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Exclusive Interview: The scoop on 24: LIVE ANOTHER DAY from executive producer Howard Gordon

Kiefer Sutherland in 24: LIVE ANOTHER DAY | © 2014 Fox/Greg Williams

Depending on how you look at it, 24: LIVE ANOTHER DAY is either a miniseries about Kiefer Sutherland’s redoubtable ex-counter-terrorist agent Jack Bauer, or simply Season 9 of 24, resuming after a four-year break in a twelve-hour frame, airing on Fox Mondays at 9 PM. Howard Gordon, executive producer of 24 for much of its run, is back on 24: LIVE ANOTHER DAY. Gordon also has three other series in production – the multi-award-winning HOMELAND, coming back for its fourth season in the fall, FX’s new TYRANT and TNT’s LEGEND. This raises the question of whether Gordon is secretly affiliated […]Read On »

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DANCING WITH THE STARS Season 18 Recap: James Maslow is out leading into the Finals

James Maslow and Peta Murgatroyd in DANCING WITH THE STARS - Season 18 | ©2014 ABC/Craig Sjodin

Stars: James Maslow, Meryl Davis, Candace Cameron Bure, Amy Purdy, Network: ABC, airs Mondays Original Telecast: May 19th, 2014 Wow! All I can say is there are some die hard FULL HOUSE fans out there! Not since Bristal Palin or Marie Osmond made it to the DANCING WITH THE STARS finals has a celeb with the lowest scores continued to thrive on the show – not to say she is as bad as Palin, Candace Cameron Bure is a much better dancer. Still, Bure and partner & Mark Ballas have beaten the odds and are now on to day two […]Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: Shane West on SALEM and the end of NIKITA

Shane West in SALEM - Season 1 | ©2014 WGN America

Shane West is sneezing, but he explains he hasn’t picked up the cold that’s affected a lot of people in the vicinity. “Oh, no. I have a beard that’s been driving me crazy. I haven’t had a beard like this ever, I think, in my life. And it’s fine, it’s great for the role, but I’m consistently all of a sudden sneezing and my nose is scratchy always. It’s a weird thing, but it’s true.” So perhaps he’s developed an allergy to his own facial hair? West laughs and says it’s possible. “Yes. I’m allergic to everything now, even though […]Read On »

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TV Review: GAME OF THRONES – Season 4 – “First of His Name”

Maisie Williams. in GAME OF THRONES - Season 4 - "First of His Name" | ©2014 HBO/Helen Sloan

Stars: Peter Dinklage, Lena Headey, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Emilia Clarke, Iain Glen, Kit Harington, Sophie Turner, Maisie Williams, Isaac Hempstead-Wright, Charles Dance, Rory McCann, Aidan Gillen, Iain Glen,  Gwendoline Christie, Natalie Dormer, Kristian Nairn, Julian Glover, Ian McElhinnie, Daniel Portman, Nathalie Emmanuel, Jacob Anderson, Dean-Charles Chapman, Noah Taylor, Thomas Sangster, Ellie Kendrick, Michiel Huisman, Owen Teale, Burn Gorman, Luke McEwan, Kate Dickie, Lino Facioli, Pedro Pascal, Finn Jones Writers: David Benioff & D.B. Weiss, series created by David Benioff & D.B. Weiss, based on George R.R. Martin’s “A Song of Ice and Fire” Director: Michelle MacLaren Network: HBO, Sundays @ 9 […]Read On »

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TV Review: SUPERNATURAL – Season 9 – “Bloodlines”

Jared Padalecki and Jensen Ackles in SUPERNATURAL - Season 9 - "Bloodlines" | ©2014 The CW/Carole Segal

Stars: Jared Padalecki, Jensen Ackles, Lucien Laviscourt, Nathan Buzolic, Sean Faris, Melissa Roxburgh, Danielle Savre, Stephen Martines, Bryce Johnson, Erinn Westbrook, Michael Rogers Writer: Andrew Dabb, series created by Eric Kripke Director: Robert Singer Network: The CW, Tuesdays @ 9 PM Original Airdate: April 29, 2014 Ah, the dreaded backdoor pilot, bane of most successful shows. In its ninth season, SUPERNATURAL gets its first one (officially – there have been a few others that looked like attempts). The good news: “Bloodlines” is not nearly as bad as these things can be – it’s actually got some pep and Sam (Jared […]Read On »

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Interview: David Gelber chats about YEARS OF LIVING DANGEROUSLY

YEARS OF LIVING DANGEROUSLY - Season 1 - "Under the Ice" | ©2014 Showtime

YEARS OF LIVING DANGEROUSLY, on Showtime Mondays at 8 PM, has been described by Showtime’s president David Nevins as an “epic docu-series.” Executive-produced by Daniel Abbasi, David Gelber, Arnold Schwarzenegger and Jerry Weintraub, YEARS explores climate change across the globe, the various ways that this phenomenon is affecting humans and nature, and what can be done to combat it. Correspondents include Schwarzenegger, Harrison Ford, Ian Somerhalder, Jessica Alba, Don Cheadle, Matt Damon, America Ferrera, Michael C. Hall and Lesley Stahl, among others. Executive producer Gelber participates in a Q&A session Showtime hosts for the Television Critics Association, then remains to […]Read On »

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DANCING WITH THE STARS Season 18 Recap: Charlie White cut on American Icon Night

Tom Bergeron, Sharna Burgess, Erin Andrews and Charlie White on DANCING WITH THE STARS - Season 18 - Week Nine | ©2014 ABC/Adam Taylor

Stars: James Maslow, Meryl Davis, Candace Cameron Bure, Amy Purdy, Charlie White Network: ABC, airs Mondays Original Telecast: May 12th, 2014 It was a night to gush on DANCING WITH THE STARS. American Icon night had the judges handing out tens like hotcakes and the duos were lapping it up. Still, the biggest shock came when Olympian Charlie White & Sharna Burgess were eliminated in the ninth week and the usually lower-scoring Candace Cameron Bure & Mark Ballas got sent to the finals. It was no surprise to see Meryl Davis & Maks Chmerkovskiy earn a perfect 80 for the […]Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: J. August Richards on MARVEL’S AGENTS OF SHIELD season finale and more – Part 2

Brett Dalton and J. August Richards in MARVEL'S AGENTS OF SHIELD - Season 1 - "The Bridge" | © 2014 ABC/Kelsey McNeal

In Part 2 of Assignment X’s exclusive interview with J. August Richards, the actor talks more about his work on MARVEL’S AGENTS OF SHIELD (ABC, Tuesdays at 8 PM) as the character Mike Peterson/Deathlok, plus his writing/directing project THE HYPNOTIST. ASSIGNMENT X: When you were on ANGEL, the producers were worried about spoilers, but it seems you’ve achieved a whole new level of security clearance working for Marvel. What is it like dealing with that kind of secrecy? J. AUGUST RICHARDS: Having to deal with Marvel security has introduced a phrase into my vocabulary that I now overuse. For example, […]Read On »

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Interview: PENNY DREADFUL creator John Logan on his new horror series

Harry Treadaway in PENNY DREADFUL - Season 1 | ©2014 Showtime

Put together Victorian England in 1891, add an expatriate American sharpshooter (Josh Hartnett) attached to a traveling Wild West show, an ambitious spiritualist (Eva Green), a monster hunter (Timothy Dalton) and Dracula, Dr. Frankenstein, Dorian Gray and assorted other supernatural entities, make it very scary and sexy, and you’ve got Showtime’s PENNY DREADFUL, which premieres its eight-episode first season Sunday, May 11 at 10 PM. PENNY DREADFUL is the first television series created by the prolific John Logan, who won a Tony Award for his stage play RED. His screenplays for GLADIATOR, THE AVIATOR and HUGO were nominated for Oscars; […]Read On »

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TV Review: GAME OF THRONES – Season 4 – “Oathkeeper”

Gwendoline Christie in GAME OF THRONES - Season 4 - "Oathkeeper" | ©2014 HBO/Helen Sloan

Stars: Peter Dinklage, Lena Headey, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Emilia Clarke, Iain Glen, Kit Harington, Sophie Turner, Aidan Gillen, Iain Glen,  Gwendoline Christie, Diana Rigg, John Bradley,  Natalie Dormer, Julian Glover, Jerome Flynn, Ian McElhinnie, Daniel Portman, Nathalie Emmanuel, Jacob Anderson, Dean-Charles Chapman, Noah Taylor, Thomas Sangster, Ellie Kendrick, Michiel Huisman, Owen Teale, Burn Gorman, Luke McEwan Writer: Bryan Cogman, series created by David Benioff & D.B. Weiss, based on George R.R. Martin’s “A Song of Ice and Fire” Director: Michelle MacLren Network: HBO, Sundays @ 9 PM Airdate: April 27, 2014 GAME OF THRONES is such an extraordinary show that even […]Read On »

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