There's no denying it: everybody loves Patricia Heaton. After nine seasons of "Everybody Loves Raymond," the Emmy Award-winning actress struck gold again with "The Middle." The sitcom -- now in its fifth season -- revolves around suburban mom Frances "Frankie" Heck and her husband Mike's (Neil Flynn) parental woes as they raise their three quirky children. Heaton took time out of her busy schedule to chat with HuffPost Canada TV about stepping back into mommy territory, being inspired by real-life antics and how "The Middle" should end.
HuffPost TV: Looking at "Everybody Loves Raymond" and now "The Middle," what keeps playing a TV mom and wife fresh?
Patricia Heaton: When I got the script for "The Middle," I thought to myself, "Gee, do I really want to play another mom on a sitcom?" Yet as I looked at it, I realized Frankie is the Ray Barone of the series. I was the long-suffering wife Debra to Ray's bumbling, fumbling well-intentioned, but always-messing-up husband. And now Neil is the long-suffering husband to Frankie Heck, who is bumbling and fumbling and well-intentioned and always messing up. So, now I get to play the other side of it. It's more like playing Lucille Ball. It's more like "I Love Lucy," where it's the wife at the centre. I hadn't seen that for a while.
You've stated in the past that a lot of "The Middle" resonates with you. If art imitates life, when was the last time you had a sense of déjà vu?
I have given story ideas to them that we've executed. We will have conversations. In my house a few years ago, I insisted over the objections of my husband and children that we host a foreign exchange student. It happened when I was growing up. The people across the street hosted these four Italian guys that they met at a church pot luck dinner and brought them home to stay with them. It also brought the outside world into our little Midwestern life. I thought it would be great to have my boys have this person and see this. We got this very silent Japanese boy for 10 days, who kind of stood in a corner and stared at us. It was like "The Ring." I just felt like, "It's the ugly Americans." Everything we had was too much, too big or too loud.
I said to Elieen Heisler, who created the show, "I have a lovely life. If I feel bad about somebody coming in and watching our lives, can you imagine how the Hecks would feel?" As a result, we had this episode where this Japanese student comes and stares at them for 10 days.
Can you preview your next two holiday-themed episodes, "Thanksgiving V" and "The Christmas Tree"?
The Thanksgiving episode is about everybody hiding secrets. We think we're going to have a very simple holiday with just my parents. It ends up being 11 people. Unexpected people show up. Everyone has a secret that explodes during the evening. Christmas is where nobody is coming to our house. Mike is so happy that it's just going to be us [immediate family]. I'm so happy because Axl (Charlie McDermott) is coming home from school and we get to have him for a couple of weeks during his holiday break. He doesn't want to spend any time with us. He wants to go off with his friends. There's a big fight about him spending time with his family and how to treat him as an adult.
That really resonates with me. My oldest son is in college. You miss him so much that you just want to hang out with them when they come home and frankly, they have completely independent lives. They have friends you don't know and they go places you haven't been. It's hard to connect with them and they want to be on their own. It's a hard adjustment for parents to make and that's what Frankie goes through.
How surreal was it reuniting with your "Everybody Loves Raymond" co-stars Ray Romano and Doris Roberts on "The Middle?"
It was fantastic. In fact, I think we're trying to get Brad Garrett too. The wonderful thing about show business is the people you meet and the opportunity to act with them again. To have projects connect and overlap like that is so much fun. It's a celebration and acknowledgement of your history together. Everybody has gone through a lot to get where we are. We all have war stories about struggling and then fond, funny stories about working together. It's these warm homecoming feelings when you get back together that are so great.
What did it mean to be hitting that milestone 100th episode this season? And how much longer do you think "The Middle" could and should go on?
It was incredible to hit the 100th episode. It's like when you have kids. When they're little, there are times when the day just won't end. If you have to put in another tape of "Dora The Explorer," you're gonna put a gun in your mouth. Then, suddenly, they're in college and you're like, "Oh my God, it went so fast." The 100th episode is like that. Right now, where we're shooting in the season, we're all feeling a little like, "Oh, if we can just get to Christmas break. We're tired." Then, suddenly, it's like, "Oh my gosh. The season is over. How is that possible?" It's that same, weird time-expansion feeling that goes on with kids that you have with the show. It's unbelievable that we're in our fifth season. I don't know where it went and sometimes I feel we all just met each other a few months ago.
As for how long it should go, we discuss it a lot. The writers have done a successful transition of Axl to the local college, so that he comes home if he wants to get food or laundry done. He can come home for the holiday breaks and I love going to his dorm room. I love seeing him there. This past week, Axl brought Brick (Atticus Shaffer) to school to help him with all the classes he's failing. Axl has his own life, but he's still a part of the show and the family. Sue (Eden Sher) is a junior in high school chronologically, so next year would be her last year there. We've discussed what's going to go on with her and how to keep that going. So, it's a matter of wanting to do stuff in an organic way that maintains the integrity of the show. I think you could do it at least for a seventh season.
Frankie was forced to re-evaluate her job situation after being fired in Season 4. How do you envision her further evolving?
Because Sue is getting out of the house, it would be interesting to see Frankie and Mike's relationship change, or have them look at their relationship. You get in the groove of how the family operates. Who's taking the kids to school? Who's doing the football games on the weekend? Are we taking a family vacation this summer? You get in this cycle and it would be funny for Frankie and Mike to have to break out of that and look at each other and who they are together.
It sounds like you have plenty of input into the scripts. Whenever the series ends, what do you think the very last story should be?
Oh my gosh. You're making me tear up just thinking about it. I hope it ends with a baby. Maybe Darrin (John Gammon) is the one for Sue. Maybe they get married. Or maybe Axl gets married and Sue gets a great job at some corporation. I don't know. Now that you put that question to me, I'm thinking maybe we do have a couple of more years to go.
"The Middle" airs on Wednesdays at 8 p.m. EST on ABC in the U.S. and on City in Canada.
"Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D"
Clark Gregg reprises the role of Agent Phil Coulson from Marvel’s feature films in "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.," as he assembles a small, highly select group of Agents from the worldwide law-enforcement organization known as S.H.I.E.L.D. Together they investigate the new, the strange, and the unknown around the globe, protecting the ordinary from the extraordinary. Coulson’s team consists of Agent Grant Ward (Brett Dalton), highly trained in combat and espionage; Agent Melinda May (Ming-Na Wen), expert pilot and martial artist; Agent Leo Fitz (Iain De Caestecker), brilliant engineer; and Agent Jemma Simmons (Elizabeth Henstridge), genius bio-chemist. Joining them on their journey into mystery is new recruit and computer hacker Skye (Chloe Bennet).
From executive producer Jerry Bruckheimer, "Hostages" is a high-octane suspense drama starring Toni Collette as a premiere surgeon, thrust into a chilling political conspiracy when her family is taken hostage by rogue FBI Agent Duncan Carlisle (Dylan McDermott). Dr. Ellen Sanders (Collette) and her family are held captive in their home by Carlisle, a desperate man doing the wrong thing for the right reasons, who orders her to assassinate the President (James Naughton) when she operates on him. His highly skilled accomplices include his brother-in-law Kramer (Rhys Coiro), whose loyalty to Carlisle will be tested; quick-tempered and intimidating Archer (Billy Brown), an ex-military man with a razor-sharp tongue; and the only woman involved, Maria Gonzales (Sandrine Holt), a mysterious last-minute replacement to the team. With her family’s life in peril, Ellen faces an incomprehensible moral dilemma in order to save her overbearing husband Brian (Tate Donovan), her secretive daughter Morgan (Quinn Shephard), and her not-so-innocent son Jake (Mateus Ward). In this high-stakes standoff between Ellen and Carlisle, fraught with tremendous national and personal consequences, the choices between right and wrong become even more blurred.
Canada is a food-crazy country with some of the most culturally diverse communities in the world. Each evening, Canadians of all ages, genders, occupations, and regional lines concoct vastly different dinner menus – from Indian, Innuit, and Italian, to Chinese, Ukrainian, French-Canadian, Jamaican, and more. Now, "MasterChef Canada" promises to set a place at the table for competitive Canadian cooks. "MasterChef Canada" provides an opportunity for Canadian amateur chefs to develop their culinary skills as they compete for the "MasterChef Canada" title. This version follows the traditional format.
For geeky 11-year old Adam (Sean Giambrone), these were his wonder years, and he faced them armed with a video camera to capture all the crazy. The Goldbergs are a loving family like any other, but with a lot more yelling. Mom Beverly (Wendi McLendon-Covey) is a classic “smother”; an overbearing, overprotective matriarch who rules this brood with 100% authority and zero sense of boundaries. Dad Murray (Jeff Garlin) is a gruff, hot-tempered father who is learning how to parent without screaming after a recent health scare… and having little luck. Sister Erica (Hayley Orrantia) is 17, hot, terrifying, and not one to mess with. Barry (Troy Gentile) is 16, a grade-A spaz with a classic middle child syndrome. Adam is the youngest, a camera-wielding future director who’s crushing on an older woman, 15 year-old Zoe. Rounding out the family is beloved grandfather Al “Pops” Solomon (George Segal), the wild man of the clan and a shameless Don Juan who’s schooling Adam in the ways of love.
Levitation, telekinesis, the ability to control nature, and even predict the future ... Since she was two years old, Bo (Johnny Sequoyah) has had gifts she could neither fully understand, nor control. Raised by a small group known as the “True Believers,” the orphaned girl has been safeguarded from harmful outsiders who would use her forces for personal gain. But now that she is 10, her powers have become stronger and the threat has grown more dangerous. With her life and future now in jeopardy, the “Believers” turn to the only person they see fit to be her full-time protector. Tate (Jake McLaughlin), a wrongfully imprisoned death row inmate who’s lost his will, is reluctant until he witnesses one of her extraordinary abilities. Bo sees people for who they truly are... and who they may become. In "Believe," Tate and Bo embark on a journey, traveling from city to city, every place they stop and everyone they meet will be changed forever. They’ll have to keep going to stay one step ahead of the sinister forces after Bo’s power ... because it will take a miracle to keep them safe forever.
They say the third time’s the charm and reformed party girl Kate (Malin Akerman) is hoping that’s true when she becomes the third wife of a slightly older man, Pete (Bradley Whitford), in "Trophy Wife." They fell into each other’s arms (literally) at a karaoke bar and flash forward a year later, Kate finds herself with an insta-family complete with three stepchildren and two ex-wives. But Kate is determined to make this work and become part of the family no matter what. Diane (Marcia Gay Harden) is ex-wife number one, an intense and over-achieving former Olympic athlete and the mother of twin teenagers Hillary and Warren. Diane is quick to convey her withering disapproval of Kate’s barely tapped maternal instincts. Daughter Hillary is not a fan of her new step-mom either, despite Kate’s attempts to win her trust, and son Warren may have an erotic fixation on his dad’s beautiful, young spouse. Ex-wife number two, Jackie (Michaela Watkins), is mother to adopted son, Bert (Albert Tsai), and can pull Pete’s strings with her special blend of neurotic, new-ageyness. Juggling all this baggage is uncharted territory for Kate who finds support in the most unusual place – with her best friend Meg (Natalie Morales), a party-hearty singleton and the only woman Kate knows who has less experience with kids than she does.
"Surviving Jack" is a new single-camera comedy set in 1990s Southern California about a man becoming a dad, as his son is becoming a man, in a time before “coming of age” was something you could Google. Jack Dunlevy (Christopher Meloni) up to this point, has been the parent who’s left for work early, come home late, eaten the big piece of chicken, yelled at his kids, and gone to bed. But after years of deftly raising and running the family, his wife Joanne is going back to law school, leaving Jack as a full-time parent for the very first time. Jack’s teenage son, Frankie (Connor Buckley), is just starting his freshman year in high school. Fortunately, no matter how embarrassing the situation Frankie gets himself into, Jack is there to pick up the pieces and lead his son to manhood…with the least gentle hand possible. Although Jack may be unorthodox, unfiltered and sometimes even unkind in his approach, his intentions are always good. Only time will tell if Jack’s blunt and unpredictable parenting style will keep his kids out of trouble, or if Joanne will have to put down the law books and step in to keep the family order. Until then, Jack’s the dad the Dunlevy kids always wished they had – most of the time. As someone who is used to taking care of people with cancer, Jack’s got this …right?
"Kirstie" is a multi-camera comedy series about Madison “Maddie” Banks (Kirstie Alley), a Broadway star who finds her life turned upside down when Arlo (Eric Petersen), the son she gave up for adoption 26 years ago, turns up looking to connect after his adopted mother has died. However, Maddie doesn’t exactly see nerdy and schlubby Arlo fitting in with her luxurious lifestyle. When her attempt to change Arlo backfires, Maddie finds that perhaps they both could use a little change in their lives.
"Intelligence" is a dramatic thriller starring Josh Holloway as a high-tech intelligence operative enhanced with a super-computer microchip in his brain. With this implant, Gabriel (Holloway) is the first human ever to be connected directly into the worldwide information grid and have complete access to Internet, WiFi, telephone, and satellite data. He can hack into any data center and access key Intel in the fight to protect the United States from its enemies. Leading the elite government cyber-security agency created to support him is Director Lillian Strand (Marg Helgenberger), a straightforward and efficient boss who oversees the unit’s missions. Strand assigns Riley Neal (Meghan Ory), a Secret Service agent, to protect Gabriel from outside threats, as well as from his appetite for reckless, unpredictable behaviour and disregard for protocol. Other skilled members of the Cybercom team include Chris Jameson (Michael Rady) and Gonzalo “Gonzo” Rodriguez (James Martinez), two resourceful federal investigators. The brains behind the design of the chip is Dr. Shenendoah Cassidy (John Billingsley), whose son, Nelson (PJ Byrne), is jealous of Gabriel’s prominent place in his father’s life. As the first supercomputer with a beating heart, Gabriel is the most valuable piece of technology the country has ever created.
"Person Of Interest"
"Person Of Interest" is a crime thriller about a presumed-dead former CIA agent who teams up with a mysterious billionaire to prevent violent crimes by using their own brand of vigilante justice. John Reese’s (Jim Caviezel) special training in covert operations appeals to Harold Finch (Michael Emerson), a software genius who invented a program called “The Machine,” that can identify people about to be involved in violent crimes. Tapping into ubiquitous surveillance feeds throughout the city, the two work outside of the law, combining Reese’s black ops skills with Finch’s technological prowess and unlimited wealth to unravel the mystery of the person of interest, and stop the crime before it happens. Reese’s actions draw the attention of the NYPD, including by-the-book homicide detective Joss Carter (Taraji P. Henson). After initially pursuing Reese as a criminal, Carter now shares in his pursuit of justice. Also working with Reese and Finch is Detective Lionel Fusco (Kevin Chapman), a dirty cop who began as Reese’s unwilling pawn, but now views their missions as a chance at personal redemption. With infinite crimes to investigate, Reese and Finch find that the right person, with the right information, at the right time, can change everything.
"The Tomorrow People"
In "The Tomorrow People," Stephen Jameson (Robbie Amell) starts hearing voices and teleporting in his sleep, never knowing where he might wake up. In desperation, he decides to listen to one of the voices in his head, which leads him to his first encounter with the Tomorrow People, John (Luke Mitchell), Cara (Peyton List), and Russell (Aaron Yoo), a genetically advanced race with the abilities of telekinesis, teleportation, and telepathic communication. The Tomorrow People are being hunted down by a paramilitary group of scientists known as Ultra. Led by Dr. Jedikiah Price (Mark Pellegrino), Ultra sees the Tomorrow People as a very real existential threat from a rival species, and forcing the outcast group to hide out in an abandoned subway station just beneath the surface of the human world. Trading in secrets, Jedikiah offers Stephen the chance for a normal life with his family and best friend, Astrid (Madeleine Mantock), if he will help in the struggle to isolate and eradicate the Tomorrow People. On the other hand, Cara, John, and Russell offer Stephen a different type of family and a home where he truly belongs. Unwilling to turn his back on humanity or the world of the Tomorrow People, Stephen sets out on his own path – a journey that could take him into the shadowy past to uncover the truth about his father’s mysterious disappearance, or into an unknown future with the Tomorrow People.
"Mixology" is a single camera comedy series set in one bar, one night, with ten single people. Welcome to Mix, a high-end bar in Manhattan’s trendy meat-packing district and the backdrop for a sexy new high-concept comedy. Recently dumped by his fiancé, Tom (Blake Lee) hasn’t been out on the town in a decade. His best friends, handsome and confident Cal (Craig Frank) and fast-talking Bruce (Andrew Santino), are throwing Tom back into the dating pool whether he likes it or not. Tom’s first encounter is with Maya (Mercedes Masohn), an attorney who’s as beautiful as she is brutal. Before long, Tom is in tears. After that, it only gets worse. Rounding out Mix’s chic crowd is Maya’s engaged-for-now friend Liv (Kate Simses); aggressive single mom Jessica; her younger, naive sister Janey; bubbly cocktail waitress Kacey (Vanessa Lengies); dark, mysterious bartender Dominic; and failed internet entrepreneur Ron (Adam Campbell), who’s drunk and having the worst night of his life. Each episode will highlight two characters meeting for the first time. The pilot focuses on Tom meeting Maya, but across the course of this one night –and the entire season – each of our five guys will meet each of our five girls. Will they find love? Will they find a warm bed for the night? Will they find a cold drink in their face? All questions will be answered by the season finale of this highly intoxicating new comedy.
Next: Fall TV 2013 On City
"The Crazy Ones"
A single-camera, half-hour comedy set in the world of advertising, "The Crazy Ones" revolves around the dynamics between a father, played by Robin Williams, and his daughter, played by Sarah Michelle Gellar.
"The Bachelor Canada"
"The Bachelor Canada" is the Canadian version of the perennially successful "The Bachelor" franchise on City and OMNI Television. This nine-episode, original reality series will feature an all-Canadian cast including the host, bachelorettes and of course, the highly sought-after bachelor. Season 2 starts production in 2014.
New live-action, multi-camera comedy from Seth MacFarlane, Alec Sulkin, and Wellesley Wild, the creatively outrageous team behind "Ted" and "Family Guy." "Dads" stars Seth Green and Giovanni Ribisi as two successful guys -- and childhood best friends -- whose lives get turned upside-down when their pain-in-the-neck patriarchs (Martin Mull and Peter Riegert) move in.
"Back In The Game"
When Terry Gannon, a recently divorced single mother, temporarily moves in with her estranged father, a beer-swilling former baseball player, she reluctantly starts coaching her son's underdog little league team and is drawn back into the world of sports she vowed to leave behind.
"Package Deal" is the story of three overly close brothers and the woman who comes between them. Danny is the smart, good-looking, and successful lawyer brother; Sheldon is the stubborn, politically incorrect, and bossy salesman older brother; and Ryan is the sensitive, slightly metrosexual, and former house-husband brother. Sharing more than just a last name, they are overly involved in each other’s lives -- until Kim, a beautiful, smart, and funny woman, begins dating Danny and finally cuts his umbilical cord from his brothers.
In a new comedy from Chuck Lorre, Anna Faris plays Christy, a single mom whose newly found sobriety has given her the ability to see her life clearly -- and she does not like the view. Now, she must try to untangle years of reckless decisions in order to make a better life for her and her kids.
"Super Fun Night"
Starring popular Australian comedian Rebel Wilson, "Super Fun Night" is a new half-hour, single-camera comedy series that follows three nerdy female friends in their mid-to-late 20s on their "funcomfortable" quest to have fun every Friday night -- even if it kills them. Kimmie, Helen-Alice, and Marika have been best friends for 13 years, united by a love for warrior princesses, rock parties (with actual rocks), and fantasizing about one day having a boyfriend. Every Friday night they are "always together, always inside!" But after Kimmie is promoted at her law firm and invited to drinks by Richard, the cute new lawyer from London, she realizes the friends haven't been out since ... well, since prom.
"Storage Wars Canada"
"Storage Wars Canada" is a modern-day treasure hunt, as six professional buyers use their knowledge, expertise, and wit to bid on the contents of abandoned, repossessed, and forgotten storage containers. With mere minutes to scan the contents of a locker using only the beam of a flashlight, the high-stakes fun begins when the buyers have to out-bid each other for the locker, which could be full of trash -- or treasure.
Starring Eva Longoria, "Mother Up!" is an animated adult comedy series about a former street-smart -- but now disgraced -- big-city music executive-turned-suburban supermom with one catch: she is not a very good parent.
"Us & Them"
Based on the hugely popular and multiple-award-winning BBC 3 series Gavin & Stacey, "Us & Them" is an ensemble, single-camera comedy starring Jason Ritter and Alexis Bledel, about a young couple whose path to happily-ever-after is complicated by the screwed-up circus of people closest to them.
Of all the notorious lawmen that have ever patrolled the violent Texas frontier, none are more storied than the Texas Rangers. But being the only female ranger in this elite squad isn't going to stop badass Molly Parker, who is committed to finding the truth and seeing justice served. While she's surrounded by law enforcement colleagues who want to see her fail, including Police Lieutenant Guillermo Salazar, the Rangers, led by Company Commander Luis Zea, have her back.
Based on the Dutch series "Overspel," "Betrayal" follows Sara and Jack, two lovers caught in an affair, and an impossible situation on opposite sides of a murder investigation. Photographer Sara Hadley and attorney Jack McAllister’s chance meeting leads to an instant and undeniable attraction.
"Once Upon A Time In Wonderland"
In Victorian England, the young and beautiful Alice tells a tale of a strange new land that exists on the other side of a rabbit hole. An invisible cat, a hookah-smoking caterpillar, and playing cards that talk are just some of the fantastic things she's seen during this impossible adventure. Surely this troubled girl must be insane, and her doctors aim to cure her with a treatment that will make her forget everything. Alice seems ready to put it all behind her, especially the painful memory of the genie she fell in love with and lost forever -- the handsome and mysterious Cyrus.
From the Emmy Award-winning writers/producers of "Parks and Recreation," this single-camera comedy stars Andy Samberg and Andre Braugher. "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" is an ensemble comedy about what happens when a detective who doesn't take anything seriously gets a new “by-the-book” boss who wants him to grow up and respect the badge.
Every day across the country, Americans imagine what it would be like to strike it rich. They dream of new houses, new cars, new everything. It could never happen to them -- but what if it did?
From writer/producer Rand Ravich comes this emotionally charged action thriller. It begins with a field trip for the students of Ballard High School, a place that educates the children of Washington, D.C.'s elite, top-of-their-industry CEOs, international diplomats, political power players, and even the president's son. But when their bus is ambushed on a secluded rural road, the teenagers and their chaperones are taken, igniting a national crisis.
"Enlisted" is an irreverent and heartfelt single-camera, family comedy set in the military. Starring Geoff Stults, the series follows three brothers and the group of misfits who surround them as they get reacquainted on a small Florida Army base.
Next: Fall TV 2013 On Shaw/Global
"24: Live Another Day"
This event series will restart the clock on the groundbreaking and Emmy Award-winning drama franchise starring Kiefer Sutherland ("24"). The high-octane saga reunites "Homeland" producer Howard Gordon with Sutherland and retains the real-time, fast-paced format with split screens and complex interweaving storylines, with 12 episodes representing 24 hours.
"The Queen Latifah Show"
"The Queen Latifah Show" is a daytime talk-variety series that showcases Queen Latifah’s extraordinary range of talents as a global entertainment icon. The multi-topic, daily syndicated show features a mix of A-list celebrities, real people with inspiring stories, buzz-worthy musical acts, and Queen Latifah’s unique -- often comedic -- take on pop culture. "The Queen Latifah Show" is the perfect platform for this multi-talented host to entertain, inspire and create television that matters.
From the producers of "Downton Abbey" comes a twisted, sophisticated and sexy take on Bram Stoker's classic novel, Dracula, proving that some stories never die. It's the late 19th century, and the mysterious Dracula (Jonathan Rhys Meyers, "The Tudors") has arrived in London, posing as an American entrepreneur who wants to bring modern science to Victorian society. He's especially interested in the new technology of electricity, which promises to brighten the night -- useful for someone who avoids the sun. But he has another reason for his travels: he hopes to get revenge on those who cursed him with immortality centuries earlier. Everything seems to be going according to plan, until he becomes infatuated with a woman who appears to be a reincarnation of his dead wife.
In this action-adventure series from executive producers J.J. Abrams ("Lost") and J.H. Wyman ("Fringe") set in 2048, a cop teams up with a second-hand synthetic android to fight a strain of urban crime that has evolved in even more frightening ways. Detective John Kennex (Karl Urban, "The Bourne Supremacy") survived a catastrophic attack on the city's police department that cost him his friends, one of his limbs and his reputation. When he returns a year later, he finds the transition difficult. Not only does one of the surviving detectives, Richard Paul (Michael Irby, "Flight Plan") blame him for the lethal ambush, but department policy now requires that every cop be paired with a highly-evolved human-like android partner. Instead, Kennex works with lab technician Rudy Lom (MacKenzie Crook, Game of Thrones) to reinstate an outdated Dorian android (Michael Ealy, The Good Wife) whose somewhat dysfunctional platform is based on a "Synthetic Soul" program, allowing it to have emotional responses. Together, the two set out to keep the city safe and uncover the criminal conspiracy that threatens to destroy their world.
This thrilling new action-adventure drama is a modern-day retelling of Washington Irving’s classic tale. Ichabod Crane (Tom Mison, "Parade's End") is resurrected and pulled two-and-a-half centuries through time to find that the world is on the brink of destruction, and that he is humanity’s last hope, forcing him to team up with a contemporary police officer (Nicole Beharie, "42") to unravel a mystery which dates all the way back to the founding fathers.
For decades, ex-government agent Raymond "Red" Reddington (James Spader, "Boston Legal") has been one of the FBI's most wanted fugitives. He has mysteriously surrendered to the FBI with an offer: he will help catch a long thought to be dead terrorist, Ranko Zamani, under the condition that he speaks only to Elizabeth "Liz" Keen (Megan Boone, "Law & Order: Los Angeles"), a new FBI proﬁler. Zamani is the ﬁrst of many on a list that Red has compiled over the years: a "blacklist" of politicians, mobsters, spies and international terrorists. He will help catch them all, with the stipulation that Liz continues to work with him as his partner. Red will teach Liz to think like a criminal and "see the bigger picture"... whether she wants to or not.
Nathan Miller (Will Arnett, "Arrested Development"), a recently divorced local roving news reporter, is looking forward to single life until his parents’ marital problems unexpectedly derail his plans. When Nathan finally breaks the news of his divorce to his parents, Carol and Tom (Margo Martindale, "The Americans" and Beau Bridges, "White Collar"), his father is inspired to follow suit and stuns the family when he leaves his wife of 43 years. Already in shock, Nathan is even more aghast when his meddlesome mother decides to move in with him. Meanwhile, his absent-minded dad imposes upon Nathan’s sister and her husband Adam. As Nathan and his sister settle in with their truly impossible parents, they both wonder just how long the aggravating adjustment period is going to last.
From creator Michael Caleo ("The Sopranos") comes the gritty one-hour drama "Ironside." Detective Robert Ironside (Blair Underwood, "Sex and the City") is a tough and fearless NYPD cop who is out for justice. He and his trusted team of specialists will do whatever it takes to solve some of the city’s most notorious crimes – even if it means breaking the rules. And despite having shattered his spine by a bullet two years ago, nothing stops Ironside from taking the bad guys down.
"About A Boy"
Written and produced by Jason Katims ("Parenthood") and directed by Jon Favreau ("Iron Man") comes a light-hearted comedy ‘about a young boy.’ Will Freeman (David Walton, "Bent") lives a charmed existence as the ultimate man-child. After writing a hit song, he was granted a life of free time, free love and freedom from financial woes. Soon, needy, single mom (Minnie Driver, "Good Will Hunting") and her oddly charming 11-year-old son Marcus (Benjamin Stockham, "1600 Penn") move in next door and disrupt Will’s perfect world. Over time, Will develops a newfound friendship that teaches him something he never thought possible to care less about himself and more about others.
"Michael J. Fox Show"
One of New York's most beloved news anchors, Mike Henry (Michael J. Fox, "The Good Wife"), put his career on hold to spend more time with his family and focus on his health after being diagnosed with Parkinson's disease. Five years later, with the kids growing up and Mike growing restless, he decides it’s time to go back to work. Mike is determined to succeed in juggling home, family and career, just like the old days -- only better.
"Sean Saves The World"
Sean (Sean P. Hayes, "Will & Grace") is a divorced dad who's trying to juggle it all. From his overbearing boss and offbeat employees at work to his pushy mom Lorna (Linda Lavin, "Alice") and teenage daughter Ellie (Sami Isler, "Homerun"), Sean is finding out that balancing life is no easy task.
"We Are Men"
This half-hour comedy is about four single guys who unexpectedly find camaraderie through their many missteps in love. Carter, (Christopher Nicholas Smith, "Fake It Till You Make It") who recently moved into the building complex after being ditched at the altar, is eager to re-enter the dating scene. Along the way he gets advice from his “band of brothers”: Frank Russo (Tony Shalhoub, "Monk"), a successful middle-aged clothing manufacturer and four-time divorcée who still fancies himself a ladies’ man; Gil Bartis (Kal Penn, "House"), a small business owner who was caught having the world’s worst affair; and Stuart Strickland (Jerry O’Connell, "The Defenders"), a Speedo-wearing OB/GYN who is hiding his assets until his divorce is settled. Armed with a hot tub, a pool-side barbeque and plenty of questionable advice, these six-time losers in the marriage department take Carter under their wing to impart their own brand of wisdom about the opposite sex.
Next: Fall TV 2013 On CBC
"Murdoch Mysteries" (Mondays, 9 p.m.)
In <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2013/04/09/murdoch-mysteries-season-7_n_3045426.html" target="_blank">Season 7, Murdoch</a> will cross paths with famous figures including Thomas Edison against a backdrop of historical events including the assassination of American President William McKinley and the death of Queen Victoria.
"Four Rooms" (Winter 2014)
Four of Canada's leading art, antiques and memorabilia buyers wait in four rooms, ready to spend big money on the right item. Canadians looking to sell their prized possessions come face-to-face with the four buyers, who will stop at nothing in their quest to purchase unique, stunning, iconic, unusual or macabre items.
"Battle Of The Blades" (Fall 2013)
Eight accomplished figure skaters pair up with eight rugged hockey players in the ultimate skating competition for charity. You know the drill.
"Hockey Night In Canada" (Saturday Nights)
Featuring the game's biggest stars and best NHL match-ups including exclusive coverage of the Stanley Cup Final, a host of innovative program features, in-depth reporting, and highly knowledgeable, opinionated and well-known on-air personalities. "Hockey Night in Canada" continues to be the most popular weekly sports program in the country.
"Cracked" (Tuesdays, 9 p.m.)
Season 2 places a strong emphasis on the personal and emotional impact the cases have on the characters. When a new psychiatrist -- Dr. Clara Malone -- joins Psych Crimes, the bonds among what has become a cohesive unit will be tested and eventually strengthened.
The 2014 Winter Olympics (Sochi, Russia)
As Canada's official broadcaster, CBC/Radio-Canada brings Canadians cross-platform coverage of the top news and stories leading up to Sochi 2014, running from February 7 - 23, 2014. With exclusive license arrangements, TSN, RDS, and Sportsnet will also present coverage of the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Russia.
"Crossing Lines" (Fall 2013)
An action-packed crime drama about a police unit that specializes in cross-border crimes and bringing global criminals to justice. An elite team of five international cops must face bureaucratic, jurisdictional and cultural obstacles while working to solve the most notorious international crimes.