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Exclusive Interview: The scoop on AMC’s TURN

TURN movie poser | ©2014 AMC

Based on historian Alexander Rose’s nonfiction book WASHINGTON’S SPIES, AMC’s new dramatic thriller TURN, Sundays at 10 PM, is set during the American Revolutionary War. George Washington has a network of spies working for him against the British. An initially reluctant recruit to this cause is cabbage farmer Abe Woodhull, played by Jamie Bell (BILLY ELLIOTT). Following a Q&A panel held by AMC for the Television Critics Association, author Rose sits down with TURN executive producer Barry Josephson and show runner Craig Silverstein for a discussion of the series. ASSIGNMENT X: When you wrote this book, did you have the […]Read On »

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Interview: Kiefer Sutherland in 24: LIVE ANOTHER DAY is back as Jack

Keifer Sutherland is Jack Bauer in 24: LIVE ANOTHER DAY | ©2014 Fox/Greg Williams

If at this point you don’t understand the impact of Kiefer Sutherland returning as Jack Bauer in 24: LIVE ANOTHER DAY, there may be no explaining it to you. This is the first time Sutherland has played Jack since the eight-season run of 24 ended in 2010. The new twelve-episode series, which begins its run on Fox in a two-hour block beginning ronight, finds Jack hiding out in London, where he soon finds that the fate of much of the world is in his hands. Sutherland is at a party thrown by Fox for the Television Critics Association at Pasadena’s […]Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: Ashley Madekwe on SALEM and REVENGE

SALEM poster - Season 1 | ©2014 WGN America

SALEM, WGN America’s first scripted dramatic series, airing Sundays at 10 PM, deals with the suspicions of witchcraft in that colony during the late seventeenth century. In series creators Adam Simon and Brannon Braga’s version of events, witches are real, very scary – and have a gift for framing other people for their sometimes bloody deeds. Some of the characters are invented, but some, like Ashley Madekwe’s Tituba, are people documented in history. Tituba was a slave who was tried for witchcraft, though there are conflicting opinions on her ethnicity and nationality. In Arthur Miller’s play THE CRUCIBLE, Tituba unwittingly […]Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: Sean Hayes on GRIMM and HOLLYWOOD GAME NIGHT

Jane Lynch in HOLLYWOOD GAME NIGHT - Season 2 | ©2013 NBC/Trae Patton

Sean Hayes is famous as an actor – eight seasons as Jack McFarland on the half-hour comedy WILL & GRACE, nine months on Broadway in the revival of the musical PROMISES, PROMISES, the recent SEAN SAVES THE WORLD – but he’s perhaps even more prolific as a producer. Hazy Mills, the production company run by Hayes and partner Todd Milliner, currently has four shows on the air: GRIMM is in its third season, picked up for a fourth, and HOLLYWOOD GAME NIGHT is in its first on NBC, while HOT IN CLEVELAND is in its fifth season and THE SOUL […]Read On »

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Interview: Composer Frank Ilfman is not afraid of the BIG BAD WOLVES

BIG BAD WOLVES | ©2014 Magnolia

One could say that the world first became aware of the Israeli film BIG BAD WOLVES (now out on DVD and Blu-ray) through Quentin Tarantino’s raving. And it’s easy to see why when you’ve got the setup of some poor shmuck chained to a chair, his unhinged tormentor delivering a humorously sadistic monologue before unleashing the bloody pain. But beyond the kind of unbearable shenanigans that might have the morally outraged screaming “torture porn!” lies a wonderfully twisted, and appallingly funny thriller that’s far more Hitchcock than Tarantino as a seeming child killer is given his just deserts – delivered courtesy […]Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: Shane Brennan on NCIS: LOS ANGELES Season 5 and beyond

LL Cool J is Agent Sam Hanna in NCIS: LOS ANGELES - Season 5 - "Three Hearts" | ©2014 CBS/Cliff Lipson

NCIS: LOS ANGELES, now in its fifth season on CBS, Tuesdays at 9 PM, is one of the most successful scripted series on television. One of its few peers to enjoy even greater success is its progenitor, NCIS, now in its eleventh season on CBS, Tuesdays at 8 PM. To no one’s surprise, both have been renewed for next season. Shane Brennan created NCIS: LOS ANGELES while he was still the show runner on NCIS, following the departure of that series’ creator (with Don McGill) Donald Bellisario. For the first few years of NCIS: LOS ANGELES, Brennan was show runner on […]Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: Susan Sullivan on CASTLE Season 6

Susan Sullivan in CASTLE - Season 6 | ©2014 ABC/Bob D'Amico

On CASTLE, now in its sixth season and renewed for a seventh on ABC, Mondays at 10, successful novelist Richard Castle (Nathan Fillion) has gotten engaged to his lover and muse NYPD homicide detective Kate Beckett (Stana Katic). Castle’s college student daughter Alexis, played by Molly C. Quinn, likes Kate and is okay with the match. Castle’s actress mother Martha, played by Susan Sullivan, is delighted. Earlier this season, Martha had a brief reunion with Castle’s superspy father Jackson Hunt, played by James Brolin – their first since Castle was conceived.Jackson left Martha and Castle both convinced that he’d used […]Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: Rachael Taylor talks about CRISIS mode

Rachael Taylor in CRISIS - Season 1 | ©2014 NBC/James Dimmock

In NBC’s CRISIS, Sundays at 10 PM, a group of terrorists has kidnapped a bus full of teenagers who happen to belong to some of the most important families on Earth – the children of the wealthy, the influential and even the U.S. President. The F.B.I. and the Secret Service are both trying to rescue the children before something terrible happens. One of the Federal agents on the case is Susie Dunn, played by Rachael Taylor. It’s believed that Susie is the aunt of one of the kidnap victims, Amber Fitch (Halston Sage). In fact, Susie is Amber’s mother, but […]Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: Christopher Meloni on SURVIVING JACK

Christopher Meloni in SURVIVING JACK - Season 1 | ©2014 Fox/Christopher Fragapane

Christopher Meloni is so associated with his long-running TV drama roles, especially NYPD detective Elliot Stabler on twelve years of LAW & ORDER: SVU and prison inmate Chris Keller on HBO’s OZ, plus last year’s turns as heroic Col. Nathan Hardy in MAN OF STEEL and principled Leo Durocher in 42, people tend to forget he has a lighter side. Meloni voiced Spike in DINOSAURS, appeared as different characters in the first two HAROLD & KUMAR films, had a wryly amusing guest turn on Season 5 of TRUE BLOOD and can currently be seen on the big screen as a […]Read On »

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Interview: Elias Koteas on CHICAGO P.D. Season 1

Elias Koteas in CHICAGO P.D. - Season 1 | ©2014 NBC/Paul Drinkwater

NBC’s CHICAGO FIRE was such a hit of the 2012-2013 season that it took barely a year for it to launch a spin-off, CHICAGO P.D., Wednesday nights at 10 PM. The two series share characters and authentic Chicago locations, as well as executive producer Dick Wolf. On CHICAGO P.D., Elias Koteas plays undercover detective Alvin Olinsky, a master of blending into the background. Koteas, a native of Montreal, studied acting in New York. He had an early role as a skinhead in John Hughes’ SOME KIND OF WONDERFUL. Since then, he’s been in a number of notable feature films including […]Read On »

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