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Exclusive Interview: Showrunner Glen Mazarra talks THE WALKING DEAD Season 3 and more

THE WALKING DEAD - Season 3 key art | ©2012 AMC/Frank Ockenfels

With Season 3 of THE WALKING DEAD debuting tonight on AMC, ASSIGNMENT X spoke with executive producer and showrunner Glen Mazarra who took the time to look back on the events of Season 2 and where the show is heading in Season 3 as our ragtag group of survivors headed by Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln) finally make it to the Prison to find safe haven from the “walkers” (aka the living dead). Two big fan favorite characters from the Robert Kirkman/Tony Moore/Charlie Adlard created comic will also be joining Season 3 including the villainous The Governor (David Morrissey) and warrior …Read On »

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TV Review: COPPER – Season 1 – “Better Times are Coming”

Franka Potente and Tom Weston-Jones in COPPER - Season 1 - "Better Times Are Coming" | ©2012 BBC AMERICA/Cineflix (Copper) Inc./George Kraychyk

Stars: Tom Weston-Jones, Kevin Ryan, Ato Essandoh, Anastasia Griffiths, Tanya Fischer, Kiara Glasco, Franka Potente Writer:  Tom Fontana & Will Rokos, Teleplay by Sara B. Cooper    Director: Larysa Kondracki         Network: BBC America, airs Sunday nights Original Telecast: October 7, 2012 Well it had to happen sooner or later, COPPER has started to become one of those interminably slow moving period dramas that can’t seem to fill up an hour worth of content that keeps everything interesting and moving along. The series has spent the first season careening precariously close to that edge on and off depending on what the …Read On »

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TV Review: THE NEW NORMAL – Season 1 – “Bryanzilla”

Andrew Rannells and Justin Bartha in THE NEW NORMAL - Season 1 - "Bryanzilla" | ©2012 NBC/Trae Patton

Stars: Justin Bartha, Andrew Rannells, Georgia King, Bebe Wood, NeNe Leakes, Ellen Barkin Writer: Mark Kunerth   Director: Ryan Murphy       Network: NBC, airs Tuesday nights Original Telecast: October 9, 2012 Ryan Murphy is once again at the helm of this new episode of THE NEW NORMAL, and with “Bryanzilla” we have a return to the rigid stereotypes and beating over the head of messages that the series started out as. The idea for the episode is cute but absurd with Shania (Bebe Wood) getting pretend engaged and wanting to have a pretend wedding. Enter Bryan (Andrew Rannells) with clearly plenty of …Read On »

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TV Review: HELL ON WHEELS – Season 2 – “Blood Moon” and “Blood Moon Rising” – Season Finale

Dominique McElligott is Lily Bell in HELL ON WHEELS - Season 2 finale - "Blood Moon Rising" | ©2012 AMC/Chris Large

Stars: Anson Mount, Colm Meaney, Common, Dominique McElligott, Tom Noonan, Christopher Heyerdahl Writer:  Part 1- Mark Richard & Jamie O’Brien, Part 2- John Shiban   Director: Part 1- Terry McDonough,, Part 2-John Shiban         Network: AMC, airs Sunday nights Original Telecast: October 7, 2012 There are game changers and then there are season finales that level the playing field. HELL ON WHEELS in its two-hour finale of “Blood Moon” and “Blood Moon Rising” is establishing that no one on this series is safe except perhaps Bohannan (Anson Mount), since the series is from his perspective for the most part. Besides him, anyone …Read On »

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TV Review: BONES – Season 8 – “The Tiger in the Tale”

David Boreanaz and Emily Deschanel in BONES - Season 8 - "The Tiger in the Tale" | ©2012 Fox/Patrick McElhenney

Stars: David Boreanaz, Emily Deschanel, Michaela Conlin, TJ Thyne, Tamara Taylor, John Francis Daley, Carla Gallo Writer: Dean Lopata, series created by Hart Hanson, based on the life and writings of Kathy Reichs Director: Dwight Little Network: Fox, Mondays @ 8 PM Airdate: October 8, 2012 Normally, the BONES episode “The Tiger in the Tale” would merit a B. It’s a solid episode, but it has the drawbacks of Brennan (Emily Deschanel) suddenly wanting to run for President of the United States (huh?) and psychiatrist Sweets (John Francis Daley) displaying stunning blindness when it comes to the psyche of his …Read On »

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Interview: LAW & ORDER: SVU actors Raul Esparza and Anna Chlumsky on the NBC series

Anna Chlumsky in LAW & ORDER: SVU - Season 14 - "Twenty-Five Acts" | ©2012 NBC/Eric Liebowitz

The fourteenth season of LAW & ORDER: SVU, which airs Wednesdays at 9 PM on NBC, got off to a turbulent onscreen start, what with a scandal that nearly cost the squad Captain Cragen (Dann Florek) and wound up getting a lot of politicians and district attorneys fired. Enter new District Attorney Rafael Barba, played by Raul Esparza, a multiple-Tony-nominated actor who previously appeared on the original LAW & ORDER and LAW & ORDER: CRIMINAL INTENT as other characters. In tonight’s episode “25 Acts,” Barba is brought onto a case by Mariska Hargitay’s Detective Olivia Benson involving the young author …Read On »

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Interview: DANCING WITH THE STARS celebrity Melissa Rycroft becomes an ALL-STAR

Melissa Rycroft in DANCING WITH THE STARS: ALL-STARS - Season 15 - Week 1| ©2012 ABC/Adam Taylor

DANCING WITH THE STARS: ALL-STARS, airing on ABC Monday and Tuesday nights, has brought together thirteen fan favorites from past seasons to compete again for the mirror ball trophy. (As of this writing, two of the stars has already been eliminated from the competition.) We caught up with Melissa Rycroft, a DWTS veteran from 2009 – as well as a 2009 participant in THE BACHELOR – to talk about her return spin on the DANCING floor. ASSIGNMENT X: Can you talk about doing reality TV overall? MELISSA RYCROFT: Reality TV has a hundred percent changed my life. I do think …Read On »

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Interview: PARTNERS star David Krumholtz on his new CBS comedy series

David Krumholtz at the PaleyFest Fall TV Preview: Partners - CBS | ©2012 Sue Schneider

Actor David Krumholtz is still known to many people as Charlie Eppes, the FBI-advising mathematical genius he played for six years on CBS’ NUMB3RS. The New York-born actor then took a turn playing one of the managers in NBC’s short-lived THE PLAYBOY CLUB last year. Now Krumholtz is back on CBS in the half-hour comedy PARTNERS, created by David Kohan and Max Mutchnik (of WILL AND GRACE), which is based on the writers’ lifelong friendship. In PARTNERS, Krumholtz plays Joe, a heterosexual architect who is partnered at work with his gay lifelong best friend Louis, played by Michael Urie, and …Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: Tony Denison talks MAJOR CRIMES and THE CLOSER

Tony Denison in MAJOR CRIMES - Season 1 | ©2012 Karen Neal

One of the enduring pleasures of the TNT series THE CLOSER was the sparring between Anthony Denison’s character LAPD Detective Lieutenant Andy Flynn and G.W. Bailey’s character Lieutenant Louie Provenza. The characters and their dynamic have now moved over to THE CLOSER’s spin-off MAJOR CRIMES – both series created by James Duff – which airs Mondays at 9 PM on TNT, even though Kyra Sedgwick’s Brenda Leigh Johnson has left and the squad room is now being run by Mary McDonnell’s Sharon Raydor. Veteran actor Denison, a native of Harlem, New York, got his big break playing mobster Ray Luca …Read On »

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TV Review: BONES Season 8 – “The Gunk in the Garage”

John Francis Daley, Danielle Panabaker and Lori Alan in BONES - Season 8 - "The Gunk in the Garage" |©2012 Fox/Patrick McElhenney

Stars: David Boreanaz, Emily Deschanel, Michaela Conlin, TJ Thyne, Tamara Taylor, John Francis Daley, Patricia Belcher, Danielle Panabaker Writer: Jonathan Collier, series created by Hart Hanson, based on the life and writings of Kathy Reichs Director: Kate Woods Network: Fox, Mondays @ 8 PM Airdate: October 1, 2012 “The Gunk in the Garage” has an unusual opening for an episode of BONES, in that we see the killing take place, rather than just have someone happen upon the human remains. In this instance, an incendiary device is placed in a soft drink cup atop a car. When it detonates, the …Read On »

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