Two of your favorite summer shows are returning

By Therese Odell, / Houston Chronicle Published 10:05 am, Saturday, February 17, 2018 window._taboola = window._taboola || []; _taboola.push({ mode: 'thumbnails-c', container: 'taboola-interstitial-gallery-thumbnails-5', placement: 'Interstitial Gallery Thumbnails 5', target_type: 'mix' }); _taboola.push({flush: true}); window._taboola = window._taboola || []; _taboola.push({ mode: 'thumbnails-c', container: 'taboola-interstitial-gallery-thumbnails-10', placement: 'Interstitial Gallery Thumbnails 10', target_type: 'mix' }); _taboola.push({flush: true}); window._taboola = window._taboola || []; _taboola.push({ mode: 'thumbnails-c', container: 'taboola-interstitial-gallery-thumbnails-15', placement: 'Interstitial Gallery Thumbnails 15', target_type: 'mix' }); _taboola.push({flush: true}); window._taboola = window._taboola || []; _taboola.push({ mode: 'thumbnails-c', container: 'taboola-interstitial-gallery-thumbnails-20', placement: 'Interstitial Gallery Thumbnails 20', target_type: 'mix' }); _taboola.push({flush: true}); window._taboola = window._taboola || []; _taboola.push({ mode: 'thumbnails-c', container: 'taboola-interstitial-gallery-thumbnails-25', placement: 'Interstitial Gallery Thumbnails 25', target_type: 'mix' }); _taboola.push({flush: true}); window._taboola = window._taboola || []; _taboola.push({ mode: 'thumbnails-c', container: 'taboola-interstitial-gallery-thumbnails-30', placement: 'Interstitial Gallery Thumbnails 30', target_type: 'mix' }); _taboola.push({flush: true}); window._taboola = window._taboola || []; _taboola.push({ mode: 'thumbnails-c', container: 'taboola-interstitial-gallery-thumbnails-35', placement: 'Interstitial Gallery Thumbnails 35', target_type: 'mix' }); _taboola.push({flush: true}); window._taboola = window._taboola || []; _taboola.push({ mode: 'thumbnails-c', container: 'taboola-interstitial-gallery-thumbnails-40', placement: 'Interstitial Gallery Thumbnails Continue Reading

TV: Tricia Helfer finds strength in devilish roles

LOS ANGELES — Tricia Helfer is attracted to a specific type of acting role: strong characters. A glimpse of the Canadian’s ability to handle such a role came in 2004 when she became the breakout star on the revamped “Battlestar Galactica” with her role as the mysterious and manipulative Number Six. That was followed by a steady stream of roles in “Burn Notice,” “Dark Blue,” “The Firm,” “Tron: Uprising” and “Killer Women.” Her latest series, “Lucifer,” has given her the chance to play two strong characters. She joined the cast in the second season to play Lucifer’s (Tom Ellis) mother. If you think the devil is to be feared, then you should completely avoid his mom. It looked like Helfer’s character was not going to return for the third season of the Fox series when her character was sent into the Void by her son at the end of season two. What appeared to be a sad departure ended up being a great opportunity for Helfer, as the human side of her character remained behind. She’s now getting to play a character who has her own special strengths. Helfer’s not only excited she gets to continue working on the series based on the comic books by Neil Gaiman and Sam Kieth, but the role is completely different than the one she played last season. “The first couple of episodes back were really fun because the character is a woman whose intellect and high-powered job means everything to her,” Helfer says during a Fox party. “To not know anything about what happened in the last four months of her life really has her questioning herself. “She finally decides to be a better person, but then she ends up floating for a while. But, by the end of the season it is a real shakeup for her again. It’s fun for me to play a human character who is really struggling with identity.” Getting to return to “Lucifer” came as a Continue Reading

‘Lucifer’ Star Lauren German to Get the Hell Out of Valley Village

Lauren German listed her home in November for $1.75 million. Earlier this month, when she dropped the price to $1.7 million, it took only a week to sell. Lisa Johnson Mandell, provided by Published 4:30 pm, Tuesday, January 30, 2018 Photo: FOX Via Getty Images Image 1of/1 CaptionClose Image 1 of 1 Photo: FOX Via Getty Images 'Lucifer' Star Lauren German to Get the Hell Out of Valley Village 1 / 1 Back to Gallery She may star in a TV show called "Lucifer," but that doesn't mean actress Lauren German had a devil of a time selling her San Fernando Valley home—once it was priced right. She listed her three-bedroom, three-bath ranch in early November for $1.75 million, but as soon as she dropped the price to $1.7 million earlier this month, it took only about a week for an offer to be made and accepted. German, whose career took off in the Nicholas Sparks film "A Walk to Remember," bought the Valley Village, CA, home in July 2015 for $1,512,000. The home, which sits on a 10,127-square-foot lot, was built in 1936. It has since been renovated, with skylights and wood floors throughout giving warmth to the pristine white rooms. The remodeled country kitchen has Carrara marble countertops and stainless-steel Thermador appliances. Home & Real Estate Channel Now Playing: Now Playing Former Dallas Mavericks Owner Breaks Down the Jobs Report Cheddar TV How Start-Up Knock is Disrupting the Real Estate Industry Cheddar TV Ask a Real Estate Pro: Should you put your kid on title with you? Sun-Sentinel Common Mistakes to Avoid When Buying a Home Cheddar TV Hot housing market in the South Bay KTVU Wealthfront's "Path" to Financial Success Cheddar TV Best U.S. states for job hunting Wochit James Continue Reading

Every TV show premiering in January

January brings with it freezing temperatures, snow, and a whole host of things that make venturing outside very unappealing. Thankfully, in the land of TV, January is also the new September, which means there are plenty series premieres, season premieres, and midseason returns to keep you inside during the cold month. This month’s highlights include: Spike TV relaunches as Paramount Network; Black Lightning zaps onto The CW; the long-awaited second season of American Crime Story finally premieres; RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars season 3 returns with the only lip sync battles we care about; and many more. Check out the complete list of premieres in January below. Please note that all times are ET and new series are marked with an asterisk. Monday, Jan. 1 3:01 a.m. — Lovesick (Netflix)3:01 a.m. —Glacé (Netflix)*8 p.m. —The Bachelor (ABC)8 p.m. —Lucifer winter premiere (Fox)8 p.m. — The Wall winter premiere (NBC)9 p.m. — 60 Days In (A&E)9 p.m. — Better Late Than Never (NBC)9 p.m. —The Gifted winter premiere (Fox)9 p.m. — Kids Baking Championship (Food)9 p.m. — Love & Hip Hop: Miami (Vh1)*9 p.m. — Valor winter premiere (The CW)10 p.m. — Ridiculous Cakes (Food)*11:05 p.m. — NFL Football Fanatic (USA)* Tuesday, Jan. 2 8 p.m. — Ellen’s Game of Games (NBC)*8 p.m. — Lethal Weapon winter premiere (Fox)8 p.m. — The Middle winter premiere (ABC)8 p.m. — My Big Fat Fabulous Life (TLC)8 p.m. — NCIS winter premiere (CBS)8:30 p.m. — Fresh Off the Boat winter premiere (ABC)9 p.m. — black-ish winter premiere (ABC)9 p.m. — Bull winter premiere (CBS)9 p.m. — Intervention (A&E)9 p.m. — L.A. to Vegas (Fox)*9 p.m. — Married at First Sight (Lifetime)9:30 p.m. — The Mick winter premiere (Fox)*10 p.m. — The Challenge (MTV)10 p.m. — Chicago Med winter premiere (NBC)10 p.m. — Hack My Life Continue Reading

Find Out the Most Popular TV Show and Reality Show in Each State

Welcome to the United States of TV! Ever wonder what the most popular TV series is in your state? Well, we finally have the answer...or 100 of them, to be precise. put in the work, finding out  the most popular TV show and reality TV show in each state. And while there are some no-brainers (Hawaii loves Lost! California loves the Kardashians!), there are also quite a few surprises. (The Apprentice has yet to be fired by some states.) So if you're hoping to bond with the locals wherever you are traveling this holiday through the power of TV, may we suggest starting your binge-watches ASAP?  Alabama: Legends of Tomorrow // American IdolStar Trek // Naked and AfraidSmallville // Naked and AfraidKeeping Up With the KardashiansSilicon Valley // Keeping Up With the KardashiansSouth Park // Bachelor in ParadiseDance Moms Delaware: Ballers // 16 and PregnantTyrant // Fear Factor Power // Real Housewives Lost // Top Chef  Reign // The Apprentice Illinois: New Girl // Dancing With the Stars Supergirl // Dancing With the Stars Two and a Half Men // Dancing With the Stars The Flash // Hunted One Tree Hill // Kate Plus 8 Queen Sugar // Duck DynastyRay Donovan // Bachelor in Paradise Maine: Stranger  Things // America's Got Talent The Wire // 16 and Pregnant Dexter // Bachelor in ParadiseThe Simpsons // Bachelor in ParadiseFriday Night Lights // Love & Hip Hop Hannibal // Hunted Blue Bloods // Hunted The Fosters // Long Island MediumThe Sopranos // Shark TankBreaking Bad // Little Women: LAGotham // Mob Wives Nebraska: Modern Family // Kate Plus 8 Lucifer // Pawn StarsThe Blacklist // Hoarders Parks and Recreation // The Voice How I Met Your Mother // 16 and PregnantHomeland // Undercover Boss Grimm // Little People, Big WorldBanshee // Guy's Grocery GamesLaw & Order: SVU // The Voice  South Carolina: Vice Principals // Real Housewives The Big Bang Theory // Hunted Nashville // Hunted Narcos // Continue Reading

TV shows renewed and canceled for 2017-18 season

It’s axing season. As is the rite of March, networks and streaming services have begun renewing and canceling TV shows ahead of spring finales. While some shows stick on the bubble before a last-minute cancelation, others are cut without hesitation — “Doubt,” starring Katherine Heigl and Laverne Cox, was axed after just two episodes. Other beloved classics and critic darlings keep chugging along, like “Grey’s Anatomy,” heading into its 14th season, and “Survivor,” which was renewed for seasons 35 and 36. Here’s our running list of what’s coming back and what’s gone forever: Renewed “The 100” "$100,000 Pyramid" "13 Reasons Why" “The Affair” "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." "Amazing Race" "American Gods" “American Horror Story” "American Housewife" "The Arrangement" "Arrested Development" “Arrow” "Atypical" "The Bachelor" "Ballers" “Baskets” "Better Call Saul" "Better Things" “Beyond” “The Big Bang Theory” "Black-ish" "Blacklist" "Blindspot" “Blue Bloods” "Bojack Horseman" "Bold and the Beautiful" "The Bold Type" "Brockmire" "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" “Bull” "Celebrity Family Feud" "Chicago Fire" "Chicago Med" "Chicago P.D." "Claws" "Code Black" "Colony" “Crashing” “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend” "Criminal Minds" "Dancing with the Stars" "Dear White People" "Designated Survivor" "The Deuce" “Drunk History” "Elementary" “Empire” "Exorcist" Continue Reading

‘X-Men’ TV series in the works at FOX

The "X-Men" superheroes will soon be mutated for the small screen. The Fox network had greenlighted a pilot for an action series based on the Marvel comic, Variety magazine reported Tuesday. The untitled project will center on parents who go on the run with their mutant-powered children. "Developing a Marvel property has been a top priority for the network — and we are so pleased with how Matt Nix has led us into this thrilling universe," David Madden, president of entertainment at Fox told the site. "Burn Notice" creator Matt Nix is set to pen the script for the series. He will also serve as executive producer, joining "X-Men" film veterans Bryan Singer, Lauren Shuler Donner and Simon Kinberg. The show, which was announced as in negotiations last August, will mark the first Marvel work for the network, which already has DC Comics adaptations with "Gotham" and "Lucifer." On other channels, Marvel already has a popular and growing presence with shows like "Agents of SHIELD" on ABC and Netflix's "Jessica Jones" and "Daredevil." Continue Reading

TV tonight: ‘The Good Place,’ ‘Supernatural’ premiere

The Good PlaceEach episode of this sitcom's second season, set in the afterlife, has improved, as the series continues to reinvent itself after the big twist in Season 1. Last week, Tahani (Jameela Jamil), Eleanor (Kristen Bell), Jason (Manny Jacinto) and Chidi (William Jackson Harper) decided to join forces with Michael (Ted Danson), and now the five are working together to survive this next version of the "Good Place." Tahani, true to form, throws a dinner party as her contribution.  Join our live TV chat at on Monday, 2 p.m. ET/11 a.m. PT SupernaturalThe CW drama is back for its 13th season, and Sam (Jared Padalecki) and Dean (Jensen Ackles) are recovering from last spring's finale, which left their mother Mary (Samantha Smith) in an alternate dimension and Castiel (Misha Collins) dead. The birth of Jack (Alexander Calvert) has the brothers disagreeing about what steps to take next. Meanwhile, stuck in an apocalyptic world, Mary has to learn how to survive Lucifer (Mark Pellegrino). I Love You, AmericaSarah Silverman's new Hulu series isn't technically a talk show, according to the comedian. Instead, she is taking a longer look at the divisions in the country, with this weekly series that films every Tuesday and streams on Thursday. I Love You, America features a monologue, a field piece, a guest, and another monologue to close it out.  Continue Reading

TV cancellation watch: Check the status of your favorite show

Next week marks a rite of spring: The upfronts, or the presentation of the broadcast networks' fall TV slates to advertisers, beginning May 15.But first, comes the culling of the herd.This week, programming execs are deciding the fates of on-the-bubble shows, either giving underperformers another season to find an audience or casting them off to make room for what they hope will be new hits.The main factors in their decisions: Ratings trends, creative momentum, profitability and the network's ownership stake.In a surprise move Saturday, NBC took a page from the script of this year's top Save Our Shows vote-getter, went back in time and reversed its cancellation decision. It's bringing the time-travel drama back for 10 episodes next summer. It also renewed another favorite, Blindspot. It has yet to decide what to do with Chicago Justice.  Later in the day, CBS renewed the Sherlock Holmes drama Elementary, which finished second in the poll, for a sixth season.In other Save Our Shows news, ABC has canceled Last Man Standing and American Crime, Fox has renewed The Exorcist and CBS has canceled 2 Broke Girls after six seasons. ABC's immigrant comedy Fresh Off The Boat, which finished mid-pack in this year's poll, was granted a fourth season Friday.Check the list below to see where your favorite shows stand.Note: All the prime-time series are grouped in one of three categories — already renewed or very likely to return; on the bubble and in need of your vote; and on death's door or already canceled. ABC Renewed: American Housewife, Black-ish, Designated Survivor, Fresh Off the Boat, The Goldbergs, Grey's Anatomy, How to Get Away With Murder, Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., The Middle, Modern Family, Once Upon a Time, Scandal, Speechless, Quantico Canceled:  American Crime, The Catch, Conviction, Dr. Ken, Imaginary Mary, Last Man Standing, Notorious, The Real O'Neals, Secrets and Lies, Continue Reading

Swan song for ‘American Idol’ puts spotlight on ‘Empire’ as Fox’s pivotal show

As Fox waves goodbye to “American Idol,” it’s daring to hope “Empire” could fill those enormous shoes. Fox announced Monday that “Idol,” the most successful TV show of the 21st century, will have its 15th and final season in the spring of 2016. “Idol” reinvented the TV talent show, created pop hitmakers like Kelly Clarkson and Carrie Underwood, made judges with attitude into TV stars and at its peak drew a staggering 36 million viewers an episode. Its audience now is down to about 7 million, but Fox said it’s still hard to say goodbye. “This was not an easy decision,” Fox Television co-chairman and CEO Gary Newman said Monday. “It’s such a central part of Fox.” MORE: CBS UNVEILS 2015-16 PRIMETIME SCHEDULE But in unveiling its 2015-16 schedule, the network made it clear that “Empire,” the hottest show on TV this past season, could become the same kind of network cornerstone. “Empire” will grow from 12 to 18 episodes next year, split into two half-seasons. It has lined up a series of well-known guest stars and has signed Ne-Yo to join Timbaland in writing the music. MORE: NBC REJECTS COMEDY FOR NEW SEASON, RUNNING JUST TWO SITCOMS Elsewhere, Fox is bringing back “The X-Files” as a six-hour series in January, airing a live “Grease” in late January, and adding several new shows, including: — “Minority Report,” a drama based on the Steven Spielberg movie, on Mondays. — Sitcoms “The Grinder” with Rob Lowe and “Grandfathered” with John Stamos on Tuesdays. — The Ryan Murphy “comic horror” anthology “Scream Queens” on Tuesday. — The Morris Chestnut cop drama “Rosewood” on Wednesdays. — The midseason dramas “Lucifer,” which will pair with its fellow DC-inspired Continue Reading