Interviews

THE COMEY RULE – Writer-director Billy Ray and cast discuss new mini-series – Interview – Part 1

THE COMEY RULE Key Art | ©2020 CBS Television Studios/SHOWTIME/Ben Mark Holzberg

THE COMEY RULE is a two-part miniseries premiering on Showtime on Sunday, September 27, and Monday, September 28. Based on former FBI Director James Comey’s nonfiction memoir A HIGHER LOYALTY, the project is adapted for television and directed by Billy Ray. Jeff Daniels plays Comey, who goes from being appointed as head of the FBI by then-President Obama (Kingsley Ben-Adir), to dealing with the complexities of presidential candidate Hillary Clinton’s use of unauthorized email servers, to the unorthodox expectations and demands of President-Elect Donald J. Trump (Brendan Gleeson), to the realization that there was collusion between Russian operatives and the […]Read On »

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UTOPIA: Creator and executive producer Gillian Flynn on Season 1 – Interview

UTOPIA Season 1 | ©2020 Amazon

UTOPIA premieres the first of its Season 1 eight episodes on Amazon Prime on Friday, September 25. Executive producer Gillian Flynn, who wrote all eight hours, adapted UTOPIA from the British series created by Dennis Kelly, which ran in the U.K. 2013 and 2014. Flynn’s UTOPIA introduces us to a group of friends who are fans of the comic book series DYSTOPIA. Idealistic Sam (Jessica Rothe), obsessive conspiracy theorist Wilson (Desmin Borges), ailing Becky (Ashleigh LaThrop), and easily-started Ian (Dan Byrd) come together at a convention in hopes of purchasing the only copies of the newly-found DYSTOPIA sequel, UTOPIA. The […]Read On »

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FRONTLINE: THE CHOICE 2020: Producer Michael Kirk on the new PBS documentary – Exclusive Interview

FRONTLINE: THE CHOICE 2020 | ©2020 PBS

FRONTLINE will present THE CHOICE 2020 on PBS, Tuesday September 22. The two-hour program is an exploration of the backgrounds, shaping forces and leadership styles of U.S. presidential candidates President Donald J. Trump and former Vice-President Joe Biden. Michael Kirk, who has received sixteen Emmy Awards (and many more nominations) for his work as a producer, director, writer, and telejournalist, has been with FRONTLINE since its inception. As part of PBS’s portion of this summer’s virtual Television Critics Association (TCA) press tour, he gives Assignment X an exclusive interview about his work with FRONTLINE and THE CHOICE 2020. ASSIGNMENT X: […]Read On »

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FILTHY RICH: Executive producer John Norris on new Fox series – Exclusive Interview

Aaron Lazar as Reverend Paul Thomas, Deneen Tyler as Nora Ellington, Mark L. Young as Jason Conley, Melia Kreiling as Ginger Sweet, Benjamin Aquilar as Antonio Rivera, Gerald McRaney as Eugene Monreaux, Kim Cattrall as Margaret Monreaux, Aubrey Dollar as Rose Monreaux, Corey Cott as Eric Monreaux, Olivia Macklin as Becky Monreaux and Steve Harris as Franklin Lee in FILTHY RICH - Season 1 in "John 3:3" | ©2020 Fox / Justin Stephens

FILTHY RICH, premiering Monday September 21 on Fox, is a dark comedy/drama series about a mega-church ministry. When Sunshine Network founder Eugene Monreaux (Gerald McRaney) dies in a plane crash, his widow Margaret (Kim Cattrall) is left to not only hold their empire together, but also to deal with the revelation that Eugene has several previously unknown offspring, all hoping for an inheritance. John Norris is an executive producer on FILTHY RICH, alongside series creator Tate Taylor; the pair’s previous projects include the Oscar-winning film THE HELP. Norris talks about FILTHY RICH’s origins, his background in visual effects, why he […]Read On »

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AGATHA RAISIN: Executive producer Barry Ryan on the AcornTV series – Exclusive Interview

Ashley Jensen in AGATHA RAISIN - Season 3 - "As The Pig Turns" | ©2020 Acorn TV

AGATHA RAISIN is now streaming its first three seasons on AcornTV, with a fourth season commissioned. Based on the series of comedic murder mysteries by the late M.C. Beaton (real name Marion Chesney Gibbons), AGATHA RAISIN stars Ashley Jensen as title character, a well-to-do former p.r. woman who moves to the English countryside and finds herself compelled to investigate local crime. AGATHA RAISIN has an unconventional production history. Season 1 premiered in 2014. It then was out of production until 2018, when Season 2 was finally made. Executive producer Barry Ryan, who has been with AGATHA RAISIN since its inception, […]Read On »

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COASTAL ELITES: Director Jay Roach, writer Paul Rudnick and stars Bette Midler, Dan Levy, Sara Paulson, Kaitlyn Dever and Issa Rae chat new HBO film

Bette Midler in COASTAL ELITES | ©2020 HBO

COASTAL ELITES premieres Saturday, September 12, on HBO. Writer Paul Rudnick had scripted what the network describes as a “socially distanced comedy” feature prior to the COVID-19 pandemic. However, Rudnick adapted his work to address the current situation. COVID-19 has dictated that the Television Critics Association Summer 2020 press tour takes place entirely online. This article is derived from the COASTAL ELITES online panel. Rudnick and his fellow COASTAL ELITES executive producer, director Jay Roach, and cast members Bette Midler, Kaitlyn Dever, Dan Levy, Sarah Paulson, and Issa Rae each appear from their respective homes, answering questions from the press. […]Read On »

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MATADOR: Actor Gabriel Luna gives the scoop on the action series – Exclusive Interview

Gabriel Luna in MATADOR - Season 1 | ©2014 El Rey

MATADOR originally aired on the El Rey Network in 2014. The series is now available in its entirety on Amazon Prime. Despite the title, MATADOR has nothing to do with bullfighting. Instead, Gabriel Luna stars as DEA agent Tony Bravo. Tony unexpectedly has his daydreams of being a professional soccer player fulfilled when he’s recruited by the CIA to try out for the L.A. Riot team in order to spy on its owner, international criminal Andres Galan (Alfred Molina). When Tony surprises his CIA handlers by securing a spot on the squad, his missions become more dangerous. When MATADOR, created […]Read On »

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LOVECRAFT COUNTRY: Showrunner Misha Green and stars Jonathan Majors and Jurnee Smollett talk Season 1 – Interview

LOVECRAFT COUNTRY - Season 1 - Key Art | ©2020 HBO

LOVECRAFT COUNTRY, now in its first season Sunday nights on HBO, is one of the wildest rides ever through the Midwest and Northeast of the United States during the 1950s. Based on the novel by Matt Ruff, LOVECRAFT COUNTRY has been adapted for television by executive producer/show runner Misha Green. The show follows Black U.S. Army veteran Atticus “Tic” Freeman, played by Jonathan Majors, who returns home to Chicago to find that his father, Montrose (Michael Kenneth Williams), has mysteriously disappeared somewhere in New England. Tic sets out to find his father, accompanied by his childhood friend Letitia “Leti” Lewis, […]Read On »

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Movie Review: THE OWNERS

THE OWNERS movie poster |©2020 RLJE Films

Rating: Not Rated Stars: Maisie Williams, Sylvester McCoy, Rita Tushingham, Andrew Ellis, Jake Curran, Ian Kenny Writers: Mathieu Gompel & Julius Berg, with the participation of Geoff Cox, based on the comic book UNE NIGHT DE PLEINE LUNE by Yves H. and Hermann Director: Julius Berg Distributor: RLJE Films Release Date: September 4, 2020 THE OWNERS is one of those horror thrillers where much of the suspense comes from figuring out exactly what is going on here. We start out amid rolling green hills in England, with nary a soul in sight. Then we focus on a beaten-up car, parked […]Read On »

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Actor Doug Jones – Part 2: THE SHAPE OF WATER, WHAT WE DO IN THE SHADOWS and more – Exclusive Interview

Doug Jones is the Amphibian Man in THE SHAPE OF WATER | ©2017 Fox Searchlight

In the second half of our exclusive phone interview with actor Doug Jones, he reflects on his work with filmmaker Guillermo del Toro in the Best Picture Oscar-winning THE SHAPE OF WATER. Jones, in heavy prosthetics and costume, played Amphibian Man, aka the Asset, aka “Charlie Tuna.” Jones’s character and mute office worker Elisa (Sally Hawkins) fall passionately in love with one another as she attempts to rescue him from evil captors. Jones also talks about his work on FX Networks’ WHAT WE DO IN THE SHADOWS, how he’s dealing with fame at this point in his career, and more. […]Read On »

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