January 16, 2019

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Project Blue Book Season 1 Episode 1 Review: The Fuller Dogfight

I want to believe. And so did people across America when the UFO frenzy hit its peak in the late 1940s and 50s. There was so much interest in the possibility of alien life that the U.S. Air Force went to great efforts to try to debunk much of what people claimed they saw in the night sky via three projects starting in 1947, with the most famous being Project Blue Book. Astrophysicist Dr. J Allen Hynek got recruited by the Air Force for all three projects, but while he at first relished in his role as the scientific debunker, his beliefs began to change when some of the cases he was investigating truly couldn't be explained. History Channel's new 10-episode series delves into these real-life UFO cases, and on Project Blue Book Season 1 Episode 1, we start to see the shift in Hynek's opinion on UFOs and alien life. Related: Get True Crime Files by ID via Prime Video Channels for Over 1,000 Real-life Mystery & Suspense Shows! Hynek is teamed up with Air Force pilot Captain Michael Quinn at the urging of the not surprising villainous-leaning General Harding to prove to the American people that aliens and flying saucers don't exist. (Aiden Gillen from Game of Thrones, Michael Malarkey from The Vampire Diaries and Neal McDonough of every awesome villainous character on TV and film including Arrow and Legends of Tomorrow? Yes please.) It doesn't matter if aliens and flying saucers do exist. The government doesn't want them to, and it will do anything and everything to make sure everyone believes their company line. The conspiracy mood is set almost immediately after Hynek joins Quinn to investigate a sighting by a fighter pilot who claimed he had a close encounter with an alien spacecraft (based on the real-life Gorman Dogfight case.) Quinn: I'm sorry. UF-what? Hynek: Unidentified Flying Objects. I'm simply condensing the terminology that you've been using, adding my own touch. There's a new science we're creating here. It needs its own terminology. Permalink: Unidentified Flying Objects. I'm simply condensing the terminology that you've been using,... Added: January 08, 2019 Hynek wants to look at every angle and explore every possibility. In his mind, he needs to be thorough and has no clue about the directive Quinn got. Related: Explore Hundreds of Hours of Curated Historical Videos with History Vault via Prime Video Channels! Fuller's explanation of how he was able to maneuver his plane the way he did was intriguing. Why would the guy make up such an elaborate story? And if it was a weather balloon, why didn't Fuller crash into it like Quinn did when he and Hynek tried to recreate the incident? Hynek's curiosity is peaked but doesn't get a chance to explore further because Quinn shuts the case without Hynek's input. And even if Hynek wanted to, he won't have access to Fuller anymore since the pilot went on a one-way..

Good Trouble Season 1 Episode 1 Review: DTLA

OK, You got me. If you were anything like myself, you had reservations about Good Trouble. As someone who was critical of a spinoff of our beloved The Fosters revolving around two of the most troublesome characters on the series, I went into Good Trouble Season 1 Episode 1 embittered and seeking confirmation that this spinoff was ill-advised. Instead, what I got was a well-written, smart, impressive pilot that reeled me in and may (and should) be one of the biggest hits of the winter. I'm sorry for ever having doubted the great minds behind The Fosters. My childish petulance over having been proven wrong aside, as proud as I am of its predecessor, this new series has a lot going for it, and it's going to be thrilling embarking on this journey of growth along with Mitchell and Ramirez who have added executive producer to their list of accomplishments with this series. Good Trouble has just enough of The Fosters' essence to quell nostalgia while standing on its own feet. There is enough there to suck in die-hard The Fosters fans, but it works as a standalone, so if you have never watched The Fosters (massive side-eye), you can enjoy this series because it is a fresh chapter in Callie and Mariana's life. The Fosters Series Finale Review: Where the Heart Is Good Trouble may be a spinoff of The Fosters, but it isn't The Fosters. It's sexier, edgier, and more mature, and this unexpected but refreshing adult tone coincides with the new direction Freeform has gone in where it's catering towards young adult women. On the one hand, it's sad confirmation that the age of The Fosters, Switched at Birth and other family dramas and comedies are gone. On the other, this is an exciting new age. Good Trouble is a perfect fit for the network. It's like The Bold Type meets For The People, and it succeeds at launching off of its parent show and finding its voice in the same caliber as Grown-ish. The series wasted no time letting us know that these women are adult now and that their stories will be adult too. It upped the ante with the adult language. There was some nudity, lots of drinking, and damn if there weren't multiple steamy sex scenes. But fret not, Callie and Mariana are still the hot messes that we love so much. As expected, their first experience on their own away from the security of moms and the rest of the Adams-Fosters was disastrous. Bless their hearts, neither girl can adult well, but not only is that the point of this series, but that is where all the fun will be. You're either heading in this direction, are currently in the same stage in your life, or you're looking back on this time of your life cringing or with fondness. In that sense, Good Trouble can attract a wide audience and keep them engaged since everything about the series and these characters (old and new) are relatable. Related: Roswell, NM: Who's Who? Callie and Mariana's first day i..

NYPD Blue Locks Down Two Original Stars for ABC Revival

Well, they couldn't continue without any of the original stars stopping by, could they? ABC's NYPD Blue revival (yes, the one with the bizarre twist!) has added two stars of the original series to its cast. Per Variety, Kim Delaney and Bill Brochtrup have been locked down to appear on the potential sequel. Delaney and Brochtrup will reprise their respective roles as Diane Russell and John Irvin. News of the revival broke in October, and it left fans with a bad taste in their mouths. Related: NYPD Blue Sequel Set at ABC: Who's Dying? The reason for that is that it will take place in a post-Andy Sipowicz world. His son, Theo will be front and center as he tries to find those responsible for murdering his father. It's certainly a different direction to take things, but Theo will also be trying to earn his stripes as a detective in the 15th squad, so we've to think of it as him following in his father's footsteps. We can't help but wonder whether it would have worked better to have Andy be part of the series in some capacity, but there is the possibility we could be looking at a fakeout death here. TV loves to play with expectations, so that might not be a twist too far. It's comforting to know that Delaney and Brochtrup will be along for the ride if all goes to plan because we need some familiar faces to make this work. Delaney first appeared as Detective Russell on NYPD Blue Season 2 and stayed with the show for seven seasons. She returned before the show concluded. As for Brochtrup, he appeared in eleven seasons. Whether much will have changed for his character over the years remains to be seen. Would it be surprising to see John take on a fatherly role for Theo following the demise of his father? Maybe that's what will be at the heart of this new iteration. What say you, NYPD Blue Fanatics? Are you on board with this revival, or are you annoyed about the way it's coming together? View Slideshow: 13 Reboots That Ruined Everything

Game of Thrones Prequel Adds Reign, Humans Actors and 6 More

Game of Thrones may be gearing up to air its final season in a few months, but all eyes are on the prequel series that is currently in the works at HBO. The potential series which has landed a pilot order at the premium cabler has added eight more actors to its ranks ahead of filming commencing. Toby Regbo (Reign), Ivanno Jeremiah (Humans) and Georgie Henley (The Chronicles of Narnia films) have all been set as series regulars, reports THR. Also joining the cast are: Naomi Ackie (the upcoming Star Wars: Episode IX), Denise Gough (The Fall), Jamie Campbell Bower (Will), Sheila Atim (Harlots) and Alex Sharp (Broadway’s The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time). Related: Game of Thrones Prequel Gets Green Light at HBO They join Naomi Watts and Josh Whitehouse on the series which is slated to take place a long time before Game of Thrones. As is typically the case with such a high-profile project, no details about who the latest additions to the cast will be playing, but we will likely get some more insight down the line. In fact, very little is actually known about the series aside. According to the official logline, “the series chronicles the world’s descent from the Golden Age of Heroes into its darkest hour." "And only one thing is for sure: from the horrifying secrets of Westeros’ history to the true origin of the white walkers, the mysteries of the East to the Starks of legend… it’s not the story we think we know.” While HBO is keeping quiet about it, George R.R. Martin did open up about the project several months ago on his blog. “None of the characters or actors from Game of Thrones will appear in the new show," Martin shared in June, adding: "All of the successor shows we’ve been developing have been prequels, as I have mentioned before." "This one really puts the pre in prequel, since it is set not ninety years before Game of Thrones (like Dunk & Egg), or a few hundred years, but rather ten thousand years (well, assuming the oral histories of the First Men are accurate, but there are maesters at the Citadel who insist it has only been half that long)," he continued. "We’re very early in the process, of course, with the pilot order just in.” Okay, TV Fanatics. What are your thoughts on the latest additions? Hit the comments below. Winterfell is Yours! Sansa Meets Daenerys in New Game of Thrones Footage!

Roswell, New Mexico: Who’s Who?

Roswell, New Mexico might just have one of the best casts on the small screen. The CW reboot has actors from The Vampire Diaries, The Originals, Hellcats, and even Grey's Anatomy. Related: Roswell, New Mexico Poster: A New Love Story Takes Flight on The CW But who are these excellent actors playing? You asked, and we have the answers in the gallery below. If you haven't heard of Roswell, New Mexico, then you're in for a treat when it premieres Tuesday, January 15 at 9/8c. It's poised to be your next TV obsession. 1. Jeanine Mason as Liz Ortecho - Roswell, New Mexico Jeanine Mason as Liz Ortecho, a jaded biomedical researcher and the daughter of undocumented immigrants. 2. Nathan Parsons as Max - Roswell, New Mexico Nathan Parsons as Max, a natural born leader and dedicated Roswell police officer who has kept his true identity a secret for years. 3. Karan Oberoi as Noah Bracken - Roswell, New Mexico Karan Oberoi as Noah Bracken, Isobel's charming, devoted husband who senses a secret in his wife. 4. Michael Vlamis as Michael - Roswell, New Mexico Michael Vlamis as Michael, a troubled but brilliant alien who survived a traumatic childhood and is trying to find a way to escape Earth 5. Heather Hemmens as Maria - Roswell, New Mexico Heather Hemmens as Maria, Liz's former best friend, who is a socialite and oblivious to the existence of aliens. 6. Trevor St. John as Jesse Manes - Roswell, New Mexico Trevor St. John as Jesse Manes, Alex's father, who in turn is portrayed by Tyler Blackburn. View Slideshow

TV Ratings Report: America’s Got Talent Tops Monday

NBC's decision to air an all-stars version of America's Got Talent seems to have paid off. America's Got Talent: Champions launched with 9.9 million total viewers and a 1.8 rating in the 18-49 demo. This was enough to lead Monday in the demo. Out of that, Manifest returned with a 1.1 rating (5.9 million), flat with its fall finale, and showing stability. Over on ABC, The Bachelor (5.1 million viewers) returned with a 1.5 rating, right on par with last year's debut. Can we talk about that three-hour opener? I mean, it's an addictive format, but there is such a thing as overkill. The only other original on the night was Happy Together at CBS. It scored a 0.8 rating (4.2 million total viewers). This was up from its fall finale, but the show is essentially canceled at this stage. View Slideshow: Roswell, New Mexico: Who's Who?

23 Best Streaming Shows of 2018

There was quality TV everywhere in 2018, not the least of which was found on streaming services. As a matter of fact, there were so many amazing shows that deciding what to binge watch during a long weekend could be a real challenge. Related: The Ten Best Shows of 2018 Here at TV Fanatic, we’ve taken up the task of compiling a list of the best of streaming TV that aired during 2018. So sit back, grab your popcorn, and prepare to indulge in hours of fantastic TV. 1. The Haunting of Hill House - Netflix It’s been described as a deliciously spooky This Is Us. Both scary and well-done, The Haunting of Hill House was one of our favorite shows of the year. If you like your dramas on the scary side, you'll need to spend a night binge-watching this show. 2. Star Trek: Discovery - CBS All Access The newest installment in the Star Trek franchise takes place about ten years before Captain Kirk's mission on the original series. Lead by mutineer/heroine Michael Burnham (played by Sonequa Martin-Green), this new crew has both brains and heart. Although it may leave fans arguing over specific plot points, it will never leave you bored or unengaged. Whether you are a long time fan of Trek or never watched an episode, you should check out this newest Star Trek series. 3. Orange is the New Black - Netflix We had a love-hate thing going on with OITNB for a few years, but the sixth season was a successful attempt at breathing some creativity back into it. With decreased reliance on the relationship between Alex and Piper, what we got was the show's most coherent arc yet. 4. Homecoming - Amazon Homecoming has a terrific showrunner and creator, and it's based on a unique podcast. Best of all, it has a fantastic cast that never fails to leave you in doubt as to their character's motives or understanding of the issues. Watching it once isn't enough. The second time around you're enlightened even further! 5. GLOW - Netflix The Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling has a great cast, fantastic writing, and unique characters all wrapped up in the spandex-laden, glittery world of women's wrestling. If you haven't checked it out yet, you won't want to miss it. 6. Titans - DC Universe The first season was exciting and action-packed with solid performances. Even if you aren't familiar with the comics, you'll still find yourself engaged and eager for what's to come. View Slideshow

Good Trouble Sneak Peek: Callie and Mariana Get a Huge Surprise

Callie (Maia Mitchell) and Mariana (Cierra Ramirez) are leaving their family behind and embarking on a new life in Los Angeles. As always, trouble is not far behind for them. Freeform has dropped a sneak peek of Good Trouble Season 1 Episode 1, and it finds the sisters bickering over their new living situation. Mariana was the one to line up their Los Angeles home and accidentally set them up with a loft in a communal building. This means they have to share a kitchen and bathroom with everyone else in the property. It's certainly a good way to bring in other characters without things feeling forced. The Fosters told rich storylines throughout its five-season run, so the spin-off needs to establish its own DNA off the bat. Callie is not impressed with the living situation and makes her feelings known to Mariana, but the latter is having none of it. It turns out, Callie told Mariana they had to split the bills 50/50, and it made it difficult to find a residence in WeHo that did not include a communal living situation. Mariana complains about "the balance of power," and then things get much worse for them. It sounds like the two women are on drastically different salaries but still wanted to live together. I'm not going to run down the entire clip, so you can find out for yourself what happens when you click play below. Hit the comments with your thoughts on it. Will you be watching Good Trouble? Remember you can watch The Fosters online right here via TV Fanatic. Good Trouble launches tonight (January 8) at 8/7c on Freeform.

Watch Vanderpump Rules Online: Season 7 Episode 5

Did Stassi and Ariana's joint birthday party pit the women against each other once again? On Vanderpump Rules Season 7 Episode 5, the long-time enemies who became friends invited their nearest and dearest out for a good night, but Beau learned the hard way that Stassi is a little extra during her birthday parties. Watch Vanderpump Rules Season 7 Episode 5 Online Meanwhile, Jax wasted no time in confronting Sandoval about his engagement to Brittany, and it put the friends on the outs with each other. Also, James Kennedy continued to fume after being cut off from everyone at SUR, but did Lisa offer up a last-minute reprieve for the DJ? Use the video above to watch Vanderpump Rules online right here via TV Fanatic. View Slideshow: 33 Shows To Binge if You Love California Catch up on all your favorite shows and reviews and join in the conversations with other fanatics who love TV as much as you.

Watch Manifest Online: Season 1 Episode 10

Did Michaela and Jared finally confront their feelings about each other? On Manifest Season 1 Episode 10, a mystifying, next level calling from above sent Michaela on a mission that threatened to change her entire life. Watch Manifest Season 1 Episode 10 Online Meanwhile, Ben explored an alternate meaning to Michaela's calling and it put the brother and sister on opposing sides. Also, Cal's struggle with Ben's absence from the home put the future of the family at stake when a startling revelation came to light. Use the video above to watch Manifest online right here via TV Fanatic. View Slideshow: 11 Biggest Disappointments of 2018 Catch up on all your favorite shows and reviews and join in the conversations with other fanatics who love TV as much as you.
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