With Labor Day in our rearview mirror, it’s time to break down something we’ve been waiting for all summer: fall tv premieres.
One of the more enticing additions to ABC’s fall line-up is the Alison Tomlin led sci-fi drama, Emergence.
Described as a “character-driven genre thriller” that follows Jo (Tomlin), a police chief who rescues a young child, Piper (Billions’ Alexa Swinton) at the site of mysterious plane accident.
In the clip, Piper is disoriented and has no recollection of what happened or who she is.
Or so she’s letting Jo to believe.
If this sounds oddly familiar, well, that’s because it is.
Crashing planes, people with mysterious powers, supernatural energies, a government conspiracy, it’s the recipe for every sci-fi thriller ever.
Emergence is, in short, attempting to do what Manifest couldn’t.
And it is to the 2019-2020 lineup what Manifest was to the 2018 TV lineup, which is precisely why the success of this show can go in one of two ways.
The brief 9-minute teaser trailer packed more action and answers than all of Manifest’s first season. And no, I’m not hating on Manifest because I’m actually rather fond of the series, though, we must acknowledge that they aren’t being forthcoming with the answers, which is a major frustration for genre thrillers.
Then, there’s the fear of the series getting cancelled prematurely after a short-lived season, which also seems to be the case for genre thrillers. Think Heroes Reborn, The Passage or even Timeless.
It’ll be interesting to see if Emergence stands the test of time. But if they deliver on their promise made at San Diego’s Com Con to unravel the mystery at a good pace.
“We’ve been surprised as a cast just how quickly information comes about Piper and revelations for all of us,” said Owain Yeoman. “That’s very satisfying.”
Plus, we have to acknowledge the stellar cast supporting this new drama.
In addition to Tomlin, the “character-drive” thriller also stars Yeoman as Benny Gallagher, Ashley Aufderheide as Mia Evans, Robert Bailey Jr. as Officer Chris Minetto, Zabryna Guevara as Abby Frasier, Donald Faison as Alex Evans, and Clancy Brown as Ed.
Let’s break-down the first 9-minutes filled with mystery, intrigue, and a stellar cast that leaves you wanting to know more.
The Crash Landing
An explosion wakes up Jo and her family wake up in the middle of the night. As the family steps outside, they see a bright glowing aura around the crash site. When Jo arrives at the crash site, it’s revealed that she’s the Chief of Police.
Despite the crash being so bad that “no one should have survived,” a little girl did survive and she’s hiding out in the bushes. Jo notices her and establishes trust by pointing out that she’s a good guy too just like Woody on the Toy Story shirt that the girl is wearing. The little girl clenches onto Jo who accompanies her to the hospital for treatment. Again, at the hospital, the doctor tells her that there’s not a scratch on the child so it’s unlikely that she was a passenger on the plane.
The doctor tells Jo that the girl most likely has “dissasociative amnesia” explaining that something traumatic must have happened causing her to block everything out. “Something traumatic like a plane crash,” Jo asks.
A group of NTSB employees arrive at the hospital demanding to speak to the girl and look at her chart. Jo leaves the room leaving behind the girl and tells the hostile NTSB officer that they don’t have arrest authority and don’t preside over the case. During the commotion, the little girl runs away, which leads us to believe that she didn’t lose her memory like she led everyone to believe. She’s scared and running away from the NTSB officers who, turns out, are fake. Jo gets a call from her employee at the crash site who says that “no one knows who the first NTSB officers” were.
The Girls Secret Powers
Jo runs to her car and is unable to start it when suddenly, she notices the rain falling on her windshield is being manipulated. Everything begins flickering on and off, her police sirens turn on, and the little girl pops up from the backseat and asks Jo not to be mad. And then, the trailer ends. Who is this little girl? What are her powers? Is she like Eleven from Stranger Things? Who are the bad men coming after her? What do they want from her? How did she survive the crash?
When ABC announced the 9 minute trailer, they made it a point to say that “at 3:10” the accident happened. Considering how vital the 828 in Manifes’ts Flight 828 was, we’re now curious about what the time stamp means.
Watch the trailer below:
If you’re bummed that NBC benched Manifest until 2020, we suggest you tap into the forces that are strong within Emergence when it premieres on ABC on Tuesday, September 24.
Younger Season 6 Report Card: Best & Worst Moments!
Younger had some great moments and some less than great moments on Younger Season 6.
On a broad level, the storylines weren’t as fleshed out as they should have been, plenty of story arcs got condensed for the sake of time, the characters weren’t as empowered, and the love triangle got pushed so heavily, both Team Josh and Team Charles teams were over it by the finale episode.
But the magic that made Younger the fresh, inspiring, and addictive show is still there hidden under all of that.
We’re looking back at the best, worst and funniest moments of Season 6.
Most Frustrating Thing About the Season
The love triangle.
We all dug the Charles vs. Josh conundrum in the show’s early days, but we can all agree that Liza’s indecisiveness is tiring.
The best thing that can happen come Season 7 is for Liza to make a choice and stick to it.
There’s never a shortage of funny moments on Younger.
Ironically, two of the funniest moments involved vaginas: Maggie sticking garlic up hers to get rid of a yeast infection delivered plenty of laughs on Younger Season 6 Episode 4 as did Lauren getting her private parts stuck to an ice sculpture on Younger Season 6 Episode 12.
But my personal favorite was Liza’s micro-dosing experience.
On Younger Season 6 Episode 6, Liza hallucinated Charles and Josh morphing into one person — it would make things easier for her — and then ballroom danced with both men when in reality, she was dancing with a plant
Read the full post at TV Fanatic!
Fall TV Preview: Riverdale Season 4 Trailer Reveals Jughead is Missing
The Riverdale trailer for season 4 is equal parts sexy and mysterious (what the hell happened to Jughead?!)
The series creators promised the season would be more high-school oriented giving it a “season 1” vibe following a dark, twisted, and oftentimes, ridiculous (we still loved it) G&G/ The Farm storyline on season 3.
And while they’re making good on that promise — we see Cheryl and the like prancing around the halls of Riverdale High — the show still capitalizes on the darker undertones and secrets.
This is a town that thrives on murder, and that’s never going to change.
The teens grapple with a pretty daunting realization — they’re going to have to part ways after senior year.
“Isn’t it crazy? In just nine-months, life as we know it will be over,” Veronica (Camila Mendes) muses without realizing the statement is more ominous than she intended.
The trailer reveals that one favorite may not make it through their senior year alive as the whole town embarks on a search mission through the volatile woods of Riverdale.
Who are they looking for? Our very own Jughead Jones.
Fans expected a rocky season for Jug following the cliffhanger of season 3, which saw him missing as Betty, Veronica and Archie cleaned up the blood from their clothes, but this has us officially worried.
Later in the trailer, we hear Jughead’s screams as he begs for “help” and tries to break out of what sounds like a car trunk.
What happened to Jughead? And is his disappearance linked to whatever happened in the final episode?
Other major moments in the trailer include Betty getting clobbered over the head from behind by an unknown figure (she’s after the Farm so it could be Evelyn Evernever), crime scene photos that make Betty gasp “oh my god,” a scantily dressed Veronica performing some pussycat dolls-esque routine on stage as she assures that she’s “no stranger to scandal,” and a bunch of smokin’ sex scenes with our three favorite ships: Choni, Bughead, and Varchie.
Yep, sounds like senior year!
Not spotted in the video: Alice Cooper, who we found out is infiltrating The Farm, anyone from The Farm (Chad Michael Murray, where ya at?), Kevin, also with the damn Farm, and Betty’s real brother, Chic, who was introduced in the finale as an FBI agent working with Alice to take down The Farm.
Riverdale premies October 9th on The CW!
Riverdale’s Camila Mendes Reveals She Was Sexually Assaulted
Camila Mendes is a survivor.
The Riverdale star graced the October issue of Women’s Health where she came forward as a survivor of sexual assault.
Mendes revealed that she was slipped a date rape drug known as a “roofie” while she was a freshman at New York’s University Tisch School of the Arts.
Mendes became visibly emotional while recalling the attack, but she didn’t disclose any details about her attacker or what happened.
This isn’t the first Riverdale star to speak up about sexual assault and harassment.
In the wake of the #MeToo movement, Mendes’ co-star, Lili Reinhart (Betty Cooper on the hit series) took to Tumblr to reveal that a “significantly older” male co-worker tried to force himself on her while they were on a date.
She was a teenager at the time.
During the interview, Mendes also dished about how moving frequently before the age of 18 was a traumatic experience for her growing up.
She said she moves almost 12 times due to her parents’ divorce and her dad’s career.
“You’re constantly saying goodbye to people, and you’re constantly being removed from your identity. When you start to feel like you’re connecting with a group of people, an environment, and a home — a physical home— it can be destabilizing when you’re uprooted and taken somewhere else,” she said.
Nowadays, Mendes loves to follow a routine that includes staying at the same hotels when she travels, visiting familiar cafes and yoga studios.
She also opened up about living with an eating disorder.
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