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17 TV Characters Whose Electric Chemistry Could Set Off Fireworks

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Chemistry is that “thing” between two characters that is so electric, it cannot be ignored, nor can it be forced or faked. You either have it or you don’t. But when you do, it’s undeniable; a spark between two souls that connects and binds them in a way that viewers just can’t shake.  

When it’s done right on a TV screen between two professional actors, it has the ability to make you forget that you’re watching and rooting for a fictional couple. 

Chemistry is what drives character development—it sets forth motive, delivers iconic moments and unforgettable lines, and keeps you hooked and coming back for more. 

The best type of chemistry is the one that isn’t forced — it’s natural and effortless and oftentimes, translates off-screen; it can happen between friends that aren’t aware of their feelings for each other, a couple that’s about to embark on a romantic relationship, lovers who, despite the obvious chemistry, can’t seem to make it work, or even enemies turned lovers. 

We’ve narrowed it down to characters with undeniable chemistry that could set off fireworks like it’s the 4th of July.

Rio and Beth – Good Girls

Rio and Beth - Good Girls
Rio and Beth have a love-hate situationship. It doesn’t matter if they’re arguing, making shady deals, or hooking up, anytime these two share a scene, it’s intoxicating and dangerous. There’s no reality where these two could ever make it work, but that’s never made fans stop rooting for them.
 

Mick and Jared – Manifest

Mic and Jared - Manifest
Distance makes the heart grow fonder—and in their case, the distance was a 5-year-disappearance that threw a wrench into their love story. And despite everything, their spark never fizzled out. When they’re finally reunited, it’s as if nothing has changed and even though they know it’s wrong, they can’t stay away from each other. And while they don’t end up together in the end anyway, there’s a love there that changed them for the better. 
 

Arman and Thony – The Cleaning Lady

There’s not much Arman wouldn’t do for Thony—and Thony has risked her life for him plenty of times. As much as they try, they simply can’t shake each other, nor can they deny the evident feelings that have formed between them through sheer circumstance. Now that they’ve got the upper hand, there’s no telling how their magnetic relationship will unfold. 

 

Midge and Lenny – The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel

Not every epic love story has to have a happy ending. Midge and Lenny’s sure doesn’t, but they made a profound impact on each other. Their professional relationship crossed boundaries once, as far as we know, but it was an epic night that was not soon forgotten. Lenny was one of the only successful male comedians who believed in Midge and recognized her talents beyond her good looks; he saw her for the exceptional woman that she was. And while it was never meant to be long-term, it was magical for what it was. 

 

Belly and Conrad – The Summer I Turned Pretty

Ah, young love. Belly and Conrad have a complicated dynamic largely due to hormones and teen angst, but there’s no denying their attraction to each other that sometimes veers into forbidden love territory. Even when they fight, it’s intense because they care so much about each other. No one is surprised when they finally give into those feelings as they’re often thought to be soulmates!

 

Ruzek and Burgess – Chicago PD

The on-again-off-again couple have endured their fair share of trauma, but they’ve stuck with each other through it all. There’s so much love between them, even if the timing has been wrong on occasion, and no matter how much they fight it, they always find themselves coming back to each other and the little family they formed with Makayla. It’s scary to admit how much you love someone sometimes, but it’s even scarier to deny yourself that love, a fact Burzek learned with time. 

Elijah and Hayley - The Originals
It’s a shame that Haley and Elijah never got a chance to pursue a romantic relationship because there was so much unspoken love between them until the very end. Elijah cherished her, and Hayley knew he was the kind of man that would protect her heart until the very end. 
 
 

Wyatt and Lucy – Timeless

Wyatt and Lucy - Timeless
Wyatt and Lucy were the last to realize they had feelings for each other, but all the signs were there in every single time period they traveled to. Fans couldn’t help but rejoice when they finally acted on their love for each other after almost losing each other forever. 
 

Beth and Randall – This Is Us

Beth and Randall - This Is Us
Beth and Randall are so in-sync they’ve managed to weather all the ups and downs that come with making a long-term relationship work all while keeping the passion and spark alive. They support each other through the good times and the bad. Perfect couples don’t exist, but these two come pretty close, and when they find themselves in a jam, they remember the love that got them there and work through it. 

 

Janine and Gregory – Abbott Elementary

Abbott’s best teachers have stayed in the “will they or won’t they” phase for quite some time now—despite a kiss that was everything—but it’s for the best as they both need time to figure out themselves. That doesn’t mean that the chemistry isn’t there though—we see all those longing stolen glances and heartfelt realizations—they’re just too scared to ruin the foundational friendship when they aren’t completely ready. But when it finally happens, the wait will be worth it. 

 

Nancy and Ace – Nancy Drew

Some fans have shipped Nancy and Ace since the beginning, but it’s taken the characters quite some time to figure out (and admit) that they have feelings for each other. And the moment they did,  a curse was placed on them by a vengeful ancestor of Nancy’s, which has only intensified their desire to be together. They are determined to find a way to let their love flourish—and we cannot wait until they can share a kiss without short circuiting things. 

 

Liza and Charles – Younger

Liza and Charles - Younger
Stolen glances and kisses in the office turned into a full-blown relationship once Liza and Charles admitted their feelings for each other. They’ve jumped through plenty of hoops to be together, but it was worth it in th end as Charles even made the ultimate sacrifice and gave up his company just to be with her.

 

Alex and Michael – Roswell, New Mexico

Alex and Michael - Roswell, New Mexico
Alex and Michael have this magnetic chemistry that’s unmatched by any other couple in Roswell, yes, not even Liz and Max. They are drawn to each other even though their love is, in a way, forbidden. Their history may be complicated, but fans couldn’t be happier that they found a way to make it work.
 

Liv & Fitz – Scandal

Liv & Fitz - Scandal
Liv and Fitz’s love affair was one for the history books. There was so much chemistry, longing and love between them, but their situation was set up for them to fail. Fitz willingly took the country to war to save the woman he loved—talk about toxic. And yet we couldn’t get enough of them together. 

Jane and Rafael – Jane the Virgin

Jane and Rafael - Jane the Virgin
Jane had to choose between two men in her love story, but ultimately, it was Rafael that won her heart. The two of them shared a mutual attraction from the moment they laid eyes on each other. And while their situation wasn’t perfect, they navigated every single curveball with all roads leading back to each other because they were simply meant to be. 
 

Bellamy and Clarke – The 100

Bellamy and Clarke - The 100
It’s hard to deny the chemistry between Bellamy and Clarke. Even when the characters are at odds, there’s something undeniable there as they rely on one another.  The actors, Bob Morley and Eliza Taylor, even got married in real life, which likely speaks to the sparks we saw bubbling up on television.
 

Rick Castle & Kate Beckett – Castle

Rick Castle & Kate Beckett - Castle
The “will they or won’t they” dance went on for a while, as with every good TV show that wants to keep fans on their towns, but the chemistry between the polar opposites was too hot too handle. Even when the writing took a downward turn, their flirtation kept fans begging for more.

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2024 Fall TV Lineup Has Officially Landed—What to Watch on ABC, NBC, CBS, FOX, and The CW

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Summer might be on everyone’s minds, but the fall TV lineup is already taking shape at many of our favorite networks. 

Plenty of fan-favorites will be making their returns when the temps cool down again, including all One Chicago shows, FBI shows, Law & Order and SVU, Ghosts, 9-1-1, and competition shows like The Voice, American Idol, and The Masked Singer. 

There will also be plenty of new shows on tap to check out like comedies Poppa’s House and St. Denis Medical, along with captivating dramas like NCIS: Origins and Murder in a Small Town. 

Fans will have to say goodbye to some of their current faves that didn’t score renewals with their respective networks like ABC’s Not Dead Yet, NCIS: Hawai’i, Quantum Leap, Blue Bloods, and Extended Family.

Many shows will also be held for the midseason lineup—such as The Cleaning Lady, NCIS: Sydney, The Price Is Right at Night and newcomer Watson. 

See the full 2024 Fall TV Lineup from CBS, NBC, Fox, ABC and The CW below:

** New shows will be indicated in CAPS**

CBS

MONDAY
8 pm The Neighborhood
8:30 pm POPPA’S HOUSE (new comedy)
9 pm NCIS
10 pm NCIS: ORIGINS (new drama)

TUESDAY
8 pm FBI
9 pm FBI: International
10 pm FBI: Most Wanted

WEDNESDAY (FALL)
8 pm Survivor
9:30 pm THE SUMMIT (new reality show)

WEDNESDAY (WINTER)
8 pm The Price Is Right at Night
9 pm Raid the Cage
10 pm HOLLYWOOD SQUARES (game show reboot)

WEDNESDAY (SPRING)
8 pm Survivor
9:30 pm The Amazing Race

THURSDAY
8 pm GEORGIE & MANDY’S FIRST MARRIAGE (new comedy)
8:30 pm Ghosts
9 pm MATLOCK (new drama)
10 pm Elsbeth

FRIDAY (FALL)
8 pm S.W.A.T.
9 pm Fire Country
10 pm Blue Bloods (final eight episodes)

FRIDAY (SPRING)
8 pm NCIS: Sydney (new time slot)
9 pm Fire Country
10 pm S.W.A.T. (new time slot)

SATURDAY
8 pm Drama encores
9 pm Drama encores
10 pm 48 Hours

SUNDAY (FALL)
7 pm 60 Minutes
8 pm Tracker (new time slot)
9 pm The Equalizer (new time slot)
10 pm Drama encores

SUNDAY (SPRING)
7 pm 60 Minutes
8 pm Tracker (new time slot)
9 pm The Equalizer (new time slot)
10 pm WATSON (new drama)

NBC

MONDAY
8 pm The Voice
10 pm BRILLIANT MINDS (new drama)

TUESDAY
8 pm ST. DENIS MEDICAL (new comedy)
8:30 pm Night Court
9 pm The Voice
10 pm The Irrational

WEDNESDAY
8 pm Chicago Med
9 pm Chicago Fire
10 pm Chicago P.D.

THURSDAY
8 pm Law & Order
9 pm Law & Order: SVU
10 pm Found
FRIDAY
8 pm HAPPY’S PLACE (new comedy)
8:30 pm Lopez vs. Lopez
9 pm Dateline NBC

SATURDAY
7:30 pm Big Ten Saturday Night

SUNDAY
7 pm Football Night in America
8:20 pm NBC Sunday Night Football

FOX

MONDAY
8 pm 9-1-1: Lone Star
9 pm RESCUE: HI-SURF (new drama)

TUESDAY
8 pm Accused
9 pm MURDER IN A SMALL TOWN (new drama)

WEDNESDAY
8 pm The Masked Singer
9 pm The Floor

THURSDAY
8 pm Hell’s Kitchen
9 pm Special Forces: World’s Toughest Test

FRIDAY
8 pm Fox College Football Friday/Fox College Hoops/Fox UFL
Reminder: WWE SmackDown moves to USA Network on Sept. 13

SATURDAY
7 pm Fox Sports Saturday

SUNDAY
7 pm NFL on Fox
7:30 pm The OT / Fox Animation Encores
8 pm The Simpsons
8:30 pm UNIVERSAL BASIC GUYS (new animated comedy)
9 pm Bob’s Burgers
9:30 pm Krapopolis

ABC

MONDAY
8 pm Monday Night Football (on select Mondays)

TUESDAY
8 pm Dancing With the Stars
10 pm HIGH POTENTIAL (new drama)

WEDNESDAY
8 pm THE GOLDEN BACHELORETTE
9:30 pm Abbott Elementary
10 pm SCAMANDA (new docuseries)

THURSDAY
8 pm 9-1-1
9 pm DOCTOR ODYSSEY (new drama)
10 pm Grey’s Anatomy

FRIDAY
8 pm Shark Tank
9 pm 20/20

SATURDAY
7:30 pm College Football

SUNDAY
7 pm America’s Funniest Home Videos
8 pm The Wonderful World of Disney

The CW

Friday, August 30

8:00-9:00pm TBA

9:00-10:00pm Inside the NFL (Season 2 Premiere)

Saturday, August 31

3:00-6:30pm ET PAC-12 Football: Portland State at Washington State

6:30-10:00pm ET PAC-12 Football: Idaho State at Oregon State

Sunday, September 1

8:00-9:30pm The Chosen (Season 4 Premiere)

9:30-10:00pm TBA

Friday, September 6

8:00-8:30pm Whose Line Is It Anyway? (Season 13 Premiere)

8:30-9:00pm Whose Line Is It Anyway? (Original Episode)

Friday, September 20

7:00-10:00pm ET Nascar Xfinity Series at Bristol Motor Speedway

Tuesday, October 1

8:00-10:00pm WWE NXT (Network Premiere)

Wednesday, October 2

8:00-9:00pm Sullivan’s Crossing (Season 2 Premiere)

9:00-10:00pm Joan (Series Premiere)

Monday, October 7

8:00-9:00pm Scrabble (Series Premiere)

9:00-10:00pm Trivial Pursuit (Series Premiere)

Thursday, October 17

8:00-9:00pm Superman & Lois (Season 4 Premiere)

9:00-10:00pm Superman & Lois (Original Episode)

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 24

8:00-9:00pm Superman & Lois (Original Episode)

9:00-10:00pm The Librarians: The Next Chapter (Series Premiere)

Wednesday, November 13

8:00-9:00pm Sullivan’s Crossing (Original Episode)

9:00-9:30pm Children Ruin Everything (Season 4 Premiere)

9:30-10:00pm Children Ruin Everything (Original Episode)

‘The Cleaning Lady’ Renewal News That Left Fans Seriously Shocked

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‘The Cleaning Lady’ Renewal News That Left Fans Seriously Shocked

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The Cleaning Lady has officially been renewed for a fourth season—but while TV show renewals tend to elicit excitement from fanbases, the Fox renewal is snagging some divided reactions.

Mostly, fans are expressing their shock that the show scored yet another season in light of Adan Canto’s real-life death, which heavily impacted the direction of season 3—and, according to many fans, not in a good way (though the creative forces behind it are trying their best to navigate a tricky situation). 

“This really surprises me. I miss Adam Canto but thought they did a good job this season. Thought for sure it would end its run this spring,” one fan wrote of the series getting the green light.

“Really? Why?” another simply pondered.

Someone else chimed in noting: “Surprising and yet not surprising, either. It was renewed for a season 3 with low ratings, so it’s not really surprising that it was renewed for a season 4 with even lower ratings. That being said, I thought they’d just end it this season after Adan Canto’s death. Not sure if this is a good idea or not.”

“The show is not very good this year,” someone else said, while elsewhere a fan mused that they thought there was “no chance.”

The surprises only continue as The Cleaning Lady is not part of Fox’s fall lineup, being held for the midseason instead. 

And in even more shocking news, Miranda Kwok, who developed the series, and Jeannine Renshaw, who was the showrunner during the third installment—taking on the difficulties of navigating a show without Canto’s Morales—will not be returning for the fourth season. If the person behind the show’s inception isn’t on board, it is surprising that the network has so much faith in a series currently averaging 2.2 million total viewers and a 0.2 demo rating.

Either way, there are plenty of fans who are surprised yet happy by the renewal as it allows the series to explore the future of the characters they love, like Thony and Fiona, without the added focus on Arman’s whereabouts. This season heavily tied into the grief of losing him, but hopefully, the slate is cleared next season and allows the storyline to flourish, with Thony making better choices and finding her groove. 

The renewal is said to be for 12 episodes, which will debut sometime in the spring lineup.

You can catch up on all of our The Cleaning Lady reviews right here!

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Vanessa Morgan Is Finally Getting the Recognition She Deserves With ‘Wild Cards’

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Vanessa Morgan Is Finally Getting the Recognition She Deserves With ‘Wild Cards’

I meant to write this post when Wild Cards first premiered on The CW, but time got away from me, and before I knew it, the season finale of the series was upon us! 

I’m not a huge fan of The CW’s decision to axe some of our favorite shows in its rebrand, but what does ease the pain of losing the likes of Nancy Drew is the addition of promising shows like Wild Cards

To be quite frank, Riverdale never did Vanessa Morgan much justice. She amassed a huge number of fans, who were mostly hoping to see her character Toni reunite with on-screen love interest Cheryl (played by Madeleine Petsch) in the later seasons, and while she was seemingly considered one of the “core” characters, she rarely got the storylines she deserved.

We knew she could act—but Wild Cards shows us the depth of Morgan’s talents. It lets her shine, dominate, lead,  and even carry the series, opposite her on-screen partner and potential future love interest, Giacomo Gianniotti’s Ellis. 

Morgan delivers with the role of Max, a whip-smart and very charismatic con artist who utilizes her special skillset to help a “down in the dumps” maritime officer get his mojo back—and, spoiler alert if you’ve watched the season finale, his badge and desk back. 

Despite his initial hesitation with the idea of her joining the force as a consultant, even Ellis comes around, amazed by her abilities and the way she’s able to navigate every crime scene and follow the leads to produce results.&nbsp

The two grow very close over the course of the season’s 10 episodes, largely due to Morgan’s delightful on-screen persona and presence. Even when it’s not clear whose side she’s really on (is she fully on board with helping the cops or does she have a larger-than-life plan up her sleeve to pull off her greatest con yet and help her dad George—90210‘s Jason Priestley—snag a “get out of jail free” card), you find yourself drawn to her and rooting for her because of her likable personality. 

Vanessa Morgan Is Finally Getting the Recognition She Deserves With ‘Wild Cards’

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The series not only gets us invested in Max’s character—learning about her past—and what it entails for her future, but we also find ourselves rooting for Max and Ellis to finally get together… or even test the boundaries of that electric chemistry that they share (a moment that is, sadly, ruined when her husband Olivier (Dewshane Williams) blows into town). 

And it’s the mystery of Max that has all of us begging The CW to renew the series for a second season. We need more Max. We need more Ellis. We need more Morgan and Gianniotti. And we need answers. The good news is that Morgan told TVLine that season 2 of the quirky crime procedural is “very likely,” and trust that we put all our faith in her. 

As for the answers I mentioned we need, well, we need to know who killed Ellis’ brother, a murder that was the catalyst for him to get knocked down from his detective responsibilities in the first place. When he met Max, he was in a hard place, still trying to pick up the pieces of his brother’s death. And though he’s come a long way, surely, the fact that he can crack this specific mystery is one that he won’t be able to pass up. 

At the end of the finale—spoiler alert, again—Max convinced the authorities to help her pull off a heist that was two years in the works, hoping to frame her estranged husband Olivier after he steals a $33 million egg (he’s the one who betrayed her dad and landed him in prison), lessen her father’s sentence, and restore Ellis’ badge. However, there was a piece of the plan she didn’t share with Ellis—she swapped the real egg for a fake egg, and hatched a plan to disappear forever alongside Ricky and her millions. 

She didn’t expect Ellis to figure it out, though, this was one of the weaker points in the episode because she should’ve known him better than that by now, but she figured she’d be halfway across the country and it wouldn’t matter. What she didn’t anticipate in her plan is that Ricky, who was transcribing incriminating recordings from the mob as part of their safety-net policy, would find something on the drive about Ellis’ brother, namely, who murdered him. 

It’s at this moment that we see the biggest change in Max. She’s not the same person she was when the series first started. Her skills have become more valuable to helping than stealing, and she’s grown to care about someone other than herself and her father. She can’t, in good faith, leave with this knowledge and leave Ellis hanging. 

And that’s where we leave off—a promising cliffhanger on a promising series with two very promising leads. 

Your move, The CW.

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