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.
Torrey DeVitto, Yaya DaCosta Leaving ‘Chicago Med’ Ahead of Season 7
Someone rush over a crash cart because this news has crushed us!
Chicago Med is losing two incredible cast members ahead of the NBC drama’s seventh season.
Torrey DeVitto, who plays doctor Natalie Manning, and Yaya DaCosta, who plays nurse April Sexton, will not be returning in the fall, per Deadline.
DaCosta is leaving to lead Lee Daniels’ Our Kind of People, which nabbed a straight-to-series order at FOX.
DeVitto, from Pretty Little Liars and One Tree Hill fame, will star in an upcoming indie film titled Skelly.
She even confirmed the news to her fans on social media, writing: “Well, looks like the cat is out of the bag…All good things must come to an end.
It has been such an honor and pure joy to bring Dr. Natalie Manning to life for all of you on Chicago Med for the past 6 seasons. But it is now time for her and me to bow out and say goodbye.
Thank you to all you loyal watchers who adored her as much as I did.
I can’t wait to share what’s to come with all of you. New adventures await!”
Both DeVitto and DaCosta have appeared in the #OneChicago franchise since Med’s premiere in 2015.
Per the publication, their contracts were up at the end of season 6 and both actresses decided not to renew.
The rest of the cast ( S. Epatha Merkerson as Sharon Goodwin, Oliver Platt as Dr. Daniel Charles, Nick Gehlfuss as Dr. Will Halstead, Brian Tee as Dr. Ethan Choi and Marlyne Barrett as nurse Maggie Lockwood) is expected to return pending contract negotiations.
The current storylines have seemingly been setting up for the actresses’ exits as Manning found herself in hot water after stealing medication to help her mother, while April decided to return to nursing school.
We’ll definitely miss DeVitto and DaCosta, but we wish them the best of luck in future projects!
You can read all Chicago Med reviews right here!
‘This Is Us’ to End After Season 6 at NBC
It’s time to say goodbye to the Pearson clan!
NBC’s groundbreaking family drama This Is Us will end with a sixth and final season, per The Hollywood Reporter
The series was renewed for three seasons — up until season 6 — back in 2019.
NBC has not officially commented on the news. The network is expected to make the announcement on Friday when it unveils the upcoming 2021-22 fall schedule.
This Is Us Season 5 will air its finale on Tuesday, May 25 at 10/9c.
Are you ready to say goodbye to the series and TV’s best family?
Read reviews of This Is Us right here!
2021-2022 TV Schedule: Find Out Which Shows Have Been Canceled or Renewed
We’re entering the season of refreshing the page to see if your favorite shows have been renewed for the upcoming 2021-2022 TV season.
Since COVID-19 affected production on many shows and delayed their premieres, the criteria for what gets the green light and what ends up on the chopping block has become more stringent this go-around.
As usual, The CW gave an early renewal for most of their shows including Nancy Drew, Riverdale, Walker, Batwoman, and more.
In a shocking twist, Grey’s Anatomy has been renewed for season 18 along with sibling series Station 19.
Unfortunately, not every show shared the same fate as Prodigal Son on FOX was given the ax after two seasons.
Check out the list below to see which shows on ABC, NBC, CBS, FOX, and The CW have been renewed, canceled, or on the bubble. (TBD means that a show has not yet gotten news about its upcoming season, so check back soon!)
Law & Order: SVU
This Is Us
This Is Us
Law & Order Organized Crime
Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist
The Good Doctor
United We Fall
A Million Little Things
Call Your Mother
DC’s Legends of Tomorrow
In the Dark
Roswell, New Mexico
Superman & Lois
Two Sentence Horror Stories
Burden of Truth
Call Me Kat
The Great North
Bless the Harts
Last Man Standing
9-1-1: Lone Star
Blood & Treasure
Bob Hearts Abishola
FBI: Most Wanted
NCIS: Los Angeles
NCIS: New Orleans
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