Interviews

COUNTERPART: Actress Olivia Williams talks secrets in her new Showtime series – exclusive interview

Olivia Williams as Emily Burton Silk in COUNTERPART | © 2018 Showtime

The premise of Starz’s Sunday-night speculative-fiction drama COUNTERPART is that, 30 years ago, reality split and created a second universe that was at the time identical to our own. Only a privileged few know about this. They are headquartered in a complex that sits above the underground tunnel in Berlin that joins the two dimensions, which have since taken different paths. Olivia Williams plays two different versions of Emily Silk. This world’s Emily is in a coma after an accident. Her devoted husband, Howard Silk (J.K. Simmons), comes to see her every night at the hospital. Howard, a low-level functionary, […]Read On »

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THE CHI: Ntare Guma Mbaho Mwine – exclusive interview

Ntare Guma Mbaho Mwine as Ronnie in THE CHI | © 2018 Showtime

Emmy-winning Lena Waithe created Showtime’s new Sunday night series THE CHI, which has already been renewed for a second season. Besides Waithe, THE CHI counts rap star Common (who makes a brief onscreen appearance) and show runner Elwood Reid (THE BRIDGE) as executive producers. THE CHI, shot on location, interweaves the stories of multiple families and characters from old women to young children in inner-city Chicago. It has time for light moments – a boy named Kevin (Alex R. Hibbert) winds up in his school production of THE WIZ almost by accident – but one grim plot thread follows a […]Read On »

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CRIMINAL MINDS: Breen Frazier & Kirsten Vangsness – exclusive interview

Joe Mantegna as David Rossi in CRIMINAL MINDS | © 2018 Michael Yarish/CBS

CBS’s CRIMINAL MINDS is now in its thirteenth season on Wednesday nights. The long-lived procedural drama series has survived a lot of cast and personnel changes, chronicling the exploits of the FBI’s Behavioral Analysis Unit (BAU) as they track serial killers and other dangerous individuals. Kirsten Vangsness has been with CRIMINAL MINDS since its first season as emotionally committed, crime-scene-photo-squeamish computer expert Penelope Garcia; she has also written several episodes. Breen Frazier has been a writer/producer on the show since 2008 and is now an executive producer and show runner (with fellow exec producer Erica Messer). The actress and the […]Read On »

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SCANDAL: Joe Morton on playing Rowan and the Final Season – Interview

Joe Morton is Rowan Pope in SCANDAL - Season 7 | ©2018 ABC/Bob D'Amico

ABC’s SCANDAL is now in its seventh and final season on Thursday nights. Shonda Rhimes created the series about Washington, D.C. fixer Olivia Pope, played by Kerry Washington in a twice-Emmy-nominated performance. Olivia’s morally flawed, superpower behind-the-scenes father Rowan Pope is played by Joe Morton, who won the 2013 Guest Actor Emmy for his work before he was made a SCANDAL regular. Morton, originally from New York, was nominated for a Tony Award for his work in the 1974 production of the musical RAISIN. He starred in the title role in filmmaker John Sayles’ cult film BROTHER FROM ANOTHER PLANET […]Read On »

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LUCIFER: Former Number 6 Tricia Helfer plays the former Goddess on Season 3 – Exclusive Interview

Tricia Helfer in LUCIFER - Season 3 | ©2018 Fox/Jason Bell

In the previous season of LUCIFER, on Fox Network Monday nights, Lucifer’s Mom escaped from where she’d been held prisoner in Hell. Mom, a celestial being, took over the body of recently-deceased defense lawyer Charlotte, played by Tricia Helfer. Charlotte loves her sons, including fallen angel Lucifer (Tom Ellis) and regular angel Amenadiel (D.B. Woodside). Even though she mostly despised humans, she had an affair with extremely bewildered LAPD Detective Daniel Espinosa (Kevin Alejandro), the ex-husband of Lucifer’s detecting partner Chloe (Lauren German). At the end of Season 2, Mom left Earth to Create her own universe (she has that […]Read On »

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9-1-1: Co-creator Tim Minear talks the new Fox drama – exclusive interview

Peter Krause, Oliver Start and Aisha Hinds in 911 | © 2018 Fox

9-1-1, Fox Network’s drama about first responders airing Wednesday nights, has already been renewed for a second season. The series follows a team of police, headed up by Angela Bassett’s Athena Grant (Bassett is also one of 9-1-1’s executive producers), a squad of firefighters led by Peter Krause’s Bobby Nash, and an emergency call center, where we focus on operator Abby Clark, played by Connie Britton. 9-1-1 is created by the prolific trio of Brad Falchuk, Tim Minear and Ryan Murphy. Murphy and Falchuk have together authored numerous series under the banner of Ryan Murphy Television; Minear has previously worked […]Read On »

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THE X-FILES: Mitch Pileggi chats Season 11 and reprising Skinner – Exclusive Interview

Mitch Pileggi as FBI Asst. Dir. Walter Skinner in THE X-FILES - Season 11 | ©2018 Fox/Frank Ockenfels

Twenty-five years after it began – and after two movies, five Golden Globe awards, and an historic impact on genre TV series – THE X-FILES is back on Fox Network for a ten-episode eleventh season on Wednesday nights. David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson are back as FBI Special Agents Fox Mulder and Dana Scully, who investigate possibly paranormal and/or extraterrestrial events with varying degrees of belief and skepticism. Also back is Mitch Pileggi as their enigmatic boss, Walter Skinner, whose past gets examined in the February 7 episode, “Kitten.” Pileggi, a native of Portland, Oregon, has been with THE X-FILES […]Read On »

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GIRLFRIENDS: Actress Phyllis Logan chats about her new TV drama – exclusive interview

Phyllis Logan as Linda and Zoe Wanamaker as Gail in GIRLFRIENDS | © 2018 Acorn

GIRLFRIENDS, originally produced in England for ITV and available in the U.S. on the Acorn.tv streaming service, is a six-part drama that revolves around the friendship between three women “of a certain age,” played by Phyllis Logan, Miranda Richardson and Zoe Wanamaker. Logan’s character Linda finds herself under suspicion when something happens to her husband Micky (Steve Evets). Logan, who hails from Paisley, Scotland, is best known in the U.S. for her six seasons as the steadfast Mrs. Hughes on DOWNTON ABBEY, and for playing the protagonist’s upper-crust benefactor Lady Jane Felsham on LOVEJOY. At a Q&A panel for GIRLFRIENDS […]Read On »

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9JKL: Creator/Star Mark Feuerstein chats new comedy series – Interview

Mark Feuerstein in 9JKL - Season 1 | ©2018 CBS/Cliff Lipson

9JKL, in its high-rated first season on CBS Mondays, is created by star Mark Feuerstein and his fellow executive producer (and wife) Dana Klein. 9JKL is a comedy based on a time in Feuerstein’s life when he was living in a New York apartment building next door to his parents on one side and his brother and sister-in-law on the other. In the show, Feuerstein’s fictional alter ego is called Josh. Elliott Gould and Linda Lavin play his parents, Harry and Judy, while David Walton plays brother Andrew and Liza Lapira portrays Andrew’s wife Eve. Feuerstein previously starred in FIRED […]Read On »

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THE ALIENIST: Executive Producer Rosalie Swedlin chats Season 1 of new TNT drama – Exclusive Interview

THE ALIENIST Key Art - Season 1 | ©2018 TNT

Caleb Carr’s best-selling novel THE ALIENIST has been adapted as a ten-part television series, airing Monday nights on TNT. THE ALIENIST deals with Dr. Laszlo Kreizler (Daniel Bruhl), a psychiatrist practicing in 1890s New York, who teams up with news illustrator John Moore (Luke Evans) and first NYPD female employee Sara Howard (Dakota Fanning) to track down a serial killer preying on child prostitutes. Rosalie Swedlin, one of THE ALIENIST’s executive producers, talks about how the project came together. ASSIGNMENT X: How did you find your director, Jakob Verbruggen, for THE ALIENIST?  Had you worked with him before? ROSALIE SWEDLIN: […]Read On »

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