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Exclusive Interview: Peter Gadiot is the genie of ONCE UPON A TIME IN WONDERLAND

Peter Gadiot in ONCE UPON A TIME IN WONDERLAND - Season 1 | ©2013 ABC/Bob D'Amico

In ONCE UPON A TIME IN WONDERLAND, ABC Thursdays at 8 PM, Sophie Lowe’s character Alice and Peter Gadiot’s character Cyrus, the Genie of the Lamp, are in love. They’re also on the run from both the Red Queen (Emma Rigby) and ALADDIN’s magician Jafar (Naveen Andrews). While WONDERLAND very likely marks the first time Alice and the Genie have been a couple, it turns out this isn’t the first time English actor Gadiot [pronounced “Gad-ee-oh”) has had a go-round with ALADDIN material. At a party thrown by ABC for the Television Critics Association, Gadiot explains how it is he […]Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: Robert Knepper corners MOB CITY and the end of CULT

Robert Knepper in MOB CITY - Season 1 - "Banana Split" | ©2013 TNT/Doug Hyun

In MOB CITY, running on TNT in two-hour blocks Wednesdays at 9 PM, executive producer/director/writer Frank Darabont has adapted John Buntin’s book L.A. NOIR as a drama about the struggle between righteous cops, renegade officers and outright mobsters in 1940s Los Angeles. Some characters, like LAPD Chief William Parker (played by Neal McDonough) and gangsters Ben “Bugsy” Siegel (Edward Burns) and Mickey Cohen (Jeremy Luke), are historical figures. Others, including troubled police detective Joe Teague (Jon Bernthal) and female lead Jasmine Fontaine (Alexa Davalos) are Darabont’s creations. Robert Knepper’s character Syd Rothman, a hit man and lifelong friend of Siegel […]Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: Alexa Davalos plays MOB CITY femme fatale

Alexa Davalos in MOB CITY Season 1 | ©2013 TNT/Scott Garfield

In TNT’s limited series MOB CITY, airing in two-hour blocks Wednesdays at 9 PM, ‘40s-era LAPD cop Joe Teague (Jon Bernthal) and mobster Ben “Bugsy” Siegel (Edward Burns) both have their eye on nightclub photographer Jasmine Fontaine, played by Alexa Davalos. This isn’t surprising – Davalos in the role looks like the quintessential film noir femme fatale. Davalos comes off a lot lighter when she’s not in character. The actress, born in France and a world traveler since then, previously worked with MOB CITY creator (working from John Buntin’s L.A. NOIR book/executive producer/director Frank Darabont on the feature film THE […]Read On »

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Interview: Terry Crews brings some muscle to BROOKLYN NINE-NINE

Terry Crews in BROOKLYN NINE-NINE - Season 1 | ©2013 Fox/Mary Ellen Matthews

Terry Crews is a man of many talents. Former NFL player, painter, writer, producer and actor – credits include THE LONGEST YARD remake, Chris Rock’s father on the series EVERYBODY HATES CHRIS, TERMINATOR SALVATION and the EXPENDABLES films – the man fromFlint,Michigan feels his most important job is as married family man with five children. This said, Crews sounds very happy about his current gig, playing Brooklyn police sergeant Terry Jeffords on Fox’s new half-hour comedy BROOKLYN NINE-NINE, Tuesdays at 8:30 PM. The actor is available for follow-up conversation after a Television Critics Association Q&A session for the series, created […]Read On »

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Interview: SLEEPY HOLLOW chief Orlando Jones talks Season 1

Orlando Jones in SLEEPY HOLLOW - Season 1 | ©2013 Fox/Michael Lavine

On Fox’s SLEEPY HOLLOW, Mondays at 9 PM, most of the main characters involved in saving the world from the Headless Horseman and the Apocalypse have some sort of supernatural gift. Revolutionary War veteran Ichabod Crane (Tom Mison) has been released from stasis after two and a half centuries. His chief ally, police detective Abbie Mills (Nicole Beharie), sees visions. Ichabod’s wife Katrina (Katia Winter) is trapped in limbo, but she’s a powerful witch Then there’s Sleepy Hollow police chief Frank Irving, played by Orlando Jones. Frank, recently and unhappily cured of his skepticism a few episodes back through his […]Read On »

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Interview: Creator Michelle Ashford drives MASTERS OF SEX

MASTERS OF SEX executive producers Michelle Ashford and Sarah Timberman | ©2013 Showtime/Michael Desmond

Showtime’s MASTERS OF SEX, Sundays at 10 PM, has already been renewed for a second season. The series, which begins in the 1950s when the main characters meet, charts the working and personal relationships of real-life sex researchers William Masters, played by Michael Sheen, and Virginia Johnson, portrayed by Lizzy Caplan. Executive producer/show runner Michelle Ashford, whose other writing credits include THE PACIFIC and JOHN ADAMS, created MASTERS OF SEX based on Thomas Maier’s nonfiction book. At a Showtime-sponsored event for the Television Critics Association, Ashford talks about mastering this unusual subject matter. ASSIGNMENT X: How much, if at all, […]Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: ATLANTIS actress Jemima Rooper channels Medusa

Jemima Rooper is Medusa in ATLANTIS | ©2013 BBC America

In ATLANTIS, now airing its first season on BBC American Saturdays at 9 PM, we’re in the days of the Greek myths. Jason (Jack Donnelly), who will eventually steal the Golden Fleece and marry Medea, is currently having adventures with mathematician Pythagoras (Robert Emms) and a tirelessly self-promoting, slightly out-of-shape Hercules (Mark Addy). We know the group’s female member by name, but aren’t used to seeing the character Medusa not as a snake-haired Gorgon, but rather with the lovely face of actress Jemima Rooper. London native Rooper has split her work between theatre (including the recorded-for-National Theatre Live production of […]Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: The GRIMM realities for actor Reggie Lee

Reggie Lee and David Giuntoli in GRIMM - Season 2 | ©2013 NBC/Michael Muller

At this point on GRIMM, now in its third season Fridays at 9 PM on NBC, almost all the main characters know that Portland,Oregon police detective Nick Burkhardt (David Giuntoli) is a Grimm. A Grimm is someone who can see (and if need be fight) Wesen, supernatural beings who can appear to be and live as humans, but who also have animalistic forms and idiosyncratic social structures. By now, Nick’s girlfriend Juliet (Bitsy Tulloch knows), Nick’s police partner (Russell Hornsby) knows, Nick’s part-Wesen police captain (Sasha Roiz knows) and Nick’s best friend, werewolf-like Wesen Monroe (Silas Weir Mitchell), knows. EvenMonroe’s […]Read On »

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Interview: Giovanna Ottobre-Melton chats about MOB CITY costumes

Jon Bernthal in MOB CITY - Season 1 | ©2013 TNT

The interiors on the soundstages of Hollywood Red Studios for TNT’s MOB CITY, Wednesdays in two-hour blocks, are as elaborate as any feature film sets. For Frank Darabont’s tale of the Forties-era clash between Los Angeles mobsters and police, production designers Alex Hajdu and Gregory Melton have made sure that everything from the upscale clubs for the well-heeled to the scabby apartments of the desperate all have an accurate Forties look. The costumes designed by Giovanna Ottobre-Melton are similarly true to life. Robert Knepper, who plays Mob enforcer Syd Rothman, enthuses about Ottobre-Melton’s work, “The costumes are great. You put […]Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: Neal McDonough cleans up MOB CITY

Neal McDonough and Jon Bernthal in MOB CITY - Season 1 - "Red Light" | ©2013 TNT/Doug Hyun

In MOB CITY, airing in three two-hour blocks on TNT on successive Wednesdays beginning tonightat 9 PM, some of the characters are fictional, like Jon Bernthal’s protagonist, LAPD Detective Joe Teague. However, some of the characters on both sides of the law in the Forties L.A./mobster noir drama, created by Frank Darabont based on John Buntin’s book, are taken from history. Ben “Bugsy” Siegel (Ed Burns) and Mickey Cohen (Jeremy Luke) made their mark in the annals of organized crime, while soon-to-be-LAPD Chief William Parker would someday have Parker Center named for him. Neal McDonough portrays Parker as the man’s […]Read On »

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