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    ON THE BUBBLE

    NBC: Abby’s, America’s Got Talent, AGT: Champions, American Ninja Warrior, A.P. Bio, The Enemy Within, Genius Junior, Little Big Shots, Making It, This Is Us, The Titan Games, The Village, The Voice, The Wall, World of Dance

    Fox: Beat Shazam, The Four, Gordon Ramsay’s 24 Hours to here and Back, MasterChef, MasterChef Junior, The Orville, Proven Innocent, So You Think You Can Dance

    CBS: Amazing Race, Big Brother, Celebrity Big Brother, Blood & Treasure, The Code, Instinct, Ransom, The Red Line, SEAL Team, Survivor, Undercover Boss, World’s Best

    ABC: $100,000 Pyramid, Alec Baldwin Show, Bachelor in Paradise, Celebrity Family Feud, Child Support, Dancing With the Stars: Juniors, The Goldbergs, The Gong Show, Grand Hotel, Match Game, The Proposal, Reef Break, Schooled, To Tell the Truth, Whiskey Cavalier

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    Monday: NBCUniversal (NBC/USA/Syfy), Fox
    Tuesday: Disney/ABC
    Wednesday: CBS, TBS, TNT
    Thursday: The CW

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    American Idol

    They announced next seasons audition places. Renewed.

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    Thanks, Vinny. UPdated thusly 🙂

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    Now we know why Constance Wu was so bent yesterday:

    UPDATE: Wu has further clarified her previous comments in a tweeted statement Saturday, explaining that her disappointment over “Fresh Off the Boat’s” renewal was due to her subsequently having to pull out of another project that she was “really passionate about.”

    “So my dismayed social media replies were more about that other project and not about FOTB. These words are my truth. I hope you hear them.”

    She went on to explain that she felt her role on “FOTB” had become “easy and pleasant,” and she was looking for further challenges, which she felt the new project would have provided.

    “Sometimes even my closest friends are baffled at how I could value artistic challenge/difficulties over success/happiness. But I do. I know it’s weird,” the statement explained.

    Wu continued that she understood how her words could have come across as insensitive, and thanked those who “have given me the space and faith to believe what I say about both parts of my heart.”

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    ^^And if you believe all of that spin, please contact me about an opportunity to buy the Brooklyn Bridge.

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    NBC’s fall lineup has leaked: Chicago Wednesday and the Michael Schur Hour on Thursdays….

    MONDAY
    8-10 – The Voice
    10-11 – BLUFF CITY LAW

    TUESDAY
    8-9 – The Voice
    9-10 – This Is Us
    10-11 – New Amsterdam

    WEDNESDAY
    8-9 – Chicago Med
    9-10 – Chicago Fire
    10-11 – Chicago P.D.

    THURSDAY
    8-8:30 – Superstore
    8:30-9 – PERFECT HARMONY
    9-9:30 – The Good Place
    9:30-10 – SUNNYSIDE
    10-11 – Law & Order: SVU

    FRIDAY
    8-9 – The Blacklist
    9-11 – Dateline NBC

    SATURDAY
    8-10 – Dateline Saturday
    10-11 -SNL Encores)

    SUNDAY
    7-8:20 – Football Night in America
    8:20-11 – NBC Sunday Night Football

    Dramas:
    “BLUFF CITY LAW”
    Coming from a famous Memphis family known for taking on injustice, brilliant lawyer Sydney Strait used to work at her father Elijah’s celebrated law firm until their tumultuous relationship got in the way. After barely speaking to him for years, Sydney is suddenly thrust back into the family fold when her philanthropist mother passes away unexpectedly. In the wake of her loss, hoping to reconnect with the daughter he loves, Elijah asks Sydney to rejoin his ?rm. She agrees because despite her lingering resentment and distrust, she knows that working alongside her father is her best hope at changing the world … if they can ever get along. The cast includes Jimmy Smits, Caitlin McGee, Scott Shepherd, Barry Sloane, Michael Luwoye, MaameYaa Boafo, Stony Blyden and Jayne Atkinson.

    For Midseason:
    “COUNCIL OF DADS”
    When Scott, a loving father of four, has his entire life’s plan thrown into upheaval by an unexpected health scare, he calls on a few of his closest allies to step in as back-up dads for every stage of his growing family’s life. Scott assembles a trusted group of role models that includes Anthony, his oldest friend; Larry, his AA sponsor; and Oliver, his surgeon and best friend to his wife, Robin. These men agree to devote themselves to supporting and guiding Scott’s amazing family through all the triumphs and challenges life has to offer – just in case he ever can’t be there to do so himself. The cast includes Sarah Wayne Callies, Clive Standen, Tom Everett Scott, J. August Richards, Blue Chapman, Emjay Anthony, Michele Weaver, Thalia Tran, Steven Silver and Michael O’Neill.

    “LINCOLN”
    Inspired by the best-selling book “The Bone Collector,” former NYPD detective and forensic genius Lincoln Rhyme was at the top of his game until a serious accident at the hands of a notorious serial killer forces him out of the field. When Amelia Sachs, an intuitive young officer who’s got her own gift for profiling, finds herself hot on the killer’s trail, Rhyme in turn finds a partner for this new game of cat and mouse. As the unlikely detective duo joins forces to crack the city’s most confounding cases, they must also race to take down the enigmatic “Bone Collector” who brought them together. The cast includes Russell Hornsby, Arielle Kebbel, Brían F. O’Byrne, Tate Ellington, Courtney Grosbeck, Ramses Jimenez, Brooke Lyons, Roslyn Ruff and Michael Imperioli.

    “ZOEY’S EXTRAORDINARY PLAYLIST”
    In this joyous and celebratory drama, Zoey Clarke is a whip-smart computer coder forging her way in San Francisco. After an unusual event she starts to hear the innermost wants and desires of the people around her through songs. At ?rst, she questions her own sanity but soon realizes this unwanted curse may just be an incredibly wonderful gift. The cast includes Jane Levy, Skylar Astin, Peter Gallagher, Alex Newell, John Clarence Stewart, Carmen Cusack and Mary Steenburgen.

    Comedies:
    “SUNNYSIDE”
    Garrett Modi was living the American Dream. As the youngest New York City Councilman ever, he was rubbing elbows with the political elite, attending star-studded parties and was the pride of Queens. But instead of spending his time in office helping the people that got him elected, he lost his way amidst the power and glamour of politics. When his downward spiral got him busted for public intoxication (and downright stupidity), it was all caught on tape and ended his career. Now, Garrett’s crashing with his sister, Mallory, and wondering where it all went wrong. That is, until he’s hired by a diverse group of hopefuls who dream of becoming American citizens and believe he can help – giving him a new sense of purpose and a chance for redemption, as long as he remembers where he came from. The cast includes Kal Penn, Diana Maria Riva, Joel Kim Booster, Kiran Deol, Poppy Liu, Moses Storm and Samba Schutte.

    “PERFECT HARMONY”
    Bradley Whitford stars in this comedy about finding inspiration in the most unlikely places. When former Princeton music professor Arthur Cochran unexpectedly stumbles into choir practice at a small-town church, he finds a group of singers that are out of tune in more ways than one. Despite the ultimate clash of sensibilities, Arthur and his newfound cohorts may just be the perfect mix of individuals to help each other reinvent and rediscover a little happiness, just when they all need it most. The cast includes Whitford, Anna Camp, Tymberlee Hill, Rizwan Manji, Will Greenberg, Geno Segers and Spencer Allport.

    For Midseason:
    “INDEBTED”
    Young parents Dave and Rebecca are ready to reclaim their life after years of diapers and sleepless nights. However, things take an unexpected turn when Dave’s parents show up unannounced and broke, leaving Dave with no choice but to open the door to the people who gave him everything. But these boomerang parents aren’t great with boundaries and the question of who’s parenting who quickly becomes blurred in this multi-generational comedy starring Fran Drescher and Adam Pally as mother and son. The cast includes Drescher, Pally, Abby Elliott and Steven Weber.

    “THE KENAN SHOW”
    In this family comedy, Kenan Thompson strives to be a super dad to his two adorable girls while simultaneously balancing his job and a father-in-law who “helps” in the most inappropriate ways. The cast includes Thompson, Punam Patel, Dani Lockett, Dannah Lockett and Andy Garcia.

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    Not a great weekend if you’re Steve Harvey; you not only lose your daytime talk show slot to Kelly Clarkson, but now you’ve been kicked off as host of NBC’s midseason reality series Little Big Shots by Melissa McCarthy.

    https://deadline.com/2019/05/melissa-mccarthy-nbc-little-big-shots-1202612992/

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    ABC’s Whiskey Cavalier, we hardly knew ye:
    https://variety.com/2019/tv/news/whiskey-cavalier-canceled-abc-1203183470/

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    More notes from NBC’s upfronts conference call: Will & Grace, Brooklyn Nine-Nine and Manifest will be on the bench until midseason.

    On Sundays after football ends:
    8-9PM Little Big Shots
    9-10PM Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist
    10-11PM Good Girls

    Partial midseason schedule:
    Monday 8-9PM: America’s Got Talent: The Champions
    10-11PM: Manifest

    Tuesday
    8-9PM Ellen’s Game of Games

    Other reality shows returning in midseason: The Wall, Hollywood Game Night, Making It, Ellen’s Greatest Night of Giveaways. Summer 2020 has the Tokyo Olympics, World of Dance, American Ninja Warrior and AGT.

    New reality shows: Bring the Funny, Small Fortune, Songland, That’s My Jam and Who Do You Think You Are? (back from a stint on TLC)

    No final decisions on Abby’s, A.P. Bio, The Enemy Within, The InBetween, The Titan Games and The Village until ‘a later date’.

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    They announced next seasons audition places. Renewed.

    But there’s a question of which judges will be back.

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    Fox’s lineup:

    MONDAY
    8-9 — 911
    9-10 — PRODIGAL SON

    TUESDAY
    8-9 — The Resident
    9-10 — Empire (6th and final season)

    WEDNESDAY
    8-9 — The Masked Singer
    9-10 — NOT JUST ME

    THURSDAY
    7:30-8 — Thursday Night Football Pregame
    8PM- — NFL Football

    FRIDAY
    8-10 — WWE Smackdown Live

    SATURDAY
    7-10:30 — Fox College Football

    SUNDAY
    7–7:30 — NFL ON FOX
    7:30-8 — The OT / Fox Encores
    8-8:30 — The Simpsons
    8:30-9 — BLESS THE HARTS
    9-9:30 — Bob’s Burgers
    9:30-10 — Family Guy

    NEW SERIES DESCRIPTIONS

    COMEDY
    BLESS THE HARTS
    Created and executive-produced by Emmy Award winner Emily Spivey, BLESS THE HARTS is a new half-hour animated comedy that follows the Harts, a Southern family that is always broke, and forever struggling to make ends meet. They one day hope to achieve the American dream, but they’re already rich – in friends, family and laughter. Jenny Hart is a single mother supporting her family working as a waitress in the small town of Greenpoint, NC. While Jenny’s the head of her family, she’s often at odds with, or scheming with, her lottery scratcher-obsessed mother, Betty, and her witty, creative daughter, Violet. Jenny’s doting, eternal optimist boyfriend of 10 years, Wayne Edwards, is the love of her life and a surrogate father to Violet. He’s a charming dreamer who may never hit the big time, but he’s not going to give up the fight. In the end, the Harts may not have much, but they may just have everything they need. Cast includes Kristen Wiig, Maya Rudolph, Jillian Bell, Ike Barinholtz, Fortune Feimster, Drew Tarver and Mary Steenburgen.

    DUNCANVILLE (Midseason)
    From Golden Globe winner Amy Poehler and Emmy Award winners Mike and Julie Scully comes an animated family comedy centered around a spectacularly average 15-year-old boy with a rich fantasy life, and the people in his world. Like most 15-year-olds, Duncan can see adulthood on the horizon: money, freedom, cars, girls…but the reality is more like: always being broke, driving with your mom sitting shotgun and babysitting your little sister. He’s not exceptional, but he has a rich fantasy life where he’s never anything less than amazing. Duncan’s mom, Annie, a parking enforcement officer who dreams of someday being a detective, lives in perpetual fear that her teenage son is one bad decision from ruining his life and will do anything to stop him from doing so. Duncan’s father, Jack, a classic-rock-obsessed plumber who’s determined to be a better dad than the one he had, is constantly posting on Facebook – and annoyed that his kids won’t “friend” him. Duncan’s younger sisters are 12-year-old Kimberly, an awkward, emotional girl who can hold grudges forever; and six-year-old Jing, who adores her older brother maybe a little too much and whose catchphrase is, “Watch me!,” followed by the world’s slowest cartwheel. VOICE CAST: Amy Poehler, Ty Burrell, Riki Lindhome, Betsy Sodaro, Yassir Lester. GUEST VOICE CAST: Rashida Jones and Wiz Khalifa.

    OUTMATCHED (Midseason)
    From writer/executive producer Lon Zimmet comes a multi-camera family comedy about a blue-collar couple in Atlantic City trying to raise four kids – three of whom just happen to be certified geniuses. For most parents, parenting is hard. But for Cay, a caustic, take-no-prisoners casino pit boss, and husband Mike, a handyman and uncultivated guy’s guy, parenting may as well be advanced calculus. Dealing with the demands and egos of three high-IQ children would be tricky for any parent, but it’s especially hazardous for two working stiffs who barely got through high school. Mike and Cay are committed to bringing some normalcy to their kids’ hectic, unconventional childhoods, but these geniuses don’t make it easy. Leading the charge is Brian, a condescending and pretentious 16-year-old math whiz, who thinks he already knows more about the world than Mike and Cay ever will, even though he’s never actually been out of New Jersey. His 15-year-old sister, Nicole is a deceptive and fiercely competitive language prodigy who can manipulate her parents into getting anything she wants. The youngest and most recently anointed child prodigy is Marc, a 10-year-old music savant. Introverted and idiosyncratic, he just wants everyone to leave him alone, so he can become the next Beethoven in peace. The only child not driving their parents crazy is eight-year-old Leila, who is decidedly not a genius. In fact, she might be kind of dumb. She’s the only kid Mike and Cay even remotely understand. OUTMATCHED takes an honest and heightened look at every parent’s worst fear – that they’re “ruining” their kids. When you have children with the type of gifts that can change the world, the pressure is really on. Raise them right, and these kids could cure cancer, stop global warming or invent time travel. But screw it up, and you could unleash three new super villains into the universe – good luck! With Jason Biggs, Maggie Lawson, Tisha Campbell-Martin, Jack Stanton, Connor Kalopsis, Ashley Boettcher, Oakley Bull.

    THE GREAT NORTH (2020)
    From executive producer Loren Bouchard, an animated comedy that follows the Alaskan adventures of the Tobin family, as a single dad does his best to keep his weird bunch of kids close, especially as the artistic dreams of his only daughter lead her away from the family fishing boat and into the glamorous world of the local mall. VOICE CAST: Nick Offerman, Megan Mullally, Jenny Slate, Will Forte, Paul Rust, Aparna Nancherla, Dulcé Sloan. GUEST VOICE CAST: Alanis Morissette

    ULTIMATE TAG (2020)
    Hosted by football superstars and brothers JJ, TJ and Derek Watt, ULTIMATE TAG is a high-octane physical competition show based on the classic playground game of chase.

    DRAMAS
    NOT JUST ME
    Executive producer Jason Katims and writer Annie Weisman bring the story of an unusual family formed through extreme odds. Exploring such hot-button issues as identity, human connection and what it truly means to be a family, this unconventional dramedy taps directly into the zeitgeist, harnessing the emotional complications that new generations of IVF-bred children all face. Only child Julia Bechley finds her life turned upside down when her father, Leon, reveals that, over the course of his prize-winning career as a pioneering fertility doctor, he used his own sperm to conceive upwards of a hundred children. Reeling from this explosive revelation, Julia discovers two new sisters – her former best friend, Edie Palmer, and an ex-Olympic athlete, Roxy Doyle. As these three young women begin to embrace their new reality, Julia must figure out what life is like without Leon by her side; Edie comes to grips with her burgeoning sexuality, as her marriage falters; and Roxy faces adulthood out of the spotlight. Against all odds, the three women will attempt to form an untraditional bond as sisters, even as they must welcome a tidal wave of new siblings into their rapidly expanding family. Cast includes Brittany Snow, Megalyn Echikunwoke, Emily Osment, Mustafa Elzein, Mo McRae, Victoria Cartagena and Timothy Hutton

    PRODIGAL SON
    From Emmy Award-nominated executive producers Greg Berlanti and Sarah Schechter and writers Chris Fedak and Sam Sklaver, PRODIGAL SON is a fresh take on a crime franchise with a provocative and outrageous lead character and a darkly comedic tone. Malcolm Bright has a gift. He knows how killers think, how their minds work. Why? Back in the 1990s, his father was one of the best, a notorious serial killer called “The Surgeon.” That’s why Bright is the best criminal psychologist around; murder is the family business. He will use his twisted genius to help the NYPD solve crimes and stop killers, all while dealing with a manipulative mother, annoyingly normal sister, a homicidal father still looking to bond with his prodigal son and his own constantly evolving neuroses. Meet the happy family. Dr. Martin Whitly is intelligent, wealthy and charismatic, and also happens to be a predatory sociopath who killed at least 23 people. Bright’s mother, Jessica, an elegant and WASPy New Yorker, wields sarcasm like a samurai sword and has an opinion on every aspect of Bright’s life. Perhaps Bright’s only ally is his sister, Ainsley, a TV journalist who wishes her brother would “take a break from murder” and have a normal life. Unfortunately for his sister, the only way Bright feels normal is by solving cases with the help of his longtime mentor, NYPD Detective Gil Arroyo. Arroyo’s one of the best detectives around, and he expects no less from his team – Detective Dani Powell, a headstrong no-nonsense cop who quickly becomes impressed with Bright’s work; and Detective JT Tarmel, a born-and-bred New Yorker who questions whether Bright is a psychopath himself. So much for normal. Cast includes Tom Payne, Michael Sheen, Bellamy Young, Lou Diamond Phillips, Halston Sage, Aurora Perrineau, Frank Harts and Keiko Agena

    911: LONE STAR (Midseason)
    911: LONE STAR debuts with a special two-night event beginning Sunday, Jan. 19, following the NFC title game, continuing with its time period premiere on Monday, Jan. 20. From 911 co-creators Ryan Murphy, Brad Falchuk and Tim Minear, it follows a sophisticated New York cop who, along with his son, relocate to Texas and must try to balance saving those who are at their most vulnerable with solving the problems in his own life. Cast includes Rob Lowe.

    DEPUTY (Midseason)
    From writer/executive producer Will Beall and director/executive producer David Ayer, DEPUTY blends the spirit of a classic Western with a modern-day attitude and emotionally driven, visceral storytelling. Featuring an ensemble of ambitious and complicated human beings who won’t rest until justice is served. The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department is one of the largest police forces in the world, but when the elected Sheriff dies, an arcane rule in the county charter, forged back in the Wild West, suddenly thrusts the most unlikely man into the job. That man is Bill Hollister. A fifth-generation lawman, Bill is only interested in justice; his soul wears a white hat. The bad guys don’t stand a chance, but neither do the politicos in the Hall of Justice. Under Bill’s command is a county-wide crew of LA’s finest, including Deputy Cade Ward, a former Marine stationed in Afghanistan, eight years sober and one of Bill’s few confidantes; Deputy Rachel Delgado, Walker’s partner, a meticulous officer who is knee-deep in a nasty divorce; Deputy Breanna Bishop, the whip-smart, sarcastic driver in charge of Bill’s security detail; and Deputy Joseph Blair. The dangers associated with the job often lead the police to LA County General Hospital, where Bill buts heads with Dr. Paula Reyes, the hospital’s chief trauma surgeon – and his wife. Given a job he never wanted, in an unfamiliar sea of politics, Bill quickly learns that doing what is expected and doing what is right are two different things, and that his innate, dogged pursuit of justice is the only skill the job truly requires. Cast includes Stephen Dorff, Yara Martinez, Brian Van Holt, Siena Goines, Bex Taylor-Klaus, Shane Paul McGhie and Mark Moses

    FILTHY RICH (Midseason)
    From writer/director Tate Taylor comes a southern Gothic family drama in which wealth, power and religion intersect – more correctly, collide – with outrageously soapy results. Meet the Monreauxes, a mega-rich Southern family famed for creating a wildly successful Christian television network. On the cusp of launching a digital retail arm of the company, the family’s patriarch, Eugene, dies in a plane crash (maybe), leaving Margaret, a now-“Oprah” to the religious and Southern communities, to take charge of the family business. Not surprisingly, Eugene’s apparent death greatly impacts the Monreaux children: Eric, the couple’s ambitious son, who assumes he will now run the show; and daughter Rose, a budding fashion designer, who constantly struggles to evade the vast shadow cast by her mother. If that wasn’t enough, the Monreauxes are stunned to learn that Eugene fathered three illegitimate children, all of whom are written into his will. Margaret must use her business savvy and Southern charm to control her newly legitimized heirs, whose very existence threatens the Monreaux family name and fortune: Ginger, the tough-as-nails daughter of a Vegas cocktail waitress, whose life was virtually destroyed by Eugene’s rejection; Antonio, a single dad and boxer from Queens, NY; and Jason, another scion, who is not what he seems to be. With monumental twists and turns, not to mention lies, deceit and shade from every direction, FILTHY RICH presents a world in which everyone has an ulterior motive – and no one is going down without a fight. The show is the Americanized version of a New Zealand series of the same name. Cast includes Kim Cattrall, Melia Kreiling, Aubrey Dollar, Corey Cott, Benjamin Levy Aguilar, Mark L. Young, Olivia Macklin, Steve Harris and Gerald McRaney.

    neXt (Midseason)
    From creator and executive producer Manny Coto and executive producers and directors John Requa and Glenn Ficarra, neXt is a propulsive, fact-based thriller about the emergence of a deadly, rogue artificial intelligence, a series that asks us to look closely not only at our relationship to technology, but to one another. Silicon Valley pioneer Paul LeBlanc built a fortune and legacy on the world-changing innovations he dreamed up, while ignoring and alienating the people around him, including his own daughter, Abby, and his short-sighted younger brother, Ted, who now runs Paul’s company. After discovering that one of his own creations, a powerful A.I. called neXt, might spell doom for humankind, Paul tried to shutter the project, only to be kicked out of the company by his own brother, leaving him with nothing but mounting dread about the fate of the world. When a series of unsettling tech mishaps points to a potential worldwide crisis, LeBlanc joins forces with Special Agent Shea Salazar. Having escaped crime, poverty and a deadly criminal father to remake herself as a force for good, Salazar’s strict moral code and sense of duty have earned her the respect of her team – a talented but contentious group held together by her faith in their ability to defy expectations and transcend their differences, including Gina, a high-strung cybercrime agent; Ben, a straight-laced, buttoned-up hard worker, who is boring to the point of being interesting; and CM, an ex-con hacker with a genius IQ. But the demands of Shea’s challenging job have taken their toll on her home life, where Salazar’s young son, Owen, has been raised primarily by his father, Ty, a recovering alcoholic. Now, LeBlanc and Salazar are the only ones standing in the way of a potential global catastrophe, fighting an emergent superintelligence that, instead of launching missiles, will deploy the immense knowledge it has gleaned from the data all around us to recruit allies, turn people against each other and eliminate obstacles to its own survival and growth. Marrying pulse-pounding action with a layered examination of how technology is invading our lives and transforming us in ways we don’t yet understand, neXt presents us with a villain unlike anything we’ve ever seen – one whose greatest weapon against us is ourselves. Cast includes John Slattery, Fernanda Andrade, Jason Butler Harner, Michael Mosley, Eve Harlow, Aaron Moten, Gerardo Celasco, Elizabeth Cappuccino, Evan Whitten, Olenka Wos Kimball and Dann Fink as neXt.

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    More from the Fox upfront presentation:

    -The Masked Singer, gets Empire‘s Wednesday 8 PM slot and a third season in addition to the already ordered second one, which will launch after the Super Bowl on February 2, 2020.

    -Last Man Standing, Outmatched and The Orville held until midseason

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    Good riddance, Empire! I’m glad S6 is the last season, and I would have been good with S5 being the last season after that predictable finale.

    After schlocky, predictable writing, I don’t see how it lasted. S5 was actually good until they went the predictable route and killed off the Kingsley character just to give Andre a heart. They never built on characters with potential. It was just a bunch of stunt casting and silly stories. Sad that Star actually got canceled instead. I guess Daniels wanted to end Empire just like Power and Jussie Smollett and his fate with the show probably played a part.

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    YES WWE! nothing against USA but they clearly viewed smackdown as an afterthought

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