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Interview with EXTANT producer Greg Walker on the science fiction series

Halle Berry stars as Molly Woods a female astronaut in EXTANT on CBS | © 2014 Dale Robinette/CBS

In CBS’ new Wednesday night science fiction drama series EXTANT, created by Mickey Fisher, Halle Berry plays U.S. astronaut Molly Woods. Molly has a complicated life. Her husband John (Goran Visnjic) is a scientist whose work in artificial intelligence has resulted in the couple’s young son Ethan (Pierce Gagnon), an A.I. intelligence in the body of a boy. John views Ethan as a real child, but Molly is not so sure. Molly has just spent more than a year on a solo mission aboard the U.S. spacecraft Seraphim, with no direct human contact. She is therefore stunned to learn when […]Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: Roberto Orci & Scott Sassa on MATADOR

Matador Season 1 poster | ©2014 El Rey

MATADOR, the second new scripted series (the first was FROM DUSK TILL DAWN, which had its first season earlier this year) on Robert Rodriguez’s El Rey network, premieres Tuesday, July 13. Despite its title, the action/adventure/spy series, created by Jay Beattie, Dan Dworkin, Andrew Orci & Roberto Orci, has nothing to do with bullfighting. Instead, “Matador” is the nickname given to new L.A. Riot soccer player Tony Bravo (Gabriel Luna) due to a particular action he takes during his tryout for the team. Nobody except his handlers know that Tony is really a D.E.A. agent who’s been recruited by the […]Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: Ian Anthony Dale on MURDER IN THE FIRST

Ian Anthony Dale in MURDER IN THE FIRST - Season 1 | ©2014 TNT/Doug Hyun

In TNT’s MURDER IN THE FIRST, Mondays at 10 PM, the San Francisco police homicide squad works on a number of cases, but always circles back to the investigation of the murder of a young woman who worked for a super-wealthy entrepreneur (Tom Felton). Ian Anthony Dale plays Detective Jim Koto. This is hardly Dale’s first go-round as law enforcement – he and fellow MURDER IN THE FIRST actor Taye Diggs previously played police partners in the series DAY BREAK. The Minnesota native also starred in the science-fiction series THE EVENT, has a recurring role on HAWAII FIVE-0 and appeared […]Read On »

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TV Review: THE STRAIN – Season 1 – “Night Zero” – Series Premiere

Corey Stoll as Ephraim Goodweather in THE STRAIN - Season 1 | ©2014 FX/Michael Gibson

Stars: Corey Stoll, David Bradley, Mia Maestro, Miguel Gomez, Kevin Durand, Richard Sammel, Jonathan Hyde, Pedro Michael Arce, Natalie Brown, Ben Hyland Writers: Guillermo del Toro & Chuck Hogan, based on the novels by Guillermo Del Toro & Chuck Hogan Director: Guillermo del Toro Network: FX, Sundays @ 10 PM Airdate: July 13, 2014 If you’re going to do a scary vampire series, do THE STRAIN. Director Guillermo del Toro and novelist Chuck Hogan, who collaborated on the trilogy of books on which this TV adaptation is based, have crafted a television version that is superbly creepy in both premise […]Read On »

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TV Review: 24: LIVE ANOTHER DAY – Season 9 – “9:00PM to 10:00PM”

Mark (Tate Donovan) tries to help Stolnavich (Stanley Townsend) in 24: LIVE ANOTHER DAY | © 2014 Chris Raphael/FOX

Stars: Kiefer Sutherland, Yvonne Strahovski, Tate Donovan, Mary Lynn Rajskub, William Devane, Gbenga Akinnagbe, Giles Matthey, Michael Wincott, Benjamin Bratt, Kim Raver Writers: Evan Katz, Manny Coto, Robert Cochran Director: Milan Cheylov Network: Fox, airs Monday nights @ 9 p.m. Original Telecast: June 30, 2014 Not surprisingly, things are looking pretty bleak on 24: LIVE ANOTHER DAY. But should we really be surprised? It’s 24 for God’s sake. Everything is always bleak and toward the end it really ramps up the bleakness. So not only does Cheng Zhi (Tzi Ma) have the override device but he also now is control […]Read On »

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Interview: FARGO composer Jeff Russo makes his own musical hit for FX’s reinvention

FARGO soundtrack | ©2014 Sony Music

With the winning likes of such improbable fim-to-tv adaptations as HANNIBAL, the boob tube and its scoring seem to have gotten significantly smarter and edgier than it’s been in the last several decades – or at the very least since the 16 years that FARGO first hit movie theaters. This North Dakota-set film noir represented the Coen Brothers at the height of their gleefully twisted irony, as a horrifically violent kidnapping-gone-wrong played out amidst cheerful salt of the Midwestern earth types. And only a humble (and very pregnant) female sheriff has the horse sense to figure out that this escalating […]Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: Teddy Sears on MASTERS OF SEX Season 2

Teddy Sears as Dr. Austin Langham in MASTERS OF SEX - Season 2 | ©2014 Showtime/Michael Desmond

Showtime’s MASTERS OF SEX begins its second season Sunday July 13 with three Emmy nominations under its wing. One is for leading actress for Lizzy Caplan as real-life research pioneer Virginia Johnson, who teamed up with William Masters (played by Michael Sheen) in the late 1950s to investigate the then-little explored phenomenon of human sexuality. Beau Bridges gleaned a Guest Actor nomination for his performance as the fictitious Dr. Barton Scully, a friend of Masters who loves his wife but is sexually drawn to other men; Allison Janney has been nominated as Guest Actress for her work as Scully’s wife […]Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: SALEM star Seth Gabel chats about Season 1

Seth Gabel in SALEM - Season 1 | ©2014 WGN America

In WGN America’s supernatural drama SALEM, now in its first season Sundays at 10 PM and renewed for a second, real witches in the famed seventeenth-century town are misdirecting blame for their doings on non-magical townsfolk. Seth Gabel plays famed historical figure Cotton Mather, publicly a staunch Puritan who is privately caught up in all manner of illicit doings. Gabel (pronounced GABE-el) is known to genre fans for playing Special Agent Lincoln Lee on FRINGE. The Florida native has also recurred on ARROW as the villainous Count and was a regular on DIRTY SEXY MONEY. Film credits include THE DA […]Read On »

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TV Review: TRUE BLOOD – Season 7 – “I Found You”

Kristin Bauer van Straten in TRUE BLOOD - Season 7 - "I Found You" | ©2014 HBO/John P. Johnson

Stars: Anna Paquin, Stephen Moyer, Sam Trammell, Ryan Kwanten, Rutina Wesley, Alexander Skarsgard, Chris Bauer, Kristin Bauer van Straten, Amelia Rose Blaire, Lauren Bowles, Nelsan Ellis, Gregg Daniel, Aaron Christian Howles, Joe Manganiello, Noah Matthews, Bailey Noble, Carrie Preston, Jurnee Smollett-Bell, Deborah Ann Woll, Karolina Wydra, Dale Raoul, Lily Knight, Tanya Wright, Brett Rickaby Writer: Kate Barnow, series created by Alan Ball, based on Charlaine Harris’ Sookie Stackhouse novels Director: Howard Deutsch Network: HBO, Sundays @ 9 PM Airdate: June 29, 2013 It’s safe to say that the beginning of the TRUE BLOOD episode “I Found You” contains a scene […]Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: Shawn Hatosy gets RECKLESS with new CBS series

Shawn Hatosy in RECKLESS - Season 1 | ©2014 CBS/Fred Norris

In CBS’ new drama series RECKLESS, Sundays at 9 PM, scandal rips through Charleston, South Carolina. When a (possibly nonconsensual) sex tape involving a number of police officers – multiple men with one woman (Georgina Haig) – surfaces, it leads to a firing, a lawsuit and a clash between a Yankee plaintiff lawyer (Anna Wood) and an aspiring politician representing the police department’s interests (Cam Gigadet). Shawn Hatosy (pronounced HAT-oh-see) plays Terry McCandless, the officer who is the evident ringleader in what’s happening on the tape. Hatosy is no stranger to playing law enforcement personnel – he starred in five […]Read On »

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