Fox Renews STAR for a Second Season

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The news of Fox’s renewals is building, with the announcements that THE MICK and LETHAL WEAPON have both gotten second season orders. This afternoon the network also announced that STAR has been renewed for season 2.

“Lee Daniels is a true visionary and he and Tom Donaghy have delivered a series with a unique and meaningful point of view,” said David Madden, President, Entertainment, Fox Broadcasting Company. “Our incredible cast, led by Queen Latifah and Benjamin Bratt, instantly infused their characters with tremendous depth and passion, and the show has proved to be both powerful and really entertaining. We are thrilled that this STAR will continue to shine for a second season.”

STAR airs Wednesdays at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT on Fox. The season 1 finale is set to air on March 15.

Fox Renews LETHAL WEAPON For Season 2

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Yesterday Fox announced that it had renewed the freshman comedy series THE MICK for a second season. Today the network had renewed the freshman drama series LETHAL WEAPON for season 2.

“LETHAL WEAPON continues to fire on all cylinders,” said David Madden, President, Entertainment, Fox Broadcasting Company. “Every week, it delivers a big, fun rollercoaster ride, but also remains touchingly human and genuinely emotional, and that’s due to the chemistry that’s developed not only between Damon Wayans and Clayne Crawford, but the entire cast. We want to thank our producing partners, Warner Bros., as well as Matt Miller,McG, Dan Lin and Jennifer Gwartz, who have done a fantastic job in crafting a series for which a second-season order is well deserved.”

LETHAL WEAPON airs on Wednesdays at 8:00 p.m. ET/PT on Fox.

EMPIRE: Demi Moore Joins Cast in a Recurring Role

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Demi Moore is coming to EMPIRE. Today Fox announced that Moore will guest star in a multi-episode arc beginning this spring. “Moore will make her debut in the Season Three finale, playing a take-charge nurse with a mysterious past, who will become ever more treacherously entangled with the Lyon family in Season Four.”

Moore joins previously announced actors and musicians who will appear on EMPIRE this spring, including Eva Longoria, Taye Diggs, Phylicia Rashad, Nia Long and Moore’s daughter, Rumer Willis.

EMPIRE will return from its winter hiatus on Wednesday, March 22 at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT on Fox.

SWITCHED AT BIRTH Sneak Peek: Regina Makes a Big Decision and Toby Returns Home

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Regina is going to take a big step forward in her relationship with Luca in this week’s SWITCHED AT BIRTH. In the clip below she decides to tell the rest of the family about their relationship. But instead of springing it on them, she wants them to get to know Luca first so they won’t freak out about her dating a much younger man. Again, however, we’re reminded how much Luca actually has in common with Daphnie — will that impact Regina’s decision to tell the truth?

Meanwhile, Toby has been absent on this season thus far, but all of that changes when he and Lily return to the U.S. along with their baby. They make the announcement that they want to get married in the Kennish backyard, but a big fight before the wedding could lead to them breaking up.

MAKING HISTORY Preview: The British Came…And Stayed

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Dan changes the past for the worst on MAKING HISTORY. The new Fox comedy series created by Phil Lord and Christopher Miller (the brains behind 21 JUMP STREET and THE LEGO MOVIE) centers around our unlikely hero, a facilities manager at a Massachusetts college. After discovering time travel, he keeps heading back to the 1700s to spend time with Deborah Revere (the daughter of Paul Revere). In the present Dan is a loser, but in the past he’s fun and cool and has a hot girlfriend.

Unfortunately, Dan’s presence in the 1700s is messing up history. Specifically, the existence of Deborah’s boyfriend causes her father, Paul, to delay his famous ride, which seems to have changed the outcome of the American Revolution.

Once Dan realizes he screwed up, he recruits Chris, a popular history professor at his work, to head back into the past and help him set the American Revolution back on track. The two men team up with Deborah to save America as we know it.

MAKING HISTORY premieres on Sunday, March 5 at 8:30 p.m. ET/PT on Fox.

LUCIFER Renewed for Season 3 by Fox

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You can’t keep a good devil down. Today Fox officially announced a season 3 renewal for LUCIFER. The third season will consist of 22 episodes.

“LUCIFER is one of those rare shows that starts strong out of the gate, and just keeps getting better and better,” said David Madden, President, Entertainment, Fox Broadcasting Company. “Tom, Lauren and the entire cast have really made these characters three-dimensional, and the production team – Jerry, Len, Jonathan, Joe and Ildy – is one of the best in the business. We’d also like to thank our partners Warner Bros. for their commitment to this show and we look forward to seeing where this wildly innovative series takes us in Season Three.”

Meanwhile, LUCIFER is currently on hiatus until the spring return on Monday, May 1 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT). In that episode, Lucifer (Tom Ellis) has gone off the grid and cut off all contact from his family and the police department, following Chloe’s (Lauren German) near-death. But the murder of an up-and-coming guitarist causes him to resurface – with a new mystery woman. Meanwhile, Lucifer’s mom (Tricia Helfer) realizes she may have found a way to finally get them back to Heaven.

APB: Turning to Technology to Fight Crime

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Everyone knows that technology can be hugely beneficial in people’s lives, but how helpful can it be for the police? On APB, Gideon Reeves thinks that technology will be crucial to solving the problem plaguing police departments.

Think of Gideon as part Elon Musk-part Tony Stark (although less of a playboy). He’s a hugely succesful engineer and he’s not afraid to ruffle feathers to prove that his inventions are useful. One night he enters a convenience store and stumbles upon a robbery. He calls 9-1-1 and gets put on a hold, which shocks him. When his best friend, Sully, interrupts the robber he gets shot and killed for his troubles and the police, of course, arrive too late to save him.

His friend’s death and the complete lack of progress in relation to his murder prompts Gideon to appear before the mayor with a strange proposition: he’ll help fund a public pension short-fall and, in exchange, the mayor will turn over Chicago’s troubled 13th District to Gideon. Once in control, Gideon utilizes a new APB app and state-of-the-art technology to help the police solve crimes.

But not everyone is on board with Gideon’s technological revolution. An early shooting of a police officer leads to a lot of blow-back from the other cops and the mayor. Still, Gideon is convinced he can help the police and the citizens of Chicago if the cops will just give him a chance.

APB premieres tonight (February 6) at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT on Fox.

24: LEGACY: Meet the Characters

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Jack Bauer might be MIA, but 24: LEGACY is a fitting continuation to the original series. Six months after a group of Army Rangers kill a terrorist, Sheik Ibrahim Bin-Khalid, and some of his men, Bin-Khalid’s remaining followers come after the soldiers, who have since been placed in federal witness protection. As they are picked off one by one, solider Eric Carter realizes that he’s needed to save the day and ensure that these terrorists don’t threaten the homeland with another attack.

Meet the characters of 24: LEGACY below. The show premieres tonight (February 5) at approximately 10:30 p.m. ET/7:30 p.m. PT after the Super Bowl. 24: LEGACY then moves to its regular day and time on Monday, February 6 at 8:00 p.m. ET/PT on Fox.

Eric Carter. Eric is the new Jack Bauer. The former squad leader of the Army Ranger unit that killed Bin-Khalid, Eric is just trying to live a normal life with his wife in federal witness protection. But his wife starts to realize that Eric has been different since he returned from the war. He doesn’t have PTSD, he just seems to miss being in a war zone. So when Bin-Khalid’s followers come after Eric and Nicole, Eric relishes the opportunity to get back into the game.

Before Eric and Nicole get attacked, Eric gets a call from the only other living member of the squad: Ben Grimes. Ben is a drug user who was very messed up as a result of the war and believes that the U.S. owes him something more for his service. At first Eric is skeptical when Ben says they’re being followed (after all, Ben is an extremely paranoid junky) but when he realizes Ben is right he sets out to search for his friend and see if he can save him as well. Eric also reaches out to Rebecca Ingram — the former director of CTU who also helped mastermind the raid. Together, the pair have to try and stop Bin-Khalid’s people from orchestrating an attack in the U.S.

Rebecca Ingram. Rebecca is the highly-praised former director of CTU. When we first meet her in 24: LEGACY she’s receiving a congressional medal for the Bin-Khalid raid. Rebecca has spent her life in counter-terrorism, but she made a deal with her husband, John Donovan, to give up her life at CTU to help her husband with his presidential campaign. On the day of a major fundraiser for her husband’s campaign, she gets a call from Eric about her soldiers being killed and she’s immediately thrust back into the action. When Eric warns her that they can’t really trust anyone, she secretly signs in to the CTU network to help him find Ben. At the same time, she needs to deal with the possibility that the man she appointed as her successor — Keith Mullins — may not be as innocent as he seems.

Nicole Carter. Nicole doesn’t understand her husband after he returned from war. When they’re attacked by Bin-Khalid’s people, she’s sent to stay with Eric’s brother, a criminal and her former lover. But will someone expose her safe house and threaten her safety?

Senator John Donovan. John genuinely seems to love his wife, Rebecca, and he’s happy to let his wife live in the spotlight for her accomplishments. But this presidential campaign is his time, so when Rebecca blows off a fundraiser to take care of something at CTU, John starts to get agitated, insisting that nothing there is her problem anymore.

Andy Shalowitz. Andy is a computer expert at CTU and has a close working relationship with Rebecca. When Rebecca comes to him with word about what’s happening to the Rangers, he helps her get into the system and track Ben and Eric.

Keith Mullins. Keith is the new director for CTU, having been hand-picked by Rebecca herself. His personnel changes immediately makes Rebecca suspicious. But when Eric tells Rebecca that someone in the government may have given up the Rangers, Rebecca thinks that Keith may be working with the terrorists. Has he committed treason or is there another explanation?

24: LEGACY Preview: Introducing a New Threat and a New Hero

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You don’t need to have watched 24 to get into 24: LEGACY, although fans of the original will find the same fast-paced action in the new show.

This time around the producers wanted to “play off the idea of people who are here and have been radicalized”, making it a more contemporary threat. Eric Carter has returned from war after having led the squad that killed an infamous terrorist. But like many soldiers once they return stateside, Eric is having trouble adjusting to a life without war. And after the mission, all of the soldiers are living under new identities to protect them from retaliation by the terrorist’s followers.

When 24: LEGACY begins, the soliders have been found out and can’t hide any longer. As his squad is dying one-by-one, Eric realizes that he and his family are next. Rebecca Ingram, the former head of CTU, is called to help deal with the problem as she masterminded the original kill mission. Complicating matters, however, is the fact that Rebecca is the wife of a politican who is running for President.

24: LEGACY premieres on Sunday, February 5 after the Superbowl.

MAKING HISTORY Preview: Trying to Change the Past

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Dan Chambers is a bit of a loser. But when this facilities manager at a small Massachusetts college travels back to the past, he’s actually kind of cool. MAKING HISTORY takes viewers back to the 1700s, where Dan spends time with his girlfriend, Deborah Revere, the daughter of the infamous Paul Revere. Unfortunately, Dan’s actions in the past are directly responsible for preventing the start of the American Revolution.

Once Dan realizes what he’s done, he recruits history professor Chris to help him fix it. The pair travel back to the past together (where they meet some of the Founding Fathers) and try to set things right. Once it appears that they managed to get the American Revolution on track, the pair team up with Deborah to right a few other historical wrongs.

The cast includes Adam Pally as Dan, Leighton Meester as Deborah and Yassir Lester as Chris. Phil Lord (THE LAST MAN ON EARTH and THE LEGO MOVIE), Chris Miller, Julius “Goldy” Sharpe and Seth Cohen serve as executive producers.

MAKING HISTORY will premiere on Sunday, March 5 at 8:30 p.m. ET/PT on Fox.