Scandal (TV series)
Scandal is an American political thriller television series starring Kerry Washington. Created by Shonda Rhimes, it aired on ABC from April 5, 2012, until April 19, 2018, for 124 episodes over seven seasons. Kerry Washington's character, Olivia Pope, is based on former George H. W. Bush administration press aide Judy Smith; the show takes place in Washington, D. C. and focuses on Olivia Pope's crisis management firm, Olivia Pope & Associates, its staff, as well as staff at the White House and surrounding political scene. In addition to Kerry Washington, the show features Tony Goldwyn as Fitzgerald Grant III, the President of the United States—later a former President—and Olivia's main love interest; the show was named a Television Program of the Year by the American Film Institute, received the Peabody Award for Excellence in Television and was honored as Outstanding Drama Series at the Image Awards. Washington has won the Image Award for Outstanding Actress in a Drama Series and has been nominated for an Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series, a Golden Globe Award for Best Actress in a Drama Series, a SAG Award for Outstanding Performance by an Actress in a Drama Series.
The first season of Scandal introduced the various members at her firm. In addition, it introduced the President of the United States, Fitzgerald Grant III and his chief of staff Cyrus Beene; the season focuses on the lives of the team members, the relationship between Olivia and the President, the mystery surrounding Amanda Tanner's involvement with the White House, among other cases the team solved. An assassination attempt is made on Fitz's life, which kills him; as a result, Sally Langston takes over as President, much to Cyrus' dismay. After surviving, Fitz decides to get a divorce, which Mellie tries to avoid by somehow convincing her OB/GYN to induce her labor four weeks early. Huck is arrested for the attempted assassination after being framed by his girlfriend Becky. After David helps Huck go free, Huck and her team trick Becky to show up at the hospital where she is arrested. Fitz finds out that Verna kills her. At the funeral, he reveals to Olivia that he does not want a divorce as he is devastated after learning about the rigging from Verna.
The second arc focuses on finding the mole, leaking classified information from the White House. Olivia and the team investigate the case after figuring out that the CIA Director's suicide was a murder. Olivia gets to know Captain Jake Ballard, who works with the leader of B613, who orders Jake to get close to Olivia. At the end of the season, Mellie gives Fitz an ultimatum: either he becomes loyal to her, or she goes on national television and reveals Fitz's affair with Olivia. Fitz chooses Olivia. Fitz announces his re-election campaign; as Olivia and the team continue to investigate who the mole is, Huck manages to capture Charlie, who reveals the mole's identity: Billy Chambers. They figure out that Billy is working with David, who steals the Cytron card, but frames Billy and gives Cyrus the card in exchange for being reinstated as US Attorney. At the end, Olivia's name is leaked to the press as being Fitz's mistress, it is revealed that Rowan is Olivia's father. After Olivia's name is leaked to the press as Fitz's mistress, Olivia Pope & Associates faces financial troubles when all their clients fire them.
The firm accepts "new" clients in order to pay the bills. Rowan becomes more involved with Olivia's life, which begins to affect her, leads Huck and Jake to investigate B613, they discover during a military action code named "Operation Remington", Fitz shot down a civilian aircraft over Iceland and Olivia's mother was one of over 300 casualties. Determined to find out the truth about Operation Remington, the firm investigates Rowan and learns that a passenger was removed from the flight by a Federal Marshal just prior to take off. Quinn starts to hang out with Charlie, who sets her up to kill a security guard, an eye-witness to the Federal Marshal's removal of the passenger; as a result of Quinn's inadvertent murder, Huck tortures her and she leaves the firm. Meanwhile, Fitz faces problems when Congresswoman Josephine "Josie" Marcus is in the running to win the Democratic Party primary against Senator Samuel Reston and become the first female president of the United States. Cyrus fails. After O
Conviction (2016 TV series)
Conviction is an American legal drama television series on ABC. It premiered on Monday, October 3, 2016; the series, starring Hayley Atwell, was picked up from pilot on May 12, 2016. A full trailer was released on May 17, 2016. On November 8, 2016, ABC announced there would be no back-order for more than the thirteen contracted episodes. ABC canceled the series on May 11, 2017. Former First Daughter Hayes Morrison is blackmailed into heading the Conviction Integrity Unit, a department of the New York County District Attorney's Office comprising lawyers and forensic experts who re-examine cases where there is suspicion of wrongful conviction; the team has only five days to prove each case. Hayley Atwell as Hayes Morrison, the rebellious former First Daughter of the United States, party-girl, skilled defense attorney, who graduated first in her class at Harvard. After being suspended for sleeping with her students and following her arrest for cocaine possession, she is blackmailed by the District Attorney into heading the newly formed Conviction Integrity Unit.
Her mother is running for a New York US Senate seat. Eddie Cahill as Conner Wallace, the New York County District Attorney who created the CIU, he and Hayes soon started a relationship. They both struggle with their romantic feelings toward one another. Shawn Ashmore as Sam Spencer, an Assistant District Attorney, selected to head the CIU. Although a team player, he is not happy about his demotion. Merrin Dungey as Maxine Bohen, a former NYPD detective who now works for the CIU as a DA investigator, she had an addiction to pain pills and has a minor relapse during the series. Emily Kinney as Tess Larson, the CIU's paralegal, she assists Frankie with his experiments. Manny Montana as Franklin "Frankie" Cruz, an ex-con who works for the CIU as its forensic technician. Daniel Franzese as Jackson Morrison, Hayes' older brother and their mother's campaign manager, he and Hayes care for one another and are roommates. Despite being in the main cast, Franzese only appears in seven of the thirteen episodes.
Bess Armstrong as Harper Morrison, Hayes' and Jackson's mother, the former First Lady, running for the U. S. Senate, she is divorced from former president Theodore Morrison. Sarah Allen as Lisa Crozier, a reporter digging for dirt on Hayes and the CIU. Nigel Gibbs as John Bohen, Maxine's father, a retired police detective who runs a local bar. Ilfenesh Hadera as Naomi Golden, Wallace's lawyer and both his and Hayes' ex-girlfriend. Alex Mallari Jr. as Matty Tan, falsely convicted of murder based on Tess' eyewitness testimony as a child. After five years in prison he was exonerated by DNA evidence. Mike Doyle as Rodney Landon, a bigoted activist planning terrorism attacks against Muslims, who reappears in an attempt to discredit Sam and the CIU. In March 2016, the pilot was shot in Toronto, Canada, as was the rest of the series at Cinespace Film Studios' Kipling Avenue facility; when the pilot was being cast, the main character's name was reported as "Carter Morrison". The character was renamed "Hayes Morrison".
Daniel di Tomasso, cast as Hayes' brother, was dropped after the pilot was filmed for creative reasons. Daniel Franzese was recast as his replacement starting with the pilot. Four of the cast members left the series for other projects. Manny Montana signed to appear as a regular character on the upcoming NBC series Good Girls, Emily Kinney signed to the ordered ABC series Ten Days in the Valley, Hayley Atwell signed to star in the BBC One/Starz miniseries Howards End and Merrin Dungey signed to co-star in the CBS comedy-pilot Brothered Up. Conviction has received negative reviews from television critics. Rotten Tomatoes shows a 19% "rotten" rating with the site's critical consensus reading: "While Hayley Atwell proves a strong and likable lead, her charisma alone cannot elevate Conviction from its worn and familiar trappings." The rating on Metacritic is 45 out of 100, indicating "mixed or average reviews". Conviction on IMDb Conviction on TV.com Conviction on The Futon Critic Conviction on ABC
Changi is a planning area located in the East Region of Singapore. Sharing borders with Pasir Ris and Tampines to the west, Changi Bay to the southeast, the South China Sea to the east and the Serangoon Harbour to the north. Changi, excluding the two water catchments and islands of Singapore, is the largest planning area by land size. Today, Changi is an aviation hub, it is the current location of both Changi Air Base. Located within Changi is Singapore's largest prison, Changi Prison, it was used as a Japanese prisoner-of-war camp during the occupation of Singapore in World War II. Changi Prison continues to be Singapore's oldest operating internment facility, in the form of the new Changi Prison Complex; the early Malay place name of Changi was Tanjong Rusa, as written in the 1604 Godinho de Eredia map of Singapore. The name Changi was known in the early 19th century. In the 1828 map by Franklin and Jackson, the extreme southeastern tip of the island is referred to as Tanjong Changi. Vessels using the Johor Straits would have to pass by Changi.
There are many versions for the etymological roots of the name Changi. The first director of the Singapore Botanic Gardens Henry Ridley suggested that it gets its name from a tall tree, Pokok Chengal or Cengal, common in the area in the early nineteenth century, it written and pronounced as "Chengai". Its heavy timber is used for buildings and furniture and noted for its strength and deep rich colour. Other sources suggests that it comes from a climbing shrub found in the area, the changi ular, or chengal asir. During the early surveys in the 1820s to 1830s of Singapore island, Changi was named Franklin Point after Captain Franklin, involved in these early surveys. Early Changi was a malaria mosquito infested swampland and jungle that had several kampongs spread across the vast area. Several of these kampongs included from north to south, Kampong Changi, Kampong Telok Paku, Kampong Ayer Gemuroh, Kampong Somapah, Kampong Mata Ikan and Kampong Padang Terbakar, although the exact founding dates of many of these kampongs are unknown.
The place was first redeveloped by the British as a summer house and a getaway location from the city centre of Singapore in the 1890s, was prized for its tranquillity and remoteness. The existence of the resorts there today still bear testament to the original redevelopments there. Starting from the 1920s due to increasing tension across Asia and Europe in anticipation for war, the British starting building up its military presence at the area and this included the construction of military barracks and the infamous Changi Hospital, with Chinese and Indian labourers brought in from the city. Defences along Changi's southern coast where beefed up with the construction of machine gun pillboxes in anticipation of the Imperial Japanese Army arrival by sea. Construction was halted during the Great Depression but was subsequently resumed as these structures were considered vital for the defence of Singapore. During World War II, the area saw mass mobilisation of Allied troops in anticipation of a Japanese invasion from the north-eastern coasts of Singapore as the Japanese had moved to capture the neighbouring Pulau Ubin from Malaysia.
However it was a bluff that drew vital resources from the west of Singapore, the eventual landing site used by the Japanese. The area saw action of three giant artillery guns called the Johore Battery, though their usefulness in defending Singapore has been questionable. In 1942, after the surrender of the British in Singapore, Allied Prisoners-of-Wars were made to march from the city to Changi Prison and the surrounding barracks where they were interned; the POW Camps were overcrowded and life as described by those who were interned there was unbearable, multiple incidents including the Selarang Barracks incident took place. Civilians were not spared, the Sook Ching massacre which targeted the Chinese population, took place at multiple locations in Changi, most notably at Changi Beach Park. Thousands were believed to have been executed in these areas, it was during this time too that the Japanese were involved in the planning and construction of Changi Air Base. After the war in 1945, the British continued to maintain Changi for military purposes, while rebuilding up the area to include accommodations and resorts.
They continued to do so after the independence of Singapore in 1965, as with other areas like Seletar and Tengah. The coast along the eastern side of Changi saw government bungalows and resorts opened for civil servants use. In 1971, because of the East of Suez policy, announced by the British earlier in 1968, there was a sudden and large withdrawal of British troops from Changi; the vacated area saw many people whose livelihood and businesses depended on providing for the British forces becoming jobless and unsustainable. However, there were still contingents of ANZUK troops, left in its place and the government of New Zealand bolstered its presence in Singapore in the wake of the British withdrawal to maintain its interest in the region; the area later became home to several of Singapore Armed Forces units too. Changi was revitalised with Changi Village and Somapah spruced up and Changi Airport being constructed in the area after land reclamation took place; however this caused further disruptions to the livelihood of the residents as they had to make way for the airport and the many other redevelopments in the area including high tech industrial estates.
In 1989 the last of New Zealand troops withdrew and all its remaining assets were handed over to the Singapore governm
Bad Judge is an American legal comedy television series co-created by Chad Kultgen and Anne Heche. Kultgen and Heche serve as executive producers, along with Will Ferrell, Kate Walsh, Adam McKay, Chris Henchy, Betsy Thomas, Jill Sobel Messick for Universal Television; the series premiered on NBC on October 2, 2014. NBC canceled the series on October 31, 2014; the series finale aired on January 22, 2015. The series chronicles the personal life of Rebecca Wright, a tough-as-nails judge serving on the Los Angeles County Circuit Court, whose time off the bench is spent partying and displaying reckless behavior. Kate Walsh as Judge Rebecca Wright Ryan Hansen as Dr. Gary Boyd John Ducey as Tom Barlow Tone Bell as Tedward Mulray Miguel Sandoval as Judge Hernandez Amy Rhodes as Judy Bad Judge has received negative reviews. On Rotten Tomatoes, the show holds a rating of 20%, based on 39 reviews, with an average rating of 4.5/10. The site's consensus reads, "A alleged comedy charged with minimal wit, Bad Judge is benched by stale jokes and a lead performance that lacks conviction."
On Metacritic, the show has a score of 38 out of 100, based on 22 critics, indicating "generally unfavorable reviews". Bad Judge was nominated for a People's Choice Award for Favorite New TV Comedy. Official website Bad Judge on IMDb Bad Judge at TV.com
1080i is an abbreviation referring to a combination of frame resolution and scan type, used in high-definition television and high-definition video. The number "1080" refers to the number of horizontal lines on the screen; the "i" is an abbreviation for "interlaced". A related display resolution is 1080p, which has 1080 lines of resolution; the term assumes a widescreen aspect ratio of 16:9, so the 1080 lines of vertical resolution implies 1920 columns of horizontal resolution, or 1920 pixels × 1080 lines. A 1920 pixels × 1080 lines screen has a total of 2.1 megapixels and a temporal resolution of 50 or 60 interlaced fields per second. This format is used in the SMPTE 292M standard; the choice of 1080 lines originates with Charles Poynton, who in the early 1990s pushed for "square pixels" to be used in HD video formats. Within the designation "1080i", the i stands for interlaced scan. A frame of 1080i video consists of two sequential fields of 540 vertical pixels; the first field consists of all odd-numbered TV lines and the second all numbered lines.
The horizontal lines of pixels in each field are captured and displayed with a one-line vertical gap between them, so the lines of the next field can be interlaced between them, resulting in 1080 total lines. 1080i differs from 1080p, where the p stands for progressive scan, where all lines in a frame are captured at the same time. In native or pure 1080i, the two fields of a frame correspond to different instants, so motion portrayal is good; this is true for interlaced video in general and can be observed in still images taken of fast motion scenes. However, when 1080p material is captured at 25 or 30 frames/second, it is converted to 1080i at 50 or 60 fields/second for processing or broadcasting. In this situation both fields in a frame do correspond to the same instant; the field-to-instant relation is somewhat more complex for the case of 1080p at 24 frames/second converted to 1080i at 60 fields/second. The field rate of 1080i is 60 Hz for countries that use or used System M as analog television system with 60 fields/sec, or 50 Hz for regions that use or used 625-lines television system with 50 fields/sec.
Both field rates can be carried by major digital television broadcast formats such as ATSC, DVB, ISDB-T International. The frame rate can be implied by the context, while the field rate is specified after the letter i, such as "1080i60". In this case 1080i60 refers to 60 fields per second; the European Broadcasting Union prefers to use the resolution and frame rate separated by a slash, as in 1080i/30 and 1080i/25 480i/30 and 576i/25. Resolutions of 1080i60 or 1080i50 refers to 1080i/30 or 1080i/25 in EBU notation. 1080i is directly compatible with some CRT HDTVs on which it can be displayed natively in interlaced form, but for display on progressive-scan—e.g. Most new LCD and plasma TVs, it must be deinterlaced. Depending on the television's video processing capabilities, the resulting video quality may vary, but may not suffer. For example, film material at 25fps may be deinterlaced from 1080i50 to restore a full 1080p resolution at the original frame rate without any loss. Preferably video material with 50 or 60 motion phases/second is to be converted to 50p or 60p before display.
Worldwide, most HD channels on satellite and cable broadcast in 1080i. In the United States, 1080i is the preferred format for most broadcasters, with Inc.. Viacom, AT&T, Comcast owned networks broadcasting in the format. Only Fox-owned television networks and Disney-owned television networks, along with MLB Network and a few other cable networks use 720p as the preferred format for their networks. Many ABC affiliates owned by Hearst Television and former Belo Corporation stations owned by TEGNA, along with some individual affiliates of those three networks, air their signals in 1080i and upscale network programming for master control and transmission purposes, as most syndicated programming and advertising is produced and distributed in 1080i, removing a downscaling step to 720p; this allows local newscasts on these ABC affiliates to be produced in the higher resolution to match the picture quality of their 1080i competitors. Some cameras and broadcast systems that use 1080 vertical lines per frame do not use the full 1920 pixels of a nominal 1080i picture for image capture and encoding.
Common subsampling ratios include 3/4 and 1/2. Where used, the lower horizontal resolution is scaled to capture and/or display a full-sized picture. Using half horizontal resolution and only one field of each frame results in the format known as qHD, which has fram
Chasing Life is an American television drama series that aired on ABC Family from June 10, 2014 to September 28, 2015. The series is adapted from the Televisa Spanish-language Mexican television series Terminales. Ordered for 13 episodes, on November 27, 2013, an additional seven episodes were added to the series order, bringing the season to 20 episodes. On July 15, 2014, ABC Family ordered another episode to air as a Christmas special, bringing the episode order to 21. On November 6, 2014, the series was renewed for a second season. Slated to premiere on August 17, 2015, the season two premiere was moved up to July 6. Chasing Life was canceled on October 2, 2015. Chasing Life follows 24-year-old April, a smart and quick-witted aspiring journalist trying to advance her career at a Boston newspaper by impressing her hard-nosed editor; when not pursuing the latest scoop, April tries to balance her ambitious career with her family – her widowed mom Sara, rebellious little sister Brenna, her sweet grandmother.
Just as things start to look up at work, on the romance front with co-worker Dominic, April finds out from an estranged uncle that she has leukemia. Italia Ricci as April Carver, a junior reporter at The Boston Post newspaper whose life takes a turn when she is diagnosed with leukemia. Mary Page Keller as Sara Carver and Brenna's mother, she works as a therapist but her training has not helped her better relate to people outside the office. Richard Brancatisano as Dominic Russo, an arts reporter at The Boston Post and April's love interest. Breaks up with April after finding out she hadn't told him about cancer. Begins to date April’s half-sister, Natalie but he doesn't commit to it, because he's still in love with April. Haley Ramm as Brenna Carver, April's rebellious teenage sister, who went into a bad place after her father's death. In the midst of struggling with the changes in April's life, she starts dating popular classmate Greer, her parents disapprove of her and forbid them from seeing each other.
They date again before breaking up due to Greer moving. In the Christmas special, Brenna came out as bisexual. Aisha Dee as Beth Kingston, April's best friend, the first person April tells about her cancer and April's most steadfast supporter. Scott Michael Foster as Leo Hendrie, the son of a famous politician, who has cancer. A love interest of April. Asks April to marry him, she says yes and they get married. Shortly after, he passes away in his sleep. Rebecca Schull as Emma, Sara's mother and April and Brenna's grandmother. Jessica Meraz as Natalie Ortiz and Brenna's paternal half-sister, she is younger than April, but older than Brenna. Thomas had an affair resulting with Natalie's birth many years ago, which only Sara and George knew about. Abhi Sinha as Danny Gupta, April's former co-worker turned friend. Steven Weber as Dr. George Carver and Brenna's paternal uncle, who has a romantic interest in Sara. Gracie Dzienny as Greer Danville, a popular girl from Brenna's school, Brenna's ex-girlfriend.
She lived with Brenna after a fallout with her parents before moving with her dad. Dylan Gelula as Ford, Brenna's best friend, they go through a rough patch when Brenna gets involved with Greer, but she is shown to be fiercely loyal. Merrin Dungey as Dr. Susan Hamburg, April's doctor. Shi Ne Nielson as Raquel Avila, April's supervisor turned rival Rob Kerkovich as Graham, Dominic's roommate and Beth's ex-boyfriend, whom she broke up with due to commitment issues. Augusto Aguilera as Kieran, Brenna's older ex-boyfriend, her boss at an art gallery/tattoo parlor. Alycia Grant as Meg, April's friend from her cancer support group. Todd Waring as Bruce Hendrie, Leo's father and Massachusetts gubernatorial candidate. Andy Mientus as a fellow cancer patient from April and Leo's cancer support group. Aurora Perrineau as Margo, Brenna's film club advisor, whom she got romantically involved with Parker Mack as Finn Madill, a cancer patient who attends Brenna's new public school. Unbeknownst to the two of them, Brenna happens to be Finn's bone marrow donor.
Vondie Curtis-Hall as Lawrence and Danny's boss at The Boston Post. Tom Irwin as Thomas Carver, April and Natalie's father and George's brother. Known to the world as a famous novelist, his personal life remains a mystery that his daughters are trying to sort through. Stephen Schneider as Aaron Phillips and Danny's boss at The Boston Post, who replaced Lawrence. Bob Gebert as Dr. Stibler, Leo's doctor. Chasing Life premiered on June 10, 2014, running ten episodes out of an ordered twenty. On July 15, 2014, an additional episode for the first season functioning as a Christmas special was ordered, aired on December 9, 2014; the season returned on January 19, 2015. On November 6, 2014, Chasing Life was renewed for a second season; the second season premiere in July 2015 and concluded in September 2015. In Canada, the series premiered on ABC Spark on June 10, 2014. In Australia, the series premiered on Fox8 on July 21, 2014, returned for the second half of season one on February 3, 2015. Official website Chasing Life on IMDb
Sony Entertainment Television
Sony Entertainment Television is an Indian Hindi-language general entertainment television channel. It was launched in October 1995, is owned by Sony Pictures Networks India, a subsidiary of Sony Pictures Entertainment, which in turn is owned by the Japanese Sony Corporation. SET has been one of India's most popular television channels, having produced many iconic shows such as CID, Indian Idol, Boogie Woogie and Crime Patrol. A version for international transmission exists, known as Sony Entertainment Television Asia. Launched on 8 October 1998, it is based in the United Kingdom; the international version is available in several countries and regions, including Australia, Europe, Guyana, the Middle East, New Zealand, South Africa, Suriname and Tobago, the United Kingdom, the United States. Official website