Photography by David Needleman. Styled by Toye Adedipe.


By Lisa Kennedy

During a video call with Folake Olowofoyeku —the Nigerian American star of the hit comedy Bob ❤️ Abishola—something subtle but unmistakable occurs. Although it's two days before her birthday, a cloud drifts over her face, blocking her smile—a gap-toothed wonder of an event that can take her from serious to incandescent in a heartbeat.

Four days earlier, protests against police brutality in Nigeria (hashtagged #EndSARS for the police force's rogue Special Anti-Robbery Squad) turned deadly, with soldiers firing on peaceful protesters at a well-known toll gate in Lagos. Although Olowofoyeku just marked her 17th year in the U.S., the news of the Lekki Toll Gate Massacre was more than distressing. And a flat-footed question about her childhood led to an impassioned tutorial in contemporary Nigerian politics. Her parents would be proud.

Folake Olowofoyeku on the cover of the 15th anniversary issue of Watch Magazine.

Puff gown by BCALLA. Shoes by Nine West.

Photography by David Needleman. Styled by Toye Adedipe.

Felicia and Babatunji Olowofoyeku (the latter a significant player in Nigeria's independence) named their baby girl after a woman of firsts: Folake Solanke, the African nation's first female senior advocate. And though the actor/musician veered away from the political ambitions her parents harbored for her, she, too, is a woman of firsts. One half of the romantic pair in Bob ❤️ Abishola, she brings gravity, grace, and a sly smile to the first American TV show to spotlight a Nigerian family.

Olowofoyeku pulled a fast one nearly two decades ago when, as an 18-year-old, she visited New York City and found a way to stick around: enrolling at the City College of New York, feigning interest in economics and law on calls back home when in reality she was diving deeply into theater and music.

Bob Hearts Abishola star Folake Olowofoyeku wears a blue and white patterned top and pants.

Top and pants by Valentino. Shoes by Nine West.

Photography by David Needleman. Styled by Toye Adedipe.

She did off-Broadway theater, had turns in television (Westworld and Transparent), and rocked the bass in two David Bowie videos, but Abishola has been a grand leap. The single parent of a young son and thoughtful niece of two hilarious kin (Barry Shabaka Henley and Shola Adewusi as Uncle Tunde and Auntie Olu), Abishola works as a nurse in Detroit. Which is how she meets Bob. The impossibly endearing Billy Gardell portrays the harried compression-sock company scion. In last season's pilot, Bob's looney family and family-business stress found him rolled into an ER and awaking post-surgery to Abishola's lovely if stern visage. He was smitten. Abishola, well, not so fast.

Comedy hitmaker Chuck Lorre and co-creators Eddie Gorodetsky, Al Higgins, and Gina Yashere have delivered a valentine to the immigrant experience, to the clumsy cultural grappling and heartfelt embraces that make America so much more than the sum of its parts. In addition to writing , Yashere, a British Nigerian comedian, also plays Abishola's bestie, Kemi. Yashere's creative influence and Olowofoyeku's star turn give the show a warm yet ground-breaking feel. Olowofoyeku and Gardell's chemistry make it an "Audience Heart" pleasure.

Bob Hearts Abishola star Folake Olowofoyeku wears a Rajo Laurel top.

Top by Rajo Laurel. Bracelet by Timelapse Co.

Photography by David Needleman. Styled by Toye Adedipe.

"That's her! That's Abishola." That's how Chuck Lorre and Billy Gardell recall your audition. How do you remember it?

It's vivid. It was one of the easiest auditions I've ever experienced. I mean, there was a lot of work that went into it at home. It was very important for me that Abishola not be a caricature. I wanted her to be real and relatable, not just to Nigerians but also all immigrants as well, and, of course, Americans. So I put a lot of thought into that. But the actual process of meeting casting and meeting the producers, that was a breeze.

Do you feel you're carrying a lot of weight, being a Nigerian actress playing a major role on American television?

That part hasn't sunk in yet. [Laughs.] I don't feel a burden so much as a responsibility. Now the sitcom is showing in Nigeria. It started this year, so I'm getting a lot of fans trickling in from back home. Each fan feels like they know best how she should be portrayed. I don't know how much power they think I have. I'm able to offer suggestions—and it's a great dynamic—but at the end of the day, the final say doesn't rest with me. I go to work and remind myself I have to be present. I'm here to do my job: learning my lines, showing up on time.

There must be some satisfaction in the clarity of that—of doing the work.

I know that some would argue that more important than the work is social justice and what you're saying and your contribution to society as a whole and what sort of imagery you want to put out there, and I believe that very strongly. And there will come a time where I get my own project and I'll be able to fuse all my beliefs into it.

Bob Hearts Abishola star Folake Olowofoyeku wears a loose sleeved seafoam dress and sash.

Dress by Fe Noel.

Photography by David Needleman. Styled by Toye Adedipe.

Billy Gardell used one word a lot in talking about the show before it premiered—"kind." It's a great word, and a great approach to other human beings. Is he that guy?

Yeah, he is. I'm trying to live up to him. He's my role model. He's very kind. Very forthcoming. I go to him for advice, just about managing it all. He's a funny guy, super comfortable. It's really easy. And everyone tells me that—how easy I have it working with Billy. One day we'd been doing publicity and I'd taken my shoes off in the car. When we got to the front of wherever we were about to go into—a restaurant in New York, I think—the valet kept on rushing us. And Billy got upset. He's like, " Wait! She needs to put on her shoes!" My agent at the time was blown away. He was like "Folake, this doesn't happen often." I can't imagine doing this with anybody else.

Folake Olowofoyeku and Billy Gardell  on the set of Bob Hearts Abishola.

Folake Olowofoyeku as Abishola and Billy Gardell as Bob on the set of Bob ❤️ Abishola.

Photo Credit: Michael Yarish/CBS.

There's something very contained about Abishola, but she's not just the "straight man" to Bob's comedy. Was that your choice?

The writers do an amazing job. And Chuck. He's brilliant. He shows up and whatever isn't fine-tuned, he just [makes a gesture of waving a wand]. Magic. But it's interesting that you say that. Abishola is nothing like me. We're similar in some ways but vastly different in the way we present ourselves in the world. I created the choice for her to be kind of rigid. But I'm finding room to loosen her up. As Billy put it—and I've come to realize as well—Bob and Abishola are the straight men. The straight "folks"—to be politically correct—in this crazy world.

Do I have to spell "folks" with an "x"?

Why not? [Smiles.] The world is spinning around them, and they're like " What is going on? " They find each other in this tornado. It's love. It's this is my person.

Tell me a little bit about growing up in Nigeria. You left at 18.

Yeah. [Pauses.]

Hold on a second. Was that face because of what's going on right now?

Um hum.

So talk to me about that. Are people safe?

For now none of my family members are injured. Where the initial massacre occurred is where I grew up. Whenever I go there, that's where I am. And my family, they're all there. So my auntie, from her home, heard all the gunshots.

Pictured (L-R): Barry Shabaka Henley as Uncle Tunde, Shola Adewusi as Auntie Olu, Travis Wolfe, Jr. as Dele, and Folake Olowofoyeku as Abishola of Bob ❤️ Abishola.

Photo Credit: Michael Yarish/CBS.

This must weigh on you.

Yeah, peaceful protesters were just sitting down on the ground in front of the tollgate. You have to understand the history of the tollgate to understand that it is itself a symbol of oppression. That's why it was a significant point for people to go protest—protesting police brutality, protesting unemployment, and just all the crazy injustices that exist within the country. Apparently, it's escalated. So the #EndSARS protests were about that. The youth that are so often called "lazy" stood up and said, "No more." And they were gunned down.

What do you do with all that when someone's asking you about a show that's pretty effervescent—nuanced to be sure, but very different from the concerns you're carrying at this moment? Do you compartmentalize?

Well, I have to. What happened in Nigeria hit me hard. I was at work yesterday and—it was tough—I had to talk to everyone and tell them, " We're doing a show about Nigeria, and I think it's important that you know what's going on in Nigeria. I know I'm a little late today, but there's a lot going on in my world. I want you to understand, I'm not being an a—hole, I just need a minute to regroup and focus." So, yeah, I do have to compartmentalize. I guess we all do. I'm straddling so many experiences: the Black experience in America, the immigrant experience in America, the woman experience in America, the Nigerian experience in America. There are so many different worlds I feel I have to juggle.

Bob Hearts Abishola star Folake Olowofoyeku wears a loose sleeved patterned seafoam dress and sash.

Dress by Fe Noel. Shoes by Imagine by Vince Camuto.

Photography by David Needleman. Styled by Toye Adedipe.

"Intersectional" isn't a great word, but as the concept of overlapping identities, it's pretty spot on.

I feel like I'm at all the intersections. But I'm up to it.

An interview show you were on last year displayed this blown-up photo of you as a baby in your mom's arms. Tell us about her.

My mom . . . gosh, I wish I knew her a little bit more. She was a strong woman, super strong. She was born in Lagos. Her family was from Akure. She grew up in Lagos, Lagos Island. Her name was Felicia. She dealt with a lot of things in the family, and then just being a woman in Nigeria. She was so funny and charming and goofy at times—especially when she left Nigeria and she could relax a little bit. She died of breast cancer.

Folake Olowofoyeku as a baby with her mother

Folake with her mother.

Photo Credit: Courtesy of Folake Olowofoyeku.

How old was she when she passed?

I think she had just turned 60. She was very resourceful—resourceful and tenacious. I think I get that from her.

What's an example of your resourcefulness?

Well, I'm here.

Bob Hearts Abishola star Folake Olowofoyeku wears a bronze colored giraffe print dress.

Dress by Retrofete. Earrings by Noa. Bracelets by Timelapse Co.

Photography by David Needleman. Styled by Toye Adedipe.

There is that.

I've been pretty much here on my own since I was 18. My parents didn't want me to be in the arts. They wanted me to follow my father. "Acting? Music? What the hell are you talking about? " The first time I visited New York was on my birthday in October 2001. I figured out a way to stay. And I found a way to say I was studying economics and then ended up in the theater department. Then eventually here.

Bob Hearts Abishola star Folake Olowofoyeku wears a bronze colored giraffe print dress.

Dress by Retrofete. Earrings by Noa. Bracelets by Timelapse Co.

Photography by David Needleman. Styled by Toye Adedipe.

How long were you in New York?

This was 2001 to around 2012.

Music is a love, right?

That's my first love. Music's what I always wanted to do. My father played organ and classical piano. He taught all his kids. My lessons stopped when he was getting old and was ill. I was very young , probably like 6 or something. I would still dabble, trying to teach myself stuff.

Folake Olowofoyeku with Chris Hardwick playing instruments

Folake Olowofoyeku with Chris Hardwick, recording for her appearance on his podcast.

Photo Credit: iD10t

But what I really, really wanted was to learn how to play the guitar. I was obsessed with Michael Jackson, and because of that I got introduced to Slash. I loved his melodies. I used to beg my mom for guitar lessons. It was always a "No!"

This guy at church, I got him to show me some stuff on the bass. That was right before I left to come to America. When I got to America, I bought an acoustic guitar. The first thing I taught myself to play was the first guitar solo from Guns N' Roses' first album.

Bob Hearts Abishola star Folake Olowofoyeku wears a white cowl top and gold bracelets.

Top by Antonio Grimaldi. Earrings by Noa. Bracelets by Timelapse Co.

Photography by David Needleman. Styled by Toye Adedipe.

At some point won't they write music into the show for Abishola? It'll be this great reveal.

We talk about that. One of the songs I sing in the shower in the show, me and my writing partner actually did that together.

What are your ambitions for this show? By the way, congratulations. Bob and Abishola are getting engaged.

I'd love us to shoot a couple of episodes in Nigeria. Because a Nigerian wedding is quite a thing. It goes on for over a week sometimes. We have the traditional wedding that could be one episode. We have the white wedding that could be another episode. It would be so magical. I pitched the idea, so it's out in the universe. I'd love to see that. I think I can go for eight or 10 seasons. I'm down to do that. I think Billy's down for that, too. I'm ready to do this for a while.

Bob Hearts Abishola star Folake Olowofoyeku wears a white cowl top and gold bracelets.

Top by Antonio Grimaldi. Earrings by Noa. Bracelets by Timelapse Co.

Photography by David Needleman. Styled by Toye Adedipe.

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Originally published in Watch Magazine, January-February 2021.

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Bob ❤️ Abishola airs Mondays at 8:30/7:30c on CBS and streams on CBS All Access.

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By Nate Millado

Bob ❤️Abishola—and frankly, so do we! After the cardiac nurse (Folake Olowofoyeku) captured the heart of her patient-turned-paramour, Abishola has shown herself to be hardworking, caring, and loyal ... what's not to love? Here are 16 reasons why everyone's favorite sock salesman (Billy Gardell) is so smitten!

Watch all-new episodes of Bob ❤️ Abishola on Mondays at 8:30/7:30c on CBS and CBS All Access.

Reason #1: She's hardworking

Abishola tells Bob that Nigerians don't do useless things

Abishola gives Bob a little insight into the Nigerian work ethic.

Credit: CBS Giphy

The groundbreaking sitcom shines a light on the immigrant experience. Abishola is a single mom from Nigeria who works tirelessly at her job to support her son, Dele (Travis Wolfe, Jr.), and her meddling but well-intentioned Auntie Olu (Shola Adewusi) and Uncle Tunde (Barry Shabaka Henley).

Reason #2: She's an excellent mother

Abishola gives Dele and apple and hurries him out of the kitchen

Abishola gives Dele an apple — and a piece of advice.

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Abishola is always harping on Dele to focus on his studies so he can become a doctor someday. She's sacrificed so much and only wants the best for him! But when her music-minded son cops to choreographing behind her back, she doesn't derail his dance dreams completely. "Tell me, how does a person make money doing this dancing and choreography?" she asks. "I don't know," Dele replies, "it just makes me happy." Abishola, without missing a beat, replies: "Happy? Hmph. You are an American."

Reason #3: She's a loyal friend

Abishola puts a stranger in his place while riding the bus with Kemi

Abishola and Kemi ride the bus.

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Don't mess with Kemi (scene-stealer Gina Yashere)! When it comes to her bus buddy and lunchtime confidante, Abishola always has her bestie's back.

Reason #4: Her smile

Abishola smiling as she enters a hospital room

Folake Olowofoyeku as Abishola.

Photo Credit: Michael Yarish/CBS.

OK, we admit that Abishola doesn't smile often. But when she does flash her pearly whites? She lights up the room!

Reason #5: Her eyes speak volumes

Abishola gives Bob a knowing look while the two have coffee

Abishola gives Bob a knowing look, while the two share coffee and conversation.

Photo Credit: Michael Yarish/CBS.

Oh, Bob knows The Look! Without uttering a word, Abishola's expressive eyes can tell whether she's happy, sad, annoyed, incredulous, intrigued — or just downright pissed off at you!

Reason #6: She's a fighter

Abishola reminds Bob that when you care for someone you fight for them.

Abishola gives Bob some perspective on fighting for what matters.

Credit: CBS Giphy

Bob learns from Uncle Tunde that a handsome Nigerian pharmacist is also vying for Abishola's affections. Thinking how much more they have in common, he's ready to throw in the towel. But Abishola is having none of it: "Do not tell me how to live my life!" After Bob says he was just trying to be supportive, Abishola threw down some fightin' words: "You don't just give up."

Reason #7: She can dish out tough love

Dottie realizes Abishola is no shriking violet

Abishola makes it clear that she isn't going to let Dottie boss her around.

Credit: CBS Giphy

Not everyone can go toe-to-toe with Dottie (Christine Ebersole) — just ask her kids, Douglas (Matt Jones) and Christina (Maribeth Monroe)! But after the MaxDot matriarch suffers a stroke, Dottie learns fairly quickly that her new caregiver is no pushover. Abishola's "tough love" approach aids Dottie during her recovery.

Reason #8: She knows what she wants

Abishola pays Bob a compliment while the two are at dinner

Abishola pays Bob a compliment.

Credit: CBS Giphy

It wasn't exactly love at first sight. But once Bob won her over during their slow-burn courtship, Abishola realized the endearing teddy bear is just what the Nigerian nurse ordered.

Reason #9: She's a straight shooter

Abishola comments that American men get their feelings hurt too easily

Abishola thinks American men overreact.

Credit: CBS Giphy

Truth hurts: Abishola isn't afraid to speak her mind!

Reason #10: She can shut you down

Abishola deflects a flirty comment

Abishola doesn't fall for smooth talkers.

Credit: CBS Giphy

Attention, would-be Abishola suitors: Your come-ons fall on deaf ears. This strong and independent woman doesn't need your approval, either. When "Sexy Pharmacist" Chukwuemeka apologizes, "You do not need my permission to pursue your career," she replies, "That is correct. I do not."

Reason #11: She likes to confront issues head-on

Remember when we said Abishola was "loyal?" She spills the beans to Kemi that Bob finds her "annoying." Abishola doesn't like to sweep problems under the rug, though Bob thinks some things are better left unsaid.

Reason #12: She knows how to express herself

Abishola blanks out at dinner after Bob says, "I love you." So when she learns that Americans jump up and down to express joy, well, we'll let you watch for yourself!

Reason #13: She knows how to say sorry

Bob and Abishola have a burger date

Bob and Abishola enjoy a fast food date.

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The way to one's heart is often through their stomach. No one knows this better than Abishola. After she gets into a tiff with her Aunt Olu, she brings home a tasty peace offering: a Wendy's Baconator. ("Square hamburger, round buns!" marvels Tunde.) And Abishola knows exactly how to reaffirm her affections for Bob: ice cream for breakfast.

Reason #14: She's willing to try new things

No doubt, Abishola has brought out the best in Bob, but her sock salesman suitor has also inspired the usually straitlaced nurse to lighten up a bit. Just watch her heckle these midday slackers at the park!

Reason #15: She's not easily intimidated

When Bob's ex, Lorraine (Nicole Sullivan) reenters the picture, Abishola confronts her when she starts spending a little too much time with "Bobby Socks'" family:

Lorraine: "Is there a problem?"
Abishola: "Yes, you. It's time for you to go."
Lorraine: "Did I do something wrong?"
Abishola: "Not yet, but you are getting very close."

Lorraine looks to her former mother-in-law for assistance, but Dottie says, "Sorry, kid, looks like there's a new sheriff in town." Tunde clarifies: "A Nigerian sheriff."

Reason #16: She and Bob are couple GOALS

Abishola and Bob share a kiss on a park bench

A romantic embrace for Bob and Abishola.

Photo Credit: Giphy.

A swoon-worthy GIF is worth a thousand words!

Bob ❤️ Abishola airs Mondays at 8:30/7:30c on CBS and streams on CBS All Access.

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By Nate Millado

Good things come to those who wait. It's been a longer-than-usual layoff between seasons, but starting Nov. 5, CBS rolls out its pandemic-delayed premieres. Some of your returning favorites tackle timely issues, like COVID-19 (NCIS: New Orleans, Bull) and racial injustice (The Neighborhood, All Rise, S.W.A.T.).

Others deal with major life changes (Young Sheldon says hello to college). And king of comedy Chuck Lorre's latest, B Positive, joins a laugh-out-loud comedy block on Thursdays.

Here's a preview of all 15 series premiering in November—and when to tune in!

Young Sheldon—Season 4 premieres Thursday, Nov. 5

Sheldon in a blue cap and gown at his graduation ceremony

Sheldon Cooper (Iain Armitage) graduates from high school!

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Sheldon (Iain Armitage) is college-bound! But not to CalTech—at least not yet. Instead, the boy genius will finish his undergrad degree closer to home—at East Texas Tech. Sheldon had to convince his mom in the Season 3 finale.

George Sr. (Lance Barber) drew up a game plan to get Mary (Zoe Perry) on board: shooting a "Why Sheldon Cooper Should Go to College" video (an early nod to the "Fun with Flags" web series Sheldon later hosts with Amy on The Big Bang Theory). In the Season 4 premiere, Sheldon breaks down when he realizes he may not be ready for college.

A new season of Young Sheldon premieres Thursday, Nov. 5 at 8/7c on CBS and CBS All Access.

B Positive—New series premieres Thursday, Nov. 5

Gina and Drew reconnect

Annaleigh Ashford as Gina and Thomas Middleditch as Drew.

Photo Credit: Sonja Flemming/CBS.

Newly divorced dad Drew (Thomas Middleditch) desperately needs a donor kidney. Enter Gina (Annaleigh Ashford), a rough-around-the-edges blast from his past who volunteers hers.

B Positive premieres Thursday, Nov. 5 at 8:30/7:30c on CBS and CBS All Access.

Mom—Season 8 premieres Thursday, Nov. 5

Bonnie and friends have a sleepover

Pictured (L-R): Jaime Pressly as Jill, Kristen Johnston as Tammy, Allison Janney as Bonnie, Mimi Kennedy as Marjorie, and Beth Hall as Wendy.

Photo Credit: CBS.

After seven seasons, star Anna Faris decided to exit the long-running mom-com. So what'll happen to Christy Plunkett? Find out in the Season 8 premiere. Also: When Bonnie (Allison Janney) invites the ladies over for a slumber party, childhood games reveal adult problems.

A new season of Mom premieres Thursday, Nov. 5 at 9/8c on CBS and CBS All Access.

NCIS: Los Angeles—Season 12 premieres Sunday, Nov. 8

Special Agent Sam Hanna and Special Agent G. Callen.

LL Cool J (Special Agent Sam Hanna) and Chris O'Donnell (Special Agent G. Callen).

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A Russian bomber goes missing while flying over U.S. soil in the episode titled, "The Bear." Callen (Chris O'Donnell) and Sam (LL COOL J) head to the desert to track down the aircraft and secure its weapons and intel before the Russians on board destroy the plane. Meanwhile, Hetty (Linda Hunt) puts Nell (Renée Felice Smith) in charge of a cryptic assignment.

A new season of NCIS: Los Angeles premieres Sunday, Nov. 8 at 8:30 PM ET/8:00 PM PT on CBS and CBS All Access.

NCIS: New Orleans—Season 7 premieres Sunday, Nov. 8

Dwayne Pride wears a mask at the bar

Chelsea Field as Rita Devereaux and Scott Bakula as Special Agent Dwayne Pride.

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Laissez les bons temps rouler because Pride and the team are back in the Big Easy!

As you can see from a masked Scott Bakula, NCIS: New Orleans will address the pandemic in the premiere. Pride sends Tammy (Vanessa Ferlito) and Carter (Charles Michael Davis) to investigate a suspicious death aboard a humanitarian ship offshore, where they learn that some crew members are infected with COVID-19. Also, Wade (CCH Pounder) is overwhelmed by the high volume in the morgue due to the deadly disease.

A new season of NCIS: New Orleans premieres Sunday, Nov. 8 at 9:30 PM ET/9:00 PM PT on CBS and CBS All Access.

S.W.A.T.—Season 4 premieres Wednesday, Nov. 11

Daniel "Hondo" Harrelson talks to his teenage charge

Shemar Moore as Daniel "Hondo" Harrelson and Deshae Frost as Darryl.

Photo Credit: Bill Inoshita.

Get ready for a double dose of Hondo (Shemar Moore) when S.W.A.T. returns with a two-hour premiere!

The first installment takes on racial tension between law enforcement and the Black community, flashing back to '92 L.A. following the Rodney King verdict. In the second hour, team S.W.A.T. goes on a stakeout for the CIA to confirm whether an international crime lord has resurfaced after being off-grid for years. Also, Tan's (David Lim) mother is a victim of racial discrimination, and Hondo encounters his ex Nichelle (Rochelle Aytes) for the first time since their breakup.

A new season of S.W.A.T. premieres Wednesday, Nov. 11, at 9/8c on CBS and CBS All Access.

The Unicorn—Season 2 premieres Thursday, Nov. 12

\u200bWalton Goggins as Wade

Walton Goggins as Wade.

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For the uninitiated, a "unicorn" is a perfect guy: employed, attractive, and with a proven track record of commitment.

Widowed Wade (Walton Goggins) waded back into the dating pool during the first season. But in the Season 2 premiere, he makes an instant connection with a mystery woman he briefly meets in a parking lot—played by his Justified costar Natalie Zea! While Wade is determined to find whoever-she-was again, his daughter Natalie (Makenzie Moss) tries to convince him she's old enough to get her ears pierced. Also: Michelle (Maya Lynne Robinson) awaits her fate from the colleges she applied to for her business degree.

A new season of The Unicorn premieres Thursday, Nov. 12 at 9:30/8:30c on CBS and CBS All Access. Catch up now on CBS All Access.

The Neighborhood—Season 3 premieres Monday, Nov. 16

Calvin, Tina, Gemma, Dave and Marty

Cedric the Entertainer (Calvin Butler), Tichina Arnold (Tina Butler), Beth Behrs (Gemma Johnson), Max Greenfield (Dave Johnson), and Marcel Spears (Marty Butler).

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The Neighborhood doesn't shy away from timely issues—like white privilege in its first season finale, "Welcome to the Conversation." Now the sitcom is addressing the Black Lives Matter movement.

For its Season 3 premiere, "Welcome to the Movement," the Butlers (Tichina Arnold and Cedric the Entertainer) and the Johnsons (Beth Behrs and Max Greenfield) unite when a member of their community is the victim of racial injustice.

A new season of The Neighborhood premieres Monday, Nov. 16, at 8/7c on CBS and CBS All Access.

Bob ♥ Abishola—Season 2 premieres Monday, Nov. 16

Abishola and Bob on a park bench for their coffee date

Folake Olowofoyeku as Abishola and Billy Gardell as Bob.

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First comes love, then comes marriage? Season 1 tracked the unlikely courtship between sock salesman Bob (Billy Gardell) and Nigerian nurse Abishola (Folake Olowofoyeku).

In the Season 2 premiere, Bob enlists the help of Uncle Tunde (Barry Shabaka Henley) to buy an engagement ring. But his plans to propose might be on ice when Abishola thinks traditional marriage is more trouble than it's worth.

A new season of Bob ♥️ Abishola premieres Monday, Nov. 16 at 8:30/7:30c on CBS and CBS All Access.

All Rise—Season 2 premieres Monday, Nov. 16

Lola Carmichael is detained in front of a cop car

Boone Platt as Deputy Wilson and Simone Missick as Lola Carmichael.

Photo Credit: Erik Voake/CBS.

Lola (Simone Missick) is detained during a protest while defending a teen girl, amid an escalating encounter with the cops. Through a series of flashbacks, details emerge surrounding that fateful night that'll have long-lasting effects on Lola, Mark (Wilson Bethel), Emily (Jessica Camacho), and Luke (J. Alex Brinson). Also, to help with the court backlog due to closures caused by COVID-19, Lola hires an outspoken clerk Ness (Samantha Marie Ware) who clashes with Sherri (Ruthie Ann Miles).

A new season of All Rise premieres Monday, Nov. 16 at 9/8c on CBS and CBS All Access.

Bull—Season 5 premieres Monday, Nov. 16

Dr. Jason Bull and Taylor Rentzel

Michael Weatherly as Dr. Jason Bull and MacKenzie Meehan as Taylor Rentzel.

Photo Credit: David M. Russell/CBS.

When we last saw Bull (Michael Weatherly) and his group of experts at Trial Analysis Corporation, they helped Taylor (MacKenzie Meehan) bring a civil suit against the woman who killed her best friend in a hit-and-run. In its fifth season premiere, the TAC team struggles to adjust to a virtual court system as they ride out the NYC shutdown due to the pandemic.

A new season of Bull premieres Monday, Nov. 16 at 10/9c on CBS and CBS All Access.

NCIS—Season 18 premieres Tuesday, Nov. 17

NCIS special agents

Victoria Platt as NCIS Special Agent Veronica "Ronnie" Tyler, Wilmer Valderrama as NCIS Special Agent Nicholas "Nick" Torres, Mark Harmon as NCIS Special Agent Leroy Jethro Gibbs.

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TV's most watched entertainment program returns for its 18th season! Gibbs (Mark Harmon) and Fornell (Joe Spano) try to track down the leader of a drug ring who supplied drugs to Fornell's daughter. Also, the team deals with the case of a missing cadaver from the NCIS autopsy room.

A new season of NCIS premieres Tuesday, Nov. 17 at 8/7c on CBS and CBS All Access. Catch up now on CBS All Access.

FBI—Season 3 premieres Tuesday, Nov. 17

Special agents of the FBI

Zeeko Zaki as Special Agent Omar Adom 'OA' Zidan, Josh Segarra as Nestor Vertiz and Missy Peregrym as Special Agent Maggie Bell.

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FBI is back—and so is Maggie (Missy Peregrym) from her undercover assignment. The team welcomes a new member, Special Agent Tiffany Wallace (Katherine Renee Turner) as they search for killers who orchestrated a mass shooting at a media company. OA's (Zeeko Zaki) personal connection with the case threatens to cloud his judgement.

A new season of FBI premieres Tuesday, Nov. 17 at 9/8c on CBS and CBS All Access.

FBI: Most Wanted—Season 2 premieres Tuesday, Nov. 17

Special agents holding guns

Kellan Lutz as Special Agent Kenny Crosby and Julian McMahon as Supervisory Special Agent Jess LaCroix.

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A hacker triggers a car crash that kills a family of three. The team races against the clock to hunt him down as his ransom demands escalate—and his chilling final target becomes apparent.

A new season of FBI: Most Wanted premieres Tuesday, Nov. 17 at 10/9c on CBS and CBS All Access.

SEAL Team—Season 4 premieres Wednesday, Dec. 2

Bravo Team in a snowy mountain range

AJ Buckley as Sonny Quinn, David Boreanaz as Jason Hayes, and Max Thieriot as Clay Spenser.

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Bravo One himself (David Boreanaz) directed this dramatic opener, the first episode of a two-parter. Bravo Team enters enemy territory in the snowy Spin Ghar Mountain Range to capture Al-Hazred, the leader of a terrorist group and son of the terrorist leader who Jason took down early in his career, a feat that made him Bravo One. When they're attacked, Jason and Cerberus, Bravo's canine member, are separated from the team.

A new season of SEAL Team premieres Wednesday, Dec. 2 at 9/8c on CBS and CBS All Access.

MacGyver—Season 5 premieres Friday, Dec. 4

Lucas Till as Angus "Mac" MacGyver, Henry Ian Cusick as Russ Taylor.

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First, the good news: The Mac pack is back and has a lead on a woman with vital intel on Codex. Now, the bad news: their target has a new secret identity—and a completely new face! Best of luck to Angus (Lucas Till) and the team, which infiltrates a glam hotel that doubles as an international criminal hideout to track her down.

A new season of MacGyver premieres Friday, Dec. 4 at 8/7c on CBS, Catch up now on CBS All Access.

Magnum P.I.—Season 3 premieres Friday, Dec. 4

\u200bJay Hernandez as Thomas Magnum and Perdita Weeks as Juliet Higgins.

Jay Hernandez as Thomas Magnum and Perdita Weeks as Juliet Higgins.

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In May's finale, Magnum (Jay Hernandez) made a last-ditch effort to keep Higgins (Perdita Weeks) from having to return to the British Isles. In need of a friend with deep pockets to pay for an expensive immigration lawyer, Magnum hits up his filthy rich boss. The (still-unseen) writer signed Robin's Nest over to Higgins, making her the boss and thus able to stay in the country. In the new season premiere, Magnum's new clients ask him to find their missing brother last seen on the island, Higgins is shot, and TC (Stephen Hill) is abducted!

A new season of Magnum P.I. premieres Friday, Dec. 4 at 9/8c on CBS and CBS All Access.

Blue Bloods—Season 11 premieres Friday, Dec. 4

Donnie Wahlberg as Danny Reagan, Marisa Ramirez as Detective Maria Baez.

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The drama addresses police brutality and the pandemic in the episode titled "Triumph Over Trauma." Frank (Tom Selleck) goes head-to-head with City Council Speaker Regina Thomas (The Stand's Whoopi Goldberg) over protests, while Eddie (Vanessa Ray) helps an abrasive woman find her father's body after it was misplaced during the outset of COVID. Elsewhere, Danny (Donnie Wahlberg ) and Baez (Marisa Ramirez) go missing while searching for a killer, so Jamie (Will Estes) and his nephew, Joe (Will Hochman) must team up to find them.

A new season of Blue Bloods premieres Friday, Dec. 4 at 10/9c on CBS and CBS All Access. Catch up now on CBS All Access.

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By Nate Millado

Sure, Bob (Billy Gardell) hearts Abishola (Folake Olowofoyeku), but we absolutely love Auntie Olu (Shola Adewusi) and Uncle Tunde (Barry Shabaka Henley). The scene-stealing duo had us at e nle o—that's "hello" in Yoruba, BTW.

So in honor of National Aunt and Uncle Day on July 26, we're rounding up Olu and Tunde's greatest hits from Season 1 of Chuck Lorre's groundbreaking rom-com sitcom Bob ♥️ Abishola.

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Van About Town 

Shola Adewusi and Barry Shabaka Henley in a van on Bob Hearts Abishola

Olu and Tunde surveil Abishola's potential suitor, Bob.

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Olu and Tunde hop into their van to do some recon on the sock salesman enamored with their niece. The prying pair scopes out Bob's car—hopefully leased!—and his workplace. They think they're being so slick—until Bob realizes he's being tailed and follows them right back to Abishola's apartment. Olu and Tunde continue to grill Bob over tea and biscuits ("What's your credit score?") OK, so they're not the best spies—or the most subtle interrogators—but mission accomplished: Abishola agrees to a pseudo-date with Bob.

Package Deal 

Shola Adewusi Barry Shabaka Henley Travis Wolfe Jr and Folake Olowofoyeku in Bob Hearts Abishola

Abishola's family: Uncle Tunde, Aunt Olu, and her son, Dele (Travis Wolfe Jr.).

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Olu and Tunde know that whomever ends up with their niece has to take in her entire family as well. So when they park their van outside Bob's very large house, Tunde tells Olu, "You're right! He has a very beautiful home." Without missing a beat, Olu replies: "We'll be very happy there!"

​Fast Food Connoisseurs

\u200bBarry Shabaka Henley as Uncle Tunde in TV show Bob Hearts Abishola

Barry Shabaka Henley as Uncle Tunde in Bob ♥️ Abishola.

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After Abishola and Olu get into a little tiff, the Nigerian nurse offers her auntie a mea culpa: a Wendy's Baconator (with extra bacon and American cheese) and a fistful of ketchup packets. Later that evening, Tunde nukes a midnight snack: "Baconator! Square burger, round buns," he says to himself. "Somehow it works!"

​Playing The Field 

Shola Adewusi and Barry Shabaka Henley with Tony Tambi on Bob Hearts Abishola

Auntie Olu and Uncle Tunde with pharmacist Chukwuemeka (Tony Tambi).

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When Abishola cools things off with Bob, Olu sets her up with a handsome (albeit boring) CVS pharmacist. And while Tunde has always been "Team Bob," Olu delivers the season's funniest line: "We were beggars...now we are choosers!"

​Unlikely Friends 

Barry Shabaka Henley and Christine Ebersole in Bob Hearts Abishola

Tunde and Dottie (Christine Ebersole) play gin rummy.

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After going behind Olu's back to warn Bob about the pharmacist, Tunde is kicked out of the apartment—and ends up crashing at Bob's house. The next morning, Tunde connects with Bob's stroke survivor mother, Dottie (Christine Ebersole), over gin rummy. "A penny a point?" Tunde asks. "How about a dime?" she suggests. "Make it hurt!"

Here Comes The Cheer Squad 

Shola Adewusi and Barry Shabaka Henley and Christine Ebersole in Bob Hearts Abishola

Olu and Tunde try to cheer up Dottie.

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Dottie falls into a funk, and not even her country-club "lookie-loo" pals can drag her from depression. Enter Olu and Tunde, who come bearing spicy hot pepper soup, board games, a confusing parable about a monkey who lost its tail, and, most important, a six-pack.

"Where's Your Other Wives, Tunde?" 

Shola Adewusi in Bob Hearts Abishola

Olu tells a story over dinner.

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While getting to know Abishola's family over Chinese takeout, the ever-tactful Dottie asks Olu and Tunde about the Nigerian tradition of polygamy. "How do all the wives keep from killing each other?" Dottie asks. Well…apparently it happens sometimes. Olu describes in detail how Wife No. 1 prepares dinner, poisons Wife No. 2 with arsenic, and everyone moves up one spot! "How do you know all this?!" Tunde asks his wife. "Girls talk," Olu says.

Olu is Tunde's one and only—but according to Abishola's mild-mannered uncle, being hitched to a woman with many personalities is the equivalent of marrying multiple wives!

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