Interview with Heather Locklear

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Panelists for the movie "Don't Sweat the Small Stuff" on Lifetime

Interview with actor Heather Locklear, executive produers Meghan McCain and Maura Dunbar, and author Kristine Carlson of “Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff: The Kristine Carlson Story” on Lifetime by Suzanne 9/14/21

This was a fun panel. These women clearly enjoyed the story they were producing and became great friends. I was very happy to speak to Heather Locklear, who is about my same age (as it turns out). I used to watch her all the time on “TJ Hooker” and “Dynasty,” and then later on “Spin City,” and of course, “Melrose Place.” She’s very good in this movie, too. I’m glad to see her doing more acting. She had some personal and legal problems in 2018, but it sounds like she’s cleaned up her act. That’s great because we all missed her. She seems so nice in this interview, and I just love that chair she’s sitting in. It was such a great group of people. It’s the first time that I ever saw a star stop the panel from ending so that she could tell everyone how much she loves them! That was very sweet.

Don’t forget to watch “Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff” this Saturday, October 16 on Lifetime!

Heather Locklear and Kristine Carlson

MODERATOR:  Hi, everybody.  Our last panel today is “Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff: The Kristine Carlson Story.”  We’re pleased to welcome and have with us today Heather Locklear, and I think she’ll be on camera in just a minute, who stars in the movie, author Kristine Carlson, and executive producers Meghan McCain and Maura Dunbar.  Thank you all for joining us, and I think we’re just going to give Heather just one more second to get on camera and then we will get started.  Just a reminder to anyone who’d like to ask a question, use the raise your hand button at the bottom of your screen.  If you have the newer version of Zoom it’s by hitting the reactions button, and if you have the older Zoom version use the participants’ button, so that’s just how you can raise your hand.  Just give us one more second and we will get started, so thank you so much.  While we wait for Heather to get on camera I’m going to start with a question I just received for Maura.  Maura, it seems like “Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff” has been a passion project of yours for years in the making.  Can you briefly share with the audience your personal story behind making this movie a reality?

MAURA DUNBAR:  Thank you so much for that question, yes.  This project, this little book “Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff” has been a 21-year passion project of mine.  It started because, sadly, 27 years ago I lost four immediate family members in my life, and Richard’s book came out about six or seven years after that, and I found that book, and the book, even though it’s about not sweating the small stuff, and I was enveloped by the darkness of loss and grief, the little pinpoints of light that Richard so beautifully distills in his books about not sweating the small stuff in everyday living became the little footholds that I was able to grab onto, and as you started to string those little pieces of light together, when you’re so overwhelmed and you can’t see your way through, those little lights became beams of light, became rays of light that began to light up the room where I began to find my way through, and when you’re so lost and you find that pathway it became the pathway to healing for me.  And so I had the privilege of, when I left ABC as a network executive after sixteen years, of being introduced to Richard by his publisher, and I drove up.  I flew up and met Richard, Dr. Carlson, and Kris and had the pleasure of spending a weekend up there and getting to know them and got the rights, and it’s been an honor and a privilege, and it’s just been a passion of mine for the last 21 years to be a steward of Richard’s in getting this story out there, and Kris has been amazing and in indulging me for forever coming back to her, knocking on her door and saying, “I’ve got another chance, I’ve got another chance.”  And now with the incredible support of Tanya Lopez and Lifetime, who was my first agent, by the way, when I sold it for the very first time twenty years ago at ABC as a half hour.  So thanks to Tanya Lopez and my producing partner Mark Teitelbaum on the project, who’s not with us, and to Meghan McCain.  So thank you.  It has been an amazing journey.  I cried the first day of filming.  And to Heather Locklear who has just done, I want to say, the most unbelievable, breathtaking job taking on the role of Kris Carlson and has been one of the most amazing professionals I’ve ever working with in the business under sweltering heat conditions that I’ve never seen anyone be so unflappable on a set with such a great sense of humor.  I think it’s her best work to date.  So thank you for the question.  It’s been the most important movie I’ve made in my 37-year career.

MODERATOR:  Thank you so much, Maura.  And welcome, Heather.

HEATHER LOCKLEAR:  Hi.

MODERATOR:  And the next question is from Jay Bobbin.

QUESTION:  Hello, everyone —

HEATHER LOCKLEAR:  Oh.  Hi, Jay.

QUESTION:  Hi, Heather.  Actually, my question if for Meghan.  How did it come to be that you became attached to this material, and maybe this is me watching “The View,” and bravo on your years there, but are you kind of surprised this is your first TV movie as opposed to something maybe a little more political?

MEGHAN MCCAIN:  Yeah.  It’s funny.  This is the only — the second thing I’ve ever executive produced, and the last one was a very serious political documentary, so it’s I’m delighted to be doing something that everyone in my life will want to consume because, obviously, politics is incredibly divisive, and this is something that is meant to be, you know, feel good and it’s going to bring people together.  I had read “Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff” at different incarnations in my life.  I read it when I was much younger when my mother had read it when it first was released, and I told Kristine and Maura when I first met them it was a book that my mother had on her nightstand in her bedroom growing up, and I can remember just the very distinctive title and it always being sort of like something I remembered, and then after my dad died I went on Amazon and just looked up books that were good for grief, and the book came up again, books for good — the good books about in moments of crisis in your life.  And then my agent had come to me saying Lifetime was possibly interested in partnering with me on projects, and I said it would have to be something that would be organic and something that I would have to be authentically passionate about, otherwise, it wouldn’t work.  And when Maura came to me with “Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff” I felt like it was incredibly serendipitous, because I had started rereading again for some of its meaningful and evergreen messages during COVID, and I just was so excited at the idea of this medium being turned into a film because, again, I have a lot of friends who are incredibly busy and they don’t have time to read all the time.  Sometimes they don’t have the bandwidth, and I just think Kristine’s story and Richard’s story is something that so many people can relate to, especially post COVID during this time of such pain and loss.  And I’m just really proud of it, and I’m really excited to be doing something that everyone I know and everyone I respect has been excited about and will be excited to watch.  And this is a movie that you’ll be able to watch thirty years from now and fifty years from now and sixty years from now.  I really believe this is going to be one of those movies that’s going to stay in our lexicon just like the book has.  So it’s really just a privilege to be working with these incredible women and to be a part of this project, and I’m really delighted, and I just am so excited for its release coming out soon, and it’s around my birthday, and I just — I don’t know.  It’s just been — This whole experience has been wonderful and I’m really, really honored to be a part of it.

QUESTION:  Thank you very much.

MODERATOR:  Thank you, Jay.  We thank you, Meghan.  The next question is from Suzanne.

QUESTION:  Hi.  My question is for Heather.  Did you meet Kristine before the filming of the movie and talk to her to get an idea about your character at all?

HEATHER LOCKLEAR:  Yes.  I did meet her.  I flew up on a coach flight, just saying, to meet her, and she picked me up and was a little late but, yeah, I went up, and I spent the night, and we spent a night with our friends, both of our friends that happened to know each other, which is all synchronicity.  And I had read the book before, and I had talked to her a lot saying I can’t get through your book right away, because it’s making me cry.  It’s giving me — which happens every time I talk about it.  Anyway, so, meeting her was such a joy and such a light in my life, and I can’t imagine what she was and is in everyone else’s light — life, but meeting her, and I went to dinner, and she talked about all kinds of stuff and showed me Richard’s jacket that was in her office that stayed there since he passed — that’s fifteen years, by the way — and told me different stories and told me stuff that I was afraid of, to do, to play, and how, you know, what happened.  And then I got to have coffee with her in the morning in her bed, and I felt like this must have been what Richard and Kris together.  They sat there with their coffee.  They meditated right here, and it felt so unique and so special and on a different level than I am on.  I would like to be her level, but I’m not quite there, or their level.  And it was so, so special, so special that she’s coming out for my 60th birthday to stay with me, yay.  What more can I say?  Oh, I can say something else that has nothing to do with that question.  So my mom says today that Meghan is her favorite person.  She’s watched her.  Yeah, and but she actually happens to love your husband.

MEGHAN MCCAIN:  Then she is hardcore, she loves my husband —

HEATHER LOCKLEAR:  She’s hardcore.  She’s definitely.  She’s so hardcore that I have to stop her and go: “Enough, don’t sweat the small stuff; don’t sweat the small stuff.”  But she’s in love with your husband and thinks you’re fantastic.

MEGHAN MCCAIN:  Thank you.

HEATHER LOCKLEAR:  And that’s all I wanted to tell you and let you know that.

MEGHAN MCCAIN:  Thank you very much.

HEATHER LOCKLEAR:  Yeah.

MEGHAN MCCAIN:  Tell her, please, thank you.

HEATHER LOCKLEAR:  Oh, trust me.

QUESTION:  Thank you.

MODERATOR:  Thank you, Suzanne.  Thank you, Heather.  The next question is from Jamie Ruby.

QUESTION:  Hi.  Thanks for talking to me.  Heather, obviously, you’ve been acting for quite a long time now, but is there anything that you still find challenging when you do a project like this?

HEATHER LOCKLEAR:  Oh, no.  The challenging part was it was so fearful to me, and it was the second to the last day is when I get on the phone, and I find out that Richard has passed.  And Kris had told me — oh, my God.  I’m going to die — she had told me this is what I did, this is what I did, and I said I’m so glad that you’re telling me because I don’t want to ask this question of how it felt or what it did.  And she said, “It’s almost like a child died.”  And that stopped me in my tracks, and I’m like I can’t go there.  I can’t do it.  So it’s always my fear of the whole, like, when is this going to be scheduled that I have to take in when her husband died.  And I’ve read her book and what happened and all that.  And I’m like, okay, I’ll go back to these pages before I do this, and we talked on the phone the morning of, because they wanted to know certain things, the producers and director wanted to know certain things about what happened and blah, blah, blah, and I go I can get her on the phone right now.  And so my fear was I’m not going to where my child passes.  I could never do that.  So that was my fear and what am I going to go to.  I don’t even know what I went to, because it was the spirit of Richard, the spirit of Kris, so that was challenging, and they did it great.  They did all kinds of shots and all, and so it felt — I felt very safe, but that was my biggest fear.

QUESTION:  Thank you so much

MODERATOR:  Thank you both.  The next question is from Francine Brokaw.

QUESTION:  There we go.  Yeah.  I read the book ages ago.  It seems like a lifetime ago.  But I want to know from the whole panel have you really perfected the art of not sweating the small stuff, because in this crazy world, I mean, it’s hard to just go through life all the time and just be la-la about the really small stuff, but they do affect us.  So how do you deal with that?  Have you perfected that art?

MAURA DUNBAR:  Well, I can say it’s sort of an ongoing process, but it’s having read these books and lived with these books for so long and being dear friends with Kris.  In fact Kris and I have the same birthday, July 5th.  I don’t know if it’s July 5th girls, but it’s about being mindful and treasuring the journey, as Kris often says, and just being centered in not getting caught up in those small, little things and being in gratitude for so much, and life is filled with those little joys if you just change your perspective and focus on that, and that’s what being with Richard and being with Kris and reading these books and being with this material for so long has taught me.  So I really do try, and it kind of starts to come naturally after a long time, and after 21 years it’s kind of come naturally by now.

QUESTION:  Meghan?

MEGHAN MCCAIN:  Oh, my gosh.  Well, if you’re asking me if I’m good at don’t sweat the small stuff, not all the time, but I am working on it.  And one of the mantras from the book that always helped me is “make peace with imperfection.”

HEATHER LOCKLEAR:  (Inaudible @ 01:50:53).

MEGHAN MCCAIN:  I find myself, yeah, it’s my favorite one, I find myself saying that to my — in so many — I have a almost one-year-old daughter, and there’s something about motherhood that you just really have to surrender and make peace with imperfection, and there are so many small pockets of wisdom in the book that I and hundreds of millions of other people find so accessible.  And I think all of us, no matter who are you, I think are going through some kind of existential moment in the past two years because of the nature of the crisis that have happened in the world.  And I think the best part about “Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff” is that it is accessible and it’s not overwhelming for people that want to grow and want to sort of make changes in their life that are more accessible than say, you know, whatever, reading the Dalai Lama.  I have given this book to, I have it on my Amazon list, and I have sent it to eight people in the past few months just saying, “This is a book that will really help you, and it’s not overwhelming, and you can just read ten pages at night before you go to bed, whatever.”  And some of my friends, I think, sometimes when things are so popular people just are thinking that maybe it’s not evergreen, and so many of my friends have just been saying how much it’s helped them; how much it’s helping them get through this moment.  And I’m trying, but I also find that the book is something you can really just continue reading and dip in and out of.  And there’s other incarnations of it like, “Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff for Moms,” and, etcetera, and I think that I’m certainly trying, and I think that’s all we can hope for anyone.

KRISTINE CARLSON:  I —

HEATHER LOCKLEAR:  I’ll — oh, sorry.  No, go, Kris.  Go, my friend.

KRISTINE CARLSON:  Oh, no.  Go ahead.  You go ahead, Heather.

HEATHER LOCKLEAR:  No, you go.

KRISTINE CARLSON:  Oh, yeah.  I was just going to say that “Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff” is really a life philosophy.  It’s something that is the way you practice every day, and like Meghan just so beautifully said, it’s the small ways that we practice life that makes the biggest difference in our lives.  And what’ happened over the last 25 years of the series is that the book tends to do very well in times of crisis, because people need to get back to the basics and, certainly, what we’ve all been through this last two years shows us that life is very basic, and if you don’t get back to the basics you’re going to get lost in all of the worry and the concerns and the troubles that we see ahead of us.  And I also want to say that when you have a real-life crisis happen to you, what you were sweating the day before that crisis happened never gets on your radar again.  And, certainly, as you recover from crisis there are small things that get to you at different times.  I will never say that I am the one that never sweats the small stuff.  That simply is not possible nor true, but like I said, it is a philosophy, and it helps you to focus on what matters most to your heart when you don’t sweat the small stuff.  And at the very cornerstone of the philosophy is to be grateful for the small things in life, because life is incredibly precious.

HEATHER LOCKLEAR:  Okay.  Now I’ll speak.  I didn’t know that it was make peace with imperfection.  I thought it was make peace with perfection, but that’s from the script.  I don’t know.  And, you know, they write whatever they write.  But I think one of the things that Meghan was talking about is imperfect or perfection that we learn every day.  We learn something new, hopefully, if we connect with people.  And I would always say on the set, I’m such an a-hole, I would say, now only to Maura — maybe I would, because she was a little bit uptight; just a little involved — I would say, “Don’t sweat the small stuff; don’t sweat the small stuff.  It’s a movie.  The sun will go down.  The sun will come up.  We’ll be alive or we’ll be dead.”  And I used to do that on other things that I worked with that I was in fear of, in front of an audience.  I would go, “Okay, the sun’s going to go down.  I will be alive when it comes up.”  And so being a kind of jerky person, I would say to other people, because they’re going we’re trying to get the lights, I’d go: “Don’t sweat the small stuff.  It’s just a movie.”  But it’s a beautiful movie and it’s a beautiful story, but I kept trying to say that, and even in my fears of what I was doing: “Heather, you’re going to be okay.  Everything’s going to work out.  Everything will be okay.”  And I actually came into this book I think in the nineties maybe, and I was so busy working — So I read it.  I did read it, and until you’re kind of solid and not busy doing things in your life in a busy world, you don’t really grasp it, but I think in the last year-and-a-half it was easier to grasp, and because we’re all sitting still, and it’s so simplified —

MEGHAN MCCAIN:  Yeah.

HEATHER LOCKLEAR:  And like Oprah said that she put it on her night table, I had it in my bathroom.  Sorry.  Sorry.  Because that’s where we don’t sweat the small stuff according to my boyfriend.  Maura (inaudible).  But reading a little bit at a time, because you can only —

MEGHAN MCCAIN:  Yeah.

HEATHER LOCKLEAR:  It’s so specific and so good that if we just take the one step that we read that day, it’s almost like reading a Bible verse or something, maybe that’s too much, and you take that into your day and you can learn something, you can remember it, you can’t remember it, you can go back.  So that’s all I’ve got.

MEGHAN MCCAIN:  Yeah.

MAURA DUNBAR:  Well, she did help me on set.  That’s true.  I do tend to sweat the small stuff when I’m working on set, but in my personal life I do try to make peace with imperfection ergo the not sweating the small stuff.  But, yes, as a producer, yes, I want everything to be perfect.  I admit it.  I’m sorry.  But that’s why we have such a beautiful movie, I believe.

HEATHER LOCKLEAR:  Don’t be sorry.  You were amazing.  You were effing amazing, and you brought the world down.  When she would come, the first day of set, I think after we finished the first day, she gave this story about Kris and it’s not about Maura.  It’s about Kris and Richard, but it’s about Maura and all of her trying to get this together, and it would bring people to tears, because it was so heartfelt and so real and what she’s worked on and all, and then I have to go: “Wait, this is Kris and Richard, because they’re combined lives of Maura,” and it’s all their story together.  So it was always a blessing to have you there, my friend.

MODERATOR:  Thank you, Francine.  We’re going a tiny bit over.  I know we started a tiny bit late.  So we’re going to try to squeeze in two last questions.  The first person to ask would be Dana and then followed by Steve Gidlow.  Dana?

QUESTION:  Hi.  My question is for Heather.  Why was this the right project for you to return to TV with, and how did it feel to be back?

HEATHER LOCKLEAR:  It felt like what I was praying for, and I’m like God-driven, and I was praying for something solid for me that had to do with something spiritually that was important, and that was really what I was praying for, because I didn’t want to do light — I’ve done lightweight stuff.  I didn’t want the dumb stuff.  Sitcoms are great but unless they’re “Veep” they’re not my kind of sitcoms.  And so it’s weird that when you pray for something it comes or it doesn’t come, but it seemed to come.  And that was super important to me and spirituality and God, and I don’t know how this happens, but it landed in my lap.  And then these two great people showed up, Maura and Mark Teitelbaum, and I was just so — I felt so blessed, and it was just something special that I go I can do this, and then I had Valerie Bertinelli tell me, because I was scared, and my makeup artist who does her, too, and I said, “I’m scared remembering lines,” and blah, blah, blah, and it came back in seconds.  And she said, “Heather, it will, you will, it’s like riding a bike.”  It’s so easy, and it was so easy.  I don’t know why we’re so fearful of memorizing lines.  How about getting the emotion across?  I don’t know.  But that was just it felt really good to hear from someone else fearing the way I feared, and it’s always been important for me to memorize lines.  I’m always nervous.  But these great people came and then Kris came and Meghan came, and it all fit together.  I love that I see women, four women.

MEGHAN MCCAIN:  Yeah.  It’s pretty cool.

HEATHER LOCKLEAR:  I think it’s fantastic.  I’ve always been a woman’s woman.  I’ve always been competitive with men, which does not mean men are bad, but I used to race them and would come in second to one man and four boys.  So I’ve always been competitive, and because I don’t think there’s a difference, but then there’s love and there’s opening your arms to sisterhood, and I think Ellen Pressman being our director, was unbelievable about women, right, about women and the softness of her direction, which wasn’t hard and do this and this is important, this scene, or this angle is important.  It was incredible, and she came to me with flowers.  I’m like what are you doing?  And I was in sweats and stuff.  I’m like, “Oh, you’re being so formal.”  But it was just amazing that Maura put together a great bunch of women that can support each other.  No bashing on men because we have Mark. Mark’s my (inaudible @ 02:01:49) who I love.

MAURA DUNBAR:  He loves women, too.

MEGHAN MCCAIN:  And he apparently does.  No, not apparently.  No, no, no.  He’s very married.  But, yeah, so I thought it was an amazing project.

QUESTION:  Thank you, Heather.  Thank you, Dana.  And the last question for today is Steve Gidlow.

QUESTION:  Hi.  My question’s actually for Kristine.  Given you’re collaborators on this, obviously, you’re all cheering about it, how safe did you feel having the story told?  And second part is how excited were you that Heather was the one that was going to be telling it?

HEATHER LOCKLEAR:  Tell the story of Pepperdine.

KRISTINE CARLSON:  Which one?

HEATHER LOCKLEAR:  I don’t know.

KRISTINE CARLSON:  Yeah.  Oh, well, I will tell that story.  So, first of all, I want to say just my heartfelt thanks is really to Maura Dunbar, and to the writer that was hired, Shannon Colleary, because I knew that they had my back on this, and I knew that they were going to share the story with their whole hearts, and that made me feel a lot more comfortable just knowing that.  It’s a very vulnerable position to share probably what you could consider the worst of year of your life and the worst year of your children’s lives.  And, of course, my kids are grown now.  They’re thirty and thirty-two years old, and I have five grandkids now.  And so it was very vulnerable for me to bring them into it in such a public way as well.  So, I really trusted Maura and trust her, and I trusted Shannon, and I worked very closely with Shannon, and I just knew.  I just knew that this was going to be a good thing for people.  I knew that, I believe that it’s how we learn is through story, and I believe that it’s part of the hero’s journey is to share your story and to bring home a message of hope and healing to other people.  And you can’t really take advice on grief from somebody who hasn’t gone through it.  You can’t really understand or people don’t think you understand unless you’ve been through it.  So I’m really hoping that story sheds so much hope.  And also a pathway for people to follow so that they know they can return to life again and return to joy and that life continues, and you have to learn to continue with grief.  So that said, I was absolutely, I mean, truly just — I don’t think there’s any woman alive that wouldn’t be thrilled to have Heather Locklear play them.

(Laughter.)

KRISTINE CARLSON:  I mean, I think she was the — You know, she’s just, in my mind, I mean, I, of course, was a big fan always.  She was at UCLA when I was at Pepperdine.  We have all these very weird, common synchronicities that have happened.  And she said that she put up this prayer for this project to come by, and we had this really amazing synchronicity where one of her college roommates turned out to be one of Richard’s very first crushes in junior high, and it’s one of her very best friends, and we find out all of these common threads and that really not six degrees of separation, but more like one-and-a-half degrees of separation, and I really felt that this was very divinely orchestrated, and that Heather was picked and hand chosen by my husband Richard to play me in this movie.  So it’s been amazing.  It’s been an amazing journey to get to know her and to just really fall in love with who she is as a beautiful woman and just a woman with just tremendous heart and empathy.  So I’m thrilled.  Like I couldn’t have asked for — But she was everything I had hoped for and more, way more.

QUESTION:  Thank you so much.

MODERATOR:  Thank you, Steve.  And thank you, Kristine, and special thanks to all of our panelists for “Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff.”  We really appreciate you sharing your stories today.  That concludes Lifetime’s fall movie press day.  To all of you —

HEATHER LOCKLEAR:  Can I just say I love everyone on this panel.  I think I look like Jennifer Aniston in this — I don’t know who that is in the freaking left, I don’t know who, but I feel pretty.  But thanks Maura and Meghan and Kris.  I’m so grateful to be a part of this and thank you.  You all move me.

MEGHAN MCCAIN:  Yeah.  Thank you too —

KRISTINE CARLSON:  And then I just have to say really quick that my daughter, when she found out that you were involved was like, oh, my God, she is such a kick ass woman.

MEGHAN MCCAIN:  I’m really just so honored to be a part of this, and everyone is so inspiring.  And, Maura, thank you for even thinking of me to begin with and Kristine.  And, obviously, Heather, you’re a fucking icon, so it’s incredible to have my name attached to anything you’re attached —

HEATHER LOCKLEAR:  Meghan your name is attached to my parent so big I’m just —

MEGHAN MCCAIN:  Okay.  I’m going to have my husband make a video for your mom, which he does, because women over 60 love my mom and my husband.

HEATHER LOCKLEAR:  Oh, my gosh.

MEGHAN MCCAIN:  So I’m happy to have him make a video for you, but I’m just very —

HEATHER LOCKLEAR:  But she loves you, too.  She loves you, too.

MEGHAN MCCAIN:  But I just hope —

HEATHER LOCKLEAR:  And then she went off on your husband.

MEGHAN MCCAIN:  Thank you.  I hope people — You know, grief has been a big theme for all of us.  It’s been something we’ve all experienced.  Maura, when you originally shared your story about the immense amount of grief you went through losing so many family members.  Obviously, Kristine and Heather, I know you have as well.  And one of my passions in life is helping people get over grief, because I don’t think it’s something that we talk about enough in culture, in anything, in any medium.  Americans are very fearful of talking about grief, and this is a very accessible, kind story that has a philosophy, literally, a book and philosophy behind it, and I really think this is going to help and heal people in a time when people really need helping and healing.  So that’s why I’m so passionate about this movie as well, and I just think it’s going to be hugely impactful and hugely healing for a lot of people.

HEATHER LOCKLEAR:  You are spectacular.

MAURA DUNBAR:  (Inaudible) for Meghan.

KRISTINE CARLSON:  Yeah.

HEATHER LOCKLEAR:  Actually, all three of you are spectacular —

MAURA DUNBAR:  You’re awesome.

KRISTINE CARLSON:  As are you, Heather.

MODERATOR:  I concur.  And thank you all.  Really appreciate it.

HEATHER LOCKLEAR:  Thank you.

MODERATOR:  And thank you to all of our attendees who tuned in today hearing about our entire fall slate, and thank you very much.

(Goodbyes.)

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Co-authors of The New York Times bestselling book series, Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff, Kristine Carlson (Locklear) and her husband Dr. Richard Carlson (Jason MacDonald) had an amazing life with their two daughters.  But when Richard tragically passes away, Kristine is knocked off balance.  Comfortable with living in Richard’s shadow, she is now forced to navigate the unchartered territory of becoming a single mom while dealing with pressure to become the new face and voice of the Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff brand.  Looking deep inside herself, Kristine comes to understand the true essence of emotional authenticity and not sweating the small stuff, which leads to the resilience and confidence needed to carry on the legacy of the beloved brand.  

Selling over 25 million copies, the groundbreaking inspirational book, Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff, teaches how to put challenges in perspective, reduce stress and anxiety through little daily changes, and guides how to let go of the small things to attain peace of mind in order to achieve goals.

Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff is produced for Lifetime by The Johnson Production Group and Teitelbaum Artists.  Maura Dunbar (The American Bible Challenge, What Should You Do?), Mark Teitelbaum (Superior Donuts, The Crazy Ones) and Meghan McCain (The View, Moms) are executive producers.  Ellen S. Pressman will direct from a script written by Shannon Bradley-Colleary.

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Interview with creators of Covenant, Lace and Partners in Rhyme

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TCA Panel for ALLBLK shows

Interview with creators of Covenant, Lace and Partners in Rhyme on ALLBLK by Suzanne 8/17/21

AMC NETWORKS
CTAM PRESS TOUR SUMMER 2021
ALLBLK’s Developing and Creating While Black: Covenant, Partners in Rhyme, and Lace
Nikki Love (VP, development and production for ALLBLK)
MC Lyte (Star/Co-Creator, Partners in Rhyme)
Kaye Singleton (Creator, Covenant)
Katrina Y. Nelson (Creator, Lace)
Michelle Ebony Hardy (Creator, Lace)

“Covenant” premieres October 14th. There are no exact premiere dates set yet for “Lace” or “Partners in Rhyme” – they’re premiering “in the fall.”

This was an interesting TCA panel because it wasn’t about just one show. There were a few panels like this, where the panel consisted of a group of people from different shows that they had united under one umbrella topic. The problem with that is that we only get one or two questions, and if they have a lot of different stars that we want to talk to, it makes it difficult to choose. This one, though, was mostly writers and producers. I wasn’t familiar with most of them. I believe MC Lyte was the only one I’d heard of before.

I greeted them all and said, “It’s great to see an all-female panel. That’s wonderful.”

Kaye Singleton agreed with a “Yes.” I asked Nikki Love, “Was there a push from the networks to have more female-centered shows on the network?”

She replied that women are their target audience, “so obviously we want to give them characters that they can look at and see themselves or a sliver of themselves and get some representation for them. So yeah, like I said, it wasn’t necessarily a huge push for it but it was kind of ingrained in what we do, content for our women, yeah, for our subscribers.”

I was surprised she said that women were their target audience because when I looked around on Google, I didn’t see anything about that. As far as I knew, their target audience was African-Americans. I guess I learned something here! I felt a little stupid, though.

MC Lyte and Precious Way on "Partners in Rhyme" on ALLBLKI asked MC Lyte about working with Precious Way, who was on “Days of Our Lives” for a while and now plays her niece. I asked her if she saw Precious on Days. She thanked me for the question and said that Precious is also on another show where she plays Brandy’s daughter (that would be “Queens” on FOX). She said, “She’s super talented, bright-eyed, bushy-tailed, and excited about being in the business so it works out really well.” I pointed out that she seems like the character she plays on her show, “Partners in Rhyme.” She agrees that she is.

MC Lyte was also asked, by another reporter, about the change in rap over the years, since there are more women in it now. She pointed out that hip hop can open the door for artists to go into other fields, even though sometimes “there is a box sometimes that’s put around us” as well as people in the industry that can help you pursue those dreams. She went on to say that it makes sense for women to be rapping their own points of view…”And quite frankly hip hop wouldn’t be the same without the touch of a woman.”

She was also asked how she feels that being an influential rapper has improved her life. She seemed a little flummoxed by that question, but said that “hip hop has been a complete blessing for me through and through.” She thanked her mom for letting her become who she wanted to be, as well as pushing her and supporting her. She thinks that what she achieved is possible for anyone who can work hard. She also said, “But that’s just like all of the women, the creators that are here today. I’m sure that they have been told no at some point in their lives and it didn’t stop them. They continued on with the mission. And so I’m happy to be here amongst all the creators.”

Kaye Singleton produces the drama “Covenant,” which is an anthology show based on bible stories. She was asked how much religion was a part of her life, how she thought of the series, and did she try to shop it to other networks before coming to ALLBLK as well as asked to tell us how the show came about.

Singleton replied that she grew up in the church and since she’s been in Hollywood for 6 or 7 years, has wanted to do something like “Covenant.” She agreed that there was a lack of faith-based programming, and she wanted to make something that spoke to church-goers. She named some religious movies from the past and said that she wanted something that was more modern that younger people would like. She didn’t shop it to other networks. She said she went straight to ALLBLK with the idea. “And thankfully they were really, really receptive to it. And I think Nikki and Brett, that they saw the vision like I saw it. And so when I pitched that show along with the slew of other shows, I was surprised that that was the one — even though that was the one closest to my heart — that they chose it because sometimes it is a little hard trying to figure out how faith-based is going to look and feel in this secular world. But I think the way it’s posed, because it’s not scripture-heavy on the surface, it is really welcoming to all and not polarizing, it’ll appeal to all different kinds of crowds.”

Then Love was asked why she liked it so much. She agreed with Singleton that it was very different from other shows, being faith-based in a modern setting. “So there are a lot of stories that we don’t necessarily hear a lot about in the Bible. So to kind of shine a light on what it would look like today is great and we kind of stayed away from the typical like Noah and the Ark-type of stories. We had Kaye diving into that Bible and plucking out some stories like, ooh, this would be great and it totally applies to today. So it was just something different, something edgy, and told from a different point of view that we really, really gravitated towards.”

Singleton added that they tie in modern dilemmas, such as COVID, infertility and the Capitol insurrection, which is what makes it exciting.

The questions went back to MC Lyte about her show. She was asked about the raps in her show – who writes them and do the raps or the story come first?

She responded that she, Precious and the producers are all writers, and they have two other writers as well. They all write the raps. First they wrote the shows and raps, and then they recorded the songs before they filmed the shows. She added, “we looked at the different episodes and the storylines and said, “Okay, what is going to be most fitting for this area?” And so, we really strategically worked it out and was purposeful with every rhyme.”

She was asked to clarify if “the rhymes are written towards commenting on the episode in some way rather than having the rhymes and then structuring an episode around them?” She agreed with that. She gave an example of two songs that fit into the story but not into the storyline.

Another journalist called MC Lyte, “a hip hop icon and a female influencer in this space who has spent the past several years transitioning into film and TV,” which MC Lyte seemed flattered by. She was asked how the show represents or adds to her legacy.

MC Lyte says that it took her a long time to get to where she is. She feels that other rappers that came about at the same time as she did have already done sitcoms and then moved onto other things, but she’s just starting it. She had been in other sitcoms, but this is the first one where she’s the star. She spoke about those shows, “For Your Love” (1998-2002) and “Half and Half (2004-2006).” She enjoyed having fun on those shows. She felt it was time to do this show now. She wanted to commit to it and to give opportunities to others to be writers, actors, wardrobe and other production people on the show. It brings joy for her to see others “working in their super power…to me, it’s just an extension of being in hip hop.” Her objective is mainly to inspire, so however that works out, she’s happy about it. She likes to try different types of things. “There’s nothing that can stop me if I want to be a photographer one day, and then be an engineer the next, a music supervisor — which I’ve actually done, I spent four years doing not too long ago. For me, it’s just about really creating opportunities for other people. And in that legacy, my thing is to give. So, whatever I’m giving, I get it, then I give it back. So, you know, hip hop sisters, we give away scholarships to young people attending HBCUs. Our partnership is with Dillard University right now. And so I’m just earning money to put kids through school, honestly, part of the legacy.”

Maryam Basir as Lacey McCullough on "Lace" on ALLBLKThe panel was asked what they specifically bring to TV, as black women, that hasn’t been seen before. Love insisted that “Lace” creators Michelle Ebony Hardy and Katrina Y. Nelson talk about their shows first.

Nelson explained that they started their project in 2012, when there weren’t many black women in lead drama roles. Their lead is an attorney, and all of the cast is very diverse and beautiful. They wanted to see black women that weren’t portrayed as drug dealers or crackheads. They wanted to see women that were like them, such as businesswomen…”that as women, we get that moniker that we’re strong, but there are vulnerabilities to us, you know?”

Hardy echoed what she said, saying that viewers will get the chance “to see all the many different layers and personalities and experiences. And again, just being powerful, being intelligent, being beautiful, but also having vulnerabilities, being relatable.”

The last reporter said that he loves “rich and powerful soapy legal stuff” himself, but he wondered if people will want to see that now, since the general public doesn’t love the rich and powerful so much now. He asked if they were concerned that the viewers wouldn’t want to see the rich people “get away with bad stuff anymore.”

Hardy informed him that their character Lace has a lot of enemies, so there are many that won’t want to see her get away with anything. She concluded, “This will be an exciting series. You’ll see.”

Nelson chimed in that she’s a third generation soap opera viewer. She loves the soaps. “Right now, my mom and them, they’re here on vacation. But she’s got to watch her soaps every single day, right? It’s time. I don’t care if she’s on the East Coast or on the West Coast,” she chuckled. She pointed out that Lace may be rich and powerful, but she can also “get down and dirty. And so that’s one of the things that we’re talking about, is that there’s not just one way to be a woman. There’s not just one way to be Black. There’s not just one way for people. Like, you know, she can go in any world, whether it’s the rich and powerful elite, or she can go down in the gutter, into the dungeon. So, just keep watching and you’ll be able to see the diversity with all of our cast in the show.”

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ALLBLK’s Developing and Creating While Black: Covenant, Partners in Rhyme, And Lace

Premiere Date: Fall 2021 

ALLBLK’s original programming slate is full of bold, unique and imaginative storytelling – from the thought-provoking and contemporary portrayal of classic biblical tales in the new anthology, Covenant, to the trials of an up-and-coming female high school rapper and social media sensation in the new sitcom, Partners in Rhyme, to a prolific Los Angeles attorney who often blurs the lines between right and wrong to protect her rich and powerful clientele in the new legal drama, Lace. The ALLBLK panel of talent and creatives discuss their hard-fought journeys to create high-quality scripted dramas featuring predominately Black cast and crew in Hollywood.

TALENT BIOS: 

Kaye Singleton – Kaye Singleton is a full-time writer and actress born and raised in Central Florida. As an actress Dumplin with Jennifer Aniston, Claws, American Soul, Tales, and more. As a writer, to date she has won 3 screenwriting awards including Best Comedy Script (Archive Entertainment Screenplay Competition – Trap Queen), Best Comedy Teleplay (Content Creators of Atlanta Awards – The Check List), and Best Web Series (Content Creators of Atlanta Awards – Trap Queen). Kaye’s first foray as a writer/producer resulted in her short film, The Check List, which was an official selection and nominated in seven categories for 2019’s Black Women Film Network Short Film Festival, and the 2019 Bronze Lens Film Festival.

Katrina Y Nelson – Katrina Y. Nelson is a multitalented writer, director, comedian and award-winning producer. Nelson produced the web series The Enemy: The N in Me, Life Coach Chronicles (which won the Award of Merit at the Indie Fest), and Breaking Point (winner of the Outstanding Achievement Award – Best Ensemble Cast: Drama at the LA Web Fest), both in 2012. Her short and feature length film producing credits include: Always Remember, A Killer Surprise, Showrunner, and The Wake (which she wrote, produced and directed) Misogynist (winner of the Best Narrative Feature at the Los Angeles International Underground Film Festival in 2013), Past Impulse (which won the Best Dramatic Short Film Trinity International Film Festival in 2014), and Still (winner of the Audience Award – Best Film-at the Los Angeles International Underground Film Festival in 2017).

Michelle Ebony Hardy – Writer-Director-Producer, Michelle Ebony Hardy, is the creator of her most recent project, Lace. Hardy’s other credits include documentary short Game Changers: An Exclusive Look at Inclusion in Hollywood and short film Chump City.

Nikki Love – Nikki Love is a skilled producer and line producer specializing in the physical production of filmmaking from development to postproduction. She has produced festival and award-winning feature films, short films, web series and music videos. She creates tight budgets and has great crew and equipment at her disposal. Her specialty is making quality projects at reasonable costs. Putting her skills to use, she most recently signed on as VP of Development & Production for ALLBLK, the number one streaming service for black film & television. As the landscape continues to change for filmmakers, she continues to seek to push the envelope in producing innovative and creative content!

MC LYTE – a legend in the world of music and entertainment – is a pioneering artist and a formidable actress of television and film. Her most recent acting credits include a series regular on last year’s New York Undercover pilot (a reboot of the original Dick Wolf series), and she has recurred on S.W.A.T. (CBS), Power (Starz), and Queen of the South (USA). Lyte’s film roles include acclaimed Sundance Winner Patti Cakes, the Universal hit Girls Trip; Bad Hair, from Director Justin Simien; and the upcoming features Loved To Death, and Sylvie, with Tessa Thompson and Eva Longoria. Her newest venture has her taking on the role of show Creator & Executive Producer alongside Lynn Richardson & Bentley Evans for ALLBLK TV’s sitcom, “Partners In Rhyme.” Recently, MC Lyte made her directorial debut with a feature short film, Break Up In Love. MC LYTE is also an iconic Rapper and DJ. Her groundbreaking music career spans 30 years – this Hip Hop LEGEND was the first female rapper ever to be nominated for a Grammy Award, the first rap artist to perform at Carnegie Hall, and the first female artist to earn a gold single. A true leader in the music industry, MC LYTE has also performed at the Kennedy Center Honors and the White House for President Barack Obama. In addition to a busy on-screen career, MC Lyte has several television and film projects — both scripted and unscripted — in various stages of development. She serves as the CEO of Sunni Gyrl, Inc., a full-service entertainment management and production firm that provides executive leadership and customized strategies in the areas of celebrity/artist support, development and management; brand development and management; wealth maintenance; community affairs and outreach; and production / creative services. Her voice work is also well known and admired, representing dozens of Fortune 500 companies as well as being the voice of the BET Awards, Emmys, Grammys, Comcast, NBA, and the NAACP Image Awards. As an author, motivational speaker, and philanthropist, MC LYTE has written books and speaks globally on many inspiring topics from her vast knowledge of the entertainment and hip-hop industries, to entrepreneurialism and economic empowerment. Her charity, “Hip Hop Sisters Foundation,” has presented over $1,000,000 in scholarships.

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Interview with actors from “The Sinner”

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Interview with actors Cindy Cheung, Frances Fisher, Alice Kremelberg, Bill Pullman, and executive producers Jessica Biel, Michelle Purple, and Derek Simonds of “The Sinner” on USA Network by Suzanne 9/13/21

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SUMMER 2021 TCA VIRTUAL PRESS TOUR
The Sinner
Cindy Cheung, Actor, “Stephanie Lam”
Frances Fisher, Actor, “Meg Muldoon”
Alice Kremelberg, Actor, “Percy Muldoon”
Bill Pullman, Actor, “Harry Ambrose”
Jessica Biel, Executive Producer
Michelle Purple, Executive Producer
Derek Simonds, Creator/Executive Producer/Showrunner/Director
Virtual via Zoom
September 13, 2021

This is a great drama, and I loved being in this panel. This was a large panel of press, so I only got to ask a few questions. I hope you enjoy it!
“The Sinner” returns for Season 3 October 13, 2021.

I asked Jessica Biel what she does as executive producer on the show, especially this season. As you may know, she also starred in the show’s first season. She replied that my question was a good one because, “I feel like the role of producer is very different and has a lot of different meanings and for all different types of people in shows. For this particular show, as an executive producer, we work closely with [showrunner] Derek and the team, the writing team, to sort of give notes on the scripts and sort of help support them as they’re working through — they’re breaking their story and they’re writing their episode. Honestly, we’re a big support system during the development process, or really whatever Derek and his team need, we help crew up for the actual production. We’re highly involved in the casting process. I’m saying “we.” I’m talking about [executive producer] Michelle and I. And really, the show is such a well—oiled machine at this point that once you get going into production, you know, you give it to the experts that you’ve hired and you just sit back and stay out of the way. And I think part of being a good producer is knowing when and how to do that. And this season, particularly, we did a lot of that, because of the different restrictions on set and everyone trying to stay as healthy and safe as possible. So, we never worked on set the way we normally are, which is hard and sad, because that camaraderie is something that I really miss. And I love that part of making TV and films.”

I was happy to get a second question, so I overserved to Bill Pullman that his character, Harry is “fairly quiet” and that he has to “convey a lot without using so many words.” I asked if that was something that came easy for him.

He replied in a thoughtful manner, “I think it’s always been a surprise to me, some of the actions to “The Sinner.” And a lot of people think I don’t say very much in the series. And I’m, of course, looking at the lines I do say and had to learn, and I feel like I’m talking all the time. But there’s something about the confidence. Because I’ve really just been so looking at — I think all the other actors in this season know this trust that you get, that your behavior is important. So, it’s the editing that you see. When you see the show, it’s not always just who’s talking. “Let’s cut to who’s talking.” It takes a certain courage to not do that, to trust that what isn’t being said is as interesting as what is said. And we, all of us, get that message pretty loud and clear from Derek when we’re going — we go through these — each script line by line. And Derek spends time with each of the actors. And then we spend time with each other. And because of Covid, we had a really freakishly great privilege to isolate just ourselves. We didn’t have people coming in from the outside. They couldn’t come in to visit. We lived close to each other. We could — we got together over scenes in a way — I’ve never experienced this, even though there’s seasons of “The Sinner” we didn’t have this. And Derek encouraged it. Derek joined in. We would come up with our list of questions, we’d go back and forth, so that you knew that the immediacy of the moment was the premise. That was number one, was to really feel alive and awake to the situation of what isn’t being said as well as what’s being said.”

Another journalist asked Pullman how his character and his work is affected by what happened last season and whether it will continue through this season. He kind of chuckled and says that his character discovers that retirement is not as nice as it sounds because you don’t just start over. You carry everything with you still. He feels conflicted about what happened to Jamie last season. He relates, “Season 4 kicks off, he’s bolted from his therapist, he’s off his meds, and he can’t sleep. Welcome to retirement.”

Another person from the press asked Simonds or Pullman to compare seasons 1 and 2 to this season. Simonds confirmed what Pullman said, that season 3 builds on what happened to Harry in past seasons, especially season 2. He’s going to have a “major reckoning point in this season that we haven’t really seen him encounter before.”

Pullman was also asked what attracted him to the role of Harry Ambrose and how he likes him. Pullman pointed out that this is the first series he’s done regularly (meaning more than just a guest-starring role). He praised Simonds, who came to find him for the role once he saw him in an Edward Albee play, “The Goat.” He thinks Simonds “wanted to find what we could be authentic about in our characters. And it started with Harry. But he’s continued it with all the characters as he finds — meets people and begins to work in the writers’ room. He’s crafting some pieces of your autobiography or something, at least with Harry, where all these situations have some reference to my own life. So, it’s like therapy on display, in a small way. But I think Season 2 in particular was so much following the fabric of my western New York State upbringing and situations that I had gone through in my past. And he moved it away from that slightly but kept the roots in it. And so that was one thing. But I think the whole sense of someone who is wrestling with what it is to be human and what it is to have — to sense that the truth is not something that’s easily accessible, and the world is really a stacked deck against getting to truth and living clear from trauma and other circumstances.”

Michelle Purple was asked whether she used anything on her show “Cruel Summer” in “The Sinner.” Purple replied that she didn’t think she did because they were two very different “beasts.” She credits Simonds for “bringing something so fresh and new to ‘The Sinner.’ You know, he surprises us every season with a little nugget of an idea at the end of the last season, and then the way he and the writers are able to bring it to fruition is amazing. It’s really his brainchild every season.”

Jessica Biel was asked whether she missed acting on the show and would like to come back. She admits that she does miss it when she’s everyone together on the set. She missed the “crazy, wild creative stuff that we got to do in Season 1.” She says that sometimes discuss the idea of where Cora could come back. “Who knows. We always kind of like to imagine a world where that could be possible. But yeah, sometimes it’s hard. It’s hard not to be on the playground with everybody else.”

Purple claims that Biel asked her yesterday, “Do you think Cora can come back for Season 5?”

The next reporter had a question for Simonds but siad that the others could chime in. He/she wanted to know how they figure out the theme for each season, and do they have to do casting or story first.

Simonds agreed that each season is a little different, but they’re guided in part with how Ambrose acts in his meta-arc over the seasons. “That’s always been kind of the thing that’s guided me creatively.
So, you know, after Season 1, I wanted to see Ambrose confront his childhood. After Season 2, I wanted Ambrose to confront a man who was not an innocent. After Season 3 and this, you know, death that Ambrose is a part of with Jamie Burns, I wanted to see him contend with guilt, and the guilt that he’s kind of accrued over his whole life, and what one does with that.
So, it’s always been about following this journey of Ambrose’s. And then the casting and the concept of the characters comes (inaudible). What would most activate Ambrose? What kind of person would most activate him? What would trigger him the most? So, we’re always trying to put him in hot water, basically.”

The next question was for Biel. She was asked how people in the show can escape the dark places in their minds when it seems there’s no turning back. Biel doesn’t know the answer, but she loves how they explore those ideas in the show. She replied, “I’d love to explore the question in these characters and in these shows that we produce and that, you know, that Michelle and I like to make, and that Derek and his wonderful cast. And I would be curious, you know, Alice or Frances, Cindy, if anyone has any thoughts on this as well, because you’re all playing characters with tons of complexities. But I’m not sure if you fully are able to get away from it. And sometimes I think it does take people down, and down a path that you can’t recover from.”

Simonds suggested that Alice Kremelberg, who plays Percy, answer the question. He said that she’s “struggling with the darkness within her.” Kremelberg said that Percy is trying to “move through things, face the dark past, and trying all different facets, going outside of herself. And you’ll see as the series progresses all the different ways that she’s trying to reconcile with what happens in the story. And seeing what works, and what works best, and finding, kind of, in your own life how that relates, is really always fascinating to me. Not knowing the whole scope of the story going into it, and then kind of reading through everything, like, “Oh, this does relate to me a lot.” And how we as humans really try to reconcile with ourselves and move past and through these things. So, yeah, it’s definitely something that Percy faces, and that I think we as humans face.”

Simonds is then asked whether there are any headlines he might want to use for the show. Simonds answered that he never really took story ideas from the headlines. He prefers to find ideas that he can identify with personally. After thinking for a minute, he admited that was inspired by the “Black Lives Matter movement.” He admits that “it’s normally a very focused, hermetic show about the inner workings of one person or a few characters’ psychology, and I wanted to do that and also expand it into a bigger canvas and engage some of the broader social movements that we’re collectively processing and figuring out right now.” He added that they have a much more inclusive cast and an inclusive set of issues that we’re taking on this season.”

A reporter asked about the color palette used in the production, which is dark and cool.

Frances Fisher answered that the color pallette is muted on the show, but “there’s also another side to it, the town of Lunenberg itself. Completely brightly painted houses, row houses, that were just fascinating. It was almost like walking on the back lot of Warner Brothers or some magical Brigadoon-ish town, you know. And how did it affect us? I mean, we were just immersed, you know. We were immersed in the air of it and all of the different weather patterns that would occur in a day. I think that affected all of us, you know, psychologically and emotionally. So, we reflect that.”

Another press person asked the female actors to tell what drew them to their roles how they prepared to join the world of the show and whether they had watched previous seasons.

Cindy Cheung revealed that she was a fan of the show, so she had watched previous seasons. When she saw the material, “it just struck me instantly how deep I would have to go in order to explore this particular character. And, you know, just that question comes up, ‘Do I wish to go there? Do I wish to inhabit this not-easy place to be in?’ But as I worked on it, it just resonated personally in so many more ways than just a role, just as my own experience as a person. And, so, I was very fortunate to be able to see it all the way through.”

Kremelberg also said she was a fan of the show. “The writing was so strong, and the character was already in the scenes that I had, you know, stripped down. I love drama. And it’s just — it’s gritty. It’s real. It’s emotional. It’s raw. It’s all those things that I as an actor really am drawn to. And it just kind of, like, jumped off the page when I read it and when I was taping it. And it’s just such an immaculate show that I’m so proud to be a part of. So, all of those things together.
And getting to be a fisher is so cool. We got to know so much of that in Lunenberg and go out on the boats in Lunenberg to really learn how to pull up the crates and all that. So, it was just, you know, all—encompassing really, just an incredible experience. But the writing and the character just, like, really drew me in.”

Frances relates that she was glad to have the role of “A kick—ass role for a woman in her late ’60s, and Bill Pullman all in one script, oh, my god.” She also said she binged the entire first season in one sitting.

Simonds was also asked about the venue change for this season. Simonds said that he was looking for a small town that had racial and class politics “and using that as kind of a reflecting board for a statement about broader social movements. And then I was also just really excited about Season 4. I feel the show had been so, so tied to this upstate New York feel, and the idea of Ambrose encountering a seaside town and having the metaphorical power of the ocean, the myth around fishing and seafaring, and Ambrose sort of entering as a fish out of water this world that he doesn’t understand, had a lot of dramatic potential and kind of helped us develop his character further and just kind of revitalized the show. Without, I think, or hopefully without changing the template too much. I think it’s still feels like a kind of New England East Coast show. It has a regional feel still. It just felt like a great kind of pivot, without reinventing the wheel. It’s not Ambrose going to Hawaii.”

Another journalist asked Biel if working on a show about crime has made her more paranoid in real life. Biel agreed that probably does feel that she’s more on edge and waiting for crazy things to happen in real life, like they do on the show.

Simonds jokingly added, “She’s also a pretty dark and twisted person by nature. I mean, you’re very comfortable in that space.” Biel agreed, adding, “It’s very true. And I’m not totally sure why. I had a really nice childhood. But — I don’t know. I love true crime. I always have, and I always will.”

Frances Fisher was asked how she deals with getting a project where she doesn’t like the script or isn’t fond of the characters. She answered that she just tells her agent “thank you” and “I just don’t have the capacity to work on this right now.”

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Still reeling from the trauma of a previous case a year ago, the now-retired Harry Ambrose (Bill Pullman) travels to Hanover Island in northern Maine for a recuperative getaway with his partner, Sonya (Jessica Hecht). When an unexpected tragedy occurs involving the daughter of a prominent island family, Ambrose is recruited to help the investigation, only to be thrown into a mystery of mounting paranoia that will turn this sleepy tourist island, and Ambrose’s life, upside down.

From UCP, a division of Universal Studio Group, Derek Simonds serves as showrunner and executive producer, alongside executive producers Jessica Biel and Michelle Purple through their production company, Iron Ocean. Charlie Gogolak, Adam Bernstein and Nina Braddock also serve as executive producers.

Credits

Day & Time:
Wednesdays (10-11p.m. ET) on USA Network

Season four premiere:
Oct. 13, 2021

Starring:
Bill Pullman, Frances Fisher, Alice Kremelberg, Neal Huff, Cindy Cheung and Ronin Wong, with Jessica Hecht and Michael Mosley

Executive producers:
Derek Simonds, Jessica Biel, Michelle Purple, Charlie Gogolak, Nina Braddock, Adam Bernstein

Created for television by:
Derek Simonds

Producer:
Ellen Marie Blum

Writers:
Derek Simonds (401), Jonathan Caren (402), Jenny Zhang (403), Piero S. Iberti (404), Kate Roche (405), Gerald Cuesta (406), Mia Chung (407), Nina Braddock (408)

Directors:
Derek Simonds (401), Adam Bernstein (402/403), Radium Cheung (404), Haifaa Al-Mansour (405), Batan Silva (406/407), Monica Raymund (408)

Production designer:
Phillip Barker

Directors of photography:
Radium Cheung, Andre Pienaar

Editors:
Deborah Moran (401, 404, 405, 408), Amanda Pollack (402, 406), Doug Abel (403,407)

Composer:
Ronit Kirchman

Music supervisor:
Oliver Hild

Casting directors:
Stephanie Holbrook, Robin Cook

Origination:
Chester, Nova Scotia

Series produced by:
UCP, a division of Universal Studio Group

Bill Pullman

Detective Harry Ambrose, “The Sinner”

THE SINNER -- Season:3 -- Pictured: Bill Pullman as Detective Lt. Harry Ambrose -- (Photo by: Matthias Clamer/USA Network)

Bill Pullman currently stars in USA Network’s psychological thriller “The Sinner” as Det. Harry Ambrose and for which he received a Screen Actors Guild Award nomination.

He was recently seen in Netflix’s “Halston.”

His movie career includes blockbuster comedies (“Ruthless People,” “Spaceballs,” “Casper”), dramas (“The Accidental Tourist,” “Igby Goes Down,” “LBJ”), romantic comedies (“Sleepless in Seattle,” “While You Were Sleeping”), action (“Independence Day”), thrillers (“Malice,” “Dark Waters”), westerns (“The Virginian,” “Wyatt Earp”), film noir (“The Last Seduction,” “Lost Highway”), horror (“The Grudge”) and television miniseries/series (“Torchwood,” “1600 Penn”).

Pullman started acting professionally on stage in New York in 1983, and shortly after began his film/TV career that currently spans over 70 features and several series. In the past 15 years of his theater career, he has acted in six major productions in NYC and has been nominated as a best actor in four of them.

Most recently, he appeared in the London revival of “All My Sons” in 2019.

Jessica Biel of "The Sinner" on USA NetworkJessica Biel

Executive Producer, “The Sinner”

Jessica Claire Timberlake (née Biel; born March 3, 1982) is an American actress and model. Biel began her career as a vocalist appearing in musical productions until she was cast as Mary Camden in the family drama series 7th Heaven (1996–2006), in which she achieved recognition. The series is the longest-running series that aired on The WB channel and the longest-running family drama in television history.

In 1997, Biel won the Young Artist Award for her role in the drama film Ulee’s Gold. She received further recognition for her lead role as Erin Hardesty in the horror film The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (2003). Biel has since starred in such films as The Rules of Attraction (2002), Blade: Trinity (2004), Stealth (2005), The Illusionist (2006), I Now Pronounce You Chuck & Larry (2007), Valentine’s Day (2010), The A-Team (2010), New Year’s Eve (2011), Total Recall (2012), and Hitchcock (2012).

In 2017, Biel was the executive producer and star of the USA Network limited drama series The Sinner, for which she received nominations for a Golden Globe Award and a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series or Movie.

Frances Fisher of "The Sinner" on USA NetworkFrances Fisher

Meg Muldoon,“The Sinner”

Frances Fisher stars as Meg Muldoon on the USA Network psychological thriller “The Sinner.”

Born in Milford On-Sea, England to American parents, Fisher’s itinerant childhood living in the UK, Columbia, Nova Scotia, France, Brazil, Turkey, Italy, Iowa and Texas undoubtedly influenced her decision to live the actor’s gypsy life.

Fisher has starred in more than 30 theatrical productions, including Elia Kazan’s “The Chain,” “Hay Fever,” “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof,” “Summer and Smoke,” “Orpheus Descending,” “1984,” “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” “Fool for Love,” Arthur Miller’s “Finishing the Picture,” “Three More Sleepless Nights” (Drama League Award), “The Cherry Orchard” (Mark Taper Forum) and “Barbecue” (Geffen Playhouse), which won three NAACP 2018 Theatre Awards, including Best Ensemble.

On film, Fisher is perhaps best known for her performance as Kate Winslet’s mother in “Titanic,” which garnered her a Screen Actors Guild nomination for Best Ensemble Cast. Her numerous film credits include the Oscar-winning “Unforgiven,” “In the Valley of Elah,” “True Crime,” “The Kingdom” and “House of Sand & Fog.”

On the TV side, Fisher played Lucille Ball in “Lucy & Desi: Before the Laughter” and has also had roles on many acclaimed series, including “The Shield,” “The Killing,” “Masters of Sex,” “Law & Order,” “Roseanne,” ER,” “Grey’s Anatomy” and “Watchmen.”

Fisher’s supports several worthwhile causes and is an executive board member of the Environmental Media Assn. She is currently serving her 21st year on the National Board of SAG-AFTRA and is an Ambassador for NWHM, working to create a National Women’s History Museum in Washington, D.C.

Fisher is a member of the Actors Studio, and her first acting teacher was Stella Adler.

Cindy Cheung of "The Sinner" on USA NetworkCindy Cheung

Stephanie Lam, “The Sinner”

Cindy Cheung plays Stephanie Lam on the USA Network psychological thriller “The Sinner.”

Cheung has guest-starred and recurred on a wide range of TV series, including “The Flight Attendant,” “Billions,” “13 Reasons Why,” “High Maintenance,” “FBI,” “Blindspot,” “The Good Fight,” “Blue Bloods,” “New Amsterdam,” “House of Cards” and “Homeland.”

She has appeared in numerous films, including Noah Baumbach’s “Mistress America” and “The Meyerowitz Stories,” Jenny Slate’s “Obvious Child” and “The Sunlit Night,” “Children of Invention” (Sundance) and M. Night Shyamalan’s “Lady in the Water.”

On stage her most recent role was in Nia Vardalos’ adaptation of the Cheryl Strayed book “Tiny Beautiful Things at the Long Wharf.”

Alice Kremelberg

Percy Muldoon, “TAlice Kremelberg of "The Sinner" on USA Networkhe Sinner”

Alice Kremelberg plays Percy Muldoon on the USA Network psychological thriller “The Sinner.”

Kremelberg is a film, television and theater actor born and raised in New York. She portrayed Nicole Eckelcamp in several seasons of Jenji Kohan’s “Orange Is the New Black” and can be seen in Aaron Sorkin’s award-winning Oscar-nominated film “The Trial of the Chicago 7” on Netflix.

Other film and TV credits include “Monsterland,” “Doomsday” (AMC’s HollyWeb Fest winner for Best Series), “The Taking of Pelham 123,” “New Amsterdam,” NCIS,” “Nurse Jackie,” “Blue Bloods,” “The Big C,” “Smash,” “Law & Order: SVU” and “30 Rock.”

Her stage credits include “Dry Land,” “Dress of Fire” (The Abingdon/Players Theater), “Suddenly Last Summer” (ATNYC), “Road Veins” (Amy Witting), “Lend Me a Tenor” (PPAS), “The House of Bernarda Alba,” “A Lie of the Mind” and “The Nutcracker” alongside the New York City Ballet.

Kremelberg has trained at the Atlantic Acting Conservatory, Fordham University, Upright Citizens Brigade and the Professional Performing Arts School, and studied with Tanya Berezin and Ted Sluberski, among others.

Derek Simonds, executive producer of "The Sinner" on USA NetworkDerek Simonds

Executive Producer, “The Sinner”

Derek Simonds is the creator and an executive producer of the USA Network psychological thriller “The Sinner.”

Simonds has developed numerous independent film projects as a writer and director, most recently executive producing Sony Pictures Classics award-winning release “Call Me by Your Name.” He was a writer on the ABC miniseries event “When We Rise,” a recounting of the gay civil rights movement created by Dustin Lance Black, as well as ABC’s 2015 limited series “Astronaut Wives Club.”

Simonds has developed television pilots for UCP, ABC Studios and TNT, and also wrote and directed his debut feature film, “Seven and a Match.”

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Interview with Javicia Leslie and Robin Givens

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Interview with Javicia Leslie and Robin Givens of “Batwoman” on The CW by Suzanne 10/11/21

This was a short but enjoyable interview! I watch this show every week, so I was thrilled to speak with them. Because there were 8 people at this press panel, I was only able to ask one question, unfortunately.

Question:   Javicia, could you talk about Ryan’s initial encounter with Poison Ivy?

Javicia:   Oh, my goodness. We haven’t had Ryan’s encounter with Poison Ivy yet, so it’s a little bit harder to talk about. You know, actually, Bridget [Regan] just started, and I wasn’t the first character that she’s worked with yet, but I’m super excited to work with her. I think it’s going to be an amazing addition and an amazing character to play with.

Question:   This question is for Javicia. In season two, there was a lot around the cowl. It felt like Mary and Luke were both like, “This is temporary. This is a temporary thing,” and it wasn’t until the very end of the season, where they were kind of like, “Yeah, this is yours now, and Ryan is Batwoman.” How has that changed the way that you approached the character in season three?

Javicia:   …I feel like a lot of the journey of Ryan feeling like she was worthy enough to be Batwoman did happen in season two, and yeah, you’re right, by the end of season two – she goes into season three with the acceptance of like, “I am that woman. This is my job. It is my job to protect the citizens. It is my job to keep order. It is my job to make sure that there is really a middleman between the GCPD and Gotham City. So yeah, it makes a huge impact on this season, on a lot of the things that are happening this season, just the confidence of knowing that Ryan no longer has to prove herself as Batwoman, but, I mean there’s still a lot of challenges that come up where she starts to kind of feel like, “Oh, no, did I mess other things up that are very important to the bat?” I can’t say what they are, but yeah.

Question:   This question is also for Javicia. What was it like when you read the season two finale scripts and found out that your mom was alive? Then, what was your reaction when you found out Robin Givens I was gonna be your mom?

Javicia:   I knew that was gonna be a question…So, at the end, I was shocked. I think I found out a little bit before I read the script, but even when I found out, I was shocked, because I just knew Ryan’s mom isn’t alive, that’s the story of my character. Then, I got super excited, because all I could think to myself is, “Oh my goodness, you’re gonna get to find out more about [Ryan]. I’m gonna get to find out more about Ryan.” You know what I mean? I’m gonna get to find out about her history and her story and what influences her, what could influence her.

Then, come on now, it’s Miss Robin Givens. I grew up watching Robin Givens. First of all, I still don’t think that we are even at the age distance apart for her to play my mom, but it’s really cool to pretend like this can be realistic, because she is such a joy to work with, and as an actor, it’s an honor to be able to really play with the greats. You know, you’re lucky if you can even sometimes grace presence with them on the stage together, but then for her to play my mom, and we’re having these one on one scenes together – I was saying earlier, I’m just constantly like, “Oh, okay, I see what she did there. I’ll try that later.” You know what I mean? I’m taking notes, because that’s the whole part of this journey, as well, is learning throughout the process.

Question:   I want to know, Javicia, if you could talk about what it was like for you stepping into the Batwoman suit for the first time? And then, Robin, It looks like you have a wardrobe of designer dresses and everything, so if you could talk a bit about that too.

Javicia:   The suit is epic. I think Maya Mani, our costumer at Batwoman, does such an amazing job with the suit. I think the way it fits, the streamlining, the the shape and silhouette that it creates, it’s so powerful. It’s so womanly, yet it’s still very badass, like, “Don’t mess with me.” So, I always say, whenever I put on the suit, I automatically feel like a superhero, because it does grab me up like this, and it makes me walk with my shoulders back and my head high, and you automatically kind of like feel the responsibility of being a hero.

Robin:   I have to say, in a similar way for Jada Jet, it’s not this superhero costume, but you really see how people and costume designers win Oscars right for what they do, and it really helps you create a character. So, everything about the way Jada dresses says everything about her. I’m so different than Jada and a lot of the women that I play, but clearly when you put on those tight dresses, there’s only one way to walk in those high heeled shoes, and it really establishes the character. So, yeah, she’s dresses very well.

If you don’t mind go back, I just thought about something. Javicia and I’ve been talking quite a bit off set, and then, today we’re on set, and then whenever you kind of talk about me, it’s interesting, because I think of the first time when I did The Women of Brewster Place, and I found out Cicely Tyson was going to be my mom. I remember being so intimidated the first day walking into hair and makeup. Javicia and I got to have dinner together, so we got to feel each other’s rhythm a little bit. But I’ll never forget being in hair and makeup, and Cicely had her headphones on, and I was just thoroughly intimidated. She just seem like, “Oh my gosh.” And when I got to meet this lady, we became dear dear friends, and she’s the funniest person you could imagine. She’s like Javicia; like the times we have when we’re just cracking up. So, I don’t know. I just had a little bit of a flash of of that, you know, that sense of things. So, it warms my heart.

Javicia:   Yeah, it’s an honor.

Suzanne:   Javicia, Ryan has a lot to deal with this year. Last year, she almost gave up and died. What do you think gives her the inner strength, and the will to keep going despite all the odds against her?

Javicia:   You know what she reminds me of? There are people in this world that they know their goal. They know what makes them feel like they’re alive, and they will do that to the day they die, to their last breath. That’s kind of what I take Ryan for. She’s a type of person where it’s like, “I can’t sit still. I have to help people, because no one helped me, and I want to make sure that I can help others the way I wish someone could have helped me.” So, it’s just like that’s why she gets into these moments of like, “This may be my last breath, but I’m not going to stop.” There was never a moment where she would have ever quit helping people. Whether she quit being Batwoman is different, and that’s because she felt like it wasn’t hers. You know what I mean? But she definitely would have never stopped helping people, because it’s who she is from the core.

Question:   …Can you both talk about Nick, as the son for you Robin, and Javicia, as your brother?

Javicia:   …Yeah he’s my brother. So, Marquis is a very interesting character. He’s so dynamic, and he’s so colorful and layered. I really look forward to you guys watching the development of Marquis. I think Marquis is going to be one of the biggest unexpected twists in the show, and it’s really going to open up a lot of doors and a lot of conversations.

What I love that Caroline [Dries] has done, is every season, it’s really her focus to bring up something that’s really happening in the world and it being something that we focus on through our storytelling. So, like, last season, the Black Lives Matters episode and everything that kind of surrounded it was obviously mirroring what was happening in the United States.

So, for this season, a lot of it has to do with mental health. So, I’m really excited, because Nick Creegan, who plays Marquis, is such a talented, dynamic actor, and to be able to play in this world, but also play with a theme that’s so personal and real to so many of us, he does it so amazingly well. So, it’s just an honor to be able to play with him. Literally, when he and Robin and I have scenes together, we leave like, “Yo, that was so much fun. I can’t believe we were able to do that.”

Robin:   I have to say…we need to have this gathering again a little bit later. You’re going to be blown away by Nick and what he does. This character, it is unbelievable, and history making as well, and captivating and current and cool.

And for me, I have to say, what I love about this character, and I’ve been saying it, is yes, I played some powerful women before, and Jada Jet is so awesome and so powerful and runs a major company in Gotham City, but she’s a mom. She is a mom, and this is her soft spot, to the point where it could be her Achilles heel that she’s willing to do anything. And listen to me; hear me when I say “anything” for her children. I think the dynamic between Jada and Ryan, I mean, at first she keeps Ryan at bay, because of the guilt she feels about not being in Ryan’s life, but then, do we get close? Will I put her in danger being close to her, wanting to protect her, just loving her so much? So, I love that, because I’m a mom. So, I love that. I’m playing this powerful woman, but I’ve never kind of done it with that kind of sensibility of mom underneath it all. And even Javicia tells a story about one of the scenes that she and I and Nick did where she’s so much of a mom and does such peculiar things that Javicia was even like, “Maybe I don’t want to be a part of this family. Uh oh.”

Question:   I have a question for Miss Javicia. So, Batwoman has pretty much always been a queer icon and icon in the queer community, but with your casting, now she’s also a an icon in the black community. So, my question is, when did it hit you that you’re representing these minority communities, and what does that mean to you?

Javicia:   Honestly, no matter what role I do, I’m representing that, because that’s my community, you know what I mean? It’s really cool when the stories represent me as well, obviously, but I feel like one of the most important parts of representation is that even if the story isn’t about race, even if the story isn’t about gender, just us existing is that representation. So, anytime I get the honor of playing any character on TV, I feel like it’s my job to be my community’s representation [of] the best that I can be. Since that’s what always my goal is, it allows me not to put so much weight onto that and just put more weight into the work, you know what I mean? Like, it’s beautiful that it checks these boxes.

So, what I want to do is I want to match the quality of the storytelling with the history that it’s making. I don’t want to just be the first black Batwoman…When you turn it on, you’re watching it, and you’re captivated by the storytelling, by the storylines, by the the castings and the dialogue and the performances, that’s what I want to bring to life. I want that if I’m that representation, that I’m worthy to be of that representation. I think that this show, in the writing of it and the characters involved, allow that to happen. That’s why I’m really, really excited about the season. I’m more excited about this season than my first season. I’m really excited about this season, because I think that everything matches to the level of being able to say, “Wow, she’s black, she’s queer, and I feel proud of what they’re doing over there. I feel proud of that show.” It is a great representation of my community. That’s what I want to be a part of.

Question:   My question is for both of you, starting with Javicia. I was wondering, as Ryan, when she finds out her mother’s alive and later on, interact[s] with her, from a psychological standpoint, does that have any influence [on you] or impact you as Batwoman? For Robin, can you talk about the psychological impact as well of learning more about Ryan?

Javicia:   I mean, it definitely influences [her], because at the end of the day, there’re so many secrets that are happening at the same time that Ryan’s on this journey, and then, they start to conflict. Her journey of her trying to figure out this situation with her mom starts to conflict with her role as Batwoman, because at the end of the day, my job is to protect Gotham City. And if at any time, someone I love is interfering in that, it becomes a very complicated situation. That plays on a lot of different levels this season, like a lot of different levels, not just with, obviously, Jada Jet, but with other characters as well. So, psychologically, I think that it’s a very, obviously, tricky situation to be in when it’s your mom. You know what I mean? Like, no matter how much she wasn’t there, Ryan wants this relationship, because who wouldn’t want this relationship? And I think, more than anything, what Ryan wants to find out is that there had to be a reason why you gave me up. Ryan doesn’t want to feel like, “Oh, you just gave me up, because you didn’t want me.” She wants to feel like you gave me up, because, I don’t know, were you being hurt? Was it unplanned? So, that becomes very conflicted in her journey as well.

Robin:   Yeah, I think that whole mother-daughter, you really see it, and especially being in the inside doing a scene with Ryan, and it seems adversarial at first, Ryan for her reasons, and Jada for her reasons of wanting to keep her at bay. Then, it’s nice to watch them become mother and daughter. Then, my daughter just happens to really know how to kick butts, like a serious bad ass. We do one scene, [and there’s] a look of, “Whoa!” But I think the psychology of dealing with the guilt that Jada feels, you know, and Jada just as a woman, I love the fact that her being a mother is really, like I said, could be her Achilles heel, and her love for her children. I mean, she loves and adores Ryan, and that brings up, I think, a lot of guilt for her that she wasn’t in her life. I think Ryan, you know, I can feel Ryan wanting to protect her. I can feel Ryan feeling her vulnerability. In spite of however Jada comes off, I see Ryan looking at me with these big eyes saying, “Love me. Am I okay? I did okay.” And that’s really nice to watch an actress play, to be this bad ass, put on this suit, kick butt, then, in a simple way, just say, “Am I enough? Do you think I did okay?”

Question:   What is something that we’re going to see this season for Ryan or Batwoman that we haven’t seen before?

Javicia:   The dynamic of a mother, which is a huge influence, mentally, emotionally, especially, is going to be a huge influence on the bat team. I don’t think that we realize how much that’s going to affect Ryan’s place in the bat team and the bat team’s place in Ryan’s life, because there’s a difference between the family that you choose and the family that you were born into. I think the moment that Ryan starts to feel like she has a family, starts to feel like [she] belongs somewhere, where she went a long time not feeling like she had anywhere to belong.

Another big change is we might see a little bit of romance in Ryan’s life, because we really didn’t get to see that last season. So, I’m excited for for that side of Ryan; I haven’t played that side of Ryan. So, I’m actually excited to play it, because I haven’t played it, and I would love to see what my natural Ryan instincts are going to be in the romance world. I’m probably a dork, to be honest, [laughs] because I am, and me and Ryan are so much alike. I’m glad I don’t have to like make the first move, because I kind of suck at that.

What else will we see? Oh, we’re bringing in a lot of the bat villains, so you’re gonna get to see Ryan interact with characters like Poison Ivy and the Mad Hatter, and like, come on; that’s really cool. This season of Batwoman is gonna be epic. It really is.

Here is the audio version of it.

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

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Wednesday, October 13 SEASON PREMIERE – “Mad As A Hatter” – (9:00-10:00 p.m. ET) (TV-14, LV) (HDTV)
SEASON PREMIERE – As Batwoman (Javicia Leslie) continues to keep the streets of Gotham safe, Batwing (Camrus Johnson) joins in on the action, but Luke quickly realizes he hasn’t quite mastered his suit. Meanwhile, as Alice (Rachel Skarsten) sits hopelessly imprisoned in Arkham, Sophie (Meagan Tandy) fully enjoys her freedom. When Ryan pays Alice a visit to ask about the bombshell she dropped – that Ryan’s birth mother is still alive – Ryan must decide if she should go down the rabbit hole of her past. As Mary (Nicole Kang) prepares to finally graduate from medical school, she feels the absence of her family more than ever. But when an Alice admirer stumbles upon one of the missing Bat Trophies, Gotham and the Bat Team get mixed up in the madness, culminating in a shockingly gruesome graduation… and an equally shocking new partnership. Also starring Robin Givens and Victoria Cartagena. Holly Dale directed the episode written by Caroline Dries (#301). Original airdate 10/13/2021. 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

BATWOMAN”

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

In season three of “Batwoman,” Ryan Wilder (Javicia Leslie) has shed her parole for the Batsuit and her van for the Batcave to carry out the legacy of Batwoman and protect Gotham’s underserved communities. Her journey continues as she and the Bat Team focus on finding Batman’s scattered trophies, a collection of objects seized from Gotham’s most infamous villains, before they land in pernicious hands. Meanwhile, Ryan personally struggles with the bombshell dropped by Alice (Rachel Skarsten) – that her birth mother is still alive.

Alice is locked up in Arkham and holding on to hope that her father, a recently incarcerated Jacob Kane, will save her…but nothing can keep an evil woman down. Mary (Nicole Kang) is graduating from medical school and finding difficulty juggling her roles as a full-fledged MD at her clinic and as a vital part of the Bat Team. At the same time, Luke (Camrus Johnson) is winging it as a superhero after discovering a suit made for him by his father, but he soon realizes it takes more than a suit to be super. Having said goodbye to Kate and the Crows, Sophie (Meagan Tandy) feels free to find a new purpose, but while making the most of her newly liberated lifestyle, she finds herself in the middle of an exciting but very unexpected love triangle.

As visits from villains past loom over Gotham and anyone can become a baddie by finding a wayward Bat trophy, Renee Montoya (Victoria Cartagena) steps in to supervise recovery of the scattered artifacts, forcing an unwelcome partnership between Gotham’s favorite hero and most notorious ne’er-do-well. And despite best efforts to avoid her newly uncovered past, Ryan is thrust into the world of super mogul Jada Jet (Robin Givens) and her son Marquis (Nick Creegan) when Wayne Enterprises lands on the radar of another one of Gotham’s most powerful families.

BATWOMAN stars Javicia Leslie, Rachel Skarsten, Meagan Tandy, Nicole Kang, Camrus Johnson, Victoria Cartagena, Robin Givens, and Nick Creegan.

Based on the characters from DC, BATWOMAN is from Berlanti Productions in association with Warner Bros. Television with executive producers Greg Berlanti (“Arrow,” “The Flash,” “Supergirl”), Caroline Dries (“The Vampire Diaries,” “Smallville”), Geoff Johns (“Arrow,” “The Flash,” “Titans,” “DC’s Stargirl”), Chad Fiveash (“The Vampire Diaries,” “Gotham”), James Patrick Stoteraux (“The Vampire Diaries,” “Gotham”) and Sarah Schechter (“Arrow,” “The Flash,” “Supergirl”).

CREDITS FOR “BATWOMAN” ON THE CW

Day and time: Wednesday, 8:00 – 9:00 PM ET/PT
Network debut: October 6, 2019
 

Short Synopsis:

 

 

In season three of BATWOMAN, Ryan Wilder (Javicia Leslie) has shed her parole for the Batsuit and her van for the Batcave to carry out the legacy of Batwoman and protect Gotham’s underserved communities. Her journey continues as she and the Bat Team focus on finding Batman’s trophies, a collection of objects seized from Gotham’s most infamous villains, before they land in the wrong hands.

Cast:

Javicia Leslie as Ryan Wilder/Batwoman

Rachel Skarsten as Alice

Meagan Tandy as Sophie Moore

Nicole Kang as Mary Hamilton

Camrus Johnson as Luke Fox

Victoria Cartagena as Renee Montoya

Robin Givens as Jada Jet

Nick Creegan as Marquis Jet
Executive Producers: Greg Berlanti, Caroline Dries, Geoff Johns and Sarah Schechter
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Format:

 

Berlanti Productions in association with Warner Bros. Television

 

Drama 60 min

(Filmed in HD)

Origination: Vancouver, British Columbia

JAVICIA LESLIE

Javicia Leslie plays Ryan Wilder AKA BatwomanRyan Wilder in “Batwoman”

Javicia Leslie stars as Ryan Wilder, a goofy, relatable, and street-smart lesbian who transforms into the hero Gotham’s been missing in The CW’s highly anticipated new drama “Batwoman.”

Leslie is known to television audiences for her role as Ali Finer on “God Friended Me” and Paris Duncan on “The Family Business.” On the feature film front, she recently tackled the lead role in hilarious new comedy, “Always a Bridesmaid,” penned by NAACP nominated Yvette Nicole Brown. Leslie also directed two short films this year, “Black Excellence” and “Howl.”

Born in Germany and raised in Maryland, Leslie graduated from Hampton University where she appeared in several productions including “Seven Guitars,” “For Colored Girls” and “Chicago.” As driven philanthropically as she is in her career, Leslie started The Chandler Foundation which gives back to youth in her community. When not filming, she spends her free time with her dog and staying healthy through her passion for fitness.

Robin Givens plays Jada Jet, Ryan's motherRobin Simone Givens (born November 27, 1964) is an American actress and model. She is also a graduate of Sarah Lawrence College.

Givens landed her breakthrough role of Darlene Merriman in the ABC sitcom Head of the Class in 1986, and remained on the series for its 5-year duration. Her troubled marriage to boxer Mike Tyson from 1988 drew considerable media attention, as did their acrimonious divorce. She later went on to become a spokesperson for the National Domestic Violence Hotline for several years.

Givens continued her career with film and television roles such as The Women of Brewster Place (1989) and Boomerang (1992). In 1996, Givens co-starred on the sitcom Sparks, which aired for two seasons on UPN. In January 2000, she took over hosting duties on the syndicated talk show Forgive or Forget. In 2007, Givens released her autobiography, Grace Will Lead Me Home. She has since had recurring roles on The Game, Tyler Perry’s House of Payne, Chuck, Riverdale and its spin-off Katy Keene. She starred in “Ambitions” on OWN in 2019.

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She has been cast in the series regular role of Jada Jet, the powerful CEO of Jet Industries who “isn’t bossy — she’s the boss.” Described as “passionate and hard-working,” Jada is “a woman who has worked her way through life’s ups and downs to climb her way to the top — all while being extremely protective over her impetuous son.”

But perhaps the most important part of Jada’s character description is the revelation that she has “a deep past that forced her to give up her first-born child.”

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Interview with the cast of “Chucky”

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Interview with creator Don Mancini and actors Zackary Arthur, Brad Dourif, Devon Sawa, and Jennifer Tilly of “Chucky” on Syfy by Suzanne 9/13/21

This was a very fun press panel for TCA about the new Syfy show “Chucky,” based on the “Child’s Play” movies. I was surprised at how my question was answered, but that’s okay…that’s part of the fun of interviewing – you never know what kind of answer you’ll get!
I’m not really a horror fan. I don’t mind some shows, like “Supernatural” or “Legacies,” but I find horror movies and many of the shows to be very depressing and too gross, so I avoid them. The “Chucky” first episode is not too gory, but apparently it does get more so, judging from what said here.
Also, I like to root for the hero, and in these type of shows, the horror entity (in this case, Chucky) usually wins. Or at least, he’ll kill off an awful lot of people before he dies.

NBCUNIVERSAL SUMMER 2021 TCA VIRTUAL PRESS TOUR
USA & SYFY Chucky
Zackary Arthur, Actor, “Jake Webber”
Brad Dourif, Actor, Voice of “Chucky”
Devon Sawa, Actor, “Logan Wheeler”
Jennifer Tilly, Actor, “Tiffany Valentine”
Don Mancini, Creator/Showrunner/Executive Producer
Virtual via Zoom September 13, 2021

I asked this question: I haven’t seen any of the “Child’s Play” movies, but I assume that they have a lot more gore and violence than the TV show. Was that a decision you made, or did the network tell you not to make it too gory? Or how did that come about?”

They all laughed when I said that, which was a bad sign. Don Mancini, the showrunner, replied that I should just wait. In other words, it does get a lot more gory and violent. Oh, that’s too bad. Well, now I know not to watch any more of the shows. Stars Zackary Arthur and Jennifer Tilly chimed in to add that they have a whole “blood team” that works on the movie. Mancini continued to say that it was important to him to retain “all of the aspects of the franchise that the fans love, one of which is the gore, the other of which, of course, is Chucky’s propensity for dropping f-bombs. And the networks SYFY and USA, when we pitched the project, assured us that there would be no compromise in these departments.” He went on to explain that when he worked on “Hannibal” for NBC, and “Channel Zero” for Syfy (both for NBC/Universal), he was surprised at how far they let him push the envelope on this sort of thing. He mentioned that there will be “no compromises” in that regard. He went on to remind us that in the first episode, the first death that Chucky causes has no blood because he’d heard his new buddy Jake say that he doesn’t like seeing blood. He chuckled, “that’s Chucky’s idea of being thoughtful.”

Mancini was also asked if he’d ever thought of exploring the childhood of the original murderer, Charles Lee Ray (the ghost that inhabits the Chucky doll) for a movie sequel before. He concurred that fans have been wanting to see that for decades. this was one of the reasons he wanted to do a TV series, where there’s a lot more time to delve into his background and other “storytelling.”

Another reporter asked about other stylistic changes between the movie and the TV show. Mancini replied, it’s very important to me, and I try to have a different overriding, governing aesthetic for each film” and now with the TV show. This is the first time they’ve presented Chucky during the Halloween season. He wanted to really have a “luxurious and glamorous
autumn look with fall foliage …that became the central aesthetic principle.” This gave them some challenges because they shot it during the spring and summer seasons. They had to have trucks bring in artificial fall leaves for them to spread around the set. They had also shot drone footage least year of the fall outdoors, outside of Toronto, where they shoot the show. He added, “it looks like a Halloween horror movie as directed by Dario Argento or Brian De Palma. At least, that was our goal.”

Tilly praised their production designer and cinematographer, who made the show look beautiful. She feels that it looks very different from “Cult of Chucky,” which took place in the winter in a mental institution, where it was very sterile. She says that the set design looks very expensive, and maintains that it is, indeed, expensive. She was surprised at how much money they have for the series. Devon Sawa added in his two cents that he, also, was shocked when he arrived at how big their budget must be, since there were so many departments, and how many people that were working in them. He also praised at the beautiful job they did on the look of the show. “It looks stunning. It’s so beautiful to look at.”

Then a journalist asked Sawa and Zackary Arthur, who are new to the franchise, what their perceptions were before they joined, and what questions they’d had. Sawa admitted that he was already a fan, having grown up with the Chucky series of movies. He leaped at the chance to audition for it. He piled on the kudos to both Chucky and his voice, Brad Dourif, calling them “legends.” He said, Chucky belongs on the Mount Rushmore of horror with, you know, Krueger and Jason.” He was thrilled to be part of this show. Mancini jokingly gave him a hard time for not mentioned the script, too, but Sawa seriously added, quickly, that the script was great, too. He also loved playing twins in the show.

Tilly jokingly asked Arthur, “Do you have anything flattering to add about Don to that question?” and he replied that he always does. Then he continued in a more serious vein that he wasn’t allowed to watch gory movies when growing up, but he envied the cool kids in school who watched and loved the Chucky movies. Tilly added, “Yeah, now they’re all losers,” and he replied, also joking, “Yeah. That’s what happens when you watch violent movies.” He also said that he felt very cool auditioning for the series.

As they joked more about Mancini, he playfully told them to stop it. Tilly mentioned seriously that they’re lucky to have Arthur, and that Mancini had told her what a great actor he is. She gave us an example of a scene where he and another actor, Bjorgvin Arnarson (Devon), kiss. She explained, “They have a moment of human connection. And everybody on the set was
weeping because it was so touching.” She also said that she was excited about working with Sawa, whom she loved in “Final Destination.”

A journalist mentioned the 2019 remake, which none of them participated in. He/she wondered if doing the TV series was a way to reclaim it. Tilly answered that the TV series was already being considered long before that. Even though the film did very well, she compares it to the “New Coke vs. Classic Coke” situation. She thinks people will like the series better because they have the original Chucky, Brad Dourif, who thinks that he wouldn’t do the remake without Mancini. Dourif corrected her, though, saying, they didn’t call him, but he would have done that. Mancini joked, “Great story, Jennifer, but it never happened.”

Tilly went on, saying that the wonderful thing about the franchise is how loyal the fans are. She expressed that they’re twice as fanatical as Trekkies. The internet helped her realize how much of an icon Chucky is and how he and her character, Tiffany, are loved worldwide. She’s very grateful to Don for writing her so much into the TV show. She would have been happy to just have a tiny part, but he gave her much more. She gushed, I can’t help but blurt out things like, ‘Thank you, Don.
Thank you for the wonderful scripts. And thank you for putting me in the television series.’ Because his writing is so
amazing.” She also let us know that Brad Dourif’s daughter, Fiona, appears in the second half of the season, and we also see the return of Andy Barclay (Alex Vincent) and Kyle (Christine Elise).

She also added that the show’s story is “just such a beautiful coming-of-age movie. I mean, you kind of don’t even need Chucky because the relationship between Zackary and the other kids is really just you’re rooting for them. You want to know where it goes.” She praises the actors who play the teens.

Another person from the press asked Arthur and Sawa whether they were worried when they signed on to the series whether their characters would be killed or not by Chucky. He/she also wondered if Sawa asked to play twins. Sawa had a funny answer: “Of course, my worry was dying on the show because both my characters are giant assholes.” He agreed that you do hope for the “best death scene possible” or that one of them will live.

Tilly added that she never worries about dying because Tiffany dies in every movie, and yet Mancini keeps bringing her back to life (just as he does with Chucky). She says that the franchise is “magical.”

Mancini jumped in the question to say that they also re-use the same actors frequently in other roles. He claimed, “We were doing that before Ryan Murphy started doing that with the repertoire company he put together on ‘American Horror Story.’ So even if someone dies, they can come back in another role.” He started that with Tilly in the 90’s. She’s gotten killed as both a person and as a doll, and brought back for four movies as well as the series. Brad has also died once or twice in eveyr movie. He half-joked that “if Zack and Devon play their cards right, the sky’s the limit, regardless of what happens to their characters.” Brad Douriff agreed to what he said.

Tilly hinted that a line of dialogue in the series refers to this point. She didn’t want to mention more due to spoilers.
She boasted that she’s been suggesting to Mancini for 30 years that they tell the origin story in a better way than they did in the movies (with younger actors). She and Dourif agreed that the fans will be excited to see this. She added that there is a lot of fan fiction about it — “the two of them before they became dolls.” Tilly teased that Don is the biggest fan of the “Chucky” franchise than anyone. She cites bringing back Andy Barclay as an adult as one example of the lengths Mancini goes to. She thinks that there is a lot more of a “throughline” in their franchise because of using the same actors, and that brings more “emotional impact.” Dourif added that it’s really worked well on “an acting level,” which he finds surprising. He added that he found Alex Vincent to be “hauntingly good.” He suggests that really living with the franchise may have affected him and his work… “Things get inside you and they mean something.” He mentioned that his daughter, who grew up with “Chucky,” did really well, probably because she “grew up in the house of Chucky.” Tilly and Sawa praised his daughter’s acting, which leds to Dourif joking that he done a great job of fishing for those compliments.

Tilly went on some more about how much she loved the first “Chucky” movie she did. She was not interested in it at first, but the writing in the script impressed her as did Brad Dourif’s acting as well as his daughter’s. She mentioned in passing that he was nominated before for an Oscar (For “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” in 1976), which I’d forgotten. She had also never done voice-over, and she said it was a lot of fun, and they let them ad-lib there. She said, enthusiastically, that Brad is brillint. “It wasn’t like, ‘Oh, I’m a doll and you’re a doll. Let’s knock this off and go spend our paycheck.’ He really took it seriously.” She gave an example from their filming of “Bride of Chucky,” where she dies, and she saw him cry in the booth, and she was crying, too. She points out that she’s learned from fans that they’re more often rooting for Chucky instead of his vicims because “They identify with his struggles” and love him.

Arthur answered the question, saying that he doesn’t worry about being killed off because he and Chucky are “buddies” who would “team up.”

Dourif was asked at what age he let Fiona watch his “Chucky” movie and whether he’s surprised that the franchise has lasted so long that she could play major parts in it.

Dourif first answered that no actor thinks that any movies or show will end up that successful. You just have to take it one at a time. It’s never a sure thing. He added that Fiona’s friends in school wanted him to talk like Chucky and do the laugh, so it was already a part of her life. She was very young when she came to the studio with him, when he had to do some additional dialogue. He was screaming and yelling while his character was being burned alive “in agony.” She got very upset and left, so they had to stop, so he could find her and reassure her that it was okay. He added, “So, she had her first kind of traumatic experience around me doing Chucky pretty young.” Tilly then make some jokes about his daughter being terrorized and having to go to therapy.

The last journalist asked Dourif to tell us the process in which he found the voice for Chucky. That’s a great question.

Dourif responded that he’s constantly having to adjust his Chucky voice because as you age, your voice changes. Mancini helps him and tells him what to adjust, such as getting higher in certain places. He added that Chucky originally was from Chicago, but now he sounds more like he’s from New Jersey. He will sometimes watch “Cult of Chucky” and mimic the voice he used there before they shoot again. Mancini said modestly that he doesn’t have to give Dourif any help.

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In the new CHUCKY television series, an idyllic American town is thrown into chaos after a vintage ‘Good Guy’ doll turns up at a suburban yard sale. Soon, everyone must grapple with a series of horrifying murders that begin to expose the town’s deep hypocrisies and hidden secrets. Meanwhile, friends and foes from Chucky’s past creep back into his world and threaten to expose the truth behind his mysterious origins as a seemingly ordinary child who somehow became this notorious monster. CHUCKY is produced by UCP and executive produced by creator Don Mancini, David Kirschner, Nick Antosca and Alex Hedlund. Harley Peyton will also serve as executive producer. Mancini, who penned the film franchise, wrote the television adaptation, will direct the first episode and serves as showrunner.

CHUCKY is produced by UCP and executive produced by creator Don Mancini, David Kirschner, Nick Antosca and Alex Hedlund. Harley Peyton will also serve as executive producer. Mancini, who penned the film franchise, wrote the television adaptation, will direct the first episode and serves as showrunner.

"Death by Misadventure" Episode 101 -- Pictured: (l-r) Devon Sawa as Logan Wheeler, Zackary Arthur as Jake Wheeler -- (Photo by: Steve Wilkie/SYFY)Zackary Arthur

Jake Wheeler, “CHUCKY”

Zackary Arthur plays Jake Wheeler in the new SYFY/USA Network drama “Chucky.”

Arthur was brought up in Los Angeles amongst a creative family whom all share a passion for the arts. As a young child, Arthur fell in love with the cinema and at the age of 6 quickly found the avenue of acting that he wanted to pursue.

Arthur’s career jumpstarted when he got one of the young leads in the feature film “The Fifth Wave,” opposite Chloë Grace Moretz. His television debut was a recurring role on the Emmy Award-winning Amazon series “Transparent” for all five seasons.

Arthur has subsequently starred in 30 film and television projects, including starring roles opposite Jim Carrey in “Kidding,” Nicholas Cage and Selma Blair in “Mom and Dad,” Natasha Henstridge in “Hero Dog: The Journey Home.” His latest film, “Jill,” is expected to be released shortly.

Brad Dourif

Chucky (Voice), “Chucky”

Brad Dourif does voiceover for the role of Chucky in the new SYFY/USA Network drama “Chucky.”

Dourif, who has been the voice of “Chucky” throughout the film franchise’s long run, won a BAFTA Award and earned an Academy Award nomination for his supporting role in the Oscar-winning film “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest,” starring Jack Nicholson.

Dourif is also known for his role as Grima Wormtongue on the “Lord of the Rings” franchise. Other film credits include “Halloween,” “Jungle Fever,” “Color of Night,” “Murder in the First,” “Alien: Resurrection

On the TV front, Dourif received an Emmy Award nomination for his supporting role as Doc Cochran on the beloved HBO Western “Deadwood,” which ran for three seasons. Other TV credits include “Once Upon a Time,” “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.,” “Criminal Minds,” “Psych,” “Law & Order: SVU” and many others.

Devon Sawa

Logan Wheeler / Lucas Wheeler, “Chucky”

Devon Sawa plays Logan and Lucas Wheeler in the new SYFY/USA Network series “Chucky.”

Born in Vancouver, Sawa is an industry veteran having got his start in such films as “Casper,” “Now and Then” and “Little Giants.” He’s co-starred in the horror franchise “Final Destination” as well as “Idle Hands,” “SLC Punk,” “Punk’s Dead” and “Hunter Hunter.”

On the TV side, Sawa has had roles on “Nikita,” alongside Maggie Q, as well as “McGyver,” “Hawaii 5-0” and, coming up, “Magnum PI.”

Sawa lives in Los Angeles, with his wife and two children. He is an avid athlete and trained MMA fighter.

Jennifer Tilly

Tiffany Valentine, “Chucky”

Jennifer Tilly is reprising the role of Tiffany Valentine in the new USA Network/SYFY drama “Chucky.” She has recurred in the Chucky franchise throughout the years, starring in the “Bride of Chucky,” “Seed of Chucky,” “Cult of Chucky,” and “Curse of Chucky.”

Tilly received an Academy Award nomination for her role in Woody Allen’s “Bullets Over Broadway” and earned an American Comedy Award nomination for “Liar Liar,” opposite Jim Carrey.

She has two films set for release: “High Holiday,” a stoner comedy co-starring Cloris Leachman and Tom Arnold, and “Sallywood,” a parable of Hollywood based on a true story. Also this year, Tilly will co-star in the Disney Plus series “Monsters at Work,” reprising her role of Celia, Billy Crystal’s long suffering girlfriend.

Tilly’s film credits include “Bound,” “The Getaway,” “The Fabulous Baker Boys,” “Dancing at the Blue Iguana,” “Bride of Chucky” and “The Doors.”

On the TV side, Tilly has appeared on “Modern Family,” “Hill Street Blues,” “It’s Garry Shandling’s Show,” “Moonlighting,” “Cheers,” “Frasier,” “Drop Dead Diva,” and “CSI.” For the last 11 years, she’s been doing voiceover work for Fox’s “Family Guy.”

Equally at home on stage, Tilly has many theater credits under her belt, including “Tartuffe,” (LA Public Theatre) “Boy’s Life” (LAAT), “Baby With the Bathwater,” (LAPT) and “Vanities,” (Dramalogue Best Actress Award). She received a TheatreWorld Award for Best Newcomer for her performance in Second Stage’s “One Shoe Off” at the Joseph Papp Theatre. On Broadway in 2001, she co-starred in “The Women” with Cynthia Nixon and Kristen Johnson, and then returned to Broadway to co-star in “Don’t Dress for Dinner” in 2012.

She appeared with Miranda Richardson in the critically acclaimed world premiere of Wallace Shawn’s play “Grasses of a Thousand Colors” at the Royal Court Theatre in London. She then reprised her role in the American premiere at the Joseph Papp Theater.

Tilly is a skilled poker player and won a gold bracelet at the World Series of Poker in 2005.

Don Mancini

Executive Producer, “Chucky”

Don Mancini serves at the showrunner and executive producer for the new SYFY/USA Network drama “Chucky.”

With the “Chucky” franchise, Mancini has created one of the most terrifying and iconic horror villains of all time. The redhaired, freckle-face doll possessed by the soul of a serial killer slashed his way into the pop culture zeitgeist in 1988 with the premiere of “Childs Play.” The franchise spawned six sequels, all of which Mancini wrote.

Mancini is not only a standout figure in horror, he is also one of the only franchise creators that has been attached to his creation for more than 30 years, and has no plans of slowing down.

Additionally, Mancini served as a writer and producer on “Hannibal” and “Channel Zero” as well as co-writer on “Tales From the Crypt.”

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Primetime TV Review: Mr. and Mrs. Murder

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“Mr. and Mrs. Murder” Review on by Eva 10/10/2021

This show is an Australian miniseries based on the books of the same name. The series is about a married couple, Charlie Buchanan (Shaun Micallef) and Nicola Buchanan (Kat Stewart), who own an industrial cleaning company, so the police hire them to clean up crime scenes.

The couple are very good at their job, but they are also good at solving crimes. This show has a mix of comedy and drama that makes it fun to watch for those who love a good mystery. I really enjoyed this show and will add it to my DVR programming on Thursday night. I watch a lot of mystery movies and shows and can usually tell who committed the crime, but I couldn’t do it with this show.

I think that if you love mysteries mixed with a little comedy, you will enjoy this show. Shaun Nicollet and Kat Stewart have great chemistry and seem like a loving married couple.

I give this show a 5 out of 5 stars.

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In this Aussie import, fun-loving and flirtatious married couple Nicola (Kat Stewart, Offspring) and Charlie Buchanan (Shaun Micallef) run a cleaning service for crime scenes. The amateur detectives quickly realize that closing cases comes just as naturally as cleaning them up. Watch at Acorn

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  • AMC The Walking Dead: World Beyond – Sunday, October 10, 10:03PM Show More
    Foothold
    While some attempt to cover their tracks, others acclimate to their new surroundings. Promo
  • Apple TV+ PUPPY PLACE – Friday, October 15 Show More
    Based on the best-selling books from Scholastic, “Puppy Place” chronicles the adventures of dog-loving siblings, Charles and Lizzie Peterson, and the puppy pals they foster in search of forever homes. Premiering on Apple TV+ Friday, October 15, each of the eight live-action episodes tells the story of a puppy who finds his or her way to the Peterson family. Charles (Riley Looc) and Lizzie (Brooklynn MacKinzie), whose different approaches complement, inspire and occasionally confound one another, do whatever it takes to find a happy, loving home for each and every dog. Discovering what makes each puppy special offers a unique perspective that helps the pair overcome their own individual hurdles. Produced by Iole Lucchese, Caitlin Friedman and Jef Kaminsky of Scholastic Entertainment, Andrew Green, Linda Mathious, Heather MacGillvray, Vincent Brown and Ari Posner. Promo
  • BET House of Payne – Tuesday, October 12, 8:00PM Show More
    Me Against the World
    With Mandy on her mind and John still missing, Miri prepares to take her driving test but is interrupted by a gruesome discovery. Oscar ropes Dom in on his environmental activism. Promo
  • BET Assisted Living – Tuesday, October 12, 8:30PM Show More
    Who Are You to Judge – After Jeremy buys a lemon from Mr. Brown, he takes legal action to recoup his loss. Promo
  • BET The Oval – Tuesday, October 12, 9:00PM Show More
    An Eye For An Eye
    The President and first lady barely dodge death but continue in their ways. Hunter vows for revenge, Victoria has lustful eyes on Sam, and Jason is ready to finish the job someone else started of taking his mother out. Promo
  • BET Sistas – Wednesday, October 13, 9:00PM Show More
    The Dollar Store – In the midseason premiere episode, “The Dollar Store” Robin has plans to travel back to London soon and wants to make his last few days memorable with Andi. Promo
  • BET Twenties – Wednesday, October 13, 10:00PM Show More
    One Night Only?
    From creator, writer, and executive producer Lena Waithe and Hillman Grad Productions, the GLAAD Media Award-nominated series, follows ‘Hattie,’ a masculine-presenting queer Black woman in her twenties, played by Jonica T. Gibbs (“Good Trouble”) and her two straight best friends, ‘Marie’ played by Christina Elmore (“Insecure”) and ‘Nia’ played by Gabrielle Graham (“Possessor”), as they try to find their footing in life, love, and the professional world in Los Angeles. BET will premiere a new half-hour series touching on key themes explored in “Twenties” titled “Twenties After-Show With B. Scott.” The after-show will provide candid commentary and insights into some of the characters’ mishaps and successes. B. Scott will be joined by the cast and an esteemed roster of guests including voices from the Black LGBTQ+ community that haven’t always been given a platform to share their personal experiences.  Promo
  • CBS THE EQUALIZER – Sunday, October 10 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 THE SECOND SEASON PREMIERE OF “THE EQUALIZER,” SUNDAY, OCT. 10
    “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, Oct. 10 (8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network, and available to stream live and on demand on Paramount+.
    WRITTEN BY: Andrew W. Marlowe & Terri Edda Miller
    BASED ON: The original series by Richard Lindheim & Michael Sloan
    DIRECTED BY: Slick Naim Promo
    WHILE CALLEN SUSPECTS HETTY OF KEEPING SECRETS ABOUT HIS PAST AND JOELLE SURFACES IN HER QUEST TO CAPTURE KATYA, NCIS MUST TRACK DOWN AN INFORMANT WHOSE LIFE IS IN DANGER, ON THE 13TH SEASON PREMIERE OF “NCIS: LOS ANGELES,” SUNDAY, OCT. 10
    “Subject 17” – While Callen suspects Hetty of keeping secrets about his past and Joelle surfaces in her quest to capture Katya, NCIS must track down an informant whose life is in danger. Also, Kensi and Deeks work to expand their family, on the 13th season premiere of NCIS: LOS ANGELES, Sunday, Oct. 10 (9:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network, and available to stream live and on demand on Paramount+.
    WRITTEN BY: R. Scott Gemmill
    DIRECTED BY: Dennis Smith Promo
  • CBS SEAL TEAM – Sunday, October 10 Show More
    EVERYONE ON BRAVO IS SHOCKED WHEN THEY LEARN A TRAINING EXERCISE IS ACTUALLY COVER FOR A COVERT MISSION TO GET A WEAPONS EXPERT OUT OF ONE OF THE MOST DANGEROUS COUNTRIES IN THE WORLD, ON THE FIFTH SEASON PREMIERE OF “SEAL TEAM,” SUNDAY, OCT. 10
    “Trust, But Verify: Part 1” – Everyone on Bravo is shocked when they learn a training exercise is really cover for a covert mission to get a weapons expert out of one of the most dangerous countries in the world, on the fifth season premiere of SEAL TEAM, Sunday, Oct. 10 (10:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network, and available to stream live and on demand on Paramount+.
    WRITTEN BY: Spencer Hudnut
    DIRECTED BY: Christopher Chulack Promo
  • CBS THE NEIGHBORHOOD – Monday, October 11 Show More
    DAVE AND GEMMA FACE A DEVASTATING LOSS, ON “THE NEIGHBORHOOD,” MONDAY, OCT. 11
    “Welcome to the Porch Pirate” – When Dave and Gemma face a devastating loss, Calvin and Tina offer emotional support and reflect on a period that tested their own family, on the CBS Original series THE NEIGHBORHOOD, Monday, Oct. 11 (8:00-8:30 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network, and available to stream live and on demand on Paramount+.
    WRITTEN BY: Executive Producer Meg DeLoatch
    DIRECTED BY: Victor Gonzalez Promo
  • CBS BOB ♥ ABISHOLA – Monday, October 11 Show More
    WITH BOB AND ABISHOLA SETTLING INTO MARRIED LIFE, DOTTIE FEELS PUSHED ASIDE AND DECIDES TO RUN AWAY FROM HOME, ON “BOB ♥ ABISHOLA,” MONDAY, OCT 11
    “Old Strokey” – With Bob and Abishola settling into married life, Dottie feels pushed aside and decides to run away from home. Also, Goodwin and Kofo bring a domestic dispute to MaxDot, on the CBS Original series BOB ♥ ABISHOLA, Monday, Oct. 11 (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: Matt Ross, Dave Pilson and Jamarcus Turner
    DIRECTED BY: Beth McCarthy-Miller Promo
    GIBBS AND MCGEE HEAD TO ALASKA WHILE THE TEAM WORKS AT HOME TO UNCOVER THE CONSPIRACY BEHIND THE SERIAL KILLER, ON “NCIS,” MONDAY, OCT. 11
    “Great Wide Open” – Gibbs and McGee head to Alaska while the team works at home to uncover the conspiracy behind the serial killer, on the CBS Original series NCIS, Monday, Oct. 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: David North and Brenan Fehily
    DIRECTED BY: Terrence O’Hara Promo
    WHEN A BELOVED PANIOLO (HAWAIIAN COWBOY)
    IS SHOT AND WOUNDED WHILE RIDING HIS HORSE, TENNANT AND HER TEAM MUST GAIN THE TRUST OF THE PANIOLO COMMUNITY TO HELP FIND THE CULPRIT AND PROTECT THE PANIOLO’S LIFE, ON “NCIS: HAWAI`I,” MONDAY, OCT. 11
    “Paniolo” – When a beloved Paniolo (Hawaiian cowboy)
    is shot while out riding his horse, Jane and her team must gain the trust of the Paniolo community to help find the culprits and protect the Paniolo’s life. Also, Kai tries to convince his stubborn father to see a doctor, on NCIS: HAWAI`I, Monday, Oct. 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: Noah Evslin
    DIRECTED BY: Larry Teng Promo
    THE TEAM HUNTS FOR A SERIAL KILLER WHO IS TARGETING YOUNG, HOMELESS MEN, ON “FBI,” TUESDAY, OCT. 12
    “Know Thyself” – The team hunts for a serial killer who is targeting young, homeless men. Also, Tiffany and Scola don’t see eye to eye on how to handle the case or the difference between partners and co-workers, on the CBS Original series FBI, Tuesday, Oct. 12 (8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network, and available to stream live and on demand on Paramount+.
    TELEPLAY BY: Joe Halpin
    DIRECTED BY: Tim Busfield Promo
  • CBS FBI: INTERNATIONAL – Tuesday, October 12 Show More
    THE TEAM INVESTIGATES AN AMERICAN SEEKING SANCTUARY AT MADRID’S U.S. EMBASSY WHILE INSISTING HE’S INNOCENT OF HIS SPANISH BOYFRIEND’S MURDER, ON “FBI: INTERNATIONAL,” TUESDAY, OCT. 12
    “American Optimism” – The team investigates an American citizen who is proclaiming his innocence after seeking sanctuary at Madrid’s U.S. embassy while still covered in the blood of his murdered Spanish boyfriend. Also, Vo and Raines continue to grow their friendship, on the CBS Original series FBI: INTERNATIONAL, Tuesday, Oct. 12 (9:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network, and available to stream live and on demand on Paramount+.
    WRITTEN BY: Matt Olmstead
    DIRECTED BY: Deborah Kampmeier Promo
  • CBS FBI: MOST WANTED – Tuesday, October 12 Show More
    THE TEAM MUST DETERMINE IF THE KIDNAPPING OF A YOUNG CHINESE-AMERICAN WOMAN IS A RANDOM HATE CRIME OR IF SHE WAS SPECIFICALLY TARGETED, ON “FBI: MOST WANTED,” TUESDAY, OCT. 12
    “Inherited” – The team must determine if the kidnapping of a young Chinese-American woman is a random hate crime or if she was specifically targeted, in order to find her. Also, Jess and Sarah struggle with Tali’s continued rebellious streak, on the CBS Original series FBI: MOST WANTED, Tuesday, Oct. 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: Wendy West
    DIRECTED BY: Romeo Tirone Promo
    GIL GRISSOM AND SARA SIDLE COME TO THE AID OF A FORMER COLLEAGUE WHO IS IMPLICATED IN TAMPERING WITH EVIDENCE, ON “CSI: VEGAS,” WEDNESDAY, OCT. 13
    “Honeymoon in Vegas” – Gil Grissom and Sara Sidle come to the aid of a former colleague who is implicated in tampering with evidence. Maxine and the rest of the CSI team work the murder of a couple slain on their wedding day, following the evidence to the salacious underbelly of the Las Vegas elite, on CSI: VEGAS, Wednesday, Oct. 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: Jason Tracey
    DIRECTED BY: Nathan Hope Promo
  • CBS YOUNG SHELDON – Thursday, October 14 Show More
    SHELDON WELCOMES MISSY TO THE WORLD OF ATHEISM, ON “YOUNG SHELDON,” THURSDAY, OCT. 14
    “Snoopin’ Around and the Wonder Twins of Atheism”– Sheldon encourages Missy to question the Bible. Also, Meemaw is determined to catch George Sr. in a lie, and Mary helps Pastor Jeff (Matt Hobby) search for a youth pastor, on YOUNG SHELDON, Thursday, Oct. 14 (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 & Nadiya Chettiar
    TELEPLAY BY: Steve Holland & Connor Kilpatrick & Marie Cheng
    DIRECTED BY: Michael Judd Promo
  • CBS UNITED STATES OF AL – Thursday, October 14 Show More
    AL AND RILEY TAKE ON JOBS AS “REPO MEN,” BUT RILEY’S BEHAVIOR WHILE WORKING BECOMES CONCERNING, ON “UNITED STATES OF AL,” THURSDAY, OCT. 14
    “Repo / Wapas Geri” – Al and Riley take on second jobs as “repo men” to make extra money to send to Al’s sister, but Riley’s behavior while working becomes concerning, on the CBS Original series UNITED STATES OF AL, Thursday, Oct. 14 (8:31-9:01 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network, and available to stream live and on demand on Paramount+.
    STORY BY: Anthony Del Broccolo, Andy Gordon
    TELEPLAY BY: Fahim Anwar, Bobby Telatovich
    DIRECTED BY: Mark Cendrowski Promo
  • CBS GHOSTS – Thursday, October 14 Show More
    WHEN THORFINN’S BONES ARE FOUND ON THE ESTATE’S GROUNDS, SAM AND JAY ARE TORN BETWEEN GIVING HIM THE TRADITIONAL VIKING FUNERAL HE ASKS SAM FOR, OR SELLING THEM TO A MUSEUM FOR A LOT OF MUCH-NEEDED CASH, ON “GHOSTS,” THURSDAY, OCT. 14
    “Viking Funeral” – When Thorfinn’s bones are discovered on the Woodstone property, he asks Sam to conduct the traditional Viking funeral he’s always wanted. However, Sam and Jay are torn when they learn that the bones could be sold to a museum for a lot of much-needed cash. Also, the ghosts conduct an election for a “ghost representative” to bring issues to Sam, on GHOSTS, Thursday, Oct. 14 (9:01-9:30 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network, and available to stream live and on demand on Paramount+.
    WRITTEN BY: Josh Malmuth
    DIRECTED BY: Trent O’Donnell Promo
  • CBS B POSITIVE – Thursday, October 14 Show More
    AS GINA AND DREW ADJUST TO LIFE AFTER SURGERY, DREW DEVELOPS ROMANTIC FEELINGS FOR SOMEONE NEW, AND GINA GETS SURPRISING NEWS ABOUT A FRIEND’S DEATH, ON THE SECOND SEASON PREMIERE OF “B POSITIVE,” THURSDAY, OCT. 14
    “Love, Taxes and a Kidney” – As Gina and Drew adjust to life after surgery, Drew develops romantic feelings for someone new, and Gina gets surprising news about a friend’s death, on the second season premiere of the CBS Original series B POSITIVE, Thursday, Oct. 14 (9:30-10:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network, and available to stream live and on demand on Paramount+.
    WRITTEN BY: Chuck Lorre, Jim Patterson and Warren Bell
    DIRECTED BY: James Widdoes Promo
    TAC’S DEFENSE STRATEGY FOR A CLIENT ON TRIAL FOR LEAKING CLASSIFIED GOVERNMENT DOCUMENTS IS COMPROMISED BY BULL’S EMOTIONAL TURMOIL FOLLOWING HIS DAUGHTER’S KIDNAPPING, ON “BULL,” THURSDAY, OCT. 14
    Episode Directed by Michael Weatherly
    “Espionage” – TAC’s defense strategy for a client on trial for going public with classified governments under the Espionage Act is compromised when Bull experiences emotional turmoil following his daughter’s kidnapping. As Bull grows increasingly agitated, the team faces a difficult time in court when federal law leaves them unable to tell jurors their client’s motive for leaking the sensitive information, on the CBS Original series BULL, Thursday, Oct. 14 (10:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network, and available to stream live and on demand on Paramount+.
    WRITTEN BY: Tom Szentgyorgyi
    DIRECTED BY: Michael Weatherly Promo
  • CBS S.W.A.T. – Friday, October 15 Show More
    AS THE TEAM TAKES ON A CUNNING ROBBERY CREW, THEY’RE SURPRISED BY THE ARRIVAL OF A NEW LEADER, ON “S.W.A.T.,” FRIDAY, OCT. 15
    David DeSantos Debuts in a Recurring Role as New Team Leader Rodrigo Sanchez
    “27 David” – When a robbery crew holds up the iconic downtown Los Angeles library, the team discovers that stolen architectural drawings could lead to a major threat against the city. Also, the squad is surprised by the arrival of a new leader, longtime LAPD veteran and former S.W.A.T. member Rodrigo Sanchez (David DeSantos), on the CBS Original series S.W.A.T., Friday, Oct. 15 (8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network, and available to stream live and on demand on Paramount+.
    WRITTEN BY: Nathan Jackson
    DIRECTED BY: Alex Graves Promo
  • CBS MAGNUM P.I. – Friday, October 15 Show More
    MAGNUM, HIGGINS AND RICK GO UNDERCOVER AT A RITZY COUNTRY CLUB WHEN A YOUNG CADDIE IS FIRED AFTER BEING ACCUSED OF STEALING A MEMBER’S GOLF CLUBS, ON “MAGNUM P.I.,” FRIDAY, OCT. 15
    Kate Flannery Guest Stars and Bobby Lee Returns as Jin
    “Texas Wedge” – Magnum, Higgins and Rick go undercover at a ritzy country club when a young caddie is fired after being accused of stealing a member’s golf clubs. Also, Jin’s (Bobby Lee) niece (Kaylee Hottle), unaware of her uncle’s shady past, asks him to speak at her school, on MAGNUM P.I., Friday, Oct. 15 (9:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network, and available to stream live and on demand on Paramount+. Kate Flannery guest stars as a country club member with eyes for Rick.
    WRITTEN BY: Gene Hong
    DIRECTED BY: Antonio Negret Promo
  • CBS BLUE BLOODS – Friday, October 15 Show More
    FRANK FACES A TOUGH DECISION WHEN AN OLD FRIEND PRESENTS HIM WITH AN EXCITING JOB OFFER, ON “BLUE BLOODS,” FRIDAY OCT. 15
    Treat Williams Guest Stars as Lenny Ross, Frank’s Friend
    “Protective Instincts” – Frank must decide between remaining police commissioner and pursuing a new professional chapter when his old friend Lenny Ross (Treat Williams) presents him with an exciting job offer. Also, Sean puts Jamie and Eddie in a tough position when he tries his hand at the family business behind his father Danny’s back, and Danny and Baez investigate the murder of a restaurant delivery man, on the CBS Original series BLUE BLOODS, Friday, Oct. 15 (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 & Yasmine Cadet
    DIRECTED BY: Jackeline Tejada Promo
  • Comedy Central Awkwafina is Nora From Queens – Wednesday, October 13, 10:00PM Show More
    Home
    Nora embraces her new life in New Mexico, but a distressing letter from home makes her reevaluate the future, and Grandma deals with loneliness during coronavirus lockdowns. Promo
  • The CW Roswell, New Mexico – Monday, October 11 Show More
    SEASON FINALE – “Never Let You Go” – (9:00-10:00 p.m. ET) (TV-14, LV) (HDTV)
    SEASON FINALE – The ultimate showdown with Jones (Nathan Dean) is finally here and Liz (Jeanine Mason) must trust herself if she is going to the save the man she loves. The episode was directed by Lance Anderson and written by Christopher Hollier (#313). Original airdate 10/11/2021. Promo
  • The CW DC’s Stargirl – Tuesday, October 12 Show More
    “Summer School: Chapter Ten” – (8:00-9:00 p.m. ET) (TV-PG, V) (HDTV)
    CHOSEN FAMILY – Courtney (Brec Bassinger) is left devastated after discovering a dark secret that Pat (Luke Wilson) has kept hidden from her. However, when they learn that Jennie (guest star Ysa Penarejo) may be able to help in their plan to stop Eclipso (Nick Tarabay), they’re forced to put their issues aside as they set out on a road trip to find her. Meanwhile, Beth (Anjelika Washington) makes a shocking discovery about The Shade (guest star Jonathan Cake). Amy Smart, Trae Romano and Cameron Gellman also star. Sheelin Choksey directed the episode written by Taylor Steitz (#210). Original airdate 10/12/2021. Every episode of DC’S STARGIRL 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
    “Hope for Tomorrow” – (9:00-10:00 p.m. ET) (TV- PG, V) (HDTV)
    NYXLY KIDNAPS WILLIAM – Supergirl (Melissa Benoist) continues to fight Nyxly (Peta Sergeant) for the remaining totems but after Nyxly kidnaps William (Staz Nair), Supergirl realizes she needs to take a more proactive stance to keep National City safe. Meanwhile, Alex (Chyler Leigh) faces the biggest challenge of her life. The episode was directed by Tawnia McKiernan with story by Robert Rovner and teleplay by Emilio Ortega Aldrich & Nicki Holcomb (#615). Original airdate 10/12/2021. Promo
    SEASON PREMIERE – “The Bullet Blondes” – (8:00-9:00 p.m. ET) (TV-PG, LV) (HDTV)
    COMFORT ZONE – After defeating the aliens and saving Earth, the Legends find themselves stranded in 1925 Odessa, Texas with a destroyed Waverider. Wanting to help fix things, Astra (Olivia Swann) tries using her powers, which creates unwanted attention from the town and that of the new Director of the Bureau of Investigation, J. Edgar Hoover, and a surprise no one expected. Realizing they need to escape, Sara (Caity Lotz) and Ava (Jes Macallan) create a distraction by going on a crime spree with Hoover hot on their tails. Meanwhile, Zari (Tala Ashe) is finding it hard to get over Constantine, so Behrad (Shayan Sobhian) suggests the only thing he knows that can help. Nick Zano, Adam Tsekham, Lisseth Chavez and Amy Pemberton also star. Kevin Mock directed the episode written by James Eagan & Ray Utarnachitt (#701). Original airdate 10/13/2021. Promo
  • The CW Batwoman – Wednesday, October 13 Show More
    SEASON PREMIERE – “Mad As A Hatter” – (9:00-10:00 p.m. ET) (TV-14, LV) (HDTV)
    SEASON PREMIERE – As Batwoman (Javicia Leslie) continues to keep the streets of Gotham safe, Batwing (Camrus Johnson) joins in on the action, but Luke quickly realizes he hasn’t quite mastered his suit. Meanwhile, as Alice (Rachel Skarsten) sits hopelessly imprisoned in Arkham, Sophie (Meagan Tandy) fully enjoys her freedom. When Ryan pays Alice a visit to ask about the bombshell she dropped – that Ryan’s birth mother is still alive – Ryan must decide if she should go down the rabbit hole of her past. As Mary (Nicole Kang) prepares to finally graduate from medical school, she feels the absence of her family more than ever. But when an Alice admirer stumbles upon one of the missing Bat Trophies, Gotham and the Bat Team get mixed up in the madness, culminating in a shockingly gruesome graduation… and an equally shocking new partnership. Also starring Robin Givens and Victoria Cartagena. Holly Dale directed the episode written by Caroline Dries (#301). Original airdate 10/13/2021. 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 Coroner – Thursday, October 14 Show More
    “Christmas Eve” – (8:00-9:00 p.m. ET) (TV-14, V) (HDTV)
    AN UNEXPECTED GUEST – In the first of a two-part season finale, the holidays are interrupted by a gruesome murder, and Jenny (Serinda Swan) thinks there is more going on with the suspect than the obvious. Also starring Roger Cross, Gordon Campbell, Ehren Kassam, Kiley May, Andy McQueen, and Uni Park. Adrienne Mitchell directed the episode written by Noelle Carbone (#309). Original airdate 10/14/21. Every episode of CORONER 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. 
    SEASON PREMIERE – “You Have to Pick One This Time” – (9:00-10:00 p.m. ET) (TV-PG, DL) (HDTV)
    SEASON PREMIERE – After learning that Malivore has taken over Landon’s (Aria Shahghasemi) body, Hope (Danielle Rose Russell) and the Super Squad come up with a risky plan to rescue Landon, as well as Cleo (guest star Omono Okojie), who has been absorbed into Malivore’s darkness. Meanwhile, an impromptu date with Finch (guest star Courtney Bandeko) brings up a subject that Josie (Kaylee Bryant) is not ready to talk about. Matthew Davis, Jenny Boyd, Quincy Fouse, Chris Lee, Ben Levin and Leo Howard also star. The episode was written by Mark Ryan Walberg and directed by Tony Solomons (#317). Original airdate 10/14/2021. Promo
  • The CW Nancy Drew – Friday, October 15 Show More
    “The Journey of the Dangerous Mind” – (9:00-10:00 p.m. ET) (TV-PG, V) (HDTV)
    FROZEN IN TIME – As The Drew Crew investigates the Frozen Heart murders, sparks fly between Nancy (Kennedy McMann) and her counterpart in law enforcement on Nancy’s first day as the Community Liaison – and Temperance (guest star Bo Martynowska) makes a startling offer at the police station. Meanwhile, Carson (Scott Wolf) and Ryan (Riley Smith) have conflicting opinions on how Nancy should be parented, a mishap tests Nick’s (Tunji Kasim) and George’s (Leah Lewis) relationship, and Bess (Maddison Jaizani) tries to protect Ace (Alex Saxon) from a string of bad luck that may not be coincidental. Amanda Row directed the episode written by Celine Geiger and Andrea Thornton Bolden (#302). Original airdate 10/15/2021. 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 Sydney To The Max – Friday, October 15, 8:00PM Show More
    “Jingled Out” (8:00-8:30 p.m. EDT)
    When Max hires Sydney to write a jingle for Reynolds Rides, she learns it’s not easy to be both a daughter and an employee. TV-G Promo
  • Disney Gabby Duran & The Unsittables – Friday, October 15, 8:30PM Show More
    “Zeke to the Future” (8:30-8:55 p.m. EDT)
    Gabby gets a history lesson when alien technology delivers a boy from 1821 to modern-day Havensburg. Gabby recruits her alien friend Rooney to help get him home.
    TV-G Promo
  • Disney ZOMBIES: Addison’s Monster Mystery – Friday, October 15, 9:25PM Show More
    “Vampire… Again” (8:55-9:00 p.m. EDT)
    Addison is hosting the Seabrook High’s Halloween Fall Ball and is going above and beyond to ensure the event is extra spooky and fun. After she gives the school’s “Shrimpy” mascot costume a makeover using some stones from the Wolf Den, a mysterious power brings the costume to life, like a pink, googly-eyed Frankenstein’s monster. As Monster Shrimpy begins terrorizing Seabrook and smashing everything in his path, Zed will need to work together with Addison to save the Fall Ball … and Seabrook itself. TV-G Promo
  • Disney+ JUST BEYOND – Wednesday, October 13 Show More
    All eight episodes of the supernatural anthology series “Just Beyond” will premiere on Wednesday, October 13 as a part of the Disney+ Hallowstream celebration. Inspired by the writings of R.L. Stine, the series tells astonishing and thought-provoking stories of a reality just beyond the one we know. Each episode introduces viewers to a new cast of characters who must go on a surprising journey of self-discovery in a supernatural world of witches, aliens, ghosts and parallel universes. Promo
  • Epix Chapelwaite – Sunday, October 10, 10:00PM Show More
    The Gathering Dark
    Charles and company try to enlist men in town to fight in Jerusalem’s Lot and retake the book. Promo
  • FOX THE SIMPSONS – Sunday, October 10 Show More
    “THE SIMPSONS” – (8:00-8:31 PM ET/PT) CC-HDTV 720p-Dolby Digital 5.1 Video Clips
    IT’S THE ANNUAL HALLOWEEN SPOOKTACULAR “TREEHOUSE OF HORROR XXXII” ON AN ALL-NEW “THE SIMPSONS” SUNDAY, OCTOBER 10, ON FOX
    Tree Rollins Makes a Guest Voice Appearance
    The First of Four All-New Halloween-Themed Episodes Airing Tonight on FOX!
    Bong Joon-ho’s “Parasite,” Bambi’s revenge and much, much more are featured in the all-new “Treehouse of Horror XXXII” episode of THE SIMPSONS airing Sunday, Oct. 10 (8:00-8:31 PM ET/PT) on FOX. (SI-3216) (TV-TBD)
    Guest Cast: Tree Rollins as Himself
  • FOX THE GREAT NORTH – Sunday, October 10 Show More
    “THE GREAT NORTH” – (8:31-9:01 PM ET/PT) CC-HDTV 720p-Dolby Digital 5.1 Video Clips
    LUMBER ZOMBIES EMERGE ON AN ALL-NEW SPOOKY EPISODE OF “THE GREAT NORTH” SUNDAY, OCTOBER 10, ON FOX
    The Second of Four All-New Halloween-Themed Episodes Airing Tonight on FOX!
    Moon, Judy and Ham try to survive Alaska’s darkest and spookiest day of the year. Meanwhile, Wolf and Honeybee attempt to replace Beef’s favorite shirt in the all-new “The Yawn of the Dead Adventure [Halloween]” Halloween-themed episode of THE GREAT NORTH airing Sunday, Oct. 10 at 8:31-9:00 PM ET/PT on FOX. (GRN-111) (TV-14 D, L, V)
    Guest Cast: Tim Bagley, John Early, John Gemberling, Patti Harrison, David Herman, Charlie Kelly, Martha Kelly, Karen Kilgariff, Paul F. Tompkins, Julio Torres, Ariel Tweto
  • FOX BOB’S BURGERS – Sunday, October 10 Show More
    “BOB’S BURGERS” – (9:01-9:31 PM ET/PT) CC-AD-HDTV 720p-Dolby Digital 5.1 Video Clips
    LINDA AND GAYLE GET A MYSTERIOUS NOTE ON AN ALL-NEW HALLOWEEN-THEMED EPISODE OF “BOB’S BURGERS” SUNDAY, OCTOBER 10, ON FOX
    Joe Lo Truglio Guest-Voices
    The All-New Halloween-Themed Episodes Continue on FOX!
    When a mysterious note is sent to Linda on Halloween, she and Gayle must travel to their hometown to face a wrong they committed 27 years ago in the all-new “The Pumpkinening” Halloween-themed episode of BOB’S BURGERS airing Sunday, Oct. 10 (9:00-9:30 PM ET/PT) on FOX. (BOB-1102) (TV-PG L)
    Guest Voice Cast: Megan Mullally as Gayle; David Herman as Grim Reaper Kid/Mr. Rosenthal; Kate Micucci as Kid/Kid #3; Joel Kim Booster as Kid #2/Kid #4/Life Coach Dane; Will Choi as Kid’s Dad/Monster Kid; Joe Lo Truglio as Marty; Tim Meadows as Mike the Mailman; Sarah Baker as Terry
    “FAMILY GUY” – (9:30-10:00 PM ET/PT) CC-AD-HDTV 720p-Dolby Digital 5.1 Video Clips
    PA: Viewer discretion is advised.
    HALLOWEEN IN QUAHOG ON AN ALL-NEW “FAMILY GUY” SUNDAY, OCTOBER 10, ON FOX
    The Fourth and Final All-New Halloween-Themed Episode Airing Tonight on FOX!
    Quagmire meets an avid dog lover, and pretends Brian is his dog in an attempt to win her over. Meanwhile, Chris helps Stewie track down the culprit who stole his Halloween candy in the “Must Love Dogs” Halloween-themed episode of FAMILY GUY airing Sunday, Oct. 10 (9:30-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. (FG-1818) (TV-14 D, L, S, V)
    “9-1-1” – (8:00-9:01 PM ET/PT) CC-HDTV 720p-Dolby Digital 5.1 Video Clips
    THE 118 RACES TO SAVES LIVES AFTER A TRUCK CRASHES INTO A HIGH SCHOOL HOMECOMING PARADE ON AN ALL-NEW “9-1-1” MONDAY, OCTOBER 11, ON FOX
    The members of the 118 arrive on the scene after a truck crashes into a high school homecoming parade. Meanwhile, Athena and Michael try to help Harry in the aftermath of his kidnapping, May is intimidated by returning call center legend and Bobby gives a devastated Chimney advice regarding Maddie in the “Home And Away” episode of 9-1-1 airing Monday, Oct. 11 (8:00-9:01 PM ET/PT) on FOX. (NIN-503) (TV-14 D, L, S, V)
    Guest Cast: Vanessa E. Williams as Claudette Collins; Anirudh Pisharody as Ravi
  • FOX THE BIG LEAP – Monday, October 11 Show More
    “THE BIG LEAP” – (9:01-10:00 PM ET/PT) CC-HDTV 720p-Dolby Digital 5.1 Video Clips
    THE FIRST SHOW TRAILER CAUSES TENSION ON THE ALL-NEW “THE BIG LEAP” MONDAY, OCTOBER 11, ON FOX
    With the release of the first trailer for the show and a promo shoot in the works, the contestants all air their grievances over what was caught on tape. Wayne has a run-in with someone from his past who wants to use him to gain access to the show, and Nick is distracted by his visiting daughter. Meanwhile, Mike enlists Paula’s help to make his ex-wife jealous and Gabby tries a dating app in the all-new “Nothing But Money Shots” episode of THE BIG LEAP airing Monday, Oct. 11 (9:01-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. (BLP-104)
    Guest Cast: Nora Dunn as Gina; Adam Kaplan as Simon; Tim Lyons as Alan; McKenzie Chinn as Jessica; Karen Rodriguez as Raven; Crew Miskel as Sam; Nadirah Bost as Mrs. Deyoung; Jessica Hodges as Paige; Patrick Mulvey as Patrick; Blaire Brown as Henrietta; Jason Michael Snow as Neil; Jurgan Hooper as Photographer; Luis Rosado as Mario; Elijah Delgado as Junior; Jake Lockett as Aaron O’Reilly; Jordan Edgington as British Bartender; Phil Ridarelli as Guy; Josh Nash as Male Club Dancer #1; Richard Torres as Male Club Dancer #2; Brian Manuel Torres as Male Club Dancer #3; Joe Bushnell as Doctor; Deveon Bromby as Receptionist; Shadee Vossoughi as Nurse #1
  • FOX THE RESIDENT – Tuesday, October 12 Show More
    “THE RESIDENT” – (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT) — CC-AD-HDTV 720p-Dolby Digital 5.1 Video Clips
    CONRAD LOOKS FOR ANSWERS ON AN ALL-NEW “THE RESIDENT” TUESDAY, OCTOBER 12, ON FOX
    In trying to find a way to channel his emotions, Conrad puts all his effort in looking for answers. Raptor has a run-in with the police that ends up taking a surprising turn. Meanwhile, Leela begins noticing problems with a surgeon who has been Bell’s mentor in the all-new “Now What?” episode of THE RESIDENT airing Tuesday, Oct. 12 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. (RES-504) (TV-14 D,L,S,V)
    Guest Cast: Glenn Morshower as Marshall Winthrop; Denitra Isler as Nurse Hundley; Jessica Miesel as Nurse Jessica Moore; Miles Fowler as Trevor; Marlene Forte as Cherry Sandoval; Juan Carlos Cantu as Gabe Sandoval; Gregg Henry as Dr. Aaron Kranepool; Jason Douglas as Officer Winnaker; Adam Poole as Officer Wright; Nasir Rahim as Officer Carr; Sarah Girma as Anesthesiologist #1; Sunshine Bartell as Nurse Sunshine; Kristina Arjona as Anesthesiologist #2
  • FOX OUR KIND OF PEOPLE – Tuesday, October 12 Show More
    “OUR KIND OF PEOPLE” – (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) CC-HDTV 720p-Dolby Digital 5.1 Video Clips
    ANGELA PREPARES FOR THE GRAND OPENING OF EVE’S CROWN ON AN ALL-NEW “OUR KIND OF PEOPLE” TUESDAY, OCTOBER 12 ON FOX
    Alex Newell (“Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist”) Guest-Stars
    Angela meets with Nikki’s father, Nate, as she deals with the tabloids chasing her after her paternity secret is revealed. Meanwhile, Angela’s best friend, Tommy “Tizzie” Jones, arrives in Oak Bluffs to help her with the grand opening of the Eve’s Crown flagship store. Then, Teddy confides in Leah, Nikki and Taylor get closer and Raymond meets with a face from the past to help get his company back from Teddy in the all-new “Crabs in a Gold Plated Barrel” episode of OUR KIND OF PEOPLE airing Tuesday, Oct. 12 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. (OKP-104) (TV-14 D, L, V)
    Guest Cast: Alex Newell as Tommy “Tizzie” Jones; Melissa De Sousa as Alex; McKinley Freeman as Nate; Nicole Chanel Williams as Taylor
  • FX IMPEACHMENT: AMERICAN CRIME STORY – Tuesday, October 12, 10:00PM Show More
    Man Handled
    The Office of the Independent Counsel ensnares Monica Lewinsky, holding her for 12 traumatizing hours in a hotel room. Written by Sarah Burgess; directed by Ryan Murphy. Promo
  • FX AMERICAN HORROR STORY: DOUBLE FEATURE – Wednesday, October 13, 10:00PM Show More
    Blue Moon
    An unexpected visitor arrives at the White House and reveals the details of the horrific plan. Written by Kristen Reidel & Manny Coto & Reilly Smith; directed by Laura Belsey John J. Gray. Promo
  • FX WHAT WE DO IN THE SHADOWS – Thursday, October 14, 10:00PM Show More
    The Wellness Center
    Nandor is persuaded to reject vampirism and pursue a healthier lifestyle. Written by Stefani Robinson; Directed by Yana Gorskaya. Promo
  • FXX CAKE – Thursday, October 14, 10:00PM Show More
    God Mode
    The powers that be. Promo
  • Hallmark Chesapeake Shores – Sunday, October 10, 8:00PM Show More
    What A Difference A Day Makes
    Evan wonders if he has feelings for Abby. Luke is threatened with returning to London. Promo
  • Hallmark Movie Channel ADVICE TO LOVE BY – Saturday, October 16, 8:00PM Show More
    When a “love advice” author (Westbrook) crosses paths with a dating columnist (Darnell), an attraction begins to blossom into more. As both use strategies from their own playbooks to win over the other, is it possible that they’ve both met their match? Promo
  • HBO SCENES FROM A MARRIAGE – Sunday, October 10, 9:00PM Show More
    “In the Middle of the Night, in a Dark House, Somewhere in the World” – Mira and Jonathan reassess their love story. Promo
  • HBO Max AQUAMAN: KING OF ATLANTIS – Thursday, October 14 Show More
    WarnerMedia Kids & Family and DC released today the first promo for the highly anticipated animated mini-series event, Aquaman: King of Atlantis. The new animated series from Warner Bros. Animation presents a playful reimagining of the iconic DC Super Hero and tells an original tale about Aquaman’s first adventures as King of Atlantis. Family audiences will follow Aquaman, his royal advisor Vulko, warrior-princess Mera and a fun roster of characters on epic underwater excursions filled with colorful animations, monstrous creatures and thrilling battles. The action-packed mini-series will release new episodes weekly on HBO Max beginning Thursday, Oct. 14. The three-part event begins on Aquaman’s first day on the job as King of Atlantis and he’s got a LOT of catching up to do. Luckily, he has his two royal advisors to back him up – Vulko, the scholar, and Mera, the water controlling warrior-princess. Between dealing with unscrupulous surface dwellers, elder evils from beyond time and his own half-brother who wants to overthrow him, Aquaman is going to have to rise to the challenge and prove to his subjects, and to himself, that he’s the right man for the throne! The talented voice cast includes Cooper Andrews (The Walking Dead) as Aquaman, Gillian Jacobs (Community) as Mera, Thomas Lennon (Reno 911) as Vulko and Dana Snyder (Jellystone!) as Ocean Master. Promo
  • Hulu DOPESICK – Wednesday, October 13 Show More
    From executive producer Danny Strong and starring and executive produced by Michael Keaton, “Dopesick” examines how one company triggered the worst drug epidemic in American history. The series takes viewers to the epicenter of America’s struggle with opioid addiction, from the boardrooms of Big Pharma to a distressed Virginia mining community to the hallways of the DEA. Defying all the odds, heroes will emerge in an intense and thrilling ride to take down the craven corporate forces behind this national crisis and their allies. The limited series is inspired by the New York Times bestselling book by Beth Macy. The eight-episode series stars Michael Keaton, Peter Sarsgaard, Michael Stuhlbarg, Will Poulter, John Hoogenakker, with Kaitlyn Dever and Rosario Dawson. Guest stars include Phillipa Soo and Jake McDorman. Promo
  • Lifetime LIST OF A LIFETIME – Sunday, October 10, 8:00PM Show More
    List of a Lifetime follows Brenda Lee (Kelly Hu) who is diagnosed with breast cancer, is prompted to look for the daughter she gave up for adoption decades ago. After finding Talia (Sylvia Kwan) and sharing her devasting news, Talia convinces Brenda to make a bucket list of everything she wants to do, promising to help her complete everything on the list. While keeping Brenda a secret from her adoptive parents Diana (Shannen Doherty) and Marty (Jamie Kahler, How I Met Your Mother), Talia grows closer to the mother she never knew. Meanwhile, Brenda discovers a meaningful relationship with Talia she didn’t know she needed, and a reason to fight for her life. Patricia Velasquez stars as Brenda’s best friend, Meg while Jane Sibbett stars as Brenda’s oncologist, Dr. Elizabeth Boyer. Jim Klock (Underground Railroad) also appears in the film as Brenda’s supervisor, Kevin and Chad Lindberg (The Fast and the Furious) plays Brenda’s boyfriend, Mike. See Our Interview with the cast! Promo
  • Lifetime DON’T SWEAT THE SMALL STUFF: THE KRISTINE CARLSON STORY – Saturday, October 16 Show More
    Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff is about Kristine Carlson (Heather Locklear) and her husband Dr. Richard Carlson (Jason MacDonald) had an amazing life with their two daughters. But when Richard tragically passes away, Kristine is knocked off balance. Comfortable with living in Richard’s shadow, she is now forced to navigate the unchartered territory of becoming a single mom while dealing with pressure to become the new face and voice of the Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff brand. Looking deep inside herself, Kristine comes to understand the true essence of emotional authenticity and not sweating the small stuff, which leads to the resilience and confidence needed to carry on the legacy of the beloved brand. Promo
  • Lifetime FIGHTING FOR HER LIFE – Saturday, October 16 Show More
    Inspired by a true story, Devina has always wanted to be a mother and after years of trying and many miscarriages, Devina and her husband, Rick, have all but given up–until Devina discovers she’s pregnant again with a healthy baby girl. Adding to her stress is Devina’s mother, Ani, who is against her being with Rick, let alone having his child. When Devina collapses midway through her pregnancy, she is taken to the hospital and discovers she has a life-threatening blood disorder. Now, with every day possibly being her last, Devina is determined to see the pregnancy to term and deliver her miracle baby. Will Devina’s baby girl survive and have a mommy waiting for her when she arrives? Starring Aisha Kumari, Adam Huss, Alice Amter Promo
  • LMN HER BOYFRIEND’S DEADLY SECRET – Friday, October 15, 8:00PM Show More
    When a high school student starts dating a rebellious boy from a different school, she quickly finds herself in the crosshairs of someone trying to break them up…or hide a dangerous secret. Stars Alicia Leigh Willis, Kalen Bull. (2021). Promo
  • NBC “ORDINARY JOE””SHOOTING STAR” ORIGINAL Show More
    10/11/2021 (10:01PM – 11:00PM) (Monday) : Each Joe must come to terms with an unfamiliar and challenging feeling. Music Joe enlists help to look for his son. Cop Joe navigates the aftermath of a shooting. Nurse Joe and Jenny discuss a big career opportunity. TV-14 Promo
  • NBC “LA BREA””THE HUNT” ORIGINAL Show More
    10/12/2021 (09:00PM – 10:01PM) (Tuesday) : With the survivors’ food supply dwindling, Eve and Ty venture into the forest on a risky hunting expedition only to face unexpected dangers that threaten their survival. As an unlikely rescue mission comes to fruition, Gavin must put his faith – and the fate of his family – in the hands of an old friend with whom he shares a complicated past. TV-14 Promo
  • NBC “NEW AMSTERDAM””SEED MONEY” ORIGINAL Show More
    10/12/2021 (10:01PM – 11:00PM) (Tuesday) : Max struggles with a new fiscal reality at the hospital. Dr. Sharpe is on a mission to provide follow-up cancer screenings for patients before it’s too late. Bloom grapples with Dr. Shinwari’s new overnight schedule. Reynolds has an interesting conversation with Dr. Malvo about their future. TV-14 Promo
  • NBC “CHICAGO MED””STATUS QUO, aka THE MESS WE’RE IN” ORIGINAL Show More
    10/13/2021 (08:00PM – 09:00PM) (Wednesday) : Charles helps Dylan with a longtime patient who was recently diagnosed with schizophrenia. Stevie, Maggie and Vanessa investigate the legitimacy of a patient’s cancer diagnosis. Crockett is caught off-guard. Will pitches a new medical technology. TV-14 Promo
  • NBC “CHICAGO FIRE””THE RIGHT THING” ORIGINAL Show More
    10/13/2021 (09:00PM – 10:00PM) (Wednesday) : Kidd spreads her wings as a lieutenant. Chief Hawkins rides with Ambulance 61 to learn more about Brett. Casey takes a trip out of town. A Ritter date night turns into an emergency situation. TV-14 Promo
  • NBC “CHICAGO PD””IN THE DARK” ORIGINAL Show More
    10/13/2021 (10:00PM – 11:00PM) (Wednesday) : When Upton and Ruzek answer an emergency call to an abandoned house, their investigation leads them down a dark path. TV-14 Promo
    10/14/2021 (09:00PM – 10:00PM) (Thursday) : TV-14 – The SVU faces the fury of social media fans when they arrest two popular influencer brothers. Promo
    10/14/2021 (10:00PM – 11:00PM) (Thursday) : TV-14
    Stabler discovers Flutura’s true role in the family business. Bell asks a favor from Kilbride to move her case forward. Bernadette and Eli adjust to their new living situation. Promo
  • NBC “SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE””RAMI MALEK / YOUNG THUG” ORIGINAL Show More
    10/16/21 (Sa.)(11:29 PM) on NBC. Rami Malek / Young Thug Promo
  • Netflix THE KING’S AFFECTION – Monday, October 11 Show More
    When the crown prince is killed, his twin sister assumes the throne while trying to keep her identity and affection for her first love a royal secret. Promo
  • Netflix MY NAME – Friday, October 15 Show More
    Following her father’s murder, a revenge-driven woman puts her trust in a powerful crime boss — and enters the police force under his direction. Promo
  • Netflix KARMA’S WORLD – Friday, October 15 Show More
    Lyrically gifted middle schooler Karma juggles rap dreams and rhyme schemes while using her talent, ambition and heart to solve any problem. Promo
  • Netflix MISFIT: THE SERIES – Saturday, October 16 Show More
    The Misfits are in for a wild year as they prepare a school musical. But when the strict new headmaster bans the show, it’s up to Julia to save the day. Promo
  • Nickelodeon SIDE HUSTLE – Saturday, October 16, 8:00PM Show More
    The Way You Luke Tonight – TBA
  • Own QUEEN SUGAR – Tuesday, October 12, 8:00PM Show More
    Or Maybe Just Stay There
    Charley is caught between love and ambition, the police take their intimidation of Nova to an unexpected level, and Violet and Billie address their tumultuous past. Finally, Ralph Angel and Darla arrive at the police station, hand in hand. Promo
  • Paramount+ GUILTY PARTY – Thursday, October 14 Show More
    From creator Rebecca Addelman (“Dead to Me”) and starring Kate Beckinsale (“Jolt”) and newcomer Jules Latimer, the 10-episode first season will premiere with two episodes on Thursday, Oct. 14 exclusively on Paramount+. GUILTY PARTY follows Beth Burgess (Beckinsale), a discredited journalist desperate to salvage her career by latching on to the story of a young mother, Toni Plimpton (Latimer), who has been sentenced to life in prison for maiming and murdering her husband, crimes she claims she didn’t commit. In trying to uncover the truth, Beth finds herself in over her head as she contends with Colorado gun-smugglers, clickbait culture, the doldrums of marriage and her own tarnished past. Promo
  • PBS Call The Midwife – Sunday, October 10 Show More
    Episode 2 (Season 10)
    A pregnant woman confides in Sister Frances. Trixie is troubled by her admittance to Lady Emily. Promo
  • PBS Grantchester – Sunday, October 10 Show More
    Episode 7
    Geordie and Will negotiate a complicated family dispute that might be connected to a murder. Promo
  • Showtime AMERICAN RUST – Sunday, October 10, 10:00 PM Show More
    Award winners Jeff Daniels and Maura Tierney star in an unflinching new Showtime Original Series. In an economically devastated Pennsylvania steel town, a complicated and compromised chief of police is forced to decide how far he’s willing to go when the son of the woman he loves is accused of murder. A harrowing journey into the lives of a small town with big secrets, where people are driven by loyalty, love and desperation – and bad choices come far too easy. Promo
  • Showtime WORK IN PROGRESS – Sunday, October 10, 11:00PM Show More
    I Release You
    Abby and Julia venture into uncharted waters, the family throws a party, and Abby finds herself ending one relationship just as she begins a new one. The fate of her last almond hangs in the balance, so Abby has a nice long talk with herself before making any decisions. There’s definitely no going back now. Season finale. Promo
  • Showtime THE L WORD: GENERATION Q – Monday, October 11, 9:00PM Show More
    Last Call
    Bette is forced to make a huge decision as Tina and Carrie’s wedding quickly approaches; Shane and Tess reach a Promo
  • Showtime BACK TO LIFE – Monday, October 11, 10:00PM Show More
    Episode 5
    With Mandy on her mind and John still missing, Miri prepares to take her driving test but is interrupted by a gruesome discovery. Oscar ropes Dom in on his environmental activism. Promo
  • Starz BMF – Sunday, October 10, 8:00PM Show More
    Love All, Trust Few
    Meech and Terry set up an undercover operation using a food truck to sell drugs to factory workers, while Detective Lopez investigates a murder at the center of the city’s drug war. Promo
  • Starz HEELS – Sunday, October 10, 9:00PM Show More
    Double Turn
    The culmination of all Jack’s efforts finally pays off as the DWL is featured on the biggest stage in its history, but when outside-thering drama enters the squared circle, there’s a lot more on the line than the championship belt. Promo
  • Syfy/USA Network CHUCKY – Tuesday, October 12, 10:00PM Show More
    After a vintage Chucky doll turns up at a suburban yard sale, an idyllic American town is thrown into chaos as a series of horrifying murders begin to expose the town’s hypocrisies and secrets. Meanwhile, the arrival of enemies – and allies – from Chucky’s past threatens to expose the truth behind the killings, as well as the demon doll’s untold origins, as a seemingly ordinary child who somehow became this notorious monster. Promo
  • Syfy/USA Network DAY OF THE DEAD – Tuesday, October 12, 11:00PM Show More
    Special Preview
    “Day of the Dead” is the intense story of six strangers trying to survive the first 24 hours of an undead invasion. This ode to George A. Romero’s famous flesh-eaters reminds us that sometimes all it takes to bring people together is a horde of hungry zombies trying to rip them apart. Promo
  • Syfy DAY OF THE DEAD – Friday, October 15, 10:00PM Show More
    The Thing in the Hole
    A normal day for the town of Mawinhaken takes a horrifying turn when the dead begin to rise. Cam and Lauren make a shocking discovery at the cemetery. Meanwhile, McDermott investigates a mystery under the Cleargenix fracking operation. Promo
  • Syfy SLUMBER PARTY MASSACRE – Saturday, October 16, 10:00PM Show More
    A new contemporary twist-filled reimagining of the 1982 slasher cult classic just in time for Halloween. A slumber party turns into a bloodbath, as a psychotic serial killer wielding a power drill disrupts the fun. Promo
  • UpTV LOVE AT SKY GARDENS – Sunday, October 10, 7:00PM Show More
    Deirdre’s life is split between her day job as a barista and her passion for designing rooftop gardens. When Deirdre accidentally spills coffee on regular customer and event planner, Marcus, before a big meeting with his boss, it sets the wrong tone for him to discuss a job promotion. Deirdre offers to help Marcus get back on track by lending her rooftop garden design services for his boss’ next big event – a wedding! His boss agrees to Deirdre’s help but also wants Jacob, Marcus’ competition for the promotion, to co-plan the wedding. As they work around the clock together, Marcus and Deirdre notice something more about each other and love takes root. But a series of misunderstandings threaten to wilt their growing love. It will take a small miracle to bring them back together where love blossoms – Sky Gardens. Promo
  • USA Network THE SINNER – Wednesday, October 13, 10:00PM Show More
    Part I
    Still reeling from the trauma of a previous case a year ago, the now-retired Harry Ambrose (Bill Pullman) travels to Hanover Island in northern Maine for a recuperative getaway with his partner, Sonya (Jessica Hecht). When an unexpected tragedy occurs involving the daughter of a prominent island family, Ambrose is recruited to help the investigation, only to be thrown into a mystery of mounting paranoia that will turn this sleepy tourist island, and Ambrose’s life, upside down. Promo

 

NON-FICTION

  • ABC America’s Funniest Home Videos: 3202 (10/10) Show More
    “3202” – TBA. Airs SUNDAY, OCT. 10 (7:00-8:00 p.m. EDT), on ABC. (TV-PG)  Preview
  • ABC Celebrity Wheel of Fortune: Donny Osmond, Jeff Garlin and Amber Riley (10/10) Show More
    “Donny Osmond, Jeff Garlin and Amber Riley” – 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, OCT. 10 (8:00-9:00 p.m. EDT), 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.
    This episode’s celebrity contestants include Donny Osmond (playing for Caesars Cares), Jeff Garlin (playing for F Cancer) and Amber Riley (playing for A Place Called Home).
    “Celebrity Wheel of Fortune” is produced by Sony Pictures Television, a Sony Pictures Entertainment Company. “Wheel of Fortune” is distributed by CBS Media Ventures.
  • ABC Supermarket Sweep: We’ve Got Golden Cans! (10/10) Show More
    “We’ve Got Golden Cans!” – 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, OCT. 10 (9:00-10:00 p.m. EDT), on ABC. (TV-PG, L)
  • ABC Dancing with the Stars: Disney Heroes Night (10/11) Disney Villains Night (10/12) Show More
    I Just Can’t Wait for It To Be Disney Week!
    ‘Be Prepared’ As the 13 Remaining Couples Return for Two Nights As ‘Heroes’ and ‘Villains’
    “Disney Heroes Night” and “Disney Villains Night” – The magic of Disney Week will transform the ballroom as the remaining 13 celebrity and pro-dancer couples take on iconic Disney characters across two nights with “Disney Heroes Night” airing live on MONDAY, OCT. 11 (8:00-10:00 p.m. EDT), and “Disney Villains Night” airing live on TUESDAY, OCT. 12 (8:00-10:01 p.m. EDT), on ABC. (TV-PG, L) Celebrity and pro duos will perform time-honored dances including the Salsa, Samba, Rumba, Paso Doble, Foxtrot and more. Watch episodes on demand and on Hulu the day following their premieres.
    In addition on Monday’s “Disney Heroes Night,” each couple will participate in the “Mickey Dance Challenge” where they will be tasked with incorporating steps from Mickey Mouse into their routine. At the end of the episode, the judges will award two bonus points to the couple who best incorporates Mickey’s iconic moves.
  • ABC Special: A Night in the Academy Museum (10/12) Show More
    Laura Dern and Tom Hanks To Host Star-Studded Special, ‘A Night in the Academy Museum,’ Tuesday, Oct. 12, on ABC
    Annette Bening, Cher, Jon M. Chu, Geena Davis, Danny Glover, Eiza González, Emily V. Gordon, Aldis Hodge, Marsai Martin, Marlee Matlin, Melissa McCarthy, Kumail Nanjiani, Michelle Rodriguez, Jurnee Smollett and Diane Warren Set To Appear in Special Celebrating Launch of Academy Museum of Motion Pictures
    Oscar®-winning actors Laura Dern and Tom Hanks are inviting a few of their friends and colleagues to spend a night in the new Academy Museum of Motion Pictures when “A Night in the Academy Museum” airs TUESDAY, OCT. 12 (10:01-11:00 p.m. EDT), on ABC.
    The special will give fans an exclusive look at the amazing history, exhibitions and insight into the art of filmmaking that awaits when they visit the largest institution in the United States dedicated to the arts, sciences and artists of moviemaking. Annette Bening, Cher, Jon M. Chu, Geena Davis, Danny Glover, Eiza González, Emily V. Gordon, Aldis Hodge, Marsai Martin, Marlee Matlin, Melissa McCarthy, Kumail Nanjiani, Michelle Rodriguez, Jurnee Smollett and Diane Warren will guide viewers through the halls of the institution as they explore the magic and artistry that has enlightened, enchanted and entertained movie fans for more than 120 years.
    “A Night in the Academy Museum” is produced by Herzog & Company in association with Show Shop and directed by Linda Mendoza. Mark Herzog and Frank Garritano serve as executive producers.
    “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 in an all-new episode. 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 FRIDAY, OCT. 15 (8:00-9:01 p.m. EDT), on ABC. (TV-PG, L)
  • ABC 20/20: The Principal’s Wife (10/15) Show More
    “20/20” airing Friday, Oct. 15, from 9:01-11:00 p.m. EDT on ABC. High school principal convicted of killing teacher wife. Amy Robach exclusively reports.  More
  • ABC Saturday Night College Football: TBA (10/16) Show More
    SATURDAY NIGHT COLLEGE FOOTBALL PRESENTED BY CAPITAL ONE: Airing Saturday, October 16, 2021. 7:30-11:00 p.m. – TBA
  • Bravo The Real Housewives of Potomac – Sunday, October 10, 8:00PM Show More
    Tossing Salads and Spilling Tea (Bags) Preview
    On a couples trip to the Eastern Shore, Candiace and Mia’s argument puts a damper on Wendy’s Good Vibes Only. Wendy’s hosting skills are under pressure when two surprise guests are left without adequate accommodations. Karen has an interesting run-in with Mia’s husband, Gordon. And at dinner, Ashley and Candiace unbury their hatchets once again.
  • Bravo The Real Housewives of Salt Lake City – Sunday, October 10, 9:00PM Show More
    Gin and Bear It Preview
    After the catering fiasco, Whitney and Lisa find a way to put aside their differences. Meanwhile, Jen apologizes to Brooks, Heather celebrates Ashley’s college acceptance, and the guys enjoy a night away from their wives.
  • CBS “60 MINUTES” LISTINGS FOR SUNDAY, OCT. 10 (7:30-8:30 PM ET/7:00-8:00 PM PT) ON THE CBS TELEVISION NETWORK Show More
    “60 MINUTES” LISTINGS FOR SUNDAY, OCT. 10, ON THE CBS TELEVISION NETWORK
    DEEPFAKES – Bill Whitaker reports on the use of artificial intelligence to create deepfakes, a rapidly improving technology some experts say in the years to come will give anyone the ability to create special effects like a Hollywood studio. Graham Messick and Jack Weingart are the producers. Preview
    A THOUSAND CHILDREN – At least a thousand children taken from parents at the U.S. border three years ago remain separated, despite the seven-month effort by the U.S. government to reunify them. Sharyn Alfonsi reports. Guy Campanile is the producer. Preview
    DEEP SPRINGS – Around two dozen of the world’s brightest attend Deep Springs College, miles from the nearest town in the California desert, where students shoulder the responsibilities and challenges of life on a working ranch in addition to a full roster of academic work. Jon Wertheim reports. David M. Levine is the producer. Preview
  • CBS SURVIVOR 41 – Wednesday, October 13 Show More
    TWO CASTAWAYS STRATEGIZE A RISKY MOVE DURING THE IMMUNITY CHALLENGE, ON “SURVIVOR,” WEDNESDAY, OCT. 13
    “They Hate Me ‘Cause They Ain’t Me” – Two castaways strategize a risky move during the immunity challenge, and another castaway does what it takes to earn a tribemate’s trust, on SURVIVOR, Wednesday, Oct. 13 (8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network, and available to stream live and on demand on Paramount+.
  • CBS TOUGH AS NAILS – Wednesday, October 13 Show More
    CREW MEMBERS PUNCH IN FOR THEIR FIRST INDIVIDUAL CHALLENGE, REPAIRING SNOW FENCES ON MT. BALDY, THE HIGHEST PEAK IN LOS ANGELES, ON “TOUGH AS NAILS,” WEDNESDAY, OCT. 13
    “Fight Tooth and Nail” – Crew members punch in for their first individual challenge, repairing snow fences on Mt. Baldy, the highest peak in Los Angeles, on TOUGH AS NAILS, Wednesday, Oct. 13 (9:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network, and available to stream live and on demand on Paramount+. Phil Keoghan is the creator, host and executive producer/showrunner.
  • CBS 48 HOURS – Saturday, October 16 Show More
    10/16/21 (Sa.) (10:00 PM) on the CBS Television Network – TBA
  • The CW Legends Of The Hidden Temple – Sunday, October 10 Show More
    SERIES PREMIERE – “Hero Twins” – (8:00-9:00 p.m. ET) (Content Ratings TBD) (HDTV)
    CRISTELA ALONZO HOSTS THE NEW SERIES FROM THE CW – Hosted by Cristela Alonzo, the 2021 adult version of “Legends of the Hidden Temple” is taken out of a studio and into a “jungle,” and scaled up with tougher challenges and a much bigger prize on the line – $25,000. It preserves the original Nickelodeon series’ favorite elements including: “Olmec” (the giant talking stone head) voiced by Dee Bradley Baker, the original voice and puppeteer, the “Moat Crossing,” “The Steps of Knowledge,” “The Temple Games,” the “Temple Run,” and of course, the iconic team names: “Purple Parrots,” “Blue Barracudas,” “Orange Iguanas,” “Red Jaguars,” “Silver Snakes” and “Green Monkeys” (#101). Original airdate 10/10/2021. 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 Killer Camp – Sunday, October 10 Show More
    SEASON PREMIERE – “A Smashing Sequel” – (9:00-10:00 p.m. ET) (Content Ratings TBD) (HDTV)
    FRESH BLOOD – In this reality show with a brutal horror twist, thirteen new campers arrive at Camp Pleasant excited and ready for fun but are quickly reminded by host Camp Counselor Bobby (Bobby Mair) that not everyone will survive. After all, one of them is a Killer who will engage the help of homicidal Handyman Bruce to kill their “friends” … one by one. The campmates are immediately thrown into several challenges – including a hilarious walk across a slippery pole to bank cash for their prize fund and a duel with bloody arrows to win immunity. All the while, the Killer among them tries to sabotage the game. Bromances blossom, a risky love triangle forms and one Camper is ultimately sent into the woods to die in a deliciously fun way. Directed by Mike Parker (#201). Original airdate 10/10/2021. Every episode of KILLER CAMP 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, October 15 Show More
    “Happy Birthday!” – (8:00-9:00 p.m. ET) (Content Rating TBD) (HDTV)
    GUEST APPEARANCE BY JUDY GOLD – 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 Amanda Nepo, Shoot Ogawa, Ale Belotto & Guilia and Mark Clearview with special guest appearance by Judy Gold. Alyson Hannigan (“How I Met Your Mother”) serves as host (#801). Original airdate 10/15/2021.
  • FOX THE MASKED SINGER – Wednesday, October 13 Show More
    “THE MASKED SINGER” – (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT) CC-AD-HDTV 720p-Dolby Digital 5.1 Video Clips
    “GROUP B” RETURNS AND A NEW WILDCARD ENTERS THE GAME ON AN ALL-NEW “THE MASKED SINGER” WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 13 ON FOX
    The characters from “Group B” return for their second performances of the season, and a new wildcard enters the game. The Season Six contestants boast a combined 85 Grammy Nominations and 27 wins, three Academy Award nominations, 12 Emmy Nominations, 12 Razzie Award Nominations, two Super Bowl appearances and two Lifetime Achievement Awards. Play along with America’ favorite guessing game with host Nick Cannon and celebrity panelists Ken Jeong, Jenny McCarthy Wahlberg, Nicole Scherzinger and Robin Thicke. Find out who will be unmasked in the all-new “Date Night” episode of THE MASKED SINGER airing Wednesday, Oct. 13 (8:00-9:01 PM ET/PT) on FOX. (MS-605) (TV-PG L)
  • FOX ALTER EGO – Wednesday, October 13 Show More
    “ALTER EGO” – (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) CC-AD-HDTV 720p-Dolby Digital 5.1 Video Clips
    NEXT ROUND OF CONTESTANTS COMPETE HEAD-TO-HEAD ON AN ALL-NEW EPISODE OF THE FIRST EVER AVATAR SINGING COMPETITION SERIES “ALTER EGO,” WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 13, ON FOX
    In the show’s fifth episode, four of the remaining 16 contestants go head-to-head and face elimination 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 all-new “The Head To Heads Begin” episode of ALTER EGO airing Wednesday, Oct. 13 (9:01-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. (ALT-105) (TV-PG D,L)
  • FOX THURSDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL PRESENTED BY BUD LIGHT PLATINUM – Thursday, October 14 Show More
    **FOX SPORTS**–“THURSDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL PRESENTED BY BUD LIGHT PLATINUM” – (7:30 PM-CC ET live/4:30 PM-CC PT live) CC- HDTV 720p-Dolby Digital 5.1
    FOX SPORTS PRESENTS “THURSDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL PRESENTED BY BUD LIGHT PLATINUM” THURSDAY, OCTOBER 14, ON FOX
    Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Philadelphia Eagles
    FOX Sports continues its coverage of THURSDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL PRESENTED BY BUD LIGHT PLATINUM live from Lincoln Financial Field as the Philadelphia Eagles take on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. THURSDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL PRESENTED BY BUD LIGHT PLATINUM airs LIVE Thursday, Oct. 14 (7:30 PM-CC ET live/4:30 PM-CC PT live) on FOX. (TNF-402) (n/a).
  • FOX WWE’S FRIDAY NIGHT SMACKDOWN – Friday, October 15 Show More
    “WWE’S FRIDAY NIGHT SMACKDOWN” – (8:00-10:00 PM ET live/PT tape-delayed) CC-HDTV 720p-Dolby Digital 5.1
    FOX SPORTS PRESENTS “WWE’S FRIDAY NIGHT SMACKDOWN” FRIDAY, OCTOBER 15, 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, Oct. 15 (8:00-10:00 PM ET live/PT tape-delayed) on FOX. (WWE-2342) (TV-PG D,L,S,V)
  • FOX COLLEGE FOOTBALL – Saturday, October 16 Show More
    **FOX SPORTS** – FOX COLLEGE FOOTBALL – (8:00 PM-CC ET live/5:00 PM-CC PT live) CC- HDTV 720p-Dolby Digital 5.1
    FOX SPORTS PRESENTS FOX COLLEGE FOOTBALL SATURDAY, OCTOBER 16, ON FOX
    FOX Sports continues its 2021 college football coverage. FOX College Football airs LIVE Saturday, Oct. 16 (8:00 PM-CC ET live/5:00 PM-CC PT live) on FOX. (FSP-2225) (n/a)
  • HBO WE’RE HERE – Monday, October 11, 9:00PM Show More
    “Spartanburg, South Carolina”
    A year after their first visit was cut short due to the pandemic, Shangela, Bob, and Eureka return to Spartanburg, SC to catch up with Noah, who grapples with gender expression; plus-size lesbian model Faith; and Olin, who wants to bring his family together by walking in his brother’s shoes – literally.
  • NBC “FOOTBALL NIGHT IN AMERICA””101021” ORIGINAL Show More
    10/10/2021 (07:00PM – 08:20PM) (Sunday) : TV-14
    Week 5 highlights and discussion, plus a Bills-Chiefs preview. 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””BUFFALO BILLS AT KANSAS CITY CHIEFS” ORIGINAL Show More
    10/10/2021 (08:20PM – 11:30PM) (Sunday) : Buffalo Bills At Kansas City Chiefs
    Buffalo Bills (3-1) at Kansas City Chiefs (2-2). From GEHA Field at Arrowhead Stadium.
  • NBC “THE VOICE””THE BATTLES PREMIERE” ORIGINAL Show More
    10/11/2021 (08:00PM – 10:01PM) (Monday) : The battle rounds begin as the coaches enlist music industry powerhouses Jason Aldean, Kristin Chenoweth, Dierks Bentley and Camila Cabello to prepare their artists to go head-to-head in hopes of advancing to the knockouts. Each coach has one steal and one save at their disposal. TV-PG
  • NBC “THE VOICE””THE BATTLES PART 2” ORIGINAL Show More
    10/12/2021 (08:00PM – 09:00PM) (Tuesday) : The battle rounds continue as the coaches enlist music industry powerhouses Jason Aldean, Kristin Chenoweth, Dierks Bentley and Camila Cabello to prepare their artists to go head-to-head in hopes of advancing to the knockouts. Each coach has one steal and one save at their disposal. TV-PG
  • NBC “HOME SWEET HOME””NOT AS IMPORTANT AS I THOUGHT I WAS!” ORIGINAL Show More
    10/15/2021 (08:00PM – 09:00PM) (Friday) : TV-PG – Black lesbian mothers reflect on the importance of teaching their heritage to their three young children after experiencing the deep-rooted culture of their switch family, an Orthodox Greek family of six. As everyone learns about their differences, both families revel in the commonalities they ultimately share with one another.
  • NBC “DATELINE””FR3104” ORIGINAL Show More
    10/15/2021 (09:00PM – 11:00PM) (Friday) : DATELINE NBC EXCLUSIVE: FAMILY MEMBERS & INVESTIGATORS SPEAK OUT FOR THE FIRST TIME ON NETWORK TV SINCE DEATH OF AMY CARLSON, KNOWN AS “MOTHER GOD”
    On Discovering Carlson’s Mummified Body, Sheriff Dan Warwick tells NBC News’ Keith Morrison: ‘I Used To Say I’ve Seen It All. I Don’t Say That Anymore.’
    All-New Two-Hour ‘The Ascension of Mother God’ Airs Friday at 9pm ET/8pm CT
    On Friday’s all-new Dateline NBC at 9pm ET/8pm CT, family members and investigators speak out for the first time on network television since the death of “Love Has Won” spiritual leader Amy Carlson, known to her followers as “Mother God.” The case gained worldwide attention after deputies found her mummified body covered with Christmas lights in a Colorado house where members of the group stayed.
    Saguache County Sheriff Dan Warwick tells Dateline’s Keith Morrison that when he arrived at the house, the group’s followers were worshipping Carlson’s corpse and putting essential oils on it to “keep the odor down.” He tells Morrison, “Wow, I mean, it’s just [you] shake and go wow. There’s not much more I can say. I’ve been doing this for 26 years. I used to say I’ve seen it all. I don’t say that anymore.”
    During the two-hour broadcast, The Ascension of Mother God, Morrison also speaks with Carlson’s mother, sisters and children, District Attorney Alonzo Payne and former followers of Mother God.
    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.
  • USA Network WWE RAW – Monday, October 11, 8:00PM Show More
    10/11/21 – From wrestlinginc.com: WWE RAW Preview For Tonight: First Round Tournament Matches, Tag Team Main Event
    Tonight’s WWE RAW will take place from the Chase Center in San Francisco, California with the first red brand matches for the 2021 King of the Ring Tournament and the inaugural Queen’s Crown Tournament.
    Tonight’s tournament matches include Kofi Kingston vs. Jinder Mahal, Ricochet vs. Xavier Woods, Doudrop vs. Natalya, and Shayna Baszler vs. Dana Brooke.
    RAW will also be headlined by SmackDown Women’s Champion Becky Lynch and RAW Women’s Champion Charlotte Flair teaming up to face Sasha Banks and Bianca Belair.
    Stay tuned for more on tonight’s RAW and be sure to join us for live coverage at 8pm ET. WWE has announced the following line-up for tonight:
    * King of the Ring Tournament First Round Match: Kofi Kingston vs. Jinder Mahal
    * King of the Ring Tournament First Round Match: Xavier Woods vs. Ricochet
    * Queen’s Crown Tournament First Round Match: Doudrop vs. Natalya
    * Queen’s Crown Tournament First Round Match: Shayna Baszler vs. Dana Brooke
    * WWE Champion Big E and Drew McIntyre face-off in the ring to build to Crown Jewel
    * SmackDown Women’s Champion Becky Lynch and RAW Women’s Champion Charlotte Flair vs. Sasha Banks and Bianca Belair
  • USA Network WWE NXT – Tuesday, October 12, 8:00PM Show More
    10/12/21 – from wrestlinginc.com: The Diamond Mine’s Ivy Nile is set to make her WWE NXT 2.0 in-ring debut during tonight’s show.
    There’s no word yet on who Nile will face, but Malcolm Bivens took to Twitter this afternoon to announce the debut.
    “Diamond Mine’s tenderoni, Ivy Nile, is making her in-ring debut tonight! Sorry, ladies… she’s gonna be a PROBLEM,” Bivens wrote.
    Nile, also know as former Titan Games winner Emily Andzulis, has competed in just two TV matches since signing with WWE in January 2020. She worked RAW Underground on August 3, 2020, losing to Shayna Baszler, then then participated in a NXT Women’s Battle Royal won by Candice LeRae on September 23, 2020. Before that she worked three NXT live events.
    Stay tuned for more on tonight’s NXT episode and be sure to join us for live coverage at 8pm ET. Below is the updated line-up for tonight, along with Bivens’ tweet:
    * Ivy Nile will make her in-ring debut
    * NXT North American Champion Isaiah “Swerve” Scott defends against Santos Escobar
    * NXT Champion Tommaso Ciampa vs. Joe Gacy in a non-title match. If Gacy wins, he will be added to Bron Breakker vs. Ciampa for the NXT Title at Halloween Havoc
    * Von Wagner and Kyle O’Reilly vs. Ridge Holland and Pete Dunne
    * The second edition of “Lashing Out with Lash Legend”
    * More build for Halloween Havoc
  • USA Network CHRISLEY KNOWS BEST – Thursday, October 14, 8:00PM Show More
    A Brand New Todd
    Todd struggles as the brand ambassador for a new mocktail line; Grayson gets busted playing hooky.
  • USA Network AMERICA’S BIG DEAL – Thursday, October 14, 9:00PM Show More
    “America’s Big Deal” from world-renowned inventor and entrepreneur Joy Mangano. With a mission to lift up America’s greatest small businesses and inventors, this groundbreaking first-of-its-kind series invites entrepreneurs from across the country to sell their products live on-air to home viewers through One Platform Commerce @ NBCU. Each week entrepreneurs will take the stage for a three-minute product pitch and the person with the most live sales throughout the episode will win the chance to strike a life-changing deal with one of the show’s retail giants. Premiering Thursday, Oct. 14 at 9 p.m. ET/PT on USA Network, “America’s Big Deal” will be hosted by Emmy Award-nominated “Access Hollywood” journalist Scott Evans and will empower audiences to shop live using ShoppableTV and NBCUniversal Checkout to turn entrepreneurs’ dreams into reality.

 

RERUNS

    THE SEQUEL TO THE GLOBAL TELEVISION PHENOMENON “CSI” DEBUTS WITH NEW TEAM LEADER MAXINE ROBY JOINING FORCES WITH GIL GRISSOM AND SARA SIDLE, WHEN A TWISTED CONSPIRACY TARGETS THE CRIME LAB, ON THE REBROADCAST OF “CSI: VEGAS,” SATURDAY, OCT. 16
    Paula Newsome, William Petersen, Jorja Fox, Matt Lauria, Mandeep Dhillon and Mel Rodriguez Star
    Paul Guilfoyle Guest Stars at Jim Brass
    “Legacy” – CSI: VEGAS opens a brand-new chapter in Las Vegas – the city where it all began. Facing an existential threat that could bring down the entire Crime Lab and release thousands of convicted killers back onto the neon-lit streets of Vegas, a brilliant new team of investigators led by Maxine Roby must enlist the help of old friends Gil Grissom and Sara Sidle. This combined force will deploy the latest forensic techniques to do what they do best – follow the evidence – in order to preserve and serve justice in Sin City. In the premiere episode, an attack on Jim Brass (Paul Guilfoyle) kicks off a twisted conspiracy targeting the Las Vegas crime lab, on the rebroadcast of CSI: VEGAS, Saturday, Oct. 16 (8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.
    WRITTEN BY: Jason Tracey
    DIRECTED BY: Uta Briesewitz Promo
  • CBS S.W.A.T. – Saturday, October 16 Show More
    THE TEAM WORKS TOGETHER TO HUNT DOWN A DEADLY BAND OF MERCENARIES HIRED BY A WEALTHY CEO TRYING TO LEAVE THE COUNTRY BEFORE BEING ARRESTED FOR RUNNING A MASSIVE PONZI SCHEME, ON A REBROADCAST OF “S.W.A.T.,” SATURDAY, OCT. 16
    “Sins of the Fathers” – The team works together to hunt down a deadly band of mercenaries hired by a wealthy CEO trying to leave the country before he’s arrested for running a massive Ponzi scheme. Also, Hondo is forced to confront his changing relationship with Darryl (Deshae Frost) as the teen grows closer to his father, and a grief-stricken Chris hits rock bottom, on a rebroadcast of S.W.A.T., Saturday, October 16 (9:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.
    WRITTEN BY: Munis Rashid and Alison Cross
    DIRECTED BY: Guy Ferland Promo
  • FOX GAME OF TALENTS – Saturday, October 16 Show More
    “GAME OF TALENTS” – (11:30 PM-12:30 AM ET/PT) CC-HDTV 720p-Dolby Digital 5.1
    CONTESTANTS DANNY & KYA AND DIEGO & DALIA FACE THE MYSTERY PEFORMERS ON “GAME OF TALENTS,” SATURDAY, OCTOBER 16, ON FOX
    Taking the awe, wonder and spectacle of a large-scale variety show and infusing it with a clue-centered, high-intensity investigative game, GAME OF TALENTS is a new hybrid series like you’ve never seen. Two new teams of contestants are put to the test as they attempt to figure out the surprising, mesmerizing – and sometimes bizarre – hidden talents of the mystery performers. Find out which team is up for the challenge, as they try and guess their way to $200,000 in the “Balloons, Bo Staffs, and a Blazing Chainsaw” episode of GAME OF TALENTS airing Saturday, Oct. 16 (11:30PM-12:30AM ET/PT) on FOX. (GTA-107) (TV-PG D)
    10/14/2021 (08:00PM – 09:00PM) (Thursday) : The SVU must contend with an angry neighborhood watch group when a girl goes missing near a building housing several sex offenders. Guest starring Ari’el Stachel, Mark Cayne and Michael Dempsey. TV-14 Promo
  • NBC “LA BREA””THE HUNT” REPEAT Show More
    10/16/2021 (08:00PM – 09:00PM) (Saturday) : With the survivors’ food supply dwindling, Eve and Ty venture into the forest on a risky hunting expedition only to face unexpected dangers that threaten their survival. As an unlikely rescue mission comes to fruition, Gavin must put his faith – and the fate of his family – in the hands of an old friend with whom he shares a complicated past. TV-14 D, L, V Promo
  • NBC “DATELINE WEEKEND MYSTERY””SA3103” ORIGINAL Show More
    10/16/2021 (09:00PM – 10:00PM) (Saturday) : TBA
  • NBC “SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE””DANIEL CRAIG / THE WEEKND” ORIGINAL Show More
    10/16/21 (Sa.) (10:00 PM) – “Daniel Craig / The Weeknd”

 

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Kelly Hu, Roxy Shih, Shannen Doherty and Sylvia Kwan of "List of a Lifetime" on Lifetime

Interview with Kelly Hu, Roxy Shih, Shannen Doherty and Sylvia Kwan of “List of a Lifetime” on Lifetime by Suzanne 9/14/21

This is such a good movie. It’s a bit sad but very enjoyable. The characters are great. I love Kelly Hu, anyway (from shows like “Arrow” and “Warehouse 13”), and she’s really sympathetic as the sad woman, Brenda Lee, who finds out she has cancer. It’s a heartwarming tale, and you won’t be disappointed.  Sylvia Kwan is great as her daughter, Talia. Brenda finds Talia, whom she gave up when she was a baby.  Shannen Doherty plays the woman who raised Talia. The story is all about how Talia gives Brenda reasons to fight her cancer by creating a bucket list.

The women were really fun on the panel. I hope you enjoy it!

TANYA LOPEZ:  Hi, everyone.  I’m Tanya Lopez, EVP of scripted content for Lifetime, and thank you all for joining us today.  As you saw, we have a lot happening this fall, as the leading producer of original movies it’s exciting for all of us to be able to continue to create these films despite the pandemic and, no, it’s not easy, but the team really makes it look that way.  I’m so proud of the incredible talent that we have here today; that we brought together to tell these stories both in front and behind the camera.  We have Shannen Doherty starring not in one but two Lifetime movies in the month of October.  The remake of “Dying to Belong” with Favour Onwuka and Jenika Rose, executive produced by Danielle von Zerneck, and “List of a Lifetime” from director Roxy Shih in which Shannen stars alongside Kelly Hu and Sylvia Kwan; but that’s not all.  Our beloved and talented Shannen also directed the special content that follows the film as part of our Stop Breast Cancer for Life campaign.  It’s amazing and, Shannen, I know you’re out there.  You’re going to be directing more for us.  Let’s start with off with “List of a Lifetime.”

MODERATOR:  Hello, everybody, and welcome.  Our first panel for today is “List of a Lifetime.”  Please welcome stars Kelly Hu, Shannen Doherty, Sylvia Kwan and director Roxy Shih.  Thank you so much for joining us, ladies.  Our first question today is going to be from Jamie Ruby.

QUESTION:  Hi, guys.  Thanks for talking to us today.  What I wanted to know, and this is kind of, I guess, the obvious question, but what’s on your bucket list for all of you?

KELLY HU:  Oh.  Mine is literally pages and pages long.  I’ve been acquiring a bucket list for over thirty years now, so it would take up days to tell you about it.

SYLVIA KWAN:  I definitely have a lot on my bucket list, too.  I think Kelly and I are very similar in that way.  I definitely want to backpack the Chilkoot Mountains.  Mount Whitney is on my bucket list.   I was supposed to do it last year, but didn’t get to do it.  Sky diving, I want to go sky diving.  I want to make a movie.  Oh, I just did.

(Laughter.)

ROXY SHIH:  Yes.  Get it, girl.

SYLVIA KWAN:  Yeah.

ROXY SHIH:  I wanted to go to Iceland with my best friend for our ten year friendivarsary, but then COVID hit, and then that didn’t happen.  I really want to see the aurora borealis.  I like anything that just sort of helps us appreciate nature and all the amazing gifts that she allows us to see in certain moments at the time and to take care of our environment.  So that’s probably my biggest one yet.

SHANNEN DOHERTY:  I have no bucket list.  I think, for me, I just think a bucket list is odd in my particular situation, because it means that I’m sort of trying to check things off before my time runs out.  So I’ m very much like there’s no bucket list because I’m going to be the longest living person with cancer.  And so I guess it would just be, if I had to say one, it would just be living.  Like that’s the only thing that’s on my list at this point.

QUESTION:  Thank you so much.

MODERATOR:  Thank you.  Our next question is going to be from Suzanne from TVMEG.COM.

QUESTION:  Hi, great to see you all today.  Kelly, I’ve seen you in a lot of shows where you’re a very strong, literally, a kick-ass woman, and you’re very passive in this show, at least for — in this movie for a long time.  Was that difficult for you?  Or how did you go about processing that?

KELLY HU:  I think it really was.  It was definitely a different kind of character for me.  I never get to play these kind of characters.  I think everybody always sees me as, you know the martial arts girl kicking butt, but kicking cancer’s ass, I think, is the hardest role that I’ve had to take on so far.  I mean, this was really — It was a role that I had the most difficulty preparing for, and it had the biggest payoff at the end.  It was absolutely amazing and so thankful to be able to do something like this.

QUESTION:  All right.  Thank you.

MODERATOR:  Thank you.  Our next question is from Jamie Steinberg.

KELLY HU:  Is the mute button on maybe?

QUESTION:  Oh, excuse me about that.

KELLY HU:  No worries.

QUESTION:  Such a pleasure to speak with all of you.  Shannen, this was such a labor of love and a personal story, actually, probably close to your heart since you did have breast cancer.  Were there any emotional moment for you while you were advising the stars, or maybe when you were behind the camera?

SHANNEN DOHERTY:  Well, first, Roxy was our wonderful, amazing director and leader for “List of a Lifetime,” and I didn’t have to give anybody advice because between Roxy and these beautiful ladies who did such an amazing job with their own preparation process.  They knew their characters.  They knew the story.  They did cancer proud, because they did all their due diligence.  I had the easiest job.  I got to show up for four days and be a part of their world.  So I really I did nothing.  They did everything.

KELLY HU:  No.  Shannen, you showed up.  Oh, my God.  You were amazing.

SHANNEN DOHERTY:  So, I mean — thank you, and we all showed up.  And, honestly, it’s, for me, this was truly like an unbelievable pleasure to be a part of, and I was blown away every second that I got to work with these amazing ladies.

ROXY SHIH:  Thank you, Shannen.  Love you.

(Laughter.)

KELLY HU:  Yes, we love you.

SHANNEN DOHERTY:  Somebody else has got to talk.  I’m like ohhh.

MODERATOR:  Okay.  We’re going to move on to our next question from Jay Bobbin.

QUESTION:  Hello.  My question is for Shannen, too.  Shannen, that weekend, this kind of bundles “Dying to Belong” in also, that is quite a weekend for you in many ways, and it kind of represents everything Lifetime is: serious, socially-minded dramas, also the content you directed to go along with that, plus also what we more technically call a Lifetime movie with “Dying to Belong,” that type of film. Can you talk a little bit about running the gamut of what Lifetime is in a single weekend among all these projects?

SHANNEN DOHERTY:  I mean, I think what’s amazing about Lifetime is that they really support women, and they do support social issues from this movie about breast cancer to my other movie that’s really about bullying and like what society, the pressure that society can put on young people today, and I think working with a company like Lifetime and a studio like Lifetime is that you feel very supportive and very, very, very nurtured and, more importantly, you feel heard, and I think women all around the world who tune in also feel heard.  It’s their movies connecting with people at the end of the day.  I had no idea I was doing two Lifetime movies, and I’m really honored that they both ended up on Lifetime.  I couldn’t be more thrilled to be a part of this family.

QUESTION:  Also, if I could do a follow up.  With “List of a Lifetime,” the content that you directed following it, did those kind of come hand-in-hand or did your directing come about once you started filming “List of a Lifetime”?  Were they both originated at the same time?

SHANNEN DOHERTY:  No.  So the special content it was sort of broached to me later if I would want to direct it, and the response was absolutely as long as this amazing group of women are comfortable with me directing them, and they were and they were amazing.  Every single one was easy to direct, even Roxy, my director.

ROXY SHIH:  I was so awkward.

SHANNEN DOHERTY:  She took direction perfectly.  Like it was a really —

ROXY SHIH:  The roles were reversed.  It was amazing.

SHANNEN DOHERTY:  It was, right?  I felt weird, like — but you took it so well.  I mean, everybody did.  It was one day, and as I posted on my Instagram, I was like this is like one of the best days of my life, and it was really was.  I just had such a good time, and everybody made it very easy because they’re all pros.

QUESTION:  Thank you.

KELLY HU:  I just have to say before anybody else talks that this was such a sisterhood.  Seriously, this project was really the best project I have ever been on.  Everyone was absolutely amazing, and the sisterhood, the bonding that happened during this project was like no other project that I’ve ever worked on, seriously.

SHANNEN DOHERTY:  I agree.

KELLY HU:  Yeah.

SHANNEN DOHERTY:  I agree, and we’re missing our other — you know, we’re missing Autumn, our producer who, you know, just —

KELLY HU:  And Patricia —

ROXY SHIH:  Yeah.

SHANNEN DOHERTY:  And Patricia.  Like, yeah, I agree with you.  Out of, I’ve worked on, obviously, a lot of projects, and this is probably one of my favorites because it was just a big bonding — And you guys welcomed me in, because I came a little later.  It was pretty fantastic, a phenomenal cast, phenomenal crew.  Our director was okay.

(Laughter.)

ROXY SHIH:  Step up.

SHANNEN DOHERTY:  You’re the best.

ROXY SHIH:  The love fest between us.  And we forget that there’s other people in the room.  Sorry —

Poster for "List of a Lifetime"SHANNEN DOHERTY:  Right.

KELLY HU:  I know.

MODERATOR:  We have a question over here for Roxy.  Roxy, did you feel it was important to have strong AAPI representation behind the camera for this movie?

ROXY SHIH:  A hundred percent.  I feel like the rise in inclusive storytelling that has been happening over the past few years as well as the rise of female stories being authentically represented by female filmmakers is just such a game changing sort of movement that’s happened for all of us, but not only is that important, it’s like we see the shift happening behind the scenes as well.  Just because it’s happening in one aspect doesn’t mean that it shouldn’t be happening in all aspects, as well.  So I think with this one I think everybody on here can also say, as well, it was important to me that I had inclusive, diverse key crew, also women and queer people of color and just, you know, it was really just a — and these are all my friends also, so I think that’s what made it really comfortable just because it’s a safe space for me to feel supported on the schedule like this.  But, in all essence, I think that change does need to happen in our industry, and it’s happening by that, like, happening as well.  So I just think if one person starts doing it, if it’s just that one decision, allows more space at the table rather than fighting for that one seat.

MODERATOR:  Thank you so much.

ROXY SHIH:  Thank you.

MODERATOR:  Our next question is from Mekeisha Madden.

QUESTION:  Hi, ladies.  Thanks so much for making the time to talk to us.  Okay, I have to ask this.  This is a nerd out N.C.I.S. moment.  Kelly and Sylvia, did you bond over the N.C.I.S. connection?

KELLY HU:  Wait, we have an N.C.I.S. connection?

SYLVIA KWAN:  Yeah.  I think we were both on N.C.I.S. before.

KELLY HU:  Oh, wow.

QUESTION:  You didn’t know?

KELLY HU:  Were you a victim too?  How funny.

SYLVIA KWAN:  So funny.

KELLY HU:  Wait, I’ve done a couple of N.C.I.S.  I wasn’t always a victim.  Yeah.

(Laughter.)

SYLVIA KWAN:  You weren’t always a victim.

KELLY HU:  I think I might have shot someone.

SYLVIA KWAN:  Oh, my.  That’s hilarious.  That’s really funny.

QUESTION:  And a serious question to piggyback on what Roxy said.  It was just really great to see women of color in front of and behind the camera.  Can you talk about that?  And just sort of just I’m hoping this is the upward trend that keeps happening.  It was just great to see your story.

SYLVIA KWAN:  Absolutely.  I definitely think as more stories get told, especially with “Shang-Chi” coming out, which was amazing, like I love seeing —

ROXY SHIH:  You looked so hot, yeah.

SYLVIA KWAN:  Huh?

ROXY SHIH:  When you look — Sorry, go, go.

SYLVIA KWAN:  Sorry.  I was like what?  No.  It definitely is incredible, and it definitely was such an incredible space.  Like even on Chinese New Year or Lunar New Year, sorry, we all wore red, which was so special.  It’s something that I’ve never really experienced being on a set.  I got a little emotional that day.  I got to say, when I walked in and everyone was wearing red I was like, all right, this is different, you know.  So I think it’s so important, and I love that this project had so much diversity behind the camera as well as in front of it.  So I was just really, really grateful to be part of that and kind of part of the change like Roxy was talking about.

KELLY HU:  And, this, I have to say, this was Sylvia’s first film, and we kept teasing her, like don’t get used to this because it doesn’t happen like this.  Like being on set with this kind of love and sisterhood and positivity was so unique, but hopefully there will be more like that.  Maybe, hopefully, Hollywood will be changing and there will be more projects like this where people can come together and really bond the way we did.

QUESTION:  I hope so, too.  Thanks, ladies.

MODERATOR:  Thank you so much.  Our next question is from Luaine Lee.  Luaine, you might be muted.

QUESTION:  I don’t see the unmute.  Can you hear me?

MODERATOR:  Yes, you’re good.

QUESTION:  Okay.  Shannen, your career has been so colorful.  Was there ever a time when you wanted to just give it up?

SHANNEN DOHERTY:  (Laughter.) Every day.  No.  I wouldn’t say give it up.  And, thank you, it has been colorful.  I’m going to take that as a big compliment, because I would hate to think that I was beige, so knowing that my career’s been colorful is — I’d like to think that I’ve chosen projects that are relatable but that are different that challenge me as an actor.  And there were times where it got a little rough as far as the press goes, and that can feel — you can feel a bit defeated, absolutely, but that hasn’t been in so long.  I think, I mean, it’s like thirty years ago, so.  I haven’t felt that in probably like thirty years, and now I just sort of look at like there’s all these new chapters and new opportunities for my career hat I’m super excited about and just ready to keep charging forward.

(Laughter.)

SHANNEN DOHERTY:  Roxy.

ROXY SHIH:  Yes, bitch.  Get it.

MODERATOR:  Thank you.  Our next question is from Francine Brokaw.

QUESTION:  Hi, yes.  For Shannen, you’ve popped up a lot on shows that have to do with cancer.  I know you’ve had your struggles with it, I have as well.  Have you gone through any point in your life that says I don’t want to hear the word?  I don’t want to watch anything?  I just want to ignore it for the time being?

SHANNEN DOHERTY:  I think this is the first acting thing I’ve done about cancer, because I’ve been pretty careful about bringing the acting into that world.  But, again, when I read the script, and I found out who all was involved, and I felt like I had to be a part of it, and I was super honored to be a part of it and, again, like what Kelly has been talking about, like, the sisterhood, that made this film even more special.  Like, yes, the topic is special, and everybody’s performances are special, but the sisterhood behind the scenes sort of blows everything else out of the water for me, personally.  And, no, I mean, I don’t — I feel like I have a responsibility in my more public life, which I separate from my acting life, I feel like I have a responsibility to talk about cancer and to perhaps educate people more to let people know that people with stage four are very much alive and very active and more than capable of working, and just to sort of raise money and spread awareness.  So I don’t really get sick of it and in my very close-knit quarters it doesn’t really come up.  My husband says that you would never know that I had cancer.  I don’t ever complain.  I don’t really talk about it.  It’s just it’s part of life at this point.

MODERATOR:  Thank you.  We have time for one more question.  That’s going to be Suzanne.

QUESTION:  Oh, hi.  Who wrote the movie? And do you know why she named the main character Brenda Lee?  I just noticed that as I was watching.

KELLY HU:  You want to take that, Roxy?

ROXY SHIH:  Yeah.  The script was written by Jessica Landry.  Jessica and I haven’t connected.  Like basically the script was given to me by Autumn, our amazing producer, and I read the script.  I was really burnt out at the time.  I read like fifteen pages into it, and I’m like I just have to do this.  So I connected with her and I’m just like, “Yo, girl, really great job on this.  Hey, we shot it.  It was amazing.”  And I think that we’re going to connect in the future, but I think the Brenda Lee thing was probably super random.  Does that have a personal reason with you?

KELLY HU:  Shannen.

QUESTION:  With me?

ROXY SHIH:  Yeah.  Or is it —

QUESTION:  Oh, no.  Just the famous singer Brenda Lee —

SHANNEN DOHERTY:  Brenda Lee.

ROXY SHIH:  Oh, no.  I don’t think —

KELLY HU:  Oh, that Brenda Lee.

QUESTION:  Oh, I’m probably too old.  Never mind.

ROXY SHIH:  No, maybe I should have — Oh, wait.  Kelly, we should have rethought your character.

KELLY HU:  I know.

(Laughter.)

ROXY SHIH:  We didn’t do our research apparently, so.

QUESTION:  Thank you.  That’s okay.  Thank you.

ROXY SHIH:  Thank you.

MODERATOR:  Thank you all for taking the time to be on our panel today, ladies.

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Presented by Native Deodorant, List of a Lifetime premieres October 10th at 8pm ET/PT and tells the story of Brenda Lee (Hu) who’s prompted to look for the daughter she gave up for adoption decades ago after a breast cancer diagnosis.  After finding Talia (Kwan) and sharing her devasting news, Talia convinces Brenda to make a bucket list of everything she wants to do, promising to help her complete everything on the list.  While keeping Brenda a secret from her adoptive mother Diana (Doherty), Talia grows closer to the mother she never knew.  Meanwhile, Brenda discovers a meaningful relationship with Talia she didn’t know she needed, and a reason to fight for her life.

Following the movie, the aftershow Beyond the List with Shannen Doherty will debut, featuring exclusive conversations with Doherty and the movie’s cast, new never-before-seen photos during Doherty’s breast cancer journey, as well as information from top oncologists Dr. Elise Port and Dr. Philomena McAndrew.  The aftershow also features intimate testimonials from within the A+E Networks family featuring employees affected by breast cancer.

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Interview with Shannen Doherty, Favour Onwuka, and Jenika Rose

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Shannen Doherty and Favour Onwuka star in "Dying to Belong" on Lifetime

Interview with Shannen Doherty, Favour Onwuka, and Jenika Rose of “Dying to Belong” on Lifetime by Suzanne 9/14/21

This movie is a remake of a 1997 film. It’s very sad that sororities and fraternities still have hazing, even all of these years later. I enjoyed the movie, which airs Saturday, 10/9. I hope you do, too.

LIfetime had a press day, which included this movie and part of its cast.  Shannen Doherty plays the mom of a girl, Riley, that is hazed at her university’s sorority. Favour Onwuka plays the girl’s friend, Olivia, who is also hazed and tries to get information about the sorority for a newspaper article. It was great to speak with them all, and the executive producer, Danielle Von Zerneck. Shannen has been battling cancer for a while, but she looked great!

My question has my name on it. All of the other questions are from other journalists.

MODERATOR:  Our next panel is “Dying to Belong.”  Please welcome back Shannen Doherty alongside executive producer Danielle von Zerneck and our stars Favour Onwuka and Jenika Rose.  Thank you guys for being here.  We really appreciate your time.  Our first question is from Jamie Ruby.

QUESTION:  Hi, guys.  Thanks for talking to us.  This is for the actors.  I’m just curious did you know how many people die from hazing at sororities, because I definitely learned about that after watching this, and how did that affect how you played your characters?

JENIKA ROSE:  You go first.

FAVOUR ONWUKA:  Yeah, that was something I found out about while researching on this project, because being in Canada you don’t really have sororities here, so it was a new thing for me to learn about, and it’s so sad to find out that people are still dying.  It’s still happening.  It’s terrible because it’s so senseless.  It’s such a senseless way to die.

JENIKA ROSE:  And in the ways that they die, how they’re provoked by their so-called “sisters,” it was just it was really chilling to read and learn about.

MODERATOR:  Thank you.  Our next question is going to be from Suzanne.

Suzanne:  Hi.  I was wondering, Shannen, you’ve been acting since you were a little kid.  There are a lot of young women in this movie.  Did you have any particular advice for them?The girls in an initiation on "Dying to Belong" on Lifetime

SHANNEN DOHERTY:  I don’t think so.  You would have to ask these two, beautiful girls.  Yeah, I don’t think so.  I got very, very, very lucky this year in the people that I got to work with.  Danielle and I have done a movie before together, and as a producer she’s phenomenal and she’s caring.  She understands you.  She hears you.  She never gets flustered.  You don’t.  I mean, she’s really, really, really special and wonderful.  Our director, Gail Harvey, who I’ve also worked with before, it’s just I love her madly.  But working with these two girls was sort of a, you know, I’m going to be brutally honest, you never really know what you’re getting with people this age, you just don’t, and what I encountered was not only two hard working girls who constantly were putting their best foot forward, but they’re also kind and considerate and intelligent.  I don’t know if this is answering your question, but I just felt like I had to say that about everybody in this room right now, because I was really taken aback by how wonderful — and I think I said something to Danielle like maybe first or second day — I was like, God, like they’re really talented — really, really talented.  So I don’t know.  Did I give you any advice?  I didn’t have to.  Like they’re pros.

BOTH:

You did.

JENIKA ROSE:  You did a lot without like specifically being like, “Hey, here’s a hot tip.”  It was more just like observing you, and then you’d just like come over to us and just say something and then walk away, and it was wisdom, but I don’t know if you knew that it was, but it was very helpful, and there are lots of like little things that just pushed us forward.

FAVOUR ONWUKA:  Yeah.  And to add to that, it was a lot of modeling, at least for me, because this was my first lead, so I was taking notes from you.  I was like, “Oh, okay, that’s what Shannen’s doing, and she looks relaxed.  I should be relaxed.”  You know, I was just watching you and learning, and there were times where I’d come up in between — There was one particular time where I came up in between and I was like, “How do you do it,” and you were just like, “Well, this is what I’ve learned,” and you told me that, honestly, it takes time.  It’s something you build up over the years and, yeah, I really — I wrote, I took down notes.  Everything you said I was like, “Must do this.”  So, yes, thank you for all your advice.  It was amazing to have you.

JENIKA ROSE:  Thank you so much.

SHANNEN DOHERTY:  Thank you for being, like, the absolute, you know, beautiful, dedicated actors that you both are.  You honestly blew me away, and I have seen the movie.  I understand that neither one of you have yet.

DANIELLE von ZERNECK:  No.

JENIKA ROSE:  No.

SHANNEN DOHERTY:  But I have seen it and you guys are phenomenal in it.  Everybody did a great job and, Danielle, obviously, you should be proud, which I know you are.

DANIELLE von ZERNECK:  Very proud.  And I just, sorry — not to make this a love fest — but, at the same time, Shannen, like, the generosity of spirit that you bring, obviously, to every frickin’ thing you do was so — It was a beautiful thing to see all of these really newer to the form actors — (phone rings.) Oh, shit.  Sorry, guys.  And —

(Laughter.)

DANIELLE von ZERNECK:  Oh, my God.  I’m sorry, guys.  Okay.  Newer to the form, but watching you, they were so in awe and you just, as they said, watching that kind of generational thing, it was gorgeous.  Okay.

SHANNEN DOHERTY:  Did I start this by saying that she never gets flustered, because we just saw her get all flustered.

(Laughter.)

Suzanne:  Thank you.

MODERATOR:  Thank you, guys.  Our next question is from Jay Bobbin.

QUESTION:  Hi.  My question, actually, is for Danielle, and if your phone goes off again feel free to say anything you want; I’m fine.  Your dad is one of the prolific greats in this field, and when you tackle a project, and I know you’ve been on this side of the camera for a while, do you consult with him about the projects you want to do?  And then I’ve got a follow up for you.

DANIELLE von ZERNECK:  Okay, yeah, yeah.  I mean, how many people can get mentored by their father and it be meaningful?  I mean I feel very, very grateful to have that human in my life, and I love that Shannen’s been a part of both of those as well; like, that’s crazy, you know.  And, yeah, no, I love — Yes, I did always talk to him and not just about sort of — I think for me it was a little like, “Oh, I really think that there is a new way for this story to be told,” so that was like always my impulse with both movies and, especially this one, I was like (makes noise.)  I was talking to Favour and Jenica about this.  Like it’s like sorority movies are like female-ish — male gaze, normally and really thought like, “Oh, let’s put a female gaze on this all around.”  And my dad has always been incredibly supportive.  He loves it.  He loves that TV movies are still have something to say, and I think are really having an interesting renaissance, and I love that the definition of a TV movie is changing, and it’s nice to be part of that and to sort of still have my dad be here to see it.

QUESTION:  My follow up for you is – you did so much work in front of the cameras, what do you feel your arc was as a producer, because you knew what it was like to have the camera on you, how was it for you to be behind the camera?  When I say calling the shots I mean that loosely, not like a director, but how was that transition for you?

DANIELLE von ZERNECK:  It was long and arduous and the only thing I can say is that being an actress for a small amount of time the best thing about it is that every time you do an audition you’re basically selling yourself.  You’re selling, right?  And so when you move into producing and you’re selling a project it was so much easier to sell something that wasn’t me.  And, so, that, in a weird way, the acting stuff was really, really helpful, all the skills I learned.  And what’s crazy now, like I really don’t remember being an actress, it feels very foreign to me, so I’m always like so in awe of actors, because they have to — I don’t know.  I just feel like the work that they have to do is sometimes not noticed as much because they have to keep it different.  It’s like I get to go and I sign things and I run around, but actors sort of have to keep their emotional sanity about them, and these skills that now I just feel like I don’t know how you do it.  I really don’t.

QUESTION:  Thank you very much.

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

QUESTION:  Sorry.  I’m just going to say did you guys research anything like into mental health?  I was just curious kind of how you prepared for that part of it.

JENIKA ROSE:   Yeah.  My character has severe general anxiety disorder, and I didn’t know too much about that.  I just sort of knew about people have anxiety, but this was a specific heightened part of anxiety, and I actually have a severe learning disability, so a lot of my character’s experiences were things that I’ve experienced myself in the past when I was younger and being around girls, especially.  So a lot of the situations that my character was in like really rang true, and I did have a best friend that I’ve had for a really long time, that was sort of Favour’s character, that helps one through those times and those people are really special.  So I really connected with that part of the anxiety and just I really wanted to show it in its true light and represent it properly, because I’m sure some people that have it, I didn’t want them to watch it and be like, “Mm, I wouldn’t be like that in that situation.”  So I just really wanted to do my best to make it as truthful as possible.

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HEADLINE REMAKE OF THE 90’s CLASSIC FILM
DYING TO BELONG

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Los Angeles, CA (August 10, 2021) – Lifetime brings the classic film Dying to Belong to a whole new generation, with Shannen Doherty, Favour Onwuka (Supergirl) and Jenika Rose (iZombie) starring.  Revealing the harsh realities of toxic friendships and sorority hazing culture, Dying to Belong is a remake of the 1997 film of the same name, which starred Hilary Swank, Sarah Chalke, Jenna von Oÿ and Mark-Paul Gosselaar. Dying to Belong will debut this fall on Lifetime.

When journalism major Olivia (Onwuka) meets Riley (Rose), a shy freshman who suffers from anxiety, they become fast friends. Riley, whose mother Katherine (Doherty) was a legacy Pi Gamma Beta, decides to rush in hopes of following Katherine’s footsteps and is ecstatic when Olivia joins her. Sensing the opportunity to go undercover to write a story about hazing practices, Olivia soon discovers there are deadly secrets involved in being part of the “sisterhood.”

From 1959 to 2019, there has been at least one hazing death reported each year, and thirty reported within the last decade1. 95% of students hazed do not report it to officials2. Due to the pandemic, 2020 was the first year no hazing deaths were reported. Within the first two weeks of students returning to campus in 2021, two hazing deaths have already been reported.

Dying to Belong marks Doherty’s second movie for Lifetime this year as she also stars in List of a Lifetime, the network’s centerpiece of the Stop Breast Cancer for Life campaign, for which Doherty directed special content that will roll out in October for Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

As part of Lifetime’s commitment to hiring women in key production roles under the Broader Focus initiative, Dying to Belong is produced by Pink Buffalo Films and Wishing Floor Films with Danielle von Zerneck (The Christmas Set Up) executive producing, Gail Harvey (Gone Mom: The Disappearance of Jennifer Dulos) directs from a script from Caitlin D. Freyers (Wynona Earp). Shawn Angelski (Story of a Girl) also serves as executive producer. The original film’s producers included Frank von Zerneck, Danielle von Zerneck’s father.

 

 

 

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Interview with Beth Riesgraf and Christian Kane

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Interview with Christian Kane and Beth Riesgraf of “Leverage: Redemption” on IMDb TV by Suzanne 9/30/21

These are two of my favorite actors, so it was great to speak with them again. I love the new series, and these second 8 episodes were ever better than the first two, in my opinion. This was a really fun chat, so I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

Suzanne:   How you guys doing?

Christian:   Hi, how you doing?

Beth:   Hi, Suzanne.

Suzanne:   I love your show. I watched it since the beginning, and it’s great to see you guys back.

Beth:   Thank you.

Suzanne:   Your characters grew closer this season; you’re like brother and sister Do you think this is partly because of Hardison being out of the picture?

Christian:   That’s very good. We were talking about this earlier. I think, well, you have to remember that during the time that we were away, they were still working together. So, that’s kind of a fun dynamic that we had to come up with, you know, how close are we? How much do we know? All that kind of stuff. But you’re absolutely 100% correct. Hardison being away with the other teams, it leaves two totally different voids in our life. It’s the love of her life, and so he’s gone, and she’s worried about it. Then for me, that was my best friend. That’s my brother, but I like to punch him, and he punches me, and I have nobody to punch, you know what I mean? So, it’s like there’s a hole that he left there. So, I think they do. I think they look for him in each other. I think it’s brought them closer together, because he’s not there as much as he needs to be or wants to be.

Beth:   I think when we’re on the go, you know, we’ve been working together, like he said, and running these international teams. When we find them again, Parker has learned to throw a pretty good punch, and she obviously has been getting some training from Eliot. Those sorts of moments were really fun.

I think that one of the fun parts about this dynamic, for me, is our ability as characters to compartmentalize. So, when we’re in a moment together that’s super intense, we are laser focused, and there’s no gaggy stuff, but when it’s more of that familial moment, at HQ or over comms or something like that, there’s room for this other stuff to come in. I do really love that about our dynamic. Like I always say, Eliot has a shield up around all of us, and that’s like him protecting us, but there’re still moments where we’re gonna make jokes and make fun of each other, because we can, but when push comes to shove, it’s almost like boom again when we’re right back there.

Suzanne:   I love your guitars.

Christian:   Oh, thank you.

Suzanne:   You know who else has like a zillion guitars behind them on Zoom? Oh, Jeff Daniels.

Beth:   Oh, amazing!

Suzanne:   Yeah, I saw him at the TCA panel, and he had, I don’t know, like fifty guitars or something on the wall behind him.

Christian:   [unintelligible]

Suzanne:   Yeah. I don’t know if he’s in a band like you. I think he just plays for fun. I’m not really sure.

Christian:   [unintelligible] I’m sure there’s a picture of that.

Suzanne:   Yeah. So, with a normal brother and sister relationship, Eliot would probably be protective of Parker. I know you guys have each other’s backs, but is it fair to say that even though they love each other, he’s probably a little afraid of her?

Christian:   Well, I think he’s afraid to be inside her head. I think he just doesn’t understand anything that’s going on in there. When Eliott’s had everything set on fire, the world is burning, and in her head, there’s a bunch of balls bouncing around, and it’s dangerous, and you got to keep ducking. I think he’s very scared to be in her head.

Beth:   Stay out of this realm completely, Christian. Do not enter! [laughs]

Christian:   Which is pretty fun for me, because we didn’t play it right off the bat, and I noticed that we weren’t playing that, how he got so annoyed with her. And I noticed that it was because Hardison was there. You know what I mean? So, this whole thing, and he wasn’t as annoyed with her, but when Hardison left, then I started playing it more annoyed, because I’m like, “Look, I gotta be upset about something,” and so she gives me so much ammunition it’s ridiculous. So, that’s fun to play off of.

Suzanne:   Yeah, and Beth, both of your characters do a lot of physical things on the show. Do either of you do your own stunts, or is there some people taking your place?

Beth:   I mean, Christian doesn’t do his stunts. I do all of mine. [laughs] Oh my god, no, Christian does everything, I will I have to say that, but I just try to glean any bits of his genius on stunts and try to incorporate that, and he’s very, very capable and able. I know when to step back and let my stunt people come in and do the real hard work on that stuff. Christian has been a really great mentor to me on all of that and said, “You don’t need to do this part. Have somebody else do it,” because he also knows, especially when I was directing or when I have a heavy day of some other stuff, he’s like, “You save yourself, and you don’t need to do this part. You let the professionals come in to do it.” But, you know, trying to stand next to him, we’re always all like, “Whoa, this is incredible,” because even from a director’s standpoint in “The Bucket Job,” I know I can trust that his intuition on these fights and everything is going to be so much better than anything I could probably come up with to tell him, because he’s got all this experience, and it’s amazing.

Christian:   Yeah, and you know, the thing is that my stuff is a dance. People don’t understand that, because it looks violent on screen, but really what I’m doing is a dance. It’s a salsa dance, you know, it’s literally I’m just dancing with the other person. Her stuff is a lot harder than mine. People don’t get that she’s hanging office stuff, and she has to hang there sometimes for a long time, and then, she has to jump to the other one, or she has to hang there for a while until they get it all done, and then, you’re tired. Then, you got to jump down and jump up and do a flip. Her stuff is way harder than my stuff. Most of my stuff is literally a choreographed dance. Hers is actually really physical, and the problem that we run into, as we’re in the middle of a pandemic, is in New Orleans, [there are] no gyms and nothing but good food that’s usually fried. So, it’s very tough. This this season was very tough.

Beth:   A lot of salt.

Christian:   Yeah, a lot of salt.

Suzanne:   Sugar, too, right?

Beth:   Yeah.

Christian:   [unintelligible] and not get hurt. Luckily, just just bumps and bruises for both of us, but it was tough. You had to be very disciplined and, you know, do your push ups in your home, because you couldn’t go to the gym, and it takes takes a toll on your body, for both of us.

Suzanne:   Well, you guys both look great on the screen, so it doesn’t show if you put on a few extra pounds with that great New Orleans gumbo. So, I was going to ask you if you work out a lot to keep in good shape. So, obviously, you do Christian; you were talking about it. What about you, Beth?

Beth:   Yeah, absolutely. I mean, with all the wire work and the harness work, you have to keep your core super strong to protect your back and your neck and everything else. So, I work out as much as I possibly can. I think stamina-wise, the show moves really fast. It’s a really, really tough show, because it’s big, and emotionally and physically you have to be rested and in shape to kind of hang with these hours and keep it fresh and and stay for stamina purposes.

Then, we have the humidity and the heat in New Orleans, which is its own character, and so electrolytes became very important for me. And I had to cut back on some caffeine, and I’m used to drinking a lot of coffee, and I had to kind of tweak. That’s kind of the fun about going on location is you get a new set of rules, and you’re like, “Okay, how do I do this here?” but it was absolutely challenging. I mean, I would agree with Christian, it’s a very physical show for us, and it’s really fun, but it is challenging at times.

Suzanne:   I was talking to Aleyse earlier, and she’s definitely enjoying doing some of your kind of thing, hanging from the wires.

Beth:   Oh, yeah.

Suzanne:   Falling and all that stuff.

Beth:   Yeah.

Christian:   It’s a lot of fun.

Suzanne:   Going back, you were talked about directing; I read that you directed two episodes. What can you tell us about that?

Beth:   Yeah, absolutely. I had the time of my life working with the whole team and LeVar Burton in “The Bucket Job.” I think it’s a classic Leverage episode. I loved it so much. [There’s] a lot of emotional growth for Eliot and kind of windows into the things that he’s been going through emotionally, psychologically that we haven’t seen before. So, that was a lot of fun.

Then, logistically, “The Great Train [Job]” episode was one of the toughest, I think, to sort of plan, because we had an episode written that takes place on a moving train, but we didn’t actually have that as a location. So, we were finding two trains, but the trains couldn’t move, and we had to build some on the stage, and it was while shooting the finale as Parker, so it was a lot to juggle. I’m really really proud of how they both came out. Everybody brought their A game. They always do, but it was really an incredible process for me, because I got to work with so many people that I – as an actor, I don’t get to work with the production designer in the same way you do as a director, so all of those decisions and collaborations were so exciting and really, really fun.

Suzanne:   All right, and they tell me I have just a little bit of time left. Christian, your character goes through the wringer emotionally this part of the season with maybe meeting some of your family, and I don’t want to give spoilers away and what happens with a relationship, but you have all the usual hitting and kicking and punching and all that kind of stuff. What was it like for you?

Christian:   It was an emotional time for me, to be honest with you. I lost my father in December to COVID right in the middle of shooting and then had to come back and do the last walk off scene for Beth’s episode, because we’d already shot the episode, but then we still needed that pickup, that beautiful shot down Bourbon Street. Couldn’t have asked for a better situation. So, there’s a lot of things I was going through too at the same time, and I really loved that. I’d like to dedicate her episode to my dad, and just that walkway is such a beautiful shot. And I needed my friends around me at the time, and I couldn’t have asked for [better] ones in my life, which were the people that I was working with. So, it’s so good.

Then, to have Eliot in a relationship, it’s like it was something new, because he’s never done that. I mean, he’s lied to people; he’s hit on people, but he’s never really had let’s say, a quote unquote girlfriend type thing. And I’ve talked to Beth about about this. I needed him to be broken at the end of the season, because I’ve got to go somewhere with my character, and I don’t like him to be all fixed up.

So, with Beth directing, the emotion that came out with me and the beautiful LeVar Burton, and then the relationship troubles that he has, I feel like at the end of the season, it really pays off for me.

So, I’m excited. I’m excited people to watch it. We all play better characters when we’re a little bit broken. She doesn’t have Hardison, and I’m broken, so we end up broken, almost always end up broken, at the end of the season, which is fun. We’ve got somewhere to go now.

Suzanne:   Yes. Well, I hope there’s another season; I really enjoyed the episodes, and I would stay. I would love to stay and talk another ten minutes with you, but they tell me I have to go. So, thanks so much again.

Beth:   Yeah, until meet again.

Suzanne:   Thank you. I’ll see you on Instagram. Bye

Here’s the video!

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

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In this new iteration, and new world, the Leverage crew have watched as the rich and powerful continue to take what they want without consequence. Grifter Sophie Devereaux (Gina Bellman), thief Parker (Beth Riesgraf), hitter Eliot Spencer (Christian Kane), and hacker Alec Hardison (Aldis Hodge) have watched the world change over the last eight years. Since their last job, it’s become easier–and sometimes legal–for the rich to become richer and the powerful to squash anyone who gets in their way.  To address the changes in the world around them, the team finds new blood in Harry Wilson (Noah Wyle), a corporate lawyer who is looking for redemption after realizing he’d been sitting on the wrong side of the table for his entire career, and Breanna Casey (Aleyse Shannon), Hardison’s foster sister who has a knack for computers, robotics, and getting into trouble.

Executive Produced By

Dean Devlin, Marc Roskin, Rachel Olschan-Wilson and Kate Rorick. John Rogers and Chris Downey serve as consulting producers.

Directed By

Dean Devlin, Marc Roskin, Noah Wyle, Francis Dela Torre, Jonathan Frakes

Produced By

Electric Entertainment for IMDb TV

Cast

Gina Bellman, Christian Kane, Beth Riesgraf, Aleyse Shannon, and Noah Wyle, Special Guest Star Aldis Hodge

Beth Jean Riesgraf (born August 24, 1978) is an American actress. She is known for her portrayal of Parker on the TNT television series Leverage (2008–2012) and the revival Leverage: Redemption which streams on IMDb TV.

Christian Kane is an American actor and singer-songwriter. He is known for his roles in the television shows Angel, Leverage, The Librarians, and Into the West, and the movies Just Married, Taxi, and Secondhand Lions.

Kane is the lead singer of the countrysouthern rock band Kane. On December 7, 2010, they released The House Rules, their third album and their debut for record label Bigger Picture Music Group. The album reached no. 25 on the Billboard Country Albums chart. The first single from the album, also titled “The House Rules”, debuted at no. 54 on the Billboard Country Songs chart. The second single, “Let Me Go”, was released on July 11, 2011.

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“Let’s go steal…eight new episodes of Leverage: Redemption.” In an all-new con, the Leverage crew surprised and delighted their fans by teasing the fall premiere of Leverage: Redemption in an exclusive video that dropped on IMDb TV socials today. The teaser video confirms that the IMDb TV Original series Leverage: Redemption will return this fall with eight additional season one episodes premiering October 8. In the brand-new episodes, the Leverage team finds itself up against a rival organization that embodies the system the team works so hard to take down.

Joining the cast in these additional episodes are guest stars Drew Powell (reprising his role as Jack Hurley from the original Leverage series), Ben Thompson, Joanna Cassidy, Jon Fletcher, and Brianna Brown, in addition to the previously announced guest stars James Marsters, LeVar Burton, and Andrea Navedo (continuing her role as Maria Shipp), as the Leverage team must aid a small town librarian, discredit a lifestyle and wellness guru, explore the failing memory of a legendary grifter, and more. Screeners for the new episodes are available now on Screeners.com. The remaining episodes of season one of Leverage: Redemption will premiere on October 8 on IMDb TV, Amazon’s free streaming service.

The first eight episodes of season one of Leverage: Redemption and all seasons of the original Leverage series are available to stream now on IMDb TV.

The rich and powerful take what they want, and the Leverage team is back to take them down. Sophie Devereaux (The Grifter), Parker (The Thief), Eliot Spencer (The Hitter), and Alec Hardison (The Hacker) have watched the world change over the last eight years. It’s become easier, and sometimes legal, for the rich to become richer and the powerful to squash anyone who gets in their way. The Leverage team finds new blood in Harry Wilson, a corporate lawyer who is looking for redemption after realizing he’s been sitting on the wrong side of the table for his entire career, and Breanna Casey, Hardison’s foster sister who has a knack for computers, robotics, and getting into trouble. In this new world, the team will use their collective skills to defeat a new kind of villain – from the man who created an opioid crisis from the comfort of his boardroom, to the couple who prefers to deport workers instead of paying them, to the shadowy security firm that helps hide dangerous secrets for a price. When someone needs help, they provide…Leverage.

Leverage: Redemption stars Gina Bellman as Sophie Devereaux, Beth Riesgraf as Parker, Christian Kane as Eliot Spencer, Aldis Hodge as Alec Hardison, Noah Wyle as Harry Wilson, and Aleyse Shannon as Breanna Casey. Kate Rorick is the co-showrunner and an executive producer alongside Dean Devlin, and executive producers Marc Roskin and Rachel Olschan-Wilson of Electric Entertainment. John Rogers and Chris Downey are consulting producers.

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Interview with Gina Bellman and Aleyse Shannon

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Interview with Gina Bellman (Sophie) and Aleyse Shannon (Brenna) of “Leverage: Redemption” on IMDb TV by Suzanne 9/30/21

It was nice to chat with these two women because I had never chatted with Gina before, when she was on the older version of the show, and Aleyse is brand new to the show.  Gina’s character, Sophie, is the new leader of the group, and has a lot to deal with this year, since her husband’s death. Breanna (Aleyse’s character) is a breath of fresh air that the show needs. It’s great to have some “young blood,” and to fill in for Hardison, since his portrayer, Aldis Hodge, couldn’t be in the whole show due to other commitments.

Suzanne:   How are you guys doing today?

Gina:   Oh, good. Thank you. I wish I was [unintelligible] right now.

Suzanne:   You wish you were where?

Gina:   With that palm tree and the ocean.

Suzanne:   I wish I was too. I’m in Arkansas.

Aleyse:   Close very close.

Suzanne:   So, we heard today about the UK picking up your show in late October. So, how do you guys feel about that?

Gina:   I’m so excited. I feel like I’ve been waiting ages. It’s been so frustrating sitting here in London and hearing these little plaintive messages like, “When are we getting the show? When are we getting the show?” and not being able to give an answer. So, to be able to say it’s coming on October 22nd, all sixteen episodes, is just really, really thrilling for all of us.

Suzanne:   So, they didn’t get the first eight episodes either.

Gina:   No, [not] here in the UK.

Suzanne:   Great. They probably are big fan of yours, being in the UK, and that’s probably why, one of the reasons they liked the show. What do you think, Aleyse?

Aleyse:   Oh, I mean, it’s great. This show is is a labor of just love, and as many people as possible that can get wrapped up in that love, the better. I hope it’s received the same way; I hope it just brings joy the same way that it seems to have brought joy here domestically.

Suzanne:   Right. And Aleyse, you’re new to the show. Can you tell me about getting this job and the process you went through?

Aleyse:   Yeah, I worked at Starbucks and was messing up people’s Frappuccino’s. I got an audition. I quit Starbucks saying that I already booked it, and then I booked it, but I did my audition with Beth over Zoom in my mom’s house and kind of didn’t know what I was in for. I got here, and it’s the best thing that’s happened to me, artistically speaking. It’s a dream show that we’re working on.

Suzanne:   What was your first day like?

Aleyse:   My first day I get an email saying there’s a hurricane coming, actually, now there’re two. So, there’s all this anticipation and build up. I’m like, “Do I know these lines, or do I think I know these lines?” Hurricane comes, you sit down for another seven days, you’re like, “Oh my gosh, all my adrenaline’s gone,” and it kicks back in. But it was good first day. A lot of the players were in, [I’m] sitting there rattling off a monologue going, “Oh my gosh, that is Aldis Hodge, Beth Riesgraf, Christian Kane, Noah Wyle, and Gina Bellman, wow.” It was intimidating, but I got through it and was met with so much love, so great first day.

Suzanne:   I never thought of that… filming in New Orleans, of course you’d have to contend with things like hurricanes.

Gina, how was it welcoming new characters into the show?

Gina:   It was great. I think one of the things about continuing with an existing show is it’s got to have new elements. It’s got to feel fresh; it’s got to have like new dynamics. You don’t want to ever feel that you’re standing still or looking over your shoulder. You need to be looking to the future. And when I watch a show, I love to discover the characters through the other characters’ eyes, so having their lens on us makes our characters – you know, it sort of informs the audience of who we are, so it’s also really helpful as a device.

Then, we get to meet these lovely new members of our family and develop friendship over nine months, and we’ve all become close.

It’s an interesting thing acting with people, because you’re in a vacuum; you become very, very close, but you’ve become very close in a vacuum. I’ve known so many of these people for many, many years, but they don’t know my friends. I don’t know their friends. So, you have this very intense kind of love for one another, but it’s quite unique. It’s hard, I think, for other people to understand how you can feel that strongly for people that you work [with] in this bubble. Yeah, it was lovely, welcoming both of these [unintelligible].

Suzanne:   And even more of a bubble now.

Gina:   Yeah.

Suzanne:   Well, one thing that’s nice about Dean is he seems to repurpose his actors in the different shows that he’s [done]. I think Christian’s been in all of his shows.

Gina:   Yeah, I mean, Dean’s best friend is our cameraman and has been from the pilot episode. So, that’s just like one example of how these are real collaborations and personal friendships, which is the dream really, I think, for everyone, isn’t it?

Suzanne:   Yeah, it shows his loyalty to his friends as well.

So, with Nathan gone from the show, is it fair to say that he has been replaced by Sophie with the main team and by Hardison, globally, now that there’s a global aspect?

Gina:   Yeah, we don’t go into too much detail about the kind of international operations, but yeah, that’s the device. I mean, obviously, we all know that Aldis is an incredible actor who’s very much in demand. You know, we take what we can get, but we didn’t really focus on so much what the other international teams were doing. I think it’s totally fair to say that Sophie’s put into a leadership role, but what I loved about the way it was written and the way it was developed was that she doesn’t just arrive and take that role. She’s waiting for it to be given. Everybody gives it to her; everybody gives her permission, a little bit more permission. That’s part of her journey of recovering from her loss and her grief. They know her so well that they know that they have to give her a purpose; they have to help her on on her way. Then, I think, as the season develops, and going into these final eight, she kind of sees light at the end of the tunnel, and she’s on her path, and she sees her destiny.

Suzanne:   I think that the great thing about this show is the you all get to play multiple characters. So, it’s more than just like playing one show. You’re on multiple shows in a way.

Aleyse:   Oh, yeah, I mean, you get a script, and there’s just so much opportunity all over it to sort of do something that’s just on your mind, or maybe you’ve seen a show, and you’re like, “Oh, wow, that must be a really cool set to be on,” [and] all of a sudden you have a medieval moment that you’re stepping into; it’s great. I mean, imagination, there’re no bounds bringing ideas; you’re never really shut down. Everybody’s like, “We’ll try it. Let’s see.” Yeah, it’s like 100 different show.

Suzanne:   Well, that segues into my other question, which is do they give you any leeway into changing the dialogue at all? Are they open to suggestions and changes about your character? Sounds like they are.

Gina:   Yeah, I mean, we riff in like little, tiny ways, and Aldis and Aleyse are the prince and princess of that, of just doing spontaneous little riffs. But I like to kind of really – I’m a very kind of text focused actor. So, I like to rework scenes and try and make them better and reorder things. Also, we like to bring in little physical like improv that will just elevate a scene, make it feel more, you know, present sometimes. You just bring in a little bit of business, and then you’ve got a reason why you’re all sitting around that table. You’ve got a reason why you’re all in that room, and we’re all really good at that, and they’re very open to it.

Suzanne:   And Aleyse, your character learns a lot. This half of the season she ends up being more than just the the girl at the keyboard. What was the most challenging physical thing that you did this half of the season?

Aleyse:   Oh, I want to say maybe being on ropes dropping through a ceiling. That was kind of hard; it’s because we’re like [at] a dead hang, and it’s through a hole in the ceiling. So, you have to climb on a ladder. But honestly, I think the thing that was most taxing on me is falling like that, but it’s always my choice to fall. I don’t think that the falls were really written in there for me, maybe one, but, yeah, that just becomes challenging, because you’re trying to keep it fresh, and you’re trying to sell the fall, and that would be my thing.

Suzanne:   Okay, well, they told me that’s my last question. I really appreciate talk me guys. I’ve talked to all of you now except for Noah, [but] the original Leverage, I got to interview everyone except for Gina. So, I collect them all.

Gina:   Thank you. Thanks, Suzanne.

Suzanne:   Thank you so much. I hope you enjoy the rest of the day and don’t have too much stress sitting there for hours.

Gina:   Not at all, it’s fun.

Aleyse:   Bye.

Suzanne:   Thank you. Bye bye.

Here’s the video!

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

MORE INFO:

Please visit our Leverage Page!

Preview

In this new iteration, and new world, the Leverage crew have watched as the rich and powerful continue to take what they want without consequence. Grifter Sophie Devereaux (Gina Bellman), thief Parker (Beth Riesgraf), hitter Eliot Spencer (Christian Kane), and hacker Alec Hardison (Aldis Hodge) have watched the world change over the last eight years. Since their last job, it’s become easier–and sometimes legal–for the rich to become richer and the powerful to squash anyone who gets in their way.  To address the changes in the world around them, the team finds new blood in Harry Wilson (Noah Wyle), a corporate lawyer who is looking for redemption after realizing he’d been sitting on the wrong side of the table for his entire career, and Breanna Casey (Aleyse Shannon), Hardison’s foster sister who has a knack for computers, robotics, and getting into trouble.

Executive Produced By

Dean Devlin, Marc Roskin, Rachel Olschan-Wilson and Kate Rorick. John Rogers and Chris Downey serve as consulting producers.

Directed By

Dean Devlin, Marc Roskin, Noah Wyle, Francis Dela Torre, Jonathan Frakes

Produced By

Electric Entertainment for IMDb TV

Cast

Gina Bellman, Christian Kane, Beth Riesgraf, Aleyse Shannon, and Noah Wyle, Special Guest Star Aldis Hodge

Gina Bellman was born on July 10, 1966 in Auckland, New Zealand. She is an actress, known for Coupling (2000), Leverage (2008) and Jekyll (2007). She has been married to Zaab Sethna since September 2013. They have one child. She was previously married to Lucho Brieva.

Family

Spouse Zaab Sethna (September 2013 – present)  (1 child)
Lucho Brieva (July 2005 – 2007)  (divorced)
Children Brieva, Romy

Trivia

She was born in New Zealand and moved to England when she was 11 years old.
Daughter, Romy, born on November 20, 2009 in London.

Aleyse Shannon was born on May 16, 1996. She is an actress, known for Black Christmas (2019), Leverage: Redemption (2021) and Beauty (2021).

Trivia

Graduated from Carnegie Mellon University School of Drama.

Catch Eight New Episodes of the IMDb TV Original Series Leverage: Redemption on October 8

Aug 26, 2021

CATCH EIGHT NEW EPISODES OF THE IMDb TV ORIGINAL SERIES LEVERAGE: REDEMPTION 
ON OCTOBER 8

 

WATCH NEW TEASER HERE
SCREENERS OF NEW EPISODES AVAILABLE NOW ON
SCREENERS.COM

REVIEWS EMBARGOED UNTIL MONDAY, OCTOBER 4 AT 6:00AM PT/9:00AM ET

“Let’s go steal…eight new episodes of Leverage: Redemption.” In an all-new con, the Leverage crew surprised and delighted their fans by teasing the fall premiere of Leverage: Redemption in an exclusive video that dropped on IMDb TV socials today. The teaser video confirms that the IMDb TV Original series Leverage: Redemption will return this fall with eight additional season one episodes premiering October 8. In the brand-new episodes, the Leverage team finds itself up against a rival organization that embodies the system the team works so hard to take down.

Joining the cast in these additional episodes are guest stars Drew Powell (reprising his role as Jack Hurley from the original Leverage series), Ben Thompson, Joanna Cassidy, Jon Fletcher, and Brianna Brown, in addition to the previously announced guest stars James Marsters, LeVar Burton, and Andrea Navedo (continuing her role as Maria Shipp), as the Leverage team must aid a small town librarian, discredit a lifestyle and wellness guru, explore the failing memory of a legendary grifter, and more. Screeners for the new episodes are available now on Screeners.com. The remaining episodes of season one of Leverage: Redemption will premiere on October 8 on IMDb TV, Amazon’s free streaming service.

The first eight episodes of season one of Leverage: Redemption and all seasons of the original Leverage series are available to stream now on IMDb TV.

The rich and powerful take what they want, and the Leverage team is back to take them down. Sophie Devereaux (The Grifter), Parker (The Thief), Eliot Spencer (The Hitter), and Alec Hardison (The Hacker) have watched the world change over the last eight years. It’s become easier, and sometimes legal, for the rich to become richer and the powerful to squash anyone who gets in their way. The Leverage team finds new blood in Harry Wilson, a corporate lawyer who is looking for redemption after realizing he’s been sitting on the wrong side of the table for his entire career, and Breanna Casey, Hardison’s foster sister who has a knack for computers, robotics, and getting into trouble. In this new world, the team will use their collective skills to defeat a new kind of villain – from the man who created an opioid crisis from the comfort of his boardroom, to the couple who prefers to deport workers instead of paying them, to the shadowy security firm that helps hide dangerous secrets for a price. When someone needs help, they provide…Leverage.

Leverage: Redemption stars Gina Bellman as Sophie Devereaux, Beth Riesgraf as Parker, Christian Kane as Eliot Spencer, Aldis Hodge as Alec Hardison, Noah Wyle as Harry Wilson, and Aleyse Shannon as Breanna Casey. Kate Rorick is the co-showrunner and an executive producer alongside Dean Devlin, and executive producers Marc Roskin and Rachel Olschan-Wilson of Electric Entertainment. John Rogers and Chris Downey are consulting producers.

IMDb TV uniquely offers premium Originals on a free streaming service including the upcoming dramedy Pretty Hard Cases, premiering September 10. Spanning drama and comedy, scripted and unscripted, additional IMDb TV Originals include the Untitled Judge Judy Sheindlin Project, a Bosch spinoff; the comedy series Sprung; the Untitled Jeff Lewis Project – a new home design series; On Call from executive producer Dick Wolf; and second seasons of Alex Rider and Top Class: The Life and Times of the Sierra Canyon Trailblazers.

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Interview with Dean Devlin and Kate Rorick

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Interview with Executive Producers Dean Devlin and Kate Rorick of “Leverage: Redemption” on IMDb TV by Suzanne 9/29/21

This was a wonderful interview with the showrunner/producer/writer of the show, Dean, and the main writer, producer Kate. I’ve interviewed Dean before, but Kate was a pleasant addition. They were both fun to have on Zoom and gave great answers. I just love this show, and I was very happy to watch the series last 8 episodes of the first season. I hope it gets a second season. I was a huge fan of the original series that ran on TNT as well.

Suzanne:   How are you guys doing?

Kate:   Good. How are you?

Suzanne:   I’m pretty good. Can’t complain. I’m on the beach, as you see.

Dean:   Nice.

Suzanne:   So Dean, it’s nice to see you again, and it’s nice to meet you, Kate.

Kate:   Nice to meet you too.

Suzanne:   So, I finished watching all the Leverage episodes last night from the new season. I would have watched them sooner, but TCA happened… but I really love the show. I liked the first one, too. So, I’m a big, long-time fan.

So, why was the season broken up into two parts?

Dean:   I think that was just a decision by IMDb TV to give us two jolts, so that it wasn’t just one shot in the arm.

Suzanne:   Okay, and another question just occurred to me. I know that back when you were doing Almost Paradise, you kept trying to shop it to other networks. Were you trying to get a Leverage reboot done all this time, or was it a more recent thing?

Dean:   Oh, no, no. I originally started talking to IMDb about doing Leverage almost two and a half years ago. So, yeah, it was a long time in the in the making. They’ve been spectacular partners and incredible support. Not only did they step up to bring the show back but then held our hands during a global pandemic and eight hurricanes that knocked us out. I mean, you can’t get a more supportive, better partner than than IMDb TV. And, of course, now they’re running Almost Paradise.

Suzanne:   Oh, any chance for more episodes of those in the future?

Dean:   Well, I think that the reality is that if these back eight of Leverage do as well as the first eight, or hopefully better, and people continue to keep watching Almost Paradise on IMDB TV, I think we have a really good shot of second seasons on both of them. So, my fingers are crossed. Hopefully they go up in big numbers.

Suzanne:   Oh, good. When I interviewed you and Christian Kane in March 2020, that was my first Zoom interview

Dean:  

Oh, my gosh.

Suzanne:   Because I had done only phone interviews up until then.

Kate:   It’s weird how quickly it became normal.

Suzanne:   I know, right? Weird. So, can you tell me, if it’s not going back too far, why was Nathan killed off rather than just went missing or recast?

Dean:   Well, I think the thing is, the first Leverage series was really centered around a story of vengeance, you know, a man who lost his son, and it destroyed his life and his marriage, and he was set out for revenge. Over the course of 77 episodes, he found peace, and he found love again, and it really was a completion of an arc, and rather than just get him pissed off about something else again and launch the next show, I think what really made this work was by having a brand new engine and a new tone instead of a story that was about vengeance. This was a story about redemption. That really gave us an energy to put the show back together and to give it relevancy of why you should watch the new version.

Suzanne:   And is there any remote chance that he would come back in the future, figure out that he’s not really dead or whatever?

Dean:   You know, I never say never to anything.

Suzanne:   I love the Easter eggs in the show like having LeVar Burton playing a librarian, and the episode when Noah Wyle goes in the hospital and pretends to be a doctor, and I’m not gonna put any spoilers here, but I heard and saw a few. That was great. Are there more that I didn’t notice?

Kate:   Well, we try to feed in easter eggs whenever we can, because we know that we have a very passionate fan base who likes those things, but also, we as writers like those things. They tickle us when they make it through. As for the Noah Wyle in the doctor’s coat thing, we hadn’t originally planned on it, but the opportunity presented itself, and we said to ourselves, “Alright, we get we can do this once. We can do this once. So, let’s just do it now.”

Dean:   Also, I think so much now within the streaming world you have shows that are serialized, and sometimes multiple shows that are serialized and interconnected, and it really demands a lot of the viewer that the viewer has to watch every single episode and remember everything from every show. Our show is episodic; you can you can jump in at any point. You don’t have to have seen previous episodes, and you can enjoy the show. But for us, the Easter eggs are a present for those who have stuck with us. You don’t need to have watched every episode, but if you have, you’re going to get a couple extra treats that everyone else won’t get

Suzanne:   I watched them all, but I have a terrible memory, and I’m not all that observant, so if it’s obvious, I could see it, but I know I always have to find a video or something where somebody says, “Okay, here’s all the Easter eggs in that movie” or whatever.

Dean:   You can always watch the official Leverage After Show on Electric Now, and we break down the Easter eggs of every episode.

Suzanne:   I’ll definitely have to do that, then.

Can you tell us about the guest stars this half of the season? I didn’t have a list, but I recognized faces.

Kate:   We have so many amazing guest stars in this season. LeVar Burton, you mentioned, is one of them. Joanna Cassidy shows up in a role that I absolutely adored, and she knocked it out of the park. James Marsters shows up to come play with his former Angel costar Christian Kane, and I love watching them go head to head against each other. Drew Powell in the same episode showed up. So, it was an embarrassment of riches the back half.

Suzanne:   Cool. There was a woman, I think it was in the second episode that I recognized. She ended up working in like a drugstore somewhere. They put in witness protection at the end. I didn’t recognize her name.

Kate:   I’m so sorry. I’m blanking. I know exactly who you are talking about on who you’re talking about, but I’m blanking [on her name].

Suzanne:   Okay, I’ll ask IMDb. So, the series was primarily set in New Orleans, but where was it actually filmed?

Kate:   It was filmed in New Orleans.

Suzanne:   Oh, okay.

Kate:   Honestly, I don’t think New Orleans can be doubled anywhere else except for possibly that one little square in Disneyland, but it is such a vibrant city, and it becomes a vibrant character that when you go to New Orleans, you shoot New Orleans.

Suzanne:   Right, right. No, I understand. Actually, we were in Vicksburg not too long ago, and their their downtown area looks a lot like New Orleans, and they do the whole touristy thing there with the daiquiris and everything like they’re trying to imitate.

Dean:   I love it.

Suzanne:   Eliot went through a lot of personal stuff this season, more than Parker of Brianna. Can you tell us what went into that thinking of doing that for him?

Kate:   Well, I think we wanted to give Eliot a relationship and a grown up relationship that has him thinking ahead to the idea that maybe, “My job is incredibly important to me. Leverage is the most important thing I’m going to do, but I also want to share my life with somebody.” So, I think that when we get through these back eight episodes, that’s sort of where Eliot’s mind has has landed, and he needs to find a way to balance.

Suzanne:   And without giving away any spoilers, there was a possible meeting up with someone in his family, do you think that might continue in another season?

Dean:   Absolutely. It’s something that we had actually been planning on in the original Leverage had there been a season six then. We had it on the drawing board to really go farther in it. So, we decided to release it in season one, and if, knock wood, we get to season two, we will definitely go farther down that road.

Suzanne:   Okay, and was shooting the second half of the season easier for you, even though you had COVID restrictions during filming? I mean, did it get easier over time?

Kate:   From my perspective, it did get easier over time, just because we’d sort of you figured out what you were going to stumble over as you went along, but to that point, it still wasn’t easy.

Dean:   There was no break when we shot them. We shot all sixteen back to back, so we were still in the height of it.

Suzanne:   And was it fun to incorporate two newer characters this season, Harry and Brianna, into the show with the rest of the Leverage team

Kate:   It was honestly, and I’m so gratified and relieved at the reception that they’ve received from the fans, because it’s hard to join a very established show and to be somebody new on it, but they do. They bring new perspectives; they bring new new skills to the table, and I think that they breathe a lot of – they created a good engine for the show.

Suzanne:   And when you have these ideas for the show, each episode where there’s some character or person or entity that they have to help, are those ideas taken from the headlines, or where do they come from?

Kate:   We have like just files of the history of bad guys, things that have happened in the world. It’s like there is no dearth of bad guys for us to draw from. And in general, they are always worse than what we manage to put on screen.

Suzanne:   I believe it. I liked that episode where Harry was going through the the files in his old legal office. He said, “And they did that, and they did that.” Just always terrible things.

Dean:   There was one moment where we were looking at a line that one of our bad guys says in one of the episodes, and there were some question about whether it was too over the top, and then somebody showed the video of the guy we were kind of basing it on, and it was word for word what he said.

Suzanne:   Well, they say truth is stranger than fiction, worse than fiction, apparently.

There’s a lot of comedy in the show, which I enjoy, especially with Parker. Is there ever a time when you think, ”No, that’s too much comedy; this is a drama we’ve got to cut that that back.”

Kate:   I don’t know if we’ve ever actually gone too far. We try very hard to strike a balance between the comedy and the pathos of the story, but as Dean has said several times, if you stripped the comedy out of the show, Leverage is an incredibly dark show. Comedy is what makes it palatable, so chances are the worst thing that somebody has done, the funnier we’re going to try to be at some point, just to make it balanced.

Dean:   And I think we live in a world now with a lot of very dark and serialized shows, and I think one of the things that makes this stand out is for an hour you get to escape. You get to have a good time, you get to be hopeful, you get to be positive, and at the same time, you get to punch in the neck some really bad people.

Suzanne:   Yeah. I love that little sound; I don’t know if there’s a name for it, whenever Parker does something really fast, there’s a sound.

Dean:   We call it the whoosh.

Suzanne:   I’m surprised nobody’s made a video on YouTube of just all those little bits put together with the whoosh sound.

Kate:   Well, they will now.

Dean:   I’m sure somebody’s got a ringtone with it.

Suzanne:   I don’t have the time to put it together, or I would.

The end of the season doesn’t seem to be an ending for the team. Did you write it with the idea that the show will hopefully probably continue?

Kate:   We are cautiously optimistic that there will be a season two, knock on wood, all the wood you can find, but that said, we wanted to make sure that if there wasn’t going to be a season two that we ended season one on a satisfactory note. Everybody feels satisfied at the end of season one, so that was our goal as we went forward.

Dean:   Yeah, if you really if you look back on Leverage, it was really one of the style choices that we always ended the season with a [conclusion]. We never did a big cliffhanger at the end of the season. We always wanted it to be a complete meal. Instead of making you want to come back on a cliffhanger, we wanted to make you come back because you had such a good time.

Suzanne:   And I always wanted to ask this, and I never remembered before, but when you were younger, did you grow up watching things like It Takes a Thief and I Spy and Wild Wild West and Man from U.N.C.L.E.?

Dean:   All three of those shows you mentioned my mother guest starred on, so I have to include them, but I [would] say if you were really going to pull where we pulled from, it would really probably be more Rockford Files, A-Team, Mission Impossible. I think those were probably more the predecessors.

Suzanne:   Well, the coolness factor definitely reminds me of those old 60s shows.

And if Harry returns for the next season, would there be a possible romantic relationship between him and Sophie?

Kate:   Never say never; don’t want to rule anything out. Yeah, never say never.

Dean:   I think the thing is, what’s really great about their relationship is that Harry is the only person on the team who exclusively knows Sophie as who she is today, when everyone else has the memories of who she used to be. So, he’s able to bring [a] perspective that no one else on the team can, and that respect and that friendship is so important that for us it’s more important than a romantic relationship. If we made the decision to go down that road, it would be interesting, but to us, what’s really more interesting is how these people are relating on a different level than any of the other teammates relate on.

Suzanne:   Okay, well, I’ll take your word for that, but I did notice that what she did after … at the last episode, and that seemed to indicate that there was some kind of … there, but I won’t spoil it.

Thanks so much. I really appreciate it.

Dean:   Thank you. So nice to talk to you.

Kate:   Thank you.

Suzanne:   I’ll talk to you again sometime.

Dean:   Bye.

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In this new iteration, and new world, the Leverage crew have watched as the rich and powerful continue to take what they want without consequence. Grifter Sophie Devereaux (Gina Bellman), thief Parker (Beth Riesgraf), hitter Eliot Spencer (Christian Kane), and hacker Alec Hardison (Aldis Hodge) have watched the world change over the last eight years. Since their last job, it’s become easier–and sometimes legal–for the rich to become richer and the powerful to squash anyone who gets in their way.  To address the changes in the world around them, the team finds new blood in Harry Wilson (Noah Wyle), a corporate lawyer who is looking for redemption after realizing he’d been sitting on the wrong side of the table for his entire career, and Breanna Casey (Aleyse Shannon), Hardison’s foster sister who has a knack for computers, robotics, and getting into trouble.

Executive Produced By

Dean Devlin, Marc Roskin, Rachel Olschan-Wilson and Kate Rorick. John Rogers and Chris Downey serve as consulting producers.

Directed By

Dean Devlin, Marc Roskin, Noah Wyle, Francis Dela Torre, Jonathan Frakes

Produced By

Electric Entertainment for IMDb TV

Cast

Gina Bellman, Christian Kane, Beth Riesgraf, Aleyse Shannon, and Noah Wyle, Special Guest Star Aldis Hodge

Catch Eight New Episodes of the IMDb TV Original Series Leverage: Redemption on October 8

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CATCH EIGHT NEW EPISODES OF THE IMDb TV ORIGINAL SERIES LEVERAGE: REDEMPTION 
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“Let’s go steal…eight new episodes of Leverage: Redemption.” In an all-new con, the Leverage crew surprised and delighted their fans by teasing the fall premiere of Leverage: Redemption in an exclusive video that dropped on IMDb TV socials today. The teaser video confirms that the IMDb TV Original series Leverage: Redemption will return this fall with eight additional season one episodes premiering October 8. In the brand-new episodes, the Leverage team finds itself up against a rival organization that embodies the system the team works so hard to take down.

Joining the cast in these additional episodes are guest stars Drew Powell (reprising his role as Jack Hurley from the original Leverage series), Ben Thompson, Joanna Cassidy, Jon Fletcher, and Brianna Brown, in addition to the previously announced guest stars James Marsters, LeVar Burton, and Andrea Navedo (continuing her role as Maria Shipp), as the Leverage team must aid a small town librarian, discredit a lifestyle and wellness guru, explore the failing memory of a legendary grifter, and more. Screeners for the new episodes are available now on Screeners.com. The remaining episodes of season one of Leverage: Redemption will premiere on October 8 on IMDb TV, Amazon’s free streaming service.

The first eight episodes of season one of Leverage: Redemption and all seasons of the original Leverage series are available to stream now on IMDb TV.

The rich and powerful take what they want, and the Leverage team is back to take them down. Sophie Devereaux (The Grifter), Parker (The Thief), Eliot Spencer (The Hitter), and Alec Hardison (The Hacker) have watched the world change over the last eight years. It’s become easier, and sometimes legal, for the rich to become richer and the powerful to squash anyone who gets in their way. The Leverage team finds new blood in Harry Wilson, a corporate lawyer who is looking for redemption after realizing he’s been sitting on the wrong side of the table for his entire career, and Breanna Casey, Hardison’s foster sister who has a knack for computers, robotics, and getting into trouble. In this new world, the team will use their collective skills to defeat a new kind of villain – from the man who created an opioid crisis from the comfort of his boardroom, to the couple who prefers to deport workers instead of paying them, to the shadowy security firm that helps hide dangerous secrets for a price. When someone needs help, they provide…Leverage.

Leverage: Redemption stars Gina Bellman as Sophie Devereaux, Beth Riesgraf as Parker, Christian Kane as Eliot Spencer, Aldis Hodge as Alec Hardison, Noah Wyle as Harry Wilson, and Aleyse Shannon as Breanna Casey. Kate Rorick is the co-showrunner and an executive producer alongside Dean Devlin, and executive producers Marc Roskin and Rachel Olschan-Wilson of Electric Entertainment. John Rogers and Chris Downey are consulting producers.

IMDb TV uniquely offers premium Originals on a free streaming service including the upcoming dramedy Pretty Hard Cases, premiering September 10. Spanning drama and comedy, scripted and unscripted, additional IMDb TV Originals include the Untitled Judge Judy Sheindlin Project, a Bosch spinoff; the comedy series Sprung; the Untitled Jeff Lewis Project – a new home design series; On Call from executive producer Dick Wolf; and second seasons of Alex Rider and Top Class: The Life and Times of the Sierra Canyon Trailblazers.

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Interview with Simon Frederick, Eunice Olumide and Jidenna

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Simon Frederick, Eunice Olumide and Jidenna

Interview with Simon Frederick, Eunice Olumide and Jidenna of “The Outsiders?” on YouTube by Suzanne 9/23/21

The Outsiders? TCA Panel
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Eunice Olumide, Actress, Model & Broadcaster
Jidenna, Recording Artist & Producer
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This was an interesting panel. I hadn’t seen the series ahead of time, so I wasn’t sure what to ask. I did think of some things to ask, eventually, as the panel continued.

The first journalist asked Simon Frederick how he decided which artists should go in his documentary series.

He said that Jidenna was someone that he wanted to speak with for a long time because of his song “Classic Man” and that he was born in Nigeria but lived in America, which sparked a “cross-cultural conversation.” The other panelist, Eunice Olumide, has had a great influence on Scottish culture; she has a bill going through Parliament that will mandate black history to be taught in schools in Scotland. He praised her, “I’ve always said that Eunice will make a great politician one day because in Scotland she has been able to affect Scottish culture in a way that Black people just don’t do.” He pointed out that both are brilliant people under 40 that have created things that never existed before. He said they were “owning Black culture in a way that, not only is inspiring to us as Black people, but actually inspiring to all of us as human beings.”

Olumide talked about the bill, which started as a petition to the Scottish government. She felt there was not enough being taught about “the significant contribution of African people, African diaspora to the west not only to the UK, but to the western world in general.” She loves that their documentary talks about “trauma porn” (which is focusing on the negative things that have happened to black people in history). She believes that it’s better to focus positive things that have happened, “to ensure that we are educating and archiving the huge, and tremendous, positive contributions of people of color to the world today.”

Another reporter asked the panel whose shoulders they stand on, and how they are building up their own shoulders so that others in their community can stand on theirs.

Olumide credited her mom, and performative activism done by Afro-Caribbean people. She mentioned that she was awarded a British MBE. She admited, “I was quite unsure about whether I wanted to receive that or not because of Britain’s history concerning the transatlantic slave trade and colonialism. And one of the things that actually my mom highlighted to me was that I needed to also understand the vast and extensive history and background of all of the people that came before me. And I needed to also understand that it’s about archiving and making sure that we are documenting historically the contributions of people of color, of African people, to the world.”

Jidenna agreed with what she said and then added his opinion. He said that he did stand on the shoulders of his late father, and he talks about him in this documentary series. He told us that he was “the first African to produce a commercially-produced PC in our history, in Sub-Saharan African history. And he did that in the 80s in the same time that Gates and Jobs were building their computer franchises. It’s not a history that people know.” He maintained that many stories of black history and narratives have been taken away from its people, so this series is making sure that “we are etched into history and we are telling our stories.” He complimented Frederick that this “might be his best work yet.” He remembers that his father advised him that life is like a relay race, “The most important thing is not you running, but the baton which you are not allowed to drop or you will be disqualified.” Not only is he standing on his father’s shoulders, “but what’s immediately important are people like Eunice, are people to my sides who are in my generation and my peer group, because I think our generation is one of the most amazing generations that’s come in the last hundred years.” He told us that “our fight … is to create more space for different archetypes of African descent and for us across the Diaspora to hear each other’s stories where previously a lot of the film that you’ll see in the last 100 years were exports from the U.S. So you’re getting predominantly the Black American experience, but you’re not getting as much of the Caribbean American or the First Gen African. You’re not seeing as much of the films that are coming out of the UK. You’re definitely not seeing what’s coming out of France, but now because of the internet, Wi-Fi, Instagram… we’re seeing experiences not only in Europe, in America, but definitely in Africa. And, finally, thank God, we have a world that views Africa as much cooler than it was before, and I don’t think we’re in a trendy era, and we’re knowing that now, and I think Simon is capturing that worldwide: the new, global Black experience.”

Frederick added that he stands on the shoulders of his parents. He wouldn’t be where he was today without his mom’s “love and encouragement… [when you grow] up as a young, Black child you’re told that education is key, and if you’re drawing and painting and doing stuff like that is you’re soon told not to do that, because you’re never going to have a career and all they’re trying to do is keep you safe.” He has his father’s stubbornness, which is what made him keep going with his music. He also credits those who came before him, such as “Sir Harry Belafonte,” whom he met for a lengthy interview. It changed his life because “it solidified why I do what I do and the importance of doing what I do, of telling stories, of putting a humanity in Black storytelling that’s always been there, but it’s been taken away from us. But, also, following in the footsteps of people like the great Gordon Parks, who a photographer, a filmmaker, a musician, a renaissance man. I am trying to follow in his footsteps and continue his tradition for storytelling in both moving and still imagery.”

For my question, I referred back to what Jidenna said about us not seeing so many African or international works. I pointed out that because of the pandemic, people here in the U.S. (and probably other Western countries) are watching more of that and asked whether he thinks that will continue once we’re out of the pandemic.

Jidenna replied, “Yes, absolutely. That’s a keen observation, and I can tell you Eunice and Simon, you probably don’t realize this as much unless you’ve been stateside, because I believe the question is aimed at the U.S. market. Really, my whole upbringing, I was one of the few people that was able to watch overdubs and subtitles. So many times, you hear people like, “Oh, it’s got subtitles? Oh, I don’t want to watch it.” Or it’ll be like, man, unless it was like a kung fu flick, they don’t want to see the slight latency in the overdub. Right now, to your point, people were tired of just watching whatever their regular show was so they’re exploring a lot more, and there’s a huge demand, and I’d love to see the numbers on it. So the beautiful thing is that some things with the pandemic that may have seemed short-lived will be long-lived. It’s not just long COVID that’s going to be the byproduct of the pandemic. It’s going to be the new cultural interests, I think, in the world. It was the first time that the U.S., in our lifetime, that the U.S. was included in a plague. We often have the benefit of the Atlantic Ocean and the Pacific Ocean and presidents that are a little bit smarter than our previous one. But in this case, we were part of the world and it forced us to be, and that’s why you have an interest in films from abroad. I definitely think that this is something here to stay, and people are working hard to produce more films that can still cater to the U.S. market, so we’re right on time with that.” I wanted to add to that there are many foreign TV series available to us more now, too (not just films).

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This new six-part docuseries from visionary filmmaker and photographer Simon Frederick brings to life the Black experience through stories and personal anecdotes of a seminal cast of young Black actors, musicians, creators, artists, and personalities that are shaping popular culture as we know it. “The Outsiders?” challenges notions that anti-Black sentiment is a national or regional issue, weaving the cast’s experiences into a cohesive set of themes that underscore the universal nature of what it means to be Black around the world. The cast’s revealing truths and untold stories are tragic, thought-provoking, and inspiring. From the YouTube Black Voices fund, “The Outsiders?” premieres globally on October 4.

From director and photographer Simon Frederick, comes the next installment in his portrait documentaries, untold stories of young Black visionaries shaping our future. In raw, real, and deeply personal conversations, you’ll hear 41 creators, musicians, artists, authors, athletes and more discuss topics like equality, structural gaslighting, and social media.
Guests include, Mo Gilligan, Phillip Youmans, Munya Chawawa, Alex Scott, Fenn O’Meally, Niko Omilana, Leigh-Anne Pinnock, Elladj Balde, Alicia Garza, Jidenna, Campbell Addy, Eunice Olumide, Ncuti Gatwa, George The Poet, Candice Braithwaite, Kailand Morris, Shaun Ross, Clara Amfo, Amanda Seales, Sophie Duker, Jidenna, Taylor Richardson, Jamal Edwards, MNEK, Chanel Ambrose, Tinashe, Suli Breaks, and Julie Adenuga.

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  • ABC The Rookie: Five Minutes (10/3) 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 an all-new episode of “The Rookie,” SUNDAY, OCT. 3 (10:00-11:00 p.m. EDT), on ABC. Episodes can also be viewed the next day on demand and on Hulu.
    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
  • ABC The Good Doctor: Piece of Cake (10/4) Show More
    “Piece of Cake” – Dr. Shaun Murphy and the team race to save a pregnant woman’s baby and find her current situation as a convicted felon complicates it even more than they realize. Meanwhile, the hospital takes on some unexpected changes that the staff are not prepared for on “The Good Doctor,” MONDAY, OCT. 4 (10:00-11:00 p.m. EDT), on ABC. Episodes can also be viewed the next day on demand and on Hulu.
    Guest starring is Rachel Bay Jones as Salen Morrison, Lyndon Smith as Abby Clemmis, Blessing Adedijo as Madeline Cross, Constance Ejuma as Esther and Elfina Luk as Nurse Villanueva.
    “Piece of Cake” was written by Tracy Taylor and David Hoselton, and directed by Tim Southam. Promo
  • ABC The Goldbergs: Riptide Waters (10/6) Show More
    “Riptide Waters” – Recently injured at local waterpark Riptide Waters, Mr. Glascott embarks on a mission to petition the neighborhood to close it down. Determined to foil Mr. Glascott’s plan, Barry starts his own petition to keep the beloved institution, filled with childhood memories, open. Meanwhile, Erica is faced with frustration as Beverly takes over her wedding planning. Geoff tries to intervene by incorporating advice from a “professional” marriage counselor only to realize he should have listened to Murray and let the ladies sort it out themselves on new episode of “The Goldbergs,” airing WEDNESDAY, OCT. 6 (8:00-8:30 p.m. EDT), on ABC. Promo
  • ABC The Wonder Years: The Club (10/6) Show More
    “The Club” – Dean stumbles upon some “racy literature” and shares it with friends at school. When he is caught by the school principal, Bill and Lillian navigate uncharted territory as parents and Dean learns that manhood isn’t all it’s cracked up to be on a new episode of “The Wonder Years,” airing WEDNESDAY, OCT. 6 (8:30-9:00 p.m. EDT), on ABC. 
  • ABC The Conners: Sober Sex, Plastic Silverware, and Losing My Religion (10/6) Show More
    “Sober Sex, Plastic Silverware, and Losing My Religion” – Part of Becky’s recovery program mandates she make amends with people she has lied to over the years, leading her to meet up again with former high school friend Mikey to apologize for lying to him about her living a successful life. Meanwhile, Darlene visits with Pastor Phil (Jason Alexander), and Louise continues planning her wedding on “The Conners,” WEDNESDAY, OCT. 6 (9:00-9:30 p.m. EDT), on ABC. Episodes can also be viewed the next day on demand and on Hulu.
    Guest starring is Katey Sagal as Louise, Jason Alexander as Pastor Phil and Darien Sills-Evans as Mikey. 
  • ABC Home Economics: Bottle Service, $800 Plus Tip (25% Suggested) (10/6) Show More
    “Bottle Service, $800 Plus Tip (25% Suggested)” – The family is in for a wild night out when they accompany Connor to a club to help him jumpstart his dating life. When Tom steps up as Connor’s wingman, things don’t exactly go as planned on an all-new episode of “Home Economics,” WEDNESDAY, OCT. 6 (9:31-10:00 p.m. EDT), on ABC. Episodes can also be viewed the next day on demand and on Hulu.
    Guest starring is Katie Wee as Bianca, Richa Moorjani as Maddie, Jon Daly as Sweaty Guy, Serenity Garcia as Mel, Hannah Hart as Jenna, Matthew Law as Brendan, Danielle Larracuente as Carmen and Jenson Cheng as Bouncer.
    “Bottle Service, $800 Plus Tip (25% Suggested)” was written by Julieanne Smolinski and directed by Matt Sohn. 
  • ABC A Million Little Things: game night (10/6) Show More
    “game night” – When the girls decide to throw Katherine a celebratory divorce party, the guys get together to watch the hockey game and distract Eddie. Maggie is blindsided by some news, while Sophie is forced to stand her ground. Eddie helps Theo with a romantic gesture for a new crush and stumbles into someone from his past. “A Million Little Things” airs WEDNESDAY, OCT. 6 (10:00-11:00 p.m. EDT), on ABC. Promo
  • ABC Station 19: Can’t Feel My Face (10/7) Show More
    “Can’t Feel My Face” – Andy and Sullivan’s relationship continues to be tested. Meanwhile, Emmett joins Dean and Vic on a mental health call, and Maya does some soul searching on a new episode of “Station 19,” THURSDAY, OCT. 7 (8:00-9:00 p.m. EDT), on ABC. (TV-14, DLSV) Episodes can also be viewed the next day on demand and on Hulu.
    Guest starring is James Pickens Jr. as Dr. Richard Webber, Lachlan Buchanan as Emmett Dixon and Josh Randall as Sean Beckett. Promo
    “Some Kind of Tomorrow” – Meredith seeks advice from Amelia. Meanwhile, Richard is reenergized as he takes teaching to a new level at the hospital, and Winston treats a patient suffering from kidney failure on a new episode of “Grey’s Anatomy,” THURSDAY, OCT. 7 (9:00-10:01 p.m. EDT), on ABC. Episodes can also be viewed the next day on demand and on Hulu.
    Guest starring is Abigail Spencer as Megan Hunt and Peter Gallagher as Dr. David Hamilton. Promo
    “Huckleberry” – Cassie takes on a missing person case brought in by a concerned girlfriend while Jenny continues to search for clues relating to the mysterious truck accident. As they check in with each other, the two eventually realize they are working the same case. However, they are not the only ones looking for answers as a new face comes to town hellbent on taking what she believes is rightfully hers. Meanwhile, Max, Harper, Madison and Bridger are at odds over the stolen money on an all-new episode of “Big Sky,” THURSDAY, OCT. 7 (10:01-11:00 p.m. EDT), on ABC. (TV-14, LV) Watch episodes on demand and on Hulu the day following their premieres.
    Guest starring is Jamie-Lynn Sigler as Tonya, Ryan O’Nan as Donno, Madelyn Kientz as Max, Troy Johnson as Harper, Lola Reidas as Madison, Jeremy Taylor as Bridger, Arturo Del Puerto as Tracy “T-Lock” Ridgeton and Romy Rosemont as Agatha. Promo
  • AMC The Walking Dead – Sunday, October 3, 9:00PM Show More
    For Blood
    The Reapers defend Meridian from an incoming herd; Pope suspects Maggie is behind the attack, while Daryl treads carefully; Alexandrians scramble to protect themselves when a violent storm leaves them vulnerable to walkers. Promo
  • AMC The Walking Dead: World Beyond – Sunday, October 3, 10:03PM Show More
  • Apple TV+ GET ROLLING WITH OTIS – Friday, October 8 Show More
    Based on the Penguin Random House book series by Loren Long, “Get Rolling With Otis” will premiere globally on Apple TV+ Friday, October 8. This animated adventure series from 9 Story Media Group and Brown Bag Films welcomes young viewers to Long Hill Dairy Farm, home to Otis the tractor and all his friends. Otis may be little, but he has a big heart. Whenever he sees a friend in need, he hits the brakes asks how they’re feeling, and rolls into action to help! The series is executive produced by Vince Commisso, Wendy Harris, author Long, Darragh O’Connell, Jane Startz and Angela C. Santomero. Promo
  • Apple TV+ ACAPULCO – Friday, October 8 Show More
    “Acapulco,” the highly anticipated 10-episode Apple Original comedy series starring Eugenio Derbez, who also executive produces, is set to premiere globally on Friday, October 8, 2021 on Apple TV+. “Acapulco” tells the story of twenty-something Máximo Gallardo (Enrique Arrizon), whose dream comes true when he gets the job of a lifetime as a cabana boy at the hottest resort in Acapulco. He soon realizes the job is far more complicated than he ever imagined and in order to succeed, he must learn to navigate a demanding clientele, a mercurial mentor, and a complicated home life, without losing his way to shortcuts or temptations. The series, which is told in both Spanish and English, takes place in 1984, with Derbez narrating and playing the present-day version of the main character, Máximo Gallardo. Promo
  • CBS THE NEIGHBORHOOD – Monday, October 4 Show More
    TINA SUSPECTS THE NEW TEACHER AT GEMMA’S SCHOOL MAY NOT BE WHO SHE CLAIMS TO BE, ON “THE NEIGHBORHOOD,” MONDAY, OCT. 4
    Nicole Sullivan Guest Stars as Alexis, a New Teacher at Gemma’s School
    “Welcome To The Sister From Another Mister” – When Gemma hires Alexis (guest star Nicole Sullivan) to teach at her school, Tina suspects the new teacher may not be quite who she claims to be. Also, Calvin tries to save the community baseball field where he first taught Malcolm how to play, on the CBS Original series THE NEIGHBORHOOD, Monday, Oct. 4 (8:00-8:30 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network, and available to stream live and on demand on Paramount+.
    WRITTEN BY: Malik S.
    DIRECTED BY: Victor Gonzalez Promo
  • CBS BOB ♥ ABISHOLA – Monday, October 4 Show More
    AFTER ABISHOLA MOVES IN WITH BOB AND REDECORATES WITH HIS BLESSING, THE COUPLE THROWS A HOUSEWARMING PARTY WHERE FRIENDS AND FAMILY VOICE THEIR OPINIONS ON HER TASTE, ON “BOB ♥ ABISHOLA,” MONDAY, OCT. 4
    “Dud” – After returning home from their wedding in Nigeria, Abishola moves into Bob’s house, and with his blessing, she redecorates to make the place her own. At their housewarming party, their friends and family make their opinions on Abishola’s taste known, on the CBS Original series BOB ♥ ABISHOLA, Monday, Oct. 4 (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 Carla Filisha
    TELEPLAY BY: Nathan Chetty, Ibet Inyang Beneche and Marla DuMont
    DIRECTED BY: Beth McCarthy-Miller Promo
    GIBBS AND PARKER TAKE A ROAD TRIP TO FIND ONE OF THE SERIAL KILLER’S VICTIMS, WHILE AGENT KNIGHT GOES UNDERCOVER AT A LARGE MANUFACTURING COMPANY WITH TIES TO THE MURDERS, ON “NCIS,” MONDAY, OCT. 4
    Rocky Carroll Directed the Episode
    “Road to Nowhere” – Gibbs and Parker go on a road trip to find one of the serial killer’s victims. Also, Agent Knight goes undercover at a large manufacturing company with ties to the murders, on the CBS Original series NCIS, Monday, Oct. 4 (9:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network, and available to stream live and on demand on Paramount+. Rocky Carroll directed the episode.
    WRITTEN BY: Marco Schnabel
    DIRECTED BY: Rocky Carroll Promo
    KAI GOES UNDERCOVER WITH ONE OF HAWAI`I’S OLDEST SURF GANGS WHEN A PETTY OFFICER TRYING TO HELP WAYWARD KIDS IS MURDERED, ON “NCIS: HAWAI`I,” MONDAY, OCT. 4
    “Recruiter” – Kai goes undercover with one of Hawai`i’s oldest surf gangs when a petty officer who’s trying to help wayward kids find a new path in the Marines is murdered, on NCIS: HAWAI`I, Monday, Oct. 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: Matt Bosack and Yalun Tu
    DIRECTED BY: Ruben Garcia 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 “FBI,” TUESDAY, OCT. 5
    “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, Oct. 5 (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
    DIRECTED BY: Alex Chapple Promo
  • CBS FBI: INTERNATIONAL – Tuesday, October 5 Show More
    THE FLY TEAM INVESTIGATES THE HIJACKING OF MILLIONS WORTH OF CRYPTOCURRENCY, EN ROUTE TO A SAFETY VAULT IN SWITZERLAND THAT LEAVES AN AMERICAN TRANSPORTER DEAD AND ANOTHER ON THE RUN, ON “FBI: INTERNATIONAL,” TUESDAY, OCT. 5
    “FBI” Star Alana De La Garza Guest Stars
    “Secrets as Weapons” – The team investigates when the hijacking of millions worth of cryptocurrency en route to a safety vault in Switzerland leaves an American transporter dead and another on the run, on FBI: INTERNATIONAL, Tuesday, Oct. 5 (9:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network, and available to stream live and on demand on Paramount+. Alana De La Garza from FBI guest stars.
    WRITTEN BY: Matt Olmstead
    DIRECTED BY: Deborah Kampmeier Promo
  • CBS FBI: MOST WANTED – Tuesday, October 5 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 “FBI: MOST WANTED,” TUESDAY, OCT. 5
    “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, Oct. 5 (10:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network, and available to stream live and on demand on Paramount+.
    WRITTEN BY: Stephanie SenGupta
    DIRECTED BY: Marc Roskin Promo
  • CBS CSI: VEGAS – Wednesday, October 6 Show More
    THE SEQUEL TO THE GLOBAL TELEVISION PHENOMENON “CSI” DEBUTS WITH NEW TEAM LEADER MAXINE ROBY JOINING FORCES WITH GIL GRISSOM AND SARA SIDLE, WHEN A TWISTED CONSPIRACY TARGETS THE CRIME LAB, ON THE SERIES PREMIERE OF “CSI: VEGAS,” WEDNESDAY, OCT. 6
    Paula Newsome, William Petersen, Jorja Fox, Matt Lauria, Mandeep Dhillon and Mel Rodriguez Star Paul Guilfoyle Guest Stars at Jim Brass
    “Legacy” – CSI: VEGAS opens a brand-new chapter in Las Vegas – the city where it all began. Facing an existential threat that could bring down the entire Crime Lab and release thousands of convicted killers back onto the neon-lit streets of Vegas, a brilliant new team of investigators led by Maxine Roby must enlist the help of old friends Gil Grissom and Sara Sidle. This combined force will deploy the latest forensic techniques to do what they do best – follow the evidence – in order to preserve and serve justice in Sin City. In the premiere episode, an attack on Jim Brass (Paul Guilfoyle)
    kicks off a twisted conspiracy targeting the Las Vegas crime lab, on the series premiere of CSI: VEGAS, Wednesday, Oct. 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: Jason Tracey
    DIRECTED BY: Uta Briesewitz Promo
  • CBS YOUNG SHELDON – Thursday, October 7 Show More
    MARY RECEIVES UPSETTING NEWS ABOUT HER HUSBAND, ON THE FIFTH SEASON PREMIERE OF “YOUNG SHELDON,” THURSDAY, OCT. 7
    “One Bad Night and Chaos of Selfish Desires” –Sheldon and Missy both run away from home, and Mary gets upsetting news about George Sr., on the fifth season premiere of YOUNG SHELDON, Thursday, Oct. 7 (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 & Eric Kaplan & Nick Bakay
    TELEPLAY BY: Steven Molaro & Jeremy Howe & Connor Kilpatrick
    DIRECTED BY: Alex Reid Promo
  • CBS UNITED STATES OF AL – Thursday, October 7 Show More
    “UNITED STATES OF AL” ADDRESSES CURRENT EVENTS IN AFGHANISTAN IN THE EMOTIONAL SECOND SEASON PREMIERE, THURSDAY, OCT. 7
    Story Is Inspired by the Real Experiences of the Afghan and Military Veteran Writers on
    “United States of Al” Who Worked Together to Evacuate Family Members from Afghanistan Last Month
    Click HERE to View a Promo for the Premiere Episode
    “Promises/Wadaha” – Al, Riley, Art, Lizzie and Vanessa work together against a ticking clock to get Al’s sister out of Afghanistan and to safety after Kabul falls, on the second season premiere of the CBS Original series UNITED STATES OF AL, Thursday, Oct. 7 (8:31-9:01 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network, and available to stream live and on demand on Paramount+. Story is inspired by the actual experiences of the Afghan and military veteran writers on the series who worked together to evacuate family members during the takeover of Afghanistan.
    STORY BY: Miriam Arghandiwal, Reza Aslan, Hila Hamidi, Chase Millsap, Bobby Telatovich, Mahyad Tousi
    TELEPLAY BY: Emily Ann Brandstetter, Maria Ferrari, Dave Goetsch, Ursula Taherian, Chuck Tatham, Habib Zahori
    DIRECTED BY: Mark Cendrowski Promo
  • CBS GHOSTS – Thursday, October 7 Show More
    SAMANTHA AND JAY DISCOVER THE RUNDOWN COUNTRY ESTATE THEY’RE CONVERTING TO A BED & BREAKFAST IS INHABITED BY THE MANY SPIRITS OF DECEASED RESIDENTS WHO NOW CALL IT HOME, ON THE SPECIAL ONE-HOUR SERIES PREMIERE OF “GHOSTS,” THURSDAY, OCT. 7, 9:01-10:00 PM
    Rose McIver, Utkarsh Ambudkar, Brandon Scott Jones, Richie Moriarty,
    Danielle Pinnock, Asher Grodman, Román Zaragoza, Sheila Carrasco,
    Rebecca Wisocky and Devan Chandler Long Star
    One-Hour Premiere Will Be Seamless with Back-to-Back Episodes
    “Pilot”/“Hello!” – Samantha and Jay throw both caution and money to the wind when they decide to convert a rundown country estate they inherited into a bed & breakfast – only to find it’s inhabited by the many opinionated spirits of deceased residents who now call it home. Also, when Sam thinks she’s crazy because she continues to see the ghosts of Woodstone Manor, she tries to ignore them, making them even more determined to get her to acknowledge they’re real, on the special one-hour series premiere of the new CBS Original comedy GHOSTS, Thursday, Oct. 7 (9:01-10:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network, and available to stream live and on demand on Paramount+. The one-hour premiere will be seamless with back-to-back episodes.
    Rose McIver, Utkarsh Ambudkar, Brandon Scott Jones, Richie Moriarty, Danielle Pinnock, Asher Grodman, Román Zaragoza, Sheila Carrasco, Rebecca Wisocky and Devan Chandler Long star.
    The departed souls are a close-knit, eclectic group that includes a saucy Prohibition-era lounge singer; a pompous 1700s militiaman; a ‘60s hippie fond of hallucinogens; an overly upbeat ‘80s scout troop leader; a cod-obsessed Viking explorer from 1009; a slick ‘90s finance bro; a sarcastic and witty native from the 1500s; and a society woman and wife of an 1800s robber baron who is Samantha’s ancestor, to name a few. If the spirits were anxious about the commotion a renovation and B&B will create in their home, it’s nothing compared to when they realize Samantha is the first live person who can see and hear them.
    BOTH EPISODES WRITTEN BY: Joe Port & Joe Wiseman
    BOTH EPISODES DIRECTED BY: Trent O’Donnell Promo
    BULL AND THE TAC TEAM MUST CALL UPON THEIR COLLECTIVE EXPERTISE TO LOCATE BULL’S KIDNAPPED DAUGHTER, AND THE ABDUCTOR WARNS THEM NOT TO GO TO THE POLICE, ON THE SIXTH SEASON PREMIERE OF “BULL,” THURSDAY, OCT. 7
    “Gone” – Bull and the TAC team must call upon all their collective experience to locate Bull’s kidnapped daughter, and the abductor warns them not to go to the police. As Bull works to build the most important psych profile of his life, he begins to suspect the captor is someone connected to his past, on the sixth season premiere of BULL, on its new night, Thursday, Oct. 7 (10:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network, and available to stream live and on demand on Paramount+.
    WRITTEN BY: Kathryn Price & Nichole Millard
    DIRECTED BY: Eric Stoltz Promo
  • CBS S.W.A.T. – Friday, October 8 Show More
    HONDO TEAMS UP WITH A LOCAL COP IN MEXICO FOR A DANGEROUS RESCUE MISSION THAT PUTS A TARGET ON HIS BACK, ON “S.W.A.T.,” FRIDAY, OCT. 8
    “Madrugada” – Still in Mexico, Hondo teams up with a local cop for a dangerous rescue mission, only to find himself with a target on his back. Also, back in Los Angeles, Hicks considers disbanding the team for good, on the CBS Original series S.W.A.T., Friday, Oct. 8 (8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network, and available to stream live and on demand on Paramount+.
    WRITTEN BY: Matthew T. Brown
    DIRECTED BY: Billy Gierhart Promo
  • CBS MAGNUM P.I. – Friday, October 8 Show More
    WHILE MAGNUM AND HIGGINS REUNITE AND WORK THE CASE OF A CONSTRUCTION WORKER’S TRAGIC DEATH, TC AND SHAMMY GET SKYJACKED BY A PAIR OF DRUG RUNNERS POSING AS TOURISTS, ON “MAGNUM P.I.,” FRIDAY, OCT. 8
    “The Harder They Fall” – While Magnum and Higgins reunite and work the case of a construction worker’s tragic death, TC and Shammy get skyjacked by a pair of drug runners posing as tourists, on the CBS Original series MAGNUM P.I., Friday, Oct. 8 (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: Doug Hannah Promo
  • CBS BLUE BLOODS – Friday, October 8 Show More
    TENSION ESCALATES BETWEEN FRANK AND THE MAYOR AFTER FRANK MAKES A PUBLIC ARREST THAT GOES VIRAL, ON “BLUE BLOODS,” FRIDAY, OCT. 8
    Dylan Walsh Guest Stars as Mayor Peter Chase
    “Times Like These” – Tension escalates between Frank and Mayor Chase (Dylan Walsh) after Frank makes a public arrest that goes viral. Also, Danny and Baez investigate a gang attack that takes an unexpected turn; Jamie worries when Eddie lies to him about where she’s going in the evenings; and Anthony secretly recruits the Reagans for help with a surprise for Erin, on the CBS Original series BLUE BLOODS, Friday, Oct. 8 (10:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network, and available to stream live and on demand on Paramount+. Dylan Walsh guest stars as Mayor Peter Chase.
    WRITTEN BY: Brian Burns
    DIRECTED BY: Robert Harmon Promo
  • Comedy Central Awkwafina is Nora From Queens – Wednesday, October 6, 10:00PM Show More
    The Simple Life – Edmund embraces life in Los Angeles, Grandma teaches Brenda about Chinese cuisine and traditions, and Nora does some soul searching when her car breaks down in New Mexico. Preview
  • The CW Roswell, New Mexico – Monday, October 4 Show More
    “2 Became 1” – (8:00-9:00 p.m. ET) (TV-PG, LV) (HDTV)
    COME TOGETHER – A desperate Liz (Jeanine Mason) agrees to a deal. Meanwhile, Rosa (Amber Midthunder) helps Isobel (Lily Cowles) make a big discovery and the fight to save Max (Nathan Dean) begins. The episode was directed by Lauren Petzke and written by Eva McKenna (#311). Original airdate 10/4/2021. Promo
  • The CW DC’s Stargirl – Tuesday, October 5 Show More
    “Summer School: Chapter Nine” – (8:00-9:00 p.m. ET) (TV-PG, V) (HDTV)
    JOHN WESLEY SHIPP GUEST STARS AS JAY GARRICK – As Eclipso (Nick Tarabay) takes aim at the Whitmore/Dugan’s, Pat (Luke Wilson) is reminded of painful memories from his past involving the original JSA and their fight to take down Eclipso. Meanwhile, Mike (Trae Romano) is forced to confront the guilt he feels for his role in Icicle’s death, and Barbara (Amy Smart) comes face to face with someone from her past. Finally, Courtney (Brec Bassinger) struggles to hold onto hope after Eclipso targets those around her. Hunter Sansone also stars. Andi Armaganian directed the episode written by Alfredo Septién & Turi Meyer (#209). Original airdate 10/5/2021. Every episode of DC’S STARGIRL 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
    “Magical Thinking” – (9:00-10:00 p.m. ET) (TV- PG, V) (HDTV)
    LENA MUST ACCEPT HER NEWFOUND POWERS IN ORDER TO HELP THE SUPER FRIENDS – Lena (Katie McGrath) is uncertain about using her magical abilities to help Supergirl (Melissa Benoist) retrieve the second totem from Nyxly (Peta Sergeant). William (Staz Nair) struggles to write a story on the Super Friends that makes both the heroes and Andrea (Julie Gonzalo) happy. Meanwhile, Kelly (Azie Tesfai) is thrilled Esme (guest star Mila Jones) has found a new home, but things go awry and the little girl’s future is put in danger. The episode was directed by Simon Burnett and written by Karen. E. Maser & Derek Simon (#614). Original airdate 10/5/2021. Promo
  • The CW Riverdale – Wednesday, October 6 Show More
    SEASON FINALE – “Chapter Ninety-Five: RIVERDALE: RIP (?)” – (8:00-9:00 p.m. ET) (TV-14, LSV) (HDTV)
    OUT WITH THE OLD – As the gang pick up the pieces after a rough year back in Riverdale, an incident at Pop’s forces them to make a difficult decision about the future of the town. KJ Apa, Lili Reinhart, Camila Mendes, Cole Sprouse, Madelaine Petsch, Madchen Amick, Mark Consuelos, Casey Cott, Vanessa Morgan, Charles Melton, Erinn Westbrook and Drew Ray Tanner star. Gabriel Correa directed the episode written by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa & Greg Murray (#519). Original airdate 10/6/2021. Promo
  • The CW In The Dark – Wednesday, October 6 Show More
    SEASON FINALE – “Expectation is the Root of All Heartache” – (9:00-10:00 p.m. ET) (TV-14, V) (HDTV)
    PAIN THE TRUTH BRINGS – Murphy (Perry Mattfeld) finally learns the truth about what happened to Jess (Brooke Markham) and it forces her to take a closer look at who she herself has become. Also starring Casey Deidrick, Morgan Krantz, Matt Murray and Theodore Bhat, the episode was directed by Steven Tsuchida and written by Corinne Kingsbury (#313). Original airdate 10/6/2021. Promo
  • The CW Coroner – Thursday, October 7 Show More
    “Blue Flock” – (8:00-9:00 p.m. ET) (TV-PG, V) (HDTV)
    CHILLS AND THRILLS – Jenny (Serinda Swan) and Donovan (Roger Cross) arrive at a famous horror author’s house to investigate a case that becomes a real-life thriller. Ross (Ehren Kassam) helps Gordon (Nicholas Campbell) confront his visions and Liam (Éric Bruneau) returns. Also starring Andy McQueen, Kiley May, and Uni Park. Samir Rehem directed the episode written by Aaron Seneca (#308). Original airdate 10/7/21. Every episode of CORONER 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 The Outpost – Thursday, October 7 Show More
    SERIES FINALE – “Nothing Lasts Forever” – (9:00-10:00 p.m. ET) (TV-PG, LV) (HDTV)
    FINALE – Talon (Jessica Green) and her friends battle against the gods. Janzo (Anand Desai-Barochia), Wren (Izuka Hoyle) and Munt (Adam Johnson) fight to save the Kahvi. A ruler is crowned. The episode was written by Jason Faller and directed by Milan Todorović (#3B13). Original airdate 10/7/2021. 
  • The CW Nancy Drew – Friday, October 8 Show More
    “The Warning of the Frozen Heart” – (9:00-10:00 p.m. ET) (Content Rating TBD) (HDTV)
    SEASON PREMIERE – On the evening of Horseshoe Bay’s annual Harvest Carnival, a whole new mystery unfolds for Nancy (Kennedy McMann) when the body of a mysterious young man is discovered on the Hudson carnival grounds. The Drew Crew (Leah Lewis, Tunji Kasim, Alex Saxon) is drawn into the case by a host of confounding clues surrounding a new menace terrorizing the town – a killer who has an enigmatic connection to none other than Nancy’s newest foil: Temperance Hudson (guest star Bo Martynowska). Also starring Scott Wolf, Maddison Jaizani and Riley Smith. Amanda Row directed the episode written by Noga Landau and Melinda Hsu Taylor (#301). Original airdate 10/8/2021. 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 Sydney To The Max – Friday, October 8, 8:00PM Show More
    “The Hunt for the Rad October”(8:00-8:30 p.m. EDT) Preview
    Sydney and her friends are excited about Halloween and their peanut butter and jelly group costume until they discover they are the only eighth-graders in costumes at school.TV-G 
  • Disney Gabby Duran & The Unsittables – Friday, October 8, 8:30PM Show More
    Original Series – Episode Premiere on Disney Channel
    “Beware the Fright Master!”(8:30-9:00 p.m. EDT)
    Gabby becomes obsessed with exposing and turning the tables on Havensburg’s “Fright Master,” an unknown entity that terrorizes the school every Halloween.
    TV-G 
  • Disney ZOMBIES: Addison’s Monster Mystery – Friday, October 8, 9:25PM Show More
    “Monstrous News”(9:25-9:30 p.m. EDT)
    Addison is hosting the Seabrook High’s Halloween Fall Ball and is going above and beyond to ensure the event is extra spooky and fun. After she gives the school’s “Shrimpy” mascot costume a makeover using some stones from the Wolf Den, a mysterious power brings the costume to life, like a pink, googly-eyed Frankenstein’s monster. As Monster Shrimpy begins terrorizing Seabrook and smashing everything in his path, Zed will need to work together with Addison to save the Fall Ball … and Seabrook itself. Promo TV-G 
  • DisneyXD Ghostforce – Monday, October 4, 7:30PM Show More
    Series Premiere
    They are here, hidden in everyday objects, in an eternal slumber. Three high school kids working as a team of superheroes, the Ghostforce, secretly fight against the ghosts that haunt their town. Promo
  • Epix Chapelwaite – Sunday, October 3, 10:00PM Show More
    Hold the Night
    Charles and his family defend Chapelwaite with the help of Constable Dennison and Minister Burroughs. The night tests each character to their emotional limit. Promo
  • FOX THE SIMPSONS – Sunday, October 3 Show More
    “THE SIMPSONS” – (8:00-8:31 PM ET/PT) CC-HDTV 720p-Dolby Digital 5.1 Video Clips
    GRAMPA FALLS VICTIM TO A PHONE SCAM ON AN ALL-NEW “THE SIMPSONS” SUNDAY, OCTOBER 3, ON FOX
    Alan Cumming (“Schmigadoon”) and Scott Hanson (“NFL RedZone” Makes A Guest-Voice Appearance
    When Grampa falls victim to a phone scammer, the Simpsons set out on a mission of vengeance to get his money back in the all-new “Bart’s in Jail” episode of THE SIMPSONS airing Sunday, Oct. 3 (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
  • FOX THE GREAT NORTH – Sunday, October 3 Show More
    “THE GREAT NORTH” – (8:31-9:01 PM ET/PT) CC-HDTV 720p-Dolby Digital 5.1 Video Clips
    HAM AUDITIONS FOR A PUNK BAND WHILE HONEYBEE AND WOLF MAKE THEIR DIRECTORIAL DEBUT ON AN ALL-NEW “THE GREAT NORTH” SUNDAY, OCTOBER 3, ON FOX
    A punk band invites Ham to audition after hearing him scream. Meanwhile, Honeybee and Wolf get their first directing gig in the all-new “The Great Punkin’ Adventure” episode of THE GREAT NORTH airing Sunday, Oct. 3 (8:30-9:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. (GRN-201) (TV-PG L)
    Guest Cast: Tim Bagley as Principal Gibbons; Ray Dewilde as Mayor Peppers; Brooke Dillman as Zoya; David Herman as Gill Beavers; Aloysius Hootch as Delmer; Tim Jennings as Paul Reingold and Postal Worker; Martha Kelly as Bethany; Kelvin Yu as Steven Huang and Reggie Watts as Quay.
  • FOX BOB’S BURGERS – Sunday, October 3 Show More
    “BOB’S BURGERS” – (9:01-9:31 PM ET/PT) CC-AD-HDTV 720p-Dolby Digital 5.1 Video Clips
    TINA GETS SOME HELP FROM A CRYSTAL ON AN ALL-NEW “BOB’S BURGERS” SUNDAY, OCTOBER 3, ON FOX
    Stephanie Beatriz Guest-Voices
    In order to help with anxiety about an upcoming oral report, Mr. Frond lends Tina a crystal that his new girlfriend alleges has special powers. Meanwhile, Bob and Linda buy a box of imperfect produce and try to use it all before it rots in the all-new “Crystal Mess” episode of BOB’S BURGERS airing Sunday, Oct. 3 (9:00-9:30 PM ET/PT) on FOX. (BOB-1101) (TV-14 D,L)
    Guest Voice Cast: Stephanie Beatriz as Chloe Barbash; David Herman as Mr. Frond/Customer; Melissa Galsky as Mary Queen of Skorts; Andy Kindler as Mort; Ashley Nicole Black as Ms. Jacobson; 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 Video Clips
    PA: Viewer discretion is advised.
    PETER TAKES A TRIP DOWN ROCK ‘N’ ROLL LANE ON AN ALL-NEW “FAMILY GUY” SUNDAY, OCTOBER 3, ON FOX
    While at an old record store, Peter and the guys recount tales of three rock legends: Jim Morrison, Muddy Waters and Elton John in the all-new “Rock Hard” episode of FAMILY GUY airing Sunday, Oct. 3 (9:30-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. (FG-1820) (TV-14 D,L,S,V)
    “9-1-1” – (8:00-9:01 PM ET/PT) CC-HDTV 720p-Dolby Digital 5.1 Video Clips
    AS THE BLACKOUT CONTINUES IN LOS ANGELES, ATHENA RACES TO SAVE HER FAMILY ON AN ALL-NEW “9-1-1” MONDAY, OCTOBER 4, ON FOX
    As the citywide blackout continues to cause mayhem in Los Angeles, Athena races to save her family from a tragedy. Meanwhile, Eddie must make a difficult choice about his future and Maddie makes a life-changing decision in the all-new “Desperate Measures” episode of 9-1-1 airing Monday, Oct. 4 (8:00-9:01 PM ET/PT) on FOX. (NIN-504) (TV-14 D, L, S, V)
    Guest Cast: La Monde Byrd as Dr. David Hale; Gabrielle Walsh as Ana Flores; Sasha Roiz as Det. Lou Ransome; Noah Bean as Jeffery Hudson; Anirudh Pisharody as Ravi
  • FOX THE BIG LEAP – Monday, October 4 Show More
    “THE BIG LEAP” – (9:01-10:00 PM ET/PT) CC-HDTV 720p-Dolby Digital 5.1 Video Clips
    MONICA CONFRONTS HER PAST ON AN ALL-NEW “THE BIG LEAP” MONDAY, OCTOBER 4, ON FOX
    Monica comes face-to-face with her past when the contestants head to Chicago to watch a performance of “Swan Lake,” performed by her old ballet company. Meanwhile, Nick digs deeper into Justin’s family issues and makes a bold move for the sake of the show. Then, tensions continue to grow between Gabby and Brittney, and Paula leans on Mike when she starts to feel vulnerable in the all-new “The White Swan Lives!” episode of THE BIG LEAP airing Monday, Oct. 4 (9:01-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. (BLP-103) (TV-14 D, L, S, V)
    Guest Cast: Adam Kaplan as Simon; Seth Morris as Kevin; Tim Lyons as Alan; McKenzie Chinn as Jessica; Karen Rodriguez as Raven; Fabrice Calmels as Claude; Donetta Jackson as Tamra; Robert Wisdom as Earl St.; Brian Keys as Earl Jr.; Rachel Kim as Miriam/Metermaid; Teh’Ray Hale as DJ/Spiderman; Torrin Clifton as Ladon; Comfort Fedoke as Aja; Damon Royster as Don Sound Guy; Stanley Glover as Travell; Jeraldine M. Quiñones as Female Dancer #1; Bril Barrett as Male Dancer; Elijah Delgado as Junior; Luis Rosado as Mario; Elina Golde as Yulia/Swan #1; Jeff Parker as David; Karissa Murrell Myers as Medic; Marc Grapey as Marty; Rozhan Shabahang as Swan #6; Ella Bridgette McEnamy as Swan #7; Sophie Kooy as Swan #8; Logan Velasquez as Swan #9; Camille Jordan as Swan #10; Sharyon A. Culberson as Shantal; Timothy Hull as Sketchy Doctor; Deshawn Townsend as Rothbart; Jordan Nelson as Prince; Emma Kapteyn as Swan #1; Sarah Knutson as Swan #2; Hayley Lampariello as Swan #3; Lillie Rose Reddy as Swan #4; Kayla Schmitt as Swan #5
  • FOX THE RESIDENT – Tuesday, October 5 Show More
    “THE RESIDENT” – (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT) — CC-AD-HDTV 720p-Dolby Digital 5.1 Video Clips
    CHASTAIN IS THROWN INTO TURMOIL ON AN ALL-NEW “THE RESIDENT” TUESDAY, OCTOBER 5, ON FOX
    When an accident brings a familiar patient into the Chastain ER, the doctors must face the reality of figuring out how to proceed with the best care, which leads the whole staff questioning every decision. Meanwhile, The Raptor and Leela deal with a patient returning with the long-term effects of COVID in the all-new “The Long and Winding Road” episode of THE RESIDENT airing Tuesday, Oct. 5 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. (RES-503) (TV-14 D, L, S, V)
    Guest Cast: Tasso Feldman as Dr. Irving Feldman; Skyler Day as Nurse Clara Rasmussen; Glenn Morshower as Marshall Winthrop; Denitra Isler as Nurse Hundley; Corbin Bernsen as Kyle Nevin; Jessica Miesel as Nurse Jessica Moore; Marlene Forte as Cherry Sandoval; Juan Carlos Cantu as Gabe Sandoval; Viviana Chavez as Nurse Reena Reddy; Najah Bradley as Harvey; Wendel A. Matthews as Pilot Dietz; Britny Horton as Operator Rooney; Wes Jetton as McDonnell; Amy Hui as Santina Lopez; Rowan Bousaid as Danny Hernandez
  • FOX OUR KIND OF PEOPLE – Tuesday, October 5 Show More
    “OUR KIND OF PEOPLE” – (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) CC-HDTV 720p-Dolby Digital 5.1 Video Clips
    OAK BLUFFS CELEBRATES JUNETEENTH ON AN ALL-NEW “OUR KIND OF PEOPLE” TUESDAY, OCTOBER 5, ON FOX
    New Series Executive-Produced by Karin Gist (“Star”) and Lee Daniels (“Empire”)
    Angela wants to make Nikki the face of Eve’s Crown and forces Leah’s hand about the incubator program. Meanwhile, Raymond confronts Teddy about getting his company back, and Piggy is confronted by her past. Then, secrets are revealed when Lauren brings her grandmother Rose to the annual Juneteenth Rose Ball, where she reveals a family secret in the all-new “Hot Links & Red Drinks” episode of OUR KIND OF PEOPLE airing Tuesday, Oct. 5 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. (OKP-103) (TV-14 D, L, V)
    Guest Cast: L. Scott Caldwell as Olivia Dupont; Nicole Chanel Williams as Taylor; Susan Spain as Rose Franklin
  • FX IMPEACHMENT: AMERICAN CRIME STORY – Tuesday, October 5, 10:00PM Show More
    Do You Hear What I Hear?
    As Monica prepares to leave D.C., she grows concerned that someone is sharing news about her affair. Linda meets with the FBI. Written by Halley Feiffer; directed by Laure de Clermont-Tonnerre. Promo
  • FX AMERICAN HORROR STORY: DOUBLE FEATURE – Wednesday, October 6, 10:00PM Show More
    Inside
    The President struggles with the morality of a deal he must make. Written by Manny Coto & Kristen Reidel & Brad Falchuk; directed by Tessa Blake. Promo
  • FX WHAT WE DO IN THE SHADOWS – Thursday, October 7, 10:00PM Show More
    The Siren
    Two travelers are shipwrecked and a doll runs away from home. Written by Shana Gohd; Directed by Yana Gorskaya. Promo
  • FXX ARCHER – Wednesday, October 6, 10:00PM Show More
    Mission: Difficult
    Archer is trapped inside IIA headquarters and Barry is trapped inside Other Barry. Written by Mark Ganek. Promo
  • FXX CAKE – Thursday, October 7, 10:00PM Show More
    Inner Demons
    The devil is in the details.
  • Hallmark Chesapeake Shores – Sunday, October 3, 8:00PM Show More
    “Where or When?”
    On Chesapeake Shores Season 5 Episode 8, Kevin and Sarah try to keep a secret while Bree discovers one from Luke’s past. Evan whisks Abby away on a business trip, but his intentions are not what she originally thinks. Promo
  • Hallmark Movie Channel ONE SUMMER – Sunday, October 3, 9:00PM Show More
    Jack takes his son and daughter to his late wife’s beachside hometown hoping to heal and become closer. The summer brings visions of the past that could forge a new path forward. Based on the New York Times bestselling book by David Baldacci. Promo
  • Hallmark Movie Channel SOUTH BEACH LOVE – Saturday, October 9, 8:00PM Show More
    From New York Times Bestselling Author Caridad Piñeiro and Hallmark Publishing comes a story about rival quinceañeras, glorious Cuban cooking, friendship, family ties – and romance Promo
  • HBO SCENES FROM A MARRIAGE – Sunday, October 3, 9:00PM Show More
    “The Illiterates”
    Jonathan (Oscar Isaac) and Mira (Jessica Chastain) reconvene, exploring the root of their connection but ultimately finding the source of their animalistic impulses.
    Teleplay by and Directed by Hagai Levi Promo
  • HBO LAETITIA – Monday, October 4, 10:00PM Show More
    Episode 6
    As disturbing new allegations surface, Béatrice (Alix Poisson) meets with Touchais (Yannick Choirat) to share the full extent of her complicated history with the twins. Later, Jessica (Marie Colomb) confronts her birth and adoptive parents for her own peace.
    Written by Antoine Lacomblez & Jean-Xavier de Lestrade; Directed by Jean-Xavier de Lestrade Promo
    In this new iteration, and new world, the Leverage crew have watched as the rich and powerful continue to take what they want without consequence. Grifter Sophie Devereaux (Gina Bellman), thief Parker (Beth Riesgraf), hitter Eliot Spencer (Christian Kane), and hacker Alec Hardison (Aldis Hodge) have watched the world change over the last eight years. Since their last job, it’s become easier–and sometimes legal–for the rich to become richer and the powerful to squash anyone who gets in their way.  To address the changes in the world around them, the team finds new blood in Harry Wilson (Noah Wyle), a corporate lawyer who is looking for redemption after realizing he’d been sitting on the wrong side of the table for his entire career, and Breanna Casey (Aleyse Shannon), Hardison’s foster sister who has a knack for computers, robotics, and getting into trouble. Episodes 9-16 of the first season drop today on IMDb TV. Promo See our interviews with the cast!
  • Lifetime SEX, LIES AND MURDER – Sunday, October 3, 8:00PM Show More
    Maggie and her husband Richard are both college professors and have a daughter, 17-year-old Jenny. Their marriage is falling apart, and when Richard admits to having an affair with a student, they separate. Maggie and best friend Alyssa intend to have a girls night out, but at the bar meets Kyle, handsome and charming and she revels in his attention. After one too many drinks, they share a passionate night. She is later stunned to see Kyle in her class, who claims to be a fan of her best-selling book on serial killer Cordell Colton, from whom she escaped at 15 years old. It is only then that we begin to discover Kyle’s shocking secret as he sets out to destroy Maggie’s life and career by framing her husband for murder and seducing her daughter. Stars Lindsay Hartley, Andrew Philip Rogers, and Katie Kelly (2021).
  • Lifetime DYING TO BELONG – Saturday, October 9 Show More
    A remake of the classic 1997 film, Dying to Belong tells the story of journalism major Olivia (Favour Onwuka) meets Riley (Jenika Rose), a shy freshman who suffers from anxiety, they become fast friends. Riley, whose mother Katherine (Shannen Doherty) was a legacy Pi Gamma Beta, decides to rush in hopes of following Katherine’s footsteps and is ecstatic when Olivia joins her. Sensing the opportunity to go undercover to write a story about hazing practices, Olivia soon discovers there are deadly secrets involved in being part of the “sisterhood.” Read our interview with the cast! 
  • LMN STALKED IN PARADISE – Friday, October 8, 8:00PM Show More
    Olivia’s career of putting photos and video of herself on stock photography websites suddenly leads to danger when a man starts stalking her and her husband. When the stalker’s delusions get out of hand, Olivia fights back to protect herself and her husband from the stalker’s outrage. Stars Chelsie Hightower, Channon Voyce, Mason D. Davis. (2021). Promo
  • NBC “ORDINARY JOE””HAPPY BIRTHDAY JENNY” ORIGINAL Show More
    10/04/2021 (10:01PM – 11:00PM) (Monday) : Jenny Banks’ birthday gives everyone something to celebrate. Music Joe crashes Jenny’s party while Amy is in full campaign mode. Nurse Joe and Christopher try to plan the perfect cake for Jenny. Cop Joe and Amy take an important step in their relationship. TV-14 Promo
  • NBC “LA BREA””DAY TWO” ORIGINAL Show More
    10/05/2021 (09:00PM – 10:01PM) (Tuesday) : With Josh’s life on the line, Eve traverses the dangerous wilderness back to the clearing to save him. Desperate to kickstart a rescue mission, Gavin and Izzy work to prove there are survivors alive inside the sinkhole as government agents track their every move. TV-14 V Promo
  • NBC “NEW AMSTERDAM””SAME AS IT EVER WAS” ORIGINAL Show More
    10/05/2021 (10:01PM – 11:00PM) (Tuesday) : Max and Sharpe go public with their relationship at the hospital. The team struggles to keep a handle on an overcrowded and understaffed ICU and everyone must pitch in. Iggy’s overly critical feedback alienates his residents. TV-14 Promo
  • NBC “CHICAGO MED””BE THE CHANGE YOU WANT TO SEE” ORIGINAL Show More
    10/06/2021 (08:00PM – 09:00PM) (Wednesday) : Dylan and Will deal with a dishonest patient whose lupus is in remission. A wealthy donor makes inappropriate advances toward Stevie. Vanessa, Crockett and Charles try to convince a young woman to have life-saving surgery. TV-14 Promo
  • NBC “CHICAGO FIRE””COUNTING YOUR BREATHS” ORIGINAL Show More
    10/06/2021 (09:00PM – 10:00PM) (Wednesday) : Griffin learns the truth about his father’s death and reveals why he really came to visit Casey. Gallo, Ritter and Violet take steps to expand their microbrewery business. TV-14 Promo
  • NBC “CHICAGO PD””THE ONE NEXT TO ME” ORIGINAL Show More
    10/06/2021 (10:00PM – 11:00PM) (Wednesday) : Halstead’s past resurfaces when a former Army colleague is implicated in a deadly blast. As the FBI launches an investigation into Roy’s disappearance, Upton feels the pressure of the secret she and Voight are sharing. TV-14 Promo
    10/07/2021 (09:00PM – 10:00PM) (Thursday) : The SVU searches for a serial rapist who preys on mothers with young children. Benson and Fin struggle under the tightened reins of Chief McGrath. Guest starring Octavio Pisano, Jade Marie Fernandez and Johnny Pemberton. TV-14 Promo
    10/07/2021 (10:00PM – 11:00PM) (Thursday) : TV-14  – TBA 
  • NBC “SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE””KIM KARDASHIAN WEST / HALSEY” ORIGINAL Show More
    10/9/21 (Sa.)(11:29 PM) on NBC. Kim Kardashian West is the guest host. Halsey is the musical artist. From hollywoodlife.com: Kardashian fans rejoice! Kim is set to make her long rumored hosting debut on ‘SNL’, alongside returning musical guest Halsey on the Oct. 9 show.
    Live from New York, it’s Saturday night! Season 47 of Saturday Night Live is well underway, and show runner Lorne Michaels has yet to disappoint with his choice of show hosts and musical guests. This week, Kim Kardashian, 40, is set to take the stage at Studio 8H alongside musical guest Halsey, 27.
    The KKW Beauty founder will make history as SNL‘s first-ever reality star to serve as host on the long running NBC series.
    Halsey returns to Studio 8H for the fifth time on Oct. 9. The appearance comes just five weeks after the release of her latest album If I Can’t Have Love, I Want Power. The project includes her last two singles, “I Am Not a Woman, I’m a God” — which was produced by Nine Inch Nails members Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross — as well as track “You Asked for This.”
  • Netflix THE FIVE JUANAS – Wednesday, October 6 Show More
    Five women with the same birthmark set out to unravel the truth about their pasts and discover a tragic web of lies spun by a powerful politician. Promo
  • Netflix PRETTY SMART – Friday, October 8 Show More
    Book-smart Chelsea discovers she has a lot to learn about happiness when she’s forced to move in with her bubbly sister and three roommates. Promo
  • Netflix A TALE DARK & GRIMM – Friday, October 8 Show More
    Hansel and Gretel walk out of their own story and into eight other classic Grimm — and Grimm-inspired — fairy tales in this irreverent animated series. Promo
  • Netflix BLUE PERIOD – Saturday, October 9 Show More
    Bored with life, popular high schooler Yatora Yaguchi jumps into the beautiful yet unrelenting world of art after finding inspiration in a painting. Promo
  • Nickelodeon SIDE HUSTLE – Saturday, October 9, 8:00PM Show More
    Wreck-It Rex
    When Lex and Presley have to head to Shady Pete’s Carnival to replace a toy Lex destroyed, they get more than they bargained for when they have to beat him at his own game. Promo
  • Own QUEEN SUGAR – Tuesday, October 5, 8:00PM Show More
    “Moving So Easily Through That Common Depth”
    On Queen Sugar Season 6 Episode 5, the mystery of the remains found on the farm deepens while Ralph Angel makes a tough decision and Charley looks for reassurance. Promo
  • PBS Call The Midwife – Sunday, October 3 Show More
    Episode 1 (Season 10)
    Sister Julienne and Doctor Turner clash over whether to provide a private care service. Then a distressing birth raises fears of another Thalidomide case. Promo
  • PBS Grantchester – Sunday, October 3 Show More
    Season 6 – Episode 1
    When the leader of a student group falls to her death during a protest, Will and Geordie are drawn into campus politics. The Bishop introduces a new face at the vicarage. Promo
  • Peacock ONE OF US IS LYING – Thursday, October 7 Show More
    Based on Karen M. McManus’s #1 New York Times best-selling novel, ONE OF US IS LYING is the story of what happens when five high schoolers walk into detention and only four make it out alive. Everyone is a suspect, and everyone has something to hide. Promo
  • Showtime BILLIONS – Sunday, October 3, 9:00 PM Show More
    No Direction Home
    Chuck, Axe and Prince maneuver to outsmart and outpower each other. Taylor finds themself at a crossroads regarding their role as a leader, while Wendy struggles to sort out her personal life. Alliances shift in an all-out brawl that leads the future of Axe Capital down an unexpected path. Promo
  • Showtime WORK IN PROGRESS – Sunday, October 3, 11:00PM Show More
    Hey, Dad
    Abby and her father Edward reflect on their fraught relationship, acknowledge newfound similarities, all while searching for a bit of hope, humor, and, eventually, healing. It’s called therapy, ever heard of it. Promo
  • Showtime THE L WORD: GENERATION Q – Monday, October 4, 9:00PM Show More
    Last Dance
    Tensions rise between Bette, Tina and Angie on the day Angie’s set to meet her donor; Shane struggles with a secret; and Alice questions how open she should be about her personal life during her press tour. Meanwhile, Sophie is forced to confront some harsh realities about Finley; Dani’s personal and professional life are both thrown into further turmoil by what’s happening at Nùñez Inc; and Micah navigates his changing relationship with Maribel during a visit with her family. Promo
  • Showtime BACK TO LIFE – Monday, October 4, 10:00PM Show More
    Episode 4
    Mark confronts Miri, setting off a chain reaction of events that threaten to derail Miri’s date with Billy. Meanwhile Oscar and Caroline discover a surprise visitor on their doorstep and are forced to finally reckon with Caroline’s affair. Promo
  • Starz BMF – Sunday, October 3, 8:00PM Show More
    Rumors
    Tensions rise between The 50 Boyz and their rivals, which creates repercussions; Lamar plants misinformation so he can actively step towards the throne. Promo
  • Starz HEELS – Sunday, October 3, 9:00PM Show More
    The Big Bad Fish Man
    The South Georgia State Fair is only a couple of weeks away and Jack’s doing all he can to keep his professional and personal lives intact. Staci has suspicions that Jack played a role in Ace’s unexpected Heel-turn. Promo
  • TNT Animal Kingdom – Sunday, October 3, 9pm ET/PT Show More
    “Launch ”
    It’s all hands on deck as the Cody family uses all of their tricks, tools, and vehicles to pull off the job of their lives and settle all scores. Also, a deadly secret from the past is revealed. Promo

 

NON-FICTION

  • ABC America’s Funniest Home Videos: SEASON PREMIERE – 3201 (10/3) Show More
    “3201” – Don’t miss mischievous animals, including a squirrel that destroys outdoor patio furniture, a mask-stealing giraffe and a musical tribute to cats, as we celebrate the momentous 700th episode of “America’s Funniest Home Videos.” The season premiere airs SUNDAY, OCT. 3 (7:00-8:00 p.m. EDT), on ABC. (TV-PG)
  • ABC Celebrity Wheel of Fortune: Andy Richter, Vanilla Ice and Caroline Rhea (10/3) Show More
    “Andy Richter, Vanilla Ice and Caroline Rhea” – 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, OCT. 3 (8:00-9:00 p.m. EDT), 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 the money won by the celebrity contestants will go to a charity of their choice. Episodes can also be viewed on demand and on Hulu.
    This episode’s celebrity contestants include Andy Richter (playing for Los Angeles Regional Food Bank), Vanilla Ice (playing for Little Smiles) and Caroline Rhea (playing for Dempsey Center).
  • ABC Supermarket Sweep: I Need to Know Her Surgeon (10/3) Show More
    “I Need to Know Her Surgeon” – 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, OCT. 3 (9:00-10:00 p.m. EDT), on ABC.
  • ABC Dancing with the Stars: Britney Night (10/4) Show More
    OH BABY, BABY – IT’S BRITNEY NIGHT!
    FOURTEEN REMAINING COUPLES RETURN TO ‘GIMME MORE’ ON THE DANCE FLOOR
    “Britney Night” – The 14 celebrity and pro-dancer couples emerge “Stronger” than ever as they return to the ballroom for “Britney Night” where they will dance “Till the World Ends,” live on MONDAY, OCT. 4 (8:00-10:00 p.m. EDT), on ABC. (TV-PG, L) Celebrity and pro duos will perform time-honored dances including the Salsa, Foxtrot, Tango, Paso Doble and Cha Cha.
  • ABC Bachelor in Paradise: SEASON FINALE – 711 (10/5) Show More
    “711” – Paradise is coming to a close and after last week’s shocking breakup of the couple “Most Likely to Live Happily Ever After,” the remaining beachgoers have some serious thinking to do about their futures. But first, they’ll need to make it through the season’s final rose ceremony. Once all the roses have been handed out, Paradise’s own alumni couple Caelynn and Dean arrive to share their love story and to let the remaining pairs know that time is running out. Who will choose to spend the night in a fantasy suite? Who will leave Paradise heartbroken? Who will get down on one knee? All these questions and more will be answered on the special three-hour season finale of “Bachelor in Paradise,” TUESDAY, OCT. 5 (8:00-11:00 p.m. EDT), on ABC. (TV-14, DLS)
  • ABC Shark Tank: SEASON PREMIERE – 1301 (10/8) Show More
    “1301” – In the season premiere, 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 the season premiere of “Shark Tank,” airing FRIDAY, OCT. 8 (8:00-9:01 p.m. EDT), on ABC. (TV-PG, L) Watch episodes on demand and on Hulu the day following their premieres.
    The Sharks in this episode are Mark Cuban, Kevin O’Leary, Lori Greiner, Barbara Corcoran and Guest Shark Emma Grede.
    Season 44 of “20/20” will premiere Friday, Oct. 8, from 9:01-11:00 p.m. EDT. Season 44 Premiere of ‘20/20’ Uncovers the Dark History of Greed and Murder-for-Hire Behind the Rise of Male Exotic Dance Troupe Chippendales
    Two-Hour Program Features Never-Before-Seen Footage and an Interview With Lead FBI Agent Who Cracked Case Linked to Chippendales Creator
    The season 44 premiere of “20/20” dives deep into the dark history of greed, paranoia and murder behind the rise of male exotic dance troupe Chippendales, which became an international cultural phenomenon in the 80s and 90s. By creating Chippendales, Steve Banerjee found the success and fortune he always craved — but his ambition was insatiable. “20/20” documents the harrowing stories of how Banerjee conspired to eliminate those who he believed got in his way, including the shocking murder-for-hire plots against close business associates and a competing male dance troupe, and an alleged blackmail operation against an aggrieved patron of the club who sued the organization for racial discrimination. “20/20” also reports on how, over the course of 15 years, Banerjee’s obsession with wealth and control ultimately led to his own demise. The two-hour program features never-before-seen footage as well as interviews with Scott Garriola, a retired FBI special agent, who played a major role in catching and arresting Banerjee; Read Scot, a former Chippendales dancer who opens up about being the target in a thwarted murder-for-hire plot; and Natalia Mehlman Petrzela, historian and host of “Welcome To Your Fantasy,” a popular podcast on Chippendales. The special also includes interviews with former Chippendales dancers, producers and employees; Banerjee’s business associates; and family and friends of those impacted. “20/20” airs on Friday, Oct. 8 (9:01-11:00 p.m. EDT), on ABC.
    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. EDT 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.
  • ABC Saturday Night College Football: Michigan at Nebraska(10/9) Show More
    SATURDAY NIGHT COLLEGE FOOTBALL Airing Saturday, October 09, 2021 (7:30 PM-11:00 PM EST) on ABC.
    Michigan (5-0) at Nebraska (3-3). From Memorial Stadium.
  • Bravo The Real Housewives of Potomac – Sunday, October 3, 8:00PM Show More
    GVO or GTFO! Preview
    The ladies and their husbands head to Maryland’s Eastern Shore for a couples trip – but the Green Eyed bandits threaten to stay home due to their rocky relationship with the hostess, Wendy. The party goes from 0-100 – Gordon reveals his wild side, and Candiace and Mia go head to head in a shocking way.
  • Bravo The Real Housewives of Salt Lake City – Sunday, October 3, 9:00PM Show More
    Friendship Roulette Preview
    All bets are off when the ladies are invited to a casino themed fundraiser; Mary is nervous to see Jen, Meredith gets a vampire facial, and Whitney and Lisa clash when Lisa is accused of sabotaging the party.
  • Bravo The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills – Wednesday, October 6, 8:00PM Show More
    New Year, Old Grudges Preview
    Erika heads to dinner with close friends Kyle, Dorit and Lisa, but her mood goes from glad to mad when questions arise. At Crystal’s Chinese New Year party, everyone is excited to usher in a change of fortune, but old issues between Lisa and Garcelle threaten to ruin the fun. In the spirit of the night, Sutton offers a warm gesture to Erika, but gets a cold shoulder in return.
  • CBS “60 MINUTES” LISTINGS FOR SUNDAY, OCT. 3 (7:30-8:30 PM ET/7:00-8:00 PM PT) ON THE CBS TELEVISION NETWORK Show More
    THE FACEBOOK WHISTLEBLOWER – A former Facebook employee says tens of thousands of pages of internal company research she has provided to the Securities and Exchange Commission and investors prove Facebook is lying to the public and investors about the effectiveness of its campaigns to eradicate hate, violence and misinformation from its platforms. That former employee reveals her identity and speaks her mind with Scott Pelley. Maria Gavrilovic and Alex Ortiz are the producers. Preview
    UNFORGIVEN – The Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program was meant to wipe clean students’ loan debts in return for a decade of public service. In theory, many military borrowers could benefit from this. But in practice, it hasn’t panned out that way. Lesley Stahl talks to a group of military lawyers who had accrued law school debt and hoped for relief in exchange for their service, but say they got lost in a maze of rigid rules and red tape. Shachar Bar-On is the producer. Preview
    THE FINAL ACT – Tony Bennett has Alzheimer’s disease. It’s taken a toll on his memory, and the 95-year-old singer has trouble holding a conversation. But when the music comes on, the legendary crooner is able to break through the fog to find his voice again. Anderson Cooper and 60 MINUTES cameras were at a final performance he gave with Lady Gaga to capture the moment. Nichole Marks is the producer. Preview
  • CBS SURVIVOR 41 – Wednesday, October 6 Show More
    CASTAWAYS STUMBLE UPON A SNEAKY ADVANTAGE THAT COMES AT A GREAT RISK, ON “SURVIVOR,” WEDNESDAY, OCT. 6
    “My Million Dollar Mistake” – Castaways stumble upon a sneaky advantage that comes at a great risk. Also, truth is tested amongst castaways as mistakes are made, on SURVIVOR, Wednesday, Oct. 6 (8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network, and available to stream live and on demand on Paramount+.
  • CBS TOUGH AS NAILS – Wednesday, October 6 Show More
    PHIL KEOGHAN WELCOMES THE 12 NEW CREW MEMBERS TO CAMP PENDLETON MARINE CORPS BASE WHERE THEY COMPETE IN THEIR FIRST CHALLENGE, ON THE THIRD SEASON PREMIERE OF “TOUGH AS NAILS,” WEDNESDAY, OCT. 6
    Season One Winner Marine Veteran Kelly “Murph” Murphy Returns to Kick Off the New Season
    “Ready for Battle” – Phil Keoghan welcomes the 12 new crew members to Camp Pendleton Marine Corps Base in Southern California, where season one winner Marine Veteran Kelly “Murph” Murphy returns to kick off the new season and guide the crew through their first challenge: race to receive cargo dropped from a C-130 plane, on the third season premiere of TOUGH AS NAILS, Wednesday, Oct. 6 (9:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network, and available to stream live and on demand on Paramount+. Phil Keoghan is the creator, host and executive producer/showrunner.
  • CBS THE HOME DEPOT SEC ON CBS: ALABAMA @ TEXAS A&M – Saturday, October 8 Show More
    10/9/21 (Sa.) (8:00 PM) on the CBS Television Network – Alabama (5-0) at Texas A&M (3-2). From Kyle Field.
  • The CW Special – Sunday, October 3 Show More
    TWO-HOUR SPECIAL
    “iHeartRadio Music Festival 2021, Night 2” – (8:00-10:00 p.m. ET) (Content Ratings TBD) (HDTV)
    NIGHT TWO OF A TWO PART EPIC MUSICAL EVENT ─ The legendary concert event, filmed over two nights at Las Vegas’ T-Mobile Arena, features performances by some of the biggest names in the music industry. Hosted by Ryan Seacrest (“On Air with Ryan Seacrest”), the iconic lineup of musical acts scheduled to perform includes The Kid LAROI, Dua Lipa, Khalid, Tate McRae, Journey, Coldplay, Lil Baby, Nelly, Sam Hunt, J. Cole, Billie Eilish, and more. Original airdate 10/3/2021.
  • The CW Penn & Teller: Fool Us – Friday, October 8 Show More
    “Magic with a Wolf” – (8:00-9:00 p.m. ET) (Content Rating TBD) (HDTV)
    SCOTT WOLF (“NANCY DREW”) GUEST STARS – 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. Scott Wolf (“Nancy Drew”) joins Penn & Teller and magicians featured in the episode include The Shocker, Magic Maxl, Jeki Yoo, and Ben Seidman. Alyson Hannigan (“How I Met Your Mother”) serves as host (#801). Original airdate 10/8/2021.
  • FOX THE MASKED SINGER – Wednesday, October 6 Show More
    “THE MASKED SINGER” – (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT) CC-AD-HDTV 720p-Dolby Digital 5.1 Video Clips
    “GROUP A” RETURNS AND A NEW WILDCARD ENTERS THE COMPETITION ON AN ALL-NEW “THE MASKED SINGER” WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 6, ON FOX
    The “Group A” members return, and a new wildcard enters the game. The Season Six contestants boast a combined 85 Grammy Nominations and 27 wins, three Academy Award nominations, 12 Emmy Nominations, 12 Razzie Award Nominations, two Super Bowl appearances and two Lifetime Achievement Awards. Play along with America’s favorite guessing game with host Nick Cannon and celebrity panelists Ken Jeong, Jenny McCarthy Wahlberg, Nicole Scherzinger and Robin Thicke. Find out who will be unmasked in the all-new “House Party” episode of THE MASKED SINGER airing Wednesday, Oct. 6 (8:00-9:01 PM ET/PT) on FOX. (MS-604) (TV-PG D, L)
  • FOX ALTER EGO – Wednesday, October 6 Show More
    “ALTER EGO” – (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) CC-AD-HDTV 720p-Dolby Digital 5.1 Video Clips
    THE LAST GROUP OF HOPEFULS COMPETES BEFORE THE NEXT ROUND ON AN ALL-NEW “ALTER EGO” WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 6, ON FOX
    In the show’s fourth episode, the last five contestants go head-to-head before the next round 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 all-new “The Final Auditions” episode of ALTER EGO airing Wednesday, Oct. 6 (9:01-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. (ALT-104) (TV-PG D, L)
  • FOX THURSDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL PRESENTED BY BUD LIGHT PLATINUM – Thursday, October 7 Show More
    **FOX SPORTS**–“THURSDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL PRESENTED BY BUD LIGHT PLATINUM” – (7:30 PM-CC ET live/4:30 PM-CC PT live) CC- HDTV 720p-Dolby Digital 5.1
    FOX SPORTS PRESENTS “THURSDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL PRESENTED BY BUD LIGHT PLATINUM” THURSDAY, OCTOBER 7, ON FOX
    Los Angeles Rams at Seattle Seahawks
    FOX Sports kicks off its coverage of THURSDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL PRESENTED BY BUD LIGHT PLATINUM live from Lumen Field, as the Seattle Seahawks take on the Los Angeles Rams. THURSDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL PRESENTED BY BUD LIGHT PLATINUM airs LIVE Thursday, Oct. 7 (7:30 PM-CC ET live/4:30 PM-CC PT live) on FOX. (TNF-401) (n/a).
  • FOX WWE’S FRIDAY NIGHT SMACKDOWN – Friday, October 8 Show More
    “WWE’S FRIDAY NIGHT SMACKDOWN” – (8:00-10:00 PM ET live/PT tape-delayed) CC-HDTV 720p-Dolby Digital 5.1
    FOX SPORTS PRESENTS “WWE’S FRIDAY NIGHT SMACKDOWN” FRIDAY, OCTOBER 8, 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, Oct. 8 (8:00-10:00 PM ET live/PT tape-delayed) on FOX. (WWE-2341) (TV-PG D,L,S,V)
    **FOX SPORTS** – FOX MLB – (7:00 PM-CC ET live/4:00 PM-CC PT live) CC-HDTV 720p-Dolby Digital 5.1
    FOX SPORTS PRESENTS FOX COLLEGE FOOTBALL SATURDAY, OCTOBER 9, ON FOX
    Utah at USC
    FOX Sports continues its 2021 college football coverage with Utah squaring off against USC, live from the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum in Los Angeles, CA. FOX College Football airs LIVE Saturday, Oct. 9 (8:00 PM-CC ET live/5:00 PM-CC PT live) on FOX. (FSP-2223) (n/a)
  • HBO REAL TIME WITH BILL MAHER – Friday, October 8, 10:00PM Show More
    10/08/21 – This week features a one-on-one, in-studio interview with professor of psychology at Harvard and author of the book “Rationality: What It Is, Why It Seems Scarce, Why It Matters,” Steven Pinker. This week’s in-studio panel discussion will include Washington Post reporter and co-author of the new book, “PERIL,” Robert Costa; and Michael Render (“Killer Mike”), activist and musician who’s one half of the group, Run The Jewels.
  • NBC “FOOTBALL NIGHT IN AMERICA””100321” ORIGINAL Show More
    10/03/2021 (07:00PM – 08:20PM) (Sunday) : TV-14 – Week 4 highlights and discussion, plus a Bucs-Patriots preview. 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””TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS AT NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS” ORIGINAL Show More
    10/03/2021 (08:20PM – 11:30PM) (Sunday) : Tampa Bay Buccaneers At New England Patriots
    Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2-1) at New England Patriots (1-2). From Gillette Stadium.
  • NBC “THE VOICE””THE BLIND AUDITIONS, PART 5” ORIGINAL Show More
    10/04/2021 (08:00PM – 10:01PM) (Monday) : Ariana Grande, Kelly Clarkson, John Legend and Blake Shelton vie to discover and coach the next singing phenomenon on the fifth night of Blind Auditions. TV-PG
  • NBC “THE VOICE””THE BLIND AUDITIONS, PART 6” ORIGINAL Show More
    10/05/2021 (08:00PM – 09:00PM) (Tuesday) : Ariana Grande, Kelly Clarkson, John Legend and Blake Shelton vie to discover and coach the next singing phenomenon on the final night of Blind Auditions. TV-PG
  • NBC “DATELINE””FR3103” ORIGINAL Show More
    10/08/2021 (09:00PM – 11:00PM) (Friday) : DATELINE NBC EXCLUSIVE: INSIDERS SPEAK OUT ABOUT LORI ISENBERG, IDAHO MOM CONVICTED OF MURDERING HUSBAND AFTER CLAIMING HE DIED IN A BOAT ACCIDENT
    Isenberg’s Daughter Amber Barnes tells ‘Dateline’: ‘We Do Not Support Her. We Do Not Stand By Her’
    All-New Two-Hour Broadcast Features Never-Before-Seen Bodycam Footage & Jailhouse Video
    ‘Kill Switch’ Airs Friday, October 8 at 9pm ET/8pm CT
    On Friday’s all-new Dateline NBC at 9pm ET/8pm CT, insiders close to Idaho mother Lori Isenberg speak out for the first time on television after she was convicted earlier this year of murdering her husband Larry Isenberg. The case gained national attention after Isenberg previously claimed Larry had died in a boat accident.
    During the broadcast, Lori Isenberg’s daughter, Amber Barnes, opens up in an exclusive interview about her mother’s crimes, which included involving her in an embezzlement scheme. Barnes tells Dateline NBC’s Keith Morrison, “I regret not saying more in the beginning. I regret not talking to the investigators. I regret not standing up for Larry.” She added, “We do not support her. We do not stand by her.”
    The two-hour broadcast, Kill Switch, also features new details in the case, as well as never-before-seen bodycam footage and jailhouse video from the investigation.
    Additionally, Morrison speaks with Larry’s son Dean Isenberg, Lori’s daughter Chrislyn Woolston, Detective Brad Maskell and Lori’s former managers Amy Evans and Kerri Thoreson.
    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.
  • USA Network WWE RAW – Monday, October 4, 8:00PM Show More
    10/04/21 – From wrestlinginc.com: WWE RAW Preview For Tonight: WWE Draft Continues, Goldberg Returns
    Tonight’s WWE RAW from the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tennessee will feature Night 2 of the WWE Draft.
    Some of the names eligible for picks on tonight’s show include SmackDown Women’s Champion Becky Lynch, Seth Rollins, Bobby Lashley, WWE United States Champion Damian Priest, WWE Intercontinental Champion King Shinsuke Nakamura, and SmackDown Tag Team Champions The Usos, among others.
    Paul Heyman and The Usos are set to appear on tonight’s show, and Brock Lesnar is rumored but not confirmed. WWE Universal Champion Roman Reigns stated on Friday’s SmackDown that he wanted Heyman to go to RAW to guarantee that The Usos were drafted to SmackDown, telling The Usos to leave Heyman for dead at RAW if he can’t make that happen.
    Tonight’s RAW will also feature an appearance by WWE Hall of Famer Bill Goldberg, who is returning to further the feud with Lashley for a match at WWE Crown Jewel.
  • USA Network WWE NXT – Tuesday, October 5, 8:00PM Show More
    10/05/21 – From wrestlinginc.com: WWE NXT Preview For Tonight: Tony D’Angelo To Debut, Fatal 4 Way, Toxic Attraction, More
    Tonight’s WWE NXT 2.0 episode will feature a follow-up to Toxic Attraction attacking NXT Women’s Champion Raquel Gonzalez at the end of last week’s show.
    As seen in the teaser below, WWE is focusing on how Mandy Rose, Gigi Dolin and Jacy Jayne ran wild at the end of last week’s NXT 2.0 episode.
    Tonight’s show will also feature the official in-ring debut of the mafia-connected amateur wrestler, Tony D’Angelo. Matches announced for tonight include LA Knight vs. Odyssey Jones, plus a non-title Fatal 4 Way with NXT Tag Team Champions MSK, The Grizzled Young Veterans, Carmelo Hayes and Trick Williams, and Josh Briggs and Brooks Jensen.
    The feud between Bron Breakker and NXT Champion Tommaso Ciampa is also expected to continue tonight after the two appeared for vignettes on last week’s show.
    Stay tuned for more on tonight’s NXT 2.0 and be sure to join us for live coverage at 8pm ET. Below is the current line-up for tonight:
    * LA Knight vs. Odyssey Jones
    * Cora Jade will be in action
    * NXT Tag Team Champions MSK vs. The Grizzled Young Veterans vs. Carmelo Hayes and Trick Williams vs. Josh Briggs and Brooks Jensen in a non-title Fatal 4 Way
    * Tony D’Angelo will make his official in-ring debut
    * Lash Legend hosts the second episode of “Lashing Out with Lash Legend”
  • USA Network CHRISLEY KNOWS BEST – Thursday, October 7, 8:00PM Show More
    Egged On
    Todd is pressured to make new friends while Chloe is given the wrong meaning of Easter.

 

RERUNS

  • CBS SUNDAY NIGHT MOVIE – Sunday, October 3 Show More
    “STAR TREK,” ACCLAIMED DIRECTOR J.J. ABRAMS’ 2009 COSMIC ADVENTURE FROM PARAMOUNT PICTURES, TO AIR AS THE “CBS SUNDAY NIGHT MOVIE,” OCT. 3
    STAR TREK, starring Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto and Leonard Nimoy in the 2009 reboot of the iconic film from the Paramount Pictures library, will be broadcast as the CBS SUNDAY NIGHT MOVIE Oct. 3 (8:30-11:30 PM, ET/8:00-11:00 PM, PT) on the CBS Television Network. The film was directed by acclaimed producer J.J. Abrams from a script written by Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci.
    The film features the crew aboard the U.S.S. Enterprise, including rivals James T. Kirk (Pine), impulsive and eager to live up to his father’s legacy, and Spock (Quinto), void of emotion and logic-based. The two must keep their clashes to a minimum to prevent a vengeful being from destroying all mankind. STAR TREK also stars Eric Bana, Bruce Greenwood, Karl Urban, Zoë Saldana, Simon Pegg, John Cho, Anton Yelchin, Ben Cross, Winona Ryder, Chris Hemsworth and Jennifer Morrison.
    During the movie, there will be a look at Alex Kurtzman’s upcoming animated kids’ series STAR TREK: PRODIGY. The original series launches Thursday, Oct. 28 with a one-hour episode exclusively on Paramount+. STAR TREK: PRODIGY is produced by Nickelodeon and CBS Studios’ Eye Animation Productions. Promo
  • The CW Penn & Teller: Fool Us – Monday, October 4 Show More
    “Turn That Frown Upside Down” – (9:00-10:00 p.m. ET) (TV-PG) (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 live studio audience and the TV audience watch along with Penn & Teller as they try to figure out the secrets. The magicians featured in the episode include Tyler Twombly, Josephine Lee, Aaron Hickok and Lionel. Alyson Hannigan (“How I Met Your Mother”) serves as host (#723). Original airdate 3/12/2021.
  • FOX THE SIMPSONS – Sunday, October 3 Show More
    “THE SIMPSONS” – (7:00-7:30 PM ET/PT) CC-HDTV 720p-Dolby Digital 5.1 Promo
    COMIC BOOK GUY AND KUMIKO DEBATE HAVING A BABY ON “THE SIMPSONS” SUNDAY, OCTOBER 3, ON FOX
    Dan Aykroyd (“Ghostbusters” Franchise) and Bob Balaban (“The Politician”) Guest-Voice
    Comic book guy and his wife, Kumiko, debate having a baby and we learn his awesome origin story in “The Dad-Feelings Limited” episode of THE SIMPSONS airing Sunday, Oct. 3 (7:00-7:30 PM ET/PT) on FOX. (SI-3204) (TV-14 D,L,S,V)
    Guest Voice Cast: Dan Aykroyd as Postage Stamp Fellow; Bob Balaban as Narrator; Jenny Yokobori as Kumiko
  • FOX BOB’S BURGERS – Sunday, October 3 Show More
    “BOB’S BURGERS” – (7:30-8:00 PM ET/PT) CC-AD-HDTV 720p-Dolby Digital 5.1  Promo
    IT’S VALENTINE’S DAY ON “BOB’S BURGERS” SUNDAY, OCTOBER 3, ON FOX
    Louise convinces her parents to cash in on the lucrative Valentine’s Day dinner business — even though it means putting Bob and Linda’s own Valentine’s Day plans on hold. Meanwhile, Tina attends Tammy’s Anti-Valentine’s Day party in the “Romancing the Beef” Valentine’s Day episode of BOB’S BURGERS airing Sunday, Oct. 3 (7:30-8:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. (BOB-1013) (TV-14 D, L)
    Guest Voice Cast: Sam Seder as Hugo; Jay Johnston as Jimmy Pesto; Jenny Slate as Tammy; David Herman as Trev/Tammy’s Dad
  • FOX GAME OF TALENTS – Saturday, October 9 Show More
    “GAME OF TALENTS” – (11:30 PM-12:30 AM ET/PT) CC-HDTV 720p-Dolby Digital 5.1
    CONTESTANTS FACE THE MYSTERY PEFORMERS ON “GAME OF TALENTS,” SATURDAY, OCTOBER 9, ON FOX
    Taking the awe, wonder and spectacle of a large-scale variety show and infusing it with a clue-centered, high-intensity investigative game, GAME OF TALENTS is a new hybrid series like you’ve never seen. Two new teams of contestants are put to the test as they attempt to figure out the surprising, mesmerizing – and sometimes bizarre – hidden talents of the mystery performers. Find out which team is up for the challenge as they try and guess their way to $200,000 in the “Lions, Bikers, and Bubbles, OH MY!” episode of GAME OF TALENTS airing Saturday, Oct. 9 (11:30 PM-12:30 AM ET/PT) on FOX. (GTA-103) (TV-PG D, L)
    10/07/2021 (08:00PM – 09:00PM) (Thursday) : Rollins must revisit an old case when a child sent to juvenile detention is released after his 18th birthday. Guest starring Ethan Cutkosky, Bill Irwin, Sideara St. Claire and Deirdre Lovejoy. TV-14 Promo
  • NBC “ORDINARY JOE””HAPPY BIRTHDAY JENNY” REPEAT Show More
    10/08/2021 (08:00PM – 09:00PM) (Friday) : Jenny Banks’ birthday gives everyone something to celebrate. Music Joe crashes Jenny’s party while Amy is in full campaign mode. Nurse Joe and Christopher try to plan the perfect cake for Jenny. Cop Joe and Amy take an important step in their relationship. TV-14 Promo
  • NBC “LA BREA””DAY TWO” REPEAT Show More
    10/09/2021 (08:00PM – 09:00PM) (Saturday) : With Josh’s life on the line, Eve traverses the dangerous wilderness back to the clearing to save him. Desperate to kickstart a rescue mission, Gavin and Izzy work to prove there are survivors alive inside the sinkhole as government agents track their every move. TV-14 V Promo
  • NBC “DATELINE WEEKEND MYSTERY””SA3102” ORIGINAL Show More
    10/09/2021 (09:00PM – 10:00PM) (Saturday) : Dateline’s “Secrets from the Grave” Airs Saturday, October 9
    Due to NBC’s primetime schedule, the broadcast will 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: A suspicious Ohio house sparks an investigation into a supposed suicide.
    REPORTED BY: Josh Mankiewicz WHERE: Akron, Ohio
    INTERVIEWS WITH: Police Lt. Ken Mifflin, Ohio prosecutor Sherri Bevan Walsh and more.
    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.
  • NBC “SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE””VINTAGE” REPEAT Show More
    10/09/21 (Sa.) (10:00 PM) – Brendan Fraser is the guest host; Bjork is the musical guest. Episode aired Oct 18, 1997 TV-14
    Sketches include- cold open: in her bedroom, girlish Janet Reno (Will Ferrell) has a Bill Clinton (Darrell Hammond) fantasy;
    TV Commercial: Lemon Glow floor cleaner convinced wild (Molly Shannon) to settle in suburbia;
    TV Show: fight between Xena (Shannon) & Urswina (Fraser) contains hints of lesbianism;
    TV Show: Issues- stoners (Fraser) & Jeff (Jim Breuer) lose focus when topic’s not legal pot;
    skit: Margaret Jo & Terry talk gourds with controversial squash expert (Fraser);
    Film: Golords beat robots but fail to save NYC from Bill Gates’ nuclear warhead;
    TV Show: Frank Gifford (Hammond) mixes NFL & personal matters; Eric Dickerson cameo;
    skit: Colette Reardon explains her medication needs to pharmacist (Fraser);
    news: Harry Caray’s (Ferrell) World Series analysis mostly deals with team mascots;
    song: musical guest Bjork performs “Bachelorette”;
    TV Show: Biography- Jack Perkins (Hammond) drinks during Courtney Love (Shannon) profile;
    skit: (Fraser) becomes obsessed with enigmatic male stripper Mango (Chris Kattan);
    TV Commercial: Shark Channel programming only partially reflects network’s implied focus; and
    misc: creeped-out cast watches as Fraser sings about his new best friend Ferrell.

 

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  • These TV shows will be out on DVD this week: “C³ CubexCursedxCurious” (only on Blu-ray); “Castle Rock: The Complete Series” (also on Blu-ray); “Castlevania Seasons 1&2” (also on Blu-ray); “Clarice: Season One;” “Drain the Oceans: Season 4;” “ER: The Complete Series;” “Irresponsible Captain Tylor TV Series Collection” (only on Blu-ray); “Golden Kamuy Season 3” (only on Blu-ray); “Ms. Fisher’s Modern Murder Mysteries: Series 2” (also on Blu-ray); “The Stand 2020 Limited Series” (also on Blu-ray); “Steven Universe: Seasons 1-5” (only on Blu-ray); “Tamayomi: Baseball Girls” (only on Blu-ray); and “When Sharks Attack Season 7.”

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Interview with Julia Ormond, Alexa Mansour and Annet Mahendru

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Julia Ormond (Elizabeth), Alexa Mansour (Hope) and Annet Mahendru (Huck) of "The Walking Dead: World Beyond" on AMC

Interview with Julia Ormond (Elizabeth), Alexa Mansour (Hope) and Annet Mahendru (Huck) of “The Walking Dead: World Beyond” on AMC by Suzanne 9/23/21

I love this show, so it was great to chat with some of the stars this week on press panels. These women were so nice and had thoughtful answers to all of the questions. I can’t wait to see the rest of season 2. I’m just sorry that it’s ending after that.  Note that the questions that don’t have my name are from other journalists, not me.  Don’t miss the season premiere 10/3 on AMC!

Julia Ormond (Elizabeth Kublek) on "The Walking Dead: World Beyond" on AMCQuestion:  My first question’s for Julia, and then the second one’s for the two of you, but I’m wondering if you could talk about her morality, because last season, she seemed to be upset about some of the stuff she was doing, but this season, she seems a lot more apathetic. I’m just curious, is there a line she won’t cross, and is it still bothering her? What’s your take on it?

Julia:  My take is that Elizabeth is somebody who compartmentalizes what emotion she will show to what person. So, if something is bothering her profoundly, she would have trouble showing that to somebody she’s intimate with, just because of her personality type. So, yes, but I think really what happens with Elizabeth is…what happens to her belief in what they’re doing in season two.

In season one, for me, she’s utterly, utterly committed to an agenda that’s necessary. They’ve identified that Hope actually has something that could be really critical to the survival of mankind – if she comes in with the right attitude…[and] doesn’t bring in the anger; she goes along with the plan of what they’re meant to be doing and that she’s productive and effective in her time there.

And I do think that it’s not black and white, or I hope it’s not black and white. It’s more kind of gray. It’s like she has to sign up for something that she’s not happy about, but I think people do that in war all of the time. In the military, you accept that there are people who are going to die, and you accept the tragedy. I think we as a populace accept the tragedy of collateral damage. So, I don’t think it’s as much of a pivot as I wish it was in the world.

Question:  Then, for Annet and Alexa, obviously, Huck has been changed by the two girls, even though she says she hasn’t. Can Hope trust her? And for that matter, can she trust your character, because obviously, you’re more about your [getting back to your] sister right now.

Alexa:  I think Hope can learn to trust her; whether or not she does is different story, but I think there’s a lot that Hope doesn’t know, and she has to take that into account. And just like Hope did a bunch of crazy things, or Hope would do a bunch of crazy things for her sister and the people that she loves and to protect them, I think Huck was kind of put in a tough situation as well. But Hope is pretty scarred after what happened in season one, so it’s gonna take a lot if Huck wants to rebuild that relationship with her.

Annet:  Yeah, Huck’s in a really bad spot. At this point, Hope’s just looking at her like, “You’re crazy; I don’t ever really want to talk to you again.” So, I don’t know how she’s gonna get out of this. It’s just looking pretty bad and things are so entangled. She’s relieved to be back, but it’s looking really [like] she’s sort of in the worst position she’s been thus far. In a way, she’s in prison the way Hope is too, because of this web of lies. And all these people out there who know things about the CRM that they shouldn’t have known and that’s Huck’s family now, too, she obviously feels alignment with, and maybe more so than she does with Elizabeth at this point. As we know, there’s more family at the CRM now that Huck has some entanglements with that are problematic. So, it’s just the question – it’s funny when Hope and Huck are sitting in this sort of dog kennel…where they have their conversation like, “Hey, this is a great place for all of us.” It’s so ironic, because they’re just both in prison, really, and it seems like there’s no way out of this all, and is this a better place? Are they safe, or, actually, have things just gotten worse?

Question:   Alexa, I love Hope’s friendship on screen with Elton – or I guess their former friendship, as it were. Will we get to see them mend [it]…and is there hope for them to mend this relationship?

Alexa:  I don’t know if I can tell you what happens with Hope and Elton, but what I can say is that I think there’s always that room orAlexa Mansour (Hope Bennett) on "The Walking Dead: World Beyond" on AMC the possibility of mending something. I think if both people are on the same page and they each get to get their side of the story out, I think that there’s a very strong possibility that they could be friends again. They’ve all been through so much that they realize that sometimes you have to do things, or things happen that are out of your control, and I think when you care about someone, you understand that. I would appreciate the honesty, so I hope so. I hope they do get to mend their relationship.

Question:   Julia, what kind of backstory were you given about Elizabeth’s connection with CRM, and will we be seeing that play out, maybe explore her backstory a bit this season?

Julia:  That’s super hard to answer…without doing spoilers. I think some of the backstory, I think when you have supporting roles, and basically Elizabeth is this sort of character. It’s not always helpful for the backstory to come into the story story, but, yeah, that was kind of [vague]. [laughs]

I think the biggest thing is that she’s a real believer, she signed up for this philosophy, and she thoroughly believes in the choices that they’re making and what they need to do in order to save mankind. Then, there’s this greater detail in that, but I don’t want to answer it any more, because I don’t want somebody like Scott [Gimple] or Matt [Negrete] to go, “Why did you say that, because we’re going to use that.” They sent us a list, “You may not talk about this; you may not [talk about this].” I don’t know if they sent that to you. I was like, “What do I talk about? I don’t know what to talk about now.” So it’s a little scary. There you go, that was an all over the map useless answer.

Question:  Julia, I respectfully have to disagree. I think she’s more than a supporting character, because she casts a very big shadow in the story. She manipulates; she tests people, and when somebody pushes her, she pushes back hard. What’s it like to play all those different aspects and then throw in the fact that she’s a mom, too?

Julia:  Well you know, Jamie Ruby was asking the question earlier in terms of you see her get upset in season one, you see kind of the soldiers get taken off, and then she’s upset. I think, for me, that upset at that moment is this private moment of grief in terms of I’ve not just done this awful thing to this kid that I frankly liked and was a good soldier and all the rest of it, and the grief around how much people can tolerate, but what is my kid going to think of me when they find out and I have to tell them? I think that just packs a punch. And for me, what happens with Elizabeth is you see the dehumanization of it, she becomes increasingly disconnected. She’s just disconnected, and she’s shutting down. So, she’s dissociating, and it’s at certain moments that I really value that she has actually with her own family that pull her back. And maybe – maybe yes, maybe no –  that will actually impact her reevaluation of what they’re actually doing.

Question:  For Alexa, Hope is kind of in a new place. We won’t say more than that. She’s kind of getting acclimated to a lot of different things, and also, there seems to be an aura of distrust a little bit. Where is she mentally at this point?

Alexa:  I thinks she just came from getting so hurt and feeling so betrayed after what Huck did, and she just left her sister; her and her sister just split up, and the only friends that she really feels like she ever had she doesn’t have them, and she doesn’t know what’s happening to them, or where they are. So, I feel like she’s in this spot where she’s like, “Do I let more people in?” Because everyone kind of leaves and no one, nothing ever lasts. Anything good that’s ever happened in my life hasn’t lasted, or it’s turned out to be completely fake. So, I think she’s a little bit on the fence and has this guard up in this new place that she’s in, because she doesn’t want to get hurt again. At least she’s got her father and whatnot, but anybody else that’s not really family, that’s not really a necessity in her life. I don’t think she really is trying to get attached to them after what’s happened.

Question:  And Annet, really briefly, do you feel like she’s a woman without a country right now?

Annet:  Yeah, the other one got exploded, and this one is under attack. Yeah, I mean, she’s always been a woman of her own country, I suppose, of her own reality. So, I don’t know if she particularly needs to be anywhere. She’s not truly attached to anything. She’s a true soldier in a way, going from point A to B, and then she has to keep going. She can’t really sit still anywhere, and you’ll see her coming back to her room, and it all seems distant and doesn’t really mean anything anymore, because she’s changed so much. So, it’s sort of these pauses in between that a soldier never really knows how to deal with anyway. They just like to be away and like to be in these explosive situations; that’s where they thrive. So, Huck’s ready. I think she’s ready for another mission.

Suzanne:   Julia, you’ve been working since you were very young, since high school, at the very least, in acting, and then after that, and a lot of the cast are very young people. Did you have any advice for them? Or did they come to you for any advice?

Julia:  They don’t need advice from me. They don’t need advice from me. I might be asking them advice. Annet, Alexa, did you come to me seeking any advice? [laughs] Did I ever give you any advice? I don’t remember. No, I dont think I did. I’m not much of a sharer in that respect.

Annet:  Honestly, watching Julia and just being in the presence of her is your advice and your lesson and your inspiration, and you just respond to the person, the greatness that’s in front of you. So, that’s everything.

Alexa:  Yeah, Julia is a force to be reckoned with. I know every time I go on set with her I’m like, “How are you doing this? I don’t understand.” So, if there was a person I was going to go to advice for, it would probably be Julia.

Suzanne:   I recently learned that the [show’s] timeline is concurrent with the original Walking Dead, and there’s going to be a movie and some other spinoff series. Have any of you heard about whether any of your characters, or whether you as actors, will be involved in any of these other things, or whether your show will be involved with the ending of the other Walking Dead?

Julia:  I think that’s really a kind of Scott and Matt question. It is one of those things that I like to call them spoiler blurts that you sort of trip up in terms of, “What do I say? What do I say? What do I not say?” So maybe somebody from AMC could help fill in on that question.

Suzanne:   None of you have heard anything that you can comment on at all?

Annet Mahendru (Huck) on "The Walking Dead: World Beyond" on AMCAnnet:  I mean, we’re done, right? But there’s always crossovers. I mean, Jadis joined us. We’re all gonna be around, so they can always pluck us up at any given moment. That’s, I think, what is so cool about all these, this threesome, so to say, of shows, because we can all play with each other at any point.

Julia:  Also, they have this format where there’s flashbacks, and you go back, and you see stuff, so even if a character dies, you still don’t know whether or not they’re going to resurface in another [show].

Question:   Elizabeth is such an insanely manipulative character and who really sends chills down my spine. So, as an actor, what is your process going into this character, and how do you prepare yourself before you act the hell out of her?

Julia:  So, everybody sees her as manipulative, and I guess there’s a part of me that once you find that justification, I think it was I was talking to Jamie about in the beginning. My justification is that she is part of the military; there’re very few human beings left as far as they know. They work from the facts that they can [unintelligible], so they don’t know if there’s anybody else left in the world. They don’t know if they’re the only human beings left. So, they are working towards building hierarchy and structure and laws, and the ethics have just gone to hell, because their ethic has to be protect the border of whatever the human race is. We can’t let other people – we’ve got limited resources, we can’t necessarily share them with everyone. We need to make relationships with people outside of it. That’s her MO. That’s where she has to end up making tough decisions that, from my own perspective, people who are in the military, they’re making those decisions all the time. Somebody being killed somewhere on our behalf right now, and we kind of have gotten a little bit of – it feels globally as if there’s a little bit of weird acceptance around it, because it’s too painful to confront.

So, there’s a piece of Elizabeth that’s an amplification of that. It’s like I go into a state of denial, because it’s just too painful to accept the reality. Then, that state of denial, I mean, she’s disconnected; she disconnects from personal relationships as well. Then, I think once you have that, you can sign up as a believer. But you can believe in something and not be happy about the consequences of it. You can believe that, “Oh, I had something wrong with my leg and the doctor’s telling me that I have to have it cut off.” It’s kind of like, “Okay, I’m not particularly thrilled about it, but this seems like that’s the best plan going forward.” But I think, for me, it’s kind of getting into it.

Like I watched some of it last night, I was like, “Oh my god, she redefines resting bitch face.” [laughs] Oh my God, this just makes you so grim. But I think that’s kind of like what the sadness and the resignation is. There’s a harshness to the choices that she’s making, and so that kind of shows on the exterior.

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

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The Walking Dead: World Beyond’s ten-episode second season premieres October 3 at 10pm ET/9c on AMC with all episodes available one week early on AMC+, beginning September 26

Season Two trailer HERE

Season two of The Walking Dead: World Beyond concludes the epic story of Iris (Aliyah Royale), Hope (Alexa Mansour), Elton (Nicolas Cantu), and Silas (Hal Cumpston) — four friends who journeyed across the country on a mission that transformed everything they knew about themselves and the world.  As they face off against the mysterious Civic Republic Military and fight for control of their own destiny, goals will shift, bonds will form and crumble, and innocence will be both lost and found.

The Walking Dead: World Beyond is executive produced by co-creator Scott M. Gimple, co-creator and showrunner Matt Negrete, Robert Kirkman, Gale Anne Hurd, David Alpert and Brian Bockrath, and is produced and distributed by AMC Studios. In addition to Royale, Mansour, Cantu and Cumpston, the series stars Nico Tortorella, Annet Mahendru, Julia Ormond, Joe Holt, Jelani Alladin, Natalie Gold and Ted Sutherland.

Episode 201: Konsekans – Premieres October 3 at 10pm ET/9c on AMC

Hope’s commitment to the future is put to the test, jeopardizing a potential reunion.  Iris and Felix meet a new group. Startling revelations are made.

Episode 202: Foothold – Premieres October 10 at 10pm ET/9c on AMC

While some members of the group enact a plan to cover their tracks, others attempt to acclimate to their new surroundings.

Julia Ormond

Julia will next be seen in AMC’s The Walking Dead: World Beyond which will premiere this year. She can most recently be seen in BBC’s Gold Digger. Julia performed opposite Maya Rudolph and Catherine Keener on Amazon’s series Forever from creators Yang/Hubbard (Parks and Rec). She was recently nominated for Best Actress for the Australian Academy of Cinema and Television for Ladies in Black from acclaimed director Bruce Beresford. It will be distributed by Sony later this year. Other recent work includes Howard’s End written by Oscar winner Kenneth Lonergan for the BBC and STARZ which garnered rave reviews. Julia also appeared in HBO’s comedy Tour De Pharmacy opposite Andy Samberg, Will Forte and Orlando Bloom. She also starred in the independent film Rememory opposite Peter Dinklage and late Anton Yelchin which premiered at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival. On the small screen, Ormond received an Emmy® Award in 2010 for her role in the HBO movie Temple Grandin and in 2012 was nominated for a second Emmy for her guest role on Mad Men. Julia wrapped a season of the SyFy series Incorporated which was produced by Ben Affleck and Matt Damon. Among her film work Julia Ormond starred in the epic Legends of the Fall alongside actors Brad Pitt, Anthony Hopkins, and Aidan Quinn and played the lead role with Harrison Ford in the film Sabrina, directed by Sydney Pollack. In 2008, she starred with Brad Pitt in the fantasy- drama The Curious Case of Benjamin Button and also worked with Benicio del Toro in Steven Soderbergh’s biopic Che. JULIA’S PASSION AND NON-PROFIT WORK Julia was the first and former UNODC Goodwill Ambassador Against Trafficking and Slavery and is the Founder of Alliance to Stop Slavery and End Trafficking (www.assetcampaign.org) that was the origin, architect and convener of the Transparency in Supply Chains Law in CA that passed in 2010. She is Founding Chair of FilmAid International. She was Executive Producer of Calling the Ghosts: A Story of Rope, War and Women which won an Emmy, a Cable Ace, a Robert F Kennedy Journalism Award. and after a screening at the Council of Foreign Relations spurred legislation that enabled the arrest of Milosevich. Julia also participated in Call and Response. a documentary on the state of enslavement today and one of the first documentaries promoting cell phone technology to accept immediate donations to the cause. She is an Associate Producer to Libby Spear’s Playground, which focuses on the environment that enables child trafficking within the U.S. As an advocate, Julia has traveled the world assessing solutions and challenges and she has appeared as an expert witness before the US. Congress and the United Nations. For this advocacy work. she received the World Economic Forum’s Crystal Award” and Women for Women International’s “Peace Award.

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Alexa Mansour

Alexa Mansour just wrapped filming a series lead in the highly anticipated 3rd installment of The Walking Dead universe for AMC. Set in The Walking Dead’s near-future, Mansour plays “Hope,” a hard-drinking and disillusioned teenager who yearns to experience the world outside the confines of her contained community. Mansour beat out thousands of actors for the role and stars opposite Nico Tortorella and Annet Mahendru. In film, Mansour recently starred in the buzzy, social media-driven genre feature Unfriended: Dark Web from director Stephen Susco. She also starred in the MarVista ensemble thriller #Squadgoals . Next up, Mansour will be seen in the independent feature film She’s in Portland opposite François Arnaud and Minka Kelly. On the small screen, Mansour was last seen in guest lead roles on CBS’s Madam Secretary and Bull. She also appeared in notable recurring arcs on CBS’ Seal Team (opposite David Boreanaz), FOX’s The Resident (directed by Phillip Noyce) and most notably, as the troubled “Faiza Assaf” in ABC’s critically acclaimed How to Get Away with Murder. Alexa made her television debut in 2014 as the lead guest lead in Law and Order: SVU’s season 16 premiere, which boasted the highest ratings for a premiere episode in seven years. When Alexa is not acting, she continues to create as a talented singer-songwriter and pianist. She released her freshman single entitled “Misguided Youth” in 2018.

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Annet Mahendru

Annet Mahendru has become a highly sought-after performer for both film and television. Perhaps best known for her critically acclaimed role on the Golden Globe & Emmy winning FX series The Americans, where she played Nina, the mysterious spy opposite FBI Agent Stan (Noah Emmerich). Her portrayal of Nina earned her a Critic’s Choice Nomination for Best Supporting Actress in a Drama Series and a Gold Derby TV Award Nomination for Drama Guest Actress. She was awarded Showbiz India’s Trailblazer award, recognizing her for an ‘Emerging Leader’ as a rising South Asian Female Actor in Hollywood. Recently, she appeared on the highly anticipated anthology series for Amazon Prime, The Romanoffs. Created, written, directed and executive produced by Matthew Weiner (Mad Men). The series features eight separate stories about people who believe themselves to be descendants of the Russian royal family. She also starred in the dystopian SYFY thriller The Slows, which marks Marvel scribe Nicole Perlman’s directorial debut. It is currently appearing at international film festivals. Annet has established a notable television resume with other credits including The X-Files, Tyrant, The Following, Lethal Weapon, Grey’s Anatomy, White Collar, 2 Broke Girls, and The Blacklist. In addition to her television work, Annet starred in the Sundance film Escape From Tomorrow, played the title role in Sally Pacholok, and appeared in Bridge And Tunnel, and Love Gloria. She was also the voice of Eva in the Penguins of Madagascar movie co-starring Benedict Cumberbatch. On stage, Annet performed in Seven, a play about Afghan refugee Farida Aziza at the LA Theatre Works. A collaboration between 7 playwrights and 7 female activists from around the globe that tells inspiring stories of overcoming adversity to effect real change and improve the lives of women. Born in Afghanistan to an East Indian father and Russian mother, Annet spent her early years learning 6 languages in the Middle East & Europe. She finished high school in New York, earned a Bachelor of Arts in English and Philosophy at St. John’s University. Then embarked on a Master’s degree at NYU’s Global Affairs Program. In addition to her studies, Annet was always part of a stellar acting troupe whether with a renowned Russian actor in St. Petersburg, the HB Studio in New York, at the Groundlings or Diana Castle in Hollywood. She is also highly trained in Mixed Martial Arts and Indian classical dance, Bharatanatyam. Annet currently resides in Los Angeles with her director husband Louie Gibson and their son. She is part of the local charity BreastfeedLA where she advocates for the importance of breastfeeding to help families meet their goals.

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Interview with Joe Holt and Natalie Gold

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Joe Holt and Natalie Gold of "The Walking Dead: Worlds Beyond" on AMC

Interview with Joe Holt (Leo) and Natalie Gold (Lyla) of “The Walking Dead: Worlds Beyond” on AMC by Suzanne 9/23/21

This was such a fun interview, and I really enjoyed it. I loved how they let Joe call on us. Usually they have a PR person doing that. It was a nice change, and he was great at it. Personally, I think he should have his own talk show or podcast (if he doesn’t already). Both actors were very kind and funny. Don’t miss the season premiere 10/3 on AMC!

Question:   Natalie, does Bellshaw have real feelings for this man? Or is it all just part of her need to get him there and keep him there?

Natalie:   Oh, Lyla loves Dr. Bennett. Lyla Bellshaw loves Dr. Bennett. Oh, yeah, absolutely her feelings are real. I, as an actor, and Matt, and Joe and I have had a lot of conversations about that. Oh, yeah, it’s so much more interesting if her feelings are real and genuine. But yeah, she’s in love.

Jamie:   This is actually kind of continuing on that. Natalie, she still, obviously, though, is, with the CRM also. So, my question is, do you think that she would be willing to potentially leave them if [Dr. Bennett] decided to do that and go against it? And can she trust him? I mean, maybe he’ll side with his daughters. Could you both talk to that?

Natalie:   I think I kind of love the way that season one ends and teases that up, because those are all the questions, right? [Can] we trust Lyla? Does she have ulterior motives? What are her ulterior motives? It became kind of clear in season one, by the end of that episode, and that monologue that she has that she really wants to go and tell Leo, and she ends up not telling him that she’s kind of the catalyst for this whole thing starting. It’s because Leo came to Lyla and said, “I have this daughter who’s brilliant,” and Lyla obviously then told her higher ups. So, I think that this season is kind of a great exploration for Lyla’s character, her push and pull between her love for Leo and her real belief in the greater good. And one person what’s the balance? How much is one life worth versus hundreds of thousands of lives and the work that she’s doing? So, it’ll all be explored in season two.

Joe Holt and Natalie Gold of "The Walking Dead: Worlds Beyond" on AMCJoe:   Yeah, I mean, not to speak for her character, obviously, but I think that there’s absolute chemistry between the characters that is real, which probably creates some of the conflict for her with her duties. There’s a Civilian Republic, and there’s a Civilian Republic military, and I think the second season starts highlighting some of the differences. Like, I did not plan on being a pawn of the Civilian Republic military. I was working for the Civil Republic, as was Lyla. I do think that the theme of the needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few, as Spock stated in Wrath of Khan. I think that is a constant theme and a constant source of conflict in the second season. We each keep getting pushed to the next level. That tests that principle and that belief within ourselves.

Natalie:   That was said so much more eloquently [by] Joe, as per usual.

Question:   I think what’s interesting about both your characters is obviously you have a personal relation, and you have both kind of walking a tightrope with the military, but also, there’s the scientists’ portion of your lives to that. You want to do something for the greater good as well. So, talk about kind of balancing all that as characters and playing that as actors. That’s a tight rope you could easily fall off of.

Joe:   I think that the joy of acting is conflict, and also, at the crux of any television show or movie is creating and constantly pouring gas on that fire. As an actor, you can sink your teeth into choices. The beauty of this character, and I think of all the characters in the show, is the constant tug of war between what’s right for me and what’s right for the greater good. Within all that we have to battle our own demons. I have to deal with the guilt that I have over leaving my daughters. I won’t speak for Natalie’s character, but every character, I think, in the show has some inner conflict. Then, they have an external conflict and trying to sort all that out is what creates a lot of joy, I think, for actors.

Natalie:   Yeah, and I think as far as kind of Lyla’s love for Leo, she really fell in love with his mind. He’s one of the greatest minds and most brilliant soul she’s ever met. I think that that’s such a deep part of their connection is how well they work together. She found a real partner in him as far as that goes. I think everything Joe was saying is really right, the inner conflict and guilt that all these characters have, and I think it’s going to be cool as we learn more about all of their backstories in season two, but it’s really a push pull between falling in love with somebody, getting close, being in a relationship with somebody in this universe, because it’s a dangerous universe.

Suzanne:   You just finished shooting the show in June, correct? Now, when did you start shooting?

Natalie:   February.

Joe:   February.

Suzanne:   That didn’t take too long.

Joe:   It depends who you ask.

Suzanne:   Joe, you play a character who’s supposed to be brilliant. So, besides the script and the costumes, what else helps you prepare for such an intellectual role?

Joe:   The beauty of television is – this is gonna sound so obnoxious. They kind of cast the person that fits the role. There’s not much research you can do to become smart. So, hopefully, I can say the words they give me and not trip over them, but what was great was having a sit down with Scott Gimple and Matt Negrete, really, day one or day two, when I got in Virginia the first season, and having them talk about what Leo is operating from. And as actors, that’s the most useful thing is to understand [is] where is it we’re coming from? What is it that we want, and what are the things that have created us? That way, we don’t get into trying to characterize what a smart person does. Fortunately, we have good writing, good casting, and good storytelling, and then, as an actor you just need to try to be as honest and truthful with your circumstances as you can be. So, I credit them with making me seem like a smart person.Joe Holt and Natalie Gold of "The Walking Dead: Worlds Beyond" on AMC

Natalie:   Joe got his PhD in Physics in between seasons.

Joe:   [laughs] Go back to grad school for six years in two months.

Natalie:   He’s that good.

Suzanne:   Well, you’re both supposed to be a very smart — too smart maybe for your own good. Natalie, is it safe to say that your character is not very honest, especially in your relationship with Leo, and would you say that she’s not a good person, or she is? What do you think?

Natalie:   I think rule one of being an actor is to find the gray area. Rule one of being an actor is to love your character and to believe in what she does. So, I would never go as far to say that Lyla was not a good person. And I worked really hard and had a lot of great talks with Matt and with Joe this season as well that she – We have found out by the end of season one that she has not told Leo the whole truth. There’s obviously some stuff going on that he does not know about – her motives for doing what she does. We’ll find out more about what she does and why she does what she does in season two, but I think I always, for myself as an actor, had to believe that her reasons were and are formidable, and that the work she does, she believes in it, and that as people, we are capable of honesty and dishonesty and love and betrayal, all in one breath. So, it’s kind of fascinating as an actor to play that.

Suzanne:   Great, and I have a feeling that your relationship will will not end well.

Joe:   [laughs] Don’t say that. Don’t jinx our love affair. It was gonna be a wedding at the end of season two, what are you talking about? A purple wedding.

Natalie:   Like every Shakespeare comedy.

Joe:   That’s right. [laughs]

Suzanne: Well, you have a Huck, not quite a Puck.

Joe:   Well played. Well played.

Question:   Joe, I love the relationship he has with his daughters. Are we going to be getting more of a backstory though about his relationship with Felix to see why he trusts him with the most important people in his life?

Joe:   I think the writers have a real challenge with trying to write for so many characters in a ten episode season, and [there are] definitely glimpses of that coming up in season two – without giving too much away – but I think that a lot of what we saw in season one really lays the groundwork for his relationship with Felix. He took Felix in. Felix was essentially orphaned when the earth fell, or when everything went wrong. Felix needed someone to take him in, and that’s when our relationship began. There’s just tremendous trust there.

In the second season, I think the writers were constantly trying to figure out a way to go forward and provide some sort of historical perspective. So, we didn’t get to go too far in anybody’s past, because we were trying to move forward so much, but the Felix/Leo relationship is family. I think that the relationship definitely gets flushed out more in the second season, and we get to learn a little more about what’s going on with it.

There are pictures of us on a camping trip.

Question:   You and Felix, or the girls?

Joe:   Yeah, exactly. Exactly.

Question:   Then I should ask what’s on your desk at work. Whose pictures do you actually have on your desk at work?

Joe:   Are there any pictures at all?

Natalie:   He has pictures of himself.

Question:   Touché.

Joe:   High school prom king.

Jamie:   Are we going to get to see you guys out of the lab at all? Maybe killing walkers, maybe not, but at least a little bit different atmosphere? Is there anything you can tease about that?

Natalie: Yeah, we venture out of the lab here there. I would say.

Joe:   Yeah, I think that everybody gets put into uncomfortable situations is the best way I can put it. Everybody gets put into a situation. Every character gets put into a situation that they are not comfortable with, and that’s part of the measure of what their character is, part of the measure of their ability to grow. Their willingness to survive in this new world is how they respond to the new environment.

Question:   There’s another component here that’s going on with each of you. Joe, you’re a father, and you’re dealing with that as well as everything else. Natalie, Elizabeth is putting a lot of pressure on you as well. So, it’s juggling lot of different things. Talk about playing those aspects of the characters.

Joe:   It was really challenging in the best of ways to try to find that the truthfulness of those relationships, because he does have an obligation to raise these two young women who, despite their independence, intelligence and resourcefulness, need a father, and as we saw in the first episode, lost their mother tragically. So, he has got his own inner drama going on between trying to move forward, trying to find a solution for this horrible disease, and meeting this new person who he shares so much with. They have a real connection. He admires her mind, and in the same way she said he admires her mind and her soul, and I think there’s some guilt there of even trying to move forward, feeling like in some way you’re doing an injustice to your former life. So, all that stuff is wonderful in the way that it unfolds in season two. And, again, it just it pours more gasoline on that conflict fire of how many masters can you serve? And when you have to make [choices] who gets left out in the cold? So, that’s a really good question. It really does create a lot of tugs of war for Dr. Bennett in the second season.

Natalie:   I think that for Lyla, she is definitely balancing the role that she plays in the CRM, and obviously, she cares about the science. More than more than anything else, I believe she wants to save the world. She wants to find a cure for this disease. She wants the world to go on. She wants it to have a future. She wants to teach all the generations coming up what she does, so that this facility can go on and the science can grow. It’s the only way that the future is going to happen, and she believes in the future. So, she’s balancing that, yes, with the pressure that she’s getting from Elizabeth, and the work that she needs to do and her feelings for Leo. There’s a lot going on internally with her and a lot that she’s struggling to balance as well.

Question:   That’s half the fun, though.

Natalie:   Oh, it’s so much fun.

Suzanne:   In the trailer, it shows Iris and Leo hugging, so we know that they do eventually wind up – finally – in the same place. What was it like for both of you, working with the actresses who play Hope and Iris this season?

Joe:   I nicknamed them “Thing One” and “Thing Two,” because they bring such different – It’s such a different energy to have them on set. They’re sort of getting started in this, and you’re dealing with, to some degree, moody teenagers, but you love them, because they’re so gentle and so wonderful and lovely, really, as people. It’s like, this is what a dad deals with. So, it was really just staying open to the energy that they bring, because you never know what they’re going to bring in. But I’ll tell you this much, when the camera rolls, these two young women know exactly what they’re doing. And, again, they have different personalities. So, it is like you’re the dad of these two different daughters, and the two daughters love each other and then have their own little rivalries. So, it really was a matter of like playing centerfield when you get on set just like what are they bringing in today? And how can I be of service? And how can I be Dad?

Natalie:   Alexa and I met for the first time really on that first episode of season two, because we had not – I have said this, and Joe’s heard this ad nauseam, but the first season I worked by myself until we got to the tenth episode where, thank God, I got to work with the amazing Joe, and that was the best. So, Alexa, when I read the 202 [script] I was like, “Oh, I get to meet Alexa and be with her,” and that was so much fun, because we were kind of meeting each other as people for the first time as our characters were meeting, and I was able to kind of guide her and show her this world and give her a tour of that. So, it was really fun. I was trying to play the, “I love your dad, but I don’t think you know that yet, and I really want you to like me” and the stepmom thing, [and] “you have a brilliant mind, and I’m trying to bring you into this world and get you really excited about everything we’re doing here.” So, there was a lot of personal professional dynamics at play. Then, I mean, Alexa is great. She’s fantastic.

Suzanne:   And Joe, following up on what you just said about the girls, I believe you were on As the World Turns. Was it about the same age as these girls, or were you a little older at that point?

Joe Holt (Leo) of "The Walking Dead: Worlds Beyond" on AMCJoe:   As the World Turns was 2004, 2003 so I was 33. So, I was much older. I was much older than them. Stupider, but much older. Not as good as them; not as good on cameras they are, to my discredit.

Suzanne:   Did either of you watch either the regular The Walking Dead or Fear the Walking Dead before you started on the show?

Joe:   I didn’t before I started on the show, because it all happened very quickly for me. I got an audition on a Friday for I think it said “TWD 3.” I was aware of the show, obviously, but I hadn’t watched it. You get an audition, and you go do your thing, and you do the research you can do. But then after I got the part, I watched ten seasons of The Walking Dead. I binged it too, which I don’t recommend. I mean, I do recommend watching it, but bingeing it – like I was watching six episodes a day, and I think the theme song got into my head, and I was like waking up like a drug addict. Like, “I gotta watch Walking [Dead] It was addictive, as you all know, right? It pulls you in. But not before I did the show, and I’m actually kind of glad, because I think the whole point is these characters are starting from their jumping off point, and their jumping off point is with no knowledge of that world. But watching it afterwards, it was just great to watch Negan and Daryl and all those guys. It was great. And Michonne.

Natalie:   I also am admittedly a wimp with anything horror. So, I had not watched The Walking Dead until I got the job. Then, I did exactly what Joe did, and I binged all episodes. And what I loved about it, and what I love about our show is, God, it’s the universe that is created by these brilliant people. It’s terrifying obviously, but it’s the human interactions that make it so rich, and the love between people and the betrayals of people. And, God, I have like an abnormal fear of the apocalypse to begin with, so anything apocalyptic, I’m like, “Oh, that’s not for me. I shouldn’t do that.” My husband read The Road, and I went to go see the movie, and he called me, he’s like, “Don’t watch the movie! I’m begging you!” I’m like, “I’m going to watch the movie,” and I did, and it was a terrible mistake. It’s always about –Joe:   [laughs]

Natalie:   It’s true.

Joe:   I don’t think your fear of the apocalypse is abnormal. I think it’s okay to fear the apocalypse.

Natalie: Is it? It’s like not something you should wake up thinking about all the time. Maybe now, but it’s like, what’s going to happen in the apocalypse? But it’s people that are – I mean, the zombies and the monsters are terrifying, but it’s people who turn into monsters, who stays human, who wants to help, all of that, that’s kind of what I absolutely adored about bingeing The Walking Dead, the original, and then working on our show, as well.

Suzanne:   Yeah, I’m the same way, in fact, because I don’t watch The Walking Dead either for that reason… but I like your show better, because it seems to have a little more human element and little fewer zombies. So, I like that.

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

Don’t miss our interview with Julia Ormond, Alexa Mansour and Annet Mahendru!

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The Walking Dead: World Beyond’s ten-episode second season premieres October 3 at 10pm ET/9c on AMC with all episodes available one week early on AMC+, beginning September 26

Season Two trailer HERE

Season two of The Walking Dead: World Beyond concludes the epic story of Iris (Aliyah Royale), Hope (Alexa Mansour), Elton (Nicolas Cantu), and Silas (Hal Cumpston) — four friends who journeyed across the country on a mission that transformed everything they knew about themselves and the world.  As they face off against the mysterious Civic Republic Military and fight for control of their own destiny, goals will shift, bonds will form and crumble, and innocence will be both lost and found.

The Walking Dead: World Beyond is executive produced by co-creator Scott M. Gimple, co-creator and showrunner Matt Negrete, Robert Kirkman, Gale Anne Hurd, David Alpert and Brian Bockrath, and is produced and distributed by AMC Studios. In addition to Royale, Mansour, Cantu and Cumpston, the series stars Nico Tortorella, Annet Mahendru, Julia Ormond, Joe Holt, Jelani Alladin, Natalie Gold and Ted Sutherland.

Episode 201: Konsekans – Premieres October 3 at 10pm ET/9c on AMC

Hope’s commitment to the future is put to the test, jeopardizing a potential reunion.  Iris and Felix meet a new group. Startling revelations are made.

Episode 202: Foothold – Premieres October 10 at 10pm ET/9c on AMC

While some members of the group enact a plan to cover their tracks, others attempt to acclimate to their new surroundings.

Joe Holt was born on February 22, 1970 in Tachikawa, Tokyo, Japan. He is an actor and producer, known for The Walking Dead: World Beyond (2020), The Punisher (2017) and Delilah   Check out his Instagram and Twitter

Natalie Gold is an American actress who has appeared in film, television, and stage productions including on Broadway. She is perhaps best known for playing Julia Harwell on the TV show Rubicon, and she has appeared in many films including Before the Devil Knows You’re Dead, I Don’t Know How She Does It, and Love & Other Drugs. Gold grew up in Miami, Florida, and studied theatre at the New World School of the Arts and Emerson College. Find her on Instagram and Twitter!

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Joe Holt (Leo) and Natalie Gold (Lyla) of "The Walking Dead: Worlds Beyond" on AMC

Interview with Charisma Carpenter and Nancy Grace

TV Interview!

Charisma Carpenter, star of "The Good Father," and Nancy Grace, Executive Producer.

Interview with Charisma Carpenter and Nancy Grace of “The Good Father: The Martin MacNeill Story” on Lifetime by Suzanne 9/14/21

This interview was from Lifetime’s Fall Movies Press Day. It was very enjoyable to chat with many stars during the panels.

Unfortunately, this movie’s star, Tom Everett Scott (Dr. MacNeill), couldn’t make the interview. Most of the movie centers on him, and his daughter, Alexis played by Anwen O’Driscoll. She wasn’t there, either.  Carpenter plays his wife, Michele, who gets murdered  fairly early on in the movie. Grace is seen briefly (as herself) and was responsible for bringing the story to Lifetime.

I really hadn’t planned to speak to Grace, since I’m not a fan of her style of jouranlism. However, when I asked Carpenter my question, she really didn’t have much of a response, so I decided to ask Grace a question after that. She didn’t like my question (which was partly my fault because I didn’t really phrase it very well), so she went on and on about it.  Oh, well. It was a good movie, and an interesting panel interview, nonetheless. I just wish I could have asked Carpenter about some of her other roles (“Buffy the Vampire Slayer,” “Angel” “Veronica Mars” et al.).

MODERATOR:  Our next panel is “The Good Father: The Martin MacNeill Story” executive produced by Nancy Grace and starring Charisma Carpenter.  Hi, ladies.

CHARISMA CARPENTER:  Hello.

NANCY GRACE:  Hello.

MODERATOR:  Thank you for joining us.  We’re going to kick it off with a question from Jay Bobbin.

QUESTION:  Hello, thank you.  Nancy,  my question is for you.  A lot of what you’ve done in the TV-Movie realm, it seems like these are stories you’ve dealt with in other ways on your other programs in your other appearances.  Is this one of those stories for you?

NANCY GRACE:  Well, yes as a matter of fact, it is.  I covered the Martin MacNeill prosecution when it occurred.  And felt that I became friends with various members of the family, specifically Alexis.  I remember distinctly like yesterday — as a matter of fact we just showed the promo you just saw?  It literally gave a chill on my arms because when I see that, it’s so realistic, it reminds me of the actual case.  And I can still remember the night of the verdict and speaking with Alexis.  And she was telling me about how she had gotten married her mother wasn’t there because her father murdered her mother and what that felt like so this movie means a lot to me.

QUESTION:  A follow up on that if I could, when you talk about the chill that it gave you bringing back the real case, how are you on the set when a dramatization of a case you’ve actually covered is being done?  I would imagine you want it to be as truthful to the fact as possible, yet it is still a dramatic movie.  How are you with that?

NANCY GRACE:  Well, I will say that I went — I combed over the screenplay over and over and over.  And actually pitched this to Lifetime with the intent of one day telling the true story of Dr. Martin MacNeill.  But you know what?  I don’t like calling it the Dr. Martin MacNeill story.  I like calling it the Michelle MacNeill story because in my mind that’s the real star.

QUESTION:  Thank you very much.

MODERATOR:  Thank you.  Our next question is from Jamie.

QUESTION:  Hi, thank you both for being here.  Nancy, how involved was Martin’s daughter when it came to Anwen’s portrayal?

NANCY GRACE:  Oh wow, well her wishes and her desires were paramount in my mind.  Because as I always like to say and I have said from the beginning of my TV career, these are not stories.  They’re real.  This is a real fact scenario with a real victim who died in the family’s bathtub.  Her daughters — they had eight children, four natural, four adopted.  They no idea what had really happened to their mother.  So when we talk about how much Alexis had to do with it, this is the telling of the story through her eyes.  So she had a lot to do with it.  These are real characters.  It’s not a made-up plot that someone came up with or dreamed up.  This is real.  And that makes it in my mind even more critical that it’s true to life.

MODERATOR:  Thank you.  Our next question is from Jamie Ruby.

QUESTION:  Hi guys.  Thanks for talking to us.  Charisma, what was it that initially drew you to the part?

CHARISMA CARPENTER:  Well, I think any time you mix true crime with scripted television, you do have to walk and extra careful line.  It was super challenging to honor her memory and to be able to get across her love of family, to be able to get across the behaviors that she was experiencing and her confusion about his behavior, the pathological lying and the sociopathy behind it all.  So I feel like whenever you’re approaching a character, you have these insights that you bring to the table, but when it’s a real-life story, you have to take the insights that you understand from whatever the history is of the story.  You have to do a lot of reading, a lot of research and then you know the importance of getting that across was a true challenge and something that I took to heart and wanted to pay the utmost of respect to.  So that was a new thing for me.

QUESTION:  Thank you.

MODERATOR:  Thank you.  Our next question is from Howard Benjamin.

QUESTION:  My question is for Nancy.  How difficult is it to get life rights?  You’ve taken to task a lot of ripped-from-the-headlines stories and getting the cooperation from the family and the estates, how difficult is that?

NANCY GRACE:  Well, since — being a crime victim myself, usually tell stories from the point of view of the crime victim.  And I’ve never had any problem with their cooperation.  Very often they want their story told and not just within the confines of the witness stand.

QUESTION:  Is it difficult for them to relive this all over again?

NANCY GRACE:  Yes, it is.  It’s very difficult for them to relive it.  I’ve had many, many crime victims that don’t want to talk about it.  It brings it all back to them and including the pain that they went through.  And that’s one thing about Alexis of many things that was so significant and so critical in this project because it did bring back a lot of sadness and a lot of emotion for her that she had to relive, but she did.  And I’m so glad she did.

QUESTION:  Thank you.

CHARISMA CARPENTER:  She was impressive in doing that.  You know, and also I think you know to add to that is Anwen, you know, it being Alexis’s story portrayed by Anwen, it is a story of empowerment.  You know, it is a story of reclaiming your power and not allowing yourself to be manipulated and gaslighted any longer by this perpetrator you know, that was unfortunately her own father who she admired and adored and loved and was well-respected.

NANCY GRACE:  Mm-hmm.

CHARISMA CARPENTER:  In the community and at work and within his church.  So I mean what a powerful place, what an unfortunate thing to have to be confronted with, but then to understand the strength of character, her perseverance, her desire for truth to support her siblings while she was in medical school.  I mean, this is an incredible person.  This is an amazing woman.  So yay to be able to tell this story because it is in fact, Michelle, it may be her story in that sense, but it’s also a story of empowerment which I could really hold onto and clamp onto and why I also wanted to be involved.

QUESTION:  Thanks.

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

QUESTION:  Nancy, I have two questions for you.

NANCY GRACE:  Okay.

QUESTION:  What crime were you a victim of?  And what are the qualities required for you to decide to  take on a project?

NANCY GRACE:  People think I always wanted to be a violent crime prosecutor.  That is not true.  I studied Shakespearean literature and hoped to teach at a university level Shakespearean literature.  That was my dream.  My fiancé was murdered shortly before our wedding.  I dropped out of school.  I lost all interest in being in a classroom or in life, period.  I ultimately did go back to school with the aim of becoming a felony prosecutor and helping other crime victims who I believe very often, especially women and children, do not have a voice in our system.  This story, as I call it, although it is a true fact scenario, was especially poignant to me because not only were the victims women and children, it was at the hands of one of the most prominent men in that social setting, that community, a doctor and a lawyer who manipulated everyone as Charisma just said very accurately.  And they had no voice and it makes what Alexis did even more powerful bringing her own father to justice.

QUESTION:  So when you decide on a project, what does it have to have for you to do it?

NANCY GRACE:  I’ve never liked — people often ask me, “What’s your favorite case?”  There’s not really a favorite murder.  I don’t know really how to put it in any other words.  But I look for a story to be told, a narrative, not a case that’s open and shut.  To turn a scenario like this into a movie, there must be mystery.  The characters must be riveting to grab your attention.  And I always think that it requires some sort of a mind twist.  For instance in that community, the last person anyone would suspect molestation or murder would be Dr. Martin MacNeill.

QUESTION:  Thank you.

MODERATOR:  Thank you.  Our next question is from Suzanne.

QUESTION:  Hi.  First question, Charisma, did you do any sort of special research or preparation before filming the role?

CHARISMA CARPENTER:  Well, I obviously read up about him and about the family story and the family history.  You know, I had to get familiar with the story.  I didn’t know the story personally so this was an education.

QUESTION:  Okay.  And Nancy, I was wondering, do you know why in the movie there was never any mention made of the fact that they were Mormons and they were in a Mormon community?

NANCY GRACE:  Well honestly, that may be significant to some people, but we had so many miles to cover and I don’t believe in my mind what religion it was that mattered.  It mattered to me like in my religion, I’m a Methodist.  And within a church, the Methodist Church, the Catholic Church, the synagogue, there are deacons or those people that are looked up to or revered, typically men.  So whatever milieu you may be in, there are those people that are seemingly put up on a pedestal as he was, not only within his church community, the Church of Latter Day Saints, but within his medical community.  I mean, he had been appointed by the governor to run a state facility.  This guy was revered by everyone.  Whether he was Mormon or a Methodist or a Catholic or Jewish doesn’t matter.  He had the respect of everyone which made it so much more difficult for people to believe he would do this thing.  I gotta tell you I remember sweating it out waiting on the jury verdict.  And I was worried that people would fall for him and his con.  Everybody else believed him, why wouldn’t a jury?  I was worried.

CHARISMA CARPENTER:  You know, you brought up a good point, Nancy, too.  The revere of the community and the medical community and his own family, you know, the police department, they didn’t take imperative steps to determine her cause of death.  They took his word for it.  Like he just said she had an accident and they didn’t — because of who he was, they didn’t investigate further.  So that’s a commentary on our society as a whole.  You know, just because you are a prominent figure and it just seems unfathomable that you’d be capable of doing such a thing, it is imperative that people do their job and due diligence.

NANCY GRACE:  You said that so well.  Because even in the initial police reports, do you know what Alexis had to do to even get the autopsy re-examined to just basically pry the police into believing this could have happened. They had to change the determination on that autopsy report.  That’s like moving a mountain.

CHARISMA CARPENTER:  And also just the fact that the daughter was Alexis, played by Anwen.  She was in her dad’s corner.  It took a lot.  She didn’t believe her own mom when her mom was trying to tell her things that things weren’t adding up and he was spending a lot of time away and he had all these suspicions.  You know, it’s very common for women to be considered hysterical or paranoid or bitter or jealous or you know all these different things when you know our intuition is continually being gaslit and dismissed.  And so it’s really important that we as a society do consider and trust the matriarchs of our lives and that we do re-evaluate no matter how high a standard you know our — you know, and this could go either way.  You know I’m sure there are prominent women, too.  But I don’t mean to make this anti-men, but to make a point that predominantly speaking, the patriarch is not questioned.  And it is important that people be heard especially women.

NANCY GRACE:  You know why, Charisma?  You just said a word that really rubbed me the wrong way.

CHARISMA CARPENTER:  What did I say?

NANCY GRACE:  If I hear one more woman referred to as hysterical, I’m going to shoot my foot.

CHARISMA CARPENTER:  I mean…

NANCY GRACE:  Because that’s exactly how they acted when Alexis tried to tell them her suspicions.  They acted like she’s been through too much.  She’s hysterical.  She was anything but.

CHARISMA CARPENTER:  Mm-hmm.  Yeah, it’s difficult to be dismissed that way especially when you’re a 100% right.

QUESTION:  All right, thank you.

MODERATOR:  That is all the time we have today.  Thank you, guys, Charisma and Nancy —

CHARISMA CARPENTER:  Thank you.

MODERATOR:  So much for being with us today.  We really appreciate your time.

NANCY GRACE:  Thank you.

CHARISMA CARPENTER:  No problem, thank you.  Good to see you, Nancy.

NANCY GRACE:  Likewise.

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Preview

Based on actual events, The Good Father tells the story of Dr. MacNeill (Scott) and the incredible life he led with his former beauty queen wife, Michele (Carpenter) and their eight children.  A pillar of the community, he was respected and loved by all especially by his daughter Alexis (O’Driscoll) who adored him and even wanted to follow in his footsteps to become a doctor.  But everything soon changes after Dr. MacNeill convinces Michele to have plastic surgery, ultimately leading to her drowning while on prescription medication.  Just a few short weeks after his wife’s suspicious death, Dr. MacNeill brings home Gypsy Willis, a new live-in “nanny” for his children but who is in actuality his mistress. Shocked by her father’s actions, Alexis begins to question everything she has known about him and discovers the depth of his lies, including his bogus medical credentials, falsified military records, and that the man and good doctor she once revered, was capable of murder.

The Good Father: The Martin MacNeill Story is produced by Good Doctor Films Inc. for Lifetime. Nancy Grace and bestselling author Josh Sabarra executive produce alongside Howard Braunstein. Annie Bradley directs from a script written by John Fasano and Abdi Nazemian.

Lifetime Unveils Full Fall Schedule Featuring Top Names All Season Long

LIFETIME UNVEILS FULL FALL SCHEDULE
FEATURING TOP NAMES ALL SEASON LONG
INCLUDING JILL SCOTT, HEATHER LOCKLEAR, SHANNEN DOHERTY, KELLY HU, TOM EVERETT SCOTT, CHARISMA CARPENTER, NANCY GRACE, MEGHAN MCCAIN, SHERRI SHEPHERD, NIA SIOUX, JUDY REYES, GLORIA REUBEN, ELISABETH ROHM, JUSTINA MACHADO,
BARRY WATSON, SKYLER SAMUELS AND MANY OTHERS

August 25, 2021 (Los Angeles, CA) – As summer comes to an end, Lifetime ensures the fall is full of excitement with new premieres every weekend, starting on Labor Day, Sept 6th with the premiere of Harry & Meghan: Escaping the Palace. Presenting stories that entertain, intrigue and inform, the fall slate features top names like Jill Scott and Barry Watson in the Highway to Heaven reboot, to Heather Locklear and Meghan McCain in Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff and Shannen Doherty and Kelly Hu in List of a Lifetime, and more.

Full Fall Schedule and Descriptions Below.  All times at 8pm/7c.

Sept 6            Harry & Meghan: Escaping the Palace
                       (Sydney Morton, Jordan Dean)

Sept 18          Imperfect High
(Sherri Shepherd, Nia Sioux)

Sept 24          Dying to Marry Him
(Only on Lifetime Movie Club)


Oct 2              The Good Father: The Martin MacNeill Story
                       (Tom Everett Scott, Anwen O’ Driscoll, Charisma Carpenter, EP Nancy Grace)

Oct 9              Dying to Belong
(Shannen Doherty, Favour Onwuka, Jenika Rose)

Oct 10            List of a Lifetime
                       (Kelly Hu, Sylvia Kawn, Shannen Doherty, Patricia Velasquez)

Oct 16            Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff
                       (Heather Locklear, Natasha Bure, EP Meghan McCain, Kris Carlson)

Oct 17            Fighting for Her Life

Oct 23            Switched Before Birth
                        (Justina Machado, Skyler Samuels, director Elisabeth Rohm)

Oct 24            The Fight That Never Ends

Oct 30            Torn From Her Arms
(Judy Reyes, Gloria Reuben, Fatima Molina)

Nov 6             Highway to Heaven
(Jill Scott, Barry Watson)

Lifetime’s popular annual It’s a Wonderful Lifetime holiday lineup will begin following the fall movies.

The Good Father: The Martin MacNeill Story
Premieres October 2 at 8/7c

Based on actual events, The Good Father tells the story of Dr. MacNeill (Tom Everett Scott) and the incredible life he led with his former beauty queen wife, Michele (Charisma Carpenter) and their eight children.  A pillar of the community, he was respected and loved by all especially by his daughter Alexis (Anwen O’Driscoll) who adored him and even wanted to follow in his footsteps to become a doctor.  But everything soon changes after Dr. MacNeill convinces Michele to have plastic surgery, ultimately leading to her drowning while on prescription medication.  Just a few short weeks after his wife’s suspicious death, Dr. MacNeill brings home Gypsy Willis, a new live-in “nanny” for his children but who is in actuality his mistress. Shocked by her father’s actions, Alexis begins to question everything she has known about him and discovers the depth of his lies, including his bogus medical credentials, falsified military records, and that the man and good doctor she once revered, was capable of murder.

The Good Father: The Martin MacNeill Story is produced by Good Doctor Films Inc. for Lifetime. Nancy Grace and bestselling author Josh Sabarra executive produce alongside Howard Braunstein. Annie Bradley directs from a script written by John Fasano and Abdi Nazemian

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Some of the cast of "La Brea" on NBC

Interview with actors of “La Brea” on NBC by Suzanne 9/13/21

This was another TCA Summer Press panel – this time for the NBC show “La Brea” that premieres 9/29. It was a fairly large panel, with showrunner David Appelbaum, actors Natalie Zea, Zyra Gorecki, Eoin Macken, Jack Martin, Chiké Okonkwo and Jon Seda. I saw the first episode and really loved it. I look forward to more. I think NBC is really hoping it does well, from what I can tell.

The problem with a panel this large, though, is that when there are so many people asking questions in a limited time… some actors never get asked a question. Everyone wants to talk to the stars they know, or ask the showrunner story questions. This is especially true when most of us only get to ask one question.

For instance, my question was for star Natalie Zea, whom I’ve enjoyed watching for years ever since I saw her on “Passions.” She’s gone on to many great roles in “Justified,” “Under the Dome,” “The Following” and “Detour.” This is her first dramatic starring role, I believe. I observed that her character seems very smart and asked if she could tell us what she does for a living (as they never say in the pilot episode we saw). She replied, “She’s an office manager. I do know that. I don’t know what an office manager does, but I know that she’s probably really good at it. But I think her smarts are — I think she’s got a lot of street smarts because of how she grew up, which we’re going to find out about that later. But she gets to use a lot of stuff that’s been sort of dormant in her for a little while, and it’s great to get to sort of watch that unfold throughout the season.”

Another reporter asked star Jon Seda if he was just ready for a change from cop dramas to something different, and he asked if it was difficult for him, when “chaos erupts” in the first episode, not to just go into cop mode and help everyone. I thought that was an odd question because of course, he’s just an actor. He’s going to do whatever the script tells him to do. He plays a doctor in this show, not a cop.

Seda agree that it’s a very different show but explained that he’s just glad to be part of such an exciting show that has adventure, mystery and drama. For the second part of his answer, he added that his character is “not exactly [in] cop mode, but I think Dr. Sam does tend to want to help as many people as he can.”

The next press person asked whether any of the show was filmed in La Brea (since they’re shooting most of the show in Australia). Producer Applebaum answered that they only did one shot in La Brea. The rest was shot in Melbourne.

I thought that the next question was really interesting. He told Applebaum that he “was fascinated” by the pilot episode, but he felt the same way about previous NBC scifi shows Manifest and Debris, both of which were canceled (although, to be fair, the first show did have 3 good years). He said that “commercial networks” have done that a lot. I would actually say he’s wrong about that because it’s done by almost all networks, and has been for the past 50 years, and not just commercial networks. Even HBO, Showtime, Netflix, Hulu and others cancel shows after one season. The broadcast networks get a bad rap. Anyway, he asked if he planned to give viewers the idea that they will explain things or wrap the show before the end. Which, by the way, is not a question you should be asking of a show before they even air.

Applebaum gave the best answer he could for such a ridiculous question. He said they’re just trying to make the best show they can, which should be entertaining and emotional. He doesn’t think about cancelation because it’s not his decision. He just focuses on “trying to garner an enthusiastic fan base” from fans of this genre.

Another journalist asked the actors to talk about what made the roles attractive for them. Martin observed that his character, Jack, is just finishing high school and about to go to college, which is an important point in his life, for his development and maturation. The setting we see in the show (after they fall through the tarpits into their mysterious world) is that we get to see people who they really are. The situation is raw and exposes people for who they really are, unfilted. He finds that exciting.

Mackin agrees with Martin, finding the human relationships most interesting. They’re all thrown into a difficult situation (one that is “unfathomable”) and then they have to find their family and solve their “personal issues.” His character, Jon, and his daughter, are trying to figure out if the others are alive and how they can get to them. It puts a strain on them and shows how they would cope.

Gorecki added that she really enjoyed that as well. Gorecki, like her character, Izzy, is an amputee. She liked that the show focuses less on that and more on how she goes from being “just a regular kid with regular kid issues to having to become a hero and having to work with her dad to save her whole family and save everyone.”

Zea is used to roles where she’s linked to a husband as her primary identity. In this role, even though she’s an ex-wife and mom, that’s not her main purpose in the story. Her story is about how she’s “navigating this world as opposed to what my relationship is with my significant other.” Even in this modern age, it’s a fresh role for her to be able to do that.

Okonkwo likes how the show is diverse, since it starts in L.A. They’re just people on their morning commute on Wilshire, but it’s just a real cross section. There’s obviously Americans. There’s a Brit. There’s Australians. There’s a whole cross section of society. And throwing those people together in this primeval world and seeing how they survive, how they relate to one another. Do they devolve or do they rise to the challenge and really support and help each other? That was a real core of the human journey on this show that I was really excited about and that we’re really, I think, all of us enjoyed being a part of it. Because it’s really heightened.” He added that he’s excited about how both the characters above, and the ones in “the hole” go through “this great, incredible journey through the course of this season.”

Seda loves his role because he has so many components, being a “former Navy Seal, doctor, father, husband,” plus he loves shows with action and adventure. There’s a lot of layers and things for an actor to work with.

The panel was also asked, for those who live in L.A., whether they’d “ever had a particularly alarming encounter with a sinkhole?” That was a funny question.

Okonkwo shared, “I actually have. I haven’t told this story. But there was a load of rain about two years ago, at the beginning of the year. And I used to live in Studio City. And across the street from me, a Toyota Prius (no less) sunk into the ground. It was about 6 feet, but it was still quite alarming. So, it just went. It dropped down into the ground. And they had to cordon off the street and tow… grab this Prius out of this hole.

Zea asked him if he’d used this moment as a “sense memory” for his acting. He acknowledged that he had. He had previously wanted to keep it to himself, but now he’s happy to share it. After that, some of the other actors joked around about his experience.

Applebaum was asked about how he came up with the story. He confided that he just had an image that he couldn’t get out of his head of a sinkhole opening up in L.A. He really wanted to start a show that way because he knew it hadn’t been done before and would be very dramatic. Then he had to come up with all of the rest of the story about why it opens, where it leads, and who falls into it. He used this to start creating the “world of characters in situations. And then from there, you know, a thousand other things happen, but it really just started with an image.” Macken joked that it must have been him in the Prius, so Applebaum jokingly replied that it was him.

Another writer asked those who live in L.A. what it was like doing this show, if it had scared them or whether it gave them nightmares.

Zea replied with a joke, sarcastically saying, “No. But thanks for getting that in the old craw, because now I will have nightmares.”

Macken compared it to how people there act when there’s an earthquake. There might be a small tremor, and it gives you pause, but then if nothing else happens, you go about your business. He thought perhaps next time there’s an earthquake, being on this show might give them pause.

Applebaum asked if he got the idea for show while stuck in traffic and whether he was influenced by classic fantasy writer Jules Verne. Applebaum replied thoughtfully that he’s really more influenced by various “action-adventure movies, certainly Spielberg movies,” although he does enjoy Jules Verne.

Another reporter asked Applebaum a similar question about whether they’ll see parts of L.A. in future episodes. Applebaum answered that even though they don’t shoot in L.A., it’s definitely a character in the show. Although a large part of the action does occur down in the primeval world, quite a bit is above the tarpits in the modern world.

Another member of the press asked if anyone there believed in time traveling, since this show hints that it might have that element. Applebaum isn’t sure that it could exist, but he thinks it’s a fascinating question. He loves time travel fiction, and so do his co-showrunners Bryan Wynbrandt and Steven Lilien. All of the actors agree that it’s possible. Martin joked that Applebaum was sent to them from the future, and there was more joking after that. It was a pretty silly question, so they dealt with it well.

Applebaum was also asked about what his pitch to the networks about the show was like.

He told us, “I first brought the idea to Peter Traugott and Rachel Kaplan and Asher Landay. The main selling point was there’s certainly this spectacle of people surviving in a strange and primeval land that has scope and scale. But, really, what’s at the heart of it all is this family that is torn apart by this sinkhole. And it’s that emotional connection to the show, which, I think, is what people responded to the most. A lot of shows, there can be lots of ideas that are big and noisy. But I think without that deep, emotional connection at the heart of it, people wouldn’t have responded to it. And I think that’s something that we try to keep at the heart of the all the episodes, is this emotional story we’re telling about this family but also the emotional story of all the survivors who are down in the sinkhole as they’re trying to figure out how to get home and also how to survive in this place.”

Another journalist asked whether Applebaum has a planned ending for the show, or does he take it on a more “week-by-week, season-by-season basis.” Of course, he answered that you do have to think ahead and plan, since dramas nowadays are all serialized. He maintains that what you do in the first episode sets up things you see in later episodes. Although he pitched the show to NBC over 2 years ago, they were shut down by the pandemic, so it gave them a “really long gestation and development process” which benefited the storytelling. They “opened up a writers’ room. And Steven and Bryan and all these other great writers came on board.”

A correspondent asked Okonkwo about his involvement with the Calm app because his stories on the app have been “life changing.” He also asked about working with green screens for the creatures on the show, and whether it’s harder than working with a real actor. Okonkwo was happy to hear this because he loves his work with the Calm app and that it’s helped so many, especially the past few years. He’s done a lot of voice work, so that’s why he was hired to work with the app. Others have told him the same thing, “it genuinely warms my heart, because it’s — I’ve never been a great sleeper, and it’s really nice to know that you’re helping people with my soporific voice to fall asleep during a tough time.”

Martin answered the green screen question, saying that a lot of what they do is real, not green screen. He talks about the great job they’ve done with the sets, which makes it feel very real.

Zea said that they’re all working with real people. The only non-entities are the animals, which they wouldn’t have worked with, anyway (since they’re prehistoric). They really have nothing to compare it to, she added.

Okonkwo did chime back in to say, “We did have a great moment at the end of the first episode, which I won’t give away. But because you can’t have those real animals, which are sometimes dangerous and sometimes extinct, we had a guy in a full blue outfit creeping through the sort of brush. And, so, for Jon, myself, and Natalie to keep a straight face when there’s a guy in blue Lycra pretending to be a dangerous animal was some of the best acting I’ve ever seen.”

From what Zea and Okonkwo said, they weren’t told ahead of time about the guy pretending to be an animal. It was a surprise. Macken and Gorecki jokingly complained that all they got to see were birds.

Another journalist asked them to compare their COVID-19 experiences as humans with what the characters are going through. Applebaum said that “one of the really important parts of the show is that even though it’s in the sci-fi genre and there’s an escapist element is that we are relating the themes of the show to what’s happening in the real world. A lot of the show is about this group of survivors who are down in this strange land, about how they come together, or don’t, in order to survive. So, I think the problems that they have in the real world come with them. So even though we are operating in a made-up world, we do want it to feel real and relatable to what people are going through on a daily basis.”

Macken added in his point of view that the characters are “suddenly faced with this feeling of helplessness, of not being able to help your family, and also not knowing what’s going on,” which is what a lot of us experienced with the pandemic.

Another press person asked if any of them had been to the real La Brea Tar Pits and whether they found them interesting. Martin said that he and his castmate Veronica St. Clair (who was not on the panel) visited and they were “blown away.”He added, “it is unbelievable to see, if you haven’t ever been. I mean, it’s like all of these prehistoric animals that are preserved in tar and their bones have been sitting there for thousands and thousands of years. It’s pretty amazing.” Okonkwo had the same experience when he visited. He’s glad that their show is able to take the audience on a journey through that world.

Zea had been there with her family but found it to be disappointing. Macken found it fascinating, and it reminded hime of “Jurassic Park.” Martin thinks it would be great if they were able to bring the dinosaurs back the way they did in those movies. Zea agreed with that, saying, “That would be a spectacle. That would be cool. I would get it’s then.” Martin joked that they should do that in Season 2.

Another reporter asked which part of the primeval they were in because it’s a “pretty large span of time.” That was a very good question, but of course Applebaum wouldn’t give that much detail. He explained that it’s a surprise in the show that the audience will find out when they watch. However, that will bring up “more mysteries and more questions.”

MORE INFO:

An epic adventure begins when a massive sinkhole opens in the middle of Los Angeles, pulling hundreds of people and buildings into its depths. Those who fell in find themselves in a mysterious and dangerous primeval land, where they have no choice but to band together to survive. Meanwhile, the rest of the world desperately seeks to understand what happened. In the search for answers, one family torn apart by this disaster will have to unlock the secrets of this inexplicable event to find a way back to each other.

The cast includes Natalie Zea, Eoin Macken, Jon Seda, Nicholas Gonzalez, Chiké Okonkwo, Karina Logue, Zyra Gorecki, Jack Martin, Veronica St. Clair, Rohan Mirchandaney, Lily Santiago, Josh McKenzie and Chloe De Los Santos.

Writer David Appelbaum executive produces with Avi Nir, Alon Shtruzman, Peter Traugott, Rachel Kaplan, Steven Lilien, Bryan Wynbrandt, Ken Woodruff, Arika Lisanne Mittman and Adam Davidson.

David Applebaum, La Brea Creator

“La Brea” is produced by Universal Television, a division of Universal Studio Group, in association with Keshet Studios.

David Appelbaum

Executive Producer, “La Brea”

David Appelbaum is the creator and executive producer of the new NBC drama “La Brea.”

Appelbaum was a co-executive producer on “The Enemy Within” and previously was a co-executive producer on “Wisdom of the Crowd” as well as a co-executive producer on “NCIS: New Orleans.”

Appelbaum began his career on “The Mentalist” where he spent four seasons on staff.

Eve Harris, “La Brea”

Natalie Zea portrays Eve Harris on the new NBC drama “La Brea.”

Zea recently co-starred on the TBS hit comedy “The Detour” and in the indie film “Happily,” starring Joel McHale, Paul Scheer and Stephen Root.

Best known to television audiences for her memorable role as Winona Hawkins on FX’s original series “Justified” (which she continued to guest on for two additional seasons while starring opposite Kevin Bacon on “The Following”), Zea has also been seen in Showtime’s “White Famous,” CBS’ “Under the Dome,” Showtime’s “Californication” and HBO’s “Hung.” Other television credits include “The Shield” and “Dirty Sexy Money.”

Zea recently starred in the independent films “Too Late,” “Grey Lady” and appeared in “The Other Guys” with Will Ferrell.

Originally from Texas, Zea made her way to New York where she earned a scholarship to the prestigious American Music and Dramatic Academy. After completing the program in only two years, Zea landed a role as part of the original cast of Kimberly Peirce’s 1995 short “Boys Don’t Cry,” which later evolved into the Academy Award-winning film by the same name.

Having never lost her love of theater, Zea helped develop Los Angeles’ reputable Lone Star Ensemble, a theater company in which she serves on the Board of Directors. She has a 3-year old daughter with her husband, actor Travis Schuldt, and lives in Los Angeles.

Jon SedaJon Seda

Dr. Samuel Velez, “La Brea”

Jon Seda stars as Dr. Samuel Velez in the new NBC drama “La Brea.”

Seda completed a six-season run on NBC’s “Chicago P.D.” where he had reprised his role as Antonio Dawson, a member of the Chicago P.D. Intelligence Unit.

A New Jersey native and amateur boxer, Seda hung up his gloves in 1992 when he made his screen debut as a fighter in “Gladiator.” Throughout the ’90s, Seda’s star rose through the films “Carlito’s Way” and “Twelve Monkeys,” though it wasn’t until he appeared in NBC’s “Homicide: Life on the Streets” that Hollywood took serious notice. In 1996, Seda received critical acclaim at the Cannes Film Festival for his role in the film “The Sunchaser,” opposite Woody Harrelson. Seda played the love interest of Jennifer Lopez in the film “Selena,” based on the true story.

His television credits include series regular roles on “Kevin Hill” and “Close to Home” and recurring roles on “Ghost Whisperer” and “Oz.” Seda has also guest-starred on many shows, including “Chicago Fire,” “Hawaii Five-0,” “The Closer,” “Burn Notice,” “House,” “NYPD Blue,” “Las Vegas” and “Law & Order: SVU,” among many others. In 2010, Seda appeared in the Emmy Award-winning HBO World War II miniseries “The Pacific,” starring as legendary U.S. Marine Jon Basilone. He later joined the cast of the acclaimed HBO series “Treme” as a series regular.

Eoin MackenEoin Macken

Gavin Harris, “La Brea”

Eoin Macken plays Gavin Harris on the new NBC drama “La Brea.”

Macken was recently seen starring opposite Megan Fox in the horror-thriller feature “Till Death” and wrapped shooting the lead role opposite Elisha Cuthbert in the Ireland-set-horror film, “The Cellar,” written and directed by Brendan Muldowney. He also wrote, directed and produced the independent film “Gray Elephant,” which was shot last year during COVID lockdown.

Macken’s TV credits include “Stumptown,” “The Night Shift,” “Nightflyers,” “Killing Jesus,” “Merlin” and “The Tudors.” On the film side, Macken’s credits include “Close,” “The Hole in the Ground,” “Here Are the Young Men,” “Resident Evil: The Final Chapter” and “The Forest.”

As

Zyra Gorecki

a novelist, Macken has published two books: “Kingdom of Scars,” which was short listed for the Bord Gais Energy Irish Book Awards in 2014, and “Hunger and the Grape,” which is being distributed through Amazon.

Zyra Gorecki

Izzy Harris, “La Brea”

Zyra Gorecki stars as Izzy Harris on the new NBC drama series “La Brea.”

Gorecki is one of the first below-the-knee amputee actresses with a series regular role in a major broadcast television series. Gorecki is involved with the non-profit organization Amputee Blade Runners that helps provide free running prosthetics for amputees.

In addition to her acting career, which includes guest-starring on “Chicago Fire,” Gorecki is an avid runner and skilled athlete who is passionate about living and promoting a sustainable lifestyle.

Chiké OkonkwoChiké Okonkwo

Ty, “La Brea”

Chiké Okonkwo plays Ty in the new NBC drama “La Brea.”

Okonkwo, best known for his role in “The Birth of a Nation,” is an award-winning actor who will be the lead and cover star of a highly anticipated global video game franchise set to be announced later this year.

He was most recently co-star of the film “Death Saved My Life” and BET’s hit series “Being Mary Jane” with Gabrielle Union. He also starred in the British indie film “Genesis.”

Hailing from London, his dream of being an actor began when he was accepted to both the National Youth Theatre and the National Youth Music Theatre. He started his professional career working at the Royal National Theatre and the Royal Shakespeare Company, where he performed in a number of plays, most notably “Julius Caesar,” which ended its award-winning run in New York in 2013.

His activism focuses on community banking in his role as ambassador for One United Bank, the largest Black-owned bank in the United States. Okonkwo is an advocate for the eradication of child poverty with the Children’s Defense Fund. He is also a proud member of the Master Artist Council of the Arthur Miller Foundation, alongside Daniel Day-Lewis, Scarlett Johansson and others.

Jack MartinJack Martin

Josh Harris, “La Brea”

Jack Martin stars as Josh Harris in the new NBC drama “La Brea.”

A Los Angeles-based, actor, writer, and comedian, Martin was most recently seen on CBS’ “All Rise.”

After posting his sketch comedy online during quarantine when the industry was on hold, he exploded on the Internet with his self-produced videos, gaining hundreds of thousands of followers across multiple platforms.

Fresh out of Georgetown University, Martin also studied at New York University’s Tisch Stonestreet Studios Film & TV conservatory, an intensive program focused on screen acting. He had also studied acting and the business side of entertainment through various talent management internships before realizing he was better suited in front of the camera, than behind it.

Martin’s self-referential sense of humor brings something unique to every video he makes. He knows who he is and is not afraid to poke fun at himself.

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  • ABC The Rookie: SEASON PREMIERE – Life and Death (9/26) Show More
    “Life and Death” – Officer Nolan and the entire team race against the clock to locate Lopez after she is kidnapped on her wedding day, not only to save her life but her unborn child’s, on the season four premiere of “The Rookie,” SUNDAY, SEPT. 26 (10:00-11:00 p.m. EDT), on ABC. (TV-14, V)
    Guest starring is Camille Guaty as Sandra “La Fiera” De La Cruz, Kamar De Los Reyes as Detective Sgt. Ryan Caradine and Kyle Secor as Agent Sam Taggart.
    “Life and Death” was written by Alexi Hawley and directed by Bill Roe. Promo
  • ABC The Good Doctor: SEASON PREMIERE – New Beginnings (9/27) Show More
    “New Beginnings” – Shaun and Lea’s upcoming engagement party has everyone in a festive mood after their return from Guatemala. Meanwhile, a young single mother learns her son may have contracted his cancer from a surprising source, and Mateo finds out if his previous issues in America will be resolved on the season premiere of “The Good Doctor,” MONDAY, SEPT. 27 (10:01-11:00 p.m. EDT), on ABC.
    Guest starring is Rachel Bay Jones as Salen Morrison.
    “New Beginnings” was written by David Shore and Liz Friedman, and directed by Mike Listo. Promo
  • ABC The Goldbergs: Horse Play (9/29) Show More
    “Horse Play” – Adam is ready to leave the struggles of his high school years behind him but is distraught to discover he’s been waitlisted at NYU while his girlfriend Brea has been accepted, along with his mom Beverly – who surprises everyone by admitting she applied to the same school. Adam courts the NYU dean of admissions, hoping she will change her mind on his deferral. Meanwhile, Erica, Geoff, Barry and Joanne create their own plan to convince Geoff’s dad, Lou, that Erica had nothing to do with a past incident involving his prized porcelain horses on a new episode of “The Goldbergs,” airing WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 29 (8:00-8:30 p.m. EDT), on ABC. Promo
  • ABC The Wonder Years: Green Eyed Monster (9/29) Show More
    “Green Eyed Monster” – While Dean reckons with his first taste of heartbreak and betrayal, the adults in his life are overly empathetic and assume his grief is from mourning current events. Dean milks the special treatment and uses it to his advantage – and his family shows their support for him in their own unique ways; Kim invites him to join her at a local activist rally, while Bill and Dean bond during a fishing trip a new episode of “The Wonder Years,” airing WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 29 (8:00-8:30 p.m. EDT), on ABC. 
  • ABC The Conners: SEASON PREMIERE – Education, Corruption, and Damnation (9/29) Show More
    “Education, Corruption, and Damnation” – After Ben declines Darlene’s proposal, she starts to ponder why she tends to be so negative in life, prompting her to start a journey of self-discovery which leads to Pastor Phil. Meanwhile, newly appointed City Councilman Don Blansky puts Jackie in a tough position as she and Neville are ready to open the new and improved Lunch Box on “The Conners,” WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 29 (9:00-9:31 p.m. EDT), on ABC.
    Guest starring is Jason Alexander as Pastor Phil, Nat Faxon as Neville and Patton Oswalt as Don Blansky. Promo
  • ABC Home Economics: Chorizo with Mojo Verde and Chicharrón, $45 (9/29) Show More
    “Chorizo with Mojo Verde and Chicharrón, $45” – Things get a little hot in the kitchen when Tom considers ghostwriting a memoir for a celebrity chef. Connor starts dating a woke friend of Sarah and Denise’s who makes a surprising impact on him on an all-new episode of “Home Economics,” WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 29 (9:31-10:00 p.m. EDT), on ABC.
    Recurring is Nicole Byer as Amanda and guest starring Roselyn Sanchez as Sofía and Anna Akana as Lindsay.
    “Chorizo with Mojo Verde and Chicharrón, $45” was written by Tucker Cawley and directed by Randall Winston. 
  • ABC A Million Little Things: not the plan (9/29) Show More
    “not the plan” – Gary takes steps forward with Darcy and continues to distance himself from anything involving Peter. Rome makes an effort to distract Regina from her job search, which may be looking up after all. Maggie adjusts to a new work environment, while Katherine entertains a new friend; and Eddie makes progress in more ways than one on “A Million Little Things,” airing WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 29 (10:00-11:00 p.m. EDT), on ABC. Promo
  • ABC Station 19: SEASON PREMIERE – Phoenix from the Flame (9/30) Show More
    “Phoenix from the Flame” – Relationships are challenged at Station 19 following Sullivan’s actions at Maya and Carina’s wedding, putting his marriage with Andy to the test. Dean comes to terms with his feelings for Vic, while Travis rekindles an old flame. The annual Phoenix Festival brings out some reckless behavior in some of Seattle’s citizens, challenging the teams at Station 19 and Grey Sloan Memorial in the season premiere of “Station 19,” THURSDAY, SEPT. 30 (8:00-9:00 p.m. EDT), on ABC. Promo
    “Here Comes the Sun” – As the city of Seattle revels at the Phoenix Fair celebrating the city’s rebirth post-COVID, the Grey Sloan doctors treat a patient who encounters illegal fireworks. Meanwhile, Bailey has her sights set on hiring new doctors, but she’s having trouble finding viable options. Owen and Teddy attempt to take the next step in their engagement, and Meredith has a surprising opportunity when she meets a dynamic doctor from her mother‘s past on the season premiere of “Grey’s Anatomy,” airing THURSDAY, SEPT. 30 (9:00-10:01 p.m. EDT), on ABC. Episodes can also be viewed the next day on demand and on Hulu.
    Guest starring is Kate Burton as Ellis Grey and Peter Gallagher as Dr. David Hamilton. Promo
    “Wakey Wakey” – After Ronald’s escape, Cassie distracts herself with work at Dewell & Hoyt while Jenny, recovering from her near-death experience, decides to take Sheriff Tubb up on his offer for her to rejoin the force. Yet, even as these two seem to move in different directions, it won’t be long before a mysterious accident leads them to cross paths. Elsewhere, Ronald is wrapped up in something he can’t get out of but who did the wrapping? The season premiere of “Big Sky” airs THURSDAY, SEPT. 30 (10:01-11:00 p.m. EDT) on ABC. (TV-14, DLSV)
    Guest starring is Logan Marshall Green as Travis, Patrick Gallagher as Sheriff Walter Tubb, Madelyn Kientz as Max, Arturo Del Puerto as T-Lock, T.V. Carpio as Rachel, Troy Leigh-Anne Johnson as Harper, Lola Skye Reid as Madison, Michael Malarkey as Deputy Harvey, Jeremy Ray Taylor as Bridger and Andreas Apergis as Trooper Dewey.
    “Wakey Wakey” was written by Elwood Reid and directed by Jeff T. Thomas. Promo
  • Adult Swim/Cartoon Network TEENAGE EUTHANASIA – Monday, September 27 Show More
    The Bad Bang Theory – Trophy and Baba get arrested and compete for a pardon; Pete tries to teach Annie how to cry. Promo
  • AMC The Walking Dead – Sunday, September 26, 9:00PM Show More
    Promises Broken
    Maggie and Elijah learn a new survival tactic from Negan; Eugene’s group clears walkers to pay their fines; Yumiko interviews for an upper-class job; Daryl learns more about Leah and the Reapers; Gabriel encounters a man of God. Promo
  • CBS THE NEIGHBORHOOD – Monday, September 27 Show More
    CALVIN AND DAVE STEP UP TO HELP A STRUGGLING MEMBER OF THE COMMUNITY, ON “THE NEIGHBORHOOD,” MONDAY, SEPT. 27
    “Welcome To The Intervention” – When a member of the community’s behavior becomes increasingly erratic, Calvin and Dave step up to help. Also, Marty undergoes a dramatic makeover to impress a longtime crush, on THE NEIGHBORHOOD, Monday, Sept. 27 (8:00-8:30 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network, and available to stream live and on demand on Paramount+.
    WRITTEN BY: Sa’Rah L. Jones
    DIRECTED BY: Victor Gonzalez Promo
  • CBS BOB ♥ ABISHOLA – Monday, September 27 Show More
    WITH A TRADITIONAL NIGERIAN WEDDING APPROACHING, THE WHEELERS ARE FORMALLY INTRODUCED TO ABISHOLA’S FAMILY, AND BOB SETS OUT TO THE MARKET TO FULFILL ABISHOLA’S BRIDE PRICE, ON “BOB ♥ ABISHOLA,” MONDAY, SEPT. 27
    “Bowango” – It’s wedding time! With a traditional Nigerian wedding approaching, the Wheelers are formally introduced to Abishola’s family. Also, while Bob sets out to the market to fulfill Abishola’s bride price to demonstrate his serious intentions of marrying her, Abishola tries to keep the peace between her mother and Auntie Olu, on BOB ♥ ABISHOLA, Monday, Sept. 27 (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 Marla DuMont
    TELEPLAY BY: Matt Ross, Gloria Bigelow and Dave Pilson
    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 “NCIS,” MONDAY, SEPT. 27
    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, Sept. 27 (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.
    WRITTEN BY: Scott Williams
    DIRECTED BY: Terrence O’Hara Promo
    TENNANT AND NCIS MUST TAKE DOWN A NOTORIOUS TEAM OF THIEVES USING WWII EXPLOSIVES ON ARMORED TRUCKS BEFORE THEY COMPLETE THEIR FINAL BIG JOB, ON “NCIS: HAWAI`I,” MONDAY, SEPT. 27
    “Boom” – Tennant and NCIS must take down a notorious team of international thieves using WWII explosives on armored trucks before they complete their final big job and disappear. Also, Kai searches for a new place to live; Lucy and Whistler have a standoff about their previous encounter; and Ernie’s mission in the field is more alarming than he expected, on NCIS: HAWAI`I, Monday, Sept. 27 (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 and Christopher Silber
    DIRECTED BY: Larry Teng 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 “FBI,” TUESDAY, SEPT. 28
    “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, Sept. 28 (8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network, and available to stream live and on demand on Paramount+.
    WRITTEN BY: Claire Demorest
    DIRECTED BY: Jean De Segonzac Promo
  • CBS FBI: INTERNATIONAL – Tuesday, September 28 Show More
    THE INTERNATIONAL FLY TEAM IS CALLED TO INVESTIGATE A KIDNAPPING, AFTER A YOUNG MOTHER FLEES TO HUNGARY WITH HER SON IN THE AFTERMATH OF AN UNFAVORABLE CUSTODY BATTLE IN THE U.S., ON “FBI: INTERNATIONAL,” TUESDAY, SEPT. 28
    Jeremy Sisto from “FBI” Guest Stars
    “The Edge” – The International Fly Team is called on when a young mother flees to Hungary with her son, after losing partial custody of her son in the U.S. However, after the boy is kidnapped from his mother in broad daylight in Budapest, the team questions which parent is the danger in the child’s life, on FBI: INTERNATIONAL, Tuesday, Sept. 28 (9:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network, and available to stream live and on demand on Paramount+. Jeremy Sisto from FBI guest stars.
    WRITTEN BY: Derek Haas
    DIRECTED BY: Michael Katleman Promo
  • CBS FBI: MOST WANTED – Tuesday, September 28 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 “FBI: MOST WANTED,” TUESDAY, SEPT. 28
    “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, Sept. 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: Richard Sweren
    DIRECTED BY: Peter Stebbings Promo
  • CBS S.W.A.T. – Friday, October 1 Show More
    HONDO RETREATS TO MEXICO TO PONDER HIS FUTURE AND FINDS HIMSELF DRAWN INTO A LOCAL FAMILY’S FIGHT FOR JUSTICE, ON THE SEASON PREMIERE OF “S.W.A.T.,” FRIDAY, OCT. 1
    “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., Friday, Oct. 1 (8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network, and available to stream live and on demand on Paramount+.
    WRITTEN BY: Mellori Velasquez
    DIRECTED BY: Billy Gierhart Promo
  • CBS MAGNUM P.I. – Friday, October 1 Show More
    AS MAGNUM TRIES TO KEEP HIS NEW RELATIONSHIP A SECRET AND HANDLES CASES SOLO WHILE HIGGINS IS ABROAD, HE IS TASKED WITH FINDING A SINGLE MOM BEING HUNTED BY TWO DANGEROUS GANGS, ON THE FOURTH SEASON PREMIERE OF “MAGNUM P.I.,” FRIDAY, OCT. 1
    “Island Vibes” – As Magnum tries to keep his new relationship a secret and handles cases solo while Higgins is away, he is tasked with finding a single mom being hunted by two very dangerous gangs. Also, while Higgins is abroad with Ethan, a misstep forces her to assist an old employer, and Rick gets some bad, but also very, very good news, on the fourth season premiere of MAGNUM P.I., Friday, Oct. 1 (9:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network, and available to stream live and on demand on Paramount+.
    WRITTEN BY: Eric Guggenheim & Gene Hong
    DIRECTED BY: Bryan Spicer Promo
  • CBS BLUE BLOODS – Friday, October 1 Show More
    AS DANNY CONSULTS A PSYCHIC TO SOLVE THE MURDER OF A YOUNG BOY, FRANK IS AT ODDS WITH THE MAYOR OVER HOW BEST TO PROTECT THE CITY FROM AN UPTICK IN CRIME FOLLOWING A HIGH-PROFILE SHOOTING, ON “BLUE BLOODS,” FRIDAY, OCT. 1
    Callie Thorne Returns as Psychic Medium Maggie Gibson
    and Dylan Walsh Guest Stars as Mayor Peter Chase
    “Hate is Hate” – As Danny consults a psychic to solve the murder of a young boy, Frank is at odds with the mayor over how best to protect the city from an uptick in crime following a high-profile shooting. Also, Erin investigates a decades-old case in which the primary eyewitness to the killing is her boss, D.A. Kimberly Crawford (Roslyn Ruff), who was 13 years old at the time, on the 12th season premiere of BLUE BLOODS, Friday, Oct. 1 (10:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network, and available to stream live and on demand on Paramount+. Callie Thorne returns as psychic medium Maggie Gibson and Dylan Walsh guest stars as Mayor Peter Chase.
    WRITTEN BY: Siobhan Byrne O’Connor
    DIRECTED BY: David Barrett Promo
  • Comedy Central Awkwafina is Nora From Queens – Wednesday, September 29, 10:00PM Show More
    Shadow Acting – Nora inadvertently becomes an actor, Wally has a revelation after catching up with old friends, and Edmund decides to pursue his dreams.
  • The CW Wellington Paranormal – Sunday, September 26 Show More
    “Mobots” – (9:00-9:30 p.m. ET) (TV-14) (HDTV)
    SEASON FINALE – Officer Minogue (Mike Minogue) meets Officer O’Leary’s (Karen O’Leary) mom when they use “Mrs. Mom’s” (Lynda Topp) house for a stakeout to investigate why a mass quantity of obsolete electronics go missing. Also starring Maaka Pohatu. Jemaine Clement wrote and directed the episode (#206). Original airdate 9/26/21. Every episode of WELLINGTON PARANORMAL 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 Roswell, New Mexico – Monday, September 27 Show More
    “Angels of the Silences” – (8:00-9:00 p.m. ET) (TV-14, LSV) (HDTV)
    SINNERS AND SAVIORS – Liz (Jeanine Mason) and Max (Nathan Dean) race to find Heath (guest star Steven Krueger) in the hopes that he can help find a way to get Jones out of Max’s body. Meanwhile, Michael (Michael Vlamis) and Isobel (Lily Cowles) try to get through to Dallas (guest star Quentin Plair). The episode was directed by Laura Petzke and written by Danny Tolli & Onalee Hunter Hughes (#310). Original airdate 9/27/2021. Promo
  • The CW DC’s Stargirl – Tuesday, September 28 Show More
    “Summer School: Chapter Eight” – (8:00-9:00 p.m. ET) (TV-14, LV) (HDTV)
    SECOND CHANCES – With his world crashing down around him, Rick (Cameron Gellman) focuses his attention on protecting Solomon Grundy after learning hunters are after a bear in the woods. Meanwhile, Beth (Anjelika Washington) becomes the target of Eclipso’s (Nick Tarabay) latest plan. Brec Bassinger, Luke Wilson, Amy Smart and Trae Romano also star. Andi Armaganian directed the episode written by Steve Harper (#208). Original airdate 9/28/2021. Every episode of DC’S STARGIRL 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 Gauntlet” – (9:00-10:00 p.m. ET) (TV- PG, LV) (HDTV)
    SUPERGIRL MUST PASS THE TEST OF COURAGE – Supergirl (Melissa Benoist) and team race Nyxly (Peta Sergeant) for control of a magical totem that controls courage. Supergirl and Nyxly battle and each get a piece of the totem but learn the first person to pass the test of courage will gain control of the entire thing. Meanwhile, Lena (Katie McGrath) is still struggling to make sense of her newfound gift. The episode was directed by Tawnia McKiernan with story by Dana Horgan and teleplay by Jay Faerber & Brooke Pohl (#613). Original airdate 9/28/2021. Promo
  • The CW Riverdale – Wednesday, September 29 Show More
    “Chapter Ninety-Four: Next to Normal” – (8:00-9:00 p.m. ET) (TV-PG, L) (HDTV)
    MOTHER’S DAY IN RIVERDALE – Refusing to accept what’s going on around her, Alice (Mädchen Amick) creates an imaginary musical fantasy world in which the Coopers are one big happy family again. But as her mother continues to spiral, Betty (Lili Reinhart) does her best to pull her back to reality. Meanwhile, Tabitha (Erinn Westbrook) ropes Jughead (Cole Sprouse) into a family dinner with her parents, and Veronica (Camila Mendes) and Archie (KJ Apa) make a big decision about their future. Madelaine Petsch, Casey Cott, Vanessa Morgan, Charles Melton and Drew Ray Tanner also star. Ronald Paul Richard directed the episode written by Tessa Leigh Williams (#518). Original airdate 9/29/2021. Promo
  • The CW In The Dark – Wednesday, September 29 Show More
    “Do You Hear What I Hear?” – (9:00-10:00 p.m. ET) (TV-14, DLV) (HDTV)
    CLOSER – As Murphy (Perry Mattfeld) closes in on finding out what happened to Jess (Brooke Markham), Clemens (Matt Murray) and Josh (Theo Bhat) move one step closer to finding Murphy. The episode was directed by Steven Tsuchida and written by Yael Zinkow (312). Original airdate 9/29/2021. Promo
  • The CW Coroner – Thursday, September 30 Show More
    “Round and Round” – (8:00-9:00 p.m. ET) (TV-PG, SV) (HDTV)
    OLD PROBLEMS, NEW WOUNDS – A deceased John Doe forces Jenny (Serinda Swan) and Clark (Mark Taylor) to work together in the world of narcotics and therapy. Liam (Éric Bruneau) seeks a fresh start, while Mac (Roger Cross) takes a day off to spend time with someone special. Also starring Ehren Kassam, Kiley May, Andy McQueen, and Uni Park. Samir Rehem directed the episode written by Shannon Masters (#307). Original airdate 9/30/21. Every episode of CORONER 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 The Outpost – Thursday, September 30 Show More
    “The Betrayer” – (9:00-10:00 p.m. ET) (TV-PG, DLV) (HDTV)
    TRUST – Talon (Jessica Green) and Luna (Maeve Courtier-Lilley) return to the Outpost with a dubious ally. Garret (Jake Stormoen) and Zed (Reece Ritchie) attempt to a descent on the Outpost. Meanwhile, Janzo (Anand Desai-Barochia) and Wren (Izuka Hoyle) devise a plan to save the Kahvi and Talon learns about Aster’s (guest star Gerrard Miller) true plan. The episode was written by Justin Partridge and directed by Milan Todorović (#3B12). Original airdate 9/30/2021. Promo
  • The CW Dynasty – Friday, October 1 Show More
    “Filled With Manipulations and Deceptions” – (9:00-10:00 p.m. ET) (TV-PG, LV) (HDTV)
    SEASON FINALE – Blake (Grant Show) and Cristal (Daniella Alonso) work together on the new obstacles threatening Blake’s senatorial campaign. Fallon (Elizabeth Gillies) turns to Amanda (guest star Eliza Bennett) for help regarding Liam (Adam Huber) and their marriage. Sam (Rafael de la Fuente), Culhane (Robert C. Riley) and Kirby (Maddison Brown) work on the finishing touches for the opening of The Sahara Club, as Sam gets advice from an unexpected source. Alexis (Elaine Hendrix) continues her scheming as Dominique (Michael Michele) worries about Jeff’s (Sam Adegoke) health. Adam (Sam Underwood) finds himself in yet another precarious position. The episode was written by Josh Reims and Garrett Oakley and directed by Pascal Verschooris (#422). Original airdate 10/1/2021. Promo
  • Disney UNDER WRAPS – Friday, October 1, 8:00PM Show More
    The contemporary comedic remake of the 1997 Halloween classic of the same name follows three 12-year-old friends, Marshall, Gilbert and Amy. They happen upon and awaken a mummy, which they affectionately name Harold, and must rush to return him to his resting place before midnight on Halloween. Along the way, the team narrowly escapes a nefarious group of criminals intent on selling the mummy to the highest bidder. When Harold is inevitably captured, Marshall, Gilbert and Amy must band together to stand up to the criminals, face their fears and rescue their new – but rather “ancient” – friend. Starring is Malachi Barton as Marshall, Christian J. Simon as Gilbert, Sophia Hammons as Amy, Phil Wright as Harold, Melanie Brook as Buzzy, Brent Stait as Kubot, Jordana Largy as Diane, Jaime M. Callica as Ted and Karin Konoval as Ravensworth. Produced by MarVista Entertainment, “Under Wraps” is directed by Alex Zamm (R.L. Stine’s “The Haunting Hour: Don’t Think About It,” “Beverly Hills Chihuahua 2”) with Todd Y. Murata (“Sightless,” “Best. Worst. Weekend. Ever.”) and Fernando Szew (“Back of the Net,” “16 Wishes”) as executive producers for MarVista Entertainment. Based on the original movie written by Don Rhymer, the writing team of the remake is Zamm and William Robertson (“Inspector Gadget 2,” “Woody Woodpecker”). Promo
  • Disney The Ghost and Molly McGee – Friday, October 1, 9:35PM Show More
    Original Series – Series Premiere on Disney Channel
    “The Curse/First Day Frights”(9:35-9:58 p.m. EDT)
    “The Curse” – Molly and the McGees move into their forever home, only to discover that it’s already occupied by a grumpy ghost.
    “First Day Frights” – Molly is determined to make a good first impression on her first day of school.
    TV-Y7 Promo
  • Disney ZOMBIES: Addison’s Monster Mystery – Friday, October 1, 10:04PM Show More
    Original Series – Series Premiere on Disney Channel
    “Happy Fall Ball”(10:04-10:07 p.m. EDT)
    Addison is hosting the Seabrook High’s Halloween Fall Ball and is going above and beyond to ensure the event is extra spooky and fun. After she gives the school’s “Shrimpy” mascot costume a makeover using some stones from the Wolf Den, a mysterious power brings the costume to life, like a pink, googly-eyed Frankenstein’s monster. As Monster Shrimpy begins terrorizing Seabrook and smashing everything in his path, Zed will need to work together with Addison to save the Fall Ball … and Seabrook itself.
    TV-G Promo
  • Epix Chapelwaite – Sunday, September 26, 10:00PM Show More
    Hold the Night
    Charles and his family defend Chapelwaite with the help of Constable Dennison and Minister Burroughs. The night tests each character to their emotional limit. Promo
  • FOX THE SIMPSONS – Sunday, September 26 Show More
    **SEASON PREMIERE**–“THE SIMPSONS” – (8:00-8:31 PM ET/PT) CC-HDTV 720p-Dolby Digital 5.1 Video Clips
    MARGE STAGES A REVIVAL OF HER HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL ON THE ALL-NEW SEASON 33 PREMIERE OF “THE SIMPSONS” SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 26, ON FOX
    Kristen Bell Makes a Guest-Voice Appearance
    A musical comes to life in Springfield as Marge stages a revival of her beloved high school show – but her wonderful memories are threatened by the return of a rival from the past in the all-new “The Star of the Backstage” Season 33 premiere episode of THE SIMPSONS airing Sunday, Sept. 26 (8:00-8:31 PM ET/PT) on FOX. (SI-3217) (TV-PG D, L, V)
    Guest Cast: Kristen Bell as Marge’s head voice, Sara Chase as Female Voice/Sasha
  • FOX THE GREAT NORTH – Sunday, September 26 Show More
    **SEASON PREMIERE**–“THE GREAT NORTH” – (8:31-9:01 PM ET/PT) CC-HDTV 720p-Dolby Digital 5.1 Video Clips
    JUDY GETS HER BRACES OFF ON THE ALL-NEW SEASON TWO PREMIERE MUSICAL EPISODE OF “THE GREAT NORTH” SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 26, ON FOX
    In a special musical episode, Judy embarks on a journey after getting some unexpected news from the dentist in the all-new “Brace/Off Adventure” Season Two premiere episode of THE GREAT NORTH airing Sunday, Sept. 26 (8:31-9:01 PM ET/PT) on FOX. (GRN-202) (TV-14 D, L)
    Guest Cast: Michelle Badillo as Debra and Student; Tim Bagley as Principal Gibbons; Wyatt Cenac as Dr. Gary; Margaret Cho as Jan; Brooke Dillman as Dr. Polly, Mrs. Beavers and Tooth; David Herman as Gill Beavers and Santiago Carpaccio; Charlie Kelly as Drama John; Robin Thede as Dr. Helena; Paul F. Tompkins as Dr. Golovkin; Ariel Tweto as Kima and Kelvin Yu as Steven Huang.
  • FOX BOB’S BURGERS – Sunday, September 26 Show More
    **SEASON PREMIERE**–“BOB’S BURGERS” – (9:01-9:31 PM ET/PT) CC-AD-HDTV 720p-Dolby Digital 5.1 Video Clips
    LOUISE PAYS BACK A DEBT ON THE ALL-NEW SEASON PREMIERE OF “BOB’S BURGERS” SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 26, ON FOX
    Louise must pay a debt to Millie by attending the Pixie Princess Promenade. Meanwhile, a bouquet in the shape of a dog forces Linda to confront her past in the all-new “Manic Pixie Crap Show” Season 12 premiere episode of BOB’S BURGERS airing Sunday, Sept. 26 (9:01-9:31 PM ET/PT) on FOX. (BOB-1022) (TV-14 D, L)
    Guest Voice Cast: David Herman as Gnome Guy; Molly Shannon as Millie; Andy Kindler as Mort; Patti Harrison as Pixie Princess Patricia; Brooke Dillman as Pixie Princess Queen
    “FAMILY GUY” – (9:30-10:00 PM ET/PT) CC-AD-HDTV 720p-Dolby Digital 5.1 Video Clips
    PA: Viewer discretion is advised.
    LOIS EXPLOITS HER EYE SURGERY ON THE ALL-NEW SEASON PREMIERE OF “FAMILY GUY” SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 26, ON FOX
    With her vision waning, Lois elects to get LASIK surgery, but exploits her new disability for monetary gain. Meanwhile, Peter, Chris and Stewie must partake in all the activities with Doug that his father neglects in the all-new “LASIK Instinct” season premiere episode of FAMILY GUY airing Sunday, Sept. 26 (9:31-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. (FG-1902) (TV-14 D, L, S, V)
    Guest Voice Cast: Chris Parnell as Doug
  • FOX 9-1-1 – Monday, September 27 Show More
    “9-1-1” – (8:00-9:01 PM ET/PT) CC-HDTV 720p-Dolby Digital 5.1 Video Clips
    THE 118 JUMPS INTO ACTION WHEN A CITY-WIDE BLACKOUT HITS LOS ANGELES ON AN ALL-NEW “9-1-1” MONDAY, SEPT. 27 ON FOX
    The 118 springs into action when a city-wide blackout and a record heatwave causes mayhem in Los Angeles. Meanwhile, Chimney confides in Hen about Maddie’s condition and Athena’s worst nightmare comes true in the all-new “Desperate Times” episode of 9-1-1 airing Monday, Sept. 27 (8:00-9:01 PM ET/PT) on FOX. (NIN-502) (TV-14 D,L,S,V)
    Guest Cast: La Monde Byrd as Dr. David Hale; Gabrielle Walsh as Ana Flores; Sasha Roiz as Det. Lou Ransome; Claudia Christian as Capt. Elaine Maynard; Noah Bean as Jeffery Hudson; Anirudh Pisharody as Ravi
  • FOX THE BIG LEAP – Monday, September 20 Show More
    “THE BIG LEAP” – (9:01-10:00 PM ET/PT) CC-HDTV 720p-Dolby Digital 5.1 Video Clips
    PA: Viewer discretion is advised.
    TENSIONS RISE AS THE AUDITIONS BEGIN ON AN ALL-NEW “THE BIG LEAP” MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 27, ON FOX
    With auditions beginning for the three lead roles — The White Swan, The Black Swan and The Prince — tensions begin to rise as the contestants all vie for the same parts. Gabby confronts Nick about his purposeful manipulation of the show and the producers catch Julia’s husband talking poorly about their marriage. Meanwhile, Mike accidentally reveals a huge secret to Nick and the producers in the all-new “Classic Tragic Love Triangle” episode of THE BIG LEAP airing Monday, Sept. 27 (9:01-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. (BLP-102) (TV-14 D,L,S,V)
    Guest Cast: Adam Kaplan as Simon; Seth Morris as Kevin; Tim Lyons as Alan; McKenzie Chinn as Jessica; Karen Rodriguez as Raven; Jackie Seiden as Ally; Paula Hlava as Olivia; Maya Hlava as Sophia; Keith Kupferer as Grant; Damon Royster as Don Sound Guy; Steve Han as Dante; Thomas Lennon as Zack Mitchell; Fabrice Calmels as Claude; Donetta Jackson as Tamra; Rachel Kin as Miriam; Nicholas Caesar as Antohony; Sammy Arechar as Ellison; Rob Wilson as Joel; Antoine McKay as Franklin; Teh’Ray Hale as DJ/Spiderman; Torrin Clifton as Ladon; Comfort Fedoke as Aja; Stanley Glover as Travell; Quetta Carpenter as Stern Lawyer
  • FOX THE RESIDENT – Tuesday, September 28 Show More
    “THE RESIDENT” – (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT) — CC-AD-HDTV 720p-Dolby Digital 5.1 Video Clips
    A GAS LEAK IS DISCOVERED AT CHASTAIN ON AN ALL-NEW “THE RESIDENT” TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 28, ON FOX
    When one of the doctors is found unconscious in an elevator at Chastain, the staff frantically retraces his steps to figure out the cause. Billie is faced with a personal conflict when she comes face-to-face with the secret she has been hiding all these years. Meanwhile, Bell helps Kit make a decision about a new neurosurgeon joining the team at Chastain in the all-new “No Good Deed” episode of THE RESIDENT airing Tuesday, Sept. 28 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. (RES-502) (TV-14 D, L, V)
    Guest Cast: Vince Foster as Dr. Paul Chu; Tasso Feldman as Dr. Irving Feldman; Denitra Isler as Nurse Hundley; Miles Fowler as Trevor; Stephen Wallem as Winston; Marnie Carpenter as Janey; Kenneth Colquitt as Yancy; Ana Mackenzie as Marion; Jody Whitehurst as Nurse; Valeria Sue Love as Nurse Erica; Nick Arapoglou as Nurse Jason Brooks; David Christian Wellborn as Dr. Jim Browner; Maria Charito Martz as Dr. Tina Chen; Aaron Gillespie as Security Guard; Darryl Dillard as Administrator; Mickey Cole Jr. as Male College Student; Raiany Silva as Female College Student; Jeremy Andersono State Trooper #1
  • FOX OUR KIND OF PEOPLE – Tuesday, September 28 Show More
    “OUR KIND OF PEOPLE” – (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) CC-HDTV 720p-Dolby Digital 5.1 Video Clips
    ANGELA DISCOVERS A DEVASTATING SECRET ABOUT HER MOTHER, AS LEAH ATTEMPTS TO CONTROL TEDDY ON AN ALL-NEW “OUR KIND OF PEOPLE” TUESDAY, SEPT. 28 ON FOX
    New Series Executive-Produced by Karin Gist (“Star”) and Lee Daniels (“Empire”)
    As Angela tries to land a spot for Eve’s Crown in the Franklin incubator program, she uncovers a devastating secret about her mother. Meanwhile, Leah attempts to unseat Teddy as the head of Franklin, Raymond is determined to get his company back and Chaos erupts for the Duponts at the Black Diamond Ball in the all-new “My Mother, Myself” episode of OUR KIND OF PEOPLE airing Tuesday, Sept. 28 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. (OKP-102) (TV-14 D, L, S)
    Guest Cast: L. Scott Caldwell as Olivia Dupont; Raven Goodwin as Josephine; Jeff Hephner as Jack Harmon; Susan Spain as Rose Franklin; Pastor John Gray as Himself
  • FX IMPEACHMENT: AMERICAN CRIME STORY – Tuesday, September 28, 10:00PM Show More
    The Telephone Hour
    Monica leans on Linda for support. Linda begins documenting their conversations. Written by Flora Birnbaum; directed by Laure de Clermont-Tonnerre. Promo
  • FX AMERICAN HORROR STORY: DOUBLE FEATURE – Wednesday, September 29, 10:00PM Show More
    Take Me To Your Leader
    A group of college students on a camping trip are swept up in a horrifying and deadly conspiracy decades in the making. Written by Brad Falchuk & Kristen Reidel & Manny Coto; directed by Max Winkler. Promo
  • FX WHAT WE DO IN THE SHADOWS – Thursday, September 30, 10:00PM Show More
    The Escape
    An ancient beast escapes and threatens the existence of all vampires everywhere. Written by Jake Bender & Zach Dunn; Directed by Yana Gorskaya. Promo
  • FXX ARCHER – Wednesday, September 29, 10:00PM Show More
    Colt Express
    A mysterious stranger and a scavenger hunt helps Archer and the gang get a jump on their enemies. Written by Alison Zeidman.
  • FXX CAKE – Thursday, September 30, 10:00PM Show More
    New Year, New Me
    Unleash the beast.
  • Hallmark Chesapeake Shores – Sunday, September 26, 8:00PM Show More
    What’s New?
    When Evan comes to the house, he throws out his back and must recover for a few days on the O’Brien couch, connecting him with the family in a way Abby never anticipated. Promo
  • Hallmark Movie Channel RISE AND SHINE, BENEDICT STONE – Sunday, September 26, 9:00PM Show More
    Benedict Stone’s (Scott) life is turned upside-down when his teenage niece (Ballentine) arrives on his doorstep; except she might be the change that Benedict desperately needs.
    PRINCIPAL CAST INFORMATION:
    · Ella Ballentine as Gemma
    · Mía Maestro as Emilia
    · Tom Everett Scott as Benedict Stone Promo
  • Hallmark Movie Channel LOVE STRIKES TWICE – Saturday, October 2, 8:00PM Show More
    Maggie (Findlay) and Josh (Nash) are an out-of-sync married couple. Maggie wishes for a do-over and wakes up 15 years earlier. Will she choose Josh again or is an ex-boyfriend her happily ever after?
    PRINCIPAL CAST INFORMATION:
    · Katie Findlay
    · Wyatt Nash Promo
  • HBO SCENES FROM A MARRIAGE – Sunday, September 26, 9:00PM Show More
    “The Vale of Tears”
    Jonathan (Oscar Isaac) and Mira (Jessica Chastain) share all that they’ve learned since separating, rekindling old connections at the risk of exacerbating dormant wounds.
    Teleplay by and Directed by Hagai Levi Promo
  • HBO LAETITIA – Monday, September 27, 10:00PM Show More
    “Episode 5”
    After Jessica (Marie Colomb) reveals a memory about her sister (Sophie Breyer) and Meilhon (Noam Morgensztern) suddenly starts talking, Touchais (Yannick Choirat) scrambles to fill in the outstanding gaps. As crucial pieces of Laetitia’s case begin to take shape, disturbing details come to light about someone close to the teenagers.
    Written by Antoine Lacomblez & Jean-Xavier de Lestrade; Directed by Jean-Xavier de Lestrade
  • HBO Max TEN YEAR OLD TOM – Thursday, September 30 Show More
    The Max Original TEN YEAR OLD TOM, a bitingly-funny ten episode adult animated comedy series, will debut THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 30 on HBO Max. The series is created and written by Steve Dildarian (“The Life & Times of Tim”), who will executive produce with TV animation veteran Nick Weidenfeld (“The Boondocks,” “Rick & Morty”). Dildarian plays the lead character Tom alongside a talented cast of actors and comedians including Byron Bowers, Todd Glass, Gillian Jacobs, Edi Patterson and John Malkovich with guest appearances by David Duchovny, Jennifer Coolidge, Natasha Lyonne, Mark Proksch, Tim Robinson, George Wallace and more. Promo
  • Lifetime THE GOOD FATHER : THE MARTIN MACNEILL STORY – Saturday, October 2, 8:00PM Show More
    Based on actual events, The Good Father tells the story of Dr. MacNeill (Tom Everett Scott) and the incredible life he led with his former beauty queen wife, Michele (Charisma Carpenter) and their eight children. A pillar of the community, he was respected and loved by all especially by his daughter Alexis (Anwen O’Driscoll) who adored him and even wanted to follow in his footsteps to become a doctor. But everything soon changes after Dr. MacNeill convinces Michele to have plastic surgery, ultimately leading to her drowning while on prescription medication. Just a few short weeks after his wife’s suspicious death, Dr. MacNeill brings home Gypsy Willis, a new live-in “nanny” for his children but who is in actuality his mistress. Shocked by her father’s actions, Alexis begins to question everything she has known about him and discovers the depth of his lies, including his bogus medical credentials, falsified military records, and that the man and good doctor she once revered, was capable of murder. Promo
  • LMN A PROFESSOR’S VENGENCE – Sunday, September 26, 8:00PM Show More
    When Nicole Atkins returns to graduate school, a previous affair with a married professor is the last thing on her mind. But someone else on campus has his eye on Nicole, someone who knows all her secrets and is hell-bent on making sure she pays for her transgressions. Stars Lindsey Dresbach, Ross Jirgl, Crystal Day, Bryan Bachman, Ariel Iman, Kate Dailey. (2021). 
  • LMN MY DAUGHTER’S DOUBLE LIFE – Friday, October 1, 8:00PM Show More
    When Heather discovers her teenage daughter, Ally, is missing, she immediately goes to the police. The police find Ally’s belongings by a river and presume she has drowned. Determined to prove her daughter is alive, Heather begins going through Ally’s possessions and uncovers Ally’s odd friendship with a group of troubled teens at a nearby youth center led by a man named Bridger. Heather leans on her trusted friend and minister, Jack, during this ordeal. As Heather struggles to find anything about this mysterious youth center, she finally catches a glimpse of Ally. At first elated to have found her daughter, Heather soon learns her daughter seems to have joined a cult. Desperate to save Ally, Heather breaks into the youth center only to realize she might be the one who needs saving. Stars René Ashton, Jacey Nichole, Jacob Young, Alivea Disney, Chad Bradford. (2021). 
  • NBC “ORDINARY JOE””REQUIEM” ORIGINAL Show More
    09/27/2021 (10:00PM – 11:00PM) (Monday) : With the anniversary of 9/11 approaching, all three Joes grapple with the emotions that come with the day. Cop Joe and Amy pursue a romance, but Music Joe and Amy’s marriage is clouded by a big secret. Nurse Joe and Jenny have a breakthrough. TV-14 D,L Promo
  • NBC “LA BREA””PILOT” ORIGINAL Show More
    09/28/2021 (09:00PM – 10:00PM) (Tuesday) : When a massive sinkhole opens in Los Angeles, the Harris family is split in two. Eve and her son are sent to a mysterious primeval world. Gavin discovers that the visions that have plagued him for years might hold the key to bringing them home. TV-14 L,V Promo
  • NBC “CHICAGO MED””TO LEAN IN, OR TO LET GO” ORIGINAL Show More
    09/29/2021 (08:00PM – 09:00PM) (Wednesday) : Vanessa and Archer disagree on how to handle the victim of a motorcycle accident. Dylan and Charles deal with a UNICEF negotiator with repressed trauma. Stevie and Will treat a high schooler with Addison’s disease and a clingy mother. TV-14 Promo
  • NBC “CHICAGO FIRE””HEAD COUNT” ORIGINAL Show More
    09/29/2021 (09:00PM – 10:00PM) (Wednesday) : A video of Casey from the roof rescue goes viral. Mouch sets up a Little Free Library at Firehouse 51. Herrmann breaks protocol. TV-14 Promo
  • NBC “CHICAGO PD””RAGE” ORIGINAL Show More
    09/29/2021 (10:00PM – 11:00PM) (Wednesday) : Premiere: Officer Kim Burgess fights for her life as the team scrambles to find her kidnapper. Dep. Supt. Sam Miller is desperate to find her son’s killer. Voight and Upton deal with the aftermath of their deadly decision. Ruzek struggles with the pressure of the situation. TV-14 Promo
    09/30/2021 (08:00PM – 09:00PM) (Thursday) : Benson and Rollins must contend with the FBI and the Organized Crime bureau when a rape victim identifies a dangerous mobster as her assailant. Guest starring Christopher Meloni, Danielle Moné Truitt, Herizen Guardiola, Rhys Coiro and Hisham Tawfiq. TV-14 Promo
    09/30/2021 (09:00PM – 11:00PM) (Thursday) : Stabler’s loyalty is put to the test at work, and again at home when his mother unexpectedly shows up. While Jet steps into the field to secure necessary intel for the team, Bell considers a proposition from Congressman Kilbride. Stabler and Benson air some long-standing grievances. Guest starring Ellen Burstyn, Ron Cephas Jones and Mariska Hargitay. Promo
  • NBC “SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE””OWEN WILSON / KACEY MUSGRAVE” ORIGINAL Show More
    10/2/21 (Sa.)(11:29 PM) on NBC. Owen Wilson is the host and Kacey Musgraves is the musical guest. 
  • Netflix ADA TWIST, SCIENTIST – Tuesday, September 28 Show More
    Pint-sized scientist Ada Twist and her two best friends are asking big questions — and working together to discover the truth about everything! Promo
  • Netflix THE CHESTNUT MAN – Wednesday, September 29 Show More
    At a grisly murder scene sits a figurine made of chestnuts. From this creepy clue, two detectives hunt a killer linked to a politician’s missing child. Promo
  • Netflix LUNA PARK – Thursday, September 30 Show More
    In 1960s Rome, an encounter between a girl raised in a carnival and a girl from a rich home leads to intrigue, secrets and new and unexpected loves. Promo
  • Netflix MAID – Friday, October 1 Show More
    A single mother turns to housekeeping to make ends meet as she battles poverty, homelessness and bureaucracy. Based on the bestselling memoir. Promo
  • Netflix SCAREDY CATS – Friday, October 1 Show More
    On her 12th birthday, Willa Ward receives a purr-fect gift that unlocks a world of witchcraft, talking animals and so much more with her best friends. Promo
  • Nickelodeon SIDE HUSTLE – Saturday, October 2, 8:00PM Show More
    Model Employees
    Lex, Presley, and Munchy have taken a job as models during the town’s fashion week. Assuming that they were hired to be in the fashion show itself, they soon learn that the job is actually to be toy model builders and not runway models like they thought. Disappointed by the job they were hired to do, the kids must figure out a way to get into the real fashion show. Promo
  • Own QUEEN SUGAR – Tuesday, September 28, 8:00PM Show More
    “To a Different Day”
    On Queen Sugar Season 6 Episode 4, Gayle King interviews Charley, Nova and Billie discuss the past, and something shocking is found on the Bordelon land. Promo
  • Showtime BILLIONS – Sunday, September 26, 9:00 PM Show More
    Victory Smoke
    With victory in sight for his bank, Axe plots to secure his deposits by poaching from Prince, a move that proves more complicated than it seems. Chuck, Prince and Sacker wrestle with the personal cost of their plan. Taylor looks to enlist an old foe. Wags prepares for a big day. Promo
  • Showtime BMF – Sunday, September 26, 10:00 PM Show More
    The new STARZ original series will premiere worldwide on Sunday, September 26 across all STARZ platforms, including at 9 PM ET/PT on STARZ in the U.S. and Canada, and will air day and date internationally on the STARZPLAY premium streaming platform across its complete footprint in Europe, Latin America and Japan. In addition, new images from the series, including photos featuring recurring cast member Snoop Dogg (Dolemite Is My Name, Soul Plane, Training Day) as “Pastor Swift,” were released out of the Television Critics Association (TCA) Summer 2021 Press Tour. “BMF” stars the previously announced cast of Demetrius “Lil Meech” Flenory Jr., the son of Demetrius “Big Meech” Flenory; Da’Vinchi (The Way Back, “grown-ish”), Russell Hornsby (Fences, The Hate U Give), Michole Briana White (“Dead to Me,” She Hate Me), Ajiona Alexus (“Empire,” “13 Reasons Why”), Eric Kofi Abrefa (Blue Story, Fury), Myles Truitt (“Black Lightening,” “The New Edition Story”), Steve Harris (“The Practice,” Diary of a Mad Black Woman), with Arkeisha “Kash Doll” Knight and Wood Harris (“Empire,” Creed) in recurring roles. La La Anthony (“The Chi,” Think Like a Man) and Serayah (“Empire,” Favorite Son) are both set as recurring guest stars. Promo
  • Showtime WORK IN PROGRESS – Sunday, September 26, 11:00PM Show More
    FTP
    Abby is forced to reckon with both the country’s and her own personal history of racism, police violence and grief as she pens her company’s “Black Lives Matter solidarity statement.” Promo
  • Showtime THE L WORD: GENERATION Q – Monday, September 27, 9:00PM Show More
    Launch Party
    A surprising revelation leads to a fallout between Bette and Dani. Shane is forced to confront her true feelings for Tess, while Alice questions whether to reveal a secret to Tom during the launch party for her book. Meanwhile, Sophie and Finley struggle to move forward in the wake of a shocking event; and Micah’s run-in with a coworker has a very unexpected outcome. Promo
  • Showtime BACK TO LIFE – Monday, September 27, 10:00PM Show More
    Episode 6
    Knowing she must go to the police, Miri’s final day with Billy is interrupted by his domineering mother. Promo
  • Starz POWER BOOK III: RAISING KANAN -Sunday, September 26, 8:00PM Show More
    Paid in Full
    As the situation in the neighborhood turns dire, Raq scrambles to get Kanan out of harm’s way. Promo
  • TNT Animal Kingdom – Sunday, September 26, 9pm ET/PT Show More
    “Loose Ends”
    The Codys resolve unfinished business and plan their biggest heist ever without Smurf. Promo
  • UpTV ROMANCE IN THE WILDS – Sunday, September 26, 7:00PM Show More
    Deep in the Rocky Mountains, lightning strikes a mining site, sparking a deadly wildfire and igniting an unexpected romance between a forest ranger and a geologist as they race to escape the flames. Promo

 

NON-FICTION

    Stevie Wonder To Headline ‘Global Citizen Live’ in Los Angeles With Adam Lambert, Chloe X Halle, Demi Lovato, H.E.R., ONEREPUBLIC, Ozuna, the Lumineers and 5 Seconds of Summer at the Greek Theatre on Sept. 25, 2021
    London Lineup Featuring Duran Duran, Kylie Minogue, Måneskin, Nile Rodgers and Chic, Rag’n’Bone Man, and More
    Broadcast Airing in Full on ABC News Live Beginning Sept. 25 at 12:30 p.m. EDT, on BBC One on Sept. 25 From 5:30 p.m., and Across the BBC Until Approximately 3:00 a.m.; Global Citizen Live Highlights Show Airing on BBC One, Sunday at 4:30 p.m.; and Airing on ABC on Sept. 26 at 7:00 p.m. EDT
    International advocacy organization, Global Citizen has announced the expansion of “Global Citizen Live” to include Los Angeles and London with an outdoor event in L.A., which is presented by Verizon, and headlined by Stevie Wonder with Adam Lambert, Chloe x Halle, Demi Lovato, H.E.R., ONEREPUBLIC, Ozuna, The Lumineers and 5 Seconds of Summer at The Greek Theatre on Sept. 25, 2021. Also announced today was the lineup in London, featuring performances from Duran Duran, Kylie Minogue, Måneskin, Nile Rodgers and Chic, and Rag’n’Bone Man all from a spectacular location.
    Both events are part of the once-in-a-generation day of unity across six continents to be broadcast over 24 hours on networks around the world: ABC News live will broadcast the full event beginning at 12:30 p.m EDT on Sept. 25, live on BBC One on Sept. 25 from 5:30 p.m., and across the BBC platforms until approx. 3:00 a.m.; and airing a highlights show on ABC on Sept. 26 at 7:00 p.m.
  • ABC Celebrity Wheel of Fortune: SEASON PREMIERE – Jason Alexander, Michael Mizanin and Cheryl Burke (9/26) Show More
    “Jason Alexander, Michael Mizanin and Cheryl Burke” – “Celebrity Wheel of Fortune” returns with its star-studded spin on America’s Game® when season two premieres on its new night, SUNDAY, SEPT. 26 (8:00-9:00 p.m. EDT), on ABC. Hosted by pop-culture legends Pat Sajak and Vanna White, “Celebrity Wheel of Fortune” welcomes celebrity contestants to spin the world’s most famous Wheel and solve word puzzles for a chance to win up to $1 million. All of the money won by the celebrity contestants will go to a charity of their choice.
  • ABC Supermarket Sweep: SEASON PREMIERE – You Should’ve Grabbed a Lot More Triscuits! (9/26) Show More
    “You Should’ve Grabbed a Lot More Triscuits!”– Two-time Emmy® nominee and comedienne Leslie Jones is back, with a stockpile of groceries and good times, to host the season two premiere of “Supermarket Sweep,” airing SUNDAY, SEPT. 26 (9:00-10:00 p.m. EDT), on ABC.
  • ABC Dancing with the Stars: First Elimination (9/27) Show More
    Season 30’s Celebrity and Pro-Dancer Couples Return for Their Second Week on ABC’s ‘Dancing With the Stars’
    First Elimination of the 2021 Season
    “First Elimination” – The 15 celebrity and pro-dancer couples are back in the ballroom for a second week with the first elimination of the 2021 season, live, MONDAY, SEPT. 27 (8:00-10:00 p.m. EDT), on ABC. (TV-PG, L) Celebrity and pro duos will perform time-honored dances including the Viennese Waltz, Foxtrot, Samba, Tango, Rumba and Cha Cha. The show will begin with a comedic cold open and host Tyra Banks will walk out to an electrifying song to start the night.
  • ABC Bachelor in Paradise: 710 (9/28) Show More
    “710” – Time is running out in paradise, but before these beachgoers can look toward the future, they’ll have to deal with the present. Ahead of the rose ceremony, tension between Aaron and Ivan escalates, but it’s not long before a shocking discovery has everyone switching sides. After the roses have been handed out, the final guest host emerges. Newcomers hit the beach, and one couple learns how to open up. Later, those still on the beach will dance the night away at a totally rad ‘80s-themed prom where, just like in high school, there will be plenty of laughter and tears, a shocking breakup and enough drama to fill three hours. “Bachelor in Paradise” airs TUESDAY, SEPT. 28 (8:00-11:00 p.m. EDT), on ABC. (TV-14, DLS)
  • ABC The Most Magical Story on Earth: 50 Years of Walt Disney World (10/1) Show More
    ABC News and Disney Parks To Produce ‘The Most Magical Story on Earth: 50 Years of Walt Disney World,’ a Celebration of Walt Disney World’s 50th Anniversary, Airing Friday, Oct. 1, on ABC
    Disney Legend Whoopi Goldberg Set to Host; Disney Legend Christina Aguilera and Disney’s ‘The Little Mermaid’ Halle Bailey to Perform; Anthony Anderson, Tom Brady, John Stamos and More to Appear
    David Roark/Walt Disney World Resort
    In celebration of the 50th Anniversary of Walt Disney World Resort, ABC will present a spectacular television event, “The Most Magical Story on Earth: 50 Years of Walt Disney World,” taking viewers on a historical journey spanning half a century and beyond at Walt Disney World in Florida. Hosted by Disney Legend and moderator of ABC’s “The View,” Whoopi Goldberg, the two-hour program will feature spectacular visuals and musical performances from Christina Aguilera and Disney’s “The Little Mermaid” Halle Bailey in front of the legendary Cinderella Castle at Magic Kingdom Park, accompanied by the renowned Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra; as well as interviews with iconic actors, actresses and athletes, Walt Disney World cast members, Disney Imagineers and executives past and present, who have all played their unique part in sprinkling pixie dust over “The Most Magical Place on Earth.” “The Most Magical Story on Earth: 50 Years of Walt Disney World” airs FRIDAY, OCT. 1 (8:00-10:01 p.m. EDT), on ABC.
    Airing Friday, October 01 (9:00 PM-11:00 PM) – ’20/20′ Reports on How ‘Fake Heiress’ Anna Sorokin Fascinated the World As Her Cons Deceiving New York’s Elite Unraveled
    ‘20/20’ Features an Interview With Sorokin Following Prison Release
    “20/20” reports on Anna Sorokin, known as the “Soho Grifter,” whose story fascinated the world as her cons deceiving New York’s elite unraveled. When Sorokin moved to New York City from Paris in 2013, she decided to be someone else entirely – Anna Delvey. The highest social circles accepted her, believing she was a German heiress worth millions until the facade came crashing down. “20/20” dives into Sorokin’s schemes, including how she pulled them off, her arrest and ultimate conviction of grand larceny and other charges. “20/20” contains ABC News senior national affairs correspondent Deborah Roberts’ interview with Sorokin following her release from prison. Sorokin opens up about her lavish lifestyle, time in prison, the movie deal she signed for her story and more. “20/20” features Roberts’ interview with Rachel Williams, who, after being deceived by Sorokin, worked with authorities on a sting operation that led to Sorokin’s arrest. The program also contains clips from Williams’ lavish vacation to Morocco with Sorokin, a trip that left Williams with a costly bill. “20/20” includes interviews with Todd Spodek, Sorokin’s attorney during the trial, and Audrey Thomas, Sorokin’s current attorney. Thomas discusses Sorokin’s release from prison in February after serving just under four years for her crimes, how Sorokin is currently in ICE custody, facing possible deportation, and Sorokin’s hopes for the future. “20/20” airs Friday, Oct. 1 (10:01-11:00 p.m. EDT), on ABC.
    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. EDT 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.
  • ABC Saturday Night College Football: Indiana at Penn State (10/2) Show More
    SATURDAY NIGHT COLLEGE FOOTBALL Airing Saturday, October 02, 2021 (7:30 PM-11:00 PM EST) on ABC.
    “Indiana at Penn State” Indiana (2-2) at Penn State (4-0). From Beaver Stadium. James Franklin’s Nittany Lions have reeled off eight straight wins since last year’s 0-5 start, which included a 36-35 OT loss
  • Bravo The Real Housewives of Potomac – Sunday, September 26, 8:00PM Show More
    Reasonable or Shady? Preview
    Karen is ready to reveal her new candle line to the rest of the ladies, while Wendy struggles to get on equal footing. Mia’s family and her mom sit down for some much needed time together, but there is still a lot of work to be done. Gizelle and Robyn gather their “Friends and Haters” to celebrate the launch of their new podcast… in Gizelle’s driveway. The party goes off the rails when some shady games are played, and Candiace confronts Mia about questioning if her husbandger is on the payroll.
  • Bravo The Real Housewives of Salt Lake City – Sunday, September 26, 9:00PM Show More
    Fishing for the Truth Preview
    Jen hosts an ice fishing excursion to reunite the ladies but is blindsided when Meredith shows up to confront her about mean tweets towards Brooks. Meanwhile Whitney and Lisa see each other for the first time in months, Heather is surprised to hear Ashley won’t return to the Mormon church and Jennie and Duy argue over whether to expand their family.
  • Bravo The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills – Wednesday, September 29, 8:00PM Show More
    Over-Poured and Over-Board – The trip to Del Mar continues with a tour of local wineries and the ladies getting a taste of another shocking story from Erika. After Crystal and Lisa soak up a unique fitness experience, Sutton questions Kyle and Dorit on their “alleged” naivete. Later, a sunset cruise heads for choppy waters as Garcelle suggests a game that puts the women in the hot seat. Preview
  • CBS “60 MINUTES” LISTINGS FOR SUNDAY, SEPT. 26 Show More
    TAKE THE FIGHT TO THE NIGHT – California firefighters battling some of the worst wildfires in state history have a new weapon: a fleet of high-tech helicopters – including the heavy-duty chinook that carries 10 times the water other helicopters can – that are able to fight the blazes at night, too. “A game changer,” says one fire chief. Bill Whitaker reports. Heather Abbott is the producer. Preview
    REP. LIZ CHENEY – Lesley Stahl profiles the Wyoming congresswoman whose criticism of Donald Trump has put her at odds with many of her own constituents and jeopardizes her re-election to the House. Richard Bonin is the producer. Preview
    KING OF THE DEEP – When Alexey Molchanov broke his latest world record diving to 430 feet on one breath, 60 MINUTES was there to capture the feat. Sharyn Alfonsi reports on the extreme sport of free diving and its king, a man making a name for himself and his sport. Ashley Velie is the producer. Preview
  • CBS BIG BROTHER – Sunday, September 26 Show More
    Episode 36 (Season 23) – Airing 9/26/21 (8:00 PM) – Tonight, CBS broadcasts the 36th episode of the 23rd Season of Big Brother. Who will walk away with the $500,000 prize?
    After the Final 4 eviction, tonight’s episode features the Final 3 Houseguests competing against each other in the first of three Head of Household Competitions.
    The show follows a group of people living together in a house outfitted with dozens of high-definition cameras and microphones recording their every move, 24 hours a day. Each week, the Houseguests will vote someone out of the house. At the end, the last remaining Houseguest will receive the grand prize of $500,000.
  • CBS THE TONY AWARDS PRESENT: BROADWAY’S BACK! – Sunday, September 26 Show More
    9/26/21 (9:00 PM) – The Tony Awards Present: Broadway’s Back!
    CBS celebrates the return of live theater with a star studded concert event as Broadway legends reunite on stage to perform beloved classics.
  • CBS SURVIVOR 41 – Wednesday, September 29 Show More
    IMMUNITY CHALLENGES GET INTERESTING WHEN A NEW IDOL IS INTRODUCED THAT HAS A SPECIAL TWIST, ON “SURVIVOR 41,” WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 29
    “Juggling Chainsaws” – Immunity challenges get interesting when a new idol is introduced that has a special twist, on SURVIVOR 41, Wednesday, Sept. 29 (8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network, and available to stream live and on demand on Paramount+.
  • CBS BIG BROTHER – Wednesday, September 29 Show More
    Episode 37 (Season 23) – Airing 9/29/21 (9:00 PM) – Tonight On Big Brother 23: Winner Revealed On Finale Night
    Tonight on Big Brother 23 the winner will be revealed amid the finale night event as all sixteen Houseguests are expected to gather and celebrate the season end complete with confetti and all. The show kicks off at 9/8c for the two-hour event following tonight’s Survivor 41 episode on CBS.
    We’ve got a Final 3 trio featuring Azah, Derek F, and Xavier and all three are hoping for the just two spots that will stand before the Jury and make their case. Sure, we’ve heard Derek’s delusional arguments already, but what will the Jury decide when faced with the decision and what will each of the first two round winners elect to do if given the chance to pick a partner for the F2?
    Until just a few days ago it all seemed like a clear path forward with Xavier electing to drag Derek the goat to F2 and Azah making the same choice for her game. As DF put it yesterday, “sit next to the fat man” at F2 and win yourself $750,000!, but in an unexpected twist DF may have similarly talked himself out of a sure thing with Azah. Azah isn’t feeling Derek’s hurtful comments about how he feels she did nothing but stare at the wall this season and so now she’s thinking she’d rather lose to Xavier, which I think she would, than see Xavier get third while DF gets second if she took her fellow Joker to the end.
    It’s all kinda nuts to consider throwing away $675,000 to take $75K for yourself instead of $750K, but Azah is wavering over that very decision. We’ll find out tonight if she even has that choice when Round 2 plays out from Saturday’s competition before we get a live Round 3.
  • CBS THE PRICE IS RIGHT – Thursday, September 30 Show More
    The Price Is Right Celebrates 50 Years Airing 9/30/21 (Th.) 9:00 PM CBS A SPECIAL PRIMETIME EPISODE OF “THE PRICE IS RIGHT” COMMEMORATING THE HISTORIC MILESTONE TO AIR THURSDAY, SEPT. 30
    Watch: Fans Can Submit Videos with what “The Price Is Right” Means to Them for a Chance to See Themselves on the Show
    Daytime Emmy Award-winning THE PRICE IS RIGHT, network television’s #1-rated daytime series and the longest-running game show in television history, celebrates its milestone 50th season with a weeklong event featuring a game each day where contestants can win up to 1 million dollars, beginning Monday, Sept. 13 (11:00 AM-12:00 PM, ET/10:00-11:00 AM, PT) on the CBS Television Network. In addition, a special primetime celebration of THE PRICE IS RIGHT commemorating the historic milestone will feature a look back at the biggest winners, never before seen outtakes and a salute to Bob Barker. Plus, contestants will come on down to play iconic pricing games for extravagant luxury cars and big cash prizes, Thursday, Sept. 30 (9:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. This season, the show will welcome fans back to the studio audience for a chance to hear the famed words “come on down!” The episodes will also be available to stream live and on demand on the CBS app and Paramount+.
    “First, I want to say congratulations and thank you to all the wonderful people responsible, past and present, on the 50th season of “The Price is Right,” said Bob Barker, former legendary host of THE PRICE IS RIGHT. “The show has the most enthusiastic and fun audience that one could ever ask for. They truly were and are the heart and soul of the show. I had the pleasure of working with a dedicated and talented cast and crew for 35 great years. Particularly close to my heart was the ability our vast popularity gave me to remind our entire audience daily about the importance of spaying and neutering your pets. It was an incredibly memorable ride! Once again, congratulations to “The Price is Right” on 50 historic years!! Here’s to 50 more!!”
  • CBS 48 HOURS – Saturday, October 2 Show More
    48 HOURS Airing Saturday, October 2 (10:00PM ET/PT) – IN A WORLD EXCLUSIVE, SOCIALITE JASMINE HARTIN, CHARGED WITH KILLING A POLICE SUPERINTENDENT IN BELIZE, TELLS HER STORY IN DETAIL FOR THE FIRST TIME ON TELEVISION, IN “48 HOURS: JASMINE HARTIN’S SHOT IN THE DARK” Preview
    In a world exclusive, Jasmine Hartin, a socialite accused of fatally shooting police superintendent Henry Jemmott in Belize, tells her story in detail to correspondent Peter Van Sant for the first time on television, in 48 HOURS: “Jasmine Hartin’s Shot in the Dark,” to be broadcast Saturday, Oct. 2 (10:00 PM, ET/PT) and streamed on Paramount+.
    “I am not a murderer,” Hartin tells Van Sant in an exclusive interview. “That’s ridiculous.”
    Hartin and Jemmott were on a moonlit pier in the tropical paradise of Belize last May. One shot rang out. Jemmott was dead with a single gunshot wound behind his ear. Hartin, 32, the mother of twins, was found dazed and blood-soaked on the pier, which was not far from the beachfront condo she shared with her partner, Andrew Ashcroft, the son of a British billionaire.
    The case has generated international headlines and intrigue. It’s a story of power, privilege and tragedy. Was it really an accident or something more? Hartin has been charged with manslaughter by negligence. No trial date has been set.
    Jemmott was a dedicated public servant and a beloved father of five, who spent his life serving his country, says his sister, Cherry Jemmott.
    Hartin reportedly first said Henry Jemmott was killed by a shot fired from a passing boat. She later admitted she fired the shot from the pier – saying it was by accident.
    She tells Van Sant that she and Jemmott were drinking before they went to the pier. There, she says, he tried to show her how to load and unload his Glock 17 pistol and magazine, because he wanted her to have a gun for personal protection.
    “He says … ‘Can you hand me the magazine from the gun,’” Hartin tells Van Sant. “So, I lean over. I pick up the gun. … I’m trying to get the magazine out. Next thing I know, the gun went off.”
    “And did you have a finger on the trigger?” Van Sant asks.
    “Not that I thought,” Hartin replies.
    “Somehow you must have pulled the trigger,” Van Sant says.
    “I’d … I’m—I don’t know. I – I – I mean, it was an accident, or the gun misfired. But consciously did I pull the trigger? No,” Hartin says.
    Hartin says Jemmott fell on top of her.
    “And all I could feel is warmth,” Hartin says. “And I later then realized he was bleeding on me.”
    Jemmott’s family believes Hartin murdered him.
    “My brother was shot behind the ear … execution style,” says Cherry Jemmott, also a police officer.
    “Jasmine Hartin should be charged with murder, not manslaughter,” Cherry Jemmott says.
    “People perceive me as being … a billionairess and this …entitled, spoiled rich girl … and this wild, crazy, party girl that’s hanging from the rafters,” Hartin says. “That’s not it at all. I’m a businesswoman. I’m a mother. I’m a friend … I’m a wife.”
    48 HOURS and Van Sant spent three days with Hartin in Belize reporting on the death of Henry Jemmott and the media frenzy that has surrounded the case. 48 HOURS: “Jasmine Hartin’s Shot in the Dark” is produced by Josh Yager and James Stolz. Lauren A. White and Iris Carreras are field producers. Addison Briley is the associate producer. The editors are Greg Kaplan, Mike Baluzy, Diana Modica and Kevin Dean. Peter Schweitzer is the senior producer. Nancy Kramer is the executive story editor. Judy Tygard is the executive producer.
  • The CW Penn & Teller: Fool Us – Friday, October 1 Show More
    “Penn & Teller’s Worst Nightmare” – (8:00-9:00 p.m. ET) (Content Rating TBD) (HDTV)
    SEASON PREMIERE – 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 live studio audience and the TV audience watch along with Penn & Teller as they try to figure out the secrets. The magicians featured in the episode include Jandro, Piff the Magic Dragon, Helen Coghlan and Paul Gertner. Alyson Hannigan (“How I Met Your Mother”) serves as host (#803). Original airdate 10/1/2021.
  • FOX THE MASKED SINGER – Wednesday, September 29 Show More
    “THE MASKED SINGER” – (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT) CC-AD-HDTV 720p-Dolby Digital 5.1 Video Clips
    “GROUP B” MEMBERS MAKE THEIR DEBUT ON AN ALL-NEW “THE MASKED SINGER” WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 29, ON FOX
    Meet the second group of celebrity singers, “Group B,” in all-new jaw-dropping costumes and see WHO will be unmasked! The Season Six contestants boast a combined 85 Grammy nominations and 27 wins, three Academy Award nominations, 12 Emmy nominations, 12 Razzie Award nominations, two Super Bowl appearances and two Lifetime Achievement Awards. Play along with America’ favorite guessing game with host Nick Cannon and celebrity panelists Ken Jeong, Jenny McCarthy Wahlberg, Nicole Scherzinger and Robin Thicke. Five all-new contestants perform in the all-new “Group B Premiere” episode of THE MASKED SINGER airing Wednesday, Sept. 29 (8:00-9:01 PM ET/PT) on FOX. (MS-603) (TV-PG L)
  • FOX ALTER EGO – Wednesday, September 29 Show More
    “ALTER EGO” – (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) CC-AD-HDTV 720p-Dolby Digital 5.1 Video Clips
    ANOTHER BATCH OF HOPEFUL TALENTED CONTESTANTS COMPETE ON THE ALL-NEW FIRST EVER AVATAR SINGING COMPETITION SERIES “ALTER EGO,” WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 29, ON FOX
    In the show’s third episode, additional contestants 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 all-new “The Auditions Night 3” episode of ALTER EGO airing Wednesday, Sept. 29 (9:01-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. (ALT-103) (TV-PG D,L)
  • FOX WWE’S FRIDAY NIGHT SMACKDOWN – Friday, October 1 Show More
    “WWE’S FRIDAY NIGHT SMACKDOWN” – (8:00-10:00 PM ET live/PT tape-delayed) CC-HDTV 720p-Dolby Digital 5.1
    FOX SPORTS PRESENTS “WWE’S FRIDAY NIGHT SMACKDOWN” FRIDAY, OCTOBER 1, 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, Oct. 1 (8:00-10:00 PM ET live/PT tape-delayed) on FOX. (WWE-2340) (TV-PG D,L,S,V)
    **FOX SPORTS** – FOX MLB – (7:00 PM-CC ET live/4:00 PM-CC PT live) CC-HDTV 720p-Dolby Digital 5.1
    FOX SPORTS PRESENTS FOX MLB SATURDAY, OCTOBER 2, ON FOX
    FOX MLB concludes its regionalized baseball broadcasts with two exciting matchups, airing Saturday, Oct. 2 (7:00 PM-CC ET live/4:00 PM-CC PT live) on FOX. (FSP-2221) (n/a)
  • FOX INSIDE FURY VS. WILDER III PART 2 – Saturday, October 2 Show More
    **FOX SPORTS SPECIAL**—INSIDE FURY VS. WILDER III PART 2- (11:00-11:30 PM ET/PT) CC-HDT 720p-Dolby Digital 5.1
    FOX SPORTS PRESENTS PBC ON FOX SATURDAY, OCTOBER 2, ON FOX
    PBC COUNTDOWN: FURY vs WILDER III
    FOX Sports continues its boxing coverage with a special presentation of PBC Countdown: Fury vs Wilder III. PBC on FOX airs Saturday, Oct. 2 (11:00 PM-Midnight ET/PT) on FOX. (FSP-2222) (n/a)
  • HBO REAL TIME WITH BILL MAHER – Friday, October 1, 10:00PM Show More
    10/01/21 This week features a one-on-one, in-studio interview with musician, actor, activist and author of “Unrequited Infatuations: A Memoir,” Steven Van Zandt. This week’s in-studio panel discussion will include Editor-in-Chief of Reason and co-host of “The Reason Roundtable” podcast, Katherine Mangu-Ward; and editor of TK News on Substack and co-host of the podcast “Useful Idiots with Matt Taibbi and Katie Halper,” Matt Taibbi.
  • NBC “FOOTBALL NIGHT IN AMERICA””092621” ORIGINAL Show More
    09/26/2021 (07:00PM – 08:20PM) (Sunday) : TV-14 – Week 3 highlights and discussion, plus a Packers-49ers preview. 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””GREEN BAY PACKERS AT SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS” ORIGINAL Show More
    09/26/2021 (08:20PM – 11:30PM) (Sunday) : Green Bay Packers (1-1) at San Francisco 49ers (2-0). From Levi’s Stadium.
  • NBC “THE VOICE””THE BLIND AUDITIONS, PART 3” ORIGINAL Show More
    09/27/2021 (08:00PM – 10:00PM) (Monday) : Coaches Ariana Grande, Kelly Clarkson, John Legend and Blake Shelton all vie to discover and coach the next singing phenomenon on the third night of Blind Auditions. TV-PG
  • NBC “THE VOICE””THE BLIND AUDITIONS, PART 4” ORIGINAL Show More
    09/28/2021 (08:00PM – 09:00PM) (Tuesday) : Coaches Ariana Grande, Kelly Clarkson, John Legend and Blake Shelton all vie to discover and coach the next singing phenomenon on the fourth night of Blind Auditions. TV-PG
  • NBC “DATELINE””FR3102” ORIGINAL Show More
    10/01/2021 (09:00PM – 11:00PM) (Friday) : Dateline’s “Smoke and Mirrors” Airs Saturday, October 2 at 9 p.m. ET/8 p.m. CT
    Due to NBC’s primetime schedule, the broadcast will 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 Nailah Franklin, a Chicago pharmaceutical rep, stops returning calls from her tight-knit family, they know something isn’t right.
    REPORTED BY: Keith Morrison WHERE: Chicago, Illinois
    INTERVIEWS WITH: Nailah’s mother Maria Maner, Nailah’s siblings, Detective Greg Jacobson and more.
    Dateline NBC is the longest-running series in NBC primetime history and is now in its 30th season.
  • TBS Full Frontal With Samantha Bee – Wednesday, September 28, 10:30PM Show More
    September 28, 2021 – Like your most rhythmically-challenged friend, TikTok is having a hell of a time mastering it’s latest challenge: stopping the spread of harmful misinformation. To prevent dangerous conspiracy theories and lies from going viral, everyone’s favorite clock app needs to do better! Also,  We are so lucky to have Tarana Burke as our guest on this week’s Full Release and you’re lucky too because you get to listen to our all new episode! Tune in to hear about her new book, Unbound, and whether we’d be better off if we had stuck with MySpace.
  • USA Network WWE RAW – Monday, September 27, 8:00PM Show More
    09/27/21 –
  • from wrestlinginc.com: Tonight’s WWE RAW will take place from the Heritage Bank Center in Cincinnati, Ohio with fallout form last night’s Extreme Rules pay-per-view.
    WWE has announced just one match for tonight’s RAW and that’s Bobby Lashley’s rematch with WWE Champion Big E. The match will open the show.
    RAW should also feature what’s next for WWE United States Champion Damian Priest and RAW Women’s Champion Charlotte Flair after their successful title defenses at Extreme Rules last night.
    Advertised locally by the arena is Big E and RAW Tag Team Champions Riddle and Randy Orton vs. Lashley, AJ Styles and Omos.
  • USA Network WWE NXT – Tuesday, September 28, 8:00PM Show More
    09/28/21 – From wrestlinginc.com: Tonight’s WWE NXT 2.0 episode will feature three title matches.
    WWE is pushing tonight’s show as being “all about the ladies” with NXT Women’s Champion Raquel Gonzalez defending against Franky Monet, and NXT Women’s Tag Team Champions Io Shirai and Zoey Stark defending against Gigi Dolin and Jacy Jayne of Toxic Attraction.
    New NXT Cruiserweight Champion Roderick Strong will also be in action tonight as he defends against Grayson Waller.
    Below is the current line-up:
    * Lash Legend debuts “Lashing Out with Lash Legend” talk show
    * Footage from the honeymoon of Dexter Lumis and Indi Hartwell
    * “B-Fab” Briana Brandy vs. Elektra Lopez in a No DQ match
    * NXT Women’s Tag Team Champions Io Shirai and Zoey Stark defend against Gigi Dolin and Jacy Jayne
    * NXT Women’s Champion Raquel Gonzalez defends against Franky Monet
    * NXT Cruiserweight Champion Roderick Strong defends against Grayson Waller
  • USA Network CHRISLEY KNOWS BEST – Thursday, September 30, 8:00PM Show More
    Players and Party Planners
    Todd gets left out of Jay’s birthday planning. Grayson gets tripped up trying to be a player.
  • USA Network GROWING UP CHRISLEY – Thursday, September 30, 9:30PM Show More
    Baa Humbug
    Chase is torn between Emmy and Julie during the holidays. Savannah and Nanny set out to get rich.

 

RERUNS

  • CBS YOUNG SHELDON – Thursday, September 30 Show More
    DR. STURGIS RETURNS TO MEDFORD, ON A REBROADCAST OF “YOUNG SHELDON,” THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 30
    “A Black Hole” – The Coopers discuss the possibilities of black holes and alternate universes when Dr. Sturgis comes over for dinner, on YOUNG SHELDON, Thursday, September 30 (8:00-8:31 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. (OAD 5/6/21)
    STORY BY: Steve Holland & Jeremy Howe & Connor Kilpatrick
    TELEPLAY BY: Steven Molaro & Eric Kaplan & Tara Hernandez
    DIRECTED BY: Jaffar Mahmood Promo
  • CBS BLUE BLOODS – Thursday, September 30 Show More
    MISSY’S FIRST HEARTBREAK TRIGGERS A SERIES OF EVENTS THAT LEAD THE COOPER FAMILY TO THE BRINK, ON A REBROADCAST OF THE FOURTH SEASON FINALE OF “YOUNG SHELDON,” THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 30
    “The Wild and Woolly World of Nonlinear Dynamics” – Missy’s first heartbreak triggers a series of events that lead the Cooper family to the brink, on the fourth season finale of YOUNG SHELDON, Thursday, September 30 (8:30-9:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.
    STORY BY: Eric Kaplan & Tara Hernandez & Jeremy Howe
    TELEPLAY BY: Steven Molaro & Steve Holland & Connor Kilpatrick
    DIRECTED BY: Alex Reid Promo
  • CBS FBI: INTERNATIONAL- Saturday, October 2 Show More
    THE INTERNATIONAL FLY TEAM IS CALLED TO INVESTIGATE A KIDNAPPING, AFTER A YOUNG MOTHER FLEES TO HUNGARY WITH HER SON IN THE AFTERMATH OF AN UNFAVORABLE CUSTODY BATTLE IN THE U.S., ON “FBI: INTERNATIONAL,” SATURDAY, OCTOBER 2 (Rebroadtcast from Tuesday, Sept. 28).
    Jeremy Sisto from “FBI” Guest Stars https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=je64qOJ0hEgSneak Peek
    “The Edge” – The International Fly Team is called on when a young mother flees to Hungary with her son, after losing partial custody of her son in the U.S. However, after the boy is kidnapped from his mother in broad daylight in Budapest, the team questions which parent is the danger in the child’s life, on FBI: INTERNATIONAL, Saturday, October 2 (8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network, and available to stream live and on demand on Paramount+. Jeremy Sisto from FBI guest stars.
    WRITTEN BY: Derek Haas
    DIRECTED BY: Michael Katleman
  • CBS MAGNUM P.I. – Saturday, October 2 Show More
    TBA – Airing Saturday, October 2 (9:00 PM) on the CBS Television Network – MAGNUM AND HIGGINS CARE FOR A BABY LEFT ABANDONED AT THE ESTATE’S GATE, WHILE KUMU TRIES TO LOCATE THE INFANT’S MOTHER, ON “MAGNUM P.I.,” SATURDAY, OCTOBER 2 (Rebroadcast from Friday, April 9) Preview
    “Cry Murder” – As Magnum and Higgins work a case to recover valuable stolen truffles, they also must care for a baby left abandoned at the gates of their estate, while Kumu tries to locate the infant’s mother, on MAGNUM P.I., (9:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.
    TELEPLAY BY: Peter M. Lenkov & Eric Guggenheim
    STORY BY: Emily Singer
    DIRECTED BY: Peter Weller
  • The CW Penn & Teller: Fool Us – Sunday, September 26 Show More
    “Penn & Teller Get the Finger” – (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 live studio audience and the TV audience watch along with Penn & Teller as they try to figure out the secrets. The magicians featured in the episode include Sanjeev Vinodh, Doc Dixon, David Merlin and Jorg Alexander. Alyson Hannigan (“How I Met Your Mother”) serves as host (#722). Original airdate 3/5/2021.
  • The CW Wellington Paranormal – Sunday, September 26 Show More
    “Fear the Briannas” – (9:30-10:00 p.m. ET) (TV-14, LV) (HDTV)
    POWER OF THREE – Officers Minogue (Mike Minogue) and O’Leary (Karen O’Leary) investigate at a local girls’ high school when three teen witches start threatening students. Also starring Maaka Pohatu. Jackie van Beek directed the episode written by Amanda Alison (#202). Original airdate 8/22/2021. Promo
  • The CW Penn & Teller: Fool Us – Monday, September 27 Show More
    “Magic with a Property Brother” – (9:00-10:00 p.m. ET) (TV-PG, D) (HDTV)
    JONATHAN SCOTT (“PROPERTY BROTHERS”) APPEARS IN THE SEASON FINALE – 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 live studio audience and the TV audience watch along with Penn & Teller as they try to figure out the secrets. The magicians featured in the episode include Ali Cook, Tony Clark, Till Haunschild and Tony Montana. Alyson Hannigan (“How I Met Your Mother”) serves as host (#714). Original airdate 11/16/2020
  • FOX THE BIG LEAP – Thursday, September 30 Show More
    “THE BIG LEAP” – (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT) CC-HDTV 720p-Dolby Digital 5.1
    PA: Viewer discretion is advised.
    MEET THE UNDERDOGS DARING TO CHASE THEIR DREAMS ON A SPECIAL ENCORE OF THE SERIES PREMIERE OF “THE BIG LEAP” THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 30, ON FOX
    A group of diverse, down-on-their-luck people attempt to change their lives by participating in a potentially life-ruining reality dance show, featuring a modern reimagining of “Swan Lake” in a special encore of the “I Want You Back” series premiere episode of THE BIG LEAP airing Thursday, Sept. 30 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. (BLP-101) (TV-14 D,L,S,V)
  • FOX OUR KIND OF PEOPLE – Thursday, September 30 Show More
    “OUR KIND OF PEOPLE” – (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) CC-HDTV 720p-Dolby Digital 5.1 Promo
    WELCOME TO OAK BLUFFS AND THE WORLD OF THE RICH AND DANGEROUS ON A SPECIAL ENCORE OF THE SERIES PREMIERE OF “OUR KIND OF PEOPLE” THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 30, ON FOX
    New Series Executive-Produced by Karin Gist (“Star”) and Lee Daniels (“Empire”)
    Inspired by Lawrence Otis Graham’s provocative, critically acclaimed book, “Our Kind of People: Inside America’s Black Upper Class,” OUR KIND OF PEOPLE takes place in the aspirational world of Oak Bluffs on Martha’s Vineyard, a historical stronghold where the rich and powerful Black elite have come to play for over 50 years. From writer and executive producer Karin Gist (“Star,” “Grey’s Anatomy”) and executive producer Lee Daniels (“Empire,” “The United States Vs. Billie Holiday”), OUR KIND OF PEOPLE follows a strong-willed, single mom as she sets out to reclaim her family’s name and make an impact with her revolutionary haircare line that highlights the innate, natural beauty of Black women. But she soon discovers a dark secret about her own mother’s past that will turn her world upside-down and shake up this community forever. Single mother Angela Vaughn arrives in the Martha’s Vineyard enclave with her teenage daughter and aunt and immediately is thrown into a world of wealth and glamour, as well as the crosshairs of the powerful Franklin and Dupont families in a special encore of “Reparations,” the series premiere episode of OUR KIND OF PEOPLE airing Thursday, Sept. 30 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. (OKP-101) (TV-14 D, L, S)
    Guest Cast: Debbi Morgan as Patricia “Aunt Piggy” Williams; L. Scott Caldwell as Olivia Dupont; Nicole Chanel Williams as Taylor Woods; Raven Goodwin as Josephine
  • NBC “ORDINARY JOE””REQUIEM” REPEAT Show More
    10/01/2021 (08:00PM – 09:00PM) (Friday) : With the anniversary of 9/11 approaching, all three Joes grapple with the emotions that come with the day. Cop Joe and Amy pursue a romance, but Music Joe and Amy’s marriage is clouded by a big secret. Nurse Joe and Jenny have a breakthrough. TV-14 D,L Promo
  • NBC “LA BREA””PILOT” REPEAT Show More
    10/02/2021 (08:00PM – 09:00PM) (Saturday) : When a massive sinkhole opens in Los Angeles, the Harris family is split in two. Eve and her son are sent to a mysterious primeval world. Gavin discovers that the visions that have plagued him for years might hold the key to bringing them home. TV-14 L,V Promo
  • NBC “DATELINE WEEKEND MYSTERY””SA3101” ORIGINAL Show More
    10/02/2021 (09:00PM – 10:00PM) (Saturday) : “Smoke and Mirrors” Episode aired Mar 18, 2016 Illinois, 2007: Nailah Franklin, a pharmaceutical sales representative in Chicago, was strangled and her body dumped in a pond near a parking lot. Was it a stranger? Or someone she knew? Keith Morrison reports.
  • NBC “SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE””VINTAGE” REPEAT Show More
    10/02/21 (Sa.) (10:00 PM) – Maya Rudolph is guest host and Jack Harlow is the musical guest. Episode aired Mar 27, 2021.
    Sketches include: cold open: Snatched! Vaxed! or Waxed!- Spring Breakers assemble amidst COVID-19;
    monologue: SNL anecdotes told to Andrew Dismukes, Punkie Johnson, Lauren Holt by Rudolph come from The Breakfast Club;
    TV show: Hot Ones- spicy wings turn normally-cool Beyonce (Rudolph) into a wet mess;
    Song: “Boomers Got The Vax”- immunized older generation flaunts its well-being;
    TV show: A Kamala Harris (Rudolph) Unity Seder- Doug Emhoff (Martin Short) welcomes politicians;
    Song: “NFTs”- (Pete Davidson) & Janet Yellen (Kate McKinnon) talk cryptocurrency a la “Without Me”;
    Song: musical guest Jack Harlow performs “Tyler Herro” & “Whats Poppin”;
    news: Sidney Powell’s (Cecily Strong) unreasonableness is her defense against lawsuits;
    news: Bowen Yang lists ways to combat the spate of hate crimes against Asian Americans;
    skit: old flames (Kenan Thompson) & (Rudolph) are rival substitute Broadway choreographers;
    TV show: 2021 Barfly Awards- Sally O’Flappy (Rudolph) is biggest booze-soaked winner;
    Song: Jack Harlow & Adam Levine [real] perform “Same Guy”; and
    Film: “The Maya-ing”- Rudolph & ’70s writer (Tina Fey) haunt SNL a la Kubrick; Rachel Dratch cameo.

 

OTHER

  • These TV shows will be out September 28 on DVD: “The Boss Baby: Back in Business – Seasons 3 & 4;” “Emergency!: The Complete Series;” “A House Divided, Season 3;” “Nancy Drew: Season One;” and “Super Dimension Century Orguss” (only on Blu-ray).
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Primetime TV Review: Ordinary Joe

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“Ordinary Joe” Review on by Eva 9/24/2021

I decided to watch Ordinary Joe because it sounded interesting… but when I watched the show, I found it to be confusing.

The show centers around Joe Kimbreau (James Wolk), who graduates from college and has a choice to make of what to do with the rest of his graduation day. Joe’s first option ]is to ask Amy (Natalie Martinez), whom he just met, on a date. Joe’s second choice is to go with his girlfriend, Jenny (Elizabeth Lail), to the beach for a talk.  His third choice for the day is to go to dinner with his family. The show then follows Joe’s three possible choices or timelines. If he goes with Amy on a date, he becomes a famous musician, marries her and they try to have a child; if he goes with Jenny, he becomes a nurse with a disabled son and an unhappy marriage. If Joe chooses dinner with his family, he becomes a cop who is single but still wonders what happened to Amy and Jenny.

This show is a bit confusing because it switches randomly from Joe’s three parallel lives, and you have to really pay attention to understand what Joe is doing and which life he is living. I really like James Wolk as Joe – he makes the best of what he is given and gives the audience a reason to root for Joe, hoping that he will solve his problems.

I think this show needs to work on being a little less confusing… maybe if they dealt with one of Joe’s lives in each episode, instead of all three lives in the same episode, it would work better. I think the show will do okay because it comes after “The Voice” on Monday nights. I will keep watching it to see if it improves, but for now I will give it 3 out of 5 stars.

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MORE INFORMATION:

ORDINARY JOE (NBC)

BROADCAST HISTORY:
9/20/21 – ???

STATUS:
currently airing (fall 2021)TIME SLOT:
mondays from 10:00 PM-11:00 PM ESTCURRENT SEASON:
1 (??? episodes)VISIT THE OFFICIAL WEB SITE

DESCRIPTION:
(from NBC’s web site, September 2021) Life is all about the choices you make – and sometimes, what you do in a single moment can change everything. This new heartfelt, life-affirming drama follows Joe Kimbreau, who faces one of these decisions at his college graduation. The three parallel stories that diverge from that night find Joe and the people around him with different careers, relationships and family lives, showing the unexpected ways that things change – and stay the same. But when it comes down to it, there is no “right” choice; no matter what happens, Joe’s life is always messy, exciting, tough, unpredictable… and beautiful.

PRINCIPAL CAST INFORMATION:
· Charlie Barnett as Eric Payne
· Elizabeth Lail
· James Wolk as Joe Kimbrough
· Natalie Martinez as Amy

CREW INFORMATION:
· Adam Davidson as EP/DIR (Pilot)
· Adam Kassan as EP
· Garrett Lerner as CRTR/EP
· Howard Klein as EP
· Matt Reeves as EP
· Rafi Crohn as EP
· Russel Friend as CRTR/EP

GENRE(S):
· drama

STUDIO INFORMATION:
· 20th Century Fox Television
· 3 Arts Entertainment
· 6th & Idaho
· Universal Television

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Interview with the “Alter Ego” Judges and Host

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Judges and host of "Alter Ego" on FOX

Interview with judges Nick Lachey, Grimes, and will.i.am, host Rocsi Diaz, executive producer Matilda Zoltowski, and FOX’s President of Alternative Entertainment & Specials, Rob Wade of “Alter Ego” on FOX Suzanne 9/8/21

Alter Ego is the new FOX music competition show. It’s very unusual in that the singers create an avatar of themselves to perform through. The judges and audience see them not as themselves, but as their avatar.

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I attended the FOX TCA panel for the show. Normally, they give us “screeners” – an episode or two of the show to watch ahead of time. Instead, we got one compilation episode. I’m not sure why. It was interesting, though. I don’t really watch non-fiction shows, but I might have to tune in to some of this to see what it’s really like.

On the panel, they told us “lost dreams and second chances are reignited when singers become the stars they’ve always wanted to be. However, these contestants won’t perform as themselves, rather, they’ll help create their dream avatar alter ego, reinventing and transforming themselves like never before. Talent and technology come together, creating a singing competition unlike anything the world has ever seen.” Then we saw a clip.

The panel consisted of judges Nick Lachey, Grimes, and will.i.am, host Rocsi Diaz, executive producer Matilda Zoltowski, and FOX’s President of Alternative Entertainment & Specials, Rob Wade. I’d only heard of Lachey and will.i.am, but that’s fine because I only was able to ask one question.

My question was admittedly a little lame. I should have asked about the technology behind the avatars because no one really asked that, and I’m curious. On the TV screen, we see the judges and audience looking at the avatar, which lookes like a real person on the stage. Is that how it looks in real life, or is it all special effects? I would love to know. Instead, I asked Nick Lachey a question about being a judge. I made an error because I thought he had been a judge on another reality show. My mistake because he was a contestant, not a judge. Whoops! I should have done more research. My bad. But he gave a great answer, anyway.

The first journalist asked the producers about the idea behind the show and what they hoped people would take out of having avatars perform. The answer was basically that they have this amazing technology that they can use now, and that they could get performers with amazing voices that we wouldn’t necessarily see on other competition shows. I guess he means, people who are not very attractive. What else would she mean? I mean, we’ve seen plenty of plus-sized people, and people of all different colors, races, genders, ages and orientations competing. The only thing left is unattractive people. From what the clips are showing, all of the contestants are choosing avatars much thinner than themselves, and some much more light-skinned than themselves. I wonder what criticisms people will have of the show. It’s, of course, also a way for those who are gender-fluid to have avatars to reflect who they feel like inside. I don’t know if that will be enough to counteract the other problems, though. We shall see!

The next press person asked about the design of the avatars and whether body diversity came into play. The producer answered that they have a real mix of different types of people and “huge diversity on every level.” She revealed that they have 20 different alter egos, which is something I didn’t know from watching the clips. It appears that the contestants are able to change what their avatars are wearing and other features. The producer maintained that they wanted to have alter egos that would appearl to a wide audience – people of all different types. She concluded, “I think there’s something there for everybody.”

Another writer asked why the alter egos look “fantastical” rather than just looking like regular humans. Hmm, here’s someone who probably hasn’t played a lot of video games or done online role-playing. That’s kind of the point – to look different than we are, dude. Producer Wade admitted that trying to make the avatars look like regular humans didn’t really look good. The avatars looked “creepy.” They thought that having them more colorful and fun would be better and people could connect to them. He also added, “why do a show called ALTER EGO with avatars if you’re just going to replicate human beings? They should be something a little bit more fantastical, a little bit superhero like, in a way.”

Judge Grimes interjected that she thought that since so many people are into video games, that they’re used to connecting with the “crazier type” of characters. will.i.am also added his input by comparing people dressing up in different colors, expressing themselves, or wearing costumes for Comic-Con, or various artists who look “fantastical” like these alter egos. He said, “This is beyond makeup. This is beyond, you know, a hat and glasses. It’s beyond freaking tailored suits that fit you perfectly. This is your spirit tailored, whooo. This is, like, your passion tailored. This is putting makeup on your spirit.” He got very excited, and everyone laughed. Nick Lachey advised us to tune in to the series because this is just a small taste of what will.i.am commentary is like.

The next interviewer ask about how genders will be changed, which was a variation on the body diversity question already asked. will.i.am put it well when he declared that “the imagination is genderless and it’s beautiful.” He went on to explained that when he writes songs, sometimes it’s from a female point of view (especially if he’s writing it for a female singer, such as Fergie. He’s “dialing into my inner femininity.” He once again indulged in hyperbole about the show and its performers in this regard. Lachey chimed in to talk about it from the POV of an entertaining – how it can be “truly liberating” to step into an alter ego. He says the way it came together in the show blew his mind. Grimes noted that the show makes “gender fluidity more casual”. Diaz pointed out that what will make viewers really invested in the stories of the performers is that they get to live out these experiences in such a liberating way and really be themselves for the first time. It was touching for them, and she believes it will be for the audience at home as well.

Then it was my turn to ask a question. Bear in mind that I was already a middle-aged adult by the time “98 Degrees” became a big hit, so that wasn’t my music. I had completely forgotten that Lachey was in that group. I had mostly seen him in “Charmed,” where he played Leslie St. Claire in 2004. He modestly replied, “To call me an actor is a liberal use of the word “acting.” After graciously correcting me that he’d never been a judge, he said that he had been a host before on music competition shows, so he was excited to step into the role of judge. He admitted that he was a bit of a skeptic at first (about the alter egos) because he doesn’t play video Alter Ego fairy avatargames and isn’t really into technology tha tmuch. He thought it was really cool to be asked to be part of it, though. In the end, “what I took away from it was, there’s such a humanity, despite all the mind blowing technology, and it’s incredible, and you’ll see it when it premieres on the 22nd. I mean, it’s incredible technology, but there’s still a humanity that comes through in these performances. These are real emotions. These are real people behind the alter egos, and that life experience, all the things that you channel as an artist, all those things you channel into your performance, those things come through in a very real way through the technology, which is a beautiful, beautiful thing to see. And again, I always use this word, but, you know, confluence of technology and artistry, and the way those things came together on this show is something unlike we’ve seen on TV ever. And so, I’m so excited. I mean, I got to watch it firsthand. I’m so excited for (my dog, Brandy, barked here) come together. And, apparently, that dog agrees with me. They’re excited.” Everyone laughed because it was very funny.

They joked around about how Lachey told a lot of “dad jokes.”

The next journalist asked Nick if there were logistical complications, since he lives in Hawaii and the show is in Los Angeles. Lachey confirmed that he does have a lot of frequent flyer miles. However, he was able to be back in L.A., bringing his son Charlie with him while he filmed the show and spent time there. He admitted, “I’ve done a lot of great things in my career, and I’m truly appreciative of each and every one of them, but this was one of the unique and special things I was able to be a part of. So, I’m glad it was able to be worked out, and I’m glad I was able do it.”

The same person asked him being a contestant on “The Masked Singer” and how that informed him for this show. He compared being in the “Piglet” costume to having an alter ego because it frees you to create a character and be whomever you want to be. He told us that the singers in “Alter Ego” are all incredible, but they all have struggled in some ways, but the show allowed them “truly feel liberated, and let their true talent shine through. And we all were lucky enough to be witnesses to that, and I think that’s a beautiful thing. That’s the real … humanity of this show. These are all humans with real emotions, and real struggles, and real experiences, and they bring all that to their performances, and they bring all that to their alter egos. And to watch all those things come together on this is a beautiful thing.”

Another journalist asked will.i.am about the current technology available (and being used on the show), and how he would have used that back when he was in the Black-Eyed Peas. Will gave a very long answer where he basically said that it would have freed them all to be different characters – and play different instruments- within their band.

That same man asked Graimes, who’s a producer as well as a performer, how she judges the show’s performers. Grimes didn’t really answer his questions. She did admit that she has “huge stage fright” and was already looking into this sort of technology to use in her own performances.

There many more questions, but these were the most interesting. Check out this unusual show!

Here is the audio version of it.

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

MORE INFO:

ALTER EGO is the world’s first avatar singing competition series and the next iteration of the musical competition show. On ALTER EGO, lost dreams and second chances are reignited when singers from all walks of life 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. The judges table features some of the biggest names in music, including iconic singer/songwriter and seven-time Grammy Award winner Alanis Morissette; actor, singer and television personality Nick Lachey; acclaimed Canadian producer, songwriter, singer and visual artist Grimes; and multi-Grammy Award-winning singer/songwriter, producer, entrepreneur and actor will.i.am. Emmy Award-winning personality Rocsi Diaz will host the musical spectacle. In ALTER EGO, talent and technology come together to create a singing competition unlike anything the world has ever seen.

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as Judge

Bio

Claire Boucher is the producer of the alter ego Grimes and an award-winning music video director, as well as a music writer, artist, producer, engineer and singer-songwriter. The world got its first glimpse of this vision on her 2010 full-length debut, “Geidi Primes,” which drew its inspiration from the David Lynch adaptation of Frank Herbert’s “Dune.” Her sophomore outing, “Halfaxa,” followed the same year. Over the course of three weeks, 2012’s “Visions” came to life in her apartment and would be recorded solely on Garage Band. 2015 marked a commercial breakthrough on “Art Angels.” It appeared in the Top 5 of year-end lists by Pitchfork, Billboard, Consequence of Sound, The New York Times and Rolling Stone, in addition to being named Album of the Year by Stereogum, NME and Exclaim! In 2018, she made another conscious evolution, turning back to formative influences, such as Tool and Nine Inch Nails for inspiration — a style first hinted at on 2016’s “Suicide Squad” soundtrack contribution, “Medieval Warfare.” In 2020, she released “Miss Anthropocene,” a concept album about an anthropomorphic goddess of climate change, which received rave reviews. The album title stems from the words Misanthrope, “a person who dislikes humankind and avoids human society,” and Anthropocene, “the current geological age, viewed as the period during which human activity has been the dominant influence on climate and the environment.” In 2021, she set the NFT world on fire with the release of WarNymph Collection Vol 1 By Grimes x Mac. The collection contains 10 artworks, including a unique video work set to original music composed specifically for the project. Through the character of WarNymph, Grimes explores the fluidity of identity in the virtual age: the ability to create, augment and splinter ourselves into unlimited avatars.

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as Judge

Bio

Singer, actor and television personality Nick Lachey rose to fame as the lead singer of the multi-Platinum boy band 98 Degrees, selling more than 10 million records. He also has released four solo studio albums. Currently, Nick can be seen co-hosting “Love is Blind” with his wife Vanessa Lachey. In 2021, Lachey won the fifth season of THE MASKED SINGER as The Piglet. Lachey has had a long hosting career, serving as host on “The Sing Off” and “Big Morning Buzz Live.”

In addition to his work in music and television, Lachey remains a constant advocate for children’s and humanitarian causes through his work with organizations including Autism Speaks, Feeding America, Make-a-Wish Foundation, The Boys & Girls Club, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF), VH-1 Save The Music, The Cincinnati Children’s Hospital and The Cincinnati School for Performing Arts. He is also founder and President of The Nick Lachey Foundation, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to helping children, families and communities in need throughout the United States.

Lachey was raised in Cincinnati, OH, and attended the School for Creative and Performing Arts (SCPA), Miami University and University of Southern California. Lachey currently resides in Los Angeles with his wife Vanessa and three children.

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as Judge

Bio

Seven-time Grammy Award winner will.i.am has been at the forefront of the contemporary American hip hop movement for more than 20 years. He is best known as a songwriter, producer, actor and entrepreneur, and globally recognized as a founding member of Black Eyed Peas, one of the best-selling groups of all time. He has released four solo albums and eight studio albums with Black Eyed Peas. The act was one of the first to recognize the mainstream potential of electronic dance music and held the No. 1 spot on the Hot 100 for a record 26 consecutive weeks after “I Gotta Feeling” replaced “Boom Boom Pow” atop the chart — more than any other act in the history of the Hot 100. The Emmy and CLIO Award-winning music video, “Yes We Can,” mobilized a generation during the 2008 U.S. Presidential election. He has worked with countless Grammy Award-winning artists as a producer and currently serves as a Coach on “The Voice UK” and “The Voice Kids.”

He has starred in several animated feature films, including “Rio,” “Rio 2” and “Madagascar 2: Escape to Africa,” as well as the live-action “X-Men Origins: Wolverine.” Founded in 2009, will.i.am’s i.am Angel Foundation supports in-class and after-school STEAM education programs for disadvantaged youth in grades K – 12. The Foundation also funds the Boyle Heights STEM Magnet High School in Los Angeles, and the i.am Scholarship program that provides gap funding to college-bound program students.

ALANIS MORISSETTE

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as Judge

Bio

Since 1995, Alanis Morissette has been one of the most influential singer-songwriter-musicians in contemporary music. Her deeply expressive music and performances have earned vast critical praise and seven Grammy Awards. Morissette’s 1995 debut, “Jagged Little Pill,” was followed by nine more eclectic and acclaimed albums.

She has contributed musically to theatrical releases and has acted on the big and small screens. Outside of entertainment, she is an avid supporter of female empowerment, as well as spiritual, psychological and physical wellness. In 2016, Morissette launched “Conversation with Alanis Morissette,” a monthly podcast that features conversations with a variety of revered authors, doctors, educators and therapists, covering a wide range of psycho-social topics, extending from spirituality to developmentalism to art. On December 5, 2019, the Broadway musical “Jagged Little Pill” debuted at the Broadhurst Theatre in New York City, and was nominated for 15 Tony Awards. Most recently, Morissette released her ninth studio album, “Such Pretty Forks In The Road,” to rave reviews. For more information see www.alanis.com.

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as Host

Bio

Emmy Award-winning television host Rocsi Diaz is best known as the former co-host of ultra-popular mega music show “106 & Park.” She has interviewed everyone from Lady Gaga to Barack Obama. As a co-host and daily correspondent on “Entertainment Tonight,” Diaz was known for setting the tone for what’s hot in music, movies and entertainment. She reached 85 million homes worldwide during her time with “106 & Park,” and has since gone to host “The Daily Share,” “Dating Naked,” “Behind The Movie,” “Chatter” and “Cannonball.” With a massive social media presence, Diaz reaches millions of followers across all platforms.

MATILDA ZOLTOWSKI

Executive Producer/Showrunner

Bio

Matilda Zoltowski is a talented producer who has worked on some of the biggest and most successful properties in unscripted television. She began her career in the U.K., where she worked on “Big Brother” and “Strictly Come Dancing,” the inspiration for “Dancing With The Stars.” Her work on “Strictly Come Dancing” gave her the opportunity to develop and produce “Dancing With The Stars” in the U.S., on which she was a co-executive producer for eight seasons.

Zoltowski has developed and produced many different types of unscripted series that have attracted major talent, including cooking series “The Taste,” starring Anthony Bourdain; “Off Their Rockers,” with Betty White; “Bring The Funny,” with Kenan Thompson and Chrissy Teigen; and “I Can Do That,” with Marlon Wayans. Most recently, she served as executive producer for all four seasons of “World of Dance,” starring Jennifer Lopez.

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Interview with the cast of “Ordinary Joe” on NBC

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cast of "Ordinary Joe" on NBC

Interview with actors James Wolk, Elizabeth Lail, Natalie Martinez, Charlie Barnett and executive producers Garrett Lerner and Russell Friend of “Ordinary Joe” on NBC by Suzanne 9/13/21

This was a wonderful TV Critics Association panel for a fun new show. I admit that I’m a fan of lead actor James Wolk. He’s been great in so many shows, such as “Mad Men,” “Watchmen,” and “Zoo.” He’s more than just a pretty face. I know, that’s a terribly sexist thing to say. This is a beautiful cast, though. It was nice to meet his co-stars as well. Everyone there obviously has high hopes for this show, so I hope it succeeds.

The show focuses on Wolk’s character, Joe, and the three choices he has in life after college. If he goes to meet his girlfriend, Jenny (Lail), then he ends up with her. If he meets up with this other woman he just met, Amy (Martinez), then he ends up with her. If he goes out with his family, then he has a different path.  We see him on all three paths, how his life turns out, depending on which road he takes. Seeing the first two episodes was interesting. I want to see how they’ll carry this over a whole season. There is Nurse Joe, Cop Joe and Rock Star Joe. Personally, the last one is my favorite.

Because this was a TCA panel and not a regular interview, I was only able to ask one question, and I’m not allowed to share the transcript or recording with you. It was very enjoyable, though.

When I asked my question, which was about singing, Wolk immediately started singing a Billy Joel song to me (swoon!), so that was charming. In the show, when Joe is young, he’s graduating as a music major. He wants to be a rock star – the next Billy Joel. That struck me as a bit odd, given his age.

In the interview, I asked, “Jim, were you a fan of Billy Joel before this show, and had you been singing his songs for fun, or anything like that? You seem a little young to be a Billy Joel fan, to be honest (laughs).” He replied that the mom of an old friend of his used to listen to his albums, and he enjoys singing his music, but he did admit that he’s not as big of a fan of his music as his character, Joe, is. Charlie Barnett (who plays his best friend, Eric) objected to my question and said that “There’s no age limit to good music.”  Well, that’s true, but most people, I don’t think, are quite so much into real oldies that they didn’t grow up with as they are their own teenage or childhood music. Now, I don’t know when Joe was born, but Wolk was born in 1985, which was after the bulk of Billy Joel’s hits, so it would be pretty odd for him to aspire to be like him. It would be as if I aspired to be the next Connie Francis or Brenda Lee. I’m sure most people reading this barely know who those women are. The guys who wrote the show are probably a lot older, so Billy Joel was their music more than Wolk’s. He does have a lovely singing voice, though, and he sang “Piano Man” very well in one of the episodes (I was a music major, just like the character, Joe).

Wolk graciously told us all that the other cast members present there are also really good singers, so he hinted that they may have an all-singing episode one day. Everyone seemed to like that idea.

Check out the series and let me know which Joe is your favorite!

Joe's three paths after graduation

Here’s another review of the show that gives you a lot of information. I agree with a lot of it…however, I don’t think it’s nearly as bland as this reviewer thinks it is. A large part of it rests on how much you like James Wolk and the other actors.

MORE INFO:

Life is all about the choices you make – and sometimes what you do in a single moment can change everything. This new heartfelt, life-affirming drama follows Joe Kimbreau, who faces one of these decisions at his college graduation. The three parallel stories that diverge from that night find Joe and the people around him with different careers, relationships and family lives, showing the unexpected ways that things change – and stay the same. But when it comes down to it, there is no “right” choice; no matter what happens, Joe’s life is always messy, exciting, tough, unpredictable … and beautiful.

The cast includes James Wolk, Natalie Martinez, Elizabeth Lail and Charlie Barnett.

Russel Friend and Garrett Lerner will write and executive produce along with executive producers Matt Reeves, Adam Kassan, Rafi Crohn, Howard Klein. Adam Davidson will direct and executive produce the pilot episode.

“Ordinary Joe” is produced by 20th Television, Universal Television, a division of Universal Studio Group, 6th & Idaho, 3 Arts.

breaking news | March 31, 2021

•    NBC has ordered the drama “Ordinary Joe” to series.

•    W/EP: Russel Friend, Garrett Lerner

•    NW/EP: Matt Reeves, Adam Kassan, Rafi Crohn, Howard Klein

•    D/EP (pilot only): Adam Davidson

•    “I still remember when Matt Reeves shared this passion project back when I worked at Twentieth. Russel and Garrett wrote such a compelling and emotional script that was expertly executed from page to screen,” said Lisa Katz, President, Scripted Content, Entertainment and Streaming. “We love how ‘Ordinary Joe’ lets us experience the universal question of ‘what if’ through an incredible cast of characters and engaging storylines.”

•    Cast: James Wolk, Natalie Martinez, Charlie Barnett, Elizabeth Lail

•    Logline: Explores the three parallel lives of the show’s main character after he makes a pivotal choice at a crossroads in his life. The series asks the question of how different life might look if you made your decision based on love, loyalty or passion.

•    Produced by: 20th Television, Universal Television (a division of Universal Studio Group), 6th & Idaho, 3 Arts

James Wolk

Joe Kimbreau, “Ordinary Joe”

James Wolk stars as Joe Kimbreau in the new NBC drama “Ordinary Joe.”

Wolk was recently be seen on the HBO series “Watchmen,” written by Damon Lindoff, based off the comic book series. He also co-stars on the CBS All Access series “Tell Me a Story,” created and produced by Kevin Williamson, which was renewed for a second season.  It takes the world’s most beloved fairy tales and reimagines them as a dark and twisted psychological thriller. He also recurred on season two of Amazon’s legal drama series “Goliath,” created by David E. Kelley and Jonathan Shapiro, and starring opposite Billy Bob Thornton.

Wolk is also known for his starring role on the CBS summer series, “Zoo,” which ran for three seasons.  Based on the bestselling novel of the same name by acclaimed writer James Patterson, “Zoo” centers on Jackson Oz (James Wolk) – a young American zoologist, who begins to notice the strange behavior of the animals, leading to a wave of violent animal-on-human attacks across the globe.

In 2010, Wolk nabbed the lead role in the critically acclaimed but short-lived Fox series, “Lone Star” and co-starred on the the Golden Globe-nominated USA miniseries “Political Animals.” Wolk also notably recurred on the award-winning and critically acclaimed AMC series “Mad Men” and starred opposite Robin Williams and Sarah Michelle Gellar in the CBS comedy “The Crazy Ones.” Other television credits include “Billions,” “Happy Endings,” and “Shameless.”

Wolk, a native of Farmington Hills, Mich., and 2007 graduate of the University of Michigan drama school, began his career in the CBS/ Hallmark Hall of Fame special “Front of the Class.”

Wolk also appeared on stage in the Tony Award-nominated production “Next Fall,” written by Geoffrey Nauffts and directed by Sheryl Kaller, for its West Coast debut at the Geffen Playhouse.

On the big screen, Wolk made his film debut in Disney’s “You Again.” His film credits include “For a Good Time Call,” “There’s Always Woodstock” and “The Is Happening.” Wolk notably co-starred in the 2015 critically acclaimed film “The Stanford Prison Experiment,” which premiered at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival and was nominated for the Grand Jury Prize.

Wolk resides in Los Angeles.

Charlie Barnett

Eric Payne, “Ordinary Joe”

Charlie Barnett stars as Eric Payne, the best friend of Joe Kimbreau, in the new NBC drama “Ordinary Joe.”

Barnett is familiar to NBC audiences, starring for three seasons as Peter Mills on “Chicago Fire.”  Born in Sarasota, Fla., Barnett began performing at a young age, participating in local opera and musical theater productions before graduating from the Juilliard School.

Barnett’s TV career began with guest star roles on “Law & Order: SVU” and “Law & Order: Criminal Intent” before landing his first series regular role on “Chicago Fire.” He then joined the second season of “Secrets and Lies” followed by a series regular role on the CW military drama “Valor.”

In 2019, Barnett starred alongside Natasha Lyonne in the Emmy Award-nominated Netflix series “Russian Doll.”

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