It's an egg-citing time for Let's Make a Deal!
The game show is kicking off its premiere week on Monday, September 17, with some major news about their beloved Zonks.Let's Make a Deal: The Art of Making a Zonk (PHOTOS)
The CBS daytime hit invited TV Guide Magazine to help design one of the popular game show’s wacky prizes (spoiler alert: It’s not a donkey)
As LMAD fans know, Zonks are those worthless prizes like hamburger shoes or astroturf-covered cars, and if contestants pick the curtain they're hiding behind, well, SOL. Of course, they're also half the fun of watching someone push their luck and, over the years, host Wayne Brady and company have rubbed elbows with an array of Zonked-out mascots, including Zonk Gorilla and the Zonkey. But we've never really known where these costumed buzzkills come from...until now.
On Monday's show, viewers will learn that a new bundle of "Oy!" is due any day now when unfortunate audience member Elaine makes an ill-fated choice that is, as Brady says, "a good thing for the show" — if not so much for her chance of leaving the studio with cash in hand.
Check out the birth announcement below!
As the week progresses, that egg will keep getting bigger until a surprise reveal that will hopefully be all it's cracked up to be.
Let’s Make a Deal, Weekdays, CBS, check local listings
Laura Niemi got devotees of This Is Us excited when she posted a selfie on Instagram behind a trailer that had the name Marilyn Pearson on it. The actress played Jack’s (Milo Ventimiglia) mom during past flashbacks. Niemi has been on many sets during her lengthy career including Justified and Veep but believes the dynamic overall for the NBC hit series is special.
“Dan Fogelman created this amazing show, and he is so approachable,” she said. “It really is like a family. Everybody is grateful to be there. I think what is great about the third season is everyone is on top of their game. There is a real appreciation for everyone participating.”'This Is Us' Season 3: NBC Releases New Images Teasing Jack-Rebecca Romance (PHOTOS)
The Pearsons are back.
Comparing the feel from the first season when the cast and crew were still finding their ground, Niemi believes it’s a well-oiled machine today. The characters are also more developed, making it fun for her to transition back into that world.
“Working with Milo this season so far, he just knows his character really well at this point,” she said. “There is an ease to it. There is not a question mark…The fan base is so insane. Everyone is just so excited about these characters and the show, what direction it’s going to go in.”
Casting news broke in August that viewers of the tear-jerking drama would see Nicky Pearson, played by Michael Angarano. Jack’s younger brother, who was presumed dead, as viewers find out more about what went on for the siblings in the trenches of the Vietnam War.NBC Reveals Breathtaking 'This Is Us' Season 3 Key Art (PHOTOS)
The images were shot by famed photographer Annie Leibovitz.
“I’m excited getting to dive into more of Jack’s character growing up,” Niemi said. “That’s where I come in. It has been wonderful. Also, my character is getting more fleshed out. You saw me in season one briefly. Now they are fleshing my character out. Marilyn has quite the journey this season.”
Marilyn is in a tumultuous and abusive marriage with a husband that provides a toxic family environment for his children. Throughout the series thus far it’s clear Jack’s upbringing had a significant impact in his life, good and bad. Niemi can relate to parts of what Marilyn endured.
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Niemi was particularly impressed with Rees’ ability to adapt the book of the same name by Joan Didion. She likened the complexity to that of Shakespeare.
“Dee Rees did an outstanding job and were able to break it down for the film,” she said. “We got to be in Puerto Rico, Miami. That’s how I spent my summer. That was pretty cool. Working with actors from all over the United States was great. I didn’t get a chance to work with Ben, but it was a wonderful experience all-around. We really bonded.”
This Is Us, Season 3 premiere, Tuesday, September 25, 8/7c, NBC
Most science fiction can be classified as fantasy. Not so with Hulu's The First, which is all too painfully real in its emotionally grounded human drama.
“When it comes to Mars, we must get used to death,” declares Laz Ingram (a nuanced Natascha McElhone, late of Designated Survivor), the visionary CEO of Vista, a private company working with NASA to launch the first manned flight to the red planet. She’s trying to satisfy a skeptical journalist’s concerns that the risks are worth the rewards of exploration. The crew members need less convincing—and in their stories, this eight-episode series created by Beau Willimon (House of Cards) has all the right stuff.A Complete List of Your Next Sci-Fi TV Obsessions
A fresh batch of new shows are sure to keep you entertained.
Sean Penn, in his first TV series regular role, delivers a tremendously affecting performance as Providence commander Tom Hagerty, who aims to rejoin the team after a private tragedy. A man who feels closest to Earth when observing it from hundreds of thousands of miles above, Tom weighs personal ambition against the needs of his adored but troubled daughter, Denise (Anna Jacoby-Heron, who mostly transcends angsty cliché).
Tom’s refreshingly diverse cohorts include the marvelous LisaGay Hamilton as an accomplished astronaut chafing at the new chain of command and Hannah Ware as a science specialist who may lack the essential survival skills for this voyage. “I need people who are going to do the hard thing,” Tom insists. Though nothing may be harder, The First argues, than the burden felt by those left behind as their loved ones reach for the stars.
There are subtle futuristic touches, including supersmart homes, suggesting this is happening decades from now, but the series mostly avoids the fantastic. It fascinates with a contemporary authenticity—although one self-consciously artsy voiceover narrative device is so distracting I wish it had been scrubbed.
As the countdown to launch proceeds, the focus is as much on the explorers’ turbulent inner space as on what awaits them in outer space. Some genre fans may gripe it takes the show too long to achieve liftoff, but that’s the point. Nothing comes quickly or easily when the stakes are this high: Just watch Vista and NASA engineers sweat out a looming deadline as they try to reconnect with the MAV (Mars Ascent Vehicle) that will in theory bring these heroes home. Getting there is only half the journey.
The First, Series Premiere, Friday, September 14, HuluMy One and Only
You’ll have to trust me when I say there’s never been a romantic comedy quite like Forever, which also drops Friday, on Amazon Prime Video. I can't go into too much detail, because there’s a sense of constant discovery and surprise in these eight magically sublime, funny-sad episodes that go beyond the realm of spoiler alerts.
From Alan Yang and Matt Hubbard, whose credits include the amusingly moving Master of None and quirky Parks and Recreation, this series explores the joys and challenges in the long-term marriage-without-children of Oscar (Fred Armisen), a mild-mannered dentist, and June (Maya Rudolph), his restless wife.Amazon's 'Forever' Trailer: Maya Rudolph Is Bored With Mediocrity (VIDEO)
The actress stars alongside Fred Armisen in the new Amazon series.
These Saturday Night Live veterans share an easy, enjoyable rapport amid the numbing rut of repetition, but everything shifts after June urges a change in their annual vacation routine from a fishing trip to a skiing getaway, and when things start going sideways, dares to ask aloud, “Don’t you ever wonder what the purpose of everything is?”
This sets the couple on an existential journey like no other, one that’s still universal in how it poignantly and humorously confronts the big issues of life and love. “People aren’t meant to be alone,” an outsider observes, and Forever finds enchanting new ways to see if that is so. I loved every minute of it.
Forever, Series Premiere, Friday, September 14, Amazon Prime Video
Besides giving viewers a glimpse into the childhood of genius Sheldon Cooper (Iain Armitage) and a lot of laughs, the CBS hit sitcom Young Sheldon is also the inspiration behind a new public school program to help children everywhere get a chance to also become brainiacs.
On Wednesday, the Chuck Lorre Family Foundation (TCLFF) announced that the Young Sheldon STEM Initiative. The initiative, launching to coincide with the beginning of the 2018-19 academic school year, was created to foster excitement for learning in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM).
Nineteen select elementary, middle and high schools in Southern California (primarily Burbank) and East Texas (where the show is set) will receive more than $600,000 in two-year grants. Each school will be eligible to submit for continuation grants at the end of the two-year period.Travel Back in Time With 'Young Sheldon' Season 1 DVD (VIDEO)
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Items identified by the teachers to be funded include robotics kits, computers, iPads, Vernier probeware, lab tables, 3D printers, LEGO Mindstorm educational kits, general lab equipment, curriculum development and teacher training.
The initiative will also fully fund all costs for an annual experiential opportunity for students and teachers in and outside the classroom. In Texas, teachers and students at each school will attend annual customized education trips to Space Center Houston. In California, students and teachers from each school will visit NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in Pasadena. Teachers in both states will have access to JPL and NASA instructional materials.Bazinga! Go Behind the Scenes of 'Young Sheldon' (PHOTOS)
An up-close and personal look at the CBS show's first season.
In addition to funding from series co-creator Chuck Lorre's foundation, the initiative will also be supported by Young Sheldon executive producers Steve Molaro and Jim Parsons (who also voices the adult Sheldon in the series and plays him on The Big Bang Theory) as well as the Warner Brothers Television Group and CBS.
In a statement, Lorre said, “To those of us involved in making it, Young Sheldon is more than a television series. At its heart, it’s a story about potential. When the education of a child is supported, there is no limit to what that child might eventually achieve.
"We hope that in some small way, this program gives these public schools more STEM educational tools in the classroom for teachers to nurture and ignite the curiosity of students who will ultimately become our future leaders and scholars.”CBS Fall 2018 Premiere Dates: 'NCIS,' 'Bull,' 'Murphy Brown' Revival & More
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Parsons attended three of the selected East Texas schools. And Young Sheldon co-star Montana Jordan, who plays Sheldon’s brother Georgie, attended one of the Texas schools, where his mother also taught first grade.
Here's a video produced to announce the initiative with the cast of Young Sheldon:
Young Sheldon, Season 2 Premiere, Monday, Sept. 24, 8:30/7:30c, CBS. The series moves to its regular timeslot Thursdays at 8:30/7:30c beginning Sept. 27.
S.W.A.T. is starting off Season 2 on shaky ground!
If you thought the first season was action-packed, wait until you see the first promo for the premiere of its sophomore season — TV Insider is giving you an exclusive look of "Shaky Town."
In the sneak peek, we see an earthquake hit L.A. right as the SWAT team is the middle of a op! Hondo (Shemar Moore) and the crew are in a standoff with human traffickers holding child hostages when the natural disaster interrupts their takedown and compromises the operation!See the Stars of CBS' 'Murphy Brown,' 'Magnum PI' & More in Our TCA 2018 Studio (PHOTOS)
Plus, stars from 'The Neighborhood' and 'Happy Together.'
Also in this episode, we'll see Honodo and Deputy District Attorney Nia Wells (Nikiva Dionne) get close, while Jim Street (Alex Russell) deals with the changes to his life since becoming a patrol officer.
Check out the full promo below:
S.W.A.T., Season 2 Premiere, Thursday, September 27, 10/9c, CBS
On I Feel Bad, self-loathing and LOLs go hand in hand. The sitcom centers around Emet (Sarayu Blue), a married mom of three and successful video-game developer in California’s Bay Area who’s trying to kill it at home and at work.
Spoiler alert: Having it all isn’t realistic, hence the title. Executive producer Aseem Batra makes a case for leaning in.
I have time to watch one more show. Why should it be yours?
Aseem Batra: Because it will tell you, "Don’t feel bad for spending less time with your kids so you can watch more TV." Then you’ll have time for two shows!NBC Fall 2018 Premiere Dates: 'This Is Us,' 'Law & Order: SVU,' & More
And Wednesday night has become 'Chicago' central.
What’s a good alternate title?
Those Annoyingly Happy People on Instagram Are Hiding Something.
Who should be watching I Feel Bad?
People who are tired of saying "I’m sorry," and 10 million Russian bots. And Oprah.
Will executive producer Amy Poehler do a guest spot?
She will if she wants to make my dreams come true, which I’m pretty sure is a life goal of hers. Amy’s creative input has been so valuable: She helped ensure that Emet is empowered, not down and out. Emet examines her "feel bads" and instead of just taking it, she makes comedic moves to make everything go her way.
If I’m not a beleaguered working mother, will I still get it?
Sure. I enjoyed Dexter and I’ve only murdered, like, one serial killer.
I Feel Bad, Series Premiere, Thursday, October 4, 9:30/8:30c, NBC
With a sly reference here and a cameo there, this creepy anthology has often alluded to a past Story.
But Season 8 fully embraces the shared universe with an end-times tale combining Season 1, Murder House, and No. 3, Coven, and bringing back Connie Britton, Dylan McDermott, Jessica Lange, Sarah Paulson and more.'American Horror Story: Apocalypse' Season 8: All the Confirmed & Rumored Cast
Ryan Murphy's next creation is a 'Murder House'-'Coven' crossover.
These episodes will help shed light on the Apocalypse.
“Pilot” (Murder House, Episode 1) The franchise’s first peek into madness finds troubled mom Vivien Harmon (Britton) dealing with faithless hubby Ben (McDermott), racist neighbor Constance (Lange) and a historic L.A. home haunted by its former tenants. All of them.
“Afterbirth” (Murder House, Episode 12) The season ends with a three-year time jump. And Constance, now raising Vivien’s child, comes home to find the toddler is a literal lady killer.
“Go to Hell” (Coven, Episode 12) The penultimate hour positions Cordelia Foxx (Paulson), headmistress of a New Orleans school for witches, to replace her dying mother, Fiona (Lange), as their coven’s Supreme.
American Horror Story: Apocalypse, Premiere, Wednesday, September 12, 10/9c, FX
Mariska Hargitay Talks 20 Years of 'SVU': The Benson-Stabler Chemistry, Best Storylines & How It Might End
Critics weren’t sure what to make of Dick Wolf’s Law & Order spinoff with a sex-crimes slant when it arrived in 1999. For every "crackling-sharp" and "dead-on," there was a "formulaic" or "uneasy-making." But Mariska Hargitay — who has played intrepid NYC cop Olivia Benson, now the lieutenant, since Day 1 — and her Special Victims Unit costars quickly won over fans, and along the way to amassing 434 episodes, she earned eight Emmy nods, winning one.
A producer and occasional director, Hargitay has been greatly affected by SVU’s stories of sexual assault and domestic violence, launching the Joyful Heart Foundation in 2004 to help empower survivors. (Her documentary about the backlog of untested DNA rape kits, I Am Evidence, can be seen on HBO Go and HBO Now.)'Law & Order: SVU' First Look: Meet the Guy Who's Been Breaking Rollins' Heart (PHOTO)
Plus, Kelli Giddish gives some background on her character's complicated love story in Season 20.
Ahead of the two-hour episode that opens the milestone 20th season ("Olivia is going to deal with some new things, maybe her own physical limitations," Hargitay teases), she solves 20 more mysteries about her beloved drama.
Can you believe it?
Mariska Hargitay: I’m still taking it in. I feel deeply grateful to Dick for creating this show and having the vision to sustain the quality. The other night we had a dinner party. When I brought him the cake with "20" in Roman numerals, it hit me like a ton of bricks!
What are your memories of your first day on set?
Keeping it real, I don’t remember! But I do have a million memories from the pilot, especially the immediate chemistry with Chris [Meloni, who played Det. Elliot Stabler]. We were filming in the Meatpacking District, and it was really hot and raining, so we all had to wear baseball caps. I was going, "How lucky is this California girl to be shooting a television series in New York with this fantastic actor and fantastic crew!"
Were you concerned about the difficult themes of the show? The first season had an assault with a banana, for heaven’s sake!
My agent called to say, "I don’t know if you’ll be interested in this because it’s very dark subject matter." When I read the script, however, I felt it was such a truly pioneering show. I was shocked at first. I had to ground myself and be brave.
What storyline have you found particularly meaningful?
The one about Olivia getting a family after being turned down for adoption and then having God drop this beautiful baby boy in her lap.'Law & Order: SVU' Heads Into Season 20 — See How Much the Cast Has Changed (PHOTOS)
The show premiered in September 1999.
What’s been tough emotionally?
The show is about the worst things people do to each other in the darkest part of humanity, which means many stories are difficult. But when a child suffers — those hit us hardest.
And physically challenging?
The William Lewis arc [in Season 15] was the most taxing. It was gut-wrenching to shoot, but it was a treat to work with Pablo Schreiber [as Lewis, the rapist/killer who kidnapped Olivia]. I trusted him, so I was able to go there.
Olivia seems to get kidnapped a lot. Do you even know the total?
At least five. There were a few episodes where I’m like, "I’m not a very good cop, am I?"
She’s also had a lot of hairstyles! Best and worst?
Like any woman, Olivia is trying to find the hairstyle that fits her life. I stand behind all my hairdos, except maybe three. [Laughs] After one shoot, the hairdresser, who was French, wanted to trim my hair. So he’s drinking wine and cutting, and when I looked up from my magazine, I just went, "This is not good." Dick told me he was going to fire me. I cried so hard, like, "You’re blaming me?" It went on for two weeks; then he said, "There’s no crying in television," and we moved past it.
What made Chris, your first partner in crime solving, so special?
From the second we met, bells went off. We knew we were going to be a huge force in each other’s lives. He was intense and mercurial but also fun.
Your current costar Ice-T, who plays Sgt. "Fin" Tutuola, is known as the Philosopher King, right?
He goes on his philosopher rants and everyone gathers around because the way he breaks everything down is clear and simple. He takes all the complex and whiny stuff out of it, like, "Here’s the deal." And in 19 years, I’ve never seen him in a bad mood or raise his voice.Who Said It: Ice-T or Fin Tutuola on 'Law & Order: SVU'? (QUIZ)
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How did Meloni’s departure after 12 seasons affect SVU?
When Danny Pino [Det. Nick Amaro] and Kelli Giddish [Det. Amanda Rollins] arrived [in Season 13], I felt like I was almost on a new series. Those two brought a completely new energy. It was really sad when Danny left [in 2015]. We wrote him a song with a Cuban beat. When Raúl [Esparza, aka ADA Rafael Barba] left [earlier this year], we threw a party and offered toasts. With Andy Karl [Sgt. Mike Dodds, killed off in 2016], we went to dinner. We’re all very close.
SVU is known for its guest stars. Five won Emmys, and 11 more were nominated. Who’s your favorite?
Robin Williams [in 2008]. It was being in the presence of true greatness. He had this huge heart: The set photographer captured Robin playing with my son, August [then not quite 2], with a smile from ear to ear. John Ritter  was another great light. I met my husband [Younger’s Peter Hermann] on that episode!6 Former 'Law & Order: SVU' Stars We Want to See Return in Season 20
From Munch to Cragen to Dr. Huang.
How has SVU evolved in the treatment of rape and assault survivors?
What is beautiful is that the show has evolved from "Let’s shine a light on these issues" to "Time’s up, let’s make changes and stop these issues" I think the culture is catching up.
What explains the show’s remarkable longevity?
Basically, we’re telling compelling stories that are close to our hearts, our souls and our core. Olivia is a champion of healing — the mother figure we all want.
How would you like SVU to end?
With Olivia finding real peace and balance and love. She’s given so much to others that I want her, as she has fought for other people, to fight for herself.
But before then, you must want to make it to 21 seasons to beat Law & Order?
You know I do!
For more from our conversation with Hargitay about SVU and what's coming next, pick up the latest issue of TV Guide Magazine, on newsstands Thursday, September 13.
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, Season 20 Premiere, Thursday, Sept. 27, 9/8c, NBC
Prep your DVRs, because Dancing With the Stars is back!
The long-running dance competition just announced the latest batch of celebs to compete on Season 27 of the ABC series, and it's a stacked list! Sure, we'd heard about a few of them in advance, but it's even better than we first expected.Derek Hough Talks 'World of Dance,' His Upcoming Solo Tour & a Possible Show With Sister Julianne
Plus, why he wants an audience vote on the NBC series and if he's returning to acting soon.
Back to host are Tom Bergeron and Erin Andrews along with Judges Len Goodman, Carrie Ann Inaba and Bruno Tonioli.
Click through the gallery above to find out who else is rounding out the cast. And sound off in the comments below: Who do you think will win?
Dancing With the Stars, Season 27 Premiere, Monday, September 24, 8/7c, ABC
The NCIS: Los Angeles team left things off on a pretty big cliffhanger, but thankfully, Season 10's premiere is right around the corner.
In images released for the show's return, fans are able to see what direction the premiere may take, and if their favorites will survive. As viewers know, much of the team were in a vehicle on their way to rescue Mosley's (Nia Long) son when a missile struck it.'NCIS: Los Angeles': Will Callen & Sam Survive the Season 10 Premiere?
Kensi and Deeks have been confirmed as safe in the Season 10 premiere, but will the others make it?
NCIS: Los Angeles, Season 10 Premiere, Sunday, September 30, 9:30/8:30c, CBS
The 2018 Primetime Emmy Awards are almost here, and with such a tight race this year, TV fans are wondering who will go home with statues on September 17.
In anticipation of the NBC-airing awards show, we're counting down with our own Matt Roush's predictions for all of the major categories. Today, we're taking a look at the comedy contenders: Outstanding Comedy Series, Outstanding Lead Actor/Actress in a Comedy Series, and Outstanding Supporting Actor/Actress in a Comedy Series.
With nominees from hits like Atlanta, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, Barry, and more, this is a tough one! Click through the gallery above for Matt's picks, and sound off with your predictions in the comments below!Matt Roush on the 2018 Emmy Nominations — What Did & Didn't Surprise?
What did and didn't surprise this year?
'Young & the Restless' Star Eric Braeden on Taking Time Off & His Feelings on Eileen Davidson's Exit
Even moguls need a vacation. That’s why Eric Braeden is taking the month of September off from playing Victor Newman on The Young and the Restless, daytime TV’s top-rated soap.
TV Insider chatted with the Emmy-winning actor on why he’s temporarily vacating his role on the CBS sudser, the passing of Y&R super-fan Aretha Franklin, which cast member he thinks has the charisma and talent to hit the big screen, and the show losing Eileen Davidson – aka Victor’s “beautiful Ashley.”
Read on to get the scoop from the mustached mogul himself!Sneak Peek: 'The Young and the Restless' Gives Nick Newman a Sleek New Office! (PHOTOS)
'I have not been this excited in a long time,' says star Joshua Morrow of his hot new storyline and brand-new set.
You presented at the Daytime Emmys in 2005 alongside the late Aretha Franklin for Best Drama Series.
Eric Braeden: Yes. Aretha was a huge fan of Y&R’s. I was very sorry to hear of her passing. She had such a hard time at the end.
It has come to my attention that the GREAT ARETHA FRANKLIN is fighting for her life!! It saddens me greatly! We have a mutual respect and affection for each other! I shall NEVER forget her gracious invitation to present the EMMY with her at Radio City Music Hall! 1of THE GREATS!!
— Eric Braeden (@EBraeden) August 14, 2018
You could tell when she read the nominees that Y&R was her favorite just by the way she said it. Do you have a favorite performance of hers?
When I saw her singing "Nessun Dorma," an aria from Puccini’s "Turandot," I was so moved. I was moved to tears. That’s the signature piece for Luciano Pavarotti, and for her to sing it so well was just extraordinary. I was very honored that she was a fan of the show.
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How’s the family?
Good. My son, Christian [Gudegest] has a film out, Den of Thieves [which he produced, wrote, and directed]. It’s successful. He’s now working on about three or four different projects. It all depends on which one is greenlit first. He’s doing awesome.
You’re taking a trip to Germany. Why? And why for a whole month!
It is the 60th anniversary of [my] winning the German Youth Championship. I was javelin, discus, and shot put champion. I’m seeing some of my fellow athletes for the first time in 60 years!'Young & the Restless' Showrunner Mal Young Dishes on New Characters & Why Hilary Had to Die
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How are they going to handle Victor while you’re away for a month? Pre-tape and post-tape or will Victor go on a business trip?
I have no idea!
Well, fans would never accept a temporary replacement. There will have to something to get you off the canvas.
That is very nice [to hear]. We take very few vacations in daytime because the show is on every week. Going for two weeks is just not worth it [when you add in] travel time and jet lag. It’s just not worth it. I’m going to visit relatives and friends while I’m there.
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When Eileen came back to the show in 1999, she’d been gone for 10 years and two other actresses had played Ashley – yet you two picked up like no time had passed at all.
I agree.Is Doug Davidson's Paul Williams Leaving 'The Young and the Restless'?
The actor’s tweets indicate we’ll see less of Paul Williams.
Perhaps Eileen – who isn’t even gone yet – may be back again someday?
Who knows? I adore working with her. That is all. I adore her.
Young and Restless, weekdays, CBS
There’s a prescription for some truly trippy television.
Netflix’s new comedic sci-fi drama, Maniac, centers on two lost souls — aimless, semi-employed New Yorker Annie Landsberg (Emma Stone) and schizophrenic Owen Milgrim (Jonah Hill) — who meet and connect in a pharmaceutical company drug trial.'Maniac' First Look: See Jonah Hill & Emma Stone in New Netflix Series (PHOTOS)
The sci-fi drama is directed by 'True Detective' alum Cary Fukunaga.
Both could use some help: Annie has witnessed her share of broken relationships, chiefly, those of her own parents and sister, and Owen wants to return to life as it was before the onset of his mental illness, which began with a psychotic break when he was in his 20s. The cryptically named drug U.L.P., which promises to accomplish all that psychotherapy would in just three days, may be the magic pill both Annie and Owen need. “It will fix any problem: mental illness, anxiety, heartache, loneliness, sadness,” says executive producer Patrick Somerville.
U.L.P. works in a strange way, by making patients hallucinate and envision entirely different worlds. And although Annie and Owen start out as strangers, they somehow appear in each other’s “reflections,” the drugmaker’s name for these altered realities. Scenarios range from tame ones (the two are married parents) to others involving medieval weaponry.
The trial takes place in a bright white lab at Neberdine Pharmaceutical and Biotech, under the guidance of Dr. James Mantleray (Justin Theroux, below, with costar Sonoya Mizuno), who’s undermined by his own baggage and his mom, Dr. Greta Mantleray (Sally Field). “He’s not so much a villain as a person with different goals than everybody else,” Somerville teases. Needless to say, he adds, “Things go haywire.”
In more ways than one. “Every patient who goes through the trials has a confrontation with their darkest inner demons,” Somerville says. “And they’re also headed toward a confrontation with the lab itself.” We’re ready for our first dose.
Maniac, Series Premiere, Friday, Sept. 21, Netflix
The Kids Are Alright proves an axiom that hard times and humor go hand in hand. Set in the turbulent 1970s, the sitcom follows the Clearys, an Irish Catholic family in a working-class L.A. suburb.
Dad Mike (Michael Cudlitz) and mom Peggy (Mary McCormack) are white-knuckling their way through raising eight boys. Money and patience are in short supply, but there’s love to spare. The folks weigh in.What is Peggy and Mike’s parenting style?
Michael Cudlitz: Day to day and moment to moment! Mike is very much like my parents were: At times they had no idea what the hell they were doing, but they’re not going to show that to anybody.
Mary McCormack: I have three kids myself, and if they’re fed and breathing, it’s a job well done! And in the ’70s, some things just didn’t get discussed. If I ever went to my dad to talk about feelings, he’d be like, "What are you, a communist?"
How are times tough for the Cleary family?
Michael Cudlitz: I think this show is a nice reminder that even though there have been periods in history where everything is falling apart — gas prices are skyrocketing, the country is going to war — we made it through, no matter what.
Mary McCormack: There’s a moment where I say, "Fetch some tinfoil out of the trash" — and then I start to iron it!Has this gig made you nostalgic for a bygone era?
Michael Cudlitz: Oh, yeah, it’s definitely brought me back to that time before air bags — all of the air bags we have in our life today. Things have gotten so politically correct.
Mary McCormack: Nostalgia is a mixed bag. It’s great to think back on how kids used to ride around on their bikes and not come home until dinner. On the other hand, we’ve made progress. Seat belts save lives. I’m not putting my kids in a car without them!
The Kids Are Alright, Series Premiere, Tuesday, October 16, 8:30/7:30c, ABC
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 firstname.lastname@example.org (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.
Rewarding a Killer Performance
Question: I think Darren Criss's portrayal of Andrew Cunanan in The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story was brilliant. And Ryan Murphy has a reputation for big, splashy shows and performances. But Criss doesn't have the clout of the stars of the previous season’s The People vs. O.J. Simpson. His chance of winning is not as guaranteed as Sarah Paulson or Sterling K. Brown. What do you think are the chances that Darren Criss will actually win? – Jen, Sacramento
Matt Roush: Actually, pretty high. The Versace series did well in the Creative Arts categories presented over the weekend, taking home four, including for casting, and Darren Criss’s personal career-defining triumph was a big part of that. His competition is certainly fierce, including Benedict Cumberbatch tackling a dynamic dream role as Patrick Melrose, John Legend’s tour de force as Jesus Christ Superstar, and Antonio Banderas as Genius: Picasso has high marquee value as well. But Criss is heavily favored by the prognosticators on the Gold Derby site (of which I am one), because this is the sort of breakthrough performance that’s hard to ignore. It may not a slam dunk, but it’s a pretty good bet.What to Binge Before the 2018 Emmys: 'Godless,' 'Killing Eve,' 'Barry' & More
Plus, 'Godless,' 'GLOW,' 'Patrick Melrose,' and more ready-to-stream series.Will Bojack Ever Ride High at the Emmys?
Question: I have been a huge fan of Bojack Horseman, which has been a surprising delight. Initially, I thought it was just going to be some weird adult animation in the vein of Family Guy, but then as I went through the episodes, the show quickly evolved beyond that and became one of the most profoundly touching shows on TV, with strange animal characters that I can relate to more than to actual human characters on live-action comedies. That is honestly why I am so disappointed that the show has failed to get a nomination for outstanding animated program at the Emmys, even though the show is written so brilliantly, going both for emotionally gut-wrenching moments and absurd jokes, while being playful narratively. Why do you think this excellent show keeps being overlooked? Is it a Buffy-type situation where the (at first glance) silly title and strange premise turns Emmy voters off? If it were me, I would have given the show five Emmys for "Time's Arrow" from last season alone, an episode that made me feel affection for one of the most awful recurring characters on the show. — Sascha
Matt Roush: This really is a puzzling oversight and is hard to explain, except to note that as with any genre of TV anymore, there are too many candidates for too few slots. But Bojack Horseman has considerable pop-culture cred, if you look merely at the many celebrities who’ve participated in the show over the seasons (a fifth premieres this Friday). And while I get the Buffy argument, Bojack is no weirder a show than the one that won the animation prize this year: Adult Swim’s Rick and Morty, although with stalwarts like The Simpsons, South Park and Bob’s Burgers seemingly always in the mix, there are maybe only so many outliers that can fight their way into this category. Bojack is more than worthy and I imagine its time will come.Matt Roush on the 2018 Emmy Nominations — What Did & Didn't Surprise?
What did and didn't surprise this year?Such Language These Sinners Use!
Question: I was wondering if you can explain something for me. My husband and I were watching the Aug. 29 episode of Season 2 of The Sinner on USA Network, and the naughty "F" word was said 2 or 3 times in a scene. Since when is it OK to use that word on a network channel? I thought that word was only able to be said on cable channels. I was actually stunned to hear it be said. - Natalie
Matt Roush: The lines are blurrier nowadays, but USA is a cable network, and not subject to the content restrictions that still more or less apply to the broadcast networks. Even so, it hasn’t been that long since networks like FX or AMC (reliable envelope pushers) would edit out or mask the hardest of profanities, but now it’s fairly common. It was especially noticeable this summer on Paramount Network’s Yellowstone, a show about which I fielded many complaints about the excessive foul language—maybe not on the level of Deadwood, but enough to rattle a number of Western fans hoping for something a little less dark and profane.Natalie Paul Says Things Are 'Going to Get Faster' on Season 2 of 'The Sinner'
The actress talks about the conflict between Heather & Ambrose on the USA crime drama.The Future of Home and Poldark on PBS
Question: PBS aired two shows I enjoyed very much: A Place to Call Home and Poldark. I noticed that all PBS is showing now are reruns of both shows. Now I hear A Place to Call Home is streaming on Acorn (?). Does this mean that the program never will be returning to PBS? Will Poldark be following? I feel betrayed and may withhold donations. — Marion
Matt Roush: Before I explain the deal with these shows, let me just say that withholding donations from PBS would be a sure way to lose access to some of this fine programming, which doesn’t come cheap. First, the good news: Poldark is a Masterpiece co-production, and a fourth season will begin airing Sept. 30. It was just announced that the fifth season, currently in production, will be the last, and will air on Masterpiece sometime next year, I’m sure.5 'Outlander' Characters We'd Love to See Have Spinoff Series
We'd love to learn more about Dougal and Geillis, just to name a few.
With the Australian import A Place to Call Home, this is syndicated, not owned or produced by a PBS entity like Masterpiece. The first four seasons of the family saga were made available to public TV stations, but the rights are held exclusively by the streaming service Acorn TV, and according to an Acorn spokesman, seasons 5 and 6 (the final season, currently streaming new episodes on Mondays on Acorn) are exclusive for now to Acorn and will remain so for the foreseeable future. Which isn’t to say that the final seasons won’t eventually find their way to PBS stations, but this has never been a nationally distributed PBS station, so there’s no guarantee, either. (Acorn TV comes highly recommended for fans of British, Australian and other countries’ high-end dramas, mysteries, comedies and documentary specials.)Lightning Round
Question: I LOVED The Orville. I think it's the cleverest send-up of and homage to Star Trek. IS IT COMING BACK? — EBP
Matt Roush: I wish I had a better sense if this show was a send-up or an homage, but yes, while it’s not on the fall schedule, The Orville will be back by midseason. There are reports it will premiere on Dec. 30 and resume its Thursday night operations in January when football season is over.Twentieth Century Fox Television at NYCC: 'The Orville,' 'The Passage,' 'The Gifted' & More!
More of your sci-fi favorites are coming to the Big Apple for this year's NY Comic Con!
Question: There was no more charmingly delightful show than this summer's Making It with the wonderful Amy Poehler and Nick Offerman. What are the chances we'll get more of this entertaining NBC show? — Derf
Matt Roush: Happy to say that shortly before the first season wrapped, NBC gave Making It a green-light to make a second season, presumably for next summer.5 Reasons to Be Excited Over the 'Making It' Season 2 Renewal
Start perfecting your crafting puns now!
[NOTE: An addendum to last week’s query about where to see The Mary Tyler Moore Show in syndication: Bart helpfully notes that the digital sub-channel Decades shows MTM every day for an hour at 2 pm/1c.]
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[Warning: The below contains MAJOR spoilers for Season 4, Episode 6 of Better Call Saul, “Piñata”]
As Better Call Saul’s fourth season moved into its second half this week, fans were given a thoughtful and arguably more subdued episode with “Piñata.”
But don’t be fooled by its simplicity — plenty of stories played out over the course of this installment, including: a poignant flashback, tales of persistence, and some growing empires. And, of course, what would an episode of Better Call Saul be without an appearance of yet another Breaking Bad character?
Below, we take a look at some of the most important moments in Season 4's sixth episode. Just beware of spoilers!Vince Gilligan & the 'Better Call Saul' Cast Preview Jimmy's Transformation Into Saul
Vince Gilligan, Bob Odenkirk, Giancarlo Esposito, and more give us the Season 4 scoop.Chuck’s Return
As with last week’s episode, this week openes with a flashback — but this time, it was of Jimmy (Bob Odenkirk) and Kim (Rhea Seehorn) working at Hamlin Hamlin McGill. The pair are hustling through the office in more ways than one, as Jimmy collects bets for an Oscar pool while Kim keeps her nose to the ground as a third-year law student admiring the work of her peers. Suddenly, another face is resurrected from the dead when Chuck (Michael McKean) enters the scene.
Here, viewers discover Kim’s early passion for case law – something she’s been pursuing since last week’s episode in her pro bono work. But when Jimmy tries to join the conversation, Chuck is dismissive, basically rolling his eyes at his little brother. Once the characters separate, we see Jimmy pass the library in the office – could this be the moment that he decided to become a lawyer?Walt & Jesse on 'Better Call Saul'? 5 Things We Learned at the 'Breaking Bad' Comic-Con Reunion
The 10-year reunion shared fun stories and facts and addressed those 'Fear the Walking Dead' crossover rumors.The Growing Divide Between Jimmy and Kim
Throughout the episode, it becomes even more apparent that this pair is moving in very different directions. After a late night of working on the Mesa Verde case, we can see that Kim is distracted by her desire to help real people in case law as opposed to working with companies. When she enters the bedroom, she finds Jimmy asleep with a notepad outlining plans for a joint firm they'd previously created before Jimmy’s license was suspended. Jimmy has one foot planted in their past endeavors, and Kim is having second thoughts.
The tension only intensifies when they discuss Jimmy avoiding therapy after Chuck’s death. Later, Kim pays a visit to Schweikart & Cokely – the firm tied to Sandpiper Crossing nursing home – and essentially offers her services. She reveals this offer to Jimmy over drinks, but his sudden departure from the table doesn’t fool Kim — even after he tells her to take the job. Could the end of this once dynamic duo be approaching?'Better Call Saul' EP Peter Gould Previews Mike & Gus Teaming Up in Season 4
The AMC hit series returns in August.Mike in Charge
In last week’s episode, fans were shown the early steps taken to create the lab run by Gus (Giancarlo Esposito) and used by Walter White (Bryan Cranston) in Breaking Bad. This week, Mike (Jonathan Banks) takes charge as the crew settles in for the long haul of total isolation while the project comes together. When the men arrive and are greeted with great amenities, one man makes a blip on Mike’s radar: Will newbie Kai (Ben Bella Bohm) meet an early end as Mike (or Gus) sets an example for the rest of the crew? It wouldn’t be surprising.Gus’ Tale
Fans of the Breaking Bad and Better Call Saul know that Hector Salamanca (Mark Margolis) and Gus are bitter enemies, but during this week’s hospital visit, viewers glimpse an even darker side to that animosity. Essentially, Gus shares a memory with the comatose Hector about his family’s hardships, a prosperous fruit tree, and the creature that threatened it. Even as the creature attempted to evade Gus’ clutches, the menacing man illustrated his knack for persistence in the face of adversity – a plain and simple implication that, despite Hector’s declining state, Gus will wait patiently for the day he might wake up. The one-sided exchange darkens Gus’ character considerably from the community member civilians see.Vince Gilligan & the 'Better Call Saul' Cast Preview Jimmy's Transformation Into Saul
Vince Gilligan, Bob Odenkirk, Giancarlo Esposito, and more give us the Season 4 scoop.Howard’s Push
The once-solid figure, reduced by his grief over Chuck, is suffering – and not just personally. His business is also struggling under the pressure. When Jimmy pays Howard (Patrick Fabian) a visit to collect his allowance from Chuck’s will, he notes the empty desks and disheveled appearance of the HHM lawyer. Jimmy basically tells Howard to man up and get over the situation to bring HHM back into the light. It’s hard to discern whether the exchange is literal or intended to light a dormant fire within Howard. Ultimately, it appears as if the conversation will spark a positive change in Howard following the big loss.Jimmy’s Proposition
Since Kim decides to pursue her individual interests, Jimmy does the same — building his cell phone side business. He begins by approaching last week’s thugs, attempting to broker a deal by offering to pay the kids push his stock. But when they deny him, he turns to alternative methods, which include the help of Breaking Bad henchman Huell (Lavell Crawford), a baseball bat, and the kids suspended among fragile piñatas. Finally, they agree to keep out of Jimmy’s way and build his street credit among potential clientele. The event pushes Jimmy further into his life as the criminal lawyer fans know all too well.
Better Call Saul, Mondays, 9/8c, AMC
From 1984 to Wuthering Heights — and the 50 Shades of page-turners in between — this series is all about saluting our favorite books. (Think: American Idol for the literary crowd.)
After launching with a special back in May to reveal the 100 novels in contention, the eight-part Read, hosted by Meredith Vieira, returns to tally up the nationwide votes (pbs.org/the-great-american-read/vote).10 Beloved Books Headed to the Small Screen (PHOTOS)
There are plenty of TV adaptations in the works, from family dramas to psychological thrillers to supernatural adventures.
On the path to crowning the champ, the episodes will showcase the different genres represented and feature famous authors opining about their own faves. “We want to remind people that it’s cool to read,” says Vieira. “They need to remember how wonderful it is to fall in love with a piece of fiction.”
In the gallery above, Vieira and other big names featured in the series — including Outlander author Diana Gabaldon, Star Trek star Wil Wheaton, Nicholas Sparks, and more — share the books they just can't quit.
The Great American Read, Season Premiere, Tuesday, September 11, 8/7c, PBS (check local listings at pbs.org)
How much TV viewing can you tackle in days leading up to the 70th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards?
Before the award show airs live on NBC on September 17, get acquainted with some of this year’s buzziest and best-received nominees with the viewing guide above. Don’t feel obligated to watch all of these shows and TV movies, but if you put in some hours every night and all day next weekend, you should be able to make a solid dent!Emmys 2018: Stars and Creators React to Their Nominations
Tituss Burgess, Claire Foy, and more are speaking out about their nods.
The American Dream is even harder to achieve than you might think.
Jamie (Sam Heughan) and Claire Fraser (Caitriona Balfe) are experiencing that firsthand in Outlander's new trailer for its upcoming fourth season, based on Diana Gabaldon’s best-selling book, Drums of Autumn. The newly-reunited couple is trying to make a home in colonial North Carolina but are having a hard time adjusting to their surroundings.5 'Outlander' Characters We'd Love to See Have Spinoff Series
We'd love to learn more about Dougal and Geillis, just to name a few.
In the trailer, we see Claire speak out against slavery, Jamie building her a homestead, and the American Revolution quickly approaching. "We will be on the wrong side of history again," she warns Jamie.
Back in the 20th century, Roger (Richard Rankin) tells Brianna (Sophie Skelton) he's found some very important news pertaining her mother and father which prompts her to take a journey back in time! We also hear Frank's (Tobias Menzies) voice as she approaches the mystical stones in Scotland... could this mean he also appears this season?
Watch the trailer below:
Outlander, Season 4 Premiere, Sunday, November 4, 8/7c, Starz
As the Beverly Hills-based PaleyFest Fall Preview event continues this week, the New York City location of the Paley Center for Media is revving up for their two-week Fall Preview event next month. Prepare for plenty of screenings and panels for your favorite and most anticipated new shows.
Taking place from October 5 to 18, Paley Center President and CEO Maureeen J. Reidy said in a press release, “The PaleyFest 2018 lineup is a testament to why PaleyFest NY is the premier television festival of the fall. We’re proud to feature this incredible schedule of events that represent the best of television across all genres.”'Outlander' Will Make Its New York Comic-Con Debut in Fall 2018
The show's fourth season premieres in November.
There's something for everyone on the 2018 schedule, including casts and producers from shows like Outlander (Starz), The Walking Dead (AMC), Drunk History (Comedy Central), David Tennant talks Doctor Who, Good Omens, Documentary Now! (IFC), Sunday Morning (CBS), Murphy Brown: A Conversation with Candice Bergen and Diane English (CBS), Shark Tank (ABC), The Good Fight (CBS All Access), The Conners (ABC) and Top Chef (Bravo).
The PaleyFest NY lineup with participants scheduled to appear includes:
Friday, October 5: Opening Night: Outlander, 7:00 pm. Featuring: Cast and creative team; full lineup of participants to be announced
Saturday, October 6: The Walking Dead, 3:00 pm; featuring the season nine premiere episode. Featuring: Norman Reedus (Daryl Dixon), Melissa McBride (Carol Peletier), Angela Kang (Executive Producer), and additional participants to be announced
Monday, October 8: Drunk History, 6:30 pm. Featuring: Derek Waters (Host, Co-Creator, Director, and Executive Producer), and surprise guests
Tuesday, October 9: David Tennant Talks Doctor Who, Good Omens, and Much More, 6:30 pm. Featuring: David Tennant
Wednesday, October 10: Documentary Now! 8:00 pm. Featuring: Seth Meyers (Executive Producer), John Mulaney, Rhys Thomas (Creator and Executive Producer), and Alexander Buono (Executive Producer)
Thursday, October 11: Sunday Morning, 6:30 pm. Featuring: Jane Pauley (Host), Rand Morrison (Executive Producer), and additional participants to be announced
Saturday, October 13: Murphy Brown: A Conversation with Candice Bergen and Diane English, 7:00 pm. Featuring: Candice Bergen (Murphy Brown) and Diane English (Executive Producer)
Sunday, October 14: Shark Tank, 6:00 pm. Featuring: Mark Cuban, Robert Herjavec, Daymond John, Kevin O’ Leary, and additional participants to be announced.
Monday, October 15: The Good Fight, 7:00 pm. Featuring: Christine Baranski (Diane Lockhart), Rose Leslie (Maia Rindell), Audra McDonald (Liz Reddick-Lawrence), Cush Jumbo (Lucca Quinn), Michael Boatman (Julius Cain), Nyambi Nyambi (Jay Dipersia), Sarah Steele (Marissa Gold), Michelle King (Executive Producer), and Robert King (Executive Producer)
Tuesday, October 16: The Conners, 7:45pm; featuring a live screening of the premiere episode with the cast. Featuring: John Goodman (Dan Conner), Sara Gilbert (Darlene Conner), Lecy Goranson (Becky Conner), Michael Fishman (DJ Conner), and additional guests to be announced
Thursday, October 18: Top Chef, 6:30 pm. Featuring: Tom Colicchio, Padma Lakshmi, Gail Simmons, Graham Elliot, and Season 15 winner Joe Flamm,
For more information on tickets and schedule for PaleyFest NYC, visit the Paley Center for Media website.