Monday, May 25, 2020

Stargirl S01E02: "S.T.R.I.P.E."

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Fresh of a hot start last week we officially get the birth and debut of Stargirl
by Marcos Rivas aka @thesunsetkid56

This week’ episode begins right after Courtney’s battle with Brainwave. Wasting no time, the episode picks up with Pat landing his giant robot in front of Courtney, quickly taking her away from Brainwave. We get to see Courtney and Pat in the immediate aftermath of the fight, and this allows room for proper character building.

Courtney and the Cosmic Staff connection grows through their mutual fear of the last week’s events. It makes the bond between the two feel real and organic as it allows the audience to see Courtney, and staff, to simply react and exist. Brec Bassinger’s performance in this episode is top notch this week. She proved last week why she was the perfect choice to play Courtney and she proves it even more here, especially toward the end of the episode. In a scene just featuring Courtney and her mom, Bassinger is a talent in the making. She has about five emotions running across her face within that one scene alone, constantly shifting back and forth between them in a way that feels so real and absolutely right for Courtney in that moment.

Fresh off their appearance last episode, we really get to see Pat and his suit in action in this episode. It’s not an abundance but just enough. The S.T.R.I.P.E. suit was fantastic. It is character building for Pat in the best way possible. Almost every scene revolving around Pat and his suit in this episode is even more down to earth than last week. It allows us into Pat’s world of a reluctant return to the side kick role while also showing us that Pat is a genius engineer. This episode goes a long way in showing who Pat is beneath the suit. He is a good, kind family man. This is most evident in a conversation with Courtney late in the episode where he is trying to protect his family from harm. It’s exactly what a hero would do and his selflessness a big part of why Courtney put on the Stargirl suit.

In the episode's biggest climax, Pat tries to take matters into his own hands but finds himself woefully unequipped to take down Brainwave. Courtney, complete with a new suit, arrives just in time. This is the big “Superhero origin moment” moment in “S.T.R.I.P.E.”

The episode ends with Courtney excited about her superhero future with her new sidekick, and the villain Brainwave defeated, “S.T.R.I.P.E” delivers a great ender for what I refer to as the one-two punch of the pilot and this episode. It has the superhero debut and sets up the future foils towards the end. Stargirl is continuing its streak of being the surprise hit the CW/DC universe needs. Let’s hope the content continues to be great.

Stargirl streams Mondays on DC Universe and airs Tuesdays at 8:00 PM on The CW.

What did you think of this episode? Give us your thoughts in the comments section below.

Thursday, May 21, 2020

ABC announces slate for 2020-2021 broadcast season

Having just solidified its position as the No. 1 network in entertainment among Adults 18-49 for the first time in four years, ABC is announcing its 2020-2021 programming slate, which includes renewals for 19 series and two straight-to-series orders from its current crop of pilots – David E. Kelley’s thriller Big Sky and the comedy Call Your Mother (formerly My Village) from Kari Lizer (The New Adventures of Old Christine) – as well as the previously announced alternative series Supermarket Sweep with Leslie Jones.

"At a time when we are physically apart and shared experiences matter more than ever, these shows will build on the strategy that has made us No. 1 this season – bringing people together, creating cultural moments, and making content that entertains and inspires across generations and demographics," said Karey Burke, president, ABC Entertainment. "Our top priority now is to work with our studio partners to ensure a safe return to production so that we can build on the strong momentum of a winning lineup with measured bets on new series that will invigorate our air and continue to deliver the quality programming that our viewers have come to expect and love."

The network had previously announced renewals for Grey’s Anatomy, Station 19, The Good Doctor, America’s Funniest Home Videos, American Idol, and The Bachelorette. ABC had also previously announced a series order for a revival of Supermarket Sweep hosted by Leslie Jones as well as its summer game show slate. Joining them are American Housewife, The Bachelor, black-ish, The Conners, Dancing with the Stars, The Goldbergs, A Million Little Things, mixed-ish, The Rookie, Shark Tank, Stumptown, 20/20 and Who Wants to Be a Millionaire. The fate of For Life and summer series The Baker and the Beauty will be determined at a later date. Not returning are Schooled, Bless This Mess, Emergence, Single Parents, and Kids Say the Darnedest Things.

The complete Fall 2020 schedule will be announced at a later date and will be updated here when available.

NEW SERIES


BIG SKY

From visionary storyteller David E. Kelley comes Big Sky, a thriller created by Kelley, who will write multiple episodes and serve as showrunner in its premiere season. Private detectives Cassie Dewell and Cody Hoyt join forces with his estranged wife and ex-cop, Jenny Hoyt, to search for two sisters who have been kidnapped by a truck driver on a remote highway in Montana. But when they discover that these are not the only girls who have disappeared in the area, they must race against the clock to stop the killer before another woman is taken. Based on the series of books by C.J. Box, Big Sky is executive produced by David E. Kelley, Ross Fineman, Matthew Gross, Paul McGuigan and C.J. Box and is produced by A+E Studios in association with 20th Century Fox Television. A+E Studios is the award-winning studio unit of the global media company A+E Networks, LLC. 20th Century Fox Television is a part of Disney Television Studios, alongside ABC Studios and Fox 21 Television Studios.

Cast: Katheryn Winnick as Jenny Hoyt, Kylie Bunbury as Cassie Dewell, Brian Geraghty as Ronald Pergman, Dedee Pfeiffer as Denise Brisbane, Natalie Alyn Lind as Danielle Sullivan, Jesse James Keitel as Jerrie, with John Carroll Lynch as Rick Legarski and Ryan Phillippe as Cody Hoyt.

CALL YOUR MOTHER

From Kari Lizer, this multicamera comedy follows an empty-nester mom who wonders how she ended up alone while her children live their best lives thousands of miles away. She decides her place is with her family and as she reinserts herself into their lives, her kids realize they might actually need her more than they thought. Call Your Mother is produced by Sony Pictures Television & ABC Studios. ABC Studios is a part of Disney Television Studios, alongside  20th Century Fox Television and Fox 21 Television Studios.

Cast: Kyra Sedgwick as Jean Raines, Rachel Sennott as Jackie Raines, Joey Bragg as Freddie Raines, Patrick Brammall as Danny, Emma Caymares as Celia and Austin Crute as Lane.

Tuesday, May 19, 2020

CBS unveils 2020-2021 primetime lineup

CBS Fall 2020 Preview

CBS has unveiled its new 2020-2021 primetime programming lineup featuring one new comedy, two new dramas and 23 returning series. Additional new series will be announced at a later date. For 2019-2020, the Network finished #1 for the 12th straight season, winning 17 of the past 18 seasons.

The two new shows for fall include the comedy B POSITIVE, from award-winning executive producer, writer and creator Chuck Lorre and Marco Pennette, starring Emmy Award nominee Thomas Middleditch and Tony Award winner Annaleigh Ashford, and the drama THE EQUALIZER, starring Academy Award nominee and multi-hyphenate Queen Latifah.

The shows debuting later in the season include the new drama CLARICE from acclaimed executive producers Alex Kurtzman and Jenny Lumet, starring Rebecca Breeds in the title role, and returning favorites S.W.A.T. and UNDERCOVER BOSS.

In addition, CBS will broadcast SUPER BOWL LV on Feb. 7, 2021.

“We’re excited to come off another season as America’s Most Watched Network and, despite the obvious challenges around us, put together another winning lineup,” said Kelly Kahl, President, CBS Entertainment. “Next season, we’ll have five breakout returning freshman series and three compelling new shows placed into a schedule with the incredible stability for which CBS is so well known. Couple that with our broadcast of SUPER BOWL LV next February, and CBS is simply loaded with a lineup that will clearly appeal to both our advertising partners and our loyal viewers.”

CBS’ new fall schedule features perennial strength and stability, plus big new show additions on Thursday and Sunday.

MONDAYS – Monday’s lineup returns intact. The one-hour comedy block of THE NEIGHBORHOOD followed by #1 new comedy BOB ♥ ABISHOLA opens the night from 8:00-9:00 PM, where both shows rank among the top comedies on television, with larger audiences than every comedy on all other networks. At 9:00 PM, one of the top-rated freshman dramas on television ALL RISE returns starring Simone Missick, followed by BULL, Monday’s #1 entertainment program, at 10:00 PM, averaging over 10.5 million viewers.

TUESDAYS – Tuesday’s dominant lineup remains intact, with the three returning dramas delivering +13 million viewers for the night. NCIS, the #1 series on television that averages over 15.33 million viewers, opens the night at 8:00 PM when it returns for its 18th season. At 9:00 PM, FBI, which averages 12.55 million viewers, returns for its third season, followed by #1 new series FBI: MOST WANTED with 10.2 million viewers at 10:00 PM.

WEDNESDAYS – Wednesday’s solid schedule adds more reality and adventure. SURVIVOR hosted by Jeff Probst, again starts off the night at 8:00 PM, where it was watched this season by nearly 10 million viewers and is CBS’ #1 broadcast in key demos. At 9:00 PM, a fall edition of the multiple Emmy Award-winning THE AMAZING RACE hosted by Phil Keoghan begins another trek around the world. Then at 10:00 PM, the fourth season of military drama SEAL TEAM, starring David Boreanaz, returns to close out the night.

THURSDAYS – Thursday’s schedule adds one new notable comedy. YOUNG SHELDON, television’s #1 comedy, again anchors the night and is the lead-in for the new comedy B POSITIVE at 8:30 PM. Next, at 9:00 PM is television’s #2 comedy MOM, starring Anna Faris and Emmy and Academy Award winner Allison Janney, followed by the #2 new comedy, THE UNICORN, starring Walton Goggins at 9:30 PM. At 10:00 PM, award-winning producers Michelle and Robert King continue to examine the origins of evil in the critically acclaimed drama EVIL.

FRIDAYS – CBS’ most dominant night, where the Network is beating all others this season by +3.5 million viewers, returns intact. MACGYVER opens the night at 8:00 PM, leading into MAGNUM P.I. at 9:00 PM. Television’s #3 drama BLUE BLOODS returns at 10:00 PM, to cap one of television’s strongest nights.

SATURDAYS – CBS’ Saturday night lineup features CRIMETIME SATURDAY, encore broadcasts of the Network’s popular dramas at 8:00 PM and 9:00 PM, followed by the law and justice program 48 HOURS, Saturday’s #1 non-sports primetime series, at 10:00 PM.

SUNDAYS – CBS’ winning night adds a new high-profile drama. 60 MINUTES, television’s acclaimed #1 news program, returns for its 53rd season at 7:00 PM, providing a dominant lead-in for the new drama THE EQUALIZER, a reimagining of the classic series, at 8:00 PM. Next, the two most-watched entertainment programs on Sunday air back to back: NCIS: LOS ANGELES at 9:00 PM, followed by NCIS: NEW ORLEANS at 10:00 PM.

The following is CBS' current Fall 2020 schedule. Due to current circumstances, this may change without notice. New titles are marked bold.

MONDAY
8:00 PM - THE NEIGHBORHOOD
8:30 PM - BOB ♥ ABISHOLA
9:00 PM - ALL RISE
10:00 PM - BULL

TUESDAY
8:00 PM - NCIS
9:00 PM - FBI
10:00 PM - FBI: MOST WANTED
WEDNESDAY
8:00 PM - SURVIVOR
9:00 PM - THE AMAZING RACE
10:00 PM - SEAL TEAM (NTP)

THURSDAY
8:00 PM - YOUNG SHELDON
8:30 PM - B POSITIVE
9:00 PM - MOM
9:30 PM - THE UNICORN
10:00 PM - EVIL

FRIDAY
8:00 PM - MACGYVER
9:00 PM - MAGNUM P.I.
10:00 PM - BLUE BLOODS

SATURDAY
8:00 PM - CRIMETIME SATURDAY
9:00 PM - CRIMETIME SATURDAY
10:00 PM - 48 HOURS

SUNDAY
7:00 PM - 60 MINUTES
8:00 PM - THE EQUALIZER
9:00 PM - NCIS: LOS ANGELES
10:00 PM - NCIS: NEW ORLEANS

THE NEW FALL COMEDY:

B Positive
  
B POSITIVE (Thursday, 8:30-9:00 PM)

B POSITIVE is from award-winning executive producer, writer and creator Chuck Lorre and Marco Pennette, and stars Emmy Award nominee Thomas Middleditch and Tony Award winner Annaleigh Ashford. The comedy revolves around Drew (Middleditch), a therapist and newly divorced dad who is faced with finding a kidney donor when he runs into Gina (Ashford), a rough-around-the-edges woman from his past who volunteers her own. Together, they form an unlikely and life-affirming friendship as they begin a journey that will forever impact both of their lives. Chuck Lorre and Marco Pennette are executive producers for Warner Bros. Television and Chuck Lorre Productions, Inc. James Burrows directed the pilot from a script by Pennette.

B POSITIVE stars Thomas Middleditch as Drew, Annaleigh Ashford as Gina, Kether Donohue as Leanne, Sara Rue as Julia and Kamryn Kunody as Maddie.

THE NEW FALL DRAMA:

The Equalizer

THE EQUALIZER (Sunday, 8:00-9:00 PM)

THE EQUALIZER is a reimagining of the classic series starring Academy Award nominee and multi-hyphenate Queen Latifah as Robyn McCall, an enigmatic woman with a mysterious background who uses her extensive skills to help those with nowhere else to turn. McCall presents to most as an average single mom who is quietly raising her teenage daughter. But to a trusted few, she is The Equalizer – an anonymous guardian angel and defender of the downtrodden, who’s also dogged in her pursuit of personal redemption. Andrew Marlowe, Terri Miller, Dana Owens (Queen Latifah), John Davis, John Fox, Debra Martin Chase, Richard Lindheim (co-creator of the original “Equalizer” TV series that ran on CBS for four seasons), Shakim Compere and Liz Friedlander (pilot only) are executive producers for Universal Television, a division of NBCUniversal Content Studios, in association with CBS Television Studios. Friedlander will direct the pilot episode from a script by Marlowe and Miller.

THE EQUALIZER stars Queen Latifah as Robyn McCall, Chris Noth as William Bishop, Lorraine Toussaint as Viola “Aunt Vi” Lascombe, Tory Kittles as Marcus Dante, Liza Lapira as Melody Zhao and Laya DeLeon Hayes as Delilah.

NEW DRAMA FOR MID-SEASON:

Clarice

CLARICE, from acclaimed executive producers Alex Kurtzman and Jenny Lumet, and starring Rebecca Breeds in the title role, is a deep dive into the untold personal story of FBI Agent Clarice Starling as she returns to the field in 1993, six months after the events of The Silence of the Lambs. Brilliant and vulnerable, Clarice’s bravery gives her an inner light that draws monsters and madmen to her. However, her complex psychological makeup that comes from a challenging childhood empowers her to begin to find her voice while working in a man’s world, as well as escape the family secrets that have haunted her throughout her life. Alex Kurtzman, Jenny Lumet, Elizabeth J.B. Klaviter and Heather Kadin are executive producers for MGM Television and CBS Television Studios in association with Secret Hideout. Aaron Baiers is a co-executive producer. Maja Vrvilo will direct the pilot episode from a script by Lumet and Kurtzman.

CLARICE stars Rebecca Breeds as Clarice Starling, Kal Penn as Emin Grigoriyan, Nick Sandow as Murray Clarke, Lucca de Oliveira as Tomas Esquivel, Michael Cudlitz as Paul Krendler and Devyn A. Tyler as Ardelia Mapp.

Stargirl S01E01: Pilot

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Stargirl premiere on DC Universe and The CW, but how does it stack up to other DC Comics TV properties?
by Marcos Rivas aka @thesunsetkid56

Stargirl, the latest entry in DC Universe's live-action series, uses the same formula done by previous properties Titans and Doom Patrol by taking comic-book mythology and mixing it with a weekly paced story. Stargirl does possess a lighter tone, with a fun, forward from coming-of-age teen juggling life and mastering new acquired abilities which makes the series a more suitable property for The CW.

In the hall of the Justice Society of America, the 1940s superhero team that predated the more famous Justice League, Courtney Whitmore (Brec Bassinger) stumbles upon the cosmic staff and star-spangled costume of its original owner (whose fate is known within the first action-packed minutes of the show’s opening). The powerful staff was is in the possession of Starman's loyal sidekick and friend, Pat Dugan (Luke Wilson), the new stepfather of Courtney, our teenage heroine.

Courtney discovers the mythical weapon, and accidentally wields its power. Her initial adventure catches the attention of the remaining members of the Injustice Society who killed the original Starman (played wonderfully by Joel McHale). It's then revealed they have taken residency in Blue Valley, where Pat has just rather conveniently moved his new family. Courtney realizes that she can't trust anyone except Pat and her oblivious to the plot Mom (Amy Smart).

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Stargirl (produced by Geoff Johns along with CW’s wunderkind Greg Berlanti, the mind behind CW shows such as The Flash and Arrow) has the same spirit and action that will pull its target audience on The CW.

The pilot is a better-than-average TV superhero show, which hopefully will be produced with the same quality long term. The CW episodes run shorter than the DC Universe versions to make room for ads, but with minimal removal of anything worth keeping.

Stargirl isn't groundbreaking but at its core it has a good combination of characters, decent writing and, most importantly, The CW cheese factor ...  which should allow it to perform well on both platforms.

Stargirl streams Mondays on DC Universe and airs Tuesdays at 8:00 PM on The CW.

What did you think of the pilot? Give us your thoughts in the comments section below.

Saturday, May 16, 2020

The CW pushes new season launch to January


The CW Network will officially launch its new season in January 2021 with its regularly scheduled series line-up, while loading up Fall 2020 with fresh original and acquired scripted series and alternative programming, it was announced by Mark Pedowitz, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, The CW Network.

“This year, The CW has made the proactive strategic decision to launch its new season in January 2021, rolling out a line-up of our signature returning series which will be joined next year by our four new series, including the return of the DC’s most iconic superhero in SUPERMAN & LOIS, the return of the Texas Rangers in WALKER, the reimagined KUNG FU and the rebellious drama THE REPUBLIC OF SARAH. And by moving our new season to January, we are stocking our Fall with a balance of original and acquired scripted series and alternative programming that fits The CW brand and provides fresh programming through the fourth quarter,” said Pedowitz. “In 2021, The CW will have more original scripted programming throughout the year, week in and week out, than we have ever had, fueling our multiplatform ecosystem, which combines linear TV, our best in class AVOD services and unparalleled reach on social media. Additionally, next year, The CW will have full stacking rights to eight series to stream on our free, ad-supported digital platforms.”

“As we manage the current crisis, we’ve developed a methodical programming strategy for this year and well in to next that we believe works for The CW, our advertisers, affiliates and audience, while keeping the health and safety of our productions and creative partners front of mind,” Pedowitz added.

The acclaimed drama ALL AMERICAN tackles its third year, back on Mondays (8:00-9:00pm ET/PT), paired with a jolt of justice with the fourth season of BLACK LIGHTNING (9:00-10:00pm ET/PT).

THE FLASH races back for season seven on Tuesday (8:00-9:00pm ET/PT), followed by the brand new series starring Earth’s mightiest superhero and the Daily Planet’s most intrepid journalist in SUPERMAN & LOIS (9:00-10:00pm ET/PT).

One of TV’s most talked about series RIVERDALE returns for season five anchoring Wednesday (8:00-9:00pm ET/PT), followed by a second season of sleuthing from The CW’s iconic detective NANCY DREW (9:00-10:00pm ET/PT).

Jared Padalecki returns to The CW starring in the new series WALKER premiering Thursday (8:00-9:00pm ET/PT), followed by the return of the supernatural student body of The Salvatore Boarding School for the Young and Gifted for the third season of LEGACIES (9:00-10:00pm ET/PT).

The magic is back with a new season of PENN & TELLER: FOOL US on Fridays (8:00-9:00pm ET/PT) followed by the hit improv series WHOSE LINE IS IT ANYWAY? (9:00-9:30pm ET/PT and 9:30-10:00pm ET/PT).

The CW returns to Gotham City for a second season of crime fighting as BATWOMAN premieres on Sundays (8:00-9:00pm ET/PT), followed by the power of season three as CHARMED (9:00-10:00pm ET/PT) returns to Sundays.

Additionally, The CW has seven original scripted series lined up for its 2021 midseason which includes two new series, KUNG FU and THE REPUBLIC OF SARAH, joining returning series DC’S LEGENDS OF TOMORROW, DYNASTY, IN THE DARK, ROSWELL, NEW MEXICO and SUPERGIRL.

With The CW’s new season set for January 2021, The CW has crafted a line-up of fresh programming for the Fourth Quarter 2020, featuring a balanced mix of original and acquired scripted series and alternative programming, including SWAMP THING, TELL ME A STORY, CORONER, DEAD PIXELS, PANDORA, THE OUTPOST, TWO SENTENCE HORROR STORIES, WORLD’S FUNNIEST ANIMALS, MASTERS OF ILLUSION, WHOSE LINE IS IT ANYWAY? and PENN & TELLER: FOOL US.

The network is currently in active discussions for spin-off of ARROW and THE 100, while THE LOST BOYS is still active although it lost a spot on the 2021 schedule to KUNG FU. Due to the issues that have come with producing new episodes in the midst of the pandemic, Pedowitz has stated that there will be a DC heroes crossover event, but on a smaller scale that could feature Batwoman and Superman as well as the other DC TV series heroes. No decision has been made yet for KATY KEENE with the network waiting for streaming numbers to come back after the season has completed its run. Several CW series, like ALL AMERICAN and DYNASTY, have received renewals due to the strength of the streaming at CWTV.com and Netflix.

Following is The CW’s primetime line-up for Fourth Quarter 2020 and accompanying details on all the programs scheduled, which features a mix of original scripted and acquired programming, including the return of SUPERNATURAL for the conclusion of its final season.

MONDAY

8:00 PM - WHOSE LINE IS IT ANYWAY?
8:30 PM - WHOSE LINE IS IT ANYWAY?
9:00 PM - PENN & TELLER: FOOL US

TUESDAY

8:00 PM - SWAMP THING
9:00 PM - TELL ME A STORY

WEDNESDAY

8:00 PM - TWO SENTENCE HORROR STORIES
8:30 PM - DEAD PIXELS
9:00 PM - CORONER

THURSDAY

8:00 PM - SUPERNATURAL
9:00 PM - THE OUTPOST

FRIDAY

8:00 PM - WORLD’S FUNNIEST ANIMALS
8:30 PM - WORLD’S FUNNIEST ANIMALS
9:00 PM - PENN & TELLER: FOOL US (Encores)

SUNDAY

8:00 PM - MASTERS OF ILLUSION
8:30 PM - MASTERS OF ILLUSION
9:00 PM - PANDORA

SWAMP THING

SWAMP THING follows Dr. Abby Arcane (Crystal Reed) as she investigates what seems to be a deadly swamp-born virus in a small town in Louisiana but when a mysterious creature emerges from the murky marsh, she finds herself facing the nightmares of a supernatural world where no one is safe. The series also stars Virginia Madsen, Andy Bean, Henderson Wade, Derek Mears, Maria Sten  and Jeryl Prescott with Jennifer Beals and Will Patton. Based on the DC characters created by Len Wein and Bernie Wrightson, SWAMP THING is produced by Atomic Monster in association with Warner Bros. Television.

TELL ME A STORY

TELL ME A STORY takes the world’s most beloved fairy tales and reimagines them as a dark and twisted psychological thriller. Set in modern-day New York City, the first season of this serialized drama interweaves “The Three Little Pigs,” “Little Red Riding Hood” and “Hansel and Gretel” into an epic and subversive tale of love, loss, greed, revenge and murder. The cast of the first season of TELL ME A STORY includes James Wolk, Billy Magnussen, Dania Ramirez, Danielle Campbell, Dorian Missick, Michael Raymond-James, Davi Santos, Sam Jaeger, Zabryna Guevara with Paul Wesley and Kim Cattrall. From Aaron Kaplan’s Kapital Entertainment, TELL ME A STORY season one is written and executive produced by Kevin Williamson alongside Aaron Kaplan, Dana Honor and Liz Friedlander, who directs and executive produces the first two episodes.

Exploring an entirely new set of characters, season two of TELL ME A STORY features the stories of three legendary princesses – “Beauty and the Beast,” “Sleeping Beauty” and “Cinderella” – like you’ve never seen them before. Filmed on location in Nashville, season two of TELL ME A STORY stars Paul Wesley as Tucker Reed, Carrie-Anne Moss as Rebecca Pruitt, Odette Annable as Maddie Pruitt, Eka Darville as Beau Morris, Matt Lauria as Jackson Pruitt, Natalie Alyn Lind as Ashley Rose Pruitt and Ashley Madekwe as Simone Garland. In addition, Danielle Campbell returns to TELL ME A STORY this season in a recurring role as Olivia Moon. Garcelle Beauvais as Veronica Garland, Caleb Castille as Ron and Christopher Meyer as Derek round out the cast with recurring roles.

DEAD PIXELS

Created by Jon Brown, DEAD PIXELS follows Meg (Alexa Davies), Nicky (Will Merrick) and Usman (Sargon Yelda) who are obsessed with the online fantasy game “Kingdom Scrolls.” Meg would happily cut a date short to go home and defend Castle Blackfinger. Nicky thinks the miscasting of Vince Vaughn as Tanadaal in the “Kingdom Scrolls” movie is an international outrage. And Usman has made a plywood lid for his child’s playpen, so he can play the game in peace. Oh, and Nicky definitely isn’t into Meg. That would be a cliché. DEAD PIXELS is split equally between the characters’ tragicomic real lives and their computer-animated misadventures in “Kingdom Scrolls.” Executive Produced by Jesse Armstrong, Sam Bain, Phil Clarke and Jon Brown, DEAD PIXELS is a Various Artists Limited production for Channel 4 that airs on E4 in the UK and distributed by BBC Studios.

CORONER

CORONER is a character driven one-hour drama about Dr. Jenny Cooper (Serinda Swan), a recently widowed, newly appointed coroner who investigates any suspicious, unnatural or sudden deaths in Toronto.  Each death brings Jenny into a new arena in the city and sparks buzzworthy themes ... Jenny taps into her intuition, as much as her intellect and heart, as she solves cases along with the help of Homicide Detective Donovan “Mac” McAvoy (Roger Cross), a man who isn’t afraid of challenging the status quo; pathologist Dr. Dwayne Allen (Lovell Adams-Gray), his assistant River Baitz (Kiley May); and Alison Trent (Tamara Podemski), Jenny’s assistant who keeps it real. And while Jenny solves mysterious deaths, she also deals with clinical anxiety, a teenage son, Ross (Ehren Kassam), who is still grieving the death of his father, and the prospect of starting a new relationship with the enigmatic Liam (Éric Bruneau). Soulful. Warm. Energy. Coroner. Executive produced by Morwyn Brebner, Adrienne Mitchell, Jonas Prupas, Brett Burlock and Peter Emerson, CORONER is a CBC original series produced by Muse Entertainment, Back Alley Films and Cineflix Studios.

Following is The CW’s primetime schedule for its new season launching in January 2021 and accompanying details on all the programs as well as its Fourth Quarter 2020 primetime schedule.

THE CW’S NEW SEASON PRIMETIME SCHEDULE EFFECTIVE JANUARY 2021

MONDAY

8:00 PM - ALL AMERICAN
9:00 PM - BLACK LIGHTNING

TUESDAY

8:00 PM - THE FLASH
9:00 PM - SUPERMAN & LOIS

WEDNESDAY

8:00 PM - RIVERDALE
9:00 PM - NANCY DREW

THURSDAY

8:00 PM - WALKER
9:00 PM - LEGACIES

FRIDAY

8:00 PM - PENN & TELLER: FOOL US (New Night)
9:00 PM - WHOSE LINE IS IT ANYWAY? (New Night)
9:30 PM - WHOSE LINE IS IT ANYWAY? (New Night)

SUNDAY

8:00 PM - BATWOMAN
9:00 PM - CHARMED (New Night)

SUPERMAN & LOIS

In SUPERMAN & LOIS, after years of facing megalomaniacal supervillains, monsters wreaking havoc on Metropolis, and alien invaders intent on wiping out the human race, the world’s most famous superhero, The Man of Steel aka Clark Kent (Tyler Hoechlin) and comic books’ most famous journalist, Lois Lane (Elizabeth Tulloch), come face to face with one of their greatest challenges ever - dealing with all the stress, pressures and complexities that come with being working parents in today’s society. Complicating the already daunting job of raising two boys, Clark and Lois must also concern themselves with whether or not their sons Jonathan (Jordan Elsass) and  Jordan (Alexander Garfin) could inherit their father’s Kryptonian superpowers as they grow older. Returning to Smallville to handle some Kent family business, Clark and Lois are reacquainted with Lana Lang (Emmanuelle Chriqui), a local loan officer who also happens to be Clark’s first love, and her Fire Chief husband Kyle Cushing (Erik Valdez). The adults aren’t the only ones rediscovering old friendships in Smallville as the Kent sons are reacquainted with Lana and Kyle’s rebellious daughter, Sarah (Inde Navarrette). Of course, there’s never a dull moment in the life of a superhero, especially with Lois’ father, General Samuel Lane (Dylan Walsh) looking for Superman to vanquish a villain or save the day at a moment’s notice. Meanwhile, Superman and Lois’ return to idyllic Smallville is set to be upended when a mysterious stranger (Wolé Parks) enters their lives. Based on the characters from DC created by Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster, SUPERMAN & LOIS is written and executive produced by Todd Helbing and executive produced by Greg Berlanti, Sarah Schechter, Geoff Johns.  The series is from Berlanti Productions in association with Warner Bros. Television.

WALKER

WALKER, a reimagining of the long-running series Walker, Texas Ranger, stars Jared Padalecki as Cordell Walker, a widower and father of two with his own moral code, who returns home to Austin after being undercover for two years, only to discover there’s harder work to be done at home. He’ll attempt to reconnect with his creative and thoughtful son (Kale Culley) and his headstrong, somewhat rebellious teenaged daughter (Violet Brinson) and navigate clashes with his family - an ADA brother (Keegan Allen) who stepped in during Walker’s absence, his perceptive mother (Molly Hagen) and his traditional rancher father (Mitch Pileggi). Walker’s former colleague is now his Ranger Captain, (Coby Bell). Walker finds unexpected common ground with his new partner (one of the first women in Texas Rangers’ history) played by Lindsey Morgan, while growing increasingly suspicious about the circumstances surrounding his wife’s death. The show also stars Jeff Pierre as Trey Barnett. WALKER is written and executive produced by Anna Fricke, and executive produced by Dan Lin and Lindsay Liberatore and Jared Padalecki. WALKER is from CBS Television Studios in association with Rideback.

KUNG FU

A quarter-life crisis causes a young Chinese-American woman, Nicky Shen (Olivia Liang), to drop out of college and go on a life-changing journey to an isolated monastery in China. But when she returns to San Francisco, she finds her hometown is overrun with crime and corruption and her own parents (Tzi Ma and Kheng Hua Tan) are at the mercy of a powerful Triad. Nicky will rely on her tech-savvy sister (Shannon Dang), pre-med brother (Jon Prasida), Assistant District Attorney and ex-boyfriend (Gavin Stenhouse), and new love interest (Eddie Liu) as well as her martial arts skills and Shaolin values to protect her community and bring criminals to justice ... all while searching for the ruthless assassin (Gwendoline Yeo) who killed her Shaolin mentor and is now targeting her. Inspired by the original series created by Ed Spielman, KUNG FU is from Warner Bros. Television in association with Quinn’s House and Berlanti Productions, with writer/executive producer Christina M. Kim and executive producers Martin Gero, Greg Berlanti and Sarah Schechter.

THE REPUBLIC OF SARAH

The bucolic tranquility of Greylock, New Hampshire is upended when a massive vein of coltan – an incredibly valuable mineral used in tech – is discovered under the town. State-backed mining company Lydon Industries swoops in with plans to extract the mineral … plans that include wiping Greylock off the map. With her friends and family in danger of losing their homes, rebellious high school teacher Sarah Cooper (Stella Baker) vows to stop Lydon’s bulldozers. It won’t be easy. Leading Lydon’s efforts is Sarah’s estranged brother, Danny Cooper (Luke Mitchell). After enduring a difficult childhood at the hands of his mother, former state senator Ellen Cooper (Megan Follows), Danny is eager to exact his revenge on a community he feels abandoned him. Sarah enlists her friends – fellow teacher Corinne Dearborn (Hope Lauren), police officer Amy “AJ” Johnson (Nia Holloway), and diner manager Grover Simms (Ian Duff) – in the fight against Danny, but there seems to be no way to stop the town’s impending demise … until Sarah proposes an oddly intriguing solution: Greylock could declare independence. Citing various historical maps, she explains that the land on which Greylock sits was never properly claimed by the United States. If Sarah and her friends can convince the town to vote for independence, Greylock would gain international sovereignty and could protect its land for good. With the help of a group of supporters that includes three of her teenage students – LA transplant Maya Jimenez (Izabella Alvarez), introspective outsider Tyler Easterbrook (Forrest Goodluck), and preppy “popular girl” Bella Whitmore (Landry Bender) – Sarah and her friends win the vote. And after a federal judge agrees that Greylock isn’t – and never was – part of the United States, the town becomes a new nation. Now, Sarah and her allies must confront an even more daunting task: building a country from scratch. Executive Produced by Jeffrey Paul King, Marc Webb, Mark Martin, Jeff Grosvenor and Leo Pearlman, THE REPUBLIC OF SARAH is a production of CBS Television Studios in association with Fulwell 73 and Black Lamb.

Tuesday, May 12, 2020

FOX Announces Fall 2020 Schedule

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Responding to real-time shifts in the marketplace, FOX, this season’s #1 network among Adults 18-49, and the only network to experience year-to-year growth in the demo and Total Viewers, is announcing its Fall 2020 schedule. The programming slate includes Season Four of television’s #1 series, THE MASKED SINGER, new drama series NEXT and FILTHY RICH, as well as all-new seasons of returning animated series THE SIMPSONS, BLESS THE HARTS, BOB’S BURGERS and FAMILY GUY, along with Gordon Ramsay’s hit cooking competition series, MASTERCHEF JUNIOR. Also, making its network television debut is police drama L.A.’S FINEST, starring Jessica Alba and Gabrielle Union, along with the third installment of COSMOS, entitled COSMOS: POSSIBLE WORLDS.

In midseason, original programming includes 9-1-1 and the #1 new drama 9-1-1: LONE STAR; along with new comedy CALL ME KAT, starring Mayim Bialik and executive-produced by Bialik and Jim Parsons; and new animated comedies THE GREAT NORTH and HOUSEBROKEN. Also part of FOX’s 2020-2021 programming slate are all-new seasons of animated comedy DUNCANVILLE, starring and executive-produced by Amy Poehler; and Ramsay’s HELL’S KITCHEN.

The effects of this global health crisis leave no business unaffected. As a media company that prides itself on an entrepreneurial spirit and the focus that comes with doing fewer things better, we mobilized, swiftly creating an entirely new, original-programming lineup for the fall to share with our partners this upfront,” said Charlie Collier, CEO, FOX Entertainment “In remote meetings with advertising and marketing partners over recent weeks, we sought to listen first and understand each partner’s unique concerns. Our primary goal is to help them back to business, so in turn, the message we’ve shared is one of relative stability on FOX, combining the best of primetime sports and entertainment with which to help our partners and their customers back to market.” 

Now, more than ever, consistency, results and stability take on an all new emphasis,” said Marianne Gambelli, President, FOX Ad Sales. “FOX is primed and ready for the Fall with a great deal of stability across our entire programming lineup, featuring premium content that continually resonates with viewers, and the necessary scale that builds demand and produces results. During these uncertain times, we remain focused on the individual business needs of our partners and will continue to work with them to develop custom solutions with our unmatched offerings of assets to help drive their businesses forward.”

The all-new series premiering this fall are NEXT and FILTHY RICH.

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From creator and executive producer Manny Coto, executive producer Charlie Gogolak and executive producers and directors John Requa and Glenn Ficarra, NEXT is a propulsive, fact-based thriller about the emergence of a deadly, rogue artificial intelligence that combines pulse-pounding action with a layered examination of how technology is invading our lives. The event series stars Emmy Award nominee John Slattery as a Silicon Valley pioneer, who discovers that one of his own creations – a powerful A.I. – might spell global catastrophe. He teams up with a cybercrime agent (Fernanda Andrade) to fight a villain unlike anything we’ve ever seen – one whose greatest weapon against us is ourselves. The series also stars Michael Mosley, Jason Butler Harner, Eve Harlow, Aaron Moten, Gerardo Celasco, Elizabeth Cappuccino and Evan Whitten.

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FILTHY RICH is a southern Gothic family soap in which wealth, power and religion collide – with outrageously soapy results. When the patriarch (Gerald McRaney) of a mega-rich Southern family, famed for creating a wildly successful Christian television network, dies in a plane crash, his wife (Kim Cattrall) and family are stunned to learn that he fathered three illegitimate children, all of whom are written into his will, threatening their family name and fortune. With monumental twists and turns, FILTHY RICH presents a world in which everyone has an ulterior motive – and no one is going down without a fight. From writer/director Tate Taylor, the series also stars Melia Kreiling, Aubrey Dollar, Corey Cott, Benjamin Levy Aguilar, Mark L. Young and Olivia Macklin, with Steve Harris and Aaron Lazar. Kim Cattrall also serves as a producer on the series.

Returning with all-new episodes this fall are THE MASKED SINGER, THE SIMPSONS, BLESS THE HARTS, BOB’S BURGERS, FAMILY GUY and MASTERCHEF JUNIOR.


THE MASKED SINGER is the #1 show on television, drawing a massive audience of nearly 30 million viewers across platforms in its post-Super Bowl Season Three premiere. The singing competition series features celebrities facing off against one another with one major twist: each singer is shrouded from head-to-toe in an elaborate costume, complete with full face mask to conceal his or her identity. With each performance, the host, panelists, audience, viewers and even the other contestants are left guessing who is singing behind the mask. Ranging from Grammy Award winners to legendary athletes, and everything in between, the singers may attempt to throw the crowd off their scent, while keen observers might pick up on tiny clues buried throughout the show. One singer will be eliminated each week, ultimately revealing his or her true identity. Season Four of THE MASKED SINGER premieres this fall.


The longest-running primetime scripted show in television history, THE SIMPSONS exploded into popular culture in 1990 and has remained one of the most groundbreaking and innovative entertainment franchises, recognizable throughout the world. HOMER (Dan Castellaneta), MARGE (Julie Kavner), BART (Nancy Cartwright), LISA (Yeardley Smith) and MAGGIE are instantly identifiable television icons. Rounding out this cast of characters are many beloved Springfield residents, including tavern proprietor MOE SZYSLAK (Hank Azaria) and nuclear power plant owner MR. BURNS (Harry Shearer). The Emmy Award-, Annie Award- and Peabody Award-winning animated comedy will begin its 32nd season this year. 


Created and executive-produced by Emmy Award winner Emily Spivey, and featuring a voice cast of comedy all-stars, including Kristen Wiig, Maya Rudolph, Jillian Bell, Ike Barinholtz and Kumail Nanjani, animated comedy BLESS THE HARTS follows the Harts, a Southern family that is always broke, and forever struggling to make ends meet. They one day hope to achieve the American dream, but they’re already rich – in friends, family and laughter. 
 

BOB’S BURGERS follows BOB (H. Jon Benjamin) and his ever-quirky family who together run the restaurant Bob’s Burgers. In addition to its 2019 Emmy Award nomination for Outstanding Animated Program, the series has been nominated in the same category in 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018, having won the award twice, its first Emmy Award in 2014 and in 2017. The series also recently was nominated for a Critics’ Choice Award and an Annie Award. In addition to Benjamin, BOB’S BURGERS features the voices of John Roberts, Kristen Schaal, Eugene Mirman, Dan Mintz and Larry Murphy. Bento Box Entertainment serves as the program’s animation studio.


FAMILY GUY continues to entertain its die-hard fan base with razor-sharp humor, spot-on parodies, spectacular animation and orchestra-backed original music. Since its debut in 1999, the series has reached cult status among fans, and its breakout star, a talking baby, has become one of the greatest TV characters of all time. FAMILY GUY has racked up numerous awards, including an Emmy Award nomination for Outstanding Comedy Series, only the second animated series in television history to be honored with such a distinction. Most recently, series creator and lead voice actor Seth MacFarlane (voices of “Peter Griffin,” “Stewie Griffin,” “Brian Griffin” and “Glen Quagmire”) won the 2019 Emmy Award for Outstanding Character Voice-Over Performance. Cast member Alex Borstein (voice of “Lois Griffin”) won the 2018 Emmy Award in the category. MacFarlane also was nominated that year. He won the 2017 and 2016 Emmy Award in the category, and was nominated from 2013 to 2015.


Entering its eighth season, MASTERCHEF JUNIOR gives talented kids between the ages of 8 and 13 the chance to showcase their culinary abilities and passion for food through a series of delicious challenges. The hit culinary competition series features world renowned chef Gordon Ramsay, acclaimed chef Aarón Sánchez and nutrition expert, author and new judge Daphne Oz. This season, the pint-sized contestants will cook a meal for diners at a historical renaissance fair; see how they size up to monster trucks at a motocross track; welcome Gordon’s daughter, Tilly Ramsay, back to the MASTERCHEF kitchen for a donut challenge; and participate in a WWE-themed episode until one talented kid is named America’s newest MASTERCHEF JUNIOR, taking home the MASTERCHEF JUNIOR trophy and $100,000 grand prize.

Making their network television debuts are L.A.’S FINEST and COSMOS: POSSIBLE WORLDS.


From the universe of the Jerry Bruckheimer Bad Boys franchise and Sony Pictures Television, the one-hour series L.A.’S FINEST follows Syd Burnett (Gabrielle Union), last seen in Miami taking down a drug cartel, who has seemingly left her complicated past behind to become an LAPD detective. Paired with a new partner, Nancy McKenna (Jessica Alba), a working mom with an equally complex history, Syd is forced to confront how her unapologetic lifestyle may be masking a greater personal secret. Taking on the most dangerous criminals in Los Angeles while skirting the rules, and speed limits, Syd and Nancy become a force to be reckoned with – on the streets, and in each other’s lives.


Returning for its third installment, the Emmy and Peabody Award-winning COSMOS will once again be executive-produced, written and directed by Ann Druyan; executive-produced by Seth MacFarlane, Brannon Braga and Jason Clark; and hosted by Neil deGrasse Tyson, the famed pop-culture icon and astrophysicist. Continuing the legacy of its predecessors, COSMOS: POSSIBLE WORLDS will translate the revelations of science into a lavishly transporting experience, taking audiences on a series of spiritual voyages of exploration. Created and produced in partnership with the National Geographic Channel, which aired the series this spring, the new season will reveal previously uncharted realms, including lost worlds and worlds to come, and those that we may one day inhabit in a thrilling future we can still have.

During the 2020-2021 season, several FOX series will celebrate major milestones, including FAMILY GUY’s 350th episode and BOB’S BURGERS’ 200th episode. 

Additional pickups, schedule information and specials to be announced.

FOX FALL 2020 SCHEDULE
(All Times ET/PT)

MONDAY
8:00 PM - L.A.’S FINEST (network television debut)
9:00 PM - NEXT (new series)

TUESDAY
8:00 PM - COSMOS: POSSIBLE WORLDS (network television debut)
9:00 PM - FILTHY RICH (new series)

WEDNESDAY
8:00 PM - THE MASKED SINGER (new season)
9:00 PM - MASTERCHEF JUNIOR (new season)

THURSDAY
7:30 PM -  FOX NFL THURSDAY PRESENTED BY VERIZON
8:00 PM -  GMC KICKOFF SHOW
8:20 PM - THURSDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL PRESENTED BY BUD LIGHT PLATINUM 
              
FRIDAY
8:00 PM - WWE’S FRIDAY NIGHT SMACKDOWN

SATURDAY
7:00 PM - FOX SPORTS SATURDAY

SUNDAY
7:00 PM - NFL ON FOX
7:30 PM - THE OT / FOX ENCORES
8:00 PM - THE SIMPSONS (new season)
8:30 PM - BLESS THE HARTS (new season)
9:00 PM - BOB’S BURGERS (new season)
9:30 PM - FAMILY GUY (new season)