Interview: The scoop on UNDER THE DOME Season 2 from showrunner Neal Baer

Dean Norris in UNDER THE DOME - Season 2 - "Infestation" | ©2014 CBS/Brownie Harris

CBS’ UNDER THE DOME, based on Stephen King’s novel, begins its second season Monday, June 30 at 10 PM with an episode penned by King himself. The story concerns the small Maine town of Chester’s Mill, which is abruptly cut off from the rest of the world by a transparent dome that lets no one and nothing in or out. Viewers will recall that the heroic Dale “Barbie” Barbara (Mike Vogel) ended Season 1 framed for murder and about to be executed by despotic town leader Big Jim Rennie (Dean Norris). Without giving away exactly what happens, it can be […]Read On »


Interview: LOST co-creator Damon Lindelof on THE LEFTOVERS

Justin Theroux in THE LEFTOVERS - Season 1 | ©2014 HBO/Paul Schiraldi

In HBO’s new series THE LEFTOVERS, premiering Sunday, June 29, two percent of the world’s population vanishes in an instant, leaving everyone else shocked, grieving and wondering what happened. LOST co-creator Damon Lindelof adapted THE LEFTOVERS for television from ’s novel. Lindelof is at HBO’s session for the Television Critics Association to discuss THE LEFTOVERS. Following the official panel, the writer/executive producer remains for a lot of follow-up questions. ASSIGNMENT X: Is THE LEFTOVERS ever going to tell the audience exactly what caused the disappearance and what happened to the missing people? DAMON LINDELOF: I think what I’d say is, […]Read On »


Interview: Gary Janetti gets VICIOUS with new PBS Ian McKellen and Derek Jacobi comedy

Ian McKellen and Derek Jacobi in VICIOUS artwork | ©2014 BBC / PBS

In the comedy VICIOUS, premiering its first season on PBS Sunday, June 29, at 9 PM, Sir Derek Jacobi and Sir Ian McKellen play, respectively, Stuart Bixby and Freddie Thornhill. Stuart and Freddie are a gay couple who have been together for fifty years. They love one another dearly and insult each other – and anyone else in the vicinity – incessantly. This very British series was created by American Gary Janetti, with Mark Thornhill. Janetti has written and produced on FAMILY GUY and WILL AND GRACE. After a Q&A session PBS holds on VICIOUS for the Television Critics Association […]Read On »


TV Review: TRUE BLOOD – Season 7 – “Jesus Gonna Come Here” – Season Premiere

Karolina Wydra in TRUE BLOOD - Season 7 - "Jesus Gonna Come Here" | ©2014 HBO/Tony Rivetti

Stars: Anna Paquin, Stephen Moyer, Sam Trammell, Ryan Kwanten, Rutina Wesley, Chris Bauer, Kristin Bauer van Straten, Amelia Rose Blaire, Lauren Bowles, Nelsan Ellis, Gregg Daniel, Aaron Christian Howles, Joe Manganiello, Noah Matthews, Bailey Noble, Carrie Preston, Jurnee Smollett-Bell, Deborah Ann Woll, Karolina Wydra Writer: Angela Robinson, series created by Alan Ball, based on Charlaine Harris’ Sookie Stackhouse novels Director: Stephen Moyer Network: HBO, Sundays @ 9 PM Airdate: June 22, 2013 TRUE BLOOD’s seventh and final season begins with “Jesus Gonna Come Here.” Season 6 ended at Bellefleur’s, formerly Merlotte’s, where there’s a vampire/human mixer in progress. With crazed […]Read On »


Exclusive Interview: Jane Leeves on HOT IN CLEVELAND Season 5 and more

Wendie Malick and Jane Leeves in HOT IN CLEVELAND - Season 5 | ©2014 TVLand

When TV Land first launched the half-hour comedy HOT IN CLEVELAND in 2010, not everyone had heard of the network, much less the show. Now the series created by Suzanne Martin is in its fifth season, Wednesday nights, and plenty of people are familiar with creator Suzanne Martin’s characters. Jane Leeves, Valerie Bertinelli and Wendy Malick play three friends from L.A. who’ve moved to the Ohio town, with Betty White as their unique new friend Elka. Leeves has plenty of half-hour comedy experience; the England-born actress spent eleven seasons as Daphne on NBC’s hit FRASIER. Following a blocking run-through that […]Read On »


Exclusive Interview: Actor Justin Kirk takes on TYRANT

Justin Kirk as John Tucker in TYRANT | ©2014 FX/Matthias Clamer

In FX’s new series TYRANT, premiering Tuesday, June 24 at 10 PM, Bassam “Barry” Al-Fayeed (Adam Rayner), a Pasadena doctor, married with children, takes his family for what is supposed to be a short trip to the Middle Eastern country where he was born. However, Barry’s father is now in charge in the nation of Baladi and wants his son to remain there. TYRANT was created by Gideon Raff, who also created HATUFIM, the Israeli series that inspired HOMELAND. Raff, HOMELAND co-creator Howard Gordon and Craig Wright serve as TYRANT’s executive producers. Although the show focuses on Barry and his […]Read On »


Exclusive Interview: Austin Basis discusses BEAUTY AND THE BEAST Season 2 and playing J.T. Forbes

Austin Basis at the CBS Summer Press Junket | ©2014 Sue Schneider

CBS held a Summer Press Day at the London Hotel in West Hollywood recently and ASSIGNMENT X got the chance to interview Austin Basis, who portrays J.T. Forbes on the CW’s TV show BEAUTY AND THE BEAST. His best friend is Vincent Keller (Jay Ryan) and he tries to always have his beasty friend’s back! BEAUTY AND THE BEAST returned on June 2nd, and 3 of the 6 episodes left in Season 2 have aired so far. ASSIGNMENT X: Since the show has been picked up, how many episodes will Season 3 be? AUSTIN BASIS: I am not sure at […]Read On »


Exclusive Interview: Raphael Sbarge on MURDER IN THE FIRST and ONCE UPON A TIME

Raphael Sbarge in MURDER IN THE FIRST - Season 1 - "Who's Your Daddy?" | ©2014 TNT/Doug Hyun

Actor Raphael Sbarge had an interesting first half of 2014. He commuted back and forth between Vancouver, where he plays psychologist – and former cricket – Archie Hopper in ONCE UPON A TIME, and San Francisco and Los Angeles, where he plays Detective David Volk in TNT’s new series MURDER IN THE FIRST, created by Eric Lodal and the prolific Steven Bochco (NYPD BLUE, L.A. LAW and HILL STREET BLUES are a few of his other inventions). MURDER IN THE FIRST, which airs Mondays at 10 PM, takes place in San Francisco, where the murder of the assistant of a […]Read On »


Exclusive Interview: Eric Dane commands THE LAST SHIP on TNT

Eric Dane in THE LAST SHIP - Season 1 | ©2014 TNT/Michael Muller

Probably not many people go from being a respected doctor to a U.S. Navy commander, but that’s where Eric Dane’s acting career has taken him. After the San Francisco native’s character Mark Sloane died on GREY’S ANATOMY, the actor was cast as U.S. Navy commander Tom Chandler in TNT’s THE LAST SHIP. THE LAST SHIP, which premieres on TNT Sunday, June 22 at 9 PM, takes us aboardChandler’s destroyer just as a deadly plague sweeps the globe.Chandler must deal with eager but rebellious scientists who want to research and cure the disease, crew members who would rather go back to […]Read On »


Exclusive Interview: Luke Pasqualino on THE MUSKETEERS and playing D’Artagnan

Luke Pasqualino is D'Artagnan in THE MUSKETEERS | ©2014 BBC America/Larry Horricks

Alexandre Dumas’ novel THE THREE MUSKETEERS has been adapted for the big screen a number of times. Now BBC America has THE MUSKETEERS, which premieres Sunday, June 22. The series keeps seventeenth-century warriors Porthos (Howard Charles), Athos (Tom Burke) and Aramis (Santiago Cabrera) together, joined by the eager D’Artagnan, played by Luke Pasqualino, all still fighting for monarch and country. The storyline diverges somewhat from the familiar plot of the book, but our heroes are still up against the nefarious Cardinal Richelieu (Peter Capaldi). Pasqualino, who hails from Peterborough, England, previously played Paolo in Showtime’s series THE BORGIAS and the […]Read On »

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