EMPIRE Season 3 Preview: Mariah Carey Guest Stars and the Lyons Continue to Soldier On

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Singing superstar Mariah Carey is making an appearance in an early October episode of EMPIRE and Fox has released an extended preview for season 3 that features Ms. Carey. She’s guest starring as Kitty, a singer who will be recording a duet with Jamal.

Elsewhere in the preview, we don’t yet know who might have been injured or died after last season’s big cliffhanger (which may have involved Anika and Rhonda going off a balcony), but the Lyon family looks like it’s still going strong and focusing more on external threats than internal bickering (at least for now).

The preview also features the return of return of Shyne (played by Xzibit, who is now a series regular) and Tariq (Morocco Omari), Lucious’ newly-discovered half-brother.

EMPIRE returns for an all new season on Wednesday, September 21 at 9/8c on Fox.

DVD Release Dates: Network and Cable Shows

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While some have already been released, box sets for fall/winter TV shows really start coming out on August and throughout early fall, so we’ve put together a handy list of all network and cable show DVD/Blu-ray release dates for you below. All dates listed below have been confirmed by the studio or are currently listed on Amazon. If anything changes or new dates are released, we’ll adjust accordingly. We’ve also included handy links for you to pre-order or order (in case the DVD has already been released) the box sets.

*Note, the dates below are US release dates and may not be the same in other countries*

ABC

CASTLE Season 8: August 23 (DVD)
THE CATCH Season 1: September 27 (DVD)
GREY’S ANATOMY Season 12: August 30 (DVD)
HOW TO GET AWAY WITH MURDER Season 2: June 21 (DVD)
MODERN FAMILY Season 7: September 20 (DVD)
ONCE UPON A TIME Season 5: August 16 (DVD and Blu-ray)
QUANTICO Season 1: September 13 (DVD)
SCANDAL Season 5: August 23 (DVD)

CBS

2 BROKE GIRLS Season 5: September 20 (DVD)
THE BIG BANG THEORY Season 9: September 13 – unconfirmed (DVD and Blu-ray)
BLUE BLOODS Season 6: September 20 – unconfirmed (DVD)
CODE BLACK Season 1: August 9 (DVD)
CRIMINAL MINDS Season 11: August 30 (DVD)
CSI: CYBER Season 2: August 30 (DVD)
ELEMENTARY Season 4: August 23 (DVD)
HAWAII FIVE-0 Season 6: September 13 (DVD)
LIMITLESS Season 1: September 6 (DVD)
MADAM SECRETARY Season 2: September 13 (DVD)
MIKE & MOLLY Season 6: October 11 (DVD)
MOM Season 3: August 30 (DVD)
NCIS Season 13: August 23 (DVD)
NCIS: LOS ANGELES Season 7: August 30 (DVD)
NCIS: NEW ORLEANS Season 2: August 9 (DVD)
PERSON OF INTEREST Season 5: July 19 (DVD and Blu-ray)
SCORPION Season 2: September 13 (DVD)

Fox

BROOKLYN NINE-NINE Season 3: August 23 (DVD)
EMPIRE Season 2: September 13 (DVD)
GOTHAM Season 2: August 16 (DVD and Blu-ray)
LUCIFER Season 1: August 23 (DVD and Blu-ray)
THE X-FILES Season 10: June 14 (DVD and Blu-ray)

NBC

THE BLACKLIST Season 3: August 2 (DVD and Blu-ray)
BLINDSPOT Season 1: August 2 (DVD and Blu-ray)
CHICAGO Fire Season 4: August 30 (DVD)
CHICAGO Med Season 1: August 30 (DVD)
CHICAGO P.D. Season 3: September 13 (DVD)
GRIMM Season 5: September 27 (DVD and Blu-ray)
HANNIBAL The Complete Series: October 11 (DVD)
HEROES REBORN Event Series: April 12 (DVD and Blu-ray)
LAW & ORDER: SVU Season 17: September 13 (DVD)
SHADES OF BLUE Season 1: May 18 (DVD)
SUPERSTORE Season 1: August 23 (DVD)

The CW

THE 100 Season 3: July 9 (DVD and Blu-ray)
ARROW Season 4: August 30 (DVD and Blu-ray)
DC’s LEGENDS OF TOMORROW Season 1: August 23 (DVD and Blu-ray)
THE FLASH Season 2: September 6 (DVD and Blu-ray)
iZOMBIE Season 2: July 12 (DVD and Blu-ray)
THE ORIGINALS Season 3: September 20 (DVD)
REIGN Season 3: September 27 (DVD)
SUPERGIRL Season 1: August 9 (DVD and Blu-ray)
SUPERNATURAL Season 11: September 6 (DVD and Blu-ray)
THE VAMPIRE DIARIES Season 7: August 16 (DVD and Blu-ray)

Cable and Streaming Shows

THE AFFAIR Season 2: August 16 (DVD)
AMERICAN HORROR STORY: Hotel: October 4 (DVD and Blu-ray)
ARCHER Season 7: January 10, 2017 (DVD and Blu-ray)
ASH VS EVIL DEAD Season 1: August 23 (DVD)
BATES MOTEL Season 4: October 18 (DVD and Blu-ray)
BITTEN Final Season: July 19 (DVD)
FEED THE BEAST Season 1: October 11 (DVD and Blu-ray)
GAME OF THRONES Season 6: November 15 (DVD and Blu-ray)
THE GIRLFRIEND EXPERIENCE Season 1: August 2 (DVD and Blu-ray)
GUILT Season 1: October 18 (DVD)
HALT AND CATCH FIRE Season 2: August 9 (DVD and Blu-ray)
HOUSE OF CARDS Season 4: July 5 (DVD and Blu-ray)
KEY & PEELE Complete Series: August 2 (DVD)
THE KNICK Season 2: August 2 (DVD and Blu-ray)
LONGMIRE Season 4: September 13 (DVD and Blu-ray)
THE MAGICIANS Season 1: July 19 (DVD and Blu-ray)
NARCOS Season 1: August 23 (DVD and Blu-ray)
THE NIGHT MANAGER Complete Series: August 30 (DVD and Blu-ray)
ORPHAN BLACK Season 4: July 19 (DVD and Blu-ray)
PENNY DREADFUL Season 3: October 4 (DVD and Blu-ray)
THE PEOPLE VS OJ SIMPSON: September 6 (DVD and Blu-ray)
PORTLANDIA Season 6: October 11 (DVD)
ROOTS Miniseries: August 23 (DVD and Blu-ray)
ROYAL PAINS Season 8: July 19 (DVD)
SEX&DRUGS&ROCK&ROLL Season 1: June 14 (DVD)
THE STRAIN Season 2: August 23 (DVD and Blu-ray)
TEEN WOLF Season 5, Part 2: October 18 (DVD)
VIKINGS Season 4, Part 1: October 4 (DVD and Blu-ray)
VINYL Season 1: June 7 (DVD and Blu-ray)
THE WALKING DEAD Season 6: August 23 (DVD and Blu-ray)
YOU’RE THE WORST Season 2: August 30 (DVD)

PRISON BREAK Preview: Their Biggest Escape Yet

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PRISON BREAK will be back in 2017 as a limited series, but thanks to a new preview from Fox we’re getting hints at exactly what’s going on when the show returns.

First, Michael — who everyone thought was dead — is actually alive. And he’s trapped in a prison in Yemen after being accused of supporting ISIL. Lincoln and Sarah are made aware of this and Linc immediately heads to Yemen with C-Note to find out if the man in the photo is really his brother. Once he confirms that Michael is, indeed, alive he sets out to break his brother out of prison…and out of Yemen. “Breaking out of prison is just the beginning,” star Wentworth Miller says. “They have to break out of the country itself.”

All of your PRISON BREAK favs are returning for the new season and the preview below gives us our first look at Sucre, who was absent from the original preview Fox had released. And it looks like nothing has changed, because Sucre is still eager to help his buddy Michael out of a jam.

Dominic Purcell promises this to be their biggest prison break yet! And if they have a whole country to escape, that sounds about right.

Fox Releases New Trailers and Teasers for LUCIFER Season 2 and GOTHAM Season 3

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Fox made several announcements for its returning shows yesterday during the network’s TCA presentation and unveiled previews for several new shows. But now the attention turns back to two dramas: LUCIFER and GOTHAM.

Thanks to the network, we now have spoilers for both shows, as well as a dual preview with scenes from the upcoming seasons.

For LUCIFER, the big news is that Luci and Amenadiel’s mother has escaped Hell and the brothers will be teaming up to find her and make sure she doesn’t cause any trouble on earth. We’re also going to be introduced to a new LAPD officer, Ella Lopez. It was also announced that Michael Imperioli will be making a guest appearance as another angelic brother.

At the end of Season One, Chloe watched Lucifer die, only to come back to life, causing more confusion over who he really is. Meanwhile, her estranged husband, Dan (Kevin Alejandro), who is also an LAPD detective, came clean about his involvement in a corrupt case – jeopardizing not only his job, but also their relationship.

In Season Two, Lucifer and his brother, Amenadiel (DB Woodside), who have been sparring over Lucifer’s resistance to returning to the underworld, will now be brought back together for one common goal – to find their mother, Charlotte (Tricia Helfer), who escaped Hell. After all, Lucifer doesn’t take after his dad, so the parent he does resemble is sure to be quite terrifying. Lucifer’s work with the LAPD also is upended when the police force hires Ella Lopez (Aimee Garcia), a smart, tough forensic scientist whose mutual belief in both faith and science proves a point of interest to Lucifer.

With mom on the loose, Dr. Linda Martin (Rachael Harris), who has become not only a therapist, but also a confidante to Lucifer, will surely have a lot of advice to dole out. And, by the time she’s done with them, she may need a therapist of her own.

Meanwhile, GOTHAM will be introducing more Super-Villains and revealing more about the Court of The Owels.

The origin story continues on Season Three of GOTHAM, and the stakes are higher than ever, as Super-Villains more ambitious and depraved are introduced, and a realignment of alliances shakes up the fight for power in Gotham City.

Season Three will peel back the curtain on the infamous criminal organization known as the Court of The Owls. With the Indian Hill escapees on the loose, Jim Gordon (Ben McKenzie) must take matters into his own hands as a bounty hunter in Gotham. He makes it his mission to find Hugo Strange (guest star BD Wong), the mastermind behind the horrifying Indian Hill experiments, and Fish Mooney (guest star Jada Pinkett Smith), one of Strange’s subjects. Meanwhile, GCPD Detective Harvey Bullock (Donal Logue) and Captain Nathaniel Barnes (Michael Chiklis) remain at the forefront of the fight against crime in the monster-ridden city. Also, Bruce Wayne (David Mazouz), with the help of his trusted butler and mentor, Alfred Pennyworth (Sean Pertwee), and former Wayne Enterprises employee, Lucius Fox (Chris Chalk), discovers there are still more secrets to uncover regarding his parents’ murders.

As the city sinks deeper into chaos, GOTHAM will continue to follow the evolving stories of the city’s most malevolent villains: The Penguin (Robin Lord Taylor); Edward Nygma/the future Riddler (Cory Michael Smith); Selina Kyle/the future Catwoman Camren Bicondova); Barbara Kean (Erin Richards), Tabitha Galavan/Tigree (Jessica Lucas) and Butch Gilzean (Drew Powell). The series also will catch up with the future Poison Ivy (Maggie Geha), who, after an encounter with a monster from Indian Hill, finds herself reborn as a young woman who’s harnessed the full power of her charms; and will dive into the origin stories of Jervis Tetch/Mad Hatter (Benedict Samuel), a talented hypnotist teetering on the edge of madness; and the Tweed Brothers.

GOTHAM and LUCIFER return for all new seasons on Monday, September 19 at 8:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m. ET/PT.

Fox Releases New Trailers for LETHAL WEAPON, PITCH and ROCKY HORROR

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Fox’s appearance at the TCA press tour brought several announcements (including the appearance of Mariah Carey in EMPIRE) as well as new trailers for several freshmen shows.

Fox had a hit on its hands with GREASE LIVE! but this time the network is going with a pre-recorded version of the cult classic THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW. The two-hour event is a reimagining of the original film, this time starring Laverne Cox in the role originally played by Tim Curry (who will be making an appearance). Ryan Mccarran, Victoria Justice, Staz Nair, Christina Milian and Adam Lambert will also appear. The special will air on October 20 on Fox.

In PITCH, Ginny Baker is the first woman to play for Major League Baseball. When she’s called up by the San Diego Padres, Ginny must prove herself to her teammates, including the team’s star catcher Mike Lawson. PITCH premieres on Thursday, September 22 at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT.

LETHAL WEAPON is also a remake of an older film — or, rather, a series of films. Damon Wayans stars as Detective Roger Murtaugh, while Clayne Crawford stars as Detective Martin Riggs. This unlikely pair clash after their captain puts them together. But can Murtaugh (just recovering from a near-fatal heart attack) help show Riggs (suffering the loss of his wife and unborn child) the value of living? LETHAL WEAPON premieres on Wednesday, September 21 at 8:00 p.m. ET/PT.

Fox at TCA: Mariah Carey on EMPIRE, a One-Hour SIMPSONS and a Comedy Crossover

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There were several big announcements coming out of Fox’s TCA presentation today.

First was the (almost inevitable) guest star appearance of Mariah Carey on season 3 of EMPIRE. Carey will play Kitty, “a mega-superstar who comes to Empire to collaborate with Jamal Lyon (Jussie Smollett) on an explosive new song. When the duet encounters obstacles, Kitty helps Jamal dig deep to overcome personal difficulties and reach a musical breakthrough”. Carey’s appearance airs Wednesday, October 5. Season 3 of the show premieres Wednesday, September 21 at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT on Fox. Additional guest stars this season include Taye Diggs, Sierra McClain, rapper French Montana and music mogul Birdman, who plays himself.

Fox also announced that THE SIMPSONS will be airing its first ever one-hour episode in January 2017. In the one-hour ‘The Great Phatsby,’ featuring Emmy Award nominee Taraji P. Henson (EMPIRE) as a guest voice, “Mr. Burns (Harry Shearer) tries to relive his glory days, and crosses paths with a mysterious music mogul. After being conned by him and reduced to bankruptcy, Mr. Burns seeks revenge on the music producer with the help of Homer, Bart, rapper Jazzy James (guest voice Keegan-Michael Key) and the mogul’s ex-wife, Praline (guest voice Henson). Also in the episode, Lisa (Yeardley Smith) is courted by the richest kid in town, Smithers (Shearer) begins a perilous journey and Marge (Julie Kavner) opens an obscure boutique store.”

THE SIMPSONS returns for its 28th season on Sunday, September 25 at 8:00 p.m. ET/PT. In the episode, titled “Monty Burns’ Fleeing Circus,” Springfield is burned to the ground and the Simpsons beg Mr. Burns (Shearer) to fund its rebuilding. Burns agrees – with one condition: he gets to put on a variety show at the Springfield Bowl.

Fox has also decided to do a special preview of the new comedy SON OF ZORN on Sunday, September 11 at 8:00 p.m. ET/PT following the season’s first NFL doubleheader. The series will then premiere in its regular time period with an all-new episode Sunday, September 25 at 8:30 p.m. ET/PT.

Finally, the network also announced that there will be a crossover between BROOKLYN NINE-NINE and NEW GIRL this coming season. Characters from both shows will meet in back-to-back episodes on Tuesday, October 11 beginning at 8:00 p.m. ET/PT on Fox. Additional details about the crossover will be announced.

Season 4 of BROOKLYN NINE-NINE and Season 6 of NEW GIRL premiere on Tuesday, September 20 beginning at 8:00 p.m. ET/PT on Fox. In the season premiere of BROOKLYN NINE-NINE, Jake (Andy Samberg) and Holt (Emmy Award nominee Andre Braugher) remain in Florida under the Witness Protection Program, with only one human link to their regular lives – U.S. Marshall Karen Haas (guest star Maya Rudolph). Then, on NEW GIRL. Jess (Zooey Deschanel) faces Nick (Jake Johnson) for the first time after realizing she has feelings for him, while Schmidt (Max Greenfield) and Cece (Hannah Simone) begin a frustrating hunt for their first house.

PRISON BREAK Sneak Peek: Michael Hatches a Plan

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How many prisons can Michael Schofield break out of? According to a sneak peek from the Fox PRISON BREAK revival: at least one more.

When we last saw the PRISON BREAK gang, they had all (with the exception of T-Bag) been pardoned and were living unassuming lives. Michael had passed away and Sara was raising their son. But it turns out that Michael isn’t dead after all. When T-Bag delivers this news to Lincoln, he and C-Note travel overseas to confirm that Michael is alive and figure out a way to get him out of prison.

But Michael is already hatching a plan of his own inside the foreign prison and it involves a stick of gum from a fellow inmate.

Watch a sneak peek below from the new PRISON BREAK, which premieres in the spring of 2017.

LUCIFER Preview: First Look at Season 2

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Mommy Dearest is going to be a big part of season 2 of LUCIFER. During the show’s Comic-Con panel today, the cast and producers revealed a preview for the upcoming season.

A sizzle reel from season 1 kicks off the video preview blow, but around 1:30 scenes from season 2 debut and it involves Amenadiel bleeding, lawyers, a hostage situation and discussion of “Mom”. Tricia Helfer will be playing Mom this coming season.

Season 2 of LUCIFER premieres on Monday, September 19 at 9/8c on Fox.

SON OF ZORN at Comic-Con: Fox Releases New Preview

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Zorn is the Defender of Zephyria, Conqueror of the tribes of Agon and decapitator of the dark herdsmen of Grith. But all of those wars and battles are nothing compared to his biggest challenge: suburbia.

Zorn may be animated, but he returns to the real world in the upcoming new Fox comedy series, reuniting with his ex-wife and his son in an attempt to repair his relationship with both of them. Neither of them seem that happy to see him, but he’s determined to have them become a family again. To do that, he’s getting a regular job as an industrial soap salesman and adjusting to the mundane after a life of extraordinary adventures. In anticipation of the show’s appearance at Comic-Con, Fox has released a new promo.

SON OF ZORN premieres on Sunday, September 25 at 8:30/7:30c on FOX.

BONES Comic-Con Panel: The Stars and Producers Tease the Final Season

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BONES stars Emily Deschanel (Dr. Temperance Brennan), David Boreanaz (FBI Special Agent Seeley Booth), TJ Thyne (Dr. Jack Hodgins), Michaela Conlin (Angela Montenegro), Tamara Taylor (Dr. Camille Saroyan) and John Boyd (FBI Agent James Aubrey) — as well as executive producers Jonathan Collier and Michael Peterson — took to the stage at San Diego Comic-Con for the last time to tease season 12 (a.k.a. the final season).

Thursday’s season finale revealed that Zack seemed to be involved in the Puppeteer serial killer storyline. Was he the killer or is he involved in another way? The season 12 premiere will serve as a continuation of the last season finale. The good news is that Michael confirmed that everyone in attendance at the panel would not die. But the bad news is that he said two other characters we’ve seen in the past will die in the final season.

Other highlights from the panel include:

  • When asked about Brennan turning to psychology in the season finale, the producers said that was all about life and death. She won’t be softening her general attitude towards psychology going forward.
  • “You asked for it and we brought him back,” Michael said about Zack Addy. “We’re going to try to bring him back for three to four more episodes” because there is still a story to be told about him.
  • There’s more to come for Cam and Arastoo. “I thought the writers were going to cheat me out of a wedding, but it sounds like they are going to [go through with it],” Tamara teased.
  • TJ is feeling pretty confident about Hodgins and Angela’s future, despite the turmoil after Hodgins was paralyzed. “I think Jack and Angela will always make it,” TJ said.
  • Another undercover episode is coming! “It’s a world we’ve never been in [but it’s one] that I think only Booth and Bones can do justice to,” the producers said about a special season 12 episode.
  • How do they want the show to end? “Hopefully not in death,” Emily said. She wants a bit of happiness in the end for the characters and for Brennan to continue growing.
  • A lot is going to happen to the characters at a “faster pace” in the final season, the producers teased. There’s only 12 more episodes left, so expect the story to play out at an accelerated pace.
  • As a final tidbit for BONES fans, the producers that in episode 11 of season 12, you will find out what the long-appearing ’447′ means in the show.

BONES will return at mid-season (in early 2017) for the final season on Fox.