Television

Exclusive Interview: Benjamin Stockham puts the boy in ABOUT A BOY

Benjamin Stockham in ABOUT A BOY - Season 1 | ©2014 NBC/Chris Haston

Actor Benjamin Stockham is only thirteen years old, but he’s been acting since he was five. Not only is he a film (QUARANTINE, SIMON SAYS) and television (1600 PENN, SONS OF TUCSON) veteran, he’s also remarkably quick with ad-libbed one-liners. At a Q&A panel with the Television Critics Association for NBC’s new series ABOUT A BOY, adapted for television by Jason Katims from Nick Hornsby’s novel, Stockham is seated with Katims and cast mates Minnie Driver, David Walton and Al Madrigal. When someone says to Stockham, “You’re either an exceptional young actor or you’re just like your character. Which is …Read On »

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TV Review: BONES – Season 9 – “The High in the Low”

David Boreanaz and Emily Deschanel in BONES - Season 9 - "The High in the Low" | ©2014 Fox/Patrick McElhenney

Stars: David Boreanaz, Emily Deschanel, Michaela Conlin, Tamara Taylor, TJ Thyne, John Francis Daley, Michael Grant Terry, P.J. Boudousque, Larry Sullivan, Roshawn Franklin, Elizabeth Ann Bennett Writer: Keith Foglesong, series created by Hart Hanson, based on the life and writings of Kathy Reichs Director: Anne Renton Network: Fox, Mondays @ 8 PM Airdate: April 7, 2014 When BONES tackles an issue, it tends to wear its heart on its sleeve, but in the case of “The High in the Low,” it turns into an extended public service announcement on behalf of legalizing medical marijuana. Its arguments are all perfectly sound …Read On »

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DANCING WITH THE STARS Season 18 Recap: Anthem Party Night and Drew Carey eliminated

Cheryl Burke and Drew Carey in DANCING WITH THE STARS - Season 18 - Week 6 | ©2014 ABC/Adam Taylor

Stars: Nene Leakes, James Maslow, Danica McKellar,  Meryl Davis, Candace Cameron Bure, Drew Carey, Amy Purdy, Charlie White Network: ABC, airs Mondays Original Telecast: April 21st, 2014 It’s party night on DANCING WITH THE STARS – week six and everyone came to party, even Drew Carey, who, along with his partner Cheryl Burke, exited the party with a bang landing in eighth place for season 18. Guest judge and party expert RedFoo came to pump up the ballroom and he succeeded. The room was lively and the people raging. Meryl Davis & Maks Chmerkovskiy ended the night with a perfect …Read On »

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TV Review: FARGO – Season 1 – “The Crocodile’s Dilemma” – Series Premiere

FARGO key art | ©2014 FX

Stars: Billy Bob Thornton, Martin Freeman, Colin Hanks, Allison Tolman Writer: Noah Hawley, series created by Noah Hawley, based on the feature film FARGO written by Joel & Ethan Coen Director: Adam Bernstein Network: FX, Tuesdays @ 10 PM Original Airdate: April 15, 2014 The 1996 feature film FARGO, a deadpan dark comedy about a bumbling Minnesota businessman and a crime gone terribly wrong, won Oscars for Frances McDormand’s lead performance as a hard to flap small-town sheriff investigating the crime and for the original screenplay by writers/directors Joel and Ethan Coen. FX’s new limited series FARGO, adapted for TV …Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: Penny Johnson Jerald on CASTLE Season 6

Penny Johnson Jerald in CASTLE - Season 6 | ©2014 ABC/Bob D'Amico

Actress Penny Johnson Jerald has spent the last three years playing NYPD Captain Victoria Gates on ABC’s CASTLE, Mondays at 10 PM. Gates is the mostly no-nonsense boss of homicide detective Kate Beckett (Stana Katic) and, although the captain isn’t technically the boss of Beckett’s fiancé Richard Castle (Nathan Fillion), the top cop has no trouble telling him what to do, either. As CASTLE fans will recall, Gates came in after the murder of her well-loved predecessor, Captain Roy Montgomery, played by Ruben Santiago-Hudson, which was a major plot point. Jerald is used to series with big story twists – …Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: Jeff Perry on SCANDAL Season 3 and more

Jeff Perry in SCANDAL - Season 3 - "Kiss Kiss Bang Bang" | ©2013 ABC/Richard Cartwright

ABC’s SCANDAL, which has its third-season finale Thursday April 17 at 10 PM, is famous for its plot twists. Knowing series creator Shonda Rhimes, the episode will be a cliff-hanger that leaves everyone in some kind of peril. White House Chief of Staff Cyrus Beene, played by Jeff Perry, has already been through plenty this season, what with losing his husband (James Bucatinsky) to murder, losing the trust of President Grant (Tony Goldwyn) and almost losing his mind. Perry, a veteran actor from Illinois, previously played a recurring role for Rhimes on GREY’S ANATOMY and was a series regular on …Read On »

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TV Review: GAME OF THRONES – Season 4 – “The Lion and the Rose”

Alfie Allen, Iwan Rheon in GAME OF THRONES - Season 4 - "The Lion and the Rose" | ©2014 HBO/Helen Sloan

Stars: Peter Dinklage, Lena Headey, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Emilia Clarke, Iain Glen, Kit Harington, Sophie Turner, Maisie Williams, Isaac Hempstead-Wright, Kristian Nairn, Thomas Sangster, Ellie Kendrick, Diana Rigg, Stephen Dillane, Carice Van Houten, Liam Cunningham, Alfie Allen, John Bradley, Jack Gleeson, Charles Dance, Rory McCann, Sibel Kekilli, Natalie Dormer, Gwendoline Christie, Conleth Hill, Julian Glover, Rose Leslie, Jerome Flynn, Ian McElhinnie, Daniel Portman, Nathalie Emmanuel, Jacob Anderson, Hannah Murray, Peter Vaughan, Kristofer Hivju, Pedro Pascal, Indira Varma, Michiel Huisman, Dominic Carter, Anton Lesser, Tony Way, Michael McElhatton, Iwan Rheon, Noah Taylor, Tara Fitzgerald, Kerry Ingram Writer: George R.R. Martin, series created …Read On »

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TV Review: BONES – Season 9 – “The Turn in the Urn”

Brennan (Emily Deschanel, L) and Booth (David Boreanaz, R) in BONES - Season 9 - "The Turn in the Urn" | ©2014 Fox/Patrick McElhenney

Stars: David Boreanaz, Emily Deschanel, Michaela Conlin, Tamara Taylor, TJ Thyne, John Francis Daley, Luke Kleintank, Tiffany Hines, John Sloan, Joanna Pacula, Christine Ann Burson, Anjali Bhimani Writer: Pat Charles, series created by Hart Hanson, based on the life and writings of Kathy Reichs Director: Tim Southam Network: Fox, Mondays @ 8 PM Airdate: March 31, 2014 BONES is in its ninth season, and by now, most of its episodes tend to focus on the characters, with the case of the week functioning as back story and sounding board for whatever is going on with the people. However, “The Turn …Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: Joe Mantegna on CRIMINAL MINDS Season 9 and more

Joe Mantegna is David Rossi in CRIMINAL MINDS - Season 9 | ©2013 CBS/Cliff Lipson

CRIMINAL MINDS, now in its ninth season on CBS, Wednesdays at 9 PM and renewed for a tenth, follows an FBI Behavioral Analysis Unit (BAU) as they track and catch serial killers. Joe Mantegna joined CRIMINAL MINDS in its third season as Special Agent David Rossi. Mantegna, a Chicago native who worked with the Goodman Theatre Company and co-wrote the long-running stage comedy BLEACHER BUMS, has a scroll-length list of film and TV credits. He frequently acts for writer/director David Mamet, winning a Tony for his performance as Ricky Roma in the original Broadway production of Mamet’s GLENGARRY GLEN ROSS. …Read On »

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Interview: Emily Deschanel gives the scoop on BONES Season 9

Emily Deschanel in BONES - Season 9 | ©2014 Fox/Brian Bowen Smith

Fox’s BONES, developed by Hart Hanson from Kathy Reichs’ novels, is a show that manages to combine procedural investigation of murders with romance, humor and a generally upbeat attitude. Now in its ninth season on Mondays at 8 PM, the series has been renewed for a tenth. BONES has seen its leads, forensic anthropologist Temperance “Bones” Brennan, played by Emily Deschanel, and FBI Special Agent Seeley Booth, played by David Boreanaz, go from head-butting colleagues to a still-working together but now loving couple, who have a young daughter and married earlier this season. Deschanel is now a producer on the …Read On »

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