When We Rise ABC

TVLine Items: When We Rise Bumped by Trump, Nashville Ratings Up and More

The second installment of ABC’s gay rights miniseries When We Rise has been pushed back a day to accommodate the ABC News special report “President Donald Trump’s Address to Congress” on Tuesday, Feb. 28, at 9/8c, the network announced Wednesday.

The limited series event will still premiere Monday, Feb. 27, at 9 pm, but the subsequent episodes will now air nightly Wednesday through Friday.

When We Rise — starring Guy Pearce, Mary-Louise Parker (Weeds) and Rachel Griffiths (Six Feet Under) — chronicles the real-life personal and political setbacks and triumphs of a diverse family of LGBT men and women who helped pioneer one of the last legs of the U.S. Civil Rights movement.

Ready for more of today’s newsy nuggets? Well…

* Nashville continues to sing for CMT, where for a second straight week it rose in the demo — from a 0.92 to 0.95 — while maintaining a steady 2.1 million total viewers. (Season 5 of the ABC castoff premiered on CMT to a 0.8 rating.)

* Bravo has been renewed the culinary competition series Top Chef for Season 15.

* WWE Superstar John Cena will host the 2017 Kids’ Choice Awards, airing live on Saturday, March 11, at 8 pm on Nickelodeon.

* Audience Network’s crime drama Rogue will return for its fourth and final season on Wednesday, March 22, at 9 pm. The action will move back to San Francisco as the characters seek revenge and redemption.

* Mary-Louise Parker (Weeds) will recur in Audience Network’s drama series Mr. Mercedes, based on Stephen King’s book of the same name about a demented killer (Penny Dreadful‘s Harry Treadaway) who taunts a retired police detective (Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1‘s Brendan Gleeson), per The Hollywood Reporter.

* NBC has greenlit a pilot for the game show 5 Gold Rings, based on a UK format in which each player is given rings as they answer questions over five levels, our sister site Deadline reports. Meanwhile, viewers can play along on the interactive LED floor by connecting to the game via smartphone.

* Rapper Missy Elliott will guest-star on Fox’s Star as Pumpkin, a dangerous producer/recording artist who knew Queen Latifah’s Carlotta in her past life, Deadline reports.

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18 Comments
  1. Jj says:

    ABC has been bending over left and right to please the Fuhrer. I think I’m going to take a break from their shows.

    • Ken says:

      I agree. I was just coming here to state the same thing. They benched their own Thursday hit shows for a 20/20 piece on him and his family and now benching their own miniseries for another news program on him. Might just need to take a break from ABC altogether until they lighten up on their loveliest for him.

    • rob horine says:

      It’s congress that invited YOUR PRESIDENT to speak at a joint session. If don’t blame “The Fuhrer”, blame Congress. Not everything is Trump’s fault.

      And nice use of nazi imagery. But you do know you violated “Godwin’s law”.

    • cp says:

      I find that sentiment odd because you’re referring to the same ABC that carried that amazing (if blindly optimistic) Blackish episode. If they really WERE bending over to the Fuhrer, that show woulda been cancelled after that episode. Oh well.

    • Boiler says:

      Rob, What joint session?

    • Ann says:

      Uhh…This is the president’s yearly State of the Union Address, technically a joint Congress address since he was just inaugurated, but it’s something every president has to do…it’s specified in the Constitution. Every news network will cover it, not just ABC, because as a news network, they all agree that they will broadcast Presidential addresses to the nation.

    • I can’t stand listening to this blowhard’s grating voice with his 100 word vocabulary on any network.

  2. Mike says:

    It’s a heck of a lot worse that they specifically bumped two shows either about or starring demographics that the tyrannical tangerine man has been so profoundly targeting (oh who am I kidding that’s everyone but white men)…sigh.

    • Angela says:

      Liked for “tyrannical tangerine” :D.
      .
      Seriously, though, excellent point.

    • rob horine says:

      Hey Dum-dum. He was invited by congress. They set the time. But nice Trump Derangement Syndrome!

      • Mary says:

        He wasn’t invited by Congress. This is standard, he is not the first and won’t be the last to give a speech. Unfortunately I believe all stations will be covering this not just ABC. But I won’t be watching I will just get the highlights online. The less I hear from this man the better. Hopefully he will read off a teleprompter because we all know he has trouble making a coherent statement. No interest on him telling more lies to boast his inflated ego up.

  3. Kevin says:

    Would be great to see John Cena get slimed at this year’s Kids Choice Awards.

  4. SJ says:

    Ha! I love how all the snowflakes are upset at their lefty propaganda show being pushed for a special on President Trump. Really makes my day! :)

  5. Cody Drennen says:

    Really happy about Nashville. It is a perfect match for CMT and this season have been great.

  6. Boiler says:

    Is there anyway to know number of viewers on Hulu. I do not get CMT on my cable package and it was cheaper to get HULU. It is also interesting that just on these alone it is doing better than AoS. ABC may find they made a major blunder although that now seems to be their norm

  7. polymorph says:

    Actually they’re taking off regular programming to show the fruits and nuts mini series which will have the lowest rating in recent history because nobody cares. Trump will probably have higher ratings and the sotu is a regular thing and is on every major network. Your so called fuhrer lost the election but keep up the ignorance flakes. I love seeing your heads burst over nothing. You all do know trump isn’t changing anything for the lgtbqrstuvwxyz laws right.

  8. Miss Nancy says:

    “When we rise” only appeals to a very small group of people. Not sure why ABC feels they always have to interject their LGBT agenda in every show they air. I and others are getting tired of it and switching to another channel. Another reason why people stop watching tv!