Is it a crime to laugh helplessly at something so silly? If so, I plead guilty to first-degree fandom when it comes to this zany true-crime parody, Trial & Error: Lady, Killer.
A fun summer diversion on par with seedless watermelon, the second season of Trial & Error achieves the improbable: finding a defendant worthy of succeeding John Lithgow’s bumbling suspect from a year ago. All purring calculation and self-adoration, the delightful Kristin Chenoweth is a diva-esque hoot as Lavinia Peck-Foster, the most popular—and richest—woman in East Peck, South Carolina.'Trial & Error' Star Kristin Chenoweth 'Ready' for 'Pushing Daisies' Revival
Plus, the actress teases her role on the upcoming season on 'Trial & Error.'
All signs point to her guilt in the murder of her wealthy husband, but even the unintelligibly whispery judge (one of several foolproof running gags) is on her side. He posts her $10 bail.
A master of the pained double take, the appealing Nicholas D’Agosto whipsaws between cockiness and sheepish humiliation as Lavinia’s lawyer, Josh Segal, who may or may not have impregnated rival prosecutor Carol Anne Keane (Jayma Mays).'Trial & Error' Season 2: EP Jeff Astrof Talks Using Real Life Stories as Inspiration
He's grabbed tidbits from everything including murder case investigations and popular podcasts.
Slapstick antics and cliffhanger twists elevate the ridiculous tomfoolery, where a femme fatale can get away with saying, "If I were wearing my slapping gloves, you’d be tasting fresh peacock skin by now."
Trial & Error: Lady, Killer: Season Premiere Thursday, July 19, 9/8c, NBC
Still, the producers have plenty of time to bring back some of the long-running show’s most engaging characters, as they did with Teddy Altman. For obvious reasons, they can’t bring back characters like Derek (Patrick Dempsey) or Lexie (Chyler Leigh), but there are plenty of others they could.
Click through the gallery above for nine fan favorite characters who could and should book a return visit to Grey Sloan before the hospital closes its doors!14 Times 'Grey's Anatomy' Nostalgia Gave Us Life in Season 14
The show’s 300th episode was loaded with nostalgia, but really, the entire 14th season was.
In this special edition of Stuff We Love, the staff of TV Guide Magazine and TV Insider are sharing what comedy specials are making them laugh.
From Steve Martin to Maria Bamford, these specials had us in stitches. Click through the gallery above to see what's on their list!Stuff We Love Right Now: Summer Throwback Edition
What we're watching, reading, and wearing in the warm weather!
As we get hyped for the broadcast network’s new offerings for the 2018–2019 television season, we have to pour one out for the projects that didn’t survive pilot season.
As you’ll see in the gallery above, brash originality and blinding star power can’t always guarantee a prospective TV show a spot on the primetime schedule. Luckily, some of these comedies and dramas might find new homes...'Cagney & Lacey,' a 'Supernatural' Spinoff & More Pilots That Weren’t Picked Up
From Sarah Drew's 'Cagney & Lacey' to a 'Supernatural' spinoff, these shows didn't get season orders.
From the series premiere of HBO's Sharp Objects to the return of great guests and big laughs on Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee, this week was filled with reasons to cheer (and gasp!).
Click through the gallery above to see our 10 favorite lines on TV this week!Roush Review: Amy Adams Brings Dimension to the Pulp Melodrama of 'Sharp Objects'
The eight-part adaptation is perhaps a bit too languorous but thankfully, the casting is impeccable.
The hit CBS series Bull has lost an original cast member.
Annabelle Attanasio, who plays security expert Cable McCrory, won't be returning for the upcoming third season, Deadline has confirmed.
It's sad news, since she's been with Michael Weatherly and company since the show's premiere in 2016.CBS Fall 2018 Premiere Dates: 'NCIS,' 'Bull,' 'Murphy Brown' Revival & More
Plus, find out when the 'Murphy Brown' revival will kick off.
Attanasio provided a statement about her decision to exit through CBS — "I’m excited to share that I have been given the opportunity to direct my first feature film, a story I’ve been shepherding for four years."
"Sadly, the film conflicts with my role as Cable on Bull. CBS and the show’s producers have graciously allowed me to leave the series so I can pursue this extraordinary opportunity. While I will miss Cable dearly, I am so thrilled about this new chapter in my career, and am forever grateful to the show for supporting me on my creative journey. I loved my time on the show, and feel so lucky to have the support of the show’s producers, CBS, and most of all, my unbelievable castmates," she added.
No decision has been made yet about how Attanasio's character will be written off the show.
TVLine was first to report the news.
Bull, Season 3, Monday, Sept. 24, CBS
The latest and tenth installment of Hallmark Movies & Mysteries' Signed, Sealed, Delivered franchise is back with its new installment To the Altar, and your four favorite postal workers are ready to solve mysteries and reunite people with their long-lost mail.
TV Insider spoke with besties Kristin Booth (who plays Shane McInerney) and Crystal Lowe (Rita Haywith) about what fans can expect from the next chapter in their stories and what is means to have such an amazing legion of fans, a.k.a. "POstables."
Here what they had to say in the interview below:Christmas 2018: Hallmark Adds Two More Movies to Holiday Lineup
Christmas queens Lacey Chabert & Candace Cameron Bure return as Hallmark airs a record 36 movies.
Where do we pick up with these characters?
Crystal Lowe: Rita is getting married to Norman (Geoff Gustafson). We've been engaged for a little while and navigating that and what being engaged means, discovering what we're going to be like as a married and now we finally get to the alter.
Kristin Booth: The POstables discover a wedding dress that was an undeliverable and that becomes their mystery mission throughout the movie.
Why do you think fans have really latched on to this series?
Booth: It's family friendly program which is so unique to television right now. You're guaranteed that you don't have to worry about the kids coming in or you can share it with your 90-year-old grandmother.
What was Carol Burnett like?
Lowe: She's an incredibly funny, down-to-earth, easy going woman, and her comedic timing is still bang-on.Renewed TV Shows 2018: Find Out Which Series Will Return for Another Season
Plus, find out which of your other favorite shows are coming back next season.
What do you think the audience will love about this new installment?
Booth: I think what the audience is going to love is that there's so much payoff in this movie. We've been following these four people for so long and seeing them grow and seeing their characters change and be influenced by not only each other but the people they meet along the way while they're solving the mysteries of the letters and the packages.
Now, finally you get to see Norman and Rita finally get married when at the beginning [of their relationship] they could barely speak to each other. And you get see Oliver (Eric Mabius) and Shane's relationship growing and getting stronger. There's just so much heart in this particular one and I think it's the best one so far.
The chemistry between the four of you is great. What do you attribute that to?
Lowe: I think what's really funny about our characters is that's we're kinda them in real life. [Laughs] I feel like I'm always [saying] "Everything's going to be fine. Everything's going to be rainbows." And Kristin's like "I'm going to discover this... where else can I find something?" Eric is always thinking everything through, he's very analytical. And then Geoff is like I'm just here.. let's do whatever we gotta do." We're almost kinda those people in real life!
Booth: When you describe it like that, it actually is true! [Laughs]
Why do you keep coming back to this series, these characters?
Booth: Martha's writing. It is such a gift every time we get a script from Martha and are able to bring that to life. She's so good a weaving different messages into a highly entertaining, sometimes suspenseful, sometimes hilarious stories.
The #POstable fan frenzy is intense. What's that like?
Lowe: It's amazing. We just met a bunch of fans and it was just brilliant to see what this group name has become. It's become this family of women and men, people who support and love each other who have never met, using social media in exactly the right way.
Booth: Our fans mirror the show and they're wonderful people who are committed to the show and have often been generous with their feelings and thoughts.
What do you want to do with your characters in future installments?
Lowe: I'd love to see a honeymoon at some point. I'd love to see Rita and Norman tackle children and how they want to have children... if they can have children and what kind of parents they want to be be.
Booth: And of course we all want to see a wedding for Oliver and Shane as well because that relationship has been through it's ups and downs.
Signed, Sealed, Delivered: To the Altar, Sunday, July 15, 9/8c, Hallmark Movies & Mysteries
For the ninth year in a row, TV Guide Magazine has partnered with Warner Bros. TV to produce a special WB-themed issue of the iconic television magazine for San Diego's 2018 Comic-Con International. And the folks splashed on this year's colorful covers are just as iconic!
The four collectible editions feature:
- The cast of Riverdale
- Jensen Ackles, Jared Padalecki, Misha Collins and Alexander Calvert of Supernatural
- Alfred E. Neuman of MAD Magazine
- The DC Comics heroes from the CW hits Arrow, Legends of Tomorrow, The Flash, Black Lightning and Supergirl.
Plus, a magical queen, a zombie, Superman's grandpa and more are making their way to the stage.
As in years past, Warner Bros. will distribute the TV Guide Magazine special issue to fans for free at the Warner Bros. booth (#4545 on the convention floor) during the massive pop-culture convention, beginning on Preview Night, Wednesday, July 18, and continuing through Sunday, July 22.
In addition to the shows mentioned above, the 88-page limited-edition printing is packed with exclusive interviews, behind-the-scenes shots and big reveals from The 100, The Big Bang Theory, Gotham, iZombie, Krypton and Westworld.SDCC 2018: 'Riverdale' Takes Over Comic-Con's Hotel Keys
Plus, fans can win a chance to visit the set.
There are also previews of WBTV's highly anticipated upcoming projects like Castle Rock, The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, Legacies, Manifest, YOU and Titans, as well as a slew of Warner Bros. animation efforts. So yes, you will get scoop on the CW Seed's Constantine: City of Demons and the Unikitty coloring book you didn't know you needed.
For those unable to attend Comic-Con in person, all four collectible covers will be on sale at retailers nationwide from July 17 through October 16. Purchase individual copies or the entire set via www.TVInsider.com/comicconmag2018.
The issue is also available for purchase on Amazon.com and BN.com, and digitally for the Amazon Kindle Fire, Barnes & Noble Nook, Google Play and Zinio.A First-Timer's Guide to San Diego Comic-Con
Everything you need to know to make your first Con experience a memorable one!
Check out the four collectible covers below:
The Downton Abbey movie is officially a go, with production set to commence this summer at the historic Highclere Castle.
All the familiar Crawley faces are returning as well — including Maggie Smith, Michelle Dockery, Hugh Bonneville and the rest of the servants and family members, according to Deadline.
Another original member returning is the series creator, Oscar winner Julian Fellowes, who will produce the movie and has written the film's screenplay.'Downton Abbey' Actor Kevin Doyle on the Show's Exhibition & Potential Movie
He also reveals who gave the best wrap gift when the series ended.
Gareth Neame, Nigel Marchant, and Liz Trubridge are also set to produce and Brian Percival — the director of the series’ pilot — will direct the film.
The hit PBS English period drama ended in 2015 and was an Emmy success, signing off with 69 nominations and 15 wins in total.
"When the television series drew to a close it was our dream to bring the millions of global fans a movie and now, after getting many stars aligned, we are shortly to go into production," said Neame in a statement.Step Inside the World of 'Downton Abbey'
The exhibition is coming to a town near you.
"Julian’s script charms, thrills and entertains and in Brian Percival’s hands we aim to deliver everything that one would hope for as Downton comes to the big screen," he added.
No word yet on when the movie will premiere.
— The Man in the High Castle (@HighCastleTV) July 11, 2018
Season 3 of the Amazon series, Man in the High Castle, is returning this fall to the streaming service with new showrunner Eric Overmyer. And don't worry, the show has already been renewed for a fourth season.
— Los Angeles Times (@latimes) August 9, 2017
Bravo's upcoming series, Dirty John, based on the popular podcast adds two to its cast: Julia Garner (Ozark) and Juno Temple (Vinyl).
They're going to play Connie Britton’s character's daughters. Eric Bana is set to star as the main man, John Meehan.
Hostess With The Mostest
Meredith Vieira is set to host 25 Words or Less, a new game show which will debut on August 6. It's going to run for three weeks on Fox’s stations in cities such as New York, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, Dallas, Atlanta, Minneapolis, Phoenix, Orlando, and Charlotte.
If the show performs well, it'll get nationally distributed in Fall 2019.
Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio will be joining NBC's Blindspot in Season 4 as Madeline Burke. Her role is recurring, but other details are being kept under wraps.
Previously, Mastrantonio has had guest spots on Limitless, Grimm, and Netflix's The Punisher.
Blindspot, Season 4 Premiere, Friday, October 12, 8/7c, NBC
The nominees for this year's Emmys 2018 have officially been announced, so now the big question is: Who should win the gold?
We're taking a look at some of the finer moments that could earn the Best Drama Actor and Best Drama Actress nominees that coveted statuette. From Westworld and The Handmaid's Tale to This Is Us and Stranger Things, there are plenty of great shows in the running, but it's the performances that really bring it all together.
They make us cry and they make us smile, but most of all, they've earned the admiration of fans and critics alike. Scroll through the list below for scenes that truly earned these stars their nods.Emmys 2018 Nominations: 'Game of Thrones,' 'Westworld' & 'SNL' Top the List of Nominees
'Game of Thrones,' 'Westworld,' and 'SNL' headed up the pack. Were your favorites nominated?
(Warning: Some clips contain mature language and content.)Outstanding Lead Actor Jason Bateman, Ozark
In a surprising turn as anti-hero Marty, Bateman proves he's much more than his usual good-guy persona. In the moment above from the first season of the Netflix drama, he and on-screen wife Laura Linney discuss their current state of danger, and by calmly explaining that things are too far gone to turn back now, Bateman proves he has the drama chops.Sterling K. Brown, This Is Us
There's no denying that Brown really shone in the second season of NBC's hit This Is Us, and many of those scenes where he did his best work included newbie Lyric Ross as foster daughter Deja. He did it last year, could Brown pull it off again?Ed Harris, Westworld
Nominated for a second time for his role as William — or as fans refer to him, "The Man in Black" — Harris proved to be a standout in Season 2 as his character questioned his own reality. In the scene above, he delivers a bewildering performance as he begins to lose his grip with who is real and who is not.Matthew Rhys, The Americans
In the final season, Rhys' performance as former Russian spy Peter Jennings play out with such simple and raw realness. In the scene above, [Spoiler] he tries to explain his predicament to friend Stan (Noah Emmerich) who has discovered the Jennings' secret.Milo Ventimiglia, This Is Us
Sure, Jack died in Season 2, but it was Ventimiglia embodiment of Jack's struggle with alcohol that really showed his range. In the scene above, Jack talks to his daughter Kate (Hannah Zeile) about his problem with the emotion fans have come to know and love.Jeffrey Wright, Westworld
Wright's performance as host Bernard was much less confusing than the journey his character went on throughout the season. In the final episode, watching Bernard's consciousness become fully-realized is certainly worthy of the gold thanks to Wright's portrayal.Emmys 2018: Stars and Creators React to Their Nominations
Tituss Burgess, Claire Foy, and more are speaking out about their nods.Outstanding Lead Actress Claire Foy, The Crown
Fans of Netflix's royal drama The Crown know that Foy's portrayal of the Queen is anything but mediocre, so its no surprise to find her in the category. Besides the many scenes when she's being a complete... well, queen, Foy's embodiment of Elizabeth's insecurities — like when the Kennedy's come to visit — are some of her strongest material in the sophomore season.Tatiana Maslany, Orphan Black
As if it isn't hard enough to play one character, Maslany taking on many as the clones in Orphan Black has left fans stunned throughout the years. Yet in this final season, the emotional ending may be enough to earn her that Emmy.Elisabeth Moss, The Handmaid's Tale
Moss' character Offred (a.k.a. June) is the most crucial on the show, and the actress continued to put her strongest foot forward in Season 2. In moments like the one above, the actress' ability to convey hope for a brighter future is noteworthy.Sandra Oh, Killing Eve
An early favorite among critics, Oh's performance as the titular Eve was a thrilling ride for viewers. And scenes with Oh's counterpart Villanelle (Jodie Comer) reveal the actress' range when it comes to fear and control.Keri Russell, The Americans
Russell's Elizabeth Jennings remained faithful to her homeland until the very end of the show. But despite her strong performances throughout the seasons, the real winning scene was Elizabeth's speechlessness upon seeing daughter Paige (Holly Taylor) exit their train in the final moments of the show. Every bit of it was heartbreaking.Evan Rachel Wood, Westworld
Dolores' shift into host gone rogue in Season 2 gave Wood the chance to establish a different character than what fans saw in the first season. By the final episodes, Wood's performance became much more layered and rich as the story became more clear with satisfying reveals.
On Thursday morning, Samira Wiley (The Handmaid's Tale) and Ryan Eggold (The Blacklist, this fall's New Amsterdam) announced the nominees for the 70th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards. (During the announcement, Wiley was informed that she herself was a nominee this year in the Outstanding Guest Actress category for her role as Moira in Handmaids.)
The winners will be announced in a ceremony airing live on NBC Monday, Sept. 17, co-hosted by SNL's Colin Jost and Michael Che. Until then, there will be debates, thought pieces from outlets like TV Insider, accusations of snubs and more as critics and fans sift through today's announcement.Emmys 2018 Nominations: 'Game of Thrones,' 'Westworld' & 'SNL' Top the List of Nominees
'Game of Thrones,' 'Westworld,' and 'SNL' headed up the pack. Were your favorites nominated?
Here are our initial thoughts:Game of Thrones Is Back, Baby!
And in a big way. After not appearing at all in last year's Emmy nominations due to the timing of its season last year, which was past the Emmy eligibility range, the blockbuster HBO series made its triumphant return this year to show who the true Mother of Dramas is as it led all shows with 22 Emmy nods. Sorry, all of you other drama series that took advantage of the GoT Emmy nomination void last year.
Many of the show's nominations came in more technical categories — like costuming, production design, music, etc. Many of these honors will be handed out at the Creative Arts Emmys ceremony in September (you can watch a taped airing of the ceremony Sept. 15 at 8/7c on FXX).Is Sophie Turner's Tattoo a 'Game of Thrones' Season 8 Spoiler?
The art may reveal something exciting about House Stark.
The series did get big nods in major categories — Outstanding Drama Series; Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series (Jeremy Podeswa, Alan Taylor); Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series (David Benioff, D.B. Weiss); Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama (two nods here, for Nikolaj Coster-Waldau and Peter Dinklage); Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series (Lena Heady); and Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series (Diana Rigg). Dinklage's Supporting Actor nomination this year is his seventh, making him the most-nominated actor in this category.'Game of Thrones' Spinoff Starts Filming in October — Find Out the Tentative Title
Plus, find out the tentative title!
Even though Game of Thrones' seventh and most recent season ended nearly a year ago, it has clearly stayed in the minds of the Emmy powers-that-be. We would expect a similar amount, if not more, of GoT Emmy nominations a few years from now, after its final season airs sometime in 2019.A Revolt Against Revivals?
Some of the year's most buzzed-about TV revivals, even if they were popular among fans and critics, surprisingly did not receive a whole lot of Emmy love this year. Could even Emmy voters be tiring of the revival/reboot trends, and are they sending a message?Everything Old Is New Again: A Guide to the Growing List of TV Reboots and Revivals
Plus, 'Muppet Babies,' 'Conan the Barbarian,' and more revivals keep on coming.
Here are a few of this past season's biggest TV reboots and revivals, and how they fared as Emmy nominees (if they did at all):
For both positive and negative reasons, ABC's revival of Roseanne earlier this year was one of the most talked-about series of the past season. In the end, though, the show was canceled (but is coming back in a different form this fall with the Roseanne Barr-less The Conners), and it ended up with just two Emmy nominations.
Laurie Metcalf, fresh off her Best Supporting Actress Oscar nomination for Lady Bird, nabbed the show's biggest Emmy nod in Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series nod for Roseanne. Metcalf was nominated in this category four times — winning three — during the comedy's original run. Roseanne's other nomination this year came for editing.
It shouldn't have been much of a surprise that the sitcom was largely ignored by the Emmys (though we might have expected a John Goodman nomination along with Metcalf's; he had several nominations in the original run), thanks largely to its polarizing star, but that doesn't mean this will sit well with fans. Already, some politically minded tweets are blaming the snubs on "lefties" at the Television Academy.ABC Officially Picks Up 'Roseanne' Spinoff 'The Conners' Without Roseanne Barr
The show will focus on all of the Conner family aside from Roseanne — so how will she exit the show?
But at least as far as the Outstanding Comedy Series category is concerned, history is on the Emmys' side — as popular as the original series was, and as honored with Emmy nominations and wins as several of its actors (including Roseanne Barr) were at the time, the show was shockingly never nominated in that major category during its initial run.
If it's any consolation to Roseanne, readers of our site, when asked in a poll about whether the show should be given Emmy consideration despite its cancellation, voted that it should.
Will & Grace
NBC's revival of the beloved '90s sitcom was also one of the year's biggest returns. But, in terms of acting nominations, the series came away with only Megan Mullally in the Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series category, and Molly Shannon in the Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series category, along with some technical nominations.'Will & Grace' Cast and Creators Talk Show's Role in Gay Civil Rights (VIDEO)
Remember what former VP Joe Biden said about the groundbreaking NBC sitcom?
As you might expect, David Lynch's revival of his influential '90s drama received a number of technical nods for elements like its lovely production design and cinematography, and its directing (the always-masterful Lynch himself got a nod here) and writing (Lynch and co-writer Mark Frost). But no actors, nor the show itself, turned up in any major categories.TCA: Showtime Boss on the Future of 'Twin Peaks,' 'The Affair'
And yes, they're still talking about reviving 'Dexter.'
Although NBC's rival music competition series The Voice received a number of Emmy nods this year, including for Outstanding Reality-Competition Program, ABC's much-hyped revival of American Idol was nowhere to be found in any category.Will 'Jesus Christ Superstar' Yield at Least One EGOT Winner?
There are only a few living artistic talents who are close to obtaining the Holy Grail of awards recognition — the EGOT (that is, one person winning Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony awards).
Three of these people — John Legend, Andrew Lloyd Weber and Tim Rice — are just an Emmy short of this remarkable, incredibly rare artistic achievement that only 12 people in history have accomplished to date. And all three have a chance to get that elusive Emmy for NBC's superb Jesus Christ Superstar in Concert.'Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert': John Legend Reveals What Drew Him to Role
The 10-time Grammy winner talks performing on a theater stage.
Among its nods, the musical is nominated in the Outstanding Variety Special (Live) category. Legend, Lloyd Weber and Rice are credited as executive producers on Superstar, so if it wins here, all three men will nab their EGOT in one fell swoop.
Legend has another chance at an Emmy, as he is also nominated in the Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited Series or Movie category for his title role as Jesus in Superstar.
We think Legend and the show itself should be favorites in their respective categories, so the odds of at least one new EGOT winner coming out by the end of Emmy night seem good.A Flood of Emmy Nominations for Streaming
In terms of viewer interest and critical acclaim, it's been obvious for a while now that streaming services like Netflix, Hulu and Amazon have rapidly caught up with — if not surpassed in some instances — standard networks, including premium outlets, with their production. These services have been getting noticed more and more by Emmy voters, too.
Netflix in particular has been nipping on HBO's (traditionally an Emmy nomination network leader) heels in terms of nods in recent years. The streamer came up 20 nods short of HBO last year, but this year it made the incredible leap of edging out the premium leader — Netflix received 112 nominations to HBO's 108 (and both far surpassed the next network, NBC, with its 78 nods).What's Coming and Going From Netflix in July 2018
'Orange Is the New Black,' 'Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee,' & more are new this month.
Top Netflix titles including Ozark, GLOW and The Crown are peppered throughout this year's Emmy nominations list, in an infrequent instance where the tastes of viewers, critics and the Television Academy have found synergy.
We don't fully know how well Netflix's massive investment in original series and movies — as well as its mega-production deals with top creative talent like Barbra Streisand, Shonda Rhimes, Jerry Seinfeld and Ryan Murphy, to name a few — is paying off in terms of ratings or profit, but in terms of critical acclaim, and increasingly, Emmy nominations, it has been a shrewd move for the service.How Ryan Murphy Landed That $300 Million Netflix Deal—and What's Next
Murphy's moving onto streaming but not leaving network TV behind either.
And other services are making headway at the Emmys, too. Amazon had a number of nods this year, especially for its series The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel (including an Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series nod for Rachel Brosnahan), while Hulu again found itself with several nominations for returning series The Handmaid's Tale (including Elisabeth Moss' second straight nomination for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series) and newcomer The Looming Tower.
The flood of streaming service Emmy nominations does not look like it will diminish in coming years.
70th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards, Monday, Sept. 17, 8/7c (live coast-to-coast), NBC
Nancy Clancy has one of the best imaginations on TV.
The new character is part of Disney Junior's new series, Fancy Nancy. It's based on the New York Times bestselling book series, and is sure to bring a smile to young kids' faces and make them believe in the power of their individuality.First Look: 'Hawaii Five-O' & 'Modern Family' Stars Lend Voices to Disney Junior's 'Fancy Nancy'
Stars from 'Modern Family,' 'Cheers,' 'How I Met Your Mother,' and more lend voices to the new series.
In this exclusive clip from the show, we hear from Alyson Hannigan (How I Met Your Mother), who voices Claire Clancy, Rob Riggle (Modern Family), who plays Doug Clancy, and Nancy Clancy herself — 13-year-old Broadway star Mia Sinclair Jenness.
"Nancy is an amazing, fantastic little girl who finds a way to add a little fancy into an ordinary day using her imagination and being creative," says Sinclair Jenness.
Watch the featurette below for more insights into the show from its cast members:
Fancy Nancy, Series Premiere, Friday, July 13, 11am ET/PT, Disney Junior/DisneyNOW app
The nominations for the 70th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards are officially out, and as with every year, this batch has a mix of snubs, surprises, and expected nods.
Samira Wiley (who nabbed an Outstanding Guest Actress nominee for The Handmaid's Tale) and Ryan Eggold (The Blacklist, New Amsterdam) announced the major categories live this morning. Netflix beat out HBO with the most Emmy nominations, with 112 total to HBO's 108. Leading the pack are Game of Thrones snagged a whopping 22 nods, followed by Westworld and Saturday Night Live, which are tied with 21 each.Emmys 2018: Stars and Creators React to Their Nominations
Tituss Burgess, Claire Foy, and more are speaking out about their nods.
Also in the mix this year are favorites like The Handmaid's Tale (20 nominations), The Assassination Of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story (18 noms), and Atlanta (18). As for the surprises? HBO's newcomer Barry had a solid showing with three noms, and Roseanne was able to get some recognition thanks to Laurie Metcalf.
Below, find the complete list of nominees in the major categories (a full list of nominees can be found on emmys.com). Be sure to tune in and find out who wins when the 70th Primetime Emmy Awards ceremony, hosted by Saturday Night Live's Michael Che and Colin Jost, airs Monday, September 17, live on NBC at 8/7c.
Outstanding Lead Actor In A Comedy Series
Donald Glover - Atlanta
Bill Hader - Barry
Anthony Anderson - black-ish
Ted Danson - The Good Place
Larry David - Curb Your Enthusiasm
William H. Macy - Shameless
Outstanding Lead Actress In A Comedy Series
Pamela Adlon - Better Things
Tracee Ellis Ross - black-ish
Issa Rae -Insecure
Allison Janney - Mom
Rachel Brosnahan - The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
Lily Tomlin - Grace & Frankie
Outstanding Lead Actor In A Drama Series
Matthew Rhys - The Americans
Ed Harris - Westworld
Milo Ventimiglia - This Is Us
Sterling K. Brown - This Is Us
Jeffrey Wright - Westworld
Jason Bateman - Ozark
Plus, see Sterling K. Brown and Susan Kelechi Watson show off their dance moves!
Outstanding Lead Actress In A Drama Series
Keri Russell - The Americans
Claire Foy - The Crown
Elisabeth Moss - The Handmaid's Tale
Sandra Oh - Killing Eve
Tatiana Maslany - Orphan Black
Evan Rachel Wood - Westworld
Outstanding Lead Actor In A Limited Series Or Movie
Darren Criss - The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story
Antonio Banderas - Genius: Picasso
Jeff Daniels - The Looming Tower
John Legend - Jesus Christ Superstar Live
Benedict Cumberbatch - Patrick Melrose
Jesse Plemons - Black Mirror: USS Callister
Outstanding Lead Actress In A Limited Series Or Movie
Jessica Biel - The Sinner
Laura Dern - The Tale
Edie Falco - Law & Order True Crime: The Menendez Murders
Michelle Dockery - Godless
Regina King - Seven Seconds
Sarah Paulson - American Horror Story: Cult
The actress previews her new BBC America thriller, which debuts Sunday, April 8.
Outstanding Supporting Actor In A Comedy Series
Louie Anderson - Baskets
Brian Tyree Henry - Atlanta
Kenan Thompson - Saturday Night Live
Alec Baldwin - Saturday Night Live
Tituss Burgess - Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
Tony Shalhoub - The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
Henry Winkler - Barry
Outstanding Supporting Actress In A Comedy Series
Zazie Beetz - Atlanta
Alex Borstein - The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
Leslie Jones - Saturday Night Live
Kate McKinnon - Saturday Night Live
Aidy Bryant - Saturday Night Live
Betty Gilpin - GLOW
Laurie Metcalf - Roseanne
Megan Mullally - Will & Grace
Outstanding Supporting Actor In A Drama Series
Matt Smith - The Crown
Peter Dinklage - Game of Thrones
Nikolaj Coster-Waldau - Game of Thrones
David Harbour - Stranger Things
Joseph Fiennes - The Handmaid's Tale
Mandy Patinkin - Homeland
Freddie Highmore, Hill Harper, and the rest of the cast weigh in on their ABC breakout hit.
Outstanding Supporting Actress In A Drama Series
Ann Dowd - The Handmaid's Tale
Lena Headey - Game of Thrones
Millie Bobby Brown - Stranger Things
Yvonne Strahovski -The Handmaid's Tale
Alexis Bledel - The Handmaid's Tale
Thandie Newton - Westworld
Vanessa Kirby - The Crown
Outstanding Supporting Actor In A Limited Series Or Movie
Jeff Daniels - Godless
Brandon Victor Dixon - Jesus Christ Superstar Live
Edgar Ramirez - The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story
Finn Wittrock -The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story
Ricky Martin - The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story
John Leguizamo - Waco
Michael Stuhlbarg - The Looming Tower
Outstanding Supporting Actress In A Limited Series Or Movie
Penelope Cruz - The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story
Judith Light - The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story
Sara Bareilles - Jesus Christ Superstar Live
Merritt Wever - Godless
Adina Porter - American Horror Story: Cult
Letitia Wright - Black Mirror: Black Museum
The actors share their feelings on the conclusion of Elizabeth and Philip's stories and what they think comes next.
Outstanding Comedy Series
Curb Your Enthusiasm
The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
Outstanding Drama Series
Game of Thrones
The Handmaid's Tale
This Is Us
Outstanding Limited Series
The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story
Plus, find out the tentative title!
Outstanding Television Movie
Black Mirror: USS Callister
Outstanding Variety Talk Series
Full Frontal With Samantha Bee
The Daily Show With Trevor Noah
Jimmy Kimmel Live!
Last Week Tonight With John Oliver
The Late Late Show With James Corden
The Late Show With Stephen Colbert
Outstanding Variety Sketch Series
At Home With Amy Sedaris
I Love You, America with Sarah Silverman
Saturday Night Live
Tracey Ullman's Show
Plus, his star-studded group of 'Brooklyn Nine-Nine' fans and advice for Michael Che and Colin Jost.
Outstanding Reality-Competition Program
The Amazing Race
American Ninja Warrior
RuPaul's Drag Race
Outstanding Unstructured Reality Program
Born This Way
RuPaul's Drag Race: Untucked
Naked and Afraid
United Shades Of America With W. Kamau Bell
Outstanding Host For A Reality Or Reality-Competition Program
Ellen DeGeneres - Ellen's Game of Games
Jane Lynch - Hollywood Game Night
Heidi Klum & Tim Gunn - Project Runway
RuPaul - RuPaul's Drag Race
W. Kamau Bell - United Shades Of America With W. Kamau Bell
Outstanding Animated Program
Rick and Morty
Were your favorites snubbed? Who deserves to win? Sound off in the comments below!
Not all TV detectives have to be so serious!
Proving that point is WGN America's new series, Carter, starring Jerry O'Connell as a TV detective turned real-life gumshoe! Now that's sure to make for some big laughs, right? And luckily, TV Insider has an exclusive first look at the trailer for the 10-episode series.Jerry O'Connell Will Host New Talk Show 'Real Men Watch Bravo'
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O'Connell plays the titular Harvey Carter, an actor who gained fame as an on-screen detective for a hit show. After a seriously embarrassing public meltdown, Harvey flees Hollywood for the refuge of his sleepy hometown. But soon enough, he finds himself putting his investigative skills to use as he looks into real murders in the area with his pals Sam Shaw (Sydney Poitier Heartsong, Chicago P.D.) and Dave Leigh (Kristian Bruun, Orphan Black).
If this all sounds funny on paper, just wait until you see the trailer. Watch the full first look below:
Carter comes from the hilarious mind of creator Garry Campbell (MADtv) who developed the project alongside writer John Tinker (Chicago Hope) — hence, the great mix of comedy and drama. The pilot was directed by Scott Smith (The Magicians, Skins). Carter is distributed internationally by Sony Pictures Television.
Carter, Series Premiere, Tuesday, August 7, WGN America
When ABC resurrected The Gong Show last year, audiences knew what to expect: a (lack of) talent show à la Chuck Barris’ silly original from the 1970s and '80s.
But comedian Mike Myers has since outed himself as host "Tommy Maitland," and Season 2, Myers says, is "even weirder." Case in point: Thursday, July 12, a man will balance a flaming grill on his chin.
Below is a list of the revival’s myriad attractions.'Gong Show' Host Tommy Maitland: 'The American People Are the Real Star of This Show'
The 72 year-old comedian finds some love stateside after his British invasionMaitland Himself
"He loves every act and never has to gong anyone," Myers says of his prosthetic-packed alter ego. Why the subterfuge in the first place? "I wanted to have an older English host [Myers is Canadian] with a gregarious charm who would allow people to fly their freak flag, which is what the whole show is about."
Maitland is not without talent himself. Myers, who used to tap-dance with his mom on Saturday Night Live’s Mother’s Day specials, does "a lot" of the old soft shoe here too.The Trio of Judges
The panel of comedy pros changes weekly. Thursday, look for Jimmy Kimmel, Will Arnett and Anthony Anderson — but no matter who is wielding the hammer, Myers says, the scores should be generous. "It’s tough to go up and do stuff, you know what I mean?" His dream judges: Groucho Marx and Alice Cooper.Will Arnett: 'The Gong Show' Reboot 'Allows for a Lot of Insanity'
Will Arnett explains how 'The Gong Show' reboot will both honor the original and carve its own niche.Familiar Themes
If you like unicycles, confetti or watching people eat surprising items, this is the show for you. Also, Myers says, "things are always on fire."Suspense
Anticipating whether an act will get gonged is edge-of-your-seat stuff. Says the host, "I watch the rehearsals and what I think is going to get a 10 versus what’s going to get gonged is never right."Big Bucks
Someone will walk away with what Myers calls "the princely sum" of $2,000.18. But, he quips, "You have to find an oversize bank for the oversize check."
The Gong Show, Thursdays, 8/7c, ABC
You got your badge, scored a hotel room, have your costume perfected (or your camera prepped to capture others’ handiwork) and it’s San Diego Comic-Con go-time for your very first time. So now what? We were once Con newbies, too, and know well that your first peek at the crowd — both at the convention center and wandering the festivities around it — can be a mind-blow, so we’ve assembled a tip sheet to help you feel, act and traverse the grounds like a pro, right from the start.
Hear this now: Once you leave your hotel room, you will never not be in a crowd. Never, ever. You will jostle and be jostled. During prime hours on the exhibit hall floor, your nose will be pressed into the back of the guy who bought or built his costume in the ’90s and hasn’t washed it since. So, if you’re testy about that sort of thing, begin steeling yourself now … or consider selling your badge to one of the multitude of folks desperate to buy it and head somewhere chill.
Don’t drive if you don’t have to. Trolleys, crowds, busses and shuttles make the entire area around the convention center a challenge by car. The San Diego Metropolitan Transit System’s trolley is a great option, amping up the number of trains and limiting stops during the convention. Get yourself a multi-day pass (it’s cheapest), park in Old Town or Mission Valley and glide right up to the Convention Center in a train specially wrapped for the event. If you do need parking, your best bet is to pre-pay and take the pressure off.San Diego Comic-Con 2018 Schedule: Full List of Television Panels
Your up-to-date SDCC lineup, with shows like 'Star Trek: Discovery,' 'Charmed,' 'Magnum P.I.' and more.
Plot your days carefully. Even the most casual Con-goer will quickly discover there’s more to do than time to do it, so check the exhibit hall map early — especially if you’re intent on scoring freebies or getting the good stuff in a popular booth, which you’ll want to do first thing. Learn the lay of the land in the Convention Center and make good use of your guide to find your personal can’t-miss places and panels. Remember, there will always be a sea of people in your path as you make your way from floor to floor and room to room, so even short distances will take time.
Dress the part. This one’s not about costumes (although showing up as your favorite character is definitely part of the fun, if you’re so inclined). You will be walking way more than you thought and sitting and standing for long periods of time, and the temperature in every room varies. Wear comfortable shoes that can take the weight of your fellow Con-goer and clothing that will get you through blistering heat (or pouring rain) outside and air-conditioning inside.
Bring the Essentials. Pack a portable device charger or two. Outlets are in short supply, so if you do see one open, claim that thing as yours if you have a bit of time to charge so you don’t tap your extras out. Pack snacks and water, too. Yes, there are food and beverage kiosks, but the lines can be daunting, the prices aren’t cheap and if you’re in line for a coveted booth/freebie/autograph/session — or camped out in Hall H (more on that in a minute) — you’ll be glad you have sustenance and hydration at the ready. And bring cash. Most sellers have card readers, but Wi-Fi in the entire hall can be iffy, and cash is still the fastest way to get your stuff and go. Bonus: no potential unpleasant surprises when you get that credit card bill.'Game of Thrones' & More Shows That Won't Be at Comic-Con 2018
'Westworld,' 'Outlander' & more fan favorites will be absent from SDCC this year.
Be smart with your badge. You got one. Lots of people wanted one. Know where yours is at all times — but if you do lose it or have it stolen, you can get another for a small fee at the Attendee Badge Solutions Desk. And you will scan in and scan out of the convention hall every time you come and go. Get good at swiping your badge and make everyone (most of all you) happy.
(UNDER)STAND YOUR GROUNDS
Take advantage of short lines. Bathrooms, booths, snacks, Starbucks. Even if you only kind of want a latte and there’s but a handful of people in line, drink up. Because that right there is a miracle.
Cell reception and Wi-Fi access are iffy, courtesy of the crowd. Since you really shouldn’t waste your Con time with your face in your phone anyway, take this as a fine excuse to soak in all that’s before you and share your photos and thoughts at night. But if you need to Tweet and you need to Tweet now, and the convention center isn’t cooperating, try the lobby of a neighboring hotel. Use and follow @Comic_Con and #SDCC2018.Tom Ellis, David Mazouz, Eliza Taylor & More Join TV Guide Magazine's Fan Favorites Panel at Comic-Con 2018
Plus, a magical queen, a zombie, Superman's grandpa and more are making their way to the stage.
The best costume spotting is in the convention center lobby. Sure, jaw-dropping creatures are everywhere during the Con, but for the best in one-stop shopping for the best in creative Con couture, you can’t really beat the lobby, where themed groups are able to pose together, and outsized creatures don’t have to navigate the exhibit hall crowds.
Ask before you snap a photo. Yes, it’s what most costume-wearers live for — but not all of them and not all the time. A simple “May I take your picture?” allows folks to strike a memorable pose — or ask you for space if they’re just trying to eat that $10 hot dog in peace.
About those giant bags on everybody’s back: Those big bags are a big deal to some, and a few are more covet-worthy than others. Trust us — it doesn’t pay to ask Con officials if you can switch. You can’t. And if you land a prized pack, prepare for the herd of hopefuls waiting for you as you exit with it. They’ll try everything to get you to trade. Or if you're not fussy, trade and make someone’s day.
Remember, ya gotta schlep what you buy. Overloaded backpacks are a potential weapon to the bodies and faces of your fellow Con-goers and hard on your body for you. Plus, you have to get that stuff home somehow. If you’re planning to make plenty of purchases, bring a sturdy backpack and items to protect easily smushed takeaways like comic books, artwork, posters and figurines.
Yes, Hall H is mecca for the biggest celebrity sightings. Yes, you will have to do some variation on camping out to get a spot. The convention center’s biggest room holds 6,500 people. That enormous cattle chute of people you’re looking at under the white canopies to the left of the Convention Center? That’s them … eagerly awaiting a spot close enough to see both of Norman Reedus’ eyes or Jensen Ackles’ nose hairs or what have you. Getting into a mega-panel requires large amounts of time, patience staying power, so pick one major event per day, commit to it and just forget about what else you might be missing. Ballroom 20 is next biggest. It's upstairs and also home to many TV and film-related panels.
Comic-Con doesn’t clear rooms after each panel. This is big — and a double-edged sword. Once you’re in a room, you’re in — that includes the coveted Hall H — so if you score a great seat and love every panel crossing the room’s stage that day, hurray for Con paradise. But people have to leave for other people to get in. So, if you’re bouncing around and always end up at the back of the room, that’s likely why.A 'Buffy' Scavenger Hunt & More Interactive Experiences at Comic-Con 2018
'Legion,' 'Wynonna Earp' and more are also getting in on the fun.
Be considerate. ADA seats are for folks with physical disabilities and their helpers only. Press seats are for reporters only. Save more than a couple seats for more than a couple minutes at your peril, especially if you’re toward the front. And don’t get into it with the guy or girl who wants to argue you out of them if you know your pals are truly on their way. Let them get tossed — not you.
Make your question count. If you score a spot in the Q&A line, earn your fan cred and ask a thoughtful, creative question. The talent will love you, your fellow audience members will love you and you’ll leave feeling like a rock star.
Good stuff happens everywhere. Networks and studios set up fun stuff for you to see and do across the street, behind the convention center and at nearby hotels and eateries, so if the main deal feels a bit too crowded, head out and see what else awaits.
“I’m interested in who people are when everything is taken away, whether by zombies or aliens,” says Sarah Wayne Callies, referring to two of her favorite projects, AMC’s The Walking Dead and, now, USA’s Colony.
That preference for “really extreme” stories has certainly been satisfied: The alien-occupation drama has stripped her character, Katie Bowman, and husband Will (Josh Holloway) of refuge, hope—and a son (Jacob Buster).
Below, Callies digs into the recovery process with us.'Colony' Season 3 Premiere: Josh Holloway Offers a Peek Into the Future
Plus, will we finally see what the aliens look like?
Congratulations on directing the June 26 episode. That was a good one with a violent confrontation between Will (Josh Holloway) and the sneaky collaborator Snyder (Peter Jacobson). Was it your first time directing? How did your buddies feel about your bossing them around?
It was my first time! First off, I never worked with a good director who believes that bossing people around works. [Laughs] But it was interesting timing, because just as I began prepping for directing, Harvey Weinstein and the #MeToo movement exploded. So many of us in the business have experienced these awful things, and we discovered that we weren’t alone, but to our horror it was pervasive.
In a counterbalance to that narrative, I’m grateful that I got the opportunity to direct by a bunch of straight, rich, powerful white guys. And they had my back. That was a bit of an antidote. There was something healing in that. Josh Holloway [who’s also an executive producer] not only signed off on it, but went to bat for me at the executive level. And [executive producers] Ryan Condal and Carlton Cuse were not only supportive but had a step-by-step action plan. Now that we’ve wrapped Season 3, I just stepped out of the editing room on my second directing segment. Colony opened some tremendous doors for me. I’m directing an episode of the upcoming miniseries Unspeakable for the Sundance Channel about the spread of AIDS through the blood system back in the '80s and '90s.
Katie once helped lead the resistance against the alien Hosts. Now she works for the Seattle authorities. Why?
Sarah Wayne Callies: Her goal is to build the safest life possible for her surviving kids [Isabella Crovetti and Alex Neustaedter]. Her story explores how during occupations historically, the majority of people don’t resist or collaborate. Is non-action complicity? That’s the way the audience seems to feel.
When it came to all those children being separated from their parents at the border, a lot of people who’d been pretty quiet about things political finally said, 'No way, I’m sorry. Who cares who you voted for, don’t put children in cages.' When does your silence become tacit support for whatever an occupation or administration is doing? That’s what we’re exploring with Katie right now.
Is the role as tough physically and emotionally as it looks?
What was the most difficult scene episode or arc?
Episodes 5 and 6 this season were incredibly hard. First, because we shot them mostly outside in the mountains outside Vancouver and it was getting very cold and very dark. And then obviously layering on the loss of one child, Charlie, with the potential death of another, Gracie, from a septic infective was really difficult. When Josh and I finished those two episodes, we went out for a cocktail and just sort of looked at each other and thought, 'Well, thank God, that’s over.'
Did playing Lori Grimes on The Walking Dead prepare you for this role, with the action and dystopia and her sacrifice for her new baby?
Lori didn’t prepare me for this. They’re hugely different women in terms of who they are and what they want, but I am definitely drawn to stories that are really extreme, like these shows. In a way they are photo-negatives of each. Walking Dead is an apocalypse which is chaos and Colony is about an alien occupations that is hyper-organized. I’m really interested in who are as people when everything we thought we knew about ourselves is taken away. I’ve worked in refugee camps with the International Rescue Committee and what you often find is that we are not the people that we thought we were when we were safe and warm and well-fed. We can become something very different when all of that goes away, whether that’s aliens or zombies. Or geopolitical stuff.Flashback Fever: Who Else Might Return to 'The Walking Dead' Season 9?
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Katie’s old resistance comrade Broussard (Tory Kittles) is back. Why is their connection so deep?
It’s the bond between people who were in battle together. I met with veterans of the Iraq War when I did [National Geographic’s] The Long Road Home, and their love and devotion to one another is impossible to overstate. It was a huge betrayal [in the July 4 episode] when Katie learned Broussard reached out to Will first for [a covert] operation.
Meanwhile, another dangerous alien force is getting closer. Can the humans possibly win?
The question will become whether an alliance with one side could spare humanity. The [alien-collaborating] IGA believe the Hosts are our best protection. By season’s end, we’ll have the answer.
Fox has talked about bringing back Prison Break in some kind of iteration. Have you heard anything more about it? Are you interested?
The last thing I heard was at the network Upfront in the spring. 'We’re basically cancelling everything on the network, but we’re still talking about Prison Break.' I know that Paul Scheuring is writing and working on pitching things. Paul is brilliant and it’s a show I have a tremendous affection for. If they come up with something they think is worth doing, it would very much surprise me, if I didn’t agree. It’s just a matter if is there another chapter in this story.
It sounds as if there’s another chapter left in Colony.
I certainly hope so. I love this show with my whole heart. I’m so proud to be talking about things like fascism and resistance right now. To be making entertainment about something this relevant is a huge gift.
Good sci-fi has always had the freedom to tackle difficult real life political issues in an entertaining way, hasn’t it?
Absolutely. Science fiction has always allowed us to explore issues that feel too dangerous to explore any other way. As I said, it’s a gift.
Colony, Wednesdays, 10/9c, USA
In the upcoming episodes "Young & Mexico" Parts 1 and 2, the girls end up south of the border when Gabi tries to come up with a last-minute birthday gift for Sofia — a vacation.'Young & Hungry' Creator David Holden Dishes on Final Episodes of the Comedy
Find out what's on the menu for the last 10 episodes of the series and if a movie is still in the works.
During their vacation, Sofia falls for Juan Carlos (Jose Moreno Brooks) but ends up in quite a predicament when she tries to bring him home!
Sofia then recruits the help of an immigration lawyer who isn't so willing to lend his services. But it's not because he doesn't like Sofia — it's actually quite the opposite, as he waits out her infatuation with Juan Carlos to pursue her himself.
What will happen when this love-triangle comes to life on-screen? Check out the exclusive featurette below, and make sure to catch the episodes when they air on Freeform.
Young & Hungry, Wednesdays, 8/7c, Freeform
Suits has undergone some considerable alterations for Season 8.
With original cast members Patrick J. Adams and new royal bride Meghan Markle gone (their newlywed characters left New York for Seattle in the Season 7 finale), the stylish legal drama welcomes Grey’s Anatomy alum Katherine Heigl as ballsy, abrasive partner Samantha Wheeler, who butts heads with Specter Litt’s finest, including star litigator Harvey Specter (Gabriel Macht).
"She tells everybody a different story about her past, so you don’t know what the truth is," explains Heigl. "I love that she’s an enigma. No one can figure her out."
On the Toronto set, the Emmy-winning actress debriefs us a bit more.WATCH: First 'Suits' Season 8 Trailer Featuring Katherine Heigl
There's a new woman in town, and she doesn't like nicknames.
I hear you were a Suits superfan before you joined the cast.
Katherine Heigl: Oh, yeah. My mother, Nancy, is my producing partner, and she and I talk about it a lot. She was like, 'You’ve gotta check out this show!' My husband [musician Josh Kelley] and I binged the first five seasons, and I was obsessed.
So my mom suggested reaching out to Aaron [Korsh, Suits’ creator] to see if he’d want to help develop some show ideas we had. At that time, we didn’t know that there was going to be a Season 8 of Suits.
This was after the news that Meghan Markle and Patrick J. Adams were leaving?
Right. I thought [the series] might be wrapping up and Aaron admitted on our call that they were doing an eighth season. I was like, 'Oh? Do you need another character? Because I’m available!' I felt nervous asking, because they might be like, 'Hell no, I don’t want you on my show.' But he said, 'Are you serious? You would do it?' And I said, 'Are you serious? You’d have me?' And here I am.
When we first meet Samantha, she’s kicking ass in a boxing ring. What’s beneath her tough exterior?
I can’t tell you. [Laughs] She has a past that’s very different than you’d think. She doesn’t come from where you expect.
How would you describe the tense dynamic between Samantha and Harvey?
It’s still fishy. One minute, they’re on the same team, the next he’s like, 'She’s a hot button; I don’t know how to handle her.' Harvey wants 100 percent, full-blown loyalty and he’s not getting it from her. Samantha doesn’t feel like it’s her job to be loyal to him or protect him.Katherine Heigl Posts First Pic as New 'Suits' Character
'My character is no shrinking violet!' she wrote on her social media.
Has she developed any relationships that aren’t…
Not yet. [Laughs] She’s getting there. One of my favorite things about Suits is its heart — these characters are sort of who you wish you were. They can be brash and say the wrong thing, then turn around and go, 'I was wrong, I’m sorry.' I’ve had a couple of scenes where Sam has done that and I love that about her. It makes her that much more powerful and strong.
Where do you see Samantha fitting in among your past TV roles?
Izzie on Grey’s was young but knew what she wanted. She just didn’t know how to get it and was insecure. On State of Affairs, my character was the first fierce, in-charge professional I played [Heigl was CIA analyst Charleston Tucker on the 2014–15 NBC drama]. She was the boss, but she didn’t have much of a sense of humor.
On [2017 drama] Doubt — which I did with Dulé Hill [who portrays Suits’ Alex Williams] — I played a lawyer. Really smart, really powerful, no sense of humor. Sam’s a combo of all of them: a woman who was insecure in her twenties and learned from that how to claw her way to the top. And stay there.
What have you learned from playing these women?
It’s more about what I’ve learned from life, you know? I’m 39 now and that means none of the past s**t that used to happen can happen anymore, because I’ve earned the right to draw boundaries and to be fierce or to speak my mind. I don’t know why it took me that long to feel like I’ve earned it!
Suits, Season Premiere, Wednesday, July 18, 9/8c, USA