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FOR LIFE: Stars Nicholas Pinnock, Indira Varma, EP Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson and the creators give the scoop on Season 2 – Interview – Part 2

Nicholas Pinnock as Aaron Wallace in FOR LIFE - Season 2 | ©2020 ABC/Matthias Clamer

In Part 2 of this article on ABC’s Wednesday-night drama FOR LIFE, we continue the discussion of the show’s second season with actors Nicholas Pinnock (who plays recently-exonerated prisoner Aaron Wallace) and Indira Varma (who plays former prison warden Sofiya Masry) and executive producer Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson, series creator Hank Steinberg, and executive producer Isaac Wright Jr., whose life story is the loose basis for the show. FOR LIFE tackles racism and social class head-on, both topics much on people’s minds at present. Jackson says, “I think the show speaks so loudly to the things that are going on. […]Read On »

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FOR LIFE: Stars Nicholas Pinnock, Indira Varma, EP Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson and the creators Talk Season 2 – Interview – Part 1

FOR LIFE - Season 2 Key Art | ©2020 ABC

FOR LIFE, now on Wednesday nights on ABC in its second season, is loosely based on the life of lawyer Isaac Wright Jr. Wright got his law license while he was in prison, having been wrongly convicted of a crime. When he was exonerated, Wright continued to represent other inmates in court. In FOR LIFE, Nicholas Pinnock plays Wright’s fictional counterpart, Aaron Wallace. Season 2 begins with Aaron obtaining his freedom. He now must renegotiate his relationship with his wife Marie (Joy Bryant), their loving daughter Jasmine (Tyla Harris), and his namesake, Jasmine’s newborn son. Indira Varma plays Sofiya Masry, […]Read On »

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NEXT: Actor Jason Butler Harner on the Fox techno-thriller – Exclusive Interview

Jason Butler Harner as Ted LeBlanc in NEXT - Season 1 | ©2020 FOX/Miller Mobley

In NEXT, Tuesday nights on Fox, series creator Manny Coto postulates that an artificial intelligence has reached self-awareness, and wants to get rid of humanity. The A.I.’s regretful inventor, billionaire Paul LeBlanc (John Slattery), enlists government cyber-security expert Shea Salazar (Fernanda Andrade) and her team in an effort to stop neXt. Jason Butler Harner plays Ted LeBlanc, Paul’s younger brother, who has taken over the company Paul founded. Harner, originally from New York, has film and TV credits that include OZARK, RAY DONOVAN, SCANDAL, THE BLACKLIST, NON-STOP, HOMELAND, THE GREEN, and, coincidentally, the 2007 Nicolas Cage science-fiction feature NEXT. At […]Read On »

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SUPERNATURAL: The CW president Mark Pedowitz talks about the end of the 15-year series – Interview

Misha Collins as Castiel, Jared Padalecki as Sam, Jensen Ackles as Dean and Alexander Calvert as Jack in SUPERNATURAL - Season 15 | © 2019 The CW Network, LLC. All Rights Reserved

After fifteen seasons and 327 one-hour episodes, SUPERNATURAL has its series finale on The CW on Thursday, November 17, 2020. The series began on The WB, and is now the longest-lasting survivor of that now-gone network. The CW Network president Mark Pedowitz counts himself as a SUPERNATURAL admirer. At a Q&A panel (pre-COVID) held by The CW for the Television Critics Association (TCA) press tour, there’s a final SUPERNATURAL panel. The speakers include leads Jared Padalecki (Sam Winchester), Jensen Ackles (Dean Winchester), Misha Collins (the angel Castiel) and Alexander Calvert (the half-angel Jack), executive producer/director Robert Singer, and executive producers/writers […]Read On »

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NEXT: Actors Eve Harlow and Michael Mosley on Season 1 – Exclusive Interview

Michael Mosley as CMEve Harlow as Gina

NEXT is the title of the new Fox Network Tuesday-night series about an artificial intelligence, also called NEXT. The NEXT A.I. has achieved consciousness and is slowly going about using every bit of tech at its disposal to dispose of people who might be able to stop it from eradicating humanity. Fighting against NEXT are its creator, Paul LeBlance (John Slattery), and FBI Special Agent Shea Salazar (Fernanda Andrade), who heads up a cybersecurity task force. Eve Harlow plays Gina Graham and Michael Mosley plays C.M., both members of Salazar’s team. Gina is Salazar’s protégé, while C.M. is an ex-con […]Read On »

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BIG SKY: Actor John Carroll Lynch on new ABC mystery series – Exclusive Interview

John Carroll Lynch as Rick Legarski in BIG SKY - Season 1| ©2020 ABC/Kharen Hill

BIG SKY premieres its first season on ABC on Tuesday, November 17. Adapted by executive producer David E. Kelley from C.J. Box’s series of mystery thrillers, BIG SKY chronicles the efforts of two private detectives (played by Kylie Bunbury and Ryan Philippe) and an ex-cop (Kathryn Winnick) to find a pair of kidnapped sisters (Natalie Alyn Lind and Jade Pettyjohn) in Montana. The case may be connected to a string of disappearances of other young women. John Carroll Lynch plays Rick Legarski, a Highway Patrol officer who becomes involved in the investigation. Lynch, a prolific actor originally from Colorado, can […]Read On »

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ALEX RIDER: Actor Otto Farrant on the new spy series – Exclusive Interview

ALEX RIDER - Season 1 Key Art | ©2020 Amazon

Alex Rider is the name of the hero of writer Anthony Horowitz’s phenomenally successful YA book series, which has sold a combined total of over twenty million copies all over the world. Alex starts out as a normal London schoolboy being raised by his Uncle Ian. However, when Ian is killed on the job, Alex discovers to his shock that his relative wasn’t a banker, but rather a secret agent. The clandestine British government group that employed Ian presses Alex to go undercover for them, and soon he becomes a spy himself. Now ALEX RIDER has been adapted by writer […]Read On »

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Movie Review: A PLACE AMONG THE DEAD

A PLACE AMONG THE DEAD movie poster| ©2020 Modern Films

Rating: Not Rated Stars: Juliet Landau, Deverill Weekes, Amy Jennings, Meadow Williams, Seven McDonald, Charlaine Harris, Lance Henriksen, Tom Holland, Mariana Klaveno, Kim Newman, Gary Oldman, Robert Patrick, Ron Perlman, Anne Rice, Joss Whedon Writers: Juliet Landau & Deverill Weekes Director: Juliet Landau Distributor: Modern Films Release Date: December 14, 2020 A PLACE AMONG THE DEAD is a trippy, documentary-style horror drama. Directed by Juliet Landau, who co-wrote the film with her husband, cinematographer Deverill Weekes, the film viscerally (at times literally) explores the links between human predation and narcissism, and low self-esteem and being victimized. A PLACE AMONG THE DEAD […]Read On »

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HUNTERS: Creator David Weil and executive producer Nikki Toscano on Season 1 – Interview

HUNTERS - Season 1 Key Art | ©2020 Amazon

HUNTERS is currently streaming its ten-episode first season on Amazon Prime, and renewed for a second season. Created by David Weil and set in the 1970s, this story casts a band of Holocaust survivors, led by Al Pacino’s Meyer Offerman, who come together to violently take down Nazis who have settled in the U.S. The tone is quasi-superhero comic book, mixed with actual history. Weil and his fellow HUNTERS executive producer Nikki Toscano (also a producer/writer on series including DETROIT 1-8-7, REVENGE, BATES MOTEL, MATADOR, SHADES OF BLUE, and 24: LEGACY) are together at the HUNTERS Q&A panel organized by […]Read On »

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ROADKILL: Actor Hugh Laurie and creator David Hare on new miniseries – Interview

Hugh Laurie in ROADKILL | ©2020 PBS

ROADKILL is a four-part British drama, premiering on PBS Masterpiece Sunday, November 1. Hugh Laurie (HOUSE M.D., THE NIGHT MANAGER) stars as English politician Peter Laurence, who is trying outmaneuver a scandal without any regret or remorse. ROADKILL is created and written by David Hare, an Oscar nominee for his screenplays for THE READER and THE HOURS. Both Hare and Laurie take part in a virtual Q&A as part of PBS’s portion of the Summer 2020 Television Critics Association (TCA) press tour. This article is derived from that session. What motivated Hare to write ROADKILL? “Oh, golly, that’s such a […]Read On »

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