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The Series: Supermarket Sweep (2020)
Where You Can Stream It: Hulu
The Pitch: Leslie Jones hosts the revival of this classic game show that first started in the 1960s, returned in the mid-1990s, and came back one more time in the early 2000s. Three teams of two ultimate shoppers compete in a variety of brand name trivia and puzzles before racing around a perfectly polished and organized grocery store for the most fast-paced shopping spree you’ve ever seen. The grand prize? A whopping $100,000.
Why It’s Essential Viewing: Look, things are getting bad out there. We just hit over 250,000 deaths because of the coronavirus pandemic, North Dakota has the worst COVID-19 death rate in the entire world, and coronavirus numbers are on the rise all across the United States. It’s only going to get worse as people ignore warnings in favor of gathering for Thanksgiving and Christmas. But if you’re smart, you’ll find a way to distract yourself and stay at home as much as you can, and the new Supermarket Sweep is the perfect way to do that, especially if you’re only having your groceries delivered to your house at this point. Live vicariously through the grocery game show! Read More »
Over the weekend, longtime Jeopardy! host Alex Trebek sadly passed away at 80 years old after a battle with cancer. Even though this is truly a tragic loss, we’ll all be able to spend a little more time with the gameshow icon. Since Jeopardy! shoots episodes with a fairly long lead time, Sony Pictures Television has banked enough new episodes of the famous quiz show to keep Alex Trebek behind the podium until just before the end of the year. Read More »
Ten years after the emotional and divisive series finale of ABC’s Lost, MTV’s Josh Horowitz hosted a New York Comic Con panel looking back on the phenomenal sci-fi adventure series. Showrunners Damon Lindelof and Carlton Cuse dropped by to confirm a new piece of canon and address how the show would be different if they were making it in 2020, what aspect of working on the series they’re most nostalgic for, and much more. Check out the full panel, or just get the highlights, below. Read More »
Mr. Robot creator Sam Esmail has not one but two shows now set at ABC. The network scooped up Acts of Crime, which has landed a production commitment, and an Untitled CDC Project, which has received a put pilot commitment (a put pilot, for those who don’t know, is a pilot that a network agrees to air even if the show its representing doesn’t get picked up).
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Following in the footsteps of Tosh.0 and Drunk History, ABC’s adaptation of the comic series Stumptown starring Cobie Smulders has just become another series to get canceled despite already being renewed for another season.
Stumptown debuted on ABC last fall to solid reviews and ratings, but the coronavirus pandemic has forced networks to pinch pennies, especially for shows that require tons of logistical hurdles due to enhanced safety measures and protocols. Since Stumptown was one of the most expensive shows entering a second season, it had to get the axe. However, the show may live on elsewhere. Read More »
Norman Lear has been working in television for decades. He’s the creator of classic sitcoms such as All in the Family, The Jeffersons, Good Times, Sanford and Son, and Maude. More recently, he’s been having a blast by recreating episodes of those sitcoms with Live in Front of a Studio Audience specials on ABC, bringing in star-studded casts to play the beloved characters of classic TV. And one of those specials just helped him break an Emmy record that he actually set himself last year. Read More »
The ABC sitcom Black-ish starring Anthony Anderson and Tracee Ellis Ross is the gift that keeps on giving. Not only is the show heading into its seventh season in October with an animated election special leading the way, but it’s about to add a third spin-off to the slate of shows that have grown out of the family comedy series.
Old-ish is in development at ABC, and it will follow Earl “Pops” Johnson and Ruby Johnson, the elder members of the Johnson family at the center of the show. Laurence Fishburne and Jenifer Lewis play the grandparents on the series, and they’ll be reprising their roles in the new show. Read More »
Black-ish has not shied away from tackling timely topics, with the ABC sitcom frequently addressing issues of race, racism, and even the turbulent political landscape. So it’s no surprise that Black-ish is getting political with an upcoming election-themed special set to air this October ahead of the show’s season 7 premiere.
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Supermarket Sweep is having a bit of a moment. The 1990s series where contestants in hideous sweaters run up and down the aisles of a fictional supermarket when they’re not answering trivia questions about brands has become a kind of comfort-food watch for audiences now that it’s been added to Netflix. There’s also a new reboot on the way – something that was in the process even before Netflix made the old episodes available to stream. Ahead of an October premiere, Supermarket Sweep reboot teaser has arrived, along with details about the show.
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Fans around the world are still reeling from the shocking, tragic death of actor Chadwick Boseman. The Black Panther actor passed away at the young age of 43 after a four-year-battle with colon cancer that was kept hidden from the public. But he never let it stop him from working, even on the major, physically demanding blockbusters of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Now Marvel Studios will be paying tribute to the actor’s tragically short-lived but influential and remarkable career.
Marvel Studios, ABC Entertainment and ABC News are teaming up to present a special Sunday night tribute to Chadwick Boseman that will air after the commercial-free debut of Black Panther on ABC tonight, August 30. Read More »