NBC Announces Midseason Schedule and Premiere Dates: CHICAGO JUSTICE, POWERLESS and More

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NBC has unveiled its midseason schedule, along with the premiere dates for its new and returning winter shows.

Here’s what to expect from the peacock network’s midseason series:

POWERLESS — Thursday, Feb. 2 at 8:30 p.m.
In a world where humanity must cope with the collateral damage of Super Heroes and Super-Villains, Emily Locke (Vanessa Hudgens) begins her first day as Director of Research & Development for Wayne Security, a subsidiary of Wayne Enterprises that specializes in products that make defenseless bystanders feel a little safer. Full of confidence and big ideas, Emily quickly learns that her expectations far exceed those of her new boss (Alan Tudyk) and officemates, so it will be up to her to lead the team toward their full potential and the realization that you don’t need superpowers to be a hero.

Danny Pudi, Christina Kirk and Ron Funches also star.

THE BLACKLIST: REDEMPTION — Thursday, Feb. 23 at 10 p.m.
In this thrilling new spinoff, the world’s most elusive criminals from Red’s infamous list come together to form an elite mercenary team as they try to regain their self-worth after a lifetime of inflicting damage on the world. Seeking redemption for their past transgressions, this new group solves problems governments don’t dare touch. Blacklist undercover operative Tom Keen (Ryan Eggold) joins the team’s brilliant and cunning chief, Susan “Scottie” Hargrave (Famke Janssen), as well as lethal assassin and Tom nemesis Matias Solomon (Edi Gathegi), as they aim to be a force for good and right dangerous wrongs. Along with highly skilled members Nez Rowan (Tawny Cypress) and hacker Dumont (Adrian Martinez), they will undertake seemingly impossible missions — all in the hopes of repairing their damaged souls.

LITTLE BIG SHOTS — Sunday, March 5 at 8 p.m.
LITTLE BIG SHOTS, which showcases the world’s most extraordinarily fun and talented kids, features two of the biggest names in comedy — executive producers Ellen DeGeneres and Steve Harvey. Harvey hosts the family-friendly series that celebrates phenomenal kids and goes toe to toe with them in hilarious conversations and interviews.

Ranging from pint-sized dancers and amazing athletes to gifted singers and musicians, these engaging young performers will charm and delight viewers. This is not a competition but a funny feel-good show that celebrates the uniqueness of children.

CHICAGO JUSTICE — Sunday, March 5 at 9 p.m.
Powerhouse creator Dick Wolf delivers a captivating new installment to the hit Chicago franchise. Just like their brethren in the Chicago P.D., the State’s Attorney’s dedicated team of prosecutors and investigators navigate heated city politics and controversy head-on, while fearlessly pursuing justice.

At the center of the show is prosecutor Peter Stone (Philip Winchester), the ambitious Deputy Chief of the Special Prosecutions Bureau. Relentless in his quest for justice, it’s more than a job, it’s a purpose. Son of renowned New York City District Attorney Ben Stone (from “Law & Order”), Stone is shooting at a target that only he can see. This often puts him in direct conflict with Mark Jefferies (Carl Weathers), the Cook County State’s Attorney who sees the world through a political prism. While Jefferies believes that a good prosecutor gives the jury and the public a clear, clean and digestible narrative, Stone is convinced the law isn’t always best served in a sound bite. Together with their team, Stone and Jefferies strive to bring some much-needed justice to the city of Chicago.

The team also includes Assistant State’s Attorney Anna Valdez (Monica Barbaro), a passionate newcomer, who’s more flexible and willing to bend the rules to get the right result; Laura Nagel (Joelle Carter), a tough-as-nails State’s Attorney Investigator that sees each case through the eyes of the victim; and Antonio Dawson (Jon Seda, formerly on “Chicago P.D.”), a level-headed and by-the-book detective turned Chief Investigator.

SHADES OF BLUE — Sunday, March 5 at 10 p.m.
Harlee Santos (Jennifer Lopez) is a charismatic single mother and resourceful detective at the heart of a tight-knit crew of Brooklyn detectives, led by enigmatic Lt. Matt Wozniak (Ray Liotta) who often leads the team to step outside the limitations of the law in order to effectively protect their precinct and their own.

Harlee navigates her fractured relationship with Wozniak, as she struggles to conceal her deepest secret: she killed her daughter’s father. Following his discovery that Harlee collaborated with the FBI, Wozniak is confronted with a gut-wrenching dilemma of his own. The crew is under tight scrutiny from Stahl (Warren Kole) and the FBI as well as from Internal Affairs, in the form of a gregarious detective, Verco (guest star Dov Davidoff), who investigates the disappearance of one of their own. Meanwhile, a former member of their crew, Julia Ayres (guest star Anna Gunn), runs for mayor and her complex relationship with Harlee and Wozniak comes to the fore. Neither Harlee nor Wozniak anticipates that Ayres’ corrupt connections will trap them in a dangerous war with the Mafia.

The cast includes Drea de Matteo, Dayo Okeniyi, Vincent Laresca, Hampton Fluker, Sarah Jeffery and Gino Anthony Pesi.

TRIAL & ERROR — Tuesday, March 7 at 9:30 p.m. and each Tuesday at 9 and 9:30 p.m.

In the spirit of true crime documentaries, this outrageous fish-out-of-water comedy features bright-eyed New York lawyer Josh Segal (Nicholas D’Agosto), who heads to a tiny Southern town for his first big case. His mission? To defend an eccentric “rollercizing” poetry professor (John Lithgow) accused of the bizarre murder of his beloved wife. Settling into his makeshift office behind a taxidermy shop and meeting his quirky team of local misfits, Josh suspects that winning his first big case will not be easy, especially when his client is always making himself look guilty.

The cast also includes Jayma Mays, Sherri Shepherd, Steven Boyer and Krysta Rodriguez.

GREAT NEWS — Tuesday, April 25 at 9 and 9:30 p.m.
Getting along with office colleagues can be rough, but working with your mom? That’s a whole different story, and it’s the headline for Katie Wendelson (Briga Heelan), a smart, ambitious news producer at national cable news show “The Breakdown.” After 30 years of being a stay-at-home mom, Carol (Andrea Martin) decides that it’s never too late to follow your dreams and lands an internship at her daughter’s news show. This is Katie’s worst nightmare, until she comes to realize that with her biggest cheerleader at her side, she and her mom both might just make it after all.

Sitting in the co-anchor chair at “The Breakdown” is Chuck Pierce (John Michael Higgins), the blowhard, difficult-to-please news desk veteran. Chuck intimidates everyone on staff except for Carol, who uses her polished mom skills to deal with him. Alongside him is Portia (Nicole Richie), the young, very hip co-host who brings a different perspective to old-fashioned journalism. Leading the news team is Greg (Adam Campbell), the dashing young executive producer. Katie’s closest friend at the office is Justin (Horatio Sanz), the laid back video editor who has seen it all and is always more than happy to dole out his zen-like advice. Rounding out the newsroom is Beth (Tracey Wigfield), the creepy resident meteorologist who is far from your stereotypical weather girl.

Stars Hollow Scoop: Liz Torres Reflects on Returning to GILMORE GIRLS

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While some binged GILMORE GIRLS: A YEAR IN THE LIFE, some very patient people are savoring the four installments and spacing them out over the next couple of week’s. We’ve got a spoiler free interview with Stars Hollow’s very own, Miss Patty, Liz Torres to hold you over until you finally cave and binge the rest of the season.

Everyone really wanted this revival and really fought to get this revival. How did it feel to know that so many people truly wanted this show to come back?
 Liz Torres: Oh it’s amazing! It’s such a miracle that anything gets done on television that lasts. It used to be in the old days – because I started back in the 1800s (laughs) they would shoot a pilot, then take up twenty-eight shows, now if you do eight you’re lucky. It’s a miracle that people like it and watch it and that the network picks it up. I’ve been doing this since I was a kid, I’m so happy and really grateful to be a part of something so wonderful.
 
Why do you think way back when the show premiered people fell so hard for a show with such low stakes?
I don’t think there had been a show with a mother that young. Lauren was so young; those issues were fresh during that time. There were so few shows that were directed at the heart of women like that, such a clear generational gap, I think that’s why. Also, because older women who have grown children, it’s refreshing, a young mother daughter relationship.

Did it take you a while to get back into character when you stepped back on set for the first time? Did it come to you naturally? 
Totally natural! It’s a second skin for me, it doesn’t feel like I’m acting. Sally (Struthers) does a character and she puts a lot of energy into it, and I’m just Miss. Patty, I felt like I should’ve given Miss. Patty a little more color, and let the words carry me. I thought that Miss. Patty was a tough talking, showbiz broad, so I just really tried to sell the words.

Whose storyline were you most excited for in the revival? Luke (Scott Patterson) and Lorelai (Lauren Graham)? Rory (Alexis Bledel)?
Well I always thought she’d end up with Luke! I was always kind of rooting for him, he’s so difficult and so interesting, but he’s not a bad guy he’s just difficult. He deserves somebody like Lorelai to nudge him into reality. I was always pulling for him. I’m not sure which way the show will go, but she’s always had such wonderful boyfriends too, it’s hard to pick, but I guess I’m rooting for Luke because he’s been there since the beginning.

What can you tease about your scenes?
I’m paired up with Babette (Sally Struthers) again, so that should be the Abbott and Costello of Stars Hollow. Working with her is such a joy because I was in ALL IN THE FAMILY with her years ago and I just know what she is going to do before she does it, and she knows what I’m gong to say before I say it. It’s like we’re working on telepathy with each other and it’s so much fun. I get so happy when I see her. 

You can stream GILMORE GIRLS: A YEAR IN THE LIFE now on Netflix.

On TV Tonight: Thursday December 8, 2016

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NET 8PM 8:30PM 9PM 9:30PM 10PM 10:30PM
ABC Toy Story That Time Forgot Shrek the Halls The Great American Baking Show Notorious
CBS The Big Bang Theory The Great Indoors Mom Life in Pieces Pure Genius
CW DC’s Legends of Tomorrow Supernatural
FOX Taraji’s White Hot Holidays Pitch
NBC Football Night in Kansas City Thursday Night Football: Raiders at Chiefs
MISC Project Runway (Lifetime) Falling Water (USA)
Top Chef (Bravo)

Watch the HAIRSPRAY LIVE! Performances

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NBC aired a live version of HAIRSPRAY tonight, starring Harvey Fierstein, Jennifer Hudson, Ariana Grande, Kristin Chenoweth, Martin Short, Derek Hough, Dove Cameron, Garrett Clayton, Shahadi Wright Joseph, Ephraim Sykes, and newcomer Maddie Baillio as Tracy Turnblad. The musical takes place in 1962 Baltimore. where plump teenager Tracy’s dream is to dance on “The Corny Collins Show,” a local TV program. Even with all of the odds stacked against her, Tracy wins a role on the show and helps to integrate the all-white cast.

Watch the performances from the show below.

ARROW Fall Season Finale Sneak Peek: And The Candidates Are….

OK, people, it is time to vote! No, not for those folks. It is time to vote for the likely candidate who is hiding under the Prometheus hood on ARROW.

Evelyn’s (Madison McLaughlin) resentment of Oliver (Stephen Amell) continues to grow, despite his attempts to build a relationship with the young woman. No amount of that famous Queen charm can erase her anger. Not only did Ollie not rescue her parents from Damien Dahrk, but he failed to save her hero, Black Canary, from death at the hands of the blue-eyed monster.

Her bitterness has driven her to team up with Prometheus, delivering intel on Team Arrow.

When Curtis (Echo Kellum) and Paul (Chenier Hundal) are attacked by Prometheus, it becomes clear to Oliver that the big bad knows their secret identities, which puts the team’s lives and existence in jeopardy.

Shall we round up the usual suspects?

Tommy Merlin (Colin Donnell). Yes, he is dead. Or he was dead. But Flashpoint gave John (David Ramsey) a son instead of a daughter, so it is not beyond the pale. The time aberration may have restored the Lazarus Pit. It is not unreasonable to think that Malcolm (John Barrowman) could have used it to reanimate Tommy in the new timeline.

Considering that their love for Laurel turned Tommy’s friendship with Oliver into a rivalry, the modus operandi could fit. Prometheus wants to make Oliver suffer as much as possible before finishing him off.

Slade Wilson (Manu Bennett). Ah, if only this were the case. The brief glimpse at Deathstroke in last week’s 100th-episode crossover reminded viewers how much this character is missed. Hopefully, the rule that “Features trump TV” as to who has control of the character will slacken and return Bennett to the ARROW canvas.

R’as al Ghul (Matt Nable). Yes, he is dead. See #1. Not only could Flashpoint have revised the circumstances of his death, he OWNS the Lazarus Pit. If they could pull off the seeming size differential on the Prometheus costume, it could be any of the al Ghuls.

Roy Harper (Colton Haynes). He knows a lot about Team Arrow and may have gone ‘round the bend due to any number of circumstances. Perhaps he is jealous of the recruits, played by McLaughlin, Kellum, Rick Gonzalez and Joe Dinicol.

Billy Malone (Tyler Ritter). Not yet. He may be in the works as a future villain, but tonight is the fall season finale and 42 minutes is not enough time to establish a backstory before going away for 8 weeks…is it?

Justin Claybourne (Garwin Sanford). Who? Claybourne was one of the names listed in Robert Queen’s book who has not shown up as a character on ARROW until tonight. Considering that Robert instructed Oliver to deal with the unscrupulous people on the list, Justin is a viable candidate, even though his name rarely has been referenced since the series pilot. However, Prometheus is using anagrams of the names on the list to kill Star City residents, and the photos show Ollie and Dig at Claybourne Pharmaceuticals.

Executive Producer, Wendy Mericle, says that some of the stories that were foreshadowed in Season 1 will be told this year.

Side plug for SUPERNATURAL: Claybourne is played by Garwin Sanford, the actor who portrayed the fabulous Jim Michaels in “The French Mistake,” my favorite episode.

Anybody else in Robert’s book. Why not? While they would not know as much about the team, Evelyn has intel, and they also have had issues with the Queens. The same goes for anybody who belongs in the “deceased but possibly resurrected” category.

Jim Jordan. Who? Jim Jordan. For those who did not spend their allowances on DC Comics, Jim Jordan is Hal Jordan’s brother. Hal Jordan, arguably, is considered to be the preeminent (but not the only) Green Lantern. In print, Jim Jordan is married to Susan Williams (Carly Pope), Oliver’s potential new reporter squeeze. It could explain why Susan is so interested in digging up dirt on Ollie other than being good at her job.

It’s a stretch, but what a great way to introduce a new GREEN LANTERN series to fill the Friday night gap next year to replace the departing THE VAMPIRE DIARIES, and there was that one brief reference to Hal Jordan last season. Hopes are up.

ARROW also stars Emily Bett Rickards, Willa Holland, Josh Segarra and Paul Blackthorne. Tonight’s episode, “What We Leave Behind,” was written by Mericle & Beth Schwartz and directed by Antonio Negret.

ARROW’s fall season finale airs tonight at 8:00 p.m. ET/PT on The CW in the U.S. and on CTV Two in Canada.

CBS Announces Premiere Date for THE GOOD FIGHT

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If you’ve been missing the lawyers of THE GOOD WIFE, have no fear. Because the show’s new spinoff — THE GOOD FIGHT — has an official premiere date: Sunday, February 19 at 8:00 PM ET on CBS All Access,
with a Special Preview Broadcast on the CBS Television Network at 8:00 PM ET/PT.

After premiere night, all new episodes will be available weekly on Sundays exclusively for CBS All Access subscribers.

THE GOOD FIGHT picks up one year after the events of the final broadcast episode of THE GOOD WIFE. In the new series, “an enormous financial scam has destroyed the reputation of a young lawyer, Maia Rindell, while simultaneously wiping out her mentor and godmother Diane Lockhart’s savings. Forced out of Lockhart & Lee, they join Lucca Quinn at one of Chicago’s pre-eminent law firms.”

The series, from THE GOOD WIFE creators Robert and Michelle King, stars Christine Baranski, Cush Jumbo, Rose Leslie, Delroy Lindo, Sarah Steele, Paul Guilfoyle, Bernadette Peters, Justin Bartha and Erica Tazel. Robert and Michelle King serve as showrunners and executive producers of the new series.

Netflix Data Shows A Series-Movie-Series Binge Pattern

Netflix is constantly putting out interesting data about the habits of its viewers, even if it’s not releasing actual ratings data.

Today the streaming service released data showing a trend among more than 30 million Netflix members around the world.

After finishing a series, a majority of Netflix members (59%) take a pause, usually lasting three days, before committing to a new show. During that break, more than half (61%) watch a movie to keep the binge feeling alive.

“It’s interesting that in this golden age of television, movies are consistently in demand on Netflix,” said Ted Sarandos, Chief Content Officer, Netflix. “What we’ve come to figure out is that movies are really an important part of people’s viewing routines and complementary to the way they watch and enjoy TV.”

Related: Get into the holiday spirit with a month-long Netflix marathon

When looking globally into what movies most often followed some of today’s top series, interesting pairings emerged. After watching HOUSE OF CARDS, some members moved to BEASTS OF NO NATION. In other cases, viewers of BLOODLINE turned to THE BIG SHORT after a series binge. And Vince Gilligan’s cinematic nod to Tarantino in BREAKING didn’t go unnoticed with watchers moving on to PULP FICTION after finishing with Walter White. Meanwhile, fast talking fans of GILMORE GIRLS keep their pop culture references fresh with CLUELESS and MEAN GIRLS.

An exception to this pattern is comedy series. When watchers are in the mood for a different entertainment rhythm they tend to choose comedy as their series pair. This stands especially true for horror series where viewers of the frightful most often turn to comedy before moving to the next nailbiter. For instance, fans of STRANGER THINGS turned to GHOSTBUSTERS to help l’eggo of the thrills while watchers of SCREAM traded serial killers for serial laughs with RIDE ALONG.

According to Netflix, here are some of the most popular pairings.

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On TV Tonight: Wednesday December 7, 2016

HAIRSPRAY LIVE! -- Season: 2016 -- Pictured: (l-r) back row: Ephraim Skyes as Seaweed J. Stubbs, Jennifer Hudson as Motormouth Maybelle, Martin Short as Wilbur Turnblad, Dove Cameron as Amber Von Tussle; middle row: Ariana Grande as Penny Pingleton, Garrett Clayton as Link Larkin, Harvey Fierstein as Edna Turnblad, Maddie Baillio as Tracy Turnblad, Kristin Chenoweth as Velma Von Tussle, front row: Shahadi Wright Joseph as Little Inez, Derek Hough as Corny Collins ? (Photo by: Brian Bowen Smith/NBC)

NET 8PM 8:30PM 9PM 9:30PM 10PM 10:30PM
ABC The Goldbergs Speechless Modern Family (R) Blackish Designated Survivor
CBS Survivor: Millenials vs Gen X Criminal Minds Code Black
CW Arrow Frequency
FOX Lethal Weapon Empire (R)
NBC Hairspray Live!
MISC Shut Eye (Hulu) Incorporated (Syfy)
Conan Without Borders: Berlin (TBS)
Younger/Impastor (TVLand)

NCIS NEW ORLEANS Sneak Peek: Chemistry Set

Tonight’s NCIS: NEW ORLEANS is all about the chemistry.

Of course, the man with enough chemistry to fill 100 chem labs, Dwayne Pride (as well as his alter ego, Scott Bakula), gets to strut his appeal as he charms the sole witness to a crime into helping the NOLA team.

When 9-year-old Dustin Matthews (Zailand Adams) is the only witness to the murder of his aunt, Heather Cobb (guest star Kanesha Washington), Pride gains temporary custody of the boy, citing the young man’s role in the investigation.

Dustin, whose mother is in the service and stationed in Japan and father is deceased, was living with his aunt, when the petty officer and member of the prestigious United States Navy Band is murdered.

Pride rescues Dustin, also a musician, from hiding and fills him with enough NOLA culinary wonders to gain the young man’s trust.

Gregorio (Vanessa Ferlito), also fond of Pride’s kitchen wizardry, bemoans the fact that there will be no tasty delights awaiting her when she returns to the FBI office in Washington, DC. With the FBI investigation coming to an end, Gregorio and Isler (guest star Derek Webster) expect to be leaving the Big Easy soon.

More chemistry abounds when Percy (Shalita Grant) accidentally barges into the new family situation created when Melody (GENERAL HOSPITAL’s Brianna Brown) showed up to introduce Lasalle (Lucas Black) to his supposed baby son. Percy looks giddy when she realizes that Lasalle has got some major ‘splainin’ to do.

New Orleans music, New Orleans cuisine and a lot of charm coupled with Bakula’s piano skills, should make tonight’s episode, “Music to My Ears,” a treat for the holiday season.

NCIS: NEW ORLEANS also stars Rob Kerkovich, Daryl “Chill” Mitchell and CCH Pounder.

“Music to My Ears” guest stars Julian Acosta, Joshua Bitton, Michael Daniel Cassady, Judd Lormand, Jasmine Johnson, Erica Michelle, Augusta Black, Danny Hogan, Michelle Phares and Donald M. Krause. Tonight’s NCIS: NEW ORLEANS was written by Kate Sargeant Curtis and directed by Michael Zinberg.

NCIS: NEW ORLEANS airs tonight (December 6) at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT on CBS.

NCIS Sneak Peek: I Smell A Rat!

The multitalented Mary Stuart Masterson (FRIED GREEN TOMATOES, BENNY & JOON, Tony nominee for NINE) guest stars on NCIS tonight as Congresswoman Jenna Flemming, a hard-hitting politician whose views have put her at odds with both parties and constituents.

Unfortunately for the opinionated legislator, her stances have garnered her another kind of follower…a threatening stalker. When a body turns up, Gibbs (Mark Harmon) and company are brought in to work the case.

When Flemming’s personal aide, Max Sanders (Tommy Savas), discloses the escalating threat to his boss from social media, phone calls and letters, NCIS focuses its resources to include the Congresswoman’s protection with a temporary detail headed by Vance (Rocky Carroll).

Despite having a dead rat with a note reading “FLEMMING – YOU’RE NEXT” and a body floating in a pool show up, the independent lawmaker still could prove as a less-than-cooperative participant in her own protection.

Is there another rat in this game of cat-and-mouse? Is there a chance that the threat on Flemming is close to home? Does the danger have something to do with the title of tonight’s episode, “Pay to Play,” which often is heard in political news recently?

Meanwhile, the disparate NCIS team continues to find its footing as its members continue to find ways to relate to each other, such as the nice touch when Torres (Wilmer Valderrama) gave his chance at DiNozzo’s apartment to McGee (Sean Murray). New relationships are not easy, but this team is growing tighter by the week when Torres and Reeves (Duane Henry) have a chance to bring the funny.

NCIS also stars David McCallum, Pauley Perrette, Brian Dietzen, Emily Wickersham and Jennifer Esposito.

Tonight’s guest cast includes Laurie Perkins, Angelo Tiffe, Jeff Griggs, June Schreiner, Michael Canavan, Mary Anne McGarry, Katherine Disque, Tom Costello, David Lengel and Brad Grunberg. “Pay to Play” was written by Cindi Hemingway and directed by Arvin Brown.

NCIS airs tonight (December 6) at 8:00 p.m. ET/PT on CBS in the U.S. and on Global in Canada.