Tuesday, September 24, 2013

THE BLACKLIST SERIES PREMIERE

(RECAP AND REVIEW)

THE BLACKLIST
EPISODE 1 "PILOT"
NETWORK: NBC 
ORIGINAL AIR DATE: SEPTEMBER 24TH 2013
SPECIAL GUESTS: N/A

SYNOPSIS: The race to stop a terrorist begins in the premiere of this crime series about a most-wanted fugitive who works with a rookie FBI profiler to take down criminals and evildoers.

  

                




RECAP AND REVIEW: WARNING *SPOILERS AHEAD*

With all the advertisements and promos that have been released regarding the Blacklist, you would think that you would already know the plot. Well on one hand yea, you’ve got the gist of it; Reddington, who is on FBI’s top ten most wanted turns himself in and demands to only speak to profiler Elizabeth Keen, he then informs her about a kidnapping and there is something about a bomb and a crash on a bridge. OK all of this is true, but this is only half of what went down in this drama packed, high action thriller on NBC!

 
  OK. Lets start from the beginning Reddington turns himself in to the FBI and will only speak to Elizabeth Keen. (Did anyone else like that box they held him in?) One has to ask a few questions; why is he turning himself in now, why will he only deal with Elizabeth Keen, and how involved is he in this kidnapping plan? Well when he tell Elizabeth about the Generals daughter, she believes him and she and a team head to her dance class in an attempt to stop the kidnapping. They get there, pick her up and it seems all is well, until a big ass truck comes out of nowhere and slams into the car with the girl in it. The kidnappers, shoot up  the FBI escort, set fire to the bridge and one gives Ms. Keen a choice, when he offers the gas mask for the girl. She takes it and ultimately helps give the girl to the kidnappers so they won’t hurt her trying to pull her out of the flipped SUV. (finally a girl that can choose the lesser of two evils)
  
Angry about the girl being taken, she heads back to Reddington demanding answers, he offers a trade; more help for better accommodations. The FBI accepts and he trades FBI cuffs for a penthouse 4 star hotel room. Keen heads home to her husband to try and smooth things over since she missed their adoption appointment, and finds the house full of pink and white balloons, and her husband beaten and bloody strapped to a chair in their living room. Zamani (the kidnapper) is demanding answers and stabbing her husband, he leaves with no questions answered b/c well she did know anything and Keen’s husband is rushed to the hospital.

Livid, fuming and wanting a little of her own revenge, Keen stalks back to Reddingtons room, and when he doesn’t answer her questions; she stabs him in the neck with a pen. (Ouch, now Lizzie he can’t talk if he can barely breathe js) He’s taken to the hospital, and she is kinda kicked off the Reddington Case. Reddington escapes his minimum security hospital room and starts roaming the streets of DC until he meets up with Zamani and it turns out that he may have had a bit more to do with the kidnapping and the attack on Keen’s husband that previously anticipated. (looks like he set it all up, well mayb part of it, or he knew about it in advance and asked for a favor, we’re not sure and he is a criminal) And this kind of hmm well mayb, kinda, is what keeps the suspense going through the whole show, even when you think you have answers, it’s like your only seeing one side of the equation.

  

Anyway, a friend of Reddington disarms the bomb strapped to the kidnapped girls chest, and they get Reddington back into FBI custody, who then proceeds to make himself a deal to help the FBI round up the criminals that really matter, as long as he’s not in cuffs and he only speaks to Keen. (did anyone else feel like he may be a spy coming in from the cold, or that he was recruited by the CIA for this very purpose who then lost control of him?) Of Course the FI says yes, and Lizzie heads home to scrub the blood from her carpet in the dining room, realizing that stain ain’t eva coming out, she cuts into it and rips it up only to find a box hidden in the floorboards of her dining room, filled with cash, a gun, and more passports than she can count all with her husband’s face and different names.  (looks like the hubby has been a bad boy) So was the husband tortured because he was a spy, was he tortured right on top of his safe box because reddigton knew it was there? Questions questions.. She heads to reddington and the look on her face tells it all, and Reddington ask if she found out anything new about her husband? Hmmmm well we cant wait till next Monday at 10 




  
SCENE STEALER AWARD GOES TO:

Elizabeth Keen when she proved she was lethal and dangerous, as she stabbed Reddington in the neck.


Runner Up- Reddington as he turns himself in, something in the way he was cool, collected, made himself comfortable, and never flinched made us like him from the start








THE LINE THAT MADE US PAUSE AND REWIND OUR DVR’S: 

We're gonna have to go with the Promo's on this one: "Of Course not I'm a criminal" was a perfectly timed line






LOVE IT OR LEAVE IT?

LOVE IT! IT'S NOW MUST SEE MONDAY TV
B+ or A- (only because we knew most of the plot from the promos)




DID YOU CATCH THE BLACKLIST? WILL YOU BE WATCHING NEXT WEEK?

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Who She Callin' BABY?? (Fosters Series Premiere)

(RECAP AND REVIEW)

THE FOSTERS
EPISODE 1 "PILOT"
NETWORK: ABC FAMILY
ORIGINAL AIR DATE: JUNE 3RD 2013
SPECIAL GUESTS: Jay Ali as Mr. Timothy
                           Madisen Beaty as Talya, 
                           Alexandra Barreto as Ana Gutierrez.

SYNOPSIS: Lena meets troubled teen Callie and asks her to temporarily move in with her family in the series premiere of this drama about a lesbian couple heading up a multiethnic family comprised of a biological son and a few adopted children.



 


RECAP AND REVIEW: WARNING *SPOILERS AHEAD*

The series opened overlapping Stef's biological child Brandon playing the piano, with the beating Callie receives in Juvie, while tragic the music just makes you feel for her even more. Callie gets out and the only thing she can say is, Where is JUDE? she asked where and I just wanted to know who, who is Jude and why is that the only thing on her mind after she gets out. (please oh please don't let it be a boyfriend) 
   

Callie arrives at Lena's house, where she meets Stef, Brandon (the bio kid) and Mariana and Jesus (adopted twins). She's rude and crass and goes out of her way to offend everyone. She comes off offensive and attacking, to this seemingly wonderful family that takes her in and the empathy we had for her begins to wane. After dinner, Callie settles in on her make shift bed, Stef warns Brandon about Callie's past, and we find out that this seemingly perfect wonderful family has secrets of its own; as we see Mariana steal pills from a bottle with her twin brothers name on it.

As everyone settles in for the night Callie steals a phone to call her "baby Jude". (big sigh oh GOD, Jude is the boyfriend) Am I the only one who sees this situation going down hill fast? the next morning, Lena takes all the kids to school, (a mandatory requirement for living in the Fosters household) Brandon is instructed to show Callie around the school, he points vaguely in a direction and instead heads off to practice for his piano scholarship competition. Feeling alone, Callie quickly follows Brandon to the music room, and watches him practice, enter Brandon's' girlfriend Talya, who is mean girl pretty, and pointedly gives Brandon a big old kiss in front of Callie before asking who she is. (we smell trouble brewing) Turns out Callie and Girlfriend Tayla have the same first class so the oblivious Brandon sends them off together. (Oh Jeez, did he not notice the shade Tayla was throwing Callie's way?) 


While at school Callie tries to flirt her way into getting a ride across town and it turns out Mariana has more than one secret. It turns out she lied about not wanting to meet her birth mom to Lena, and has been secretly messaging her behind everyones backs. (We see you Mariana) At lunch, Mariana tells Callie that the best way to sneak past Lena is to head out the back of the school, and that there is a bus stop just three blocks away. Callie proceeds to ditch school, only to be caught by Brandon, who after failing to stop her, and getting mysterious phone calls on his cell phone, decides to go with her instead. (Awww aint that sweet) While following Callie, Brandon asks the question on everyone’s mind; “Who’s Jude” and it turns out Jude is Callie’s little brother, whom she refuses to leave with their abusive foster father who not only beat Jude but kicked Callie in the stomach. They take the bus for forever; they started during school and didn’t get off till it was dark outside. (Damn, that is a long bus ride; I’d hate to have to ride that)

Meanwhile at the Foster House, The fam is assembling to go watch Brandon’s competition only to realize, they don’t have Brandon (that may be important) Stef, being the smart cop that she is simply tracks Brandon’s phone, (she has an app for that) and leaves with her ex-husband and wife in tow to find their son. (Yeah we know that’s juicy more on this awkward dynamic later, did we mention he’s also her new partner on the force?… yea about that) Using the parents worry about Callie and Jude, Mariana sneaks off to meet her birth mother, who it turns out only, wanted her money. (Come on now Mariana, you know giving her money was stupid right?)

 They get to the Evil Fosters Fathers house, and Brandon attempts to play the distraction  (he sucks by the way) as Callie tries to grab Jude’s attention. The Evil Foster father notices Callie and pulls a gun on all three of them. That’s when the parents arrive to the rescue (good thing two of them are cops!) and they arrest Evil Foster Dad. Brandon explains to the rents all about Jude, and Stef looks at Jude and Callie in a way that makes us think she may be a softy after all. Stef scolds Callie about how she put herself in a dangerous position, and tells her “your aren't disposable Callie, your not worthless” (2nd runner up for best line). And in the end Stef allows Jude and Callie to stay with them. 




 


SCENE STEALER AWARD GOES TO: 

Callie in the bathtub, covered in bruises! why, because I cried for her and I didn't even know her) 








THE LINE THAT MADE US PAUSE AND REWIND OUR DVR’S: "So your dykes and he's the real son" (callie) -  this is when we made sure our DVR's to were set to record the series!



LOVE IT OR LEAVE IT?

We Loved it!  and can't wait till the next episode! 





DID YOU FALL IN LOVE WITH THE FOSTERS?




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Sunday, September 22, 2013

2013-2014 CBS FALL SCHELDUE



CBS is easily the most watched network on television, with multiple shows averaging over 20 million viewers per episode. September bring the start of a fall television season. CBS has become known for premiering the least amount of new shows every fall, which is a testament to the ratings and popularity of the various series on its network. In 2013 CBS has made Tuesday into one of its most powerful nights, it will now be the home of its three highest rated, most watched dramas. This fall, CBS has brought back some popular well known actors to start in its comedies including; Sarah Michelle Gellar, and Robin Williams. This is not the old person network, change the channel, settle in and watch CBS because they have something for everyone.


2013 CBS FALL SCHEDULE


Sunday

7 P.M. – 60 MINUTES (SEASON 46 PREMIERE SEPTEMBER 29TH 2013)
8 P.M. – THE AMAZING RACE (SEASON 23 PREMIERE SEPTEMBER 29TH 2013)
9 P.M. – THE GOOD WIFE (SEASON 5 PREMIERE SEPTEMBER 29TH 2013)
10 P.M – THE MENTALIST (SEASON 6 PREMIERE SEPTEMBER 29TH 2013)

Monday

8 P.M. – HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER (FINAL SEASON PREMIERES SEPTEMBER 23RD 2013)
8:30 P.M. – WE ARE MEN (SERIES PREMIERE SEPTEMBER 30TH  2013)
9 P.M. 2 BROKE GIRLS (SEASON 3 PREMIERES SEPTEMBER 23RD 2013)
9:30 P.M.  MOM (SERIES PREMIERE SEPTEMBER 23RD 2013)
10 P.M. – HOSTAGES (SERIES PREMIERE SEPTEMBER 23RD 2013)

Tuesday

8 P.M. – NCIS (SEASON 11 PREMIERES SEPTEMBER 24TH 2013)
9 P.M. – NCIS LA (SEASON 5 PREMIERES SEPTEMBER 24TH 2013)
10 P.M. – PERSON OF INTEREST (SEASON 3 PREMIERE SEPTEMBER 24TH 2013)


Wednesday 

8 P.M. – SURVIVOR (SEASON 27 PREMIERES SEPTEMBER 18TH 2013)
9 P.M. – CRIMINAL MINDS (SEASON 9 PREMIERES SEPTEMBER 25TH 2013)
10 P.M. – CRIME SCENE INVESTIGATION (SEASON 14 PREMIERE SEPTEMBER 25TH 2013)

Thursday

8 P.M. – THE BIG BANG THEORY (SEASON 7 PREMIERES SEPTEMBER 26TH 2013) 
8:30 P.M. – THE MILLERS (SERIES PREMIERES SEPTEMBER 26TH 2013)
9 P.M. – THE CRAZY ONES (SERIES PREMIERES SEPTEMBER 26TH 2013)
9:30 P.M.– TWO AND A HALF MEN (SEASON 11 PREMIERES SEPTEMBER 26TH 2013) 
10 P.M. – ELEMENTARY (SEASONS 2 PREMIERES SEPTEMBER 26TH 2013)

Friday

8 P.M. – UNDERCOVER BOSS (SEASON 5 PREMIERES SEPTEMBER 27TH 2013)
9 P.M. – HAWAII 5-0 (SEASON 4 PREMIERE SEPTEMBER 27TH 2013)
10 P.M. – BLUE BLOODS (SEASON 4 PREMIERE SEPTEMBER 27TH 2013)

Saturday

10 P.M. 48 HOURS (SEASON 26 PREMIERE SEPTEMBER 28TH 2013)



NEW FALL SCRIPTED SERIES


  WE ARE MEN (SERIES PREMIERE SEPTEMBER 30TH 2013) is a single-camera comedy about four single guys living in a short-term apartment complex who unexpectedly find camaraderie over their many missteps in love. Carter (Chris Smith), the youngest and most recent addition to the group, moved in after being ditched at the altar mid-ceremony, and is now eager to re-enter the dating scene and get on with his life with some guidance from his “band of brothers”: Frank Russo (Golden Globe and multiple Emmy Award winner Tony Shalhoub), a successful middle-aged clothing manufacturer and four-time divorcée who still fancies himself a ladies man; Gil Bartis (Kal Penn), a small business owner who was caught having the world’s worst affair; and Stuart Strickland (Jerry O’Connell), a speedo-wearing OB/GYN who’s hiding his assets until his second divorce is settled. Jill (Rebecca Breeds) is Frank’s charming and attractive daughter, who stands as the one positive remnant from his failed relationships. Armed with a hot tub, pool-side barbeque and plenty of questionable advice, these losers in the marriage department take Carter under their wing to impart their own brand of wisdom about the opposite sex. 

MOM (SERIES PREMIERE SEPTEMBER 23RD 2013) is a comedy from executive producer Chuck Lorre starring Anna Faris as a newly sober single mom raising two children in a world full of temptations and pitfalls, and multiple Emmy Award winner Allison Janney as her critical, estranged mother. Christy (Faris) is a waitress at a posh Napa Valley establishment who is four months clean and doing her best to be a good mom and overcome a history of questionable choices. Her sobriety is tested when Bonnie (Janney), her recovering alcoholic mom, reappears chock-full of passive-aggressive insights into Christy’s many mistakes. Bonnie joins Christy’s already complicated circle of relationships: her handsome, married boss – and lover – Gabriel (Nate Corddry); the restaurant’s hot-tempered chef, Rudy (French Stewart); her pretty, 16-going-on-25-year-old daughter, Violet (Sadie Calvano); her sweet but overly honest son, Roscoe (Blake Garrett Rosenthal); her irresponsible ex-husband and Roscoe’s father, Baxter (Matt Jones); and Violet’s clueless boyfriend, Luke (Spencer Daniels). Christy tries to remain positive as she pursues her new path in life, but she faces an uphill battle, surrounded by a dubious support system – and a copious amount of dysfunction.
 


HOSTAGES (SERIES PREMIERE SEPTEMBER 23RD 2013) from executive producer Jerry Bruckheimer, is a high-octane suspense drama starring Emmy Award winner Toni Collette as a premiere surgeon thrust into a chilling political conspiracy when her family is taken hostage by rogue FBI Agent Duncan Carlisle (Dylan McDermott). Dr. Ellen Sanders (Collette) and her family are held captive in their home by Carlisle, a desperate man doing the wrong thing for the right reasons, who orders her to assassinate the President (James Naughton) when she operates on him. His highly skilled accomplices include his brother-in-law Kramer (Rhys Coiro), whose loyalty to Carlisle will be tested; quick-tempered and intimidating Archer (Billy Brown), an ex-military man with a razor-sharp tongue; and the only woman involved, Sandrine (Sandrine Holt), a mysterious last-minute replacement to the team. With her family’s life in peril, Ellen faces an incomprehensible moral dilemma in order to save her overbearing husband Brian (Tate Donovan), her secretive daughter Morgan (Quinn Shephard) and her not-so-innocent son Jake (Mateus Ward). In this high-stakes standoff between Ellen and Carlisle, fraught with tremendous national and personal consequences, the choices between right and wrong become even more blurred. 

 
THE MILLERS (SERIES PREMIERES SEPTEMBER 26TH 2013) stars Will Arnett as Nathan Miller, a recently divorced local roving news reporter looking forward to living the singles’ life until his parents’ marital problems unexpectedly derail his plans. After Nathan finally breaks the news of his divorce to his parents, Carol (Emmy Award winner Margo Martindale) and Tom (Emmy Award winner Beau Bridges), his father is inspired to follow suit and stuns the family when he leaves his wife of 43 years. Already in shock, Jack is even more aghast when his meddlesome mom decides to move in with him. Meanwhile, his absent-minded dad imposes upon Nathan’s sister, Debbie, her husband Adam and their daughter Mykayla (Eve Moon). Nathan’s best friend and news cameraman, Ray (JB Smoove), was excited to be Nathan’s wingman in the dating scene, but Carol manages to even cramp his style. Now, as Nathan and his sister settle in with their truly impossible parents, they both wonder just how long the aggravating adjustment period is going to last.


 
THE CRAZY ONES (SERIES PREMIERES SEPTEMBER 26TH 2013) Robin Williams returns to series television in THE CRAZY ONES, a single-camera workplace comedy about a larger-than-life advertising genius whose unorthodox methods and unpredictable behavior would get him fired… if he weren’t the boss. Simon Roberts (Williams) is the head of a powerful agency, with the biggest clients and brands in the world, but even more important to him is that his daughter Sydney (Sarah Michelle Gellar) is by his side. As his partner, Sydney is Simon’s exact opposite – focused, organized and eager to make a name for herself, but also too busy parenting her father, which she’d resent if he wasn’t so brilliant at what he does. Joining them in The Firm are the dashing and talented Zach (James Wolk); art director Andrew (Hamish Linklater), who’s as hard-working as he is neurotic; and the beautiful and deceptively smart assistant Lauren (Amanda Setton). With his team and his daughter behind him, Simon continues to set the advertising world on fire, and it looks like they are definitely buying what these crazy ones are selling.

RETURNING SCRIPTED SERIES


THE GOOD WIFE (SEASON 5 PREMIERE SEPTEMBER 29TH 2013) is a drama starring Emmy Award winner Julianna Margulies as a wife and mother who must assume full responsibility for her family and re-enter the workforce after her husband's very public sex and political corruption scandal lands him in jail. Pushing aside the betrayal and crushing public humiliation caused by her husband Peter (Chris Noth), Alicia Florrick (Margulies) starts over by pursuing her original career as a defense attorney. As a junior associate at a prestigious Chicago law firm, she joins her longtime friend, former law school classmate and firm partner Will Gardner (Josh Charles), who is interested to see how Alicia will perform after 13 years out of the courtroom. Alicia is grateful The Firm's top litigator, Diane Lockhart (Christine Baranski), offers to mentor her but discovers the offer has conditions and realizes she's going to need to succeed on her own merit. Alicia's main competition among The Firm's 20-something new recruits is Cary (Matt Czuchry), a recent Harvard grad who is affable on the surface, but will use any means to ensure that he, not Alicia, secures the one full-time associate position that's available. Fortunately, Alicia finds an ally in Kalinda (Archie Panjabi), The Firm's tough in-house investigator. Gaining confidence every day, Alicia transforms herself from embarrassed politician's scorned wife to resilient career woman, especially for the sake of providing a stable home for her children, 14-year-old Zach (Graham Phillips) and 13-year-old Grace (Makenzie Vega). For the first time in years, Alicia trades in her identity as the "good wife" and takes charge of her own destiny.
   
THE MENTALIST (SEASON 6 PREMIERE SEPTEMBER 29TH 2013) THE MENTALIST stars Golden Globe Award nominee Simon Baker as Patrick Jane, an independent consultant with the California Bureau of Investigation (CBI), who has a remarkable track record for solving serious crimes by using his razor sharp skills of observation. Within the Bureau, Jane is notorious for his blatant lack of protocol and his semi-celebrity past as a psychic medium, whose paranormal abilities he now admits he feigned. Jane's role in cracking a series of tough, high-profile cases is greatly valued by his fellow agents; however, no-nonsense Senior Agent Teresa Lisbon alternates between reluctantly acknowledging Jane's usefulness and blasting him for his theatrics, narcissism and dangerous lack of boundaries. Lisbon's team includes agents Kimball Cho, Wayne Rigsby and Grace Van Pelt, who all think Jane's a loose cannon but admire his charm and knack for clearing cases.
 
HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER (FINAL SEASON PREMIERES SEPTEMBER 23RD 2013)  is a comedy about Ted (Josh Radnor) and how he fell in love. It all started when Ted's best friend, Marshall (Jason Segel), dropped the bombshell that he was going to propose to his longtime girlfriend, Lily (Alyson Hannigan), a kindergarten teacher. At that moment, Ted realized that he had better get a move on if he, too, hopes to find true love. Helping him in his quest is his friend Barney (Neil Patrick Harris), a confirmed bachelor with endless, sometimes outrageous opinions, a penchant for suits and a foolproof way to meet women. When Ted meets Robin (Cobie Smulders), he's sure it's love at first sight, but destiny has something else in store. The series is narrated through flashbacks from the future.

2 BROKE GIRLS (SEASON 3 PREMIERES SEPTEMBER 23RD 2013) 2 Broke Girls is a comedy about two young women waitressing at a greasy spoon diner who strike up an unlikely friendship in the hopes of launching a successful business – if only they can raise the cash. Sassy, streetwise Max (Kat Dennings) works two jobs just to get by, one of which is waiting tables during the night shift at the retro-hip Williamsburg Diner. Sophisticated Caroline (Beth Behrs) is an uptown trust fund princess who's having a run of bad luck that forces her to reluctantly give waitressing a shot. At first, Max sees Caroline as yet another in a long line of inept servers she must cover for, but she's surprised to find that Caroline has as much substance as she does style. When Caroline discovers Max's knack for baking amazing cupcakes, she sees a lucrative future for them, but they first need to raise the start-up money. While they save their tips, they'll stay at the restaurant, working with Oleg (Jonathan Kite), an overly flirtatious Russian cook; Earl (Garrett Morris), a 75-year-old kool-kat cashier; and Han Lee (Matthew Moy), the new, eager-to-please owner of the diner. Working together, these two broke girls living in one expensive city might just find the perfect recipe for their big break.

NCIS (SEASON 11 PREMIERES SEPTEMBER 24TH 2013) NCIS (Naval Criminal Investigative Service) is more than just an action drama. With liberal doses of humor, it's a show that focuses on the sometimes complex and always amusing dynamics of a team forced to work together in high-stress situations. NCIS Special Agent Leroy Jethro Gibbs, a former Marine gunnery sergeant, whose skills as an investigator are unmatched, leads this troupe of colorful personalities. Gibbs, a man of few words, only needs a look to explain it all. The team includes NCIS Special Agent Anthony DiNozzo, an ex-homicide detective whose instincts in the field are unparalleled and whose quick wit and humorous take on life make him a team favorite; the youthful and energetic forensic specialist Abby Sciuto, a talented scientist whose sharp mind matches her Goth style and eclectic tastes, NCIS Special Agent Timothy McGee, an MIT graduate whose brilliance with computers far overshadows his insecurities in the field, and Ziva David, perhaps the most dangerous member of the team, a former Mossad agent now Probationary Agent and newly sworn in U.S. citizen. Assisting the team is medical examiner Dr. Donald "Ducky" Mallard, who knows it all because he's seen it all, and he's not afraid to let you know. Rounding out the team is NCIS director Leon Vance, an intelligent, highly trained agent who can always be counted on to shake up the status quo. From murder and espionage to terrorism and stolen submarines, these special agents travel the globe to investigate all crimes with Navy or Marine Corps ties.
        
NCIS LA (SEASON 5 PREMIERES SEPTEMBER 24TH 2013) NCIS: LOS ANGELES is a drama about the high stakes world of undercover surveillance at the Office of Special Projects (OSP), a division of NCIS that is charged with apprehending dangerous and elusive criminals that pose a threat to the nation's security. By assuming false identities and utilizing the most advanced technology, this team of highly trained agents goes deep undercover, putting their lives on the line in the field to bring down their targets. Special Agent "G" Callen (Chris O'Donnell) is a chameleon who transforms himself into whomever he needs to be to infiltrate the criminal underworld. His partner is Special Agent Sam Hanna (LL COOL J), a former U.S. Navy SEAL who has seen action in both Afghanistan and Iraq, and a surveillance expert who uses state of the art monitoring equipment to look out for those in the field and feed them crucial information. Both Callen and Hanna report to Special Agent Lara Macy (Louise Lombard), the OSP team leader responsible for directing the operations and making life-or-death decisions. Assisting the team is Special Agent Kensi Lo (Daniela Ruah), the exceptionally bright daughter of a slain Marine who lives for the adrenalin rush that comes with undercover work, and Operational Psychologist Nate Getz (Peter Cambor), adept at getting into anybody's head, profiling the target and monitoring agents' states of mind before, during and after missions. Armed with the latest in high tech gear and sent regularly into life-threatening situations, this tight-knit team relies on each other to do what is necessary to protect national interests. 

PERSON OF INTEREST (SEASON 3 PREMIERE SEPTEMBER 24TH 2013) Person Of Interest stars Jim Caviezel, Emmy Award winner Michael Emerson and Academy Award nominee Taraji P. Henson in a crime thriller about a presumed dead former-CIA agent who teams up with a mysterious billionaire to prevent violent crimes by using their own brand of vigilante justice. Reese's (Caviezel) special training in covert operations appeals to Finch (Emerson), a software genius who invented a program that uses pattern recognition to identify people about to be involved in violent crimes. Using state-of-the-art surveillance technology, the two work outside of the law using Reese's adept skills and Finch's unlimited wealth to unravel the mystery of the Person Of Interest and stop the crime before it happens. Reese's actions catch the attention of the NYPD, including homicide detective Carter (Henson), and Fusco (Kevin Chapman), a cop who Reese uses to his advantage. With infinite crimes to investigate, Reese and Finch find that the right person, with the right information, at the right time, can change everything. 

CRIMINAL MINDS (SEASON 9 PREMIERES SEPTEMBER 25TH 2013) CRIMINAL MINDS revolves around an elite team of FBI profilers who analyze the country's most twisted criminal minds, anticipating their next moves before they strike again. The Behavioral Analysis Unit's most experienced agent is David Rossi, a founding member of the BAU who returns to help the team solve new cases. The team is lead by Special Agent Aaron Hotchner, a strong profiler who is able to gain people's trust and unlock their secrets. Other members Special Agent Derek Morgan, an expert on obsessional crimes; Special Agent Dr. Spencer Reid, a classically misunderstood genius whose social IQ is as low as his intellectual IQ is high; Jennifer "J.J." Jareau, the team's confident unit liaison who was called to a top Pentagon job but returns to the BAU under mysterious circumstances; and Penelope Garcia, a computer wizard who helps research the cases. Each member brings his or her own area of expertise to the table as they pinpoint predators' motivations and identify their emotional triggers in the attempt to stop them.

CRIME SCENE INVESTIGATION (SEASON 14 PREMIERE SEPTEMBER 25TH 2013) CSI: CRIME SCENE INVESTIGATION is a fast-paced drama about a team of forensic investigators trained to solve crimes by examining the evidence. They are on the case 24/7, scouring the scene, collecting the irrefutable evidence and finding the missing pieces that will solve the mystery. D.B. Russell, the CSI Supervisor for the grave shift is a family man and scientist, but not a nerd. Son of hippie parents, he's a "Left Coast" Sherlock Holmes who devours crime novels and looks at every crime scene as if it were a story waiting to be told. Other CSI members include Julie Finlay, the team's Assistant Night Shift Supervisor who worked with D.B. in Seattle; Nick Stokes, the conscience of the team, often driven by his emotional connection to the victim to always get the job done; Sara Sidle, aka Mrs. Grissom, the moral compass of the team who is relentless in her pursuit of criminals; Greg Sanders, once an off-beat tech analyst and now an experienced and intuitive crime solver; and Morgan Brody, an exile from the Los Angeles Crime Lab and the daughter of Undersheriff Ecklie. She's a natural born investigator who still has a lot to learn about politics and family. The CSI team members also work closely with Captain Jim Brass, a seasoned detective and protector of CSI, sometimes to a fault; Dr. Albert Robbins, the ever-professional medical examiner; his wise-cracking assistant, David Phillips; and David Hodges, a tech of many talents who often rubs people the wrong way, but never fails to deliver.

 THE BIG BANG THEORY (SEASON 7 PREMIERES SEPTEMBER 26TH 2013) Leonard and Sheldon are brilliant physicists - geniuses in the laboratory, but socially challenged everywhere else. Enter beautiful, street-smart neighbor, Penny, who aims to teach them a thing or two about life. Despite their on-again, off-again relationship in the past, Leonard believes he's found true love with Penny. Even Sheldon has found a female companion, entering into a "Relationship Agreement" with neurobiologist Amy Farrah Fowler. In their free time, Leonard and Sheldon continue to enjoy frequent trips to the comic book store and fantasy role-playing games with their ever-expanding universe of friends, including fellow scientists Koothrappali, Wolowitz and Wolowitz's adorable microbiologist wife, Bernadette.

 TWO AND A HALF MEN (SEASON 11 PREMIERES SEPTEMBER 26TH 2013) TWO AND A HALF MEN has been the #1-rated sitcom on television for five of the past six seasons. It's a comedy about men, women, sex, dating, divorce, mothers, single parenthood, money, love and friendship. Walden Schmidt is a lovelorn Internet billionaire with an innocence born out of his lifelong dependence on others to take care of him. After a failed attempt to drown himself in the ocean after his wife kicked him out, a suicidal Walden stumbles into a Malibu beach house, where tightly-wound, twice-divorced chiropractor Alan Harper and his underachieving teenage son, Jake, had been living with Alan's now-deceased brother for the past eight years. With no place to go, Walden buys the house and invites Alan to remain there, saving Alan from having to move in with his narcissistic, emotionally toxic mother, Evelyn. Walden asks Berta, a domineering, unapologetically blue-collar housekeeper who has been working in the household, to stay as well. Despite his unsuccessful history with women, Alan unexpectedly finds himself mentoring Walden, who has severely limited dating experience. While Walden, Alan and Jake adjust to their new living arrangement, they create a surrogate family unit that promises to make each a better man.

HAWAII 5-0 (SEASON 4 PREMIERE SEPTEMBER 27TH 2013) HAWAII FIVE-0 is a contemporary take on the classic series about a new elite federalized task force whose mission is to wipe out the crime that washes up on the Islands' sun-drenched beaches. Detective Steve McGarrett (Alex O'Loughlin), a decorated Naval officer turned cop, returns to Oahu to investigate his father's murder and stays after Hawaii's governor persuades him to head up the new team: his rules, her backing, no red tape and full blanket immunity to hunt down the biggest "game" in town. Joining McGarrett is Detective Danny "Danno" Williams (Scott Caan), a newly relocated ex-New Jersey cop who prefers skyscrapers to the coastline but is committed to keeping the Islands safe for his 8-year-old daughter; and Chin Ho Kelly (Daniel Dae Kim), an ex-Honolulu Police Detective wrongly accused of corruption and relegated to a federal security patrol, who is also a former protege of McGarrett's father. Chin's cousin, Kono (Grace Park), is a beautiful and fearless native, fresh out of the academy and eager to establish herself among the department's elite. McGarrett vows to bring closure to his father's case while the state's brash new FIVE-0 unit, who may spar and jest among themselves, is determined to eliminate the seedy elements from the 50th state.
   
BLUE BLOODS (SEASON 4 PREMIERE SEPTEMBER 27TH 2013) BLUE BLOODS is a drama about a multi-generational family of  COPS dedicated to New York City law enforcement. Frank Reagan (Tom Selleck) is the New York Chief of Police and patriarch of the Reagan brood, which he heads as diplomatically as he does the force, even when dealing with the politics that plagued his unapologetically bold father, Henry (Len Cariou), during his stint as Chief. A source of pride and concern for Frank is his eldest son Danny (Donnie Wahlberg), a seasoned detective, family man and Iraqi War vet who on occasion uses dubious tactics to solve cases. The sole Reagan woman in the family, Erin (Bridget Moynahan), is a N.Y. Assistant D.A. and newly single parent, who also serves as the legal compass for her siblings and father. Jamie (Will Estes) is the youngest Reagan, fresh out of Harvard Law and the family's "Golden Boy." However, unable to deny the family tradition, Jamie decided to give up a lucrative future in law and is now a newly minted cop, a career change seemingly supported by his beautiful girlfriend, Sydney Davenport (Dylan Moore), a first year lawyer. Jamie's life takes an abrupt turn, however, when he's asked to become part of a clandestine police investigation even his father knows nothing about, and one that could impact the family's legacy.

ELEMENTARY (SEASONS 2 PREMIERES SEPTEMBER 26TH 2013) ELEMENTARY stars Jonny Lee Miller as detective Sherlock Holmes and Lucy Liu as Dr. Joan Watson in a modern-day drama about a crime-solving duo that cracks the NYPD's most impossible cases. Following his fall from grace in London and a stint in rehab, eccentric Sherlock escapes to Manhattan where his wealthy father forces him to live with his worst nightmare - a sober companion, Dr. Watson. A successful surgeon until she lost a patient and her license three years ago, Watson views her current job as another opportunity to help people, as well as paying a penance. However, the restless Sherlock is nothing like her previous clients. He informs her that none of her expertise as an addiction specialist applies to him and he's devised his own post-rehab regimen - resuming his work as a police consultant in New York City. Watson has no choice but to accompany her irascible new charge on his jobs. But Sherlock finds her medical background helpful, and Watson realizes she has a knack for playing investigator. Sherlock's police contact, Capt. Tobias "Toby" Gregson, knows from previous experience working with Scotland Yard that Sherlock is brilliant at closing cases, and welcomes him as part of the team. With the mischievous Sherlock Holmes now running free in New York solving crime, it's simple deduction that he's going to need someone to keep him grounded, and it's elementary that it's a job for Watson.


MID-SEASON SERIES

MIKE AND MOLLY (HAS A FULL SEASON ORDER) about a working class Chicago couple who find love at an Overeaters Anonymous meeting. Officer Mike Biggs (Billy Gardell) is a good-hearted cop who sincerely wants to lose weight. Mike's partner, Officer Carl McMillan (Reno Wilson), is a thin, fast-talking wise-guy, who despite his teasing encourages Mike on his road to slimness and romance. While speaking at an O.A. meeting, Mike meets Molly Flynn (Melissa McCarthy), an instantly likeable fourth-grade teacher with a healthy sense of humor about her curves. For Molly, focusing on smart choices isn't easy because she lives with her sexy older sister, Victoria (Katy Mixon), and their mother, Joyce (Swoosie Kurtz), both of whom flaunt their healthy appetites and slender figures. Mike also faces temptation at the diner he and Carl frequent, where they've become friends with the Senegalese waiter, Samuel (Nyambi Nyambi), who finds trying to eat less a foreign concept. For Mike and Molly, thanks to their mutual love of pie and the desire to resist it, finding each other may have been worth the "weight."
    

 INTELLIGENCE (PREMIERES IN JANUARAY, MONDAYS AT 10) is a dramatic thriller starring Josh Holloway as a high-tech intelligence operative enhanced with a super-computer microchip in his brain. With this implant, Gabriel (Holloway) is the first human ever to be connected directly into the worldwide information grid and have complete access to Internet, WiFi, telephone and satellite data. He can hack into any data center and access key intel in the fight to protect the United States from its enemies. Leading the elite government cyber-security agency created to support him is Director Lillian Strand (Marg Helgenberger), a straightforward and efficient boss who oversees the unit’s missions. Strand assigns Riley Neal (Meghan Ory), a Secret Service agent, to protect Gabriel from outside threats, as well as from his appetite for reckless, unpredictable behavior and disregard for protocol. Other skilled members of the Cybercom team include Chris Jameson (Michael Rady) and Gonzalo “Gonzo” Rodriguez (James Martinez), two resourceful federal investigators. The brains behind the design of the chip is Dr. Shenendoah Cassidy (John Billingsley), whose son, Nelson (PJ Byrne), is jealous of Gabriel’s prominent place in his father’s life. As the first supercomputer with a beating heart, Gabriel is the most valuable piece of technology the country has ever created and is the U.S.’s secret weapon. Michael Seitzman, René Echevarria, Tripp Vinson, and David Semel (for pilot) are executive producers for ABC Television Studios in association with CBS Television Studios.

RECKLESS is a sultry legal drama set in Charleston, S.C., where a gorgeous Yankee litigator and a charming Southern attorney must hide their intense mutual attraction as a police sex scandal threatens to tear the city apart. Jamie Sawyer (Anna Wood) is enviously cool, confident and armed with south-side-of-Chicago street-smarts as she takes on the good ol’ boys in the South. Her handsome courtroom rival, Roy Rayder (Cam Gigandet), a divorced father of two, embodies the Old South and is the newly minted City Attorney, thanks to his influential former father-in-law, Dec Fortnum (Gregory Harrison). When disgraced cop Lee Anne Marcus (Georgina Haig) hires Jamie to represent her in a lawsuit against the police department, Jamie and Roy discover that Lee Anne is at the epicenter of a sinister case with dire implications for the members of the Charleston P.D. Heading that department is Deputy Chief Holland Knox (Michael Gladis), a family man who radiates integrity. Working under him are Terry McCandless (Shawn Hatosy), a cocky and corrupt detective, and Preston Cruz (Adam Rodriguez), Jamie’s well-respected boyfriend who might not be all that he appears. Helping Jamie is her confidante and paralegal, Vi (Kim Wayans), an expert at digging up case-winning information. As Jamie and Roy spar in and out of the courtroom, dark secrets simmer behind every door and threaten to tarnish the genteel facade of seductive Charleston. Ian Sander, Kim Moses, Dana Stevens, Corey Miller and Catherine Hardwicke are executive producers for CBS Television Studios. Catherine Hardwicke (“Twilight”) directed the pilot.
 
FRIENDS WITH BETTER LIVES is a romantic comedy about six friends at different stages in their lives – married, divorced, newly engaged and single – who are outwardly happy, but secretly questioning if their friends have it better. Andi (Majandra Delfino) and Bobby (Kevin Connolly) are happily married with two kids but at times long for the days they had less responsibility and more fun; Will (James Van Der Beek) is newly single and preaching The Bachelor lifestyle, but still pining for his ex-wife; Jules (Brooklyn Decker) and Lowell (Rick Donald) are high on their passionate new relationship; and Kate (Zoe Lister Jones) has a successful career but may take a swan dive into the L.A. River when she finds out her last remaining single friend, Jules, just got engaged. When it comes to relationships, these six friends are finding it a challenge to look at each other without wondering… who really has the better life?
 
BAD TEACHER Based on the hit feature film, BAD TEACHER stars Ari Graynor as an always inappropriate, fearless and unapologetic former trophy wife who masquerades as a teacher in order to find a new man after her wealthy husband leaves her penniless.

ABC Family 13 Nights of Halloween


October 19TH 2013 – October 31st 2013

For the last 15 years, ABC Family has produced one of their most popular programming events; the 13 Nights of Halloween. Filled with scary movies, network premieres and brand new episodes of ABC Family’s most popular series, the 13 Nights of Halloween will entertain you with scares and frights as you countdown to the scariest night of the year. Starting October 19th and ending October 31st, this year the countdown will feature a new episode of Pretty Little Liars, the Series Premiere of Ravenswood, the network premiere o f Toy Story of Terror and many more terrifying Halloween Programming.

This year’s 13 Nights of Halloween Programming includes:

Thursday, September 19, 2013

The Hills are Alive with THE SOUNDS OF MUSIC on NBC



"These are a few of my favorite things"

The Sound of Music (one of my mom’s 2 favorite movies) was written in 1959 and was the last musical written by the amazing Rodgers and Hammerstein. The musical was based on the memoir of Maria von Trapp, and the songs; My Favorite Things, Climb Ev’ry Mountain, Do-Re-Mi, and The Sound of Music have all become classics. In 1965 The Sound of Music was adapted in to a film starring the legendary Julie Andrews and went on to win five Academy Awards. 



Set in Austria right before World War II, a young soon to be nun (Maria) is instructed by the Mother to spend more time outside the abbey to decide if she was ready for the monastic life. While she is deciding she will act as a governess to the seven children of widower Captain Georg von Trapp. She eventually falls in love with the Captain, but the happy couple face  a unique set of challenges when Captain von Trapp is forcibly commissioned in the the German Navy, which is against his beliefs.  Deciding that he would not fight for the Nazi’s the Captain and Maria makes plans to secretly flee Austria. But fleeing is not so easy when their every move is watched.


              

NBC announced that they would be will be producing “The Sound of Music” based upon the original Broadway Musical. Maria and Captain von Trapp will be played by Carrie Underwood and Stephen Moyer, in this beloved story that became an instant classic of a young nun-to-be who falls in love with the captain and he seven children. Set in the era of Nazi-occupied Austria we follow the story of two people who risk everything to listen to their conscience and do the right thing. The NBC version of “The Sound of Music” will be a faithful adaption of the original stage musical and no the movie, it will retell the story for a new generation and will be broadcast LIVE

So Far three other characters have been cast:
Audra, a five-time Tony and two-time Grammy winner, will be playing the role of Mother Abbess,

Laura, who won the Tony Award for playing the title role inGypsy, will play Elsa Schrader, the rich would-be fiancee of Captain Von Trapp.

Christian, who starred on Smash and won a Tony for Peter and the Starcatcher, will be playing Max

TUNE IN DECEMBER 5TH FOR AN EXPERIENCE THE WHOLE FAMILY CAN ENJOY