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The Lifetime original movie Custody will debut on March 4 at 8 PM.

The film revolves around three women brought together when hard-working single mother, Sara Diaz (Catalina Sandino Moreno from The Affair), has her children taken from her after she is suspected of injuring her son. Ally Fisher (Hayden Panettiere from Nashville), a recent law school graduate, is assigned to represent her case before Judge Martha Schulman (Viola Davis from How to Get Away With Murder), a veteran of the Family Court System.

The film also stars veteran actress Ellen Burstyn, Tony Shalhoub (Monk) and Dan Fogler (Secrets and Lies and Fantastic Beast and Where to Find Them).

Here is a preview for Custody.

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TV Ratings

It was a nearly full night of programming on the major networks with most of the Monday night dramas airing new episodes, including the debut of a new NBC series.

Here is how all of the Monday night dramas fared in the overall ratings last night:

8 PM Shows:
24: Legacy (FOX) [NEW] – 4 million
Supergirl (The CW) [NEW] – 2.2 million

9 PM Shows:
APB (FOX) [NEW] – 3.4 million
When We Rise (ABC) [4-Part Mini-Series – DEBUT of Part 1] – 2.9 million [average over 2 hours]
Jane the Virgin (The CW) [NEW] – 943,000 viewers

10 PM Shows:
Taken (NBC) [DEBUT] – 7.4 million
Scorpion (CBS) [NEW] – 6.8 million

What did you watch on TV last night? Please share.

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the-good-place

The Good Place ended earlier this season with a jaw-dropping finale that both resets the show and keeps it exactly the same.

With that idea in mind, and referencing just a bit of Supernatural and Groundhog’s Day, here’s what I’d love to see in Season Two of The Good Place:

1. Something like what happened in Supernatural’s “Mystery Spot”, where there are just enough changes to the second season from the first season for fans to notice, but still feel like a slightly different season;

2. More of Eleanor’s new soulmate. Man looked good;

3. Janet helping Eleanor figure out how to find Chidi, Jianyu and Tahani; and,

4. More characters that aren’t all connected to working with Michael and his grand design.

What do you want to see more from The Good Place in season two?

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Trying to figure out what to watch tonight? Be it new episodes of the TV season, reairs of cable series or a movie, here are some suggestions:

NOTE: There will be a Presidential Address on most of the major networks tonight.

7 PM:
X-Men: First Class movie on FX
Karen Kingsbury’s The Bridge Part 1 movie on Hallmark Movies & Mysteries
Ant-Man movie on Starz

8 PM:
The Fosters on Freeform (NEW)
NCIS on CBS (Reair)
The Flash on The CW (Reair)
Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1 movie on EPIX
The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies movie on TNT

9 PM:
Switched at Birth on Freeform (NEW)
Supergirl on The CW (Reair)
Karen Kingsbury’s The Bridge Part 2 movie on Hallmark Movies & Mysteries

10 PM:
The Fosters on Freeform (Encore)
Avengers: Age of Ultron movie on Starz

Enjoy!

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Hey All,

Congrats to all of the Oscar winners announced on Sunday night.

RENEWALS/CANCELLATIONS

Syfy has pulled the plug on the new sci-fi series Incorporated. (Variety)

Lethal Weapon has been given a second season order by FOX. (Variety)

FOX renews Star for a second season. (Variety)

The History Channel has renewed the new drama Six for a second season. (Variety)

CBS has pulled the new CBS drama Doubt from its schedule after only two episodes. It will be replaced by Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders as of March 8. (Variety)

CASTING NEWS

Actor JD Pardo (Revolution) has landed the lead role in the Sons of Anarchy spin-off series Mayans MC that centers on EZ Reyes (Pardo), a prospect in the Mayan MC charter on the California/Mexico border who struggles with his desire for vengeance against the cartel as well as his need for respect from the women he loves. (The Hollywood Reporter)

Actress Keke Palmer (Scream Queens) has joined the cast of the second season of Berlin Station, which centers on a CIA office in the midst of an investigation into a now-infamous whistleblower. Palmer will play April Lewis, the newest and youngest case officer assigned to Berlin Station on her first field assignment after making her mark as an analyst at Langley. (The Hollywood Reporter)

Actor Iwan Rheon (Game of Thrones) has landed a lead role in Marvel’s Inhumans that will air on ABC. The series will tell the story of a race of super-powered beings, focusing on Black Bolt, the leader of the Inhumans, and his family. Rheon will play Maximus the Mad, Black Bolt’s younger brother, who is intelligent, charming and articulate. He comes across as man of the people but secretly covets power. (Variety)

Actor Devon Sawa (Nikita) and JR Bourne (Teen Wolf) have joined the cast of the ABC summer series Somewhere Between that will star Paula Patton Warcraft) as Laura Price. She’s not crazy, but she knows that her daughter Serena is going to be murdered. She doesn’t know who the murderer is, or why she’s killed, but she knows exactly when it will happen, where and how. Sawa will play Nico Jackson, a former cop turned private investigator. Bourne will play Tom Price, Laura’s powerful yet sensitive husband who is also the state’s district attorney. (Variety and Deadline)

Actress Eden Brolin has been promoted to series regular on the new Freeform series Beyond that was renewed for a second season. (The Futon Critic)

Actor Enrique Murciano (Without a Trace) will appear in the last four episodes of the current, fourth season of The Blacklist, playing Julian Gale, an FBI investigator and former colleague of Ressler (series regular Diego Klattenhoff), whose obsessive tendencies make him both a valuable agent and a potential liability. (Deadline)

That’s it. Enjoy!

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Roz and her friend Heath

Roz and her friend Heath

Once a year I spend a weekend with friends from near and far, celebrating Doctor Who at Gallifrey One. After ten years or so of attending the con, though, it’s not about the panels and the guests, but about the friends who come for a weekend to celebrate the show as well as to see each other.

My first year at Gally (the convention’s nickname), I went with a friend to the hotel lobby after the con proper had ended for a day. It was great to meet some of my friend’s other friends and we chatted in the lobby with both the con-goers and the con-guests alike.

Since then, the con is still about Doctor Who, but I look forward to my friends more so than I look forward to the guests at this point. Friends, many of whom travel from England, happily spend three days (or longer) finding out about our lives in the past year (beyond what we followed via Facebook); and by the end of the weekend, there are more friends that I’ve met and more stories to share about a weekend that is just sci-fi fans being sci-fi fans.

Roz and actor Gareth David-Lloyd, who played Ianto in Torchwood

Roz and actor Gareth David-Lloyd, Ianto on Torchwood

Gally is a great con – the team behind the convection put on a great weekend with as many guests as they can get (and afford) – and that helps to create an atmosphere that leaves everyone smiling. The con-goers also make the con great – there is a tradition from Gally that I’ve seen adopted by other cons: ribbons.

Now, these ribbons are exactly what you might think – a short phrase on a piece of ribbon – but the way that ribbons are traded and collected is something else. This year my collection is rather small, but my friends have come away with collections taller than a house, held together by tape.

Gally is a family, and it’s a family I love, kooks and all, and one family I look forward to seeing every year.

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Here is a list of programming options to expect on TV this coming week:

The small screen adaptation of Taken will debut on NBC on February 27 at 10 PM. The series follows the origin story of younger, hungrier former Green Beret Bryan Mills (Clive Standen from Vikings) as he deals with a personal tragedy that shakes his world. As he fights to overcome the trauma of the incident and exact revenge, Mills is pulled into a career as a deadly CIA operative, a job that awakens his very particular, and very dangerous, set of skills. In 30 years, this character is destined to become the Bryan Mills that we’ve come to love from the “Taken” films.

On March 1, the unprecedented four-series crossover event featuring Chicago Fire, Chicago P.D., Chicago Med and the new series Chicago Justice will air on NBC between 8 and 11 PM. Chicago Justice: Just like their brethren in the Chicago P.D., the State’s Attorney’s dedicated team of prosecutors and investigators navigate heated city politics and controversy head-on, while fearlessly pursuing justice. As they take on the city’s high-stakes and often media-frenzied cases, they must balance public opinion, power struggles within the system and their unwavering passion for the law. At the center of the show is prosecutor Peter Stone (Philip Winchester from Strike Back), the ambitious Assistant State’s Attorney and Deputy Chief of the Special Prosecutions Bureau. Relentless in his quest for justice, it’s more than a job for Stone, it’s a purpose. Son of renowned New York City District Attorney Ben Stone, Stone is shooting at a target that only he can see. This often puts him in direct conflict with Mark Jefferies (Carl Weathers from Colony and Rocky franchise), the Cook County State’s Attorney who sees the world through a political prism. While Jefferies believes that a good prosecutor gives the jury and the public a clear, clean and digestible narrative, Stone is convinced the law isn’t always best served in a sound bite. Together with their team, Stone and Jefferies strive to bring some much-needed justice to the city of Chicago. The team also includes Assistant State’s Attorney Anna Valdez (Monica Barbaro from UnReal), a passionate newcomer, who’s more flexible and willing to bend the rules to get the right result; Laura Nagel (Joelle Carter from Justified), a tough-as-nails State’s Attorney Investigator that sees each case through the eyes of the victim; and Antonio Dawson (Jon Seda, formerly on Chicago P.D.), a level-headed and by-the-book detective turned Chief Investigator.

Also on March 1, the season finale of Suits will air on the USA Network at 10 PM.

The Lifetime original movie Custody will debut on March 4 at 8 PM, starring Catalina Sandino Moreno (The Affair), Hayden Panettiere (Nashville), Viola Davis (How to Get Away With Murder), veteran actress Ellen Burstyn, Dan Fogler (Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them) and Tony Shalhoub (Monk).

On March 5, Once Upon a Time will be back at 8 PM on ABC followed by the two-hour debut of the new series Time After Time at 9 PM. Time After Time: The series chronicles the adventures of a young H.G. Wells (Freddie Stroma from UnReal) as he travels through centuries, decades and days in the time machine he created. While in the pursuit of the charismatic (yet secretly psychopathic) Dr. John Stevenson (Josh Bowman from Revenge), better known as “Jack the Ripper,” Wells travels to modern day New York City in search of Stevenson following the doctor’s brazen escape from authorities in Wells’ London home. But instead of the Utopia he imagined, Wells finds a world more aligned with Stevenson’s temperament that leads him on a daring adventure full of mystery, romance and intrigue.

The new NBC drama Chicago Justice will air its official series premiere on March 5 at 9 PM followed by the season premiere of Shades of Blue at 10 PM.

Also on March 5, the new 8-part FX anthology series Feud: Bette and Joan will debut at 10 PM, starring Jessica Lange as Joan Crawford and Susan Sarandon as Bette Davis.

The new E! drama The Arrangement will debut on March 5 at 10 PM. The 10-part drama shows what happens when actress Megan Morrison (Christine Evangelista from Chicago Fire and The Walking Dead) auditions for the role of a lifetime, she also lands a Cinderella-esque date with A-list movie star Kyle West (Josh Henderson from Dallas). But things get complicated when Megan is offered a 10 million dollar marriage contract and is introduced to Kyle’s secretive self-help organization, The Institute of the Higher Mind. While Megan has a mysterious past she is trying to keep hidden, Kyle has secrets of his own. Terence (Michael Vartan from Alias) runs The Institute of the Higher Mind, a burgeoning self-help organization with a retreat-like campus in Malibu. Kyle credits both Terence and The Institute for his success. In addition to being Kyle’s best friend and closest confidante, Terence also helps manage his career, as his wife, DeAnn (Lexa Doig from Arrow and Continuum), is Kyle’s producing partner. Terence, whose motives are often unclear, created this contract to “protect” Kyle.

Lastly on March 5, the season finales of both Mercy Street and Victoria will air on PBS at 8 and 9 PM respectively.

Mark your calendars!

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