ABC is totally revamping in order to get back to number one! The network came in third-place this in ratings this season. So what will do the trick? Obviously adding in one more Shonda Rhimes to the Thursday lineup. ABC moved up the Grey’s time-slot to 8pm, Scandal to 9pm leaving the third slot open for the new drama, How To Get Away With Murder. The legal thriller is set in law school with Viola Davis playing a professor. Sounds promising for sure.
While the CW protects itself with a slew of supernatural/comic book shows, ABC is going in a multiethnical direction, which they explained was “the changing face of America.”
“We set out to reflect America, and we ended up unleashing a whole new wave of creativity,” said Paul Lee ABC Entertainment Group President.
“Quite simply, least-objectionable programming is dead. If it’s passion that defines our brand, this year we decided to turn up the heat,” he added.
Cristela and Black-ish join the lineup. Black-ish stars Laurence Fishbourne and focuses on a middle class African American family. Cristela is about a Mexican woman torn between her ambitions to be a lawyer and her traditional family values. Additionally, the network picked up Fresh Off the Boat a comedy about Asian American, which will be held for midseason.
The network is adding a total of six new series to its fall schedule and another six for the midseason.
Here’s a whole breakdown of the new/returning shows thanks to Nola.com
“Selfie,” 7 p.m. Tuesday – A social-media queen named Eliza (Gillan) feels friendless, until a marketing expert named Henry (played by John Cho) steps in to spiff up her brand. A comedy loosely based on “My Fair Lady,” says an ABC news release.
“Manhattan Love Story,” 7:30 p.m. Tuesday – Analeigh Tipton (“Hung”) and Jake McDorman (“Shameless”) star in a romantic comedy.
“Forever,” 9 p.m. Tuesday – A New York City medical examiner played by Ioan Gruffudd (“Glee”) seeks an answer to his life’s greatest mystery — his own apparent immortality. A drama.
“Black-ish,” 8:30 p.m. Wednesday – Laurence Fishburne (“Hannibal,” “CSI”) plays father to a suburban couple (Anderson, Ross) dealing with identity issues. A comedy.
“How to Get Away With Murder,” 9 p.m. Thursday – Viola Davis (“The Help,” “United States of Tara”) stars as a law professor. The legal thriller gives superproducer Rhimes all three drama time slots on the night. (Said Lee: “Nobody does empowered women like Shonda Rhimes.”)
“Cristela,” 7:30 p.m. Friday – Cristela Alonzo (“Mind of Mencia”) stars as an ambitious law student trying to navigate her family’s traditional values.
Coming at midseason: “American Crime,” “Fresh Off the Boat,” “Galavant,” “Marvel’s Agent Carter,” “Secrets and Lies,” “The Whispers.”
Returning: “America’s Funniest Home Videos,” “The Bachelor,” “Castle,” “Dancing With the Stars,” “The Goldbergs,” “The Great Christmas Light Fight,” “Grey’s Anatomy,” “Last Man Standing,” “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.,” “The Middle,” “Modern Family,” “Nashville,” “Once Upon a Time,” “Resurrection,” “Revenge,” “Scandal,” “Shark Tank,” “The Taste” and “20/20.”
Check out the new released trailer for Black-ish
And a thorough breakdown of shows and their timeslots for Fall 2014-2015
8 pm Dancing With the Stars
10 pm Castle
8 pm The Middle
8:30 pm The Goldbergs
9 pm Modern Family
9:30 pm BLACK-ISH
10 pm Nashville
8 pm Grey’s Anatomy
9 pm Scandal
10 pm HOW TO GET AWAY WITH MURDER
8 pm Last Man Standing
8:30 pm CRISTELA
9 pm Shark Tank
10 pm 20/20
Saturday Night Football
7 pm America’s Funniest Home Videos
8 pm Once Upon a Time
9 pm Resurrection
10 pm Revenge
Photo Credit: ABC
Chess Boards Are Sold Out and You Can Thank Netflix’s ‘The Queen’s Gambit’
Queen’s Gambit is taking the chess world by storm.
In a case of art influences life, sales of chess boards have skyrocketed thanks to the Netflix limited series.
The series, set in the 1950s, trails the rise of a young orphan, Beth Harmon (Anya Taylor-Joy), who finds chess to be an outlet, leading her to become a female prodigy.
Spin Master, a Toronto-based toy merchant, said that chess sales have increased by “triple digits” since the show’s premiere on October 23.
Goliath Games has also noted a surge of more than 1,000 percent, NPR notes.
“Our October sales for chess were up 178% over the same period last year,” Mary Higbe, director of marketing at Goliath Games, said. “That’s a big increase. But something else unexpected happened at the end of the month. Now, she says, “our chess sales are up 1,048%.”
EBay has made similar findings, reporting a 215 percent spike in sales of chess sets.
The New York Times found that wooden sets have trumped plastic sets.
Even before the series debuted, interest in chess sets was spiking due to COVID.
Will this make finding a Christmas present harder?
Toy analyst Gerrick Johnnson told NPR: “Good luck finding a chess set this holiday!”
The popularity also extends to groups such as the US Chess Federation, which revealed that membership also jumped for the first time since the onset of the pandemic.
You Can Get Free Streaming Subscriptions in December Thanks to Beautyrest
The one thing that has been keeping us all sane through what feels like a never-ending pandemic? TV shows!
Especially now as the winter months creep in and it becomes darker earlier than every, we’re turning to streaming services to find some comfort.
If you’re a TV show lover, like myself, you’re probably subscribed to several services because you watch an array of shows and the costs ADD UP!
Well, how would you like it if all of those streaming services were free in December? That means all the Netflix, Hulu, Disney+, Amazon Prime Video, and more for free!
Beautyrest, the ultimate brand in luxury mattresses, wants to cover streaming subscriptions during the month for 100 lucky people. 10 of those lucky people will even snag a Beautyrest mattress so that they can catch some R&R this winter (while watching shows, of course).
How can you enter the contest?
Now through December 5, send an email to BeautyrestUpgrade@icfnext.com with one sentence on why you deserve an upgrade for a chance to win.
Beautyrest will choose 100 winners through a random drawing on or around Monday, Dec. 7. If you’re a winner, you’ll be notified via email. You’ll need to reply within 48 hours to the email, so make sure you check your inbox!
Visit Beautyrest.com/FirstClassUpgrade for full rules and additional information on how you can score the ultimate binge-watching experience in bed.
‘Freddy Krueger’ Actor Robert Englund is Coming to ‘Stranger Things’ Season 4
We already know Stranger Things Season 4 is going to be the scariest to date — that’s what Joe Keery (Steve Harrington told us months back!), but this takes the scare-factor to a whole new level.
Why? Because Freddy Krueger is headed to Hawkins to haunt your nightmares!
Horror icon Robert Englund is joining the Netflix series in a recurring role, according to TV Line. He’ll be playing a convicted murderer. He will play Victor Creel, “a disturbed and intimidating man who is imprisoned in a psychiatric hospital for a gruesome murder in the 1950s.”
Englund isn’t the only new face that we’ll be seeing. The series, which is filming in Georgia after a long COVID-19 production delay, is adding seven new series regulars.
Here’s the breakdown of each character.
Jamie Campbell Bower of Twilight joins as Peter Ballard, a caring man working at the psychiatric hospital who is tired of all the brutality he witnesses.
Eduardo Franco from American Vandal is Jonathan’s new bestie, a stoner and pizza delivery driver.
Joseph Quinn from Howard’s End is Eddie Munson, an 80’s metalhead who runs The Hellfire Club, Hawkins High’s official D&D club. Obviously, this means he’ll find himself right in the middle of the mystery.
Sherman Augustus from Into the Badlands is Lt. Colonel Sullivan, a man who believes he can stop the evil in Hawkins once and for all.
Mason Dye from Bosch is a handsome and rich sports star dating the most popular girl in school. But the evil brewing in town begins to unravel his perfect life.
Nikola Djuricko from Legends is Yuri, a Russian smuggler.
Tom Wlaschiha from Game of Thrones is a Dmitri, a Russian prison guard who befriends our favorite Sheriff.
While the cast sounds promising, let’s hope this doesn’t mean less screen time for our faves like Eleven, Will, and Hopper (who yes, is alive, but not well somewhere in Russia).
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