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'The Alec Baldwin Show' EP Jason Schrift Reveals His Dream Guest

Mon, 09/10/2018 - 11:00am

While the Emmy — and Golden Globe – winning actor’s weekly interview series has a new name (it previewed in March as Sundays With Alec Baldwin), it certainly hasn’t lost any of its cheeky charm. Just check out The Alec Baldwin Show executive producer Jason Schrift’s reasons for tuning in.

I have time to watch one more show. Why should it be yours?

Jason Schrift: Because you won’t want to feel left out when all your friends are discussing it the next day.

 'Grey's Anatomy,' 'The Conners,' & More Shows ABC Fall 2018 Premiere Dates: 'Grey's Anatomy,' 'The Conners,' & More Shows

Plus, find out when 'The Good Doctor' comes back.

Fill in the blank: If you like _____, you’ll like my show.

How about: Even if you don’t like Alec Baldwin, you’ll still like my show.

What’s a good alternate title for this series?

The Alec Baldwin Talks to Interesting People (and People You Didn’t Know Were Interesting) and We Get to Spy on Them and Hear What They Are Saying Show.

THE ALEC BALDWIN SHOW - "The Alec Baldwin Show" (new title), which first debuted as a sneak preview in March, will also air this fall. Starring the three-time Emmy(r) winner, the one-hour show will showcase Baldwin's in-depth conversations with compelling personalities. The show is executive produced by Jason Schrift, along with Baldwin and Mallory Schwartz via his El Dorado Pictures. (ABC/Heidi Gutman) JERRY SEINFELD, ALEC BALDWIN

Baldwin with guest Jerry Seinfeld.

How will this change the face of television?

It will more likely bring back an original [facet] of broadcast television — one in which pure entertainment can be derived from the simplicity of watching two people talk to each other without any bells or whistles. Unless Alec or the guest happens to have a bell or a whistle; then we will absolutely use them.

Who is your dream guest?

The president of the United States.

The Alec Baldwin Show, Series Premiere, Sunday, October 14, 10/9c, ABC

Creative Arts Emmy 2018 Winners: EGOT for John Legend, 'Queer Eye' & Anthony Bourdain Win Early Awards

Mon, 09/10/2018 - 10:45am

The 2018 Primetime Emmys are swiftly approaching and some of TV's best are already celebrating their early wins.

Creative Arts Emmy Awards took place over the weekend at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles and awards given out on Night 1 included Outstanding Guest Actor and Actress (in comedy and drama), Outstanding Television Animated Program, and Outstanding Makeup/Hair styling, and Outstanding Stunt Coordination.

First Round of Emmy Presenters Announced First Round of Emmy Presenters Announced

TV's biggest stars will be taking the stage on September 17.

Meanwhile history was made on Night 2 — John Legend became the first black man to become an EGOT winner (Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, Tony), along with Sirs Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice for Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert.

Anthony Bourdain won six posthumous Emmy Awards for his hit CNN travel show Parts Unknown and the Queer Eye reboot took home the golden statue for Outstanding Structured Reality Program.

Make sure to watch the Primetime Emmy Awards on Monday, September 17, on NBC at 8/7c.

Check out the complete list of winner for both nights below:

Night 1

OUTSTANDING GUEST ACTRESS IN A COMEDY SERIES
Tiffany Haddish, Saturday Night Live (NBC)

OUTSTANDING GUEST ACTOR IN A COMEDY SERIES
Katt Williams, Atlanta (FX)

OUTSTANDING GUEST ACTRESS IN A DRAMA SERIES
Samira Wiley, The Handmaid’s Tale (Hulu)

OUTSTANDING GUEST ACTOR IN A DRAMA SERIES
Ron Cephas Jones, This Is Us (NBC)

OUTSTANDING TELEVISION MOVIE
USS Callister: Black Mirror (Netflix)

OUTSTANDING CHILDREN’S PROGRAM
The Magical Wand Chase: A Sesame Street Special (HBO)

OUTSTANDING ANIMATED PROGRAM
Rick and Morty (Adult Swim)

OUTSTANDING CHARACTER VOICE-OVER PERFORMANCE
Alex Borstein, Family Guy (Fox)

OUTSTANDING SHORT FORM ANIMATED PROGRAM
Robot Chicken (Adult Swim)

 Versace' Star Finn Wittrock on His Emmy Nom, Playing Jeff Trail & Future Ryan Murphy Plans 'ACS: Versace' Star Finn Wittrock on His Emmy Nom, Playing Jeff Trail & Future Ryan Murphy Plans

Plus, the actor opens up about the challenges of playing Jeff Trail, a real-life crime victim and member of the LGBT community.

OUTSTANDING INDIVIDUAL ACHIEVEMENT IN ANIMATION (JURIED)
Adventure Time (Cartoon Network)
Hey Arnold! The Jungle Movie (Nickelodeon)
The Number On Great-Grandpa’s Arm (HBO)
The Scariest Story Ever: A Mickey Mouse Halloween Spooktacular (Disney Channel)
The Simpsons (Fox)
Steven Universe (Cartoon Network)

OUTSTANDING CASTING FOR A COMEDY SERIES
The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel (Amazon)

OUTSTANDING CASTING FOR A DRAMA SERIES
The Crown (Netflix)

OUTSTANDING CASTING FOR A LIMITED SERIES, MOVIE OR SPECIAL
The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story (FX)

OUTSTANDING CINEMATOGRAPHY FOR A MULTI-CAMERA SERIES
Will & Grace (NBC)

OUTSTANDING CINEMATOGRAPHY FOR A SINGLE-CAMERA SERIES (HALF-HOUR)
Atlanta (FX)

OUTSTANDING CINEMATOGRAPHY FOR A SINGLE-CAMERA SERIES (ONE HOUR)
The Crown (Netflix)

OUTSTANDING CINEMATOGRAPHY FOR A LIMITED SERIES OR MOVIE
Genius: Picasso (NatGeo)

OUTSTANDING SINGLE-CAMERA PICTURE EDITING FOR A COMEDY SERIES
The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel (Amazon)

OUTSTANDING MULTI-CAMERA PICTURE EDITING FOR A COMEDY SERIES
Will & Grace (NBC)

OUTSTANDING SINGLE-CAMERA PICTURE EDITING FOR A DRAMA SERIES
The Handmaid’s Tale (Hulu)

OUTSTANDING SINGLE-CAMERA PICTURE EDITING FOR A LIMITED SERIES OR MOVIE
USS Callister: Black Mirror (Netflix)

'Lip Sync Battle' Renewed for Season 5! EP Casey Patterson Talks Big News & Emmy Nomination 'Lip Sync Battle' Renewed for Season 5! EP Casey Patterson Talks Big News & Emmy Nomination

Plus, five reasons you need to be watching this variety series.

OUTSTANDING MAIN TITLE DESIGN
Counterpart (Starz)

OUTSTANDING ORIGINAL MAIN TITLE THEME MUSIC
Godless (Netflix)

OUTSTANDING MUSIC COMPOSITION FOR A SERIES (ORIGINAL DRAMATIC SCORE)
Game of Thrones (HBO)

OUTSTANDING MUSIC COMPOSITION FOR A LIMITED SERIES, MOVIE OR SPECIAL (ORIGINAL DRAMATIC SCORE)
March of the Penguins 2: The Next Step (Hulu)

OUTSTANDING MUSIC SUPERVISION
The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel (Amazon)

OUTSTANDING SOUND EDITING FOR A COMEDY OR DRAMA SERIES (ONE HOUR)
Stranger Things (Netflix)

OUTSTANDING SOUND EDITING FOR A COMEDY OR DRAMA SERIES (HALF-HOUR) AND ANIMATION
Atlanta (FX)

OUTSTANDING SOUND EDITING FOR A LIMITED SERIES, MOVIE OR SPECIAL
USS Callister: Black Mirror (Netflix)

Matt Roush on the 2018 Emmy Nominations — What Did & Didn't Surprise? Matt Roush on the 2018 Emmy Nominations — What Did & Didn't Surprise?

What did and didn't surprise this year?

OUTSTANDING SOUND MIXING FOR A COMEDY OR DRAMA SERIES (ONE HOUR)
Game of Thrones (HBO)

OUTSTANDING SOUND MIXING FOR A COMEDY OR DRAMA SERIES (HALF-HOUR) AND ANIMATION
Barry (HBO)

OUTSTANDING SOUND MIXING FOR A LIMITED SERIES OR MOVIE
Genius: Picasso (NatGeo)

OUTSTANDING SPECIAL VISUAL EFFECTS
Game of Thrones (HBO)

OUTSTANDING SPECIAL VISUAL EFFECTS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE
The Alienist (TNT)

OUTSTANDING STUNT COORDINATION FOR A DRAMA SERIES, LIMITED SERIES OR MOVIE
Game of Thrones (HBO)

OUTSTANDING STUNT COORDINATION FOR A COMEDY SERIES OR VARIETY PROGRAM
GLOW (Netflix)

OUTSTANDING PERIOD COSTUMES
The Crown (Netflix)

OUTSTANDING FANTASY/SCI-FI COSTUMES
Game of Thrones (HBO)

OUTSTANDING CONTEMPORARY COSTUMES
The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story (FX)

 'Game of Thrones,' 'Westworld' & 'SNL' Top the List of Nominees Emmys 2018 Nominations: 'Game of Thrones,' 'Westworld' & 'SNL' Top the List of Nominees

'Game of Thrones,' 'Westworld,' and 'SNL' headed up the pack. Were your favorites nominated?

OUTSTANDING MAKEUP FOR A SINGLE-CAMERA SERIES (NON-PROSTHETIC)
Westworld (HBO)

OUTSTANDING PROSTHETIC MAKEUP FOR A SERIES, LIMITED SERIES, MOVIE OR SPECIAL
Game of Thrones (HBO)

OUTSTANDING MAKEUP FOR A LIMITED SERIES OR MOVIE (NON-PROSTHETIC)
The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story (FX)

OUTSTANDING HAIRSTYLING FOR A SINGLE-CAMERA SERIES
Westworld (HBO)

OUTSTANDING HAIRSTYLING FOR A LIMITED SERIES OR MOVIE
The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story (FX)

OUTSTANDING PRODUCTION DESIGN FOR A NARRATIVE PERIOD OR FANTASY PROGRAM (ONE HOUR OR MORE)
Game of Thrones (HBO)

OUTSTANDING PRODUCTION DESIGN FOR A NARRATIVE CONTEMPORARY PROGRAM (ONE HOUR OR MORE)
The Handmaid’s Tale (Hulu)

OUTSTANDING PRODUCTION DESIGN FOR A NARRATIVE PROGRAM (HALF-HOUR OR LESS)
GLOW (Netflix)

OUTSTANDING SHORT FORM COMEDY OR DRAMA SERIES
James Corden’s Next James Corden (CBS on Snapchat)

 Stars and Creators React to Their Nominations Emmys 2018: Stars and Creators React to Their Nominations

Tituss Burgess, Claire Foy, and more are speaking out about their nods.

OUTSTANDING ACTOR IN A SHORT FORM COMEDY OR DRAMA SERIES
James Corden, James Corden’s Next James Corden (CBS on Snapchat)

OUTSTANDING ACTRESS IN A SHORT FORM COMEDY OR DRAMA SERIES
Christina Pickles, Break a Hip (Vimeo)

OUTSTANDING CREATIVE ACHIEVEMENT IN INTERACTIVE MEDIA WITHIN A SCRIPTED PROGRAM
Westworld (HBO)

OUTSTANDING ORIGINAL INTERACTIVE PROGRAM
NASA JPL: Cassini’s Grand Finale (YouTube)

OUTSTANDING COMMERCIAL
The Talk: P&G – My Black Is Beautiful (CBS)

NIGHT 2

OUTSTANDING STRUCTURED REALITY PROGRAM
Queer Eye (Netflix)

OUTSTANDING UNSTRUCTURED REALITY PROGRAM
United Shades Of America With W. Kamau Bell (CNN)

OUTSTANDING HOST FOR A REALITY OR REALITY-COMPETITION PROGRAM
RuPaul, RuPaul’s Drag Race (VH1)

OUTSTANDING DOCUMENTARY OR NONFICTION SERIES
Wild Wild Country (Netflix)

OUTSTANDING DOCUMENTARY OR NONFICTION SPECIAL
The Zen Diaries Of Garry Shandling (HBO)

OUTSTANDING VARIETY SPECIAL (LIVE)
Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert (NBC)

OUTSTANDING VARIETY SPECIAL (PRE-RECORDED)
Dave Chappelle: Equanimity (Netflix)

OUTSTANDING INFORMATIONAL SERIES OR SPECIAL
Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown (CNN)

'Handmaid's Tale' Star Kelly Jenrette on Her Historic Emmy Nom & Why Annie's Story Resonated 'Handmaid's Tale' Star Kelly Jenrette on Her Historic Emmy Nom & Why Annie's Story Resonated

Plus, the actress talks about why her role as Luke's ex-wife Annie resonated on the Hulu series.

OUTSTANDING INTERACTIVE PROGRAM
Last Week Tonight With John Oliver (HBO)

OUTSTANDING CREATIVE ACHIEVEMENT IN INTERACTIVE MEDIA WITHIN AN UNSCRIPTED PROGRAM
Conan Without Borders (TBS)

OUTSTANDING SHORT FORM NONFICTION OR REALITY SERIES
Anthony Bourdain: Explore Parts Unknown (CNN.com)

OUTSTANDING SHORT FORM VARIETY SERIES
Carpool Karaoke: The Series (Apple Music)

OUTSTANDING DIRECTING FOR A DOCUMENTARY/NONFICTION PROGRAM
Jane (NatGeo)

OUTSTANDING DIRECTING FOR A REALITY PROGRAM
RuPaul’s Drag Race (VH1)

OUTSTANDING DIRECTING FOR A VARIETY SERIES
Saturday Night Live (NBC)

OUTSTANDING WRITING FOR A NONFICTION PROGRAM
Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown (CNN)

OUTSTANDING WRITING FOR A VARIETY SERIES
Last Week Tonight With John Oliver (HBO)

OUTSTANDING CASTING FOR A REALITY PROGRAM
Queer Eye (Netflix)

21 Actors to Keep in Mind for Next Year's Daytime Emmys (PHOTOS) 21 Actors to Keep in Mind for Next Year's Daytime Emmys (PHOTOS)

The focus might be on the 2018 primetime awards right now, but we already have our picks for 2019's soap set.

OUTSTANDING CHOREOGRAPHY
Mandy Moore, So You Think You Can Dance (Fox)

OUTSTANDING CINEMATOGRAPHY FOR A NONFICTION PROGRAM
Jane (NatGeo)

OUTSTANDING CINEMATOGRAPHY FOR A REALITY PROGRAM
Life Below Zero (NatGeo)

OUTSTANDING COSTUMES FOR VARIETY, NONFICTION OR REALITY PROGRAMMING
RuPaul’s Drag Race (VH1)

OUTSTANDING EXCEPTIONAL MERIT IN DOCUMENTARY FILMMAKING
Strong Island (Netflix)

OUTSTANDING HAIRSTYLING FOR A MULTI-CAMERA SERIES OR SPECIAL
RuPaul’s Drag Race (VH1)

OUTSTANDING LIGHTING DESIGN/LIGHTING DIRECTION FOR A VARIETY SERIES
Saturday Night Live (NBC)

OUTSTANDING LIGHTING DESIGN/LIGHTING DIRECTION FOR A VARIETY SPECIAL
Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert (NBC)

OUTSTANDING MAKEUP FOR A MULTI-CAMERA SERIES OR SPECIAL (NON-PROSTHETIC)
Saturday Night Live (NBC)

OUTSTANDING MUSIC DIRECTION
Tony Bennett: The Library Of Congress Gershwin Prize For Popular Song (PBS)

OUTSTANDING ORIGINAL MUSIC AND LYRICS
“Come Back Barack,” Saturday Night Live (NBC)

 The Best Moments From the Best Drama Actor & Actress Nominees (VIDEO) Emmys 2018: The Best Moments From the Best Drama Actor & Actress Nominees (VIDEO)

Watch the scenes that could win them gold.

OUTSTANDING NARRATOR
Sir David Attenborough, Blue Planet II (BBC America)

OUTSTANDING PICTURE EDITING FOR A STRUCTURED OR COMPETITION REALITY PROGRAM
Queer Eye (Netflix)

OUTSTANDING PICTURE EDITING FOR AN UNSTRUCTURED REALITY PROGRAM
United Shades Of America With W. Kamau Bell (CNN)

OUTSTANDING PICTURE EDITING FOR A NONFICTION PROGRAM
Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown (CNN)

OUTSTANDING PICTURE EDITING FOR VARIETY PROGRAMMING
Last Week Tonight With John Oliver (HBO)

OUTSTANDING PRODUCTION DESIGN FOR VARIETY, REALITY OR REALITY-COMPETITION SERIES
Saturday Night Live (NBC)

OUTSTANDING PRODUCTION DESIGN FOR VARIETY SPECIAL
Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert (NBC)

 The Best Moments From Best Supporting Drama Actor & Actress Nominees (VIDEO) Emmys 2018: The Best Moments From Best Supporting Drama Actor & Actress Nominees (VIDEO)

'The Handmaid's Tale' leads the supporting category with 4 nominees.

OUTSTANDING SOUND EDITING FOR A NONFICTION PROGRAM (SINGLE OR MULTI-CAMERA)
Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown (CNN)

OUTSTANDING SOUND MIXING FOR A VARIETY SERIES OR SPECIAL
Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert (NBC)

OUTSTANDING SOUND MIXING FOR A NONFICTION PROGRAM
Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown (CNN)

OUTSTANDING TECHNICAL DIRECTION, CAMERAWORK, VIDEO CONTROL FOR A LIMITED SERIES, MOVIE OR SPECIAL
Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert (NBC)

OUTSTANDING TECHNICAL DIRECTION, CAMERAWORK, VIDEO CONTROL FOR A SERIES
Saturday Night Live (NBC)

'Camping' Star Jennifer Garner on How the Series Challenged Her

Mon, 09/10/2018 - 9:00am

Meet control freak, Instagram fusspot and surprisingly energetic chronic-pain sufferer Kathryn (Jennifer Garner) from HBO's new series, Camping.

The L.A. mom organizes a hellish friends-and-family camping trip for understanding husband Walt’s (David Tennant) 45th birthday in this comedy, which was adapted from a British series by Girls exec producers Lena Dunham and Jenni Konner.

Jennifer Garner is a Woman on the Edge in HBO's 'Camping' Trailer (VIDEO) Jennifer Garner is a Woman on the Edge in HBO's 'Camping' Trailer (VIDEO)

The new show hails from the team behind 'Girls.'

What she doesn’t make room for in the tight schedule: guests’ disruptive personal woes (rocky relationships, painful memories, addiction) and a woman-on-woman crime.

Garner, who played CIA superspy Sydney Bristow on the ABC hit Alias and starred in movies like 13 Going on 30 and Dallas Buyers Club, shares campfire stories.

Why is Kathryn so self-absorbed and controlling?

Jennifer Garner: She used to be fun but then she had health problems that doctors misdiagnosed, exploratory surgeries that went wrong and a hysterectomy. They became the focus of her life, but no one got it. She’s aggressively defensive about her pain. The fun side went away, the controlling side went up. But she’s in there somewhere.

With her kind of pain, there’s no room for romance. How’s her marriage?

Walt’s a super patient husband. We wear matching pajamas! Working with David Tennant is bliss. There’s a day where Kathryn is on Adderall and we would go from the giggles to an emotional moment.

She’s a far cry from tough Sydney Bristow. Did you intentionally set out to do something different?

Not necessarily. I loved Sydney. She defines me to myself and created the definition of me for the world. There’s nothing to get away from there. I just read this and was thrilled to bits to do it. The writing asks something different from me. I had a hard time saying the lines without laughing. That’s good for the soul. Medical jargon has to roll off your tongue — that was joy.

Kathryn is tightly wound and always on the verge of losing it. Does she?

She spends a lot of time hanging on by her fingernails.

Camping, Series Premieres, Sunday, Oct. 14, 10/9c, HBO

'Manifest' EP Jeff Rake Reveals What's in Store for Passengers of Flight 282

Sun, 09/09/2018 - 5:00pm

A plane with 191 passengers. Some severe turbulence. Five and a half missing years. Wait, what? That’s the jumping-off point for NBC’s Manifest, a new fall series following the perplexed survivors of Flight 828, which somehow takes off in 2013 and lands in 2018.

Their adjustment back into the world and the government’s investigation into the occurrence are just part of the story, says executive producer Jeff Rake. (Cast Away director Robert Zemeckis is also a producer, and Jack Rapke is an executive producer.) "There’s a procedural component as our survivors find themselves helping others [and law enforcement] with the benefit of some supernatural abilities that have been bestowed upon them."

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The passengers include siblings Ben (Josh Dallas) and Michaela (Melissa Roxburgh), who not only find some major changes among their loved ones — their mother has passed away, and Michaela’s boyfriend (J.R. Ramirez) has married someone else — but also start hearing mysterious voices that send them off to do seemingly good deeds.

Melissa Roxburgh and Josh Dallas in Manifest.

"There’s every possibility the voices cannot necessarily be trusted," Rake teases. "That will make [these people] question everything that’s happening." Add in some family drama, like Ben’s young son and fellow survivor, Cal (Jack Messina), whose leukemia may now be curable thanks to scientific advancement and, adds Rake, you’ve got "the emotional center of the show."

While some viewers may be skeptical of a drama steeped in mystery and a potentially unsatisfying mythology, Rake insists he and his writers have a solid direction planned out for Manifest. "I have a road map that goes through not only the first season but seasons to come," he says. "I know what the final episode is, hopefully, many seasons down the line."

Manifest, Series Premiere, Monday, September 24, 10/9c, NBC

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Carrie Ann Inaba on Co-Hosting the '2019 Miss America Competition' in Age of Female Empowerment

Sun, 09/09/2018 - 1:00pm

With female empowerment and gender equality so prevalent, the 2019 Miss America Competition is evolving with the times. To help personify this “Miss America 2.0," not your typical beauty pageant presentation ABC and the Miss America Organization is bringing Carrie Ann Inaba to co-host with television personality Ross Mathews.

The choreographer, host, dancer and regular Dancing with the Stars judge brings a resume diverse enough to make her perfect for the job. She has been blazing a trail all her own dating back to the days performing as one of the first Asian Americans to perform contemporary dance on national television as a Fly Girl on In Living Color. In the past, Inaba even helped with choreography on Miss America.

'Miss America' Gets a Makeover, Will No Longer Feature Swimsuit Competition (VIDEO) 'Miss America' Gets a Makeover, Will No Longer Feature Swimsuit Competition (VIDEO)

Let us know what you think of the decision in our poll.

This year’s milestone competition will feature 51 women from around the world taking the stage in hopes of proving worthy of the scholarship and crown reigning Miss America 2019. Inaba and Mathews will bring their unique blend of commentary and overall updates throughout the evening backstage, arena floor and skybox position of the historic Jim Whelan Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City.

Before the showtime, Inaba takes time between preparation and meetings to talk all things Miss America. A night where she will leave the judging paddles at home.

How do you think the competitiveness of the dance world compares to the pageant world?

Carrie Ann Inaba: Both worlds are very competitive – the dance world and the beauty pageant world. But both worlds are also highly supportive of each other. A comradery is born between those who work side by side like this, working towards a dream in competition with each other. That’s one of the most beautiful things about these competitions...you go through something together... and a unique bond of a shared experience is born.

You’ve been a trailblazer in many ways for Dancing with the Stars on the judging panel. What does hosting Miss America mean to you, especially during this age of female empowerment?

I’m honored to be hosting this year, especially in the day and age of women empowerment. To be part of an organization that celebrates diversity and the strength of women in so many ways is incredible.

(ABC/Eric McCandless)

What has preparing for the show been like? How does it compare to anything you’ve worked on in the past?

It’s always a bit nerve wracking to do something new.  But at the same time, I’m a dancer and choreographer and it feels like going back to my roots, in fact it truly is going back, because my first assistant choreography job was at Miss America. It’s thrilling to be going back in a whole new capacity. Also, I think I am just as excited as the women competing to bring this new version of the show to everyone.

You’re going to be joined by Ross Mathews. How much have you talked before the show? How do you think you two will click on stage?

I love Ross Matthews. We haven’t talked yet. But I know we are going to have a great time.

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This year has been billed as “Miss America 2.0.” Branding itself more competition and less pageant. No more swimsuit competition. What are your thoughts on the changes and being a part of this new era?

I fully support the changes.  And I am excited for everyone to experience the new version of the competition. It’s very exciting and all the changes reflect the way the world is evolving. Women do want to be seen for more than just their beauty.  And this competition showcases women in a very progressive way.

When I was a little girl, I never would have thought I would be up on that stage hosting that show but look at how far we’ve come – that there is an Asian American woman hosting the show! It says a lot about the organization’s commitment to “walk the walk” and evolve the show into something that truly reflects today’s world.

The 2019 Miss America Competition, Sunday, Sept. 9, 9/8c, ABC

'Black Lightning' Season 1: All Your Burning Questions Answered

Sun, 09/09/2018 - 11:00am
Black Lightning - Nafessa Williams - Black Lightning --

In Season 1’s final episodes, Black Lightning wound up one villain’s storyline: Racist would-be dictator Proctor (Gregg Henry) was executed by his former associate Gambi (James Remar). But worse fates may lie ahead for Jefferson Pierce (Cress Williams), the titular DC do-gooder, and his heroic family, superpowered daughters Anissa (Nafessa Williams) and Jennifer (China Anne McClain) — who go by the names Thunder and Lightning — and nonpowered ex-wife Lynn (Christine Adams).

Black Lightning’s nemesis, drug king Tobias (Marvin "Krondon" Jones III), now possesses a mysterious briefcase that could help him expand his dangerous empire. Executive producer Salim Akil powers up a second-season forecast.

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What does Tobias want, and will the briefcase’s contents help him?

Salim Akil: He wants to become the "King of Freeland." That means he’s got to touch every aspect of the city — not just the African-American neighborhoods. He didn’t like that limit. And we’ll learn what’s in the briefcase early on. I’ll just say knowledge is the key [to the contents], and it will be empowering for Tobias.

Gambi risked his own life to protect the Pierces and his protégé, Black Lightning. Will Jefferson forgive him now that he’s admitted he once worked with Proctor and the ASA, that shady government group?

That relationship will still need some repair. There is a deepening appreciation for what Gambi did to protect the family, but it will take some time to regain their former trust.

 Charlbi Dean Kriek as Syonide, and Marvin "Krondon" Jones III as Tobias and Jordan Calloway as Khalil/Painkiller -- Photo: Bob Mahoney/The CW -- © 2018 The CW Network, LLC. All rights reserved

Charlbi Dean Kriek as Syonide, and Marvin "Krondon" Jones III as Tobias, and Jordan Calloway as Khalil/Painkiller.

What happened to Proctor’s "Pod kids," the group of black teens he preserved for years in stasis to eventually become metawarriors?

Lynn claims she knows someone who could help them. There may be a new character we bring to help out with that goal.

While we’re covering engineered supersoldiers, is Jennifer’s former boyfriend Khalil, now known as Painkiller (Jordan Calloway), a lost cause, given that he’s working with Tobias?

Yeah, he’s a bad guy like in the comics. And he’s going to get worse. Garfield High School’s Vice Principal Fowdy (Skye P. Marshall) [who secretly worked with Proctor] will also return.

Any new evil forces coming to Freeland?

Definitely! We want it to be a bloody mess!

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Will there be more realistic stories about struggles in Freeland’s black community?

We left off with the discovery by the authorities that there has been a rogue government experiment in Freeland. Like the Flint Water Crisis and all the other problems in the black and brown communities, we can’t walk away from it. Our show is primed to talk about the negative social aspect of Freeland because of who Jefferson Pierce and his family are.

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Eric Bana Reveals 3 Things to Know About Bravo's 'Dirty John'

Sat, 09/08/2018 - 3:00pm
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This harrowing true-crime tale of a romance gone fatally wrong, chronicled on a 2017 podcast, comes to TV in Dirty John — a limited series with Connie Britton as unsuspecting Orange County divorcée Debra Newell and Eric Bana as her dangerous grifter suitor, John Meehan. Bana offers a primer.

1. There’s more to uncover.

"Our challenge is to satisfy people who know everything and nothing about this case," says Bana, who, like Britton, is an executive producer. "We’ll explore some new elements and pieces of information that weren’t in the podcast."

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2. It’s a love story.

You won’t judge Newell for getting drawn in. "On the surface, John appeared normal. He was very practiced at manipulation," says Bana. "It’s completely believable that an intelligent woman could fall for him."

3. What you see will haunt you.

Says Bana: "Viewers are going to be left trying to wrap their heads around this."

Dirty John, Premieres Late fall, Bravo

Expect a Few Familiar Faces on 'Legacies' Teases EP Julie Plec

Sat, 09/08/2018 - 1:00pm
The Originals - Danielle Rose Russell, Jedidiah Goodacre

The week before executive producer Julie Plec started filming the Vampire Diaries pilot in 2009, she pitched The CW another show, one about a bunch of supernatural teens at a secluded boarding school. It took nearly a decade, but her vision is finally coming to fruition.

Legacies — which Plec calls her “love letter to Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Harry Potter” — is a sequel to The Originals, which itself was a spinoff from The Vampire Diaries.

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Will these young witches, vampires, and werewolves become the heroes or villains of the story?

The action takes place at Mystic Falls’ Salvatore School for the Young and Gifted (located in the former mansion of The Vampire Diaries’ Salvatore brothers), where “all the students have supernatural powers, be they vampires, werewolves, witches or new kinds of monsters,” Plec says, “and where the line between good and bad is a very thin one.”

The fall drama, set two years after The Originals (that series finale aired in August), revolves around 17-year-old Hope Mikaelson (Danielle Rose Russell). The daughter of vampire/werewolf hybrids Klaus (Joseph Morgan) and the late Hayley (Phoebe Tonkin), she’s part witch as well and a student at the school.

Matt Davis

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Also returning from Legacies’ predecessors: headmaster Alaric Saltzman (Matt Davis) and his now-16-year-old twin daughters, witches Lizzie (Jenny Boyd) and Josie (Kaylee Bryant). Caroline (Candice King), who founded the school along with Alaric and helped raise the twins, “could visit sporadically,” says Plec. “The door is wide open for any character still alive — or dead in dream sequences.”

For more exclusive content from your favorite shows like Arrow, Supergirl, and more, pick up TV Guide Magazine’s Special Comic-Con Issue, on sale now. It's an all-access SUPERFAN guide with 88 pages of behind-the scenes photos, scoops, and interviews .

Legacies, Series Premieres, Thursday, October 25, 9/8c, The CW

Jim Carrey Reveals What Appealed to Him About New Series 'Kidding'

Sat, 09/08/2018 - 11:00am

Jim Carrey stars as children’s TV show host Mr. Pickles (real name: Jeff Piccirillo), a beloved national icon cut from the same cardigan as Mr. Rogers, in Showtime’s quirky comedy-with-crying, Kidding.

Family tragedy has led to Jeff’s wife, sweet nurse Jill (Judy Greer), dating another guy and tween son Will (Cole Allen) sniping at Dad’s wussiness. To win them back, Jeff must overcome some of his darkness.

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Carrey plays Jeff, the beloved children's TV star in the midst of an emotional crisis.

“At this point, I want to do things that matter to me. Kidding is filled with challenging themes and ideas. But it also has puppets! That gives the show buoyancy and a freedom that makes it fun,” says Carrey, who reteams with Michel Gondry, director of his 2004 hit Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind.

Jeff’s recovery plays out against the oddball behind-the-scenes goings-on at Mr. Pickles’ Puppet Time, a multimillion-dollar family dynasty. His dad, Seb (Frank Langella), has no patience for his son’s grief and just wants to protect the brand. “Kidding reminds people that no matter how far gone they think they are,” Carrey says, “there’s an innocence inside us that can’t be destroyed.”

Kidding, Series Premiere, Sunday, Sept. 9, 10/9c, Showtime

10 Feel-Good Shows to Binge for an Escape (PHOTOS)

Sat, 09/08/2018 - 9:00am

These days, it seems impossible to avoid the relentlessly-grim news cycle. To make matters worse, when you’re looking for escape by via entertainment, you’re inundated with dark and violent shows that only increase your already-high stress level.

But when you want something comforting on a rainy day or something relaxing after a taxing work week or just something fun to lift your spirits, there are some shows that will do the trick.

Click through the gallery above for our recommended feel-good series now available to binge. Warning: These programs may provide hearty laughs, good vibes, and immeasurable warmth.

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You won't regret bingeing this reboot on Netflix.

'Rel' Star and Creator Lil Rel Howery Reveals the Show Could Change TV

Fri, 09/07/2018 - 3:00pm
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Lil Rel Howery is keeping it real — by starring in and executive producing a comedy based on his own life. In Rel, the Get Out breakout plays a newly separated father jumping back into the world of dating and learning how to be a long-distance dad after his ex moves his kids from Chicago to Cleveland.

With him on this comedic journey are his overly proud father (Sinbad), former jailbird brother (Jordan L. Jones), and outspoken best friend (Jessica "Jess Hilarious" Moore). Howery tells it like it is.

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Plus, celebs from new series like 'Proven Innocent' and 'Rel.'

I have time to watch one more show. Why should it be yours?

Lil Rel Howery: If you need a good laugh, this is definitely going to be that show.

What’s a good alternate title for Rel?

The Rel Show.

How will Rel change the face of television?

I don’t know if I’m changing the face of television, but I am adding a flavor to the sitcom world that we haven’t seen before.



What’s your dream storyline for the show?

We’re actually working on it now. It’s about my relationship with my mom. You’ll see me reminisce and talk about some things that are important to me.

Which character on Rel would be most likely to watch the show?

I think they would all love it because it’s for everybody.

Fill in the blank: If you like _____, you’ll like our show.

Look, if you love — not even like, but love — family, then you’ll love our show.­

Rel, Series Premiere, Sunday, September 9, 8/7c, Fox

'Homecoming' EP Sam Esmail Says Series Has 'Old-School Hitchcock Vibe'

Fri, 09/07/2018 - 1:00pm

The suspense is thrilling us. Homecoming, Amazon Prime Video’s highly anticipated psychological drama, hits viewers with “an old-school Hitchcock vibe,” promises executive producer Sam Esmail (Mr. Robot).

It also delivers A-list talent: In her first leading role for series TV, Oscar winner Julia Roberts plays Heidi Bergman, a dedicated caseworker at the Homecoming Transitional Support Center, which helps soldiers readjust to a civilian existence.

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The series from 'Mr. Robot' creator Sam Esmail will also star Bobby Cannavale.

The story jumps between the present, with Heidi being questioned by a Department of Defense official about her time at Homecoming, and four years prior, when she counseled hopeful veteran Walter Cruz (Stephan James).

During her tenure at the facility, she suffered under a short-tempered boss, Colin Belfast (Bobby Cannavale), a guy who lives and breathes company policy, dreams in Excel spreadsheets… and takes advantage of unsuspecting vets.

The twisty story — adapted from a scripted podcast by Micah Bloomberg and Eli Horowitz, who also cowrote the series — “is a great, old-fashioned yarn,” says Roberts. And yet it’s more relevant than ever, adds Esmail. “We’re more aware of corporate greed right now,” he says. “Art is a sign of the times.”

Homecoming, Series Premiere, Friday, Nov. 2, Amazon Prime Video

Jennifer Garner is a Woman on the Edge in HBO's 'Camping' Trailer (VIDEO)

Fri, 09/07/2018 - 12:30pm

HBO is going Camping with Jennifer Garner in the newly released trailer for the upcoming comedy.

Garner stars as Kathryn, a woman celebrating her husband Walter's (David Tennant) 45th birthday on a camping trip that includes a range of friends. Created by Girls' Lena Dunham and Jenni Konner, Camping is a comedy surrounding the group outing with a number of different variables that throw off the overtly organized Kathryn.

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They also released sneak peeks at 'Veep,' 'Barry,' 'The Deuce,' and more.

In the trailer, Garner's character is immediately pegged as the planner as she circles around the camp site with a binder in hand. "This place has it's own magic, I think you're going to love it," Bridgett Everett's character says with her arm wrapped around Kathryn.

Kathryn's need for control of the situation become even more apparent when the group heads to the lake for a swim. "Guys, eyes on me. I'm the only certified life guard present," she says as she waves to them all from shore.

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The series will star Regina King, Jeremy Irons, Don Johnson, and more.

Tension continues to build as the other characters attempt to separate from their unofficial "camp director." Stars Juliette Lewis, Brett Gelman, and Ione Skye also feature heavily in the nearly two-minute trailer.

Things take a serious turn though as Garner's character narrates, "the weird thing about life, you can feel fine but also know that you're a ticking time bomb." The following sequences suggest utter chaos as time goes on, from passive aggressive stances to people falling through ceilings, as well as some choice hand gestures.

Check out all of the craziness in the full segment below.



Camping, Series Premiere, Sunday, October 14, 10/9c, HBO

'You' Shows Viewers How a Fragile Ego Can Lead to Madness

Fri, 09/07/2018 - 11:00am

If Caroline Kepnes’s 2014 page-turner You, about obsession and online stalking, scared readers into changing their passwords, this unsettling adaptation will likely spark a social-media shutdown.

Gossip Girl’s Penn Badgley stars as Joe Goldberg, a New York City bookstore manager who’s instantly smitten with a customer named Beck (Elizabeth Lail). At first, "he does what you or I might do," says executive producer Sera Gamble (The Magicians). "He Googles her, looks into her social media, walks by her yoga studio. Then cut to: He’s sneaking into her apartment."

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Plus, Sera Gamble shares how the show differs from the book.

Joe crosses every line imaginable to control Beck and isolate her from her best friend, Peach (Pretty Little LiarsShay Mitchell), providing a chilling look at how toxic masculinity and a fragile ego can lead to madness.

"There’s truth to those stories you hear," Gamble notes of the timely theme. "Men are afraid they’ll get laughed at, while women are afraid they’ll be murdered."

You, Series Premiere, Sunday, September 9, 10/9c, Lifetime

Everyone's Got Issues in 'Loudermilk' Season 2 (PHOTOS)

Fri, 09/07/2018 - 10:00am

Life comes at you hard, especially for recovering a recovering alcoholic and substance abuse counselor who just relapsed.

That's the theme of the second season of the AT&T Audience Network series Loudermilk. The new episodes follow Loudermilk (Ron Livingston) after his relapse in New Orleans.

He's also had a "falling out with his best friend and sponsor, Ben (Will Sasso)" and "is back in Seattle trying to piece his world back together," according to a press release.

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Plus, find out which of your other favorite shows are coming back next season.

"With his Sober Friends meeting hijacked, a messy new relationship,and a stumbling start back into writing, Loudermilk is forced to do a little soul searching (which he hates) and decide what he wants from life," the release continued. Loudermilk is starting to realize the person who needs the most work is himself.

Season 2 contains 10 half-hour episodes and is created and executive produced by Peter Farrelly and Bobby Mort. Bobby Farrelly, Mark Burg, Bart Peters, and Shane Elrod also serve as executive producers.

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A mass killer is on the loose!

Click through the gallery above for a first look at images from the premiere episode, titled “Everybody’s Got Something to Hide Except For Me and My Monkey.”

Loudermilk, Season 2 Premiere, October 16, AT&T Audience Network

Ask Matt: Saving 'Designated Survivor,' 'Big Bang' and Live-Audience Sitcoms, 'Last Man Standing,' and More

Fri, 09/07/2018 - 9:00am

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

Did Designated Survivor deserve to survive?

Question: Do you actually get mail asking for Designated Survivor to be revived? I'm glad Netflix’s decision to produce a third season, after ABC’s cancellation, puts people back to work, but out of all the canceled shows that Netflix could have brought back, it feels like that one isn't particularly beloved anymore. I used to watch it regularly, but reached my limit about 2/3 of the way through Season 1. — Jake

Matt Roush: Oh yes, I get mail about Designated Survivor and just about every show that gets canceled, no matter how obscure or short-lived or (in certain cases) critically reviled. I’ve learned doing this column that every show has at least some sort of following. In the case of Designated Survivor, not enough of one to justify continuing on ABC — and I certainly don’t blame the network for washing its hands of a show that never quite figured out over two seasons what it was: a thriller, a political and/or family drama? And with a revolving door of show-runners — Neal Baer will be its fifth — it never truly capitalized on the pilot’s bold premise and potential.

That said, Netflix saw that the show had a strong international following, and finally was able to work out a deal after what appears to be lengthy negotiations — complicated by the fact that Hulu had streaming rights for the two ABC seasons, while Netflix carried the show overseas. (This fall, U.S. streaming rights will revert to Netflix.) I bailed on Designated early on in Season 2 when it became clear it was still a mess creatively, but this new lease on life and new direction — the next season (only 10 episodes) will deal with Kirkman (Kiefer Sutherland) campaigning for re-election — will likely bring me back to the fold. It’s rare for a show to get this many chances, but maybe third time will be the charm.

And before fans of other defunct series begin clamoring to wonder if their favorite show might be picked up by Netflix or another streaming service, the answer is still usually no, although quite clearly, miracles still do happen.

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Kiefer Sutherland's drama had been canceled at ABC earlier this year.

Does Big Bang Ending Harm the Multi-Cam Sitcom?

Question: I completely agree with you regarding The Big Bang Theory. I am sad to see it go, but it’s definitely time to say goodbye. My fear, however, is that we may also be seeing the end of multi-cam sitcoms as a format. I hope that is not the case. I grew up watching these kinds of shows and I happen to like hearing a live audience laugh. I really hope this isn't the end, but it seems that fewer and fewer successful sitcoms use this format. — Felicia

Matt Roush: Rest easy. This classic form of TV comedy isn’t going anywhere. It may not be favored by Emmy voters — of eight nominees for Best Comedy this year, none are filmed in front of a live audience — and despite the gripes from those who say they hate “laugh tracks,” this style of sitcom has traditionally produced TV’s most popular comedies: Big Bang, Everybody Loves Raymond, Friends, all the way back to The Mary Tyler Moore Show, All in the Family and the earliest days of I Love Lucy. There’s still very good work being done in this format, including Big Bang and Mom, the Will & Grace revival and Netflix’s reinvention of One Day at a Time. And while the single-camera filmed comedy is more prevalent today, and certainly tends to get more critical attention and industry accolades, I doubt it will ever become extinct.

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You never know what one-liner he might say next.

Sexual Innuendo No Laughing Matter

Question: More a comment than question: I've found that the #MeToo era has given me fresh eyes to old favorites, and I don't like what I see. I love The Big Bang Theory. But I was watching some old clips on YouTube, and Wolowitz's behavior towards Penny is just appalling. At one point, he uses a camera on a remote-controlled car to try and see up her skirt. It's played for laughs. I understand that his inappropriate sexual advances were part of the "humor" of his character, but… it's actually not funny. I don't watch a ton of TV these days. (This Is Us, The Good Place and NFL games are about it.) But I hope the culture is changing so that sexually harassing females is no longer considered a joke. — Kirsten

Matt Roush: I think you can count on that. Wolowitz’s lechery (in his pre-Bernadette days) was mostly harmless, considering the source, but the innuendo and objectification of women that once made for easy laughs is now much more of a cultural minefield. I hope by being “woke” we haven’t lost the capacity to laugh at the messiness of human desire, but there is nothing funny about sexual harassment of any sort.

Last Man Standing Will Get Its Due

Question: Why wasn’t Last Man Standing mentioned in TV Guide Magazine’s special Fall Preview issue touting “Every New Show?” The Conners were. Very disappointing. — Susan

Matt Roush: There seems to be some confusion on this subject. And while this isn’t a forum for me to discuss editorial decisions even if I wanted to, I can say that Last Man Standing will be prominently featured in the appropriate venue, TV Guide Magazine’s Returning Favorites issue, which is out next week. The editors decided that The Conners was basically a new show, given its rebranding after the loss of its title star, which is why it’s presented in the Fall Preview issue, devoted entirely to new series. Last Man Standing pretty much defines the concept of a Returning Favorite, and its resurrection a year after its cancellation is a great story that TV Guide Magazine looks forward to sharing with its readers.

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Both TV personalities were accused of sexual misconduct.

A New Shade of Blue?

Question: I liked Shades of Blue. Can they continue with the same cast and put another actress in Jennifer Lopez’s place? I was thinking the lead lady from Quantico. — Theresa

Matt Roush: Beyond unlikely. The series was always intended as a vehicle for Jennifer Lopez, who was an executive producer of the show, and the arc of her character, Harlee Santos, was Shades of Blue’s spine. Without her, there really is no show. And I’m betting now that Quantico is in her rear-view mirror, Priyanka Chopra will find more satisfying work that stepping into someone else’s shoes on another struggling TV show.

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Detective Harlee Santos and Woz bid fans farewell.

Escaping Darkness With Lodge 49

Question: I want to give you credit for what you do. I don't know how you can watch so many shows and not pull your hair out in frustration. So many of them are bad, boring or downright depressing. I truly appreciate your recommendations and thank you for pointing out shows I might otherwise miss. One such show is AMC’s Lodge 49. I like the quirky sweetness of it and that is not too heavy and dark! It is a breath of fresh air and I am so glad you told me to give it a shot. I don't binge-watch TV and I am watching it weekly, but each episode has gotten better for me. Thank you! — Shelley

Matt Roush: You’re welcome, and I hope more discover the offbeat charms of this truly original sleeper during its first season. It’s an underdog in so many ways, and I was glad to have made its acquaintance this summer. And kudos for pointing out the pleasures of watching a show in weekly chapters, as opposed to an all-in-one-gulp binge. That’s still a great way to consume TV.

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Enter this social club if you've got a taste for the profoundly quirky.

And Finally …

Question: How come the Mary Tyler Moore Show episodes are not in rerun? I know the public would love to watch them all over again. We loved that show. — Eleanor

Matt Roush: So did we all, but in today’s digital age, many shows live on through streaming rather than syndication. You can still find many episodes of this beloved series, if you know where to look. SundanceTV appears to be the only outlet replaying the episodes on a national basis (and then in the wee hours), and the first three seasons are currently available for streaming on Hulu along with other TV classics.

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

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'This Is Us' Season 3: NBC Releases New Images Teasing Jack-Rebecca Romance (PHOTOS)

Thu, 09/06/2018 - 5:30pm

Season 3 of NBC's hit drama This Is Us is right around the corner and the first batch of photos have finally been released.

After months of teasing, the show is offering fans a look into the early days of Jack (Milo Ventimiglia) and Rebecca's (Mandy Moore) relationship, Toby (Chris Sullivan) and Kate's (Chrissy Metz) newlywed life, as well as Randall (Sterling K. Brown) and Beth's (Susan Kelechi Watson) life with Déjà (Lyric Ross), Annie (Faithe Herman), and Eris (Eris Baker).

NBC Reveals Breathtaking 'This Is Us' Season 3 Key Art (PHOTOS) NBC Reveals Breathtaking 'This Is Us' Season 3 Key Art (PHOTOS)

The images were shot by famed photographer Annie Leibovitz.

Click through the gallery above for all of the new images and make sure to mark your calendars for This Is Us' September 25 return.

This Is Us, Season 3 Premiere, Tuesday, September 25, 9/8c, NBC

'Mister Rogers' & 4 Other After-School Watches Through the Years

Thu, 09/06/2018 - 4:45pm
Portrait of American educator and television personality Fred Rogers (1928 - 2003) of the television series 'Mister Rogers' Neighborhood,' circa 1980s. (Photo by PBS Television/Courtesy of Getty Images)

It's once again that time of year where kids head back to school, but after a long day of learning it's always nice to unwind with a familiar TV show.

When you're growing up, TV shows had a lasting effect that's even remembered today. Whether it's a theme song that suddenly comes to mind or a memorable catchphrase that somehow finds its way into your vernacular — they've stuck with you.

Those shows were one of the topics of conversation the next day at recess and linked to that nostalgic part of your childhood that you may still smile about. In honor of those shows and memories, we're taking a look back at five shows that hit the bill of after-school watches that were popular through the years, and let us know what shows you enjoyed in the comments below.

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From 'Full House' to 'Little House on the Prairie,' see which episodes made the list.

Mister Rogers' Neighborhood

Portrait of American educator and television personality Fred Rogers (1928 - 2003) of the television series 'Mister Rogers' Neighborhood,' circa 1980s. (Photo by PBS Television/Courtesy of Getty Images)

Premiering in 1968, this beloved series ran for over 30 years and introduced tough topics to kids in a relatable way. Host Fred Rogers was a family member to all with his colorful knit sweaters, thoughtful songs, and kind demeanor. The show's family friendly approach made it the perfect fare for the time of its premiere, and the tradition continued for its inspiring run.

The Muppet Show

Categorized as a weekly variety show, The Muppet Show premiered in 1976 and ran for five years until 1981. The series which featured fan favorites like Kermit the Frog, Miss Piggy, Fozzi Bear as well as many others in the musical numbers. Ultimately the characters of this after-school watch went on to films, but fans alike still remember that catchy tune that accompanies those familiar lyrics of, "It's time to play the music, it's time to light the lights..."

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The Wonder Years

Jason Hervey, Dan Lauria, Olivia d'Abo, Alley Mills, Fred Savage in 'The Wonder Years'
Debuting directly after the Super Bowl in 1988, The Wonder Years won over viewers almost immediately. The coming-of-age drama may have been narrated by the adult version of Kevin Arnold, but star Fred Savage brought in viewers closer to his age as well as the adult crowd. Taking place 20 years in the past, The Wonder Years gave viewers an escape from the present each week.

Recess

Cartoons have been an after-school staple for years, but one '90s series embodied the lives of the students who watched it like no other show before — Recess. The Disney show ran from 1997-2001 along with subsequent re-runs for years after leading it to be one of the go-to after-school watches during that time. Vince, Spinelli, Mikey, T.J., Gretchen, and Gus were the unlikely group of friends at the center of it all which included giving the teachers who threatened their "freedoms" a run for their money.

Hannah Montana

 Singer/actress Miley Cyrus of the show Hannah Montana sings inside at the Hollywood Radio & Television Society "Kids Day 2006" at the Hollywood and Highland complex on August 2, 2006 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Stephen Shugerman/Getty Images for HRTS)

Arguably one of the biggest kids shows of all time, Hannah Montana debuted in 2006 and ran for five years on Disney Channel. Introducing Miley Cyrus, the series also featured a slew of catchy tunes for the targeted crowd. Even as years pass, those who knew about Miley Stewart's secret double-life know that she had "The Best of Both Worlds," with good friends, and a supportive family.

'Escape at Dannemora' Is a 'Human Story' Says Director Ben Stiller

Thu, 09/06/2018 - 4:00pm
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Seriously, you can't make this stuff up. In 2015, convicted murderers Richard Matt and David Sweat escaped from the Clinton Correctional Facility in Dannemora, New York, with the help of Joyce "Tilly" Mitchell, a prison employee who had been seduced by both inmates.

Now, the eight-episode scripted series Escape at Dannemora, produced and directed by Ben Stiller, is setting out to capture the bizarre tale in a relatable way. "It’s a very human story, and an example of human interaction in an extreme situation," Stiller says.

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Carrey plays Jeff, the beloved children's TV star in the midst of an emotional crisis.

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Patricia Arquette as Tilly in Escape At Dannemora.

Tackling the lead roles: Benicio Del Toro and Paul Dano as Matt and Sweat, with Patricia Arquette serving as the object of their affection. The events unfold in flashbacks, which were scripted using real transcripts from Mitchell’s eventual interrogation by New York State Inspector General Catherine Leahy Scott (Bonnie Hunt).

While the logistics of the prison break are riveting, the most compelling part for viewers may be trying to sort out this unorthodox love triangle. In the end, will Mitchell prove to be predator or prey? Teases Arquette, "She’s a little bit of both."



Escape at Dannemora, Series Premiere, Sunday, November 18, 10/9c, Showtime

 

'Atypical' Star Nik Dodani Teases Season 2 & His 'Murphy Brown' Revival Role

Thu, 09/06/2018 - 3:30pm
ATYPICAL

Every great show has a character who's willing to do anything for a friend in need with a smile on their face, but it also takes an actor as comedic and dramatically versatile as Nik Dodani to pull it off.

Returning as Sam's (Keir Gilchrist) friend Zahid in the Netflix family dramedy Atypical September 7, Dodani is gearing up for more than a sophomore Neflix run this year. The young actor landed a coveted spot in the CBS revival of Murphy Brown as the newest member of Murphy's (Candice Bergen) team.

TV Insider caught up with the actor ahead of Atypical's Season 2 return to chat about his roles, joining an iconic cast, and more.

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Plus, watch a clip from the cast's first table read!

You were a riot as Zahid in Atypical; what can fans expect to see from him in Season 2?

Nik Dodani: Season 1 is all about Sam trying to find love and Season 2 is all about Sam trying to find independence. He’s approaching his final months of high school, thinking about college, and so Zahid is now helping him on that journey. I don’t want to give away too much, but you should expect to see more of Zahid and he still is his crazy, whacky self, but we also get to see more of him and his home life which I’m really excited about.

Viewers were left with a huge cliffhanger at the end of the first season. Will things pick up where they left off?

It picks up pretty much where we left off – probably a few days have passed.

Dodani with Keir Gilchrist in Atypical Season 1.

Atypical is about young man with autism. Why do you think it’s an important topic? Have you watched other shows that address it, like The Good Doctor?

It’s such an important topic because so many people in our lives are on the spectrum. And it’s something that I think has had a lot of stigma around it in the past – and still does – and I think it’s important to have shows like The Good Doctor and Atypical, movies, plays, and books just so we can break the stigma, have frank real conversations, and realize that we’re all the same, we’re all weird, we’re all different – no one’s normal.

It was a big deal when the Murphy Brown reboot was announced. What was the process like landing such a coveted gig?

It was a pretty standard process. I went in for the audition and then I went in to meet with Diane English – the creator and showrunner – and then it kind of just happened. I got the call on a Saturday morning.

See the Stars of CBS' 'Murphy Brown,' 'Magnum PI' & More in Our TCA 2018 Studio (PHOTOS) See the Stars of CBS' 'Murphy Brown,' 'Magnum PI' & More in Our TCA 2018 Studio (PHOTOS)

Plus, stars from 'The Neighborhood' and 'Happy Together.'

I was asleep and I got a call from my agent and I thought something was wrong because they never call on the weekends [Laughs]. And he told me we got it, and I flipped out. I actually didn’t believe it at first because it was just kind of unbelievable. Then I met the team – Candice and all the other actors.

Had you seen the show prior to your casting, or are you catching up now?

I had seen reruns as a kid with my parents. My mom was a huge fan of the show.

Tell us a little bit about your character Pat, the director of social media?

So, Pat Patel is the charmingly obnoxious director of social media who joins the team to kind of help bring everyone into the twenty-first century. Last time Murphy and the crew were on the air things were very different.

00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. Pictured Top Row, L-R: Nik Dodani as Pat Patel, Grant Shaud as Miles Silverberg and Jake McDorman as Avery Brown; Pictured Bottom Row, L-R: Tyne Daly as Phyllis, Faith Ford as Corky Sherwood, Candice Bergen as Murphy Brown and Joe Regalbuto as Frank Fontana Photo: Robert Tractenberg/CBS ©2018 CBS Broadcasting, Inc. All Rights Reserved

Dodani and the rest of the Murphy Brown revival cast.

Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and all that good stuff didn’t exist and obviously that’s a really big part of the media landscape today. So, it’s going to be a journey for the Murphy team to kind of get up to speed and Pat’s role is to help them through that grueling process.

You’ll be working with the original cast of the series. Have they offered you any good advice? How do you handle the pressure of being one of the few new characters?

Candice invited us to dinner the day before we had our promo shoot and I was so nervous cause they’ve all known each other for decades and I’m a new kid just walking in. But my nerves were totally misplaced, they were the most warm, kind, and friendly group of people I’ve met. They just asked me a bunch of questions and I asked them a bunch of questions and we just talked about what’s to come, they were reminiscing about the first 10 seasons and it was just so fun to listen to them talk and reconnect.



It’s such an awesome learning experience for me to work with these folks who have been pros for so long and are just so damn good at what they do. I’m just really pumped to be along for that journey.

With so many reboots being announced, are there any shows that you’d like to see come back?

Oh my gosh, yeah. I’d love to see 30 Rock come back. I know that didn’t die that long ago so maybe it’s too soon, but that was one of my favorite shows.I know people are always asking about a Friends reunion – I don’t think it’s going to happen but I would love that – I know they’re all doing their own thing and everyone’s older, stories would be different, but I think it would be so much fun to see that crew back together. Especially in 2018 New York, that would just be great.

Atypical, Season 2 Premiere, Friday, September 7, Netflix

Murphy Brown, Season Premiere, Thursday, Sept. 27, 9:30/8:30c, CBS

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