Tonight at 9p on NBC’s Aquarius, David Duchovny is playing a cop unlike any other one on television today.
The year is 1967, America is going through a change. The structured lifestyles of the 40’s and 50’s are being replaced by one of free love. It is taking the older generation some time to come to grips with the changes, but they have no choice.
Sam Hodiak (David Duchovny) is a decorated World War II vet and homicide detective, and his life is about to change with a phone call. His ex-girlfriend, from before they were both married with kids, calls him because her 16 year old daughter, Emma (Emma Dumont), has gone missing. Because her current husband is about to run for office, they need to keep her disappearance a secret. He takes on the case, and as soon as he does he starts hitting road blocks because the kids don’t want to talk to the uptight pig.
Brian Shafe (Grey Damon) has been working undercover, so he speaks like the people Hodiak needs to talk to. Together the two of them work as a team to find out what happened to Emma. The find out that she has run away to be with a man named, Charles Manson (Gethin Anthony).
Since this is 1967, Manson is not yet the man we know. Who is he? That is what we are going to find out little by little each week.
As Manson becomes the manipulative criminal that he is known for today, Hodiak will continue to search for him.
Aquarius is a look back at 48 years ago and how different it was then as it is now. After all it was the dawning of the age of Aquarius and the world was in the midst of a change.
The NBC procedural is different than all the others, not only because of when it takes place but also because of the styling. It captures the era and that uniqueness makes it so captivating to watch.
We know that Jon Jonas and Ciara can sing, Cheryl Burke can dance and Jeff Dye can do comedy, but can they spin a basketball like the Harlem Globetrotters? We will find out tonight and every Tuesday this summer at 10p on NBC’s I Can Do That.
Each week Cheryl Burke, Ciara, Jeff Dye, Joe Jonas, Alan Ritchinson and Nicole Scherzinger will have to chose whether or not they can do an act that was just offered to them. If they think they can do it, they have one week to master it and perform it for us. What do they get? There is no prize, but Jeff Dye says getting out his comfort zone is reward enough.
Now back to the choosing, 4 acts demonstrate their talents one at a time. After each act one celebrity locks in that talent for their own and brings one of the other contestants to join them. Sounds easy, but it isn’t. Dye explained at the NBC Summer Press Day, “Sometimes when you commit to an act, you get all upset. You know you got the first act and then something will come out after it and you’re like, I’m already locked in with this act because they’ve gotten such good acts.” Then he added, “Then other times you sleep on something, you wait and you’re like I don’t know if I want to do that. I don’t know if I want to do that. Then you’re just stuck with the third one, and you’re like, oh, now I’ve got a week of doing this. So there’s a lot of thinking going on, which I’m not used to.” Burke chimed in, “Or if there’s an act that we may already know how to do, we wouldn’t run up and get the act because it wouldn’t be fair.” Then she added, “So the whole point of the show is to really try and step out of your comfort zone and see us at our most vulnerable state. I think that’s the beauty of the show, is you get to see us. We’re all amazing at what we do, but can we do something else? To see our personalities shine through in a whole different light is why the show is amazing, honestly.”
Joe Jonas explained why he agreed to do it, “This show is something that I think a lot of us were kind of wondering what the concept would be, how it would work out, and we’re all thrilled we did it.” Adding, “I mean, for us as creative people, it’s amazing to get up and be put in a challenge where you can’t back down. You have to just give it your all for a week. It can be anything from the Blue Man Group to the Jabbawockeezs and the Harlem Globetrotters, of course. If you’re not giving your all, it can really be a funny outcome.” But if you give it your all, there can be consequences as Burke divulged, “I mean, I thought ballroom dancing was hard. I have never been sore like this in my life.”
So what type of approach do you take when you sign up for this show? Scherzinger said, “Balls to the wall.” Then she added, “In our first show, we were all looking at each other, we’re like what are we doing? We didn’t know but we were just going with it and going full throttle. So I was really excited. I’m like let’s do it.”
So find out if they can do it on I Can Do That!
NBC announced their fall schedule and at first glance I don’t know what to think of it. I was hoping they would’ve made more changes, but maybe it’s a good thing they didn’t. They need to improve things and maybe by keeping things the same, it will help.
The biggest mistake is scheduling Neil Patrick Harris’ show at 10p. Didn’t they learn from Jay Leno, people don’t want that at 10p. That is why it’s drama heavy. I also think it’s a mistake to put the Undateable live episodes on Fridays. NBC is doing the most risky thing on television next season and they are just shoving it off on the death night. You should’ve put it on at 8p on Tuesday followed by The Voice and then maybe NPH’s dud would thrive. Sorry the Oscars and overexposure ruined NPH. People are tired of him. But who knows.
When it comes to the rest! As you know I am saying Yatta to Heroes Reborn, which will kill off Grey’s Anatomy, if ABC brings it back at its regularly scheduled time.
What do you think of the fall schedule?
NBC FALL 2015-16 SCHEDULE
8-10 P.M. — “The Voice”
10-11 P.M. — “BLINDSPOT”
8-9 P.M. — “The Voice”
9-10. PM. — “HEARTBREAKER”
10-11 P.M. — “BEST TIME EVER WITH NEIL PATRICK HARRIS” (through November)
10-11 P.M. — “Chicago Fire” (premieres in November)
8-9 P.M. — “The Mysteries of Laura”
9-10 P.M. — “Law & Order: SVU”
10-11 P.M. — “Chicago P.D.”
8-9 P.M. — “HEROES REBORN”
9-10 P.M. — “The Blacklist”
10-11 P.M. — “THE PLAYER”
On Monday we find out what the networks have planned for next season and today we found out some more shows that won’t be included on their schedules.
NBC pulled the plug on Constantine, About a Boy, Marry Me, State of Affairs and One Big Happy. I knew that NBC wasn’t going to move forward with Constantine, I was just hoping it would’ve had a new home by now. Some are saying The CW, but I am hoping for Syfy instead.
Over at Fox since Following lost its following and Backstrom never had one, they won’t be following Empire to the 2015-2016 season. Too bad they can’t cancel Wayward Pines today too.
Finally, CBS ended the ratings battle for Battle Creek, The McCarthys and Stalker.
Which show are you most upset to lose?
If you watched Chicago Fire, the first part of the three episode crossover with Law & Order: SVU and Chicago PD, then you were probably impressed with the burn victim that was featured on the show. If you thought that was impressive, seeing how makeup and hair made her look that way, will leave you absolutely dumbfounded. There are so many elements that go in to creating that look, it’s truly incredible to see it all come to life like that.
Just like the three episodes where Chicago Fire, Law & Order: SVU and Chicago PD try to find her rapist. Tonight at 8p, NBC repeats last night’s Chicago Fire Episode. Then at 9p, Law & Order: SVU takes over the case and Chicago PD finishes it at 10p. Officers from both shows talk to the woman that was raped and severely burned. She gives them some leads who did this to her and now they are off to find him. Since their search is narrowed by where he’s been 10 years ago and today, one of the Chicago Med doctors becomes a suspect. Is he the only one?
Eventually that question will be answered, and someone from Chicago PD will be kidnapped and taken to NYC by the main suspect. Will they get to her in time? You don’t want to miss the conclusion of the three part crossover starting at 8p tonight on NBC to find out.
Tonight at 10p on NBC, Chicago Fire starts off the three episode, two night crossover of Dick Wolf’s show on NBC.
The fire department gets sent to a massive building fire and inside they find a woman who has been badly burned in it. When she gets to the hospital, the doctors find out that she was raped and beaten before she was burned. Severide (Taylor Kinney) and Dawson (Monica Raymund) go back into the building and find out the fire was purposely set to hide what really happened.
When Law & Order: SVU‘s Olivia Benson (Mariska Hargitay) reads about what happened, she calls Chicago PD because it sounds like an unsolved case she worked on a decade ago. She flies to Chicago to help with investigation of the rape.
There aren’t too many people that fit the description and also lived in NYC during her case and Chicago now. Eventually they narrow their search down to one man and he kidnaps someone who is one of the three shows and takes her NYC.
Now the NY and Chicago police officers need to find him before he kills again. Will they be able to find the needle in the haystack before it’s too late? You will have to tune in for this suspenseful three episode crossover tonight at 10p and tomorrow at 9p on NBC to find out.
Even though it is a crossover, each show feels to be done by its own people. Chicago Fire, Chicago PD and Law & Order: SVU each have their own style and that comes through So fans of each show will still be able to enjoy each episode like they do every week.
Also at 10p tonight but on Esquire, it’s time for the series final of The Runner-Up. It’s almost Election Day and Clay Aiken is going to find out if he will be a US Congressman.
Clay decides to an ad to get people to vote for him. Even though he didn’t want to go negative he decides to listen to his people and do just that. After it runs, they get a call from FactCheck.org that says some of the things in the ad might be accurate. Will that get him in trouble?
Finally, when that is all dealt with, it is finally Election Day. Clay decides to visit the polls personally, but something happens that put that all in jeopardy.
Now it’s time for the results. Things are looking good for him at the beginning of the night, but will it continue?
You just have to tune in for this educational and enjoyable docuseries’ finale to find out. I am sincerely sad this show is ending.
Juan Pablo Di Pace is playing the role of a lifetime because he is playing Jesus Christ in AD: The Bible Continues on NBC starting tonight at 9p. Even though this is the role he always wanted on his acting resume, he found it to be a huge responsibility, daunting and he’s humbled to be playing it.
Juan Pablo Di Pace grew up in religious household, so this was a dream role for him and his mother. In fact it might’ve been a role he was born to play. He explained at the NBC TCA Winter Press Day, “My mother is a religious painter. She has a painting in the Vatican. So I grew up with all of that. My name, actually, Juan Pablo, comes from John Paul II. So, you know, it was going to happen at some point.”
Then he talked more about his mom, and her paintings. He said, “She’s been painting Jesus and the saints and angels her whole life. Marta Maineri she’s called, my mother. And, yes, thanks to her teaching me about Michelangelo, about Caravagio about The Passion and all the scenes in the Bible, I was very familiar with a lot of moments in AD as well.” Then he added, “I remember when I was 12, she took me to the Sistine Chapel, and we saw The Pieta. I remember thinking, ‘Wow, this is the most beautiful piece of art.’ He concluded with, “Fast forward many years later, and there I am full of blood. Greta Scacchi is holding me in her arms, and I’m thinking this is just like a dream, it’s magic, it’s beautiful.”
Since his mother was such a big part of his religious upbringing, Executive Producer Roma Downey said that they flew her in to see her son’s crucifixion as they filmed it for the 12 part series, so that she could be there as emotional support for her son. How was she effected by seeing her son go through that? He said she is working on new paintings because, “She was actually taking inspiration from set.”
To see what inspired her new paintings and more importantly to see his brilliant performance as Jesus, tune in AD: The Bible Continues tonight and every Sunday at 9p on NBC.
How else can we explain why, according to TV Line, NBC announced today that they are bringing back his lackluster sitcom Coach for a 13 episode run?
I get why Fox is bringing back The X-Files and Showtime has Twin Peaks, but Coach? Is that even on syndication anywhere? Has anyone ever said that they want to see more episodes of Coach?
I can think of at 1,000 other sitcoms I would rather see NBC bring back for an update before Coach. Especially since Nelson is one of the blandest stars on television and yet he’s barely is ever out of work. So I have to wonder what he has on people because there are so many many many many many other actors who are better than him and more enjoyable to watch.
Are you the one person who is excited that Coach will be back for 13 more episodes?
Undateable was the summer’s biggest surprise hit, and tonight at 9p the highlarious comedy is back on NBC for its second season.
The whole gang is back at the bar and this time there is a new member working with them. Candace (Bridgit Mendler) is the new ditzy, but loveable waitress at Black Eyes bar. This role is a lot different from the one she played on Good Luck Charlie and it suits her. For her fans, you will be happy to hear she does sing on it.
When it comes to other guys, Justin (Brent Morin) is still dealing with his breakup to Nicki. So much so, Danny (Chris D’Elia) convinces him to try a one-night stand. Let’s just say no matter how much coaching Danny gives his roommate, Justin still manages to mess it up in his own special way. And Danny just makes it worse in his special way.
Then there’s Brett (David Fynn), Burski (Rick Glassman), Shelly (Ron Funches) and Leslie (Bianca Kajlich) and they are there to support their friends in their own special way. A way that makes you laugh so hard, you will be crying. Oh, and when it comes to Leslie, I will tell you she is the butt of all jokes tonight.
So tune into Undateable tonight and every Tuesday at 9p for a sitcom that is totally dateable!
Then at 9:30p, One Big Happy premieres on NBC. Lizzy and Luke have been best friends forever, they live together and now they are having a kid together. Why aren’t they together together? They both like the same thing, women. Everything has been going great for them until he meets Prudence and it is love at first sight and marriage on the second date. Now the three of them are living together as husband, wife and baby mama. How will it work out for them? You will just have to watch.
The show’s creator, Liz Feldman, wrote my favorite episode of 2 Broke Girls, so I had a lot of hope for the show. Sadly, that hope quickly faded with every episode I saw of the show and I saw four. The jokes and the chemistry feel forced, and Cuthbert is just unlikable. I hope that the show will get better, but sadly, I don’t think it will.
After just five episodes, NBC has pulled Allegiance from their Thursday night lineup. The spy drama will be replaced at 10p by the mini-series The Slap that previously aired at 8p. Blacklist remains at 9p.
Personally, I am surprised by their decision because Allegiance seemed to be doing better than The Slap. Plus, I am not sure how well The Slap will do in its new timeslot. It doesn’t seem like a 10p show to me, but you never know it can surprise us.
Poor NBC went from Must See TV on Thursday to Must Skip TV.
UPDATE: Allegiance’s star Scott Cohen Tweeted an update about the show’s future, “all @NBCAllegiance fans now and to come; sucky news, cancelled. ALL eps to air in summer! contact @NBC and say how upset you might be!!”