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EMPIRE: Director Sanaa Hamri chats Season 3 – Exclusive Interview

Terrence Howard and Taraji P. Henson in EMPIRE - Season 3 | ©2017 Fox Broadcasting/Michael Lavine

Fox Network’s hit musical drama EMPIRE has been renewed for a fourth season. The series concerns the Lyon clan – often-warring patriarch Lucious (Terrence Howard) and matriarch Cookie (Taraji P. Henson) and their sons – who all want to control their own musical destinies and the Lyon music conglomerate. EMPIRE creators Lee Daniels and Danny Strong are executive producers on the series, as is show runner Ilene Chaiken. Another executive producer is director Sanaa Hamri, who has personally helmed ten episodes and is the e.p. who helps other directors on the show find the right tone. A lot of EMPIRE’s […]Read On »

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SCORPION: Elyes Gabel and Ari Stidham on Season 3 – Exclusive Interview Part 1

SCORPION is a series where a group of nerd math adults help to solve threats to the country | © 2014 CBS

SCORPION, a Nielsen Top 20 show, wraps up its third season Monday night on CBS and has been renewed for a fourth season. The series, developed by Nick Santora, concerns a team of geniuses headed up by Elyes Gabel’s Walter O’Brien, who are brilliant at solving problems that would stump MacGyver. However, the members of Team Scorpion are so socially awkward that they need former waitress Paige Dineen, played by Katharine McPhee, to help them interact with the outside world. Cabe Gallo (Robert Patrick) is their liaison to Homeland Security. Sylvester “Sly” Dodd, played by Ari Stidham, is one of […]Read On »

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SHOTS FIRED: Actress Jill Hennessy on new crime series – Exclusive Interview

Jill Hennessy in SHOTS FIRED - Season 1 | ©2017 Fox /Michael Lavine

In Fox Network’s Wednesday-night limited series SHOTS FIRED, created by Gina Prince-Bythewood and Reggie Bythewood, a special prosecutor (Stephan James) and his top investigator (Sanaa Lathan) are called in to handle a case in a small North Carolina town. The only black law enforcement officer on the local force has shot and killed a white teenager, Jesse Carr. This incident turns to be tied into the uninvestigated killing of a black teenager weeks earlier. Jill Hennessy plays Alicia Carr, Jesse’s mother. Hennessy often plays professional types, such as her starring roles as lawyer Claire Kincaid on four years of LAW […]Read On »

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KING CHARLES III: The late actor Tim Pigott-Smith on his final roles – Exclusive Interview

Tim Pigott-Smith in KING CHARLES III | Photo Courtesy of Robert Viglasky/Drama Republic for BBC and MASTERPIECE

Actor Tim Pigott-Smith, the subject of this interview, passed away unexpectedly at the age of 70 on April 7, 2017, a little under three months after this interview was conducted. He was at the Television Critics Association (TCA) winter press tour in Pasadena, California, to talk about the film version of KING CHARLES III. KING CHARLES III began life as a stage play. It seems Shakespearean, dealing with the English throne and written by Mike Bartlett entirely in iambic pentameter, but in fact it deals with issues of present and future. The premise of KING CHARLES III is that Queen […]Read On »

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BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER: Actor Camden Toy chats about Joss Whedon’s classic series – Exclusive Interview – Part 1

Camden Toy | photo courtesy Albert L. Ortega

This year marks the twentieth anniversary of Joss Whedon’s groundbreaking, cult-adored, academically-studied TV series BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER. The series, which ran for five years on The WB and another two on UPN (both of which have since merged into The CW) starred Sarah Michelle Gellar as Buffy Summers, an initially reluctant Slayer who was destined to kill monsters and prevent the end of the world (a lot) in the town of Sunnydale, California. Camden Toy played three of Buffy’s most iconic nemeses, and then went over to the BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER spinoff ANGEL to play yet another monster. […]Read On »

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UNDERGROUND: Aldis Hodge and Jurnee Smollett-Bell on Season 2 – Exclusive Interview

The cast of UNDERGROUND | © 2016 WGN

In Season 2 of WGN America’s UNDERGROUND, which concludes Wednesday, May 10, things have gotten even more dangerous for the main characters. Escaped slave Rosalee, played by Jurnee Smollett-Bell, is now working in the Underground Railroad with Harriet Tubman, played by Aisha Hinds, to help other slaves flee to freedom. Meanwhile, Noah, played by Aldis Hodge, who changed his own plans to help Rosalee, has spent time in prison and nearly been executed, all of which has a major effect on him. Hodge and Smollett-Bell sit down to talk about their characters in UNDERGROUND’s second season, as well as what […]Read On »

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THE ARRANGEMENT: Actor Michael Vartan on new E! series – Exclusive Interview

Michael Vartan, Josh Henderson and Christine Evangelista in THE ARRANGEMENT - Season 1 | ©2017 NBCUniversal/Marco Grob/E! Entertainment

THE ARRANGEMENT is only the second scripted series on the E! network. The drama from creator/executive producer Jonathan Abrahams is now in its first season on Sunday nights and renewed for a second. THE ARRANGEMENT deals with what happens when the Institute of the Higher Mind leader Terence, played by Michael Vartan, decides that his movie star disciple Kyle West (Josh Henderson) should be seen to have a romance. Terence therefore approaches aspiring actress Megan Morrison (Christine Evangelista) with a contract to put her together with Kyle, setting in motion events no one can foresee. Vartan spent five years on ALIAS […]Read On »

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iZOMBIE: Co-Creator Diane Ruggiero-Wright on Season 3 – Exclusive Interview

IZOMBIE key art - Season 3 | ©2017 The CW

Now in its third season on Tuesday nights on The CW, iZOMBIE is loosely based on a series of DC Comics created by writer Chris Roberson and artist Michael Allred. In the TV version, developed by Diane Ruggiero- Wright & Rob Thomas, Liv Moore (Rose McIver) has to give up a promising medical career when she’s scratched by a zombie and becomes one of the undead. Liv still has her personality, morality and even libido intact – so long as she ingests human brains on a regular basis. She gets a job as a morgue attendant, assisting pathologist Dr. Ravi […]Read On »

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SHUT EYE: Actor Jeffrey Donovan on new Hulu series – Exclusive Interview

Jeffrey Donovan as Charlie Haverford in SHUT EYE - Season 1 | ©2016 Hulu/Trae Patton

In Hulu’s original series SHUT EYE, now streaming its entire first season and renewed for a second, Jeffrey Donovan stars as Charlie Haverford. In the show created by Leslie Bohem, Charlie and his ambitious wife Linda (KaDee Strickland) are con artists and fake psychics working in the Los Angeles San Fernando Valley. Charlie is quite shocked when he begins to have authentic visions of things to come. Donovan, originally from Massachusetts, starred as former CIA agent Michael Westen in seven seasons of USA Network’s BURN NOTICE. The actor also costarred in Season 2 of FARGO. He has played Robert Kennedy […]Read On »

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Marvel’s AGENTS OF SHIELD: Maurissa Tancharoen and Jed Whedon talk Season 4 – Exclusive Interview

Chloe Bennet, Ming-Na Wen, Clark Gregg, Henry Simmons, Iain De Caestecker, Elizabeth Henstridge, in MARVEL'S AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D. - Season 4 | ©2017 ABC/Kurt Iswarienkio

As is often the case, all hell is breaking loose on AGENTS OF SHIELD, Tuesday nights on ABC. As the fourth season ramps up toward its finale, Daisy Johnson (Chloe Bennet) and Jemma Simmons (Elizabeth Henstridge) are trapped in the computer-created artificial world of the Framework, along with virtually everyone they know. The difference is that Daisy and Jemma remember who they are in the real world. Phil Coulson (Clark Gregg), top S.H.I.E.L.D. agent and former director of the organization, thinks he’s a high school teacher who’s new to espionage. S.H.I.E.L.D. director Jeffrey Mace (Jason O’Mara) has just been murdered […]Read On »

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