Summer 2012

Exclusive Interview: Michele Lee looks back on her career on PIONEERS OF TELEVISION

Michelle Lee in KNOTS LANDING | (c) 2013 PBS/Pioneers of Television Archives

Nighttime soaps have made a roaring comeback – witness the success of GREY’S ANATOMY, REVENGE and SCANDAL – but this isn’t the first time the genre has been big. The late ‘70s and ‘80s were a heyday for the format, with KNOT’S LANDING starting its CBS run in 1979 and going fourteen seasons into 1993. Los Angeles native Michele Lee, who played Karen MacKenzie for an epic 344 episodes on KNOT’S LANDING, is famous for many other things, including two Tony-nominated Broadway musical performances (in SEESAW and THE ALLERGIST’S WIFE), and films that include the screen adaptation of HOW TO […]Read On »

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News: The scoop on the rest of GRIMM Season 2 – TCA 2013

GRIMM - Season 2 Key Art | ©2012 NBCUniversal

With GRIMM getting ready to head into the second half of Season Two, the cast and executive producers made an appearance at the Winter 2013 TCAs for NBC and spoke about what to expect with the season’s remaining episodes. The biggest blow-out is a showdown between cop Nick Burkhardt (David Giuntoli) and Captain Sean Renard (Sasha Roiz) with Nick discovering his Captain is part of the larger Wesen conspiracy and also deeply in love with his girlfriend Juliet (Bitsie Tulloch), albeit due to a spell. “There’s a big, angry kerfuffle and we come to blows,” says Giuntoli. “He has a […]Read On »

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Interview: HOMELAND actor Damian Lewis on Season 2 and more

Damian Lewis in HOMELAND - Season 2 - "The Choice" | ©2012 Showtime/Kent Smith

British actor Damian Lewis took home this year for Emmy for Outstanding Actor in a Drama for his portrayal of Nicholas Brody, American war hero turned secret terrorist in Season 1 of Showtime’s HOMELAND. The show also won five other Emmys, including Outstanding Drama and Outstanding Actress for Claire Danes as Carrie Mathison, the CIA agent who is onto Brody – but also carries a torch for him. In HOMELAND Season 2, now airing on Showtime Sundays at 10 PM, things have gotten even more intense. Brody is now a U.S. congressman, being groomed for higher office by U.S. Vice-President […]Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: TWILIGHT SAGA star Billy Burke joins the REVOLUTION

Billy Burke in REVOLUTION - Season 1 - "Sex and Drugs" | ©2012 NBC/Brownie Harris

In NBC’s freshman series REVOLUTION, Monday nights at 10 PM, all electricity is gone from the world. Created by Eric Kripke, who executive-produces with J.J. Abrams, with a pilot directed by fellow executive producer Jon Favreau, REVOLUTION takes place fifteen years after “the lights went out.” Much of the former United States is ruled by militias. However, a small band of people are trying to find out what really happened and restore power – both electronic and personal – to the populace. Two of the main characters are the uncle and niece team of Miles Matheson, played by Billy Burke, […]Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: Tony Denison talks MAJOR CRIMES and THE CLOSER

Tony Denison in MAJOR CRIMES - Season 1 | ©2012 Karen Neal

One of the enduring pleasures of the TNT series THE CLOSER was the sparring between Anthony Denison’s character LAPD Detective Lieutenant Andy Flynn and G.W. Bailey’s character Lieutenant Louie Provenza. The characters and their dynamic have now moved over to THE CLOSER’s spin-off MAJOR CRIMES – both series created by James Duff – which airs Mondays at 9 PM on TNT, even though Kyra Sedgwick’s Brenda Leigh Johnson has left and the squad room is now being run by Mary McDonnell’s Sharon Raydor. Veteran actor Denison, a native of Harlem, New York, got his big break playing mobster Ray Luca […]Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: WILFRED star Jason Gann on Season 2 and beyond

Jason Gann in WILFRED - Season 2 | ©2012 FX/Frank Ockenfels

“This is great,” Jason Gann says of the view of greater Los Angeles from the balcony of the penthouse club where Fox and FX are holding a party for their actors, writers, producers and the Television Critics Association. Australian transplant Gann is the title star and co-creator of WILFRED, which has its second-season finale tonight on FX at 10 PM. Gann and Adam Zwar originally made WILFRED as a short, which became a series for two years on Australian television, before being adapted by David Zuckerman for a new version on U.S. TV. In all of them, Gann stars as […]Read On »

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Breaking News: BBC America remakes THE MUSKETEERS as a 10-episode series to air in 2014 – TCA 2012

THE THREE MUSKETEERS novel by Alexandre Dumas

At today’s TCA Cable Press Tour, BBC America announced they will be embarking on a co-production with BBC One of MUSKETEERS – a new series written by Adrian Hodges (PRIMEVAL, SURVIVORS). The series will debut in 2014 and is inspired by the classic Alexandre Dumas novel THE THREE MUSKETEERS. Although set in the 17th Century, the series will bring a more contemporary and realistic take on the story of a “trained band of brothers who are assigned to protect King and country” as the press release says. Related: MORE NEWS AND INTERVIEWS FROM THE SUMMER TCA’S LET YOUR VOICE BE […]Read On »

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TCA 2012 News: Showtime talks about its CONQUEST series with director Ron Howard

Ron Howard attends AMERICAN FILM MARKET 2011 - Day 1/ ©2011 Getty Images/Alexandra Wyman - used by permission

While director Ron Howard has been interested in television for awhile (his shelved adaptation of Stephen King’s THE DARK TOWER was to span both movies and a TV series), he’s now moving his attention to helm a new Showtime series called CONQUEST. To be written by Jose Rivera the series will focus on Spanish Conquistador Hernan Cortes and his battles with Aztec empire ruler Moctezuma II. At the Showtime TCA 2012 Press Tour, Nevins spoke about the project. “It’s in the very early stages of development,” Nevins says. “On the one hand, it’s been talked about for many years, and […]Read On »

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TCA 2012 News: Showtime talks THE BIG C and how they will conclude the cancer comedy starring Laura Linney

THE BIG C THE COMPLETE SEASON SEASON | (c) 2012 Sony Pictures Home Entertainment

Even though the Laura Linney cancer comedy THE BIG C has last three seasons on Showtime, it was announced at the Showtime TCA 2012 Press Tour that the series will be wrapping up with a “special run” season. “We are moving toward the conclusion of THE BIG C with a special limited run series consisting of four one-hour installments,” says Showtime President David Nevins. “This show has always required a delicate touch and I can’t think of three more talented and skillful people than Darlene Hunt, Jenny Bicks and the brilliant Laura Linney to handle this tricky subject matter. From […]Read On »

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TCA 2012 News: Showtime keeps door open for more DEXTER after its anticipated final two seasons

Michael C. Hall in DEXTER - Season 6 | ©2011 Showtime

At the Showtime TCA 2012 Press Tour, Showtime President David Nevins hinted he wouldn’t turn down the opportunity to continue DEXTER after what is intended to be its final two seasons. “What I’ve said before is likely two years, but I’m not making any announcements today, and I think plans can always change,” says Nevins. “I think everything has gotten rewired this year in a very interesting way. Given that Deb [Jennifer Carpenter] has to deal with who her brother is, everything changes. So we’ll see where that carries it.” Later, during the Showtime session for DEXTER, series star Michael […]Read On »

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