It’s that time of year when all our favourite shows are gearing up for their finales. ABC have released details of their finale air dates.
Highlights Include “The 2015 Billboard Music Awards” Live From Las Vegas
The ABC Television Network announced highlights of upcoming May sweeps programming, featuring season finale dates for series “American Crime,” “America’s Funniest Home Videos,” “black-ish,” “Castle,” “Dancing with the Stars,” “Forever,” “The Goldbergs,” “The Middle,” “Modern Family,” “Nashville,” “Revenge,” “Scandal,” “Secrets and Lies,” and “Shark Tank.“ In addition, “The 2015 Billboard Music Awards” will take place live from Las Vegas.
Other highlights include a special two-hour finale of “Once Upon A Time” and “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.,” the premieres of “Beyond the Tank” and “500 Questions,” and the return of “The Bachelorette,” with a special two-night event.
The Chew – ABC’s “The Chew” is celebrating spring! On Monday, April 27, Guillermo Diaz (ABC’s “Scandal”) guests, and Tuesday, April 28, The Radio City Rockettes swing by and kick-up their heels for a fun, yet informative, spring cleaning segment with Clinton Kelly. On Tuesday, May 5, it’s a “Cinco de Mayo Party!” with Mexican chef Pati Jinich. The week of May 11–15 is “Inspiration Week,” with co-hosts Mario Batali, Michael Symon, Carla Hall, Clinton Kelly and Daphne Oz celebrating the people in their lives who inspire them most. On Monday, May 18, “Empire” star Jussie Smollett fills in as guest co-host for the day. “The Chew” airs MONDAY – FRIDAY (1:00- 2:00 p.m., ET), on the ABC Television Network.
General Hospital – The Daytime Emmy nominated series celebrates the annual Nurses’ Ball on Friday, May 1, Monday, May 4 and Tuesday, May 5. See which of your favorite stars will return, along with the GH character fans voted back. Stay tuned for a two-day network daytime television event as “General Hospital” broadcasts live from Los Angeles on Friday, May 15, and again Monday, May 18.
Jimmy Kimmel Live – Jimmy Kimmel kicks off May Sweeps with George Clooney (Disney’s “Tomorrowland”), Billy Crystal (“The Comedians”), Kevin Spacey (“House of Cards”), Shonda Rhimes (ABC’s “Grey’s Anatomy,” “Scandal” and “How To Get Away With Murder”), Ryan Seacrest (“American Idol”), Elizabeth Banks (“Pitch Perfect 2”), Judd Apatow (“Sick in the Head: Conversations About Life and Comedy”), Jennifer Connelly (“Aloft”), Adam Levine (“The Maroon 5 World Tour 2015”), Kim Kardashian West, Anthony Anderson, Laurence Fishburne and Tracee Ellis Ross (ABC’s “black-ish”), Brittany Snow (“Pitch Perfect 2”), Paul Giamatti (“San Andreas”), Marc Maron (“Maron”), Amy Schumer (ABC’s “The Bachelorette”), Michael Sheen (“Far from the Madding Crowd”), Julie Bowen (ABC’s “Modern Family”), Patricia Heaton (ABC’s “The Middle”), Adam Devine (“Pitch Perfect 2”), Nicholas Hoult (“Mad Max: Fury Road”), Alexandra Daddario (“San Andreas”), Ioan Gruffudd (ABC’s “Forever”), “The Bachelorette” castoff, Animal Trainer Dave Salmoni (“Monster Week on Animal Planet”) and Science Bob Pflugfelder (Book “Nick and Tesla”). Musical performances include Mariah Carey, Tim McGraw, Maroon 5, Lenny Kravitz, Hozier, Brandon Flowers, New Kids on the Block, Nelly and TLC, Earth, Wind & Fire, Twenty One Pilots and Modest Mouse. “Jimmy Kimmel Live” airs MONDAY – FRIDAY (11:35 p.m., ET).
Beyond the Tank – SERIES PREMIERE — A one-hour companion series from the producers of the Emmy-winning reality series, “Shark Tank,” will tell what happens to the entrepreneurs after their appearance on The Tank. In “Episode 101,” Robert Herjavec rolls up his sleeves to help guide San Diego, CA entrepreneurs Evan Melsohn and Nick Morton, the “Tipsy Elves” business duo from Season 5. They find themselves at a crossroads when it comes to branding their clothing design company and if Nick should quit his job as a dentist and participate full time in the business. Sixteen-year old Carter Kostler from Virginia Beach, VA felt devastated when he did not get a deal for The Define Bottle, his fruit-infused water bottle, after appearing in a Season 5 episode. He shares how he turned his first venture at being an entrepreneur into a learning experience that will last him a lifetime. When former pro-football player Al “Bubba” Baker and his daughter, Brittani Bo Baker, pitched the Sharks in Season 5, Daymond John won the battle to invest $300,000 in their Deboned Baby Back Ribs business. But when Daymond goes to Avon, OH and discovers that production is not under control and orders aren’t keeping up with the demand, the Shark wonders if he made the right business decision, premieres FRIDAY, MAY 1 (9:00-10:01 p.m., ET), on the ABC Television Network. Note: “Beyond the Tank” will run for three weeks through Friday, May 15.
Secrets and Lies – SEASON FINALE – “The Lie” – Certain that he is not responsible for Tom’s death, Ben tries to finally relax and enjoy the Christmas that he missed with his family — until a shocking discovery changes his plans. Meanwhile, with the evidence having been re-tested, Cornell puts all the pieces together and prepares to make an arrest. But in the stunning conclusion, Ben makes a decision that will change his family’s life forever. The nightmare is only just starting, on “Secrets and Lies,” airing SUNDAY, MAY 3 (9:00-10:01 p.m., ET), on the ABC Television Network.
Forever – SEASON FINALE — “The Last Death of Henry Morgan” – Henry and Adam have been on a long, unrelenting collision course, which is about to come to a head – possibly bringing about one man’s death – with only Jo standing in the way. Henry and Jo’s murder investigation into a museum worker’s death centers on a priceless missing ancient dagger, which not only ended the life of Julius Caesar, but also killed Adam the first time. Meanwhile, Adam knows that there is something that Henry fears more than death – that Jo might discover his mystery. The two men tangle in a tumultuous game-changing confrontation. But at long last, will Jo finally learn about Henry’s secret? The Season Finale of “Forever” airs TUESDAY, MAY 5 (10:01-11:00 p.m., ET), on the ABC Television Network.
Scandal – SEASON FINALE – THURSDAY, MAY 7 (9:00-10:00 p.m., ET), on the ABC Television Network.
Once Upon A Time – TWO-HOUR SEASON FINALE – SUNDAY, MAY 10 (8:00-10:01 p.m., ET), on the ABC Television Network.
Revenge – SEASON FINALE — “Two Graves” – Backed into a corner, Emily is forced to admit her guilt, but she’ll have to decide how far she’ll go before admitting defeat, on the season finale of “Revenge,” SUNDAY, MAY 10 (10:01-11:00 p.m., ET), on the ABC Television Network.
Castle – SEASON FINALE – “Hollander’s Woods” — A death in the woods draws Castle back to a terrifying and defining event in his childhood. Investigation leads to obsession, as he attempts to unearth answers that have eluded him for decades, all while Beckett faces a crossroads of her own, on the season finale of “Castle,” MONDAY, MAY 11 (10:01-11:00 p.m., ET), on the ABC Television Network.
Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. – TWO-HOUR SEASON FINALE – “S.O.S. Part One / S.O.S. Part Two” – S.H.I.E.L.D. puts everything on the line to survive a war that blurs the line between friend and foe. Coulson and his team will be forced to make shocking sacrifices that will leave their relationships and their world changed forever, on the two-hour season finale of “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D,” TUESDAY, MAY 12 (9:00-11:00 p.m., ET), on the ABC Television Network.
The Middle – SEASON FINALE — “The Graduate” – As graduation approaches, Sue begins to think that “the year of Sue” may end on a sour note when a series of unforeseen events threaten to ruin her special day. Meanwhile, Frankie and Mike are stunned to learn that Brick is doing so well in middle school that he’s been offered the chance to skip eighth grade and go directly into high school; and as summer vacation commences, Axl sees some images of girlfriend Devin on social media having fun with some guys back home and begins to think he may lose her, on the season finale of “The Middle,” WEDNESDAY, MAY 13 (8:00-8:30 p.m., ET), on the ABC Television Network.
The Goldbergs – SEASON FINALE — “Turn Around, Bright Eyes” – When Erica gets accepted into a summer arts school, Beverly insists on throwing her a going-away party. Just as she departs for ten weeks, Beverly overly shows her affections while Murray struggles to tell Erica how he really feels. Meanwhile, Barry decides to be the school mascot to be closer to Lainey, but unbeknownst to him, their rival school is planning to beat up the mascot at the upcoming game, on “The Goldbergs,” WEDNESDAY, MAY 13 (8:30-9:00 p.m., ET), on the ABC Television Network.
Nashville – SEASON FINALE – “Before You Go Make Sure You Know” –Juliette is laser-focused on finishing her album – and when she puts everything and everyone she loves behind it – Avery makes a decision that impacts their lives forever. Deacon’s life hangs in the balance, but Rayna and the girls are by his side. With the clock ticking and the future uncertain, will they celebrate a life together? The season finale of “Nashville” airs WEDNESDAY, MAY 13 (10:00-11:00 p.m. ET) on the ABC Television Network.
Grey’s Anatomy – SEASON FINALE – THURSDAY, MAY 14 (9:00-10:01 p.m., ET), on the ABC Television Network.
American Crime – SEASON FINALE – “Episode Eleven” – In the provocative, heart stopping season finale, the criminal case comes to a shocking close for all those involved as we see each life forever altered by this incident. Charged with emotions and unexpected twists, certain journeys will end while others begin, on “American Crime,” THURSDAY, MAY 14 (10:01-11:00 p.m., ET), on the ABC Television Network.
Shark Tank – SEASON FINALE — “Episode 623” — Young billionaire Nick Woodman, Founder and CEO of GoPro, returns to the Tank bringing his business and investment expertise as a Guest Shark. A cat lover from Boca Raton, FLA hopes to find the purr-fect partner to invest in her idea where patrons can enjoy adorable rescue cats while relaxing at a café; and a toy designer from Lake Forest, CA has an all-electric compact vehicle that merges the thrill of a motorcycle with an added degree of maneuverability. Also, recaps and updates featuring various entrepreneurs that appeared in Season 6, on FRIDAY, MAY 15 (8:00-9:00 p.m., ET), on the ABC Television Network.
America’s Funniest Home Videos – SEASON FINALE – SUNDAY, MAY 17 (7:00-8:00 p.m., ET), on the ABC Television Network.
The 2015 Billboard Music Awards – dick clark productions and Billboard, the ultimate authority in music and home of the iconic Billboard charts defining success in music, are set to return to ABC and will be broadcast live from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on SUNDAY, MAY 17 (8:00-11:00 p.m., ET). Hosted by hip hop artist and actor Ludacris and TV host and supermodel Chrissy Teigen, the ceremony will showcase this year’s hottest and biggest music stars. Billboard Music Awards finalists are based on key fan interactions with music, including album and digital songs sales, radio airplay, streaming, touring and social interactions on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, Spotify and other popular online destinations for music. These measurements are tracked year-round by Billboard and its data partners, including Nielsen Music and Next Big Sound. The awards are based on the reporting period of March 10, 2014 through March 8, 2015. The “2015 Billboard Music Awards” is produced by dick clark productions. Allen Shapiro, Mike Mahan, Mark Bracco, Barry Adelman and Robert Deaton are Executive Producers.
Dancing with the Stars – SEASON FINALE — “Episode 2010 and 2010A” — The Finals and The Results Show, MONDAY, MAY 18 (8:00-9:01 p.m., ET) and TUESDAY, MAY 19 (9:00-11:00 p.m., ET), on the ABC Television Network.
The Bachelorette – SEASON PREMIERE – Will it be Kaitlyn or Britt? ABC’s hit romantic reality series, “The Bachelorette,” will kick off its 11th season with a two-night special. The surprises continue with the biggest one of all: there will be two Bachelorettes greeting their suitors for the first time ever. The charming, charismatic beauty, Britt, who captivated Chris Soules and the rest of Bachelor Nation with a memorable hug on that first night at The Bachelor mansion, and Kaitlyn, the gorgeous, fun-loving, warm-hearted, but irreverent firecracker who let down her guard only to have her heart crushed, will take their place in Bachelorette history. Who will the men prefer? Eventually, only one woman will be left to hand out the final rose. Chris Harrison hosts on “The Bachelorette,” MONDAY, MAY 18 (9:01-11:00 p.m., ET), on the ABC Television Network.
“500 Questions” – SEASON PREMIERE — From Emmy® winner Mark Burnett, CEO, United Artists Media Group (“Shark Tank,” “Survivor,” “The Voice”), and Mike Darnell, President, Warner Bros. Unscripted & Alternative Television, and Warner Horizon Television (“The Voice,” “The Bachelor,” “The Bachelorette,” “Bachelor in Paradise”) comes “500 Questions,” an all-new game show event where the smartest people in the country try to achieve the seemingly impossible task of answering 500 of the most difficult general knowledge questions ever devised. There’s only one simple rule: never get three wrong in a row — or you’re gone. No saves, no helps, no multiple choice, “500 Questions” will keep you on the edge of your seat to see if any of these geniuses can do it. It is the ultimate test, where intellect, strategy and stamina are all equally essential in order to win. The innovative “genius game show,” hosted by CNN’s Richard Quest (“Quest Means Business”), will air nine hours over nine nights, premiering on WEDNESDAY, MAY 20 (8:00-9:00 p.m., ET), with its season finale set for Thursday, May 28, on the ABC Television Network. Mark Burnett and Phil Parsons are the executive producers. The show was created by Mike Darnell and Mark Burnett.
Modern Family – SEASON FINALE — “American Skyper” – The whole family is at Jay & Gloria’s for Alex’s graduation party, except for Phil who ingeniously figured out a way to be there via skype and a robotic vessel after being unexpectedly detained in Seattle on a business trip. During the celebration, Jay frets about Gloria’s cousin who has overstayed his welcome; Claire stresses out about giving Alex the perfect gift; Mitch hides news of being laid off from Cam, and Andy’s girlfriend Beth is in town stirring up a whole lot tension with Haley which finally leads to a realization that may have come too late, on the season finale of “Modern Family,” WEDNESDAY, MAY 20 (9:00-9:31 p.m., ET), on the ABC Television Network.
black-ish – SEASON FINALE – “Pops’ Pops’ Pops” — Jack and Diane look for clues about their roots for their class assignment, a history of the Johnson family. But when they can’t find anything out about the family’s past, Pops comes to the rescue with the colorful story of how “Pops’ Pops’ Pops’” great-great grandfather, Drex Johnson, bet the future of the Johnson family against a ruthless gangster, Elroy Savoy, during the 1920s Harlem Renaissance, on “black-ish,” WEDNESDAY, MAY 20 (9:31-10:00 p.m., ET), on the ABC Television Network. Sean “Diddy” Combs and Mary J. Blige guest star
ITV, Kate Beckinsale to star in The Widow, a Harry and Jack Williams series
ITV have announced that Kate Beckinsale will take the leading role in ITV and Amazon Prime Video Drama, The Widow, from acclaimed writers Harry and Jack Williams. The series will be produced in conjunction with Amazon Prime Video.
In The Widow Kate will play Georgia Wells who has her life turned upside-down with a phone-call in the middle of the night. Her husband of over 10 years, Will, has been reported dead after a plane crash in the Congolese jungle.
Three years later, with her old life now a thing of the past, Georgia learns something shocking. Something that will take her to Kinshasa in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, looking to uncover the truth about his disappearance.
Still haunted by the past, Georgia is grieving for the man she loved and the life they’ve lost, but she hasn’t given up hope.
The Widow has been commissioned for ITV by Head of Drama, Polly Hill, who said: “I’m delighted to announce Kate Beckinsale’s casting in The Widow. She is perfect for the role of Georgia in what is, as always, brilliant, compelling and surprising storytelling from Harry and Jack Williams. We’re very pleased to have secured the series which is an ITV original commission and co-production with Amazon Prime.”
On behalf of Amazon Prime Video, Brad Beale, Vice President, Worldwide TV Content Acquisition said: “We are thrilled to continue our existing relationship with Kate Beckinsale on the heels of her incredible performances in Amazon Studios’ critically acclaimed films.”
“Harry and Jack Williams have created a powerful story, which will be brought to life by one of the world’s most talented actresses, and we are excited to bring this thrilling series to Prime members around the world,” he added.
Commented Harry and Jack Williams: “Kate Beckinsale is a brilliantly talented actress and we’re thrilled she’s joining us on this journey – we couldn’t imagine anyone more perfect for the role. The Widow is our most ambitious and cinematic piece to date and we can’t wait to bring the dark heart of the Congolese jungle to the screen.”
The Widow will be produced by Eliza Mellor (Liar, The Living and the Dead, Poldark, Death Comes to Pemberley) and will be directed by lead director Sam Donovan (Humans, Liar, Utopia) and Olly Blackburn (Donkey Punch, Glue) who is also directing four episodes of the series. Jack and Harry Williams will executive produce the drama.
The series will go into production in January 2018 in South Africa, Wales and Rotterdam.
The Widow will premiere on ITV before airing as an Amazon Prime Original in the US. The series will be available exclusively on Amazon Prime Video in more than 200 countries and territories for members to watch via the Prime Video app for popular smart TVs, Fire TV, Fire Tablets and Android and iOS phones and tablets.
Channel 9, Married At First Sight 2018 New Series Premieres 29 Jan
What started as something of a social experiment but is now more or less straight reality (but still calling itself a social experiment), Married At First Sight will premiere it’s new series on Channel 9 on Monday January 29 at 7.30pm.
Once again the team – relationship expert John Aiken, neuropsychotherapist Dr Trisha Stratford, and dating and relationship expert Mel Schilling – aim to put relationships to the test in a unique experiment designed to determine if science can predict true love in couples who will get married at first sight.
The experts will undertake the mammoth task of pairing 20 brave singles to create their perfect match as 10 brides and 10 grooms undergo the most intense experiment yet.
The experts will match all our couples on the basis of extensive psychological and neurological testing and profiling.
Each couple meet for the first time on their wedding day, and from the moment they exchange vows their relationships are thrust under a microscope as they experience the highs and lows of marriage at full speed – alongside other couples riding the same rollercoaster.
Once again, the couples will reside under the same roof as relationships are tested like never before.
They’ll get the chance to compare their experiences at often explosive dinner parties – and put their relationships to the test at the most confronting commitment ceremonies we’ve ever seen.
But while some couples will struggle with all the complexities an intense relationship experiment brings, others will find true joy as their fairytale blossoms from first glance.
10 brides. 10 grooms. 10 weddings. Who will find true lasting love?
Netflix, German Supernatural drama Dark given Second Season
Netflix has renewed its first German original production, DARK, for a second season. The acclaimed drama created by Baran bo Odar and Jantje Friese has resonated with audiences in Germany and around the world, including the U.S., Brazil, Italy, Turkey, Spain and France among other countries. DARK, a family saga with a supernatural twist, is now one of the most-watched entirely non-English shows on Netflix, a German series that transcends borders to connect with audiences in every country.
Kelly Luegenbiehl, Vice President of International Originals for Netflix, said: “When we first heard about DARK, we realized very early on that we hadn’t seen anything like this show before — in Germany or anywhere else in the world. DARK is a testament that great storytelling transcends geography. We’re excited that our members around the globe are captivated by the mysterious world of Winden, and will now be able to continue to see how the story unfolds.”
Showrunners Baran bo Odar and Jantje Friese about the audience reception and the renewal of season two added: “We are overwhelmed by the response to DARK and are thrilled that our story has been a success with a global audience. Viewers have been captivated by the secrets of our protagonists and have taken delight in unravelling the various puzzles that the story presents. To know that we will now embark on our next journey is, for us showrunners, a dream come true. And our fans can be sure that we have plenty of surprises in store for the second season of DARK.”
Producer Quirin Berg concludes: “Jantje Friese, Baran Bo Odar, our wonderful actors and our fantastic team have put an incredible amount of energy into making DARK a unique and gripping series. We thank all of those who have accompanied us on this path. And we thank Netflix for their trust and for the excellent cooperation. We are extremely happy that DARK has by now received such an overwhelming response, both in Germany and around the world, and we are particularly thrilled about the quick decision by Netflix to take it into a second season. We can hardly wait to continue telling the story!”
DARK is now streaming on Netflix, it is set in a German town in present day where the disappearance of two young children exposes the double lives and fractured relationships among four families. In ten, hour-long episodes, the story takes on a supernatural twist that ties back to the same town in 1986.
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