TV Review: DANCING WITH THE STARS – Season 21 – Week 5 – Switch up Night – No elimination

Alexa PenaVega in DANCING WITH THE STARS - Season 21 | © 2015 ABC/Craig Sjodin

Stars: Alexa PenaVega, Carlos PenaVega, Hayes Grier, Nick Carter, Bindi Irwin, Alek Skarlatos,Tamar Braxton, Paula Deen, , Andy Grammer, Network: ABC, airs Mondays Original Telecast: Oct. 12th, 2015 There is a new leader on DANCING WITH THE STARS: Season 21 – Week Five – Switch-up Night and her husband could not be prouder, even if she beat him. Yes, Alexa PenaVega and her switch-up partner Derek Hough nailed the first perfect score of the season, while PenaVega’s husband, Carlos, with Lindsey Arnold, came close to perfection with a 39. Guest judge Maksim Chmerkovskiy added some refreshing bluntness to the dance …Read On »


MARVEL LIVE: Michael Picton chats about the touring stage show – exclusive interview

MARVEL LIVE composer Michael Picton | © 2015 Michael Picton

Composer Michael Picton has his hands as full as a Cirque du Soleil juggler. Picton has actually worked with Cirque du Soleil. At present, he’s working with Cirque alumnus Chris Lashua on Cirque Mechanics, with Marvel Entertainment on the MARVEL LIVE touring stage show, and with Nickelodeon on their new series MUTT & STUFF. In a phone conversation, Picton talks about all of these projects and more. AX: When did you become involved in composing? MICHAEL PICTON: I mostly became a musician with the intent of becoming a composer from a pretty young age, probably as a teen. After being …Read On »


TV Review: DOCTOR WHO – Series 9 Premiere – “The Magician’s Apprentice” and “The Witch’s Familiar”

Peter Capaldi is the Doctor and Jenna Coleman is Clara Oswald in DOCTOR WHO - Season 9 | ©2015 BBC/BBC Worldwide/Simon Ridgway

Stars: Peter Capaldi, Jenna Coleman, Michelle Gomez Writer: Steven Moffat Director: Hettie Macdonald Original Telecast: September 19th & 26th, 2014 Network: BBC America The first season of DOCTOR WHO where a new regeneration of The Doctor is introduced is always a bit of a dicey phase. The Doctor is never really who is he is going to be with his new face, and you kind of have to get around all of the more unstable parts of his personality post regeneration. Having said that I did enjoy Peter Capaldi’s first season as the new 12th Doctor. The writing wasn’t completely …Read On »


THE GRINDER: Mary Elizabeth Ellis and Natalie Morales on new Fox comedy – Exclusive Interview

Mary Elizabeth Ellis in THE GRINDER - Season 1 | ©2015 Fox/Brian Bowen Smith

In Fox Network’s new half-hour comedy THE GRINDER, Tuesdays at 8:30 PM, Rob Lowe stars as Dean Sanderson, a successful actor who’s just spent nine years playing a maverick lawyer on a TV drama. Dean decides to go home to the small town where he grew up – and then decides he’s played a lawyer for so long that he’s qualified to practice in the courtroom. This horrifies Dean’s brother Stewart (Fred Savage), an actual lawyer who loves his sibling but resents being overshadowed by Dean’s celebrity and legal grandstanding. Mary Elizabeth Ellis plays Stewart’s loyal wife Debbie, who keeps …Read On »


HAND OF GOD: SUPERNATURAL star Alona Tal on her new role – Interview

Ron Perlman and Alona Tal in HAND OF GOD | ©2015 Amazon Studios

In HAND OF GOD, which premiered its entire ten-episode first season on Amazon Prime September 4, Ron Perlman stars as Judge Pernell Harris. When Harris’ son PJ (played by Johnny Ferro) is declared brain-dead after a failed suicide attempt, Harris has a mental breakdown and becomes convinced that God is speaking to him directly and commanding him to exact vengeance. It’s open to interpretation whether we’re witnessing a supernatural event, a man’s descent into madness, or both, but there’s no question that Harris is dangerous. Alona Tal plays Harris’ daughter-in-law Jocelyn, a lawyer who has been raped, the incident that …Read On »


TV Review: BONES – Season 11 – “The Loyalty in the Lie” – SEASON PREMIERE

Emily Deschanel and David Boreanaz in BONES - Season 11 | © 2015 Fox/Brian Bowen Smith

Stars: David Boreanaz, Emily Deschanel, Michaela Conlin, TJ Thyne, Tamara Taylor, John Boyd, Patricia Belcher, Pej Vahdat, Kim Raver Writer: Jonathan Collier, series created by Hart Hanson, based on the life and writings of Kathy Reichs Director: Randy Zisk Network: Fox Network, Thursdays @ 8 PM Airdate: October 1, 2015 The BONES writing team had their work cut out for them at the start of Season 11. Never mind keeping it fresh, the end of Season 10 had Brennan (Emily Deschanel) leaving her job as head of the forensics team at the Jeffersonian and Booth (David Boreanaz) exiting his job …Read On »


HOMELAND: Co-creator Alex Gansa on Season 5 – Exclusive Interview

HOMELAND - Season 5 key art | ©2015 Showtime

Nicholas Brody may have died at the end of Season 3 of HOMELAND, but Damian Lewis, the actor who played him, is alive and well and, just at this moment, hanging out with Alex Gansa. Gansa and Howard Gordon adapted HOMELAND for Showtime, based on Gideon Raff’s Israeli series HATUFIM. Gansa is still show runner on HOMELAND, which just began its fifth season on SHOWTIME and airing Sundays at 9 PM. In the new season, Claire Danes’ character Carrie Mathison finds herself dealing with intrigue in Berlin, Germany. Lewis, back at Showtime on the premium cable network’s upcoming series BILLIONS, …Read On »


THE LEFTOVERS: Co-creator Damon Lindelof on the Season 2 reboot – Interview

Justin Theroux as Kevin Garvey, Carrie Coon as Nora Durst in THE LEFTOVERS - Season 2 | ©2015 HBO/Van Redin

In Season 1of HBO’s THE LEFTOVERS, adapted by Damon Lindelof and Tom Perrotta from Perrotta’s novel, two percent of the world’s population has disappeared overnight. Three years later, Mapleton sheriff Kevin Garvey (Justin Theroux) is trying to keep his small town together, but it’s tough – some people are trying to move forward with their lives, while others find this offensive. A cult called the Guilty Remnant engages in increasingly shocking behaviors to upset those who they think have grown complacent, and when the Remnant goes way too far, the townspeople erupt in violent wrath. Season 2 of THE LEFTOVERS …Read On »


FEAR THE WALKING DEAD: Alycia Debnam-Carey, Frank Dillane & Elizabeth Rodriguez on Season 1 – Interview

Alycia Debnam Carey as Alicia, Frank Dillane as Nick, Kim Dickens as Madison, Cliff Curtis as Travis, Elizabeth Rodriguez as Liza, Lorenzo James Henrie as Chris, Ruben Blades as Daniel Salazar, Patricia Reyes Spa­ndola as Griselda Salazar and Mercedes Mason as Ofelia in FEAR THE WALKING DEAD - Season 1 |©2015 AMC/Frank Ockenfels 3

Although it is co-created by THE WALKING DEAD comics originator Robert Kirkman, AMC’s FEAR THE WALKING DEAD is set across the country (in Los Angeles, rather than the American South) and some time earlier than both the comics and THE WALKING DEAD. FEAR THE WALKING DEAD, which wraps its first season Sunday at 9 PM after earning enormous ratings and will be back with a longer second season next year, is only based conceptually on the source material. Kirkman and Dave Erickson use FEAR to explore the beginning of the zombie apocalypse, when people at first have no idea what …Read On »


GRANDFATHERED: Executive producer Dan Fogelman talks new John Stamos comedy – Interview

John Stamos in GRANDFATHERED - Season 1 | ©2015 Fox/Robert Trachtenberg

In Fox Network’s new half-hour comedy GRANDFATHERED, premiering Tuesday at 8 PM, John Stamos plays a wealthy, handsome Los Angeles restauranteur who is shocked to find out that not only does he have a grown son, portrayed by Josh Peck, from his one serious girlfriend (played by Paget Brewster) way back when, but the son has a baby daughter of his own. Instant parent and grandparenthood! Dan Fogelman is one of the executive producers on GRANDFATHERED alongside Chris Koch, series creator Daniel Chun and star Stamos. Fogelman previously created the alien half-hour comedy THE NEIGHBORS and his medieval musical GALAVANT …Read On »

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