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EXTENDED FAMILY: Actress Abigail Spencer on new NBC comedy series – Exclusive Interview

In NBC’s freshman comedy EXTENDED FAMILY, airing Tuesday nights, Abigail Spencer plays high-level executive Julia Mariano. Julia is amicably divorced from Jim Kearney (Jon Cryer), with whom she has two children, Grace (Sophia Cappana) and Jimmy Jr. (Finn Sweeney). To make the split easier on the youngsters, Julia and Jim are practicing “nesting,” where the kids stay in the home, with the adults moving in and out, depending on who is on deck as supervising parent. Complicating the situation: Jim is a huge Boston Celtics basketball fan, and Julia is now seriously dating Celtics owner Trey Taylor (Donald Faison). How […]Read On »


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THE WAY HOME: Actor Evan Williams on Hallmark time travel series – Exclusive Interview

Evan Williams in THE WAY HOME - Season 2 | ©2024 Hallmark

In Hallmark Channel’s series THE WAY HOME, now in its second season on Sunday nights, Evan Williams plays Elliot Augustine, who has grown up in a charming small town in Canada. When Elliot was a teenager (played by David Webster), he was secretly in love with best friend Kat (played as a teen by Alex Hook, and as an adult by Chyler Leigh). But in the show, created by Marly Reed & Alexandra Clarke & Heather Conkie, Elliot’s world got turned upside-down when Kat’s adolescent daughter Alice (Sadie Laflamme-Snow) arrives from the present in 1999. This is because there’s a […]Read On »


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QUEENS: D.P. Justine Evans and cinematographer Erin Ranney on new animal mini-series – Exclusive Interview

QUEENS Key Art | ©2024 National Geographic

QUEENS is National Geographic Channel’s seven-part nature documentary series, premiering with three episodes on Monday, March 4, then running the other four episodes on Monday, March 11. The series is also available on Disney+. Shot across six continents, QUEENS not only focuses on animal matriarchies, from elephants to ants, but was made by a women-led team of filmmakers and technicians, and narrated by Angela Bassett. Director of photography Justine Evans, whose previous credits include PLANET EARTH and GREAT MIGRATIONS, and cinematographer Erin Ranney, who filmed on NATURE, sit down to talk about their work on QUEENS. This conversation took place […]Read On »


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THE ROOKIE: Actor Nathan Fillion gives the scoop on Season 6 – Interview

Nathan Fillion in THE ROOKIE | ©2024 ABC/Nino Muñoz

On “The Hammer,” the second episode of THE ROOKIE’s sixth season, airing on ABC Tuesday, February 27, the series celebrates its hundredth episode. It is directed by series creator Alexi Hawley. Nathan Fillion’s character, LAPD Officer John Nolan, started THE ROOKIE as the oldest newcomer on the force. He’s now a training officer with a rookie of his own – Celina Suarez (Lisseth Chavez) – and a big group of LAPD colleagues who have become dear friends. In “The Hammer,” is supposed to marry firefighter Bailey Nune (Jenna Dewan). This being THE ROOKIE, and there actually being a cop superstition […]Read On »


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SHOGUN: Actor and producer Hiroyuki Sanada on new FX mini-series – Exclusive Interview

SHOGUN miniseries Key Art | ©2024 FX Networks

SHŌGUN, FX’s ten-part limited series, premieres Tuesday, February 27, with episodes available the same day on Hulu. Based on James Clavell’s 1975 novel about a power struggle in 1600s Japan that comes to involve an English ship’s navigator, SHŌGUN had previously been adapted as a television miniseries in 1980. However, both that miniseries and the book itself are primarily from the Western point of view. The new version, created for television by executive producers Rachel Kondo & Justin Marks, is told more from the Japanese perspective. To this end, actor Hiroyuki Sanada was brought on board not only to play […]Read On »


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SENSE AND SENSIBILITY: Costume Designer Kara Saun on new Jane Austen adaptation – Exclusive Interview

Susan Lawson-Reynolds, Deborah Ayorinde, Bethany Antonia, Beth Angus in SENSE AND SENSIBILITY | ©2024 Hallmark Channel / Steffan Hill

Hallmark Channel has made a lush new adaptation of Jane Austen’s novel SENSE AND SENSIBILITY that premieres Saturday, February 24. The telefilm takes place in the original’s Regency-era England, with a primarily Black cast, headed by Deborah Ayorinde as the principled, passionate Elinor Dashwood. When Hallmark hosts a Q&A panel and then a luncheon for the Winter 2024 Television Critics Association press tour, the lunch room is decorated with mannequins clad in the elaborate costumes for SENSE & SENSIBILITY. Costume designer Kara Saun is in attendance, wearing a coat she made herself. The coat looks like it should have its […]Read On »


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CRIMETIME: FREEFALL: Actress Lyndie Greenwood on new telefilm – Exclusive Interview

Lyndie Greenwood in CRIMETIME: FREEFALL | ©2024 Hallmark

CRIMETIME: FREEFALL premieres Friday, February 23, on Hallmark Movies & Mysteries Channel. The telefilm stars Lyndie Greenwood as TV star Hadley, who decides to help resistant detective Shawn (Luke Macfarlane) solve a murder. The tone is distinctly light-hearted. Greenwood spent four seasons as Jenny Mills, who investigated supernatural mysteries on SLEEPY HOLLOW. The Toronto native has also been a regular or recurred on NIKITA, STAR, S.W.A.T., THE EXPANSE and SHELVED. SHELVED, Greenwood says, provided “one of my favorite roles ever. That was a workplace comedy series, and I realized doing that how much I absolutely adore comedy. And then this […]Read On »


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SON OF A CRITCH: Actor Malcolm McDowell and actor-creator Mark Critch on new sitcom – Exclusive Interview

Sophia Powers as Fox, Mark Ezekiel Rivera as Ritchie Perez, Mark Critch as Mike Critch, Claire Rankin as Mary Critch, Benjamin Evan Ainsworth as Mark Critch, and Colton Gobbo as Mike Critch Jr., and Malcolm McDowell as Patrick “Pop” Critch in SON OF A CRITCH - Season 1 Key Art | ©2024 Project 10 Productions

SON OF A CRITCH, now in its third season Thursday nights on The CW, is originally based on a book by Mark Critch, who co-created the half-hour comedy with Tim McAuliffe. Critch plays his own father, 1980s St. John’s Newfoundland radio host Mike Critch. Malcolm McDowell (A CLOCKWORK ORANGE, O LUCKY MAN, TIME AFTER TIME) plays Mike’s irascible father, Patrick “Pop” Critch. Benjamin Evan Ainsworth plays Mark Critch as his young teen self. As a writer, Critch has done a lot of comedy, including THE MUPPETS ALL-STAR COMEDY GALA; as an actor, he was a regular on REPUBLIC OF DOYLE […]Read On »


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RESIDENT ALIEN: Actor Alan Tudyk talks Season 3 – Exclusive Interview

Alan Tudyk as Harry Vanderspeigle and Sara Tomko as Asta Twelvetrees in RESIDENT ALIEN - Season 2 - "Radio Harry" |©2022 Syfy/James Dittiger

RESIDENT ALIEN is back for its third season Wednesday nights on Syfy, with Seasons 1 and 2 now available on Netflix. Alan Tudyk stars as the title character, an extraterrestrial who has taken on the identity of Colorado small-town doctor Harry Vanderspiegle. Initially, Harry was sent here to destroy humankind. Since then, though, Harry has made human friends like bestie Asta (Sara Tomko), and decided he wants to save Earth. Good thing, too, because now we’re being menaced by Grey aliens. Harry has warily teamed up with stern Gen. Eleanor Wright, played by Linda Hamilton, to protect the world from […]Read On »


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THE ROOKIE: Creator and executive producer Alexi Hawley gives the scoop on Season 6 and more – Exclusive Interview

Nathan Fillion in THE ROOKIE - Season 6 - "Strike Back" | ©2024 Disney/Raymond Liu

THE ROOKIE, ABC’s dramedy cop show, premieres its sixth season on Tuesday, February 20. The following week, the series celebrates its milestone 100th episode, which features the wedding of Nathan Fillion’s LAPD rookie-turned-training officer John Nolan to Jenna Dewan’s firefighter Bailey Nune. Series creator/executive producer Alexi Hawley, who wrote and directed Episode 100, “The Hammer,” sits down for a one-on-one interview to discuss THE ROOKIE during ABC’s portion of the Winter 2024 Television Critics Association (TCA) press tour in Pasadena, California. Not many shows make it to one hundred episodes. What does Hawley credit with THE ROOKIE’s longevity? “Nathan Fillion, […]Read On »


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