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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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Best & Funniest Tweets from the Season 29 Premiere of ‘Dancing with the Stars’

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Dancing with the Stars (DWTS) season 29 premiered tonight (September 14) with a pretty impressive lineup. 

AJ McLean from Backstreet Boys, actress and real estate agent Chrishell Stause, and rapper Nelly all took the stage to show off their moves. 

But all eyes were on Tiger King’s Carole Baskin! There’s no denying everyone was watching to see her debut! 

I’d like to say that’s the craziest thing to happen in 2020, but unfortunately, the show is airing without an audience and with plenty of safety precautions including the judges sitting six-feet apart. 

Oh, and Tyra Banks replaced Tom Bergeron, which didn’t sit well with many on Twitter. 

Here are the best tweets from the premiere:

 

 

https://twitter.com/chelleymack_8/status/1305679524504522756?s=20

https://twitter.com/JanelleKendraa/status/1305686656738103297?s=20

https://twitter.com/sharnaswink/status/1305687220653883392?s=20


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ABC Sets Fall Premiere Dates for ‘The Conners,’ ‘black-ish,’ ‘Goldbergs’ and More

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The Conners, black-ish, and more fall 2020 premiere dates announced on ABC

You’re favorites are returning to Wednesday night!

ABC is adding some scripted comedy shows to its coronavirus-proof fall schedule. And let’s be honest, we could all use a laugh (or three) this year. 

Wednesday nights will see the return of fan-favorites The Goldbergs, American Housewife, The Conners, and black-ish

All sitcoms will return in October. 

The Goldbergs will be back first on October 21 with an hourlong premiere featuring two back-to-back episodes followed by The Conners and black-ish

American Housewife will return the following week, Wednesday, October 28.

WEDNESDAY, OCT. 21
8 pm The Goldbergs Season 8 premiere 
8:30 pm The Goldbergs Episode 2
9 pm The Conners Season 3 premiere 
9:30 pm black-ish Season 7 premiere

WEDNESDAY, OCT. 28
8 pm The Goldbergs Episode 3
8:30 pm American Housewife Season 5 premiere

 


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‘Keeping Up with the Kardashians’ Ending in 2021 – Read the Full Statement

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Keeping Up With the Kardashians Ending in 2021

Dolls, it’s time to say goodbye to TV’s most popular family. 

The Kardashian’s are putting an end to their long-running reality series that shot them to stardom. 

Kim Kardashian made the announcement on social media by posting an old poster for the series. The rest of the family including Kris Jenner followed suit.

“To our amazing fans – It is with heavy hearts that we’ve made the difficult decision as a family to say goodbye to Keeping Up With the Kardashians. After what will be 14 years, 20 seasons, hundreds of episodes and numerous spin-off shows, we are beyond grateful to all of you who’ve watched us for all of these years – through the good times, the bad times, the happiness, the tears, and the many relationships and children. We’ll forever cherish the wonderful memories and countless people we’ve met along the way.”

“Thank you to the thousands of individuals and businesses that have been a part of this experience and, most importantly, a very special thank you to Ryan Seacrest for believing in us, E! for being our partner, and our production team at Bunim/Murray, who’ve spent countless hours documenting our lives.”

“Our last season will air early next year in 2021,” she continued. “Without Keeping Up With the Kardashians, I wouldn’t be where I am today. I am so incredibly grateful to everyone who has watched and supported me and my family these past 14 incredible years. This show made us who we are and I will be forever in debt to everyone who played a role in shaping our careers and changing our lives forever.”

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To our amazing fans – It is with heavy hearts that we’ve made the difficult decision as a family to say goodbye to Keeping Up with the Kardashians. After what will be 14 years, 20 seasons, hundreds of episodes and numerous spin-off shows, we are beyond grateful to all of you who’ve watched us for all of these years – through the good times, the bad times, the happiness, the tears, and the many relationships and children. We’ll forever cherish the wonderful memories and countless people we’ve met along the way. Thank you to the thousands of individuals and businesses that have been a part of this experience and, most importantly, a very special thank you to Ryan Seacrest for believing in us, E! for being our partner, and our production team at Bunim/Murray, who’ve spent countless hours documenting our lives. Our last season will air early next year in 2021. Without Keeping Up with The Kardashians, I wouldn’t be where I am today. I am so incredibly grateful to everyone who has watched and supported me and my family these past 14 incredible years. This show made us who we are and I will be forever in debt to everyone who played a role in shaping our careers and changing our lives forever. With Love and Gratitude, Kim

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The series, which premiered on E! in 2007, will wrap with season 20 in 2021. 

Season 19 of KUWTK will premiere Thursday, September 17. 

But don’t forget — you can always get your Kardashian doses on their Instagram accounts and by watching re-reruns! 

 


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