Some of America’s best-loved TV shows have been spinoffs. Happy Days brought us Laverne & Shirley and Mork & Mindy. All In The Family spun off The Jeffersons and Maude. And, more recently, there have been multiple variations of Law & Order, CSI and NCIS, along with Fear The Walking Dead and Better Call Saul.

Then again, some spinoffs have been horrible. Joanie Loves Chachi, anyone? Joey was a loser without his friends. Archie Bunker’s Place and After MASH couldn’t come close to recapturing the glory of their original shows. And come on… Saved By The Bell: The College Years?

So you can understand why we might have mixed emotions about Young Sheldon.  After all, The Big Bang Theory is one of the funniest, most successful comedies on TV today. While we have no doubt that, given the team behind it, Young Sheldon will be a quality show, can a spinoff about Sheldon Cooper at age 9 live up to the expectations of the original?

The casting is inspired: Zoe Perry, who will play Sheldon’s mother on Young Sheldon, is the real-life daughter of Sheldon’s Big Bang mother, Laurie Metcalf. The trailer is one of the most-viewed among this fall’s new shows. If you haven’t seen it yet, take a look now and let us know whether you think Young Sheldon has a winning equation.

Young Sheldon premieres Monday, September 25 at 8:30/7:30c following the Big Bang Theory season premiere on CBS.

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Mark WahlbergMark Wahlberg has been an A-List actor for so long, he’s almost made us forget about his previous life as rapper Marky Mark. (Almost, but not quite!) His resume is stocked with critical favorites like Three Kings, I Heart Huckabees and The Fighter, mixed in with a good assortment of blockbusters like Ted, The Departed and, of course, the Transformers movies. Most of them are movies Wahlberg will be proud to show his children someday. There’s one, though, he admits he’s a little worried about — yes, the one where he plays amply endowed male porn star Dirk Diggler. (Click on the media bar below to hear Mark Wahlberg)

Mark Walhberg currently stars in Transformers: The Last Knight, which is playing in theaters now.

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Match Game is back. The Gong Show is back. Jeopardy never left. Since ’70s game shows are once again all the rage on TV, it makes perfect sense that Battle of the Network Stars would be resurrected. The competition pits celebrities against each other in Olympic-style athletic events and, of course, the obstacle course. And while there were some intense rivalries and outstanding contests, there were also plenty of fun moments that gave people a look at these stars in a whole new light. Now that ABC is bringing the show back, Scandal’s Joshua Malina thinks viewers can look forward to seeing more of those candid moments. (Click on the media bar to hear Joshua Malina)

Battle of the Network Stars premieres Thursday night at 9/8c on ABC.

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Jake Gyllenhaal teams up with filmmaker David Gordon Green in the upcoming film Stronger. The true story centers on Jeff Bauman (Gyllenhaal), a 27-year-old who lost both his legs at the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing. Bauman, who attended the marathon to win back his ex-girlfriend Erin (Tatiana Maslany), ended up helping officers identify one of the bombers.

The narrative focuses on Bauman’s physical and emotional rehabilitation, as his determination and iron will exemplifies the term “Boston Strong.”

After the character rich studies in Manglehorn and Prince Avalanche, Gordon Green directed the underrated Sandra Bullock drama Our Brand Is Crisis. From the looks of the trailer, Stronger should continue the filmmaker’s creative momentum, even if audiences may shy away from another movie about the event. Patriots Day, the Mark Wahlberg headlined feature that centered on the hunt for the terrorists involved in the bombing, made just $31 million domestically when it was released earlier this year.

Check out the trailer below and tell us what you think!


Stronger, co-starring Miranda Richardson, hits theaters September 22.

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The ninth season of American Ninja Warrior is upon us, and it’s amazing to think that people continue to audition for the program even though the course itself is seemingly insurmountable. “Every year you have more people turning 21,” says co-host Kristine Leahy. “Back when those kids were 12, they started training for American Ninja Warrior and (when they turn) 21 they come in to compete.”

There’s a ton of competition in the broadcasting business, but Leahy has carved out a successful career her work on FS1’s daily radio talk show The Herd and American Ninja Warrior. Such a busy schedule may leave very little time for the gym, but Leahy told us that working on American Ninja Warrior inspires her to push her workouts to another level (Click on the media bar below to hear Leahy talk about the show).

American Ninja Warrior, which Leahy hosts with Akbar Gbajabiamila and Matt Iseman, airs Monday evenings on NBC (8 pm et/pt).

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TRANSFORMERS: THE LAST KNIGHT

Transformers: The Last Knight was the #1 film over the weekend but unfortunately the film made just $45.3 million. Its five day domestic haul was a franchise low $69.1 million, but thankfully its international take is at $196 million. Coming in second was Cars 3 with $25.1 million. Here’s this weekend’s top 10:

1.Transformers: The Last Knight - Could a lackluster domestic opening signal the death knell of the franchise? $45.3 million

2. Cars 3 - $25.1 million

3. Wonder Woman - The flick has grossed over $650 million worldwide. This weekend it makes $25.1 million

4. 47 Meters Down - Mandy Moore shark film makes $7.4 million

5. All Eyez On Me - $5.85 million

6. The Mummy - Tom Cruise misfire makes $5.8 million and domestically it has yet to reach the $100 million mark (it’s at $68 million).

7. Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales - $5.2 million

8. Rough Night - Scarlett Johansson comedy collects $4.7 million. Domestically, the movie has made just$16.6 million.

9. Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie - $4.3 million

10. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 - $3 million

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thepinkpantherCinephiles love to point out Peter Sellers chameleon-like talents by citing his works with Stanley Kubrick (Lolita, Dr. Strangelove Or How I Learned To Stop Worrying And Love The Bomb) or the first rate Being There as proof. Sellers’ most accessible work, however, comes from his fruitful collaboration with director Blake Edwards, and on June 27 Shout! Factory is releasing the 6-disc Blu-ray set The Pink Panther Collection as part of its Shout Select line.

As part of the Shout Select line, the collection contains the films The Pink Panther, A Shot In The Dark, The Return of the Pink Panther, The Pink Panther Strikes Again, Revenge of the Pink Panther and Trail of the Pink Panther. With Sellers’ passing in 1980, Trail of the Pink Panther (released in 1982) features footage of Sellers (he and Edwards were working on another Panther film before he passed) that’s interwoven into the movie.

The collection comes with a 24-page book with an essay from film critic Jerry Beck plus new interviews with cast and crew, audio commentaries, still galleries and TV spots. Though it would have been great to have included 1983’s Curse of the Pink Panther, which centered on the disappearance of Clouseau, the franchise will always be known as Edwards and Sellers’ creative journey, so the omission is definitely understandable.

Are you excited for The Pink Panther Collection on Blu-ray? Feel free to comment below!!

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Last fall, This Is Us became the breakout hit of the TV season. The premiere episode’s expertly executed twist got everybody talking, but the first season’s 18 episodes consistently delivered well-told stories that tugged at people’s heartstrings. Justin Hartley, who plays Kevin Pierson on the show, told us he wasn’t surprised the show became so popular, because its mission was to tell stories everyone could relate to. (Click on the media bar below to hear Justin Hartley)

The second season of This Is Us will begin on Tuesday, September 26 at 9/8c on NBC, immediately after the season premiere of The Voice.

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Although he looks much younger, Dane DeHaan is, at 31, a Hollywood veteran. DeHann — who will be playing the title role in Luc Besson’s new sci-fi movie, Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets — says that since acting is the realization of his childhood dream, he’s never going to take it for granted and wants to challenge himself with every role. (Click on the media below to hear Dane DeHann)

Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets, also starring Cara Delevingne, Ethan Hawke and Clive Owen,opens in theaters on July 21.

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Fergie and Josh DuhamelAlong with being a movie star, Josh Duhamel is also famously married to Fergie, formerly of the Black Eyed Peas. But you’ll rarely hear them talking about each other when they’re interviewed (which, given the potential for misquotes, misunderstandings, and words taken out of context, is probably a good thing). So, while he doesn’t often open up about Fergie’s business, Duhamel couldn’t help but gush about how much he loves the new album she’s got coming out later this year. (Click on the media bar below to hear Josh Duhamel)

Of course, we can only wonder what Fergie might think of her husband’s performance in Transformers: The Last Knight, which is in theaters now.

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