Friday, May 27, 2022

HOTCHKA Daily News - May 27, 2022


STREAMING NEWS

The Good Fight returns to Paramount+ for its sixth season September 8, and it has been revealed that it will be the final season, a decision made by creators Robert and Michelle King at the end of Season 5. The season will focus on Diane (Christine Baranski) feeling a sense of deja vu, wondering if she's going crazy, with topics ranging from Roe v Wade, voting right, Cold War aggressions returning and violence in the streets of Chicago driving the storyline.


★Alexis Bledel has made the decision to not return for the fifth season of Hulu's The Handmaid's Tale.

TV NEWS

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★Anthony Anderson will not be returning for the 22nd season of Law & Order. Not a surprise since he only signed a one-year deal. In question is Sam Waterston, who also signed a one-year deal to return for Season 21 but also made an appearance at NBC's Upfront presentation earlier in May to promote the show.

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★The upcoming -- and long-delayed -- second season of HBO's space comedy Avenue 5 will most likely be its last. With production delayed due to the pandemic, the cast options expired and most have moved on to other projects. Season 2 has not been dated as of yet but is expected to air in the Fall.

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★Matthew Morrison, who was recently announced as a new judge on So You Think You Can Dance, is leaving the show for, as the network stated, not following competition production protocols. In his own statement, Morrison said because of the violation he would not be able to judge the competition fairly. No further details have been released. Morrison will appear in four pre-taped episodes, and a new judge will be announced ahead of the next round of competition that begins June 15.

TRAILERS

Jack Osbourne's Night of Terror: Bigfoot | Official Trailer | discovery+

 

Power Book III: Raising Kanan | Season 2 Official Teaser | STARZ

 

Spriggan | Official Trailer | Netflix

HOTCHKA Daily News - May 26, 2022


STREAMING NEWS


★Disney+ has revealed its live-action series based on the film Willow will premiere November 30, 2022. A teaser trailer was also released during a Lucasfilm panel at Star Wars Celebration.

Ellie Bamber, Ruby Cruz, Erin Kellyman, Amer Chadha-Patel and Tony Revolori star alongside Warwick Davis, who is reprising his title role as Willow Ufgood.

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The Mandalorian Season 3 will drop in February 2023, with Katee Sackhoff returning to the series as Bo-Katan Kryze.

★More from Lucasfilm -- the new Star Wars Rogue One prequel series Andor will hit Disney+ August 31 with two episodes followed by new episodes weekly. A teaser has also been released.

★Jude Law will join the new Star Wars series Skeleton Crew, which is being developed by current Spider-Man trilogy director Jon Watts. The story is set in the New Republic era, and tells of a group of kids lost in the Star Wars galaxy trying to find their way home.

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★Hulu will livestream both the Los Angeles and New York City Pride Parades this year. Los Angeles will stream live Sunday, June 12 beginning at 2PM ET/11 AM PT. The New York City parade will stream live Sunday, June 26 at Noon ET/9 AM PT.

★Discovery+ has picked up a second season of the breakout hit real estate docuseries Selling the Hamptons to launch in early 2023. Until then, fans can stream the complete first season.

MOVIE NEWS

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★Lucasfilm has announced a release date for Indiana Jone 5 - June 30, 2023. Harrison Ford, Antonio Banderas, Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Mads Mikkelsen, Boyd Holbrook and Shaunette Renée Wilson star.

★Sony Pictures is looking to turn PlayStation video game Gran Turismo into a feature film with District 9, Elysium and Chappie director Neill Blomkamp under consideration to helm the project. Sony and PlayStation Productions recently produced Uncharted, which grossed over $400 million globally.

 

 

 

 

TV NEWS

★After the mass exodus following the Season 47 SNL finale, speculation has been focusing on whether any other cast members will depart, particularly Michael Che. Che, however, has recently stated that he is expecting to stay but things could change in August or September.

★National Geographic has ordered a second season of the Life Below Zero spin-off series Life Below Zero: First Alaskans ahead of the Season 1 premiere with two back-to-back episodes on Monday, May 30. The show settles into its regular time slot on May 31.

CMA Fest, hosted for the first time by Dierks Bentley and Elle King, will air Wednesday, August 3, 8:00 PM on ABC. Filmed during Nashville's four-day CMA Fest Thursday through Sunday, June 9-12, the television special features performances and surprise collaborations onstage at Nissan Stadium.

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★Jodie Foster will star in the fourth season of HBO's True Detective, titled True Detective: Night Country, marking her first major adult television role.

IN MEMORIAM


★Actor Ray Liotta has died suddenly at the age of 67. He died in his sleep in his hotel room in the Dominican Republic where he was a week into making the new film Dangerous Waters. His fiancee Jacy Nittolo was with him. Liotta is best known for his roles in Something Wild, Field of Dreams and GoodFellas, as well as his recent work on the NBC TV series Shades of Blue with Jennifer Lopez. Liotta's other recent roles include Marriage Story, No Sudden Move and The Many Saints of Newark. He also appeared as the villain on the third season of Amazon's Hanna. Liotta also won an Emmy Award for a guest appearance on ER in 2005, and then spoofed his performance in Jerry Seinfeld's animated Bee Movie. Other credits include Dominick and Eugene, Hannibal, Blow, Heartbreakers, John Q, Identity, Smokin' Aces, Muppets Most Wanted and Sin City: A Dame to Kill For. Liotta still has several projects yet to be released including the Apple TV+ series Black Bird with Taron Egerton, and films Cocaine Bear, The Substance, April 29, 1992 and an untitled film directed by Charlie Day.

★Andy “Fletch” Fletcher, keyboardist and founding member of Depeche Mode, has died at 60. Cause of death as not been released. The band issued a statement:

“We are shocked and filled with overwhelming sadness with the untimely passing of our dear friend, family member and bandmate Andy ‘Fletch’ Fletcher. Fletch had a true heart of gold and was always there when you needed support, a lively conversation, a good laugh, or a cold pint. Our hearts are with his family, and we ask that you keep them in your thoughts and respect their privacy in this difficult time.”

★Alan White, longtime drummer for British progressive-rock band Yes, died at his home in Seattle at the age of 72 after a brief illness. White also played with George Harrison and John Lennon & Yoko Ono's Plastic Ono Band.

TRAILERS

MARVEL STUDIOS' ASSEMBLED: THE MAKING OF MOON KNIGHT - NOW STREAMING - DISNEY+ 

 

AS THE CROW FLIES - JUNE 3 - NETFLIX

 

KEEP SWEET: PRAY AND OBEY - JUNE 8 - NETFLIX

 

WEB OF MAKE BELIEVE: DEATH, LIES AND THE INTERNET - JUNE 15 - NETFLIX

 

LOVE & ANARCHY SEASON 2 - JUNE 16 - NETFLIX

 

BIRDGIRL - JUNE 19 - ADULT SWIM

 

EUREKA! - JUNE 22 - DISNEY JUNIOR

 

SNOWFLAKE MOUNTAIN - JUNE 22 - NETFLIX

 

MAN VS BEE - JUNE 24 - NETFLIX

 

WILDHOOD - JUNE 24 - HULU

Thursday, May 26, 2022

Survivor 42 S42E13: It Comes Down To This

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‘Survivor’ crowns a champion when it’s all down to the final council.
by Jeremy Fogelman

Ah, the finale of Season 42 of Survivor has finally arrived, the magic number, and with one of the most engaging and fun casts in the show’s history. Maybe not #1, but this is a great set of players, and especially a great set of jury and final five players. Coming into the finale I predicted that Romeo had no shot while Mike did not necessarily have it over Maryanne, but the way things shook out really was affected by what he did in his last minutes in the game.

For the first vote out where we lost badass Lindsay, there was one of those new “solve a riddle to find a clue to the advantage” challenges, which was pretty amusingly edited -- the show was definitely priming us to root for Lindsay to win that one, with the music stings and big outline of the rock “foot”. But even more amusing was Maryanne intentionally sandbagging the challenge to make sure Lindsay would come back with the advantage.

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And yet, when the time came to possibly save Lindsay, Maryanne kept her idol to herself, in what ultimately was clearly the right move because the way she showed it off at the final tribal council was the highlight of that council -- you could instantly see on the faces of Romeo and Mike that they knew which way it was now likely to go.

But as for poor Lindsay, it’s no surprise she was voted out, as like I said last week, she had a legitimate chance to do well at the final three, while I really don't think Jonathan did. Sure, Mike had his “I gave my word” business but that actually ultimately sunk him. The dude was hinting or outright promising to play his idol on three different people, and two of those people ended up on the jury. The challenge where she was literally one piece away from winning was incredibly tense, and she played a really impressive game -- definitely one of the most athletic female players in a long time.

Coming into the next one, it was the classic (now actually named “Simmotion”) twisty ball challenge, and perhaps one of the shortest we’ve ever seen? Mike lost at one ball, with Maryanne not far behind, and Jonathan really didn’t last that long when he was down to just him and Romeo. And suddenly Romeo had won a challenge, not that he needed it as the least likely person to win, but it was nice that he also had a real moment of something in the game after playing so long from the bottom of the pack.

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That last firemaking challenge was an interesting one, mainly because the only thing Romeo was really doing was making it more or less likely that Maryanne would win. She might’ve won firemaking against Mike and easily crushed the other two, or lose to Mike who certainly would’ve won in that case. But it was certainly the most entertaining option to watch the two dudes both do well at the firemaking challenge, that’s always more fun to watch.

On the final day, we got a really great (new?) thing where we go back between the jury members talking to us about their thoughts on the final three while also hearing from them too. That plus the fun flashback stuff the show’s been introducing has really made the season one of the more compelling seasons -- see, you didn’t need all of those twists, the cast and editing made it great already!

In the final tribal council, I think that a lot of people wanted to get a different sort of answer from Mike about his game -- he started a bit too strong in the “integrity” perspective, but even he had to admit that yes, of course he lied to protect himself. He also suffered in that Maryanne was a demonstrably better speaker, someone who didn’t stumble once in any of her answers. I think that the jury liked both of them well enough, but needed that justification to really vote for Mike.

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It was going in an iffy way for Mike already, but the true nail in the coffin was Maryanne’s reveal of her never played idol at the exact perfect moment. Calling it the “one secret in the game” -- hilarious because everyone was sharing their secrets constantly. I don’t think Mike would’ve been an undeserving winner, but there’s something really nice about someone winning with such a great, fun personality.

At the reunion Jeff is even really nice to Maryanne, calling her a really great winner (and embarrassing her) and hopefully helping to convince the viewers at home. Overall, I’m happy with the winner, even if my #1 winner picks had already been voted out (Omar, Hai, and Drea), Maryanne is a solid winner in my book. I really enjoyed the season, two stupid twists aside, and Survivor has really been killing it with the casting choices.

Next season on Survivor 43, a brand new cast of interesting and diverse people, with some fun new confessionals that are already getting me hyped. Can’t wait!

Sunday, May 22, 2022

The CW Network Announces Its Seven-Night Primetime Schedule for 2022-2023


The CW Network will launch its seven-night 2022-23 primetime schedule in the Fall of 2022 with a strategic mix of new and returning original scripted series and alternative programming.

"As The CW looks towards the future, we are evolving and adapting to become more than just a network. We are a brand that drives our passionate and dedicated audiences to engage directly with our programming across all platforms, both linear and digital," said Mark Pedowitz, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of The CW Network. "In the tradition of The CW's commitment to high-quality programming that features diverse and inclusive storytelling and characters, we are rolling out a fall lineup that features an exciting new crop of series including the prequel to one of our most successful franchises, THE WINCHESTERS, a wild-west origin story to another hit CW franchise, WALKER INDEPENDENCE, the action-packed original series PROFESSIONALS, the delightful legal drama FAMILY LAW and our latest magical alternative series MAGIC WITH THE STARS, as well as our expansion of The CW DC Universe GOTHAM KNIGHTS this midseason. We will also be saying goodbye to an iconic CW series that shaped and defined popular culture, RIVERDALE. All of these new series will also bolster The CW's growing digital footprint by adding to the growing library of content available to fans on our free, ad-supported CW App."

The CW is also joining forces with the United States Surgeon General on his effort to tackle the number one issue facing America's youth: mental health. Working closely with Vice Admiral Vivek H. Murthy, MD, MBA, the network will be launching a new initiative next season that will address this important issue by developing storylines across its programming, collaborating with advertisers and affiliates and using the network's expansive social media reach to engage directly with viewers.

Mondays feature the return of The CW's critically-acclaimed drama and most-streamed series ALL AMERICAN (8:00-9:00pm ET/PT), paired with the second season of the latest multi-platform hit ALL AMERICAN: HOMECOMING (9:00-10:00pm ET/PT).

The new drama THE WINCHESTERS opens demon hunting season on Tuesdays (8:00-9:00pm ET/PT), followed by the new original action series PROFESSIONALS (9:00-10:00pm ET/PT).

DC'S STARGIRL returns for its third season of adventures in Blue Valley on Wednesdays (8:00-9:00pm ET/PT), followed by the third season of KUNG FU (9:00-10:00pm ET/PT).

Thursdays are bigger than the state of Texas with the return of WALKER (8:00-9:00pm ET/PT), followed by the premiere of the new Western drama WALKER INDEPENDENCE (9:00-10:00pm ET/PT).

Two of The CW's longest-running franchises come together on Fridays, with the ninth season of PENN & TELLER: FOOL US (8:00-9:00pm ET/PT) paired with the eleventh season of WHOSE LINE IS IT ANYWAY? (9:00-9:30pm & 9:30-10:00pm ET/PT).

The CW's newest alternative series MAGIC WITH THE STARS starring Criss Angel kicks off Saturdays (8:00-9:00pm ET/PT), followed by new episodes of WORLD'S FUNNIEST ANIMALS (9:00-9:30pm & 9:30-10:00pm ET/PT).

Sundays feature the premiere of the new original drama FAMILY LAW (8:00-9:00pm ET/PT), followed by the fourth season of the crime procedural CORONER (9:00-10:00pm ET/PT).

The CW also has five original scripted series on deck for its 2023 midseason, including the new series GOTHAM KNIGHTS, as well as the returning hits THE FLASH (Season 9), NANCY DREW (Season 4) and SUPERMAN & LOIS (Season 3), plus the new alternative series RECIPE FOR DISASTER and returning series MASTERS OF ILLUSION (Season 9). The CW will also bid farewell to the cultural sensation RIVERDALE when it returns for its seventh and final season this midseason.

Additionally, every episode from the upcoming 2022-23 season of ALL AMERICAN: HOMECOMING, CORONER, DC'S STARGIRL, FAMILY LAW, GOTHAM KNIGHTS, KUNG FU, NANCY DREW, PROFESSIONALS, SUPERMAN & LOIS, WALKER, WALKER INDEPENDENCE and THE WINCHESTERS as well as MAGIC WITH THE STARS, MASTERS OF ILLUSION, PENN & TELLER: FOOL US, WHOSE LINE IS IT ANYWAY? and WORLD'S FUNNIEST ANIMALS will be available to stream on The CW's free ad-supported App following its broadcast on The CW Network.

Following is The CW's Fall Primetime Schedule for the 2022-2023 Season and accompanying details on each new series.

THE CW'S 2022 FALL PRIMETIME SCHEDULE

MONDAY

  • 8:00-9:00PM - ALL AMERICAN
  • 9:00-10:00PM - ALL AMERICAN: HOMECOMING

TUESDAY

  • 8:00-9:00PM - THE WINCHESTERS (New Series)
  • 9:00-10:00PM - PROFESSIONALS (New Series)

WEDNESDAY

  • 8:00-9:00PM - DC'S STARGIRL (New Night)
  • 9:00-10:00PM - KUNG FU

THURSDAY

  • 8:00-9:00PM - WALKER
  • 9:00-10:00PM - WALKER INDEPENDENCE (New Series)

FRIDAY

  • 8:00-9:00PM - PENN & TELLER: FOOL US
  • 9:00-9:30PM - WHOSE LINE IS IT ANYWAY?
  • 9:30-10:00PM - WHOSE LINE IS IT ANYWAY?

SATURDAY

  • 8:00-9:00PM - MAGIC WITH THE STARS (New Series)
  • 9:00-9:30PM - WORLD'S FUNNIEST ANIMALS
  • 9:30-10:00PM - WORLD'S FUNNIEST ANIMALS

SUNDAY

  • 8:00-9:00PM - FAMILY LAW (New Series)
  • 9:00-10:00PM - CORONER (New Night)


All times Eastern/Pacific

THE NEW FALL 2022 SERIES:

THE WINCHESTERS


Before Sam and Dean, there were their parents, John and Mary. Told from the perspective of narrator Dean Winchester (Jensen Ackles, "Supernatural"), THE WINCHESTERS is the epic, untold love story of how John Winchester (Drake Rodger, "The In Between") met Mary Campbell (Meg Donnelly, "American Housewife") and put it all on the line to not only save their love, but the entire world. When John returns home from fighting in Vietnam, a mysterious encounter sparks a new mission to trace his father's past. In his journey, he crosses paths with 19-year-old demon hunter Mary, who is also searching for answers after the disappearance of her own father. Together, the two join forces with young hunter-in-training Latika (Nida Khurshid, "Station 19") and easygoing hunter Carlos (Jonathan "Jojo" Fleites) to uncover the hidden truths about both their families. Their investigation leads them to a rare book emporium, whose owner Ada (Demetria McKinney, "Tyler Perry's House of Payne") takes an interest to the occult and could provide the missing pieces to their puzzle. But secrets run deep for both the Winchesters and Campbells, and despite the best efforts of John's mother Millie (Bianca Kajlich, "Legacies") to protect her son from pursuing a dangerous life of demon hunting, John and Mary are both determined to work together to uphold their families' legacies while beginning to form a family of their own.

 

PROFESSIONALS


PROFESSIONALS follows Vincent Corbo (Tom Welling, "Smallville," "Parkland"), a top-tier security operative who is paid to protect the interests of rich and powerful clients by any means necessary - legal or not. After a next-gen medical-data satellite explodes on launch, Corbo is hired by the rocket's designer, billionaire futurist Peter Swann (Brendan Fraser, "Trust," "The Mummy"), who suspects sabotage. Complicating Corbo's new gig is his former paramour and now Swann's fiancée, medical visionary Dr. Grace Davila (Elena Anaya, "Wonder Woman," "The Skin I Live In"), who is racing to help stave off a global catastrophe. As Corbo and his team of veteran security professionals investigate the rocket disaster, they expose a lethal conspiracy of Swann's corporate rivals, corrupt government officials, and a shadowy crime syndicate - all working to destroy Swann and take control of his tech empire. Worse, Corbo must also contend with Swann's spoiled, troublemaking teen daughter (Jazzara Jaslyn, "Lioness") and a rogue Europol agent (Ken Duken, "Inglourious Basterds," "Counterpart") who is hellbent on busting him for past sins.

 

WALKER INDEPENDENCE


Set in the late 1800s, an origin story of The CW's current hit series "Walker," WALKER INDEPENDENCE follows Abby Walker (Katherine McNamara, "Arrow"), an affluent and tough-minded Bostonian whose husband is murdered before her eyes while on their journey out West. After crossing paths with Calian (Justin Johnson Cortez, "911: Lone Star"), a curious Apache tracker, Abby arrives in the town of Independence, Texas, where she encounters diverse and eclectic residents running from their pasts, chasing their dreams, and keeping their own secrets, including Kate Carver (Katie Findlay, "The Carrie Diaries"), an idiosyncratic burlesque dancer with perhaps too keen an interest in Abby's origins, and Kai (Lawrence Kao, "Wu Assassins"), a soulful Chinese immigrant who runs a local restaurant/laundry and offers Abby friendship without agenda. Abby also literally runs into Hoyt Rawlins (Matt Barr, "Walker"), a slippery rogue, thief, and con artist with a dented heart of gold who quickly eyes Abby as a mark, until she turns the tables on him. In seeking justice for her husband, Abby encounters Independence's noble deputy sheriff, Augustus (Philemon Chambers, "Single All the Way"), and his new boss, Sheriff Tom Davidson (Greg Hovanessian, "Another Life"), who she has reason to believe is a very bad man indeed. Abby and Hoyt soon find themselves precariously aligned, both seeking to uncover the truth about the identity of Abby's husband's killer, and vow to save Independence - a frontier boomtown where nothing is what it seems.

 

MAGIC WITH THE STARS

In each episode of MAGIC WITH THE STARS, two celebrities train with professional magicians and compete to create a show-stopping series of magic performances. The celebrity competitors are tasked with mastering three major categories of magic, which they perform in front of a team of judges led by magician Criss Angel. Only the highest-scoring celebrities will be invited back to the finale where they will compete for the golden wand.
 

FAMILY LAW


FAMILY LAW centers around Abigail Bianchi (Jewel Staite, "Firefly"), a high-paid personal-injury lawyer who's good at blaming others - particularly when it comes to her own problems. After Abby's husband kicks her out of the family home because of her drinking, she goes on a bender, shows up drunk in court and pukes on a client. The law society's punishment is swift. She's suspended, fined, and can only practice law again if she finds a senior lawyer who is willing to take her on and mentor her for a one year probationary period. Only one man is willing to take that risk: Harry Svensson (Victor Garber, "DC's Legends of Tomorrow"), who runs the top family law practice in the city. He also happens to be Abby's estranged father, who left Abby and her complicated mother for his secretary when Abby was seven. Now, not only does Abby have to work for her father, she also has to work with her half siblings: Daniel (Zach Smadu, "Cardinal"), from Harry's subsequent marriage and Lucy (Genelle Williams, "The Expanse"), from Harry's third marriage. Thus begins the odd dynamic at Abigail's new workplace. Abby has to try to put her shambles of a life back on track, all while dealing with family on three different levels: Other people's families in her cases, the family she was born into, and her family: her husband and two children, all of whom she desperately wants back. Abigail not only has to prove herself in a new realm of law; she also has to work with and build relationships with a family she barely knows. Most challenging of all, she must work under the thumb of the man she's spent a lifetime resenting.

 

THE NEW MIDSEASON 2023 SERIES:

GOTHAM KNIGHTS


Batman is dead, and a powder keg has ignited Gotham City without the Dark Knight to protect it. In the wake of Bruce Wayne's murder, his adopted son Turner Hayes (Oscar Morgan, "De Son Vivant") is framed for killing the Caped Crusader, along with the children of some of Batman's enemies: Duela (Olivia Rose Keegan, "Days of Our Lives"), an unpredictable fighter and skilled thief who was born in Arkham Asylum and abandoned by her father, Harper Row (Fallon Smythe, "grown-ish"), a streetwise and acerbic engineer who can fix anything, and her brother Cullen Row (Tyler DiChiara, "The Virgin of Highland Park"), a clever transgender teen who is tired of being polite and agreeable. With the charismatic and hard-charging District Attorney Harvey Dent (Misha Collins, "Supernatural") and the GCPD hot on their trail, Turner will rely on allies including his best friend and formidable coder Stephanie Brown (Anna Lore, "All American"), and unlikely Batman sidekick Carrie Kelley (Navia Robinson, "Raven's Home"). But our Knights will soon learn there is a larger, more nefarious force at work within Gotham City. This team of mismatched fugitives must band together to become its next generation of saviors known as the GOTHAM KNIGHTS.
 

RECIPE FOR DISASTER

In each episode of RECIPE FOR DISASTER, three professional chefs and their cooking partners compete to prepare spectacular dishes under absurdly adverse conditions. Our studio transforms into a bizarre new world each week, replete with themed disasters that challenge our chefs in ways they never imagined. They will attempt the perfect sear while stranded on an in-studio "desert island" during monsoon season, prep ramen while pulling off an art heist, or create a show-stopping soufflé while dodging aliens on Mars. To make matters worse, their cooking partners are people from their lives who are total kitchen novices. Who will impress the judges, and whose dishes will succumb to the ridiculous disasters du jour? Ultimately, only one team will be crowned Masters of Disaster!

CBS Unveils Its 2022-2023 Primetime Lineup


CBS has announced its 2022-2023 primetime programming lineup of CBS Originals, featuring four new dramas, one alternative series, special event programming and 18 returning series. For 2021-2022, the Network finished #1 for the 14th straight season, winning 19 of the past 20 seasons.

The four new series for fall are the dramas EAST NEW YORK, starring Amanda Warren as the newly promoted boss of the 74th Precinct located on the edge of Brooklyn; FIRE COUNTRY, from Jerry Bruckheimer and inspired by series star Max Thieriot's (SEAL TEAM) experiences growing up in Northern California fire country; humorous legal drama SO HELP ME TODD, starring Academy Award winner Marcia Gay Harden as a meticulous successful attorney and Skylar Astin as her aimless private detective son she hires to work for her law firm; and the reality romance adventure THE REAL LOVE BOAT, inspired by the classic hit scripted series "The Love Boat."

The fall schedule of CBS Original series also includes the return of #1 broadcast series NCIS, #1 comedy YOUNG SHELDON, #1 new series and comedy GHOSTS, #1 new drama NCIS: HAWAI'I and #1 news program 60 MINUTES.

The new series debuting later in the season is the drama TRUE LIES, inspired by James Cameron's hit action/comedy film of the same name.

"CBS had another incredible season. In addition to repeating as America's most-watched network, we launched several breakout hits, not to mention winning and improving many time periods across our schedule," said Kelly Kahl, president of CBS Entertainment. "For the new season, we once again looked for ways to strengthen our position with new, compelling series, scheduling them strategically to guarantee sampling and maximize consistency and flow. We believe these great new shows, returning hits and our robust slate of event programming positions us for another winning year."

In addition to CBS' new and returning top series, its year-round schedule of original programming also features annual marquee events, including the GRAMMY Awards, the CMT Music Awards, Kennedy Center Honors, the Tony Awards, NFL playoffs in January and NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Championship in March, among other special event programming.

Upcoming previously announced alternative series include SUPERFAN, a musical spectacle disguised as a game show; LINGO, a word-twisting, fast-thinking game show executive-produced and hosted by Emmy Award winner RuPaul Charles; TOUGH AS NAILS; and SECRET CELEBRITY RENOVATION.

Also, CBS will ring in the holidays with three original movies: WHEN CHRISTMAS WAS YOUNG, executive-produced by award-winning musician Sheryl Crow; FIT FOR CHRISTMAS, starring THE TALK's Amanda Kloots, who will also executive-produce; and MUST LOVE CHRISTMAS, from prolific holiday film writer and producer Mark Amato.

CBS' new fall schedule features perennial strength and stability of returning hits, and all new series supported by established lead-ins. All new and returning series will stream live and on demand on Paramount+.

MONDAY - Monday's winning slate returns intact with TV's #2 comedy block of THE NEIGHBORHOOD and BOB ♥ ABISHOLA opening the night from 8:00-9:00 PM. At 9:00 PM, NCIS, the #1 broadcast series for the 12th time in 13 seasons, returns for season 20, leading into #1 new drama NCIS: HAWAI'I at 10:00 PM to close the night of top-rated programming.

TUESDAY - FBI Tuesday returns with the #1 lineup of the night! FBI, television's #2 drama, returns at 8:00 PM, flowing into #2 new drama and time-period winner FBI: INTERNATIONAL at 9:00 PM. Top 10 broadcast series FBI: MOST WANTED remains in its time-period-winning 10:00 PM slot, bookending a formidable night of compelling, heroic storytelling.

WEDNESDAY - Two iconic reality series lead into a new unscripted romance adventure competition inspired by "The Love Boat." The groundbreaking hit series SURVIVOR, hosted by Jeff Probst, kicks off the night at 8:00 PM. At 9:00 PM, the globe-trotting, Emmy Award-winning THE AMAZING RACE hosted by Phil Keoghan returns, leading into the new romance adventure competition THE REAL LOVE BOAT at 10:00 PM. Set aboard a luxury cruise ship in the Mediterranean, the show caps an exhilarating night of unscripted television.

THURSDAY - Thursday's #1 scripted schedule kicks off the night with a "power hour" of comedy and adds a humorous new drama, followed by CSI: VEGAS. YOUNG SHELDON, television's #1 comedy, again anchors the night at 8:00 PM, leading into the critically acclaimed, #1 new comedy/series and breakout hit GHOSTS, in its new time slot at 8:30 PM. These top comedies form a powerful launch pad for a witty new drama, SO HELP ME TODD, at 9:00 PM, starring Oscar winner Marcia Gay Harden and Skylar Astin as an attorney and private detective team who are also mother and son. At 10:00 PM, the second season of CSI: VEGAS, the sequel to the Network's global hit "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation," moves to its new night after improving its time period in viewers this season by double-digit percentage points, to cap the evening.

FRIDAY - CBS' most dominant night adds a "hot" new drama from Jerry Bruckheimer. Time period winner S.W.A.T. returns to its 8:00 PM slot, providing a seamless transition from crime fighters to firefighters at 9:00 PM with new heart-pounding drama FIRE COUNTRY, starring SEAL TEAM's Max Thieriot as a convict in a prison release firefighting program assigned to his hometown where his troubles began. At 10:00 PM, Friday's #1 program and time period winner for 12 years, BLUE BLOODS starring Tom Selleck, closes out one of television's strongest nights.

SATURDAY - CBS' Saturday night lineup features encore broadcasts of the Network's popular dramas at 8:00 PM and 9:00 PM, followed at 10:00 PM by the true crime docuseries 48 HOURS, Saturday's #1 non-sports primetime series for 16 consecutive seasons.

SUNDAY - A gritty new police drama debuts between two established crime-fighting hits. CBS' Sunday night has been #1 for the last 14 seasons with regularly scheduled non-sports programming. 60 MINUTES, television's acclaimed #1 news program, returns at 7:00 PM. At 8:00 PM, Sunday's #1 scripted series and television's top show among African American viewers, THE EQUALIZER starring Queen Latifah, returns, providing a dominant lead-in for the edgy, adrenaline-fueled new drama EAST NEW YORK at 9:00 PM, about the squad of the 74th Precinct who will not only serve their community, but also become part of it. At 10:00 PM, hit drama NCIS: LOS ANGELES moves into its new time period when it returns for its 14th season to cap the night.

CBS TELEVISION NETWORK 2022-2023 PRIMETIME SCHEDULE

(N=New, NTP=New Time Period)

All Times ET/PT

MONDAY

  • 8:00-8:30 PM THE NEIGHBORHOOD
  • 8:30-9:00 PM BOB ♥ ABISHOLA
  • 9:00-10:00 PM NCIS
  • 10:00-11:00 PM NCIS: HAWAI`I

TUESDAY

  • 8:00-9:00 PM FBI
  • 9:00-10:00 PM FBI: INTERNATIONAL
  • 10:00-11:00 PM FBI: MOST WANTED

WEDNESDAY

  • 8:00-9:00 PM SURVIVOR
  • 9:00-10:00 PM THE AMAZING RACE
  • 10:00-11:00 PM THE REAL LOVE BOAT (N)

THURSDAY

  • 8:00-8:30 PM YOUNG SHELDON
  • 8:30-9:00 PM GHOSTS (NTP)
  • 9:00-10:00 PM SO HELP ME TODD (N)
  • 10:00-11:00 PM CSI: VEGAS (NTP)

FRIDAY

  • 8:00-9:00 PM S.W.A.T. (NTP)
  • 9:00-10:00 PM FIRE COUNTRY (N)
  • 10:00-11:00 PM BLUE BLOODS

SATURDAY

  • 8:00-9:00 PM SATURDAY ENCORES
  • 9:00-10:00 PM SATURDAY ENCORES
  • 10:00-11:00 PM 48 HOURS

SUNDAY

  • 7:00-8:00 PM 60 MINUTES
  • 8:00-9:00 PM THE EQUALIZER
  • 9:00-10:00 PM EAST NEW YORK (N)
  • 10:00-11:00 PM NCIS: LOS ANGELES (NTP)


THE NEW FALL DRAMAS:

SO HELP ME TODD (Thursday, 9:00-10:00 PM)

SO HELP ME TODD stars Academy Award winner Marcia Gay Harden and Skylar Astin as razor-sharp, meticulous attorney Margaret Wright (Harden) and Todd (Astin), her talented but scruffy, aimless son whom she hires as her law firm's in-house investigator. As the black sheep of the well-heeled Wright family, Todd is a laid-back, quick-thinking, excellent former private detective who fell on hard times after his flexible interpretation of the law got his license revoked. Margaret's penchant for excellence and strict adherence to the law is at complete odds with Todd's scrappy methods of finding his way through sticky situations: by the seat of his wrinkled pants. When Todd inadvertently teams with his mother on a case, she's surprised to find herself duly impressed by - and proud of - his crafty ability to sleuth out information with his charm and his wide-ranging tech savvy. At last, Margaret sees a way to put her son on a "suitable" path to living an adult, financially solvent life she approves of, and she asks him to join her firm. Todd agrees, since it means getting his license back and once again doing the job he excels at and loves. Mother and son working together is a big first step toward mending their fragile, dysfunctional relationship, and they may even come away with a better understanding of each other at this pivotal point in their lives. But whether Todd and Margaret will be able to accept each other for who they are is another case entirely.

SO HELP ME TODD stars Marcia Gay Harden as Margaret, Skylar Astin as Todd, Madeline Wise as Allison, Tristen J. Winger as Lyle, Inga Schlingmann as Susan, and Rosa Arredondo as Francey. The series is produced by CBS Studios.

FIRE COUNTRY (Friday, 9:00-10:00 PM)

FIRE COUNTRY stars Max Thieriot (SEAL TEAM) as Bode Donovan, a young convict seeking redemption and a shortened prison sentence by joining an unconventional prison release firefighting program in Northern California, where he and other inmates are partnered with elite firefighters to extinguish massive, unpredictable wildfires across the region. It's a high-risk, high-reward assignment, and the heat is turned up when Bode is assigned to the program in his rural hometown, where he was once a golden all-American son until his troubles began. Five years ago, Bode burned down everything in his life, leaving town with a big secret. Now he's back, with the rap sheet of a criminal and the audacity to believe in a chance for redemption with Cal Fire. Inspired by series star Max Thieriot's experiences growing up in Northern California fire country.  

FIRE COUNTRY stars Max Thieriot as Bode, Billy Burke as Vince, Kevin Alejandro as Manny, Diane Farr as Sharon, Stephanie Arcila as Gabriela, Jordan Calloway as Jake, and Jules Latimer as Eve. The series is produced by CBS Studios.

EAST NEW YORK (Sunday, 9:00-10:00 PM)

From executive producers of "NYPD Blue," EAST NEW YORK stars Amanda Warren as Deputy Inspector Regina Haywood, the newly promoted boss of the 74th Precinct, in East New York - a working-class neighborhood on the edge of Brooklyn in the midst of social upheaval and the early seeds of gentrification. With family ties to the area, Haywood is determined to deploy creative methods to protect her beloved community with the help of her officers and detectives. But first, she has the daunting task of getting them on board, as some are skeptical of her promotion, and others resist the changes she is desperate to make. Her team includes her mentor, shrewd veteran two-star Chief John Suarez (Emmy Award winner Jimmy Smits); Marvin Sandeford (Tony Award winner and current nominee Ruben Santiago-Hudson), a highly respected training officer and expert on the neighborhood; Tommy Killian (Kevin Rankin), a detective with some old-school approaches to policing; Capt. Stan Yenko (Richard Kind), Haywood's gregarious and efficient right hand; Crystal Morales (Elizabeth Rodriguez), an intuitive detective who can't be intimidated; Andre Bentley (Lavel Schley), a trainee from an upper middle-class background; and ambitious patrol officer Brandy Quinlan (Olivia Luccardi), the sole volunteer to live in a local housing project as part of Haywood's plan to bridge the gap between police and community. Regina Haywood has a vision: she and the squad of the 74th Precinct will not only serve their community - they'll also become part of it.

EAST NEW YORK stars Amanda Warren as Deputy Inspector Regina Haywood, Jimmy Smits as Chief John Suarez, Ruben Santiago-Hudson as Officer Marvin Sandeford, Kevin Rankin as Detective Tommy Killian, Richard Kind as Captain Stan Yenko, Elizabeth Rodriguez as Detective Crystal Morales, Olivia Luccardi as Officer Brandy Quinlan, and Lavel Schley as Officer Andre Bentley. The series is produced by Warner Bros. Television.

NEW UNSCRIPTED SERIES FOR FALL

THE REAL LOVE BOAT (Wednesday, 10:00-11:00 PM)

The new reality romance adventure THE REAL LOVE BOAT, inspired by the classic hit scripted series "The Love Boat," sets sail on Princess Cruises in 2022. THE REAL LOVE BOAT brings singles together to travel the Mediterranean on a luxury cruise ship while looking for love. Destination dates, challenges and surprise singles will test the couples' compatibility and chemistry. Like the beloved original scripted series, the indispensable crew members, including "captain" and "cruise director," who will be selected from actual Princess crew members, will play pivotal roles in the matchmaking and navigation of the romantic (and sometimes turbulent) waters ahead. After almost a month at sea, only one winning couple will make it to the final port and take home a cash prize plus a once-in-a-lifetime trip courtesy of Princess Cruises, the series' exclusive cruise line partner.

THE REAL LOVE BOAT is produced by Eureka Productions in association with Buster Productions


NEW DRAMA FOR MID-SEASON:

TRUE LIES

TRUE LIES, inspired by James Cameron's hit action/comedy film of the same name, follows Harry (Steve Howey), a first-class international spy for U.S. intelligence agency Omega Sector, and his wife, Helen (Ginger Gonzaga), a language professor bored with her daily routine, who makes the shocking discovery that her seemingly ordinary husband is leading an extraordinary double life. With the secret out, Omega recruits Helen, who impresses everyone with her formidable skills (thanks to Tae Bo and yoga), and she joins Harry and his team of top-notch operatives, embarking on covert missions around the globe and an exhilarating life of danger and adventure. The renewed bond between them adds much-needed sizzle to the Taskers' emotionally distant marriage and upends the top-secret world of Omega Sector. But, as Harry says, if you're going to save the world, you might as well do it for the ones you love.

TRUE LIES stars Steve Howey as Harry, Ginger Gonzaga as Helen, Erica Hernandez as Maria, Omar Miller as Gib, Mike O'Gorman as Luther, Annabella Didion as Dana, and Lucas Jaye as Jake. The series is produced by 20th Television.

Paramount+ Premium subscribers will have access to stream live via the live feed of their local CBS affiliate on the service as well as on demand. Essential-tier subscribers will have access to on-demand the day after the episode airs.

HOTCHKA Movie Review: Chip 'n' Dale: Rescue Rangers

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Chip ‘n Dale: Rescue Rangers is a highly amusing lightweight meta-nostalgia fest.
by Jeremy Fogelman

Cast: John Mulaney, Andy Samberg, KiKi Layne, Will Arnett, Eric Bana, Flula Borg, Dennis Haysbert, Keegan-Michael Key, Tress MacNeille, Tim Robinson, Seth Rogen, J.K. Simmons, Animation, Adventure, Comedy
Rating: ★★

In 1989, the show Chip ‘n Dale: Rescue Rangers debuted but I didn’t get to see it (like most kids at the time) until it aired on Fox following the great classic DuckTales cartoon a bit later. I enjoyed the cartoon and everyone loved its great theme song -- and I was mostly lukewarm on the versions of Chip & Dale that originally inspired the show, as those were usually foils for Donald Duck and the like.

In 1988, the movie Who Framed Roger Rabbit was released and was a masterpiece, a compelling allegory for gentrification and race relations set against a hilarious, zany world that was also a pitch perfect noir parody. No property, TV or movie, has ever been able to hit the “integration of live action and cartoons” heights again. And they still haven’t.

The Disney+ original movie Chip ‘n Dale: Rescue Rangers comes from “Lonely Island” director Akiva Schaffer and writers Dan Gregor and Doug Mand (a pair known for a lot of TV work). Here the movie changes things up but uses the general concept of “toons in the real world” to have the 'Rescue Rangers' be a show but played by the actors Chip (John Mulaney) and Dale (Andy Samberg).

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We also see appearances by mouse genius Gadget (with her original voice of legendary voice actor Tress MacNeille) and fly Zipper (both the original voice by Corey Burton and speaking voice by a “deep voiced” cameo). But Monterey Jack is voiced here by actual Australian actor Eric Bana doing a pretty good impression of the character, while Jim Cummings, who actually played the character back in the day, simply plays a bunch of other characters here like he always does.

The movie’s “drama” is set off by Dale quitting the show and causing its cancellation back in the 90s -- we catch up to him in modern times, where he has undergone a “3D CGI” surgery to look more modern, in what is almost a commentary about the ways actors will change themselves, often through surgery, to try and stay relevant, but the movie doesn’t stick to its guns about it.

Dale’s life is that of the faded star and struggling actor with overconfidence, a classic trope -- and there are some pretty funny Hollywood scenes with him. But the actual plot starts when Monterey Jack calls him for help after all this time -- he’s in trouble with some criminals having lost a lot of money on cheese (which tracks). Things continue to go wrong, and Monty goes missing, forcing Dale to reach out to his old friend who isn’t so happy to see him.

There are a lot of other characters that become important in the movie, including a police officer played by KiKi Lyane, a police chief played by J.K. Simmons, and various others I won’t spoil played by Will Arnett, Seth Rogen, Keegan-Michael Key and quite a few classic cameos. The actual storyline is a sort of interesting blend of cliched “find yourself again”, classic buddy cop, ridiculous Hollywood satire, and some almost poignant thoughts about nostalgia and the power of copyright.

I don’t think the movie quite realizes it’s taking a stance on that last one, but it’s definitely there -- a more capable script probably could’ve gotten more complex, but this one is more concerned with jamming as many background gags and nonsense as it can into what’s ultimately a fairly formulaic story.

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Of course, that being said many of those gags and jokes are really funny -- I definitely found myself laughing out loud a few times. But the movie also tries to have that classic “cry at this moment” scene, which didn’t work at all -- it’s simply not mature enough to hit such emotional complexity.

I feel like the target audience for this is a bit specific -- you need to have been young enough to have watched the Rescue Rangers or the reruns, but not so young that it would’ve been meaningless or off the air. Is it even popular on streaming? The movie also gets pretty irreverent, which I appreciated, but it doesn’t really work as a kid-friendly movie despite being a Disney+ thing.

Again, not like it’s PG-13 or anything, it’s not objectionable, it’s just hard to imagine my parents or even my nieces liking it that much more than a sort of light escapism, because how could they appreciate any of the nostalgic references? Still, my expectation and hope wasn’t that this would be a worthy successor to Roger Rabbit, because it certainly cannot match that.

I only hoped it would be funny and clever enough to be rewatchable and rewindable -- and that’s really what it delivered. And I was definitely impressed by how many other studios' properties got included here, even if they didn’t all work. If you watched that old cartoon or know the song, this probably would be fun enough to take a look at at least.

Chip ‘n Dale: Rescue Rangers has a run time of 1 hour 37 minutes, and is rated PG for mild action and rude/suggestive humor. The film is streaming on Disney+.

Saturday, May 21, 2022

ABC Announces Its 2022-2023 Schedule


Craig Erwich, president, Hulu Originals & ABC Entertainment, today unveiled the ABC primetime schedule for the 2022-2023 fall season, featuring a strong, returning slate of established, fan-favorite shows and two new powerhouse scripted series, both anchored by bold and compelling female leads. Additionally, ABC adds a sprinkle of star power to long-running game show staples, with the pickup of the all-new, high-stakes "Celebrity Jeopardy!," which joins the Sunday night lineup, paired with the return of "Celebrity Wheel of Fortune."

The network continues to deliver on its success as the season's No. 1 entertainment network among Adults 18-49 for the third year in a row, winning six of the last eight seasons based on entertainment programming. ABC ranks or ties as the No. 1 entertainment network on 14 of the 32 weeks of the season to date among Adults 18-49, marking more weekly wins with entertainment programming than any other network.

"Our fall schedule is a testament to our strong, dynamic programming slate that we're continuing to nurture with top talent, world-class, award-winning storytellers and marquee titles," said Erwich. "By capitalizing on the success of our strongest assets, we're betting on stability while also introducing and investing in key projects that will allow us to build on our momentum as the No. 1 entertainment network for the third consecutive year."

This fall, ABC debuts dramas "Alaska," from Oscar-winning writer Tom McCarthy ("Spotlight") and starring two-time Oscar winner Hilary Swank, and the "The Rookie: Feds," a spinoff of the popular Sunday night police drama "The Rookie" and starring Niecy Nash-Betts.

The network is also leaning into the strength of its Wednesday night comedy block, having renewed its full roster including legacy series "The Conners" and "The Goldbergs," fan-favorite "Home Economics" and ABC's No. 1 new comedy last season from burgeoning star Quinta Brunson - critically acclaimed breakout hit "Abbott Elementary."

These shows will be joined in the fall by previously announced returning series "America's Funniest Home Videos," "Bachelor in Paradise," "Big Sky," "Celebrity Wheel of Fortune," "The Good Doctor," "Grey's Anatomy," "The Rookie," "Shark Tank" and "Station 19."

The freshman comedy "Not Dead Yet," starring Gina Rodriguez, will debut midseason, along with the return of the Peabody Award-nominated comedy "The Wonder Years" and the drama "A Million Little Things."

Beloved unscripted series also returning midseason include ABC's No. 1 program this season in Total Viewers and preeminent singing competition series, "American Idol," the nation's guilty pleasure, "The Bachelor," and laugh-out-loud courtroom comedy "Judge Steve Harvey."

Additional midseason announcements will be made at a later time.

Fall premiere dates will be announced soon.

ABC FALL PRIMETIME SCHEDULE (all times listed are Eastern/Pacific). New shows are in bold.

MONDAY

  • 8:00 p.m. "Bachelor in Paradise"
  • 10:00 p.m. "The Good Doctor"

TUESDAY

  • 8:00 p.m. "Bachelor in Paradise"
  • 10:00 p.m. "The Rookie: Feds"

WEDNESDAY

  • 8:00 p.m. "The Conners"
  • 8:30 p.m. "The Goldbergs"
  • 9:00 p.m. "Abbott Elementary" (new night)
  • 9:30 p.m. "Home Economics"
  • 10:00 p.m. "Big Sky" (new night)

THURSDAY

  • 8:00 p.m. "Station 19"
  • 9:00 p.m. "Grey's Anatomy"
  • 10:00 p.m. "Alaska"

FRIDAY

  • 8:00 p.m. "Shark Tank"
  • 9:00 p.m. "20/20" (two hours)

SATURDAY

  • 8:00 p.m. College Football

SUNDAY

  • 7:00 p.m. "America's Funniest Home Videos"
  • 8:00 p.m. "Celebrity Jeopardy!"
  • 9:00 p.m. "Celebrity Wheel of Fortune"
  • 10:00 p.m. "The Rookie"


Show descriptions for new ABC series are below.

NEW FALL SERIES

ALASKA (Thursdays, 10:00 p.m. ET)

From the mind of Tom McCarthy ("Spotlight"), "Alaska" stars Hilary Swank as Eileen Fitzgerald, a recently disgraced reporter who leaves her high-profile New York life behind to join a daily metro newspaper in Anchorage on a journey to find both personal and professional redemption.

Alongside Swank, "Alaska" stars Jeff Perry as Stanley Cornik, Matt Malloy as Bob Young, Meredith Holzman as Claire Muncy, Grace Dove as Rosalind "Roz" Friendly, Pablo Castelblanco as Gabriel Martin, Ami Park as Jieun Park and Craig Frank as Austin Greene.

CELEBRITY JEOPARDY! (Sundays, 8:00 p.m. ET)

"Celebrity Jeopardy!," produced by Sony Pictures Television, is an all-new game show airing this fall on ABC. This new series welcomes celebrity contestants to compete for a chance to win money for a charity of their choice.

THE ROOKIE: FEDS (Tuesdays, 10:00 p.m. ET)

From the executive producers of flagship series "The Rookie" comes "The Rookie: Feds" starring Niecy Nash-Betts as Simone Clark, the oldest rookie in the FBI Academy. The spinoff was introduced as a two-part event during the current fourth season of "The Rookie," where Officer John Nolan (Nathan Fillion) and the LA division of the FBI enlist the help of Simone Clark when one of her former students is a suspect in a terror attack.

"The Rookie: Feds" stars Niecy Nash-Betts as Simone Clark, Frankie Faison as Christopher "Cutty" Clark and Felix Solis as Special Agent Matthew Garza.

NEW MIDSEASON SERIES

NOT DEAD YET

From creators David Windsor and Casey Johnson ("This Is Us," "The Real O'Neals") and starring Gina Rodriguez, "Not Dead Yet" follows Nell Stevens (Rodriguez), a broke and newly single self-described disaster, working to restart the life and career she left behind 10 years ago. When she lands the only job she can find - writing obituaries, Nell starts getting life advice from an unlikely source. The series is adapted from the book "Confessions of a 40-something F**k Up" by Alexandra Potter.

"Not Dead Yet" stars Gina Rodriguez as Nell, Joshua Banday as Dennis and Angela Gibbs as Cricket.

ABC programming can also be viewed on Hulu.

FOX Announces 2022-2023 Programming

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FOX has announced its content slate for the 2022-2023 television season. FOX is adding three new dramas, two new animated comedies and one new unscripted series to its lineup, expanding its content strategy with increased program ownership that spans scripted, reality and animation. Original content from in-house business units FOX Entertainment Studios, Studio Ramsay Global, FOX Alternative Entertainment and Bento Box Entertainment will drive growth and fuel thematic scheduling across network and streaming.

Returning FOX series include dramas 9-1-1, THE RESIDENT, 9-1-1: LONE STAR (Season Four) and THE CLEANING LADY (Season Two); comedies CALL ME KAT (Season Three) and WELCOME TO FLATCH (Season Two); animated series THE SIMPSONS (Season 34), FAMILY GUY (Season 20), BOB'S BURGERS (Season 12), THE GREAT NORTH (Season Three) and HOUSEBROKEN (Season Two); and unscripted series THE MASKED SINGER (Season Eight), CRIME SCENE KITCHEN (Season Two) and, as previously announced, HELL'S KITCHEN (Season 21). Additional series renewals to be announced.

Joining returning hit dramas THE CLEANING LADY and 9-1-1: LONE STAR are country music drama MONARCH, starring Susan Sarandon, Trace Adkins and Anna Friel; crime anthology series ACCUSED, from "Homeland" and "24" executive producers Howard Gordon and Alex Gansa and "House" creator David Shore; and missing persons drama ALERT, from executive producers Jamie Foxx and John Eisendrath ("The Blacklist").

Animation remains a cornerstone of FOX programming. From FOX's premier animation house, Bento Box Entertainment, come two all-new animated comedies: GRIMSBURG, starring and executive-produced by Jon Hamm; and KRAPOPOLIS, from "Rick and Morty" co-creator Dan Harmon, and starring Hannah Waddingham ("Ted Lasso"), Richard Ayoade ("The IT Crowd") and Matt Berry ("What We Do in The Shadows"). Additionally, KRAPOPOLIS will serve as the first-ever animated series curated entirely on the Blockchain, as FOX and Bento Box build their NFT business. The company will launch a dedicated marketplace for KRAPOPOLIS that will curate and sell digital goods, ranging from NFTs of one-of-a-kind character and background art and GIFs, as well as tokens that provide exclusive social experiences to engage and reward super fans. An NFT of the KRAPOPOLIS cast image is minted on the Eluvio content blockchain with token metadata. GRIMSBURG and KRAPOPOLIS join returning series THE SIMPSONS, FAMILY GUY, BOB'S BURGERS, THE GREAT NORTH and HOUSEBROKEN.

FOX doubles down on unscripted series from Gordon Ramsay with GORDON RAMSAY'S FOOD STARS, the award-winning chef's all-new search for the next big food & drink entrepreneur. GORDON RAMSAY'S FOOD STARS will join this season's #1 new entertainment series, NEXT LEVEL CHEF, which will debut its second season immediately following SUPER BOWL LVII, airing Sunday, Feb. 12, 2023. THE MASKED SINGER, CRIME SCENE KITCHEN and, as previously announced, HELL'S KITCHEN return next season.

Additionally, new seasons of FANTASY ISLAND and LEGO MASTERS, previously scheduled to air this summer, now will air during the 2022-2023 season. LEGO MASTERS also will air the brand-new multiple-night event CELEBRITY LEGO MASTERS: HOLIDAY BRICKTACULAR.

★FOX fall premieres of new and returning series are listed below in chronological order (all times are ET/PT):

FOX FALL 2022 PREMIERE DATES RECAP (All Times ET/PT Except as Noted)

Sunday, Sept. 11, Immediately Following FOX NFL Doubleheader

  • 8:00-9:00 PM MONARCH (Series Premiere, Part One) live in all time zones


Monday, Sept. 19

  • 8:00-9:00 PM 9-1-1 (Season Premiere)
  • 9:00-10:00 PM THE CLEANING LADY (Season Premiere)


Tuesday, Sept. 20:

  • 8:00-9:00 PM THE RESIDENT (Season Premiere)
  • 9:00-10:00 PM MONARCH (Series Premiere, Part Two)


Wednesday, Sept. 21:

  • 8:00-9:00 PM THE MASKED SINGER (Season Premiere)
  • 9:00-10:00 PM LEGO MASTERS (Season Premiere)


Fridays (ONGOING)

  • 8:00-10:00 PM FOX's WWE FRIDAY NIGHT SMACKDOWN


Sunday, Sept. 25

  • 8:00-8:30 PM THE SIMPSONS (Season Premiere)
  • 8:30-9:00 PM THE GREAT NORTH (Season Premiere)
  • 9:00-9:30 PM BOB'S BURGERS (Season Premiere)
  • 9:30-10:00 PM FAMILY GUY (Season Premiere)


Thursday, Sept. 29:

  • 8:00-9:00 PM HELL'S KITCHEN (Season Premiere)
  • 9:00-9:30 PM WELCOME TO FLATCH (Season Premiere)
  • 9:30-10:00 PM CALL ME KAT (Season Premiere)


Bolstering its portfolio of owned content, FOX announces new programming set to premiere next season on its ad-supported streaming service, Tubi. From FOX's Emmy Award-winning animation house, Bento Box Entertainment, come three new made-for-Tubi movies: PASTACOLYPSE, from "Aqua Teen Hunger Force" co-creator Matthew Maiellaro; MILLENNIAL HUNTER, from comedian and actor Sam Taggart; and BIG BRUH, from writer, stand-up comic and DUNCANVILLE co-producer Jerron Horton. Additionally, FOX Alternative Entertainment continues to provide fan-favorite documentaries for Tubi, with plans to release 12 new projects over the year ahead. As previously announced, FOX Entertainment's Tubi has entered a major film deal with Village Roadshow Pictures to produce multiple films from Village Roadshow's newly announced "Black Noir Cinema" initiative. Upcoming feature films and Tubi Originals include CINNAMON, starring Emmy Award nominee Damon Wayans and Golden Globe nominee Pam Grier, which will be produced by Village Roadshow, alongside NBA legend and cross-over talent Kevin Garnett and his Content Cartel ("Uncut Gems"), and director and producer Oz Scott ("Black Lightning," "S.W.A.T.").

FOX's new dramas include:

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MONARCH is a Texas-sized, multi-generational musical drama about America's first family of country music. In MONARCH, the Romans are headed by the insanely talented, but tough as nails Queen of Country Music DOTTIE CANTRELL ROMAN (Academy Award winner Susan Sarandon, "Feud," "Thelma & Louise") and her beloved husband, "Texas Truthteller" ALBIE ROMAN (multi-Platinum country music star and three-time Academy of Country Music (ACM) Award winner Trace Adkins, "Old Henry"). Dottie and Albie have created a country music dynasty. But even though the Roman name is synonymous with authenticity, the very foundation of their success is a lie. And when their reign as country royalty is put in jeopardy, heir to the crown NICOLETTE "NICKY" ROMAN (Golden Globe nominee Anna Friel, "Pushing Daisies") will stop at nothing to protect her family's legacy, while ensuring her own quest for stardom. MONARCH is owned and produced by FOX Entertainment. Screenwriter Melissa London Hilfers serves as creator, writer and executive producer. Jon Feldman ("Designated Survivor") serves as showrunner and executive producer. Gail Berman and Hend Baghdady (The Jackal Group), Jason Owen (Sandbox Entertainment) and Michael Rauch ("Royal Pains") are executive producers.

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Based on the BBC's BAFTA-winning British crime anthology, comes a provocative series that takes you on the journey of the defendant. Each episode opens in a courtroom on the accused, with viewers knowing nothing about their crime or how they ended up on trial. Told from the defendant's point of view through flashbacks, ACCUSED holds a mirror up to the current times with evocative and emotional stories. In ACCUSED, viewers discover how an ordinary person gets caught up in an extraordinary situation, ultimately revealing how one wrong turn leads to another, until it's too late to turn back. Emmy and Golden Globe winner Michael Chiklis ("The Shield") guest-stars in the premiere episode, as Dr. Scott Corbett, a successful brain surgeon with a seemingly perfect family. He faces the limits of unconditional love when he discovers his teenage son may be planning a violent attack at school. Later in the season, Marlee Matlin, Billie Porter and Michael Chiklis each direct episodes of the anthology crime drama. ACCUSED is co-produced by Sony Pictures Television and FOX Entertainment. The series is executive-produced by Howard Gordon ("24," "Homeland"), Alex Gansa ("24," "Homeland") and David Shore ("The Good Doctor," "House"). Emmy Award winner Michael Cuesta ("Homeland") will direct the program's premiere episode, reuniting with "Homeland" executive producers Gordon and Gansa.

ALERT is a character-driven police procedural about the LAMPU - the Los Angeles Police Department's missing person's unit. When police officer Nikki Parker's son goes missing, she joins the LAPD's Missing Person's Unit to help other people find their loved ones, even as she searches for her own. Six years later, her world is turned upside-down when her ex-husband, Devon Zoellner, shows up with a proof-of-life photo of their missing boy. Or is it? ALERT is a procedural drama with a heart-pounding, life-or-death search for a missing person in each episode, that runs alongside Nikki and Devon's quest to find out the truth about the person claiming to be their long-lost son. It's a case-of-the-week show with a case-of-a-lifetime story running through it - a story that alternately brings our two main characters gut-wrenching heartache and heart-pounding joy. ALERT is co-produced by Sony Pictures Television and FOX Entertainment. John Eisendrath ("The Blacklist") serves as showrunner and executive producer. Jamie Foxx and Datari Turner are executive producers.

FOX's new animated comedies include:

All-new animated comedy GRIMSBURG stars Emmy Award winner Jon Hamm ("Mad Men," "Top Gun: Maverick"), who also serves as an executive producer on the series. In GRIMSBURG, Marvin Flute (Hamm) may be the greatest detective ever to catch a cannibal clown or correctly identify a mid-century modern armoire. But there's one mystery he still can't crack - his family. Now that he's back in Grimsburg, a town where everyone has a secret or three, Flute will follow every lead he's got to redeem himself with the ex-wife he never stopped loving, even if it means hanging out with the son he never bothered to get to know. GRIMSBURG is owned by FOX Entertainment, and produced by Bento Box Entertainment. Catlan McClelland and Matthew Schlissel created the series and serve as co-executive producers. Gail Berman, Hend Baghdady, Connie Tavel, Chadd Gindin and Jon Hamm serve as executive producers.

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From Emmy Award-winning creator Dan Harmon ("Rick and Morty," "Community") comes KRAPOPOLIS, an animated series like no other. Set in mythical Ancient Greece, the series centers on a flawed family of humans, gods and monsters that tries to run one of the world's first cities without killing each other. The series' voice cast features Emmy Award winner Hannah Waddingham ("Ted Lasso"), Richard Ayoade ("The IT Crowd"), Matt Berry ("What We Do in The Shadows"), Pam Murphy ("Mapleworth Murders") and Duncan Trussell ("The Midnight Gospel"). In the series, Ayoade voices "Tyrannis", the mortal son of a goddess. He's the benevolent King of Krapopolis trying to make do in a city that lives up to its name. Waddingham plays "Deliria," Tyrannis' mother, goddess of self-destruction and questionable choices. Within her extended Olympian family - forged in patricide and infidelity - she's known as the trashy one. Berry is "Shlub," Tyrannis' father, a mantitaur (half centaur [horse + human], half manticore [lion + human + scorpion]). He is oversexed and underemployed, claims to be an artist and has literally never paid for anything, in any sense of that word, for his entire life. Murphy voices "Stupendous," Tyrannis' half-sister, daughter of Deliria and a cyclops. Trussell plays "Hippocampus," Tyrannis' half-brother, offspring of Shlub and a mermaid, and, obviously, a hot mess, biologically speaking. KRAPOPOLIS is owned by FOX Entertainment, and produced by FOX's Emmy Award-winning animation studio, Bento Box Entertainment. The series is an outgrowth of the direct animation deal Harmon and FOX Entertainment unveiled in 2020.

FOX serves up a new Gordon Ramsay series:

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Award-winning chef, restaurateur and presenter Gordon Ramsay puts his knives aside as he hunts for the most exciting and innovative new food & drink entrepreneurs in his brand-new competition series, GORDON RAMSAY'S FOOD STARS. This time, he's prepared to put his money where his mouth is, by backing the winner with an investment to take their idea to the next level. But to win Ramsay's support, it will take more than just a great idea. As he pushes contestants to their limits through a series of relentless challenges, they'll have to prove they possess the raw ingredients required to succeed - drive, dedication, creativity, passion and talent. Being the last entrepreneur standing will earn the winner a life-changing reward. They just need to survive Gordon Ramsay -- the only angel investor. GORDON RAMSAY'S FOOD STARS is produced by Studio Ramsay Global and FOX Alternative Entertainment (FAE). Ramsay serves as executive producer, Lisa Edwards serves as executive producer and Danny Schrader serves as executive producer and showrunner.

Additionally, LEGO MASTERS will air the all-new multiple-night event CELEBRITY LEGO MASTERS: HOLIDAY BRICKTACULAR. Over the course of four crazy nights, LEGO MASTERS will shake it up like a snow globe, with unpredictable twists and surprises. Celebrities will join, as will fan-favorite builders from past seasons, all working together, to create jaw-dropping holiday-themed challenges that will make the contestants' faces redder than Rudolph's nose. Make sure you're on host Will Arnett's "Nice List," because LEGO MASTERS is making plans for the ho-ho-holidays.

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All-new FOX-owned content on Tubi includes:

PASTACOLYPSE is a father-daughter survivalist horror comedy, cooked up from the most ludicrous premise on Earth: a billionaire celebrity chef seeks revenge on all mankind when a global ban on gluten destroys his life. In the process, Alfredo Manicotti is disfigured into a hideous creature, half-man, half-macaroni, and leads a pasta uprising that threatens all of humanity. It's up to his spoiled heiress daughter, the angel-haired Emma, to make the ultimate sacrifice and save the world from the impending PASTACOLYPSE.

Action-comedy MILLENNIAL HUNTER revolves around a flawed hero with a thirst for righteous revenge against his enemies: Millennials.

BIG BRUH is a satirical comedy about a famous, undefeated boxer who is as ignorant as he is materialistic, struggling to find common ground with the bratty kid with high morals he's paired with through the Big Bruh program.

All three animated films will be produced by Bento Box Entertainment. Additionally, FOX Alternative Entertainment will continue to provide all-new documentaries for Tubi, with plans to release 12 new projects over the year ahead.

As previously announced, FOX Entertainment's Tubi has entered a major film deal with Village Roadshow Pictures to produce multiple films from Village Roadshow's newly announced "Black Noir Cinema" initiative. Upcoming feature films and Tubi Originals include CINNAMON, starring Emmy Award nominee Damon Wayans and Golden Globe nominee Pam Grier, which will be produced by Village Roadshow, alongside NBA legend and cross-over talent Kevin Garnett and his Content Cartel ("Uncut Gems"), and director and producer Oz Scott ("Black Lightning," "S.W.A.T.").

Also, as previously announced, FOX brings the heat this summer with all-new seasons of SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE (May 18), DON'T FORGET THE LYRICS! (May 23), BEAT SHAZAM (May 23) and MASTERCHEF (May 25). Additionally, all-new episodes of animated comedy DUNCANVILLE continue to air Sundays on FOX.

FOX's full 2022-2023 programming slate is - Dramas: 9-1-1-, 9-1-1: LONE STAR, THE RESIDENT, ACCUSED, ALERT, THE CLEANING LADY, FANTASY ISLAND, MONARCH; Comedies: BOB'S BURGERS, CALL ME KAT, FAMILY GUY, THE GREAT NORTH, GRIMSBURG, HOUSEBROKEN, KRAPOPOLIS, THE SIMPSONS, WELCOME TO FLATCH; Unscripted: BEAT SHAZAM, CRIME SCENE KITCHEN, DON'T FORGET THE LYRICS!, GORDON RAMSAY'S FOOD STARS, HELL'S KITCHEN, LEGO MASTERS, THE MASKED SINGER, MASTERCHEF, NEXT LEVEL CHEF, SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE.

FOX's 2022 Fall schedule and premiere dates to be announced.