As the fall television lineup oils its gears and powers back up, God Friended Me is preparing for its second season.
The CBS show made waves last season as a feel-good addition to Sunday nights with its positive message, remarkable cast, and uplifting storylines.
TV Fanatic had a chance to catch up with Suraj Sharma, the man behind Rakesh, Miles’ right-hand man, brilliant coder, and occasional comic relief, to find out just what we can expect from the second season.
Sharma gave us a few spoilers — we love those — and dished about the God Friended Me Season 1 cliffhanger, the introduction of a new character named Joy, Rakesh’s new job, his relationship with Jaya, and even explained that Paris will play as big of a role in solving the mystery of the God account as New York has.
We haven’t seen too many spoilers for God Friended Me Season 2. What can you tell us about the upcoming season?
Um, what can I say about the upcoming season? Uh, we have a couple of really good episodes so far. I feel like the stakes are rising. We are doing some special things. We’ve gotten a really couple of really, really special episodes, we’ve only shot like six or seven so far.
Read the full interview at TV Fanatic!
Chicago PD Review & Interview – Tracy Spiridakos on Big #Upstead Moment (8×11)
Upton’s childhood trauma bubbled up to the surface on Chicago PD Season 8 Episode 11.
This isn’t the first time the series has touched upon Upton’s past, but audiences were able to get a better grasp at the hell she went through while growing up in a household of domestic abuse.
Up until now, she never fully confronted how it affected her into adulthood.
On Chicago PD Season 8 Episode 3, Upton couldn’t even bring herself to visit her father after he suffered a heart attack.
The truth is, she’s been running from her past for her whole life, but the trauma has finally caught up with her and it’s significantly affecting every aspect of her life including her career and her promising, new relationship.
And she’s beginning to realize that if she lets this bruised part of herself continue to get in the way, it could jeopardize everything she’s ever cared about.
The case was solid with or without an anchor to Upton’s personal life as the outcome wasn’t obvious. Also, how gruesome was that scene of the mother with her teeth pulled out and her fingertips burnt off?
Upton responded to a call that involved a young child who has endured a lifetime of emotional and physical abuse.
She immediately felt drawn to the little girl, Becca, as she saw herself in her pained yet hopeful face.
And Upton went to great lengths to help her. On one hand, her determination played a key role in solving the case, but on the other hand, it was dangerous because she was willing to break the rules and go against Voight’s orders.
Since she was fueled by emotion, she wasn’t thinking clearly, which made it easy for her to misstep and cross a line.
Throughout the episode, I wanted to shake Upton and tell her to snap out of it, but she was so focused. It almost felt like she thought she could save herself by saving Becca.
Coming from a dysfunctional family gives Upton good instincts. Her personal involvement in the case is largely the reason Intelligence found Becca in time.
However, it also forced her to reassess her approach.
After her heart-to-heart with Voight, Upton realized that she couldn’t go on like this and pretend that her past wasn’t seeping into her present.
A childhood fueled by control, manipulation, betrayal, and abuse also made it hard for Upton to form a real connection with another person.
Even before she took on the case, Upton bolted right after Halstead said the L-word.
While it’s a huge moment in their relationship, for Upton, it was a trigger because she’s only ever known a dysfunctional level of love.
Whenever someone would say “I love you,” there was always a catch. So, when Halstead said it, she was waiting for the other foot to drop.
Instead of allowing herself to get hurt, she wanted to beat him to the punch and run the other way.
That’s why her eventual decision to open up to Halstead and be vulnerable and transparent about her fears and insecurities was a huge step.
I love that Halstead didn’t try to “fix” Upton; He simply listened to what she needed while promising to be patient and stay by her side.
I wasn’t completely sold on #TeamUpstead prior to this episode because I’m used to the relationships on this series crumbling for one reason or another, but I’m digging the direction that this is going in.
Not every relationship starts in the honeymoon phase, and it’s clear Halstead cares enough about her to support her and help her get to a good point.
Hopefully, the series continues with the storyline and doesn’t drop Upton’s emotional turmoil.
We don’t need a whole episode dedicated to her working through her issues, but it would be nice to see some continuity whenever #Upstead’s relationship gets future screen time.
We got to chat with Tracy Spiridakos, who plays Hailey Upton, about the game-changing episode!
INTERVIEW: Parveen Kaur Reveals Saanvi Has ‘Trauma’ to Work Through on Manifest Season 3
Manifest fans have waited almost a year to learn more about what happened to Flight 828 and the passengers.
And we’re getting closer than ever!
Ahead of the Manifest Season 3 premiere, TV Fanatic spoke to Parveen Kaur, who plays Saanvi Bahl, an 828 passenger and medical researcher.
With a season that promises more answers than questions, Parveen confirms that a major answer does come to the surface that describes as both “emotional” and “meaningful.”
Unfortunately, we’ll have to wait to see how the season plays out to know exactly what she’s referring to.
Check out our full Q+A with Parveen below:
At the end of season 2, Saanvi killed The Major. How does that affect her moving forward?
Well, she obviously carries the weight of that going into season 3. The season picks up about 3 months later, so it’s still relatively very fresh and she’s carrying a lot of that paranoia.
She’s kind of constantly looking over her shoulder waiting for someone to show up and say, “Hey, we know what you did. Your life is over, and you’re gonna go to prison.”
She’s carrying a lot of fear… and more importantly a lot of guilt because that’s not who she is, you know.
And it’s someone she thought that she would never become, and I think, obviously, it was an accident, of course, but she’s done something very out of character, so she’s dealing with a lot of stuff going into season 3 even outside of the plane.
When the season kicks off, has she told anyone else about what happened, or is Vance the only one that knows?
Vance is the only one that knows.
So she can’t talk to anyone about it!
She has no one! So, she’s almost like a walking volcano that’s just waiting to erupt. I mean, to keep something like that inside would be very, very challenging, which we see; We see her go through that arc in the season.
In the season 3 trailer, we see Jared holding a photo of The Major… what can you tell us about that, if anything!
There seems to be a little overlap with Jared and Saanvi… I don’t know how much more I can go in, but there is certainly overlap with those two characters in some capacity.
And we haven’t seen them work together that much… so that’s exciting!
Yeah, I mean it’s really great cause I never get to work with J.R. as Saanvi and Jared. We’ve had maybe one scene together, so yeah, I’m excited for people to see that.
It feels like a crossover from different shows with how little we’ve worked together. I’m always in the hospital, he’s always in the precinct, so we are going to see those characters’ paths cross.
Saanvi also eliminated the Callings, how does that change things for her?
She and Vance start working together, so it doesn’t change anything in terms of how she’s working and to what capacity.
It doesn’t really affect her until later on in the season, but I don’t want to say how because I can’t give that away, but in terms of how she’s trying to solve it, it doesn’t affect her.
She has a lot of skills, and then later on we realize that there are consequences to her not getting the Callings. That happens later in the season.
INTERVIEW: J.R. Ramirez Teases Jared’s Arc on Season 3 of ‘Manifest’
With the highly-anticipated Manifest Season 3 premiere just days away, we caught up with J.R. Ramirez who plays Jared Vasquez.
We’ve waited almost a year for new episodes of TV’s biggest mystery, so when we got J.R. on the phone, we didn’t hesitate to ask him all the pressing questions — well, the ones he could answer, at least — that you’ve been dying to know including how involved Jared is with the Callings this season, what his relationship with Michaela Stone is like now, and if he’ll have a new love interest.
When the series picks up three months after the Manifest Season 2 finale, Jared’s been “busy,” according to J.R.
“As you saw at the end of last year, he got a promotion. So he starts the season in full-on cop mode. You know last year we ended with a major death, which was The Major, so you’ll see him right away in full investigation mode trying to figure out what happened and who caused it and all that good stuff,” he explained.
At the end of the last season, Jared couldn’t bear to watch Mic get married to another man, but what does that mean for their friendship moving forward?
Can two people who once loved each other remain “friends?”
“He’s trying,” J.R. said with a chuckle.
“It kind of shows the resilience and compassion that he has for her and for the family as he stood by and, at the end of the day, watched the love of his life marry another man and have a deeper connection with, which he just, unfortunately, could not have with her,” he added.
“It just really shows his humanity, who he is, and how much she actually truly loves her,” he noted.
J.R. explained that Jared is still very much involved in Mic’s life and “he’s going to have her back and want to protect her.”
However, he also noted that audiences will see “Jared go through quite a really beautiful arc this year when it comes to the whole Michaela relationship with Zeke and him and the whole triangle stuff.”
He continued: “We’ll get to a nice climax towards the end of it that I think everyone’s going to be really excited to see.”
When asked whether he’s #TeamZeke or #TeamJared, J.R. kept it professional and neutral by confessing that he’s simply “Team Manifest.”
In fact, there may even be a new love interest in Jared’s future.
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