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Exclusive Interview: Farhad Safinia on Season 2 of BOSS

BOSS - Season 2 | ©2012 Starz

In BOSS, now in its second season Friday nights at 9 PM on Starz, Kelsey Grammer stars as fictional Chicago Mayor Tom Kane, a politician of such ferocity that he makes Rod Blagojevich look like a bake sale coordinator. Kane’s problems include estrangement from both his wife (Connie Nielsen) and daughter (Hannah Ware), treacherous former allies and a debilitating disease that is affecting his mental faculties. Kane would like to do something of value with his legacy, but facing corruption from both outside and within himself, this may not be possible. BOSS creator and show runner Farhad Safinia previously wrote …Read On »

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TV Review: THE VAMPIRE DIARIES – Season 4 – “Growing Pains” – Season Premiere

Claire Holt in THE VAMPIRE DIARIES - Season 5 - "Growing Pains" | ©2012 The CW/Bob Mahoney

Stars: Nina Dobrev, Paul Wesley, Ian Somerhalder Writer: Caroline Dries, Based on the book by L.J. Smith Director: Chris Grismer      Network: The CW, airs Thursday nights Original Telecast: October 11, 2012 THE VAMPIRE DIARIES is finally back for a fourth season, and the first episode “Growing Pains” is a nice dénouement to the cliff hanger from season three, and also opens all kinds of interesting doors for this new seasons to pursue. Last we saw Elena (Nina Dobrev) she was opening her eyes on a slab in Mystic Falls’ hospital morgue. So this episode starting with her in her …Read On »

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TV Review: THE WALKING DEAD – Season 3 – “Seed” – Season Premiere

THE WALKING DEAD - Season 3 - "Seed"| ©2012 AMC/Gene Page

Stars: Andrew Lincoln, Sarah Wayne Callies, Laurie Holden, Norman Reedus, Steven Yeun, Lauren Cohan, Chandler Riggs, Danai Gurira, Melissa Suzanne McBride, IronE Singleton, Scott Wilson, Emily Kinney, Lew Temple, Markice Moore, Vincent Ward, Nick Gomez, Theodus Crane Writer: Glen Mazzara Director:  Ernest Dickerson Network: AMC, airs Sunday nights  Original Telecast: October 14, 2012 In the premiere episode of THE WALKING DEAD Season 3, “Seed,” Rick (Andrew Lincoln) and the rest of his survival group have been meandering for the winter, going house to house, barely making it and wondering if they’ll ever have a place to call home. A prison looms, offering security …Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: Dee Wallace looks back on E.T. – THE EXTRA-TERRESTRIAL

Drew Barrymore and Dee Wallace in E.T. THE EXTRATERRESTRIAL | ©2012 Universal Home Entertainment

Since its release in 1982, E.T. THE EXTRATERRESTRIAL has become – both artistically and commercially – the gold standard for the oft-referred-to, seldom truly applicable “film for all ages.” Directed and produced by Steven Spielberg and written by Melissa Mathison, the film is the story of a little alien who becomes separated from his exploratory team and is helped in his quest to go home, first by grade-schooler Elliott (Henry Thomas), and eventually by Elliott’s entire family, including older brother Michael (Robert MacNaughton), little sister Gertie (Drew Barrymore) and single mother Mary, played by Dee Wallace. To commemorate E.T.’s thirtieth …Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: MAJOR CRIMES Kearran Giovanni actress talks about her TNT series beat

Kearran Giovanni in MAJOR CRIMES - Season 1 - "Citizen's Arrest" | ©TNT/Karen Neal

In TNT’s MAJOR CRIMES, which has its first-season finale tonight, Monday at 9 PM, a lot of characters in the Major Crimes squad room have had to make an adjustment. Their previous boss, Kyra Sedgwick’s Brenda Leigh Johnson on THE CLOSER, was a results-at-all-costs type. Their new supervisor on the spinoff, Mary McDonnell’s Captain Sharon Raydor, is a former Internal Affairs officer who’s a stickler for the rules. However, for Kearran Giovanni’s character Detective Amy Sikes, who is new to the squad, Raydor is a mentor and a role model. They get along very well. Giovanni worked on the daytime …Read On »

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TV Review: ARROW – Season 1 – “Pilot” – Series Premiere

Stephen Amell in ARROW - Season 1 | ©2012 The CW/Kharen Hill

Stars: Stephen Amell, Katie Cassidy, Colin Donnell, David Ramsey, Willa Holland, Susanna Thompson Writers: Andrew Kreisberg & Marc Guggenheim from a story by Greg Berlanti & Marc Guggenheim Director: David Nutter Network: Fox, airs Friday nights Original Telecast: October 10, 201 With SMALLVILLE off the air, The CW has taken its own sweet time searching for a superhero replacement and now, two years later we have ARROW. Based on the GREEN ARROW comics, this is a much darker take than the Green Arrow on display on SMALLVILLE that was played by Justin Hartley. This Arrow is more DARK KNIGHT than …Read On »

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Interview: Michael M. Robin discusses MAJOR CRIMES

Graham Patrick Martin, Kearran Giovanni, Jonathan Del Arco, Ransford Doherty, Tony Denison, G.W. Bailey, Mary McDonnell, Michael Paul Chan, Robert Gossett, Phillip P. Keene, Raymond Cruz, Jon Tenney in MAJOR CRIMES - Season 1 | ©2012 TNT

Michael M. Robin is a man who knows how to multi-task. Having cut his teeth on DOOGIE HOWSER, M.D. and L.A. LAW, winning an Emmy for his work on the latter, and another Emmy for NYPD BLUE, Robin went on to be executive producer of one hundred episodes of NIP/TUCK. This year alone, he’s worked as executive producer on LONGMIRE, the DALLAS reboot and MAJOR CRIMES, directing the pilot episode of this last after having served as one of the executive producers on that show’s predecessor, THE CLOSER. Since we’re on the precinct squad room set for MAJOR CRIMES, which …Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: COPPER actor Kevin Ryan walks the beat of the past

Kevin Ryan in COPPER - Season 1 | ©2012 BBC AMERICA/Cineflix (Copper) Inc./George Kraychyk

In BBC America’s COPPER, Sunday nights at 10 PM, it’s 1864. Irish-American Civil War veteran Kevin “Corky” Corcoran (Tom Weston Jones) is a police detective investigating crime in the dangerous Five Points neighborhood in New York. Although Corcoran relies on two of his fellow Union Army vets for help, his partner in policing is fellow Irish immigrant Francis Maguire, played by Kevin Ryan. Ryan – not to be confused with the CASTLE character of the same name, played by Seamus Dever – is Irish in real life, which allows him to use his own accent in the role. Descended from …Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: Showrunner Glen Mazarra talks THE WALKING DEAD Season 3 and more

THE WALKING DEAD - Season 3 key art | ©2012 AMC/Frank Ockenfels

With Season 3 of THE WALKING DEAD debuting tonight on AMC, ASSIGNMENT X spoke with executive producer and showrunner Glen Mazarra who took the time to look back on the events of Season 2 and where the show is heading in Season 3 as our ragtag group of survivors headed by Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln) finally make it to the Prison to find safe haven from the “walkers” (aka the living dead). Two big fan favorite characters from the Robert Kirkman/Tony Moore/Charlie Adlard created comic will also be joining Season 3 including the villainous The Governor (David Morrissey) and warrior …Read On »

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TV Review: COPPER – Season 1 – “Better Times are Coming”

Franka Potente and Tom Weston-Jones in COPPER - Season 1 - "Better Times Are Coming" | ©2012 BBC AMERICA/Cineflix (Copper) Inc./George Kraychyk

Stars: Tom Weston-Jones, Kevin Ryan, Ato Essandoh, Anastasia Griffiths, Tanya Fischer, Kiara Glasco, Franka Potente Writer:  Tom Fontana & Will Rokos, Teleplay by Sara B. Cooper    Director: Larysa Kondracki         Network: BBC America, airs Sunday nights Original Telecast: October 7, 2012 Well it had to happen sooner or later, COPPER has started to become one of those interminably slow moving period dramas that can’t seem to fill up an hour worth of content that keeps everything interesting and moving along. The series has spent the first season careening precariously close to that edge on and off depending on what the …Read On »

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