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‘Black Mirror': Here’s Why the ‘Striking Vipers’ Video Game Makes No Sense -

‘Black Mirror': Here’s Why the ‘Striking Vipers’ Video Game Makes No Sense(Below you’ll find some big spoilers for the “Black Mirror” season 5 episode “Striking Vipers”) Netflix has finally trotted out a new season of “Black Mirror,” though it’s only three episodes this time after the jumbo-sized interactive episode “Bandersnatch” landed in December. Of the three new ones, my personal favorite is “Striking Vipers,” an almost “Brokeback Mountain”-esque tale of romance in a video game starring Anthony Mackie, Yahya Abdul-Mateen, Nicole Behari, Pom Klementieff and Ludi Lin.The premise of this episode is that two old buddies Danny (Mackie) and Karl (Abdul-Mateen) try to reconnect over the newest edition of a fighting video game they used to play back in the day, the “Striking Vipers” that gave the episode its name. The twist is that the new version is a virtual reality game, employing the same sort of “Matrix”-style immersive VR that we’ve seen in “Black Mirror” in the past.So they pick their fighters, with Karl choosing a sexy lady played by Klementieff, and Danny picking a sexy man played by Ludi Lin. And instead of fighting, they have sex with each other.Also Read: Here Are All the Ways 'Black Mirror' Season 5 Connects to the Rest of the Show's UniversePresumably most people who read this have already watched the episode, so I won’t continue my recap. For those who haven’t seen it, that’s enough info for what I’m going to discuss in the rest of this article: how that core conceit of the episode doesn’t make sense — at least not in the world we currently live in.Before I get into this, I should remind you that I liked this episode, so this isn’t intended strictly as criticism. It’s really just a deeper exploration of the ramifications of the scenario this “Black Mirror” episode introduces — and we can go much deeper than Brooker and co. did.So the core conceit here, obviously, is that in “Black Mirror” there is a fighting game called “Striking Vipers” — obviously inspired, judging by the art on the box, by the real life “Street Fighter” series — in which players can take the experience in an unexpected and unplanned direction by having sex with each other.Also Read: Why 'Black Mirror' Season 5 Has Just Three EpisodesIt’s an amusing idea, but it’s also one that is basically impossible for a number of reasons. Let’s start with the practical reasons.So when a video game is made, almost everything that a player can do with it is designed intentionally by its creators. As is the case with all software, some unexpected things will happen when the product is put in the hands of users, but there’s a limit on how far afield players will be able to go without actually modifying the software. Because there are some things that just can’t “accidentally” happen in a video game.One of those things is players having sex in a video game. Taking for granted the idea that this virtual reality system in “Striking Vipers” is a fully immersive thing, the game’s programmers would still need to give the player characters genitals, and then also make those genitals sensitive for the scenario. A working penis is a feature that must be implemented on purpose — it’s not just an incidental feature. That’s extra work that goes far beyond the scope of the game, so they almost definitely would not bother.Also Read: 'Black Mirror' Showrunners Say 'Striking Vipers' Started as a VR 'Grease' MusicalThe only scenario in which it potentially makes sense for players to be able to have sex with each other in “Striking Vipers” is if that’s just a feature of the VR system. But that would only make sense on a technical level. It would still not explain why they would be allowed to do that.This is a whole rabbit hole to think about, but I’ll try to keep this relatively simple. There’s a lot of real life cultural reasons why it doesn’t make sense that the creators of “Striking Vipers” would design their game like this in the world as we know it.Years and years ago, some players discovered that “Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas” had a hidden sex mode that could be unlocked if the game files were modified. Even though most people couldn’t access this “Hot Coffee” mode, and even though the actual content was really tame, the game was reclassified with an Adults Only rating and pulled from store shelves — because every major retailer has a policy against selling AO games. Rockstar Games had to print new game discs without the offending hidden code.The reaction to players discovering that “Striking Vipers” lets you have sex with any player at any time would be somewhat more severe and be far more difficult for its creators to deal with. There would almost certainly be new laws drafted in the U.S. to ban both it and the VR system that enabled it. Territories that are already legally equipped to ban video games would do so immediately, because there would be copious issues of consent and the fact that children play video games. This whole scenario is a disaster waiting to happen.So its online services would be terminated. And since the sexy stuff is apparently intrinsic to the game, the company that made it would be unable to do anything to fix it quickly.And if your wife saw you were playing it, she would know exactly what you’re doing in it because all of this would have been a huge news story.The idea that a virtual reality system would inherently allow players to have sex in any game made for it regardless of what kind of game it is is also odd. Imagine the new “Madden” coming out and every game is derailed by an orgy. The concept of “make love, not war” is taken to new extremes in online “Call of Duty” matches. It would be completely ridiculous. It’s not just “Striking Vipers” that would be banned — the whole system would be shut down and sued into oblivion by justifiably angry parents.None of this is really what “Black Mirror” is trying to get you to think about with this episode, and it certainly does nothing to try to mitigate this line of thought. Especially given the scene where Karl describes all the orgies he did with many, many other players. Does he know who any of those other people were, or that they were of age?I could keep going, because this concept is a veritable cornucopia of madness if you drill down into it. I still generally enjoy the episode, but it’s frustrating that a show like “Black Mirror,” which is ostensibly about the consequences of technology run amok, would miss all the craziness of this scenario.Read original story ‘Black Mirror': Here’s Why the ‘Striking Vipers’ Video Game Makes No Sense At TheWrap


Sat, 15 Jun 2019 13:30:11 -0400

Kim Kardashian celebrates North West's 6th birthday with Instagram tribute: 'Mommy loves you forever and beyond! -

Kim Kardashian celebrates North West's 6th birthday with Instagram tribute: 'Mommy loves you forever and beyond!


Sat, 15 Jun 2019 11:55:26 -0400

John Legend on the ‘urgency’ of ‘60s music: ‘As soon as [kids] turned 18, they could be sent to Vietnam — unless they had bone spurs’ -

John Legend on the ‘urgency’ of ‘60s music: ‘As soon as [kids] turned 18, they could be sent to Vietnam — unless they had bone spurs’The musician and activist also notes, “The interesting part about people saying that celebrities should just shut up is that the ones that are criticizing me often voted for the guy that hosted 'Celebrity Apprentice.'"


Fri, 14 Jun 2019 18:48:30 -0400

Make Keanu Reeves Time's Person of the Year, fans demand -

Make Keanu Reeves Time's Person of the Year, fans demandSeveral Reeves fans have started Change.org petitions calling for him to be recognized in the wake of his 2019 resurgence.


Fri, 14 Jun 2019 18:37:27 -0400

Diddy congratulates ex Cassie and her new boyfriend on pregnancy news: 'I wish you nothing but love' -

Diddy congratulates ex Cassie and her new boyfriend on pregnancy news: 'I wish you nothing but love'If Diddy is upset about his ex Cassie’s big pregnancy announcement, he isn’t showing it publicly.


Fri, 14 Jun 2019 17:15:08 -0400

Disneyland fanatics can now take a college course on the theme park -

Disneyland fanatics can now take a college course on the theme parkUniversity of California Irvine's Roland Betancourt teaches "Disneyland: Art, Architecture and Operation."


Fri, 14 Jun 2019 16:27:59 -0400

'Field of Dreams' at 30: 5 things you never knew about the baseball classic from an 'Exorcist' connection to a lost James Earl Jones speech -

'Field of Dreams' at 30: 5 things you never knew about the baseball classic from an 'Exorcist' connection to a lost James Earl Jones speechTo celebrate the 30th anniversary of "Field of Dreams," director Phil Alden Robinson shares five remarkable things fans never knew about the film.


Fri, 14 Jun 2019 16:22:15 -0400

President Trump says America has 'a new Jackie O': 'It's called Melania T' -

President Trump says America has 'a new Jackie O': 'It's called Melania T'President Trump compared his wife, Melania, to former first lady Jacqueline Kennedy during a phone call with "Fox & Friends" on Friday.


Fri, 14 Jun 2019 16:09:18 -0400

Fall TV 2019: Every Broadcast Show Canceled, Renewed and Ordered So Far (Updating) -

Fall TV 2019: Every Broadcast Show Canceled, Renewed and Ordered So Far (Updating)Updated June 7 at 11:23 a.m. with limited series “The Red Line” not picked up for a second season at CBS.Upfronts have come and gone, and that means broadcast networks have set their 2019-20 slates after ordering new series and winnowing down which current shows will return next season and which will come to an end.Below is every scripted (and a few unscripted) show that ABC, NBC, CBS, Fox and The CW have renewed or canceled so far, along with those still awaiting decision for the coming season. We’ve also included descriptions of the new shows that have been ordered.Check back with TheWrap regularly for updates. Readers can find our pilot guide, which includes all the new projects that were in the running this season, here.Also Read: 21 Lowest-Rated Broadcast TV Shows of 2018-19 Season (Photos)NBC Renewed Series: “The Blacklist,” “Blindspot” (for fifth and final season), “Brooklyn Nine-Nine,” “Chicago Fire,” “Chicago Med,” “Chicago P.D.,” “Ellen’s Game of Games,” “Good Girls,” “The Good Place,”  “Law & Order: SVU,” “Manifest,” “New Amsterdam,” “Superstore,” “This Is Us” (for Seasons 4, 5 and 6), “Will & Grace”Canceled/Ending Series: “Abby’s,” “A.P. Bio,” “The Enemy Within,” “I Feel Bad,” “Marlon,” “Midnight, Texas,” “Reverie,” “Trial & Error,” “The Village”Series Awaiting Decisions: N/ASeries That Have Yet to Premiere This Season: “The InBetween” (new series)Newly Ordered Series: “Bluff City Law,” “Council of Dads,” “Indebted,” “The Kenan Show,” “Lincoln,” “Perfect Harmony,” “Sunnyside,” “Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist”Also Read: 14 Highest-Rated Broadcast TV Shows of the 2018-19 Season (Photos)Here are the official descriptions for the new 2019-20 NBC shows:DRAMASBLUFF CITY LAW Coming from a famous Memphis family known for taking on injustice, brilliant lawyer Sydney Strait used to work at her father Elijah’s celebrated law firm until their tumultuous relationship got in the way. After barely speaking to him for years, Sydney is suddenly thrust back into the family fold when her philanthropist mother passes away unexpectedly. In the wake of her loss, hoping to reconnect with the daughter he loves, Elijah asks Sydney to rejoin his firm. She agrees because despite her lingering resentment and distrust, she knows that working alongside her father is her best hope at changing the world … if they can ever get along. Cast: Jimmy Smits, Caitlin McGee, Scott Shepherd, Barry Sloane, Michael Luwoye, MaameYaa Boafo, Stony Blyden and Jayne Atkinson. Writer: Dean Georgaris Producer(s): Dean Georgaris, David Janollari, Michael Aguliar Studio: Universal TelevisionCOUNCIL OF DADS When Scott, a loving father of four, has his entire life’s plan thrown into upheaval by a cancer diagnosis, he calls on a few of his closest allies to step in as back-up dads for every stage of his growing family’s life. Scott assembles a trusted group of role models that includes Anthony, his oldest friend; Larry, his AA sponsor; and Oliver, his surgeon and best friend to his wife, Robin. These men agree to devote themselves to supporting and guiding Scott’s amazing family through all the triumphs and challenges life has to offer – just in case he ever can’t be there to do so himself. Cast: Sarah Wayne Callies, Clive Standen, Tom Everett Scott, J. August Richards, Blue Chapman, Emjay Anthony, Michele Weaver, Thalia Tran, Steven Silver, Michael O’Neill Writers: Tony Phelan & Joan Rater Producers: Jerry Bruckheimer, Jonathan Littman, KristieAnne Reed, James Oh, Bruce Feiler Studio: Universal TelevisionLINCOLN Inspired by the best-selling book “The Bone Collector,” former NYPD detective and forensic genius Lincoln Rhyme was at the top of his game until a serious accident at the hands of a notorious serial killer forces him out of the field. When Amelia Sachs, an intuitive young officer who’s got her own gift for profiling finds herself hot on the killer’s trail, Rhyme in turn finds a partner for this new game of cat and mouse. As the unlikely detective duo joins forces to crack the city’s most confounding cases, they must also race to take down the enigmatic “Bone Collector” who brought them together. Cast: Russell Hornsby, Arielle Kebbel, Brían F. O’Byrne, Tate Ellington, Courtney Grosbeck, Ramses Jimenez, Brooke Lyons, Roslyn Ruff and Michael Imperioli Writer(s): VJ Boyd and Mark Bianculli Producer(s): VJ Boyd, Mark Bianculli, Seth Gordon, Avi Nir, Peter Traugott and Rachel Kaplan Director: Seth Gordon (pilot) Studio(s): Universal Television and Sony Pictures Television in association with Keshet StudiosZOEY’S EXTRAORDINARY PLAYLIST In this joyous and celebratory drama, Zoey Clarke is a whip-smart computer coder forging her way in San Francisco. After an unusual event she starts to hear the innermost wants and desires of the people around her through songs. At first, she questions her own sanity but soon realizes this unwanted curse may just be an incredibly wonderful gift. Cast: Jane Levy, Skylar Astin, Peter Gallagher, Alex Newell, John Clarence Stewart, Carmen Cusack and Mary Steenburgen. Writer: Austin Winsberg Producer(s): Richard Shepard, Paul Feig, Jessie Henderson, Kim Tannenbaum, Eric Tannenbaum, David Blackman, Daniel Inkeles Studio: Lionsgate TelevisionCOMEDIESINDEBTED Young parents Dave and Rebecca are ready to reclaim their life after years of diapers and sleepless nights. However, things take an unexpected turn when Dave’s parents show up unannounced and broke, leaving Dave with no choice but to open the door to the people who gave him everything. But these boomerang parents aren’t great with boundaries and the question of who’s parenting who quickly become blurred in this multi-generational comedy starring Fran Drescher and Adam Pally as mother and son. Cast: Adam Pally, Abby Elliott, Steven Weber and Fran Drescher. Writer(s): Dan Levy Producer(s): Dan Levy, Doug Robinson Studio(s): Sony Pictures Television in association with Doug Robinson ProductionsTHE KENAN SHOW In this family comedy, Kenan Thompson strives to be a super dad to his two adorable girls while simultaneously balancing his job and a father-in-law who “helps” in the most inappropriate ways. Cast: Kenan Thompson, Punam Patel, Dani Lockett, Dannah Lockett and Andy Garcia. Writer(s): Jackie Clarke Producer(s): Jackie Clarke, Chris Rock, Kenan Thompson, Lorne Michaels and Andrew Singer Director(s): Chris Rock Studio(s): Universal Television in association with Broadway Video.PERFECT HARMONY Bradley Whitford stars in this comedy about finding inspiration in the most unlikely places. When former Princeton music professor Arthur Cochran unexpectedly stumbles into choir practice at a small-town church, he finds a group of singers that are out of tune in more ways than one. Despite the ultimate clash of sensibilities, Arthur and his newfound cohorts may just be the perfect mix of individuals to help each other reinvent and rediscover a little happiness, just when they all need it most. Cast: Bradley Whitford, Anna Camp, Tymberlee Hill, Rizwan Manji, Will Greenberg, Geno Segers and Spencer Allport. Writer(s): Lesley Wake Webster Producer(s): Lesley Wake Webster, Jason Winer, Bradley Whitford, Adam Anders and Jon Radler Director: Jason Winer (pilot) Studio(s): 20th Century Fox Television and Small Dog Picture CompanySUNNYSIDE Garrett Modi was living the American Dream. As the youngest New York City Councilman ever, he was rubbing elbows with the political elite, attending star-studded parties and was the pride of Queens. But instead of spending his time in office helping the people that got him elected, he lost his way amidst the power and glamour of politics. When his downward spiral got him busted for public intoxication (and downright stupidity), it was all caught on tape and ended his career. Now, Garrett’s crashing with his sister, Mallory, and wondering where it all went wrong. That is, until he’s hired by a diverse group of hopefuls who dream of becoming American citizens and believe he can help – giving him a new sense of purpose and a chance for redemption, as long as he remembers where he came from. (Single camera) Cast: Kal Penn, Kiran Deol, Moses Storm, Diana Maria Riva, Joel Kim Booster, Samba Schutte, Poppy Liu Writer(s): Kal Penn, Matt Murray Producer(s): Kal Penn, Matt Murray, Michael Schur, David Miner, Dan Spilo Studio: Universal TelevisionAlso Read: TV Renewals and Cancellations: 6 Broadcast Shows We're Still Awaiting Decisions on for the 2019-20 SeasonCBS Renewed Series: “Blue Bloods,” “Bull,” “Criminal Minds” (for 15th and final season), “FBI,” “God Friended Me,” “Hawaii Five-0,” “MacGyver,” “Madam Secretary,” “Magnum P.I.,” “Man With a Plan,” “Mom” (for Seasons 7 and 8), “NCIS,” “NCIS: Los Angeles,” “NCIS: New Orleans,” “The Neighborhood,” “SEAL Team,” “S.W.A.T.,” “Young Sheldon” (for Seasons 3 and 4)Canceled/Ending Series: “The Big Bang Theory,” “Elementary,” “Fam,” “Happy Together,” “Life in Pieces,” “Murphy Brown,” “The Red Line,” “Salvation”Series Awaiting Decisions: “The Code,” “Ransom”Series That Have Yet to Premiere This Season: “Blood & Treasure” (new series), “Instinct” (returning series)Newly Ordered Series: “All Rise,” “Bob Hearts Abishola,” “Broke,” “Carol’s Second Act,” “Evil,” “FBI: Most Wanted,” “Tommy,” “The Unicorn”Here are the official descriptions for the new 2019-20 CBS shows:DRAMASALL RISE A drama that follows the dedicated, chaotic, hopeful, and sometimes absurd lives of judges, prosecutors, and public defenders as they work with bailiffs, clerks and cops to get justice for the people of Los Angeles amidst a flawed legal system. Cast: Simone Missick, Wilson Bethel, Jessica Camacho, Marg Helgenberger, J. Alex Brinson, Lindsay Mendez, Ruthie Ann Miles Writer(s): Greg Spottiswood Producer(s): Greg Spottiswood, Len Goldstein, Mike Robin Director(s): Mike Robin Studio: Warner Bros. Television in association with CBS Television StudiosEVIL A psychological mystery that examines science vs. religion and the origins of evil. The series focuses on a skeptical female forensic psychologist who joins a priest-in-training and a carpenter to investigate and assess the Church’s backlog of supposed miracles, demonic possessions and unexplained phenomena. Cast: Katja Herbers, Mike Colter, Aasif Mandvi, Michael Emerson, Brooklyn Shuck, Skylar Gray, Maddy Crocco, Dalya Knapp Writers(s): Michelle King & Robert King Producer(s): Michelle King, Robert King, Liz Glotzer Director(s): Robert King Studio: CBS Television StudiosFBI: MOST WANTED Series centered on the Fugitive Task Force of the FBI that tracks and captures the notorious criminals on the FBI’s Most Wanted list. Cast: Julian McMahon, Alana de la Garza, Keisha Castle-Hughes, Kellan Lutz, Roxy Sternberg, Nathaniel Arcand Writer(s): Dick Wolf, Rene Balcer Producer(s): Dick Wolf, Rene Balcer, Arthur W. Forney, Peter Jankowski Director(s): Fred Berner Studio(s): Wolf Entertainment and Universal Television in association with CBS Television StudiosTOMMY Writer(s): Paul Attanasio Producer(s): Darryl Frank, Justin Falvey Director(s): Kate Dennis (pilot only) Studio: CBS Television Studios Logline: When a former high-ranking NYPD officer becomes the first female Chief of Police for Los Angeles, she uses her unflinching honesty and hardball tactics to navigate the social, political, and national security issues that converge with enforcing the law. Cast: Edie Falco, Michael Chernus, Adelaide Clemens, Russel G. Jones, Olivia Lucy Phillip, David Fierro, Joseph Lyle TaylorCOMEDIESBOB HEARTS ABISHOLA After having a heart attack, a middle-aged sock businessman from Detroit unexpectedly falls for his cardiac nurse, a Nigerian immigrant, and sets his sights on getting her to give him a chance. (Multi camera) Cast: Billy Gardell, Folake Olowofoyeku, Christine Ebersole, Matt Jones, Maribeth Monroe, Shola Adewusi, Barry Shabaka Henley, Travis Wolfe, Jr. Writer(s): Chuck Lorre, Eddie Gorodetsky, Al Higgins, Gina Yashere Producer(s): Chuck Lorre, Eddie Gorodetsky, Al Higgins, Beth McCarthy Miller Director(s): Beth McCarthy Miller (pilot only) Studio: Chuck Lorre Productions, Inc. in association with Warner Bros. TelevisionBROKE When an outrageously wealthy trust fund baby is cut off by his father, he and his wife move into her estranged sister’s Reseda home, forcing the two siblings to reconnect. (Multi camera) Cast: Jaime Camil, Pauley Perrette, Natasha Leggero, Izzy Diaz, Antonio Corbo Writer(s): Alex Herschlag Producer(s): Alex Herschlag, Jennie Snyder Urman, Joanna Klein, Ben Silverman, Jaime Camil, Guillermo Restrepo, Gonzalo Cilley and Maria Lucia Hernandez (RCN TV and Resonant TV) Director: Victor Gonzalez Studio: CBS Television Studios/Sutton Street Prods./Propagate, with creative partners RCN TV and Resonant TVCAROL’S SECOND ACT After raising her two children and retiring from teaching, Carol Chambers embarks on a unique second act: pursuing her dream of becoming a doctor. (Multi camera) Cast: Patricia Heaton, Kyle MacLachlan, Ito Aghayere, Jean-Luc Bilodeau, Sabrina Jalees Writer(s): Emily Halpern and Sarah Haskins Producer(s): Emily Halpern, Sarah Haskins, Patricia Heaton, Adam Griffin, David Hunt and Rebecca Stay (Four Boys Entertainment); Aaron Kaplan and Dana Honor (Kapital Entertainment), Pamela Fryman Director(s): Pamela Fryman (pilot only) Studio: CBS Television StudiosTHE UNICORN A tight-knit group of friends and family help a widower move on following the most difficult year of his life, which includes being an ill-equipped but devoted single parent to his two daughters, and taking the major step of dating where, to his shock, he’s a hot commodity. (Single camera) Cast: Walton Goggins, Rob Corddry, Michaela Watkins, Omar Benson Miller, Maya Lynne Robinson, Ruby Jay, Makenzie Moss Writer(s): Bill Martin, Mike Schiff Producer(s): Bill Martin, Mike Schiff, Aaron Kaplan, Dana Honor (Kapital Entertainment), Wendi Trilling, Peyton Reed, John Hamburg Director(s): John Hamburg (pilot only) Studio: CBS Television StudiosABC Renewed Series: “A Million Little Things,” “American Housewife,” “black-ish,” “Bless This Mess,” “The Conners,” “Fresh Off the Boat,” “The Goldbergs,” “The Good Doctor,” “Grey’s Anatomy” (for Seasons 16 and 17), “How to Get Away With Murder,” “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.,” “Modern Family” (for 11th and final season), “The Rookie,” “Schooled,” “Single Parents,” “Station 19”Canceled/Ending Series:  “For the People,” “The Fix,” “The Kids Are Alright,” “Splitting Up Together,” “Speechless,” “Take Two,” “Whiskey Cavalier”Series Awaiting Decisions: N/A Series That Have Yet to Premiere This Season: “Grand Hotel” (new series)Newly Ordered Series: “The Baker & The Beauty,” “Emergence,” “For Life,” “Mixed-ish,” “Stumptown,” “United We Fall”Here are the official descriptions for the new 2019-20 ABC shows:DRAMASTHE BAKER AND THE BEAUTY Daniel Garcia is working in the family bakery and doing everything that his loving Cuban parents and siblings expect him to do. But on a wild Miami night he meets Noa Hamilton, an international superstar and fashion mogul, and his life moves into the spotlight. Will this unlikely couple upend their lives to be together and pull their families into a culture clash? Writer(s): Dean Georgaris Producer(s): Dean Georgaris, Becky Hartman Edwards, David Frankel Director: David Frankel (pilot) Studio(s): Universal Television and ABC Studios in association with Keshet StudiosEMERGENCE A character-driven genre thriller that centers around a police chief who takes in a young child that she finds near the site of a mysterious accident who has no memory of what has happened. The investigation draws her into a conspiracy larger than she ever imagined, and the child’s identity is at the center of it all. Cast: Allison Tolman, Alexa Swinton, Owain Yeoman, Ashley Aufderheide, Robert Bailey Jr, Zabryna Guevara, Donald Faison, Clancy Brown Writer(s): Michele Fazekas, Tara Butters Producer(s): Michele Fazekas, Tara Butters, Paul McGuigan Director: Paul McGuigan Studio: ABC StudiosFOR LIFE A fictional serialized legal and family drama inspired by the life of Isaac Wright, Jr. about a prisoner who becomes a lawyer, litigating cases for other inmates while fighting to overturn his own life sentence for a crime he didn’t commit. His quest for freedom is driven by his desperate desire to get back to the family he loves and reclaim the life that was stolen from him. The show will also, through the window of his ferocious struggle and his complicated relationship with a progressive female prison warden, examine the flaws and challenges in our penal and legal systems. Cast: Nicholas Pinnock, Indira Varma, Joy Bryant, Glenn Fleshler, Dorian Missick, Tyla Harris, Mary Stuart Masterson and Boris McGiver. Producer(s): Hank Steinberg, Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson, Doug Robinson, Alison Greenspan, Isaac Wright, Jr., George Tillman, Jr Director: George Tillman, Jr (pilot) Studio(s): Sony Pictures Television Inc. and ABC StudiosSTUMPTOWN Based on the “Stumptown” graphic novel series, the drama follows Dex Parios (Cobie Smulders) as a strong, assertive, and sharp-witted army veteran with a complicated love life, gambling debt, and a brother to take care of in Portland, Oregon. Her military intelligence skills make her a great P.I., but her unapologetic style puts her in the firing line of hardcore criminals and not quite in alliance with the police. Cast: Cobie Smulders, Tantoo Cardinal, Cole Sibus, Adrian Martinez, Camryn Manheim, Michael Ealy Writer: Jason Richman Producers: Ruben Fleischer, David Bernad, Greg Rucka, Matthew Southworth, Justin Greenwood Director: James Griffiths Studio: ABC StudiosCOMEDIESMIXED-ISH “Black-ish” prequel series “Mixed-ish” is set in the 1980s and stars Arica Himmel as a young version of Rainbow Johnson, the character played by Tracee Ellis Ross in the flagship comedy. The show will see Rainbow Johnson recount “her experience growing up in a mixed-race family in the ’80s and the constant dilemmas they had to face over whether to assimilate or stay true to themselves. Bow’s parents Paul and Alicia decide to move from a hippie commune to the suburbs to better provide for their family. As her parents struggle with the challenges of their new life, Bow and her siblings navigate a mainstream school in which they’re perceived as neither black nor white. This family’s experiences illuminate the challenges of finding one’s own identity when the rest of the world can’t decide where you belong.” (Single camera) Cast: Arica Himmel, Tika Sumpter, Christina Anthony, Mykal-Michelle Harris and Ethan Childress Writer(s): Peter Saji, Kenya Barris Producer(s): Peter Saji, Kenya Barris, Tracee Ellis Ross, Randall Winston, Brian Dobbins, Laurence Fishburne, Helen Sugland and Anthony Anderson. Studio: ABC StudiosUNITED WE FALL A profoundly realistic family sitcom that follows the trials and tribulations of Jo (Christina Vidal) and Bill (Will Sasso), parents of two young kids, as they try to make it day-to-day as a functioning family. Bill’s very judgmental live-in mother (Emmy-winner Jane Curtin) and Jo’s large Latinx Catholic family will never hesitate to let our couple know they’re seemingly screwing up, but Bill and Jo will always have each other’s backs, united against everyone – other parents, teachers, doctors, specialists, coaches, co-workers, and especially their kids. (Multi camera) Cast: Will Sasso, Christina Vidal, Jane Curtin, and Ella Grace Helton. Writer(s): Julius “Goldy” Sharpe Producer(s): Julius “Goldy” Sharpe, Seth Gordon and Julia Gunn Director: Mark Cendrowski (pilot) Studio(s): Sony Pictures Television, Exhibit A Film and ABC StudiosFoxFox Renewed Series: “9-1-1,” “Bob’s Burgers,” “Empire,” “Family Guy,” “Last Man Standing,” “The Masked Singer,” “The Orville,” “The Resident,” “The Simpsons” (for Seasons 31 and 32)Canceled/Ending Series: “The Cool Kids,” “The Gifted,” “Gotham,” “Lethal Weapon,” “The Passage,” “Proven Innocent,” “Rel,” “Star”Newly Ordered Series: “9-1-1: Lone Star,” “Bless the Harts,” “Deputy,” “Duncanville,” “Filthy Rich,” “The Great North,” “neXt,” “Not Just Me,” “Outmatched,” “Prodigal Son”Here are the official descriptions for the new 2019-20 Fox shows:DRAMAS9-1-1: LONE STAR From “9-1-1” co-creators Ryan Murphy, Brad Falchuk and Tim Minear, “9-1-1: Lone Star” follows a sophisticated New York cop (Rob Lowe) who, along with his son, re-locates to Austin, and must try to balance saving those who are at their most vulnerable with solving the problems in his own life. Cast: Rob Lowe Producer(s): Ryan Murphy, Brad Falchuk, Tim Minear, Rob Lowe Studios(s): 20th Century Fox Television in association with Ryan Murphy Television and Brad Falchuk Teley-VisionDEPUTY A modern cop drama that blends the spirit of a classic Western with a modern-day attitude and gritty authenticity. When the Los Angeles County’s Sheriff dies, an arcane rule forged back in the Wild West thrusts the most unlikely man into the job: a fifth-generation lawman, more comfortable taking down bad guys than navigating a sea of politics. He leads a skilled team of ambitious and complicated human beings who won’t rest until justice is served. Cast: Stephen Dorff, Yara Martinez, Brian Van Holt, Siena Goines, Bex Taylor-Klaus, Shane Paul McGhie, Mark Moses Writer(s): Will Beall Producer(s): Will Beall, David Ayer, Chris Long, Barry Schindel Director(s): David Ayer Production company: Cedar Park Studio(s): eOne, Fox EntertainmentFILTHY RICH When the patriarch of a mega-rich Southern family, famed for creating a wildly successful Christian television network, dies in a plane crash, his wife and family are stunned to learn that he fathered three illegitimate children, all of whom are written into his will, threatening their family name and fortune. With monumental twists and turns, “Filthy Rich” presents a world in which everyone has an ulterior motive – and no one is going down without a fight. Cast: Kim Cattrall, Gerald McRaney, Aubrey Dollar, Benjamin Levy Aguilar, Corey Cott, Mark L. Young, Steve Harris, Melia Kreiling, David Denman, Olivia Macklin Writer/Director: Tate Taylor Producer(s): Tate Taylor, Brian Grazer, Francie Calfo, John Norris Studio: 20th Century Fox Television, Fox Entertainment, Imagine EntertainmentNEXT A propulsive, fact-based thriller about the emergence of a deadly, rogue artificial intelligence that combines pulse-pounding action with a layered examination of how technology is invading our lives and transforming us in ways we don’t yet understand. A Silicon Valley pioneer discovers that one of his own creations – a powerful A.I. – might spell global catastrophe, and teams up with a cybercrime agent to fight a villain unlike anything we’ve ever seen – one whose greatest weapon against us is ourselves. Cast: John Slattery, Fernanda Andrade, Michael Mosley, Jason Butler Harner, Eve Harlowe, Aaron Moten, Gerardo Celasco, Elizabeth Cappucino, Evan Whitten Writer(s): Manny Coto Producer(s): Manny Coto, Charlie Gogolak, John Requa, Glenn Ficarra Director(s): John Requa, Glenn Ficarra Studio(s): 20th Century Fox Television/Zaftig Films, Fox EntertainmentNOT JUST ME A story of an unusual family formed through extreme odds, exploring such hot-button issues as identity, human connection and what it truly means to be a family. An only child finds her life turned upside down when her father reveals that, over the course of his prize-winning career as a pioneering fertility doctor, he used his own sperm to conceive upwards of a hundred children, including two new sisters. As these three young women slowly embrace their new reality, they will attempt to form an untraditional bond as sisters, even as they must welcome a tidal wave of new siblings into their rapidly expanding family. Based on the original Endemol Shine Australia series, “Sisters,” from Jonathan Gavin and Imogen Banks. Cast: Brittany Snow, Megalyn Echikunwoke, Emily Osment, Mustafa Elzein, Mo McRae, Victoria Cartagena, Timothy Hutton Writer(s): Annie Weisman Producer(s): Annie Weisman, Jason Katims, Jeni Mulein, Imogen Banks, Sharon Levy, Lesyle Headland Director(s): Leslye Headland (pilot) Studio(s): Universal Television in association with Endemol Shine North America, Fox EntertainmentPRODIGAL SON A fresh take on a crime franchise with a provocative and outrageous lead character and a darkly comedic tone. Malcolm Bright knows how killers think. Why? His father was one of the best, a notorious serial killer called “The Surgeon.” That’s why Bright is the best criminal psychologist around; murder is the family business. He uses his twisted genius to help the NYPD solve crimes, while dealing with a somewhat manipulative mother, an annoyingly normal sister, a homicidal father still looking to bond with his prodigal son and his own constantly evolving neuroses. Cast: Tom Payne, Michael Sheen, Bellamy Young, Lou Diamond Phillips, Halston Sage, Aurora Perrineau, Frank Harts, Keiko Agena Writer(s): Chris Fedak, Sam Sklaver Producer(s): Chris Fedak, Sam Sklaver, Greg Berlanti, Sarah Schechter, Lee Toland Krieger Director(s): Lee Toland Krieger Studio(s): Warner Bros. Television, Berlanti Productions, Fox EntertainmentCOMEDIESBLESS THE HARTS Follows a group of Southerners who are always broke as a joke, and struggling for the American dream of status and wealth. What they don’t realize is that they’re already rich, in friends, family and laughter. (Animated) Cast: Kristen Wiig, Maya Rudolph, Jillian Bell, Ike Barinholtz Writer(s): Emily Spivey Producer(s): Phil Lord, Christopher Miller, Seth Cohen, Kristen Wiig Studio(s): 20th Century Fox Television, Fox EntertainmentDUNCANVILLE Follows Duncan, a spectacularly average 15-year-old boy, along with his friends and family. His high-strung mom, Annie, constantly is trying to prevent her son from ruining his life. (Animated) Cast: Amy Poehler, Rashida Jones, Wiz Khalifa Writer(s): Mike Scully and Julie Scully Producer(s): Amy Poehler, Dave Becky, Ty Burrell Studio(s): 20th Century Fox Television, Universal Television, Fox EntertainmentTHE GREAT NORTH Follows the Alaskan adventures of the Tobin family as single dad Beef does his best to keep his weird bunch of kids close, especially as the artistic dreams of his only daughter Judy lead her away from the family fishing boat and into the glamorous world of the local mall. (Animated) Cast: Nick Offerman, Jenny Slate, Megan Mullally, Paul Rust, Aparna Nancherla, Will Forte, Dulcé Sloan Writer(s): Wendy Molyneux, Lizzie Molyneux, Minty Lewis Producer(s): Wendy Molyneux, Lizzie Molyneux, Minty Lewis, Loren Bouchard Studio(s): 20th Century Fox Television, Fox EntertainmentOUTMATCHED A family comedy about a blue-collar couple in South Jersey trying to get by and raise four kids, three of whom just happen to be certified geniuses. (Multi Camera) Cast: Jason Biggs, Maggie Lawson, Connor Kalopsis, Ashley Boettcher, Jack Stanton, Oakley Bull, Tisha Campbell-Martin Writer(s): Lon Zimmet Producer(s): Lon Zimmet Director(s): Jonathan Judge Studio(s): 20th Century Fox Television, Fox EntertainmentThe CW Renewed Series: “The 100,” “All American,” “Arrow” (eighth and final season), “Black Lightning,” “Burden of Truth,” “Charmed,” “DC’s Legends of Tomorrow,” “Dynasty,” “The Flash,” “In the Dark,” “Legacies,” “The Outpost,” “Riverdale,” “Roswell, New Mexico,” “Supergirl,” “Supernatural” (15th and final season)Canceled/Ending Series: “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend,” “Jane the Virgin,” “iZombie”Series Awaiting Decisions: N/ANewly Ordered Series: “Batwoman,” “Katy Keene,” “Nancy Drew”Here are the descriptions for the new 2019-20 CW shows:DRAMASBATWOMAN Follows Kate Kane, an out lesbian and highly trained street fighter who soars onto the streets of Gotham as Batwoman, primed to snuff out the failing city’s criminal resurgence. But don’t call her a hero yet. In a city desperate for a savior, Kate must overcome her own demons before embracing the call to be Gotham’s symbol of hope. Cast: Ruby Rose, Camrus Johnson, Meagan Tandy, Nicole Kang, Dougray Scott, Elizabeth Anweis, Rachel Skarsten Writer(s): Caroline Dries Producer(s): Greg Berlanti, Sarah Schechter, Geoff Johns Director: Marcos Siega Studio: Warner Bros. TelevisionKATY KEENE A “Riverdale” spinoff, “Katy Keene” follows the lives and loves of four iconic Archie Comics characters — including fashion legend-to-be Katy Keene — as they chase their twenty-something dreams in New York City. This musical dramedy chronicles the origins and struggles of four aspiring artists trying to make it on Broadway, on the runway and in the recording studio. Cast: Lucy Hale, Ashleigh Murray, Jonny Beauchamp, Julia Chan, Camille Hyde, Lucien Laviscount Writer(s): Robert Aguirre-Sacasa, Michael Grassi Producer(s): Greg Berlanti, Sarah Schechter, Jon Goldwater Studio: Warner Bros. TelevisionNANCY DREW Follows 18-year-old Nancy Drew in the summer after her high school graduation. She thought she’d be leaving her hometown for college, but when a family tragedy holds her back another year, she finds herself embroiled in a ghostly murder investigation — and along the way, uncovers secrets that run deeper than she ever imagined. Cast: Kennedy McMann, Leah Lewis, Tunji Kasim, Maddison Jaizani, Alex Saxon, Scott Wolf, Alvina August Writer(s): Noga Landau, Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage Producer(s): Lis Rowinski, Melinda Hsu Taylor Director: Larry Teng Studio: CBS Television StudiosRead original story Fall TV 2019: Every Broadcast Show Canceled, Renewed and Ordered So Far (Updating) At TheWrap


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The must-have 'Toy Story 4' toys: From teddy bears and star command centers to Lego sets and Keanu Reeves -

The must-have 'Toy Story 4' toys: From teddy bears and star command centers to Lego sets and Keanu ReevesThe return of Pixar’s signature franchise on June 21 means a whole new wave of toys are arriving in stores. Besides familiar faces like Woody, Buzz and Bo Peep, "Toy Story" fans can also welcome new characters into their hearts and homes.


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