January 29th, 2015
One little slap can have a huge impact. What happens when one person of a close-knit family disciplines another person’s misbehaving child? Why, you sue them, of course. In The Slap, Aisha (Thandie Newton) is planning her husband, Hector’s (Peter Sargaard), 40th birthday bash which will be filled with close friends and boisterous Greek family members. When an over-zealous cousin slaps another couple’s misbehaving child, tensions quickly flare with the parents vowing legal action. This moment will ignite a chain reaction of events in which secrets will be revealed and truths will be exposed, threatening to ruin relationships left and right. This eight-part drama is based on the Australian miniseries of the same name which is also based on the book by Christos Tsiolkas. The impressive cast also includes Uma Thurman, Melissa George and Zachary Quinto.
The Slap premieres Thursday, February 12 at 8:00pm on NBC.
January 25th, 2015
Prequels seem to be all the rage these days and Breaking Bad didn’t want to be left out. Better Call Saul begins six years before the events of Breaking Bad; back when criminal lawyer Saul Goodman (Bob Odenkirk) was known as Jimmy McGill. Expect to see some faces from Breaking Bad such as Mike (Jonathan Banks) as McGill evolves into Albuquerque’s greatest defender of scum.
Better Call Saul premieres Sunday, February 8 at 10:00pm on AMC.
January 22nd, 2015
This thriller will make the family home look like enemy territory. In Allegiance, Russian-born Katya (Hope Davis) was tasked years ago by the KGB to get close to American businessman Mark O’Connor (Scott Cohen) and recruit him as a spy. They broke all the rules of separating work and pleasure, fell in love and got married. This was allowed only as long as Katya remained an asset for the KGB and could be called on in the future. The two, who live in America, had a son who grew up to become a CIA analyst. Now Mother Russia wants Katya to turn her son, Alex (Gavin Stenhouse), into a spy for them. If you can’t stomach The Americans on FX, then maybe this one you can. But don’t count me in.
Allegiance premieres Thursday, February 5 at 10:00pm on NBC.
January 21st, 2015
It’s 1995 and 12-year-old Eddie is experiencing culture shock after moving to suburban Orlando from DC’s Chinatown with his Asian family in Fresh Off the Boat. His parents made the move in order to open a restaurant in their pursuit of the American Dream. This comedy is based on the memoir of the same name by Chef Eddie Huang. Fresh Off the Boat stars Randall Park, Constance Wu, Hudson Yang, Forrest Wheeler and Ian Chen. Huang provides the voiceover narration.
Fresh Off the Boat premieres Wednesday, February 4th at 8:00pm on ABC.
January 21st, 2015
(A Hallmark Original Movie) 30th Birthday is about a down-on-her-luck birthday girl who suddenly receives everything she ever wished for, only to realize the happy life she wanted was right in front of her all along. Stars Megan Park, Benjamin Hollingsworth and Dean Cain.
30th Birthday premieres Saturday, January 31 on the Hallmark Channel.
January 17th, 2015
(A Hallmark Original Movie) A bride-to-be is planning her dream wedding to a well-off doctor at a beautiful resort in Bridal Wave. Although his family doesn’t care much for her, she’s trying to make the most of the situation. When she meets a charming local right before the wedding, she must decide which man she should be with – the man that can provide for her financially or the man that really understands her. Stars Arielle Kebbel, Andrew W. Walker and David Haydn-Jones.
Bridal Wave premieres Saturday, January 24 at 9:00pm on the Hallmark Channel.
January 16th, 2015
(A Hallmark Original Movie) In Love by the Book, Emma is the owner of a quaint, struggling bookstore. She believes she has met the perfect guy when an unanticipated helping hand saves her store and steals her heart. The show stars Leah Renee and Kristopher Turner.
Love by the Book premieres Saturday, January 17 at 9:00pm on the Hallmark Channel.
January 14th, 2015
Who is Backstrom? He is a despicable, alcoholic, lazy, self-destructive and bigoted, yet brilliant detective. Backstrom is a subversive and comic crime procedural about an unhealthy, offensive, irascible – albeit brilliant – detective who is brought back from exile to run the Portland Police Bureau’s Special Crimes Unit (S.C.U.). The newly formed Special Crimes Unit is comprised of an elite team of like-minded eccentric detectives who must solve the city’s most sensitive and serious cases.
Detective Lieutenant Everett Backstrom (Rainn Wilson) is a man with no filter. After a five-year exile to the traffic division for offensive behavior, he has returned from disgrace to lead Portland’s newly minted S.C.U. Tasked with navigating the city’s most sensitive and serious cases, he must solve each crime as he tries, and fails, to change his own self-destructive behavior.
To no one’s surprise, Backstrom’s return is far from well-received, especially by his commanding officer, Police Chief Anna Cervantes. Running the day-to-day operations of the S.C.U. is Detective Nicole Gravely (Genevieve Angelson) the ambitious and optimistic yin to Backstrom’s yang, she extends herself to the limit to counterbalance his erratic and controversial behavior. By her side is Detective Sergeant John Almond (Dennis Haysbert), a tested veteran of the Bureau who doesn’t approve of Backstrom’s xenophobic antics; although he tries to find the light in people, when it comes to Backstrom, he sees only darkness.
The group’s forensics liaison is Sergeant Peter Niedermayer (Kristoffer Polaha), a handsome, free-spirited, philosophical man whose open approach to the universe pushes all of Backstrom’s buttons. Managing the chain of evidence at S.C.U. headquarters is civilian support Nadia Paquet (Beatrice Rosen), a beautiful French immigrant with a profound ability to navigate cyberspace. She also takes a liking to Backstrom and, at least technically, fills Backstrom’s doctor’s prescription to “make a friend.” On the street, uniformed officer Frank Moto (Page Kennedy) proves his value by suppressing the perpetrators and swiftly maneuvering around hostile conditions. Meanwhile, Gregory Valentine (Thomas Dekker), who serves as Backstrom’s tenant, decorator and underworld connection, has a genuine fondness for the abrasive cop.
Using his dark instincts and peculiar abilities, Backstrom always manages to outsmart his foes, manipulate his peers and, with the help of his eccentric team, solve the case.
Backstrom is based on the Swedish book series by Leif G. W. Persson.
Backstrom premieres Thursday, January 22 at 9:00pm on FOX.
January 14th, 2015
Jay Baruchel plays Josh, an unlucky-in-love twenty-something single guy who’s looking for a soul mate. Metaphors come to life via moments of fantasy — like a woman literally eating Josh’s heart — which take over the storytelling when words just won’t do the trick. Eric Andre, Britt Lower and Maya Erskine also star.
Man Seeking Woman premieres Wednesday, January 14 at 10:30pm on FXX.
January 13th, 2015
12 Monkeys follows the journey of a time traveler, James Cole (Aaron Stanford), from the post-apocalyptic future. Using a dangerous and untested method of time travel, Cole arrives in the present day on a mission to locate and eradicate the source of a deadly plague that will eventually decimate 93.6% of the human race. Will Cole be able to save the fate of mankind or is mankind bound by fate? Taking place in the ravaged future of 2043 and the present day (2015), 12 Monkeys explores themes of destiny, fate, love and the possibility of second chances.
12 Monkeys also stars Amanda Schull as virologist Dr. Cassandra Railly; Kirk Acevedo as Ramse, Cole’s best friend; Noah Bean as Aaron Marker, a political insider and chief aide to Senator William Royce; Emily Hampshire as math genius Jennifer Goines, whom Cole meets in a psych ward for the criminally insane; Barbara Sukowa as Jones, a former physicist who creates a time machine; and Tom Noonan as the Pallid Man, who tries to stop Cole and Railly in their pursuit of the 12 Monkeys.
12 Monkeys is a drama based on the 1995 Universal Pictures film directed by Terry Gilliam.
12 Monkeys premieres Friday, January 16 at 9:00pm on SYFY.
January 5th, 2015
World’s Funniest Fails proves that people will never stop doing stupid things. Thanks to power of modern technology, we can film every single second of our collective idiocy. This import from the YouTube channel FailArmy features comedians commenting on videos in which unfortunate saps commit egregious acts of failitude, as if having millions of people watch them embarrass themselves on the Internet wasn’t bad enough. Terry Crews hosts.
World’s Funniest Fails premieres Friday, January 16 at 8:00pm on FOX.
January 3rd, 2015
In this thriller, Victoria Justice is Lindy, a 21-year-old hacker and tech genius. Eye Candy follows Lindy as she enters the world of online dating and begins to suspect that one of her suitors is a deadly cyber stalker who’s responsible for several murders in New York City. Eventually, Lindy teams up with the police to bring the killer to justice. Based on the book, “Eye Candy” by R.L. Stein.
Eye Candy premieres Monday, January 12 at 10:00pm on MTV.
January 2nd, 2015
Togetherness follows two married couples living under the same roof. Brett and Michelle (Mark Duplass and Melanie Lynskey), are struggling to rekindle their relationship while sharing digs with Brett’s BFF Alex (Steve Zissis) and Michelle’s sister Tina (Amanda Peet). Expect plenty of dramedy as they all try to remain friends/siblings/spouses.
Togetherness premieres Sunday, January 11 at 9:30pm on HBO.
January 2nd, 2015
(A Hallmark Original Movie) In A Novel Romance, a best-selling romance novelist writing under a pen name moves to Portland to cure writer’s block. Unknowingly he falls in love with the biggest critic of his latest book. When true identities are revealed, both must find the courage to take a leap of faith. Stars Amy Acker and Dylan Bruce.
A Novel Romance premieres Saturday, January 10 at 9:00pm on the Hallmark Channel.
January 1st, 2015
In Hindsight, Becca (Laura Ramsey) is about to get married for the second time despite the fact that she is doubting herself about going through with it. She can’t help but wonder what her life would have been like had she made different choices along the way. (Cue the Hindsight magical time machine.) Beca wakes up in 1995, after a freakish elevator ride, on the morning of her first wedding. She reconnects with her former BFF and embarks on a “new” life (full of different choices?) My question is, if you were to get a free “do-over” such as this, do you retain all the memories of your old future so you don’t make the same mistakes again? (Or so you can invest in Microsoft or Yahoo! or Google and be filthy rich in your do-over life.)
Hindsight premieres Wednesday, January 7 at 10:00pm on VH1.
January 1st, 2015
(Hallmark Original Movie) In Surprised by Love, a young businesswoman tries to convince her uptight parents to approve of her current boyfriend. As she undertakes this task, she finds herself questioning her own life choices and falling for an old high school flame. Over her parents’ 40th anniversary weekend, she must decide which direction her life – romantic and otherwise – is going to take. Stars Hilarie Burton, Paul Campbell, and Tim Conway.
Surprised by Love premieres Saturday, January 3 at 9:00pm on the Hallmark Channel.
December 31st, 2014
Love the music-biz drama of Nashville but wish the show had more bling? If so, Empire is your new jam. Terrence Howard stars as Luscious Lyon, the CEO of a hip-hop label whose undisputed reign at the top is challenged when he learns he has ALS. Now he must groom one of his three sons, Hakeem (Bryshere Gray), Jamal (Jussie Smillett) or Andre (Trai Byers) to take over the company, if his recently released-from-prison ex-wife Cookie (Taraji P. Henson) doesn’t grab it first.
Empire premieres Wednesday, January 7 at 9:00pm on FOX.
December 30th, 2014
It’s 1946, and Peggy Carter (Hayley Atwell) is working for the covert SSR (Strategic Scientific Reserve, the precursor to S.H.I.E.L.D.). Peggy (aka Agent Carter) must balance doing administrative work and going on secret missions for Howard Stark (Dominic Cooper) who has been framed for selling a deadly weapon to the highest bidder. Agent Carter also stars James D’Arcy, Chad Michael Murray, Enver Gjokaj, and Shea Whigham.
Marvel’s Agent Carter premieres Tuesday, January 6 at 8:00pm on ABC.
December 28th, 2014
Be sure to tune in to ABC for this for a 4-week musical comedy extravaganza known as Galavant! Once upon a time, the dashing hero, Galavant (Joshua Sasse) lost his one true love, Madalena (Mallory Jansen), to the evil King Richard (Timothy Omundson). Now, our fallen hero is ready to take revenge and restore his “happily ever after.” But it won’t be without a few twists and turns along the way. Galavant, also stars Vinnie Jones as Gareth, the king’s right-hand thug, Karen David as Princess Isabella and Luke Youngblood as Squire Sid; plus cameos from John Stamos as Sir Jean Hamm, Weird Al Yankovich as a singing monk, and Ricky Gervais as the wizard Xanax.
Galavant premieres Sunday, January 4 at 8:00pm on ABC.
(Update: I could not get past the opening credits before I turned the channel.)
December 9th, 2014
Pizza! Photo by Jon Sullivan © Wikimedia Commons
Pizza Masters Sal Basille and Francis Garcia are first cousins, best friends, and together they own some of the most successful pizza shops in NYC. In the first episode, Franny Goes to Hollywood, everyone knows that Fran Garcia may be a pizza man, but he has always been an actor at heart. So, he heads to LA to see if he has what it takes to hang amongst the Brads and Leonardos. Of course, he takes his cousin, best friend, and “agent” Sal Basile along, and no trip with these two would be complete without finding the best food stops the city has to offer. First up, Fran and Sal hit up Guisado’s in East Los Angeles for tacos filled with homemade braises wrapped in fresh corn tortillas. Next, they visit their friend, film exec, and now bakery owner Lisa at Cake Monkey to thank her for arranging the audition for Fran, and to taste her sinfully sweet treats. Finally, to celebrate a successful trip, the boys head to the famous food trucks of Abbot Kinney to grab a slice at the Urban Oven. Just two New York pizza masters in the glitz and glamour of LA looking for fame, fortune, and, of course, great food.
Pizza Masters premieres Tuesday, December 16 at 9:00pm on the Cooking Channel.
December 4th, 2014
It’s anything but normal for the Party Down South crew for Christmas. Whether it’s Lyle’s duck call caroling, Lauren’s tacky sweater party, Murray getting his annual Christmas tattoo or Mattie ringing in 2015 as “Martha,” they definitely share some off-the-wall redneck family holiday traditions during Party Down South: Christmas Hangover.
Party Down South: Christmas Hangover premieres Thursday, December 18 at 10:00pm on CMT.
November 29th, 2014
A con-man is ordered to play Santa at a department store in “The Santa Con.” Photo by xenia © MorgueFiles
In The Santa Con, small-time con man Nick DeMarco (Barry Watson) is ordered by his parole officer to take a minimum-wage job as a department store Santa during the holidays…and he hates it. Near the end of his first shift, he hastily promises a young boy, Billy (Tucker Meeks), that Santa will bring his estranged parents back together by Christmas. When his sister Rosemary (Melissa Joan Hart) hears this, she is livid and can’t believe he would break a little boy’s heart with an empty promise. After a long night of soul searching – and with the help of an insightful female pastor (Wendy Williams) – Nick decides to make good on his promise to the child, somehow. But after meeting the boy’s mother Carol (Melissa Sagemiller), will Nick ultimately choose to put the happiness of others ahead of his own? Jaleel White, Scott Grimes, and John Ratzenberger also star.
The Santa Con premieres Saturday, December 13 at 8:00pm on Lifetime.
November 29th, 2014
Santa Claus is always a big hit in Christmas Parades. Photo by Loozrboy © Wikimedia Commons
In The Christmas Parade, a popular network morning host finds herself humiliated on the air by her fiancé and disappears to a small town. While there, she helps a budding artist save a community art center for the town’s kids, by helping them with their float for the annual Christmas Parade. Starring AnnaLynne McCord, Jefferson Brown, and Drew Scott.
The Christmas Parade premieres Sunday, December 14 at 8:00pm on Hallmark).
November 28th, 2014
With the holidays approaching, in Best Christmas Party Ever, a young party planner arranges a special Christmas party for a New York toy store. When a powerful corporation threatens to shut her down, she decides to follow her heart, moving forward with the party plans and finding true love in time for Christmas. Starring Torrey DeVitto, Steve Lund, Linda Thorson and Harmon Walsh.
Best Christmas Party Ever premieres Saturday, December 13 at 8:00pm on Hallmark.
November 26th, 2014
Funny, fun and full of heart, Suave Says will follow famous lover turned preacher, Gerardo Mejia, as he fights to keep his family together the only way he knows how; with laughter and love.
In the early 1990s Gerardo Mejia had it all. Thanks to his smash-hit single, “Rico Suave,” he was living the good life with all of the fame, fortune, and women to show for it. Twenty years later, Gerardo’s life is still pretty good if not just a little bit different. While he is no longer a rock star, Gerardo continues to be adored by many (as a record exec turned minister) and remains surrounded by beautiful women — only now they are his wife and daughters.
Following the success of his big single, Gerardo went on to become an influential A&R executive at Interscope Records, married Kathy (a former beauty queen), and had 3 beautiful children— Bianca, Nadia and Jaden. However, despite Gerardo’s early success, life was not always easy in the Mejia household.
Over the years, Kathy and the kids weathered the storm of success and what comes after it. With the admission of infidelities spanning a decade, Gerardo and Kathy are now trying to pick up the pieces of their marriage and reconnect with their children.
But even without a marriage to repair, Gerardo and Kathy would have their hands full. At least two of their three kids plan to follow in their father’s famous footsteps. Nadia is an aspiring singer/model and Jaden wants to make it as a rapper. Meanwhile, older sister, Bianca, just moved back into the family home and brought her new boyfriend, Zack, with her. Rounding out the hectic household is Gerardo’s 20 year-old niece, Lexi, as well as her toddler son.
So get ready because in this family, the only constant is craziness. And while dad might be Mr. Suave himself, life in the Mejia household is anything but smooth.
Suave Says premieres Wednesday, December 3 at 10:00pm on VH1.