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Jennifer Love Hewitt
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Birth Date: February 21, 1979
Birth Place: Waco, Texas, USA
Height: 5' 3"
Husband: Brian Hallisay
Children: 1 daughter (Autumn James Hallisay, 11/26/13)

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    THE SANTA ANA WINDS BLOW IN WEIRDER-THAN-USUAL EMERGENCIES ON THE ALL-NEW FALL FINALE OF 9-1-1

    (11/21/22) The Santa Ana winds bring in a variety of weirder-than-usual emergencies as the 118 respond to a family dog retrieving a severed hand and a young woman sleep-driving into the station. Bobby worries about his AA sponsor; Denny questions Hen and Karen about his biological parents; and Chimney thinks he’s found the perfect house for him and Maddie in the all-new “Red Flag” fall finale episode of 9-1-1 airing Monday, Nov. 28 (8:00-9:02 PM ET/PT) on FOX. (NIN-609) (TV-14 L,V)

    Cast: Angela Bassett as Athena Grant; Peter Krause as Bobby Nash; Jennifer Love Hewitt as Maddie Kendall; Oliver Stark as Evan “Buck” Buckley; Kenneth Choi as Howie “Chimney” Han; Aisha Hinds as Henrietta “Hen” Wilson; Ryan Guzman as Eddie Diaz; Corinne Massiah as May Grant; Gavin McHugh as Christopher Diaz

    Guest cast: Tracie Thoms as Karen; Declan Pratt as Denny; Bryan Safi as Josh Russo

    THE 118 RACE TO THE RESCUE AT A RENAISSANCE FAIRE ON AN ALL-NEW 9-1-1

    (10/31/22) The 118 race to the rescue to a renaissance faire; then an office bldg. when an overbearing boss is poisoned; Athena fears for May’s life when she encounters a disturbed young man; Uncle Buck babysits young Jee-Yun as Maddie and Chimney begin house-hunting; Eddie and Carla prepare Christopher for his first school dance in the all-new “What’s Your Fantasy?” episode of 9-1-1 airing Monday, Nov. 14 (8:00-9:02 PM ET/PT) on FOX. (NIN-608) (TV-14 D,L,V)

    Cast: Angela Bassett as Athena Grant; Peter Krause as Bobby Nash; Jennifer Love Hewitt as Maddie Kendall; Oliver Stark as Evan “Buck” Buckley; Kenneth Choi as Howie “Chimney” Han; Aisha Hinds as Henrietta “Hen” Wilson; Ryan Guzman as Eddie Diaz; Corinne Massiah as May Grant; Gavin McHugh as Christopher Diaz

    Guest Cast: Cocoa Brown as Carla

    ATHENA AND THE 118 RACE TO THE RESCUE WHEN A FADING MOVIE STAR IS PLAGUED BY A SERIES OF NEAR DEATH EXPERINCES,,ON AN ALL-NEW 9-1-1

    (10/31/22) Athena and the 118 race to the rescue when a fading movie star is plagued by a series of near death experiences in the all-new “Cursed” episode of 9-1-1 airing Monday, Nov. 7 (8:00-9:02 PM ET/PT) on FOX. (NIN-607) (TV-14 L,V)

    Cast: Angela Bassett as Athena Grant; Peter Krause as Bobby Nash; Jennifer Love Hewitt as Maddie Kendall; Oliver Stark as Evan “Buck” Buckley; Kenneth Choi as Howie “Chimney” Han; Aisha Hinds as Henrietta “Hen” Wilson; Ryan Guzman as Eddie Diaz; Corinne Massiah as May Grant; Gavin McHugh as Christopher Diaz

    Ratings: The Voice, 9-1-1 and NCIS Lead Monday; Leap Audience Dips Again

    (10/18/22) In the latest TV show ratings, NBC’s The Voice, Fox’s 9-1-1 and (so far) ABC’s Bachelor in Paradise tied for the Monday demo win, while CBS’ NCIS copped the night’s biggest audience.

    NBC | The Voice drew 6 million total viewers and a 0.6 demo rating, dipping week-to-week. Quantum Leap (2.3 mil/0.3), which already has a full-season order, shed viewers for a fourth straight week since its debut and matched its demo low.

    FOX | 9-1-1 (4.8 mil/0.6) was steady, while The Cleaning Lady (2.2 mil/0.3) dipped.

    ABC | Pending adjustment due to football preemptions/delays, Bachelor in Paradise (2.5 mil/0.6) is currently up sharply week-to-week and The Good Doctor (3.3 mil/0.4) is up a tick.

    CBS | The Neighborhood (5.3 mil/0.5), Bobishola (4.9 mil/0.4), NCIS (6.7 mil/0.4) and NCIS: Hawaii (4.8 mil/0.3) all are up in viewers vs. last week’s finals and all steady in the demo.

    THE CW | All American (417K/0.1) and Homecoming (269K/0.1) both slipped to audience lows.

    Did You Predict 9-1-1's Latest Twist?

    (10/17/22) There’s always been something about Noah. Maybe we’re still reeling from Jonah’s betrayal last season, but we’ve had our eye on Maddie’s call center protege since his introduction in the premiere.

    As this week’s episode revealed, we had every right to suspect that he would eventually cause trouble — even if his misdeeds were committed under duress.

    In a nutshell, Maddie was suspected of providing burglars with security information gained during 9-1-1 calls, as her password was used to access calls made from multiple residences that were targeted shortly thereafter. Following an investigation by Athena, it was discovered that newbie Noah was the one assisting the criminals, who were threatening his mother.

    Maddie also cleaned house at her actual home, firing Jee-Yun’s overzealous (and possibly omniscient?) new nanny, who took her duties a little too far. For example, she preferred the term “household manager” over “nanny.”

    Up next for Maddie and Chimney: house-hunting! What could possibly go wrong.

    Let’s talk — did you see that Noah twist coming (like everyone les did)?

    HEN PANICS WHEN AN EXPLOSION ROCKS KAREN’S LAB,,ON AN ALL-NEW 9-1-1, MONDAY, OCTOBER 24, ON FOX

    (10/13/22) Hen fears for Karen’s life when an explosion rocks her science lab on the day she brings Denny to work with her in the all-new “Tomorrow” episode of 9-1-1 airing Monday, Oct. 24 (8:00-9:02 PM ET/PT) on FOX. (NIN-606) (TV-14 D,L,S,V)

    Cast: Angela Bassett as Athena Grant; Peter Krause as Bobby Nash; Jennifer Love Hewitt as Maddie Kendall; Oliver Stark as Evan “Buck” Buckley; Kenneth Choi as Howie “Chimney” Han; Aisha Hinds as Henrietta “Hen” Wilson; Ryan Guzman as Eddie Diaz; Corinne Massiah as May Grant; Gavin McHugh as Christopher Diaz

    Guest Cast: Tracie Thoms as Karen

    Ratings: All American Returns Down, The Voice and NCIS Lead Monday

    (10/11/22) In the latest TV show ratings, NBC’s The Voice dominated Monday in the demo, while CBS’ NCIS copped the night’s largest audience.

    NBC | The Voice drew 6.3 million total viewers and a 0.7 demo rating, steady week-to-week. On the heels of its full-season order, Quantum Leap (2.4 mil/0.4) was steady in the demo yet dropped eyeballs for a third straight week.

    THE CW | All American (434K/0.1) returned down from its previous averages (560K/0.2), while Homecoming (353K/0.1) was nearly steady (versus its 390K/0.1 freshman averages) with its own season opener.

    CBS | The Neighborhood (5.2 mil/0.5), NCIS (6.6 mil/0.4) and NCIS: Hawaii (4.7 mil/0.3) were all steady in the demo, while Bob Hearts Abishola (5 mil/0.5) ticked up a tenth.

    FOX | 9-1-1 (4.7 mil/0.5) and The Cleaning Lady (2.4 mil/0.3) each dipped in the demo.

    ABC | With Bachelor in Paradise (1.8 mil/0.4) cratering with every passing second, The Good Doctor (3.1 mil/0.2) veritably matched and absolutely hit series lows.

    THE 118 RACE TO THE RESCUE WHEN A D-I-Y PROJECT TURNS INTO CHOAS,,ON AN ALL-NEW 9-1-1,,MONDAY, OCTOBER 17 ON FOX

    (10/4/22) Athena investigates when the same house is hit with two home invasion 9-1-1 calls within hours of each other; The 118 race to the rescue when a D-I-Y home renovation traps a man in an attic; Hen asks for a second chance with her medical school professor; Maddie and Chimney regret hiring a nanny for Jee-Yun after the woman completely takes over their apartment in the all-new “Home Invasion” episode of 9-1-1 airing Monday, Oct. 17 (8:00-9:02 PM ET/PT) on FOX. (NIN-605) (TV-14 D, L, S, V)

    Cast: Angela Bassett as Athena Grant; Peter Krause as Bobby Nash; Jennifer Love Hewitt as Maddie Kendall; Oliver Stark as Evan “Buck” Buckley; Kenneth Choi as Howie “Chimney” Han; Aisha Hinds as Henrietta “Hen” Wilson; Ryan Guzman as Eddie Diaz; Corinne Massiah as May Grant; Gavin McHugh as Christopher Diaz.

    TV Ratings: Quantum Leap Eyes First Uptick, Good Doctor Returns Steady

    (10/4/22) In the latest TV show ratings, NBC’s The Voice and Fox’s 9-1-1 tied for the Monday demo win, while CBS’ NCIS led in total audience with a season high.

    With ABC no longer sharing in the well-watched Monday Night Football broadcasts….

    NBC | The Voice (6.3 mil/0.6) dipped in the demo week-to-week but added viewers, while Quantum Leap (2.6 mil/0.4) ticked up in the demo.

    FOX | 9-1-1 (4.8 mil/0.6) added eyeballs while steady in the demo, while The Cleaning Lady (2.4 mil/0.4) ticked up on both counts.

    CBS | The Neighborhood (5.3 mil/0.5), Bobishola (5 mil/0.4), NCIS (6.7 mil/0.4) and NCIS: Hawaii (4.8 mil/0.3) all added viewers and all were steady in the demo.

    ABC | Bachelor in Paradise (2 mil/0.5) was down sharply from Tuesday’s season opener. The Good Doctor (3.4 mil/0.4) returned on par with its previous averages (3.7 mil/0.4).

    COMING NEXT MONDAY: All American and All American: Homecoming return.

    THE 118 RACE TO THE RESCUE WHEN A BIRDWATCHER IS TRAPPED UNDER A FALLEN TREE,,ON AN ALL-NEW “9-1-1”,,MONDAY, OCTOBER 10, ON FOX

    (10/3/22) The 118 race to the rescue when a birdwatcher is trapped under a tree. Chimney is in for a wild ride when he tends to a drunk driver; Maddie helps a mother and her young daughter when an abusive father shows up at the their house; Eddie catches Christopher in a lie; Buck begins a year of “yes to possibilities” and immediately receives an interesting proposal from a former roommate in the all-new “Animal Instincts” episode of 9-1-1 airing Monday, Oct. 10 (8:00-9:02 PM ET/PT) on FOX. (NIN-603) (TV-14 D, L, S, V)

    Cast: Angela Bassett as Athena Grant; Peter Krause as Bobby Nash; Jennifer Love Hewitt as Maddie Kendall; Oliver Stark as Evan “Buck” Buckley; Kenneth Choi as Howie “Chimney” Han; Aisha Hinds as Henrietta “Hen” Wilson; Ryan Guzman as Eddie Diaz; Corinne Massiah as May Grant; Gavin McHugh as Christopher Diaz.

    ATHENA INVESTIGATES A MYSTERY FROM HER PAST,,ON AN ALL-NEW “9-1-1”,,MONDAY, OCTOBER 3, ON FOX

    (10/3/22) While in Florida caring for her ailing father, Athena and Bobby investigate the disappearance of her childhood friend from 45 years ago in the all-new “The Devil You Know” episode of 9-1-1 airing Monday, Oct. 3 (8:00-9:02 PM ET/PT) on FOX. (NIN-604) (TV-14 D, L, S, V)

    Cast: Angela Bassett as Athena Grant; Peter Krause as Bobby Nash; Jennifer Love Hewitt as Maddie Kendall; Oliver Stark as Evan “Buck” Buckley; Kenneth Choi as Howie “Chimney” Han; Aisha Hinds as Henrietta “Hen” Wilson; Ryan Guzman as Eddie Diaz; Corinne Massiah as May Grant; Gavin McHugh as Christopher Diaz.

    9-1-1 Season 6 Premiere Ends With a Nightmarish Twist

    (9/19/22) We would still trust Andrea Zuckerman to edit a newspaper, but after watching Monday’s 9-1-1 premiere, we’d be less confident letting her pilot an aircraft.

    Gabrielle Carteris guest-starred as the co-pilot of a blimp that crashed into a stadium full of soccer fans — all to the tune of Panic! At the Disco’s “High Hopes,” because of course. And just like that, the 118 did what the 118 does, springing into action to rescue the pilots as well as the panicked crowd. Athena even got to fill in as a part-time heart surgeon, which is always a fun surprise.

    Speaking of fun surprises, Lucy apparently rolled her ankle during an aggressive game of family football, so she’ll be out of commission for the next few weeks, leaving Bobby to scramble for a new interim captain while he goes on vacation — and Buck was not thrilled that he wasn’t considered for the job.

    Then again, as Christopher pointed out, Buck doesn’t even have a couch in his apartment, so he has plenty of other things on his to-do list. (Four months have passed since Taylor and her couch moved out, and Buck is afraid of picking the “wrong couch” again.)

    In other complicated relationship news, a leak in Maddie’s apartment sent her and Jee-Yun to Chimney’s apartment for a few days, stirring up old feelings of the romantical variety. A cheesy rom-com and a few bars of Julia Michael’s “Issues” set the perfect tone for an emotional rekindling, but the reunion took an unfortunate turn when Maddie awoke to find that Chimney already snuck out… of his own home. Still, Maddie realized that she was the first to abandon the family — and this time, she’s “done running.”

    OK, back to the interim captain drama: Bobby ended up choosing Hen, though he was a little reluctant due to her already-hectic work schedule. (You don’t just forget about taco plans with Angela Bassett!) Buck was disappointed that Bobby didn’t choose him, but it was less about the job and more about Buck’s direction as a person. A person who still does not need a “couch” to feel complete.

    Yes, it looked like all was finally well with the 118. That is, until a FaceTime call went terribly wrong in the episode’s final scene; Athena watched in horror as her father accidentally drove his car into his house, potentially severely injuring her mother in the process.

    THE 118 RACE TO THE RESCUE ,,ON AN ALL-NEW “9-1-1”

    (9/13/22) The 118 race to the rescue when a structure collapse at a “happiness convention” traps people under rubble. While on FaceTime with her mom, Athena’s father suffers a stroke and crashes through the wall of his house. Hen stretches herself too thin with test prep and her new responsibilities at the 118, while Maddie tries to help new recruit get his bearings at the call center in the all-new “Crash & Learn” episode of 9-1-1 airing Monday, Sept. 26 (8:00-9:02 PM ET/PT) on FOX. (NIN-602) (TV-14 D, L, S, V)

    Cast: Angela Bassett as Athena Grant; Peter Krause as Bobby Nash; Jennifer Love Hewitt as Maddie Kendall; Oliver Stark as Evan “Buck” Buckley; Kenneth Choi as Howie “Chimney” Han; Aisha Hinds as Henrietta “Hen” Wilson; Ryan Guzman as Eddie Diaz; Corinne Massiah as May Grant; Gavin McHugh as Christopher Diaz.

    THE 118 RACE TO THE RESCUE WHEN A MECHANICAL FAILURE ON A BLIMP CAUSES HAVOC,,ON THE SEASON PREMIERE OF “9-1-1”

    (9/13/22) When a blimp suffers mechanical failure and its engine catches fire, Athena and the 118 must rescue victims both inside and outside a packed sports stadium. Bobby and Athena drop off May on her first day of college and discuss honeymoon plans, while Maddie and Chimney go to couple’s therapy in the all-new “Let The Games Begin” Season Six premiere episode of 9-1-1 airing Monday, Sept. 19 (8:00-9:02 PM ET/PT) on FOX. (NIN-601) (TV-14 D, L, S, V)

    Cast: Angela Bassett as Athena Grant; Peter Krause as Bobby Nash; Jennifer Love Hewitt as Maddie Kendall; Oliver Stark as Evan “Buck” Buckley; Kenneth Choi as Howie “Chimney” Han; Aisha Hinds as Henrietta “Hen” Wilson; Ryan Guzman as Eddie Diaz; Corinne Massiah as May Grant; Gavin McHugh as Christopher Diaz.

    Fox Unveils Fall 2022-23 Schedule & Premiere Dates

    (6/6/22) SUNDAY

    On September 11

    8-9 PM — MONARCH (series premiere Part I simultaneous in all time zones; Part II on Tuesday, Sept. 20)

    Beginning September 25

    8-8:30 PM — The Simpsons
    8:30-9 PM — The Great North
    9-9:30 PM — Bob’s Burgers
    9:30-10 PM — Family Guy

    MONDAY

    Beginning September 19

    8-9 PM — 9-1-1
    9-10 PM — The Cleaning Lady

    TUESDAY

    Beginning September 20

    8-9 PM — The Resident
    9-10 PM — MONARCH

    WEDNESDAY

    Beginning September 21

    8-9 PM — The Masked Singer
    9-10 PM — Lego Masters

    THURSDAY

    Beginning September 29

    8-9 PM — Hell’s Kitchen
    9-9:30 PM — Welcome to Flatch
    9:30-10 PM — Call Me Kat

    FRIDAY

    Ongoing

    8-10 PM — Fox’s WWE Friday Night Smackdown

    ‘9-1-1’ Boss Breaks Down Season 5 finale

    (5/16/22) Hot on the heels of Fox’s 9-1-1 sixth season renewal at Upfronts on Monday, the Season 5 finale lined things up for the future perfectly after a night full of anxiety and drama.

    Bobby (Peter Krause) recognizes he’s fallen into a dangerous pattern of drinking again and those issues are beginning to affect the family. While busy in the kitchen after an extremely stressful day at work, Bobby shatters a glass in his hand leaving blood all over the place.

    His wife Athena’s (Angela Bassett) daughter May (Corinne Massiah) walks into the kitchen just as Bobby is trying to clean up the mess leaving her wondering what’s going on with him.

    In another part of town, Maddie (Jennifer Love Hewitt) is meeting up with Chimney (Kenneth Choi) to have an uncomfortably awkward conversation. Maddie wanted to tell Chimney she was ready to get back to work but he assumed the meeting was about her wanting to date other people. He seemed totally relieved after the fact, it’s worth noting.

    Hen’s (Aisha Hinds) mom Toni (Marsha Warfield) announces over dinner she’s going to get married and she’d like to have the event in her daughter’s backyard. Hen’s wife Karen (Tracie Thoms) wasn’t as happy as her spouse and was taken aback by the request.

    As the story unfolds, Karen reveals she’s not as over Toni not attending her wedding to Hen as she thought she was. Toni did not agree with gay marriage when she opted not to support her daughter when she and Karen first married.

    By the end of the episode, Hen and Karen arrive for the backyard celebration only to discover Toni isn’t the person that will walk down the aisle. Mom set it up so her daughter and daughter-in-law would renew their vows in front of family and friends who love them—including Toni who not only attended but officiated.

    After handling multiple intense cases, Bobby realizes his drinking has become a problem. While faced with a giant bottle of booze, he dumps it all into the sink. Grateful to be alive, he surprises Athena with tickets for a cruise.

    Series executive producer Kristen Reidel broke down the events from the finale and teases what fans could expect to see next season.

    DEADLINE: What a great way to close out Season 5 on a high note with that beautiful wedding. Will the celebration bring healing to Toni, Hen, and Karen?

    KRISTEN REIDEL: Hen and Karen have been through so much, not just this season but on the show. So this seemed like an opportunity to give them a clean slate so they could reaffirm their commitment to each other and so they can heal that old wound.

    DEADLINE: Are there future plans for Toni to walk down that aisle?

    REIDEL: I don’t know. One way or another, you’ll definitely see more of Toni. We love Marsha Warfield. We’re so thrilled we were able to get her on the show and to have her play Hen’s mom. They’re just so perfect together.

    DEADLINE: Should viewers be worried about Bobby?

    REIDEL: I wouldn’t be too worried about Bobby. You know, he’s an alcoholic and he will always be an alcoholic. I think that coming to the brink moment scared Bobby more than it scared the audience. So his decision to take Athena on that honeymoon they never had, is a positive thing. It’s him saying he’s not going to dwell on the bad things that happened and instead embrace the wonderful things he already has.

    DEADLINE: When we see them next season, will they be refreshed?

    REIDEL: I hope people will be able to see some of their trip! We’re going to have some fun with that vacation. It’s something we’ve been wanting to do for some time which has been talked about on the show. My hope is that at the beginning of Season 6, we’ll see Bobby and Athena on vacation together. However, I will say this is 9-1-1 and you never know what emergencies can arise.

    DEADLINE: What can you share about Maddie and Chimney’s future?

    REIDEL: With Chimney and Maddie, after having them apart for six months it felt it would be wrong if we had them get back together quickly so we wanted to honor their individual journeys. We did put that little meet cute there in the end, it was our way of saying that, at the end of the day, those two are always going to find their way back to each other.

    DEADLINE: Getting back to work was important to her, what can we expect on that front?

    REIDEL: We wanted to get her back in L.A. and settled and then feel a pullback into that world. Maddie has always been a person who likes to help others. She was a nurse for many years and then she became a dispatcher. I think there’s a part of Maddie who helps herself by helping others. It’s a good and healthy step for her to be back at work doing a job she loves and is really good at.

    DEADLINE: Is it finally over between Buck (Oliver Stark) and Taylor (Megan West)?

    REIDEL: Buck’s had an interesting transformation on the show. He was this wreckless guy when we first meet him going from one woman to another. Then he met Abby (Connie Britton) and it made him want to be a better man. In a lot of ways, I think maybe Buck overcorrected a little. So his relationship with Taylor was important because what we needed was for Buck to realize how he feels matters too. He doesn’t need to suck things up all the time to keep a relationship going. It’s ok to say, “This isn’t working for me.”

    It was an important step for Buck that this time he wasn’t the guy who got left. He was the guy who decided it was time to end things.

    DEADLINE: Abby was the one, right?

    REIDEL: We miss Connie. I think she liked doing the season and then she moved on to other things. We would love to have her back if she is ever interested in doing that. I will never say never.

    ‘9-1-1’ & ‘The Resident’ Close Season 6 Renewals In Time For Fox Upfront Presentation

    (5/16/22) It’s an upfronts miracle: Fox and 20th Television have closed Season 6 renewals of 9-1-1 and The Resident for the 2022-23 season.

    I hear the negotiations were completed shortly before the Fox upfront presentation’s 4 p.m. ET start. The two shows, both in their fifth seasons, were featured briefly in the presentation’s opening montage, but the previously renewed 9-1-1: Lone Star was mentioned in the opening remarks by Fox head of sales Marianne Gambelli. There were no specific reference to 9-1-1 and The Resident since the Fox presentation had been pre-taped, so no last-minute tweaks were possible.

    As Deadline had been reporting over the weekend, renewal negotiations on both shows went down to the wire and could not close by Sunday night for 9-1-1 and The Resident to be included in Fox’s 2022-23 content slate release sent out Monday morning.

    From what I’ve heard, the two sides were not that far apart by Sunday night, and both made concessions in order for Fox to have its highest-rated scripted series 9-1-1 and fellow formidable drama The Resident in their upfront lineup.

    It was a likely case of Fox focusing its attention on the tough decisions involving bubble shows, and the ones that were no-brainers ended up taking longer in the final stretch. Renewal negotiations are more complicated now that Fox and 9-1-1 and The Resident studio 20th Television are no longer part of the same company following the studio’s acquisition by Disney. That makes the financials — already challenging for long-running shows such as 9-1-1 and The Resident — even more complicated. The Season 4 renewal of the younger 9-1-1: Lone Star was able to close before Monday.

    “We are in good-faith negotiations [on 9-1-1 and The Resident],” Fox Entertainment CEO Charlie Collier said on Fox’s upfront call Monday morning. “Based on the long history with 20th Television, I think we are in pretty good shape. We adore [co-creator/EP] Ryan [Murphy] and are so pleased that Lone Star ls locked and loaded.”

    As we reported, Fox also is in renewal talks with 20th TV for the studio’s contingent of animated Fox veterans The Simpsons, Family Guy and Bob’s Burgers. Because animated series are on a different timeline, those renewals are not as pressing as the network has new episodes of all three for next season.

    9-1-1 and The Resident are Fox’s highest-rated series on Monday and Tuesday, respectively. 9-1-1 follows the busy lives of Los Angeles-based first responders: police officers, paramedics, firefighters and dispatchers. It stars Angela Bassett, Peter Krause, Oliver Stark, Ryan Guzman, Aisha Hinds, Jennifer Love Hewitt and Kenneth Choi, among others. The show’s Season 5 finale is set to air tonight.

    Created by Amy Holden Jones, Hayley Schore and Roshan Sethi, The Resident is a medical drama following the lives of the doctors and nurses at the fictional Chastain Park Memorial Hospital in Atlanta. The cast includes Matt Czuchry, Manish Dayal, Malcolm-Jamal Warner, Bruce Greenwood, Jane Leeves and Jessica Lucas.

    The series faced challenges going into Season 5 on the heels of multiple cast-member departures including longtime series stars Emily VanCamp and Shaunette Renée Wilson, as well as Morris Chestnut, who joined the show in Season 3 — but ratings remained steady.

    The drama’s May 17 finale should get a nice boost in viewership with the temporary return of VanCamp’s character Nic Nevin via flashbacks to help the series end strong. She returns just as her widower Conrad (Czuchry) is needing help moving on with his life romantically.

    THE MEMBERS OF THE 118 RACE TO THE RESCUE AT A WELLNESS RETREAT AND AN UPSCALE HAIR SALON ON THE ALL-NEW SEASON FINALE OF “9-1-1

    (5/10/22) Another day in the life of the 118, as its members race to rescue a cliffside wellness retreat guru after his followers turn on him. Then, they respond to an emergency call at an upscale hair salon. Meanwhile, Maddie contemplates returning to work, Eddie and May make decisions on their future, as do Buck and Taylor, and the 118 gathers for a surprise wedding in the all-new “Starting Over” Season Five finale episode of 9-1-1 airing Monday, May 16 (8:00-9:01 PM ET/PT) on FOX. (NIN-518) (TV-14 L, V)

    Cast: Angela Bassett as Athena Grant; Peter Krause as Bobby Nash; Jennifer Love Hewitt as Maddie Kendall; Oliver Stark as Evan “Buck” Buckley; Kenneth Choi as Howie “Chimney” Han; Aisha Hinds as Henrietta “Hen” Wilson; Ryan Guzman as Eddie Diaz; Corinne Massiah as May Grant; Marcanthonee Jon Reis as Harry Grant; Gavin McHugh as Christopher Diaz

    Guest Cast: Tracie Thoms as Karen Wilson; Marsha Warfield as Antonia ‘Toni’ Wilson; Arielle Kebbel as Lucy Donato; Anirudh Pisharody as Ravi Panikkar; Megan West as Taylor Kelly; Debra Christofferson as Sue Blevins; Chiquita Fuller as Linda Bates; Declan Pratt as Denny Wilson

    Ratings: The Endgame Hits Audience Low With Finale; 9-1-1, NCIS Top Night

    (5/3/22) In the latest TV show ratings, NBC bubble drama The Endgame ended its freshman run on Monday night with 1.4 million total viewers (a season low) and a fifth straight 0.2 demo rating.

    Opening NBC’s night, American Song Contest (1.6 mil/0.3) was up a bit in audience while flat in the demo.

    Elsewhere:

    FOX | 9-1-1 (4.9 mil/0.7) was steady and led Monday in the demo; Lone Star (4.2 mil/0.5) dipped.

    CBS | The Neighborhood (5.4 mil/0.6) and NCIS: Hawaii (5.1 mil/0.4) were steady, while Bobishola (5.3 mil/0.5) and NCIS (7 mil/0.5) ticked up.

    ABC | American Idol (5.7 mil/0.6) dipped a bit with a clip show; The Good Doctor (3.6 mil/0.4) was steady.

    THE CW | All American (480K/0.1) and yet-to-be-renewed Homecoming (330K/0.1) both lost some viewers.

    9-1-1 Recap: A Heroic Hour Ends With a Devastating (and Suspicious) Twist

    (5/2/22) A celebrated 9-1-1 dispatcher has taken her last call.

    Claudette Collins, played by Vanessa Estelle Williams, was killed in a fire on Monday’s episode, a powerful hour that took the entire call center down with it.

    The hour began innocently enough, with Sue forcing May and Claudette into the “quiet room” to hash out their issues. The situation wasn’t looking hopeful, but the two eventually found common ground, with Claudette encouraging May to go to college and live her life — she doesn’t want to see May suffer the toll that this job can take on a person.

    Then the building went up in flames, triggering a whole new set of issues. In the midst of the chaos, Sue totally forgot that May and Claudette were still in the building, forcing the women to fend for themselves. May stepped up and saved Claudette, whose burn scars revealed that she was no stranger to the dangers of fire.

    Unfortunately, Claudette’s “pressure bottomed out” on the way the hospital, according to an extremely cavalier Jonah. “It’s weird, I should have been able to save her,” he added, seemingly shrugging off the loss. “I usually save them.”

    Those last words didn’t sit well with Hen, who confided in Karen that Jonah appeared to show no compassion for Claudette. “You’ve never liked the guy,” Karen said. “Maybe there’s a reason why.”

    Also worth discussing…

    * Albert’s days as a firefighter are numbered, if not already completely over. Chimney’s brother tried to explain that he isn’t sure he’s meant to be a firefighter, but it took almost losing Albert during the dispatch fire crisis to help Chimney see what he was trying to say. Rather than settling for being half as good as he can be, Chimney encouraged Albert to “go out there and be something that allows you to be 100-percent you.” (To whom it may concern, here’s hoping this means we’ll see more of John Harlan Kim on Nancy Drew next season.)

    * Eddie’s back! No longer content to save the city one tweet at a time, the former firefighter dropped the “former” this week to help the 118 save everyone at the call center.

    * Taylor and Lucy finally met, and while it wasn’t the full-on brawl that Buck probably feared, their encounter wasn’t without tension. “Did you want a comment?” Lucy asks after the reporter introduces herself. And boy did Taylor have a comment to give. “You don’t know what the 118 means to him,” she said. “For Buck, that firehouse is his family. When things gets messy at the 118, he falls apart. I’d hate for things to get messy again.”

    * Despite an entire roof falling on Bobby, we all knew that Captain Nash would survive this call. Still, Athena and May made a big deal about him getting that MRI. Is anyone else concerned that there may still be bad news to come?

    Jennifer Love Hewitt’s Husband Almost Became A Criminal To Protect Her

    (5/1/22) In Hollywood, there are a lot of actors who seem to be all about the glitz and glamor. For example, some stars always seem to show up on lists of the best dressed since they have a whole team of prepare who make sure that they look perfect whenever they go out. On the other hand, even though Jennifer Love Hewitt always looks fantastic when she is at a major event, there is something about her that has always made her seem like a regular person.

    Since she has never seemed like she takes herself overly seriously, Jennifer Love Hewitt has been the perfect person to expose the problem with Hollywood. Amazingly enough, Love Hewitt’s husband also exposed a problem with society when he tried to protect her at one point but in doing so, he almost became a criminal.

    Because Jennifer Love Hewitt has been famous since she was quite young, she has taken part in countless interviews during her life. Depending on the nature of the questions she has been asked, Hewitt’s interviews have varied between being amusing and revealing. However, no matter what kind of questions she has been asked, one thing has remained constant about Hewitt’s interview, she comes across as a caring person that people would enjoy being around.

    Due to the way that people have always perceived Jennifer Love Hewitt, it shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone that she has dated several notable people over the years. For example, Love Hewitt has been linked to Alec Baldwin, Fred Savage, Joey Lawrence, Will Friedle, Carson Daly, Andrew Keegan, John Mayer, John Cusack, and Jamie Kennedy among others. Despite all the famous people that have been on Hewitt’s arm, she wound up marrying someone a lot less known.

    Before he married Jennifer Love Hewitt in 2013, Brian Hallisay was her co-worker as he had a starring role in her drama series The Client List. Since then, Hallisay went on to have notable roles in shows like Revenge and 9-1-1. Hallisay also has shown up in a handful of films during his career including Hostel: Part III and American Sniper.

    No matter how much everyone wants to find it, love can be far too elusive in life. As a result, when people find someone to love, whether that means romantically or otherwise, wanting to protect them is only natural. In 2013, Brian Hallisay and his soon-to-be wife at the time Jennifer Love Hewitt were out together one night when he suddenly felt the need to protect the woman he loved.

    According to TMZ, Jennifer Love Hewitt and Brian Hallisay were out for dinner only to discover that a paparazzo was waiting for them when they left the restaurant. Of course, anyone should be able to understand that suddenly having a cameraman rush up to them and take photos without permission could be very upsetting. As a result, it makes sense that Hallisay asked the paparazzo to leave him and his fiancée alone.

    Over the years, Jennifer Love Hewitt has been willing to admit that she hated being famous at times in her life. Despite that, she has a history of dealing with the paparazzi in the best ways possible. For example, when a paparazzo was taking pictures of her at a birthday party, Love Hewitt laughed and held up a paper where she wrote something advertising The Client List. When Brian Hallisay saw a paparazzo bothering Love Hewitt in 2013, however, he clearly wanted to protect her and decided to handle things very differently.

    Once the paparazzo who was snapping photos of Jennifer Love Hewitt without permission refused to stop, things got physical when Brian Hallisay attempted to force him to leave. In the resulting scuffle, the cameraman claims he was hit in the face near his eye with his camera. Evidently mortified by the situation, Love Hewitt intervened and gave the paparazzo permission to take photos of her in an attempt to make things right.

    Even though Jennifer Love Hewitt tried to calm things down, Brian Hallisay’s incident with a paparazzo still had consequences. The reason for that is that the paparazzo reported the incident to the police and an investigation into Hallisay’s actions was opened. Fortunately for him, even though the paparazzo was willing to press charges against Hallisay, he never suffered any legal consequences.

    On top of not getting into any legal trouble for the incident with the paparazzo, Brian Hallisay’s personal life didn’t seem to miss a beat either. After all, Hallisay and Jennifer Love Hewitt went on to get married and they even have three children together as of the time of this writing.

    Ratings: Price Is Right Ties 9-1-1s and American Idol for Monday Demo Win

    (4/26/22) In the latest TV show ratings, CBS’ The Price Is Right at Night ft. the marvelous Rachel Brosnahan drew 4.2 million total viewers and a 0.6 rating, landing in a four-way tie for the Monday demo prize showcase.

    Over on Fox, 9-1-1 (4.8 mil/0.6) dipped week-to-week (and hit at least a season low in audience), while Lone Star (4.5 mil/0.6) held steady.

    ABC’s American Idol (5.2 mil/0.6) was pretty steady week-to-week.

    NBC’s American Song Contest (1.4 mil/0.3) hit a new audience low, while the penultimate The Endgame (1.7 mil/0.2, get finale sneak peek) drew its best audience in four outings.

    Lastly, The CW’s All American (530K/0.1) and AA: Homecoming (380K/0.1) both hit multi-week highs in audience.

    THE MEMBERS OF THE 118 RACE TO RESCUE WHEN THE CALL CENTER GOES UP IN FLAMES ON AN ALL-NEW “9-1-1”

    (4/19/22) The 118 races to the rescue when the 9-1-1 Call Center goes up in flames. Then, Bobby risks his life to save a trapped May and Claudette, Buck and Eddie work together to help an injured electrician and Chimney and his brother team up as firefighters for the first time in the all-new “May Day” episode of 9-1-1 airing Monday, May 2 (8:00-9:01 PM ET/PT) on FOX. (NIN-516) (TV-14 L, V)

    Cast: Angela Bassett as Athena Grant; Peter Krause as Bobby Nash; Jennifer Love Hewitt as Maddie Kendall; Oliver Stark as Evan “Buck” Buckley; Kenneth Choi as Howie “Chimney” Han; Aisha Hinds as Henrietta “Hen” Wilson; Ryan Guzman as Eddie Diaz; Corinne Massiah as May Grant; Marcanthonee Jon Reis as Harry Grant; Gavin McHugh as Christopher Diaz

    Guest Cast: Tracie Thoms as Karen Wilson; John Harlan Kim as Albert; Arielle Kebbel as Lucy Donato; Brad Durfee as Jonah Greenway; Megan West as Taylor Kelly; Vanessa E. Williams as Claudette Collins; Bryan Safi as Josh Russo; Debra Christofferson as Sue Blevins; Chiquita Fuller as Linda Bates; Alex Loynaz as Terry Flores; Nick Cafero as Carson Hayes; Donny Carrington as Antoine Banks; Samantha Smith as Capt. Pamela Shore

    Monday Ratings: CMT Music Awards #1 in Viewers, Ties Idol and 9-1-1 in Demo

    (4/12/22) In the latest TV show ratings, CBS’ broadcast of the CMT Music Awards averaged 5.2 million viewers and a 0.6 demo rating, leading Monday in total audience and landing in a three-way tie for the nightly demo win.

    That audience tally is projected to hit 5.5 mil once live out-of-home viewing is factored in.

    Over on ABC, American Idol (shocker: Kenedi bowed out!) was steady with 5.1 mil and a 0.6, as was The Good Doctor (3.9 mil/0.4).

    Fox’s 9-1-1 (4.8 mil/0.6) dipped, whereas Lone Star (4.2 mil/0.5) added eyeballs and held steady in the demo.

    NBC’s American Song Contest slipped again to newer lows (1.4 mil/0.2), but The Endgame (1.5 mil/0.2) held steady (FWIW).

    Lastly, The CW’s All American (500K/0.1) and the yet-to-be-renewed Homecoming (340K/0.1) each dropped some viewers.

    9-1-1 Pushes Eddie to His Breaking Point

    (4/11/22) We need to talk about 9-1-1‘s Eddie Diaz. We’ve always known about the vulnerability lurking beneath his handsome war hero exterior, but we’ve never seen it break through like we did in the final moments of Monday’s episode.

    After his therapist pointed out that Eddie handles everyone else’s pain without adequately facing his own, the former firefighter reached out to some of the people he served with… only to discover that they’re all dead, even the ones he personally saved.

    This broke him, sending him into a violent spiral. Terrified, Christopher called Buck, who immediately rushed over to check on his Buddie. Sobbing on the floor of his destroyed bedroom, Eddie poured his heart out: “They’re all dead! Everybody that I saved, they’re all dead. … I pulled them out, but I didn’t save them. I’m afraid.”

    When Buck asked Eddie what he’s afraid of, he tearfully replied, “That I’m never going to feel normal again.”

    Other emergencies worth responding to…

    * Maddie and Chimney have decided to co-parent baby Jee-Yun without formally getting back together as a couple. As Maddie explained to Buck, “We grew apart, or we grew while we were apart.” Breakups are always disappointing, but this really does feel like the right move for them right now. I believe they’ll end up back together when (not if!) the time is right. I’m hopeful for that storyline in general, especially now that Maddie has conquered her fear of bathing Jee-Yun.

    * I’m less hopeful about Buck’s future with Taylor, though I’m proud of him for (finally) coming clean to her about kissing Lucy. And I’m kind of surprised that Taylor caved so quickly and agreed to stay with him. She and Lucy are bound to come face to face one of these days, and it’s going to be awkward.

    * Albert and his mustache are really feeling the pressures of life as firefighters, but they’re otherwise doing well.

    THE MEMBERS OF THE 118 RACE TO RESCUE A SOCIAL MEDIA INFLUENCER ON AN ALL-NEW “9-1-1”

    (4/8/22) The members of the 118 race to the rescue of a social media influencer when she has an accident in a sauna, then to an emergency at a reality show wedding, and finally a tragedy when a mother and her daughter go hiking. Meanwhile, Maddie worries she has missed too many firsts with Jee-Yun, May questions Athena’s career path and Hen and Karen attempt to recapture the fun in their relationship in the all-new “FOMO” episode of 9-1-1 airing Monday, April 25 (8:00-9:01 PM ET/PT) on FOX. (NIN-514) (TV-14 L, V)

    Cast: Angela Bassett as Athena Grant; Peter Krause as Bobby Nash; Jennifer Love Hewitt as Maddie Kendall; Oliver Stark as Evan “Buck” Buckley; Kenneth Choi as Howie “Chimney” Han; Aisha Hinds as Henrietta “Hen” Wilson; Ryan Guzman as Eddie Diaz; Corinne Massiah as May Grant; Marcanthonee Jon Reis as Harry Grant; Gavin McHugh as Christopher Diaz

    Guest Cast: Tracie Thomas as Karen; Arielle Kebbel as Lucy Donato

    THE 118 GO TO THE EDGE TO RESCUE A WOMAN WHO HAS FALLEN OFF HER PENTHOUSE ROOF ON AN ALL-NEW “9-1-1”

    (3/30/22) The members of the 118 race into action when a women falls over her penthouse balcony. Meanwhile, Athena investigates when a bike rider is impaled on a stop sign, Eddie begins his therapy for his PTSD and survivor’s guilt and Maddie fears the worst when Jee-Yun falls ill in the all-new “Dumb Luck” episode of 9-1-1 airing Monday, April 18 (8:00-9:01 PM ET/PT) on FOX. (NIN-513) (TV-14 L, V)

    Cast: Angela Bassett as Athena Grant; Peter Krause as Bobby Nash; Jennifer Love Hewitt as Maddie Kendall; Oliver Stark as Evan “Buck” Buckley; Kenneth Choi as Howie “Chimney” Han; Aisha Hinds as Henrietta “Hen” Wilson; Ryan Guzman as Eddie Diaz; Corinne Massiah as May Grant; Marcanthonee Jon Reis as Harry Grant; Gavin McHugh as Christopher Diaz

    Guest Cast: Tracie Thomas as Karen; Arielle Kebbel as Lucy Donato; Bryce Durfee as Jonah Greenway.

    9-1-1's Jennifer Love Hewitt Explains How Maddie's Storyline Helped Her Through Her Own Postpartum Journey

    (3/29/22) Spoiler alert: We’re about to break down Maddie’s revealing return to 9-1-1. Haven’t watched? You’ve been warned.

    If watching Monday’s 9-1-1 made you emotional, just imagine how Jennifer Love Hewitt feels. Actually, you don’t have to.

    TVLine spoke with the actress about this week’s Maddie-centric hour, which answered every conceivable question that fans have asked since the character last appeared in October 2021. The episode, a deep exploration of Maddie’s postpartum struggles, also hit close to home for Hewitt.

    “When we started doing Maddie’s pregnancy storyline, I was not pregnant, but very quickly into that storyline, I found out that I was,” she tells TVLine. “So I was pregnant while she was pregnant. And with the timing of everything, I also ended up sort of being on my own postpartum journey as I was filming her postpartum episodes. It was very interesting timing throughout the whole thing for her and I. It was actually very helpful. My postpartum was sort of rushed through because I had to give it all to Maddie. [Playing that character] gave me a place to put all the emotions. So it helped me, in real life, push through it probably a lot faster than I would have. I was very grateful for that.”

    “The after having a baby part is as important for the mom and for the partner of the mom to pay attention to,” Hewitt adds. “There’s a lot that happens. I literally just went through this where I had postpartum. Fortunately, I had people around me to pay attention and tell me that I didn’t seem like myself or that maybe I was struggling more than I was allowing myself to vocalize. I’m so grateful to be playing this storyline for people out there. I hope that they feel seen and heard and can help people who might be struggling and feel like they can’t say anything. I hope it helps somebody.”

    This week’s episode brought us back to the moment Maddie let Jee-Yun slip under the bathwater, the moment she dropped the baby at the firehouse, and the moment she recorded that heartbreaking message for Chimney. It then showed us a moment we hadn’t seen before — Maddie’s attempt to drown herself in the ocean. But she persevered, returning to the Boston hospital where she worked as a nurse, this time to check herself in as a patient.

    Beyond her depression, Maddie was diagnosed with postpartum thyroiditis, a treatable condition in which a person’s thyroid becomes inflamed after they give birth. After so much uncertainty, she was relieved to find out what she was actually dealing with.

    “There are these very simple blood tests they do for women after [giving birth], and then they just send you out. They’re like, ‘Well, it looks fine. You must just be feeling weird.’ I appreciated that in Maddie’s storyline, we really get into how part of what happened to her was just a missed hormone panel that no one paid attention to because she fell into this rare category of people who needed this certain kind of thing for her thyroid,” Hewitt tells TVLine. “I’m sure there will be women out there watching who will think, ‘I’ve been feeling weird, maybe I need to go ask for that and look more into that.’ Or reach out to people and say, ‘I’m not feeling right,’ and they have to pay attention.”

    Monday’s episode also chronicled Chimney’s search for the mother of his child, with he and Maddie ultimately meeting by chance; he was the volunteer paramedic when a new friend of hers had too much to drink on St. Patrick’s Day. It wasn’t how either of them wanted to come face to face after so much time, but life rarely affords us such options.

    During an extremely emotional chat, Maddie brought Chimney up to speed on how she’s been, prompting him to apologize for ignoring the warning signs, and for believing she was OK just because he wanted her to be OK. They agreed that they’ve both spent too much time running from the truth, and that they need to start being honest about how they feel and what they want.

    “There’s a real hole in mental health for women after they have a baby in that it’s very much like walking on egg shells,” Hewitt says. “No one wants to upset the tired new mom who’s breastfeeding and doing all of this. And the moms are sitting there like, ‘Why isn’t anybody asking if I’m OK? I don’t feel right.'”

    So, what’s next for Maddie now that she’s decided to come home? Hewitt says it’s important to remember that “anyone who’s been in any sort of treatment needs to reacclimate themselves to life. They need to get back into their old clothes, their old shoes, their old ways and bring the new things with them. From he moment she is able to go, ‘I am ready to be a mom again and I can do that,’ she’s going to full into being a mom again. That is for the rest of the season. There are no more weird or unsure moments with that baby. She is just happy to be a mom again, and feel confident and good about her ability to do so.”

    As for Chimney and Maddie’s relationship, things are still “complicated,” Hewitt admits. “Is there love there? Was that ever the problem? No. But can you step back in when one person has been left, and the other person felt like they had to leave, and go right back into a normal relationship? Absolutely not. So, yeah, it’s complicated. But Maddie and Chimney have been through a lot. We’re not going to leave the audience hanging on that answer for very long, but it won’t feel totally put back together and normal right away. That wouldn’t be real.”

    Ratings: NCIS: Hawai'i Audience Rises With Crossover; Song Contest Plunges

    (3/29/22) In the latest TV show ratings, CBS’ yet-to-be-renewed NCIS: Hawai’i this Monday drew 5.9 million total viewers — up 16 percent to a best-since-premiere audience — and held steady in the demo with a 0.5, as part of CBS’ NCIS crossover event.

    NCIS itself (6.6 mil/0.5) dipped in the demo but of course copped Monday’s largest audience. Opening the Eye’s night, The Neighborhood (5.3 mil/0.6) and Bobishola (5 mil/0.5) were steady.

    Elsewhere:

    ABC | American Idol (5.5 mil/0.7) and The Good Doctor (3.8 mil/0.4) were both steady, with the former leading Monday in the demo.

    FOX | 9-1-1 (4.8 mil/0.6) and Lone Star (3.8 mil/0.5) both slipped to at least season lows.

    NBC | American Song Contest (1.8 mil/0.3) plunged 40 percent from its debut. The Endgame (1.4 mi/0.2) in turn slipped to series lows.

    THE CW | All American (590K/0.2) added eyeballs, Homecoming (390K/0.1) lost some.

    Jennifer Love Hewitt feels 'proud' of '9-1-1' storyline

    (3/26/22) Jennifer Love Hewitt feels “proud” of 9-1-1’s portrayal of postpartum depression.

    The 43-year-old actress plays Maddie Buckley in the TV series, and she can relate to the struggles of her on-screen character, having been through three pregnancies herself and experienced “versions of” postpartum depression.

    Jennifer – who has Autumn, eight, Atticus, six, and Aidan, six months – shared: “I knew when we started the storyline where it was going to end up. And taking the break to go have a real baby and then come back to it was strange and a little daunting.

    “It was really important to us to tell the real story. Postpartum depression has been done on other shows, it’s something that’s out there. It’s something that people talk about. But it’s usually a lighter version of what that looks like. Or the diagnosis is lighter than what Maddie has dealt with.”

    Jennifer is glad that the makers of the show decided to tackle the issue, and she feels proud of how it’s been dealt with.

    The actress told Entertainment Tonight: “Her’s is a really extreme version of what postpartum can cause in someone’s life, heightened by having a baby in a pandemic on the show and everything else that she’s been through as a character.

    “So I was really excited and proud of the show and proud of Fox for really getting in there and telling this story for all the women who are out there that might be suffering from this at the moment or have had that in the past, because it’s a real thing.”

    Jennifer also saw some similarities between the struggles of her character and her own real-life situation.

    She said: “I was so very much in my own postpartum journey. Having to play Maddie in the middle of hers, which is a little bit different than mine, but having to do that every day – it was really hard.

    “But it was also very cathartic and really interesting. I feel it kind of helped me in my own journey, sort of pushed through faster and be able to have a place to put it and to understand all those things that we could go through as women.”

    ATHENA, BOBBY AND THE 126 RACE TO SAVE VICTIMS WHO HAVE CONFRONTED THEIR FEARS ON AN ALL-NEW “9-1-1”

    (3/24/22) Athena investigates a robbery at a gas station that takes an unexpected turn when the would-be victim turns the tables on her assailant. Meanwhile, Bobby and the 126 race to rescue a novice diver who panics while in a shark cage, and a house sitter terrified of spiders. Then, Eddie reaches his breaking point, Chimney returns to the 118 and Maddie shares some news with Buck, who realizes he has to come clean with Taylor in the all-new “Fear-o-Phobia” episode of 9-1-1 airing Monday, April 11 (8:00-9:01 PM ET/PT) on FOX. (NIN-512) (TV-14 L, V)

    Cast: Angela Bassett as Athena Grant; Peter Krause as Bobby Nash; Jennifer Love Hewitt as Maddie Kendall; Oliver Stark as Evan “Buck” Buckley; Kenneth Choi as Howie “Chimney” Han; Aisha Hinds as Henrietta “Hen” Wilson; Ryan Guzman as Eddie Diaz; Corinne Massiah as May Grant; Marcanthonee Jon Reis as Harry Grant; Gavin McHugh as Christopher Diaz

    Guest Cast: Megan West as Taylor; Arielle Kebbel as Lucy Donato; Bryce Durfee as Jonah Greenway

    Ratings: 9-1-1, American Idol Lead Night; Idol Crushes NBC's Song Contest

    (3/22/22) In the latest TV show ratings, Fox’s 9-1-1 and ABC’s American Idol tied for the Monday demo win, while CBS’ NCIS commanded the night’s largest audience.

    FOX | 9-1-1 resumed its season with 5.1 million total viewers and a 0.7 demo rating, down just a tick from its fall averages. Now airing an hour later, Lone Star (4.3 mil/0.5) dipped just a bit.

    ABC | Leading out of American Idol (5.2 mil/0.7), The Good Doctor (3.8 mil/0.4) was steady.

    CBS | The Neighborhood (5.6 mil/0.6) and NCIS: Hawai’i (5 mil/0.5) were steady, while Abishola (5.2 mil/0.5) and NCIS proper (6.4 mil/0.5) were down.

    NBC | American Song Contest debuted to 2.9 mil and a 0.5, which is on par with time slot predecessor AGT: Extreme‘s averages (but of course down sharply from The Voice‘s fall averages). The Endgame hit a new audience low (1.8 mil) but was steady in the demo (with its fourth straight 0.3).

    THE CW | All American (620K/0.2) and Homecoming (430K/0.15) each dropped a handful of eyeballs.

    9-1-1 Returns: Get Early Intel on Maddie and Chimney's Reunion, Eddie's Crisis and the 118's New 'Female Buck'

    (3/19/22) When 9-1-1 returns for the back half of its fifth season on Monday (Fox, 8/7c), it’ll bring all of your favorites along for the ride — and we do mean all of them.

    Maddie (Jennifer Love Hewitt) and Chimney (Kenneth Choi), not seen together since the season began, will finally share the screen on March 28 in what executive producer Kristen Reidel jokingly calls “our one-episode spinoff.”

    “They’ve both been through a lot individually,” Reidel tells TVLine of the estranged parents. “Maddie was in a very dark place when she left L.A., and we will see that. The episode in Boston is not just their reunion, it’s what it took to get to that reunion. There will also be some fun in there, because it is St. Patrick’s Day in Boston, which gave us some opportunities for fun amidst the trauma of everything they’ve been through. There are some sweet moments in there, as well. They’ve been apart for six months, and they’ve been through a lot individually, and that changes their relationship going forward.”

    But before we reunite with those familiar faces, we have a few new ones with which to get acquainted. Enter Arielle Kebbel (The Vampire Diaries, Midnight Texas) as Lucy, a thrill-seeking firefighter whom showrunner Tim Minear previously described to TVLine as “the female version of Buck.”

    “One of the challenges we had in our little 9-1-1 world is that all of our characters have been through so much, especially at the start of this season with Maddie leaving, Chimney going after her, Buck dealing with that, and Eddie’s ongoing trauma issues,” Reidel says. “It felt nice to have somebody come in who didn’t have baggage yet, a breath of fresh air for lack of a better term. She’s new to this [firehouse] and she sees their world differently because she’s not part of the 118 yet. It just seemed like it was time to get a new person in there who could bring a different dynamic.”

    Since Reidel brought up Eddie’s issues, let’s dive into that, too. Though Ryan Guzman’s character chose to step back from the action after getting shot, he’s going to have a difficult time adjusting to life in the slow lane.

    “Eddie is very much, and has always been, a person who acts,” Reidel says. “He was with Shannon, she got pregnant and he joined the army. After she left, he became a firefighter. He’s a guy who’s used to doing things and taking action physically. Talking about and acknowledging his feelings has never been part of his DNA. He’s going to have to learn how to do that in the back half of the season.”

    CHIMNEY IS DETERMINED TO FIND A MISSING MADDIE ON AN ALL-NEW “9-1-1”

    (3/10/22) Chimney is determined to find a missing Maddie amongst the chaos of St. Patrick’s Day in the all-new “Boston” episode of 9-1-1 airing Monday, March 28 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. (NIN-515) (TV-14 L, V)

    Cast: Angela Bassett as Athena Grant; Peter Krause as Bobby Nash; Jennifer Love Hewitt as Maddie Kendall; Oliver Stark as Evan “Buck” Buckley; Kenneth Choi as Howie “Chimney” Han; Aisha Hinds as Henrietta “Hen” Wilson; Ryan Guzman as Eddie Diaz; Corinne Massiah as May Grant; Marcanthonee Jon Reis as Harry Grant; Gavin McHugh as Christopher Diaz

    THE 118 RACE TO RESCUE A FAMILY TRAPPED IN A MOVING VEHICLE RIGGED TO EXPLODEON THE ALL-NEW SPRING PREMIERE OF “9-1-1”

    (3/5/22) Athena, Bobby and the 118 “speed” to the rescue to save a family whose pick-up truck has been rigged with a pipe bomb which will detonate if the vehicle slows under 55 miles an hour. Meanwhile, Eddie has a rough transition into his new job, Buck makes an impulsive relationship decision and Hen is reluctant to accept her new partner in Chimney’s absence in the all-new “Outside Looking In” spring premiere episode of 9-1-1 airing Monday, March 21 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. (NIN-511) (TV-14 L, V)

    Cast: Angela Bassett as Athena Grant; Peter Krause as Bobby Nash; Jennifer Love Hewitt as Maddie Kendall; Oliver Stark as Evan “Buck” Buckley; Kenneth Choi as Howie “Chimney” Han; Aisha Hinds as Henrietta “Hen” Wilson; Ryan Guzman as Eddie Diaz; Corinne Massiah as May Grant; Marcanthonee Jon Reis as Harry Grant; Gavin McHugh as Christopher Diaz

    Guest Cast: Arielle Kebbel as Lucy Donato; Brad Durfee as Jonah Greenway; Anirudh Pisharody as Ravi; Megan West as Taylor Kelly

    Critics Choice Super Awards Nominations

    (2/22/22) Winners will be revealed on Thursday, March 17. The Super Awards, which will not be telecast this year.

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    9-1-1 Promo Touts Maddie's Return, Arielle Kebbel's Arrival as Female Buck

    (2/21/22) (Video) 9-1-1 is returning to Fox next month with a few familiar faces in tow.

    A new promo for the procedural, which resumes its fifth season on Monday, March 21 (8/7c), welcomes back Chimney and Maddie, both of whom left town back in 2021. Jennifer Love Hewitt’s character was last seen in the show’s Oct. 4 episode, which ended with Maddie dropping her and Chimney’s baby off at the fire station, while Kenneth Choi’s character has been in pursuit of his missing partner ever since.

    We’re also meeting a few new faces in the coming weeks. For starters, Arielle Kebbel (The Vampire Diaries) will recur as Lucy Donato, a firefighter who shows up around the promo’s 17-second mark. “I would say she’s kind of like the female version of Buck,” showrunner Tim Minear tells TVLine of Lucy. “She’s tough, she’s enthusiastic and she’s a bit of an adrenaline junkie. She’s also a little more seasoned than Buck in some ways.”

    Additionally, Bryce Durfee will recur as paramedic Jonah Greenway, who fills in for Chimney while he’s on leave in search of Maddie.

    Other highlights from the promo include Buck heroically repelling down a building to save a woman from dropping to her death, Eddie working in a different role than the one he stepped away from, and a particularly eerie case of a victim seemingly mummified by spiders. Never change, 9-1-1. Never change.

    Fox Sets Dates for 9-1-1/9-1-1: Lone Star Reunion, MasterChef Junior's Return, Masked Singer and Name That Tune

    (1/26/22) Fox will dial up both 9-1-1 series in late March, when the original series is again paired with its Lone Star offshoot on Monday nights.

    As revealed by the network’s latest midseason schedule, 9-1-1 will resume Season 5 on Monday, March 21 at 8/7c, where it will be followed by 9-1-1: Lone Star (which is currently unspooling its third season at 8 pm). The freshman drama The Cleaning Lady, now airing Mondays at 9, will wrap its freshman run on March 14.

    Because it’s too self-aware not to share: In 9-1-1‘s midseason opener, the members of the 118 “‘speed’ to the rescue to save a family whose pick-up truck has been rigged with a pipe bomb which will detonate if the vehicle slows under 55 mph.”

    Also of note on Fox’s schedule, MasterChef Junior will at long last serve up its eighth season, after more than two-and-a-half years off the air (#pandemic), on Thursday, March 17.

    Elsewhere on the reality-TV front, the LEGO Masters-like Domino Masters will debut Wednesday, March 9, leading out of The Masked Singer‘s seventh season, while Name That Tune will kick off its encore run on Tuesday, March 29 (leading out of The Resident).

    Other confirmed finale dates occurring ahead of the premieres below include Next Level Chef (on March 2), I Can See Your Voice (March 8), Joe Millionaire: For Richer or Poorer (March 10) and Pivoting (March 10).

    WEDNESDAY, MARCH 9
    8 pm The Masked Singer Season 7
    9 pm DOMINO MASTERS (series premiere)

    THURSDAY, MARCH 17
    8 PM MasterChef Junior Season 8
    9:30 pm WELCOME TO FLATCH (series premiere)

    MONDAY, MARCH 21
    8 pm 9-1-1 resumes Season 5
    9 pm 9-1-1: Lone Star (new time slot)

    TUESDAY, MARCH 29
    9 pm Name That Tune Season 2

    Betty White’s 100th birthday coming to theaters for one-night-only event

    (12/16/21) Betty White is about to hit a very big milestone come Jan. 17.

    The iconic star of both the big and the small screens will hit triple digits, turning the big 1-0-0, next year. Fans will able to celebrate the joyous occasion with her in a special one-night-only theatrical event.

    “Betty White: 100 Years Young — A Birthday Celebration” will be distributed by Fathom Events and will be shown in 900 cinemas nationwide on Jan. 17, 2022.

    Tickets will go on sale on Dec. 17.

    The show will take a gander at the much-loved actress’ life behind the scenes, as well as her relationships with her friends and staff and her efforts as an animal advocate.

    The “Golden Girls” star’s 100th birthday bash will also be in the show, with a guest list that includes the likes of Ryan Reynolds, Tina Fey, Robert Redford, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Clint Eastwood, Morgan Freeman, Jay Leno, Carol Burnett, Craig Ferguson, Jimmy Kimmel, Valerie Bertinelli, James Corden, Wendie Malick and Jennifer Love Hewitt.

    Highlight reels from her illustrious career will be featured in the show, along with footage from her appearances on “Saturday Night Live” and her roles on “The Mary Tyler Moore Show” and “Hot in Cleveland.”

    “Who doesn’t love a party?!? This one is gonna be great,” White said in a statement.

    Filmmaker Steve Boettcher added, “We didn’t want this day to pass without bringing together all the people that love her, from her co-stars and friends to her many millions of fans of all ages, to celebrate her 100th birthday with an entertaining and loving look at what makes Betty a national treasure.”

    White’s legacy on “The Golden Girls” will further be memorialized in the upcoming fan convention.

    The Golden-Con: Thank You for Being a Fan event will be held in Chicago April 22-24.

    “We’re creating a space where fans can celebrate all the things they love about the show: friendships, laughter, families of choice, Scandinavian nitwits, sexy Southern belles, stern substitute teachers and Sicilians,” event producer Zack Hudson told Edge Media Network in October.

    When The Post asked White’s reps if she plans on attending the inaugural Golden-Con, her spokesman Jeff Witjas said: “No she is not. At 99 and about to be 100 [on Jan. 17], Betty no longer travels by air.”

    THE HOLIDAYS ARE LESS THAN MERRY AS THE 118 RACES TO THE RESCUE ON CHRISTMAS EVE ON THE ALL-NEW FALL FINALE OF “9-1-1”

    (12/1/21) The members of the 118 are called to series of emergencies around Christmas Eve. Then, Eddie struggles with an emotional Christopher in the all-new “Wrapped in Red” fall finale episode of 9-1-1 airing Monday, Dec. 6 (8:00-9:01 PM ET/PT) on FOX. (NIN-510) (TV-14 D, L, S, V)

    Cast: Angela Bassett as Athena Grant; Peter Krause as Bobby Nash; Jennifer Love Hewitt as Maddie Kendall; Oliver Stark as Evan “Buck” Buckley; Kenneth Choi as Howie “Chimney” Han; Aisha Hinds as Henrietta “Hen” Wilson; Rockmond Dunbar as Michael Grant; Ryan Guzman as Eddie Diaz; Corinne Massiah as May Grant; Marcanthonee Jon Reis as Harry Grant; Gavin McHugh as Christopher Diaz

    Guest Cast: Anirudh Pisharody as Ravi; Megan West as Taylor Kelly; Cocoa Brown as Carla

    THE MEMBERS OF THE 118 CONFRONT A MASSIVE SINKHOLE IN DOWNTOWN LOS ANGELES ON AN ALL-NEW “9-1-1”

    (11/17/21) Bobby and the 118 race to the rescue when an abandoned oil well erupts and causes a massive sinkhole in downtown Los Angeles. Meanwhile, Athena investigates a 30-year-old cold case, Buck fears his relationship with Taylor might be ending, and Hen meets a man from her mother’s past in the all-new “Past is Prologue” episode of 9-1-1 airing Monday, Nov. 29 (8:00-9:01 PM ET/PT) on FOX. (NIN-508) (TV-14 D, L, S, V)

    Cast: Angela Bassett as Athena Grant; Peter Krause as Bobby Nash; Jennifer Love Hewitt as Maddie Kendall; Oliver Stark as Evan “Buck” Buckley; Kenneth Choi as Howie “Chimney” Han; Aisha Hinds as Henrietta “Hen” Wilson; Rockmond Dunbar as Michael Grant; Ryan Guzman as Eddie Diaz; Corinne Massiah as May Grant; Marcanthonee Jon Reis as Harry Grant; Gavin McHugh as Christopher Diaz

    Guest Cast: Anirudh Pisharody as Ravi; Megan West as Taylor Kelly; Marsha Warfield as Antonia “Toni” Wilson.

    THE 118 RACES TO THE RESCUE WHEN A MASSIVE SINKHOLE OPENS UP IN DOWNTOWN LOS ANGELES ON AN ALL-NEW “9-1-1”

    (10/30/21) Bobby and the 118 race to the rescue when an abandoned oil well erupts and causes a massive sinkhole in downtown LA. Athena investigates a 30-year-old cold case involving a casino robbery. Buck fears his relationship with Taylor might be ending, and Hen meets a man from her mother, Toni’s, past in the all-new “Past is Prologue” episode of 9-1-1 airing Monday, Nov. 15 (8:00-9:01 PM ET/PT) on FOX. (NIN-508) (TV-14 D, L, S, V)

    Cast: Angela Bassett as Athena Grant; Peter Krause as Bobby Nash; Jennifer Love Hewitt as Maddie Kendall; Oliver Stark as Evan “Buck” Buckley; Kenneth Choi as Howie “Chimney” Han; Aisha Hinds as Henrietta “Hen” Wilson; Rockmond Dunbar as Michael Grant; Ryan Guzman as Eddie Diaz; Corinne Massiah as May Grant; Marcanthonee Jon Reis as Harry Grant; Gavin McHugh as Christopher Diaz

    Guest Cast: Anirudh Pisharody as Ravi; Megan West as Taylor Kelly; Marsha Warfield as Antonia “Toni” Wilson

    BOBBY AND THE 118 ARE TRAPPED IN A PRISON RIOT ON AN ALL-NEW “9-1-1”

    (10/20/21) Responding to a fire at a prison, Bobby and the 118 find themselves trapped in a deadly riot in the all-new “Brawl in the all-new “Cell Block 9-1-1” episode of 9-1-1 airing Monday, Nov. 8 (8:00-9:01 PM ET/PT) on FOX. (NIN-507) (TV-14 D, L, S, V)

    Cast: Angela Bassett as Athena Grant; Peter Krause as Bobby Nash; Jennifer Love Hewitt as Maddie Kendall; Oliver Stark as Evan “Buck” Buckley; Kenneth Choi as Howie “Chimney” Han; Aisha Hinds as Henrietta “Hen” Wilson; Rockmond Dunbar as Michael Grant; Ryan Guzman as Eddie Diaz; Corinne Massiah as May Grant; Marcanthonee Jon Reis as Harry Grant; Gavin McHugh as Christopher Diaz

    Guest Cast: Anirudh Pisharody as Ravi; Megan West as Taylor Kelly; Bryan Safi as Josh Russo; Claudia Christian as Capt. Elaine Maynard; Mark Pellegrino as Mitchell Trent; Jon Curry as Fredrick Vaughn; Gregg Daniel as Dr. Cochran

    THE MEMBERS OF THE 118 RACE TO SAVE A CARJACKED VICTIM BURIED ALIVE ON AN ALL-NEW “9-1-1”

    (10/18/21) As if Chimney skipping town to look for Maddie wasn’t hard enough, Monday’s episode of 9-1-1 nearly cost the 118 another member of its team.

    With his actual family in the midst of a crisis, Buck shifted every ounce of his energy towards his work family, much to the chagrin of poor put-upon Ravi (fka “Probie”). Nothing Ravi did was good enough to satisfy Buck, to the point where the guy had to hide under Bobby’s desk just to escape his overlord’s reign of handsome terror. It took him the entire hour to earn Buck’s seal of approval with some quick thinking at a meth lab explosion in a chapel under a retirement home (only on this show!), at which point he received an ominous “You’re ready.” Ready for what, you ask? That’s a complicated answer, one that came by way of an unexpected pre-dinner speech: “I’ve really loved being a part of the 118 for these past five years,” Buck told everyone. “This place and you guys mean so much to me, Which is why for the good of everyone, I’ve decided I’m going to put in for a transfer.” (Uh, say what now?) “I know it’s a lot of change, but I really think that Probie — Ravi — is ready to fill the spot.”

    The truth is, Buck just blamed himself for Chimney leaving, thereby throwing the firehouse into chaos. “Nothing is the same without him, and everything feels broken now, and it’s my fault,” he said, possibly quoting Evanescence lyrics. “I’m the reason he’s gone.” That’s when Buck’s fellow firefighters jumped in to explain that they all gave Chimney their blessing before he left town. Hen even volunteered to go with him. “He’s coming back, Buck — with Maddie,” they told him. “And when he does, you’re going to be right here where you belong.”

    But this is still Buck we’re talking about, so the moment he finally felt like he had nothing to worry about… he received something to worry about. A middle-of-the-night phone call from Maddie jolted Buck and Taylor from their sleep — and she wasn’t happy. “Why is Chimney in Utah?” she asked, essentially providing a massive clue to her location. She promised Buck that she’s safe, but insisted, “I’m not ready. Not yet.” That’s when Buck heard familiar chimes in the background, leading him to his own conclusion about his sister’s disappearance: “I think I know where she is!”

    Also worth discussing…

    * With the effects of Jeffrey’s attack still wreaking havoc on the Grant family, Athena pressured Harry to speak up about his kidnapping on Monday’s 9-1-1 — and she did not like what her son had to say. “I only went through anything because of you two,” he told Michael and Athena. “Dad just stood there and let it happen, and Jeffrey was only there because of you. But you were too busy being a cop, too busy to protect me. That’s what she cares about. Being a cop. Jeffrey was right about you — you’re a terrible mother.” Without thinking, Athena responded to her son’s outburst by hitting him — a moment that left everyone in the room stunned, most of all Harry. Michael is also furious with Athena for getting physical with their son, which they promised they’d never do, leading Athena to feel like Jeffrey somehow won in the end.

    * Claudette remained a thorn in May’s side at the call center this week, repeatedly taking over her calls without giving May the benefit of the doubt. When May used her own experience to connect with a suicidal caller, Claudette nearly cut her off for going against protocol — until she realized that May’s empathetic approach actually helped save the girl’s life. We’ve officially upgraded their relationship status to “workplace frenemies.”

    THE MEMBERS OF THE 118 RACE TO SAVE A CARJACKED VICTIM BURIED ALIVE ON AN ALL-NEW “9-1-1”

    (10/18/21) The members of the 118 race to rescue a man who claims he was carjacked, shot and buried alive. Then, they arrive at a home where the owner thinks her roommate is a ghost, Hen receives a visit from the past and Athena and family are concerned that Harry is still haunted by visions of Jeffrey in the all-new “Ghost Stories” episode of 9-1-1 airing Monday, Nov. 1 (8:00-9:01 PM ET/PT) on FOX. (NIN-506) (TV-14 D, L, S, V)

    Cast: Angela Bassett as Athena Grant; Peter Krause as Bobby Nash; Jennifer Love Hewitt as Maddie Kendall; Oliver Stark as Evan “Buck” Buckley; Kenneth Choi as Howie “Chimney” Han; Aisha Hinds as Henrietta “Hen” Wilson; Rockmond Dunbar as Michael Grant; Ryan Guzman as Eddie Diaz; Corinne Massiah as May Grant; Marcanthonee Jon Reis as Harry Grant; Gavin McHugh as Christopher Diaz

    Guest Cast: Anirudh Pisharody as Ravi; Megan West as Taylor Kelly; Sasha Roiz as Det. Lou Ransone.

    9-1-1 Recap: The Search for Maddie Takes a Dramatic (and Violent) Turn

    (10/11/21) Maddie remained very much out of the picture on Monday’s 9-1-1, as Chimney struggled to comprehend why the mother of his child would suddenly abandon them both.

    While Buck was far more accepting of his sister’s decision, explaining that she sometimes likes to “put distance” between herself and her problems, Chimney insisted that there must be more to this story. He even questioned whether Doug could have kidnapped Maddie, even after Buck reminded him that Doug is dead. “Is he, though?” Chimney replied. “I mean, did you see a body? Did anybody see a body?” (Relax, Chim. We’re talking about Doug, not Michael Myers.)

    The plot thickened when Chimney received a letter from his insurance company regarding Jee-Yun’s recent visit to the emergency room, which Maddie obviously neglected to tell him about. He even tracked down the doctor who treated Jee-Yun and poured his heart out to her on the street — a full-on emotional breakdown in which he admitted that he should have been checking in on Maddie while the world was falling apart. Speaking of things falling apart, Chimney went apes–t on Buck when he found out that Maddie called her brother before suddenly taking off. Understandably furious that Buck kept that from him for an entire week, he punched Maddie’s brother in his beautiful face. Buck maintained his position, but after speaking with Eddie, he realized that Chimney may know Maddie better than he does. (I would have preferred that they discuss it over pillow talk, but whatever.)

    The episode ended with Chimney taking off in search of Maddie, promising Hen that he would be back when his mission was over. You know, just in case this episode didn’t already have you sobbing.

    Other emergencies worth addressing…

    * Hen found herself in an incredibly difficult position after accidentally mixing up two teenage girls involved in a devastating school parade gone wrong. After Eddie had to break the news of one girl’s death to the wrong parents, Hen was forced to then inform everyone of the egregious error. I will say, I don’t always get invested in the characters involved in these emergencies of the week, but every single one of those hospital sequences was devastating.

    * A dispatch legend named Claudette Collins (played by Vanessa Estelle Williams) arrived at the call center to fill in for Maddie — and to absolutely ruin May’s day. After establishing that she’s too good to wear the company polo (“I couldn’t look this corny and do what I do!”), Claudette mistook May for an intern. When May introduced herself by name, Claudette replied, “As in, you may grant me that coffee?” and practically pried the poor girl’s latte out of her hands. The tension continued when Claudette “corrected” May during a call; when May later sought an apology, she received this advice instead: “Don’t tell me how good you are. Show me.” Game on, Claudette.

    * After bottling up her feelings about Jeffrey being in her house, Athena broke down in one of the episode’s final scenes, delivering yet another incredible performance. (And judging by the promo for next week’s episode, we’re in for a few more.)

    * Lastly, it wasn’t all gloom and doom for Chimney this week. He managed to squeeze in a quick FaceTime catch-up with Albert, who spent most of the call complaining about his captain treating him like a glorified maid. (In other news, if you’re seeking your weekly dose of John Harlan Kim while Albert is M.I.A., you can always catch him over on The CW’s Nancy Drew!)

    ‘I Know What You Did Last Summer’: Freddie Prinze Jr., Sarah Michelle Gellar & More Original Stars Drop By Amazon Series’ Panel

    (10/8/21) The cast of Amazon’s upcoming horror series I Know What you Did Last Summer got a pleasant surprise during the series’ New York Comic Con panel Friday as the stars of the original 1997 film dropped by for some quick “fan questions.”

    While appearances by Freddie Prinze Jr., Sarah Michelle Gellar, Ryan Phillippe and Jennifer Love Hewitt were pleasant surprises for the NYCC audience, their words of encouragement and excitement meant more for the talent and creative team of the upcoming show.

    “It feels like they’ve given us their blessing; that’s hugely meaningful to me and to all of us,” said showrunner Sarah Goodman. “The last thing we want to do is undermine what they’ve created. We moved to the next generation with full respect to the movie and to the actors that are in it.”

    Set to debut October 15, the YA horror series is a modern take on the 1997 slasher. Written by Goodman and based on the 1973 novel by Lois Duncan, the I Know What You Did Last Summer series has the same premise as the movie adaptation: in a town full of secrets, a group of teenagers are stalked by a mysterious killer a year after a fatal accident on their graduation night.

    The series stars Madison Iseman, Brianne Tju, Ezekiel Goodman, Ashley Moore and Sebastian Amoruso as the series’ main high-schoolers.

    “I feel honored. I think it’s so cool, we’re so proud of this and it’s coming from such an iconic movie and iconic universe,” Iseman said about the original stars’ comments. “We feel lucky to be part of it so getting their approval is kinda everything.”

    The series also features Fiona Rene, Cassie Beck, Brooke Bloom and Bill Heck, with Sonya Balmores and Spencer Sutherland recurring.

    I Know What You Did Last Summer is produced by Amazon Studios and Sony Pictures TV. Goodman executive produces alongside Shay Hatten, who was previously attached as a writer; Original Film’s Neal H. Moritz and Pavun Shetty; and Atomic Monster’s James Wan, Rob Hackett and Michael Clear. Erik Feig, who produced the 1997 feature with Moritz, also is an executive producer.

    The New York Comic Con event also revealed a clip for the upcoming series. (Video)

    9-1-1's 'Blackout' Event Concludes With [Spoiler]'s Heartbreaking Departure

    (10/4/21) 9-1-1 ‘s three-part premiere wrapped things up on Monday with a happy ending for one family, immediately followed by the birth of a new crisis for another.

    The final hour of #TheBlackout began with Athena’s son attempting to outsmart his captor while desperately trying to forget the moment he walked in on Jeremy smelling his mother’s panties. (Sure, the whole night would be great to delete, but if I had to zero in on one specific moment to never remember ever again, that’d be it.)

    Athena agreed to let Michael play 9-1-1 (because we all know how well that worked out last time!), complete with ride-along banter about Jeffrey’s junk. When Athena revealed that she shot Jeffrey in the penis, Michael complimented her on the poet justice. “He was using it as a weapon,” Athena quipped, to which her ex-husband added, “You disarmed the man!” It was a fun exchange.

    What happened next, however, was extremely not fun. First, we saw that Jeffrey did some redecorating at Lou’s place, including hanging a framed photo of Athena’s battered face from the night of her assault. It was beyond nauseating. It was… well, let’s just say that Room Rater would have some strong words for that decorative choice.

    Then came arguably one of the biggest twists of the night: Someone actually said, “Thank God for nosy Karens and their Twitter accounts.” A young woman apparently posted footage of Harry being kidnapped in which Jeffrey posed as an undercover police officer, and Athena wasted no time using the viral video to find Jeffrey in a police protection zone.

    Athena and Jeffrey finally came face to face midway through the episode, though their big reunion was cut short when he put Bobby in his crosshairs, which sent Athena into a fully justifiable fit of trigger-happy rage. And as he bled out on the dirty ground, Jeffrey’s final words were that his gun wasn’t loaded. A real gem to the bitter end, this guy.

    Overall, our story got a happy ending. Not only is Jeffrey dead, but the 118 successfully freed Harry from behind a wall and brought him home to safety. Was part of me secretly hoping that “Harry” was going to remove his mask, revealing himself to be Jeffrey? Sure. But even this show has its nonsensical limits.

    Other emergencies in need of addressing…

    * Maddie officially hit her wall this week, dropping her baby off at the firehouse — and not even specifically with Chimney! She did, however, leave this heartbreaking video message for him: “I’m sure that you are confused, hurt and probably really scared. I don’t know what to say. You don’t need to go to the police or come looking for me. I’m not in any danger and no no one is making me dong this. Jee-Yun is not safe with me, not now and maybe [not ever]. I know that you’re going to take really good care of her, and she’s better off without me. I love you. I love both of you. And I’m really sorry.”

    Based on our interview with executive producer Tim Minear, we knew that Maddie would be facing serious mental health struggles in Season 5, but this went several steps further than we expected. As for whether actress Jennifer Love Hewitt is actually leaving the show, we wouldn’t bet on it. It’s worth noting that Hewitt gave birth last month, so this is likely just the show’s way of writing around her maternity leave.

    * In other sad news, Eddie finally told Ana four little words we all knew were coming, even if they weren’t the ones she wanted to hear. “We need to talk” led to a fairly amicable split, though I wasn’t expecting their exchange to get so emotional. Frankly, I wasn’t even expecting tears. But we got ’em. We got drama. We got multiple languages. Heck, we even got a “You’re an amazing father” speech. I’m curious to see what’s next for Eddie.

    * As for Buck’s love life, he was happy to greet Taylor upon returning home from his longest shift in recent memory. He didn’t even seem to mind that he had to say it through the TV during one of her broadcasts.

    THE 118 RACES TO AN EXPLOSION AT A RETIREMENT COMMUNITY ON AN ALL-NEW “9-1-1”

    (10/2/21) The members of the 118 face an awkward rescue call when they arrive on the scene of a man who has over-exerted himself exercising. The team also must save the life of a groundskeeper whose chainsaw cut into him and race to an explosion at a retirement community. Meanwhile, Athena has an extreme reaction to Harry’s new behavior. Then, Hen and Eddie, as well as Buck and Ravi, have rocky starts to their new partnerships, and May receives an emergency call from a suicidal teen, while continuing her uneasy work relationship with Claudette in the all-new “Peer Pressure” episode of 9-1-1 airing Monday, Oct. 18 (8:00-9:01 PM ET/PT) on FOX. (NIN-505) (TV-14 D, L, S, V)

    Cast: Angela Bassett as Athena Grant; Peter Krause as Bobby Nash; Jennifer Love Hewitt as Maddie Kendall; Oliver Stark as Evan “Buck” Buckley; Kenneth Choi as Howie “Chimney” Han; Aisha Hinds as Henrietta “Hen” Wilson; Rockmond Dunbar as Michael Grant; Ryan Guzman as Eddie Diaz; Corinne Massiah as May Grant; Marcanthonee Jon Reis as Harry Grant; Gavin McHugh as Christopher Diaz

    Guest Cast: Vanessa E. Williams as Claudette Collins; Anirudh Pisharody as Ravi

    THE 118 RACES TO SAVES LIVES AFTER A TRUCK CRASHES INTO A HIGH SCHOOL HOMECOMING PARADE ON AN ALL-NEW “9-1-1”

    (9/24/21) The members of the 118 arrive on the scene after a truck crashes into a high school homecoming parade. Meanwhile, Athena and Michael try to help Harry in the aftermath of his kidnapping, May is intimidated by returning call center legend and Bobby gives a devastated Chimney advice regarding Maddie in the “Home And Away” episode of 9-1-1 airing Monday, Oct. 11 (8:00-9:01 PM ET/PT) on FOX. (NIN-503) (TV-14 D, L, S, V)

    Cast: Angela Bassett as Athena Grant; Peter Krause as Bobby Nash; Jennifer Love Hewitt as Maddie Kendall; Oliver Stark as Evan “Buck” Buckley; Kenneth Choi as Howie “Chimney” Han; Aisha Hinds as Henrietta “Hen” Wilson; Rockmond Dunbar as Michael Grant; Ryan Guzman as Eddie Diaz; Corinne Massiah as May Grant; Marcanthonee Jon Reis as Harry Grant; Gavin McHugh as Christopher Diaz

    Guest Cast: Vanessa E. Williams as Claudette Collins; Anirudh Pisharody as Ravi

    AS THE BLACKOUT CONTINUES IN LOS ANGELES, ATHENA RACES TO SAVE HER FAMILY ON AN ALL-NEW “9-1-1”

    (9/17/21) As the citywide blackout continues to cause mayhem in Los Angeles, Athena races to save her family from a tragedy. Meanwhile, Eddie must make a difficult choice about his future and Maddie makes a life-changing decision in the all-new “Desperate Measures” episode of 9-1-1 airing Monday, Oct. 4 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. (NIN-504) (TV-14 D, L, S, V)

    Cast: Angela Bassett as Athena Grant; Peter Krause as Bobby Nash; Jennifer Love Hewitt as Maddie Kendall; Oliver Stark as Evan “Buck” Buckley; Kenneth Choi as Howie “Chimney” Han; Aisha Hinds as Henrietta “Hen” Wilson; Rockmond Dunbar as Michael Grant; Ryan Guzman as Eddie Diaz; Corinne Massiah as May Grant; Marcanthonee Jon Reis as Harry Grant; Gavin McHugh as Christopher Diaz

    Guest Cast: La Monde Byrd as Dr. David Hale; Gabrielle Walsh as Ana Flores; Sasha Roiz as Det. Lou Ransome; Noah Bean as Jeffery Hudson; Anirudh Pisharody as Ravi

    THE 118 JUMPS INTO ACTION WHEN A CITY-WIDE BLACKOUT HITS LOS ANGELES ON AN ALL-NEW “9-1-1”

    (9/12/21) The 118 springs into action when a city-wide blackout and a record heatwave causes mayhem in Los Angeles. Meanwhile, Chimney confides in Hen about Maddie’s condition and Athena’s worst nightmare comes true in the all-new “Desperate Times” episode of 9-1-1 airing Monday, Sept. 27 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. (NIN-502) (TV-14 D,L,S,V)

    Cast: Angela Bassett as Athena Grant; Peter Krause as Bobby Nash; Jennifer Love Hewitt as Maddie Kendall; Oliver Stark as Evan “Buck” Buckley; Kenneth Choi as Howie “Chimney” Han; Aisha Hinds as Henrietta “Hen” Wilson; Rockmond Dunbar as Michael Grant; Ryan Guzman as Eddie Diaz; Corinne Massiah as May Grant; Marcanthonee Jon Reis as Harry Grant; Gavin McHugh as Christopher Diaz

    Guest Cast: La Monde Byrd as Dr. David Hale; Gabrielle Walsh as Ana Flores; Sasha Roiz as Det. Lou Ransome; Claudia Christian as Capt. Elaine Maynard; Noah Bean as Jeffery Hudson; Anirudh Pisharody as Ravi

    A RANSOMWARE ATTACK CAUSES HAVOC IN LOS ANGELES ON THE ALL-NEW SEASON PREMIERE OF “9-1-1”

    (9/8/21) A series of ransomware threats leads to an overabundance of emergencies for the 118, including a medevac helicopter crash at a hospital and an air-traffic control tower system failure. Meanwhile Athena must revisit her traumatic attack when the case of the realtor serial rapist goes to trial, Eddie suffers a health scare and Maddie’s postpartum depression worsens in the all-new “Panic” Season Five premiere episode of 9-1-1 airing Monday, Sept. 20 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. (NIN-501) (TV-14 D, L, S, V)

    Cast: Angela Bassett as Athena Grant; Peter Krause as Bobby Nash; Jennifer Love Hewitt as Maddie Kendall; Oliver Stark as Evan “Buck” Buckley; Kenneth Choi as Howie “Chimney” Han; Aisha Hinds as Henrietta “Hen” Wilson; Rockmond Dunbar as Michael Grant; Ryan Guzman as Eddie Diaz; Corinne Massiah as May Grant; Marcanthonee Jon Reis as Harry Grant

    Guest Cast: Tracie Thomas a Karen Wilson; La Monde Byrd as Dr. David Hale; Megan West as Taylor Kelly; Gabrielle Walsh as Ana Flores; Marsha Warfield as Toni Wilson; Sasha Roiz as Det. Lou Ransome; Bryan Safi as Josh Russo; Chaquita Fuller as Linda Bates; Noah Bean as Jeffery Hudson.

    ‘9-1-1’ Cast Gets Raises Ahead Of Season 5 With Angela Bassett Eyeing New Benchmark For Actresses Of Color

    (8/3/21) After lengthy negotiations for some, all series regulars on Fox’s flagship drama 9-1-1 have secured pay increases ahead of Season 5, I have learned.

    Series star Angela Bassett led the way with a major bump that I hear takes her to north of $450,000 an episode. That is believed to be among the top salaries on network television for any actor — male or female — and could be the highest ever for an actress of color on a broadcast drama series.

    For Oscar-nominated Bassett, it encompasses other services beyond acting. She was involved in the development of 9-1-1, whom Ryan Murphy created for her. She serves as an executive producer on 9-1-1 as well as spinoff 9-1-1: Lone Star.

    9-1-1‘s male lead, Peter Krause, after a 25% raise, commands the second biggest check on the show, believed to be in the low $300K per episode range. He is followed by Jennifer Love Hewitt, who joined the series in Season 2. She succeeded Connie Britton who shared top billing with Bassett and Krause in Season 1.

    The rest of the cast, including original cast members Aisha Hinds, Rockmond Dunbar, Kenneth Choi and Oliver Stark, as well as Ryan Guzman, who joined in Season 2, are believed to be all getting a 25% raise to about $80,000 an episode next season and are projected to go up to $100,000 an episode in Season 6.

    Hinds, Dunbar and Choi went down to the wire, with Choi closing his deal last, after production on Season 5 had already started.

    Stark, who started with a much lower episodic fee than his counterparts because the young actor had far fewer credits when he was cast in the pilot than Hinds, Dunbar and Choi, was the only original supporting cast member to receive a raise last year, when I hear his salary was almost doubled to get to the range of the other three. He also got 25% pay increase this year to maintain parity with Hinds, Dunbar, Choi as well as Guzman, who also is at the same level despite starting a year later.

    Since TV studios abandoned the quote system, they have adopted what is referred to as an “equal pay for equal work” compensation formula, which calls for pay parity among actors in the same tier. While compliant with the new rule, the roughly 130% combined raise for Stark over the last 12 months vs. 25% for his co-stars — all seasoned actors of color with extensive body of work– led to some contention during their negotiations, likely colored by Hollywood’s history of inherent bias. Ultimately, everyone signed their new deal, and the close-knit cast remain friends, I hear.

    Reps for the studio and the actors declined comment.

    Ahead of Season 3 or 5 is when casts of successful series customarily renegotiate their original six-year contracts, getting a salary bump in exchange for adding a year to their agreements. The Covid pandemic pushed many renegotiations and also has put a financial strain on media companies, making for difficult talks on virtually every show.

    9-1-1 Teaser Reveals the First Major Crisis of Season 5 — Watch Video

    (7/19/21) (Video - USA Only) The 118 is bracing for a blackout this fall. Fox aired its first teaser for 9-1-1‘s upcoming fifth season on Monday, revealing the next major crisis to hit Los Angeles in the premiere.

    The procedural’s fourth season ended in May with a series of potentially game-changing twists: Eddie barely survived being shot, Buck made things official with Taylor, Bobby and Athena struggled to save their marriage, Albert became a firefighter, Nia reentered Hen and Karen’s lives by way of a chance encounter with her birth mother, and new mom Maddie admitted to Chimney that she’s in a much darker place than she’s been letting on.

    9-1-1 stars Angela Bassett as Athena Grant-Nash, Peter Krause as Bobby Nash, Oliver Stark as Evan “Buck” Buckley, Aisha Hinds as Henrietta “Hen” Wilson, Kenneth Choi as Howie “Chimney” Han, Rockmond Dunbar as Michael Grant, Jennifer Love Hewitt as Maddie Buckley Kendall, Ryan Guzman as Edmundo “Eddie” Díaz, Corinne Massiah as May Grant, Marcanthonee Jon Reis as Harry Grant, Gavin McHugh as Christopher Diaz and John Harlan Kim as Albert Han.

    The flagship series is set to return Mondays this fall, while spinoff Lone Star is behind held for midseason (aka early 2022).

    Jennifer Love Hewitt guests on Lego Masters

    (6/7/21) 9-1-1’s Jennifer Love Hewitt Makes A Guest Appearance

    Structural integrity and beauty come together in the most earth-shattering challenge, as teams build a structure strong enough to withstand an earthquake. Find out which designs perform the best and pass the LEGO “brickter scale” rating system in the “Make And Shake” episode of LEGO MASTERS airing Thursday, June 24 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. (LEG-203) (TV-PG L)

    Jennifer Love Hewitt is pregnant, expecting third child with Brian Hallisay

    (5/18/21) Jennifer Love Hewitt can’t hardly wait to expand her family!

    The actress announced Tuesday that she is pregnant and expecting her third child with husband Brian Hallisay.

    The couple are already parents to a son, Atticus, 5, and a daughter, Autumn, 7.

    “We had always been open to a third, but definitely didn’t think in the crazy year that the entire world was having that it would necessarily be this moment,” Hewitt, 42, told People magazine. “I feel like we’ve been able to so far raise two really special kids who will be great role models.”

    Hewitt told the weekly she was “proud” of keeping her pregnancy a secret for so long, even while her character she plays on the Fox series “9-1-1” had her own pregnancy arc on the show recently.

    Hewitt said her costar Kenneth Choi even joked to her, “‘See? Playing pregnant got you pregnant!’ I’m like, ‘Yeah, I guess so.’ The craziest, most surreal moment was having to give birth while being pregnant. That was very interesting.”

    And she has nothing but positive words for Hallisay, whom she’s been married to since 2013.

    “During labor, he’s like a rock, solid … The only thing about him and labor that really makes me laugh is that he eats a lot of snacks. Usually in my hospital bag it is like an outfit for me and outfit for the baby, and then snacks for Brian!”

    Hewitt doesn’t see herself getting pregnant again, however: “I don’t think I could do another one. I think five is a great number.”

    ‘9-1-1’ & Spinoff ‘9-1-1 Lone Star’ Renewed By Fox For 2021-22 Season, Network Teases Crossover Episode

    (5/17/21) Fox has renewed both 9-1-1 and spinoff 9-1-1: Lone Star for new seasons. The network has ordered a fifth season of the hit first-responders procedural drama series 9-1-1 from Ryan Murphy, Brad Falchuk and Tim Minear, and a third season of spinoff 9-1-1: Lone Star.

    9-1-1 and 9-1-1: Lone Star are Fox’s top two scripted so the renewals are not a surprise. 9-1-1 will return to the fall after its fourth season premiered in January due to the pandemic, while 9-1-1: Lone Star, which also premiered its first two seasons in January, will return midseason.

    Michael Thorn, President of Entertainment at Fox, also teased a crossover event between the two shows for next season.

    Created by Murphy, Falchuk and Minear, 9-1-1 explores the high-pressure experiences of police officers, firefighters, and dispatchers who are thrust into frightening, shocking and heart-stopping situations. Angela Bassett, Peter Krause and Jennifer Love Hewitt star, with Oliver Stark, Aisha Hinds, Kenneth Choi, Rockmond Dunbar and Ryan Guzman in series-regular roles. WWE superstar Ronda Rousey recurs.

    9-1-1 is produced by 20th Century Fox Television in association with Ryan Murphy Television and Brad Falchuk Teley-Vision. Ryan Murphy, Brad Falchuk and Tim Minear are creators, executive producers and writers on the series. Bradley Buecker is an executive producer and director on the series. Alexis Martin Woodall, Angela Bassett, Peter Krause, John J. Gray and Kristen Reidel also serve as executive producers.

    Starring Rob Lowe and Gina Torres, Austin, TX-set 9-1-1: Lone Star follows Owen (Lowe), a sophisticated New York firefighter who, along with his son, relocates to the Texas capital and must try to balance saving those who are at their most vulnerable with solving the problems in his own life.

    Torres replaced Liv Tyler as co-lead of season two due to circumstances related to family and travel during the pandemic.

    Ronen Rubinstein, Jim Parrack, Sierra McClain, Natacha Karam, Brian Michael Smith, Julian Works and Rafael Silva also star.

    9-1-1: Lone Star is produced by 20th Television in association with Ryan Murphy Television and Brad Falchuk Teley-Vision. Ryan Murphy, Brad Falchuk and showrunner Tim Minear are creators and executive producers. Alexis Martin Woodall, Bradley Buecker, Rashad Raisani, John J. Gray, Angela Bassett and Lowe also serves as EPs.

    The current season finales for both series air on Monday, May 24.

    ATHENA, BOBBY AND THE 118 ARE ON HIGH ALERT WHEN A SNIPER TARGETS MEMBERS OF THE LAFD ON THE ALL-NEW SEASON FINALE OF “9-1-1”

    (5/7/21) In the aftermath of the shooting, Athena and the 118 are on high alert when a sniper is targeting members of the LAFD. Meanwhile, Maddie makes a life decision in the all-new “Survivors” season finale episode of 9-1-1 airing Monday, May 24 (8:00-9:01 PM ET/PT) on FOX. (NIN-414) (TV-14 D, L, V)

    Cast: Angela Bassett as Athena Grant; Peter Krause as Bobby Nash; Jennifer Love Hewitt as Maddie Kendall; Oliver Stark as Evan “Buck” Buckley; Kenneth Choi as Howie “Chimney” Han; Aisha Hinds as Henrietta “Hen” Wilson; Ryan Guzman as Eddie Diaz; Rockmond Dunbar as Michael Grant; Corinne Massiah as May Grant; Marcanthonee Jon Reis as Harry Grant; Gavin McHugh as Christopher Diaz; John Harlan Kim as Albert Han.

    Guest Cast: Megan West as Taylor; Gabrielle Walsh as Ana; Debra Christofferson as Sue Blevins; La Monde Byrd as David; Marsha Warfield as Antonia “Toni” Wilson; Cocoa Brown as Carla Price; Dawnn Lewis as Danvers; Ryan Dorsey as Ethan; Shane Conrad as Malone; Merrick McCartha as Pate; Ronobir Lahir as Capt. Mehta

    Ratings: 9-1-1, The Voice Lead Monday

    (5/4/21) In the latest TV show ratings, Fox’s 9-1-1 drew 5.78 million total viewers and a 0.9 rating, dipping week-to-week yet still topping Monday in the demo. , 9-1-1: Lone Star (5.1 mil/0.8) was up a tick.

    Over on NBC, The Voice‘s clip show (5.82 mil/0.75) veritably tied season lows and juuuust barely edged out 9-1-1 for Monday’s biggest audience, while “bubble” drama Debris (2.6 mil/0.4, read post mortem) was steady in the demo for a fourth straight week.

    Elsewhere:

    CBS | The Neighborhood (5.1 mil/0.7) and Bob Hearts Abishola (4.6 mil.0.6) both ticked up in the demo, while All Rise (3.6 mil/0.4) and Bull (5.3 mil/0.5) were steady. (Also of note, Bull drew its best audience since Jan. 25.)

    THE CW | Leading out of an All American rerun, Black Lightning (344K/0.1) was steady.

    ABC | An airing of The Incredibles 2 averaged 2.1 mil/0.5.

    THE 118 ATTENDS TO A BRIDEZILLA WHO GETS THE SHOCK OF HER LIFE ON HER WEDDING DAY ON AN ALL-NEW “9-1-1”

    (5/1/21) The members of the 118 make calls to save a bridezilla at a disastrous wedding and to a mother trapped on her balcony. Meanwhile, Hen plays medical detective when her mother, Toni (guest star Marsha Warfield), falls ill. Also, Eddie and Christopher receive a visit from Carla (guest star Cocoa Brown), Athena uncovers a secret Bobby has been hiding that puts their marriage on the rocks and Maddie struggles with adjusting to motherhood in the all-new “Suspicion” episode of 9-1-1 airing Monday, May 17 (8:00-9:01 PM ET/PT) on FOX. (NIN-413) (TV-14 L, V)

    Cast: Angela Bassett as Athena Grant; Peter Krause as Bobby Nash; Jennifer Love Hewitt as Maddie Kendall; Oliver Stark as Evan “Buck” Buckley; Kenneth Choi as Howie “Chimney” Han; Aisha Hinds as Henrietta “Hen” Wilson; Ryan Guzman as Eddie Diaz; Rockmond Dunbar as Michael Grant; Corinne Massiah as May Grant; Marcanthonee Jon Reis as Harry Grant; Gavin McHugh as Christopher Diaz; Jon Harlan Kim as Albert Han.

    Guest Cast: Marsha Warfield as Antonia “Toni” Wilson; Cocoa Brown as Carla Price; Debra Christofferson as Sue Blevins.

    TV Ratings: 9-1-1 and The Voice Lead Monday, Bull Rises With Episode 100

    (4/27/21) In the latest TV show ratings, Fox’s 9-1-1 this Monday drew 5.7 million total viewers and a 0.9 demo rating, dipping week-to-week yet leading the night in the demo. Leading out of that, 9-1-1: Lone Star (4.8 mil/0.7) was also down two tenths in the demo.

    Over on NBC, The Voice (6.6 mil/0.75) dipped in the demo yet easily led Monday in total audience. Debris‘ really, really good time loop episode (2.7 mil/0.4) added eyeballs while flat in the demo.

    Elsewhere:

    ABC | Leading out of the Sesame Street special (2.3 mil/0.5), The Good Doctor slipped to a new audience low (3.7 mil) while holding onto its demo low (0.5).

    THE CW | All American (660K/0.2) and Black Lightning (414K/0.1) were steady.

    CBS | The Neighborhood (4.7 mil/0.6) and Bob Hearts Abishola (4.5 mil/0.5) both dipped, All Rise (3.4 mil/0.4) was steady, and Bull (4.9 mil/0.5) ticked up with its 100th episode.

    ATHENA AND THE 118 RACE ALL OVER THE CITY AS ANGELENOS HUNT FOR TREASURE ON AN ALL-NEW “9-1-1”

    (4/23/21) When a famous mystery writer dies, Athena, Bobby and the 118 respond to the chaos caused by a city-wide manhunt for buried treasure the author left behind in the all-new “Treasure Hunt” episode of 9-1-1 airing Monday, May 10 (8:00-9:01 PM ET/PT) on FOX. (NIN-412) (TV-14 L, V)

    Cast: Angela Bassett as Athena Grant; Peter Krause as Bobby Nash; Jennifer Love Hewitt as Maddie Kendall; Oliver Stark as Evan “Buck” Buckley; Kenneth Choi as Howie “Chimney” Han; Aisha Hinds as Henrietta “Hen” Wilson; Ryan Guzman as Eddie Diaz; Rockmond Dunbar as Michael Grant; Corinne Massiah as May Grant; Marcanthonee Jon Reis as Harry Grant; Gavin McHugh as Christopher Diaz; Jon Harlan Kim as Albert Han.

    Guest Cast: Bryan Safi as Josh Russo; Debra Christofferson as Sue Blevins; Megan West as Taylor Kelly.

    Ratings: 9-1-1 Tops Monday Following 6-Week Break, American Idol Stays Low

    (4/20/21) In the latest TV show ratings, Fox’s 9-1-1 returned from a six-week hiatus to 5.9 million total viewers and a 1.0 demo rating, down a tick from its previous fresh episode but still topping Monday in the demo.

    9-1-1: Lone Star (5.4 mil/0.8) also returned down a tenth in the demo.

    Over on NBC, The Voice (6.2 mil/0.85) rose week-to-week and led Monday in total audience. Debris (2.6 mil/0.4) was steady.

    Elsewhere:

    ABC | American Idol matched Sunday night’s season lows of 4.1 mil/0.55. The Good Doctor (4 mil/0.5, read recap) dipped to match its demo low.

    THE CW | All American (683K/0.2) and Black Lightning (426K/0.1) were steady.

    CBS | The Neighborhood (5 mil/0.7) ticked up in the demo, while Bob Hearts Abishola (4.7 mil/0.5), All Rise (3.2 mil/0.4) and Bull (4.6 mil/0.4) were all steady.

    9-1-1's Jennifer Love Hewitt Talks Maddie's Labor, Albert's Fate and More in Bittersweet Spring Premiere

    (4/19/21) Maddie and Chimney welcomed their baby girl into the world on Monday’s spring premiere of 9-1-1, a moment Jennifer Love Hewitt calls the “most exciting” time she’s given birth on screen — a statement that carries more weight than you might think.

    “The last time I gave birth [on Ghost Whisperer], I was directing myself and I was giving birth next to a ghost,” Hewitt tells TVLine. “I always seem to find myself in interesting labor positions.”

    “I think I had more fun with it on Ghost Whisperer because I had no clue what having a baby was actually like,” Hewitt adds. (The actress has since given birth to two children in real life.) “On this one, I was like, ‘Oh, I really have to give it more than I think I have to give it so it looks like real labor.” It was a bittersweet hour, with Maddie’s delivery happening at the same time her baby’s uncle was fighting for his life in the hospital. “When they started running the promos, I got lots of DMs from people begging me to tell them whether Albert was going to be OK,” Hewitt says. “It broke my heart when I read the script, because I love [John Harlan Kim] so much. I remember reading it, then ferociously going forward in the script to find out if he was going to be OK. I just adore him, so it’s a scary thing, but I love the way it happened at the same time Maddie is going through what she’s going through. There is life, and there is the possibility of death. I thought it was really beautiful the way they wrote it.”

    Read on for more of Hewitt’s thoughts about the premiere, as well as what’s next for Maddie, Chimney and their (robot?!) baby:

    TVLINE | I imagine you won’t miss having to lug around that big ol’ fake pregnancy belly.

    You know, [playing pregnant] was actually a perfect opportunity. As most of us did, I snacked quite a bit during quarantine, so I was like, “This is amazing. I don’t have to worry about losing six pounds before I go back to work, because I’m playing a pregnant woman!” That was really nice while everybody else was stressing out, having to stop drinking wine and eating chocolates. [The belly] was definitely a lot to carry around, but I loved Maddie’s story. Being able to do this for her and Chimney was really special.

    TVLINE | At least Maddie gets to do a lot of sitting.

    [Laughs] Yes, although I did way more sitting on TV than I ever did when I was actually pregnanct. I was like, “I would really be up and moving around more,” but it’s TV. I get it.

    TVLINE | Have you two gotten to work with a real baby yet?

    Well, during COVID, the baby has been an animatronic baby so far. We’ve had little moments with a real baby, but we don’t get to work with a real baby all the time because we have to keep them safe.

    TVLINE | I’m sorry, did you say animatronic? Like on Splash Mountain?

    Yeah, it’s like a little baby robot! We have the real one for certain moments, but for large portions of things we have the robot, which is so fun.

    TVLINE | The moment Maddie reveals that she named the baby after Chimney’s mother was so special. Could you feel that while you were filming it?

    Absolutely, it was really sweet. For a long time, [Kenneth Choi] and I were like real parents off-screen. We didn’t know what the name was going to be, but we were really curious, and then we had a funny moment where we were like, “Why are they not asking us what we want to name our baby?” When we found out what it was going to be — especially given everything that both Albert and Chimney go through in the episode — it was such a sweet moment, and I hope the audience responds to it the way we did. … I think Kenny is the one who really sells it the best. His little face when she reveals the name she picked just kills me. So sweet.

    TVLINE | Not that I’m Mr. Traditional or anything, but do you think there might be a wedding in their future?

    I think so. I’m not super traditional either, but she certainly has earned it after this labor. [Laughs] She’s at least earned a ring — a push present of sorts. So, yeah, I’m hoping for that. I’ve always loved the way Maddie and Chimney’s story has unfolded, both in the really complicated parts and in the easy, beautiful parts. I have complete faith that it will happen when the time is right.

    TVLINE | I feel like their relationship has brought out a new side to both characters.

    Definitely. They have both individually been through so much. They’re two people who are constantly dealing with their own individual things, and they find medicine for their hearts in the love that they have. And that’s why people love them as a couple. They’re not perfect, but they’re perfect together.

    TVLINE | So much of Maddie’s past is mired in darkness. Do you think it might finally be smooth sailing from here on out, or not so much?

    I do hope so, but I fear not. [Laughs] I fear that it’s not going to be easy, though I don’t know that for sure. When you’ve experienced real trauma like she has, there are always new ways for that trauma to come up. For Maddie, the percentage of joy and happiness in her life is becoming much more than the darkness, so she’s headed in the right direction. But when you give someone a story like that, it’s hard to ever fully recover.

    THE MEMBERS OF THE 118 ARE CALLED TO A SCENE INVOLVING ONE OF THEIR OWN ON AN ALL-NEW “9-1-1”

    (4/16/21) The members of the 118 rush to the site of a hit-and-run that leaves a familiar face in critical condition. Meanwhile, with Buck’s help, Athena investigates the case of a missing woman last seen in a casino and Josh recalls an emergency in 2006 that led him to become a 9-1-1 operator in the all-new “First Responders” episode of 9-1-1 airing Monday, May 3 (8:00-9:01 PM ET/PT) on FOX. (NIN-411) (TV-14 L, V).

    Cast: Angela Bassett as Athena Grant; Peter Krause as Bobby Nash; Jennifer Love Hewitt as Maddie Kendall; Oliver Stark as Evan “Buck” Buckley; Kenneth Choi as Howie “Chimney” Han; Aisha Hinds as Henrietta “Hen” Wilson; Ryan Guzman as Eddie Diaz; Rockmond Dunbar as Michael Grant; Corinne Massiah as May Grant; Marcanthonee Jon Reis as Harry Grant; Gavin McHugh as Christopher Diaz; Jon Harlan Kim as Albert Han.

    Guest Cast: Bryan Safi as Josh Russo; Debra Christofferson as Sue Blevins; Megan West as Taylor Kelly.

    MADDIE AND CHIMNEY ADJUST TO PARENTHOOD ON AN ALL-NEW “9-1-1”

    (4/9/21) The 118 responds to a series of calls dealing with parents and their children, including a disastrous birthday party thrown by a mommy blogger. Meanwhile, Athena and Michael talk to May about her past suicide attempt, Chimney and Maddie adjust to life with their newborn, and Hen and Karen are emotionally shattered as their foster daughter, Nia, is reunited with her birth mother in the all-new “Parenthood” episode of 9-1-1 airing Monday, April 26 (8:00-9:01 PM ET/PT) on FOX. (NIN-410) (TV-14 L, V)

    Cast: Angela Bassett as Athena Grant; Peter Krause as Bobby Nash; Jennifer Love Hewitt as Maddie Kendall; Oliver Stark as Evan “Buck” Buckley; Kenneth Choi as Howie “Chimney” Han; Aisha Hinds as Henrietta “Hen” Wilson; Ryan Guzman as Eddie Diaz; Rockmond Dunbar as Michael Grant; Corinne Massiah as May Grant; Marcanthonee Jon Reis as Harry Grant; Gavin McHugh as Christopher Diaz; Jon Harlan Kim as Albert Han.

    MADDIE GOES INTO LABOR IN THE ALL-NEW, SPRING PREMIERE EPISODE OF “9-1-1”

    (4/2/21) Athena and the 118 race to save lives after a drunk driver causes a deadly pile-up on the freeway. Meanwhile, Maddie goes into labor and Hen and Karen are devastated as they prepare their foster daughter, Nia, to be reunited with her birth mother in the all-new “Blindsided” spring premiere episode of 9-1-1 airing Monday, April 19 (8:00-9:01 PM ET/PT) on FOX. (NIN-409) (TV-14 L, V)

    Cast: Angela Bassett as Athena Grant; Peter Krause as Bobby Nash; Jennifer Love Hewitt as Maddie Kendall; Oliver Stark as Evan “Buck” Buckley; Kenneth Choi as Howie “Chimney” Han; Aisha Hinds as Henrietta “Hen” Wilson; Ryan Guzman as Eddie Diaz; Rockmond Dunbar as Michael Grant; Corinne Massiah as May Grant; Marcanthonee Jon Reis as Harry Grant; Gavin McHugh as Christopher Diaz; Jon Harlan Kim as Albert Han.

    9-1-1 Spring Teaser Finds Maddie in Labor, While Lone Star Offers a Grim Update About Judd and Grace

    (3/30/21) Fans may be excited for the April 19 return of 9-1-1 (8/7c) and 9-1-1: Lone Star (9/8c), but after watching Fox’s just-released teasers for each show, you might not be so eager for their stories to progress.

    First up, 9-1-1‘s teaser offers us our first look at the arrival of Maddie and Chimney’s baby, as the mother-to-be is rushed from her desk to the hospital. (“It’s all happening so fast!”)

    We also get a heartbreaking glimpse of baby Nia being taken from Hen and Karen (“They’re tearing our family apart!”), as well as a fed-up Athena reacting to multiple casualties caused by a drunk driver.

    Check that out here: (USA Only) Video.

    Over on Lone Star, we pick up with the aftermath of Judd and Grace’s car crash, with Marjan asking the question on every viewer’s mind: “What the hell happened?!” And the fact that Owen says they were in the water “too long” is doing nothing to sway our concerns for the couple.

    As showrunner Tim Minear previously told us, “The premiere will pick up 18 years ago, not right where we left off. It actually is kind of [a ‘begins’ episode] for Judd and Grace. It’s the story of how they met, how they fell in love and what they mean to each other. We’ll also tell you what happened when they went off the bridge, and who — if anyone — survives.”

    Check that out here: (USA Only) Video.

    Jennifer Love Hewitt regrets tolerating 'inappropriate' questions about her body

    (3/30/21) Jennifer Love Hewitt was asked “gross” and “inappropriate” questions about her body when she was a young star.

    The 42-year-old actress began her career as a Disney Channel star before landing her breakout film role in 2001 romantic comedy Heartbreakers, and has said people used to focus more on her figure than her acting ability.

    Jennifer admitted she didn’t understand how inappropriate the comments were at the time because they were so common they seemed normal.

    “Gosh, I wish that I had known how inappropriate that was so I could have defended myself somehow or just not answered those questions,” she told Vulture magazine.

    “The conversation for a very long time in my career was always about (my body) first – then, ‘Oh yeah, you were really great in the movie, too,’ later. I didn’t get it. That’s just what I looked like, and I was doing my job.”

    And the Tropic Thunder actress claims the comments became so frequent, she began to expect them from interviewers.

    “I just started to (prepare myself), like, ‘I know I’m doing an interview today, so I’m pretty sure at least 20 of the 40 minutes is going to be about boobs and body stuff, so we’ll just get that out of the way and then maybe they’ll ask me something else’,” she recalled.

    Jennifer also said she didn’t think the comments were inappropriate at the time, because she thought people “wouldn’t be asking” if it was out of line.

    “Interviewers were asking what now would be incredibly inappropriate, gross things, (but) it didn’t feel that way (at the time). For some reason, in my brain, I was able to just go, ‘OK, well, I guess they wouldn’t be asking if it was inappropriate’,” she explained.

    Fox Corp. Teams With Ad Group For ‘9-1-1’ Launch Of ‘She’s A Hero’ Campaign Lauding Female First Responders

    (3/8/21) Fox Corp. and the Association of National Advertisers’ SeeHer initiative are teaming up on a partnership called “She’s a Hero,” to honor and celebrate female first responders.

    Timed to International Women’s Day, the effort will kick off on tonight’s episode of Fox drama 9-1-1. SeeHer member L’Oréal Paris will sponsor an ad during the show and related messages across social media.

    SeeHer’s mission is to ensure the accurate portrayal of women and girls in marketing, advertising, media and entertainment

    Fox said it will also promote “She’s a Hero” on Fox Sports and Fox News platforms.

    “Fox is proud to support the #SeeHer movement and its continuing mission to promote gender equality, as well as highlight the incredible achievements of our female first responders through our ‘She’s a Hero’ initiative,” Fox ad sales president Marianne Gambelli said in a press release. “Across the country, we continue to see the brave contributions that our first responders and front-line workers are making throughout our communities, and I am proud we can use the Fox portfolio to honor and celebrate their remarkable and vital work.”

    L’Oreal’s signature philanthropic program, Women of Worth, salutes “everyday heroes,” awarding 10 of them from around the country $20,000 to fund their charitable efforts.

    “We are delighted to partner with Fox to further advance our mission of accurately portraying women and girls in marketing, advertising, media and entertainment, so they can see themselves as they truly are and in all their potential,” SeeHer president Nadine Karp McHugh said. “Now more than ever with research revealing that women are taking the brunt of the pandemic and with the majority of essential workers being female, it is crucial that we see her and celebrate all of her contributions.”

    Ratings: Voice Premiere Ties Bachelor for Monday Win, Debris Has OK Start

    (3/2/21) In the latest TV show ratings, NBC’s The Voice opened Season 20 with 7.7 million total viewers and a 1.1 demo rating, down just a tick from its fall premiere (8.2 mil.1.1). The singing competition easily led Monday in total audience, while tying ABC’s The Bachelor for the nightly demo win.

    Leading out of The Voice, Debris debuted to 4.4 mil and a 0.6, which is in par with both Manifest‘s Season 2 averages in the time slot (3.9 mil/0.7) and the fall launch of ABC’s Big Sky drama (4.2 mil/0.7).

    Elsewhere:

    ABC | The Bachelor (4.5 mil/1.1, read recap) slipped 17 percent and two tenths with “Women Tall All” going up against The Voice‘s return.

    FOX | 9-1-1 (6.2 mil/1.0) dipped, while Lone Star (5.2 mil/0.8, read recap) was steady.

    THE CW | All American (743K/0.2) and Black Lightning (414K/0.1) each added eyeballs while steady in the demo.

    TV Ratings: Good Doctor Eyes Lows, Bachelor Slips But Still Leads Night

    (2/23/21) In the latest TV show ratings, The Good Doctor this week drew 3.8 million total viewers and a 0.5 rating, ticking down on both counts to mark series lows.

    Opening ABC’s night, The Bachelor (5.2 mil/1.2) slipped two tenths in the demo yet still led Monday in that measure.

    Over on Fox, 9-1-1 (6.5 mil/1.0) was steady and copped Monday’s largest audience; Lone Star (5.2 mil/0.8) dipped a tenth.

    Elsewhere:

    THE CW | All American (751K/0.2) dipped in the demo, while Black Lightning (379K/0.1) slipped to a new audience low.

    CBS | The Neighborhood (5.7 mil/0.8), Bob Hearts Abishola (5.4 mil/0.6), All Rise (4.1 mil/0.4) and Bull (5 mil/0.4) were all steadyish in viewers but down in the demo.

    NBC | Ellen’s Game of Games did 3 mil/0.5 and then 2.7 mil/0.6, while an agggggonizing charity edition of The Wall did 2.4 mil/0.5.

    ATHENA INVESTIGATES A COUPLE PUSHED TO THE LIMIT IN THE PANDEMIC ON AN ALL-NEW “9-1-1”

    (2/19/21) The 118 are called to the tarmac when a flight attendant reaches her limit with her flight’s passengers. Athena discovers that quarantine has pushed a couple to their breaking point. Meanwhile, Eddie worries Christopher will not accept him dating, Buck reconnects with an old flame and finds himself in the middle of Albert’s new relationship and Maddie and Chimney make a big decision about their baby in the all-new “Breaking Point” winter finale episode of 9-1-1 airing Monday, March 8 (8:00-9:01 PM ET/PT) on FOX. (NIN-408) (TV-14 D, L, V)

    Cast: Angela Bassett as Athena Grant; Peter Krause as Bobby Nash; Jennifer Love Hewitt as Maddie Kendall; Oliver Stark as Evan “Buck” Buckley; Kenneth Choi as Howie “Chimney” Han; Aisha Hinds as Henrietta “Hen” Wilson; Ryan Guzman as Eddie Diaz; Rockmond Dunbar as Michael Grant; Corinne Massiah as May Grant; Marcanthonee Jon Reis as Harry Grant; Gavin McHugh as Christopher Diaz; John Harlan Kim as Albert Han.

    Guest Cast: as Megan West as Taylor Walsh; Gabrielle Walsh as Ana Flores; Keana Marie as Veronica; Leah Pipes as Molly; Maggie Egan as Janice; James Patrick Duffy as Clinton

    TV Ratings: Steady Bachelor Dominates Amid Chris Harrison Controversy

    (2/16/21) In the latest TV show ratings, ABC’s The Bachelor this week drew 5.2 million total viewers and a 1.4 rating, holding steady in the demo to again dominate Monday in that measure — all amid the racism controversy that has led franchise frontman Chris Harrison to “step aside” for a stretch.

    Leading out of that, The Good Doctor (4.2 mil/0.6) was down a tenth from its last fresh episode.

    Fox’s 9-1-1 (6.6 mil/1.0) ticked down yet still commanded Monday’s largest audience. Lone Star (5.6 mil/0.8) was down a tenth in the demo.

    Over on The CW, All American (773K/0.3) and Black Lightning (442K/0.1) both were steady in the demo while dropping a few eyeballs, wth the latter marking a series low in audience.

    NBC’s Ellen’s Game of Games (3.2 mil/0.6) was steady, as was a double helping of The Wall (2.8 mil/0.5, 2.3 mil/0.5).

    BUCK JUMPS BACK INTO THE DATING POOL, AND HEN’S MOTHER ARRIVES IN TOWN ON AN ALL-NEW “9-1-1”

    (2/10/21) The 118 rush to save a man pinned under a Humvee, and a garage band that rocks out too hard. Enlisting Bobby and Athena’s help, Michael installs a new “rear window,” and turns into an amateur detective after noticing strange behavior at a nearby apartment. Meanwhile, Hen’s mother unexpectedly arrives and announces she is moving to LA, and Buck’s re-entry into the dating pool ends in disaster in the all-new “There Goes the Neighborhood” episode of 9-1-1 airing Monday, March 1 (8:00-9:01 PM ET/PT) on FOX. (NIN-407) (TV-14 D, L, V)

    Cast: Angela Bassett as Athena Grant; Peter Krause as Bobby Nash; Jennifer Love Hewitt as Maddie Kendall; Oliver Stark as Evan “Buck” Buckley; Kenneth Choi as Howie “Chimney” Han; Aisha Hinds as Henrietta “Hen” Wilson; Ryan Guzman as Eddie Diaz; Rockmond Dunbar as Michael Grant; Corinne Massiah as May Grant; Marcanthonee Jon Reis as Harry Grant; Gavin McHugh as Christopher Diaz; Jon Harlan Kim as Albert Han.

    Guest Cast: Tracie Thoms as Karen; Marsha Warfield as Antonia “Toni” Wilson; La Monde Byrd as Dr. David Hale; Krista Allen as Meegan; Keana Marie as Veronica; Tim Herzog as Slim; George Wyner as Don; Michael James Lazar as Joe

    Ratings: Bachelor, 9-1-1 Lead Monday; Black Lightning Returns Steady

    (2/9/21) In the latest TV show ratings, The CW’s Black Lightning opened its fourth and final season with 525,000 total viewers and a 0.2 demo rating, steady in the demo versus its previous average yet veritably matching its smallest audience ever.

    Opening The CW’s night, All American (819K/0.3) was up sharply week-to-week.

    Elsewhere:

    ABC | The Bachelor (5.3 mil/1.3) slipped two tenths but still led Monday in the demo.

    FOX | 9-1-1 (6.6 mil/1.1) and Lone Star (5.4 mil/0.9) both ticked up, with the former delivering Monday’s largest audience. CBS | The Neighborhood (6 mil/0.9) dipped, while Bob Hearts Abishola (5.4 mil/0.8), All Rise (4.1 mil/0.5) and Bull (5.2 mil/0.5) were all steady.

    NBC | Ellen’s Game of Games (3 mil/0.5) and The Wall (2.7 mil/0.4) both dipped.

    THE 118 FEELS JINXED AND EDDIE TRIES TO MOVE ON IN HIS PERSONAL LIFE ON AN ALL-NEW “9-1-1”

    (2/8/21) The 118 believes their fabled firehouse superstition has come true when they have the day from hell with a never-ending series of bizarre emergency calls – Athena is in hot pursuit of a 118 firetruck; a man who duct-taped himself to freeway billboard, a garage full of fireworks and a restaurant manager destroying his own business. Meanwhile, Eddie feels a spark with Christopher’s former teacher, but admits to Bobby he may not be ready to move on in his personal life just yet in the all-new “Jinx” episode of 9-1-1 airing Monday, Feb. 22 (8:00-9:01 PM ET/PT) on FOX. (NIN-406) (TV-14 D, L, V)

    Cast: Angela Bassett as Athena Grant; Peter Krause as Bobby Nash; Jennifer Love Hewitt as Maddie Kendall; Oliver Stark as Evan “Buck” Buckley; Kenneth Choi as Howie “Chimney” Han; Aisha Hinds as Henrietta “Hen” Wilson; Ryan Guzman as Eddie Diaz; Rockmond Dunbar as Michael Grant; Corinne Massiah as May Grant; Marcanthonee Jon Reis as Harry Grant; Gavin McHugh as Christopher Diaz; Jon Harlan Kim as Albert Han.

    Guest Cast: Gabrielle Walsh as Ana Flores; Jonathan Patrick Moore as Brian; Kaymar Jahan as Izzy Chainz.

    TV Ratings: 9-1-1 and Lone Star Slip

    (2/2/21) In the latest TV show ratings, Fox’s 9-1-1 this Monday drew 6.5 million total viewers and a 0.9 demo rating, (inexplicably?) down 10 and 25 percent week-to-week, against lighter competition, to mark season lows — yet still leading the night in total audience.

    Lone Star‘s crossover with 9-1-1 followed with 6 mil and a 0.8, down 20 percent in the demo to mark its own season low.

    Elsewhere:

    ABC | The Bachelor (5.3 mil/1.4, read recap) dipped a tenth in the demo but still dominated the night in that measure.

    NBC | Ellen’s Game of Games (3.3 mil/0.6) dipped, while The Wall (3.2 mil/0.6) and Weakest Link (3 mil/0.5) were steady.

    THE CW | All American (700K/0.2) ticked down for a second straight week since its solid season premiere.

    BUCK CONFRONTS THE SCARS OF HIS CHILDHOOD WHEN MADDIE REVEALS A PAINFUL FAMILY SECRET ON AN ALL-NEW “9-1-1”

    (1/29/21) The 118 race to save the lives of workers trapped in a five-alarm factory fire. Meanwhile, Maddie reveals a painful family secret that causes Buck to confront his childhood and answer why he is the daredevil he is today in the all-new “Buck Begins” episode of 9-1-1 airing Monday, Feb. 15 (8:00-9:01 PM ET/PT) on FOX. (NIN-405) (TV-14 D, L, V)

    Cast: Angela Bassett as Athena Grant; Peter Krause as Bobby Nash; Jennifer Love Hewitt as Maddie Kendall; Oliver Stark as Evan “Buck” Buckley; Kenneth Choi as Howie “Chimney” Han; Aisha Hinds as Henrietta “Hen” Wilson; Ryan Guzman as Eddie Diaz; Rockmond Dunbar as Michael Grant; Corinne Massiah as May Grant; Marcanthonee Jon Reis as Harry Grant; Gavin McHugh as Christopher Diaz; Jon Harlan Kim as Albert Han.

    Guest Cast: Gregory Harrison as Phillip Buckley; Dee Wallace as Margaret Buckley.

    ATHENA INVESTIGATES A MURDER DURING A NEIGHBORHOOD BLOCKPARTY AND THE 118 RACE TO DIFUSE A BOMB THREAT MONDAY, FEBRUARY 8 ON FOX

    (1/23/21) Athena investigates a mysterious murder during a neighborhood block party and the 118 rush to save lives endangered by a bomb threat. Meanwhile, Chimney has a hard time keeping secrets when Maddie and Buck’s parents come to town in the all-new “9-1-1, What’s Your Grievance?” episode of 9-1-1 airing Monday, Feb. 8 (8:00-9:01 PM ET/PT) on FOX. (NIN-404) (TV-14 D, L, V)

    Cast: Angela Bassett as Athena Grant; Peter Krause as Bobby Nash; Jennifer Love Hewitt as Maddie Kendall; Oliver Stark as Evan “Buck” Buckley; Kenneth Choi as Howie “Chimney” Han; Aisha Hinds as Henrietta “Hen” Wilson; Ryan Guzman as Eddie Diaz; Rockmond Dunbar as Michael Grant; Corinne Massiah as May Grant; Marcanthonee Jon Reis as Harry Grant; Gavin McHugh as Christopher Diaz; Jon Harlan Kim as Albert Han.

    Guest Cast: Gregory Harrison as Phillip Buckley; Dee Wallace as Margaret Buckley

    Ratings: All American Hits Series Highs, The Bachelor and 9-1-1 Top Night

    (1/19/21) In the latest TV show ratings, The CW’s All American opened Season 3 with 1.06 million total viewers and a 0.4 demo rating — besting its previous series highs of 880K and 0.3.

    That marks The CW’s largest audience since Supernatural’s Nov. 19 series finale and the network’s best rating since Supernatural‘s Oct. 8 midseason premiere.

    Leading out of All American, a Batwoman Season 2 premiere encore did 590K and a 0.1 (which is about what it did on Sunday night).

    Elsewhere on Monday:

    FOX | 9-1-1‘s Season 4 premiere drew 7 mil (Monday’s biggest audience) and a 1.2 rating, down a tick in the demo from its Season 3 average (1.4) and finale (1.3); 9-1-1: Lone Star (5.9 mil/0.9) was steady versus its freshman finale (5.4 mil/0.9) but down from its first-season averages (6.3 mil/1.2). ABC | The Bachelor (4.8 mil/1.3) ticked up week-to-week, to edge out 9-1-1 for the Monday demo win. The Good Doctor (3.9 mil/0.6) was steady.

    CBS | The Neighborhood (5.9 mil/0.8), Bob Hearts Abishola (5.4 mil/0.6) and Bull (4.6 mil/0.5) all were steady in the demo while shedding a few viewers.

    NBC | EGOG (3.1 mil/0.6), The Wall (2.6 mil/0.5) and Weakest Link (2.6 mil/0.5) were all steady.

    THE 118 RESCUE A MAN FROM HIS SMART HOME AND ATHENA HUNTS DOWN A BANK ROBBER ON AN ALL-NEW “9-1-1”

    (1/16/21) The 118 race to save a man under siege by his high-tech smart home, and a yoga teacher who has lost her vision. Athena hunts down a bank robber disguised by Covid protocols. Meanwhile, Buck confides in Maddie, Hen clashes with her antagonizing medical school lab partner and members of the 118’s crew prep for an out-of-state mission in the all-new “Future Tense” episode of 9-1-1 airing Monday, Feb. 1 (8:00-9:01 PM ET/PT) on FOX. (NIN-403) (TV-14 L, V)

    Cast: Angela Bassett as Athena Grant; Peter Krause as Bobby Nash; Jennifer Love Hewitt as Maddie Kendall; Oliver Stark as Evan “Buck” Buckley; Kenneth Choi as Howie “Chimney” Han; Aisha Hinds as Henrietta “Hen” Wilson; Ryan Guzman as Eddie Diaz; Rockmond Dunbar as Michael Grant; Corinne Massiah as May Grant; Marcanthonee Jon Reis as Harry Grant; Gavin McHugh as Christopher Diaz; Jon Harlan Kim as Albert Han.

    Guest Cast: Declan Pratt as Denny Wilson; Margot Catherine Terry as Nia Wilson; Tracie Thoms as Karen Wilson; Andi Chapman as Diedra; Brian Lillis as Anthony; Alexis Krause as Justine Zerbiak; Scotch Ellis Loring as Dr. Arthur Langford; Juliette Goglia as Sydney Grossman; Remy Ortiz as Luis Jimenez; Brandon Morales as Raymond Dykstra; Elise Marie Dubois as Bank Teller; Kristina Pesic as Officer Jackson; Jacob Figueroa as Allen Robertson and Sara Amini as Becky.

    MASSIVE MUDSLIDES THREATEN A WORLD-FAMOUS LANDMARK ON AN ALL-NEW “9-1-1”

    (1/8/21) In the aftermath of the dam break, massive mudslides wreak havoc throughout Los Angeles. As Athena fights to save herself and an agoraphobic woman after her house collapses, Bobby, Hen and Eddie rush to save hikers endangered by the falling of the Hollywood sign. Meanwhile, Buck and Chimney must rescue a group of pregnant women trapped in a submerged house in the all-new “Alone Together” episode of 9-1-1 airing Monday, Jan. 25 (8:00-9:01 PM ET/PT) on FOX. (NIN-402) (TV-14 L, V)

    Cast: Angela Bassett as Athena Grant; Peter Krause as Bobby Nash; Jennifer Love Hewitt as Maddie Kendall; Oliver Stark as Evan “Buck” Buckley; Kenneth Choi as Howie “Chimney” Han; Aisha Hinds as Henrietta “Hen” Wilson; Ryan Guzman as Eddie Diaz; Rockmond Dunbar as Michael Grant; Corinne Massiah as May Grant; Marcanthonee Jon Reis as Harry Grant; Gavin McHugh as Christopher Diaz and Jon Harlan Kim as Albert Han.

    Guest Cast: Tracie Thoms as Karen Wilson; Margot Catherine Terry as Nia; La Monde Byrd as Dr. David Hale; Lilli Birdsell as Sylvia Mays; Shane Coffey as Dylan; Garrett Coffey as Caleb; Jaylen Barron as Katie; Romi Dias as Chief Miranda Williams; Allie Doke as Jordyn; Raquel Dominguez as Amber; Sarah Cortez as Delilah; Kat Conner Sterling as Jenny; Alejandro Anduzzi as Helicopter Pilot; Isabella Hoffman as Dr. Copeland and Cocoa Brown as Carla Price.

    THE 118 RACES TO SAVE LIVES WHEN THE HOLLYWOOD RESERVOIR DAM BREAKS ON THE ALL-NEW SEASON PREMIERE OF “9-1-1”

    (1/4/21) When the Hollywood Reservoir dam breaks, Bobby and the 118 race into action to save passengers on a city bus that has crashed into a building several stories in the air. Maddie must first locate, and then rescue, a trapped cyclist, and Athena helps an agoraphobic woman evacuate her home. Meanwhile, the team adjusts to life as first responders during the pandemic. Bobby worries if Athena is ready for field duty since recovering from her physical and psychological injuries; Chimney takes extreme precautions around a pregnant Maddie; and May begins a surprising new job in the all-new “The New Abnormal” season premiere episode of 9-1-1 airing Monday, Jan. 18 (8:00-9:01 PM ET/PT) on FOX. (NIN-401) (TV-14 L, V)

    Cast: Angela Bassett as Athena Grant; Peter Krause as Bobby Nash; Jennifer Love Hewitt as Maddie Kendall; Oliver Stark as Evan “Buck” Buckley; Kenneth Choi as Howie “Chimney” Han; Aisha Hinds as Henrietta “Hen” Wilson; Ryan Guzman as Eddie Diaz; Rockmond Dunbar as Michael Grant; Corinne Massiah as May Grant; Marcanthonee Jon Reis as Harry Grant; Gavin McHugh as Christopher Diaz; Jon Harlan Kim as Albert Han.

    Guest Cast: Tracie Thoms as Karen Wilson; Declan Pratt as Denny Wilson; La Monde Byrd as Dr. David Hale; Bryan Safi as Josh Russo; Chiquita Fuller as Linda Bates; Claudia Christian as Captain Elaine Maynard; Chris Wu as Officer Williams; Ross Gallo as Officer Vargs; Nikki DeLoach as Janell Hansen; Charles Emmett as Hector Silva; Annie Chang as Ashley Ryerson; Charlie Bodin as Kurt Willits; Ty Parker as Connor Jared “C.J.”; Thea Campbell as Vanessa Hubbard; Corey Clifford as Tracy Dawson; Marcus Ashley as Zeke Mills; Lilli Birdsell as Sylvia Mays.

    Nominations For Inaugural Critics Choice Super Awards

    (11/19/20) The show airs Sunday, January 10, 2021 on the CW as a two-hour special at 8 pm ET/PT.

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    Jennifer Love Hewitt, Keith David & Eric Roberts Set For Family Pic ‘Pups Alone’

    (11/6/20) Jennifer Love Hewitt (Ryan Murphy’s 9-1-1), Emmy-winner Keith David (The Princess And The Frog) and Oscar-nominee Eric Roberts (Runaway Train) are attached to live action family feature Pups Alone.

    Love Hewitt is lending her voice to the feature while David, Roberts and Brandon Burrows will be on camera. Pic follows a ragtag group of neighborhood dogs who team up to save Christmas from two bumbling thieves and their scheming boss.

    Currently in production, VMI will be launching the movie to buyers at the upcoming virtual AFM.

    An original concept and screenplay by Burrows and Jason Gruich, the film is being directed by Alex Merkin (Altitude) and produced by Burrows (The Last Son Of Isaac Lemay) of Firebrand and Courtney Lauren Penn (The Last Son Of Isaac Lemay) of Boundless Pictures. Jack Bowyer (Gallowwalkers) is serving as an executive producer.

    “I couldn’t be happier than to have Jennifer, Keith, and Eric join Pups. They are going to bring their very special talents and unique voices to the project, and I can’t wait to see what they do with the material,” said Burrows of Firebrand.

    “I have been working with Brandon on Pups for a few months now and I am excited to showcase the film to buyers,” added Andre Relis, CEO of VMI Worldwide.

    Love Hewitt is represented by Untitled Entertainment, The Gersh Agency and Hirsch Wallerstein Hayum Matlof + Fishman LLP, David by Silver J Management, Innovative Artists, Miles Anthony Associates and Meyer and Downs, Roberts by Sovereign Talent Group.

    9-1-1, Lone Star, The Resident and Prodigal Son Return to Fox With New Seasons in January

    (10/20/20) Fox is bringing the drama this January. Four of the network’s biggest scripted series — 9-1-1, 9-1-1: Lone Star, Prodigal Son and The Resident — will all return with new seasons on the first month of 2021.

    9-1-1 (entering Season 4) and 9-1-1: Lone Star (entering Season 2) will air back-to-back on Mondays, beginning at 8/7c. Meanwhile, The Resident (entering Season 4) and Prodigal Son (entering Season 2) will take over Tuesdays.

    All told, here’s what you can expect from Fox in January, with actual premiere dates still to be announced:

    MONDAYS
    8 pm 9-1-1
    9 pm 9-1-1: Lone Star

    TUESDAYS
    8 pm The Resident
    9 pm Prodigal Son

    There have been quite a few casting shake-ups in the 9-1-1 universe in recent months. For starters, the flagship series has promoted John Harlan Kim to series regular, ensuring that Chimney’s brother will become a more integral part of the group in Season 4.

    Meanwhile, Lone Star is saying goodbye to Liv Tyler’s Michelle Blake — the pandemic reportedly made traveling to Los Angeles from London less than ideal for the actress — but is gaining Gina Torres (Suits) as a new member of the team.

    9-1-1 Reunites Buck and Abby (With a Tragic Twist!) in Finale Promo — Watch

    (5/5/20) (Video) Be careful what you wish for, 9-1-1 fans. After two full seasons of zero communication, Buck and Abby finally share a scene next week — but it isn’t the romantic reunion some have been hoping for.

    As revealed in the promo for Part 2 of the Fox procedural’s finale (May 11, 8/7c), Buck is among the first responders on the scene of Abby’s train wreck. When he tries to calm her down, she utters seven words that are sure to land like daggers: “I am trying to find my fiancé!” Ouch.

    Speaking with TVLine back in January, showrunner Tim Minear acknowledged that Abby has “unfinished business” with Buck. “Abby promised she would come back and she never did. So there’s unfinished business for Abby, and definitely also for Buck. He’s kind of lost at sea right now. He’s still trying to figure out who he is, and his relationship with Abby started to redefine him. Once she left, he had to figure out who he was without her.”

    Other questions raised by the promo include: Will Athena really step down from the force? Is Michael’s condition taking a turn for the worse? And what has Maddie and Chimney looking so… surprised?

    9-1-1's Jennifer Love Hewitt Explains Why She Appreciated the Outcome of Maddie's Latest Hostage Crisis

    (4/13/20) (tvline.com) Monday’s 9-1-1 found Maddie Buckley once again fighting for her life, this time against a group of thieving terrorists that seized control of the call center and took its dispatchers hostage.

    Though Maddie is the one who ultimately stabbed the ringleader with an EpiPen, it was really a group effort, with everyone from Josh to Sue stepping up to take down the baddies and tip off the authorities. Thanks to their heroic contributions, the situation deescalated before any of the hostages were lost. Heck, they even managed to rescue the guy Maddie stabbed, which means the official Fox account can continue thirst-tweeting about him:

    (Video)

    We checked in with Jennifer Love Hewitt to see how her character is holding up after surviving yet another living nightmare:

    TVLINE | My first thought at the end of last week’s episode was, ‘Great, this is exactly what Maddie needs — another traumatic event.’

    You and me both. This girl has really gone through it. It’s insane.

    TVLINE | Is it bad that I’m glad the main bad guy survived? I know it was in self-defense, but I don’t think Maddie needed another death on her conscience.

    We were actually joking off-camera that if the episode had continued, Maddie would have had to kill another person. I think she does have a trigger. Like, if you threaten her life and push her too far, you’re going to have to go out. So I was also very happy that it didn’t end that way this time, and that she isn’t just stacking up bodies.

    TVLINE | Her last crisis was a domestic issue, then comes this one at work. She must be feeling like she isn’t safe anywhere anymore.

    I like that you said that, and I also feel that way. In a two-year period, this is now the second time Maddie has found herself in a hostage situation where she ultimately has to ask herself, ‘Do they die or do we?’ I feel like where she is safe is with Chimney. The joy that they create for each other when they’re together, and the tribe of people she’s putting together, is where she’s starting to find her safety.

    TVLINE | I appreciate that Maddie didn’t immediately return the L-bomb when Chimney said it. The show does a great job of honoring her past.

    Me too, and I think that’s important. Early on, I told [showrunner Tim Minear] that I wanted Maddie to end up in a good relationship once all the Doug stuff was over. I wanted to show that you can be with the wrong person and all the wrong things can happen, but when you find the right person, all the right things can happen. I said I wanted Maddie to be with Chimney, and even though I think Tim was a little surprised, he made this beautiful relationship. I feel indebted to him forever, not only for really hearing me, but for being on the same wavelength about this story needing a great love. What I respect most about [Maddie and Chimney’s] relationship is that the show is giving it time to grow. It feels like a relationship that should be happening between two people in their forties who have been through everything they’ve been through. Their love feels well-earned, and I like that. I think it’s different from other things we’ve seen on TV. I do think that they rush relationships a lot.

    TVLINE | And now that Albert is around, it’s like they have a full-grown son.

    [Laughs] Well, yes. And Buck! We’re officially raising those people on the show. And now I have Josh, too.

    TVLINE | Not that she isn’t helpful on the phone, but as we saw this week, Maddie continually proves herself to be valuable in the field. Do you think she’d ever want to get back in on the action?

    Maddie was in the field as a nurse, so she already had that moment. Now, because of her past traumas, she finds safety in that chair. It allows her to emotionally connect with people, and as someone who has been through so many traumatic situations in her own life, she really can be there for people. She speaks from a place of truth.

    ‘9-1-1’ & Spinoff ‘9-1-1: Lone Star’ Renewed By Fox For 2020-21 Season

    (4/13/20) Fox Entertainment continues with its early renewals, picking up flagship drama series 9-1-1 for a fourth season and its breakout spinoff 9-1-1: Lone Star for a second.

    The network already has renewed its freshman animated series Bless the Harts and Duncanville for next season and also has The Simpsons and Family Guy set to return next fall.

    “9-1-1 and 9-1-1: Lone Star are truly two of the strongest and most thrilling dramas on broadcast television, as well as being centerpieces for Fox Entertainment,” said Michael Thorn, President of Entertainment, Fox Entertainment. “Creators Ryan Murphy, Brad Falchuk and Tim Minear, as well as their incredible teams of writers, directors, casts and entire crews, make jaw-dropping, edge-of-your-seat magic in every episode. From Los Angeles earthquakes and tsunamis to Texas-sized tornados and bucking broncos, both shows deliver incredible spectacle with strong, identifiable characters you care about week to week. We eagerly look forward to many more thrilling rescues in both series, which help honor this country’s brave first responders, as well as those around the world.”

    Season-to-date, 9-1-1 is Fox’s most-watched series of the season, with a Total Multiplatform average audience of 16 million viewers, up 139% from its Live+same day average. 9-1-1 is the season’s #2 drama among Adults 18-49, Adults 25-54, Adults 35-49 and all key male demos, and ranks #1 with Teens.

    9-1-1: Lone Star ties with Fox’s Lego Masters as this season’s #1 new series among Adults 18-49 and is the #2 most-watched new series, according to Nielsen. With a Total Multiplatform average audience of 12.3 million viewers, 9-1-1: Lone Star is up 97% from its Live + Same Day delivery. The series premiere (3.8/18 L7) is this season’s #1 debut and the #1 scripted debut since Fall 2018.

    Created by Ryan Murphy, Brad Falchuk, and Tim Minear, the first-responders procedural explores the high-pressure experiences of police officers, firefighters, and dispatchers who are thrust into frightening, shocking and heart-stopping situations. Angela Bassett, Peter Krause and Jennifer Love Hewitt star, with Oliver Stark, Aisha Hinds, Kenneth Choi, Rockmond Dunbar and Ryan Guzman in series-regular roles. WWE superstar Ronda Rousey recurs.

    9-1-1: Lone Star follows a sophisticated New York firefighter (Lowe) who, along with his son, re-locates to Austin, and must try to balance saving those who are at their most vulnerable with solving the problems in his own life.

    Liv Tyler also stars, along with Jim Parrack, Ronen Rubenstein, Sierra McClain, Natacha Karam, Brian Michael Smith, Julian Works and Rafael Silva.

    9-1-1 and 9-1-1: Lone Star are produced by 20th Century Fox Television in association with Ryan Murphy Television and Brad Falchuk Teley-Vision. Ryan Murphy, Brad Falchuk and Tim Minear are creators, executive producers and writers on the series. Bradley Buecker is an executive producer and director on the series. Alexis Martin Woodall, Angela Bassett, Peter Krause, John J. Gray and Kristen Reidel also serve as executive producers. Lowe co-executive produces 9-1-1: Lone Star.

    9-1-1's Jennifer Love Hewitt Previews Maddie's Hostage Crisis: She's 'About to Fight For Her Life'

    (4/11/20) (Video) “In a two-year period, this is now the second time Maddie has found herself in a hostage situation where she ultimately has to ask herself, ‘Do they die or do we?'” That’s the unfortunate dilemma Jennifer Love Hewitt‘s character faces when 9-1-1 returns for the second half of its call-center takeover event on Monday (Fox, 8/7c).

    9-1-1‘s latest episode ended with the jaw-dropping return of Josh’s assailant, who revealed himself to be part of a terrorist organization seizing control of the facility. Maddie attempted to send a cryptic message to Chimney by telling him that she loved him — something she just said she wasn’t ready to do — but as you’ll see in TVLine’s exclusive sneak peek above, that might not have been enough of a clue to tip him off.

    “The beautiful thing about Maddie in this situation is that we tried to show her strength a little more,” Hewitt tells TVLine, comparing this nightmare to her character’s previous life-threatening experiences. “We show a little more of her spirit, her belief that she can fight. She’s also good at holding others up in moments that they’re breaking. Even when she said ‘I love you’ to Chimney, that was her recognizing that she’s about to fight for her life.”

    9-1-1 Sneak Peek: Buck's Search for Christopher Takes a Devastating Turn

    (10/7/19) (Video) To be perfectly honest, we weren’t too concerned about Christopher’s fate on 9-1-1… until now. Tonight’s episode (Fox, 8/7c) brings the procedural’s two-part tsunami saga to a close, but as you’ll see in TVLine’s exclusive sneak peek, there’s no guarantee of a happy ending.

    The harrowing hour picks up right where last week’s left off, with Buck frantically searching the watery streets of Los Angeles for Eddie’s son, who went missing after falling from a firetruck.

    TVLine spoke with Oliver Stark (aka Buck) about working with Gavin McHugh (aka Christopher) on the intense tsunami scenes, and he had nothing but admiration for the eight-year-old’s acting chops.

    “He’s such a trooper,” Stark said. “I was quite nervous getting into the water with him, because I really was swimming while carrying him through the water. Even though he had a stunt double, it was so much better when I got to do it with him. I didn’t mind if I dunked the double in the water a couple of times, but as soon as it was Gavin, I was like, ‘I cannot let this child go underwater.’ … And he never complained. I even hit his head on the firetruck once, and when they yelled ‘cut,’ I was like, ‘Gavin, are you OK? I hit your head.’ And he just tapped me on the shoulder and said, ‘It’s OK, Buck.’ I just melted. He’s the sweetest, bravest kid when it comes to the stunts.”

    9-1-1 Season 3 Trailer: L.A. Runs for Cover as a Tidal Wave Hits the Beach

    (8/14/19) (Video) It just wouldn’t be a 9-1-1 season premiere without a cataclysmic natural disaster hitting Los Angeles, now would it?

    After Season 2 kicked off with a devastating earthquake, a new trailer for Season 3 of Fox’s first-responders procedural — which you can watch above — sees a massive tidal wave rushing towards a beach full of unsuspecting Angelenos. That includes Buck, who’s enjoying some carnival games on the Santa Monica pier when the wave starts making its way towards shore. As alarms sound and chaos ensues, Buck screams, “Get off the beach!” while sprinting to safety. (The moody cover of Bananarama’s “Cruel Summer” is a nice touch, too.) “An emergency is the absence of choice,” Athena calmly reminds us in voiceover as beachgoers run for their lives while a wave of water that’s several stories high bears down on the shoreline. Buck takes shelter inside a carnival game booth and calls out for Bobby — who gazes up at the wave with quiet awe.

    Will Buck make it out there alive? We’ll find out when 9-1-1 returns for Season 3 on Monday, Sept. 23 at 8/7c.

    9-1-1's Jennifer Love Hewitt Breaks Down Maddie's Fight for Her Life

    (4/1/19) (tvline.com) 9-1-1‘s Doug-Maddie-Chimney saga reached a heartbreaking (and somewhat heartwarming?) conclusion on Monday as Maddie fought tooth and nail to escape her abusive ex, until one of them was left dead in the snow.

    Meanwhile, nervous fans were likely delighted to learn that Chimney survived being stabbed by Doug, resulting in his long-awaited reunion with Maddie in the hospital.

    Below, Jennifer Love Hewitt discusses Monday’s harrowing episode with TVLine, including how the ordeal will affect Maddie moving forward:

    TVLINE | Congratulations on this incredible episode. Did you have any idea your role was going to become so physical?

    No, I didn’t! In fact, the nicest surprise this season was that they didn’t let [Maddie’s story] go. It would be really easy on a TV show to have her come in, tell her story and then the show never really does anything about it. You keep it in the background of who she is, but you move on. So I was really grateful to Fox and to Tim Minear for letting Maddie’s story play out. Because of the nature of the subject matter, I feel like that was really important. And because it’s hard for people to watch, it’s difficult to talk about, it’s hard to picture, that made it worth it to me. It made me excited and grateful that this is who Maddie is; it’s not just a story she told for five minutes in the first episode. We got to see a payoff. But I had no idea where it was going to go, or how dark or how deep.

    TVLINE | I’m sure working with your husband added a trust factor, but those scenes still must have been really intense.

    Oh my gosh, it was super intense. But yes, the trust factor was a game changer. Had [Doug been played by] a stranger I met in hair and makeup for five seconds, that would have changed it. I still would have given it my all, but it would have been different. Our trust allowed him to be as bad as he could be. Both of us were able to be there for each other in that way, and to get really raw and ugly. We could be all those things we needed to be in the moment, because we knew that things would be OK later.

    TVLINE | I still can’t believe how perfect that casting is. How did your husband also become Maddie’s husband?

    [Laughs] It was Tim’s idea. He had given Brian one of his first jobs back in the day, so when I came on the show, Tim said to me, “You know I knew your husband before you knew your husband, right?” They had a whole bromance and really loved working together. So in my first episode, Doug’s voice was on the other end of the call, and Tim randomly said to me, “I think I’m going to use Brian’s voice. That’ll be fun.” At that point, I didn’t know if we’d ever see Doug. He was just the voice in that first episode. So when it came time for the episode [that introduces Doug], I said to someone in hair and makeup, “I wonder what they’re going to do about Doug.” She was like, “It’s your husband,” and I went, “Wait, what do you mean?” She said, “We just came from a production meeting.” It felt weird, but it was really exciting and cool.

    TVLINE | I also appreciated it as a mini Client List reunion.

    Yes! Brian and I have joked about how he’s now played my husband twice, and they’ve both been very bad people. [Laughs] So I’m very glad in real life that he’s a good guy and husband and father.

    TVLINE | We did get to see glimpses of Doug’s softer side in those flashbacks. It was incredible how things could just turn on a dime.

    I’m super proud of the work he did in this episode. And I think his portrayal helped to show a little more of why she stayed for so long. He did have good moments, and he was very charming in those moments. I was glad that Tim wrote that in and allowed people to see that, too.

    TVLINE | How is this whole thing going to affect her moving forward?

    In subtle ways. As much as this episode was about Maddie and Doug, the show is really about the crew and the calls and all that. So you’ll see Maddie figure out how to put one foot in front of the other with the knowledge that she’s killed someone. She’s grieving a very tumultuous relationship that’s been a huge part of who she is since she was 18 years old. We’ll see how she attempts to move forward in romance, if that’s even possible. All of those things, while answering phones and having to be a total Steady Betty for people during emergencies. It won’t be in big plot points or moments, it’ll be more in smaller ways. You’ll see that it’s affected her. It’s going to ebb and flow.

    TVLINE | I’m glad they’re going to let that play out.

    The truth is, there are real people who will be facing these situations while the episode airs, or tomorrow, or the day after that. Men, women, children. And they don’t just go away. It’s never not a part of who you are, so I’m glad they’re allowing it to be that way for Maddie, out of respect for the real fighters out there.

    TVLINE | I’m also glad that Chimney and Maddie reunited. People are really responding to that relationship!

    It’s so sweet! I’m so glad. It was one of the first conversations Tim and I had when I joined the show. We were just talking about things, and I said I really wanted Maddie to date Chimney. He was like, “What?” I said, “I just think it would be so sweet.” They’re such innately good people, and they’ve been put in these crazy circumstances. But they’re sweet and silly and I just love it. It really means a lot that the audience has responded the way they have. Kenny [Choi] and I have a lot of fun off camera, giving our cast mates a hard time by saying that Chimney and Maddie are the new Ross and Rachel of dramatic television. We totally are. [Laughs]

    TVLINE | Ross and Rachel never did karaoke.

    That’s true! And they should have. … The other day, Tim asked me what I want to do the most in Season 3, and I was like, “Um — karaoke!” So hopefully we’ll be back for another duet.

    9-1-1 Renewed for Season 3

    (3/26/19) The people of (fictional) Los Angeles can rest a little easier tonight: 9-1-1 has been renewed for a third season, TVLine has learned. (Our handy renewal scorecard has been updated to reflect the change.)

    “9-1-1 redefined what a procedural series can be, consistently delivering edge-of-your-seat emergencies, mixed with emotional story arcs and incredible performances from one of the most powerful teams of actors on television,” said Thorn. “Kudos to Ryan Murphy, Brad Falchuk, Tim Minear and their entire crew, as well as the amazing cast … for raising the bar week after week.”

    The show currently stars Peter Krause (Parenthood), Angela Bassett (American Horror Story), Jennifer Love Hewitt (The Ghost Whisperer), Oliver Stark (Into the Badlands), Aisha Hinds (Underground), Kenneth Choi (American Crime Story) and Ryan Guzman (Heroes Reborn).

    Fresh off its heart-stopping midseason premiere — which left poor Chimney (Choi) bleeding out on Maddie’s (Hewitt) front steps, while her abusive ex-husband returned for revenge — tonight’s all-new episode, titled “Chimney Begins,” turns back the clock and reveals how he became the hero we know today.

    Thus far this season, 9-1-1 is averaging 6.2 million total viewers and nearly a 1.5 demo rating, ranking No. 1 and a very close second (behind Empire) among all Fox dramas. Compared to its freshman run, it is down just 10 percent in the demo while veritably matching its total audience.

    New episodes of 9-1-1 air Mondays at 9/8c.

    ‘9-1-1’ Trailer: Sharknado Meets Sigalert In Fox Drama’s Midseason Return

    (2/20/19) (Video) “9-1-1, what’s your emergency?” “We’re on the freeway and a man’s been attacked by a shark!” Just when you thought you were safe from ravenous fish on your daily commute — were we ever? — comes the new trailer for Fox’s drama about first responders and the myriad cases to which they respond. Have a look above.

    Along with the guy who’s up to his elbow in jaws, the fast-paced, 30-second clip gives us a glimpse at some other rescues in progress: a high-rise fire, a kidnapping on the Red Line, a semi-trailer hurtling horizontally toward a family, exploding buildings, a hospital patient who finds herself surrounded by bodies.

    In other words: just another day in L.A.

    Angela Bassett, Peter Krause and Jennifer Love Hewitt star in 9-1-1, the modern-day Emergency! series that returns for Part 2 of its second season on March 18. Until then, keep your cell phone handy. Because, seriously, you never know what’s comin’. Or when.

    9-1-1 EP Explains [Spoiler]'s Casting, Breaks Down Those Fall Finale Twists

    (11/28/18) 9-1-1‘s last episode of 2018 ended with a hellish holiday cliffhanger, setting the stage for some exciting — and terrifying — events to come in the new year. TVLine spoke with showrunner Tim Minear about the fall finale’s many twists and (re)turns, but first, a quick recap:

    Athena’s invited Bobby to move in with her, which somehow pivoted to him proposing (and her accepting!); Eddie reluctantly welcomed Shannon back into his life, thus fulfilling Christopher’s one Christmas wish; and we learned that, unbeknownst to Maddie, her abusive ex (played by Jennifer Love Hewitt’s real-life husband Brian Hallisay!) has finally managed to track her down.

    Below, Minear previews what 2019 holds for Maddie and her ex (“It’s time for the other shoe to drop”), Bobby and Athena (“I’d be very worried”) and the rest of Los Angeles’ finest uniformed men and women:

    TVLINE | Before we dive into the fall finale, I need to applaud last week’s episode. What inspired you to tell Hen’s backstory?

    That was Ryan [Murphy]’s idea. He felt it would be beneficial for the audience to learn about these characters and the cases that broke them. And we’ll be doing more of those this year. When we did TCA this year, I said that every member of our ensemble could be the star of their own show, and episodes like this prove that. Aisha [Hinds] is a star.

    TVLINE | Agreed on all fronts. Now, that was some solid casting of Maddie’s ex in this finale.

    Right? He’s good.

    TVLINE | It didn’t immediately occur to me that they’re married in real life. To be honest, my first thought was, “How nice — a Client List reunion.”

    That’s funny. I actually think of it as a reunion of The Inside. I did a procedural for Fox about 10 years ago called The Inside, which was about the serial killer unite of the FBI, and I gave Brian Hallisay his first job on TV. I knew him, so when I realized he was married to Jennifer, that’s when I got the idea. I’ve always thought he was a wonderful actor. He has a certain masculine charm, but he can also be incredibly creepy. I just thought he’d be perfect, so the fact that he’s married to her is a plus.

    TVLINE | I have to imagine their familiarity with one another will result in some great performances.

    I absolutely believe it does.

    TVLINE | How much of a presence will her ex have moving forward?

    We’re definitely going to tell that story. We’ve been teasing it for the first 10 episodes, so it’s time for the other shoe to drop. It won’t drop the minute we get back, but it’ll drop shortly thereafter.

    TVLINE | In addition to being physically abusive, the guy also seems like a psychological threat.

    Well, Maddie is no fool. She’s an intelligent woman, so he obviously needed to have charisma and some psychological power in order to keep her down for so long. It took her a while to get away.

    TVLINE | On a happier note, Athena and Bobby are engaged. If this was any other show, I feel like Athena would have said it was too fast. But this is 9-1-1, where there’s no such thing as “too fast.”

    [Laughs] Of course. And that’s something we debated about in the room: Is it too fast? My feeling was that, considering everything Bobby has been through, it isn’t too fast. He’s a 50-year-old man who’s been through some stuff, she’s a woman who’s already lived her life and has a family. Why wait when you know? I think they’re both in their sweet spot in that moment.

    TVLINE | Decisions made during the holidays don’t always stick. Should we be worried about either Bobby or Athena changing their minds?

    Oh, I’d be very worried. What are you talking about? If you’ve followed anything I’ve done in the past 20 years, you know that the moment everything is perfect is when I’m going to give you the shovel.

    TVLINE | True. Eddie also reluctantly reunited with Shannon this week. What does their path look like?

    What was important in this episode was to show a different side of Shannon. A mother who walked out on her special needs kid is not a hugely likable character to begin with, so I wanted to show that Eddie — as great as he is — isn’t perfect. He admits to Buck that he ran out first. He re-enlisted when he didn’t have to in order to avoid dealing with the situation, and he left her alone to cope. These are just human beings trying to do as best they can with the situation they’re in. Eddie and Shannon both have feelings for each other, and they both love that little boy, so I’m crossing my fingers for them.

    TVLINE | I’m enjoying getting to know Buck outside of his relationship with Abby. What are your plans for him?

    Buck has decided that his relationship Abby is over — after several months of her not being there — and that it’s time to figure out who he is without her. I don’t think he really knew who he was before. He felt like he was coming into his own in that relationship. He’ll continue to grow, and we’ll keep giving him new challenges. The situation with his sister is going to play heavily into part of his story in the second half.

    TVLINE | I know he literally wrote her a breakup letter, but I have to make sure: Abby and Buck’s story is definitely over?

    Who knows what the future will bring. As I’ve said, the door is always open for a Connie Britton appearance. She’s busy with Dirty John — and sometimes American Horror Story. I didn’t want to sell that relationship short by just getting rid of it. I thought it was necessary for it to be difficult for Buck to let her go.

    Why Jennifer Love Hewitt Left Hollywood—and Why She’s Now Coming Back

    (9/25/18) Don't call it a comeback, she's been here before.

    Jennifer Love Hewitt made her latest return to TV last night, with the second season premiere of 9-1-1 on Fox.

    Hewitt was brought in by Ryan Murphy to replace the void (and hair goals position) left by Connie Britton's exit after season one of the hit medical drama, with the mega-producer teasing the TV vet's big return in a major way.

    "We will be bringing in some new faces, including one you all know and love but haven't seen in a while, the incredible Jennifer Love Hewitt," Murphy told advertisers back at the Fox Upfront presentation in May, promoting Hewitt's first regular acting gig since Criminal Minds in 2015.

    And it seems the move to cast Hewitt paid off: 9-1-1's season two opener saw series-high ratings, bringing in 8/47 million viewers and a 2.2 rating in the adults 18-49 demo (aka advertiser catnip).

    While the massive return numbers for the show can't entirely be attributed to Hewitt's return to TV, it's just the latest piece of evidence proving Hewitt's everlasting appeal to the public since 1995, when her turn as Sarah Reeves on Fox's Party of Five made her a household name and started her journey as teen drama queen.

    At 39, Hewitt has made multiple "comebacks" throughout her career, with her various returns to TV making headlines and being heralded as the star coming back to the place she started—the small screen. It seems like every few years there are a batch of headlines touting the former scream queen's return to television.

    But the most intriguing thing about her ongoing run of comebacks? She's never really left; she's learned how to step gracefully just outside of the spotlight.

    Toward the end of her Party of Five run in the late '90s, Hewitt's movie career began to take off, thanks to hits such as I Know What You Did Last Summer and Can't Hardly Wait. She was America's new ingénue, with teen girls wanting to be her and men wanting to date her (even LFO's "Girl on TV" was about her). Come on, she was Amanda Beckett!

    Her rapidly rising popularity inspired Fox to take a chance on a Party of Five spinoff centering on her character in 1999. Time of Your Life, which documented Sarah's move to New York City, lasted less than one season.

    But in the early aughts, aside from a few buzzy projects (Heartbreakers with Sigourney Weaver is a true underrated gem and the TV movie The Audrey Hebpurn Story gifted us with those truly iconic birthday celebration paparazzi pics years later), Hewitt's movie career was hitting a bit of a plateau.

    Hewitt's first big return to TV following the failed spinoff was in CBS' The Ghost Whisperer in 2005 and this time she was serving as the star and as an executive producer. The procedural would go on to run for over 100 episodes and gave Hewitt her first directorial credits.

    In 2010, CBS made the decision to silence The Ghost Whisperer, though Hewitt was still busy making headlines after she popularized "vajazzling" in a chapter of her book, The Day I Shot Cupid (which went on to become a New York Times bestseller). ("BeDazzling for your hoo-ha," is how she explained the practice to Maxim, in case you were wondering.)

    A made-for-TV movie The Client List was next up for Hewitt, who took on the role of a mom-turned-prostitute. The TV film ended up doing so well for Lifetime that they turned it into a series, with Hewitt once again starring and producing.

    The Client List introduced more than just endless lingerie costume changes into Hewitt's life: She met her now-husband on the show, her costar Brian Hallisay.

    In 2013, Hewitt and Hallisay announced they were expecting their first child together, and while the real-life pregnancy was initially going to be written into the show, behind-the-scenes drama lead to Lifetime cancelling the drama after two seasons.

    According to reports at the time, Hewitt wanted Hallisay's character to be named the father of her character's child on the show, while the showrunner favored Colin Egglesfield's character as the baby daddy. A storyline stalemate ensued before the cancellation.

    The couple welcomed daughter Autumn James Hallisay back in November 2013, and secretly wed just a few weeks prior to her birth.

    By July 2014, Hewitt was ready for her next regular TV gig, joining the cast of CBS' Criminal Minds for its 10th season. And midway through the season, Hewitt announced she and Hallisay were expecting their second child.

    Her pregnancy was written into the show…but ultimately, Hewitt chose to exit the procedural at the end of the season, deciding to take a step back to focus on her family (her FBI agent character ended up doing the same).

    "Jennifer wanted to be able to give this second baby everything she gave her first, and that's taking time off to be a full-time mom. Because she's due in July, when we would start shooting season 11, timing-wise there was no way for her to do both, to be able to give that baby everything she wanted to give that baby and still be on our show," showrunner Erica Messer told EW at the time. "We wrote to that, and that's how season 10 ends. It's a bittersweet idea of, ‘Life is full of choices and they define who you are.' She makes the decision to leave the team for a while. It's really lovely and real, not only because it was happening off-screen, but because I know those things happen in real life too."

    And after almost three years off after welcoming son Atticus in June 2015, Hewitt was ready to return to work, with the star telling reporters she "needed to be a person for a while" after spending..."almost 29 years" in Hollywood before her mini-break.

    Hewitt also said how important it was for her to "be there" for her children, explaining, "I needed to have new things to bring back to my craft. I feel like I've done that now...They're these full-functioning, beautiful people now, and it's great."

    Plus, what better way to return to the craft than by joining Ryan Murphy's illustrious troupe of actors?

    "It's been a little bit," Hewitt admitted to E! News at Fox's 2018 Upfronts of returning to TV. "I love the show, I love doing drama, I just think the cast is extraordinary and when Ryan Murphy calls, you pick up the phone and you do whatever he says because he's Ryan Murphy."

    9-1-1 marked a major milestone for Hewitt: It's the first series Hewitt filmed since becoming a mom of two, and when her casting on the show was first announced, she admitted to E! News that it was "going to be a whole new learning thing." But still, she was excited for her two children to visit the set to "know who I used to be and still am."

    Even before production began though, Hewitt was dealing with a mini-controversy: her appearance on the red carpet at the Fox Upfront, with the star taking to her Instagram the day after to "apologize" for her outfit choice and hair and make-up, describing herself as a "hot mess."

    "It has been a really intense couple of days. Like, so great, so blessed—but intense," Hewitt said in her Instagram Stories. "We go to the Upfront yesterday and nobody tells me the day is going to be like 12 hours long and the humidity is going to be almost 100 percent in New York City. So, I just have to apologize. Wearing a black suit? Not a good idea. Not wearing enough hairspray and teasing in my hair? Also a bad idea."

    She continued, "I just have to apologize for how wrecked I look in all the pictures that have come out. I was literally melting. By the time I got to the red carpet, I was honestly melting. My hair was flat, my makeup was running off my face and I looked like I had completely forgotten I was an actress in this business who is supposed to look [perfect] when you step on the red carpet."

    In the post #MeToo era, it felt bizarre that an actress felt the need to go so far to apologize for her appearance, with Hewitt continuing to try and justify her less than "perfect" red carpet outing by explaining it was her "first time traveling" with her two toddlers.

    But given the intense public and media scrutiny Hewitt endured in 2007, when photographs of her in a bikini while vacationing in Hawaii surfaced and lead to criticism and mean headlines, leading to a People magazine cover with the headline "Stop Calling Me Fat!"

    Hewitt, then 28 and newly engaged to Ross McCall, took to her personal blog at the time to fire back at body-shamers, writing, "What I should be doing is celebrating some of the best days of my life and my engagement to the man of my dreams, instead of having to deal with photographers taking invasive pictures from bad angles…. Like all women out there should, I love my body. To all girls with butts, boobs, hips and a waist, put on a bikini—put it on and stay strong."

    Factor in the fact that John Mayer infamously wrote "Your Body Is a Wonderland" about her and that she was the model for Hanes undergarments since 2005 and it's no wonder Hewitt felt the need to atone for looking like "a hot mess" on the carpet.

    Throughout her various roles and "scandals," Hewitt has always maintained a unique relatability, and her presence on Instagram has made her even more accessible.

    She frequently posts her kitchen adventures, inspirational quotes and memes, and epic #TBTs. (Who can forget her one looking back on her first VMAs experience?) She loves all things fall and pumpkin-flavored as much as the average basic b—ch (Preach, sister!) and totally owned it when people discovered Hewitt filmed all of her Instagram videos from inside her fridge because the lighting is better. (We tried it at the E! News offices and can verify that the lighting is indeed better.)

    While Hewitt has lived a mostly quiet life, she's never really gone away from the cameras...it's fair to say she's actually been there all along, basking in the refrigerator light over the spotlight.

    9-1-1 airs Mondays at 9 p.m. on Fox.

    'She loves pizza and vodka': Jennifer Love Hewitt recalls drunken night with Betty White

    (9/12/18) Jennifer Love Hewitt once enjoyed a drunken night out with Hollywood legend Betty White.

    The actresses worked together on television film The Lost Valentine in 2011, and then again the following year when Betty was tapped to make a one-off appearance in The Client List series, which Jennifer starred in until it was cancelled in 2013. Reflecting on the close friendship she developed with The Golden Girls icon, Jennifer recalled an evening rendez-vous that got a little out of control.

    “She loves pizza and vodka. Right? She’s all of us,” she said of the 96-year-old actress when she appeared on The Late Late Show with James Corden on Tuesday. “One night we were filming, and we went out and I was like, ‘Oh my gosh, I’m going on a date with Betty White.’ It’s the most nervous date I’ve ever been on in my life.”

    However, as Jennifer started to feel the effects of the alcohol, panic set in when she realized Betty was in a similar state.

    “So, we go to leave and it’s great and then all of the sudden I see that Betty’s sort of going this way (tilting),” the 39-year-old laughed, before emphasizing the grave amount of responsibility she had on her shoulders.

    “I was like, ‘Oh my god, I am like the bodyguard of a national treasure. You have got to snap it together and don’t kill Betty White on your date!’” she gasped. “So we get her from the bushes. She didn’t really go in the bushes, but she was on her way.”

    After escorting the five-time Primetime Emmy Award winner to the safety of her hotel, Jennifer was invited up to her room for an unusual “nightcap.”

    “Her nightcap is gummy bears. I mean, shut the front door and lock it. She’s perfect,” Hewitt giggled. “We got drunk and we had gummy bears, and it was amazing.”

    9-1-1 Season 2: Explosive Trailer Introduces New Faces, New Romance

    (9/11/18) (Video) “Brace for impact,” indeed. Fox on Monday released a new trailer for 9-1-1‘s earthquake-centric season premiere, and it appears that the ground isn’t the only thing being shaken up.

    The trailer features several emotional shots of the show’s core couples, including Hen and her wife (“The threat of Eva has not gone away,” showrunner Tim Minear warns TVLine!) and Bobby and Athene (whose relationship “had progressed a bit, though there’s still more progression to be had”). We also catch a glimpse of Buck drowning his sorrows in a glass of wine, presumably heartbroken over Abby’s decision not to return to Los Angeles after leaving for Ireland at the end of Season 1. (“He’s still living in [Abby’s] place, housesitting while she’s gone, expecting her to return,” Minear says. “The people around him are gently trying to persuade him that maaaybe it’s over.

    This trailer also offers a lengthier look at several of the show’s new characters in action: Buck’s sister Maddie (played by Ghost Whisperer‘s Jennifer Love-Hewitt), a former ER nurse who becomes a 9-1-1 dispatcher, and Eddie Diaz (played by Pretty Little Liars‘ Ryan Guzman), an Army vet and single father who now works as a firefighter.

    9-1-1 kicks off its second season with a two-night premiere on Sunday, Sept. 23 (8/7c) and Monday, Sept. 24 (9/8c).

    9-1-1 Season 2: Jennifer Love Hewitt Reveals First Details About Her 'Broken' Character — Plus, Watch a New Trailer

    (8/2/18) 9-1-1 is adding a little Love in Season 2: Jennifer Love Hewitt joins the cast of the Fox’s hit drama this fall, and she offered the first details on her new character to reporters at the Television Critics Association press tour on Thursday.

    Hewitt’s character Maddie, the sister of Oliver Stark’s Buck, has “had a little bit of a tough time in her life,” she says, after getting out of an abusive relationship. “She comes to her brother pretty broken… and needing to start over.” With Buck’s help, the former nurse becomes a 911 call-center operator in an effort to “figure out who she really is, and then hopefully help other people.”

    We get our first look at Maddie in action — along with some eye-popping action when a massive earthquake hits L.A. — in a new trailer for Season 2 (debuting Sunday, Sept. 23 at 8/7c): (Trailer)

    Hewitt’s career first took off at Fox with Party of Five, and the actress is “really excited to be back at Fox… it’s just nice to have longevity in something you love to do so much.” After starring in shows like Ghost Whisperer and The Client List, she’s happy to take a backseat this time as part of an ensemble cast. “I have two children, and I got married,” she explains, “and it’s really nice to not have it all on your shoulders.”

    Her arrival coincides with the departure of series star Connie Britton, who played 911 operator Abby in Season 1. Britton won’t appear in Season 2, but “we are honoring the character of Abby,” executive producer Tim Minear assures fans. “We’re not forgetting the incredibly important role she played in the first season,” he says, adding that a “window” is “always open for her to return.”

    Hewitt won’t be one-and-done with 9-1-1, though. She made “a pretty long commitment” to the series, she reveals: “As long as the show is here, hopefully I will be here… as long as I don’t screw it up.”

    Fox Fall Premiere Dates: 9-1-1, Lethal, Last Man Standing and More

    (6/28/18) Fox is the third broadcast network to unveil its premiere plan for the 2018-19 TV season (following NBC and The CW), and the network will kick things off on Sunday, Sept. 9, by offering a special sneak preview of new comedy series Rel following its NFL double-header. Similarly, Ryan Murphy’s breakout procedural 9-1-1 will launch Season 2 on Sunday, Sept. 23, following Fox’s NFL coverage. The drama will then settle into its regular Monday-at-9 pm slot the following night.

    Also of note, Tim Allen’s revived Last Man Standing will take back its old ABC time slot, Fridays at 8/7c, beginning Sept. 28, leading into the new retirement-home sitcom The Cool Kids.

    SUNDAY, SEPT. 9
    8 pm REL (Special early series premiere; WATCH TRAILER)

    SUNDAY, SEPT. 23
    8 pm 9-1-1 (Special early Season 2 premiere)

    MONDAY, SEPT. 24
    8 pm The Resident
    9 pm 9-1-1

    TUESDAY, SEPT. 25
    8 pm The Gifted
    9 pm Lethal Weapon

    WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 26
    8 pm Empire
    9 pm Star

    THURSDAY, SEPT. 27
    7:30 pm Thursday Night Football

    FRIDAY, SEPT. 28
    8 pm Last Man Standing
    8:30 pm The Cool Kids (Watch trailer)
    9 pm Hell’s Kitchen

    SUNDAY, SEPT. 30
    8 pm The Simpsons
    8:30 pm Bob’s Burgers
    9 pm Family Guy
    9:30 pm Rel.

    'I was literally melting': Jennifer Love Hewitt apologizes for terrible red carpet look

    (5/18/18) (Video) Jennifer Love Hewitt has apologized for her appearance at a recent TV launch event, insisting no one told her she’d be promoting her new show for 12 hours in New York humidity.

    The actress was announced as the new lead in Ryan Murphy’s emergency services drama 9-1-1 on Monday, and spent the day posing for pictures and chatting to the media.

    But the Party of Five star was far from impressed with her look as the day wore on, and she hit her Instagram Story account on Tuesday to explain why she looked so unglamorous in many shots, telling fans she was “melting”.

    “It has been a really intense couple of days,” she wrote. “We go to the Upfront (press day) yesterday and nobody tells me the day is going to be, like, 12 hours long and the humidity is going to be almost 100 percent in New York City. So, I just have to apologize.

    “Wearing a black suit? Not a good idea. Not wearing enough hairspray and teasing in my hair? Also a bad idea.”

    “I just have to apologize for how wrecked I look in all the pictures that have come out,” she added. “I was literally melting. By the time I got to the red carpet, I was honestly melting. My hair was flat, my makeup was running off my face and I looked like I had completely forgotten I was an actress in this business who is supposed to look (perfect) when you step on the red carpet.

    “That is not what I’m going to look like on the show. I’m going to have makeup on my face. I’m not going to be sweating. I’m not going to be overwhelmed by being in front of a red carpet and crews again. Honestly, I apologize. I should’ve really gotten it together!”

    Hewitt then explained she’s planning to get into shape for 9-1-1 by “killing my boxing workouts again”, adding she’s “grateful” and “excited” to be back on TV.

    The second season of 9-1-1 will air in the autumn.

    9-1-1: Jennifer Love Hewitt Joins Season 2 Cast Following Connie Britton's Exit

    (5/15/18) 9-1-1 has resolved its casting emergency.

    In the wake of Connie Britton’s exit, Fox’s hit procedural has tapped Jennifer Love Hewitt to join the Season 2 cast as a series regular. Hewitt — whose last major TV gig, a one-season run on CBS’ Criminal Minds, ended in 2015 — will play Maddie, a new 911 call-center operator (filling the void left by Britton’s Abby Clark) who also happens to be the sister of Oliver Stark’s Buck.

    As previously reported, Britton’s 9-1-1 contract was only for one season. Back in March, exec producer Ryan Murphy remained hopeful that the Friday Night Lights and Nashville vet would return as a guest star — something that seems unlikely in the wake of her starring role in Bravo’s true-crime anthology series Dirty John. “We’re in the process of renegotiating her deal so she can come in and do a couple of episodes to keep her character alive,” Murphy said at the time. “She really loves the cast and crew and she’s very hopeful that that can happen.”

    In that same interview, Murphy revealed that Season 2 would introduce several new call-center operators. “We’re going after big names,” he teased.

    In addition to Criminal Minds, Hewitt’s TV credits include Lifetime’s The Client List, CBS’ Ghost Whisperer and Fox’s Part of Five (and its short-lived spinoff Time of Your Life.

    This fall, 9-1-1's shifts to Mondays at 9/8c.

    Scream Queen Jennifer Love Hewitt's Quiet Life: Inside Her World Out of the Hollywood Spotlight

    (10/31/17) Jennifer Love Hewitt is off the grid.

    Well, not the grid-grid. She's still a proponent of electricity and internet service, and she even joined Instagram in August.

    But since appearing on Criminal Minds for one season, she has taken a decisive step back from the Hollywood scene, focusing on family life with husband Brian Hallisay and their two young children, daughter Autumn and son Atticus.

    We couldn't help but think of the actress this month when the 20th anniversary of I Know What You Did Last Summer scared us all over again on Oct. 17—and just in time for Halloween. Hewitt marked the nostalgic milestone on social media but otherwise didn't pop up to chat about it, as co-stars Freddie Prinze Jr. and Ryan Phillippe did earlier this year.

    "I remember it was a really exciting time because Sarah Michelle Gellar and Freddie Prinze and Jennifer Love Hewitt and I were all kind of starting our careers out, and it felt like it was our first big-studio movie at the time," Phillippe said on Good Morning America in July.

    "I was 21 years old," Prinze, who's been married to Gellar for 15 years now, marveled to E! News in April. "I had just gotten my—I was legal to drink, not that I hadn't had a beer before then. But I had my license, Sarah didn't, and neither did either Ryan or Love, so I was the beer buyer!"

    On Instagram Hewitt wrote, "20 years ago four teenagers and a fisherman met on a dark road. It was an amazing experience that I will never forget. #iknowhwhatyoudidtwentyyearsago#flashbacktuesday #feelingoldnow."

    Not that Prinze and Phillippe were out expressly waxing nostalgic about the good 'ol days. The former was out promoting his new cookbook, Back to the Kitchen, and showing off his chef skills, while the latter was talking up his movie Wish Upon. Hewitt, meanwhile, has gone full-time family woman—and seems to be cherishing every minute.

    The now 38-year-old actress and singer had been working since she was barely 11, when she got her big break on Disney Channel's Kids Incorporated alongside the artist who would come to be known as Fergie. She'd been in hit teen movies like IKWYDLS and Can't Hardly Wait and seminal TV shows like Party of Five, played Audrey Hepburnand carried three prime-time dramas. She released four albums and tried her hand directing episodes of The Ghost Whisperer and The Client List. Finally, she joined Criminal Minds for the 2014-2015 season, playing a pregnant agent to go along with her real-life pregnancy.

    And then that was that. Perhaps it was simply time for a break, to focus on her next chapter.

    "I've been an actress for 25 years, and have had to be hungry at times for my career, so being pregnant is completely freeing," Hewitt told American Baby in 2015. "When I was expecting Autumn, I ate everything I saw! I told myself, 'Oh there's a donut—I should have that.' Now with this second pregnancy, I know the baby really doesn't 'need it.' So I eat healthy foods in general, but I also indulge in little things that I crave."

    Moreover, "Because so many of us are busy or driven, we forget to take care of ourselves. But when you're pregnant, it's all about you—and that baby inside of you. Enjoy a nap; for some reason our generation thinks we can't do that! Really listen to your body. I hope to continue to be a little kinder to myself after pregnancy."

    That certainly seems to be a promise to herself that she has kept.

    Atticus was born on June 24, 2015. Hewitt tweeted that Sept. 1 that she was headed out for her first business meeting since the baby arrived, followed by, "Lactated through silk jumpsuit mid meeting. Had to buy scarf for dignified exit. #hotelgiftshop #mommylife."

    She added pink streaks to her hair, touted Palmer's Cocoa Butter for fighting stretch marks and then tweeted a relative handful of times in all of 2016, with nothing between June and the holidays. This year, she tweeted twice—in January she was tickled to find out that Justin Baldoni of Jane the Virgin, a show she loves, had been crushing on her since she was a kid; in August she directed traffic over to her new Instagram account, which she has been sharing well-curated snapshots more frequently.

    Basically, since Aug. 21, Hewitt's been living life normally to the fullest, watching the eclipse, drinking coffee, cooking up a storm, testing out beauty products, posting TBTs and the occasional selfie, watching Bachelor in Paradise and, most recently, carving up pumpkins and baking ghost-topped cupcakes for Halloween.

    Oh, and there was the Labor Day pool party at Josh Gad's house, where fellow guests included Sterling K. Brown and his family, Gad's Book of Mormon co-star Rory O'Malley and Hamilton Tony winner Leslie Odom Jr. and they all did the Mannequin Challenge (minus the littlest kids, who just could not sit still).

    So her life isn't entirely normal. Hewitt's still got a host of close celebrity friends.

    What Hewitt does not share regularly is photos of her children, and then only limited to silhouettes and backs of heads. So privacy remains paramount for the doting mom, who's all for sharing silly pics of herself but is keeping the majority of her home life behind closed doors.

    Married life seems to be good, as she was recently spotted out shopping and smiling with Hallisay, whom she met when they starred on The Client List together, at a L.A. boutique and her wedding band was front-and-center in a pic last week showing off her manicure. She and Hallisay tied the knot just days before Autumn was born in 2013.

    "It was just the two of us and then we went to Bed, Bath & Beyond because that's what married people do," she later said on Ellen. "It was really sweet and he's an awesome, incredible father and a great husband, and I just feel really lucky. It's awesome."

    Back in 2012, Hewitt also had nothing but great things to say about social media when she was tweeting up a storm—even though, having come of age basically onscreen, from Kids Incorporated to Party of Five to Can't Hardly Wait, she was aware of just how cruel some people could be.

    "I have to say that, by nature, I'm like a 90-year-old woman, so the whole internet and Twitter and Facebook, and all of that, I'm very new to," she told Collider. "But, I am quite shocked at how much fun it is to be able to reach out to people, on a daily basis, and keep content out there, and how much it actually really does help promote things, in such a different way."

    A year later, during her first pregnancy, she was done.

    "Unfortunately with all the negativity people choose to send on twitter as well as threats to their own well being," she wrote in July 2013. "I'm sad to say twitter is no longer for me. I have enjoyed all the kindness and love that came my way, as well as support. But this break is needed."

    She continued, "Life should be filled with positivity and holding each other up, not making threats and sending bad vibes. To those of you who made it a joy, Thank you from the bottom of my heart."

    Hewitt obviously ultimately returned to the platform, but the timing of when she more or less again stopped tweeting (2015-16) makes perfect sense. It hasn't been all that fun for most people for awhile now.

    The grass, however, does look a lot greener, especially for Jennifer Love Hewitt, over on Instagram.

    Jennifer Love Hewitt Joins Instagram

    Get ready to see a lot more of Jennifer Love Hewitt.

    The actress announced via Twitter Monday that she's recently joined another social media platform. "Twitter!! Check out my BRAND NEW Instagram account here @jenniferlovehewitt," the 38-year-old actress said. "Brand new posts, would love if you follow and like me! XO Love."

    Hewitt—whose Instagram account has been verified—already appears to have the hang of it.

    Case in point: Hewitt's first post—a carousel of two photos—was timed to the solar eclipse. "Total Eclipse of the Heart is on repeat for me today," she wrote." #seeyainahundredyears."

    Actor Josh Gad commented, "Welcome to the madhouse."

    Hewitt's second photo in the set highlighted an inspirational quote from Dalai Lama XIV: "He said, 'There are only two days in the year that nothing can be done. One is called yesterday and the other is called tomorrow, so today is the right day to love, believe, do and mostly live.'"

    In her second update, Hewitt placed her solar shades on her pet, writing, "Even my dog had to see it! #loveit." The third update featured four videos of Hewitt sautéing Brussels sprouts, carrots, chicken, mushrooms and onions: "Home cooked. #yummy #chardonnay #momjuice."

    In less than 12 hours, Hewitt amassed over 247,000 followers on Instagram. She follows 65 accounts—mostly celebrities—including Jessica Alba, Drew Barrymore, Kristen Bell, Luke Bryan, James Corden, Jamie Lee Curtis, Cameron Diaz, Lena Dunham, Nina Dobrev, Selena Gomez, Bryce Dallas Howard, Dwayne Johnson, Kate Hudson, Mindy Kaling, Bruno Mars, Michelle Obama, Chris Pratt, Gordon Ramsay, Nikki Reed, Sofia Vergara and Betty White. She also follows some TV shows, including The Bachelor, Bachelor in Paradise and The Bachelorette.

    Instagram should give Hewitt's fans something to tide them over until she returns to the small screen. The actress, who hasn't appeared on TV since her 23-episode run on CBS' Criminal Minds, has spent the past few years raising her two children with her husband, Brian Hallisay.

    Did Jennifer Love Hewitt hook up with ‘Party of Five’ fans?

    Jennifer Love Hewitt got up close and very personal with her “Party of Five” fans, according to former co-star Scott Wolf.

    While spilling behind-the-scenes secrets of the drama during a Tuesday appearance on Bravo’s “Watch What Happens Live,” host Andy Cohen pressed the 49-year-old actor on which former “Fiver” hooked up with the most fans. Instead of saying Hewitt’s name, Wolf simply pointed to her head during a rapid-fire Q&A.

    Though Wolf didn’t spill any more tea regarding Hewitt’s dating history, he disclosed he got the most “ass” out of the cast, which also included “Lost” alum Matthew Fox and Lacey Chabert.

    As for sparks flying on set, Wolf also shared he and actress Paula Devicq, who played nanny Kirsten Bennett, were an item during filming.

    Wolf previously spoke about the series, which aired from 1994 to 2000 and centered on five siblings reeling from the death of their parents. He said the episode in which his on-screen family staged an intervention for his character, Bailey, always tugs at his heartstrings.

    “I almost get emotional talking about it,” Wolf said.

    Mariah Carey, Jennifer Love Hewitt to Direct Hallmark Films

    Hallmark Channel will tap actress/singer Mariah Carey and actress Jennifer Love Hewitt to direct and executive produce three original movies each, network officials said Friday during the TCA winter press tour.

    The network also said it has greenlit a new original series Darrow & Darrow, starring Kimberly Williams Paisley and executive produced by Boston Legal’s Phoef Sutton.

    In addition, actress Kristin Davis will executive produce and star in the Hallmark Channel original movie, Wild at Heart, which will be shot on location in Kenya and will be based on Davis’ own philanthropic efforts to stop poaching and rescue the orphans of slain elephants, said network officials.

    What the stars want for the holidays

    Two nights before Christmas/and all in a pajama/not a world leader is stirring/for sure not Obama .?.?.

    Christmas gift for Paula Abdul? She likes tropical fish. Be advised Japanese koi, which have a 70-year life span can cost, give or take a can of tuna, $100,000.

    Shove decking the hall with boughs of holly. For Sarah Michelle Gellar, books. “I get lost in them. I have the difficult-to-find first edition of ‘Les Liaisons Dangereuses’ in French and English.”

    Frank Sinatra Jr., lest you itch to send him something, he wants — ready? — “Miniature lighthouses. They’re unique and intricate.” Yeah, like not exactly a subject that comes up every day in conversation.

    Richard Simmons: “Pig dolls.” Pig dolls? Yes, pig dolls. “Overweight as a kid, I began collecting pigs. I thought they’re relatives. Some lady sent me a 6-foot cloth pig, which I kept in my car’s passenger seat. Cops pulled me over. They couldn’t believe what they were seeing.”

    Harry Connick, cuff links. “Who knows why I collect them? My California aunt Lil sent me a pair that was my uncle’s. A case full of unused cuff links sits on my dresser. I never wear them.”

    Jenna Elfman: “Indian rugs. Tibetan rugs. From ABC Carpet, a Chelsea store, a West Village place. Found one in a heap near the john in the back corner of an antique shop. I don’t hang them. I’m running out of floor space.”

    Tom Hanks: “Antique WWII typewriters. Takes a repair guy a month to get them working, and I write my letters on them. I own over 50.”

    Michael J. Fox: “I’m a toy moose collector. I amassed hundreds of small moose figurines that I paid only a few dollars for and prized my collection. But you know wives. They want the stuff thrown out.”

    Let me save you some time .?.?. Don’t schlep around looking to wrap cologne for Samuel L. Jackson’s stocking. He’s into every miniature figure in his likeness of every action figure he ever played in every film .?.?. Marilyn Manson: Vintage metal lunch boxes .?.?. Andy Garcia, conga drums .?.?. Rose McGowan, leaves. What kind? Who knows? Who cares? Leaves .?.?. Jennifer Love Hewitt: Remote control motorboats she races in a swimming pool. If you’re not rich but have that itch, stick them in an NYC mud puddle .?.?. Penélope Cruz, over 500 coat hangers .?.?. Ice T, models of horror figures .?.?. Christina Applegate, vintage lingerie.

    Stocking stuff: Christie Brinkley: “Miniature Eiffel Tower models” .?.?. John Stamos: “Sammy Davis items” .?.?. Matthew Broderick had a collection of 76 trombones .?.?. Bill Gates: “Star Trek” objects. (If he goes broke, this’ll grab another fortune) .?.?. Jade Jagger: Who-the-hell-knows-why — Playboy cigars .?.?. Brad Pitt once considered a chair museum, once collected chairs and now has enough family to plop on them all.

    Hair today: Leelee Sobieski: “Hair. I’ve loads of plastic bags of celebrity locks from Tim Allen, Regis, Peter O’Toole, Martin Short, Stanley Kubrick, from Kathie Lee Gifford’s hairbrush. It’s romantic, like old-fashioned lovers exchange lockets with a ringlet. Tom Cruise refused. I’ll run after him with a pair of shears.”

    James Woods: “Old Zippo lighters with graphics on them. I search eBay” .?.?. Justin Timberlake: “Shoes. No idea how many I have” .?.?. Britney Spears: “Since Timberlake gave me one, cuckoo clocks. I have dozens” .?.?. Christy Turlington: Pottery .?.?. Salma Hayek, religious symbols .?.?. Bill Clinton: Elvis memorabilia .?.?. LL Cool J: 4,000 hats .?.?. Brendan Fraser: Old Polaroids.

    Dear Santa: Stephen Sondheim, wants anagrams .?.?. Brooke Shields, autographs .?.?. David Arquette, puppets .?.?. Dame Judi Dench, “dollhouses with furniture” .?.?. Howie Mandel: “Anti-bacterial items — napkins, wet-naps, rubber gloves, masks. I have a warehouse full.”

    Jennifer Love Hewitt: Life with Two Kids Is ‘Crazy and Beautiful’

    (Cocoa Butter Ad) A lot has changed since Jennifer Love Hewitt first bared her baby belly during her photo shoot as the face of Palmer’s Cocoa Butter’s fall line.

    The actress and husband Brian Hallisay have since welcomed their second child, son Atticus James, a sibling for 21-month-old daughter Autumn James.

    And as the mom of two — who’s still nanny-free for now! — settles into her new life, Hewitt’s ad for the brand has officially launched.

    In honor of the debut, Hewitt, 36, spoke to PEOPLE about everything from her favorite products from the line to how she chose her son’s name and whether the couple plan on trying for a third child.

    PEOPLE: Congratulations on your new baby boy! How has life been adjusting to being a mom of two under two?

    Jennifer: Let’s just say it’s crazy and beautiful. Every day brings something new and surprising and exciting. I wouldn’t trade any of it for the world.

    PEOPLE: What’s your mommy must-have from Palmer’s pregnancy line and why?

    Jennifer: I loved the Palmer’s Cocoa Butter Formula Stretch Mark Cream and the Palmer’s Cocoa Butter Formula Skin Therapy Oil. They made my skin feel so soft and the scent is delicious. I use them twice a day — morning and night.

    PEOPLE: How is Autumn adjusting to her new baby brother? Is she already loving being a big sister?

    Jennifer: She is in love with him and kisses him most of the day. Her favorite part of the day is snuggling with him. It’s so gratifying to see them developing such a strong bond. My brother has always been an important part of my life and I’m so glad they will always have each other, too.

    PEOPLE: How did you decide on the name Atticus? Is there a special reason why both kids have the same middle name?

    Jennifer: We both thought Atticus was a strong name. Autumn and Atticus both have the middle name James, after Brian’s grandfather. We thought it would be cute for them to share the same initials and middle name.

    PEOPLE: We saw your tweets about a scarf saving the day when you leaked during a meeting! How is breastfeeding going?

    Jennifer: So far, so good. It’s something I have felt really fortunate to be able to do with both of my children.

    PEOPLE: You’ve said Brian was an amazing coach during your daughter’s birth — was he the same way during your son’s delivery?

    Jennifer: He was great again. I couldn’t ask for someone more supportive and loving to experience such a momentous event with me.

    PEOPLE: Do you feel like your family is complete or are you and Brian hoping for a third?

    Jennifer: Having two healthy pregnancies and two healthy babies has been a blessing. You never know …

    Jennifer Love Hewitt Lactates Through Clothes, Documents Mommy Mishap on Twitter

    (Pic) Mommy mishap, much?!

    Jennifer Love Hewitt had big goals for today, and while some of them got slightly derailed, the new mother of two kept a great sense of humor about what really went down.

    The actress, who just gave birth to her second child earlier this summer, took to Twitter to document a hilarious snafu that took place during a luncheon.

    "Ventured out for first business lunch since baby boy arrived," she began by writing before attaching a photo that pretty much says it all.

    "Lactated through silk jumpsuit mid meeting. Had to buy scarf for dignified exit. #hotelgiftshop #mommylife." Honestly, it happens to the best of us!

    Hewitt gave birth to a baby boy named Atticus James Hallisay back in late June, marking her second child with hubby Brian Hallisay.

    The Criminal Minds star opened up about how much she enjoyed being pregnant in the May 2015 issue of American Baby, saying, "Pregnancy is magical. I'm grateful."

    Hewitt, who was in her third trimester at the time, added, "Because so many of us are busy or driven, we forget to take care of ourselves. But when you're pregnant, it's all about you—and that baby inside of you. Enjoy a nap; for some reason our generation thinks we can't do that! Really listen to your body. I hope to continue to be a little kinder to myself after pregnancy."

    And based on how wonderfully she handled today's little lactating moment, it's safe to say she's definitely taking that advice to heart post-pregnancy as well!

    Jennifer Love Hewitt Really Wants a Can't Hardly Wait Reunion Movie

    Jennifer Love Hewitt, the living embodiment of '90s nostalgia, is getting sentimental for the good old days.

    After her 1998 film Can't Hardly Wait was played by Cinespia at Los Angeles' Hollywood Forever Cemetery over the weekend, she Tweeted: "So proud to have been a part of this movie!"

    She followed that up with a call to get the film a reunion reboot: "Can't Hardly Wait reunion movie anyone? Let's get them to make it!" she captioned.

    The quintessential teen comedy had an all-star '90s ensemble cast, including Lauren Ambrose, Seth Green and Ethan Embry, and featured a number of other before-they-were-famous cameos, like Donald Faison.

    Can't Hardly Wait's 20th anniversary is just three years away.

    Jennifer Love Hewitt Steps Out for the First Time Since Giving Birth to Her Son Atticus James Hallisay

    (Pic) It's good to see you again, Jennifer Love Hewitt!

    On Saturday, the 36-year-old I Know What You Did Last Summer actress was photographed for the first time since giving birth to her second child, son Atticus James Hallisay, five weeks earlier. Jennifer kept her look casual, opting for a printed tunic, skinny jeans and wedge booties for a walk with a friend in L.A.

    Jennifer is also mom to daughter Autumn James Hallisay, 20 months.

    It's too soon to start thinking about Baby No. 3, but according to Jennifer, she wants a big family. When the actress was profiled in American Baby earlier this year, she told the magazine, "I feel my best when I'm pregnant, which means I should probably have 18 children. It won't happen, but I do feel good.

    Jennifer added that she was "really grateful" to be expecting her second child with her husband, actor Brian Hallisay. "I know how hard it is for lots of women to even get pregnant in the first place," she said. "Some people never get to have kids, and so I just feel really lucky that my husband and I have been able to do this once awesomely, and now twice, even better. It's just really...It's nice. So I do feel happy."

    The actress, who most recently played FBI profiler Kate Callahan on Criminal Minds, said she would likely miss "the feeling" of being pregnant after Atticus' arrival. "I mean, it's really cool," Jennifer said of having a baby in her belly. "I think if you can if you can get past all of the stuff that happens, like the ups and downs that you feel and the craziness of it...if you can just sort of let that stuff go and really embrace what you're doing, you feel kind of awesome. Like if somebody asked me right now if I thought I was pretty great I would be like, 'Yeah! I'm pretty great. I'm doing a pretty cool thing here and I'm psyched about it.'" The former Client List star continued, "I think if you can just sort of get in that head space, it's awesome."

    Jennifer Love Hewitt Welcomes Baby Boy!

    Jennifer Love Hewitt and her husband Brian Hallisay have a brand new addition to their family.

    The couple welcomed a baby boy, Atticus James, on Wednesday, Hewitt's rep confirmed to ET. The arrival was first reported by E! News.

    Their new bundle of joy joins big sister Autumn James, who the couple welcomed in November 2013.

    The 36-year-old Criminal Minds actress announced in January that she was pregnant.

    Hewitt and Hallisay, 36, met on the set of The Client List, and began dating in 2012. The couple announced that they were both expecting and engaged in 2013, and tied the knot shortly before welcoming their first child.

    Congrats to the happy couple!

    That Time Jennifer Love Hewitt Thought Melissa Joan Hart Got Her High on the Can't Hardly Wait Set

    (Video) Remember the movie Can't Hardly Wait? Remember Melissa Joan Hart's uncredited cameo? Well filming that one party scene with Jennifer Love Hewitt made for a pretty amazing behind-the-scenes story where Jennifer Love Hewitt pretty much thought Hart got her high.

    Here's what happened: Hart, who played "Yearbook Girl," had been "doing B-12" to keep her energy up for the all-nighter. When she offered some up to Hewitt, the Party of Five star initially refused because she doesn't do drugs. Well, at some point she gave in, immediately saw some creepy animals in the distance and freaked out thinking she was tripping. We imagine it went something like this:

    Check out the hilarious story above!

    Hart stars in Melissa & Joey which returns to ABC Family on Wednesday at 8/7c.

    Jennifer Love Hewitt: I've Never Had a Nanny

    It’s no secret that Hollywood parents are often armed with an entourage of help at their disposal, but Jennifer Love Hewitt is bucking the trend when it comes to her daughter and baby on the way.

    “We didn’t have a night nurse, we didn’t have a nanny,” the mom of Autumn James, 18 months, with husband Brian Hallisay, 36, tells PEOPLE. “We haven’t ever had any of that stuff. It’s been really interesting to do it all ourselves.”

    It hasn’t been smooth sailing every step of the way, but Hewitt, 36, says she’s learned to prioritize.

    “I think [as a mom] you just realize how unimportant stuff is,” she says. “Everything before you have kids is oh-so important and then you have kids and you’re like, ‘That really doesn’t mean anything. My kid is healthy, there’s no sniffles, they’re sleeping, life is good!’ It really puts that into perspective.”

    Life is about to get even better. Hewitt, the face of Palmer’s line of pregnancy products, will welcome her second child in June.

    “I’m really curious to see how similar [the two kids] will be,” says Hewitt, who recently announced that she will not be returning to Criminal Minds, . “And I’m looking forward to having two little tiny people to snuggle with! It’s just my favorite thing ever.”

    Although the couple have chosen to keep the sex a delivery surprise again — a decision that “drives family and friends crazy,” Hewitt admits — Hallisay has his bets on another baby girl.

    “He’s of the mindset that he’s going to have all girls. That’s what he’s preparing for and he’s very close with his mom and sister so he’s fine with that,” the mom-to-be explains. “I think he would be more shocked if it was a boy, but he’s prepared either way. He’s excited.”

    For more from Jennifer Love Hewitt, pick up the latest issue of PEOPLE, on newsstands Friday.

    Jennifer Love Hewitt puts bare baby bump on display

    (Pic1, Pic2) Jennifer Love Hewitt is embracing her growing baby bump.

    The pregnant 36-year-old wears a belly-baring white crop top and a flowing white skirt in an upcoming ad for Palmer’s Cocoa Butter, which is often used on stretch marks.

    The former “Client List” star, who is pregnant with her second child, appears proud of her changing body in the newly released photographs from the Palmer’s shoot.

    Hewitt has been the target of body shamers in the past.

    After several images of Hewitt wearing a swimsuit hit the Internet in 2007, she took to her blog to voice her concerns and to encourage women to embrace their bodies.

    “I know what I look like, and so do my friends and family,” Hewitt shot back at critics (via the Huffington Post). “And like all women out there should, I love my body. To all girls with butts, boobs, hips and a waist, put on a bikini — put it on and stay strong.”

    To improve her own self-confidence, she performs a small ritual of saying five things she loves about herself before leaving home. “… Like ‘You have pretty eyes.’ That way I can go out into the world with that little bit of extra confidence,” she said.

    Hewitt, who told People this spring that pregnancy is a “completely freeing” experience, is expected give birth this summer. She and husband Brian Hallisay are already parents to daughter Autumn James, who turns 2 in November.

    Criminal Minds: Jennifer Love Hewitt Not Returning for Season 11

    Jennifer Love Hewitt is leaving Criminal Minds, following a one-year run on the dark CBS crime drama.

    Hewitt’s exit was flagged by the close of Wednesday night’s Season 11 finale, when Kate Callahan — on the heels of a near-tragedy involving her niece Meg — tendered her resignation to Hotch, explaining that just as she did when she inherited custody of Meg, she wanted to take some time off to focus on her imminent firstborn.

    Criminal Minds showrunner Erica Messer confirmed Hewitt’s exit to EW.com, saying that Callahan’s decision very directly mirrored the actress’ own, that Hewitt wanted time off to focus on her second pregnancy/child, due in July.

    “There was an opportunity there to write towards the truth,” Messer said of art imitating life. “Jennifer wanted to be able to give this second baby everything she gave her first, and that’s taking time off to be a full-time mom.”

    Messer said the door is “definitely open” for Hewitt to reprise her role as Kate as desired/needed. As for filling the BAU vacancy, Messer indicated the series might go with a “revolving door” approach, before settling in on a new series regular. “This might be a good opportunity to bring in a fun guest star for a while,” she aid, “and maybe shake it up a little bit.”

    Criminal Minds First Look: Who Kidnapped Meg?

    (Video) Kate's niece Meg and her BFF were grabbed and thrown into a van at the end of last week's Criminal Minds, but as we'll learn on Wednesday's season finale, this ain't no simple kidnapping.

    "This isn't some loner who wants to keep girls in a dungeon," Morgan (Shemar Moore) says in the exclusive preview above. "This feels like trafficking."

    Needless to say, it'll be all hands on deck for the BAU to find them, but pregnant Kate (Jennifer Love Hewitt) can only do so much: She's been put on bedrest.

    Check out the clip to see what else to expect from what executive producer Erica Messer calls a "crazy freight train of a finale."

    Criminal Minds airs Wednesdays at 9/8c on CBS.

    Criminal Minds Sneak Peek: Garcia Delivers Pizza - and Some Bad News

    (Video) Leave it to Garcia to find the best (and most delicious) way to soften bad news.

    On Wednesday's Criminal Minds (9/8c, CBS), Garcia (Kirsten Vangsness) greets the rest of the team with two fresh pies of pizza. But before everyone, save for Kate (blame the pregnancy), can dig in, Garcia reveals what she actually has to tell them. Does it have anything to do with the episode's cliff-hanger? Watch the sneak peek above to find out.

    Criminal Minds airs Wednesdays at 9/8c on CBS.

    Jennifer Love Hewitt Goes Makeup Free While Flaunting a Bigger Baby Bump: Get the Details!

    (Pic) Jennifer Love Hewitt has got one big baby bump!

    The 36-year-old Criminal Minds star flaunted a bigger belly while on a morning stroll with her daughter Autumn James Hallisay Wednesday.

    It was a long-hair-don't-care kind of day for The Client List alum as she let down her gorgeous ombre locks in a casually relaxed and natural look. Hewitt, who is expecting her second child with husband Brian Hallisay, went makeup free, looking all the more radiant from her pregnancy glow.

    The star sported gray sweat pants and took a casual approach to her morning ensemble wearing a sweater tied around her waist. The actress' thin white tee paired with a black sports bra really showed off her pregnant belly.

    And by the looks of that bump, it may soon be time to welcome Hewitt's baby No.2!

    Hewitt, who has been married to Hallisay since 2013, gave birth to her one-year-old daughter around the same time as her surprise wedding. "She's head over heels for her daughter, Autumn, and can't wait for her to have a sibling," a source told E! News earlier this year.

    The couple announced they were expecting their second child back in early January. However, the brunette beauty has not revealed her due date or the baby's gender. With her first child, Hewitt opted not to know the baby's gender before she was born.

    "CRIMINAL MINDS," WEDNESDAY, MAY 6

    “The Hunt” – When Kate’s niece Meg and her best friend are kidnapped, the BAU suspects an online predator engaged in sex trafficking, on the 10th season finale of CRIMINAL MINDS, Wednesday, May 6 (9:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. Greg Grunberg (“Alias,” “Heroes”) returns as Kate’s husband, Chris Callahan.

    'Criminal Minds' EP promises 'creepy,' 'heavy' ending to Season 10

    (Video) "Criminal Minds" Season 10 has been quite a wild ride, and it's not done yet.

    As the season nears its end, there are still lots of surprises in store for fans. Zap2it caught up with showrunner Erica Messer who teased just what people can expect before the Season 10 finale.

    The cast is safe. Rest assured, "Criminal Minds" fans. Series regulars Thomas Gibson (Hotch), A.J. Cook (JJ), Shemar Moore (Morgan), Matthew Gray Gubler (Reid) Kirsten Vangsness (Garcia), Joe Mantegna (Rossi) and Jennifer Love Hewitt (Kate) aren't going anywhere. Messer says "no major deaths" will happen in Season 10.

    The finale is set up differently than in seasons past. "We're not doing a two-hour finale this year, but the end of episode 22 will have a cliffhanger that will play out in episode 23, which is our finale this year," Messer says.

    The finale will call back to the beginning of the season. "We will bring back the creepy, Internet stalker guy from the premiere. That story will be tied together," Messer says.

    Things get intense for Hewitt's Kate Callahan. Everything comes full circle for newbie Callahan in the Season 10 finale. Messer warns, "It will be a very heavy episode for Kate."

    "CRIMINAL MINDS," WEDNESDAY, APRIL 29

    “Protection” – When shooting victims are found in the Los Angeles area with possible links to criminal activity, the BAU searches for a vigilante UnSub, on CRIMINAL MINDS, Wednesday, April 29 (9:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. Joe Adler (“The Mentalist”) guest stars as Danny Lee Watson.

    Jennifer Love Hewitt: Being Pregnant Is 'Completely Freeing' for My Body

    (Pic) A party of five is nothing compared to what Jennifer Love Hewitt‘s future family might one day become.

    “I feel my best when I’m pregnant, which means I should probably have 18 children — it won’t happen — but I do feel good,” the actress says in the May issue of American Baby.

    But while a brood of babies isn’t likely — she and husband Brian Hallisay are expecting their second child together in June — Hewitt is still having the time of her life: she’s got the pregnancy glow and is feeling more gorgeous than ever.

    “Your body changes so much and there’s a sensuality about that,” Hewitt, 36, says. “I say, accentuate the fact that your legs look thinner than they ever have and your boobs look great. Work it!”

    Hewitt’s ability to embrace her changing shape is influenced by her feelings of inner beauty. “I feel really grateful,” the Criminal Minds star shares. “I know how hard it is for lots of women to even get pregnant in the first place, some people never get to have kids, so I just feel really lucky that my husband and I have been able to do this, once awesomely and now twice, even better.”

    Despite sticking to healthier habits during her second pregnancy, Hewitt still happily indulges in her favorite foods — everything from pickles and cake to Italian food and hot dogs. And while she knows it’s more for her sake than the baby’s, the expectant actress doesn’t let that put a damper on dinner (or dessert!).

    “I’ve been an actress for 25 years, and have had to be hungry at times in my life for my career, so being pregnant is completely freeing,” she explains.

    “As somebody who’s been in this business for a long time and had to be all about what your figure looks like … I think if you can let that stuff go and really embrace what you’re doing, you feel kind of awesome.”

    She adds, “If somebody asked me right now if I thought I was pretty great, I’d be like, ‘Yeah, I’m pretty great! I’m doing a pretty cool thing here and I’m psyched about it.’ ”

    And the couple’s 16-month-old daughter Autumn James only intensifies those sweet feelings. “I’m not sure if she just thinks I’m fat or if she knows there’s something in there,” Hewitt jokes of her budding baby bump.

    “Every morning and nighttime, she’ll rub my belly and she likes to kiss the belly. It’s very cute, but I’m not quite sure she knows what’s happening.”

    As she enjoys her final trimester, Hewitt is making sure to get plenty of rest, pamper herself with manicures and enjoy date nights with Hallisay. Admittedly, however, the latter has taken on a whole new meaning now that they’re about to become a family of four.

    “Date night looks a lot like DVR, some sort of brought in dinner substance or me cooking and right now I go to bed at like 8:15, so it’s a lot like being married to Betty White. It’s awesome,” she says with a laugh.

    Jennifer Love Hewitt Discusses Her Second Pregnancy for the First Time, Cradles Big Bump on American Baby Cover!

    (Cover) Jennifer Love Hewitt is glowing!

    Since announcing her second pregnancy in January, the Criminal Minds actress, 36, has eschewed the spotlight to spend time with husband Brian Hallisay, 36, and daughter Autumn Hallisay, 16 months. Now, for the first time, Hewitt talks about Baby No. 2 in American Baby's May 2015 issue. "Pregnancy is magical. I'm grateful," the TV star admits. "It's not lost on me what a gift it is to be able to get pregnant."

    Jennifer isn't joking!

    "I've been an actress for 25 years, and have had to be hungry at times for my career, so being pregnant is completely freeing," she says. "When I was expecting Autumn, I ate everything I saw! I told myself, 'Oh there's a donut—I should have that.' Now with this second pregnancy, I know the baby really doesn't 'need it.' So I eat healthy foods in general, but I also indulge in little things that I crave."

    The actress says her cravings aren't "too weird," but she is into pickles. "I sort of just like the things that I normally like, but more of it. I'm a big jalapeño person when I'm pregnant, which I like anyway. Italian food, which I kind of like anyway. You know cake, hotdogs—you name it, really. Pretty much anything."

    She embraces her curves, saying, "Your body changes so much, and there's a sensuality about that. I say accentuate the fact that your legs look thinner than they ever have, and your boobs look great: Work it!"

    Jennifer also explains that she sees pregnancy as a reminder to slow down. "Because so many of us are busy or driven, we forget to take care of ourselves," she says. "But when you're pregnant, it's all about you—and that baby inside of you. Enjoy a nap; for some reason our generation thinks we can't do that! Really listen to your body. I hope to continue to be a little kinder to myself after pregnancy."

    How does she unwind, exactly? "Date night looks a lot like DVR, some sort of brought-in dinner substance or me cooking, and right now I go to bed at like 8:15," the Client List actress confesses. "It's a lot like being married to Betty White."

    Brian "was a genius" when she was in labor with Autumn, and she has faith he'll be just as helpful the second time around. "He's a very calm, super-stable person by nature and doesn't add drama," Jennifer says. "He treats me to things, like when I text him that I'm craving the cherry pie from Ralph's market."

    "I think most men get these superpowers when their partners are pregnant."

    Jennifer is excited to meet Baby No. 2, but she'll miss being pregnant. "As somebody who's been in this business for a long time and had to sort of be all about what your figure looks like, your regimen—I think if you can let that stuff go and really embrace what you're doing, you feel kind of awesome," she admits.

    See more behind-the-scenes footage from the cover shoot at Parents.com.

    Jennifer Love Hewitt Dresses Her Growing Baby Bump in Blue for Easter Brunch

    (Pic1, Pic2) Pregnancy looks good on Jennifer Love Hewitt!

    The 36-year-old Criminal Minds star dressed her baby bump in a printed maxi dress to celebrate Easter with her 36-year-old husband, Brian Hallisay, and their 16-month-old daughter, Autumn Hallisay. The actress, who carried a Saint Laurent bag wore and nude heels, enjoyed a family brunch at L.A.'s The Ivy.

    Jennifer has only been photographed a handful of times since announcing her second pregnancy in January. Three months ago, a source told E! News that Jennifer and Brian are "excited about expanding."

    "Jennifer knows having two children under 2 is going to be a lot of work, but she loves the idea of having her kids be close in age," the source said, noting that the former Client List co-stars love "being a family."

    When Autumn's birth was announced in November 2013, the actress' rep also revealed that Jennifer had secretly married Brian; the wedding took place "five days" before their firstborn daughter arrived.

    "It was just the two of us, and then we went to Bed, Bath and Beyond, because that's what married people do," the I Know What You Did Last Summer actress later joked on The Ellen DeGeneres Show. "It was very, it was really sweet. He's an awesome, incredible father and a great husband and I just feel really lucky."

    Hopefully Jennifer's second pregnancy is more enjoyable than her first.

    "People are mean to you!" the Party of Five star told Jimmy Kimmel last year. "You're like, 'I'm a pregnant lady. You can't be mean to me,' and they're like, 'Well, then tell us what your baby is!' and I'm like, 'I don't know.' And then they guess, which is insulting for the woman because they're like, 'Oh, well, you're really carrying in the backside.' I'm like, 'I have been carrying in the backside since I was 15. This is not pregnancy—it's just who I am!' Or they're like, 'It's really in your boobs!' And I'm like, 'Yeah, it's been there, too, since I was 15.' They say the dumbest things...I just avoided people most of my pregnancy and after. And I was happy!"

    During her Jimmy Kimmel Live! interview, Jennifer also gave Brian major kudos.

    "He should be a male doula, my husband," the star gushed. "He was a rock. He was awesome. He was really good at it. He was very solid, very concentrated. I was really worried that I was gonna get [worrisome reactions]...But he was just like, 'Babe, this is great. I am so proud of you right now. This is awesome. You look beautiful.' He said all of the right things. It was amazing. I was really proud of him."

    "CRIMINAL MINDS," WEDNESDAY, APRIL 22

    “Mr. Scratch” – When three people implicated in murders claim they were attacked by a “clawed shadow monster” at the moment each crime occurred, the BAU searches for an UnSub who is controlling their minds. Also, the search for the culprit puts one of the team in jeopardy, on CRIMINAL MINDS, Wednesday, April 22 (9:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. Series star Matthew Gray Gubler directed the episode. Guest stars include Bodhi Elfman as mathematician Peter Lewis, and Thad Luckinbill as Larry Merrin and Kiko Ellsworth as Daniel Karras, two of the people implicated in the murders.

    "CRIMINAL MINDS," WEDNESDAY, APRIL 15

    “A Place at the Table” – When a Maryland family is found murdered at their dining room table, the team tracks down other family members and friends to uncover secrets that may have led to it. Also, Hotch must try to make peace with his father-in-law, Roy, after discovering he’s been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, on CRIMINAL MINDS, Wednesday, April 15 (9:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. Emmy Award and Golden Globe Award winner Edward Asner guest stars as Hotch’s father-in-law, Roy Brooks.

    Pregnant Jennifer Love Hewitt Smiles and Shows Baby Bump During Walk With Her Family

    (Pic) Jennifer Love Hewitt is glowing!

    The 36-year-old The Client List alum and Criminal Minds actress was all smiles as she showcased her growing baby bump in a gray tank top and skinny jeans while walking with her husband, Brian Hallisay, 36, and their 1-year-old daughter Autumn James Hallisay in sunny Los Angeles on Friday.

    She also sported black wedge Velcro strap sneakers, a yellow straw hat and what appeared to be several temporary gold bracelet tattoos on one arm and was seen pushing her child's empty toy vehicle, on which the actress had also placed her purse.

    Hewitt's rep announced in January that the couple was expecting their second child together.

    Hewitt has not revealed her due date or whether she is carrying a baby boy or a girl. She and her husband, her former co-star on The Client List, had also opted not to find out their first child's gender before she was born. Hewitt gave birth to their daughter in November 2013, just after she and Brian had a surprise wedding.

    "I was already pregnant and I couldn't tell anybody," Hewitt told Ellen DeGeneres in April 2014.

    Jennifer Love Hewitt Resurfaces With a Big Baby Bump

    (Pic1, Pic2) There you are, Jennifer Love Hewitt!

    About two months after announcing she's pregnant with her second child, the 36-year-old actress resurfaced yesterday with a big baby bump.

    Hewitt stepped out in West Hollywood Wednesday to run errands at Ron Herman and Candle Delirium. Hewitt covered her growing belly with a loose white top and skinny blue jeans with her hair pulled back. The brunette beauty, who has been lying low since announcing the baby news, looked cute and casual with barely any makeup on as she toted shopping bags.

    Hewitt announced that she and hubby Brian Hallisay are expecting again in early January. The couple already has 1-year-old daughter Autumn.

    Last month, a source told E! News, "They are loving being a family and excited about expanding. Jennifer knows having two children under two is going to be a lot of work, but she loves the idea of having her kids be close in age. Being a mom is the most important thing to her and she's thrilled about being pregnant again."

    "She's head over heels for her daughter, Autumn, and can't wait for her to have a sibling," the insider added. "Jennifer and Brian are often at home with Autumn and spend as little time away from her as possible. When Jennifer has been working on Criminal Minds, a nanny brings Autumn to the set every day. They play in her trailer while Jennifer is filming and then when she has breaks, she gets to see the baby."

    "CRIMINAL MINDS," WEDNESDAY, MARCH 25

    “Rock Creek Park” – When the wife of an up-and-coming congressman disappears, the BAU investigates his political enemies as possible suspects, on CRIMINAL MINDS, Wednesday, March 25 (9:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. Academy Award-nominated actress Tess Harper (“Crimes of the Heart,” “Tender Mercies”) guest stars as Dinah Troy, the congressman’s mother.

    "CRIMINAL MINDS," WEDNESDAY, MARCH 11

    “Breath Play” – The BAU is called to Wisconsin in search of a serial killer, and the team looks for a connection among the victims for clues to the UnSub. Also, Kate has trouble dealing with her niece, Meg, when she begins acting out, on CRIMINAL MINDS, Wednesday, March 11 (9:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.

    "CRIMINAL MINDS," WEDNESDAY, MARCH 4

    “Lockdown” – When two guards at a privatized maximum security prison in Texas are murdered, the BAU suspects that more than one UnSub within the prison could be at work, on CRIMINAL MINDS, Wednesday, March 4 (9:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. Series star Thomas Gibson directed the episode. William Ragsdale (“Justified,” “Herman’s Head”) guest stars as prison captain Dale Shavers.

    Jennifer Love Hewitt "Doing Great" During Second Pregnancy and "Excited About Expanding" Her Family

    We've got exclusive scoop on Jennifer Love Hewitt's growing family!

    The 35-year-old actress and mother of one is handling pregnancy like a pro the second time around.

    "Jennifer is almost four months pregnant and doing great," a source tells E! News of Hewitt, who announced she's expecting her second child with hubby Brian Hallisay earlier this month. "They are loving being a family and excited about expanding. Jennifer knows having two children under two is going to be a lot of work, but she loves the idea of having her kids be close in age. Being a mom is the most important thing to her and she's thrilled about being pregnant again."

    Hewitt and Hallisay welcomed their 14-month-old daughter Autumn back in November 2013.

    "She's head over heels for her daughter, Autumn, and can't wait for her to have a sibling," the insider dished. "Jennifer and Brian are often at home with Autumn and spend as little time away from her as possible. When Jennifer has been working on Criminal Minds, a nanny brings Autumn to the set every day. They play in her trailer while Jennifer is filming and then when she has breaks, she gets to see the baby."

    Hewitt announced her second pregnancy earlier this month. "Jennifer and Brian are thrilled to be expecting their second child later this year," her rep said in a statement.

    Hewitt and Hallisay also secretly married right around the time of Autumn's birth in 2013.

    "CRIMINAL MINDS," WEDNESDAY, FEB. 11

    “Scream” – Victims in California have the BAU searching for an UnSub who may have witnessed abuse as a child. Meanwhile, Kate shows parental concern when her niece, Meg, makes a date with a friend to meet a boy they met online, on CRIMINAL MINDS, Wednesday, Feb. 11 (9:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. Greg Grunberg (@greggrunberg; “Felicity,” “Lost”) guest stars as Kate’s husband, Chris Callahan.

    "CRIMINAL MINDS," WEDNESDAY, FEB. 4

    “Hero Worship” – When an Indianapolis coffee shop is blown up and a hero emerges from the wreckage, the BAU tries to protect that person and his family while searching for the UnSub before more incidents occur, on CRIMINAL MINDS, Wednesday, Feb. 4 (9:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.

    "CRIMINAL MINDS," WEDNESDAY, JAN. 28

    “Nelson’s Sparrow” – The BAU revisits its origins when they look at one of Rossi and Gideon’s old cases to track a killer that got away, on CRIMINAL MINDS, Wednesday, Jan. 28 (9:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. Series star Kirsten Vangsness co-wrote the episode with Erica Messer, one of the series’ executive producers. Ben Savage (“Girl Meets World,” “Boy Meets World”) guest stars as young Gideon, and Arye Gross (“Castle,” “Ellen”) guest stars as Donnie Mallick.

    Jennifer Love Hewitt Expecting Second Child

    The love just keeps on growing!

    Actress Jennifer Love Hewitt is set to welcome another baby with her husband, Brian Hallisay, later this year, her rep confirms to PEOPLE.

    “Jennifer and Brian are thrilled to be expecting their second child,” her rep says.

    The couple, who are already parents to 13-month-old daughter Autumn James, secretly wed five days before welcoming their baby girl in November 2013.

    Although Hewitt, 35, told PEOPLE in April that parenthood was initially “terrifying,” she credited her former Client List costar, Hallisay, 36, with being the strong support system she needed in the delivery room.

    “He should be a male doula. I was really worried that I was going to get that face — ‘Mmm, what’s happening here?’ — and I’m not good at the faces so I would’ve been like, ‘What does that mean? What does that mean!’ ” she joked during a September appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live.

    “But he was just like, ‘This is great. I am so proud of you right now. This is awesome, you look beautiful.’ I was really proud of him.”

    "CRIMINAL MINDS," WEDNESDAY, JAN. 21

    “Anonymous” – The BAU searches Tallahassee for a serial killer who calls the authorities to report the crimes prior to committing murder. Also, as Rossi prepares for a weekend visit with his daughter, Joy, he receives startling news about the death of a comrade in Vietnam, on CRIMINAL MINDS, Wednesday, Jan. 21 (9:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. Series star Joe Mantegna directed the episode.

    "CRIMINAL MINDS," WEDNESDAY, JAN. 14

    “The Forever People” – When frozen bodies are found in Nevada floating in water, the BAU’s investigation leads them to suspect that the victims were part of a cult that could be behind the deaths. Also, JJ confronts old demons from her abduction and torture last year, on CRIMINAL MINDS, Wednesday, Jan. 14 (9:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. Grant Show (“Melrose Place”) guest stars as cult leader Colton Grant. Faran Tahir returns as Tivon Askari, who abducted JJ last year.

    "CRIMINAL MINDS," WEDNESDAY, DEC. 24

    “Persuasion” – Mysterious drowning deaths discovered in the Las Vegas desert have the BAU trying to figure out the true cause and motive for the murders, on a rebroadcast of CRIMINAL MINDS, Wednesday, Dec. 24 (9:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. (Originally broadcast 3/5/14.)

    Criminal Minds Sneak Peek: Meet Rossi's. Daughter?!

    Rossi is getting a blast from the past on Criminal Minds — and we're not talking about his second wife.

    While Wednesday's episode (9/8c, CBS) will feature a flashback to the second Mrs. Rossi, it's another new lady in Rossi's (Joe Mantegna) life that will have fans talking. As seen in the exclusive sneak peek below, Joy (Amber Stevens), an aggressive reporter, comes by the BAU and makes Rossi's mouth hit the floor when she tells him she's his daughter. Video.

    Is Joy actually Rossi's flesh and blood? That remains to be seen. But the story line came at Mantegna's suggestion, according to executive producer and showrunner Erica Messer. "We sit down with [the actors] every summer and talk about ideas, and Joe came in and said, 'I'd really like it if Rossi had this other thing going on,'" she tells TVGuide.com. "We kicked it around and landed on something really great."

    Mantegna had long wanted to meet another of Rossi's three ex-wives, ever since his ALS-afflicted first wife Carolyn, with whom he had a son who died shortly after he was born, committed suicide in Season 7. Messer says they didn't want to introduce another ex too soon and needed a different way to come about it. After Joy's bombshell, Rossi looks back on his romance with her mother in — where else? — the City of Light. "He's forced to remember a time many, many moons ago in the '80s when they were living in Paris. You'll see a different Rossi," Messer says. "The joke is that Rossi this playboy now, but there's something sweet when you see them together back then. It's a Rossi we don't know."

    Messer hopes fans will see a different Rossi as well via Joy, who will — spoiler alert! — remain in the picture after Wednesday's episode. "It will be a little bit of a thread throughout the year. It's an unexpected connection and he's navigating his way through it the best he can," she says. "We'll pick up on it again in Episode 12. It's nice, other layer to Rossi that will hopefully be refreshing and interesting."

    Criminal Minds airs Wednesdays at 9/8c on CBS.

    "CRIMINAL MINDS," WEDNESDAY, DEC. 10

    “Amelia Porter” – When the BAU is called to Salt Lake City Utah to investigate a triple homicide, the search for a connection among the victims could lead them to a fugitive who could have ties to the UnSub, on CRIMINAL MINDS, Wednesday, Dec. 10 (9:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.

    "CRIMINAL MINDS," WEDNESDAY, NOV. 26

    “Fate” – The BAU investigates random murders in northern Virginia and searches for a conflicted UnSub who has an uncontrollable urge to kill but is also filled with remorse. Meanwhile, Rossi receives a visit from a woman who could hold a secret from his past, on CRIMINAL MINDS, Wednesday, Nov. 26 (9:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. Guest stars include Tina Holmes (“Six Feet Under”) as architect Ellen Connell and Amber Stevens (“22 Jump Street,” “Greek”) as Joy Struthers.

    'Criminal Minds' gives Jennifer Love Hewitt a crash course in being convincing

    Zap2it: Did you need a lot of prep to look convincing as a FBI/BAU agent before you started your "Criminal Minds" work?

    Jennifer Love Hewitt: I thought there was going to be some kind of crash course, but this all happened very quickly, so I did not have a chance to do that. On the second day of work, we were in a house searching for a criminal with guns drawn ... and I remember sort of looking around and wondering, "What is happening right now?"

    Of course, everyone else in the cast knew how to do everything. A few people on the set were very kind to me and took me aside and were like, "Do you need some help?" And I said, "Yes. I really need help." They showed me, and I'm still learning. It's fun, though.

    Zap2it: How conducive is your new "Criminal Minds" role to the other relatively new role you have -- as a first-time mom?

    Jennifer Love Hewitt: Obviously, I love producing and putting things together and watching them grow from the ground up. There's an element of that that I enjoy, but I think that for where I am right now in my life, this is perfect. I truly am learning how to be a mom and wanting my daughter to be my biggest and first priority ... and this job is so much better for that!

    It is a relief in that sense. That other stuff that I've done before would be very difficult to do at this point in time. I definitely would like to do that again, but for right now, this job is a blessing on every level.

    "CRIMINAL MINDS," WEDNESDAY, NOV. 19

    “The Boys of Sudworth Place” – When a prominent attorney goes missing in Boston, the BAU unearths secrets in his past which could point to the reasons for his disappearance, on CRIMINAL MINDS, Wednesday, Nov. 19 (9:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.

    "CRIMINAL MINDS," WEDNESDAY, NOV. 12

    “Hashtag” – When victims with large social media followings are found dead in Maryland, the BAU searches for an UnSub taking on the persona of an Internet urban legend. Meanwhile, Morgan and Savannah struggle to find quality time for each other with their busy careers, on CRIMINAL MINDS, Wednesday, Nov. 12 (9:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.

    "CRIMINAL MINDS," WEDNESDAY, NOV. 5

    “If the Shoe Fits” – The BAU is stumped to find the common denominator among male victims in Montana, making it difficult to profile the UnSub. Also, JJ must confront her feelings about her sister’s tragic death, CRIMINAL MINDS, Wednesday, Nov. 5 (9:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. Candy Clark returns as JJ’s mother, Sandy Jareau.

    "CRIMINAL MINDS," WEDNESDAY, OCT. 29

    “Boxed In” – When a young boy who went missing in San Diego on Halloween suddenly reappears one year later, the BAU must work fast when another trick-or-treater disappears under similar circumstances, on CRIMINAL MINDS, Wednesday, Oct. 29 (9:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. Series star Thomas Gibson directed the episode. Gibson’s son, Travis, guest stars as Jake McCauley, one of the missing boy’s friends.

    'Criminal Minds' Season 10 premiere: Jennifer Love Hewitt debuts, what did you think?

    Jennifer Love Hewitt joined the "Criminal Minds" in Season 10 as Kate Callahan, a transfer agent who steps in now that Dr. Alex Blake (Jeanne Tripplehorn) has left the BAU team. As far as episodes go, this one seemed fairly innocuous (by "Criminal Minds" standards) until the last five minutes, when a couple curveballs were thrown the audience's way.

    First off, Callahan goes home to a young girl who seems at first like her daughter, but when they exchange "I love yous," the girl says, "I love you too, Kate." Hmm. Step-daughter? Sister? Something else entirely? The way it was framed made it seem like a reveal, so there's obviously something going on there we'll learn more about.

    Secondly, the chilling ending of the episode teased not only a ring of men buying and selling young girls (which is all too real in all parts of the world), but also the fact that the BAU didn't really catch their unsub in the premiere episode. We would expect that to come back around at some point.

    Finally, as an aside, how creepy was it was to see Kerr Smith as a weirdo who gets off on fondling people's severed limbs? Super creepy.

    What did you think of JLH's premiere?

    'Criminal Minds' Season 10 premiere: Jennifer Love Hewitt succeeds Jeanne Tripplehorn as something 'totally different'

    After being involved in just about every aspect of her last series, Jennifer Love Hewitt is now of a different mind.

    Now a first-time mom with husband Brian Hallisay -- who was one of her co-stars on "The Client List" -- the veteran of such other shows as "Party of Five" and "Ghost Whisperer" is content just to focus on acting.

    She does that in Wednesday's (Oct. 1) season premiere of the CBS drama "Criminal Minds," joining the series for its 10th year as Kate Callahan, an accomplished agent who becomes the newest member of David Rossi's (Joe Mantegna) Behavioral Analysis Unit team.

    "I had no idea that they were looking for someone," Hewitt tells Zap2it of succeeding Jeanne Tripplehorn in the "Minds" lineup. "I met with Erica (Messer, the show's executive producer), who I have known since I was 14 or 15, since she worked on 'Party of Five.' She just said, 'Hey, we're adding a new character and we think this would be a good fit for you.'

    "At the time, I was really in the midst of being a new mommy and honestly not even thinking about what my next job was going to be," Hewitt notes. "This is totally a different thing than I've ever done before -- and one of the first projects I haven't also been a producer on, putting it together from the word 'go' and shouldering all that responsibility. It's sort of nice to be able to go to someone else's house as a guest and play by their rules."

    Hewitt allows that balancing work and her parenting of 10-month-old daughter Autumn is "crazy, but totally doable somehow, It's really a day-by-day thing, but we've been lucky to get a really great kid who is easygoing and allows both Mommy and Daddy to have a life and an existence besides being her parent.

    "And this really is the perfect job for it," adds Hewitt, "because I get to do what I love, but I also get to pop back and forth and be a mommy. It's great."

    Jennifer Love Hewitt: My Husband 'Should Be a Male Doula'

    Jennifer Love Hewitt knows the secret to a successful labor: keeping her husband happy!

    During a Monday night appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live, the new mom joked that she had a great support system when she delivered her daughter Autumn James — all thanks to her stash of snacks.

    “This is the thing, too, if you are in labor, feed your husband and they are wonderful. He can’t be hungry — you need them!” the Criminal Minds star, 35, explains.

    But there was a silver lining to taking care of Brian Hallisay.

    “If he passed out or something bad happened out of being hangry, then I don’t get what I need, which is my rock,” she says. “I had pudding for him and snack bars … it was great!”

    Hewitt’s tasty treats worked: Hallisay was so “solid” during the delivery that Hewitt is convinced he has found a new career. “He should be a male doula,” she says.

    “I was really worried that I was going to get that face — ‘Mmm, what’s happening here?’ — and I’m not good at the faces so I would’ve been like, ‘What does that mean? What does that mean!’ But he was just like, ‘This is great. I am so proud of you right now. This is awesome, you look beautiful.’ “

    Hewitt adds, “I was really proud of him. He’s that guy anyway, so he’s impressive in that way, but he was great.”

    The couple chose to keep the baby’s sex a surprise and while Hewitt was ecstatic to welcome a daughter, she admits her decision to wait until the delivery didn’t sit well with others.

    “People are mean to you. And you’re like, ‘I’m a pregnant lady. You can’t be mean to me! ” she says.

    “And then they guess, which is insulting for the woman because they’re like, ‘Oh, well, you’re really carrying in the backside.’ I’m like, ‘I have been carrying in the backside since I was 15 … this is not pregnancy!’ “

    Says Hewitt, “I just avoided people most of my pregnancy and after … and I was happy!”

    Now her baby girl is 10-months-old and the actress is spending her days trying to corral her wobbly walker — a “terrifying” task that comes with its fair share of war wounds.

    “I have bruises everywhere from falling over [the gates],” she shares. “You’re holding the baby and you have to lift up and then swing it … it’s impossible!”

    With Jimmy Kimmel noting that Autumn has hit the milestone early, the proud mama jokes, “She’s an over achiever, which is awesome. Just like me!”

    Criminal Minds premieres Wednesday at 9 p.m. on CBS.

    Jennifer Love Hewitt Opens Up About Daughter Autumn and Admits She Once Sent Matt Damon a Bed

    (Video1, Video2) Jennifer Hewitt and Jimmy Kimmel had some catching up to do Monday.

    The Criminal Minds actress made her first appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live! since March 2013. Since that time, her Lifetime series The Client List ended—and, oh yeah, she married co-star Brian Hallisay and welcomed daughter Autumn! "I like to just do it all at once," the 35-year-old TV star said. "Shake it up!"

    Speaking of her 10-month-old baby girl, the proud mama gushed, "She smiles. She's walking. She's waddling like a little penguin. It's great. She's an overachiever, which is awesome. Just like me!" Still, Hewitt said it's "terrifying" to see her mini-me walk around the house. "I'm just trying to move furniture and dodge things...There are gates everywhere, which I constantly trip over. I have bruises everywhere."

    Hewitt also recalled the rudeness she experienced while pregnant.

    "People are mean to you!" she said. "You're like, 'I'm a pregnant lady. You can't be mean to me,' and they're like, 'Well, then tell us what your baby is!' and I'm like, 'I don't know.' And then they guess, which is insulting for the woman because they're like, 'Oh, well, you're really carrying in the backside.' I'm like, 'I have been carrying in the backside since I was 15. This is not pregnancy—it's just who I am!' Or they're like, 'It's really in your boobs!' And I'm like, 'Yeah, it's been there, too, since I was 15.' They say the dumbest things...I just avoided people most of my pregnancy and after. And I was happy!"

    Hewitt and Hallisay opted not to learn their baby's gender until Autumn arrived.

    "He should be a male doula, my husband," Hewitt gushed. "He was a rock. He was awesome. He was really good at it. He was very solid, very concentrated. I was really worried that I was gonna get [worrisome reactions]...But he was just like, 'Babe, this is great. I am so proud of you right now. This is awesome. You look beautiful.' He said all of the right things. It was amazing. I was really proud of him."

    "Do you think he was acting or he meant it?" Kimmel joked. "Because I know he's an actor."

    "He's that guy anyway, so he's impressive in that way, but he was great," Hewitt said. "I packed snacks for him! This is the thing, too: If you are in labor, feed your husband, and they're wonderful. They can't be hungry! You need them. If he passed out or if something bad happened out of being 'hangry,' then I don't get what I need, which is my rock. And so I had pudding for him and snack bars. It was great."

    "You had pudding?" sad Kimmel, who welcomed Jane in July. "My wife did not bring me any pudding.

    Later in the episode, Kimmel asked if it was true that Hewitt once sent a bed to Matt Damon.

    "Well, I'm not a normal person!" Hewitt said, laughing. "I must have been like 19 or 20 years old. I was reading an article, and Matt Damon and Ben Affleck had just blown up big time. So, I obviously knew who he was, and I was reading this article, and he said this really sad thing in this article about how all of his dreams were coming true in the business and he was working really hard but he didn't ever really feel like those days he had a bed of his own. Like, he was just traveling so much and everything. And I remember being really busy also and thinking, 'That's so sad to have all your dreams come true but to not feel like you have a solid foundation.' So, for some reason I thought an AeroBed would help that for him. In my head I was like, 'Oh, he could travel with it and then it's always his bed and it's always his safe place.' I didn't go over it with anyone. I should have been like, 'Hey, Jimmy, what do you think? Should I send this to Matt Damon?' You probably would have been like, 'No, you're crazy. Don't do it.' But I didn't. So, I just got the information. He was in Paris filming something. Of course, now I'm like, 'Oh, he was probably at The Savoy at this giant suite and here comes security with this little AeroBed."

    "I sent it to Paris and I never got a thank you," she added. "I'm just saying..."

    "You know why you didn't get a thank you? He's a creep. He's got no class," Kimmel joked of his faux frenemy. "I mean, what kind of person doesn't thank another person for sending them a bed?"

    "It made me sad in my heart," Hewitt said. "Maybe his security never gave it to him. That's a possibility."

    "Shame on you, Matt Damon," Kimmel joked.

    Jennifer Love Hewitt's "Fearless" Agent and a Jane Lynch Return? 7 Teases for Criminal Minds Season 10

    Erica Messer can't think of a more perfect day for Criminal Minds to turn 10.

    "Episode 10.1 airs on 10/1. How cool is that?" Messer tells TVGuide.com. "It wasn't planned. We didn't know that until we started back up and we were well in the swing of things, and [CBS] mentioned that the premiere would be a little later than usual because of Extant and Survivor. So it's great timing."

    But for Messer, "seven" is the magic number for Season 10. After Jeanne Tripplehorn left the series in the Season 9 finale, Messer told TVGuide.com at the time that she wasn't sure if they would replace her or just stick with the remaining six BAU members. "It was a really big, long conversation with the network and the studio, and they said, 'Let's go ahead and try to find someone new,'" she says.

    Enter Jennifer Love Hewitt as Kate Callahan. The actress was not only on the top of the network's list because of her days on Ghost Whisperer, but she and Messer go way back to Party of Five.

    "I knew her many, many moons ago at Party of Five,'" Messer says with a laugh."So it was sort of, 'Well, she just had a baby. We don't know if she wants to go back to work or not.' I sat down with her and caught up and it was like no time had passed. I then told her that the show is different from what she's been doing because what she's been doing is being No. 1 on the call sheet, having to be there 14 hours a day every day. ... I think it was the combination of the actors on the show and the idea of doing something different. She has never fought crime like this. She's an amazing addition. She's laughing it up with the cast and crew and certainly believable as an FBI agent on screen. It's been a breath of fresh air for us."

    But just who is Kate Callahan? What's her secret? Get the scoop and more from Messer below.

    1. Undercover boss: Kate is not who you think she is when we first meet her. That's because she's undercover collaring a perp before she heads to the BAU to interview with Hotch (Thomas Gibson), who hires her on the spot. "You see her interacting with a criminal in a way you don't see our team doing it, which is she has to act like she enjoys being with this person before turning the tables on him," Messer says. "One of the things she says to Hotch is, 'It takes me a couple of months to catch one offender. You catch a new one every week. How do you do that and how do you not let it take over your life?' She's got to adapt to that skill set, which we'll see throughout the season."

    Watch a sneak peek of the scene here.

    2. Kate's secret: Like the introduction of Blake (Tripplehorn), Kate has a mysterious backstory that viewers will get a peek at when we follow her home at the end of the season premiere. But unlike Blake, hers won't be tied to an unsub or even keep you guessing that long. Hotch and Rossi (Joe Mantegna) already know her secret, which involves a plane crash, and she will tell Reid (Matthew Gray Gubler) in the third episode. "Something pretty tragic happened in her life, but she wasn't a victim necessarily," Messer says. "Her secret is not like Blake's at all. She's been dealt a hand that most people aren't dealt. There's no secret in that, but she also doesn't want it to be what defines her, certainly to the rest of the team." The event is also partially what spurred Kate on to become an FBI agent. "She was on her way there with her psychology degree, but this happened at a very important time in her life," Messer says. "It was her trigger, so to speak, and it informs why she's as strong as she is. She's very tough, smart and fearless."

    3. The long road to recovery: As we previously reported, Garcia (Kristen Vangsness) will be suffering from PTSD as a result of shooting the pseudo-nurse who tried to poison Reid in the season finale. In the second episode, she will meet with the guy in prison and get some closure, but look for it to pop up again. "[Meeting him] will certainly help, but I don't think you move on from traumatic events completely, so it will come up here and there," Messer says. "Morgan and Hotch really try to help her." In better PTSD news, Reid will not fall back on Dilaudid after his brush with death in the finale. "He becomes even wiser," Messer says. "You see how he's dealing with it, but there's nothing tragic. That's definitely by design. He's had a lot of tragedy, so maybe the surprising thing is we don't go there."

    4. Jane Lynch is (maybe) back!: It's been six years since we last saw Reid's schizophrenic mom Diana, but now that Gleeis ending — with a shortened season at that — chances are looking very up for her to finally return. "We've been teased throughout the years that we could have her. We don't want to get our hopes up again, but we're starting to think of ideas," Messer says, adding that a return would not occur until the second half of the season. Diana was most recently mentioned last year, when Reid learned that she's been doing well and went on a supervised trip to the Grand Canyon. Because of that, Messer wants her return to be in a similarly positive vein. (Maybe she's released from Bennington Sanitarium?) "The thing that brings her back can't be sad and heartbreaking. We've seen that already," she says. "We need to have a big splash to bring her back and we want to arc out what that could be."

    5. Don't scratch: The season's still young, but Messer promises that the fourth episode is the show's "grossest episode yet." There's not much in the way of blood and gore, but the hour, titled "The Itch," will be heavy on creepy crawlers, as it follows an unsub who believes he has cockroach larvae in his body. "He tortures people with live cockroaches because he wants them to believe him," Messer says. "We had 1,500 live cockroaches on set. The psychological torture of this one is victim and audience alike! I kept squirming and closing my eyes when I watched it. It will creep people out!"

    6. A love letter for you — yes, you!: To celebrate the big 1-0, Messer is planning a major midseason episode — similar to last season's 200th episode — that will have many callbacks and possibly old faces from the last nine years. "I can't talk about it yet, but I've got an idea. It's going to be a giant team episode because those are my favorite," she says. "It's going to be a love letter to fans who've been with us all 10 years."

    7. Replicating The Replicator (story line): For the second time ever, the series will feature a season-long unsub, who will be introduced at the end of the premiere after the BAU thinks they've closed the case of the week, which involves human limb collecting. Technically, they do solve the case, since the new, overarching one spans beyond chopping off some arms and legs. (Hint: It involves a wide-reaching network.) "The unsub is only part of the puzzle," Messer teases. After touching on the case midway through the season, Messer plans to wrap up the story line in the last two episodes. "It will culminate in the finale. We try to break our last two episodes of the year as a movie. We know pretty much how Part 1 would end and how the finale would end. You'll probably think one thing [after you see the premiere], but it's bigger than you think."

    Criminal Minds airs Wednesdays at 9/8c on CBS.

    "CRIMINAL MINDS," WEDNESDAY, OCT. 22

    “The Itch” – When a body is discovered in Atlanta covered in scratches, the BAU finds that this death and subsequent murders could be linked to an UnSub with an obsessive skin disorder, on CRIMINAL MINDS, Wednesday, Oct. 22 (9:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. Alicia Coppola (“Jericho”) guest stars as support group leader Lisa Randall.

    “CRIMINAL MINDS,” WEDNESDAY, OCT. 15

    “A Thousand Suns” – When a passenger jet crashes in Colorado, the BAU team is called to build a profile around the suspicious circumstances. Also, the case hits close to home for Kate, who is reminded of a family tragedy, on CRIMINAL MINDS, Wednesday, Oct. 15 (9:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. Eden Riegel (“All My Children”) guest stars as Shelley Hicks, the co-pilot’s wife.

    "CRIMINAL MINDS," WEDNESDAY, OCT. 8

    “Burn” – A series of abductions and murders in Seattle send the BAU seeking an UnSub who was abused in the past and is out for revenge. Meanwhile, Garcia heads to Texas to confront the man she shot while defending Reid and herself, as he waits on Death Row, on CRIMINAL MINDS, Wednesday, Oct. 8 (9:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. C.S. Lee (“Dexter”) guest stars as high school English teacher Justin Leu.

    THE 10TH SEASON PREMIERE OF "CRIMINAL MINDS," WEDNESDAY, OCT. 1

    “X” – The BAU team investigates a series of murders in Bakersfield, Calif., which have left the victims unidentifiable. Also, the team welcomes new agent Kate Callahan into the BAU fold, who assists them in their efforts in solving the cases, on the 10th season premiere of CRIMINAL MINDS, Wednesday, Oct. 1 (9:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. Jennifer Love Hewitt joins the cast as FBI undercover agent Kate Callahan. Kerr Smith (“Dawson’s Creek”) guest stars as Frank Cowles.

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    First Look: Jennifer Love Hewitt Joins Criminal Minds

    (Pic) CBS's Criminal Minds gets some new blood this fall when Jennifer Love Hewitt joins the cast in the Oct. 1 premiere as agent Kate Callahan.

    "Kate is smart, charming, and wise for her years," says executive producer Erica Messer. "Her background is criminal psychology, and her passion comes from wanting to make the world a safe place. She's had a lot of personal loss that makes her a patriot and a nurturing figure to those in her personal and work families."

    Callahan, an eight-year FBI vet, is also an old pal of the BAU team and fits right in — just like Hewitt does on set. "The rapport feels like friends catching up," Messer says. "If feels like she's always been here."

    Jennifer Love Hewitt joins 'Criminal Minds' Season 10 as series regular

    Surprise! "Criminal Minds" is adding a new series regular in the form of CBS veteran Jennifer Love Hewitt, whose character will be introduced in the Season 10 premiere of the drama.

    The network announced that Hewitt will play Kate Callahan, an undercover FBI agent who joins the Behavioral Analysis Unit after years of hard work for the bureau.

    "We're thrilled to introduce a new special agent by adding the very talented Jennifer Love Hewitt to our amazing cast," "Criminal Minds" executive producer and showrunner Erica Messer says in a statement. "Many of us on the show have enjoyed working with her over the years and look forward to again. We have exciting storylines planned for her character and the BAU team as we head into our 10th season."

    Hewitt starred in CBS's "Ghost Whisperer" for five seasons, and just wrapped two seasons on Lifetime's "The Client List," which she also executive produced.

    "Criminal Minds" Season 10 premieres Wednesday, Oct. 1 at 9 p.m. ET/PT on CBS.

    Jennifer Love Hewitt Gets a Brunette Bob Haircut

    (Photo) We're seeing a whole lot of celeb moms and moms-to-be cutting their long hair and going for a short bob cut.

    Adele recently stepped out in London with a bob, Hayden Panettiere got a shaggy bob from Chris McMillan, and Hilary Duff also took the plunge and cut her hair short and sweet.

    And now fellow mom Jennifer Love Hewitt is following suit with a summery, chin-length cut. The 35-year-old actress debuted her bob while out in Santa Monica Thursday. Jennifer donned a blue floral top, jeans and two necklaces with her husband Brian Hallisay's first name and her daughter Autumn's name.

    Jennifer was blond for while there this spring, sporting honey-colored, shoulder length hair, but now she's gone back to being a brunette.

    It seems like Jennifer is trading her signature bombshell look for a more mom-friendly style. Remember her appearance on Ellen just last year? To say her outfit was "cleavage-baring" would be an understatement.

    Now she's swapping out her plunging V-necks for conservative floral tops and voluminous, sexy hair for a chic brunette bob.

    What do you think of JLH's new look?

    Jennifer Love Hewitt -- Slim Spray Fights Back ... No One MADE You Pose With Our Product!

    Jennifer Love Hewitt may claim she was duped into holding a diet product in photos, but the company she's suing says that's B.S. -- and Jennifer willingly posed for a ton of pics.

    As TMZ first reported, JLH sued over a product called Slim Spray, which she claims used her picture on its website without permission ... falsely implying she endorses the product.

    A rep for MarzSprays, the maker of Slim Spray, tells TMZ the Ghost Whisperer was very curious about their stuff when she hit up a Hollywood gifting suite in 2012. The rep claims J.Love asked several questions about items in the suite and "posed for the camera over a dozen times with our products."

    The company claims it legally purchased the images of her in the suite -- like the one above -- and insists it's on legal solid ground to use her face in ads.

    As for Hewitt's claim the product bombed on "Shark Tank" -- they point out one of the sharks, Lori Greiner, DID invest ... and they were even invited back for a recent follow-up episode.

    Which means Slim Spray was on TV more recently than "The Client List."

    Jennifer Love Hewitt -- Sues 'Shark Tank' Wannabe ... You Bit My Image

    Jennifer Love Hewitt's face is getting spread all over the Internet and she ain't happy about it -- she is suing the company using her image to promote a product the "Shark Tank" investors called a total "scam."

    The product is called Slim Spray ... which claims to be an oral vitamin spray that will boost your energy and shed pounds. According to the lawsuit ... J.Love's face and bod have been attached to spam ads (you might have one in your inbox right now) that make it look like she endorses the stuff.

    Jennifer claims she's worked too hard to develop her "stellar reputation and credibility" to have it all blown by Slim Spray -- and says she never authorized the company to use her image.

    As for the photo of her holding the product -- she implies someone put it in her hand on a red carpet event, snapped a pic ... which ended up on Slim Spray's website and ads.

    In the docs -- filed Wednesday in L.A. -- she points out the "Shark Tank" crew dismissed the spray as nothing more than a "hustle."

    She wants Marz Group -- the makers of Slim Spray -- to quit using her image ... and she asking for damages.

    Jennifer Love Hewitt on Having Baby Girl Autumn: "I Just Feel Like My Heart Expanded"

    Jennifer Love Hewitt loves being a mom!

    Autumn's mommy stopped by E! News and couldn't help but gush about motherhood. "I just feel like my heart expanded quadruple and every time I look at her, I just melt. It's great. And I get no sleep which is also fun," she tells us.

    Husband Brian Hallisay seems to be getting the hang of fatherhood, too. "He's great, he handles it great. He looks at me sometimes like I'm a crazy person, especially right in the beginning when we got home with her, he was like, 'You look a little crazy.' I'm like, 'All right, we'll talk about it later,' " JLH joked.

    Along with expanding her heart, going through pregnancy and having her first child inspired the actress to launch a maternity clothing line!

    "Well for me it's a time in your life when you want to feel really beautiful and it's a struggle sometimes because you're expanding and you're changing and your hormones are all over the place," the star says of her Pea in the Pod line L by Jennifer Love Hewitt, "so comfort was a big thing for me, and I really wanted to—as a woman—make other women feel beautiful and special in their clothes."

    Jennifer Love Hewitt: How Having a Daughter Influences My Views on Weight Loss

    With a new baby and a new husband, it was a busy winter for Jennifer Love Hewitt. But the mom of now 4-month-old Autumn James couldn’t be happier about her new roles.

    “Those first couple of nights, it was wild,” the actress, 35, told PEOPLE at the launch of her maternity line for A Pea in the Pod on Tuesday in Beverly Hills.

    “When they let us bring her home I said to [husband, actor Brian Hallisay], ‘To get your license you have to take a test. They check to make sure you’re a good human being to get behind the wheel of a car. They’ve given us no test! We just had a baby and now we’re going home.’ He was like, ‘I know, it’s terrifying!’”

    Thankfully, Dad is up for the challenge. “He’s fantastic. He’s great at diaper changing and at the football hold, which she loves,” says Hewitt.

    “It’s really 50-50. I feel very lucky that way! I do the stuff that I need to do as a mom and he does the dad part.”

    Aside from his amazing fatherhood skills, Hallisay, 35, was a powerhouse in the delivery room.

    “The labor was crazy. It was fantastic, but I just couldn’t wrap my head around the fact that that was happening,” Hewitt says. “[Brian] was the best during labor. He was a rock, never flinched. He got in there and was like, ‘I see the baby!’ I was looking at him like, ‘You should be a doula.’ I was really proud of him.”

    The pair wed just a few days before Autumn was born with a simple, no-frills celebration. “It was just the two of us,” Hewitt reveals. “We went to our favorite Mexican restaurant afterwards, that was our reception. We loved it. It’s been fun to celebrate both.”

    The couple rounded out the low-key affair with a visit to Bed Bath & Beyond, where they purchased a few items for their kitchen. “We’ve been through a lot already in our marriage. I’m really glad that it happened that way,” says Hewitt, who adds they are not planning a honeymoon.

    And Hewitt is a working mom already. The star has designed a collection called L by Jennifer Love Hewitt, inspired by her own desire to find “cute” pregnancy clothes.

    “This was something I could do [during my pregnancy] that was super creative and sending good yummy vibes to my belly. It was so beautiful to be able to put my energy [in] to making [moms-to-be] feel comfortable and special. It was really fun.”

    When it comes to her post-pregnancy figure, Hewitt is taking it slow. For now, her “number one priority” is nursing — and not counting calories. “The most important thing is [Autumn] getting food,” the actress explains.

    But it has taken Hewitt some time to approach shedding the pregnancy pounds at her own pace.

    “Having been somebody who has had to think about what my body looked like for 25 years, it was hard when it didn’t come off. I didn’t look like some of the girls in the magazines that I’ve worked with … who [the weight] does fall off for,” she says. “I was like, ‘What’s wrong with me?’ I had to have a conversation with myself.”

    Ultimately, it was the realization that she had just given birth to a daughter that shifted the new mom’s views. “I had to look at her and think, ‘Would I want her to feel this way when she’s my age?’ I was like, ‘Get it together – your head’s in the wrong place.’”

    She continues, “It took nine months to get it this way, it might take nine months to get it back. If I have an hour to go to the gym or an hour to lie down and take a nap with her in my arms, I’m going to lie down and take a nap.”

    Now, regaining her svelte shape has become a team effort. Hewitt is easing back into workouts with swimming and Zumba classes with baby girl by her side.

    “I hold her, we do squats, we dance, she listens to the music and she loves it. Or I put her in her little chair and she watches and thinks it’s really funny,” she shares. “[Working out is] really jarring to your body. I don’t know how people go back and do CrossFit a week later. It’s just not me. I’m slowly getting back into it. I’m not that worried.”

    That leaves plenty of time for bonding with her daughter. Hewitt confirms the couple didn’t find out the sex ahead of time, but she had an inkling the baby would be a girl.

    “I just had a feeling,” Hewitt explains. “My mom passed away not too long before we found out that I was pregnant. So the whole time I felt like it was a gift from her, that she’d send me our relationship in a way.”

    And Autumn James — whose moniker comes from Hewitt’s wish to have a “feminine first name and a masculine middle name” — is taking after her own mom already.

    “She’s a hybrid [of us],” says Hewitt. “She looks like Brian from the nose up, and when she smiles, she looks like me! It’s so cute.”

    Jennifer Love Hewitt Reveals Wedding Dress She Wore While 9 Months Pregnant!

    (Photo) We still can't believe that Jennifer Love Hewitt and husband Brian Hallisay got married only five days before she gave birth to their daughter Autumn back in November!

    "She came early!" the 35-year-old actress told us exclusively of her quickie, low-key wedding (it was just the two of them) last night. "It was just under the wire."

    So what did Hewitt wear to tie the knot while nine months pregnant? "I wore the only thing in my closet that fit me!" she laughed, adding, "Which was a really nice cotton maxi dress and that was it!"

    Hewitt says she and Hallisay have no plans for a big wedding celebration in the future. "I think that was it," the new mom smiled. "I think that it was perfect the way that it was."

    Hewitt says motherhood is going "great" and that Hallisay is an amazing father. "He's really hands-on," she gushed. "It's really fifty-fifty for us. He's a tremendous father."

    And it sounds like Hewitt and Hallisay may be expanding their family sooner rather than later! "I'd love to have another one!" she said without hesitation. "Loved the whole experience. I'd do it again tomorrow."

    Meanwhile, at lat night's L by Jennifer Love Hewitt launch party at A Pea in the Pod, Hewitt opened up about the difficulties of dealing with one's post-pregnancy body.

    "It's hard, it's really hard," Hewitt admitted. "And I wasn't sure where I was going to fall and what was going to happen and how I was going to feel. It just feels great to sort of be honest about the fact that it is tough and these clothes make it a little easier, make me feel beautiful. I'm still in a lot of my pregnancy clothes and there is just where I feel good right now. Everything hasn't returned back to where I want it to be and put on my other clothes and feel good about that."

    "If your priorities are right, the baby's most important," she went on. "You have to eat to feed to your baby. And I have a girl so I want her to see some day why her mom has good self-esteem and good body issues. It gets you down sometimes, I'm not going to lie. I've had days where I'm like, ‘Ugh, I wish this was easier.' But it's not, and that's OK."

    Jennifer Love Hewitt Feels Lucky with Her Dancing Baby and 'Awesome' Husband

    (Video) Jennifer Love Hewitt has a baby, and a husband, with all the right moves.

    At just 4 months old, baby daughter Autumn James already has quite the appreciation for music, and is learning to groove along with it.

    “She loves Pharrell and Drake. She’s big into hip-hop and Latin music for some reason,” the actress says in an interview airing Tuesday on The Ellen DeGeneres Show — a program that Autumn also seems drawn to.

    “The second the show comes on and you start dancing, she does this weird kick thing with her leg, and she gets her little chair,” Hewitt, 35, tells DeGeneres. “I think she’s gonna be a dancer. I really do. She loves it.”

    Hewitt and DeGeneres also joke about her last appearance on the show. The actress, who was early in her pregnancy at the time, showed up in a dress that didn’t leave much to the imagination, especially up top. “They grew first in the pregnancy,” she says with a laugh.

    Hewitt married Brian Hallisay, her former Client List costar, right before Autumn arrived — “five days before she was born, basically,” Hewitt reveals. It was a small wedding — “just the two of us, and then we went to Bed Bath & Beyond, because that’s what married people do,” the actress jokes.

    Now, she couldn’t be happier. “He’s an awesome, incredible father and a great husband, and I just feel really lucky,” she says.

    Jennifer Love Hewitt Turned Down How I Met Your Mother?!

    Prepare yourselves for a mother-load of answers!

    Could you imagine Jennifer Love Hewitt as our favorite Canadian pop star turned journalist Robin Scherbatsky on How I Met Your Mother? Neither can we! However, according to co-creators Craig Thomas and Carter Bays, it almost happened.

    In a Reddit "Ask Me Anything" event Monday afternoon, the HIMYM duo decided to take time out of their busy, final-season schedule to answer as many fan questions as humanly possible—and a few fun facts were revealed.

    When asked which well-known actress was originally supposed to play Cobie Smulder's character, Robin, Thomas revealed, "Jennifer Love Hewitt did The Ghost Whisperer instead of HIMYM!"

    In a similar world of what-if's, E! News exclusively revealed last year that Scott Foley was originally asked to play Josh Radnor's now-iconic role of Ted Mosby. Talk about an entirely different show!

    Jennifer Love Hewitt Grabs Some Cuddly Stuffed Pals for Baby Girl Autumn

    (Photo) Motherhood sure looks good on Jennifer Love Hewitt.

    The new mom was spotted running errands, making a stop at the baby section to pick up some fun items for her baby girl Autumn. During a shopping trip to HomeGoods in Los Angeles, J. Love grabbed a couple of cute stuffed animals to take back to her daughter, and was eyeing some more goodies for her girl.

    Meanwhile, The Client List star flaunted her post-baby body donning a sleek black ensemble, including tight-fitting pants, a low-cut top and jacket and chic black-frame glasses.

    The celeb and her husband Brian Hallisay were seen taking Autumn out for the first time since she gave birth to their first child last week.

    The trio took advantage of the walking path at Will Rogers State Beach in Pacific Palisades, where Hewitt and Hallisay caught the sunset while their baby girl stayed cozy in her Stokke stroller on Wednesday, Jan. 16.

    They welcomed Autumn on Nov. 26 and also revealed at the same time that they had quietly tied the knot beforehand. Sneaky, sneaky!

    Talking to E! News last August about her pregnancy and impending motherhood, she said that her body was going through "a lot of changes," but for pretty much the best reason there is.

    "There are surges, there are aches, there are pains, there's swelling—there's all of that stuff," the now real-life party-of-three star said. "But it's all really beautiful because it's for a purpose. It's something you either embrace or you don't embrace and I've embraced it."

    Jennifer Love Hewitt Out With Baby Autumn and Husband Brian Hallisay: See First Photos of the Star Since Daughter's Birth!

    (Photos) If you can't hardly wait to see Jennifer Love Hewitt for the first time since she gave birth to her first child...

    Look no further!

    The new mom was out for some fresh air Wednesday with husband Brian Hallisay and their now 1 1/2-month-old daughter, Autumn James—and E! News has exclusive pics of their family outing.

    The trio took advantage of the walking path at Will Rogers State Beach in Pacific Palisades, where Hewitt and Hallisay caught the sunset while their baby girl stayed cozy in her Stokke brand stroller.

    Hewitt, 34, layered up in jeans and a plaid coat, and she was sporting a shorter haircut—a smart, shoulder-length bob, worn parted on the side.

    An eyewitness tells us that the actress and Hallisay, whom she met on the set of The Client List, looked like your typical happy couple out for a walk.

    We're told that Hewitt, who was also wearing a necklace that read "mommy," looked great and, though she was wasn't wearing form-fitting clothing, seemed well on her way to reclaiming her pre-baby body.

    Autumn started to get fussy after about a half an hour on the beach, after which they packed it in and headed for home.

    Otherwise, Hewitt was in great spirits, smiling and laughing a lot, and she and Hallisay appeared to be very doting parents.

    They welcomed Autumn on Nov. 26 (she just missed being born in the fall!) and also revealed at the same time that they had quietly tied the knot beforehand.

    Talking to E! News last August about her pregnancy and impending motherhood, she said that her body was going through "a lot of changes," but for pretty much the best reason there is.

    "There are surges, there are aches, there are pains, there's swelling—there's all of that stuff," the now real-life party-of-three star said. "But it's all really beautiful because it's for a purpose. It's something you either embrace or you don't embrace and I've embraced it."

    Hewitt also said at the time that she and Hallisay would get to planning their wedding "after" their child was born...but the couple ended up going for marriage before the baby carriage instead.

    Jennifer Love Hewitt Welcomes a Baby Girl, Confirms Secret Marriage

    Jennifer Love Hewitt has a lot to celebrate!

    The former Client List star welcomed a baby girl on Tuesday — and also recently got married! "Jennifer Love Hewitt and her husband Brian Hallisay are thrilled to announce the birth of their daughter," a rep for the actress tells TVGuide.com. "Autumn James Hallisay was born on November 26."

    One day after the couple announced that they were expecting their first child together, Hewitt and Hallisay revealed their engagement. In August, Love said they planned on waiting to get married until after the birth of their child, but it looks like they changed their minds.

    Pregnant Jennifer Love Hewitt Is Due Any Day-See Her Baby Bump!

    (Photo) Jennifer Love Hewitt looks ready to pop!

    The mama-to-be, who is expecting her first child with former costar and fiancé Brian Hallisay, was all smiles while out and about in Los Angeles on Tuesday, Nov. 19.

    Looking cute and casual in a floral maxi skirt, a white tee and a loose gray jacket, the 34-year-old brunette beauty paid a visit to friend's house as paps snapped pics of the expectant star. The soon-to-be mother added trendy aviator shades and a pair of comfy flip flops to her pregnancy-chic ensemble, appearing in high spirits as she went to hang with her pal.

    While Hewitt's Lifetime series The Client List was recently canceled after only two seasons, the actress has certainly been keeping busy, most recently designing a chic collection of maternity clothes for A Pea in the Pod.

    And who better to give advice on fashionable maternity wear than Jennifer, who has dressed her adorable baby bump impeccably throughout each trimester?!

    In addition to her collaboration with the retailer, the Heartbreakers star will soon be planning her "I Do's" to her beau, although the future Mr. and Mrs. Hallisay insist they aren't in any rush to walk down the aisle.

    "I'm just tackling this [pregnancy] first," she told E! News in August when asked if she had begun planning her wedding. "This is the most important thing to us, so we'll just get to that after."

    And Hewitt also revealed that she's planning to wait to find out the baby's gender:

    "It's one of life's last great surprises and I want to be surprised," the star said with a smile.

    Hewitt and Hallisay announced they were expecting their first child in early June, only to confirm just one day later that Brian popped the question in late May.

    Can't wait to meet the little one!

    Jennifer Love Hewitt -- Fiance Off the Hook After Pap Fight

    Jennifer Love Hewitt's fiance won't face criminal charges after allegedly attacking a paparazzo in September -- TMZ has learned, the L.A. County City Attorney has declined to prosecute.

    Sources at the City Attorney's office tell us, battery charges won't be filed against 34-year-old Brian Hallisay due to lack of sufficient evidence.

    As we reported, a pap filed a battery report against Hallisay following the incident outside Toscana in Brentwood, claiming JLH's fiance attacked him while leaving the restaurant. During the melee, the photog claims his camera hit him in the face near his eye.

    Police subsequently launched an investigation ... but apparently, it went nowhere.

    Jennifer Love Hewitt Designs a Maternity Line for A Pea In the Pod - Get the First Look!

    (Photo, Photo1, Photo2) Jennifer Love Hewitt may be expecting her first child in December, but that doesn’t mean she’s been taking it easy. In fact, she picked up an extra project — designing a capsule collection for A Pea in the Pod maternity wear — and we have the first look.

    “Being pregnant for the first-time, I wasn’t sure exactly what pieces I was going to need at different stages. When I went to A Pea in the Pod, I gravitated toward the pieces I could wear early on in my pregnancy and that would also grow with me as my body kept changing. I no longer felt overwhelmed.” Hewitt tells PEOPLE about why she decided to team up with the line. “So with my collection, I wanted to design pieces that other moms-to-be could easily wear from the first trimester, throughout their pregnancy and even after their baby is born. It’s one less thing you have to think about or stress over while you’re preparing for or spending time with your new baby!”

    So with that in mind, Hewitt created 15 pieces for her “L by Jennifer Love Hewitt” collection that are pretty classic and flexible — basic tees, printed maxis, cowlneck tops and comfy leggings (see the sketches at bottom). And she’s not just posing in the clothes for glam modeling shots; she’s already worn the leggings out and about.

    “The leggings that have zippers on the side are my go-to piece in this collection. These are the perfect maternity item — they stretch and move with you and have that added embellishment makes you feel instantly chic,” she shares. “You can dress them up or down and feel great wearing them. I like to pair them with a tee or tunic for during the day and then I can throw on a leather jacket and booties for the night time.” (Though with just a few weeks left to go before her pregnancy, she says the maxi dresses are her go-tos — “They make me feel feminine and they are so comfortable!”)

    Hewitt herself is no slouch in the maternity style department, though she admits to getting a little inspiration from Halle Berry. “She always looks chic and pulled together,” the designer says, “which proves that your pregnancy doesn’t have to compromise your personal style.”

    So what’s her takeaway from her dual roles as mom-to-be and maternity designer? “Find the pieces that make you feel like you and the best and most confident version of you!” she advises. “If you invest in pieces like a maxi dress, side-ruched tees, a pair of leggings and a versatile blazer or jacket, you can mix and match all of them throughout your pregnancy.”

    And, she hopes, in the months afterwards; it’s only a matter of time before we see her model them in the months after baby arrives. But you’ll have to wait until March to get your hands on the collection yourself in Pea in the Pod and select Destination Maternity stores.

    Jennifer Love Hewitt Looks Ready to Pop! Check Out the Pregnant Star's Growing Baby Bump

    (Photo) Jennifer Love Hewitt sure has that pregnancy glow!

    The 34-year-old mommy-to-be was all smiles as she stepped to run some errands Monday, Nov. 11, in L.A. Despite wearing a loose black top, Jennifer's ever-growing baby bump was clearly bigger than ever as she gets closer and closer her due date.

    And although The Client List was canceled by Lifetime after just two seasons, somehow we think the show will always be near and dear to Jennifer's heart. It is, after all, where she met and fell in love with Brian Hallisay, her costar turned real-life fiancé and baby daddy!

    But the future Mr. and Mrs. Hallisay aren't in any big rush to make their way down the aisle. "I'm just tackling this [pregnancy] first," she told E! News in August. "This is the most important thing to us, so we'll just get to that after."

    Another thing Jennifer and Brian aren't rushing to find out? Their baby's gender! "It's one of life's last great surprises, and I want to be surprised," she explained.

    And although Jennifer is clearly happy to be in love with a little one on the way, she is still mourning the loss of her mom Patricia, who passed away in June 2012 due to complications from cancer. But, her mom continues to impact her life, and as she told E! News, "Something about this baby has been a gift from her."

    "It has somehow been able to replace incredible grief with incredible joy. I'm very, very, very grateful for that," she said. "As every day approaches, I ask myself a lot why is she not here for this? Am I going to get through it without her? But I know she's out there and she's watching me and helping me and I'm going to be the best mother possible in her honor."

    Somehow we think Jennifer is going to make a wonderful mother!

    Lifetime's 'The Client List' Cancelled After Two Seasons

    There will be no third season of Jennifer Love Hewitt‘s Lifetime series The Client List. I hear it was a mutual decision between the network and producer Sony Pictures TV. While the show’s ratings slipped in Season 2 — from 2.7 million for the premiere to 2 million for the finale — I hear the reasons were mainly talent-related. As we reported in June, Lifetime and Sony TV were in a creative standoff with star Hewitt over storylines for a potential third season after the actress, who is an executive producer on the show, had requested that Brian Hallisay, her real-life fiance and father of her baby, also play her character Riley’s baby daddy on the show. I hear the issues eventually became too much for Lifetime and Sony TV, leading to today’s formal cancellation. Helping the decision is the fact that since the end of The Client List‘s second season, Lifetime successfully launched two new series: Devious Maids, which already has been renewed for a second season, and Witches Of East End, which will be. Lifetime also just picked up another season of Drop Dead Diva and has several pilots in production including HR starring Alicia Silverstone.

    "YES, VIRGINIA," TO BE REBROADCAST FRIDAY, DEC. 6

    Neil Patrick Harris, Jennifer Love Hewitt and Alfred Molina are among those set to voice key characters for the half-hour animated Christmas special, YES, VIRGINIA, presented by Macy's, to be rebroadcast Friday, Dec. 6 (8:30-9:00 PM, ET/PT), on the CBS Television Network. (Originally broadcast 12/11/09.)

    YES, VIRGINIA tells the story of 8-year-old Virginia O'Hanlon (Beatrice Miller, "Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs"), a young girl growing up in late 1800s New York City who always loved Christmas, until the playground bully, Charlotte (Julian Franco) tells her and the other children that Santa Claus doesn't exist. Not sure what to believe, Virginia and her friend Ollie (Kieran Patrick Campbell) venture into the streets of New York City to uncover the truth. Along the way, they encounter a Scraggly Santa (Michael Buscemi, "Nurse Jackie") who is trying to raise money for the less fortunate (he admits he's not the real deal, but someone who sort of works for Santa Claus), an over-eager librarian with a shelf full of Christmas books, and interesting advice from Virginia's quirky scientist father (Neil Patrick Harris, "How I Met Your Mother") and understanding mother (Jennifer Love Hewitt, "Ghost Whisperer"). Unable to find the answer, Virginia decides to write a letter to the New York Sun newspaper, knowing that their reputation for reporting the facts is cemented by their motto "If you see it in The Sun, it's so!" Virginia's letter makes its way to the curmudgeonly editor, Francis Church (Alfred Molina, "Frida," "Spider-Man 2"), who feels he has better things to do than respond to a little girl's question. But, with Virginia's determination and a little help from Scraggly Santa, Mr. Church is persuaded to write the answer that became the most famous newspaper editorial of all time: "Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus!"

    Jennifer Love Hewitt Celebrates Her Baby Shower

    Jennifer Love Hewitt may be keeping her baby’s sex a surprise, but that didn’t stop the mom-to-be from celebrating her little one’s pending arrival in style.

    On Saturday, the Client List star and 25 of her closest friends gathered for a gender-neutral baby shower at L.A.’s Hotel Bel Air.

    The baby bash, which was planned by celebrity event planner Mindy Weiss, featured everything from adorable cream-colored baby cupcakes created by Georgetown Cupcakes and old-fashioned milk bottles to a cute display of mini onesies on a clothesline.

    Guests were also able to mix up their own perfumes using oils from Ka-mil-yin‘s scent bar to take home.

    To help maintain the theme, Weiss decorated the indoor ballroom with yellow flowers and complementary black and white pillows and chairs. She even shared a few pre-event photos on her Instagram account.

    Hewitt, who is due in December, glowed in a flowing lemon-colored sleeveless maxi dress with her long brown locks cascading down her shoulders.

    According to a source, the happy 34-year-old smiled throughout the whole party while keeping her hand on her bump. She also got teary-eyed when fiancé Brian Hallisay arrived at the end.

    The soon-to-be first-time mom also opened gifts including neutral-colored books, baby blankets, toys and more from her good pals.

    Jennifer Love Hewitt's Baby Shower--All the Details!

    Time to celebrate!

    Jennifer Love Hewitt kicked off her baby shower Saturday, with family and friends honoring the mom-to-be with a festive fete planned by celebrity planner Mindy Weiss.

    A source tells E! News around 25 women joined Hewitt at a luncheon in an indoor ballroom of the Hotel Bel Air in Los Angeles, with guests bringing in presents wrapped in yellow and green packaging and one guest toting pink and blue balloons.

    In lieu of the typical blue or pink baby shower décor, the party room which was decorated in black, yellow and white, with yellow flowers from Mark's Garden placed on a tree stump and white couches all around the room.

    Hewitt and her fiancé, Brian Hallisay, have decided to wait to find out the sex of their baby, hence the gender-neutral colors for the shower.

    As for what the 34-year-old actress wore to her big bash, our source said Hewitt looked beautiful in a long yellow dress and walked around for a bit, holding hands with friends.

    Before the baby shower began, Weiss placed a few inside shots on Instagram from the baby shower, showing off a scent bar for baby shower guests by Kamilyn, adorable baby-faced cupcakes from Georgetown Cupcakes, and the black, white and yellow themed décor for the evening.

    Halisay, came at the end of the shower, to pick her up.

    The Client List star recently gushed over her excitement about motherhood, telling People, "I've always wanted to be a mom. I had a great relationship with mine. I'm ready to pass on to my child all the great love that my mom had for me."

    The couple is expecting their first child together in December.

    Jennifer Love Hewitt Goes Makeup-Free as Her Baby Bump Continues to Grow

    (Photo) Her due date may only be two months away, but that won't stop Jennifer Love Hewitt from slowing down.

    The pregnant actress stepped out in Beverly Hills, Calif., earlier this week for another round of important errands.

    Wearing a cute gray ensemble with a bright yellow handbag, the 34-year-old couldn't help but show off her growing (and glowing) baby bump.

    That's not all—the Client List star also opted for an au natural look as she hit the neighborhood stores without makeup. Looking good, girl!

    These days, it appears red carpets and glamorous fashions aren't the star's top priority. Instead, it's her growing family.

    With her fiancé, Brian Hallisay, constantly by her side, the expectant mom is savoring every moment as a soon-to-be mom.

    "I'm loving [being pregnant]! It's really been a joy," she recently told People. "I have no complaints. I mean, tired feet and all the stuff you hear about, but nobody needs to hear about that."

    What a positive attitude! We can't wait until December comes around and that lucky baby is born.

    Jennifer Love Hewitt: I Always Wanted to Be a Mom

    Jennifer Love Hewitt is one happy mom-to-be!

    “I’m loving [being pregnant]! It’s really been a joy,” she told PEOPLE at Susan’s Magic Makers benefiting Camp Kesem in Santa Monica, Calif., on Saturday. “I have no complaints. I mean, tired feet and all the stuff you hear about, but nobody needs to hear about that.”

    Hewitt — whose engagement to her Client List costar Brian Hallisay was confirmed by PEOPLE on June 5, the day after her pregnancy was announced — attended the event in support of children affected by a parent’s cancer.

    “I lost my mom a little less than a year and a half ago to cancer. Obviously, I got very lucky that even though I lost my mother, I lost her later in life, but it’s still had a profound effect on me,” the actress, 34, tells PEOPLE. “I’ve always wanted to be a mom. I had a great relationship with mine. I’m ready to pass on to my child all the great love that my mom had for me.”

    Due in December, Hewitt still manages to work out five or six times a week, though her routine has switched to more swimming than weights.

    “It’s making me feel good,” she said about her continued exercise regime. “I’ve been reading all these interesting stats about kids with pregnant moms who work out have all these great benefits, so I’m happy about that.”

    She’s also embracing her body’s changes.

    “I’ve been under scrutiny for 24 years of my life, so it’s been interesting to see how, when you really embrace what it’s about, it’s okay,” Hewitt said. “You just go with it, and it’s great.”

    Though Hewitt and Hallisay have started shopping for their baby, she said they have yet to set anything up yet — or begin planning a wedding.

    “[Being pregnant] is a lot to handle at the moment. Getting out of bed without making a weird, old lady noise is about all I can take right now,” she jokes.

    Oh, Baby! Jennifer Love Hewitt Shows Off Growing Bump During Afternoon Errands

    (Photo) Jennifer Love Hewitt continues to glow…and show!

    The pregnant Client List star continued to enjoy her pregnancy this week during some routine errands in Studio City, Calif.

    Thanks to an all-black outfit composed of sneaker wedges, denim jeans and a loose-fitting blouse, the actress was able to hide part of her growing baby bump while out in the afternoon sun.

    It's quite the difference from her previous looks that included a snug long-sleeve black dress that proudly showed off her future family member.

    To be fair, it was hot in Los Angeles this week. Maybe she's just being a smart mama!

    The 34-year-old, who is expecting her first child with fiancé Brian Hallisay, has been adjusting well to pregnancy.

    In addition to a few new cravings (Mexican food anyone?), the actress is taking her body changes in complete stride.

    "There are surges, there are aches, there are pains, there's swelling—there's all of that stuff. But it's all really beautiful because it's for a purpose," she recently told E! News. "It's something you either embrace or you don't embrace and I've embraced it."

    Jennifer Love Hewitt and Fiance in Photog Scuffle -- Criminal Investigation

    Jennifer Love Hewitt and fiance Brian Hallisay were involved in a pasta-fueled confrontation with a photog Friday night ... and cops have launched a criminal investigation.

    JLH and Brian were leaving the always-delicious Toscana restaurant in Brentwood when a pesky paparazzo prepared to snap some pics. We're told the couple asked the photog to lay off, but he ignored them and started snapping away.

    Halisay then allegedly got into it with the cameraman, and during the scuffle the photog claims the camera hit him in the face -- near his eye.

    Apparently Jen -- who is pregnant -- felt so bad she let the photog snap a few more pics ... and then she and Halisay left.

    Unlike Toscana's rigatoni, the confrontation didn't go down well with the photog, because law enforcement sources tell us he went to the cop shop a few hours later and filed a battery report against Halisay. Our sources say when he came to the station there was no visible injury to his face or eye.

    The investigation is ongoing.

    Diaper training time

    A very pregnant Jennifer Love Hewitt recently had baby practice with her 3-month-old niece, “changing quite a bit of diapers.” “It’s more difficult than people think it is when they’re squirming around and you’re trying to get everything clean,” she told us at a Pampers event at Grand Central. “I haven’t changed a really bad diaper yet. We’ll see what happens.” The actress, who’s reportedly due in November, says she and her fiancé and “Client List” co-star Brian Hallisay are just “enjoying each other before becoming parents,” and, “We could have a couple of kids,” adding, “We’ll get this one out first.”

    Jennifer Love Hewitt postpones wedding to lose baby weight

    Jennifer Love Hewitt's wedding to "The Client List" co-star Brian Hallisay is on hold until after the bride-to-be gets rid of her extra baby weight.

    "We're going to wait," Hewitt tells People. "I'm going to get down and be cute again and then we'll be ready to go."

    Hewitt and Hallisay are expecting their first child in December, and the actress says she's trying to stay fit throughout her pregnancy.

    "I've actually worked out more pregnant than when I wasn't," she says. "I've been working out about five to six days a week ... I do a lot of swimming, palates, yoga -- all good stuff for baby and for me. It gets difficult the bigger you get because it's more uncomfortable, but it's important."

    Hallisay popped the question to Hewitt in June, around the end of her first trimester. And the couple are in no rush to find out the sex of their firstborn. "Meeting the baby is what I'm most excited about," Hewitt says.

    Jennifer Love Hewitt Shows Off Nail Art-See the Pics!

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    Even with a bun in the oven, Jennifer Love Hewitt is taking time to pamper herself and indulge in some quality girl time over the weekend.

    On Saturday, The Client List star stopped into Chi Nail Bar & Organic Spa in Beverly Hills with two gal pals and treated herself to a flirty gel manicure with whimsical designs on each nail.

    Manicurist Jennifer Logan tells us exclusively that the actress took inspiration from Logan's own manicure and wanted an identical design.

    The 3-D manicure featured a crystal pink bow, a rose applique, a heart, stripes, zigzags, polka dots, swirls and more.

    So fun!

    She tastefully selected a pale nude nail color (Presto #61) as a base, and had the designs painted in white for a classy, sophisticated look.

    While the brunette beauty has yet to reveal whether she's having a boy or girl, her feminine nail art may just be a hint of what's to come!

    What do you think of J.Love's pretty manicure?

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