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‘The Masked Singer’ will not air until the end of the World Series. Scott Kirkland/FOX

8:12 p.m.: “Last night, the Skeleton got sent back to the boneyard!” Nick Cannon tells us in voice over as we review what happened over the last two weeks.

After Nick Cannon—in a reflective jackal mask and with an entourage—arrived onstage, he revealed that cumulatively, the masked singers have 69 Emmy Nominations, 42 Grammy Nominations, 22 Gold Records, 10 lifetime achievement awards, and 27 Teen Choice Nominations. “We’ve got ’em all covered here.”

Cannon runs through the names of the competitors left in the game—The Rottweiler, Black Widow, Butterfly, Flamingo, Flower, Fox, Ladybug, Leopard, Penguin, Tree and Thingamajig.

First up is the Rottweiler. “I’ve been judged since I first entered the game,” he says. The variety of clues he dropped had the judges cocking their ears.

One in particular caught their ears. “I want it that way,” said Nicole Scherzinger. “Backstreet Boys.”

The Rottweiler performed “Love Runs Out”, originally by OneRepublic.

“When you sing, it doesn’t even sound real to me—it sounds like a record,” said McCarthy.

Guesses: Panel guesses include Brian Littrell from the Backstreet Boys and Joe Jonas from the Jonas Brothers.

Ken Jeong suggested Pat Monahan from Train.

“My heroes growing up were Bruce Lee and Boyz II Men,” offered the Rottweiler. “A karate soul singing man,” said Jeong.

“It’s not Brian. When he sings, he bends his knees all the time,” said Scherzinger. The judges remained stymied, to the delight of the Rottweiler, who was happy to have everyone fooled and hoped to extend his run on the show for as long as possible—and added an evil laugh.

8:20 p.m.: Joey Fatone was on the scene, and Jenny McCarthy scoffed at her earlier bad guess during season 1 that it “couldn’t” have been Joey as the Rabbit in season 1. “I can’t believe that I said he was too fat. On TV,” McCarthy lamented.

Next up was the Ladybug, who won an award for “Best Host” at one point. She talked about her world seeming lovely on the outside. “But on the inside, my world was completely upside down,” she said. Scherzinger pointed out that she made a reference to Ashlee Simpson’s “Pieces of Me.”

After singing Lizzo’s “Juice”, which the judges really enjoyed,

“I usually say I know that voice,” said Scherzinger, “but I don’t know that voice!”

Guesses: “Does that mean that maybe the parent was a host. Maybe Pat Sajak?” said Robin Thicke.

“Maybe Paris Jackson?” suggested Jenny McCarthy.

“This show is all about rebranding, second chances. Maybe Lindsay Lohan—I know people were booing on it,” said Ken Jeong.

“Ladybug says, ‘Kiss my ass’,” said Nick Cannon.

Jeong then hid behind a towel given to him by Thicke.

The Ladybug’s extra clue: “The queens of entertainment taught me how to be a lady.”

The Tree performed “Think” as made famous by Aretha Franklin.

“Trees usually give shade, but I’m not giving you any,” said Scherzinger, who called the tree “super talented.”

“I think you gave Nick Cannon poison oak,” said Ken Jeong.

Guesses: Zooey Deschanel was Ken Jeong’s guess, and Jenny McCarthy’s was Amy Sedaris. Robin Thicke was sticking with Rachael Ray, but she suggests Padma Lakshmi.

One last hint from the Tree: “I have been a brand ambassador and it does relate to food.” Which causes Jeong to throw out Little Debbie as a suggestion.

Next up was the Penguin, who revealed that she was a bright star who had survived a great tragedy. A Curb Your Enthusiasm reference piqued judge’s interests.

Penguin sang “All About that Bass” by Meghan Trainor.

Jenny McCarthy said she thought she knew who it was, and praised the song choice as it went with her personality.

Robin Thicke said that no one moved like the Penguin and that they didn’t even need the backup dancers behind her.

McCarthy’s suggestion was Nicole Byer.

Nicole Scherzinger suggested Sherri Shepherd earlier. But she was starting to think of Star Jones as well, or perhaps Wanda Sykes or Mindy Kaling.

Penguin’s clue was that she had been in many relationships, including with the President.

8:44 p.m.: Next up was The Flower, who revealed that it was funny that everyone thought she was a professional singer, but she’d never had a singing lesson in her life.

Her song was “Cheap Thrills” by Sia, and the song was just as impressive as before.

“I love that song, and I love that you did your thing with it,” said Scherzinger.

Guesses: Jeong doubled down on his previous guess that it was Björk.

“What are you talking about?” asked Cannon.

“Dude, it’s freaking Björk! Show some respect, Nick Cannon!” said Jeong.

Scherzinger suggested Shirley Bassey.

McCarthy suggested Anita Baker.

“My favorite band is Kings of Leon,” said The Flower with one last clue.

8:51 p.m.: The Fox spoke about enjoying the love he received onstage. He grew up doing imitations and in spite of the Emmy he received for his work, didn’t feel as if he were being applauded for the real him until he sang under the mask.

The Fox performed “Hey Look, Ma I Made it” By Panic! At the Disco.

“He definitely knows what he’s doing,” said Robin Thicke, and he was impressed by the Fox’s dance break.

“To be able to be in that full fox move and do all of those moves?” said Scherzinger, who was amazed.

Guesses: The singing reminded Thicke of AJ McLean from the Backstreet Boys.

Jeong thought of Jamie Foxx.

“Growing up, I imagined that I’d be in a uniform,” said The Fox.

Then came the audience vote, which was interrupted by a commercial break.

8:56 p.m.: Eliminated: The Penguin

The Judges generally stuck to their last-minute guesses.

Reveal: The Penguin was Sherri Shepherd, and Jenny McCarthy was correct in her guess.

“Jenny knows me so well, we’ve been through two marriages and divorces together, we’ve walked around naked together…” Shepherd said.

9:09 p.m.: “That had me gasping and I don’t even have asthma,” post-mortemed Shepherd.

The Black Widow performed first and said that their costume felt like home “I don’t have to pretend anymore. then again, I can make my home in pretty much any nook or cranny!”

The Black Widow sang “Believe” by Cher.

“You crouch better than all the contestants on either season,” said Ken Jeong of the Black Widow.

“You’ve produced consistently good performances,” said Robin Thicke.

Guesses: Raven-Symone from Robin Thicke. Miranda Lambert from Ken Jeong.

The first Revealing Item was brought out, and it turned out to be whipped cream and crackers. “I’ve spun webs around these tasty treats.”

“Welcome to the Masked Singer panel,” said McCarthy when Anderson had no clue who the Black Widow was.

“I want to win this so bad,” said the Black Widow afterward.

9:21 p.m.: Thingamajig was next, and he admitted that his voice had a tendency to win over the ladies. “After a good show, I love to break bread with the homies.” “My pop taught me how to serve the ladies,” he added, dedicating his next number to Scherzinger.

Thingamajig did “Ain’t Too Proud to Beg” by The Temptations.

“Who is this? I have no idea!” said Robin Thicke during the song, as all the judges got up to dance.

“I’m not going anywhere,” Scherzinger said. “I’m right here.”

Guesses: Thicke suggested Montell Jordan. Jenny McCarthy suggested NBA player Tony Parker. “He’s two inches shorter than Nick,” said Jeong. Scherzinger’s suggestion was Dennis Rodman. Jeong suggested Ron DeVoe of Bel Biv Devoe.

The Reveal item: The American Sign Language Dictionary.

“That’s my husband right there!” Said McCarthy.

9:29 p.m.: During the Butterfly’s last performance she was electrocuted onstage, but made it back okay.

Becoming the Butterfly allowed them to recapture the joy the one felt as a child performer. “It made me feel safe, even in the hardest of times, and sadly lead to the lowest of lows.”

The Butterfly performed “Don’t Know Why” by Norah Jones.

Guesses: Anthony Anderson wrote three worlds down: “delicate.” “soulful” and “honest”.

Scherzinger said that the voice reminded her of Michelle Williams from Destiny’s Child.

“And those thighs I’m so jealous of,” Jenny McCarthy said.

Robin Thicke was sticking with Leona Lewis.

9:44 p.m.: “I once had the chance to choose life..or death!” said the Butterfly.

Ken Jeong promptly guessed that Norah Jones was under the mask.

The Leopard described performing under the mask as “liberating… like I had nothing to lose. I haven’t felt this free since I was a young cub.” Guesses included a New Edition reference.

The Leopard performed “Teenage Dream” by Katy Perry.

“I love you because you’re all in and all in character,” said Scherzinger.

“Get a tree, you two,” said Jeong, but then the Leopard jokingly proposed to Cannon, who said yes.

“What exactly is this show about?” shouted Jeong.” What did I agree to do?”

Guesses: Ken Jeong went with Bobby Brown, Nicole Scherzinger is still guessing Billy Porter, as was Robin Thicke.

The Revealing Item was two cameras.

“You know my life has been so tiresome, I’ve spent most of it in front of the lens, but I much prefer being behind the lens.”

This made Scherzinger guess Tyler Perry.

“Why does he sound like Eartha Kitt from Boomerang?” wondered Anderson.

9:53 p.m.: “The real truth is, my story isn’t all fantasy,” said the Flamingo. “Being on stage became one of my greatest fears.”

The Flamingo sang “Never Enough” by Loren Allred, which moved Nicole Scherzinger to tears.

Jeong called her a “Slaymingo.”

Guesses: Robin Thicke suggested that the Flamingo is Fantasia. Jenny McCarthy stuck with Adrienne Bailon.

The revealing item was an NAACP Image award, which caused Anderson to bring up the fact that he hosted the awards. The Flamingo said it was a career highlight “When I received this award.”

9:56 p.m.: Voted Off: The Black Widow

Final Guesses: Nicole Scherzinger guessed Raven Symone, which was a consensus Robin Thicke agreed with. “I actually wrote her into my show black-ish as my sister,” said Anderson, who stuck with his guess as Drew Barrymore.

“If it’s Raven-Symone, I used to babysit her!” said Nick Cannon. Jenny McCarthy stuck with Amber Riley. Ken Jeong picked Miranda Lambert.

The Reveal: Raven Symone, after some difficulty.

Symone said she chose to do it because she could be herself.

“When you guys called me a professional singer, I peed my pants,” she admitted.

When will ‘The Masked Singer’ Season 2 Episode 5 air? Fans left disappointed after show skips a week

Worried why ‘The Masked Singer’ season 2 isn’t on tonight? Well, you can blame the World Series for postponing this week’s episode 5 to next.

Eager fans and viewers have been wondering why the famed reality Tv competition series isn’t airing on Wednesday, October 23, and that’s because the network will be airing live with Game 2 of the annual championship, and the pre-game show starts from 7.30 pm ET and the actual game will air at 8 pm ET.

While the Major League Baseball championship happens just once a year, this does sound like a decent reason to bump the fan-favorite series’s episode to next week. But the sad news is that if the games go well, then this will not be the only week ‘The Masked Singer’ season 2’s episode gets bumped.

Played between the Washington Nationals and Houston Astros, this season the World Series started on October 22 and will last till October 30. If the team has four victories, which is needed to win the World Series, then the entire series would end even earlier.

Characters in costume participate in a runway show for the premiere of Fox’s “The Masked Singer” Season 2 at The Bazaar at the SLS Hotel Beverly Hills on September 10, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)

But if the game stretches till the seventh match on October 30th, there’s a high chance ‘The Masked Singer’ season 2 will be bumped once again and will air only on November 6th, instead of October 30th.

Though fans of the World Series are happy with the game airing live, fans and viewers of the famed series, ‘The Masked Singer’ aren’t all that happy about their favorite series being removed from its usual slot.

Taking to Twitter by storm, fans revealed their disappointment with the series not airing. “Wow.. another day where a television show I wish to watch is postponed due to sp*rts. Honestly makes me sick… #TheMaskedSinger,” wrote a fan.

“The second I woke up from my nap I rushed out into my living room to watch #TheMaskedSinger only to find out it’s not on,” wrote a fan. While another added, “Was so looking forward to watching The Masked Singer tonight. Damn World Series! #TheMaskedSinger.”

“The Flower” participates in a runway show for the premiere of Fox’s “The Masked Singer” Season 2 at The Bazaar at the SLS Hotel Beverly Hills on September 10, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)

“Fuck man where is my show?! I waited all week and after a day from hell I was looking forward to my favorite show #TheMaskedSinger,” wrote a fan.

Even though the series isn’t airing with the new episode this week, you can rewatch the previous episodes on Fox or Hulu.

‘The Masked Singer’ airs every Wednesday night only on Fox. Check your local listings for more information.

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TV Premiere Dates 2019

Rotten Tomatoes’ premiere dates calendar keeps track of the most anticipated new series of fall TV and your favorite returning shows. Bookmark this page to get updates on when the latest Netflix series launch, when Disney+ shows will premiere, what the holiday films and specials are coming your way, and more.

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Netflix has set February 7 for the premiere of Locke and Key, the Carlton Cuse–produced adaptation of Joe Hill and Gabriel Rodriguez’s IDW comic book series that has been in development for more than a decade. The mystery series revolves around the Locke family, three siblings and their mother who move into their ancestral home – Keyhouse – after the murder of their father. Keyhouse, as the Lockes quickly discover, is filled with magical keys that hold special powers. That draws out a demon who wants to steal the keys, which may have played a role in the murder of the Locke paterfamilias. The series stars Darby Stanchfield (Scandal), Jackson Robert Scott (IT), and Connor Jessup (American Crime).

The Thirteenth Doctor (Jodie Whittaker) returns with the launch of season 12 on Wednesday, January 1 at 8 p.m. ET/PT with friends Ryan (Tosin Cole), Yasmin (Mandip Gill) and Graham (Bradley Walsh). Subsequent episodes will air Sundays at 8 p.m. ET/PT beginning January 5 on BBC America. The season kicks off with a two-part episode entitled “Spyfall.”

Last season on The Magicians, magic was saved, but at a terrible cost: Quentin Coldwater died heroically to save his friends — and the world. Julia (Stella Maeve), Alice (Olivia Taylor Dudley), Eliot (Hale Appleman), Margo (Summer Bishil), Penny (Arjun Gupta), and their friends (and frenemies) must learn to navigate a world without him. In season 5, premiering January 15 at 10 p.m. ET/9C, a new threat has arisen: in freeing magic, the balance tipped the other way and there’s too damn much of it. As the excess builds, an apocalypse looms.

Cantankerous Larry David returns for season 10 of his HBO drama in January. Vince Vaughn joins the fun in a multi-episode arc.

Better Call Saul will return with a two-night premiere event on February 23 and 24, 2020. The fifth season will premiere on Sunday, February 23 at 10 p.m. ET/9C following a new episode of The Walking Dead. The season will continue the next night, Monday, February 24, with an encore presentation of the season premiere at 8 p.m. ET/7C followed by the season’s second episode at 9 p.m. ET/8C. Subsequent episodes will air Monday nights at 9 p.m. ET/8C. The new season will find Bob Odenkirk’s Jimmy McGill finally embracing his Saul Goodman persona to practice law, and the fallout that ensues for everyone around him, including fellow attorney and girlfriend Kim Wexler (Rhea Seehorn), fixer Mike Ehrmantraut (Jonathan Banks), meth kingpin/restauranteur Gus Fring (Giancarlo Esposito), and Jimmy’s criminal associate Nacho Varga (Michael Mando).

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December

Sunday, Dec. 1
Dead Kids (2019) Netflix
Brain Games: Season 8 (2019) 8 p.m., National Geographic

Monday, Dec. 2
Making It: Season 2 (2019) NBC

Monday, Dec. 9
A Family Reunion Christmas, Netflix
The Heart Guy: Season 4 (2019) Acorn TV

Tuesday, Dec. 10
Michelle Wolf: Joke Show (2019) 100% Netflix
Ellen’s Greatest Night of Giveaways: Season 1 (2019) NBC

Thursday, Dec. 12
Jack Whitehall: Christmas with my Father (2019) Netflix

Sunday, Dec. 15
A Very Merry Cavallari, 10 p.m., E!

Monday, Dec. 16
Slings & Arrows: Season 3, Acorn TV
Laurel Canyon, 9 p.m., Epix

Tuesday, Dec. 17
Ronny Chieng: Asian Comedian Destroys America! (2019) Netflix

Saturday, Dec. 21
Crash Landing on You: Season 1 (2019) Netflix
Monday, Dec. 23
From Father to Daughter, Acorn TV

Wednesday, Dec. 25
Murdoch Mysteries: Season 13, Acorn TV
Call the Midwife: Holiday Special, PBS
Lucy Worsley’s 12 Days of Tudor Christmas, PBS

Saturday, Dec. 28
Hot Gimmick: Girl Meets Boy, Netflix

Sunday, Dec. 29
Flirty Dancing: Season 1 (2020) 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT, Fox

Tuesday, Dec. 31
The Degenerates: Season 2 (2019) Netflix
The Neighbor​, Netflix
Yanxi Palace: Princess Adventures, Netflix
Ghost Stories (2020) 33% Netflix

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  • Many winter 2020 TV lineups for new and returning shows, both network and streaming, have officially been announced.
  • As favorites like Outlander and This Is Us continue, heavy-hitters like Modern Family and The Good Place wrap up their final seasons.
  • Keep up with all of winter TV premiere dates so far in our guide below. And stay tuned for our spring lineup!

The presents are unwrapped, the decorations are down, and the season of cheesy holiday movies is officially over. Time to hunker down our your other job: Keeping up with TV. This winter, there’s an abundance of terrific offerings. Thanks to Apple TV+ and Disney+, the new streaming services on the block, the winter TV lineup is even more packed. We’ll help you navigate the onslaught.

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In addition to hunkering down with returning favorites like This Is Us, Grey’s Anatomy, and Outlander, take a chance on a new show–and possibly future favorite—like Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist. Here are the ones we’re most amped for, plus all of the premieres for winter 2020 TV.

The Bachelor

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Peter Weber, a 28-year-old dimpled pilot, is the star of the 24th season of The Bachelor. The three hour-long premiere, which aired on January 6, promises a season of high drama. In addition to the 30 contestants vying for Peter’s heart, former Bachelorette Hannah Brown is hoping for another chance with the man she turned down. Where will the roses land?

Since filming wrapped a month ago, Weber has returned to working as a pilot—and, according to an interview Weber had with Jimmy Kimmel, moved back in with his parents. He knows the answers to all our questions, but we’ll have to wait for the finale.

black-ish

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With the birth of baby Devante in season 3, the Johnson family has grown since black-ish’s premiere in 2014. So has the black-ish universe. The big-hearted sitcom has spawned two spin-off TV shows, with seasons also premiering this winter: mixed-ish follows Bow’s (Tracee Ellis Ross) teenage years in a mixed-race family in the ’80s; grown-ish captures her daughter, Zoey’s (Yara Shahidi), forays into independence in college.

Still, black-ish is where it all began—and it’s still going strong. On January 7, catch up with the Johnsons in season 6 of Kenya Barris’s ever-entertaining show.

Modern Family

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It’s the end of an era. After 11 seasons and over 20 Emmys, ABC’s groundbreaking sitcom about a very blended (and very modern) family is coming to a close. In the meantime, enjoy the lovable antics of the Dunphy-Pritchett clan—grown by the birth of Haley’s twins—in the last batch of mockumentary-style episodes. Stay tuned for the family’s voyage to Paris, sure to be as hilarious as it is tear-jerking. Know that the cast is just as sad as you: “It’s a tough goodbye,” co-creator Christopher Lloyd told the New York Post. After its mid-season break, Modern Family picks up again on January 8.

Grey’s Anatomy

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Season 16 (!) of Grey’s Anatomy starts again on January 23 with an unmissable spectacle. Grey’s Anatomy and Station 19, the hospital drama’s second spin-off, merge universes in a two-hour TV special. The hospital drama’s most recent episode teased impending disaster: Grey Sloan doctors and Station 19’s firefighters are hanging out at Joe’s Bar when a car crashes through the window. The special will focus on the fallout of the show’s most recent catastrophe.

This Is Us

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In the second half of This Is Us’s season 4, airing January 14, expect big things for the “Big Three.” According to creator Dan Fogelman, the upcoming batch features episodes entirely devoted to Kate (Chrissy Metz), Kevin (Justin Hartley), and Randall (Sterling K. Brown). The show will probably feature its usual wrenching twists, but Fogelman can guarantee one thing: Kevin’s settling down at last. “Who winds up with, old flames and new flames, is a big part of our back half of the season and one of the things we will solve by the end of the season,” Fogelman told People.

Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist

NBC

This brand-new NBC drama has a captivating premise. Zoey Clarke (Jane Levy) is a coder who’s always felt more comfortable with computers than other people. Then, after a freak event, Zoey finds she can hear other people’s inner thoughts—but only as they’re expressed in songs. Lauren Graham (Gilmore Girls), Skylar Astin (Pitch Perfect), Alex Newell (Glee), Mary Steenburgen, and Peter Gallagher round out the cast of this innovative show, as infectiously likable as a pop song. Technically, the show premieres on February 16, but the pilot is already available to view.

Outlander

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Rejoice, Outlander fans: The Droughtlander is almost over. Season 5 of Outlander, out February 16, catches Jamie Fraser (Sam Heughan) and Claire Fraser (Caitriona Balfe), officially the world’s foxiest grandparents, reunited with their daughter, Brianna (Sophie Skelton), in North Carolina. Yet again caught in history, the Frasers’ hard-won domestic bliss can’t last. The impending Revolutionary War is putting pressure on the life-long ties between Jamie and his godfather Murtagh (Duncan Lacroix), now a fugitive from the Brits.

At least the Frasers have a convenient way of bending the laws of space and time. In the teaser trailer, Claire says it’s “safer in the future.” Where might they end up for the sake of preserving their family?

Winter 2020 TV Premiere Dates

Monday, January 6

All Rise (CBS)
The Bachelor (ABC)
Bull (CBS)
Love & Hip Hop: Miami (VH1)
Manifest (NBC)

Tuesday, January 7

Wednesday, January 8

Thursday, January 9

Friday, January 10

Family or Fiancé (OWN)
Love in Winterland (Hallmark)
Psycho Nurse (Lifetime)

Sunday, January 12

25th Annual Critics Choice Awards (CW)
The Outsider (HBO)
Sanditon (PBS)

Monday, January 13

The Good Doctor (ABC)
The Healing Powers of Dude (Netflix)
Meet the Frasers (E!)
The New Pope (HBO)

Tuesday, January 14

Wednesday, January 15

Thursday, January 16

Everything’s Gonna Be Okay (Freeform)
grown-ish (Freeform)
Legacies (CW)
Ni No Kuni (Netflix)
Supernatural (CW)

Friday, January 17

Saturday, January 18

Beyond the Headlines: The Kamiyah Mobley Story with Robin Roberts (Lifetime)
Stolen By My Mother: The Kamiyah Mobley Story (Lifetime)
Killer Affair (Oxygen)
Seven Worlds, One Planet (BBC America)

Sunday, January 19

9-1-1: Lone Star (Fox)
Avenue 5 (HBO)
Batwoman (CW)
Curb Your Enthusiasm (HBO)
Supergirl (CW)
Vienna Blood (PBS)

Monday, January 20

Tuesday, January 21

Bless This Mess (ABC)
The Connors (ABC)
DC’s Legends of Tomorrow (CW)
Fortune Feimster: Sweet & Salty (Netflix)
Word Party (Netflix)

Wednesday, January 22

Awkwafina is Nora From Queens (Comedy)
Pandemic: How to Prevent an Outbreak (Netflix)
Riverdale (CW)

Thursday, January 23

Friday, January 24

Saturday, January 25

Chris Watts: Confession of a Killer (Lifetime)
Beyond the Headlines: The Watts Family Tragedy (Lifetime)
Hearst of Winter (Hallmark)
Jeffrey Epstein & Prince Andrew: The True Story (Reelz)

Sunday, January 26

62nd Annual Grammy Awards (ABC)
Adopted in Danger (Lifetime)
The Circus (Showtime)
Vir Das: For India (Netflix)

Monday, January 27

Justin Bieber: Seasons (YouTube)

Tuesday, January 28

Alex Fernández: El mejor comediante del mundo (Netflix)
The Biggest Loser (USA)
I Am Jazz (TLC)
Miracle Workers: Dark Ages (TBS)

Wednesday, January 29

Close Enemies (Netflix)
Miz and Mrs (USA)
Next in Fashion (Netflix)
Night on Earth (Netflix)
Omniscent (Netflix)

Thursday, January 30

Ainori Love Wagon: African Journey (Netflix)
The Good Place (NBC)
The Stranger (Netflix)

Friday, January 31

Sunday, February 2

The Masked Singer (FOX)
The Super Bowl LIV (FOX)
Puppy Bowl XVI (FOX)

Monday, February 3

Below Deck Sailing Yacht (Bravo)
Chopped Sweets (Food)
Desus & Mero (Showtime)

Tuesday, February 4

The Flash (CW)

Wednesday, February 5

Summer House (Bravo)

Thursday, February 6

Friday, February 7

Saturday, February 8

The Neighbor in the Window (Lifetime)

Sunday, February 9

92nd Annual Academy Awards (ABC)
Homeland (Showtime)
Kidding (Showtime)
Wrong Man (Starz)

Tuesday, February 11

For Life (ABC)

Wednesday, February 12

Survivor (CBS)
To All the Boys: P.S. I Still Love You (Netflix)

Thursday, February 13

Narcos: Mexico (Netflix)

Friday, February 14

Saturday, February 15

The Thing About Harry (Freeform)
You Can’t Take My Daughter (Lifetime)

Sunday, February 16

Wednesday, February 19

Democratic Presidential Debate (MSNBC)
Year of the Rabbit (IFC)

Friday, February 21

Hunters (Prime Video)

Sunday, February 23

Better Call Saul (AMC)
The Rookie (ABC)
The Walking Dead (AMC)

Monday, February 24

The Voice (NBC)

Tuesday, February 25

Democratic Presidential Debate (CBS)

Wednesday, February 26

SEAL Team (CBS)

Thursday, February 27

Followers (Netflix)

Friday, February 28

Queen Sono (Netflix)

Sunday, March 1

Dispatches From Elsewhere (AMC)

Wednesday, March 4

The Deed: Chicago (CNBC)

Friday, March 6

Hillary (Hulu)

Sunday, March 8

Ride With Norman Reedus (AMC)

Monday, March 9

Cosmos: Possible Worlds (National Geographic)

Monday, March 16

The Plot Against America (HBO)
Roswell, New Mexico (CW)
Supernatural (CW)

Wednesday, March 18

Little Fires Everywhere (Hulu)

Thursday, March 19

Top Chef (Bravo)

Friday, March 20

Self Made: Inspired by the Life of Madam C.J. Walker (Netflix)

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The Masked Singer UK: All your burning questions about this crazy new show answered

The Masked Singer is set to arrive on our screens this weekend and is expected to keep viewers hooked.

The show – which has found major success in the States – is set to have people talking thanks to its wacky nature.

Taking its cues from the King Of Mask Singer, the South Korean singing competition launched in 2015 – the British version launches on ITV on January 4 and will see 12 celebrities hide behind elaborate masks to conceal their identities.

Their aim is to be the last masked singer standing as the judges try to figure out who they really are.

The Masked Singer

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Daisy ITV

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Queen Bee ITV

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As bizarre as the concept sounds, the US version – which premiered in January – gained 11 million viewers by the time its first season finale aired.

Standard Online was among reporters who got a sneak peek at the series launch, when the show’s judges revealed exactly why should tune in while answering any burning questions you may have.

Here’s everything we can tell you about The Masked Singer UK (without spoiling it, of course) …

Who are the judges?

(Left to Right) Ken Jeong, Davina McCall, Rita Ora and Jonathan Ross (ITV)

Spoiler alert: They don’t like to be called judges!

The four celebs on the panel prefer to be called detectives because of how hard they worked to figure out who is behind each mask.

On the panel sits Jonathan Ross, Ken Jeong – who has featured in both of the US versions – Rita Ora and Davina McCall.

The four celebrities have great chemistry as Ross and Jeong bring the banter while McCall and Ora will make you laugh as they attempt to figure out if their friends or peers are underneath the costumes.

How many episodes are there?

Jonathan Ross with Monster and Queen Bee (ITV)

The show is jam-packed with a lot of quirky fun so the fact that there are 8 episodes is something to celebrate.

The first two instalments – where you get to know all 12 contestants over two days – will air on 4 and 5 January.

From then onwards the show will air once a week.

How many masked singers are there?

These 6 will make their first appearance on 4 January (ITV )

There are 12 characters and you will only know them by their character name until they are unmasked.

Say hello to Butterfly, Hedgehog, Pharoah, Tree, Unicorn, Fox, Monster, Chameleon, Daisy, Octopus, Duck and Queen Bee.

During the premiere, viewers will only meet 6 of the characters as one will be eliminated in the final round of that episode.

The remaining 6 will storm the stage on 5 January.

When do we find out who the masked singers are and who knows who they are?

Joel Dommett is the show’s host (ITV )

Viewers will only get to discover who each masked singer is only when they remove their masks.

At the time the show was recorded only around 6 people in production were aware of the masked singer identities.

The judges, and host Joel Dommett, were in suspense until the big reveal.

How does the studio audience keep the identities of the masked singer a secret after filming?

The show launches on 4 January (ITV )

The studio audience provide the energy in the show. They are a very important element, and an unmissable one, as they scream “take it off” repeatedly when demanding the celebs to reveal themselves.

Ross joked that it was awkward getting the hyped-up audience to leave for the most anticipated part of the taping.

At the launch, Ross said: “The audience were asked to leave the studio before the celebrity is unmasked. You can imagine how pleased they were about that after coming out on a wet night in Bovingdon (the studio near Hemel Hempstead).”

Contestants are forced to wear black hoods and are transported to and from set in special cars so as few people as possible know their identities.

Who is behind Daisy? (ITV)

Earlier this month The Real host and Cheetah Girl singer Adrienne Bailon, runner up of season 2 of the US version, revealed that her husband Grammy-winner Israel Hougton had to be in a full disguise when visiting her on set to properly conceal the secret.

In order to keep everything top secret producers required the few audience members left in the studio for the reveal to sign non-disclosure agreements.

Do viewers vote?

This is the Fox? But who is behind the mask? (ITV)

This isn’t an ordinary reality TV show as viewers do not need to vote. The programme is pre-recorded meaning the responsibility has been left to the studio audience to make the important decisions via their mobile phones.

The studio audience simply vote for their favourite characters while the judges wait to see if their guesses were correct.

What does the winner win and why do the celebs do it?

Can they guess who Queen Bee is? (ITV)

Nothing. They don’t win a thing.

McCall shared that one of the British contestants “did it for their children”, while Michelle Williams – who was revealed to be the Butterfly in the most recent American version – cried as she revealed she did it to boost her confidence.

Dommett hinted to Standard Online that there are similar cases in the upcoming British version.

He told us: “It such a process for the people who are in the costumes. They had to be so secretive. There was a lot of rehearsing and performing and nerves and stuff like that and I think a lot of them when they talked about the reason they were doing it – it was for their kid – and the fact that they knew their kids would love to do such a fun and different thing.”

How do they sing in their masks?

Monster has the most complicated costume (ITV)

Monster’s costume for starters is very complicated, allowing only for the celebrity inside to move their feet – meaning there is a mic designed to go with the costume.

Meanwhile, Duck is forced to wear a large lapel around its beak.

The majority of the other characters are able to hold their microphones with their own hands as their costumes concealed any distinctive features.

Fun fact: Monster’s costume is so complicated and stuffy it has a fan inside it.

Do the judges know any of the singers?

Who is Unicorn? (ITV)

McCall, Ora and Ross have already confirmed that some of their characters turned out to be a friend, leaving them feeling a bit silly for not being able to correctly guess.

Who else has appeared on other versions of the show?

Who is Octopus? (ITV)

Stars including Kelly Osbourne, Ricki Lake, Michelle Williams and Gladys Knight were among those who joined in the fun – while T-Pain shocked the American judges when he was unveiled as the singer behind The Monster character in season 1.

The Masked Singer launches on 4 January 2020 on ITV.

After a week off, The Four is back for the second half of Season 2. Let’s see who kept their seats and if any of this week’s challengers were able to claim one of their own.

The show started by showing us a flashback to earlier in the week when this episode’s incumbent Four – Jesse Kramer, James Graham, Ali Caldwell, and Sharaya J – went to meet up with last season’s champions, Evvie McKinney. All of them were very impressed by the opportunities she’s had and worked toward since winning The Four, and I could see the fire in their eyes as their inspiration motivated them even further going into this week’s performances.

Dylan Jacob

Dylan is a 16-year-old hip-hop artist who chose “Flava In Your Ear” for his artist performance. His enthusiasm was infectious and he definitely wowed the crowd! At one point during his performance, Dylan headed right up to Sharaya’s seat, so when the judges voted to let him battle, of course he chose her as his opponent.

Sharaya was up first with Missy Elliot’s “She’s A Bitch”. Her rap game was on point, as always, and I think this was one of her most energetic performances yet, complete with some sweet dance moves to finish it off.

Dylan countered with a fierce performance of an original song called “Dat Cheese”. He certainly brought fire and passion to the stage, but I didn’t get the same jolt of excitement that I did during Sharaya’s time on stage. The judges expressed a similar sentiment, with Diddy telling Dylan “She came to eat, and you became dinner”. The studio audience seemed to agree with this; their votes crowned Sharaya as the winner of the battle, locking her seat for the night.

Jade Milan

Jade played Nala in The Lion King on Broadway as a kid, but nowadays she has her sights set on the recording studio. While singing “Grenade” by Bruno Mars, it was clear she was no stranger to the stage, gesturing with her arms and engaging with the audience throughout the performance. I did find the shakiness of her voice a tad distracting at times, though her lower register kind of made up for it. The judges declined to let her challenge an incumbent, and while I agree with that decision I thought their comments were pretty hard on her for what she did. At the end of the day it was a solid performance, it just didn’t quite measure up to the level of any of the current Four.

Ronnie Smith Jr.

Ronnie the 6′5 tall funeral home worker performed “U Don’t Have To Call” by Usher. His voice was great, but what sent the whole thing over the edge for me – in a good way! – was his confidence that shone through and made him so much fun to watch. The judges all voted for Ronnie to battle and he chose the person he saw as “the beast”…James!

Starting off this challenge was James, performing “On Bended Knee”. In his package he expressed nerves about doing the song due to not “connecting” with it as well as the ones he’d sang in previous weeks, but his interpretation of the Boys II Men hit and just as much heart and soul as ever.

Ronnie was up next with “Let Me Love You” by Mario. I really loved the smooth, cool feel of the performance, but after experiencing James leaving his heart on the stage I can see why this may have fallen a little flat with the audience in comparison.

Noah Barlass

This Oklahoman singer performed a ballad arrangement of “The Middle” by Zedd, Maren Morris, and Grey for his artist performance. It was simple but effective; an excellent showcase of his vocal chops and was it just me, or was there a hint of rock-n-roll potential there? Funny since he ended up choosing Jesse as his battle opponent!

Jesse started the battle with “Nothing Compares 2 U”. By a vocal standpoint, I think this might have been my favorite showing of his. I liked that we got a more relaxed performance from Jesse this week, especially in contrast to the majority of the others we’d seen in this episode.

Noah followed that up with “Who You Are” and his style also stood out from the others this episode. He started off mellow, but allowed it to build into a crescendo that made for a beautiful ending to the piece (not that the rest of it wasn’t also great!). Even though Diddy didn’t really seem to be feeling either of these guys tonight, the audience had to pick one, and they chose Noah!

Kateri Bluford

We may have just lost our resident rock-n-roller, but Kateri came out to remind us there’s no lack of musical diversity on The Four. Gospel is her genre, and she certainly came out to represent! Kateri has one of the most clear and melodic voices I’ve heard on this show, which she showed off in her performance of “I’m Getting Ready”. The judges – with a little encouragement from Ali – all voted for her to move on to the challenge round.

Ali Caldwell kicked off this final round with “Somebody Loves You Baby (You Know Who It Is)”. There was theme of sorts in this episode of finding that all-important balance between showing how “hungry” you were for a seat and not going overboard with the theatrics, and I think Ali was the best example of having that passion and motivation on display without overdoing it. And, of course, her vocals were fantastic as always; the song choice allowed her to show both the smooth and gritty elements of her voice.

Kateri’s battle number was “Because You Loved Me” by Celine Dion. I think the song was a great fit for her voice, and her vocal tone was just as beautiful as her first performance. The judges were torn on this battle, but the audience made their decision, and they chose Ali Caldwell as their winner!

The show ended with the titular Four consisting of Noah Barlass, James Graham, Ali Caldwell, and Sharaya J. Next week’s episode will be the last of the auditions, with Episode 7 being Comeback Week and Episode 8 as the season finale.

And remember, you can still vote for any former seat-holder or challenger from Season 2 to return by using the hashtag #TheFourComeback along with hashtagging the first name of the artist you want to return (for example, #LilBri).

The Newsroom season 2 episode 5 review: News Night With Will McAvoy

This review contains spoilers

2.5 News Night with Will McAvoy

“I guess it’s just us now.”

Now, this is more like it. Here’s an episode that takes place in real-time, depicting several major developments in the characters and their workplace, with a sense of coherence and emotional investment that has perhaps been lacking in the previous four episodes of the second season so far – and it reminds you why you became interested in this show to begin with.

Simply named after the series’ own news programme, News Night With Will McAvoy follows one tumultuous evening in the newsroom, with our News Night team confronting problems both on and off-air. Just as the opening titles roll, Will misses a call from his father, John. In the first ad break, he calls back and discovers that John has had a minor heart attack. Despite Mac’s protests, he resolves that the show must go on.

Elsewhere, financial correspondent Sloan Sabbath is humiliated by a nude picture leak that puts her credibility in jeopardy, Don is chasing after a retraction on a potentially damaging story from a tabloid outlet, and Jim and Maggie are reunited in awkwardness over an intolerably slow download.

In terms of the series timeline, we’re now up to March 16th 2012 – George Zimmerman has shot and killed black teenager Trayvon Martin, and breaking news comes out of Syria as the rebellion escalates. Wisely, Sorkin only uses the news as context for the personal drama, rather than an opportunity to tether characters to their respective opinions on recent history.

Will’s drama unfolds over the course of the episode, but as anybody who has been reading these reviews over the last few weeks will expect, I’m largely happy to see Sorkin redress his treatment of female characters. This week’s episode really puts the women front-and-centre – not getting bailed out, or calmed down, or patronised by the men, but really stealing the show.

Olivia Munn’s Sloan gets the best out of this. The actress has a knack for delivering Sorkin’s dialogue that few others amongst the cast have so brilliantly mastered, and the storyline, in which a callous ex-boyfriend of Sloan’s puts naked pictures of her up on the internet, could possibly have been inspired by events that really happened to Munn.

Sloan’s very public humiliation turns into a quite welcome excuse for a whole series of excellent scenes of her occasionally neglected character dealing with it. Whether she’s mortified at the thought of her doting dad finding out about the scandal on his daily Google search, or indignant at Don’s suggestion that she should’ve known that something like this would happen, Munn knocks it out of the park. The moment that she finally converts her embarrassment into righteous anger, and decks the bastard who shared her private pictures online, is a thing of pure, undiluted “Fuck yeah”.

Another thing to note is that the chemistry between Don and Sloan, which has been bubbling under for the last few episodes, is catalysed by this crisis, and that there’s more to the one-on-one scenes between Olivia Munn and Thomas Sadoski than there was in a whole season of the tedious Don-Maggie-Jim love triangle. While things remain chaste at the moment, it’s easier to root for them than any of the other couples in the show.

Speaking of other couples, Jim and Maggie also get a little better than usual as a result of the all-around superior script. As they wait for the audio of Zimmerman’s 911 call to download, the two of them discuss institutional sexism, relationships and the aftermath of all that’s happened to Maggie this season.

Confusingly, the episode jumps forward six months from the previous episode, and Maggie still has her long blonde locks. When we saw her cut it off at the end of last week’s episode, it seemed like this had happened shortly after she returned from Africa, but it looks as though she’s first going through a spell of alcoholism.

When her condition causes her to make a foul-up with the Zimmerman audio editing that’s uncannily close to CNN’s reportage of the story, we know that this is the development that will ripple through her arc for the rest of the season. Frankly, this seems far more dramatic than a haircut, so we’ll take that as a development of her character over her usual mistreatment, any day.

Amongst the lead female cast, that leaves Emily Mortimer’s Mac. While she’s not been one for looking silly this season, her new seriousness sometimes comes off as harsh. While she rightly shouts down a teenager who tries to piggy-back to fame on the suicide of a gay classmate, she also has a really contemptuous scene with an undeserving Neal.

The reason for her outburst; Neal has been furnishing Will with updates on the Twitter-sphere during the show, and the #NewsNight tag is being hijacked by more gossip about our erstwhile anchorman. Mac is baffled that this concerns him more than his father’s state, and the episode keeps coming back to scenes where Mac shoos Neal away so that she can convince Will to react appropriately.

Like most of The Newsroom, these scenes range between shouting matches and tender speechifying, and despite the fact that you can see where it might be headed, the wrap-up for this plot is no less effective- when Will calls to leave him a message, he finds John has passed away, due to a complication. The very end of the episode, when Will blanks, live on air, is a haunting note on which to close things- at his most emotionally restrained, Jeff Daniels is at the peak of his powers in this episode.

News Night With Will McAvoy is an episode that feels a world apart from the uneven season we’ve had so far, and it happens to be head and shoulders above anything we’ve seen since last season’s 5/1. It’s that much more interesting to watch these characters – Sloan, Mac, Maggie – react to being humiliated or disrespected and take an active part, than to watch them be rescued or hectored by the guys, and certain scenes atone for a great deal of the complaints with previous episodes all on their own.

As bits of Operation Genoa evidence continue to miraculously fall into ACN’s lap, an episode like this feels very welcome indeed. It feels less ambitious than usual, but the stacking of more interesting storylines makes for genuinely enthralling passages, before a surprisingly understated conclusion. To fall back into old habits would be an awful shame at this point, so here’s hoping Sorkin stays on form.

Read Mark’s review of the previous episode, Unintended Consequences, here.

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A young father’s disappearance is just the tip of the iceberg on FBI Season 2 Episode 5, “Crossroads.” In one of Season 2’s stronger hours so far, the drama extends beyond the case, making the episode more engaging and fun.

First of all, how dare Jubal hide those adorable children of his for a full season and change! We don’t know exactly what ended his marriage, but it takes all of two seconds to see just how much he loves Tyler and Abigail.

He cares about his ex-wife, too, which is why it feels a bit like a knife to the heart when she displays her shiny new engagement ring.

Having spent the first ten years of my life in Westchester, I can say that the kids’ move to Scarsdale sounds like a good one. Jubal’s reservations are entirely understandable, though. Given how much he works, the kids will probably be so close, yet so far.

“Crossroads” — Photo: Michael Parmelee/CBS ©2019 CBS Broadcasting, Inc. All Rights Reserved

The other great thing about Jubal’s kids moving is that it gives us the chance to get inside his head. There’s only so much armchair analyzing we can do while he buzzes around the bullpen; seeing what makes him tick outside of the Bureau is very long overdue.

Plus, who knew that he and Maggie are friends? Of course they’re friends, but work friends and friends you confide in are two different things.

Piggybacking off of the trap I discussed in my review of Season 2 Episode 4, “An Imperfect Science,” Dick Wolf-produced shows are sometimes hyperprocedural — they focus so intensely on the case of the week that character growth is stunted for weeks at a time. All of these intra-squad relationships we’re seeing are important, because they give us more to emotionally invest in.

Honestly, one of the most interesting things about this episode is it not beginning with an explosion and dead body. Jazzing up the beat sheet and allowing us to grip the possibility that Russo is alive simultaneously deepens the mystery and raises the stakes, making viewers wonder in the closing moments if the clock from 24 actually is beating behind us or if we’re just imagining things.

“Crossroads” — Photo: Michael Parmelee/CBS ©2019 CBS Broadcasting, Inc. All Rights Reserved

The plot is easy to follow, too. This isn’t an episode where you need to sit down with a notepad and scribble every detail to keep track. Though we do need to discuss how Russo got involved in this mess to begin with.

He thought they were handbags. Really? Not to quote How I Met Your Mother, but “oh, honey.”

Russo’s survival comes courtesy of the ladies of FBI giving zero you-know-whats, which is awesome. Maggie and Isobel’s willingness to call Brennan out on his BS is downright inspiring. Without that brazenness, Russo remains in the house and El Patron is apprehended, resulting in the former’s murder.

Combine these moments with Kristen unapologetically commanding the respect she has earned and she and Maggie going undercover, and this episode is chock full of badassery.

“Crossroads” — Photo: Michael Parmelee/CBS ©2019 CBS Broadcasting, Inc. All Rights Reserved

OA and Scola’s moment watching their partners undercover could be looped into this discussion, but it’s more of a worried partner moment than anything else. OA, much like us, does not like when people mess with Maggie. Who are we to judge?

Going back to Kristen for a moment, listen back to how the man they are questioning responds when she corrects him. He doesn’t get all righteous and defensive — he apologizes, recognizes his mistake, and acknowledges that he’s trying to do better.

This scene is inspiring because let’s be honest — we’ve all stayed silent a time or two (or ten) when called anything other than our rightful names or titles.

There is no better sequence on this show than OA and Maggie bursting through a door, guns drawn and announcing their presence, but with another week brings another tense moment of a shootout followed by OA falling to the ground. Do these moments always have to follow each other? Talk about a mood killer.

There is less OA than usual in this episode, but that doesn’t mean he skirts by without us discussing the woman he’s “sort of” seeing. I mean, he smiles so smugly at his phone that he’s practically bringing this on himself!

What’s her name? Where’s she from? What does she do for a living? What’s her social security number? We’re just curious. I promise we’re not about to go background check and social media stalk her — because chances are, Kristen already has.

If for whatever reason they don’t work out, though, I’d pay good money to see Maggie be her partner’s wingman. FBI should change things up more often. Maggie playing matchmaker to OA would be a perfect place to start.

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Gina Zippilli

Gina is the co-host of Meet Us At Molly’s, the first-ever Chicago Med, Chicago Fire, and Chicago P.D. podcast. Outside of One Chicago, she has never met an ensemble-driven cop show, post-apocalyptic drama or true crime whodunit she has not liked.