ABC Thanksgiving and Christmas Teasers: MODERN FAMILY, THE GOLDBERGS, SPEECHLESS and More


With Halloween nearly come and gone, it’s time to turn our attentions to the holidays: specifically, Thanksgiving and the Christmas season.

ABC has a plethora of holiday related programming coming up in the months of November and December, from holiday-themed episodes of its scripted shows to Christmas specials. Read on for a full list of what’s coming to ABC this holiday season.

Tuesday, November 15
FRESH OFF THE BOAT – “No Thanks-giving” – Louis and Jessica decide to open Cattleman’s Ranch on Thanksgiving Day, inspiring Emery and Evan to take heed of the restaurant business and perhaps inherit the family legacy someday. Meanwhile, Eddie decides to blow off the rest of eighth grade, so Jessica finds a creative way to teach him the meaning of hard work. (9:00–9:30 p.m.)

THE REAL O’NEALS – “The Real Tradition” – The O’Neals deal with a change to their Thanksgiving tradition when Pat and Eileen invite Gloria and VP Murray to dinner as their dates. Meanwhile, things don’t go as smoothly as planned when Gloria offers to help Kenny cook and Eileen prepares to meet VP Murray’s mom for the first time. The Food Network’s Graham Elliot, Alex Guarnaschelli and Antonia Lofaso as themselves. (9:30–10:00 p.m.)

Wednesday, November 16
THE GOLDBERGS – “HO-LY K.I.T.T.” – Murray and Uncle Marvin bond over their love of “Knight Rider” and attend the Philadelphia Thanksgiving Day parade to see K.I.T.T. in person. Upset at his father and uncle for going without him, Adam poisons their relationship but later regrets his actions. Meanwhile, when Barry declares he is splitting his time between the Goldberg and Lewis families for Thanksgiving, Beverly hatches a plan to invite Bill and Lainey over. But her plans go awry when Bill has his own idea how to celebrate the holiday. Dan Fogler returns as Marvin. (8:00–8:30 p.m.)

SPEECHLESS – “T-H-A-THANKSGIVING” – The DiMeo plan to avoid another horrible Thanksgiving with Jimmy’s brother (guest star Rob Corddry), and his family backfires when the older DiMeo clan invites themselves over to celebrate. While Kenneth and Ray destroy the turkey, the rest of the family create a game, checking off the various annoying things their relatives are known for. When Jimmy and his brother Billy decide to take their competition to the streets, the family discovers that Billy’s family is not as perfect as it seems. (8:30–9:00 p.m.)

MODERN FAMILY – “Thanksgiving Jamboree” – It’s going to be a Thanksgiving jamboree at the Pritchett-Tucker home this year, and Cameron has spared no expense. While Phil tries to get used to Rainer Shine (Nathan Fillion) dating his daughter, Hayley has to break it to her dad that she would rather spend the rest of her holiday with her new boyfriend than staying for the traditional family football game. Meanwhile, Jay has to figure out a way to keep his blood pressure down on one of the most stressful days of the year, as Gloria tries to show Joe that animals are our friends. Finally, Alex and Dwight get to know each other a little better than her Uncle Cam would like, while Mitchell has to stop clowning around and tell Cam the truth. (9:00–9:31 p.m.)

BLACK-ISH – “Auntsgiving” – Pops’ older sister, Almaviligerais (guest star Lorraine Toussaint), unexpectedly arrives for Thanksgiving, much to everyone’s delight except Ruby, who can’t stand her ex-sister-in-law. While Bow and Dre go on their last vacation before the baby arrives, the kids try to figure out why Ruby hates Almaviligerais so much. (9:31–10:00 p.m.)

Friday, November 18
LAST MAN STANDING – “My Father the Car” – Mike is determined to get Chuck to sell him a car recently left to him by his late father, but Joe (Jay Leno) might beat him to the punch. At the Baxter home, Kyle shows up with a family Thanksgiving heirloom and Vanessa doesn’t even try to hide her distaste for the hideous centerpiece. Meanwhile, Kristin and Ryan are forced to lay down some house rules after learning that Eve’s new boyfriend (Travis Tope) stayed over-night in their basement. (8:00–8:31 p.m.)

DR. KEN – “Allison’s Thanksgiving Meltdown” – Allison convinces a reluctant Ken that it would be a fun, family adventure to drive to her parents for Thanksgiving dinner. But along the way, a traffic jam combined with her husband and kids’ antics causes her to lose her usual cool. Meanwhile, Clark takes charge to serve Thanksgiving dinner at a shelter for the homeless, but his bossiness and unnecessary attention to details drives everyone a little crazy. (8:31–9:00 p.m.)

Tuesday, November 22
THE MIDDLE – “Thanksgiving VIII” – Frankie has come to the conclusion that April (guest star Greer Grammer) is not good enough for Axl and does everything in her power to keep her out of their annual Christmas family photo. But she finds herself vying for Axl’s attention by trying to rearrange timing for the family’s Thanksgiving dinner when she discovers that he plans to go to April’s multiple family get-togethers that day. Meanwhile, Sue goes ballistic when she discovers that Brick will now be her new co-worker at Spudsy’s. (8:00–8:30 p.m.)

AMERICAN HOUSEWIFE – “The Blow-Up” – It’s Thanksgiving, but Katie is less-than-thankful that the holiday features a visit from her least-favorite person, her mom Kathryn (guest star Wendie Malick, “Hot in Cleveland”), a self-centered former Pan Am stewardess. Surprisingly, it’s Katie’s nemesis, Viv (Leslie Bibb), who helps ease the tension when she invites herself to dinner. (8:30–9:00 p.m.)

Wedneday, November 23
A CHARLIE BROWN THANKSGIVING – ABC celebrates the start of the holiday season with the classic half-hour animated Thanksgiving-themed PEANUTS special, “A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving,” created by late cartoonist Charles M. Schulz. A special bonus cartoon from Charles M. Schulz, “This Is America, Charlie Brown: The Mayflower Voyagers,” will air with the PEANUTS classic. The cast includes Todd Barbee as Charlie Brown, Robin Kohn as Lucy, Stephen Shea as Linus, Hilary Momberger as Sally, Kip DeFaria as Peppermint Patty, Jimmy Ahrens as Marcie and Robin Reed as Franklin. (Rebroadcast – ABC OAD: 11/16/01). (8:00–9:00 p.m.)

Friday, November 25
“Santa Claus Is Comin’ To Town” – In the perennial favorite created in 1970 by Rankin-Bass Productions (“Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer,” “Frosty the Snowman”), Fred Astaire narrates this timeless tale of Kris Kringle (Mickey Rooney), a young boy with an immense desire to do good things for others. The vocal cast features Mickey Rooney as Kris Kringle, Keenan Wynn as Winter, Paul Frees as Burgermeister Meisterburger, Grimsby, the soldiers and the townsmen, Joan Gardner as Tanta Kringle, Robie Lester as Jessica and Andrea Sacino, Dina Lynn, Gary White and Greg Thomas as the children. (8:00–9:00 p.m.)

Monday, November 28
CMA COUNTRY CHRISTMAS – Some of the biggest stars in music have come together to celebrate the holidays on “CMA Country Christmas,” a two-hour special hosted for the seventh year by Jennifer Nettles. (8:00–10:01 p.m.)

Thursday, December 1
A CHARLIE BROWN CHRISTMAS – Celebrate the joy of the holidays with the classic animated Christmas-themed PEANUTS special, created by the late cartoonist Charles M. Schulz. In the digitally re-mastered 1965 special, Charlie Brown complains about the overwhelming materialism that he sees everywhere during the Christmas season. Lucy suggests that he become director of the school Christmas pageant, and Charlie Brown accepts, but it proves to be a frustrating struggle. When an attempt to restore the proper spirit with a forlorn little fir Christmas tree fails, Charlie Brown needs Linus’ help to learn the real meaning of Christmas. (Rebroadcast – ABC OAD: 12/20/91). (8:00–9:00 p.m.)

THE GREAT AMERICAN BAKING SHOW – It’s going to be a Very Mary Berry Christmas when “The Great American Baking Show” returns with a two-hour season premiere. Hosts Nia Vardalos (“My Big, Fat, Greek Wedding”) and Ian Gomez (“Cougar Town”) return with Britain’s “Royal Queen of Baking,” Mary Berry, and James Beard Award-winning pastry chef and author, Johnny Iuzzini, as judges where bakers from around the country will compete for the title of “America’s Best Amateur Baker.” Each week these bakers will share their recipes for holiday-themed fare with everything from cakes, cookies and pies on the dessert menu. “The Great American Baking Show” is from Love Productions and is executive produced by Richard McKerrow and Joey Allen. (9:00–11:00 p.m.)

Mondays, December 5, 12, 19
THE GREAT CHRISTMAS LIGHT FIGHT – It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas with ABC’s hit holiday decorating competition series, “The Great Christmas Light Fight,” returning for its fourth season with returning celebrity judges Taniya Nayak and Carter Oosterhouse. ”The Great Christmas Light Fight” features families and neighborhoods from across America decorating their homes to the extreme for Christmas in hopes of winning a cash prize and the coveted Light Fight trophy. The series will air for three consecutive weeks with back-to-back episodes. In each of the six one-hour episodes, four families compete for the $50,000 prize, with a total of $300,000 given away for the season, as they transform their homes into a festive wonderland for the holidays. (8:00–10:00 p.m.)

Thursday, December 8
TOY STORY THAT TIME FORGOT – Pixar Animation Studios’ special for television “Toy Story That Time Forgot” features your favorite characters from the “Toy Story” films. During a post-Christmas play date, the “Toy Story” gang find themselves in uncharted territory when the coolest set of action figures ever turn out to be dangerously delusional. It’s all up to Trixie, the triceratops, if the gang hopes to return to Bonnie’s room in this “Toy Story That Time Forgot.” The cast of “Toy Story That Time Forgot” includes Tom Hanks as Woody, Tim Allen as Buzz, Kristen Schaal as Trixie, Kevin McKidd (“Grey’s Anatomy”) as Reptillus Maximus, Wallace Shawn as Rex, Timothy Dalton as Mr. Pricklepants, Don Rickles as Mr. Potato Head and Joan Cusack as Jessie. (8:00–8:30 p.m.)

SHREK THE HALLS – DreamWorks Animation’s “Shrek the Halls,”starring America’s favorite ogre and his friends and featuring the voices of Mike Myers, Eddie Murphy, Cameron Diaz and Antonio Banderas. Just when Shrek thought he could finally sit back, relax and enjoy his happily ever after with his new family, the most joyous of all holidays arrives. It’s Christmas Eve, and everyone is filled with holiday cheer – except for Shrek. He isn’t exactly the picture of yuletide joy, but for the sake of Fiona and the kids, he tries to get into the spirit of things as only an ogre can. Unfortunately, everyone seems to have their own ideas about what Christmas is all about, so when Donkey, Puss In Boots, Gingerbread Man and the whole gang try to join in on the fun, Shrek’s plans for a cozy family celebration end up spiraling into one truly unforgettable Christmas. (8:30–9:00 p.m.)

Saturday, December 10
MARY POPPINS – Set in Edwardian London, the film features no-nonsense nanny Mary Poppins, who flies out of the windy London skies and into the home of two mischievous children of the wealthy and strict Banks family, Jane (Karen Dotrice) and Michael (Matthew Garber). With the help of a carefree chimney sweep named Bert (Dick Van Dyke), the spirited nanny sets off on a series of fantastic adventures with Bert and the children, and teaches their parents some lessons about love along the way. Disney’s beloved classic received a total of 13 Academy Award® nominations, including Best Picture, and won five, including Best Actress (Julie Andrews), Best Song (“Chim Chim Cher-ee”), Best Visual Effects, Best Film Editing, and Best Original Music Score. The movie features many classic songs, including “A Spoonful of Sugar,” “Jolly Holiday,” Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious,” “Feed the Birds,” “Chim Chim Cher-ee” and “Let’s Go Fly a Kite.” (8:00–11:00 p.m.)

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DESIGNATED SURVIVOR Sneak Peek: Time for Retribution


Things have been heating up for the DESIGNATED SURVIVOR, President Kirkman, in the weeks since the Capitol bombing. He has been exposed as having been fired just before the bombing, putting the legitimacy of his presidency in question. He has also been challenged by his chief military adviser and the governor of Michigan. And he finds a challenger for the presidency in one of the only two remaining members of Congress, Congresswoman Hookstraten.

In the last episode, the perpetrators of the bombing were identified as being from Algeria and the military demanded President Kirkman act immediately for retribution. When the President hesitated because a U.S. asset hadn’t reached safety first, the chief military adviser acted on his own, forcing the President to fire him. Meanwhile, the First Lady asked Congresswoman Hookstraten for help in a personal matter, and the Congresswoman was more than willing to help, but exacted a price to be repaid at a later time of her choosing — setting up a conflict for another time. The Congresswoman also approached the President’s Chief of Staff, implying he had a brighter future ahead, acknowledging him for leaking information that forced the President to take action he had been reluctant to take and that she thinks may set her up to challenge the President for office.

Tonight, it’s time to exact retribution for the bombing. Realizing attempts at diplomacy with Algeria have failed, President Kirkman must decide whether to send Navy SEALs on a mission that could define his presidency — but could also define the SEALs’ personal lives. The investigation into the Capitol bombing continues, but FBI Agent Wells is running into more secrets than answers.

See the preview video below and watch DESIGNATED SURVIVOR tonight (October 26) at 10:00 p.m. on ABC (U.S.) and CTV (Canada).

ONCE UPON A TIME 6.05 Recap: Secrets, Sacrifices and Lies


Last night’s ONCE UPON A TIME continued the trend of incredibly solid episodes it has been pulling off since season 6 started a few weeks ago. With the exception of the the second episode, this season has been pretty fantastic and – despite my initial reservations, the Evil Queen is doing wonders for this show.

Lana Parrilla continues to be absolutely breathtaking in her job, and I admit I almost forget that the Evil Queen and Regina are played by the same person. Regina is so serious now and so intent on helping, while the Evil Queen is just delightful. Even though she is evil incarnate, she is just light and funny and sarcastic and I would seriously watch an hour of the Evil Queen being fabulous. Now that she has paired up with Zelena and is slowly turning the Wicked Witch back to the dark side – which is her best, most entertaining self – those two will be a force to be reckoned with.

That SPA day scene was just so entertaining – especially with them discussing if they had ever been involved with the Dark One – that I just had a ridiculous grin on my face for the entire thing. Even though Archie had been kidnapped and forced to be a babysitter to little Robin, they put him in a spot that allowed the two villains to be fantastically funny.

That said, I just absolutely adored the Agrabah flashbacks. It has been a solid 20 years since I last saw Alladin – and I was never much of a Disney girl – but I remember that Alladin was one of the movies that I actually really liked. Seeing Jasmine and Alladin in those outfits made me feel like I was 8 years old again and that the cartoon I watched as a kid had just come to life. And that is the biggest compliment I could ever give them.

The way they connected both stories was really well done and I was actually surprised to find out that Alladin did give up his powers. For a moment there, I actually believed he was dead and, to be honest, I don’t know what is the worst for Emma – him being alive or dead. Because if he were dead, that would mean she was really destined to die. But if he gave up his powers and then Agrabah fell, then that means that if she were to do the same, Storybrooke is doomed. Poor Emma just can’t catch a break.

But what I really loved in this episode was that Emma finally came clean and told her family everything. Those quiet family moments are what make this show great and we were sorely missing those lately. Maybe that’s why I like this season so much. Of course, the Evil Queen forced her hand, but this is the Emma that has grown and evolved since season 1. This was the Emma that we had last seen in the season 5 finale – not that scared, I-can-do-everything-by-myself shadow of a character we had been treated to in the past four episodes. So kudos for that.

But it’s like they can’t have one single moment of happiness. I love my CaptainSwan. I really do. I’ll be honest and confess that they’re the reason I still stick around, five years later. But they’re just repeating the same tired old formula every single season. When one of them has a breakthrough and takes a step forward, the other goes and does something incredibly stupid and takes ten steps back. And I get it. I really do understand why Killian did what he did, but my god, man, what part of the “let’s not keep secrets from each other anymore” memo did you not understand?

Why, why would you lie to Emma? I know you’re afraid to lose her, but you’re missing the bigger picture here. You’re risking an entire town and all the people in it. God only knows what may happen if you force Emma to give up her powers. But then again, why does everyone always take a villain at their word? Who says that those visions are actually true?

I don’t know. What I know is – there’s no more ONCE UPON A TIME if they kill the Savior, so they are going to figure something out. And Emma is not giving up her powers because she would never sacrifice Storybrooke just to save herself. So it’s going to be okay. There may be a bumpy ride ahead, but our girl Emma will be just fine in the end.

And on a last note, I absolutely loved that touching moment between Emma and Henry in the crypt. It had been a while since we last had such a great scene between Jennifer Morrison and Jared Gilmore, but they really knocked it out of the park. It felt like season 1 all over again.

ONCE UPON A TIME airs Sundays at 8/7c on ABC (U.S.) and CTV (Canada).

CONVICTION Sneak Peek: Becoming the Poster Child for Regret


After last week’s drama-filled episode of CONVICTION ended with the very public revelation about Hayes getting caught with drugs and her subsequent cover-up employment at the CIU, its time to play damage control. But it’s not quite as simple as calling a friend at the New Yorker this time.

In the clip released below, we see that Wallace has set up a TV interview with what Hayes calls “the firing squad.” Apologizing and being the “poster child for regret” on national TV requires some preparation, which is where Hayes’ handler/dance-partner/big brother comes in! He has a “black-belt in Hayes Handling” and we get to see Hayes and her brother discussing a shared childhood as First Children, but also get an insight into the differences between them. Hayes was paraded around in the press as a prop for her parents’ agenda, while her brother was — self-proclaimed — “too fat and effeminate” to be used in the same way.

This childhood trauma has clearly had an effect on Hayes and her way of interacting with those around her, but one person who she seems to have a special connection with is Wallace. We will definitely have to see how they deal with the impromptu hook-up they had (which was then interrupted) last week. Wallace is disappointed they got cut short, but Hayes informs him it was probably for the best.

Be sure to check out the growing tension between these two in a new episode of CONVICTION tonight (October 24) at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT on ABC (U.S.) and CTV (Canada).

CONVICTION Sneak Peek: A New Hayes Morrison?


Hayes Morrison, former first daughter and leading lady of ABC’s CONVICTION, is ready for a new week of causing chaos.

When the CIU gets their newest case of the week some of the members are less than thrilled with Hayes’ choice. A bigoted, racist man getting an appeal for hate crimes? That’s not the feel-good, happy ending of the first two cases we have seen the team work on. But like Wallace says, some convictions deserve to be upheld, and if Hayes and her crew can undoubtedly prove this inmate’s guilt, he will remain a bigot in prison.

But, the case isn’t the only thing keeping viewers tuned in. It also looks like we get a glimpse into Maxine’s personal life. A visit to her father in search of a source for the case leads to a conversation about how this job at CIU is not “her first choice of jobs”. Combine this with her sobriety chip we glanced last week and it seems like this cop has a troubled past of her own.

But no one has a troubled past like Hayes. This week’s episode holds more insight into the trials of growing up in the spotlight, and when Wallace holds a press conference he introduces “the new Hayes Morrison” to a reporter questioning her past “party-girl” attitude and brushes with the law. Hayes doesn’t seem to take to kindly to getting pinned down as the predictable good-girl though, and instead takes a controversial case while (as Wallace says) riding her metaphorical motorcycle with no helmet.

Catch an all new CONVICTION tonight (October 17) 2016 at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT on ABC (U.S.) and CTV (Canada).

ONCE UPON A TIME Recap: The Evil Within


Last night’s ONCE UPON AT TIME took us back to its roots. In one of the most solid episodes we have had the pleasure of watching in at least a season and a a half, “Strange Case” had an old school kind of vibe and it felt so much like a season 1 episode. It was well balanced, had plenty of action and drama and just the right amount of screen time for its ever expanding group of characters. But mostly, it was just fun.

Back to school. Finally we got to see an interesting storyline involving Snow White. She has basically been in the back burner for a couple of seasons now, mostly going along for the ride, but we saw Snow taking control of her own life again and making an effort to have things go back to normal – or as normal as they can be when one is a fairytale character and lives in Storybrooke. But we got a really awesome glimpse of the Charmings family life in the beginning of the episode, with Charming being an endearingly obnoxious jealous dad and the family just having breakfast together, which was just great to watch.

That first scene was just so incredible and light and it made me smile so big, because this is what they have always wanted. The entire family together as Emma, Snow, Charming, Baby Neal and Henry gathered in the kitchen as they got ready for the day. Not even Regina’s arrival with Jekyll broke the spell of that entire feel good first moment of the episode. That one scene has been six years in the making and it was incredibly overdue and such a joy to watch.

But when Snow gets to school, things aren’t as they used to be. For starters, little Henry is now a teenager and even has a girlfriend, so that was her first reality check. Time has passed and things have changed. When the students don’t respond to her lesson as they used to, she is crushed. It takes Jasmine – and hey, we all knew that was Jasmine, right? I can’t even remember the name she used right now – telling her that she needed to let go of the past and adapt to the new normal, for Snow to get in the groove of how things are now. Embracing her true self is liberating and she delivers a kickass lesson to her students as badass Snow White. Brilliant subplot, brilliant delivery and brilliant dialogue. I loved every single thing about this plot and I can only hope they keep it up.

Jekyll, Hyde and the Evil Queen. First of all, the Evil Queen is delightful. Can we please keep her forever? Lana Parrilla is doing such an amazing job at separating both characters and she is just plain funny as a full on evil villain. There is a lightness to her voice and every single line that completely contradicts the despicable things she is capable of doing and it’s just amazing. Standing ovation to Parrilla for her outstanding performance.

Now, let’s talk about the abrupt end of the Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde storyline. Although, now that it’s over and it’s clear that they couldn’t really go any further than that, I admit I’d had the impression that they would play a larger role at least until the midseason finale. However, their story served its purpose to highlight that Regina is pretty much screwed. Despite having separated the evil and good parts of herself, this particular storyline showed us that there is no way to separate both parts completely. Jekyll was still capable of evil, just like Regina will have to live with the possibility of the evil within her rearing its ugly head again.

What became clear, however, is that there is no way to defeat the Evil Queen – at least not without losing Regina as well. The serum that Jekyll created was lost forever and it took Hook killing him for Mr. Hyde to die as well. When Jekyll turned on Belle, she asked for Killian’s help using a mermaid shell he had given her earlier that day. As it turns out, the good scientist was also a villain and tried to kill Belle in order to exact his revenge against Rumplestiltskin. When Hook pushed him into a spear that ran him through, his doppelganger, Mr. Hyde, also perished. That only showed them that in order for the Evil Queen to die, Regina will have to perish as well.

That led to an incredibly touching moment between Emma and Regina, where they mirrored the request Emma made at the beggining of season 5 – Regina asked Emma to sacrifice her, if push comes to shove. Emma promised her that she will do everything in her power to prevent that from happening because that’s what family does. This was just so beautiful and touching and it showed us how far these two amazing women have come.

Rumbelle. Look, it hurts me too. While I was never a Rumbelle fan, the child in me mourns for one of my favorite princesses. This relationship has come to a point that it’s completely toxic and abusive and I can’t see any way for them to even think about getting back to the way they were. Even though Rumple might be trying to change, he just can’t. He goes about it all wrong and, in an effort to protect Belle, he traps her in the Jolly Roger with magic, so she can’t leave. But that wasn’t the main problem here.

That final scene between them – after Hook has saved her from Jekyll – where Rumple is basically threatening her that she will go back to him whether she likes it or not, that was the final nail in this ship’s proverbial coffin. Because you know what – that is not okay. If you love someone, you don’t use threats or force or anything that may harm them to make them get back to you. What Rumple is doing has all the telltale signs of an abusive relationship. And when Belle tells him she will never go back to him because she has always seen who he really is and apparently he can’t change, he tells her that she will get back to him no matter what.

I’m sorry, but I can’t get behind a ship that promotes this kind of behavior. At this point, I don’t think Rumplestilskin can be ever be redeemed because – even though he tries to put his love for Belle first – he will never give up his power. And no matter what happens, he will always put that power first and that is not what a healthy relationship is supposed to be about. I really, really hope that Belle stays as far away from him as possible and that Emma and Regina can help her protect her baby boy when he’s born.

Jasmine. So we all knew it was her, right? While we only caught a glimpse of what their storyline is going to be about, I admit I am so curious to watch this unfold. So Jasmine apparently is looking for Alladin in Storybrooke, so that opens so many exciting possibilities – especially for Emma to understand what being a Savior is all about. Also, it has been a solid twenty years since I last watched Alladin, but is there a possibility that the Oracle is actually Jafar? Have you taken a look at that staff she keeps walking around with? I saw that theory last night on Twitter and I actually think this could be a possibility.

Overall, though, this was such a great episode. It had been a while since I finished an episode of this show and had that omg, I want more feeling.

A new episode of ONCE UPON A TIME airs next Sunday, October 23, at 8/7c on ABC (U.S.) and CTV (Canada).

Tonight on QUANTICO: What is Miranda Hiding?


The big reveal at the end of last week’s QUANTICO was the insinuating that Miranda is working with the terrorists who took over the summit. After Alex managed to make her way to a phone she called her old FBI boss and let her know that the FBI has a woman on the inside. Then Miranda turned around to warn the terrorists about this fact, leading the audience to believe that she may be in cahoots with the terrorists.

But is that true? Has Miranda really turned dark side, much like Liam did in season 1? Or is there something more to this story that we don’t know about?

What we do know according to sneak peek for tonight is that Alex is determined to find out more information about the terrorists, their weapons and their plans. She tells Miranda that she’s going to gather as much intel as she can and then Miranda wants her to be careful. Moments later Miranda pulls out her secret cell phone and sees a message from the terrorists: “We will find [Alex]“. To accomplish her goal, Alex manages to find a stash of outfits that the terrorists wear and puts one on, deciding to go undercover. ABC warns that Alex discovers that “not everyone is a stranger” among the terrorist group. Which leads us to believe that she may uncover the fact that one of her old CIA training is a terrorist.

In the hostage group, meanwhile, Ryan tells Raina that they need to figure out who is behind the masks — even just one face. From the looks of the photo below Ryan goes about this by getting into a fight with one of the terrorists and trying to tear off his/her mask. But will doing so put his life at risk?

Don’t miss an all new episode of QUANTICO tonight (October 16) at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT on ABC (U.S.) and CTV (Canada).


ONCE UPON A TIME: Learning More About Dr. Jekyll’s Serum


Dr. Jekyll’s serum is a big focus of this week’s ONCE UPON A TIME. In flashbacks we learn that Jekyll is working on his serum in the past — the serum to separate a man’s personality into two: good and evil. He wants admission into the Scientific Academy in his land in order to finalize his work, but one of the high-ranking members doesn’t seem eager to grant it, despite the support of the man’s daughter. Apparently the members of the Academy think that Dr. Jekyll’s work is too dangerous and should be stopped. So Jekyll turns to Rumplestiltskin for him in completing his work. But as with everything involving Rumplestiltskin, Jekyll learns that his help comes with a hefty price.

Meanwhile, in modern day Storybrooke, the Evil Queen and Mr. Hyde continue on their quest to steal Jekyll’s serum. They head to Mr. Gold’s shop (where he debuts his new hair-do) and Hyde asks him for a cameo necklace. Mr. Gold wants to know what he’ll get in return, but Hyde responds “nothing”. And that’s when Gold learns something very important — Hyde can’t be killed. At least not with Gold’s magic. Which could mean he’ll be forced to help him.

Elsewhere in the episode Snow looks forward to her first day back in the classroom as a teacher. We’re also going to meet Karen David’s new character (see photos below). She’ll be playing Princess Jasmine/Shirin and it seems that in Storybrooke she’ll be working alongside Snow at the school. Meanwhile, Emma looks forward to Hook moving in with her, but Hook finds that he has to protect Belle from Mr. Gold, who has made sure she can’t leave the confines of the Jolly Roger. Will this put a crimp in Hook and Emma’s?

Don’t miss an all new episode of ONCE UPON A TIME tonight (October 16) at 8:00 p.m. ET/PT on ABC (U.S.) and CTV (Canada).

DESIGNATED SURVIVOR Sneak Peek: Know Your Enemy


The mystery of the Capitol bombing and the intrigue behind the succession of power in crisis heighten this week on DESIGNATED SURVIVOR.

Last week on DESIGNATED SURVIVOR, President Kirkman was forced to admit he was “fired” by the late President, fueling questions of whether he belongs in office. That widened an opening for the only surviving member of Congress, Kimble Hookstraten, who has designs on the Oval Office herself. Meanwhile, another member of Congress was found in the rubble, but FBI agent Hannah Wells — looking for clues to who was behind the Capitol bombing — found that Congressman MacLeish was missing from his seat seconds before the blast.

This week, Agent Wells visits a still-recuperating Congressman MacLeish to confront him with photo evidence. President Kirkman learns who was behind the attack on the Capitol, leading to more conflicts with a military leader who doesn’t think the President is a tough enough leader as the country considers going to war. The President who, last week, retained the White House Chief of Staff Tyler Richmond over his own assigns his former Chief of Staff Emily Rhodes to monitor growing domestic concerns. And First Lady Alex Kirkman finds things aren’t quite what they seem when she seeks help from scheming Congresswoman Kookstraten.

See the sneak peek video below and watch DESIGNATED SURVIVOR tonight (October 12) at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT on ABC (U.S.) and CTV (Canada).

CONVICTION Sneak Peek: The Blackmail of Hayes Morrison


The catalyst for the entire premise of ABC’s newest procedural drama, CONVICTION, is the blackmail of former first-daughter Hayes Morrison. When District Attorney Conner Wallace finds Hayes arrested for cocaine possession, he strikes a deal where Hayes can escape prison by working for his new Conviction Integrity Unit.

This shady political agreement might mean a new start for Hayes (and a continued clean family record for her mother, who is running for the Senate) but it may not all be in the past. As we see in the sneak peek below, Sam Spencer seems to have a journalist hot on his tail for this juicy political scoop. Now, because Hayes boldly announced her little skirmish with the law to her entire team, all of them now know her secret. It seems for the moment that Sam is resisting the urge to snitch and become the journalist’s source for the latest Hayes Morrison scandal, despite the fact that it will mean getting himself a promotion to leader of the CIU.

It also seems that Hayes will get a visit from her high-profile mother at work. But, is the visit propaganda for the campaign or general interest in her daughter’s life?

Catch and all new CONVICTION tonight (October 10) at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT on ABC (U.S.) and CTV (Canada).