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By Fred Schruers

After talking a bit with the buoyant and witty Jenny Lumet, co-creator of the upcoming Clarice, you'd hardly call her a malcontent. But she does issue the occasional warning: "I'm the feminist chick you want to sit next to at dinner—just not for too long."

That said, her brand of spiky energy can prove very useful. When writer-director Alex Kurtzman brought her on to collaborate with him on the 2017 Tom Cruise–starring iteration of The Mummy, her take was to make the key villain female. Through a rocky ride of later revisions and a shaky reception, the gender change survived as a smart call.

A stark black and white portrait of Clarice showrunner and producer Jenny Lumet

Clarice showrunner and producer Jenny Lumet.

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Et voilà, here comes another feminist chick ready to do battle—for much higher, if fictional, stakes. Lumet (also executive producer on Star Trek: Discovery) and Kurtzman have a project they dreamed up in the service of a shared passion—the saga of fledgling FBI investigator Clarice Starling , as chronicled in the bestselling novels of Thomas Harris and brought memorably to the big screen by Jonathan Demme in The Silence of the Lambs.

The series will zoom in on Clarice's life a few months after the events of the film. As much as she loved the movie, Lumet always wondered where the "Attagirl!" was for the heroine. "The guys around her, and the villain, got so much exploration," she says, "and I thought, Yeah, she's the one who's actually victorious—Persephone marched down into Hades and slew all the dragons."

Lucca de Oliveira as Tomas Esquivel and Rebecca Breeds as Clarice Starling in Clarice.

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Lumet remembers signal moments in the Demme gem—encounters with bug experts, local cops, the weaselly Dr. Chilton, even her bureau boss—where the female neophyte agent from rural West Virginia must take command of the hunt. "That part is the negotiation that every female on the planet has to go through every five minutes—the [cultural] code switch. As an African American, a woman, I know about that," says Lumet, who has a prestigious pedigree as the daughter of esteemed director Sidney Lumet and granddaughter of showbiz icon Lena Horne.

Rebecca Breeds in Clarice

Rebecca Breeds plays the titular role in Clarice.

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The Clarice team has assembled a writers room comprising young White, Asian, and African American writers to bring forth the unknown patches in Clarice's story, which Harris himself granted leave to explore. "I want to know what she's been thinking ," says Lumet, "what she's been doing , what she learns."

Clarice executive producer Alex Kurtzman

Clarice executive producer Alex Kurtzman.

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The series will in effect thank Hannibal Lecter for his service but embark with new villains and a credo, says Lumet, "that horror is more horrible when it could happen to you," using new evildoers "who are grounded, and they're deep."

The story of African American fellow Agent Ardelia Mapp gets the weight and service it deserves. Clarice, says Lumet, "is not a show about, 'I'm going to shoot this guy and go have a drink.' She's a woman who saves women. And what I most appreciate about her is that she keeps refusing to be put in a box."

Sneak Peek: Watch The Official Clarice Trailer

Originally published in Watch Magazine, November-December 2020.

Clarice premieres Feb. 11 at 10/9c on CBS and CBS All Access.

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By Maria Neuman

It never occurred to Roxy Sternberg that she had grown up in one of the coolest cities in the world, until she moved across the pond. "When you live somewhere, you can end up taking it for granted," says the actress, who moved from London to Brooklyn in 2019 after landing the role of Agent Sheryll Barnes in FBI: Most Wanted. "I'm swept up in New York now and excited to discover places, but London is absolutely brilliant."

She's equally enamored with her on-screen character, who can go from steely undercover agent to nurturing mom without breaking a sweat. "She's so serious and a grounding force, but I love that she's also a family person." With that in mind, Sternberg reveals where she goes in London when she returns home to visit family and friends.

FBI: Most Wanted airs Tuesdays at 10/9c on CBS and streams on CBS All Access.

PICK UP SOME FISH AND CHIPS

Illustrated map of London

Illustration by Sara Mulvanny.

If you walk to the top of Portobello Road, there's a street called Golborne Road, which has this amazing lunch spot called Hassan Morocco Fish. It's super popular with locals. You queue up outside and either sit to eat (they can accommodate about six people), stand, or sit on a nearby doorstep. There's a list of different fish, and they cook it while you wait. I always get the sole that comes with chips and a salad.

FANCY A PINT?

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It's very British to go on a pub crawl, which I like to do by the River Thames. My favorite pub is The Dove in Hammersmith (where I had my first date with my partner) because you can sit outside, while inside it's got exposed bricks and wooden beams, as well as a lovely fireplace, so it feels like you're in a small cabin. There are tons of pubs in the same area, so you can also walk to The Black Lion and The Old Ship, which means you can get a bit of exercise in while eating and drinking.

DINE ALONG THE RIVER

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There's a famous restaurant in Hammersmith called The River Café. It's an Italian restaurant with an amazing view, and it feels like going to a museum. If you really want to treat yourself, it's a great experience, from the staff to the food presentation. It's so delicious, and the last time I was there the actor Jack Whitehall sat near my table.

GRAB A BIKE IN THE PARK

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Hyde Park is beautiful and well groomed and also home to Kensington Palace as well as the Princess Diana Memorial Fountain, which is really worth seeing. Any time of day there are people exercising and Rollerblading—it's what I imagined New York would be like before I arrived. You can rent bikes and cycle all around on certain paths, and it's amazing for people-watching, which is one of my favorite things to do.

SIP AN AFTERNOON TEA

Traditional English high tea service

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Brits don't eat scones every day (we'd be huge if we did!), but The Wolseley by Green Park is the place to go when you want to indulge. You feel like you're in a greenhouse with the eatery's dramatic ceilings. They also have lovely little finger sandwiches and breakfast, which for me is scrambled eggs and smoked salmon.

ENJOY A PERFECT SATURDAY

Portobello Road in London

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My favorite area is Portobello Road because it's a mix of tourists and locals. The outdoor market is open every day but Sunday, where you can pick up everything from groceries to souvenirs. Once upon a time, Portobello Road and Notting Hill had a very strong West Indian community, so every year [except this summer, due to the pandemic] they have the Notting Hill Carnival with floats, amazing food, and steel drum music. You can end the day at the Electric Cinema, with its big leather seats.

STOCK UP ON SOUVENIRS

Hobnobs biscuits

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When people come to my house in Brooklyn, I like to offer them English cookies. So I always keep Hobnobs, as well as wine gums and other confectionary stuff, on hand. I can get it all at the duty-free in the airport. There's also a chili sauce called Lingham's Chilli Sauce that's sweet, spicy, and delicious.

HIT THE STORES

Shopping on Oxford Street in London

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I lived in Westbourne Grove before I moved to New York, and it has brilliant shops like Sandro, Maje, and The Kooples. I'm not a big mall person. I love coming out of a shop, getting some fresh air, and then going into another shop. For an even wider variety, I head to Oxford Street, where there is the huge Selfridges department store, an enormous Topshop, an Urban Outfitters, and Nike.

SEE THE CITY FROM ON HIGH

London Eye observation ferris wheel

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Everyone should visit the London Eye (observation wheel) because you'll see amazing panoramic views of the city and get a real sense of where things are; you can spot everything—Greenwich, East London, and even Buckingham Palace.

Originally published in Watch Magazine, November-December 2020.

FBI: Most Wanted airs Tuesdays at 10/9c on CBS and streams on CBS All Access.

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By Nate Millado

We're finally getting some New Year's resolutions to last year's cliffhangers! That's because The CW's pandemic-delayed "fall" lineup rolls out this month, along with some newbies: Superman & Lois joins the ever-expanding Arrowverse, while Supernatural's Jared Padalecki reimagines a '90s classic in Walker.

Not to be outdone, CBS is also introducing a pair of highly anticipated new series: Clarice Starling returns to the field a year after the events of The Silence of the Lambs in new drama series Clarice, and Queen Latifah stars in a gender-swapped The Equalizer.

Find out when your returning faves—and your next obsessions—premiere with our Winter TV Preview!

Batwoman—Season 2 premieres Sunday, Jan. 17

Javicia Leslie as Ryan Wilder/Batwoman

Javicia Leslie as Ryan Wilder/Batwoman.

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Where we last left off: Mouse (Sam Littlefield) begged Alice (Rachel Skarsten) to give up her vengeful agenda, but Batwoman's twisted sister instead killed her closest confidant. RIP Mouse.

Bruce Wayne (Warren Christie) is back! Only it isn't really the missing billionaire, but Batman-obsessed Tommy Elliot/Hush (Gabriel Mann) in disguise. What will star Ruby Rose's abrupt exit mean for Kate Kane's story and deep ties to Gotham? And a brand new character to the DC Universe, Ryan Wilder, takes up Batwoman's cape and cowl, played by barrier-breaking Black and bisexual actress Javicia Leslie.

A new season of Batwoman premieres Sunday, Jan. 17 at 8/7c on The CW. Stream the next day free only on The CW.

All American—Season 3 premieres Monday, Jan. 18

Daniel Ezra as Spencer

Daniel Ezra as Spencer in All American.

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Star football player Spencer James (Daniel Ezra) transfers from Beverly Hills for his senior year—although his shoulder isn't 100%. Billy Baker (Taye Diggs) follows his highly touted recruit to South L.A. as Crenshaw's new head coach. Jordan (Michael Evans Behling) commits to Simone and her unborn baby, even though he's not the father. Olivia (Samantha Logan) struggles with her past drug addiction. Layla (Greta Onieogou) and Coop (Bre-Z) go on a summer tour. Asher (Cody Christian) inches toward reconciliation with the mom who abandoned him. After Tyrone (Demetrius Shipp Jr.) is murdered, his sister Mo (Erica Peeples) returns with revenge in mind.

A new season of All American premieres Monday, Jan. 18 at 8/7c on The CW. Stream the next day free only on The CW.

Riverdale—Season 5 premieres Wednesday, Jan. 20

The stars of Riverdale at the senior prom

Camila Mendes as Veronica Lodge, KJ Apa as Archie Andrews, Cole Sprouse as Jughead Jones, and Lili Reinhart as Betty Cooper in Riverdale.

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In the Season 4 finale, Mr. Honey (Kerr Smith) canceled prom! But rest assured, we'll see the last dance in the Season 5 premiere. Speaking of Mr. Honey, Jughead (Cole Sprouse) killed off the much maligned principal in a story he submitted to the University of Iowa but revised the ending after Mr. Honey wrote him a glowing recommendation. Archie (KJ Apa) and Betty (Lili Reinhart) kiss but keep their lip-lock a secret from Veronica (Camila Mendes) and Jughead; the childhood friends ended whatever was brewing between them. The perp behind the chilling videotapes remains at large.

A new season of Riverdale premieres Wednesday, Jan. 20 at 8/7c on The CW. Stream the next day free only on The CW.

Nancy Drew—Season 2 premieres Wednesday, Jan. 20

Kennedy McMann as Nancy Drew

Kennedy McMann stars in Nancy Drew.

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The mystery show ended its freshman season on a deadly note. Nancy Drew (Kennedy McMann) and crew saw their impending fates flash before their eyes, thanks to the Aglaeca curse: Nancy apparently jumps off a Horseshoe Bay cliff (an eerie parallel to mother Lucy's demise); Nick (Tunji Kasim) and George (Leah Lewis) drown; Bess (Maddison Jaizani) ends up in flames; and Ace (Alex Saxon) is hanged.

A new season of Nancy Drew premieres Wednesday, Jan. 20 at 9/8c on The CW. Stream the next day free only on The CW.

Walker—NEW SERIES premieres Thursday, Jan. 21

Cordell Walker and Bonham Walker

Jared Padalecki as Cordell Walker and Mitch Pileggi as Bonham Walker.

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Supernatural's Jared Padalecki trades monster-hunting for crime-fighting in a reimagining of a beloved action-crime series. Texas Ranger Cordell Walker returns to Austin to reconnect with his two kids while digging into the murky circumstances surrounding the death of his wife—played by Jared's real-life spouse, Genevieve Padalecki, in flashbacks! Back in his hometown, he contends with his conservative family and new partner, Micki (The 100's Lindsey Morgan).

The new series Walker premieres Thursday, Jan. 21 at 8/7c on The CW. Stream the next day free only on The CW.

Legacies—Season 3 premieres Thursday, Jan. 21

Danielle Rose Russell as Hope in a deep sleep

Danielle Rose Russell as Hope in Legacies.

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Hope (Danielle Rose Russell) journeyed into Josie's (Kaylee Bryant) fairy tale subconscious and inspired Josie to vanquish her dark doppelgänger. Alaric (Matt Davis) reluctantly made a deal with the Necromancer: The hatchet-faced witch will bring back Josie and resurrect everyone he's killed—including Landon (Aria Shahghasemi)—in exchange for Josie's dark magic. Cliffhanger: Landon is still unconscious while Hope also remains asleep.

A new season of Legacies premieres Thursday, Jan. 21 at 9/8c on The CW. Stream the next day free only on The CW.

Charmed—Season 3 premieres Sunday, Jan. 24

The Charmed Ones

The Charmed Ones: Madeleine Mantock as Macy Vaughn, Sarah Jeffery as Maggie Vera, and Melonie Diaz as Melanie Vera.

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Last season, The Charmed Ones (Melonie Diaz, Madeleine Mantock, Sarah Jeffery) battled the Faction—a cabal of humans trying to steal magic for themselves, led by billionaire Julian Shea (Eric Balfour). In the upcoming season, they'll be forced to try and save the magical world from extinction and navigate a mysterious magical allergy that's keeping them apart, all while attempting to reestablish themselves in the real world ... as a scientist, a student, and a teacher.

A new season of Charmed premieres Sunday, Jan. 24 at 9/8c on The CW. Stream the next day free only on The CW.

The Equalizer—NEW SERIES premieres Sunday, Feb. 7

The Equalizer's Robyn McCall

Queen Latifah as Robyn McCall in The Equalizer.

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When it comes to series kickoffs, it doesn't get any bigger than the prized post-Super Bowl slot! Immediately following CBS Sports' broadcast of Super Bowl LV will be the series premiere of The Equalizer, a reimagining of the classic drama starring multi-hyphenate Queen Latifah.

The Oscar nominee plays Robyn McCall, an enigmatic woman with a mysterious past. To most, she's just an average single mom quietly raising her teenage daughter. But to a trusted few, she's The Equalizer—an anonymous guardian angel and defender of the downtrodden, using her extensive skills as a former CIA operative to help those with nowhere else to turn.

The Equalizer premieres Sunday, Feb. 7 at 10/9c (time is approximate after post-game coverage) on CBS and CBS All Access. The Equalizer will move to its regular Sunday time period (9/8c) on Feb. 14.

Black Lightning—Season 4 premieres Monday, Feb. 8

Cress Williams as Black Lightning

Cress Williams stars in Black Lightning.

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Season 3 wrapped up the Markovian story arc but not without a price. Chief Bill Henderson (Damon Gupton) died while protecting his best friend. Black Lightning (Cress Williams) and Gravedigger (Wayne Brady) squared off in The Pit, which ultimately self-destructed. The superhero family headed to Gotham City for a congressional hearing to testify about the ASA's illegal experimentation on the people of Freeland. Glimmer-addicted Lynn (Christine Andrews) continues to pop the drug. And Gravedigger survived the blast—so watch out, Pierces!

A new season of Black Lightning premieres Monday, Feb. 8 at 9/8c on The CW. Stream the next day free only on The CW.

Clarice—NEW SERIES premieres Thursday, Feb. 11

Rebecca Breeds as Clarice Starling

Rebecca Breeds stars in Clarice.

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Hello, Clarice! Rebecca Breeds takes on the title role of this highly anticipated new drama—a deep dive into the untold personal story of FBI Agent Clarice Starling as she returns to the field in the year 1993. Brilliant and brave, complex and vulnerable, Clarice somehow manages to attract monsters and madmen to her.

Can she overcome a challenging childhood and find her voice while working in a man's world, as well as escape the family secrets that have haunted her all her life?

The new series Clarice premieres Thursday, Feb. 11 at 10/9c on CBS and CBS All Access.

The Flash—Season 7 premieres Tuesday, Feb. 23

Grant Gustin as The Flash

Grant Gustin stars in The Flash.

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Where we left off: Iris (Candice Patton) remains MIA in the Mirrorverse, and a powerless Barry (Grant Gustin) is still running on empty, while Mirror Master Eva (Efrat Dor) frames Sue Dearbon (Natalie Dreyfuss) for her husband's murder.

A new season of The Flash premieres Tuesday, Feb. 23 at 8/7c on The CW. Stream the next day free only on The CW.

Superman & Lois—NEW SERIES premieres Tuesday, Feb. 23

Bitsie Tulloch as Lois Lane and Tyler Hoechlin as Clark Kent in the new series Superman & Lois

Bitsie Tulloch as Lois Lane and Tyler Hoechlin as Clark Kent in Superman & Lois.

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Working parents are already superheroes, but what happens when Dad actually is one? Metropolis lovebirds Clark Kent (Tyler Hoechlin) and Lois Lane (Bitsie Tulloch) face their toughest challenge yet: raising teenage sons (Jordan Elsass and Alex Garfin) in Smallville. As if that wasn't enough, a mysterious visitor named The Stranger (Wolé Parks) arrives, bent on proving that the world no longer needs Superman.

The new series Superman & Lois premieres Tuesday, Feb. 23 at 9/8c on The CW. Stream the next day free only on The CW.

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By Maria Neuman

With many of us trading in long commutes and lunch meetings for Zoom calls on our laptops, there's no better time to spruce up your home office than now. "One of the best ways to create a mood and change is with lighting and color," says Hilda Stark, production designer on The Good Fight. "Natural light is best, but other sources like desk lamps on side tables are good, too."

Office space from the set of TV show The Good Fight

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Stark also suggests adding pops of color with a bright lampshade, vase, or artwork. "I love a dash of red or yellow," she says. Other ways to bring personality to your 9-to-5 nook are by painting one wall in a bold contrast hue, investing in a couple of potted plants ("having something to take care of makes you feel good"), or finding a few key pieces that make you happy, like Diane's (Christine Baranski) whimsical Victorian painting. "The neutrality of this year has felt oppressive, but small things can really liven up a space," says Stark.With that in mind, let's go shopping.

The Good Fight streams exclusively on CBS All Access.

DESIGN IS IN THE DETAILS

Keep it simple when transforming your home office.

BOLD & BRIGHT

Bright patterned rug

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Anchor your office with a standout rug. Bungalow Rose navy/gray area rug, $68.

BE GREEN

Green house plant in white pot

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Plants are an instant mood booster and the perfect office mate. Thorsen's Greenhouse live snake plant, $32.

PRETTY LITTLE THINGS

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Small touches can liven up a workspace. World Menagerie decorative boxes, $81.

SEEING IS BELIEVING

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"It's the accessories, especially the lighting, that really change a space," says Stark. Grovelane table lamp, $68.

Adrian Boseman's Office

Office space from the set of TV show The Good Fight

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"Both Diane Lockhart (Christine Baranski) and Adrian Boseman (Delroy Lindo) have a strong sensibility of who they are, which is reflected in their office décor," says Stark.

Originally published in Watch Magazine, November-December 2020.

The Good Fight exclusively streams on CBS All Access.

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