When The Good Doctor premiered last season, we saw a brilliant young doctor who, thanks to his place on the autism spectrum, had great difficulty interacting with both his co-workers and his patients. Freddie Highmore, who plays Dr. Shaun Murphy, told us the growth you saw in his character throughout the first season was no fluke, and that you’ll continue to see him making progress in the new season. (Click on the media bar below to hear Freddie Highmore)
The Good Doctor airs Monday nights at 10/9c on ABC.
Having found a new director, the 25th installment in the James Bond series is finally back on track. The as-yet-untitled film will start shooting in March under the direction of Cary Joji Fukunaga, who was brought in after Danny Boyle dropped out. This new film is a pivotal one for the series — it’s the final one under Daniel Craig’s current contract. After making the new movie, will Craig want to come back, or will the producers be searching for a new 007? A lot could depend on how this shoot goes. With or without him, though, Craig believes the series will go on because the franchise was built so well. (Click on the media bar below to hear Daniel Craig)
You can expect to see the next Bond film in theaters on February 14, 2020.
Procedurals tend to be the longest-running shows on television, but if you’d told Mariska Hargitay back in 1999 that her new show, Law & Order: SVU, would still be on 20 seasons later, she probably would have laughed at you. After all, at the time, only one TV drama (Gunsmoke) had ever crossed the 20-year threshold, so who could blame her for being incredulous? Yet here we are, at the start of the 2018-2019 television season, and SVU is about to begin its record-tying 20th year. (One of the shows it’s tying, along with Gunsmoke, is the show SVU was spun off from, Law & Order.) She may not be laughing now, but Hargitay still finds it amazing and unbelievable that her show’s still going strong after all these years. (Click on the media bar below to hear Mariska Hargitay)
The 20th season of Law & Order: SVU premieres Thursday night at 9/8c on NBC.
Henry Winkler once had his face on T-shirts and lunchboxes all across America, but until this week, he didn’t have an Emmy Award. After more than four decades in show business, he finally won an award for his role in the series Barry. Of course, it’s hard to find TV stars who have been at it as long as Winkler has, and he credits his longevity to the lessons he’s learned along the way. One of the biggest came from Happy Days creator and producer Garry Marshall, who taught him a lot about self-discipline and keeping his ego in check. (Click on the media bar below to hear Henry Winkler)
Barry has been renewed for a second season by HBO, and subscribers can stream the first season on demand.
Mary Poppins is widely acknowledged as a classic, and rightly so. It was nominated for 13 Oscars and won five of them, including a Best Actress trophy for its legendary star, Julie Andrews. Now, 54 years later, Disney is continuing the story with a new movie, Mary Poppins Returns. It’s had some people scratching their heads, wondering why a movie like Mary Poppins would ever need a sequel. But Emily Blunt, who was given the daunting task of taking the role Andrews played to perfection, says the reason is simple: There’s more we can learn from Mary and the Banks family. (Click on the media bar below to hear Emily Blunt)
Mary Poppins Returns opens in theaters on December 19.
Since she’s been doing her talk show for 16 years, it’s become difficult to remember a time when Ellen DeGeneres made her living by doing stand-up comedy. And it was a long time since she’d done any stand-up comedy — 15 years, to be exact. But she decided to take her summer hiatus and go back on the road again, working on material that would be filmed for a new Netflix special. Of course, our earliest memories of her stand-up career were her standout performances on The Tonight Show. Those came back in the days when Johnny Carson was the host, and she told us how making Carson laugh — and getting called over to the couch after she finished her routine — were moments that changed her life forever. (Click on the media bar below to hear Ellen DeGeneres)
Netflix will begin streaming the new Ellen DeGeneres stand-up special, Relatable, on December 18.