Interviews

GALAVANT creator/executive producer Dan Fogelman – exclusive interview

Timothy Omundson stars as King Richard in GALAVANT | © 2015 ABC/Bob D'Amico

GALAVANT, airing on ABC Sundays at 8 PM with two half-hour episodes airing each week for four weeks, is unique. This is partly because it is set entirely in a fairytale realm – unlike its network mate, ONCE UPON A TIME, which is set only partially in a fairytale realm – but mainly because it is a genuine musical. Our hero Galavant (Joshua Sasse), his lost love turned evil Queen Madalena (Mallory Jansen), the wicked but mellow King (Timothy Omundson) and everyone else bursts into songs written by Oscar-winning composer Alan Menken and lyricist Glenn Slater. ABC throws a party […]Read On »

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Terrence Howard towers over EMPIRE – Exclusive Interview

Terrence Howard in EMPIRE - Season 1 | ©2015 Fox/Michael Lavine

In EMPIRE, the new Fox series airing Wednesdays at 9 PM, Terrence Howard plays hip hop music kingpin Lucious Lyon. When he is diagnosed with ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease, Lucious feels he must leave his power and fortune to one of his children – but which one? The choice is complicated by the reappearance of his ex-wife Cookie, played by Taraji P. Henson, who has emerged from prison feeling that she is entitled to at least some of what Lucious has. Howard and Henson have worked together before in HUSTLE & FLOW, which also dealt with the […]Read On »

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Mark Harmon chats NCIS & NCIS: NEW ORLEANS – Exclusive Interview

Mark Harmon in NCIS - Season 11 - "Honor Thy Father" | ©2014 CBS/Monty Brinton

Mark Harmon stars as Leroy Jethro Gibbs and is one of the executive producers on CBS’ NCIS, now in its twelfth season, Tuesdays at 8 PM. Harmon is also not only an executive producer on the new NCIS spin-off, NCIS: NEW ORLEANS, which airs Tuesdays at 9 PM, he also helped turn the premise from a two-episode arc on the parent show into its own series. As Harmon explains to a Q&A panel for the Television Critics Association, show runner and fellow NCIS and now NCIS: NEW ORLEANS executive producer Gary Glasberg initially pitched the notion of visiting the Naval […]Read On »

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News: SUPERNATURAL spin-off still a possibility says the CW President Mark Pedowitz

Sean Faris and David Lassiter in SUPERNATURAL - Season 9 - "Bloodlines" | ©2014 The CW/Carole Segal

During its ninth season, SUPERNATURAL had a backdoor pilot for a spin-off in its episode “Bloodlines.” It didn’t work. However, SUPERNATURAL is now successfully in its tenth season and renewed for an eleventh. At a question and answer session with the Television Critics Association on January 11, The CW’s president Mark Pedowitz said that he’s not only still amenable to the possibility of a SUPERNATURAL spin-off, he actively wants one. “I’ve been pretty outspoken in wanting another SUPERNATURAL spin-off,” Pedowitz relates. “It really is in [executive producers] Jeremy Carver and Eric Kripke and Bob Singer’s court what is the best […]Read On »

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CONSTANTINE showrunner Daniel Cerone on Season 1- Exclusive Interview

Matt Ryan as John Constantine in CONSTANTINE - Season 1 - "Blessed Are the Damned" | ©2014 NBC/Daniel McFadden

In NBC’s CONSTANTINE, Fridays at 10 PM, Matt Ryan plays the title character from the HELLBLAZER comics, an antihero with a damned soul who fights demons and hopes for redemption. Executive producer and showrunner Daniel Cerone developed CONSTANTINE for television with fellow exec producer David S. Goyer. Cerone, who has also been a writer/producer on MOTIVE, THE MENTALIST, DEXTER and CHARMED, to name a few credits, is happy to talk about his work in the hell-blazing field. ASSIGNMENT X: You’re on right after GRIMM, a show that also deals with monsters and people who combat them. How does that work […]Read On »

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Tcheky Karyo finds THE MISSING – Exclusive Interview

Tcheky Karyo in THE MISSING - Season 1 - Key Art | ©2014 Starz

THE MISSING concludes its eight-episode first season on Starz, Saturday Jan. 10 at 9 PM. Originally conceived as a limited series, THE MISSING has been so successful with terrific ratings and Golden Globe nominations for both miniseries/telefilm and dramatic actress (Frances O’Connor) that a second season has been commissioned by the BBC and Starz, albeit the storyline won’t be connected to the first season. The first season of THE MISSING, written by brothers Harry Williams and Jack Williams, is set in two time periods. In 2006, British married couple Tony (James Nesbitt) and Emily (Frances O’Connor) are distraught when their […]Read On »

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Taraji P. Henson on the EMPIRE state of mind – Exclusive Interview

Taraki P. Henson in EMPIRE - Season 1 | ©2015 Fox/Michael Lavine

In Fox’s new drama EMPIRE, created by Danny Strong and Lee Daniels, we are in the world of hip-hop music. The new series introduces us to music mogul Lucious Lyon, played by Terrence Howard. Lucious is suffering from a serious illness and struggles to retain power while also trying to plan his legacy. Son Jamal, played by Jussie Smollett, is perhaps the most talented and qualified choice, but Jamal is gay, and Lucious cannot bear that. Challenging Lucious on virtually everything is his ex-wife Cookie, played by Taraji P. Henson. Henson and Howard previously worked together in 2005’s HUSTLE & […]Read On »

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The scoop on MARVEL’S AGENT CARTER – Exclusive Interview with producers Michele Fazekas & Tara Butters

Hayley Atwell as Agent Peggy Carter in MARVEL'S AGENT CARTER | © 2015 Marvel/Katrin Marchinowski

ABC is keeping the writing/executive-producing team of Tara Butters and Michele Fazekas very busy. The duo remain as show runners on the supernatural drama RESURRECTION, in its second season Sundays at 9 PM, and are also show runners on the new MARVEL’S AGENT CARTER, which has its two-hour premiere Tuesday at 8 PM before settling into its regular 9 PM slot. AGENT CARTER stars Hayley Atwell as S.H.I.E.L.D. Agent Peggy Carter, introduced as the WWII-era colleague and love interest of Steve Rogers, aka Captain America, in 2011’s feature CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE FIRST AVENGER. With Cap missing and feared dead in […]Read On »

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The scoop on Season 5 of DOWNTON ABBEY from executive producer Gareth Neame – Exclusive Interview

Jim Carter as Mr. Carson and Phyllis Logan as Mrs. Hughes in DOWNTON ABBEY - Season 5 | ©2015 Carnival Films/Nick Briggs

DOWNTON ABBEY commences its fifth season on PBS Sunday, January 4, at 9 PM. The beloved British import chronicling the lives of the titled Crawley family and their servants is now firmly immersed in the Twenties, when social change is afoot. Executive producer Gareth Neame, also one of the executive producers of SHAKESPEARE UNCOVERED, which will have a new season on PBS as well, takes a moment to talk about DOWNTON‘s international success. ASSIGNMENT X: There were a few shows that preceded DOWNTON ABBEY that were trying to do something like UPSTAIRS, DOWNSTAIRS, which did not succeed. Then DOWNTON came […]Read On »

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SELMA composer Jason Moran talks about taking his big Hollywood step – Interview

SELMA | ©2014 Paramount Pictures

We all know the music that’s supposed to accompany Hollywood depictions of history, let alone the real-life, freedom-fighting icons whose charisma transcends any imagined depiction of them. For whether they’re Michael Collins leading Irish guerillas, William Wallace swinging a sword for Scotland or Mahatma Gandhi traversing India with a walking stick, audiences know they’ll hear the lofty noble strains of a symphonic orchestra – as mixed in with melodic ethnicity if the subject allows. Indeed, there’s nothing like a symphony to stoke the fires of justice, whether lit with cries of violence, or asking for the complete restraint of it […]Read On »

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