The CBS drama FBI: Most Wanted begins its third season on Tuesday, September 21st and ahead of the premiere, Julian McMahon spoke to reporters about the show and his character. In the series, McMahon plays Supervisory Special Agent Jess LaCroix, an expert tracker and profiler with a complicated past. And he is also an FBI agent who is a single father.
McMahon says that this character's relationship with his daughter is one of his favorite things about the show.
"I have to tell you that kind of attribute to the character was one that was very kind of engaging to me, and one of the reasons that I wanted to be part of the show," said McMahon. "When I read the script, the initial script, the pilot script, it was so prevalent that there was this kind of energy to this character and these nuances to this character that we kind of haven't really seen in a kind of different manner. And I think a big part of that was the fact that he was -- he had lost his wife. He was parenting his daughter on his own. And the kind of trials and tribulations that that kind of entails, right? And I've done that myself, so I understand those kind of dynamics."
McMahon also says that part of what makes the relationship between LaCroix and his daughter so special is that they learn from each other as they go. "A lot of what the character, Jess, learns, he actually learns from his daughter. So, it's a great dynamic, you know. And I try to kind of incorporate the process of being a parent inside the episode. So, each time we have -- we're following the bad guys, we're doing our thing, Jess is processing being a parent as well as processing how to track down, trace, whatever you want to call it, profile and eventually catch the bad guy."
One of the changes in season three is the addition of Alexa Davalos, who plays Special Agent Kristin Gaines. She's a Navy veteran who became a star in the FBI’s Miami Field Office as a result of her dogged pursuit of cold cases.
McMahon says he's excited by the addition of a new cast member, in part because it shakes up the dynamic of the show.
"It's always great to have a new character come on board, because it just adds an element of the unknown and the element of the exciting, kind of getting to know that character," explained McMahon. "You as an actor, you've got to start to work with somebody differently and understand the nuances of how they like to work and incorporate that into this. I've always said that our family, our team, is a family, right? So, Jess looks at it that way, and so do I, right? So, when you bring in a new character into our show, you're bringing in a new family member. And we have the character of Kristin Gaines, which is a fantastic character."
"She comes on to the show in a pretty kind of ballsy kind of manner, and we kind of get to meet her in a very Dick Wolf kind of, you know, heroic kind of thing. But as we kind of develop, we obviously get to learn more about her, to understand who she is, to see how she fits into the team, into the family, all those kind of things. And Alexa is a wonderfully talented actress. I was a big fan of her show, Man in the High Castle. And so, it's just great to have her as part of the team."
Season three of FBI: Most Wanted premieres Tuesday, September 21st on CBS.
United States Of AL stars Adhir Kalyan and Parker Young in a comedy about the friendship between Riley (Young), a Marine combat veteran struggling to readjust to civilian life in Ohio, and Awalmir (“Al”) (Kalyan), the Interpreter who served with his unit in Afghanistan and has just arrived to start a new life in America. The series also stars Elizabeth Alderfer as Lizzie, Riley’s sister; Dean Norris as Art, Riley’s father; Kelli Goss as Vanessa, Riley’s ex-wife; and Farrah Mackenzie as Hazel, Riley and Vanessa’s daughter. (All photos courtesy CBS, 2021)
Synopsis: In a whimsical world of Easter treats, host Sunny Anderson challenges seven talented bakers to make tasty and imaginative holiday masterpieces inspired by nostalgic Easter candy and outrageous Easter themes. Chefs Jordan Andino and Claudia Sandoval judge each round of competition, sending the best bakers hopping on their way to victory while one competitor goes home. In the end, only one baker will claim the Bunny Money grand prize: a golden Easter egg filled with $25,000! (Courtesy Food, 2021)
Season One Episode Guide (Food)
1-01 Pop Goes The Bunny--03/01/2021
The Easter Bunny takes center stage as host Sunny Anderson welcomes seven bakers to the competition. They attempt to wow the judges, Chefs Jordan Andino and Claudia Sandoval, with their jelly bean-inspired pop art pastry tarts and oversized confections worthy of hanging in an art museum.
1-02 Which Bunny Wore It Best?--03/08/2021
Host Sunny Anderson challenges the six remaining bakers to rock the runway with their Easter candy-inspired takes on fashion trends. Judges Jordan Andino and Claudia Sandoval watch as the competitors strut down a craveworthy catwalk with some of the best-looking and even better-tasting Easter bonnets ever seen on parade.
1-03 Peeps On Parade--03/15/2021
The Easter classic Peep takes center stage when host Sunny Anderson asks the five remaining bakers to make a trio of whoopie pies. Judges Jordan Andino and Claudia Sandoval watch as the competitors pay tribute to the colorful marshmallow confections with an edible Easter parade float covered in what else ... Peeps!
1-04 Through The Milkshake Glass--03/22/2021
Host Sunny Anderson challenges the four Easter-crazed bakers to get their shake on using flavors inspired by a fun game of Bunny Pong. Then they take a dive down the rabbit hole and create topsy-turvy cakes that defy gravity and hopefully impress judges Jordan Andino and Claudia Sandoval.
1-05 Bunny And Sunny's Egg-Celent Adventure--03/29/2021
In the finale, host Sunny Anderson tasks the three remaining crafty bakers with the ultimate challenge: creating a 3-foot-tall panoramic Easter egg! There will be lots of cotton tails and a few Easter fails as the finalists work their Easter magic and judges Jordan Andino and Claudia Sandoval decide who takes home the golden egg filled with $25,000.
Synopsis: Daytime Emmy Award-winning host, Ina Garten, the Barefoot Contessa, and Primetime Emmy Award-winning actress, writer and producer Melissa McCarthy have long been fans of one another from afar. Now the two are finally getting to meet, virtually that is, when Cocktails and Tall Tales with Ina Garten and Melissa McCarthy premieres exclusively on discovery+. Fans of Ina’s ‘Quarantini’ from last spring will be able to update their own drinking game, as the ladies explore a new cocktail concoction and are joined by their significant others for a toast as well. (Courtesy Discovery+, 2021)
Synopsis: Holmes Family Effect follows TV icon and professional contractor Mike Holmes, his daughter, Sherry, and son, Michael, as they tackle their most important projects to date. Inspired by people who are making a difference in their communities, each episode follows the Holmes family as they surprise these deserving people by transforming their spaces. From a neglected school building to a rundown youth center, the Holmes family help these heroes in their quest to make a difference. (Courtesy Fox, 2021)
1-01 Episode One--03/16/2021
1-02 Episode Two--03/23/2021
Synopsis: Part of Lifetime’s Ripped from the Headlines movie event series, The Long Island Serial Killer: A Mother’s Hunt for Justice stars Kim Delaney as Mari Gilbert, a mother whose relentless quest to find out what happened to her daughter leads to the discovery of 17 other bodies, many of which are believed to have been murdered by an unidentified Long Island serial killer. (Courtesy Lifetime, 2021)
It premiered Saturday, February 20th, 2021 on Lifetime.
Synopsis: Adam Ellis became a viral sensation when he documented his haunting on social media under the hashtag #DearDavid. Now he helps others escape their own paranormal nightmares as he investigates haunted locations across America.
Season One Episode Guide (Travel)
1-01 Evil Deliverance--12/20/2019
The team is thrown into paranormal chaos when they investigate a home in one of New Jersey's most haunted towns. They bring in a seventh-generation shaman after evidence reveals the property might be an ancient burial ground.
1-02 Voodoo Vendetta--12/27/2019
Adam, Jen and Paul arrive in La Grande, OR, after they receive a desperate tweet from a woman who fears her deceased grandmother is haunting her. The team investigates if voodoo is behind the terrifying paranormal activity.
1-03 Haunted Homecoming--01/03/2020
Jen heads home to Norwood, MA with Adam and Paul in tow to investigate reports of a dark entity lurking in the basement of a historic theater. They call on a local psychic to find answers not found in the town's history books.
1-04 Ghost Train To Terror--01/10/2020
Adam, Jen and Paul work their way to Tomball, TX, where a local barbeque joint is plagues by paranormal activity; including sightings of a spectral locomotive. The team steps in to reclaim the business from the stubborn spirits.
1-05 Paranormal Witness--01/17/2020
Adam, Jen and Paul make their way to Tucson, AZ, where a new father is up to his neck in paranormal activity. Their investigation reveals the family's home may have a grisly connection to a twisted serial killer.
1-06 Boss Man--01/24/2020
Adam, Paul and Jen take on their most extreme case yet at a historic home with a freakish paranormal infestation in Minneola, Texas. Their research uncovers an alarming history that sheds light on the demonic activity.
Season One Episode Guide (Netflix)
1-01 Chapter 1--02/19/2021
When an aircraft crashes nearby, siblings Liv, Elja and Kiano and the other Origines fall prey to the Crows, who seek a powerful Atlantian artifact.
1-02 Chapter 2--02/19/2021
Moses, a nomadic scavenger, takes Elja under his wing. Determined to rescue her family from Brahtok, Liv makes an unexpected deal with a Crow warrior.
1-03 Chapter 3--02/19/2021
To gain Grieta's trust, Liv takes matters into her own hands. Elja turns the Cub on in front of Moses and Amena. Kiano's plot to gain freedom unravels.
1-04 Chapter 4--02/19/2021
Elja, Moses and Amena enlist Bracken's help to fix the Cube. Liv's plan hits a snag. Lord Varvara asks Kiano about his past.
1-05 Chapter 5--02/19/2021
Elja tries to convince Bracker to give back the Cube. Liv faces a dilemma amid a plot with the Crimson Command. Lord Varvara grants Kiano his wish.
1-06 Chapter 6--02/19/2021
Kiano faces a shocking rival at his Boj. General Cameron's bid for peace with the Crows takes a tragic turn. The Cube leads Elja and Moses to a portal.
Synopsis: Bill O'Neal (Lakeith Stanfield) infiltrates the Black Panthers per FBI Agent Mitchell (Jesse Plemons) and J. Edgar Hoover (Martin Sheen). As Black Panther Chairman Fred Hampton (Daniel Kaluuya) ascends, falling for a fellow revolutionary (Dominique Fishback) en route, a battle wages for O’Neal’s soul. (Courtesy HBO Max, 2021)
It premiered Friday, February 12th, 2021 on HBO Max.
Synopsis: A rich blend of modern myth and dark fantasy in which contemporary fiction, historical drama and legend are seamlessly interwoven, The Sandman follows the people and places affected by Morpheus, the Dream King, as he mends the cosmic--and human--mistakes he's made during his vast existence. (Courtesy Netflix, 2012)