Interviews

BREAK A HIP: Emmy winner Christina Pickles on her web series – Exclusive Interview

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BREAK A HIP is a (so-far) two-season-long Web series that just picked up an Outstanding Actress in a Short Form Comedy or Drama for leading lady Christina Pickles. In BREAK A HIP, Pickles plays Biz Brantly, an unhappily retired actress who strikes up an unlikely friendship with her much younger assistant Wincy, played by Britt Hennemuth. Pickles has been nominated for six previous Emmys, five for her supporting work as Nurse Helen Rosenthal on the medical drama ST. ELSEWHERE and one for her guest work in a comedy as Rachel and Ross’s mom on FRIENDS. Originally from England, Pickles has […]Read On »

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THE INNOCENTS: Guy Pearce and Percelle Ascott on new sci-fi series – Exclusive Interview

THE INNOCENTS Key Art - Season 1 | ©2018 Netflix

Netflix’s new science-fiction romance series THE INNOCENTS follows two English teens, Harry, played by Percelle Ascott, and June, portrayed by Sorcha Groundsell. June and Harry are in love and run away from their respective families so they can be together. In addition to the normal problems of their situation, the young couple discovers that June is a shape-shifter. Furthermore, June is not the kind of shape-shifter genre films and TV have given us so far – she turns into another specific person. Guy Pearce plays Dr. Halvorson, who is studying the shape-shifting phenomenon. Harry doesn’t trust Halvorson when it comes […]Read On »

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HIGH & MIGHTY: Creator Cesar Mazariegos on stoned superhero series – Exclusive Interview

HIGH & MIGHTY key art | ©2018 Stage 13

HIGH & MIGHTY is a superhero tale with a twist from creator Cesar Mazariegos. In the series, now streaming its first season on Warner Bros.’ digital platform Stage 13, slacker Chelo Chavez (Jorge Diaz) finds that he has superpowers – but only when he’s high. “The powers correlate to how he feels,” Mazariegos explains. “So when he’s drunk, he feels super-strong, and he’s impenetrable, and he can break bricks. When he’s high, he floats. When he’s coked up, you’ll have to see what happens.” At the outset, Mazariegos didn’t conceive of HIGH & MIGHTY as a series. “[The HIGH & […]Read On »

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THE GREAT AMERICAN READ: Actor/writer Wil Wheaton talks favorite books – Exclusive Interview

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PBS brings back THE GREAT AMERICAN READ on Tuesday, September 11. Hosted by Meredith Viera, THE GREAT AMERICAN READ premiered back in May. The series aims to discover “America’s best-loved novel” by means of viewer opinion. To date, two million people have voted, narrowing the list down to one hundred titles. With eight episodes rolling out on successive Tuesday nights, the season finale on October 23 will reveal the top vote getter. (Those interested in voting can do so via pbs.org/greatamericanread, hashtag voting on Twitter and Facebook, an SMS app, and by phone. Actor/author Wil Wheaton is one of the […]Read On »

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DISENCHANTMENT: Co-creator Josh Weinstein gives the scoop on the new Matt Groening animated series – Exclusive Interview

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In Netflix’s new animated series DISENCHANTMENT, tough Princess Bean (voiced by Abbi Jacobson) goes on a quest with optimistic elf Elfo (voiced by Nat Faxon) and personal demon Luci (voiced by Eric Andre). This may sound a little like either a Disney feature or a Saturday-morning show, but DISENCHANTED is created by Matt Groening, who brought forth THE SIMPSONS and FUTURAMA, and Josh Weinstein, who has been a writer and producer on the two Groening series. Asked about the family viewing prospects for DINSENCHANTMENT, Weinstein replies, “We’re hoping that the jokes for adults will go over kids’ heads, even though […]Read On »

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I LOVE BEKKA & LUCY: Emmy nominee Alexis Denisof on his new series and his George Harrison video – Exclusive Interview Part 2

Alexis Denisof in I LOVE BEKKA AND LUCY |©2018 Stage 13

In Part 2 of our exclusive interview with Emmy-nominated actor Alexis Denisof, he talks about working with I LOVE BEKKA & LUCY creator/director Rachael Holder, costars Jessica Taylor Kennedy and Tanisha Long, working for a new streaming video site, and being in a George Harrison music video. ASSIGNMENT X: What can you say about working with creator/director Rachael Holder? ALEXIS DENISOF: Well, inspiring is not a good enough word. Here’s a young African-American woman who grows up in Jersey, not seeing herself on TV, not represented in media, films, or television, and decides at a young age, as she becomes […]Read On »

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I LOVE BEKKA & LUCY: Actor Alexis Denisof – Exclusive Interview – Part 1

Alexis Denisof in I LOVE BEKKA AND LUCY |©2018 Stage 13

I LOVE BEKKA & LUCY is a short-form series from creator/director Rachael Holder, now streaming its eleven-episode first season on the Warner Bros. site Stage 13. While I LOVE BEKKA & LUCY focuses on the friendship between the title characters, played by Jessica Parker Kennedy and Tanisha Long, Alexis Denisof has earned an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Actor in a Short Form Comedy or Drama Series as their neighbor Glenn. Lonely and awkward, Glenn desperately wants to make friends and achieves an unlikely connection with the initially very resistant Bekka (meanwhile, Lucy contends with her own issues with her own […]Read On »

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MAYANS M.C.: Clayton Cardenas gives the scoop on the SONS OF ANARCHY spin-off – Exclusive Interview

Clayton Cardenas as Angel Reyes in MAYANS M.C. - Season 1 | ©2018 FX/James Minchin

MAYANS M.C., premiering its ten-episode first season tonight on FX Networks, is a spinoff of SONS OF ANARCHY. Created by SONS architect Kurt Sutter and Elgin James, MAYANS M.C. is set approximately four years after the finale of the earlier series. The Mayans motorcycle club was originally introduced in SONS. Much like SAMCRO, the men of the Mayans M.C. love their bikes, but also deal in drugs and gun-running. Unlike SAMCRO, the Mayans are a Latin-American crew, based in East Los Angeles. Clayton Cardenas plays Angel Reyes, a Mayans member, whose younger brother Ezekiel, aka EZ (JD Pardo) is seeking […]Read On »

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ROB RIGGLE’S SKI MASTER ACADEMY: Actor Christopher McDonald – Exclusive Interview

ROB RIGGLE'S SKI MASTER ACADEMY key art | ©2018 Crackle

In ROB RIGGLE’S SKI MASTER ACADEMY, a comedy series now streaming all eight episodes of its first season on the free service Crackle.com, Riggle plays a version of himself who purchases the title establishment during a midlife crisis. Alas, the Ski Master Academy is the site of many fatal accidents, so Riggle tries to defend himself against claims of mismanagement. As flashbacks demonstrate, he may be more culpable than he’d like to admit. Christopher McDonald is among the guest stars on ROB RIGGLE’S SKI ACADEMY. McDonald has a career that spans film, TV, and stage. His recent credits include an […]Read On »

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

ROOSTER TEETH logo | ©2018 Rooster Teeth

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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