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The news broke yesterday that Starz has given the final season order to Outlander.

The series will come to an end after its eighth season, which will consist of 10 episodes.

But, don’t lose heart Outlander fans, as the show’s 7th season, which will consist of 16 episodes, will premiere on Starz sometime this summer; and given the show’s track record with breaks – otherwise known as Droughtlander – between seasons, the 8th and final season will most likely not air until 2025.

In the meantime, the cabler has also announced that a prequel centered on the love story of Jamie Fraser’s parents, Ellen MacKenzie and Brian Fraser, to be called Outlander: Blood of My Blood, has been given a series order. Outlander showrunner Matthew B. Roberts will serve as showrunner and executive producer on that new series, which will consist of 10 episodes for its debut season.

The new series will explore what lengths a person will go to find love in a time when love is considered a luxury, and when marriages are made strategically, often for political or financial gain. The title of the series is a nod to Jamie Fraser’s marriage vow to Claire and there will be several names and faces that Outlander fans will know and recognize.

Make sure to mark your calendars for season 7 of Outlander this summer on Starz.

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The folks over at TV Line have provided details on when Outlander will premiere season 7 on Starz as well as the first look at the trailer for the new season.

You can check out the trailer here.

Season 7 will include new faces Kristin Atherton (Doctors and Waterloo Road), who will take over as Jamie’s sister, Jenny Murray, a role played in Seasons 1 through 3 by Laura Donnelly and Charles Vandervaart (Lost in Space), who will play William Ransom, Jamie’s grown son. The returning faces in season 7 will include Graham McTavish (who played Dougal McKenzie), Nell Hudson (Laoghaire Fraser), Steven Cree (the elder Ian Murray), Lotte Verbeek (Geillis Duncan), Andrew Whipp (Brian Fraser), Layla Burns (Joan MacKimmmie).

Make sure to mark your calendars for the season premiere of season 7 of Outlander, which will air starting in the Summer of 2023.

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It’s been a difficult few years because of COVID and its lingering aftermath not to mention all the tragedies that have befallen our country – be it school shootings, racial tensions, horrific weather or everything in the world of politics. But with the bad comes the good, and I know many of us try, as best we can, to focus on the good.

The following are just some of the top stories for this year, broken down by month:

January

* The deadly row house fire in Philadelphia
* The horrible winter storm, which caused a tractor trailer pile-up on I-95 on the East Coast that trapped drivers for 27 hours
* The Founder of Oath Keepers and 10 other members arrested and charged with seditious conspiracy over the January 6 insurrection
* The men who killed Ahmaud Arbery sentenced to life in prison
* Amy Schneider won 40 consecutive victories on Jeopardy, winning over 1.3 million
* The Tsunami warning for the West Coast caused by below water volcanic eruption in the South Pacific and the island of Tonga covered in massive quantities of ash
* The North Texas Synagogue and some of its parishoners who were taken hostage
* The two NYPD officers who were gunned down

February

* Power outages, running 2000 miles
* Russia invades Ukraine
* Freedom Convoy protest in Ottawa
* First black woman on Supreme Court – Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson – nominated by President Biden

March

* Gas prices soaring
* The Emmett Till bill against lynching cleared congress
*The “Don’t Say Gay” bill passed in Florida

April

* President Biden pardoned three people in his first act of clemency
* Twitter’s board pulled “Posion Pill” in an effort to block Elon Musk takeover (he eventually got Twitter anyway)
* The slap heard round the world at the Oscars when Will Smith bitch-slapped Chris Rock
* Growing sanctions by various countries against Russia and their invasion of Ukraine

May

* The baby formula crisis
* The Monkeypox scare
* The departure of White House press secretary Jen Psaki
* School shooting in Uvalde, Texas by 18-year-old shooter
*Boston shooting by a radicalized 18-year-old, who believed in replacement theory where Black people are replacing whites

June

* Massive Jubilee celebration for Queen Elizabeth, 70 years as ruler
* The Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade
* The Supreme Court also overtutned gun conceal law in New York that would affect many other states
* Ghislane Maxwell sentenced to 20 years for sex trafficking of underage girls alongside the now deceased Jeffrey Epstein
*R. Kelly sentenced to 30 years in prison for racketeering and violating the Mann Act

July

* The shooting at a 4th of July parade in Highland Park, Illinois
* Boris Johnson resigned as U.K Prime Minister
* Massive flooding in Virginia and Kentucky

August

* WNBA player Brittney Griner sentenced to 9 years in Russian prison for drug smuggling
* Alex Jones, founder of fringe media outlet Infowars, ordered to pay 45 million in punitive damages to Sandy Hook Families.
* The flooding in Death Valley
* Raid on Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago home because of classified documents he took
* The Inflation Reduction Act passed
* Serena Williams plants to retire from tennis
* Lake Mead at unprecedented low levels with human remains discovered
* Salman Rashdie brutally attacked
* CDC ordered major overhaul of their organization
* Water crisis in Jackson, Mississippi due to massive flooding disaster
* The Warner Brothers Discovery merger decimating programs and massive cancellations
* The Oregon shooting in a Safeway grocery store

September

* Liz Truss became the new U.K. Prime Minister – only the third female PM in U.K. history (she resigned only a six weeks later)
* Roger Federer retiring from tennis
* Senate Republicans introduced a bill to ban abortion nationwide
* Massive protests over the death of Mahsa Amini, a young Iranian woman who died while in the custody of morality police for allegedly wearing a loose headscarf
* The human trafficking scandal by Ron DeSantis and Greg Abbott of migrants flown from Texas and Florida to Martha’s Vineyard
* Sir Elton John awarded National Humanities Medal by President Biden

October

* North Korea launching test-fire missiles over Japan
* Hurricane Ian hits Fort Myers, Florida and surrounding area causing massive flooding
* Rishi Sunak to become first non-white Prime Minister in U.K.
* Kevin Spacey found not liable in sexual abuse case
* Yet another school shooting in St. Louis, Missouri
* The deadly Halloween crowd-surge in Seoul, Korea
* The Kayne West antisemitic scandal

November

* The non-existent “Red Wave” that didn’t happen during the mid-term elections
* Alex Jones ordered to pay even more money to Sandy Hook families, now totalling nearly 1.5 billion dollars
* The election win by Senator Catherine Cortez Masto in Nevada, ensuring Democratic control over the Senate
* Ukraine getting part of their country back from the Russians who invaded
* Mike Pence breaks his silence on the January 6th insurrections (and much more) and releases a book
* RSV Respiratory Flu cases began rising to dangerous levels
* Roberta Flack has A.L.S. and can no longer sing
* Karen Bass elected first woman mayor of Los Angeles
* Iran’s security forces beating and killing teenagers as they crackdown on protests
* Nancy Pelosi stepping down as party leadership of Democrats in the House
* Elizabeth Holmes sentenced to over 11 years in prison for defrauding investors with her medical start-up Theranos
* The Danny Masterson trial ending in a hung jury
* Reality “stars” Todd and Julie Christley sentenced to multiple years in federal prison for bank fraud and tax evasion
* The Supreme Court permits House Democrats to obtain Donald Trump’s tax returns

December

* Raphael Warnock wins Senate seat in Georgia
* The Trump Organization found guilty in tax fraud scheme
* Germany arrests dozens of suspects planning to overthrow government
* Classified documents found in Donald Trump storage site
* Brittney Griner released from Russian prison in exchange for a Russian arms dealer
* Celine Dion diagnosed with rare neurological disorder
* Harvey Weinstein convicted on 3 Charges of rape and sexual assault
* The January 6 committee members voted to refer their findings to the Justice Department, urging officials there to criminally prosecute Donald Trump and several of his associates

That is quite the list of just some of the top news items throughout the year!

I hope that you will join me through the end of this year, as I focus on the best and the worst of 2022 in the worlds of TV and movies, TV ratings and so much more.

NOTE: I apologize in advance for any omissions, spelling errors or oversights I might have made, but I definitely don’t apologize for any choices I made.

TOMORROW: Top TV Moments

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It’s the final day of Comic Con 2022, and while there aren’t usually too many BIG panels set for the last day in San Diego, there were still a couple notable panels to talk about. And check out just some of the cosplayers on display this year:

Mayans M.C.

The show has been renewed for a 5th season by FX.

And here is a video interview from the folks at Entertainment Weekly with a few of the cast members:

What We Do in the Shadows

You can watch this video interview with some of the cast of and creatives behind What We Do in the SHadows courtesy of the folks at IGN.

Here are more Comic Con Portraits from the folks at TV Insider.

And, thanks to the folks over at Syfy, Gizmodo and Yahoo, the following are pictures of just some of the cosplayers at this year’s fete:

Day One Cosplayers

Day One Cosplayers

Day Two Cosplayers

Day Two Cosplayers

Day Three Cosplayers

Until next year!!

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It’s Day Three of San Diego Comic Con, and that means the big guns are pulled out (metaphorically speaking) with movie trailers, big name stars and tons of reveals made all throughout the convention center and the surrounding area.

The first big trailer to be shown was for the upcoming sequel movie Shazam: Fury of the Gods and it does NOT disappoint. You can see the trailer below:

DC Universe

Here is the Comic Con Sneak Peek at Dwayne Johnson in Black Adam:

Here is an article from the folks at Variety about what else the DC Universe did (and didn’t) share in Hall H today.

Apple TV+

The third and final season of the Jason Momoa series See will premiere on the streaming service on August 26, and here is the trailer for that final chapter:

Evil

Check out this video interview, featuring some of the cast of the Paramount+ (formerly CBS) thriller series Evil courtesy of the folks at Entertainment Weekly.

House of the Dragon

Here is an article from the folks at Variety about the much-anticipated Game of Thrones prequel series House of the Dragon.

You can also see the official trailer for the new series below:

Star Trek Universe

Here is a teaser trailer for season 3 of Star Trek: Picard:

Here is an article from the folks at TV Line about Star Trek: Strange New World.

Anne Rice’s Interview With the Vampire

Again, thanks to the folks at Variety, here is an article [which includes a trailer) about the much-anticipated small screen series adaptation of Anne Rice’s Interview With the Vampire.

The Sandman

From the visionary author Neil Gaiman, Netflix will debut the highly anticipated small screen adaptation of The Sandman with an impressive ensemble cast. You can see the trailer below:

The Orville

Check out this video interview with much of the cast of The Orville courtesy of the folks at Entertainment Weekly.

Resident Alien

Here is a video interview with the hysterical cast of Syf’s Resident Alien via the folks at Entertainment Weely.

Marvel Studios

And, of course, the folks at Marvel Studios had a TON of movies and projects to provide details about.

Here is an article from TV Line about plans for Phase 5 of the MC Universe

In line with that article, it’s official that Daredevil will back this time on Disney+. Check out this article from TV Line for more details about that.

Here is an article from Variety about the next movie in the Ant-Man franchise.

Here is an article from Variety about Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3.

Here is an article, also from Variety, about the MCU’s latest reboot of the Fantastic Four set for November 2024.

Here is an article from Variety about two new Avengers movies to end the MCU Phase 6 in 2025.

And, here is the visually stunning trailer for Black Panther: Wakanda Forever:

Kevin Smith

Check out this article about the Comic Con “God” Kevin Smith and what’s on tap from him thanks to the folks at MSN.

Make sure to check out the Comic Con Portraits done by the folks at TV Insider.

Make sure to come back tomorrow for the final report on Day 4 of Comic Con as this year’s fete comes to an end.

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It’s Day Two of San Diego Comic Con, and while there were endless panels and events all over the place around and inside the convention center, the following were some of the bigger shows and/or movies that were highlighted throughout the day today:

The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power

You can check out this article from the folks at TV Line.

And, here is a direct link to the full trailer for the much anticipated small screen adaptation of the legendary movies based on the even more legendary story by J.R.R. Tolkien:

Paper Girls

The brand new Amazon Prime retro series is based on the comic book of the same and set in the early hours after Halloween in 1988, centered around four paper girls who are out on their delivery route where they get caught in the crossfire between warring time-travelers.

You can read this article about the show’s panel courtesy of Yahoo News; and watch the Entertainment Weekly interview with the cast and creatives too.

Here is a trailer for the new drama:

The Walking Dead Franchise

Here is the trailer for the latest installation of The Walking Dead Universe: Tales of the Walking Dead:

As well as an article from the folks at Variety about the new show.

And here is an article, also from Variety, about the final episodes of the flagship series – The Walking Dead.

Then there is the news that the Rick Grimes movies are being scrapped for a limited series that will star Andrew Lincoln and Danai Guirira. You can read more about it here courtesy of the folks at TV Line.

For All Mankind

Not only has the show been given a season four renewal (YES!!), but they made an appearance at Comic Con. You can read an article from Deadline here, and they included a couple pictures of the cast and creatives who were on hand to talk all things alternate space drama.

Green Lantern: Beware My Power

The animated movie, starring Aldis Hodge as the voice of John Stewart, was one of the big, end of the day panels to take the stage. Read this exclusive article from the folks at ComicBookMovies.com

You can also check out this cool cavalcade of photos, courtesy of Entertainment Weekly, showing just some of the celebs and creatives who were on hand at Comic Con yesterday.

Again, this was just a small sample of the panels and events that took place at San Diego Comic Con 2022 today.

Make sure to come back tomorrow for even more, as Saturday is always the BIG day at the annual fete.

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This year’s annual fete actually took place in person in San Deigo, starting off with a big panel in Hall H for the upcoming box office movie Dungeons & Dragons that will star Chris Pine (Star Trek reboot franchise), Rege Jean-Page (from Bridgerton), Justice Smith (from the Jurassic World movies), Michelle Rodriguez (from the Fast & Furious franchise) and the one and only Hugh Grant.

Here is a trailer for Dungeons & Dragons:

Nathan Fillion and Niecy Nash for The Rookie and The Rookie: Feds

Check out this article from the folks at TV Insider about their panel.

The Rookie and The Rookie: Feds Virtual Panel [Photo Credit: Amy Sussman/Getty Images]

Ghosts

You can read this article about the panel courtesy of MSN.

Ghosts Panel [Photo Credit: Amy Sussman/Getty Images]

Teen Wolf: The Reunion Movie

Check out this article from the folks at TV Line about the reunion movie.

Here is a trailer for the much-anticipated movie reunion of the long-running hit thriller series:

National Treasure: Edge of History

Here is an article about the new series from the folks at Variety.

Check out this teaser for the new small screen adaptation series of the popular movie franchise:

Vampire Academy

Check out this article from MSN about the new showl

Here is a trailer for the new small screen adaptation series of the popular book franchise:

This is just a small sample of the panels and events that took place at San Diego Comic Con 2022 today.

Come back tomorrow for more!

REVISED: Sarah Michelle Gellar (Buffy, the Vampire Slayer herself) will star and executive produce the Paramount+ original series Wolf Pack, the sequel of sorts to Teen Wolf. The story behind the new thriller series is based on the book series by Edo Van Belkom, followiong a teenage boy and girl whose lives are forever changed when a California wildfire awakens a terrifying supernatural creature. Gellar will star as arson investigator Kristin Ramsey, a highly regarded expert in her field and no stranger to personal loss, brought in by authorities to catch the teenage arsonist who started a massive wildfire which may have also led to the reawakening of a supernatural predator terrorizing Los Angeles.

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FOX has finally released their proposed fall schedule, along with premiere dates. The schedule to that follows includes the shows that have been picked up and new shows that will debut in the fall, as well as what will air mid-season.

As usual, I will primarily be focusing on the returning and new dramas.

The expected fall line-up for FOX is as follows: (please note this schedule could change):

SUNDAY [Starting September 11]
8 pm Monarch [NEW] (Series Premiere) [After NFL Double-Header]

This series is a Texas-sized, multigenerational musical drama about America’s first family of country music. The Romans are headed by the insanely talented, but tough as nails Queen of Country Music Dottie Cantrell Roman (Susan Sarandon). Along with her beloved husband, Albie (country artist Trace Atkins), Dottie has created a country music dynasty. But even though the Roman name is synonymous with authenticity, the very foundation of their success is a lie. And when their reign as country royalty is put in jeopardy, heir to the crown Nicolette “Nicky” Roman (Anna Friel from Pushing Daisies) will stop at nothing to protect her family’s legacy, while ensuring her own quest for stardom. The cast includes Josh Sasse (Galavant and the Hallmark Channel movie Her Pen Pal).

MONDAY [Starting September 19]
8 PM – 9-1-1
9 PM – The Cleaning Lady

TUESDAY [Starting September 20]
8 pm The Resident
9 pm Monarch (Regular Time Slot Premiere)

WEDNESDAY [Starting September 21]
8 PM – The Masked Singer
9 PM – LEGO Masters

THURSDAY [Starting September 29]
8 PM – Hell’s Kitchen
9 PM – Welcome to Flatch (New Timeslot)
9:30 PM – Call Me Kat (New Timeslot)

FRIDAY
8 PM – Friday Night SmackDown

SUNDAY [Starting September 25]
8 PM – The Simpsons
8:30 PM – The Great North
9 PM – Bob’s Burgers
9:30 PM – Family Guy

The dramas Fantasy Island and 9-1-1: Lone Star will be held back until mid-season along with the new dramas Accused and Alert.

NOTE: Fantasy Island was to air this summer, and then it was bumped to the fall and now it’s been moved to mid-season of 2023.

Accused – The anthology drama opens in a courtroom with a defendant being accused of a crime, then backtracks to reveal how these people got caught up in the extraordinary situations in which they find themselves. Each season will focus on a different crime. The actors who will be seen in the show include Michael Chiklis, Jill Hennessy, Whitney Cummings, Abigail Breslin, Aisha Dee, Oakes Fegley and Robert Wisdom

Alert – This is a character-driven police procedural about the LAMPU — the Los Angeles Police Department’s missing person’s unit. When police officer Nikki Parker’s son goes missing, she joins the LAPD’s Missing Person’s Unit to help other people find their loved ones, even as she searches for her own. Six years later, her world is turned upside-down when her ex-husband, Devon Zoellner, shows up with a proof-of-life photo of their missing boy. Or is it? The cast has yet to be announced.

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Today’s upfront presentation was made by The CW, announcing its expected fall TV schedule, that includes the shows that have been picked up and new shows that will debut in the fall, as well as what will air mid-season.

As usual, I will primarily be focusing on the returning and new dramas.

The expected fall line-up for The CW is as follows: (please note this schedule could change):

MONDAY
8 PM – All American
9 PM – All American: Homecoming

TUESDAY
8 PM – The Winchesters [NEW]
9 PM – Professionals [NEW] [International Acquisition]

The Winchesters is the Supernatural prequel spinoff that will center round Dean and Sam’s parents, John (Drake Rodger from The In Between) and Mary Winchester (Meg Donnelly from American Housewife). This will be the epic, untold love story of how John met Mary and how they put it all on the line to not only save their love, but the entire world.”

Professionals is the international action series that follows Vincent Corbo (Tom Welling from Smallville), a top-tier security operative, who is paid to protect the interests of rich and powerful clients by any means necessary – legal or not. After a next-gen medical satellite explodes on launch, Corbo is hired by the rocket’s designer – billionaire futurist Peter Swann (Brendan Fraser from Doom Patrol) — who suspects sabotage. Complicating Corbo’s new gig is his former paramour and now Swann’s fiancée, medical visionary Dr. Grace Davila (Elena Anaya from Wonder Woman), who is racing to help stave off a global catastrophe.

WEDNESDAY
8 PM – DC’s Stargirl (New Night)
9 PM – Kung Fu

THURSDAY
8 PM – Walker
9 PM – Walker Independence [NEW]

The spin-off origin story, Walker Independence, is set in the late 1800s that follows Abby Walker (Katherine McNamara from Shadowhunters and Arrow), an affluent Bostonian whose husband is murdered before her eyes while on their journey out West. On her quest for revenge, Abby crosses paths with Hoyt Rawlins (Matt Barr), a lovable rogue in search of purpose. Abby and Hoyt’s journey takes them to Independence, Texas, where they encounter diverse, eclectic residents running from their own troubled pasts and chasing their dreams. Our newfound family will struggle with the changing world around them, while becoming agents of change themselves in a town where nothing is what it seems.

FRIDAY
8 PM – Penn & Teller: Fool Us
9 PM – Whose Line Is It Anyway?
9:30 PM – Whose Line Is It Anyway?

SATURDAY
8 PM – Magic with the Stars (New Reality Series)
9 PM – World’s Funniest Animals
9:30 PM – World’s Funniest Animals

SUNDAY
8 PM – Family Law [NEW] [International Acquisition]
9 PM – Coroner (New Night)

Family Law is a Canadian legal drama starring Jewel Staite (Firefly) as lawyer and recovering alcoholic Abigail Bianchi, who is putting her life and career back together while on probation. She’s forced to work at the law firm run by her estranged father Harry (Victor Garber from Alias and Legends of Tomorrow) while getting to know the half-brother (Zach Smadu) and half-sister (Genelle Williams from Bitten) she never knew.

The following dramas will be held until mid-season: The Flash, Nancy Drew, Superman & Lois and the final season of Riverdale as well as the new drama Gotham Knights.

Gotham Knight will focus on what happens in the wake of Bruce Wayne’s murder. His rebellious adopted son forges an unlikely alliance with the children of Batman’s enemies when they are all framed for killing the Caped Crusader. And as the city’s most wanted criminals, this renegade band of misfits must fight to clear their names. But in a Gotham with no Dark Knight to protect it, the city descends into the most dangerous it’s ever been. However, hope comes from the most unexpected of places as this team of mismatched fugitives will become its next generation of saviors known as the Gotham Knights. The cast includes Misha Collins (Supernatural) and Olivia Rose Keegan (High School Musical: The Musical: The Series).

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Today’s upfront presentation was made by CBS, announcing its expected fall TV schedule, that includes the shows that have been picked up and new shows that will debut in the fall, as well as what will air mid-season.

As usual, I will primarily be focusing on the returning and new dramas.

The expected fall line-up for CBS is as follows: (please note this schedule could change):

MONDAY
8 PM – The Neighborhood
8:30 PM – Bob Hearts Abishola
9 PM – NCIS
10 PM – NCIS: Hawai’i

TUESDAY
8 PM – FBI
9 PM – FBI: International
10 PM – FBI: Most Wanted

WEDNESDAY
8 PM – Survivor
9 PM – The Amazing Race
10 PM – The Real Love Boat (New Reality Series)

THURSDAY
8 pm Young Sheldon
8:30 PM – Ghosts (New Time)
9 PM – So Help Me Todd [NEW]
10 PM – CSI: Vegas (New Night)

So Help Me Todd is about a talented but directionless P.I. (Skylar Astin from Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist) who is the black sheep of his family, who begrudgingly agrees to work as the in-house investigator for his overbearing mother (Marcia Gay Harden from Code Black), a successful attorney reeling from the recent dissolution of her marriage.

FRIDAY
8 PM – S.W.A.T. (New Night)
9 PM – Fire Country [NEW]
10 PM – Blue Bloods

Fire Country focuses on young convict Bode Donovan (Max Thieriot from SEAL Team), who, seeking redemption and a shortened prison sentence, joins a firefighting program that returns him to his small Northern California hometown, where he and other inmates work alongside elite firefighters to extinguish massive blazes across the region. The cast includes Billy Burke (Zoo, Revolution), Kevin Alejandro (Lucifer) and Jordan Calloway (Black Lightning).

SATURDAY
8 PM – Drama encores
9 PM – Drama encores
10 PM – 48 Hours

SUNDAY
7 PM – 60 Minutes
8 PM – The Equalizer
9 PM – East New York [NEW]
10 PM – NCIS: Los Angeles (New Time)

East New York follows Regina Haywood (Amanda Warren from Dickinson), the newly promoted police captain of East New York, an impoverished, working class neighborhood at the eastern edge of Brooklyn. She leads a diverse group of officers and detectives, some of whom are reluctant to deploy her creative methods of serving and protecting during the midst of social upheaval and the early seeds of gentrification. The cast includes Jimmy Smits (NYPD Blue), Ruben Santiago Hudson (Castle) and Richard Kind (Mad About You).

The new drama True Lies, based on the box office movie, will debut during mid-season.  Steve Howey (Shameless) stars as a bland and unremarkable computer consultant, who is actually a skilled international spy.  This revelation propels his unfulfilled suburban housewife (Ginge Gonzaga from Kidding) into a life of danger and adventure when she’s recruited to work alongside him to save the world as they try to revitalize their passionless marriage.

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