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.

HAIR: Zion Illiwood | MAKE-UP: Samuel Paul

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.

Photography by David Needleman. Styled by Toye Adedipe.


Folake Olowofoyeku, the multi-talented star of the CBS hit sitcom Bob ❤️ Abishola, has a beauty that's more than skin deep. Born in Nigeria herself, she plays a Nigerian immigrant on the show, where she brings gravity and relatability in addition to a generous helping of comedy.

In this sleek photo shoot captured by photographer David Needleman, Folake gets playful and serious in outfits styled by Toye Adedipe. More than this fun fashion shoot, Folake Olowofoyeku's cover story and interview in the latest 15th anniversary issue of Watch takes a deep dive into her experience as an actress, an immigrant, and a Black woman in America.

Scroll to see all the gorgeous photographs, including bonus images!

Originally published in Watch Magazine, January-February 2021.

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

Candid Moment

Headshot of Folake Olowofoyeku with eyes closed wearing a white top

Top by Antonio Grimaldi. Earrings by Noa.

Photography by David Needleman. Styled by Toye Adedipe.

Folake Olowofoyeku tells Watch that while the Bob ❤️ Abishola is a comedy, it's also something more to her, a chance to share the immigrant experince in America. "I don't feel a burden so much as a responsibility."

Playful In Purple

Headshot of Folake Olowofoyeku wearing a purple puff gown

Puff gown by BCALLA.

Photography by David Needleman. Styled by Toye Adedipe.

Folake Olowofoyeku is a musician as well as an actress, and she taught herself to play guitar when she first moved to NYC and began exploring the perfoming arts.

Stepping Up

Folake Olowofoyeku standing with her leg up looking sideways wearing a silver top and gold shorts

Top by Rajo Laurel. Bracelet by Timelapse Co. Shorts by Ulla Johnson. Shoes by Vince Camuto.

Photography by David Needleman. Styled by Toye Adedipe.

The youngest daughter of 20 children, Folake Olowofoyeku knows how to make her own way. Indeed that's exactly what she did when she immigrated to New York City all by herself at age 18!

A Serious Side

Headshot of Folake Olowofoyeku wearing a silver top

Top by Rajo Laurel. Bracelet by Timelapse Co.

Photography by David Needleman. Styled by Toye Adedipe.

"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." — Folake Olowofoyeku

Stature And Grace

Headshot of Folake Olowofoyeku looking into the camera

Dress by Fe Noel.

Photography by David Needleman. Styled by Toye Adedipe.

Olowofoyeku's feature film roles earned her a Best Actress award at the prestigious ReelHeART International Film Festival in Toronto, and a Best Actress in a Fashion Film award at the CinéFashion Film Awards.

Smile Bright

Folake Olowofoyeku smiling with eyes closed wearing a blue and orange dress

Dress by Fe Noel.

Photography by David Needleman. Styled by Toye Adedipe.

Folake Olowofoyeku's gorgeous gap-tooth grin proves that a show-stopping smile isn't about your pearly whites, it's all about genuine joy!

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Gratitude Attitude

Folake Olowofoyeku modeling a floral dress by Fe Noel

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

Photography by David Needleman. Styled by Toye Adedipe.

Playing opposite Billy Gardell is a blessing for Folake Olowofoyeku , she tells Watch: "He's my role model. He's very kind. I go to him for advice, just about managing it all. And everyone tells me — how easy I have it working with Billy."

Keeping It Fun, And Real

Folake Olowofoyeku modeling a siena and gold dress

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

Photography by David Needleman. Styled by Toye Adedipe.

"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 all immigrants, and, of course, Americans." — Folake Olowofoyeku

Rise Up

Folake Olowofoyeku modeling a siena and gold dress

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

Photography by David Needleman. Styled by Toye Adedipe.

In Folake Olowofoyeku's in-dept Watch interview, the conversation takes a turn to the protests against police brutality in Lagos, Nigeria, where soldiers fired on peaceful demonstrators, and she shares a heartfelt lesson on the struggles of the Nigerian people (#EndSARS). Her political parents would be proud.

Power Performer

Black and white photo of Folake Olowofoyeku

Top by Rajo Laurel. Bracelet by Timelapse Co.

Photography by David Needleman. Styled by Toye Adedipe.

Folake Olowofoyeku's parents wanted her to follow their footsteps into politics and law, but she's found her own power in the performing arts.

Laid Back Lady

Folake Olowofoyeku laying sideways wearing a blue and white pattern outfit

Top and pants by Valentino. Shoes by Nine West.

Photography by David Needleman. Styled by Toye Adedipe.

The character Abishola on Bob ❤️ Abishola isn't a lot like Folake herself, and she admits that she plays her to be more rigid than the actress is in real life.

Her Musical Muse

Headshot of Folake Olowofoyeku with eyes closed wearing a white top

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

Photography by David Needleman. Styled by Toye Adedipe.

Folake Olowofoyeku is a sultry singer, and in one upcoming episode of Bob ❤️ Abishola, she get the chance to sing a song of her own creation in the shower.

White Wedding

Folake Olowofoyeku lounging in a white top by Antonio Grimaldi

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

Photography by David Needleman. Styled by Toye Adedipe.

The actress shares her hopes with Watch to take the show on the road in Nigeria, and mentions a Nigerian "white wedding" episode that she pitched and put "out in the universe."

Walking On Purple Cloud Nine

Folake Olowofoyeku modeling a Puff gown by BCALLA

Puff gown by BCALLA.

Photography by David Needleman. Styled by Toye Adedipe.

Folake Olowofoyeku feels fortunate for the turns her life has taken, and the strong-willed actress has worked hard for the success she enjoys.

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Originally published in Watch Magazine, January-February 2021.

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

Photo Credit: Erik Voake/CBS.

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!

Photo Credit: CBS.

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).

Photo Credit: CBS.

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.

Photo: Sam Lothridge/CBS.

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.

Photo Credit: Erik Voake/CBS.

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).

Photo Credit: Monty Brinton/CBS.

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.

Photo Credit: CBS.

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

When it comes to award-worthy shows and performances, it's been an embarrassment of riches in the age of Peak TV. But when the Television Academy announces its Emmy nominations on July 28—yes, the show will go on in September—fingers crossed we hear these 10 names among the nods. Some made us laugh, some made us cry, and some made us laugh until we cried.

The Good Fight For Outstanding Drama Series + Christine Baranski For Outstanding Lead Actress In A Drama Series

Christine Baranski in a red pantsuit standing against a red backdrop

Christine Baranski as Diane Lockhart in The Good Fight.

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From Season 4's opening what-if standalone—which reimagined a world where Hillary Clinton became president—to the season-ending Jeffrey Epstein episode (with a ballsy final shot), TV's best drama continues to shock and awe. Christine Baranski was nominated six times in a row for playing Diane Lockhart on The Good Wife—but never won. It's time for the Academy to let justice be served.

The Good Fight streams exclusively on CBS All Access.

Evil's Mike Colter For Outstanding Lead Actor In A Drama Series

Mike Colter as David Acosta on Evil

Mike Colter as David Acosta in Evil.

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Demonic possessions and hauntings could be a hard sell for some, but Mike Colter somehow grounds this supernatural procedural with his nuanced performance as a priest in training. His talent is on full display in the episode "Room 320," where Colter conveys fear and desperation at the hands of Nurse Plague—all from the confines of a hospital gurney.

Stream full episodes of Evil on CBS All Access.

Schitt’s Creek For Outstanding Comedy Series

The cast of Schitts Creek sitting at a booth eating in a diner

Annie Murphy, Daniel Levy, Catherine O'Hara, and Eugene Levy in Schitt's Creek.

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The riches-to-rags cult comedy, from and starring father-son duo Eugene and Dan Levy, single-handedly put Pop TV on the map, but became a pop cultural phenomenon thanks to Schittheads—aka diehard fans such as Jennifer Lawrence and Mariah Carey—discovering it on streaming. Of course, it helps to have improv legends like the elder Levy and Catherine O'Hara among the cast, plus the younger Levy's GIF-worthy catchphrases ("Very uninterested in that opinion") all over social media.

As difficult as series finales can be, dare we say that Schitt's Creek stuck its landing with a hilarious yet heartfelt sendoff?

Watch every episode of Schitt's Creek on Pop TV and on the Pop Now App.

One Day At A Time's Rita Moreno For Outstanding Supporting Actress In A Comedy Series

Rita Moreno as Lydia on One Day at a Time

Rita Moreno makes one of Lydia's famous entrances in One Day At A Time.

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The EGOT-winning living legend deserves an Emmy for Lydia's theatrical entrances alone ("I came out of the womb wearing stilettos!") As the sassy, sexy matriarch of a Cuban-American family, Rita Moreno accents abuelita's every line on One Day At A Time with dramatic flair.

Watch Season 4 of One Day At A Time on Pop TV and stream via the Pop Now App.

Black Monday's Regina Hall For Outstanding Supporting Actress In A Comedy Series

Regina Hall in a green and blue colorblocked blazer in Black Monday

Regina Hall as Dawn in Black Monday.

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Dawn Towner, one of the few female traders in male-dominated 1980s Wall Street, is both one of the guys and in a league of her own. Regina Hall handles rapid-fire repartee and absurdist humor with aplomb, all while rocking the era's outlandish hair and shoulder pads. She truly paints a complete picture: Dawn is unapologetically zany, ambitious, and sensitive.

Stream Seasons 1 and 2 of Black Monday on SHOWTIME and SHOWTIME ANYTIME apps, as well as via SHOWTIME On Demand.

Bob ♥️ Abishola For Outstanding Comedy Series

Folake Olowofoyeku leaning on Billy Gardell in Bob Hearts Abishola

Folake Olowofoyeku and Billy Gardell in Bob ♥️ Abishola.

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Sure, we all ♥️ Bob (Billy Gardell) and Abishola (Folake Olowofoyeku), but Chuck Lorre's groundbreaking sitcom centering on a Nigerian family boasts TV's best supporting cast of scene-stealers: Christine Ebersole as Bob's offensively funny mother, Dottie; Vernee Watson as no-nonsense nurse Gloria; Shola Adewusi and Barry Shabaka Henley as Abishola's super-protective auntie and uncle; Matt Jones and Maribeth Monroe as Bob's siblings, and co-creator Gina Yashere as Abishola's blunt bestie, Kemi,

Transcending stereotypical tropes, Bob ♥️ Abishola shines a light on the hardworking immigrant experience.

Stream full episodes of Bob ♥️ Abishola on CBS All Access.

Mom's Kristen Johnston For Outstanding Supporting Actress In A Comedy Series

Kristen Johnston in a plaid shirt on Mom

Kristen Johnston stars as Tammy in the CBS series Mom.

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Two-time Emmy winner Kristen Johnston deserves a crack at a third winged trophy as Tammy, an ex-con with a heart of gold. Johnston is a brilliant physical comic who can uppercut you with over-the-top slapstick—but she can also knock you out with an emotional wallop, as evidenced by her scenes with long-lost Aunt Cookie (Kathleen Turner).

Stream full episodes of Mom on CBS All Access.

All Rise's Simone Missick for Outstanding Lead Actress In A Drama Series

Simone Missick holding chopsticks on All Rise

Simone Missick as Lola Carmichael in All Rise.

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The JAs (judicial assistants) call Judge Lola Carmichael a "Lolacoaster" behind her back because "nobody knows where the ride is taking us." The same can be said about Simone Missick, who takes us on a ride every week with her portrayal of Lola: confident, vulnerable, empathetic, and unorthodox.

Watch All Rise on Mondays at 9/8c on CBS and CBS All Access.

Star Trek: Picard's Patrick Stewart For Outstanding Lead Actor In A Drama Series

Patrick Stewart as Picard sitting in a chair on Star Trek Picard

Patrick Stewart as Picard in the CBS All Access series Star Trek: Picard.

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Not any actor can slip so seamlessly back into a beloved character, but Patrick Stewart is not just any actor. His early-25th-century Picard may be older and more weathered than his confident Jean-Luc from Star Trek: The Next Generation. But the way this prolific Shakespearean actor imbues Picard with melancholy and regret, and yet with a glimmer of optimism, is more than enough to make viewers "engage."

Star Trek: Picard streams exclusively on CBS All Access.

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