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MADIBA: Orlando Jones on the Mandela miniseries – exclusive interview

Orlando Jones as Oliver Tambo in MADIBA | © 2017 Marcos Cruz/BET

Orlando Jones has had a long and extremely varied career, encompassing film, TV and stage, drama, comedy and stand-up. He’s even played a few real people before, including Bobby Seale in the 2011 film THE CHICAGO 8. Now the actor from Alabama has tackled playing the late former African National Congress (ANC) president Oliver Tambo in MADIBA, the BET miniseries that rolls out in three two-hour blocks on successive Wednesdays, starting February 1. “Madiba” is the Xhosa clan name often still used to refer to the late Nelson Mandela, the first post-apartheid President of South Africa, who had a law […]Read On »

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SCORPION: Show runner Nicholas Wootton talks Season 3 – exclusive interview

Robert Patrick stars as Cabe Gallo on the CBS show SCORPION | © 2015 Sonja Flemming/CBS

SCORPION is now in its third season on CBS on Monday nights. Everybody on the team of geniuses headed up by Walter O’Brien (Elyes Gabel) is having ups and downs. If Walter can ever get out of his own way, he may yet win over single mom Paige (Katharine McPhee), whose young son Ralph (Riley B. Smith) has his own super-high IQ. Paige is having issues now that her con artist mother (Lea Thompson) has reappeared in her life. Sylvester Dodd (Ari Stidham) is still mourning the loss of his wife, Walter’s sister Megan. Toby (Eddie Kaye Thomas) has re-proposed […]Read On »

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DORKING OUT – Episode 32: The Anti-heroes of Riverdale Edition

Dorking Out Show | © 2016 Chris Smith/Sonia Mansfield

In this week’s podcast, we talk about anti-heroes. Are there too many anti-heroes on TV? What started as a really exciting storytelling idea has become the yawn-inducing standard. We talk about what Chris has labeled “Toxic Heisenberg Syndrome” and share our favorite TV anti-heroes. And speaking of anti-heroes, in our second segment, we review The CW’s radical reimagining of the wholesome Archie comics, RIVERDALE, and NBC’s grim take of THE WIZARD OF OZ, EMERALD CITY with entertainment journalist Abbie Bernstein, author of “The Art of Mad Max: Fury Road,” “The Art Of The Great Wall,” which is coming out in February. In […]Read On »

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POP SHOW Podcast – Episode 38: The TCAs and the Flash movie

POP SHOW PODCAST | © 2016 AssignmentX

Welcome to another installment of the POP SHOW PODCAST starring Anthony C. Ferrante. This week Anthony joins us for just a brief period of time to talk about the Television Council Association (TCAs) recent press events. AssignmentX’s own Abbie Bernstein also joined us to talk about the TCAs including 24: LEGACY, new shows coming to ABC and other networks as well as if streaming networks are making bigger leaps in broadcasting compared to traditional networks. Also joining the POP SHOW were Chris Smith, Sonia Mansfield and myself as we talk about issues involving the FLASH movie and overall problems with […]Read On »

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TV Review: BONES – Season 11 – “The Jewel in the Crown”

Sebastian Roche in BONES "The Jewel in the Crown" | © 2017 Patrick McElhenney/FOX

Stars: David Boreanaz, Emily Deschanel, Michaela Conlin, TJ Thyne, Tamara Taylor, John Boyd, Carla Gallo, Tom Wisdom, Sebastian Roche, Gilles Marini Writer: Jon Cowan, series created by Hart Hanson, based on the life and writings of Kathy Reichs Director: David Grossman Network: Fox Network, Thursdays @ 8 PM Airdate: July 14, 2016 With all due respect to the A storyline in the BONES Season 11 penultimate episode “The Jewel in the Crown,” the real story here is Hodgins (TJ Thyne). When Hodgins starts seeing evidence of earthquakes that no one else can feel, he argues that people underestimate the fault […]Read On »

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TV Review: SUPERNATURAL – Season 11 – “All in the Family”

Emily Swallow as Amara in SUPERNATURAL | © 2017 Diyah Pera/The CW

Stars: Jared Padalecki, Jensen Ackles, Misha Collins, Rob Benedict, Curtis Armstrong, Emily Swallow, Osric Chau, Keith Szarabajka Writers: Eugenie Leming-Ross & Brad Buckner, series created by Eric Kripke Director: Thomas J. Wright Network: The CW, Wednesdays @ 9 PM Original Airdate: May 11, 2016 Alas, Metatron (Curtis Armstrong). Yes, you were a Grade A jerk (editorial policy forbids a stronger term) for multiple seasons, but you were always entertaining. This season, you’ve been comedy gold, and went out a hero for nothing less than the cause of God and humanity (and probably the Earth’s crust and plankton and other things, […]Read On »

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HOMELAND: The scoop on Season 6 from co-creator Alex Gansa – interview

Claire Danes as Carrie Mathison in HOMELAND | © 2017 Jo Jo Whilden/SHOWTIME

HOMELAND is now in its sixth season Sunday nights on Showtime. The Emmy-winning drama focuses on the worlds of Homeland Security and the C.I.A., as seen through the eyes of Carrie Mathison (Claire Danes, who has acquired two Emmys in the role). In HOMELAND Season 6, Carrie has left intelligence work behind her – sort of, she is secretly advising the U.S. President-Elect Elizabeth Keane (Elizabeth Marvel) – and is working in New York City as a lawyer with a social justice group. Carrie is currently trying to help a young man who is accused of fomenting terrorism, even though […]Read On »

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INFERNO highlights Blu-ray, DVD and Digital Releases for Jan. 24, 2017

INFERNO | © 2017 Sony Pictures Home Entertainment

Your guide to some of the new releases that are out this week. INFERNO – The third film in THE DA VINCI CODE universe reteaming Ron Howard and Tom Hanks for another adventure involving symbologist Robert Langdon. This time Langdon gets wrapped up in a conspiracy involving DANTE’S INFERNO and he has lost his memory leading him to team with a doctor (played by ROGUE ONE’s Felicity Jones) that tries to help him recover his memories and retrace his steps. Along the way he discovers not only was he complicit in helping the conspiracy gain traction but not everything about […]Read On »

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DORKING OUT – Special Bulletin #6: Oscar nominees revealed

Dorking Out Show | © 2016 Chris Smith/Sonia Mansfield

Hey there, dorks, Welcome to our special bulletin, Dorking Out About the Oscars. LA LA LAND is going to the dance with a record 14 nominations, tying 1950’s ALL ABOUT EVE and 1997’s TITANIC. Other top nominees include ARRIVAL and MOONLIGHT (8 nominations), Mel Gibson’s HACKSAW RIDGE, LION and MANCHESTER BY THE SEA (six nominations) and FENCES and HELL OR HIGH WATER (four nominations). Notice something about all the nominees? They are all dramas. Not one comedy, Academy Voters? Come on. #OscarsSoSerious Best picture “La La Land” “Moonlight” “Manchester by the Sea” “Arrival” “Fences” “Lion” “Hidden Figures” “Hacksaw Ridge” “Hell or High Water” […]Read On »

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TCAs: Jeph Loeb talks THE DEFENDERS, LEGION, Marvel on Netflix and more – exclusive interview

Charlie Cox as Daredevil in Netflix's series | © 2016 Netflix

The Marvel Cinematic Universe on television is mighty. ABC has MARVEL’S AGENTS OF SHIELD on Tuesday nights. Netflix has the first two seasons of DAREDEVIL, the first seasons of JESSICA JONES and LUKE CAGE, with IRON FIST set to premiere March 17 and THE DEFENDERS (bringing together Charlie Cox as Matt Murdock/Daredevil, Krysten Ritter as Jessica Jones, Mike Colter as Luke Cage and Finn Jones as Danny Rand/Iron Fist) and THE PUNISHER (with Jon Bernthal in the lead) coming later in 2017. FX is taking its first leap into Marvel-dom with Dan Stevens in the title role of David Haller, […]Read On »

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