Disney Channel's highly rated sitcom Jessie returns for its fourth season on Friday, Jan. 9 at 8:30/7:30c.
Jessie stars Debby Ryan as the nanny for a group of kids adopted by movie stars (think Brad Pitt/Angelina Jolie). In the season premiere, "But Africa is So-Fari," the kids think Jessie is going to Africa to find her ex-fiancé. They make the trip to the continent themselves, but then end up on an adventure.
Here's a first look at Season 4 of Jessie.
Gordon Ramsay, Logan, Samuel
MasterChef Junior wraps up its sophomore season on Tuesday night (8/7c on Fox) with one last cook-off between finalists Samuel, 12, and Logan, 11. But executive producer Robin Ashbrook is already looking to winter, as the reality hit immediately returns on Jan. 6 with its third cycle.
Michaela Watkins is best known for her roles on Saturday Night Live, Trophy Wife, and Enlightened. But she's also a writer and producer, and with partner Damon Jones (who Watkins met when they were part of L.A.'s comedy stage show The Groundlings), is behind the USA comedy, Benched. Eliza Coupe stars as a high-powered lawyer who falls from grace and looks to rebuild her life as a public defender. Watkins and Jones tell us why we should do time with Benched....
CBS is taking another stab at expanding its popular Criminal Minds franchise. The network is developing a new spin-off series that will first air as an episode of Criminal Minds in February.
If ordered to series, it would become the second planted spin-off from Criminal Minds. The first, Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior, aired in 2011 but...
Star vs. The Forces of Evil
This isn't your regular Disney princess. Star vs. The Forces of Evil, which debuts as a special preview next month on the Disney Channel, stars Eden Sher (The Middle's Sue Heck) as the voice of Star Butterfly, teen royalty with attitude.
The world of mixed martial arts is brutal enough, but DirecTV's freshman series Kingdom throws something else into the ring: family. The show, executive produced by Byron Balasco (Without A Trace, Detroit 1-8-7), centers on Alvey Kulina (Frank Grillo), who owns an MMA gym and attempts to take care of his fighters while also maintaining a relationship with his sons (Jonathan Tucker and Nick Jonas). DirecTV has already ordered a 20-episode second season of Kingdom, which wraps up Season 1 Wednesday night. Balasco took time to answer our TV Guide Magazine showrunner survey and explain why viewers should tap in.
TV Guide Magazine: I've got room in my life to watch just one more show. Why should it be yours?
Byron Balasco: We will fill your void.
Anna Faris and Sadie Calvano
Just two seasons in, the CBS sitcom Mom has already tackled some not-immediately-funny issues, including alcoholism, gambling, homelessness, and cancer. Even star Anna Faris admits she was shocked when her character's teen daughter turned up pregnant in the second episode.
"I thought it was a joke," says the actress, who plays Christy, a young mother struggling with sobriety. "I couldn't believe that so early on we would go down that road. We put a lot of trust in our viewers."
Paget Brewster, Joel McHale
When Season 6 of Community debuts on Yahoo! Screen next year, the comedy will be without Yvette Nicole Brown (Shirley) and Jonathan Banks (Professor Hickey). (She left to take care of her ailing father; he is committed to AMC's Better Call Saul.) As he worked to fill the cast openings, executive producer Dan Harmon was inspired by how another sitcom handled its own transitions. "I looked at Cheers losing Coach and going to Woody as the example of thinking laterally," he says. "The real job is how to fill the [character] vacuum, rather than replace the person."
To embody the moral center held by Shirley, Harmon and...
Kevin McKidd. Camilla Luddington and Sara Ramirez
NBC's ER premiered 20 years ago, changing the style of medical dramas by marrying fast-paced action with richly drawn characters and serialized storylines. Competing against it on Thursday nights was another medical drama, CBS' Chicago Hope.
A year ago, Bill Cosby, armed with a pitch for a new TV show, began taking meetings with network executives. The idea was simple: Re-create the magic of The Cosby Show with a sitcom built for a new generation.
"There is a viewership out there that wants to see comedy, and warmth, and love, and...