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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):

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

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.

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

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.

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

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

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):

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

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

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

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.

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).

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

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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Today’s upfront presentation was made by ABC, 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 ABC is as follows: (please note this schedule could change):

8 PM – Bachelor in Paradise
10 PM – The Good Doctor

8 PM – Bachelor in Paradise
10 PM – The Rookie: Feds [NEW]

The spin-off series stars Niecy Nash (Claws) as Simone Clark, the oldest rookie in the FBI Academy, who was introduced during Season 4 of The Rookie, when Officer John Nolan (Nathan Fillion) and the L.A. division of the FBI enlisted Simone’s help when one of her former students was suspected in a terror attack. The series will also star Felix Solis (Ozark) and Frankie Faison (Banshee and The Wire).

8 PM – The Conners
8:30 PM – The Goldbergs
9 PM – Abbott Elementary (New Night)
9:30 PM – Home Economics
10 PM – Big Sky (New Night)

8 PM – Station 19
9 PM – Grey’s Anatomy
10 PM – Alaska [NEW]

Oscar winner Hilary Swank leads the show as a star journalist who moves to Alaska for a fresh start after a career-killing misstep and finds redemption personally and professionally after joining a daily metro newspaper in Anchorage. The cast includes Jeff Perry (Scandal).

8 PM – Shark Tank
9 PM – 20/20

8 PM – College Football

7 PM – America’s Funniest Home Videos
8 PM – Celebrity Jeopardy! (New)
9 Pm – Celebrity Wheel of Fortune
10 PM – The Rookie

A Million Little Things, which according to TV Line is likely heading into its final season, has been held over until mid-season.

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It’s that time of year again; time for the networks to announce their fall TV schedules, including the new shows that have been picked up and the shows that will be held until mid-season. As usual, I will primarily be focusing on the returning and new dramas.

The first network to announce its expected fall line-up is NBC (please note this schedule could change):

8 PM – The Voice (2 hours)
10 PM – Quantum Leap [NEW]

The reboot of the original series, which starred Scott Bakula and the late Dean Stockwell that aired from March 1989 to May 1993, will star Raymond Lee (Here and Now) in the lead role. It’s been 30 years since Dr. Sam Beckett stepped into the Quantum Leap accelerator and vanished. Now a new team has been assembled to restart the project in the hopes of understanding the mysteries behind the machine and the man who created it.

8 PM – The Voice
9 PM – La Brea
10 PM – New Amsterdam (Final Season)

8 PM – Chicago Med
9 PM – Chicago Fire
10 PM – Chicago P.D.

8 PM – Law & Order
9 PM – Law & Order: SVU
10 PM – Law & Order: Organized Crime

8 PM – College Bowl
9 PM – Dateline NBC

FRIDAY [Starting in November]
8 PM – Lopez vs. Lopez (NEW Comedy)
8:30 PM – Young Rock
9 PM – Dateline NBC

8 PM – Drama encores
9 PM – Dateline Weekend Mystery
10 PM – SNL Vintage

8 PM – Sunday Night Football

It should be noted that starting this fall, current NBC series can be streamed next-day on Peacock instead of on Hulu. Also, The Blacklist has been held until mid-season.

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On March 3, the HBO Max 6-part series The Tourist will debut online.

Jamie Dornan stars as a British man who finds himself in the glowing red heart of the Australian outback being pursued by a vast tank truck trying to drive him off the road.

The series is an epic cat and mouse chase that unfolds with “The Man” (Dornan) waking up in the hospital, hurt, but somehow alive – except he has no idea who he is. With merciless figures from his past pursuing him, The Man’s search for answers propels him through the vast and unforgiving outback.

Here is a trailer for The Tourist:

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Outlander will be back with its much-anticipated sixth season on Starz in a week’s time.

The following sneak peek came out last week:

And, more official promo pictures from the upcoming season have been released over the last few weeks:

Enjoy, and mark your calendars for March 6 at 9 PM.

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On February 18, the thriller series Severance will debut online on Apple TV+.

Mark Scout (Adam Scott) leads a team at Lumon Industries, whose employees have undergone a severance procedure, which surgically divides their memories between their work and personal lives. This daring experiment in ‘work-life balance’ is called into question as Mark finds himself at the center of an unraveling mystery that will force him to confront the true nature of his work… and of himself.

The cast includes Britt Lower, Christopher Walken, John Turturro, Dichen Lachman and Patricia Arquette.

Here is a trailer for Severance:

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Attention Outlander Fans!

You may have already seen it when it went live earlier today, but the official season 6 trailer was released by Starz today.

Additionally, there have been a few more pictures from Season 6 that have been released since my Christmas Day post.

You can see them below:

Here is the Outlander Season 6 Trailer:

Outlander will premiere season 6 starting on Sunday, March 6 on Starz.

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After everything that took place in 2020 because of the COVID pandemic, everyone was hoping for a better year in 2021. To a certain degree things have gotten a tiny bit better. Vaccines have been rolling out, booster shots are available; people are getting back to work; the entertainment industry is getting back into production; but – sadly – too many people in the United States are balking at getting the vaccines and still creating problems over wearing masks as well as balking at following health mandates that are there for good and valid reasons. And the nation has been rocked by a lot of tragedies, school shootings, unprecedented weather patterns and political quagmires. We are also currently concerned with the latest Omicron variant that has been cropping up across the globe.

It all started on January 6 when the orange-faced baboon incited the riots that took place in Washington, D.C., culminating in the insurrection at the Capitol Building. What a horrible display of human behavior that was; and what’s worse, not enough people have been prosecuted for those vial acts of treason against our country.

Only a few weeks later, the United States marked one year since the first case of COVID-19 was announced in Washington State with a death toll of 650,000 people as of February [sadly, that number continues to grow]. And then the second impeachment of the orange-faced baboon was announced without an indictment being handed down – yet again!

Then there were the Andrew Cuomo and Matt Gaetz scandals; the conviction of Derek Chauvin in the murder of George Floyd, and the Russian hackers – known as Darkside – causing a massive fuel shortage across the East Coast because of their attack on the Colonial Pipeline. There were vaccine protests throughout the country and a criminal investigation lodged against the Trump Organization; and the missile strikes between Israel and Palestine.

By the summer, it was announced that 4 million worldwide deaths were on record due to the COVID pandemic. As summer began to fade, the United States finally withdrew from Afghanistan only to have the Taliban take over that country in about a week’s time, not to mention the devastating bombing that took place at the airport there as people were desperately trying to evacuate.

And then there was the Facebook whistleblower who testified on Capitol Hill; the Navy engineer and his wife who were arrested for espionage; the French Catholic Church scandal; the recent Astroworld Festival tragedy; the extremely disappointing results of the Kyle Rittenhouse case, finding him not guilty on all counts (so very, very wrong!) while the three men in the Ahmaud Arbery case were rightfully found guilty on all counts.

Turning to weather tragedies: there were earthquakes in Indonesia and Haiti; a deadly Nor’easter that hit Texas; countless tornadoes and hurricanes throughout the South and Northeast; massive floods in Germany and Belgium as well as many parts of the U.S. South; volcanic eruptions on the Island of St. Vincent and on the Canary Islands in Spain and countless wildfires in the Pacific West.

Throughout the year it seemed like every state reported shootings at schools or malls; places of business; on military bases; at the Capitol; at a FedEx hub in Indiana and countless more. There was the horrific collapse of that condo building in Surfside, Florida; the train derailment in Montana and the horrible oil spill in Huntington Beach, California.

There were triumphs in 2021, however, including the Perseverance Rover successfully landing on Mars; President Biden signing into law making Juneteenth (June 19) a federal holiday; the medal success of all the athletes at the Summer Olympics in Japan (which were delayed one year because of the pandemic) and Matt Amodio becoming the 3rd highest regular season earner ever on Jeopardy.

Let’s all hold onto the small glimmers of hope and joy that we have been able to find throughout the year; and hold out for more good things to happen in 2022.

I hope that you will join me through the end of this year, as I focus on the best and the worst of 2021 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: TV Highlights

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Thanks to the folks over at TV Line, Outlander fans can rejoice!

Season 6 will premiere on March 6 at 9 PM on Starz!!!

Diana Gabaldon made the announcement today at a launch event for Go Tell the Bees that I Am Gone, the ninth book in her long-running franchise of books.

The show’s sixth season “sees a continuation of Claire and Jamie’s (series leads Caitriona Balfe and Sam Heughan) fight to protect those they love, as they navigate the trials and tribulations of life in colonial America. Establishing a home in the New World is by no means an easy task, particularly in the wild back country of North Carolina; and perhaps most significantly during a period of dramatic political upheaval. The Fraser family strives to maintain peace and flourish within a society which, as Claire knows all too well, is unwittingly marching towards Revolution. Against this backdrop, which heralds the birth of the new American nation, Claire and Jamie have built a home together at Fraser’s Ridge.”

Claire and Jamie “must now defend this home — established on land granted to them by the Crown — not only from external forces, but also from the increasing strife and conflict in the community within their care. For the Frasers and their immediate family, ‘home’ is more than simply a site in which they live, it is the place where they are laying the foundations for the rest of their lives.

Mark your calendars, Outlander fans! March 6 at 9 PM on Starz!!

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