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Michael and Janet Meet an Afterlife Legend on 'The Good Place' (RECAP)

Thu, 11/15/2018 - 9:00pm

This week’s The Good Place introduced viewers — well, and Michael and Janet — to a true celebrity in the show's lore: Doug Forcett.

For those who might not know, Doug Forcett is a celebrity in the great beyond due to his incredibly accurate prediction of the afterlife points system and the existence of Good and Bad Places. Sure, he probably only hit the nail on the head because he’d taken some shrooms that night, but he still did it. To Michael, the zany accuracy is what matters.

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“Don’t Let The Good Life Pass You By” sends Michael and Janet to visit an aging Doug in rural Canada, while it sees Eleanor struggle with whether or not to tell Chidi about reboot 119 and her feelings for him. Unbeknownst to them, they’re also being pursued by a veritable army of Bad Place demons. Things are about to get royally, um, forked.

The Perfect Model

The episode opens with Doug going about his daily life: making tea, reading a book titled The Most Good You Can Do, maintaining his solar panels, picking and eating radishes and seemingly logging his good deeds in a notebook. He hears a knock on his door and goes to answer it, finding Michael and Janet — who claim to be reporters — on his front doorstep. They say they want to do a story about his life for the local paper, and once he determines the paper is printed on recycled material, he agrees and lets them in.

Doug re-explains how he came to the conclusion that he had to live a “perfect life”: he and his friend got high on magic mushrooms, and his friend asked him what he thought happened after they die. He chides himself for not asking them if they’d like anything to eat or drink, and Michael and Janet both choose his offer of water. When he leaves, Michael freaks out. “For a celebrity, he’s amazingly down-to-earth,” he says. “Stars, they really are just like us.”

Michael says they have to learn everything that “makes him tick,” so they can use that information to help others. Doug returns with their waters, which Michael notes have an interesting aftertaste; this aftertaste is likely because, as Doug explains, he doesn’t want to take water from the animals and thus treats his urine to be drinkable. Michael and Janet stop drinking.

A Happiness Pump

Meanwhile Eleanor, Chidi, Tahani and Jason are hanging out at “The Puking Moose,” a saloon where they’re relaxing while Michael and Janet interview Doug. Jason asks Chidi to play a game of pool with him, and when they’re gone Eleanor asks Tahani for advice about Chidi.

While Chidi and Jason play a game of Jacksonville-style pool (you throw the balls with your hands and make up your points at the end of your turn), Eleanor tells Tahani about what happened in reboot 119. She’s not sure if she should tell him what happened, and Tahani says if she wants what happened in the past to happen again in the present, she should. “It’s never a bad idea to tell someone how you feel,” the heiress says.

Michael and Janet walk around Doug’s place with him, and slowly, they begin to see some abnormalities forming in the way he interacts with the world. He only eats radishes and lentils, he saves every stray dog that wanders onto his property (even when they injure him), and most of all, he’ll do anything a snide local teen asks of him if it’ll make the kid happy, which is how Doug ends up missing a shoe and doing the kid’s laundry.

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Therein lies the trouble with living life the way Doug does: his central philosophy is that his actions must cause happiness, even if he makes himself utterly miserable in the process. Janet tries to explain this to Michael using one of Chidi’s lessons, calling Doug a “happiness pump”: someone who is obsessed with maximizing the overall good at his or her expense. Things start to go sideways when Doug appears with lipstick all over his forehead and cheeks. He’s volunteered to test cosmetics so animals aren’t tested, but it’s excruciatingly painful for him. The “journalists” say they have to head out and have everything they need, but Doug makes the grave mistake of calling Michael the wrong name and sends himself into an outburst and downward spiral that ends with him stepping on one of the snails from his garden. The horror!

The Only Rational Way To Live

Eleanor approaches Chidi as he plays pool and they sit down at a table, but before she can get the truth out, she sees Bambadjan — one of Shawn’s demons — walk into the bar. She realizes the place is filled with demons, and tries to get them all out without incident. Jason wants to do things “the old-fashioned way” and makes a Molotov cocktail, but before he can throw it, Vicki and Bambadjan restrain him and Shawn walks in. “Where’s Michael?” he asks.

Doug’s holding a funeral for the slug, which he has posthumously named “Martin Luther Gandhi Tyler Moore.” At Doug’s request, Michael gives a brief eulogy. When the funeral ends, Doug says he has to leave because he decided to make a donation to the Canadian Mollusk Association, and will be walking there over the next several weeks. Incredulous, Michael says they have a few more questions for him and try to give him some advice. He tells Doug he should have enough points to make it to the Good Place by now, and should live his life and relax.

Doug appreciates the advice, but won’t take it. He says there are accountants measuring his point totals (which is true), and he fears doing something that would lose him enough points to get him tortured for all eternity. “It’s the only rational way to live,” he says.

Goodbye, Earth

Back at the bar, Shawn’s keeping the humans around long enough to see the look on Michael’s face when he arrives and realizes he’s been beaten. Eleanor insists Michael won’t even come back to the bar, but of course, he does. Janet starts a fight, and one by one, they manage to throw all the “henchmen” demons back through the door to the afterlife. While all of this is going on, Eleanor confesses her knowledge of the Bad Place and her feelings to Chidi, who doesn’t have a chance to respond before they’re nearly dragged to the Bad Place by Shawn. Janet saves them, and they tie Shawn up.

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They interrogate the demon, who makes some interesting comments about the nature of the points system. He says the Bad Place is going to get all the humans, their loved ones and even Doug Forcett; when Michael asks how he would know that, Shawn says he “has a hunch.” Michael kicks him through the door to the afterlife, then confesses to the gang that he thinks there’s something wrong with the way the points system evaluates humans. He proposes that he and Janet go to the accountants to gather evidence, while Eleanor and the rest of the soul squad stay at Doug’s house. This is a fine plan for about ten seconds, until more demons show up.

In a split-second, Janet makes the decision to take the group into her void. She isn’t sure whether they can survive there, but it’s better than being dragged to the Bad Place. She tells them they’ll die when she tries to transport them, and tells them to say goodbye to Earth.

“Goodbye, Earth!” Jason yells.

“Wait,” Chidi says. “Did you just say we’re gonna d—“

They transport away, to whatever mystery awaits them in Janet’s void… assuming they’ve survived.

Other Observations:
  • That wasn’t the first funeral Doug held for an animal. Other posthumously-named critters include “Rosa Parks the deer tick,” “Franklin Delano raccoon” and “Abraham Lincoln Einstein Mandela goose.”
  • Assuming the four humans don't die — I assume they won't — it'll be interesting to see what Janet's void is really like. Will Judge Gen know they've come back from Earth? Will the demons tell her?
  • The humans messed things up when they returned from the afterlife; will everything click back into place now that they're gone?
  • Now that they're no longer saving people on Earth, I wonder what the "Soul Squad" will call itself now. So far we've had Team Cockroach and The Brainy Bunch...what's next?

The Good Place, Thursdays, 8/7c, NBC 

'The Haunting of Hill House': Oliver Jackson-Cohen on Luke's Struggle, Fan Theories & That Alternate Ending

Thu, 11/15/2018 - 5:00pm

Netflix's overnight hit The Haunting of Hill House's popularity only continues to grow, even though Halloween has come and gone.

With the chilling tale of childhood trauma rooted in the walls of an old haunted house, the horror drama truly brings the Crain family to life — particularly Luke Crain (Oliver Jackson-Cohen), twin to doomed sibling Nell (Victoria Pedretti). Jackson-Cohen captures grown Luke's struggle with heroin addiction and moving forward after the trauma he experienced in the family home.

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TV Insider spoke with the actor about bringing Luke to life, fan theories about the show, collaborating with showrunner Mike Flanagan, and as his thoughts on a possible second season.

The series is based on the book by Shirley Jackson. Were you familiar with it? Was there any pressure working with this existing source material?

Oliver Jackson-Cohen: I was familiar with the book and the previous Robert Wise movie. I wanted to get an idea of the power of the house from the book, but I think it was more pressure for all the writers, especially with a book that is that well-known and that well-regarded, I think it’s quite an undertaking. That’s where the writing team and Mike [Flanagan] have done something exceptional, in a way, because they’ve taken a well-loved source material and created something completely original that isn’t disrespectful to the [book].

What drew you to the character of Luke? Was there something you wanted to convey in playing this complex person struggling with addiction?

Bizarrely it was one of the very few characters I’ve worked with that actually hit such a personal note with me – not that I have an opioid addiction or anything – but his isolation and struggle... there was something about him that I immediately connected with. Addicts in society and sometimes the way it’s kind of portrayed in entertainment are not really seen as people.

Jackson-Cohen and Pedretti.

Collaborating with Mike, I said, ‘We have to show that he’s an actual person,’ and I think with Luke I felt such a responsibility to show the world that this is someone that is struggling. It isn’t a choice that he’s just stumbled upon and made a decision to do, he’s being pushed to this place without being in control of it. The house becomes a metaphor for so many other things in the world, especially with the Crain siblings; it’s a story about childhood trauma. They are real people that are struggling, and I think if we took time to see what these people were going through, there would be an awful lot more empathy.

It sounds like this was a long filming process. What do you think the benefits to that were?

I think [shooting over time] suited all of us, especially shooting Episode 6. We rehearsed as a play, and having that time all of us together as a cast and together with the crew, I think it was really important. And hopefully it kind of shows on screen, the fact that we were together for such a long time probably definitely helped.

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Showrunner Mike Flanagan confirmed the theory on social media.

Those tracking shots were crazy!

It was nuts, we were all so terrified that we were gonna be the one responsible for f***ing up. What’s weird about it is that it felt like an entirely different job midway through, which you suddenly had to be so on top of what you were doing. I mean everyone, the crew members, the whole set was rigged with microphones –there were so many microphones. We had people bringing in coffins, and chairs being flung up so quickly for the steady cam to get through. It was chaos with bits of the set lifting up, it was insane and it just comes across so seamless.

Fans have been great at pinpointing the subtleties of this show, from hidden ghosts to theories like the siblings as the stages of grief. Did Mike Flanagan discuss these subtleties with you and the cast beforehand?

We discussed a lot about how the house was a metaphor, and I think a lot of us as actors had to approach it in that way. We had to suspend this belief in order to tackle it as a traumatic childhood event, and so we had to look at it as something quite scientific and realistic. I know definitely for Luke I looked at an awful lot of the stuff that happened in the house as manifesting. I spoke a lot with Mike about that – he’s created a show that’s a case study in what childhood trauma does to a family and the varying degrees of how people cope with that. I think that’s very interesting.

Are there any crazy fan interactions that have surprised you?

Do you know what? I seem to be getting an awful lot of people talking to me about their childhoods and it’s been a little overwhelming. I’ve never worked with Netflix before, so I kind of didn’t really know what to expect – I think none of us did. It’s quite unbelievable how a show like this, which is ultimately [Laughs] a horror show, but it’s touched so many people. I’m so proud of the show and being a part of it. It’s kind of an amazing thing when you can do something that does seem to hit a nerve with people.

Which episode was your favorite to film?

I think it’s probably [Episode 6], just because it was such an amazing experience, but I loved all the stuff I got to do with Luke in his episode. I think my favorite scene in the whole show is the Luke and Nell scene where he asks for her to buy him heroin. It’s some of the most incredible writing and it was so painful to shoot that scene.

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Though this is a horror-based series, it’s also a drama and you had some serious emotional moments to dig into. What did you draw upon for those scenes?

Yeah, of course. There’s so much of me in there, which I think is why the process was quite a painful one. With Luke, I focused on the terror and build-up the terror and what it was that he was running away from and trying to numb. He’s petrified of everything, and doesn’t understand why he can’t move forward.

Mike has said he considered an alternate ending where the siblings never really escaped the red room. What did you think of that?

[Laughs] I mean, it’s dark. [Laughs] I can’t remember if it was originally scripted, but I remember when I met Mike there were only five or six episodes when we first arrived in Atlanta to start shooting and he explained to us all individually what was going to happen towards the end. He said that there would be a window — I think it was originally a crack in the wall, that the red room was gonna have a crack in the wall — and every hair on my body just stood up. I just thought that is so f***ed up but kind of genius [Laughs]. And then I think he made the decision that it was too cruel and I completely understand.

When we were on the press tour, I was under the impression when we saw the end bit of Luke’s sobriety we were sat on set and we knew that there was not gonna be a window at the back, and I looked down and Kate [Siegel] said to me, ‘Look at the color of your cake, it’s red.’ And I said, ‘Are we still in the..’ and she said, ‘I don’t know.’ And then I asked Mike and he said, ‘I don’t know.’ Either way to end it is hugely effective.

Fans have been buzzing about a possible second season, but Mike says the Crain family's story is likely over. Would you be interested in returning to the show in another role (à la American Horror Story) for a possible second season?

I’m so interested to see what happens — if Netflix decides to make another one, what they decide to do, what Mike’s ideas are. I think it’s the genius of the show. I would love to be a part of it, we’ll just have to see.

The Haunting of Hill House, Streaming Now, Netflix

Buckle up for the Coen Brother's 'The Ballad of Buster Scruggs' Anthology Series on Netflix

Thu, 11/15/2018 - 3:00pm
THE BALLAD OF BUSTER SCRUGGS

The Ballad of Buster Scruggs
Movie Premiere, Friday, Nov. 16, on Netflix

Joel and Ethan Coen, the writer-director brothers behind masterpieces like Fargo and No Country for Old Men, return with a Western conceived as a six-part anthology. The first stars Tim Blake Nelson as Buster, a singing cowboy whose jovial smile belies his deadly gunslinging skills. (Yep, in this violent take on the Wild West, there will be blood and quite a few deaths.)

Other installments star James Franco as a bank robber, Liam Neeson as a traveling showman, Tom Waits as a prospector and Zoe Kazan as a pioneer stranded alone on a journey to Oregon. The final act features an ensemble cast (Tyne Daly, Brendan Gleeson, Saul Rubinek and more) in a witty and tense ode to the art of killing. Which, in some ways, is what this out-there film is all about.

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Frontier
Season 3 Premiere, Friday, Nov. 23, on Netflix

Declan Harp (Jason Momoa, below), the half-Irish, half–Native American hero at the heart of this history of the 18th-century North American fur trade, “is more badass than ever” in Season 3, cocreator Rob Blackie says.

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The actor also revealed he will direct this season.

“He is also taken out of his element, so it’s exciting to see how he thrives.” Set in Canada, Frontier details Harp’s ongoing battle with the despicable Lord Benton (Alun Armstrong) and the Hudson’s Bay Company.

“Our heroes will bring the fight to the very doorstep of the HBC, engaging some unlikely allies on the way,” says cocreator Peter Blackie (Rob’s brother). “The aspirations of several main characters will be realized, but at a great cost. Both beloved and reviled characters will meet their end.”

Frontier

Frontier

The Final Table
Series Premiere, Tuesday, Nov. 20, on Netflix

MasterChef executive producers Robin Ashbrook and Yasmin Shackleton aimed to create “the biggest cooking competition we could come up with,” says Ashbrook. Their battle royal features 12 teams of two internationally known chefs (including Colibrí Jiménez, below) tasked with interpreting dishes indigenous to countries such as Brazil and India.

“Nobody leaves this show because their chicken isn’t cooked,” notes Ashbook, who says it’s the foreign cuisine threat that sticks a fork in the high-caliber competitors. “They have to master foods that they may have never experienced in their own work.”

The Final Table

The Final Table

The Complete Guide to Freeform's '25 Days of Christmas' 2018 Lineup

Thu, 11/15/2018 - 2:00pm

It's that time again — Freeform is bringing the merriment and counting down the holiday season with 25 days of magical family films and specials!

As per tradition, 25 Days of Christmas is back with favorites like Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas and The Santa Clause. Plus, they're introducing us to new classics No Sleep ‘til Christmas, starring Dave and Odette Annable, and the long-awaited Life-Size 2: A Christmas Eve sequel, starring Tyra Banks.

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Previews for 'No Sleep ‘Til Christmas,' 'The Truth About Christmas,' Isaiah Mustafah as Freeform Santa and more!

Romance will also be in the air this holiday on Freeform with the new installment of Disney’s Fairy Tale Weddings: Holiday Magic. So snuggle into your favorite Christmas sweater, grab some Christmas cookies, and get ready for the best in holiday programs!

Below is a night-by-night list of the movies airing during 25 Days of Christmas:

Saturday, December 1

7 am — Santa Paws 2: The Santa Pups
9:05 am — Home Alone 3
11:15 am — The Wonderful World of Disney: Magical Holiday Celebration
1:15 pm — Richie Rich’s Christmas Wish
3:20 pm — Christmas with the Kranks
5:25 pm — The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause
7:35 pm — The Nightmare Before Christmas
9:15 pm — Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas
11:55 pm — Life-Size

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Plus, the actress details how she fit the flick into her busy schedule and previews directing an upcoming episode of 'The Flash'!

Sunday, December 2

7 am — Home Alone 3
9 am — Eight Crazy Nights
11 am — Richie Rich’s Christmas Wish
1:05 pm — Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmas
2:35 pm — Life-Size
4:40 pm — The Nightmare Before Christmas
6:20 pm — Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas
9 pm — Life-Size 2 (Network Television Premiere)
11 pm — The Holiday

Monday, December 3

7 am — Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmas
8:30 am — Winnie the Pooh and Christmas Too
9 am — The Little Drummer Boy (1968)
11 am — Decorating Disney: Holiday Magic
12 pm — The Truth About Christmas
2:10 pm — The Holiday
5:25 pm — Life-Size 2
7:25 pm — The Santa Clause
9:30 pm — Pop Up Santa Holiday Special (Freeform Premiere)
12 am — The Family Stone

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Tuesday, December 4

7 am — Decorating Disney: Holiday Magic
8 am — Pop Up Santa Holiday Special 
11:30 am — Love the Coopers
2:05 pm — The Family Stone 
4:10 pm — This Christmas (Freeform Premiere)
6:50 pm — The Santa Clause
8:55 pm — The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause
12 am — Home Alone 3

Wednesday, December 5

7 am — I’ll Be Home for Christmas (1998)
9 am — Mickey’s Christmas Carol 
11 am — Disney’s Fairy Tale Weddings: Holiday Magic
12 pm — Home Alone 3
2 pm — Richie Rich’s Christmas Wish
4:05 pm — Santa Claus Is Comin’ to Town
5:10 pm — The Nightmare Before Christmas
6:50 pm — The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause
8:55 pm — Christmas with the Kranks
12 am — I’ll Be Home for Christmas (1998)

Life Size 2 (Photo: Freeform/Guy D'Alema)

Thursday, December 6

7 am — Mickey’s Christmas Carol
7:30 am — Santa Paws 2: The Santa Pups
12 pm — Richie Rich’s Christmas Wish 
2:05 pm — Santa Claus Is Comin’ to Town
3:10 pm — The Nightmare Before Christmas
4:50 pm — Christmas with the Kranks
6:55 pm — Disney•Pixar's Toy Story 
8:55 pm — Disney•Pixar's Toy Story 2 
12 am — Call Me Claus

Friday, December 7

7:30 am — Jingle All the Way 2
11 am — Call Me Claus
1:10 pm — Unaccompanied Minors
3:15 pm — Disney•Pixar's Toy Story 
5:15 pm — Disney•Pixar's Toy Story 2
7:20 pm — Disney•Pixar's Toy Story 3
9:50 pm — Disney’s A Christmas Carol
11:55 pm — A Belle for Christmas (Freeform Premiere)

Saturday, December 8

7 am — The Little Drummer Boy (1968)
7:30 am — Winnie the Pooh and Christmas Too
8 am — A Belle for Christmas
10:10 am — Unaccompanied Minors 
12:15 pm — Deck the Halls
2:20 pm — Disney’s A Christmas Carol
4:25 pm — Santa Claus Is Comin’ to Town
5:30 pm  — Disney•Pixar's Toy Story 3
8 pm — Disney’s Fairy Tale Weddings: Holiday Magic (Freeform Premiere)
9 pm — The Santa Clause
11 pm — The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause
1 am — Disney’s Fairy Tale Weddings: Holiday Magic

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Sunday, December 9

7 am — Winnie the Pooh and Christmas Too
7:30 am — Deck the Halls
9:30 am — Santa Claus Is Comin’ to Town
10:35 am — Life-Size
12:40 pm — Life-Size 2 
2:45 pm — Christmas with the Kranks
4:50 pm — The Santa Clause
6:55 pm — The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause
9 pm — Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas
11:35 pm — Love the Coopers

Monday, December 10

7 am — This Christmas
11 am — Disney’s Fairy Tale Weddings: Holiday Magic
12 pm — Love the Coopers
2:35 pm — Richie Rich’s Christmas Wish 
4:40 pm — The Nightmare Before Christmas
6:20 pm — Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas
9 pm  — No Sleep ‘Til Christmas (Network Television Premiere)
12 am — Holiday in Handcuffs

Disney’s Fairy Tale Weddings: Holiday Magic (Photo: Freeform/Todd Anderson)

Tuesday, December 11

7 am — Winnie the Pooh and Christmas Too
7:30 am — Unaccompanied Minors
11 am — Pop Up Santa Holiday Special
12:35 pm — Richie Rich’s Christmas Wish
2:40 pm — The Nightmare Before Christmas 
4:20 pm — Jingle All the Way 2
6:25 pm — Ice Age: Continental Drift
8:30 pm — Disney•Pixar's Finding Nemo
12 am — Beethoven’s Christmas Adventure

Wednesday, December 12

7 am — Beethoven’s Christmas Adventure
11:30 am — Jingle All the Way 2
1:30 pm — Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmas
3 pm — Mickey’s Twice Upon a Christmas
4:30 pm — Ice Age: Continental Drift
6:30 pm — Disney•Pixar's Finding Nemo
9 pm — Disney’s A Christmas Carol
12 am — Call Me Claus

Thursday, December 13

7 am — Call Me Claus
11 am — No Sleep ‘Til Christmas
1:05 pm — This Christmas
3:40 pm — Holiday in Handcuffs
5:45 pm — The Holiday
8:55 pm — The Santa Clause
12 am — Deck the Halls

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Friday, December 14

7 am — The Family Stone
11 am — Angels Sing
1:05 pm — The Mistle-tones
3:10 pm — Christmas with the Kranks
5:15 pm — Deck the Halls
7:20 pm — The Santa Clause
9:25 pm — The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause
11:30 pm — The Family Stone

Saturday, December 15

7 am — Mickey’s Christmas Carol
7:30 am — Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmas
9 am — Mickey’s Twice Upon a Christmas
10:30 am — Christmas with the Kranks
12:35 pm — The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause
2:40 pm — Disney•Pixar's Toy Story
4:40 pm — Disney•Pixar's Toy Story 2
6:45 pm — Disney•Pixar's Toy Story 3
9:15 pm — Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas
11:55 pm — Life-Size 2

Paddington (Photo: Heyday Films/StudioCanal UK)

Sunday, December 16

7 am — A Belle for Christmas
9 am — Jingle All the Way 2
11 am — Santa Claus Is Comin’ to Town
12 pm — Disney•Pixar's Toy Story
2 pm — Disney•Pixar's Toy Story 2
4:05 pm — Disney•Pixar's Toy Story 3
6:35 pm — Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas
9:15 pm — Disney’s A Christmas Carol
11:20 pm — A Miracle on Christmas Lake (Freeform Premiere)

Monday, December 17

7 am — Beethoven’s Christmas Adventure
9 am — Angels Sing
11 am — Call Me Claus
1 pm — Richie Rich’s Christmas Wish
3:05 pm — Deck the Halls
5:10 pm — Disney’s A Christmas Carol
7:15 pm — The Nightmare Before Christmas
8:55 pm — Paddington
12 am — Richie Rich’s Christmas Wish

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Plus, Jensen Ackles swings by and reveals his favorite Lifetime Christmas movie!

Tuesday, December 18

7 am — The Little Drummer Boy (1968)
7:30 am — Mickey’s Christmas Carol
8 am — Call Me Claus
10 am — The Nightmare Before Christmas
11:35 am — Paddington
1:35 pm — Christmas with the Kranks
3:40 pm — The Truth About Christmas
5:45 pm — The Holiday
8:55 pm — The Santa Clause
12 am — Dates of Christmas

Wednesday, December 19

7 am — Snow
9 am — Snow 2: Brain Freeze
11 am — The Family Stone
1 pm — Disney’s Fairy Tale Weddings: Holiday Magic
2 pm — The Holiday
5:05 pm — The Santa Clause 
7:10 pm — The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause
9:15 pm — Disney•Pixar's The Incredibles
11:55 pm — Life-Size

Pop Up Santa Holiday Special (Photo: Freeform)

Thursday, December 20

7 am — Pop Up Santa Holiday Special
8:30 am — Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmas
10 am — Mickey’s Twice Upon a Christmas
11:30 am — Life-Size
1:30 pm — Life-Size 2
3:30 pm — The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause
5:35 pm — Claus Is Comin’ to Town
6:40 pm — Disney•Pixar's The Incredibles
9:20 pm — Ice Age: Continental Drift
11:25 pm — Life-Size 2
1:30 am — Mickey’s Christmas Carol

Friday, December 21

7 am — Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmas
8:30 am — Mickey’s Twice Upon a Christmas
10 am — The Doc McStuffins Christmas Special (Freeform Premiere)
10:30 am — Winnie the Pooh and Christmas Too
11 am — Mickey’s Christmas Carol
11:30 am — Santa Claus Is Comin’ to Town
12:30 pm — Love the Coopers
3 pm — Ice Age: Continental Drift
5:05 pm — The Santa Clause 
7:10 pm — The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause
9:15 pm — Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas
11:55 pm — No Sleep ‘Til Christmas

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The Queen of Hallmark shares the new promo for her upcoming holiday flick, 'A Shoe Addict's Christmas.'

Saturday, December 22

7 am — A Miracle on Christmas Lake
9:40 am — The Santa Clause
11:50 am — The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause
1:55 pm — Disney•Pixar's Toy Story That Time Forgot
2:25 pm — Disney’s Prep & Landing
2:55 pm — Disney’s Prep & Landing: Naughty vs. Nice
3:25 pm — The Nightmare Before Christmas
5:05 pm — Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas
7:45 pm — The Santa Clause
9:50 pm — The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause
11:55 pm — Christmas with the Kranks

Sunday, December 23

7 am — The Little Drummer Boy (1968)
7:30 am — Beethoven’s Christmas Adventure
9:40 am — Richie Rich’s Christmas Wish
11:45 am — Disney•Pixar's Toy Story That Time Forgot
12:15 pm — Santa Claus Is Comin’ to Town
1:20 pm — The Nightmare Before Christmas
3 pm — Christmas with the Kranks
5:05 pm — The Santa Clause
7:10 pm — The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause
9:15 pm — Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas
11:55 pm — Life-Size 2

'AGT' Winner Darci Lynne Invites Us to Cozy Up With 'My Hometown Christmas' on NBC 'AGT' Winner Darci Lynne Invites Us to Cozy Up With 'My Hometown Christmas' on NBC

Join the Season 12 champ for an Oklahoma Christmas with plenty of big-name guests!

Monday, December 24

7:30 am — Richie Rich’s Christmas Wish
11 am — Mickey’s Twice Upon a Christmas 
12:30 pm — The Nightmare Before Christmas
2:05 pm — Jingle All the Way 2
4:10 pm — Disney’s A Christmas Carol
6:15 pm — Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas
8:55 pm — The Santa Clause
12 am — The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause

Tuesday, December 25

7 am — Disney’s Prep & Landing
7:30 am — Disney’s Prep & Landing: Naughty vs. Nice 
8 am — Mickey’s Twice Upon a Christmas
11 am — The Nightmare Before Christmas
12:40 pm — Disney’s A Christmas Carol
2:40 pm — Christmas with the Kranks 
4:45 pm — The Santa Clause
6:50 pm — The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause
8:55 pm — Disney’s The Lion King (1994) 
12 am — Disney’s The Lion King II: Simba’s Pride

How 'Live PD' Viewers Are Helping the A&E Docuseries Crack Cases

Thu, 11/15/2018 - 1:30pm
Live PD

In spring 2017, Austin police shared surveillance videos of a gun-toting masked man suspected in 10 central Texas robberies — who then was quickly apprehended. This past March, a 9-year-old Texas girl, taken from her home more than a year earlier, was recovered in New Mexico. And in August, a tip led to the recovery of a Maryland teen in a matter of days.

The common thread: A&E’s popular cop ride-along docuseries Live PD, which has been helping bring the closure to cases since its 2016 debut. "We engage our committed viewership, who dub themselves Live PD Nation, and utilize them for the greater good," executive producer Dan Cesareo says. About 2 million viewers watch every Friday and Saturday night, and this rabid fanbase is dialed in — literally. Here’s how they’re helping the good guys win.

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The Dan Abrams-hosted show airs live on weekends.

On the Hunt

PD’s twice-weekly Wanted segments — Cesareo calls them "our version of a national neighborhood watch" — air videos or photos of suspects in hopes someone will recognize them. The crimes range from homicide to dog-napping. "Police departments reach out to us to help, and we [contact] them when we come upon newsworthy cases," Cesareo says.

With the Austin holdups, he says, "The case hit a dead end. They had really run out of leads." That is, until a sharp-eyed viewer reportedly recognized the perp as a former coworker. Overall, Live PD has aided police in 11 instances.

Live PD Host Dan Abrams, Guest Analyst Sean "Sticks" Larkin, and Analyst Tom Morris Jr. Photo by A&E 2017 Copyright 2018

Lost and Found

The weekly Missing segment focuses on children abducted or otherwise taken from their homes. Exposure from Live PD, which works in tandem with the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children, has led to seven success stories. Says Cesareo, himself the father of two young kids, "I can’t imagine the pain and grief these families go through. Every time we can offer up that help, we’re motivated to do so."

More to Come

In September, A&E ordered an extraordinary 150 additional episodes of the three-hour show. The proud producer’s reaction: "I think Live PD has become a big part of the conversation."

Live PD, Fridays, 9/8c, A&E

'The Bachelor' Hints at Colton Underwood's Virginity in Season 23 Poster (PHOTO)

Thu, 11/15/2018 - 1:00pm

Are you ready to accept this rose?

The Bachelor Season 23 is set to premiere on January 7 with Colton Underwood, and now ABC (and longtime host Chris Harrison) are giving us the first promo photo for the newest eligible hunk.

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Season 23 of the reality dating show premieres in January.

Check out the key art, first dropped on the series host's social media on Thursday:

 

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It’s now officially official and I have the official exclusive poster to prove it. Colton’s dramatic season of #TheBachelor premieres Mon Jan 7th

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"What does he have to lose?" the promo reads. Assuming that's a nod to his virginity?

We met the former NFL player (well, NFL practice squad-er), who has been open about remaining a virgin, on Becca Kufrin's Season 14 of The Bachelorette, on which he finished fourth. He then continued his journey to find love on Season 5 of Bachelor in Paradise but couldn't make things work with on-again, off-again flame Tia Booth.

Underwood intrigued Bachelor Nation with his vulnerability. It's an openness that fans complained wasn't evident with last season's bachelor Arie Luyendk Jr., who is now expecting a baby with fiancée Lauren Burnham.

The Bachelor, Season 23 Premiere, Monday, January 7, 8/7c, ABC

'The Conners': Sarah Chalke's Andrea Makes Her First Spinoff Appearance (PHOTOS)

Thu, 11/15/2018 - 12:30pm

Since The Conners premiered this fall, many familiar faces from Roseanne have stopped by. And the November 27 episode, "One Flew Over the Conners' Nest," will bring another big reunion as Sarah Chalke returns!

The actress, who starred as one of two Beckys in Roseanne's original run, returned for the short-lived revival, but this will be her first appearance in the spinoff series. According to the episode's logline, Chalke will return as her newer character Andrea, who was introduced in the revival.

'The Conners' EP Gives Fans 3 Reasons to Tune In (Even Without Roseanne) 'The Conners' EP Gives Fans 3 Reasons to Tune In (Even Without Roseanne)

Executive producer Dave Caplan previews the new characters coming to Lanford this fall.

Andrea entered the Conners' lives when Becky (Lecy Goranson) signed up to be her surrogate, but the deal fell through when it was revealed that Becky's eggs were old with little chance of conceiving. Ultimately, they went their separate ways, but it seems like all is well between the acquaintances in some newly released photos.

At the Mexican restaurant where Becky works, Andrea is pushing a baby carriage, which we can only assume holds the baby she so desperately wanted in the revival. But Becky's not the only one there to welcome Andrea — she also has a run-in with Jackie (Laurie Metcalf) and Mark (Ames McNamara), as they appear to be leaving the restaurant as she's entering.

 All of the Series' Guest Stars (So Far) (PHOTOS) 'The Conners': All of the Series' Guest Stars (So Far) (PHOTOS)

Some familiar faces & new names have popped up.

Below see the new photos and mark your calendar for the reunion of Goranson and Chalke!

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31 p.m. EST), on The ABC Television Network. (ABC/Eric McCandless) LAURIE METCALF, AMES MCNAMARA, SARAH CHALKE

The Conners, Tuesdays, 8/7c, ABC

'Speechless': Sarah Chalke's Melanie Returns for a Thanksgiving Showdown With Maya (VIDEO)

Thu, 11/15/2018 - 11:00am

It's never a dull moment for the DiMeo's of ABC's hit comedy Speechless, and Thanksgiving will be no different as they find themselves in the hospital. When it comes to Maya (Minnie Driver), there's always a silver lining, even if the family is spending the holiday in an unconventional setting.

In an exclusive clip for the upcoming November 16 episode, "C-E– CELEBRITY S-U– SUITE," the family is faced with an unforeseen bump in the road when Maya's nemesis Melanie (Sarah Chalke) shows up.

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Also the mother of a special-needs child, Melanie throws a wrench in Maya's plan to secure the highly-sought-after Celebrity Suite. Initially, Maya thinks she's saved the holiday when she confidently walks over to her waiting family.

"I've saved Thanksgiving," she says. "I thought I knew every corner of this hospital, but I've just learned of this magical place where anything is possible — the Celebrity Suite," she reveals.

In disbelief, her family is unsure if it could be true, but Maya claims she's got the suite already before admitting she has to "tell the hospital."

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That's when Chalke's Melanie steps in along with her son Logan — they're also hoping to secure the suite. Who will reign supreme? You'll have to check out the clip below, and tune in to Speechless Friday on ABC.

Speechless, Fridays, 8:30/7:30c, ABC

Roush Review: International Drama in 'Narcos: Mexico' & 'My Brilliant Friend'

Thu, 11/15/2018 - 9:00am
 MEXICONarcos: Mexico

The notorious druglord El Chapo, currently on trial in New York, is but a bit player in the latest chapter of Netflix's Narcos saga, Narcos: Mexico, which shifts focus in its fourth season from the Colombian cartels to the roots of the drug war, with the 1980s rise of cartel founder (and Chapo boss) Miguel Angel Félix Gallardo (a suave, wiry Diego Luna).  Chapo’s ongoing headline-making trial adds relevance and resonance to a tragically suspenseful account of the deep institutional corruption that thwarted DEA agents in the early days of the Reagan-era war on drugs.

A wry narrator (whom we only meet at the very end of the 10 long episodes) tells us from the start that this chronicle won't have a happy ending—"in fact, it doesn't have an ending at all." (Cue the sequel.) Narcos: Mexico smartly splits focus between Gallardo’s rise to power, forging a coalition of drug traffickers to dominate the marijuana (and later cocaine) market, and the dogged pursuit by Mexican-born DEA agent Enrique “Kiki” Camarena (a likably hot-headed Michael Peña). Narcos feels authentic, from the location footage to the use of Spanish language (with English subtitles) when immersed in Gallardo's circle of deadly intrigue.

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Plus, why you should take a second look at the original 'Narcos.'

The fight for justice, however, speaks a universal language as Camarena lights a fire under his more laid-back colleagues to confront a system in which local police and government officials protect Gallardo’s lucrative operation, and even the U.S. State Department seems to turn a blind eye. But it’s not until the agent falls into the cartel’s clutches late in the season that the boom begins to lower on Gallardo and his unruly deputies (including the electrifying Tenoch Huerta as a would-be Scarface). It’s hard to “just say no” to this absorbing, alarming and—yes—addictive series.

Narcos: Mexico, Series Premiere, Friday, November 16, Netflix

My Brilliant Friend

FRIENDSHIP FOR THE AGES

My Brilliant Friend

There's no such thing as home sweet home in My Brilliant Friend, an achingly realistic coming-of-age drama adapted from Elena Ferrante’s bestselling novels. Set in a bustling neighborhood of post-WWII Naples, the series (in Italian with English subtitles) sees the world through the solemn wide eyes of childhood best friends Elena and Lila, who couldn’t be more different.

Studious, obedient Elena quietly envies the precocious and willful Lila, who flouts convention and continues learning in adolescence even after her volatile family forbids her from pursuing higher education. Although Elena enjoys more opportunities, including an eventful teenage summer by the sea, she is drawn back to Lila and her fearless resistance of a society marked by class conflict and domestic turmoil.

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Alarming revelations and deceptions create a mood of escalating panic and creeping paranoia in this Amazon Prime Video series.

With a sensationally authentic cast—Elisa Del Genio and Ludovica Nasti as young Elena and Lila, Margherita Mazzucco and Gaia Girace as the teen versions—this unsentimental story evokes the neo-realist classics of Italian cinema (The Bicycle Thief especially) as it movingly depicts emotional resilience in changing times.

My Brilliant Friend, Series Premiere, Sunday & Monday, November 18 & 19, 9/8c, HBO

'This Is Us': Why Did Rebecca's Friend in L.A. Look Familiar?

Wed, 11/14/2018 - 5:40pm

"Wow, that actress looks really familiar," we wondered aloud during November 13's episode of This  Is Us, "Sometimes."

During the hour-long installment, Rebecca (Mandy Moore) and Jack (Milo Ventimiglia) road tripped to Los Angeles, where they met up with her friend Nicole. And it turns out, there's a reason why Nicole sparked recognition for some viewers.

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It was a very bumpy road trip for the Pearson crew in 'Sometimes.'

Yvonne Zima who played the role may not be a household name, but she certainly looks like someone we've seen before — and that's because she and her lookalike sisters, Madeline and Vanessa, have been around for some time.

Probably the most recognizable of the three, Madeline starred in the hit '90s series The Nanny as Grace Sheffield and had recurring roles in shows like HeroesCalifornication, and the Twin Peaks 2017 revival.

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Moore, Ventimiglia, and Zima in This Is Us.

As for Yvonne, she appeared as Mark Greene's (Anthony Edwards) daughter Rachel in the hit series ER from 1994 - 2000 and went on to appear in over a hundred episodes of The Young and the Restless as Daisy Carter, a role she played from 2009 to 2012. As for Vanessa, she's had smaller roles on shows like Scandal and House.

Below is a photo of the three sisters together and it's easy to see why they'd remind you of one another with their nearly identical appearances.

 Yvonne Zima, Madeline Zima and Vanessa Zima attend the premiere of Warner Bros. Pictures' 'The Nice Guys' at TCL Chinese Theatre on May 10, 2016 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)

L-R: Yvonne Zima, Madeline Zima, and Vanessa Zima. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)

Yvonne's role may have been quick, but her appearance came at a pivotal moment for Jack and Rebecca's trip in the episode as he exhibited PTSD at the sound of a champagne bottle popping. Mistaking it for a gunshot, Jack took a defensive stance, shielding Rebecca and Nicole from nonexistent gunfire.

Based on what we know of the show, Zima could make a return some time since This Is Us thrives on surprises and reintroducing characters from the past. For now, at least this This Is Us mystery is solved.

This Is Us, Tuesdays, 9/8c, NBC

Double Sheldons? 'Young Sheldon' Cast Members to Appear on 'The Big Bang Theory'

Wed, 11/14/2018 - 1:30pm
Iain Armitage, Jim Parsons

Sheldon Cooper meet... Sheldon Cooper?

While it's unclear whether Jim Parsons, who plays adult Sheldon Cooper on the long-running hit The Big Bang Theory, will physically be in a scene with his alter ego's younger self, played by Iain Armitage on the hit prequel sitcom, Young Sheldon, it was revealed today that cast members from the latter series will be making an appearance on the mothership sitcom.

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Find out what projects Jim, Kaley and the others are working on next.

The episode is set to air in December (airdate TBD), and Armitage, along with Young Sheldon co-stars Lance Barber (patriarch George Cooper) and Montana Jordon (Georgie Cooper), will make cameos on TBBT in a yet-unknown capacity.

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Iain Armitage as young Sheldon (Sonja Flemming/CBS)

There's no word yet on whether Jerry O'Connell, who has played adult Georgie on Big Bang, could also turn up in the episode but why not?!

While The Big Bang Theory is wrapping up its twelve-season run in May, Young Sheldon is only in its second season. Given it typically ranks as the #2 sitcom on television after TBBT, it doesn't take rocket science to presume it will be around for many years to come!

The Big Bang Theory and Young Sheldon air back-t0-back on Thursdays at 8/7c and 8:30/7:30, respectively, on CBS. 

'A Prayer for Mr. T' Thanksgiving Special: Bryan Cranston Ruffles Some Feathers

Wed, 11/14/2018 - 1:00pm
 The Supermansion Thanksgiving Special

Sorry, Food Network, but the juiciest Thanksgiving feast is being served up by this stop-motion superhero comedy.

In this stand-alone special, “A Prayer for Mr. T,” we learn that aging crime fighter Titanium Rex (voiced by Bryan Cranston) and evil foe Dr. Devizo (Chris Pine) have been engaged in a long-running “battle of the bird,” as Cranston puts it.

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Martina McBride, Pentatonix, and Rita Ora are also expected to perform.

“You know, men love to compete when it comes to baking and cooking turkey,” jokes Cranston. “So every year we try to outdo each other, [but] this year, things get a little out of hand. I shouldn’t say a little out of hand — it goes to gargantuan sizes.”

Literally. Cranston hints that one chef’s recipe includes an illegal ingredient that dramatically plumps up the poultry. “There are chemicals that play an important part of this story,” says Cranston. And you know that is gonna ruffle some feathers!

A Prayer for Mr. T: The SuperMansion Thanksgiving Special, Special Premiere, Thursday, Nov. 15, Sony Crackle

'Grey's Anatomy' Star Kevin McKidd Teases Owen's Reaction to Teddy's Pregnancy

Wed, 11/14/2018 - 12:00pm

Former Army doc Owen Hunt (Kevin McKidd) his been riding a tide of woe on Grey’s Anatomy since his 2008 arrival, from severe PTSD and a military sister MIA to two ugly divorces and the unfulfilled desire for children.

But the outlook has improved for Grey Sloan Memorial’s aptly named head of trauma: His sibling (Abigail Spencer) is alive, and he and his second ex-wife, Amelia Shepherd (Caterina Scorsone), are fostering a baby. Now, major complications are on the way, as former flame Teddy Altman (Kim Raver) is back — and pregnant with Owen’s baby.

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The couple hit a major bump in the road.

With the November 15 midseason finale (which he also directed), the Scottish star previews the latest twists for his character and where he’d love Hunt to end up.

Owen and Amelia are happy, but Teddy’s secret is already known by Meredith Grey (Ellen Pompeo) and Maggie Pierce (Kelly McCreary). Where do we find Owen in tonight’s episode?

Kevin McKidd: He is still in blissful ignorance. Teddy’s big ask not to tell Owen and Amelia has been hard for Meredith and Maggie. It’s interesting how it will all unravel.

Executive producer Krista Vernoff told TV Guide Magazine that Owen loves both these women, and "there are no villains here." How does Owen feel about Teddy’s return?

He is happy she’s back, but he’s very committed to Amelia.

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Is there room for yet another child in Owen’s life, especially one he shares with a past love?

Poor guy, he wished to be a father for so many seasons. I’ll say be careful what you wish for.

This episode is the winter finale. What can we expect?

There’s a big windstorm, and the hospital is incredibly busy. The craziness of that throws Teddy, Owen and Amelia together. Amelia and Teddy’s relationship is already charged, and things get intense among them all.

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McKidd behind the scenes.

It sounds like a big emotional hour for Owen — and you’re directing too!

They used to give me light episodes [when I directed], but I’ve done more than 20, and they know I have the bandwidth to do both well.

With all the speculation of how Grey’s might end, what do you see happening to Owen?

Things have been so tumultuous. It would be nice to see him with a content, happy life. I just want him to not be tortured.

Grey’s Anatomy, Midseason Finale, Thursday, November 15, 8/7c, ABC

Roush Review: 'The Kominsky Method' Is a Meditation on Aging From Chuck Lorre

Wed, 11/14/2018 - 9:00am
THE KOMINSKY METHOD

Who could have guessed the spirit of Neil Simon, the masterful comedy writer who passed away this August, would live on through TV jokesmith Chuck Lorre? Having enjoyed tremendous commercial success with his brash CBS sitcoms The Big Bang Theory, Two and a Half Men and Mom, Lorre achieves a deeply personal best in this lovingly crafted, wise and wisecrackingly bittersweet bromance between a legendary acting coach (Michael Douglas) and his powerful Hollywood agent (Alan Arkin).

Both have known happier and healthier days, but as played by these marvelous Oscar-winning actors, they are wonderful companions in endurance, a resilient if cantankerous Odd Couple who refuse to give up the ghost — sometimes literally.

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Plus, Chuck Lorre on why it's about the reality of aging.

Addressing his rapt class of quirky wannabe actors, Sandy Kominsky (Douglas) declares, “Like God, we must love our creations.” And how Lorre loves the bombastic Sandy and his brittle BFF Norman Newlander (Arkin) as he subjects them to the indignities of age: pesky prostates, unsteady libidos, financial blindsides and devastating personal loss.

“So many choices, so little testosterone,” Sandy laments while surfing newfangled porn on a tablet. Rewatching Cocoon on TV one night, old-school Norman has to admit, “It’s a whole different thing when you’re in the demographic.”

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From the final season of 'House of Cards' to Chuck Lorre's 'The Kominsky Method.'

You may not know whether to laugh or cry (in some of the eight episodes, you’ll likely do both), and that’s OK by Lorre, who gets even more philosophical than usual in his patented vanity cards — which he calls “pearls of wisdom” — for the occasion.

The generosity of spirit extends to a sublime supporting cast, including Nancy Travis (Last Man Standing) as Sandy’s prize pupil and love interest, Sarah Baker and Lisa Edelstein as the men’s polar-opposite daughters, Susan Sullivan as Norman’s adored wife, Danny DeVito as a disturbingly chipper urologist and Elliott Gould in a hilarious cameo as himself, pitching a preposterous geriatric action-movie script titled One Foot in the Grave.

“It hurts to be human,” Norman announces in an impromptu, anguished address to Sandy’s startled acting class. When he finishes, the students applaud. Which is both funny and true. The Kominsky Method deserves a standing ovation.



The Kominsky Method, Series Premiere, Friday, Nov. 16, Netflix

'This Is Us': Jack's Breakdown, Rebecca's Disappointment & Zoe's Secret (RECAP)

Tue, 11/13/2018 - 11:12pm

[Warning: The below contains MAJOR spoilers for Season 3, Episode 7 of This Is Us, "Sometimes"]

After a week off the air, This Is Us was welcomed back by its many loyal viewers with an episode featuring the beginnings of Jack (Milo Ventimiglia) and Rebecca's (Mandy Moore) love story.

This road trip storyline was told parallel to Kevin (Justin Hartley) and Zoe's (Melanie Liburd) Vietnam trip. Meanwhile, fans were also shown the origins of Jack's necklace.

We're breaking down the key moments from the episode, "Sometimes," which included three stories told on two different continents.

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Plus, she shares what it was like starring alongside frequent co-star Dan Lauria again.

The episode opens in Vietnam as Jack's necklace is seen being crafted and passed from person to person. Ultimately, the woman in the photo crosses paths with the piece when she finds it on a killed soldier's body while scavenging for valuables. That segues into Jack and Nicky's (Michael Angarano) encounter in Vietnam, where, at first, Nicky doesn't believe his brother is in front of him.

Jack can tell Nicky is high on some sort of substance, and his younger brother confirms he's lost a grip on reality likening his situation to purgatory. As always, Jack is ready to save the day, telling Nicky he'll bring him with him but Nick isn't having it. Also not having it is the soldier in charge of the camp, who denies Jack's request to take Nicky back to the fishing village with him.

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On Jack's journey back to the Ville, he asks a local to give him a lift on his moped, but the man's pitstops make Jack uneasy as he notes the cans his companion carries are the same used by the VC (Viet Cong) to create landmines. As they continue on their journey, Jack questions his escort if he's bad or good and the man admits that even he's not sure, telling Jack to walk the rest of the way.

Jack eventually gets some good news when a helicopter drops Nicky at his Ville, and he learns he has two weeks to straighten out his brother's behavior. Will he succeed? Time will tell.

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Much of the hit drama is set in the Pennsylvanian city.

Next, we see Jack and Rebecca embark on their road trip to Los Angeles for the latter's meeting with a record label. On their way there, Rebecca does her best to get Jack to open up, asking about his plans to visit a mystery guest in Reseda. But he's short with her and his tone implies something darker or deeper.

As they pull into their first motel, the pair share dinner at the attached restaurant where Rebecca reveals that she loves singing because it encourages slow dances. Quick as can be, Jack says "hint taken," and takes her for a twirl around the room and she sheds a few tears when she spots elderly couple dancing. With that, Jack claims he doesn't cry, explaining that he buries things inside. They then turn in for the night, and the awkwardness slips away after they share a kiss. Then the scene cuts to the next morning and, needless to say, one bed is empty.

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A montage shows the couple spending most nights the same way along their journey and, by the time they arrive in L.A., they're both smitten. Things take a tense though when Rebecca notices Jack's night terrors and questions him, but he deflects. Rebecca meets up with a friend from home and gushes about Jack before wishing aloud that he'd be more open. It doesn't help that, moments later, he flinches over the noise of popping champagne and it's clear he's suffering from PTSD.

Finally, Jack explains that he doesn't want to mix their relationship with his time in Vietnam because it was so negative, and for him, their bond is an escape. It's clear that Jack's falling for Rebecca because he can't hide his disappointment over her considering a move to L.A.. Still, he drives Rebecca to her meeting the next day on his way to visit "friends."

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Those "friends," it turns out, are his former Army pal's parents and he meets with them to apologize. He feels guilty over the death — he was the man we saw killed earlier this season when he stepped on the landmine running to catch a football. The parents console him and say it's not his fault and you can see some relief on Jack's face.

Meanwhile, Rebecca gets the stereotypical "we like you, keep in touch," deal from the record company. When she asks for a clear assessment they tell her she's "Pittsburgh good." So when Jack picks her up, and they're both a little down, he asks for her to sing the song she presented. She eventually caves, and the usually tough Jack can't help but break down in tears. That visit with his friend's parents definitely awakened something inside of him. And the moment gives birth to Jack's special nickname for his future wife: "Bec." The two ultimately decide to head home to PA.

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On their parallel trip, Kevin and Zoe are in Vietnam, seeking more info on his father and that necklace. Throughout the trip, much like Jack, Zoe deflects any personal questions Kevin asks about her childhood before moving in with cousin Beth (Susan Kelechi Watson).

The first red flag comes when she tells him not to tag her on Instagram, explaining that she doesn't want her father — who lives in China — to contact her. After much deflecting they go to a nearby market for lunch, where she eats some bat (yes, really) and Kevin spots a tourist donning a familiar piece of jewelry. He's crushed to learn that necklaces just like his father are sold all over tourist shops in the area.

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Feeling down, he complains about the necklace and how Zoe won't open up to him. He mistakes her being sick for deflecting until she gets violently ill.

As Zoe recovers in the hotel tub, Kevin does his best to take care of her. He also can't stop himself from revealing he's falling in love with her and that spurs her to open up. She explains that her father sexually abused her when she was young, and he tries to make amends with her from time to time. The reason she hasn't told him? She doesn't want to tarnish the good thing they have going with a dark history she wants to forget.

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Below are a few important things to keep in mind for the rest of the season:

  • Zoe's reveal about her father definitely makes sense with Beth's earlier comments to Kevin about her baggage. Will this drive a wedge between the pair? Or will they weather the storm? Zoe did say she was strong in the episode.
  • The woman with Jack's necklace seems like some kind of scavenger. Will she meet a similar fate to those she from whom she steals? That is one theory: that the two become close, only for her to die. Maybe the piece is a token to remember her by.
  • Considering the dead-end necklace lead, will Kevin be able to uncover some new answers regarding Jack's past? We sure hope so.

This Is Us, Tuesdays, 9/8c, NBC

CMA Awards 2018 Hosts Carrie Underwood & Brad Paisley on Taking a 'Non-Political' Approach

Tue, 11/13/2018 - 11:30am

Over the last decade, Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood have been a welcome staple of the Country Music Association Awards. And this year is no different, as the multi-platinum duo host country music’s biggest night for the 11th consecutive time.

Before taking the Nashville stage for the 2018 CMA Awards, the two took time out to reflect on their run, what we can expect on show night, and why their undeniable chemistry is lightning in a bottle.

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You two aren’t your typical award show hosts in that you are very hands-on throughout the process. How soon do you start preparing for this show?

Brad Paisley: I think we usually get together for the first time around August to sort of say, “What could we talk about this year?” That’s kind of the first attempt and not always productive.

Carrie Underwood: Well, there is so much stuff to get in place that I think it’s good to get the wheels turning. We do get together early just to know who is doing what. We talk to a lot of people who are in our format, who has albums that just came out or are coming out. We just kind of get a general outline. So much changes as we get closing to the CMAs where a lot of stuff can become irrelevant. It’s good to get started early though.



After doing the show for all of these years, do you feel your approach has changed with the world being so different since 2008? Social media is as prevalent as ever, and people might being a little more sensitive. What has this evolution been like from your perspective?

Paisley: We didn’t know what we were doing at all in the beginning did we?

Underwood: No! We had to find our way through it and figure out what roles we were playing up there together. Over the years, we have had to adjust things based on perception. We want to create an environment where people are entertained and are happy. We want to showcase our format in the best way possible.

This year, we are taking a non-political or hot button issue approach to the CMAs because we just want to celebrate. We want to give people something to smile about. So, we definitely try to gauge what is going on in the world an where we are. We try to write and act accordingly.

You've have worked so closely together, collaborating on music, as well. Tell us what you each have learned about one another over the years.

Paisley: Carrie is, first of all, fierce when it comes to basically wanting to do things well. Talk about a work ethic and talent — then you combine the two. Here you’re talking about someone who will go to whatever lengths she has to in order to make sure something is great. She is a pro in every way. And also, this is not something everyone can do. Standing up there and being funny and having the timing and having those instincts is lightning in a bottle. The fact that we do this together so well is something that I’m really thrilled that we got to discover.

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The people have spoken!

Underwood: There is a lot of love that goes into doing this and hosting — a lot of time. Brad is always working on parodies and music and jokes. There is a lot of time spent outside when we should probably be spending time with our families or friends. [Laughs] It’s always interesting to talk to hosts of various other award shows and they're like, “yeah, I got my script last night,” the night before the awards show. We don’t take that approach at all. We put a lot of time and effort into it.

That is definitely evident at showtime. Everyone has a lot of memories from your time hosting — whether it’s the outfits you wear, the songs you do, the opening monologues. Do you each have a moment or memory you are always going to be proud of or look back on?

Underwood: I feel like some of those parodies we’ve done over the years have replaced the original songs in my head. I can’t listen to the original songs without hearing what we did to them.

Paisley: That’s true, we kind of have ruined some of them for ourselves over time. There are so many that stand out. I think about the first one we ever did, the idea for it came when I went up to the Late Show and did David Letterman. He had Michael Bublé sing headlines to jazz standard tunes and I thought we should do that. The first one we wrote was the year Taylor Swift got interrupted [by Kanye West] during her [MTV VMAs] award acceptance speech. We sang "Mamas, Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up to be Kanye." As you can imagine, we were off and running after that.



You’ve been known to poke fun at your peers, many of them in the audience. When it gets to this time of year, do you feel they're extra nice to you for fear you might include them in your material? Is everyone usually good sports?

Paisley: Most of the time they’re good sports.

Underwood: Yeah, I feel like the people that know us know we poke fun with love. They get it. We usually do a pretty good job knowing who can laugh at themselves. We also manage to throw our own selves under the bus as we do it, which I feel makes things a little better, too. We’re not even off-limits with each other.

Paisley: Definitely not.

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How would you guys sum up country music this year?

Paisley: I think it’s transitional, it’s coming into a new phase, and I’m not exactly sure what [that is]. I feel like there is a little bit of an awakening toward some of the '90s [music] and some of that again. People looking back at this golden era that we had when we had people like Garth Brooks debut and Vince Gill. We’re looking back a little bit, in a good way. I never think nostalgia is bad in country music. It’s such a music based on its history.

Underwood: I feel like a lot of people are pushing boundaries and experimenting a little bit. They are wanting to grow country music to the rest of the world, which has been nice to see. Over the past few years, so many artists have been going outside of the U.S. and taking country music abroad. The response has been really amazing. People have been working with people outside our genre, which I think is great. Bringing other artists in, and they’re getting to show their appreciation for country music. I feel like people are taking chances, and I really respect that.



I know you have a lot of surprises planned, but what can we expect from this year’s CMAs? Give us a hint.

Paisley: You’re giving us too much credit for knowing what we are going to do. [Laughs]

How many costume changes can we expect?

Underwood: Oh gosh, I don’t even know that yet! It’s hard to keep up. I don’t know what all has been announced or everyone who is performing. You know everyone is going to bring their A-game. Everyone takes this seriously. We want to celebrate another year in country music. We want to lift each other up. Everyone wants their fans to tune in and watch and have a great time, no matter who it is. It’s going to be a good night.

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You’re approaching the consecutive hosting record, currently held by Vince Gill. What are your thoughts on maybe exceeding that with this being number 11?

Paisley: One year at a time.

So, it’s not a given that you’ll host next year? It’s more of a “we’ll see what happens.”

Paisley: We’ll see.

Underwood: We want to be happy and want everyone to be happy with what we’re doing. As long as they keep asking us, we’ll keep saying yes.

The 52nd Annual CMA Awards air live, Wednesday, November 14, 8/7c, ABC

'Real Country' Judges Break Down the 3 Star Qualities They're Looking For

Tue, 11/13/2018 - 10:00am
Real Country

How do you define country music? This singers’ showcase — more celebration than competition — hopes to find a multitude of answers.

“Our genre has stagnated,” says Shania Twain, one of Real Country’s panelists as well as an executive producer. “We have one George Jones — we don’t need another one. We don’t need another Shania Twain.”

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The country superstars are on the hunt for the next chart-topping crooner.

So to find the new voice of country, the five-time Grammy winner and fellow A-listers Travis Tritt and Jake Owen will each mentor a stable of diverse, handpicked artists. Here’s what could merit $100,000 and a gig at the Grand Ole Opry.

INDIVIDUALITY

“The thing I find myself saying the most to the [acts] is ‘Just do it the way you feel it,’” says Tritt, the panel’s self-declared “elder statesman.” He adds, “The greatest piece of advice I probably ever got in my career came from Waylon Jennings, who told me way back when that everybody deserves the opportunity to do it their own way at least once.”

ORIGINALITY

More than anything, Twain craves country music that speaks to the entire country. “We don’t need every song to be about a dirt road, because not everybody has a dirt road. Certainly not the new country fans,” she offers with a laugh. “The audience has broadened so much that they don’t relate to that. A lot of the artists in the genre don’t even come from that!”

PERSONALITY

“Great talent” is out there, says the platinum-selling Owen, who culled his roster from acts he’d seen live and on audition tapes. “But it’s a matter of stepping up and delivering a performance where people say, ‘I want to see that again.’”



Real Country, Series Premiere, Tuesday, Nov. 13, 10/9c, USA

Ask Matt: 'The Kids Are Alright,' 'Catastrophe,' 'Walking Dead' Movie Spinoff, Streaming on DVD and More

Tue, 11/13/2018 - 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 try to 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.

Is Kids’ Nostalgia a Bit Fuzzy?

Question: I LOVE ABC’s new family comedy The Kids Are Alright. It does a great job of depicting life in a large family. But I think they need someone to oversee a few of the details. I was a mom back in the 1970s and I never wore a dress except for church on Sunday. I think the dress and pearls are more from the ’50s. There were a few other details that seemed a little "off," so maybe they need to hire someone from that generation to check the details. — Becky

Matt Roush: Kids is easily my favorite new comedy of the fall broadcast season—not that there was a lot of competition this year—and I especially love the scenes when the whole Cleary family scrambles to fill their plates and find a seat at the dinner table, while mom Peggy (Mary McCormack) and dad Mike (Michael Cudlitz) dish out heaping helpings of tough love. That all feels very real to me as well as funny. Keep in mind that this is a very specific memory of 1970s family life, from the POV of series creator Tim Doyle (who narrates and whose alter ego of “creative” child Timmy drives many of the subplots), so Peggy’s look may be accurate to that household, if not yours. I was roughly the same age as Timmy in the early ’70s and remember some moms (mostly aunts) who pretty much kept a “dress” code at home, so Peggy’s outfits don’t throw me—and to my memory, she only dons pearls for special church occasions, which seems appropriate to the Irish-Catholic milieu Kids is portraying.

And let me finish by noting that I truly related to the boys trying to watch a scandalous variety-show moment (apparently an urban legend) without their parents’ knowledge. And when that went wrong, Timmy laments: “If only there was a way to see something on TV again after it’s already been on.” Life before VCRs, DVRs, VHS, DVDs and streaming: I remember it well.

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Catastrophic News

Question: I really enjoyed watching the funny Catastrophe on Amazon Prime and have watched all available seasons. Any idea if additional seasons are being filmed and when they might be available? — Bob

Matt Roush: The good news: There will be a fourth season of the terrific Sharon Horgan-Rob Delaney comedy. The less good news: It will by all accounts be the final season. News yet to come: An airdate. (Can’t even hazard a guess if they’ll slip it in before the new year or wait till 2019.)

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Dead to All, Or Just Subscribers?

Question: Just a final word about The Walking Dead. Don't you think that these Rick Grimes movies could be a maneuver by AMC to transition for another pay platform a la CBS All Access since they already are offering commercial-free platforms for an added price? If so, I am completely out and upset—just how much money do they think viewers have?? I guess FX would be next since they are doing something similar. One final word, though: I am all in and excited about the Breaking Bad movie. — JV

Matt Roush: A few viewers wrote in to wonder about this possibility, and for now, I'm assuming that any future Walking Dead originals, including the Rick Grimes movies, will remain on the AMC channel. Nothing has been said to suggest otherwise. Yet. If they decide instead to use these special events to promote the AMC Premium service (which is basically an add-on to provide commercial-free versions of current AMC shows among other perks), that would indeed be foul play and fans would have every right to be upset. (Many of my readers are already peeved enough that CBS has put so many tempting originals behind the All Access paywall.) Your basic question—how much money viewers are expected to shell out for a growing number of pay services (ABC/Disney and Apple are next)—is something the industry is already wondering.

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From Streaming to DVD

Question: I see that the first season of Star Trek: Discovery is being released on DVD, and The Good Fight has had a couple of seasons on DVD. House of Cards and a few select other Netflix originals have also released each of its seasons in that format. As someone who doesn't use streaming services, will these series be the exception, not the rule? Or is there a good chance The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, for instance, will be available on DVD? Are there other popular streaming shows that definitely will soon be available on DVD? — Paul

Matt Roush: This seems to be a case-by-case, show-by-show decision whether and when to release streaming originals on DVD. It isn’t as profitable a market as it used to be, although CBS clearly sees an upside in making their higher-profile titles available on disc. (I tend not to keep up with shows’ afterlife on DVD or in syndication, so can’t say with any certainty what’s in the pipeline.) I don’t see this happening as much—yet—with Amazon original series, which are obviously intended to enhance the value of a Prime membership. If even something as mainstream as Bosch is only available in a non-U.S. format, that tells me you’re probably in for a wait for shows like the wonderful Mrs. Maisel and the popular Jack Ryan to be released in this format. But again, I don’t follow the DVD business, so anything’s possible.

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Is It Curtains for Midnight?

Question: As I feared, the ratings for the second-season premiere episode of NBC’s Midnight, Texas were very low: a 0.4 in the 18-49 demo and barely 2 million viewers, though it remained steady with its second episode. The show wasn’t helped by premiering against the World Series on Fox, and had a weak lead-in from the very low-rated Blindspot. I’m now very worried about this show really getting canceled! NBC will probably move the show to burn off the rest of the second season on Saturday nights like they did with Taken. What was NBC thinking moving the show to the fall schedule on Friday nights instead of having it remain on the summer schedule for its second season? The ratings for Midnight, Texas is nowhere near the ratings of Grimm that also ran on Friday nights, and the network already has a Grimm revival in development. I know I’ll sound like a conspiracy theorist, but I think NBC set up Midnight, Texas for failure so they can replace it with Grimm 2.0! — Chris B

Matt Roush: As I’ve said more times than I can count, networks aren’t in the business of setting up expensive original programming for failure. NBC figured, perhaps naively, that Midnight (with its Charlaine Harris tie-in) could work in the same cult-TV time slot as Grimm did for years. Dipping back into the Grimm well almost certainly would have happened regardless of Midnight’s fortunes, or lack thereof. If there’s any upside, it’s that expectations on Fridays are roughly the same (low) as they are for summer series—why else would Blindspot still be on?—and while Midnight might be struggling, it’s not dead yet.

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TV Texts Are Hard to Read

Question: I try to read your column religiously, but maybe I missed this issue. More and more shows are embracing the text message and they insist on making us try to read the actual text on the phone. I don't know about you but my wife and I can't read most of them; the text is too small. Last season Instinct took a different direction and had the text appear in balloons like in a comic book and that worked great. I hope other shows figure this out. — Andy

Matt Roush: Another frequent complaint (not as frequent as loud music drowning out dialogue), but bonus points for pointing out a show that does it right. Note to producers: If you’re going to use this device, make it at least as easy to read as subtitles or closed-captions.

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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 with your question.

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Wendie Malick Shares What's Next for Toby's Mom on 'This Is Us' & 'Just Shoot Me' Revival Hopes

Mon, 11/12/2018 - 4:00pm

NBC's This Is Us has had quite a few familiar faces stop by as guest stars over its two-plus seasons, including the ever-talented Wendie Malick.

Malick is no stranger to the small-screen, with her iconic roles on series like Hot in Cleveland Just Shoot Me!, and Dream On, and she continues to build her resume with roles in This Is Us and Netflix's The Ranch.

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TV Insider recently chatted with the television vet to get the scoop on her This Is Us future, her hopes for a Just Shoot Me! revival, what it was like working with Dan Lauria, and more.

We love you on This Is Us as Toby’s (Chris Sullivan) mother, who already had a very emotional episode this season. What has that experience been like?

Wendie Malick: It’s such a privilege because I so love the work ethic of the people on that show. They are so incredibly talented, all of them, and the writing is spectacular. The acting, without exception, is just really stellar and that whole cast and crew and writers have such gratitude for what they have – that’s really finding lightning in a bottle.

That show’s just touched a nerve in this country, and that is pretty amazing. I think everyone can relate to it in some way. There’s some character that everyone in this country and probably around the world can identify with, and they’re just tackling issues that are close to home for everyone. It’s a real privilege to be part of it.

It’s interesting too because I’m working on The Ranch on Netflix and they’re also – even though it’s a comedy – they’re dealing with some pretty intense issues. So it’s interesting how even in comedies, people are taking on some of these bigger issues.

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Is it safe to say we’ll see you pop up again on This Is Us in the future?

[Laughs] I really don’t know what the plans are, but I do know that they’ve asked if I could come back in January, so I think there is going to be more of [Toby’s] family. How that will unfold? I don’t know.

[Toby's] coping mechanism of using humor to deal with depression and how he got me out of mine, I think that’s such a rich and juicy storyline cause I know so many stand-up comedians and funny people who actually have a real dark side. So many who can be hilariously funny but part of it is a protective sort of shield and covers up some loneliness or some kind of depression.

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Dan Lauria with Sullivan and Malick in This Is Us.

And how was working with fellow TV vet Dan Lauria (The Wonder Years) again after Pitch and Hot in Cleveland?

I love doing that. He’s one of my best friends, we do theater together too. We do two plays that we do for charity. One is about 9/11 called The Guys and another one is Love Letters. But we’ve done them all over the country to raise money for first responders and for other charities that we believe in.

Dan Fogelman helmed Pitch, which you both were both in. Is there a connection there?

Yeah, and that’s where I sort of got to know Dan Fogelman. That was a great show to be a part of, too. I loved it, I’m really sorry that it didn’t continue. I think it was a little ahead of its time.

 The cast of NBC's comedy, "Just Shoot Me." From left to right, Wendie Malick, David Spade, Laura San Giacomo, Enrico Colatoni and George Segal. (Photo by NBC, Inc./Online USA)

Malick, David Spade, Laura San Giacomo, Enrico Colatoni and George Segal from Just Shoot Me!.

Reboots and revivals are all the rage right now. Is there any show from your past that you’d like to revisit?

There was some talk about bringing back Hot in Cleveland for a few more and we realized, you know what, if you can’t improve on it, why would you do that?But I have had many people say, "Do you think they’ll bring back Just Shoot Me!?" I have to say, if that could happen and we got back the most wonderful writers, then actually we all thought that could be fun. We’ve remained friends after all these years and it would be sort of fun to see where those people were 15 years later or whatever.

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The holidays are around the corner, what are you binging during the "winter break?"

I will probably watch House of Cards and I can’t wait for Veep to come back — love that show. Actually, I’ve missed so much, there’s so many things that I need to see that I have not seen. But I don’t usually binge-watch cause I just don’t have that kind of time.

When I have time off, I’m outside with animals most of the time or with friends, so I’m not a binger. I think an hour and a half or two hours is the most I could do. The only time I binge-watch, actually, is when I’m on long flights. I love to do that. In fact, that’s how I discovered This Is Us! I was not a regular viewer until I flew to Europe and saw like five episodes and thought, 'OK, I’m in.' [Laughs]

This Is Us, Tuesdays, 9/8c, NBC

Ashley Iaconetti and Jared Haibon on Wedding Plans, Colton's Season & What They'd Change About 'Bachelor'

Mon, 11/12/2018 - 3:00pm

Reality TV sweethearts and newly engaged couple Ashley Iaconetti and Jared Haibon are so happy to be done with the dating scene.

TV Insider recently caught up with the Bachelor Nation couple to get the scoop on how their wedding planning is coming, and their thoughts on The Bachelor's controversial decision to crown Colton Underwood the Season 23 star.

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Season 23 of the reality dating show premieres in January.

The twosome also talked about their new partnership with NET10 Wireless timed to winter's "cuffing season," in which single millennials are more aware than ever of their relationship statuses. With the company, the fiancés are offering double data for more phone use, which could equal more dating app use

Check out the interview below:

Why work with NET10 Wireless?

Ashley Iaconetti: Fortunately, we don’t have to do online dating anymore but we have so many friends out there who are still looking for their special someone and in this digital age, we are so dependent on our phones. And NET10 Wireless has a special promotion going on until the end of the year — it’s called the Double Data Promotion.

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Jared Haibon: There’s going to be so much swiping going on until the end of the year, people sliding into DMs because people don’t want to be alone on the holidays. They want to at least have someone they can tell their families they’re talking to, someone that they like.

Did you ever online date?

Iaconetti: Yeah, definitely. I dabbled a little bit. I went on quite a few app dates out here in L.A..

Haibon: Yeah, I was on dating apps too. My sister met her husband on an online dating website so they most certainly can work.

What was your most cringeworthy date?

Iaconetti: There was this one guy who asked, within the first hour of our first date, ‘When was the last time you were laid?’

Haibon: Well, I’m gonna find out that guys name and kick his ass! For me, I was on Raya and living in Rhode Island at the time. So, I drove to NY for a date and it didn’t go that well. She got a little tipsy during dinner and I just drove 2.5 hours and I was like, 'What am I doing with my life?'

Any advice for using dating apps?

Haibon: Meet in a public place; don’t have them pick you up. Be safe, be smart, put also don’t be afraid to put yourself outside and even slide into a DM. That’s kinda the new way to ask someone out now.

Iaconetti: When I was on the apps, the worst thing is when you’re messaging back and forth with someone but they never ask you out on a date. After a few exchanges, meet up with that person because you don’t need a digital boyfriend.

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How is wedding planning?

Iaconetti: We booked our venue [in Rhode Island], we have our date [August 2019]. I have my dresses!

Haibon: We hired a wedding coordinator. His name is Troy Williams and we became friends with him earlier this year. He’s been fantastic.

If it were to be televised, what would your requirements be?

Haibon: To allow us in the editing room, which is probably why we’re not doing it with ABC [Laughs].

Iaconetti: A big one would be the guest list. We just want everybody who we want there to be there. That’s what hard when you do a Bachelor wedding. You may have people there who you’ve never even met before.

 

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Any changes you want to see to the show format, personally?

Iaconetti: Honestly, there are so many great, funny, authentic moments that viewers don't get to see, I just want people to see more friendships, more realness, less "Bachelor-speak." I'd like to eliminate some of the cheesiness.

Haibon: I think I wouldn't mind cutting down the total number on night one. The first couple weeks can be a little bit of a grind to watch because you don't feel a lot chemistry happening. Maybe instead of 25, you start with 20, and after night one it goes down to 14 or so to really see these relationship evolve.

Iaconetti: Lately, I feel like the first half of the season is concentrated on the villain and the drama among the cast members. It's less about the love.

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