TV Review: BROOKLYN NINE-NINE – Season 1 – “Pilot” – Series Premiere

Terry Crews, Melissa Fumero, Andre Braugher, Andy Samberg, Joe Lo Truglio, Stephanie Beatriz and Chelsea Peretti in BROOKLYN NINE-NINE - Season 1 ©2013 Fox

Stars: Andy Samburg, Andre Braugher, Terry Crews, Melissa Fumero, Joe Lo Truglio, Stephanie Beatriz, Chelsea Peretti Writers: Dan Goor Michael Schur Director: Phil Lord, Christopher Miller Network: Fox, airs Tuesday Nights Original Telecast: September 17, 2013 There are some comedy pilots that you know just won’t work, and others that start off strong, but trail off quickly. BROOKLYN NINE-NINE is one of those perfectly good comedies that doesn’t wow in its initial outing, but showcases loads of potential from the cast to the writing and could prove to be a very enduring comedy. What the series has in its favor […]Read On »


Interview: Andre Braugher runs the BROOKLYN NINE-NINE

Andre Braugher in BROOKLYN NINE-NINE - Season 1 | ©2013 Fox/Mary Ellen Matthews

Andre Braugher is a highly respected dramatic actor. He won an Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series for his work in HOMICIDE: LIFE ON THE STREET, another Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or Movie for THIEF and was nominated four more times, including twice in a row for MEN OF A CERTAIN AGE. Last year, he played the captain of a U.S. nuclear submarine who in effect stole the boat rather than launch a strike he deemed illegal on LAST RESORT. As a stage actor, the Chicago-born Braugher has a notable Shakespearean resume that includes playing […]Read On »


TV Review: SLEEPY HOLLOW – Season 1 – “Pilot” – Series Premiere

Tom Mison in SLEEPY HOLLOW - Season 1 - "Pilot" | ©2013 Fox/Kent Smith

Stars: Tom Mison, Nicole Beharie, Orlando Jones, Katia Winter, John Cho, Clancy Brown Writers: Phillip Iscove & Alex Kurtzman & Roberto Orci, series created by Phillip Iscove & Alex Kurtzman & Roberto Orci Director: Len Wiseman Network: Fox, Mondays @ 9 PM Original Airdate: September 16, 2012 The new Fox series SLEEPY HOLLOW is loosely based not only on Washington Irving’s story “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow,” with Ichabod Crane being terrorized by the Headless Horseman, but also on Irving’s Rip Van Winkle, in which the protagonist falls asleep and wakes up years later. Creators Phillip Iscove & Len Wiseman […]Read On »


DANCING WITH THE STARS Recap: Season 17 – Week One – Season Premiere

Derek Hough and Amber Riley in DANCING WITH THE STARS - Season 17 | ©2013 ABC/Craig Sjodin

Stars: Leah Remini, Elizabeth Berkley, Corbin Bleu, Brant Daugherty, Bill Engvall, Amber Riley, Bill Nye, Valerie Harper, Keyshawn Johnson, Jack Osbourne, Nicole Polizzi, Christina Milian Network: ABC, airs Mondays Original Telecast: September 16th, 2013 DANCING WITH THE STARS: Season 17 premiered with a lot of changes this season. So far none of them appealing.  The biggest disappointment was the axing of the results show. Now, we have to wait a whole week to find out who gets cut from the show. By that time we will have forgotten who danced what and how bad it really was! Granted there is […]Read On »


Exclusive Interview: SLEEPY HOLLOW co-creator Phillip Iscove on the new Fox series

The Horseman in SLEEPY HOLLOW - Season 1 | ©2013 Fox/Kent Smith

Pretty much everyone knows some version of the story of the Headless Horseman and the other story about Rip Van Winkle, even if fewer know that both were penned by the same writer, Washington Irving, in the early nineteenth century. Contemporary screenwriter Phillip Iscove decided to combine elements of the two stories and took his pitch to writers/producers Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman at their K/O Paper Products production company. The result is Fox’s new series SLEEPY HOLLOW, Mondays at 9 PM. Tom Mison stars as Ichabod Crane, who in this version is responsible for the Horseman’s headlessness. A Revolutionary […]Read On »


Exclusive Interview: Creator Ann Biderman on RAY DONOVAN Season 1

Liev Schreiber as in Ray Donovan in RAY DONOVAN - Season 1 | ©2013 Showtime

On Showtime’s RAY DONOVAN, Sundays at 10 PM, Liev Schreiber plays the title character, a Hollywood fixer who has brought his wife (Paula Malcomson) and kids (Kerris Dorsey as daughter Bridget, Devin Bagby as son Conor). Ray is good at his job, not so good with his often exasperated spouse and apoplectic that his father Mickey (Jon Voight) has been released from prison and is here to check in with the family. Ray’s brother Terry (Eddie Marsan) is a boxing trainer coping with Parkinson’s, while Bunchy (Dash Mihok) has a drug problem, stemming from the fact that, as a child, he […]Read On »


Exclusive Interview: Andie MacDowell on new show CEDAR COVE

Andie MacDowell in DEBBIE MACOMBER'S CEDAR COVE | ©2013 Hallmark Channel

DEBBIE MACOMBER’S CEDAR COVE, in its first year on Hallmark Channel Saturday nights, is based on the popular series of novels about a small Northwestern coastal town where people are neighborly, the scenery is beautiful and the atmosphere is generally upbeat. Andie MacDowell stars as family court Judge Olivia Lockhart. MacDowell is best known as a feature film actress, who memorably debuted as Jane in GREYSTOKE: THE LEGEND OF TARZAN and has subsequent credits that include GROUNDHOG DAY, SHORT CUTS, FOUR WEDDINGS AND A FUNERAL and the FOOTLOOSE remake. The South Carolina native, who says people continually mistake her for […]Read On »


Exclusive Interview: FX president John Landgraf on AMERICAN HORROR STORY: ASYLUM’s Emmy nods and the future of WILFRED


Everyone knows that the Emmys never nominate horror programming, which is why FX’s AMERICAN HORROR STORY: ASYLUM is nominated for fifteen Emmys this year – uh, wait a minute. FX President John Landgraf takes some time during a break at the Television Critics Association press tour to discuss the Emmy love for his network’s show that has “horror” in its title. The AMERICAN HORROR STORY: ASYLUM nominations include Outstanding Miniseries or Movie, Outstanding Actress (Jessica Lange, who won an Outstanding Supporting Actress Emmy last year for playing a different role in the series’ first season), Outstanding Supporting Actor (James Cromwell […]Read On »


Exclusive Interview: Amy Acker on HUSBANDS: THE SERIES, MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING and more

Amy Acker in PERSON OF INTEREST - Season 2 - "Firewall" | ©2012 CBS/Giovanni Rufino

It’s been a big year for Amy Acker. The Texas-born actress first came to public attention as science whiz Fred and then irritable god Illyria in the series ANGEL. This year, Acker has starred as the witty Beatrice in Joss Whedon’s modern-day film of Shakespeare’s MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING, has seen her recurring role as Caroline Turing aka Root become a series regular gig on CBS’ PERSON OF INTEREST (Season 3 premieres Tuesday September 24 at 10 PM) and starred in the short film THE LORD OF CATAN. Acker also guest-stars in the three-segment arc “I Do Over” of HUSBANDS: […]Read On »



Sandra Bullock and George Clooney in GRAVITY | ©2013 Warner Bros.

We’re just past the half way point for the 38th annual Toronto International Film Festival and its time to take stock. Here’s the countdown… (or is that count up?) 0: Number of personal letters Charles Dickens (Ralph Fiennes) kept from his affair with an underage girl in THE INVISIBLE WOMAN. 2: Number of big buzz films so far. GRAVITY, the 3-D space epic with Sandra Bollock and George Clooney and 12 YEARS A SLAVE starring Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael Fassbender and Brad Pitt. 2: Number of endings there are for AUGUST: OSAGE COUNTY, the big screen adaptation of the gritty play […]Read On »

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