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This Is Us Is Bringing Katie Couric and Atlanta's Brian Tyree Henry on as Guest Stars

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 06:00:00 UT

Katie Couric will make a cameo as herself on This Is Us before the end of Season 1, creator Dan Fogelman told reporters at the Television Critics Association winter previews in Pasadena, Calif., Wednesday. [...] Brian Tyree Henry, who stars in FX's Golden-Globe wining comedy Atlanta, will also appear in an episode.



Grey's Anatomy Mega Buzz: Jo Has the Worst Day Ever

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 06:00:00 UT

When Grey's Anatomy returns from its winter hiatus next week, Jo's (Camilla Luddington) already pretty terrible day only goes from bad to worse. The less revealed in advance about the medical case the better, but let's just say it leaves a lasting impression on all the ladies, especially Jo.



Great News Shares DNA With 30 Rock, but It's a Different Show

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 06:00:00 UT

Created by 30 Rock and The Mindy Project alum Tracey Wigfield and executive-produced by Tina Fey and Robert Carlock, the workplace comedy set behind the scenes of a local news program certainly shares DNA with the Emmy Award-winning comedy. "Where this show and 30 Rock share some DNA is, it's a funny show with a lot of fast-paced jokes per page," said Wigfield at the Television Critics Association winter previews Wednesday.



Shades of Blue Season 2 Begins with Jennifer Lopez Burying a Body

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 06:00:00 UT

Lopez, who plays the Brooklyn cop-gone-bad Harlee Santos, famously snapped her baby daddy Miguel's (Antonio Jamarillo) neck at the end of Season 1 -- just as the convicted criminal was about to rape her. Casualties mount, making for a slippery slope and Harlee wants to be better for her daughter, who she's sent away but as Lopez said, "It just doesn't stop." Even with American Idol, which she was doing around the same time as Shades' first season, finished, she's maintained the staggering roster of projects she's known for -- a residency in Vegas, a new dance show World of Dance and preparation for Bye Bye Birdie, NBC's next live musical, which will air at the end of 2017. Producers played down his bisexuality this season, Liotta said, but don't expect him to be the dinner-and-a-movie type of romance partner; he hinted that their relationship is, as he put it, S&M-y.



American Crime Story Will Take on Monica Lewinsky Sex Scandal

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 06:00:00 UT

However, sources tell THR that producers have fast-tracked the drama and are already meeting with actresses to cast as Monica Lewinsky and Linda Tripp. With political scandals and conspiracies being hotly debated on both sides of the aisle in recent months and partisan divides deeper than ever, it's hardly surprising that the property was snapped up. Other Links From TVGuide.com Ryan MurphyMonica Lewinsky



Taken Will Tell the Story of "How a Hero Becomes a Hero"

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 06:00:00 UT

What I find interesting about Bryan Mills, said Standen, is he's not like any other action hero or a regurgitation of any action hero. ... In the film, we see a man who is a father who's chasing after his daughter. ...



Powerless Reimagines the DC Comics Universe on Its Own Terms

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 06:00:00 UT

NBC's live-action DC Comics superhero workplace comedy (say that three times fast) Powerless has gone through a little bit of re-jiggering; in the original iteration, the Vanessa Hudgens-led sitcom had her at an insurance agency that helps people collect on the collateral damage done by superheroes. Hudgens is director of research and development for Wayne Security, a subsidiary of Wayne Enterprises that specializes in products that make defenseless bystanders feel a little safer. Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, Hal Jordan and Barry Allen -- so writers and producers have to carefully manage how they roll out lesser-known heroes, as well as how they're shown. On top of that, The CW's wunderkind Greg Berlanti has a near monopoly on DC characters, creating a scenario that requires permission to involve characters.



It's Official: Will & Grace Is Coming Back to NBC

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 06:00:00 UT

The reunion of the beloved sitcom, which ran for eight seasons from 1998 to 2006, was one of the worst-kept secrets in TV -- especially after reoccurring star Leslie Jordan said in December that Will & Grace would definitely return, months after that 2016 pro-Hillary Clinton video got fans thirsty for more episodes. In reality, cast and creators had been working out complicated contractual and rights deals, setting the table for a reunion with not only the original cast but creators Max Mutchnick and David Kohan, as well as original director James Burrows. Jennifer Salke, president of NBC entertainment said the network "started talking with Mutchnick and Kohan about producing new episodes right after they shot the secret reunion show back in September," in a statement.



This Is Us Will Begin to Reveal How Jack Dies Very Soon

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 06:00:00 UT

"Next week's episode is a big episode," Fogelman said when asked about Jack's death. The full story will play out over a number of episodes -- into other seasons -- but on the heels of the announcement that the show has been renewed for two more season, Fogelman assured fans the series has been fully mapped out -- and there's a lot of story to tell. [...] again, something big is happening next week -- following a back-to-basics episode that took viewers back to the birth of the Pearson kids, as well as the decision to adopt Randall, that kicked off the hit show. Slowly but surely, he said, we'll learn when and how Jack died -- and then, presumably, how his wife Rebecca Pearson (Mandy Moore) ends up with Jack's best friend Miguel (Jon Huertas) -- but that will unravael over "many many episodes," Fogleman said.



The Walking Dead Toned Down the Violence After Negative Response to Season 7 Premiere

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 06:00:00 UT

The Walking Dead's producers scaled back some of the show's explicit violence after the negative response from viewers toward the traumatic Season 7 premiere, executive producer Gale Anne Hurd said Wednesday. The season premiere featured the character Negan (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) demolishing two characters' heads with a barbed wire-wrapped baseball bat in a display of violence some viewers and critics found excessive. Hurd says the show took those responses to heart, and dialed down the violence in episodes that were still in production after the premiere aired.



This Is Us Renewed for Two More Seasons!

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 06:00:00 UT

NBC has renewed family drama This Is Us for two more seasons, the network announced at the Television Critics Association winter previews in Pasadena, Calif., Wednesday. The show received three Golden Globe nominations, including for drama series, giving NBC its first nominee in the category since Heroes 10 years ago.



No, Taryn Manning Is Not Leaving Orange Is the New Black

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 06:00:00 UT

According to a report published Wednesday by In Touch magazine, actress Taryn Manning, who plays Tiffany "Pennsatucky" Doggett on Netflix's Orange Is the New Black, is quitting the show so that she can move to Los Angeles and "live a cleaner, happier life." A Netflix spokesperson tells TVGuide.com it's simply "not true," and Manning responded to the article with an Instagram post on Wednesday: The original article, which claimed that Manning "wants to get rid of the friends who don't support her sobriety," has since been deleted from the In Touch website.



Vikings Composer Takes Us Inside the Show's Haunting Score

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 06:00:00 UT

Einar Selvik is a Norwegian musician who leads the project Wardruna, which creates modern folk music using ancient Nordic spiritual concepts and instruments. Selvik has even appeared on the show performing his compositions, which add authenticity and historical context to the series. The bukkehorn is a horn in both senses of the word -- a musical instrument made from the horn of a goat -- that creates a mournful sound perfect for funeral scenes.



NBC's Trial & Error Is the Perfect Satire of the True Crime Genre

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 06:00:00 UT

Should the show be renewed for Season 2, Astrof and Miller say the cast, which also includes Sherri Shepherd, Steven Boyer, Jayma Mays and Krysta Rodriguez, would remain the same but the crime at the center of the documentary would be different. Trial & Error debuts Tuesday, March 7 at 9:30/8:30c on NBC. It will return the following week with back-to-back episodes beginning at 9/8c. Other Links From TVGuide.com John LithgowSherri ShepherdNicholas D'AgostoJayma MaysSteven BoyerKrysta RodriguezTrial and Error



Star Trek: Discovery Casts Spock's Father, Pushes Premiere Date

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 06:00:00 UT

Discovery as Sarek, the Vulcan father of Spock, CBS Television Studios announced Wednesday. In other news, the series will miss its scheduled May premiere date as production on the series begins next week. Frain is perhaps best known for playing the vampire Franklin Mott on Season 3 of True Blood, but he's a recognizable face from dozens of film and TV appearances. Discovery's premiere date is being postponed yet again, with CBS stressing that the premiere date is remaining "flexible" due to production demands and cast members' other commitments. All subsequent episodes will premiere on CBS All Access, the network's streaming platform.



NBC Will Preview Chicago Justice with a Three-Way Crossover

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 06:00:00 UT

NBC will preview Chicago Justice, the fourth installment of Dick Wolf's highly popular Chicago franchise, with a three-hour crossover event, the network announced Wednesday at the Television Critics Association winter previews The crossover will air Wednesday, March 1 beginning at 8/7c, with a story that is introduced in Chicago Fire, continues into a new episode of Chicago P.D., and then flows seamlessly into the preview of Chicago Justice.



Dick Wolf: SVU's Trump Episode Might Air in the Spring

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 06:00:00 UT

Wolf emphasized that he doesn't control NBC's schedule and that "I never pressure the network to schedule anything in a specific way except things like crossovers." The episode -- featuring Gary Cole as a Trump-like politician whose campaign is derailed after several women come forth with allegations against him -- was originally scheduled to air Oct. 26 (which is, coincidentally, Hillary Clinton's birthday) before being pushed back until Nov. 16. Following Trump's upset victory over Clinton, NBC indefinitely shelved the episode.



Major Crimes Gets a Season 6 at TNT

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 06:00:00 UT

Season 5 of Major Crimes continues next month, but TNT is already promising fans another season of Captain Raydor (Mary McDonnell) and her team: With the renewal, Major Crimes is now TNT's longest-running drama series.



The Blacklist: Redemption: What to Expect From the Spin-Off

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 06:00:00 UT

Redemption follows Tom (Ryan Eggold) as he goes to work for a team of mercenaries -- elusive criminals from Red's infamous list who try to regain their self-worth after a lifetime of inflicting damage on the world. [...] don't think this is Blacklist 2.0: executive producer John Eisendrath said this is an entirely different beast at the Television Critics Association winter previews in Pasadena, Calif., Wednesday. Even though there's some overlap and the spin-off shares some of the same DNA, this is a spy show -- a sexy espionage thriller -- whereas Blacklist is much more of a cop show. [...] Tom was originally supposed to die in the initial conception of the series, but creators said that, after it was pitched, executives suggested he stick around, and that idea stuck. The other big question, naturally, is about that lingering sexual tension between Tom and the leader of the team: his mother, Scottie Hargrave (Famke Janssen) -- the only one in that relationship unaware they're mother and son.



Six Is a Series for Fans of Beards, Military Drama - and Walton Goggins

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 06:00:00 UT

According to its official logline, History's new military drama Six is inspired by the real missions of Navy SEAL Team Six, America's most elite soldiers, and follows the attempt to rescue a former SEAL captured by Boko Haram two years after a questionable decision made in the field during a mission to capture a Taliban leader caused a rift with his brothers in arms. Created by Academy Award nominee William Broyles and military special operations veteran David Broyles, the show's eight-episode first season (Wednesday, Jan. 18 at 10/9c) balances multiple storylines in present day with flashbacks that slowly reveal not only the deep friendship that once existed between the four men at the center of the show, but also what led to the moment in Afghanistan that caused an irreparable rift between them. Among the storylines tackled throughout the show's first season are the downward spiral and potential redemption of a former hero, the struggle to conceive after the loss of a child, the money troubles that arise when a soldier's salary can't pay his child's tuition, a wife returning to work to provide for the family, the reappearance of a neglected teen daughter and joining a team that's already bonded for life in the middle of a dangerous mission.



Chicago Med Exclusive: Rhodes and Robyn's Date Gets Waylaid by an Unusual Case

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 06:00:00 UT

Connor Rhodes (Colin Donnell) and Robyn Charles (Mekia Cox) are all set to have a hot date night on Thursday's episode of Chicago Med, but their fancy evening gets derailed when Connor gets called to the hospital to handle a most unusual case. In this exclusive sneak peek, Dr. Rhodes -- who, we have to agree with Maggie (Marlyne Barrett), cleans up very nicely from his typical scrubs -- gets the rundown on a patient, the likes of which he has never seen before, from Dr. Choi (Brian Tee).



The Walking Dead Season 7B Photo Teases Another New Location

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 06:00:00 UT

There was the Kingdom, over which Ezekiel (Khary Payton) and his tiger preside; the Sanctuary, Negan (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) and the Saviors' grim fortress; and Oceanside, an off-the-grid colony inhabited only by women. The photo shows Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln) standing in front of a pile of junk. Maybe the Junkyard is another location, like Hilltop and Kingdom, that Rick is visiting to try to recruit people in the fight against Negan.



Chrisley Knows Best Star Seriously Injured in Car Crash

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 06:00:00 UT

Chrisley Knows Best star Savannah Chrisley was seriously injured in a one-car crash on Monday, breaking a vertebra which is causing her to experience pain and numbness throughout her body. The reality show personality posted on Instagram Tuesday night about the frightening ordeal, sharing a collage that included photos of her smashed-up car and her in a neck brace in the hospital, as well as a caption explaining what happened. Chrisley says the accident occurred after her floor mat got stuck behind her pedals and she crashed through a guardrail as she was trying to remove it. [...] I truly think that God has made them so difficult because I began straying away from Him and His word...I got in a car accident early Monday morning because my floor mat had gotten stuck behind my pedals so I looked down for a brief second to try and get it out of the way and then I realized that I was headed straight towards the guardrails....I tried to over correct but it didn't help. The next month or so I will be recovering from a broken vertebrae which has caused numbness in my hands and fingers and pain all throughout my neck, back, and shoulders. Chrisley also called out people who said she deserved it, said "we all make mistakes," vowed to refocus her life on devotion to God, and thanked her fans for their support.



Game of Thrones: A Surprising Familiar Face May Return in Season 7

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 06:00:00 UT

[...] you probably weren't expecting to see Walder Frey (David Bradley) again, after Arya Stark (Maisie Williams) baked his sons into pies and slit his throat in the season finale. [...] the GoT obsessives at fansite Watchers on the Wall noticed that Bradley's resumé at his talent agency says that he's appearing in Season 7, which means that the conniving lord of the Riverlands may be making a comeback.



Carrie Underwood, John Legend and More to Perform at Grammys

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 06:00:00 UT

The first round of performers for February's Grammy Awards was announced Wednesday. Country superstars Carrie Underwood and Keith Urban, R&B crooner John Legend and metal legends Metallica are set to perform at the ceremony, which will be broadcast live on CBS on Sunday, Feb. 12. Best Country Album for Ripcord and Best Country Solo Performance for "Blue Ain't Your Color."