While their kids are away, the parents will play. When ABC's Single Parents returns, fans will see the parents enjoying a summer of freedom, during which they'll do fun, grownup things like throw a luau. In an exclusive photo from the sitcom's forthcoming second season, Will (Taran Killam), Angie (Leighton Meester), Poppy (Kimrie Lewis), Douglas (Brad Garrett), and Miggy (Jake Choi) don leis for a poolside extravaganza celebrating their much-needed free time while their children, sans Miggy's infant daughter, spend the next few weeks at summer camp.
The new season, which premieres Wednesday, Sept. 25 at 9:30/8:30c, will see the parents focus more on their personal lives, including Poppy and Douglas, who agree to go on a first date. However, their courtship hits a roadblock in the premiere when Douglas inexplicably ghosts Poppy.
Meanwhile, Angie uses her free time to write the "world's longest email" to her ex-boyfriend Derek (Adam Brody) after finally telling him about their son Graham (Tyler Wladis) at the end of last season. Though Angie admitted she wasn't ready to hash things out with Derek just yet, the surprising reveal certainly opens the door for Derek to be a part of Graham's life -- that is, if she lets him.
Brody is set to reprise his role as Graham's father Derek in Single Parents' Oct. 9 episode, where fans will learn more about Angie's ex and their complex history. "It's a relationship that we've talked about to an extent but not really explored," Leighton Meester told TV Guide during the Television Critics Association's summer press tour.
But Angie will have plenty of other things on her mind at the start of this season as well, like a potential romance with Will, which was hinted at throughout Season 1. Neither Will nor Angie has explicitly expressed any romantic feelings as of yet, but it looks like that may soon change. "Angie is gonna be dealing with the fact that Will is maybe interesting to her at some point," Meester teased.not
Whether or not that evolves into something more remains to be seen.
Single Parents returns for Season 2 on Wednesday, Sept. 25 at 9:30/8:30c on ABC.
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The return of Legacies is just around the corner! The Vampire Diaries and The Originals spin-off returns for its second season in October, when we will finally find out what happened to Hope (Danielle Rose Russell) after that jaw-dropping Season 1 finale that saw Hope jump into Malivore -- with Landon's (Aria Shahghasemi) brother Clarke (Nick Fink) in tow -- in order to stop it from opening and releasing all the monsters that had been imprisoned inside.
Now all memories of Hope have been erased, with her various loved ones unable to even remember she existed. But this Hope-less world isn't going to be a replica of Lizzie's wish world in which Hope never existed. Despite Landon, Alaric ( Matt Davis), Josie (Kaylee Bryant), and the others being unable to remember Hope, they will be aware that something is missing from their lives; they just won't be able to identify precisely what that is.
Check out everything to expect of Legacies Season 2 in the video above, and read on for our eight biggest hopes (pun totally intended) for what's next on the supernatural drama.
While we're curious to see what Hope's experience inside Malivore is like and what Rafael (Peyton Alex Smith) does while trapped in his wolf form, what we're really interested in is seeing how these experiences affect them moving forward. Only when all of our favorite characters are back together will we truly be able to dig into how grave the consequences from the events in the Season 1 finale are. We're also excited by the chance to see interesting new dynamics between our heroes, many of whom will likely be drastically changed by what they've undergone. So don't spin your wheels too long, Legacies, because we want to get into the meat of this season ASAP.
A golem, a hell dimension, a father, formerly a pit of black goo -- Malivore contains multitudes. But the logic of how exactly Malivore is all of these things at once remains a bit murky. It would be great if this season could establish more ground rules that make what Malivore is and isn't capable of easier to understand. The more we know about how powerful Malivore is, the more terrifying Malivore will be as a Big Bad.
Season 1 revealed M.G.'s (Quincy Fouse) family is a lot more interesting than we ever would have guessed when it came out that his mother was the leader of Triad. However, creator Julie Plec told TV Guide that there aren't plans to make Triad a big part of Season 2, which means we likely won't see too much of M.G.'s mom clashing with her son this season. Still, even though we might not get to see a lot of M.G.'s complicated family dynamics in the present, it'd be nice to find out more his family dynamics in the past. We're dying to know more about how he became a vampire in the first place and what happened with his parents when they first discovered what had befallen their son. Additionally, it would be great if Season 2 featured a lot more of Kaleb (Chris Lee), who really evolved over the course of Season 1 from a total prick to one of our favorite Salvatore School students. Legacies could benefit a lot from fleshing out its ensemble of characters, and an easy way to do that would be to dig into Kaleb's history before joining the Salvatore School and explore how his past shaped him into the person we met at the beginning of the series.
Having a school for supernatural students is such a fun premise, but it felt like so many of the monsters they faced were defeated primarily by witchcraft. With the three leading female characters all witches (Hope has yet to die and activate her vampire side) it makes sense why this would be the case. But that being said, let's up the vampire action in Season 2! We want to see more fangs, compulsion, super-speed, and all the stuff that helped make The Vampire Diaries and Originals edge-of-your-seat TV.
Why can't Alaric ever be happy?! That's the true mystery of The Vampire Diaries universe. With Emma (Karen David) off on her "sabbatical," aka Fear the Walking Dead, and Alaric almost definitely out of a job at the Salvatore School, we're really hoping the poor man catches a break. It does seem he's getting a new love interest in Sheriff Mac (Bianca Kajlich), but just giving him someone to romance isn't enough to appease us at this point; we're looking for Alaric to find his next great love -- and for her to survive long enough for them to earn a real happily ever after.
We got Miss Mystic Falls last season; now it's about time we get a Decade Dance! The period-themed dances were a beloved staple of The Vampire Diaries, and seeing as Season 2 is introducing a few new human characters, this seems like a perfect opportunity to bring them back. And if Legacies can't give us a Decade Dance this season, could we at least get a Founders' Day ball or something? Just don't leave us hanging completely, OK, Julie?
The revelation that Landon is actually a phoenix was inspired. (Who saw that coming? Seriously.) But in the middle of trying to stop Malivore from opening and Lizzie (Jenny Boyd) and Josie finding out about The Merge, we didn't really have a lot of time to dwell on what exactly comes with being a phoenix other than, you know, rising from the dead. Does this mean Landon is immortal? Does he have any other special powers? We gotta know, and we're sure Landon is curious too!
This really goes without saying, doesn't it? As of now, nothing has officially been announced, but Plec has told us that she believes there's a good chance we'll see some of the Originals this season. While we're still holding out for a cameo from Kai (Chris Wood), seeing some of Hope's family would be a pretty great consolation prize.
Legacies returns Thursday, Oct. 10 at 9/8c on The CW.
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Taking a cue from the 2019 Oscars, the 71st Annual Primetime Emmy Awards also went without a host last night, hoping that bits and awards would move the program along. But while the host-less Oscars was fine and brisk, if a little bland, the Emmys were messier, incohesive, and plagued by some truly bizarre production choices from Fox -- some of which were so ridiculous it made me wonder if Fox was just intent on sabotaging the show from the beginning. Self-sabotage, at least, would've been more fun to watch.
Without a host, the ceremony instead started with a silly gag where Homer Simpson gets hit with a piano (sure!) which segued into black-ish's Anthony Anderson running around, clamoring about saving the show. It was an odd, unfunny choice -- doubly so when you remember that Anthony Anderson has been publicly accused of sexual assault three times, once as recently as last year; no charges were filed against Anderson, who has denied any wrongdoing -- and by the time Bryan Cranston came out to gravely talk about how "television has never mattered more," the Emmys were already growing stale.
Throughout the night, presenters were trotted out to say eyeroll-inducing things (reducing Fleabag to "a show about a sex addict," for one) or to do embarrassingly unfunny bits (Ken Jeong recorded a TikTok video for an excruciatingly long time). Even a nearly-flawless performer like Maya Rudolph faltered with the writing (a too-long joke about how her and co-presenter Ike Barinholtz recently got LASIK). Contestants from The Masked Singer were everywhere on the red carpet and during the ceremony in a particularly aggressive push from Fox that got annoying despite my love for the actual show. There were so many jokes about not having a host that they began to prove why they needed a host, and none of those really landed either; Amazon's Alexa reading the nominees felt years too late and was instead just an uncomfortable reminder that the controversial retailer-turned-streamer had already won the night's first four awards. And then there was Thomas Lennon, a comedian who I enjoy so much I sat through three seasons of an Odd Couple reboot, as the show's dry, snarky announcer trotting out silly factoids that fell flat--the only time I laughed out loud was when Lennon broke in the middle of a particularly bad joke, wondering "Are the Emmys 'woke'?" and admitting, "This is why people don't want to do this: Because it sucks." Yep, it does.
Fortunately, the ceremony was saved by a few genuine surprise winners and a handful of inspiring, memorable speeches. Sure, we had to get through some predictable yawns: The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel picked up the first two statues, though at least the second resulted in a fired-up speech from Alex Bornstein, rallying women to "step out of line." Later in the night, Ozark, a show that I'm not fully convinced exists outside of subway posters and award ceremonies, nabbed two wins as well: Julia Garner for Supporting Actress (who gave an adorable speech) and Jason Bateman for directing (which marked the second time I laughed out loud, because all anyone knows about Ozark is how dark it is--literally.) Infuriatingly, Netflix's Bandersnatch, more video game than television movie, won over HBO's Deadwood and, of course, John Oliver and Saturday Night Live won, as we all knew they would. (At least the Netflix wins added to the unintentional chaotic theme of the night!)
But aside from the unsurprising wins, there were a few moments that made living rooms and Twitter erupt such as every single time Phoebe Waller-Bridge won (three total) and gave three giddy speeches. "This is just getting ridiculous," she joked the third time she went up. Jesse Armstrong won Writing for a Drama Series for the darkly hilarious Succession, an award that many people thought -- feared -- would go to Game of Thrones. (Thrones, by the way, won Best Drama and Lead Actor for Peter Dinklage.)
And the speeches! The speeches are what anyone watches award shows for and this year, we saw many memorable ones: Patricia Arquette (Supporting Actress, Limited Series or TV Movie for The Act) mentioned her late sister Alexis Arquette, trans actress and activist, and rightfully advocated for trans rights. "They're human beings, let's give them jobs, let's get rid of this bias that we have everywhere." Later, Michelle Williams (Lead Actress, Limited Series or TV Movie for Fosse/Verdon) used her speech to address the wage gap: "The next time a woman--and especially a woman of color because she stands to make 52 centers on the dollar compared to her white male counterpart--tells you what she needs in order to do her job, listen to her. Believe her."
The two most emotional speeches of the night both came from people of color (an added sting to the fact that the nominees and winners were, again, overwhelmingly white). First, there was Jharrel Jerome -- Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited Series -- for When They See Us, a must-watch Netflix series that I worried would be shut out despite its 16 nominations. (It only won two total; last week was Outstanding Casting for a Limited Series, Movie or Special at the Creative Arts Emmys.) Jerome's blistering performance was one of the year's best, the sort that gets under your skin and stays there for months afterward. His speech was emotional and he dedicated his award to the Exonerated Five: Kevin Richardson, Raymond Santana Jr., Yusef Salaam, Antron McCray, and "King" Korey Wise, whom Jerome portrayed, were all in the audience and shared the winner's joy.
Later, Billy Porter, who became the first out gay Black man to win Oustanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series for his fantastic work on Pose, cited James Baldwin's "They Can't Turn Back" essay ."It took many years of vomiting up all the filth I'd been taught about myself, and half-believed, before I was able to walk on the earth as though I had a right to be here," Porter quoted in a sentiment very familiar to many queer people of color. "I have the right. You have the right. We all have the right," he continued. Porter, by the way, only needs an Oscar to complete his EGOT.
The 71st Primetime Emmys were plagued by Fox's bland and baffling production: playing Nina Simone's "Feeling Good" when Chernobyl won, the strange photo choices behind some of the winners as they gave speeches, two bloated "tributes" to HBO shows that already ended, and a tribute montage to other ended shows that failed to acknowledge Orange Is The New Black and You're The Worst (among others) but did remember to include Gotham--which is, perhaps, the first time someone's remembered Gotham in years. But aside from (or, maybe, because of) all the nonsense, this year's ceremony stood out because of its surprising, deserved winners and multiple emotional speeches. We'll likely forget Ozark's wins in a few months, but we'll remember Porter quoting Baldwin, and Fleabag snagging best comedy. And, thanks to the network's relentless promotion throughout the night, we'll also remember that The Masked Singer premieres Wednesday, Sept. 25 on Fox.
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