Welcome to the Q&A with TV critic (also known to some TV fans as their "TV therapist") Matt Roush, who'll address whatever you love, loathe, are confused or frustrated or thrilled by in today's vast TV landscape. One caution: This is a spoiler-free zone, so we won't be addressing upcoming storylines here unless it's already common knowledge. Please send your questions and comments to firstname.lastname@example.org (or use the form at the end of the column) and follow me on Twitter. Look for Ask Matt columns on most Tuesdays and Fridays.
Abby’s NCIS Swan Song
Question: Too bad that it took Abby’s shooting on NCIS to get Mark Harmon to act in a scene with Pauley Perrette this season. I guess we’ll never know, but I can’t help but wonder if Harmon’s immature behavior was what led to Perrette’s decision to leave the show. And then we read that Clayne Crawford’s bad behavior has put the entire cast and crew of Lethal Weapon in jeopardy. Do you think it’s possible for Lethal Weapon to survive at this point? — SC
Matt Roush: These two issues, and shows, have taken over my mailbag the last few days, so this column will reflect that. (I expect next week’s Upfront announcements, and other season finales, will vary the mix going forward.) I’ll save the Lethal Weapon discussion until later, except to note that it was already “on the bubble” where renewal was concerned and this latest upheaval has made it an even iffier proposition.'Lethal Weapon' Star Clayne Crawford Responds to Being Fired From Fox Series
'Wait, wait, wait......you can’t fire me on my day off!' he quipped.
With NCIS, my main concern was that Abby not be killed off. And after that fakeout involving the underdeveloped character of Reeves—did anyone really think that was Abby under the sheet?—it was clear she’d recover and find her own path out of the lab. So yay for that. But whatever is responsible for Mark Harmon and Pauley Perrette not appearing in scenes together for her entire final season, no one to my knowledge has gone on record about this—including in Pauley’s cover story exit interview for TV Guide Magazine, where her silence about her co-star seemed to speak volumes. Since my appetite and time for gossip is so limited, I tend to put this in the same category as Julianna Margulies and Archie Panjabi working separately for years on The Good Wife and never elaborating on why. Some more reaction follows.
Question: Is the rumor true about Pauley Perrette leaving because of Mark Harmon's dog? It would explain them not being in any scenes together all season and that weak finale between them. — Leo
Matt Roush: I had to look this one up, and even if there were any truth to this story, it wouldn’t explain why they couldn’t rise above and do their job—which is creating the fiction, satisfying to millions of fans, that Gibbs and Abby had a singular father-daughter type bond within the team. The final wave from across the street was so inauthentic it would be laughable if it were actually funny.12 Sweet 'NCIS' Behind-the-Scenes Moments With Pauley Perrette (PHOTOS)
The actress left the series for good on May 8.
More reaction: “I felt saddened by Pauley Perrette leaving NCIS, but almost sadder still is the obvious rift between her and Mark Harmon. They did not even do a last scene together, just from a distance. I didn't believe the story about Mark Harmon's dog being the cause, but now I am wondering. If they had any scenes together this season, they were few and short. Even when Gibbs returned from being held and tortured they had no reunion scene together. What is going on?”
An unsigned remark: “I just watched Pauley Perrette's final episode on NCIS and all I could focus on was how Mark Harmon wasn't even professional enough to appear in a scene with her. Except, that is, for the one scene where she was unconscious! It was even more noticeable because of all the flashbacks where they appeared together. Amazingly petty. Kudos to Ms. Perrette and the rest of the cast for a great episode.”Pauley Perrette on Abby's Nostalgic 'NCIS' Exit & What's Next (Maybe a Sitcom?)
Plus, the craziest theory she heard about why she's leaving. And will she keep the black hair?Is Lethal Weapon Over?
Question: I just got done watching Fox's Lethal Weapon finale, but nowhere can I find if it was the season finale or the series finale. I sure hope it's not the series finale, I think it's one of the best TV series on right now. I don't understand why it's never been in TV Guide Magazine’s "America's Most Watched 25 Top Show" chart. It has heart, comedy, action, and characters you really care about—it's the complete package. Please tell me it will be back next season!! — Linda
Matt Roush: I wish I could, but this renewal will likely come down to the wire, and perhaps hinge on whether the studio (Warner Bros.) can find a replacement for the Riggs character and actor, and whether that even makes sense. Concerning your confusion about finales, unless it’s billed as a series finale—as in the case of New Girl next Tuesday—you should assume it’s meant to be a season finale. Although when a show hasn’t been renewed yet, it’s more of an either/or. And in this case, if the show isn’t renewed when Fox makes its announcements on Monday, the series will unfortunately end on that Riggs-got-shot cliffhanger.'Lethal Weapon' Star Clayne Crawford Apologizes After Reports of Bad Behavior
The actor spoke out on social media.Is black-ish Too Much of a Downer?
Question: I really hope that black-ish will conclude this marriage drama theme. It is really a downer, depressing and too painful to watch much more. Most people have experienced enough trauma in their own lives and families to last a lifetime. It was refreshing to get away and appreciate entertainment with characters that have problems but work them out, hopefully in an episode. This is particularly important in this negative political and social climate in which we have been living lately. I am so sick of people fighting each other, insulting and putting others down in REAL life! I can't take much more of these characters fighting as I cry while totally relating to the pain depicted by the children (it really got me when tough little Diane broke down). But it's too much! I can't take much more of this. If they have them break up, I'm done watching! There are enough if not too many programs depicting constant bickering and trouble. It's nice to be able to enjoy a family that is not perfect but working it out for a change. Especially a black family! That is something we as a people need to see more of—something to aspire to. We need more of THAT, NOT the drama! A happy ending can be so much more inspirational and it really does make a difference for many of us—especially our impressionable children! — Cornel
Matt Roush: We addressed this issue last week, but it’s an important one, and since the show appears to be doubling down on this storyline, it’s worth revisiting. Situations like this are where critics and fans sometimes have to agree to disagree. I feel it’s important for a show as relevant and adventurous as black-ish to confront issues like marital strain and separation honestly and in depth, even at the risk of alienating some viewers in the short term. To wrap it all up within a single half-hour would be a disservice to the characters and to the reputation this show has built over four provocative seasons. In these last few episodes, the funny has been hard to find, it’s true, but just because some situations aren’t laughing matters shouldn’t make them off limits for series creators and writers. Here’s another take:Will Bow and Dre Get Divorced on 'Black-ish'?
Series creator Kenya Barris reveals what inspired this storyline. Plus, see fan reaction!
Question: The black-ish marriage-on-the-rocks plotline took me by surprise and has already lasted longer than I thought it would. But I agree with you, it is a gutsy and very well written idea. With a 50% divorce rate in the U.S.—I don't think it's ultimately going THERE—it's logical, even for a "comedy" show. The flashbacks were wonderfully used (included the ones with Dre and his mother). It would be fascinating if these episodes, stressing the drama rather than the laughs, were the ones that land the leads Emmy nominations and maybe wins. — Michael
Matt Roush: Sometimes it takes getting serious for a comedy, especially on network TV, to get taken seriously. Thankfully, black-ish is already on the Emmy radar, even making the cut in the comedy series category the last two years—although standout episodes like “Hope” were passed over for writing. I imagine the leads and the show will get nominated again, and maybe even have a better chance at a win with Veep out of the running this year.'black-ish' EP Says Bow and Dre's Marital Issues Are Here to Stay
Executive producer Jonathan Groff wants to tell story 'as honestly as possible.'Playing Catch-Up With New Shows
Question: I have been a longtime reader but recently trailed off due to going back to school. Since I don't have as much time for TV that I would like, I have missed the start of many new and great shows. However, when I do have time to watch TV, I go to my On Demand only to find the last four or five episodes available, or maybe a scattered few highlight episodes. Is this done for a reason? How can I get caught up in a new show, if I cannot see how it started? They make sure to disable fast-forwarding so I am not missing the commercials. Let me also be clear that I am really referring to new shows. I can't expect every season of every show to to be there. Am I in the minority? — John
Matt Roush: This is where, depending on the show and network, streaming services and network websites can come in handy. Not knowing which shows you’re trying to catch up on, I’d steer you away from your cable’s limited On Demand menu toward services like Hulu (for current runs of Fox, NBC and ABC shows among others) or Netflix and Amazon (for past seasons of many shows) or the specific network’s own website, although in many cases, an ongoing series may not stack its entire current season on any platform for contractual reasons. Every series is different, and availability depends on the deal made with distributors. They don’t make it easy, and sometimes you’ll need to do a bit of research to see where the most episodes of a series will be available—and if you’re desperate enough, maybe even pay for the privilege on iTunes or Amazon and the like. Good luck!What's Streaming on Netflix, YouTube Red, and Amazon Prime?
Plus, find out what's available on Hulu and Sundance Now.A Chicago PD R.I.P.-SPOILER ALERT
Question: My husband and I watched the season finale of Chicago PD last night and just about had a stroke when Al (Elias Koteas), Voight's best friend, died!!! We knew from the previous show he had been stabbed in jail, but had faith that he would live. I cannot tell you the shock and heartbreak when he didn't. The show is great but just won't be the same without him. We will miss you, Al. — Jan
Matt Roush: As I’ve said many times before, if a character’s death has dramatic impact and import—and in this case, the death of Olinsky is a reckoning of sorts for Voight’s many sins—then it’s justified within the overall scheme of a show like this. The fact that it rocked your world tells me the producers were doing their job.Why [Spoiler] Was Killed off in the 'Chicago P.D.' Season 5 Finale
EP Rick Eid talks losing the fan favorite character.Nominate Red, Then Move Blacklist
Question: I have been hooked on The Blacklist since Day One. James Spader has never been nominated for an Emmy for his role as Red Reddington, for which he does a great job. Big oversight. Will this show be renewed for another season? If so, it needs another day and time. The current time is too early for viewers with young children because of the violence. — Unsigned
Matt Roush: It’s a different playing field from when James Spader won three Emmys in four years for playing Alan Shore on The Practice and Boston Legal. With that track record, it is surprising he never got Emmy attention (although he does have two Golden Globe nominations) for Red, but that ship has likely sailed. As for the show, I’d be surprised if it weren’t renewed, but we’ll know for sure by Monday, when NBC kicks off the broadcast networks’ Upfront week. Keep checking tvinsider.com for updates. And I agree about the too-early time period—not so much because of family considerations, because the so-called Family Hour is pretty much a thing of the past in today’s digital age. But for scheduling purposes, this kind of show tends to play better later. So if The Blacklist is renewed, I’ll be curious to learn what NBC does with it.'The Blacklist' Star Ryan Eggold to Lead NBC's 'New Amsterdam' Hospital Drama
Ryan Eggold will play the lead in 'New Amsterdam.'
That’s all for now. Because I’ll be attending many of next week’s Upfront presentations, the posting of Ask Matt columns may be delayed, but we’ll pick up the conversation again soon. 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 email@example.com or shoot me a line on Twitter (@TVGMMattRoush), and you can also submit questions via the handy form below.
Josh Dallas, formerly of Once Upon a Time, is making a leap back into TV with NBC's newly-ordered series Manifest.
The drama starring Dallas, Melissa Roxburgh, Athena Karkanis, J.R. Ramirez, Luna Blaise, Jack Messina, and Parveen Kaur is expected to debut later this year. In a log line released by NBC, the show brings to mind similar themes touched upon in ABC's mega-hit Lost including an airplane, lost time, and inexplicable events.'Once Upon a Time' Finale: Ginnifer Goodwin, Jennifer Morrison & More Return
Some familiar faces are back for Storybrooke's final chapter.
Manifest's log line reads:
"When Montego Air Flight 828 landed safely after a turbulent but routine flight, the crew and passengers were relieved. Yet in the span of those few hours, the world had aged five years and their friends, families and colleagues, after mourning their loss, had given up hope and moved on.
"Now, faced with the impossible, they’re all given a second chance. But as their new realities become clear, a deeper mystery unfolds and some of the returned passengers soon realize they may be meant for something greater than they ever thought possible."12 Faces New & Familiar You'll Be Seeing on TV This Fall
The next season of TV looks top notch—thanks to some promising stars.
The series marks Dallas's first TV role since Once Upon a Time, which he left in 2017 but will return to for the series finale on May 18.
Acclaimed director and producer Robert Zemeckis (Forrest Gump, Back to the Future) will executive-produce Manifest alongside Jack Rapke. David Frankel will also executive-produce and direct the pilot, while Jeff Rake will write and executive produce.
Stay tuned for more details.
“We are delighted to have Annette and Corbin join the remarkable talent this season,” said Jeph Loeb, Executive Producer and Marvel’s Head of Television, in a Marvel release. “Our audience will enjoy them in very unexpected but perfectly cast roles.”'Supergirl' Fave Floriana Lima Trades DC for Marvel, Joins 'The Punisher' Season 2
Josh Stewart and Giorgia Whigham are also joining the series.
Annette O'Toole is certainly no stranger to comic-book universes — albeit the DC one, previously. She is best remembered for playing Martha Kent in the Smallville series, and she also had a smaller role within the Man of Steel's universe as Lana Lang in the 1983 feature film Superman III.
The actress will take on a decidedly different type of character in this Marvel Comics adaptation. O'Toole will play Eliza Schultz, described as "a conniving, wealthy woman, cut from the same manipulative cloth as her husband, Anderson."
A release describes Anderson as "an extremely wealthy man who's grown accustomed to getting his way. His power and legacy are of prime importance, and he'll implement less-than-legal means to further those ends."WATCH: New Villain Bushmaster Puts the Hurt on 'Luke Cage' in Season 2 Trailer
Is the supposedly bulletproof hero actually 'nothin' but a man?'
Sounds like the Schultzes are perfectly capable of causing some sort of trouble for Frank Castle (series star Jon Bernthal), a.k.a. The Punisher, as he continues his mission to clean up the streets of New York City by any means necessary — no matter how lethal the results.
O'Toole and Bernsen join previously announced new Punisher cast members Josh Stewart as John Pilgrim, Floriana Lima as Krista Dumont and Giorgia Whigham as Amy Bendix.
Returning with Bernthal are Ben Barnes as Billy Russo, Amber Rose Reva as Dinah Madani and Jason R. Moore as Curtis Hoyle.
No word yet on when Season 2 of Marvel's The Punisher will premiere.
Marvel's The Punisher, Season 1 now streaming on Netflix
Which characters will fans be saying goodbye to during the eighth and final season of Game of Thrones? It's the burning question on everyone's mind, as production is currently underway on the HBO fantasy series.
And we'll have to wait until 2019 to find. Ugh, the misery.HBO Execs Tease Multiple Deaths in 'Game of Thrones' Final Season
They also hinted at the numerous 'GoT' spinoffs in the works.
In the meantime, one data scientist, Taylor Larkin, from the company DataRobot, wrote a very complex algorithm to predict which fan favorites would either perish or survive, as reported in Entertainment Weekly. Factors like age, gender, family house — as well as noble ranking and other dead relatives — all contributed in the characters' likelihood to die. Bummer.
So, the results that Larkin came up with are:
Daenerys Targaryen – 83.77% chance of death
Jaime Lannister – 72.91% chance of death
Tyrion Lannister – 70.76% chance of death
Bran Stark – 66.02% chance of death
Cersei Lannister – 60.39% chance of death
Jon Snow – 58.99% chance of death
Euron Greyjoy – 54.95% chance of death
Sansa Stark – 50.28% chance of death
Arya Stark – 49.04% chance of death
Gendry – 39.87% chance of deathThe Mountain From 'Games of Thrones' Wins World's Strongest Man Competition
Hafthor Bjornsson finally got the title that had eluded him after years of attempts.
Of course, Game of Thrones is creators David Benioff and D.B. Weiss's world, and we're just living in it, so anything is really possible. We'll just have to wait until next year.
Game of Thrones, Season 8 debuts 2019, HBO
Parks and Recreation fans rejoice! You're favorite unlikely duo of Leslie Knope and Ron Swanson reunite in the form of their real-life alter egos Amy Poehler and Nick Offerman in NBC's comedy crafting series, Making It.
Launching on Tuesday, July 31, Making It is a reality competition series helmed by Poehler and Offerman and judged by experts Simon Doonan and Dayna Isom Johnson. The six-episode competition finds contestants put to the test with exciting crafting challenges.
Fans of Poehler and Offerman's characters Knope and Swanson will recall they both had an affinity for hands-on work, from Knope's scrapbooks to Swanson's carpentry. Trends in today's crafting will be explored in an outdoor setting, perfect for spring. And we have an exclusive first look!'Making It': Amy Poehler and Nick Offerman Get Crafty in New Series (VIDEO)
The former 'Parks and Recreation' costars appear in a new teaser for their crafting competition series.
Below, get a look at the key art for the upcoming series. And don't miss Making It, when it premieres July 31.
Making It, Premieres Tuesday, July 31, 10/9c, NBC
The firefighting drama premiered back in 2012 and introduced its core cast of Jesse Spencer, Taylor Kinney, Monica Raymund, Eamonn Walker, and David Eigenberg with six-year contracts. Of course, as contracts end, so does the certainty that fan favorites will continue in the series.Will Lieutenant Severide & Renee Reignite on 'Chicago Fire'? The Cast Weighs In
Sarah Shahi returns to the series for a three-part arc beginning May 3.
According to Deadline, Spencer and Kinney have both signed year-long contract extensions guaranteeing them a spot in the upcoming seventh season of Chicago Fire, but the fate of their friends remains to be seen.
In the report, speculation about whether Raymund, who plays Gabby Dawson on the show, will return was dependent upon a contract that would be explored after Season 7's greenlight. Apparently, the Season 6 finale leaves fans with a cliffhanger that relates directly to Raymund's character.Why [Spoiler] Was Killed off in the 'Chicago P.D.' Season 5 Finale
EP Rick Eid talks losing the fan favorite character.
With that premise, her departure sounds likely, although there's been no confirmation. Meanwhile, Walker and Eigenberg could reprise their roles as Chief Wallace Boden and Christopher Herrmann, so long as they negotiate an extension like Kinney and Spencer.
As far as the rest of the cast, stars Miranda Rae Mayo, Kara Killmer, Yuri Sardarov, Christian Stolte and Joe Minoso are all set to return, as their contracts extend for another year or two, respectively.
Stay tuned for more details about the potential show-changing news, and catch the Season 6 finale on NBC.
Chicago Fire, Season 6 finale, Thursday, May 10, 9/8c, NBC
The more time Ryn (Eline Powell) spends on land, the more she's connecting with her human side and feeling different emotions.
In this exclusive clip from Siren's upcoming episode, the members of Bristol Cove are mourning a death which forces Ryn to tap into her own grief and open up about how her kind — mermaids — cope with someone's passing.
"Death is something all beings have in common. All creatures, human and animal will experience this and therefore experience loss. Mammals in particular are known to have a strong emotional reaction to losing a 'loved' one," Powell told TV Insider.7 Reasons Freeform's 'Siren' Will Be Your New TV Addiction
The mermaid drama premieres March 29.
"Ryn is naturally intrigued and interested by how humans express grief. Mermaids have their way of dealing with loss, and though rituals and traditions are different, the strong emotion of pain is one she recognizes. It was a very emotional episode to shoot, everybody — all the actors and extras — were really in the moment.
"Perhaps it's because everybody has a story about losing someone. For Ryn, this is a real eye-opener that not just Ben (Alex Roe) and Maddie (Fola Evans-Akingbola), but all humans, have qualities that she can relate to. It is a huge step in opening her mind to the possibility that perhaps we are not so different as we seem."
Watch the exclusive clip below:
Siren, Thursdays, 8/9c, Freeform
Former TV funnyman and current blockbuster movie star Chris Pratt is going to receive this year's Generation Award from MTV.
Given out at the 2018 MTV Movie & TV Awards, the Generation Award is bestowed to an actor or actress for their contribution to film and TV. Pratt is not a surprising choice since he just appeared in the biggest movie of the year so far — Avengers: Infinity War.
Besides appearing in films like Jurassic World and the upcoming Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, fans have loved his turn as Star Lord (a.k.a. Peter Quill) in Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy films, a character he reprised in Infinity War. Pratt also voiced the lead character in the animated Lego Movie.
TV enthusiasts will remember him best for his role as the not-so-smart but lovable teddy bear-type, Andy Dwyer on NBC's former hit Parks and Recreation in which he starred alongside Amy Poehler, Adam Scott, Nick Offerman, Aubrey Plaza, Aziz Ansari, Retta and Jim O'Heir.Tiffany Haddish Set to Host the 2018 MTV Movie & TV Awards
The comedian will run the event taking place June 18.
Among some of the former recipients of the Generation Award are the cast of Fast & Furious franchise, Reese Witherspoon, Ben Stiller, Johnny Depp, Sandra Bullock, Robert Downey Jr., Tom Cruise, Will Smith, Mike Myers, Jim Carrey, and Adam Sandler.
2018 MTV Movie & TV Awards, Monday, June 18, 9/8c, MTV
'Riverdale' Star Lochlyn Munro on What's Next After That Black Hood Reveal — Plus, Will Jughead Survive?
Say it isn't so, Juggie! Last night's insane penultimate Season 2 episode of Riverdale left many unresolved plot lines for thirsty fans of The CW's hit show.
While some are reeling from the final moments as FP (Skeet Ulrich) carried Jughead's (Cole Sprouse) lifeless-looking body from the woods, many are still not over that insane reveal about the Black Hood's identity. The serial killer just happens to be Hal Cooper (Lochlyn Munro) — Betty's (Lili Reinhart) father.'Riverdale' Ups Vanessa Morgan & Charles Melton to Series Regulars for Season 3
One half of a popular 'ship and a beefcake bad boy will be sticking around!
In one of the most uncomfortable, bone-chilling scenes, Hal revealed himself as the masked madman to his wife Alice (Madchen Amick) and daughter Betty during a disturbing home movie night.
Not only were Betty's worst fears realized, but Hal unmasked his connection to the Conway family murders, which occurred in Riverdale many years ago. In the video, a young Hal is being coached by his mother to protect his father who massacred the Conways. But why did he kill them, you ask? They were the only family to know of the Cooper's connection to the Blossoms.
"Your daddy did something very noble, Harold. He took care of that Conway family. They were sinners, and what happens to sinners," his mother's voice questioned.
"Sinners have to die," young Hal responded in a monotone.
Fans have finally gotten their answer in regards to the Black Hood's identity, but keeping the secret was tough for actor Lochlyn Munro who spoke with TV Insider about the reveal.
Munro details, "It's been so hard this last months. I've had to deflect so many questions. What do say? I don't really tell them that I'm not. I just say, 'Come on. Look at me. I'm way taller than the Black Hood. I don't have green eyes.'"
Sure, there were some hints that Betty's father could be the Black Hood, but the shocking revelation was not lost on viewers — or on the actor himself. "I was a little shocked. I honestly was shocked that it was me," he continues. "I just felt like all along the whole season it sort of seemed like our fan base was, 'It's either Hal or Sheriff Keller [Martin Cummins].'"Check out a Deleted Toni-Cheryl Moment From the 'Riverdale' Musical Episode (VIDEO)
Toni and Cheryl have an intimate moment.
Well, it certainly wasn't Sheriff Keller who came to Archie (KJ Apa), Reggie (Charles Melton), Kevin (Casey Cott), and Moose's (Cody Kearsley) rescue with Fred Andrews (Luke Perry) at Pop's while the Ghoulies ran amuck.
By episode's end, Hal was being loaded into a police vehicle, but in Riverdale, things aren't always that simple. In fact, viewers have likely not seen the last of Hal or his Black Hood antics. "Am I going to be part of some other plot? I really don't know..." Munro teases about his masked alter ego. "I'm hoping, because I really dig playing the bad character."''Riverdale' Musical Episode: The Cast Spills on 'Carrie,' Dancing & More
Don't miss their production of 'Carrie: The Musical.'
Hal's turn as the Black Hood wasn't the only big plot in last night's episode, as Jughead sacrificed himself to Penny (Brit Morgan) and the Ghoulies only to be beaten to a pulp. The finale's promo teases his potential death but in the episode's synopsis, Juggie is alive and well. See below for a full logline for "Chapter Thirty-Five: Brave New World":
"With Fred trailing in the polls, Archie steps in to lend a hand in his dad’s mayoral campaign. Veronica (Camila Mendes) stays one step ahead after uncovering Hiram’s (Mark Consuelos) latest scheme. Elsewhere, Cheryl (Madelaine Petsch) finalizes her emancipation from her mother, while FP makes a surprising announcement to Jughead and the Serpents. Finally, Betty confronts her darkest demons."
Find out what happens when next week's episode airs, wrapping up one crazy second season.
Riverdale, Wednesdays, 8/7c, The CW
Reporting by Damian Holbrook
[Spoiler Alert: This article contains spoilers from the Season 5 finale episode of Chicago P.D.]
The Season 5 finale episode of Chicago P.D. came to a tragic end for Intelligence Unit Detective Alvin Olinsky (Elias Koteas). He died during surgery after being stabbed multiple times in prison by another inmate. RIP Al.
The rest of the episode consisted of a distraught Sgt Hank Voight (Jason Beghe) seeking vengeance for his best friend and colleague. True to his rogue ways, Voight tracked down the man who put the hit on Al, and shot and killed him.
The decision to kill off a major character didn't come as an easy one for executive producer Rick Eid. He told Us Weekly,
"It was a hard decision because we all really liked it creatively – it just felt like there was honesty to the story telling that we all got excited about – then came the practical reality of 'Wait, he’s one of our favorite characters and one of our favorite actors and favorite people in real life.'"'Law & Order: SVU' and All Three 'Chicago' Shows Renewed by NBC
Plus, we'll be seeing more of the 'Chicago' shows.
"It was truly just one of those things that just evolved from storytelling and at the end of 20 'What If’s,' everybody kept coming back to this idea of how this would impact Voight," Eid added.
As for how Voight will move on after such a loss, Eid said, "It’s going to be interesting to see what happens to Hank Voight in Season 6. He’s alone and left with a lot of guilt and anger. We really need to dig into that idea, where we find Voight and where we go."
Unlike Sophia Bush's exit from the show in Season 4, which made room for Tracy Spiridakos to join the cast full time, no one is looking to replace Koteas immediately.
"We don’t have any immediate plans to introduce a character. Olinsky’s departure certainly wasn’t because another person was coming in," explained Eid.
Chicago P.D. was just renewed for a sixth season by NBC. The new season will debut in Fall 2018.
Golden Globe-winning Dexter star Michael C. Hall is taking on a much more "regular" role in the new Netflix drama series, Safe.
He plays surgeon Tom Delaney, a grieving widower whose world is turned upside-down when his teenage daughter goes missing after attending a party in their U.K. neighborhood. In the frantic search for his daughter, Tom uncovers a web of lies and secrets right in his own backyard that are as stunning as they are sinister. The show ultimately leaves viewers wondering: How far will we go to protect our families?
The actor talked with TVInsider.com about his return to television in Safe.What's Coming and Going From Netflix in May 2018
New episodes of 'Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt' and 'Dear White People,' along with lots more new content, is coming this month.
TV Insider: This is your first TV lead role since Dexter ended in 2013. Why this part and this series?
Michael C. Hall: I was working in the U.K. on stage and was interested in doing something else over there, and was sent the script and thought it was fantastic. It was well-written — I thought the dialogue was great, and I thought the story structure was really amazing.
I also relished the chance to do something on-camera in the U.K. with a British crew, to play an Englishman and a regular guy.
What makes this crime drama stand out?
I think it's a unique fusion of different elements. It's a thriller, but it's also a family drama. Tonally it's not completely severe and heavy — there's a good amount of levity in spite of the dire situation.
How did you adjust to learning the accent?
I think a certain degree of fear is good to have when you go into something, but I was also excited by the challenge of it. I took time to prepare it and worked with a guy who helped me out.WATCH: Michael C. Hall Returns to TV in Netflix's New Drama 'Safe'
See the 'Dexter' star in a very different role.
There are multiple timelines… was that hard to film for you?
Not only that, but we shot the first two episodes as one block, and then we shot the third, fourth, and sixth in another, then we shot the fifth, seventh, and eighth.
So, yeah, you really had to stay on top of what you did and didn't know, because the journey of character was one of discovery. So, I had to think, "Wait, what have I discovered? What do I need to discover?" But that's part of the fun of it... you're constructing the performance on the fly.
This role as widower/father is very different from your previous one as a serial killer. Was this intentional? Which did you like playing more?
I was definitely interested in playing an "everyman" type of character, and Tom is definitely that. So I am more drawn to that than to an arguably psychotic person. I think I try to be in the present and be oriented towards the future, so the character I'm currently working on is usually the most fun.
Obviously, Tom and Dexter are very different, but the fundamental questions you have to ask yourself as an actor are quite similar. They just have very different answers.
What was it like working with Amanda Abbington? Had you watched Sherlock prior to working together?
I'd never seen Sherlock, so I was able just to accept Amanda as her character. It was great. She is a fantastic actress and person and has a wonderful sense of humor. With her and the cast and crew of this show, I think I laughed more on this set than I have on any job I've ever done.
Your character tracks his daughter’s text messages; do you think that’s over-the-top parenting?
I think living in the world today where social media plays such an increasingly central role in the lives of young people, and [it's] a thing that makes parents feel all the more alienated from the real lives of their children, it's completely understandable that someone would do such a thing. I don't think that I would advocate it, though.
Obviously, if your kid is in some sort of danger, to take extreme measures may be more justified, but I think we live in a world where maybe we're seduced into believing there's more danger than there really is.
This show comments on the illusion of safety both physical and online. Do you think more shows will be addressing that theme?
I think so, because it's a really dominant part of people's experience. They have online personas, they have relationships, and I think it would only make sense if that becomes more of a part of the stories we tell.
I think in the world of this show and in the real world, people have the person they present to the world, but that's not who they really are, and the secrets they really keep are something else. Tom, throughout the show, comes to realize that no one in his world is quite who he imagined them to be.'13 Reasons Why' Sneak Peek: Netflix Reveals First Look at Season 2 (PHOTOS)
Will someone be held responsible for Hannah's suicide?
Do you prefer a TV series which allows you to develop a character for longer or a movie?
I like doing both. In a TV series, there's an opportunity to develop a more complete and sustained portrait of someone. Ideally, I'd love to do both, because doing one reinforces your appreciation of the other.
What projects are you working on next?
I'm currently shooting a movie in New York called The Torture Report, and I'm also currently in the midst of negotiating a film that I may do in July and August.
Safe, Series Premiere, Thursday, May 10, Netflix
Cap and…frown? The college graduation of single mother Christy (Anna Faris) should be a happy time for her and strong-willed mom Bonnie (Allison Janney) , both recovering alcoholics — in the Mom Season 5 finale.
But unexpected circumstances dim the pomp on the sharp comedy. Christy discovers that her ex Patrick (Steven Weber) is getting hitched. In a fit of anger and sadness, she picks up an old habit: gambling.CBS Renews 'Mom' for Season 6
The hit comedy costars Anna Faris and recent Oscar winner Allison Janney.
“Many people in recovery grapple with more than one addiction,” says series co-creator Gemma Baker. “In the midst of some very big wins, Christy’s life is falling apart.”
Luckily, Bonnie is down for dealing with the crisis. “From time to time,” says Baker, “she is the responsible one.”
Mom, Season Finale, Thursday, May 10 9/8c, CBS
Thankfully, Amazon has just released a Prime Video watch-list composed of royally-themed essentials like episodes of Suits starring Markle and more. Subscribers who want to brush up on their Meghan Markle knowledge or Britain's monarchy can put together their own personalized marathons with these available titles, as well as more.'Meghan Markle: An American Princess' Doc Pulls Back the Royal Curtain
Many believe Princess Diana would approve of her son's wife-to-be.
Prime Video also provides access to BritBox for an additional $6.99/month fee, one of the biggest British TV streaming collections available right now. Those not yet subscribing to BritBox are entitled to a free seven-day trial.
Leading up to the royal wedding, the BritBox add-on will be adding four new titles: Before Harry Met Meaghan on May 15, Harry and Meghan: A Modern Love Story on May 16, Windsor Weddings on May 17, and Britain's Royal Weddings on May 18.How and When to Watch Meghan Markle & Prince Harry's Royal Wedding
Get all the network details for American audiences.
Will Ferrell and Molly Shannon's correspondents, Cord and Tish, can enjoy The Royal Wedding Live with Cord and Tish! with the HBO Prime Video Channels add-on beginning at 7:30/8:30c on Saturday morning, May 19. The $14.99/month add-on makes shows like Westworld and Game of Thrones easy to access and catch up on.
So whether you want to catch up on Suits (all seven seasons are available) or learn more about the romance, there's more than enough to satisfy.See Meghan Markle in Some of Her Earliest Acting Gigs (VIDEO)
She was once answering phones on 'General Hospital.'
Read on for the full list of titles available to Prime Video subscribers (without add-ons):Available Now: All of the TV Specials Celebrating the Wedding of Prince Harry & Meghan Markle
Where you can get your fill of the royal wedding — ahead of May 19.
ABC has picked up the new drama, The Rookie, in a straight-to-series order.
The network is also releasing more information on the show, which stars Nathan Fillion as small town guy John Nolan who, "after a life-altering incident, is pursuing his dream of being an LAPD officer."
He's the force's oldest rookie cop and has to battle plenty of skepticism from others who think this is some sort of midlife crisis.
"If he can’t keep up with the young cops and the criminals, he’ll be risking lives including his own. But if he can use his life experience, determination and sense of humor to give him an edge, he may just become a success in this new chapter of his life," the press release added.
The series also stars Alyssa Diaz as Angela Lopez, Richard T. Jones as Sergeant Wade Grey, Titus Makin as Jackson West, Mercedes Mason as Captain Zoe Andersen, Melissa O’Neil as Lucy Chen, Afton Williamson as Talia Bishop and Eric Winter as Tim Bradford.Nathan Fillion's Best Guest Spots: 'American Housewife,' 'Modern Family' & More
'American Housewife,' 'Modern Family,' and more make the list.
Mark Gordon, Nathan Fillion, Michelle Chapman and Jon Steinberg all serve as executive producers along with Alexi Hawley, who is also a writer. Plus, Liz Friedlander directed and executive produced the first episode.
Watch the trailer below:
The Rookie, Fall 2018, ABC
TV News Roundup: 'Younger' & 'The Bold Type' Trailers, Ricky Gervais Lands New Comedy Series at Netflix
Sutton Foster and crew return in Younger's Season 5 trailer, which was released on Wednesday. The upcoming episodes look to have a lot of Liza-Charles action going down!
Younger, Season 5 Premiere, Tuesday, June 5, 10/9c, TV LandA Rocky Road Ahead
Season 2 of The Bold Type is back with a 2-hour premiere episode. Fans will see Sutton (Meghann Fahy) making some bold career moves, Jane (Katie Stevens) trying to fit in at her new job, and Kat (Aisha Dee) returning from her impromptu trip to visit Adena.
The Bold Type, Season 2 Premiere, Tuesday, June 12th, 8/7c, FreeformAnother Spinoff Series
YouTube Red is adding another project to its lineup. The video streaming platform has ordered a pilot TV spinoff based on the Hailee Steinfeld film, Edge of Seventeen.
The upcoming comedy will have a new cast keep on Kelly Fremon Craig, who wrote, directed and produced the movie, according to The Hollywood Reporter.He's Back
I start pre production on my new Netflix show tomorrow. It's a 6 part, dark comedy, in which I play a man who, after the death of his wife, becomes suicidal but decides to live long enough to punish the world by saying and doing whatever the fuck he likes from now on. pic.twitter.com/7AwmV6rEbd
— Ricky Gervais (@rickygervais) May 7, 2018
Ricky Gervais is returning to the comedy scene in a major way. Netflix has ordered a new dark comedy series from the funnyman called After Life. The first seasons will consist of six half-hour episodes, and Gervais will executive-produce and direct.
As mentioned in his tweet, Gervais will play Tony, a man who, after the sudden death of his wife, becomes suicidal but decides to live long enough to punish the world by saying and doing whatever he likes from now on.Two New Comedies
CBS has ordered two new sitcoms, from Damon Wayans Jr. and Cedric the Entertainer.
Cedric will be starring in Welcome to the Neighborhood, which stars Cedric as "the nicest guy in the Midwest who moves his family into a tough neighborhood in L.A. where not everyone appreciates his extreme neighborliness."
Also coming to CBS is an untitled comedy starring Damon Wayans Jr. and Amber Stevens West. The series will follow the "30-something couple, tired of their mundane life, who start to reconnect with their younger, cooler selves when a young pop star who is drawn to their super normal suburban life, moves in."TV Pilots 2018: All the Potential Shows, Pickups & Series Orders
Plus, 'Whiskey Cavalier' with Scott Foley and Lauren Cohan gets a series order and more pilot news.
[This is the weekly post-mortem column for ABC's new comedy, Splitting Up Together, courtesy of star Jenna Fischer, who plays Lena. Watch a new episode every Tuesday and then come to TV Insider to read Jenna's behind-the-scenes insights in her own words! Spoiler Alert: Read ahead only after watching this week's episode, "Letting Ghost."]
Do you ever wish you could bring your friends to work with you? Well, this week my wish came true! Fred Armisen plays Mae’s school counselor who confronts Martin (Oliver Hudson) and Lena about their divorce being confusing for Mae (Olivia Keville) because it’s “too friendly.” He encourages us to set some new boundaries.Lamorne Morris Talks Directing J.B. Smoove on 'New Girl' — Plus, a Sneak Peek! (VIDEO)
Plus, the actor gives us the scoop on working with guest star J.B. Smoove.
Fred and I go way back! We met while shooting the movie The Promotion in 2006 and became fast friends. When I fractured my back in four places a year later, he came over and took walks with me as part of my recovery. He was at my wedding to my husband, Lee Kirk, and later starred in a movie that Lee directed.
Oh! We even did a music video together for The Old 97s. He’s a great friend but he’s also amazingly funny and talented. When he agreed to come on the show I was SO EXCITED! It’s my personal goal to get him back for more!
Speaking of guest stars … Wes (Trent Garrett) is back! Our scene together was so heartbreaking. I have to say … I really like the energy between Wes and Lena. I kind of want them to reunite. You? I mean, Martin is happily dating Lisa Apple (Monica Barbaro). What do you think? Should Lena and Wes get back together? And, I personally love Martin and Lisa Apple.
But what I love most is Martin and Lena singing together! If you can believe it, they brought in a voice coach to help us figure out how to break down the song. I practiced forever just for that little bit of us singing. Speaking of singing … how about Olivia and her amazing singing voice! I think this may be a sign we need a musical episode. Who’s with me?!
Random fun fact: The Pomeranian that plays Camille’s pet dog on the show was also in a Rhianna video.
Splitting Up Together, Tuesdays, 9:30/8:30c, ABC.
This definitely doesn't bite for fans of Justin Cronin's novels!
Fox has given the series greenlight to The Passage, an adaptation of Cronin's best-selling trilogy about bloodsuckers in a post-apocalyptic landscape starring Mark-Paul Gosselaar, The Exorcist's Brianne Howey and Entourage's Emmanuelle Chriqui.'Lethal Weapon' Star Clayne Crawford Reportedly Not Returning as Martin Riggs
Now the show's third season hangs in the balance.
Described as "an epic, character-driven thriller about a secret government medical facility experimenting with a dangerous virus that could either cure all disease or cause the downfall of the human race," the series is from exec producers Matt Reeves (War for the Planet of the Apes) and Ridley Scott (Alien: Covenant).
The Passage will focus on a "10-year-old girl named Amy Bellafonte [Saniyya Sidney], who is chosen to be a test subject for this experiment and Brad Wolgast [Gosselaar], the Federal agent who becomes her surrogate father as he tries to protect her."
Boardwalk Empire's Vincent Piazza, Bloodline's Jamie McShane and Caroline Chikezie, late of The Shannara Chronicles, are also attached.
The show's IMDb page lists Lost alum Henry Ian Cusick as a cast member, but that doesn't mean he won't survive this season of The 100, where he is currently playing Kane. Then again, it doesn't mean he will survive, either. You know how they love to kill people on that one.Which 'The 100' Character Are You? (QUIZ)
Are you a fearless leader like Bellamy or are you compassionate like Clarke? Find out!
Expect to hear a LOT more pickups in the coming days as the networks begin unveiling their new fall schedules.
The Vampire Diaries' series finale aired back in March 2017, and we still can't stop thinking about the show's final line.
In the last episode, Stefan Salvatore (Paul Wesley) sacrifices himself in order to kill Katherine and save Mystic Falls, which then allows his brother, Damon Salvatore (Ian Somerhalder), to live a fully human life with his love Elena (Nina Dobrev).Ian Somerhalder and Paul Wesley Have a 'Vampire Diaries' Reunion
The former on-screen brothers joined up nearly a year after the CW show wrapped.
In a flash-forward, the brothers eventually reunite in the afterlife and Damon — in a full-circle moment — recites the line he said in the pilot episode.
The trouble-making vampire says, "Hello, brother," and then the siblings hug it out.Nina Dobrev: I Was 'Terrified' to Leave 'The Vampire Diaries'
The actress played Elena Gilbert on The CW series for six seasons.
However, that sentimental moment, while very touching, wasn't originally supposed to happen that way.
According to TVD co-creator Kevin Williamson in an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Damon was going to say, "Oh, I see they have hero hair in heaven," then hug Stefan.
But after discussing the finale with co-creator Julie Plec, they went for the tearjerker instead.
Lethal Weapon co-lead Clayne Crawford is reportedly out at the Fox hit.
Fox and Warner Bros. have allegedly decided not bring the actor back in his role as Detective Martin Riggs, and producers are said to be scrambling to replace the actor if the show gets renewed for a third season, according to multiple media reports.Could 'Lethal Weapon' Be Canceled Over Clayne Crawford's Reported Behavior?
The network is also thinking about a possible recast.
This decision comes after reports claim Crawford displayed inappropriate behavior on set, making coworkers and staff feel uncomfortable. He supposedly has a long history of behavioral issues and has been "disciplined several times over complaints of emotional abuse and creating a hostile environment," according to a report by Deadline.
Crawford apologized for his behavior on social media writing, "I absolutely love, respect and care for my crew and cast, and would never intentionally jeopardize so many jobs."
"I an incredibly sorry if my passion for doing good work has ever made anyone feel less than comfortable on our set, or feel less than celebrated for their efforts. Furthermore, I apologize to all the crew and cast for any negative attention Lethal Weapon is receiving because of these incidents," he continued.
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Sources at The Hollywood Reporter say multiple actors have been offered the role replacing Crawford, but have ultimately passed. We'll likely learn the final fate of the show during Fox's upfront presentation on Monday, May 14.
Jensen Ackles has been playing demon-slayer Dean Winchester for 13 seasons, so the Supernatural star is ready to try something different.
Don't worry, the actor isn't leaving The CW hit series! Ackles actually teased on social media that he'll be playing a different character in Season 14.
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Ackles told EW in an interview, "Over the years I’ve only ever had to just play Dean, whereas Jared has had to be Lucifer and Gadreel and all these different actual characters other than Sam.
"That is all going to change soon. Something big’s coming," he added.WATCH: 'Supernatural' Stars Jared Padalecki and Jensen Ackles on How They First Met
The onscreen brothers told CBS' 'The Talk' about how they bonded in real life.
Meanwhile, Supernatural showrunner Andrew Dabb hinted, "In terms of who the [new] character is, I will say that it’s a character that will be both unexpected and kind of a long time coming."
We can't wait to see if Ackles makes a move to the dark side.
Supernatural, Thursdays, 8/7c, The CW