scheduled to come in, and I would come in in uniform.  No.

    JUSTIN SPITZER:  You’re background for the first season, right?

    JON BARINHOLTZ:  Yeah.  I just yell things.  I steal a mic and put it on me.  No, I think I know what you mean.  It’s in these big, like, ensemble shows with workplaces, I think the best thing you could do is just, kind of, exist there.  And, like “Superstore,” I think this is a world that when we were all there, we felt very much of this world.  We were in this office; we were people who worked there.  And just a testament to how good, really, everyone on the screen is, and our BG&R show is so great, and it allows a sense of ‑‑ the looseness allows a sense of play, and us to, you know, kind of, take things wherever we think they may go, as long as it’s in a place of ‑‑ coming from a place of honesty.  So, I guess, that just the long way of saying that as long as we’re playing it real, there’s no, like, fudging your way in to, like, get more lines, or anything like that, but I think there’s always an opportunity to toss a little extra something in, and, again, it’s because, like X said, that’s how good the writing is here, that it’s such a strong foundation of us to, kind of, jump off and play in.  Whether you have one line in the scene, or thirty lines in the scene, it really ‑‑ it gives that safety net.

    ANA GASTEYER:  And for sure ‑‑ I’m going to jump in.  It’s not my question, but just to say that, especially NBC has developed these really ‑‑ this ethos of a workplace comedy as the sense of the ensemble and the workplace being the star, but for me, that was part of the attraction.  Like, not having to carry something so much all by myself.  I love working with other people.  So many of us come from improvisation and, you know, ensemble backgrounds, that it’s critical that you work as a team.  That’s actually what ends up being the most fun.

    And I remember ‑‑ actually, not being gross and, like, mention my last credit, but I did this show called “People of Earth,” and there were these group therapy sessions.  And every year, like, the showrunner would be, like, “We’re going to try to not have as many group therapy sessions.  I know they’re long days,” and I was, like, “But that’s the best part of show.”  Like, the best part of the show is when you’re hanging with your colleagues and all improvising together.  To me, that’s, you know ‑‑ sorry.  Did I kill the fun?

    X MAYO:  No.

    TYE WHITE:  Never.

    ANA GASTEYER:  That’s what my theater games taught me.

    HARRIET DYER:  Never, Ana.

    JON BARINHOLTZ:  No, but it’s true.  When you have, like ‑‑ like, on “Superstore,” I wasn’t a regular, but you had this cast of regulars that were amazing, and would allow for play to happen.  I think like ‑‑ I feel we have the same thing on our show, where we had people come in, and it would just ‑‑ they may have, like, one or two lines in the scene, but there was always the opportunity to play, and we got so much more out of ourselves, and so much more out of these people who would come in and be these phenomenal guests on our show.  So, there’s more of that that goes along with that, you know?

    MATTHEW LIFSON:  Our next question is from Rick Hong, and then, our final question will be from Francine Brokaw.

    So, Rick, go for it.

    QUESTION:  Hello, everybody.  Well, Jon, since you brought up Chicago, I just want to say, “Whazzup?”

    (Laughter.)

    JON BARINHOLTZ:  Whazzup?

    QUESTION:  Okay.  So, actually, for everybody.  What was it like seeing the Ponderosa from script in your mind, to going to set and seeing the thing actually built?  What is it made of?

    HUMPRHEY KER:  Many different cars.

    TYE WHITE:  Yeah, it was, like, a smorgasbord of different car pieces put together.  And I remember the first time I saw it, I just busted out laughing because you just have to ‑‑ when you see it, there’s no choice but to laugh.  Like, how did they assemble this vehicle?  Like, literally.  Not just in terms of the show, but in real life, what made them grab these different pieces to put this car together?  So, I just laughed, like, uncontrollably.  And the color.  The color, too.  Like, it’s such a bright red that, like, it’s usually reserved for, like, Ferraris, and things like that.  It was, like, it’s so obnoxious to put that red on that car.  Yeah, it’s so good.  It’s red.

    JUSTIN SPITZER:  It was a very difficult needle to thread, that one.  I mean, on the page you’re, like, “Oh, they put together something,” and then, there’s a reveal, and it looks, like, crazy.  And then, you do it, and then, it’s got to be crazy enough to be a bad idea, and for the comedy to play, but, like, these are smart, sensible, competent people who’ve worked at a car company, or who know cars.  So, it’s true crazy, you know?  Currently, there’s acknowledgement that it’s bad, but, like, at a certain level, you’d be, like, this is insane.

    (Laughter.)

    So, it was hard to find that level of grounded, but still funny.  And, yeah, the set is amazing.  The guys were constructing it, and we’d go down and try to give notes.  And I know nothing about cars, so I’d be, like, “Yeah, something like that.”  And I’d look on my phone for, like, pictures, and ‑‑ I don’t know.  But, yeah, it turned out good.

    QUESTION:  Congrats to you all.  Thank you so much.

    PANELISTS:  Thank you.

    MATTHEW LIFSON:  And our final question comes from Francine Brokaw.  Francine, go ahead.

    QUESTION:  Can you hear me?

    MATTHEW LIFSON:  Yes.

    QUESTION:  Okay.  This has happened twice.  You’ve called on Francine, but you’ve unmuted me, and I’m Luaine Lee.  So, I’m going to go ahead and ask my question.

    So, Ana, is it true you don’t know how to drive?

    ANA GASTEYER:  My character doesn’t know how to drive.  I do drive, but I live in New York City, so I don’t do it a lot, and my family doesn’t like it when I do it.  Let me just say that.  And I didn’t learn to ‑‑ actually, this is even worse.  I learned to ride a bike in ‑‑ I grew up, like, in the city‑city, in Washington D.C., and I wasn’t allowed to cross the street on my bike.  So, I learned to ride a bike.  And then, I’m the one example that the adage is not true.  I forgot.  I forgot how to ride a bike.  And my husband didn’t believe me, and I got on one, and I immediately ran into a mailbox and hurt myself badly.  And then, later, I took bike‑riding classes.  So, I’m not very comfortable with things on wheels, is what I’m trying to say.

    (Laughter.)

    QUESTION:  Well, my question is, how did you learn to drive?  Who taught you, and what was that like?

    ANA GASTEYER:  In real life?

    QUESTION:  Yes.

    ANA GASTEYER:  My mother taught me.  I grew up on Capitol Hill in D.C., and she taught me in rush‑hour traffic, with a clutch car, going uphill.  So, that might be why I don’t like to drive.  Let me say, she’s not great under stress.

    QUESTION:  I have the same question for Michael.  How did you learn to drive, Michael?  What was it like?

    MICHAEL B. WASHINGTON:  I learned to drive ‑‑ my parents were reared in Louisiana in backwoods dirt roads.  So, when I was 10 ‑‑ this is, like, right after my 10th birthday.  We went down to my grandparents’ house, and my dad put me on his lap and just said, “Start steering,” and then, he slid out from under me ‑‑ because I was, kind of, tall, so my foot hit the pedal, and I just started ‑‑ and he got terrified.  I mean, because it’s dirt roads, but there still are trees and things.  Because “Dukes of Hazard” was my favorite TV show.

    (Laughter.)

    And I asked him, like, “Can I just please get in the car through the window, like the Duke boys?”  And he’s, like, “No.  No, you’ll ruin the paint.”  So, I learned to drive after, you know, my 10th birthday.

    HUMPRHEY KER:  Is that why you still have a Confederate flag in your trailer?

    (Laughter.)

    MICHAEL B. WASHINGTON:  Oh, that’s what we call British humor.

    ANA GASTEYER:  That’s British humor.

    MICHAEL B. WASHINGTON:  And I deal with that 13 hours a day.

    ANA GASTEYER:  It means something different over there.  It means something different.

    HUMPRHEY KER:  It’s very different.  It’s a very different ‑‑

    ANA GASTEYER:  It’s a popular pub sign.  That’s it, right?

    (Laughter.)

    HUMPRHEY KER:  I saw Michael’s trailer door open, and there it was.

    (Laughter.)

    QUESTION:  Thank you.

    MATTHEW LIFSON:  Thank you.  If Francine wants to ask a question ‑‑ I feel bad.

    ANA GASTEYER:  Francine, Francine, Francine.

    HARRIET DYER:  Francine.

    MATTHEW LIFSON:  We’ll have to get to the bottom of that on our end.  But thank you to our panelists.  That concludes our session for “American Auto.”  We’ll take a short break, and get back up at 11:30 with SYFY’s “Astrid & Lilly Save the World.”

    Here is the audio version of it.

    Interview Transcribed by Jamie of http://www.scifivision.com

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    American Auto

    "American Auto" castPreviews: Monday, Dec. 13 on NBC (10-10:30 and 10:30-11 p.m. ET); Moves to Tuesdays (8-8:30 p.m. ET) beginning Jan. 4

    From the creator of “Superstore” comes a new workplace comedy that takes the wheels off the automobile industry. Set in Detroit, the corporate executives of Payne Motors are at a crossroads: adapt to the changing times or be sent to the junkyard. Shaking things up is the new CEO, whose leadership, experience and savvy is only slightly offset by her complete lack of knowledge about cars. Luckily, her team has some of the best minds in the business – when they aren’t fighting or trying to outwit each other. From the corporate office to the factory floor, the crew of Payne Motors is driving home the laughs.

    The cast includes Ana Gasteyer, Harriet Dyer, Jon Barinholtz, Humphrey Ker, Michael B. Washington, Tye White and X Mayo.

    Justin Spitzer (“Superstore”) will write and executive produce. Jeff Blitz will direct and executive produce the pilot episode. Aaron Kaplan and Dana Honor will executive produce.

    “American Auto” is produced by Universal Television, a division of Universal Studio Group, in association with Spitzer Holding Company, Kapital Entertainment.

    Ana Gasteyer

    Katherine, “American Auto

    AMERICAN AUTO -- Season: 1 -- Pictured: Ana Gasteyer as Katherine Hastings -- (Photo by: Chris Haston/NBC)
    Ana Gasteyer plays Katherine on the new NBC comedy “American Auto.”

    During her six years on “Saturday Night Live,” Gasteyer created several iconic characters, including middle school music teacher Bobbie Moughan-Culp, NPR radio host Margaret Jo, Lilith Fair poetess Cinder Calhoun, as well as spot-on impressions of Martha Stewart, Celine Dion and Hillary Clinton.

    This holiday season Comedy Central will premiere “A Clüsterfünke Christmas,” which Gasteyer and fellow “SNL” alum Rachel Dratch wrote, executive produced and star. The special is a parody of the corny and ubiquitous traditional holiday TV movie. Previous TV credits include “The Goldbergs,” “Lady Dynamite, “People of Earth,” “Suburgatory and “Curb Your Enthusiasm.”

    On stage, Gasteyer has starred on Broadway in “Wicked” “The Rocky Horror Picture Show,” “The Royal Family” and “Three Penny Opera.” Other stage credits include “Funny Girl” and “Passion” at the Chicago Shakespeare Theater, which earned her a Jefferson Award nomination. At the Hollywood Bowl, she played Miss Hannigan in the musical “Annie.”

    Gasteyer is also a highly accomplished singer and songwriter. This winter she’ll embark on a Christmas tour in support of “Sugar and Booze,” her recent album of seasonal favorites and holiday originals.

    Gasteyer attended Northwestern University and honed her comedy skills at the Groundlings in Los Angeles. She resides on the East Coast with her husband, children and rescue pup, Gloria.

    Harriet Dyer

    Sadie, “American Auto”

    AMERICAN AUTO -- Season: 1 -- Pictured: Harriet Dyer as Sadie -- (Photo by: Chris Haston/NBC)
    Harriet Dyer stars as Sadie on the new NBC comedy ”American Auto.”

    Dyer most recently starred in the NBC drama series “The Inbetween,” appeared in the sec-ond season of the CBS’ All Access comedy “No Activity” and co-starred in the feature film “The Invisible Man,” opposite Elizabeth Moss.

    A native of Australia, Dyer’s other television credits include local series “The Other Guy,” “No Activity,” “The Letdown,” “Kiki & Kitty,” “Black Comedy,” “Rake,” “Janet King” and “Love Child.” She’s earned her a Logie Award nomination for Most Outstanding Supporting Actress and two 2015 Logie Award nominations as well as the Graham Kennedy Award for Most Out-standing Newcomer and the Most Popular New Talent Award. Dyer has also received an AACTA Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress in a Television Drama.

    Dyer’s film credits include “Killing Ground,” which premiered at the 2016 Melbourne Interna-tional Film Festival and screened at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival; “Down Under,” which premiered at the 2016 Sydney Film Festival; and “Ruben Guthrie,” which opened the 2015 Sydney Film Festival.

    Harriet has also appeared on stage in “A Flea in Her Ear,” “Hay Fever,” “Travelling North,” “Machinal” and “Pygmalion” for the Sydney Theatre Company; “Brisbane” for the Queens-land Theatre Company; “Peter Pan” for Belvoir; “Time Stands Still” for the Darlinghurst Thea-tre; “Suddenly Last Summer” for the National Art School; and “The School for Wives” for the Bell Shakespeare Company. In 2013, she made her Broadway debut in “Peter Pan” at New York’s New Victory Theatre.

    Dyer received the Sydney Theatre Award for Best Performance in a Leading Role in a Main-stage Production for her performance in “Machinal” with the Sydney Theatre Company, and was nominated for the same award for her role in “The School for Wives” for the Bell Shake-speare Company.

    She graduated from the Actors Centre Australia in 2011.

    Michael Benjamin Washington

    Cyrus, “American Auto”

    AMERICAN AUTO -- Season: 1 -- Pictured: Michael Benjamin Washington as Cyrus -- (Photo by: Chris Haston/NBC)
    Michael Benjamin Washington stars as Cyrus on the new NBC comedy “American Auto.”

    Washington most recently reprised his role of Bernard from the Tony Award-winning revival of “The Boys in the Band” in Netflix’s feature adaptation. He can previously be seen opposite Cynthia Nixon in Ryan Murphy’s “Ratched” and has had roles in “30 Rock” and “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt.”

    On stage, Washington wowed audiences and critics in 2019 with a tour-de-force performance playing 25 different characters in the revival of Anna Deavere Smith’s landmark 1992 one-person show, “Fires in the Mirror.” He also wrote and starred in “Blueprints to Freedom: An Ode to Bayard Rustin,” which premiered regionally at La Jolla Playhouse and KC Rep in 2015.

    X  Mayo

    Dori, “American Auto”

    AMERICAN AUTO -- Season: 1 -- Pictured: X Mayo as Dori -- (Photo by: Chris Haston/NBC)
    X Mayo stars as Dori on the new NBC comedy “American Auto.”

    She is an Emmy Award-nominated actor, writer, producer and comedian known for her work on “The Daily Show with Trevor Noah.” Her other credits include supporting roles in Amazon’s “Yearly Departed” and the dramatic feature “The Farewell.”

    Mayo is also the creator and host of “Who Made the Potato Salad?,” a sketch comedy show/party starring BIPOC creatives and talent.

     

     

    Jon Barinholtz

    Wesley, “American Auto”

    AMERICAN AUTO -- Season: 1 -- Pictured: Jon Barinholtz as Wesley -- (Photo by: Chris Haston/NBC)
    Jon Barinholtz plays Wesley on the new NBC comedy “American Auto.”

    Barinholtz is an actor and improvisor born and raised in Chicago, and a proud alum of the Second City Conservatory, iO, the Annoyance Theater and Steppenwolf Theater.

    He is the creator, writer and voice on Netflix’s animated series “Chicago Party Aunt.” Previously, he was in the cast of NBC’s “Superstore.” Other credits include “Veep,” “With Bob and David,” “The Mindy Project,” “Key and Peele,” “New Girl,” “Parks and Recreation,” “Happy Endings” and the indie feature “The Oath,” co-starring Tiffany Haddish, John Cho, Meredith Hagner and Ike Barinholtz.

    Tye White

    Jack, “American Auto”

    AMERICAN AUTO -- Season: 1 -- Pictured: Tye White as Jack -- (Photo by: Chris Haston/NBC)
    Tye White stars as Jack in the new NBC upcoming comedy “American Auto.”

    White is best known for his role as Kevin Satterlee on OWN’s hit series “Greeneleaf.” Other TV credits include “NCIS: Los Angeles,” “Chicago Fire” and “American Crime Story.”

    He hails from Detroit and resides in Los Angeles.

     

     

    Justin Spitzer

    Executive Producer, “American Auto”

    Justin Spitzer is the creator and executive producer of the NBC comedy series “American Auto.” Prior to that, he created and executive produced “Superstore,” which ran on NBC for six seasons, wrapping in 2021.

    His other credits include seven seasons writing for and producing the NBC comedy “The Office,” as well as stints on “Scrubs,” “Committed,” “Courting Alex” and “Mulaney.”

    He resides in Los Angeles with his wife, Jenna Bans, and daughters Lucy and Phoebe.

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    Interview with the cast of “Kenan” on NBC

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    The cast of "Kenan" on NBC

    Interview with the  cast of “Kenan” on NBC by Suzanne 12/9/22

    This was a fun virtual press tour with NBC and Syfy shows. I really liked chatting with these actors. This is a pretty funny show. You should check it out if you haven’t already.

    Mine are the first two questions, and the rest are from other journalists on the panel.

    NBCUNIVERSAL

    VIRTUAL PRESS TOUR

    NBC

     Kenan

     Don Johnson, Talent, “Rick Noble”

    Dani Lane, Talent, “Aubrey Williams”

    Dannah Lane, Talent, “Birdie Williams”

    Kimrie Lewis, Talent, “Mika Caldwell”

    Taylor Louderman, Talent, “Tami Greenlake”

    Kenan Thompson, Talent, “Kenan Williams”

    Chris Redd, Talent, “Gary Williams”

    David Caspe, Executive Producer

    Lisa Muse Bryant, Executive Producer

    Kenny Smith, Executive Producer

     Virtual via Zoom December 9, 2021

    © 2021 NBCUniversal, Inc.  All rights reserved.

    MATTHEW LIFSON: Good morning, everyone. Welcome to NBC Universal’s scripted press day. I’m Matt Lifson with the corporate communications team, and I’ll be your virtual mic runner for the day. After my quick housekeeping spiel here, I will just be the voice behind the curtain. But I wanted to first put a face to that voice for those of you that don’t already know me.  And with that, we’ll get things rolling in just a few minutes with NBC’s “Kenan.” So hang tight.

    LESLIE SCHWARTZ: Hi. I’m Leslie Schwartz, here to introduce our first panel of the day “Kenan.” “Kenan” follows the life of busy, single dad Kenan Williams, who is juggling a high profile job as host of Atlanta morning show “Wake Up with Kenan.” He’s also raising two adorable preteen daughters, Aubrey and Birdie. As Kenan moves on from the loss of his wife a year earlier, his live in father in law Rick, his brother Gary, and his colorful coworkers all have strong opinions on the best way for him to live his life. A special holiday episode of “Kenan” will air Wednesday, December 15, at 8:30 on NBC before the second season begins Monday, January 3rd, with back to back episodes at 8 o’clock. Here’s a clip from the Season 2 premiere. (Clip shown.) In the top row are Don Johnson, Chris Redd, and Dani Lane and Dannah Lane. In the second row are Kimrie Lewis, Kenan Thompson, and Taylor Louderman. In the bottom row are executive producers David Caspe, Kenny Smith, and Lisa Muse Bryant. We are now ready for your questions.

    MATTHEW LIFSON: Thank you, Leslie, and welcome to our panelists.

    SUZANNE: Good morning, everyone. My question’s for Don. You’ve had such a great, long career. What’s changed the most about TV since you started back in the 1970s?

    DON JOHNSON: I’m going to go with the money. No. I think it’s just gotten smarter and better and more inclusive and diverse and spicy, you know? I’m into television. I think television is the– I think it’s the greatest thing we have in America.

    SUZANNE: Kenan and Chris, you guys are both so busy with this show and “SNL” and other projects you’ve got going on. What do you do to keep it straight and have a real life on top of all that?

    KENAN THOMPSON: A lot of sleeping sitting up in chairs, you know? Catch naps when you can find it. But I don’t know. You take it day by day, I think. You know, the sun comes up. We get up and do stuff. And the sun goes down, try to get some rest, basically. What happens in between, hopefully there’s a lot of love surrounded in it and, you know, taking care of our individual pursuit in our lives. For me, it’s my home life and family and my wife and stuff like that, but for everybody, it’s a different version of that. So, it takes a lot of dedication to be an actor, and it’s a long road to get up to a point where you can audition for a network sitcom even. And the amount of dedication it takes, I think our family members know that and understand that and help us with that sacrifice of our time and just help us offset that with open arms whenever we do come around. So that’s the beauty of not worrying about being busy necessarily, because when I do have a moment, I go get best moments of my life. So…

    CHRIS REDD: (Unintelligible.) I’m having a whole lot of fun (Panelists speaking simultaneously.) I mean, I just have a fire in me and I box every day. So, I fight a grown man. That keeps me humble. Humble is like a punch to the gut real quick.

    TAYLOR LOUDERMAN: I never, never heard you guys complain ever, which is so admirable.

    KENAN THOMPSON: You hear that? We don’t never complain. You hear that?

    CHRIS REDD: Never.

    KENAN THOMPSON: I’m tired.

    CHRIS REDD: But I will roast you, though. I will roast you, but I won’t complain.

    QUESTION: Hi, guys. Thanks for talking to us today. I’m just wondering if you could maybe tease a bit about what you’re most excited for fans to see this season.

    KENAN THOMPSON: Any one of us.

    UNIDENTIFIED MALE PANELIST: Kenan.

    UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE PANELIST: Kenan, yeah. (Panelists laughing.)

    KENAN THOMPSON: I would say I’m most excited for fans to see the comedy. I mean, we definitely get the chance to explore our characters now that we’re done explaining the show. So, it’s just all about finding those funny moments like we just saw on the dance floor, you know? So, I’m very excited about all of the comedy really coming forward and all of our beautifully talented cast being able to perform that for you.

    CHRIS REDD: And I’m excited for everything Kenan just said and just how we dive into relationships more this season and how that just everybody’s personality and their character is just defined a lot more in this season and it’s just really nice to see.

    DAVID CASPE: I’m excited for the money because we don’t get paid until each of our episodes airs. So, once it airs, the check comes. So, it’s like that’s sort of, this season, my thing, you know.

    KENAN THOMPSON: That’s David Caspe, everybody. (Panelists speaking simultaneously.)

    CHRIS REDD: You think he’s in a house, but he is in a closet.

    DAVID CASPE: Yeah. This is tiny. I’m going through a pretty tough divorce right now, so this is all I got, was this corner. I just got this corner. (Panelists speaking simultaneously.)

    DAVID CASPE: We’re very happy. I’m just kidding.

    KIMRIE LEWIS: But, yes, the money also.

    KENAN THOMPSON: Yeah. (Panelists speaking simultaneously.)

    DAVID CASPE: Yeah, sure.

    MATTHEW LIFSON: Our next question is from Bobby Jones and Jay Bobbin is on deck.

    CHRIS REDD: Bobby Jones and Jay Bobbin? Oh, that’s crazy. It’s the same person.

    QUESTION: We’re starting a musical group after this.

    KENAN THOMPSON: Oh, great.

    QUESTION: With many accolades that you have right now, “Kenan Plays Well with Others” is one of the ones that stands out in the top. How do you feel about this cast of people? Is this one of the funnest shows that you’ve worked on?

    KENAN THOMPSON: Most definitely. I mean, I think we have done an amazing job bringing amazingly talented people together, and it’s just a reflection of how wonderful they are because they gelled almost overnight. And then we started in the middle of pandemic building a show together, which was, I guess, maybe a blessing and a curse because we were to ourselves, in our own little bubble, which gave us the chance to really get to know each other and

    LADY IN BACKGROUND: Go, go, go, go, go.

    KENAN THOMPSON: get to know (inaudible) works. And we’re just figuring it all out. You know what I’m saying? So, it that threw me off a little bit. But everything will be fine. But yeah, no. This is an amazing cast. Like, as you can see, we have an incredible time whenever we get together. All we do is laugh. And people have, you know, fun excursions in the background.

    CHRIS REDD: “Go, go, go, go, go.” (Panelists speaking simultaneously.)

    DANNAH LANE: Our dog is in the back, screaming.

    KENAN THOMPSON: Get your mom. Get the dogs.

    QUESTION: Thank you, guys. And don’t forget to buy mine and Jay’s mix tape after this, please.

    CHRIS REDD: Actually, I got you would be, B.

    QUESTION: Hi. Not the same person, by the way. Just want to clarify that. Hi, everybody. Don, my question is for you. Don, when we talk about your “Nash Bridges” movie recently, you said that if that led to more “Nash Bridges” installments, be it series or movies, you’d be able to do both jobs by virtue, probably, of what the schedules would be. Now that the “Nash Bridges” movie has aired, what kind of future is there there? Have you had those conversations yet?

    DON JOHNSON: No. I just came out of a coma 12 hours ago, so I haven’t talking to anybody about anything. You know, I’m just kind of cruising along here, kind of seeing how everything plays out and stuff. I’m going to let the Phi Beta Kappas figure out how to work a schedule, if there’s going to be one between the two shows. But I have to tell you, it’s a pretty for me, doing “Kenan” is it’s the part of a lifetime for me and I love working with this cast. And Kenan and I are brothers. That’s just the way it is. And I love working with Kenny and Kimrie and the girls and Chris and, I mean, just everybody. This is a very, very special group of people and cast. And if the other thing works out, then we can do them both. That would be great. But I’m loving this right here.

    QUESTION: Thanks.

    QUESTION: This is for Taylor. Coming from theater where you were working really intensely, what is it like being on a sitcom? Is it just a breeze? And what surprised you about that whole world?

    TAYLOR LOUDERMAN: Yeah. It’s so incredibly different. I think the main adjustment that I found was in theater, the audience tells me what’s funny or not very quickly. And in our on set, I don’t know. I rely on my cast mates to tell me, or our director, whatever. And I had to really learn to trust myself. I think everyone probably remembers me feeling very insecure when we started. But they lifted me up and made me feel comfortable really quickly, so

    UNIDENTIFIED MALE PANELIST: That was a beast, yo.

    KENAN THOMPSON: Yeah. I was about to say, if there was any insecurity, I couldn’t tell.

    DON JOHNSON: Yeah. Yeah. It escaped me too.

    KIMRIE LEWIS: And coming from theater, like, her work ethic, when you’re in that theater, like, a grind, you know, eight shows a week, there’s nothing Taylor’s never tired.

    KENAN THOMPSON: Yeah. And it’s not just theater. It’s “Broadway,” you know.

    DAVID CASPE: Yeah.

    DON JOHNSON: Yeah.

    KENAN THOMPSON: At this level.

    TAYLOR LOUDERMAN: I certainly won’t complain about the schedule.

    KENNY SMITH: And real quick, I just want people to know we took advantage of Taylor’s singing this year in two episodes. And my biggest fear is people won’t believe that it’s actually her singing — so amazing. The two episodes sound great.

    KENAN THOMPSON: Ladies and gentlemen, Adelec Dazeem. (Laughter.)

    QUESTION: Thank you.

    QUESTION: All right. Hi. How’s everyone doing? Kenan, this question’s for you. How do you do it all, and how do you do it all so well? You portray all these numerous characters, different characters every weekend “SNL,” each with their own flavor, and then you come in here with a series and show a whole different side of yourself. So where did this superpower originate, and how do I get it?

    KENAN THOMPSON: Thank you. I mean, it’s in the blood, so I’ll give you a couple drops and you’ll water (inaudible). No. I mean, I really appreciate. That’s beyond complimentary. We just go out there and focus and try to stay professional and work hard, but I’m also surrounded by incredible professionals and brilliant minds. Like, everyone on this panel, I cherish their opinions and points of views. And they actually have a vantage point that I don’t have, which is being able to watch what we’re doing, you know. Like, I can only see out and they can see the whole thing. So, it’s advantageous for me to be open to any notes from anybody, because that way, like, yes, I have my instincts, but the person that’s actually watching probably can give me some tips on what I can’t see. So, you know, I always definitely give it up to, you know, the people I work with and, you know, this great community of artists, whether it be writers or showrunners or actors or producers or our crew. Like, I just keep my ears open and listen. That’s one of the main jobs of an actor, is to listen, basically. So, yeah, I just try to lean on my own personal, like, what I think is funny and exciting to me, but as well as “is this rubbing people the wrong way” type.

    TAYLOR LOUDERMAN: And we’re always happy to let him know.

    KENAN THOMPSON: They not scared to tell me.

    QUESTION: Let me know where I can pick up that blood, please.

    KENAN THOMPSON: Yeah, yeah. Well, you know, I think I’ll be at Del Frisco’s later if you’re in the

    QUESTION: All right. I’ll be there. It’s a date. Thank you.

    KENAN THOMPSON: Pleasure. (Silence.) Mm hmm. I think Michael Jordan is the GOAT.

    UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE PANELIST: Hmm, well. (Unintelligible) all day, but then there’s Kobe.

    KENAN THOMPSON: Right. There is Kobe.

    UNIDENTIFIED MALE PANELIST: Kobe, Kobe.

    QUESTION: I love the connection between Kenan and Mika. Talk about where things stand between them this season and where they might go.

    KIMRIE LEWIS: Yeah. So, I think last season kind of left off on a cliff hanger, had a lot of folks on pins and needles what’s going to happen. And I think this season, you know, they continue to deepen their friendship. But I think that fans will be excited to see both of them kind of dipping into the dating world. You know, especially for Mika, we haven’t really seen that. She has that work life balance that she’s always trying to juggle. So, it was a lot of fun seeing both of them kind of struggle in their own ways with relationships this season. So, I’m looking forward to folks seeing that.

    KENAN THOMPSON: Yeah. I’m on the strongness of our friendship. You know what I mean? That’s always been a well established thing from the first episodes, is she’s my rock and reflected in real life too. Like, throughout our entire shooting process, like, she’s been right by my side, right in step with comedy and jokes and just laughing through the day. Like, we have so much fun when we’re working, it doesn’t seem like work and it makes 12, 14 hours fly by like it’s nothing. So that, I think, is coming onto the on camera part of it as well like, how close we are and how close we’ve gotten in a very short amount of time. And our characters, yeah, are just exploring, you know, was it messy for us to get involved, whatever, after my wife passed, or are we better off friends? Or am I just being kind of just, like, timid or am I afraid or whatever? Or am I still hurt? It was a lot to explore. Now, we can just be like I think we can figure out as grown adults whether we want to get busy or not, but let’s just go about our lives, basically. (Panelists speaking simultaneously.)

    KIMRIE LEWIS: Yeah. It can get complicated. Shout out to my exes, who I’ve worked with (inaudible). Y’all know who you are.

    UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE PANELIST: Thank you. Next. (Panelists speaking simultaneously.)

    QUESTION: OK. Yeah. For Kenan, you were talking a little bit about shooting in a COVID bubble like that. What’s it like on the flip side? Because this was a time when a lot of people don’t like to do much flying, and yet you’re constantly getting on a plane, flying out to “SNL,” flying back and so forth. Do you get nervous by that? What’s it like? Does it make your life complicated or what?

    KENAN THOMPSON: I mean, it’s tiresome because you’re masking the whole time and trying to stay safe and it’s always on your mind and stuff like that. But we’re in a heavy testing cycle, so that’s one good thing about going from job to job to job, is that I know my status all the time and that makes me feel a lot more at ease as far as everything is concerned. Plus, I’m balling,so it ain’t like I’m flying like everybody else. But at the same time

    DAVID CASPE: Very relatable. Very relatable.

    KENAN THOMPSON: You can all relate to that.

    DAVID CASPE: You haven’t changed, man. You have not changed.

    KENAN THOMPSON: Never change. You know what I’m saying? Still the same old humble Kenan, you know. But, yeah, I mean for safety reasons, I’ve only taken one or two commercials, basically. But we don’t need to talk about that. But as far as, since we’re talking about trying to stay safe, that’s why I’ve been burning through my savings like that so I can go from job to job in a safe manner. You know what I’m saying? But the work has to get done. Like, we’ve been building towards something, you know, outside of “SNL,” like, personally for years and years. Like, this is the third time around, the development cycle. And in this cycle, it’s been a couple of years before we got the first season on the air, even. So, it’s been a long road. And then when we did get the green light to shoot, it was like we were the first show to ever even get that consideration to come back and actually go to work. So, we all had this kind of “we got to make it happen” kind of attitude, you know. And that’s still going because we are still hunkered down and we do have protocols. And it was the same attitude going into Season 2, and we knocked it out of the park and it’s in the bag and it’s coming out. So

    QUESTION: OK. Cool. Thanks.

    KENAN THOMPSON: You’re welcome.

    QUESTION: I had to come out the booth real quick. (Panelists laughing.)

    UNIDENTIFIED MALE PANELIST: Yeah.

    QUESTION: This question is for David. They always say a good plan, when it comes together, is amazing. So, was this everything that you expected when you wrote it up and more with the cast, the cast that you have together right now?

    DAVID CASPE: I mean, beyond, you know? I will say I learned very early on in my career that if you just get truly funny people, it makes your job so much easier because they add like, everything you think you’re putting on a script that’s funny, they make funnier. And then a lot of, like, straight lines, it’s just, like, a word or something that you didn’t even realize was a joke. Like, you know, Kenan or Kimrie or Taylor or Chris or Don or whoever, the girls say it in such a funny way that there’s, like, added laughs where you thought was just like a serious line. So, yeah, beyond. The cast is so good that they just they make everything so much better. And then, also, the great Kenny Smith and Lisa Bryant and all our great writers, you know, just wrote such great stuff. So, I didn’t do that much, Bobby. I sort of sat back. If you get a bunch of funny, smart people together and let them do their thing, it’s quite easy. So that

    KENAN THOMPSON: You haven’t changed, David. You haven’t changed.

    DAVID CASPE: Thank you. Thank you. Now, my personal life has changed, as I’ve told you. I’m going through a pretty tough time.

    KENAN THOMPSON: Easy, easy.

    UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE PANELIST: He flies commercial. He flies commercial.

    DAVID CASPE: Yes. Oh, my God. I’m driving everywhere now. Anyway. Actually, she got the car. But I had a lot of fun. No. I love everybody up here. And it was just a blast, and they’re so good. Anything else?

    QUESTION: Kenny, what do you feel about it?

    KENNY SMITH: What I do feel about the show? I feel like it’s amazing to get opportunity to come in in Season 2 with Lisa and to build on what they did in Season 1. It was a great opportunity in a long career to be a part of this and to work with Don and Kenan and Chris and meet Taylor and Kimrie. You don’t expect those things sometimes. Like, hey, this is you know, these guys are history. These guys are special. And I was honored to be a part of it.

    QUESTION: There you go. Thank you, guys. And, Kenan, that was ultimate flex and some fresh off the Spirit Airlines trip from Miami, sitting up for four hours.

    KENAN THOMPSON: I’ve been there, done that. I was doing that when it was called what was it? Value Jet. Remember Value Jet?

    QUESTION: Value Jet. Oh, my God. Thank you, guys.

    CHRIS REDD: Man, you sound like you need a massage, my guy.

    QUESTION: You felt the pain.

    KIMRIE LEWIS: Want to say real quick, our cast, we get a ton of credit, as we should. But I will also say that it starts on the page. Like, we wouldn’t be able to have these funny moments, these funny lines without such an incredible team of writers and executive producers. And I think it really shows this season, and I can’t wait for everybody to see it. But, you know, these guys don’t get enough credit. So, Lisa and Kenny and David even David.

    DAVID CASPE: Hey.

    KIMRIE LEWIS: and our entire writing team, like, they killing. We can’t wait for y’all to see it.

    DON JOHNSON: I will second that notion. And I will also tell you that our Christmas episode, which, I think, is the first one up, it airs next Monday night, I believe. Or, no, next Wednesday night, correct?

    UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE PANELIST: Yeah.

    DON JOHNSON: Yeah. That is not to be missed. That is a wonderful episode. And I don’t usually single out anything or anybody, but the writers, the directors, all the cast, everybody did such a great job. I’m excited. This will be about my fourth or fifth time seeing it. I’m excited to see it again. Sample that.

    KENAN THOMPSON: Wow.

    DON JOHNSON: See how nice these people are? They are so nice.

    QUESTION: OK. Kenan, I’d like you to talk more about your work ethic. I like that you said that you don’t worry about being busy. You’ve built your long career since you were Dani and Dannah’s age. So, what gave you the work ethic at that young age? I actually was on the set of both “All That” and “Kenan & Kel” several times and saw that even as a kid, you took the business seriously. You had fun, but it was a job and you did it well. Where did you get that work ethic at such a young age?

    KENAN THOMPSON: Well, I’ll tell you my story right after the girls tell theirs, because I think they’re the closest to the beginnings of that and it might be like a fresh perspective. You know, it might be interesting to hear what’s driving them. Because they’re beasts. You know, if you follow them on Instagram, you’ll see them taking photo shoots and doing posts and choreographing and all of that. So, I kind of want to ask them what has been motivating y’all so far? Because they work just as hard as we do.

    DANNAH LANE: Actually, it’s all you guys. Seeing how y’all do and being around you really inspires us to keep going and get to where you guys are.

    DANNAH LANE: It’s like this giant cast, amazing actors and mentors are always around us, showing us how to act, what emotions to bring out. So, it’s kind of you know.

    KENAN THOMPSON: Yeah, I can totally relate. I can totally relate to that, because I had the same wonderment in my eyes when I first got to a real set with, you know, a person that I recognized. I think it was Emilio Estevez. You know what I’m saying? And I was like, yo, I know this guy from “Young Guns,” from, you know what was his cool one when they were in detention? What was that one?

    KENNY SMITH: “Breakfast Club.”

    KENAN THOMPSON: And it was just like, oh, wow. I’m standing next to a famous person and he’s, like, “looking back at my eyes” type thing. And that’s got to be such an amazing experience to just feel like, oh, snap. Now I get a chance to actually be in the mix of something that I’ve wanted to do. So, the drive, once I learned how hard the job was was just all about setting personal goals for what I wanted in my career basically and who I looked up to in trying to get to those levels basically. So, I can totally relate to what the girls are saying.

    QUESTION: So, what are your personal goals now?

    KENAN THOMPSON: God of the universe. What else?

    DAVID CASPE: Sorry. To be God of the universe, you said?

    KENAN THOMPSON: Yeah. I want to start that job.

    DAVID CASPE: Oh. OK.

    DON JOHNSON: Well, he’s going to audit. He’s been auditing for over a year, I mean.

    KENAN THOMPSON: I have. So, I’ve

    DAVID CASPE: But he hasn’t had a very good year. In your work, is this (unintelligible)?

    KENAN THOMPSON: Well (Panelists speaking simultaneously.) This is a democratic universe. So, I’ll run for God of the universe.

    DAVID CASPE: OK.

    KIMRIE LEWIS: Get your résumé together.

    KENAN THOMPSON: Yeah. I’ll get elected and serve my I think it’s an eight year term. Yeah, an eight year term. No. I just, you know, born to work the business. Trying to do the production company thing or, you know, put other people to work and stuff like that and just, you know, start owning our properties and all of that good talk. So as far as the acting trajectory, it’s just to stay in front of the cameras as long as, you know I don’t know, you know, whoever has done it their entire lives. To me, it’s always been a lifelong dedication. So hopefully we’ll have, you know, the “Kenan” reunion in 30 years and do another, like, five seasons or something. That would be so fun.

    KIMRIE LEWIS: Then they can do a remake and Kevin Hart can play you.

    KENAN THOMPSON: Exactly. And Todd Bridges can play Chris. That will be fun. That will make sense.

    MATTHEW LIFSON: Due to time, we have time for final question and it comes from Francine Brokaw.

    KENAN THOMPSON: Is she related to Tom?

    DAVID CASPE: Yeah. Any relation?

    KENAN THOMPSON: (Buzzer sound.)

    DAVID CASPE: I think you’re muted.

    KENAN THOMPSON: Oh, you can see her?

    DAVID CASPE: No, I’m just guessing because I’m hearing nothing.

    CHRIS REDD: Ah, that’s a solid guess. It was very confident.

    DAVID CASPE: Thank you.

    KENAN THOMPSON: Francine?

    UNIDENTIFIED MALE PANELIST: Francine, can you hear us?

    DON JOHNSON: Francine, we’re sorry if we, you know, paired you up with any other Brokaws.

    KENAN THOMPSON: We didn’t mean it.

    DON JOHNSON: Yeah.

    DAVID CASPE: We think she stormed out of the Zoom when we asked if she was related to Tom Brokaw. (Laughter.)

    KENAN THOMPSON: Just put it in the chat and we’ll read it and we’ll answer it.

    KIMRIE LEWIS: Brokaw jokes.

    DAVID CASPE: “Every day of my life since grade school.”

    UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE PANELIST: “Brokaw.”

    QUESTION: We’ll move on for the final question.

    DAVID CASPE: Sorry, Francine.

    DON JOHNSON: Man, we really pissed off Francine. Man.

    QUESTION: Hi. Don, you’ve been doing this so long. I’m just curious. Even now, this many years later, do you still learn? Is there still something new to learn as you do a show? And if so, what have you learned about yourself or about, you know, acting, whatever?

    DON JOHNSON: Well, I’ve learned that acting is something that you learn every day. And this cast, if you don’t get up early and get your act together, they will leave you in the dust. So, I make sure that I show up and show up on time or maybe a little early, and I watch very closely to what these brilliant, brilliant comedians and comediennes are doing. Because, man, I’m lucky to be a part this cast and part of this show. I’m just lucky to have a long career. I’m happy to be here today.

    KENAN THOMPSON: He’s a happy person. We’re the luckies. Well, thank you shadow warriors for interviewing us today. We appreciate it. Always nice when we can get together and see each other. So, we appreciate you giving us an excuse to do that.

    KIMRIE LEWIS: Yeah, we can’t wait for Season 2.

    DON JOHNSON: Yeah. You’re going to go crazy. Kenny Smith and Lisa Bryant and David everybody’s killed it this year. It’s so much fun. We had fun last year and we quadrupled it this year. I’m thrilled for y’all to see it.

    KENAN THOMPSON: Lisa, do you want to say something else?

    DAVID CASPE: Say something.

    LISA MUSE BRYANT: Yeah. Everybody check out “Kenan” Season 2. Revisit Season 1. Catch up on some of the loose ends they’re going to be tying up. Like Chris said, we’re diving deeper into characters and relationships and coming up with some amazing nuggets. And I was so privileged to join this group and so excited to have a chance to write for them and just have everybody just push their range to the limits. And it’s going to be so fun and surprisingly emotional and poignant. So, check it out for sure.

    MATTHEW LIFSON: Thank you so much to all the panelists.

    MORE INFO:

    another "Kenan" poster“Kenan” follows the life of busy single dad Kenan Williams (Kenan Thompson), who is juggling a high-profile job as host of Atlanta morning show “Wake Up With Kenan!” He’s also raising two adorable pre-teen daughters – the too smart Aubrey (Dani Lane) and the silly, unpredictable Birdie (Dannah Lane).

    As Kenan moves on from the loss of his wife a year earlier, his live-in father-in-law Rick (Don Johnson), his brother/manager/roommate Gary (Chris Redd) and his colorful co-workers all have strong opinions on the best way for him to live his life.

    Rick was a carefree sax player when his own daughter was young and missed out on a lot of her childhood. He’s trying to make up for lost time as a larger-than-life grandad despite his penchant for getting into trouble.

    Gary has long been in his older brother’s shadow and he’s ready to branch out on his own – with dating, business development and potentially his own place.

    Kenan excels at his job with the help of his driven executive producer, Mika (Kimrie Lewis), and despite his ambitious co-host, Tami (Taylor Louderman). Mika can be tightly wound, especially when Gary, as Kenan’s not-so-managerial manager, tries to insert himself. She’s a steady force and confidante to Kenan as he manages a demanding career and chaotic personal life.

    Lorne Michaels, Kenan Thompson, Andrew Singer, David Caspe, Kenny Smith Jr., Lisa Muse Bryant and Bryan Tucker serve as executive producers. The series was created by Jackie Clarke and David Caspe.

    “Kenan” is produced by Universal Television, a division of Universal Studio Group, in association with Broadway Video.

    Kenan Thompson

    Repertory Player, “Saturday Night Live”; Star / Executive Producer, “Kenan”

    KENAN -- Season: Pilot -- Pictured: Kenan Thompson as Kenan -- (Photo by: Chris Haston/NBC)
    Kenan Thompson recently completed his 18th season on “Saturday Night Live” as the show’s longest-running cast member. He also stars in and executive produces the NBC comedy “Kenan,” which will return for its second season.

    Thompson received two Emmy Award nominations in 2021 for performance – Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series for “Kenan” and Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series for “SNL.” Thompson previously received two Emmy nominations in 2018 and 2020 in the supporting actor category for his work on “SNL.” Thompson received an Emmy for Outstanding Original Music and Lyrics in 2018 for the “SNL” song “Come Back, Barack,” and received a nomination in the same category in 2017 for co-writing “Last Christmas” from the popular “Jingle Barack” “SNL” music video.

    Thompson has made numerous contributions to “SNL” with his slew of hilarious impressions that include Rev. Al Sharpton, Charles Barkley, Steve Harvey and David Ortiz, and by playing memorable characters such as DJ Dynasty Handbag, the scathingly fierce co-host of “Deep House Dish,” “Weekend Update” correspondent Jean K. Jean, “Black Jeopardy” host Darnell Hayes and Diondre Cole, the disruptive singing talk show host on the wildly popular sketch “What Up With That.”

    Thompson served as producer and judge alongside Chrissy Teigen, Jeff Foxworthy and Amanda Seales on NBC’s comedy competition series “Bring the Funny,” which debuted in 2019.

    A native of Atlanta, Thompson made his television debut as a member of Nickelodeon’s all-kid sketch comedy series “All That.” Thompson now serves as an executive producer on Nickelodeon’s 2019 “All That” reboot. He and Kel Mitchell debuted on the spinoff “Kenan and Kel” in 1996. Thompson also had a recurring role on the WB’s “Felicity.”

    His past projects include Netflix’s Adam Sandler film “Hubie Halloween,” starring opposite Samuel L. Jackson in “Snakes on a Plane,” “Wieners” and “The Magic of Belle Isle” with Morgan Freeman. Other film credits include “Fat Albert,” “D2: The Mighty Ducks,” “Good Burger,” “The Adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle,” “Brother Nature, “Heavyweights,” “My Boss’s Daughter,” “Barbershop 2,” “Going in Style” and “They Came Together.”

    Thompson showcased his voice talents as Bricklebaum in “The Grinch,” which made history as the #1 Christmas movie of all time. Thompson has also lent his voice to the animated films “Trolls World Tour,” “Wonder Park,” “The Smurfs,” “The Smurfs 2” and “Space Chimps,” the television series “Sit Down, Shut Up” and the Kobe Bryant/LeBron James Nike puppet campaign during the 2009 NBA playoffs. He was the voice of Austin “Impresario” Sullivan in the Hulu animated series “The Awesomes” and Riff in the film “Rock Dog.”

    Upcoming projects include Paramount’s “Clifford the Big Red Dog” and Disney+’s “Home Sweet Home Alone.”

    Don Johnson

    Rick, “Kenan”

    KENAN -- Season: Pilot -- Pictured: Don Johnson as Rick -- (Photo by: Chris Haston/NBC)
    Don Johnson plays Rick on the new NBC comedy “Kenan.” Johnson is best known as Det. Sonny Crockett on the hugely successful iconic TV series “Miami Vice.” He earned an Emmy Award nomination for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series in 1985 and won a Golden Globe for Best Performance by an Actor in a TV Series in 1986 and 1987. Born in Flat Creek, Mo., Johnson studied at the American Conservatory Theatre in San Francisco where he made his professional debut in “Your Own Thing,” a rock musical modeled after William Shakespeare’s “Twelfth Night.” The young actor got his big break by starring in the controversial Off Broadway play “Fortune and Men’s Eyes,” which was directed by and starred Sal Mineo. During the run of “Miami Vice,” Johnson starred in the critically acclaimed TV film “The Long Hot Summer” as well as starring opposite Susan Sarandon in the feature film “Sweet Hearts Dance” in 1988. When “Miami Vice” ended, Johnson focused on his film career with “Dead Band,” “The Hot Spot” and “Harley Davidson and the Marlboro Man.” His film work has given Johnson the opportunity to collaborate with legendary filmmakers such as John Frankenheimer, Sidney Lumet and Dennis Hopper. Johnson co-wrote a two-hour movie in 1995 with neighbor “Hunter S. Thompson.” While the movie was not picked up, CBS bought the story and he returned to television in 1996 with the cop show “Nash Bridges” as creator and producer. In 2016, Johnson appeared in several episodes of the Netflix series “A Series of Unfortunate Events” as well as appearing in the Sky Television series “Sick Note.” He was recently seen in “Watchmen,” the Emmy-winning Damon Lindelof series for HBO as well as the box office hit “Knives Out.” Johnson has been married to Kelley Phleger since 1999. They have three children in addition to son Jesse Johnson and daughter Dakota.

    Chris Redd

    Repertory Player, “Saturday Night Live”; Gary Williams, “Kenan”

    KENAN -- Season: Pilot -- Pictured: Chris Redd as Gary -- (Photo by: Chris Haston/NBC)
    Chris Redd is a repertory player on NBC’s “Saturday Night Live.” Redd also portrays Gary Williams on NBC comedy “Kenan,” which will return for its second season.

    Redd is an actor, writer, rapper and stand-up comedian who performs across the country and has toured the United States and Europe with the Second City Touring Company. He received the Emmy Award in 2018 for Outstanding Original Music and Lyrics for the “SNL” song “Come Back, Barack.”

    In 2019 Redd released his debut stand-up album, “But Here We Are.” Redd starred in the independent horror film “Scare Me” and can be seen in the comedy films “Vampires vs. the Bronx”, “Deep Murder,” “The House” and “A Futile and Stupid Gestures.”

    He appeared in the 2016 film “Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping” and opposite Kathy Bates in the Netflix original comedy series “Disjointed.” Other TV roles include “Wet Hot American Summer,” NBC’s “Will & Grace,” Netflix’s “Love,” TV’ Land’s “Teachers,” ”Comedy Central’s “Detroiters” and “Comedy Central Stand-Up Presents.” Redd has also loaned his voice to many projects, including Netflix’s “Big Mouth,” Audible’s “64th Man” and Disney’s “Star vs. the Forces of Evil.” Additionally, Redd was featured as a 2016 Standup New Face at Just for Laughs in Montreal. Redd was previously a performer at Chicago’s Second City and iO Chicago.

    Redd is the co-creator and will star in Peacock’s new scripted comedy series “Bust Down.”

    Redd is from St. Louis, Mo., and his birthday is March 25.

    Kenan with Aubrey and Birdie Williams on "Kenan" on NBCDani and Dannah Lane

    Aubrey and Birdie Williams, “Kenan”

    Dani and Dannah Lane star as sisters Aubrey and Birdie Williams on the NBC comedy “Kenan.”

    The sisters, who recently appeared in NBC’s “Brooklyn Nine-Nine,” saw their video “Call Jesus” go viral and accumulated 1.8 million views on YouTube. Their huge impact with audiences led to further success in performing and branding. The girls have appeared on talk shows such as “The Real” and “Today” and had a special segment on “The Steve Harvey Show” called “The Advice Sister.”

    Dani and Dannah have grown an impressive social media following, with roughly 1.5 million followers on YouTube, Instagram and Facebook. They are beyond humbled by their successes as their brand continues to grow exponentially, including opportunities in media and motivational workshops. Dani and Dannah are inspired to use their influence to be a voice for their fans and followers who are not too young to change the world.

    Kimrie Lewis

    Mika, “Kenan”

    KENAN -- Season: Pilot -- Pictured: Kimrie Lewis as Mika -- (Photo by: Chris Haston/NBC)
    Kimrie Lewis plays Mika on NBC’s new comedy “Kenan.” For two seasons, Lewis played Poppy Banks on the ABC comedy “Single Parents” and recurred on “Scandal” for five seasons. She has made numerous TV guest appearances across the dial, including “Superstore,” “Brockmire,” “The Mindy Project, “2 Broke Girls,” “New Girl” and “Fake News with Ted Nelms.” As a writer, she studied at UCLA Extension’s Writers Program and has written for Kevin Hart’s LOL Network and sold a script to IFC. Lewis also directed and associate produced the short film “He Was Asking for It,” which was an official selection for the Cleveland International Film Festival and the Cordillera Film Festival. Lewis is a South Los Angeles native and graduate of New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts and London’s Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. Lewis performs stand-up comedy at clubs and colleges across the country and is an active supporter of the Innocence Project.

    Taylor Louderman of "Kenan" on NBCTaylor Louderman

    Tami, “Kenan”

    Taylor Louderman plays Tami on the NBC comedy “Kenan.”

    She made her Broadway debut originating the role of Campbell Davis in “Bring It On: The Musical” by Lin-Manuel Miranda, Tom Kitt and Amanda Green. She went on to play Lauren in “Kinky Boots” on Broadway and originated the role of Regina George in Tina Fey’s “Mean Girls,” for which she received a 2018 Tony Award nomination for Best Actress in a Musical.

    Television credits include “The Loudest Voice,” “The Good Fight,” “Sunny Day,” “Evil,” “Peter Pan Live” and “High Maintenance.”

    Louderman founded the non-profit Write Out Loud Project, a songwriting competition for young, new musical theater writers. She volunteers at Ozark Actors Theatre where she participated in her first professional show at 10 years old and writes youth musicals to support arts education.

    David Caspe

    Executive Producer, “Kenan”

    David Caspe is executive producer on the NBC comedy “Kenan.”

    Caspe grew up in San Francisco and Chicago. He spent most of his life pursuing visual art before moving to Los Angeles in 2007 to focus on writing.

    In television, he created/executive produced “Happy Endings” and “Marry Me,” and co-created/executive produced “Black Monday,” “Champaign Ill.,” “Kenan” and the upcoming “Blockbuster.”

    Lisa Muse Bryant

    Executive Producer, “Kenan”

    Lisa Muse Bryant is executive producer on season two of the NBC comedy “Kenan” and co-executive producer on Peacock’s “Field of Dreams.”

    Muse Bryant has been a co-executive producer on “Blackish” for the past three seasons. In addition, she wrote the NBC music-driven comedy project “Dream,” starring Amber Riley. Additionally, she co-wrote the pilot “Princess of Philly” for HBO Max.

    A proud mom of four, Muse Bryant also has experience in the kids space, and served as consulting producer on Marvel’s “Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur,” concurrent with her “Blackish” responsibilities. Muse Bryant’s background also includes working as a news producer while spending four years at VOA Television, the international news agency in Washington, D.C.

    Kenny Smith

    Executive Producer, “Kenan”

    Kenny Smith is an executive producer on the NBC comedy “Kenan.”

    A native of Washington, D.C., Smith is a graduate of Hampton University, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in mass media and membership in three honor societies. Just out of college, he moved to Los Angeles where he got his start in the entertainment industry as a production assistant on the sitcom “Martin.” Two seasons later, Smith began his writing career on “The Jamie Foxx Show,” soon becoming co-producer. After completing four seasons on the show, he moved on to several UPN series, including “One on One” and its spin-off “Cuts,” where he served as co-executive producer.

    Smith joined the staff of “The Game” in 2006, becoming executive producer in the show’s third season and showrunner in its sixth. For his work on “The Game,” he has been nominated twice for an NAACP Image Award in the category of Outstanding Writing in a Comedy Series and has three nominations as a producer in the category Outstanding Comedy Series, winning the latter in 2013. After a nine-season series wrap of “The Game,” he moved on to ABC’s “Uncle Buck,” where he served as co-executive producer.

    In 2016, Smith joined ABC’s “Black-ish” as co-executive producer and director, earning another NAACP Image Award as well as an Emmy and Golden Globe nomination. The following season while developing for Universal, he served as co-executive producer on NBC’s “Marlon.” Under Smith’s first overall deal, he returned to ABC Studios for season five of “Black-ish” as director, executive producer and co-showrunner.

    Smith has written a pilot for TV Land in collaboration with Jamie Foxx, a pilot for BET starring Morris Chestnut and three additional pilots — two for NBCUniversal. Recently, he shot his comedy pilot “None of the Above” for Freeform.

    Currently, he is working with UTV under his second overall deal and developing multiple projects of different genres.

    Lorne Michaels

    Creator/Executive Producer, “Saturday Night Live”; Executive Producer, “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon”; Executive Producer, “Late Night with Seth Meyers”; Executive Producer, “Kenan”

    SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE -- Pictured: Lorne Michaels -- NBC Photo: Frank Ockenfels

    Lorne Michaels is an award-winning producer and writer, best known as the creator and executive producer of “Saturday Night Live,” the most Emmy Award-nominated show in television history.

    Born in Toronto in 1944, Michaels attended the University of Toronto and later began his television career in Canada and Los Angeles. He arrived in New York in 1975 to begin “SNL.”

    Michaels’ television credits as an executive producer also include “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon,” “Late Night with Seth Meyers,” “30 Rock,” “Portlandia” and  “Kids in the Hall,” among others. His motion picture credits include “Three Amigos,” “Wayne’s World,” “Tommy Boy,” “Mean Girls,” and “MacGruber,” to name a few. His TV specials have featured Lily Tomlin, Steve Martin, the Rutles, Flip Wilson, the Rolling Stones, the Beach Boys, Randy Newman, Neil Young, Simon and Garfunkel, and Adele. On Broadway, he produced and directed “Gilda Radner – Live From New York” and recently produced “Mean Girls,” the Tony-nominated Broadway musical based on the hit movie.

    Michaels’ 94 Emmy nominations are the most ever for an individual. He received the 2004 Mark Twain Prize for American Humor and in 2013 earned the rare honor of an individual Peabody Award. Michaels was awarded a Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2016, the nation’s highest civilian honor. He was made a Companion of the Order of Canada in 2018. Michaels will receive a 2021 Kennedy Center Honor for lifetime artistic achievement.

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      A DRUG CARTEL ATTACKS DEACON AND CHRIS WHILE THEY’RE WORKING AN OFF-DUTY PRIVATE SECURITY DETAIL, ON “S.W.A.T.,” SUNDAY, JAN. 2
      “S.W.A.T.” Moves to Sundays at 10:00 PM on Jan. 2
      “Survive” – When Deacon enlists Chris’ help on an off-duty private security detail, they struggle to survive when they’re attacked by a drug cartel looking to kidnap their wealthy VIP client, on the new day and time of the CBS Original series S.W.A.T., Sunday, Jan. 2 (10:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network, and available to stream live and on demand on Paramount+*.
      WRITTEN BY: Michael Gemballa
      DIRECTED BY: Billy Gierhart Promo
    • CBS THE NEIGHBORHOOD – Monday, January 3 Show More
      CALVIN AND DAVE ARE BOTH CHOSEN TO SERVE AS JURORS ON THE SAME TRIAL, ON “THE NEIGHBORHOOD,” MONDAY, JAN. 3
      “Welcome to Jury Duty” – Calvin and Dave are both chosen to serve as jurors on the same trial. Also, Malcolm and Marty get a big surprise when they fail to ask what the movie’s about after they rent out their house for a film shoot, on the CBS Original series THE NEIGHBORHOOD, Monday, Jan. 3 (8:00-8:30 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network, and available to stream live and on demand on Paramount+*.
      WRITTEN BY: Michael Carrington
      DIRECTED BY: Robbie Countryman Promo
    • CBS BOB ♥ ABISHOLA – Monday, January 3 Show More
      ABISHOLA BECOMES STRICTER WITH DELE WHEN SHE WORRIES HE’S SPOILED BECAUSE TAYO GAVE HIM A CREDIT CARD, ON “BOB ♥ ABISHOLA,” MONDAY, JAN. 3
      Series Star Bayo Akinfemi Directed the Episode
      “Tunde123” – When Abishola finds out Tayo has given Dele a credit card, she worries he’s being spoiled and becomes stricter with him. Also, worried she’s being too harsh, Bob goes behind Abishola’s back to do something special for Dele, on the CBS Original series BOB ♥ ABISHOLA, Monday, Jan. 3 (8:30-9:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network, and available to stream live and on demand on Paramount+*. Series star Bayo Akinfemi directed the episode.
      STORY BY: Al Higgins, Gina Yashere and Carla Filisha
      TELEPLAY BY: Matt Ross, Ibet Inyang Beneche and Jamarcus Turner
      DIRECTED BY: Bayo Akinfemi Promo
      NCIS IS CALLED WHEN A NAVY CHIEF WARRANT OFFICER IS SUSPECTED OF TRYING TO SELL STOLEN CLASSIFIED SOFTWARE USED TO PILOT COMBAT DRONES, ON “NCIS,” MONDAY, JAN. 3
      Series Star Rocky Carroll Directed the Episode
      “Pledge of Allegiance” – NCIS is called in when Navy Chief Warrant Officer Rafi Nazar (Artur Zai Benson)
      is suspected of trying to sell stolen classified Navy software used to pilot combat drones, on the CBS Original series NCIS, Monday, Jan. 3 (9:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network, and available to stream live and on demand on Paramount+*. Series star Rocky Carroll directed the episode.
      WRITTEN BY: Brendan Fehily
      DIRECTED BY: Rocky Carroll Promo
      NCIS CROSSES PATHS WITH WHISTLER’S TEAM WHILE INVESTIGATING A SHIPPING CONTAINER FOUND FILLED WITH CONTRABAND WEAPONS, ON “NCIS: HAWAI`I,” MONDAY, JAN. 3
      “Lost” – NCIS crosses paths with Whistler’s team while investigating a shipping container filled with contraband weapons. Also, Tennant debates arresting Alex’s friend’s dad, knowing it will cause her friend to move away, on the CBS Original series NCIS: HAWAI`I, Monday, Jan. 3 (10:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network, and available to stream live and on demand on Paramount+*.
      WRITTEN BY: Jan Nash
      DIRECTED BY: Tim Andrew Promo
      AS THE TEAM INVESTIGATES A STRING OF JEWELRY STORE ROBBERIES THAT CULMINATE IN A DOUBLE MURDER, THEY UNCOVER A CONNECTION TO A 16-YEAR-OLD FOSTER CHILD, ON “FBI,” TUESDAY, JAN. 4
      “Fostered” – As the team investigates a string of jewelry store robberies that culminate in a double murder, they uncover a connection to a 16-year-old boy trying to survive the foster care system. Also, Tiffany becomes personally invested after learning about the boy’s ill-fated upbringing, on the CBS Original series FBI, Tuesday, Jan. 4 (8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network, and available to stream live and on demand on Paramount+*.
      WRITTEN BY: Joe Webb & York Walker
      DIRECTED BY: Stephen Surjik Promo
    • CBS FBI: INTERNATIONAL – Tuesday, January 4 Show More
      THE TEAM JETS TO BULGARIA AFTER TERRORISTS TAKE OVER A CONCERT HALL FILLED WITH MULTINATIONAL STUDENT PERFORMERS AND THEIR FAMILIES AND HOLD THEM HOSTAGE, ON “FBI: INTERNATIONAL,” TUESDAY, JAN. 4
      “One Kind of Madman” – The team jets to Bulgaria when terrorists hold hostage for millions in cryptocurrency a concert hall filled with multinational student performers and their families. Also, Raines is intent on proving his field skills, and Forrester receives news of their dog, Tank, on the CBS Original series FBI: INTERNATIONAL, Tuesday, Jan. 4 (9:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network, and available to stream live and on demand on Paramount+*.
      WRITTEN BY: Roxanne Paredes
      DIRECTED BY: Michael Katleman Promo
    • CBS FBI: MOST WANTED – Tuesday, January 4 Show More
      THE TEAM HUNTS FOR A YOUNG MAN WHO IS USING NAPALM-STYLE BOMBS TO ATTACK HIS TARGETS, ON “FBI: MOST WANTED,” TUESDAY, JAN. 4
      “Incendiary” – The team hunts for a young man who is using napalm-style bombs to attack his targets. Also, with Tali away, Jess and Sarah begin to adjust to their empty nest, on the CBS Original series FBI: MOST WANTED, Tuesday, Jan. 4 (10:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network, and available to stream live and on demand on Paramount+*.
      WRITTEN BY: D. Dona Le
      DIRECTED BY: Milena Govich Promo
    • CBS GOOD SAM – Wednesday, January 5 Show More
      SOPHIA BUSH AND JASON ISAACS STAR IN THE SERIES PREMIERE OF THE NEW FATHER-DAUGHTER MEDICAL DRAMA “GOOD SAM,” WEDNESDAY, JAN. 5
      Series Also Stars Skye P. Marshall, Michael Stahl-David, Omar Maskati, Davi Santos, Wendy Crewson and Edwin Hodge
      “Pilot” – Sophia Bush and Jason Isaacs star in a drama about Dr. Sam Griffith, a gifted heart surgeon who excels in her new leadership role as chief of surgery after her renowned boss, Dr. Rob “Griff” Griffith, falls into a coma, on the series premiere of the CBS Original series GOOD SAM, Wednesday, Jan. 5 (10:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network, and available to stream live and on demand on Paramount+*. Series also stars Skye P. Marshall, Michael Stahl-David, Omar Maskati, Davi Santos, Wendy Crewson and Edwin Hodge.
      When Sam’s former boss wakes up months later demanding to resume his duties, she is tasked with supervising this egotistical expert with a scalpel who never acknowledged her stellar talent. Complicating matters, the caustic and arrogant Griff also happens to be her father. As he defies Sam’s authority and challenges her medical expertise, the big question becomes whether this father and daughter will ever be able to mend their own relationship as expertly as they heal the hearts of their patients,
      WRITTEN BY: Katie Wech
      DIRECTED BY: Tamra Davis Promo
    • CBS YOUNG SHELDON – Thursday, January 6 Show More
      SHELDON’S NEW DORM ROOM BECOMES A CAMPUS HOTSPOT, ON “YOUNG SHELDON,” THURSDAY, JAN. 6
      Reba McEntire and Wendie Malick Return as June and Professor Hagemeyer, Respectively
      Melissa Joan Hart Directed the Episode
      “An Expensive Glitch and a Goof-Off Room” – Sheldon gets a dorm room all to himself. Also, Meemaw gains an unwanted business partner, on the CBS Original series YOUNG SHELDON, Thursday, Jan. 6 (8:00-8:31 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network, and available to stream live and on demand on Paramount+*. Reba McEntire and Wendie Malick return as June and Professor Hagemeyer, respectively. Melissa Joan Hart directed the episode.
      STORY BY: Steve Holland & Eric Kaplan & Jeremy Howe
      TELEPLAY BY: Steven Molaro & Nadiya Chettiar & Connor Kilpatrick
      DIRECTED BY: Melissa Joan Hart Promo
    • CBS UNITED STATES OF AL – Thursday, January 6 Show More
      LIZZIE STARTS FLIRTING WITH AL’S PROFESSOR WHEN AL INVITES HIM FOR DINNER, ON “UNITED STATES OF AL,” THURSDAY, JAN. 6
      John Ross Bowie Returns as Professor Williams, Al’s Psychology Instructor
      “Professor / Ustad” – When Al invites his professor over for dinner, Al’s professor and Lizzie start flirting with each other. Also, Riley hits a snag in his physical relationship with Holly and seeks out his therapist for help, on the CBS Original series UNITED STATES OF AL, Thursday, Jan. 6 (8:31-9:01 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network, and available to stream live and on demand on Paramount+*. John Ross Bowie returns as Professor Williams, Al’s psychology instructor.
      STORY BY: Anthony Del Broccolo, Maria Ferrari, Andy Gordon
      TELEPLAY BY: Fahim Anwar, Dave Goetsch, Chuck Tatham
      DIRECTED BY: Mark Cendrowski Promo
    • CBS GHOSTS – Thursday, January 6 Show More
      SAM AND JAY TRAVEL TO WHERE SAM’S MOTHER DIED TO SEE IF SHE’S A GHOST, ON “GHOSTS,” THURSDAY, JAN. 6
      Rachael Harris Guest Stars as Sam’s Mom, Sheryl
      “Sam’s Mom” – Sam and Jay travel to where Sam’s mother, Sheryl (Rachael Harris), died to see if she’s now a ghost. Also, Sasappis divulges a secret to his fellow ghosts that he overheard Sam and Jay discussing, on the CBS Original series GHOSTS, Thursday, Jan. 6 (9:01-9:30 PM, ET/PT) on CBS Television Network, and available to stream live and on demand on Paramount+*.
      WRITTEN BY: John Timothy
      DIRECTED BY: Katie Locke O’Brien Promo
    • CBS B POSITIVE – Thursday, January 6 Show More
      DREW RETURNS FROM HIS ROAD TRIP TO BE WITH GINA AND THE RETIREMENT HOME RESIDENTS AND STAFF AND MOURN THE DEATH OF A BELOVED FRIEND, ON “B POSITIVE,” THURSDAY, JAN. 6
      “Heartburn, Woodstock and Ribs” – Drew returns from his road trip to be with Gina and the retirement home residents and staff and mourn the death of a beloved friend, on the CBS Original series B POSITIVE, Thursday, Jan. 6 (9:30-10:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network, and available to stream live and on demand on Paramount+*.
      STORY BY: Chuck Lorre, Heide Perlman and Deanna Morgan
      TELEPLAY BY: Jim Patterson, Warren Bell and Jessica Kravitz
      DIRECTED BY: Richie Keen Promo
      BULL HELPS A GRIEVING MOTHER SUE THE DEVELOPERS OF A FACIAL RECOGNITION PROGRAM THAT MISIDENTIFIED HER SON AS A CRIMINAL AND LED TO HIS DEATH, ON “BULL,” THURSDAY, JAN. 6
      “False Positive” – Bull helps a grieving mother, Vernice (Heather Alicia Simms), sue the developers of a computer program that misidentified her son as a criminal, leading him to be fatally shot by the police. Also, Bull and Marissa clash when she considers a job offer from a rival company, on the CBS Original series BULL, Thursday, Jan. 6 (10:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network, and available to stream live and on demand on Paramount+*.
      WRITTEN BY: Leland Jay Anderson
      DIRECTED BY: Eric Stoltz Promo
    • CBS MAGNUM P.I. – Friday, January 7 Show More
      WHEN A WOMAN HIRES MAGNUM AND HIGGINS TO LOCATE A MAN SHE MET BRIEFLY AT A COFFEE SHOP AND FELT A SPARK WITH, THEY LEARN THAT HE’S HIDING A BIG SECRET, ON “MAGNUM P.I.,” FRIDAY, JAN. 7
      “Dream Lover” – When a woman hires Magnum and Higgins to locate a man she met briefly at a coffee shop and felt a spark with, they learn that he is hiding a big secret. Also, Higgins keeps a secret of her own after she has a romantic dream about Magnum, on the CBS Original series MAGNUM P.I., Friday, Jan. 7 (9:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network, and available to stream live and on demand on Paramount+*.
      WRITTEN BY: David Wolkove
      DIRECTED BY: Avi Youabian Promo
    • CBS BLUE BLOODS – Friday, January 7 Show More
      AN ILLEGAL DRUG SHIPMENT ARRIVING IN NEW YORK CITY FORCES DANNY TO PARTNER WITH HIS TEXAS RANGER ASSOCIATE TO FIND THE NARCOTICS BEFORE THEY FLOOD THE STREETS, ON “BLUE BLOODS,” FRIDAY, JAN. 7
      GRAMMY Award(R) Winner Lyle Lovett Returns as Texas Ranger Major Waylon Gates
      “Old Friends” – An illegal drug shipment arriving in New York City forces Danny to partner up with his Texas Ranger associate, Major Waylon Gates (Lyle Lovett), to find the narcotics before they flood the streets. Also, Jamie makes a concerning discovery about a former mentor as he helps a neighbor handle a gambling debt, and Frank receives pushback from Mayor Chase over his handling of a brawl between demonstrators and police officers at a protest, on the CBS Original series BLUE BLOODS, Friday, Jan. 7 (10:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network, and available to stream live and on demand on Paramount+.* GRAMMY Award(R) winner Lyle Lovett returns as Texas Ranger Major Waylon Gates.
      WRITTEN BY: Ian Biederman
      DIRECTED BY: Jackeline Tejada Promo
    • The CW Nancy Drew – Friday, January 7 Show More
      “The Confession of the Long Night” – (9:00-10:00 p.m. ET) (TV-14, DSV) (HDTV)
      TRUTH HURTS – A truth-inducing ritual takes hold of a town-wide cocktail party, yielding volcanic emotional confessions and a surprising romantic connection for Nancy (Kennedy McMann). Meanwhile, one of Ryan’s (Riley Smith) business contacts comes to town with an offer that may be connected to a recent wrongful death. Also starring Maddison Jaizani, Leah Lewis, Tunji Kasim, Alex Saxon and Scott Wolf. Jesse Ellis directed the episode written by Andrea Thornton Bolden (#310). Original airdate 1/7/2022. Every episode of NANCY DREW will be available to stream on The CW App and CWTV.com the day after broadcast for free and without a subscription, log-in or authentication required. Promo
    • FOX THE SIMPSONS – Sunday, January 2 Show More
      “THE SIMPSONS” – (9:00-9:30 PM ET / 8:00-8:30 PM CT / 7:00-7:30 PM MT / 9:00-9:30 PM PT) CC-HDTV 720p-Dolby Digital 5.1 Video Clips
      MARGE SIMPSON AND MR. BURNS BATTLE OVER A FOOTBALL PLAYER ON AN ALL-NEW “THE SIMPSONS” SUNDAY, JANUARY 2, ON FOX
      Beck Bennett (“Saturday Night Live”), Adam Schefter and John Mulaney (“Big Mouth”) Make Guest-Voice Appearances
      Marge and Mr. Burns fight for soul of a brash young football prodigy in the all-new “The Longest Marge” episode of THE SIMPSONS airing Sunday, Jan. 2 (9:00-9:30 PM ET / 8:00-8:30 PM CT / 7:00-7:30 PM MT / 9:00-9:30 PM PT) on FOX. (SI-3305) (TV-PG L, V)
      Guest Voice Cast: Beck Bennett as Grayson, Adam Schefter as himself, John Mulaney as Warburton Parker
    • FOX THE GREAT NORTH – Sunday, January 2 Show More
      “THE GREAT NORTH” – (9:30-10:00 PM ET / 8:30-9:00 PM CT / 7:30-8:00 PM MT / 9:30-10:00PM PT) CC-HDTV 720p-Dolby Digital 5.1 Video Clips
      MOON HELPS WOLF WITH THEIR PARENT’S DIVORCE WHILE HONEYBEE MEETS A FAMOUS LONE MOOSE RESIDENT ON AN ALL-NEW EPISODE OF “THE GREAT NORTH” SUNDAY, JANUARY 2 ON FOX
      Moon helps Wolf deal with their parents’ divorce. Honeybee encounters Lone Moose’s most famous City Councilperson, who happens to be an eagle in the all-new “Dances With Wolfs Adventure” episode of THE GREAT NORTH airing Sunday, Jan. 2 (9:30-10:00 PM ET / 8:30-9:00 PM CT / 7:30-8:00 PM MT / 9:00-9:30PM PT) on FOX. (GRN-209) (TV-14 D, L, S)
      Guest Voice Cast: Sarah Baker, Nicole Byer, Daniele Gaither, John Gemberling, Patti Harrison, David Herman, Martha Kelly, Mark Proksch, Lisa Rinna
    • FOX 9-1-1: LONE STAR – Monday, January 3 Show More
      **SEASON PREMIERE**–“9-1-1: LONE STAR” – (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT) CC-HDTV 720p-Dolby Digital 5.1 Video Clips
      PA: Viewer Discretion is advised.
      AN ARCTIC COLD FRONT BRINGS AN ICE STORM TO AUSTIN ON THE ALL-NEW SEASON PREMIERE OF “9-1-1: LONE STAR” MONDAY, JANUARY 3, ON FOX
      An unexpected arctic cold front brings an ice storm to Austin and a variety of weather-related emergencies. Meanwhile, Owen deals with the fallout of the 126 closing, as Tommy, T.K. and Gillian settle into new employment and Judd and Grace prepare for the birth of their first baby in the all-new “The Big Chill,” Season Three premiere episode of 9-1-1: LONE STAR airing Monday, Jan. 3 (8:00-9:01 PM ET/PT) on FOX. (NLS-301) (TV-14 L,V)
      Guest Cast: Billy Burke as Billy Tyson; Julie Benz as Sadie
    • FOX THE CLEANING LADY – Monday, January 2 Show More
      **SERIES PREMIERE**–“THE CLEANING LADY” – (9:01-10:00 PM ET/PT) Video Clips
      TO SAVE HER AILING CHILD, A WOMAN LEADS A DOUBLE LIFE ON THE ALL-NEW SERIES PREMIERE OF “THE CLEANING LADY” MONDAY, JANUARY 3, ON FOX
      Thony (Elodie Yung), a whip-smart Cambodian doctor, struggles to make ends meet as an undocumented worker after coming to the U.S. from the Philippines in search of a medical treatment for her ailing son. After witnessing a murder, Thony cleans the crime scene to stay alive, then begins living a double life, cleaning for a crime syndicate while doing what is necessary to save her son in the all-new Pilot “TNT” series premiere episode of THE CLEANING LADY airing Monday, Jan. 3 (9:01-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. (CLD-101) (TV-14 D, L, S, V)
      Guest Cast: Michelle Campbell as Helen, Ivan Shaw as Marco, Eva De Dominici as Nadia, Navid Negahban as Hayak Barsamian, Charles Malik Whitfield as Theo, Joseph Garcia as Alonzo Ortega, Mariyam Saho as Shelby, Phillip Garcia as Javier ‘Javi’ Acosta, Deniz Akdeniz as Tarik, Ivo Nandi as Mateo, Antonio Leon as Dr. Saroyan, Daniel Lissing as Brandon, Gillian White as Dark Diva, Grayson Berry as Stevie, Esodie Geiger as Renee Lawson, Janelle Baptiste as Samentha, Lloyd Voights as Pilot
    • Hallmark Movie Channel WEDDING VEIL – Saturday, January 8, 8:00PM Show More
      The first installment of an enchanting new trilogy starring three of Hallmark’s most beloved leading ladies as longtime college friends who discover a mysterious, antique veil fabled to unite its bearer with her true love. After discovering a long-lost painting, museum curator Avery and successful, new board member Peter investigate the artwork’s origins as they plan a charity fundraiser to unveil its restoration. Promo
    • Lifetime DEADLY EX NEXT DOOR – Sunday, January 2, 8:00PM Show More
      Author Elise and her husband Allan are thrilled to be new homeowners of a cabin overlooking a lake–until Elise’s former friend, Geena, and her husband, Lee, move in next door. Years ago, Geena stole Lee from Elise, bringing their friendship to an end. Now, Geena wants to apologize for hurting Elise, and Elise reluctantly forgives her. But when Elise is attacked by a mysterious figure in the woods and accused of having an affair with Lee, she begins questioning Geena’s motives. The tension between the two couples culminates in Geena being murdered, seemingly at the hands of Allan. It’s not long, though, before Elise realizes someone else is behind all the mysterious things happening to her. Now, Elise must fight for her life if she ever hopes to clear Allan’s name of a crime he didn’t commit. Tianna Nori, Jack Grinhaus, Jean-Paul Najm, Brendee Serena Green star. (2021) Promo
    • Lifetime DEADLY GARAGE SALE – Sunday, January 2, 9:00PM Show More
      When thieves rob the garage sale of suburban mom Marcia, a struggle ensues, and one of the thieves is killed. Unbeknownst to Marcia, the dead thief’s sister returns