Actor Masi Oka talks HAWAII FIVE-0 Season 5 and (briefly) the HEROES reboot – Exclusive Interview

Masi Oka in HAWAII 5-0 - Season 4 - "Ho'i Hou (Reunited)" | ©2013 CBS/Norman Shaprio

CBS’ HAWAII FIVE-0, Fridays at 9 PM, is currently enjoying its fifth season of crime-fighting in some of the most beautiful locations on American television. Masi Oka joined the show as helpful medical examiner Dr. Max Bergman in its first season; he became a regular in Season 2. The actor, originally from Tokyo, Japan, moved with his family to Los Angeles at the age of six. Before HAWAII FIVE-0, Oka spent four years as the time/space-jumping Hiro on HEROES. He recently played Ken Tanaka in the feature biopic JOBS and appeared as tech geek Bruce in the big-screen GET SMART …Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: Masi Oka takes HAWAII FIVE-0 to the Max

Masi Oka in HAWAII FIVE - "Nalowale | ©2013 CBS/Neil Jacobs

On CBS’s HAWAII FIVE-0, now on Friday nights at 8 PM in its fourth season, Masi Oka’s character Dr. Max Bergman is an asset to the team in terms of both knowledge and humor. The medical examiner first appeared as a recurring character in the show’s first season, with Oka becoming a regular in Season 2. Before HAWAII FIVE-0, Oka spent four years on HEROES as kind-hearted time-and-space-bending Hiro Nakamura. He also appeared as tech geek Bruce in the big-screen GET SMART reboot. Oka is also a special effects technician whose work at Industrial Light and Magic encompasses effects on …Read On »

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Interview: Milo Ventimiglia lawyers up MOB CITY

Milo Ventimiglia in MOB CITY - Season 1 ©2013 TNT/Scott Garfield

In TNT’s MOB CITY, developed by show runner/executive producer/director Frank Darabont, inspired by John Buntin’s book L.A. NOIR, we’re in 1940s Los Angeles. The bridge between hard-bitten LAPD detective Joe Teague (Jon Bernthal) and high-level gangsters Ben “Bugsy” Siegel (Edward Burns) and Mickey Cohen (Jeremy Luke) is Teague’s old U.S. Marines buddy and current Mob lawyer Ned Stax, played by Milo Ventimiglia. Ventimiglia, originally from Anaheim, California, has a lot of series regular characters under his belt, including Jed Perry on OPPOSITE SEX, Chris Pierce on AMERICAN DREAMS, Jess Mariano on GILMORE GIRLS, Richard Thorne III on THE BEDFORD DIARIES …Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: Robert Knepper corners MOB CITY and the end of CULT

Robert Knepper in MOB CITY - Season 1 - "Banana Split" | ©2013 TNT/Doug Hyun

In MOB CITY, running on TNT in two-hour blocks Wednesdays at 9 PM, executive producer/director/writer Frank Darabont has adapted John Buntin’s book L.A. NOIR as a drama about the struggle between righteous cops, renegade officers and outright mobsters in 1940s Los Angeles. Some characters, like LAPD Chief William Parker (played by Neal McDonough) and gangsters Ben “Bugsy” Siegel (Edward Burns) and Mickey Cohen (Jeremy Luke), are historical figures. Others, including troubled police detective Joe Teague (Jon Bernthal) and female lead Jasmine Fontaine (Alexa Davalos) are Darabont’s creations. Robert Knepper’s character Syd Rothman, a hit man and lifelong friend of Siegel …Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: HANNIBAL news on Season 1, Season 2 and beyond from showrunner Bryan Fuller

Hugh Dancy, Laurence Fishburne and Mads Mikkelsen in HANNIBAL - Season 1 | ©2013 NBC/Robert Trachtenberg

HANNIBAL series creator Bryan Fuller says people should definitely tune into tonight’s episode, “Releves,” which airs tonight, Thurs. June 13, on NBC at 10 PM. “Episode Twelve, the penultimate episode, is so fantastic, because all of these threads – we land the plane on so many issues and really kind of deliver what’s going on and what Hannibal’s plan is and Will is figuring it out. So many dangling story issues get resolved or addressed in the penultimate episode of the season, and then all of that gets spiked in the finale.” HANNIBAL is based on the character created by …Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: CULT star Robert Knepper on his CW thriller – Part 1

THE CW logo | ©The CW

The CW’s CULT, created by FARSCAPE’s Rockne S. O’Bannon and playing Friday nights at 9 PM, is a hard show to describe but a fun one to watch for those who are into mind-bending thrillers. In the world of CULT, there is a CW TV series called CULT, which stars Robert Knepper’s character, actor Roger Reeves, as charismatic but dangerous cult leader Billy Grimm. Roger may or may not be aware that the show seems to be affecting some of its viewers, including the brother of journalist Jeff Sefton (Matt Davis). Jeff teams up with CULT production assistant Skye (Jessica …Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: Tim Kring on Season 2 of TOUCH

Kiefer Sutherland stars in TOUCH Season 2 | (c) 2013 Isabella Vosmikova/FOX

On TOUCH, now in its second season on Fox, Fridays at 9 PM, Kiefer Sutherland plays Martin Bohm, a single father since his wife died in the 9/11 attacks. Martin’s now eleven-year-old son Jake (David Mazouz) doesn’t speak, but he has the ability to foresee intricately connected events before they even happen. The first season was set in New York, but now Martin and Jake are in Los Angeles, where they’ve met Lucy Robbins, played by Maria Bello, whose missing daughter Amelia has abilities similar to those of Jake. Tim Kring, who created and executive produces TOUCH (his previous credits …Read On »

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Interview: NASHVILLE star Hayden Panettiere chats about singing her heart out

Hayden Panettiere stars in NASHVILLE | (c) 2013 ABC/Jon Lemay

In ABC’s NASHVILLE, which airs Wednesday nights at 10 PM, up-and-coming crossover country music star Juliette Barnes, played by Hayden Panettiere, is locked into a rivalry with more traditional and established country icon Rayna Jaymes, played by Connie Britton. Both actresses were nominated for Golden Globes for their work on the Callie Khouri-created series, still in its first season. Juliette represents something of a departure for Panettiere. Although the New York-born actress has been a thespian since her early childhood and has also cut an album as a singer/composer, she is usually known for playing kindly and selfless characters – …Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: Eugene Byrd on BONES, DAYBREAK and WILFRED

Eugene Byrd is honoroed with other BONES cast members at a City of Los Angeles event particularly the episode "The Patriot in Purgatory" that hat calls attention to the many issues facing American military personnel once they return from service | ©2012 Fox/Michael Underwood/Picture Group for Fox

BONES, which runs Mondays at 8 PM on Fox, is now in its eighth season. The series chronicles the personal and professional relationship of FBI agent Seeley Booth (David Boreanaz) and forensic pathologist Dr. Temperance “Bones” Brennan (Emily Deschanel) as they solve murders. In third season, Brennan’s lab assistant Zack Addy (Eric Milligan) was committed to a mental institution. Since then, Brennan has had a rotating roster of lab assistants, or “squinterns” (Booth calls the lab people squints and they serve as Brennan’s interns, hence “squinterns”). Eugene Byrd’s character Dr. Clark Edison is one of the primary squinterns.Clark started out …Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: DAYBREAK star Ryan Eggold on the new AT&T web series

Ryan Eggold at the premiere of the Web series DAYBREAK | ©2012 Sue Schneider

In the Web series DAYBREAK, all Ryan Eggold’s character Ben wants is to be left alone. That’s not in the cards, as Ben becomes caught up in a conspiracy combining action, mysticism and the future of humanity in this five-part production from sponsor AT&T, which has developed a number of tie-in apps for the program, and producer Tim Kring (TOUCH, HEROES), directed by Jon Cassar (24, TERRA NOVA). DAYBREAK can be seen on the Internet at daybreak2012.com – the finale will be posted Thursday night. At the premiere party for DAYBREAK on the rooftop ofWest Hollywood’s Sunset Tower Hotel, we …Read On »

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