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The Most Important Shows on TV: Week of January 23, 2017

Which TV series will your friends (and the entire internet) be talking about this week? Stay informed — or at least be able to fake it — with SideReel's weekly guide to The Most Important Shows on TV.   Riverdale (Series Premiere) Thursday at 9 p.m. on The CW Why: This is the network that airs critically beloved shows about a virgin who was accidentally artificially inseminated and a lawyer whose cross-country move to be near her summer camp boyfriend is accompanied by imagined musical numbers. So if anyone can pull off a dark take on the traditionally wholesome premise of Archie Andrews and friends, it's The CW. A sort of Twin Peaks / Dawson's Creek / Veronica Mars hybrid, this buzzed-about comic book adaptation is not your parents' Archie. Yes, Betty and Veronica both have the hots for the all-American boy, but they also have their own interesting, complicated friendship that is really the heart of the show. Miss Geraldine Grundy is around, but she's 30 years younger and very into her students in a not-so-great way. Oh, and Archie’s dad is Luke Perry. With a student's suspicious death kicking things off, the show's first season will balance typical teen drama and potential murder mystery. Prepare to talk about: Who will become the show's breakout star (my money's on Camila Mendes); how meh the guys are compared to the shows' outstanding female characters.   Scandal (Season Premiere) Thursday at 9 p.m. on ABC Why: ABC pushed back Season 6 to midseason to accommodate Kerry Washington’s pregnancy, so it's been about eight months since Shondaland's version of Election Day. It only takes about 10 minutes to find out who wins. Mercifully. Because while the details aren't the same, watching another close election may be a bit too much for some to bear. After determining whether Mellie Grant or Francisco Vargas will become the next U.S. president, the show jumps around in time with different characters to fill in some blanks. There's plenty of Olivia Pope realness, some classic Huckelberry Quinn banter, a more comfortable and more power-hungry Abby, and an explosion, natch. Prepare to talk about: How Scandal will now be an escape from the increasingly shocking reality of Trump's D.C.; Cyrus' claim to the title of TV's most infuriating character; all the little ways Kerry Washington's pregnancy is hidden.   Z: The Beginning of Everything Friday at 3 a.m. on Amazon Why: Like her onscreen sister (in Mermaids ) Winona Ryder (stick with me here), the past decade hasn't been particularly fruitful for Christina Ricci. There have been plenty of projects, but nothing truly outstanding or long-lasting. But just as Netflix's Stranger Things resurrected Ryder's career, this Amazon production could kick-start things for Ricci. The pilot for Z: The Beginning of Everything actually debuted in November 2015 (along with Good Girls Revolt and One Mississippi ) to mixed reviews, but most critics praised Ricci, who may not initially seem like the perfect Zelda Fitzgerald, but who does, in fact, nail the role of the emotional, explosive, stylish, complicated socialite and artist. The season follows the Fitzgeralds from their first meeting in Alabama through their climb to the top of New York City's literary world, showing the beginning of their many marital woes. Prepare to talk about: How underrated Christina Ricci is; whether Amazon will give this show more time than Good Girls Revolt to build an audience.   T.J. DeGroat is the editor of SideReel. He's a total Veronica. Follow him on Twitter . div.post p { text-align: justify; }

'Scandal' Sets Darby Stanchfield-Directed Web Series Ahead of Season 6 (Exclusive)

'Scandal: Gladiator Wanted' marks the star's directorial debut as the six-episode series marks a promotion for nearly all involved behind the scenes. ...Read More... http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/thr/television/~3/HVmFNpkbsO4/scandal-web-series-gladiator-wanted-directed-by-darby-stanchfield-965340

Scandal Picture Preview: Did Mellie Win the Election?

Did Mellie win the election? That's the key question as we head into Scandal Season 6 Episode 1 and it sure seems like ABC wants us to think Mellie won. On top of that, you can expect a whole lot of heartbreaking scenes for Olivia and Fitz, but could a relationship be back on the cards? ...Read More...   https://www.tvfanatic.com/slideshows/scandal-photos-from-survival-of-the-fittest/

Scandal: Katie Lowes Tells Us Her Dream Series Finale

  We checked in with Katie Lowes at the Television Critics Association winter previews to get her thoughts on a possible ending for hit ABC drama Scandal , in which she plays Quinn Perkins (ne Lindsay Dwyer). "I think Shonda definitely has in her mind some sort of ending of this show," Lowes says, "and ...Read More... http://www.tvguide.com/news/scandal-katie-lowes-series-ending/?rss=breakingnews

Why 'Scandal' Season 6 Won't Inculde Donald Trump

Though Scandal obviously takes place in a different world from our own, with its own politics and world leaders, the show frequently comments on the current political climate of America, like when the show tackled the Black Lives Matter movement in the season 4 episode "The Lawn Chair." When Scandal returns for season 6, though, there will be one big political issue the show isn't going to touch: the election of Donald Trump. ...Read More... http://www.buddytv.com/articles/scandal/why-scandal-season-6-wont-incu-62727.aspx

Scandal Season 6 Will Have a Lot More Flashbacks, and 7 Other Things We Learned at TCA

Scandal  has been one of many series that offered a parallel to what was happening with the U.S. presidential election in 2016. Last season ended with Bellamy Young’s Mellie Grant, a former First Lady and senator, waiting to see the outcome of her bid for the White House. A lot has changed, both on the show and in the real world since the season-six premiere episode, which aired on January 26, was filmed in July.  Scandal  creator Shonda Rhimes and producing partner Betsy Beers joined cast members at the Television Critics Association press day on Tuesday at the Langham Huntington hotel in Pasadena, California, to share details about the new season and the challenge of airing an alternate universe to the incoming Donald Trump presidency. ...Read More... http://www.vulture.com/2017/01/scandal-season-6-will-have-a-lot-more-flashbacks.html?mid=full-rss-vulture

'Scandal' Election Results Filmed Before Trump Win as Shonda Rhimes Stresses "There Aren't Any Similarities"

The prolific producer and the cast discuss the shorter, "more powerful" sixth season that kicks off with the results of its presidential election. ...Read More... http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/thr/television/~3/-fvGaFBobYE/scandal-filmed-election-results-before-trump-victory-as-shonda-rhimes-stresses-arent-any-s

Grey's, Scandal and HTGAWM Returns Delayed for Pre-Inauguration Special - TVLine.com

ABC is postponing the return of #TGIT — and you have president-elect Donald Trump to thank for it. Sort of. The network announced on Monday that the premieres of Grey’s Anatomy , Scandal and How to Get Away With Murder — previously slated for Thursday, Jan. 19 — will now air on Jan. 26, because of a special pre-inauguration installment of 20/20 . Read the full article at TVLine.com .

ABC Delays Return of Grey's Anatomy, Scandal, & HTGAWM For Inauguration Special

Fans of the heavy-hitting Shonda Rhimes–produced TGIT lineup on ABC (that's Grey's Anatomy, Scandal, and How to Get Away With Murder) will have to wait an extra week for their titillating thrills, drama, and intrigue. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the network has decided to delay the slated January 19, 2017, premiere date for the soaps to January 26 in order to make room for a pre-inauguration 20/20 special America’s First Family: The Trumps Go to Washington. ....Read More... http://www.vulture.com/2017/01/abc-delays-tgit-return-for-inauguration-special.html?mid=full-rss-vulture

'Walking Dead,' 'Grey's Anatomy,' 'Scandal' Among PaleyFest 2017 Lineup

'Late Late Show' and a Super Hero event also highlight the March 17-26 event. ...Read More... http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/thr/television/~3/TLzyTvbiAhs/walking-dead-greys-anatomy-scandal-paleyfest-2017-lineup-961730