In the TV world, it’s a very, very rare thing for a spin-off of a successful show to last longer than the original show. And it’s even rarer when that spin-off goes on to become the longest-running drama series in the history of the medium. But that’s exactly what’s happened: By getting to its 21st season, Law & Order: SVU has surpassed both the original Law & Order and Gunsmoke to become television’s longest-lived drama. Mariska Hargitay is the only cast member who’s been aboard since the pilot — which, yes, was shot all the way back in the 20th Century — and she considers herself extremely fortunate to be on a show that has not only lasted so long, but has also given her a strong voice for her social advocacy campaigns. (Click on the media bar below to hear Mariska Hargitay)
The new season of Law & Order: SVU premieres Thursday, September 26 on NBC.
Over the course of six seasons, the gritty urban drama Power has garnered a lot of fans and quite a bit of critical acclaim. The one thing it’s never gotten? Awards season consideration. When it comes to the Emmys and the Golden Globes, it’s been completely overlooked. Curtis “50 Cent” Johnson, who stars as a drug dealer on the show, certainly pulls no punches when he talks about why he thinks the show’s been snubbed. (Click on the media bar below to hear Curtis “50 Cent” Johnson)
Power, in its farewell season, airs Sunday nights on Starz.
One thing you can say about The Good Place: It’s never been predictable. It’s had plenty of twists and turns in its first three seasons, and you can expect a few more surprises during its upcoming final season. When we spoke to Kristen Bell, she told us the show’s creator, Michael Schur, warned her and co-star Ted Danson that they weren’t going to be on a conventional comedy, but also made sure they were always in the loop on plot developments. (Click on the media bar below to hear Kristen Bell)
The final season of The Good Place begins Thursday, September 26 on NBC.
Last season on Riverdale, viewers finally got to meet Jughead’s mother and sister. Could there be any other long-lost relatives out there waiting to be discovered? After all, if they want to find an actor who will closely resemble Cole Sprouse, there’s always his twin brother, Dylan. The Sprouses have appeared on TV together before, so could that be a possibility down the line? To put it bluntly, Cole Sprouse says there’s zero chance of that happening. (Click on the media bar below to hear Cole Sprouse)
The season premiere of Riverdale will air Wednesday, October 9 on The CW.
Since Black-ish is, understandably, rooted in the present day, there have usually only been passing references to the adult characters’ pasts. That’s been especially true for Tracee Ellis Ross’s character, Rainbow Johnson, who comes from a mixed-race family. Now, the character’s past is being explored more fully in a spin-off series, Mixed-ish, and Ross couldn’t be happier. Ross, who will be narrating the new series (similar to Jim Parsons’s role on Young Sheldon), is especially happy to see to see the kind of family she grew up in represented on TV, because she hasn’t seen anything like it before. (Click on the media bar below to hear Tracee Ellis Ross)
It takes a lot to impress Simon Cowell. After all, over the course of three different talent competitions in America alone (and several others worldwide), he’s seen some truly amazing, truly unique talents step on stage in front of him. But when it happens — when that one “diamond in the rough” takes the America’s Got Talent stage and blows him away — Cowell says he still gets goosebumps. And if he didn’t, he told us he wouldn’t be the right man for the job anymore. (Click on the media bar below to hear Simon Cowell)
America’s Got Talent airs Tuesday and Wednesday nights at 8/7c on NBC.