Tonight on AMERICAN GOTHIC: Planning Mitchell’s Funeral and Digging Into the Past

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Tragedy has struck the Hawthorne family on AMERICAN GOTHIC, although none of the kids know that the Hawthorne matriarch, Madeline, is responsible for the death of their father.

The siblings are reeling from the overnight death of their father and Alison wants to start planning their father’s funeral right away. But Tessa needs some answers first concerning the silver bells they found and her father’s past. She wants to show Brady one of the bells to see if they’re real and connected to the old case, but Alison is adamantly against it. And Cam just wants to distance himself from it.

When they go back to the storage shed to look at their father’s things, they find the box of bells missing. Madeline appears and declares that the bells are gone. She explains that their father had an obsession with true crime and then drops a bombshell, although it doesn’t necessarily point to him being the killer. Or….is she lying? Tessa starts to get suspicious when more facts come to light.

Meanwhile, there’s inter-family squabbles when Garrett announces that he wants to speak at Mitchell’s funeral. Alison, naturally, doesn’t think a wild card like him should be speaking at all, lest he somehow damage their father’s reputation.

And as the police investigation into the Silver Bells Killer heats up after the recent discovery of the belt, Brady is sent to collect Mitchell’s DNA to rule him out as a suspect (since he was supervising the concrete pouring the day the belt was placed in it). But Madeline is in a desperate rush to cover up her own crime, so that might prove to be difficult.

Don’t miss an all new episode of AMERICAN GOTHIC tonight (June 29) at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT on CBS (U.S.) and Global TV (Canada).

Fall 2016 Premiere Dates For ABC, CBS, Fox, NBC and The CW

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All of the networks have released their season premiere dates for fall 2016 and to help keep you organized we’ve consolidated all of these dates together.

Thursday, September 8
8:00 p.m. ET/5:00 p.m. PT Sunday Night Football/NFL kickoff (NBC)

Sunday, September 11
7 p.m. ET/4 PT Football Night in America (NBC)
8:20 p.m. ET/5:20 PT Sunday Night Football (NBC)

Monday, September 12

Wednesday, September 14

Thursday, September 15
8:25 p.m. ET/5:25 p.m. PT Thursday Night Football (CBS)

Sunday, September 18
8:30 p.m. CASE CLOSED Part 1 (new miniseries, two hours) (CBS)

Monday, September 19
8:00 p.m. GOTHAM (FOX)
8:00 p.m. THE VOICE (NBC)
8:30 p.m. KEVIN CAN WAIT (CBS, new series – watch trailer)
9:00 p.m. CASE CLOSED Part 2 (two hours) (CBS)
9:00 p.m. LUCIFER (FOX)
10:00 p.m. THE GOOD PLACE (two episodes) (NBC, new series – watch trailer)

Tuesday, September 20
8:00 p.m. NCIS (CBS)
8:00 p.m. THE VOICE (NBC)
8:30 p.m. NEW GIRL (FOX)
9:00 p.m. BULL (CBS, new series – watch trailer)
10:00 p.m. NCIS: NEW ORLEANS (CBS)
10:00 p.m. THIS IS US (NBC, new series – watch trailer)

Wednesday, September 21
8:00 p.m. SURVIVOR (90 minutes) (CBS)
8:00 p.m. LETHAL WEAPON (FOX, new series – watch trailer)
8:00 p.m. BLINDSPOT (time period premiere) (NBC)
8:30 p.m. SPEECHLESS (ABC, new series – watch trailer)
9:00 p.m. EMPIRE (FOX)
9:00 p.m. LAW & ORDER: SVU (NBC)
9:30 p.m. BLACK-ISH (ABC)
9:30 p.m. BIG BROTHER Finale (90 minutes) (CBS)
10:00 p.m. DESIGNATED SURVIVOR (ABC, new series – watch trailer)
10:00 p.m. CHICAGO PD (NBC)

Thursday, September 22
8:00 p.m. GREY’S ANATOMY (ABC)
8:00 p.m. ROSEWOOD (FOX)
8:00 p.m. SUPERSTORE (NBC)
8:30 p.m. THE GOOD PLACE (time period premiere) (NBC)
9:00 p.m. NOTORIOUS (ABC, new series – watch trailer)
9:00 p.m. PITCH (FOX, new series – watch trailer)
9:00 p.m. CHICAGO MED (NBC)
10:00 p.m. THE BLACKLIST (NBC)

Friday, September 23
8:00 p.m. MACGYVER (CBS, new series – watch trailer)
8:00 p.m. HELL’S KITCHEN (FOX)
8:30 p.m. DR. KEN (ABC)
9:00 p.m. SHARK TANK (ABC)
9:00 p.m. HAWAII FIVE-0 (CBS)
9:00 p.m. THE EXORCIST (FOX, new series – watch trailer)
9:00 p.m. DATELINE (two hours) (NBC)

Saturday, September 24
10:00 p.m. 48 HOURS (CBS)

Sunday, September 25
7:30 p.m. 60 MINUTES (CBS)
7:30 p.m. BOB’S BURGERS (FOX)
8:00 p.m. ONCE UPON A TIME (ABC)
8:00 p.m. THE SIMPSONS (FOX)
8:30 p.m. CASE CLOSED Part 3 (two hours) (CBS)
8:30 p.m. SON OF ZORN (FOX, new series – watch trailer)
9:00 p.m. FAMILY GUY (FOX)
10:00 p.m. QUANTICO (ABC)

Wednesday, September 28
10:00 p.m. CODE BLACK (CBS)

Sunday, October 2
10:00 p.m. ELEMENTARY (CBS)

Monday, October 3
9:00 p.m. SCORPION (two hours) (CBS)
10:00 p.m. CONVICTION (ABC, new series – watch trailer)
10:00 p.m. TIMELESS (NBC, new series – watch trailer)

Tuesday, October 4
8:00 p.m. THE FLASH (The CW)
9:00 p.m. NO TOMORROW (The CW, new series – watch trailer)

Wednesday, Oct. 5
8:00 p.m. ARROW (The CW)
9:00 p.m. FREQUENCY (The CW, new series – watch trailer)

Monday, October 10
8:00 p.m. SUPERGIRL (The CW)
9:00 p.m. 2 BROKE GIRLS (one hour) (CBS)
10:00 p.m. SCORPION (time period premiere) (CBS)

Tuesday, October 11
8:00 p.m. THE MIDDLE (ABC)
8:30 p.m. AMERICAN HOUSEWIFE (ABC, new series – watch trailer)
9:00 p.m. THIS IS US (time period premiere) (NBC)
9:30 p.m. THE REAL O’NEALS (ABC)
10:00 p.m. CHICAGO FIRE (NBC)

Thursday, October 13

Monday, October 17
9:30 p.m. THE ODD COUPLE (CBS)

Friday, October 21

Monday, October 24
8:00 p.m. KEVIN CAN WAIT (time period premiere) (CBS)
8:30 p.m. MAN WITH A PLAN (CBS, new series – watch trailer)

Thursday, October 27
8:00 p.m. THE BIG BANG THEORY (time period premiere) (CBS)
8:30 p.m. THE GREAT INDOORS (CBS, new series – watch trailer)
9:00 p.m. MOM (CBS)
9:30 p.m. LIFE IN PIECES (CBS)
10:00 p.m. PURE GENIUS (CBS, new series – watch trailer)

ZOO Season 2 Premiere: A Race to Find Jamie and the Cure


Season 1 of ZOO ended with our heroes surrounded by animals, who soon began storming their car. Season 2, meanwhile, is going to pick up right after that moment, showing us how the group survives that stampede

“If last season was, let’s say, 80% action, it’s about 112% action this season,” Billy Burke teases. The big mission when the second season begins is all about finding Jamie and finding the leopard who might be able to help them cure the animals. Mitch is also personally very invested in reuniting with Jamie since the pair have shared a special connection. Kristen Connolly, who plays Jamie, hints that she gets a “lot tougher” over the course of the first few episodes.

Meanwhile, Jackson starts to realize some strange things are happening to him in season 2, both mentally and physically. Why this is happening to him will be something the group focuses on in the coming season.

New character Dariela Marzan will be joining the show in season 2 as well and she “adds a whole new dynamic to the show,” says James Wolk. She’s an army ranger who is “very strong willed [and] passtionate,” according to Alyssa Diaz.

The two-hour season premiere of ZOO begins tonight (June 28) at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT on CBS (U.S.) and CTV (Canada).

BRAINDEAD Sneak Peek: Digging Into the Bug Situation


A bizarre and deadly incident takes place on live TV on this week’s BRAINDEAD. Specifically, the brain of Red’s Chief of Staff explodes. This increases the FBI’s focus on Laurel as a result of her experience with Dr. Daudier. It also has the side effect of Laurel starting to realize how much she cares about Gareth, since she freaks out when she learns that “someone” from Red’s office just died, but not knowing specifically who that is.

Meanwhile, Gustav gets in touch with Laurel after she sent him a message via the website last week. While she’s not exactly thrilled with his paranoid ramblings about the NSA and cell phones, she soon comes to realize he might be on to something with some of his bug theories. This prompts her to introduce Gustav to Rochelle and the trio start digging into the bug situation.

Finally, the campaign for Minority Whip starts to get contentious between Luke and Senator Ella Poundstone. When the Republicans hear about the election they figure out who would make for a better candidate for their side and try to integrate themselves in to the campaign. But the election really heats up when Luke tries to cover up his affair with his Chief of Staff, Scarlett, before Ella can expose it.

BRAINDEAD airs tonight (June 27) beginning at 9:59 p.m. ET/PT on CBS (U.S.) and Global TV (Canada).

AMERICAN GOTHIC: What You Need to Know About CBS’ New Murder Mystery

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The Hawthorne family gathers to support one of their own in the series premiere of AMERICAN GOTHIC. Alison, one of the Hawthorne children (along with Garrett, Tessa and Cam), is in the running to be Boston’s next mayor and there’s less than two months to go until the election. Her new campaign manager, Naomi, is trying to prep the family for an interview (although a lot of their house is considered too ostentatious for the interview).

But there’s been a potential crisis: Hawthorne Concrete provided the building materials for a tunnel that just collapsed on and killed two people driving in a car. Strangely, buried inside the concrete is a belt — a belt that was used in an old murder by the Silver Bells Killer. As we soon learn, Silver Bells killed victims from 1999 to 2002 before the murders stopped and the trail went cold. Now Brady (the husband of Tessa) is a detective and is looking into the case.

Alison wants to use this discovery to her advantage, but her father, Mitchell, collapses with a heart attack during her press conference. We soon learn that Garrett, the black sheep of the family, abandoned the family many years before and isn’t with them now, so Tessa tracks him down after their father’s heart attack and asks him to return home. Meanwhile, Cam (a former drug user) has an ex-wife named Sophie who is also into drugs. When she shows up at the hospital after Mitchell’s collapse, he shows her the door. The pair also have a very odd young son who seems way too into autopsies and death.

The night after Mitchell’s heart attack, Tessa and Cam are searching for some old drugs that Cam stashed at the house when they come across a box that seemingly belongs to their father. Inside the box are the little silver bells used by the serial killer (see the second clip below). They don’t know what to believe. Is their father the killer? Or maybe the killer is Garrett, who returns home at Tessa’s urging. When visiting the hospital, he whispers something to Mitchell…right before the Hawthorne patriarch falls into a coma.

But Mitchell isn’t the only one who may be hiding a dark past and it soon becomes obvious that the Hawthorne family is just full of secrets.

AMERICAN GOTHIC premieres on June 22 at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT on CBS (U.S.) and Global TV (Canada).

CBS Announces Fall 2016 Premiere Dates


CBS is the fourth network to release their Fall 2016 premiere dates (see NBC, Fox and The CW). The network begins rolling out its new seasons in mid-September and continuing until the end of October. CBS will also be airing CASE CLOSED, which is described as a “six-hour limited event docu-thriller that re-examines the unsolved JonBenét Ramsey murder 20 years later”.

Midseason shows include TRAINING DAY (new series), DOUBT (new series) and CRIMINAL MINDS: BEYOND BORDERS.

Sunday, Sept. 18

Monday, Sept. 19
8:00-8:30 p.m. THE BIG BANG THEORY (10th Season Premiere)
9:00-11:00 p.m. CASE CLOSED (Part 2)

Tuesday, Sept. 20
8:00-9:00 p.m. NCIS (14th Season Premiere)
9:00-10:00 p.m. BULL (SERIES DEBUT)
10:00-11:00 p.m. NCIS: NEW ORLEANS (3rd Season Premiere)

Wednesday, Sept. 21
8:00-9:30 p.m. SURVIVOR (90-Minute 33rd Season Premiere)
9:30-11:00 p.m. BIG BROTHER (90-Minute Season Finale)

Friday, Sept. 23
8:00-9:00 p.m. MACGYVER (SERIES DEBUT)
9:00-10:00 p.m. HAWAII FIVE-0 (7th Season Premiere)
10:00-11:00 p.m. BLUE BLOODS (7th Season Premiere)

Saturday, Sept. 24
10:00-11:00 p.m. 48 HOURS (29th Season Premiere)

Sunday, Sept. 25
7:30-8:30 p.m. 60 MINUTES (49th Season Premiere)
8:30-10:30 p.m. CASE CLOSED (Part 3)

Monday, Sept. 26
8:00-8:30 p.m. THE BIG BANG THEORY
8:30-9:00 p.m. KEVIN CAN WAIT
9:00-11:00 p.m. Presidential Debate

Wednesday, Sept. 28
8:00-9:00 p.m. SURVIVOR (Regular Time Period)
9:00-10:00 p.m. CRIMINAL MINDS (12th Season Premiere)
10:00-11:00 p.m. CODE BLACK (2nd Season Premiere)

Sunday, Oct. 2
8:00-9:00 p.m. NCIS: LOS ANGELES (8th Season Premiere)
9:00-10:00 p.m. MADAM SECRETARY (3rd Season Premiere)
10:00-11:00 p.m. ELEMENTARY (5th Season Premiere)

Monday, Oct. 3
8:00-8:30 p.m. THE BIG BANG THEORY
8:30-9:00 p.m. KEVIN CAN WAIT
9:00-11:00 p.m. SCORPION (2-Hour 3rd Season Premiere)

Monday, Oct. 10
8:00-8:30 p.m. THE BIG BANG THEORY
8:30-9:00 p.m. KEVIN CAN WAIT
9:00-10:00 p.m. 2 BROKE GIRLS (1-Hour 6th Season Premiere)
10:00-11:00 p.m. SCORPION (regular time period)

Monday, Oct. 17
8:00-8:30 p.m. THE BIG BANG THEORY
8:30-9:00 p.m. KEVIN CAN WAIT
9:00-9:30 p.m. 2 BROKE GIRLS (regular time period)
9:30-10:00 p.m. THE ODD COUPLE (3rd Season Premiere)
10:00-11:00 p.m. SCORPION

Monday, Oct. 24
8:00-8:30 p.m. KEVIN CAN WAIT (New Time Period)
9:00-9:30 p.m. 2 BROKE GIRLS
9:30-10:00 p.m. THE ODD COUPLE
10:00-11:00 p.m. SCORPION

Thursday, Oct. 27
8:00-8:30 p.m. THE BIG BANG THEORY (Regular Time Period)
9:00-9:30 p.m. MOM (4th Season Premiere)
9:30 -10:00 p.m. LIFE IN PIECES (2nd Season Premiere)
10:00-11:00 p.m. PURE GENIUS (SERIES DEBUT)

PERSON OF INTEREST Series Finale Preview: The Final Fade to Black

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It’s time to say goodbye. Tonight’s PERSON OF INTEREST is the series finale.

Last week was a mishmash of flashbacks as The Machine presented scenarios to Finch of the world without his work. This played out kind of like a mind game between Finch and The Machine. But The Machine wasn’t morose or begging for its life. It was more like a chess game with The Machine setting Finch up for the final play, one in which The Machine already knew the outcome.

Well, Finch did it. The unthinkable. He uploaded a virus that could kill not only Samaritan but also The Machine.  Samaritan’s John Greer gambled that Finch wouldn’t go through with it and when it came time to voice activate the virus, Greer sequestered Finch and himself in a sound-proof room until he deduced that Finch hadn’t trusted The Machine with the password, then had the air sucked out of the room. That killed Greer, but The Machine saved Finch and ultimately sacrificed itself to save the world. When Reese and Shaw came to his aid, Finch insisted they save themselves, leaving through an escape that he and The Machine had set up. Finch then activated the virus and we saw Samaritan blink and wiggle and fade. Stay tuned to next week to see if it worked.

Detective Fusco, for his part, fended off a federal agent who turned out to also work for Samaritan and who was responsible for killing the missing persons that Fusco had been investigating and found in the abandoned tunnel. Fusco turned the tables on the agent and could have killed him, but the once tainted-detective-turned-good-guy chose the more ethical path.

And that brings us to tonight’s finale. CBS’s press release is a bit murky on details, but suffice it to say, Finch, Reese, Shaw, and Fusco will get one more “suicide mission” to do in Samaritan and save The Machine and the world. Returning to the precinct to get help finding Finch, Reese and Fusco run into a bit of resistance, as you will see in our video clip.

It’s been a wild ride and a far cry from being an unrealistic look at government surveillance and how people given power perceive their role in steering society. I wish PERSON OF INTEREST weren’t ending, but that’s out of my control. What is in my control is saying how much I enjoyed the story lines and the writing and the characters played by such fine actors. Let’s hope this final episode does the series justice before the final fade to black.

Watch a clip below and tune in to the series finale of PERSON OF INTEREST tonight (June 21) at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT on CBS (U.S.) and CTV (Canada).

BRAINDEAD Sneak Peeks: New Characters and a New Budget Proposal


BRAINDEAD is going to introduce two more regular characters in this week’s episode: the first is Rochelle Daudier, the daughter of the recently deceased Dr. Daudier. The second is Gustav Triplette, an eccentric genius. As Laurel continues to investigate the death of Dr. Daudier, both Rochelle and Gustav separate encounter the bugs themselves and begin to question exactly what is happening.

Meanwhile, the bugs have gotten their hooks into the US government. Senator Red Wheatus (whose brain has been eaten by the bugs) has allowed the government to shut down because the Republicans and Democrats couldn’t agree on a budget. This week he’ll be meeting with Luke and another top-ranking Democrat to discuss a crazy proposal. He says he’ll agree to a budget deal if the Democrats will agree to cut all Commerce, Education and Energy spending. Naturally, the Democrats think the idea is preposterous. Meanwhile, keep an eye out for veggie-based drinks or dinners because those without brains have to stockpile them to keep healthy.

BRAINDEAD airs tonight (June 20) beginning at 9:59 p.m. ET/PT on CBS (U.S.) and Global TV (Canada).

Wilmer Valderrama Joins NCIS


In a shrewd move by the producers of NCIS, Wilmer Valderrama will be joining the cast as a series regular in September.

A veteran of action (MINORITY REPORT), drama (GREY’S ANATOMY) and comedy (THAT ‘70S SHOW), Valderarrama has the acting credentials to fill the vacancy left by the departure of the action-packed, very dramatic and very funny, Very Special Agent, Tony DiNozzo, (Michael Weatherly).

Weatherly will be starring in the new series, BULL (watch a trailer), on CBS this fall. BULL will air between NCIS and NCIS: NEW ORLEANS on Tuesday nights.

According to CBS, Valderrama will play a once-grounded NCIS field agent who accepted a deep-cover assignment years ago and never resurfaced.

Some NCIS agents are unaware that Valderrama’s character is still with the agency, and others assume that he is dead. His dedication to the job and the country, coupled with being undercover for such a long time. have turned the character into what is described as “an unpredictable, charismatic loose cannon.”

Executive Producer, Gary Glasberg, says “Wilmer Valderrama will be able to flex his dramatic, physical and comedic talents in this classic ‘NCIS’ role. Fans are going to see him like they’ve never seen him before. This is going to be fun. We’re thrilled he’s coming aboard.”

Valderrama’s other television credits include “From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series” and “Awake,” and he has film credits including the indie dramas “To Whom It May Concern,” from French director Manu Boyer, and “The Adderall Diaries,” opposite Amber Heard and James Franco, which premiered at the 2015 Tribeca Film Festival.

The actor also can be seen with Tom Hanks in “Larry Crowne,” and in award-winners “From Prada to Nada,” “Fast Food Nation” and “The Dry Land.”

NCIS stars Mark Harmon, Pauley Perrette, Sean Murray, Rocky Carroll, Emily Wickersham, Brian Dietzen and David McCallum. It is produced by Belisarius Productions in association with CBS Television Studios.

PERSON OF INTEREST Sneak Peek: The End Is Near

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There are only two episodes left of “the final chapter” of PERSON OF INTEREST and the story seems to be gelling toward the finale. Finch had an interesting talk with The Machine and finally set his mind on how to defeat Samaritan, then took action.

Last week, we watched as Reese and Fusco witnessed the burial of Root, her tombstone ironically reduced to a number, then met up with Shaw when the next person of interest was identified as the president of the United States. Then in Washington, D.C., the trio found themselves battling a subversive privacy advocacy group to eliminate a threat to the president’s life. But interestingly enough, former persons of interest whom Reese, Shaw, and Fusco had saved showed up with the assignment from The Machine to save Reese, Shaw, and Fusco. If this series weren’t ending after two more episodes, you might almost smell a spin off or sequel.

Meanwhile, Finch was driving long distance away from New York City on an undetermined mission. You might have thought initially that he was running away, but in his conversations with The Machine, done in the late Root’s voice, you found he had another plan in mind. The Machine asked Finch to turn her loose to defend herself against Samaritan, and Finch decided to finally do the thing he should have done all along. He set up in a major secure data center and uploaded coding, although for what wasn’t disclosed. Then The Machine set up his escape as chaos ensued.

This week on PERSON OF INTEREST, Finch enters a maximum-security government facility to proceed on his mission to end Samaritan, which is an effort that could also put The Machine and himself in danger. And Reese and Shaw find themselves on a mission to catch up with Finch before everything goes very, very badly.

See a sneak peek below and watch PERSON OF INTEREST on June 14 at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT on CBS (U.S.) and CTV (Canada).