TV REVIEW: MARVEL’S AGENTS OF SHIELD – Season 1 – “0-8-4”

Chloe Bennet as Skye in MARVEL'S AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D. "0-8-4" | (c) 2013 ABC/Richard Foreman

Cast: Clark Gregg, Cobie Smulders, Ming-Na Wen, Brett Dalton, Chloe Bennet, Iain De Caestecker, Elizabeth Henstridge, Ron Glass, J. August Richards Writer: Jeffery Bell, Jed Whedon, Maurissa Tancharoen Director: David Straiton Network: Airs on ABC, Tuesdays @ 8 p.m. Original Telecast: Oct. 1, 2013 The second episode of MARVEL’S AGENTS OF SHIELD was a bit of a disappointment. After a really good opening episode full of interesting subplots and witty banter, this played out more like a straight laced action black ops mission – something that we’d see on numerous other shows on numerous other networks. I was aware that …Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: MARVEL’S AGENTS OF SHIELD agents Iain De Caestecker and Elizabeth Henstridge

Iain De Caestecker and Elizabeth Henstridge in Marvel's AGENTS OF SHIELD - Season 1 - "Pilot | ©2013 ABC/Justin Lubin

Within the newly-assembled team of characters within MARVEL’S AGENTS OF SHIELD – created by Joss Whedon, Jed Whedon & Maurissa Tancharoen from the Marvel comics series – there is the two-person sub-team of Iain De Caestecker’s Agent Leo Fitz and Elizabeth Henstridge’s Agent Jemma Simmons. The two science experts work together so closely that they are jointly known to their coworkers as FitzSimmons. The pair tend to speak over each other simultaneously, so that they understand one another, but anyone listening is likely to only comprehend their final deduction. Scottish actor De Caestecker previously played James Herriot in the British …Read On »

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TV Review: MARVEL’S AGENTS OF SHIELD – SEASON 1 – “Pilot” – Series Premiere

Clark Gregg as Agent Coulson in AGENTS OF SHIELD | (c) 2013 ABC/Justin Lubin

Cast: Clark Gregg, Colbie Smulders, Ming-Na Wen, Brett Dalton, Chloe Bennet, Iain De Caestecker, Elizabeth Henstridge, Ron Glass, J. August Richards Writer: Joss Whedon, Jed Whedon, Maurissa Tancharoen Director: Joss Whedon Network: Airs on ABC, Tuesdays @ 8 p.m. Original Telecast: Sept. 24, 2013 So THE AVENGERS happened. Obviously, that’s the understatement of the century considering it stands as one of the highest grossing movies of all time and launched a whole new generations to the characters that so many of us have already known and loved for many years. Now comes MARVEL’S AGENTS OF SHIELD, a television sequel to …Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: MARVEL’S AGENTS OF SHIELD actor Brett Dalton suits up

Brett Dalton in Marvel's AGENTS OF SHIELD | ©2013 ABC/Bob D'Amico

In MARVEL’S AGENTS OF SHIELD, the new ABC series that premieres Tuesday, September 24 at 8 PM, we follow the non-superpowered but still heroic team that deals with the fallout of a world where actual superheroes and monsters exist. In SHIELD, created by Joss Whedon & Jed Whedon & Maurissa Tancharoen, based on Marvel material, Agent Phil Coulson (Clark Gregg) – the audience knows, though he does not, that there’s more to his “near-death” experience than meets the eye – is in the midst of assembling a new team. One of his first picks is Grant Ward, played by Brett …Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: Amy Acker on HUSBANDS: THE SERIES, MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING and more

Amy Acker in PERSON OF INTEREST - Season 2 - "Firewall" | ©2012 CBS/Giovanni Rufino

It’s been a big year for Amy Acker. The Texas-born actress first came to public attention as science whiz Fred and then irritable god Illyria in the series ANGEL. This year, Acker has starred as the witty Beatrice in Joss Whedon’s modern-day film of Shakespeare’s MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING, has seen her recurring role as Caroline Turing aka Root become a series regular gig on CBS’ PERSON OF INTEREST (Season 3 premieres Tuesday September 24 at 10 PM) and starred in the short film THE LORD OF CATAN. Acker also guest-stars in the three-segment arc “I Do Over” of HUSBANDS: …Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: Harry Lennix on MR. SOPHISTICATION and MAN OF STEEL – Part 1

Harry Lennix in MR. SOPHISTICATION | ©2013

Harry Lennix is a very prolific actor. In discussing all his new, recent and upcoming projects in a telephone interview, he jokes, “I’m in every movie ever made.” That’s a slight exaggeration, but the Chicago-born actor does have a lengthy resume that includes the two MATRIX sequels, the Oscar-winning RAY, the Shakespeare adaptation TITUS ANDRONICUS, ACROSS THE UNIVERSE and this year’s MAN OF STEEL. Lennix is also one of the stars of NBC’s new espionage thriller series THE BLACKLIST, which premieres September 23. A film that’s especially close to Lennix’s heart is MR. SOPHISTICATION – as well as playing the …Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: Jane Espenson on HUSBANDS: THE SERIES, ONCE UPON A TIME and more

Jane Espenson at the HUSBANDS: THE SERIES premiere | ©2013/Jonathan Reilly

HUSBANDS: THE SERIES, the story of Cheeks (Brad “Cheeks”Bell) and Brady (Sean Hemeon), who date briefly, marry and then try to make it work, started as a completely independent Web series. Its third season has been picked up by CWSeed.com, the online arm of the CW, with new episodes debuting each Wednesday. Jane Espenson co-created HUSBANDS with star Bell; the two executive-produced the series together. Espenson has a long, impressive line of television credits as a writer and producer – she is currently working as a writer/producer on both ABC’s ONCE UPON A TIME and its spin-off, ONCE UPON A …Read On »

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Exclusive Photos from the 39th ANNUAL SATURN AWARDS PRESSROOM

Joss Whedon and Clark Gregg at the 39th Saturns Awards | ©2013 Sue Schneider

After the 39th Annual Saturn Awards arrivals while the stars and guests went into the ballroom for dinner and the award show the press headed back to the pressroom to wait for the winners and the presenters to come on back to pose with their Saturn Award. Walking through the press room was: Lara Parker, Kathryn Leigh Scott, David Womark, Zev Foreman, Danny Elfman, Katie Leclerc, Israel Broussard, Sam J. Jones, Julie Adams, Don Handfield, Ellen Green, Jeff White, Keith David, Drew Roy, Doug Jones, John Savage, Joe Kaplan, Al Kaplan, Allison Abbate, Wayne Brady, William Friedkin, Shane Black, Abigail …Read On »

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Exclusive Photos from THE 39th ANNUAL SATURN AWARDS

J. August Richards, Amy Acker and Joss Whedon at the 39th Saturns Awards | ©2013 Sue Schneider

The Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films recently held the 39th Annual Saturn Awards at The Castaway Starlight Ballroom in Burbank. It was a beautiful day and night high in the hills of Burbank. This award show is not televised, and honors a genre that the main award shows generally overlook. The host for the awards was Lance Reddick (FRINGE) and the awards were dedicated to Ray Harryhausen, who passed away May 7, 2013.  Richard Matheson who was to receive The Visionary Award this night, also passed away June 23, 2013. Jonathan Frakes who was being honored with …Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: More WAREHOUSE 13 talk with Jack Kenny – Part 2

Aaron Ashmore, Eddie McClintock, Joanne Kelly, Allison Scagliotti and Saul Rubinek in WAREHOUSE 13 - Season 4 - "All The Time in the World" | ©2013 Syfy/Steve Wilkie

In Part Two of our exclusive interview with Syfy Channel’s WAREHOUSE 13 show runner Jack Kenny, he talks about writing for the actors and deepening the characters. ASSIGNMENT X: Is Agent Steve Jinks, played by Aaron Ashmore, getting a romantic relationship? JACK KENNY: He runs into his ex on a case. His ex is a U.S. Marshal and Charlie Weber plays him. It’s kind of fun. It doesn’t feel gay or straight – it’s just, they have relationship trouble the way anybody has relationship trouble, and they just play it out, and you go, “Oh, I wish they could make …Read On »

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