ABC’s Big Sky was a breakout hit when it first premiered in 2020, but since then, it’s become a fan-favorite drama as we follow the brilliant detective work and crime solving of Jenny Hoyt (Katherine Winnick) and Cassie Dewell (Kylie Bunbury).
The serial has found success with its mystery-of-the-season format. It’s not entirely a procedural, but adding a new case each season allows the series to capitalize on the familiarity of old characters while enticing fans with brand-new cases and a rotating cast of players that bring mischief and chaos to the otherwise picturesque town.
Season 3, specifically, is getting quite an upgrade with some heavy Hollywood hitters!
And as the premiere date inches closer, we’re breaking down everything there is to know about Big Sky Season 3.
What Will the Show Be Titled?
Big Sky is being dubbed Big Sky: Deadly Trails to reflect the season’s theme!
Who Will Appear on Big Sky Season 3?
The season will see the regular cast return.
- Katheryn Winnick as Jenny Hoyt, an ex-cop turned deputy detective
- Kylie Bunbury as Cassie Dewell, the private detective running the show at Dewell & Hoyt investigation agency
- Dedee Pfeiffer as Denise Brisbane, an employee of D&H that provides comedic relief mostly
- Jesse James Keitel as Jerrie, an employee of D&H and Ronald Pergman’s previous victim
- Omar Metwally as Mark Lindor, a deputy marshal and Cassie’s significant other
- J. Anthony Pena as Deputy Poppernak, Jenny’s partner in the sheriff’s office who also serves as the right-hand/comedic relief. He was upped to series regular this season
- Jamie-Lynn Sigler as Tonya, a local waitress-turned-crime associate (and Ren’s right-hand woman) who has been upped to series regular this season
- Logan Marshall-Green as Travis Stone, Jenny’s on-again-off-again working undercover to avenge his former lover
- Janina Gavankar as Ren Bhullar, the daughter of a drug lord who is expanding business into Montana. Her storyline wrapped up but it’s possible she’ll be around considering Jamie-Lynn Sigler was upper to series regular for the season
- Anja Savcic as Scarlet Leyendecker, Ronald Pergman’s girlfriend who did the right thing by giving Phoebe over. Her storyline felt wrapped up, but Scarlet has a way of popping up again and again as a recurring mystery
Any New Faces Coming to Town?
Helena, Montana definitely seems like a popular place to spend your time as this season will welcome some famous stars who will be involved in the deadly new mystery occupying Jenny and Cassie’s time.
Reba McEntire as Sunny Barnes, a “successful backcountry outfitter with a secret history of missing customers.”
Jensen Ackles as Beau, the freshly appointed sheriff after sheriff Tubbs’ shooting. We met him in the Big Sky Season 2 finale
Henry Ian Cusack as a tech exec named Avery
Luke Mitchell as play Sunny’s son Cormac
Anirudh Pisharody comes on vacation from New York with his girlfriend looking for a wilderness adventure
Madalyn Horcher the other half of the young couple from NY looking for a good time in the wild
Seth Gabel as Walter, a recluse living in the woods
Rosanna Arquette as Virginia “Gigi” Cessna, Jenny Hoy’s charismatic and fast-talking mother. “She’s a world-class scam artist who used childhood Jenny in her grifts, much to present-day Jenny’s resentment. Gigi has an uncanny ability to charm her way into people’s lives and then disappear without a trace. When she returns to Helena to pull her latest con, Jenny catches onto her and mother-daughter must work through their difficult relationship.”
What Can We Expect?
The official description via the ABC press site notes: Reba McEntire and Jensen Ackles step into the world of “Big Sky” on its new night, bringing with them a new mystery to unravel as the mercurial matriarch of an established local family and the new sheriff in town, respectively.
Big Sky Season 3 Trailer
When Does Big Sky Season 3 Premiere?
The crime thriller will be moving to a new night — Wednesday. It will premiere on September 21, 2022 at 10 p.m. ET on ABC.
When Will ‘Wheel of Fortune’ Season 40 Premiere?
Wheel of Fortune is getting ready to go XL for a milestone season.
“XL Week” (otherwise known as Extra Lucky and loaded with many prizes) will kick off the upcoming season in celebration of four decades of the game show.
Pat Sajak and Vanna White are on board to host, with the latter “working at a new LED screen puzzle board,” per the press release.
“XL Week” represents the roman numeral 40 for the 40th season and will feature extra prizes, puzzles, and hopes to be “XL (Extra Lucky)” for contestants and fans.
” During “XL Week,” not only will contestants have double the chances to win $1 Million with up to two full $1 Million wedges on the Wheel, but when they bring the $1 Million to the bonus round their chances are doubled because a second $1 Million envelope will be added to the Bonus Wheel. This week also introduces the “XL Wedge” with the chance to win an additional $40,000 when the player takes that to the bonus round for a minimum win of $80,000. Viewers will have big chances to win as well with a chance to win the Prize Puzzle featured in the round and the XL Bonus Round prize if it’s won,” the release notes.
Following “XL Week,” gameplay returns to normal, with the minimum amount that can be won at the Bonus Wheel bumped to $40,000 because, again, 40th season!
The fun kicks off on September 12, 2022, reportedly running through June 9, 2023.
And if you’re a huge WOF fan, don’t miss Celebrity Wheel of Fortune starting on Sunday, September 25, 2022 on ABC.
You can see the full 2022-2023 Fall TV schedule right here!
7 Must-Watch Shows This Fall
We’re only a few weeks away from the 2022-2023 fall TV season!
With the addition of streaming services, there are plenty of choices when it comes to what to watch all year long, but honestly, there’s something so special about primetime programming debuting strictly in the fall.
Much like pumpkin spice lattes, it provides a cozy feeling of returning to a routine and reuniting with your favorite TV characters while also welcoming new ones to the fold.
But there are always a few standout shows — new and old — that we think you definitely need to add to your list this season.
These titles will likely be the talk of the town (see: watercolor talk before remote work took over and turned it into slack talk), and you definitely don’t want to be left out of the conversation—in person or virtual.
Lopez vs. Lopez – NBC
Who doesn’t love a multi-cam family comedy? George Lopez teams with his IRL daughter, Mayan Lopez, to portray fictionalized versions of themselves in what’s described as a “working-class family comedy about dysfunction, reconnection and all the pain and joy in between.” Brice Gonzalez of TikTok’s EnkyBoys fame has also been cast in the series, so keep him on your radar!
Premieres Friday, November 4
Alaska Daily – ABC
After the short-lived Netflix series, Away, Hilary Swank is returning to TV as a journalist seeking a fresh start in Anchorage, Alaska where she begins investigating a missing woman’s case.
Premieres Thursday, October 6
Monarch – FOX
Trace Adkins and Susan Sarandon are just a few big-time names hoping to hook audiences in a drama about a country music dynasty, the Romans. “When their reign as country royalty is put in jeopardy, heir to the crown Nicolette “Nicky” Roman will stop at nothing to protect her family’s legacy, while ensuring her own quest for stardom, alongside her brother Luke and sister Gigi,” the synopsis notes. A handful of A-list country stars have already been tapped for guest appearances, including Shania Twain and Martina McBride.
Vampire Academy – Peacock
Calling all vampire lovers! Julie Plec, the creative force behind The Vampire Diaries, is hoping fans will sink their teeth into yet another series adapted from YA books about a group of supernatural attending boarding school at St Vladimir’s Academy.
Premieres on Thursday, September 15
Big Sky – ABC
Big Sky isn’t exactly a new show, but the Montana-set crime drama is sort of reinventing itself in the third season with a brand new mystery and title “Deadly Trails.” Cassie Dewell (Kylie Bunbury) and former partner/now undersheriff Jenny Hoyt (Katheryn Winnick) will team with newcomer and sheriff Beau Arlen (Jensen Ackles) to investigate Sunny Barnes (Reba McEntire) described as a “successful backcountry outfitter with a secret history of missing customers.”
Premieres Wednesday, September 21
La Brea – NBC
If you snoozed on La Brea in season 1 because you thought it wouldn’t get renewed, it might be time to catch up ahead of new episodes coming this fall. The series will pick up on the disappearance of three cast members, who were previously stuck in 10,000 B.C following the emergence of a sinkhole in Los Angeles. They have been transported to a different time period, which they must now navigate. Meanwhile, everyone still stuck in 10K B.C searches for a way back home.
“This season will still largely take place in 10,000 BC. However, we will no longer be telling a concurrent story in modern-day Los Angeles. Instead, we will be telling a story in 1988 Los Angeles,” showrunner and creator David Appelbaum said.
Premieres Tuesday, September 27
The Cleaning Lady – FOX
Again, if you snoozed on the hottest drama, The Cleaning Lady forgives you, but it definitely wants you to catch up before new episodes drop! Elodie Yung stars as Thony, an immigrant mom that’s determined to do anything to save her sick child. When she witnesses a murder, she finds herself working as a cleaning lady for the mob and doing things she never thought possible.
Premieres Monday, September 19.
Only Murders in the Building Season 2 Finale and New Murder Mystery, Explained
In the words of Mabel Mora… “well, sh*t.”
Only Murders in the Building concluded its second season with a few satisfying twists, including a killer cliffhanger!
The murderer was revealed, though, it likely wasn’t the person you suspected all along. Or, maybe it was, and in that case, you’re a much better detective than our trio of podcasters.
Upon getting a call from Detective Williams, who got a positive DNA hit on the knife used to stab poor Bunny Folger, Mabel, Charles, and Oliver were finally able to piece it all together. And the evidence did not point back to Cinda Canning, as we all previously believed, or, as Poppy, aka Becky, wanted us to believe.
It surprisingly also didn’t lead back to Alice. While Mabel’s theory at the killer reveal party (a killer party where they revealed the killer on a live stream) declaring Alice as the mastermind was well-executed, it was, as Poppy herself pointed out, missing a motive. Nothing connected the “Australian girl” to Bunny. And in that revelation, Poppy gave herself away as the culprit instead. Then, she solidified it with a handful of sneezes—just like the killer.
In simple terms, she slipped up.
Earlier in the day, Mabel, Charles, and Oliver realized that Poppy’s desire to be acknowledged, respected, and recognized would be her demise. After they staged the reveal that made Alice the scapegoat, Cinda was so impressed that she offered Mabel a job and her own podcast, two things that Poppy has been desperately seeking from Cinda this whole time.
Once she realized that she was being undervalued yet again, she started unraveling like a sweater until she was in handcuffs.
Bunny was, unfortunately, an innocent bystander in Poppy’s quest to matter and become the best podcaster in the world.
She murdered Bunny in order to provide a good story for her podcast, working simultaneously with Kreps—the corrupt cop we initially thought was sleeping with Cinda—in order to get away with it.
It was truly a great twist, proving that the series excels at modern-day murder mysteries. Even if the whole plot wasn’t as clean as the Tim Kono murder investigation, it was a still a fun ride across 10 episodes that gave us a deeper look at the protagonists we’ve come to love.
Poppy was definitely top of mind on the suspect’s list, but since we didn’t know her backstory until the beginning of the episode, there wasn’t anything connecting her to it. Once fans realized that she faked her own death because she was miserable working for a misogynistic mayor and taking care of a drunk father, while also being the one to suggest diving into the mystery of Rose Cooper for a podcast, it became clear that there were just too many things linking back to Poppy.
It was enjoyable to see everyone at the Arconia involved in the final chapter of the murder mystery as they all loved Bunny and deserved to be part of this journey. Even though their roles are minimal, they are all such well-developed characters who contribute to the hilarity with witty one-liners. I was fully expecting Nina and Amy Schumer to make an appearance, and I’m kind of disappointed the latter was just added for the sake of uplifting the Arconia as “the spot” to be.
Once Poppy and Kreps were behind bars, the trio could breathe a sigh of relief. And it was understandable that they were all eager to put solving murders behind them. The success of the podcast, and the unlikely collaboration with Cinda, propelled Charles and Oliver back into the spotlight as one landed a much bigger role on the Brazzos spinoff, while the other got a job directing on Broadway. Their dreams are coming true! Oliver also told Will that he wasn’t his biological father, but not only did Will already know (he knows his father’s tells), he didn’t care.
Meanwhile, Mabel decided it was time to stop being defined by her sad past, so she remodeled her Arconia apartment (yep, she painted over that incredible mural) with Alice’s help.
And then, the series did a time jump one year into the future, which was unexpected but necessary as it allowed the characters to grow into their new lives, which are about to be derailed by yet another murder.
This time, the murder happened to the star of Oliver’s Broadway play and Charles’ co-star/ enemy, Ben (played by Paul Rudd!), who was poisoned just as he took the stage for his big moment.
As Oliver, Charles, and Mabel watched on in horror, they simply couldn’t believe that they were the center of yet another murder mystery.
And this time, Charles definitely looked guilty as there was clearly some beef between the actors right before Ben’s death.
But while Bunny’s death was a great cliffhanger, I’m even more intrigued now to see how these new, more successful, and self-confident, versions of our trio take on this new mystery.
Not to mention that the new murder setting—the theater— will undoubtedly provide us with new opportunities and new suspects, which is an exciting change of pace.
The third time’s the charm, right?
What did you think of the Only Murders in the Building season 2 finale? Did you like the season? Were you surprised by who the murderer ended up being?
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