Our Most Anticipated 2017-2018 New Shows

It’s a less less than a week after the end of Upfronts and summer is nearly upon us. Summer programming now involves more original content, but we’re really looking ahead to the new fall-winter season. New shows won’t be debuting for severan months, but there’s some anticipation brewing for the new TV offerings coming down the pipeline.

After viewing all of the trailers released during Upfronts, we’ve put together a list of the shows we’re most interested in seeing on our screens in the fall and winter.

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BLACK LIGHTNING (TV Addict staff who are interested: Brianna, Araceli, Luciana). The series stars Cress Williams as Jefferson Pierce, a former superhero who gave up his costume for the sake of his family. Years later, Jefferson realizes that his city needs his alter ego — Black Lightning. “From the first look, it felt like we’re seeing a superhero story from a different phase in the main vigilante’s life when he’s dealing with putting the suit back on and seeing that vigilantism runs in the family. It’s not an origin story in the usual superhero TV sense. I’m excited for this one,” Brianna said. “It fits into The CW’s superhero mold they’ve created for themselves, but at the same time it’s very different than anything they’ve done before with an older lead, crime fighting family and all African-American main cast,” Araceli explained.

BLACK LIGHTNING will air midseason on The CW.

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WILL & GRACE (TV Addict staff who are interested: Luciana, Rebecca, Shana and Clarissa). TV’s funniest quad is back! WILL & GRACE isn’t a new show, but it will finally be back on our screens after too many years off the air and we’re all excited about it. “I used to watch reruns of this show every day after school. My inner teenage self is overjoyed to see these characters again,” Luciana said happily.

WILL & GRACE will air Thursdays at 8:00 p.m. this fall on NBC.

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DYNASTY (TV Addict staff who are interested: Melissa and Clarissa).  This series will probably be our guilty pleasure, but will it take its place on the list of fun primetime soaps? We certainly hope so!  In the show we’re (re-)introduced to the Carrington family when the children of Blake Carrington return home to discover that their father is marrying a beautiful — and far younger — woman.  Cue the backstabbing, because there’s a lot of money and a company’s future at stake. “The CW is taking us back to the Carrington DYNASTY, and it looks like the lifestyles of the rich-and-self-absorbed have gotten more diverse,” Melissa said. “Mostly I will watch to see Alexis enter her first scene and see if she can wear a picture hat as well as Joan Collins. Not many people can pull that off. Since Collins has been reported to have based Alexis on Donald Trump, whose PR machine dubbed him the king-of-deals back in the ’80s, it will be interesting to see if this year’s model does the same.”

DYNASTY will air Wednesdays at 9:00 p.m. this fall on The CW.

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THE CROSSING (TV Addict staff who are interested: Luciana and Rebecca). ABC has been trying to recreate the mystery of LOST since that show went off the air, but can THE CROSSING do that? Some of us are hoping to find out. The show revolves around 47 people who wash up on a beach and claim they’re from a future where a war has broken out and they’re looking for asylum. The show “has elements of mystery, syfy, romance, intrigue, and of course, drama. I’m already dying to know the how and why behind the unexplained arrival of 47 travelers, washed up on the beach of this small town,” Rebecca said. “This feels very reminiscent of THE 4400, which was show I absolutely loved when I was younger,” Luciana explained. “Mystery, conspiracy theories, people traveling back in time to escape a horrible future… I am so in.”

THE CROSSING will air midseason on ABC.

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THE GIFTED (TV Addict staff who are interested: Araceli, Shana and Clarissa). “Put ‘Marvel’ and ‘mutant’ in the same sentence, and you already own me. (Bonus: Amy Acker.)”, Shana gushed. ” And as Araceli point out, “unlike LEGION on FX, The GIFTED may be more like what audiences expect from an X-Men series.” The show revolves around the Strucker family, whose lives drastically change when parents Reed and Caitlin learn that their children have mutant powers, forcing the family on the run in order to protect teens Lauren and Andy.

THE GIFTED will air Mondays at 9:00 p.m. this fall on Fox.

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LIFE SENTENCE: First Look at the CW’s New Lucy Hale Comedy Series

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LIFE SENTENCE follows Stella (Lucy Hale), a girl who has spent the last eight years living like she was dying (because she was). To deal with her impending death, Stella traveled the world, faced her darkest fears and found true love on a whirlwind trip to Paris. But when Stella finds out that her cancer has been cured, she is suddenly forced to face the long-term consequences of the “live in the moment” decisions she made, including marrying a total stranger.

And if that’s not enough, she also finds out that her “perfect family” isn’t so perfect after all. Turns out, because she was dying, everyone in her life hid their problems from her. But, now that she’s well, all bets are off. Stella is shocked to learn that her parents, Peter (Dylan Walsh) and Ida (Gillian Vigman), have fallen out of love, partly because Peter spent their retirement helping Stella make the most of her final days, and partly because Ida has fallen in love with her best friend (Stella’s godmother), Poppy. Also, it turns out Stella may be responsible for the fact that her sister, Elizabeth (Brooke Lyons), gave up her own dreams to take care of Stella and start a family with her husband Diego (Carlos PenaVega), just to give her parents something positive to focus on. Then there’s Stella’s often overlooked brother, Aiden (Jayson Blair), who’s pushing 30 and still lives above the garage, sells Adderall to soccer moms and uses Stella’s cancer to guilt them into sleeping with him.

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And, of course, there’s her husband Wes (Elliot Knight), a handsome Londoner who she agreed to spend the rest of her life with, thinking that would only be six to eight months, tops. Now that their forever just got a whole lot longer than they were expecting, Wes begins to worry that he can’t continue to pretend to be her perfect husband for the rest of his life. With a real future suddenly in front of her, Stella’s cinematic life snaps into reality, and instead of living like she’s dying, she will have to learn to live like she’s living, and help her family and friends do the same.

LIFE SENTENCE will air midseason on The CW (see The CW’s full fall 2017 schedule).

BLACK LIGHTNING: First Look at The CW’s New DC Superhero Show

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BLACK LIGHTNING is coming to The CW. It will mark the fifth DC superhero show on the network’s schedule, although it will not be part of the ARROW-verse (and, hence, not part of the annual crossover).

In the show, Jefferson Pierce (Cress Williams) is a man with a secret. As the father of two daughters and principal of a charter high school that also serves as a safe haven for young people in a New Orleans neighborhood overrun by gang violence, he is a hero to his community.

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Nine years ago, Pierce was a hero of a different sort. Gifted with the superhuman power to harness and control electricity, he used those powers to keep his hometown streets safe as the masked vigilante Black Lightning. However, after too many nights with his life on the line, and seeing the effects of the damage and loss that his alter ego was inflicting on his family, he left his Super Hero days behind and settled into being a principal and a dad. Choosing to help his city without using his superpowers, he watched his daughters Anissa (Nafessa Williams) and Jennifer (China Anne McClain) grow into strong young women, even though his marriage to their mother, Lynn (Christine Adams), suffered. Almost a decade later, Pierce’s crime-fighting days are long behind him…or so he thought.

But with crime and corruption spreading like wildfire, and those he cares about in the crosshairs of the menacing local gang The One Hundred, Black Lightning returns — to save not only his family, but also the soul of his community.

Greg Berlanti (ARROW, THE FLASH), Salim Akil & Mara Brock Akil (BEING MARY JANE), and Sarah Schechter (ARROW, THE FLASH) will serve as executive producers.

BLACK LIGHTNING will air midseason on The CW (see The CW’s full fall 2017 schedule).

VALOR: First Look at The CW’s New Military Drama Series

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VALOR revolves around an elite unit of U.S. Army helicopter pilots called the Shadow Raiders. The group is sent on a top secret mission to Somalia, but it goes terribly awry. Only two members of the team return safely: Warrant Officer Nora Madani (Christina Ochoa) — one of the unit’s first female helicopter pilots. — and her commanding officer, Captain Leland Gallo (Matt Barr). Unfortunately, the whereabouts of their comrade Jimmy Kam (W. Tre Davis) is unknown.

Now back in the U.S., Madani and Gallo are the only ones who know the truth about what really went wrong in Somalia. Nora’s boyfriend, First Lieutenant Ian Porter (Charlie Barnett), suspects she’s not telling him the full story, and Jess Kam (Corbin Reid), Jimmy’s wife and Nora’s friend, is frustrated and furious at being kept in the dark. Meanwhile Thea, (Melissa Roxburgh) the CIA officer charged with investigating the failed mission, has her own suspicions about what occurred.

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Nora, meanwhile, is grounded from flying while she’s still recovering from a gunshot wound suffered during the mission. But when it’s discovered that Jimmy is alive and being held captive by a group of ruthless terrorists, Nora is determined to join Gallo to rescue their friend.

Bill Haber (RIZZOLI & ISLES), Anna Fricke (BEING HUMAN), Kyle Jarrow (LOST GENERATION) and Michael Robin (NIP/TUCK) will serve as executive producers.

VALOR will air Mondays at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT this fall on The CW (see The CW’s full fall 2017 schedule).

DYNASTY: First Look at The CW’s Rebooted Primetime Soap Opera

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DYNASTY is returning for a new generation on The CW this fall. The show introduces us to Fallon Carrington (Elizabeth Gillies) – a charismatic, cunning woman who is poised to become the new COO of her father’s global energy empire – or so she thinks. Her father, Blake Carrington, (Grant Show) summons Fallon and her brother, Steven, (James Mackay) home to the family compound in Atlanta for what Fallon believes is the announcement of her promotion. But she’s actually horrified to learn that the reunion is actually to make the acquaintance of their stepmother-to-be, Cristal (Nathalie Kelley). Cristal is beaitufl – and almost as young as Fallon, as Fallon is quick to point out – but she isn’t just some flimsy gold-digger to be scared off. Cristal is driven, principled, a savvy publicity maven at Carrington Atlantic, and she truly loves Blake.

But despite her strength, the Carringtons’ world proves challenging to Cristal. As she clashes with the staff, including Blake’s butler Anders (Alan Dale), as well as Fallon, they all make it very clear Cristal doesn’t belong. Hoping to take down Cristal, Fallon asks Culhane (Robert Christopher Riley), the family’s chauffeur (and Fallon’s secret lover) to help expose her as a fraud. But when that backfires — and Blake chooses Cristal over his own daughter — Fallon sidles up to Blake’s biggest rival, Jeff Colby (Sam Adegoke), mixing business and pleasure to seek her revenge.

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Cristal’s world is, however, turned slightly upside down when her nephew, Sammy Jo (Rafael de la Fuente), arrives with a suitcase full of secrets from Cristal’s past. Now Cristal’s carefully concealed history could bring her future crashing down.

Josh Schwartz (GOSSIP GIRL), Stephanie Savage (GOSSIP GIRL), Sallie Patrick (REVENGE), Esther and Richard Shapiro (the creators of the original DYNASTY) and Brad Silberling (JANE THE VIRGIN) will serve as executive producers.

DYNASTY will air Wednesdays at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT this fall on The CW (see The CW’s full fall 2017 schedule).

SUPERNATURAL Will Do an Animated SCOOBY DOO Episode in Season 13

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SUPERNATURAL is getting….animated?

Today at The CW’s Upfront presentation, SUPERNATURAL stars Jared Padalecki and Jensen Ackles went on stage to announce that the show would be doing a SCOOBY DOO episode — complete with animated Sam and Dean Winchester (see photo below). No further details are known at this time, but we’re sure more news will come out of Comic-Con this summer.

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SUPERNATURAL will air this fall on Thursdays at 8:00 p.m. ET/PT on The CW (see The CW’s full fall 2017 schedule).

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Photo courtesy of Michael Schneider (@franklinavenue)

CRAZY EX-GIRLFRIEND Season 3 Teasers: A Runaway Groom and a New Man

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CRAZY EX-GIRLFRIEND almost ended with Josh and Rebecca’s wedding….until Josh pulled a “runaway groom” and headed off to join the priesthood, leaving Rebecca at the altar.

Now, thanks to The CW, we have a few details about season 3 coming out of the network’s announcement of their fall 2017 schedule:

“When last we left our intrepid and at least slightly nutty heroine, Rebecca Bunch (Rachel Bloom), she was at her wedding, abandoned at the altar by her obsession, Josh Chan (Vincent Rodriguez III). In that moment, Rebecca found herself in a cliffhanger. Literally, because she, like, almost flung herself off a cliff. Instead, she found an unexpected well of strength inside herself and finally stood up to her abandoning father, flanked by her fierce girl squad. Phew. It was QUITE the wedding. So, what’s a girl to do now? Why, get revenge of course. Because Josh Chan, love of her life? He’s crossed over to the dark side — ergo, he must die, unless of course he sees the error of his ways and realizes he and Rebecca are meant to be. But will he? It might be a bit tough to figure out, since he ran off the day of the wedding to be a priest. (Did we mention it was QUITE the wedding?) There’s also the matter of Rebecca’s friends and how far they will follow her attraction now that it’s turned possibly just a touch fatal. Paula (Donna Lynne Champlin), now in training to be a legal eagle, has to decide how far to walk the gangplank for her cookie, Rebecca.”

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“Meanwhile, Valencia (Gabrielle Ruiz) and Heather (Vella Lovell) will be facing giant obstacles and challenges in their personal lives. Hey, it’s not like anyone in West Covina ever gets to just be happy. In season three, we will also spend more time with a new man in Rebecca’s orbit, mega WASP Nathaniel Plimpton III (Scott Michael Foster), who will collide with her like a very handsome meteor. He may seem all alpha on the outside, but has his own daddy issues to work out. See above, no one in the Cov gets to just be happy right away.”

“In OTHER WeCo news, supercouple White Josh (David Hull) and Darryl (Pete Gardner) will be challenged by Darryl’s baby fever. Will Darryl give up his yen for a baby Darryl or Darrylette? And how will Rebecca be entangled in their plans? And what about Rebecca’s mental health? Will she finally turn her attention to the fuel for her romantic fire? This and more, accompanied by a bejillion songs and dances, coming up next on season three of CRAZY EX-GIRLFRIEND.”

CRAZY EX-GIRLFRIEND will air Fridays at 8:00 p.m. ET/PT on The CW this fall.

The CW Upfronts: Mark Pedowitz on the Return of DYNASTY, DC Crossovers, the JANE THE VIRGIN Move and More

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After announcing the network’s new fall 2017 schedule, CW President Mark Pedowitz spoke to reporters about the new shows, scheduling changes and more.

Regarding the return of DYNASTY, Pedowitz said that the show’s executive producers (including Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage) had a great set of credentials and the network wants to be back in business with them. After all, the pair have created two big serial soaps of the 2000s: GOSSIP GIRL and THE OC, so this was a no brainer. Pedowitz believes that the writers have “a new take” on a show that existed 30 years ago. They’ve also talked about bringing back some actors from the original DYNASTY and, if the storylines and people’s schedules work, the network is completely open to it. It’s too soon to predict who might appear as the show has only recently been picked up, but when asked Pedowitz said that they would love to have someone like Joan Collins make a guest appearance if the executive producers want her.

As for VALOR –the other new fall show coming to The CW — Pedowitz has been trying to get a military series on the network for the six years that he’s been there. They’ve tried with two other shows, but the third time turned out to be the charm here. VALOR joins what looks like a trend of military shows coming to the air next season, but Pedowitz believes they’ll have a slightly different take on it than other military shows because they’re The CW.

Meanwhile, JANE THE VIRGIN’s move to Friday nights may have worried some fans who believe that Friday is where shows go to die. But Pedowitz said that, despite the move, the network still believes in JANE. They say that JANE has been a strong show this past season with delayed and digital viewing taken into consideration, but they had new shows to launch so a move was necessary. He did, however, say that they thought re-pairing JANE with CRAZY EX-GIRLFRIEND was a good move.

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Pedowitz was also asked about superhero fatigue — after all, The CW will have five DC superhero shows on its schedule for next season. Pedowitz believes the network has the best superhero programming available, but they are committed to never having more than four DC shows on at any given time, which means they’ll continue to rotate the shows in and out. And as long as the writers are producing quality programming, Pedowitz believes that people won’t get tired of the genre.

Finally, Pedowitz addressed the question of whether there would be a five-way DC crossover next season. He explained that BLACK LIGHNING is not part of the ARROW-verse and “it’s a separate situation”. However, the network has every intention of doing a four-way crossover later in the year with the four fall DC shows — specifically in November 2017.

The CW Announces its 2017-2018 Primetime Schedule

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The CW renewed the majority of its existing schedule, so there wasn’t a lot of room for new shows next season, which led to the network picking up four shows. Among the new shows is another pilot based on a DC character — Black Lightning — which brings the total of CW/DC shows to five (basically half their schedule). In addition, the network is rebooting DYNASTY with a more modern version courtesy of the creators of GOSSIP GIRL.

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As for the schedule itself, there are a few shows on the move for next year. For example, JANE THE VIRGIN is moving to Friday nights, while ARROW and RIVERDALE are switching slots.

Monday
8:00 p.m. SUPERGIRL
9:00 p.m. VALOR (new series – watch trailer)

Tuesday
8:00 p.m. THE FLASH
9:00 p.m. DC’s LEGENDS OF TOMORROW

Wednesday
8:00 p.m. RIVERDALE (new time slot)
9:00 p.m. DYNASTY (new series – watch trailer)

Thursday
8:00 p.m. SUPERNATURAL
9:00 p.m. ARROW (new time slot)

Friday
8:00 p.m. CRAZY EX-GIRLFRIEND
9:00 p.m. JANE THE VIRGIN (new time slot)

Midseason: THE 100, iZOMBIE, THE ORIGINALS, BLACK LIGHTNING (new series – watch trailer), LIFE SENTENCE (new series – watch trailer)

CBS Trailers: First Look at SEAL TEAM, S.W.A.T., 9JKL, ME MYSELF & I, YOUNG SHELDON and WISDOM OF THE CROWD

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CBS is bringing six new shows to their schedule in the fall of 2017 and holding two new shows for midseason. We’ve gathered together the trailers for each of the new fall shows, which you can watch below.

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STAR TREK: DISCOVERY. The news of this show has been out there for a long time, but CBS finally revealed footage of it during its Upfront presentation. There’s not much news out there, but the network says that “STAR TREK: DISCOVERY will follow the voyages of Starfleet on their missions to discover new worlds and new life forms, and one Starfleet officer who must learn that to truly understand all things alien, you must first understand yourself.” The series will air on CBS All Access in the fall.

SEAL TEAM. A military drama that “follows the professional and personal lives of the most elite unit of Navy SEALs as they train, plan and execute the most dangerous, high stakes missions our country can ask of them. Deployed on clandestine missions worldwide at a moment’s notice, and knowing the toll it takes on them and their families, this tight-knit SEAL team displays unwavering patriotism and fearless dedication, even in the face of overwhelming odds.” SEAL TEAM stars David Boreanaz as Jason Hayes, Max Thieriot as Clay Spenser, Neil Brown Jr. as Ray, A.J. Buckley as Sonny, Toni Trucks as Diaz and Jessica Paré as Mandy Ellis.

S.W.A.T. Inspired by the TV series and movie, S.W.A.T revolves around a “locally born S.W.A.T. sergeant newly tasked to run a specialized tactical unit that is the last stop in law enforcement in Los Angeles. Torn between loyalty to the streets where he was raised and allegiance to his brothers in blue, former Marine Daniel ‘Hondo’ Harrelson (Shemar Moore) has everything it takes to successfully bridge the divide between his two worlds and excel at leading his dedicated team of brave men and women as they risk their lives to protect the community.” S.W.A.T. also stars Stephanie Sigman as Jessica Cortez, Alex Russell as Jim Street, Jay Harrington as David “Deacon” Kay, Lina Esco as Christina “Chris” Alonso, Kenny Johnson as Dominique Luca and Peter Onorati as Mumford.

WISDOM OF THE CROWD. The series revolves around a “visionary tech innovator who creates a cutting-edge crowdsourcing app to solve his daughter’s murder, and revolutionizes crime solving in the process. Inspired by the notion that a million minds are better than one, Silicon Valley entrepreneur Jeffrey Tanner (Jeremy Piven) develops ‘Sophe,’ an online platform for publicly shared information, and recruits the original cop who searched for his daughter’s killer, Det. Tommy Cavanaugh (Richard T. Jones), to work with him. As Tanner taps into the ‘wisdom of the crowd,’ his unexpected success fuels his determination to solve even more cases than just the one that’s personal to him. WISDOM OF THE CROWD also stars Natalia Tena as Sara Morton, Blake Lee as Josh Novak, Jake Matthews as Tariq Bakari and Monica Potter as Alex Hale.

9JKL. The series stars Mark Feuerstein in a family comedy inspired by his real life. “Josh Roberts (Feuerstein) is a new divorcé and actor between projects who moves home to New York to regroup, living in an apartment sandwiched between his doting, meddlesome parents on one side and his competitive brother, sister-in-law and their new baby on the other. As Josh’s family literally comes at him from both sides, he realizes he desperately needs to establish some personal boundaries, because his loving family is always going to be right there for him. Always.” 9JKL also stars Linda Lavin as Judy, Elliott Gould as Harry, David Walton as Andrew, Liza Lapira as Eve and Matt Murray as Nick.

ME, MYSELF & I. The series stars Bobby Moynihan in “a comedy about the defining moments in one man’s life over three distinct periods – as a 14-year-old in 1991, at age 40 in present day and at age 65 in 2042. During these pivotal periods of yesterday, today and tomorrow, Alex always finds a way to move forward with determination and humor, knowing his life story isn’t defined by the bad things that happen to him, but instead by how he chooses to deal with them.” ME, MYSELF & I also stars Jack Dylan Grazer (Alex, 1991), Brian Unger (Ron, 1991, present day), Jaleel White (Darryl, present day), Kelen Coleman (Abby, 2042), Skylar Gray (Abby, present day), Christopher Paul Richards (Justin, 1991), Mandell Maughan (Maggie, 1991), Reylynn Caster (Nori, 1991), with Sharon Lawrence (Eleanor, 2042) and John Larroquette (Alex, 2042).

YOUNG SHELDON. For 9-year-old Sheldon Cooper (Iain Armitage), it isn’t easy growing up in East Texas. “Being a once-in-a-generation mind capable of advanced mathematics and science isn’t always helpful in a land where church and football are king. And while the vulnerable, gifted and somewhat naïve Sheldon deals with the world, his very normal family must find a way to deal with him. THE BIG BANG THEORY’s Jim Parsons narrates as Adult Sheldon.” YOUNG SHELDON also stars Zoe Perry as Mary, Lance Barber as George Sr., Raegan Revord as Missy and Montana Jordan as Georgie Jr.