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6 Biggest NFL Games to Watch This Season

Mon, 09/03/2018 - 6:00pm
 Atlanta Falcons QB Matt Ryan (2) in action vs Philadelphia Eagles Brandon Graham (55) at Lincoln Financial Field. Philadelphia, PA 1/13/2018 CREDIT: Rob Tringali (Photo by Rob Tringali /Sports Illustrated/Getty Images) (Set Number: X161621 TK1 )

Football preseason is over, and hopefully your team made it through without losing half its starters to injury. Now come the main events, as football’s regular season begins Thursday, September 6, with the Atlanta Falcons versus defending Super Bowl champion Philadelphia Eagles.

Just as Cleveland Browns standout Baker Mayfield and other rookies are looking for gridiron glory, expect some fresh coverage onscreen. Thursday Night Football heads to Fox, which has a five-year deal to simulcast the games with NFL Network starting in Week 4. Joe Buck handles play-by-play alongside analyst Troy Aikman and reporters Erin Andrews and Kristina Pink.

ESPN’s Monday Night Football debuts a new broadcast team as Joe Tessitore, Jason Witten, Booger McFarland, and Lisa Salters make their regular-season debuts Week 1 in Oakland. And to once again ensure the national games are worth watching late in the season, the NFL has applied a flex schedule to Saturday matchups on NFL Network in Weeks 15–16.

Here are six games not to miss.

Atlanta Falcons at Philadelphia Eagles

Thursday, September 6, 8:20/ 7:20c, NBC
Nick Foles? Carson Wentz? No matter who starts at quarterback, the Eagles hope this rematch of last season’s hard-fought NFC divisional playoff game (won by the Eagles 15–10) will put their "destiny" 2017 season on repeat.

NFL Regular Season Schedule 2018 NFL Regular Season Schedule 2018

Week by week NFL matchups for the 2018 season

Los Angeles Rams at Oakland Raiders

Monday, September 10, 10:20/9:20c, ESPN
In Game 2 of ESPN’s Week 1 doubleheader, network ex-analyst Jon Gruden returns as Raiders head coach. Now, "Chucky" must engineer a Silver and Black resurrection after a 6–10 season. This game against quarterback Jared Goff and the surging Rams may prove to be an early test.

Philadelphia Eagles at Jacksonville Jaguars

Sunday, October 28, 9:30am/8:30c, NFL Network
You’ll have to wake up early to catch this face-off, which is taking place at London’s Wembley Stadium. The Brits finally get to see a good one, with Jacksonville coming off an AFC championship game appearance to face the defending champs.

New Orleans Saints at Minnesota Vikings

Sunday, October 28, 8:20/7:20c, NBC
The Saints will have the "Minneapolis Miracle" on their minds as they return to the scene of their January NFC divisional playoff loss to the Vikings 29–24 when a last-second whiffed tackle snatched defeat from the jaws of victory. Expect a scorcher.

Green Bay Packers at New England Patriots

Sunday, November 4, 8:20/7:20c, NBC
If the Patriots’ Tom Brady and the Packers’ Aaron Rodgers are both healthy at this point in the season, a duel between two of the game’s best — on teams with Super Bowl potential — may be a high-scoring nail-biter where turnovers spell the difference.

Philadelphia Eagles at Los Angeles

Rams Sunday, December 16, 8:20/7:20c, NBC
The Week 15 matchup between two of the NFC’s elites could have "first round bye" implications for playoff seeding — and it might be a preview of a contest we’ll see in January.

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Mon, 09/03/2018 - 5:00pm

Forever
Series Premiere, Friday, Sept. 14

Former Saturday Night Live standouts Fred Armisen and Maya Rudolph partner to play Oscar and June, a loving and long-married couple whose life is so routine that June’s suggestion of changing up their annual lake house vacation to go skiing is a shocking departure.

“June is happy, but she wants to break out of the pattern of her life,” says Matt Hubbard, who serves as an executive producer on the show with fellow Parks and Recreation veteran Alan Yang. “That’s her journey through the series. Oscar, on the other hand, is so averse to any conflict that it’s detrimental to him living his life.”

 Maya Rudolph Is Bored With Mediocrity (VIDEO) Amazon's 'Forever' Trailer: Maya Rudolph Is Bored With Mediocrity (VIDEO)

The actress stars alongside Fred Armisen in the new Amazon series.

Needless to say, the mountain sojourn changes their lives forever. “The emotional core of the show is about whether long-term relationships can be sustainable, and if so, how?” Yang hints.

While that sounds like serious subject matter, Forever is a comedy­. Just don’t expect to see Armisen and Rudolph hamming it up SNL-style. “We wanted to explore sides of the costars that haven’t been seen as much,” explains Yang. “It’s like you’re watching Fred and Maya in a show that’s like a funnier David Lynch movie.” - Ileane Rudolph

Amazon Releases First Images From 'The Romanoffs' & Episode Lineup (PHOTOS) Amazon Releases First Images From 'The Romanoffs' & Episode Lineup (PHOTOS)

The series comes from the producer behind 'Mad Men.'

Six Dreams
Series Premiere, Friday, Sept. 7

The subjects of this docu-series give new meaning to the phrase goal-oriented. For an exclusive look at Spain’s La Liga soccer league, cameras trailed these six ambitious figures during the 2017–18 season: Saúl Ñíguez, an Atlético de Madrid midfielder; Athletic Bilbao forward Iñaki Williams; Real Betis midfielder Andrés Guardado; former Sevilla coach Eduardo Berizzo; Girona FC sports director Quique Cárcel; and Amaia Gorostiza, president of football club SD Eibar.

Also Streaming:

Transparent
Amazon recently announced it will wrap up its comedy about a transgender woman, though without star Jeffrey Tambor. There’s no Season 5 premiere date yet, so you have time to catch up. Seasons 1–4 available.

Bosch
He smokes, he drinks, he solves crimes. Renegade LAPD detective Harry Bosch (Titus Welliver) doesn’t let anything stop him from getting bad guys — even if that means bending the law every so often. Seasons 1–4 available.

Meet the Cast of ABC's New Drama 'A Million Little Things' (PHOTOS)

Mon, 09/03/2018 - 4:00pm

Don’t call it This Is Us… and more.

ABC’s new drama, A Million Little Things, about a tight-knit Boston squad rocked by a friend’s suicide, is more thirtysomething meets The Big Chill: The heartache often shares space with much-needed humor.

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

“Just when you think you can’t take any more, the world gives you a reason to laugh,” says executive producer DJ Nash. “You just have to be open to it.” Here’s the gang, including the one who leaves them wondering when it’ll be OK to laugh again.

A Million Little Things, Series Premiere, Wednesday, Sept. 26, 10/9c, ABC

RJ Cyler on Mary J. Blige Playing His Mom on 'Scream' & the Relatability of 'Sierra Burgess Is a Loser'

Mon, 09/03/2018 - 3:00pm

Whether it’s on the big screen or the small one, RJ Cyler has never been busier and it’s been five years in the making. When the 23-year-old moved with his family from Jacksonville to California, the young actor knew he wouldn’t stop until his Hollywood dreams were realized.

“There is a humbling that comes with trying to be successful,” Cyler, whose breakout role in Me and Earl and the Dying Girl, tells TV Insider. “It’s not an easy road. It’s not an easy industry to be a part of it. Acting isn’t really an industry to come into just for the clout, the attention. Even though some do, but you can tell the different when working someone who is actually passionate about it.

"It’s more than a way to make money," he continues. "These last five years every project I go on to, it’s so humbling because the last one could be the last project I ever do. But it’s not, so it’s like, ‘Yeah, let’s keep it rockin’.”

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Get to know the familiar and not-so-familiar stars of this new Netflix rom-com.

And there was a lot of rockin’ going on when Cyler found out Mary J. Blige would be playing his mom Sherry Elliot in the third season of Scream on MTV. Cyler plays local football star Deion, who hopes to secure a college football scholarship that will take him far away from Atlanta. However, his past may come back to haunt him as he becomes the target of a masked killer.

“If we’re all honest with ourselves, we’ve all sung Mary J. Blige relentlessly in the shower,” Cyler admits of the Grammy-winning performer. “Dude or woman, it happens every now and then. So, when I heard she’d be playing my mom it was more like, ‘RJ, try your best not to creep her out because you are a fan. But don’t be a fanboy right now because y’all working.

Mary J. Blige performs onstage during the 90th Annual Academy Awards (Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

“It was really cool because she also has this very sweet composure about herself. She is one of the biggest voices in music, and she is just this humble person who is so sweet and loving. It was like rocking with my regular mom. I was like, ‘Hey, mama.’ It was too good. You’ll see it on-screen.”

There is no definitive date when the show returns, but we do know it will be a straight-up reboot, standing alone from the first two seasons. Cyler was honored to have a role on the series as a fan of the films.

“They would play it through Halloween. It is that good, let’s be honest,” he recalls. “But I don’t like answering the calls when they come into the house phone when I’m alone because of the movie. I had to deal with that as a teenager. Being a part of this rendition of this franchise is very cool. There are so many different flavors this season just like the first two seasons, it’s so sweet. It makes sense the whole fan base is like, ‘What’s going on now?’ But they are going to love the characters for season three as the others just as much. I’m really excited about that to give people a new flip on the franchise.”

Another project fans are anxiously awaiting is the Netflix original Sierra Burgess Is a Loser. He plays Dan, Sierra’s (Shannon Purser) best friend. Along with the young stars of the teen-centric film, the cast also includes Lea Thompson and Chrissy Metz.

What's Coming and Going From Netflix in September 2018 What's Coming and Going From Netflix in September 2018

'Atypical,' 'American Vandal,' and more also return this month.

“Shannon is the first person I ever heard break the internet off of passing away on a TV show. Barb broke the internet. Nobody does that. Plus, I watched Stranger Things,” Cyler said. “So that was already a win in my book to be a part of this film. That and the creative process. Our director Ian [Samuels] allowed the creativeness to come through and be as honest as possible.

“When we would play these characters and while we were filming, he would ask us a lot of the questions about how the characters would react in certain situations. Then you had this crazy intricate version of how he wanted the scene. And he would nicely tell you it wasn’t what he wanted by saying, ‘You know. Your version works, and I think we can use it somewhere, but let’s try it like this.’ Working with him and the whole cast was cool.”

Stranger Things - Shannon Purser

Shannon Purser on 'Stranger Things (Netflix)

Cyler felt the same energy between your typical group of high school friends shined through. They could relate to what their characters were going through. It gave him feelings of nostalgia back to Me and Earl and the Dying Girl.

“We knew we are weirdos and accepted the fact we are weirdos. We don’t care if people look at us for being weirdos. We don’t like the norm, which is why we are in this industry. We hate the norm,” he explains. “Sierra Burgess is one of the movies I’m mostly excited about. Just a story about teenagers. The roughness of how to grow up a teenager, especially nowadays. I feel like people crave for this high school feel movie or the love at a young age movie because we’ve all been there. Also, life that changes so much because the world changes so much. My high school experience is different from yours, or my mom’s or dad’s.

“So, to be able to play that honestly with the times is very important. Sierra Burgess definitely does that. Self-worth is one of the main components of this movie. I feel like, especially with my generation, we need a grip because we have a lot of followers. Not just Instagram, Twitter, etc. People don’t think for themselves anymore, especially my generation. My generation would look at something and see that’s what someone is doing and think they should do it. That’s really the worst way to live life.”

He describes Sierra as someone who sees herself as more than what other people see her as. Cyler believes there is a level of realness that comes with the idea Sierra is within all of us at one time or another.

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“We’ve all felt we weren’t as cool as other people. Even though we’re still this beautiful person,” he reasons. “Her biggest enemy ends up being one of her best friends. It shows to knock down the barrier of the outward aesthetic. Just because you don’t look like me or are in the ‘cool’ group or wear these cool clothes… After we take away all these materialistic things, all we have is a human being and another human being. If we can talk and find common ground, we can build something bigger than ourselves.”

Cyler, who movie-goers can also see alongside Matthew McConaughey in White Boy Rick, likes to bring a relatability to all the characters he embodies. Often there is a humor to his roles with comedy playing an important part of his life. This comes to the forefront playing Adam Proteau, a hungry young stand-up comic who will do anything to make it on the Showtime '70s-set series I’m Dying Up Here.

“I think we take for granted how a laugh keeps us going. I feel like we should probably credit half of our existence to laughter,” he says. “This show changed how I deal with bad situations. They say that comedy comes from the darkest places. They say the best comedians go through the worse situations. They know how to change that into something beautiful. The show not just changed my respect on the craft but changed my respect on people who are actually doing this for a living.

RJ Cyler as Adam in I'M DYING UP HERE (Lacey Terrell/SHOWTIME)

“Being able to work with stand-up comics like Andrew Santino, Eric Griffin… then to look at an icon like [executive producer] Jim Carrey and say, ‘You know me. I’ve taken this away from you. Now what is this weird thing called your life.’ That’s what I’m Dying Here Up is. It shows the darkness that comes when chasing the dream of stand-up comedy. The unsureness. The volatility. You can be a f'ed up person and upbringing. An abusive father and brothers, losing a mom…. That, to me, is one of the most beautiful things is to do a total flip on the universe. You can have a really bad day, but you’re here smiling.”

He genuinely believes in his work, especially knowing it’s impacting others — particularly in playing Blue Power Ranger Billy Cranston in the latest Power Rangers movie. And if there is another film, Cyler wants to see the story continue with the same cast.



“I want to see the growth Jason has with his pa,” he shares. “In our movie they had the father-parent relationship like Mufasa and Simba… I want to see how deep in forgiveness and understanding both of them get with each other. They softened in the last movie, but I want to see how their relationship evolves. I also want to see more of the Trini character because there were a lot of good nuggets of who Trini is and how she could potentially be a part of the LGBT community.

“I want to see the development of that. Fan’s lives can change with that. Also, with Billy the possibilities of being a super hero on the autism spectrum. I recently went to Power Morphicon. I never felt so much love from such a big crowd people. Talking to each of them, whether they are on the spectrum or not, Billy related to them on some level. I want to continue to give that. I want to continue to give that person that makes them feel comfortable or find something in common. It gives them freedom of mind to chase what they want to chase.”

New dreams and goals are something Cyler continues to chase. And if his first five years in the industry are any indication, he is going to achieve them.

Sierra Burgess Is a Loser, Premiere, Friday, September 7, Netflix

'New Amsterdam' Is a 'Hopeful' Medical Drama, Says Creator David Schulner

Mon, 09/03/2018 - 2:00pm

The doors are set to swing open at a unique medical center: Manhattan’s (fictitious) New Amsterdam, which was inspired by Bellevue, the first public hospital in the United States. But does TV really need more doctor dramas?

"That was my question when [creator David Schulner] came to me with the idea," says executive producer Peter Horton, a Grey’s Anatomy alum who was won over by Schulner’s approach. The creator explains, "The way The West Wing made me feel hopeful in our government — that’s the spirit I wanted to capture."

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And Wednesday night has become 'Chicago' central.

The face of that hope is Dr. Max Goodwin (Ryan Eggold), a young medical director pushing to revolutionize the facility. "He is fast-paced, idealistic, fun," Schulner says. "[But] there’s not enough time to see every patient, change every rule, help every doctor."

The various cases lead to topical storylines about immigration, gun violence and foster care. As Horton says, "It’s a hospital show for this particular time."

New Amsterdam, Series Premiere, Tuesday, September 25, 10/9c, NBC

Everything We Know About 'Grey's Anatomy' Season 15

Mon, 09/03/2018 - 1:00pm

Nobody knows where you might end up, but we do know a thing or two about what will happen in Grey’s Anatomy Season 15.

The ABC medical drama is poised to become the longest-running medical drama in the history of American primetime television at the end of the season, but we’ll witness a lot of drama before then.

Here’s the skinny on what to expect from the next chapter of this Shondaland standby…

'Grey's Anatomy' Star Kim Raver on Pregnant Teddy's Love Triangle & 'Third Watch' Revival Chances 'Grey's Anatomy' Star Kim Raver on Pregnant Teddy's Love Triangle & 'Third Watch' Revival Chances

Plus, the actress weighs in on her recent foray into directing for Lifetime.

Season 15 premieres on September 27

Set your DVRs for Grey’s Anatomy’s two-hour premiere on Thursday, September 27, at 8 p.m.

Grey’s Anatomy has a special place in my heart and millions of viewers feel the same way,” ABC Entertainment President Channing Dungey said upon the show’s renewal in April, per Deadline. “Thanks to fiercely loyal fans who have been on this journey since the beginning, and new generations of viewers who continue to discover the joy and drama of Grey Sloan Memorial, the show is as strong as ever.”

It picks up pretty much where Season 14 left off

“There’s not a massive time jump,” Camilla Luddington told TVLine in July.

It’s the “Season of Love”

That’s the theme for Season 15, but you can still expect some bloodshed. “Love takes a lot of shapes,” showrunner Krista Vernoff explained to TVLine earlier this month. “Look at Romeo and Juliet — it can be bloody, it can be ugly. That’s actually become the joke in the writers’ room. We’ll pitch some bloody, ugly stuff, and everybody goes, ‘Season of Love.’”

She continued: “We have, as always, a lot of great medical cases, and as we really began to explore last season, the evolution of our doctors who began as interns [and have become] real rock-star surgeons. So all of that exists this season as the grounding force to what is fundamentally a romantic dramedy.”

GREY'S ANATOMY -ELLEN POMPEO

(ABC/Eric McCandless)

Meredith is getting down to business

“Meredith [is going to] have a new trajectory that is more focused on who she is as a single mother and surgeon,” Dungey told TVLine during the Television Critics Association’s summer press tour earlier this month. The prez also revealed Mer will undertake an “emotional” investigation “into a medical condition that is very close to her own family background and history.”

Mer will find love again

“I can confirm for you that Meredith Grey is very much a part of our Season of Love,” Vernoff said. “Yes, [Mer]’s a single mom, and that complicates a dating life. And yes, she’s a surgical marvel with new, game-changing medical ideas she’ll be pursuing. But she also hasn’t dated at all since Nathan Riggs left. And the one-two punch of meeting Nick Marsh awoke a desire in her that she can’t put back to sleep.”

“The question this season,” she adds, “is not ‘Will Meredith Grey find love again,’ but ‘With whom will she find love?’”

Meredith Will Find Love on 'Grey's Anatomy' Season 15 — But With Who? Meredith Will Find Love on 'Grey's Anatomy' Season 15 — But With Who?

Ellen Pompeo's character will re-enter the dating scene this fall.

Nick Marsh will not be back

Scott Speedman’s transplant surgeon made Mer feel sparks she hadn’t felt since Derek (Patrick Dempsey) was alive, but the actor won’t reprise the part in Season 15. “Nick was designed as a one-episode guest star, which is the whole reason Scott agreed to come play him,” Vernoff added.

We’ll see Mer out on the dating scene

“Meredith is gonna date, date, date, date, date, just like my friends who are ready to jump back into the dating world do,” Ellen Pompeo told Entertainment Weekly this month. “What does dating look like today? I think we’re almost phasing out the dating apps now. I’m hearing like people are not liking the dating apps anymore … I try to listen to everybody’s stories, all my friends and even people that I don’t like that much, so we can tell a story that resonates true with people who have been through something like this.”

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Kim Raver is coming back full-time

Dr. Teddy Altman took the interim Chief of Staff position and revealed she’s pregnant in the Season 14 finale, so prepare to see a lot more of her! Kim Raver is a series regular for the first time since Season 8. "It’s interesting," Raver told TV Insider recently about returning to the show. "In between the time I left the show and now, I moved to London because 24 had come back. I got to go do the reboot of that, which was incredible. It’s interesting to come back now to two shows. Both are near and dear to my heart. I also hold Third Watch in a special place as it was one of the first shows I did."

The Teddy-Owen-Amelia love triangle won’t be typical

“There’s definitely a lot of love going on in different ways, starting with Teddy, Owen, and Amelia,” Raver told us. “It’s going to be a different kind of love triangle, not typical … I was talking to the writers about this and I don’t want it to be a catty triangle. In some triangles, women go at it [against one another] over a man. It’s 2018, and I’m all for supporting other women. I don’t think this will be about the writers pitting [Teddy and Amelia] against each other.”

'Grey's Anatomy' Star Kim Raver on Pregnant Teddy's Love Triangle & 'Third Watch' Revival Chances 'Grey's Anatomy' Star Kim Raver on Pregnant Teddy's Love Triangle & 'Third Watch' Revival Chances

Plus, the actress weighs in on her recent foray into directing for Lifetime.

Owen doesn’t immediately find out about Teddy’s pregnancy

Kevin McKidd revealed to The Hollywood Reporter this month that Owen still doesn’t know about Teddy’s pregnancy as of the second episode of Season 15. “It takes a minute for that news to be slammed on Owen,” he said. “I think he's going to be a bit vapor-locked for a minute. He's been yearning for a family and a child for years, and now he's got too many kids! You have to be careful what you wish for!”

Chris Carmack is scrubbing in

The actor — who played Will Lexington on Nashvillewill recur as an “ortho god” in Season 15. “He’s super charming and everyone’s gonna fall madly in love with him,” Luddington told Us Weekly of the character earlier this month.

Chris Carmack on 'Nashville' (Chris Hollo/ABC via Getty Images)

Jeff Perry is reprising his role as Thatcher Grey

Mer hasn’t had the best relationship with her biological father, but we’ll see their relationship evolve in Season 15 as Scandal star Jeff Perry returns to play Thatcher Grey, who was last season in Season 7 getting a kidney stone removed. Fans haven’t seen the character in the years since his daughter Lexie (Chyler Leigh), Mer’s half-sister, died.

Jo has a productive honeymoon with Alex

“Jo and Alex are on their honeymoon in episode one, and Jo actually gets inspired and believes she may come up with a new medical innovation,” Luddington revealed to Us Weekly. “She feels like the person she would love to pursue with, because she loved doing things with her, is Meredith. So now she has to go back to Seattle and convince them to kind of do this with her.”

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Jo may find her niche

“I’ve heard rumors — rumors-rumors — that Jo might find her specialty this season, which is really exciting and is a long time coming,” Luddington told TVLine. “I’m interested to see what it is.”

Roush Review: This Fall Season, TV Gets Personal

Mon, 09/03/2018 - 12:00pm

No medium has changed more in recent years than television. How we watch: streaming, downloads, the almighty binge. Where we watch: Hello, bottomless pool of Netflix! Even when we watch, with rarely a break between so-called seasons in a nonstop and overwhelming flow of programming.

But as we assess, in our yearly tradition, a heaping new lineup of fall TV, what hasn’t changed is why we watch: The shows that matter are the ones that make us care. Echoing the breakout series from the past two years — NBC’s This Is Us and ABC’s The Good Doctor — the most promising provide strong emotional hooks, in a variety of genres, to help cut through TV’s clutter.

 All the New and Revived Shows, Plus Ones on the Move Fall TV Sneak Peek: All the New and Revived Shows, Plus Ones on the Move

NBC, CBS, and The CW are all adding to their lineups.

Even comedies can give you a lump in the throat. You’ll have to wait until November for my favorite, Netflix’s The Kominsky Method, but it’s worth it. This marvelously melancholy meditation on aging, from The Big Bang Theory’s Chuck Lorre (a personal best), stars Michael Douglas and Alan Arkin in top form as an acting teacher and legendary Hollywood agent who’ve both seen better days. As these endearing curmudgeons endure loss and life’s humiliating aches and pains, you may not know whether to laugh or cry. (Both responses are acceptable.)

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What goes around truly does come around in the TV world.

Same goes for Amazon Prime Video’s entrancing romantic comedy Forever, starring Saturday Night Live veterans Maya Rudolph and Fred Armisen in a uniquely affecting exploration of love over the very long haul. To say more would give too much away, but I devoured the entire season in a state of dazed bliss. I wish I were as attached to Jim Carrey’s creepily depressed kiddie host from Showtime’s Kidding or Jennifer Garner’s uptight wife in HBO’s off-putting Camping. They and their shows are more unpleasant than amusing.

High-concept dramas with sci-fi leanings also aim for the emotional jugular. NBC’s intriguing Manifest is built around one of those cosmic mysteries you worry will never pay off — what happened to a flight that vanished for five and a half years before landing? — but it’s just as compellingly invested in the impact on the lives forever changed by this weird phenom. Even better is Hulu’s The First, starring an excellent Sean Penn. Grounded in realism, the eight-parter tells of preparations for a manned mission to Mars that’s clouded by tragedy and complicated by all-too-human conflict.

On a lighter note, CBS’s charming God Friended Me takes a more earnest approach to its whimsical parable. The Mayor’s charismatic Brandon Micheal Hall is an atheist who’s suddenly guided to perform do-good missions by messages from a possibly divine social-media account. Tagged by a Deity? Good heavens.

Less fancifully, The CW’s All American contains appealing elements of Friday Night Lights and The O.C. in its sudsy DNA, when a high school football prodigy (Daniel Ezra) is recruited from his South L.A. neighborhood to a swank Beverly Hills squad by coach Taye Diggs. Full hearts and moist eyes are the norm on the new drama most obviously influenced by This Is Us: ABC’s tear-jerking, smartly cast buddy soap A Million Little Things, about a group of complacent friends rocked into poignant self-examination when one of the gang inexplicably kills himself. Will the suicide premise turn viewers off? Remains to be seen. It’s often hard to predict which shows can sustain over time.

Procedural crime and medical dramas tend to be easier sells. Especially when the lead is as engaging as Castle’s Nathan Fillion in ABC’s The Rookie, as a 40-year-old “walking midlife crisis” seeking new purpose as a fledgling LAPD cop. His humor and pathos make this the best of an otherwise generic and overly familiar lot that includes CBS’s gritty FBI and NBC’s pious New Amsterdam, starring The Blacklist’s Ryan Eggold as the saintly but annoyingly smug savior of a New York City public hospital.

For the flip side of heroism, Lifetime’s gripping You digs addictively deep into the psyche of a dangerously obsessed romantic (Gossip Girl’s Penn Badgley) who goes to great, grisly lengths to snare a winsome aspiring writer (Elizabeth Lail). Hard to look away from, even when you want to.

And is there a trend more pervasive on TV than nostalgia? Rising above a tepid batch of new network comedies, ABC’s The Kids Are Alright flashes back to the 1970s to introduce a bustling Irish-Catholic family that makes The Goldbergs look tame. Mary McCormack and Michael Cudlitz are hilarious as the tough-love parents of eight unruly lads.

Watch the Trailers for ABC's New Fall Series 'Whiskey Cavalier,' 'The Fix' & More (VIDEO) Watch the Trailers for ABC's New Fall Series 'Whiskey Cavalier,' 'The Fix' & More (VIDEO)

What are the new shows will you see on ABC later this year? We've got the full list by day.

Otherwise, it’s a parade of reboots (CBS’s flashy but hollow Magnum P.I., The CW’s Charmed), spinoffs (FX’s Mayans M.C., The CW’s Legacies) and one revival whose renewed timeliness is inarguable: CBS’s classic Murphy Brown, with a mission to mine laughs from our turbulent “fake news” times.

Ashlee Simpson-Ross & Evan Ross Open Up About Their New E! Show & Making Music Together

Mon, 09/03/2018 - 11:00am

After 13 years, Ashlee Simpson-Ross is once again ready to show the pieces of her through a new docuseries on E!. This time, she's joined by husband and Star actor Evan Ross.

The six-episode show, titled Ashlee+Evan, chronicles the celebrity couple as Ashlee returns to work after a decade of being a stay-at-home mom and how that changes the family dynamic. She and her spouse (who is the youngest son of Diana Ross) give viewers a glimpse into their everyday lives — the people in the circle, their creative process, and more. Through it all, they’re collaborating on projects including a duet album, which comes with a unique set of challenges.

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The new parents chronicle a big move to Austin and birth of their first child Monroe Sky on the new USA Network docuseries.

Before the show’s premiere, Ashlee and Evan sat down for a Q&A to talk about why they agreed to have cameras follow them at this stage in the game.

Take me back to when this project came about. Did you two have any trepidation about putting your life out there at this stage of the game?

Evan: Yeah. We were definitely frightened [Laughs]. It all started with me and Ashlee working on our album. We wanted to film the process because we were having a lot of fun with it. For one, it was the first time we’ve ever done it together like this. It was something that was a long time coming so we really wanted to document it.

Then it ended up kind of turning into something else. We started to realize a lot of where the inspiration came from comes from our actual life and our home life and our relationship and our family. Slowly but surely, we thought it would be nice to do a documentary or document it in some kind of way that was entertaining and [gave people a chance] to get to know us. It turned into a docuseries/reality show — we wanted it to feel very authentic. That’s how it all began, and here we are now.

Ashlee, you’ve been through the process before. What was it like to have the cameras back on you in this kind of environment?

Ashlee: It was definitely a different experience. It has been a long time, but it was nice this time to be a producer on the show. We had a hand in how it was shot and what we were doing. That was very nice but the first few days I had to get used to it.

What's great about the show is you can feel the love with your family and your support system. There are things you go through and disagreements you have, like any other couple, but it’s not drama for the sake of drama. Did you get a sense that your approach to reality TV was different?

Ashlee: Definitely.

Evan: Truthfully, we really did open up our world to the world, you could say. We didn’t want it to feel manufactured in any sort of way. We didn’t want to do something to just make people laugh or push the limits. We wanted it to feel like us. I hope and think we are entertaining enough. We really wanted to spread a positive message, too. The world is ready for positivity and love right now.

(Photo: Evans Vestal Ward/E! Entertainment)

The first episode really sets the tone for the series; There are these touching, emotional moments with mom Diana Ross listening to the music you created. What was it like to have the family agree to be shown as part of the series?

Evan: I just feel really lucky I have family that loves and supports us in the way they do. And that also trust that we’re going to do something that is right in the right kind of way. They did and do. It’s really special because they are such a huge part of our lives. My sisters, brothers, mom — especially my mom, who is such a huge inspiration in my life. She has been so supportive of me and Ashlee, marrying me and Ashlee. It was really special that we were wanting and willing to do it.

What was it like watching the show back? When you’re in the moment, I’m sure it’s a different perspective. 

Ashlee: The first time watching it I was a little nervous. Then I was happy how it came out.

Evan: I was actually impressed that it really was us.

Ashlee: Me too.

Evan: Even after the editing process we didn’t lose ourselves in it or what we were trying to do. It really felt right.

Ashlee: And the storylines are what was actually happening.

Evan: It really was truthfully going on.

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Viewers from all walks of life can certainly relate to juggling career and family — having one spouse travel for work while the other takes on the role of both parents. Even your friends are going through their own struggles, which we see on the show.

Ashlee: We have such incredible friends. I think going through the stories, sometimes we didn’t expect moments to happen. They just happened. There are moments in there that show the way we support our friends and we hope that comes to light. We would like to spread a little positivity.

Evan: I think it’s nice being able to share these experiences with people. I think, even in a working relationship, all that stuff becomes hard. When one parent has to take over a lot of the parenting and the other is working. Then it switches. It is a real thing, we all deal with it. I’m sure because I know a lot of my other friends are going through it, as well. Everybody wanting to do the best we can, I think, that is what we are showing.

What can we expect this season as it progresses? Are we going to be seeing the finished album?

Evan: You’re definitely going to see us working our way up to a performance.

Ashlee: We go on a journey of being parents, trying to find our balance. For me, it’s about getting back to work again. You see all that.

Evan: Then there is a lot of chaos and craziness.

Ashlee: Our friends are fun to watch. They are hilarious.

Ashlee, are we going to see your sister Jessica on the show?

Ashlee: Yes, she makes an appearance.

What can you tell me about the album itself? I believe it was supposed to come out this fall. Is that still the plan?

Evan: With every episode, a record will come. The first one is coming out a few days before the premiere on September 7. This way, you get to really live with us through the entire process of making this album. Even though, by the time we finish shooting, we’re still working on a lot of the music. We are still in the studio working. But you really get to see what is going on as we’re doing this album.

What kind of vibe are you going for?

Evan: It’s definitely soulful. You hear influences in our vocals. Ashlee, you always hear her rock vocals — that soulful, tone that gives such a raspy vibe.

Ashlee: It was different vibes we went through for this. We got to work with Verdine White of Earth, Wind & Fire.

Evan: He has become someone close in our life. You get a taste of a lot of different inspirations we have in the music as you listen. It was definitely a passion project.

And on top of that, you have a fashion line named after daughter Jagger Snow coming out! I don’t know how you juggle everything.

Evan: I’m not sure either right now. But we have that, we’re working on that. We released that Zadig & Voltaire capsule, which we are really proud of and loved working with them. It was a nice lead-in to the unisex line we are creating now.

(Photo by: Evans Vestal Ward/E! Entertainment)

After all you experienced in the docuseries, do you want this to be a one-and-done season or would you be open to doing more?

Evan: We’d be open. We just have to figure out what it would be about. We had an amazing experience. It worked out nicely.

Ashlee: It did. It was a nice experience.

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If the music resonates and the show is successful, could you follow it up with a tour? What are you hoping for once the show and music reach the public?

Ashlee: We would definitely love to do a tour together.

Evan: We are even talking about it now, getting out there.

Ashlee: It has been fun to start to perform together, as well, learning with each other. So that has been cool.

With your background and being husband and wife, you certainly bring something different to the table. It adds a different dynamic to what is out there.

Ashlee: That's what we think. We make great music together, and it’s something we can start now and continue to do in the future. Keep it in the family.

Ashlee+Evan, Series Premiere, Sunday, September 9, 10/9c, E!

'FBI' EP Says Dick Wolf Series Tells a Very Different Story From 'Law & Order'

Mon, 09/03/2018 - 10:00am

Dick Wolf is highlighting his next group of heroes. The überproducer who’s chronicled the lives of police and prosecutors (the Law & Order franchise, Chicago P.D.), first responders (Chicago Fire), and doctors (Chicago Med) turns his focus to the New York office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation in FBI.

"FBI is the biggest show we’ve done. It’s more timely, fast-moving and very impactful," notes executive producer Peter Jankowski, Wolf’s longtime collaborator. "It’s not the local police, so stories will be dealing with more global issues. Dick said, 'If we can tell the story on a Law & Order, we don’t want to tell it here.'"

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The series kicks off with a bang — literally — as the Feds hunt for the culprit behind a brownstone explosion that results in a heartbreaking fatality. Among the good guys fighting against terrorism: special agents Maggie Bell (Missy Peregrym) and Omar Adom “OA” Zidan (Zeeko Zaki).

Bell, a widow, comes from a family of law enforcement officers, while Zidan is a West Point graduate and former DEA agent who happens to be Muslim. As on Wolf’s other series, the Feds’ rich personal stories will also be explored when they get down to business.

FBI, Series Premiere, Tuesday, September 25, 9/8c, CBS

7 Hopes For Hulu's 'Veronica Mars' Revival

Sun, 09/02/2018 - 1:00pm

You can’t keep Veronica Mars down!

The neo-noir series, canceled by The CW in 2007, returned with a crowdfunded feature film in 2014, and now it’s on its way to Hulu for a limited run.

As creator Rob Thomas and star Kristen Bell work out the logistics, we’re focusing on our wants and needs for the new episodes. Read on, Marshmallows…

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Focus on one mystery

It’s no surprise Veronica Mars tackled two mysteries in its third season. The CW was probably nervous about alienating casual viewers with a protracted storyline, and writers were probably hard-pressed to top the season-long mysteries of Lily’s murder in Season 1 and the bus crash in Season 2. But if the revival is indeed a “short run,” as The Hollywood Reporter says, there’s not much time for multiple arcs. Better to focus on one serialized plot. Speaking of which…

Implicate the 09ers

Even before “the 1%” was the talk of the country, Veronica Mars was finding drama in the Neptune wealth gap, i.e. the socioeconomic schism between the “09ers” — the residents of the affluent 90909 zip code — and everyone else in town. In this era of anti-capitalist sentiment, the 09ers could easily be the villains of the next Veronica Mars mystery. #OccupyNeptune?

Don’t make Veronica and Logan too happy

Veronica (Bell) went from dating Piz (Chris Lowell) to dating Logan (Jason Dohring) in the span of the feature film’s 107-minute runtime. It seemed abrupt, but the LoVe shippers would not be ignored! Do any of us want to see Veronica and Logan happy, though? Isn’t the drama the best when these star-crossed lovers are yearning for one another?

Bring back Veronica’s backup

We’re not just talking about Veronica’s pit bull Backup but also Wallace (Percy Daggs III) and Mac (Tina Majorino), her partners in crime-fighting — both of whom had far too little to do in the film, in our opinions.

Let Papa Mars keep private-eying

Veronica took over Mars Investigations in the film, and she is the only heir we’d accept. But also, we can’t accept Keith Mars (Enrico Colantoni) fading quietly into retirement. Even if he’s only working part-time, we want to see him and Veronica be the father-daughter gumshoe team we’ve known and loved.

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Bring back more Neptune High alums

Why not see what some other Neptune High students are up to now? Veronica’s former boyfriends Duncan Kane (Teddy Dunn) and Troy Vandegraff (Aaron Ashmore) and Wallace’s ex Jackie Cook (Tessa Thompson) all had long arcs, and any of them would stir up drama in the revival.

Do not bring back Paris Hilton

That said, we would not be sorry if we never again saw Neptune High alum Caitlin Ford — a role for which Paris Hilton somehow missed out on an Emmy nomination. (It seems like even the writers regretted that bit of stunt casting.)

Brandi Milloy on the 'Beautiful Choreography' With Her Fellow 'Let's Eat' Hosts

Sun, 09/02/2018 - 11:00am
Host Brandi Milloy poses, as seen on Let's Eat, Season 1.

With a popular blog and the YouTube channel PopSugar Food, Brandi Milloy is skilled at blending kitchen tricks and social media trends. That puts the big-time foodie right at home alongside chef Stuart O’Keeffe and Southern-style innovator Jamika Pessoa as hosts of new recipe and lifestyle show Let’s Eat.

"The key is having that great relationship," Milloy says of the trio. "We’re always laughing. Jamika is a prankster and Stuart and I are huge Taylor Swift fans, so we drive everyone crazy dancing and singing." Their camaraderie over a well-cooked meal is addictive to watch, while they share what’s hot both in the kitchen and in the culinary world. Milloy preps some personal faves.

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The actress says,

How would you describe your cooking style?

Brandi Milloy: Fun, easy, approachable recipes. I’m a self-taught at-home cook. So, it has to work with real life. I’m also a mom to a 1-year-old, and I love hosting my friends. A lot of my style comes from making food that makes people smile. The best compliment is when everyone is quiet [while eating] and all you hear is this tiny "mmm." That really brings me a lot of joy.

What tips do you have for cooking for a large group?

When I cook for a crowd, I always do as much as I can ahead of time, so I can actually host and be part of the conversation. Also, I love making big platters or self-serving food, like slow-cooker tacos. I set out all the toppings and have my guests serve themselves.

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Are there any trends right now that you’re hooked on?

Asian food. I have a Filipino background and it’s cool to see halo-halo and all these taro flavors making a resurgence.

You’re known for meals made with staple ingredients. What do you always have on hand?

Definitely dry pasta. When you know how to make an awesome sauce out of canned tomato paste and fresh herbs, olive oil and high-quality cheese, you can do so much. And I always have refrigerated biscuits.

How do you, Jamika, and Stuart make working together look so effortless?

It’s about everyone having their role, just like if you were cooking with your family. Someone’s on chopping duty; someone else is stirring or setting the table. Everyone knows their role and it’s this beautiful choreography in the kitchen.

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Grilled Brie and Strawberries is displayed, as seen on Let's Eat, Season 1.

Grilled Brie and Strawberries

Serves 6–8

Milloy calls this delectable appetizer a "party favorite." Plus, it’s weather-proof. "It’s something you can do on a grill pan inside the home or on the grill outside," she adds.

Ingredients
One 8.8-ounce wheel of Brie
2 tablespoons peanut oil
8 ounces strawberries, hulled and sliced in half lengthwise
1⁄4 cup packed light brown sugar
3 sprigs fresh thyme
Pinch fleur de sel
Pinch red pepper flakes
Crackers, for serving
Balsamic glaze, for drizzling (optional)

Directions
Preheat a grill or grill pan to medium-high heat. Brush Brie with some oil. Grill until softened and grill marks appear, 3 to 4 minutes per side. Carefully transfer to a serving platter or board. Toss the strawberries and brown sugar in a bowl until coated. Brush grill with remaining oil and add strawberries cut-side down. Grill until the sugar is caramelized and the strawberries are tender, 1 to 2 minutes per side. Arrange strawberries around and on top of the Brie. Garnish with thyme and sprinkle with fleur de sel and red pepper flakes. Serve warm with crackers. Try a drizzle of balsamic glaze for a decadent touch.

Let’s Eat, Sundays, 9am/8am c, Food Network

Mercedes Martinez on Returning to WWE's 'Mae Young Classic'

Sat, 09/01/2018 - 5:00pm

After making the semifinals of the inaugural Mae Young Classic last year, Mercedes Martinez is back for another shot at WWE glory. Despite an impressive performance the first time around, the veteran was shocked when an email popped up asking If she wanted to enter this year’s tournament of 32.

“After going so far in the 2017 one, I kind of thought that was it,” Martinez said, backstage gearing up for the taping at Full Sail University’s Full Sail Live. “I thought I had my chance and they weren’t going to have anyone else returning. I was excited because I didn’t know who they were going to bring in. But I was ready. I’m always ready for anything when it comes to WWE.”

Martinez is one of the most decorated and respected women’s wrestlers with a career that spans almost two decades. She believes her emotions are in check for the second event, replaced by excitement. The same feeling can be seen through the eyes of many of the other participants walking the halls. Martinez is grateful t have another WWE experience.

“It’s a long day. You get up early prepared for what the day will bring. You see all these rehearsals that happen for production and lighting and cameras and the photo shoots. And you still have to prepare for a match. Your day is really long, but you take it in stride,” she said.

“Take the moment to enjoy everything that is happening because you never know when you are done in this business. Every photo shoot I get I think, ‘I’m going to work it.’ You think of it as almost a once in the lifetime opportunity that you might not get again. Live in the moment. That’s how I feel every time I come to WWE.”

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The basketball standout turned accomplished grappler describes the positive atmosphere in the locker room. Martinez admits to getting nervous before every match with the Mae Young Classic no exception.

“The girls are all supportive of each other,” she said. “We’re checking out each other’s gear. It’s very much a family atmosphere when it comes to the girls. We all want to support one another no matter how far anyone goes in this tournament. There is not cattiness, which is something different than when I first came up in this business. It’s nice to see that.”

(Credit: Nick Mayberry)

Martinez already knows what kind of impact getting the WWE exposure can have as she continues the grind on the independent scene. The consummate athlete was overwhelmed by the strong response to her matches in last year’s Mae Young Classic.

“I was able to win over new fans,” she said. “I’ve had people come up to me saying they like my style because it’s so hard-hitting. They became fans because of the Mae Young Classic. It’s a good feeling because then I know all this hard work on this main stage actually shows what Mercedes Martinez is all about.

“It’s good because I know that my style of wrestling is something different that I can showcase to the world. It’s amazing. I love my fans. Even the little girls who come out. I know there are a few who have come to me saying, ‘We love you so much. You’re Puerto Rican.’ That’s one thing that is important to me. Representing my heritage and show that to the world. It’s something truly amazing.”

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The 'Blasian Baddie' rebounded from injury, and is motivated to outlast 31 others in the all-female tournament.

From the beaming smile and expressive tattoos, the “Latin Sensation” lets her personality shine through. That includes ring attire, which in the past has been inspired by a love of video game characters and comic super heroes. A favorite is Batman, which you can tell by the iconic ink on her arm.

“He is just a normal guy with money. Not that I have money or anything like that, but he is a human. He just wants to be out there saving the world and doing his duty and providing justice for all,” she said. “Batman is my guy because he isn’t Superman. He didn’t get bit by a spider. His natural abilities get him through. He is training hard, always prepared for the unexpected.

“That’s what I do. I study everyone. I study my opponents and who I’m going to get in the ring with. If I’m watching a girl because they are asking for my opinion, I’m also scouting them for the future. It’s kind of like Batman. Even in Justice League, he knows everyone’s weakness. Even his own.”

So many highlights from my time as part of the #MaeYoungClassic, including spending time with @NaomiWWE. pic.twitter.com/zLeGPrVg1w

— Mercedes Martinez (@RealMMartinez) September 13, 2017

Martinez couldn’t be happier for female crime fighters with Wonder Woman tearing up the box office and a progressive Batwoman CW series on the horizon. She is proud to help spread the message of women’s equality and empowerment within her own industry.

“I think we’re not in the backburner anymore. We are putting ourselves in front. We want to be taken seriously,” Martinez said. “We want to show that girl power. We’re super heroes in our own right no matter what we are doing. Whether it’s in this business or outside of here like gymnastics or basketball. I think as long as we keep pushing forward, there is nothing that any female can’t accomplish.”

From the moment Martinez steps foot in the building, she could feel the love within WWE. The well-traveled star gets the sense they want to challenge each person they invest in to do their best.

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The near 13-year vet (aka Madison Rayne) will participate in the 32-woman elimination tournament.

“They want to raise the bar, so you have to reach that bar and beyond. Working with WWE, I’ve learned to always raise myself above others and making sure my level of professionalism is on par with what they want,” Martinez said.

“The staff here is so welcoming and supportive. Once you come to WWE, they level you up. Coming here, this is the big dogs. You always have to be TV ready as they say. I’m happy to just be a part of it. Whether I get a contract or not. The goal is to always get a contract. The fact that I’m back means that they like who I am and what I have to offer. So, anything that I can do to help women’s wrestling I want to be a part of it. Just to be part of WWE and help that brand, I’m happy doing that in any way possible.”

(Credit: Nick Mayberry)

For Martinez, she is coming in 10 times more ready than last year. Added motivation comes in the form of a chance to work the first-ever all-women’s WWE Pay-Per-View titled Evolution on October 28. The historic event will feature the finals of the Mae Young Classic. The pioneer hopes to be a part of it.

“I feel I earned it after 18 years of working in professional wrestling and helping others get there’s. It’s time for Mercedes Martinez to be at that forefront,” she said. “This is what I worked my whole life for. I want to be at the forefront of this evolution. I’ve worked from being seen as a valet or only eye candy. Those days are over. I worked hard to make sure that stigma is not relevant at this moment.”

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We are already thinking of the potential showdowns featuring current WWE female superstars & legends mixing it up for the historic event.

The landscape of women’s wrestling was far different when she entered the industry at the turn of the new millennium. Martinez had to scrape and claw for every accomplishment or accolade. She continues to be that beacon, a cornerstone of promotions including SHIMMER Women Athletes and SHINE Wrestling. They have provided an invaluable platform for many of today’s top names to hone their skills and get noticed.

“You always had to go to Japan to see really good women’s wrestling,” Martinez recalled. “You had to go over there to see the grittiness When SHIMMER and SHINE started, we wanted to focus on women’s wrestling. I think the fans wanted to see that. I think when you have such a big following and people want this caliber of matches.

“When you have this much talent internationally involved, people are going to take notice. I think WWE saw that and followed that trend. Even if it happened years afterward, they were following the trend. For us to be here right now with SHIMMER still going strong and SHINE strong and all these new companies popping up. It gives us hope that women’s wrestling is not in the background anymore. We’re taken seriously as athletes.”

WWE Mae Young Classic 2018 (taped), beginning Wednesday, September 5, 9/8c, WWE Network

7 Shows to Check Out If You Miss 'The 100' (PHOTOS)

Sat, 09/01/2018 - 3:00pm

Well, it's that tragic time of year again: The CW's The 100 has entered its likely-longer-than-six-month hiatus.

There are no trailers, filming and writer's room spoilers are scarce, and any photos from the set are analyzed from top to bottom for the tiniest of details that might illuminate what's to come. In the face of such a drought, what's a devoted fan to do?

Of course, re-watching all five seasons is always an option. But why not branch out? Click through the gallery above for seven shows that'll help you pass the time until Clarke, Bellamy, Raven, and the rest of the kru are back on our screens.

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How 'Charmed' & Other TV Reboots, Spinoffs & Adaptations Stack Up to the Originals (PHOTOS)

Sat, 09/01/2018 - 1:00pm

What goes around truly does come around in the TV world.

Nothing proves that more than the upcoming 2018-2019 television programming slate. It seems like every week networks are announcing a new revival, reboot, spinoff, or movie-to-TV adaptation. We've got everything from classics like Murphy Brown to cult favorites like Buffy the Vampire Slayer.

Click through the gallery above for our take on some of the upcoming series and how they stack up against their original source material.

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5 'Outlander' Characters We'd Love to See Have Spinoff Series

Sat, 09/01/2018 - 11:00am

Outlander is all about Jamie and Claire's love story, and we're not mad about it.

The Starz series, which returns for its fourth season in November, focuses on its two lead characters (of course) but also features a number of complex, interesting supporting characters. So much so, that we'd love to learn more about them.

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But with so little time, and so much ground to cover, some of their storylines and character arcs are cut short.

So, if Starz were to grant fans even more Outlander tales (hope so!), these are five characters who'd we love to see be further developed in a potential spinoff series. Check them out in the gallery above.

Outlander, Season 4 Premiere, Sunday, November 4, 8/7c, Starz

NFL Regular Season Schedule 2018

Fri, 08/31/2018 - 6:00pm
Nick Foles Philadelphia Eagles

The 2018 NFL regular season kicks off Thursday, September 6, at Lincoln Financial Field, home of the Super Bowl LII champion Philadelphia Eagles, as they take on the Atlanta Falcons. The Eagles narrowly beat the Falcons 15-10 in an NFC divisional playoff game last season.

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With matchups like the Patriots versus Green Bay Packers and more.

Here's the whole week-by-week NFL schedule for the 2018 regular season:

2018 NFL SCHEDULE

All Times Eastern. Not All Games Are Televised In All Areas. Check Local Listings For Games Available In Your Area. Local Blackout Restrictions Apply. Schedule Subject To Change.

WEEK 1
Thursday, Sept. 6
Atlanta at Philadelphia, 8:20pm (NBC)
Sunday, Sept. 9
Buffalo at Baltimore, 1pm (CBS)
Pittsburgh at Cleveland, 1pm (CBS)
Cincinnati at Indianapolis, 1pm (CBS)
Tennessee at Miami, 1pm (FOX)
San Francisco at Minnesota, 1pm (FOX)
Houston at New England, 1pm (CBS)
Tampa Bay at New Orleans, 1pm (FOX)
Jacksonville at N.Y. Giants, 1pm (FOX)
Kansas City at L.A. Chargers, 4:05pm (CBS)
Washington at Arizona, 4:25pm (FOX)
Dallas at Carolina, 4:25pm (FOX)
Seattle at Denver, 4:25pm (FOX)
Chicago at Green Bay, 8:20pm (NBC)
Monday, Sept. 10
N.Y. Jets at Detroit, 7:10pm (ESPN)
L.A. Rams at Oakland, 10:20pm (ESPN)

WEEK 2
Thursday, Sept. 13
Baltimore at Cincinnati, 8:20pm (NFL Network)
Sunday, Sept. 16
Carolina at Atlanta, 1pm (FOX)
L.A. Chargers at Buffalo, 1pm (CBS)
Minnesota at Green Bay, 1pm (FOX)
Cleveland at New Orleans, 1pm (FOX)
Miami at N.Y. Jets, 1pm (CBS)
Kansas City at Pittsburgh, 1pm (CBS)
Philadelphia at Tampa Bay, 1pm (FOX)
Houston at Tennessee, 1pm (CBS)
Indianapolis at Washington, 1pm (CBS)
Arizona at L.A. Rams, 4:05pm (FOX)
Detroit at San Francisco, 4:05pm (FOX)
Oakland at Denver, 4:25pm (CBS)
New England at Jacksonville, 4:25pm (CBS)
N.Y. Giants at Dallas, 8:20pm (NBC)
Monday, Sept. 17
Seattle at Chicago, 8:15pm (ESPN)

WEEK 3
Thursday, Sept. 20
N.Y. Jets at Cleveland, 8:20pm (NFL Network)
Sunday, Sept. 23
New Orleans at Atlanta, 1pm (FOX)
Denver at Baltimore, 1pm (CBS)
Cincinnati at Carolina, 1pm (CBS)
N.Y. Giants at Houston, 1pm (FOX)
Tennessee at Jacksonville, 1pm (CBS)
San Francisco at Kansas City, 1pm (FOX)
Oakland at Miami, 1pm (CBS)
Buffalo at Minnesota, 1pm (CBS)
Indianapolis at Philadelphia, 1pm (FOX)
Green Bay at Washington, 1pm (FOX)
L.A. Chargers at L.A. Rams, 4:05pm (CBS)
Chicago at Arizona, 4:25pm (FOX)
Dallas at Seattle, 4:25pm (FOX)
New England at Detroit, 8:20pm (NBC)
Monday, Sept. 24
Pittsburgh at Tampa Bay, 8:15pm (ESPN)

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The big question: Will Fox get better games or get rid of those hideous color rush uniforms?

WEEK 4
Thursday, Sept. 27
Minnesota at L.A. Rams, 8:20pm (FOX/NFL Network)
Sunday, Sept. 30
Cincinnati at Atlanta, 1pm (CBS)
Tampa Bay at Chicago, 1pm (FOX)
Detroit at Dallas, 1pm (FOX)
Buffalo at Green Bay, 1pm (CBS)
Houston at Indianapolis, 1pm (CBS)
N.Y. Jets at Jacksonville, 1pm (FOX)
Miami at New England, 1pm (CBS)
Philadelphia at Tennessee, 1pm (FOX)
Seattle at Arizona, 4:05pm (FOX)
Cleveland at Oakland, 4:05pm (FOX)
San Francisco at L.A. Chargers, 4:25pm (CBS)
New Orleans at N.Y. Giants, 4:25pm (CBS)
Baltimore at Pittsburgh, 8:20pm (NBC)
Monday, Oct. 1
Kansas City at Denver, 8:15pm (ESPN)
Byes: Carolina, Washington

WEEK 5
Thursday, Oct. 4
Indianapolis at New England, 8:20pm (FOX/NFL Network)
Sunday, Oct. 7
Tennessee at Buffalo, 1pm (CBS)
N.Y. Giants at Carolina, 1pm (FOX)
Miami at Cincinnati, 1pm (CBS)
Baltimore at Cleveland, 1pm (CBS)
Green Bay at Detroit, 1pm (FOX)
Jacksonville at Kansas City, 1pm (CBS)
Denver at N.Y. Jets, 1pm (CBS)
Atlanta at Pittsburgh, 1pm (FOX)
Oakland at L.A. Chargers, 4:05pm (CBS)
Minnesota at Philadelphia, 4:25pm (FOX)
Arizona at San Francisco, 4:25pm (FOX)
L.A. Rams at Seattle, 4:25pm (FOX)
Dallas at Houston, 8:20pm (NBC)*
Monday, Oct. 8
Washington at New Orleans, 8:15pm (ESPN)
Byes: Chicago, Tampa Bay

* Flexible Schedule Week. Sunday night games in Weeks 5-16 subject to change.

WEEK 6
Thursday, Oct. 11
Philadelphia at N.Y. Giants, 8:20pm (FOX/NFL Network)
Sunday, Oct. 14
Tampa Bay at Atlanta, 1pm (FOX)
Pittsburgh at Cincinnati, 1pm (CBS)
L.A. Chargers at Cleveland, 1pm (CBS)
Buffalo at Houston, 1pm (CBS)
Chicago at Miami, 1pm (FOX)
Arizona at Minnesota, 1pm (FOX)
Indianapolis at N.Y. Jets, 1pm (CBS)
Seattle at Oakland (London), 1pm (FOX)
Carolina at Washington, 1pm (FOX)
L.A. Rams at Denver, 4:05pm (FOX)
Jacksonville at Dallas, 4:25pm (CBS)
Baltimore at Tennessee, 4:25pm (CBS)
Kansas City at New England, 8:20pm (NBC)*
Monday, Oct. 15
San Francisco at Green Bay, 8:15pm (ESPN)
Byes: Detroit, New Orleans

WEEK 7
Thursday, Oct. 18
Denver at Arizona, 8:20pm (FOX/NFL Network)
Sunday, Oct. 21
Tennessee at L.A. Chargers (London), 9:30am (CBS)
New England at Chicago, 1pm (CBS)
Buffalo at Indianapolis, 1pm (CBS)
Houston at Jacksonville, 1pm (CBS)
Cincinnati at Kansas City, 1pm (CBS)
Detroit at Miami, 1pm (FOX)
Minnesota at N.Y. Jets, 1pm (FOX)
Carolina at Philadelphia, 1pm (FOX)
Cleveland at Tampa Bay, 1pm (FOX)
New Orleans at Baltimore, 4:05pm (FOX)
Dallas at Washington, 4:25pm (CBS)
L.A. Rams at San Francisco, 8:20pm (NBC)*
Monday, Oct. 22
N.Y. Giants at Atlanta, 8:15pm (ESPN)
Byes: Green Bay, Oakland, Pittsburgh, Seattle

WEEK 8
Thursday, Oct. 25
Miami at Houston, 8:20pm (FOX/NFL Network)
Sunday, Oct. 28
Philadelphia at Jacksonville (London), 9:30am (NFL Network)
Baltimore at Carolina, 1pm (CBS)
N.Y. Jets at Chicago, 1pm (CBS)
Tampa Bay at Cincinnati, 1pm (FOX)
Seattle at Detroit, 1pm (FOX)
Denver at Kansas City, 1pm (CBS)
Washington at N.Y. Giants, 1pm (FOX)
Cleveland at Pittsburgh, 1pm (CBS)
Indianapolis at Oakland, 4:05pm (CBS)
San Francisco at Arizona, 4:25pm (FOX)
Green Bay at L.A. Rams, 4:25pm (FOX)
New Orleans at Minnesota, 8:20pm (NBC)*
Monday, Oct. 29
New England at Buffalo, 8:15pm (ESPN)
Byes: Atlanta, Dallas, L.A. Chargers, Tennessee

WEEK 9
Thursday, Nov. 1
Oakland at San Francisco, 8:20pm (FOX/NFL Network)
Sunday, Nov. 4
Pittsburgh at Baltimore, 1pm (CBS)
Chicago at Buffalo, 1pm (FOX)
Tampa Bay at Carolina, 1pm (FOX)
Kansas City at Cleveland, 1pm (CBS)
N.Y. Jets at Miami, 1pm (CBS)
Detroit at Minnesota, 1pm (FOX)
Atlanta at Washington, 1pm (FOX)
Houston at Denver, 4:05pm (CBS)
L.A. Chargers at Seattle, 4:05pm (CBS)
L.A. Rams at New Orleans, 4:25pm (FOX)
Green Bay at New England, 8:20pm (NBC)*
Monday, Nov. 5
Tennessee at Dallas, 8:15pm (ESPN)
Byes: Arizona, Cincinnati, Indianapolis, Jacksonville, N.Y. Giants, Philadelphia

WEEK 10
Thursday, Nov. 8
Carolina at Pittsburgh, 8:20pm (FOX/NFL Network)
Sunday, Nov. 11
Detroit at Chicago, 1pm (FOX)
New Orleans at Cincinnati, 1pm (FOX)
Atlanta at Cleveland, 1pm (FOX)
Miami at Green Bay, 1pm (CBS)
Jacksonville at Indianapolis, 1pm (CBS)
Arizona at Kansas City, 1pm (FOX)
Buffalo at N.Y. Jets, 1pm (CBS)
Washington at Tampa Bay, 1pm (FOX)
New England at Tennessee, 1pm (CBS)
L.A. Chargers at Oakland, 4:05pm (FOX)
Seattle at L.A. Rams, 4:25pm (CBS)
Dallas at Philadelphia, 8:20pm (NBC)*
Monday, Nov. 12
N.Y. Giants at San Francisco, 8:15pm (ESPN)
Byes: Baltimore, Denver, Houston, Minnesota

WEEK 11
Thursday, Nov. 15
Green Bay at Seattle, 8:20pm (FOX/NFL Network)
Sunday, Nov. 18
Dallas at Atlanta, 1pm (FOX)
Cincinnati at Baltimore, 1pm (CBS)
Minnesota at Chicago, 1pm (FOX)
Carolina at Detroit, 1pm (FOX)
Tennessee at Indianapolis, 1pm (CBS)
Philadelphia at New Orleans, 1pm (FOX)
Tampa Bay at N.Y. Giants, 1pm (FOX)
Houston at Washington, 1pm (CBS)
Oakland at Arizona, 4:05pm (CBS)
Denver at L.A. Chargers, 4:05pm (CBS)
Pittsburgh at Jacksonville, 8:20pm (NBC)*
Monday, Nov. 19
Kansas City at L.A. Rams (Mexico City), 8:15pm (ESPN)
Byes: Buffalo, Cleveland, Miami, New England, N.Y. Jets, San Francisco

WEEK 12
Thursday, Nov. 22
Chicago at Detroit, 12:30pm (CBS)
Washington at Dallas, 4:30pm (FOX)
Atlanta at New Orleans, 8:20pm (NBC)
Sunday, Nov. 25
Oakland at Baltimore, 1pm (CBS)
Jacksonville at Buffalo, 1pm (CBS)
Seattle at Carolina, 1pm (FOX)
Cleveland at Cincinnati, 1pm (CBS)
Miami at Indianapolis, 1pm (CBS)
New England at N.Y. Jets, 1pm (CBS)
N.Y. Giants at Philadelphia, 1pm (FOX)
San Francisco at Tampa Bay, 1pm (FOX)
Arizona at L.A. Chargers, 4:05pm (FOX)
Pittsburgh at Denver, 4:25pm (CBS)
Green Bay at Minnesota, 8:20pm (NBC)*
Monday, Nov. 26
Tennessee at Houston, 8:15pm (ESPN)
Byes: Kansas City, L.A. Rams

WEEK 13
Thursday, Nov. 29
New Orleans at Dallas, 8:20pm (FOX/NFL Network)
Sunday, Dec. 2
Baltimore at Atlanta, 1pm (CBS)
Denver at Cincinnati, 1pm (CBS)
L.A. Rams at Detroit, 1pm (FOX)
Arizona at Green Bay, 1pm (FOX)
Cleveland at Houston, 1pm (CBS)
Indianapolis at Jacksonville, 1pm (CBS)
Buffalo at Miami, 1pm (CBS)
Chicago at N.Y. Giants, 1pm (FOX)
L.A. Chargers at Pittsburgh, 1pm (CBS)
Carolina at Tampa Bay, 1pm (FOX)
Kansas City at Oakland, 4:05pm (CBS)
N.Y. Jets at Tennessee, 4:05pm (CBS)
Minnesota at New England, 4:25pm (FOX)
San Francisco at Seattle, 8:20pm (NBC)*
Monday, Dec. 3
Washington at Philadelphia, 8:15pm (ESPN)

WEEK 14
Thursday, Dec. 6
Jacksonville at Tennessee, 8:20pm (FOX/NFL Network)
Sunday, Dec. 9
N.Y. Jets at Buffalo, 1pm (CBS)
L.A. Rams at Chicago, 1pm (FOX)
Carolina at Cleveland, 1pm (FOX)
Atlanta at Green Bay, 1pm (FOX)
Indianapolis at Houston, 1pm (CBS)
Baltimore at Kansas City, 1pm (CBS)
New England at Miami, 1pm (CBS)
New Orleans at Tampa Bay, 1pm (FOX)
N.Y. Giants at Washington, 1pm (FOX)
Cincinnati at L.A. Chargers, 4:05pm (CBS)
Denver at San Francisco, 4:05pm (CBS)
Detroit at Arizona, 4:25pm (FOX)
Philadelphia at Dallas, 4:25pm (FOX)
Pittsburgh at Oakland, 8:20pm (NBC)*
Monday, Dec. 10
Minnesota at Seattle, 8:15pm (ESPN)

WEEK 15
Thursday, Dec. 13
L.A. Chargers at Kansas City, 8:20pm (FOX/NFL Network)
Saturday, Dec. 15
Cleveland at Denver, 4:30pm or 8:20pm (NFL Network)
Houston at N.Y. Jets, 4:30pm or 8:20pm (NFL Network)
Sunday, Dec. 16
Arizona at Atlanta, 1pm (FOX)
Tampa Bay at Baltimore, 1pm (FOX)
Detroit at Buffalo, 1pm (FOX)
Green Bay at Chicago, 1pm (FOX)
Oakland at Cincinnati, 1pm (CBS)
Dallas at Indianapolis, 1pm (FOX)
Washington at Jacksonville, 1pm (FOX)
Miami at Minnesota, 1pm (CBS)
Tennessee at N.Y. Giants, 1pm (CBS)
Seattle at San Francisco, 4:05pm (FOX)
New England at Pittsburgh, 4:25pm (CBS)
Philadelphia at L.A. Rams, 8:20pm (NBC)*
Monday, Dec. 17
New Orleans at Carolina, 8:15pm (ESPN)

WEEK 16
Saturday, Dec. 22
TBA, 4:30pm (NFL Network)**
TBA, 8:20pm (NFL Network)**
Sunday, Dec. 23
Atlanta at Carolina, 1pm (FOX)
Cincinnati at Cleveland, 1pm (CBS)
Tampa Bay at Dallas, 1pm (FOX)
Minnesota at Detroit, 1pm (FOX)
N.Y. Giants at Indianapolis, TBA**
Jacksonville at Miami, TBA**
Washington at Tennessee, TBA**
Buffalo at New England, 1pm (CBS)
Green Bay at N.Y. Jets, 1pm (FOX)
Houston at Philadelphia, 1pm (CBS)
Baltimore at L.A. Chargers, TBA**
L.A. Rams at Arizona, 4:05pm (FOX)
Chicago at San Francisco, 4:05pm (FOX)
Pittsburgh at New Orleans, 4:25pm (CBS)
Kansas City at Seattle, 8:20pm (NBC)*
Monday, Dec. 24
Denver at Oakland, 8:15pm (ESPN)

** In Week 16, two of four possible games will be played on Saturday. Schedule to be announced no later than after Week 8.

WEEK 17
Sunday, Dec. 30
Cleveland at Baltimore, 1pm (CBS)
Miami at Buffalo, 1pm (CBS)
Detroit at Green Bay, 1pm (FOX)
Jacksonville at Houston, 1pm (CBS)
Oakland at Kansas City, 1pm (CBS)
Chicago at Minnesota, 1pm (FOX)
N.Y. Jets at New England, 1pm (CBS)
Carolina at New Orleans, 1pm (FOX)
Dallas at N.Y. Giants, 1pm (FOX)
Cincinnati at Pittsburgh, 1pm (CBS)
Atlanta at Tampa Bay, 1pm (FOX)
Indianapolis at Tennessee, 1pm (CBS)
Philadelphia at Washington, 1pm (FOX)
L.A. Chargers at Denver, 4:25pm (CBS)
San Francisco at L.A. Rams, 4:25pm (FOX)
Arizona at Seattle, 4:25pm (FOX)
TBA, 8:20pm (NBC)*

PLAYOFFS

Saturday, Jan. 5 and Sunday, Jan. 6
AFC and NFC Wild Card Playoffs (ABC/ESPN, CBS, FOX & NBC)
Saturday, Jan. 12 and Sunday, Jan. 13
AFC and NFC Divisional Playoffs (CBS, FOX & NBC)
Sunday, Jan. 20
AFC and NFC Championship Games (CBS & FOX)
Sunday, Jan. 27
Pro Bowl in Orlando, Fla. (ABC/ESPN)
Sunday, Feb. 3
Super Bowl LIII in Atlanta (CBS)

* Flexible Schedule Week. Sunday night games in Weeks 5-16 subject to change; Week 17 Sunday night game to be announced. ** In Week 16, two of four possible games will be played on Saturday. Schedule to be announced no later than after Week 8.

Xia Brookside on Being the Youngest Competitor in the WWE 'Mae Young Classic'

Fri, 08/31/2018 - 4:00pm

While most 16-year-olds are studying for their driver’s licenses, Xia Brookside was preparing to enter the family business of professional wrestling.

Fast-forward three years and the 19-year-old daughter of Robbie Brookside is gearing up for her biggest opportunity to date — being the youngest woman among the field of 32 top female grapplers competing in the second WWE Mae Young Classic. Brookside wants to not only prove herself worthy of the decision to put her in the tournament, but also to make dad proud.

“This is the first time my dad is going to see me wrestle live,” Brookside said, hours before the tournament taping got underway at Full Sail University’s Full Sail Live.

(Credit: Nick Mayberry)

“Luckily, it’s at the Mae Young Classic. All of these women have worked very hard to be here. So, it’s a great experience to be in it at such a very young age. I’ve wrestled at a fair few places. I’ve wrestled around the world. Now I get to show everybody what exactly I’ve worked hard to do.”

Brookside is inspired by her father’s success in the British wrestling scene. He lends his wealth of experience as a coach at the WWE Performance Center. The WWE prospect also finds motivation in those who came before. Particularly, a certain SmackDown Live general manager who was signed by the company at age 18.

“I was so excited hearing Paige got signed,” Brookside said. “She was a female wrestler kind of in the same boat as me. She was this second-generation wrestler from a British family. As soon as she came over she got me thinking, ‘Hey, I can do that too. I can go out there and make a name for myself.’ And here I am.”

Over the last three years, the firecracker refined her skills in five countries. The evolution can be seen in the hair. Today’s color scheme is eye-catching cotton candy pink and blue.

“When I first started wrestling I was just a plain blond,” she said. “Then I went through a gray phase. Then I started to find myself and found that I was this bubbly, outgoing character. Then I dyed my hair bright pink. Then it has been growing from then on.

“Now my image is, ‘Hey, look at me.’ I’m a little bit crazy. That’s what has built me up wrestling.’ I look back at my first match now, and I think about all I’ve done. I’ve done all this now and improved so much in the ring. I feel like I’ve improved outside the ring too mentally. Traveling the world can take its toll on your body. I feel like I’ve progressed since then.”

Xia Brookside hugs her dad Robbie Brookside at the 'Mae Young Classic' taping at Full Sail LIve. (Nick Mayberry)

Robbie Brookside wasn’t too keen on his daughter lacing up the boots. The accomplished veteran knows the grind of the road and the sacrifices that he made to become successful in an often-thankless industry.

“When I told him that I wanted to start wrestling he was like, ‘Ahh,’” Brookside said. “Then he said, ‘Well, if you want to. Go out there and train for yourself. Go out there and work hard. Make a name for yourself, and you do it off your own back.

“That’s exactly what I did. Now he gets to see me wrestle live, which we are so excited about. I get to show him what I’ve been doing. I get to show him I’ve put in that hard work. I get to show the WWE Universe and the crowd at the Mae Young Classic. It’s a great feeling.”

Despite the obvious competitive, Brookside remains focused and confident in her abilities. She has taken one piece of advice to heart before passing through the curtain.

Mia Yim Is Ready to Make the Most of Her Second Chance in the WWE's 'Mae Young Classic' Mia Yim Is Ready to Make the Most of Her Second Chance in the WWE's 'Mae Young Classic'

The 'Blasian Baddie' rebounded from injury, and is motivated to outlast 31 others in the all-female tournament.

“I think the biggest thing he said to me is that there is no expectation,” she said. “There is no expectation from him that I have to live up to. There isn’t the extra pressure added on. He just said, ‘Go out there and do what you do and do what you have been doing and have fun.”

The youngster is looking forward to testing herself against the biggest and best in the Mae Young Classic.

“All of these women have made names for themselves, and I would love to wrestle them all,” she said.

“I’ve wrestled a few of the girls before. I’ve wrestled them in Japan. I’ve wrestled Io Shirai, who is incredible and one of the top female wrestlers in the world today. I’ve stepped in the ring with Hiroyo [Matsumoto] and also Toni Storm in England. There are a few I’ve already wrestled, but anyone you want to put me in there with I’m ready.”

Ashley Rayne Plans to Impress, Earn WWE Contract in Second 'Mae Young Classic' Ashley Rayne Plans to Impress, Earn WWE Contract in Second 'Mae Young Classic'

The near 13-year vet (aka Madison Rayne) will participate in the 32-woman elimination tournament.

The finals of the Mae Young Classic will take place at the inaugural WWE all-women’s Evolution Pay-Per-View on October 28. Win or lose, Brookside has one clear goal: Becoming a WWE superstar.

“Who doesn’t want a WWE contract? I’m ready now,” she said.

WWE Mae Young Classic 2018 (taped), beginning Wednesday, September 5, 9/8c, WWE Network

'Fear the Walking Dead' Star Maggie Grace Teases Human Nature is the Real Enemy

Fri, 08/31/2018 - 2:00pm
Fear the Walking Dead

Things on Fear the Walking Dead are about to heat up — literally.

For a weakened Althea, aka AI (Maggie Grace), and distraught June (Jenna Elfman), who’ve been separated from the rest of the apocalypse survivors in the wake of a hurricane, undead walkers may be the least of their worries.

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Fashion isn't a high priority on post-apocalyptic Earth, but let’s face it: everyone looks good (except for the walkers)!

On Sunday night’s episode, directed by cast member Colman Domingo (the mysterious Victor Strand), food, water and medicine are in short supply. Oh, and Althea is about to be struck by an intense fever. “The cool thing with this series is that the big bad is never the zombies. It’s always human nature,” says Grace. “We’re all just vulnerable fleshy bags of water.”

Up until this point, the intrepid journalist has been a solitary force as she uses her camera to document the hellscape around her. But these dire straits could be exactly what it takes to convince AI that there’s an upside to aligning herself with others. “In the past, her closest and most stable relationship has been with a SWAT van, for heaven’s sake,” says Grace. “Now she’s at risk of caring for this group. They need her and she needs them.”

Of course, allowing herself to lean on the shifty June — whose aliases include “Laura” and “Naomi” — won’t be easy. “Trust is earned in this world, and June has not exactly been straight-up,” Grace says. Alas, June might be all she’s got, especially when AI’s beloved van, possibly containing hidden medicine, is stolen. Says Grace, “That’s her safe haven, and she will risk anything to stay connected to it.”

AI’s quest to regain that sense of safety will, inevitably, entail battling a you-know-what while impaired by her feverish state. And according to Grace, we’ve only begun to see this character be put to the test: “She’s still got more to lose, actually, after this… believe it or not.” (Listen to the full interview - free download/subscribe - on our new TV Babble Podcast via Itunes and Stitcher

Fear the Walking Dead, Sundays, 9/8c, AMC

First Look: Jane Doe Heads to Tokyo in the 'Blindspot' Season 4 Premiere (PHOTO)

Fri, 08/31/2018 - 1:00pm

Is there any fight Jane can’t win? Blindspot’s Season 4 premiere finds her channeling Uma Thurman’s character in Kill Bill — all through her dangerous alter ego!

Unbeknownst to her FBI colleagues, Jane (Jaimie Alexander) has reverted to her former persona Remi after a brush with a memory-wiping drug. That leads her to Tokyo in pursuit of a villain, with help from crime lord Rich Dotcom (Ennis Esmer).

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And Wednesday night has become 'Chicago' central.

"We open with epic shots of the Tokyo Tower," Alexander says of filming on location. And what would a trip to Japan be without a samurai battle? "I fight four guys with one sword, then I fight a woman with two swords," Alexander says, giving props to her "incredible" stunt double, Heidi Germaine Schnappauf.

 Mihou Moriya/ ©2018 Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. All Rights Reserved

(Mihou Moriya/ ©2018 Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc.)

"I did a good amount, but she did most of it. The samurai experts showed her so much respect."

Blindspot, Season 4 Premiere, Friday, October 12, 8/7c, NBC 

Where Does 'The Big Bang Theory' Rank Among the Longest-Running TV Sitcoms?

Fri, 08/31/2018 - 12:00pm

The Big Bang Theory will end after its upcoming 12th season, meaning it won’t become the longest-running American sitcom… but it will come awfully close.

We're breaking down all of the live-action American sitcoms with the highest episode counts, which includes series like Married… With Children, Cheers, Frasier, and more.

Click through the gallery above to see where Sheldon & Co. currently land among these shows — and how the show will rank following its 2019 series finale.

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