BONES Teasers: A Dangerous New Villain is Introduced

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BONES is introducing a new serial killer this week in an episode that seems much spookier than normal for this show. The episode, titled “Monster in the Closet”, has the team investigating a very strange death. Soon, Arastoo realizes the body is similar to one that was brought in during the time Booth and Brennan had quit their jobs, which leaves Brennan wracked with guilt. She believes if she had been at the Jeffersonian at the time she would have solved the murder and the newest victim would not have been killed.

During a recent conference call with reporters, BONES Executive Producer Michael Peterson talked about this upcoming episode. He addressed the fact that Brennan is wracked with guilt, saying that this episode is one “where we see what Brennan is going through [in terms of] really experiencing guilt for not being there at the time of this murder that takes place and having a feeling of responsibility, where she quit her job and bad things happen when she leaves.  And so I think that helps with her arc.  She’s somebody who’s always been able to separate herself and not become as emotionally attached to elements of the job.  But she realizes the responsibility that she has, and so the way that [she and Booth] both handle that situation will definitely be telling.”

Peterson also hinted that this new villain “is pretty much our big bad for the remainder of the season. So, we will be seeing that person again. And I’m glad [if you thought the episode] was a little bit creepy. That was one I wrote, and it was something that the show lends itself [to] because of Brennan obviously dealing with skeletal remains so much. I had been re-watching a lot of old Hitchcock, and Psycho in particular, and thinking about that movie and then Ed Gein and the people it’s based on and how very similar they are to Brennan in a way, where they’re able to live with remains and see them as still alive. I think Brennan sees these remains a very similar way. And it’s a unique perspective. So, we really wanted to look at the flipside of that coin [from the perpetrator's perspective], and to get a little bit of that nice creepy feel.”

Related: Peterson teases the remainder of season 11

“The inspiration also was — and there’s a little homage to it — there was an X-FILES episode called “Home,” which meant a lot to me. It was one of the big reasons why I wanted to do TV. And they do a great job in that episode of juxtaposing happy music with creepiness, so we do a little homage to that in there also. But, yes, that’s going to be our big bad for this season, and maybe a little bit into Season 12. But we’re still playing around with that.”

Sarah Rue will also be returning as Karen Delfs, an FBI profiler. Peterson expressed a lot of admiration for the character and said she’ll also be appearing in episode 15 as well. “She’s just been a breath of fresh air. David [Boreanaz] and John Boyd especially just love having the interaction with her. And we wanted to make her a little bit different obviously. She has some of the same characteristics as Sweets as far as her background goes, but in a way she’s almost Brennan’s version of a psychologist where she’s more of a behavioralist, so it’s a little bit more of a concrete science than what Sweets was dealing with. She’s on another show called IMPASTOR, and so she got shipped off, and we tried to fit her in for a couple more [episodes] but if possible we’d love to get her back for Season 12.”

“We’re delighted to be able to grab her for three episodes of this year, because she brings a lot — not only for the cases, but we think there’s some great opportunities as far as interplay with her and David and her and John Boyd in particular. So knock on wood, hopefully we’ll get her back for Season 12 and be able to do even more with her.”

Don’t miss an all new episode of BONES tonight (April 28) at 8:00 p.m. ET/PT on Fox (U.S.) and Global TV (Canada).

Fox Gives Series Orders to 24: LEGACY and STAR

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Several weeks ahead of its Upfronts presentation, Fox is announcing official series pick-ups for 24: LEGACY and STAR for the 2016-2017 season.

“24: LEGACY is the next chapter in the groundbreaking and award-winning action series from Emmy Award-winning executive producer Howard Gordon (HOMELAND, 24: LIVE ANOTHER DAY), Academy Award- and Emmy Award-winning executive producer Brian Grazer (24), writers and executive producers Manny Coto and Evan Katz (24), director and executive producer Stephen Hopkins (24) and executive producer and original series star Kiefer Sutherland.

The series stars Corey Hawkins (STRAIGHT OUTTA COMPTON), Miranda Otto (HOMELAND) and Jimmy Smits (SONS OF ANARCHY).

Meanwhile, STAR is a music-infused drama from Academy Award and Golden Globe nominee Lee Daniels (EMPIRE) and Tom Donaghy (THE WHOLE TRUTH). “In STAR, three talented singers navigate the cut-throat music business on their road to success. Featuring three newcomers (Jude Demorest, Ryan Destiny and Brittany O’Grady) as the young singers, plus Academy Award nominee and Emmy Award, Grammy Award and Golden Globe Award winner Queen Latifah (BESSIE) and Emmy Award nominee Benjamin Bratt (LAW & ORDER), the series will feature original music, along with stunning musical fantasy sequences, as the girls dream of their future. The series will also feature guest star Lenny Kravitz.”

LUCIFER Season Finale Recap: Trying To Clear His Name

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The devil needed to beat a murder rap in the season finale of LUCIFER. Picking up where the penultimate episode left off, Chloe and other cops had Lucifer surrounded, thinking that he had murdered the preacher. Lucifer was stung when Chloe said it didn’t matter what she believed because she needed to take him to the police station. But Amenadiel swooped in and spirited his brother away.

Up on the rooftop of the Roosevelt Hotel, Lucifer told his brother he would go willingly back to Hell now after having had his fill of humanity. But Amenadiel refused to take him up on his offer. Instead, he accepted his part in the mess Malcolm had created and wanted to team up with Luci to take the evil human down.

Meanwhile, Dan had arrived at the crime scene and seemed convinced that Lucifer was guilty….until he saw the murder weapon. Realizing that it was Malcolm’s gun, he confessed everything to Chloe, including what had happened at Palmetto Street. She was understandably furious and he vowed to make things right. While he did that, Chloe headed out to find Lucifer. He wasn’t at Lux, but she spoke to Maze, who laid out how much she resented Chloe’s presence in Lucifer’s life. Still, the two women agreed to team up to try and track down Malcolm.

Amenadiel and Lucifer were also searching for the crooked cop and, after a bit of help from Dan, they tracked him down to a warehouse used by one of his drug dealer friends. He had come looking for money to buy fake papers so he could hightail it out of town, but the angels (later joined by Chloe and Maze) took him down. He managed to escape, but without his bag of cash. Amenadiel, unfortunately, had been slashed with a demon blade that Malcolm had stolen from Lux. Fortunately, Maze had kept one of Lucifer’s angelic wing feathers and used the divinity inside the object to heal Amenadiel.

Chloe then took Lucifer into the station, insisting that they had to clear his name properly. And they did, because Dan confessed everything about himself and Malcolm. But, at the same time, Chloe received a call from Malcolm. He had kidnapped Trixie and was demanding that Chloe return his bag of money.

She secretly removed the bag from the station before it could be processed as evidence and left for the drop point. Lucifer realized what was happening and followed her. She managed to retrieve her daughter (who then went to hide on her mother’s orders), but Malcolm seemed determined to kill her.

And in walked Lucifer. He managed to get Chloe hidden away, but he got a bullet to the stomach for his troubles. And since Chloe was in the vicinity, he was near death. So the devil prayed to his father, begging him for help. Except all he wanted was protection for Chloe.

Then we experienced a very strange vision, courtesy of God. Lucifer was back in Hell, in an old dungeon. One of the cells had been broken open and something had escaped. But we’ll get back to that soon.

Back in the real world, Malcolm was hunting for Chloe after having shot Lucifer, but Luci recovered (thanks to some help from his father) and interrupted Malcolm’s search, giving Chloe enough time to kill Malcolm before he could do any more damage.

Later, Lucifer and Amenadiel regrouped at Lucifer’s apartment and they traded stories of their mutual healings. Lucifer also had some bad news and told his brother about his vision. He believes that God wants them to find someone very evil who had escaped from Hell.

But who could this being be? Amenadiel wondered the same thing, particularly when it was apparent that Lucifer was frightened. And then Lucifer dropped a bomb: the being that had escaped Hell was their mother. Dun, dun, dun! Mull that one over, folks!

LUCIFER has been renewed for a second season and will return in the fall/winter on Fox.

LUCIFER Season Finale Teasers: Framing the Devil for Murder

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Lucifer was framed for murder in last week’s penultimate episode. But can the devil clear his good name? Here’s what you need to know about tonight’s season finale.

The Great Escape. We begin with Lucifer denying that he killed the preacher. Chloe thinks it doesn’t matter what she believes, but Lucifer insists it’s the only thing that matters. He declares her to be just like all of the others and tempts the police officers to shoot him. And then….he vanishes. Thanks to a little bit of help from Amenadiel.

Take me Back to Hell. Lucifer tells his brother that he’s ready to grant his fondest wish and have Amenadiel take him back to Hell. But is the other angel going to follow through? Let’s just say that Amenadiel realizes that he needs to focus on the big picture instead of petty differences with his brother.

Frame Job. Chloe believes that Lucifer is innocent and tells Dan. Dan is, of course, disbelieving, at least until he realizes what’s going on here. Knowing that he has made a big mistake, he sets about trying to make things right.

The Party’s Over. Maze confronts Chloe when she returns to Lux looking for Lucifer. And all of a sudden Maze’s anger over how Chloe ruined her party with Lucia comes out. But Chloe insists she believes Lucifer is innocent and the two women pair up to find him.

The Hunt. Pretty soon, everyone is on the hunt for Malcolm. He makes a visit to a drug dealer for some quick cash so that he can buy forged documents and get out of town with a new identity. Eventually, Luci and Chloe team up to catch him and clear Lucifer’s name together. And when Malcolm realizes he’s going to need some help getting out of town, he takes Trixis hostage as a bargaining chip. Expect a prayer and a promise to be uttered. As a result, a discovery is made…one that sets up a big storyline for season 2. (because yes, LUCIFER has been renewed for a second season).

Don’t miss the season finale of LUCIFER tonight (April 25) at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT on Fox (U.S.) and CTV (Canada).

THE LAST MAN ON EARTH Sneak Peeks: Carol’s New Pregnancy Plan

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Phil and Mike have made after their recent prank war and are bonding quite nicely on this week’s THE LAST MAN ON EARTH. Via karaoke. And it’s not something that the others are very happy about, as you can see from the clip below, particularly because they keep singing the same song over and over. And over and over and over.

Meanwhile, Carol had asked Todd to be her baby-daddy at the end of the last episode and tonight she tells Phil about her plan to use Todd as a sperm donor. Phil suggests they use a turkey baster, but Carol things that doing things the “old fashioned ways” are the best way to guarantee a pregnancy. Naturally, Phil isn’t happy about his wife sleeping with another man. She suggests Mike as an alternative, but Phil likes that idea even less. And so he agrees to have Todd as his baby’s father. Then, the situation becomes even crazier when Phil comes up with his own plan.

Expect two big surprises at the end of the episode!

Don’t miss an all new episode of THE LAST MAN ON EARTH tonight (April 24) at 9:30 p.m. ET/PT on Fox.

BONES Teasers: Seeing the World From Hodgins’ POV & Delving Into the Meninist Movement

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The team delves into the Meninist movement in this week’s BONES and Brennan gets uncharacteristically angry when she learns more about the group’s beliefs.

When the team finds a body in a car crash, they learn that the remains belong to a founder of a men’s rights organization who may have been the victim of domestic abuse. During a recent call with reporters, executive producer Michael Peterson said “if you do anything that’s sensitive [on TV] you’re going to get some kickback. But it was just such an eye opener. When we bring up subject matters we don’t want to go into territory that every other show has done, and so this was one that was pretty fresh feeling to me. And so when I started learning about more the details of it, it was just so right for our show, where we have all these characters who have such opposing points of view, and it opens up a great conversation. And I think good TV should do that. We open up interesting conversations and I just found the whole thing fascinating.”

“As a man I also found it very amusing. By the time we got to the point where people are suing over being circumcised I just couldn’t stop laughing. It just seemed amazing. But I thought that was fascinating, and then also the women who support the Meninist movement. So, you know you have a good episode on your hands with the more research that you do the more fascinating it becomes. It just seemed ripe for a BONES episode, so we just ran towards it. And I’m sure there will be some interesting talkback, but I love a good conversation. We welcome any feedback that comes from it.”

Related: EP Michael Peterson gives teasers for season 11

Peterson also said that episode 12 is a special one “where we really get to see the world through Hodgins’ new point of view, where we see him going through the lab, he’s at a different height, he’s at a different level, he’s looking around the lab, all the things that he cannot do that he used to just take for granted.  And so it was a question that became a wonderful opportunity, and so we built this elevator for him, and Antoine, who directed that, just did a magnificent job.  And we got to understand his new perspective before really seeing him become angry [about his new situation], and I think it gave great empathy for him.” Be prepared for a lot of anger from Hodgins in this episode. He’s overly snappy with people around him, especially Angela, who takes the brunt of her anger because she just wants to help him.

BONES airs on Thursdays at 8:00 p.m. ET/PT on Fox.

THE GRINDER Sneak Peeks: The Sanderson Family and their Web of Lies

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Deb and Stew both forgot their anniversary on this week’s episode of THE GRINDER, but Dean didn’t. And when he congratulates them on the occasion, they both lie. Stewart tells the family that he made a reservation at a fancy restaurant with a two-month long waiting list, while Deb claims that she bought Stewart the most amazing gift.

Meanwhile, Dean and Stewart’s mother, Lenore, drops by unexpectedly and it turns out that she doesn’t approve of Dean’s lifestyle at all. In order to garner some points with her, Dean announces that he’s engaged….to Claire. When Dean figures out that both Stew and Deb lied about remembering their anniversary, he blackmails both of them into helping him use Claire for his web of lies.

Finally, Dean Sr. decides to re-enter the dating scene with a little bit of help from his grandchildren. He accidentally gets set up with a much younger woman and eventually he and his date, and the rest of the Sanderson family, end up at the fancy restaurant for a night of misunderstandings and hijinks.

Don’t miss an all new episode of THE GRINDER tonight (April 19) at 9:30 p.m. ET/PT on Fox.

THE LAST MAN ON EARTH: Phil and Mike Engage in a Prank War

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Phil and Mike’s reunion hasn’t been smooth sailing on THE LAST MAN ON EARTH. While MIke returned to Earth and was reunited with his older brother, their sibling rivalry heated up the moment they came together again. And at the end of the last episode Phil woke up with half of his hair shaved off, courtesy of Mike.

Thus begins a prank war in this week’s episode. Unfortunately, Phil isn’t very good at pranks and Mike keeps outsmarting him at every turn.

Meanwhile, Todd decides to embrace his new open lifestyle and wants to be honest with both of his girlfriends whenever he spends time with the other. And he insists that he can give everyone around him 100% of his attention. But will his attempt to assert his dominance blow up in his face?

Don’t miss an all new episode of THE LAST MAN ON EARTH tonight (April 17) at 9:30 p.m. ET/PT on Fox.

BONES: EP Michael Peterson on Hodgins & Angela’s Marriage, Special Episodes & the Rest of Season 11

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BONES is returning with all new episodes after an extended hiatus and Hodgins’ paralysis after an explosion in the mid-season finale will be a big focus of the return episode, as well as the remainder of the season. The show will also be doing a documentary-style episode, bringing back a guest star for the finale and showing upcoming trials and tribulations for Hodgins and Angela.

During a recent call with reporters, Executive Producer Michael Peterson doled out teasers for the remainder of season 11.

The Impact of Hodgins’ Paralysis. “We really wanted to make sure that this was something that, it wasn’t like Matthew on DOWNTON ABBEY where it was very quick and done.  And we really wanted to make sure it affected everybody.  So, I’m glad that that radiated when you were watching it. It’s such a wonderful, and I always thank Hart for [this] — we call it the DNA that he put into this show — of making such dynamic characters with such opposing points of view, and I think this really brought it out. From the first episode it’s really about the different viewpoints. Booth is much more about the hope [about Hodgins' diagnosis], and Brennan is looking strictly at the science of the situation, which is not so hopeful. And then it really from there takes off because we want to make sure Hodgins, he gets to feel every different emotion that comes when you have this sort of tragedy. So, a little bit in denial at the beginning and then we see some anger coming out later on. I think he did a tremendous job. But, yes we didn’t want to shortchange it. If we were going to go for this, we wanted to go for it full hog.”

Hodgins and Angela’s Growing Family. The couple decided they wanted to try and have another child before Hodgins ended up paralyzed, but has the situation derailed their plans? “We’re definitely going to be exploring that. I think the first thing that Hodgins has to do is he has to go to a place of acceptance before he can move forward in any other capacity for his relationship with Angela, moving on with having additional children, and anything else in his life he just has to get to a place where he is accepting of this injury and the new limitations. And so that I think is his biggest journey, is to get there.”

Will Angela Be Tempted? “[Episode] 14 is also going to be a big episode as far as Hodgins and Angela, and where they’re going. Because with everything that’s going on with him it’s also this Crucible moment for Angela, where we’ve introduced this character at the beginning of the season [Sebastian Kohl], who’s her photographer/mentor and it’s this glimpse into another life that she could have had if she had taken off and been more [of] the artist. And so it’s going to be tough on everybody. There’s going to be temptations for Angela, temptations for Hodgins, and hopefully we’ll do it all in the correct way, so still showing restraint. But it’s not an issue that’s going to be resolved easily.”

Related: Michael Peterson teases season 12 and the series finale

Mid-Life Crisis. We saw Booth going through a bit of a mid-life crisis earlier this season, but overall that seems to have been dealt with. “Booth’s going to have some other little crises that are worse than a midlife crisis.  We have one episode coming up where he almost finds himself becoming something of a squint, and nothing more horrifying to Booth than to find himself behaving in a squint-like manner.  So, we’re going to give him some little tests, as far as that kind of stuff goes.  But I do think an injury, when you see somebody else suffering in a real life way, it helps put everything in perspective.  So, definitely Hodgins’ injury is going to help Booth as far as that goes.”

Undercover Episodes. “There won’t be for the rest of [season 11], but absolutely for season 12.  We love doing them and we just think we’ve found a good one for season 12.  But we’re going to hold off to do that.  We usually do about one a year, so, yes, we’ll save one more for season 12.”

Documentary-Style Episode. “Another episode that we’re very excited about is episode 18 that’s coming up.  It’s more of a documentary style one.  It’s our cross between MODERN FAMILY and MAKING OF A MURDERER.  And what’s fun there is we do get to lift up the curtain and see behind the scenes, so a big reason why I wanted to do is to be able to get into some of this relationship stuff as far as our leads go.  And we get to learn a little bit more about their past.  It’s not a standard episode and we really wanted to do it as a tribute to the fans, of just saying, there are some things people wanted to know about our characters, and here’s our opportunity to do a documentary style episode where we can tell you a little bit more than usual.”

Cam and Arastoo. “I think we’ll see a lot more with what’s going on with her and Arastoo as the season progresses.  And hopefully she won’t always be unlucky [in love].  We’re going to see some movements.  But Cam, she definitely marches to the beat of her own drum, and I don’t think her relationship with Arastoo is going to follow the model of Brennan, or Hodgins and Angela.  It’s going to move its own way.  There are a couple more twists and turns as far as that goes, but we’re going to see a lot more.  At the beginning of the season it looked like Arastoo might be gone, but his relationship with Cam is more important than anything else for him.”

Guest Stars for Season 11. They’re currently getting ready to shoot the finale (with star David Boreanaz directing) and Ryan O’Neal will reprise his role as Brennan’s father. Peterson also said “I think the one that most excited David Boreanaz was we have an episode with some hockey elements to it, so Jeremy Roenick is going to be in that one. He’s beyond thrilled about that. We also have Parker coming back [in episode 16] so it’s more of a family affair here of getting Parker back, Max’s back, and people like that.”

The Season 11 Finale. “At the end of the season we’re going to be leaning towards a cliffhanger that’s obviously going to be a big effect on Booth and Brennan and it’s going to lead us strongly into season 12.”

BONES airs on Thursdays at 8:00 p.m. ET/PT on Fox.

EMPIRE Teasers: Tour Troubles and Childhood Truths

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The Lyon family is back in charge of Empire after the deaths of Mimi and Camilla, but the tensions within the family keep simmering, even as Cookie’s birthday approaches. Here’s what to expect from this week’s episode:

The Aftermath. We open with a memorial service for Mimi and Camilla and Hakeem seems to be the only person who is genuinely sad about Camilla’s death. He also announces they’re going to continue the Anthony & Cleopatra line with Rhonda Lyon as the new creative director. Meanwhile, Lucious insists that he’s just going to focus on filming his new video while Hakeem remains as CEO, but both Hakeem and Jamal don’t trust their father to lay low. AndCookie just wants the family to gather for her birthday dinner, but that may be more difficult than she suspected.

Telling His Truth. Lucious heads back to his old neighborhood with Cookie to help plan his video and he shows her the spot where he transformed himself as a child. Cookie wants him to put his whole truth into the video, but Lucious shows rare moments of vulnerability as he has to relive some childhood memories via the actors representing young Lucious and his mother. The situation is also causing Cookie to see him in a new light and Jamal is concerned his mother may be falling for Lucious again.

Not Playing Nice. Menage a Trois has joined Tiana on tour, but it’s clear there’s already problems between the women. Menage keeps going over their time and cutting into Tiana’s set and she’s furious. Becky gets Hakeem to intervene after the conflict gets leaked online and he manages to negotiate a compromise between the women. He also meets Laura’s parents and realizes how different his father is from other fathers. Expect Hakeem to make a big decision at the end of the epsiode.

Switching Sides? Hakeem and Jamal also set out to find Freda and ask her to record a song with Jamal, but she’s fiercely loyal to Lucious. They try to convince her that Lucious acting like a replacement father isn’t actually a good thing, but she stands firm. Of course, Lucious isn’t always the best in keeping people on his side, so it’s possible he could anger Freda in some way.

Family History. We’ll be coming full circle on how Lucious’ mother’s behavior reflects on the family today as Andre learns some Lyon family history. And it’s all going to lead to an ending with Rhonda that will have you biting your nails for what comes next.

Don’t miss an all new episode of EMPIRE tonight (April 13) at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT on Fox.