CASTLE Sneak Peeks: Back Together and it Feels So Good

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CASTLE is finally back after the excruciatingly long hiatus, and with it comes the intrigue, banter, and of course, humor, that we’ve come to expect. With the sneak peeks we get a glimpse into this musically themed episode. The first thing to note is that Ryan and Esposito seem to be under the impression that Rick has been cheating on Kate (as if!) and are none to thrilled with this digression. But, all personal troubles are forgotten as the trio enter the home of someone involved in the current case, and they begin a game of hide-and-seek for the girlfriend holed up in the apartment.

But the true excitement from the clip comes from the development in Castle and Becket’s relationship. They are back together; but don’t tell anyone, because apparently its a secret! While they lay around in bed, very much naked, they discuss the fact that Kate is done playing lone wolf and that their now secret relationship is aided by some very “public” fights. Could this have something to do with protecting Rick from the man Kate is hunting? We will have to watch to find out!

Catch an all new CASTLE tonight at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT on ABC (U.S.) and CTV (Canada).

SCANDAL Sneak Peek: Who is OPA’s New Client?

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Olivia and Fitz broke up in the SCANDAL winter finale and now, when the show finally returns from its winter hiatus, six months will have passed since that big event. Both of them are “handing their newfound freedom in very different ways,” according to the network.

Meanwhile, the Pope and Associates team are taking on a new client — one that could lead to a national crisis. And Huck is the one to stop by Olivia’s apartment to deliver the news of the new client. Why didn’t he just call? Well, the identity of the client isn’t exactly something you want to say over the phone so that the NSA can listen in. Because the client is the head of the NSA.

Don’t miss the return of SCANDAL on February 11 at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT on ABC.

MADOFF Part 2 Sneak Peeks: The Empire Crumbles

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The problem with a Ponzi scheme, as we’ll learn in part 2 of ABC’s MADOFF mini-series tonight, is that it actually works just fine….until everyone starts withdrawing their money.

Bernie Madoff’s fall came as a result of the recent financial crisis, but not because he lost money in the stock market. As we saw from the first part of the mini-series, Bernie wasn’t actually investing any of his clients’ money in the stock market at all. But his entire scheme was predicated on more money coming in than going out. When the housing market crash began and the market started going crazy, Bernie’s clients began pulling their money from his fund. And this is where the three-time NASDAQ Chair’s house of cards came tumbling down.

Without being able to attract more money into the fund to cover all of the money going out, Bernie quickly spirals out of control in tonight’s episode. His sons and brother are becoming ever more suspicious about his erratic behavior as he realizes he can’t stop the bleeding of his fund and his illegal activities will inevitably be discovered. But we don’t end at Bernie’s downfall in tonight’s episode. In fact, that’s only half of the remaining story left to be told. We’re going to see his arrest, watch him go to prison and see how his family was affected by his lies. It’s ultimately a tragic tale for the Madoff family as a whole, built on the back of the ultimate con man.

Don’t miss the two-hour conclusion of MADOFF tonight beginning at 8:00 p.m. ET/PT on ABC.

MADOFF Part 1 Sneak Peeks: Building the Empire

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Bernie Madoff pulled off one of the most successful cons in history…until it all came crashing down. But part 1 of the ABC miniseres MADOFF details the rise of Bernie’s empire, not the fall (they’re saving that for part 2).

Richard Dreyfuss stars as Bernie Madoff, a man who is very, very good at selling lies to people. In fact, he’s so good at selling that he makes people come to *him* for the pleasure of investing in his fund, instead of going out to them. This is essentially how his scheme worked: Bernie had a trading business where his sons and brother worked. This was the legitimate part of his company (although, it wasn’t profitable). Several floors below was the “secret” business — the real one. When people invested in his fund they handed over millions of dollars to Bernie who, along with a few select associates, put it into his bank account where it sat accruing interest. And that’s it. He wasn’t investing his clients’ money at all, he was just earning pennies on the dollar in a regular account. But the returns he prepared for his clients showed steady, impressive growth each year. And his family knew nothing about this scheme.

The system works, so long as no one wants to pull their money out. It works because money is flowing inwards and numbers on the statements can be manipulated as long as no one wants to start getting their cold hard cash out of the fund. But that doesn’t happen…yet.

In sneak peeks from part one, you get a sense of who Bernie is as well as see his son struggling to be recognized by his father. His sons clearly knew something strange was happening at the firm, but Bernie was determined not to let them in on the secret.

Don’t miss the two-hour MADOFF mini-series tonight beginning at 8:00 p.m. ET/PT on ABC.

FRESH OFF THE BOAT Sneak Peeks: Huang Family New Year

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It’s Chinese New Year on this week’s episode of FRESH OFF THE BOAT, and the Huangs are doing it right. With plans to celebrate with family in Orlando, Jessica has the kids up and adam at 5:00 am (for their 2:00 pm flight) and is apparently extremely excited to visit with family, bring in the new year, and definitely sing karaoke.

But everything doesn’t go as planned, and thanks to Louis screwing up the plane tickets they are forced to stay home-bound for the holiday. They go to a party hosted by the Asian-American Association of Orlando (led by a very white, non-Asian man) but what greets them is not a pleasant sight. Instead of traditional red envelopes, they have Year of the Rat horn rimmed glasses. Instead of fireworks, at midnight they will have a “rat drop”. And instead of an authentic dragon dance, a male stripper in a gator mascot costume jumps around to “Everybody Dance” by C&C Music Factory.

Be sure to watch an all-new FRESH OFF THE BOAT on Tuesday February 2 at 8:00 p.m. ET/PT on ABC.

GALAVANT Sneak Peek: An Awkward Date

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Galavant and King Richard reach Richard’s old homeland in tonight’s all new GALAVANT and they find the village thriving thanks to democracy. With King Richard gone, the villagers had dismantled the castle and built a new society and this discovery leads Richard to an identity crisis. Galavant decides to hold a town hall meeting to recruit an army, but the volunteers are in short supply. As they continue on their quest to gather fighters, King Richard realizes that he has a connection to Robert, so Galavant plays matchmaker (see their awkward date in the sneak peek below).

In Hortensia, an evil wedding planner named Wormwood takes control of Isabella’s mind. In Valencia, Madelena tells Sid she’ll kill him if he doesn’t help Gareth overcome his screaming nightmares about betraying Richard. Madelena will also be invited to the Basikobitcz party – the “it” girls of the kingdom – and can’t wait to be accepted into their group. But the party definitely isn’t what she’s expecting.

Don’t miss a one-hour episode of GALAVANT on June 10 at 8:00 p.m. ET/PT on ABC.

AMERICAN CRIME Season 2 Sneak Peeks: Status, Assault and the Double-Standard

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Season 2 of AMERICAN CRIME opens with Taylor Blaine, a teenage boy from a low socioeconomic household who is attending an elite private school on scholarship. Shocking photos of Taylor are posted online, prompting the school to suspend him for behavior outside of its student code of conduct.

But all is not what it seems. These are not simply photos of a teenage boy getting drunk at a party. Taylor insists that two members of his school’s championship basketball team — Kevin LaCroix and Eric Tanner — drugged and assaulted him and then posted the photos of him online.

Taylor’s mother, Anne, supports her son wholeheartedly when her son tells her that he was assaulted. She approaches Headmistress Leslie Graham to notify the school of what happened. And while Leslie tells Anne that they will investigate the matter and take it seriously, she also seems interested in keeping the matter quiet. And Anne is fighting for her son’s voice to be heard.

Suddenly issues of sexual orientation and socioeconomic status are exploding throughout this small community. The basketball team’s head coach, Dan Sullivan, is trying to keep the team united, while Leslie tries to maintain the school’s reputation and insisting that there is no appearance of privilege and impropriety.

AMERICAN CRIME returns for its second season on January 6 at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT on ABC.

GALAVANT Sneak Peek: A New Season Means a New Theme Song

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GALAVANT is a gem of a show and, fortunately for those of us who love it, it was renewed for a second season. In fact, the new season is the focus of the show’s new theme song. We join our hero Galavant and exiled King Richard on their journey with pirates, who are sick and tired of hearing the season 1 theme song. So they break in to song with season’s 2 new opening number and we get to check in with the show’s various characters in the video below.

Here is what’s in store for the season premiere: “Bad advice results in Galavant and the crew being shipwrecked, and they end up traveling by foot in order to get back to Richard’s kingdom. Later, Galavant and King Richard find themselves at The Enchanted Forest Pub in West Hollow-wood where they are forced into working there by the owner who sees Galavant in a different light. Meanwhile in Valencia, Madalena rules as Queen, and Gareth demands his due when he is announced as King, with Sid as his assistant. Elsewhere in Hortensia, Isabella is imprisoned in her jewel box by her 12-year-old cousin as her parents prepare for their wedding.”

Meanwhile, in the second episode, “Galavant and Richard see a fortune teller who is able to connect Galavant to Isabella using a crystal ball. Isabella receives Galavant’s “call” as she is plotting her escape from Hortensia. Unfortunately, it’s a “bad connection,” and Isabella hears only every other word. She is devastated by the call, but Galavant believes it went well. He promises to return to her as soon as he drops Richard off at his castle. The only problem is that Richard’s castle seems to have disappeared.”

Don’t miss the two episode season premiere of GALAVANT on January 3 at 8:00 p.m. ET/PT on ABC.

BLOOD & OIL Finale Sneak Peeks: Will Hap Confront Wick?

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Will Annie and Hap join forces in tonight’s season finale of BLOOD & OIL? The former couple may do the unthinkable when the Black Elks land deal starts slipping away and they consider joining forces so they can take advantage of this one-in-a-lifetime oil acquisition. Meanwhile, Hap will be confronting his son about the events from the season premiere, telling Wick that he knows he threatened his life during the oil robbery. And with Christmas approaching, will Carla also make it out of prison in time to celebrate or has her recent arrest removed her from the family?

Meanwhile, the Lefevers will be facing difficult choices during the Christmas season. Cody suggests that they head back home and gives Billy a choice: he can either save his marriage by leaving Rock Springs with her or lose her in order to stay in the oil game.

Don’t miss the finale of BLOOD & OIL on December 13 at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT on ABC.

MADOFF Preview: First Look at ABC’s Miniseries

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How do you get people to trust you with their money? According to Bernie Madoff in ABC’s MADOFF, “you present it as an exclusive thing”.

Richard Dreyfuss will portray Madoff, an investment advisor who orchestrated what is considered the largest Ponzi scheme in U.S. history. When his actions were exposed, clients (including celebrities, retirement portfolios and philanthropic foundations) were told that they had collectively lost billions of dollars. Blythe Danner will be appearing as Ruth, Madoff’s wife. In addition to exposing why the fraud was committed, the miniseries will also chronicle the complicated family dynamics within the Madoff clan.

MADOFF also stars Tom Lipinski as Mark Madoff, Danny Defarrari as Andrew Madoff, Peter Scolari as Peter Madoff, Erin Cummings as Eleanor Squillari, Michael Rispoli as Frank DiPascali, Frank Whaley as Harry Markopolos. The miniseries also features Charles Grodin and Lewis Black.

MADOFF will air on February 3 and 4 from 8:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. ET/PT on ABC.