PERSON OF INTEREST Preview: Triple at Bats

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Last week’s PERSON OF INTEREST started with a stunner on Monday.

That was unexpected. We were expecting Shaw to reappear. And we were expecting her to escape from her Samaritan captors. But we weren’t expecting her to have a steamy bed scene with Root. Nor were we expecting her to shoot John Greer or John Reese or herself. And we weren’t expecting the entire episode to be a virtual reality (VR) scene played out in Shaw’s mind by John Greer to manipulate her into revealing the hideout of The Machine and its agents. What a devil Greer was, then, to tell his staff to begin VR scenario number 6,742 (as in there were 6,471 before it), putting Shaw through one more torturous, mind-frying episode in her head. “We have all the time in the world, my dear,” he said cynically.

It seemed almost like the good old days with Tuesday’s PERSON OF INTEREST as Reese took on the assignment of protecting an NYPD analyst investigating a software glitch tied into a missing person. And Fusco was being held in the dark about team activities as in the days of old, but he had finally gotten his fill of it and decided to take action on is own, looking into missing persons. And when Reese came up missing, Fusco went looking after him on his own. It turned out Reese had been nabbed by an old friend of Elias, the former amiable mob boss, who wanted to exact revenge for Elias’ murder. When the old friend wouldn’t take no for an answer, Reese took him to another safe house to see Elias, who was actually still alive and living in the shadows. Elias advised his old friend to stay in the shadows, but his friend wanted revenge against this mysterious new force that has quieted down the streets. Meanwhile, Finch had created a strategy game session between The Machine and Samaritan on two isolated computers to see what the team is up against in the real world, and after more than 10 billion scenarios, The Machine had lost every one, not a very hopeful sign.

So leading into this week, when we get three new episodes (one on Monday and two back-to-back episodes on Tuesday – someone in a hurry to get this thing over with? Not me!), Shaw is still with Samaritan, The Machine is now handing out assignments but the team is holding Fusco at arm’s length and he’s tired of it, kind of going rogue investigating missing persons in a way that’s likely to get him unwanted notice by Samaritan, The Machine doesn’t appear to be up to a match against Samaritan, and Elias’ friend is now loose to seek revenge on Samaritan, too.

This Week’s Triple Play

  • Monday at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT in “A More Perfect Union,” Reese and Finch crash a wedding to protect a couple of persons of interest before they tie the knot, while Fusco continues his self-initiated investigation into a series of missing persons.
  • Tuesday at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT in “QSO,” Root protects the host of a conspiracy theory radio show who has bumped into information that could get him killed, while Samaritan agents attempt to convince The Machine’s team that Samaritan’s goals are noble. Yeah, right.
  • Tuesday at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT in “Reassortment,” Reese and Finch find themselves trapped at ground zero for a deadly viral outbreak, while Samaritan’s newest recruit has second thoughts and Shaw continues her struggle under Samaritan’s manipulation with reality.

Sound like fun? See a preview below and tune in to PERSON OF INTEREST Monday (Mary 23) and Tuesday (May 24) on CBS.

MAN WITH A PLAN Preview: First Look at CBS’ New Matt LeBlanc Comedy

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Matt LeBlanc is starring in MAN WITH A PLAN, a new family comedy series coming to CBS this fall.

LeBlanc stars as Adam, a man who feels capable of taking on more parenting responsibilities when his wife, Andi, decides to head back to work after 13 years of being a stay-at-home-mom. But Adam is completely unprepared for the reality of taking care of his children.

Their pre-teen daughter, Kate (Grace Kaufman), is a master manipulator and initially thrilled that “daddy fun times” is taking over, middle child Teddy (Matthew McCann) can’t seem to keep his hands out of his pants despite constant reminders, and their precious youngest, Emme (Hala Finley), is nervous about starting kindergarten.

Read The TV Addict’s Full 2016 Upfronts Coverage

Jeff & Jackie Filgo, Matt LeBlanc, Michael Rotenberg and Troy Zien serve as executive producers.

MAN WITH A PLAN will on Mondays this fall beginning in October on CBS (see CBS’s full fall schedule).

THE GREAT INDOORS Preview: First Look at CBS’ New Joel McHale Comedy

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Joel McHale comes to CBS this fall in THE GREAT INDOORS. McHale plays Jack, a renowned adventure reporter for an outdoor magazine who is in for some culture shock when he turns into a desk-bound boss to a group of millennials in the digital department. Jack far prefers the “outdoorsy” lifestyle he’s led for Outdoor Limits, but his globe-trotting days are now at an end.

The magazine’s founder, Roland (Stephen Fry) wants to move the publication online and he wants Jack to supervise their “journalists”. Jack’s eager 20-something colleagues include Clark (Christopher Mintz-Plasse), a tech nerd who knows everything about surviving on Mars and a zombie apocalypse; Emma (Christine Ko), their social media expert who views Jack as the human version of dial-up; and Mason (Shaun Brown), a hipster-lumberjack who hasn’t spent any actual time outside. Jack reports to Roland’s daughter, Brooke (Susannah Fielding), an ex-flame who caters to the sensitive staffers by giving them all trophies just for working hard. Jack’s best friend, Eddie (Chris Williams), runs the local dive bar that’s popular with the younger set and helps Jack “decode” his co-workers.

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Mike Gibbons (TOSH.0), Chris Harris and Andy Ackerman serve as executive producers.

THE GREAT INDOORS will air on Thursdays beginning in October  on CBS (see CBS’s full fall schedule).

BULL Preview: First Look at CBS’ New Michael Weatherly Drama

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Michael Weatherly may have departed NCIS, but he’s starring in a new CBS drama this fall: BULL.

Weatherly plays Dr. Jason Bull, a character inspired by the early career of Dr. Phil McGraw, the founder of an extremely prolific trial consulting firm. Bull is brilliant and charming and he’s very good at combining psychology, data and intuition to figure out what makes jurors, attorneys and witnesses tick.

At Trial Analysis Corporation, Bull employs a team of experts: his quick-witted brother-in-law, Benny Colón (Freddy Rodriguez), who plays a defense attorney in mock trials; Marissa Morgan (Geneva Carr), a cutting-edge neurolinguistics expert from the Department of Homeland Security; former NYPD detective Danny James (Jaime Lee Kirchner), the firm’s tough but relatable investigator; haughty millennial hacker Cable McCrory (Annabelle Attanasio), who is responsible for gathering cyber intelligence; and Chunk Palmer (Chris Jackson), a fashion-conscious stylist and former All-American lineman who fine tunes clients’ appearances for trial.

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Paul Attanasio (HOUSE), Dr. Phillip C. McGraw, Steven Spielberg, Justin Falvey, Darryl Frank, Jay McGraw, Mark Goffman and Rodrigo Garcia serve as executive producers.

BULL will Tuesdays this fall on CBS (see CBS’s full fall schedule).

MACGYVER Preview: First Look at CBS’ New Action Drama

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CBS is rebooting a classic with MACGYER, a re-imagining of the late ’80s/early ’90s series.

In the reboot, Angus “Mac” MacGyver (Lucas Till) is a 20-something who creates a clandestine organization within the U.S. government where he uses his extraordinary talent for unconventional problem solving and vast scientific knowledge to save lives.

Joining his team on high-risk missions around the globe is maverick former CIA agent Lincoln (George Eads). Under the aegis of the Department of External Affairs, MacGyver takes on the responsibility of saving the world, armed to the teeth with resourcefulness and little more than bubble gum and a paper clip.

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Peter Lenkov (HAWAII FIVE-0), Henry Winkler, Lee Zlotoff, James Wan and Michael Clear will serve as executive producers.

MACGYVER will air on Fridays this fall on CBS (see CBS’s full fall schedule).

PURE GENIUS Preview: First Look at CBS’ New Medical Drama

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PURE GENIUS is all about cutting-edge medicine. Billionaire genius James Bell (Augustus Prew) built Bunker Hill Hospital so he could revolutionaize healthcare and treat medical mysteries for free. In order to do that, Bell persuades surgeon Dr. Walter Wallace (Dermot Mulroney) to be his Chief of Staff. Dr. Wallace is the type of doctor who believed that medicine was about humans, not technology — until the new hospital convinced him otherwise.

Bell’s team of trailblazers includes Dr. Zoe Brockett (Odette Annable), an exceptional, fearlessly frank physician; Dr. Talaikha Channarayapatra (Reshma Shetty), an idealistic, maddeningly literal neurosurgeon who believes the hospital is a beacon for change; Dr. Malik Verlaine (Aaron Jennings), a former gangbanger now spearheading efforts to provide 24/7 health monitoring in poor neighborhoods via computer; Dr. Scott Strauss (Ward Horton), an intense neurologist with an Ivy league pedigree; and Angie Cheng (Brenda Song), an enthusiastic 3-D printer programming whiz.

Read The TV Addict’s Full 2016 Upfronts Coverage

Jason Katims (PARENTHOOD and ABOUT A BOY), Michelle Lee and David Semel serve as executive producers.

PURE GENIUS will air Thursday beginning in October on CBS (see CBS’s full fall schedule).

KEVIN CAN WAIT Preview: First Look at CBS’ New Kevin James Comedy

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Kevin James returns to series television this fall with KEVIN CAN WAIT. Kevin is a newly retired police officer who is looking forward to spending more time with his family. Naturally, he faces more problems at home than he did on the streets.

Kevin spends his days with fellow retirees: his former partner Goody (Leonard Earl Howze), his oldest friend Duffy (Lenny Venito) and his brother Kyle (Gary Valentine), a former fireman. But it turns out that his wife Donna (Erinn Hayes) spent years shielding him from the craziness of their family. Their eldest, Kendra (Taylor Spreitler), is dropping out of college so she can support her unemployed fiancé, Chale (Ryan Cartwright), while he designs the next “big app”; his teenage daughter, Sara (Mary-Charles Jones), is having issues at school; and their youngest, Jack (James DiGiacomo), is a bit of a hypochondriac.

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Bruce Helford (ANGER MANAGEMENT), Rock Reuben, Kevin James, Jeff Sussman and Andy Fickman serve as executive producers.

KEVIN CAN WAIT will air on Mondays this fall on CBS (see CBS’s full fall schedule).

CBS Announces its 2016-2017 Primetime Schedule

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CBS is the fourth network to unveil its 2016-2017 primetime schedule during Upfronts week (see NBCFox and ABC’s new schedules).

CBS renewed a lot of their existing shows, which doesn’t leave many holes in their schedule. As a result, the network only ordered 8 new pilots. Like Fox, CBS is bringing some familiar properties to TV, including a reboot of MACGYVER and producing a small screen version of the film TRAINING DAY. You’ll also be seeing some familiar faces on the network this fall/winter, including Joel McHale (THE GREAT INDOORS), Matt Leblanc (MAN WITH A PLAN) and Katherine Heigl (DOUBT).

There’s also a few changes in the upcoming schedule, including NCIS: LOS ANGELES moving to Sundays and MADAM SECRETARY moving to the 9:00 p.m. spot formerly held by THE GOOD WIFE.

There’s also no word yet on LIMITLESS, but apparently CBS is shopping around for a new home for the show.

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Monday
8:00 p.m. THE BIG BANG THEORY
8:30 p.m. KEVIN CAN WAIT (new series)
9:00 p.m. 2 BROKE GIRLS
9:30 p.m. THE ODD COUPLE
10:00 p.m. SCORPION

Monday (After Thursday Night Football Ends in Late October)
8:00 p.m. KEVIN CAN WAIT (new series)
8:30 p.m. MAN WITH A PLAN (new series)
9:00 p.m. 2 BROKE GIRLS
9:30 p.m. THE ODD COUPLE
10:00 p.m. SCORPION

Tuesday
8:00 p.m. NCIS
9:00 p.m. BULL (new series)
10:00 p.m. NCIS: NEW ORLEANS

Wednesday
8:00 p.m. SURVIVOR
9:00 p.m. CRIMINAL MINDS
10:00 p.m. CODE BLACK

Thursday
8:00 p.m. Thursday Night Football

Thursday (Beginning October 27)
8:00 p.m. THE BIG BANG THEORY
8:30 p.m. THE GREAT INDOORS (new series)
9:00 p.m. MOM
9:30 p.m. LIFE IN PIECES
10:00 p.m. PURE GENIUS (new series)

Friday
8:00 p.m. MACGYVER (new series)
9:00 p.m. HAWAII FIVE-0
10:00 p.m. BLUE BLOODS

Sunday
7:00 p.m. 60 MINUTES
8:00 p.m. NCIS: LOS ANGELES
9:00 p.m. MADAM SECRETARY
10:00 p.m. ELEMENTARY

Midseason: TRAINING DAY (new series), DOUBT (new series), CRIMINAL MINDS: BEYOND BORDERS

 

NCIS: NEW ORLEANS Season Finale: Brody Tries To Stop A Bombing

Last week, the man that mothers warn their daughters about…the one that is too good to be true…reappeared in Meredith Brody’s life on NCIS: NEW ORLEANS.

Homeland Security Agent John Russo (guest star Ivan Sergei) who was part of the investigation when Brody tracked evidence in the death of an Army general back to Washington D.C., suddenly was setting up shop in New Orleans.

When NCIS: NEW ORLEANS partnered with Homeland on the case of a murdered Navy diver, there were implications that indicated a link to a possible terrorist attack on The Big Easy. Russo honed in on Brody (Zoe McLellan) and tried to start the “big romance”…aka the one that your mother warned you was too good to be true.

Brody was torn. Was this guy “good” or just a little “too good?”

Well, as things often go, if it seems too good to be true, it usually is, and now Merri knows it.

Tonight, Brody finds out that Russo has been using her and turns to Sebastian (Rob Kerkovich) for assistance.

He gives her a device to clone Russo’s phone, but she has to get close enough for the signals to link, which requires her to continue the relationship charade, to ferret out the mole and expose the catastrophic security breach within NCIS and the DHS.

Brody braces herself and continues the romantic pretense to get close to Russo in an attempt to find 900 pounds of missing explosives that pose an imminent threat to New Orleans.

Sebastian, worried about Merri and angry that she has to get so close to a killer to do her job, provides her with a pen, of sorts. When she reminds him that she is armed, he tells her that the pen is not for writing…it is a 200,000-volt stun gun.

Sometimes, the “white knight” rides in on a motorcycle, is a little quirky, and looks like Prince Charming on the inside.

NCIS: NEW ORLEANS also stars Scott Bakula, Lucas Black, Shalita Grant, Daryl ‘Chill’ Mitchell and CCH Pounder.

Guest stars on tonight’s season finale, “Sleeping With The Enemy,” are Toni Trucks, Cooper Thornton, Stephanie Erb, Jared Day, Douglas M. Griffin, Tony Winters and Mark Ashworth.

“Sleeping With The Enemy” was written by series Executive Producer, Christopher Silber, and directed by series Executive Producer, James Hayman.

NCIS: NEW ORLEANS airs tonight at 9:00 p.m. on CBS in the U.S. and on Global TV in Canada.

Check out the cast’s favorite moments from the series on the clips below.

NCIS Season Finale Sneak Peek: Michael Weatherly Leaves NCIS…Tears and Surprises?

The theme of the season finale of NCIS is encapsulated in the title, “Family First.”

Some of us are lucky enough to be born into the family that is perfect for us. Others of us accumulate “family” as we pass through life.

Not everyone that we consider to be family is related by blood, but those bonds are no less strong than the ones that we feel for our actual blood relatives. Sometimes, we are closer to those with whom we share no DNA.

Such is the NCIS family, and as Michael Weatherly departs the series tonight after 13 years, we will see how the love of an “accumulated family” is just as strong and supportive as family members connected by blood.

Last week, the team watched in horror as video of the cabin owned by former Moussad leader, Eli David (Michael Nouri), exploded into flames.

DiNozzo’s (Weatherly) face reflected the fear that his one true love, Ziva David (Cote de Pablo), may have been inside. He grasps Ziva’s Star of David necklace, which he has held close to his heart ever since she left. It is (and always has been) clear, that no woman could fill the void left by her.

Like a well-oiled machine, Tony’s family (accumulated and blood) falls into line to give him the physical and emotional support to get him through this traumatic experience.

When he announces that he must leave, Gibbs (Mark Harmon), ever the supportive perfect surrogate father, backs him 100% with Gibbs-like pinpoint response. A simple “We know” from Gibbs tells Tony that it is acceptable to put his “real life” before his “work life.”

It is the response of a father, not a supervisor who only recognizes an employee as someone who is replaceable with the next resume.

Gibbs tells McGee (Sean Murray) to get Tony a flight, but the ever-efficient “little brother” already has done so within those few seconds and placed the boarding pass in Tony’s inbox.

McGee shows quiet, determined support by doing what he does best with those few words and on-point action that depict how much the character has matured over the years.

Ellie (Emily Wickersham), who never knew Ziva, but understands the pain of lost love, gives him a whispered push asking, “What are you waiting for?” It is clear that she does not want DiNozzo to live without true love, because she understands the hole that loss leaves in one’s heart.

In the few hours before his plane leaves, expect some painful farewells from Tony’s accumulated family.

Tony and Ducky (David McCallum) share a bond of being slightly off-kilter. Although Ducky’s sense of humor is much drier and Tony’s is quirkier, they love each other, bonded by their mutual respect, and dedication to the work.

They also have the tie that binds funny people who can deliver a joke. If Gibbs is the father figure, then Ducky is the favorite uncle who is there for support and reassurance, as well as supplying wise witticism.

Before he leaves, he hugs his favorite “autopsy gremlin,” Jimmy Palmer (Brian Dietzen). Palmer tries desperately to be one of the “funny people,” and his tendency to deliver a joke at the wrong time is a flaw with which Tony can identify. But DiNozzo’s maturity has lessened that tendency, and with a simple loving hug, he lets Palmer know that he has faith in the young man and in his success.

Director Leon Vance (Rocky Carroll) always has shown support for DiNozzo and had no reservations about him running the team when Gibbs was incapacitated or away. Both Vance and former director, Jenny Shepard (Lauren Holly), recognized that Tony could have run his own team in another city, but that DiNozzo stayed in D.C., preferring to put “Family First.”

But unlike Jenny or Caitlyn (Sasha Alexander) or Diane (Melinda McGraw) or Mike Franks (Muse Watson) or the others whom Tony included in his accumulated family who met with untimely ends, he still may have the opportunity to protect Ziva.

So Tony must leave this family and try to help the woman that he loves from the machinations of the deadly Trent Kort (David Dayan Fisher) and other threats as NCIS, FBI and MI6 continue an international manhunt for an escaped British spy who is targeting current and former agents.

When Abby hugs Tony and says, “I’m really going to miss you, Anthony DiNozzo,” it is hard to distinguish if it is Abby or her portrayer, Pauley Perrette, who is choking back the tears.

The lines between acting and real life personal emotions also are blurred when Tony bids farewell to Gibbs. The scene shows the respect and love that the two men have for each other when Tony says, “I’d say thank you, but it doesn’t quite cover it, Boss.”

Back at Tony’s apartment, Anthony DiNozzo, Sr., (Robert Wagner) helps his son pack and tries to offer his son hope, but neither man is sure that hope exists.

There is a knock on Tony’s apartment door. Is it the driver who is taking Tony to the plane? Could it be the person who is killing off agents? Is it someone delivering bad news? Or, with this great loss of a character, dare we hope that the visitor represents good news?

While we wait, as in our previous article. we would like to celebrate Michael Weatherly and the 13 years of laughter, tears and inspiration he has brought to the audience.

We’d say “thank you,” but that doesn’t quite cover it.

Also appearing on NCIS tonight are Sarah Clarke and Duane Henry who may be joining the series as FBI Special Agent Tess Monroe and MI6 Officer Clayton Reeves, respectively. Other guest stars are William Duffy and Yorgos Karamihos.

“Family First” was written by Gary Glasberg & Scott Williams and directed by Tony Wharmby, three men whose combined talents could make Mount Rushmore cry, so have the tissues handy.

NCIS airs tonight at 8:00 p.m. ET/PT on CBS in the U.S. and on Global TV in Canada.