SPEECHLESS: Actor Cedric Yarbrough talks year two of the ABC sitcom – exclusive interview

Cedric Yabrough as Kenneth in SPEECHLESS | © 2018 ABC/Bob D'Amico

ABC’s SPEECHLESS, now in its second season on Wednesday nights, revolves around the DiMeo family. There are three kids in the family – Ray (Mason Cook), Dylan (Kyla Kenedy) and JJ (Micah Fowler) – but mom Maya’s energies are mainly spent on making sure the world treats JJ right. This is because JJ, now in high school, has cerebral palsy. He uses a wheelchair and requires someone else to voice his words for him. (Actor Fowler, who also has cerebral palsy, is able to speak on his own, but because JJ does not speak in SPEECHLESS, neither does the actor.) […]Read On »


FRESH OFF THE BOAT: Actor Randall Park on the show’s changes – exclusive interview

Randall Park as Louis Huang in FRESH OFF THE BOAT | © 2018 ABC/Bob D'Amico

In ABC’s half-hour FRESH OFF THE BOAT, now in its fourth season on Tuesday nights, Randall Park plays Taiwanese immigrant Louis Huang. Based on the childhood recollections of real-life celebrity chef Eddie Huang, FRESH OFF THE BOAT follows the Huang family as parents Louis and Jessica (Constance Wu) try to balance running a country-themed restaurant in Florida with raising three young boys. Park, a native Los Angeleno who also writes and directs, has a wide-ranging career in television and film. Some of his recent credits include NEIGHBORS, playing North Korean President Kim in THE INTERVIEW, OFFICE CHRISTMAS PARTY, SNATCHED and […]Read On »


TV Review: SUPERNATURAL – Season 13 – “Advanced Thanatology”

Jared Padelecki as Sam in SUPERNATURAL | © 2018 Katie Yu/The CW

Stars: Jared Padalecki, Jensen Ackles, Misha Collins, Lisa Berry, Seth Isaac Johnson, Alisen Down Writer: Steve Yockey, series created by Eric Kripke Director: John F. Showalter Network: The CW, Thursdays @ 8 PM Original Airdate: November 9, 2017 A big part of the charm of SUPERNATURAL is the craziness of its storytelling, which has just gotten loopier over the years. By Season 13, it revels in its own insanity. There may never have been a show where the ostensibly mortal lead characters keep dying and coming back, with the explanations for how and why this happens growing ever more complex. […]Read On »


THE OATH: Ryan Kwanten & Cory Hardrict talk playing corrupt cops – exclusive interview

THE OATH | © 2018 Crackle

The title of Crackle’s new series THE OATH, which is now streaming all ten first-season episodes, refers to the vow made by police officers when they join the force. The series, created by Joe Halpin, deals with a surprisingly and alarmingly widespread phenomenon: gangs within police departments. Ryan Kwanten and Cory Hardrict play, respectively, Steve Hammond and Cole Hammond, adoptive brothers and detectives working in an unnamed American police department; THE OATH shoots in Puerto Rico. The Hammond siblings are also members of the Ravens, a gang operating inside the department that stages a bank heist at the beginning of […]Read On »


DECEPTION: Creator Chris Fedak talks magic and crime solving – exclusive interview

Jack Cutmore-Scott as Cameron in DECEPTION | © 2018 Craig Sjodin/ABC

ABC’s new series DECEPTION, which premieres Sunday, March 11, deals with the intersection of stage magic, a la David Blaine, and crime solving. When headliner magician Cameron Black, played by Jack Cutmore-Scott, is entangled in a murder, his efforts to clear his name cause him to team up with FBI agent Kay Daniels (Ilfenesh Hadera), which helps her sleuthing as well. Creator/executive producer Chris Fedak (who co-created CHUCK) explains DECEPTION’s premise during a Q&A session. “The idea behind this show is “tricking,” essentially. So many action shows, you have, “How do you capture bad guys?” Sometimes you get them doing […]Read On »


MARVEL’S AGENTS OF SHIELD: Clark Gregg gives the low down on Season 5 – exclusive interview

Clark Gregg as Agent Coulson in MARVEL'S AGENTS OF SHIELD | © 2018 ABC/Byron Cohen

In Season 5 of MARVEL’S AGENTS OF SHIELD, Friday nights on ABC, our heroes have returned to the present from the future, but at possibly great cost. It looks like the agents’ leader Phil Coulson, played by Clark Gregg, may lose his life in the series’ 100th episode, reported to be a game-changer. Prolific actor Gregg has played Coulson off and on in feature films since 2008’s IRON MAN. The character was killed in 2012’s THE AVENGERS, but was alive again when MARVEL’S AGENTS OF SHIELD premiered in 2013, a revival eventually revealed to have been engineered with painful alien […]Read On »


9-1-1: Rockmond Dunbar talks the First Season of the Fox Series – exclusive interview

Rockmond Dunbar in 9-1-1 | © 2018 Fox

On Fox Network’s 9-1-1, currently in its first season on Wednesday nights and already renewed for a second, we follow police officers and firefighters and the emergency call center that tells them where the newest crisis is happening. Rockmond Dunbar’s character Michael Grant is not a firefighter or a cop or even a 9-1-1 operator. Michael is married to police officer Athena Grant, played by Angela Bassett, who is also one of 9-1-1’s executive producers. The marriage is under some strain, to put it mildly. Michael has just come out relatively late in life as gay and is in a […]Read On »


THE RESIDENT: Merrin Dungey talks Prime Time healthcare – exclusive interview

Merrin Dungey as Claire Thorp in THE RESIDENT | © 2018 Justin Stephens/FOX

THE RESIDENT, now in its first year Monday nights on Fox, is a different kind of medical show. It starts out with one of its main characters, Bruce Greenwood’s top surgeon Randolph Bell, covering up his patient-killing operating room mistake. While there are plenty of ethical doctors and nurses around (played by Emily VanCamp, Manish Dayal and Shaunette Renee Wilson, among others), THE RESIDENT also gets into a subject most other shows in the genre avoid like the plague: medical bills. Merrin Dungey (the “g” is soft) plays hospital CEO Claire Thorpe, whose job it is to maximize profits. Dungey, […]Read On »


Movie Review: THEY REMAIN

THEY REMAIN | © 2018 Paladin

Rating: Unrated Stars: William Jackson Harper, Rebecca Henderson Writer: Philip Gelatt, based on the novella -30- by Laird Barron Director: Philip Gelatt Distributor: Paladin Release Date: March 2, 2018 (New York); March 9, 2018 (Los Angeles)   Adapting Laird Barron’s novella -30-, screenwriter/director Philip Gelatt gets good horror mileage out of a strong premise and a small cast with THEY REMAIN. Although a few other characters show up now and then, and there’s a voice representing the employment company, THEY REMAIN is virtually a two-hander. Gelatt wrings maximum tension out of the set-up, and ends on a note that is […]Read On »


Movie Review: RED SPARROW

RED SPARROW | © 2018 20th Century Fox

Rating: R Stars: Jennifer Lawrence, Joel Edgerton, Matthias Schoenaerts, Ciaran Hinds, Jeremy Irons, Charlotte Rampling, Mary-Louise Parker, Joely Richardson Writer: Justin Haythe, based on the novel by Jason Matthews Director: Francis Lawrence Distributor: 20th Century Fox Release Date: March 2, 2018 RED SPARROW is a retro spy thriller set in the present day. The retro aspect creates a lot of problems for the drama based on Justin Matthews’s award-winning 2013 novel, the biggest one being the spectacularly awkward timing of the film’s release. Of all the moments in history to tell a straight-faced story about Russia being keen to get […]Read On »

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