Exclusive Interview: DEFIANCE star Grant Bowler on the new Syfy series – Part 2

Grant Bowler in DEFIANCE - Season 1 | ©2013 Syfy/Ben Mark Holzberg

In Part 2 of ASSIGNMENT X’s exclusive interview with DEFIANCE star Grant Bowler, who plays Lawkeeper Joshua “Jeb” Nolan on the Syfy series – which has come out simultaneously with a multi-platform DEFIANCE videogame – the actor talks working with CGI, crews in different countries and his werewolf days on TRUE BLOOD. ASSIGNMENT X: How is it interacting with the aspects to be added later in CGI? Are you good at visualizing, “Okay, this is a cliff and this is …?” BOWLER: I haven’t done much of it before. I think I shot more VFX stuff in the pilot than …Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: Grant Bowler on his act of DEFIANCE – Part 1

Grant Bowler in DEFIANCE - Season 1 | ©2013 Syfy/Joe Pugliese

There are plenty of videogames that have been adapted from films and TV series, and plenty of films that have been adapted from videogames, but Syfy’s and Trion Worlds’ DEFIANCE is the first project to debut simultaneously as a narrative television show and a multi-platform video game. Both debut Monday, April 15, with the TV series having a two-hour premiere at 9 PM (its regular Monday timeslot thereafter). In DEFIANCE, a space-going fleet carrying seven different alien races, collectively known as the Votan, arrived on Earth, resulting in huge changes in the landscape, flora and fauna. It’s been nine years …Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: BEING HUMAN stars Sam Huntington and Kristen Hager are werewolves in love

Sam Huntington in BEING HUMAN - Season 3 - "Always a Bridesmade, Never Alive" | ©2013 Syfy/Philippe Bosse

It’s been a big year for all of the characters in Season 3 of the U.S.version of BEING HUMAN, Mondays at 9 PM on Syfy (the season finale is tonight, April 8). Vampire Aidan (Sam Witwer) became immune to a vampire-killing virus and made his first new vampire in quite awhile. Sally (Meaghan Rath) was brought back to life, died again and is now once more a ghost. As for our werewolf couple, Josh, played by Sam Huntington, and Nora, played by Kristen Hager, they’ve been through the wringer. Josh killed the werewolf who made him, hoping it would cure …Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: Zeljko Ivanek discusses THE MOB DOCTOR

Zeljko Ivanek in THE MOB DOCTOR - Season 1 -"Sibling Rivalry" | ©2012 Fox/Nathan Bell

On THE MOB DOCTOR, now wrapping up its first and only season on Fox with an episode tonight, Monday at 9 PM, and a finale on Saturday, January 5 at 9 PM, Jordana Spiro plays Grace Devlin, a talented Chicago surgeon who has obligations to organized crime. Zeljko Ivanek plays Grace’s hospital boss, Dr. Stafford White. It’s been a busy year for Ivanek, who’s had roles in four major feature films – ARGO, SEVEN PSYCHOPATHS, THE WORDS and THE BOURNE LEGACY – plus done a New York stage play. The Slovenia-born actor has been working almost nonstop since he started …Read On »

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Exclusive Interview with THE NEW NORMAL star Georgia King

Georgia King in THE NEW NORMAL - Season 1 | ©2012 NBC/Timothy White

In NBC’s THE NEW NORMAL, created by Ali Adler and Ryan Murphy, Midwesterner Goldie Clemmons, played by Georgia King, takes her young daughter Shania (Bebe Wood) and strikes out for California in the hopes of making a better life for both of them. This so upsets Goldie’s conservative grandmother Jane (Ellen Barkin) that the older woman follows them to the West Coast, hoping to browbeat Goldie into returning to their home state. Then Goldie meets gay couple David Murray (Justin Bartha) and Bryan Collins (Andrew Rannells), who long to be parents. Goldie agrees to serve as their surrogate, carrying the …Read On »

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TV Review: THE VAMPIRE DIARIES – Season 4 – “We All Go a Little Mad Sometimes”

THE VAMPIRE DIARIES - Season 4 - "We All Go A Little Mad Sometimes" | ©2012 The CW/Annette Brown

Stars: Nina Dobrev, Paul Wesley, Ian Somerhalder Writer: Evan Bleiweiss & Julie Plec, Based on the books by L.J. Smith Director: Wendy Stanzler      Network: The CW, airs Thursday nights Original Telecast: Nov 15, 2012 At least in THE VAMPIRE DIARIES “We All Go a Little Mad Sometimes” we find out that Elena (Nina Dobrev) isn’t really just losing her mind after taking her first human life. Mystic Falls’ resident vampire hunter Connor Jordan (Todd Williams) actually had a death curse that released when Elena killed him last episode and he is haunting her in an effort to get her …Read On »

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TV Review: THE VAMPIRE DIARIES – Season 4 – “The Killer”

Candice Accola in THE VAMPIRE DIARIES - Season 4 - "The Killer" | ©2012 The CW/Bob Mahoney

Stars: Nina Dobrev, Paul Wesley, Ian Somerhalder Writer: Michael Narducci, Based on the books by L.J. Smith Director: Chris Grismer      Network: The CW, airs Thursday nights Original Telecast: Nov 1, 2012 You might think that the title of the latest episode of THE VAMPIRE DIARIES, “The Killer” would be a nod to Mystic Falls’ resident vampire hunter Connor Jordan (Todd Williams), but I really feel that it is referring to the killer inside of Elena (Nina Dobrev) that breaks the surface in this episode and shows us all just how close to coming apart she really is. I love …Read On »

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TV Review: BONES – Season 8 – “The Method in the Madness”

Emily Deschanel and Joel David Moore in BONES - Season 8 - "The Method in the Madness" | ©2012 Fox/Patrick McElhenney

Stars: David Boreanaz, Emily Deschanel, Michaela Conlin, TJ Thyne, Tamara Taylor, John Francis Daley, Joel David Moore, Galadriel Stineman, James Patrick Stuart, Abraham Benrubi Writer: Keith Fogelsong, series created by Hart Hanson, based on the life and writings of Kathy Reichs Director: Kate Woods Network: Fox, Mondays @ 8 PM Airdate: November 5, 2012 BONES treads an interesting line in “The Method in the Madness.” This series usually doesn’t dwell on the pain and suffering of the victim, but tends to be quite graphic in examining the remains. Since part of what is going on in “Madness” is that our …Read On »

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TV Review: THE VAMPIRE DIARIES – Season 4 – “The Five”

Kat Graham in THE VAMPIRE DIARIES - Season 4 | ©2012 The CW/Annette Brown

Stars: Nina Dobrev, Paul Wesley, Ian Somerhalder Writer: Bret Matthews & Rebecca Sonnenshine, Based on the books by L.J. Smith Director: Joshua Butler      Network: The CW, airs Thursday nights Original Telecast: Nov 1, 2012 With the latest episode of THE VAMPIRE DIARIES, “The Five”, we’ve entered the dangerous territory of too much mythology layered in upon itself. This is a trap that a lot of genre television falls into where the writers have painted themselves into a corner and need to create new mythology to get them out of it and move forward. It kind of reminds me of …Read On »

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TV Review: SUPERNATURAL – Season 8 – “Blood Brother”

Ty Olsson in SUPERNATURAL -Season 7 - "Blood Brothers" | ©2012 The CW/Diyah Pera

Stars: Jared Padalecki, Jensen Ackles, Misha Collins, Ty Olsson, Liane Balaban, Athena Karkaris, Patrick Stafford Writer: Ben Edlund, series created by Eric Kripke Director: Guy Bee Network: The CW, Wednesdays @ 9 PM Original Airdate: October 31, 2012 Given Dean’s (Jensen Ackles) history of a take-no-prisoners attitude toward creatures – he still doesn’t get why absent Prophet of the Lord Kevin is upset that Dean tried to kill Kevin’s mom while she was possessed – there’s a lot of potential in exploring the older Winchester brother’s friendship with a vampire. In fact, the SUPERNATURAL episode “Blood Brother” starts out promisingly …Read On »

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