WISDOM OF THE CROWD: Natalia Tena also talks GAME OF THRONES and HARRY POTTER – Interview

Natalia Tena stars as Sara Morton in WISDOM OF THE CROWD - Season 1 | ©2017 CBS/Brendan Meadows

In CBS’s Sunday-night drama WISDOM OF THE CROWD, Jeremy Piven plays tech billionaire Jeffrey Tanner. After his daughter is murdered, Jeffrey walks away from his phenomenally successful company to concentrate on a crime-solving crowd-sourced algorithm. It’s meant to catch the killer, but it winds up helping solve a lot of other cases as well. Natalia Tena (pronounced, she says, TEN-ah) plays Sara Morton, Jeffrey’s business and romantic partner. The English actress is recognized all over the world for playing the Wildling Osha in GAME OF THRONES and Nymphadora Tonks in the HARRY POTTER franchise (and, it turns out, for a […]Read On »


THE GIFTED: Creator Matt Nix on Marvel’s TV mutants – Exclusive Interview

Sean Teale, Jamie Chung, Blair Redford, Emma Dumont, Percy Hynes White, Amy Acker, Stephen Moyer, Natalie Alyn Lind and Coby Bell in THE GIFTED – Season 1 | ©2017 Fox/Miller Mobley

THE GIFTED is currently in its first season on Fox, Monday nights. Matt Nix, creator of BURN NOTICE, adapted the project for television. THE GIFTED is set in Marvel’s X-Men universe, but the X-Men are nowhere to be found. Mutants are banding together against persecution by Sentinel Services, an arm of the government that “detains” anyone who does anything that might be construed as abuse of power. Ordinary humans Reed (Stephen Moyer) and Kate Strucker (Amy Acker) are astonished when both of their adolescent children, Lauren (Natalie Alyn Lind) and Andy (Percy Hynes White), suddenly demonstrate their mutant powers in […]Read On »


RYAN HANSEN SOLVES CRIMES ON TELEVISION: Samira Wiley on Season 1 of the YouTube Red series – Exclusive Interview

Samira Wiley in RYAN HANSEN SOLVES CRIMES ON TELEVISION - Season 1 | ©2017 YouTube Red

RYAN HANSEN SOLVES CRIMES ON TELEVISION is on the streaming service YouTube Red. In it, the actor Ryan Hansen plays an absurdist version of himself, bringing his camera crew to tag along with exasperated LAPD detective Jessica Mathers, who is played by Samira Wiley. Wiley is having quite a year. Her popular character Poussey Washington died tragically in the prison dramedy ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK. Then Wiley received a Supporting Actress Emmy nomination for her work as the severely oppressed Moira in THE HANDMAID’S TALE. On the personal front, Wiley also married ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK writer/producer Lauren […]Read On »


9JKL: Actress Liza Lapira on new CBS comedy – Exclusive Interview

Liza Lapira in 9JKL - Season 1 | ©2017 CBS/Cliff Lipson

In CBS’ new Top 20 Monday night comedy 9JKL, Mark Feuerstein plays Josh. Feuerstein created the series with his wife Dana Klein, based on a period in his life when he lived in a New York apartment with his parents next door on one side and his brother and sister-in-law on the other side. Liza Lapira plays Josh’s sister-in-law Eve. Lapira, a native New Yorker, has plenty of sitcom regular experience, including CON MAN, COOPER BARRETT’S GUIDE TO SURVIVING LIFE, SUPER FUN NIGHT, DON’T TRUST THE B**** IN APARTMENT 23, TRAFFIC LIGHT and HUFF. She’s also been in dramas including […]Read On »


THE GIRLFRIEND EXPERIENCE: Actress Louisa Krause on Season 2 – Exclusive Interview

Louisa Krause is Anna Greenwald in THE GIRLFRIEND EXPERIENCE - Season 2 | ©2017 Starz

The second season of THE GIRLFRIEND EXPERIENCE, which has its finale on Starz this Sunday, December 17, is divided into two parts. Each half is written and directed by one of the series co-creators, Lodge Kerrigan and Amy Seimetz. Louisa Krause stars as Anna Greenwald, who offers “the girlfriend experience,” GFE for short, in Kerrigan’s portion of Season 2. The GFE involves a woman selling services of full companionship, as well as sex, to clients who can pay for it and who she deems acceptable. Anna’s life becomes exponentially more complicated when she falls in love with Washington, D.C. power […]Read On »


ONCE UPON A TIME: Co-Creator Adam Horowitz on the Season 7 reboot – Exclusive Interview

Robert Carlyle as Rumplestiltskin/Mr. Gold in ONCE UPON A TIME - Season 7 | ©2017 ABC/Bob D'Amico

In Season 7, ABC’s ONCE UPON A TIME has moved its airings to Friday nights, and its main setting from Storybrooke, Maine to Seattle, Washington, but it still has its same fairytale vibe. It also still has former Evil Queen Regina, aka Ronnie (Lana Parrilla), Rumpelstiltskin, aka Mr. Gold, now aka police detective Weaver (Robert Carlyle), Captain Killian “Hook” Jones, aka police lieutenant Killian Jones (Colin O’Donoghue) and now-grown Henry Mills (Andrew J. West) fighting an all-new Dark Curse. Perhaps most surprisingly, in a television industry where so many people move along from project to project, ONCE UPON A TIME […]Read On »


WHITE FAMOUS: Utkarsh Ambudkar on playing an agent on Season 1 – Exclusive Interview

Utkarsh Ambudkar as Malcolm in WHITE FAMOUS - Season 1 | ©2017 Showtime/Michael Desmond

In WHITE FAMOUS, which just completed its first season on Showtime, Jay Pharoah portrays standup comic Floyd Mooney, who is trying to balance his original fan base with “breakout” fame. Utkarsh Ambudcar plays Floyd’s agent Malcolm. Ambudcar, originally from Maryland, has an arc on THE MINDY PROJECT as the heroine’s relative. He’s also been in a host of other series and films, including PITCH PERFECT and BARBERSHOP: THE NEXT CUT. Often, actors have to go into strange surroundings to research their characters, but most of them have met at least a few agents. Ambudkar talks about playing someone from the […]Read On »


OUTLANDER: Sophie Skelton on family ties in Season 3 and the new DAY OF THE DEAD: BLOODLINE – Exclusive Interview

Sophie Skelton is Brianna Randall and Caitriona Balfe is Claire Randall Fraser in OUTLANDER - Season 3 | ©2017 Starz

OUTLANDER has its third-season finale this Sunday, December 10, on Starz. Fans of the series based on Diana Gabaldon’s novels need not fear. OUTLANDER, which chronicles the enduring romance between twentieth-century nurse-turned-doctor/accidental time traveler Claire Randall (Caitriona Balfe) and her soulmate, eighteenth-century Highlander Jamie Fraser (Sam Heughan), has been renewed for a fourth season and is in talks for a fifth. English actress Sophie Skelton plays Brianna Randall, the daughter of Claire and Jamie, who grows up in America believing Claire’s twentieth-century spouse Frank Randall (Tobias Menzies) is her real father. Some time after Frank’s death, Claire tells Brianna the […]Read On »


WHITE FAMOUS: Co-creator Tom Kapinos chats about new Showtime series – Exclusive Interview

Jay Pharoah as Floyd in WHITE FAMOUS - Season 1 Key Art | ©2017 Showtime

Showtime’s Sunday-night half-hour comedy WHITE FAMOUS is loosely based on the life of Jamie Foxx. Jay Pharoah plays Floyd Mooney, balancing the success he enjoys as a standup comedian among black audiences with trying to work as an actor and gain traction with white viewers. Tom Kapinos, who had previously created Showtime’s long-running dark comedy CALIFORNICATION, created WHITE FAMOUS with Buddy Lewis and Chris Spencer. He talks about the series’ beginnings and how it all works. ASSIGNMENT X: How did WHITE FAMOUS come together? Did Jamie Foxx come to you with it? TOM KAPINOS: No. Showtime came to me a […]Read On »


THE GIFTED: Emma Dumont on playing Polaris on Season 1 – Exclusive Interview

Emma Dumont is Polaris/Lorna Dane in THE GIFTED - Season 1 | ©2017 Fox/Ryan Green

In THE GIFTED, Fox Network’s Monday night series about superpowered mutants on the run from the authorities, Emma Dumont plays Lorna Dane, aka Polaris. Polaris is a famous figure in Marvel Comics (Marvel is a participant in the series), but when she started, Dumont wasn’t aware of the extent of Polaris’ metal-manipulating abilities. Matt Nix, who created and show-runs THE GIFTED, tells a story about Dumont during a Fox-sponsored Q&A session for the show. “In the pilot, there’s a scene where she’s moving cars around [at a distance, using her powers]. As scripted, she actually didn’t stop bullets. [But when] […]Read On »

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