Author Archives: Natalie Abrams

Supergirl first look: Meet the second Worldkiller

By | January 22, 2018

To celebrate our Winter TV Preview, EW is bringing fans 25 Scoops in 25 Days. From now until the end of the month, follow the hashtag #25Scoops25Days on Twitter and Instagram to keep up with the latest — and check EW.com/25scoops for all the news and surprises.

Reign is not alone.

Following the reveal that Reign (Odette Annable) is not the only bio-engineered weapon of Krypton, Supergirl (Melissa Benoist) herself will soon discover the news when she ends up tussling with another Worldkiller — and EW has the exclusive first look.

“This an exciting episode where we see Supergirl face off with the second Worldkiller, Purity, played brilliantly by Krys Marshall,” Supergirl bosses Jessica Queller and Robert Rovner tease of the Feb. 5 hour. “Purity is not what anyone expects and their showdown is full of surprises.”

One surprise, in particular, may finally give Kara a clue as to how to defeat Reign.

Purity, a.k.a. Julia, will first appear during Monday’s episode, but her big battle with Supergirl takes place during the Feb. 5 hour, which also marks the final episode before the show’s long hiatus — Legends of Tomorrow will air for nine weeks in its timeslot until the Girl of Steel returns April 16.

Supergirl airs Mondays at 8 p.m. ET on The CW.

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Scandal: Can Olivia Pope be redeemed?

By | January 17, 2018

Olivia Pope standing in the sun may not be in the cards by the time the series finale of Scandal rolls around.

After seasons of fighting injustices for her OPA clients, the former white hat-wearing fixer Olivia (Kerry Washington) finally made it to the White House this season alongside President Mellie Grant (Bellamy Young). But the road to power has been paved by dirty deeds, which include murder, blackmail, and betrayal, punctuated in the fall finale by Olivia all but calling her father Rowan’s (Joe Morton) bluff, resulting in the supposed death of Quinn (Katie Lowes).

When the show returns Thursday, an anguished Olivia now faces a choice between her moral core and her quest for power as Scandal surges toward its series finale. “It is a very complicated time in terms of how Olivia conceptualizes her role holding the level of power that she holds,” Washington says, noting that Olivia will struggle between those two sides.

The question remains: Can Olivia Pope be saved? It’s a query many fans probably expect to be answered with a simple “yes,” but Scandal doesn’t necessarily traffic in black-and-white resolutions; most characters on the show have lived within the gray. “For me, one of the things the show has always been about is about redemption, and the idea that everybody’s worth saving and everybody deserves another shot,” Washington says. “Honestly, when I hear your question, I wonder what that means to you, because some people would say she doesn’t need saving, she’s arriving in the maximum potential of her power.” To be fair, Olivia has had people killed. “Lots of people on our show have people be killed, and sometimes for good reason,” Washington retorts, before relenting in regard to pregnant Quinn’s fate: “I understand killing a child in utero is really challenging.”

But when asked if it would take everyone in the Scandal-verse to gather around to bring Olivia back from the dark, Washington shakes her head. “I just think that a lot of what I’ve learned from working on Shondaland is I’ve learned to question our assumptions about what happy endings look like,” Washington says. “So when we say, ‘Will it take everyone to pull her back from the darkness into redemption?’ it reminds me of when we say, ‘What guy do you think she’ll end up with?’ I don’t know that the point is to be pulled back into something. I don’t know that the point is to wind up with someone. I think her journey may be about something else.”

“I think we have to be careful,” Washington continues, “particularly in our expectations, because we don’t have a lot of time left. For me, I would say rather than telling anybody else what to do, because I want you to hold onto whatever vision you have, but for me, I’m trying to be very careful with my expectations for what kind of ending I think she deserves or should have, or even fits in a framework of what’s appropriate or desired, because I think from the very beginning, Olivia has been a character that has broken molds and rejected expectations. So I don’t know that it’s going to be about pulling her back to anything.”

That’s not to say Olivia won’t suffer guilt over Quinn’s perceived fate. “When we met her from the very pilot, she was suffering guilt from sleeping with a married man that she was in love with,” Washington says. “Life is sometimes about trying to make sense of contradictory desires, feelings, and actions, and I don’t know that the end result is going to be about alleviating all guilt and shame. I don’t know how human that is to walk in the world with no guilt and shame.”

Scandal airs Thursdays at 9 p.m. ET on ABC.

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The Blacklist: James Spader, Megan Boone talk making it to 100 episodes

By | January 16, 2018

After five seasons of twists, turns, and more blacklisters than we can count, The Blacklist will hit 100 episodes on Wednesday.

The NBC thriller debuted back in 2013 with a simple premise: Former U.S. Naval officer-turned-high-profile criminal Raymond Reddington (James Spader) surrenders to the FBI, offering up a list of the most dangerous criminals in the world on the condition that he only works with rookie FBI profiler Liz Keen (Megan Boone). While the concept remains intact, the show has certainly evolved over the last five seasons — and so, too, has the reward of hitting this landmark.

“It means a very different thing now than what it used to mean,” Spader tells EW of hitting 100 episodes. “It used to mean that 100 episodes is a very important figure because it was when a television series was sold into syndication in a 100-episode package. That now happens much earlier than 100 episodes. So, now it’s just a sense of achievement, I guess.”

In truth, Spader says, the achievement is in making it halfway through another season. “I’m very pleased with this particular episode, not because of what number it is, but it just is a very fun story,” he says. “My great friend Andrew McCarthy is directing it, and Nathan Lane, another friend, is guest-starring with us, and I just happen to like the episode. Our seasons have their hills and valleys in terms of emotion and story. We have some episodes that are very dark and very intense and dramatic, and there are other ones that are lighter and fun. Here we are, we’re in the 11th episode, we’re halfway through the season, and this episode is just that: It’s got a lot of fun to be had in it.”

The hour finds Red going up against blacklister Abraham Stern (Lane), both of whom are on a treasure hunt the latter believes is his birthright — Stern’s own father was a criminal, an echo of the show’s core dynamic between Red and Liz. (Check out photos here.) But Liz will take a dark path during the hour, using what she’s learned from past blacklisters to handle a very, ahem, precarious situation. It’s a wild departure from the Liz Keen viewers first met in the pilot — and an evolution her portrayer has also undergone.

“I went into an experience as one person, and I’m finding I’ll probably come out a very different person,” Boone says. “I went from an actress who was not well-known and who nobody recognized or knew my name, and that changed overnight. The landscape of television has changed so much since I started the show. So, it’s been quite an adventure in many ways.”

“Four and a half years have already gone by, and I feel like this has been such a uniquely gigantic experience that I’ve changed as a result,” Boone continues. “For me, personally, that’s what it feels like, and for me as a member of a group of people who accomplished this together, it’s the most I’ve ever accomplished with a team of people, and so I’m so grateful to the cast and crew on a day like , to have this family that has developed.”

The Blacklist’s 100th episode airs Wednesday at 8 p.m. ET on NBC.

Additional reporting by Chancellor Agard

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The Big Bang Theory first look: Beth Behrs gets cozy with Raj

By | January 16, 2018

To celebrate our Winter TV Preview, EW is bringing fans 25 Scoops in 25 Days. From now until the end of the month, follow the hashtag #25Scoops25Days on Twitter and Instagram to keep up with the latest — and check EW.com/25scoops for all the news and surprises.

Beth Behrs is trading cupcakes for nerds.

The 2 Broke Girls alum will be getting cozy with Raj on The Big Bang Theory — and EW has the exclusive first look.

In the upcoming Jan. 18 episode, Raj (Kunal Nayyar) lands in the middle of domestic drama when he starts dating a woman named Nell (Behrs), a recently separated school teacher whose husband, Oliver (Walton Goggins), is not pleased with this turn of events.

“We have a such a great cast, sometimes it’s hard to bring in outside actors, which is why we were so lucky to get someone as great as Beth to play Nell,” executive producer Steve Holland tells EW. “She and Kunal were hysterical together. It’s easy to see why Raj falls for her even though technically she’s still married to Oliver, the equally fantastic Walton Goggins.”

The Big Bang Theory airs Thursdays at 8 p.m. ET on CBS.

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Lucifer first look: Lucifer and Pierce are… getting married?!

By | January 14, 2018

To celebrate our Winter TV Preview, EW is bringing fans 25 Scoops in 25 Days. From now until the end of the month, follow the hashtag #25Scoops25Days on Twitter and Instagram to keep up with the latest — and check EW.com/25scoops for all the news and surprises.

Lucifer and Pierce are going to become closer than ever in an upcoming episode of Lucifer — and EW has an exclusive first look.

When an ecstasy cook-turned-chemistry teacher is found murdered in a quiet Los Angeles suburb, Lucifer (Tom Ellis) and his frenemy Marcus Pierce (Tom Welling) will go undercover as a couple to help track down the killer, which should be interesting considering, well, they’re not very fond of one another.

“When Lucifer and Pierce are forced to go above and beyond to solve a murder in Suburbia, uh… there goes the neighborhood,” executive producer Ildy Modrovich jokes to EW.

The episode, which is slated to air Jan. 29, is titled “Till Death Do Us Part.”

 

Lucifer airs Mondays at 8 p.m. ET on Fox.

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12 Monkeys goes medieval in final season first look

By | January 13, 2018

To celebrate our Winter TV Preview, EW is bringing fans 25 Scoops in 25 Days. From now until the end of the month, follow the hashtag #25Scoops25Days on Twitter and Instagram to keep up with the latest — and check EW.com/25scoops for all the news and surprises.

12 Monkeys is about to go further back in time than the Syfy drama has ever gone before.

During its fourth and final season, the cast of 12 Monkeys will get medieval, heading to 1400s England, which is actually the origin site of the show’s entire mythology. Once they splinter back — which will be no easy feat to travel that far back in time — waiting for them is the answer to everything: The key to destroying the Witness and the Army of the 12 Monkeys forever. But it will come with a sacrifice.

“We saved the best splinter for the last,” executive producer Terry Matalas tells EW. “We wanted to send them to a darker, more dangerous time period than ever before — and there’s nothing better for that than the Middle Ages. Imagine Jennifer Goines wandering through Winterfell and you can guess the places we’ve gone with it.”

 

The final season of 12 Monkeys is slated to debut in summer.

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Rise bosses defend character changes from book inspiration

By | January 13, 2018

The minds behind NBC’s new drama Rise are responding to accusations that they “straight-washed” their main character after comments made by the showrunner were misconstrued.

The series, which follows a teacher who takes over his local struggling high school drama department, is very loosely inspired by Michael Sokolove’s book Drama High: The Incredible True Story of a Brilliant Teacher, a Struggling Town, and the Magic of Theater. The book explores the true story of then-closeted high school teacher Lou Volpe. But in Rise, which debuts in March, the teacher is a straight man named Lou Mazzuchelli, played by Josh Radnor.

During the show’s presentation at the Television Critics Association’s winter press tour on Tuesday, showrunner Jason Katims was pressed on why he decided to write the character as straight instead of gay. His answer (read it in full below) was taken out of context by many outlets that were not in attendance — prompting criticism online and even a petition calling for the network to change the character’s orientation. Katims said he was inspired by the character, but felt that he needed to make Rise his “own story.” Some outlets then inferred that meant Katims wanted his version of Lou to be straight because he could not relate to a gay character, when what he was actually saying was that the story of Rise is wholly original, not a direct adaptation of the book.

Katims, along with executive producers Jeffrey Seller (Hamilton) and Flody Suarez, have released a statement to EW regarding the controversy: “The misinterpretation by some of what we’ve done with this show goes against what we fundamentally believe and who we are as individuals. We are firmly committed to LGBTQ inclusion, and most of all, are excited for the community to see Rise, which we believe portrays positive depictions of LGBTQ characters and stories on broadcast television with honesty and sensitivity. To that end, we worked with GLAAD on the show’s LGBTQ storylines to ensure they are told with respect and authenticity.”

The show is indeed an entirely new creation from Katims. In fact, EW has learned that the WGA, which is rigorous in its vetting process, is giving Katims a “created by” credit on Rise rather than a “developed by” credit because the series is vastly different from the book.

The town in which the show is set is fictional, and none of the characters — played by the likes of Auli’i Cravalho, Damon J. Gillespie, and Shannon Purser, among others — hail from the book. Sources say Lou shares his first name with the real Lou Volpe purely as a nod to the book, which initially inspired Katims to delve into the world of high school theater. Starting from scratch with this character also allowed the writers to take other liberties with members of Lou’s family without insinuating that those things actually happened in real life. (See Katims’ statement below for more on that.)

While the character of Lou is not gay, Katims is not shying away from LGBT storylines. Two other characters will have powerful coming-out storylines, including a transgender student and another who is exploring his sexuality for the first time after being cast as a gay character in the school play, Spring Awakening. Lou’s sister-in-law is also in a same-sex relationship, happily married with kids — and that character, like all others, is also fictionalized.

Behind the scenes, Rise has been in touch with GLAAD, using the LGBT organization as a resource throughout the creative process. Volpe is also a consultant on the project. And there are many prominent LGBTQ voices who have contributed to and weighed in on decisions regarding the show, including Seller and Suarez, as well as openly gay NBC Entertainment Chairman Bob Greenblatt.

Here’s Katims’ quote from TCA in full:

“Well, I think that the source material that you’re talking about, Drama High and that teacher, Lou Volpe, was such an inspiration to me and to everybody doing the show. To see somebody who, as you said, spent 44 years dedicated to this program was amazing. And I really hope that — and believe that — we carry a lot of his spirit into the show. But in terms of the adaptation itself and why we made that decision, it’s like as you said, it’s very much we took that as an inspiration, and then I really felt like I needed to make it, you know, kind of my own story. And I definitely didn’t want to shy away from issues of sexuality and gender, but was inspired to tell the story of Michael, this transgender character, and Simon, who’s dealing with his emerging sexuality and growing up in a very sort of conservative religious family. And those stories felt like they were sort of resonant — resonated with me kind of as a storyteller, and I wanted to kind of lean into that. And then really with Lou’s family life and Lou’s family itself, there’s a lot of reimagination, not only in terms of whether he was gay or straight, but in terms of that family structure. Like, for example, you see in the pilot there’s a storyline with his son, Gordy, who we suggest has a drinking problem. As you go on and you watch the next several episodes, even in episode 2, that turns into a very a major story line and becomes, I think, a very powerful part of our storytelling. So, you know, I really wanted — I felt like it was important to me to honor what the source material was, but then to also kind of make it my own so that we would all be able to sort of lean in and do the work that we need to do as actors and writers.”

Rise will begin with a special preview episode following the season finale of This is Us on Tuesday,

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Blindspot: Jane makes heartbreaking decision over Weller reveal

By | January 12, 2018

Warning: This story contains major spoilers from Friday’s episode of Blindspot. Read at your own risk!

How did Jane react to the news that Weller killed her daughter during Blindspot‘s winter premiere? Spoiler alert: Not very well at all.

Though Jane (Jaimie Alexander) was initially in denial that Weller (Sullivan Stapleton) had killed her daughter, he explained that Avery (Kristina Reyes) had secretly tagged along with Weller on a mission in Berlin to get more info on Jane’s whereabouts, but it was a trap and Weller accidentally shot her thinking she was an assailant. By hour’s end, Jane decided to leave Weller, despondent because she’ll never even get to meet her daughter and angry because Weller kept the truth from her.

“They’re both heartbroken,” executive producer Martin Gero tells EW of the breakup. “But right now, Jane just can’t get over that Weller kept this from her. The team wants to give them space and are hoping they can figure it out, but at work, everyone is going to try to stay focused at the task at hand.”

But there could be hope on the horizon, because the closing moments of the episode revealed that Avery is actually still alive, as viewers saw her try to escape captivity in Germany. Could Avery’s supposed death actually be part of Roman’s plans, ultimately a way to drive a wedge between Jane and Weller? “Interesting theory,” Gero says. “Keep watching.”

While viewers know Avery is actually alive, Jane won’t be far behind. “It will happen sooner than you think,” Gero says of a mother-daughter reunion. “And it will involve someone else from Jane’s past. Weller, at least initially, is not going to be happy about that.”

Blindspot airs Fridays at 8 p.m. ET on NBC.

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Supergirl sneak peek: The Legion of Super-Heroes face off with Reign

By | January 12, 2018

Following her knock-down, drag-out battle with Reign (Odette Annable), the Girl of Steel (Melissa Benoist) will need all the help she can get to take down the Worldkiller when Supergirl returns from its winter hiatus on Monday. Enter the Legion of Super-Heroes.

“The mid-season premiere will be one of the most epic episodes of our series — The Legion of Super-Heroes will fight alongside Supergirl to battle Reign,” executive producers Jessica Queller and Robert Rovner tell EW.

The midseason premiere will also introduce another member of the Legion, as Brainiac-5 (Jesse Rath) joins the fight to help bring Kara out of a dream-like state as she recovers from her injuries suffered at the hands of Reign. “We’re excited to introduce the Legion, and for the audience to see Mon-El suit up for the first time! We’ll also learn more about what Mon-El has been up to in the future,” the Supergirl bosses say. “Brainiac-5 is an amazing iconic character and we’re excited to introduce him to our world. He’s smart and extremely funny, and adds a great dynamic to the show.”

Check out an exclusive sneak peek at the Legion fighting against Reign below:

Supergirl airs Mondays at 8 p.m. ET on The CW.

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Krypton: Time travel offers untold Superman opportunities

By | January 9, 2018

Though Krypton is set more than 200 years before the dawn of Superman, Syfy’s long-gestating origin story will connect to the present thanks to time travel, thus allowing for untold tales about one of the most iconic comic book characters in history.

Set generations before Superman’s home planet was destroyed, this series follows Kal-El’s grandfather Seg-El (Cameron Cuffe) as he struggles with a tough decision: save Krypton from destruction, or let it happen in order for his grandson to meet his destiny. Not helping matters, Krypton’s leadership is in disarray and the House of El is ostracized.

“You can tell that time travel is involved, and what that means is history could be changed, and what happens in this show could be very different from the backstory that people know,” executive producer David S. Goyer told reporters at the Television Critics Association’s winter press tour Tuesday. “A lot of people know that Krypton blows up and that’s what caused Superman to come to Earth, but this is really an untold story.”

In fact, Krypton isn’t necessarily considered a prequel, but a completely new story — the producers already have a seven or eight-year plan for where the series could go that doesn’t necessarily follow what little Kryptonian lore there is in the comics. “The time travel element does give us some unpredictability and some creative license to do some stories you don’t know or stories that play out differently than what people might assume,” DC Entertainment CCO Geoff Johns adds.

As Seg-El tries to protect his family’s legacy, he’ll be challenged by DC characters like Brainiac (Blake Ritson) and Earthly time-traveler Adam Strange (Shaun Sipos). The latter ventures back in time because someone else has traveled from the future to keep Superman from being born, bridging the past and present throughout the series. “He’s an unlikely hero,” Johns says of Adam Strange. “He’s the unlikely choice of shouldering this burden of trying to stop someone from the present trying to prevent this Superman legacy… Adam Strange is a character that doesn’t really embody what Superman does as far as honor and justice, doesn’t really know right from wrong, but looks up to Superman.”

Adds executive producer Cameron Welsh: “Adam Strange gets to become a proxy for the audience in a lot of ways. He’s the fish out of water in this alien world.”

While Krypton is not tied to the DCTV world that includes shows like The Flash and Gotham, Johns says that allows them to do their own version of characters like Doomsday. Basically, the ever-expanding DC Universe is their playground, and they definitely plan to explore it. “It’s this gateway into the DC science fiction universe,” Goyer says. “Because we’re also the Phantom Zone figures into the show, which means we can delve into other times and other planets eventually, even the inclusion of Adam Strange, that should tip you off that it’s not going to just be set on Krypton.”

With time travel playing such a big role, does that mean Superman himself will appear on the show? “The door is open,” Goyer says.

Krypton will premiere March 21 on Syfy.

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The Blacklist first look: Nathan Lane goes up against Red in 100th episode

By | January 9, 2018

To celebrate our Winter TV Preview, EW is bringing fans 25 Scoops in 25 Days. From now until the end of the month, follow the hashtag #25Scoops25Days on Twitter and Instagram to keep up with the latest — and check EW.com/25scoops for all the news and surprises.

Nathan Lane is heading to The Blacklist for the show’s milestone 100th episode — and EW has the exclusive first look.

The landmark episode pits Raymond Reddington (James Spader) against a worthy foe in the blacklister of the hour, the cunning Abraham Stern (Lane), both of whom seek a legendary treasure that Stern believes is his birthright.

“Nathan comes in and plays a character who is a sort of unexpected criminal,” executive producer Jon Bokenkamp says. “He’s got some baggage that he’s trying to overcome that makes him peculiar and strange and dangerous in his own way. He’s fantastic. It’s going to be a really fun episode.”

But Stern mainly serves as an echo of the show’s core father-daughter dynamic. “We chose to do a story that has some analogy to that in the story between Nathan Lane’s character and his father, who has a history much like Reddington’s; he was criminal like Reddington,” EP John Eisendrath adds. “So, Nathan Lane in that is the child like Liz, trying to wrestle with what it means to have a parent who was a criminal.”

The Blacklist‘s 100th episode airs Wednesday, Jan. 17 at 8 p.m. ET on NBC.

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Hulu renews Runaways, Future Man

By | January 8, 2018

Hot off Hulu’s very successful night at the Golden Globes, the streamer has renewed freshman series Marvel’s Runaways and Future Man, EW has learned.

Runaways, which will return for a 13-episode second season, follows six diverse teenagers who can barely stand each other, but who must unite against a common foe: Their parents. The season 1 finale will drop on Tuesday — check back for our postmortem with Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage breaking down the season.

Future Man, meanwhile, stars Josh Hutcherson as a janitor by day, gamer by night, who is recruited by mysterious visitors to travel through time in order to prevent the extinction of humanity. The show will return with 13 episodes in season 2.

Hulu scored big at the Golden Globes on Sunday, with The Handmaid’s Tale taking home top honors for best TV drama and best actress in a TV drama for Elisabeth Moss.

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ABC boss on losing Shonda Rhimes to Netflix

By | January 8, 2018

Despite Shonda Rhimes leaving ABC for Netflix, ABC boss Channing Dungey says her relationship with the Shondaland head is as strong as ever, though she recognizes future ventures with Rhimes are still complicated.

Back in August, it was announced that the prolific executive producer of ABC’s Grey’s Anatomy, Scandal, and How to Get Away with Murder will leave the network that made her a household name to join Netflix. Rhimes signed a multi-year deal to produce new series and other projects for the streamer, alongside longtime producing partner Betsy Beers, who will also move to Netflix. Rhimes’ current ABC projects, including the midseason legal entry For the People and the upcoming Grey’s Anatomy spin-off, will all still air on ABC, but any of her subsequent development will have a home at Netflix.

“My relationship with Shonda dates back to my first days in television because my very, very first assignment was working on Grey’s Anatomy,” Dungey told reporters at the Television Critics Association’s winter press tour. “Our relationship is as strong as its ever been. I’m really excited about the three shows that we have on the air and two we’re about to launch. We had known for a while that Shonda was interested in stretching different sets of creative muscles, and we think we all know that there are different challenges and opportunities in broadcast and different challenges and opportunities in streaming. I wish her all the best as she tries to explore those new options.”

Though Scandal is heading into its final 11 episodes of the series, Grey’s Anatomy shows no signs of slowing down in its 14th season. Pair that with the launch of the Grey’s spinoff and For the People, and Rhimes’ relationship with ABC could continue for years to come. But the question remains whether there’s, say, a loophole that could keep her there longer, like another spinoff of Grey’s Anatomy sometime in the future. “I’m less clear exactly what that means in terms of being able to do subsequent spinoffs of Grey’s Anatomy given the terms of her new deal,” Dungey admits. “We haven’t had any of those conversations yet, but what I do know is that we have her services on Grey’s, the spinoff and the rest of these shows until they finish their runs.”

Asked if the network would be hypothetically allowed to reboot a show like Scandal sometime in the future without Rhimes, Dungey said, “I guess anything is theoretically possible.” But, she added, “I don’t know if Scandal would be Scandal without Shonda, to be perfectly honest. It’s too wrapped up in her DNA.”

Interesting to note, when Scandal ends its run in April, TGIT will effectively be disbanded for the time being. Though the Grey’s Anatomy spinoff, which still does not have a title, will follow the flagship, Quantico will be moving into the 10 p.m. ET timeslot.

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Supergirl first look: Mon-El finally suits up!

By | January 8, 2018

Mon-El is finally suiting up on Supergirl!

With Kara (Melissa Benoist) still out of commission after her battle with Reign (Odette Annable), Mon-El (Chris Wood) and his fellow members of the Legion of Superheroes will have to step up to protect National City. Hence, Mon-El will finally be donning his super suit.

So far, Supergirl has stayed somewhat faithful to Mon-El’s comic book story line: After suffering lead poisoning, Mon-El was placed in the Phantom Zone until Brainiac-5 discovered a cure in the 30th Century, during which time Mon-El joined the Legion under the name Valor. On the show, of course, Mon-El was forced to leave Earth after the release of the lead dispersal device, accidentally going through a wormhole that landed him in the 30th Century, where he’s now a member of the Legion and married to Saturn Girl (Amy Jackson). The show’s version of Brainiac-5 (Jesse Rath) will debut in the midseason premiere.

Here’s the logline: “Struggling to heal from her injuries inflicted by Reign, Supergirl remains in a dreamlike state, unable to be reached. Mon-El recruits one of the Legion members, Brainiac-5, to try to bring her back. Meanwhile, Reign continues her rampage on the city so the DEO teams up with the Legion of Superheroes to try to stop her.”

Supergirl returns Monday, Jan. 15 at 8 p.m. ET on The CW.

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Why the Sabrina the Teenage Witch series went to Netflix over the CW

By | January 7, 2018

Despite initially being set over at the CW, the upcoming Sabrina the Teenage Witch project recently found a home at Netflix — and the answer as to why is as simple as the streaming service offering a very lucrative deal.

The untitled adaptation of The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina comic had originally been in development at the CW as a possible companion show to Riverdale, as both shows hail from Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa and are based on characters from the Archie Comics universe. But Netflix was willing to give the show a sizable two-season, 20-episode straight-to-series order, which is the reason behind the move.

“There was opportunity that Warners had that Netflix made them a two-season offer,” CW boss Mark Pedowitz tells EW. “We understood that, and I wish Roberto and everybody really well as far as that goes. We have great development in Charmed and a number of other shows, so we’ll muddle through it.”

The Untitled Sabrina Project imagines the origin and adventures of Sabrina the Teenage Witch (to be played by Mad Men’s Kiernan Shipka) as a dark coming-of-age story that traffics in horror, the occult, and, of course, witchcraft. Tonally in the vein of Rosemary’s Baby and The Exorcist, this adaptation finds Sabrina wrestling to reconcile her dual nature — half-witch, half-mortal — while standing against the evil forces that threaten her, her family, and the daylight world humans inhabit.

The character of Sabrina was rumored to potentially appear on Riverdale. After all, Jason Blossom had traveled to the Greendale side of the river before his untimely death in the series premiere, and Greendale is Sabrina’s hometown. That fact was one of the clues that led fans to believe Riverdale was possibly going to adapt Sacasa’s other Archie Comics run, Afterlife With Archie. More on that here.

It’s still unclear whether the project will cross over with Riverdale now that it’s on Netflix. “At the moment, there is no discussion about crossing over,” Pedowitz says.

Aguirre-Sacasa, who penned The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina comics, will write and executive produce the project with Greg Berlanti, Sarah Schechter, Jon Goldwater, and Lee Toland Krueger, who will also direct.

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Jane the Virgin books Rosario Dawson for season 4 arc

By | January 7, 2018

Jane the Virgin is adding even more star power this year.

Rosario Dawson has booked a multi-episode arc on the CW series, the network announced at the Television Critics Association’s winter press tour Sunday.

Details on her role are being kept under wraps other than to say she’ll appear in the back half of the season.

Dawson currently stars on Marvel’s Netflix superhero shows as Claire Temple. She first appeared on Daredevil and his since had a role on each of the subsequent series, including Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, Iron Fist, and The Defenders.

Jane the Virgin returns Friday, Jan. 26, at 9 p.m. ET on the CW.

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Showtime boss on future of Shameless

By | January 6, 2018

The Gallaghers are going to be sticking around.

While Shameless was renewed for a ninth season back in November, Showtime president and CEO David Nevins is optimistic that the Emmy Rossum and William H. Macy-starring series will be around for years to come.

“I don’t know what the end point of that show is,” he told reporters at the Television Critics Association’s winter press tour Saturday. “It’s having its strongest year ever by a long shot. It’s up significantly over last year, so it has grown steadily. A lot of people feel like this was one of its best creative years, too, so as long as it keeps doing that, I’m happy to have them for as long as possible. Shows that show the ability to renew themselves get to stay — if I can afford them.”

The season 8 premiere, for instance, was the highest-rated debut since the season 3 opener. Nevins credits Netflix for drawing new viewers to the series.”It’s definitely helped introduce it to another audience, but there’s positives and negatives to that,” he says. “It’s helped its run on Showtime. Fortunately, this season that is currently running on Showtime won’t be on Netflix for another nine months. There’s a much longer period of our exclusivity, which I think is a good thing for us. The downside is I don’t want people thinking it’s a Netflix show.”

Shameless airs Sundays at 9 p.m. ET on Showtime.

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Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: Clark Gregg dissects bloodbath hour

By | January 5, 2018

Warning: This story contains major spoilers from Tuesday’s episode of Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Read at your own risk!

Friday’s episode of Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. was, quite literally, a bloodbath.

Though Fitz (Iain de Caestecker) suggested the Destroyer of Worlds take part in a fight to the death, Daisy (Chloe Bennet) was one of the few who did not die. Telepathic Inhuman Ben (Myko Olivier) was killed for lying to Kasius (Dominic Rains). Tess (Eve Harlow) was strung up for protecting new Inhuman Flint (Coy Stewart), who killed Grill (Pruitt Taylor Vince) to save Coulson (Clark Gregg) & Co. from being turned over to Kasius. May’s (Ming-Na Wen) fate hangs in the balance after being sent to the surface of the Earth. Simmons (Elizabeth Henstridge) slit Kasius’ throat, so he might be dead.

Fortunately, Fitz, Daisy, and Simmons were able to go on the run, but the question remains: Where can you really run in a post-apocalyptic future? Will Team S.H.I.E.L.D. now be trying to find their way home?

“Yes,” Gregg tells EW. “Long story short, but the No. 1 objective that’s been set up so magnificently since episode 1 is somehow or another, we have to go back to the past — not just because it’s where we belong, but because we have to find a way to keep the Earth from being destroyed. We have the added difficulty of the strong suggestion that Daisy is the one who did it.”

But there are more immediately pressing matters, namely that half of the team is now on the run, while the other half is still stuck on the lower levels of the Lighthouse. “Now they’ve got Kasius and everything at his disposal in full pursuit of them,” Gregg says, “and there’s a clock ticking that they either reunite the team and find a way out of here, or they’re going to be eradicated and perhaps get the remainder of humanity that’s living here terminated as well.”

Unfortunately, one team member is in even more peril than the rest. In order to spare May from being killed by Ben, Fitz convinced Kasius to send her to the surface, which is basically a death sentence. “There has been this idea that there’s a pocket of survivors out there who have been radioing that they have to explore, so that’s going to be part of what we do,” Gregg says. “But I don’t know how much we’ll be able to go on a rescue mission for May if we’re fighting off Kasius’ army of Kree warriors.”

Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. airs Fridays at 9 p.m. ET on ABC.

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Pose: Why Tatiana Maslany was recast on new Ryan Murphy drama

By | January 5, 2018

Though Tatiana Maslany was initially cast in Ryan Murphy’s new FX drama Pose, the Orphan Black alum was missing from the cast list when the project was ordered to series — and now we know why.

Pose, which features the most trans series regulars ever on an American television show, is set in 1980s New York City and focuses on the collision of various segments of society, including the elite rich and ballroom culture.

Back in October, it was announced that Maslany would be playing a modern dance teacher, but the role ended up being re-conceived and rewritten to be a 50-year-old African-American woman now being played by Charlayne Woodard.

“I love Tatiana and we’re friendly. We had talked about her interest in the show and I had wanted to work with her,” Murphy explained to reporters at the Television Critics Association’s winter press tour Friday. “When we got into the shooting of the pilot, it just became apparent to me that she’s a very young woman. I felt, working with our young cast, that we needed an older figure in that world to be the dance teacher, someone who is of a different generation who is more of a mentor opposed to a peer. It was very easy and we all agreed it was the right choice for the show.

“Sometimes when you’re making a show, you recast people when you’re in the middle of shooting it if you feel like we don’t have this ingredient,” Murphy continues. “This show does have an element of shows that I grew up loving, like Fame, so we needed a Debbie Allen character, to be blunt, and that’s what we decided to do.”

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Still, Murphy has high hopes that he will team up with Maslany in the future. “I love her and I want to work with her in something desperately and I will,” he says. “I’m going to keep trying to come up with something for her. I think she’s fantastic.”

The series, which stars Hailie Sahar, Indya Moore, Dominique Jackson, Angelica Ross, M.J. Rodriguez, Evan Peters, Kate Mara, and James Van Der Beek, is slated to debut in the summer.

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FX sets premiere dates for Atlanta, The Americans, Trust

By | January 5, 2018

FX has set premiere dates for the highly anticipated return of Atlanta, as well as the final season of The Americans and the debut of the television version of the Getty kidnapping drama Trust.

The second season of the Donald Glover-starring comedy, dubbed Atlanta Robbin’ Season, will bow Thursday, March 1 at 10 p.m. ET. The sixth and final season of The Americans will debut on Wednesday, March 28 at 10 p.m. ET.

Trust, which stars Brendan Fraser, Donald Sutherland, and Hilary Swank, debuts Sunday, March 25 at 10 p.m. ET.

The shows join the previously announced premiere dates for The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story (Wednesday, Jan. 17 at 10 p.m. ET) and the third season of Baskets (Tuesday, Jan. 23 at 10 p.m. ET) on FX.

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