The Freeway Series continues today at Dodger Stadium, where Adrian Gonzalez and the Los Angeles Dodgers play the second of a three-game set against Mike Trout and the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. Outside of geography, this series has practical significance for both teams -- the Dodgers are trying to stay ahead of the Arizona Diamondbacks and San Francisco Giants in the NL West, while the Halos are nipping at the heels of the AL West-leading Houston Astros.
Morgan Freeman is an executive producer of this political drama, giving a sense of its gravitas. The series "Pilot" introduces Tea Leoni as America's new secretary of state, an ex-CIA analyst hurriedly thrust onto the stage of international diplomacy after taking the job at the behest of the president (Keith Carradine) -- and after her predecessor's mysterious death. Tim Daly, Bebe Neuwirth and Geoffrey Arend ("Body of Proof") also are in the cast.
A difficult divorce case rattles Olivia (Andie MacDowell) following a fight with Jack (Dylan Neal) in the new episode "Something's Gotta Give." While Peggy (Barbara Niven) invites Paul (Colin Ferguson) to stay at the Thyme and Tide Inn, Bob (Bruce Boxleitner) is wary of the newcomer's real intentions toward Olivia. New town manager Grace (Teryl Rothery) tries to assemble the entire town for a group photo. Brennan Elliott, Cameron Bancroft and Sarah Smyth also star.
Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)
Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu won three Academy Awards for co-writing, directing and producing this surreal 2015 drama that casts Michael Keaton (also Oscar-nominated) as Riggan, an aging actor best known for playing a movie superbero. As opening night looms for a Broadway play he's hoping will re-ignite his career, the actor's personal demons threaten to overwhelm him. Supporting players Edward Norton and Emma Stone also got Oscar nods; Naomi Watts, Zach Galifianakis and Merritt Wever ("Nurse Jackie") also star.
The Perfect Girlfriend
Five months after they fell in love, Brandon (Jon Cor) leaves his girlfriend, Jensyn (Ashley Leggat), in New York to accept a promotion 3000 miles away. He promises her he'll do everything he can to make their long-distance relationship work, but his new boss, Simone (Adrienne Frantz, "The Young and the Restless"), sets her cap for her handsome new hire. Simone will stop at nothing -- including stealing Jensyn's identity -- to have Brandon all to herself in this 2015 thriller.
The .875-mile oval of Iowa Speedway is the setting as a field including Chris Buescher, Chase Elliott, Ty Dillon, Regan Smith and Elliott Sadler do battle in the Xfinity Series' U.S. Cellular 250. Brad Keselowski cruised to an easy win here a year ago when James Buescher's crash erased his lead less than 10 laps from the finish. It was the 2012 Sprint Cup champ's third title in Iowa.
Lois Lowry's popular young-adult novel yields a film from Phillip Noyce that's more notable for its performers than its content. Jeff Bridges has the title role of an enigmatic figure who knows the entire history, warts and all, of his society. He imparts this information to a youth (Brenton Thwaites) who determines the only way to survive, and to protect those he loves, is to leave. Others are intent on not letting him do that, though. Meryl Streep, Katie Holmes and Alexander Skarsgard co-star.
In the new episode "The Queen Must Die: Part One," Jason (Jack Donnelly) vows to rescue his fellow prisoners from almost certain death in the amphitheater, but doing so means he must return to Atlantis, the heart of the scheming queen's power. As events hurtle toward their uncertain resolution, Jason realizes that as long as Pasiphae (Sarah Parish) lives, there never will be peace for him, his loved ones and the citizenry at large. Mark Addy and Robert Emms also star.
Dog and Beth: On the Hunt
A new episode called "Lester's Last Stand" finds Dog and Beth training private investigator and fellow bondsman Elliot Sondag as they prepare to team up on a suspenseful 24-hour hunt for one of Elliot's most elusive quarries. Can the Chapmans help find a fugitive Elliot has chased for the past six months? Another new episode immediately follows.
Probing the murder of a Black Panthers member proves complicated for Hodiak (David Duchovny) in the new episode "Your Mother Should Know," since he needs the help of someone whose assistance is anything but guaranteed. Feeling pressure from a superior (guest star Graham Beckel), Shafe (Grey Damon) steps up his efforts to crack the heroin case involving dealer Guapo (guest star Lobo Sebastian). Gaius Charles and Chance Kelly also guest star.
A new episode called "Three Moves Ahead" finds danger closing in on Ghost and Tommy (Omari Hardwick, Joseph Sikora) as Lobos (Enrique Murciano) contends with a rival drug cartel on one side and U.S. Federal agents on the other. It's up to Ghost to figure out some way to extricate himself from this mess before Angela (Lela Loren) gets to Lobos first. Naturi Naughton also stars.
Hannibal and Will (Mads Mikkelsen, Hugh Dancy) becoming partners might have seemed unlikely at best, but they form an uneasy alliance during the hunt for serial killer Francis Dolarhyde (guest star Richard Armitage) in the new episode "And the Woman Clothed With the Sun ... ." Alana (Caroline Dhavernas) has big reservations about the teaming, based on past experience. Rutina Wesley also guest stars. Laurence Fishburne also stars.