Fall TV Preview: QUANTICO


The Premise: A diverse group of recruits has arrived at the FBI Quantico Base for training. They are the best, the brightest and the most vetted, so it seems impossible that one of them is suspected of masterminding the biggest attack on New York City since 9/11. “Quantico” stars Priyanka Chopra as Alex Parrish, Josh Hopkins as Liam O’Connor, Jake McLaughlin as Ryan Booth, Aunjanue Ellis as Miranda Shaw, Johanna Braddy as Shelby Wyatt, Tate Ellington as Simon Asher, Graham Rogers as Caleb Haas and Yasmine Al Massri as Nimah Amin. “Quantico” was written by Joshua Safran. Executive producers are Joshua Safran, Mark Gordon, Nicholas Pepper, Jake Coburn and Robert Sertner. “Quantico” is produced by ABC Studios.

The Premiere Date: Sunday, Sept. 29 (10:00-11:00 PM ET/PT) on ABC (CTV in Canada)

The Competition: CSI: CYBER (CBS) and NBC’S NFL FOOTBALL

The Quick Take: Despite an cringe-worthy elevator pitch that screams, “It’s GREY’S ANATOMY meets HOMELAND!” QUANTICO completely works. From the shocking opening scene revealing a terrible 9/11-esque attack to the pilot’s crazy cliffhanger of an ending, QUANTICO played like a roller coaster ride that will keep you on the edge of your seat (or in our case, couch) for the entirity of its forty-four minute run time. Seriously. Complete with all the elements that make a great pilot: Interesting and diverse characters coupled with some solid storytelling and pitch perfect ending, QUANTICO should most certainly be on your list of shows to catch this fall.

QUANTICO: Watch the First 8 Minutes of the New ABC Series

The Bottom Line: We’re in for two reasons. (1) We detest football, and (2) should this show be a success, we’re mighty curious what season two and dare we say season three look like!

Today’s TV Addict Top 5: New Fall Shows We’re Buzzing About


With the new Fall television season kicking off this week, we thought now would be as good a time as any to spotlight five of our favorite pilots that you may wish to consider setting your DVR (or if you’re in Canada, PVR!) for.

From the moment the tattoo-covered-naked-body of star Jaimie Alexander was first introduced to us TV Addicts, the world has been buzzing about BLINDSPOT. A buzz that has only gotten stronger over the summer thanks to creator Martin Gero’s (LA COMPLEX) ridiculously intriguing premise: An very attractive woman wakes up in a duffle bag with a number of tattoos all over her body and has absolutely no idea who she is. Coupled with an easy-to-follow episodic conceit: Aformentioned woman solves crimes with thanks to clues hidden within her tattooed body while at the same time realizing she may-or-may-not be some sort of super agent who can speak multiple languages and kick everyone’s butt! (Airs Mondays at 10PM on NBC)

Is there such a thing as too many superhero shows? There may be, but we sure as heck aren’t about to draw the line at this new entry from the the gifted storytellers behind ARROW and THE FLASH (Greg Berlanti and Co.) In fact, the only question surrounding SUPER GIRL is how the show will fare on the older-skewing Tiffany Network (CBS) versus Berlanti’s traditional home that is The CW. (Premieres Monday October 26 at 8:30PM on CBS)

Despite its not-very-google-friendly-title, THE GRINDER was one of our most enjoyable surprises of the screener-palooza that was this past month. Rob Lowe and Fred Savage are completely believable as brothers and have the kind of chemistry you just can’t fake. We only wish THE MINDY PROJECT were still airing on FOX so we could fill our Tuesday with back-to-back-to-back comedies. (Premieres Tuesday September 29 at 8PM on FOX)

If you hear a faint beating in the background while you’re reading this, it’s our heart… which hasn’t stopped racing since viewing the adrenaline fueled pilot. Like last season’s big ratings winner HOW TO GET AWAY WITH MURDER, QUANTICO uses a similar flashback style to uncover the mystery surrounding one of the biggest attacks on New York City since 9/11. Unlike HOW TO GET AWAY WITH MURDER, you’ll actually care and be rooting for the young group of FBI trainees that the show revolves around! (Premieres Sunday September 27 at 10PM on ABC)

If you’ve been missing your weekly dose of medical jargon since the good-ol-days of ER, or your weekly dose of Marcia Gay Harden since the dearly departed TROPHY WIFE (Seriously, still not over it), you won’t want to miss this Harden top-lined medical drama. (Premieres Wednesday September 30 at 10PM on CBS)

Related: Your Definitive Fall TV 2015 Calendar: Print and Download Here!

We Shine The Spotlight on LIFE IN PIECES Star Thomas Sadoski


Thomas Sadoski charmed us on the Aaron Sorkin addictive drama, THE NEWSROOM and captivated us on THE SLAP this time around he’s looking to make us laugh on his hilarious new comedy, LIFE IN PIECES. I caught up with the immensely talented actor about his new show, transitioning from darker work, and everything we need to know about his character, Matt on the new CBS comedy.

How was it for you coming off of intense dramas like THE NEWSROOM and THE SLAP and transitioning into a light comedy like LIFE IN PIECES?
Thomas Sadoski: It’s been a lot of fun!  To show up everyday with the sole purpose to make people laugh, that just feels really nice.  Especially just coming of off super intense work and doing some pretty heavy lifting on THE NEWSROOM and THE SLAP it’s fun to have a good time with this stuff and it’s also challenging.  I don’t think it’s something that I feel overly comfortable with, the idea of that comedy format.  So it’s a great challenge and that’s part for the reason I took it because I want to continue to challenge myself and push myself and I have the opportunity to learn from some of the greats in the business. Dianne Wiest, James Brolin, Colin Hanks, Dan Bakkedahl, Betsy Brandt, Angelique Cabral, Zoe Lister Jones, they are amazing talents in their own right and they are very good at this stuff.  I get to challenge myself and learn and grow and I’m having a lot of fun doing it. There was no down side to that.

What drew you to the show? 
I loved the format of it, I thought it was brilliantly written.  Then they started to talk about the cast they were assembling and it was a no brainer. I think at that point they had Dianne, Colin, and Zoe and I was like, “I’m in!” The opportunity for Dianne Wiest to play your mom, I’ll do whatever!  I love the show I loved the script, I had a great talk with Justin (Adler) our writer and Jason Winer our executive producer and it made a lot of sense to me.  We share a lot of the same world views in a lot of ways and it felt like it was going to be a good time, that we were going to have a lot of fun making.

What can you tell us about your character, Matt?
Matt is a man in his late thirties, who due to circumstances that are outside of his control has found himself having to live back home with his parents.  He has a job that his father helped him get at a company he doesn’t particularly care about.  However, he has met and is starting to fall in love with his boss, who is also going through some tricky stuff too.  She has recently called off her engagement but because of her financial situation is forced to live with her ex-fiancé. So, they are trying to figure out how they can date given the nature of the boss and employee relationship but also fact that he lives at home with his parents and she lives with her ex-fiancé.  Matt is the middle child in this large family, and all of the amazing-horrible stuff that goes along with being the middle child in a family of very successful people.

There’s a hilarious scene with Matt’s father that takes place at his fake funeral. What can you tell us about that scene?  How was shooting that?
(Laughs) That was one of our last days on the Pilot, we had so much fun with that.  That was the first day that we were all together as a group because we had broken off and shot our own individual stories over the course of the week that we were making the Pilot. It was the first time we were able to get together as a family unit and spend time together and it just clicked right away.  You could feel it in the room once we were all in there together and everyone started doing their thing and everyone was laughing at everybody’s scenes. Everyone was so respectful of everyone else’s work, it was fantastic.  The sequence just took off because of that. That was a really good day!

What shows are you loving on TV right now? Any shows you are binge watching?
You know, I’m not a binge watcher. I’m probably just too old for it but if I watch too much of the same show back to back I start to forget what makes the show so special and exciting.  It just becomes this thing that I’m immersed in and I’m living through for the next couple of days until I get to the end of the series, then I get to the end of the series and I need a break.  Rather than looking forward to it and being able to clock what makes it special and unique.  I’m really excited for the new season of FARGO; I’ll definitely be checking that out.  I’m really excited about BING BANG THEORY and to see what they do this year.

You can watch Thomas in the series premiere of LIFE IN PIECES tonight at 8:30 on CBS.



The Premise: The girls of Kappa House are dying for new pledges. SCREAM QUEENS is a new killer comedy-horror series from award-winning executive producers Ryan Murphy (“Glee,” “American Horror Story”), Brad Falchuk (“Glee,” “American Horror Story”) and Ian Brennan (“Glee”). Kappa House, the most sought-after sorority for pledges, is ruled with an iron fist (in a pink glove) by CHANEL OBERLIN (Emma Roberts, “American Horror Story: Freak Show,” “Scream 4”). But when anti-Kappa DEAN CATHY MUNSCH (Jamie Lee Curtis, “Halloween,” “A Fish Called Wanda,” “True Lies”) decrees that sorority pledging must be open to all students, and not just the school’s silver-spooned elite, all hell is about to break loose, as a devil-clad killer begins wreaking havoc across the campus. An over-the-top, biting satire, SCREAM QUEENS is part black comedy, part slasher flick and a modern take on the classic whodunit, in which every character has a motive for murder…or could easily be the next victim.

The Premiere Date: Tuesday, Sept. 22 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. (City TV in Canada)


The Quick Take: Bad news for SCREAM QUEENS, MTV’s small screen version of the hit horror film SCREAM already premiered this summer and did a much better job in the tongue-in-cheek-meta-serial-killer-storyline department. And while that will no doubt have little impact on Ryan Murphy’s opus from topping the ratings chart, not to mention the Facebook, Tumblr and Snapchat feeds of Fox’s coveted 18-49 demographic, SCREAM QUEENS left us with that awful feeling we got while watching GLEE at its worst (Think: Over-the-top and desperate for attention.) The only stand out being Emma Roberts, who is fantastic as the show’s uber-mean girl.

The Bottom Line: Skip the senseless SCREAM QUEENS violence for the bloody brilliance of Rob Thomas’ timslot competitor iZOMBIE over on The CW.

Your Definitive Fall TV 2015 Calendar: Print and Download Here!


The tradition continues! Just in time for the start of the 2015 television season comes your definitive Fall TV 2015 calendar! Accept no substitutions or imitations! Ensure you don’t miss a moment of upwards of sixty plus season and series premieres with theTVaddict.com’s now world-famous printable calendar. Simply click on either of the following links: High Quality PDF or JPG, and enjoy.

Fall TV Preview: THE GRINDER


The Premise: Starring Emmy Award nominee Rob Lowe (PARKS AND RECREATION, THE WEST WING) and Emmy Award and Golden Globe Award nominee Fred Savage (THE WONDER YEARS), THE GRINDER is a new comedy about two brothers: one a spotlight-grabbing actor who plays TV’s most popular lawyer and the other, a real-life, small-town attorney who has yet to find his spotlight. When his long-running hit series comes to an end, Dean (Lowe) finds himself at a crossroads in life and decides to move back to his small home town thinking he has the experience to take over his family’s law firm, where he butts heads with his brother, Stewart (Savage).

The Premiere Date: Tuesday, Sept. 29 (8:30-9:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. (City TV in Canada)


The Quick Take: Despite its somewhat sitcom-esque premise (One brother’s a lawyer… one plays one on TV!) this single-camera comedy played much better then advertised. The show’s premise not only allows for the show to take some seriously funny shots at serialized dramas with a nice blend of meta and not-quite-meta gags, Lowe and Savage appear to be having the time of their life playing off one another. Also working in the show’s favor, both Lowe and Savage’s ridiculously likeable on screen personas turn what otherwise might have been annoying and over-the-top characters into likeable winners.

The Bottom Line: Seeing as though we have a severe weakness for shows that send-up Hollywood (RIP: ENTOURAGE and ACTION), we’ve already awarded THE GRINDER a season’s pass. Of course, whether that pass actually last the entire season will depend on whether the show can evolve pass its sitcome-esque premise. #staytuned

CBS’ LIMITLESS Reunites DEXTER Co-Stars Jennifer Carpenter And Desmond Harrington

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Jennifer Carpenter and her former Dexter co-star Desmond Harrington will be reunited on her new CBS drama LIMITLESS – and they’ll be wading in very familiar waters.

A continuation of the 2011 film starring Bradley Cooper, the series follows a man named Brian Finch (Jake McDorman), who discovers the brain-boosting power of the drug NZT and is coerced by the FBI into using his abilities to solve complex cases for them alongside Special Agent Rebecca Harris (Carpenter). Harrington will play Casey Rooks, a Special Agent with FBI SWAT who has a background in martial arts, combat sports, and meditation.

While he’s assigned to give Brian basic training, he will keep a close eye on him in order to uncover his secret. But Casey has a secret of his own: his ongoing affair with Brian’s boss, Agent Harris. Harrington, who also played Carpenter’s love interest Det. Quinn on Dexter, will appear in one episode, with the potential to recur.

LIMITLESS premieres Sept. 22 at 10PM on CBS.



Starring: Tyler Ritter, Jack McGee (“Common Law”), Laurie Metcalf (“Roseanne,” “Getting On”), Joey McIntyre (“The Hotwives of Orlando”), Jimmy Dunn and Kelen Coleman (“The Newsroom”)

Genre: Multi-camera comedy

Premiere Date: Thursday, October 30, 9:30 p.m., CBS (CTV in Canada)

Direct Competition: “A to Z” (NBC), “Gracepoint” (Fox), “Scandal” (ABC), “Reign” (CW)

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Genre: One-hour drama

Premiere Date: Friday, October 24, 10:00 p.m., NBC (Global in Canada)

Direct Competition: “Blue Bloods” (CBS), “20/20? (ABC)

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