Interviews

The AX Interview: SHOWRUNNERS STEVEN MOFFAT AND MARK GATISS ON ‘SHERLOCK’ AND ‘DOCTOR WHO’

© 2010 PBS | Benedict Cumberbatch in MASTERPIECE MYSTERY: SHERLOCK

It seems everybody has taken a turn at depicting Arthur Conan Doyle’s proto-detective Sherlock Holmes. Steven Moffat, who recently worked on the screenplay for Steven Spielberg’s upcoming feature THE ADVENTURES OF TIN-TIN, and Mark Gatiss, both currently on the BBC’s DOCTOR WHO starring Matt Smith, have brought Holmes into the twenty-first century while remaining true to the spirit of the original with their new three-part BBC/PBS series SHERLOCK, starring Benedict Cumberbatch in the title role, with Martin Freeman as Dr. Watson. The show is already a hit in England and just finished up its run on the network’s MASTERPIECE MYSTERY […]Read On »

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Profile: Tom Selleck suits up for CBS’s BLUE BLOODS

Tom Selleck in BLUE BLOODS - Season 1 - "Pilot" | ©2010 CBS Broadcasting Inc.

In the new CBS series BLUE BLOODS (airing Friday nights), Tom Selleck plays Police Commissioner Frank Reagan, the patriarch of a multi-generational family of cops. At this summer’s CBS TCA’s, Selleck took five to talk about his new role, shooting in New York and the show airing on Friday nights. TAKE 1 About not wanting to be part of an ensemble instead of being the lead … “Having done the lead, like I did with MAGNUM, I was in every shot,” says Selleck. “I’m not complaining, but it was a tough road. The show was never cancelled. I kind of […]Read On »

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Profile: Jim Belushi becomes one of the DEFENDERS

Jim Belushi in THE DEFENDERS | ©2010 CBS Broadcasting Inc.

With a mixture of drama and comedy, the new CBS series THE DEFENDERS (airing Wednesday night) features Jim Belushi and Jerry O’Connell as Las Vegas defense attorneys who will do whatever it takes to help their clients. The characters are loosely based on the exploits of real-life Vegas attorneys Michael Cristalli and Marc Saggese and Belushi takes five to discuss bringing his new colorful persona of Nick Morelli to life. TAKE 1 On talking with actual defense attorneys in preparation for the role … “They’re guys who are put in a position where they have to defend people that most […]Read On »

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Preview: It’s three cheers for The CW’s HELLCATS

Heather Hemmens, Matt Barr, Aly Michalka, Robbie Jones and Ashley Tisdale in HELLCATS - Season 1 | © 2010 The CW/Andrew Eccles

This may be the last year for Tom Welling playing Clark Kent on The CW’s SMALLVILLE, but he’s already lined up his next gig – as executive producer on the new CW drama HELLCATS about competitive cheerleaders. “I thought it was a great story, had a lot of heart and found it very interesting,” says Welling at this summer’s CW’s TCA press tour. In terms of dividing his time between the two series, he adds, “fortunately, HELLCATS also shoots in Vancouver, ten minutes away from SMALLVILLE.” “It’s a huge benefit,” says Welling. “We have a fantastic crew on both shows […]Read On »

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AXclusive: LIE TO ME star Tim Roth gives AX the scoop on Season Three

© 2010 Fox/photo: Mathieu Young | Tim Roth in LIE TO ME - Season Three

It’s been a very chaotic week for Fox’s Monday night line-up. First, the network canceled their ambitious and critically acclaimed soap opera LONE STAR from the schedule after two episodes. Next, they called up their excellent procedural LIE TO ME to pinch hit in its old Monday at 9:00 p.m. time slot (which it occupied all summer), resulting in a mad scramble to get the word out of this change. And finally, your brand new pop cultural destination ASSIGNMENT X nabbed our first big scoop – LIE TO ME star Tim Roth wanted to speak with us about the show […]Read On »

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Preview: DEXTER will focus on “Atonement” for Season Five

Michael C. Hall in DEXTER - Season 5 - "My Bad" | ©2010 Showtime

What to expect from DEXTER‘s fifth season? How about “atonement,” which is the theme this year  according to executive producer John Goldwyn who says that Dexter (Michael C. Hall) feels that he was involved in some way and feels culpability in Rita’s death. “This scene is of atonement and illuminated and dramatized over the course of the year,” says Goldwyn. Executive producer Sara Colleton adds “the form Dexter takes to achieve atonement, is not in a form that is conventional in any means.” The Showtime series, which airs Sunday nights, will also have “tattoos” playing  an integral part of the […]Read On »

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TV Review: HOUSE – Season 7 – “Selfish”

Hugh Laurie in HOUSE - Season 7 | ©2010 Fox

Stars: Hugh Laurie, Lisa Edelstein, Robert Sean Leonard, Omar Epps, Jesse Spencer, Olivia Wilde, Peter Jacobson Writer: Eli Attie Director: Daniel Attias Network: Fox, airs Monday nights Original Telecast: September 27, 2010 Did we get our first real HOUSE episode of the season? Not to knock the season premiere, “Now What?” (which was good but hardly resembled a HOUSE episode), but “Selfish” showed us that Huddy and HOUSE can coexist and in fact make for some darn good television. To be honest, that was what was on the line this week: whether HOUSE can truly pull this off or if, […]Read On »

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TV Review: HOUSE – Season 7 – “Now What?” – Season Premiere

Lisa Edelstein and Hugh Laurie in HOUSE - Season 7 - "Now What?" | ©2010 Fox /Adam Taylor

Stars: Hugh Laurie, Lisa Edelstein, Robert Sean Leonard, Omar Epps, Jesse Spencer, Olivia Wilde, Peter Jacobson Writer: Doris Egan Director: Greg Yaitanes Network: Fox, airs Monday nights Original Telecast: September 20, 2010 Well, it was real. Huddy (House + Cuddy for you folks out there not in the know) is happening, and to be honest, I’m not sure how I feel about that as HOUSE enters its seventh season. I suppose it would have been utterly ridiculous to have House (Hugh Laurie) and Cuddy’s (Lisa Edelstein) encounter be another hallucination or a dream or any other DALLAS type ending. At […]Read On »

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