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'The Flash' EP Todd Helbing Teases What's Ahead in Season 5

Fri, 09/21/2018 - 12:30pm
The Flash - Grant Gustin

In The Flash Season 5, Barry (Grant Gustin) runs up against a strange domestic situation, while his team of super friends face their own growing pains and a new threat.

The CW series' executive producer Todd Helbing clues us in:

Behind the Scenes With 'The Flash' Cast & Crew (PHOTOS) Behind the Scenes With 'The Flash' Cast & Crew (PHOTOS)

Stunts, special effects, costumes and more!

INSTA-PARENT BLUES

Not only do Barry and wife Iris (Candice Patton) have to get to know Nora, their adult daughter from the future (Jessica Parker Kennedy), but the West-Allens also have to clean up the mess she’s run from. “It’s a big mistake,” says Helbing, adding that, even though Nora is from another era, “this is not a time-travel season.”

MORE RALPH!

The Elongated Man/former disgraced cop Ralph (Hartley Sawyer) will stretch even further now that he’s a series regular. “We’re going to start exploring a little bit of the detective-ness of Ralph,” Sawyer says.

POWER SOURCING

After learning that scientist Caitlin’s (Danielle Panabaker) Killer Frost persona has been around since she was a kid (and was not caused by the explosion that gave Barry & Co. their powers), the team searches for who did this to her and why.



The Flash, Season 5 Premiere, Oct. 9, 8/7c, The CW

'Young & the Restless' Temporarily Recasts Summer Newman Due to Hunter King's 'Life in Pieces' Role

Fri, 09/21/2018 - 11:00am

TV Insider has learned that due to Hunter King’s commitment to Life In Pieces, the CBS sitcom on which she plays Clementine, her role as Summer Newman on The Young and the Restless is being temporarily recast.

Watch for actress Bayley Corman to step into the role of Nick (Joshua Morrow) and Phyllis’ (Gina Tognoni) daughter for three consecutive episodes starting Monday, October 1.

'Young & the Restless' Star Eric Braeden on Taking Time Off & His Feelings on Eileen Davidson's Exit 'Young & the Restless' Star Eric Braeden on Taking Time Off & His Feelings on Eileen Davidson's Exit

Victor Newman won't be showing up on the CBS daytime soap...

Corman’s credits include Modern Family, Jane the Virgin, and 2 Broke Girls. She’ll also appear in the pilot of The CW series All American, which debuts on Wednesday, October 10 at 9/8c.

 

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Hunter King with Tyler Hughes on 'Life in Pieces' (Sonja Flemming/CBS)

Young and the Restless, weekdays, CBS

'Chicago Fire,' 'Med' & 'P.D' Showrunners Tease New Characters, Relationships & Struggles

Fri, 09/21/2018 - 10:00am

Dick Wolf clearly has great expectations for Wednesdays. With all three of his Chicago dramas together in one block, the superproducer will find it easier than ever to move his large cast of characters in and out of each title.

To wit: Week 2’s three-way crossover. In what looks suspiciously like arson, a huge blaze at a 25-story apartment complex traps the father of the Halstead brothers — P.D.’s Jay (Jesse Lee Soffer) and Med’s Will (Nick Gehlfuss) — and puts a number of firefighters in peril.

"You’re going to see Severide [Taylor Kinney] go outside the tower from the 22nd floor. We shot it for real. It was incredible," says Fire executive producer Derek Haas. Here’s what else is planned for the lifesavers and crime-solvers of Chicago Fire, P.D. and Med.

Chicago Fire

Season 7 Premiere, Thursday, September 26, 9/8c, NBC

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Several months have passed since paramedic Gabby Dawson took a gig as a volunteer medic in Puerto Rico (Monica Raymund exited Fire in May), and her husband, Matt Casey (Jesse Spencer), "isn’t coping very well with the long-distance relationship," says Haas. "His best friend, [Kelly] Severide, confronts him about being off his game, not being honest about the way he feels and not doing enough to change the situation." The marriage’s shaky state "will be the spine" of the seventh season’s first half, reports Haas. By contrast, the flame is still sizzling for Severide and Miranda Rae Mayo’s firefighter Stella Kidd, and — new romance alert! — Joe Minoso’s Joe Cruz will also meet someone.

Casey isn’t the only one at Firehouse 51 missing Dawson. Sylvie Brett (Kara Killmer) "has been rolling through partners" on the ambulance since her friend’s departure, Haas says. In the season opener, Chief Boden (Eamonn Walker) orders her to accept the next candidate on the list, whoever it may be. Enter smart, confident Emily Foster (Annie Ilonzeh, Person of Interest). Brett has some reservations about the newcomer, though — and Foster doesn’t make an immediate good impression on the chief either.

Sneak a Peek at the Season Premieres of 'OneChicago' Night (PHOTOS) Sneak a Peek at the Season Premieres of 'OneChicago' Night (PHOTOS)

'Chicago Med,' 'Chicago Fire,' and 'Chicago P.D.' return for a full night of life-or-death drama.

Personality conflict strikes again for Boden with new assistant deputy commissioner Jerry Gorsch (Trial & Error’s Steven Boyer), an ex-firefighter who’s young but would rather work a desk than a ladder. The two men have a history, notes Haas, adding, "He’s a thorn in Boden’s side. It will be fun."

Chicago P.D.

Season 6 Premiere, Thursday, September 26, 10/9c, NBC

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The Intelligence Unit is still feeling the loss of Det. Al Olinsky (Elias Koteas) in a jailhouse murder. Wracked with guilt and grief, Sgt. Hank Voight (Jason Beghe) is under investigation for firing a fatal bullet at the drug lord who ordered Olinsky’s hit. Was it a good shoot, or did revenge motivate the veteran cop? While Voight is benched, Antonio Dawson (Jon Seda) takes charge, which riles Ruzek (Patrick John Flueger).

"The two are at odds," says executive producer Rick Eid, "because Antonio got to the scene seconds after Voight opened fire and couldn’t truthfully say whether the victim went for his gun. Ruzek’s position is 'Who cares? He’s the bad guy who killed Olinsky.' There’s a lot of tension." That’s not all that’s brewing in the tight-knit group for Season 6. Someone’s love life will heat up. We’re thinking it’s newest squad member Hailey Upton’s (Tracy Spiridakos) turn to risk an in-house affair.

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Finally, Anne Heche joins in a recurring role as Kate Brennan, the deputy superintendent of police. "Her focus is getting her boss elected mayor so she could then move up to his job," Eid explains. To further her ends, she’ll ask for the wily Voight’s help. "Sometimes they’ll be in harmony. Sometimes they’ll be in conflict," Eid adds. At least you can expect fewer complications between Brennan and ambitious Kim Burgess (Marina Squerciati), who seeks out the higher-up hoping to further her own career.

Chicago Med

Season 4 Premiere, Thursday, September 26, 8/7c, NBC

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Season 3 ended with five cliffhangers — and five will be resolved in the return episode. A couple of months have elapsed at Gaffney Chicago Medical Center, and psychiatry resident Sarah Reese (Rachel DiPillo) chooses to leave after she discovers that her mentor Daniel Charles (Oliver Platt) seemingly didn’t try to revive her dying father. (To be fair, the deceased did have severe antisocial tendencies and might have been a serial killer.) Charles’s inaction will be addressed: "There are ramifications," says executive producer Andrew Schneider. "And repercussions," adds his wife and fellow showrunner Diane Frolov.

We’ll learn whether Dr. Natalie Manning (Torrey DeVito) accepted Will’s marriage proposal. Teases Frolov: "I’m happy and unhappy at the same time." And we’ll see that Dr. Ethan Choi (Brian Tee) did take drug-abusing sister Emily (Arden Cho) home to live with him, over the relationship-threatening objections of his girlfriend, nurse April Sexton (Yaya DaCosta).

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And Wednesday night has become 'Chicago' central.

Meanwhile, Connor Rhodes (Colin Donnell) declines the Mayo Clinic offer in favor of a new position "that utilizes his skills as both a trauma and [cardiothoracic] surgeon," says Schneider. According to Frolov, the opportunity involves "a technological advancement."

Fans already met fearsome new COO Gwen Garrett (Heather Headley, She’s Gotta Have It), who’s been hired over the head of hospital administrator Sharon Goodwin (S. Epatha Merkerson). "Garrett has a background in business, not healthcare," Schneider explains. With a mandate to slash and burn if necessary to rein in expenses, she could be gunning for the passionate Goodwin — and she has allies. This can’t end well.

Ask Matt: 'Elementary' Abroad, Emmy Reaction, 'NCIS,' and More

Fri, 09/21/2018 - 9:00am

Welcome back to the Q&A with TV critic (also known to some TV fans as their "TV therapist") Matt Roush, who'll address whatever you love, loathe, are confused or frustrated or thrilled by in today's vast TV landscape. One caution: This is a spoiler-free zone, so we won't be addressing upcoming storylines here unless it's already common knowledge. Please send your questions and comments to askmatt@tvinsider.com (or use the form at the end of the column) and follow me on Twitter. Look for Ask Matt columns on most Tuesdays and Fridays.

 

The Future of Elementary

Question: It was just listed as the finale, which usually means season finale, but was this week’s finale of Elementary the series finale? Spoiler alert: Ending it with Sherlock and Joan in England, and going to Scotland Yard, would be a great way to end it if it was the series finale. If it’s not a series finale, there could be lots of new stories with a different cultural slant since they are in England. Do you know if it was the series finale? — Rose, Laurel, MD

Matt Roush: Here’s the deal: When they were filming this season, knowing the show wouldn’t premiere until late in the midseason—and as it turned out, airing through the summer—they had no idea if this would be the final season or not. So the finale relocating Sherlock and Joan to London would have been a perfect, fitting ending to the series as a whole. But CBS ended up giving Elementary a late-in-the-game renewal for a seventh season, and it has been reported there will be a year’s time jump when the next season begins, so expect going forward that they will now be solving cases, at least for the time being, with Scotland Yard and not the NYPD. This is just the sort of bold and imminently logical reinvention a show like this could use at this stage of the run. Bravo.

'Elementary' Star Lucy Liu on Why Holmes & Watson Will Never Get Together, Despite Baby Plans (VIDEO) 'Elementary' Star Lucy Liu on Why Holmes & Watson Will Never Get Together, Despite Baby Plans (VIDEO)

Plus, she talks directing, working on 'Marvel’s Luke Cage,' 'Crazy Rich Asians,' and an exclusive sneak peek!

Did CBS Bury the Elementary Finale?

Question: What was CBS thinking, scheduling Elementary’s season finale (not to mention Salvation's) opposite the Emmys? Between that and Monday Night Football, it's like CBS didn't want anyone to see it. And now we get to wait a year for the next season. Again. I know I should be grateful for small blessings, but it still feels like CBS is just jerking the show (and its fans) around. Any "Matt's Musings" on this subject? — Woody

Matt Roush: Given that Elementary is no longer on the fall lineup, and the way it was scheduled last season—many fans worried it already had been canceled—it’s safe to assume the show isn’t exactly a high priority for the network anymore. The Emmys isn’t the ratings juggernaut it used to be, but your perception isn’t that far off. Just be thankful the network sees enough value in it to give the show this promising new lease on life.

 'NCIS,' 'Bull,' 'Murphy Brown' Revival & More CBS Fall 2018 Premiere Dates: 'NCIS,' 'Bull,' 'Murphy Brown' Revival & More

Plus, find out when the 'Murphy Brown' revival will kick off.

The Emmy Show Will Win No Emmys

Question: I just read your Emmy review and you are so right! We changed channels an hour in because it was just so boring. I kept recording it so I could speed through today to see anyone win who I cared about (yay, Claire Foy!!), but Colin Jost and Michael Che (who we enjoy on "Weekend Update") made us really long for Tina Fey and Amy Poehler!! It's no wonder the ratings for this show keep dropping. — Gwen

Matt Roush: This was an odd Emmy show for sure. I kept cheering at the winners—lots of my “should wins” made it through, and even some of the surprises (Regina King, Thandie Newton) I was happy with—and groaning whenever the show itself took over. Instead of inane comedy bits, they could have done more to celebrate Emmys’ 70-year history and better reflect the year in TV. It was painful.

 Everything We Learned Behind the Scenes (PHOTOS) Emmy Awards 2018 Winners: Everything We Learned Behind the Scenes (PHOTOS)

Tidbits directly from victors like Regina King, Matthew Rhys, and Rachel Brosnahan!

Question: The Emmys was undoubtedly the most lackluster, dull, dreary, disappointing awards show I've ever seen. I actually felt a little angry while watching it. Just horrible. Everything from the "In Memoriam" (what the hell was that??) to the cringe-worthy Maya Rudolph and Fred Armisen to the rapid-fire winner announcements: They couldn't even repeat the name of the show the winner represented? I applaud them for attempting to do something different. I will applaud them even more if they get rid of this disastrous attempt at brevity next year. — Linda

Matt Roush: I kind of liked them playing Aretha Franklin’s “Amazing Grace” over the In Memoriam—her passing was a huge moment for the culture, including on TV—but for the rest, yes. And as sad as Maya and Fred’s “expert” shtick was—these people will do anything for Lorne Michaels, it’s clear—I can’t recommend their new Amazon Prime Video show Forever more highly.

 'I Was 27 When I Started Doing the Fonz!' Henry Winkler on His First Emmy Win After 42 Years: 'I Was 27 When I Started Doing the Fonz!'

And was the speech he gave on air really written over four decades ago?

How to Get Popular Shows Recognized

Question: Searching for the right word to describe this year's Emmy Awards. I have it: lackluster. I'm so tired of Emmy nominations and awards going to shows broadcast on cable or streaming networks. Since I only watch over-the-air TV, I'll never get to see these shows unless they are released on DVD or show up on YouTube. I've also given up hope that the CableACE Awards will get rebooted, so that quality network shows again have a fighting chance of getting recognition.

But it occurred to me that it would be in the best interest of the Big 6 networks (I include PBS), if they banded together and created their own Basic Network Awards show. Similar to the way Dick Clark created the American Music Awards because he thought the Grammys weren't recognizing contemporary music trends. I know a secondary TV awards show wouldn't have the allure or luster of the Emmys. But it would provide long overdue recognition for shows like The Big Bang Theory, shows that both critics and fans alike bemoan when they are overlooked for Emmy nominations. If enough network TV viewers and critics like this idea, maybe we can generate a groundswell of support and help make it happen. After all, social media helped Betty White become a host on Saturday Night Live. — Maurice

Even the 'Big Bang Theory' Co-Creator Doesn't Know How Series Will End Even the 'Big Bang Theory' Co-Creator Doesn't Know How Series Will End

'We don't plan ahead, we just kind of just tell the next story,' Bill Prady admitted.

Matt Roush: There’s already a People’s Choice Award for fans to vote for their favorites, and did you catch the controversy that erupted when the Oscars tried to create a category just for popular blockbusters? Obviously there’s good work being done on network TV, including on PBS, that isn’t registering in the Emmy nominations: multi-cam comedies like Big Bang for sure, and I was shocked that the Will & Grace revival didn’t make a better showing, as well as solid dramatic work on shows like The Good Doctor and a handful of others. But an awards show just for broadcast networks would be by definition limiting, and honestly, kind of sad to behold. It would be an acknowledgement that their shows aren’t as adventurous, and while that has a lot to do with the commercial medium in which they still operate, it would be hard to look at the ceremony as little more than a desperate bid for attention. What we don’t need in today’s culture is yet another awards show.

The Inevitable NCIS Question

Question: Why is it that NCIS ranks as one of the top dramas of every fall season, but never gets nominated for an Emmy? Have they taken themselves out of the running? — Cindy, Albuquerque

 A Time Jump, a Crossover & a 'Period of Adjustment' Post-Abby 'NCIS' Premiere: A Time Jump, a Crossover & a 'Period of Adjustment' Post-Abby

Executive producer Frank Cardea teases answers to last season's cliffhanger.

Matt Roush: All three NCIS shows were submitted on the Emmy ballot, but as I tend to explain just about every year, formula procedurals regardless of their success are not the sort of shows that Emmy voters—except perhaps those on the payroll—would ever nominate for the top prize. The Emmys is not a popularity contest, any more than the Oscars bestow a Best Picture trophy to the movie with the biggest box office (except in special cases like Titanic). Success is its own reward for shows like NCIS and Dick Wolf’s Chicago procedurals. It’s almost certain that there’s work done within these formats that is worth rewarding, and as noted in the earlier question, there is an unfortunate and unmistakable bias against network programming in general, but in a time of “peak TV” with excellent work being done on so many platforms, mainstream TV is only rarely going to rise to the top anymore.

Death and Salvation

Question: Two quick questions: 1) Am I the only person who thinks the Modern Family death will be Stella? 2) Do you think CBS will bring Salvation back next summer? (That season finale came out of nowhere. I never saw that coming.) — Mark

Which 'Modern Family' Character Will Die in Season 10? Which 'Modern Family' Character Will Die in Season 10?

The death 'will be a moving event — and an event that has repercussions across several episodes,' says creator Christopher Lloyd.

Matt Roush: 1) I have heard that theory about killing the dog, which I hate on principal but also feel would be a cop-out if the show is actually serious about intending to address the whole mortality issue. 2) Haven’t a clue about Salvation. As I understand, the finale reveal was a true game-changer, but could also serve as a series finish (in a speculative Twilight Zone way). CBS didn’t renew Salvation last year until mid-October, so it may be a while before we know one way or the other.

 Dax Shepard Joins Cast for Season 3 'The Ranch': Dax Shepard Joins Cast for Season 3

Danny Masterson was fired from the series after multiple women accused him of sexual assault.

And Finally …

Question: My question is short and to the point. Will The Ranch be returning? Thanks for all your great reviews. — Betty

Matt Roush: You’re welcome. Thanks for reading them. My answer, short and to the point: The Ranch still has a second half of the current season to air, and I don’t think that date has been announced yet, though with Netflix, it’s hard to keep track of everything. Whether the show will be renewed for a fourth season remains to be seen.

 

That’s all for now. Thanks as always for reading, and remember that I can’t do this without your participation, so please keep sending questions and comments about TV to askmatt@tvinsider.com or shoot me a line on Twitter (@TVGMMattRoush), and you can also submit questions via the handy form below. Please include a first name in your question.

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'The Good Cop' EP Says Tony Danza-Starring Series Has 'Old School' Vibe

Thu, 09/20/2018 - 4:00pm
The Good Cop

In a world of high-concept, lightning-pace television, Netflix’s new crime drama The Good Cop breaks tradition by being ”very old school,” says executive producer Andy Breckman.

The family-friendly series stars Tony Danza and Josh Groban as an Odd Couple – like father and son: Danza’s ex-cop Tony Caruso Sr. breaks rules, while Groban’s detective Tony Jr., aka TJ, happily obeys them.

 Josh Groban Reveals How Tony Danza Taught Him the TV Ropes 'The Good Cop' Premiere: Josh Groban Reveals How Tony Danza Taught Him the TV Ropes

The actors play a father/son duo that butt heads more than once.

Yes, the two solve crimes in New York City, but this is no classic procedural. “I don’t care who did it,” Breckman says. “The questions we ask are, ‘How did he do it? Why did he do it?’”

The Good Cop, Series Premiere, Friday, Sept. 21, Netflix

See Jessica Lange Return to 'American Horror Story' in 'Apocalypse' (PHOTO)

Thu, 09/20/2018 - 3:30pm

Fans of American Horror Story have something big to look forward to this season: the return of the incomparable Jessica Lange!

Creator Ryan Murphy shared a photo from the set of the latest iteration, American Horror Story: Apocalypse, revealing that the show's original cast member would be back.

Lange is set to reprise her role as Constance Langdon, who was first introduced in the Murder House season. Constance supposedly raised the Antichrist, Michael Langdon (Cody Fern).

 Apocalypse' Premiere 5 Buzzed-About Moments From the 'AHS: Apocalypse' Premiere

The anthology series took a 'Black Mirror' spin on the end of the world.

In the photo, which Murphy shared to celebrate his 300,000 followers, Lange is seen with the episode's director and fellow AHS regular Sarah Paulson as they share a good laugh.

"To celebrate 300K followers, here’s a first look at the return of Queen Constance...the one and only Lady Lange...being directed by that dynamo of wit and talent Sarah Paulson," Murphy captioned. "Love them both!"

 

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To celebrate 300 k followers, here’s a first look at the return of Queen Constance...the one and only Lady Lange...being directed by that dynamo of wit and talent Sarah Paulson. Love them both!

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Lange hasn't appeared on the horror anthology series since Season 4's Freak Show. In addition to the icon, many old favorites from seasons past will pop-up in Apocalypse, including Dylan McDermott, Connie Britton, Emma Roberts, Taissa Farmiga, Lily Rabe, and more.

The 69-year-old actress will bring back Constance for one episode of Apocalypse. We'll also have appearances by Michael Langdon and the Rubber Man — calling back to Murder House — and expect to see some Coven members, as well. Don't miss it!

American Horror Story: Apocalypse, Wednesdays, 10/9c, FX

A Zonk Is Born on 'Let's Make a Deal'! (VIDEO)

Thu, 09/20/2018 - 2:30pm

As The Talk loses Julie Chen, another CBS daytime show welcomes a new family member!

It's the circle of life, folks, and all shell is breaking loose this week on Let's Make a Deal when the egg containing the game show's newest Zonk finally cracks open.

'Let's Make a Deal' Hatches a New Mascot (VIDEO) 'Let's Make a Deal' Hatches a New Mascot (VIDEO)

Premiere week for the game show brings big news about a colorful new party crasher.

Since Monday's season premiere, viewers have been watching Deal's mystery addition grow from a farm-fresh lil' thing to a Humpty Dumpty-sized delivery. And while contestants had no idea they were picking an unborn Zonk as a potential prize, host Wayne Brady certainly had fun filling them in on their oval-shaped misfortune.

But this Friday, the wait is over. What or who is inside the egg? Well, for those of you looking to send a gift, we've got your first peek at the new Zonk mascot. From the looks of his high-jumping debut, the fella is still finding his footing.

Don't click on the exclusive video below unless you want to be spoiled!

Let’s Make a Deal, Weekdays, Check Local Listings, CBS

Inside 'Outlander's Season 4 Colonial Wardrobe

Thu, 09/20/2018 - 2:00pm
Outlander - Caitriona Balfe, Sam Heughan

Sartorially speaking, it will be hard for Outlander to top the kilt worn by rugged 18th-century Highlander Jamie Fraser (Sam Heughan) and the red ball gown his 20th-century wife, Claire (Caitriona Balfe), modeled at Versailles. But as the time-traveling drama lands in America for Season 4, costume designer Terry Dresbach is up for the challenge.

With the soulmates settling in North Carolina and revolutionizing their style along with their lives, Claire will upgrade from her Season 3 finale shipwreck rags.

 A Peek Into Jamie and Claire's Life in Colonial North Carolina (PHOTOS) 'Outlander' Season 4: A Peek Into Jamie and Claire's Life in Colonial North Carolina (PHOTOS)

Plus, Roger and Brianna reunite (and there's some dancing involved).

“The women’s clothes have a colorful floral palette. It’s American color: cotton, not the saturation of the silks in Paris,” says Dresbach, who consulted with experts at Colonial Williamsburg and the Smithsonian. “A lot of checks and mismatched patterns.”

Later, the Frasers brave the wilderness. “You stay warm or die. You hunt. Furs and skins were necessities,” Dresbach says. “And what does a 20th-century woman wear when nobody’s watching? That’ll be a discovery for the audience.”

Outlander, Season 4 Premiere, Sunday, Nov. 4, 8/7c, Starz

'Grey's Anatomy' Premiere: Teddy Is Back & More New Faces Arrive (PHOTOS)

Thu, 09/20/2018 - 1:30pm

Grey's Anatomy is about to return, and this year is said to be "the season of love." So what better way to spread the love than via newly-released images from the upcoming premiere.

See Meredith (Ellen Pompeo), Owen (Kevin McKidd), Amelia (Caterina Scorsone), Bailey (Chandra Wilson), Richard (James Pickens Jr.), and more return in new photos for the upcoming episodes. The September 27 premiere will also welcome back Teddy (Kim Raver) in a regular role, just in time to stir up some drama for the conflicted Owen.

 OMG, Meredith Is in Bed With [Spoiler]?! (VIDEO) 'Grey's Anatomy' Trailer: OMG, Meredith Is in Bed With [Spoiler]?! (VIDEO)

And it's not who we expected it to be.

The first half of the two-hour event is titled "With a Wonder and a Wild Desire," and will see the docs at Grey Sloan "vie for a new position."

The synopsis continues, "Meredith is seemingly distracted and struggles to stay focused, and Maggie finds herself the keeper of a big secret while Amelia and Owen try to figure out their relationship. Meanwhile, Jo and Alex’s honeymoon doesn’t go exactly as planned."

15 seasons of feels. #GreysAnatomy pic.twitter.com/95mIriIIrb

— Greys Anatomy (@GreysABC) September 18, 2018

In the second ep, "Broken Together," some previously-announced new faces come in and "shake up the hospital in typical Grey Sloan manner." Also, Meredith connects with a patient, while Jackson struggles to find meaning in some of his recent experiences. Finally, look out for Jo to make a "life-changing decision" that leads to her forming "an unexpected alliance."

And get ready to "feel all the feels" with the show's latest key art, which features Meredith, the Seattle skyline, and one very accurate tagline: "15 seasons of feels."

Get excited for the premiere by clicking through the images above, and don't forget to tune in!

Grey's Anatomy, Season 15 Premiere, Thursday, September 27, 8/7c, ABC

Jordan Peele to Host & Narrate 'The Twilight Zone' Revival on CBS All Access

Thu, 09/20/2018 - 12:15pm

Beloved and iconic show The Twilight Zone is officially returning with a new host and narrator.

The CBS All Access series will be fronted by Actor and Oscar-winning director Jordan Peele (Get Out, Key and Peele). The new adaptation of sci-fi/horror anthology series will be "a modern reimagining of the original, which premiered in 1959," according to a press release.

Creator Rod Serling made the role famous by using "socially conscious storytelling to explore the human condition and culture of the times."

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Plus, 'Party of Five,' 'Facts of Life,' and more keep on coming.

Production on the revival is set to begin this fall and Peele will also executive produce.

"Rod Serling was an uncompromising visionary who not only shed light on social issues of his time, but prophesied issues of ours," Peele said in the release. "I'm honored to carry on his legacy to a new generation of audiences as the gatekeeper of The Twilight Zone."

In the teaser trailer which, fans can a hear a blend of Serling and Peele's voices saying the opening monologue: "You're traveling through another dimension, a dimension not only of sight and sound but of mind. A journey into a wondrous land whose boundaries are that of imagination. That's the signpost up ahead — your next stop, The Twilight Zone!"

And to prep for the revival, fans can stream every episode of the original Twilight Zone on CBS All Access.

The Twilight Zone, 2019, CBS

'S.W.A.T.' Is Back With a Patty Hearst-Inspired Crime Spree & Hondo's Love Life Heating Up

Thu, 09/20/2018 - 12:00pm

The CBS drama S.W.A.T. stirs things up in its nail-biting premiere. An earthquake hits Los Angeles — just as Hondo (Shemar Moore) and his S.W.A.T. team are atop the city’s tallest skyscraper, trying to stop a helicopter from taking off with a kidnapped child aboard.

"A big fight is happening inside the chopper, and one of the team members is hanging onto the skids. It’s spectacular," enthuses executive producer Shawn Ryan. "It’s not CGI — we filmed it from a second helicopter."

 An Earthquake Hits LA Right in the Middle of an Op! (VIDEO) 'S.W.A.T' Premiere: An Earthquake Hits LA Right in the Middle of an Op! (VIDEO)

Season 2 of the CBS series kicks off on seriously shaky ground!

The aerial antics propel S.W.A.T. into its sophomore season and the team’s frustrating pursuit of a criminal organization modeled after real-life 1970s-era U.S. radicals the Symbionese Liberation Army.

"The group is copying the Patty Hearst kidnapping and crime spree," says Ryan, referring to the 1974 abduction of the publishing heiress. "The [historical] shoot-out between LAPD SWAT and the SLA remains one of the biggest gun battles in the streets of America. For our team, it becomes a longer battle than they’re used to."

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Nikiva Dionne and Shemar Moore in S.W.A.T..

The outwardly steely and steady Hondo must struggle with other conflicts as well — from the recently fired Street’s (Alex Russell) attempts to return to the squad ("He’ll have to really prove himself," admits Ryan) to Hondo’s new relationship with intriguing Deputy District Attorney Nia Wells (Nikiva Dionne), who brings us deeper inside the unit leader’s mind.

"Hondo is such an ideal cop. We ask: What’s the downside of having to be perfect? What are the burdens?" Ryan teases. Our anticipation is off the Richter scale!

S.W.A.T., Season 2 Premiere, Thursday, September 27, 10/9c, CBS

Meet the New Cast of 'Power Rangers Beast Morphers' (PHOTOS)

Thu, 09/20/2018 - 11:30am

Fresh off the milestone 25th anniversary of Power Rangers comes the announcement of the next evolution of the popular series.

Coming to Nickelodeon next year is Power Rangers Beast Morphers, which will expand the universe with tactical leather suits, ‘Beast Bot’ sidekicks and elevated battle footage. Following up on Power Rangers Super Ninja Steel, this 26th season is especially significant as it will be the first one under Hasbro after it acquired the franchise earlier this year.

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The 'Me and Earl and the Dying Girl' star breaks down some of his buzzy new roles.

Beast Morphers is set in the near future where a secret agency infuses a substance known as Morph-X with animal DNA to create Beast Morphers. The new heroes must combat an evil computer virus named Evox.

Scroll through the gallery to meet the new cast making up the generation of Ranger do-gooders ready to go “beast-mode” on evil.

Power Rangers Beast Morphers, Premiering 2019, Nickelodeon

Shin Lim Wins 'America's Got Talent' — Did the Right Person Win? (POLL)

Thu, 09/20/2018 - 11:15am

America's Got Talent crowned its Season 13 winner in Wednesday night's finale episode, with magician Shin Lim taking home the top honor.

The 26-year-old Massachusetts native impressed viewers and the judges each week with his up-close tricks and baffling illusions. Lim went head-to-head with violinist Brian King Joseph and dance group Zurcaroh in the final three after the night began with 10 competitors.

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The live shows will begin August 14.

With such a wide range of talents, it was certainly anyone's game to win, but Lim's tricks were enough to give him an edge. A former pianist, Lim's bout with carpal tunnel syndrome forced him to find a new pastime — magic.

Tyra Banks announced Lim as the winner, and he was speechless as the confetti fell from the ceiling. During the finale he performed for American Ninja Warrior's Matt Iseman and Akbar Gbaja-Biamila, who were at his table, and for viewers at home. Banks joined them at the table for Lim's set of card tricks.



As a magician, Lim will fit right into the Las Vegas landscape, as he'll headline his own show from November 2 to November 4 at the Paris Theater at Paris Las Vegas. The winner also took home a prize of $1 million.

So did the right contestant win? There were certainly other fan favorites to choose from. Let us know what you thought of the reveal in the poll below.

Samoa Joe Talks 'WWE 2K19' & Taking His Feud With AJ Styles to a Personal Level

Thu, 09/20/2018 - 10:30am

It was a decade ago when Samoa Joe was first what he calls "etched" into “digital immortality” in a pro wrestling video game. Since then a lot has happened during his lengthy career including signing with WWE in 2015. And as time goes on the experience of seeing himself among the roster of company talent in a game like the upcoming WWE 2K19 is not lost on the SmackDown Live superstar.

“I think the first time you actually see a digital representation of yourself it’s crazy,” Joe said during a 2K media event at the WWE Performance Center.

Samoa Joe as depicted in the "WWE 2K19" video game (2K)

“It’s this really exciting feeling because you are part of video game history forever, especially coming up as a gamer. As years go by and seeing the technology advance and graphics get that more precise and the characters get that much more like the people. It’s surreal to see the evolution and seeing how your own character model has progressed.”

It’s a great time for fans who have watched Joe and others from his era succeed in the premiere sports entertainment realm. The ultimate example of the machine standing behind these performers is for a Seth Rollins gracing the cover of last year and AJ Styles chosen in WWE 2K19.

“When you look at that I think it’s indicative with how wrong people were about guys like AJ Styles and myself,” Joe said. “To see us here now and thriving in this environment is no surprise to us. To see someone like him on the cover of 2K, it just feels right. He had a tremendous run. And we’re looking to correct that on my end.”

Good friends outside the ring, Joe and Styles have taken their long-running rivalry to the highest platform. Notable past chapters in TNA Impact Wrestling have gotten them to this point. Their most recent personal story over the WWE championship has resonated with fans. It has been shown programs are at their best when lines of reality can be blurred.

“The feud has kind of never gone away, indicative of the people involved,” Joe said. “Everywhere I’ve gone AJ has been a constant presence staring across from me in the locker room. It’s no surprise to see our feud ignited here and still going strong.”

Adding another level of intrigue, Joe has riled up the “Phenomenal One” by bringing in his family. During some promos his strategy is getting into Styles’ head by basically calling him a bad father and husband. For Joe, the kids and spouses view it as another day at the office.

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The latest version of the video game will be released this fall.

“I think at this point we have some battle-hardened families who have seen it all,” he said. “They’ve been steeped and immersed in the lifestyle that we do. If anything, they very much understand the circumstances that exist, and it has been no issue to them.”

Joe is getting rave reviews for his intensity and work on the mic by audiences watching SmackDown Live. He attributes that to company trust creatively, but also support from the team behind the scenes.

“It has been a real synergistic relationship where they’ve come up with stuff, and I’ve come up with stuff,” he said.

“It has been a real collaboration. As much as I’d love to sit here and tell you, and most people would gladly, that it was all me out there. Yeah, it is me doing my thing. It’s also a lot of great ideas being passed around. People who are passionate and care about the story and really getting into it. It has translated into good TV. It has been really good.”

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The former Wade Barrett is the leading man in the movie 'I Am Vengeance' and among the hosts of 'Ultimate Beast Master: Survival of the Fittest' on Netflix

Another part of WWE 2K19 that mirrors the current events of today is the return of 2K Showcase, which will chronicle Bryan’s rollercoaster career. His ascension in Ring of Honor, the growth of the “Yes Movement” in WWE and unexpected comeback to the ring. It all translates to one of the biggest underdog success stories in pro wrestling history. One Joe wasn’t sure would continue with Bryan competing.

“When he returned to the ring I approached it initially with trepidation because you are concerned, and Bryan is definitely an individual where his heart is bigger than his head at certain points,” he said.

“He is has done his due diligence and worked tirelessly with the concern of his own health on the line. Seeing what he has went through and the protocols, it’s good to see him back. It’s no surprise he is in the mix doing what he does.”

Whether it’s on Network programming or in the latest 2K video game, promotions outside of the WWE Universe have been acknowledged more than ever before. Joe can see the landscape of the business overall changing for a variety of reasons.

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We are already thinking of the potential showdowns featuring current WWE female superstars & legends mixing it up for the historic event.

“I think just now you’re seeing guys fully harness their potential on the independents and treat themselves as businesses,” Joe said.

“It wasn’t really done in the past with really just a select few. There were guys like myself, Bryan, AJ and a laundry list. Now you’re seeing guys crunching the numbers. That is something a lot of guys didn’t do back then. They didn’t sit there and figure merch. They didn’t think of it like a business.

“They treated as a weekend warrior hobby. I’m very happy to see this. I hope it continues to thrive, and they continue to bring interest. The landscape of the fan base has broadened so much. I think there is a lot of opportunities out there.”

The former multi-time champion is also happy to watch his old stomping grounds of ROH taking bigger steps forward. Among the top is selling out Madison Square Garden with New Japan Pro Wrestling during WrestleMania weekend.

“I feel like the more buzz and competition that is out there creates a better marketplace for everybody,” he said. “I’m excited, especially for the people involved. I still know a lot of guys in the office for a good amount of years. They work tirelessly. It’s good to see them thrive and doing well.”

WWE is making its own monumental moves including taking SmackDown Live back to broadcast TV and 20 years after debuting on UPN. In October 2019, the brand will be featured Friday nights on Fox. A major network with high visibility.

“The move will have a massive impact,” Joe said. “Something that is missing from the primetime, mainstream lineup is something that is live. To have SmackDown Live on Fox is a big opportunity for WWE and a lot of the superstars. It’s a big introduction back into a large portion of mainstream America. I’m looking forward to it.”

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From more mainstream opportunities to presentation changes, a number of changes could be afoot.

Joe hopes to reign WWE champion when the transition occurs. After a controversial ending at Hell in a Cell, he gets another crack at Styles during the Superstar Show-Down October 6 in Australia live on WWE Network.

“It’s a very big jewel in the entire legacy,” Joe said of a potential title change at this point in his career. “It’s something a lot of people said would be an impossibility. To be out there and win that championship. Not in a sense to prove people wrong but prove what I’m saying right. Certification.”

WWE 2K19 Standard edition releases worldwide Tuesday, October 9; Deluxe & Collector's Editions release Friday, October 5

SmackDown Live, Tuesdays, 8/7c, USA Network

A Breakdown of Where 'The Good Place' Season 3 Picks Up

Thu, 09/20/2018 - 10:00am
THE GOOD PLACE

Replay! The deaths of Eleanor (Kristen Bell), Tahani (Jameela Jamil), Chidi (William Jackson Harper) and Jason (Manny Jacinto) are now near-deaths on NBC's The Good Place, and their time in the afterlife has been erased.

Can they become good people and earn a spot in the real Good Place without one another? “Together they succeed, alone they’re doomed,” creator Michael Schur says. Well, fork.

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There are reasons these characters are so beloved and episodes are so rewatchable.

FINDING THEIR WAY

Phoenix native Eleanor located Chidi in Australia in the comedy’s finale, so there is some hope for the gang’s survival. But what of socialite Tahani and aspiring DJ Jason? “Their journeys, in toto, are very ‘on brand’ for each of them,” Schur says. Court order Season 3 opens with Judge Gen (Maya Rudolph) back in charge.

“We go to the moment she ruled that the humans could go back to Earth,” Schur says. “We see things from Michael’s [Ted Danson] point of view,” including how the Bad Place architect got down to Earth and what he and sidekick Janet (D’Arcy Carden) have been up to.

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The gang chats about next season's surprises and answers random fishbowl questions!

COURT ORDER

Season 3 opens with Judge Gen (Maya Rudolph) back in charge. “We go to the moment she ruled that the humans could go back to Earth,” Schur says. “We see things from Michael’s [Ted Danson] point of view,” including how the Bad Place architect got down to Earth and what he and sidekick Janet (D’Arcy Carden) have been up to.

NEW FACES

After cheating death, Chidi seeks answers from neuroscientist Simone (Kirby Howell-Baptiste). And the Doorman (Mike O’Malley) sits between Michael — anxiously watching the quartet — and his chance to intervene.

The Good Place, Season 3 Premiere Thursday, Sept. 27, 8/7c, NBC 

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