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“Lightning in a bottle, a brilliant lawyer”….not to mention former first daughter of the United States. Meet the head lady for ABC’s new drama CONVICTION. Hayes Morrison is the whip-smart, fiery, and the seemingly unhinged new head of the Conviction Integrity Unity (CIU). She and her new team — Sam Spencer (the golden boy), Tess Larson (a paralegal from the Innocence Project), Franklin Cruz (forensics), and Maxine Bowen (lead investigator) — will work to see that those behind bars were rightfully convicted.
But it seems that justice and the law are not the only things Hayes will be battling in this upcoming series. We have seen from trailers that the only reason she was given this job “opportunity” was to cover up the fact that this former resident’s daughter was busted for cocaine possession. We also see in a sneak peek below an emotional moment with her mother (who happens to be running for Senator) that reveals a bit about the turmoils and traumas that come from a childhood in the public eye.
Between fighting for justice and finding herself, Hayes will use her intelligence, bravery and “individual” style to keep everyone on their toes.
Be sure to catch CONVICTION’s premiere episode tonight (October 3) at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT on ABC.
Themes on THE BIG BANG THEORY seem to be maturing, right along with Bernadette’s pregnancy.
Last week, Bernadette learned that someone at the office had let out the news that she was pregnant, something she was keeping secret for fear she would be taken off leading an important project. Then Penny confessed it was she who had accidentally let the news slip. There was tension between the two at first, but they healed the rift as Bernadette confessed she had felt insecure, always being at a disadvantage because of her size and cuteness.
Then Howard had the encounter with the military he had been fearing, meeting a Colonel who said the Air Force was very much interested in their new technology. With Leonard and Sheldon at his side, he expressed doubt about the military’s use of the technology and the colonel said it didn’t matter; they would use it. When the Colonel said they’d had another team look at it and they thought they could develop it in a shorter time span than Howard’s team thought they could, Sheldon blurted out they could halve the time.
This week picks up the themes again. Howard, Leonard, and Sheldon work overtime to give birth to their military project on time, prompting Sheldon to consume an energy drink to stay awake — oh, heavens! And Raj visits Bernadette on his day off, offering to go with her to the mall to shop for baby clothes or clean out the baby’s new room, but she is reluctant and Raj learns her true feelings about her pregnancy — oh, no! Off on their own, Penny and Amy go to a university mixer party at Bert the strange geologist’s house — oh, my!
The Evil Queen is back.
And that was easily one of the very best parts of last night’s episode. She is funny, sassy and ruthless in all her evil glory. “A Bitter Draught” told the story of the Count of Monte Cristo, who – in this tale – was hired by the Evil Queen to kill the Charmings back in the Enchanted Forest.
Consumed by his need for vengeance, he was an easy pawn in the Evil Queen’s hands, but before he could fulfill his contract, he escaped to the Land of Untold Stories. Now that he is in Storybrooke, however, his story will inevitably play out – especially with the even more evil version of the Evil Queen holding his heart captive.
Craig Horner played the role of the vengeful Count perfectly, which just made me miss LEGEND OF THE SEEKER even more. He arrives at Granny’s and leaves a note with Henry, addressed to the Charmings. It seems like an innocent enough invitation, but Regina immediately recognizes the Count’s M.O. And that started a running gag that was present through the entire episode, with Regina apologizing for having hired him to murder Snow and Charming in the first place. Their delivery was so on point in every scene that it had me laughing out loud every single time.
To make a long story short, the Evil Queen has the Count’s heart and has ordered him to finish his job and kill Snow White and Prince Charming. Even though the Count has already seen the error of his ways, he doesn’t have the strength to fight against the Evil Queen’s bidding and he has no choice but to keep trying to murder them. In the end, it all boils down to Regina saving them – and was that the ultimate irony/character development at its best or what? The woman who had dedicated her entire life to killing Snow White is the person who ends up saving her. Granted, she doesn’t have the Evil Queen inside of her anymore, but I don’t really think that matters.
Because it was like the Evil Queen herself said – no matter how hard she tries to fight it, there is darkness in all of us. So it’s impossible for one to be all good or all bad. That said, we need to take a moment to appreciate the wonderful job Lana Parrilla is doing at playing both characters flawlessly. They are the same person and yet they’re not. She plays the nuances between the characters perfectly and I absolutely love how sassy she has made the Evil Queen to be. Every time she was on my screen, I just had a huge smile on my face – even though the Queen was doing despicable things – because she was just plain funny.
While part of me is rooting for the heroes, I admit I just want to see the Evil Queen prance around town wreaking havoc in the best way possible.
Now, while all that was happening, Hook offered Belle his Jolly Roger as an accommodation – in order to protect her from Rumplestiltskin. He is trying to atone for his sins of the past and I just want to hug him really tight, because he has become such a wonderful, wonderful man. Emma has really done wonders for this character and it’s truly remarkable to see how love has changed him for the better.
However, speaking of Emma, can we please talk about what the hell is going on with her? What happened in this hiatus that made her take ten steps backwards in her character development? I get that she’s conflicted and she doesn’t want to worry her family, but come on, Emma. You’re a team! If you can’t trust your own family with your issues, then who are you going to trust to help you? You can’t go at it alone.
And if you don’t want to worry your parents, then at least tell your significant other, who is your freaking true love and would do everything in his power to keep you safe and help you figure out why this is happening to you. At least she’s seeing Archie and I am seriously keeping my fingers crossed that he will break doctor-patient confidentiality and tell at least Hook what is going on with Emma. But I doubt that’s going to happen anytime soon, so we will just have to deal with the fact that Emma is lying to everyone she loves.
What is it with these tortured characters and their need to keep life-altering secrets to themselves?
Now, I know she told Archie that she’s afraid Regina might be the one under that hood and, ultimately, the one that kills her, but I don’t think that’s it. That would be way too easy of a guess and they would never just spring this on us at the beggining of the season.
My guess? The person under the hood is Emma herself and she’s fighting her own worst fear.
Too out there? I’ve been watching a lot of ARROW lately and that was something I saw last night and that I think could really be the case here. It would be fitting, really.
What do you think?
A new episode of ONCE UPON A TIME airs next onOctober 9 at 8/7c on ABC.
“The Queen’s Gambit” is a chess move in which a pawn is sacrificed to gain a strategic advantage over the opponent.
Last week, Under Secretary of Defense Corbin Duggan (guest star Jackson Hurst) arrived at NCIS: LOS ANGELES with a deliberate, possibly hidden, agenda. His first move was to announce the replacement the NCIS: LA team.
Dissatisfied that Hetty and Granger had not yet found the mole in the organization, Duggan told the staffers that they had a few days before a new team would be replacing them.
Duggan took the reins from Hetty (Linda Hunt) and Granger (Miguel Ferrer) and seemed to have a particular bias against Hetty and encouraged Granger to name her as the mole.
Having just a few days left, Callen (Chris O’Donnell), Sam (LL Cool J), Kensi (Daniela Ruah) and Deeks (Eric Christian Olsen) continued their efforts to locate a terrorist ring that was arranging to send radioactive material to terrorists.
Duggan ordered the four agents to keep his team in the loop as they chased the ringleader to his home where Deeks was forced to swallow the engagement ring that he had bought for Kensi.
The agents went off-book and followed a lead to Syria, putting their lives and their jobs in jeopardy. They located the terrorist leader, but during the extraction, Kensi was injured in a helicopter crash that sent her to hospital in a coma (assumedly to hide Ruah’s real-life pregnancy).
Despite the team’s success, Duggan continued his vendetta, locking Eric (Barrett Foa) and Nell (Reneé Felice Jones) out of Ops and forcing them to work in the boatshed to help the team in Syria. Eric and Nell broke into Ops and hacked Duggan’s phone to send an order to pick up the team in Syria against his knowledge.
Knowing in her gut that something was awry with Duggan’s intentions, Hetty initiated “The Queen’s Gambit” to gain the advantage over her opponent and free the team to go back to work. She sacrificed herself by proclaiming to be the mole.
That sacrifice finds Hetty being held in D.C. for questioning, in tonight’s episode, also titled “The Queen’s Gambit.” Certain that Duggan has an ulterior motive, she submits to an inquiry to try to find out what he is planning.
With Kensi still in a coma in ICU, Nell gets the chance to show off her “ninja skills” when she joins the field team’s investigation of an abduction.
Written by new showrunner, R. Scott Gemmill, “The Queen’s Gambit” was directed by Dennis Smith. Joining Hurst as guest stars on tonight’s episode are Laura Harring, Alyssa Diaz, James Sayess, Mayank Saxena, Lisa Maley, Anne-Marie Johnson, James Shanklin, Shannon Wilcox, Katherine Kamhi, Micky Shiloah, Salem Mikhael and Anthony Ma.
As always during football season, viewers who are not on the West Coast should set their DVRs for overrun in case the football game goes into overtime. NCIS: LOS ANGELES can be seen tonight in its eighth season Sunday slot after 60 MINUTES and at 8:00 p.m. in the west. NCIS: LOS ANGELES airs on CBS the U.S. and Global TV in Canada.
A serial bomber becomes active again when ELEMENTARY returns for its fifth season this week and this leads to a new character joining the cast.
The reappearance of this bomber leads Watson to reach out to Shinwell Johnson, a former patient whose life she saved when she was a surgeon. Shinwell is surprised to learn she’s no longer practicing medicine, but Watson is primarily interested in learning more about an old fellow patient of Shinwell’s who may be connected to this crime. Shinwell is down on his luck now, but he’s happy to be alive. When Joan hands him her card he wants to know how she changed her life so that he can learn from her. He’s also connected to the underworld of crime, which could actually be helpful to Sherlock and Watson. Unless, of course, it’s all a ruse and he can’t be trusted at all.
Meanwhile, Sherlock points out that Joan is coming up on her five year anniversary of becoming a detective, but he starts to sense that she’s unhappy and questions whether her life is actually being fulfilled by her detective career.
The Evil Queen is back on ONCE UPON A TIME and she’s eager to make her mark on the world. One of our big villains for the season didn’t actually show her face until the end of the season premiere last week, but it appears like she’s gearing up for something big now that she’s back.
In this week’s episode, the Evil Queen convinces Zelena to let her into Regina’s vault, which has been sealed with blood magic. She steals some of Regina’s magical artifacts and then insists to Zelena that she’s just here to teach Regina a lesson. She tells Zelena that if she manages to convince Regina that she can’t escape her more evil nature then Zelena will gain a sister just like her. Is this enough to convince Zelena to keep quiet about the Queen’s plans?
Elsewhere in the episode, a mysterious man from the Land of Untold Stories pops up in Storybrooke. He’s got a past with the Evil Queen so David, Snow and Regina team up to try and neutralize the threat. Belle, meanwhile, turns to Hook to find a safe place to hide from her husband, Mr. Gold, while Emma resumes her therapy sessions with Archie and shares her terrifying vision of the future.
President Dalton asked Elizabeth to become his new Vice President in the season 2 finale of MADAM SECRETARY. She was understandably surprised by the offer, but she seems ready to accept the new position when the show returns for its third season. Here’s five things to know about the upcoming season premiere:
Decision Day. It’s the end of the primaries in the US and the networks are officially declaring the winner. The first two minutes of the episode will tell you President Dalton’s fate and whether he secured his party’s nomination versus the Pennsylvania governor who is running against him.
The Campaign Trail. Flashback to two months earlier, as Elizabeth is heading to a pig judging contest. It’s an opportunity to do some glad-handing with Virginian residents. Her impending Vice Presidency hasn’t been publicly announced but Elizabeth is trying to help Dalton’s reelection, with a Jane Pauley interview the day after, along with a donor dinner. But this campaigning is slightly interrupted by a cyclone hitting their base in Bahrain, which occupies the attention of Elizabeth’s staff.
Getting the Band Back Together. Jose, one of Henry’s former Murphy Station co-workers, approaches Henry about having him join a new anti-terror group to track down remaining members of Hizb al-Shahid. Henry is hesitant because he’s just gotten back to teaching, but it’s also clear that he’s a patriot and eager to help his country. Still, his upcoming position as the Vice President’s husband could impeded his chances of joining the group.
Inside the Family. Life is already changing for the McCord family as they await the public announcement of Elizabeth’s new job. Elizabeth wonders if being Vice President is worth it, especially if Henry has to cut back on his work. But the biggest problem emerges when Henry brings his son’s malfunctioning computer to the White House’s chief cyber technician (Oliver) and learns that someone hacked into the webcam. Oliver suggests Henry take the laptop to the FBI for further analysis. He does, but he’s accosted on the way over and the laptop is stolen, indicating that something larger is at play.
Climate Change and International Policy. Elizabeth gets on the warpath when she learns that every leading climate change scientist warned that the Bahraini base (along with other military bases) were at risk for damage due to climate change and natural disasters. Unfortunately, her party and Julius Burton (a defence contractor and one of Dalton’s biggest supporters) doesn’t believe in climate change and refused to do anything about the warnings. Adding to that, she doesn’t believe that the US should be in Bahrain at all any longer. She wants a complete change in US foreign policy, but Dalton says that’s an insane strategy during primary season. When she appears on Jane Pauley’s show and tells Jane that she does believe in climate change, it sets off a firestorm in her party.
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|CBS||NCIS: Los Angeles||Madam Secretary||Elementary|
|FOX||The Simpsons||Son of Zorn||Family Guy||The Last Man on Earth||The Strain (FX)|
|NBC||Football Night in America||Sunday Night Football: Chiefs at Steelers|
|MISC||Ash vs. Evil Dead/Blunt Talk (Starz)||Westworld (HBO)
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