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WHAT NEW SHOWS & MOVIES ARE COMING UP?
PENN & TELLER: FOOL US (THE CW)
· [series premiere] · 7/30/14 at 8:00 PM
· [regularly airs] · wednesdays from 8:00 PM-9:00 PM EST
(from The CW's press release, April 2014) On PENN & TELLER: FOOL US, premiering Wednesday, July 30 (8:00-9:00 pm ET), aspiring magicians are invited to perform their best trick to try and fool the world-famous team of Penn & Teller. Anyone who succeeds wins the right to perform with Penn & Teller in their celebrated show at the Rio Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. The live studio audience and the TV audience watch along with Penn & Teller as they try to figure out the secrets. Penn and Teller see the trick only once and have to immediately try to work it out. The live studio audience knows there are no camera tricks, secret edits or helpful camera cuts. This is all real magic. British television and radio personality Jonathan Ross ("Friday Night with Jonathan Ross") serves as host. PENN & TELLER: FOOL US is produced by September Films (part of DCD Media) for ITV, with executive producers Peter Adam Golden, David Green, Peter Davey and Andrew Golder.
SHARKNADO 2: THE SECOND ONE (SYFY)
· [original telefilm] · 7/30/14 at 9:00 PM
(from Syfy's press release, January 2014) They're back - and shark happens! Syfy and The Asylum today announced that Ian Ziering and Tara Reid will reprise their roles as Fin and April in the eagerly awaited Sharknado sequel, Sharknado 2: The Second One, which begins filming in New York February 13. Anthony Ferrante will once again direct a screenplay by Thunder Levin, who also wrote Sharknado, the iconic pop culture sensation which chainsawed its way through social media last summer. In Sharknado 2: The Second One, a freak weather system turns its deadly fury on New York City, unleashing a Sharknado on the population and its most cherished, iconic sites - and only Fin and April can save the Big Apple. Sharknado 2 is scheduled to premiere on Syfy in July.
QUEST, THE (ABC)
· [series premiere] · 7/31/14 at 8:00 PM
· [regularly airs] · thursdays from 8:00 PM-9:00 PM EST
(from ABC's press release, June 2014) In a thrilling race against time, fantasy, reality and scripted drama will collide as good vs. evil on "The Quest, a new reality based competition series unlike anything else on television. The show premieres THURSDAY, JULY 31 (8:00-9:00 p.m., ET/PT) on the ABC Television Network, taking 12 unsuspecting contestants to an imaginative realm, where ogres run free in the forest, dragons stir, agents of a dark lord infiltrate the keep, and the only thing standing between peace and chaos are one dozen very unlikely heroes. "The Quest" will be a fully immersive experience. In and around this castle, the fantasy realm will come to life with state-of-the art projections, animatronics, prosthetics and art direction. The narrative and mythology of "The Quest" is deep and fully imagined, and it has been designed to incorporate seamlessly with the unexpected actions and decisions of the contestants - fantasy comes alive as it never has before in this genre-bending series from the Executive Producer of "The Lord of the Rings" trilogy and the Executive Producers of "The Amazing Race."
HONORABLE WOMAN, THE (SUNDANCE)
· [original mini-series premiere] · 7/31/14 at 10:00 PM
(from Sundance Channel's press release, May 2014) SundanceTV announced today that "The Honorable Woman," starring Academy Award(R) nominee Maggie Gyllenhaal (Crazy Heart, The Dark Knight, Secretary), will premiere Thursday, July 31, 2014 at 10pm ET/PT. "The Honorable Woman" is a fast paced, labyrinthine thriller set against an international political backdrop of paranoia and espionage. The eight-part miniseries is written and directed by BAFTA Award(R) winner Hugo Blick (The Shadow Line) and follows one woman's personal journey from London's Whitehall and MI6 to the CIA in Washington to the Middle East to right the wrongs of her family's past. The Hollywood Reporter touted Blick's gripping drama as one of this summer's "Hottest New Fiction Shows." "The Honorable Woman" follows Nessa Stein (Gyllenhaal), whose father was a Zionist arms procurer; as children, she and her brother witness his assassination. Years later, after inheriting her father's company, she dramatically inverts its purpose from supplying arms to laying high-spec data cabling networks between Israel and the West Bank. Now in her thirties, her sudden appointment to the House of Lords, apparently due to her tireless promotion of projects for reconciliation between the Israelis and Palestinians, creates an international political maelstrom.
DAVID TUTERA'S CELEBRATIONS (WE)
· [series premiere] · 8/1/14 at 9:00 PM
· [regularly airs] · fridays from 9:00 PM-10:00 PM EST
(from WE tv's press release, July 2014) Event planner, father to Cielo, and shrink to the stars, celebrity party planner David Tutera is back with an all-new season of WE tv's DAVID TUTERA'S CELEBrations. David is undertaking some of the biggest celebrations of the year for some of Hollywood's biggest divas including Taylor Armstrong's wedding to lawyer John Bluher (The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills), a party for Jennifer 'JWoww' Farley (Jersey Shore, Snooki & JWoww), Lil' Kim's baby shower for daughter, Royal Reign, an anniversary party for Brandy and Ray J's parents, a self-indulgent party for the infamous Tanisha Thomas (Bad Girls Club), Amy Weber's twins' birthday party (WWE), Alexis Bellino's vow renewal (The Real Housewives of Orange County), and Jonathan Platero's ambush wedding to Oksana Dmytrenko (Dancing with the Stars). In this must-see new season of DAVID TUTERA'S CELEBrations, premiering Friday, August 1 at 9PM ET/PT, fashion flies, deadlines are missed and egos need to be checked at the door as reality TV's biggest personalities go toe-to-toe with David in a diva vs. divo battle.
REDWOOD KINGS (ANIMAL PLANET)
· [series premiere] · 8/1/14 at 9:00 PM
· [regularly airs] · fridays from 9:00 PM-10:00 PM EST
(from Animal Planet's press release, July 2014) This summer, Animal Planet combines the majesty of nature with master craftsmanship in the all-new series REDWOOD KINGS. The titular tree titans are twin brothers and business partners Ron and John Daniels - nationally renowned for turning found pieces of ancient reclaimed redwood trees into hand-crafted, one-of-a-kind works of art. The trees officially take over Animal Planet's Friday-night lineup beginning August 1, at 9:00 PM (ET/PT) when the series debut of REDWOOD KINGS airs; this is followed by an all-new episode of TREEHOUSE MASTERS at 10:00 PM. For 15 years, customers from all over the country have turned to the Daniel brothers' company Daniels Wood Land to create carvings of animated characters, feature film and theme park facades, and even custom play houses and tree houses! It isn't all a forest fairy tale, however --things can turn splintery when "little" brother Ron turns off the chainsaw and reins in John "the carving cowboy." Keeping every project on schedule and on budget is no easy task, but Daniels' crew of 40 carpenters, designers, artists and engineers pull off jaw-dropping specimens of art. To a novice, it's hard to believe their amazing handy-work and painstakingly detailed pieces actually are made of wood.
SHARKTOPUS VS PTERACUDA (SYFY)
· [original telefilm] · 8/2/14 at 9:00 PM
(from Syfy's press release, May 2014) Sharktopus vs. Pteracuda - Sunday, August 2 at 9PM - In this new Roger Corman movie, the child of Sharktopus goes toe-to-toe with the latest science experiment "Pteracuda" - half Pteradactyl, half Barracuda - in a battle for monster supremacy. A production of New Horizons Pictures, the movie stars Robert Carradine (Django Unchained) and Katie Savoy (Living with Models).
URBAN JUNGLE (NAT GEO WILD)
· [series premiere] · 8/3/14 at 8:00 PM
· [regularly airs] · sundays from 8:00 PM-11:00 PM EST
(from Nat Geo WILD's press release, June 2014) Black bears sleeping in our basements, baboons breaking into our kitchens, coyotes snatching our pets out of our backyards - wild animals are moving into our space. As humans continue to build and expand cities and suburbs around the world, animals are losing their homes and inching their way into ours. Join Nat Geo WILD and National Geographic Channel on a different kind of adventure - into our cities, our suburbs and the outskirts of our towns - to witness which creatures are lurking in the shadows and which ones aren't afraid to stand out in the streets. Join us as we take a journey into our Urban Jungle. Guided by big cat tracker Boone Smith, Urban Jungle takes a closer look into cities across the planet including Moscow, New York and Mumbai, which humans consider their own, but have become overrun with wildlife. Urban Jungle will premiere as a simulcast Sunday, Aug. 3, at 8 PM ET/PT on Nat Geo WILD and National Geographic Channel and internationally this winter.
BACHELOR IN PARADISE (ABC)
· [series premiere] · 8/4/14 at 8:00 PM
· [regularly airs] · mondays from 8:00 PM-10:00 PM EST
(from ABC's press release, July 2014) This summer, 25 of "The Bachelor's" biggest stars and most controversial contestants are back looking for a second chance at love on "Bachelor in Paradise." They all left "The Bachelor" or "The Bachelorette" with broken hearts, but now they are back to find their soul mates. "Bachelor in Paradise" begins with 14 former cast members, eight women and six men, who travel to beautiful Tulum, Mexico hoping to turn a potential summer fling into the real thing. However, in true "Bachelor" fashion, there is always a surprise. At the first rose ceremony, the six men are given a rose to hand out to a woman they'd like to spend more time getting to know in paradise. With an uneven number of men and women in the group, the two women left without roses are immediately sent home heartbroken. Just as potential couples start to pair up, everything changes drastically in the next episode when two new men arrive to paradise with love on their mind. For seven weeks, each episode will alternate between two new men or women joining the cast. New relationships may form and current ones may end. Every week, the two people who don't receive a rose will be forced to leave paradise. It's a constant love shuffle where surprise arrivals can rekindle old romances, spark new ones or splinter existing love affairs.
KING OF CONES (FOOD)
· [series premiere] · 8/4/14 at 8:00 PM
· [regularly airs] · mondays from 8:00 PM-8:30 PM EST
(from Food Network's press release, July 2014) Justin Willman hosts this special four-part stunt, as top-level dessert chefs are challenged to use their skills, creativity and ingenuity to make the most incredible ice cream treats imaginable on King of Cones, premiering Monday, August 4th at 8pm ET/PT on Food Network. In each episode, a giant ice cream truck arrives with a new theme and mystery ingredient that the contestants must translate into a uniquely delicious ice cream dessert - before time runs out. Contestants must survive three heart-pounding challenges that would leave any top dessert professional screaming over ice cream, with a rotating panel of judges, including Duff Goldman, Doug Quint, Zac Young, Nancy Silverton, Johnny Iuzzini, Paulette Goto, and Natasha Case determining who advances in each round and scoops up the grand prize of $10,000. In the end, only one will be named the first-ever King of Cones!
PARTNERS (FX)
· [series premiere] · 8/4/14 at 9:00 PM
· [regularly airs] · mondays from 9:00 PM-10:00 PM EST
(from FX's press release, May 2014) The series premiere of FX's newest 10/90 comedy, Partners starring Martin Lawrence and Kelsey Grammer has been set for Monday, August 4. FX will air two back-to-back episodes of the show from 9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT for five consecutive weeks. Also beginning August 4, Anger Management will move to Mondays and air back-to-back episodes from 10:00-11:00 PM ET/PT immediately following Partners. In Partners, Grammer and Lawrence play two Chicago lawyers from vastly different backgrounds who unexpectedly meet in court as they each face a personal crisis. Marcus Jackson (Lawrence) is a kind-hearted community activist going through a heartbreaking divorce when he meets Allen Braddock (Grammer), an elitist lawyer who has just been fired from his father's firm. Brought together by fate and desperation, they develop a partnership and friendship, forcing each other to find the balance between the ethical and the unscrupulous in both their professional and personal lives. Other series regulars include Telma Hopkins, Rory O'Malley, McKaley Miller, Edi Patterson and Danièle Watts. Bob Boyett and Robert Horn serve as Executive Producers and Showrunners. Executive Producers also include Martin Lawrence, Kelsey Grammer, Brian Sher, Stella Bulochnikov, Michael Green and Sam Maydew. The series is produced by Lionsgate Television in association with Grammnet NH Productions and You Go Boy Productions. It is distributed by Debmar-Mercury. FX ordered 10 episodes of Partners as part of a unique syndication model crafted by Debmar-Mercury for multiple sitcoms. As is standard with the 10/90 model, if the series meets designated ratings thresholds over its first 10-episode run, the network will trigger an additional 90-episode order.
JERSEY BELLE (BRAVO)
· [series premiere] · 8/4/14 at 10:00 PM
· [regularly airs] · mondays from 10:00 PM-11:00 PM EST
(from Bravo's press release, June 2014) You can take the girl out of Jersey, but you can't take Jersey out of the girl. Bravo Media follows outspoken New Jersey native and entertainment publicist Jaime Primak Sullivan as she navigates life in the upscale Southern suburb of Mountain Brook, Alabama in the new docu-series "Jersey Belle," premiering Monday, August 4 at 10p.m. ET/PT. Jaime's life was turned upside down after she married Michael Sullivan, Mountain Brook's "most eligible bachelor." Surrounded by a fabulous group of girlfriends who want nothing more than to sculpt her into a Southern darling, Jaime tries to fit in to a world that is not ready for an unapologetic woman who likes to speak her mind - often with hilarious results. Jaime receives the utmost in sophisticated help from the women of Mountain Brook in adjusting to life in the heart of Dixie. Her friend Arden prides herself as the most traditional of the bunch but has built a very successful business for herself and is headed toward her third walk down the aisle. Always the perfectionist, Danielle, a true Southern belle to the extreme, is considered the town starlet, appearing in numerous local runway shows and magazines. Luci is newly divorced and on a journey to uncover who she truly is as a woman, all thanks to Jamie's helping hand. With this eclectic group of friends, including country girl Scarlett, workout queen Haley and native southerner Leigh Anne, Mountain Brook will never be the same again.
CELEBRITY LEGACIES (REELZ)
· [series premiere] · 8/5/14 at 10:00 PM
· [regularly airs] · tuesdays from 10:00 PM-11:00 PM EST
(from ReelzChannel's press release, May 2014) Can someone actually become wealthier after they die? In this revealing hour-long factual series viewers will find out how rich the famous actually were when they died and the surprising fortunes being made years after they're gone. Celebrity Legacies gives the full story on who tried to lay claim to the inheritance and who finally got it. Plus, which celebrities lived lavishly but passed on penniless and who inherited their debts? Celebrity Legacies also looks at how some celebrity's fortunes have grown since they passed and how some are still making the highest-paid lists years after their death. Celebrity Legacies will explore the stories and estates of Whitney Houston, James Gandolfini, John F. Kennedy, Marilyn Monroe, Heath Ledger among others. Celebrity Legacies is produced by CMJ Productions.
SKIN WARS (GSN)
· [series premiere] · 8/6/14 at 9:00 PM
· [regularly airs] · wednesdays from 9:00 PM-10:00 PM EST
(from GSN's press release, June 2014) GSN, the leader in game shows and competitive entertainment, announced today the premiere dates for its two new original summer series, SKIN WARS, on Wednesday August 6 at 9:00pm ET/PT (8pm CT) and IDIOT TEST, on Tuesday, August 12 at 8:00pm ET/PT (7pm CT). SKIN WARS, hosted by actress Rebecca Romijn (X-Men) is an eight-episode, hour-long competition show that seeks to find the most talented and versatile body painters in the country. Judges in the series include legendary entertainer RuPaul and body painting icons Craig Tracy and Robin Slonina.
TOP CHEF DUELS (BRAVO)
· [series premiere] · 8/6/14 at 10:00 PM
· [regularly airs] · wednesdays from 10:00 PM-11:00 PM EST
(from Bravo's press release, June 2014) Bravo Media turns up the heat in a new culinary competition series "Top Chef Duels" premiering Wednesday, August 6 at 10 PM ET/PT as the network brings back the best culinary talent ever seen on "Top Chef" and "Top Chef Masters" for a gastronomic battle royale of epic proportions. Hosted by celebrity chef Curtis Stone, the newest iteration of the Emmy Award-winning franchise pits eighteen of the biggest, boldest and most talked-about personalities from past seasons against one another in high-stakes cooking challenges designed to test their passion and imagination in the kitchen. In addition to his role as host, Curtis Stone will also anchor the judges' table with Gail Simmons, while chefs Wolfgang Puck and Hugh Acheson along with other special guests will round out the judging panel throughout the series. In each episode, two chefs will face-off in three rounds of head-to-head battles testing their skill, creativity and speed. Rivalries will be intensified as "Top Chef Duels" ups the ante and allows the competing chefs to each pick one mini-duel based on the other's perceived weaknesses in the kitchen. The third and final challenge of each episode will decide who moves on to compete in the ultimate high-stakes season finale where 10 chefs will be confronted with split second decisions as they lay it all on the line in the greatest challenge of their careers. In the end, only one chef will earn bragging rights and win the $100,000 grand prize and a culinary adventure that will be featured in Food and Wine Magazine.
EXTREME GUIDE TO PARENTING (BRAVO)
· [series premiere] · 8/7/14 at 9:30 PM
· [regularly airs] · thursdays from 9:30 PM-10:00 PM EST
(from Bravo's press release, June 2014) Bravo Media gives a candid and unfiltered look into some of the unique and unconventional styles of raising children in the upcoming docu-series, "Extreme Guide to Parenting," premiering Thursday, August 7 at 9:30p.m. ET/PT. From "conscious-attachment" and "helicopter" to "hypnosis" and "push-parenting," these moms and dads believe their parenting techniques are the best and everyone else is doing it wrong. Each hour-long episode showcases different households with alternative styles of raising their children. In the premiere episode, the Adler family practices an "eco-kosher, shamanistic" method of parenting. Mom Shira believes in an all-natural approach to raising her children, especially her 10-year-old indigo son Yonah to help treat his overactive personality. In addition, the Masterson-Horn family has a very hands-on approach to parenting. It took years for this gay couple (the "Guncles" from Oxygen's "Tori & Dean: Home Sweet Hollywood") to adopt their precious daughter, Simone, and now they never, ever leave her side.
GARFUNKEL & OATES (IFC)
· [series premiere] · 8/7/14 at 10:00 PM
· [regularly airs] · thursdays from 10:00 PM-10:30 PM EST
(from IFC's press release, September 2013) IFC today announced it hasgreenlit the original series Garfunkel & Oates, featuring the female comedy-folk duo Riki Lindhome and Kate Micucci, to join the network's 2014 line-up. IFC also ordered a pilot presentation of American Storage, which follows the unlikely friendship between a storage facility employee and a man who takes up residence in one of the empty units. Additionally, IFC has entered into a first-look deal with the new television division of the popular podcast network Earwolf and is currently developing a comedy project with writer/producer Rolin Jones (Friday Night Lights, Weeds, Boardwalk Empire). Garfunkel & Oates(10x30) centers on the aspirations and misadventures of the female comedy-folk duo Riki Lindhome (Garfunkel) and Kate Micucci (Oates), and will spotlight the personal and professional lives of the duo whose career choices - singing satirical and sometimes dirty songs - leaves them with little in common with their peers, and no one but each other to turn to for support and understanding. The series is produced by Abominable Pictures and executive produced by Lindhome, Micucci and Jonathan Stern (Childrens Hospital, NTSF:SD:SUV::).
BLACK JESUS (ADULT SWIM)
· [series premiere] · 8/7/14 at 11:00 PM
· [regularly airs] · thursdays from 11:00 PM-11:30 PM EST
(from Adult Swim's press release, July 2014) Adult Swim has announced their new half-hour live-action scripted comedy Black Jesus from award-winning writer/producer, Aaron McGruder (The Boondocks, Red Tails) will premiere on Thursday, August 7th at 11:00 p.m. (ET/PT). The series finds Jesus living in present day Compton, CA on a daily mission to spread love and kindness throughout the neighborhood with the help of his small but loyal group of downtrodden followers. The series stars newcomer Gerald "Slink" Johnson as "Black Jesus." The series also stars Charlie Murphy (The Chapelle Show), Corey Holcomb (The Cleveland Show), John Witherspoon (The Boondocks), Kali Hawk (Bridesmaids), Andra Fuller (L.A. Complex), Antwon Tanner (One Tree Hill), Andrew Bachelor (House of Lies), Angela Gibbs (The Fosters), and Valenzia Algarin (True Blood).
MY BIG FAMILY RENOVATION (HGTV)
· [series premiere] · 8/7/14 at 11:00 PM
· [regularly airs] · thursdays from 11:00 PM-11:30 PM EST
(from HGTV's press release, June 2014) Popular mommy blogger Jen Hatmaker and her husband Brandon, a motorcycle-riding pastor, star alongside their five kids in HGTV's newest home renovation series, My Big Family Renovation. Premiering on Thursday, August 7, at 11 p.m. ET/PT, the series chronicles the Hatmaker family as they sell their home and embark on the biggest adventure of their lives -- buying a 105-year old farm house that requires them to pitch in and live through its major overhaul. The renovation includes the addition of bathrooms and a rec room as well as the conversion of old attic space into bedrooms. Beginning in July, HGTV.com will feature behind-the-scenes photo galleries of the renovation and series highlights as well as links to posts from Jen's blog, www.jenhatmaker.com.
SEVEN DEADLY SINS (SHOWTIME)
· [series premiere] · 8/7/14 at 11:00 PM
· [regularly airs] · thursdays from 11:00 PM-11:30 PM EST
(from Showtime's press release, June 2014) SHOWTIME will take an in-depth look at the weird and darkly comic world of sin in the documentary series 7 DEADLY SINS, premiering Thursday, August 7th at 11 p.m. ET/PT. Executive produced and hosted by Oscar-nominated filmmaker Morgan Spurlock (Super Size Me), the stylized series will explore each of the seven deadly sins - gluttony, sloth, envy, pride, wrath, greed and lust -- one per episode and told through Spurlock's unique and extreme lens. 7 DEADLY SINS is produced under Spurlock's Warrior Poets production banner (Inside Man, One Direction: This is Us), along with his producing partner Jeremy Chilnick.
HUMAN RESOURCES (PIVOT)
· [series premiere] · 8/8/14 at 10:00 PM
· [regularly airs] · fridays from 10:00 PM-10:30 PM EST
(from Pivot's press release, April 2014) Documenting the non-stop and deadline-driven world of an innovative New Jersey-based company once touted as the "coolest little start-up in America," "Human Resources" is a half-hour, comedy about an eccentric entrepreneur, Tom Szaky, and his team of employees at TerraCycle, a company whose mission is to eliminate waste on a global scale. A 32-year-old businessman and Princeton University dropout, Tom's multimillion-dollar company (which operates in 24 countries) takes anything and everything that is landfill bound - from potato chip bags to dirty diapers to cigarette butts - and recycles, up-cycles and transforms these objects into cool and functional new products. The office is a crazy mix of hippies who enjoy kale chips and morning yoga... and older and more skeptical employees who find the younger staff to be a "bit naïve." The one thing that the team has in common is a passion for their work and a willingness to do whatever it takes to get the job done. Issues: Environment; Recycling
JONAH FROM TONGA (HBO)
· [series premiere] · 8/8/14 at 10:00 PM
· [regularly airs] · fridays from 10:00 PM-10:30 PM EST
(from HBO's press release, June 2014) After being expelled from Summer Heights High, Jonah Takalua's father, Rocky, banished him to the island of Tongapatu to spend time with his extended family and get his life back together. But four months later, fed up with Jonah's antics, his uncle sends him back to Sydney to enroll in yet another school, the Holy Cross School. Once again, the always impressionable Jonah finds himself adapting to a new school and fending off new foes and other delinquents, all while trying to be a "good boy." Australia's Chris Lilley, creator of "Summer Heights High" and "Ja'mie: Private School Girl," brings back one of his groundbreaking characters, the rebellious 14-year-old Jonah, in the six-episode comedy series JONAH FROM TONGA, debuting with two episodes back-to-back FRIDAY, AUG. 8 (10:00-11:00 p.m. ET/PT), exclusively on HBO, followed by single episodes on subsequent Fridays at the same. Lilley created, wrote and stars in the title role of the new show.
KNICK, THE (CINEMAX)
· [series premiere] · 8/8/14 at 10:00 PM
· [regularly airs] · fridays from 10:00 PM-11:00 PM EST
(from Cinemax's press release, July 2014) New York City, 1900: The Knickerbocker Hospital is home to groundbreaking surgeons, nurses and staff who push the boundaries of medicine in a time of astonishingly high mortality rates and zero antibiotics. The newly appointed leader of the surgery staff is the brilliant, arrogant renegade Dr. John Thackery, whose addiction to cocaine and opium is trumped only by his ambition for medical discovery and renown among his peers. Into the all-white staff and patient hospital comes the equally gifted Harvard graduate Dr. Algernon Edwards, who must fight for respect while trying to navigate the racially charged city. Trying to maintain its reputation for quality care while realizing a profit, the Knickerbocker makes an effort to attract wealthy clientele, while literally struggling to keep the lights on. Starring Clive Owen ("Children of Men," HBO's "Hemingway & Gellhorn"; Oscar(R) nominee for "Closer") and directed by Steven Soderbergh ("Side Effects"; Oscar(R) winner for "Traffic"; Emmy(R) winner for HBO's "Behind the Candelabra"), THE KNICK kicks off its ten-episode season FRIDAY, AUG. 8 (10:00-11:00 p.m. ET/PT), exclusively on CINEMAX, followed by other episodes debuting subsequent Fridays at the same time.
OUTLANDER (STARZ)
· [series premiere] · 8/9/14 at 9:00 PM
· [regularly airs] · saturdays from 9:00 PM-10:00 PM EST
(from Starz's press release, May 2014) Starz announced today that its highly anticipated new original series "Outlander," adapted from Diana Gabaldon's international best-selling books and executive produced by Ronald D. Moore ("Battlestar Galactica," "Star Trek: Deep Space Nine," "Star Trek: The Next Generation") will debut Saturday, August 9th at 9pm ET/PT. The sixteen-episode first season is currently shooting on location in Scotland. For more information, go to the official Outlander Facebook Page and follow @Outlander_Starz on Twitter and Instagram. Join the conversation with #Outlander and #STARZ. The "Outlander" series spans the genres of romance, science fiction, history, and adventure in one epic tale. It follows Claire Randall as she navigates the hidden dangers of 18th century Scotland, an unknown world where her freedom and very life are at risk. When she is forced to marry Jamie Fraser, a chivalrous and romantic young Scottish warrior, a passionate affair is ignited that tears Claire's heart between two vastly different men in two irreconcilable lives.
STRANDED IN PARADISE (HALLMARK)
· [original telefilm] · 8/9/14 at 9:00 PM
(from Hallmark's press release, June 2014) Emmy(R) Award winner Vanessa Marcil ("General Hospital," "The Nanny Express") and James Denton ("Desperate Housewives") star in the romantic tropical escape, shot on location in Puerto Rico, and follows the story of a driven executive whose disastrous business trip to a beautiful island turns into an unexpected new beginning. "Stranded In Paradise," based on Lori Copeland's novel of the same name, will have its World Premiere on Hallmark Channel, Saturday, August 9 (9 p.m. ET/PT, 8C). Tess Nelson (Marcil) is a poised and confident human resources executive who is aiming for a well-deserved promotion. But when her boss informs her she's being laid off instead, Tess is furious and worried about letting down her demanding mother, Mona (Cindy Pickett). Determined to use a business trip to an HR convention in Puerto Rico to score a new job, she is discouraged when the trip is a disaster from the start, and an approaching hurricane makes it impossible to fly home. But after bumping into a handsome fellow traveler, Carter (Denton), Tess opens up to the possibilities beyond her desk job, and the couple's adventures on the island bring them closer while the hurricane rolls in. With help from a fearless and friendly local, Stella (Gladys Rodríguez), Carter and Tess take shelter, and Tess sees taking an unanticipated risk could lead her to a happiness she never dreamed of, and a love that goes beyond a week in paradise.
FAT GUYS IN THE WOODS (WEATHER)
· [series premiere] · 8/10/14 at 10:00 PM
· [regularly airs] · sundays from 10:00 PM-11:00 PM EST
(from The Weather Channel's press release, June 2014) Pssst...hey you...couch potato... it's amazing out there! Put down the iPad and get outside... way outside. Get primal and learn what it means to be truly connected to the Earth. The latest original primetime series on The Weather Channel(R), "Fat Guys in the Woods," gives viewers a crash course in the art of outdoor survival. "Fat Guys in the Woods" premieres Sunday, August 10, at 10:00 p.m. ET*, following companion series "So You Think You'd Survive?" (formerly "Now What?") at 9:00 p.m. ET*. For thousands of years, man lived wild, out in the weather...but now he's at the top of the food chain and it shows - few are able to fend for themselves in the great outdoors. In every episode of "Fat Guys in the Woods," survival expert Creek Stewart brings three average Joes back to the woods to survive for a week with only one objective: to teach them the skills that make a man, a man. Set in the Appalachian Mountains of Tennessee, these guys learn to navigate the woods with little or no mass-made camping tools, all while battling frigid and unpredictable weather. From searching for a water source and building insulated shelters made with pine needles and moss, to catching a meal with their bare hands or foraging for the few foods left unscathed by Mother Nature's frigid touch, Creek's challenges are designed to give the guys a midlife wakeup call.
GYM RESCUE (SPIKE TV)
· [series premiere] · 8/10/14 at 10:00 PM
· [regularly airs] · sundays from 10:00 PM-11:00 PM EST
(from Spike TV's press release, June 2014) Spike TV is getting in shape for summer with "Gym Rescue" hosted by MMA legends Randy Couture and Frank Shamrock. The 3-episode series premieres Sunday, August 10 at 9:00pm ET/PT. More and more Americans every year are joining gyms to stay in shape and live healthier and more productive lives. However, running a successful gym is fraught with economic peril as many end up closing due to grievous mismanagement. MMA legends Randy Couture and Frank Shamrock use their years of expertise in the business of mixed martial arts to help turn struggling gyms into thriving enterprises. Couture currently owns a successful chain of gyms, Xtreme Couture MMA while Shamrock runs the acclaimed Shamrock MMA. Together this dynamic duo has the know-how and track record to help take a failing gym on the ropes and turn it into a champion.
APPROVAL MATRIX, THE (SUNDANCE)
· [series premiere] · 8/11/14 at 11:00 PM
· [regularly airs] · mondays from 11:00 PM-11:30 PM EST
(from Sundance Channel's press release, July 2014) SundanceTV announced today that its newest original non-fiction series, "The Approval Matrix" will premiere Monday, August 11th at 11pm ET/PT. Inspired by the celebrated pop culture roundup feature of the same name in the award-winning New York Magazine, the six episode talk show will be hosted by comedian Neal Brennan ("Chappelle's Show," "Inside Amy Schumer," "The Mindy Project") and executive produced by Rory Albanese ("The Daily Show") and Ish Entertainment's Michael Hirschorn ("Best Week Ever") and Wendy Roth ("Fix My Family") . Each half hour episode is uniquely designed for those both impatient with and fascinated by the pop culture cacophony all around us. Each week, Brennan and a rotating panel of celebrity guests will sort through, debate about, and tally up what's on everyone's radar. From the highbrow and the lowbrow to what's brilliant vs. despicable, no topic or commentary is off limits. The series will feature sketches and field pieces as well as one-on-one interviews between Neal and writer and producer Amy Poehler ("Parks and Recreation"), television host Jon Stewart ("The Daily Show with Jon Stewart") and comedian Chris Rock ("Eat, Drink, Laugh").
IDIOT TEST (GSN)
· [series premiere] · 8/12/14 at 8:00 PM
· [regularly airs] · tuesdays from 8:00 PM-9:00 PM EST
(from GSN's press release, June 2014) GSN, the leader in game shows and competitive entertainment, announced today the premiere dates for its two new original summer series, SKIN WARS, on Wednesday August 6 at 9:00pm ET/PT (8pm CT) and IDIOT TEST, on Tuesday, August 12 at 8:00pm ET/PT (7pm CT). IDIOT TEST, hosted by comedian Ben Gleib and based on the highly popular app games, gives two pairs of contestants the opportunity to face off in several rounds of rapid-fire questions whose answers any "idiot" should know: Every question involves a fun, colorful and often whimsical scene that tests observation and attention to detail as much it tests general knowledge. Contestants play the game on a giant touch screen in the center of the set.
4TH AND LOUD (AMC)
· [series premiere] · 8/12/14 at 9:00 PM
· [regularly airs] · tuesdays from 9:00 PM-10:00 PM EST
(from AMC's press release, July 2014) AMC has greenlit "4th and Loud" a docu-series focused on the inaugural season of the LA KISS arena football league team. The 10-episode (60-minute) series will premiere Tuesday, August 12 at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT (Note new date and time), and will follow team owners Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons of KISS fame, along with additional owners, long-time KISS manager, Doc McGhee, managing partner/owner, Brett Bouchy, and president/owner, Schuyler Hoversten, as they and the dedicated players and coaches work to turn LA's first professional football team in years into a winning franchise.
SISTERHOOD OF HIP HOP (OXYGEN)
· [series premiere] · 8/12/14 at 9:00 PM
· [regularly airs] · tuesdays from 8:00 PM-9:00 PM EST
(from Oxygen's press release, June 2014) Oxygen Media introduces the next generation of female emcees in the new docu-series, "Sisterhood of Hip Hop" premiering Tuesday, August 12 at 9 PM ET/PT. From 51 Minds ("TI and Tiny: The Family Hustle," and "Below Deck") comes an empowering series that showcases female artists chasing their dreams in a music genre traditionally dominated by men. Discovered and mentored by the biggest names in hip hop, Bia, Brianna Perry, Diamond, Nyemiah Supreme and Siya each bring a unique voice and style to the table. The eight episode series will also include appearances by hip hop icons, mentors and friends such as Eve, Lil Jon, Travie McCoy, Rick Ross, Tank, and Irv Gotti among others. To introduce the up-and-coming stars of hip hop, Oxygen will air a preview special on Tuesday, July 22 at 8:15 PM ET/PT, giving viewers a look at what makes these five women worthy of the sisterhood.
BRANDI & JARROD: MARRIED TO THE JOB (A&E)
· [series premiere] · 8/12/14 at 10:00 PM
· [regularly airs] · tuesdays from 10:00 PM-10:30 PM EST
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SINGLES PROJECT, THE (BRAVO)
· [series premiere] · 8/12/14 at 10:00 PM
· [regularly airs] · tuesdays from 10:00 PM-11:00 PM EST
(from Bravo's press release, July 2014) Tuesday night is date night as Bravo Media invites viewers to join the social conversation for "The Singles Project," which debuts Tuesday, August 12 at 10pm ET/PT. The new, innovative docu-series follows a group of young, successful New York singles as they search for love and strive to conquer the city that never sleeps. Viewers will help these undeniable catches overcome their hang-ups, which may include getting over an ex, managing their high expectations or broadening their dating horizons so they can eventually find "the one." Marking the first real-time dating docu-series in the U.S., each episode will be shot and aired within the same week.
CEMENT HEADS (A&E)
· [series premiere] · 8/12/14 at 10:30 PM
· [regularly airs] · tuesdays from 10:30 PM-11:00 PM EST
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LEGENDS (TNT)
· [series premiere] · 8/13/14 at 9:00 PM
· [regularly airs] · wednesdays from 9:00 PM-10:00 PM EST
(from TNT's press release, March 2014) Screen Actors Guild Award(R) winner Sean Bean (Game of Thrones, The Lord of the Rings) stars in Legends, TNT's new, suspense-filled drama based on the award-winning book by master spy novelist Robert Littell. Bean plays Martin Odum, an undercover agent working for the FBI's Deep Cover Operations (DCO) division. Martin has the uncanny ability to transform himself into a completely different person for each job. But he begins to question his own identity when a mysterious stranger suggests that Martin isn't the man he believes himself to be. Legends also stars Ali Larter (Heroes) as Crystal Quest, a fellow operative who has a history with Martin; Morris Chestnut (American Horror Story, Nurse Jackie) as Tony Cimarro, a smart, quick-witted and charming DCO agent; Tina Majorino (Grey's Anatomy, True Blood) as Maggie Harris, the newest member of the DCO team; Steve Harris (The Practice, Awake) as Nelson Gates, the director of the DCO Task Force; and Amber Valletta (Revenge) as Sonya Odum, Martin's ex-wife; and Mason Cook (The Lone Ranger) as Martin's pre-teen son, Aiden. Legends is being produced by Fox 21, with Howard Gordon (Homeland, 24), Alexander Cary (Homeland, Lie to Me) and Jonathan Levin (Charmed) serving as executive producers, along with showrunner David Wilcox (Fringe). The Legends pilot was written by Jeffrey Nachmanoff (Traitor), who developed the story with Mark Gordon (Criminal Minds) and Mark Bomback (The Wolverine). The pilot was directed by David Semel (American Horror Story).
HEARTBREAKERS (ID)
· [series premiere] · 8/13/14 at 10:00 PM
· [regularly airs] · wednesdays from 10:00 PM-11:00 PM EST
(from Investigation Discovery's press release, July 2014) As young girls, we wished upon a star that someday a prince - preferably one of TV royalty - would sweep us off our feet and we'd live happily ever after. But then we grew up and learned the hard way that heartthrobs can be real heartbreakers. In Investigation Discovery's (ID) original new series HEARTBREAKERS, hunky Hollywood actors from the '80s and '90s reunite on screen to portray real-life dreamboats who turned into total nightmares. Directed and written in a sensational, Aaron Spelling-esque style reminiscent of classic primetime soaps, HEARTBREAKERS takes true stories ripped from the headlines to show what really happens when the perfect catch turns out to be the perfect criminal. Featuring Kevin Sorbo, Jack Wagner, Judd Nelson, Rob Estes, Tracey Gold, Nicole Eggert, Jamie Luner, Christopher Knight, and Antonio Sabato, Jr., HEARTBREAKERS makes its world premiere debut on ID on Wednesday, August 13 at 10/9c.
HOW TO BUILD A BETTER BOY (DISNEY)
· [original telefilm] · 8/15/14 at 8:00 PM
(from Disney Channel's press release, July 2014) Recording artist China Anne McClain (Hollywood Records' McCLAIN and Disney Channel's "A.N.T. Farm") and Kelli Berglund (Disney XD's "Lab Rats") star as tech whizzes who computer-program the perfect boy and in the process trigger a national incident in "How to Build a Better Boy," a Disney Channel Original Movie premiering FRIDAY, AUGUST 15 (8:00 p.m., ET/PT) on Disney Channel. AP science and math tests are no sweat for Gabby Harrison (McClain) and Mae Hartley (Berglund) but fitting in at school doesn't come as naturally. So, using design software that belongs to Mae's father, the girls engineer a high-definition version of Mae's fake boyfriend, Albert, who she's dreamt up as everything a high school girl could want in a guy. However, when Albert comes to life as an advanced robotic soldier, the two best friends soon learn that Mae's father works for a top secret military branch, which is now in pursuit of Gabby and Mae, as well as Albert, to ensure he doesn't fall into the wrong hands.
RED HOT DESIGN (FYI)
· [series premiere] · 8/15/14 at 10:00 PM
· [regularly airs] · fridays from 10:00 PM-10:30 PM EST
(from FYI's press release, July 2014) FYI's new one-hour series, "Red Hot Design," follows Shasta Smith, a cutting edge interior designer, and her team of talented "grease monkeys" who salvage, build and repurpose vintage scrap metal into phenomenal architectural elements matched with great color and fabrics. Shasta, the owner of Sacramento-based design shop, Vintage Monkey wields beauty, talent and razor-sharp wit to keep everything on track as the team juggles projects and deadlines. This seven episode series premieres Friday, August 15 at 10pm ET on FYI. For the past 15 years, Shasta has served as ringleader of a colorful crew at Vintage Monkey. With her inherited eye for good finds, Shasta's designs go from scrapyard to centerpiece. From sketch to showroom, Shasta enlists the help of her team, sculptor Thomas Ramey; expert metal fabricator, Alex English; specialized welder, Tony Bures; and brainiac, Jason Chernowetz. Traveling throughout scrapyards for inspiration and materials, the Vintage Monkey team goes above and beyond creating works of art straight out of the vintage industrial era.
DORA AND FRIENDS: INTO THE CITY! (NICK)
· [series premiere] · 8/18/14 at 8:00 PM
· [regularly airs] · mondays from 8:00 PM-8:30 PM EST
(from Nickelodeon's press release, July 2014) Global phenomenon Dora sets off on her next big adventure in Dora and Friends: Into the City!, a brand-new animated preschool series starring the Latina heroine in new adventures, with new friends and a new interactive curriculum, premiering in primetime Monday, Aug. 18, at 8:00 p.m. (ET/PT) on Nickelodeon. The half-hour series (20 episodes) features the iconic character Dora living in a city, attending school and at the center of a peer group that works together to give back to the community--having both real-life and magical adventures along the way. Created by Chris Gifford and Valerie Walsh Valdes (Dora the Explorer, Go, Diego, Go!), the series will regularly air weekdays during the preschool block on Nickelodeon. The Dora the Explorer series, which after 14 years remains the most-watched preschool show on TV, will continue to air. "Dora and Friends: Into the City! expands on Dora's legacy of being a compassionate leader, friend and role model, in a setting where she can have dynamic peer relationships and experience the world around her in new and exciting ways," said Teri Weiss, Executive Vice President, Nickelodeon Preschool. "Preschoolers will explore with their favorite pal Dora and her friends while developing interpersonal skills and a sense of community that will help them navigate new social situations like starting school and making friends. And, of course, learn Spanish along the way."
ATLANTA EXES (VH1)
· [series premiere] · 8/18/14 at 9:00 PM
· [regularly airs] · mondays from 9:30 PM-10:30 PM EST
(from VH1's press release, April 2014) This summer, VH1's "Hollywood Exes" sorority will charter a new chapter in 'The ATL' with the premiere of "Atlanta Exes." As the thriving music and entertainment capital of the South, Atlanta provides the ideal backdrop and group of ex-wives for the successful franchise's extension. The cast, featuring the once significant others of an elite list of A-list men, has no shortage of fabulousness, ambition, love, and drama. "Atlanta Exes" stars Tameka Raymond, who once enjoyed the perks and privileges that come with being married to an international music superstar, and now dedicates much of her time to the charitable foundation she started in memory of her late son Kile, interior designer to the stars Christina Johnson (ex-wife of Cee-Lo Green), and author and businesswoman Monyetta Shaw (ex-fiancé of Ne-Yo), who is busy penning a children's book series based on the lively personality of her toddler. Also starring are entrepreneur Sheree Buchanan (ex-wife of former pro football player Ray Buchanan), who co-owns a dessert catering company and also has a business that specializes in creating custom bedazzled hookah pipes, and actress, comedian, and producer Torrei Hart (ex-wife of Kevin Hart).
CARNIVAL EATS (COOKING)
· [series premiere] · 8/18/14 at 10:30 PM
· [regularly airs] · mondays from 10:30 PM-11:00 PM EST
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WIZARD WARS (SYFY)
· [series premiere] · 8/19/14 at 10:00 PM
· [regularly airs] · tuesdays from 10:00 PM-11:00 PM EST
(from Syfy's press release, May 2014) Premieres Tuesday, August 19th at 10PM - This competition series takes viewers behind the scenes of magic by challenging a new team of magicians each week to create the most jaw-dropping illusions using an array of random objects and transforming them into eye-popping miracles. The winning team of challengers in the first round then take on the expert "home team" of world-renowned wizards - two-time World Championship of Magic winner Gregory Wilson, Wynn Resort resident magician Shimshi; YouTube sensation Justin Flom, and internationally renowned mentalist Angela Funovits. Judges include Penn & Teller, Jason Latimer and Christen Gerhart. Production company: A. Smith & Co. (Hell's Kitchen, Joe Rogan Questions Everything, America Ninja Warrior). Executive producers: Arthur Smith, Kent Weed, Frank Sinton, Tim Eagan, Penn Jillette and Teller.
EPIC INK (A&E)
· [series premiere] · 8/20/14 at 10:30 PM
· [regularly airs] · wednesdays from 10:30 PM-11:00 PM EST
(from A&E's press release, July 2014) A&E Network presents the new original series "Epic Ink," following the artwork and exploits of the staff at a tattoo shop unlike any other, Area 51 Tattoo, located in Springfield, Oregon. Area 51 sits at the intersection of pop culture and cutting-edge tattoo art. The artists at Area 51 specialize in hyper-realistic tattoos featuring beloved characters and scenes from favorite sci-fi films and pop culture. "Epic Ink" premieres Wednesday, August 20 at 10:30PM ET/PT. In each episode of "Epic Ink," the talented staff brings comics, cartoons and fantasy to life with unique ink ranging from portraiture to hyperrealism, to geek-culture mash-ups. From closet nerds to creative cosplayers, sci-fi fans travel to Springfield from across the country to get tattoos from the artists at the shop. The Area 51 clientele even includes a few celebrities, such as Butch Patrick (Eddie Munster) and the Mistress of the Dark herself, Elvira, who appears in an upcoming episode to get her very first tattoo. In between clients, the staff is likely to be found debating over who would win a fight - Spock or Chewbacca - or which '80s Saturday morning cartoon was best. When they're not working at the shop, this family of misfits travels around the world tattooing at comic cons and tattoo shows to share their talents and geek out with the most hardcore fans around.
FEED, THE (FYI)
· [series premiere] · 8/21/14 at 10:00 PM
· [regularly airs] · thursdays from 10:00 PM-11:00 PM EST
(from FYI's press release, May 2014) Part road show, part NYC food adventure, part talk show - this is a deliciously inventive new series celebrating food in all its creative, ingenious glory. Three unique and distinctly opinionated hosts - culinary expert Gail Simmons; superstar chef Marcus Samuelsson; and comedian and food writer Max Silvestri - anchor a rollicking adventure into the world of cooking, food trends and food culture in America. From edible fireworks to beef jerky business cards to the next big food mash-up, they don't just talk about what's happening right now in the food world; they get their hands dirty and challenge each other to push food culture forward. Produced for FYI by Giant Pirates. Ross Jacobson and Troy Searer are Executive Producers for Giants Pirates. Gail Simmons and Marcus Samuelsson serve as Executive Producers. Executive Producers for FYI are Gena McCarthy and Lauren Wohl.
BOJACK HORSEMAN (NETFLIX)
· [series premiere] · 8/22/14 at 12:01 AM
· [regularly airs] · fridays from 12:01 AM-12:30 AM EST
(from Netflix's press release, June 2014) Will Arnett voices BoJack, the failed legendary 90's sitcom star from the favorite family sitcom "Horsin' Around," who has been trying to find his way through a muddle of self-loathing, whisky and failed relationships. Now, in the presence of his human sidekick Todd (Aaron Paul) and his feline agent and ex-paramour Princess Carolyn (Amy Sedaris), BoJack is primed for his comeback... Season one of BOJACK HORSEMAN premieres with twelve (12) episodes only on Netflix on Friday, August 22nd at 12:01 AM PT. Created by Raphael Bob-Waksberg. The series will be Executive Produced by Raphael Bob-Waksberg, Steven A. Cohen and Noel Bright. Will Arnett (The Millers, Arrested Development) and Aaron Paul (Breaking Bad) will also serve as Executive Producers. BoJack was designed by graphic artist Lisa Hanawalt and will be animated by LA-based ShadowMachine. The show is a Tornante Production, brought to life by Michael Eisner's The Tornante Company and will only be available on Netflix.
INTRUDERS (BBCA)
· [series premiere] · 8/23/14 at 10:00 PM
· [regularly airs] · saturdays from 10:00 PM-11:00 PM EST
(from BBC America's press release, February 2014) Production is underway in Vancouver British Columbia for BBC AMERICA's new original series Intruders, starring celebrated British actor John Simm and Oscar(R) winner Mira Sorvino. The series is about a secret society devoted to chasing immortality by seeking refuge in the bodies of others. Produced by BBC Worldwide Productions, from writer and executive producer Glen Morgan (The X-Files), the series is based on Michael Marshall Smith's novel 'The Intruders.' A contemporary, chilling, paranormal tale set in the moody Pacific Northwest, the (8x60) series spins a fascinating and complex web of drama. As strange, apparently unrelated events start happening, multiple story-lines - a missing wife, an assassin covering his crimes, a child on the run - begin to intertwine to reveal a conspiracy that will forever change our understanding of human nature.
BREATHLESS (PBS)
· [series premiere] · 8/24/14 at 9:00 PM
· [regularly airs] · sundays from 9:00 PM-10:30 PM EST
(from PBS's press release, April 2014) In this stylish and compelling new medical drama set in London in 1961, Jack Davenport ("Smash," Pirates of the Caribbean) stars as a brilliant surgeon who believes he can make a difference in women's lives.
COMPETE TO EAT (COOKING)
· [series premiere] · 8/27/14 at 10:30 PM
· [regularly airs] · wednesdays from 10:30 PM-11:00 PM EST
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HOUDINI (HISTORY)
· [original mini-series premiere] · 9/1/14 at 9:00 PM
(from History's press release, August 2013) HISTORY announced today that the network has green-lighted production of a new four-hour scripted miniseries, HOUDINI, slated to start production this fall. Starring Academy Award(R) winner Adrien Brody (The Pianist) as the ace magician and Kristen Connolly (House of Cards, The Cabin in the Woods) as his wife Bess, the miniseries will trace the arc of Houdini's life from desperate poverty to worldwide fame and will be co-produced for HISTORY by Lionsgate and A+E Studios. Before David Blaine and David Copperfield, there was one man whose name was synonymous with being the master of illusion and escape - Harry Houdini. HOUDINI follows the man behind the magic as he finds fame, engages in espionage, battles spiritualists and encounters the greatest names of the era, from U.S. presidents to Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and Grigori Rasputin. The drama will chronicle the life of a man who can defy death through his stunts, his visions and his mastery of illusion.
UNAUTHORIZED SAVED BY THE BELL STORY, THE (LIFETIME)
· [original telefilm] · 9/1/14 at 9:00 PM
(from Lifetime's press release, June 2014) Lifetime takes a nostalgic look back at the '90s TV show that changed the landscape of Saturday mornings with America's favorite teens. The Unauthorized Saved by the Bell Story delves into the experiences of six unknown young actors placed into the Hollywood spotlight, exposing the challenges of growing up under public scrutiny while trying to maintain the squeaky clean image of their popular characters both on and off-screen. The Unauthorized Saved by the Bell Story is filming in Vancouver and the movie will premiere Labor Day, Monday September 1, at 9 pm PT/ET. With casting by the original series' casting director, Robin Lippin (Lizzie McGuire), Dylan Everett (Degrassi: The Next Generation) is set to play Mark-Paul Gosselaar in the role of mischievous ringleader "Zack Morris." Sam Kindseth (Shameless) is Dustin Diamond, everyone's favorite geek and loveable sidekick "Screech." Julian Works (Paranormal Activity, Modern Family) fills the shoes of superstar Mario Lopez as the hunky jock "A.C. Slater." Alyssa Lynch (The High Jumping Witch) plays the role of America's favorite sweetheart, Tiffani-Amber Thiessen, who originated the part of Kelly Kapowski. Tiera Skovbye (Supernatural, Girl in Progress) takes on the role of talented beauty Elizabeth Berkley and her beloved character "Jessie Sapano." Rounding out the cast is Taylor Russell McKenzie (Blink) who will portray Lark Voorhies and her on-screen persona, the privileged "Lisa Turtle."
HOUDINI (HISTORY)
· [original mini-series finale] · 9/2/14 at 9:00 PM
(from History's press release, August 2013) HISTORY announced today that the network has green-lighted production of a new four-hour scripted miniseries, HOUDINI, slated to start production this fall. Starring Academy Award(R) winner Adrien Brody (The Pianist) as the ace magician and Kristen Connolly (House of Cards, The Cabin in the Woods) as his wife Bess, the miniseries will trace the arc of Houdini's life from desperate poverty to worldwide fame and will be co-produced for HISTORY by Lionsgate and A+E Studios. Before David Blaine and David Copperfield, there was one man whose name was synonymous with being the master of illusion and escape - Harry Houdini. HOUDINI follows the man behind the magic as he finds fame, engages in espionage, battles spiritualists and encounters the greatest names of the era, from U.S. presidents to Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and Grigori Rasputin. The drama will chronicle the life of a man who can defy death through his stunts, his visions and his mastery of illusion.
MY FRIENDS CALL ME JOHNNY (ESQUIRE)
· [series premiere] · 9/3/14 at 10:00 PM
· [regularly airs] · wednesdays from 10:00 PM-11:00 PM EST
(from Esquire's press release, July 2014) Heir to a European auto fortune, photographer, art collector, successful tech investor, jetsetter and creator of the men's clothing brand LimoLand. It's Jean "Johnny" Pigozzi's world ... you just don't know it yet. Esquire Network's new original series MY FRIENDS CALL ME JOHNNY provides a twist on the typical talk show, with Pigozzi traveling the globe to ask the most provocative questions of his famous friends - as only he can. Executive produced by Joel Silver and Silver Pictures Television, Inc., the eight-part MY FRIENDS CALL ME JOHNNY premieres Wednesdays at 10/9c, beginning September 3. Relentlessly curious and fearlessly bold, Johnny's not afraid to ask the most direct and provocative questions of film icons, music moguls, renowned artists and business leaders. Each episode of MY FRIENDS CALL ME JOHNNY features candid and open conversations with luminaries including actor Michael Douglas; producers Brett Ratner, Stephen Chao and Lorne Michaels; chefs and lifestyle brand gurus Martha Stewart, Mario Batali and Roy Choi; entrepreneurs including recently ousted American Apparel founder Dov Charney and hotelier Andre Balazs; fashion moguls Calvin Klein and Giambattista Valli; former director of the Museum of Contemporary Art (Los Angeles) Jeffrey Deitch; PR maven Peggy Siegal, publisher Jann Wenner; and more.
MY BOYFRIEND'S DOGS (HALLMARK)
· [original telefilm] · 9/6/14 at 9:00 PM
(from Hallmark's press release, May 2014) Must love dogs! Erika Christensen ("Parenthood") adopts a trio of canine companions while looking for love when she stars in "My Boyfriends' Dogs" a Hallmark Channel Original Movie World Premiere Saturday, September 6 at 9pm ET/PT, 8C. The film stars Christensen as an unlucky-in-love woman who has only been able to find the loyal companionship in the unconditional love of her ex-boyfriend's pups. "My Boyfriends' Dogs" is based on the popular fiction novel of the same name, written by Dandi Daley Mackall. Joyce DeWitt ("Three's Company"), Teryl Rothery ("Debbie Macomber's Cedar Cove"), Emily Holmes ("Snakes on a Plane"), Jeremy Guilbaut ("The L.A. Complex"), Tyron Leitso ("Being Erica") and Jesse Hutch ("Arrow") co-star.
CHAIR, THE (STARZ)
· [series premiere] · 9/6/14 at 11:00 PM
· [regularly airs] · saturdays from 11:00 PM-12:00 AM EST
(from Starz's press release, April 2014) Starz announced today its first original unscripted series, "The Chair," created by Chris Moore, the Executive Producer of Oscar(R)-winning Good Will Hunting and Emmy(R)-nominated "Project Greenlight." "The Chair" is a competition documentary series that follows two directors through the process of bringing their first feature to the screen. The up-and-coming directors, who have unique backgrounds and skill sets, will be provided with an identical screenplay which they must craft as their own film. "The Chair" will document the creation, marketing and theatrical release of both adaptations, which will also air on STARZ. Both directors will be given the same budget, and both versions will use locations in the same city. Through multiplatform voting, the audience will determine which director will be awarded $250,000.
UTOPIA (FOX)
· [two-hour series premiere - special night] · 9/7/14 at 8:00 PM
· [regularly airs] · tuesdays from 8:00 PM-9:00 PM EST
(from FOX's press release, May 2014) From unscripted mastermind John de Mol, and based on the hit Dutch television series of the same name, comes television's biggest social experiment, UTOPIA. Since the dawn of time, humans have always wondered: does a perfect world exist? Now, we get the chance to build one. Will it be ultimate happiness or utter chaos? Fifteen pioneering Americans leave their everyday lives and move to an isolated, undeveloped location - for an entire year - where they are challenged to create their own civilization from scratch. With no existing power structures and limited amenities, these "pioneers" will be faced with rewriting the rules. Will they choose democracy or dictatorship? Fidelity or free love? Will they punish or forgive? Choose religion or rationalism? Share with others or hoard for themselves? What conflicts will emerge, what leaders will arise? What principles will guide their daily lives and inform their deepest decisions? As the Utopians build the new society, every decision counts. Each must try to become indispensable to the group, or risk being exiled to their former lives and replaced by potential newcomers from the viewing audience who have been vying to join. With cameras following the pioneers 24/7, viewers can watch their society unfold, both weekly on FOX and also online. As they observe the inhabitants living together, and building their new existence, viewers themselves will have the chance to become a valuable and powerful asset to the community, and ultimately to question whether Utopia remains an elusive but alluring fantasy, or whether the pioneers have truly realized their dream. A Dutch version of "Utopia" has been broadcast and streamed live on the internet since January 2014. It has become an instant sensation, ranking as its network's highest-rated unscripted premiere in six years, while maintaining its position as the network's biggest show for every episode. "Utopia" has increased the channel's key demo (20-49) market share by an astonishing 500%. UTOPIA is a presentation of Talpa Media USA. The show is created by John de Mol ("Deal Or No Deal," "Fear Factor," "The Voice," "Big Brother"). De Mol, Conrad Green ("Dancing with the Stars"), Jon Kroll ("The Week the Women Went," "The Amazing Race") and David Tibballs ("Dragon's Den," I WANNA MARRY "HARRY") will executive-produce.
IF LOVING YOU IS WRONG (OWN)
· [two-hour series premiere] · 9/9/14 at 9:00 PM
· [regularly airs] · tuesdays from 9:00 PM-10:00 PM EST
(from OWN's press release, July 2014) On the heels of OWN's popular series "The Haves and the Have Nots" comes Tyler Perry's new primetime drama "If Loving You is Wrong," premiering on OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network, Tuesday, September 9 with two back-to-back, one-hour episodes from 9 p.m. to 11 p.m. ET/PT. With a diverse cast and storylines ranging from heartfelt to scandalous, the sexy, sleek drama takes viewers into the lives of a group of husbands, wives and friends that live and love in the same middle class neighborhood. On the surface they are true-to-life, relatable people - raising children, working jobs, finding and maintaining romance - but just below the veneer of happiness, their lives are entangled by heartbreak, deceit and lies that threaten to destroy everything. The season premiere opens in the middle of a torrid affair between neighbors Randal (Eltony Williams, "24") and Alex (Amanda Clayton, "John Carter"). Randal's wife Marcie (Heather Hemmens, "Hellcats") desperately wants children, but Randal's attention is focused on the wife of his best friend Brad (Aiden Turner, "All My Children"). Just down the street, divorcee Esperanza (Zulay Henao, "Single Moms Club") is trying to move on with her life, while keeping a budding relationship with Julius (Octavio Pizano, "East Los High") a secret from her vindictive ex-husband Edward (Joel Rush, "Days of Our Lives"). Meanwhile, neighbor Kelly (Edwina Findley, "Treme") longs to marry Travis (Denzel Wells) who is away on a relief mission in Haiti and who has promised to help her raise her 8-year-old son, Justice. Outside of the neighborhood, single mother Natalie (April Parker-Jones, "Jericho") struggles to raise her children in the inner city. Lushion (Charles Malik Whitfield, "Law and Order"), the father of her son Frank, has returned to town and stepped up to the plate to help. In addition, Natalie grapples with the tough decision whether or not to allow her fourth son, Joey (Matt Cook), to return home once he is released from prison.
DELIVERANCE CREEK (LIFETIME)
· [original telefilm] · 9/13/14 at 8:00 PM
(from Lifetime's press release, May 2014) Best-selling author Nicholas Sparks (The Notebook, A Walk to Remember, Safe Haven) makes his television debut as executive producer of the two-hour programming event Deliverance Creek (#DeliveranceCreek), premiering Saturday, September 13, at 8pm ET/PT on Lifetime. From executive producer/writer Melissa Carter (Jane By Design, Little Black Book) and starring Emmy(R) nominee/SAG Award winner Lauren Ambrose (Six Feet Under), Deliverance Creek is a revenge drama centering on a widow and mother of three who is determined to protect her family and land at any cost during the Civil War. Deliverance Creek also stars Wes Ramsey (CSI: Miami), Yaani King (Mad Men), Caitlin Custer (Teen Wolf), Christopher Backus (Elevator), Riley Smith (90210), Katherine Willis (Friday Night Lights) and Christopher Baker (Sanctum). Skeet Ulrich (Jericho, Scream), Barry Tubb (Revolution) and Joel Johnstone (The Newsroom) guest star. Two years into the Civil War, Belle Gatlin Barlowe (Ambrose) faces uncertainty in the life before her as she attempts to defend her family's land by any means necessary. When the corrupt bank that runs their town pushes Belle into becoming an outlaw, the stakes become personal, setting off a chain of events that force her to question whether it's better to be good or to survive.
ROOSEVELTS, THE: AN INTIMATE HISTORY (PBS)
· [series premiere] · 9/14/14 at 8:00 PM
· [regularly airs] · weeknights from 8:00 PM-10:00 PM EST
(from PBS's press release, May 2014) Ken Burns's seven-part, 14-hour documentary weaves the stories of Theodore, Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt, three members of one of the most prominent and influential families in American politics. The series marks the first time their individual stories have been woven into a single narrative. Sunday-Saturday, September 14-20, 8:00 p.m. ET, encores at 10:00 p.m. ET
RED BAND SOCIETY (FOX)
· [series premiere] · 9/17/14 at 9:00 PM
· [regularly airs] · wednesdays from 9:00 PM-10:00 PM EST
(from FOX's press release, May 2014) What if a hospital was your high school, boarding school and summer camp rolled into one? What if it was the place where you fell in love for the first time and made friendships that lasted a lifetime? And what if it was all weirdly hilarious and the most fun you ever had in your entire life? This is the world of RED BAND SOCIETY. From Steven Spielberg's Amblin Television, starring Academy Award-winning actress Octavia Spencer ("The Help," "Fruitvale Station") and based on the award-winning Spanish series, "Polseres Vermelles," RED BAND SOCIETY is a provocative, unconventional and, at times, comic high school drama told through the eyes of a group of teenagers who meet as patients in the pediatric ward of Ocean Park Hospital in Los Angeles. The series is part comedy, part drama, with a tone that's unique unto itself. Twelve-year-old narrator CHARLIE (Griffin Gluck, "Back in the Game," "Private Practice") is in a coma in the hospital. Charlie's friends and fellow patients include JORDI PALACIOS (Nolan Sotillo, "Prom"), a 16-year-old who illegally crosses the Mexican border into California to seek out treatment at the renowned hospital. What he soon discovers is that it's not his illness that's going to change his life, but his new friends. Also at the hospital is LEO ROTH (Charlie Rowe, "Neverland," "Pirate Radio"). At 16, Leo is charismatic and independent. But after living at the hospital for a year, he's starting to lose his way. When he's forced to room with Jordi, he's angry and resentful, until he realizes they are more alike than he could imagine. The pediatric ward is run by NURSE JACKSON (Spencer), a caregiver with a take-no-prisoners approach to getting these kids through the most difficult part of their lives. Overseeing much of the treatment in the ward is DR. JACK McANDREW (Dave Annable, "Brothers & Sisters," "666 Park Avenue"), the country's top pediatric surgeon. Also attending to the patients is the naïve and gullible Nurse BRITTANY DOBLER (newcomer Rebecca Rittenhouse), who allows the kids to get away with things they probably shouldn't. Among those taking advantage of Nurse Dobler is Leo's best friend, DASH HOSNEY (Brian Bradley, aka Astro, "The X Factor"). Suffering from cystic fibrosis, 16-year-old Dash is determined to live every day as if it's his last. Also on the ward is 15-year-old EMMA CHOTA (Ciara Bravo, "Big Time Rush"), Leo's on-again-off-again girlfriend, who suffers from an eating disorder. Rounding out this group of patients is "mean girl" KARA SOUDERS (Zoe Levin, "Arrested Development," "The Way Way Back"), a 16-year-old cheerleader who is brought in with heart failure and shares a room with Charlie. Daring everyone to up their game, she also goes head-to-head with Nurse Jackson. Although many young patients who are seriously ill make complete recoveries, that day seems a long way off for these teens. And as they confront questions of life and death which no one at that age should have to face, a kinship based on these shared experiences is created - a bond represented by the red hospital bands issued to them upon admittance. This is the story of the RED BAND SOCIETY. RED BAND SOCIETY is produced by ABC Studios in association with Amblin Television. The series is executive-produced by Steven Spielberg, Margaret Nagle ("Boardwalk Empire," "The Good Lie"), Justin Falvey ("The Americans," "Falling Skies"), Darryl Frank ("The Americans," "Falling Skies") and Sergio Aguero ("No Reservations," "Y Tu Mama Tambien"). Nagle wrote the pilot and developed the project for American television. Alfonso Gomez-Rejon (GLEE, "American Horror Story") directed the pilot.
MYSTERIES OF LAURA, THE (NBC)
· [series premiere - special time] · 9/17/14 at 10:00 PM
· [regularly airs] · wednesdays from 8:00 PM-9:00 PM EST
(from NBC's press release, May 2014) Debra Messing ("Will & Grace") stars as Laura Diamond, a brilliant NYPD homicide detective who balances her "Columbo" day job with a crazy family life that includes two unruly twin boys and a soon-to-be ex-husband (Josh Lucas) - also a cop - who just can't seem to sign the divorce papers. Between cleaning up after her boys and cleaning up the streets, she'd be the first to admit she has her "hot mess" moments in this hilariously authentic look at what it really means to be a "working mom" today. Somehow, she makes it all work with the help of her sexy and understanding partner, and things becomes even more complicated when her husband, ironically, becomes her boss at the precinct. For Laura, every day is a high-wire balancing act.
TIM & ERIC'S BEDTIME STORIES (ADULT SWIM)
· [series premiere] · 9/19/14 at 12:15 AM
· [regularly airs] · fridays from 12:15 AM-12:30 AM EST
(from Adult Swim's press release, May 2014) TIM & ERIC'S BEDTIME STORIES - Tim Heidecker & Eric Wareheim return to Adult Swim - writing, directing and starring in Tim & Eric's Bedtime Stories - an anthology series in the tradition of Twilight Zone. Each episode offers a unique tale: dark, horrifying, perverse, insane... hilarious - featuring a wide array of comedic and dramatic guest stars. High production value replaces "awesome show" era cable access low-fi - but there'll be no question whose minds are behind "Bedtime Stories." This live-action half-hour series premieres this summer on Adult Swim.
ON PAPER (HALLMARK)
· [original telefilm] · 9/20/14 at 9:00 PM
(from Hallmark's press release, March 2014) An idealistic, young book editor reluctantly moves to Los Angeles to edit a famous author's latest romance novel. As she struggles to maintain her integrity while battling the bestselling diva's demands, she meets two very different men and learns that the best romantic choice is not always the one who looks best "on paper." Stars: Lindsay Hartley, Morgan Fairchild and Drew Fuller. Premieres: Saturday, September 20 @ 9pm ET/PT, 8C.
MADAM SECRETARY (CBS)
· [series premiere] · 9/21/14 at 8:00 PM
· [regularly airs] · sundays from 8:00 PM-9:00 PM EST
(from CBS's press release, May 2014) MADAM SECRETARY stars Téa Leoni as Elizabeth McCord, the shrewd, determined, newly appointed Secretary of State who drives international diplomacy, battles office politics and circumvents protocol as she negotiates global and domestic issues, both at the White House and at home. A college professor and a brilliant former CIA analyst who left for ethical reasons, Elizabeth returns to public life at the request of the President following the suspicious death of her predecessor. The President values her apolitical leanings, her deep knowledge of the Middle East, her flair for languages and her ability to not just think outside the box, but to not even acknowledge there is a box. McCord's team includes her Chief of Staff Nadine Tolliver (Emmy Award winner Bebe Neuwirth), speechwriter Matt Mahoney (Geoffrey Arend), press coordinator Daisy Grant (Patina Miller) and her charming assistant, Blake Moran (Erich Bergen). As McCord debates third world problems and finesses foreign dignitaries at work, that's just a warm-up for when she goes home to her supportive husband Henry (Tim Daly) and their two bright children (Katherine Herzer and Evan Roe), where "politics" and "compromise" take on new meaning. MADAM SECRETARY is a CBS Television Studios production, in association with Revelations Entertainment. Barbara Hall ("Judging Amy") is an executive producer with Revelations' Lori McCreary and Academy and Golden Globe Award winner Morgan Freeman, and David Semel. The pilot was directed by David Semel.
GOTHAM (FOX)
· [series premiere] · 9/22/14 at 8:00 PM
· [regularly airs] · mondays from 8:00 PM-9:00 PM EST
(from FOX's press release, May 2014) Before there was Batman, there was GOTHAM. Everyone knows the name Commissioner Gordon. He is one of the crime world's greatest foes, a man whose reputation is synonymous with law and order. But what is known of Gordon's story and his rise from rookie detective to Police Commissioner? What did it take to navigate the multiple layers of corruption that secretly ruled Gotham City, the spawning ground of the world's most iconic villains? And what circumstances created them - the larger-than-life personas who would become Catwoman, The Penguin, The Riddler, Two-Face and The Joker? GOTHAM is an origin story of the great DC Comics Super-Villains and vigilantes, revealing an entirely new chapter that has never been told. From executive producer/writer Bruno Heller ("The Mentalist," "Rome"), GOTHAM follows one cop's rise through a dangerously corrupt city teetering on the edge of evil, and chronicles the birth of one of the most popular super heroes of our time. Growing up in Gotham City's surrounding suburbs, JAMES GORDON (Ben McKenzie, "Southland," "The O.C.") romanticized the city as a glamorous and exciting metropolis where his late father once served as a successful district attorney. Now, two weeks into his new job as a Gotham City detective and engaged to his beloved fiancée, BARBARA KEAN (Erin Richards, "Open Grave," "Breaking In"), Gordon is living his dream - even as he hopes to restore the city back to the pure version he remembers it was as a kid. Brave, honest and ready to prove himself, the newly-minted detective is partnered with the brash, but shrewd police legend HARVEY BULLOCK (Donal Logue, "Sons of Anarchy," "Terriers," "Vikings," "Copper"), as the two stumble upon the city's highest-profile case ever: the murder of local billionaires Thomas and Martha Wayne. At the scene of the crime, Gordon meets the sole survivor: the Waynes' hauntingly intense 12-year-old son, BRUCE (David Mazouz, "Touch"), toward whom the young detective feels an inexplicable kinship. Moved by the boy's profound loss, Gordon vows to catch the killer. As he navigates the often-underhanded politics of Gotham's criminal justice system, Gordon will confront imposing gang boss FISH MOONEY (Jada Pinkett Smith, "The Matrix" franchise, "HawthoRNe"), and many of the characters who will become some of fiction's most renowned, enduring villains, including a teenaged SELINA KYLE/the future CATWOMAN (acting newcomer Camren Bicondova) and OSWALD COBBLEPOT/THE PENGUIN (Robin Lord Taylor, "The Walking Dead").While the crime drama will follow Gordon's turbulent and singular rise through the Gotham City police department, led by Police Captain SARAH ESSEN (Zabryna Guevara, "Burn Notice"), it also will focus on the unlikely friendship Gordon forms with the young heir to the Wayne fortune, who is being raised by his unflappable butler, ALFRED (Sean Pertwee, "Camelot," "Elementary"). It is a friendship that will last them all of their lives, playing a crucial role in helping the young boy eventually become the crusader he's destined to be.GOTHAM is based upon characters published by DC Entertainment and is produced by Warner Bros. Television. Executive producer Bruno Heller ("The Mentalist") wrote the pilot, which was directed and executive-produced by Emmy Award nominee Danny Cannon (the "CSI" franchise, "Nikita"). John Stephens will serve as an executive producer on the series.
SCORPION (CBS)
· [series premiere] · 9/22/14 at 9:00 PM
· [regularly airs] · mondays from 9:00 PM-10:00 PM EST
(from CBS's press release, May 2014) SCORPION, inspired by a true story, is a high-octane drama about eccentric genius Walter O'Brien (Elyes Gabel) and his team of brilliant misfits who comprise the last line of defense against complex, high-tech threats of the modern age. As Homeland Security's new think tank, O'Brien's "Scorpion" team includes Toby Curtis (Eddie Kaye Thomas), an expert behaviorist who can read anyone; Happy Quinn (Jadyn Wong), a mechanical prodigy; and Sylvester Dodd (Ari Stidham), a statistics guru. Pooling their extensive technological knowledge to solve mind-boggling predicaments amazes federal agent Cabe Gallo (Robert Patrick), who shares a harrowing history with O'Brien. However, while this socially awkward group is comfortable with each other's humor and quirks, life outside their circle confounds them, so they rely on Paige Dineen (Katharine McPhee), who has a young, gifted son, to translate the world for them. At last, these nerdy masterminds have found the perfect job: a place where they can apply their exceptional brainpower to solve the nation's crises, while also helping each other learn how to fit in. Nick Santora, Emmy Award winner Nicholas Wootton, Alex Kurtzman, Roberto Orci, Heather Kadin, Walter O'Brien, Scooter Braun and Justin Lin are the executive producers for CBS Television Studios. Justin Lin ("The Fast and the Furious") directed the pilot.
FOREVER (ABC)
· [series premiere - special night] · 9/22/14 at 10:00 PM
· [regularly airs] · tuesdays from 10:00 PM-11:00 PM EST
(from ABC's press release, May 2014) Doctor Henry Morgan (Ioan Gruffudd), New York City's star medical examiner, has a secret. He doesn't just study the dead to solve criminal cases, he does it to solve the mystery that has eluded him for 200 years - the answer to his own inexplicable immortality. This long life has given Henry remarkable observation skills which impresses his new partner, Detective Jo Martinez (Alana De La Garza). Each week, a new case and their budding friendship will reveal layers of Henry's long and colorful past. Only his best friend and confidant, Abe (Judd Hirsch) knows Henry's secret.
NCIS: NEW ORLEANS (CBS)
· [series premiere] · 9/23/14 at 9:00 PM
· [regularly airs] · tuesdays from 9:00 PM-10:00 PM EST
(from CBS's press release, May 2014) NCIS: NEW ORLEANS is a drama about the local field office that investigates criminal cases affecting military personnel in the Big Easy, a city known for its music, entertainment and decadence. Leading the team is Special Agent Dwayne Pride (Golden Globe Award winner Scott Bakula), aka "King," a native of NOLA who is driven by his need to do what is right. Working with Pride is Special Agent Christopher LaSalle (Lucas Black), who plays hard but works harder; and Special Agent Meredith "Merri" Brody (Zoe McLellan), a charismatic and tough interrogator who transferred from the Great Lakes office in search of a fresh start. Supporting them is coroner Dr. Loretta Wade (CCH Pounder), who is as eccentric as she is smart. This colorful city that harbors a dark side is a magnet for service personnel on leave, and when overindulgence is followed by trouble, Pride's team is at its best. Gary Glasberg ("NCIS"), Mark Harmon ("NCIS") and Martha Haight are the executive producers for CBS Television Studios.
BLACK-ISH (ABC)
· [series premiere] · 9/24/14 at 9:30 PM
· [regularly airs] · wednesdays from 9:30 PM-10:00 PM EST
(from ABC's press release, May 2014) Andre 'Dre' Johnson (Anthony Anderson) has a great job, a beautiful wife, Rainbow (Tracee Ellis Ross), four kids, and a colonial home in the 'burbs. But has success brought too much assimilation for this black family? With a little help from his dad (Laurence Fishburne), Dre sets out to establish a sense of cultural identity for his family that honors their past while embracing the future.
LIFE ON THE REEF (PBS)
· [series premiere] · 9/24/14 at 10:00 PM
· [regularly airs] · wednesdays from 10:00 PM-11:00 PM EST
(from PBS's press release, May 2014) The Great Barrier Reef, one of the Seven Wonders of the Natural World, is a rich and complex natural ecosystem, home to a stunning array of animals. The reef's human residents work to find that critical balance between their needs and those of an ever-diminishing natural world. This series presents a unique and fresh angle on Australia's greatest natural icon: the Great Barrier Reef seen through the eyes of those who live, work and play in this natural wonderland. Wednesdays, September 24-October 8, 10:00-11:00 p.m. ET
HOW TO GET AWAY WITH MURDER (ABC)
· [series premiere] · 9/25/14 at 10:00 PM
· [regularly airs] · thursdays from 10:00 PM-11:00 PM EST
(from ABC's press release, May 2014) The brilliant, charismatic and seductive Professor Annalise Keating (Viola Davis) gets entangled with four law students from her class, "How to Get Away with Murder." Little do they know that they will have to apply what they learned to real life, in this masterful, sexy, suspense-driven legal thriller from Shonda Rhimes and Betsy Beers, executive producers of "Grey's Anatomy" and "Scandal."
JOKERS WILD (TRUTV)
· [series premiere] · 9/25/14 at 10:00 PM
· [regularly airs] · thursdays from 10:00 PM-10:30 PM EST
(from truTV's press release, June 2014) In this brand new series, everyone's favorite Impractical Jokers - Sal, Q, Murr and Joe - take viewers on a wild ride, going beyond the pranks for a comical look at their personal lives. Everyone can relate to disastrous dates, embarrassing habits and humiliating childhood memories, but only the Jokers can one-up each other in such colorful, authentic and hilariously awkward ways. In front of a live studio audience, the four guys dive head-first into their respective romantic histories, pet peeves and more, while introducing clips that further illustrate their varying views of the world. truTV has ordered six episodes of Jokers Wild, which is being produced for the network by NorthSouth Productions.
SELFIE (ABC)
· [series premiere] · 9/30/14 at 8:00 PM
· [regularly airs] · tuesdays from 8:00 PM-8:30 PM EST
(from ABC's press release, May 2014) "Instafamous" Eliza Dooley (Karen Gillan) has 263,000 followers who hang on to her every post, tweet and selfie. But one lonely day, she has a revelation: being friended is not the same as having actual friends. She asks marketing guru Henry (John Cho) to 'rebrand' her self-obsessed reputation and teach her how to connect with people in the real world. Loosely based on "My Fair Lady," "Selfie" explores the modern struggles of Eliza and Henry, as he tries to teach her how to live life offline - whether she 'likes' it or not.
MANHATTAN LOVE STORY (ABC)
· [series premiere] · 9/30/14 at 8:30 PM
· [regularly airs] · tuesdays from 8:30 PM-9:00 PM EST
(from ABC's press release, May 2014) Have you ever wondered what your date was thinking? This romantic comedy exposes the differences between men and women through the unfiltered thoughts, and often contradictory actions, of a new couple who have just begun dating.
MAKERS (PBS)
· [series premiere] · 9/30/14 at 9:00 PM
· [regularly airs] · tuesdays from 9:00 PM-10:00 PM EST
(from PBS's press release, May 2014) Six new documentaries in the MAKERS project feature groundbreaking American women in different spheres of influence: war, comedy, space, business, Hollywood and politics. Each program will profile prominent women and relate their struggles, triumphs and contributions as they reshaped and transformed the landscape of their chosen vocations. Tuesdays, September 30-November 4, 9:00-10:00 p.m. ET; order TBD
HAPPYLAND (MTV)
· [series premiere] · 9/30/14 at 11:00 PM
· [regularly airs] · tuesdays from 11:00 PM-11:30 PM EST
(from MTV's press release, July 2014) New dramedy series "Happyland" will premiere on Tuesday, September 30 at 11:00 p.m. ET/PT, following "Awkward" and "Faking It." "Happyland" is a soapy teen dramedy exploring the underbelly of one of the country's most popular theme parks, going behind the scenes to reveal the not so magical reality of the park workers. The series centers on Lucy (Bianca Santos), the cynical teenage daughter of idealistic park princess mom, Elena (Camille Guaty). Having grown up in a world of manufactured happiness, Lucy wants to get out and experience something real. When Ian (Shane Harper), the new park owner's son, arrives and sweeps her off her feet, Lucy is left wondering if fairy tale endings do exist after all. But when a scandalous secret turns her life upside down, she learns Happyland is far from a walk in the park. "Happyland" stars Bianca Santos as "Lucy" ("The Fosters"), Camille Guaty as "Elena" ("Prison Break"), Shane Harper as "Ian" ("Awkward"), Katherine McNamara as "Harper" ("Contest"), Cameron Moulene as "Will" ("Raising Hope"), Ryan Rottman "Theodore" ("90210") and was created by Ben Epstein. Storyline's Neil Meron and Craig Zadan serve as executive producers along with Jill Cargerman.
FILTHY RICH GUIDE, THE (CNBC)
· [series premiere] · 10/1/14 at 10:00 PM
· [regularly airs] · wednesdays from 10:00 PM-11:00 PM EST
(from CNBC's press release, July 2014) THE FILTHY RICH GUIDE, a new series to join the primetime lineup, premieres Wednesday, October 1st at 10PM ET/PT and consists of five half-hour episodes. THE FILTHY RICH GUIDE is a fun, fast-paced guide that catalogues the ways in which the .01 percent spend their money. The series is an insider look at a world where party never ends, the cash flow doesn't stop, and the hi-tech toys are the biggest and most expensive in the world. From secret worlds, to outrageous mansions, to private islands, it's the Filthy Rich Guide to the best that (a ridiculous amount of) money can buy. THE FILTHY RICH GUIDE is produced for CNBC by Leopard USA with Dave Hamilton and Dan Taberski serving as executive producers.
STALKER (CBS)
· [series premiere] · 10/1/14 at 10:00 PM
· [regularly airs] · wednesdays from 10:00 PM-11:00 PM EST
(from CBS's press release, May 2014) STALKER stars Maggie Q and Golden Globe Award winner Dylan McDermott in a psychological thriller about detectives who investigate stalking incidents - including voyeurism, cyber harassment and romantic fixation - for the Threat Assessment Unit of the LAPD. Det. Jack Larsen (McDermott) is a recent transfer to the Unit from New York City's homicide division, whose confidence, strong personality and questionable behavior has landed him in trouble before - but whose past behavior may also prove valuable in his new job. His boss, Lt. Beth Davis (Maggie Q), is strong, focused and an expert in the field, driven by her traumatic personal experience as a victim. With the rest of their team, young but eager Det. Ben Caldwell (Victor Rasuk) and deceptively smart Det. Janice Lawrence (Mariana Klaveno), Larsen and Davis assess the threat level of cases and respond before the stalking and intimidation spirals out of control, all while trying to keep their personal obsessions at bay. Kevin Williamson ("Scream") is the executive producer for Warner Bros. Television.
BAD JUDGE (NBC)
· [series premiere] · 10/2/14 at 9:00 PM
· [regularly airs] · thursdays from 9:00 PM-9:30 PM EST
(from NBC's press release, May 2014) No excuses, no apologies, no compromises. Wild child Rebecca Wright (Kate Walsh, "Grey's Anatomy," "Private Practice") knows how to have a good time, but she also happens to be one of L.A.'s toughest and most respected criminal court judges. She has a reputation for unorthodox behavior in the courtroom, including creative rulings and saying exactly what's on her mind. Her private life, on the other hand, is anything but innocent. She parties too much and rocks out on the drums in a band with her best friend, Jenny. While there's no shortage of male admirers who would love to spend time with her, she's not ready to settle down... except when an 8-year-old boy - whose parents were put in jail by Rebecca - needs her help. He may, in fact, be the one thing that starts to tame this "bad" judge.
GRACEPOINT (FOX)
· [series premiere] · 10/2/14 at 9:00 PM
· [regularly airs] · thursdays from 9:00 PM-10:00 PM EST
(from FOX's press release, May 2014) When a young boy is found dead on an idyllic beach, a major police investigation gets underway in the small California seaside town where the tragedy occurred. Soon deemed a homicide, the case sparks a media frenzy, which throws the boy's family into further turmoil and upends the lives of all of the town's residents. Welcome to GRACEPOINT, a new 10-episode mystery event series based on "Broadchurch," the U.K.'s critically acclaimed hit crime drama. GRACEPOINT is an expansion of the original series, introducing new characters, identifying new suspects and threading new storylines through the gripping narrative. Leading the investigation is Detective EMMETT CARVER (David Tennant, "Broadchurch," "Dr. Who"), who has just arrived in Gracepoint to fill a high position in the town's police force. That job previously had been promised to Detective ELLIE MILLER (Emmy Award winner Anna Gunn, "Breaking Bad"), who, in light of the tragedy, must put any resentment aside and work the case with her prickly new boss. Det. Miller must break the news to her doting husband, JOE (Josh Hamilton, "American Horror Story") and her son, TOM (newcomer Jack Irvine), who was the best friend of the murder victim, DANNY SOLANO (Nikolas Filipovic, "Falling Skies"). Danny is survived by his grieving parents, MARK (Michael Peña, "End of Watch") and BETH SOLANO (Virginia Kull, "Boardwalk Empire"), and his rebellious older sister, CHLOE (newcomer Madalyn Horcher), who has an older boyfriend, DEAN IVERSON (Kendrick Sampson, "The Vampire Diaries"), unbeknownst to her parents. All of Gracepoint is pulled into the investigation, including JACK REINHOLD (Emmy Award nominee and Golden Globe Award winner Nick Nolte, "Luck"), a private man who runs the kayak rental service on the beach, as well as the local wildlife observation program, for which Danny volunteered. SUSAN WRIGHT (Academy Award and Golden Globe Award nominee Jacki Weaver, "Silver Linings Playbook"), a mysterious woman, lives in the RV park near the coast, with her dog. The town's minister, PAUL COATES (Kevin Rankin, "Justified"), becomes the de facto spokesperson for the community as the media descends on Gracepoint. Danny's death also impacts tourism, with the decline in visitors felt most harshly by hotel owner GEMMA FISHER (Sarah-Jane Potts, "Kinky Boots,"), a vivacious Brit with secrets of her own. Also touched by Danny's death is Mark's apprentice at his plumbing company, VINCE NOVIK (Stephen Louis Grush, "Lucky 7"). The investigation is followed closely by the town's local newspaper reporter, OWEN BURKE (Kevin Zegers, "Transamerica"), who is Det. Miller's nephew. Owen's ambition is fueled by San Francisco Globe reporter RENEE CLEMONS (Jessica Lucas, "Cloverfield"), who has a history with Detective Carver and sets up camp in Gracepoint to cover the case. The riveting crime series carves a powerfully dark wake through the town of Gracepoint with a startling conclusion, as the detectives piece together what happened on the night of Danny's death. Produced by Shine America in association with Kudos and Imaginary Friends, GRACEPOINT is executive-produced by Anya Epstein ("In Treatment," "Homicide"); Dan Futterman ("Capote," "In Treatment"); the original series' creator, Chris Chibnall ("Dr. Who," "Camelot"); Kudos' Jane Featherstone ("The Hour," "Utopia"), John Goldwyn ("Dexter"); and Shine America's Carolyn Bernstein ("The Bridge"). Futterman and Epstein serve as showrunners. Chibnall wrote the premiere episode, and James Strong ("Broadchurch," "Downton Abbey") directed.
A TO Z (NBC)
· [series premiere] · 10/2/14 at 9:30 PM
· [regularly airs] · thursdays from 9:30 PM-10:00 PM EST
(from NBC's press release, May 2014) This is the A-to-Z story of Andrew (Ben Feldman, "Mad Men") and Zelda (Cristin Milioti, "How I Met Your Mother") - a pair that almost wasn't - and all that happened from the day they met. Andrew has always been a secret romantic... not above crooning to Celine Dion while driving to work, with dreams of finding "the one." He imagines her to be just like that shimmering beauty he spotted that night in that silver dress at that concert two years ago. Zelda, having grown up with a hippie mom who believed the universe would provide for everything, rebelled into a no-nonsense practical lawyer who prefers the control of online dating. But when a computer glitch sends her a total mismatch, she's asked to come in for an interview at the Internet dating site where Andrew works, and this is where it all begins. Andrew and Zelda meet for the first time and despite their differences, sparks fly. She thinks it's chance. He thinks it's fate. After all, he's convinced she's the shimmering girl in the silver dress. Is it true love forever or just a detour in destiny?
SURVIVOR'S REMORSE (STARZ)
· [series premiere] · 10/4/14 at 9:00 PM
· [regularly airs] · saturdays from 9:00 PM-9:30 PM EST
(from Starz's press release, May 2014) The STARZ Original series "Survivor's Remorse" began production this week in Atlanta on the six-episode first season of the half-hour scripted comedy series from LeBron James, Tom Werner, Mike O'Malley, Maverick Carter, Victor Levin and Paul Wachter. Set in Atlanta, the story follows Cam Calloway, a basketball phenom in his early 20's who is suddenly thrust into the limelight after signing a multi-million dollar contract with a professional basketball team, and explores the comedy and drama of an experience that everyone reads about, but few understand - what happens when you make it out. The series will premiere on STARZ in the fall of 2014. Cam Calloway, along with his cousin and confidant Reggie Vaughn, move to Georgia to start Cam's journey to success. The two confront the challenges of carrying opportunistic family members and their strong ties to the impoverished community that they come from. Cam, Reggie and an unforgettable group of characters wrestle with the rewards and pitfalls of stardom, love and loyalty.
MULANEY (FOX)
· [series premiere] · 10/5/14 at 9:30 PM
· [regularly airs] · sundays from 9:30 PM-10:00 PM EST
(from FOX's press release, May 2014) From Emmy Award-winning writer and comedian John Mulaney ("Saturday Night Live") comes MULANEY, a multi-camera ensemble comedy series about a rising stand-up comic trying to take his career to the next level and the friends and mentors who lift him up, hold him back and push him around. JOHN MULANEY is a 29-year-old comedian working the stand-up circuit and looking for his big break. But life drastically changes when self-centered comedy legend and game show host LOU CANNON (Emmy Award winner Martin Short, "SCTV," "Saturday Night Live," "Father of the Bride," "Primetime Glick") hires Mulaney as a writer. Lou may be John's entrée into the world of big-money show business, but he's also a total nightmare. Still, the job represents everything Mulaney thinks he wants. But does he really? And, at what cost? And what does it say about him if he quits? And what does it say about him if he stays? And has Lou had work done? Mulaney's life becomes a tug-of-war between the stress of his new job and his guilt over not being there for his two best friends and roommates: JANE (Nasim Pedrad, "Saturday Night Live"), a tightly wound, yet directionless personal trainer; and MOTIF (Seaton Smith, "Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell"), a powerhouse comic who shares nothing in common with Mulaney - except the world of stand-up. Rounding out this odd group of friends is ANDRE (Zack Pearlman, "The Inbetweeners"), a trust-fund baby who has a knack for showing up in Mulaney's life at the worst possible moments. If Mulaney has one refuge from the chaos that surrounds him, then it's his neighbor, OSCAR (Academy Award nominee Elliott Gould, "M*A*S*H," "The Long Goodbye," the "Oceans 11" franchise), a 71-year-old gay veteran of New York who has seen it all. Oscar is opinionated, refined, gentle, wise and sometimes extremely cantankerous, but most of all, he's an oracle of sound advice when Mulaney feels like life has gone off the rails. A unique mix of ensemble comedy, stand-up performances and an observational point-of-view, MULANEY is a show about the big questions in life: how hard they are to answer and how easy it is to maybe just ignore them and pray they go away. MULANEY is produced by Universal Television, Broadway Video and 3 Arts Entertainment. The series is created and written by John Mulaney. The series is executive-produced by Mulaney, Lorne Michaels ("Saturday Night Live," "30 Rock"), David Miner ("30 Rock"), Dave Becky ("Louie"), Jon Pollack ("30 Rock") and Andrew Singer ("Portlandia," "30 Rock"). Andy Ackerman ("Seinfeld") serves as both director and executive producer.
FLASH, THE (THE CW)
· [series premiere] · 10/7/14 at 8:00 PM
· [regularly airs] · tuesdays from 8:00 PM-9:00 PM EST
(from The CW's press release, May 2014) Barry Allen was just 11 years old when his mother was killed in a bizarre and terrifying incident and his father was falsely convicted of the murder. With his life changed forever by the tragedy, Barry was taken in and raised by Detective Joe West, the father of Barry's best friend, Iris. Now, Barry has become a brilliant, driven and endearingly geeky CSI investigator, whose determination to uncover the truth about his mother's strange death leads him to follow up on every unexplained urban legend and scientific advancement that comes along. Barry's latest obsession is a cutting edge particle accelerator, created by visionary physicist Harrison Wells and his S.T.A.R. Labs team, who claim that this invention will bring about unimaginable advancements in power and medicine. However, something goes horribly wrong during the public unveiling, and when the devastating explosion causes a freak storm, many lives are lost and Barry is struck by lightning. After nine months in a coma, Barry awakens to find his life has changed once again - the accident has given him the power of super speed, granting him the ability to move through Central City like an unseen guardian angel. Though initially excited by his newfound powers, Barry is shocked to discover he is not the only "meta-human" who was created in the wake of the accelerator explosion - and not everyone is using their new powers for good. In the months since the accident, the city has seen a sharp increase in missing people, unexplained deaths and other strange phenomena. Barry now has a renewed purpose - using his gift of speed to protect the innocent, while never giving up on his quest to solve his mother's murder and clear his father's name. For now, only a few close friends and associates know that Barry is literally the fastest man alive, but it won't be long before the world learns what Barry Allen has become... The Flash. The series stars Grant Gustin ("Glee," "Arrow") as Barry Allen/The Flash, Candice Patton ("The Game") as Iris West, Rick Cosnett ("The Vampire Diaries") as Eddie Thawne, Danielle Panabaker ("Necessary Roughness," "Justified") as Caitlin Snow, Carlos Valdes ("Once" on Broadway ) as Cisco Ramon, with Tom Cavanagh ("Ed," "Eli Stone") as Harrison Wells and Jesse L. Martin ("Law & Order") as Detective West. THE FLASH is produced by Bonanza Productions Inc. in association with Berlanti Productions and Warner Bros. Television, with executive producers Greg Berlanti ("Arrow," "The Tomorrow People," "Green Lantern"), Andrew Kreisberg ("Arrow," "Eli Stone"), David Nutter ("Arrow," "Game of Thrones") and Sarah Schechter. The pilot was directed by David Nutter. This series is based upon characters published by DC Entertainment.
TOWN OF THE LIVING DEAD (SYFY)
· [series premiere] · 10/7/14 at 10:00 PM
· [regularly airs] · tuesdays from 10:00 PM-11:00 PM EST
(from Syfy's press release, April 2014) Syfy today announced a new unscripted series, the comedic docuseries Town of the Living Dead (WT), which follows a small Alabama town trying to complete their own independent zombie movie - which has been six years in the making. In Town of the Living Dead, premiering Tuesday, October 7 at 10PM, the colorful folks of Jasper, Alabama are determined, once and for all, to complete their zombie movie, Thr33 Days Dead... now six long years in the making. Based on a town urban legend, their film centers on a group of friends trying to survive a zombie apocalypse in rural Alabama. The series will follow the intrepid and motley crew of amateur filmmakers as they struggle against every obstacle imaginable to get to a final cut of their film...which could someday become a movie!
KINGDOM (DIRECTV)
· [series premiere] · 10/8/14 at 9:00 PM
· [regularly airs] · wednesdays from 9:00 PM-10:00 PM EST
(from DirecTV's press release, June 2014) DirecTV confirmed today, their new original one-hour drama series from creator Byron Balasco ("Detroit 1-8-7") and Endemol Studios ("Hell on Wheels," "Low Winter Sun," "Red Widow") will be called "Kingdom" and will make its debut Wednesday, October 8 at 9p.m. on Audience Network. The one-hour drama, which was based on a spec script titled "Navy St.," was sold by Endemol Studios to DirecTV as a straight-to-series order (10 episodes). "Kingdom" will air Wednesdays at 9 p.m. ET/PT. "Kingdom" is a story about family, loyalty, ambition, glory, lust, betrayal and the raw-nerve needs and desires that inspire people to greatness or drive them to unthinkable treachery. The series takes place in Venice, California and is set against the backdrop of Mixed Martial Arts (MMA). The "Kingdom" cast is led by Frank Grillo (Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Homefront, Warrior), who returns to the ring to play Alvey "King" Kulina. Kiele Sanchez ("The Glades," "Lost") plays Lisa Prince, his long-time girlfriend. Matt Lauria ("Friday Night Lights") plays Ryan Revis, the intelligent, good looking world-class athlete who had it all, including Lisa Prince, who shows up at Alvey's gym after doing time in prison, which was precipitated by a spiraling drug addiction. Jonathan Tucker ("Parenthood") plays Jay, Alvey's eldest son, once a promising fighter, who is struggling with addiction. Nick Jonas plays Nate, Alvey's youngest son and the prized fighter at the gym. Joanna Going ("House of Cards," "Mad Men") plays Christina, Alvey's estranged wife and mother to Jay and Nate.
CUTTING CREW (EL REY)
· [series premiere] · 10/8/14 at 10:00 PM
· [regularly airs] · wednesdays from 10:00 PM-11:00 PM EST
(from El Rey's press release, July 2014) "Cutting Crew" explores the edgy artistry of a dynamic team of barbers who have made a name for themselves by thinking outside the stylist box. Produced by Big Vida Entertainment for El Rey Network, "Cutting Crew" is comprised of eight, hour-long installments. Showcasing masterful motifs that are anything but ordinary, this group of creatives knows how to make a statement. Whether they are executing a simple fade, an elaborate or memorable design, or shaving back hair into the shape of a Batman emblem, the passionate team of "scissor-happy" artistes use razors and clippers to get the job done. At the barbershop, there is a serious dedication to the craft, but there is nothing serious about the raucous crew that works for award-winning barber Amit Corso who opened his shop outside of Philadelphia in 2005 (after spending most of his young life tortured by his mother's DIY haircuts). But barbering isn't the only thing going on at the shop-- in between the fades and shaves, this band of barbers finds time to bicker, debate, joke around and cook up challenges that range from testing feats of strength to more juvenile endeavors that just give everyone a good chuckle. But in the end, it's the camaraderie in this diverse group that is the heart of "Cutting Crew."
CRISTELA (ABC)
· [series premiere] · 10/10/14 at 8:30 PM
· [regularly airs] · fridays from 8:30 PM-9:00 PM EST
(from ABC's press release, May 2014) In her sixth year of law school, Cristela (Cristela Alonzo) is finally on the brink of landing her first big (unpaid) internship at a prestigious law firm. The only problem is that her pursuit of success is more ambitious than her traditional Mexican-American family thinks is appropriate. She's stuck straddling the old culture she's trying to modernize at home with her working-class family and the modern world she's trying to embrace in her professional career. Breakout comedian Cristela Alonzo stars in this hilarious comedy about laughing your way down the path to the new American dream.
JANE THE VIRGIN (THE CW)
· [series premiere] · 10/13/14 at 9:00 PM
· [regularly airs] · mondays from 9:00 PM-10:00 PM EST
(from The CW's press release, May 2014) When Jane Villanueva was a young girl, her grandmother, Alba, convinced her of two things: telenovelas are the highest form of entertainment, and women must protect their virginity at all costs. Now age 23, Jane is a driven young woman studying to become a teacher, nursing a dream to be a writer, and supporting herself with a job at a hot new Miami hotel. All the years of watching telenovelas with the two women who raised her - her sexy, young-at-heart mother, Xiomara, and her still-devout grandmother, Alba - have given Jane a slightly unrealistic view of romance. Still, she is determined not to make the same mistake her mother made - becoming an unwed mother at 16. Jane has managed to find a wonderful fiancé: a handsome, hard-working detective named Michael, who loves her enough to accept her detailed timeline for their future together and even her insistence on "saving herself" until they're married. All of Jane's meticulous life plans are turned upside down, however, when she sees her doctor for a routine check-up and is accidentally artificially inseminated with a specimen meant for the patient in the next room. Unbeknownst to her, the specimen belongs to Rafael, a reformed playboy and cancer survivor, who is not only the new owner of the hotel where Jane works but also a former summer crush of hers. A few weeks later, the unsuspecting Jane is faced with the most important decisions of her life. Will she continue with the pregnancy? How can she explain the situation to her fiancé and family? And what should she do about the wishes of the biological father, Rafael, and his scheming wife Petra? Though she has always tried to be the good girl who does the right thing, Jane's life has suddenly become as dramatic and complicated as the telenovelas she has always loved. The series stars Gina Rodriguez ("Filly Brown," "The Bold and the Beautiful") as Jane, Justin Baldoni ("Single Ladies," "The Bold and the Beautiful") as Rafael, Brett Dier ("Ravenswood") as Michael, Andrea Navedo ("Law & Order: Special Victims Unit," "Golden Boy") as Xiomara, Yael Grobglas ("Reign") as Petra, Ivonne Coll ("Switched at Birth," "The Bold and the Beautiful") as Alba and Jaime Camil ("Devious Maids," "Que pobres tan ricos") as Rogelio. JANE THE VIRGIN is produced by CBS Television Studios and Warner Bros. Television, in association with Electus, with executive producers Jennie Snyder Urman ("Emily Owens, M.D."), Ben Silverman ("The Biggest Loser"), Gary Pearl ("10.5: Apocalypse"), Jorge Granier ("Que el Cielo Me Explique") and Brad Silberling ("Reign," "City of Angels"). The pilot was directed by Brad Silberling.
CAR MATCHMAKER (ESQUIRE)
· [series premiere] · 10/14/14 at 9:00 PM
· [regularly airs] · tuesdays from 9:00 PM-10:00 PM EST
(from Esquire's press release, July 2014) CAR MATCHMAKER: Former Seinfeld writer and talk show host, Spike Feresten, is the guy to go to when you need a new set of wheels. In this original 13-part series, Feresten finds a guy in need of a car, gets to know him, and then draws upon two decades of expertise and instinct to find three different cars perfectly suited to the buyer. At the end of each episode, a car is chosen. But will Spike agree with the buyer's choice? For that matter, will you? Executive produced by Ellen Rakieten of Ellen Rakieten Entertainment, a division of Relativity Television, the series premieres Tuesday, October 14 at 9/8c.
MARRY ME (NBC)
· [series premiere] · 10/14/14 at 9:00 PM
· [regularly airs] · tuesdays from 9:00 PM-9:30 PM EST
(from NBC's press release, May 2014) Six years ago, Annie (Casey Wilson, "Happy Endings") and Jake (Ken Marino, "Eastbound & Down") bonded over their mutual love of nachos and they've been inseparable ever since. Now, after returning from a romantic two-week island vacation, Jake's all set to pop the question. Before he can ask, though, Annie lets loose on Jake for his inability to commit. She was expecting him to "put a ring on it" in paradise and now Jake's perfect proposal is ruined. Not wanting to spend the next 60 years talking about that mess of a proposal, Jake and Annie decide to hold off on the engagement until they can do it right. Yet if history tells us anything, it's when we really want things to go right that they all tend to go wrong. The only thing we know for sure is these two are destined to be together whether they can get it together or not.
HOW WE GOT TO NOW (PBS)
· [series premiere] · 10/15/14 at 9:00 PM
· [regularly airs] · wednesdays from 10:00 PM-11:00 PM EST
(from PBS's press release, May 2014) Join best-selling author Steven Johnson to hear the stories behind remarkable ideas that made modern life possible, the unsung heroes who brought them about and the unexpected and bizarre consequences each of these innovations triggered. Wednesdays, October 15, 9:00-11:00 p.m. ET and October 22-November 12, 10:00-11:00 p.m. ET; order TBD
FREESTYLE LOVE SUPREME (PIVOT)
· [series premiere] · 10/17/14 at 10:00 PM
· [regularly airs] · fridays from 10:00 PM-10:30 PM EST
(from Pivot's press release, July 2014) On Friday, October 17, Pivot will debut two new half hour series during the 10 p.m. hour, Freestyle Love Supreme, a new comedic improv series inspired by the acclaimed stage show from Tony and Grammy award-winners, Lin-Manuel Miranda and Thomas Kail. And Welcome to Fairfax, a series that explores the vibrant and arts district of Los Angeles and the entrepreneurs who work and live on these blocks. Freestyle Love Supreme, the high-energy, comedic hip-hop improv show from Lin-Manuel Miranda and Thomas Kail, creators of the Tony and Grammy award-winning musical, "In The Heights," made its television debut on Pivot as an original special, and was picked up for 10 half-hour episodes. Touted by The New York Times as "masters in the art of Freestyle rhyme," "Freestyle Love Supreme" uses rap to spin audience suggestions into fully-realized musical numbers. In addition to Lin-Manuel, the team includes Utkarsh Ambudkar, Anthony Veneziale, Chris Sullivan, Bill Sherman, Arthur Lewis, and special guests. The live portions of the series will film at the famous Ars Nova Theater in Manhattan. Love Supreme was conceived by Anthony Veneziale and Thomas Kail. The series is executive produced by Anthony Veneziale, Thomas Kail, Jon Steingart and Jill Furman for Ars Nova, and Ryan McFaul. Jeff Skoll and Christy Spitzer serve as executive producers for Pivot.
WELCOME TO FAIRFAX (PIVOT)
· [series premiere] · 10/17/14 at 10:00 PM
· [regularly airs] · fridays from 10:30 PM-11:00 PM EST
(from Pivot's press release, July 2014) On Friday, October 17, Pivot will debut two new half hour series during the 10 p.m. hour, Freestyle Love Supreme, a new comedic improv series inspired by the acclaimed stage show from Tony and Grammy award-winners, Lin-Manuel Miranda and Thomas Kail. And Welcome to Fairfax, a series that explores the vibrant and arts district of Los Angeles and the entrepreneurs who work and live on these blocks. Shot in cinema vérité style, Welcome to Fairfax is comprised of 10, half-hour episodes that focus on the journeys of the young entrepreneurs living and working in the Fairfax District of Los Angeles, a neighborhood brimming with those on the cusp of breaking onto the national stage. Among the many locals featured are Gavin "Mizzle" McNeill, a self-taught creative director and the embodiment of the "do-it-yourself" ethic that is the code of the Fairfax scene. Mizzle is an entrepreneur and founder of the street wear line "Just Be Cool" who works to balance managing his store and growing his brand while also caring for his father, Fred McNeill, Sr., a former NFL Star who suffers from dementia and CTE (chronic traumatic encephalopathy); Felicia La Tour, Mizzle's girlfriend, who grew up in the violence of poverty-plagued Stockton, CA, came to Fairfax to pursue her own dreams. As a successful makeup artist, she is now hoping to pay it forward by mentoring young women; Julian "Jay Uggh" Smith is a hip-hop emcee who is at the forefront of the music scene in Fairfax and the founder of CBG ("Chill Black Guys") with fellow members Young Hawaii Slim and Corzillah, a charismatic rap group with the potential to cross over from underground notoriety to worldwide success; Gabe Brooks has all the abilities to become a star as a street BMX rider, but must face the ghosts of his gang-affiliated past; and Tori Bradley, a newcomer to Fairfax, who came to the block to be a part of the street-wear explosion while leaving behind an abusive relationship and now is passionate about raising awareness about domestic violence. Welcome to Fairfax is produced by Matador with executive producers Todd Lubin, Jay Peterson, Ryan Sidhoo, Ben Selkow, and Jonathan Silberberg. Jeff Skoll and Christy Spitzer serve as executive producers for Pivot.
AFFAIR, THE (SHOWTIME)
· [series premiere] · 10/19/14 at 10:00 PM
· [regularly airs] · sundays from 10:00 PM-11:00 PM EST
(from Showtime's press release, July 2014) SHOWTIME has announced the premiere date for the network's provocative new drama series THE AFFAIR, which will make its series premiere on Sunday, October 19th at 10 pm ET/PT. Currently in production in Montauk, NY, on ten episodes, THE AFFAIR stars Golden Globe(R) nominees Dominic West (The Wire) and Ruth Wilson (Luther), as well as Emmy(R) nominee Maura Tierney (ER) and SAG Award(R) nominee Joshua Jackson (Fringe). THE AFFAIR explores the emotional and psychological effects of an extramarital affair. The provocative drama will be told separately from the male and female perspectives - using the distinct memory biases to both misdirect and intrigue. Wilson plays Alison, a young woman waiting tables at a popular Hamptons diner, trying to piece her life back together in the wake of a tragedy. Her husband Cole (Jackson), struggles to keep it all together, both with his wife and the financially-strained ranch that has been in his family for generations. Their emotionally-charged marriage becomes even more complicated when Alison begins an affair with Noah (West), a New York City public school teacher and aspiring novelist who is spending the summer at his in-laws' estate out on the island. Tierney plays Helen, Noah's college sweetheart, best friend, mother of his children, lover and wife of 17 years. Award-winning playwright and writer/producer Sarah Treem (House of Cards, In Treatment) wrote the original script from a story created with Hagai Levi. They first worked together on the American adaption of Levi's show In Treatment. Treem and Levi will both serve as executive producers, along with executive producer and director Jeffrey Reiner (Friday Night Lights) and executive producer Eric Overmyer.
CONSTANTINE (NBC)
· [series premiere] · 10/24/14 at 10:00 PM
· [regularly airs] · fridays from 10:00 PM-11:00 PM EST
(from NBC's press release, May 2014) Based on the wildly popular DC Comics series "Hellblazer," seasoned demon hunter and master of the occult John Constantine (Matt Ryan, "Criminal Minds") specializes in giving hell... hell. Armed with a ferocious knowledge of the dark arts and his wickedly naughty wit, he fights the good fight - or at least he did. With his soul already damned to hell, he's decided to leave his do-gooder life behind, but when demons target Liv (Lucy Griffiths, "True Blood"), the daughter of one of Constantine's oldest friends, he's reluctantly thrust back into the fray - and he'll do whatever it takes to save her. Before long, it's revealed that Liv's "second sight" - an ability to see the worlds behind our world and predict supernatural occurrences - is a threat to a mysterious new evil that's rising in the shadows. Now it's not just Liv who needs protection; the angels are starting to get worried too. So, together, Constantine and Liv must use her power and his skills to travel the country, find the demons that threaten our world and send them back where they belong. After that, who knows... maybe there's hope for him and his soul after all.
DEATH COMES TO PEMBERLEY (PBS)
· [original mini-series premiere] · 10/26/14 at 9:00 PM
(from PBS's press release, May 2014) An adaptation of P.D. James' witty and inventive continuation of Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice picks up the story six years after the marriage of Elizabeth and Darcy. As preparations are being made for a ball at their Pemberley home, the discovery of a corpse brings an abrupt and shocking halt to the proceedings - and a threat to all that the Darcys hold dear. A co-production of ORIGIN PICTURES and MASTERPIECE. Sundays, October 26-November 2, 9:00-10:30 p.m. ET
FAKE OFF (TRUTV)
· [series premiere] · 10/27/14 at 10:00 PM
· [regularly airs] · mondays from 10:00 PM-11:00 PM EST
(from truTV's press release, June 2014) Fake Off is a truly unique performance competition in which ten teams from around the country will vie against each other in the captivating art of Faking, a mix of theater, acrobatics, black light and illusion. Actor and dancer Robert Hoffman (Step Up 2: The Streets, 90210) will host the series, which will feature an impressive judging panel that includes music superstar and five-time Grammy winner Rozonda "Chilli" Thomas of the mega-group TLC; actor-dancer-choreographer Harry Shum Jr. (Glee, The LXD); and world renowned visual & concept designer Michael Curry (Broadway's The Lion King, Cirque du Soleil's Love). In an elimination competition unlike anything American audiences have seen before, teams will reimagine iconic moments in pop culture to see who's got the skills to be named America's Fake Off Champions. truTV has ordered eight episodes of Fake Off, which is being produced for the network by Shine America.
FRIENDS OF THE PEOPLE (TRUTV)
· [series premiere] · 10/28/14 at 10:00 PM
· [regularly airs] · tuesdays from 10:00 PM-10:30 PM EST
(from truTV's press release, June 2014) Friends of the People is truTV's first-ever sketch-comedy series. In the show, comedians Kevin Barnett, Jennifer Bartels, Jermaine Fowler, Lil Rel Howery, The Lucas Bros. and Josh Rabinowitz will take sketch comedy to the next level, with a combination of scripted scenes, man-on-the-street segments and more, including a previously-untold story from television history, and the adventures of "Tracy Morgan Freeman." truTV has ordered 10 episodes of Friends of the People, which is being produced by 3 Arts Entertainment and Marobru Productions.
MCCARTHYS, THE (CBS)
· [series premiere] · 10/30/14 at 9:31 PM
· [regularly airs] · thursdays from 9:30 PM-10:00 PM EST
(from CBS's press release, May 2014) THE McCARTHYS is a multi-camera comedy about a loud, sports-crazed Boston family whose somewhat athletically challenged son, Ronny (Tyler Ritter), is chosen by his father to be his assistant high school basketball coach, much to the surprise of his more qualified siblings. Ronny wants nothing more than to move away, join the singles scene and find a partner. His distraught mother, Marjorie (Laurie Metcalf), is not upset that her favorite son is gay, but that he wants to leave Boston and his family. Ronny's plans change, however, when his politically incorrect and outspoken father, Arthur (Jack McGee), stuns everyone with his choice for an assistant. Touched by his father's offer, Ronny embarks on a completely different future - and he can be sure that his loving, tight-knit family is going to have a very vocal opinion about it. Jimmy Dunn, Joey McIntyre and Kelen Coleman also star. Brian Gallivan, Mike Sikowitz, Will Gluck and Andy Ackerman are the executive producers for Sony Pictures Television in association with CBS Television Studios. Emmy Award winner Andy Ackerman directed the pilot.
ANGEL ON MY TREE (HALLMARK)
· [original telefilm] · 11/1/14 at 8:00 PM
(from Hallmark's press release, March 2014) When Carrie, a hopeless romantic, wishes on a Christmas tree ornament for a great romance, she doesn't expect it to materialize into a choice between three suitors and a quest to find her true love before Christmas day. Stars: TBD. Premieres: Saturday, November 1 @ 8pm ET/PT, 7C.
DEATH COMES TO PEMBERLEY (PBS)
· [original mini-series finale] · 11/2/14 at 9:00 PM
(from PBS's press release, May 2014) An adaptation of P.D. James' witty and inventive continuation of Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice picks up the story six years after the marriage of Elizabeth and Darcy. As preparations are being made for a ball at their Pemberley home, the discovery of a corpse brings an abrupt and shocking halt to the proceedings - and a threat to all that the Darcys hold dear. A co-production of ORIGIN PICTURES and MASTERPIECE. Sundays, October 26-November 2, 9:00-10:30 p.m. ET
NORTHPOLE (HALLMARK)
· [original telefilm] · 11/15/14 at 8:00 PM
(from Hallmark's press release, March 2014) Hallmark Channel, in collaboration with Hallmark Cards, Inc., announces production is underway on "Northpole," an eye-popping wonder of a Hallmark Channel Original Holiday Movie which has its World Premiere, Saturday, November 15 (8 p.m. ET/PT, 7C). As the first full-length, two-hour original holiday movie that Hallmark Channel and Hallmark Cards, Inc. have created together, "Northpole" is a magically thrilling holiday adventure never been seen before on the network that will employ state-of-the-art CGI technology taking viewers right into the enchanting and vibrant world of Santa Claus and Christmas magic. The first "Northpole" film will star Tiffani Thiessen ("Beverly Hills, 90210"), Josh Hopkins ("Cougar Town"), Bailee Madison ("Trophy Wife," "Pete's Christmas"), Max Charles ("Mr. Peabody & Sherman") and last season's "American Idol" champion Candice Glover in this charming tale about a reporter who, with the help of her son and his teacher, attempts to recapture the joy of the holiday season to save Christmas after the world has begun to lose faith. "Northpole" will premiere as part of the network's annual "Countdown to Christmas," the #1 most treasured holiday destination by television viewers.
WORRICKER (PBS)
· [original mini-series finale] · 11/16/14 at 9:00 PM
(from PBS's press release, May 2014) Bill Nighy reprises his role as MI5 spy Johnny Worricker in a follow-up to the acclaimed "Page Eight" (MASTERPIECE, 2011). Worricker, who has just left his job at MI5, escapes to the distant islands of Turks & Caicos, where an order from the CIA puts him back to work. The top-tier cast also includes Christopher Walken, Winona Ryder, Helena Bonham Carter and Ralph Fiennes. Written and directed by David Hare. A Carnival Films/Heydey Films/Beagle Pug/MASTERPIECE co-production in association with NBC Universal for the BBC. Sunday, November 9, 9:00-11:00 p.m. ET; The Worricker trilogy concludes with Johnny (Bill Nighy) and Margot (Helena Bonham Carter) managing to stay ahead of an international dragnet all across Europe. British Prime Minister Alec Beasley (Ralph Fiennes) and old MI5 colleague Jill Tankard (Judy Davis) desperately want Johnny back - but for different reasons. Who will win this frenzied game of spy versus spy? Written and directed by David Hare. A Carnival Films/Heydey Films/Beagle Pug/MASTERPIECE co-production in association with NBC Universal for the BBC. Sunday, November 16, 9:00-11:00 p.m. ET
STATE OF AFFAIRS (NBC)
· [series premiere] · 11/17/14 at 10:00 PM
· [regularly airs] · mondays from 10:00 PM-11:00 PM EST
(from NBC's press release, May 2014) Each day the President is faced with dozens of life and death decisions, and to prioritize the biggest international crises facing the country, one top CIA analyst - Charleston Tucker (Katherine Heigl, "Grey's Anatomy") - assembles the President's Daily Briefing (PDB). This list of the most vital security issues facing the nation brings with it moral and political judgment calls for Charleston and her trusted group of brilliant analysts at the agency. Aside from the political minefields she has to walk, Charlie has a close personal relationship with the President (Alfre Woodard, "Desperate Housewives") because she was once engaged to her son before a tragic terrorist attack took his life. Charlie survived that attack and is now determined to bring the perpetrators to justice. Navigating a complex personal life and a pressure-cooker profession is, of course, a challenge, and Charlie sometimes engages in boundary-pushing behavior to avoid facing her grief. But when the clock strikes 2 a.m., she is all about her job - protecting her nation, serving her President and still trying to get to the bottom of her fiancé's murder that will reveal itself as a shocking mystery.
ONE CHILD (SUNDANCE)
· [original mini-series premiere] · 11/28/14 at 9:00 PM
(from SundanceTV's press release, July 2014) This Thanksgiving, SundanceTV will offer a feast for thought on the definition of family, with the Thanksgiving weekend debut of its newest original mini-series "One Child." It was announced today at the Television Critics Association press tour, that the four-hour series penned by Guy Hibbert (Complicit, Five Minutes of Heaven) which stars, Katie Leung (Harry Potter) and features Emmy (R) nominated actress Elizabeth Perkins ("Weeds") and Donald Sumpter ("Game of Thrones", The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo) will air as a two-night special event on Friday, November 28th and Saturday, November 29th. "One Child" follows the journey of a Chinese-born young woman adopted by British parents as she struggles in the face of crisis to determine her family loyalties, true identity and the meaning of family. Perkins and Sumpter play Katherine and Jim Arthurton, British adoptive parents of Mei (Leung), a first-born Chinese girl. Mei's birth mother calls her back to Guangzhou in desperation, seeking help to save her son who has been wrongly-accused of murder. The journey explores Mei's inner battle as she decides how far she will go to help the woman who gave her away and the brother she's never met.
ONE CHILD (SUNDANCE)
· [original mini-series finale] · 11/29/14 at 9:00 PM
(from SundanceTV's press release, July 2014) This Thanksgiving, SundanceTV will offer a feast for thought on the definition of family, with the Thanksgiving weekend debut of its newest original mini-series "One Child." It was announced today at the Television Critics Association press tour, that the four-hour series penned by Guy Hibbert (Complicit, Five Minutes of Heaven) which stars, Katie Leung (Harry Potter) and features Emmy (R) nominated actress Elizabeth Perkins ("Weeds") and Donald Sumpter ("Game of Thrones", The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo) will air as a two-night special event on Friday, November 28th and Saturday, November 29th. "One Child" follows the journey of a Chinese-born young woman adopted by British parents as she struggles in the face of crisis to determine her family loyalties, true identity and the meaning of family. Perkins and Sumpter play Katherine and Jim Arthurton, British adoptive parents of Mei (Leung), a first-born Chinese girl. Mei's birth mother calls her back to Guangzhou in desperation, seeking help to save her son who has been wrongly-accused of murder. The journey explores Mei's inner battle as she decides how far she will go to help the woman who gave her away and the brother she's never met.
PETER PAN LIVE! (NBC)
· [original telefilm] · 12/4/14 at 8:00 PM
(from NBC's press release, July 2014) Oscar-winning actor Christopher Walken, one of the most revered talents of his generation and a veteran of film, television and stage, will portray the iconic Captain Hook in NBC's Dec. 4 telecast of "Peter Pan Live!" "We are absolutely delighted that Christopher Walken will be putting his unique stamp on Captain Hook for our holiday musical event 'Peter Pan Live!,'" said Robert Greenblatt, Chairman, NBC Entertainment. "He's not only one of the most versatile actors in our business, but his love of musicals and uncanny abilities as a dancer make him perfect for stepping into this classic James M. Barrie character. Get ready to be charmed, amused, frightened and dazzled by Captain Hook in an entirely original way." "We're so happy to reunite with Chris, who starred in our film version of 'Hairspray,'" said "Peter Pan Live!" executive producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron. "The exhilarating thing about doing these live musicals is giving the stage to a thrilling performer like Chris, and seeing his once-in-a-lifetime performance unfold at the same moment the audience is watching at home."
POLKA KINGS (REELZ)
· [series premiere] · 1/6/15 at 10:00 PM
· [regularly airs] · tuesdays from 10:00 PM-11:00 PM EST
(from Reelz's press release, July 2014) Reelz also set the premiere date for its new original reality series Polka Kings (working title) as Tuesday, January 6, 2015. Polka Kings shows the incredible journey The Chardon Polka Band embarks upon as they try to survive each other and keep their personal and professional lives from derailing their quest for stardom. The group is always finding themselves in crazy situations ranging from private parties in nursing homes, Ukrainian summer camps to the Duct Tape Festival in Avon, Ohio. Each week Polka Kings follows the dynamic group's attempts to break through and achieve mainstream status and their ultimate goal of headlining their dream event: Oktoberfest in Germany. Polka Kings is produced by High Noon Entertainment with Jim Berger, Scott Feeley, Patrick Jager and Ross McCall serving as Executive Producers.
ALLEGIANCE (NBC)
· [series premiere] · 2/5/15 at 10:00 PM
· [regularly airs] · thursdays from 10:00 PM-11:00 PM EST
(from NBC's press release, May 2014) Alex O'Connor (Gavin Stenhouse, "Person of Interest"), a young idealistic CIA analyst specializing in Russian affairs, learns a shocking secret and his close-knit, affluent family is about to be split apart when its revealed that his parents, Mark (Scott Cohen, "Necessary Roughness") and Katya (Hope Davis, "The Newsroom," "In Treatment") are covert Russian spies deactivated decades ago. But today the Kremlin has re-enlisted them into service as they plan a terrorist operation inside the U.S. border that will bring America to its knees. Years ago, Russian-born Katya was tasked by the KGB to recruit American businessman Mark O'Connor as a spy -- and the two fell in love. A deal was struck: As long as Katya remained an asset for Russia, and it was agreed that her services could be called on in the future, she would be allowed to marry Mark and move to America. After years in America building a happy life and without word from Moscow, they thought they had escaped. Now it seems that the new Mother Russia has one more mission - turning Alex into a spy. For these anguished parents, the choice is clear: Betray their country or risk their family.
AD: AFTER THE BIBLE (NBC)
· [original mini-series premiere] · 4/5/15 at 9:00 PM
(from NBC's press release, May 2014) In the follow-up to the eye-opening success of "The Bible" miniseries on History, the 12-hour miniseries "A.D." - from producers Mark Burnett and Roma Downey - will look at the lives that were instantly altered following the death of Christ. His disciples, mother Mary and key political religious leaders at the time saw their world turned upside down and their lives forever altered. Beginning at that fateful moment of the Crucifixion and the Resurrection, part two of the greatest story ever told will focus on the disciples who had to go forward and disseminate the teachings of Christ to a world dominated by political unrest and the start of a whole new religion that would dramatically reshape the history of the world.