Interviews

ROOSTER TEETH: Co-Founder Geoff Ramsey on RED VS. BLUE, RWBY and more – Exclusive Interview

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The company Rooster Teeth was founded by Geoff Ramsey, Michael Justin “Burnie” Burns, Matt Hullum, Jason Saldana, Gus Sorola and Joel Heyman in 2003. Their first production was RED VS. BLUE, which is still being made, and is now reportedly the second-longest-running Web series in history. RED VS. BLUE popularized the technique of machinima, or digital puppeteering. Set in the universe of the videogame HALO, using the game’s visuals, RED VS. BLUE has the HALO characters trading banter that ranges from comedic to existential in the downtime between firefights. From these beginnings, Rooster Teeth has expanded its empire. Headquartered in […]Read On »

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THE BLETCHLEY CIRCLE: SAN FRANCISCO: Rachael Stirling on new British series – Exclusive Interview

Rachael Stirling in THE BLETCHLEY CIRCLE: SAN FRANCISCO |©2018 Britbox

THE BLETCHLEY CIRCLE, originally produced in the U.K. by ITV in 2012 and 2014, aired in the U.S. on PBS. Set in 1950s England, it told the story of four women who had worked together during WWII as code-breakers at the top-secret Bletchley Park facility. After the war ends, the very different characters come together to use their wartime skills to solve murders. Now the streaming service Britbox has joined forces with ITV to bring forth THE BLETCHLEY CIRCLE: SAN FRANCISCO. Original BLETCHLEY CIRCLE characters Millie, played by Rachael Stirling, and Jean, played by Julie Graham, have been out of […]Read On »

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MR. MERCEDES: Executive Producer Jack Bender on Season 2 – Exclusive Interview

MR. MERCEDES - Season 2 key art | ©2018 AT&T Audience Network

In Season 1 of AT&T Audience Network/DirecTV’s MR. MERCEDES, adapted for television by David E. Kelley from the Stephen King novel of the same name, innocent-looking young man Brady Hartsfield (Harry Treadaway) commits mass murder with the title vehicle. Retired Chicago police detective Bill Hodges (Brendan Gleeson) and his friend Holly Gibney (Justine Lupe) track Brady down while he’s committing more homicides. Holly manages to inflict near-fatal brain damage on Brady, thwarting his plan to blow up a full auditorium. In Season 2 of MR. MERCEDES, premiering Wednesday, August, 22 Bill and Holly have opened a private detective agency, Finders […]Read On »

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SACRED LIES: Creator Raelle Tucker – Exclusive Interview

SACRED LIES - Season 1 | ©2018 Facebook Watch

SACRED LIES is based on Stephanie Oakes’s novel THE SACRED LIES OF MINNOW BLY, which is in turn partially based on the Grimm fairytale “The Handless Maiden.” Raelle Tucker has adapted SACRED LIES as a streaming series for Facebook Watch. The first season is airing in half-hour episodes that premiere on Facebook Watch on Friday nights. Tucker has been a writer/producer on other series, including TRUE BLOOD, THE RETURNED, and JESSICA JONES, but SACRED LIES is the first show that she has created. ASSIGNMENT X: Can you describe what SACRED LIES is about? RAELLE TUCKER: SACRED LIES is the story […]Read On »

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THE HANDMAID’S TALE: Emmy winner Ann Dowd on Season 2 – Exclusive Interview

Ann Dowd THE HANDMAID'S TALE | ©2018 Hulu

In Hulu’s multi-Emmy-winning THE HANDMAID’S TALE, based on Margaret Atwood’s novel, most of America has been taken over by Gilead. Gilead is a far-right religious sect which dictates that the few remaining fertile women be forced to procreate for powerful men and their presumed-sterile wives (when couples can’t conceive, it is always deemed to be the woman’s fault). The fertile women, known as handmaids, are forcibly taught what is expected of them by women known as aunts. Aunt Lydia is an especially formidable example, played by Ann Dowd, who won an Emmy for her performance in THE HANDMAID’S TALE’s first […]Read On »

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HARD SUN: Executive Producer Kate Harwood chats new Hulu detective series – Exclusive Interview

HARD SUN Key Art - Season 1 | ©2018 Hulu

In the British series HARD SUN, now streaming its entire first season on Hulu, police detectives Charlie Hicks (Jim Sturgess) and Elaine Renko (Agyness Deyn) learn that the world will end in five years. Meanwhile, they’ve got to stop a serial killer with a weird philosophy. Neil Cross created HARD SUN. He then brought it to fellow executive producer Kate Harwood (EASTENDERS, OLIVER TWIST, TESS OF THE D’URBERVILLES), who explains how HARD SUN came together. ASSIGNMENT X: Did you develop HARD SUN with Neil Cross? KATE HARWOOD: Yes. He brought me the idea when we started Euston Films up, and […]Read On »

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SHARK WEEK: Shark Expert Paul de Gelder on the 30th Anniversary of Discovery’s annual summer event – Exclusive Interview

Ronda Rousey and Paul De Gelder pose before their dive beneath the waters off the Fiji coast in RHONDA ROUSEY UNCAGED | ©2018 Discovery Channel

Discovery Channel’s SHARK WEEK is back for its thirtieth anniversary, bringing with it seven days of aquatic apex predator fun and information, beginning Sunday July 22. One of SHARK WEEK’s favorite hosts, Paul de Gelder, is back for three of the event’s specials: RONDA ROUSEY UNCAGED, which features Olympic and UFC athlete Rousey training with de Gelder in order to be able to face sharks, airing Sunday, July 22; SHARKWRECKED, on Thursday, July 26, which follows de Gelder and James Glancy float for two days and nights with sharks in the open ocean; BLOODLINE: THE SPAWN OF JAWS, which investigates […]Read On »

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AMERICAN CRIME STORY: Executive Producer Nina Jacobson also talks POSE – Interview

POSE Key Art - Season 1 | ©2018 FX

Nina Jacobson is having a very successful 2018. As one of Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk’s fellow executive producers on the project, she has been Emmy-nominated with the producing team for Outstanding Limited Series on FX Network’s THE ASSASSINATION OF GIANNI VERSACE: AMERICAN CRIME STORY. Actors Darren Criss (as murderer Andrew Cunanan), Edgar Ramirez (as Gianni Versace), Penelope Cruz (as Donatella Versace), Ricky Martin (as Antonio D’Amico), Judith Light (as Marilyn Miglin), and Finn Wittrock (as Jeffrey Trail) are also nominated for their performances in the production; Murphy received a nomination for his direction of one episode and Tom Rob […]Read On »

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CONDOR: Co-creators Jason Smilovic & Todd Katzberg on new thriller series – Exclusive Interview

CONDOR - Season 1 Key Art | © 2018 AT&T Audience Network

CONDOR, AT&T Audience Network’s new Wednesday-night series, is based on the 1975 film THREE DAYS OF THE CONDOR starring Robert Redford, which in turn was based on James Grady’s novel SIX DAYS OF THE CONDOR. With the series, we get ten episodes of CONDOR, which stars Max Irons as Joe Turner, a young C.I.A. analyst who is horrified when everyone else in his office is murdered – and he is blamed for the mass killing. As Joe tries to clear his name and find out who is actually responsible, a major conspiracy goes to work against him. Jason Smilovic and […]Read On »

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POSE: Co-creator Steven Canals on Season 1 – Exclusive Interview

Mj Rodriguez as Blanca in POSE - Season 1 | ©2018 FX/Pari Dukovic

FX’s Sunday-night drama POSE, now in its first season, explores and celebrates New York’s underground ballroom scene of the 1980s. The real-life ballroom world continues today with many changes, but it was and continues to be both a stage and a haven for transgender people, many of color, who compete in costume and dance categories. Steven Canals created the premise for POSE, which he subsequently developed with Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk as a series; Canals serves as a writer and co-executive producer. Previously, Canals worked as an assistant to Dustin Lance Black before writing for DEAD OF SUMMER. ASSIGNMENT […]Read On »

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