12 New Shows That Deserve Emmy Consideration This Year

Emmy nominations are announced tomorrow, and there's plenty of wide-open categories. Many nominees from last year aren't eligible this year for various reasons. This means that some shows not nominated last year will get nods this time around. It also means that there's plenty of room for new shows to break in. Below are some of the new shows that most deserve consideration for nominations this year.

Dead To Me:
It's one of Netflix's newest shows, but the dark comedy Dead To Me made quite a splash when it debuted in May. The show, which stars TV veterans Linda Cardellini and Christina Applegate, isn't like any other contender in the comedy category this year. It's much darker and twistier than anything else. The two leading performances are some of the best on TV this year, helping to make an already-intriguing story even better with their stellar chemistry.
Consider in the Following Categories: Comedy Lead Actress (Linda Cardellini; Christina Applegate)

Dirty John:
It was definitely over-the-top at times, but Bravo's Dirty John was also one of my favorite new shows of the past years. It was addicting, enthralling television that drew me in from the very first moment. That's because it featured many extremely talented performers, with Connie Britton's lead performance being the best of a great crop. Supporting performances by both Jean Smart and Julia Garner (whose work in the finale of the show is the highlight of the series for me) are also notably pretty great, and both deserve consideration. With lesser performers, this show could have been a complete and total mess. But with the right casting, it was truly marvelous.
Consider in the Following Categories: Limited Series; Limited Series/TV Movie Lead Actress (Connie Britton); Limited Series/TV Movie Supporting Actress (Jean Smart; Julia Garner)

Disenchantment took some time to find its footing, but once it did, it was a very fun time from then on. Matt Groening's medieval-set cartoon isn't like his previous creations, or any other animated series. That's what makes it so good. It's refreshing to see something different on TV, and that's exactly what this is. The animation is both simplistic and beautiful at the same time, with vivid colors that make the show pleasing to the eyes as well.
Consider in the Following Categories: Animated Program; Voice-Over Performance (Abbi Jacobson)

The Kids Are Alright:
The performance of this show's leading lady, Mary McCormack, does deserve a look in the lead actress race. McCormack, a TV veteran that also had a memorable guest spot on Will & Grace this season, delivered a hilarious, superb, and sometimes even moving performance as an Irish Catholic mom raising 8 kids in the 1970s. While the rest of the cast was superb, McCormack was always a standout.
Consider in the Following Categories: Comedy Lead Actress (Mary McCormack)

The Kominsky Method:
I generally enjoy Chuck Lorre's works, but The Kominsky Method is something special. It's easily one of his better works, with sharp, funny writing that makes you think about life and the human condition. Spectacular acting is all around in this series, with lead actor Michael Douglas bringing his charm to a character that should be utterly charmless, and Alan Arkin gave a performance both deeply moving and deeply funny. Every guest star was perfect, but spots by Danny DeVito and Ann-Margret are the best of the crop, both worth nods for sure.
Consider in the Following Categories: Comedy Series; Comedy Lead Actor (Michael Douglas); Comedy Supporting Actor (Alan Arkin); Comedy Guest Actor (Danny DeVito; Elliott Gould); Comedy Guest Actress (Ann-Margret)

Live In Front of a Studio Audience:
This isn't necessarily a new "show" but it is a new TV special eligible for the Emmys this year, and it deserves them. Like most, I was skeptical of this when it was first announced. All in the Family and The Jeffersons are both iconic shows, and putting new actors into those roles could have ended catastrophically. It didn't though. Quite the opposite, actually. While nobody can touch the original actors, this was about as good of a cast as you could possibly ask for. Marisa Tomei is the true standout here, showing off her comedic chops as Edith Bunker.  Even when the story didn't demand her character to be the center of attention, I couldn't take my eyes off of her, and she stole the show. Wanda Sykes also put in an expectedly top-notch performance as Louise Jefferson in the both halves of the special, and a surprise appearance by Marla Gibbs (reprising her original role in The Jeffersons) may have been the best casting move of all. This is an experiment worth trying again, and one worth considering at the Emmys.
Consider in the Following Categories: Live Variety Special; Limited Series/TV Movie Lead Actress (Marisa Tomei; Wanda Skyes); Limited Series/TV Movie Supporting Actress (Marla Gibbs)

Making It:
The rare reality show to break into this list, Making It was one of my favorite shows of 2018 for a very simple reason: it's the finest example of escapism TV that you can find. Even though it is a competition, it never featured the drama of many other competition shows. It was always just a fun experience where showcasing beautiful crafting was the main goal. Hosts Amy Poehler and Nick Offerman, always there to provide jokes and lighten up any situation, had a big hand in creating that atmosphere. The reunited co-stars from Parks and Rec certainly deserve consideration for their work on the series.
Consider in the Following Categories: Competition Program; Host for a Reality or Competition Program (Amy Poehler & Nick Offerman)

The Masked Singer:
The breakout hit of the 2018-19 season (and the 2020 Super Bowl lead-out program), The Masked Singer, deserves major consideration at the Emmys in the technical categories, particularly for its magical costumes. While the show itself is a fun and weirdly intriguing, the costumes are the main draw and the team behind those costumes deserve to be recognized for their work for sure.
Consider in the Following Categories: Costumes for a Variety, Non-Fiction or Reality Program

The Other Two:
It might not have gotten the coverage in the press that most other shows on this list got, but The Other Two deserves equal attention. Every member of show's main cast is great, and the writing is super and witty. All of the characters feel are well-developed, each getting enough attention to actually give them time to grow on you. The actors all do their part to make these often-wacky characters feel like real humans and not just caricatures. Supporting actress Molly Shannon delivers some of the best work of her career in the season's penultimate episode, titled Chase Drops His First Album, where her character reveals a long-kept secret in perhaps the funniest way imaginable. The entire episode is comedic genius and deserves all the awards attention possible.
Consider in the Following Categories: Comedy Lead Actor (Drew Tarver); Comedy Lead Actress (Heléne Yorke); Comedy Supporting Actress (Molly Shannon); Comedy Supporting Actor (Ken Marino); Writing for a Comedy Series (Chase Drops His First Album)

If there's one show that first popped in my mind when I first decided to write this article, it was Pose. FX's groundbreaking, dazzling drama about the 1980s New York ball scene features the largest LGBTQ+ cast on television. I wasn't familiar with the work of most of the cast, so I didn't know what to expect going into the show, and every single person in the cast surprised me, in the best way possible. Pose is TV at its finest, and it deserves to be considered for every Emmy possible.
Consider in the Following Categories: Drama Series; Drama Lead Actor (Billy Porter); Drama Lead Actress (Mj Rodriguez); Drama Supporting Actress (Indya Moore); Drama Guest Actress (Sandra Bernhard); Writing for a Drama Series (Mother of the Year)

Sharp Objects:
Sharp Objects is a slow burn, but once it gets going, it becomes extremely intriguing and addicting TV. You want to just keep watching it until you learn every secret possible about the town and charactrers at the center of the show's mystery. Amy Adams is brilliant as a troubled reporter who returns home to her (spoiler alert!) extremely messed-up family. Patricia Clarkson steals the whole show as the mother of Adams' character, a role that should certainly win her the Emmy, not just get her considered for one. Newcomer Eliza Scanlen also shines in her role, and based on her performance in Sharp Objects, she's definitely one to watch out for.
Consider in the Following Categories: Limited Series; Limited Series/TV Movie Lead Actress (Amy Adams); Limited Series/TV Movie Suporting Actress (Patricia Clarkson; Eliza Scanlen)

What We Do In The Shadows:
I'll be honest, when this show first premiered, I wasn't a huge fan. It took a few episodes to find it's footing, certainly. And that is absolutely fine, because just a few episodes in, it was one of the most original and captivating new comedies I've seen in years. It's not really like anything else on TV, which makes it a real treasure. I would point to its cast as the main reason why the show works so well. While the writers did an excellent job (particularly in the second half of the season), the actors were able to make the off-the-wall humor work so very well all season. These are characters that are so intriguing that it would be interesting to watch them do just about anything, and the actors deserve some recognition for that. By far the show's best episode is The Trial, a clever and hilariously-written episode featuring some surprising and brilliant guest appearances. It's one of the best comedy episodes of 2019 and deserves some consideration in the writing category.
Consider in the Following Categories: Comedy Lead Actor (Kayvan Novak); Comedy Lead Actress (Natasia Demetriou); Comedy Guest Actress (Tilda Swinton); Writing for a Comedy Series (The Trial)

What new shows would you like to see recognized at the Emmys this year? Let me know in the comments and make sure to vote in the poll below!

Marietta Season 1 Episode 20 - Suite: Trudy Blue Eyes

 Marietta Season 1, Episode 20
Suite: Trudy Blue Eyes

Two days later…
Patty Lynn: My god, we’ve been here forever! How are the streets still flooded?
Marietta: It’s not that bad, mom!
Tammy: Marietta, I feel like I’m an inmate at Rikers!
Eliza: This is way worse than Rikers!
Milton: Yeah, Rikers isn’t this crowded!
Eliza: And it smells better.
Milton: And the temperature is lower there.
Patty Lynn: Enough! I get it, the home I opened up to all of you isn’t good enough for you.
Tammy: No, I never said that! It just feels like we’re locked in a prison and we don’t have ay form of entertainment or way of staying cool. And the food is… not good.
Patty Lynn: You don’t like my food?
Tammy: It’s not that. It’s that we have to eat everything at room temperature. It was fine when we had canned soups considering it’s about as hot as a microwave powered on high in here, but we’re down to slimy turkey slices and TV dinners that thawed out days ago. There isn’t much to each, and whatever is still around isn’t edible anymore.
Patty Lynn: What a solid explanation.
Meanwhile, Marietta is upstairs with Milton and Eliza, practicing for her debate.
Marietta: Why do we need to do this? There’s no way the debate’s gonna be held in three days like they’re planning.
Milton: The election is in a few weeks and there hasn’t been a single debate. They aren’t cancelling this one. And stop whining, you sound like a teenager.
Marietta: I do not!
Milton: Do too!
Marietta: Do not!
Eliza: What am I witnessing right now?
Milton: We do this all the time. It’s normal.
Eliza: Maybe it is for two twelve year-olds.
Milton: That was just uncalled for.
Eliza: I think I’m going downstairs to make Tammy perform some of this community service.
Milton: You don’t like debate prep?
Eliza: No!
Marietta: See Milton! Nobody likes it! How about I just wing it?
Milton: Remember the last time you just winged it at a debate? You called Betty Benoit a cold-hearted snake and everyone called you Paula Abdul for a month. But at least that cleared up in time for everyone to start calling you Keg Stand Mary.
Marietta: Fine. Whatever. We’ll do it.
The next day…
Patty Lynn: Marietta, can you get the door? I have no idea who it could possibly be given that this city is still a mess, but maybe it’s one of our neighbors. Or better yet, the electric company coming to save us.
Marietta: It certainly isn’t the electric company, but I’ll get it anyway.
Marietta opens the door.
Marietta: Dad!
Four days earlier…
Martin: Hey, uh, Trudy. Name’s Martin! Could you help me find something really quickly? I need to pick up my daughter quickly before the storm hits.
Trudy, a Walmart employee: Sure sir, what do you need?
Martin: I have a list.
Trudy: Oh. Well at least you’re prepared.
Martin: I am always prepared when I come to the store. Especially when I’m in a hurry. Now, I know where most of this stuff is, but I’m not sure where this is.
Trudy: Chef Boyardee Beefaroni?
Martin: Yep, my wife wants it. We’re having guests over to ride out the hurricane with us. She said they’d like it so here I am.
Trudy: Alright, it’s in aisle 6. I can take you there if you need.
Martin: Nah, that’s alright. Thanks for the help.
Twenty minutes later…
Trudy: Back again so soon?
Martin: I’m here to check out this time. My list helped.
Trudy: Alright, let’s get you checked out so you can pick your daughter up!
Martin: You have a great memory!
Trudy: I have won awards for it!
Martin: Really?
Trudy: No, that was a joke.
Martin: Oh, should’ve known that.
Trudy: Anyway, here’s all of your stuff. That’ll be -
Martin: Here ya go, I’m putting it all on the credit card. I don’t really want to know how much I’m spending on all of this stuff. All I know is that it’s too much. 
A man, his wide, and their daughter come running into the store.
Man: The hurricane is in full effect out there. We barely made it in alive.
Martin: Oh no! Now Marietta’s stuck at home!
Trudy: I’m sorry, Martin.
Man: It’s really bad, nobody should leave right now. It might be the last thing you do.
Martin: I’m trapped? Oh no, Patty Lynn is going to be so mad when I get home.
Trudy: Is that your wife?
Martin: Yep. We’ve been married almost 60 years. 60 years of bliss, as long as I don’t do anything to annoy her.
Trudy: And you often do you do that?
Martin: I try not to ever do it. But in reality, I do it about six or seven times a day.
Trudy: That sounds like my mother.
Martin: Oh, you live at home?
Trudy: Not exactly. My mom wasn’t in good health for awhile, so she moved in with me. And now that she’s better, she’s gotten so used to living with me that she didn’t want to move out. Good thing too, since I’m stuck here for at least a few days and she’s the only one that can take care of my dog.
Martin: I feel the same way about my son Milton. I’d probably by hyperventilating right now if he wasn’t at my house right now. I don’t know if Patty Lynn could stand to be on her own for god knows how long.
Man: Hey, where’s the clothing section? We’re soaked and need something to wear. I don’t have enough money to buy everything right now, but we’re good for the money.
Martin: No, don’t worry about it. It’s on me.
Man: Wow, thank you so much. This feels like as good of a time as any to introduce myself. I’m Mark, and this is my wife Maria and our daughter Danielle.
Martin: I’m Martin. You might k-
Mark: Oh, I know who you are. You were the governor!
Trudy: Oh my god, you were?
Martin: I was indeed. And my son is the mayor! And my daughter Marietta is gonna be the next mayor!
Mark: I have her yard sign!
Martin: Thank you for the support! And for legal reasons, we need to note that I offered to buy you the clothes before we brought up politics and that they aren’t a bribe.
Mark: Okay.
Martin: I’m serious. I need you to know that for certain because I don’t need to go to prison for campaign finance violations.
Trudy: Anyhow, the clothing is at the back of the store. I can take you there if you’d like.
Mark That’d be great!
Trudy: Martin, you come, too. I want to show you the camping equipment. I think you’ll want to use that tonight so you have a place to sleep.
Martin: Alright, thanks.
Thirty minutes later…
Trudy: Alright Martin, it looks like we only have five tents left in the entire store. And there’s about 30 people here. All of them sleep five people. It looks like everyone in the store is gonna have to share and pack really tight into these suckers. Since we’re apparently the first ones here, we get one for sure. Do you want to share one with me?
Martin: Of course! You and Mark are the only people here I’m at all familiar with. Should we ask him and his family to share with us as well.
Trudy: That was my thought. They’re probably still in the bathroom changing. My shift is technically over now, so I’m gonna go get them, clock out, and then return here and join you. You can get started on putting the tent together. We’ll pick up some sleeping bags on our way back.
Martin: Sounds like a plan!
Trudy: Alright, great! Y’know, of all the strangers to get stuck in a store with, you’re probably the best one.
Martin: Aww.
That night…
Trudy: Aww man, my cell service went out. I was gonna call mom.
Maria: At least your phone still has power. Danielle wasted my battery playing Candy Crush and now I have nothing.
Mark: You can use my phone.
Danielle: Ooh, I want it! I want to play more Candy Crush!
Mark: No! It’s past your bedtime little lady, you head on into your sleeping bag and get some shuteye.
Danielle: Why don’t you guys need to go to bed now?
Mark: Because we’re adults, we can pick our own bedtimes.
Just then, the lights go out in the store.
Manager (over the intercom): Folks, I can assure you that we are not experiencing a power outage. We are just turning out the lights to accommodate those trying to rest. Those that are not resting may use the lanterns found at your camp sites.
Martin: Where’s our lantern? I was in the middle of reading.
Trudy: Right here, Martin. I’ll power it on.
Danielle: What was that about adults choosing your bedtimes?
Mark: Bed. Now.
Danielle: Oh, alright.
Trudy: So, what are you reading Martin?
Martin: The new Howard Stern book.
Trudy: I never took you for a big Howard Stern fan. You seemed like more of an Oprah kinda guy.
Martin: I am. But I could only find a few books since I was in a hurry. It was either this or Judge Jeanine’s book. I took my chances.
Maria: I found a few other books that I grabbed. I have one by some lady named Marianne Williamson and also a Diary of a Wimpy Kid book.
Martin: I will respectfully pass on those. But thanks for the offer.
Maria: You’re welcome. Me and Mark are gonna head over to the ice cream aisle to grab a late night snack. Wanna join us?
Martin: Thank, but I’m going to pass on that. I think I’m heading to bed. It’s been a long day.
Maria: Oh that’s fine. See ya tomorrow Martin.
The next morning…
Mark: Martin! Wake up!
Martin: What’s going on?
Mark: The roof is leaking on our tent! Help us move it before our stuff gets ruined.
Martin: Okay everyone. Throw everything in the tent so we can get this done quickly.
Trudy: Are you sure that’s the best strategy? Wouldn’t it be better for me and Maria to just carry the stuff while you guys carry the tent?
Martin: Yeah, I guess. We just better hurry before the roof caves in because it just might.
Mark: Alright, let’s do this.
While moving the tent, Martin slips and falls to the ground.
Trudy: Martin! Are you okay?
Martin: I’m fine, I really am. Don’t worry.
Trudy: Alright, just be careful. You landed really hard on your arm and it might be broken.
Martin: Trust me, I’m okay.
The next morning…
Martin: Trudy, where is the Advil in this store? My arm is killing me.
Trudy: I wish you would have listened yesterday, your arm looks terrible today.
Martin: I know, I know. No sense in dwelling on it now,, I guess. I think I’m just going to rest in the tent today, though. It doesn’t look like we’re getting out of here today anyway.
Trudy: Yeah, you just stay here. I’ll go get you some Advil. And some ice.
Maria: I think I’m gonna go with you. I’m in the mood for some ice cream.
Trudy: When aren’t you?
Maria: I’m always in the mood for ice cream.
Trudy: Okay, let’s head on out.
Maria: Danielle, you let Martin rest, you hear?
Danielle: I will!
Maria: Mark, keep an eye on her.
Mark: I’m planning on it, Maria.
Maria: You better, Mark.
Two hours later…
Mark: Where could they be?
Martin: Maybe they got lost?
Mark: Trudy works here. I sure hope she isn’t lost.
Martin: I just hope she gets here soon, my arm is throbbing and I need some relief.
Mark: I have some ice in the cooler. It’s probably half-melted by now, but do you want some?
Martin: Do you have a bag for it?
Mark: Yeah. 
Martin: Then I’ll gladly take some.
Mark: Here you go. Now, I think I should go take Danielle to the toy section. She’s bored and I told her she could pick out a new toy and she won’t stop talking about “Forky”, whatever the hell that is.
Martin: That’s a character from Toy Story 4.
Mark: How did you know that? Did you go see it with your grandchildren?
Martin: No, my daughter wanted to go see it.
Mark: Oh, how old is your daughter?
Martin: 55.
Mark: Oh, okay.
Trudy: Martin! I’m so sorry!
Martin: Don’t be sorry. I’m just so glad to see you.
Trudy: Maria and I were waiting like twenty minutes over at the frozen section and the pharmacy is flooded so it took me forever to find a bottle of Advil for you. But I got one.
Martin: Oh thank god. I was about ready to amputate.
Trudy: I’m glad it didn’t come to that.
Just then, Martin hears a familiar voice call his name.
Martin: Oh my god, is that…?
Trudy: Betty Benoit!
Betty: Martin Landfield! What are you doing here?
Martin: I got stuck here before the hurricane. Why are you here?
Betty: I was doing an interview for the news just outside. The very rude man on the news told me to take cover and this was the closest place I could find. And really Martin, I don’t think you needed ton camp out at a Walmart just to avoid spending time with your daughter. Though I do sympathize with you.
Martin: Wow, you really are as awful as my wife and daughter say you are. Geez.
Betty: Don’t hate me because I’m winning, Martin.
Martin: Winning? You’re drenched, stuck inside a Walmart just like the rest of us common folk, all because you wanted to prove that you care by standing out in the rain during a hurricane. If that’s winning, I don’t want to win.
Betty: Well, this conversation has been delightfully awful. But I really have to get going.
Trudy: What, do you need to feed your flying monkeys?
Betty: No. My chief of staff has been de-thawing a Lean Cuisine for the past few hours and it’s almost ready to eat! I can’t miss that. See ya.
Martin: Stay winning, Betty.
Two days later…
Trudy: Guys! It’s time!
Martin: Time for what? Bingo?
Trudy: No, time for us to all go home!
Martin: Oh thank god. I don’t think I could stand to eat another peanut butter and jelly sandwich.
Trudy: Well you won’t have to now! Let’s all get going.
Martin: Aww, I’m really gonna miss you guys. You were all so nice.
Trudy: I’ll miss you guys, too. But we can still see each other. Here, this is my number.
Martin: Thanks. Here’s mine.
Mark: I feel left out. So here’s mine, too.
Martin: Here ya go Mark, I don’t want to leave you out.
Maria: Could someone give us a ride. I think I dropped my keys when we were running into the store.
Trudy: Sure, I can drop you off. I think my car should be nice and dry. I parked on the parking deck a few blocks down.
Martin: Well, good luck getting home guys. I’ll talk to you later.
Five minutes later…
Martin: Hey Trudy!
Trudy: What’s up, Martin?
Martin: My car isn’t starting! Can you give me a ride home?
Trudy: Sure, what’s one more?
Four hours later…
Trudy: Well Martin, you’re finally home.
Martin: I can’t believe it took four hours to drive what usually takes me twenty minutes.
Mark: A hurricane will do that, Martin.
Martin: Mark! I didn’t realize you were even here yet. I thought she dropped you guys off.
Mark: That’s because you fell asleep about a half hour into the drive.
Martin: I’m 75 years old I’ve been sleeping in a sleeping bag on the floor of a Walmart for the past four days. The second I sat down on something even somewhat soft and comfortable, I was out like a light. Can’t blame me for that.
Mark: No, I can’t. Especially since Maria has also been sleeping for most of the drive.
Martin: Anyway, I better get going. It’s been nice, guys. And thank you so much Trudy, for everything.
Trudy: It was my pleasure. Now get back to your family.
Martin knocks on the door and Marietta answers it.
Marietta: Dad!
Martin’s flashback ends.
Martin: So that’s where I’ve been the last few days.
Marietta: You realize you’re gonna have to tell mom that whole story all over again, right?
Martin: Where is your mother?
Marietta: She’s in the dinner making something to eat out of nothing.
Martin: I better go let her know I’m alive. I’m sure she’s been freaking out for the past few days.
Marietta: Oh, she has. Trust me. Oh, and dad.
Martin: Yeah?
Marietta: Welcome home.

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Sunday TV Ratings 7/14/19: Pyramid Beats Celebrity Family Feud, Big Brother Steady from Last Week & Wins the Night

Final numbers to come.
18-49 Ratings
Viewers (mil)
7 PMAmerica's Funniest Home Videos (R)0.5/33.72ABC

60 Minutes (R)0.5/36.23CBS

America's Got Talent (R)0.5/32.77NBC

Last Man Standing (R)0.2/10.90Fox
7:30 PMLast Man Standing (R)0.2/11.05Fox
8 PMBig Brother1.0/54.29CBS

Celebrity Family Feud0.7/44.98ABC

The Simpsons (R)0.4/21.13Fox

Burden of Truth0.1/00.51The CW
8:30 PMBob's Burgers (R)0.4/31.10Fox
9 PMThe $100,000 Pyramid0.8/45.01ABC

Bring The Funny (R)0.5/32.25NBC

Family Guy (R)0.5/31.14Fox


The 100 (R)0.1/00.25The CW
9:30 PMWhat Just Happened??!0.3/20.74Fox
10 PMTo Tell The Truth0.7/44.10ABC

New Amsterdam (R)0.3/21.44NBC

The Good Fight (R)0.2/13.08CBS

Network - Episode 2.17 - California Dreaming

2x17 - “California Dreaming”

Written By:

Jessica Boggs



Holly motions Charlie over to the luggage area. 

Your Birkins, Charlie?

Coming up, ready and loaded. 

Charlie then grabs her expensive luggage, one suitcase bag on each hand. 

Jack and Noah then stare blankly at Charlie. 

Who can afford $60,000 luggage bags in this economy?

Beats me. 

Kasey, clenching her almost nine month pregnant belly, turns towards Noah and Jack. 

It’s okay. She’s got the money. I couldn’t afford the stuff she has anyway. 



Jack and Noah walk through the hallway when they spot Mike. 

Mike stops, turns around, and faces the boys. 

Noah, with a confused look, looks at Mike. 

Well, well. What are you doing here? 

I’m meeting with the network president in LA. 

Couldn’t you have found headquarters on the other side of the country?

Don’t you know that the network executives have traveled to LA to hear our pitches? They’ll love mine!

I wouldn’t be so sure of yourself, Mike. I was behind the network president and his wife on the plane. 

Mike crosses his arms. 

I sat with the woman who also says she is the network president. Not sure I believe you right now. 

All of a sudden, Charlie enters the hallway. 

Jack, Noah, and Mike turn to face her. 

Speak for yourself. Ash and I are co-presidents. 

Jack’s jaw drops to the floor as he faces Charlie. 


Ash, Leah, Kasey, Jesse, Matt, and Holly gather around the hotel bar for drinks. 

Ash orders drinks for everyone, double-checking with Kasey. 

Non-alcoholic beverage, Ash. I’m pregnant, remember? I could go into labor at any moment in time. 

Holly turns to look at Kasey. 

At least be glad you get the chance to enjoy pregnancy. I never got the chance to carry my baby to term. 

Wow Holly. Salty much?

I’m not trying to be salty. What we have in common was that we dated the same man. I dated Jesse before you and even got pregnant by him. 

Jesse stands up suddenly while Ash and Leah turn towards him. He faces Holly in a flood of embarrassment. 

Do you really have to bring all that up? I thought we were past all this drama. 

Memory lane. 

Holly, I wish I would have known all of this. 

Jesse shrugs. 

Continue on. 

Ash turns to Leah in disbelief. 

Jesse sits down. 

Now, if I’ve learned anything through our relationship is that we should have developed ourselves through trust, loyalty, and respect. 

Leah claps her hands. 

Amen to that! 

Oh no. I think I know what this means. 

It wasn’t healthy for any of us. But it allowed us to grow up after we broke up. I see that Jesse is a better person now. 

Jesse puts his head down. 

You’re right. He is. But we still have a long way to go. Relationships are supposed to have conflict in between. 

Matt, sips his drink and turns to Holly.

And Charlie had to get in the middle of the drama between you and Leah. 

Oh yeah, Charlie. I noticed she’s mellowed out some. But she does have the craziest taste in bags and fashion. 

Mellowed out? She still carries around that baseball bat when she wants to start s***. 

Charlie, Mike, Jack, and Noah enter the scene. 

I heard these guys’ pitches! 

Everyone in the bar turns around. 

Okay, let’s hear them. Then, we can enjoy ourselves and get back to New York. 

Jack winks at Noah. Mike shrugs confidently.

Here goes nothing. 

Ash then attentively listens as the rest of the gang gets their phones. 

NETWORK is written and executive produced by Jessica Boggs and production is overseen by TVRG Originals and Boggs Productions.

NETWORK is one of The TV Ratings Guide's first ORIGINAL SERIES, an exclusive feature of  The TV Ratings Guide.