TV Heartbeat! The Big Outlander finale! A Peek at the New Shadowhunters Series!

The Outlander season finale is this week! Say it isn’t so!!! This is going to be a doozy of a finale so make sure you have someone to hold your hand through this one. Yes, even after the brutal episode of last week, Jamie is not out of the woods yet and bad things are ahead. Damn your eyes, Black Jack Randall! Starz will marathon the second half of the season to lead up to the big finale so the Gathering starts midday. Starz has yet to announce when season 2 starts up, but it won’t be for another year, at least, so enjoy this last episode before Droutlander begins again!

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Elsewhere, ABC debuts the very mysterious The Whispers. Someone (or something) is manipulating earth’s children as a part of a bigger plan to wipe out humanity. Produced by Steven Spielberg, this series stars Barry Sloan (gorgeous Aidan from Revenge), Milo Ventimiglia, Claire Holt (The Originals) and Lily Rabe (American Horror Story).

Whispers

David Duchovnoy is back on investigating weirdos on network TV! No, The X-Files isn’t starting up yet (you have to wait until January for that), but he stars in Aquarius which is about the hunt for Charles Manson which began before his family went on their killing rampage.

Aquarius

If you like what you see in the pilot, NBC is actually making the ENTIRE series available for bingeing a la Netflix. After the 2 hour premiere, you can catch the other 11 hours on the NBC app, NBC.com or other sites.

Tonight: Bullseye debut (Fox)
Thursday: Aquarius debut (NBC), Louie season finale (FX)
Friday: What Would You Do? season premiere (ABC)
Saturday: Outlander season finale, The Secret Life of Marilyn Monroe (Lifetime)
Sunday: Halt and Catch Fire season premiere (AMC),
Monday: The Whispers debut (ABC), So You Think You Can Dance season premiere (Fox), Devious Maids season premiere (Lifetime)
Tuesday: Royal Pains season premiere (USA), Pretty Little Liars season premiere (ABC Family), Stitchers debut (ABC Family), Community season finale (Yahoo), Secret and Wives debut (Bravo)
Wednesday: Melissa & Joey season premiere (ABC Family), Baby Daddy season premiere (ABC Family), Hot in Cleveland season finale (TV Land)

Health check

Netflix’s Grace and Frankie just got renewed for another season so the Jane Fonda/Lily Tomlin comedy will be back for laughs next year.

Grace and Frankie

Wayward Pines debuted to meh ratings, but did well with lots of DVR playback. The a few DVR watchers must’ve liked what they saw since the show did slightly better in its second week. So despite the starry cast, the show isn’t hitting the huge numbers of last year’s limited event series, 24: Live Another Day, but the show seems to have some legs.

Meanwhile, Mad Men’s finale went out with a DVR bang and was the series’ most watched episode ever. The end of an era indeed!

Mad Men series finale (2)

Crystal Ball

The Shadowhunters series has just started filming! Based on the best-selling Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Claire, the new series will debut on ABC Family, possibly later this year.

The story focuses on Clary Fray who steps into a world of angels and demons fighting to save the world. If this sounds familiar, the first book in the series, City of Bones, was made into a moderately successful feature film starring Lily Collins, Jamie Campbell Bower, Lena Headey, Aiden Turner and Jonathan Rhys-Meyers. While the box office wasn’t strong enough to launch a film franchise, the film proved that the books are very cinematic and is now making the leap to TV.

McG (Chuck, The O.C.) will direct the pilot which stars Katherine McNamara (Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials), Dominic Sherwood (Vampire Academy), Alberto Rosende, Emeraude Toubia, Matthew Daddario, Harry Shum Jr. (Glee), Maxim Roy, Isaiah Mustafa (the Old Spice guy) and Alan Van Sprang (Reign).

As with any adaption to a new medium, there are a few tweaks between the book and the TV show. First, the characters are a few years older (Clary will be 18 years old) and Luke is now a NYPD detective.

ABC Family was so excited by the series, they didn’t even wait to see a pilot. Instead, the show began filming the first episode last week so enjoy a few glimpses into Shadowhunters:

Stay tuned!

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