Interview with Warren Christie, Amy Acker and Emily Fox

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Warren Christie, Amy Acker and Emily Fox of "The Watchful Eye" on Freeform

Interview with Warren Christie, Amy Acker and Emily Fox of “The Watchful Eye” on Freeform by Suzanne 1/19/23

I really enjoyed speaking to these three stars. I’ve been a huge fan of Warren’s since he starred in “Alphas” on Syfy, and Amy Acker since she played Fred on “Angel” years ago. They have been in many great shows, as I told them in this interview. Showrunner Emily Fox is also quite successful and has done some wonderful shows. Not only that, but I watched 8 episodes of this show and really enjoyed it. I hope you will, too!

 

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"The Watchful Eye" on Freeform

Freeform Picks Up New Drama ‘The Watchful Eye’ (FKA ‘The Nanny’) to Series From Ryan Seacrest Productions

Mariel Molino Leads Ensemble Cast

Freeform has ordered new scripted series, “The Watchful Eye,” from Ryan Seacrest Productions. It is created by Julie Durk (“Grace and Frankie”), who also serves as consultant. Emily Fox (“Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist”) is showrunner and executive producer. Ryan Seacrest Productions’ Ryan Seacrest, Nina Wass, Andrea Shay and Jeffrey Reiner serve as executive producers with Reiner (“Dirty John”) directing the pilot. The series is produced by ABC Signature.

“The Watchful Eye” follows Elena Santos, a young woman with a complicated past, maneuvering her way into working as a live-in nanny for an affluent family in Manhattan. She quickly learns that everyone in the mysterious building has deadly secrets and ulterior motives. What they don’t know, however, is that Elena has some shocking secrets of her own.

“I’m incredibly excited about this series because it presents a contemporary twist on the classic mystery and thriller genre,” stated Jamila Hunter, EVP of Programming and Development for Freeform. “Julie, Emily and everyone on the team have created a surprising world of haves and have-nots that’s perfect for Freeform’s audience.”

“We are so excited to be working with our partners at Freeform and ABC Signature on ‘The Watchful Eye,’ an updated twist on a classic Hitchcockian thriller featuring an empowered female lead who’s got an ax to grind,” say Fox, Wass and Shay. “An elegant New York City apartment building called The Greybourne provides a backdrop where nothing is as it seems and where the palace intrigue has an undercurrent of terror. Elena Santos is very much a force to be reckoned with, and the Manhattan power players who underestimate her may soon realize they’ve met their match. In this day and age, who doesn’t secretly long to eat the rich?”

“The Watchful Eye” cast is led by Mariel Molino (“Promised Land”) who plays Elena Santos, a bright, savvy young woman hired as the live-in nanny to a wealthy widower and his young son. When Elena moves into The Greybourne, a landmark Manhattan apartment building, she quickly learns about the complex politics among its wealthy inhabitants and a history riddled with mystery and tragedy. Luckily, Elena is more than equipped to handle anything that comes her way on her own terms. Warren Christie (“The Village”) plays Matthew, a self-made architect dealing with grief and confusion over his wife’s death and its impact on his young son. Kelly Bishop (“Gilmore Girls”) portrays Mrs. Ivey, a lifelong resident of The Greybourne who rules the roost and is accustomed to getting her way through a potent combination of wealth, power and sheer force of will.

Additional cast includes Amy Acker (“The Gifted”) as Tory, a woman who instantly dislikes the fresh-faced, eager young nanny hired by her handsome brother-in-law, Matthew. Jon Ecker (“Firefly Lane”) stars as Scott, Elena’s sharp and cunning boyfriend who has helped arrange for Elena to get a live-in job at The Greybourne. Lex Lumpkin (“All That”) portrays Elliott, a precocious teenager who lives in The Greybourne and strikes up an instant friendship with Elena. Henry Joseph Samiri (“The Bold and the Beautiful”) as Jasper, Matthew’s son, an intelligent but withdrawn child still reeling from the recent death of his mother. Aliyah Royale (“The Walking Dead: The World Beyond”) rounds out the cast as Ginny, who works alongside Elena as a nanny and is one of the few people who can get past her new friend’s tough outer shell.

About Freeform
Freeform’s distinct brand of coming-of-age programming helps to position it as the No. 1 primetime cable network in entertainment among Adults, Women and Men 18-34 in the 2021/2022 TV season to date. Connecting to audiences with its bold original programming and immersive social engagement, Freeform channels the force and momentum of its young adult audience in its quest for progress with authentic, groundbreaking original series such as Emmy®-nominated “grown-ish,” “Good Trouble,” “Motherland: Fort Salem,” “Single Drunk Female” and “Cruel Summer,” which was the No. 1 new cable drama of 2021 among Women 18-34. Last year, Freeform aired four of the Top 15 scripted cable original series among Women 18-34 — more than any other network, with “grown-ish” ranking as cable’s No. 1 live-action comedy series of the year in the demo.

About ABC Signature
One of the Disney Television Studios, ABC Signature produces many of ABC Entertainment’s most significant hits, including “Grey’s Anatomy,” and “Station 19”; co-productions “The Good Doctor,” “A Million Little Things,” “The Rookie,” “The Rookie: Feds” and “Home Economics,” and late-night talk show “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” ABC Signature’s returning and upcoming series include “grown-ish” “The Watchful Eye” and “Everything’s Trash” for Freeform; “The Wilds” for Amazon and “Godfather of Harlem” for EPIX; “Bad Sisters” and “Five Days at Memorial” for Apple; “Reasonable Doubt” and “This Fool” for Hulu.  For streaming service Disney +, series include “The Mighty Ducks: Game Changers,” “Big Shot” and the upcoming “National Treasure: Edge of History” and “Muppets Mayhem.”

About RSP
Ryan Seacrest Productions (RSP) is an Emmy-winning entertainment production company, founded by Seacrest in 2008. RSP produced the E! hit cable series “Keeping Up with the Kardashians” and its spin-offs, as well as the new Hulu series “The Kardashians.”  The production company has a lengthy resume of other projects including Netflix’s “Insatiable,” NBC’s drama series “Shades of Blue,” “E! Live from the Red Carpet,” and Bravo’s “Shahs of Sunset.” The company also produced the Emmy Award-winning reality series “Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution.”

The cast of "The Watchful Eye" on Freeform

The Watchful Eye: Season 1 Lead Sheet

“The Watchful Eye” — Season 1
Premieres January 30, 2023

“The Watchful Eye” follows Elena Santos, a young woman with a complicated past, maneuvering her way into working as a live-in nanny for an affluent family in Manhattan. She quickly learns that everyone in the mysterious building has deadly secrets and ulterior motives. What they don’t know, however, is that Elena has some shocking secrets of her own.

“The Watchful Eye” cast is led by Mariel Molino (“Promised Land”), who plays Elena Santos, a bright, savvy young woman hired as the live-in nanny to a wealthy widower and his young son. When Elena moves into The Greybourne, a landmark Manhattan apartment building, she quickly learns about the complex politics among its wealthy inhabitants and a history riddled with mystery and tragedy. Luckily, Elena is more than equipped to handle anything that comes her way on her own terms. Warren Christie (“The Village”) plays Matthew, a self-made architect dealing with grief and confusion over his wife’s death and its impact on his young son. Kelly Bishop (“Gilmore Girls”) portrays Mrs. Ivey, a lifelong resident of The Greybourne who rules the roost and is accustomed to getting her way through a potent combination of wealth, power and sheer force of will.

Additional cast includes Amy Acker (“The Gifted”) as Tory, a woman who instantly dislikes the fresh-faced, eager young nanny hired by her handsome brother-in-law, Matthew. Jon Ecker (“Firefly Lane”) stars as Scott, Elena’s sharp and cunning boyfriend who has helped arrange for Elena to get a live-in job at The Greybourne. Lex Lumpkin (“All That”) portrays Elliott, a precocious teenager who lives in The Greybourne and strikes up an instant friendship with Elena. Henry Joseph Samiri (“The Bold and the Beautiful”) as Jasper, Matthew’s son, an intelligent but withdrawn child still reeling from the recent death of his mother. Aliyah Royale (“The Walking Dead: The World Beyond”) rounds out the cast as Ginny, who works alongside Elena as a nanny and is one of the few people who can get past her new friend’s tough outer shell.

“The Watchful Eye” is from Ryan Seacrest Productions and is created by Julie Durk (“Grace and Frankie”), who also serves as consultant. Emily Fox (“Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist”) is showrunner and executive producer. Ryan Seacrest, Nina Wass, Andrea Shay and Jeffrey Reiner serve as executive producers, with Reiner (“Dirty John”) directing the pilot. The series is produced by ABC Signature, a part of Disney Television Studios.

The Watchful Eye

SERIES PREMIERE: Monday, Jan, 30th

A young woman is thrust into the world of old money and deadly secrets after accepting a nanny job from a handsome widower.

Warren Christie

Matthew, Freeform, The Watchful Eye

Warren Christie plays Matthew, a self-made architect dealing with grief and confusion over his wife’s death and its impact on his young son on Freeform’s “The Watchful Eye.”
Recently, Christie starred opposite Robin Wright in her award-winning directorial debut, “Land.” Christie’s additional film credits include a starring role in the Weinstein Company’s feature “Apollo 18” and as Reese Witherspoon’s ex-husband in “This Means War,” alongside Chris Pine.
His television credits include the NBC Drama series “The Village,” as a series lead role on USA’s “Eyewitness” opposite Julianne Nicholson, and in a recurring guest star role on ABC’s “The Catch.” He was previously seen as a heavily recurring on NBC’s hit series “Chicago Fire,” playing the role of fireman Scott Rice. Christie has also had recurring roles on ABC’s “Motive,” Bravo’s “Girlfriend’s Guide To Divorce,” and CBS’s “Zoo.” He is also known for his leading role on “Alphas,” his series regular role on “October Road,” and the series “Happy Town,” all airing on ABC.

Amy Acker

Amy Acker stars as Tory, a woman who instantly dislikes the fresh-faced, eager young nanny hired by her handsome brother-in-law Matthew on Freeform’s “The Watchful Eye.”
Acker is known to millions of fans throughout the world for her long-running starring role as Winifred “Fred” Burkle/Illyria in Joss Whedon’s hit sci-fi/fantasy series “Angel.” For her portrayal, Acker received four Saturn Award nominations, winning in 2004 for Best Supporting Actress. Other notable television credits include a reoccurring role in the Fox hit series “9-1-1: Lone Star” and starring roles in Fox’s “The Gifted” and the hit CBS series “Person of Interest.”
On the big screen, Acker starred in the role of Beatrice in Joss Whedon’s “Much Ado About Nothing.” From the Atlantic, “Maybe the most spectacular recent example of a young American movie and television actor tackling a classical part is Acker’s radiant Beatrice in ‘Much Ado About Nothing,’ Joss Whedon’s nimble, and very faithful, 2012 movie of one of Shakespeare’s sprightliest comedies.” She has also starred in “The Cabin in the Woods” and appeared in the Leonardo DiCaprio-Tom Hanks hit film “Catch Me If You Can.” She has also appeared in several independent features, including “The Energy Specialist,” “Let’s Kill Ward’s Wife,” “21 and a Wake-Up” and “The Novice.”

Emily Fox

Showrunner and Executive Producer, Freeform, The Watchful Eye

Emily Fox is the showrunner and executive producer of Freeform’s “The Watchful Eye.”

Prior to the series on Freeform, Fox developed “Skin Tight,” about the war between Guess and Jordache, as a limited series for Amazon. She also served as showrunner on “Girlfriends’ Guide to Divorce” for Bravo and worked on the Netflix series “A Series of Unfortunate Events.” Fox created the beloved VH1 series “Hindsight,” the critically acclaimed series is certified as 100% fresh on Rotten Tomatoes.

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Interview with Sadie Laflamme-Snow

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Sadie Laflamme-Snow of "The Way Home" on Hallmark

Interview with Sadie Laflamme-Snow of “The Way Home” on Hallmark by Suzanne 1/25/23

It was so nice to speak to this talented young actress. We had a great, short chat about her new show that is part family drama and part fantasy.

 

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The Way Home When three generations of women reunite after being estranged for more than two decades, they embark on an enlightening – and surprising – journey toward healing none of them could have imagined as they learn how to find their way back to each other.

THREE GENERATIONS OF WOMEN REUNITE AND BEGIN AND UNEXPECTED JOURNEY IN THE SEASON ONE DEBUT OF ‘THE WAY HOME’ PREMIERING JANUARY 15, ON HALLMARK CHANNEL

STUDIO CITY, CA – January 15, 2023 – Three generations of women embark on an enlightening journey to find their way back to each other and learn important lessons about their family’s past in “Mothers and Daughters,” the series debut of “The Way Home” premiering Sunday, January 15 (8 p.m. ET/PT), on Hallmark Channel. Andie MacDowell (“Maid,” “Debbie Macomber’s Cedar Cove”), Chyler Leigh (“Supergirl,” “Greys Anatomy”), Evan Williams ( Blonde, “Versailles”), and Sadie Laflamme-Snow (“The Apprentice”) star in the multigenerational family drama. Alex Hook (“I am Frankie”), Al Mukadam (“Pretty Hard Cases,” “The Detail), Jefferson Brown ( Masters of Romance, “Slasher”) and David Webster ( Luckiest Girl Alive, “In the Dark”) also star.

Kat Landry (Leigh), her 15-year-old daughter Alice (Laflamme-Snow) and Kat’s mother Del (MacDowell) are all strong, willful and independent. More than 20 years prior, lifechanging events prompted Kat to move away from her small, Canadian farm town of Port Haven and she and Del have been estranged ever since. Alice has never met her grandmother and is unaware of the reasons for their fractured family. With Kat’s marriage coming to an end and having just been laid off from her job, she decides to return home after receiving an unexpected letter from Del urging her to come back. Although Alice is none-too-thrilled, Kat and her daughter arrive at her family’s farm. Kat is disappointed that she doesn’t receive a warmer reception from Del and it’s clear that there are wounds that need to heal. Wanting to escape the tension, Alice explores the property and finds herself on a surprising journey.

Scene from "The Way Home" on Hallmark

“The Way Home” is a Neshama Entertainment production in association with MarVista Entertainment. Executive producers are Heather Conkie, Alexandra Clarke, Fernando Szew, Hannah Pillemer, Larry Grimaldi, Ani Kevork, Arnie Zipursky, Mary Reed, Lauren MacKinlay, Andie MacDowell and Chyler Leith. The series is produced by John Calvert. Kyle Hart is supervising producer. Jessica Runck serves as consulting producer. Grant Harvey directed from a script by Conkie & Clarke, from a story by Reed, Conkie & Clarke.

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Interview with Julian Bailey

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Julian Bailey of "Three Pines" on Prime

Interview with Julian Bailey of “Three Pines” on Prime by Suzanne 1/24/23

This was a very fun interview. I watched the show last week and really enjoyed it, so it was great to speak to one of the main actors in the show. Make sure to watch it!

 

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Julian Bailey as Peter Morrow in "Three Pines" on Prime

JULIAN BAILEY (X-MEN : DARK PHOENIX, “FAR CRY 5”) plays Peter Morrow in Amazon Prime’s THREE PINES, currently one of the top 10 TV shows around globe.

THREE PINES

Now on Amazon Prime

A man investigates murders in Three Pines; he sees things that others do not: the light between the cracks, the mythic in the mundane, and discovers long-buried secrets and faces a few of his own ghosts.

Julian Bailey as Peter Morrow in "Three Pines" on Prime

JULIAN BAILEY – BIO

Julian Bailey is a film and television actor with theatre roots. During his youth in Montreal, Canada, Bailey performed with the National Theatre School of Canada, and was cast in a CBC TV movie, before going on to lend his voice to animated characters such as Pepito in the original Madeline specials for HBO, and Mowgli from the popular anime Jungle Book series.

After graduation from the American Academy of Dramatic Arts (West), in Pasadena, California, Bailey would move to Chicago, becoming involved in the local theatre scene and subsequently performing in a series of critically acclaimed productions. Managing to get his SAG card in Chicago, Bailey returned to the Los Angeles area, where after two years of auditioning without a booking, he landed a role on a Lifetime tv series with Lea Thompson (Back To The Future). When the show was cancelled after its first season, Bailey worked odd jobs in between appearances on shows like Judging Amy, Just Shoot Me, and JAG, among many others. A guest spot on the hit show, NCIS, earned Bailey fans around the world for his portrayal of a sociopathic young naval officer. The actor would go on to appear in many internationally syndicated programs, films, and video games, including Supernatural, Dark Phoenix, and Far Cry 5. Bailey is the lead voice (HQ) of the massive first person shooter juggernaut, Rainbow Six: Siege, one of Ubisoft’s most successful franchises ever, boasting more than 70 million registered players worldwide.

In 2021, Bailey voiced Netflix’s title character for the English version of the globally popular Korean series, Vincenzo.

Julian Bailey currently stars as enigmatic artist, Peter Morrow, in Amazon Prime Video’s hit television series, Three Pines, along with Alfred Molina and a dynamic ensemble cast.

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Interview with Michael Chiklis, Marlee Matlin and Billy Porter

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Interview with Michael Chiklis, Marlee Matlin and Billy Porter and others of “Accused” on FOX by Suzanne 12/14/22

This is a new anthology drama on FOX, and I think it’s pretty good. We saw a few episodes. The first one stars Michael Chiklis as a father who’s worried about his violent son; Jill Hennessy plays his mother. Another one has a deaf woman who’s surrogate for a couple with issues; Marlee Martlin directed that one. One has Billy Porter as a drag performer who gets involved with a married man.  Another has Malcolm Jamal Warner as a father whose young daughter is molested. They’re powerful stories about people accused of a crime, and we see them waiting before their trial. It’s an interesting concept.

FOX ENTERTAINMENT WINTER PRESS DAY “ACCUSED”

 Howard Gordon (Executive Producer/Showrunner)

 Michael Chiklis (Actor “Scott’s Story” and Director “Jack’s Story”)

 Marlee Matlin (Director, “Ava’s Story,” with Interpreter Jack Jason)

 Tazbah Chavez (Director and Co-Writer, “Nataani’s Story”)

 Billy Porter (Director, “Robyn’s Story”)

 Michael Thorn (President, Scripted Programming, FOX Entertainment)

Virtual via Zoom December 14, 2022

© 2022 FOX Media LLC.  All rights reserved.

JEAN GUERIN:  Good morning.  Happy Holidays and welcome to FOX Entertainment’s 2022 Winter Press Day.  Now, before we begin today’s panels, I thought I’d take a moment to reflect on the past as we look to the future.

At FOX Entertainment, we’ve spent the last three years building a strong portfolio of businesses and content engines, including Bento Box, TMZ, MarVista, Studio Ramsey Global, Blockchain Creative Labs, FOX Alternative Entertainment, FOX Entertainment Studios, and most recently our international sales and distribution unit FOX Entertainment Global.

And now with that foundation in place, we’re maximizing those assets, creating world‑class content to fill each studio’s production pipeline development slate, and growing library of content.

Recently, we’ve welcomed some of the industry’s great storytellers into the fold, signing broadcast direct deals with talents such as: McG, Marc Cherry, Carol Mendelsohn, and just this morning we added to the impressive roster Academy Award‑winner Rodney Rothman, whose film “Spider‑Man: Into the Spider‑Verse” won the Oscar for Best Animated Feature.

And this on top of an incredible bench of creators and storytellers already set to debut their work on FOX, including Howard Gordon, Alex Gansa and David Shore, Jamie Foxx and John Eisendrath, Dan Harmon and Jon Hamm, just to name a few.

As you know, we are also busy preparing for and promoting our midseason lineup, featuring our first FOX-owned comedy Animal Control starring Joel McHale.  Season 2 of Gordon Ramsay’s hit competition series Next Level Chef debuting in the post‑Super Bowl time slot.  And Special Forces: World’s Toughest Test, which is getting a lot buzz as audiences get a sense of the courage of our cast and their stories of survival, guts and glory.

And, of course, there’s our two thrilling dramas coming in January:  Accused and Alert, which we’re excited to focus on for today’s panels moderated by our own SVP of Corporate Communications, Les Eisner.

HOWARD GORDON:  Hi everyone.  Thank you for being here.  I’m Howard Gordon.  I’m the Executive Producer and the Showrunner of the new FOX drama Accused.

It’s a collection of 15 intense stories of crime and punishment.  Every week viewers will meet a new character in a new setting, someone who is just like any of us until that person’s life is suddenly upended by a choice they make that changes their life forever.  And rather than being passive bystanders, our viewers will be actively engaged as invisible jurors challenged to lean in and find out moment‑to‑moment what really happened.

Every episode is an unpredictable entertaining ride, but also one that challenges viewers to think a little differently and ask themselves a question more profound than innocence or guilt.  What would I have done?

Every episode of Accused explores the moral complexity of what it means to live in the world today.  But to tell these stories as authentically as possible, we actively looked for creative partners who could bring their own unique experiences to the process, both in front of and behind the camera.  And we were lucky enough to attract some real heavyweights and trailblazers.

Among our outstanding roster of directors are: Oscar winner, Marlee Matlin; Emmy and Tony Winner, Billy Porter; Emmy Winner, Michael Chiklis; and acclaimed writer and director, Tazbah Chavez.

We’re all so excited to be here today, but before we get started let’s take a look at Accused.

JEAN GUERIN:  Hello, everyone, and happy holidays.  I hope you all are well.  Let’s jump right in and get started.  I think it’s safe to assume you know the routine, but for good measure, please click the hand on the bottom of the screen to ask a question. Transcripts of our two panels today will be emailed to you by end of business today. And, lastly, recording of our sessions are not allowed.

Let’s start off with our first session, Accused.  Joining us today are directors Marlee Matlin, Tazbah Chavez, Billy Porter and Michael Chiklis, who also stars in our premiere episode on Sunday, January 22nd.  Executive Producer/Showrunner Howard Gordon, and Michael Thorn, President, Scripted Programming of FOX Entertainment.

QUESTION:  Hi, everyone.  Thanks for doing this.  Michael Chiklis, my first question ‑‑ my question is for you.  As the director of the first episode of this, normally with a series one might ask about establishing the whole format of the show, the tone of the show. In this case, though, it’s an anthology, so you don’t have linking things that go between the episodes.

MICHAEL CHIKLIS:  I’m going to have to stop you right there.  I starred in the first episode. I did not direct it.  So that would be another ‑‑

HOWARD GORDON:  Mike, I can probably answer that a little bit, and it’s a great question. And it really was, at the beginning of the series, acknowledging that it’s an anthology that has a format uniformity.  We wanted, at the same time, to give all the filmmakers and all the storytellers and the diversities of, like, locations and tones its own kind of vocabulary.  So it really was a line and finding that line between what’s kind of an esthetic rule book and set of parameters and at the same time just kind of giving the filmmakers and the storytellers the latitude to tell the story in the best way possible.

And that was Michael Cuesta, by the way, who was an old friend who directed, among other things, the pilot for Homeland.  So I hope that answers the question.

QUESTION:  Am I able to follow with a quick question for Michael Chiklis, then?

LES EISNER:  Sure.

QUESTION:  Michael, as the director of your ‑‑ as the director of your episode, what was your thought process in terms of doing your own thing stylistically but also having to hold to what the entire series was meant to be?

MICHAEL CHIKLIS:  Well, I thought one of the things that was really refreshing as a director is I didn’t feel constrained.  You know, when I’ve directed episodes of, say, THE SHIELD, that was a very specific template and you had to really adhere to it.  It really ‑‑ because this is an anthology series, they’re sort of standalone featurette’s and the ‑‑ there was a huge difference in terms of tone and tenor between the pilot episode that I starred in as an actor and the episode that I directed, very, very different, tonally completely different.

So I didn’t feel constrained at all, which was wonderful and I was able to collaborate with Howard and all departments and the cast and crew to achieve a totally different feel for the show.  And that’s ‑‑ I think that’s wonderful because it says to the audience there’s going to be ‑‑ there’s this template that’s set in terms of the storytelling rules, but in terms of what you are going to see, just from what I’ve already seen, the episodes that I’ve watched that I wasn’t involved with and even some of, like — for instance, you were just talking about Billy Porter’s episode, and some of the shots that he does in that episode are phenomenal, and it’s just a completely different tone and tenor.  So I think each episode is like a standalone featurette.

QUESTION:  Thank you.

QUESTION:  Thank you very much.  Howard, sorry about the nuts-and-bolts question, but I’m just curious.  Did you have in mind people to direct and then hand them a script that you wanted them to direct, or did you ‑‑ did you say, “Hey, I want you to direct.  Here are my scripts. Pick one”?

And, secondly, does the anthology format make it easier ‑‑ I know you want everybody to watch every episode, but do you think the anthology format makes it easier for people to pop in and out?

HOWARD GORDON:  Well, I’ll start with that one because that’s a really ‑‑ that’s a really easy one, and the short answer is yeah.  I mean, it is ‑‑ I think it is ‑‑ an anthology episode, to me, is a perfect antidote to ‑‑ you know, I’ll quote John Landgraf ‑‑ well, although, I can’t remember what his exact quote was, but to the complete overwhelming, you know, nature of this sort of ‑‑ even the idea of – “bingeing” to me is a disgusting word, the way we consume series, and I think that this is ‑‑ we have ‑‑ there’s no meat ‑‑ there’s no fat on the bone of these stores.  It is really lean, I think, compelling storytelling that you watch kind of in any order.  And so I think as a viewing experience I think it’s going to be a promising one.

In terms of like, you know, the episodes that we assigned or developed, I mean, look, we had written ‑‑ Daniel Pearl, brilliant writer, wrote ”Robyn’s Story” — and, again, we just said who’s the fantasy director?  Billy Porter.

We said to him ‑‑ didn’t think he would say yes. He said yes.  We wrote “Ava’s Story,” Marlee ‑‑ you know, Maile Malloy.  And, of course, there’s a lot of M’s, Maile Malloy and Marlee Matlin.  Marlee has never directed, and we sent it to her. And, well, we didn’t know she had been exploring that, and lo and behold, she said yes too.  So these are like ‑‑ and so these are stories that we just sort of picked this fantasy team and we just got a lot of great RSVPs.

In the case of Tazbah, for instance, you know, I think Taz and I had met through like a Writer’s Guild speed-dating introduction thing, and at the end of it I said, “Taz, it sounds like I’ve got to send my resume to you.”

Because she was just like ‑‑ you know, it was on the ‑‑ you know, during Reservation Dogs, which if you haven’t seen, was wonderful.  And anyway, we began to talk about — when I got the series ‑‑ when Michael agreed to the series, she was among the first calls.  So she was more ground up and wrote the series ‑‑ the episode that she wound up directing, but a lot of these were very specific, you know, wishes and we got a lot of our wishes.

QUESTION:  Hi.  Quick question for Billy.  I just wanted to follow up on what Howard was saying. When you came into it, was the script locked, or did you have some input on the script? And if so, what were those contributions?  And then I have a follow-up.

BILLY PORTER:  You know, first of it all, it was such a gift for Howard to call me and sort of came out of the blue.  I directed my first feature a couple of summers ago that debuted on Amazon this year, and I’ve been directing in the theater for about 20 years, and I have wanted this expansion to happen.  So I sort of came in and the script ‑‑ and I read the script, and what I loved about the script so much is that it fit right in line with my intention as an artist and where we are as a culture.

It’s time for the people whose stories are being told to tell their own stories.  And so when I read this, it was like this a queer ‑‑ a queer sort of story, and they’re actually calling a queer person ‑‑ it’s about a black drag performer, and they’re actually calling a black queer person to direct it.  Yay.

So it was an immediate yes to me ‑‑ yes for me because what I love in this space for my life is I get to shape these narratives and control these narratives in the most authentic way possible, and that is a gift.

QUESTION:   And my quick follow-up was, as you mentioned, you’ve directed a movie, you’ve done episodes of Pose, you’ve done theatre.  Is there a particular challenge that comes with directing an episode in an anthology that is different than those other directing duties that you’ve done?

BILLY PORTER:  Well, know because, just like Michael Chiklis said, you know, my experience in directing for film and television in particular, which is – this is only my second one — is that, you know, when you’re directing a movie, it’s your own vision.  So to sort of fall in line with this anthology series, it was also ‑‑ I was also allowed to employ my own vision.  And that was nice and that was ‑‑ that was good for me.

With Pose, I was supposed to direct — and just so we’re clear, I ultimately did not get a chance to direct because COVID happened.

QUESTION:  Thank you very much for doing this.  This question is for Billy and Marlee.  I’m wondering ‑‑ you know, you’re both ‑‑ you both have an extensive resume of acting credits. You’re doing directing now.  I’m wondering, of the two, which do you find more challenging or perhaps more difficult to do?  Is it acting or it is directing?

BILLY PORTER:  Marlee?

MARLEE MATLIN:  Thank you.  Thank you, Billy.  I adore you, by the way, Billy.  I adore you.

BILLY PORTER:  Right back at you.

MARLEE MATLIN:  Anyway, muah.  As an actor, you know, clearly, for 35 years I’ve always thought, you know, when I’m developing a character, I focus on that and I do my thing.

I show up on set.  I go to makeup. I go to hair. I go into my trailer. I wait for my call.  They call me to set and that kind of thing.  It’s the long hours you spend waiting, mostly.  Now, as a director, my time passes so quickly.  I mean 12 hours has already happened?  I’m so focused on every aspect of production, you know, that takes on a set.  I have to be involved with a crew.  I have to work with the creative team.  I have to work with the cinematographers.  It’s a completely different experience, and it accesses a different and creative side of my personality at the same time.

The pleasure of mine was to be able to learn about how each and every person on the set works and how my fellow actors work.  I get a chance to watch them work as actors, as actors to actors, and I became enthralled.  It was a treat for me to be able to direct.

BILLY PORTER:  I personally, as an actor, I realized early on ‑‑ well, I knew early that I would want to direct, and I thought oh, you know, I will direct when the acting sort of becomes boring. Maybe in the twilight of my career, you know, I will begin to act ‑‑ I mean, began to direct. You know, like a Clint Eastwood kind of thing.  I thought, oh, I’ll do it then.

It never occurred to me ‑‑ you know, as a minority African American performer, when I came out in the business, there wasn’t a whole lot for me to do. So I got bored really quick.  And all a sudden, I found myself in this space of directing that sort of activated my mind, my creative mind that never stops.  So similar to Marlee, as an actor, you know, I find ‑‑ I found myself sitting around and my brain being inactive.

What I love about directing and which is also the most challenging part, is all cylinders are firing at the same time.  I have never in my life done anything harder than directing film and television.  It is so hard.  I am so exhausted at the end of every day, because just like Marlee it’s like it never stops.  And, like, you know, for me it’s like as an actor you get to focus on the one moment.

MARLEE MATLIN:  You’re on the move.  You’re constantly on the move.  You’re never stopping.

BILLY PORTER:   Right.  And it’s only you.  But when you’re directing, it’s like ‑‑ you know, I’ve had to learn ‑‑ you know, I’ll be sitting there directing a scene and somebody is asking me a question about three weeks later.  And I’m like, I don’t know.  I don’t know.  I don’t know the answer that to that. Ask me in a ‑‑ ask me on a break in three hours, you know.  I love it.  I love every single solitary second of it.

It really does bring me joy creatively in a way that instinctively I knew it would, and in the process ‑‑ and in the process of being able to do it, it really does.

MARLEE MATLIN:  You know, for me, people would warn me:  You’re going to be a director. You’re going to be asked questions all day.  All day.

I said, okay. So I’ll have to deal with that.  How am I going to prepare for that?  Okay.  You know what, this is what I’m going to do:  Yes, no, maybe, and I don’t know.  Those are the four answers I’m going to give everybody.

And that’s how I worked every day.

BILLY PORTER:  Yes.  You actually have to make a choice.  You have to actually make a choice, because when you make a choice, then you can pivot from a choice.  If people know what they’re doing, then the pivot from the choice is so much easier if it changes.

HOWARD GORDON:  I was going to say the energy you’re hearing from Marlee and from Billy and also Taz, I hope I’m not speaking out of turn, but I’m sharing the story that you mentioned, maybe you should tell it, about the opportunity for me to have this show and for it to sort of be the Trojan horse for these voices and these stories has been one of the most incredible, you know, pleasures of my ‑‑ you know, of my career.

Just to sort of ‑‑ for one thing is to just sort of shut up and listen but and also to bring to bear my knowledge of this ‑‑ of the mechanics and the dramatics of this particular series but also to just get out of the way and let other voices, you know, speak and have a chance.

And Taz mentioned to me ‑‑ there was an anecdote you mention when we were working, you said, “You know, I’ve always been the only woman in the room, or the only Indigenous woman in the room.”

But on Res Dogs, and I think on ours as well, you said that energy and freedom that comes when the people in front of the camera and behind the camera are all the same, I was so struck by that.  You were just like ‑‑ I think you said you can breathe in a way that’s very different.

TAZBAH CHAVEZ:  Yeah, absolutely.  I think that when you have ‑‑ and I think I see it come across mostly in performance when you have Indigenous actors who are being directed by a Native person. And in the case of Accused, it was incredible because we were able to cast ‑‑ three of our four leads were actually Navajo actors playing Navajo characters. And for so long, we’ve been told, you know, there aren’t Native actors. And then if you want to get Tribal-specific actors, that’s even harder. And we pulled it off.  And I thank you for — and all the team for going to the lengths to find folks.  But what that ultimately did was that created a certain comfort and energy on the set and a trust that’s, I think, hard to replicate.

It’s like we know where each other came from. We know the story we’re trying to tell.  And also, what I think I had shared with you previously, what I experienced on Reservation Dogs and also in the Accused with that is it’s also a different culture in the way a set can be run.  And I think that’s really incredible to be able to create for the Accused set, which is there’s ‑‑ that you bring your way of working and your way of community with you, and I think it creates a really fun experience that I think reads across in performance in the final product.

MARLEE MATLIN:  You know, she’s absolutely right.  The same with me in the deaf community.  The fact that we were able to cast the actors — I applauded Howard and the entire production team’s encouragement of that, knowing we were telling authentic stories and representing our community appropriately, showing our culture, showing our community.  In my particular episode, it’s just exactly as she just said.  It’s the exact same feeling for me.

MICHAEL CHIKLIS:  Can I just weigh in on the actor/director aspect of the question if I might?

LES EISNER:  Go ahead.

MICHAEL CHIKLIS:  There’s just countless examples of actors who have become directors over the course of their careers, and I honestly think it’s a natural progression.

For anybody like myself or Marlee or Billy who’ve spent many years in front of the camera, there’s ‑‑ some actors are sort of trailer actors.  They go and they sit in their trailer and they wait, or, you know, they’re sort of off set.  But I’ve never been that kind of an actor, and most actors are very curious people naturally.  So I’ve spent a tremendous amount of time on set and asking questions and making directors and photographers’ eyes roll because I was simply bothering them with questions — Why are you doing that?  What’s that do? — you know, from when I was ‑‑ when I first started as an actor.  So constantly asking questions, constantly, you know, talking to different people in different departments.

And I think one of wonderful things about being an actor and becoming a director is you become the filter where all departments filter through you and you really have a love and a respect for all departments and what they do. So ‑‑ oh, you lost me on camera but ‑‑ oh, there I am again.  But I just think that it’s a natural progression for an actor, and that’s why there’s so many examples of actors who do it well and successfully because we’re storytellers at our core.  We’re natural storytellers, and if you give me motion pictures, music, and sound and say, “Go tell a story with all of those tools” — so there you go.

QUESTION:  Tazbah, because you’re the one who’s got the ‑‑ kind of takes the story from the start, tell us about that.  What made you think of this particular story?  Is there any particular protest when you first had it in your mind?  And you ended up directing an action adventure that people didn’t have there.  So tell us how the whole thing evolved in your mind.

TAZBAH CHAVEZ:  Yeah, absolutely.  Howard and the co‑writer of the episode that I directed, I met with them and they had an idea.  You know, they had a story area written out of the story they wanted to tell, and there was environmental justice issue at the core of it, and I was so excited they wanted to tell this kind of story on the show.  And I had pitched to them an alternative environmental issue, and I chose uranium.  And the reason I chose uranium is because I saw ‑‑ my mother’s side were Navajo and my father’s side was Apache.

 

And there was a uranium spill in 1979 on the Navajo Nation that was the U.S.’s largest radioactive spill that went largely overlooked all of these years.  And when I started talking about uranium, we also started to talk about how there are still 500 ‑‑ over 500 abandoned mines on the Navajo Nation that are very far from being cleaned up.  There is still uranium mining happening that’s potentially going to happen near the Grand Canyon.  There’s an operating mill near White Mesa in Utah.  And so we looked at the Southwest.  I thought that this was a really cool opportunity to shed a light on an environmental issue that I think has gone largely overlooked.

And I think the episode serves as a cautionary tale not to repeat the past, and we made a conscious choice to put something in 2022 to make it very present, to create a sense of care and humanity at the core of these issues.  And, you know, there are environmental justice issues in Indigenous communities all over the country, and this was the one that felt closest to home for me and one of the ones that I thought was most emblematic of sort of the unfortunate environmental racism that Indigenous communities face in the Country.  And also to say this is all of our issue because we all share this land and the water resources together.  But that’s sort of the genesis of sort of where it came from.  It was something that they had, and then I threw in the uranium topic at the core of it.

QUESTION:  This is question is for Michael.  First of all, hi, Michael.  What is it that every time you attack a character you bring a little bit of yourself into that character?  You share a part of yourself in that, whether that be a good part or a part you’d like to bury.  As a director what parts of yourself do you bring to that role?  To that aspect?

MICHAEL CHIKLIS:  That’s a great question.  My camera keeps going out on you guys.  I’m so sorry.

LES EISNER:  Your audio’s fine Michael. So you’re good

MICHAEL CHIKLIS:  Okay.  Very good.  As a director, when you’re looking at ‑‑ there’s a remarkable freedom actually with regard to directing that isn’t there when you’re acting.  As an actor, you’re sort of constrained to the particular role that you’re working on, that you’re cast in.

I think one of the wonderful things about directing is your creative mind really, really is firing, as my fellow directors mentioned earlier, on all cylinders.  Because, again, there’s someone coming to you with the nail polish color of a particular actress or, you know, whatever it is.

So also, you’re creating the narrative.  You’re able to put your sort of vision of a particular story that’s being told.  You’re controlling the way it’s told.  And I think it has to do with opening your imagination.  You’re constantly asking yourself the question “How would I respond to this?  What would I do if this were me?”  And I think when you bring that sort of openheartedness to storytelling – see, it’s not enough for me ‑‑ and I’ve always said this as an actor and now especially as a director. It’s not enough for me for you to watch something that I’ve made in some sort of passive none‑involved way.

Ideally, I want to entertain you, but I want you to think and particularly to feel.  I want you to be moved, and in two dimensions, that’s not always the easiest thing, but it’s the goal.  And it’s very, very important to me as a director and as an actor to move you.  So I want to find whatever is authentic and human about the story and the characters that I’m telling and bring that to the fore so that you as an audience member can be moved.   Does that answer your question?

MICHAEL THORN:  I think it’s one of the powerful things about this series is that, on one hand, it’s an entertaining, provocative, thrilling courtroom drama at its most simplistic.  But on the other hand, it has this emotional contrast in every episode with the audience where we’re going to move and surprise, you know, the audience.

And our goal, really, is to pierce culture and the best way to do it, we believe, is to reflect culture.  And you look at this panel, this incredible panel under Howard’s, you know, writing and showrunning.  But you look at this panel and can’t really talk about the stories we’re talking about when it’s not borne out of authentic voices and authentic storytellers.

And it’s so exciting to start with this group right here and bring that show out to America to really talk about these both entertaining and weekly provocative stories. So — but I hope every one of these episodes moves people in a different way and connects people to these kind of universal stories.

LES EISNER:  We have time just for two more questions.

HOWARD GORDON:   I was just going to say thank you, Michael.  Michael was very good.  So crucial in literally saying go for it.  Don’t pull ‑‑ I mean, and we did.  And it was like he gave us like the green light but, you know, insisted that every one of these has to be something that you’re dying to tell.  Every story has to be.  And I feel like that metric and really the north star stood for the whole duration of the whole show. So thank you.

LES EISNER:  So we’re going to close out with two questions.  We’re running out of time.

QUESTION:  Yeah, Michael.  You’re constantly met with challenges, whether it’s acting or directing.  Are you ever scared when you start a new challenge? And if you are, what do you do?

MICHAEL CHIKLIS:  I think everyone on this panel would agree.  Every single time — I don’t care what I’m doing — I’m always terrified before I do it, and it’s because I care.  I think experience helps a lot because you’ve been there before.  You know, my father used to say to me, “Kid, be afraid, but do it any way.”  Because you have to fight through your fear and realize that the payoff is so much greater than ‑‑ you know, the fear is just a natural ‑‑ it’s anticipation.  It’s anticipation of the unknown, what might happen, all that could go wrong.  You still have to marshal that, put it aside, walk through the fire, and go, “You know what? This is important.  This is something that I want to do.  It’s all going to be okay.”  And you take some deep breaths, and you move forward.  That’s what you do.

QUESTION:  This is for the actors/directors.  How do you treat actors, then?  Are you very reticent, then, to give them, you know, line reading directions?  How do you deal with that?  Because I’m sure you hated it if any director tried to give it to you.

BILLY PORTER:  Well, I know what I like and I know how I want people to talk to me and I know how I want people to communicate with me and I know how I want directors to respect me.  So I do that.  I live by that example, and I treat my actors with the utmost respect.

MICHAEL CHIKLIS:  Golden Rule.

BILLY PORTER:  Because they are smart people that make it work.

MARLEE MATLIN:  Exactly.  Exactly.  Yeah, I find, myself, that I am transparent.  I am extremely transparent.  I have to be transparent with my actors.  I always start the day when I shoot by saying, you know, let’s first focus on safety.  Let’s talk with our A.D.s.  Let’s talk with our set and crew.  And I take 30 seconds to say hello to each and every actor, and I give them a pep talk of sorts. And “Let’s kick ass” is basically what I say.  And then, as we began shooting, then I just make it my point, especially with my deaf actors, to communicate clearly and make us both, as actor and director, to communicate without any barriers. And that’s the fact.

It’s never happened for these actors before.  Many of them said we’ve never had a director talk to us this way because we’ve never worked with a director that’s deaf.  So if I feel like my hearing actors aren’t hearing me, then I work with my interpreters and I make sure that the communication is just as clear with the deaf actors.  I pay attention.  I let them be who they are and treat them, as Billy just said, with respect as how I would want to be treated.

MICHAEL CHIKLIS:  Also, you invite them into the collaboration.  A lot of times, my direction comes in the form of a question.  You know, I’ll say to an actor “What do you think is” – “do you think there’s any room for her to be angry here?”  You know, “do you think there’s” ‑‑ and just by virtue of coming to them and asking, you’re inviting them in to collaborate with you.

And actors really appreciate that.  They want for their voices to be heard.  They want to be respected, as Billy said.  And that’s the way ‑‑ you know, if you treat someone the way you ‑‑ it’s the Golden Rule.  Treat them the way you want to be treated, with respect and dignity.

LES EISNER:  Okay.  That’s all the time we have for Accused today.  There’s a number of questions still in the queue, and we apologize we couldn’t get to you, but we’re on a really tight schedule this afternoon.

As I mentioned earlier, Accused will premiere on Sunday, January 22nd and then make its time period premiere on Tuesday, January 24th, following the season 4 debut of 911: Lone Star.

Alison Daulerio and Aly Sands are running point on the Accused publicity campaign. So please reach out to them if you have any follow-ups or need more information.

Michael Chiklis in "Accused" on FOX

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Accused is a collection of 15 intense, topical and exquisitely human stories of crime and punishment. Each episode is a fast-paced provocative thriller, exploring a different crime, in a different city, with an entirely original cast. Based on the BBC’s BAFTA-winning crime anthology, each episode opens in a courtroom on the defendant, with viewers knowing nothing about their crime or how they ended up on trial. Told from the defendant’s point of view through flashbacks, the show holds a mirror up to current times with evocative and emotional stories. In the end, audiences will discover how an ordinary person gets caught up in extraordinary circumstances, and how one impulsive decision can impact the course of that life – and the lives of others — forever. The show features cinematic auspices and production values anchored by Oscar, Tony and Emmy-winning talent, including Michael Chiklis, Abigail Breslin, Whitney Cummings, Margo Martindale, Malcolm-Jamal Warner, Wendell Pierce, Rachel Bilson, Jack Davenport, Molly Parker, Rhea Perlman, Betsy Brandt, Keith Carradine, Aisha Dee, Jason Ritter and directors Billy Porter, Marlee Matlin, Tazbah Chavez and Michael Chiklis.

Accused is co-produced by Sony Pictures Television and FOX Entertainment, and executive-produced and developed for American television by Howard Gordon, and executive-produced by Alex Gansa, David Shore, Glenn Geller, Erin Gunn, All3Media America’s Jacob Cohen-Holmes, and Jimmy McGovern, Sita Williams, Roxy Spencer and Louise Pedersen for All3Media International. Frank Siracusa and John Weber also serve as executive producers. Created by Jimmy McGovern, the original series debuted in 2010 on BBC One.

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Aaron Ashmore and Megan Boone in "Accused" on FOX

Primetime TV Review: Night Court (2023)

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“Night Court” Review on by Eva 1/22/2023

I was a big fan of the original Night Court sitcom from the 1980’s which you can stream for free on freevee if you have never seen the original show. I was wondering how funny the updated version would be because, sadly, all of the cast of the original show have passed away except for John Larroquette who plays Dan Fielding on both shows.

Melissa Reach (from The Big Bang Theory) plays Abby Stone the daughter of the late Harry T Stone who leaves her job as a judge in upstate New York to take over her late father’s court room because she loved hearing her father’s stories about night court. Abby persuades Dan to return to night court as a defense attorney this time to help her learn how night court works. Abby, like her father, is very optimistic and wants to get to know the people that comes before her court.

This show is funny but the cast needs time to get their comedic timing together, as an ensemble cast. Melissa Reach and John Larroquette have great chemistry together and Dan is like a combination mentor and father figure for Abby. I look forward to seeing how their relationship will develop in future episodes.

The show is worth watching but it still needs a little work. I give this show 4 out of 5 stars.

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Interview with actors Bryan Cranston, Hope Davis, Michael Stuhlbarg, Isiah Whitlock Jr., Andrene Ward-Hammond, and Rosie Perez and EP Joey Hartstone

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Interview with actors Bryan Cranston, Hope Davis, Michael Stuhlbarg, Isiah Whitlock Jr., Andrene Ward-Hammond, and Rosie Perez and EP Joey Hartstone of "Your Honor" on Showtime

Interview with actors Bryan Cranston, Hope Davis, Michael Stuhlbarg, Isiah Whitlock Jr., Andrene Ward-Hammond, and Rosie Perez and EP Joey Hartstone of “Your Honor” on Showtime by Suzanne 9/20/22

SHOWTIME FALL TCA PRESS CONFERENCE
YOUR HONOR
Bryan Cranston – “Michael Desiato” (he/him)
Hope Davis – “Gina Baxter” (she/her)
Michael Stuhlbarg – “Jimmy Baxter” (he/him)
Isiah Whitlock Jr. – “Charlie” (he/him)
Andrene Ward-Hammond – “Big Mo” (she/her)
Rosie Perez – “Olivia Delmont” (she/her)
Joey Hartstone – Showrunner / Executive Producer (he/him)
Virtual via Zoom September 20, 2022
© 2022 Showtime. All Rights Reserved.

“Your Honor” picks up the saga of Bryan Cranston’s Michael Desiato as he struggles to move forward after the devastating events of Season 1 all while competing forces swirl around him with even greater intensity.

This was a TCA panel, so I’m not allowed to use the transcript. Here is a summary of the questions and answers. I hope you enjoy it! The second season looks just as great as the first one.

Peter Moffat created the show, based on an Israeli TV series. He had to bow out of the second season for personal reasons. This second season, he was replaced by one of the show’s writers, Joey Hartstone, as showrunner. The first journalist asked if they’re using any of Moffat’s ideas for the second season. Star Bryan Cranston explained about Moffat not being there, for any of us that didn’t know that news. He affirmed that the show is “in good shape” with Hartstone. Moffat left behind a Season 2 outline that they were able to use. Since the first season was about “the central character [who] compromises his principles and loses himself,” the second season “is about redemption” and where that fits in the world, along with “sorrow and forgiveness,” and do the characters carry on. Cranston was also asked about his character’s look and how that helped him make the transition for his character, Michael, to season 2. Cranston spoke at length about how his character is affected greatly by his grief, and how it affects others in his orbit. He also spoke about how Michael is affected physically, which he, as an actor, had to reflect. He maintains that Michael wouldn’t care at all about how he looks, in his grief.

Another reporter references a previous drama that Cranston played in called “Faust” and asks why audiences love to watch “guys who make the wrong decision.” Cranston says that it’s because it happens so much, which he credits to male testosterone making men “do stupid things.” Men’s egos make them think they can handle any situation. He mused about Queen Elizabeth’s recent passing and noted that he wished there were more women in power because he feels that the world would be in a better place without so much aggression. He believes most men are looking for a more “peaceful” and “civilized” world but don’t know how to find it.

The next press person asked the cast to each tell what their character has taught them about themselves. Cranston thinks that his character’s grief allowed him “to mature in understanding all of life and its ups and downs” because of the grief he goes through and how he handles things. Andrene Ward Hammond shared that she enjoyed playing such a “colorful” character as Mo, so it helped her to be more comfortable “to take up a little more space” instead of her usual position of being supporting. Hope Davis said iit was a relief to take breaks from playing Gina becaus she’s so unhappy. She revealed that when she and Michael Stuhlbarg (who plays her husband) go out into the real world, people look at them as if they’re “shocked and scared.” Stuhlbarg agreed with a “Yes, dear,” which was adorable. He went further to say that playing these people made them really appreciate their real-life families and how much they mean to them. Isiah Whitlock Jr. answered that playing Charlie taught him “a lot about friendship.” Playing this role made him think about how many good friends we have and how far we would go for them. Rosie Perez, who’s new to the cast, playing Olivia, feels that “patience and confidence breeds power” as it pertains to her character, who is so confident. She doesn’t try to excuse her emotions, even in “a male-dominated world.”

Another journalist shared that watching Cranston’s character, who felt like “the walls were closing in on him,” due to his bad decisions, it felt a little “claustrophobic. He asked if season 2 would have that same sort of feeling, or whether it would be transferred to one of the other characters.

Joey Hartstone replied vaguely that we may “sense that in some of the characters.” He maintained that the new season is a continuation on from the first season, except that all of the characters have been affected and changed by what happened in season 1. Davis added that season 2 examines the repercussions from the events of season 1.

The next reporter pointed out that it’s fun for viewers to watch Cranston “completely disembowel himself, set himself on fire, and then blow himself up in a role.” She asked him when he decided that this character could come back for season 2 with more story. Cranston was curious about whether there is life after such terrible grief and after he sets morality, etc. aside. He wanted to explore that honestly to say that there can be “a reconstruction of a human being if that person follows certain kind of human protocols to get back in touch with their humanity.” He added that it’s all their characters; not just his. He praised Rosie and her character for adding “a slice of life” to things that is different than season 1. He pointed out that her character can be more objective and that their characters don’t agree on things.

The actors were asked where they find the “light” and “humor” in a show with so much “angst” and darkness. Davis answered they often laugh while rehearsing because they’re having the opposite reaction to what their characters are going through. Hartstone chimed in at her request to say that there is some sarcasm in the dialogue. He believes that even though the characters are having a lot of “trauma,” there has to be “real moments,” some with “dark humor” that the characters go through with each other, since they’re family. Ward-Hammond praised the cast and crew, saying that they all joke around a lot. “We have to find the levity in all of our drama.”

Perez related that she told Cranston and Hartstone, right after she was hired, that she knows a lot of federal prosecutors and people in law enforcement. When she watches other shows or movies, she doesn’t see them acting like real people in those positions. They tend to joke around a lot and make fun because they’re not the ones in trouble, “going to jail” or “being taken down.” She enjoyed listening to their stories and laughed along with them. She wanted to bring that to her character. She laughed a lot playing the role and watching Cranston’s reactions.

The next question was to Perez, asking about her character, Olivia, and what she does in terms of going after the Baxters and taking revenge. She wasn’t sure if she could say much without giving away the story, so the reporter asked, instead, what drives her or what her motivation is to get justice. Perez answered that she cares about the victims and their children as well as the “rule of law” and “justice.” These are her driving forces. She wants to convey the questions, “Does that mean that they are a degenerate that we should toss aside, you know? Or do we hold them accountable, let them pay their debt to society, and move on?”

Then Stuhlbarg was asked how he’s able to get into the dark place as an actor and then shut those feelings off when he has to. Stuhlbarg shared that he does a sort of “purging” of those feelings as he acts, so he’s able to leave it behind. He references the previous question about finding humor in the dark situation.

He was asked another question about whether he might be concerned that he’s been cast as a bad guy so much recently. Stuhlbarge replied that he enjoys playing “well-rounded” characters and figuring out what motivates them. He went on in detail to talk about his character in this show as well as the one he played in “Dopesick.” He enjoyed the challenges of the role. Ward-Hammon added that we all have “a bit of goodness” and that’s what makes “the best villains.” She feels that it’s that goodness that stops them going any further with their evil deeds. Cranston explained that all of the characters “have multiple facets to their personalities,” they’re not just all good or all bad. This “complexity” makes the audience pay attention.

Davis and Stuhlbarg, who play the married couple The Baxters, were asked about what more they could want from Michael now that his son died. Davis replied that she thinks Gina wants him to suffer as much as possible, whereas Stuhlbarg’s character Joey just wants “peace,” so he’s trying to “please his wife.” The other actors joked around about how Davis phrased her answer, which was a bit funny.

A journalist asked them about how the characters handled their grief differently. Michael ignores his grief, grows a long beard, loses weight, etc. but the Baxters don’t and are able to keep gong. He/she wants to know what the difference is between the parents and the father. Davis countered that Gina is in a “dark place” and is blaming her husband, so she’s not dealing with the grief that well. Stuhlbarg believes that Jimmy has to keep going because he has other kids and won’t allow himself to be “swallowed up by despair” the way Michael does. The reporter asked a clarification question that I didn’t quite understand. I mean, they already pretty much answered it. Davis tried to convey how Gina is feeling – her sense of emptiness and hopelessness in her grief. Stuhlbarg pointed out that their children are adults, so they’re just “forging forward as well as they can under these circumstances,” which doesn’t always work. Cranston added that there isn’t just one way for a person to deal with grief.

Next, a journalist asked Cranston what the process is to create a “great drama” that is “unique and authentic.” Cranston answered that it would take a longer answer, but he would start with “what is the concept” or “theme.” He related that the first season was interesting because it had “universal” themes, like “what would you do to save the life of your child?” Then, “would you be willing, knowingly, become a criminal in order to do that?” Then you go through each step and build it until the answers are not so easy or “clean.” That “ripple effect” is what happened to Michael. The second season explores beyond that to see how all these lives were affected by what happened the first season, and then Olivia coming in to make her own identity. He said that any good series, “has to stay malleable so that you can continue to shape it and grow.” He believes that part of the actor’s role is to bring in their own ideas to the show (not just go by the script and director). They all have to work as a team and then the showrunner has the final look at what they’ve developed. He sees it as a giant puzzle that they have to put together, without knowing what the final picture is supposed to look like. He noted, “It’s a fascinating process.” Then he added that it starts with the ideas and the story, and whether it’s important or resonates.

Isiah Whitlock Jr. was asked the last question about what kind of effect growing up in a large family had on him…whether it made him want more attention or made him want to be an actor. He answered that it made him want to take care of himself because no one else would if he didn’t do it. He added, “And that has stuck with me for my entire life. I just do things for myself. I figure things out. If somebody wants to chime in and help, it’s appreciated, but I don’t expect anyone to be there.” He thinks that helped him a lot as an actor because he learned to trust himself.

I didn’t ask a question for this one because I came in late, due to another commitment. I enjoyed listening to it, though.

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SHOWTIME DEBUTS TEASER AND KEY ART FOR SEASON TWO OF YOUR HONOR

SHOWTIME® DEBUTS TEASER AND KEY ART FOR SEASON TWO OF YOUR HONOR

Series Starring Oscar® Nominee and Emmy® Winner Bryan Cranston To Return on Non-Linear Platforms on Friday, January 13 And On Air on Sunday, January 15 at 9 PM ET/PT

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LOS ANGELES – November 16, 2022 – SHOWTIME has released the teaser and key art for the second season of YOUR HONOR, starring and executive produced by Oscar nominee and Emmy winner Bryan Cranston (Breaking Bad). The 10-episode season will debut on demand and on streaming Friday, January 13, 2023 and on-air on Sunday, January 15 at 9 p.m. ET/PT. The first season ofYOUR HONORranks as the top debut season ever on SHOWTIME. 

To watch and share the teaser, visit: https://youtu.be/pxFNLf60tfc.

In season two, some will seek salvation in response to the tremendous loss they suffered, while others will seek revenge. Michael Desiato (Cranston) has lost the will to live and any semblance of the upstanding judge he once was before the death of his son, Adam. But his life is thrown yet again into chaos by the arrival of Olivia Delgado (Rosie Perez), a laser-focused federal prosecutor determined to bring down a major crime organization. Meanwhile, crime boss Jimmy Baxter (Michael Stuhlbarg) is looking to go legit, but a war is brewing at home with his formidable wife, Gina (Hope Davis), who has other ideas for the family business. Moreover, daughter Fia Baxter (Lilli Kay) is forced to reckon with the true nature of her family as she deals with the fallout of her boyfriend’s shooting by a bullet that was intended for her brother, Carlo (Jimi Stanton), who is now more determined than ever to follow in his father’s criminal footsteps. Eugene Jones (Benjamin Flores Jr.), who mistakenly shot Adam, is on the run. Big Mo (Andrene Ward-Hammond) has big plans for her empire but little faith in Little Mo’s (Keith Machekanyanga) allegiance. New mayor Charlie Figaro (Isiah Whitlock Jr.) aims to keep the peace among the warring factions, but senses betrayal by an unlikely source. And Michael and his mother-in-law, Elizabeth (guest star Margo Martindale), uncover the truth about his late wife, Robin’s, murder, while Detective Nancy Costello (guest star Amy Landecker) unearths some startling revelations of her own. The domino effect of Adam’s death threatens everyone, and they will all be pursued by their enemies at every turn. Ultimately, the question remains: How far are you willing to go to protect what matters most to you?

YOUR HONOR is executive produced by Emmy nominees Robert and Michelle King and Liz Glotzer. Emmy-winning producer Cranston and Emmy-nominated producer James Degus (All the Way) executive produce the series for Moonshot Entertainment. Joey Hartstone is executive producer and showrunner. YOUR HONOR, produced by CBS Studios in association with King Size Productions, is based on the Israeli series Kvodo created by Ron Ninio and Shlomo Mashiach. Rob Golenberg, Alon Aranya, Ron Ninio, Shlomo Mashiach, Ram Landes, Ron Eilon and Danna Stern also serve as executive producers.

Showtime Networks Inc. (SNI), a wholly owned subsidiary of Paramount, owns and operates the premium service SHOWTIME®, which features critically acclaimed original series, provocative documentaries, box-office hit films, comedy and music specials and hard-hitting sports. SHOWTIME is available as a stand-alone streaming service across all major streaming devices and Showtime.com, as well as via cable, DBS, telco and streaming video providers. SNI also operates the premium services THE MOVIE CHANNELand FLIX®, as well as on demand versions of all three brands. SNI markets and distributes sports and entertainment events for exhibition to subscribers on a pay-per-view basis through SHOWTIME PPV®. For more information, go towww.SHO.com [sho.com].

Michael Desiato

Played by Bryan Cranston

Bryan Cranston

BRYAN CRANSTON is an Academy Award® nominee, and Emmy®, Golden Globe®, SAG, Tony® and Olivier Award winner. Cranston was most recently seen in THE ONE AND ONLY IVAN as well as EL CAMINO: A BREAKING BAD MOVIE, and on the big screen starring opposite Kevin Hart and Nicole Kidman in THE UPSIDE. On television, Cranston is best known for his portrayal of Walter White on BREAKING BAD and as Hal in MALCOLM IN THE MIDDLE.

Cranston made his Broadway debut as President Lyndon B. Johnson in ALL THE WAY and went on to produce the film adaption of the play through his production company, Moonshot Entertainment. Cranston recently finished a Broadway run of NETWORK based on the iconic film by Paddy Chayefsky. Moonshot Entertainment has developed a multitude of television series including SNEAKY PETE, THE DANGEROUS BOOK FOR BOYS, PHILIP K. DICK’S ELECTRIC DREAMS and the animated series SUPERMANSION.

Aside from his acting career, Cranston is a New York Times bestselling author of A Life In Parts, where he revisits the many roles he’s played on and off camera, but ultimately his memoir is about the transformative power of hard work.

Gina Baxter

Played by Hope Davis

Hope Davis

Hope Davis, having extensive experience in theater, television and film, is one of the most versatile and poised actors working today. Davis recently starred in FOR THE PEOPLE. Her other TV credits include the critically acclaimed Emmy® nominated series AMERICAN CRIME as well as the hit series WAYWARD PINES. Davis also starred in the leading role of matriarch Katya O’Connor in ALLEGIANCE and had a multi-episode arc on Aaron Sorkin’s THE NEWSROOM. Davis received an Emmy nomination for her work on IN TREATMENT and was also honored with both Emmy and Golden Globe® nominations for her portrayal of Hillary Clinton in the film THE SPECIAL RELATIONSHIP. She can be seen opposite Anna Kendrick in LOVE LIFE. In 2003, Davis was named Best Actress by the New York Film Critics Circle for her work in two of the year’s most critically acclaimed independent features – Alan Rudolph’s THE SECRET LIVES OF DENTISTS and the Oscar® nominated AMERICAN SPLENDOR, for which Davis also received a Golden Globe nomination for Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role. Davis was seen on the big screen in Danny Strong’s REBEL IN THE RYE, opposite Sarah Paulson, and in Marvel’s CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR, directed by Anthony Russo and Joe Russo. Her other film credits include Simon West’s WILD CARD; Anthony Fabian’s LOUDER THAN WORDS opposite David Duchovny; Henry Alex Rubin’s DISCONNECT; Shawn Levy’s REAL STEEL; Michael Winterbottom’s GENOVA; Charlie Kaufman’s SYNECDOCHE, NEW YORK, opposite Philip Seymour Hoffman; THE HOAX directed by Lasse Hallström; THE NINES, with Ryan Reynolds; CHARLIE BARTLETT, with Robert Downey Jr. and Anton Yelchin; and THE FAMILY TREE, opposite Dermot Mulroney. Davis was also part of an ensemble cast in the television series SIX DEGREES and the miniseries MILDRED PIERCE directed by Todd Haynes.

In theater, Davis received a Tony nomination for Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Play for her portrayal of Annette Raleigh in the Broadway run of God Of Carnage. Her other theater credits include Red Barn at the National’s Lyttelton in the West End; Camino Real at the famed Williamstown Theatre Festival; Pterodactyls; The Food Chain; The Iceman Cometh; Ivanov and David Mamet’s Speed-The-Plow.

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Jimmy Baxter

Played by Michael Stuhlbarg

Michael Stuhlbarg

Michael Stuhlbarg has long been a lauded actor in the New York theatre world, but it wasn’t until he played Larry Gopnik, the lead role in the Coen Brothers’ A SERIOUS MAN, that he earned serious recognition from the film community, including a Golden Globe® nomination for Best Actor in a Motion Picture.

His other films include Luca Guadagnino’s CALL ME BY YOUR NAME; Guillermo del Toro’s THE SHAPE OF WATER; MISS SLOANE with Jessica Chastain; DOCTOR STRANGE; Denis Villeneuve’s ARRIVAL; STEVE JOBS, directed by Danny Boyle; TRUMBO with Bryan Cranston; MILES AHEAD with Don Cheadle; Edward Zwick’s PAWN SACRIFICE; Steven Spielberg’s LINCOLN; Woody Allen’s BLUE JASMINE; CUT BANK; HITCHCOCK; MEN IN BLACK 3; Martin Scorsese’s HUGO; Ridley Scott’s BODY OF LIES; Tim Blake Nelson’s THE GREY ZONE; Sophie Barthes’ COLD SOULS and Martin Scorsese’s short homage to Alfred Hitchcock, THE KEY TO RESERVA. He most recently appeared in the feature film SHIRLEY starring alongside Elisabeth Moss.

For television, Stuhlbarg played the role of New York City mob boss Arnold Rothstein on the award-winning series BOARDWALK EMPIRE. He has recurred on the series TRANSPARENT, season three of FARGO, THE LOOMING TOWER (for which he earned an Emmy® nomination) and TRAITORS written by Bashsheba Doran.

In 2005, Stuhlbarg was a Tony Award nominee and a Drama Desk Award winner for his performance in Martin McDonagh’s The Pillowman. He has also been honored with the New Dramatists Charles Bowden Actor Award and the Elliot Norton Boston Theatre Award, the latter for his performance in Long Day’s Journey Into Night. The actor’s other Broadway credits include the National Actors Theatre productions of Saint Joan, Three Men On A Horse, Timon Of Athens, The Government Inspector; Ronald Harwood’s Taking Sides; Sam Mendes’ revival of Cabaret and Tom Stoppard’s The Invention Of Love. Stuhlbarg has worked numerous times with the New York Shakespeare In The Park Festival. His critically acclaimed credits include Twelfth Night, the title roles in Richard II and Hamlet, for which he won a Drama League Award, and most recently as the title role in Tim Blake Nelson’s Socrates. Other Off-Broadway credits include The Voysey Inheritance, for which he earned the Obie and Callaway Awards and a Lucille Lortel Award nomination, and Cymbeline, reprising his role in a U.K. stint of the production. Stuhlbarg received a Drama League Award for Old Wicked Songs, and a Lucille Lortel Award nomination for Measure For Pleasure. He can also be seen in The Grey Zone.

Charlie Figaro

Played by Isiah Whitlock Jr.

Isiah Whitlock Jr.

Isiah Whitlock Jr. is a veteran theater, film and television actor. He most recently starred as Melvin in Spike Lee’s DA 5 BLOODS. His other notable film credits include BLACKKKLANSMAN, PETE’S DRAGON, CEDAR RAPIDS and the voice of River Scott in CARS 3. Additionally, he can be seen in Spike Lee’s SHE’S GOTTA HAVE IT, 25TH HOUR and CHI-RAQ, as well as CHIPS directed by Dax Shepard; PERSON TO PERSON directed by Dustin Guy Defa; DETACHMENT directed by Tony Kaye and SHE HATE ME written and directed by Spike Lee. Other films in which Whitlock appears include CORPORATE ANIMALS, ALL SQUARE, LYING AND STEALING, BROOKLYN’S FINEST, TWELVE, MAIN STREET, CHOKE, 1408, ENCHANTED, PIECES OF APRIL, EVERYONE SAYS I LOVE YOU, THE SPANISH PRISONER, EDDIE and GOODFELLAS.

On television, Whitlock starred as Senator Clay Davis on the acclaimed series THE WIRE and as Detective Burl Loomis on the series THE GOOD COP opposite Josh Groban, Tony Danza and Monica Barbaro. He appeared on the series THE MIST and SURVIVOR’S REMORSE, and he also played the role of Gunnar on the pilot THIN ICE. He recurred on the Emmy® winning comedy series VEEP as Secretary of Defense General George Maddox. Whitlock was also a series regular on LUCKY 7 as Bob Harris and has appeared on numerous television series INCLUDING ELEMENTARY, ATLANTA, LUCIFER, LIMITLESS, THE CARMICHAEL SHOW, LAW & ORDER: CRIMINAL INTENT, LAW & ORDER: SVU, THE BLACKLIST, GOTHAM, LOUIE, SMASH, CHAPPELLE’S SHOW, RUBICON, MEET THE BROWNS, HUMAN GIANT, NEW AMSTERDAM, MADIGAN MEN, WONDERLAND, NEW YORK UNDERCOVER and the documentary LIBERTY!, as well as THIRD WATCH and ED.

Whitlock was nominated in 2002 for a Lucille Lortel Award as Best Featured Actor for his work in Four that enjoyed a renowned Off-Broadway run at the Manhattan Theatre Club. The Iceman Cometh, Merchant Of Venice and Mastergate are among his Broadway credits, while his Off-Broadway credits include Farragut North for the Atlantic Theatre Co. and the Geffen Playhouse, The Cherry Orchard, Everything That Rises Must Converge, Up Against The Wind, A Lesson Before Dying, High Life, Edmond, The American Clock, White Panther and The Illusion. He was also part of the national tour of the play The Piano Lesson, in the title role of Boy Willie.

Big Mo

Played by Andrene Ward Hammond

Andrene Ward Hammond

Ward-Hammond’s screen credits include 61st Street, Manifest, The Righteous Gemstones, Claws, Star and the films Just Mercy, Instant Family, The Hate U Give and Loving. She is repped by Grandview, Alexander White Agency and Myman Greenspan.

SHOWTIME HIT DRAMA SERIES YOUR HONOR SECOND SEASON TO PREMIERE ON FRIDAY, JANUARY 13

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SHOWTIME® HIT DRAMA SERIESYOUR HONOR  SECOND SEASON TO PREMIERE ON FRIDAY, JANUARY 13 

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LOS ANGELES – October 31, 2022 – The premiere date for the SHOWTIME® drama series YOUR HONOR has shifted. The 10-episode second season of the series starring Oscar® nominee and Emmy® winner Bryan Cranston (Breaking Bad) will debut on demand and on streaming Friday, January 13, 2023 and on-air on Sunday, January 15 at 9 p.m. ET/PT. The first season ofYOUR HONORranks as the top debut season ever on SHOWTIME. 

YOUR HONOR stars Cranston as Michael Desiato, a respected New Orleans judge whose upstanding life is derailed when his teenage son’s accidental hit-and-run killing of the son of notorious crime boss Jimmy Baxter (SAG Award winner Michael Stuhlbarg) led to a high-stakes game of lies, deceit and impossible choices. Emmy nominee Hope Davis (Love Life, American Crime) stars as Jimmy’s wife, Gina, who is at times more dangerous and driven than her husband, and Isiah Whitlock Jr. (The Wire) stars as Charlie, a local politician and Michael’s best friend. Andrene Ward Hammond stars as Big Mo, the formidable leader of the Desire Gang, with Keith Machekanyanga as Little Mo, her right-hand-man. Lilli Kay stars as Fia Baxter, Jimmy’s daughter who is forced to reckon with the true nature of her family as she deals with the aftermath of her boyfriend’s shooting (by a bullet that was intended for her brother). Jimi Stanton is Carlo Baxter, Jimmy’s only surviving son who wants to follow in his father’s criminal footsteps; and Benjamin Flores Jr. is Eugene, whose attempt to avenge his brother’s death has created a new chain of events that threaten to start a war on the streets of New Orleans. Season two guest stars include Oscar and Emmy nominee Rosie Perez (The Flight Attendant),Emmy winner Margo Martindale (The Americans) and Amy Landecker (Transparent).

YOUR HONOR is executive produced by Emmy nominees Robert and Michelle King (The Good Fight, The Good Wife, Evil) and Liz Glotzer (Evil, The Good Fight), with Joey Hartstone (The Good Fight) serving as showrunner and executive producer for season two. Emmy-winning producer Cranston and Emmy-nominated producer James Degus (All the Way) executive produce the series for Moonshot Entertainment. YOUR HONOR, produced by CBS Studios in association with King Size Productions, is based on the Israeli series Kvodo created by Ron Ninio and Shlomo Mashiach. Rob Golenberg, Alon Aranya, Ninio, Mashiach, Ram Landes, Ron Eilon and Danna Stern also serve as executive producers. 

SHOWTIME DEBUTS OFFICIAL TRAILER FOR SECOND SEASON OF YOUR HONOR

SHOWTIME® DEBUTS OFFICIAL TRAILER FOR SECOND SEASON OF YOUR HONOR

Series Starring Oscar® Nominee and Emmy® Winner Bryan Cranston
To Return on Non-Linear Platforms on Friday, January 13
And On Air on Sunday, January 15 at 9 PM ET/PT

LOS ANGELES – December 13, 2022 – SHOWTIME has released the official trailer for season two of YOUR HONOR, starring and executive produced by Oscar nominee and Emmy winner Bryan Cranston (Breaking Bad). The 10-episode season will debut on demand and on streaming Friday, January 13, 2023 and on-air on Sunday, January 15 at 9 p.m. ET/PT. The first season ofYOUR HONORranks as the top debut season ever on SHOWTIME. In season two, some will seek salvation in response to the tremendous loss they suffered, while others will seek revenge and they will all be pursued by their enemies at every turn. Ultimately, the question remains: How far are you willing to go to protect what matters most to you?

To watch and share the official trailer, visit: https://youtu.be/SQf1pv_yTD0.

YOUR HONOR is executive produced by Emmy nominees Robert and Michelle King (The Good Wife) and by Liz Glotzer (Evil). Emmy-winning producer Cranston (Breaking Bad) and Emmy-nominated producer James Degus (All the Way) executive produce the series for Moonshot Entertainment. Joey Hartstone (The Good Fight) is executive producer and showrunner. YOUR HONOR, produced by CBS Studios in association with King Size Productions, is based on the Israeli series Kvodo created by Ron Ninio and Shlomo Mashiach. Rob Golenberg, Alon Aranya, Ron Ninio, Shlomo Mashiach, Ram Landes, Ron Eilon and Danna Stern also serve as executive producers.

Showtime Networks Inc. (SNI), a wholly owned subsidiary of Paramount, owns and operates the premium service SHOWTIME®, which features critically acclaimed original series, provocative documentaries, box-office hit films, comedy and music specials and hard-hitting sports. SHOWTIME is available as a stand-alone streaming service across all major streaming devices and Showtime.com, as well as via cable, DBS, telco and streaming video providers. SNI also operates the premium services THE MOVIE CHANNELand FLIX®, as well as on demand versions of all three brands. SNI markets and distributes sports and entertainment events for exhibition to subscribers on a pay-per-view basis through SHOWTIME PPV®. For more information, go towww.SHO.com [sho.com].

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Interview with Steve Guttenberg, Cybil Shepherd, Jennifer Grey, Jaime King and Celina Sinden

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Interview with actors Steve Guttenberg, Cybil Shepherd, Jennifer Grey, Jaime King and Celina Sinden and Executive Vice President of Scripted Programming Tanya Lopez of 4 films on Lifetime by Suzanne 1/6/23

There are four movies coming up on Lifetime that they held this panel for. Each movie focus on a the real-life story of a woman who committed some crime(s). Cybil Shepherd stars in “How to Murder Your Husband: The Nancy Brophy Story.” Steve Guttenberg plays her husband, a chef. Nancy is a frustrated novelist.  In another movie, Celina Sinden plays the infamous murderer Jodi Arias in “Bad Behind Bars.” However, the star of the movie not really Jodi/Celina. It’s told from the perspective of one of her prison friends, Donavan Bering. Jodi manipulates her and another woman into doing her bidding as she awaits trial. I think these two movies were the best of the lot.. Jennifer Grey stars in “Gwen Shamblin: Starving for Salvation.” Shamblin started a weight-loss program in her church, which became its own church and cult.  Jaime King stars in “Hoax: The Kidnapping of Sherri Papini.”  Papini faked her own kidnapping and conned people out of a lot of money, playing the victim. She seems to be the most sympathetic character among all of these women.

It was a very fun press call. Usually, Lifetime will have a series of panels that go on for a few hours in a day. For some reason, they decided to have us interview all of the women from these movies together. It made it a bit more fun. Cybill Shepherd and Steve Guttenberg were particularly entertaining.

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Cybil Shepherd as Nancy Brophy and Steve Guttenberg as Daniel.
How to Murder Your Husband: The Nancy Brophy Story
Saturday, January 14 at 8p/7c

Based on a true story, Nancy Crampton-Brophy (Cybill Shepherd), seemed to have a knack for writing about murder. The Portland-based romance-thriller novelist authored books about relationships that were tumultuous, while using seductive men on the covers to lure in her readers. Often, her books featured women protagonists who fantasized about killing their own husbands or fleeing their husbands and faking their own deaths. And then, in 2022 in a shocking turn of events, Brophy was convicted of killing her own husband (Steve Guttenberg).

How to Murder Your Husband: The Nancy Brophy Story is produced by Front Street Pictures and is being distributed by Sony Pictures Television. Judith Verno through Peace Out Productions serves as executive producer. Stephen Tolkin directs from a script which he penned.

Celinda Sinden, Tricia Black and Lynn Rafferty in "Bad Behind Bars: Jodi Arias."

Bad Behind Bars: Jodi Arias

Premieres Saturday, Jan. 21 at 8/7c and Stream Next Day

In this follow-up to one of Lifetime’s most successful true crime movies, Jodi Arias: Dirty Little Secret, we will see a whole new side of the infamous murderess and the story that has captivated the world for nearly a decade. Celinda Sinden stars in the new movie, Bad Behind Bars: Jodi Arias as Jodi, who has just been arrested and sent to prison while she awaits trial for murdering her boyfriend, Travis Alexander. When she arrived in jail, Jodi charms her way through prison and befriends a couple, Donavan Bering and Tracy Brown. The three inmates became inseparable, Donovan and Tracy doing anything and everything Jodi asked — even letting the murderess tattoo her name on one of them. Donovan was released from prison as Jodi’s trial drew near and agreed to be Jodi’s mouthpiece, posting on her social pages and defending her friend to the world. But when the details of the case and Jodi’s story were no longer adding up and Donovan refused to continue to do her former friend’s bidding, Jodi’s vengeful side emerged. Stars Celina Sinden, Tricia Black, Lynn Rafferty, Karl Campbell, Adesola Adesina, Michelle Haffey, Christine Noble, and Maggie Cassella (2023).

Jaime King, Matt Hamilton, and the actors who play their kids in "Hoax: The Kidnapping of Sherri Papini."

Hoax: The Kidnapping of Sherri Papini
Saturday, January 28 at 8p/7c

Jaime King stars as Sherri Papini in the film about the nation-wide, shocking story of a young mother of two, who disappears while jogging near her home, leading to national headlines as concerned citizens searched for her whereabouts. When she reappeared three weeks later on Thanksgiving Day, Sherri claimed she was abducted by two Hispanic women who chained and repeatedly abused her. While Sherri’s return was celebrated, the state never stopped searching for her kidnappers. Four years later, Sherri’s world came crashing down as evidence revealed her kidnapping was all a hoax perpetrated by Sherri herself to spend time with her ex-boyfriend. Sherri was arrested and ultimately sentenced to 18 months in prison for lying to federal agents, creating hysteria in the community and wasting police time and funding with her nearly successful, elaborate scheme. Matt Hamilton (Girl in Room 13) stars as Sherri’s devoted husband, Keith.

Hoax: The Kidnapping of Sherri Papini is written by Katie Boland is executive produced by Tim Johnson, Stacy Mandelberg and Jocelyn Freid and directed by Marta Borowski

Jennifer Grey as Gwen Shamblin and Vincent Walsh as Joe Lara in "Gwen Shamblin: Starving for Salvation"

Gwen Shamblin: Starving for Salvation
Saturday, February 4 at 8p/7c
Jennifer Grey stars as the controversial religious leader and Christian diet guru who positioned herself as God’s prophet and preached the virtues of being thin in the new Lifetime original movie, Gwen Shamblin: Starving for Salvation. As the founder of the Tennessee-based Remnant Fellowship Church and the Weigh Down Workshop – a massively successful Christian-based diet program that preached the virtue of a slim waist and the power of prayer for weight loss – Gwen Shamblin Lara was a rare woman to lead a Southern megachurch. As her church grew across the nation, so did her iron-fisted grip as its leader— accumulating power and money, while creating a larger-than-life public persona with dramatically teased and towering hair. At the peak of her power and influence, Gwen demanded that church members alienate themselves from anyone who was not a member, banished those that became overweight, threatened legal action against dissenters, and advocated for strict punishment of those who failed to follow church tenets. But Gwen’s reign suddenly came to a tragic end in May 2021, when the plane that her husband Joe was flying crashed shortly after takeoff, killing Gwen, Joe, their son-in-law, and four other Church leaders.

Gwen Shamblin: Starving for Salvation is produced by Muse Entertainment production for Lifetime and is executive produced by Nancy Bennett and Jesse Prupas. John L’Ecuyer directs from a script by Gregory Small and Richard Blaney. Muse Distribution International handles foreign sales.

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MILF Manor on TLC

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In Defense of MILF Manor (Or is it Rubbish)? by Jonathon M.

There’s a new show on TLC called MILF Manor. I am the furthest thing away from a reality TV watcher that you can find, but I’ll probably give this a watch. I’m a sucker for hot guys.

Let’s do some thought experiments:

What do you think that the reaction would be if the gender roles were reversed? I am guessing that certain groups of activists would have something to say. But nobody cares about much younger guys being in such a situation. I am not lecturing, because I am eagerly going to watch. But it’s probably a double standard. I always take the approach that consenting adults can do what they want.

What if everyone was gay and male? I would actually like to see this. On a side note, most dating shows are heteronormitive. Although perhaps this would be less popular, since most people aren’t gay.

Perhaps you can make a case for this; it’s different.

I think that all reality TV shows are absolute garbage, so is this much different than the rest of the trash out there? I don’t think so.

Isn’t it time that older women who like younger guys got some representation in dating shows? OK, I’m making up absurd angles to justify this show’s existence. It’s fun to do this!

This concept probably generates TLC some publicity. Fewer news articles would be written about a dating show about similarly aged heterosexual couples.

There’s a twist, but I don’t know what it is yet. I’m just assuming it’s each other’s sons who are participating. Meh, as long as there’s no incest, then I don’t really see a problem. Again, this would be done to stir up controversy, and gain publicity.

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NEW DATING SERIES “MILF MANOR” SET TO OPEN ITS DOORS 

MILF MANOR premieres on Sunday, January 15th at 10PM ET/PT on TLC and is available to stream the same day on discovery+.  Weekly episodes to follow.

From cities all across the country, eight confident and strong-minded women leave home for the chance to find love at a paradise destination in TLC’s brand-new, love and relationship dating series, MILF MANOR.

Although they may be a few years older than the average dating show contestant, these women are not out of practice.  Ranging from 40 to 60 years young, this vibrant group brings their unique life experiences to the game.  They have decades of dating experience and will use it to find a lasting connection with men half their age.  However, nothing can prepare them for a jaw dropping surprise that will greet them at the front door.

Set in an exquisite location along the beautiful beaches of Mexico, not everything is fun and games as these women get serious. Tensions run high when eight women and eight young hunks come together to find love. The women include a competitive 47-year-old fitness studio owner from Mexico currently living in Miami, a spontaneous 50-year-old “disco mommy” from Orange County, a 44-year-old Jersey girl currently living in Los Angeles, a 59-year-old fitness instructor and singer from Los Angeles and a 50-year-old event planner who used to be the B-Girl back in the day, just to name a few.  Each episode features challenges that will prove whether a connection is genuine or if it’s time to leave the manor.  Will the young gentlemen be able to win over the MILFs with their charming good looks or will their behavior prove them under-experienced and land them on the chopping block? Chemistry, jealousy and top-notch drama keep it steamy in the manor.

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Interview with Scott Caan and Dania Ramirez

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Scott Caan and Dania Ramirez, stars of "Alert" on FOX.

Interview with Scott Caan and Dania Ramirez of “Alert” on FOX by Suzanne 12/14/22

This was a fun panel with the two stars of this new procedural show, the show’s EP, and FOX’s President of Scripted Programming. The show might remind you a little bit of “Without a Trace,” the show that ran from 2002 to 2009. It was about another missing person’s unit. However, in this one, the two lead characters are divorced, mainly because their own son was taken. Then there are many twists and turns involving the son, as well as new cases that they solve. Check it out! It premieres tonight, January 8, after football on FOX.

NOTE: They’re now calling this show “Alert: Missing Persons Unit.”

FOX ENTERTAINMENT WINTER PRESS DAY

ALERT

John Eisendrath (Executive Producer)

Scott Caan

Dania Ramirez

Michael Thorn (President, Scripted Programming, FOX Entertainment)

Virtual via Zoom December 14, 2022

© 2022 FOX Media LLC. All rights reserved.

JAMIE FOXX: Hi, everybody. It’s Jamie Foxx here to introduce to you our brand new action drama on FOX called Alert. Set within the Philly Police Department of Missing Persons Unit, each episode explores the dark side of the City of Brotherly Love. It’s an intense race against the clock where every second counts, as it’s impossible not to fear the worst when a loved one has gone, either kidnapped or gone missing.

Bringing the action of Alert into dramatic focus is our incredible cast, Scott Caan and Dania Ramirez. Scott Caan returns to police procedurals as Jason Grant, who has to team up with his ex wife, Nikki Batista, played by Dania. Together, they will help others by saving lives and bringing criminals to justice while also facing their own quest to find out the truth about their long lost son.

You know what’s hurting me the worst? The fact that I cannot be there with you guys because of production schedules, but you’re in great hands because the cast is there and my right hand man, my executive producing partner John Eisendrath is going to take you through the whole thing. And last but not least, head of scripted television at FOX, my man, Michael Thorn.

So ladies and gentlemen, enjoy. But before we get started, here is Alert.

(Clip played.)

LES EISNER: Hello, everyone. Welcome back to the Alert panel. Joining us today are actors, Scott Caan and Dania Ramirez; creator, executive producer and showrunner John Eisendrath; and Michael Thorn of FOX Entertainment.

Let’s get right into it. Lots of questions coming in. So thank you.

QUESTION: Good morning. This is for Scott. After ten years on Hawaii 5 0, what was it about this series and this character that made you willing to recommit to the possibility of maybe another long, grueling schedule?

SCOTT CAAN: That’s a good question. I mean, there’s a lot of different reasons. I mean, I think this script was really special. I think that, you know, there’s a lot of a lot of procedurals kind of have a formula that I didn’t notice in this. This show has a real serialized piece of the show. It’s not just a procedural. But honestly, I don’t when I read things, I don’t think about what kind of a show it is. I just, you know, find if I can find something in myself that I can put into this character, then that’s what that’s what makes me decide I want to do something.

And also, you know, I I’m grateful to be given a job too. So I don’t I don’t do a lot of questioning when it comes to what kind of a show it is. I just like I said, I’m grateful to be hired, and, you know, I like to work. And I think that there’s a lot of there’s a lot of acting problems in this show that I enjoy, and there is a lot of things that make this show something that is different than anything out there. You know, the idea of finding your son after not knowing where he’s been for seven years, I don’t think that that’s an experience that anybody on the planet’s actually had. So to me, like I said, it’s an acting problem that I’ve never been faced with, it’s an acting problem that I’ve never read before. So to me, it’s something that I immediately felt uncomfortable and didn’t know exactly how I was going to approach it, and those are the kind of things that turn me on when it comes to digging into a part. If I get a little nervous and don’t quite know what I’m going to do yet, then that’s a good sign that I should probably move forward and do it. So I don’t know if that answered the question, but I could talk about that specifically for a very long time. But that’s my short answer.

DANIA RAMIREZ: I love watching him be uncomfortable, personally.

(Laughter.)

DANIA RAMIREZ: So it’s been really fun to act with him. One of those problems, I guess.

SCOTT CAAN: Yeah. Again, I don’t no, I was going to say, I don’t know if that answered the question enough, but that’s my short answer.

DANIA RAMIREZ: You were brilliant.

SCOTT CAAN: Thank you.

QUESTION: Hey, guys. Thanks for being here. John, first of all, welcome back to FOX.

Tell me about where these cases are coming from, because I’m guessing this is a world that you can really tap into. There’s so much going on, so many missing people. But can you talk about where you’re pulling your cases from for all the stories?

JOHN EISENDRATH: Well, there are a lot of cases that we can draw from if we chose to do just ripped from the headlines. We have yes, if you’ve seen episode 2, you know that there’s a story that has at its heart, is a story about fentanyl and the overuse of it and the scourge of fentanyl in America today, which I think is very topical. So some of the episodes are definitely ripped from the headlines, and some of them have that kind of connection to, I hope, what a lot of people are thinking about, talking about, and in some ways as a parent worried about for their kids. So some of it is that, and some of it is just based on what we think would make for just the most urgent, heart pounding case that we can think of and the ones that have the highest stakes. And, again, in that, one of the great things about a missing persons show is the range is, I think. larger than any other range of storytelling available in procedural TV. Some cases, people are taken and are desperate to be found; some cases, people are running away and are desperate not to be found. And that’s part of the mystery that our characters have to unpack each week. So some of it’s ripped from the headlines, and some of it is just what is just the coolest, most urgent, most desperate case we can think of.

MICHAEL THORN: One of the other things that John has done so successfully, we think, is in addition to that urgency, every single episode and the the cases are they’re deeply emotional because it involves a missing person. And I think, as Scott was saying in the beginning, one of the reasons it feels different than other procedurals is that emotional resonance, both in the cases and, of course, specifically in the family story between Scott and Dania’s family story. So it’s really compelling to have storytelling that hits both all of those buttons in an exciting way.

JOHN EISENDRATH: And I would just add that off of what Michael said, that it is true that a lot of the cases have are picked, in part, because of the way that they impact Scott and Dania’s characters as it relates to their own personal story. Again, episode 2, since you’ve watched it, as an example of a parent who’s facing the question of what would, in this case, she do if she came into a room with the person who’d killed her child. And that is a question that Scott’s character and Dania’s as well are both wrestling with. What would they do if they were ever put in a room with the person who took their child? And not only is that obviously an incredibly emotional story and question for the two of them who don’t agree on what they would do, but hopefully for the people who are watching the show too, they will ask themselves what would they do if they were ever in that situation.

QUESTION: Hi, everyone. Thanks so much for doing this. I will I have two questions, but I’ll start with Dania and Scott. Nikki and Jason, at least in the first episode, they talk a lot about kind of wanting to turn the page and move forward, but they’re really struggling with that gaping hole that their missing son has left in their lives. So how would you describe the state of the relationship at the start of the show after they’ve gone through kind of the six years of looking for Keith, and how does that dynamic kind of continue to evolve over the course of the season?

SCOTT CAAN: Do you want to go?

MICHAEL THORN: Good question.

DANIA RAMIREZ: I think that’s a great question, actually, because the dynamic absolutely changes and I think it evolves through the season. And where we were at at the beginning of you know, when you first meet us, I think we’re both having our son be missing for that having our son be missing for that long has connected us in ways that you can’t connect with anyone else. And I think the way that we we have a very authentic way of wanting to deal with the cases because of it; we have a very authentic way of how we relate to each other because of it. We also have a daughter that we coparent, and so we have to I think we found a very comfortable place in which we relate to one another throughout the entire season, and we grow and evolve our relationship because we also become partners, as you know from watching episodes 1 and 2.

So I think there’s also a lot of room for wit and humor when you really know someone for that long. And, you know, me knowing also Scott prior to doing the project and getting to know him even more doing it, as Nikki and Jason continues, we get to — to deal with the issues of being parents together, coparenting together, and then having to deal with the loss of their child, I think opens up a lot of connection moments for connection between both of us but also allows us to really feel like we’re there for one another. I love that part of the show as well, because we are really both we meet each other with love and understanding. And that’s something that I don’t think that you’ve ever I’ve ever seen portrayed in television as beautifully as we do on this show, where you have two people who have to deal with having to move forward and go through a divorce but still feel that there’s a lot of love there at home and at work.

SCOTT CAAN: Yeah. You know, also one of my favorite things about starting something new, I mean, when it works out, there’s nothing better than getting to know somebody and have that show up on screen. There’s stuff that we don’t plan, and there’s stuff that have nothing to do with the story that exists between us. And as we get you know, get to know each other more, that stuff, you it can’t help but show up on screen. And to me, that’s that’s the most fun, and we hit it off immediately, and our relationship — you know, the first two scenes we did, I was like, All right, we got this.

You know, and we have we have this bond and whatever it is, and I think that that’s when it comes to a show like this, I think that’s one of the most important things that two people you’re kind of watching what we do in the show, and you’re also kind of watching our relationship, you know, off camera. Because, like I said, you can’t you can’t hide from that stuff, you know? It’s I mean, it’s great.

DANIA RAMIREZ: We have a great relationship on and off camera, but I think we also have found different ways of dealing you know, nobody’s perfect, and I think the fact that these the two characters are flawed, but also us as people are flawed. There’s nothing better than to, like, have find a common ground where you look at the person that you’re with all the time and you’re like, “Okay. Well, today your day was to do this, and maybe today I was” “I made you laugh.” And to have that sort of, like, dual relationship on and off set and you know, when the cameras are on and when the cameras are off, really makes for an incredible experience and a journey to take the audience on, you know?

JOHN EISENDRATH: I would just add to that that I think a lot of TV is wish fulfillment. You know, you’re watching the characters, and you want to sort of imagine that you could live that type of life. And I had hoped that we could portray in Dania and Scott’s characters a couple who’d gone through the most agonizing thing that you could go through, losing your child. And while it cost them dearly and they weren’t able to sustain their marriage, they did still have love for each other. And then when we meet them, they’re Scott’s character is with one woman, and Dania’s character is getting engaged to another person, and yet so it’s the most complicated possible situation. But for them, I was hoping that they would be able to navigate that incredibly tumultuous space with love and friendship and humor, and they do an amazing job of making that feel real. And I think that is exactly what I’d hoped for. And I think people will watch them as an ex couple and as coworkers and as coparents and feel like they’re doing an amazing job navigating an incredibly difficult and dramatic set of circumstances.

QUESTION: And for John, if I can just add one last question, can you talk a little bit about the process of casting Dania and Scott to play the leads of those two coparents you were talking about and also kind of the inspiration behind creating the series with Jamie?

JOHN EISENDRATH: Well, let me take the second part first. Then I’ll come back. Jamie, I got a call one day from his producing partner, Datari Turner, and he said that he wanted to pitch me an idea for a show. And usually when someone does that, I brace for a polite way of saying, “Thank you, but it’s a terrible idea.”

And the first thing he said was, “How about something about Amber Alert and the people who go missing?”

And I was like, “Wow, that’s actually a great idea for a show.”

And he explained to me that Jamie had had an experience one afternoon where he thought his child had gone missing. And it was not the case, but he for about six or seven hours, he wasn’t sure what had happened. And once that had occurred had happened to him, he did some investigating about the people who find missing persons, and it fascinated him, and he always thought I don’t know how many years ago it was, but that it would be a good basis for a TV show. And that was basically what Datari told me.

And I did agree. I thought it would be a great idea. And then for me, I do think the cases and the stories are singular in a missing persons procedural. But for me, I did feel the need to have something more at its core, and when I imagined that it could be that Scott and Dania’s characters had themselves lost a child, that that to me was when I realized, Oh, there could be a mystery at the center of this procedural show that could both be bring people along who love the procedural pieces but have that emotional core. So that’s how the inception of the show began.

And then in casting, you know, obviously I was familiar with Scott, I had watched Hawaii 5 0, and I thought that when we when I imagined who Jason is, I had imagined someone who had to have the ability to be dramatic, to carry these incredibly intense stories, but have a little but be funny and be able to because I believe that people who work in this kind of environment have to be able to have dark humor, have to be able to deflect the pain and the intensity of the world they’re in. And when Scott’s name came up, I realized, Well, he meets all those requirements. And then we talked via Zoom, as is the case in the world today, and his discussion with me about what the I won’t take the fact that he just walked off screen, I’ll he just doesn’t want me to embarrass him.

(Laughter.)

That, you know, when I just sort of felt like he understood who the guy was, and he would he was excited about the exploration. And that, to me, is singular. You know, you really want someone who is ready to go on an adventure with you, and because that’s what series TV is.

And then with Dania whose work I was less familiar with, but I immediately looked at so much of what she had done and felt like, okay, Nikki is the heart and soul of the show, she is the one who is centered around empathy and emotional connection to people who are grieving, because in this show, the people who come into that space have lost a loved one, and they need a hug as much as they need a forensic analysis of where, you know, their loved one has gone. And the minute we talked, I realized and watched, but really more when we talked, I realized that Dania was someone who, as a person, was comfortable with that. And I really think you have to be comfortable as and be an empathetic person to portray the level of empathy and concern that she has to that Nikki has to on the show. And so I immediately knew that she, too, was someone who could personify the essential trait of who Nikki is as the heart and soul of the show.

DANIA RAMIREZ: I’m so grateful to you, John. I just have to take a moment and just say thank you for trusting me with the material, because I know, you know, every time you do a new show and it’s your baby and you’re writing it and, you know, you’re creating this world, you want to you know, it’s a gamble that you’re taking on someone sort of being like, okay, you’re going to be able to portray this.

And after our first meeting, our conversation the conversation that we had and we talked about not only, you know, the cases, what the show was really about, but really it was when we had you know, we took put all that to the side and really had an honest conversation about who we were as people and the messages that we wanted to kind of put out there and that we really ended up connecting with the kind of you know, how to humanize these that character, how to humanize Nikki. So this was a job that she was doing, and she was connected because it had happened to her, and it gave me the ability to feel empathy and compassion for these people that were coming in with these cases, but also allowed me to bring a lot of myself into it and to really feel for these people but also find the light in some of the situations. And I’m just really grateful that you gave me the opportunity.

JOHN EISENDRATH: I just knew that I just knew that when you ended your text with “Namaste,” I was like, Okay, well, that’s all right.

DANIA RAMIREZ: Namaste.

MICHAEL THORN: And I’ll add that we got really lucky where you know, you read these scripts, and you imagine that, you know, Jason and Nikki are they have this history, and you hope you just hope for in any show that your lead actors are going to have the kind of chemistry it’s that intangible that Dania and Scott had. So we’re so lucky to have them both, because individually they’re terrific, but when you put them together in their character dynamics, it absolutely you those who have seen the first two episodes, you see they shine together.

DANIA RAMIREZ: You bring you do, you bring the best out of me, for sure.

SCOTT CAAN: Oh, thank you. I think the same about you. But I yeah, just going off of what Michael just said, I think that that’s the key to any of these shows. And it’s like it’s such a coin toss. You cannot you can’t predict how that’s going to happen. But like I said, on day 1, I just I was like, alright. We got something to build on.

DANIA RAMIREZ: You know what’s funny is that we couldn’t be more different but also, like, more the same. Like, we’re both really passionate people and really can find humor in the darkest of situations but could not be more opposite at the same time.

SCOTT CAAN: Don’t touch me.

(Laughter.)

DANIA RAMIREZ: He actually really likes to be touched. That’s the thing about him. He says he doesn’t.

JOHN EISENDRATH: This isn’t analysis, it’s just a

(Laughter.)

QUESTION: Thank you so much for doing this. First question is for Scott.

Scott, you know, you’ve done roles, “Oceans 11,” “Gone in 60 Seconds,” you know, intense roles. What drew you to this role, and is this role as intense as other shows that you’ve done?

And the next question is, you know, knowing that you have a daughter, was it and the show being a missing persons, you know, did you give her that kind of extra hug after shooting the show?

SCOTT CAAN: Yeah. I’ll answer backwards. You know, it’s I with my home life and being away, I like to, as much as I possibly can, bring whatever’s going on in my life to what I’m doing. And so just being away from my daughter for the last four months, obviously, now my second daughter, they get much bigger hugs than they’ve ever gotten. So I don’t know if it’s because of this show or because I’m away, but I think a combination of both has made me really appreciate what I have, and you know, and it also makes me appreciate the fact that I have a job. You know, it’s like a you know, a question people say, like, “Why are you doing another procedural show?”

It’s like, man, I’m genuinely I’m not just like “aw shucksing” it up, but, like, I to say, like, no to somebody who wants to hire me to do something in this day and age is, like, insane to me. Like, I’m so lucky to have a job, so lucky to be able to come to work every day.

And going back to your original question, you know, I think what we do is a lot more difficult than showing up for a movie for three, four months and, you know, just doing one role. I think what turns me on about this I answered it a little bit in the beginning, but, you know, dealing with the idea of having your son go missing and then having him come back and you’re not sure if it’s actually your son, playing with those ideas week to week, month to month, episode to episode, like I said, it’s nothing it’s unprecedented. I don’t think you can find somebody and interview somebody who had that experience. So for me, this is, without question, the most complicated thing I’ve ever done. So to label it as a procedural or label it as this kind of show or that kind of show makes no sense to me. I’m learning more about myself. I’m learning a ton about acting. I’m learning there’s just so much going on, and I think that it is definitely more intense than anything I’ve ever done in a really beautiful good way.

And I don’t mean to sound too goofy or corny, but it’s if you like if you like being creative, if you like digging in as an actor, like, there’s there isn’t much out there that is more complicated problem solving as an actor than this show has been for me, and I think I knew that right away. And it’s challenging. It’s really challenging. And, you know, I think that the second we aren’t challenged anymore at what we do, we should just quit, you know? I think that

DANIA RAMIREZ: Which you’ll never do.

SCOTT CAAN: Well, but, again, you know, it’s like

DANIA RAMIREZ: You can’t. I wouldn’t let you.

SCOTT CAAN: No, I know. But I’m saying my point is that this is this isn’t something that I can just show up and, you know, not give a lot of thought to. And that’s what keeps me excited about it, and that’s I think why people will be excited to watch the show, because we’re literally trying to figure things out all the time, and it’s not it’s not like anything else out there, that I’ve seen anyway.

So to answer your question, yes, this is way more intense, way more complicated, and way more challenging, and that’s sort of why I’m really interested in it, you know? So…

DANIA RAMIREZ: Acting is very therapeutic as well. I think one of the things that I and you don’t know this, but the first meeting that I ever had with John and some of the other producers and I knew that you were doing the job, and I was like, you know, I’m excited just to dig in and even see how you know, how we change as people, because it is very therapeutic to go through these things. And you have you know, you just had a baby. Leaving having your family back in LA has played a big part of, like, you really being able to dive into those emotions and vulnerabilities within the role, and it’s been very great to feel like I am also like, I have my family here, but I don’t get to spend a lot of time with them and my kids. And so we’re able to really allow each other to be vulnerable in those moments and to share that with the masses and to feel like, okay, I’m going to unveil that part of me. And I think that’s what the world likes to connect to. To be able to transcend those emotions and to get people to connect with that is super, you know, inspiring, and, you know, this is a the show has just been a great opportunity to share those emotions with everyone.

QUESTION: Hi. This is for Scott and Dania. You’re basically the show is living out every parent’s worst nightmare in so many respects. So how emotional is it for each of you, and is it difficult to let it go after some of these highly emotional scenes?

SCOTT CAAN: Yeah, I think it is. I mean, you know, it’s one of those things where, you know, you it’s like our job definitely comes home with us, and I don’t realize how affected I am by it. But, yeah, I mean, every day, we’re dealing with really, really horrible stuff.

DANIA RAMIREZ: Yeah, it’s hard to leave it behind. And honestly, I think, you know, it’s human nature to and especially for actors, if you’re really into it, to just really live out those emotions. And that’s not something you can shut off right away. I mean, I think that’s why it’s great to be a part of a job in which it’s not just, you know, Scott on the job here, but it’s also our crew and the people that we’re working with every single day, the writers, the people that are here and our other cast mates, we become our own like a family outside of what we you know, what we film every day, and I think we have that support system to really get through that and be able to say, “Okay, that was that. Let’s put it to the side, and now let’s” you know, our lives will continue, and we have to figure out a way to pick ourselves back up. But, yeah, it’s very difficult.

And it’s interesting because, you know, the last show that we I mean, we were in “Entourage” together, and what a completely different vibe that was, because it’s like that’s fun, and we were completely different people back then. We didn’t have kids back then. We didn’t really know each other. We didn’t have any scenes together. So I could say maybe we played together. We, like, hung out. But we didn’t really you know, now, who we are who we were then and who we are now is a completely different ballgame, and being parents and dealing with a show that has to deal with, like, missing children is something that’s really close to the heart, and it’s hard to leave behind.

SCOTT CAAN: Yeah. So basically after we do five, six years of this show, I’m going to call Michael and say, “Michael, put me on a half hour comedy immediately, please.”

MICHAEL THORN: Done.

LES EISNER: And with that, we’ll wrap our session.

MORE INFO:

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Co-created by John Eisendrath (the Executive Producer of The Blacklist) and superstar Jamie Foxx, Alert: Missing Persons Unit is a procedural drama set in the Philadelphia Police Department’s Missing Persons Unit (MPU). Each episode features a heart-pounding, life-or-death search for a missing person that runs alongside police officers JASON GRANT (Scott Caan, Hawaii Five-O) and NIKKI BATISTA’s (Dania Ramirez, Devious Maids) season-long quest to find out the truth about their long-lost son.

Six years ago, while working overseas, Jason received the call that every parent fears – he and Nikki’s son, KEITH (Graham Verchere, The Good Doctor), had gone missing. From that moment forward, the lives of Jason, Nikki and their daughter, SYDNEY (recurring guest star Fivel Stewart, Atypical), were turned upside down. The frantic search to find Keith began and the mystery about his disappearance continues to this day.

Throughout the search to find Keith, Jason and Nikki’s marriage deteriorated and they grew apart. Jason moved into private security, while Nikki was promoted within the Philly P.D. to Head of the MPU, where she has been able to do for others what she wasn’t able to do for herself, bring a loved one back home. At the MPU, she leads a team of highly skilled individuals including her current love interest MIKE (Ryan Broussard, Only Murders In The Building), whom Nikki met when he was assigned to oversee the search for Keith; KEMI (Adeola Role, The Blacklist), who is proficient in many languages, highly discerning of visual clues, and uses her know-how as a shaman to take a holistic approach to her job; and forensic anthropologist C (recurring guest star and newcomer Petey Gibson), who is a master at reconstructing the faces of those who have disappeared. Together, the team works to find the missing, abducted, or kidnapped, and help reunite them with their loved ones before it’s too late.

When Jason receives a possible proof-of-life photo that Keith is very much alive, he and Nikki will reunite personally and professionally to continue the fight for their son.

Alert: Missing Persons Unit is co-produced by Sony Pictures Television and FOX Entertainment. John Eisendrath serves as showrunner and executive producer. Jamie Foxx, Datari Turner, J.R. Orci, Adam Kane and Michael Offer (101 and 102) are also executive producers.

SCOTT CAAN

as Jason Grant

Scott Caan of "Alert" on FOX

Bio

Scott Caan is an actor, writer and director. He has starred in Steven Soderbergh’s “Ocean’s Eleven” remake, along with “Ocean’s Twelve” and “Ocean’s Thirteen.” He can also be seen in the thriller “Into The Blue” and in Nicole Holofcener’s indie comedy “Friends With Money.” Caan also wrote, directed and starred in the feature films “Dallas 362” and “The Dog Problem.” A published playwright, Caan’s “Two Wrongs,” “No Way Around But Through” and “The Trouble With Where We Come From” are successes available from Dramatists.

Caan’s television series credits include a Golden Globe-nominated ten season run as “Danno” on “Hawaii Five-O.” He also starred in the last two seasons of “Entourage.” He recently finished shooting “One Day As A Lion,” which he starred in and wrote.

DANIA RAMIREZ

as Nikki Batista

Dania Ramirez of "Alert" on FOX

Bio

A talented and versatile actress, Dania Ramirez has become a highly sought-after performer for both film and television. Currently, she is starring as “Aimee” on the streaming series “Sweet Tooth” for executive producer Robert Downey, Jr.

Recently, Ramirez starred as “Gretel” on the series “Tell Me A Story,” a modern take on popular fairy tale stories, and was also seen as “Cinderella” on the popular “Once Upon A Time…,” bringing a fresh and engaging presence to the program. Her other television credits include “Devious Maids,” “The Sopranos,” “Entourage” and “Heroes.”

In addition to her television work, Ramirez is a film producer and co-produced and starred in the feature film “Lycan.” She also produced and co-starred in the romantic comedy, “Off The Menu.” Ramirez’s other film credits include roles in “Mojave,” “Premium Rush,” “Suicide Squad: Hell To Pay,” “Jumanji: Welcome To The Jungle,” “American Reunion,” “Quarantine,” “Fat Albert”  and “X-Men: The Last Stand.” She made her feature film debut in Spike Lee’s “The Subway Stories” and subsequently was seen in two additional Spike Lee projects, “25th Hour” and “She Hate Me.”

Born in the Dominican Republic, Ramirez was raised by her grandmother until she moved to New York City at the age of ten and reunited with her parents. She studied at Monclair State University, where she graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Communications and was a star volleyball player.

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Karen David and Tyler Hilton in "When Christmas Was Young" on CBS

Interview with Karen David, Tyler Hilton and Robert Tate Miller of “When Christmas Was Young” on CBS by Suzanne 11/3/22

This is a fun holiday movie with some great music. You probably will recognize the two actors who star in it. Karen David (Melody) is in “Fear of the Walking Dead” and has been in many series, including “Legacies” and “Once Upon a Time.” Tyler HIlton is most known for “Extant” and “One Tree Hill.” They do an excellent job in this movie, which is produced by Sheryl Crowe and features her original music. The main tune is very good. It premieres tonight on CBS, 12/18/22, but you can watch it as well on Paramount+.

CBS 2022 HOLIDAY PROGRAMMING PANELS
WHEN CHRISTMAS WAS YOUNG
Karen David
Tyler Hilton
Robert Tate Miller, Writer

Virtual via Zoom
November 03, 2022
© 2022 CBS. All rights reserved.

ERIN FREILICH: Hi, everyone. I’m Erin Freilich, and together with the ever so festive Noelle Llewellyn, I am pleased to welcome you to the panel for “When Christmas Was Young.” The movie, which premiers on Sunday, December 18th on CBS and will be available to stream live and on demand on Paramount+, is a Nashville music themed movie for which award winning singer songwriter Sheryl Crow executive produced and wrote the title song.

The story follows a headstrong music manager in desperate need of a hit song for his last remaining client who finds himself falling for a gifted singer songwriter with abandoned dreams of making it big as he attempts to secure the rights to a Christmas song she wrote years ago.

On today’s panel, we have the stars of the movie, Karen David and Tyler Hilton, as well as our wonderful screen writer, Robert Tate Miller.

Before I hand the virtual mic over to Robert, just as a reminder, if you have a question, please raise your hand in the chat feature, and I will call on you by your screen name when it’s your turn.

Over to you, Robert, for your opening remarks.

ROBERT TATE MILLER: Thank you very much. Noelle, good to see you guys. Thanks for being here.

We are very, very excited about this project. Originally, coming up with this idea, wanted to do something that had not really been done that really had a sense of uniqueness about it. And I know you’ve heard there’s 150 movies new movies coming out. Wanted to do a project where you remembered it and said, “Yeah, I remember that one, When Christmas Was Young, it was a little different.” And we feel like we’ve created something that is unique and different, and Tyler and Karen were just phenomenal in this. They really bring this story to life.

All of us have music to me – I don’t have the musical gifts that Karen and Tyler have, but music has been so important in my life. And I think we all have these soundtracks from our life, songs that evoke memories, happy, sad, romantic, that just take us right back to another time. And this movie is revolves around a song which drives the story, and we were fortunate enough to have Sheryl Crow write this song, a gorgeous song, and it is the centerpiece, the core of this movie. And the song brings our couple together and drives the story. So we hope that you love seeing this movie and enjoy the screening, and we really love it and have such a sense of gratitude because we all had a wonderful time doing it. Hopefully you’ll have a wonderful time seeing it.

ERIN FREILICH: Thank you, Robert.

And that was actually a perfect lead in because right before the panel started, you all actually heard Karen’s recording of When Christmas Was Young, which she’ll be releasing very soon as a holiday single.

So, Karen, before we take the first question, can you tell us a little bit about how you brought this song to life and when the single will be coming out?

KAREN DAVID: Yes. Oh, gosh, well, hats off to Sheryl Crow. I mean, it’s such a dream to have someone like her, you know, crafting a song for your character. I remember when Tom Mazza, our producer, sent sent the track over, I was in London, and I was on a busy commuter train. And everyone was all like 6:00 rush hour, and they’re all, like, grouchy and grumpy, and there I was just beaming, thinking, Oh, my God, I’m hearing Sheryl Crow singing this demo on a packed commuter train in London. And it just it was a dream come true from there.

I we knew that we wanted to do a record and a single, and my husband, who’s a Grammy nominated music producer, I kind of said to him, I said, “Are you” “do you have some time on your hands maybe to produce this album?”

And I’m in this our studio, this is our home studio here, and it was so special because we just had this studio built in May during the pandemic, and this was the first song that we recorded and he mixed and everything and produced here in the studio. So it was really special for us in our in our home, which was still in the middle of house remodeling, but it was it was a dream come true to sing such a beautiful song and a beautiful Christmas song, which I just think is I mean, the lyrics and everything, it says it all and just makes this whole film just so magical.

ERIN FREILICH: Thanks, Karen.

KAREN DAVID: It comes out November 11. 11/11. So I’m hoping there’s some good you know, good energy around that.

ERIN FREILICH: For sure. Thanks, Karen.

QUESTION (this was my question): Hi. Yes, my question’s for Tyler. Since you’re a musician in real life, was it strange for you playing a music manager rather than playing and singing yourself?

TYLER HILTON: Yeah, it was fun. Like, it wasn’t weird. I kind of felt like I was getting away with something, you know? Like, I sing in everything I do, so I was kind of like, oh, I don’t I don’t have to do anything except kind of watch everyone else do it.

And I’ve never yeah, I’ve always played the musician, I’ve never really played the music business side of things. But I’ve been doing this like, music professionally since I was 15 or whatever and been around all kinds of record people in all different, like, phases of the industry. So it was kind of fun to embody a lot of the people I think I’ve worked with or whatever and also to see, like, the compassion on that side of it too, you know, the kind of pressure they’re under and what the stakes are for them and stuff. But I really liked it. It was fun.

QUESTION: Karen, just tell us more about your relationship with music and with the with acting. I see you’ve been doing music forever, musicals and on stage and everything else. But tell us a little bit about what your first love was and was there ever sometime where you thought, oh, maybe you were going to be more of an actress and you weren’t going to get to do that much music.

KAREN DAVID: Hi, Mike. That’s such a good question. You know, I blame my older sister. She’s she’s a bit older than me, so she’s always been like my second mom in a way and got dumped with babysitting duties ever since I was a little girl. And whatever she listened to, I had to listen to.

And my parents had this big love for music. Right from when I was four years old, they would take me on weekends when I was growing up in Toronto for a bit. I would go to Ontario Place on the weekends because they’d have these free concerts, and I saw everyone from, like, Neil Sedaka to Kool & The Gang and The Temptations, you name it.

And my sister one day sat me down when I was six years old and introduced me to Olivia Newton John, God rest her soul, and she’s the reason why I went into wanting to sing and to act. I didn’t necessarily know about musicals, I just knew that I loved to just kind of write and make up tunes in my head and wanted to act in film or TV like her. So that’s what I was bitten so hard since I was a little girl, so it was always wanting to do both both of them.

When I went to drama college in England, after I graduated, I had my first sort of taste of musical there because I’ve never done a musical before. I was in the original cast of Mamma Mia!, and I remember all my classmates just saying, “You’re going to ruin your whole career before it even started because you’re going to do this musical based on ABBA, this is going to be the biggest flop, and you’ve just done Chekhov and Ibsen and you know, and Shakespeare at The Globe, and now you’re going to go do this musical.” And we still have a laugh about it that it yeah, not quite the biggest flop.

But that kind of opened my eyes of really wanting to pursue my music whilst I was in London, and it was then that I got signed to BMG at the time and then embarked on this chapter for a bit of being a recording artist. I learned a lot, a lot about my myself and, you know, music and stuff. And, of course, you know, I think every musician maybe Tyler can relate and loads of other musicians can relate too, and if you’re lucky enough to get signed to a deal and then when a company merges when BMG merged with Sony after having two singles out, I I lost my whole team, and that was a really soul destroying point in my life.

But acting, my agents were so happy. They’re like, “Great, now you can act and have time to do that.” So then the acting kind of took over and got really busy. So now it’s been trying to come back to it. And, you know, certainly on Galavant, I was able to sing, which was so wonderful, with Alan Menken. And then on Fear of the Walking Dead, the same, they kind of infused that with Ruben Blades, which was wonderful. And it’s just been so nice to be able to come and do a movie like this.

TYLER HILTON: They should do Walking Dead: The Musical. They should do that.

KAREN DAVID: We should do an episode with like a thriller section with zombies.

TYLER HILTON: I’d go see the regional touring company of that. That’s amazing.

KAREN DAVID: I like the way you think, love.

But, you know, I’m just with this movie, I just love that music is the core and the heart of this film, and it’s what unifies all of us together, and on top of that, to work with, you know, the family that we’ve had was just a dream. And, yeah, it’s kind of ruined me now. So it’s nice to be back in the studio and recording again. I’m really excited about that.

QUESTION: Hi. Getting back, Tyler, to what we were talking about, you know, did you find it easy to play your role as a music manager being that you are a musician, and were there any challenges that you didn’t expect to face?

TYLER HILTON: You know what? Here’s what I’ll say: I feel like this is one of those, like, rare scripts and one of those rare characters where as you’re reading as I was reading it, it all came it all made sense right away in my brain. It wasn’t even the fact that he was a music manager, it was just I understood the guy. Whether he worked at a car factory or whatever, I just totally understood this guy, whether he was in music or not. And I think that’s definitely a testament to the writing. And it was so funny as well.

And so the vibe I got from him was that he was just kind of this guy that was using, you know, humor and hubris as like a shell, and I just like, I related to it. I, like, felt for this guy. I thought he was funny. I, like, felt for his plight. And it wasn’t weird for me at all. I don’t know the music thing didn’t even really come into it for me as much, it just seemed like a guy who was struggling.

And, in fact, like, I was trying I think knowing a lot about music would have been a detriment, you know, if I think part of his thing is he knows talent, he knows, like, feeling, he gets a vibe. And I’ve met so many people like that, that are so successful in the industry, can’t sing or play a note but just can identify a vibe, a feeling. A lot of us are like that, you know. I mean, I play, so I don’t have that, but but anyway, I just I just really connected with him, which was funny and is the best thing that you can do, I feel like, when you’re acting. And the most surprising and wonderful thing too is, like, finding that you relate so much to somebody that has nothing to do with your life experience. But I just got him, you know?

QUESTION: Robert, what made you want to write this film?

ROBERT TATE MILLER: Well, I love a good love story, and I love music, and it just sort of just the title came to me first, to be honest. I thought, I got to build a story around this title. And then I thought, Well, let’s make it a song title. And I thought it’s kind of unique that a Christmas movie is centered around a song, an original song. And so that appealed to me. It was different than anything I’d ever done. The story came quickly, although it was a couple years of revisions and notes. I believed in it from the beginning and knew it was going to go all the way. I just wanted to make a good Christmas love story, to be honest.

QUESTION: Karen, this question is for you. And please understand it’s coming from somebody who cannot either sing nor act. But I’m curious, to me, as a singer, it’s the world asking you to strip yourself down to your heart and soul and put that out there to an audience. When you’re acting, you’re told to put on a different face and not show your true self. Does it feel that way to you, or is it all just part of your artistic soul coming through just in different formats?

KAREN DAVID: Thank you, Rick. All these questions are so good.

You know, I think, again, as Tyler said, speaking to the writing of what Rob created with this with this film and this story, there is just I can’t explain this inexplicable sort of symbiosis between, you know, Melody and all the characters too. I just it just felt so me. It touched upon when I read the script, I got so excited because it was nostalgia for me. It just took me back to my singer songwriter days and what that was like even starting out and, you know, doing the slog and fighting the good fight of trying to go through those struggles that you do when you’re first starting out. And it just it just brought me back to that place.

And I remember it so well as if it was yesterday. I just felt this connection so deeply with Melody, and I knew it was something I had to do. It felt easy for me because of not only Rob’s writing but also working with someone like Tyler. I mean, I keep telling Tyler this: He’s such a magical scene partner, he was so supportive and just elevated every scene and brought the best out in me.

And our director, Monika Monika Mitchell, who’s just a force of nature, I’m sure all of us will say this, you know: She’s a really, really special soul, and being on this journey with her just made everything easy and seamless and so cohesive. So I’m really grateful I’m really grateful to have done this with these guys. They made my job so much easier.

QUESTION: I have one for Robert and then one for Tyler too.

But, Robert, what are the musts that you have to have in a Christmas movie?

And, Tyler, you’ve done several. What why is that? Is there a thing about you and Christmas?

TYLER HILTON: Yes. I am Santa.

No, I’ll let you go first, Robert.

ROBERT TATE MILLER: I think the musts, you’ve got to have a good solid story with conflict, you’ve got to find a way to bring them together and split them up, you’ve got to have try to have a unique story that hasn’t I mean, I’ve written a number of Christmas movies, and I wanted this one to be something that really hadn’t been done before. I felt like we accomplished that.

You need snow, and you need a nice small town, usually. You just need a really good solid heart warming story that people can identify with and relate to. And you need to have them solve everything by the end, in the final act.

This is my favorite of the ones I’ve done, and I really, really mean that. I’ve done a number of movies. This is definitely number one, the best experience I had.

TYLER HILTON: That’s so cool. You know what I also like about my favorite part of Christmas movies that you put in this one is somebody who’s not really in the Christmas spirit.

ROBERT TATE MILLER: You’re right.

TYLER HILTON: I like that.

KAREN DAVID: There’s a lot of (inaudible) moments, a lot of funny moments on set.

TYLER HILTON: Yeah. And, no, I don’t know I don’t know why I’ve done so many, but they I don’t I just like to do things that are fun to do, and every one has been either with friends or people that I’ve kind of worked with before, and the same was true with this one. I’d worked with Monika Mitchell, the director, before, and I think she’s very cool, and she sent me the script. And I would have done it I probably either way just to hang out with her, and then I read the script, and I was totally blown away. I don’t mean any disrespect to any other holiday movies or whatever, but I told my wife, I was like, “Oh, my God, this movie is so good, this is like a real movie,” you know? And, I mean, it’s not just a holiday movie, a genre movie, like, it’s a good movie. I really was touched when I read it.

You know, I think the thing that gets me the most about this one is it’s not just whatever, like a holiday thing, it’s like this guy in particular is at this point in his life we’ve all been, and I’ve definitely been there recently where you’re kind of playing this game, you know, the way you keep scoring your life is one way, and he was kind of using a certain metric of success to keep score, and you hit the ceiling where you realize, This is as far as I can take this personally, emotionally. And then what? How do you pivot when you’re that far into your career, when you’re that old? Pivot mentally, pivot emotionally, pivot back to who you actually might be instead of the image you had for yourself as a puffed up, you know, early 20s or something. And I think this guy, you explored all that in a holiday movie or whatever. But I was super touched by it. So I would have done it regardless, if it was a if it was like an action film, you know, and it was like but I just love this movie.

QUESTION: You’ve heard a lot of comments, a previous one about Christmas movies. We’ve heard a lot of comments about this feels like a real movie, these feel more like real people, it doesn’t feel like a formula. And obviously millions of people love the current rom com Christmas formula. But I’ve always thought it’s possible to tell a real story with real emotional content and a grounded story line within the context of a Christmas movie. So do you think you achieved that, and how how did you go about achieving that while still leaving in all the things that people love about a classic Christmas rom com?

KAREN DAVID: We were just talking about that, and having just watched the screener, is that I think one thing that really touched our hearts deeply is just how grounded and how genuine and accessible, you know, this the tone of this whole movie is, which I think just speaks to what Rob and Monika have created and our producers too and Tyler and the whole gang.

I know Tyler and I did a lot of hanging out and, like, you know, just bonding. I think, you know, you never know what it’s going to be like when you meet your scene partner for the first time, and I remember when Tyler and I flew in, we were both so tired from our journeys. And as soon as I met Tyler, it was just as if I had known him all my life. We didn’t know that we were going into a table read right away with everyone, but yet just everything fit, everything fit seamlessly together. And I think that’s because of, you know, who Tyler is, who Rob is, who Monika is, Tom, everyone involved.

But I just love that this is this does feel real, and that’s something that was really, I know, important to all of us, to create something that especially, you know, coming off the back of the pandemic and everything, something that really just makes you feel good but in such a grounded and very genuine way.

TYLER HILTON: Yeah. I agree. I feel like I feel, like, the same way. We had so much in common right away, I thought, Oh, this is such a relief. And I also feel like in some projects that really work, there is an element of everyone showing off for each other a little bit. Like, the opposite of that is phoning it in. And, like, I think I can speak to me, but, like, with Sheryl Crow being involved with Karen, right away, I was like, Oh, my gosh, she’s so talented, so pro, so much experience. Rob, Monika. I was like I don’t know, like, I wanted to be I wanted it to be good. I love the script, and there’s just an element of like “Let’s do this” in every moment, you know? And I felt that from everyone. Like, every day of this film, I felt I didn’t feel anyone was phoning it in or just, like, doing another Christmas film. Everyone was into it and trying to make this real, which sounds cheesy, and I’m sure, like, everyone’s saying that about their movies, but I’m serious. I’m not lying. But it really was, you know?

KAREN DAVID: Everyone was cheering for each other.

TYLER HILTON: Yeah.

KAREN DAVID: Very much so, every day. And my God, the laughs we had on set. Guys, I mean, the pie scene in the beginning, we were just talking about it, how we were laughing so much. If you guys could see the blooper reel of how many times there’s a reason why I’m wearing that apron.

TYLER HILTON: Oh, my God.

KAREN DAVID: Tyler with the whipped cream can.

TYLER HILTON: Yeah. They got this fancy whipped cream canister for me, and I was like, Oh, this is going to be great, and every take I did, it exploded all over her blouse. So there was like white whipped cream everywhere, we’d have to reset. It happened so many times, I felt horrible.

KAREN DAVID: It went on you first, and then the whole camera crew, and then it went onto my blouse. And they were like, “Oh, dear.” So then the apron went on, and we were trying not to laugh. That was really tough during that

TYLER HILTON: We also ate a lot of pie in the movie, so maybe that’s why we were so excited because we were on a sugar high the whole time. Lots of pie in the movie.

QUESTION: Maybe Robert could address this also, about making it more grounded, more real, more grown up, if you will.

ROBERT TATE MILLER: Yeah. I mean, whenever I came up to a point where a cliche was easy to go, I went the other direction and just said, “I want to do something different, I don’t want to go down that road.”

And the producers and CBS were so supportive of just trying to make this a little more real, and I think it kind of just shines it shines through. I think you’ll see it when you watch the screener. It was just a desire not to go down the road I’d gone down a number of times before and to consciously resist that and create something original and new and different. And our incredible cast brought it to life, and I couldn’t I was on set for a good bit of it. It was just like a writer’s dream, being there, to see it all come to life. I think we pulled it off. I think you can be a judge for yourself when you watch the screener, though.

ERIN FREILICH: Thanks, Robert.

And thank you to all of our panelists and to all of you for joining today. I’m going to throw it back to Robert for some final thoughts.

ROBERT TATE MILLER: Thanks all you guys for being here. This is so much fun for me and such a thrill. I love this project. It was a couple years in the making. The first time I saw Karen and Tyler in the table read, within 30 seconds, I thought, We’ve got the right people. Their chemistry was immediate. I was so thrilled after that table read. I hadn’t met them yet, but I knew they were right. They really drive this movie and make you fall in love with this world, I hope, and with their characters and their story.

So thank you for being here and being a part of this, and thank you for your great questions, and I hope you love the movie.

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Karen David and Tyler Hilton in "When Christmas Was Young" on CBS

A headstrong music manager (Tyler Hilton) in desperate need of a hit song for his last remaining client finds himself falling for a gifted singer-songwriter (Karen David) with abandoned dreams of making it big, as he attempts to secure the rights to a Christmas song she wrote years ago. Features original music by Sheryl Crow, who also executive produces.

CBS ORDERS THREE NEW ORIGINAL HOLIDAY MOVIES FOR 2022

Award-Winning Musician Sheryl Crow to Executive Produce and

Write the Title Song for “When Christmas Was Young”

The Talk’s” Amanda Kloots to Star in and Executive Produce “Fit for Christmas”

Prolific Holiday Film Writer and Producer Mark Amato to Pen

Must Love Christmas”

CBS announced today that it has ordered three new original holiday movies to air in December 2022.

Award-winning singer-songwriter Sheryl Crow will executive produce and write the title song for WHEN CHRISTMAS WAS YOUNG, a Nashville music-themed movie from a script by screenwriter and bestselling novelist Robert Tate Miller (“Hope at Christmas,” Forever Christmas). The story follows a headstrong music manager in desperate need of a hit song for his last remaining client, who finds himself falling for a gifted singer-songwriter with abandoned dreams of making it big, as he attempts to secure the rights to a Christmas song she wrote years ago. Tom Mazza, David Calvert-Jones and Karen Glass (Everywhere Studios) will executive produce, together with executive producers Shawn Williamson and Jamie Goehring for Lighthouse Pictures.

THE TALK’s Amanda Kloots will star in and executive produce FIT FOR CHRISTMAS from writer and executive producer Anna White (“Christmas Wonderland”), the tale of Audrey, an enthusiastic Christmas-obsessed fitness instructor at a beloved, financially beleaguered community center in quaint Mistletoe, Mont., who begins a holiday romance with a charming, mysterious businessman, complicating his plans to turn the center into a more financially profitable resort property. The movie will be produced by Brad Krevoy’s Motion Picture Corporation of America.

Mark Amato, who has created a dozen holiday-themed films, including last season’s CBS Original movie A CHRISTMAS PROPOSAL, as well as “A Kiss Before Christmas,” is writing MUST LOVE CHRISTMAS. In it, a renowned romance novelist famous for her Christmas-themed books finds herself snowbound in the charming town of Cranberry Falls, where she unexpectedly becomes involved in a love triangle between her childhood crush and a reporter determined to interview her to save his dying magazine. The movie will be produced by Brad Krevoy’s Motion Picture Corporation of America.

In December 2021, the CBS Original movies “Christmas Takes Flight” and “A Christmas Proposal” were the first original holiday television movies to air on CBS since 2012, and the newest additions to CBS’ longstanding holiday programming slate, which includes family-favorites like The Thanksgiving Day Parade on CBS and the annual broadcasts of beloved animated classics, including “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” and “Frosty the Snowman.”

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Interview with Liza Lapira, Neal Bledsoe, Nathan Witte and Mark Amato

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Liza Lapira, Neal Bledsoe, Nathan Witte and Mark Amato of "Must Love Christmas" on CBS

Interview with Liza Lapira, Neal Bledsoe, Nathan Witte and Mark Amato of “Must Love Christmas” on CBS by Suzanne 11/3/22

This is a cute little Christmas movie. I’d never seen Neal Bledsoe before, but he reminds me of one of my favorite actors, Dan Stevens. Liza Lapira has been on many TV shows I’ve watched, such as NCIS, so it’s nice to see her starring in this. She does a great job as a stressed-out romance novelist. I’ve chatted with Nathan Witte before, and he is truly great in this role as Liza’s past boyfriend. The plot sounds a bit like your standard Christmas movie, but it has a nice twist. Mark Amato, the writer of this film, has written many Christmas movies before, so he knows how to take the formula and tweak it a bit.

Enjoy the transcript of this panel! I’m asking question #3…I mispronounced Liza’s name, but she was super nice about it.

CBS 2022 HOLIDAY PROGRAMMING PANELS

 MUST LOVE CHRISTMAS

 Liza Lapira

Neal Bledsoe

Nathan Witte

Mark Amato, Writer

Virtual via Zoom

November 03, 2022

© 2022 CBS.  All rights reserved.

NOELLE LEWELLYN:  Hi, everyone.  I’m Noelle Lewellyn and on behalf of myself and my counterpart, Eric Freilich, we’d like to welcome you to the panel for our CBS original movie, Must Love Christmas.  We will be presenting you with festive panels today for all three of this year’s holiday films.

“Must Love Christmas” premieres Sunday, December 11 on CBS and will be available to stream live and on demand with Paramount+, and the movie stars CBS’s very own Liza Lapira of our hit drama series “The Equalizer.”

The movie is a charming holiday tale in which Liza plays Natalie, a Christmas romance writer who becomes involved in a love triangle and finds inspiration, both personal and professional.

I would like to welcome our panelists, Liza Lapira who plays Natalie.  Our movie screen writer, Mark Amato.  Neal Bledsoe, who plays Nick, and Nathan Witte, who plays Caleb.  And I think I spoil nothing by saying Nick and Caleb are Christmas contenders for Natalie’s heart.

Before I hand the virtual mic over to Mark for some opening words, just a reminder that if you’d like to ask a question, please raise your hand in the chat feature and I will call on you by your screen name when it’s your turn.

Now over to Mark.  Mark, if you’d like to say a few words.

MARK AMATO:  Yes, thanks.  Writer’s block is a crippling disorder that haunts every writer, present company included.  Even with dozens of Christmas movies that are under my belt, you sit at a computer and the words aren’t coming.  Or worse, they’re coming, just not any good.

So just a plug for our movie Must Love Christmas.  Natalie Wolf is America’s reigning queen of Christmas romance.  Her novels have earned her legions of fans so much so that our hopeless, hopeless romantic rarely leaves her New York apartment these days.

Until, that is, our recluse finds herself in the cross‑hairs between a horrible case of writer’s block and a looming Christmas deadline.  So to shake things up, she takes a tiny step out of her comfort zone for a quick road trip to Buffalo, the town that inspired her very first Christmas novel.  But when a freak snowstorm leaves her stranded on the side of the road, Natalie’s world is about to turn upside down when the tow truck driver, who comes to her rescue, happens to be her very first high school crush, an inspiration to the lead character in one of her novels.

Stuck in an idyllic small town that looks ripped from the pages of a Natalie Wolf classic is where fiction and real life collide, but if Natalie is brave enough to take a leap of faith, turn the page, she just might find her own happily ever after.

QUESTION #1:  Thanks, Noelle.  Nice attire today, by the way.  (She was wearing a VERY festive Christmas sweater!)

Liza, my question is for you, actually two questions.  Number one, is there something very particular in your mind about being a lead in a Christmas movie specifically.  And, number two, I don’t know if there’s also an “Equalizer” episode that night, but if there is, do you get a kick out of the idea that that will lead into this?

LIZA LAPIRA:  I do.  I’ll take the second one first because that’s first and foremost in my mind.  I am really excited for viewers to see me play one vastly different thing one week and then ‑‑ I don’t know ‑‑ couple weeks later or the next week to see this just 180 in terms of a personality shift.

Yeah, this character is ‑‑ Mel, the character I play on “The Equalizer,” is much more self‑assured, to put it mildly, and much more aggressive than Natalie in this movie so that ‑‑ I get a kick out of that.

And then, yeah, it’s really special for me to be the protagonist in this kind of movie because I’ve been a fan for so long.  And, you know, on a separate note, it’s special for me to be a protagonist in something. When growing up I didn’t see many protagonists that look like me so this has just been a doubly wonderful, wonderful thing for me to be a part of.

QUESTION:  Thank you.

QUESTION #2:  Mark, you have a lot in common with the character.  I mean, you write books and you write movies, but it’s the same thing.  So I was wondering, do you sometimes feel that same thing of falling into a trap, you don’t want to have the guy saying my candy coated dreams, things like that.

What are the things you want to avoid when you’re doing a movie and what are the things you’re really trying to have?

MARK AMATO:  The truth is it’s sort of like ‑‑ there are so many tropes that you have to kind of sort of like find a way to recycle and I don’t want to recycle.  So sort of like, you know, I always get like my critics would say, you know how it’s going to end, sort of in the royal matchmaker.  You see two characters.  We know they’re going to be together in the end.  I said but do you know how.  You don’t know how.

So the last act right before you come back, I guarantee no one is going to be able to predict the ending, and for me that becomes the biggest challenge because if I get to a situation where it feels a little too comfortable and a little too easy, I haven’t tested myself so each one I hope to get better and better.

QUESTION:  Cool.  Thanks.

QUESTION #3:  Hi, yeah.  It’s great to talk to you guys.  My question is for Liza.  What is your favorite holiday?  We know what your character’s favorite holiday is, obviously.

LIZA LAPIRA:  Yeah, it’s Liza.  It’s Lisa with a Z.

QUESTION:  I’m sorry.  I’m sorry.

LIZA LAPIRA:  No, everybody ‑‑ I’m sorry.  My mom couldn’t figure out Ss.  It’s a whole thing I have with Mrs. Lapira.  It has nothing to do with you.

But, yeah, I’m in line with Natalie.  Christmas is pretty much up there.  It’s a time for family.  I come from a very, very big one and it’s the one holiday of the year that we all make the trek to, you know, the main home and congregate and eat and drink and eat and eat.  Lots of eating.

QUESTION:  Thank you.

QUESTION #4:  Yes.  Thank you.  It’s a question for both Mark and Liza.  One of the main stakes of these kind of movies, two of the main stakes are the meet cute and then the final decision, the kiss or whatever it is.

And, Mark, in your case of writing that, which one is harder to do to make sure you don’t fall into the tropes?

And, Liza, which one of those is easier to play and which one is more difficult?

MARK AMATO:  It’s interesting because it’s sort of like in my mind I know what I need to do so it’s sort of I kind of reverse engineer.  I go to the first place where they meet.  I think okay, well, how am I going to dove that tail to the middle and end, and that ending ‑‑ that ending completely predicts or dictates to me how I’m going to get these two characters to clash.

And the way I describe it is the two characters, they really are sort of like better if you squeeze them two together they make one really, really good character so that’s how I create sort of like that meet cute.

Liza, take it.

LIZA LAPIRA:  Okay.  Meet cute versus the end ‑‑ well, if the actors I’m working with and the scripture working with and the director you’re working with is great, then they’re both pretty easy and both pretty fun to play.

For this movie in particular, I enjoyed ‑‑ I had two meet cutes.  I enjoyed both of them immensely.  Yeah.  I like ‑‑ I always enjoy a meet cute.  You know I got ‑‑ I got both kinds of meet cute.  I got the meet cute with the high school crush, the guy in my dreams that I haven’t seen in forever, the unrequited love re‑meeting meet cute, and then I got the antagonistic banter witty meet cute so I’m thoroughly spoiled by this movie.  Thanks, Mark, and Neal and Nick.

Liza Lapira and Neal Bledsoe in "Must Love Christmas" on CBS

QUESTION #5:  Hi.  Thanks for doing this.  Question for Mark, but also for anybody who wants to answer.  I was curious to know if the concept of a novelist who strictly writes Christmas romance, if there was anyone in particular that inspired that?

And if any of you have a favorite romance writer who does primarily holiday fare.

MARK AMATO:  I can’t believe anybody wants to talk to me.  I’m just the writer.  But certainly the inspiration for this movie for me was “Romancing the Stone.”  You know are you Joan Wilder, the Joan Wilder, and my version for this was sort of like, if you had somebody who was so completely introverted, who’s just lived in her novels and the occupational hazard that that would create.  And then put them into essentially a world where, wait a minute, you’re living out the fantasies that you create and that’s what happens with Liza’s character.

And I really would like Neal to talk for five seconds at least because you create that ‑‑ the opposite side of the meet cute because it really is sort of like a love triangle.  So how is that to play?

NEAL BLEDSOE:  Fantastic.  I guess that would be the meet ugly that we — our meet is anything but cute, but the good news is that we have nowhere to go but up from there.  It’s definitely for the holiday romance films that I’ve done it’s definitely a different way to meet a leading lady, but I think it makes the payoff at the end that much more wonderful and unexpected.

LIZA LAPIRA:  I agree with Neal.  I loved ‑‑ the thing I loved about our romance, without giving too much away or giving it all away, you guys won’t say anything, is the ‑‑ you know after the sort of antagonistic meet the audience gets to see a friendship develop and then it blossoms into a romance and I really enjoyed that.

You know both these characters, I thought about it, both of the leading men in the love triangle helped this character grow just as friends.  She confronts like a traumatic thing that happened years before this movie takes place and she gets to not only confront it, but step out of the shell that she’s been living in and ‑‑ and leap ‑‑ leap into her life as an active participant.

The other thing I’ll say, Mark, is that you said I was playing you at the ‑‑ we had a pre‑meet before I signed on and he said, yeah, all she does is write Christmas romance novels.  Basically you’re playing me.  And I said, sir, it is my honor and my privilege to be you.

MARK AMATO:  Thank you so much.  It’s the truth though only I’m super extroverted so I’m not afraid of getting out of my shell.  But, yeah, you totally were.  I mean, this is what I do all day.  And every time I do, it’s sort of like, okay, I finished this one.  There’s not another Christmas movie to be told.  Hey, wait a minute, what if.  So thank you.

LIZA LAPIRA:  And the other thing I’ll say is to speak to Mark’s point, she did ‑‑ she is an introvert and it’s for a reason and it’s crafted in the script so it was fun to play and relatively easy to play someone who had like a humiliating public social mediaish thing happen and kind of be traumatized by that in a little way, and that’s so relatable now because, I mean, I feel like that happens every five seconds someone is embarrassed by something they say and then have to get over that trauma, and but not everybody has two handsome guys to help them get through that trauma so that was worth it.

QUESTION #6:  Yeah.  Liza, do you remember when it first occurred to you that you wanted to be an actress and what did your parents say?

LIZA LAPIRA:  It was a circuitous route because I came out of the womb singing.  I was like the 3‑year‑old that mom would pick up on the counter and be like entertain and so I was just singing and dancing, and then I thought that that’s what I was going to do so I started doing musicals.  And then I thought, you know, then I started wanting to do plays without music.  I wanted to do straight plays and then it segued into film and TV.

Funnily enough, I think my parents — with the singing, because it was so obvious, they were along those lines. “And get your law degree too, Liza. But clearly you have some ability there, so do that.”  Acting was a bit of a shock and they eventually ‑‑ they came around in their own ways.  They were never not supportive.  If anything, they were just fearful.

And I think for dad it was ‑‑ it was NCIS that he was like, all right, my girl.  Like re‑runs to this day and he’s like, yep, that’s my girl.  And I think mom I physically, physically had to take her to sets for her to see and she was like, oh, okay this is a job, not only is this a job, it’s a good job and it’s a job with an army of people.  Like it’s not just you and a camcorder.  It’s like an army.  It’s like a team and you’re all a team creating this thing, and that really crystallized it for her so now we’re one big happy family.

NOELLE LEWELLYN:  Thank you.  Thank you both. “NCIS,” saving families nationwide globally.  Actually, I have a question for Neal and Nathan.  The both of you are pros at this genre.  I’m just wondering, how is it ‑‑ how was the experience of filming Must Love Christmas and was it different?  How was it different in any way from your previous projects knowing that you guys have done some of these before?

NATHAN WITTE:  Yeah, sure.  I’ll just tip my hat to Mark, of course.  It’s always the script that reels me in right away, and what I loved about this script is ‑‑ that’s kind of contrary to a lot of other Christmas scripts that I’ve done is that this meet cute that’s happening in this love triangle it just ‑‑ it feels like it happens around Christmas as opposed to like we’re going to do Christmas and shove this ‑‑ this triangle into Christmas.

What I find in a lot of scripts, they’re just — every scene it’s like we got to just let everybody know that we’re doing Christmas in this movie, and every scene you’ve got bells, mistletoes, shirts and sweaters, and everything, cookies. And what I loved about this script is that it was much more nuanced and had its moments of subtlety, but then it had its moments of grandeur Christmas, which I think it allowed to bring up that — Christmas in those moments and make it a lot more special.

And I love the nuance between my character and Neal’s character going after Liza’s character because it really reminded me of ‑‑ I don’t know if anyone else has seen it, but “This Means War,” and I found that to ‑‑ is one of like my favorite romantic comedies and I just tipped that one right next to that just with the sprinkle of Christmas on it so I had a tremendous amount of fun with Neal and Liza.

NEAL BLEDSOE:  That’s well put.  I think for me, and I just watched the film actually last night, and it was the first time coming back to it since we shot it and I think the thing that stuck out for me the most was that this really allowed the people themselves to be real and the obstacles that they were overcoming to be real, and so often in the Christmas film landscape the problems of the people are eroded away to absolutely nothing.  They don’t have any obstacle to overcome.  It’s just like oh my god, I do love Christmas, wow.  And there’s no ‑‑ there’s no hurdle to overcome so I think there’s no ‑‑ and therefore there’s no catharsis to ‑‑ for these people to learn any lesson and so it feels, in other words, in many of these things that I’ve done it feels that the force ‑‑ the plot has been forced upon them rather than these characters coming to these realizations themselves.

And to kind of go back to something that Liza said, which is that these characters all teach something to each other and because of that there’s this extraordinary human web in this film that at first blush you’re like how are we going to make this work, but it really is that all of these characters are working in triplicate to really feed off one another and therefore they come across as so utterly human in a way that I don’t think I’ve seen in pretty much any other Christmas film that I’ve been in.  And that’s fine.  I think that’s the genre of those other networks and those other films, but this really felt like the most human of Christmas films I’ve done.

NOELLE LEWELLYN:  Thank you, both.  That’s really great to hear about that it feels more human and hear about that nuance.  We appreciate that.

QUESTION #7:  Absolutely.  This is for Nathan, Liza, and for Neal.  When you go back to where you came from, sometimes the things that you thought were special turn out to be not so special, if ‑‑ if you get my nuance here.

When you have a childhood crush or a teen crush or whatever and you go back and you meet that person let’s say at a high school reunion, they are never what you thought they were.  And this is not saying anything against you, Nathan, or the character that you play, but ‑‑ but what has that experience been like for you and what did you ‑‑ what informed the character that you played in this?

NATHAN WITTE:  For myself, this — I feel like that Caleb and Natalie didn’t really get to connect back in high school and I feel like Natalie remembered Caleb more than Caleb remembered Natalie.  And for Caleb, Natalie turned out better than, in his mind, what she was back in high school and I think that was in part because he’s ‑‑ he was totally enthralled in the school popularity and sports and ‑‑ and going after any chick that was kind of willing to put themselves in his way, and it was kind of the recognition of Natalie coming back again.  It was like a refresher, a nice reminder because Caleb going through his difficulties and being in a small town. And if anyone knows what it’s like being in a small town there’s not much of a selection. And so having somebody that is not only way better than you thought she would have turned out to be come back into town, it’s kind of like a refresher, almost like opening up a brand-new present.  And I think it was a little too far ahead for Caleb because he’s still dealing with a little bit of his adolescence that kind of gets in the way.

QUESTION:  Liza.

LIZA LAPIRA:  Yeah, Caleb to me is this shiny, glittering illusion.  You know there’s ‑‑ there’s ‑‑ her projection and I don’t even think he plays into it because that sounds manipulative.  I think he’s just a charming guy.  I’ve got guys like this in my family and he’s just a charming guy and he is who he is.  Like even at the end of the movie you don’t hate him.  He’s just that guy that does that thing and he has his own love story and has his own, you know, he has his own life.

But as far as going back, I think in high school Caleb probably was the same in that he’s just this charming illusion, this dream guy, and he’s going to live his life and have fun.  And I think the only difference between the Natalie/Caleb dynamic or, I should say, Natalie’s relationship to Caleb in high school and in present day is she has more access now.  They were close as friends back then and, you know, of course she’s had success in her career.  They’ve lived and had their careers and their lives, and now she has access and agency and so she can see that illusion up close. And, unfortunately, she doesn’t until, you know, she gets the help of her new friend, played by Neal.

QUESTION:  And Neal.

NEAL BLEDSOE:  Well, Howard, if I understood your question right, part of it is about what ‑‑ when we get what we wanted when we were children, when we get that as adults, how is that payoff different.  Do I have that right?

QUESTION:  Absolutely.

NEAL BLEDSOE:  So I think that’s a really insightful question.  Thank you for asking it.  I think that would ‑‑ that certainly plays itself out in ‑‑ in their love ‑‑ in their love story and what happens to this thing.  Do we find it as valuable, in other words, as adults as we did as children and I think that that is such a profound question.  It’s something that I could ask myself about acting.  It’s something I could ask myself about really kind of anything because who we were as children and why we needed those things that we thought would make our lives complete or thought we would make us the best version of ourselves, those things inevitably change as we become older and if they don’t that speaks to a certainly kind of regression of who we are as adults.

So, yeah, of course.  And I think in attaining those things that we so desperately wanted as kids, once we get them as adults we’re allowed to re‑examine them and say like, wow, this actually doesn’t matter as much and I am ‑‑ I am whole without this thing.  They become totems and the totems then perhaps become illusions.

QUESTION:  Very well spoken.  Yes, very, very good.

NOELLE LEWELLYN:  Thank you, all.  Thank you, Howard.  And that is actually the time we have for today.  I would love to thank all of our panelists and all of you for joining.  We are really grateful.  And we are going to say goodbye with Liza who has a few final thoughts.

LIZA LAPIRA:  Okay.  Oh, I see me.  I don’t want to see me.  Telling myself.  Everybody, I’m just ‑‑ thank you for being here.  I hope you guys enjoy the movie.  I hope you see it.  I can’t wait.  It’s a joyous, fun ride and there’s some sweet relationships in it and I ‑‑ I can’t wait to hear what everybody thinks.

And on a personal note, it has just been a career highlight and a thrill to lead one of these movies.  As I said, I’m a big fan of this genre and ‑‑ and, as I said, again, it’s been a thrill to be a protagonist, period, but then a protagonist in this great story. And coming from someone who didn’t see many protagonists growing up, this has just been an embarrassment of riches.  And the fun that the cast and I and the crew and the collaborative nature of making this is apparent on screen, and I am ‑‑ I’m very, very proud of that. And I hope you all enjoy it.

NOELLE LEWELLYN:  Thank you, Liza.  We really appreciate that.  Thank you, everyone.  Please stay tuned.  Our panel for the CBS original movie “When Christmas Was Young” is up next.

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CBS ORDERS THREE NEW ORIGINAL HOLIDAY MOVIES FOR 2022

Award-Winning Musician Sheryl Crow to Executive Produce and

Write the Title Song for “When Christmas Was Young”

The Talk’s” Amanda Kloots to Star in and Executive Produce “Fit for Christmas”

Prolific Holiday Film Writer and Producer Mark Amato to Pen

Must Love Christmas”

CBS announced today that it has ordered three new original holiday movies to air in December 2022.

Award-winning singer-songwriter Sheryl Crow will executive produce and write the title song for WHEN CHRISTMAS WAS YOUNG, a Nashville music-themed movie from a script by screenwriter and bestselling novelist Robert Tate Miller (“Hope at Christmas,” Forever Christmas). The story follows a headstrong music manager in desperate need of a hit song for his last remaining client, who finds himself falling for a gifted singer-songwriter with abandoned dreams of making it big, as he attempts to secure the rights to a Christmas song she wrote years ago. Tom Mazza, David Calvert-Jones and Karen Glass (Everywhere Studios) will executive produce, together with executive producers Shawn Williamson and Jamie Goehring for Lighthouse Pictures.

THE TALK’s Amanda Kloots will star in and executive produce FIT FOR CHRISTMAS from writer and executive producer Anna White (“Christmas Wonderland”), the tale of Audrey, an enthusiastic Christmas-obsessed fitness instructor at a beloved, financially beleaguered community center in quaint Mistletoe, Mont., who begins a holiday romance with a charming, mysterious businessman, complicating his plans to turn the center into a more financially profitable resort property. The movie will be produced by Brad Krevoy’s Motion Picture Corporation of America.

Mark Amato, who has created a dozen holiday-themed films, including last season’s CBS Original movie A CHRISTMAS PROPOSAL, as well as “A Kiss Before Christmas,” is writing MUST LOVE CHRISTMAS. In it, a renowned romance novelist famous for her Christmas-themed books finds herself snowbound in the charming town of Cranberry Falls, where she unexpectedly becomes involved in a love triangle between her childhood crush and a reporter determined to interview her to save his dying magazine. The movie will be produced by Brad Krevoy’s Motion Picture Corporation of America.

In December 2021, the CBS Original movies “Christmas Takes Flight” and “A Christmas Proposal” were the first original holiday television movies to air on CBS since 2012, and the newest additions to CBS’ longstanding holiday programming slate, which includes family-favorites like The Thanksgiving Day Parade on CBS and the annual broadcasts of beloved animated classics, including “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” and “Frosty the Snowman.”

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Liza Lapira and Nathan Witte in "Must Love Christmas" on CBS

Interview with Amanda Kloots, Paul Greene, Rebecca Budig, director/producer Jessica Harmon, and writer/producer Anna White

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Panel for "Fit for Christmas" on CBS with Actors Amanda Kloots, Paul Greene, Rebecca Budig, director/producer Jessica Harmon, and writer/producer Anna White (all photos from CBS)

 

Interview with Actors Amanda Kloots, Paul Greene, Rebecca Budig, director/producer Jessica Harmon, and writer/producer Anna White of “Fit For Christmas” on CBS by Suzanne 11/3/22

This is a typical holiday movie, but I most enjoyed seeing Rebecca Budig in it (even though it’s a fairly small part) and being able to chat with her. It airs Sunday, 12/4 on CBS.

Here is the transcript of our interview:

CBS 2022 HOLIDAY PROGRAMMING PANELS

FIT FOR CHRISTMAS

Amanda Kloots, Executive Producer/Star

 Paul Greene

Rebecca Budig

Jessica Harmon, Director/Executive Producer

Anna White, Executive Producer/Writer

Virtual via Zoom

November 03, 2022

© 2022 CBS.  All rights reserved.

NOELLE LLEWELLYN:  Hi, everyone.  I’m back.  I’m Noelle Llewellyn.  And on behalf of myself and my counterpart, Erin Freilich, we’d like to welcome you to our final panel of the day for our CBS original movie, “Fit for Christmas.”

Amanda Kloots, cohost of our Emmy-award-winning daytime talk show, “The Talk,” wears many Christmas hats for this film, both in front of and behind the camera.  In addition to starring as Audrey, Amanda developed the movie, cowrote the film concept, and serves as an executive producer of the film.  “Fit for Christmas” premieres Sunday, December 4th, on CBS and will be available to stream live and on demand on PARAMOUNT+.

“Fit for Christmas” follows Audrey, an enthusiastic, Christmas‑obsessed fitness instructor teaching classes at her beloved, financially beleaguered community center in quaint Mistletoe, Montana.  Audrey begins a holiday romance with a charming mysterious businessman, which complicates his plans to turn the center into a more profitable resort property.  That’s what I call a Christmas conundrum.  Sorry.  Had to do it.

I would like to welcome our panelists today, Amanda Kloots; Paul Green, who plays Griffin; Rebecca Budig, who plays Lisa; our movie screenwriter and executive producer, Anna White; and our movie director and executive producer, Jessica Harmon.

Before I have Amanda kick things off with a few opening remarks, just a reminder that, if you have a question, please raise your hand in the chat feature and I will call on you by your screen name when it is your turn.  Now over to Amanda, who would like to say a few words.

AMANDA KLOOTS:  There we go.  Thanks, Noelle.  By the way, Noelle, I need that sweater.  That’s amazing.  You look incredible.

NOELLE LLEWELLYN:  Done.  In the Amazon cart.

AMANDA KLOOTS:  I just want to thank everyone for being here today.  I want to thank my incredible cast and Anna and our director, Jessica.  This has been an absolute dream come true for me.  I can’t still believe that it happened.  And it was a lot of fun to film.  And I’m so excited for everybody to see it.  Thank you for watching and thank you for being here.  And let’s get this ball rolling.

NOELLE LLEWELLYN:  Okay.  Let’s hop right in.

QUESTION:  Thank you, Noelle.  I’ve got two for Amanda.  Hi, Amanda.  Hi, everybody.

AMANDA KLOOTS:  Hi.

QUESTION:  Hi.  First of all, I know when you talked about this first on “The Talk,” I think it was in early fall, so can I assume that you filmed this during a break from “The Talk,” during a hiatus during the summer?

AMANDA KLOOTS:  That is correct, Jay.  We went on hiatus in August, and I pretty much flew a couple days later off to Vancouver to shoot the film on my hiatus, finished the movie, came back, and started Season 13 of “The Talk.”  No rest.

QUESTION:  For the weary.  Sure.

The other question, I spoke with somebody else who wrote a movie they starred in recently for the holidays.  It’s one thing to star in a holiday movie, but to see characters and perhaps dialogue ‑‑ I know you cowrote it with Anna, but to see words and characters come to life that you developed, not only for yourself but other actors, can you talk about that feeling, being on set and observing that?

AMANDA KLOOTS:  Absolutely.  I didn’t cowrite the movie.  Anna is the writer of the movie, Anna White.  I co-created the idea and, you know, definitely helped, you know, conceptualize the entire movie, right up until we were filming.  And it was amazing.  I have to tell you there was a day on set ‑‑ I’ll never forget it ‑‑ it was ‑‑ we were filming at the Mistletoe Inn.  And I just ‑‑ it was so perfectly Christmas.  And I looked around and I just ‑‑ I couldn’t believe it was happening.  I literally pinched myself because I remember being in my bed in July of 2020 thinking of this idea at 3:00 a.m. in the morning and then having it come to life, and it was just so beautiful.  The set that day where we were filming, it was so gorgeous.  And I think it was like right in the middle of filming, so the cast had really bonded, and we were all just, like, really gelling that day.  And it just felt like magic, literal Christmas magic.

QUESTION:  Thank you.  Anna, sorry about that misstep about the writing.  I’m sorry about that.

QUESTION:  Amanda, this is for you.  When you were dancing on Broadway, did you say, “Oh, I want to be a producer some day and I want to star in a show that I’ve influenced”?  Or was that just ‑‑ was it just in an evolution?  And where did “The Talk” play in all of that evolution?

AMANDA KLOOTS:  Oh, my gosh.  It was a complete evolution, Bruce.  I can’t believe what I’m doing right now.  I think ‑‑ when I look at my life and how much has changed, especially in the last three years, I mean, just ‑‑ I moved to LA three years ago, and I ‑‑ my sole job was my fitness business.  And since then, in those three years, even just since joining “The Talk,” my life has completely changed.

And I can’t believe what I get to do now.  I can’t believe that, you know, CBS, they were so generous in taking a chance on me and this concept and allowing this to come to fruition.  I’m so entirely grateful to them for doing this with me and having faith that I can act and that I can executive produce and create something.  It’s amazing.  I just am constantly, I think, blown away by the idea of how life can change and how it can change so quickly and how dreams can come true.

QUESTION:  That’s great.  Thanks so much.

AMANDA KLOOTS:  Yeah.

QUESTION:  Hi, everybody.  This is for Amanda as well, and then I have a question for Paul.  Amanda, what was it like working with Anna White?  Can you talk about that?

AMANDA KLOOTS:  Yes.  I feel like I have met my creative soulmate with Anna White.  I could not feel like a luckier human being.  She is just the brightest light.  She is so funny, consistently creative, and on top of every idea and pun and concept.  We met through a friend, a new friend of mine and an acquaintance of hers.  Thank God this woman put us together.  And ever since we chatted on the phone ‑‑ I think it was October in 2020 ‑‑ and I told her of this idea, we ‑‑ I just knew.  It was like stars aligned.  And I hope there’s so much more to come from us, because we’ve got a lot of ideas in the bank.  And I just ‑‑ I love working with her.

QUESTION:  (Inaudible) films that you’ve starred in?  Can you talk about that?

NOELLE LLEWELLYN:  You’re a little hard to hear.  Do you want to repeat yourself?

QUESTION:  Yes.  Sorry about that.  I was just asking Paul, how (inaudible) starred in?

NOELLE LLEWELLYN:  We’re still having trouble hearing you.  I think you’re asking ‑‑ I think you’re asking Paul how did this film “Fit for Christmas” differ from the other holiday films he starred in.  Does that sound accurate?

QUESTION:  Correct.  Yes.

NOELLE LLEWELLYN:  Perfect.  Paul?

PAUL GREENE:  Awesome.  Well, thanks.  So it was super ‑‑ it was so unique because I’ve worked with Anna before on a movie prior, and that was a really great experience, and there’s a lot of serendipity with Anna, and I going 20 years back.  It’s a long story and a good one.

And then ‑‑ but what made this so different is, you know, working with Amanda in this way, knowing that this was her first experience like this, that it just had this crackling newness and possibility to it that was really unique.  There was ‑‑ it was very improvian, in the moment, and spontaneous and exciting.

And then just, you know, immediately, there was this chemistry and friendship between us ‑‑ all of us actors, really, and especially between Amanda and myself, like from the first minute.  We were just like long lost friends.  And that translated really quickly into a feeling of having each other’s back in the scenes and improvising and ‑‑ which Anna loved when we improvised.

(Laughter.)

And, yeah.  It was ‑‑ and what’s unique, too, is having our writer on set, which is the first time I’ve had a writer on one of these Christmas movies, or even a romantic comedy like this, be on set from front all the way through, which was really unique and special, because we went to her with all these really nuanced questions about character and where we were headed and arc, and it was ‑‑ yeah, it was cool.

And for me, it’s special because it’s my first of these with CBS.  And so there was a lot of excitement and a lot of trust and a lot of newness to it that made it just super fun.

QUESTION:  Yes, hi.  My question is for Rebecca.  I’m a big fan of yours from “All My Children” and “General Hospital.”  This is the first Christmas movie you’ve been in, right?  And is there anything that surprised you about it?

REBECCA BUDIG:  Thank you so much.  That’s really sweet of you.  Yes, it is the first Christmas movie I’ve done.  And I would say ‑‑ I mean, I’ve shot in all different kind of situations, but definitely shooting with, you know, heavy sweaters and coats in 100 degree heat wasn’t that fun.  But actually being with this group of people, it ‑‑ to what Paul said, it really was kind of a magical grouping of people.  And I felt like I was in an episode of “Three’s Company” a lot of the time.  But it was a lot of fun.  It was a lot of fun.

QUESTION:  Thank you so much.

QUESTION:  Hey, thank you very much for speaking to us.  I have two questions.  I’m wondering, first, how long did it take to shoot the movie?  And secondly, for any of the actors, I’m wondering ‑‑ I always love to ask this question:  When the show ‑‑ when the movie will air, will you actually sit down and watch it?  And when ‑‑ if you do, can you actually enjoy watching it?  Or do you watch to review yourself?  Anybody.

(Laughter.)

REBECCA BUDIG:  Well, I ‑‑

QUESTION:  Nobody likes to answer that question, ever.

PAUL GREENE:  Ladies first.

AMANDA KLOOTS:  You know, I’ll say to your second question, Mark, that because I’m an executive producer on this film, I’ve already watched a lot of ‑‑ a lot of the cuts.  So I do feel like that day, on December 4th, and watching it ‑‑ we are all going to watch it together, actually, except for Paul because he’ll be away.  But we’re all going to watch it together.  I do think that I’ll be able to watch it on the 4th and finally put, like, my producer hat off and just watch it and enjoy it.  And I plan to live tweet that night as well and just really celebrate the premiere of the movie and all the hard work that we all did.

REBECCA BUDIG:  I will say, like, my first run‑through, I’m always looking at it, you know ‑‑ at myself with a critical eye.  But like Amanda said, like, I think on the 4th when we’re all watching it together, it will just be just really fun and to relive those moments.

QUESTION:  Paul?  Your thoughts?

PAUL GREENE:  This took us about 15 filming days, I’d say.  Right?  Crazy enough, that is the average for these romantic comedies that happen, these holiday movies, and a lot of the kind of seasonal movies that you see.  15 ‑‑ 14 or 15 shooting days.  I know.  There’s some long weeks and long days, especially for number one on the call sheet and sometimes number two as well.

And for me, I love to watch them.  Like, I ‑‑ I haven’t seen this yet.  And so I ‑‑ I sometimes try to watch just little pieces and ‑‑ but never the whole thing so that it’s a good surprise.  And so I’m looking forward to watching it, yeah.  I don’t have ‑‑ I don’t have too much of a hard time watching it.  It makes me ‑‑ I get so excited about ‑‑ you know, I love the nostalgic feeling of Christmas movies.  And then just that I’ve been a part of a lot of them and got a chance to do it and get to do that for my job and knowing that so many people are at home and they’re getting so much out of it, it’s a great feeling.

QUESTION:  Thank you.

NOELLE LLEWELLYN:  And I actually have a question for Jessica, our movie director, Jessica Harmon.  Jessica, you work in front of and behind the camera.  You are a movie director for this, but you also act.  And I’m just wondering, is ‑‑ do you prefer one over the other now?  Do you want to continue to do both indefinitely?  It was just ‑‑ it’s so great to see that you work, you know, in front of and behind the camera and was just curious about that process for you and how that works just for yourself and for your own ‑‑ for your process.

JESSICA HARMON:  Well, thanks for the question, Noelle.  I’m just only obsessed with your outfit and the whole look right now.  It’s kind of awesome.  People are answering questions, and I’m just watching Noelle like I’m loving this.

Do I have one over the other?  Yeah, directing, because I think directing is so incredibly exhausting that I can’t put myself in front of a camera anymore.  So it’s ‑‑ for me, I think, you know, I was an actor for 25 years, and it was wonderful and I loved it, but I found, personally, my favorite thing was when I started directing, to kind of come in and have these ideas and work with the crew, who I love.  And the crew on this film should get a pretty solid shoutout because, you know, it’s really difficult, like Paul was saying, for everyone to do a film in 15 days and in that heat that these poor actors had to sit in.  It was ‑‑ you know, in Canada, it was 30‑something degrees, which in Fahrenheit is a whole other situation.  But it’s hot, for you Americans listening.  It’s a lot.  And the crew, you know, puts their all into this.  And this film, this cast, and this crew all kind of came together like lightning in a bottle, and it was amazing.

And there’s something that happens when you spend the time directing and you have a vision and you’re working with people like Anna and, you know, people like Amanda who come in with this incredible idea and this incredible vision themselves and they trust you to kind of take it and go forward with it.  And then so many people get involved, but at the end of the day, when all of that work kind of comes together and you’re speaking to the actors on set, and they come in and they do something and it’s wonderful, and you kind of come in and you collaborate together, and you step back and you watch it, there’s a feeling that is so special to me as a director now that when I get to watch fellow actors light up the screen, especially in the way that this cast did ‑‑ and no offense to my other casts ‑‑ but that this cast, the chemistry that these people had with one another, and the work that they put into this, and what they brought to ‑‑ the emotion that they brought to these characters, it’s so much more than just kind of a sweet rom‑com, you know, holiday movie.  We’ve all seen these movies be made before, but watching these people just explode on camera and the chemistry that they had with each other and bringing these characters to life, it’s like ‑‑ it genuinely brings emotion to me that I don’t ‑‑ I couldn’t even pull myself as an actor.

So when it comes to one or the other, I have to side with directing because I just love working with actors, and I love working with actors like this.  And these guys just light this movie up.  It was a wonderful script to begin with, but it’s ‑‑ what they’ve done and what I hope the audience ‑‑ you know, what I know the audience will see from them is it’s explosive.  Like, the chemistry between all of them is incredible.  But you look at Griffin and Audrey’s storyline and where they begin and where they end, every day on set I was shocked by them, because I just ‑‑ I didn’t see them bringing the characters that they brought.  I saw Griffin played a different way in my mind.  I saw Audrey a little bit different in my mind, and they showed up and they surprised me every single scene.  And it was just ‑‑ it was a wonderful, wonderful thing to watch.

So directing wins, but…

NOELLE LLEWELLYN:  No.  Thank you for that.  We will miss you in front of the camera, but we understand and we appreciate your work.  And the chemistry does feel very special for the film, so thank you.

QUESTION:  This is for Rebecca.  This movie, like a lot of movies, a lot of the Christmas movies, makes it feel that a small town, growing up in a small town, living in a small town, you’re very lucky.  I sympathize with that.  I’m from a small town myself.  But on the other hand, you got to go to, like, the Cincinnati School of Performing Arts.  And if it hadn’t been for ‑‑ you know, if you hadn’t been in a city, you wouldn’t have been able to do that.  A million people from that school went on to become really successful.  So when you look at the what’s good or bad about growing up in a small town or a big city, how do you look at it?

REBECCA BUDIG:  Yeah.  You make a good point, Mike.  Because, you know, when you’re in a bigger city, you’re exposed to a lot more opportunities, and there’s maybe a lot more culture and things to experience.  But I also really, really, really ‑‑ especially as I get older ‑‑ really appreciate a small town and what that has to offer, because that’s ‑‑ it offers a lot more heart sometimes, a lot more familiarity, and that’s what I think this movie brings, like, warmth to it, because everyone’s connected.  You’re more connected with other people.  I think in big urban towns, in cities, you get a little disconnected, even though you have your friends and things, but you don’t get to really, like ‑‑ things don’t matter as much as they do in a small town, and that’s what I think this movie brings to it, you know, like, things that matter.

QUESTION:  Okay.  Cool.  Thanks.

NOELLE LLEWELLYN:  Next, I just have a question for Anna White, our movie writer.  Anna, I’m very curious, what was the process like for you working with Amanda and really shepherding this concept and this idea that she had and bringing that to the screen and writing the script?  Can you tell us a little bit about that?

ANNA WHITE:  Yeah.  I’d love to.  It was ‑‑ it was great.  Because, actually, I followed Amanda’s story and, like, I ‑‑ my heart went out to her.  And then when our mutual acquaintance said, “Hey, Amanda has a great idea for a Christmas movie.  She needs a writer,” and we had our first, like, FaceTime and just, like, everything clicked. I thought it was a great idea because we hadn’t seen a fitness instructor Christmas movie yet.  And if anyone was going to do it, it was going to be Amanda Kloots.

And so I just ‑‑ yeah, honestly, from there, we kind of went back and forth.  We came up with a longer synopsis.  We pitched it to CBS I think that December.  And then kind of just worked on it and wrote.  And every draft of the outline, every draft of the script, Amanda ‑‑ I’d send to her first, she’d give her notes, and then we both would be on the notes calls with CBS. So that way, anything that came up that they wanted to change, like, Amanda and I can bounce ideas off of each other.  And Amanda is so creative and thinks outside the box in such great ways, and she knows ‑‑ I mean, like, my workout is walking to Starbucks every day. So Amanda was able to work in a lot more of the “this is the fitness lingo,” and ‑‑ for, like, the fitness scenes and stuff like that, which was very helpful because, you know, I couldn’t write what I know ‑‑ I did her class in Vancouver, though, and let me tell you, I need to work on my endurance.

But the point being, it was great having Amanda there as a partner the entire time.  And, you know, any time ‑‑ like if a note was frustrating, I’d be like, “Isn’t this note crazy?”  And she’d be like, “Yeah, this note is crazy.”  And then we’d figure out how to do it better together.  So that was really cool.

And then seeing her come alive on scene as the character was just ‑‑ I’m so glad I got to be part of it and see it.  You will not believe that this is her first scripted movie/television role.  When you watch it, she was a natural.  She went like that.  She was so present.  I just like ‑‑ I can’t wait for everyone to see ‑‑ I mean, no one’s surprised she has all these talents, but I’m excited for everyone to see her acting chops.

NOELLE LLEWELLYN:  Thank you, Anna.  And that is a great callout regarding this being a first for Amanda in many, many ways, which makes this such a special story around the movie overall, but thank you.  And I, too, will not be fit for Christmas.  I might be fit for Easter.  We will see.

(Laughter.)

Thank you.  That’s all of our time for today, so I think I’m going to throw to Jessica, our movie director and one of our EPs, just to make some final remarks and give us some final thoughts.

JESSICA HARMON:  No pressure or anything.  Thank you, Noelle,  amazing panel, everyone.  It was good to see everyone again.

I kind of touched on this with answering your question earlier, but having done this for ‑‑ not this specifically, but having been in the film industry for 27 years, I can honestly say that, you know, I love my job, I love being on set, but it’s not always the easiest thing to pull off.  And I think Christmas isn’t always the easiest thing for everybody.  Holidays aren’t the easiest time for a lot of people.  And I know for Amanda, this movie was, you know, borne out of a very difficult time in her life and grief, and what she’s done with that is an incredible thing that the world has watched and seen.  And I know every single person on this cast and every single person watching has also had difficult times in their lives.  And this film, for me, I was going through something difficult prior to it, and it was such a wonderful, wonderful experience to make this movie.  And I really, really do believe that the performances that these people gave really came from the heart.  And I think the audience is going to recognize that and see that.

And, you know, Christmas isn’t always the easiest time for people.  And I really do just hope that this movie coming from a group of people that has all had hardships and has all been through difficult times in their own lives and brought beautiful emotions to this story, I really hope that that translates for people.  And in my opinion ‑‑ and I’m likely biased, but in my opinion, it really did.  And anyone that I’ve shown the film to agrees that there’s just something really incredibly joyous about this.

And I think that, you know, sitting around at Christmas with your family, this is a wonderful movie to watch.  Because if you’re in a great mood, it’s going to keep that great mood going; and if you’re feeling a little down, it’s something that you can watch and it’s going to elevate you because it’s just ‑‑ it’s a group of really, really talented, wonderful people who really put their all into it.  And I think it’s something that everyone here can certainly be proud of.  And anybody that worked on the film I know is very proud of it.  And I just can’t wait for everybody to watch it and love it the way we love it.

So just thank you.  And I’m just proud to be a part of this film.  And seeing all these faces again ‑‑ I’m in Bulgaria shooting a movie right now.  And seeing their faces, I’m like — I just feel happy.  I think people are going to be happy to watch.  So thank you.

NOELLE LLEWELLYN:  Thank you for that.  And, you know, that’s such a powerful message of triumph and hope and, you know, something that we all ‑‑ a lot of people do need at the holidays.  So thank you for pointing that out.

And thank you all for being a part of what is an incredibly fun film.  And we are very much looking forward to it.  So thank you to our panelists today.  We appreciate you.

And everyone, this concludes our CBS holiday collection press junket.  I will be immortalized in your mind for the next year in this sweater.  Do I regret it?  No.  We thank you for joining us, and we wish you all a very, very happy holiday season.

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CBS holiday special FIT FOR CHRISTMAS, scheduled to air on the CBS Television Network.Photo: Linsday Siu/CBS ©2022 CBS Broadcasting, Inc. All Rights Reserved.CBS ORDERS THREE NEW ORIGINAL HOLIDAY MOVIES FOR 2022

Award-Winning Musician Sheryl Crow to Executive Produce and

Write the Title Song for “When Christmas Was Young”

The Talk’s” Amanda Kloots to Star in and Executive Produce “Fit for Christmas”

Prolific Holiday Film Writer and Producer Mark Amato to Pen

Must Love Christmas”

CBS announced today that it has ordered three new original holiday movies to air in December 2022.

Award-winning singer-songwriter Sheryl Crow will executive produce and write the title song for WHEN CHRISTMAS WAS YOUNG, a Nashville music-themed movie from a script by screenwriter and bestselling novelist Robert Tate Miller (“Hope at Christmas,” Forever Christmas). The story follows a headstrong music manager in desperate need of a hit song for his last remaining client, who finds himself falling for a gifted singer-songwriter with abandoned dreams of making it big, as he attempts to secure the rights to a Christmas song she wrote years ago. Tom Mazza, David Calvert-Jones and Karen Glass (Everywhere Studios) will executive produce, together with executive producers Shawn Williamson and Jamie Goehring for Lighthouse Pictures.

THE TALK’s Amanda Kloots will star in and executive produce FIT FOR CHRISTMAS from writer and executive producer Anna White (“Christmas Wonderland”), the tale of Audrey, an enthusiastic Christmas-obsessed fitness instructor at a beloved, financially beleaguered community center in quaint Mistletoe, Mont., who begins a holiday romance with a charming, mysterious businessman, complicating his plans to turn the center into a more financially profitable resort property. The movie will be produced by Brad Krevoy’s Motion Picture Corporation of America.

Mark Amato, who has created a dozen holiday-themed films, including last season’s CBS Original movie A CHRISTMAS PROPOSAL, as well as “A Kiss Before Christmas,” is writing MUST LOVE CHRISTMAS. In it, a renowned romance novelist famous for her Christmas-themed books finds herself snowbound in the charming town of Cranberry Falls, where she unexpectedly becomes involved in a love triangle between her childhood crush and a reporter determined to interview her to save his dying magazine. The movie will be produced by Brad Krevoy’s Motion Picture Corporation of America.

In December 2021, the CBS Original movies “Christmas Takes Flight” and “A Christmas Proposal” were the first original holiday television movies to air on CBS since 2012, and the newest additions to CBS’ longstanding holiday programming slate, which includes family-favorites like The Thanksgiving Day Parade on CBS and the annual broadcasts of beloved animated classics, including “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” and “Frosty the Snowman.”

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Interview with Keshia Knight Pulliam, Brad James, Tim Reid and Angela Tucker

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Keshia Knight Pulliam, Brad James, Tim Reid and Angela Tucker of "A New Orleans Noel" on Lifetime

Interview with Keshia Knight Pulliam, Brad James, Tim Reid and Angela Tucker of “A New Orleans Noel” on Lifetime by Suzanne 11/7/22

This was a fun panel with these actors for a really nice holiday movie. The movie is set in New Orleans, of course, and the character of Loretta, played by Patti LaBelle, is based on a real person, Loretta Brown, who started the successful business Loretta’s Authentic Pralines. She was the first black woman to start a confectionery company in New Orleans. She passed away earlier this year.  Keshia Knight Pulliam, whom you may remember as Rudy from “The Cosby Show,” or her many other series and movies, stars as an architect, and her real-life husband Brad James plays a competing architect, former school rival and, of course, love interest in this rom-com Christmas movie. The legendary Tim Reid plays Loretta’s flame Marcel. It was fun to speak with them, along with writer/director Angela Tucker. Just be prepared to have your mouth water when you watch this movie! Pralines are delicious, and Lifetime kindly sent us a holiday gift basket that included some of Loretta’s yummy pralines. I was inspired to make some of my own this Christmas as well (although they’re not nearly as good).

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Grace Hill (Keshia Knight Pulliam) and Anthony Brown (Brad James) could not be more different. Despite having gone to college to study architecture together, their lives took them on completely separate paths. However, when they’re both hired to work together on the home of Loretta Brown (Patti LaBelle)—a New Orleans praline icon —the two find themselves working together at Christmas…and butting heads over more than just architecture. When Anthony and his family discover that Grace will be celebrating Christmas alone, they invite her to take part in their traditions and their celebrations. Soon, fiercely independent Grace begins to learn the importance of family and community, while modern Anthony learns to embrace tradition and the magic of Christmas. But when Grace is offered a new job far away from New Orleans she’ll have to decide if she’ll leave, or follow her heart.

Tim Reid stars as Marcel Lirette, a handsome, retired friend who moves back to town after years away and catches the eye of Lorretta.

A New Orleans Noel is produced by Evergreen Films with Daniel Lewis, Rick Carter, Whoopi Goldberg, Tom Leonardis and Keshia Knight Pulliam serving as Executive Producers. Script by Angela Tucker and Alys Murray and directed by Angela Tucker.

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"Reindeer In Here" panel for CBS with producers Candace Cameron Bure, Adam Reed and Lino DiSalvo - photos from Reindeer in Here Official site, and social media

Interview with Candace Cameron Bure, Adam Reed and Lino DiSalvo of “Reindeer In Here” on CBS by Suzanne 11/3/22

This is a really good animated Christmas special on CBS. I hope you watch it! This panel was fun but a little confusing at first because they didn’t tell us who would be there, and they put up a photo of the cast right beforehand, which made me think that the cast would all be on the panel. However, most of them weren’t, so that was also disappointing. I was the one asking the first question here, and I was using my tablet, which sometimes only shows part of the panel on the screen if it’s a large group, so that’s why I asked if there were more.  Also, one of the panel members has said some controversial remarks since this panel occurred.  I hope that no one foregoes watching the special because of her. She plays a very minor role, and the special is very good. It’s based on a book, or series of books, and a new one is coming out, so it has that product tie-in, along with the toys they mentioned.

Here’s the transcript of the panel!

CBS  2022 HOLIDAY PROGRAMMING PANELS

REINDEER IN HERE

Candace Cameron Bure

 Adam Reed, Executive Producer/Creator

 Lino DiSalvo, Executive Producer/Director

 Virtual via Zoom

November 03, 2022

© 2022 CBS.  All rights reserved.

TRACEY RAAB:  Hi, there.  I’m Tracey Raab from the CBS communications team.  And on behalf of our entire group, we want to thank you for joining us for our holiday collection press day.  We’re excited to be adding even more content into our already robust annual slate of animated specials, movies, concerts, and more.  Today we have some first looks and great panels on deck and, at the end of our presentation, a sneak peek at a special one‑hour holiday episode of our hit comedy “Ghosts.”

Hopefully you all saw the announcements this morning for the cast of our newest animated Christmas special, “Reindeer in Here,” and information on a few of our annual traditions:  “A Home for the Holidays,” “The Thanksgiving Day Parade,” and the “National Christmas Tree Lighting.”  Also, we have two special episodes of “The Greatest At-Home Videos” for Thanksgiving and the holidays, hosted by Cedric the Entertainer, airing November 11th and December 16th.

Throughout the day, please check your inboxes for a link to video content we hope you will share on your social platforms.  And finally, a reminder to use the raise hand function to ask a question during our sessions.  We will now begin with our first panel, “Reindeer in Here.”  Enjoy.

(Clip played.)

KATE FISHER:  Hi, everybody.  I’m Kate Fisher.  On behalf of myself and my counterpart, Victoria Saavedra, we’d like to welcome you to the “Reindeer in Here” panel.  We’re so excited to share a sneak peek today of our new animated holiday entry, a heartwarming tale featuring Blizzard or Blizz, a young reindeer living at the North Pole who bands together with his unique group of friends to save the future of Christmas.

The animation and story line are truly unique, and the special is a wonderful addition to our holiday slate.  The special premieres Tuesday, November 29th, on CBS and will stream live and on demand on Paramount+.

Now, please welcome our panelists, star Candace Cameron Bure, executive producer and creator Adam Reed, and executive producer and director Lino DiSalvo.  I’ll turn it over to Adam first for some opening remarks and a sneak peek at a scene from the special before taking your questions.  Over to you, Adam.

ADAM REED:  Hey, everybody.  Thanks for having us.  We’re super thrilled to be here.  You know, just a little quick back story.  When I sat down six years ago to write this book, it was out of a need for my own family that I couldn’t find a positive Christmas tradition that also didn’t stress me out as a parent.  And so I really kind of sat down and tried to write a story that I felt would be unique and different and you would fall in love with the characters at the most magical time of year and hopefully someday become a Christmas classic.

And when I sat down with my illustrator and we were looking at different reindeers, because, of course, reindeer are the most magical thing outside of Santa, there was one reindeer that we focused on specifically, and that one reindeer had one antler smaller than the other.  And that is the hero of our story, Blizzard or Blizz.  And the reason is because he’s a different reindeer.  Right?  And every child at some point in their life feels different, because being different is normal, and our film celebrates the uniqueness of every child and of course shows that Christmas wishes really do come true.

And I will tell you my Christmas wish has come true because I know we announced our amazing ‑‑ our amazing cast this morning.  I’m so thrilled to have Adam Devine, Henry Winkler, Candace Cameron Bure, Jo Koy, Donald Faison, Melissa Villaseñor, and of course Jim Gaffigan as Santa.  So we are so thrilled to be here.

And just to toss to the clip, you’re going to see a little moment here that has almost all of our main characters in it.  It has a little bit of funny, a little bit of emotion, and a lot of heart.  And we hope you enjoy.

(Clip played.)

KATE FISHER:  We’re so thrilled to start taking your questions.  As a reminder, if you have a question, please raise your hand in the chat feature and unmute yourself.

QUESTION:  Hey.  Thanks for talking to us today.  Is ‑‑ I can only see four of you on the screen.  Is everybody else there?  Or is it just the four of you?

KATE FISHER:  Just the four of us for this panel.

QUESTION:  Oh, okay.  I was confused.  Sorry.

So how long did it take to make this special?  I really enjoyed it, by the way.  I thought it was very cute and clever.  How long did it take to make?  And how long did it take for the actors to work on their voices?

LINO DISALVO:  Adam, you’re muted.

KATE FISHER:  Adam, you’re still muted.  I should remind the panelists ‑‑

ADAM REED:  Apologies.  Sorry, guys.  You know, how long did it take us to make and how long should we have had to make, two different things.  Lino, over to you on this one.

LINO DISALVO:  Yeah.  So we did this in about 13 months.  And, you know, you always wish you had a little bit more time, but 13 months.  And we had actors ‑‑ well, the thing is, is that going back and forth in total, from casting and finding just the right actors, I would say three ‑‑ three weeks, four weeks.

ADAM REED:  And by the way ‑‑ and Candace can speak to this.  You know, typically, before COVID times, we would be in the VO booth with all of our actors working with them.  And of course, you know, during COVID times, we can’t do that.  So everything was recorded remotely.  Candace, do you want to talk about that a second?

CANDACE CAMERON BURE:  Oh, sure.  Well, we did, I mean, lots of work on the computer over Zoom first, but then went into the recording booth solo.  And you guys were all on monitors in the booth with me.  And it was really only a day, day and a half, maybe, of working on that.  So much fun.

cast of "Reindeer in Here" on CBS

QUESTION:  And does that include all the animation as well?

LINO DISALVO:  Yeah, the animation was about ‑‑ was about eight months.

QUESTION:  Cool.  Thank you.

LINO DISALVO:  You’re welcome.

QUESTION:  For Adam, I can’t help noticing that this is the exact opposite of Archer in so many ways.  I mean, Archer just ripples with cynicism, and this is the precise opposite.  So what was it like to go from one to the other?  And which one of those two is really you?

ADAM REED:  Well, here’s what I’ll tell you.  I’m actually not the Adam Reed that created Archer.  That is a different Adam Reed, and that Adam Reed and I always get confused.  He gets my e‑mails; he gets ‑‑ and I get his e‑mails.  So very, very different.  So luckily, to answer your question, this is my only baby.

QUESTION:  Okay.  And let me ask you, what’s it like for so often people to assume you’re the other Adam Reed?  Do you enjoy that or is it weird?

ADAM REED:  No, look, we were at the same agency for a long time, and we’ve never actually met.  So, you know, it’s just kind of funny.

QUESTION:  Okay, thanks.

QUESTION:  Hi.  Question for Lino.  Obviously you’ve been a head of animation before this, but I believe this is your first time as director.  I was curious to know how different that responsibility has been for you being that you used to lead a team of just animators and now you’re managing the whole pipeline.

LINO DISALVO:  Yeah.  I love it.  I mean, especially that ‑‑ I think when you find a script that speaks to you and feels honest to you and you can relate to the characters, it’s really enjoyable.  It’s wonderful.  I mean, you know, the team that I was leading at Disney was ‑‑ you know, I would oversee a couple hundred people, and I think the crew on our show was less than 200 people.  So, listen, I loved it.  Like, as an animator becoming a director and working on a holiday movie, dude, I’m thrilled.  I loved it.

QUESTION:  Okay.  Thank you.

LINO DISALVO:  Thank you.

QUESTION:  Hi.  Thanks, Kate.  Hi, everyone.  Candace, you’ve obviously got a lot going on this holiday season, like a lot.  And you’re very associated with another network these days.  Do you have a special ‑‑ I don’t know if the word is “out” or “out clause” or whatever ‑‑ in your deal with them that if something like this comes up that’s animation only, it’s okay for you to do it for another firm?  And also, did this fit in comfortably with everything else that you’ve got going for this holiday season?

CANDACE CAMERON BURE:  So to answer your question, yes.  Obviously I’m in the project, so I was ‑‑ I was able to do it.  And it’s been a huge dream of mine for a very long time to be in something animated that’s very special.  And it was so fitting to ‑‑ for my first animated movie to be in a Christmas one.  So that was very exciting for me.  And I’m forgetting the second part of your question.

QUESTION:  I’m sorry.  The “yes” part was to that you have a special out clause with the other network in terms of doing something with animation?  Was that what the “yes” was for?  I’m sorry.  Was that ‑‑ there were two questions.  I’m sorry.  The “yes” that you gave was to the question about ‑‑

CANDACE CAMERON BURE:  Oh, that, yes, I was able to do this project.  And, yep.

QUESTION:  And then the other question was ‑‑ I guess the “yes” takes care of both of those.  Thank you.

CANDACE CAMERON BURE:  Okay.

QUESTION:  We’re good.  Thank you.

ADAM REED:  And can I say one thing that is super important?  When we started concepting this movie and how it was going to be, the first person we had in mind was Candace.  She is obviously the queen of Christmas and just an amazing human being.  And so when we created the roles, we ‑‑ you know, she literally was the first person we thought of.  And she is so incredible at this role, there is even a little Pinky plush that ‑‑

CANDACE CAMERON BURE:  Oh, I have her.

ADAM REED:  ‑‑ everyone is going to love.  That is her character and as amazing as she is.

CANDACE CAMERON BURE:  Adam, thank you.  That was so sweet.  I have the little Pinky plush right here.  All my nieces are going to get this.  And godchildren.

And, yes, I ‑‑ you know, I did remember the second part of your question, if this movie was fitting into all of the other things that I’m doing.  And the answer to that is yes.  This movie is such a beautiful story that’s so heartwarming and so encouraging to kids to celebrate our uniqueness, and I just ‑‑ I absolutely love it as a mom first and what the message sends.  And then of course as an actress, it was just delightful to be in.

QUESTION:  Thank you.

QUESTION:  Hi, everyone.  Thanks so much.  I love the special.  My two‑year‑old daughter has a little reindeer in here.  Her name is Ida.

ADAM REED:  Oh, I love that.

QUESTION:  And, yeah, we’ve had her since last year.  So she was home sick yesterday, so she actually watched the screener with me, and then all day today, she wants to watch the Ida movie.  So I really ‑‑ it was really great.

But I was just wondering, did you ‑‑ because the book is done in, like, obviously a different animation style than the show.  Were other animation styles considered when you did the special?

ADAM REED:  Well, I want to toss that to Lino in a second.  The only thing I want to say is you will see very quickly this year there’s a new vision of the book and plush set.  So the art is elevated.  It’s a completely new and fresh look.  And it was very important that we not only elevate it, but we kept it classic.  And when Lino and I first started talking, we wanted to have ‑‑ look, for us, we want this to be a Christmas classic, right?  To outlive us all, like Rudolph.  So for us, we wanted something that was contemporary but also had classical feels to it and felt hand‑painted.  And I got to give Lino all the credit for that.  He was the one that said, “Look, it’s CG‑looking, but we’re going to hand‑paint all these elements.”

Lino, can you give some context to that?

LINO DISALVO:  Yeah, yeah, yeah.  I wanted to capture the charm of the illustrations from the new book that’s coming out.  So, you know, a lot of times in CG, you’ll put this default fur on a character, and it’s very challenging to art‑direct the silhouette of the characters.  The two things that’s very common and which makes illustration so appealing is when you handcraft and suggest fur in silhouette, you do the little drawings of a tuft of fur on the elbow.

So you’ll see ‑‑ when you watch Blizz, you’ll notice that he has these little hero elements on him that really stand out and are really handcrafted.  And the other is a lot of the times, you know, when two textures meet on a CG character, they kind of blend together.  And I wanted to celebrate, again, what the illustration ‑‑ what illustration artists would do, which is maybe use a dry blush to blend in the textures.  So when you look at Blizz again, if you look at his nose, like at the top of his nose, there’s a dry brush stroke there.

And, yeah, I really love the idea that the movie is handcrafted and very high quality.  We take pride in that.

ADAM REED:  And by the way, if you want to be mom of the year, have Ida bring a special new gift, there is ‑‑ we have “Reindeer in Here” PJs this year and blankets.  Yeah, at Target.  So they just ‑‑ they just launched and they’re pretty awesome.  So maybe an early little Thanksgiving gift from Ida.

QUESTION:  Very cool.  Thank you.

QUESTION:  Certainly.  It’s a question for Candace.  I’m wondering how you ‑‑ you found the voice.  I mean, it’s not that very different from your own voice, but, yet, it does have a distinctness to it.  How did you find the voice for the character?

CANDACE CAMERON BURE:  Well, that was ‑‑ that was Lino.  Really, I didn’t know if I was ‑‑ if they even wanted me to try a different kind of voice.  And we worked on that, and they initially were like, “No, we just ‑‑ we really want your voice.”  I think my voice is distinctive.  I hear a lot from people on the street that they’re not sure if it’s me when they see me, but as soon as they hear my voice, they instantly know that it’s me.  And so they really did want my voice.  So it was just really working on the delivery of the lines and the little nuances of how we wanted her to be.

And I feel like ‑‑ I feel like Pinky, she’s that ‑‑ she’s that friend that tells it straight, but she has a little bit of a motherly quality to her, or that big sister quality, that she’s still gentle in speaking the truth.

QUESTION:  Well, it’s a charming character.

CANDACE CAMERON BURE:  Thank you.

KATE FISHER:  We have another question actually for Adam.  Adam, what has been your favorite part about bringing the book to life?

ADAM REED:  Oh, my gosh.  That’s a great question.  Truly, that we get the opportunity to ‑‑ for everybody in the world to see this.  For every child at the most magical time of year to celebrate their uniqueness and their differences, to me, is the most important thing.  And certainly my Christmas wish, the only thing I ever wished for was that ‑‑ at some point in every child’s life, they feel different, and to celebrate those uniquenesses at the most magical time of year is all I could wish for, and the fact that this is happening is just all still surreal.

KATE FISHER:  Thank you.  And a question actually for Candace.  What was one of the defining reasons you agreed to be part of the animated movie?

CANDACE CAMERON BURE:  Well, one of my ‑‑ my longtime friends ‑‑ I have a very close friendship with Jonathan Koch, who’s a part of this movie.  And then meeting with Adam.  They ‑‑ I talked to both of them, and I was very excited once I heard about the project.  But after I read the script, I was like, “Oh, I’m in.  Please.  Anything.  Like, anything that I can do, I would love to be a part of it.”

QUESTION:  Thank you.  Candace, I’m just curious.  We know you so well for all these holiday projects.  Has this been a case of you just wanting to do that because you love Christmas so much?  Or do you find that when people start talking about Christmas projects, they think of you automatically?  And is there a point where you ever went, “Gosh, I’d just like to do an Arbor Day movie”?

(Laughter.)

CANDACE CAMERON BURE:  Christmas truly is my favorite holiday of the year.  I’m a woman of faith, so there’s no bigger holiday than to celebrate Christmas.  I love that I’ve become synonymous with Christmas because of the movies that I’ve done over the past 15 years.  So it’s a great joy for me.

But, again, I’ve dreamed of being a part of a classic animated movie for a very long time.  And when I was ‑‑ was offered and pitched this project, it was just, I mean, even more magical for the fact that it was Christmas and it’s for children.  I ‑‑ you know, I’m a mom of three and I’ve written several children’s books myself.

So all ‑‑ just the culmination of everything was a no‑brainer and ‑‑ and just a delight to be a part of.  So I’m ‑‑ I’m happy ‑‑ I’m happy to be, you know, a part of people’s Christmas traditions hopefully for years to come.

QUESTION:  Thank you.

QUESTION:  Yes.  For Candace, when you do a regular holiday film, you’re dressed up in the holiday outfits and your makeup, and you’ve got the surroundings of Christmas.  How did you get yourself into the holiday spirit for doing this when it’s ‑‑ it wasn’t all decorated ‑‑ set wasn’t decorated?

CANDACE CAMERON BURE:  Oh, well, this was so exciting for me.  I remember leaving the booth where ‑‑ after recording the voices, and I was just like on the biggest high from recording these.  I don’t think I need to have the surroundings of Christmas to feel like I’m in the Christmas spirit.  I feel like I’m in Christmas 24/7 because I’m constantly ‑‑ you know, 365 days a year, because I’m always reading Christmas scripts and always developing the next Christmas movies, whether I’m starring in them or producing them.

But it was ‑‑ animation is just a whole different ball game and very new for me.  So to be able to voice a character, to see some images on a screen, but then work with such an incredible director as Lino who really just pulled all different kinds of just different performances out of me through the character was so incredibly exciting.  And I think that was ‑‑ that’s a challenge as an actor when you are in front of the camera and you’re not used to doing things off camera.  Everything about your voice has to change because people don’t get to see your facial expressions.  They don’t get to see your hand movements.  And I’m a big ‑‑ I move.  I had to move around that room.  I had to move around the booth and really perform it as an actor.  But you have to make sure that it all carries through your voice and you can’t rely on your body.

KATE FISHER:  Thank you so much.  I’m just going to ask Adam to maybe make a few final remarks to close our panel.

ADAM REED:  Sure.  Look, Candace and Lino and everybody at CBS, thank you.  Look, this movie and the “Reindeer in Here” tradition is really to celebrate the uniqueness of every child and show that Christmas wishes really do come true, not only at the most magical time of year, but year‑round.  And this movie, we have created not only to be a Christmas classic that I hope outlives us all, but also is meant for the whole family.  This is not just for children.  It is funny.  It works for adults.  It works for children.  You can really sit down with your entire family.  And the adults will pick up on things that children don’t, and maybe vice versa.  But we really hope you enjoy.  And thank you, everybody.  I’d encourage you to watch the whole film.  And thanks for having us.  We’re excited to share this tradition with the world.

KATE FISHER:  Thank you so much to our panelists and journalists for participating in our “Reindeer in Here” panel.

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"Reindeer in Here" key art Celebrate the holiday season with a festive new special full of adventure and cheer for the whole family! “Reindeer in Here®,” a new one-hour animated holiday special, will premiere Tuesday, Nov. 29 on cbs Photo: CBS ©2022 CBS Broadcasting, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Highest quality screengrab available.

“REINDEER IN HERE®” ANNOUNCES THE STAR-STUDDED CAST BEHIND THE NEW ONE-HOUR ANIMATED HOLIDAY SPECIAL, PREMIERING TUESDAY, NOV. 29, ON CBS

Cast Led by Adam Devine, Jim Gaffigan, Melissa Villaseñor, Henry Winkler, Candace Cameron Bure, Donald Faison, Jo Koy, Gabriel Bateman and Brooke Monroe Conaway

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CBS announced today the star-studded voices behind the new CBS Original animated holiday special REINDEER IN HERE®, which premieres Tuesday, Nov. 29 (9:01-10:01 PM, PT/ET), on the CBS Television Network and will be available to stream live and on demand on Paramount+*. The one-hour special, filled with joy and magic for the whole family, will immediately follow the beloved holiday classic RUDOLPH THE RED-NOSED REINDEER (8:00-9:01 PM, ET/PT).

REINDEER IN HERE’s cast includes Adam Devine voicing Blizzard “Blizz;” Jim Gaffigan voicing Santa; Melissa Villaseñor voicing Candy; Henry Winkler voicing Smiley; Candace Cameron Bure voicing Pinky; Donald Faison voicing Bucky; Jo Koy voicing Hawk; Gabriel Bateman voicing Theo; and Brooke Monroe Conaway voicing Isla.

Based on the award-winning Christmas book and plush set created by acclaimed author Adam Reed, written for the screen by Greg Erb & Jason Oremland, and directed by former head of animation for Walt Disney Animation Studios Lino DiSalvo, REINDEER IN HERE is the heartwarming story of how Blizzard (Blizz), a young reindeer who has one antler that is significantly smaller than the other, and his unique group of friends band together to save the future of Christmas. In doing so, they unknowingly create a magical holiday tradition like none other.

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Interview with Jane Seymour and Joe Lando

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Jane Seymour and Joe Lando in "A Christmas Spark" on Lifetime

Interview with Jane Seymour and Joe Lando in “A Christmas Spark” on Lifetime by Suzanne 11/7/22

It was great fun to see these two together again and speak with them. I’m a huge fan of both actors, and not just for their partnership in “Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman.”  I’m sure their fans will be happy to see them in this cute holiday movie that airs 11/27 on Lifetime.

 

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Recently widowed Molly (Jane Seymour) has lost her zest for life and given up on ever finding love again.  But when she decides to visit her daughter for Christmas, she has no idea what holiday magic is in store for her.  A former drama teacher, Molly reluctantly takes on the job of directing the town’s Christmas pageant and soon finds herself falling for her leading man, Hank (Joe Lando), the town’s most eligible bachelor.  As Molly and the irrepressible Hank fall in love, she rediscovers her inner free spirit and finds a new lease on life.  And when the star of the pageant loses her voice moments before the show, it will be up to Molly to step into the spotlight and shine brightly for the first time in her life.

A Christmas Spark is produced by Lighthouse Pictures and is being distributed by Sony Pictures Television. Toni Braxton, Stephen Bulka, and Jamie Goehring are executive producing. Rhonda Baraka directs from a script by Eirene Tran Donohue.

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Interview with Kelsey and Spencer Grammer

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Interview with Kelsey and Spencer Grammer of "The 12 Days of Christmas Eve" on Lifetime

Interview with Kelsey and Spencer Grammer of “The 12 Days of Christmas Eve” on Lifetime by Suzanne 11/7/22

It was truly an honor to speak with Kelsey Grammer because he’s such a great actor. As I told him, “Frasier” is one of my favorite shows. I was in college when he was on “Cheers,” and then I kept watching him on “Frasier” (which was even funnier than “Cheers,” in my opinion), until the end. He was also amazing later in the drama “Boss.” His daughter, Spencer, who stars in this with him (as his daughter, natch), is also a really good actress in her own right. Daytime fans may recognize from when she played Lucy on “As The World Turns,” before she went on to primetime success. Anyway, this is a really good holiday movie. It’s a sort of mash-up between “Groundhog Day” and “A Christmas Carol,” but it’s got a modern spin and a lot of humor. Grammer plays Brian, the head of a Radio Shack-like company who has to mend fences with his daughter, Michelle, and granddaughter, and find the true meaning of Christmas, in 12 days.  Grammer handles both the drama and comedy in the movie easily. Uschi Umscheid plays Spencer’s daughter, Harkin, who’s just precious and a good actress (especially for her age). Diana Toshiko is a lot of fun as a zany startup woman, Nina, who wants to buy Brian’s company. Mitch Poulos does a wonderful job as Santa. I hope you enjoy the movie and this interview! You can’t help but be touched by the affection displayed by Kelsey and Spencer Grammer for each other.

 

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The 12 Days of Christmas Eve is the story of Brian Conway (Kelsey Grammer), a successful businessman whose relationships with those around him have really suffered.  While this Christmas season has been the most successful for his business, he’s divorced, his relationship with his daughter Michelle (Spencer Grammer) is strained and he doesn’t have a meaningful connection with his only granddaughter.  After Brian gets into a car accident on Christmas Eve, Santa gives him twelve chances to re-do the day and repair the relationships in his life to find the true meaning of Christmas. For Brian, these twelve days are a journey of self-realization about life, love and happiness as he attempts to right the wrongs of his life in pursuit of the Christmas spirit.

The concept for The 12 Days of Christmas Eve originated from Kelsey Grammer’s production company, Grammnet NH Productions, and developed in house by Lifetime.  Grammnet NH Productions produced alongside Johnson Production Group.  Kelsey Grammer, Tom Russo (Frasier, Light as a Feather, The Game) and Jordan McMahon (The Game) are executive producers. The script is written by Eirene Tran Donahue (A Sugar & Spice Holiday) and directed by Dustin Rikert (Two Tickets to Paradise).

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Interview with Mario Lopez and Jana Kramer

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Mario Lopez and Jana Kramer of "Steppin' into the Holiday" on Lifetime

Interview with Mario Lopez and Jana Kramer of “Steppin’ into the Holiday” on Lifetime by Suzanne 11/7/22

This is a fun Christmas movie with a lot of dancing. I’ve spoke with Jana before, but not Mario. It was nice to chat with them both, of course. This is a better movie than the last one I saw him in. I didn’t realize that he got his start dancing when he was very young. I also didn’t realize that he’s from Chula Vista, which is right near where I grew up! It sounds a little bit like he had a cold during the interview because he was sounding congested and drinking a lot of water. I hope he feels better!  Anyway, you should check out this festive movie. Two trailers below and then the interview.

 

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Former Broadway star Billy Holiday (Mario Lopez) returns to his hometown for Christmas after being abruptly fired as the host-producer-judge of the hit TV series “Celebrity Dance Off.”  While there, he encounters Rae (Jana Kramer), the charismatic owner of the local dance studio, where Billy’s 12-year-old nephew is her standout student. This Christmas, Rae is planning a dance recital fundraiser with the goal of taking her students to see a Broadway show in New York City. Billy volunteers to help Rae with the recital by reviving the town’s traditional Christmas Eve show, which was once a showcase for local talent. With Billy’s knack for producing and Rae’s knowledge of all things local, their collaboration clicks and romantic sparks start flying!

Cheri Oteri stars as Dallas, Billy’s high-powered, fast-talking, Hollywood agent. Dallas scrambles to find Billy work after he is fired by his boss, Wayne, played by Mario Cantone, a network executive who is equal parts charming and ruthless! Courtney Lopez , Mario’s real-life wife, also appears in the film as Joanna, the charismatic host of “Celebrity Dance Off,” who is tapped to replace Billy (her former fling) as executive producer and head judge after his popularity hits the skids.

Steppin’ Into the Holiday is produced by Via Mar and Roberts Media, LLC. in association with Motion Content Group.  Jeff Stearns, Mark Roberts, Mario Lopez, Jana Kramer, Richard Foster and Chet Fenster serving as Executive Producers. David Kendall directs from a script by Aliza Murrieta and Peter Murrieta.

Mario Lopez is an American actor and television host. He has appeared on several television series, in films, and on Broadway. He is known for his portrayal of A.C. Slater on Saved by the Bell, Saved by the Bell: The College Years, and the 2020 sequel series. He has appeared in numerous projects since, including the third season of Dancing with the Stars and as host for the syndicated entertainment news magazine shows Extra and Access Hollywood. He has also hosted America’s Best Dance Crew for MTV. In 2012, he co-hosted the second season of the American version of The X Factor with Khloé Kardashian, and was the sole host for the third and final season.

Jana Rae Kramer is an American country music singer and actress. She is known for her role as Alex Dupre on the television series One Tree Hill. Kramer began her musical career in 2012 and has released two albums: Jana Kramer (2012) and Thirty One (2015). The albums produced seven charted singles on Hot Country Songs and Country Airplay, including the top 10 hits “Why Ya Wanna” and “I Got the Boy”. She competed on season 23 of Dancing with the Stars, finishing in fourth place. (These two biographies are from Wikipedia)

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Interview with actors from “Criminal Minds: Evolution”

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Erica Messer, Joe Mantegna (David Rossi), Kirsten Vangsness (Penelope Garcia), Paget Brewster (Emily Prentiss), A.J. Cook (Jennifer Jareau), Aisha Tyler (Dr. Tara Lewis) and Zach Gilford (Elias Voit) of "Criminal Minds: Evolution" on Paramount+

Interview with Erica Messer, Joe Mantegna, Kirsten Vangsness, Paget Brewster, A.J. Cook, Aisha Tyler and Zach Gilford of “Criminal Minds: Evolution” on Paramount+ by Suzanne 9/21/22

Two months ago, I was on a virtual TCA panel for “Criminal Minds: Evolution” on Paramount+ with all the stars of the show.  The talent in attendance were Erica Messer (Showrunner, Executive Producer & Writer) and stars Joe Mantegna (David Rossi), Kirsten Vangsness (Penelope Garcia), Paget Brewster (Emily Prentiss), A.J. Cook (Jennifer Jareau), Aisha Tyler (Dr. Tara Lewis) and newcomer Zach Gilford (Elias Voit).

The showrunner introduced the panel, thanking us and telling us that the show premieres 11/24 with its first two episodes on Thanksgiving and then new episodes will drop weekly. There are ten episodes in total for the first season, which “explore what our heroes have been up to since February of 2020, which is the last time you saw them, or, as we call it, ‘the before times.'” The team has gotten closer in these tough times. They find that “there’s been a prolific killer on the loose since 2005” (played by Zach Gilford) who became a legend during the pandemic. He concluded, “We’re lucky to have Zach Gilford bring this one-of-a-kind unsub to life and have so many familiar BAU agents back on the show.”

Adam Rodriguez is also in the cast, but he couldn’t make it to the panel because he was directing.

I asked a question regarding what I’ve seen fans post about on social media, “I’ve read that a lot of the fans were really unhappy with the original finale, and I was wondering if that was taken into consideration at all when you restarted the show.” I didn’t ask any particular person to answer, so Messer started and then the actors chimed in. Her opinion was that fans didn’t want the show to end, so she thinks that was the main reason they were unhappy about the finale. She did add that “you can’t please everyone,” but they try to write the characters as honestly as possible and stay true to them, and that’s all they can really do. Tyler said that she thinks some fans are always unhappy about any finale, but she mostly heard from fans about how much they loved the characters (or as she put it, “this family.”). She feels that most of the fans were just mourning the loss of the characters after 15 years, but she heard mostly good feedback. Mantegna then said, “The only ones that should be upset are the ones that were dumb enough to cancel it in the first place.” Everyone laughed nervously after that. Messer said, with a chuckle, “Joe calls it as he sees it.” Then there was more laughter.

Cook admired the way the finale was written because it left things open – that they were still out there fighting crime, which left everyone with hope for the future, and that the show would return. She agrees that it’s hard to please all the fans at once.

The actors talked about how happy they were to be back doing the show. It was a “joyous” occasion when they first met up on Zoom. Messer revealed that they would have just one unsub for the whole season (Gilford’s character). She also told us that the idea of Gilford’s unsub came to her during the pandemic. She started wondering what serial killers would be up to during the pandemic.

The cast was asked whether any of the disturbing stories of the show have given them nightmares. Vangsness confided that they all bothered her, and Tyler said that her husband was worried that he would get nightmares from the show. Mantegna added that this version of the show is going to be much more disturbing. The show’s stories don’t bother him because he knows it’s not real. What bothers him is that the real-life law enforcement have to deal with these type of crimes.

Gilford shared with us that he does get very disturbed by what’s done on the show. His wife asked, “What’s wrong with you?” and he replied, “I was just doing this to people all day. Leave me alone.” Everyone laughed, and then he said, “it gets dark.” Vangsness joked “it gets hard on serial killers” and he repeated that in a joking, self-pitying way, so there was more laughter.

Tyler agreed with Mantegna, saying that she thinks fans find the show satisfying because the criminals are caught in the end by these “intelligent, hard-working, devoted professionals are out there working very hard every day to make the world safer for the rest of us.” She also echoed what he said about the real-life people who do the job.

Cook disclosed that the show delves more into the characters’ personal lives and how they’re affected by the horrible things they have to deal with.

Messer was asked about whether the show will be a lot darker, now that it’s on streaming instead of broadcast TV. She didn’t want to make it too dark because teenagers watch it, but it will have some curse words that they couldn’t say before. She feels that this is normal language that people would use in real life. She teased Mantegna, saying he speaks that way all the time. He agreed with a smile that it wasn’t much of a stretch for him.

They were asked about directing episodes of the show. Mantegna told us that he, Cook, Tyler and Rodriguez have directed some of the episodes (as they had in the past on the original show). He praised Gilford, whom he worked with a lot while directing, “he’s been a great, incredible addition to our show.” Mantegna also mentioned that it takes them 8 days to shoot each episode.

Gilford grew up in Chicago, so he shares that he was a bit star-struck working with Mantegna, whom he considers a legend. He shared a cute story that us non-actors may not appreciate as much. He said, “we’re shooting the scene, and he goes, ‘Okay, and then you’re going to walk over here, and then we’ll cut, and I’ll yell, Cut.’ And I was like, ‘Did you just like line-read your directing?’ He’s like, ‘I’m an actor. I can’t help myself.’ I could not stop laughing, because it was — I’ve never seen a director do that before.” The other actors all laughed, so they must have found it funny, too.

Tyler then complimented Mantegna on his directing and loves it when actors direct because they’re easier for them to work with. Paget added in her two cents, thanking them all for directing because she never wanted to do it.

Messer shared that David Rossi is the character most in crisis when the show begins, and she talked about what a great job Mantegna did with the story. She said that how his character is feeling causes “a ripple effect” that goes through everyone else.

She also told us that two characters from the previous season won’t be returning: Matt Simmons (Daniel Henney) and Spencer Reid (Matthew Gray Gubler). However, they are still mentioned – “gone but not forgotten.” That was very disappointing to hear because Reid is my favorite character. Their desks are still there, with things on them. She never said whether they would explain why the characters aren’t back. I guess we’ll have to wait and see!

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In CRIMINAL MINDS: EVOLUTION, the FBI’s elite team of criminal profilers come up against their greatest threat yet, an UnSub who has used the pandemic to build a network of other serial killers. As the world opens back up and the network goes operational, the team must hunt them down, one murder at a time. Original cast members continuing their roles include Joe Mantegna, A.J. Cook, Kirsten Vangsness, Aisha Tyler, Adam Rodriguez and Paget Brewster. Zach Gilford joins the dynamic cast as a recurring guest star in a season-long arc.
PREMIERES: November 24, Exclusively on Paramount+
GENRE / FORMAT: Drama, Crime
STARRING: Joe Mantegna
A.J. Cook
Kirsten Vangsness
Aisha Tyler
Adam Rodriguez
Paget Brewster
Zach Gilford
PRODUCED BY:  ABC Signature and CBS Studios
EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS: Erica Messer, Breen Frazier, Chris Barbour, Glenn Kershaw, Mark Gordon

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Interview with “The Walking Dead” actors

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Eleanor Matsuura, Laila Robins, Josh McDermitt, Michael James Shaw, Seth Gilliam, Khary Payton, Lauren Ridloff and Ross Marquand of "The Walking Dead" on AMC

Interviews with Eleanor Matsuura, Laila Robins, Josh McDermitt, Michael James Shaw, Seth Gilliam, Khary Payton, Lauren Ridloff and Ross Marquand of “The Walking Dead” on AMC by Suzanne 11/14/22

It was fun to speak to some members of the TWD cast! I’ve interviewed some of them before, but it’s always a treat. I was especially happy to speak with Seth Gilliam, who was awesome as the vet in “Teen Wolf”;  and Michael James Shaw, who is great as Shaw in “Blood & Treasure.” I don’t watch TWD regularly (not a fan of zombies), but it’s a very good show. Everyone is really looking forward to the series finale tonight. It’s a bit sad for these actors who have been on it for so long. However, the interviews were very enjoyable – as you will see below.

The first roundtable interview was with Eleanor Matsuura (Yumiko), Laila Robins (Pamela Milton), Josh McDermitt (Eugene Porter), and Michael James Shaw (Mercer).

JAMIE OF SCIFIVISION:   In your own opinion, what do you think is the most defining moment for your characters that changed them, and how did it change them, for each of you?

LAILA ROBINS:   I would say when my son became a walker; I think that was a big one, to see him in that shape and form. And then again, I think, last night. Something shifts obviously when you shoot a child. So, I would say those two things.

ELEANOR MATSUURA:   For me, I’d say it’s probably seeing my brother, my brother’s picture on the wall looking for me at the beginning of this season. My god, that was the first episode of this season. It feels like a second ago. Yeah, I think, for Yumiko, that was the beginning of, I mean, it was the beginning of drawing everyone into the Commonwealth by virtue of making the group that I was with stay in that moment. But it was this glimpse into her past, this pull that was keeping her from leaving with the group. And, yeah, an opportunity to sort of see where she came from, and how that’s unfolded in this season with the courtroom stuff, and representing Eugene, and it felt like the past and the present, were all just brought together, like smashed together. So, I would say, yeah, probably for all the seasons I’ve done, that’s probably been the most pivotal moment for Yumiko, seeing that picture on the wall.

MICHAEL JAMES SHAW:   Oh, for Mercer, I think a defining moment in this last couple of episodes is when his sister Max refuses to sign the forced confession. I think that sets him into motion, and he’s plotting things in his own head but not really allowing people in, but he’s definitely still starting to make moves at that moment, because she’s everything to him, and if he lost her, I don’t think he’d have any purpose anymore. So, yeah, that’s a big moment for him. It shifts the balance.

JOSH McDERMITT:   I mean, it’s hard, just because I feel like the guy is changing so much throughout. And we’re talking about just season 11. Right? We’re not talking about for the series?

JAMIE OF SCIFIVISION:   No, I’m meant overall, if it’s something else important.

JOSH McDERMITT:   That is such a hard question to answer.

JAMIE OF SCIFIVISION:   [laughs] Then do this season. We’ll make it easier.

JOSH McDERMITT:   Yeah, well, I’ll tell you, this season, I mean, there were kind of two moments, but they were kind of joined together, so more like a sequence. But it’s just finding out the truth about the decoy Stephanie, who turned out to be Shira, and who Max really was. I think that that brought him down to his lowest point, but then meeting Max kind of brought him up again and gave him a new outlook on life, even though it’s kind of the outlook that he wanted, when he came to the Commonwealth, but it was definitely when he felt like all hope was lost that he did see this little tiny light off in the distance, and that light has grown to then shine the light on all the misdeeds and the bad things going on in the Commonwealth. I really think that kind of sequence, those two things together, were were defining moment for at least the season.

TONY TELLADO OF SCIFITALK:   For all of you, what was it like to kind of break new ground into The Walking Dead and to actually have courtroom drama, as opposed to hunting walkers and all that? What was the vibe on those days? That must have been pretty neat to shoot something so different like that? It’s for everyone.

ELEANOR MATSUURA:   It was wild. It was so weird. I mean, I found it weird. I know I spent most of those scenes next to Josh. So, I remember we would turn to each other a lot and be like, “This is wild, right?” Because we could almost look down the barrel of like, if we’d had even more time and more episodes; say this part of the storyline had happened at a different like earlier or something, this could have gone way far down into like a whole courtroom drama. It just was so bizarre. I mean, just when I thought the Commonwealth couldn’t get any weirder, I was standing in a courtroom. I mean, I suppose there’s been so much talk about Yumiko as a lawyer, how good she was, it’s like, I sort of feel like we had to see her in action at some point. It was inevitable that we’d get the courtroom scenes. And in some ways, even though it was weird, I wish we’d we had gotten to delve into them even more, but, I mean, if I found it strange, Josh, you must have found it even more strange. I mean, mind you, this shows taken so many different iterations, maybe it’s not weird to you anymore.

JOSH McDERMITT:   Well, I mean, the show continues to surprise me in the new territory we jump into, and this was no different. It always feels weird when you don’t have blood and guts [on you]. When you can work on the stage and not be sweaty.

ELEANOR MATSUURA:   And your clothes are clean.

JOSH McDERMITT:   Yeah, like that’s great, and really, to just kind of be still and not not have a bunch of action and business that you’re supposed to be doing where you’re walking around and taking a horse and putting the horse over there. You know, it’s like, you can just sit at a table and just do your thing. That was weird. But I know we have a lot of people on the show, cast and crew, who have all done courtroom dramas, you know, other series at some point. So, that was fun to talk to them, because there is a specific way you kind of have to shoot a courtroom scene to keep it interesting. I mean, the storyline isn’t always interesting enough. There’re camera movements; there’s a pacing to it. There’re all these other things. So, it was nice to, in a sense, do an episode of Law & Order without ever having to leave Atlanta, Georgia.

LAILA ROBINS:   [laughs] Okay, I’ll piggyback on that. I’ve done so many Law & Orders, and I’ve worn so many suits and so many high heels. I was praying for a job where I thought, “Oh, I get to be out in nature and the woods.” Watch out for what you wish for [laughs], because when you’re shooting out there under the sun in Atlanta with a wig on and a wool coat and boots and a gun. It isn’t so pretty. I was like, “Oh my God, thank God we’re back in the courtroom.” [laughs]

MICHAEL JAMES SHAW:   It was surreal the whole time. We kept looking at each other like we’re in The Twilight Zone. You know, just, what show are we doing today? [laughs] It was good fun though, good fun.

SUZANNE OF TVMEG.COM:   Hi, guys. I wanted to start with Mike. It’s great to see you. I love your show Blood and Treasure, and your character on there is just amazing.

MICHAEL JAMES SHAW:   Thank you.

SUZANNE OF TVMEG.COM:   So, do you think that most of the fans will like the ending?

MICHAEL JAMES SHAW:   They’re going to love it. [laughs] I loved shooting it. Yeah, I can’t really say much about that, but some shit’s going down, and it’s good.

SUZANNE OF TVMEG.COM:   Anyone else like to give their opinion on that?

ELEANOR MATSUURA:   …It’s so hard to answer. I feel like we’ve been asked this a lot, and I always try and summarize like, are we going to be able to please, every single person on the planet? I don’t know. I don’t know if we are, but then this show wouldn’t have gotten this far without people’s total commitment to it. Like it’s eleven seasons of a show. That is a huge amount of time, I think. And I really do think if you’ve dedicated your life to the show, and the way that so many people have, and you’ve come this far, I don’t think you’re going to be disappointed with the end. You might have certain things that you would have hoped turned out slightly differently. You might have bits and pieces that might not be the perfect package, but I do believe in the integrity of how we finish the show, and I feel like it’s a good ending, even though we know that we’ve got a bunch more spin offs, which I’m sure people can, like, fill their boots if they need to go and get more, if they didn’t feel like they were satisfied with what we’ve done. Yeah, and that’s all we can say. We tried to finish it out in the best possible way that we could. Yeah, and I believe in the integrity of that, like whether or not everybody will think it’s the perfect ending, that would be an impossible thing to quantify, but I think we’ve given it a damn good shot.

LAILA ROBINS:   Yeah, I think it’s a very emotional show. All of these people who have invested themselves in watching it, I’m just thinking of all the actors who have been there for eleven years and how they must feel. I can’t even get my head around that idea, knowing that you won’t see each other as often as you normally do, and that they’re a real family. I mean, I’m a late comer. I even feel emotional about it. I can’t even imagine someone like Josh saying goodbye to it. It’s unbelievable.

BRIAN:   Josh, this question is for you. You have been on the show since season four, and then you mentioned how the show has changed a lot; your character has changed a lot. So, what are some of the few things you’ll miss about playing Eugene?

JOSH McDERMITT:   Definitely, what you just said, the fact that he hasn’t been a stagnant character. I think every time you kind of jump onto another production, and you’re playing a new character, you fall in love with that character, and you hope that the writers change the person a lot to keep it fresh, because, as human beings, we do change ourselves. But I think this one’s going to be hard to top with that sort of thing, just because it wasn’t just season to season, but sometimes it felt like episode to episode he was having new revelations about himself and that sort of thing. I definitely definitely miss that about it. I would just hope that other characters I end up doing can hold a candle to Eugene, because even if they’re half as fun playing, I’ll have a great time with it.

JAMIE OF SCIFIVISION:   For each of you, what do you think is your character’s biggest regret?

JOSH McDERMITT:   I think for Eugene [laughs] much like the defining moment, there’re too many. [laughs]

JAMIE OF SCIFIVISION:   [laughs] Sorry.

JOSH McDERMITT:   No, it’s, it’s fine. I mean, it just speaks to kind of the question that [the other journalist] just had about just how everything changes, and it’s very fluid, and that’s what makes it fun. But I think for Eugene, a very big regret for him is that he didn’t do more to help – help his group get around Negan and the Saviors, I guess, that Glenn and Abraham died. Eugene is the type of guy who will continue to think through problems, game-plan, figure out a way to get in the cracks so that he can continue to survive, or the people that he cares about can succeed, and that’s one where he lost. He really lost, and I think that does eat at him, because of what happened. In the end, he lost two people that were very close to him. And honestly, it wouldn’t surprise me if that’s a big regret for a lot of the characters on the show. It still haunts everybody. I mean, from Maggie all the way down to Judith. She was a baby at that point, or a kid, a little kid. So, it just I think that was probably his biggest regret, that he didn’t he wasn’t able to do more.

LAILA ROBINS:   I guess for Pamela it has something to do with not being the best mother somehow, my inability to communicate with my son or to get through to him or to guide him properly or to have him care about the family’s legacy or somehow to inspire him, that I lack the ability to inspire my own son to greatness, I think is a regret. And obviously, what it led to, his demise, and ultimately, his death. But I think she does take that responsibility.

MICHAEL JAMES SHAW:   I guess. Mercer’s biggest regret is that he didn’t put eyes on Hornsby sooner.

LAILA ROBINS:   He’s slippery! [laughs]

MICHAEL JAMES SHAW:   It could have saved us a lot of trouble. He could have saved us all a lot of trouble. That little snake. [laughs]

LAILA ROBINS:   You were just wowed by his outfits. You weren’t looking deep enough. You got all caught off in his outfits. [laughs]

MICHAEL JAMES SHAW:   Where’s he getting these fabrics from?

LAILA ROBINS:   Pink!

ELEANOR MATSUURA:   That’s a hard one to answer. I think probably it’s something to do with not being able to do enough,  because something about Yumiko is that she’s relentless. She truly doesn’t ever give up, even in the face of such adversity, when you sort of think there’s just like – there’re so many moments with Eugene and Pamela where you see her, and you’re like, “There is literally no way out of this.” And even even though she knows it’s kind of pointless, she just keeps going and going and going. So, I’m thinking to myself, “Well, I wonder where that comes from?” And because the pivotal moment with her brother, like I spoke about before, seems to be such a important core thing for Yumiko, I guess there must be something from her past that may be something that we haven’t seen in the show. It would be something that I have probably been playing without even consciously realizing it, just like this feeling of like, you could see it, it’s like striving to be the best, because she comes from this very prestigious, educational background, but I don’t think she sees it like that. I don’t think it’s about the competitive [nature], trying to be the best. I think it’s about more not feeling enough, therefore not giving up. I’m sorry; I know that’s not a direct answer to your question. That’s the best way that I can answer.

TONY TELLADO OF SCIFITALK:   What life has been like after The Walking Dead is over and kind of transitioning to leaving the air, leaving Atlanta and all of that and kind of going back to some semblance of real life? What’s that been like, for all of you?

JOSH McDERMITT:   I cry less. That’s a big one. [laughs] I mean, I still cry. It’s just less. It’s been nice for me to come home and reconnect with people. It’s hard to maintain some relationships when you’re away. Texting and calls do so much but it’s it’s really that face to face interaction is what I think we were craving, and so it’s nice to be home and to be in my own home, to be in the nice Los Angeles weather and that sort of thing. There’s a peacefulness about being at home; it’s kind of nice.

LAILA ROBINS:   It’s been nice to come back to New York and catch up on all the plays my friends are in, shows that I wanted to see before they closed, theaters having a tough time these days. So, it was fun to to go see some plays, but it is weird when you’re on a set for a long time. It’s almost like a safe zone, because your your life is scripted, and I always find that weird slight anxiety when I’m wrapped for the day. As to, “Oh, now I’ve got to go be myself.” [laughs] I’m boring, you know? So, it’s been interesting to reenter and kind of go, “Oh, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah. Here I am; here I am,” when you’re playing a character more than you’re being yourself. Also, that was the other thing I wanted to say, that why I couldn’t think of it. It was during COVID, so we weren’t as social as perhaps we might have been as a cast. I mean, one of my regrets is I didn’t get to hang out with all the actors or really get to know them all that well, because we were unable to do that, perhaps, as much as normal. So, that was a regret.

MICHAEL JAMES SHAW:   To speak on that, life since The Walking Dead, so we wrapped the show, and I stayed around in Georgia practicing jujitsu, and I broke my knee. Yeah, I have a theory that if we would have just kept shooting the show, I never would have broken my knee. But I ended up having meniscus surgery back in August, and now I’m like, 80% recovered, killing it, but if we would have kept shooting The Walking Dead, I probably wouldn’t have broke my knee. [laughs]

ELEANOR MATSUURA:   I was just going to say, when I first joined the show, my first child was, I think, six months old, so, really tiny. So, we moved my whole family. We uprooted, and we moved to Atlanta, and everything just felt like my life had been sort of just flipped upside down and all just like shaken about. Then, over those these last four years, I totally fell in love with Atlanta. I totally fell in love with Georgia. Then, I had my just had my second baby. I mean, I was pregnant most of the shoot of this last season. So, it’s so integrated into my life, the show, it’s become like our families; it’s just a part of our life that it’s feels weird now that I’m not going to be like trundling back to Atlanta next month. It’s really weird. It’s weird, because that has been the rhythm that I’ve been used to for the past four years. Yeah, I think it’s just been starting to hit me these last few episodes. I really think it will only truly hit me hit me the finale next week, when when we’re all together. Then, like Josh was saying, sort of just seeing the faces, everyone’s faces in real life for the last – not for the last time. Of course, we can all like meet up and whatever, but it’s different, because it’s like, this is our celebration of the show. We’re not going to have another like, “Oh, okay, I’ll see you next month, see you next season” kind of thing. It’s ended now. So, it’s like, for me truly, I’m just getting used to this, almost a whole new rhythm of life.

SUZANNE OF TVMEG.COM:   Josh, when did the filming actually wrap, and what were your feelings when you finished with it?

JOSH McDERMITT:   It was in the spring, but I don’t remember specifically. Sometime in March or April, I guess. And what was the second part of your question?

SUZANNE OF TVMEG.COM:   What were your feelings when you had to finish filming for the last time?

JOSH McDERMITT:   Oh, yeah. I mean, it was overwhelming. That’s something that’s been a part of my life as a job for the last decade and even longer as a fan of the show. Like, I felt overwhelmed when Seinfeld ended [laughs]; you know, maybe more so with this just I have a more personal connection to it, but, yeah, it was just it was overwhelming, but kind of like what Eleanor was just saying. I mean, I’m looking at their faces right now, and we can call and chat anytime and like, you know, I could go to New York, and Laila and I could go see a show. So, these people are not out of my life. It was just kind of this, “Oh, this chapters done, but the story continues, in a sense that that’s kind of how I was overwhelmed, I think.

SUZANNE OF TVMEG.COM:   Now you’re making me cry. [laughs]

JOSH McDERMITT:   Good. That was my goal.

BRIAN:   With the three spin offs that are upcoming, will you guys be watching any of them? Any of them at all?

ELEANOR MATSUURA:   Sure.

LAILA ROBINS:   Yeah.

MICHAEL JAMES SHAW:   Hell, yeah.

ELEANOR MATSUURA:   Yeah, definitely.

MICHAEL JAMES SHAW:   I want to see what happens in New York.

JOSH McDERMITT:   I’ll only watch it if they give me a screener.

MICHAEL JAMES SHAW:   Better call Pix.

JOSH McDERMITT:   I mean, I’ll help you write the blog about it.

Josh McDermitt as Dr. Eugene Porter, Eleanor Matsuura as Yumiko - The Walking Dead _ Season 11, Episode 22 - Photo Credit: Jace Downs/AMC

The next interview was with Seth Gilliam (Gabriel Stokes), Khary Payton (Ezekiel), Lauren Ridloff (Connie) and Ross Marquand (Aaron).

We were only able to ask one question each for this second group of actors. They were entertaining, though.

BRIAN:   Your character Gabriel has changed so much since we first see him in season five. So, how much have you enjoyed seeing his character grow over the years?

SETH GILLIAM:   I’ve really enjoyed it. It was a fantastic challenge and kind of like yearly pay off playing Gabriel, because there were so many changes, either subtle or outright drastic changes, to his nature over the course of the last, I guess, it’s been seven seasons now. It was not something that I foresaw. I’ve said before I thought that he was walker bait. I thought he was dead in three episodes. I thought this man is not long for this world. I had not read the comics, so I didn’t have any any history or knowledge about the character, but I just thought that he was a plot device to get somebody of more importance killed. So, all of the different changes and platforms that he’s been able to climb over these past seasons has really been extremely exciting to play, and I feel very, very fortunate to be the guy who got to take the ride with him.

JAMIE OF SCIFIVISION:   So, for each of you, in your own opinion, what has been your character’s defining moment, and how has it changed them?

KHARY PAYTON:   It’s always been Shiva for Ezekiel, because, to me, Shiva dying, it coincided with Ezekiel losing half of his Kingdom in the war, in all out war, and I think he has been fighting to come back from that ever since. So, even when I was mourning Shiva on the show, you know, because it was a CGI Tiger, she was always, for me, the embodiment of the Kingdom itself. So, when I was grieving her and mourning her, it was Ezekiel mourning his people and his worth as a leader, and as a person, for thinking that the power of positive thinking means that everything’s always going to be okay, and coming to find that really, it’s about persevering. It’s not that everything’s going to be okay; it’s how you get through and still make life worth living. But yeah, it all goes back to Shiva for Ezekiel.

LAUREN RIDLOFF:  I was just thinking about for my character for Connie. I was thinking about when Connie actually saves the baby, but then I thought also about the episode that we shot, “On the Inside.” I think that truly was Connie’s defining moments, because I know that there’re so many times that people ask, “Okay, so Connie is a survivor. She’s arrived, she’s strong, she can fight. She can save the baby. She has a good heart.” But the burning question was, “How exactly did she survive?” So, I think that on that episode, it gave people an opportunity to see how Connie navigates that world. I really loved the way that episode focused on some specific things that involved conversations I had with Greg Nicotero before we actually shot that. When I first read the script, it had Connie just walking down the hall and looking around the hall, but I told Greg, “Well, as a deaf person who has nothing but her eyes to rely on, she would find other ways to navigate. She would need more information,” because at this point to survive, you need all the information you can gather about what’s happening around you. So, to get more information, Connie would use her hands. She would probably put her hands on the wall and feel the vibrations, you know, feeling the floor creek if somebody’s walking behind her. I think that’s how Connie would gather that information. There’s no way that Connie would just walk down the hall. It just wouldn’t happen, because all her vulnerability is going to be what’s behind her back. She would probably put her back up against the wall and use her hands to to guide herself so she can keep her eyes on both angles. So, I think that kind of specific information played out on the screen so well. I feel like I was just excited to actually finally show everybody how kind of Connie had survived.

ROSS MARQUAND:  Yeah, I think where Aaron loses Eric was definitely the one that shifted him completely, because in that one episode he loses his longtime partner of God knows how many years. I mean, it’s arguably one of the longest relationships that we ever see on the show, rivaled probably only by Rick and Laurie, but in that episode, he obviously loses his partner, which devastates him completely, but he also gained a daughter. I think when Rick comes out of the Sanctuary – not the Sanctuary, but whatever that compound is, after just having killed her father, Rick comes out with this baby, and I think Aaron is so lost in this moment that he needs to take the baby and just do something and tether himself to this new life, because he’s lost. He’s just like a cyclone of emotions this point, and if he doesn’t tether himself to somebody or something, he’s just going to go off the deep end, and he’s just going to lose his mind. So, it’s a beautiful moment where a man who has lost everything all of a sudden gains this new responsibility. I think it’s wonderful that he’s taken on this role. At first, I was surprised that the showrunners wanted me to really raise this kid, but now I look back, and I think it was just perfect. It was a perfect and very logical transition for him after having just lost his partner.

SETH GILLIAM:  I think it was when Father Gabriel lost his vision, not fully, but in his right eye. It seems to coincide with him seeing things a lot clearer and being a little more devout in his belief in himself and his decision-making process and his courage level and his conviction levels. I think he went partially blind and gained a bit more insight into himself.

KAREN:   What can you tease about the finale, and also what was the experience like to film that last episode and to also put these characters away?…And for each you?

KHARY PAYTON:   You go ahead. You go ahead.

SETH GILLIAM:   No, I was talking, but you’re the king. So, you go ahead.

KHARY PAYTON:   You’re stupid you’re stupid. But I mean, I’m going to start by saying we’re not teasing a goddamn thing. You waited twelve years for this episode. You are going to wait another five. We’re not teasing anything. I’m not telling you if the grass is green or brown. I’m not telling you if the dirt is is gravelly, or if there’s if it’s smooth. I’m telling you nothing. It was too cold that day. It was too cold that day for me to be teasing anything. No, but seriously, that’s really how I feel. I mean, I feel like so many people, they want us to tell something, but to the crew and the cast and everyone that has waited this long, I think patience is a virtue. That’s what I will say. I will also say that I have still not mourned the end of this whole thing. I’m not sure if I will. Maybe when I see everybody at the finale, I will finally have some kind of cathartic experience, but Cristian tried to do this, like, two years ago, when we started filming this last season. She started to tear up, and I was like, “Don’t you do it. Don’t you do it, girl. I am not going to cry for two years.” and I think I shut it down. I shut it down. Ever since then. I might just end up being a blubbering mess on Sunday, but I have yet to truly come to terms with letting things go.

KAREN:   Anybody else?

KHARY PAYTON:   She, she just skipped right over me. She was like, “Yeah, somebody else tell me.

KAREN:   Who’s got the loose lips? Lauren, Seth, [Aaron]? (LONG SILENCE)

KHARY PAYTON:   I love it. I love it, man. I love you guys right now. Your silence is like love to me. It is sweet ambrosia.

SETH GILLIAM:   Much like Khary, it’s still not over for me. The work part is over, but the relationships aren’t over. The show hasn’t finally finished airing. There’s still a finish line ahead. So, I’m not going to sit down on the track and unpack my bags just yet. I’ll cross the finish line and then see how I feel late next Sunday night.

LAUREN RIDLOFF:  I guess this is kind of like a real long goodbye, and I don’t think that it will ever get to that point. I just feel like this is a goodbye that’s just going to keep going on for another twelve years. I mean, we finished shooting this back in March. Well, first week of April we were done shooting it. Since then, I’ve seen Seth; I’ve seen Norman. I’ve seen other cast mates every now and then. We get together to do a lot of interviews like this. And now the show has been coming out, so it hasn’t really sunk in yet. I’m really looking forward to this Sunday, because that actually means finally, hopefully, most of the cast will be able to get together and look back on all of the work that we’ve done. It’s such a huge honor to be a part of this. This is a cultural phenomenon, in my opinion, and I was part of that narrative, and what an honor it has been. I had a chance to watch the final episode. I finally got to see it, and it’s big. The finale is huge, and I think that we the viewers will feel content and satisfied, but at the same time, I don’t want people to expect it to just be a nice bow at the very end, because it’s still going to go on, just like real life; nothing really ends.

Khary Payton and others of AMC's "The Walking Dead"

SUZANNE OF TVMEG.COM:   My question is for Seth.  Can you talk a little bit about how playing this character has helped you both personally and professionally?

SETH GILLIAM:   But that would make me somewhat of a bore, wouldn’t it? Just another actor talking about himself?

SUZANNE OF TVMEG.COM:   No…

SETH GILLIAM:   I’ve had an opportunity to see parts of the world I never thought I would. I’ve met people from all walks of life that I did not imagine when I first started out as an actor being able to have access to. I’ve seen places I didn’t think I’d see; I’ve met people I did not imagine meeting. I’ve had fantastic exchanges and experiences and conversations with people both about the show and about my life [directly related] to the show, or indirectly related to the show. I’ve made friends for life. My life has been enhanced and enriched in ways that I can’t really measure from being a part of the show. I guess that’s why I haven’t closed the book on how I feel about it, because I am so full from the experience that I’ve had on the show that I have no place to put up a wall with it, you know? And I don’t remember what the second part of your question is, because I’m trying to keep it short.

SUZANNE OF TVMEG.COM:   Professionally…?

SETH GILLIAM:   Professionally. Yeah, I’ve done a couple of films and a play since the movie ended, that I don’t believe I would have been able to do, that I would not have been the first choice for, if they’ve not seen my work on The Walking Dead. So, we’ll see if that continues moving forward, but it’s worked so far.

SUZANNE OF TVMEG.COM:   Thank you. I’m looking forward to the Teen Wolf movie a lot, and I love seeing your Facebook posts.

SETH GILLIAM:   Oh, thank you. Thank you. We have a lot of fun on Facebook, and Teen Wolf is going to be fantastic.

SUZANNE OF TVMEG.COM:   I’m really looking forward to it.

SETH GILLIAM:   Cool, thanks.

TONY TELLADO OF SCIFITALK:   Unlike from an acting standpoint, because some of the group is still with the Commonwealth, and some of the group is on the outside, do you guys mention that to each other in passing or to kind of keep the integrity of both those kind of performances, not kind of acting, knowing in the back of your mind that you know where it’s going on their end?  It’s a little convoluted question, but I’m just curious how you kind of stay in your own moments and not overlap?

ROSS MARQUAND:  It’s interesting, because I think a lot of frustration, not like a genuine frustration, but just more like a shucks kind of frustration, that we’ve had this last season is that it’s been so chopped up in terms of groups. I mean, we’ve kind of fallen into these little cliques this last season, and I really haven’t hardly seen Lauren or Khari at all this season, I think. And I can’t say if I will in the last episode, but I’m barely seeing a lot of people that I usually work with, or would like to have worked with more. And it’s very interesting, because I feel like, of course, we get the scripts ahead of time, and we get to read what happens, but it is very interesting to just keep track of every different group and where they are and how they’re fitting into this giant storyline. I mean, Angela and Scott laid out this incredibly ambitious and very involved final season, and there’s just so much going on. I mean, it’s espionage and things falling apart, both internally in Commonwealth, and outside of it as well. Then, how do we fit into all these groups? Who do we trust? There’re a lot of moving parts, and that is a great question. I don’t think we’ve ever really had a a strong consensus to a large degree of where everyone is at all times, but we, of course, get the scripts, and that’s the only real clues that we have of where everybody is.

SETH GILLIAM:   Well, you didn’t mean to infer or imply that you didn’t enjoy working with the actors that you were working and hooked up with this season.

ROSS MARQUAND:  No, I mean, I mostly worked with you.

SETH GILLIAM:   That’s why I need clarity.

ROSS MARQUAND:  And I am implying [that]. I mostly worked with you

SETH GILLIAM:   [laughs]

ROSS MARQUAND:  So, I am, yes.

SETH GILLIAM:   I just wanted to be clear. I just wanted to be clear. Yeah, it’s a lot to keep a track of. Ross is smarter when it comes to that kind of stuff than I am. I pretty much just learn my lines and hit my mark and hope that the editing would tell the story that that I was not taking on. I think there are so many things that you can concern yourself with as an actor to begin with, that when you start thinking of structure and minute plot details that aren’t directly related to you and your character in the moment, you can get a little lost planning ahead and missing the moment that you’re in. So, I did not undertake it, because as you know, as I said, I try to keep it simple, stupid.

LAUREN RIDLOFF:  Yeah, I also wanted to say, like Seth, I have to say, just watching you and some of the actors and other cast members, it’s such an intuitive sense for you at this point. And I felt like so many of the cast members already know their character so well, that it didn’t quite matter what was happening in the script. At that point, they just know how their character would respond in that specific moment. I definitely looked up to that and tried to incorporate that into my character as much as I could. Just over the last three seasons, now she’s developed. It was challenging and confusing, especially this season, just because we’re doing so much cross boarding, and the rewrites were insane. The scripts kept changing. The sides we got were sometimes different day to day. So, just looking at, you know, Norman, and looking to the other experienced actors, and they would just roll with it, and I always tried my best to kind of follow the experience that they had, the veterans of the show, but then I started to realize that part of my confusion was natural. That naturally just contributed to the storyline for the final couple episodes, because it is confusing, and you can feel that people are confused, and I think that’s just real. For me, putting all of that together, it’s definitely like a puzzle, a huge jigsaw puzzle without seeing the actual photo on the box to see how it’s supposed to come together. So, we just have no idea. We’re just trying to search for the pieces that fit.

KHARY PAYTON:   I think, at the end of the day, our job is to stay true to our character and their journey and that the pieces will come together, and sometimes it’s frustrating. Honestly, one of my favorite things is to frustrate the hell out of Greg Nicotero. They’re like, “I can’t do that.” You know damn, well Ezekiel can’t do that, And the beautiful, lovely exasperation of a man who is trying to please everyone, and I tear it all down, so we can build it back up. But seriously, our job is to stay in the moment, and the best thing that we can do, I think, for the production and for fellow cast mates when we’re standing across from each other, is give them a moment of truth that they can play off of, and, thankfully, one of the strengths of this show is that they have found people who give you truth when they’re playing these characters, and it’s awesome to see. It’s awesome to continue to be surprised by all of my cast mates, I mean, these three people here included. It’s humbling to be a part of a group of truth sayers in what many call “just a zombie show,” but there’s truth in this blood. Honestly, there’s usually truth in blood [laughs], but even in this fake blood

SETH GILLIAM:   You lost me Khary. What the fuck are you talking about? What about blood? What the fuck are you talking about?

KHARY PAYTON:   You know what? Next time I see you, we will have a drink my friend. I love you.

SETH GILLIAM:   Love you, too.

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AMCN NOVEMBER STREAMING FEATURES TWD CONCLUSION AND DEBUTS OF AMC+ ORIGINAL GANGS OF LONDON S2 AND NEW BBCA SERIES MOOD

October 19, 2022

New York, NY – October 19, 2022 – This November, AMC Networks’ targeted streaming services will feature a number of highly anticipated series debuts and sendoffs, including the series finale of the pop cultural phenomenon The Walking Dead, along with a simulcast of the series’ epic  finale event in Los Angeles and supersized, live Talking Dead, on November 20 at 9pm ET;  the eagerly-awaited new season of AMC+ Original Gangs of London debuting November 17; the season finale of critically acclaimed Anne Rice’s Interview with the Vampire on November 6; the two-episode debut of BBC America’s  Mood on November 6; and season finales of popular IFC Original series, Documentary Now! and Sherman’s Showcase, on November 9 and November 23, respectively.

This month also features new AMC+ exclusive film premieres rolling out every week, including French love triangle thriller starring Juliette Binoche, Both Sides of the Blade (November 4), sudsy comedy starring Rachel Bloom and Melissa Fumero, Bar Fight! (In theaters and on AMC+ November 11), Western murder mystery starring Gabriel Byrne and Thomas Jane Murder at Yellowstone City (November 18), and Shudder Original film, Blood Relatives (November 22), from writer/director/star Noah Segan (Looper, Knives Out).

The company’s targeted streamers also set to bring viewers an extensive catalogue of compelling dramas, fan-favorite franchises, highly anticipated films and timely collections on AMC+, Acorn TV, ALLBLK, IFC Films Unlimited, Shudder and Sundance Now, and the newly acquired anime-focused HIDIVE, all month long.

  • The Walking Dead

Series Finale on AMC+ and AMC Sunday, November 20 at 9pm ET

After 11 seasons of survival, it all comes down to this as the television legacy concludes its epic run. Witness The Walking Dead series finale along with an exclusive look at red carpet arrivals, props, costumes, and a live taping of the Talking Dead where special guests will reveal what’s ahead in The Walking Dead Universe.

About AMC Networks:

AMC Networks (Nasdaq: AMCX) is a global entertainment company known for its popular and critically-acclaimed content. Its brands include targeted streaming services AMC+, Acorn TV, Shudder, Sundance Now, ALLBLK, and the newest addition to its targeted streaming portfolio, the anime-focused HIDIVE streaming service, in addition to AMC, BBC AMERICA (operated through a joint venture with BBC Studios), IFC, SundanceTV, WE tv and IFC Films. AMC Studios, the Company’s in-house studio, production and distribution operation, is behind some of the biggest titles and brands known to a global audience, including The Walking Dead, the Anne Rice catalog and the Agatha Christie library.  The Company also operates AMC Networks International, its international programming business, and 25/7 Media, its production services business.

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Interview with Melissa Joan Hart, Emily Kinney, Justin Gaston, Rita Moreno and Marissa Jaret Winokur

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Melissa Joan Hart, Emily Kinney, Justin Gaston, Rita Moreno and Marissa Jaret Winokur of "Santa Bootcamp" on Lifetime

Interview with Melissa Joan Hart, Emily Kinney, Justin Gaston, Rita Moreno and Marissa Jaret Winokur of “Santa Bootcamp” on Lifetime by Suzanne 11/7/22

This was a very fun movie and more original than your average Christmas movie. It was a great honor to speak with Rita Moreno because I grew up singing along with the “West Side Story” Broadway album, and I loved the movie. She played Anita in the movie and won an Oscar for it. She’s the only EGOT I’ve ever interviewed. It was also nice to speak to the others, of course, especially Justin Gaston, who was on “Days of Our Lives” and is married to Melissa Ordaway (Abby on “Young and The Restless“). They were all fun, but Rita was hilarious in her answers.

 

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Lifetime Site and Preview When event planner Emily Strauss (Emily Kinney, The Walking Dead) is hired by mall magnate Ed Mancini (Patrick Cassidy, Castle) to stage the ultimate Christmas Gala for his most important investors, Emily finds herself being sent to bootcamp – Santa Bootcamp – to find the perfect Santa and the inspiration she will need to make the evening a success. While there, Emily meets Belle (Rita Moreno, West Side Story), the bootcamp’s drill sergeant with a heart of gold, who helps Emily rediscover the magic of Christmas and find romance along the way. Additional stars include Tony® award winner Marissa Jaret Winokur, Justin Gaston, John Schuck, and deaf actors Deanne Bray and Zyra Singleton.

Santa Bootcamp is directed by Melissa Joan Hart, who also serves as executive producer, long with Irene Dreayer, Gina Rugolo Judd, and Paula Hart. The film is produced by Hartbreak Films Inc with a script written by Michael J. Murray.

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Interview with Brooke Elliott, Brandon Quinn and Danny Pintauro

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Interview with Brooke Elliott, Brandon Quinn and Danny Pintauro of “A Country Christmas Harmony” on Lifetime by Suzanne 11/7/22

This is an enjoyable movie, but I really hate the title. The big song in the movie is called “Sweet Sixteen Christmas,” so that should have been the title. Perhaps they thought it would be confusing, since there are no teens in the movie? I don’t know. But please don’t let the forgettable title deter you from watching this. It really has very little to do with country music, even though the main character, Chrissy (played so well by Brooke Elliott) is supposed to be a Nashville star.  The music doesn’t sound very countrified to me.

It was great to speak to the actors. You may remember Brooke from her previous Lifetime series “Drop Dead Diva,” or her current show, “Sweet Magnolias” on Netflix. Her co-star in the latter, Brandon Quinn, also stars in this movie with her as Luke – the guy she left behind.  Danny Pintauro is most known for his role as a teen on “Who’s the Boss” years ago. In this new movie, he’s going back into acting. He does a fine job, but it’s a fairly small role. It was interesting to hear him talk about his life and how it led to this movie.

 

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Before Chrissy Kessler’s (Brooke Elliott) meteoric rise to fame, the country music superstar was just a small-town girl with dreams of the big time. Now, with her record sales on a rapid decline, Chrissy is strong-armed by an unrelenting record executive to return to the hometown she left behind to perform a live Christmas concert. Accompanying her on this journey is her longtime supportive assistant Eugene (Danny Pintauro). Luke Covington’s (Brandon Quinn) quiet life is suddenly disrupted when he runs into Chrissy, his ex-girlfriend and former country music duo partner, who disappeared on him to pursue her solo career all those years ago. After a tempestuous rainstorm forces the ex-sweethearts to seek shelter in Luke’s ranch home, the two realize that the only way they’ll survive the holidays is with the other’s help.

A Country Christmas Harmony is produced by MarVista Entertainment and The Ninth House.  Megan Ellstrom, Larry Grimaldi, Hannah Pillemer and Fernando Szew Executive Produce for MarVista Entertainment, and Autumn Federici and Jake Helgren Produce for The Ninth House. Brooke Elliott also serves as Executive Producer. Gary Entin and Edmund Entin write and direct.

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Interview with Noah Wyle, Gina Bellman, Beth Riesgraf and Aleyse Shannon

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Interview with Noah Wyle, Gina Bellman, Beth Riesgraf and Aleyse Shannon of “Leverage” on Freevee by Suzanne 11/2/22

I always enjoy speaking with the actors from this great show! This was my first time speaking with Noah Wyle, who joined last season. Note that there are three different short interviews below. Season 2 drops on Free Nov. 16. I’ve seen the first three episodes, and they were even better than last season. I hope you enjoy them as much as I did!

Noah Wyle (Harry)

I’ve enjoyed most of Noah’s roles in “ER,” “Falling Skies” and “The Librarian,” so it was awesome to speak with him. I felt like he was not in the best mood (I’m sure it must be exhausting to go through so much press each time), but he definitely warmed to me.

Noah Wyle of "Leverage: Redemption" on Freevee (photo from Amazon press site)

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Beth Riesgraf (Parker) and Aleyse Shannon (Breanna)

These two were in great spirits and fun to speak with. They shared the wonderful news about Aldis being in more episodes this season.

 

 

Gina Bellman (Sophie)

Gina was lovely to speak with. Unfortunately, the audio and video was not the best quality. I hope you can enjoy it, anyway!

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Gina Bellman (Sophie) and Noah Wyle (Harry) on "Leverage: Redemption" on Freevee

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Amazon Freevee’s Hot Heist Drama Series Leverage: Redemption Returns on November 16 ​​​​​​​Exclusively in the U.S. and UK

Sep 29, 2022
The official Season Two trailer and key art now available

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CULVER CITY, California—September 29, 2022— Amazon Freevee announced today the return of its fan-fueled heist drama Leverage: Redemption premiering on November 16 exclusively in the U.S. and UK. Leverage: Redemption follows a Robin Hood-esque team of criminals as they stage elaborate cons against wealthy and powerful individuals on behalf of clients who have been wronged. The second season consists of 13 episodes with the first three episodes available immediately and a new episode releasing each Wednesday until the season finale on January 25, 2023. The fan-favorite first season of Leverage: Redemption is also available on demand and as a FAST channel on Amazon Freevee.

In Season Two, corporate bad guys and dirty dealers are stepping on the little guy in their quest for money and power and the Leverage team is back to teach them a lesson. No matter the danger, when someone needs help, they provide…Leverage. This time around, their criminal skills are put to the test by everything from a husband-and-wife team running a multi-level marketing scam and a shipping magnate dumping boatloads of plastic waste to a music producer who abuses his position over vulnerable women.  This season also sees an old friend of Sophie’s unexpectedly coming out of the woodwork, making her question her choices.

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.  Season Two guest stars include Pierson Fodé, Alanna Masterson, Anand Desai-Barochia, Steve Coulter, and Doug Savant.

Kate Rorick serves as co-showrunner and executive producer, alongside co-showrunner and executive producer Dean Devlin, and executive producers Marc Roskin and Rachel Olschan-Wilson of Electric Entertainment. John Rogers and Chris Downey served as consulting producers.

About Electric Entertainmen
Headquartered in Los AngelesElectric Entertainment is an independent studio headed by veteran producer Dean Devlin along with his partners Marc Roskin and Rachel Olschan-Wilson. Electric Entertainment also houses acquisitions and sales divisions, with domestic sales headed up by Steve Saltman and the international division headed by Sonia Mehandjiyska. Electric also has a satellite office located in Vancouver, Canada.

Among Electric’s hit television series are The Librarians and Leverage, which ran for four and five seasons respectively on TNT, The Outpost, which premiered its fourth season on The CW in 2021, and is now streaming on Amazon Freevee, and Almost Paradise, which is currently streaming on Amazon Freevee after having premiered on WGN America. Season two of Almost Paradise is currently in production. Electric’s new series The Ark is currently in post-production for the SYFY Channel. Electric’s spin-off continuation of Leverage, Leverage: Redemption, is currently streaming in the U.S. and the U.K. on Amazon Freevee, as one of the service’s first original programs.

Electric’s Feature Films have included Bad Samaritan starring David Tennant and Robert Sheehan, the award-winning film Say My Name starring Lisa Brenner and Nick Blood, the critically acclaimed documentary Who Killed the Electric Car?, and most recently The Deal starring Sumalee Montano and Emma Fischer. Electric also acquires, distributes and sells worldwide rights to Electric’s produced and acquired content, as well as theatrical films from around the world, including Blood On The Crown, starring Harvey Keitel and Malcolm McDowell, Heavy, starring Sophie Turner and Daniel Zovatto, Rob Reiner’s historical biopic LBJ, starring Woody Harrelson, and Book Of Love, starring Jessica Biel and Jason Sudeikis. The company’s domestic distribution division, headed by Steve Saltman, is a full-service operation serving all significant outlets with various rights to films and series including: TVOD, EST, AVOD, SVOD, PTV, Linear Basic Cable and Broadcast.

Amazon Freevee, formerly IMDb TV
Amazon Freevee is a free ad-supported streaming video service with thousands of premium movies and TV shows, including Originals and FAST channels, available anytime, for free.

  • Expansive Catalog: Amazon Freevee offers viewers ambitious Originals, including Bosch: Legacy; Emmy-winning court program Judy Justice; reality design series Hollywood Houselift with Jeff Lewis; comedy series Sprung; music documentary Post Malone: Runaway; heist drama Leverage: Redemption; spy thriller Alex Rider; and the sports docuseries UNINTERRUPTED’s Top Class: The Life and Times of the Sierra Canyon Trailblazers. Combined with an always updating library of broadly appealing hit movies and TV shows across a wide selection of genres, and a catalog of more than 100 FAST channels, Freevee delivers customers the content they would expect to see on a paid service.
  • Free: The entire catalog of content on the service is free. No paid subscriptions necessary.
  • Limited Ads: Freevee provides customers highly sought content supported by limited advertising.
  • Instant Access: Freevee is available as an app on Fire TV, Fire Tablets, and as a free Channel within Prime Video, across hundreds of devices. Freevee content can also be accessed within the “Free with Ads” tab and “Live TV” tab on Prime Video. Freevee is available as an app on third party devices including Roku, Samsung smart TVs (2017-2021 models), Apple TV 4K, Apple TV HD, Comcast’s Xfinity Flex, Xfinity X1, Chromecast with Google TV, NVIDIA SHIELD and other Android TV devices, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5 consoles, as well as LG Smart TVs (2018-2021 models). The app is also available on iPhone, iPad, and Android mobile devices.
Ep 201 – The Debutante Job (Premieres 11/16)
Logline: The team pulls Harry back into the fold to help a journalist investigating the corrupt president of a small eastern European nation. But when the journalist is grabbed, our team has to infiltrate a London Ball to extract him.
Ep 202 – The One Man’s Trash Job (Premieres 11/16)
Logline: The crew finds out that a shady plastics exporter whose dumping threatens local waters is smuggling black market antiquities on his barges, and plots to relieve him of his ill-gotten gains.
Ep 203 – The Tournament Job (Premieres 11/16)
Logline: The team has to infiltrate an e-sports tournament to stop a ruthless team owner from mentally and physically abusing his young players.
Noah Wylie as Harry

Noah Wyle

Harry Wilson

Noah Wyle is an actor, writer, producer and director. He is a multiple Emmy, Golden Globe and SAG Award nominee and winner best known for his work throughout twelve seasons on NBC’s celebrated and critically acclaimed medical drama ER. In his role as Dr. John Carter, Wyle became known to audiences worldwide. Wyle recently wrapped a starring role in Leverage: Redemption for IMDb TV, Amazon’s free streaming service.

Most recently, Wyle starred in Ava DuVernay & Greg Berlanti’s limited series The Red Line for CBS. His work garnered him a Critics Choice Award for Best Actor in a Limited Series. Wyle’s other recent work includes Matthew Weiner’s The Romanoffs, TNT’s critically acclaimed sci-fi series Falling Skies and his long-running TNT series The Librarians, on which he also served as an Executive Producer.

Wyle’s credits include the critically acclaimed roles as Steve Jobs in the Emmy-nominated Pirates of Silicon Valley for TNT. He starred in Oliver Stone’s 2008 drama W in the role of Secretary of Commerce Don Evans. Wyle appeared in the Rod Lurie-directed drama Nothing But the Truth alongside Angela Bassett and Kate Beckinsale. In 2009, he was seen in William Olsson’s An American Affair, which starred Gretchen Mol. He also starred in and associate-produced The Myth of Fingerprints for director Bart Freundlich. Wyle’s additional feature film credits include Warner Brothers’ White Oleander, Columbia Pictures’ EnoughDonnie DarkoSwing Kids and Aaron Sorkin & Rob Reiner’s A Few Good Men.

Gina Bellman

Sophie Devereaux

Gina Bellman is a New Zealand-born British actress known for her work on both sides of the Atlantic. Bellman has recently reprised her leading role in the exciting new season of Leverage: Redemption for IMDb TV, produced by Amazon Studios and Electric Entertainment.

The original five seasons of Leverage for TNT earned her a Saturn Award Best Supporting Actress nomination and a passionate fanbase as the glamorous and ingenious grifter Sophie Devereaux.

Recent roles include Karen in NBC’s Emerald City and crime boss Elena Markedis in the critically acclaimed Sky series Bulletproof alongside Noel Clarke and Ashley Walters.

She starred opposite James Nesbit in the BBC, Golden Globe-nominated limited series Jekyll, and has a cult following for her portrayal of Crazy Jane in the multi-award-winning comedy series Coupling – both written by Steven Moffat.

Her television work includes leading roles and guest appearances in many productions such as Henry IXRipper Street, The Wrong Door, Waking the Dead, Hotel Babylon, Jonathan Creek, Ted and Ralph, Only Fools and Horses and Blackeyes.

Film roles include – Permanent Vacation, Zerophilia, Sitting Ducks, Pressure Points, Married Unmarried, Seven Days to Live, Paranoia, Silent Trigger, Everything I Like, Secret Friends, Leon the Pig Farmer and King David.

Bellman has appeared regularly at the Royal National Theatre in award-winning productions such as The Crucible: director Mike Leigh’s Two Thousand Years: Cleo, Camping, Emmanuelle & Dick and From Morning to Midnight. Her West End theatre includes The Rocky Horror Show, Hamlet, Speed the Plow, Twilight of the Golds and Orson’s Shadow, in which she played the part of Vivian Leigh and as Marilyn Monroe in Insignificance.

Bellman appears regularly at Literary festivals reading poetry and is a repertory performer with educational charity Word Theatre.

Beth Riesgraf

Parker

Beth Riesgraf is best known for starring in TNT’s award-winning drama, Leverage opposite Timothy Hutton, Gina Bellman, Aldis Hodge and Christian Kane; and in USA’s Complications opposite Jason O’Mara, Jessica Szohr, Gregory Fears and Lauren Stamile. Riesgraf recently starred in the CBS All Access show 68 Whiskey, produced by Brian Grazer and Ron Howard. She will reprise her role as Parker in the reimagination of Leverage: Redemption for IMDb TV. She also directed multiple episodes for the upcoming series.

Riesgraf’s other notable TV credits include a recurring role in Stranger Things and as Dr. Maeve Donovan on Criminal Minds. She has guest-starred on numerous shows, including Seal Team, The Mentalist, My Name is Earl, Without a Trace, NCIS, Killer Woman, Perception, The Librarians and How I Met Your Mother.

On the big screen, Riesgraf was last seen in In Search of Fellini opposite Maria Bello and Ksenia Solo. Her previous credits include starring opposite Rory Culkin, Martin Starr and Jack Kesy in Shut In; the silent independent film The White Door opposite Giovanni Ribisi, which she also co-produced; the feature film Alvin and the Chipmunks; and the independent films Nobody and Let’s Be Civil Kenneth. She can also be seen in the web series Caper opposite Harry Shum Jr., Abby Miller and Hartley Sawyer on the Geek & Sundry channel.

Aleyse Shannon

Breanna Casey

Aleyse Shannon will soon be seen starring in Netflix’s anticipated Feature Film Beauty, written by Lena Waithe and directed by Andrew Dosunmu. She recently wrapped production as a series regular on IMDb TV’s Leverage: Redemption. Shannon starred alongside Imogen Poots in Sophia Takal’s Blumhouse-remake of Black Christmas. She received her BFA from the prestigious Carnegie Mellon University. Immediately upon graduating, Shannon had booked a season-long arc in the first season of CW’s reboot of Charmed, a fun guest lead on CW’s Anthology Series Night Time, and a supporting role in the feature Inez & Doug & Kira, directed by Julia Kots.

Credits

Co-Showrunners and Executive Producers
Kate Rorick
Dean Devlin

Executive Producers
Marc Roskin and Rachel Olschan-Wilson of Electric Entertainment

Consulting Producers
John Rogers
Chris Downey

Cast
Gina Bellman
Christian Kane
Beth Riesgraf
Aleyse Shannon
Noah Wyle
Aldis Hodge

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Week of 11/13/22 Primetime News and Schedule

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SCRIPTED SHOWS

  • ABC The Rookie: Feds- Tuesday, 11/15, 10:00pm Show More
    Promo “Countdown” – While searching for a missing scientist in the Angeles National Forest, Simone and Carter uncover an eco-terrorist’s plans to detonate dirty bombs across the city. Meanwhile, Brendon taps into his own profiling tactics to find the perfect birthday gift for Laura on an all-new episode of “The Rookie: Feds,”TUESDAY, NOV. 15 (10:00-11:00 p.m. EST), on ABC. (TV-14, L)
  • ABC The Conners- Wednesday, 11/16, 8:00pm Show More
    Promo “Of Missing Minds and Missing Fries” – It’s Thanksgiving at the Conners and Jackie must come to terms with her mother, Beverly, becoming ill. Meanwhile, Darlene is on the job hunt which proves to be more difficult than anticipated on “The Conners,” WEDNESDAY, NOV. 16 (8:00-8:30 p.m. EST), on ABC.
  • ABC The Goldbergs- Wednesday, 11/16, 8:30pm Show More
    Promo “Another Turkey in the Trot” – It’s Thanksgiving, and no one crushes Turkey Day like Beverly Goldberg; though, with the loss of Murray, this holiday feels a bit different. Geoff and Erica are stressed over the new baby; and, even more worrisome, an unexpected Goldberg relative arrives. With everyone highly suspicious of this unforeseen visitor, things are likely to go off the rails at any moment on an all-new episode of “The Goldbergs,” WEDNESDAY, NOV. 16 (8:30-9:00 p.m. EST), on ABC. (TV-PG, DL) “Another Turkey in the Trot” was written by Alex Barnow & Chris Bishop and directed by Princess Monique.
  • ABC Abbott Elementary- Wednesday, 11/16, 9:00pm Show More
    Promo “Egg Drop” – When the eighth-grade science class participates in an egg drop activity, Janine insists her second-grade class joins in. Even when the science teacher and Gregory tell her that her students aren’t ready for physics lessons, Janine is determined to prove them wrong. Then, when Barbara is shocked at the clothing one of her student’s parents wears, she learns to not judge someone solely based on their appearance on “Abbott Elementary,” WEDNESDAY, NOV. 16 (9:00-9:31 p.m. EST), on ABC. (TV-PG, L) “Egg Drop” was written by Joya McCrory and directed by Randall Einhorn.
  • ABC Home Economics- Wednesday, 11/16, 9:30pm Show More
    Promo “Wheel of Vegan Brie, $24” – It’s Thanksgiving at the Hayworths, though this year feels a bit different with one extra chair at the table. While Tom, Sarah and Connor wrestle with their conflicting emotions, Marina and Denise see this new addition to the family, guest star Casey Wilson, as a potential chance to gain a new “normal” on an all-new episode of “Home Economics,” WEDNESDAY, NOV. 16 (9:31-10:00 p.m. EST), on ABC. (TV-PG, L) “Wheel of Vegan Brie, $24” was written by Lynn Sternberger, and directed by Keith Powell.
  • ABC Big Sky: Deadly Trails- Wednesday, 11/16, 10:00pm Show More
    Promo “Duck Hunting” The investigation for the killer continues as Jenny and Beau confine the campers to the campsite in an effort to unravel their lies. Meanwhile, Cassie and Cormac’s romance heats up, leading Cormac to confess his parents might not be as innocent as they want others to believe, on “Big Sky: Deadly Trails,” WEDNESDAY, NOV. 16 (10:00-11:00 p.m. EST), on ABC. (TV-14, LV)
  • ABC Alaska Daily- Thursday, 11/17, 10:00pm Show More
    Fall finale. Sneak Peek “You Can’t Put a Price on A Life” – When two local women go missing, Roz grows frustrated over the lack of equal attention both cases are receiving; and Stanley agrees to have the team write a comparison piece on the two missing girls. Meanwhile, Bob gives Roz and Eileen a lead on Gloria’s case, and after they appear on local radio show “Concerned Citizens,” threats escalate to perilous new heights on a new episode of “Alaska Daily,” THURSDAY, NOV. 17 (10:01-11:00 p.m. EST), on ABC.
  • AMC The Walking Dead- Sunday, 11/13, 9:00pm Show More
    Promo “Family” The Alexandrians and the prisoners head back to the Commonwealth to confront Pamela Milton. Meanwhile, a swarm approaches the city.
  • AMC Interview With The Vampire- Sunday, 11/13, 10:00pm Show More
    Preview “The Thing Lay Still” Season Finale. The vampire family plans to leave town after a big Mardi Gras ball. Claudia and Louis operate outside of Lestat’s knowledge. In Dubai, Louis reveals a new element to the interview that changes everything.
  • AMC+ Mood- Sunday, 11/13, 3:01am  Show More
    Miniseries.”Hannibal” Sasha thinks she’s found a best friend in Carly and her life is on the up until she makes a decision she never thought she would.
  • AMC+ Gangs of London- Thursday, 11/17 Show More
    Trailer Season 2 premiere: One year after the death of Sean Wallace, the map of London has been redrawn and there is a new brutal ruling force in power.
  • Apple TV+ Interrupting Chicken- Friday, 11/18, 12:01 AM Show More
    Trailer This animated preschool series based upon the 2011 Caldecott Honor-winning book series written and illustrated by David Ezra Stein “Interrupting Chicken” introduces children to the joy of creative writing – starting with a young little chicken named Piper who has a habit of interrupting storytime! Every time Piper hears a story, she can’t help but jump in, ask questions and let her imagination run wild as she tries to fill in details, guess what happens next or insert herself in the middle of the action to help save the day. “Interrupting Chicken” was developed by Emmy Award winner Ron Holsey who serves as executive producer. In partnership with Mercury Filmworks, the series stars the voice talents of three time Emmy Award winner Sterling K. Brown (“This Is Us,” “Honk for Jesus. Save Your Soul”) and is executive produced by Holsey, Stein, Loris Kramer Lunsford, Clint Eland and Chantal Ling. Dr. Lucy Calkins, Founding Director of the Teachers College Reading and Writing Project and the Richard Robinson Professor of Children’s Literature at Teachers College, Columbia University, serves as our reading and writing expert through the Apple TV+ changemaker initiative.
    Trailer Movie. Ryan Reynolds and Will Ferrell head the cast for a musical adaptation of Charles Dickens’ holiday classic A Christmas Carol. Octavia Spencer and Sunita Mani also star for director Sean Anders (Daddy’s Home). The film, which features new original songs by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul (La La Land), will also play in theaters beginning November 11.
  • BBCA Mood- Sunday, 11/13, 10:00pm  Show More
    Miniseries.”Babygirl” Forced to fend for herself, Sasha has ended up sofa surfing at her drug dealer Saleem’s flat, a million miles from the superstardom of her dreams. As Saleem’s behaviour gets more erratic, Sasha needs a way out and tries to get help at the housing office. She soon realises she has very few options. With nowhere to turn, Sasha asks a favour from party girl Carly. But what is it going to cost?
  • BET House of Payne- Wednesday, 11/16, 8:00pm Show More
    “Of Mice and Men” #916 Everyone is excited for Malik when he finally gets a good paying job that is until they find out it’s for a weed dispensary. Malik tries to educate them on all the benefits of marijuana as a medicinal drug.
  • BET Assisted Living- Wednesday, 11/16, 8:30pm Show More
    “Head in the Clouds” #316 Leah and Jeremy are excited to be getting away for a holiday with just the two of them A.K.A. a Bae-cation. Meanwhile, Sandra needs to get an internship in order for her to graduate. She has no prospects.
  • BET Sistas- Wednesday, 11/16, 9:00pm Show More
    “Keep It One Hundred” #506 Karen decides to focus her fury on Zac. Danni meets a new love interest, while Andi looks to have a stalker.
  • BET+ Christmas Party Crashers- Thursday, 11/17 Show More
    Trailer Movie. Two corporate holiday party crashers find themselves in over their heads when they’re invited into an influential family’s home to plan their Christmas Eve bash.
  • BET+ First Wives Club- Thursday, 11/17 Show More
    Trailer Season 3 premiere: Love is in the air — along with top secret rescue missions, career chaos and friend group fights.
  • BYU TV Ruby and the Well- Sunday, 11/13, 8:00pm Show More
    “I Wish I Could Stop Hurting” A confusing wish challenges Ruby with brokering peace after a longstanding family feud. Meanwhile, Daniel and Sam take a journey through the orchard and discover more about Ruby’s well-keeping ancestors.
  • CBS The Equalizer- Sunday, 11/13, 8:00pm Show More
    Promo A SMUGGLER BEING DETAINED BY THE CIA MUST BE TRANSFERRED QUICKLY TO A SECURE DEBRIEFING SITE AND MCCALL MUST ENSURE HE ARRIVES UNHARMED, ON “THE EQUALIZER,” SUNDAY, NOV. 13 Donal Logue Guest Stars as Colton Fisk, One of the CIA’s Most Decorated Agents “Blowback” – When a smuggler being detained by the CIA must be transferred quickly to a secure debriefing site, McCall works with Carter Griffin to ensure he arrives unharmed. Also, Dante deals with the possibility of his father being released from prison, on the CBS Original series THE EQUALIZER, Sunday, Nov. 13 (8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT). Donal Logue guest stars as Colton Fisk, one of the CIA’s most decorated agents. WRITTEN BY: Rob Hanning DIRECTED BY: Cheryl Dunye BASED ON: The original series by Richard Lindheim & Michael Sloan
  • CBS East New York- Sunday, 11/13, 9:00pm Show More
    Preview MORALES SUSPECTS A SUPERMARKET SHOOTING HAS TIES TO AN UNSOLVED ASSAULT CASE SHE WORKED YEARS EARLIER, ON “EAST NEW YORK,” SUNDAY, NOV. 13 “Best Served Cold” – When a man is shot during a supermarket opening, Detective Morales suspects the crime is related to an unsolved assault case she was pressured to drop years earlier. Also, Officer Quinlan discovers pivotal new details that could help solve a cold case close to home, on EAST NEW YORK, Sunday, Nov. 13 (9:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT). WRITTEN BY: Jamie Lynn Harris DIRECTED BY: Michael M. Robin
    Promo NCIS IS CALLED TO INVESTIGATE AFTER REAR ADMIRAL TED GORDON IS ABDUCTED FROM HIS HOME, ON “NCIS: LOS ANGELES,” SUNDAY, NOV. 13. “Glory of the Sea” – NCIS is called to investigate after Rear Admiral Ted Gordon is abducted from his home. Also, Kensi struggles with being the fun parent while Deeks is apartment hunting with his mom, on the CBS Original series NCIS: LOS ANGELES, Sunday, Nov. 13 (10:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT) WRITTEN BY: Faythallegra Claude DIRECTED BY: Terence Nightingall
  • CBS The Neighborhood- Monday, 11/14, 8:00pm Show More
    CALVIN GIVES GROVER HIS FIRST JOB AND SOON REGRETS IT, ON “THE NEIGHBORHOOD,” MONDAY, NOV. 14 Sneak Peek “Welcome to the Working Week” – When Calvin hires Grover to work part-time at his business, he soon realizes the pre-teen is not a good fit. Also, Marty and Necie reconsider their living situation, on THE NEIGHBORHOOD, Monday, Nov. 14 (8:00-8:30 PM, ET/PT) WRITTEN BY: Malik S. DIRECTED BY: Mimi Deaton
  • CBS Bob ♥ Abishola- Monday, 11/14, 8:30pm Show More
    ABISHOLA TURNS TO GLORIA AND KEMI WHEN BOB MORTGAGES THEIR HOME TO PAY FOR A NEW FACTORY SPACE, AND KEMI WORRIES THAT SHE AND CHUKWUEMEKA ARE LOSING THEIR SPARK, ON “BOB ♥ ABISHOLA,” MONDAY, NOV. 14 Sneak Peek “Your Father’s Kingdom” – Abishola turns to Gloria and Kemi when Bob mortgages their home to pay for a new factory space. Also, Kemi worries that she and Chukwuemeka are losing their spark, on the CBS Original series BOB ♥ ABISHOLA, Monday, Nov. 14 (8:30-9:00 PM, ET/PT)
    STORY BY: Chuck Lorre, Gina Yashere and Carla Filisha TELEPLAY BY: Matt Ross, Marla DuMont and Dave Pilson DIRECTED BY: Beth McCarthy-Miller
     Promo NCIS MUST INVESTIGATE THE SECRETARY OF THE NAVY WHEN HER HUSBAND CLAIMS SHE TRIED TO MURDER HIM, ON “NCIS,” MONDAY, NOV. 14 “Love Lost” – NCIS must investigate the Secretary of the Navy when her husband claims she tried to murder him, on the CBS Original series NCIS, Monday, Nov. 14 (9:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT) WRITTEN BY: Brendan Fehily and David J. North DIRECTED BY: Rocky Carroll
    WHEN THE MOTHER OF A YOUNG BOY GOES MISSING, THE NCIS TEAM SETS OUT TO FIND HER AND LEARNS THEY AREN’T THE ONLY ONES SEARCHING FOR HER, ON “NCIS: HAWAI’I,” MONDAY, NOV. 14 Promo “Vanishing Act” – When the mother of a young boy goes missing, the NCIS team sets out to find her and learns they aren’t the only ones searching for her, on the CBS Original series NCIS: HAWAI’I, Monday, Nov. 14 (10:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT) WRITTEN BY: Mike Diaz & Jan Nash DIRECTED BY: Diana Valentine
    MAGGIE RETURNS FROM MEDICAL LEAVE AND JOINS THE TEAM INVESTIGATING THE HOMICIDES OF A LAW STUDENT AND A YOUNG MAN WITH POSSIBLE GANG TIES, ON “FBI,” NOV. 15 Promo “Ready or Not” – Maggie returns from medical leave in time to help the team investigate two homicides: a law student on track to attend the FBI Academy and a young man with possible gang ties. Also, an inadvertent revelation from Maggie causes OA to worry that she is rushing back into the job too quickly, on the CBS Original series FBI, Tuesday, Nov. 15 (8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT) WRITTEN BY: Heather Michaels & Thomas Kelly DIRECTED BY: Stephen Surjik
  • CBS FBI: International- Tuesday, 11/15, 9:00pm Show More
    THE FLY TEAM ATTEMPTS TO HELP VO’S U.S. NAVY FRIEND TRACK DOWN HER MISSING NEPHEW IN CRETE, ON “FBI: INTERNATIONAL,” TUESDAY, NOV. 15 Promo “Call It Anarchy” – Vo’s friend from the U.S. Navy calls in a favor to help find her missing nephew in Crete. Meanwhile, Forrester hangs back in Budapest to take care of personal business, on the CBS Original series FBI: INTERNATIONAL, Tuesday, Nov. 15 (9:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT) WRITTEN BY: Rachael Joyce DIRECTED BY: Milena Govich
  • CBS FBI: Most Wanted- Tuesday, 11/15, 10:00pm Show More
    THE TEAM INSPECTS THE UNDERGROUND WORLD OF PSYCHEDELICS AFTER A TECH ENTREPRENEUR IS ABDUCTED FROM A BROOKLYN RAVE AND FOUND DEAD ON HIS ESTATE, ON “FBI: MOST WANTED,” TUESDAY, NOV. 15 Sneak Peek “Patent Pending” – After a tech entrepreneur is abducted from a rave in Brooklyn and found bludgeoned to death at his estate in Connecticut, Remy and the team must dive into the world of psychedelics to find his killer, on the CBS Original series FBI: MOST WANTED, Tuesday, Nov. 15 (10:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT) WRITTEN BY: Ryan Causey DIRECTED BY: Sudz Sutherland
  • CBS Fire Country- Friday, 11/18, 8:00pm Show More
    Promo AFTER A HIKER FALLS FROM A STEEP CLIFF, BODE AND JAKE PUT ASIDE THEIR DIFFERENCES TO MAKE A DARING RESCUE, ON “FIRE COUNTRY,” FRIDAY, NOV. 18 “Like Old Times” – After a hiker falls from a steep cliff, Bode and Jake put aside their differences to make a daring rescue. Also, Sharon reveals devastating news to Bode, on FIRE COUNTRY, Friday, Nov. 18 (9:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT) WRITTEN BY: Sara Casey & Manuel Herrera DIRECTED BY: Erica Watson
  • CBS S.W.A.T.- Friday, 11/18, 9:00pm Show More
    Promo THE SQUAD RACES TO SAVE AN ABDUCTED COP WHO WAS ON THE VERGE OF SHUTTING DOWN A MAJOR DRUG OPERATION, ON “S.W.A.T.,” FRIDAY, NOV. 18 “Checkmate” – When a cop on the verge of shutting down a major drug operation is abducted, Hondo and the squad race to save one of their own before it’s too late. Also, Luca grows concerned about sudden changes in Hicks’ behavior, on S.W.A.T., Friday, Nov. 18 (8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT) WRITTEN BY: Brandon Sonnier & Alan Morgan DIRECTED BY: Stephanie Marquardt
  • CBS Blue Bloods- Friday, 11/18, 10:00pm Show More
    Sneak Peek DANNY AND JAMIE CLASH OVER A GANG-RELATED SHOOTING AFTER JAMIE OVERSTEPS AS PART OF HIS NEW POSITION, ON “BLUE BLOODS,” FRIDAY, NOV. 18 “On Dangerous Ground” – Danny and Jamie clash over a gang-related shooting after Jamie oversteps as part of his new position and Danny empathizes too closely with a victim. Also, Erin and Anthony search for answers when a lawyer in their office jeopardizes a case involving Erin’s nephew, Joe Hill (Will Hochman); and Frank grows concerned when he’s not invited to speak at a policing forum, on BLUE BLOODS, Friday, Nov. 18 (10:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. WRITTEN BY: Jack Ciapciak DIRECTED BY: Ralph Hemecker
  • The CW Family Law- Sunday, 11/13, 8:00pm Show More
    Promo  “Three’s Company” SECOND THOUGHTS – Abigail (Jewel Staite) and Daniel (Zach Smadu) represent Bailey, a soon-to-be-starving-again artist who was once the unicorn (third) in a polyamorous relationship. Bailey believes he is owed spousal support for taking care of the home while Crystal Steele (guest star Lynda Boyd), one of his former partners, built her empire as a notorious right-wing personality. Crystal will not acknowledge the relationship. And when a verbal spar prompts Abigail to behave unethically, Crystal retaliates by unleashing her alt-right trolls onto Bailey and the firm. Harry (Victor Garber)is not amused. During the crisis that ensues, Daniel regrets dumping Danielle (guest star Yvonne Chapman) and tries to reach out. And after Abby gets doxxed, Frank (guest star Luke Camilleri) and the kids are forced to stay with her at her mother’s place – prompting Frank and Abby to draw closer. Lauren Holly also stars. The episode was written by Ken Craw and directed by Mathias Herndl (#107). Original airdate 11/13/2022.
  • The CW Coroner- Sunday, 11/13, 9:00pm Show More
    Promo “True Crime” A HARROWING TALE — Jenny (Serinda Swan) pieces together a distinct body clue and realizes she has seen it before…maybe more than once. Donovan (Roger Cross) distances himself from Jenny and Malik (Andy McQueen) as he leans into a support group he’s discovered since reuniting with his ex. Meanwhile, Eli (Thom Allison) seems to be turning over a new leaf. Also starring Ehren Kassam, Jennifer Dale, Kiley May, Jon de Leon, and Shawn Ahmed. Liz Farrer directed the episode written by JP Larocque (#407). Original airdate
  • The CW All American- Monday, 11/14, 8:00pm Show More
    Promo “I Need Love” — (8:00-9:00 p.m. ET) (TV-PG, DL) (HDTV) CRUCIAL MISTAKE – Still not satisfied with her article, Olivia (Samantha Logan) gets Billy’s (Taye Diggs) help to find the missing piece before her deadline.  JJ (Hunter Clowdus) ropes Spencer (Daniel Ezra) and Jordan (Michael Evans Behling) into a Valentine’s Day fraternity speed dating event, which leaves Jordan questioning what’s really happening between him and Layla (Greta Onieogou). Coop (Bre-Z) has an opportunity to audit a law class but faces stiff competition for the coveted spot.  Meanwhile, JJ begins to wonder if Asher (Cody Christian) is using recruiting as a ploy to get JJ to take off season seriously.  Michael Schultz directed the episode written by John A. Norris. (#505). Original airdate 11/14/2022.
  • The CW All American: Homecoming- Monday, 11/14, 9:00pm Show More
    Promo “No More Drama” — (9:00-10:00 p.m. ET) (Content Rating TBD) (HDTV) SELF-CARE – When Amara (Kelly Jenrette) realizes that the student body is still reeling from recent events on campus, she gives everyone a mental health day.  While everyone seems to be enjoying the activities on the quad, Simone (Geffri Maya) struggles with relaxing and finding a connection that doesn’t involve tennis.  Damon (Peyton Alex Smith) is feeling insecure about his relationship with Thea (Camille Hyde), so he makes plans for the two of them, but when Thea gets a surprise visitor, things get awkward for Thea.  Keisha (Netta Walker) is worried about how Cam (Mitchell Edwards) is holding up, but is commandeered by her dance professor, leaving Coach Marcus (Cory Hardrict) the opportunity to step up for Cam.  Meanwhile, JR (Sylvester Powell) tries his hand at casual dating and learns something about his relationship style.  Nikhil Paniz directed the episode written by Lamont Magee (#205). Original airdate 11/14/2022.
  • The CW The Winchesters- Tuesday, 11/15, 8:00pm Show More
    Promo “Legend of a Mind” — (8:00-9:00 p.m. ET) (TV-14, V) (HDTV) SECRETS UNCOVERED – Hidden secrets from Ada’s (Demetria McKinney) past comes to light when the gang goes undercover to look into a suspicious death.  Still reeling from the last Hunt, Millie (Bianca Kajlich) asks Mary (Meg Donnelly) to keep an eye on John (Drake Rodger) as they split off from the others to get intel on the new case.  Carlos (JoJo Fleites) and Ada’s stakeout connects the victim to the next target.  Latika’s (Nida Khurshid) research comes up with some interesting results that lead John to be Mary’s lifeline out of a sticky situation.  Lisa Soper directed the episode written by Sehaj Sethi (#105). Original Airdate 11/15/2022.
  • The CW Professionals- Tuesday, 11/15, 9:00pm Show More
    Promo “Process of Elimination” — (9:00-10:00 p.m. ET) (TV-14, DLV) (HDTV) WHATEVER IT TAKES – Peter’s worst fears start to come true, so he makes a last-ditch power move that outrages Zora.  Vincent prepares to depart on a trip but Peter’s stubbornness forces him to change his plans and puts them both in a dangerous situation.  Thabang Moleya directed the episode written by Jeff Most with Teleplay by Christian O’Reilly (#105).  Original airdate 11/15/2022.
  • The CW DC’s Stargirl- Wednesday, 11/16, 8:00pm Show More
    Promo “Frenemies – Chapter Eleven: The Haunting” — (8:00-9:00 p.m. ET) (TV-PG, V) (HDTV) SEEKING FORGIVENESS — As Courtney (Brec Bassinger), Sylvester (Joel McHale) and the JSA plot to take down a major threat, the arrival of someone from their past sends shock waves through the town.  Luke Wilson, Yvette Monreal, Anjelika Washington, Amy Smart, Trae Romano, Meg DeLacy, Hunter Sansone and Alkoya Brunson also star.  Jennifer Phang directed the episode written by Steve Harper & Maytal Zchut (#311).  Original airdate 11/16/2022.
  • The CW Kung Fu- Wednesday, 11/16, 9:00pm Show More
    “Villains” — (9:00-10:00 p.m. ET) (TV-14, DV) (HDTV) TAKING DOWN XIAO — After her latest mission unearths some startling information about Xiao, Nicky (Olivia Liang) and the team devise a plan to deal with her once and for all.  Althea (Shannon Dang) gives Evan (Gavin Stenhouse) some advice on his relationship with Nadia (guest star Marissa Cuevas), and Jin (Tzi Ma) prepares for his first interview.  Kheng Hua Tan, Jon Prasida, Eddie Liu, Vanessa Kai, Yvonne Chapman and JB Tadena also star.  Joe Menendez directed the episode written by John Bring (#307).  Original airdate 11/16/2022.
  • The CW Walker- Thursday, 11/17, 8:00pm Show More
    Promo “Just Desserts” — (8:00-9:00 p.m. ET) (TV-PG, L) (HDTV) GIVING THANKS – Walker (Jared Padalecki) attempts to make this the most memorable Thanksgiving ever in the hopes of luring Stella (Violet Brinson) to return home, but when the family’s annual “Circle of Thanks” turns into a circle of grievance, tensions bubble over- leaving things worse off than they began, with one member of the Walker family being rushed to the hospital. The episode was directed by Steve Robin and written by Anna Fricke and Bret VandenBos & Brandon Willer (#307).  Original airdate 11/17/2022.
  • The CW Walker Independence- Thursday, 11/17, 9:00pm Show More
    Promo “The Owl and the Arrow” — (9:00-10:00 p.m. ET) (TV-PG, V) (HDTV) Abby (Katherine McNamara) navigates the unforgiving frontier justice system and her complicated feelings for Tom Davidson (Greg Hovanessian) as she throws herself into defending a case with life-or-death consequences. Calian (Justin Johnson Cortez) confronts painful memories to free himself of guilt, Gus (Philemon Chambers) weighs a friendship against his badge, Hoyt (Matt Barr) and Lucia (Gabriela Quezada) must come to terms with an immeasurable loss, and Kate (Katie Findlay) is faced with a choice after uncovering corruption in an unexpected place.  The episode was written by Ryan Harris and directed by Cierra “Shooter” Glaudé (#107). Original airdate 11/17/2022.
  • Disney+ Dancing With The Stars- Monday, 11/14, 8:00 PM Show More
    #3110 (Live) Six couples will compete tonight in the semifinals to earn a spot in the finale of “Dancing With the Stars” on Disney+. There will be a double elimination tonight on the show that is hosted by Tyra Banks and Alfonso Ribeiro. Judges are Len Goodman, Carrie Ann Inaba, Derek Hough and Bruno Tonioli. “Dancing with the Stars” is the hit series hosted by supermodel and businesswoman Tyra Banks and actor and television personality Alfonso Ribeiro in which celebrities are paired with trained ballroom dancers to compete in themed choreographed dance routines that are judged by a panel of renowned ballroom experts, including Len Goodman, Carrie Ann Inaba, Bruno Tonioli and Derek Hough.
  • Disney+ The Santa Clauses- Wednesday, 11/16, 3:01 AM Show More
    Promo The first two episodes of the six-episode series will premiere Wednesday, November 16, exclusively on Disney+. Scott Calvin is back! After being Santa Claus for nearly thirty years, he’s as jolly as ever. But as Christmas declines in popularity, so does his Santa magic. Scott struggles to keep up with the demands of the job, as well as being there for his family. Upon discovering there is a way to retire from his post, Scott considers stepping down as Santa Claus and finding a worthy successor so that he can become a better father and husband.
  • Disney+ Disenchanted- Friday, 11/18 Show More
    Trailer Movie. Rescheduled from November 24. The long-awaited sequel to the 2007 Disney princess movie Enchanted comes from director Adam Shankman (Hairspray) and finds returning cast members Amy Adams, Patrick Dempsey, Idina Menzel, and James Marsden joined by newcomers Maya Rudolph, Oscar Nunez, and Yvette Nicole Brown.
  • Disney+ The Wonderful Autumn of Mickey Mouse- Friday, 11/18 Show More
    Trailer Special. “The Wonderful Autumn of Mickey Mouse” is the fourth special of The Wonderful World of Mickey Mouse. It is based on the season of Fall/Autumn. It is the fourth and final special to be based on the four seasons after previous ones in Winter, Spring, and Summer. In a leafy Hamlet, Mickey Mouse is determined to undo the failures of his family’s past after inheriting a rundown pumpkin farm from a distant relative, and the epic legend of its futility.
  • Epix Rogue Heroes- Sunday, 11/13, 9:00 PM Show More
    Trailer Series premiere. A dramatized account of how the world’s greatest Special Forces unit, the Special Air Service (SAS), was formed under extraordinary circumstances in the darkest days of World War II. Based on Ben Macintyre’s best-selling book of the same name, the series centers on David Stirling, an eccentric young officer who is hospitalized after a training exercise gone wrong. Convinced that traditional commando units don’t work, Stirling creates a radical plan that flies in the face of all accepted rules of modern warfare. He fights for permission to recruit the toughest, boldest, and brightest soldiers for a small undercover unit that will create mayhem behind enemy lines. More rebels than soldiers, Stirling’s team is every bit as complicated, flawed, and reckless as it is brave and heroic. Commissioned by the BBC, the series will premiere on BBC One and BBC iPlayer in the UK as SAS: Rogue Heroes.
  • FOX The Simpsons- Sunday, 11/13, 8:00pm Show More
    Promo [EDITOR’S NOTE: Audio descriptions for tonight’s episodes of The Simpsons, The Great North, Bob’s Burgers and Family Guy are available on the SAP Audio Channel.] The Simpsons—(8:00-8:31 PM ET/PT) CC-HDTV 720p-Dolby Digital 5.1 HOMER IS A HERO ON AN ALL-NEW THE SIMPSONS SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 13, ON FOX Paul Brittain (Comedy Bang! Bang!) Makes a Guest Voice Appearance When Homer becomes Duffman’s girl-dad hero, they go on a road trip with Lisa that threatens to expose Homer’s terrible parenting in the all-new “From Beer to Paternity” episode of The Simpsons airing Sunday, Nov. 13 (8:00-8:31 PM ET/PT) on FOX. (SI-3401) (TV-14 D,L)
  • FOX The Great North- Sunday, 11/13, 8:30pm Show More
    CC-HDTV 720p-Dolby Digital 5.1 BEEF AND JUDY TELL ALTERNATE VERSIONS OF A WILD DAY ON AN ALL-NEW THE GREAT NORTH SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 13, ON FOX Beef and Judy tell alternate versions of a wild day. The rest of the Tobins try to finish reading a challenging novel in the all-new “Mall-mento Adventure” episode of The Great North airing Sunday, Nov. 13 (8:31-9:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX (GRN-302) (TV-14 D,L,S) Guest Cast: Sarah Baker as Chief Edna, Brooke Dillman as Gail, Ron Funches as Jerry Shaw, David Herman as Bruck, Phil Lamarr as Louis Shaw, Jaboukie Young-White as Holden, Princess Daazhraii Johnson as Audience Member.
  • FOX Bob’s Burgers- Sunday, 11/13, 9:00pm Show More
    CC-AD-HDTV 720p-Dolby Digital 5.1 A NEW BUSINESS MOVES IN NEXT DOOR ON AN ALL-NEW BOB’S BURGERS SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 13, ON FOX A VR arcade opens next door and Gene spends all his money. Meanwhile, Louise and Tina try to build a menu tower taller than they ever have before in the all-new “Ready Player Gene” episode of Bob’s Burgers airing Sunday, Nov 13 (9:00-9:30 PM ET/PT) on FOX. (BOB-1206) (TV-14 L) Guest Voice Cast: Kyle Mooney as Nick
    CC-AD-HDTV 720p-Dolby Digital 5.1 PA: Viewer discretion is advised. STEWIE GOES TO PARIS ON AN ALL-NEW FAMILY GUY SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 13, ON FOX During a game of “hide and seek,” Stewie takes refuge in Quagmire’s suitcase, only to wind up in Paris. Meanwhile, Peter and Lois take a getaway to Vermont, where Lois is intent on breaking Bonnie’s Instagram “like” record in the all-new “The Stewaway” episode of Family Guy airing Sunday, Nov. 13 (9:30-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. (FG-2007) (TV-14 D,L,S,V)
    [EDITOR’S NOTE: Audio descriptions for tonight’s episodes of 9-1-1 and The Cleaning Lady are available on the SAP Audio Channel.] (8:00-9:02 PM ET/PT) CC-HDTV 720p-Dolby Digital 5.1 PA: Viewer discretion is advised. THE 118 RACE TO THE RESCUE AT A RENAISSANCE FAIRE ON AN ALL-NEW 9-1-1 MONDAY, NOVEMBER 14, ON FOX Promo The 118 race to the rescue to a renaissance faire; then an office bldg. when an overbearing boss is poisoned; Athena fears for May’s life when she encounters a disturbed young man; Uncle Buck babysits young Jee-Yun as Maddie and Chimney begin house-hunting; Eddie and Carla prepare Christopher for his first school dance in the all-new “What’s Your Fantasy?” episode of 9-1-1 airing Monday, Nov. 14 (8:00-9:02 PM ET/PT) on FOX. (NIN-608) (TV-14 D,L,V) Guest Cast: Cocoa Brown as Carla
  • FOX The Cleaning Lady- Monday, 11/14, 9:00pm Show More
    Promo CC-HDTV 720p-Dolby Digital 5.1 PA: Viewer Discretion is advised. FIONA AND JD HAVE SOME BONDING TIME ON AN ALL-NEW THE CLEANING LADY MONDAY, NOVEMBER 14, ON FOX JD temporarily takes in Fiona and the kids during a time of need. Meanwhile, Garrett changes strategies in his attempt to stop Kamdar in the all-new “Spousal Privilege” episode of The Cleaning Lady airing Monday, Nov. 14 (9:02-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. (CLD-208) (TV-14 D, L, S, V)
  • FOX The Resident- Tuesday, 11/15, 8:00pm Show More
    [EDITOR’S NOTE: Audio descriptions for tonight’s episodes of The Resident and Monarch are available on the SAP Audio Channel.] CC-AD-HDTV 720p-Dolby Digital 5.1 PA: Viewer discretion is advised. Promo DR. BELL GETS SERVED ON AN ALL-NEW THE RESIDENT TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 15, ON FOX After a teenage boy is taken into Chastain for falling unconscious from a suspicious pill, Conrad takes action to find the boy’s brother before he meets the same fate. Meanwhile, Dr. Bell deals with being served court papers from a former patientinthe all-new “The Better Part of Valor” episode of The Resident airing Tuesday, Nov. 15(8:00-9:02 PM ET/PT) on FOX. (RES-605) (TV-14 D,L,V)
  • FOX Monarch- Tuesday, 11/15, 9:00pm Show More
    CC- HDTV 720p-Dolby Digital 5.1 PA: Viewer discretion is advised. NICKY BLACKMAILS KAYLA; AND ABLIE MAKES A CONFESSION IN HIS LASTEST SINGLE ON AN ALL-NEW MONARCH TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 15, ON FOX Nicky, Gigi and Luke discuss what they should do about Catt; Jamie pushes Albie to finish his album; Nicky blackmails Kayla; Ana is shocked when Catt confesses a secret in the all-new “Confessions” episode of Monarch airing Tuesday, Nov. 15 (9:02-10:00 PM ET/ PT) on FOX. (MRC-109) (TV-14 D,L,V) Guest Cast: Callum Kerr as “Wade Stellings,” Kevin Cahoon as “Earl,” Damon Dayoub as “Jamie Burke,” D.W. Moffett as “Tripp Dewitt” and Adam Croasdell as “Clive Grayson”
  • FOX Welcome To Flatch- Thursday, 11/17, 9:00pm Show More
    [EDITOR’S NOTE: Audio descriptions for tonight’s episodes of Hell’s Kitchen, Welcome To Flatch and Call Me Kat are available on the SAP Audio Channel.] CC- HDTV 720p-Dolby Digital 5.1 PA: Viewer Discretion is advised. Promo BARB, KELLY AND SHRUB ATTEND A REAL ESTATE CONFERENCE ON AN ALL-NEW WELCOME TO FLATCH THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 17, ON FOX Kelly, Barb and Barb’s new boyfriend, Shrub, all attend a real estate conference together! When they run into Barb’s ex, Burt, emotions run high. Meanwhile, Cheryl decides to focus on not only her chicken’s eggs, but her own. She enlists Joe to help freeze her eggs in the all-new “The Tri-state Real Estate Conference” episode of Welcome To Flatch airing Thursday, Nov. 17 (9:02-9:30 PM ET/PT) on FOX. (WFL-207) (TV-14 D,L,S)
  • FOX Call Me Kat- Thursday, 11/17, 9:30pm Show More
    CC- HDTV 720p-Dolby Digital 5.1 PA: Viewer Discretion is advised. KAT STRUGGLES WITH AN AGING PARENT ON AN ALL-NEW CALL ME KAT THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 17, ON FOX Ted Wass Guest Stars Kat is drained from helping Sheila run errands all over town. Meanwhile, Phil is exhausted from partying every night with his new boyfriend, Jalen (guest star John Griffin), and Carter needs a self-esteem boost in the all-new “Call Me Dame Booty Clench” episode of Call Me Kat airing Thursday, Nov. 17 (9:30-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. (KAT-307) (TV-14 L) Guest Cast: Ted Wass as Harley; John Griffin as Jalen; Marlon Meikle as Dame Booty Clench
    Promo Season 2 Premiere. Corporate baddies are stepping on the little guy – and the Leverage Team is back to teach them a lesson! This time around, Leverage’s skills are put to the test by an MLM scam, a shipping magnate, a predatory music producer… not to mention an old friend of Sophie’s coming out of the woodwork and making her question her choices. No matter the danger, when someone needs help, we provide… Leverage. Starring Gina Bellman, Christian Kane, Beth Riesgraf, Noah Wyle, Aleyse Shannon and Aldis Hodge. See Our New Interview with the Cast!
  • FX American Horror Story- Wednesday, 11/16, 9:00pm Show More
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NghLlkYLt_M “Requiem 1981/1987” part one and part two (#1109/1110) [11th season finale] Part 1: As vitality expires, two old friends are led through unique journeys of retrospection. [1] Part 2: Grief and peril dominate Gino. The discovery of a tragedy becomes a revelation for Adam.
  • FX on HULU Fleischman Is In Trouble- Thursday, 11/17, 12:01 AM Show More
    Trailer Based on Taffy Brodesser-Akner’s critically acclaimed, best-selling novel, will premiere Thursday, November 17 exclusively on Hulu. The premiere will feature the first two episodes of the eight-episode series. A new episode will be available each subsequent Thursday. The series will soon be available on Star+ in Latin America and Disney+ under the Star banner in all other territories. Fleishman Is In Trouble is the story of recently divorced 41-year-old “Toby Fleishman” (Jesse Eisenberg), who dives into the brave new world of app-based dating with the kind of success he never had dating in his youth, before he got married at the tail end of medical school. But just at the start of his first summer of sexual freedom, his ex-wife, “Rachel” (Claire Danes), disappears, leaving him with 11-year-old “Hannah” (Meara Mahoney Gross) and 9-year-old “Solly” (Maxim Swinton) and no hint of where she is or whether she plans to return. As he balances parenting, the return of old friends “Libby” (Lizzy Caplan) and “Seth” (Adam Brody), a potential promotion at the hospital that is a long time coming – and all the eligible women that Manhattan has to offer – he realizes that he’ll never be able to figure out what happened to “Rachel” until he can finally face what happened to their marriage in the first place.
  • GAF My Best Friend’s Christmas- Sunday, 11/13, 8:00 PM Show More
    Trailer Movie. When a woman returns home to find her ex in a relationship, she enlists her best friend to act as her fake boyfriend for the holidays.
  • GAF Christmas at Pine Valley- Saturday, 11/19, 8:00 PM Show More
    Preview Movie. Natalie is the owner of a successful farm and home goods store that garners the attention of a major magazine. The magazine sends a reporter named Josh to profile Natalie’s company thinking it’s a family-run business. Little does he know that Natalie’s business is run by her with the help of longtime family friends. Knowing how much the article will help struggling farm, Natalie must convince Josh that her “family” and Christmas traditions are all real.
  • Hallmark Christmas At The Golden Dragon- Sunday, 11/13, 8:00 PM Show More
    Trailer Movie. When Romy and Rick’s parents surprise them with the news that they will be closing the Chinese restaurant they have owned and operated for decades, the siblings each find themselves reevaluating their futures. Also impacted by the news are the landmark restaurant’s loyal patrons and staff, who have all come to depend on the restaurant over the holidays.
  • Hallmark Inventing the Christmas Prince- Friday, 11/18, 8:00 PM Show More
    Preview Movie. Shelby is about to quit her job as a rocket engineer when her daughter becomes convinced that her Scrooge-like boss, Evan, is the Christmas Prince from a story Shelby invented years ago.
  • Hallmark Three Wise Men And A Baby- Saturday, 11/19, 8:00 PM Show More
    Preview Movie. Three brothers get the surprise of their lives when they are forced to work together to care for a baby over the holidays. As they slowly get the hang of things, they find themselves on unexpected journeys of self-discovery and begin to rebuild their relationships as brothers, as well as the damaged romantic and professional relationships in their respective lives… all while rediscovering their love of Christmas.
  • HBO Max Luna’s World (aka No Mundo Da Luna)- Sunday, 11/13, 8:00pm Show More
    Trailer (in Portuguese) From a gypsy family, Luna (Marina Moschen) struggles to find her love, her dream job and to understand that, in the midst of it all, there’s no point in running away from her origins. The cards will tell. Literally. Based on the book by Carina Rissi, No Mundo Da Luna premieres November 13 on HBO Max!
  • HBO The White Lotus- Sunday, 11/13, 9:00pm Show More
    Promo “Bull Elephants” While Daphne loops Harper into an off-resort excursion, Ethan and Cameron get in some bro time. Tanya seeks advice from a tarot reader.
  • HBO The Vow- Monday, 11/14, 9:00 PM #14/205 Show More
    “The Room” Season 2, episode 5: A witness for the prosecution gives testimony about how Keith Raniere groomed her from a very young age and describes the coercive abuse she suffered at his hands; the trial concludes and all await the verdict.
  • HBO Avenue 5- Monday, 11/14, 10:00 PM Show More
    #15/206 “Intoxicating Clarity” The passengers find one solution that can potentially bring everyone home, even though they are getting used to the lifestyle under the new leader’s watch.
  • HBO Max A Christmas Story Christmas- Thursday, 11/17 Show More
    Movie. This sequel to the beloved 1983 holiday comedy A Christmas Story finds Ralphie (played once again by Peter Billingsley, who has spent most of the past few decades on the other side of the camera as a director and producer) returning to his childhood home with his own kids in tow. Also returning from the original film are Zack Ward, Scott Schwartz, Ian Petrella, and R.D. Robb, while new faces include Julie Hagerty (taking over as Ralphie’s mom) and Erinn Hayes (as Ralphie’s wife). It’s technically the third sequel to the original film, though you’d be forgiven if you can’t remember 1994’s dud It Runs in the Family (aka My Summer Story) or the straight-to-video 2012 sequel A Christmas Story 2.
    Movie. Levante (Spain), 1992, the summer is coming to an end in a coastal town when three 15-year-old girls, Sandra, Eva and Malena, disappear without a trace from a nightclub. When the police investigation appears to be taking the wrong direction, Javi, Sandra’s younger brother, takes things into his own hands, along with Quino and Álvaro, his best friends, and Zeta, the class bully. Together they discover the girls are being held by something not of this world…
  • HBO Max The Sex Lives of College Girls Show More
    Season 2 kicks off with two episodes today (and two more arriving each Thursday through December 15). Created by Emmy®-nominated writer/producer Mindy Kaling and Justin Noble, THE SEX LIVES OF COLLEGE GIRLS follows four college roommates at New England’s prestigious Essex College. The new season picks up with the students returning after their Fall break, tackling the challenges thrown their way at the end of season one, and facing their next semester filled with new faces, parties and predicaments.
  • HMC Long Lost Christmas- Saturday, 11/19, 10:00 PM Show More
    Preview Movie. Hayley is an interior designer who plans to surprise her recently widowed mother Patricia with the perfect holiday present: the extended family she knows her mom yearns for.
  • Hulu/Peacock Dragons: The Nine Realms- Thursday, 11/17 Show More
    Season 4 premiere of the animated series: In a world where dragons are now just a legend, a group of misfit kids uncovers the truth about where they’ve been hiding after a geological anomaly opens an immense, miles-deep fissure in the Earth’s surface.
  • Lifetime Six Degrees of Santa- Sunday, 11/13, 8:00 PM Show More
    Movie. Christmas enthusiast and single mom Harper (Kathryn Davis) has created a program, Six Degrees of Santa, in which anonymous “Santas” give a gift and set of instructions to be passed along, temporarily enjoyed, and re-gifted, indefinitely. Her goal is to create a Christmas experience that’s real-life, magical, and unexpected. When Harper’s own gift lands in the hands of a leading internet entrepreneur, Jason (Steve Lund), he’s convinced that the original Santa might be his soulmate. He seeks out Harper, as the architect of the program, to help him track down this mystery woman.
  • Lifetime Sweet Navidad- Thursday, 11/17, 8:00pm Show More
    Movie. Lovable pastry chef Carmen (Camila Banus) dreams of opening her own Puerto Rican-influenced bakery – like the one her family owned on the island. In the meantime, she showcases her treats at a local coffee shop. When hotel owner Victor Flores (David Fumero) discovers Carmen’s talents, he invites her to apply for a position as pastry chef for his hotel’s holiday gala. Knowing other applicants will have culinary-school backgrounds, as opposed to her homegrown skills, Carmen reluctantly applies. When she is accepted, she’s paired with chef Jax (Mark Hapka) to curate the perfect holiday menu. But the two do not mix well. Carmen is messy and cooks from the heart; Jax is a perfectionist fixated on technique. As they race against the clock to assemble their intricate holiday menu, sparks fly, and they realize they might have more to learn from one another than they initially thought.
  • Lifetime A Country Christmas Harmony- Friday, 11/18, 8:00 PM Show More
    Preview Movie. Before Chrissy Kessler’s (Brooke Elliott) meteoric rise to fame, the country music superstar was just a small-town girl with dreams of the big time. Now, with her record sales on a rapid decline, Chrissy is strong-armed by an unrelenting record executive to return to the hometown she left behind to perform a live Christmas concert. Accompanying her on this journey is her longtime supportive assistant Eugene (Danny Pintauro). Luke Covington’s (Brandon Quinn) quiet life is suddenly disrupted when he runs into Chrissy, his ex-girlfriend and former country music duo partner, who disappeared on him to pursue her solo career all those years ago. After a tempestuous rainstorm forces the ex-sweethearts to seek shelter in Luke’s ranch home, the two realize that the only way they’ll survive the holidays is with the other’s help. See our Interview with the stars!
  • Lifetime Santa Bootcamp- Saturday, 11/19, 8:00 PM Show More
    Preview Movie. When event planner Emily Strauss (Emily Kinney, The Walking Dead) is hired by mall magnate Ed Mancini (Patrick Cassidy, Castle) to stage the ultimate Christmas Gala for his most important investors, Emily finds herself being sent to bootcamp – Santa Bootcamp – to find the perfect Santa and the inspiration she will need to make the evening a success. While there, Emily meets Belle (Rita Moreno, West Side Story), the bootcamp’s drill sergeant with a heart of gold, who helps Emily rediscover the magic of Christmas and find romance along the way. Additional stars include Tony(R) award winner Marissa Jaret Winokur, Justin Gaston, John Schuck, and deaf actors Deanne Bray and Zyra Singleton. See our interview with the stars!
  • LMN She Inherited Danger- Friday, 11/18, 8:00 PM Show More
    Movie. A young women inherits her grandfather’s theater and plans to sell it, but things get dangerous when she changes her mind and decides to re-open the beautiful landmark property herself. Stars Sarah Fisher and Conner Floyd (2022).
  • NBC La Brea- Tuesday, 11/15, 9:00pm Show More
    Promo “1988” ORIGINAL 11/15/2022 (09:00PM – 10:00PM) (Tuesday) : A reunited Harris family leads the effort to rescue Caroline and stop the sinkholes from happening, only to face forces that threaten to tear their family apart. With Lucas’ life on the line, Ty accepts a challenge to win his friend a cure. TV-14. Fall finale.
  • NBC New Amsterdam- Tuesday, 11/15, 10:00pm Show More
    Promo “ALL THE WORLD’S A STAGE…” ORIGINAL 11/15/2022 (10:00PM – 11:00PM) (Tuesday) : Max discovers a revenue-generating department at the hospital that has serious legal implications. Iggy discovers a janitor with otherworldly talents. Reynolds treats a truly inspirational patient and makes plans for his father. Wilder’s young patient teaches her not to jump to conclusions in diagnosing. TV-14
  • NBC Chicago Med- Wednesday, 11/16, 8:00pm Show More
    Promo “EVERYONE’S FIGHTING A BATTLE YOU KNOW NOTHING ABOUT” ORIGINAL 11/16/2022 (08:00PM – 09:00PM) (Wednesday) : Will, Crockett and Justin Lieu (a new first-year resident) try to facilitate a trans-organ exchange. Hannah and Nellie help a sexual assault survivor. Ethan and Archer treat a patient whose case could expose a fraudulent doctor. Grant and Maggie take a trip down memory lane. TV-14
  • NBC Chicago Fire- Wednesday, 11/16, 9:00pm Show More
    Promo “A BEAUTIFUL LIFE” ORIGINAL 11/16/2022 (09:00PM – 10:00PM) (Wednesday) : Det. Pryma asks for Severide’s help on a case involving explosives. Gallo and Carver clash after Gallo improvises on a call. Violet encourages Brett to start dating again. TV-14
  • NBC Chicago PD- Wednesday, 11/16, 10:00pm Show More
    Promo “UNDER THE SKIN” ORIGINAL 11/16/2022 (10:00PM – 11:00PM) (Wednesday) : In an attempt to distract Intelligence from the investigation into his son, Chief O’Neal forces Voight and the team to handle a “dead fish case.” However, when that dead fish turns into a complicated heater case, Burgess is thrown back into difficult memories from her past. TV-14
    Promo “LAW & ORDER” “CHAIN OF COMMAND” ORIGINAL 11/17/2022 (08:00PM – 09:00PM) (Thursday) : When a decorated military veteran is found murdered in his own home, Cosgrove and Shaw work with his daughter to uncover an important clue. Price and Maroun must untangle the stories of other service members connected to the victim to make their case. TV-14
    Promo “A BETTER PERSON” ORIGINAL 11/17/2022 (09:00PM – 10:00PM) (Thursday) : The SVU hunts for a violent suspect who killed a detective’s child. Rollins ponders a potential opportunity. TV-14
    Promo “WHIPPING POST” ORIGINAL 11/17/2022 (10:00PM – 11:00PM) (Thursday) : When Pearl falls mysteriously ill, the task force is dragged back into the corruption of New York’s first casino development. Bell tries to keep rumors from swirling when an important decision must be made. TV-14
  • NBC Lopez Vs. Lopez- Friday, 11/18, 8:00pm Show More
    “LOPEZ VS ESPANOL” ORIGINAL 11/18/2022 (08:00PM – 08:30PM) (Friday) : Mayan lies about speaking Spanish to be seen as a “real” Lopez in George’s eyes, but the results are no bueno. Rosie attempts to teach a stubborn Chance Spanish. TV-PG
  • NBC Young Rock- Friday, 11/18, 8:30pm Show More
    “ON THE ROPES” ORIGINAL 11/18/2022 (08:30PM – 09:00PM) (Friday) : Hawaii, 1985: Ata finds herself at odds with her rival at Lia’s wrestling promotion. Rocky receives some news that turns the family’s world upside down. Dewey gets a job so he can buy a Nintendo. In 2033, Dwayne weighs an important diplomatic mission. TV-14
  • Netflix Teletubbies- Monday, 11/14, 3:01. Show More
    Trailer Series Premiere of this animated children’s reboot. Join friends Tinky Winky, Dipsy, Laa-Laa and Po on wonder-filled adventures as they learn and grow in this colorful refresh of the classic series. Starring: Tituss Burgess
  • Netflix Jurassic World Camp Cretaceous: Hidden Adventure- Tuesday, 11/15 Show More
    Promo Interactive special. After a big storm, food is scarce — and hungry dinos are everywhere. It’s up to you to help the Camp Fam survive in this thrilling interactive special. You drive the action in this crowd-pleasing adventure featuring characters from the world of “Jurassic Park.” Starring: Paul-Mikél Williams, Jenna Ortega, Bill Nye.
  • Netflix R.I.P.D. 2: Rise of the Damned- Tuesday, 11/15 Show More
    Promo Movie. When Sheriff Roy Pulsipher finds himself in the afterlife, he joins a special police force and returns to Earth to save humanity from the undead. Starring: Jeffrey Donovan, Penelope Mitchell, Jake Cho.
  • Netflix 1899- Thursday, 11/17, 3:01 AM Show More
    Trailer Series Premiere. In 1899, European immigrants traveling to the promised land encounter a terrible nightmare after finding another migrant ship adrift on the open sea.
  • Netflix Reign Supreme- Friday, 11/18, 3:01 AM Show More
    Trailer From the projects to the largest venues in Paris, this series follows two teenage friends for life as they forge the birth and rise of French hip-hop.
  • Netflix Somebody- Friday, 11/18, 3:01 AM Show More
    Trailer Series premiere. A software developer and her friends become entangled in a murder case involving her dating app and a mysterious man who seems to be hiding something.
  • Netflix The Lost Lotteries- Wednesday, 11/16 Show More
    Trailer Movie. Five down-on-their-luck strangers must band together to steal back winning lottery tickets worth millions from a wicked mafia boss. Starring: Wongravee Nateetorn, Phantira Pipityakorn, Napapa Tantraku
  • Netflix Off Track- Wednesday, 11/16 Show More
    Movie. In a fit of desperation, a down-and-out single mother suits up and attempts to ski Vasaloppet with her (not-so-perfect) perfectionist brother. Watch all you want. Passion meets persistence in this drama-comedy from Mårten Klingberg, starring Katia Winter and Fredrik Hallgren.
  • Netflix The Wonder- Wednesday, 11/16 Show More
    Trailer Movie. The latest from Sebastián Lelio (Gloria, A Fantastic Woman, Disobedience) is an adaptation of Room author Emma Donoghue’s 1862-set novel about an English nurse (Florence Pugh) who travels to the Irish Midlands to observe an 11-year-old girl who has survived months without food, making her a saint to many in her tiny village. Critics had good things to say about the psychological thriller (which also opens in theaters on November 2nd) when it debuted at Telluride in September.
    Movie. When mysterious events change the course of an immigrant ship headed for New York in 1899, a mind-bending riddle unfolds for its bewildered passengers. Starring: Emily Beecham, Aneurin Barnard, Andreas Pietschmann Creators: Jantje Friese, Baran bo Odar
  • Netflix Christmas With You- Thursday, 11/17 Show More
    Movie. Seeking inspiration for a hit holiday song, a pop star grants a young fan’s Christmas wish to meet her — and finds a shot at true love along the way. Starring: Aimee Garcia, Freddie Prinze Jr., Deja Monique Cruz
  • Netflix Dead to Me- Thursday, 11/17 Show More
    Season 3 Premiere. A hotheaded widow searching for the hit-and-run driver who mowed down her husband befriends an eccentric optimist who isn’t quite what she seems. Starring: Christina Applegate, Linda Cardellini, James Marsden Creator: Liz Feldman
  • Netflix The Cuphead Show!- Friday, 11/18 Show More
    Promo Season 3 premiere. Follow the misadventures of the impulsive Cuphead and his easily swayed brother Mugman in this animated series based on the hit video game. Starring: Tru Valentino, Frank Todaro, Wayne Brady.
    Trailer Season 6 premiere. When three working-class teens enroll in an exclusive private school in Spain, the clash between them and the wealthy students leads to murder. Starring: Itzan Escamilla, Miguel Bernardeau, Danna Paola Creators: Carlos Montero, Darío Madrona
  • Netflix The Good Detective- Friday, 11/18 Show More
    Trailer Season 2 premiere. When doubts arise about a five-year-old murder conviction, a veteran detective partners with a young hotshot to hunt down the case’s hidden truths. Starring: Son Hyun-joo, Jang Seung-jo, Lee Elijah Creators: Cho Nam-guk, Choi Jin-won
    Trailer Animated Series. Season 2 premiere: Lizard people? Real. The moon landing? Fake. Managing the world’s conspiracies is a full-time job for an awkward genius and her dysfunctional co-workers. Starring: Lizzy Caplan, Christian Slater, Clark Duke Creators: Shion Takeuchi
  • Netflix Slumberland- Friday, 11/18 Show More
    Preview Movie. Joined by a larger-than-life outlaw, a daring young orphan journeys through a land of dreams to find a precious pearl that will grant her greatest wish. Starring: Jason Momoa, Marlow Barkley, Chris O’Dowd, Kyle Chandler.
  • Netflix The Violence Action- Friday, 11/18 Show More
    Trailer Movie. She’s just a regular, sweet-looking college student by day. But by night, she’s a part-time assassin — and she’s about to face her toughest target yet. Starring: Kanna Hashimoto, Yosuke Sugino, Ouji Suzuka
  • NICK The Really Loud House- Thursday, 11/17, 7:00pm Show More
    “The Blemish Dilemish” #104 Meeting the Action News Team; Lincoln finds himself taken aback by a new crush; mum and dad attempt to befriend a doctor to avoid the astronomical medical expenses that come with having 11 children.
  • Paramount Yellowstone- Sunday, 11/13, 8:00pm Show More
    Trailer Fifth season premiere. Amid shifting alliances and a growing list of enemies, the Dutton family’s legacy is jeopardized like never before, and retribution is certain. First part of the season is in 7 parts. “One Hundred Years Is Nothing” and “The Sting of Wisdom” airs tonight.
  • Paramount+ Tulsa King- Sunday, 11/13, 3:01AM Show More
    Trailer Starring Academy Award nominee Sylvester Stallone, this show premieres with two episodes on Sunday, Nov. 13. Creator and Academy Award nominee Taylor Sheridan serves as executive producer alongside Academy Award nominee and Emmy Award winner Terence Winter (“The Sopranos,” “The Wolf of Wall Street”), who will also be at the helm as showrunner and writer. Currently in production in Oklahoma City, Okla., TULSA KING is produced by MTV Entertainment Studios and 101 Studios. Mirroring the successful 2021 launches of 1883 and MAYOR OF KINGSTOWN, Paramount Network will air a linear sneak peek of TULSA KING’s debut episode on Nov. 13, as a special simulcast event immediately following the highly anticipated season five premiere of YELLOWSTONE. Similarly, the second episode of TULSA KING will air behind YELLOWSTONE on Nov. 20. All remaining episodes will be available to stream weekly on Sundays exclusively on Paramount+. TULSA KING follows New York mafia capo Dwight “The General” Manfredi (Stallone), just after he is released from prison after 25 years and unceremoniously exiled by his boss to set up shop in Tulsa, Okla. Realizing that his mob family may not have his best interests in mind, Dwight slowly builds a “crew” from a group of unlikely characters, to help him establish a new criminal empire in a place that to him might as well be another planet. The series also stars Andrea Savage (“I’m Sorry”), Martin Starr (“Silicon Valley”), Max Casella (“The Tender Bar”), Domenick Lombardozzi (“The Irishman”), Vincent Piazza (“Boardwalk Empire”), Jay Will (“The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”), A.C. Peterson (“Superman & Lois”) with Garrett Hedlund (“The United States vs. Billie Holiday”).
  • Paramount+ SEAL Team- Sunday, 11/13, 3:01 AM Show More
    “Damage Assessment” After a successful interrogation in Jordan, BRAVO is given devastating news that will impact the Team forever.
  • Paramount+ Blue’s Big City Adventure- Friday, 11/18 Show More
    Movie. From Nickelodeon Animation, the “Blue’s Clues & You!” Feature-Length Film Reunites Beloved Hosts Josh Dela Cruz, Steve Burns and Donovan Patton with Fan-Favorite Animated Friends, Rainbow Puppy, Mr. Salt, Mailbox, Tickety Tock, Slippery Soap and More! Movie also Features Special Star Appearances by BD Wong, Ali Stroker, Taboo, Alex Winter, Phillipa Soo and Steven Pasqual. The feature-length “Blue’s Clues & You!” film is a sing and dance-along musical spectacular for the whole family, featuring all-new songs and choreography with the show’s beloved hosts and fan-favorite animated characters. The movie follows Josh (Josh Dela Cruz), who gets the opportunity of a lifetime to audition for Rainbow Puppy’s (Brianna Bryan) Broadway musical, and Blue (Traci Paige Johnson) as they skidoo to New York City where they meet new friends and discover the magic of music, dance and following one’s dreams. The entire “Blue’s Clues” crew is reunited for this special movie event, with the beloved animated friends and all three hosts– Josh, Steve (Steve Burns) and Joe (Donovan Patton) – together for the first time in the Big Apple.
  • PBS Miss Scarlet and the Duke- Sunday, 11/13, 8:00pm Show More
    Preview “A Quarter to Midnight” A famous mystery writer is at the centre of Eliza’s investigation when a series of murders copy scenes in his books. Meanwhile, the Duke is also juggling problems at work with a new superintendent and a troubled young detective.
  • PBS Magpie Murders- Sunday, 11/13, 9:00pm Show More
    Preview Episode Five: A tragedy at the lake at Pye Hall reveals some dark secrets from the past.
  • PBS Annika- Sunday, 11/13, 10:00pm Show More
    Preview Episode Five: Annika and the team are tasked with solving the death of a man ‘everybody loved’, thrown in the river from a party boat. When the method of murder is revealed, the team realise this murder was more premeditated than they could have ever thought.
  • Peacock Acoso- Wednesday, 11/16, 3:01 AM Show More
    series premiere. A group of women get together via social media to expose the sexual harassment they all suffered from a renowned specialist in reproductive medicine. This true story chronicles the perseverance and courage of the female protagonists as they reveal their traumatic stories, in the process, uncovering the horror endured by countless women behind the walls of a medical practice.
  • Peacock Leopard Skin- Thursday, 11/17, 3:01 AM Show More
    Fleeing a botched diamond heist, a criminal gang seeks shelter in the remote paradise of Playa Perdida, Mexico in the beachside estate of two women, Alba and Batty. Dark and humorous complications arise when they are joined by two dinner guests (TV producer Max and his flighty girlfriend Maru) and Alba’s former housekeeper as they all are soon taken hostage. Murderous secrets, coldhearted betrayals, and shocking desires bubble to the surface as everyone awaits their fate.
  • Prime Hostel Daze-  Wednesday, 11/16 Show More
    Promo Four wingmates, 1 Hostel, First Semester. ‘Hostel Daze’ tries to capture the hostel-culture (or its lack thereof) of an engineering college. Starring: Adarsh Gourav, Luv, Shubham Gaur
  • Prime The People We Hate at the Wedding- Friday, 11/18 Show More
    Movie. A trio of American siblings reconnect at a wedding in Britain in a raunchy Amazon comedy starring Kristen Bell, Allison Janney, and Ben Platt.
  • Starz Dangerous Liaisons- Sunday, 11/13, 8:00pm Show More
    Preview Episode 2: “Conquer or Die” A long-buried desire for vengeance is rekindled by a face from Camille’s past, and her new future is in jeopardy.
  • Starz Step Up: High Water- Sunday, 11/13, 9:00pm Show More
    Preview “Never Scared” At Sage’s evidentiary hearings, the D.A.’s strategy is working and Sage could be tried for murder; meanwhile, things heat up between Marquise and Angel, but their fragile relationship is headed for trouble.
  • Sundance Now The Dry- Thursday, 11/17, 3:01 AM Show More
    series premiere. When 35-year-old Shiv arrives back in Dublin for her grandmother’s funeral, the whole Sheridan family are begrudgingly forced to confront their collective and individual demons. No one expected Shiv to come home permanently. Shiv is 6 months sober; her parents’ marriage is shaky, overachieving sister Caroline is wound tighter than a spring and younger brother Ant never wants the party to end. While recovery may have equipped Shiv with great ideas and tools, her family and ex-boyfriend Jack will put these and her newfound sobriety to the test in this moving comedy-drama. (8 episodes, 2022)
  • SYFY Chucky- Wednesday, 11/16, 9:00pm Show More
    Promo “Goin’ to the Chapel” #207 Incarnate Lord goes on lockdown with the Chucky dolls inside; Nica decides to proceed forward with her vicious plan.
  • SYFY Reginald the Vampire- Wednesday, 11/16, 10:00pm Show More
    Promo “The Last Day of Our Acquaintance” #107 Reginald finds himself in the middle of a love triangle and he navigates it to the best of his abilities. He’s Swaggy Reg!
  • TBS American Dad- Monday, 11/14, 10:00 PM Show More
    “Hayley Was a Girl Scout?” Stan is forced to lead a Girl Scout troop.
  • YouTube Behind the Beats- Friday, 11/18, 12:00 PM Show More
    series premiere. Animated series which tells the story of how talented musicians with radically different styles came together to create a new genre or movement
  • UpTV The Picture of Christmas- Sunday, 11/13, 7:00 PM Show More
    Preview Movie. An aspiring storybook illustrator in Manhattan returns home after inheriting her Grandmother’s Christmas tree farm. Inspired by the magic of Christmas and the farm’s handsome caretaker, she is reminded of the things she once wanted in life.
  • UpTV The Holiday Switch- Saturday, 11/19, 7:00 PM Show More
    Trailer Movie. When two strangers mistakenly pick up the wrong piece of luggage at the airport, each must use the intriguing contents within to track down the other’s whereabouts in time for Christmas.

 

NON-FICTION

  • ABC America’s Funniest Home Videos- Sunday, 11/13, 7:00pm Show More
    “3306” – On an all-new episode, it’s kids who don’t understand old technology like a teen who doesn’t know how to insert a letter into a public mailbox and two kids try to figure out what a telephone jack is. Meanwhile, it’s a whodunit scenario when twins blame each other for flooding a bathroom on “America’s Funniest Home Videos,” airing SUNDAY, NOV. 13 (7:00-8:00 p.m. EST), on ABC (TV-PG).
  • ABC Celebrity Wheel of Fortune- Sunday, 11/13, 9:00pm Show More
    “Paul Scheer, Luenell and Mary Lynn Rajskub” – Hosted by pop-culture legends Pat Sajak and Vanna White, “Celebrity Wheel of Fortune” takes a star-studded spin on America’s Game® by welcoming celebrities to spin the world’s most famous Wheel and solve puzzles for a chance to win more than $1 million. All the money won by the celebrity contestants will go to a charity of their choice, SUNDAY, NOV. 13 (9:00-10:00 p.m. EST), on ABC. (TV-PG, DL) This episode’s celebrity contestants include Paul Scheer (playing for SELAH Neighborhood Homeless Coalition), Luenell (playing for Make-A-Wish) and Mary Lynn Rajskub (playing for Harvest Home LA).
  • ABC Michelle Obama: The Light We Carry, A Conversation with Robin Roberts- Sunday, 11/13, 10:00pm Show More
    ABC News’ ‘Good Morning America’ Co-Anchor Robin Roberts Has Broadcast Exclusive Interview With Former First Lady Michelle Obama for ABC News ‘20/20’ Primetime Special Mrs. Obama Discusses Her Marriage, the Pandemic, President Joe Biden and Much More in an Intimate Interview With Robin Roberts The ‘20/20’ Special, ‘Michelle Obama: The Light We Carry, A Conversation with Robin Roberts,’ Airs Sunday, Nov. 13, at 10 p.m. EST/9 p.m. CST, Next Day on Hulu *ABC News ABC News’ “Good Morning America” co-anchor Robin Roberts has the broadcast network exclusive interview with former first lady Michelle Obama. In the wide-ranging interview, Mrs. Obama talks candidly about her marriage; her husband, former President Barack Obama; the pandemic; coping with low-grade depression stemming, in part, from the pandemic and political division in the country; President Joe Biden; and her new hobby. The one-hour primetime “20/20” special, “Michelle Obama: The Light We Carry, A Conversation with Robin Roberts,” airs Sunday, Nov. 13, at 10 p.m. EST/9 p.m. CST on ABC, next day on Hulu. The special also features an exclusive kitchen table conversation with Robin Roberts, Michelle Obama, Mrs. Obama’s mother Marian Robinson, Dr. Sharon Malone, journalist Michelle Norris, longtime friend Sandy Matthews and film producer and author Tonya Lewis Lee, discussing the importance of friendship and human connection, how Mrs. Obama’s inner circled helped her while at the White House, her new book and advice for readers. Mrs. Obama’s friends also share never-before-told stories about her, too. The “Michelle Obama: The Light We Carry, A Conversation with Robin Roberts” is a production of ABC News’ “20/20.” Janice Johnston serves as executive producer. Mrs. Obama’s book, “The Light We Carry: Overcoming in Uncertain Times,” is published by Crown/Penguin Random House and will be released on Tuesday, Nov. 15. *COPYRIGHT ©2022 American Broadcasting Companies, Inc.
  • ABC Bachelor in Paradise- Monday, 11/14, 8:00pm Show More
    “813” – It’s a somber day in Paradise with everyone reeling from Rodney and Eliza’s emotional departures, but three new beachgoers arrive hoping to turn things around. First up, Mara heads out on a saucy date with one of the twins; then, Ency and Lindsey select two lucky guys for a double date, which doesn’t go to plan. Later, the couples get some much-needed one-on-one time to discuss their futures as the end of Paradise and the possibility of engagement draw near on “Bachelor in Paradise,” MONDAY, NOV. 14 (8:00-10:00 p.m. EST), on ABC. (TV-14, DL)
  • ABC Bachelor in Paradise- Tuesday, 11/15, 8:00pm Show More
    “814” – Engagements are right around the corner in Paradise, but just as the seemingly stable remaining couples are feeling the romance, a series of surprise visits shake things up on the beach. First up, Bachelorettes Gabby and Rachel have arrived, ready to spill all the tea on their former flames to their new ladies. Then, Becca and Thomas arrive to share an exciting announcement – the beach is getting its first-ever Sadie Hawkins dance! Will the ‘90s-themed evening be a fun night out for the tropical lovebirds or is heartbreak on the horizon? Find out on “Bachelor in Paradise,” TUESDAY, NOV. 15 (8:00-10:00 p.m. EST), on ABC. (TV-14, DL)
  • ABC Shark Tank- Friday, 11/18, 8:00pm Show More
    “1407” – An artisan cheese and charcuterie board delivery business; a subscription-based product line designed to keep cars fresh and vibe while one drives; a stylish lighting kit for sporting equipment designed to keep people safe at night; and an all-in-one shaving solution on an all-new episode of “Shark Tank” airing FRIDAY, NOV. 18 (8:00-9:01 p.m. EST), on ABC.  The Sharks in this episode are TBA.
    New ‘20/20’ Reports on How an Unexpected Friendship Led to the Murder of a Wealthy Texas Businessman, Uncovering Shocking Manipulation and Greed
    Program Features Interview With Celeste Beard, Texas Wife and Mother Convicted of Murdering Her Fourth Husband
    ‘20/20’ Airs on Friday, Nov. 18 (9:01-11:00 p.m. EST), on ABC, Next Day on Hulu
    In 1999, when a home intruder shot wealthy 75-year-old businessman Steve Beard, police arrested Tracey Tarlton, a close friend of the victim’s much younger wife, Celeste Beard. Although initially arrested as the sole perpetrator, Tracey stunned prosecutors right before her trial by claiming that she and Celeste were more than close friends; they were lovers. Tracey revealed that she shot Steve to protect Celeste, unaware that Celeste’s claims of Steve’s abuse were lies. In light of the alleged affair, authorities questioned who really orchestrated the crime: was it Tracey or Celeste herself? A new “20/20” features ABC News correspondent John Quiñones’ interview with Celeste, who denies the affair and still claims she is not to blame for the shooting of her fourth husband. She tells her side of the story and discusses how she feels about Tracey, who served only 10 years after she struck a plea bargain and agreed to testify and describe Celeste’s alleged involvement.
    The episode also includes interviews with Jennifer Beard and Kristina Fritz, Celeste’s twin daughters from her first marriage. They open up about their mother’s manipulation tactics, their relationship with Steve, and their key role in her conviction. Additional interviews include Nancy Hall, Celeste’s mother; Dick DeGuerin, Celeste’s defense attorney; Steve’s friends and colleagues; and key law enforcement officials. “20/20” airs on Friday, Nov. 18 (9:01-11:00 p.m. EST), on ABC, next day on Hulu.
    ABC News’ “20/20” is an award-winning primetime program anchored by David Muir and Amy Robach. A proven leader as a long-form newsmagazine for over 40 years, “20/20” features unforgettable, character-driven true-crime mysteries, exclusive newsmaker interviews, hard-hitting investigative reports and in-depth coverage of high-profile stories. Janice Johnston is the executive producer. The two-hour “20/20” events air Fridays from 9:01-11:00 p.m. EST on ABC and are available to stream on ABC News digital platforms and Hulu.
    *COPYRIGHT ©2022 American Broadcasting Companies, Inc.
  • ABC Saturday Night Football- Saturday, 11/19, 7:30pm Show More
    Saturday Night Football Presented by Capital One 7:30-10:00pm. Oklahoma State (7-3) at Oklahoma (5-5). From Memorial Stadium.
  • Bravo The Real Housewives of Potomac- Sunday, 11/13, 8:00pm Show More
    Preview “Burnin’ and Beefin'” The Burn Session continues and Candiace confronts Ashley by dropping a bombshell rumour; Gizelle attempts to make things right with Candiace, but her apology isn’t well received.
  • BRAVO The Real Housewives of Salt Lake City- Wednesday, 11/16, 9:00pm Show More
    Preview “RSVPlease” #308 Jen, Lisa and Whitney unite to address their issues with Heather, but only Lisa finds common ground with Heather; Meredith copes with past family trauma; the husbands meet up for a BBQ.
  • CBS 60 Minutes- Sunday, 11/13, 7:00pm Show More
    “60 MINUTES” LISTINGS FOR SUNDAY, NOV. 13 THE SURFSIDE MYSTERY – Investigators still do not know what triggered the collapse of a 12-story beachfront condominium in Surfside, Fla., last summer, killing 98 people. Newly enacted laws will require mandatory inspections of older condos in Florida, and millions of owners there will soon be required to set aside vast sums of money for potential repairs. Sharyn Alfonsi reports on the federal and local investigations and how the catastrophe is expected to impact the affordability of condo living for hundreds of thousands of Floridians. Guy Campanile is the producer. Preview PAPER BRIGADE – Jon Wertheim reports from Lithuania on a group of resistance fighters who risked their lives to save a trove of Jewish artifacts during and after the Holocaust. Today, 80 years later, their heroics are still unfolding, with a search-and-rescue mission underway in Vilnius, where hidden materials continue to be uncovered. Julie Holstein is the producer. Preview SONA AND THE KORA – Lesley Stahl profiles Sona Jobarteh, the first female virtuoso player of a centuries-old West African instrument called the kora. With 21 strings, it’s described as a cross between a harp, lute and guitar. The kora is part of a musical tradition passed down exclusively from father to son in a special set of families in West Africa. Jobarteh, who is 39 years old, descends from one of those griot families – she’s the daughter of a Gambian father and a British mother. Jobarteh argues that by breaking tradition, she is keeping it alive, and she’s gained acceptance in the toughest place of all: The Gambia, with a hit song that’s become the country’s unofficial anthem. Shari Finkelstein is the producer. Preview
  • CBS Survivor- Wednesday, 11/16, 8:00pm Show More
    IN A SHOCKING DOUBLE TRIBAL COUNCIL, TWO CASTAWAYS ARE BLINDSIDED, ON “SURVIVOR,” WEDNESDAY, NOV. 16 “What About the Big Girls” – In a shocking double tribal council, two castaways are blindsided. Also, a revenge plan begins to brew around camp after several castaways were left out of the last tribal council vote, on SURVIVOR, Wednesday, Nov. 16 (8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT)
  • CBS The Amazing Race- Wednesday, 11/16, 9:00pm Show More
    TEAMS EMBARK ON ANOTHER MEGALEG, IN MALAGA, SPAIN, ON “THE AMAZING RACE,” WEDNESDAY, NOV. 16 “Vamos a la Playa” – Teams embark on a megaleg in Malaga, Spain, where racers become grill masters and brave rough waters, on the CBS Original series THE AMAZING RACE, Wednesday, Nov. 16 at a new time (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 host.
  • CBS Pickled- Thursday, 11/17, 9:00pm Show More
    CBS ANNOUNCES EIGHT CELEBRITY TEAMS COMPETING ON “PICKLED,” INCLUDING THE VOLLEY RANCHERS, PARTY ‘TIL YOU CUKE, WHEN HARRY NET RALLY, AND THE PADDLE SNAKES – WHAT’S THE BIG DILL? The Two-Hour Sports Comedy Special Airing Nov. 17 on CBS Is Hosted by Emmy Award-Winner Stephen Colbert of “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” CBS announced today the eight celebrity teams competing in the new two-hour sports comedy special PICKLED. The pickleball tournament, produced by Stephen Colbert’s Spartina, Funny Or Die and CBS Studios, will air Thursday, Nov. 17 (9:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network, and will be available to stream live and on demand on Paramount+*. Emmy Award-winner Stephen Colbert of THE LATE SHOW hosts this cutthroat pickleball competition. Below, meet the acclaimed teams playing to benefit the non-profit Comic Relief US and ultimately win the coveted totem of excellence: The Colbert Cup!
    TEAM: DINK FLOYD CELEBRITIES: Kelly Rowland and Murray Bartlett
    TEAM: PARTY ‘TIL YOU CUKE CELEBRITIES: Tig Notaro and “Mystery Player”
    TEAM: THE PADDLE SNAKES CELEBRITIES: June Diane Raphael and Paul Scheer
    TEAM: TAKE THIS LOB AND SHOVE IT CELEBRITIES: Jaime Camil and Aisha Tyler
    TEAM: THE VOLLEY RANCHERS CELEBRITIES: Sugar Ray Leonard and Emma Watson
    TEAM: DANIEL DAE LUIS CELEBRITIES: Luis Guzmán and Daniel Dae Kim
    TEAM: DILL-I-AM CELEBRITIES: Jimmie Allen and Max Greenfield
    TEAM: WHEN HARRY NET RALLY CELEBRITIES: Dierks Bentley and Phil Keoghan
    All-star announcers, including Cari Champion, John Michael Higgins and Bill Raftery, add color and commentary to the thrilling matches. After the national anthem is performed as a duet by singer-songwriter Kenny Loggins and Stephen Colbert, the eight celebrity teams take to the court to battle for the honor of being named the PICKLED champions. Stephen Colbert’s Spartina, Funny Or Die and CBS are joining forces with Comic Relief to re-ignite the magic of creating change through comedy with PICKLED. Calls to action during the broadcast will raise funds to support Comic Relief’s safety programs, which address the life-altering impact of homelessness, rootlessness and lack of safety often experienced by children and families living in poverty.In addition to funds raised from the broadcast event and at ComicRelief.org/pickled, Comic Relief will also be engaging pickleball leagues, lovers and communities across the U.S. to get in on the fun to help children and families experiencing homelessness.
  • CBS 48 Hours- Saturday, 11/19, 9:00 Show More
    CBS NEWS CORRESPONDENT NATALIE MORALES DELIVERS HER FIRST TRUE-CRIME INVESTIGATION FOR “48 HOURS”
    “48 Hours: Last Seen in Breckenridge” Airs This Saturday Preview
    Award-winning correspondent Natalie Morales will make her investigative debut on CBS News’ critically acclaimed true-crime series 48 HOURS on Saturday, Nov. 19 (10:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network and streaming on Paramount+.
    Morales’ first in-depth reporting for CBS News focuses on an investigation into the murders of two young women, Annette Schnee, 21, and Bobbie Jo Oberholtzer, 29, near the resort ski town of Breckenridge, Colo. Detectives were initially able to link the two 1982 murders through an orange sock found near Oberholtzer’s crime scene and a matching sock found on Schnee. The case went cold until investigators ran DNA recovered from evidence through a public genealogy database and got a match. In a bizarre turn of events, investigators would learn that the killer had been rescued by a local fire chief from a snow-covered mountain pass the very same night he dumped the bodies of the two women.
    “The 48 HOURS team is at the top of their game and the best in the business of true-crime reporting,” Morales says. “It has been a dream working with the 48 HOURS family and on this story, which has so many unusual twists and turns.”
    48 HOURS: “Last Seen in Breckenridge” is produced by Chris Young Ritzen. The development producer is Elena DiFiore. The show is also produced by Jamie Stolz, Paul LaRosa, Betsy Shuller and Judy Rybak. David Dow is a development producer. Lauren Clark is the field producer. Michael Loftus is the associate producer. Richard Barber, Marlon Disla, Mike Vele, Diana Modica and Marcus Balsam are the editors. Anthony Batson is the senior broadcast producer. Nancy Kramer is the executive story editor. Judy Tygard is the executive producer.
    At 9:00 PM, 48 HOURS and Troy Roberts report on the heart-wrenching story of a 9-year-old Russian girl named Caralee who was adopted by an American couple. But two years later, the couple came to believe Caralee was dangerous, even capable of murder as they say she tried to kill her little brother. The American couple returned Caralee to Russia and left her behind in a children’s psychiatric hospital. Roberts tells her surprising story in “What Happened to the Perfect Child?”
  • The CW Penn & Teller: Fool Us- Friday, 11/18, 8:00pm Show More
    “Magic Socks Big Time” — (8:00-9:00 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 TV audience watches along with Penn & Teller as they try to figure out the secrets.  The magicians featured in the episode include Gabriella Lester, Howard Blackwell, Horret Wu & Dr. Michael Rubinstein.  Alyson Hannigan (“How I Met Your Mother”) serves as host (#906).  Original airdate 11/18/22.
  • The CW Whose Line Is It Anyway?- Friday, 11/18, 9:00pm Show More
    “Gary Anthony Williams 11” — (9:00-9:30 p.m. ET) (TV-PG, DL) (HDTV) DOUBLING OVER WITH LAUGHTER — Hosted by comedian Aisha Tyler, cast members Ryan Stiles, Wayne Brady and Colin Mochrie, along with guest comedian Gary Anthony Williams, put their comedic skills to the test through a series of spontaneous improv games that are prompted only by random ideas supplied by the studio audience.  The four performers must use the little information they have and their wild imaginations to depict different characters and an array of scenes, as well as perform songs.  After each round of improvisation, Aisha will dole out points to our four performers and declare a winner at the end of every episode.  Directed by Geraldine Dowd (#1110). Original airdate 11/18/2022.
  • The CW Criss Angel’s Magic With the Stars- Saturday, 11/19, 8:00pm Show More
    “100 Foot Rope Escape” — (8:00-9:00 p.m. ET) (Content Rating TBD) (HDTV) VERNON DAVIS VS FLAVOR FLAV — Old friends reunite for this week’s grand illusion when NFL Pro Bowl player Vernon Davis and Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Flavor Flav go head-to-head to see who is the better escape artist.  Eddie Griffin hosts the competition as Criss Angel, Loni Love and Lance Burton judge the two contestants in a race of speed, agility, and focus (#106).  Original airdate 11/19/22.
  • The CW World’s Funniest Animals- Saturday, 11/19, 9:00pm Show More
    “Episode 306” — (9:00-9:30 p.m. ET) (TV-PG) (HDTV) SUPER CUTE WITH SPECIAL GUEST KELLY STABLES – In this episode of “World’s Funniest Animals,” we have rowdy Rottweilers, confused Cockatoos, pool pooches, catching cats, pumpkin pigs, and a personal trainer with the sunniest disposition. Hosted by Elizabeth Stanton with special guest Kelly Stables (“Superstore”), and commentary by Mikalah Gordon, Brian Cooper, Carmen Hodgson, and Noah Matthews (#306). Original airdate 11/19/2022.
    1 hr, live Highlights of Week 10 NFL action with the ‘Fox NFL Sunday’ crew.
  • FOX The Masked Singer- Wednesday, 11/16, 8:00pm Show More
    [EDITOR’S NOTE: Audio descriptions for tonight’s episodes of The Masked Singer and LEGO Masters are available on the SAP Audio Channel.] CC-AD-HDTV 720p-Dolby Digital 5.1 PREPARE TO GET ROASTED ON AN ALL-NEW THE MASKED SINGER WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 16, ON FOX Special Appearances by Comedians Drew Carey and Jon Lovitz This week, The Masked Singer takes on comedy! Our famed panelists roast one another as two new characters enter the competition and legendary comedians Drew Carey and Jon Lovitz make special appearances on stage. The Season Eight contestants boast a combined 32 Grammy Nominations, 16 Emmy Wins, 8 Gold Albums, 4 Golden Globe Nominations, 42 Books, 10 Teen Choice Awards, and 5 Stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Play along with host Nick Cannon and celebrity panelists Ken Jeong, Jenny McCarthy Wahlberg, Nicole Scherzinger and Robin Thicke. Get ready for a night of laughter in the all-new “Comedy Roast Night” episode of The Masked Singer airing Wednesday, Nov. 16 (8:00-9:02 PM ET/PT) on FOX. (MS-808) (TV-14 L) Host: Nick Cannon Panelists: Ken Jeong, Jenny McCarthy Wahlberg, Nicole Scherzinger and Robin Thicke Guest Appearance: Drew Carey, Jon Lovitz
  • FOX LEGO Masters- Wednesday, 11/16, 9:00pm Show More
    CC- HDTV 720p-Dolby Digital 5.1 IT’S A LEGO® HOLE-IN-ONE ON AN ALL-NEW LEGO MASTERS WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 16, ON FOX This week the contestants face off in a mini golf challenge. Each team must transform a putting green into a playable mini golf hole, complete with obstacles that propel the ball and the story within the build. Host Will Arnett tees it up to show the judges which team crafted the best golf hole in the all-new “Mini Golf Masters” episode of LEGO Masters airing Wednesday, Nov. 16 (9:02-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. (LEG-308) (TV-PG L) Host and Executive Producer: Will Arnett Brickmasters: Amy Corbett and Jamie Berard
  • FOX Hell’s Kitchen- Thursday, 11/17, 8:00pm Show More
    THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 17 CC- HDTV 720p-Dolby Digital 5.1 PA: Viewer Discretion is advised. THE CHEFS ATTEMPT TO COOK IN PERFECT HARMONY ON AN ALL-NEW HELL’S KITCHEN THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 17, ON FOX Chefs are put to the test when Gordon and special guest James Beard Award Winner Stephanie Izard challenge the chefs to make the perfect dish with obscure ingredients….only in a wok. Find out who is not in sync in the all-new “Wok This Way” episode of Hell’s Kitchen airing Thursday, Nov. 17 (8:00-9:02 PM ET/PT) on FOX. (HK-2107) (TV-14 L) Cast: Chef Gordon Ramsay
  • FOX WWE’s Friday Night Smackdown- Friday, 11/18, 8:00pm Show More
    [EDITOR’S NOTE: An audio description for WWE’S FRIDAY NIGHT SMACKDOWN is available on the SAP Audio Channel.] “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, NOVEMBER 18, 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, Nov. 18 (8:00-10:00 PM ET live/PT tape-delayed) on FOX. (WWE-2446) (TV-PG D, L, S, V)
  • FOX College Football- Saturday, 11/19, 8:00pm Show More
    [EDITOR’S NOTE: An audio description for tonight’s episode of Beat Shazam is available on the SAP Audio Channel.] **FOX SPORTS**–“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, NOVEMBER 19, ON FOX FOX Sports continues this season’s coverage of FOX COLLEGE FOOTBALL with an exciting matchup live from the historic Rose Bowl Stadium as the UCLA Bruins take on the USC Trojans in a classic Pac-12 rivalry matchup. FOX COLLEGE FOOTBALL airs LIVE Saturday, Nov. 19 (8:00 PM-CC ET live/5:00 PM-CC PT live) on FOX.(FSP-2340) (n/a)
  • NBC Football Night in America- Sunday, 11/13, 7:00pm Show More
    “FOOTBALL NIGHT IN AMERICA” “111322” ORIGINAL 11/13/2022 (07:00PM – 08:15PM) (Sunday) TV-14 Week 10 NFL highlights and discussion, plus a Chargers-49ers preview. Maria Taylor hosts with Tony Dungy, Chris Simms, Jason Garrett and insider Mike Florio, plus Rodney Harrison and Jac Collinsworth.
  • NBC Sunday Night Football- Sunday, 11/13, 8:15pm Show More
    “NBC SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL” “LOS ANGELES CHARGERS AT SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS (11/13/22)” ORIGINAL 11/13/2022 (08:15PM – 11:30PM) (Sunday)
  • NBC The Voice- Monday, 11/14, 8:00pm Show More
    “LIVE TOP 16 PERFORMANCES” ORIGINAL 11/14/2022 (08:00PM – 10:00PM) (Monday) : The Top 16 artists perform live for the first time in front of coaches Camila Cabello, John Legend, Blake Shelton and Gwen Stefani for their chance at a spot in the Top 13.
  • NBC The Voice- Tuesday, 11/15, 8:00pm Show More
    “LIVE TOP 16 ELIMINATIONS” ORIGINAL 11/15/2022 (08:00PM – 09:00PM) (Tuesday) : Two artists from each team are revealed as safe by America’s votes. Each coach selects one more artist to move forward. The remaining four artists, one from each team, compete in the Wildcard Instant Save. One artist from the save moves on to the Top 13.
  • NBC Dateline NBC- Friday, 11/18, 9:00pm Show More
    Sneak Peek “FR3210” ORIGINAL 11/18/2022 (09:00PM – 11:00PM) (Friday) “The Figure in the House” Season 31, episode 10. After the wife of a college professor and relative of the founder of an oil empire is found murdered in her South Florida home, her son tells investigators that footage from the home’s security camera could hold the key to finding the killer.
  • Netflix Deon Cole: Charleen’s Boy- Tuesday, 11/15 Show More
    Comedy special. In an electric stand-up special, Deon Cole ponders romance, racist hotel showers, post-coital bedtime prayers and why he loves women of a certain age.
  • Netflix Pepsi, Where’s My Jet? – Thursday, 11/17, 3:01 AM Show More
    Promo Series premiere. When a 20-year-old attempts to win a fighter jet in a Pepsi sweepstakes, he sets the stage for a David versus Goliath court battle for the history books.
  • Showtime Ziwe- Friday, 11/18, 11pm Show More
    Never afraid to go there (or anywhere), ZIWE presents the hottest of hot button topics and she’s guaranteed to touch a whole lot of nerves. Plus, she’s bringing plenty of musical numbers, interviews, guest stars and hilarious sketches along for the ride.

 

RERUNS

  • ABC Celebrity Jeopardy!- Sunday, 11/13, 8:00pm Show More
    “Quarterfinal #5: Troian Bellisario, Wil Wheaton and Hasan Minhaj” – Quarterfinal round five of “Celebrity Jeopardy!” sees actress Troian Bellisario (“Pretty Little Liars”), actor Wil Wheaton (“Stand By Me”) and comedian Hasan Minhaj (“Patriot Act”) battle head-to-head for a chance to move on to the semifinal round, SUNDAY, NOV. 13 (8:00-9:00 p.m. EDT), on ABC. (Re-run from 10/30)
  • ABC Enchanted- Thursday, 11/17, 8:00pm Show More
    Trailer Movie. Disney’s ‘Enchanted’ To Make Broadcast Debut Nov. 17 at 8 p.m. EST/PST on ABC The Special Broadcast Celebrates the 2007 Film on the Eve of Its Sequel, ‘Disenchanted,’ Streaming on Disney+ Nov. 18 For princess-to-be Giselle, life is a fairy tale — until she’s banished from the animated land of Andalasia and thrust into the very unmagical, live-action world of modern-day Manhattan. When a cynical, no-nonsense divorce lawyer comes to her aid, little does he realize that this joyful, wide-eyed innocent is about to enchant him. The Wonderful World of Disney presents “Enchanted,” THURSDAY, NOV. 17 (8:00-10:01 p.m. EST), on ABC.
  • CBS So Help Me Todd- Wednesday, 11/16, 10:00pm Show More
    Promo WHEN TODD REUNITES WITH A CHILDHOOD FRIEND WITH A CHECKERED PAST, HE CONVINCES MARGARET TO REPRESENT HIM IN A MINOR LEGAL CASE, ON “SO HELP ME TODD,” WEDNESDAY, NOV. 16 “Second Second Chance” – When Todd reunites with a childhood friend with a checkered past, he convinces Margaret to represent him in a minor legal case, on the new CBS Original drama SO HELP ME TODD, Wednesday, Nov. 16 (9:01-10:00 PM, ET/PT). Originally aired Thursday, 10/13/22. WRITTEN BY: Lisa Kyonga Parsons DIRECTED BY: Robert Duncan McNeill
  • CBS Young Sheldon- Thursday, 11/17, 8:00pm Show More
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Primetime TV Review: Lopez VS. Lopez

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“Lopez VS. Lopez” Review on by Eva 11/6/2022

George Lopez returns to television with a show loosely based on his real life. George plays a man who lost his construction business and his house because of the pandemic. George moves in with his daughter Mayan (played by his real-life daughter Mayan Lopez). The relationship between George and his daughter is strained and Mayan goes to therapy to deal with the issues she has because her parents got divorced, and the fact that her father was not around much growing up. George is hoping to build a relationship with his daughter by remodeling her kitchen. George makes a tik tok video to tell Mayan he is broke and homeless so Mayan and her husband let George move into their house to live with them. Mayan and George must adjust to living with each other and while this show sounds like a drama it is a comedy.

The show is funny with most of the laughs coming from Mayan Lopez who is very funny. The show highlights how different generations can learn from each other it also has some touching moments. The show begins what NBC calls its Friday night comedy hour which is followed by Young Rock. If you want to laugh you will enjoy this show it is worth watching although I am not sure how well it will do on Friday nights.

The rest of the cast other than George and Mayan needs time to find their rhythm.

I give this show a 4 out of 5 stars.

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Interview with Jeff Rake

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Interview with Jeff Rake of “Manifest” on Netflix by Suzanne 11/2/22

It was fun to speak to Jeff again. Last time was in a short junket for NBC. This time I had 20 minutes, so I was able to ask all of my questions. He was great about answering them, too, as you’ll see in this video. He gave very thoughtful answers.  Many of my questions came from “Manifest” fans on Facebook and Twitter, so it was nice to have them help me out.

Here’s the video!

 

Jeff: Well, thank you so much.

Suzanne: Good, good, good. I have some questions, and I haven’t watched the fourth season episodes yet…

Jeff: Okay.

Suzanne: So there’s no worry about spoilers.

Jeff: Okay.

Suzanne: My sister-in-law… I have to tell you… (and I told you this last time, but you won’t remember, probably) My sister-in-law and her husband just love “Manifest.”

Jeff: Right.

Suzanne: It’s the only show they watch, I think.

Jeff: Wow.

Suzanne: Yeah. I like it, but I have to watch so much [for my work]. I’m always behind on everything…

Jeff: Right. Tell them I said, “Thank you.”

Suzanne: I’ll make sure they see this video. So, my first question is: Is this really the last season?

Jeff: Is this really the last season? Well, as far as I know, this is really the last season. We wrote these episodes to the very end of the journey. We’re going to answer everyone’s questions by the time you get to the end of the next block, right? So, we’re releasing block one right now. Block two will come out sometime in the spring, I suppose, and we’ve finished shooting those episodes. We just finished shooting episode 420 a couple weeks ago, and we’ll be editing those for the next couple months. We’ve taken the story all the way to the end. We have, uh, hopefully answered all the questions people are wondering about. Um, I love these characters. I would love to keep telling stories about them. So you never know what the future holds. This should get us all the way to the end of the “Manifest” story.

Suzanne: So if it’s a huge hit, and Netflix says, “We want more,” you can write more?

Jeff: Well, these are great, complicated characters, and I’d be delighted to take them on another journey. So you never know.

Suzanne: Okay. Cool. Do you think fans will be happy about the ending?

Jeff: I hope so. I hope so. I think that… I personally think it’s very satisfying. The few folks who have…hardly anybody has seen the episode because it’s still in the edit bay and we’re tinkering with it… But those who read the script… of course, the actors and the crew…maybe they’re too close to it, but, but, uh, you know…

Suzanne: Mm-hmm.

Jeff: The insiders all felt that it was very satisfying, and very powerful emotionally. I think that it fulfills the promise of the “Manifest” pilot and the initial premise. There are a lot of camps among our fandom. You know, people rooting for this couple, people rooting for that couple….everybody has their favorites in terms of the characters. And then, on the science side, people have their theories. And on the mythological side, people have their theories. We make choices that, I think, a lot of people are gonna be able to say, “I was right.” And other people will say…

Suzanne: You can’t please everyone. [Laughs]

Jeff: We wrap it up in a way that won’t please everyone. Right. Because to the extent that certain people were right, I guess other people will feel like they were wrong, but we’re not so specific and so on the nose that I think people are gonna walk away saying, “I was wrong.” There’s a level of ambiguity that will allow people to draw conclusions, but not so ambiguous that I think they’re gonna feel like, “Well, you didn’t give us answers.”

Suzanne: Yeah, right.

Jeff: You know what I mean? So I think we kind of reach a happy medium where people will be able to draw conclusions in a way that they’ll feel like we created closure. Um, so we’ll see. You know, I’ll be curious to see what people feel.

Suzanne: Why was the last season split into two parts?

Jeff: You know, we still had a lot of story to tell, and I think that Netflix wanted to honor that, and therefore, were very generous in giving us 20, which I very much appreciated. I would’ve happily taken as many they were willing to give us.

Suzanne: Mm-hmm.

Jeff: We needed a certain amount of time to shoot all these episodes. I needed time to write all of them, and I needed a break in-between. It would’ve been too challenging for us to write 20 (episodes) nonstop.

Suzanne: Sure.

Jeff: ..to write and shoot 20 non-stop. We needed a break, and we took a break – a writer’s hiatus…it wasn’t, actually, really a hiatus. We needed a production hiatus so that the writing could continue and catch up.

Suzanne: Okay.

Jeff: And I think that’s probably why airing them was split up in two.

Suzanne: My sister-in-law’s favorite character is Jared, and she wanted to know why we saw less of Jared in the third season.

Jeff: Interesting. Um, not by design, not by design. I think, you know… did we see less of Jared? If she says we saw less of him, then I believe her. Um, I don’t know. I think that…

Suzanne: The story?

Jeff: Yeah. The story just led us in certain directions. We were developing the Angelina character more predominantly, and that probably just squeezed some other characters off the screen a little bit, but not at all by design. We love Jared.

Suzanne: Okay. Okay. And I posted on a couple of Facebook groups about “Manifest,” and on Twitter…so I have some questions from there.

Jeff: Oh, okay.

Suzanne: Several people asked, “Do you have more projects in mind after this one finishes?” They want to follow you… [Laughs]

Jeff: Ha-ha! I love that. I love that. Um, when “Manifest” was canceled… I, of course, as an anxious television writer, started thinking about, “Well, what’s next?” You know?

Suzanne: Mm-hmm.

Jeff: Yeah, I have a couple other ideas. I’m always thinking and started developing another supernatural drama (which has proven successful for me this time around). I started working on that when we were no more. And then, I had to put my pen down on that when we were saved. When this wraps up, maybe I’ll turn my attention back to that; see what I can do with that.

Suzanne: Great.

Jeff: I’ll keep them posted.

Suzanne: Yes, definitely. Beth asked, “Do you feel that you had to leave out anything important to finish it in four seasons, rather than more?”

Jeff: Yeah, good question, Beth. Uh, I don’t think so. You know, the thing about the combination of our show being a relationship drama, a mythological drama, but also a police drama, allowed us to be somewhat flexible in our storytelling. And in particular on the procedural side of the show. If we had had an extra season, we probably would’ve spread out our mythology more. Uh, in other words, made it thinner and dropped mythology clues…

Suzanne: Mm-hmm.

Jeff: …over more episodes. That is to say, mythology clue in episode three, save the next mythology clue for episode six.

Suzanne: Mm-hmm.

Jeff: Another one in episode 10, and in the meantime, told more cop stories. You know what I mean? In between, told more police stories. And as a result of our having less episodes, we probably told a few less procedural cop stories and inundated you with more mythology stories… Um, and packed them in a little bit more, you know…

Suzanne: Right.

Jeff: Gave you more mythological clues. Episode four, episode six, Episode eight, episode 10. And so, you probably got more bang for your buck on the mythology and science side, and so we didn’t drop anything inherent to the overall mythology of the show. We might have just denied you a few cop stories.

Suzanne: I think my sister-in-law suggested that you should have a spinoff with…

Jeff: Right.

Suzanne: As a police show, with Michaela and Jared.

Jeff: Yeah, I hear that.

Suzanne: [Chuckles] Jan asks if you have a favorite episode. That’s a tough one, I know.

Jeff: Episode seven in this new block, uh, directed by Josh Dallas, as a matter of fact, is pretty good. I mean, you’ll have seen it, probably, by the time you watch this. There’s a really adorable story between Cal (you know, older Cal, Ty) and another passenger named Violet. It’s pretty irresistible. And then there’s some other cool stuff happening around that. But that story between Ty and Violet, which leads them to a karaoke bar…

Suzanne: [Laughs]

Jeff: It’s pretty hard to resist. Does it make it my favorite episode of them all? I don’t know. And that’s not even the lead story of the episode. Is it? Maybe it is, but uh, it’s pretty great.

Suzanne: Oh good. More karaoke is always good for me, so…

Jeff: Right. There you go.

Suzanne: Love it. You know, sometimes people don’t use their real name on Twitter, so this guy’s Twitter username is “Manifest Stoner.”

Jeff: Oh yeah, I know Manifest Stoner.

Suzanne: You know him? Okay, good.

Jeff: Yeah.

Suzanne: He asks, “How do you maintain levity in a show where the emotional stakes are so high?”

Jeff: Yeah. Well, you’ve probably noticed that I really enjoy my levity. Whenever there’s a stupid joke, I probably wrote that. And sometimes we, kind of, cross the line and go a little too far. Often the other executive producers will go, “Should we edit out that line? Like, does that feel appropriate, given how grave the rest of the episode is?” And I’ll say, “No, we gotta leave that in because sometimes even on a really sad day, funny stuff happens.”

Suzanne: Yeah.

Jeff: So, um, you know, that’s why the character Troy exists. That’s why the character Egan exists. I just have a soft spot for dumb jokes and… not-so-dumb jokes. We have some really funny jokes.

Suzanne: Yeah.

Jeff: But in all seriousness, you know, I think that’s how we get through life.

Suzanne: Sure.

Jeff: It’s like, you know, you go to a funeral, and then you go back to the person’s house, and you make each other laugh. You know? And that’s how we get through life.

Suzanne: Right. Like that classic “Mary Tyler Moore” episode where they all start laughing at the funeral…

Jeff: Yeah. Yeah. Exactly.

Suzanne: Any show has to balance the drama and the comedy…

Jeff: You have to, you have to.

Suzanne: Yeah. Otherwise it’s too unrelentingly sad…

Jeff: That’s really important to me. We balance it just by throwing it in there and seeing what works; and when it does, we let it stick.

Suzanne: Okay. Cristina (spelled without an H) asks, “Whose character has changed the most in season four?”

Jeff: Yeah. Yeah, that’s a good question. Um, let me think for a second. Olive changes a lot. Olive is kind of forced by circumstance to become Mom, and Luna did a great job at taking that on. I thought that was a really exciting arc for her to have, to really be the grown up, and, uh, that was cool for us to write. And it was fun for her to take on that challenge, and she really rose to the occasion.

Suzanne: Great. And Christina (with an H) asked, “Of all the characters’ storylines, which one is the one you think will surprise us more in season four?” Similar question.

Jeff: Yeah. Well, certainly Olive’s, but let me think if there’s another one. (long pause) I know Egan is a supporting player, but he becomes a much more prominent player in season four and takes surprising and important turns. I think that that’ll be surprising…let me think if there’s anyone else…Yeah, for Jared– someone was asking about how we underplayed Jared? Jared has an important role in this season, and I think really comes through for Jared fans.

Suzanne: Okay, that’s fine. If you can think of any more, you can let me know.

Jeff: Okay.

Suzanne: From Sarah: “Was the death of Pete the tipping point for Angelina’s delusion that Eden was her guardian angel? She seemed relatively okay up until that point.”

Jeff: That’s a really good question, and I think that’s a really good theory. I don’t know that we were thinking about that, consciously, but looking backwards, I think you’re right – that might have pushed her over the top. And she talks a lot about that in the series, after the fact, in this block Of episodes, and in the block to come — in the final block, she will look back with historical perspective, and she talks a lot about how everyone abandoned her. And, maybe it’s unfair to say that Pete abandoned her. He didn’t try to abandon her, but one way or another, she was kind of taken away from him. Or he was taken away from her. And so it’s a sort of abandonment, and that was pivotal in her dissent into darkness, wasn’t it? So I think that’s a very good point.

Suzanne: Okay. I just have one more question, and you sort of answered it before when we were talking about, uh, changes…Rail asks, “Why did you kill Grace?”

Jeff: Yeah.

Suzanne: Actually, I think he said it like, “Why did he kill Grace? Why?” (mournfully). [Laughs]

Jeff: Yeah. Well, you have to kill your babies sometimes, for art. It was the most terrible thing that we could imagine, right? That’s why… we needed Angelina to commit the most grievous act that we could imagine. And reciprocally, we needed the Stone family to suffer the most grievous act that we could imagine in order to take the story in the direction that we needed to go. I think I talked about this a bit earlier. (I’m getting my interviews confused, so maybe I didn’t…) The ultimate arc of “Manifest” and the ultimate theme of “Manifest” is about redemption. And that ties into the idea of forgiveness, right? And for any of us who are spiritual, however that spirituality manifests for you, the idea of personal redemption and personal forgiveness– forgiveness of others, forgiveness of yourself — ties in so inherently to the show, and you’ll see that very clearly with Michaela’s arc in the final block of 10, and with Ben’s arc in the final block of 10. And so, in Ben’s case, we had to pull him down that rabbit hole to suffer the most insufferable… Is that the right use of insufferable? I don’t know. Uh, the most…the worst….

Suzanne: The worst way you can suffer.

Jeff: The worst way you could suffer. Plainly spoken.

Suzanne: Yes.

Jeff: Thank you. Uh, he had to suffer like no one could possibly suffer… unimaginable cruelty. Yeah. Uh, and then see if he had the power of forgiveness, right? Like most world religions speak about, and I think they all speak about it for a reason, right? Because that’s the hardest thing that a person can be asked for in life, right? To forgive the unforgivable. And if you can forgive the unforgivable, you can do anything.

Suzanne: That’s true.

Jeff: And we will see that asked of Ben, in regard to Angelina, and we’ll see that asked of Michaela in regard to forgiving herself, right? She’s been trying to forgive herself since season one, in regard to Evie, and there’s nothing harder. There’s nothing harder. Anyway.

Suzanne: All right.

Jeff: I don’t know if that’s a satisfying answer….

Suzanne: No, that’s good. No, that’s a good answer. Thank you so much. I really appreciate your talking to me.

Jeff: You’re welcome.

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‘Manifest’ Season 4 Will Take Off This Fall

Please take your seats for landing.

Aug 28, 2022

Make sure your seat backs and tray tables are in their full, upright positions because Manifest Season 4 Part 1 will be landing on Netflix soon.

We couldn’t let 8/28 pass without sharing some exciting news about our favorite Flight 828 passengers. It’s been a turbulent journey — that even included a cancellation — but we can confirm that Manifest Season 4 will premiere on Netflix on Nov. 4.

Fans of the supernatural series (which is produced by Warner Bros. Television) will remember that Season 3 ends on multiple cliffhangers: Ben’s (Josh Dallas) wife, Grace (Athena Karkanis) is murdered by troubled passenger Angelina (Holly Taylor), who also kidnaps their baby , Eden. Cal (Jack Messina) disappears after touching the plane’s tail fin and then returns five years older (now played by Ty Doran), cryptically stating, “I know what I have to do now.” And we get a quick glimpse of the flight’s captain when he reappears in the cockpit, only to vanish seconds later and take the remains of the plane with him. So where do we pick up?

“When you turn on the next episode, it’s two years later, and not only is Ben still deeply in the depths of depression and trauma over the loss of his wife, but you’ll of course recall that that was only half the tragedy,” series creator Jeff Rake tells Tudum. “The other half was the kidnapping of his infant daughter and tragically, two years later, she’s still missing.”

While Ben crawls his way out of “the terrible and torturous hole that he’s plunged himself into,” Cal is trying to figure out where he’s been and why. “There’s sort of an amnesia there, and it’ll take these episodes and adventures that he’s put on throughout this journey to piece it back together,” says Rake. “And that’s just on the mythological side. On the emotional side, he looks like he’s a grownup, but psychologically, he’s still a little boy.”

About that mythological side, Season 4 promises to unpack more of the overarching mystery of what really happens to the passengers during the moment of turbulence and why they’ve been chosen to experience callings ever since. “As exhausting and crazy-making as these callings [are] and the responsibility of being an 828er is, it’s not just about them,” says Rake. “The interconnectedness of all of us, and how small actions can have implications that cascade outward and touch the whole world is what the show is about.”

Find out more when Manifest returns Nov. 4.

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