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Summer TV 2021: 13 Shows and Movies Heating Up Your Screen

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The weather isn’t the only thing heating up!

As society reopens following the COVID-19 lockdowns, your summer itinerary likely includes hitting the beach and the pool, checking out local patios, throwing a BBQ, and catching some rays!

But after a long day of being out and about, there’s nothing better than settling in with a good, new show. 

Thankfully, there are plenty of new shows, movies, and seasons waiting for you this summer! 

From scandalous teen dramas to psychological thrillers — there’s something for everyone to binge-watch! 

Check out our list below: 

 

Why Women Kill – June 3 (Paramount+)

In the second season, Allison Tomlan (Good Girls, Emergence) stars as Alma a meek housewife looking to join an elite garden club run by Rita Castilla (Once Upon a Time’s Lana Parilla) when she unearths a secret about her husband that flips her world upside down! 

 

In the Heights – June 11 (HBO Max)

From the man that brought you Hamilton, Lin-Manuel Miranda does it again with a musical that celebrates New York’s mostly Puerto Rican neighborhood of Washington Heights and the lives and dreams of those living in it. Watch the first eight minutes below:

 

Kevin Can F**k Himself – June 13 (AMC)

Annie Murphy’s first post-Schitt’s Creek role is a promising one. She plays the role of a housewife perfectly, but she longs to break free from the confines of a sitcom wife and land the lead role while realizing that she wants to murder her husband. The series attempts something that’s never been done before as it alternates between “single-camera realism and multi-camera comedy.”

 

Elite – June 18 (Netflix)

Murder, mystery, sex, intrigue — Elite has it all. If you’ve seen the first three seasons, you know what to expect from the students of Las Encinas. If you haven’t, well, you’ve got some time to catch up before season 4 drops! 

 
 

Sex/Life – June 25 (Netflix)

 
Netflix’s new raunchy drama is inspired by BB Easton’s book, 44 Chapters About 4 Men. Billie is a sex-charged housewife who craves the wild days of her youth and can’t stop thinking about her former flame.
 

Gossip Girl – July 8 (HBO Max)

The series that shot Blake Lively to worldwide fame returns! Are you ready to return to the Met steps and read more tea from the private school teens? The new version of the beloved hit series taps into the role social media plays in the spread of gossip amongst NYC’s elite. We bet you’ll find yourself tuning in simply for the nostalgia factor. 

 

Fear Street: A Film Trilogy Event – July 2, 9, and 16 (Netflix)

Think of this as Halloween in July! Netflix has tapped into R.L. Stine’s novels for the three feature films, which will debut over the course of three Fridays. The movies are set in three different time periods — 1994, 1978 and 1666 — and focus on the haunted town of Shadyside, home to a spirit that possess people and forced them to commit murders. 

 

Virgin River – July 9 (Netflix)

Virgin River is a small town with lots of drama. And Mel is gearing up to find out who shot Jack in the upcoming third season, which teases “a funeral, a fire,  divorce, a hurricane, and a new romance.”

 

Schmigadoon! – July 16 (Apple TV+)

SNL’s Lorne Michaels brings together two of the greatest comics, Keegan-Michael Key and Cecily Strong, for a six-episode musical series that parodies iconic Golden Age Musicals. The duo star as a couple that goes backpacking in hopes of reviving their romance when they stumble upon a town living in a 1940s musical. The worst part? They can’t leave until they find “true love.” Other notable names include Alan Cumming, Kristin Chenoweth, Aaron Tveit, Dove Cameron, Ariana DeBose, Fred Armisen, Jaime Camil, Jane Krakowski and Ann Harada.

 

Roswell, New Mexico – July 26 (The CW)

After a long hiatus, season 3 of the teen drama returns with the town still reeling from the events of last year. Per the synopsis: “From near and from far, amidst breakups, reunions, scientific advancements and the impending death of someone they hold dear, our heroes must grapple with two central questions: Who enters our lives and defines who we are? And what power do we really have over our own futures?”
 
 

Nine Perfect Strangers – August 18 (Hulu)

Is there anything Nicole Kidman can’t do? Hailing from the author who also wrote Big Little Lies, this star-studded mini-series finds nine people (Melissa McCarthy, Bobby Cannavale, Michael Shannon, Regina Hall, Samara Weaving and Manny Jacinto) who attend a health-and-wellness retreat where they find themselves “transformed,” and not in a good way. 

 

The Chair -August 27 (Netflix) 

Grey’s Anatomy’s Sandra Oh stars as Professor Ji-Yoon Kim, the first female chair of a university’s English department, in the six-episode satire. Oh also serves as executive producer alongside creator Amanda Peet. Much of the plot is being kept under wraps, but the synopsis teases that we’ll see the “trials and tribulations” of her role within the department. 

 

Only Murders in the Building – August 31 (Hulu)

If you love whodunit’s, you’re going to love the 10-part comedy starring Steve Martin, Martin Short, and Selena Gomez as three strangers who love crime stories and bond over a murder in their apartment complex on the Upper West Side. 

 
 
Other notable mentions: the final season of Brooklyn Nine-Nine on August 12, season 2 of Never Have I Ever, Betty, and Ted Lasso, the final season of Bosch, and Disney+’s Loki!
 
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When the weather outside is frightful, holiday rom-coms are surely delightful.

There’s a reason why those predictable Hallmark-esque movies continue to be a holiday tradition—there’s nothing better than cozying up on the couch with some hot cocoa (or Gluhwein) and getting lost in the magic of the season.

And since there are so many good Christmas 2022 movies to choose from, we put together this little movie guide to help you so that you don’t miss any of the holiday goodness!

Fa la la la—enjoy!

 

Falling for Christmas (Netflix) – Nov 10

Lindsay Lohan triumphantly returns to the screen in this original Netflix rom-com, which hit the streamer on Nov. 10. In the flick, the Mean Girls star is a newly engaged heiress who suffers an accident at a ski resort and must figure out her identity with the help of, you guessed it, a charming hunk. The film is the first of two-projects that Lohan has secured for Netflix. Her other film, Irish Wish, is set to premiere in 2023.

 

Christmas with the Campbells (AMC+ and in theaters) – Dec 2

Brittany Snow will star in the upcoming holiday romantic comedy alongside Justin Long. Snow stars as Jess, who is dumped right before the holidays by her boyfriend Shawn (Alex Moffat) but is convinced by his parents to still spend the holidays with them and Shawn’s cousin (Long) while he’s away. While we expect feelings to develop, thing take a turn when a blast from the past, played by Sweet Magnolias’ JoAnna Garcia Swisher, arrives with her sights set on him. Co-writer Vince Vaughn called it almost a parody of the Hallmark movies.

 

Christmas With You (Netflix) – Nov 17

Aimee Garcia is Angelina, a pop star that escapes from her daily life to grant a young fan’s wish in small city, where she finds inspiration for the career burn out she’s feeling and even finds herself smitten with a new love,  played by Freddie Prinze Jr. 

 

Hotel for the Holidays (Amazon’s Freevee) – Dec 2

Riverdale’s Madeline Petsch is Georgia, the manager of a high-end hotel whose guests for the season include heartbroken singles, an infamous pop star, and a European ex-prince who recently abdicated his throne. As they look for an escape from their everyday lives, Georgia finds herself entangled in the madness and in a love triangle with the hotel chef and the ex-prince!

 

The Noel Diary (Netflix) – Nov 24

Kevin Pearson, er, Justin Hartley is a best-selling author who returns home for Christmas and is forced to sort out his mother’s estate. When he finds a diary, he’s “led down a path of self-discovery.”

 

A Christmas Story Christmas (HBO Max) – Nov 17

Ralphie (Peter Billingsley) is back and he’s all grown up! In the sequel to the holiday favorite, he must deal with all things Christmas, this time as a dad.

 

A Country Christmas Harmony (Lifetime) – Nov 18

Calling all Sweet Magnolia fans! Brooke Elliott and Brandon Quinn reunite in this rom-com about a country music star who returns to her hometown to perform a live Christmas concert where she runs into her ex-boyfriend/former music duo partner. “After a tempestuous rainstorm forces the ex-sweethearts to seek shelter in Luke’s ranch home, the two realize that the only way they’ll survive the holidays is with the other’s help.”

 

Spirited (Apple TV) – Nov 18

Will Ferrell, Ryan Reynolds, and Octavia Spencer appear in this retelling of A Christmas Carol. Ferrell stars as the Ghost of Christmas Present, who selects one dark soul on Christmas Eve to be reformed by three spirits, but when he picks the wrong Scrooge, Clint Briggs (Reynolds), forces the ghostly host to examine his own past, present, and future. 

 
 

 

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ABC, FOX, NBC, and CBS Reveal Midseason TV Schedule—Mark Your Calendars

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2023 Midseason TV Schedule

With the holidays around the corner, the wind-down of many of your favorite shows is also fast approaching, meaning the midseason schedule is not far behind.

Networks are already looking to 2023 to unveil all their exciting new programming, along with the return of many favorites, some in different time slots.

Here’s what is on tap for the ABC, FOX, CBS and NBC 2023 midseason:

CBS

MONDAY, JAN. 2 — NCIS Crossover Event
8 pm NCIS (winter premiere, special time)
9 pm NCIS: Hawai’i (winter premiere, special time)
10 pm NCIS: Los Angeles (winter premiere, special night and time)

TUESDAY, JAN. 3
8 pm FBI (winter premiere)
9 pm FBI: International (winter premiere)
10 pm FBI: Most Wanted (winter premiere)

WEDNESDAY, JAN. 4
8 pm The Price Is Right at Night (new episode)
9 pm Tough as Nails Season 4 premiere (two hours)

THURSDAY, JAN. 5
8 pm Young Sheldon (winter premiere)
8:30 pm Ghosts (winter premiere)
9 pm So Help Me Todd (winter premiere)
10 pm CSI: Vegas (winter premiere)

FRIDAY, JAN. 6
8 pm S.W.A.T. (winter premiere)
9 pm Fire Country (winter premiere)
10 pm Blue Bloods (winter premiere)

SUNDAY, JAN. 8
7:30 pm ET / 7 pm PT 60 Minutes (winter premiere, immediately following NFL doubleheader on East Coast)
8:30 pm ET / 8 pm PT East New York (winter premiere)
9:30 pm ET / 9 pm PT NCIS: Los Angeles (new episode)

 

ABC

THURSDAY, DEC. 15
10:00 pm THE PARENT TEST (special series premiere )

TUESDAY, JAN. 3
8:00 pm The Rookie
9:00 pm The Rookie: Feds
10:00 pm WILL TRENT 

WEDNESDAY, JAN. 4
9:00 pm Abbott Elementary
9:30 pm Home Economics
10 pm Big Sky: Deadly Trails

THURSDAY, JAN. 5
8:00 pm Celebrity Jeopardy! (temporary new night)
9:00 pm THE PARENT TEST (regular time period premiere)
10:00 pm The Chase (temporary new night)

FRIDAY, JAN. 6
8:00 pm Shark Tank

WEDNESDAY, JAN. 11
8:00 pm The Conners
8:30 pm The Goldbergs

MONDAY, JAN. 23
8:00 pm The Bachelor
10:00 pm The Good Doctor

WEDNESDAY, FEB. 8
8:30 pm NOT DEAD YET (special series premiere)
9:31 pm NOT DEAD YET (regular time period premiere)
10:00 PM A Million Little Things (final season!)

SUNDAY, FEB. 19
7:00 pm America’s Funniest Home Videos
8:00 pm American Idol 
10:00 pm THE COMPANY YOU KEEP

THURSDAY, FEB. 23
8:00 pm Station 19
9:00 pm Grey’s Anatomy
10:00 pm Alaska Daily

 

FOX

MONDAY, Jan. 2
8 pm Fantasy Island (Season 2 premiere)

TUESDAY, Jan. 3

8 pm The Resident (winter premiere)

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 4
8 pm SPECIAL FORCES: WORLD’S TOUGHEST TEST (2-hour series premiere)

THURSDAY, Jan. 5
8 pm Hell’s Kitchen (winter premiere)
9 pm Welcome to Flatch (winter premiere)
9:30 pm Call Me Kat (winter premiere)

SUNDAY, Jan. 8
8 pm ET / 5 pm PT ALERT (series premiere, live in all time zones)

MONDAY, Jan. 9
9 pm ALERT (regular time slot premiere)

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 11
8 pm Celebrity Name That Tune (series premiere)
9 pm SPECIAL FORCES: WORLD’S TOUGHEST TEST (regular time slot premiere)

TUESDAY, Jan. 17
8 pm 9-1-1: Lone Star (Season 4 premiere)

SUNDAY, Jan. 22
9 pm ACCUSED (series premiere)

TUESDAY, Jan. 24
9 pm ACCUSED (regular time slot premiere)

SUNDAY, Feb. 12
10:30 pm ET / 7:30 pm PT Next Level Chef (Season 2 premiere, live in all time zones following Super Bowl LVII)

THURSDAY, Feb. 16
8 pm Next Level Chef (regular time slot premiere)
9 pm ANIMAL CONTROL (series premiere)

 

NBC

MONDAY, JAN. 2
8  pm AMERICA’S GOT TALENT: ALL-STARS
10 pm  Quantum Leap

TUESDAY, JAN. 3
8 pm America’s Got Talent: All-Stars (encore)
10 pm New Amsterdam

WEDNESDAY, JAN. 4
8 pm Chicago Med 
9 pm Chicago Fire 
10 pm Chicago P.D. 

THURSDAY, JAN. 5
8 pm Law & Order
9 pm Law & Order: SVU
10 pm Law & Order: Organized Crime

FRIDAY, JAN. 6
8 pm Lopez vs. Lopez
8:30 pm Young Rock
9 pm Dateline NBC

TUESDAY, JAN. 17
8 pm NIGHT COURT
8:30 pm NIGHT COURT (special bonus episode)
9 pm New Amsterdam (two-hour series finale)

TUESDAY, JAN. 24
8:30 pm American Auto

TUESDAY, JAN. 31
9 pm La Brea
10 pm La Brea (special bonus episode)

SUNDAY, FEB. 19
9 pm Magnum P.I.
10 pm FOUND

SUNDAY, FEB. 26
8 pm The Blacklist 

MONDAY, MARCH 6
8 pm The Voice 

TUESDAY, MARCH 7
9 pm The Voice
10 pm That’s My Jam


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5 Characters Who Exited ‘Chicago Med’ in 2022

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Chicago Med Recap Status Quo, aka The Mess We’re In Season 7 Episode 4

Chicago Med’s mass exodus continues with several characters exiting the medical drama in 2022 alone.

Some of the exits were preplanned and announced in advance, allowing fans to prepare mentally, but a handful caught viewers by complete surprise, without much of a sendoff for the beloved characters.

While hospitals typically see a rotation of doctors in real life, it’s understandable that fans aren’t exactly thrilled with the constant shakeups on the One Chicago show. 

Here are all the stars who have departed (or are departing) Chicago Med Season 8:

 

Sarah Rafferty

Rafferty starred as Dr. Pamela Blake, the Head of Transplant Surgery. She made her debut in the fifth episode of season 7 before exiting in the premiere episode of season 8. And it felt abrupt considering the promising relationship she built up with Crockett (Dominic Rains). The couple had a bit of a falling out after she didn’t agree with the decision he made as her power of attorney during an operation, so fans would’ve understood if she wanted to end things and get a fresh start, but the writers didn’t do these two characters justice by addressing her decision to leave before she just packed her things and left. There was no goodbye or closure. Crockett went to her house to apologize for making a poor decision influenced by his own selfish reasons, but Blake’s daughter, Avery, informed him that she had already left town. It was weak and left fans scratching their heads, which wasn’t fair to the incredible pairing they built up ahead of this moment.

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CHICAGO MED — “Lying Doesn’t Protect You From The Truth” Episode 721 — Pictured: (l-r) Dominic Rains as Dr. Crockett Marcel, Sarah Rafferty as Dr. Pamela Blake — (Photo by: George Burns Jr./NBC)

 

Guy Lockard

Locked portrayed Dr. Dylan Scott on the series after joining the cast in season 7, but he also exited the drama one season later in the premiere of season 8. Scott went through a bit of a heartbreaking situation when he lost the woman he loved, Jo, who was undercover as Milena (played by Riley Voelkel). Upon her death, he realized he’d constantly be pulled back into his former life as a cop, so he resigned to get a fresh start. 

Executive producer Andrew Schneider defended his exit to TVLine saying they “played” his character out and felt it “would be a good time for him to move on,” but honestly, Will Halstead is still here, so they surely could’ve taken Scott’s character in another direction if they wanted to.

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CHICAGO MED — “Just as A Snake Sheds Its Skin” Episode 708 — Pictured: Guy Lockard as Dr. Dylan Scott — (Photo by: George Burns Jr/NBC)

 

Asjha Cooper

Cooper’s exit was a total shocker and a lot of fans may not have realized that handing her birth mom, Maggie, papers for vaccinations she needed to get in order to accept a job as a clinic nurse in the Philippines meant that this was Vanessa Taylor’s final episode. Why did Asjha Cooper leave Chicago Med? It’s unclear, but what we do know is that we’ll miss her. And maybe she’ll swing back around the next time she’s in the Windy City to visit her mom!

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CHICAGO MED — “To Lean In Or To Let Go” Episode 702 — Pictured: Asjha Cooper as Vanessa Taylor — (Photo by: George Burns Jr/NBC)

 

Brian Tee

Tee might be the biggest character exit to date as he’s been with the show since 2015. Sadly, his final episode as Dr. Ethan Choi will air on December 7. Tee told Deadline that he will be pursuing other projects and spending time with his family as his daughter was just a few weeks old when he joined the series. The comforting thing is that he’ll be back to direct an episode later in the season, but it’ll be hard to say goodbye to one of the OGs. Choi’s on-again, off-again love interest April (Yaya DaCosta) made a few guest appearances on season 8, even rekindling her romance with the ED doctor, so hopefully, the writers will tee-up Tee’s exit by noting that he’s going to be following his heart. 

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CHICAGO MED — “What You Don’t Know Can’t Hurt You” Episode 712 — Pictured: Brian Tee as Ethan Choi — (Photo by: George Burns Jr/NBC)

 

Kristen Hager

Hager joined the medical drama alongside Scott in season 7 as Stevie Hammer, an ER physician, but she didn’t even last the season, exiting halfway through without as much as a goodbye. In a blink-and-you’ll-miss-it-moment, Stevie decided to go to Michigan to give her marriage with her estranged husband another try, which was so odd considering the series was building up a love story between her and Halstead. We invested so much time into this storyline simply to have it fizzle out with an explanation. The show’s executive producers noted that they’d love to have Hager back on the show at some point, but they never gave a reason for her abrupt exit. However, a quick glance at her Instagram page reveals that she was very far along in her pregnancy at the time and gave birth over the summer to a beautiful baby girl!

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CHICAGO MED — “To Lean In Or To Let Go” Episode 702 — Pictured: (l-r) Nick Gehlfuss as Dr. Will Halstead, Kristin Hager as Dr. Stevie Hammer — (Photo by: George Burns Jr/NBC)

 

Which Chicago Med cast members’ exits hurt the most? Who would you like to see return?


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