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OCTOPUS: MAKING CONTACT – The scoop on the new PBS documentary – Part 1 – Exclusive Interview

Silhouette of diver with Giant Pacific Octopus (Enteroctopus dofleini). from in NATURE - OCTOPUS: MAKING CONTACT | ©Minden Pictures/Alamy Stock Photo courtesy PBS

PBS NATURE’s film “Octopus: Making Contact” airs on Wednesday, October 2. The documentary, from director Anna Fitch, examines a number of aspects of the octopus, including its singular evolution: unlike vertebrates, the sea creature has evolved with its esophagus in its brain. “Octopus: Making Contact” also visits Octopolis, in a bay off of Australia’s Sydney Harbor, where normally solitary octopuses live in a colony. (Octopi, it’s explained during a PBS Q&A session for the program, is a Latin affectation adopted by some scientists in the early twentieth century; it’s not necessarily the right word for more than one octopus.) Mostly, […]Read On »

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TRANSPARENT: Creator Jill Soloway on the MUSICALE FINALE – Interview

TRANSPARENT MUSICALE FINALE | ©2019 Amazon

TRANSPARENT, the Amazon Prime series, has arguably been through nearly as many shakeups as its characters. Jill Soloway, who identifies as non-binary, created TRANSPARENT as a comedy/drama about how the Pfefferman family of Los Angeles, with grown children, responds when their father Mort comes out as transgender and will now be Maura. Soloway drew inspiration for the story from her own parent’s transition. TRANSPARENT won two Emmys and a Golden Globe for Jeffrey Tambor’s performance as Maura, as well as a Golden Globe for Best Comedy or Musical and two Emmys for Soloway’s direction of individual episodes, plus a truckload […]Read On »

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THE UNICORN: Creators Bill Martin and Mike Schiff on new Walton Goggins series – Exclusive Interview

Walton Goggins in THE UNICORN | ©2019 CBS/Monty Brinton

THE UNICORN, the half-hour comedy premiering on CBS Thursday, September 26, stars Walton Goggins as the title character, Wade Felton. It should be noted that there is nothing magical, or equine, about Wade. However, he is still a rare creature: a devoted family man, raising two young daughters, who is romantically available after a year of mourning the death of his wife Jill. Wade’s friends, one couple portrayed by Rob Corddry and Michaela Watkins, the other couple played by Omar Benson Miller and Maya Lynne Robinson, are determined to help Wade – who has not been on a date since […]Read On »

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BLUFF CITY LAW: Showrunners Dean Georgaris and Michael Aguilar on new NBC law series- Exclusive Interview

BUFF CITY LAW - Season 1 Key Art | ©2019 NBCUniversal

In NBC’s new Monday-night legal drama BLUFF CITY LAW, Jimmy Smits stars as crusading attorney Elijah Strait. Elijah has his heart in his work, standing up in court for the underdog. He is devastated by the death of his wife. When daughter Sydney (Caitlin McGee), a corporate attorney, comes home, Elijah woos her back to the family firm, despite their strong differences in outlooks, and even though Sydney hasn’t yet forgiven him for cheating on Mom. Executive producer/writer Dean Georgaris (creator of the series THE BRAVE, one of the writers of the feature THE MEG) talks about making BLUFF CITY […]Read On »

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MIXED-ISH: Gary Cole talks about the new BLACK-ISH spin-off and Richard Schiff on THE GOOD DOCTOR – Exclusive Interview

MIXED-ISH - Season 1 key art | ©2019 ABC

MIXED-ISH, a half-hour comedy created by Kenya Barris & Peter Saji, is a spin-off of BLACK-ISH, created by Barris. MIXED-ISH, which has its series debut on ABC Tuesday, September 24 at 9 PM (followed directly by the Season 6 premiere of BLACK-ISH), explores the ‘80s childhood of Tracee Ellis Ross’s BLACK-ISH character Rainbow (played in MIXED-ISH by Arica Himmel – Ross narrates as Rainbow’s adult self). Rainbow and her siblings have to move with their parents, black mom Alicia (Tika Sumpter) and white dad Paul (Mark-Paul Gosselaar), from a mellow commune to racially conscious suburbia. Culture shock ensues. So do […]Read On »

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9-1-1: Angela Bassett chats about Season 3 – Exclusive Interview

Angela Bassett in 9-1-1 - Season 3 | ©2019 Fox/Mathieu Young

The first responder drama 9-1-1 begins its third season Monday nights on Fox with most of its characters in a good place. Angela Bassett’s LAPD Sergeant Athena Grant married her fire captain beau Bobby Nash (Peter Krause) at the end of Season 2, with her two teen children from her first marriage in attendance. 9-1-1 being a show about people in crisis, everybody’s cheerful mood may not make it through the first episode. However, Bassett’s positive attitude seems likely to last much longer. Also an executive producer on 9-1-1, Bassett (who was an Oscar nominee for her portrayal of Tina […]Read On »

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THE TERROR: INFAMY: Actor Derek Mio on the historical horror series – Interview

Derek Mio as Chester Nakayama in THE TERROR: INFAMY | ©2019 AMC/Maxine Helfman

In THE TERROR: INFAMY, Monday nights on AMC, Derek Mio plays Chester Nakayama. Each season of THE TERROR combines an actual historical incident with horror. In Season 2, it is World War II, and the U.S. government is rounding up loyal Japanese-American citizens and putting them in internment camps. Chester’s life as a second-generation American is upended when he, his family and his entire community are uprooted from their home on Terminal Island, off the coast of California, and confined to a camp. Chester is joined there by his pregnant girlfriend, Luz (Cristina Rodlo). Chester comes to believe, with good […]Read On »

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THE FAMILY MAN: Co-creator Raj Nidimoru on new spy series – Exclusive Interview

THE FAMILY MAN Key art | ©2019 Amazon

THE FAMILY MAN is the kind of series that hasn’t been seen before, at least in the U.S. Yes, there have been television shows about a government anti-terrorism expert trying to achieve a work/life balance – but not set in India, made in Hindi with English-language subtitles. Skrikant, played by Manoj Bajpayee, is with India’s National Intelligence Agency. He tries to keep the dangers of his job a secret from his wife and children, who consequently think he’s not doing anything important, even when Skrikant and his team are desperately striving to prevent a terrorist attack. THE FAMILY MAN was […]Read On »

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DEAR WHITE PEOPLE: Actor John Patrick Amedori on Season 3 – Exclusive Interview

Logan Browning and John Patrick Amedori in DEAR WHITE PEOPLE - Season 3 | ©2019 Netflix/Lara Solanki

DEAR WHITE PEOPLE, now in its third season on Netflix, is based on the 2014 feature film written and directed by Justin Simien, who also created and developed the series. DEAR WHITE PEOPLE takes its title from a college radio program run by Samantha White (Logan Browning in the series, Tessa Thompson in the film), a student who feels it is time to call out her classmates on their racism, whether covert or overt. Despite Sam’s political sentiments, she is involved with mostly woke aspiring documentarian and fellow student Gabe Mitchell, who is white. Gabe is played by John Patrick […]Read On »

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MR. MERCEDES: Breeda Wool on Season 3 – Exclusive Interview

Breeda Wool in MR. MERCEDES - Season 3 | ©2019 AT&T Audience Network

In Season 3 of MR. MERCEDES, adapted from the trilogy of novels by Stephen King, adapted for television by David E. Kelley, and airing Tuesday nights on AT&T’s Audience Network, Breeda Wool returns as Lou Linklatter. Lou is in custody after having shot and killed Brady Hartsfield, the notorious “Mr. Mercedes” mass murderer/serial killer, in the Season 2 finale. Lou’s friends at the Finders Keepers detective agency, former cop Bill Hodges (Brendan Gleeson) and conscientious Holly Gibney (Justine Lupe), and Lou’s lawyer Roland Finkelstein (Brett Gelman), are all trying to help her avoid a first-degree murder sentence. Lou, plagued by […]Read On »

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