A mysterious murder in a Rust Belt town serves as the catalyst for this sprawling new series. But One Dollar isn’t your average whodunit. At the scene of the crime, police — including Officer Rook (Níke Uche Kadri) and Chief Trask (Chris Denham) — don’t find a weapon or any bodies. Just a lot of blood and a single dollar bill.
That greenback isn’t a clue or a piece of evidence. It’s simply a bit of cash, making its way to various folks in the normal course of commerce. But as it changes hands each episode, the show’s perspective shifts, exploring the lives of a diverse group of people who are all connected in some way to the crime.CBS All Access Confirms Jordan Peele-Produced 'Twilight Zone' Revival
Peele, Simon Kinberg and Marco Ramirez will executive-produce the series and collaborate on the premiere episode.
In the premiere, the dollar starts in the hands of mill worker Garrett Drimmer (Philip Ettinger), a working-class father involved with a woman from the right side of the tracks. From there the story moves to mill owner Bud Carl (John Carroll Lynch) and others in town, including charismatic Randall (Leslie Odom Jr.) and high schoolers Dannie and Gracie (Kirrilee Berger and Julie Gardner).
"Early on it’s clear that certain people were involved [in the crime] and the show becomes a 'what happened and why?'" executive producer Craig Zobel explains.
One Dollar also uses the framework of a crime story to explore facets of a particular community.
"A dollar moving from person to person can show you contrasts of different classes," Zobel says. "The series is, on one hand, a murder mystery, and it is satisfying if that is the type of show you tuned in to watch. But it’s also a look at Rust Belt America and what’s happening in 2018 in Western Pennsylvania — the type of people who work in steel mills and who own steel mills; the haves and have-nots in this section of the world."
One Dollar, Series Premiere, Thursday, August 30, CBS All Access
[Warning: The below contains MAJOR spoilers for the Better Call Saul episode, "Talk."]
We're four weeks into the fourth season of AMC's Better Call Saul, and the pressure is certainly building. Between Jimmy's (Bob Odenkirk) bottled-up emotions and Nacho's (Michael Mando) dashed dreams of escaping "the business," it's clear big things are on the horizon.
Unlike past seasons, the series has begun to morph into something fans were familiar with during Breaking Bad's run. As territory wars rage on in the cartel and secrets between couples begin to build, we're clearly approaching a familiar time for BB fans.A 'Breaking Bad' Cameo & More Key Moments From the 'Better Call Saul' Episode 'Something Beautiful'
This week's episode 'Something Beautiful' was full of surprises.
We're taking a closer look at this week's episode, "Talk," and some of the most crucial moments, from Mike's (Jonathan Banks) big meltdown to one nasty cartel massacre. Read on to see what will surely impact the show's future — but beware of spoilers.The Salamancas Take a Turf War Into Their Own Hands
After last week's near-fatal cover-up involving Nacho and his ties to Gus (Giancarlo Esposito), the Salamanca brothers (Luis and Daniel Moncada) sought revenge on those "accused" of shooting Nacho. Who could this be? Well it turns out that the Espinozas — a rival family — are the ones Nacho says are to blame. Of course, fans know it's Gus who is controlling that finger.
Once the confirmation is there, that's all the brothers need to go into kill mode — a mode fans saw when they attacked Hank (Dean Norris) in a parking lot on Breaking Bad. Still recuperating from his wounds, Nacho is forced to defend the Salamancas to keep their trust but it's clear that he's struggling, and his questioning of Gus later in the episode isn't a good sign. Fans will just have to wait and see how things turn out for this young man who just wants to be free of this life.4 Important Moments From the 'Better Call Saul' Episode 'Breathe'
From Jimmy's job interview to Kim's outburst, there's a lot to dissect.Mike Talks
The episode started off with a moment that occurs later on in the action, in which Mike is seen in what appears to be a support group. "He wanted me to talk, I talked," Mike states shortly after we get a flashback of him and son Matty. The series has explored Mike's past a few times, but the writers mislead viewers into thinking he gets outwardly emotional about his son. Instead, Mike reveals that one of the support group members — Henry, played by guest star Marc Evan Jackson (Brooklyn Nine-Nine, The Good Place) — is lying about his dead wife who likely never even existed.
Underneath Mike's distaste for lying is clear pain for the hole his son left behind after the police officer was killed in the line of duty. His unapologetic approach doesn't appear to sit well with daughter in-law Stacey (Kerry Condon), and this could explain some of the tension between them in the future. Mike doesn't often let his emotions show, but much like his big moments in Bad, this scene is certainly among his most iconic on Saul.5 Game-Changing Moments From the 'Better Call Saul' Season 4 Premiere
The 'Breaking Bad' spinoff gave fans some new insight last night.Jimmy Takes a Tip From a Criminal
Fans of Bad will remember that, when people referred to Saul Goodman, they called him a criminal lawyer — emphasizing that dual meaning. With his new job as shift manager at a cell phone store, Jimmy is tapping into that side of himself. When he meets up with Ira (Franc Ross) to collect the funds made selling last week's stolen Hummel, the idea of switching phones for his next job sparked Jimmy's creativity.
He heads back to his relatively quiet store and creates some inventive window art that reads, "Is the man listening? Privacy sold here." Of course, this pulls Jimmy further in the direction of Saul, but his new job only came into existence once Kim (Rhea Seehorn) expressed concern for his mental well-being, as he called the employer he previously denied. Sure, it's exciting to see this side fans knew and loved from Jimmy/Saul, but it's clearly distancing him from Kim.Vince Gilligan & the 'Better Call Saul' Cast Preview Jimmy's Transformation Into Saul
Vince Gilligan, Bob Odenkirk, Giancarlo Esposito, and more give us the Season 4 scoop.Gus Calls Mike to Duty
Fans saw the introduction between Mike and Gus last season. In "Talk," they were brought back together again — this time for a job. At the tail end of the episode, Mike is called to Gus' warehouse to chat. As they convene in the parking lot, it's unclear what the job is, but it is clear that Gus isn't happy with Nacho. Could this be the end for the young criminal, or will Mike be asked to to something else for Gus and his crew? Luckily fans only have to wait a week to find out.
Better Call Saul, Mondays, 9/8c, AMC
Monday night was the season finale of ABC's latest dating show, The Proposal, and viewers met Amber Green, the newest mystery woman.
She's 29, a single mother from Austin, Texas, and so ready to find love. Amber was married before (for seven years) and her perfect man is adventurous but is also ready to take on two children. She's looking for someone who's a mix between Mr. Rogers and Christian Grey.
After the initial first impression round, Shad, Johnny, Gray, Bryan, Shane, Ephesien, and John moved on to beachwear.
"I've never been in a room with such good looking, smart men," Amber told the contestants before the second-round elimination. Johnny, Bryan, Shad, and Gray. Next up: dealbreakers!
Amber explained that she has two children and asked how the men felt about potentially becoming a stepfather. Then, she asked about spiritually, sex, and being open to love again. Bachelors Bryan, Shad, and Johnny made it to the next round where they faced Amber's best friend, Danielle.
She asked again about family and what makes them the best man for Amber.ABC's 'The Proposal': Catch Up With the Couples of Season 1 (PHOTOS)
Find out how these quick matches are doing now.
The final two men were Shad and Johnny but in the end, it was Johnny — 28, from California — who stole her heart. He revealed that he lost his first love because of drunk driving and was supportive and inspired by Amber being a "super mom."
He then proposed and she said yes! But is the couple still together?
According to The Proposal's Twitter, "Amber and Johnny dated for a while after #TheProposal, with Johnny even flying out to her hometown. However, they are no longer engaged and have decided to stay friends."
— The Proposal (@TheProposalTV) August 28, 2018
Side note: This episode was the controversial one ABC originally postponed because one bachelor, Michael Friday, was accused of sexual assault. He was completely edited out of the episode and it acted as the season finale instead.
How did Montego Air Flight 828 take off in April of 2013 and, with only a slight jostling from some unexpected turbulence, not land until more than five-and-a-half years later in 2018?
That's one of many questions that comes up in the new NBC mystery drama, Manifest. The series stars Josh Dallas (Once Upon A Time) and Melissa Roxburgh (Valor) as siblings who were among the 191 survivors to find their lives forever changed by whatever caused the airplane to disappear.TCA 2018: Portraits of Your Favorite Stars From 'You,' 'Power,' HGTV & More (PHOTOS)
Plus, actors from upcoming HBO shows.
Besides having to readjust to their lives and those people who had moved on, there are more mysterious things (mysterious voices, perhaps) that began to happen for the survivors.
Curious for more? NBC is hooking you up with the first act of the pilot episode — on 8/28 (just like the flight number in the series), which isn't set to air until September 24 at 10/9c.
Manifest, Series Premiere, September 24, 10/9c, NBC.
Welcome back to the Q&A with TV critic (also known to some TV fans as their "TV therapist") Matt Roush, who'll address whatever you love, loathe, are confused or frustrated or thrilled by in today's vast TV landscape. One caution: This is a spoiler-free zone, so we won't be addressing upcoming storylines here unless it's already common knowledge. Please send your questions and comments to 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.
Does Big Bang Have to End?
Question: It’s one thing if a series has run out of steam and shows signs of going stale. It’s another thing entirely when a series like The Big Bang Theory is as fresh and funny and character-driven as ever. And still consistently places in the top 20, often top 10, in weekly ratings. So my whole family joins cast members in asking why on God’s earth is this completely original series ending? Not only is it a huge hole for CBS to fill, IF they can even manage to, but it is a huge hole in the lives of millions, who depend on the series to make us laugh, something we badly need. I would also suspect that there are plenty of people who write and produce the show who would like to keep it going, at least for a few years longer. — Lynn
Matt Roush: I feel your pain, but I’m at peace with Big Bang signing off after 12 seasons, with a record (for a multi-cam comedy) 279 episodes come May. There’s little doubt that CBS would love nothing more than to have a few more seasons of its comedy tentpole, and any time a long-running show folds its tent, it signals the dissolution of a literal family of well-compensated employees, from actors to writers to crew. And while it has been reported that Jim Parsons’ desire to move on may have been the deciding factor in not pursuing additional seasons, negotiations for lucrative shows of this duration get awfully complicated. There are also creative considerations at play here. While I agree the show is still mostly enjoyable, the wedding of Sheldon and Amy in many ways signaled a beginning of the end—how do you top that? (and don’t say a baby). And much like how the last big CBS comedy hit Everybody Loves Raymond ended of its own will after nine seasons because the principal parties didn’t want to run out of gas before the final bow—same with The Middle this year to a more modest degree—I would rather a show like this go out strong rather than “show signs of going stale” before ending.The Real Reason 'The Big Bang Theory' Is Ending After Season 12
The CBS sitcom is calling it quits after twelve seasons.A Big Bang Without Sheldon?
Question: I understand that Jim Parsons made The Big Bang Theory such a hit, but the other characters are fun, amusing and, I think, could carry on without Sheldon. The writers are great. Did anyone ask why BBT has to be canceled? Maybe Sheldon could take a temp job away and let's see if BBT can make it without him. — Val
Matt Roush: The one thing no one with Big Bang desires is to produce a diminished version of the sitcom—which it would almost certainly be if it lost its comic engine. Obviously they could send the character back to the North Pole, or into space or some such, but the result would likely feel even more gimmicky than usual and carry the whiff of desperation.'Big Bang Theory' Final Season: Kathy Bates Returns & More Behind-the-Scenes Moments (PHOTOS)
Kathy Bates returns and more inside looks at the new season!Are Tonight Show Fridays a Thing of the Past?
Question: I am a huge, huge fan of Jimmy Fallon and The Tonight Show, but I have noticed a change in programming as of late. In the past month, the Friday night episodes have been listed as new, but the only new elements are the opening segment and Thank You notes. Is this just something they are doing for the summer or is it a ratings issue? I really hope, being such a big fan, that it's just temporary. — Terri
Matt Roush: You can rest easy. After Labor Day, Fallon’s Tonight Show will resume Friday originals. The idea was to try out a “hybrid” format during the dog days of late summer, blending past interview and celebrity segments with fresh opening material. There will be new Friday episodes going forward after the holiday (although both this show and Stephen Colbert’s Late Show tend to tape two shows on Thursdays to give the writers and producers a bit of an end-of-week breather).POLL: Who Is the Best Sidekick in Late Night?
The best late-night talk shows have a strong sidekick.Is Gerald McRaney the Busiest Guy in Show Biz?
Question: My question is regarding Gerald McRaney. He seems to show up on at least one series per season and on a wide variety of networks. He’s on Shooter this summer, and I see he will be on NCIS: LA this fall. He was good on Simon & Simon. Can you explain how it is he shows up all the time? Is it a contract with certain production companies? — BJ
Matt Roush: Gerald McRaney has the enviable fortune of being an in-demand character actor, probably now more than ever since his 2017 Emmy win for his guest role as Dr. K on This Is Us. He’s versatile, he’s effective whether playing a good or bad guy, and he’s a comfortably familiar face for millions of viewers. That’s why so many shows want to work with him.First Look at the New Seasons of 'Outlander,' 'NCIS,' 'Blue Bloods' & More (PHOTOS)
Plus, a sneak peek at Nathan Fillion's new series, 'The Rookie.'Bully for Bosch!
Question: You can file this with all of your other "why oh why doesn't the TV Academy recognize" letters. I am absolutely addicted to Bosch on Amazon Prime Video. The work of Titus Welliver is nothing short of perfection, and I personally would tune in to watch Lance Reddick read the phone book. Have you seen the show—and if so, your thoughts? — Rob
Matt Roush: I’ve been a fan of Michael Connelly’s book series for years and was surprised it didn’t come to TV sooner. (It’s a perfect fit for Amazon, given the brand’s association with book sales.) I agree that Titus Welliver is just about perfect as Harry Bosch, and Lance Reddick makes any show better (Fringe, Lost, The Wire) with his formidable presence. It’s a solid adaptation of a terrific franchise and I look forward to each season. That said, I’m not surprised it flies under the Emmy radar. Crime dramas and procedurals, even smartly serialized ones like Bosch, tend to be ignored and/or underestimated in the current drama series boom. In a simpler and less cluttered time, this would be a standout.Lance Reddick on a Timely 'Bosch' Season 4 & 'The Wire' Alum He Wants on the Show
The new season of the Amazon series addresses issues of police brutality and race.Blame Canada for Carter
Question: Get Carter? I've watched the first couple of episodes and it's not horrible. It is definitely from the "light summer fare" mold with Jerry O'Connell playing the same charming doofus as he did on Crossing Jordan (and Sliders, etc). I was pleasantly surprised to see Sydney Poitier, as I haven't seen her in anything in probably 10 years. And, of course, Kristian Bruun was so much fun to watch in Orphan Black. Now I've seen plenty of Canadian import shows in my day, but I have never watched a show that looked, felt, sounded, smelled and tasted so Canadian. It couldn't be more Canadian if every character walked around chugging maple syrup straight from the bottle. I'm actually surprised that WGN America picked up this and 100 Code, two shows that feel so distinctly foreign (obviously, more so with 100 Code). Come to think of it, Bellevue definitely felt like an import, too. It seems odd that such a conservative-leaning network would buy up all these imports, but I'm grateful they did. Any deep thoughts on this subject? — Woody
Matt Roush: Let’s just hope for WGN America’s sake that no one imposes crushing tariffs on TV imports from across the border, because that’s where all of its “originals” are coming from these days, starting with Bellevue and continuing with Carter. I had to laugh at your description of this show being “not horrible.” Talk about damning with faint praise. (I also chuckled when WGN America issued a press release with a critic’s quote citing O’Connell as being “likable and competent in the role.” Okayyy…) Shows like this, and ABC’s Take Two, redefine weightless, but as a way to while away a summer hour harmlessly, I get it. (Although vintage reruns of shows from the ’70s might actually feel fresher.) The reason WGNA is going this route is because it’s way cheaper than producing original series themselves.Kristian Bruun Talks Procedural-Comedy 'Carter' & How This Compares to His 'Orphan Black' Role
The Jerry O'Connell-starring series just kicked off on WGN America!Will Trial’s Courtroom Be Back in Session?
Question: The whole cast of NBC’s Trial & Error is great in this hilarious show. Will it return in the fall? — Eleanor
Matt Roush: Fall? No. Ever? Hard to say. Both of its seasons, NBC used T&E as a midseason—or, this year, summer—replacement, in each case doubling up on episodes each week as if to acknowledge that watching multiple episodes, binge-style, makes this serialized true-crime spoof even funnier. At present, the show appears to be in limbo, with NBC reportedly having let its option for renewal lapse, and the studio now shopping it around. I’d love to see more, especially if they keep finding defendants as memorable as John Lithgow and Kristin Chenoweth.'Trial & Error' Star Kristin Chenoweth 'Ready' for 'Pushing Daisies' Revival
Plus, the actress teases her role on the upcoming season on 'Trial & Error.'
That’s all for now—and until after Labor Day, so have a happy holiday weekend before the fall TV barrage begins. 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. Please include a first name in your question.
Wonder what would Cory, Topanga, and the rest of the Boy Meets World cast are up to these days? Well, now fans know!
The stars of the hit '90s sitcom — Danielle Fishel, Ben Savage, Will Friedle and Rider Strong — reunited at the 2018 Wizard World Chicago Comic-Con over the weekend. And while together, they recreated a old promo pic from the series.
Fishel posted the image on her Instagram account, with the caption "We hate each other," obviously joking. It was actually the first time the cast was together at a Comic-Con, according to Wizard World.
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Fishel also shared more photos from the event with the captions, “Maybe we’ll do this more?” which made fans wonder if a true reunion could be in the works.
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Prom 2019. Our final day at Wizard World. This was genuinely the first time we, as a cast, have all been together for something like this. Even as kids. Thanks to everyone who stopped by and shared your BMW stories. Maybe we'll do this more?
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Boy Meets World aired for seven seasons from 1993 to 2000 on ABC. It followed the Matthews family and the misadventures of Cory (Savage) as he and his friends navigated growing up, school, and relationships.
Fishel played Topanga, his longtime love, while Strong played his best friend Shawn and Friedle played his brother Eric.#TGIF Comedy Producers & Stars Discuss Reaching a New Generation on Hulu
And what makes the sitcoms still hold up today.
The four did reunite on-screen briefly for the spinoff series, Girl Meets World, which debuted in June 2014 on Disney Channel. It followed Cory and Topanga's daughter Riley as she dealt with the pains of young adult life.
The show was canceled in January 2017.
November is approaching and so is the Season 6 premiere of Netflix's House of Cards.
In a set of newly-released photos, the streaming service is revealing a new set of characters played by Oscar-nominated actors Diane Lane and Greg Kinnear. The powerhouse duo will play siblings Annette and Bill Shepherd, former heirs and now heads of the industrial conglomerate known as Shepherd Unlimited.
So how will they come into play? They'll attempt to influence Claire Underwood's (Robin Wright) presidency, of course. The Shepherds are described as having family foundations that wield a strong "behind-the-scenes force" on America's political landscape.
In January of this year, it was announced that the two big name actors would join the talented cast of the series, which is set to end after this season. Their casting came not long after Kevin Spacey's firing as the lead Frank Underwood, following assault allegations.'House of Cards' Announces Final Season Premiere — See Robin Wright at the Helm (PHOTO)
Plus, see Robin Wright at the helm in the first official key art.
But Lane and Kinnear aren't the only new stars joining the political drama: American Crime Story: The Assassination of Gianni Versace breakout Cody Fern is also set to appear. The up-and-coming actor will play another part of the Shepherd family — Annette's son Duncan Shepherd.
Described as an "ambitious and devoted son," Duncan's role will represent the upcoming generation of "DC power players." To see more of the new characters scroll down. And be sure to check in on all the drama when House of Cards returns for its final season November 2.
House of Cards, Season 6 Premiere, Friday, Nov. 2, Netflix
This Is Us announced another casting change-up!
Lyric Ross, who plays Déja, has been promoted to a series regular role on the upcoming third season. Ross joined the series in Season 2 when she was placed with the Randall Pearson (Sterling K. Brown), wife Beth (Susan Kelechi Watson), and their two daughters from the foster care system.What the 'This Is Us' Season 3 Teaser With William Could Mean (PHOTO)
Series creator Dan Fogelman shared a telling photo from Season 3.
Her journey on the show was nothing short of tear-jerking. After putting up a tough front, Déja finally let down her walls and connected with the Pearsons. Then, her previously incarcerated mother came looking for her and Déja went to live with her.
But when things went south with her mother, the teen called Beth and Randall to ask for help. In the finale, Déja's mother relinquished her parental rights, which means the Pearsons can finally adopt her. But instead, she lashes out even more by destroying Randall's car.
This Is Us has had plenty of casting news lately for its highly-anticipated third season. NBC recently upgraded Melanie Liburd to a series regular role. as Beth's (Susan Kelechi Watson) cousin, Zoe, whom we met at the wedding in the finale. In a flash forward, we then saw that she'll eventually start dating Kevin (Justin Hartley) and fly with him to visit Vietnam.
Also revealed was that Jack Pearson's (Milo Ventimiglia) little brother, Nicky, will be portrayed by Michael Angarano.
This Us Us, Season 3 Premiere, Tuesday, September 25th, 9/8c, NBC
The family that prays together stays together. Except that adage does not hold true on Season 3 of OWN’s soapy drama Greenleaf, which returns for a two-night premiere on Tuesday and Wednesday.
Members of the prominent titular clan behind Memphis megachurch Calvary Fellowship World Ministries find themselves more divided than ever. “We break the Greenleaf family in two, as a way of looking forward to how we might begin again,” explains executive producer Craig Wright.Patti LaBelle Joins the Cast of OWN's 'Greenleaf' for Season 3
The Grammy-winning icon will play a famous Christian motivational speaker.
Below, he teases some other major upcoming moments.Mom Issues
Tension has been the norm between fierce matriarch Mae Greenleaf (Lynn Whitfield) and her formidable daughter, Pastor Grace “Gigi” Greenleaf (Merle Dandridge, below, with Rick Fox). “There are some very, very deep reasons Lady Mae has it in for Grace,” explains Wright. “We’re finally going to figure it all out [and learn] why she is so angry with her daughter all the time.”
Did Mae Stray?
Mae kicked out her husband, Bishop James Greenleaf (Keith David), for his many indiscretions with her sister, Mavis McCready (recurring star Oprah Winfrey). But Mae is not that innocent herself. “The first lady and bishop have secrets,” Wright explains. “It becomes apparent they both have made mistakes.”Rochelle’s Revenge
Devious Rochelle Cross (returning guest star LeToya Luckett) hopes to prey on the vulnerable bishop to bring down the Greenleafs, whom she blames for her father’s death. “Grace pulls Rochelle close so she can try to understand why she’s doing what she’s doing,” says Wright.More Mavis?
Whenever Mae’s sister appears, a delicious battle showcasing pros Winfrey and Whitfield erupts. “Wondering when and how Mavis will return is one of the great pleasures of this show,” teases Wright. Let us pray!
Greenleaf, Season 3 Two-Night Premiere airs Tuesday and Wednesday, 10/9c, OWN
If Morgan's goal was to travel the country during the zombie apocalypse, he's doing very well.
Rick's former pal found himself in a different state on this week's Fear The Walking Dead, as his method of taking shelter from the storm ultimately left him miles and miles from his friends in Texas.
His predicament brought him into contact with some generous new characters who are willing to help him find his way home — but does their kindness have a cost?What 'Fear The Walking Dead' Got Right — And What It Got Really, Really Wrong
From the addition of John Dorie to Madison's surprising fate, a look back at the ups and downs.On the Road Again
At the beginning of the episode, Morgan searches for Alicia at the outset of the storm. He stumbles upon a semi truck — the door is locked, but fortunately, the gate to the trailer isn’t. Morgan climbs inside. He turns on a light and finds the space filled with boxes, all bearing the slogan “take what you need, leave what you don’t.”
Morgan follows those instructions, pulling out a blanket and a peanut butter protein bar. He makes himself comfortable and spends the night there. When he wakes up, he leaves the trailer and finds himself at the “The Flip-Flop Truck Stop,” which has the “best mud pie in Mississippi.” Mississippi?
Justifiably confused, Morgan goes into the gas station. No one answers him when he asks if anyone’s there, but when he flips the light switch, the electricity works! He wanders around a little longer and finds a radio, where a woman’s voice asks, “Is that you, polar bear?”
Morgan decides to answer this call. A voice on the other end demands to know who he is, and Morgan explains: he must have accidentally hitched a ride. The woman asks which location he’s at and tells him to make himself at home, but when he asks who she is, she remains silent.Take What You Need
In the next scene, Morgan stocks up on protein bars, water and walkie-talkies. When he finds a map, he traces his way back to Virginia: poor guy is really homesick. He heads into the restroom, where he finds running water. As he uses the facilities, he hears the sound of a gun being cocked, and someone tells him to get out.
When he exits, Morgan finds a man, near his age, in a wheelchair. He points a gun at him and asks Morgan why he used the handicapped stall, and Morgan responds, “I’m gonna be honest. It always seemed like a little apartment.”
The man agrees, and asks Morgan what’s in his bag. Apparently he wasn’t too pleased to find he had taken some of their stash, because the next scene features him pointing a gun at Morgan again. A woman then walks in, de-escalating the situation.
Morgan goes out into the parking lot, where several of the box-stocked semi-trailers sit. The woman, a former truck driver named Sarah, tells him that they kept doing what they’d always done after the world ended. They pack and drop the boxes of supplies at mile markers.
“We been living on the fringes,” she says. “Fringes are all that’s left.”
They offer to get Morgan to where he’s going, and Morgan tells them about Alexandria. Apparently the truck brought him 400 miles closer to home, and got him through a pretty nasty hurricane. Upon hearing that this storm wasn’t just a little cloudburst, Morgan decides he needs to get back to “his people,” and though the trucker pair can’t get him back to Texas, Morgan says he needs to try.
The truckers set Morgan up with a car and supplies, and give him directions to a bridge that would get him back on the road to Texas. Morgan tells them there aren’t many people doing what they’re doing, but the man, whose name is Wendell, tells him about the trucker code. “You gotta help people when they need that help, and then you gotta keep that truck movin’.”'Fear The Walking Dead' Star Alycia Debnam-Carey Breaks Down Alicia's Tough Choice
The actress talks her character's ability to forgive and what she hopes to see from the rest of the season.The Brewer
On the road back to Texas, Morgan runs into a few obstacles. A downed tree forces him from his car, and he treks forth on foot. He reaches the bridge, but starts hearing the voices of his friends wishing him farewell and sprints in the opposite direction. He radios Wendell and Sarah and lies, saying the bridge is out. He asks them to take him to Alexandria.
Morgan makes it back to the gas station. The truckers tell him they can meet him at a different mile marker, and apologize about his friends.
“I know helping those people meant a lot to you,” Sarah says.
As he’s driving, Morgan sees a man with a bag over his head, running from the dead. He saves him and removes the bag, and his restraints. The man brews beer, and was kidnapped because his assailants wanted his recipe.
Morgan takes him in, and they keep driving. When he asks who this guy makes his beer for, the brewer expresses his optimism that things are destined to start over. They’re trying to do the same thing in Alexandria, Morgan says — rebuild a better world — and offers the man a place there.
They make it to Sarah and Wendell’s truck. Sarah tells Morgan they’re in back, but the brewer’s reaction is surprising; he splutters, “What the hell, Morgan?” and runs to the car. Wendell cocks his gun, and it becomes apparent that these truckers aren’t as benevolent as they seem.Walking Away
The pair tie up Morgan and the brewer (his name is Jim), and ask if Alexandria is close to Washington D.C. Morgan finds out that they aren’t the owners of the truck, or the boxes: they stole them from the owner, who was leaving the boxes for those in need. Wendell and Sarah are keeping the supplies, and keeping Jim captive because Sarah likes beer.
Pointing guns at Jim and Morgan, they demand to know Alexandria’s location. When Morgan refuses to share, they hold him and Jim in the back of the truck and start driving toward Virginia.'Fear The Walking Dead' Showrunners on Alicia's Journey, Morgan's Mentorship & Season 4B's 'Very Different' Antagonist
Plus, the showrunners delve into Morgan's mentorship and Alicia's journey.
Jim tells Morgan a story about how he was supposed to sell his brewery and become rich, but that never happened because of the apocalypse. He’s viewing Alexandria as a second chance to earn that wealth. He prattles on until the truck stops on a bridge, having sunk one of its tires in the road because of excess weight.
While Sarah unloads the truck — which is mostly filled with beer supplies — Jim tries to cut a deal with her and Wendell. When she hears they’ll get unlimited beer Sarah cuts him free. Walkers approach under the bridge, and Sarah decides they’re leaving. Jim decides he wants a beer chiller she unloaded from the truck. In a truly unfortunate turn of events for Morgan, Jim knocks him down into a ravine, and Morgan ends up face-to-face with a small horde. Morgan’s having quite a day!
His attempts to evade the walkers with his hands tied are less than successful, and he winds up on top of an abandoned car. When he sees the trio watching, Morgan asks if he can get some help. Sarah tells him he can, on the condition that he tells her where Alexandria is. With his life on the line, Morgan reveals his community’s location — and gets no help in return.
“You can’t just turn and walk away!” Morgan yells.
“Sure we can. You did,” Sarah says. Confused, Morgan asks her what she means.
She and Wendell knew the bridge wasn’t out; they know Morgan could have gone back to his friends in Texas. They walk away, leaving the stick-wielder without his weapon…. or a way out.Leave What You Don’t
Night falls, and Morgan remains on top of the car. He starts talking to the truckers and Jim through the radio. Hearkening back to his days on The Walking Dead, Morgan calls himself a coward. As walkers snarl, he reveals that he left because he was scared he’d “just make things worse.” He tells the trio not to come back for him.
Morgan tries to get off the car by kicking the walkers’ heads, but falls. When he pulls himself back up he jumps over them and off the car, but keeps sliding down the ravine. He finds one of the boxes and uses a knife to break the restraints on his wrists and take down a few of the walkers. He uses a mile marker to handle the rest — who needs a stick when you have steel?
The next day, Morgan runs into the truck on the road. Wendell and Sarah tell him his directions to Alexandria were wrong. Morgan, of course, already knew that. They strike a deal: they’ll take him back to Texas, but he has to tell them how to get to Alexandria.
On the way back, the group leaves a box at every mile marker ending in the number 4, just as the owner of the truck did. Morgan radios the empty airwaves where the owner might be listening and says they’re bringing the truck back, and leaving boxes.
In the biggest “wtf” moment in an episode filled with “wtf” moments, a woman sits at the radio in the truck stop where Morgan first heard Sarah’s voice. She listens to Morgan’s broadcast and addresses a walker she has pinned to the wall, saying, “Looks like we’re going to Texas.” She writes, “take what you need, leave what you don’t,” on its forehead and cheeks, and laughs eerily.'Fear the Walking Dead' Cast on the Aftermath of Madison's Death & What's Next for Alicia (VIDEO)
Plus, check out the newly-released official trailer for Season 4B!Stray Observations
- Morgan’s a good guy, but I don’t quite buy his over-eagerness to bring everyone back to Alexandria. I mean, he didn’t even ask Jim any of Rick Grimes’ Three Questions.
- This episode had, by far, the most blatantly humorous moments this season. It’s a stark contrast to last week’s “Close Your Eyes,” and while there were moments I appreciated, at times I had a hard time adjusting to the tone shift.
- So, Sarah and Wendell clearly weren’t delivering boxes. What were they doing the whole time? Have they spent their days since the downfall of society looking for a brewer? Here’s hoping we get elaboration on what their motives really are.
- That D.C. shoutout made me wonder about a potential reverse crossover or larger show merger. The Walking Dead’s Season 9 poster had D.C. on it, and with the truckers asking about it… I have to wonder if an endgame is being planned, though Fear was renewed for a fifth season.
- Was that walker the woman pinned to the wall the original owner of the semi? Judging by the outfit, he could be… Yikes.
See you next week for “Weak,” which will see Morgan continue looking for his friends and June helping an ailing Althea.
Fear the Walking Dead, Sundays, 9/8c, AMC
Based on Caroline Kepnes’s nail-biting 2014 novel, this thriller stars Badgley as Joe Goldberg, a Manhattan bookseller whose obsession with a customer named Beck (Elizabeth Lail) inspires him to use her social media posts to present himself as the perfect man. As their romance deepens, so does Joe’s stalking. Before long, Beck and her friends — including bestie Peach (Pretty Little Liars’ Shay Mitchell) — are on the receiving end of his darkest impulses.TV Babble Podcast: Lifetime's 'You' EP Sera Gamble and a TCA 2018 Roundup
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Casting for the series "was extensive," says The Magicians’ Sera Gamble, who is an executive producer with Arrowverse architect Greg Berlanti. "We were adamant that Joe is neither Mr. Robot nor Dexter. He’s an amateur. He’s a smart guy, he’s well-read and not that different from you and me." Noting how Badgley "could not be more opposite from Joe," Gamble admits she and the actor have talked about how uncomfortable the character makes them.
To better comprehend Joe’s obsession with Beck, Gamble needed the right actress. Lail stood out for possessing an "opaque" allure. "She has to be so compelling that you immediately understand why Joe wants to follow her around. There is a mystery to Beck that compels Joe to keep looking into her life."
Gamble isn’t worried about fans being spoiled on the twists Kepnes cooked up. "One of the best things about TV in 2018 is you don’t have to deliver a show that is going to be the same [as the book]," she says. "In fact, I think audiences demand surprising storytelling. So, yes, people will die, some will leave. We have introduced new characters, and storylines are changing significantly in ways that I hope will be exciting for fans of the book."
You, Premieres Sunday, September 9, 10/9c, Lifetime
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Jason David Frank Says 'Power Rangers Super Ninja Steel' 25th Anniversary Episode Is Green Ranger-Approved
Throughout the ever-changing world of Power Rangers, the one constant has been Jason David Frank. The actor has remained loyal to the franchise and his character Tommy Oliver from the moment he donned the Green Ranger suit.
To celebrate the show’s longevity and “Mighty Morphin” legacy, Nickelodeon presents a special 25th anniversary episode of its current series Power Rangers Super Ninja Steel. “Dimensions in Danger” will feature not only returning favorite Tommy, but other alums including Wes Collins (Jason Faunt) and Kat Hillard (Catherine Sutherland). Adding to the nostalgia, the show premieres on August 28 to coincide with when Mighty Morphin Power Rangers debuted in the United States back in 1993.Nickelodeon Launching Groundbreaking Virtual Reality Series 'Meet the Voxels'
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“It was amazing,” Frank said of the experience back on set. “I went back to New Zealand. It was where I filmed Dino Thunder, so to go back and see some of the same people that are working. It felt like home. I got a chance to reunite with cast members. Got a chance to meet the new cast.
“But when I’m working, I work. Even when I’m not working, I’m learning lighting, camera. I’m learning the different departments. I’ve always been hands-on with everything I do. For me, it was great to go back and reprise the role of Dr. Oliver. I think Dino Thunder was an important season a lot of people loved, and it is an important season to see now. It’s great for the kids to be introduced to Dino Thunder because what kid doesn’t love dinosaurs. It’s super cool.”
Frank has worn many colors during his Power Rangers run. However, the iconic green or even white are arguably the most beloved. The actor keeps the iconic role alive through his many comic convention appearances, as well in projects like the digital Super Power Beat Down.
“I’m just believe in it,” Frank said. “I’m the first Power Ranger really to do Comic Con events for fun…Any opportunity that comes up, I’m the first one there. There are a lot of people that turn it down. People who are involved in the franchise, maybe they don’t’ want to be involved. I’m there to do it because just to see the fan’s faces light up when you are bringing back to being a child again. That is what is so cool about it.”
Frank believes the show has survived and thrived for a number of reasons. Among them is the message the program sends.
“It did show values for kids,” he said. “The brotherhood, the dedication and respect, cooperation with people. On top of that you had the different colors, which kids like. On top of that, you have karate. And on top of that, you had cheesy monsters. It’s one of those things that grew with the kids.”
All the elements translated into Power Rangers becoming a global phenomenon. Its stars became overnight sensations thanks in part to the fact that children felt represented.
“I think the first season was great because there was a character all the kids could identify with,” Frank said. “Tommy was the loner. Jason was the jock. Kimberly the ‘Valley Girl.’ Billy was the smart one, really educated. Then you had Zack doing the hip-hop kito. It really was diverse.”
With every appearance Frank can see how Power Rangers impacted audiences. He likens it to when a person hears a song and how it can signal memories good or bad.
“When people watch Power Rangers, it zaps them back to being a kid again. Those moments of, ‘Hey, I didn’t have a dad,’ or, ‘Hey, I was suicidal.’ I hear every story,” Frank said. “I hear that the show encouraged them to never give up. These stories are endless. And I’m there sharing and communicating with my fans worldwide through my social media and the fan base at the conventions.
“I think a lot of the actors, they don’t communicate much with their fans. They don’t get to share with these awesome stories of fans…It’s encouraged a lot of people. I’m just proud of the show because we were the number one show in America before Instagram, Google, Facebook. We did it the old-fashioned way. To be number one in the world the old-fashioned way, it means a lot to me.”
Frank is committed to the fans because he appreciates their support. They’ve followed him beyond Power Rangers into other realms. He has done voice work for Transformers: Titans Return and portrayed Blood Shot in the web series Ninjak vs. The Valiant Universe. Despite the other work, don’t expect Frank to neglect his roots. He stands behind the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: Shattered Grid comic series or the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: Soul of the Dragon graphic novel releasing in December.
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“The Green Ranger solo book I’ve been pushing for,” Frank said. “Hopefully, we can turn it into a digital series. Tommy will one day die. He died in Shattered Grid #25, but until then I will still be rocking the suit. I’m really not into the movies. I’m into the series with Green Ranger, a darker version. More like Shattered Grid. That’s gone viral everywhere around the world. Lord Drakken is everywhere now. That’s basically Tommy turning evil. He has killed Rita. It’s for an older, mature audience. A promo that leads into the book. That is where I want to see my character go.”
He also enjoyed doing the cameo with Amy Jo Johnson in the Power Rangers movie reboot. Although he thought they should have had the originals in there more, considering the positive reaction to their appearances. Frank is confident in the future of the brand as it enters a new era with Hasbro acquiring the franchise.
“I think Hasbro has good things in store,” Frank said. “I don’t know what they have planned. I will tell you I was proud to do the movie…Reboots are very touchy to do. You got to have the right formula, or it’s not going to be a $500 million movie. It could have been if it had the right formula, but they didn’t.
“I’m sure Hasbro is going to pick up all the slack. They are a great company. There is potential for a lot of good cross-overs. From what I heard with just Haim [Saban] being supportive of the brand and guiding them, I think in Hasbro’s hands it will be great. Fans are going to be excited across the board. I’m sure Hasbro has a plan. You don’t buy a company for over half a billion dollars and not have a plan.”
The past, present and perhaps future of Power Rangers is encapsulated in the upcoming milestone episode of the series. Frank doesn’t provide too many details on what happens when the veteran Rangers come together with the new blood heroes to save the world.
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“I will say for my character Tommy, I came up with a checklist because on tour, I come to know what fans want,” Frank said. “In order for me to do the show, it had to meet my criteria and the checklist I had…The Megaforce reunion, I didn’t like too much. It was great to have the opportunity, but I didn’t think the story made sense. This checklist was an unbelievable checklist, so if you’re a fan of Tommy Oliver I think it will be everything you’ll want to see in this anniversary episode.
“It’s a reunion episode I’m proud of. It’s one of the best reunion episodes for today. Forever Red was great, but we’re talking 2018 and keeping it traditional. There are a lot of things you’re going to see in there. It’s going to blow your mind. You’re going to go back to being a kid again. I will say it’s Green Ranger approved, and I’m happy and honored to be part of it.”
Another thing that is Green Ranger approved is the facto Hasbro deemed August 28 “National Power Rangers Day.” A day to recognize the original “teenagers with” attitude.”
“I’m happy to say August 28 we celebrate Power Rangers on that day, and for the rest of our lives because that is how long we are going to be around,” Frank said. “You can’t get rid of us. We don’t die. We multiply.”
And don’t forget morph.
Power Rangers Super Ninja Steel, Saturdays, 12/11am c, Nickelodeon
Special “Dimensions in Danger” episode, Tuesday, August 28, 8/7c, Nickelodeon
This time of year, nothing can match the power of those three little words: back to school! So while you prepare for a new year, check out these odes to that coming-of-age fall staple.Never Change! Our Dream Yearbook of TV's Top-Of-The-Class High-School Characters
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Some Yanks can’t even get other American accents down pat. But they’re not alone: Unfamiliar accents can be tricky, even for Brits. We’ve surveyed the Internet to find hot takes on TV accents and dialects from shows past and present, including The Walking Dead, Quantico, The Wire, Blindspot, and more.
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For the provocative and moving documentary series America to Me, filmmaker Steve James (Hoop Dreams) spent a year at Chicago’s respected Oak Park and River Forest High School talking to educators, parents and, most of all, kids to explore race and education.Fox Sports Documentary Celebrates 'The Sandlot' 25th Anniversary
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"I wanted to focus on a racially diverse school that had none of the usual obstacles of poverty, violence and underfunding," he says.
Tracking 12 students, mostly of color, with varying interests and abilities, the series explores their ambition to succeed as well as their sense of inequality and desire for social change.
America to Me, Series Premiere, Sunday, August 26, 9/8c, Starz