On TV Tonight: Wednesday January 18, 2017

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NET 8PM 8:30PM 9PM 9:30PM 10PM 10:30PM
ABC The Goldbergs Speechless Modern Family (R) Blackish Match Game
CBS Undercover Boss People’s Choice Awards 2017
CW Arrow (R) Frequency
FOX Lethal Weapon Star It’s Always Sunny/Man Seeking Woman (FXX)
NBC Blindspot Law & Order: SVU Chicago PD
MISC Schitt’s Creek (POP) Girlfriends’ Guide to Divorce (Bravo)
Salem (WGN)
Vikings (History)
Six (History)
Workaholics (Comedy)
Incorporated (Syfy)
Full Frontal with Samantha Bee (10:30PM, TBS)

SANTA CLARITA DIET Preview: This Family Slays (and Stays) Together

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In SANTA CLARITA DIET, realtors Joel and Sheila Hammond are living a normal life in the suburbs of L.A. when Shiela mysteriously dies, vomits up her insides and then continues “living” as a member of the undead.

But things take a horrible turn for the worst when Sheila starts snacking on body parts. Her husband is understandably upset, but Sheila has never more energy or felt better. So along with their teenaged daughter Abby, the family bands together to kill very bad people and continue getting Sheila the sustenance she needs to survive.

SANTA CLARITA DIET debuts its first season on Netflix on February 3.

E! Announces Premiere Date For THE ARRANGEMENT

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E! has found success with THE ROYALS and soon the network will be launching its second scripted series, THE ARRANGEMENT.

The 10 episode, one-hour series stars Josh Henderson as Kyle West, a wildly popular Hollywood Star. One day, young actress Megan Morrison (Christine Evangelista) auditions for the female lead in a summer blockbuster opposite West. The audition leads to a date and then a relationship between West and Morrison, but she’s thrown for a loop when she’s presented with a contract that has the potential to increase her fame, but she has to question whether her relationship is about love or an arragement.

West, meanwhile, is covering up a big secret. His mentor, Terence Anderson (Michael Vartan), runs a self-organization called the Institute of The Higher Mind and is married to Kyle’s producing partner Deann. So the question becomes: is West entering into this relationship to help his reputation?

THE ARRANGEMENT will premiere on Sunday, March 5 at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT on E!

CHICAGO FIRE Sneak Peek: A Leap from the Window

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On last week’s CHICAGO FIRE, Severide heroically made the commitment to donate his bone marrow to Anna (played by ROOKIE BLUE’s Charlotte Sullivan) but unfortunately, on this week’s episode, it looks like fate has other plans.

While on a call, Severide climbs in through a window to save a young woman from her burning apartment. Unfortunately, after he safely gets the girl back outside onto the ladder, the room seems to explode and he must make a hasty exit…through the window….from the second floor. Luckily — as we see him later in the episode being treated by one of CHICAGO MED’s fine doctors — he did survive and will recover fully.

But the downside? Due to the fall and subsequent bruising on his pelvis, Severide will be unable to donate the marrow he signed over to Anna. And if viewers remember last week’s, because Anna has already started to undergo chemotherapy (essentially destroying her immune system), if she doesn’t receive new bone marrow immediately after the chemo treatment ends, her body will shut down and she will most likely die. Will the doctors be able to save her, and will Severide have any feelings of guilt if they are unable to do so?

Catch an all new CHICAGO FIRE tonight (January 17) at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT on NBC.

On TV Tonight: Tuesday January 17, 2017

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NET 8PM 8:30PM 9PM 9:30PM 10PM 10:30PM
ABC The Middle American Housewife Fresh Off the Boat The Real O’Neals Agents of SHIELD
CBS NCIS Bull NCIS: New Orleans
FOX New Girl The Mick Bones
NBC The Wall This Is Us Chicago Fire
CW The Flash (R) No Tomorrow
MISC The Haves and the Have Nots (OWN)
Being Mary Jane (BET)
Teachers/Throwing Shade (TVLand)
Taboo (FX)
Shooter (USA)
Billy on the Street (truTV)

FAMOUS IN LOVE Sneak Peek: The Audition

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I. Marlene King (the Executive Producer of PRETTY LITTLE LIARS) is bringing another famous young adult book to the small screen with FAMOUS IN LOVE, which will air after the spring premiere of PLL.

FAMOUS IN LOVE revolves around ordinary college student Paige, who goes on an audition for the starring role in a Hollywood blockbuster (also based on a popular book). The clip below features the audition between Paige and Rainer, a popular actor who is set to be her co-star if she lands the role. And it looks like the pair get a little steamy during the audition.

Later, Paige does land the role, which means her ordinary life is no more because she’s about to star in Hollywood’s next big film. Her chemistry with Rainer will also continue to grow, which could lead to a relationship in the public eye. But her new life — balancing Hollywood and her college workload — strains her relationship with her two best friends – particularly Jake, who may be more than just her friend.

FAMOUS IN LOVE stars Bella Thorne as Paige Townsend, Carter Jenkins as Rainer Devon, Charlie Depew as Jake Salt, Georgie Flores as Cassandra Perkins, Niki Koss as Alexis Glenn, Pepi Sonuga as Tangey Turner, Keith Powers as Jordan Wilder and Perrey Reeves as Nina Devon.

FAMOUS IN LOVE will premiere on April 18 on Freeform.

SHERLOCK Season 4 Finale Recap: Holmes and Watson’s Final Problem

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We began the SHERLOCK season 4 finale on a plane, where a young girl with curls seemed to be the only person who was actually conscious. The girl answered a phone where the other speaker introduced himself as Jim Moriarty and welcomed her to “The Final Problem”.

Then we switched to Mycroft, who was enjoying an old black and white film — at least until old home movies kept flickering through. “I’m back” the screen read before the film flickered off.

Who is back? Clearly Sherlock and Mycroft’s sister, Eurus, who was introduced to us at the end of the last episode. Cornered in his home, Mycroft chased down a mysterious intruder who told him an “east wind” was coming. Soon Sherlock appeared and confronted Mycroft about the fact that they have a sister — and she has been incarcerated for many years. Enter John, who had only been shot with a tranquilizer by Eurus, but her reveal opened up a new problem for the men.

Soon Mycroft became John and Sherlock’s client and he was forced to tell the truth about their family because Sherlock confessed he no longer remembered Eurus. “You turned my sister into a ghost story,” Sherlock accused Mycroft of his east wind warning many years ago. But Mycroft insisted he was just monitoring his brother to ensure his true memories didn’t resurface. Apparently Eurus had been described as an “era-defining genius, beyond Newton” when they were children, but she was also incredibly creepy, having hidden and presumably killed Sherlock’s dog. Soon after Eurus had been taken to a maximum-security psychiatric hospital (Sherrinford) and Sherlock began repressing all memories of her. Mycroft and their Uncle Rudy even faked her death so that their parents would believe she was gone.

Mycroft insisted they could never have met Eurus in London, as she was still locked up tight in Sherrinford. But he realized soon how wrong he was when a drone carrying a grenade landed in the middle of Sherlock’s flat. Fortunately, all three men survived the horrible explosion, but we were soon whisked away to a boat, where the radio kept repeating the name Sherrinford. The fisherman in charge told his younger employee to just forget about the message, but Sherlock arrived to commandeer the boat.

At Sherrinford, the prison went into high alert as the boat approached and Sherlock left a message in the sand saying “tell my sister I’m here”. Sherlock managed to get a pass to the special security wing to find Eurus and inside her “Silence of the Lambs”-type cell he found a young woman playing the violin. Inside the governor’s office, Mycroft and John watched tapes of Eurus being psychologically evaluated. But how did Eurus manage to get out of Sherrinford? She “recruited” the shrinks sent in to evaluate her and got into their heads, forcing some of them to commit murder because, as Mycroft explained, she’s an expert in reprogramming people. And, in fact, she had enslaved the prison governor, who quickly turned on John and Mycroft and had them surrounded by security.

As to how Eurus got out, the truth is there was never any glass in her cell — it was just an illusion once she “took over” the prison via controlling the people who worked there.. Chaos soon reigned in the prison as videos of Moriarty played on the screen, Sherlock was attacked by his sister, and security swarmed over the three men.

Flash back to years before when Jim Moriarty was brought to Sherrinford to visit Eurus, courtesy of Mycroft. He was a Christmas present for Eurus, who was rewarded for using her brain to help with homeland security. Apparently she had requested 5 minutes with Moriarty because she knew he was interested in Sherlock. And soon she had everything she needed to know about how she and Moriarty could get the ultimate revenge on Sherlock.

Soon John woke up to find himself, Sherlock, Mycroft and the governor in Eurus’s cell. And then we were brought back to the first few moments of the episode, where the girl’s voice could be heard in the cell. Eurus soon cut off the girl, but gave the men an impossible choice — the governor had to die by John or Mycroft’s hand or she would kill the governor’s wife. Mycroft refused, so Sherlock turned the gun to John. But try as he might, John couldn’t do it, so the governor shot himself instead and his wife still died because John didn’t want blood on his hands.

Sherlock picked up the gun as instructed next by Eurus and then the three men left via a secret door opened by Eurus. They were reconnected to the young plane girl and tried to ascertain the plane’s whereabouts. But they kept getting cut off by Eurus, who made them solve puzzles to earn more “phone time” with the girl. Molly was then dragged in to the situation as Eurus made Sherlock call her to convince her to say “I love you” or she would die. But Molly didn’t want to say it, because it’s always been true. Crying, she demanded he say it to her first and he did. Fortunately, she said it as well, but Eurus had wanted Sherlock to get overly emotional and force Molly to confess her feelings, so he didn’t really win.

The next puzzle was even more demented, as Eurus demanded Sherlock kill either Mycroft or John. Mycroft immediately demanded Sherlock shoot John. But his coldness was on purpose, to convince Sherlock to kill him instead. Apparently Moriarty had been convinced a Holmes would kill a Holmes, but Sherlock nearly ruined his sister’s plan when he put the gun to his own head instead. After being knocked out by a tranquilizer courtesy of Eurus, Sherlock awoke to find himself on the line with the plane girl. John, meanwhile, was trapped inside a well, speaking to Sherlock, who was trying to multi-task with John and the girl.

It was soon revealed that Sherlock was actually at the old family estate — Musgrave — and Eurus instructed him to find Redbeard as John’s well filled with water and the girl on the plane plunged towards a city. Caught between two impossible problems, Sherlock was forced to choose who to save. But then the truth of Redbeard had come out — he wasn’t a dog, he had been Sherlock’s friend. Eurus had killed a little boy before burning down the family estate and that’s what got her locked away.

As Sherlock came to realize, the girl on the plane wasn’t real — it was a metaphor for Eurus feeling lost. He found her and comforted her, telling her she wasn’t lost and alone — and his love for her was what she needed to stop this horrible game. John was saved, Eurus was returned to Sherrinford and the Holmes parents were told the truth about Eurus. They were furious about what Mycroft had hidden from them all those years, but he told them there was no sense in seeing their daughter. Sherlock, however, visited her and played the violin.

John and Sherlock returned to 221B Baker Street to clean up the mess from the explosion and then a DVD featuring Mary arrived at John’s house. She told the men that she knew who they really were: a junkie who solves crimes to get high and a doctor who never really came home from the war. But all that mattered was the legend, the stories, the adventures. As Sherlock returned again and again to visit Eurus, he and John rebuilt their flat exactly as it had been before and life got back to normal.

Thus ends another chapter of SHERLOCK. There is no news about a season 5 of the show, but fans, I’m sure, always have their fingers crossed for more.

On TV Tonight: Sunday January 15, 2017

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NET 8PM 8:30PM 9PM 9:30PM 10PM 10:30PM
ABC To Tell the Truth Conviction
CBS NCIS: Los Angeles Madam Secretary Elementary
FOX The Simpsons The Mick Family Guy
NBC NFL Playoff: Steelers at Chiefs
MISC 7PM-9PM Sherlock (PBS)
The Librarians (TNT)
The Young Pope (HBO)
Victoria (PBS)
The Royals (E!)
SHO Homeland The Affair

The CW Teasers: Revenge on SUPERNATURAL, Secrets Unravel on RIVERDALE and More

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What’s coming to The CW the week of January 30? Someone tries to take revenge against Castiel on SUEPRNATURAL, evil returns on THE VAMPIRE DIARIES, Livewire escapes from prison on SUPERGIRL and more.

Monday, January 30

SUPERGIRL 2.10 “We Can Be Heroes”: After Livewire (guest star Brit Morgan) seemingly breaks out of prison, Supergirl (Melissa Benoist) is intent on recapturing her. After training Mon-El (Chris Wood), Supergirl takes him with her when she sees Livewire attack the NCPD but things go awry when Mon-El puts Supergirl before the citizens of National City. Meanwhile, James (Mehcad Brooks) decides to come clean with Kara and M’Gann (guest star Sharon Leal), has a psychic attack and collapses into a coma. Rebecca Johnson directed the episode written by Caitlin Parrish & Katie Rose Rogers.

JANE THE VIRGIN 3.09 “Chapter Fifty-Three”: Jane (Gina Rodriguez) and Michael (Brett Dier) are both feeling the pressure – Jane with turning in the perfect novel and Michael with passing his upcoming test. Jane and Rafael (Justin Baldoni) become concerned over Mateo’s development when they learn that other children his age are more advanced. Rogelio (Jaime Camil) invites everyone to the last day of filming for his telenovela, but he is not pleased with the ending. After watching Xo (Andrea Navedo) and Rogelio’s interaction, Darci (guest star Justina Machado) begins to question her and Rogelio’s potential relationship. Meanwhile, Rafael is upset when he learns what Petra (Yael Grobglas) is up to, but she explains that she is protecting him once again. Ivonne Coll also stars. Gina Lamar directed the episode written by Chantelle M. Wells.

Tuesday, January 31

THE FLASH 3.11 “Dead or Alive”: H.R.’s (Tom Cavanagh) past catches up with him when a bounty hunter with vibe powers named Gypsy (guest star Jessica Camacho) arrives in Central City to bring him back to Earth-19 to stand trial for his crime. It turns out inter-dimensional travel is illegal on their Earth. H.R. surrenders but when Barry (Grant Gustin) and Cisco (Carlos Valdes) find out that H.R.’s only hope would be to challenge Gypsy to a fight to the death, they intercede and Cisco offers to fight Gypsy instead. Harry Jierjian directed the episode with story by Benjamin Raab and Deric A. Hughes and teleplay by Zack Stentz.

DC’S LEGENDS OF TOMORROW 2.10 “The Legion of Doom”: The Legends are determined to find and rescue Rip (Arthur Darvill), but first must focus on locating the Spear of Destiny. Stein (Victor Garber) thinks he has the perfect person to help but knows involving her will be risky. Meanwhile, Malcom Merlyn (guest star John Barrowman) and Damien Darhk (guest star Neal McDonough) realize that Thawne (guest star Matt Letscher) is pitting them against each other. Caity Lotz, Brandon Routh, Dominic Purcell, Nick Zano, Franz Drameh and Maisie Richardson-Sellers also star. Eric Laneuville directed the episode written by Phil Klemmer & Marc Guggenheim.

Wednesday, February 1

ARROW 5.11 “Second Chances”: In his quest to take down Kovar, Oliver (Stephen Amell) gets help from a surprising source – Talia al Ghul (guest star Lexa Doig). However, when she reveals what she wants from him in exchange, Oliver isn’t sure he can accept her help. Felicity (Emily Bett Rickards) attempts to hack the NSA to help free Diggle (David Ramsey) but when her online efforts are flagged, she faces off against an unknown adversary. Meanwhile, Curtis (Echo Kellum) tells the team about a female vigilante, Tina Boland (guest star Juliana Harkavay), he uncovered online who has been wreaking havoc all over the country. Mark Bunting directed the episode written by Speed Weed & Sarah Tarkoff.

Thursday, February 2

SUPERNATURAL 12.10 “Lily Sunder Has Some Regrets”: Lily Sunder (guest star Alicia Witt) steeps herself in black magic, honing her powers for over a century, waiting to exact revenge on a band of angels that murdered her family. Sam (Jared Padalecki) and Dean (Jensen Ackles) must work quickly to stop Castiel (Misha Collins) from becoming her next victim. Thomas J. Wright directed the episode written by Steve Yockey.

RIVERDALE 1.02 “Chapter Two: A Touch of Evil”: As new details of Jason’s death begin to emerge, Archie (KJ Apa) pleads with Miss Grundy (guest star Sarah Habel) to come forward with what they heard at Sweetwater River. Betty (Lili Reinhart) makes an effort to mend her friendship with Archie but takes a different stance with Veronica (Camila Mendes), who is trying to make up for her actions. With rumors around her brother’s death running rampant, Cheryl (Madelaine Petsch) deals with the pressure in true Queen Bee fashion, while tensions boil over when Jughead (Cole Sprouse) stumbles upon a secret Archie was hoping to keep hidden. Finally, plans for the annual fall pep rally move forward with a performance by Josie (Ashleigh Murray) and the Pussycats and a special appearance by Mayor McCoy (guest star Robin Givens.) Marisol Nichols, Madchen Amick and Luke Perry also star. Lee Toland Krieger directed the episode written by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa.

Friday, February 3

THE VAMPIRE DIARIES 8.11 “You Made a Choice to Be Good”: Cade (guest star Wolé Parks) returns to Mystic Falls and presents Damon (Ian Somerhalder) and Stefan (Paul Wesley) with additional assignments, each with unthinkable consequences. Even with tension growing in their friendship, Caroline (Candice King) and Matt (Zach Roerig) do their best to protect the town’s residents from Cade’s appetite for their souls. Bonnie (Kat Graham) and Enzo (Michael Malarkey) hit the road on a romantic trip, taking the bell with them in hopes to keep it safe. Carol Banker directed the episode written by Melinda Hsu Taylor & Celine Geiger.

CRAZY EX-GIRLFRIEND 2.13 “Can Josh Take a Leap of Faith?”: Rebecca’s (Rachel Bloom) father (guest star John Allen Nelson) makes a surprise appearance, which gets Rebecca’s hopes up for her future, while Josh (Vincent Rodriguez III) takes a hard look at himself. White Josh (guest star David Hull) and Darryl (Pete Gardner) find themselves at an unexpected crossroads. Donna Lynne Champlin, Gabrielle Ruiz and Vella Lovell also star. Aline Brosh McKenna wrote and directed the episode.