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Master of None Returns, American Idol Gets Revived, and Renewals and Cancellations

Each week we will bring you the latest in television news, episode trailers, and promotional news. From what’s streaming this week to the best scenes from hit series, we’ve got you covered.

Master of None

Aziz Ansari returned for season two of the diverse Netflix comedy “Master of None.” The premiere episode of the new season was a beautiful homage to the film The Bicycle Thief, jolting the audience to the Italian town of Modena in Northern Italy. In the black-and-white broadcast viewers follow a day in the life of NYC transplant Dev (Ansari) as he searches for a mystery woman and wondrously encounters the beautiful culture of a foreign country. The audience sees Dev confidently speaking in Italian, showcasing his new friendships, and completing his Eat, Pray, Love level transatlantic uprooting.

When Dev randomly runs into  Sarah at a decadent eatery, a reservation mix up fortunately binds the two. Dev and Sarah have an instant connection as they share their love for pasta and the reasons they came to the country. Sarah likes Dev so much that she invites him on a weekend trip with her friends. When the pair separates, Dev hopeful spirit is crushed when his phone is stolen. This unfortunate occurence spirals the plot into a bizarre and comedic investigation throughout the town. Dev runs through the cobbled streets for the remainder of the day in search of his dinner date. He enlists the help of a local kid, gets drunk, and sees Sarah in every look-a-like on the street. Eventually, Dev sees the thief who robbed him but his phone could not be recovered. The episode ends with Dev trying to emotionally interpret an email from his ex after spending the day chasing the ghost of the girl who got away.

NBC Releases Fall TV Lineup

NBC is taking the Thursday fight to ABC. #TGIT has been classically a Shonda Rhimes controlled day with the ABC hit lineup of “Grey’s Anatomy”, “Scandal”, and “How to Get Away With Murder.” NBC will be moving its best series “This Is Us” to Thursday night this Fall.  The time slot is usually held for “must see tv” will be given to the network’s number one show. The show will be sandwiched by the “Will & Grace” reboot and the second season of “Great News”. The network has also moved “The Blacklist” and “Blindspot” to different nights.

Cancelled and Renewals 

We’ve all fallen for this terrible routine. We invest ourselves in a television program only to find that the network has axed it just after you stopped answering texts and binged it. I’ll do you a favor and tell you which shows to not risk it all for. Below is a list of shows that have been saved from the cancellation guillotine or have received a the DVR pick slip.

Key Renewals:

  • “Fresh Off the Boat”-ABC
  • “Grey’s Anatomy”-ABC
  • “Modern Family” for two seasons-ABC
  • “Scandal” reportedly last season-ABC
  • “The Good Fight”-CBS All Access
  • “NCIS” literally all of them-CBS
  • “The Amazing Race”-CBS
  • “The 100”-The CW
  • “The Flash”-The CW
  • “Jane The Virgin”-The CW
  • “Family Guy”-FOX
  • “Gotham”-FOX
  • “Empire”-FOX
  • “The New Girl” for its final season-FOX
  • “The X-Files”-FOX
  • “Chicago Med”, “Chicago Fire” and “Chicago PD”-NBC
  • “Taken”-NBC
  • “Shades of Blue”-NBC

Key Cancellations or Endings:

  • “American Crime”-ABC
  • “The Catch”-ABC
  • “Two Broke Girls”-CBS
  • “Reign”-The CW
  • “Bones”-FOX
  • “Rosewood”-FOX
  • “Pitch”-FOX
  • “The Blacklist: Redemption”-NBC

Kanye Shrug Undecided Limbo:

  • “Quantico”-ABC
  • “Code Black”-CBS
  • “24: Legacy”-FOX
  • “Scream Queens”-FOX
  • “Prison Break”-FOX
  • “MasterChef”-FOX
  • “Celebrity Apprentice”-NBC

News

-“American Idol” is returning to your television screens thanks to an ABC reboot. The popular singing competition series will make its way back  on-air next Spring. Ryan Seacrest return as the host and there is talk of “Roar” singer Katy Perry joining the show as a judge.

-Venus Williams is creating  a TV competition series for female entrepreneurs. The tennis star stated, “As an advocate for gender and pay equality, I’m thrilled to be working with 3 Ball Entertainment on this project that fosters and supports trailblazing women who are actively pursuing their professional aspirations.”

-“Will & Grace” drops a teaser for its return to television. The full season trailer comes out today!

-“Black-ish” star Lara Shahidi’s “A Different World” type spinoff has found a home on Free Form. 

Earlier last week, Laura Dern fanned the rumor flames with the possibility of the addicting HBO drama “Big Little Lies” returning for a second season. One of the show’s stars and producer Reese Witherspoon also did her part to get fans talking when she posted this Instagram photo:

Spending #SundayFunday with these ladies … working on some new lies ???

A post shared by Reese Witherspoon (@reesewitherspoon) on

Shock and Jaw Drop Moment of the Week

When it was revealed that the greatest friendships to ever gloss the pages of a comic book was being turned into a television series the world was intrigued. When excited fans heard that The CW was turning the pairs of Betty and Veronica and Archie and Jughead into a full-scale murder series, eye-popping emoji texts were sent out. The first season of “Riverdale” was built around the investigation into the murder of town golden boy Jason Blossom. This week the shocking murderer was revealed leaving fans to end the search for the identity of the killer and take up the question of his motive.

Promo of the Week

“The White Princess”, Starz

What You Should Be Watching

American drama series “Queen Sugar” is one of the true gems of Oprah Winfrey’s OWN Network. The show centers around the revitalization of the Bordelon family’s sugar cane farm. There’s relationship discord and struggle, business subversion by competitors, cultural unrest within the city, and a true reflection of the complexity of the bonds that link and sustains a family. Based on a novel of the same name, the spectacular Eva DuVernay production hit the streaming archives of Hulu last week.

Tweets of the Week


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