Malibu Seen: "TV Times"

Locals will have all eyes on host Stephen Colbert as they get ready for the 69th annual Emmy Awards.

Malibu’s Kelsey Grammer, Pierce Brosnan and Jeremy Pivin have all been hard at work on television projects, but there is more to come this fall—a lot more. 

Starting Sept. 27, the “Empire” strikes back with Terrence Howard. TH survived an explosion in the season three finale, but how will he deal with the consequences ahead?

It’s “Scandal” time and will Kerry Washington opt to be a good girl or bad? Stay tuned.

Acting vet Kyra Sedgwick has a new role. The gal you loved as “The Closer” plays Jane, a TV producer whose young daughter has been kidnapped in “Ten Days in the Valley.” Work these days has become a family affair for Kyra, who recently directed hubby of 29 years Kevin Bacon and daughter Sosie in the Lifetime movie “The Story of a Girl.” 

Now Kyra is not one to ham it up, but who’s bringing home the bacon now? Look for “Ten Days in the Valley” coming Oct. 1 on ABC. 

Claire Foy is being treated like a queen in season two of “The Crown.” The royal drama will examine some rocky patches in Elizabeth and Philip’s marriage and a touch of historical drama involving Princess Margaret. Malice at the palace is just the latest winner from Netflix. Other period pieces include heartthrob James Franco and Maggie Gyllenhaal in HBO’s “The Deuce” about the birth of the porn industry, while Michelle Dockery (“Downton Abbey”) explores the American frontier in “Godless.”

One not to miss is Robert De Niro as Bernie Madoff in the “The Wizard of Lies.” This versatile A-lister, just like infamous Ponzi scheme king, gives it his all. Even though he is not known for his performances on the small screen, it goes to show that this actor transcends any format. The two-time Oscar winner is now up for an Emmy. In addition to lead actor, he is up for outstanding television movie as executive producer.

Mega director Barry Levinson is also on board, as well as Michelle Pfeiffer, who plays Bernie’s pampered spouse, Ruth. Even the Simpsons’ Hank Azaria is in on this one.

The man of a thousand voices takes on the role of Frank DiPascali.

Look for a great Emmy season all month long, but “The Wizard of Lies” seems like the one to beat—or, as the tagline goes, “Only the ones you trust can truly betray you.”

The 69th annual Emmy Awards takes place on Sept. 17 hosted by the one and only Stephen Colbert.