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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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Exclusive Interview: COPPER star Tom Weston-Jones on the Civil War detective series

Detective Kevin Corcoran (Tom Weston-Jones) in COPPER "Surviving Death" | © BBC AMERICA/Cineflix (Copper) Inc.

In BBC America’s COPPER, which airs Sundays at 10 PM, Tom Weston-Jones plays police detective Kevin “Corky” Corcoran. In the series created by Tom Fontana and Will Rokos, it’s the mid-1860s, the Civil War is still raging and Corcoran, an Irish-born former Union soldier, works in the dangerous Five Points neighborhood of New York City, relying for help in his investigations on two fellow veterans, wealthy Robert Morehouse (Kyle Schmid) and African-American medical doctor Matthew Freeman (Ato Essandoh). Weston-Jones, an Englishman who grew up in Dubai and graduated from the University of London with a degree in theatre and drama, …Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: HELL ON WHEELS producer John Shiban talks about the post-Civil War drama

HELL ON WHEELS - Season 2 Key Art | ©2012 AMC

HELL ON WHEELS steams to the conclusion of its second season tonight in a two-hour finale beginning at 9 PM on AMC. The series concerns the post-Civil War construction of the first U.S. transcontinental railroad and the work camp called Hell on Wheels, where Confederate veteran Cullen Bohannon, played by Anson Mount, has come seeking vengeance against the men who killed his wife. Executive producer/show runner John Shiban (whose other credits include THE X-FILES, THE LONE GUNMEN, STAR TREK: ENTERPRISE, SUPERNATURAL, TORCHWOOD: MIRACLE DAY and BREAKING BAD) is due to speak to a whole group of people about HELL ON …Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: G.W. Bailey gets closer to MAJOR CRIMES

G.W. Bailey in MAJOR CRIMES - Season 1 - "Dismissed with Prejudice" | ©2012/Karen Neal

If one had to choose a single word to describe veteran actor G.W. Bailey upon meeting the man, it would be “jovial.” Seated at the desk of his character LAPD homicide detective Lt. Louie Provenza, who he’s played for seven years on TNT’S THE CLOSER and now portrays on the first season of that show’s spin-off MAJOR CRIMES, Mondays at 9 PM on TNT, Bailey makes visitors to the set feel welcome. Fans of THE CLOSER will not that the squad room set for MAJOR CRIMES is pretty much the same as it was. Yes, Kyra Sedgwick’s character, “closer” Brenda …Read On »

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TV Review: COPPER – Season 1 – “Arsenic and Old Cake”

Kyle Schmid and Ato Essandoh in COPPER - Season 1 - "Arsenic and Old Cake" | ©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 Kevin Deiboldt    Director: Jeff Woolnough        Network: BBC America, airs Sunday nights Original Telecast: September 23, 2012 Just when I think I’ve sort of figured BBC America’s COPPER out, they have an episode like “Arsenic and Old Cake”. There are some rather disturbing character shifts in this episode, but the main story and murder mystery is one that ends up being comical (and yes I am surprised as you that murder can be a laughing matter on …Read On »

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TV Review: DOCTOR WHO – Series 7 – “The Angels Take Manhattan” – Review #2

Karen Gillan, Matt Smith, and Arthur Darvill in DOCTOR WHO - Series 7 - "The Angels Take Manhattan" | ©2012 BBC America

Stars: Matt Smith, Karen Gillan, Arthur Darvill Writer: Steven Moffat  Director:  Nick Hurran    Network: BBC America, airs Saturday nights Original Telecast: September 22, 2012 “The Angels Take Manhattan” is a tough episode of DOCTOR WHO -  in fact it might be the toughest since Matt Smith took over as the Eleventh Doctor. This episode is the big farewell to Amy (Karen Gillan) and Rory (Arthur Darvill), and since Amy has been the Doctor’s companion since his first episode in this newer incarnation, this has been a good run for the two of them. There’s also been a lot of change …Read On »

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TV Review: LAST RESORT – Season 1 – “Captain” – Series Premiere

Camille De Pazzis, Sahr Ngaujah, Autumn Reeser, Jessy Schram, Scott Speedman, Andre Braugher, Daniel Lissing, Daisy Betts, Dichen Lachman in LAST RESORT - Season 1 | ©2012 ABC/Craig Sjodin

Stars: Andre Braugher, Scott Speedman, Daisy Betts, Robert Patrick, Dichen Lachman, Daniel Lissing, Sahr Ngaujah, Autumn Reeser, Jessy Schram, Omid Abtahi, Darri Ingolfsson Writers: Karl Gajdusek & Shawn Ryan, series created by Shawn Ryan & Karl Gajdusek Director: Martin Campbell Network: ABC, Thursdays @ 8 PM Original Airdate: September 27, 2012 In its opening episode “Captain,” LAST RESORT blends the best of several worlds – and not just the interior of a submarine, a lush tropical island (played by Hawaii) and the political trenches of Washington, D.C., although those are its primary settings. LAST RESORT’s basic premise is that the …Read On »

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