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'American Idol' Top 7 Reveal How They're Approaching Prince Night

Fri, 05/04/2018 - 4:00pm

There are only 7 hopefuls left on American Idol, and the competition is about to ramp up Sunday night when the competitors pay tribute to Prince and cover some of his most iconic songs.

Cade Foehner, Maddie Poppe, Caleb Lee Hutchinson, Jurnee, Michael J. Woodard, Catie Turner, and Gabby Barrett have been rehearsing like crazy in order to do the Grammy and Academy Award winner justice.

'American Idol' Disney Night — Did America Pick the Right Top 7? (VIDEO) 'American Idol' Disney Night — Did America Pick the Right Top 7? (VIDEO)

Tell us who you think nailed the House of Mouse.

This Idol tribute also marks the first time a singing competition show has honored the groundbreaking artist since his passing in 2016. And besides Prince songs, the spectacular seven will also be performing songs from the year they were born... hello millennial music.

Before they take the stage, the Top 7 spoke to about their experiences so far on the ABC show. Click through the gallery above to find out what they said!

P.S. Not included in gallery, but Catie Turner will be singing "Manic Monday" (The Bangles song, written by Prince), and Gabby Barrett is performing "How Come U Don’t Call Me Anymore."

American Idol, Sunday, Live Coast to Coast, 8/7c, ABC

'Westworld' Sneak Peek: 6 Images From Episode 3, 'Virtù e Fortuna' (PHOTOS)

Fri, 05/04/2018 - 3:15pm

It's hard to believe that Westworld's second season is approaching its third episode, and fans are only asking more questions than they were before.

From tigers washing up on shore to some disconcerting time jumps, there's already been more to digest this season than one would at an all-you-can-eat buffet. And that looks like it will continue in Episode 3, "Virtù e Fortuna," airing this Sunday.

For a sneak peek at what's to come in the episode, click through the gallery above.

 'Breaking Bad' Favorite Makes Guest Appearance 'Westworld' Season 2: 'Breaking Bad' Favorite Makes Guest Appearance

And his role is just as evil as his character on the AMC hit.

And don't miss "Virtù e Fortuna" when the episode airs Sunday, May 6, on HBO.

Westworld, Sundays, 9/8c, HBO

How Much Like Abby From 'NCIS' Are You? (QUIZ)

Fri, 05/04/2018 - 2:30pm

Abby's (Pauley Perrette) time on NCIS is almost up, but that doesn't mean her impact will cease the moment she leaves.

During this time of nostalgia as we remember the best of Abby on the show that began 15 years ago, we can't help but compare ourselves to the raven-haired scientist.

Sneak Peek at Abby's Final 'NCIS' Episode 'Two Steps Back' (PHOTOS) Sneak Peek at Abby's Final 'NCIS' Episode 'Two Steps Back' (PHOTOS)

The CBS show says goodbye to Pauley Perrette on May 8.

So how much like her are you? Take the quiz below to find out and don't miss Abby's last episode, "Two Steps Back," on May 8.

NCIS, Tuesdays, 8/7c, CBS

The Schwartz Is With 'The Goldbergs' as the Comedy Salutes 'Spaceballs' (PHOTOS)

Fri, 05/04/2018 - 12:30pm

This post is being published on May 4, when much of the online world is celebrating Star Wars Day with wishes of "May the 4th Be With You." But we'd like to throw a little "Schwartz" your way, as well — and so does ABC's hit comedy The Goldbergs.

In the new episode airing Wednesday, May 9, the series continues its homage to iconic 1980s films with a story inspired by Mel Brooks' classic 1987 Star Wars parody Spaceballs.

The main action finds Adam (Sean Giambrone) trying to start a Mel Brooks club after he sees Spaceballs. However, Jackie (Rowan Blanchard) mistakes his club advertisement for political satire and puts it in the school paper.

'The Goldbergs' Star Sam Lerner on Season 5 & Meeting the Real Geoff Schwartz (VIDEO) 'The Goldbergs' Star Sam Lerner on Season 5 & Meeting the Real Geoff Schwartz (VIDEO)

Plus, the actor shares what it's like to work with co-stars Jeff Garlin and Wendi McLendon-Covey.

Eventually, Adam's love for the film finds him channeling his inner Dark Helmet, and fans of the movie will be thrilled to know that the film's original star Rick Moranis will also be on hand to contribute a voiceover role as Spaceballs' Darth Vader-spoofing villain in this episode.

Take an exclusive sneak peek at pics from the episode with Adam as Dark Helmet:

(Kelsey McNeal/ABC)


(Kelsey McNeal/ABC)

Also in the episode, when Beverly (Wendi McLendon-Covey) and Pops (George Segal) come up for Parents Weekend at school, Erica (Hayley Orrantia) plans on telling them an important decision she has made, but Murray (Jeff Garlin) surprises them and tags along.

The Goldbergs, Wednesdays, 8/7c, ABC. The "Spaceballs" episode airs May 9.

Jeffrey Tambor Will Appear in Season 5 of 'Arrested Development'

Fri, 05/04/2018 - 11:45am

If the Bluths do one thing, it's stick together. It's been reported that Jeffrey Tambor will return for the fifth season of Netflix's Arrested Development.

The actor, who was let go from his role in the Amazon Prime series Transparent — which garnered Tambor many awards — will in fact reprise his role as Bluth patriarch George Bluth Sr. as well as twin brother, Oscar Bluth.

 Jeffrey Tambor Officially Fired From the Show Following Sexual Harassment Allegations 'Transparent': Jeffrey Tambor Officially Fired From the Show Following Sexual Harassment Allegations

The Emmy winning actor was terminated after Amazon's internal investigation.

Despite the controversy surrounding Tambor's Transparent departure — he was fired for alleged sexual harassment — Netflix is welcoming him back with open arms. Tambor's return was confirmed by the streaming service to The Wrap, just days after the announcement of a remixed fourth season.

Arrested Development's fifth season is expected to hit the streaming service in 2018, and creator Mitchell Hurwitz confirmed as much in an open letter via the show's Twitter page.

On the next... Arrested Development

— Arrested Development (@arresteddev) May 1, 2018

"A new fifth season of Arrested Development will be coming back to Netflix soon. Like real soon," Hurwitz wrote. "Like, if you knew when, you would not be wrong to be thinking 'why are we all just hearing this now?'"

Until then, fans can watch the remixed version of Season 4 which is being called "Arrested Development Season 4 Remix: Fateful Consequences," which debuts on Netflix May 4.

 'Arrested' Remix, Cord & Tish Go Royal, Busy Philipps' Talk Show TV News Roundup: 'Arrested' Remix, Cord & Tish Go Royal, Busy Philipps' Talk Show

Plus, E! is bringing back 'True Hollywood Story.'

Meanwhile, fans will be happy to hear that the series regulars will return alongside Tambor, including Jason Bateman, Michael Cera, Tony Hale, Portia de Rossi, David Cross, Alia Shawkat, Will Arnett, Jessica Walter, and narrator Ron Howard.

Arrested Development, Streaming now, Netflix. Season 4 remix launches Friday, May 4

WATCH: Howie Mandel Surprises His Manager With Help from Animal Planet's 'Tanked' Duo

Fri, 05/04/2018 - 10:00am

Animal Planet's aquarium making duo Wayde King and Brett Raymer have a special job in this week's episode of Tanked.

America's Got Talent judge, Howie Mandel recruits the boys to help him surprise his manager from 3 Arts Entertainment. As someone who has used the Tanked team before, Mandel entrusts the duo to help update the office's aquatic fixture.

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In an exclusive clip below, see as the men unveil the masterpiece to Howie Mandel and his manager, with a sleek looking design.

While the finished product is a beautiful tank, the process is what's worth watching in the May 4 episode. The 3 Arts Entertainment office held their original tank in high regard, but Mandel wanted to help the company update its appearance while still maintaining its integrity.

How will the job go? You'll have to check it out on Animal Planet.

Tanked, Fridays, 9/8c, Animal Planet

Ask Matt: Will Elizabeth Survive 'The Americans?' How About Abby on 'NCIS?' Also: 'black-ish,' 'Westworld' and More

Fri, 05/04/2018 - 9:00am

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 (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.


How Will The Americans End?

Question: I’ve been a rabid fan of The Americans since its debut, and as it comes to the end of its run, I must compliment the writers one last time on some absolutely fascinating characters and plotlines. I can't say that I've ever rooted for these Russian sleeper spies—until Philip (Matthew Rhys) started to tire of it all, drifted away from the murderous schemes of his wife and become appalled as his daughter Paige is drawn into the "family business". But ever since Elizabeth murdered (unnecessarily, I thought) the character played (brilliantly) by guest star Lois Smith, I have really grown to hate her guts. Bringing her daughter into the fray, growing more and more cold-blooded and murderous, blaming the U.S. for all the ills of her mother country—I can't think of another time I've wanted a character in a series to get their comeuppance (in equally lethal form) than I have here. And that's a tribute to the writing and Keri Russell's playing of it all.

This is NOT a spoiler, because I have no inside information—and it wouldn't make for a "happy ending" in the true sense of the expression—but I'm predicting that Elizabeth will do something that leads to her daughter getting killed and Philip will snap and kill her and end up living "happily ever after" as an American. Not sure how it plays out with Noah Emmerich as Stan, the FBI agent/neighbor, and whether he ever figures it out, but I'm really hoping Elizabeth doesn't waltz off into the sunset (American or Russian) at the end without paying for her list of crimes. — Michael

Matt Roush: I rarely try to get ahead of a story on a TV show I love, although I’ve discussed with other fans in and outside the TV Guide Magazine office that The Americans can’t possibly have a traditional “happy ending,” not for Elizabeth anyway. We already know hers is a lost cause, and as she gets more desperate and lethal—and unforgiving of those who aren’t—any sympathy we might have had for her upbringing and indoctrination has pretty much evaporated. Watching her coach the willing but out-of-her-depth Paige is excruciating yet compelling, and now that she’s trying one more time to get Philip back into the game, who knows where these final chapters will go? The Americans is as good as it has ever been, and I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t approaching the series finale with a lot of dread.

 5 Reasons to Watch the Final Season 'The Americans': 5 Reasons to Watch the Final Season

The show's executive producers provide some vital intel.

Is Abby the Latest Female NCIS Victim?

Question: After watching this week’s episode of NCIS, I’m fairly certain they’re killing off Abby to end Pauley Perrette’s run. I would LOVE to be wrong. If by some miracle they don’t, I still have to ask: Why torture Abby like this, AND every major female character in the show’s history? Either off-screen or on, NCIS has killed or maimed almost every single significant female on the show. I’m also counting emotional torture. Examples: Bishop’s first marriage was destroyed and her fiancé was brutally killed, Jeanne Benoit was deceived and her father killed, and Quinn, who was a one-and-done, was written out because her mother had Alzheimer’s). Gibbs’s mom, wife and daughter were dead before the show even started, so was DiNizzo’s mom. Victims include Kate, Jenny, Paula Cassidy, Ziva, Jackie Vance, Agent Lee, Ducky’s Mom and even Fornell/Gibbs’ ex-wife Diane. Delilah was paralyzed and even Sloane has scars and PTSD we don’t fully know about yet. I have to believe that there’s a way for the minds at NCIS to keep us watching without annihilating every woman we get invested in. — Fran

Matt Roush: That’s quite a necrology you’ve come up with, but I have to believe that a character as beloved as Abby Sciuto won’t be added to the list of fatalities. I might have preferred a more graceful exit as well, without the apparent suffering and hospital vigil seen in the trailer, and while your points and examples ring true, it has been well established that the world of NCIS is a violent one for all involved, men as well as women.

Sneak Peek at Abby's Final 'NCIS' Episode 'Two Steps Back' (PHOTOS) Sneak Peek at Abby's Final 'NCIS' Episode 'Two Steps Back' (PHOTOS)

The CBS show says goodbye to Pauley Perrette on May 8.

Memo to the Johnsons: Lighten Up!

Question: What's happened to black-ish? I thought it was a comedy. This whole storyline about the marital problems with Bow and Dre is depressing. Even when they've dealt with serious topics in the past, they've injected tasteful humor into the episodes. And when they've had differences of opinion on things, Bow and Dre always held the show together. So I'm done with black-ish for now until I know they've moved on from this storyline and gone back to being the great show that it was. Sorry, ABC, but your GPS has sent you in the wrong direction and got you lost. — JC

Matt Roush: I understand where you’re coming from, but I’m willing to give black-ish, its stars and creator Kenya Burris some latitude here to fully explore the strains of a marriage with all of the pain and sorrow that entails. The only humor in this week’s episode was in the flashbacks, making the current estrangement of Dre and Bow even starker and bleaker by comparison. And while it’s not fun to watch, it does feel real, and it’s the sort of thing a relevant and important series like black-ish should be allowed to do. This arc reminds me of how this show follows in the tradition of Norman Lear’s breakthrough comedies of the 1970s, especially All in the Family, which wasn’t afraid to let the real world filter in from time to time. Because we relate to and love these characters, watching them go through a rough patch can leave us shaken. I applaud black-ish for not playing it safe, and I’m expecting that soon enough, though not immediately—because that wouldn’t be real—it will be safe for you to come back home.

Will Bow and Dre Get Divorced on 'Black-ish'? Will Bow and Dre Get Divorced on 'Black-ish'?

Series creator Kenya Barris reveals what inspired this storyline. Plus, see fan reaction!

Is Westworld Lost in Its Own Brilliance?

Question: I am a huge fan of shows conceived with, built on and executed with substantial intelligence and brilliant stories, plots and dialogue. I know that sounds like a “hidden humble brag,” but the correlative point is that I am NOT a fan of intelligent shows that outsmart themselves by half. It is a rare writer/director team that can avoid getting lost in their own story in the process of executing the telling of it. It is the even more rare writer/director who can execute complicated, complex plots and maintain the viewers’ collective attention, comprehension and understanding.

While I’ve only seen the episodes aired to date of Westworld’s Season 2, I am thus far wary and even more so because of your revelation that you have “previewed the first five episodes, and still am not always sure what’s happening or even when,” which is disconcerting at best. My consternation grows because it is an even more rare writer/director who, having lost the viewers’ collective attention, comprehension and understanding, can credibly gain it back. Moreover, it takes a particularly brilliant writer/director team to continue to “lose” their audience and gain them back once a significant portion of the season has aired (we’re not there yet). Having said that, I am hopeful that if any such team can pull these feats off in Season Two of Westworld, it will be this Westworld team who proved to be talented, brilliant and intelligent last season with what was an excellent story but one which, by most accounts, was an inferior story to Season 2. One can only watch with an open (and alert) mind and hope without preconception. — Reese

 Full of Splendor (RECAP) 'Westworld' Episode 2: Full of Splendor (RECAP)

Sunday's episode — which took us deep into the origins of the Westworld park — showed us humanity at its most selfish and self-destructive.

Matt Roush: I’m afraid I was being a bit facetious in my response last week. I’m not one of those fans who obsessed on solving the mysteries of Westworld before they were revealed in the first season, and I’m happily going along on the mystifying ride this year. The episodes are challenging, but in a good way, and I am thoroughly fascinated by the journey the hosts are on as they continue exploring their past and pursuing their future. What I gathered from Reese’s thoughtful commentary was the cautious fear that Westworld would lose clarity as it kept posing new existential questions and mysteries, and so far, that’s hasn’t happened for me.

But I’m not surprised to see reactions like this from D Leitch: “I have to say I am not a fan of this season of Westworld. With the machines taking over, it seems to be blocking itself in. Unless they are going to leave the park and go out into the ‘real world,’ what are they going to do? I doubt that any new visitors are coming for them to kill.”

I’ll counter by saying what thrills me about this season of Westworld is the reinvention and expansion of the premise. Far from blocking itself in, it’s going deeper into the altered and emerging psyches of these artificial humans—and who’s to say that Dolores and Maeve won’t eventually lead their followers out of the park?

 'Breaking Bad' Favorite Makes Guest Appearance 'Westworld' Season 2: 'Breaking Bad' Favorite Makes Guest Appearance

And his role is just as evil as his character on the AMC hit.

Howards End Over Too Soon

Question: Howards End is only four episodes? That was so fast. Please tell me it's coming back soon! Why are some shows renewed after only one episode of good ratings? It seems they should wait at least four or more shows to make sure the ratings don't steadily tank. There are reasons we stopped watching shows, so the recent reboot overload could backfire big time. After only two episodes of Trading Spaces, I realized why I lost interest. One last question: What do you know about Yellowstone? I'm going to watch, but from the preview, my husband said it reminded him of The Son story. — Teresa

Matt Roush: There’s a lot going on in this paragraph of questions. First: Howards End was always billed as a “limited series,” what we used to refer to as miniseries. This was an adaptation of E.M. Forster’s book, and as he didn’t write a sequel, I wouldn’t expect to see Return to Howards End. It is rare in these days of bloat (especially on Netflix) to see a series perhaps err on the side of brevity, but I found that refreshing. (The upcoming Masterpiece adaptation of Little Women is even shorter at three hours over two installments.)

About instant renewals: I figure networks are so hungry for any good news these days, I can hardly blame them when they jump on anything that clicks, even if (as happened this week with Roseanne) the frenzy eventually cools.

Regarding Paramount Network’s Yellowstone, starring Kevin Costner, which premieres June 20: I haven’t seen the series yet, but it’s way more modern in setting than AMC’s The Son (renewed for a second season, not yet scheduled), and appears to be more about the contemporary challenges of maintaining a ranch in today’s culture. But I’d agree it looks as if the tone, like that of The Son, will be on the darker side of the Western genre. Speaking of Costner, I’m still sorry no one ever made a series version of Silverado, which was a blast.

 Behind the Scenes of the New Starz Miniseries (PHOTOS) 'Howards End': Behind the Scenes of the New Starz Miniseries (PHOTOS)

Check out the period drama's costumes and set.

Another Reason the Big Bang Babies Are Unseen

Question: I just wanted to comment on the recent question about the babies born in The Big Bang Theory. Yes, we haven't seen them, but we have heard them crying and have heard about them. I see this as a continuation of the running joke about Howard's mother, how we always heard her but never saw her. Seems like an homage, almost. At least to me. — Felicia

Matt Roush: Makes sense to me, too. Wish I’d thought of that.

10 Adorable Sheldon & Amy Moments From 'The Big Bang Theory' (PHOTOS) 10 Adorable Sheldon & Amy Moments From 'The Big Bang Theory' (PHOTOS)

From their first kiss to the proposal.

 Of Fallen Mounties and Missing Sharks

Question: In the last episode of Hallmark Channel's When Calls the Heart, Elizabeth's husband, Mountie Jack Thornton, was killed and they buried him. How awful! He was was one of the main characters in the show. Did the actor who played Jack want to leave the show for some reason or are they just trying to create a new storyline for Elizabeth next season?

Also, ABC moved Shark Tank from Fridays to Sunday evenings and now its gone except for reruns on CNBC. Darn! Will it ever be back again? — Gordon, Shelton CT

Matt Roush: I’ll revisit this question about the ill-fated Mountie Jack because, after that episode aired, actor Daniel Lissing and his co-stars spoke about his departure in a special Facebook Live after-show that may help answer your and other fans’ concerns. The quick answer being yes, that it was the actor’s choice to leave the show, and yes, it does open up new storylines for Elizabeth, although fans are understandably upset when things like this happen.

Regarding Shark Tank: It’s taking a midseason break, probably a good thing for any reality show, while ABC gives Deception a tryout on Sundays. ABC has already renewed it for a 10th season, so Shark Tank will likely be back in the fall, just can’t say yet on what night.


That’s all for now. 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 or shoot me a line on Twitter (@TVGMMattRoush), and you can also submit questions via the handy form below.


TV News Roundup: 'Conan' Gets Cut Down, Plus New 'Pose' & 'Dietland' Trailers

Thu, 05/03/2018 - 4:00pm

Fox is reportedly in early talks to revive the sitcom Last Man Standing, starring Tim Allen, which was canceled by ABC last year after six seasons. Allen seemingly confirmed the news today on Twitter.

They heard all your voices people!! LMS just might be a reality. Keep it up. Who wants more #LastManStanding ?

— Tim Allen (@ofctimallen) May 3, 2018

Trimmed Down

Conan O’Brien's TBS talk show, Conan, is undergoing significant changes in 2019. The late night show is being cut down from one hour to a 30 minute program.

"It’s still going to be me hosting a very silly show, but I want segments on my half-hour program to link to digital content, deepening the experience for my younger fans, and confusing my older ones," O'Brien said on Thursday.

 A Guide to the Growing List of TV Reboots and Revivals Everything Old Is New Again: A Guide to the Growing List of TV Reboots and Revivals

From 'Muppet Babies' to 'Conan the Barbarian,' the revivals keep on coming.

Practicing Self Love

"Dietland is a wickedly funny and extraordinarily timed satire about Plum Kettle (Nash), a ghost-writer for the editor of one of New York’s hottest fashion magazines. Struggling with self-image and fed up with how she’s treated by her boss and society, Plum sets out on a wildly complicated road to self-awakening," according to a press release.

The new AMC series premieres on Monday, June 4, at 9/8c with two back-to-back episodes.

Welcome to the Ball

FX released the first official trailer for Ryan Murphy's new series, Pose. The drama "explores the juxtaposition of several segments of life and society in New York: the ball culture world, the rise of the luxury Trump-era universe and the downtown social and literary scene."

The show is also making TV history by featuring the largest number of transgender actors ever in series-regular roles for a scripted show. Pose premieres on Sunday, June 3, on FX.

FX Strikes a 'Pose' — Ryan Murphy Dance Musical Series Gets Premiere FX Strikes a 'Pose' — Ryan Murphy Dance Musical Series Gets Premiere

The series has already made history with its large cast of LGBTQ actors.

Flashback to the '70s

The new series is based on the life of Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star Kyle Richards and premieres June 7 on Paramount Network.

The upcoming dramedy follows Bonnie, played by Alicia Silverstone, who's a "newly single mom trying to raise her daughters in 1970s Beverly Hills during the sexual revolution."

'13 Reasons Why' Sneak Peek: Netflix Reveals First Look at Season 2 (PHOTOS)

Thu, 05/03/2018 - 3:30pm

Netflix's breakout series 13 Reasons Why returns in mere weeks for Season 2, and the streaming service has released some brand new images from the upcoming episodes.

Although Hannah Baker (Katherine Langford) died last season, her suicide is just the beginning, as Liberty High goes on trial. The truth about Hannah's death through the tapes she left behind are trying to be stifled by someone who has yet to be revealed.

Will any answers be revealed in the photos above? Speculate by clicking through them as you prepare for 13 Reasons Why's return.

Netflix's '13 Reasons Why' Gets a Season 2 Premiere Date & First Teaser (VIDEO) Netflix's '13 Reasons Why' Gets a Season 2 Premiere Date & First Teaser (VIDEO)

Will justice for Hannah be served?

13 Reasons Why, Season 2 Premieres Friday, May 18, Netflix

Julie Bowen Gets Emotional Talking About Final Season of 'Modern Family' (VIDEO)

Thu, 05/03/2018 - 3:15pm

Modern Family star Julie Bowen appeared on The Ellen DeGeneres Show and suddenly became emotional talking about the end of her long-running ABC sitcom.

The actress portrays Claire Dunphy on the series, which premiered in 2009 and will end next year after its tenth season.

 Is the End of the Series in Sight? (VIDEO) 'Modern Family' 200th Episode: Is the End of the Series in Sight? (VIDEO)

Executive Producer Steve Levitan addresses the future of the long-running sitcom.

Bowen told DeGeneres, "They're my family! There's going to be a lot of tears. There's going to be a lot, 'It's our first last table read of the season.' And it will go on for 22 episodes like that."

Modern Family has won 22 Primetime Emmy Awards, with Bowen taking home the gold statue twice for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series in 2011 and 2012.

Watch the clip below:

Modern Family, Wednesdays, 9/8c, ABC

Is 'A.P. Bio' in for a Haunting Season Finale? (VIDEO)

Thu, 05/03/2018 - 2:45pm

Freshman year is almost over for NBC's smart-as-hell sitcom, but before A.P. Bio cleans out its locker for the summer, the staff at Toledo's Whitlock High School has one last assignment: Plan a proper farewell to misanthropic substitute Jack Griffin (Glenn Howerton), who is leaving to head the Stanford Philosophy Department.

In "Drenching Dallas," Thursday's season finale episode (which had better not also be the series finale, NBC), our favorite teacher's lounge-dwellers and erotic fiction aficionados Mary (Mary Sohn), Michelle (Jean Villepique) and Stef (Lyric Lewis) get to working on a goodbye video for Jack, only to discover that the school malls may be haunted by more than just the odor of adolescents and the sounds of tribal drums from Durbin's Congo-themed prom.

Why TV Needs More of 'A.P. Bio' Costar Paula Pell (VIDEO) Why TV Needs More of 'A.P. Bio' Costar Paula Pell (VIDEO)

The 'SNL' and '30 Rock' vet brings the best to every gig.

Thankfully, Helen (Paula Pell) is on hand to clue them in to the spectral guest-star. Check it out in this exclusive clip:

Now, NBC ... unless you want us to ghost on you, go ahead and get to renewing this thing, pronto.

A.P. Bio, Season finale, Thursday, May 3, 8:30/7:30c, NBC

Cheerio! 'The Bold And The Beautiful' Gains a New Avant From Overseas in 'Riverdale' Alum Adain Bradley

Thu, 05/03/2018 - 2:30pm

The Bold and the Beautiful’s Avant clan is expanding!

Actor Adain Bradley is joining the show as Alexander Avant, a nephew of Julius Avant (Daytime Emmy-winner Obba Babatundé), and, therefore, cousin to Maya (Karla Mosley) and Nicole (Reign Edwards).

 EP Bradley Bell Talks Thorne, Maya, Sheila and More 'The Bold and the Beautiful': EP Bradley Bell Talks Thorne, Maya, Sheila and More

It’s brother versus brother in 'B&B's new game of thrones.

Alexander is half-British and was raised in England by Julius’ brother and his wife. Watch for Alexander to arrive in Los Angeles looking for his American family. He’ll be carrying a big secret with him, too, when he makes his debut on Tuesday, June 12.

The actor, who was born in Kansas and raised in the United Kingdom, appeared on two episodes of Riverdale in season one as the character Trev Brown.

A post shared by Adain (@adainbradley) on Mar 3, 2017 at 12:26pm PST

The Bold and the Beautiful, Weekdays, Check Local Listings, CBS

Despite Divorce, Christina & Tarek El Moussa Returning With New 'Flip or Flop' Episodes

Thu, 05/03/2018 - 2:00pm

Divorce isn't pausing the production of Christina and Tarek El Moussa's HGTV show.

The home reno team is returning with 15 new episodes of their design series  Flip or Flop, which "follows the duo as they buy dilapidated houses in Southern California, transform them into beautifully renovated homes, and flip them for profit," according to a press release.

"Flipping houses put us in the spotlight, and while it was tough before, now the pressure is really on," Tarek said. "We're still trying to figure out how all of this is going to work.”

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The power couple is about to conquer another market.

"It’s all new territory," added Christina. "When our marriage fell apart it was more public than we could have imagined. But we’re picking up the pieces and we’ll still work together to support our kids."

But remaining professional is harder than the exes realized.

"Since we have to see each other every day it’s beyond awkward. I’m planning on staying friendly and keeping things light," Christina said.

Flip or Flop, Season Premiere, Thursday, May 31, 9/8c, HGTV

MTV Movie & TV Awards 2018 Nominations: 'Stranger Things' Leads the Pack for TV

Thu, 05/03/2018 - 12:45pm

The 2018 MTV Movie & TV Awards are just over a month away — June 18 will be here before we know it! So of course, it's about time we get those nominations for the best in television and film this year.

The list was announced on Thursday and Stranger Things and Black Panther are leading the pack, with Black Panther nabbing seven nominations and Stranger Things taking six.

Among the other TV nominations: The CW's Riverdale, HBO's hit Game of Thrones, Netflix darling 13 Reasons Why, and Freeform's Black-ish spin-off grown-ish. For movies, Marvel films Thor: Ragnarok and breakout hit Avengers: Infinity War are included alongside Girls TripBaby Driver, and more.

Tiffany Haddish Set to Host the 2018 MTV Movie & TV Awards Tiffany Haddish Set to Host the 2018 MTV Movie & TV Awards

The comedian will run the event taking place June 18.

Hosted by The Last O.G. star Tiffany Haddish, the event will no doubt be one big party! Read on for the full list of nominees below:

Best Movie

Avengers: Infinity War (Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures)
Black Panther (Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures)
Girls Trip (Universal Pictures)
IT (New Line Cinema)
Wonder Woman (Warner Bros. Pictures)

Best Show

13 Reasons Why (Netflix)
Game of Thrones (HBO)
grown-ish (Freeform)
Riverdale (The CW)
Stranger Things (Netflix)

Best Performance in a Movie

Chadwick BosemanBlack Panther
Timothée ChalametCall Me by Your Name
Ansel ElgortBaby Driver
Daisy RidleyStar Wars: The Last Jedi
Saoirse RonanLady Bird

Best Performance in a Show

Millie Bobby BrownStranger Things
Darren CrissThe Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story
Katherine Langford13 Reasons Why
Issa RaeInsecure
Maisie WilliamsGame of Thrones

Best Hero

Chadwick Boseman (T’Challa/Black Panther) – Black Panther
Emilia Clarke (Daenerys Targaryen) – Game of Thrones
Gal Gadot (Diana Prince/Wonder Woman) – Wonder Woman
Grant Gustin (Barry Allen/The Flash) – The Flash
Daisy Ridley (Rey) – Star Wars: The Last Jedi

Best Villain

Josh Brolin (Thanos) – Avengers: Infinity War
Adam Driver (Kylo Ren) – Star Wars: The Last Jedi
Michael B. Jordan (N’Jadaka/Erik Killmonger) – Black Panther
Aubrey Plaza (Lenny Busker) – Legion
Bill Skarsgard (Pennywise) – IT

Best Kiss

Jane the VirginGina Rodriguez (Jane) and Justin Baldoni (Rafael)
Love, Simon – Nick Robinson (Simon) and Keiynan Lonsdale (Bram)
Ready Player One – Olivia Cooke (Sam) and Tye Sheridan (Wade)
RiverdaleKJ Apa (Archie) and Camila Mendes (Veronica)
Stranger ThingsFinn Wolfhard (Mike) and Millie Bobby Brown (Eleven)

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Most Frightened Performance

Talitha Bateman (Janice) – Annabelle: Creation
Emily Blunt (Evelyn Abbott) – A Quiet Place
Sophia Lillis (Beverly Marsh) – IT
Cristin Milioti (Nanette Cole) – Black Mirror
Noah Schnapp (Will Byers) – Stranger Things

Best On-Screen Team

Black Panther – Chadwick Boseman (T’Challa/ Black Panther), Lupita Nyong’o (Nakia), Danai Gurira (Okoye), Letitia Wright (Shuri)
IT – Finn Wolfhard (Richie), Sophia Lillis (Beverly), Jaeden Lieberher (Bill), Jack Dylan Grazer (Eddie), Wyatt Oleff (Stanley), Jeremy Ray Taylor (Ben), Chosen Jacobs (Mike)
Jumanji: Welcome to the JungleDwayne Johnson (Smolder), Kevin Hart (Mouse), Jack Black (Shelly), Karen Gillan (Ruby), Nick Jonas (Seaplane)
Ready Player One – Tye Sheridan (Wade), Olivia Cooke (Samantha), Philip Zhao (Sho), Win Morisaki (Daito), Lena Waithe (Aech)
Stranger ThingsGaten Matarazzo (Dustin), Finn Wolfhard (Mike), Caleb McLaughlin (Lucas), Noah Schnapp (Will), Sadie Sink (Max)

Best Comedic Performance

Jack BlackJumanji: Welcome to the Jungle
Tiffany HaddishGirls Trip
Dan LevySchitt’s Creek
Kate McKinnonSNL
Amy SchumerI Feel Pretty

Scene Stealer

Tiffany Haddish (Dina) – Girls Trip
Dacre Montgomery (Billy Hargrove) – Stranger Things
Madelaine Petsch (Cheryl Blossom) – Riverdale
Taika Waititi (Korg) – Thor: Ragnarok
Letitia Wright (Shuri) – Black Panther

Best Fight

Atomic Blonde – Charlize Theron (Lorraine) vs. Daniel Hargrave (Sniper), Greg Rementer (Spotter)
Avengers: Infinity WarScarlett Johansson (Natasha Romanoff/Black Widow), Danai Gurira (Okoye), Elizabeth Olsen (Wanda Maximoff/Scarlet Witch) vs. Carrie Coon (Proxima Midnight)
Black Panther – Chadwick Boseman (Black Panther) vs. Winston Duke (M’Baku)
Thor: RagnarokMark Ruffalo (Hulk) vs. Chris Hemsworth (Thor)
Wonder Woman – Gal Gadot (Wonder Woman) vs. German Soldiers

Best Music Documentary

Can’t Stop, Won’t Stop: A Bad Boy Story (Fox)
Demi Lovato: Simply Complicated (YouTube)
Gaga: Five Foot Two (Netflix)
Jay-Z’s “Footnotes for 4:44” (Tidal)
The Defiant Ones (HBO)

Best Reality Series

The Kardashians (E!)
Love & Hip Hop (VH1)
Real Housewives (Bravo)
RuPaul’s Drag Race (VH1)
Vanderpump Rules (Bravo)

2018 MTV Movie & TV Awards, Monday, June 18, MTV

DC Names Streaming Service DC Universe, Reveals Live-Action 'Swamp Thing' Series

Thu, 05/03/2018 - 12:30pm

Even the most hardcore DC Comics fan would have to, perhaps begrudgingly, admit that when it comes to creating a big-screen universe based on comics characters, the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) has DC soundly beaten at this point both financially — in just under a week, Marvel's Avengers: Infinity War has already surpassed the worldwide box office of DC's Justice League — and creatively.

While DC struggles to get its big-screen universe up to speed, it has been doing quite well on the small screen, particularly with its CW universe of DC-based shows Arrow, Black Lightning, The Flash, Legends of Tomorrow and Supergirl.

And — perhaps hoping to not get left in Marvel's rearview again once Disney's planned streaming service launches late in 2019, a service expected to feature a new live-action Marvel-based series, along with making every big-screen MCU title available — DC has previously announced that it is debuting its own digital service later this year. That service now has a name: DC Universe.

DC Universe has some interesting content already planned. Along with the previously announced live-action series Titans, based on Teen Titans, and the animated Harley Quinn and Young Justice: Outsiders series, all expected later this year, DC Universe has also just revealed plans for a live-action Swamp Thing series, targeted for a 2019 launch.

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The new series is set to launch in 2018.

Swamp Thing, the human/plant hybrid anti-hero who first appeared in the pages of DC in 1971, is an intriguing choice for a series, though this wouldn't be the first time — USA Network aired a live-action series based on the character from 1990-93, and he also appeared in a 1982 feature film directed by horror legend Wes Craven.

The DC Universe adaptation of Swamp Thing, which includes James Wan (of the Saw and Conjuring film franchises, among others) as an executive producer, will be a one-hour live-action drama.

According to a plot description in a release, "When CDC researcher Abby Arcane returns to her childhood home of Houma, Louisiana, in order to investigate a deadly swamp-borne virus, she develops a surprising bond with scientist Alec Holland — only to have him tragically taken from her.

"But as powerful forces descend on Houma, intent on exploiting the swamp’s mysterious properties for their own purposes, Abby will discover that the swamp holds mystical secrets, both horrifying and wondrous — and the potential love of her life may not be dead after all."

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Margot Robbie, who played Quinn in the movie 'Suicide Squad,' is being approached to voice the animated version.

Despite Swamp Thing having already been featured in film and on television, he still certainly isn't one of the most memorable DC characters among casual fans, and generally would be a hard character to get to identify with immediately for viewers.

But this might be just the sort of creative risk DC will need to take if it hopes to continue giving Marvel a run for its money on the small screen.

DC Universe, streaming service launches later 2018

Swamp Thing, premieres 2019

'Blindspot' Star Ashley Johnson Talks Having Bill Nye as Her On-Screen Dad

Thu, 05/03/2018 - 12:00pm

Everyone's favorite Science Guy, Bill Nye, is coming to save the world in the NBC drama Blindspot on May 4.

While FBI colleagues Jane (Jaimie Alexander) and Weller (Sullivan Stapleton) deal with complications related to her strong-willed daughter, Avery (Kristina Reyes), the educator swoops in to assist the rest of the team in the lab. "I hope it makes viewers grin," Nye says of his appearance.

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The real-life scientist will play himself—but there's more to it than that.

It should: Not only is he playing his famous self — which he's also done on The Big Bang Theory and Inside Amy Schumer — but he turns out to be the dad of forensic specialist Patterson (Ashley Johnson), a revelation that causes quite a stir among the lab-coat set. Notes Nye, "It's not hard at all to imagine her as my daughter!"

If you can't get enough of Nye, then catch him in the upcoming third season of his Netflix series Bill Nye Saves the World, which debuts Friday, May 11.

So what did Nye's onscreen daughter, actress Ashley Johnson, have to say about the scientist's guest role? TV Insider caught up with her on the Blindspot set to find out. From working with an iconic TV personality to what fans can expect, Johnson gives the scoop!

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What was it like when you found out Bill Nye was going to play your father on the show?

Ashley Johnson: I was like, 'Oh, that would be incredible, and completely makes sense for Patterson.' It’s just this great little storyline that they’ve put together. And I, [Laughs] I was totally freaking out. I mean, I’ve probably seen every single episode of [Bill Nye the Science Guy]  at least twice.

I was such a huge Bill Nye fan and so maybe that was another reason why [creator] Martin Gero thought it would be funny if he played my dad. He’s so wonderful, he came in and I was so nervous to meet him and so starstruck and he’s just been so giving as an actor. He’s just so kind, wonderful, smart, and funny. I just feel so lucky that I got to work with him.

Sullivan Stapleton as Kurt Weller, Bill Nye as Himself, and Ashley Johnson as Patterson in Blindspot.

Will Nye's Blindspot entrance be funny or dramatic?

Some of the team doesn’t know that Bill Nye is Patterson’s dad, so there is a very funny reveal. And when he first comes to the FBI, because he has to help Patterson with something, it’s great.

The writers really did a great job of handling a storyline like that, and bringing somebody like Bill into this very dramatic world and having these little moments of comedy with him. But he’s also an incredible actor — there are some moments that we have which are a little more dramatic and he’s so good.

What's the dynamic between the two of you?

I think Patterson and Billy Nye are very close. We had a really great rapport on set and I think because he’s just so easy to get along with. It was very easy to do the scenes with him. It’s like a very father-daughter relationship where she kind of gets irritated with him, but also realizes how smart and great he is.

Blindspot, Fridays, 8/7c, NBC

Syfy's 'Face Off: Battle Royale' Will Be a Final All-Star Season — Relive the Best Transformations (PHOTOS)

Wed, 05/02/2018 - 4:30pm

The bad news first: Syfy's beloved Face Off is coming back for its final season in June. The good news? Season 13's Face Off: Battle Royale looks to be its best yet!

TV Insider can reveal exclusively that the series, featuring competing special effects makeup artists, will kick off on June 5 at 9/8c. And as a tribute to fans, this will be an All-Star season, focusing solely on fan-favorite artists from past seasons as they are paired against one another for the first time ever!

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The teams will battle it out each week, with two contestants eliminated every other episode. Returning as host for the 13th time is McKenzie Westmore, an actress — she played Robert De Niro's daughter in Raging Bull and starred in NBC's Passions —  who created her own cosmetic line, Westmore Beauty.

In the spirit of nostalgia, Syfy is also updating viewers on some of their past contestants' successes. You've got Season 3’s Jason Milani, who won two primetime Emmys for his work on the Saturday Night Live's makeup team. Also, Season 4’s Wayne Anderson is all over TV and film (he's worked on Stranger Things, It, Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, Ghostbusters and The Predator). Laura Dandridge, winner of Season 5, recently worked on Avengers: Infinity War, Black Panther, Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, Thor: Ragnarok, and Captain America: Civil War. And frequent guest judge Eryn Krueger Mekash won 6 primetime Emmys for her work on American Horror Story and Feud, among others.

Still feeling sentimental about Face Off coming to an end? Click through the gallery above for a look back at some of the best transformations of past seasons.

Plus, watch the final season teaser below:

Face Off: Battle Royale, Season 13 Premiere, Tuesday, June 5, 9/8c, Syfy

Sneak Peek at Abby's Final 'NCIS' Episode 'Two Steps Back' (PHOTOS)

Wed, 05/02/2018 - 3:30pm

Only one more episode stands between fans and Pauley Perrette's much-discussed (and dreaded) NCIS departure.

Abby Sciuto has made an immeasurable impact on TV and the viewers that have come to love her, so saying goodbye won't be easy. After Perrette's penultimate episode aired May 1, fans were left hanging as a gunshot rang out.

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Pauley Perrette's character leaves the show on May 8.

Was Abby hit? According to the promo below, it's safe to say yes. But a scroll through the sneak peek photos of the finale, titled "Two Steps Back," gives another hint at Abby's future.

In the meantime, fans can expect to see the team searching for answers when a hitman is unleashed upon them and they race to uncover his the motivation.

NCIS, Season 15 Finale, Tuesday, May 8, 8/7c, CBS

TLC's 'This Is Life Live' Announces New Air Time, Hosts, Storylines, and a Spinoff

Wed, 05/02/2018 - 3:00pm

On Mother's Day, TLC will return with its four-part special series, This is Life Live, but this time with some important changes!

Just as it did with its first series, the show will capture compelling life-altering experiences as they happen in real time over the course of four nights. However, TV Insider can exclusively announced that, for the first time ever, it will air live across the country in all time zones (Eastern, Central, Midwest, Pacific).

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The couple married in 1996 and died in an infamous 1999 plane crash.

Additionally, there's been a slight update on the hosts — original emcee Lisa Joyner will be back for a second year, but this time she'll be joined by her Long Lost Family co-host, Chris Jacobs.

“After witnessing the impact of last year’s inaugural This is Life Live and how it deeply inspired our audience, we knew we had to bring it back - and who better to guide viewers through these emotional journeys than TLC’s very own Lisa Joyner and Chris Jacobs” says Howard Lee, President and General Manager of TLC. “We are honored to have the opportunity to share such deeply personal stories with our audience and witness real people experiencing some of the biggest moments of their lives in real-time. Seeing such raw reactions on live television is the heart and soul of what this network is all about.”

Lisa Joyner and Chris Jacobs

The network also gave TV Insider the scoop on the four stories featured this year, including, among others, one following the survivors of the Route 91 Harvest Festival tragedy. Read on below for the full breakdown:

Night One (Sunday, May 13): Survivors of the Route 91 Harvest Festival tragedy will take part in an incredible, healing experience; and a seven-year-old girl, born without a right hand and forearm, will receive a life-changing prosthetic device.

Night Two (Monday, May 14): A mother will witness the impact of her late son’s heart donation by meeting the recipient and hearing her son’s heartbeat one more time; and a struggling family in need of a safe place to live will be surprised with the gift of a house.

Night Three (Tuesday, May 15): A young man will apologize to the family and friends of a young woman he killed in a car accident several years ago; and a father will be reunited with his two long-lost daughters and take custody of them, growing instantly from a family of four to a family of six.

Night Four (Wednesday, May 16): A 32-year-old man, forced to relearn all his motor skills after a cardiac event left him clinically dead and in a coma, will surprise an unsuspecting crowd of people who helped save his life; and a woman seeks to reunite with her biological mother who placed her for adoption 37 years ago.

And that's not all! In addition to this year's new live moments, TLC will also catch up with those featured in last year's set of emotional reveals. In This is Life Live: Where Are They Now?, viewers will find out how these families were affected by the show and what they're up to now. These episodes will be available only on the TLC GO app beginning Sunday, May 6. Read on for the four people profiled:

Tanner, who lost his legs in a horrific motorcycle accident and was told he’d never walk again; for his live moment, he surprised his fiancé by walking down the aisle at their wedding. Has he progressed in his physical therapy enough to continue walking? And what shocking hobby has he picked up since?

Tanner prepares to walk down the isle with his new bride in the first year's stories

Ryan, a baseball player who was scared to confront his sexuality both to himself and to his loved ones for fear of rejection; for his live moment, he came out to his mother as gay. How have his relationships with his mother and friends developed, and does he have a significant other?

Nathalie, a deaf mother who was in the process of receiving a cochlear implant to restore her hearing; for her live moment, her cochlear implant was turned on and she was able to hear her daughter say “I love you” for the first time. How has her hearing improved her life, her ability to raise her kids and have fun?

Ericka, who found out she had a long-lost sister after their father passed away and hired a private investigator to find her; for her live moment, Ericka met her sister Tiffany for the first time ever and broke the news of their father’s passing. Did Ericka and Tiffany keep in touch and have they been able to make up for the lost time?

Check out an exclusive sneak peek clip with Tanner below:

This is Life Live, Premieres Mother's Day, Sunday, May 13, 9 pm ET/8 pm CT/7 pm MT/6 pm PT, TLC

Ellen Pompeo Says They’re Starting to Think About 'Grey’s Anatomy' Series Finale

Wed, 05/02/2018 - 2:00pm

Grey's Anatomy isn't going anywhere, anytime soon.

The long-running ABC medical drama was just renewed for its fifteenth season, and series star Ellen Pompeo (Meredith Grey) revealed to Entertainment Tonight that of course, the show will eventually end, but right now it's all about next season.

"We just take it one season at a time," she said. But ... "we're starting to think about how you would end a show this iconic."

And why fix what isn't broken? Pompeo has complete faith in series creator Shonda Rhimes and returning series head writer Krista Vernoff — "The show's a tremendous money maker, let's be honest."

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"It makes a fortune for everybody and everyone wants to keep it going," Pompeo added. "Now, it's sort of fun. We're in a contest with ourselves. How long can we keep this going and still have this level of quality."

Pompeo is in a rare and safe position on TV, knowing that her character won't be killed off — "I know I'm going to survive because there's no show without me, so I never worry how I'm going to survive this. I guess I just worry if the audience will like it."

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Could this be why Jessica Capshaw exits the show?

The show's Season 14 finale on May 17 will mark the departure of two Grey Sloan Memorial Hospital doctors: Dr. Arizona Robbins (Jessica Capshaw) and Dr. April Kepner (Sarah Drew).

Pompeo opened up the roller-coaster ride of emotions the cast went through saying goodbye.

"I mean, because everything is the last, right? It's the last time they'll do this, it's the last time they'll do that. It's the last time they'll rehearse and it's really emotional," she said.

Jessica Capshaw as Arizona, and Sarah Drew as April.

"We're a family and they were both on the show [for] nine and 10 years. Grey's is such an iconic show. Everybody who's ever been on the show is meaningful to the show, right? Everybody's meaningful to the fans."

And she was just as shocked as everyone else when she learned about the casting news.

"My first reaction was, 'What? What do you mean? Why?'" she admitted. "And then you go through levels and stages of grief. It's hard for them, it's hard for us, it's hard for the writer who had to make the choice, [who] had to make the creative decision."

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It's time to say your goodbyes to Drs. Arizona Robbins and April Kepner.

Grey's Anatomy, Thursdays, 8/7c, ABC


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