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MIXED-ISH: Actress Tika Sumpter on new ABC comedy – Exclusive Interview

Tika Sumpter as Alicia Johnson in MIXED-ISH - Season 1| ©2020 ABC/Brian Bowen Smith

ABC’s Tuesday-night comedy MIXED-ISH is a spinoff of the network’s BLACK-ISH. Co-created by BLACK-ISH star Tracee Ellis Ross, MIXED-ISH is very loosely based on Ross’s childhood; Ellis narrates the new series as her character’s adult self.  MIXED-ISH chronicles the adventures of Ross’s BLACK-ISH character Bow Johnson (played as a youngster by Arika Himmel) as a child in the ‘80s, with a little brother (Ethan William Childress) and sister (Mykal-Michelle Harris), white dad Paul, played by Mark-Paul Gosselaar, and black mom Alicia, played by Tika Sumpter. (Anna Deavere Smith plays Alicia when the character recurs on BLACK-ISH). The family is coping […]Read On »

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INDEBTED: Steven Weber chats about new NBC comedy – Exclusive Interview

Steven Weber as Stew in INDEBTED - Season 1 |©2020 NBC/Chris Haston

In NBC’s new Thursday-night comedy INDEBTED, Fran Drescher and Steven Weber play, respectively, Linda and Stew, a long-happily-married couple who have recently gone broke. Always loving parents, they decide (without consulting him) to move in with their grown son Dave (Adam Pally), his wife Rebecca (Abby Elliott) and their offspring. Weber, originally from Queens, New York, has done a lot of comedy. He starred for eight seasons on the half-hour WINGS as eccentric small airline owner Brian Michael Hackett. Weber,  also had his own comedy series, THE WEBER SHOW, played the title role in the feature film version of the […]Read On »

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DEPUTY: Executive producer and co-creator Chris Long on the new Fox drama – Exclusive Interview

Stephen Dorff in DEPUTY - Season 1 |© 2019 FOX/Miller Mobley

In Fox’s new Thursday-night series DEPUTY, Stephen Dorff stars as Bill Hollister. Bill is a Los Angeles County deputy sheriff who does not get along well with management. Then the current L.A. County sheriff dies and, due to an unusual technicality, Bill is promoting to acting sheriff. Chris Long, a DEPUTY executive producer who helped create the series with Will Beall and fellow executive producer/director David Ayer, gives us the low-down. ASSIGNMENT X: What was the impetus to make DEPUTY? Is it just because people don’t normally think “Los Angeles” and “Sheriff’s Department” together and you thought that would be […]Read On »

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Movie Review: BIRDS OF PREY (And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn)

BIRDS OF PREY movie poster | ©2020 Warner Bros.

Rating: R Stars: Margot Robbie, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Ewan McGregor, Jurnee Smollett-Bell, Rosie Perez, Ella Jay Basco, Chris Messina Writer: Christina Hodson Director: Cathy Yan Distributor: Warner Bros. Release Date: February 7, 2020 A movie about Batman villainess/Joker paramour Harley Quinn doesn’t exactly sound like a blast. Harley is sometimes depicted as a creative sadist and sometimes as a completely dizzy engine of destruction, both devoted to the Joker and neither someone who seems like a good figure to build a movie around. Well, surprise. BIRDS OF PREY has found the right balance for Harley (Margot Robbie, reprising the character […]Read On »

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STUMPTOWN: Actor Michael Ealy gives the scoop on the rest of Season 1 – Exclusive Interview

Michael Ealy is Detective Miles Hoffman in STUMPTOWN - Season 1 | ©2019 ABC/Martin DeBoer

“Stumptown” is a nickname for Portland, Oregon, coined from the city’s origins as a logging camp. STUMPTOWN is also a title for ABC’s freshman Wednesday-night series about newly-licensed private eye Dex Parios (Cobie Smulders) and the people in her life. Portland P.D. homicide detective Miles Hoffman, played by Michael Ealy, has hooked up with Dex on and off throughout the season, both professionally and personally. Since Dex is in denial of her feelings for her friend, bar owner and ex-con Grwy (Jake Johnston), this further complicates things with Miles. Having spoken with actor Ealy at the beginning of STUMPTOWN’s run, […]Read On »

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EMERGENCE: Donald Faison on Season 1 – Exclusive Interview

Donald Faison as Alex Evans in EMERGENCE - Season 1 | ©2019 /Frank Ockenfels

In ABC’s EMERGENCE, which has its first-season finale on Tuesday, January 28, Donald Faison plays Alex Evans. In the series created by Michele Fazekas & Tara Butters, Alex is the affectionate ex-husband of small-town police chief Jo Evans (Allison Tolman) and father of their teen daughter Mia (Ashley Aufderheide). Alex and Jo have had an amicable divorce up to this point, but he starts questioning Jo’s judgment when she rescues and brings into her home ten-year-old Piper (Alexa Swinton). Piper is not a normal little girl. In fact, she’s a sentient artificial intelligence, who has all manner of dangerous people […]Read On »

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THE GOOD PLACE: William Jackson Harper on the final season of the NBC comedy

Actor William Jackson Harper | photo courtesy Jill Fritzo Public Relations

NBC’s wonderful philosophical comedy/fantasy THE GOOD PLACE is drawing to its series finale after four seasons. Created by Michael Schur, THE GOOD PLACE deals with a reformed demon (Ted Danson), an almost all-knowing AI named Janet (D’Arcy Carden) and four humans who are now trying to save humanity from either obliteration or eternal damnation. (Originally, they were all in the Bad Place, which was pretending to be the Good Place. Watch from the start and it will all make sense.) The show is incredibly smart, astonishingly hilarious, and often surprisingly moving. The hour-long-plus finale airs Thursday, January 28; before that, […]Read On »

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EMERGENCE: Clancy Brown chats new series and thoughts on rumored HIGHLANDER reboot – Exclusive Interview

Clancy Brown in EMERGENCE - Season 1 - "Killshot Pt. 2" | ©2020 ABC/Will Hurt

ABC’s EMERGENCE, now in its first season on Tuesday nights, is a mixture of science fiction and family drama. In the series created by Tara Butters & Michele Fazekas, small-town police chief Jo Evans (Allison Tolman) finds her life upended when she tries to protect Piper (Alexa Swinton), a ten-year-old girl who seems to be the lone survivor of a mysterious plane crash. As a variety of people try to kidnap or co-opt Piper, it turns out that the child is actually an artificial intelligence in an organic body. Jo’s ex Alex (Donald Faison) is horrified by the potential danger […]Read On »

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FRESH OFF THE BOAT: Actor Ray Wise on his ABC series and more – Exclusive Interview

Ray Wise as Marvin in FRESH OFF THE BOAT - "Gotta Be Me"| ©2019 ABC/Andrew Eccles

FRESH OFF THE BOAT, now in its sixth and final season Fridays on ABC, primarily chronicles the Huang family. Based on the memoirs of chef Eddie Huang (played in his youth by Hudson Yang), the series shows Eddie’s Taiwanese immigrant parents, restaurant owner Louis (Randall Park) and novice writer Jessica (Constance Wu), making a go of it with their three young sons in ‘90s Orlando, Florida. Friends and neighbors loom large in the Huangs’ life, especially Dr. Marvin Ellis, played by Ray Wise, along with his wife Honey (Chelsey Crisp) and daughter Nicole (Luna Blaise), who is Eddie’s age. In […]Read On »

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CAROL’S SECOND ACT: Actress Ito Aghayere on the new CBS sitcom – Exclusive Interview

Ito Aghayere in CAROL'S SECOND ACT - Season 1 - "Blocking"|©2019 CBS Broadcasting Inc. All Rights Reserved./Sonja Flemming

In CAROL’S SECOND ACT, now in its first season Thursday nights on CBS, Patricia Heaton plays erstwhile teacher Carol Kenney. Divorced and with an empty nest, former Carol has decided to fulfill her lifelong dream and become a medical doctor. This makes her the oldest intern in the group under the supervision of strict Dr. Maya Jacobs, played by Ito Aghayere. Aghayere, originally from Alberta, Canada has a number of film, TV and Broadway stage credits to her name. She describes herself as an enormous fan of HARRY POTTER, especially the character of Hermione. Aghayere is also a big fan […]Read On »

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