July 9, 2021 Ali Gallery, Rebel Leave a Comment

I have finally added all of the promotional stills and captures from the 10 episodes of Sam’s series Rebel to our gallery.

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June 11, 2021 Ali Rebel Leave a Comment

TV Line gives a breakdown from the series finale of Rebel … sure going to miss this series!

Rebel‘s eponymous heroine is a hot mess, and the ABC drama’s two-hour finale reaffirmed exactly why that’s one of her best attributes.

With reporters camped outside because of her arrest for drunk and disorderly conduct, Rebel’s home was in total disarray. To make matters worse, their expert witness Cartson was having a nervous breakdown and in no condition to testify. Plus, Ziggy, who was still upset with Grady for having a secret love child, lashed out at reporters in a rant that went viral.

Things were no better in court as Cruz struggled against Stonemore’s ruthless lawyers. Benji discredited one of his witnesses on the stand and made another come off as wholly unlikeable during cross examination. Benji then handed the reigns to Rebel’s daughter Cassidy, who took shots at Misha’s credibility by exposing her affair with a married colleague—private information that Nathaniel told Cassidy in confidence while contemplating his relationship.

Stonemore’s tactics were even shadier outside the courtroom. They paid Ziggy’s boyfriend Sean $20,000 to deceive Rebel into thinking Ziggy overdosed and was in the hospital. Plus, Cartson mysteriously disappeared and his husband was found drugged on the floor after the cops who were watching them were called away for an emergency. Both were false alarms: Ziggy had been in court the whole time, and Carston left a voicemail with cryptic clues that led Rebel and Lana to a random storage unit. After digging through mountains of junk, they found a jump drive and the key to winning their case.

Back in court, Cruz stalled for time by calling Nathaniel to the stand to explain conception in excruciating detail. Meanwhile, Lana and Rebel rushed the jump drive to Misha, who couldn’t make sense of the documents enclosed. Why was there evidence that the valves were tested on humans with healthy hearts? Rebel quickly pieced things together and made a mad dash to the Attorney General’s office with Lana in tow.

Elsewhere, Grady tried to get Ziggy to hash things out with her boyfriend Sean, who’d been caught trying to flee to Las Vegas. He only took the money so he could help his younger brother who was stuck with an awful foster mother. The trio then dropped by said woman’s house and smuggled the young boy out without being detected.

Cruz again tried to stall for more time and nearly reached the end of his rope when Rebel burst through the doors with some important and disturbing information: Stonemore tested their heart valves on healthy inmates in exchange for recommendations for early release. In the wake of this revelation, Cruz left a final settlement offer on the table—$600 million plus covered costs to remove the valve and a guarantee to take their faulty product off the market. Stonemore, of course, caved.

The mood at Rebel’s house shifted in contrast to the start of the trial. Everyone was happy and celebrating the big win. Ziggy’s college fund was safe, Sean’s brother was now going to live with them, Misha and Nathaniel made up after Nathaniel told her secret, and Nathaniel and Misha even buried the hatchet following the courtroom betrayal. Plus, Cassidy found a new case that she, Rebel and Benji can all work on together. Cheers.

May 21, 2021 Ali Rebel Leave a Comment

Fans are hoping their efforts to #SaveRebel will pay off.

In a surprising announcement last week, ABC decided to cancel the freshman drama series Rebel, starring Katey Sagal and created by Grey’s Anatomy show runner Krista Vernoff. Given that the series just started airing on April 8 of this year, the news was especially upsetting.

Not surprisingly, Rebel fans immediately started calling out ABC on social media for not giving the show enough time to establish a fan base. Meanwhile, Katy herself took to Instagram to share her thoughts on the cancellation decision. While explaining that she is “touched” by all those who have watched the series and offered up their support, the actress also said that ABC’s call to cancel based on four airings was a “shock and a heartbreak.”

“Things take time to catch on. Rebel tells the story of a woman who speaks up for what is right, the show has heart and purpose, funny and tears, and we, the cast, are all scratching our heads at the reversal of support from ABC,” Katey wrote in part.

In that same post, Katey called attention to a #SaveRebel petition currently circulating around the internet, which has amassed over 34,000 signatures so far. The petition calls ABC’s cancellation decision “rash” and encourages those who believe Rebel should be renewed for a second season to sign it and “spread the word.”

Meanwhile, Krista also expressed shock at the news. According to Deadline, Krista shared Katey’s Instagram post. The Grey’s Anatomy show runner also responded to speculation that the show’s pedigree and “strong cast” — which includes John Corbett, Sam Palladio, Lex Scott Davis and more — would help push it toward a season renewal. In response to the speculation, Krista wrote on Twitter, “You’d think, wouldn’t you? You give them three shows during a pandemic, they give you five episodes. Cool cool. Cool.”

So, why is Rebel getting canceled by ABC?
More often than not, these kinds of decisions come down to ratings and viewership numbers — and Rebel appears to be no different.

When offering some insight behind the decision as well as the call to cancel American Housewife, Mixed-ish and For Life, Craig Erwich, President, ABC Entertainment and Hulu Originals, told Deadline: “They are all unique shows who on their own specific timeline where they are creatively and with the audience. I can say that just because we are not ordering new seasons does not take anything away from the impact that these shows had creatively or how many fans they have on ABC. These are difficult business decisions but we are really proud of the runs that all of these shows had.”

When the outlet pressed further about why Rebel wasn’t given more time to shine, Craig explained:

“Krista Vernoff is not just an amazing talent, she is a valued and beloved part of the Disney family. We gave Rebel a really considerable launch and a launch effort. It was a huge priority for us for midseason. One of the advantages of a stable schedule is, you can focus and platform new shows, which Rebel was a beneficiary of Unfortunately, it did not garner the audience that we needed it to do, so we had make that decision.”
For context, Rebel premiered at 3.6 million viewers and a .48 rating in the key 18-49 age demo and has since dropped to around 2.5 million viewers and a .3 rating. By comparison, Rebel’s premiere pulled in ratings in line with A Million Little Things’s season average, which is now in its third season.

What’s more, Craig told The Hollywood Reporter that they also took a close look at Rebel’s performance with delayed viewership. As he saw it, there was “just not a trend there toward continuing to build the audience.”


May 17, 2021 Ali Rebel Leave a Comment

EW shares Katey Sagal’s tweet to help save Rebel!

The show is executive-produced by Krista Vernoff, one of ABC’s most valuable EPs.

Rebel isn’t going down without a fight.

Katey Sagal, who plays the Erin Brockovich-inspired Annie “Rebel” Bello on the ABC drama, spoke up on social media Monday to protest ABC’s decision to ax the show before it finished its first season. She called the decision abrupt and a “heartbreak.”

“Things take time to catch on,” Sagal wrote. “Rebel tells the story of a woman who speaks up for what is right, the show has heart and purpose, funny and tears, and we, the cast, are all scratching our heads at the reversal of support from ABC. As Rebel would say, fight for what you want, make people listen, and in this case, if our show can find another, more suitable place to land, we will do the happy dance.”

She then shared a link to a fan petition calling for the show to be saved. As of Monday evening, it had more than 9,000 signatures.

Sagal’s comments were also amplified by Krista Vernoff, who executive-produces the show, and Brockovich herself.

ABC’s decision to ax Rebel came as a surprise since Vernoff is one of ABC’s most trusted executive producers. She also EPs Grey’s Anatomy and Station 19, the network’s most valuable series.

Like any midseason show, Rebel started out slowly: As of last week it was averaging 5.2 million viewers (a number that doesn’t include delayed viewership). There are still five more episodes to go before Rebel completes its first season. It airs Thursdays at 10 p.m. ET.

ABC will present its fall lineup to advertisers on Tuesday.

May 14, 2021 Ali Rebel Leave a Comment

Deadline shares the sad news that Rebel has been canceled.

Five episodes into its freshman run, ABC’s Katey Sagal-starring drama Rebel has been canceled.

It was clearly a tough decision for the network because the series, inspired by the life of activist Erin Brockovich, comes from ABC’s most valuable drama showrunner, Krista Vernoff, who is shepherding the network’s top two scripted series, Grey’s Anatomy and spinoff Station 19.

Both Grey’s Anatomy and Station 19 were recently renewed for next season, with Vernoff set to continue at the helm of the duo. Rebel, Vernoff’s first series as a creator, has underperformed in the ratings despite having ABC’s highest-rated series, Grey’s Anatomy, as a lead-in. But there was speculation that the new show’s pedigree and strong cast could earn it more time to find a wider audience.

Rebel centers on Annie “Rebel” Bello (Sagal), a blue-collar legal advocate without a law degree. She’s a funny, messy, brilliant and fearless woman who cares desperately about the causes she fights for and the people she loves. When Rebel applies herself to a fight she believes in, she will win at almost any cost.

Andy Garcia, John Corbett, James Lesure, Lex Scott Davis, Tamala Jones, Ariela Barer, Kevin Zegers and Sam Palladio co-star in the Rebel, which received a 10-episode straight-to-series order in September 2020.

The series is produced by ABC Signature, part of Disney TV Studios, in association with Sony Pictures Television and Davis Entertainment.

The news today comes on a busy day for cancellations at the network which also said it was not renewing American Housewife, For Life and Mixed-ish and fellow freshman Call Your Mother.

March 10, 2021 Ali Rebel Leave a Comment

Only a month away ….

Inspired by the life of Erin Brockovich today, Annie “Rebel” Bello is a blue-collar legal advocate without a law degree. She’s a funny, messy, brilliant and fearless woman who cares desperately about the causes she fights for and the people she loves. When Rebel applies herself to a fight she believes in, she will win at almost any cost.

The series stars Katey Sagal as Annie “Rebel” Bello, John Corbett as Grady Bello, James Lesure as Benji, Lex Scott Davis as Cassidy, Tamala Jones as Lana, Ariela Barer as Ziggy, Kevin Zegers as Nate, Sam Palladio as Luke and Andy Garcia as Cruz.

“Rebel” is executive produced by Krista Vernoff and Alexandre Schmitt of Trip the Light, Erin Brockovich, John Davis and John Fox of Davis Entertainment, Andrew Stearn, Marc Webb and Adam Arkin.

January 26, 2021 Ali Rebel, Videos Leave a Comment

Sam’s new series premieres on ABC on April 8th. Be sure to tune in on Thursday nights!

Looking for ABC’s new and returning TV series premiere dates for Spring 2021? We’ve got you covered right here! Continuing to deliver on its success as the season’s No. 1 entertainment network among adults 18-49 and in total viewers, ABC announced premiere dates for a new trio of scripted and unscripted series set to debut this spring. This includes the Erin Brockovich-inspired drama “Rebel” starring Katey Sagal, the new comedy “Home Economics” with Topher Grace and the canine competition series “Pooch Perfect” hosted by Rebel Wilson. We also have the season premiere of “American Idol” headed your way Sunday, February 14. Finally, there’s the return of “Station 19,” “Grey’s Anatomy” and “A Million Little Things” on March 11. Get more detailed info below along with the full lineup of premieres and returns as well as your first look at “Rebel” right here, right now!

The network’s highly rated Thursday night lineup welcomes new Erin Brockovich-inspired series “Rebel” from executive producer Krista Vernoff. Starring Katey Sagal, the drama is set to premiere APRIL 8, alongside “Station 19” and “Grey’s Anatomy.”

This is a fun interview where Sam talks with Kristen Madonado about his new film … and ideas for future Princess Switch films!

I spoke with Sam Palladio about Netflix’s The Princess Switch: Switched Again, including what Prince Edward is up to, his dream doppleganger scenario, that epic Christmas Prince cameo, and theories on The Princess Switch 3.

Sam Palladio talked with us about his favourite moments in THE PRINCESS SWITCH: SWITCHED AGAIN, why he loves working with Vanessa Hudgens, his song ‘Under the Tree’ (written with real-life love Cassadee Pope), and he teases THE PRINCESS SWITCH 3.