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Breaking Down the 9-Minute ‘Emergence’ Preview: Does ABC Have a Sci-Fi Hit on Their Hands?

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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.

One Surivor 

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.

No Memory

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.

Fake NTSB

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?

The Time

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.

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27 Best Secret Siblings on Television

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Secret Siblings and Long Lost Siblings on Television

There are a lot of secret siblings on television.

Plenty of TV shows tend to build their foundation on common tropes such as the cringe-worthy love triangle trope and the long lost sibling trope.

If you need to stir up some drama, especially in a campy teen series, there’s no better way than by bringing in a secret sibling that’s jealous, scorned, vengeful, broken, betrayed, looking for a family, or all of the above.

Some secret siblings are introduced in a sensical way with the serious laying some breadcrumbs leading up to the introduction.

Other reveals come out of left field and frustrate audiences by appearing as mere plot devices thrown in for the sake of it.

And sometimes, the trope works well as the secret siblings become pivotal to the storyline and the main character’s development.

We’re looking back at some of our favorite secret siblings on television. Which ones would you add to the list?

Chic/ Charles – Riverdale

On Riverdale, Betty and Jughead’s first half brother (yes, they’re still dating), Chic, was a poser but stirred up enough drama to make the fandom collectively hate him. Eventually, we meet the real Charles, an FBI agent, who bonded with Betty over her mother’s time at The Farm.

Unfortunately, Charles turned out to be just as crazy as Chic. The two were revealed to be lovers who are plotting something against the family that abandoned them.

Scott Rosson – Gossip Girl

Scott appeared in the second season of Gossip Girl as the love child of Lily van der Woodsen and Rufus Humphrey thus making BF and GF Serena and Dan half-siblings.

Everyone tried to keep Scott a secret for as long as they could but eventually, the secret sibling was outed by the one and only Gossip Girl. XoXo.

Adam – Dynasty

Adam, the kidnapped child of Blake Carrington and Alexis Carrington, appeared early on in Dynasty but was quickly revealed to be a fake hired by Alexis to get her hands on the Carrington money.

The real Adam Carrington makes his way to the Manor, though, he’s equally as deranged and way more dangerous as his predecessor. He had his brother, Steven, committed in Europe after thinking he was having “hallucinations,” shoved his mother’s face into the fireplace, and continues to sabotage his half-sister, Fallon, daily all while hoping to gain his father’s love.

Ari and Ziva – NCIS

After Ari murdered NCIS agent Kate Todd, everyone believed that Ziva David was simply his Mossad control officer. It’s only after Ziva kills Ari to save Gibbs that we find out that he was her half-brother.

It’s a storyline that took place during NCIS Season 3 and has had repercussions that have lasted until present day NCIS Season 17!

Zelena – Once Upon a Time

Zelena, aka the Wicked Witch of the West (from the Wizard of Oz), arrives in Once Upon a Time Season 3. She is Regina Mills’ (the Evil Queen) half-sister, who was abandoned as a child and wished dearly for a family. Her jealousy over Regina consumed her and led to plenty of magical wars before the sisters mend their relationship and lived happily ever after.

Anezka – Jane the Virgin

Yael Groblas pulled double duty on Jane the Virgin to portray the main character Petra and her long lost twin, Anezka. Anezka was a “shy mouse” who grew up in an orphanage in the Czech Republic before being brought to America by their evil mother, Magda.

Though it seems like she wants a genuine relationship with Petra, she’s later revealed to be conspiring with Magda to steal Rafael’s money and flee the country.

Maggie and Meredith – Grey’s Anatomy

In the Grey’s Anatomy Season 10 finale, we learn that Maggie and Meredith are half-sisters. Their mother, Ellis, had a fling with Richard when Meredith was very young.

They put Maggie up for adoption, but when she got older, she learned her late mother was a top-notch surgeon at Grace Seattle Hospital. While the sisters had a strange relationship at first, they later came around and developed a friendship.

Adam- Supernatural

Adam was revealed to be John Winchester’s son on Supernatural, yet it was more shocking to find out that John was actually a better father to Adam than our boys, Dean and Sam. It’s no surprise that they left him in hell. The resentment is real.

Wally – Flash

The Flash Season 2 introduces us to Wally, who is revealed to be Iris’ long lost brother from her estranged mother. Wally hesitates to embrace the familial unit, but eventually joins Team Flash and becomes Kid Flash

Alex Drake – Pretty Little Liars

The PLL family tree was more complicated than the Game of Thrones one and there was plenty of surprise sibling reveals including Alex Drake as “AD” in the series finale.

Alex is the daughter of Mary Drake and Peter Hastings, and Spencer’s identical twin sister. While Spencer was given to her biological father and his wife, Alex was given up for adoption to an orphanage in the UK where she plotted her insanely complex revenge.

Charlotte DiLaurentis – Pretty Little Liars

Like I said, the family tree is very complicated. Charlotte was born “Charles” and transitioned into the character we know as CeCe. Though she is the biological daughter of Mary Drake and Pastor Ted, she was adopted by Jessica and Kenneth DiLaurentis (Jessica’s sister is Mary).

This makes her Alison and Jason’s biological cousin and adoptive sister (and she had a romantic relationship with Jason!), and also, the biological half-sister of Spencer Hastings.

Derek – One Tree Hill

In yet another case where we meet the “fake” secret sibling before meeting the real one, a deranged and broken man named Ian poses as Peyton’s half-brother, Derek, to get close to her.

When fake Derek realizes that he’s losing Peyton, he tries to rape her but thankfully, Lucas and her real brother, Derek, a US Marine, come to her rescue.

See the full list at TV Fanatic! 

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Chilling Adventures of Sabrina Season 3 Trailer: Being The Queen of Hell is Hard Work

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Chilling Adventures of Sabrina Season 3 Trailer

If you can’t contain your excitement for the season 3 of Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, join the club.

The new trailer for the series premiering on January 24 (soon) on Netflix introduces us to Sabrina: the Queen of Hell.

“You know what you have to do, Sabrina. Claim the throne,” a voice begins as Sabrina realizes she has to make the ultimate sacrifice to “save her precious Greendale” and her boyfriend, Nicholas Scratch, who sacrificed himself in season 2 to save his girl.

With the balance off in hell, heaven, and Earth, things are a little wonky yet also much darker than in previous seasons. There’s also new demons, cheerleading practice, and Sabrina wearing a lot of white colors.

“Hell’s under new management now,” Sabrina declares confidently.

Though, Sabrina’s decision doesn’t sit well with Aunt Zelda who informs her “being Queen of Hell” isn’t a summer job.

“You’re putting the whole coven in peril just so you can see your boyfriend.”

Watch the trailer above.

According to the Netflix synopsis: “Part Three finds Sabrina reeling from the harrowing events of Part Two. Though she defeated her father Lucifer, the Dark Lord remains trapped within the human prison of her beloved boyfriend, Nicholas Scratch.”

The series also put out this fun and twisted music video. It’s catchy — you’ve been warned.

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Joe Goldberg Stalks Again as Netflix Renews YOU for Season 3

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YOU Renewed For Season 3

Joe Goldberg will stalk again when YOU returns for its recently renewed third season!

Netflix gave the official green-light to the Penn Badgley-fronted drama on Tuesday.

“See you soon neighbor,” the YOU Twitter account posted along with a video teasing the new season.

The series originally premiered on Lifetime but found massive success after scoring a streaming deal on Netflix.

By the time the second season premiered on Dec. 26, it was one of Netflix’s most-watched premieres of 2019.

With Joe Goldberg becoming a pop culture phenomenon, the show gaining a massive following, and the second season ending on a mighty cliffhanger, a renewal was almost a sure thing.

Entertainment Weekly reports that season 3 will consist of 10 new episodes. Badgley will reprise his role as the stalker/killer who’s trying his best while his baby momma Victoria Pedretti will return as the equally deranged, Love.

Related: 11 of the Funniest Memes About Season 2 of ‘You’ on Netflix

The new season will premiere sometime in 2021 and will hopefully give us the following answers (spoilers ahead):

  • Who is the neighbor and will she become the object of Joe’s affection? Could Beck be alive? Is it Beck’s sister? A total stranger?
  • How are Love and Joe preparing to be parents?
  • Are they going to continue killing together?
  • Is it Joe’s baby? Or did Love lie?
  • What happened to Ellie? We seriously hope she’s okay.
  • Will we get more clarity on what happened to Joe’s mother?

The series is based on two bestsellers from Caroline Kepnes, “YOU” and “Hidden Bodies.” She’s currently writing the third book, though it’s unclear if it will be the basis for the upcoming season, especially given how much has changed in the screen-adaptation.

Just remember Joe, we know where the bodies are buried.

Catch Up on Season 1 of YOU Now

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