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Hell Is Under New Management in ‘Chilling Adventures of Sabrina’ Chapter 22 (RECAP) – TV Insider


[Warning: The below contains MAJOR spoilers for Chilling Adventures of Sabrina Chapter 22, “Drag Me to Hell.”]

Who knew that being the Queen of Hell would come with so much admin? From underworld political campaigning to above-ground debt collection, Sabrina Spellman (Kiernan Shipka) finds herself with a whole host of new responsibilities in the immensely fun “Drag Me to Hell,” written by Sabrina regular Ross Maxwell. 

As someone who still frequently prays to the TV gods to bring back Bryan Fuller’s Dead Like Me, I was always going to be on board with an episode that revolved around a teenage girl collecting souls. Honestly, I could quite happily watch a full season of Sabrina dealing with the doomed and the moral quandaries that come with condemning a person to Hell. The added wrinkle here, compared to the brilliantly acerbic George in Dead Like Me, is that Sabrina isn’t just a young woman going through all the dilemmas of adolescent life, she is also the monarch of Hades itself — that adds an extra layer of complexity to the situation. 

At first, Sabrina has no intention of carrying out the Devil’s work. “I’m not condemning anyone,” she tells a growingly frustrated Madame Satan (Michelle Gomez), who is slowly losing her grip on power. Sabrina wants to put Satan behind her and get back to regular high school life, like practicing her cheerleading routine for the upcoming Baxter High pep rally — a routine set to Run DMC’s “Tricky” (as performed by the Sabrina cast). I swear, between the insanely catchy “Straight To Hell” music video, the Fright Club rock band (this week singing “Teenage Dirtbag”), and now the Glee-like cheerleader songs, Sabrina must have a cast-performed soundtrack in the works.

However, as enjoyable as it is to see Sabrina and Roz (Jaz Sinclair) rapping, it can’t be all play and dance numbers all the time, especially when you have important work duties to fulfill. Sabrina might not like the idea of dragging souls to the underworld, but if she doesn’t, the freshly primped Prince of Hell, Caliban (Sam Corlett), is ready to swoop in and take the throne for himself. And given that Caliban’s first act as leader would be to declare war on Earth, Sabrina can’t afford to sit idly by, and so, she puts down her pom-poms and gets to work.

CAOS Roz and Sabrina

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Most high school students’ first foray into the working world is delivering newspapers or mowing the neighbor’s lawn, not sentencing a person to eternal damnation. It’s certainly not an easy task, and Sabrina rightfully struggles with the implications, particularly when her first subject is a sweet old man who sold his soul merely to become the world’s greatest chess master. That doesn’t sound deserving of Hell to Sabrina, and so she ignores protocol and allows the man to go to Heaven — the decision befittingly represented by two hearses, one black, one white. “You really are the worst,” Madame Satan tells Sabrina when she finds out what she did.

With Caliban and the other denizens of Hell in uproar, Lilith persuades them to give Sabrina one more chance to prove herself. Her next subject is one Jimmy Platt (Matty Finochio), aka “the jelly frost ice-cream guy,” and this time, Sabrina has a cunning idea. With her boyfriend, Nick (Gavin Leatherwood), still possessed by Lucifer (Luke Cook) and chained up in a dungeon, the young witch plans to take Jimmy’s soul and then immediately transfer the Dark Lord into Jimmy’s dead body. Let’s call it, killing two birds with one soul — or a “Freaky Friday” as Harvey (Ross Lynch) puts it. 

The Fright Club’s afternoon of corpse theft is hindered, however, when they find out that Jimmy is not your average, friendly ice-cream scooper. Jimmy has been extending his time on Earth by sacrificing innocent souls to the Dark Lord (i.e., killing children), and that’s what he intends to continue doing when Sabrina arrives to collect his debt. He’s already kidnapped his next sacrifice, a three-year-old girl called Lucy (Evelyn Burke), which means Sabrina can’t take his soul (or carry out her body transfer) without knowing the girl is safe first. 

There’s a nice ratcheting up of tension in this story, as Sabrina is curtailed every time it looks like she’s ahead. After Roz uses her cunning to help locate the missing girl, Sabrina teleports herself into a freezer, where Jimmy has Lucy locked up, but she’s unable get back out. Again, it’s left to Lilith to save the day. There is definitely a maternal quality to Madame Satan, and part of that came from living as Mary Wardwell. Lilith didn’t just decide to retain the Baxter High teacher’s form because she likes the face, it’s because she grew personally attached to Ms. Wardwell, and it’s telling that when she returns Lucy to her mother, she gives her name as Mary Wardwell.

In the end, Sabrina gets the job done by disguising herself as a young boy and siccing her S&M-wearing zombie bodyguard on Jimmy (I forgot to say, Sabrina has a silent work colleague), and this time, she feels no remorse about her actions. “Burn this trash,” she tells her minions in Hell. “Feel free to get creative with his suffering.” And with her first soul successfully captured, Sabrina declares that Hell is under new management and requires a serious makeover. “The reformation of Hell starts now,” she announces to Caliban and the incredulous three kings — just wait until she gets them performing choreographed dance routines!

However, there is still the problem of Nick and his possession. Lucifer is strengthening within the handsome warlock and starts to spread his influence throughout the Academy, which is awful timing for the Spellman aunts, who have just reopened the school. Zelda (Miranda Otto) struggles to gain respect from the children, who snicker and call her names behind her back. The insolence drives Zelda to breaking point, and she uncharacteristically lashes out, slapping Agatha (Adeline Rudolph) across the face. Obviously, it turns out that Zelda and the unruly kids were under the influence of the Dark Lord, who releases an intrusion of mind-controlling cockroaches from his mouth. 

When Zelda and Hilda (Lucy Davis) find out what’s going on, they realize that once again, Sabrina has been keeping secrets. “I thought the Dark Lord was bad, I thought he was dangerous,” says Zelda, “but Lilith preserve us from his demented lovesick daughter.” Of course, Sabrina defends herself, telling her Aunties that she couldn’t just leave Nick in Hell to suffer in torment. She owed it to him to try and help get Lucifer out of his body and into someone else’s. “Where do you expect to find another vessel strong enough to withstand being turned into a flesh Acheron for the Devil himself?” asks Zelda, just as Ambrose (Chance Perdomo) and Prudence (Tati Gabrielle) teleport home with an ideal body in tow.

CAOS Roz and Harvey

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Ambrose and Prudence have been in the Scottish Highlands searching for Father Blackwood (Richard Coyle). They manage to track him down at Loch Ness, which Ambrose reveals lies atop a powerful rift in the universe, one that can mess with time and space. It isn’t entirely clear what this means until we see a disheveled looking Father Blackwood, his once slicked-back hair now a shaggy afro, his usually clean-shaven face sporting an untamed beard. He also sounds more Welsh than ever. Faustus has obviously been through some stuff.

He recites an enchantment in front of the lake, and a swamp beast rises from the water holding some sort of egg. It’s not how the Loch Ness monster is usually depicted — it looks more like an 80s Doctor Who villain. Blackwood collects the egg and calls over his “sacrifices,” which are two teenage children — this was an episode of sacrificial kids. Prudence ambushes her father before he can hurt the children, and this is when things get even more Doctor Who. Blackwood says he’s been gone for 15 years, even though only a month has passed since he escaped the Academy. “The old ones are returning to reclaim the Earth,” he says, just as Lucifer did in the last episode. “And then, the eldritch terrors.” 

Faustus’ words are not just the nonsensical ramblings of a mad man, as the two teenage children reveal themselves to be Judith and Judas, the twins who were just babies when we last saw them. Something is seriously amiss here. In shock and in need of a cuppa, Ambrose & Prudence take Blackwood (and the twins) with them back to Greendale, just as Sabrina is looking for a vessel to contain the Dark Lord. There’s a neat converging of stories in this episode, and putting Blackwood and Lucifer together brings up lots of exciting possibilities for the rest of the season. 

As I said in my previous recap, I appreciate how fast-moving Sabrina is, and already we’ve seen Nick rescued from the underworld, Sabrina take over as Hell’s sovereign, and Lucifer removed from Nick’s body. Not to mention Ambrose and Prudence swiftly finding and returning Blackwood in just two episodes — I was worried that story would drag on all season. If the show can keep up this pace all season, then we’re in for a hell of a ride.

Additional Notes

  • Theo (Lachlan Watson) is often the most short-changed when it comes to side-characters, but it seems he may be getting a romance storyline this season, as we see him bonding with new kid Robin (Jonathan Whitesell).
  • So what are the “eldritch terrors” that Blackwood mentioned? Well, the word “eldritch” means something strange or otherworldly and is often associated with Lovecraftian literature. The “Eldritch Abomination” is a popular feature of horror and fantasy works, and usually takes the form of an alien-type creature that defies all sense of logic and reality. Given that Sabrina has now introduced time travel, I suspect we may see an Eldritch Abomination at some point this season.
  • “Would they have called Faustus a bitch?” Zelda complains to her sister after the students mock her. “And he was a little bitch,” she continues. “Yeah, he was a bit of a bitch wasn’t he?” Hilda agrees. I love to see the Spellmans on the same page.

Click here for more episode recaps for Chilling Adventures of Sabrina.

Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, Part 3, Streaming, Netflix



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7 Grammy Performances of the 2010s That Made Headlines (VIDEOS) – TV Insider



The 62nd Annual Grammy Awards are Sunday, January 26 and plenty of fabulous performances are on the horizon as the ceremony rings in a new decade.

Reflecting on memorable moments from years past, we’re rewatching the performances that made headlines in the 2010s from Macklemore and Ryan Lewis’ mass marriage gathering to Kesha’s emotional “Praying.” See the full roundup below and don’t miss the first performances of the new decade when the Grammys air on CBS.

Lady Gaga “Born This Way” (2011)



Lady Gaga made headlines when she was carried down the carpet inside a giant egg. She emerged from the vessel singing “Born This Way”in one of the awards’ most memorable performances.

Adele “Rolling in the Deep” (2012)

The British songstress wowed viewers with a rendition of her smash hit “Rolling in the Deep.” Her performance even earned a standing ovation from The Beatles’ Paul McCartney.

Beyonce and Jay Z “Drunk in Love” (2014)

The husband-and-wife duo spiced up the Grammys stage with their steamy performance of “Drunk in Love.” This peak performance was bound to make headlines from the beginning.

Madonna and Macklemore & Ryan Lewis with Mary Lambert “Open Your Heart” & “Same Love” (2014)



The showstopping performance featured a slew of artists as a mass marriage ceremony took place featuring heterosexual and same-sex couples.

Ed Sheeran “Shape of You” (2017)



The singer-songwriter took to the stage with his loop-pedal, highlighting the ways in which he builds sound over the course of a performance. The display earned plenty of buzz from those not familiar with the artist’s live shows.

Kesha “Praying” (2018)

Kesha returned to the spotlight to perform her powerful tune, which was written following a lengthy court battle with her former producer Dr, Luke, whom she’d accused of assault. The emotional moment also features various superstars singing alongside her in support.

Bruno Mars with Cardi B. “Finesse” (2018)

Mars joined rapper Cardi B. for a performance of their song “Finesse,” and the rendition took the house down. If people didn’t know Cardi B. before, they definitely did after this performance.

Grammys, Sunday, January 26, 8/7c, CBS



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Part Two’ (PHOTOS) – TV Insider



This Is Us continues its trilogy of episodes entitled “A Hell of a Week” with “Part Two” on Tuesday, January 28.

Kevin (Justin Hartley) and Sophie (Alexandra Breckenridge) take center-stage in the sneak peek images teasing the episode. Unlike last week’s episode being all about Randall (Sterling K. Brown), this installment shifts the focus to Kevin’s own story.

As viewers were teased in the previous episode, Kevin is visiting Sophie and attending her mother’s funeral. Could emotions and shared memories push them back together again? Fans will have to tune in to find out, but for now, click through the images above for a peek at what’s to come.

This Is Us, Tuesdays, 9/8c, NBC



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Ewan McGregor Calls Obi-Wan Series Drama ‘Bulls—‘


Yesterday, rumors that the Obi-Wan Disney+ Series production shut down and is being delayed arose, and fans didn’t quite know what to think. The future of Ewan McGregor’s series for the Disney streaming app was unclear following reports that the production team was sent home. Now, McGregor says filming will pick back up next year. Initially, it was rumored that Disney was axing the show completely, but it was later reported the project had merely been placed on hold and the filming crews had been sent packing, albiet for the time being.

Now, Ewan McGregor is breaking his silence on the matter by confirming that production is taking a hiatus and filming is expected to resume sometime in 2021. Speaking with Entertainment Tonight, McGregor had this to say about the current status of the Disney+ Obi-Wan Kenobi series:

“The scripts are really, really good. They want to make them better. And they just slid the production to shooting next year. So it’s not as dramatic as it sounds… It’s not that dramatic. I think we have the same– We’re airing on the same day and all that stuff.”

In another report from TheWrap, Ewan McGregor echoes these sentiments, further stressing that the stories are not as negative as they might sound.

“All this bulls— about creative differences and all that stuff is, none of it true. We just pushed the dates. Episode IX came out, everyone had more time to read the stuff that had been written, and they felt that they wanted to do more work on it. So they slid the shoot. It’s not nearly as dramatic as it sounds online.”

McGregor is likely referring to the reports that Lucasfilm president and Obi-Wan Kenobi producer Kathleen Kennedy was not particularly happy with the show’s scripts. It was also speculated that production could resume as early as this summer as long as the scripts were reworked to Kennedy’s satisfaction, but as McGregor has revealed, it’s not going to be quite that soon. By pushing the production start date all the way to 2021, the writers will have an entire year to develop a story that’s as great as it can possibly be. In any case, what’s clear is that we’re not going to be seeing the series premiere anytime soon.

Plot details are scarce regarding the Obi-Wan Kenobi series, and that’s going to likely be the case for a while yet considering all of the scripts are about to be rewritten. What is known is that McGregor will be reprising the titular role of the Star Wars fan favorite for the show, and Deborah Chow had signed on to direct. This will also mark the first time McGregor have physically appeared in the franchise as Obi-Wan Kenobi since 2005’s Revenge of the Sith, though his voice as the character can be heard in The Force Awakens and The Rise of Skywalker.

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The success of The Mandalorian on Disney+ likely puts even more pressure on Obi-Wan Kenobi, as Lucasfilm will certainly want their next Star Wars series to be just as strong. When it premiered on the streaming service last November, the show became an immediate success, thanks in part to the popularity of its breakout star nicknamed “Baby Yoda.” With many Star Wars fans even preferring The Mandalorian over The Rise of Skywalker, the bar has been set high for what fans can expect from the Disney+ shows, so it’s not hard to see the reasoning behind the studio’s insistence on making the Obi-Wan Kenobi scripts perfect.

It’s going to be a bit of a wait before we can watch the Obi-Wan Kenobi series, but it’s nice to know that production is just on hold and not canceled completely. Meanwhile, season 2 of The Mandalorian will be here much sooner, as showrunner Jon Favreau has revealed the series will return with new episodes in Fall 2020. McGregor’s quotes above come to us from Entertainment Tonight and TheWrap.

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‘Bachelorette’ Alum Ali Fedotowsky Opens Up About Skin Cancer Diagnosis (PHOTO) – TV Insider



Bachelorette alum Ali Fedotowsky says she was recently diagnosed with skin cancer.

The 35-year-old television personality shared the news in an Instagram post Thursday after being diagnosed with basal cell carcinoma, the most common form of skin cancer.

Fedotowsky shared photos showing the mark from her biopsy and a scar on her abdomen where she previously had cells removed. She encouraged people to get their skin checked on a regular basis.

“A couple weeks ago I found out I have skin cancer. When my dermatologist used the c-word, I just about fainted in his office. Thankfully, the type of skin cancer I have is rarely fatal and really never fatal when you catch it early. It’s called Basal cell carcinoma,” Fedotowsky wrote.

“Basal cell carcinoma is super common. The most common skin cancer. You probably know someone who has it. So it’s no big deal. But what IS a big deal is not treating it and treating it early. That is why going to a dermatologist and getting your skin checked every year is SO important,” she said.

Fedotowsky expressed her gratitude that her cancer was caught early.

“I’m lucky it wasn’t melanoma. And I’m lucky that I caught it early,” she said. “Moving forward I plan on making it a priority of mine to use the best natural products on my skin and be rigorous about applying sunscreen and reminding all of you to do the same! I love you guys! Take care of yourselves!”

Singer Kim Caldwell, Married at First Sight alum Jamie Otis and actress Ali Landry were among those to voice their support for Fedotowsky in the comments.

“Oh mama! Thanks for the warning and reminder!! Thinking about u,” Caldwell wrote.

“Thank you for the reminder. Just booked my appointment,” Landry said.

Fedotowsky appeared in The Bachelor Season 14 before starring in The Bachelorette Season 6. She married Kevin Manno in March 2017 and has two children, daughter Molly and son Riley, with the TV and radio host.

Fedotowsky told Us Weekly in 2018 there’s “no chance in hell” of her having more children.

“We’re talking about vasectomies. Like, we are done,” she said. “I’ve had children, I’ve been through pregnancy, labor. He can do something this time.”

By Annie Martin

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The Walking Dead Creator Reveals What Caused the Zombie Apocalypse


The Walking Dead creator Robert Kirkman seems to have just revealed the cause of the mysterious virus responsible for the zombie plague. Officially bringing an end to the original comic series just last year, Kirkman closed out the story without ever revealing the origins of the virus. The cause has also never been revealed on the television series, and there’s never been an indication that this story will be explored on the show. Now, perhaps feeling there was little reason in keeping the secret to himself any longer, Kirkman has apparently offered a simple yet vague explanation.

“Space spore,” Robert Kirkman said of the origins of the zombie virus when directly asked about it by a Walking Dead fan on Twitter. With his two-word response, Kirkman stops well short of explaining just how this deadly space spore turned most of the planet’s population into the living dead, but the brief explanation is still much more than we’ve ever gotten from him before. Of course, there’s a chance Kirkman is merely having fun with his fans by providing nothing more than a random answer to the question, meaning it’s possible the “space spore” explanation could have been said in jest.

Still, it’s also worth noting that in a 2018 Q&A session on Tumblr, Kirkman joked that he’d one day reveal the origins of the zombie virus with no fanfare, and this could in fact be what the comic book creator is up to here. “Maybe years after it’s all over I’ll just casually mention it in an interview. That seems like a very J.K. Rowling thing to do,” Kirkman said of the idea. He goes on to explain how it wouldn’t benefit the story, adding: “It couldn’t be less important to the story and the lives of these characters. It would be completely out of place in the story. Honestly if a scientist from Washington came to the character and told them what happened the characters would just shrug and say ‘Oh… okay…’ it wouldn’t change their lives at all… and… I’ve said too much.”

The TV series could wind up surpassing the timeline of the Walking Dead comic book series, and it’s always possible the show could venture into this territory that Kirkman felt was better left unexplored in the comics. However, the chances of that happening seem incredibly unlikely at this point. It would seem that the closest the characters came to finding out more about the virus came all the way back in the first season when they visited the CDC. After the facility was destroyed, there went any hope about finding a potential cause, or a cure, for the bizarre contagion.

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At the end of the day, The Walking Dead has never been about the science behind the plague, but how relatable its characters are. Rick Grimes would not be able to develop a cure or provide any answers any better than any of us could in the same situation, and the story has always been about survival in a deadly world none of the characters know anything about. If you need an explanation, however, just go with Kirkman’s “space spore” answer. This news comes to us from Robert Kirkman on Twitter.

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Nicole Richie Guest Stars on ‘Bless This Mess’ (PHOTOS) – TV Insider



Nicole Richie is returning to farm life — and bringing the city back into Rio (Lake Bell) and Mike’s (Dax Shepard) lives in rural Nebraska — on this season of Bless This Mess.

The actress will be recurring as Sierra, Rio’s NYC BFF, and TV Insider has an exclusive first look at her first appearance.

Richie’s arc begins with the February 4 episode, and the spoiled Upper-East-Sider — though she’d probably tell you she’s from Brooklyn — is looking forward to hosting her wedding at the couple’s “super rustic, kind of gross” farm.

The ABC comedy received a full-season order in November. “Bless This Mess has quickly become a fan favorite, due in large part to the expert wit of co-creators Lake Bell and Elizabeth Meriwether, and our incredibly talented and charismatic cast,” Karey Burke, president of ABC Entertainment, said at the time. “This series exquisitely captures a witty and warm look into the close-knit communities of America’s heartland, and we are so excited to deliver more stories from ‘Bucksnort’ to the masses.”

Click through the gallery above for a look at Richie’s guest spot.

Bless This Mess, Tuesdays, 8:30/7:30c, ABC



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‘Lone Star,’ ‘Whiskey’ Reactions, ‘New Pope,’ Hopes for ‘Emergence’ & More – TV Insider



Welcome to the Q&A with TV critic (also known to some TV fans as their “TV therapist”) Matt Roush, who’ll try to address whatever you love, loathe, are confused or frustrated or thrilled by in today’s vast TV landscape.

One caution: This is a spoiler-free zone, so we won’t be addressing upcoming storylines here unless it’s already common knowledge. Please send your questions and comments to [email protected] (or use the form at the end of the column) and follow me on Twitter. Look for Ask Matt columns on most Tuesdays and Fridays.

Lone Star, Stop Goofing Around!

Question: 9-1-1: Lone Star is a real imposter of 9-1-1. Get real and serious, folks. We don’t want to see the fire chief so vain about losing his hair and acting like a fool. I am shocked at Rob Lowe for accepting this role. 9-1-1 is serious. They show what goes on with emergencies and with what happens in the station between the folks. The last straw in Lone Star was when that lady called the number about her neighbor. I know we have nutty folks out there, but this took the cake. I will not be watching it anymore  But I PRAY THE REAL 9-1-1 COMES BACK ON SOON. AND IT GIVES US REAL ACTING. — Diane

Matt Roush: If only there were a line to call about TV emergencies… but I digress. Not being one to confuse 9-1-1 with high drama — I enjoy it when I tune in mainly because the crises and stunts are so outrageous — I actually appreciated the levity in parts of the two-part Lone Star opener. The original isn’t without a sense of humor at times as well, but for Rob Lowe of all pretty-boy actors to participate in a spoof of vanity — even worrying about his hair treatments during a cancer diagnosis (and we can all sign on to his skin-care regimen) — showed guts, as far as I’m concerned. Mocking the bigotry of the nuisance caller was also a self-reflective jab at how self-consciously diverse — race, sexuality, creed — his new crew is. I’m not making an argument here for 9-1-1: Lone Star as anything but a diversion, and spinoffs are most certainly not the direction I want TV to keep heading, but in this case, lightening things up hardly feels like a disaster.

A Shot of Bad Taste

Question: We looked forward to the new Ron Howard-produced series 68 Whiskey on Paramount Network and were overwhelmed with disappointment! We expected, perhaps, a combo of M*A*S*H* and ER and instead were treated to a graphic and filthy sex education class. Even though we’re of an older generation, we cannot understand the need for Porn101! No thanks. And yes, it’s been removed from our continuous record option. — Dave and Barb, Parma, Ohio

Matt Roush: As I noted in my own mini-review when this contemporary war dramedy premiered, I was likewise disappointed by the show’s immediate headlong dive into sophomoric and smutty shenanigans. The characters are mostly caricatures, the situations so far ludicrous, and while I’d be on board with an anti-authoritarian satire like M*A*S*H or Catch-22 set in the Afghan conflict, there’s little evidence this show could ever measure up. The ratings for the premiere were solid, so maybe it will grow in time into something more significant than an exercise in pushing cable’s ever-expanding envelope into bad taste.

Praying for Pope, and Zoey

Question: If I remember correctly, you liked HBO’s The Young Pope, so am curious to your thoughts on The New Pope. Based on just the first episode, it looks like a worthy sequel, but I wish they had extended the story arc for (the late) Francis II. It looked like a juicy battle with the Curia was brewing, as well as some philosophical discussions about returning the Church to its roots.

As to the recent discussion in your column on the scheduling of NBC’s Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist, I enjoyed the pilot, but disagree with Hal about the Sunday placement. In fact, I find the Sunday scheduling encouraging. If NBC is looking at this as the series to follow the end of the football season, then 1) expectations might be lower and 2) the season will be limited to 13 episodes, which should make it easier to maintain the quality. Both items should make renewal more likely. On the other hand, no matter how it plays out, I’m love with Jane Levy. — Rick

Matt Roush: I’m with you on The New Pope. So far, it appears to be as sophisticated and intriguing as the first series, and I’ll be following it as it goes forward. (Not able to watch weeks in advance on this one, because of the glut of TV being what it is anymore.) As for the musical Zoey, which returns Feb. 16, I agree that Sunday is hardly a death sentence for the show, and that “less is more” could be a blessing for a production this ambitious.

Crusading for Emergence

Question: I agree with other fans on ABC’s Emergence (my favorite show of the new season along with Stumptown). Usually, I’m wary of getting hooked on this type of show (Lost, Manifest) that seem to travel one of two roads: a wonderfully intriguing idea and characters, which works and gets solid ratings and therefore puts you in a weird spot of loving a show that may run for years because if they pay off the central mystery, it’s over; or it doesn’t get ratings, keeps building to a crescendo in season 1, ends on a terrific cliffhanger and gets canceled and the fans are left in permanent limbo. So far, I am an unabashed fan hoping for the former and willing to ride this one wherever it goes. — Michael

Matt Roush: Unfortunately, Emergence for all of its virtues isn’t a breakout hit like either Lost or even Manifest — but who knows how they’re reading the metrics on shows like these anymore? Like you, I’d follow this thriller — and especially Allison Tolman (and more recently Enver Gjokaj as the appealing Agent Brooks) — wherever and for as long as they’d take us, but the real cliffhanger will be whether ABC gives the show a second chance. The network’s track record isn’t great; remember Forever, which wasn’t? But at least we have one more exciting episode to finish out the first season.

Hey, You, What Happened?

Question: Why did they take the show You and put it on a channel we do not get? We used to watch it every Sunday. — Debbie

Matt Roush: It’s getting to the point where referring to Netflix as “a channel we do not get” is akin to regarding cable as a pesky neighbor of broadcast we’d just as happily ignore. The TV world has once again changed, and streaming services are a fact of life, with Netflix the behemoth. While I get that not everyone is able or willing to add Netflix to their plate, its existence is impossible to ignore. To this particular issue, You was a critical success but ratings disappointment for Lifetime, and while the channel had renewed You for a second season before the first even aired, the show probably would have died there if Netflix hadn’t picked it up — and You only gained traction among viewers (despite critics’ and Lifetime’s best efforts) when it began streaming. I imagine the second season will eventually be available on DVD for holdouts. I recommend it.

When Two is Too Much

Question: I like Last Man Standing, but I don’t understand the new format of it being on for an hour, with two half-hour episodes. — Cynthia

Matt Roush: As you probably noticed this week, Fox is now back to airing a single episode of Last Man Standing on Thursdays, paired with the new sitcom Outmatched. Airing back-to-back episodes for the first weeks of January may have been a stunt to call attention to the popular sitcom’s midseason return, having sat out the fall, and also a way to squeeze in more new episodes because of the backlog. Either way, given the critical reception (including mine) for the new comedy, Fox may have been better off with a full hour of Last Man Standing after all.

That’s all for now. Thanks as always for reading, and remember that I can’t do this without your participation, so please keep sending questions and comments about TV to [email protected] or shoot me a line on Twitter (@TVGMMattRoush), and you can also submit questions via the handy form below. Please include a first name with your question.



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New on Disney+ February 2020


As we round out what has come and gone on Disney Plus in January 2020 it’s time to prepare for what’s next. Disney’s streaming service has plenty to offer in February with some vault titles like Lion King (2019) returns to the streamer and new episodes of original shows like Diary of a Future President, Disney Family Sundays and Marvel’s Hero Project. Some of the more anticipated debuts in February include Lamp Life, a Toy Story spin-off short which features Woody and Bo Peep, the feature film debut of Timmy Failure: Mistakes and of course all-new episode of the newly reborn Star Wars: The Clone Wars. Don’t have Disney+ yet? You can sign up right now.

On Disney+ Tuesday, January 28

The Lion King 2019 on Disney Plus January 2020

On Disney+ Friday, January 31

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  • Diary of a Future President – Episode 103 – “Disaster Relief”

In an attempt to find her “reason for being,” Elena tries to become Orange Bay Middle’s Hurricane Watch Captain. Bobby prepares to go to “Miami Second Base” with new crush Monyca-with-a-Y. Gabi is excited to have her first real date with Sam, but family obligations keep getting in the way.

  • Disney Family Sundays – Episode 113 – “Tangled: Paper Lanterns”

The Wulf family lights up when they help host Amber Kemp-Gerstel work on a craft inspired by Disney’s Tangled.

Bo Peep makes a big comeback in Disney and Pixar’s Toy Story 4 and she leads the way in Pixar’s all-new animated short film, Lamp Life. Lamp Life answers the question of what happened to Bo since we last saw her in Toy Story 2. Join Woody and Giggle McDimples as Bo recounts her wild adventures. The film airs exclusively on Disney+.

  • Marvel’s Hero Project – Episode 113 – “Soaring Seamus”

Seamus wants to give back to those who serve-the men and women who are willing to risk everything to ensure his freedom. He created a fundraising organization that taps into his love of rock-climbing to raise money for the families of fallen and wounded soldiers, so they can keep climbing towards their own dreams. Seamus is already a hero, but now, he’s about to become a Marvel Super Hero.

One Day At Disney on Disney Plus January 2020
  • One Day At Disney – Episode 109 – “Rob Richards: El Capitan Organist”

Rob Richards takes us on a historical journey of the mighty Wurlitzer Organ at the El Capitan Theatre. It has been his lifelong ambition to play the Wurlitzer for Disney, and after years of honing his craft in pizza parlors around the US, Richards fulfilled his mission to bring the Disney canon to audiences in a whole new way.

On Disney+ Saturday, February 1

  • Around The World In 80 Days
  • Big Business
  • The Sandlot (Returning Title)
  • Wicked Tuna (Season 1-2)

On Disney+ Sunday, February 2

On Disney+ Wednesday, February 5

On Disney+ Friday, February 7

Diary of a Future President on Disney Plus February 2020
  • Diary of a Future President – Episode 104 – “The National Mall”

In an effort to stop waiting for womanhood to come to them, Elena and Sasha stray from their usual mall stores to the forbidden Intimates & More – which leads Elena to become an accidental criminal. Bobby’s friends throw a kickback to try to help Bobby get more alone time with Monyca. Gabi tries to prove to her boss that she’s perfect for the new case at work.

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  • Disney Family Sundays – Episode 114 – “Toy Story: Toy Bins”

The Freeman family joins host Amber Kemp-Gerstel for a craft inspired by Pixar’s Toy Story films.

Marvel's Hero Project on Disney Plus February 2020
  • Marvel’s Hero Project – Episode 114 – “Dynamic Danielle”

After a trip from California to build a house for a family in Mexico, Daniella decided she needed to keep building. She dedicated her time to fundraising for materials and trip costs to build more homes, with over a dozen families benefiting directly from her efforts. She’s also a leader, inspiring other young people to follow in her footsteps. Now, Marvel recognizes her as a true Super Hero.

One Day At Disney on Disney Plus February 2020
  • One Day At Disney – Episode 110 – “Grace Lee: Storybook Artist”

Disney Publishing Worldwide’s Grace Lee provides an intimate look into the world of illustration and storytelling. Lee’s interest in the power of images began at an early age and inspired her to work in the visual arts. Today, Grace spends her days collaborating with filmmakers and other creatives to extend Disney’s most beloved stories from screen to book.

Timmy Failure: Mistakes Were Made on Disney Plus February 2020
  • Timmy Failure: Mistakes Were Made – Premiere

Directed by award-winning filmmaker Tom McCarthy, Disney+’s Timmy Failure: Mistakes Were Made, based on the best-selling book of the same name, follows the hilarious exploits of our quirky, deadpan hero, Timmy Failure, who, along with his 1,500-pound polar bear partner Total, operates Total Failure Inc., a Portland detective agency.

On Disney+ Sunday, February 9

On Disney+ Friday, February 14

  • My Dog, The Thief
  • Splash
  • Because of Winn-Dixie
  • Diary of a Future President – Episode 105 – “Whistleblower”

When Elena learns her school mascot honors a man with a horrific past, she makes it her mission to have the mascot changed. Bobby grapples with his heritage when an opposing team member makes fun of him for the way his name is spelled. Gabi tries to find the work-life balance between a case she’s thrilled to be working on and a boss who doesn’t have boundaries.

Disney's Fairy Tale Weddings on Disney Plus February 2020
  • Disney’s Fairy Tale Weddings – Premiere – Episode 201 – “Marching Down the Aisle”

To pull off an under-water proposal for his girlfriend Megan, David secretly travels to Hawaii, where a special performer completes the fairy tale. Passionate Ohio State fans get a wedding gift that blows their minds.

  • Disney Family Sundays – Episode 115 – “Princess and the Frog: Lily Pads”

Host Amber Kemp-Gerstel and the Wulfs build a craft inspired by Disney’s The Princess and the Frog.

  • Marvel’s Hero Project – Episode 115 – “Roving Robbie”

Robbie has a strong connection to nature, and through his journey visiting America’s 129 national monuments, he realized that they must be protected. He created a virtual reality tour of these monuments, and travels to schools to share the technology. Transporting the next generation to these special places, he hopes to instill a sense of purpose to protect them for the future.

One Day At Disney Kristina Dewberry: Imagineering Construction Manager on Disney Plus February 2020
  • One Day At Disney – Episode 111 – “Kristina Dewberry: Imagineering Construction Manager”

Kristina Dewberry, a Construction Manager for Walt Disney Imagineering, puts the finishing touches on Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge at Disneyland. After 10 years working at the company, the new immersive land has been a labor of love for this Star Wars loving cast member.

On Disney+ Sunday, February 16

  • Marvel’s Iron Man & Hulk: Heroes United

On Disney+ Thursday, February 20

  • Marvel Rising: Operation Shuri
  • Marvel Rising: Playing with Fire

On Disney+ Friday, February 21

  • My Dog, The Thief
  • Diary of a Future President – Episode 106 – “Habeas Corpus”

When Elena gets detention, she discovers a new group of kids who are so much more than their reputation. Bobby is psyched to watch a cult classic with his buddies, but is surprised when the movie forces him to reveal an aspect of his life that he wasn’t prepared to share. Meanwhile, Gabi is bummed to have lost an important case to a bigger firm, only to be significantly cheered up by Sam.

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  • Disney’s Fairy Tale Weddings – Episode 202 – “Alaska to Marry Me”

In an elaborate proposal, Jesse surprises girlfriend Alyssa with lots of ice on top of a glacier. Kylee and Ty celebrate their wedding in front of the Cinderella Castle with award winning country star Chris Janson and a pretty impressive dance off!

  • Disney Family Sundays – Episode 116 – “Aristocats: Headbands”

The Pyle-Lawrence ladies join host Amber Kemp-Gerstel for a craft inspired by Disney’s Aristocats.

  • Marvel’s Hero Project – Episode 116 – “Genesis The Amazing Animal Ally”

Genesis is a fierce advocate for the care and safekeeping of all kinds of creatures, and her activism is inspiring others to follow her lead. She dedicates her time volunteering to help protect all kinds of animals, ensuring they have safe environments and receive treatment when they are injured. Now, Marvel recognizes her compassion and service as she becomes a member of Marvel’s Hero Project.

  • One Day At Disney – Episode 112 – “Vince Caro: Pixar Recording Engineer”

Vince Caro, Senior Recording & Mixing Engineer at Pixar Animation Studios, captures the magic of sound in Pixar films. Working with some of the most dynamic filmmaking and acting talent in animation, Vince’s job is nothing short of exciting. Through recording voice over, sound effects, music and more, Caro is responsible for making visuals come to life through sound.

Star Wars: The Clone Wars Season 7 on Disney Plus February 2020

Captain Rex and the Bad Batch must infiltrate an enemy base on Anaxes.

On Disney+ Tuesday, February 25

  • Star Wars Resistance (Season 2)

On Disney+ Friday, February 28

  • I Captured the King of Leprechauns
  • Imagination Moves (Season 1-3)
  • Marvel’s Future Avengers (Season 1)
  • Phineas and Ferb: Star Wars
  • Diary of a Future President – Episode 107 – “Foreign Relations”

Elena desperately wants to go to her first middle school dance with Joey, only to find out that he would rather go with an eighth-grade girl. Bobby and Liam go to Jupiter to compete in a tennis tournament, but find their plans thwarted. Gabi is finally ready to donate the last of her late husband’s belongings, but her feelings change when she finds an old memento.

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  • Disney’s Fairy Tale Weddings – Episode 203 – “A Flashy Proposal”

Billy goes to great lengths to pop the question to his girlfriend with a musical flash mob at Disneyland. Jordan and Matthew celebrate their Italian roots at their wedding with a serenade from opera sensation Jackie Evancho.

  • Disney Family Sundays – Episode 117 – “Lion King: Paint Pour Artwork”

The Green family just can’t wait to be part of this “Lion King”-inspired craft.

  • Marvel’s Hero Project – Episode 117 – “Superior Salvador”

Salvador knew he was one of the lucky people in Puerto Rico whose power wasn’t terribly affected by Hurricane Maria but couldn’t understand why it was taking so long to help those who were not as fortunate. So,he put a plan into action to raise money to buy and distribute solar-powered lamps to families on the island still living in darkness. For these heroic acts, he’s a true Marvel Super Hero.

  • One Day At Disney – Episode 113- “Lupe de Santiago : Seamstress”

A seamstress at Disneyland Resort, Lupe de Santiago views her work as a passion rather than a job. Lupe fulfills her dream of working at the park by crafting and maintaining all of the costumes for attractions like It’s a Small World and The Haunted Mansion. Lupe holds herself to a standard of perfection as she strives to preserve the legacy of Disneyland Resort’s iconic troupe of seamstresses.

Shop Class on Disney Plus February 2020
  • Shop Class – Series Premiere – Episode 101 – “Hole-In-Won”

A new competition series featuring teams of young builders, who are tasked with designing, building, and testing unique creations. In each episode, a panel of experts will evaluate and test their work based on design creativity, and build functionality. In the finale episode, one team will be named “Shop Class” Champs. Teams are challenged with designing and building their very own mini golf holes.

  • Star Wars: The Clone Wars – Episode 702 – “A Distant Echo”

Anakin Skywalker, Rex, and the Bad Batch make a shocking discovery on Skako Minor.

Disney+ is the dedicated streaming home for movies and shows from Disney, Pixar, Marvel, Star Wars, National Geographic, and more, alongside exclusive Disney+ Originals. This newsletter provides regular updates on upcoming original films and series, the latest episodes, and new library titles joining the service in the U.S. Library title availability varies by region and subject to change.



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‘The Bold Type’s Melora Hardin on Jacqueline’s Personal Life in the ‘Intimate’ Season 4 – TV Insider


[Warning: The below contains MAJOR spoilers for the Season 4 premiere of The Bold Type, “Legends of the Fall Issue.”]

Jacqueline’s (Melora Hardin) no longer in charge — or even working — at Scarlet when The Bold Type Season 4 begins. But by the end of the episode, she’s back where she belongs and we’ll get to know a lot more about her this season.

“You really do get a lot more of Jacqueline’s inner layers. You get to see into her personal life a little more, into her personal struggles a little bit more deeply, and that’s a really great thing,” Hardin told TV Insider. “It’s one of the reasons I was drawn to this show and drawn to this character.”

Here, Hardin discusses the major moments of the premiere and teases what’s to come for Jacqueline in Season 4.

(Freeform/Jonathan Wenk)

Jacqueline is back at Scarlet! How is she feeling when she gets that offer and sets her terms?

Melora Hardin: She’s realized what is important to her in having that time and that she feels like she needs to carve out a little more of a space for what her own value is, her own personal value, and her own comfort in what she feels she brings to it. It’s now been confirmed that she brings something special to the magazine, that she did something she believed in, and it was widely received with lots of love and lots of enthusiasm. It gave her a little boost of confidence and maybe clarity around how she wanted to continue at Scarlet.

We saw the girls really fight for her and that issue of the magazine. How much did that mean to her?

She’s been nurturing them and she’s been mentoring them and she believes in them and their talents and in the possibility, the opportunity in their future. They all showed up in a way that made her proud and also was very moving to her and made her feel like she’s been doing a good job as far as how she’s been leading them. They stepped up in a way that was unexpected for sure, but in a way she would’ve been, “Yeah, that’s right, that makes sense, and they are the young women I thought they were.”

But Jacqueline’s going to have to get used to the switch to only digital. How’s that going to go? How will she try to pay tribute to the magazine going forward?

Obviously that first cover is a digital cover, but it’s celebrating all the covers that they’ve ever done in print. She’s one of those people that can move on, wants to move on, is continually learning and growing and stretching and challenging herself. The move is like any big change, it’s slightly uncomfortable, but she also embraces on it and dives into it and goes, “Here we go, I’m going to do this. And I can do this.” With Patrick leaving, she has to do it. She thinks this is exciting, even though it’s challenging.

Jacqueline and her husband were planning their post-Scarlet life. How is her being back at work going to affect their relationship? We start seeing it in their final conversation in the premiere, and she expected to have Patrick by her side to give her some time with her family, right?

That’s right. One of the things I really love about The Bold Type is we get to explore this woman of power that is also balancing a real life. Every woman of power I know in my life is really doing that, some more successfully than others, but ultimately we all have lives. We have relationships that we’re dealing with. We have friendships. We have hobbies. We have careers, and they’re all things we feel mutually passionate about. We have children.

(Freeform/Pantazidis Panagiotis)

She is definitely learning about valuing all the things that are important to her, and ultimately, she finds that maybe there was something about the career that was taking too much of her focus and she maybe wasn’t giving ample time to the family. It makes her reassess a little bit. You’ll watch that this season, how that unfolds and how that affects her personal life and as she’s assessing that and assessing the workplace challenges. It adds a nice new layer to Jacqueline we haven’t really been able to explore before this season.

Jacqueline also continues to fight for women outside of Scarlet with the walk against domestic violence. Will we see more events like that this season?

This wasn’t the biggest event season we’ve had. I think the second season was event after event after event. This season is more a character-driven season — that’s not to say all the workplace stuff isn’t going on — where you’re more inside the personal challenges of the characters and the way those challenges intermingle and inspire and lead and derail each other. That’s really exciting, and this season might be a little more intimate. Of course we do have our events and we are of course dealing with modern-day issues like always, but this year might be a little more personal, which I really like, with the characters.

Speaking of the characters, are there any new dynamics at work, especially with the switch to digital? Any characters you’re looking forward to fans seeing in a new light?

We have a lot of great guest stars this year. We have some really interesting things happen in the later part of the season I think everyone’s going to enjoy, some fun challenges with Kat, Jane, and Sutton. I think it’s our best season yet. The scripts have just been so strong, and the episodes are just turning out beautifully.

It’s full of all the fun and fashion and excitement and sexy, but also modern and cool, but also this layer of really being able to get inside the personal conflicts that are maybe a little more intimate. The show’s really, in a way, to me, in Season 4, finding its stride. It’s really gelled in a way that feels really just buzzy to me when I watch the episodes. It just feels like wow. It’s gone up a notch to me.

(Freeform/Jonathan Wenk)

The Bold Type, Thursdays, 9/8c, Freeform



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