While fans may be swept away by the wild things happening on CBS's hit war-set drama SEAL Team, there's no denying that there's a four-legged scene stealer lurking about — Dita the dog.She Plays
SEAL Team’s fearless Cerberus. So far, the 3-year-old Belgian Malinois, whose real name is Dita the Hair Missile for her ability to rocket into the air, has alerted the guys to an explosive-laden Afghan truck and even tackled a bomb maker.'SEAL Team': David Boreanaz on What He Learned From Real Veterans
The military series is coming back for a second season.Where You've Seen Her
This is Dita’s first role, but high-IQ “mallies” are made for show business. “We joke they’re a cross between a German shepherd and a velociraptor on a diet of energy drinks and crack,” says Justin Melnick, who plays SEAL Brock and is Dita’s trainer and handler.Why We Love Her
Mad skills! The canine follows the visual cue of a laser to hit her mark and uses drug-sniffing techniques to find “explosives” (marked by a synthetic narcotic on a cotton ball). She can climb ladders and, in Melnick’s arms, fast-rope out of a hovering helicopter. “No matter how scary,” he says, “if there’s explosions or gunfire, she knows I’m with her.”'SEAL Team': Get a Special Behind-the-Scenes Look (PHOTOS)
The military drama takes authenticity to another level.Love Affair
Dita and lead David Boreanaz have a special bond, Melnick reveals. “We know he’s on set because Dita catches his scent and runs to greet him.”
SEAL Team, Returns Wednesday, May 2, 9/8c, CBS
Given that the anthology series is inspired by the works of horror master Stephen King, it probably was fitting that we've been kept in suspense for so long about when Hulu's Castle Rock will be premiering. But on Wednesday, we finally got an answer: Castle Rock will launch its first three episodes on the streaming service Wednesday, July 25.
J.J. Abrams is one of the creative forces behind this series that delves further into King's fictional and famously creepy town that has served as either a direct setting, or at least turned up as a passing reference, in a number of the author's novels and stories, including The Dead Zone, Cujo, The Dark Half, Needful Things and "Rita Hayworth and the Shawshank Redemption."
It's also a town where generally awful things tend to happen, and that's the tone of the new teaser for the series that was also dropped on Wednesday.15 Good, Great and God-Awful Stephen King TV Adaptations
Plus, a sneak peek at a few upcoming King adaptations for television.
The rather ominous clip, titled "This Place," shows dark scenes from the series (as you can see from the photo below, Stephen King can even make Castle Rock's high-school mascot look like a thing straight out of hell) while a character's voiceover wonders how "this place" — Castle Rock — got to be the way it is, and why it seems as if God has turned his back on this population.
"Everyone's got a theory about how it started," he says, "about Castle Rock's original sin. .. Whoever's sin it is we're paying for, we're trapped in a cycle that stretches back centuries. There's blood in every backyard, inside every house."
In the end, though, the man admits that it might not be anyone's fault. It might simply be, as the clip is titled, the nature of "This Place."
Check it out:
Castle Rock is described by Hulu as a psychological-horror series set in the Stephen King multiverse "that combines the mythological scale and intimate character storytelling of King's best-loved works, weaving an epic saga of darkness and light, played out on a few square miles of Maine woodland."
The series stars André Holland, Melanie Lynskey, Sissy Spacek, Billy Skarsgård, Jane Levy and Scott Glenn.
Castle Rock, First three episodes launch, Wednesday, July 25, Hulu
Well, we know which Riverdale characters won't be meeting their maker at the hands of the Black Hood!
TV Insider has learned exclusively that Vanessa Morgan (Toni Topaz) and Charles Melton (nu-Reggie) have been promoted to series regulars for Season 3 of The CW soap.'Riverdale' Star Vanessa Morgan Spills on Choni, Bisexual Representation & Yoshi
The actress teases what's to come for Toni and Cheryl.
The bodies have certainly been piling up lately, thanks to Riverdale's unfriendly neighborhood masked killer (who targets one of our favorite locals tonight). So this is good news for fans of both actors — including showrunner Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa.
“Toni Topaz has been a break-out character for us since Jughead met her at Southside High — and that’s thanks to Vanessa Morgan’s fearless, winning performance,” raves the executive producer, clearly aware of the positive response to Morgan's on-screen pairing with Madelaine Petsch's Cheryl Blossom. “We’re thrilled that the adventures of this fan-favorite will continue into Season 3. Long live Choni!"
As for Melton, who replaced 13 Reasons Why's Ross Butler, Aguirre-Sacasa is equally effusive. “Charles stepped into the iconic role of Reggie this season and completely made it his own,” he offers, adding that the recast's take on the troublemaker "is sexy and funny as hell. He’s a terrific addition to the gang and in Season 3, we’ll be seeing A LOT more of him. All hail Mantle the Magnificent!"
Hail yeah, indeed!
Riverdale, Wednesdays, 8/7c, The CW
In the course of 11 seasons of The Big Bang Theory, we've gotten to know Sheldon's (Jim Parsons) loving mother Mary (Laurie Metcalf), met his twin sister Missy (Courtney Henggeler) in Season 1, and learned that his father George died when he was 14.
We've really only heard mention of older brother a few times over the years, but in Thursday's episode, "The Sibling Realignment," we'll finally get to know George Jr. as Jerry O'Connell steps into the role. In the episode, viewers will find out a little more about the character and the rift between the two Cooper boys. Plus, they'll see that the way Sheldon painted his brother over the years may not have been totally accurate.Go Behind the Scenes of the 'Big Bang Theory' Star-Studded Finale (PHOTOS)
The Season 11 finale airs May 10 on CBS.
This is the first time we're meeting a character on TBBT that was already introduced on spinoff Young Sheldon. On that show, young Georgie is played by Montana Jordan, and O'Connell had a chance to speak with him ahead of the TBBT guest spot.
O'Connell, who famously burst onto the scene as Vern in the beloved 1986 film classic, Stand By Me, was beyond giddy talking to TV Insider on The Big Bang Theory set the week before taping the season finale. "First of all, I love weddings so I'm so stoked I got invited!" he gushes. "I really do feel like I'm part of something so special."
What we find out in this episode is that Sheldon and Georgie have not spoken in years. However, Mary, wanting to see the estranged brothers mend fences, throws down an ultimatum that she won't attend Sheldon's wedding to Amy (Mayim Bialik) unless Georgie comes. This then prompts Sheldon and Leonard (Johnny Galecki) to head to Texas for a reunion.See Kaley Cuoco's Birthday Tribute to 'Big Bang Theory' Co-Star and Ex Johnny Galecki (PHOTO)
'Happy happy birthday to the best tv husband a girl could ask for!' Cuoco gushed.
"We have a rather touching moment about reuniting family," O'Connell says of his working with Parsons in the episode. He also commends the writers for being able to instill both laughs and touching moments effortlessly. "As funny as the writers are, they're just as effective when it comes to the drama. The dramatic moments really feed the funny moments, and the funny moments obviously feed the dramatic moments."
If you like seeing O'Connell in the episode, he'll be back for next Thursday's season finale, which also features guest stars Mark Hamill, Kathy Bates, Teller (of comedy magic team Penn and Teller), and the aforementioned Henggeler and Metcalf.
Watch a clip from this Thursday's episode:
The Big Bang Theory, Thursdays, 8/7c, CBS.
National Geographic's latest season of the Genius anthology centers on Spanish artist Pablo Picasso, and while his talent made him an icon, viewers will learn that he couldn't have done what he did without inspiration from the women in his life.
In the gallery above, we take a look at Picasso's wives and many mistresses featured in his work and depicted in the series. Click through for the quick history lesson.The 'Genius' Season 2 Cast Talks a 'Difficult' Picasso and Season 3 Plans
The cast premiered the series at the Tribeca Film Festival this week.
Genius: Picasso, Tuesdays, 9/8c, National Geographic Channel
[This is the weekly post-mortem column for ABC's new comedy, Splitting Up Together, courtesy of star Jenna Fischer, who plays Lena. Watch a new episode every Tuesday and then come to TV Insider to read Jenna's behind-the-scenes insights in her own words! Spoiler Alert: Read ahead only after watching this week's episode, "Nevertheless ... She Went Clubbing."]
Lena might be okay with Martin (Oliver Hudson) dating but as I watched this episode at home I was seething with jealousy — and regret.
I saw all of the ways Martin has been stifled by Lena’s controlling nature. He’s so charming and relaxed with Lisa Apple. She’s lovely and sweet and kind. How cute are they at their brunch? Who wouldn’t want to date Lisa Apple!? If we are being honest, Lisa might be better for Martin than Lena. (Gasp!) I have to tell you that I love the upcoming storylines with Lisa Apple (played by Monica Barbaro). They are amazing. I feel genuinely conflicted about Lena and Martin reuniting because I love seeing this side of Martin.'Splitting Up Together': Jenna Fischer Reveals Oliver Hudson's Dance Past
The star of the ABC sitcom hit spills more BTS scoop about filming the episode.
In case you were worried that Oliver would be the only one showing off sweet dance moves on the show, I got my moment to shine in this episode. Ten years of childhood dance troupe and dance training finally paid off. Until now my biggest dance achievement was the silver medal I took home for a group ballet dance competition during my senior year in high school. If they give medals for “sad solo club dancing” I think I might be in the running!
Oh, can we please talk about the scene on the bathroom floor with the crazy drunk gal played so perfectly by Lizzie Broadway? I had a very hard time not breaking during this scene. She was such a hot mess. And, even though they raised the walls of the bathroom stalls, it was still crazy difficult to shimmy under them.
In general, how did you guys feel about Lena leaving her kids at home to teach them a lesson about self-sufficiency and appreciation?
I really struggled with this aspect of the story. Not because I didn’t think the kids were capable of being on their own but because, in real life, I’m a bit of a helicopter Mom. The idea of leaving the kids to fend for themselves went completely against my own Mom instincts. (Granted, my kids are little.)
Once kids are 14 and almost 16, I think they can be trusted to be at home alone for a few hours at a time. They should know how to fix a meal for themselves. And babysit their younger siblings. In some ways, watching the kids on the show freak out over being alone was a good lesson for me in the pitfalls of over-parenting.
I especially loved the scene at the end of this episode when Mae (Olivia Keville) tells her Mom that she likes when she’s home because it makes her feel safe. I felt this way as a teenager too. I liked when my family was all home together. Even if I didn’t want to be in the same room or talk to them.Jenna Fischer & Oliver Hudson Explain How 'Splitting Up Together' Works (VIDEO)
How adorable are the stars of the new ABC comedy? See for yourself!
Next week, Mae confronts Lena and Martin about getting along too well and tells them she needs them to start acting “more divorced.” With guest star, and my friend in real life, Fred Armisen, who pops up to give Lena and Martin some couple’s counseling.
Splitting Up Together, Tuesdays, 9:30/8:30c, ABC
Outlander is one of those shows that transports you, literally.
The time-traveling drama's third season was duly set in 18th-century Scotland and 20th-century Boston. And with any great period series comes the amazing costumes, stunning locales, and even better accents that help flawlessly transform the 21st-century actors playing these historical roles.'Outlander' Season 4: All the New Photos You Need to See
Prepare to see new and familiar faces.
Click through the gallery above to see how the real-life actors compare to their characters.
On May 10, fans of the CBS sitcom will be rewarded with a star-studded affair, as many guests are set to appear at the nuptials. But until then, we're taking a look back on some of this couple's cutest moments.Go Behind the Scenes of the 'Big Bang Theory' Star-Studded Finale (PHOTOS)
The Season 11 finale airs May 10 on CBS.
From the couple's first kiss — "fascinating" as it was — to Sheldon's proposal, click through the gallery above to see what 10 moments still have us talking today.
And don't miss Sheldon and Amy's wedding in the Season 11 finale episode titled "The Bow Tie Asymmetry," airing Thursday, May 10.
The Big Bang Theory, Thursdays, 8/7c, CBS
Featuring one of TV's favorite families, The Goldbergs always brings the laughs for fans — and that's partially thanks to the extended family.
Sam Lerner, who plays "JTP" member and Erica Goldberg's (Hayley Orrantia) boyfriend Geoff Schwartz easily steals the scene with his goofy-yet-lovable good guy.'The Goldbergs' Gets a '90s-Era Spinoff With Tim Meadows, AJ Michalka
The series will star Tim Meadows, AJ Michalka, and more.
TV Insider recently sat down with the actor to talk about Season 5 and beyond. Lerner opened up working with Kevin Smith (The Flash, Clerks) and Lea Thompson (Back to the Future, Switched at Birth) and detailed those Dirty Dancing-theme episodes.
The 25-year-old also talked about playing a real person — the series based on creator Adam F. Goldberg's life — and meeting his real-life counterpart, Geoff Schwartz.
See what Lerner had to say in the video below and catch him on The Goldbergs when it returns on May 2.
The Goldbergs, Wednesdays, 8/7c, ABC
"One Step Forward" will find Abby in an difficult predicament as she has to choose one co-worker to accompany her on an excursion. This particular outing involves a free five-star meal in, wait for it, an igloo!9 Fashion Moments That Were Distinctly Abby on 'NCIS' (PHOTOS)
Pauley Perrette's character leaves the show on May 8.
Who will Abby choose? Viewers can find out when the episode airs Tuesday. Plus, they'll see Gibbs (Mark Harmon) and the team put to work when a young woman begs for him to solve her mother's murder.
Click through the gallery above for sneak peek photos from the episode, and watch the teaser below.
NCIS, Tuesdays, 8/7c, CBS
After premiering last year, The Cromarties is back May 8 for the second half of its first season on USA Network.
The reality series follows former NFL player Antonio Cromartie as he trades in the football and an 11-year career on the gridiron for diaper bags and trips to the grocery store with the kids.
Transitioning to full-time dad is not only an adjustment for Antonio, but also for his wife, Terricka, and the rest of the Cromartie clan. Add newborn Jhett (child number 14 for Antonio) and G-Mama to the mix, and hijinks ensue.USA Network Greenlights 'Suits' Spinoff Series With Gina Torres
Th show will focus on Jessica Pearson's life in Chicago.
Before The Cromarties returns to our TV screens, Antonio and Terricka sat down to talk about what it’s like to open up their lives to the world, preview future episodes and sprinkle in a little parental insight.
I know you have some experience, Terricka, with reality TV (Candy Girls on E!). However, as far as the family goes, did it take some getting used to having the cameras following everyone around?
Terricka Cromartie: To be honest, not really. Antonio was used to having the attention, and our kids took to it very easily. They were ready to do it from day one.
Once the cameras were rolling they were extremely excited. They’re very outgoing. They got to know the crew very well. They called some of the crew members uncle. They got extremely comfortable that it just became easy going for all of us.
How has life changed after the first half of episodes aired because now your children have become these stars on television?
Antonio Cromartie: I don’t think too much has really changed. I think we still going in day-by-day. The kids are having fun and enjoying it. We’re all humble. Life for us, we just continue as nothing is going on. We just go about our everyday lives. We’re enjoying the filming and the people that are helping with the production. Nothing has really changed for us other than that.
Tell me about the feedback you’ve gotten. There are a lot of families and couples who go through similar situations as you do. Whether it’s having another child or potty training or dad having to take the kids to the store by himself. What is it like for you to show this family dynamic, and that it’s okay to make mistakes along the way? That parenting isn’t perfect?
AC: The feedback has been great. I think Terricka is the one who gets the questions asked about potty training, how she is so patient with the kids and what she does with the kids. They don’t ask me the questions. They ask her the questions.
The feedback has been great. That is what we are trying to showcase. No matter what it is as parents that we go through, we’re not going to be perfect. At the end of the day, making the right decisions for ourselves and our kids, that’s all that matters.
We’re not going to be perfect. Our kids aren’t going to be perfect, but it’s our job to make sure they learn along the way, so they don’t make the same mistakes we made.
Earlier this year, Antonio, you officially confirmed you retired from football and the NFL. You’ve had this time to ease the transition, but did it become real for you in that moment? What was that experience like for you?
AC: The process was hard. I’ve been playing since I was 5 years old. I played every single year until this upcoming year. It’s understanding that and coming to the realization that this was coming to a close for me.
It was tough because it still hasn’t hit me yet. I still have that mindset that I can go out there and play, but I understand that my body is not up to it.
I think that is what it ultimately came down to retiring. Just my body. I can be training and be fine, then pull a hamstring. Once I pulled my hamstring and everything else, it was time for me to retire and let go and enjoy my family and find another niche.
As far as having another child in the past year, how has that impacted the household dynamic with a newborn? Does it make things a little easier this time since you have older children, too?
TC: You would think it would have, but it actually hasn’t. Baby Jhett is such a good baby. She goes with the flow with the other kids. They have taken to her so well.
Even the twins, who will be 2 in just two weeks, they know she is the baby. They always are worried about what she needs. If she cries, they’re the first ones running to her. Everybody has stepped in to assist with her and make sure she is okay. She has just been a great addition to our family.
The world we live in has changed drastically in past years. Do you find it harder to raise a child in today’s world compared to when you had your first?
TC: I would say yes. Only from the standpoint of the things you have to now talk to your kids about. There is so much dialogue that takes place. You have to introduce young children, 5 or 6 years old, about school shootings and how to respond when approached by police or what to do in case of an emergency.
These are conversations that my parents never had with me. My daughter had one of her best friends commit suicide. It was a nationwide story in regard to bullying. A lot of conversations take place now that have become hard conversations to have as a parent with my kids. But it’s where the world is now.
Those kinds of conversations make parenting a little difficult when having to talk about grownup issues and try to translate it into the way a child understands.'Real Money': Rocker Eddie Money and Family Are Sh-Sh-Shakin' up Reality TV
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One of the big issues facing parenting and families today is social media. How do you approach this with your children being public figures thanks to the show?
TC: We do allow our children to have social media accounts. What I do like about the accounts that they are on like a Snapchat or Instagram, is that it allows us to have their accounts with our accounts. We’re able to see everything that comes in, even if I’m logged into my own account. I can monitor their account because I get their mentions and direct messages.
As long as I’m able to monitor what they are being sent or if someone is trying to contact them and keep it safe for them, I’m okay with it. If it does become unsafe for them, then we will have that discussion with them about removing that from their phone.
What has been the most common question you get?
TC: The most common question I get on a day-to-day basis is if we are done? Are we having more kids? I get asked that every day, if not multiple times a day. Our family feels complete. We plan to enjoy each other and go forth from there.WWE Power Couple The Miz and Maryse Land USA Reality Show 'Miz & Mrs.'
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And the next half the season we see G-Mama move in?
TC: It seems that she moved in. She is just here quite often.
What can viewers expect with her entering the mix?
TC: G-Mama is a handful. You can expect her to tell us how to run our life. Be extremely competitive with us and just all in the mix. Wherever we are, G-Mama is sure to follow.
What are some of the other things fans can look forward to on the back half of this season?
TC: Antonio’s life after retirement. What he is trying to get into. We touch base on social media with our kids. Also, now that Antonio is home, I get to resume back to myself prior to being the stay-at-home mom. I get to spend time with my girlfriends and have a good time. The world needs to know that mommies need to have fun, too.
Will there be a Season 2?
TC: As long as USA Network will have us. As long as the viewers enjoy watching us, we would love to do Season 2 and many more after that.
Look out Kardashians and Chrisleys and everyone else…
TC: Who are those people again?
The Cromarties returns 10: 30/9:30c on May 8
On Monday night, Roseanne Barr appeared on The Tonight Show to promote both her show Roseanne and her stand-up comedy tour. But, of course, when it comes to Barr, it's hard to predict what will happen when she's given the podium.
When Fallon asked her about the backlash she's been receiving over her support for President Trump, her response was shocking — but not to those who follow her closely.James Pickens Jr. Is Still in Lanford — the 'Grey's Anatomy' Star Returns to 'Roseanne' (PHOTOS)
The actor is reprising his role as family friend Chuck Mitchell on May 8.
"But, then also, with a big hit, comes people that aren't so happy, as well. If you say that you're a supporter of Donald Trump or..." Fallon broached after singing Barr's praises with Roseanne's success.
"Oh yeah. People are mad about that. But, you know, I don't give a f**k," she replied honestly.
The comedian went on to say that she doesn't care who other people voted for, reasoning, "Everybody had to choose for themselves, according to their own conscience... So, I'm not gonna put anybody down who didn't vote like me."5 Memorable Darlene & David Moments From the Original 'Roseanne' (VIDEO)
Plus, sweet moments between stars Sara Gilbert and Johnny Galecki.
The pair discussed other topics, as well. Fallon pulled out a photo of Barr's first appearance on The Tonight Show when Johnny Carson was host. "Oh, look at that," Barr exclaimed upon seeing the photo from her 1985 act.
One thing she remembered from her appearance was her gratitude to Carson. "I was a babbling idiot. All I could say was, 'Thank you, Mr. Carson. Thank you, Mr. Carson,'" she recalled.
See the whole segment below and catch an all new episode of Roseanne, Tuesday night on ABC.
Roseanne, Tuesdays, 8/7c, ABC
In last year’s Colony finale of the alien-occupation thriller, the ETs known as Raps liquidated Los Angeles, sending former FBI agent Will Bowman (Josh Holloway), wife Katie (Sarah Wayne Callies) and their three kids fleeing into the deep woods.
Six months later, "for the first time since the Arrival, the family is all together and not running for their lives," says Holloway, adding, "That doesn’t last long." The actor and executive producer offers a peek into the future.Renewed TV Shows 2018: Find Out Which Series Will Return for Another Season
Plus, find out if more of your favorite shows are coming back.
TV Insider: Where is Will emotionally when we return?
Josh Holloway: He’s been damaged by the things he had to do for them to survive. Your soul gets dirty no matter what, and that’s what happened with Will. He is trying to get back to his code of honor.
That shifty collaborator Snyder (Peter Jacobson) is living with the family. Why?
That guy is a survivor, like a cockroach! He helped Will get his son Charlie [Jacob Buster] back. There’s no love between them, but they have an understanding. Will tries to find the good in Snyder.
Will Katie and older son Bram (Alex Neustaedter) persuade Will to join the Resistance?
Will just wants to heal, but his wife and son are ready to save the world. They still have the alien communication device, the Gauntlet, to share with the Resistance.
Shocker! Katie’s Resistance pal Broussard (Tory Kittles) survived the L.A. evacuation.
Boy, is he not dead! I’d love to play Broussard. He’s like my Lost character, Sawyer. I have to do all this crazy emotion; he just comes in all cool, hangs with the girls and kills a bunch of people.
Will we finally see what the aliens look like?
You will discover something about one set of aliens, because there’s a whole new group now. Maybe they’re fighting each other, maybe both want to destroy us. Or we could be just frickin’ flies caught in the middle.
Colony, Season 3 Premiere, Wednesday, May 2, 10/9c, USA
Becca Kufrin is back and looking for love in the new teaser trailer for her upcoming season of The Bachelorette.
ABC dropped the promo this morning, and it features Becca throwing a whole lotta shade at ex-fiancé Arie Luyendyk Jr. — who dumped her for runner up Lauren Burnham.
— The Bachelorette (@BacheloretteABC) May 1, 2018
The 28-year-old rips a heart in two and then dances around in a gold shimmering dress, ready to welcome new suitors.
It ends with her famous line: "Let's do the damn thing!"Let's Do the Damn Thing! Becca's 'Bachelorette' Season Gets a Premiere Date
Plus, find out when Season 14 premieres!
The Bachelorette, Season 14 Premiere, Monday, May 28, 8/7c, ABC
Ask Matt: Where Are the Kids (on 'Big Bang' & 'Mom'), HBO's 'Westworld' & 'Barry,' 'Lost in Space' Debate
Welcome to the Q&A with TV critic (also known to some TV fans as their "TV therapist") Matt Roush, who'll address whatever you love, loathe, are confused or frustrated or thrilled by in today's vast TV landscape. One caution: This is a spoiler-free zone, so we won't be addressing upcoming storylines here unless it's already common knowledge. Please send your questions and comments to firstname.lastname@example.org (or use the form at the end of the column) and follow me on Twitter. Look for Ask Matt columns on most Tuesdays and Fridays.
Where Are the Kids?
Question: I have watched The Big Bang Theory from the beginning but am about to give it up for the reason that there have been two babies born and we have never seen them? Why have them if we’re not going to see them? — Doris, Cridersville, Ohio
Matt Roush: We do hear about them, especially as the arrival of the Wolowitz babes has impacted the lives and relationship of Howard and Bernadette. Other characters, most notably Stuart and Raj, have been drawn into the parenting situations from time to time as well. But to expect Big Bang to somehow turn into a family comedy at this stage of the game is beyond unlikely. It’s always a risk to add children to an established show—look at Grey’s Anatomy and how rarely we ever see Meredith’s brood—and while it’s unrealistic that little Halley and Neil Michael haven’t taken over their parents’ lives as real babies do, that’s not entirely out of character for a sitcom about geniuses who aren’t always at home in the real world.Go Behind the Scenes of the 'Big Bang Theory' Star-Studded Finale (PHOTOS)
The Season 11 finale airs May 10 on CBS.
Question: How is the hit comedy Mom just ignoring the fact that this “single mother” has had her children just disappear without a trace or a mention in a few seasons now?? The show is called Mom, but where are the kids??? — Donna
Matt Roush: I’m revisiting this recurring question/complaint one last time—in deference to the approach this month of Mother’s Day, and because kids on TV is something of a theme in today’s column. It’s not true that Christy’s kids, Violet and Roscoe, somehow suddenly vanished. Those storylines developed over time. It’s a fair comment, though, that a real-world sitcom like Mom should do a better job at referencing this aspect of Christy’s life, that having both kids no longer a part of her daily existence is a significant failing on her part (reflecting her long estrangement from her own mom, and Bonnie’s with hers). Mom has successfully reinvented itself as a comedy about a new sort of family unit—Christy, Bonnie and their fellow travelers in AA—but it wouldn’t hurt for them to at least reflect occasionally on what’s past, and what’s been lost.Nathan Fillion to (Briefly) Reprise 'Firefly' Role in 'American Housewife' Guest Spot
Captain Mal Reynolds' costume is still looking good in new pics.These Kids Today!
Question: I've lately been observing the talent of child performers on TV shows and it struck me just how wonderful some of them are! Julia Butters, who plays Anna-Kat on American Housewife, has got to be one of the funniest, natural and sharp young actors on TV today. Giselle Eisenberg (Sophia on Life in Pieces) is another, as well as Elisha Henig, who plays the son on Alex Inc., to name just three—can you tell I'm a comedy fan? How do these kids get so good at what they do? Is it just natural talent? Do they go for acting lessons? These are mostly rhetorical questions, though I'd also love to know who are some of the child actors whose performances you currently enjoy on television (on comedies or others), and any former child actors who you can recall leaving strong impressions in the past? — Nick
Matt Roush: I’ll use this discussion to throw one of my final bouquets to the younger co-stars of ABC’s The Middle as it approaches the end of its run this month. (The series finale, airing May 22, is wonderful, by the way.) Watching Eden Sher as Sue, Charlie McDermott as Axl and Atticus Shaffer as Brick grow over the years has been an unending delight, and rare among TV children, they’ve stayed distinctly funny all along the way. I’d as soon not go into the memory archives for fear of leaving off someone obvious, but with a question about Westworld on the horizon, I’ll call out Evan Rachel Wood for her exemplary performance on Once and Again (along with Shane West and Julia Whelan). These young actors moved me like few others in that underappreciated Herskovitz-Zwick classic.'Westworld' Season 2: 'Breaking Bad' Favorite Makes Guest Appearance
And his role is just as evil as his character on the AMC hit.HBO’s Westworld and Barry: Confused and Appalled
Question: I watched Westworld from the very first show, and after the last episode all I can say is I am very confused and don't know what is going on. So many dead people and I have no idea how this happened. What am I missing here? — Roger
Matt Roush: At this early stage of the season, it’s OK to feel you’re still in the dark. (I previewed the first five episodes, and still am not always sure what’s happening or even when.) I find Westworld endlessly fascinating, especially as it peels back more layers of the park while the hosts rally for revolution. It’s a very different show from the first season, and I appreciate that.'Barry' Star Henry Winkler Reveals What Attracted Him to the Role
Plus, would be play Arthur Fonzarelli again?
Question: I love Henry Winkler in Barry, but the language in it was really over the top. I can't understand why the writers seem to have a need to use such filthy language. More surprised that Winkler would agree to it. Oh well, that's what is happening in this country. Just saying! Of course I for one will no longer watch. — Pat
Matt Roush: You are aware you’re watching HBO, I presume? I may be as desensitized to TV profanity as I appear to be to the live audience/enhanced laugh track (a continued bête noire in my mailbag), but this doesn’t bother me when I enter a world as weird and violent as Barry’s, especially on a premium channel known for pushing content envelopes. It would probably bother me more if they all spoke in euphemisms. I will agree, though, that dyspeptic acting coach Gene Cousineau is one of Henry Winkler’s best roles in ages, probably since Barry Zuckerkorn on Arrested Development, and since it’s hardly a secret that Winkler is one of the most decent guys in all of show business, this is authentically terrific acting. How great would it be for this legend to finally get an Emmy for such a performance?Netflix's 'Lost in Space' — Family Can Survive Anything
The updated series takes place in 2048.Lost in Space: Pro and Con
Question: I normally agree with most of your observations, but after your review, I have to speak up for the reboot of Lost in Space; I think the show has done a good job updating the premise and tone of the original. The first couple of seasons of the original was very much “family centric” and character-driven before it turned into the “monster of the week.” I think they’ve maintained that aspect. The flashbacks and adventure work for me; there’s no nudity or “gory” violence; special effects are great; maybe just moves too slowly for some viewers, but a decent show for youngsters and tweens. I think Irwin Allen would approve! Looking forward to season 2! — Steve C
Matt Roush: “Moves too slowly” is an understatement, but I’ll concede my childhood memories of the show may be a bit cloudy, and may have clouded my judgment. I mostly took objection with the family not even being alone on this planet for the entire first season, which felt like a set-up to the show many of us had hoped to see. I’m really getting sick of the slow build we’re meant to indulge on so many shows, this in particular.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.
Not surprisingly given the title and the genre, Lost in Space has stimulated a wide range of reactions in my mailbag. A sampling follows:
This from another Steve: “I TOTALLY agree with Bob S about Lost in Space. I was so hoping for some connection to the original, but it was just TOO different! After reading bad reviews, I chose to see for myself. I watched ONE episode only to confirm, it SUCKS!!!!”
From Joe P: “In regards to the Netflix reboot of Lost In Space, my entire family just doesn't understand your review of this as well as the comments of many of your followers. We are three different households who all have totally enjoyed the show. Maybe because we didn't get hung up on the title and just viewed this as a very good new sci-fi show. We are looking forward to the next chapter.”Roush Review: 'Lost in Space' Reboot Waits Too Long to Take Flight
Suffering from Spielberg envy and a 'Lost' complex, the reboot is almost as forgettable as the movie.
And Joaquin wrote in to ask: “If the Centauri tri-star system (Proxima, Alpha and Beta stars) are the closest stars to Earth's solar system (about 4 light years from our sun), what planet/star systems did the Jupiters crash on while the Resolute was on its journey from Earth to Proxima Centrouri? There are no star/sun systems and their supposed planets in this empty space.”
Matt again: Are you confusing me with Neal deGrasse Tyson? I haven’t the foggiest idea how to approach this cosmic question. The answer may lie in the stars, but I’m afraid I’m stuck here, lost on Earth.Midseason Hopefuls
Question: I have fallen in love with Good Girls on NBC. It's become appointment TV for me on Monday nights. I see the season is ending for them. Will they be back in the fall? — Janeen
Matt Roush: Maybe fall. Maybe midseason again. Maybe never. It’s a tough call. Good Girls loses more than half of its Voice lead-in and really suffered when airing opposite a juggernaut like The Good Doctor. (Not so much the case with ABC’s The Crossing, which also gets middling-to-puny ratings.) Seems to me that this is a promotable title with very appealing stars, and could evolve if nurtured into an even more interesting series. Again, hard to say. The NBC upfront presentation revealing the new lineup of shows is just two weeks away, and we’ll know more then.My TV Obsessions: 'Good Girls' Star Retta Reveals Who Her Dream Costar Is
And who she thinks is the funniest person on TV.
Question: Is NBC’s Champions coming back? It's growing on me! Every time I watch it, I like it more! The supporting acting ensemble is well defined and pretty funny. The writing is very clever. And the boy who plays Michael (J.J. Totah) is terrific! If it's canceled, I hope they find another venue for him, he's really good! Thank you! — Betty
Matt Roush: Again, hard to predict. Personally, I’d probably have enjoyed this comedy more if it were about Michael being raised by his quirky mom (Mindy Kaling) than by yet another self-absorbed man-child like his biological dad (Anders Holm). We’ll see which shows make the cut later this month.
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 email@example.com or shoot me a line on Twitter (@TVGMMattRoush), and you can also submit questions via the handy form below.
When he took on the title role in Season 2 of National Geographic’s anthology series Genius: Picasso, Antonio Banderas knew it was a big challenge.
First, because the most famous artist of the 20th century had a complicated, controversial and scandalous life. And second, because Picasso was Banderas’s homie. “He’s from Málaga, like me,” says the Spanish-born actor, “so what I have done with our local hero will be looked at here with a magnifying glass.”
Banderas plays Picasso as a mature master and celebrity, sharing the role with Alex Rich (GLOW) as the cocky, ambitious young Pablo. “Antonio is truly brilliant,” says executive producer Ken Biller of the star’s first part in a regular series. “He was kind of haunted by Picasso his whole life. It’s a role he was born to play.”'Genius: Picasso': New Season Dives Into His Art and Many Romances
Antonio Banderas takes on the titular role.
In the May 1 episode, as World War II rages around him and threatens his Jewish friends, Picasso’s personal struggle is to convince young artist Françoise Gilot (Clémence Poésy) to become his new lover and model. The 57-year-old actor shares his insights into the great man.
TV Insider: You’ve played many revolutionaries in your career: Benito Mussolini, Pancho Villa, Che Guevara and now Pablo Picasso. Is there a rule-breaker lurking inside you?
Antonio Banderas: I suppose there is a bit in a guy who goes to America without speaking English and starts doing movies without knowing what he was saying. So, yes!
What did you learn about Picasso?
I learned that there are many different Picassos, depending on the [viewpoint of the] friend, lover or colleague who described him. He transformed himself like he transformed his paintings. Sometimes he was cruel and other times he was very lovely. But artistically he was absolutely sincere and honest in everything that he did until the moment he died at age 91.Roush Review: 'Genius' Paints Outside the Box With Picasso
The colorful second season profiles Pablo Picasso as a man of many fiery muses.
Some say his singular focus on his work led to his being cruel to the many women in his life.
He was a very talented man who was very famous, very respected and very rich. All that power pushed him to do the one thing he really wanted, which was art. For that, he needed continuous stimulus and he became a little bit of a vampire in a metaphorical way. He sucked from the lives surrounding him, among them his wives and lovers. I don’t see him as an abuser, but he damaged them because he was unfaithful. I tried to portray the human being who had moments of lightness and moments of darkness.
What helped you get to the core of the man?
I love the way the costumes and prosthetics help me. Picasso was shorter than me [5'4" to Banderas’s 5'9"], so the costumes help to cheat the eye. And sometimes I spent hours in the makeup chair. But I mostly wanted to create the character from the inside.
The premiere focused on Picasso’s most famous painting, Guernica.
Do other episodes focus on one piece? No, it’s more about how events in his life were mirrored in his art, from his young and hungry self to later, when he was more successful. But of course many of his most famous paintings do figure prominently into the story: La Vie, Les Demoiselles D’Avignon, La Femme-Fleur, to name a few. Episode 8 centers on the ballet Parade, which Picasso designed and where he met his first wife, Olga.
Did an artist replicate Picasso’s works, or are they photos of the real paintings?
The artworks were created from [licensed] digital files of the real paintings. Sometimes I shot with a green screen so it could be placed in later, or sometimes I shot with a real print made from the digital files. The quality is so good that at the end of shooting, we had to burn all the paintings!5 Casting Ideas for 'Frankenstein' Creator Mary Shelley in 'Genius' Season 3
The 'Frankenstein' creator is the focus of the NatGeo series' next season.
How did you train for the painting scenes?
I copied two of his paintings. I am not a painter myself, but I wanted to do it to be familiar with the tools—the brushes, the acrylics, the oil—so it wouldn’t be strange when I’m painting in front of the camera.
Did you film in any of Picasso’s old haunts?
I insisted we shoot in Málaga. To understand Picasso, you have to understand the light there. We filmed in the house where he was born, the church where he was baptized and the bullring where he watched bullfights with his father. It was very special to me, and for the town, to film those scenes in Málaga.
Genius: Picasso, Tuesdays, 10/9c, National Geographic
It's official: 13 Reasons Why is coming back — and soon!
Netflix released the Season 2 premiere date on Monday, teasing the 13 new episodes with a revealing announcement video.
In the first season, the story of Hannah Baker's (Katherine Langford) life and events leading up to her suicide entranced viewers. Each new tape that Hannah left behind for her classmates — including Dylan Minnette's Clay — was another revelation in the season-long mystery and fans couldn't get enough.'13 Reasons Why' New Season 2 Intro Tackles Suicide, Abuse & More (VIDEO)
Stars Dylan Minnette, Katherine Langford and more speak out on mental health.
Now, as the truth about Hannah's suicide bubbles to the surface, those who harmed her, including rapist and Liberty High sports darling Bryce (Justin Prentice), could be brought to justice. But there's someone who will do anything to stop that from happening...
Debuting Friday, May 18, Season 2 will feature many familiar characters — some which you can see in the below teaser clip being surrounded by Polaroids with threatening messages. And once again, justice for Hannah is put on hold.
In the logline for the season released by Netflix, the summary reads:
"Season 2 picks up in the aftermath of Hannah's death and the start of our characters' complicated journeys toward healing and recovery. Liberty High prepares to go on trial, but someone will stop at nothing to keep the truth surrounding Hannah's death concealed. A series of ominous Polaroids lead Clay and his classmates to uncover a sickening secret and a conspiracy to cover it up."8 Burning Questions We'd Like to See Answered in '13 Reasons Why' Season 2
We have more than a few reasons to be curious about this show's second season.
Consider us intrigued! And as the show continues to cover heavy topics like suicide, rape, and more, the actors will come together for a Discussion Series, talking about the events covered in episodes. Meanwhile, more resources will be available via 13ReasonsWhy.info as well as an updated Discussion Guide.
Where will you be when the mystery continues this May?
13 Reasons Why, Season 2, Friday, May 18, Netflix
We're nearing the end of Gotham's fourth season, so expect plenty of game changers in the next couple of weeks.
And you don't have to take our word for it — we have the picture proof! The below exclusive photos from May 10's "A Dark Knight: One Bad Day," show that the penultimate episode of Season 4 will be heavy on Jeremiah Valeska (Cameron Monaghan).5 Questions With Anthony Carrigan of HBO's 'Barry' and Fox's 'Gotham'
The actor talks 'Barry's Hank, 'Gotham's Victor Zsasz, who has left him starstruck and more.
Surprisingly, the logline for this ep fails to mention Jeremiah, but the reference to "complete anarchy" may hint at his involvement: "As Gotham falls into complete anarchy, a team of unlikely heroes step up to save it. Bullock (Donal Logue) takes the lead at the GCPD and Bruce's (David Mazouz) psychological limits are tested as those close to him are put in danger."
In recent episodes, we've seen the city heading toward chaos, with teasers that The Joker will be part of this ultimate downfall. Though the Gotham producers won't call Jeremiah The Joker yet, the title of this chapter is very telling.
"One Bad Day" seems to be a reference to the DC Comics graphic novel, The Killing Joke, which explores The Joker's origin and psychology. The idea is that he's, in fact, a tragic character who suffered "one bad day" that drove him insane.
Does that mean this episode will show the rise of the latest Gotham villain? We'll have to tune in to find out, but these photos certainly tell a story...
Gotham, Thursday, May 10, 8/7c, Fox
[Spoiler alert: This post contains major spoilers about "Good Out Here," the April 29 episode of Fear the Walking Dead.]
In Sunday's episode of Fear the Walking Dead titled "Good Out Here," fans were forced to say goodbye to one of the series's first regulars — [Spoiler] Nick Clark, played by Frank Dillane.
Yet it wasn't necessarily the writers' choice to encourage Dillane's exit. The actor himself insisted — and the shock continues!'Fear the Walking Dead': 5 Takeaways From 'Good Out Here' — Including That Major Shocker! (RECAP)
In its fourth season, 'Fear' is showing it is not just A better show, but that it’s THE better show in the 'Walking Dead' franchise.
During an interview with Entertainment Weekly post-episode, Dillane revealed that it was his decision to leave Fear, claiming homesickness had something to do with it — the actor is a London native.
"I had been doing it for three or four years, the show has undergone many changes in terms of different people in charge, all of this stuff, and I just felt like the beginning of this season kind of felt like the end of an era with this show," Dillane told EW.
"And television is hard work, and you have to shoot a lot," he continued. "I also missed Europe very much. I’m not American, so after a while I get quite homesick and all of those things. I also felt like we had achieved what needed to be achieved in the first few seasons, so I thought it was time to keep moving."
Dillane's choice to move on may be difficult for fans to grapple with, but the addition of so many new characters nearly makes up for his loss. The Walking Dead's Lennie James, along with Maggie Grace, Garret Dillahunt, Jenna Elfman, and Kevin Zeggers, all joined Fear's roster for Season 4.
As for the recently exited actor, Dillane has plans for more work, as he told EW, "I had been playing Nick for four years and I was ready to play some different characters."
With only three episodes into Season 4, Fear the Walking Dead is certainly throwing some big punches, and they know just where to hit their audience.
Fear the Walking Dead, Sundays, 9/8c, AMC
We're less than one month away from the most anticipated wedding of 2018 — Meghan Markle and Prince Harry's Royal Wedding.
The high-profile couple is gearing up to say 'I do' at St. George's Chapel at Windsor Castle on Saturday, May 19. The service will begin at Noon U.K. time — or, for us Americans, 7 a.m. EST/4 a.m. PST.
And here's how and where to watch the ceremony on television in the United States (updates will be added as more coverage is announced:ABC
ABC News will air special coverage of the Royal Wedding featuring GMA anchor Robin Roberts and World News Tonight anchor David Muir. Their live coverage will begin on Good Morning America on Saturday, May 19 (5:00 – 10:00 a.m. EDT), from Windsor, England.
They will be joined by "GMA weekend anchor and The View co-host Paula Faris; correspondents Deborah Roberts, James Longman, Adrienne Bankert; contributors Imogen Lloyd Webber, Victoria Murphy, Omid Scobie and British biographer Andrew Morton," according to a press release. They will comment and report on the arrivals, ceremony, carriage ride, and various celebratory actives happening in Windsor and London.
"20/20 will also provide in-depth coverage of the royal wedding with primetime specials on Friday, May 18 (10:00 – 11:00 p.m. EDT), and Saturday, May 19 (10:00 – 11:00 p.m. EDT), with Muir anchoring and correspondent Deborah Roberts reporting from Windsor," the announcement continued.All of the TV Specials Celebrating the Wedding of Prince Harry & Meghan Markle
Where you can get your fill of the royal wedding — ahead of May 19.NBC
The Today Show will cover the wedding with live reporting and commentary on May 19 beginning at 4:30 a.m. EDT featuring Today co-anchors with Savannah Guthrie and Hoda Kotb. They will be located at "an exclusive vantage point overlooking Windsor Castle."
They will be joined in the U.K. by Megyn Kelly, Al Roker, Kathie Lee Gifford and Sheinelle Jones.
Plus, another team of NBC News correspondents, including Kelly Cobiella, Rehema Ellis, Stephanie Gosk and Keir Simmons, will be reporting on every Royal Wedding detail in both Windsor and London.CBS
The network is starting its coverage at 4 a.m. EDT from Windsor, England. Journalist and Royal Family author Tina Brown is set to join This Morning co-anchor Gayle King and Entertainment Tonight co-host Kevin Frazier live. CBS's live-streaming site, CBSN, will reportedly be broadcasting coverage online beginning at 4 a.m.Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's Royal Wedding: All the Details We Know So Far
The countdown is on to the fairy-tale day.BBC America
BBC America announced it will air the wedding as a live and direct simulcast of BBC One's coverage. "The live broadcast will begin Saturday morning and an encore presentation of the wedding will air later in the day on May 19th," according to a press release.