In 1999, the WWE built on the long-running success of Monday Night Raw on USA Network with a second show, SmackDown,on the now-defunct UPN. Fast forward through a series of channel jumps and more than 20 years, and the blue brand is landing on Fox.
The broadcast network will air SmackDown Live Friday nights as part of a new, five-year agreement starting October 4, 2019. Raw will remain on USA Network, extending their contract for another five years. These two billion-dollar television deals secured by WWE are game changers.
Below are five ways these developments can impact the company going forward.WWE Announces the Date of 'Smackdown Live' Move From USA to Fox
The show will move to the network from USA sooner than we thought.Will SmackDown be the flagship show?
Since Raw has been on the air longer and became a destination for fans to watch pro wrestling on Monday Nights, it has always been perceived the “A” show. Given the recent news of SmackDown Live moving to Fox, it’s clear WWE is planning for the two-hour show to be a flagship show — maybe THE flagship show? And for good reason, since basically anyone with even bunny ears and an old TV tube can pick up the show. Fox is broadcast television, meaning the company is going to stack the deck for SmackDown to leave a lasting impression for its biggest platform ever.Changes to the brand extension
Raw and SmackDown Live have its own superstars thanks to the brand extension. Could that change with them on separate networks like back in the day? One has left the NBC-Universal umbrella, so WWE is going to have to please two different entities. It’s competition within competition — almost likened to a parent with two children. WWE can’t really say one is the favorite over another.
With Raw the home of Ronda Rousey and a lot of top talent, you have to believe Fox wants big names on their network too. Who gets John Cena when he isn't making movies? What about if Brock Lesnar sticks around? Of course, there is a lot of time still between now and October 2019, but how is WWE going to create a level playing field? Whether that means ending the brand extension remains to be seen. I personally would like the company to merge the top titles on both shows, leaving the door open for the one world champion for each division being able to appear on Raw and SmackDown. We’ll see how it all shakes out.7 Most Patriotic WWE Superstars: Hulk Hogan, Madusa & More (PHOTOS)
Ahead of the 4th of July, we're taking a look at those who battled adversaries, all while representing the good ol' US of A.Taping schedule adjustments
SmackDown Live in its current form has been airing live Tuesday nights on USA Network. That changes with the Fox deal as the show finds its place on Friday nights — a place the long-running program isn’t that all unfamiliar with, having been in the slot in the past. However, the event was taped more times than not, and it was done on Tuesdays. If SmackDown Live remains live on Friday nights, it means WWE tweaks its event schedule.
Typically, superstars on the brand work non-televised shows Friday through Monday before working TV Tuesday. Now with them working SmackDown Live on Fridays, do they want Raw to run events elsewhere like they do now conflicting with its own program? And the new taping schedule translates to less time to make the last push for pay-per-view events, which will only have a day in between.Presentation changes could be on the way
WWE doesn’t do anything small. Expect the company to make its Fox debut one to remember, not only from an action standpoint, but a presentation one. It wouldn’t be surprising for the company to change the look of the show to attract viewers, whether its graphics, set, music or all of the above.
Keeping in mind there is the potential of a new audience, it’s in the best interest to introduce potential fans to the product rather than assume they know what has been going on. The announcers may take a different approach in commentary to catch this demographic up. It will also be interesting if SmackDown Live continues to adopt elements that separate itself from Raw. Perhaps a picture-in-a-picture that continues to broadcast a match in processes while airing commercials?It's Coming up Roses for Former 'Bachelorette' Contestant & Ring of Honor Star Kenny King
The 'Bachelorette' alum on the upcoming 'Best in the World' event & how 'Bachelor Nation' is every bit as passionate as pro wrestling fans.More mainstream opportunities for the WWE
Hearing how Fox execs attracted WWE to the network, it wasn’t just the amounts of zeros on the contract that was attractive. It was also the potential of Fox cross-promoting WWE on other major events such as NFL football games. And what about seeing performers on other programming? Back in the 1990s, Bret Hart had a cameo on The Simpsons, so maybe we'll see one of today’s top talents given the honor. The possibilities are endless, and Fox seems ready to put WWE out there to the masses.
WWE is now in a position to leverage more chances to get their brands on two powerhouse entities like never before. Often, WWE didn’t get enough credit for being a ratings winner and helping bring a network’s stock up overall. And that’s not even counting the company’s social media footprint. The tide has been shifting, as eyes are opening to how much of an impact having WWE in its portfolio can have. Even CBS got a taste of it recently thanks to a highly-rated episode of Celebrity Undercover Boss featuring Stephanie McMahon.Opening the door to more programming
In today’s marketplace, content is king, and WWE is a content-creating machine. We know Raw will be on USA Network and SmackDown Live on Fox. However, there is no telling what other shows or specials could be on the horizon. There is the scuttlebutt of possibly NXT gong to FS1, and Saturday Night’s Main Event making another resurgence.
Look at all the shows under the NBC-Universal banner besides Raw like Total Divas, Total Bellas and the soon-to-be premiering Miz & Mrs. That may only scratch the surface to what is to come — and that’s not even counting Vince McMahon’s big investment into reviving the XFL, for which he is looking to find a viable home. Between now and October 2019, it will be interesting to follow with the ever-changing WWE Universe.
Is it possible to be in love with two people at once? If we’re going off of what we see on television, then yes!
The love triangle is such a go-to for TV writers because it always manages to get viewers as deeply involved as the character caught in the middle, struggling to make a decision. And these stories really know how to get audiences to understand the appeal of both pairings.
Plus, nothing riles a fandom up like a begrudging ship war! Click through the gallery above to see the triangles that have had fans choosing sides for years.From 'Riverdale' to 'The Americans,' More of TV's Hottest Couples
Check out these dynamic duos.
On the sixth and final season of Nashville’s operatic — or would that be Opry-atic? — drama, formerly closeted gay country musician Will Lexington (Chris Carmack) nearly died of heart failure, brought on by steroid abuse, during a performance with his band.
The hunky guitarist is in the midst of a grueling recovery, but this week, things get bumpier. Carmack gives us Will’s prognosis.
How’s Will shaping up?
Chris Carmack: He’s got doctor’s orders to sit on the sidelines. He’s derailed the band’s progress and let his friends down big time. He’s physically damaged, grappling with mortality but focused on healing.Chris Carmack Teases What May Happen to Will in 'Nashville's Final Season
'I’d like to see Will get some serious success in the music world,' says the actor.
Now that Alannah (Rainee Blake) has quit the band, any chance he’ll regroup with Gunnar (Sam Palladio) and Avery (Jonathan Jackson)?
I won’t say when, but you will see us perform.
Do you think Will Lexington has left a mark on the TV landscape?
I’ve never seen a gay character portrayed the way Will was. He came in as a dude’s dude — loved fishing, rodeo, trucks, stereotypical machismo stuff — and happened to be gay. There was no tip of the hat, no wink. One half of himself feels comfortable in a society that hates the other half of himself.
What are your favorite moments from your story in Nashville?
Will and Gunnar’s friendship is the heart and soul of Will’s journey. Gunnar is a safe place. He accepts Will. He advises Will against a sham marriage and stops him from suicide.'The O.C.' Alums Rachel Bilson, Chris Carmack Reunite on the Set of 'Nashville'
The actress and the actor appeared together in two seasons of the Fox series.
Can you hint how Will’s story wraps up?
We get hope. His musical career continues. And he has the prospect of love.
Your line from the 2003–07 series The O.C., "Welcome to the O.C., bitch," put you on the map. Do fans still ask you to quote that?
All the time. They ask me to make videos. I’m in Nottingham, England, and they’re like, "Will you do a video saying, 'Welcome to Nottingham, bitch?'" I don’t mind!
Nashville, Thursdays, 9/8c, CMT
'Tom Clancy's Jack Ryan': Ed Sheeran's 'All Along the Watchtower' Sets an Eerie Tone in New Promo (VIDEO)
Amazon just released a new promo for its highly-anticipated show, Tom Clancy's Jack Ryan, and you won't want to miss this one.
Based on the popular Tom Clancy novels, the story follows CIA analyst Jack Ryan (John Krasinski) as he finds himself on a dangerous field assignment after uncovering a terrorist pattern.'Tom Clancy's Jack Ryan': First Look at the Official Trailer for the Amazon Series (VIDEO)
Plus, the official key art for the John Krasinski-starring Amazon series, premiering Labor Day weekend.
Bob Dylan's classic "All Along the Watchtower," can be heard in the trailer but with a pop twist via Devlin and Ed Sheeran. The trailer also confirms that this series is going to be action-packed and adventure-filled — sure to intrigue viewers, no doubt.
The upcoming series is from executive producer and showrunner Carlton Cuse of Lost fame, along with Mace Neufeld who produced the Jack Ryan feature films. The show also starts Wendell Pierce (The Wire) and Abbie Cornish (Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri).
Check out the full new promo below:
Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan Series Premiere, Friday, August 31, Amazon Prime Video
Some hard-working doctors don't get the Fourth of July off, as CBS' medical drama Code Black airs one of its final episodes on Wednesday night.
While the third season of the show is currently set to be its last after CBS canceled the show, ratings have been strong this summer and there's hope the show could continue. However, while we wait for news of a possible revival, this Wednesday's episode is accelerating the various storylines that will culminate in the July 19 series (season?) finale and one big moment this week could mark the end of a certain character's journey.'Code Black': Is There More Life for the Canceled CBS Drama?
Should CBS change its mind due to its strong showing this summer? (YES!)
If you're a regular Code Black viewer, you've noticed how there seems to be something romantic brewing between Dr. Ethan Willis (Rob Lowe) and paramedic Rox Valenzuela (Moon Bloodgood). However, they haven't quite taken a step towards being together... yet.
But will a sudden accident in this week's episode make Willis truly confront how he feels about Rox? Check out an exclusive sneak peek below and tune in to find out!
Code Black, Wednesdays, 10/9c, CBS
Oh, say can you see…amazing pyrotechnics from the comfort of your living room. July 4th, Macy’s lights up the sky over New York City’s East River for another spectacular fireworks display to celebrate the nation’s 242nd birthday.
Kelly Clarkson performs and American Ninja Warrior cohosts Matt Iseman and Akbar Gbajabiamila are on deck to emcee the event. To mark the occasion, we broke down some facts about the big show. No earplugs necessary here!American Authors & Brandon Victor Dixon Added to 'Macy's 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular' 2018
NBC has you covered this year with a star-studded lineup for their annual celebration.100
The minimum number of crew members needed to run the live two-hour telecast.25
How many different colors are used in the fireworks. It’s more than just red, white and blue exploding in the air!1,000
The height, in feet, that the screaming sparklers reach above the spectators’ heads.Beat the Heat! 'The Three Stooges' & More 4th of July TV Marathons
'The Three Stooges,' 'Jaws,' and more celebrate the holiday.75,000
The total number of fireworks that whiz heavenward during the show, more than at any other event in the nation. Every single roman candle or chrysanthemum or peony that bursts in the sky is launched by a computer that controls the display. After two decades of hand-lit fireworks, organizers went digital in the 1990s.365
The number of days it takes to plan the event. Between wrangling talent to perform and host, securing the fireworks and working out logistics, organizers toil all year to make sure the night goes off without a hitch.'The Voice' Season 15: Jennifer Hudson & Kelly Clarkson Return as Coaches
Along with Adam Levine and Blake Shelton.0
How many full test-runs of the show are performed before Independence Day. However, the crew will bring a few new shells out to the Mojave Desert four to five times per year to make sure they go boom and not bust.
Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular, Wednesday, July 4, 8/7c, NBC
Click through our gallery above to find out where you can stream your favorite network crimes series while they're on break. And if you're ready for a big binge, most of them are available in their entirety at the sites listed!8 Shows to Watch Now That 'Scorpion' Is Canceled
From 'Bull' to 'Lethal Weapon,' there are plenty of alternatives to check out.
Life with the Cody family is never boring on TNT's Animal Kingdom, and we found out earlier this week that the adventures of the family of criminals will continue as the drama was renewed for a fourth season!
The current Season 3 of the series, based on the 2010 Australian film of the same name, could've hit a series of potholes with the departure of original cast member Scott Speedman (his Baz character was shot and killed in the Season 2 finale) and star Ellen Barkin (who plays menacing matriarch Smurf) in prison. Then there was addition of Denis Leary (Rescue Me) as the long-absent father to Jake Weary's Deran.'Animal Kingdom' Star Jake Weary on Trouble Ahead With Manipulative Billy
The actor plays Deran on the hit TNT show.
The good news is that Animal Kingdom has taken each of those elements and made them all driving forces in all the stories we've seen play out. And still, the show is thankfully the one fans fell in love with, and TNT couldn't be happier.
In the gallery above, we offer up six reasons why the just-renewed show should be on your must-see list this summer. Check them out and tell us in the comments if you agree!
Animal Kingdom, Tuesdays, 9/8c, TNT
Already sunburned? Tired of barbecues? Whatever your reason for wanting to stay inside, we’ve got you covered. Cool off in front of the air conditioner and check out these 4th of July movie marathons.The Three Stooges
Nine solid hours of nyuck-nyucks? Count us in for this treasure trove of Larry, Curly, and Moe’s short films from the 1930s and ’40s.Spider-Man
Who’s the better wall-crawler: Tobey Maguire or Andrew Garfield? Decide by watching Maguire in 2002’s Spider-Man and Garfield in 2012’s The Amazing Spider-Man and the 2014 sequel. (It’s Maguire, though.)American Authors & Brandon Victor Dixon Added to 'Macy's 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular' 2018
NBC has you covered this year with a star-studded lineup for their annual celebration.Dirty Harry: Make My Independence Day
Feeling lucky, punk? You bet, especially with Clint Eastwood badassery all day long in Dirty Harry, Magnum Force, The Enforcer, Sudden Impact and The Dead Pool.Jaws-a-thon
The July fourth airing of Jaws and the two bloodbaths that followed is the best reason to avoid the beach entirely.National Lampoon’s Vacation
Hit the road with the wacky Griswolds in the original classic and its two follow-ups, European Vacation and Christmas Vacation.Captain America
Possibly the two best superhero movies ever, The First Avenger and The Winter Soldier embody liberty and justice for all.
What happens on the boat don't always stay on the boat — especially when you're part of Bravo's hit series, Below Deck Mediterranean.
Conrad Empson certainly knows what it's like to live in front of the cameras, as he serves as a bosun on the chartered yacht in Season 3. The star sat down with Celebrity Page and TV Insider's Jessica Napoli to discuss all of the buzz about this season — including his relationship with chief stew, Hannah Ferrier.Eric Bana Joins Connie Britton in Bravo's 'Dirty John' True Crime Series
The 'Star Trek' actor joins Connie Britton in the podcast-turned-show.
Wonder what it's like to constantly be followed by cameras, even when you're sleeping? Empson is weighing in on that, as well. Find out what he had to say about all of these topics and more in the video below.
Below Deck Mediterranean, Tuesdays, 9/8c, Bravo
The ladies of The Bold Type seem to do it all: They excel at their jobs (when they're employed — we're rooting for you, Jane!), they support each other unconditionally, they wear enviable fashion with ease... they sing. Or at least they should.
A musical episode might seem like a strange choice for a show that does realism so well, but we promise, it would be a fun one. Here's why:'The Bold Type' Women Talk Politics, Relationships & More in Season 2 (VIDEO)
Plus, find out how Kat and Adena's relationship will be tested.The Leading Ladies
Not one, not two, but all three members of the show's central trio have strong musical backgrounds that would really come in handy in a musical episode. Many a musical episode has met its downfall because of an imbalance in singing ability among the cast. This isn't a problem with the women of The Bold Type. Just look at their (abridged) resumes.
Even before she hit the small screen in MTV's Faking It, the actress behind Tiny Jane made her television debut on Season 9 of American Idol at just 16 years old. Judge Kara DioGuardi (remember her? A real 2010 TBT if we've ever heard one) sang her praises (ha! a pun!) from the very beginning, and we have to agree.
Thought Katie was the only one with pipes? Think again. In pre-Sutton Brady days, Fahy played another girl with a complicated relationship with her mother — Natalie Goodman in the Broadway musical Next to Normal. For those of you who aren't ~fans of the theater~, that's a major part in an intense, award-winning show. And she's still singing, keeping those vocal cords warm for the musical television event of our dreams!
The Saddle Club was our first introduction to Aisha the Actor, but it was also the first time we saw her carry a tune. These days, Dee has a band called Dee Dee and the Beagles, so you know she's ready to sing with a group (might we suggest... a girl group?).
Plus, fans will meet a new character in upcoming episodes.
And if that's not enough proof that the cast could totally crush a musical episode, we'd like to mention that Melora Hardin and Stephen Conrad Moore (aka our faves Jacqueline and Oliver) also have backgrounds in singing. Does no one remember Jan Levinson's (Hardin) vocal stylings on The Office?
If there's one thing The Bold Type doesn't skimp on, it's emotional moments. And what is singing if not an emotional release? When you can't speak, you sing. Just imagine Kat, Sutton, and Jane harmonizing about their problems. Jobs and relationships suddenly seem much more manageable when you can sing about them with your BFFs. And you just know Jacqueline has a show-stopping number in her.The Girl Power Songs!
The Bold Type already has a pretty killer soundtrack filled with songs by female artists, and we're sure that a musical episode would be no different. There's just something special about a bunch of strong women belting out tunes by more strong women that we can't say no to.'The Bold Type' Guys Reveal Why They're Proud of Season 2 (VIDEO)
Plus, fans will meet a new character in upcoming episodes.The Dancing
Our girls definitely have some moves, and we're here for that (of course), but that's not why dancing made this list. If you loved the impromptu Alex/Pinstripe fashion show in Season 1 as much as we did, you're probably also dying for the guys of The Bold Type to let loose and be silly again. Or, with the way Jane's love triangle with Pinstripe and Dr. Ben is shaping up, their dancing could get a little high-stakes. A dance battle for Jane's heart? We're into it.Two words: Karaoke bar
OK, so maybe we haven't sold you on an all-out Grey's Anatomy-style musical episode where characters just break into song willy-nilly. We think it would be great, but we hear you. And we'd be just as happy with an episode where the cast goes to a karaoke bar and lets out all of the emotions of the episode. It seems like a legitimate possibility with the number of times the girls go out for a drink per episode (high), and a loud, overly dramatic rendition of some classic girl group song ("Wannabe," anyone?) feels very on-brand for the women of The Bold Type.6 Best 'The Bold Type' Female Friendship Moments (PHOTOS)
Jane, Kat, and Sutton return to TV on June 12.
In case you're still not convinced, we'll leave you with the cast singing karaoke IRL as a little taste of what could be. ENJOY.
The Bold Type, Tuesdays, 8/7c, Freeform
SYFY's supernatural Western series Wynonna Earp's third season is swiftly approaching on July 20, and fans are anxiously awaiting what the new episodes will bring.
Hopefully, one thing we'll get more of is #WayHaught, AKA one of TV's favorite couples, Waverly Earp (Dominique Provost-Chalkley) and Nicole Haught (Katherine Barrell).'Wynonna Earp' Season 3: Melanie Scrofano on What's Next for Wynonna & Her Baby
'The stakes are higher,' added showrunner Emily Andras.
Barrell chatted with TV Insider at 2018 ATX Television Festival in Austin, Texas about what's in store for them in the near future.
"We see a more domestic WayHaught relationship," she said. "So we see them get a lot closer and reach another level with being so much more comfortable with where they stand with each other."
But just because they're comfortable, doesn't mean everything is copacetic. "You let a bit more of your ugly out with your partner when you're comfortable, your vulnerability, your weaknesses. We see this shift from newly dating to being in a more long term relationship," Barrell added.'Wynonna Earp': Dominique Provost-Chalkley on That Mother of a Season 2 Finale
Plus, creator Emily Andras share secrets of the sci-fi Western's second season finale and offers scoop about season 3!
Something else that will be explored in Season 3 is Nicole's past — "We where she's come from, her relationship with her family. We just get some answers to so many open questions from previous seasons," she teased.
Another character fans can expect in turmoil is Doc Holliday, played by a mustachioed Tim Rozon (more on that later).
"In Season 3, Doc lives in this grayish area between good and evil," Rozon explains. "His intentions aren't as clear. Season 2 ended with my character physically going to Hell and I don't think that's great spot, so I think he has some fear there."
Plus, Doc just gave up the newborn daughter he had with Wynonna and "it's affected him in more ways than one." So make sure to look out for a strained relationship Wynonna because "Doc doesn't deal with his feelings in the best way."'Wynonna Earp': Dominique Provost-Chalkley and Katherine Barrell Talk 'WayHaught,' Their Shippers and More (VIDEO)
Plus, check out an exclusive #WayHaught preview clip!
Now on to one of the most epic mustaches in the history of TV — it's actually real. Rozon's says it takes him "about four months" to grow and then he keeps the facial hair for around five months of filming.
"I love it when we're on set but literally, after the last scene I'm like, "It's gotta go!" he joked.
Wynonna Earp, Season 3 Premiere, Friday, July 20, 9/8c, SYFY
The series returns for more shenanigans on the network beginning Sunday, August 12, and we have your first look at the Season 2 key art.First Look: 'Get Shorty' Raises the Stakes in Season 2
Rick is in 'a perpetual state of high anxiety' says showrunner Davey Holmes.
Below, check out Miles and Rick as they stand in a prison lineup:
Could they be in some serious trouble? Fans will just have to wait and find out!
Get Shorty, inspired by the Elmore Leonard book of the same title, follows mobster Miles (O'Dowd) who turns to a has-been filmmaker, Rick (Romano), looking for a career change as a Hollywood producer.
This season is sure to make a splash when it returns for Season 2, so for those not caught up, you can check out Season 1 here.
Get Shorty, Season 2, Sunday, Aug. 12, EPIX
Tom Ellis, David Mazouz, Eliza Taylor & More Join TV Guide Magazine's Fan Favorites Panel at Comic-Con 2018
Mark your calendars, fandoms! TV Guide Magazine will be hosting its ninth annual Fan Favorites panel at this month's 2018 Comic-Con International in San Diego, and the lineup is bigger than ever.
Going down in the Indigo Ballroom of the Hilton Bayfront Hotel on Saturday, July 21 at 5 p.m. PT, the SDCC staple will bring together cast members from a crazy array of television shows to discuss their most memorable fan experiences, share behind-the-scenes tales and (hopefully) tell the crowd who they are fans of themselves.A 'Buffy' Scavenger Hunt & More Interactive Experiences at Comic-Con 2018
'Cloak & Dagger,' 'Star Trek: Discovery' and more are also getting in on the fun.
For the first time in the panel's history, there will also be two returning Favorites: Tom Ellis of Lucifer; and Eliza Taylor of The 100, who is joined by her costar Bob Morley for their only convention panel. Likewise, Fan Favorites will feature the event's exclusive appearance by Gotham's David Mazouz. So get there early and get ready for a ton of fun.San Diego Comic-Con 2018 Schedule: Full List of Television Panels
Your up-to-date SDCC lineup, with shows like 'Star Trek: Discovery,' 'Charmed,' 'Magnum P.I.' and more.
And if you have any questions for your favorites from the panel, leave them in the comments section and who knows, maybe I'll get to ask them on stage!
TV Guide Magazine's Fan Favorites 2018, Saturday, July 21, 5 p.m. PT, Indigo Ballroom
On Monday night's The Proposal, it was three for three as yet another couple emerged by the episode's end.
Stephen and Sophia seemed to be a match from the beginning, as she caught his attention in the first round — revealing that she was from New Orleans certainly appealed to the 27-year-old bachelor. As a New Orleans native himself, he quickly chose Sophia as one of the women he wanted to learn more about.ABC's 'The Proposal': Catch Up With the Couples of Season 1 (PHOTOS)
Find out how these quick matches are doing now.
When it came time for the swimsuit portion of the competition, Sophia set herself apart with a guitar and song — she's a musician, after all — and continued to keep Stephen's attention moving into the next round. Later during the question round, they bonded over their home city, but then Sophia came clean that she's not from Louisiana but rather a student attending school there.
— The Proposal (@TheProposalTV) July 3, 2018
By the end of the night, the competition was between Sophia and Christen Whitney (The Bachelor, The Bachelor in Paradise), but ultimately, Sophia won the night with a proposal from Stephen. So are they still happily together now?
Unfortunately, not every story has a happy ending... The couple didn't last after the evening's merriment, chalking up the broken engagement to timing as Sophia prepared to move back to New York post-graduation.
In videos posted by the contestants on The Proposal's Twitter page, they sing on another's praises and reveal that they're still great friends who talk almost daily.
— The Proposal (@TheProposalTV) July 3, 2018
— The Proposal (@TheProposalTV) July 3, 2018
After last week's success with couple Ashlee and Jordan, it's sad we won't have another happy couple in the books. Hey, maybe their friendship will grow back into a romance in the future!
The Proposal, Mondays, 10/9c, ABC
'Little Big Shots': Griffin's Support of Brother Turner With Down Syndrome Will Warm Your Heart (VIDEO)
We're not crying, you're crying!
Thursday's episode of Little Big Shots is sure to warm your heart this holiday week (not like the NBC show about precocious kids doesn't do that every week). On July 5, brothers Griffin and Turner Scott from Nova Scotia stop by to chat with host Steve Harvey, sharing their brotherly bond — one that goes beyond the typical sibling friendship.'Little Big Shots': Executive Producer Teases 'Phenomenal' Performances on Season 3
Prepare to be blown away by the talent.
You may remember last summer when Griffin's video explaining why he loves his brother Turner — who has Down syndrome — went viral. Since then, the clip has gained nationwide attention with Griffin as a fierce advocate for his little brother.
A year later, we're checking in with the boys on Little Big Shots, and TV Insider has an exclusive sneak peek!
Watch below as Harvey presents both Griffin and Turner with awards, and the boys share their special bond with the audience. And if your eyes start getting all watery don't say we didn't warn you!Little Big Shots, Thursdays, 8/7c, NBC
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 email@example.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—but because of the July 4th holiday, there will be no Friday column this week.
Is Hair Too Untamed for TV?
Question: You've probably seen the news that NBC will be airing Hair as the network’s next live musical. Do you have any idea how that show was selected or how it will work? It seems to me that between the nudity, language and themes, it will need to be heavily edited to fit a network broadcast prime-time slot. At what point does it still remain worth doing if cuts and alterations will need to be substantial? It seems like a weird choice, and it's definitely not family-friendly like the other ones they've done. What do you think of this? — Jake
Matt Roush: I would think the success of the Easter broadcast of Jesus Christ Superstar, both critically and in the ratings, spurred NBC and power producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron to seek another classic with a pop-rock feel that could be presented in a similar rock concert-style setting. Works for me. Hair is a longtime favorite. I still remember the shock waves when my older sister brought the original-cast LP home from college in the late ’60s—yes, I had a Wonder Years upbringing—and I was instantly obsessed, even before I knew what the words in the song “Sodomy” meant. (“Father, why do these words sound so nasty?”)13 Musical Episodes From TV Shows That Totally Rock (PHOTOS)
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This is a far cry from The Sound of Music, obviously, but also a much-loved cultural artifact from the Broadway canon. And even broadcast TV has grown up enough that it can handle most of the content in this show. Some lyrics may need to be adapted (or possibly bleeped), but not enough to really matter. And I’ve seen productions where the fleeting nudity in the Act 1 finale is more suggested than flaunted, with lighting keeping it from being overly graphic. That always seemed an overblown controversy to me—but I’m sure the issue will come up again. For me, the relevance of Hair, depicting an earlier flashpoint of a polarized society that gives voice to a revolutionary youth culture, makes it a perfect choice for a live—and more important, alive—TV musical.Any Heroes in Yellowstone?
Question: We are trying really hard to like anything about Yellowstone. So far it's only the scenery. The only likable character seems to be Monica (Kelsey Asbille) and her son. I know critics love a character like Beth, but she has to be the most miserable woman I have seen in a long time. I'm really hoping things pick up soon. Just wanted to thank you for your review. I went back to reread it so I could know more of what is going on and will be coming. — Teresa
Matt Roush: I’ve only seen up through next week’s episode—the show is taking July 4th off—so I can’t say whether the show and its characters will ever lighten up. But you will get more insight into why Beth (Kelly Reilly) is the way she is, in flashbacks to her unhappy history with her late mother (Gretchen Mol). And you’re right that critics tend to champion edgy characters like hers, but usually only when the performance is as strong as Reilly’s. I agree in principal that a drunken, profane irritant like Beth can easily turn out merely to be irritating over time.Kevin Costner and the 'Yellowstone' Cast Preview the 'R-Rated Bonanza'
The Paramount Network series debuts Wednesday, June 20.A Fan’s Point of View
Question: I just read your column in which someone mentioned ABC replacing The View instead of The Chew. NEVER! I love The View and watch it every day. I'm still ticked that ABC canceled All My Children after 43 years, and they replaced it with The Chew. So I've never watched The Chew for this reason. 1 pm/ET was a sacred time for the AMC watchers!! I even followed it online for the last-gasping year. I prefer CBS This Morning to all that cheerful hooey on Good Morning America, just too many perky faces that early in the morning! To continue it at 1 pm/ET is just nonsense. Is there a real possibility The View could be replaced? I figure not if Barbara Walters has anything to say about it. I do love Meghan McCain's addition to the commentary! And all the other intelligent women who agree to disagree at times. — Brenda
Matt Roush: Not to worry. That was just one reader’s suggestion—though it has been echoed in my mailbag by many Chew fans. The View is a purposefully provocative talk show that elicits strong reactions, pro and con, which is probably why ABC chooses to keep it, and I don’t see that changing. This decision was all about extending the successful GMA franchise, and the bigger surprise was why ABC didn’t just move The View into the afternoon and air the third hour of GMA in the later morning hour—interrupted by the lucrative Live With Kelly and Ryan, and ABC obviously isn’t going to mess around with its time period.Canceled TV Shows 2018: Which of Your Favorite Series Are Coming to an End?
Plus, History Channel axes 'Six,' 'Code Black' is coming to an end on CBS, and more.An Incredible Coincidence?
Question: PLEASE tell me I am not going crazy. There is a character in the new Incredibles movie that looks exactly like Linda Hunt's character Hetty Lange from NCIS: Los Angeles. What's up? Or have I totally lost it? — Dee
Matt Roush: You must be referring to the character of Edna Marie “E” Mode, the superhero costume designer and confidante. She was also in the first movie, which premiered in 2004, years before NCIS: LA came along—and while many do see in Edna a marked resemblance to Linda Hunt, the reported inspiration was famed Hollywood costumer Edith Head (look her up, you’ll see the likeness). Edna’s voice, by the way, is provided by Incredibles writer/director Brad Bird.Why We Need More Hetty in 'NCIS: Los Angeles' Season 10
The fan favorite was notably absent for some time during Season 9.Supergirl’s Part-time Pal
Question: As a fan of Jeremy Jordan, it was great to see him on my TV regularly in Supergirl. I'm a little sad he won't be on the show as a series regular next season. I know he is now recurring, but I was curious as to what that means in terms of his episode count. Is there an actual definition of recurring in this context? While I am hoping he will return to Broadway or put out an album in his extra time off from Supergirl, I'm also hoping he'll be in more than jus an episode or two. — Beth
Matt Roush: When these situations occur, there’s rarely an exact episode count given, and I’m not privy to actor’s contracts, so can only surmise you’ll see Jeremy Jordan whenever the writers break a story that makes sense to include Winn. In the reports I’ve seen about this, the producers insist he’ll still be a part of the Supergirl world, just less so. More like a “special guest star” status when he recurs. (And if they are planning an actual permanent exit for the character, they’re not saying and I’d never spoil.) Like you, I hope this means we’ll get him back on the Broadway and musical-theater circuit where he belongs—although having a lucrative TV sideline is also important for these young performers.Comic-Con 2018: 'Big Bang Theory,' 'Riverdale,' 'The Flash' & More on WBTV's Lineup
Plus, special premieres of new shows 'Manifest,' 'Castle Rock' and others.A Fond Farewell to Pawn Stars’ “Old Man”
Question: That was a wonderful tribute to Richard Benjamin Harrison (aka “the Old Man”) on Pawn Stars. It was so well-produced, I am wondering if they prepared it ahead of time while he was ill, as newspaper celebrity obits are done ahead of time. — David B
Matt Roush: I’m sure that must be the case. I read that Pawn Stars was not currently in production when “the Old Man” passed last week, and he had been ill for some time, so it would surprise me if the producers hadn’t compiled that tribute well in advance. For fans who missed it, the complete episode can be screened on the history.com website.In Memoriam: TV Stars Who Died in 2018
And more small-screen stars we lost in 2018.And Finally …
Question: Do you think we will see The Guest Book and/or Search Party back on TBS? I loved both of those shows and would like to see them continue. — Elaine
Matt Roush: Both shows were renewed for a second and third season, respectively. No air dates yet, and as of now, TBS appears to be going forward with both—not to be confused with People of Earth, which TBS canceled after renewing it.'Search Party' Cast on What's Next in Season 3 & How They Keep It Light on Set
Plus, which show they'd love to do a crossover with.
That’s all for now—and until next week, because of the July 4th holiday. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or shoot me a line on Twitter (@TVGMMattRoush), and you can also submit questions via the handy form below. Happy 4th, everyone!
[SPOILER ALERT: This recap features spoilers from the Season 14, Episode 6 of The Bachelorette.]
Now that it's week six of The Bachelorette, things are starting to get real — and for some of the men, maybe a little too real. Now that Becca Kufrin and her men are in Richmond, Virginia, things are getting serious, and it's creating even more friction between her contestants.
Jordan and David are both gone, so you'd think that the major drama this season would be over, right? Not quite. Chris isn't letting anyone get in his way, but will it ultimately ruin things for him and Becca or secure him a rose for yet another week?
Below, a roundup of the must-see moments from this week's Bachelorette:Becca & Jason's First One-On-One
In true Bachelorette tradition, these two set off for a truly strange date, including an Unhappy Hour — AKA happy hour, but for people who live the Goth lifestyle. And after a trolley ride through the city, she surprised him with his friends at a restaurant, which was actually really sweet... and a good way for Becca to get to know Jason better.
— The Bachelorette (@BacheloretteABC) July 3, 2018
Then over dinner, things got personal. Jason detailed watching his grandmother suffering with dementia fail to recognize his dad, while Becca opened up about losing her dad. Serious tears here, people.
But things quickly cheered up and TBH, any date that ends with kissing on a rooftop is a total success.The Beccalection
— The Bachelorette (@BacheloretteABC) July 3, 2018
Since they were in Richmond, The Bachelorette would have been remiss if they didn't bring in actors dressed as the founding fathers to set up a debate for her contestants, right? On the first group date of the ep, that's exactly what happened, putting the guys in the spotlight to answer questions about themselves and Becca.
It was a cute premise, but things quickly went downhill when Lincoln and Chris were both given microphones and the opportunity to duke it out in front of a crowd... and if you had a hunch that this was only the beginning, you were right.
By the time the cocktail party portion of the evening rolled around, Becca was caught in the middle of the most immature fight we've seen this season (yes, worse than Jordan and David). All of the guys were jumping in, tired of Chris and Lincoln taking up Becca's time with their BS. Honestly, can you blame them?The One-On-One Date With Leo
Leo, so far, has been kind of a wild card. With his hair and his attitude — which is far less dramatic than the other guys' — was he exactly what Becca needed after that stressful group date? Probably not, as not even a sightseeing plane ride over Virginia could distract her from everything going on.
— The Bachelorette (@BacheloretteABC) July 3, 2018
She did get the chance to vent to Leo, who surprisingly seemed to be exactly who she needed at the time — he's a pretty good listener! He even promised Becca he'd be "yours in the real world," which is a lot sweeter than what some of these other dudes have been saying to her.
Things got so real when they sat down to talk at the end of the night, talking about fathers and failure. Becca admitted that she was totally into the guy beyond the hair, which she totally should be, because so far, Leo seems as genuine as it gets.Chris Confronts Becca in Her Hotel Room
His game plan was to tell her how serious he is about her, and he definitely tried — but it backfired completely. At that point, it was too little too late, and she was pretty much done with the relationship, based on the things she'd heard about him from the other guys.
Chris tried to change her mind, but it was too late; Becca sent him packing and didn't even wait for a rose ceremony. She gets major kudos for this one. Way to spot those red flags, girl!
“He’s not the guy I want in my life ever.” #TheBachelorette
— The Bachelorette (@BacheloretteABC) July 3, 2018The Rose Ceremony
Another week, another rose ceremony — and yet again, Becca decided to skip the cocktail party. This time, Lincoln and Connor were sent home, which makes sense since Lincoln was a huge part of the drama this week and Conner has failed to make a mark on this season.
And now, Becca and her remaining men say goodbye to Richmond. Where to next week? The Bahamas!
The Bachelorette, Mondays, 8/7c, ABC
There's been a lot of exciting casting news lately around Netflix's family comedy, One Day at a Time. In addition to the recent announcement that music legend Gloria Estefan is on board for Season 3, we now have a Law & Order: SVU fan favorite in the mix!
Danny Pino, best known to TV fans for playing Detective Nick Amaro on SVU from 2011 to 2015, has been added to the third season. The exciting news was revealed via show creator Gloria Calderón Kellett on her Twitter and Instagram pages.'One Day At a Time' Season 3: Gloria Estefan to Guest Star
She's slated to play a character related to Rita Moreno's Lydia.
"Exciting casting news!!! The magnificent @eldannypino will be playing Penelope’s brother, Tito (Alberto Jr)!! Coming to @netflix 2019!" she captioned a photo of the actor with the other cast members.
A post shared by gloria calderon kellett (@gloriakellett) on Jun 29, 2018 at 3:27pm PDT
This is exciting news for fans of the actor, though it's also a likely sign that he won't be returning to SVU any time soon — even just to celebrate the milestone 20th season.
Pierce will reprise her role as Elena's non-binary girlfriend, Syd, and Castillo will play Mateo, a fellow parent friend of Penelope's who may turn into something more.
Since creator Kellett let it be known that the show won't return before 2019, there's plenty of time for more exciting casting news, but until then, these announcements seem plenty enough to keep fans more than satisfied with the modern day reboot of this classic sitcom.
One Day at a Time, Streaming now, Netflix
The family that defends its turf together stays together in TNT's Animal Kingdom. With matriarch Smurf (Ellen Barkin) still behind bars for a murder she didn’t commit, the Cody crime clan has been without their fearless leader, leaving their Southern California territory vulnerable to other nefarious groups.
That ends July 3 as the Cody boys — unstable Pope (Shawn Hatosy), duplicitous J (Finn Cole), druggie Craig (Ben Robson) and earnest Deran (Jake Weary) — reunite to fend off a Brazilian gang that wants to snatch away the Codys’ stronghold on the neighborhood.'Animal Kingdom' Star Denis Leary Takes a Look Back at 5 TV Roles (PHOTOS)
The actor joins TNT's 'Animal Kingdom' on June 19.
"This is the chance for them to be like, 'Someone’s coming into our territory and thinking they can call the shots? No, no, no, that’s not how this works,'" says Weary.
"This is Cody-land. You come here and disrespect people, you’re gonna get your ass kicked." The bad boys relish going toe-to-toe too. "When an opportunity like that presents itself," continues Weary, "they’re gonna take it."
Throwing a wrench into the family fun: Deran’s long-absent father, Billy (Denis Leary), who recently returned and now has a lucrative — but risky — business proposition for the Codys. That brings up mixed feelings for Deran, who is unsure how he feels about the manipulative Billy.
"Deran is an emotional guy," says Weary, "so with his father back in the picture, there’s this internal battle, like, 'Do I shut him out of my life? Or do I try to make a bit of an effort?' And in this case, 'Do I pull a job with him?'"
That latter option could win out. Weary calls the Codys "basically like a house of wayward children" who are craving authority figures. "When someone comes in, they want to feel like they can have someone to talk to," explains Weary.
"And Billy is that guy because of his endearing nature. He’s a smooth-talker and funny and charismatic." And he just might get the Codys in a whole new heap of trouble.
Animal Kingdom, 9/8c, TNT