ABC delays return of Channel’s Thurday Night Hits

the-thursday-hotlist-tv-divaBlame Trump.

ABC has announced a delay to the return of Grey’s Anatomy, Scandal and How To Get Away With Murder due to the airing of a pre-Inauguration 20/20  special for President-elect Donald Trump.

Repeats of Grey’s and Scandal will lead in to the 20/20 special set to air at 10/9c.

Set your DVR’s to record our Thursday night hotlist from January 26 instead.

CATCH UP WITH EPISODES NOW BEFORE SCANDAL SEASON 6 ARRIVES

It’s been seven months since we last saw Liv and Co. Go to http://abc.go.com/shows/scandal to catch up now.

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Blindspot News

blindspot-tv-series Blindspot has tapped Kristina Reyes (Shades of Blue) and Tori Anderson (No Tomorrow) to recur during Season 3, EW.com reports. Reyes will debut in Episode 5 as Avery, a socialite with a complicated past who crosses paths with Weller, while Anderson will play a potential love interest for Roman.

Shepherd won’t be reappearing in Jane Doe’s life anytime soon.

Series creator Martin Gero has confirmed for TVLine that Michelle Hurd — who was a series regular on the NBC drama’s sophomore season — is not currently slated to appear on Season 3. In the May 17 finale, Shepherd’s plan to take over the U.S. government was foiled, and viewers last saw Hurd’s character getting interrogated by Archie Panjabi’s Nas.

WHAT TO EXPECT IN SEASON THREE

In the wake of the two-year time jump with which the series ended Season 2, “new characters are coming in that have a very heavy connection to Jane, people that she didn’t remember. Jane has a massive secret and so does Weller; and Season 3 hints at upcoming flashbacks to fill in the blanks of that 24-month gap in time.

Season two finale recap:

After FBI Director Hearst tells Jane that she can go anywhere she wants after the Sandstorm takedown is wrapped up, Jane toys with the idea of going to California. Especially when Weller didn’t urge her to stay after taking down Sandstorm. After Weller admits to Jane that he loves her, Jane decides to stay at the bureau. The episode jumps forward by two years, where we catch up with Jane climbing the side of a mountain without any harness, or equipment.

Jane is now living with a group of monks in the mountains and for reasons unknown, she says she can never return home. Jane and Weller are married… or were, at some point. When Weller arrives in Jane’s tent that night, much to her surprise, Jane’s first observation is that he’s still wearing his wedding ring.

Patterson, Reade and Zapata have gone missing, and their presumed kidnapper left behind a metal box with Jane’s name on it. Thus far, no one’s been able to unlock it, but when Jane and Weller both clutch the box at the same time, it opens to reveal a curved piece of metal displaying the same bird that’s inked on Jane’s neck.

Weller holds the metal up against Jane’s corresponding tattoo, which sends a purple glow across Jane’s body, lighting up all of her tattoos along the way.

Blindspot Season 3 premieres Friday October 27

 

 

Stranger Things Season 2 News

Stranger Things co-creators the Duffer Brothers revealed to TVLine’s Michael Ausiello that in Season 2 of the Netflix hit (dropping Friday, Oct. 27), they’ve got Eleven squaring off against something even more terrifying than the Demogorgon: adolescence.

Millie Bobby Brown “blew us away just like everyone else in Season 1,” said Ross Duffer, “so we really wanted to put her on an emotion roller coaster this year.”

Added his twin Matt: ”When the psychokinetic heroine is reintroduced to her friends in Hawkins, she has hair andshe can complete sentences.”

Also included in the free-wheeling interview are the siblings’ thoughts about the series going beyond Season 4, hints about how we’ll get justice for Barb (if not any flashbacks to Barb) and a 1-to-10 rating of the massiveness of Season 2’s cliffhanger.

Stranger Things returns October 27

Emmys winners list

The 69th Emmy Awards, hosted by Stephen Colbert, had the evening’s biggest awards going to The Handmaid’s TaleBig Little Lies and Charlie Brooker’s Black Mirror. Here’ the list:

 

Outstanding Drama Series

Better Call Saul

The Crown

The Handmaid’s Tale – WINNER

House of Cards

Stranger Things

This Is Us

Westworld

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series

Viola Davis (How to Get Away With Murder)

Claire Foy (The Crown)

Elisabeth Moss (The Handmaid’s Tale) – WINNER

Keri Russell (The Americans)

Evan Rachel Wood (Westworld)

Robin Wright (House of Cards)

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series

Sterling K. Brown (This Is Us) – WINNER

Anthony Hopkins (Westworld)

Bob Odenkirk (Better Call Saul)

Matthew Rhys (The Americans)

Liev Schreiber (Ray Donovan)

Kevin Spacey (House of Cards)

Milo Ventimiglia (This Is Us)

Outstanding Limited Series or Movie

Big Little Lies – WINNER

Fargo

Feud: Bette and Joan

Genius

The Night Of

Outstanding TV Movie

Black Mirror: San Junipero – WINNER

Dolly Parton’s Christmas Of Many Colors: Circle Of Love

The Immortal Life Of Henrietta Lacks

Sherlock: The Lying Detective

The Wizard Of Lies

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series or Movie

Carrie Coon (Fargo)

Felicity Huffman (American Crime)

Nicole Kidman (Big Little Lies) – WINNER

Jessica Lange (Feud: Bette and Joan)

Susan Sarandon (Feud: Bette and Joan)

Reese Witherspoon (Big Little Lies)

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited Series or Movie

Riz Ahmed (The Night Of) – WINNER

Benedict Cumberbatch (Sherlock)

Robert De Niro (The Wizard of Lies)

Ewan McGregor (Fargo)

Geoffrey Rush (Genius)

John Turturro (The Night Of)

Outstanding Comedy Series

Atlanta

Black-ish

Master of None

Modern Family

Silicon Valley

Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt

Veep – WINNER

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series

Pamela Adlon (Better Things)

Jane Fonda (Grace and Frankie)

Allison Janney (Mom)

Ellie Kemper (Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt)

Julia Louis-Dreyfus (Veep) – WINNER

Tracee Ellis Ross (Black-ish)

Lily Tomlin (Grace and Frankie)

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series

Anthony Anderson (Black-ish)

Aziz Ansari (Master of None)

Zach Galifianakis (Baskets)

Donald Glover (Atlanta) – WINNER

William H. Macy (Shameless)

Jeffrey Tambor (Transparent)

Outstanding Variety Talk Series

Full Frontal With Samantha Bee

Jimmy Kimmel Live!

Last Week Tonight With John Oliver – WINNER

The Late Late Show With James Corden

The Late Show With Stephen Colbert

Real Time With Bill Maher

Outstanding Writing for a Limited Series or TV Movie

David E. Kelley, Big Little Lies

Charlie Brooker, Black Mirror: San Junipero – WINNER

Noah Hawley, Fargo – “The Law of Vacant Places”

Ryan Murphy, Feud: Bette and Joan – “And the Winner Is…”

Jaffe Cohen, Michael Zam, and Ryan Murphy, Feud: Bette and Joan – “Pilot”

Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series

Donald Glover (Atlanta)

Stephen Glover (Atlanta)

Aziz Ansari and Lena Waithe (Master of None) – WINNER

Alec Berg (Silicon Valley)

Billy Kimball (Veep)

David Mandel (Veep)

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series 

Uzo Aduba (Orange Is the New Black)

Ann Dowd (The Handmaid’s Tale) – WINNER

Chrissy Metz (This Is Us)

Millie Bobby Brown (Stranger Things)

Samira Wiley (The Handmaid’s Tale)

Thandie Newton (Westworld)

Outstanding Writing for a Variety Series

Full Frontal with Samantha Bee

Last Week Tonight with John Oliver – WINNER

Late Night with Seth Meyers

The Late Show with Stephen Colbert

Saturday Night Live

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Limited Series or TV Movie

Alexander Skarsgard (Big Little Lies) – WINNER

Alfred Molina (Feud: Bette and Joan)

David Thewlis (Fargo)

Bill Camp (The Night Of)

Stanley Tucci (Feud: Bette and Joan)

Michael K. Williams (The Night Of)

Outstanding Directing for a Limited Series or TV Movie

Jean-Marc Vallée, Big Little Lies – WINNER

Noah Hawley, Fargo – “The Law of Vacant Places”

Ryan Murphy, Feud: Bette and Joan – “And the Winner Is…”

Ron Howard, Genius – “Einstein: Chapter One”

James Marsh, The Night Of – “The Art of War”

Steven Zaillian, The Night Of – “The Beach”

Best Supporting Actor in a Drama Series

John Lithgow (The Crown) – WINNER

Jonathan Banks (Better Call Saul)

Mandy Patinkin (Homeland)

Michael Kelly (House of Cards)

David Harbour (Stranger Things)

Ron Cephas Jones (This Is Us)

Jeffrey Wright (Westworld)

Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series

Kate McKinnon (Saturday Night Live) – WINNER

Vanessa Beyer (Saturday Night Live)

Leslie Jones (Saturday Night Live)

Anna Chlumsky (Veep)

Judith Light (Transparent)

Katheryn Hahn (Transparent)

Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series

Alec Baldwin (Saturday Night Live) – WINNER

Louie Anderson (Baskets)

Ty Burrell (Modern Family)

Tituss Burgess (Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt)

Tony Hale (Veep)

Matt Walsh (Veep)

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Limited Series or TV Movie

Judy Davis, Feud

Laura Dern, Big Little Lies – WINNER

Jackie Hoffman, Feud

Regina King, American Crime

Michelle Pfeiffer, The Wizard of Lies

Shailene Woodley, Big Little Lies

Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series

Joel Fields and Joe Weisberg, The Americans – “The Soviet Division”

Gordon Smith, Better Call Saul – “Chicanery”

Peter Morgan, The Crown – “Assassins”

Bruce Miller, The Handmaid’s Tale – “Offred” – WINNER

The Duffer Brothers, Stranger Things – “Chapter One: The Vanishing of Will Byers”

Lisa Joy and Jonathan Nolan, Westworld – The Bicameral Mind”

Outstanding Variety Sketch Series

Billy on the Street

Documentary Now!

Drunk History

Portlandia

Saturday Night Live – WINNER

Tracey Ullman’s Show

Outstanding Directing for a Drama series

Vince Gilligan, Better Call Saul – “Witness”

Stephen Daldry, The Crown – “Hyde Park Corner”

Reed Morano, The Handmaid’s Tale – “Offred” – WINNER

Kate Dennis, The Handmaid’s Tale – “The Bridge”

Lesli Linka Glatter, Homeland – “America First”

The Duffer Brothers, Stranger Things – “Chapter One: The Vanishing of Will Byers”

Jonathan Nolan, Westworld – “The Bicameral Mind”

Outstanding Directing for a Comedy Series

Donald Glover, Atlanta – “B.A.N.” – WINNER

Jamie Babbit, Silicon Valley – “Intellectual Property”

Morgan Sackett, Veep – “Blurb”

David Mandel, Veep – “Groundbreaking”

Dale Stern, Veep – “Justice”

Directing for a Variety Series

Derek Waters & Jeremy Konner – Drunk History

Andy Fisher – Jimmy Kimmel Live

Paul Pennolino – Last Week Tonight with John Oliver

Jim Hoskinson – The Late Show with Stephen Colbert

Don Roy King – Saturday Night Live – WINNER

Outstanding Reality Competition Series

The Amazing Race

American Ninja Warrior

Project Runway

RuPaul’s Drag Race

Top Chef

The Voice – WINNER 

 

(Thanks to the Independent for the article.

Stranger Things – Season 1 – Episode Recaps

S1, Ep1
15 Jul. 2016

Chapter One: The Vanishing of Will Byers

In a small Indiana town, the disappearance of a young boy sparks a police investigation.
S1, Ep2
15 Jul. 2016

Chapter Two: The Weirdo on Maple Street

Mike hides the mysterious girl in his house. Joyce gets a strange phone call.
S1, Ep3
15 Jul. 2016

Chapter Three: Holly, Jolly

An increasingly concerned Nancy looks for Barb and finds out what Jonathan’s been up to. Joyce is convinced Will is trying to talk to her.
S1, Ep4
15 Jul. 2016

Chapter Four: The Body

Refusing to believe Will is dead, Joyce tries to connect with her son. The boys give Eleven a makeover. Jonathan and Nancy form an unlikely alliance.
S1, Ep5
15 Jul. 2016

Chapter Five: The Flea and the Acrobat

Hopper breaks into the lab to find the truth about Will’s death. The boys try to locate the “gate” that will take them to Will.
S1, Ep6
15 Jul. 2016

Chapter Six: The Monster

Hopper and Joyce find the truth about the lab’s experiments. After their fight, the boys look for the missing Eleven.
S1, Ep7
15 Jul. 2016

Chapter Seven: The Bathtub

The government comes searching for Eleven. Eleven looks for Will in the Upside Down.
S1, Ep8
15 Jul. 2016

Chapter Eight: The Upside Down

Joyce and Hopper are taken in for questioning. Nancy and Jonathan prepare to fight the monster and save Will.
Season 2 premieres Oct 27

Scandal Casting News

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When Scandal returns with its final season  the sign on the outside of the office door will be changed to Quinn Perkins & Associates (aka QPA).

Quinn has hired two new sleuths to work under her – Jay Hernaandez and Shaun Toub aare confrmed new signings..

The show’s third episode — directed by cast member Scott Foley — will largely focus on Fitz’s post-POTUS life in Vermont.

 Scandal‘s 18-episode final season premieres Thursday, Oct. 5 on ABC.

How to Get Away with Murder Casting News

HOW TO GET AWAY WITH MURDER – Courtesy of ABC Television Network. (ABC/Mitch Haaseth)

Esai Morales and Benito Martinez, who on ABC’s How to Get Away With Murderplay Laurel’s father Jorge Castillo and D.A. Todd Denver respectively, will return in a recurring capacity for Season 4.

Jimmy Smits will play a prominent figure in Annalise’s (Viola Davis) life on the ABC drama, and will have a key role in this season’s over-arching mystery.

Smits most recently was a regular on 24: Legacy. He also guest-starred on Brooklyn Nine-Nine this past season as Amy’s ex-cop dad.

Julius Tennon, the real-life husband of How to Get Away With Murder‘s leading lady, will guest-star in the ABC drama’s upcoming fourth season. No further details about Tennon’s role, including his character’s name, are available.

Tennon’s recent TV credits include roles on Criminal Minds, Rizzoli & Isles and The Closer. He joins a growing list of HTGAWM guest stars, one that includes Jimmy Smits as a “prominent figure in Annalise’s life.”

Grey’s Anatomy Casting News

GREY'S-ANATOMY-Courtesy-of-ABC
GREY’S ANATOMY Courtesy of ABC

Will the Spinoff Break Up Ben and Bailey?

Grey’s Anatomy star Jason George has joined the cast of the Grey’s firefighter-focused spinoff as a series regular, according to The Hollywood Reporter. George will continue to be a series regular on the upcoming Season 14 of Grey’s — debuting Thursday, Sept. 28 at 8/7c on ABC — until the untitled spinoff begins production; he’s also expected to pop back into Grey’s from time to time. Ben’s storyline this season will set up his transition to the new spinoff series, which centers on a tight-knit group of Seattle firefighters.

NEW HIRINGS

Matthew Morrison is confirming what many Grey’s Anatomy fans had suspected: We have not seen the last of Jo’s abusive husband. His character, Paul Stadler, will play “a big role” in the ABC drama’s upcoming 14th season.

Morrison made his Grey’s debut as Paul in Season 13’s penultimate episode when Alex tracked down the fellow doc at a medical conference and imagined various incendiary scenarios involving his arch-nemesis. Ultimately, Karev walked away without confronting him, although the two did share an awkward moment jockeying for a cab (during which Paul seemed to recognize Alex).

Timeless‘ Abigail Spencer has landed a multi-episode arc on Grey’s Anatomy as Owen’s presumed-dead sister Megan Hunt, a character previously portrayed by Bridget Reagan.

Grey’s kicks off Season 14 with a two-hour episode on Thursday, Sept. 28.