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STAR TREK: DISCOVERY: Actor James Frain chats about playing Spock’s dad – Exclusive Interview

STAR TREK: DISCOVERY ComicCon 2017 poster | ©2017 CBS

STAR TREK: DISCOVERY is the latest version of the venerable STAR TREK franchise. The ten-episode first season premieres on CBS on Sunday, September 24, and then moves to the streaming CBS All-Access service. By now, there are a number of different timelines in the TREK verse. STAR TREK: DISCOVERY is set in the STAR TREK Prime universe. For those who aren’t fluent in all things STAR TREK, this means STAR TREK: DISCOVERY is part of the timeline where William Shatner’s Captain Kirk will command the Starship Enterprise, though the new series is set ten years before that mission. This doesn’t […]Read On »

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TV Review: DANCING WITH THE STARS – Season 25 – Week 1 – Season Premiere – Thirteen couples battle it out

Lindsey Stirling and Mark Ballas in DANCING WITH THE STARS - Season 25 | ©2017 ABC/Heidi Gutman

Stars: Vanessa Lachey, Nikki Bella, Frankie Muniz, Terrell Owens, Derek Fisher, Sasha Pieterse, Jordan Fisher, Debbie Gibson, Victoria Arlen, Barbara Corcoran, Nick Lachey, Drew Scott, Lindsey Stirling Network: ABC, airs Monday Original Telecast: September 18th, 2017 DANCING WITH THE STARS: Season 25 began with a full cast of 13 couples which is great except it doesn’t give the judges much time to critique. DWTS‘ solution was to have only one judge speak to the couples before their scores. This landed with a big dull thud in the ballroom because one of the best parts of the show is seeing the […]Read On »

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THE VIETNAM WAR: Filmmaker Ken Burns – Exclusive Interview – Part 1

THE VIETNAM WAR | ©2017 PBS

THE VIETNAM WAR is a ten-episode, eighteen-hour documentary, running Sunday-Thursday on PBS for two weeks, beginning September 17. The project by filmmakers Ken Burns (THE CIVIL WAR, THE WEST, THE WAR, BASEBALL, etc.) and Lynn Novick has a scope that is at once historical and intimate, featuring interviews with war veterans, their families, politicians and experts on all sides: American, South Vietnamese and North Vietnamese. In Part 1 of an exclusive phone interview, Burns discusses the making of THE VIETNAM WAR. ASSIGNMENT X: How long were you and Lynn Novick working on this project? KEN BURNS: About ten and a […]Read On »

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THE HANDMAID’S TALE: Director Reed Morano on the Hulu series – Exclusive Interview

THE HANDMAID'S TALE - Teaser poster | ©2017 Hulu

The ten-episode first season of Hulu’s THE HANDMAID’S TALE, now available its entirety, has been nominated for eleven primetime Emmy Awards, including Outstanding Drama Series (update: it won). Adapted from Margaret Atwood’s novel, THE HANDMAID’S TALE takes place in a near-future where no women have autonomy, and those few who are fertile are forced to be “handmaids,” childbearers for sterile upper-class couples. The story is seen through the eyes of June, played by Elisabeth Moss (who also won an Emmy for her work here), who outwardly complies but is ever hopeful for an opportunity to break free. Reed Morano directed […]Read On »

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THE STRAIN: Carlton Cuse talks about the series finale – Interview

THE STRAIN - Season 4 key art | ©2017 FX

THE STRAIN wraps up its four-season run on FX this Sunday, September 17. Created by Guillermo Del Toro and Chuck Hogan, based on their trilogy of novels, THE STRAIN tells of an infectious strain of vampires, the strigoi, led by an extremely powerful Master, who can jump from body to body. Near the end of Season 3, the Master had taken over the body of billionaire Eldritch Palmer, played by Jonathan Hyde, who had been financing the vampire’s world conquest for his own (now thwarted) reasons. The Master is opposed by a small but dedicated band of humans. Dr Ephraim […]Read On »

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THE FARTHEST – VOYAGER IN SPACE: Scientists Linda Spilker and Tom Spilker on the new PBS NOVA program – Exclusive Interview

Voyager 2 at Cape Kennedy in SAEF.10/19/1977 from THE FARTHEST - VOYAGER IN SPACE | ©2017 PBS

Planetary scientist Dr. Linda Spilker and NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) scientist Dr. Tom Spilker both worked on the Voyager space exploration project, sending two unmanned spacecraft beyond the boundaries of our solar system, which is examined in PBS NOVA’s THE FARTHEST – VOYAGER IN SPACE. Linda Spilker continues to work on the Cassini mission, exploring Saturn, its moons and its rings, documented in PBS NOVA’s DEATH DIVE TO SATURN. Both programs air on PBS Wednesday, September 13 (check local listings for times). As their surnames suggest, the Doctors Spilker are married to one another. Linda Spilker wears a ring, […]Read On »

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Gwendoline Christie Interview: TOP OF THE LAKE: CHINA GIRL, STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI, GAME OF THRONES and More

Gwendoline Christie as Miranda Hilmarson - TOP OF THE LAKE: CHINA GIRL - Season 2 | ©2017 See-Saw Films/SundanceTV

Gwendoline Christie is an actress who causes the hearts of genre fans to soar. In GAME OF THRONES, she is the principled, imposing warrior Brienne of Tarth. Christie’s Captain Phasma character, introduced in STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS, is the first female Imperial officer in the STAR WARS films; we may learn more about her in the upcoming STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI. Now Christie, who hails from Sussex, England, costars in a very different type of role in TOP OF THE LAKE: CHINA GIRL, which airs on SundanceTV Sunday through Tuesday, September 10 through 12. Created by Jane Campion […]Read On »

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REBEL IN THE RYE: Danny Strong on his directorial debut – Exclusive Interview

Director Danny Strong and actor Nicholas Hoult in REBEL IN THE RYE | ©2017 IFC

Danny Strong is no stranger to fact-based material. He won Emmys for writing and being one of the producers of GAME CHANGE, the HBO film about the John McCain/Sarah Palin White House run. Before that, Strong, who hails from Manhattan Beach, California, was nominated for an Emmy for writing the HBO movie RECOUNT, about the 2000 U.S. presidential election. Strong and Lee Daniels together created the Fox hit EMPIRE, which returns for its fourth season later this month; Strong directed three episodes of the series. On the feature side, Strong wrote the screenplays for THE HUNGER GAMES: MOCKINGJAY PART I […]Read On »

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MANHUNT: UNABOMBER: FBI Profiler and Author James R. Fitzgerald on the new miniseries – Exclusive Interview

MANHUNT UNABOMBER | © 2017 Discovery Channel

Discovery Channel’s miniseries MANHUNT: UNABOMBER is based on the writings and life experiences of former FBI agent James R. “Fitz” Fitzgerald, who was crucial in the capture of serial bomber Theodore “Ted” Kaczynski. Fitzgerald, who has written extensively about his career in various facets of law enforcement, is played in MANHUNT: UNABOMBER by Sam Worthington (AVATAR). He is known for pioneering forensic linguistics, a technique of investigating a suspect’s use of words and writing style to see if they match the profile and, in the case of the Unabomber, Kaczynski’s anonymously-penned manifestos. At a party thrown by Discovery Channel for […]Read On »

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MR MERCEDES: Director Jack Bender on adapting Stephen King – Exclusive Interview

MR MERCEDES - Season 1 key art | ©2017 Audience Network

MR MERCEDES, airing on AT&T Audience Network Wednesday nights, is based on the first book in Stephen King’s best-selling trilogy. Adapted for television by David E. Kelley, MR MERCEDES takes its title from the character of Brady Hartsfield (Harry Treadaway), a young man who used a stolen Mercedes-Benz to commit vehicular multiple homicide and has since graduated to other forms of serial killing. Brady may have made a mistake, though, in taunting retired police detective Bill Hodges (Brendan Gleeson), who refuses to give up on the case. Jack Bender is an executive producer on MR MERCEDES and directed seven of […]Read On »

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