Fox Orders Full Season of LETHAL WEAPON

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Fox has officially picked up its new action drama — LETHAL WEAPON — for a full season, picking up an additional five episodes. This brings the total order to 18 episodes for the 2016-17 season.

“LETHAL WEAPON delivers an explosive and wildly entertaining core relationship between two cops, with dynamic performances by Damon Wayans and Clayne Crawford, surrounded by cinematic action, endearing humor and true heart,” said David Madden, President, Entertainment, Fox Broadcasting Company. “Matt Miller, McG, Dan Lin and Jennifer Gwartz have done a tremendous job on this show, which has proven to be a self-starter and solid companion for EMPIRE. We are thrilled to add these episodes to LETHAL WEAPON’s first season.”

LETHAL WEAPON marked Foxs highest fall premiere in two years, with a 3.2/12 Live + 7 rating among Adults 18-49 and 12.4 million viewers across all platforms to date, propelling Fox Wednesday to be premiere week’s highest-rated night of entertainment programming.  It is the No. 3 new drama this season (tied with BULL), with a 3.0/11 in Live + 7 among Adults 18-49 and the average multi-platform audience for the show is 11.5 million viewers in Live + 7.

EMPIRE Sneak Peek: Mariah Carey Makes a Grand Appearance


Lucious desperately needs exclusive content for his new streaming platform, Empire Extreme, and everything he does in this week’s episode is with that goal is mind. If he can’t get to a requisite number of subscribers, he’ll lose tens of millions of dollars. To accomplish his goal he sets a few things in motion, including trying to sign one of Angelo Dubois’ boys who is interested in being a rapper, and trying to release Jamal’s “black and white” album.

Jamal, meanwhile, is still grappling with his shooting and has joined a PTSB support group, although he doesn’t seem to gain much from the experience. Cookie has her own plan to help him and recruits superstar Kitty (guest star Mariah Carey) to perform with him. He’s not eager to get up on stage again any time soon, but he does agree to record a song with Kitty and put it up on Empire’s streaming platform. Unfortunately, his latest appearance in the recording studio doesn’t go as well as planned — at least not initially.

Elsewhere, Andre is bailed out of jail after being beaten up by the police and his parents want to fight fire with fire. Lucious suggests that they call up Thirsty for help in dealing with the police, but Andre wants to do this by the book and gets his own lawyer. But when he finally appears in front of the judge he realizes how crazy the charges are against him. And when his lawyer suggests they make all of this go away with a plea bargain, Andre insists that he’s not going down for something he didn’t do.

Finally, the hostility between Lucious and Anika heats up as he flaunts a dalliance with another woman in front of her face until she starts fighting back. Anika proves that she’s just as good a player as Lucious is and realizes she’s got some leverage over the man. The question is how long he’ll allow her this leverage.

Don’t miss an all new episode of EMPIRE tonight (October 5) at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT on Fox.

STAR: Naomi Campbell to Appear in a Recurring Role

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Naomi Campbell will be appearing in a recurring role on STAR, the new drama from Lee Daniels (EMPIRE) coming to Fox at midseason.

Campbell will play the role of Rose Spencer, the beautiful, wealthy and cultivated London-born mother of Alexandra.

STAR follows three talented singers, desperate for a new start and with ambitions of stardom, as they navigate the cut-throat music business on their road to success. The series stars Queen Latifah as Carlotta, Benjamin Bratt as Jahil, newcomer Jude Demorest as Star, newcomer Ryan Destiny as Alexandra, Brittany O’ Grady as Simon and Amiyah Scott as Cotton The series will also feature guest star and Grammy Award winner Lenny Kravitz.

EMPIRE Preview: Jamal Continues to Suffer from PTSD & Lucious Goes the Extra Mile to Win Over Cookie


Taye Diggs guest stars in this week’s EMPIRE as councilman/businessman Angelo Dubious. He first appears on a radio show with Jamal and the two of them discuss issues of race and violence. Jamal is reluctant to believe he’s a victim and thinks that Frieda is the real victim, but Angelo insists that there’s no reason Jamal should be ashamed of his PTSD and thinks he needs to embrace it and look to the future. As a result of this conversation he invites Jamal to attend his organization’s anti-violence summit. During a recent conversation with reporters, Jussie Smollett (Jamal) said “I’m very happy with where Jamal is going”. It’s the toughest season for him thus far because he’s had to do real research about PTSD and panic attacks to help his performance but he said “I love exactly where Jamal is.”

Lucious also becomes involved in Angelo’s cause when he offers up Empire as the venue for the summit. This isn’t something that Jamal responds well to, but the entire event leads to a relevation from Jamal about his own state of mind. As for the continuously fractured relationship between Lucious and Jamal, Smollett said that “when we think of this good versus evil, I always say that no one is all bad and all good. Lucious is not all bad and Jamal is not all good. We see this battle between the good and the bad and [Jamal] finally admits in this episode that he has a problem. But what comes with that problem is rooted in the family. In this episode we get to see that he’s really tapping into his own awareness and sensitivity and awareness of what’s really going on in the world. There’s a certain level of guard that he’s had this entire life and this season is really about the Lyon brothers opening their eyes to what’s really out there. You’ll see in this episode that it really is the opening of his eyes, so to speak.”

Elsewhere in this episode, Anika tries to hire a nanny, but Lucious doesn’t want any strangers in his house and forces her to stop her interviews. Meanwhile, Lucious is making a big attempt to win over Cookie by sending her extravagent gifts and summoning up memories of their shared past (which leads to more flashbacks to the origin of Cookie and Lucious’ relationship). Hakeem will also start to record new songs with Shine and Nessa (who is becoming a real collaborator of his), but Shine’s violent temperment continues to be a problem. And at the end of the episode Andrew runs into some trouble with the police that will ring very real given the recent debate about police brutality.

A new episode of EMPIRE airs tonight (September 28) at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT on Fox (U.S.) and

THE LAST MAN ON EARTH: Watch the Opening Scene of Season 3


When we last saw our favorite survivors in the season 2 finale of THE LAST MAN ON EARTH they had spotted a boat filled with armed men off the shores of Malibu.

When we rejoin Tandy and the group, their lives are in jeopardy. The people from the ship arrive on the beach and Tandy tells everyone to scatter. The group panics, but Carol has the prescence of mind to release Melissa from the stocks. Of course, things become even more chaotic when Melissa grabs a shotgun and heads out to confront the mystery men. The others are desperately trying to find the keys to the van that’s blocking them in, but when that takes too long they all prepare to attack the intruders.

Don’t miss the season premiere of THE LAST MAN ON EARTH airing on Sunday, September 25 at 9:30 p.m. ET/PT on Fox.

PITCH: A Woman Steps Up to the Plate in Fox’s New Drama


Ginny Baker is the biggest story in sports. When we first meet her in the series premiere of PITCH, we learn that she’s the first ever woman to be called up to Major League Baseball. She’s tough and self-confident as she prepares for her first game with the San Diego Padres, but it isn’t long before problems arise.

The team’s manager, Al Luongo, thinks she was just brought on to sell tickets and has no intention of giving her special treatment just because she’s a woman. Her teammates also think she’s nothing more than a gimmick, although team captain Mike Lawson seems willing to give her a chance — but not in front of the other guys. The only Padre who is really on her side is Blip Sanders, an old friend from the minor leagues who knows how skilled she is.

Batting for Ginny is also her agent, Amelia Slater, who isn’t afraid to tell it like it is. She’s 100% confident in Ginny’s ability to turn baseball on its head and break through the stereotypes. And she also isn’t afraid to stand up to the team’s general manager, Oscar Arguella, on her client’s behalf.

Ginny’s notoriety and skill is primarily due to her father, Bill Baker. While her brother hung up his bat as a child — not interested in learning baseball from their father — Ginny proved herself to Bill at a young age. And from that moment on he taught her and pushed her to be the best, always telling her there was further she could go, no matter what her gender was. But with a life completely devoted to baseball, it’s also clear that she doesn’t have many friends or interests outside of the game, which also puts a tremendous amount of pressure on her to get this right.

So many girls and women are counting on Ginny to represent her gender and so many men need to be convinced she’s the real deal, which means that she can’t fail when she first steps up to the plate as starting pitcher. Will she succeed? Find out in the series premiere of PITCH airing tonight (September 22) at 8:59 p.m. ET/PT on Fox.

THE EXORCIST Preview: Good versus Evil


The new Fox horror series, THE EXORCIST, takes place in the same world as the original novel and movie, says star Geena Davis. “It’s a classic battle of good versus evil”.

Davis stars as Angela Rance, the matriarch of a normal, American family. But beneath the surface, all is not what it seems. Angela’s husband, Henry, is recovering from a traumatic injury. Eldest daughter Katherine has become a recluse who refuses to leave her room. Her younger sister, Casey, thinks she’s hearing strange noises coming from inside the walls. Angela is convinced that there’s a demonic prescence in the house and it’s growing stronger every day.

To help get rid of this prescence Angela approaches Father Tomas. He’s the progressive new face of the Catholic Church who runs a small but loyal parish in the Chicago suburbs. In Mexico City there’s another priest — Father Marcus Keane — who is in a life-and-death struggle with evil. He’s an orphan raised by the Vatican to be a modern day Templar Knight. And he’s a man consumed by his mission. Angela doesn’t know it yet, but her actions are going to set Father Tomas on a collision course with Father Marcus.

THE EXORCIST premieres on Friday, September 23 at on Fox (U.S.) and CTV (Canada).

BROOKLYN NINE-NINE: Jake and Holt Adjust to New Lives in the Season 4 Premiere


Holt and Jake are stuck in Florida when BROOKLYN NINE-NINE returns for its fourth season this week and both men are settling into their new lives. Holt (a.k.a. Greg) is strolling with the older ladies in the morning before heading for his job at the arcade (where he’s angling for a promotion to assistant manager and his boss thinks he’s a stoner). Jake (a.k.a. Larry), meanwhile, is selling ATVs and pretending he’s just casual neighbours with Holt.

Their only contact to the outside world is Maya Rudolph as U.S. Marshall Karen Haas. She visits Coral Palms to make sure they’re still keeping up with their new identities and staying away from everyone they knew in their previous lives. She also delivers some bad news: they still haven’t found Jimmy “The Butcher” Figgis, so they’re going to have to remain in Florida indefinitely.

As it turns out, Jake has been extremely depressed about their life in Coral Palms (where the town’s claim to fame is the fact that mayors keep dying and no one knows why) and he’s been hiding a secret. When Holt discovers what that is, the pair engage in one of their hilarious fights, which eventually leads to a risk of discovery thanks to a potential viral video. But when they work together to track down the woman who filmed the video and engage in a little “police work”, they both realize getting back to their old lives might be the best thing.

BROOKLYN NINE-NINE returns for an all new season on Tuesday, September 20 at 8:00 p.m. ET/PT on Fox (U.S.) and CityTV (Canada).

LUCIFER Teasers: Seven Things to Know About the Season 2 Premiere


There’s a lot coming in season 2 of the delicious Fox series LUCIFER and one of the big events is the arrival of Lucifer’s mother. She is, in a word, awesome, and you’ll be learning a lot more about her in episode 2 of the new season.

But before we get to that we have the season premiere, which is full of a new murder, the continued disappearance of Maze, and Lucifer’s struggle over the possibility of his mother returning to his life. Here’s seven things you need to know about the season premiere:

The Search for Mom. We quickly learn that Luci and Amenadiel’s mother doesn’t have a body, so she’ll have been forced to take the form of someone who recently died. This is revealed as the two angelic brothers are on the hunt for their mother. Lucifer is convinced that Mom will be searching for him since he kept her prisoner for so long, but Amenadiel isn’t so sure. But you’ll soon be asking yourself “what is Mommy Dearest seeking”?

Rewriting Biblical History. Are you unclear as to how the LUCIFER universe is changing up biblical history? As Lucifer tells his therapist, here’s the new story: two celestial beings (God and Charlotte) had “sex”, thereby creating the universe. They had a litter of kids (the angels), built Heaven and enjoyed their family. Apparently Charlotte was quite lovely in the beginning, but things turned sour when God started creating humanity. Lucifer rebelled and was cast out and then Charlotte was as well.

A New Forensic Cop. Meet Ella Lopez….she’s a hugger. Lucifer thinks she’s odd, but he quickly warms up to her when he learns she’s religious but thinks the devil isn’t so bad. And when he starts talking about himself as the devil in the first person, she thinks he’s just a weird method actor.

Angel Blood. Lucifer is still trying to convince Chloe that he’s the actual devil and suggests that she test his blood. Amenadiel thinks this is a bad idea because he doesn’t want any proof of divinity going into the LAPD’s forensic database. When Lucifer continues to insist, Amenadiel takes matters into his own hands.

The Return of Detective Douche. Dan is back on the street after the hoopla with the Palmetto case, but he’s been demoted, so he’s spending most of his time assisting Chloe with her most recent investigation.

Trouble on Set. The case of the week involves the death of a low level actress who also worked as a stand-in on the popular kids’ show “Leave it to Leslie”. The show’s star, Amy, is a heavy drug user and a bad seed. Lucifer is distracted as they investigate the case, constantly worried that his mother is lurking about and may even be connected to the case.

Where is Maze? Amenadiel seems genuinely sad about his former demon lover’s disappearance. When we see Maze again we learn that she’s feeling as conflicted about humanity and remaining on earth as Lucifer was in season 1. Is the demon changing? All we know is that she’s determined to find a new balance in her life now that she’s stuck on earth, seemingly for good.

LUCIFER returns for its second season on Monday, September 19 at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT on Fox (U.S.) and CTV (Canada).

Fox Renews HELL’S KITCHEN for Seasons 17 and 18


Fox dished out a double renewal for HELL’S KITCHEN today with the announcement that the long-running reality series has been renewed for two additional seasons.

HELL’S KITCHEN is looking for the next batch of talented, passionate and skilled chefs to work with Chef Ramsay in the “hottest kitchen on earth”. Eligible chefs will have the opportunity to audition in cities across the country for the chance to become the next HELL’S KITCHEN winner. The nationwide open casting calls begin Monday, September 12 in Los Angeles, CA; New York, NY; and Atlanta, GA. The search will continue in Chicago, IL; and Dallas, TX, on Friday, September 16.

HELL’S KITCHEN open casting calls will be held as follows:

CITY                                       DATE                                      VENUE

Los Angeles, CA                     Monday, Sept. 12                   Art Institute of California – Hollywood
New York, NY                         Monday, Sept. 12                   International Culinary Center
Atlanta, GA                             Monday, Sept. 12                   Art Institute of Atlanta
Chicago, IL                              Friday, Sept. 16                      Illinois Institute of Art – Chicago
Dallas, TX                               Friday, Sept. 16                      Art Institute of Dallas

For additional casting information, including forms and eligibility requirements, please visit:

Season 16 of HELL’S KITCHEN premieres Friday, September 23 at 8:00 p.m. ET/PT on FOX. Eighteen ambitious chefs will go head-to-head to impress Ramsay with their skills in hopes of winning a grand prize that includes a Head Chef position atYardbird Southern Table & Bar at The Venetian Las Vegas.