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SCHITT’S CREEK: Chris Elliott chats new comedy series – exclusive interview

Chris Elliott in SCHITT'S CREEK - Season 1 | ©2015 Pop Television

In Pop Television’s SCHITT’S CREEK, Wednesdays at 10 PM, the wealthy Rose family goes broke and is forced to move back to the title town, which they previously bought as a joke. Dan Levy and Eugene Levy – son and father – created the series together. The elder Levy plays Johnny Rose, with Dan as son David. Catherine O’Hara plays mother Moira, with Annie Murphy rounding out the group as family daughter Alexis. Then there’s town mayor Roland Schitt, played by Chris Elliott. Native New Yorker Elliott has an extensive film and TV career that includes some drama – he …Read On »

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BACKSTROM: Director Kevin Hooks talks new Fox procedural – Interview

Rainn Wilson as Detective Everett Backstrom (R) and Dennis Haysbert as Detective Sergeant John Almon in BACKSTROM - Season 1 | ©2015 Fox/Frank Ockenfels

On Fox’s BACKSTROM, Thursdays at 9 PM, Rainn Wilson plays the title character, a brilliant but world-hating Portland, Oregon police detective. Executive producer Hart Hanson developed the show from a series of novels by Swedish writer Leif G.W. Persson. Kevin Hooks, another of BACKSTROM’s executive producers, directed the pilot and helps set the tone with the directors of subsequent episodes. Hooks, a native of Philadelphia, began his career as a child actor in the title role of the 1969 telefilm J.T. His first directorial work was on the TV series ST. ELSEWHERE in 1983 and he’s since worked on a …Read On »

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The Scoop on ASH VS. EVIL DEAD

Executive producer Robert Tapert, star of the series and executive producer Bruce Campbell along with executive producer Sam Raimi, original filmmakers of the EVIL DEAD franchise, start production on the TV series ASH VS. EVIL DEAD which will premiere this fall on Starz | © 2015 Starz

When best friends director/writer Sam Raimi, producer Robert G. Tapert and actor Bruce Campbell made the short film WITHIN THE WOODS in their native Michigan, they were hoping to make the feature that became 1981’s THE EVIL DEAD. They didn’t realize they were launching a horror franchise that would spawn 1987’s EVIL DEAD II and 1992’s ARMY OF DARKNESS, plus a 2013 remake. They were expecting even less that, in 2015, they’d all be working on the television series ASH VS. EVIL DEAD, which will premiere on Starz later this year. The three men, who have all enjoyed enormous success …Read On »

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GOTHAM: Robin Lord Taylor on the final episodes of Season 2 – exclusive interview Part 2

Robin Lord Taylor as Oswald Cobblepot in GOTHAM | © 2015 Jessica Miglio/FOX

In Part 2 of our exclusive interview with Robin Lord Taylor, who plays Oswald Cobblepot/the Penguin on Fox’s GOTHAM, the actor discusses the Oswald/Jim Gordon relationship, his work on THE WALKING DEAD and more. Read Part 1 here. AX: Oswald has a very complicated relationship with Gotham police detective Jim Gordon [Ben McKenzie]. How would you describe it? ROBIN LORD TAYLOR: Jim Gordon wouldn’t be in the place that he is now if he hadn’t saved my life, and it goes both ways. It’s classic, they need each other even though they’re complete enemies. I think deep down, he actually …Read On »

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TV Review: BONES – Season 10 – “The Teacher in the Books”

Emily Deschanel stars as Brennan in BONES "The Teacher in the Books" | © 2015 Patrick McElhenney/FOX

Stars: David Boreanaz, Emily Deschanel, Michaela Conlin, TJ Thyne, Tamara Taylor, John Boyd, Patricia Belcher, Laura Spencer, Nathan Buzolic, Allius Barnes, Allen Maldonado, Brendan Robinson, Anna Khaja Writer: Taylor Martin, series created by Hart Hanson, based on the life and writings of Kathy Reichs Director: Anne Renton Network: Fox, Thursdays @ 8 PM Original Telecast: April 2, 2015 When BONES tries to send a message on a particular issue in an episode, sometimes it succeeds, sometimes it gets the point across but is woefully heavy-handed, and sometimes, as with “The Teacher in the Books,” it scrambles what it’s apparently attempting …Read On »

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MARVEL’S AGENTS OF SHIELD: Brett Dalton talks Season 2 – exclusive interview

Brett Dalton in AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D. - Season 2 - "Frenemy of my Enemy" | ©2015 ABC/Kelsey McNeal

In the (so-far) two-season history of MARVEL’S AGENTS OF SHIELD, ABC Tuesdays at 9 PM, just about all of the characters have gone through massive changes. Agent Phil Coulson, played by Clark Gregg, has learned that he was actually brought back from the dead courtesy of alien technology; not only that, he’s been appointed Director of the whole S.H.I.E.L.D. organization, courtesy of secretly-alive former Director Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson). Chloe Bennet’s orphan computer hacker Skye has discovered she’s an Inhuman, with the ability to bring buildings down; she’s also found that her father Kal (Kyle MachLachlan) is alive and …Read On »

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GOTHAM: Robin Lord Taylor on playing Penguin and Season 1 – Part 1 – exclusive interview

Robin Lord Taylor is Oswald Cobblepot in GOTHAM - Season 1 | ©2015 Fox/Justin Stephens

In Fox’s GOTHAM, adapted by executive producer Bruno Heller from D.C. Comics BATMAN series, Bruce Wayne (David Mazouz) is part of the story, but he’s a young teen just beginning to learn how to defend himself. The center of the series, in its first season Mondays at 9 PM and renewed for a second, is Gotham City Police Department homicide detective Jim Gordon, played by Ben McKenzie. Gordon has to deal with trying to protect Bruce and the city from crazy rogue criminals, organized crime and a corrupt police department. This corruption includes Gordon’s partner Harvey Bullock (Donal Logue), a …Read On »

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THE AMERICANS: Costa Ronin on AGENT CARTER, EXTANT and more – Part 2 – exclusive interview

Costa Ronin in THE AMERICANS - Season 3 | ©2015 FX/James Minchin

In Part 2 of our exclusive interview with Russia-born actor Costa Ronin, who plays Oleg Burov on FX’s THE AMERICANS, he talks further about the series and bringing his grandmother to the set, as well as his work on AGENT CARTER and EXTANT. ASSIGNMENT X: You did an episode of AGENT CARTER earlier this year. How was it going from THE AMERICANS to that? COSTA RONIN: It’s very different. It’s no different in the way of working, because I remember my first day on set of THE AMERICANS. The first time you go on the boards to do a show, …Read On »

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AMERICAN ODYSSEY: Creators Adam Armus and Nora Kay Foster on new NBC drama – exclusive interview

AMERICAN ODYSSEY key art | ©2015 NBCUniversal

In NBC’s new drama AMERICAN ODYSSEY, Sundays at 10 PM, U.S. soldier Sgt. Odelle Ballard (Anna Friel) finds herself stranded behind enemy lines in Mali, Africa, after her squad is killed and she is left for dead by attackers who turn out to be U.S. military contractors. After Odelle  is declared dead but proof of her survival surfaces online, her husband Ron (Jim True-Frost), corporate lawyer Peter Decker (Peter Facinelli) and political reporter Harrison Walters (Jake Robinson) scramble to find out the truth and try to get Odelle home. Adam Armus and Nora Kay Foster, whose joint writing/executive producing credits …Read On »

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BOSCH: Lance Reddick chats about Amazon series and the end of FRINGE – interview

Lance Reddick in BOSCH - Season 1 | ©2015 Amazon

In Amazon’s BOSCH, currently streaming its entire ten-episode first season, Titus Welliver stars as Harry Bosch, an LAPD homicide detective investigating a long-ago murder that is somehow connected to a string of present-day serial murders. In the series, adapted by show runner Eric Overmyer from Michael Connelly’s acclaimed novels, Lance Reddick plays Harry’s boss, Irvin Irving, whose political aspirations dictate his every move. Reddick, a native of Maryland, is known to FRINGE fans as Philip Broyles, to THE WIRE watchers as Cedric Daniels, to LOST lovers as Matthew Abaddon and to OZ aficionados as Detective John Basil. Additionally, Reddick played …Read On »

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