Stars on screen

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - YOUR TV TIMES - By An­drew War­ren TV Me­dia

Dark meets light: Hold on tight, the sec­ond-gen­er­a­tion bad­dies are back, and this time we get to dive straight into their do­main. “De­scen­dants 2,” the se­quel to 2015’s live-ac­tion TV film, pre­mieres across Dis­ney-owned net­works (ABC, Freeform, Life­time, Dis­ney XD and Dis­ney Chan­nel) Fri­day, July 21.

The se­quel picks up a few years af­ter the events of “De­scen­dants.” Dove Cameron (“Liv and Mad­die”), Cameron Boyce (“Jessie”), Sofia Car­son (“Ad­ven­tures in Babysit­ting,” 2016) and Boo­boo Ste­wart (“X-Men: Days of Fu­ture Past,” 2014) re­turn as the off­spring of some of Dis­ney’s most no­to­ri­ous fairy-tale vil­lains. Now liv­ing notso-vil­lain­ous lives in the mag­i­cal king­dom of Au­radon, Malef­i­cent’s daugh­ter, Mal (Cameron), be­comes over­whelmed by her new life and flees to the is­land prison where the world’s vil­lains are held.

When Mal’s friends re­turn to the Isle of the Lost to find her, they dis­cover that the so­cial or­der there has gone all topsy-turvy, and that they must nav­i­gate this new hi­er­ar­chy if they’re to have any hope of get­ting Mal back.

Nat­u­rally, adding new char­ac­ters also means adding new ac­tors, and like its pre­de­ces­sor, “De­scen­dants 2” has rounded up some of the finest young tal­ent avail­able. “A.N.T. Farm” star China Anne McClain plays Uma, Ur­sula’s daugh­ter who now rules the is­land along­side Cap­tain Hook’s son, Harry (Thomas Do­herty, “The Lodge”) and Gas­ton’s kid, Gil (Dy­lan Play­fair, “Some Assem­bly Re­quired”).

Mitchell Hope (“Yes Mum,” 2012) also re­turns as Au­radon’s King Ben, along with Dianne Doan (“Vik­ings”), Dan Payne (“Good Witch”) and Me­lanie Pax­son (“Happy Fam­ily”).

The vil­lains-turned-heroes are back, and they land on screens Fri­day, July 21.

Cast­ing shake-down: ABC’s ter­ror­ism drama is los­ing a few of its stars, but whether it’s four or five fa­mil­iar faces that won’t be seen on­screen next sea­son is open to in­ter­pre­ta­tion.

Pro­duc­tion on the third sea­son of “Quan­tico” has be­gun, but sec­ond­sea­son rat­ings didn’t live up to the high bar set by the first, which has led to a bit of a cast shakeup. Four se­ries reg­u­lars, in­clud­ing Yas­mine Al Massri (“Cross­bones”), have left the show’s ros­ter. Al Massri’s role was unique in that she played iden­ti­cal twins Nimah and Raina Amin, so while only four ac­tors are gone from the cast, that’s five char­ac­ters who will no longer be around.

Also on the way out are Rus­sell Tovey (“Look­ing”), Aun­janue El­lis (“The Men­tal­ist”) and Pearl Thusi (“Tre­mors 5: Blood­lines,” 2015). Of course, a re­moval from the list of se­ries reg­u­lars doesn’t pre­clude any of the standup ac­tors from pop­ping on screen for cameos in the fu­ture.

Luck­ily for fans, “Quan­tico’s” star Priyanka Cho­pra (“Bay­watch,” 2017) will be back in the role that made the al­ready-fa­mous Bol­ly­wood star into a Hol­ly­wood hit. In the show’s first sea­son, she played promis­ing FBI re­cruit Alex Par­rish, who was the prime sus­pect of a mas­sive ter­ror­ist at­tack on New York’s Grand Cen­tral Ter­mi­nal. Af­ter be­ing cleared of any wrong­do­ing, she went deep un­der­cover in the sec­ond sea­son to try to ex­pose a trea­sonous fac­tion within the CIA.

Jo­hanna Braddy (“Un­REAL”) and Jake McLaugh­lin (“Be­lieve”) are also con­firmed to be re­turn­ing along­side Cho­pra when “Quan­tico” re­turns for its third sea­son some­time in the 2017-18 TV sea­son, on ABC.

‘Mind’ over can­cel­la­tions: “Crim­i­nal Minds’” sec­ond spinoff may have met with the same un­for­tu­nate fate as its first, but that doesn’t mean ev­ery­thing about it is be­ing shut down. “Crim­i­nal Minds: Be­yond Bor­ders” was can­celed in May af­ter two sea­sons of poor re­views and not-so-great rat­ings, but one of its stars has joined the par­ent show.

Daniel Hen­ney will be a se­ries reg­u­lar when “Crim­i­nal Minds” re­turns to CBS for a 13th sea­son Wed­nes­day, Sept. 27, con­tin­u­ing his “Be­yond Bor­ders” role as Spe­cial Agent Matt Sim­mons.

Hen­ney, who’s starred in Hol­ly­wood block­busters “X-Men Ori­gins: Wolver­ine” (2009) and “Big Hero 6” (2014), joins se­ries stars Joe Man­tegna (“The God­fa­ther: Part III,” 1990), Matthew Gray Gubler (“500 Days of Sum­mer,” 2009), Paget Brew­ster (“Com­mu­nity”), A.J. Cook (“Fi­nal Des­ti­na­tion 2,” 2013), Aisha Tyler (“Whose Line Is It Any­way?”), Adam Ro­driguez (“CSI: Mi­ami”) and Kirsten Vangsness (“Shelf Life”).

For the past 12 sea­sons, “Crim­i­nal Minds” has fol­lowed a group of pro­fil­ers with the FBI’s Be­hav­ioral Anal­y­sis Unit, which uses be­hav­ior pro­fil­ing to iden­tify and catch crim­i­nals. Its first spinoff, “Crim­i­nal Minds: Sus­pect Be­hav­ior” pre­miered in 2011 and was ac­tu­ally can­celed due to low rat­ings be­fore the en­tire sea­son had even aired. “Crim­i­nal Minds: Be­yond Bor­ders” man­aged two sea­sons be­fore meet­ing the same ig­no­ble fate.

Its spinoffs may not have met with suc­cess, but with 12 sea­sons be­hind it and a 13th one in pro­duc­tion, “Crim­i­nal Minds” clearly has a win­ning for­mula that au­di­ences love. The new sea­son with Daniel Hen­ney pre­mieres Sept. 27, on CBS.

Thomas Do­herty, China Anne McClain and Dy­lan Play­fair as seen in “De­scen­dants 2”

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