Lake County News, CA – ABC Fall Schedule; USA Network loves competition series

ABC’s fall season features two new drama series, one of which is a spin-off of hit series “The Rookie.” To leave no doubt as to its origin, the new series is naturally titled “The Rookie: Feds”.

The spin-off was presented as a two-part event during the ongoing fourth season of “The Rookie,” where Officer John Nolan (Nathan Fillion) and the FBI’s LA Division seek Simone Clark’s help. when one of his former students is a suspect in a terrorist attack.

“The Rookie: Feds” stars Niecy Nash-Betts as Simone Clark, the FBI Academy’s oldest recruit. If that sounds familiar, it’s because Fillion’s John Nolan was the oldest LAPD recruit when “The Rookie” debuted in 2018.

The middle-aged federal agency rookie will be joined by Frankie Faison as Christopher “Cutty” Sark and Felix Solis as Special Agent Matthew Garza.

Not much else is known about Nash-Betts’ Simone Clark other than her accompaniment as an FBI intern assisting Fillion’s LAPD officer in the search for a suspect behind a bomb plot somewhere in the city.

From the mind of “Spotlight” writer and director Tom McCarthy, “Alaska” stars Hilary Swank as Eileen Fitzgerald, a recently disgraced journalist who leaves her high-profile New York life to join a Subway daily in Anchorage. .

In a journey to find both personal and professional redemption, the discredited journalist’s search for a fresh start brings her into contact with Jeff Perry’s Stanley Cornik, Grace Dove’s Rosalind “Roz” Friendly and Matt Malloy’s Bob Young. , among others.

In a likely effort to achieve verisimilitude, two of “Alaska’s” executive producers are with the state’s largest newspaper, “Anchorage Daily News,” one as managing director and the other as editor. chief.

“Celebrity Jeopardy” was a series of hilarious sketches on “Saturday Night Live” in which cast members derided the TV quiz show. Will Ferrell, as host Alex Trebek, was often the target of vulgar insults from Darrell Hammond’s Sean Connery.

Parody isn’t what ABC has in mind for its “Celebrity Jeopardy!”, an all-new game show airing this fall. This new series invites real celebrities to compete to win money for a charity of their choice. Mayim Bialik (“The Big Bang Theory”) will host.

At the moment, only one mid-season replacement series is planned. “Not Dead Yet” follows Nell Stevens (Gina Rodriguez), a self-proclaimed broke and newly single disaster, working to restart the life and career she left behind ten years ago.

When she lands the only job she can find – writing obituaries, Nell begins to get life advice from an unlikely source. The series is adapted from Alexandra Potter’s book “Confessions of a 40-something F**K Up”.

USA Network, a basic cable channel owned by NBC Universal Television, offers an upcoming slate of new larger-than-life unscripted series and exclusive live international sporting events such as the Tour de France cycling race and Premier League cable. Soccer League.

Longtime friends Blake Shelton and Carson Daly travel to Nashville and open the doors to Blake’s bar, Ole Red, and everyone is invited to join their party in the new “Barmageddon” series.

With Daly behind the bar and Shelton on stage with his house band for live music gigs in front of a rowdy crowd, favorite icons and celebrities show a new side of themselves in this anything but ordinary game show.

A regular at competition, WWE Hall of Famer Nikki Bella heats up the party and sets the stakes as celebrity friends compete in a series of classic bar games with a fun twist, including “Keg Curling.” , “Drunken Ax Hole”. ,” and much more.

In the more remote areas of Alaska, businesses such as canneries and game lodges operate seasonally. Each winter, these remote wilderness businesses close and hire “winter guards” to defend their properties against man, beast and the elements.

In “Winter Watchman”, four pairs of amateur survivors sign up for a unique social experience, based on the work of real Winter Watchers. We’ll see if they can survive the harshest winter of their lives while protecting four respective lodges.

Can each duo make it to Spring Thaw and collect bonus cash? Or will extreme weather, isolation, and fear of man-eating bears force them to exploit? The cash bonus had better be a significant amount of greenbacks.

Pushing human nature to its limits with the new “Snake in the Grass” competition series, this action-packed social experience is hosted by national radio and television personality Bobby Bones.

Each episode will feature four aliens who are let loose in the wild with a chance to win $100,000.

To win, the team must figure out which of them is the serpent – a saboteur who secretly undermines the group every step of the way.

In the ultimate outdoor competition series “The Chain: Alaska”, adventure runners and survival experts go head-to-head while battling the horrific elements of Mother Nature to claim the $500,000 prize.

Tim Riley writes film and television reviews for Lake County News.

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