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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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: Actor Justin Kirk takes on TYRANT

Justin Kirk as John Tucker in TYRANT | ©2014 FX/Matthias Clamer

In FX’s new series TYRANT, premiering Tuesday, June 24 at 10 PM, Bassam “Barry” Al-Fayeed (Adam Rayner), a Pasadena doctor, married with children, takes his family for what is supposed to be a short trip to the Middle Eastern country where he was born. However, Barry’s father is now in charge in the nation of Baladi and wants his son to remain there. TYRANT was created by Gideon Raff, who also created HATUFIM, the Israeli series that inspired HOMELAND. Raff, HOMELAND co-creator Howard Gordon and Craig Wright serve as TYRANT’s executive producers. Although the show focuses on Barry and his …Read On »

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TV Review: FARGO – Season 1 – “The Crocodile’s Dilemma” – Series Premiere

FARGO key art | ©2014 FX

Stars: Billy Bob Thornton, Martin Freeman, Colin Hanks, Allison Tolman Writer: Noah Hawley, series created by Noah Hawley, based on the feature film FARGO written by Joel & Ethan Coen Director: Adam Bernstein Network: FX, Tuesdays @ 10 PM Original Airdate: April 15, 2014 The 1996 feature film FARGO, a deadpan dark comedy about a bumbling Minnesota businessman and a crime gone terribly wrong, won Oscars for Frances McDormand’s lead performance as a hard to flap small-town sheriff investigating the crime and for the original screenplay by writers/directors Joel and Ethan Coen. FX’s new limited series FARGO, adapted for TV …Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: JUSTIFIED’s Nick Searcy on Season 5

Nick Searcy as Chief Deputy U.S. Marshal Art Mullen in JUSTIFIED | © 2014 Prashant Gupta/FX

Season 5 of JUSTIFIED, on FX Tuesdays at 10 PM, has been up and down for Nick Searcy’s character, Chief Deputy U.S. Marshal Art Mullen of Harlan County, Kentucky. In the win column, Art has not only faced off against a scary mob enforcer but actually fought alongside heroic Deputy U.S. Marshal Raylan Givens (Timothy Olyphant) in bringing the bad guy down in a gunfight; Art has also impressed his superiors by orchestrating the capture of a long-on-the-run, big-time gangster. On the less happy side, Art is so angry at some of Raylan’s less-than-legal actions that the Chief Deputy has …Read On »

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Interview: THE MILLERS’ Margo Martindale chats about her hit series

Margo Martindale as Carol Miller in THE MILLERS | © 2014 CBS/Neil Jacobs

Margo Martindale very rightly won a Supporting Actress Emmy for her indelible portrayal of backwoods crime queen Mags Bennett on JUSTIFIED in that series’ second season. Since then, the prolific Texas-born actress appeared on two short-lived TV shows, CHAOS and A GIFTED MAN, before playing opposite Meryl Streep and Chris Cooper in the feature film AUGUST: OSAGE COUNTY. In 2013, Martindale took on two television roles that are still ongoing. One is KGB spymaster Claudia, aka Granny, on FX’s THE AMERICANS, which begins its second season Feb. 26. The other is Carol Miller on CBS’s half-hour comedy THE MILLERS, Thursdays …Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: David Bradley on AN ADVENTURE IN SPACE AND TIME and being the first Who – PART 1

AN ADVENTURE IN SPACE AND TIME | ©2013 BBCAmerica

British actor David Bradley has just hit a fandom trifecta (there isn’t a the fandom trifecta – there will never be just three): he was the unhappily non-magical custodian Filch in the HARRY POTTER films, he continues as the indelible Walder Frey, host of the Red Wedding, on HBO’s GAME OF THRONES, and now he’s part of the DOCTOR WHO universe. Once upon a time, hard as it may be to recall and longer ago than many Whovians have been alive, DOCTOR WHO quite simply did not exist. It was brought into being in 1963 by a team including producer …Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: James Cromwell talks BETRAYAL

James Cromwell in BETRAYAL - Season 1 | ©2013 ABC/ Craig Sjodin

In ABC’s BETRAYAL, Sundays at 10 PM, James Cromwell plays business tycoon Thatcher Karsten, who has all sorts of problems. His son T.J. (Henry Thomas), who is mentally challenged after an accident, has killed one of Karsten’s business associates. Meanwhile, Karsten’s married lawyer Jack (Stuart Townsend) is having an affair with photographer Sara (Hannah Ware), whose husband is a district attorney dying to nail Karsten to the wall for shady business dealings. Cromwell has played all sorts of people, from the benevolent farmer Arthur Hoggett in BABE, which gleaned him a Supporting Actor Oscar nomination, to his recent Emmy-winning turn …Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: THE BRIDGE star Demian Bichir on the new FX series

Demian Bichir in THE BRIDGE - Season 1 | ©2013 FX/Frank Ockenfels

In THE BRIDGE, on FX Wednesdays at 10 PM,Juarez, Mexico homicide detective Marco Ruiz, played by Demian Bichir, finds himself teamed up with El Paso,Texas homicide detective Sonya Cross, played by Diane Kruger, when a murder case spans both their jurisdictions. The case turns out to be horrifyingly personal for Marco, and not just because of his emotional involvement with solving the crime. He also has a complicated family situation that is made considerably more fraught due to the investigation. THE BRIDGE is based on the Scandinavian series BRON, adapted for American television by BRIDGE executive producers Meredith Stiehm and …Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: FX president John Landgraf on AMERICAN HORROR STORY: ASYLUM’s Emmy nods and the future of WILFRED

AMERICAN HORROR STORY: ASYLUM Key Art | ©2012 FX

Everyone knows that the Emmys never nominate horror programming, which is why FX’s AMERICAN HORROR STORY: ASYLUM is nominated for fifteen Emmys this year – uh, wait a minute. FX President John Landgraf takes some time during a break at the Television Critics Association press tour to discuss the Emmy love for his network’s show that has “horror” in its title. The AMERICAN HORROR STORY: ASYLUM nominations include Outstanding Miniseries or Movie, Outstanding Actress (Jessica Lange, who won an Outstanding Supporting Actress Emmy last year for playing a different role in the series’ first season), Outstanding Supporting Actor (James Cromwell …Read On »

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