THE CROWN Preview: Duty Must Always Win

When Princess Elizabeth first married Philip, they were a normal family. Or as normal as anyone who had grown up royal could be. They had two young children and a video camera and a lot of laughs and love.

But by the second episode of THE CROWN we see the moment when everything changes for Elizabeth. Her father – King George – dies and suddenly she is the Queen. Her grandmother lets her know that there is only one true way to be a monarch — to put duty first and never let her personal life get in the way of the crown. And from that moment on Elizabeth embraces her duty, even while her husband learns what it means to bow to his wife and his sovereign.

THE CROWN will premiere on Netflix on Friday, November 4.

NCIS: NEW ORLEANS Sneak Peeks: Hey Arnold!

Already in hot water over Brody’s involvement with a traitor and being dogged by FBI Special Agent Tammy Gregorio (new cast member Vanessa Ferlito), NCIS: NEW ORLEANS Special Agent Dwayne Pride (Scott Bakula) climbs further out on a weak limb and takes the NOLA team with him.

When Pride’s old buddy, former Navy Intelligence Analyst Elvis Bertrand (new recurring guest star Tom Arnold), is accused of murder, the FBI hijacks the case, commandeering the victims’ bodies and Loretta’s (CCH Pounder) findings, whisking almost all traces off to the FBI Crime Lab.

Led by FBI Agent Raymond Isler (guest star Derek Webster, RAY DONOVAN), the jurisdictional conflict leaves the NOLA team wondering if black mark on its reputation is the reason for the interference or if there is another agenda driving the action.

Sebastian (Rob Kerkovich) pockets something found in Navy Lt. Commander Henry Warbeck’s (guest star Jamie Renell) personal effects before the FBI takes away all of the evidence. Warbeck had been working on the cyber-security for an underwater fiber optics project, and the evidence could shed light on why he was killed.

Patton (Daryl “Chill” Mitchell) and Sebastian analyze the chip on what appears to be a key card, but the high-level encryption leaves the pair searching for answers.

The team chooses to ignore the FBI’s jurisdictional claim to the case since Pride is doing what he can to help Elvis, a convicted felon and a notorious hacker.

Despite Pride’s protests that the case has nothing to do with the FBI’s review of his team’s actions, Isler insists that Lasalle (Lucas Black) and Percy (Shalita Grant) submit to questioning.

Also guest starring in tonight’s episode, “Suspicious Minds” are Sprague Grayden, Brad James and Grace Sewell. “Suspicious Minds” was written by Executive Producer, Christopher Silber and directed by Michael Zinberg.

NCIS: NEW ORLEANS airs tonight at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT on CBS in the U.S. and Global TV in Canada.

On TV Tonight: Tuesday September 27, 2016

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NET 8PM 8:30PM 9PM 9:30PM 10PM 10:30PM
ABC Dancing with the Stars Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD
CBS NCIS Bull NCIS: New Orleans
FOX Brooklyn Nine-Nine New Girl Scream Queens Atlanta (FX)
NBC The Voice This Is Us
CW The Flash (R) MADtv
MISC Halt and Catch Fire (AMC)
Aftermath (Syfy)
Tosh.0/Drunk History (Comedy)

Welcome to “On TV Tonight,” the TV Addict’s daily look at what’s on, what’s streaming and what’s worth watching today.

NCIS (8PM, CBS)
Tonight’s big mystery: Which CBS flak is responsible for penning an episode description that plugs a rival Network’s show? “NCIS uncovers a bomb pl

ATLANTA (10PM, FX)
Justin Bieber pops by.

THIS IS US (10PM, NBC)
So many questions following last week’s phenomenal series premiere! Will Kate succeed in her quest to lose weight? Will Randall adjust to having his dad in his life? Will Kevin face consequences of quitting his job? Will our dwindling supply of kleenex last us through yet another emotional rollercoaster!

Funny Business: Watch the Cast of WILL & GRACE Reunite

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Good News: Ten years after bidding the small screen adieu, the cast of WILL & GRACE reunited to take on the 2016 Presidential Election as only Will, Grace, Jack and Karen could. Bad News: The hilarious ten minute montage — littered with one liners and back-and-forth-banter that was once the show’s trademark — will leave you wanting so much more!

For Canadian Eyes Only: Shomi Streaming Service is Shutting Down

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Here’s some bad news for Canadian TV Addicts: Today shomi announced that the streaming service will be shutting down as of November 30.

“We’re really grateful to Canadians who enthusiastically invited us into their living rooms and took us with them on their phones, tablets and laptops,” said David Asch, Senior Vice President and General Manager, shomi.

“The business climate and online video marketplace have changed markedly in the last few years. Combined with the fact that the business is more challenging to operate than we expected, we’ve decided to wind down our operations,” Asch said. “We’re proud of the great service we created and the role we played in the evolution of Canada’s video landscape.”

Current shomi members can keep streaming and binge-watching their favourite shows and movies online, via their Shaw or Rogers set-top box, on select tablets, mobile devices, Xbox 360 and Xbox One, Apple TV, Chromecast, and PS4 until November 30, 2016.

Afternoon Static: SHAMELESS, WILL AND GRACE, THIS IS US & More!

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• Analysis: TV’s Best Music Supervision in 10 Shows
• Watch: Showtime Releases Political Campaign for ‘Shameless’ Season 7
• News You Can Use: What’s Coming to Netflix in October 2016?
• LOVE! Alan Cumming Returning to CBS for Dr. Death Crime Drama
• Reunion Alert! Here’s A Pic Of The “Will And Grace” Cast Together Again
• TV By the Numbers: ‘Designated Survivor’ Posts Big Live+3 Ratings Gains On Premiere Wednesday
• Spoooooky: ‘The Simpsons’ Premiere Made An Arnold Palmer Joke On The Day He Died
• A 7th Heaven Reunion? Only If Reverend Camden Dies, Says Catherine Hicks
• Critic’s Notebook: ‘Pitch,’ ‘This Is Us’ and the Perils of TV Pilot Twist Endings
• TV Review: Woody Allen’s ‘Crisis in Six Scenes’
• Cool Beans: Matt LeBlanc Signs New Deal to Host BBC’s ‘Top Gear’
• ‘Luke Cage’: Showrunner and Star Discuss “Why the World Is Ready For a Bulletproof Black Man”
• Let’s Get Ready to Rumble! Get Your Presidential Debate Bingo Cards Here!
• Forget about Peak TV, Welcome to our package celebrating anti-prestige, anti–water cooler, anti-content.
• Supergirl Scoop: See Superman spring into action

THE BIG BANG THEORY Sneak Peek: Howard and Bernadette’s Very Nervous Day

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Last week’s THE BIG BANG THEORY was all about the gathering of family for the re-enacting of Leonard and Penny’s wedding. We met Penny’s mother and brother for the first time, and we picked up where last season left off in the supposed encounter between Leonard’s father and Sheldon’s mother — there was no “there” there, although there was a hint that there may be a “there” there some day in the future. And as Amy drove Sheldon’s mother to the airport after the wedding, Sheldon’s mother taught Amy how to put Sheldon in his place. All good fun.

In this week’s episode, we’re treated to two important story lines. We knew from last season that the military was interested the guys’ award-winning paper and the resulting patent on the infinite persistence gyroscope. Last week a representative from the Air Force Department of Material Command showed up to talk with Howard, and Howard, who has been nervous about government “spooks” following him everywhere, avoided contact. This week, he finally gets the visit. Also last season we learned that Howard and Bernadette were expecting a baby, and this week we find out that Bernadette has been keeping the news a secret at work. Only, a certain friend let the news slip out to a colleague and now Bernadette is worried about the impact that might have.

See the sneak peeks below and watch THE BIG BANG THEORY tonight (September 26) at 8:00 p.m. ET/PT on CBS (U.S.) and at 7:30 p.m. ET/PT on CTV (Canada).

On TV Tonight: Monday September 26, 2016

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NET 8PM 8:30PM 9PM 9:30PM 10PM 10:30PM
ABC Dancing with the Stars ABC News: The Presidential Debates
CBS The Big Bang Theory Kevin Can Wait CBS News: The First Presidential Debate
FOX Gotham FOX News: Presidential Debate #1
NBC The Voice NBC News Special: Presidential Debate #1
CW Supergirl (R) Supergirl (R)
MISC

Welcome to “On TV Tonight,” the TV Addict’s daily look at what’s on, what’s streaming and what’s worth watching today.

THE BIG BANG THEORY (8PM, CBS)
Season Premiere: The show’s 10th season opens with the awkward aftermath of an overnight liaison between Sheldon’s mother and Leonard’s father. Bazinga indeed.

NCIS: LOS ANGELES Season 8 Premiere Sneak Peeks: Explosive

There has been a whirlwind of changes and baby news for NCIS: LOS ANGELES over the summer.

Showrunner Shane Brennan is transitioning to develop new projects for CBS while maintaining his role as Executive Producer. R. Scott Gemmill, Executive Producer/Writer, is taking over Brennan’s showrunner duties and bringing years of his experience with NCIS: LOS ANGELES, as well as ER, JAG and THE UNIT.

Kensi Blye portrayer, Daniela Ruah and husband, David Olsen, welcomed a baby girl, Sierra Esther Ruah Olsen, on September 4.

The cast and crew used inventive techniques to shoot around her burgeoning baby bump while shooting over the summer. The actress currently is on maternity leave, but has confirmed that despite the pregnancy, Kensi will not be absent from the scene.

Not to be outdone by his real-life sister-in-law, Eric Christian Olsen (Deeks) and wife, actress Sarah Wright, had a 10-pound-12-oz baby girl, Esmé Olivia, on August 9. (Ruah is married to Olsen’s brother, Eric’s stunt double on the show.)

On screen, Kensi and Deeks reportedly will get engaged this season, and there is a rumor that a character may be killed off or leave the team sometime this year.

Season 9 has an explosive beginning tonight with a 2-hour event at a special time after 60 MINUTES in most timezones, around 8:30pm, depending upon how football earlier in the day affects the start time. (Be sure to set your DVR for overrun if you are not on the West Coast.)

Part one of tonight’s event, “High-Value Target,” sets up the arrival of Under Secretary of Defense Corbin Duggan (guest star Jackson Hurst) who is sent in by Washington to take the lead because Hetty (Linda Hunt) and Granger (Miguel Ferrer) have been unsuccessful in finding the mole in the NCIS: LOS ANGELES organization.

Whether Duggan can be trusted or has a part in the rumored demise/injury/departure of a team member remains to be seen. Both Hetty and Granger have been reported as possibly facing uncertain futures, but whether that simply is a threat to their current positions or something more life-threatening is not yet know.

The team spreads out in its pursuit of evidence, and some of that evidence leads to Syria, where one team member is severely injured when the mission goes off course.

Part two of tonight’s Season 8 premiere event concludes with “Belly of the Beast,” where Callen (Chris O’Donnell) and Sam (LL Cool J) must formulate new plans on the fly.

NCIS: LOS ANGELES also stars Barrett Foa as Tech Operator Eric Beale and Renée Felice Smith as Intelligence Analyst Nell Jones.

Guest starring tonight are Alexander Wraith, Cherami Leigh, Harry Katzman, Bryce McBratnie, AJ Meijer, Lisa Maley, Ben Cain, Nadia Sloane and Sammy Sheik. “High Value Target” was directed by Tawnia McKiernan and “Belly of the Beast” was directed by Terrence O’Hara. Both episodes were written by Gemmill.

NCIS: LOS ANGELES airs tonight after 60 MINUTES in the East, at approximately 8:30 pm contingent upon football overtime, and at 8:00 pm on the West Coast on CBS in the U.S. and Global TV in Canada.

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SECRETS AND LIES Season 2: A New Murder and a New Mystery

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Eric Warner is a man with a bright future ahead of him when SECRETS AND LIES returns for its second season. He’s intelligent, well-educated and hardworking and he also happens to be the heir apparent to his family’s private equity firm in Charlotte, North Carolina. He’s also married to Kate, a woman he loves deeply.

One night, Eric, his family and his co-workers are attending a party to honor his father passing over the reins of the firm to him. But tragedy strikes when Kate Warner, Eric’s wife, falls from the roof of the building and dies. Eric is devastated. And then in walks Detective Andrea Cornell. Naturally, the grieving husband is suspect #1 and Eric is immediately in her cross-hairs. Did he push his wife from the roof? All we know right now is that Eric soon discovers that both his wife and his various family members aren’t necessarily who they appear to be.

Trying to help Eric through his grief is his father, John Warner. The father of three children, he built his private equity firm on a model of honesty and morality, but Kate’s death puts his succession plans on hold, and he may find that his stunning business achievement is really a house of cards.

Then there’s Andrea Warner Young, Eric’s sister who is married to a prominent Charlotte surgeon and who works as a criminal attorney for the Public Defender’s office. She tries to warn Eric about Detective Cornell and her methods. Patrick Warner, meanwhile, is the youngest in the family and works as an analyst in the family business. He’s a functioning alcoholic who has grown up in Eric’s shadow his whole life.

Who ultimately killed Kate? And what will people do to keep their most intimate secrets from ruining their lives?

SECRETS AND LIES premieres tonight (September 25) at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT on ABC.