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HEAD OF THE CLASS: Actress Dior Goodjohn on new version of the classic sitcom – Exclusive Interview

Dior Goodjohn in HEAD OF THE CLASS - Season 1| ©2021 HBO Max/Nicole Wilder

HEAD OF THE CLASS was originally a half-hour comedy that ran for five seasons, 1986-1991, on ABC. The show concerned a group of exceptionally bright high-school-age students who were put together in the same class. Now HBO Max, which is also making the earlier series available, has brought forth a new HEAD OF THE CLASS, with a new group of students dealing with school and life in 2021. The entire ten-episode first season premiered on November 4. Dior Goodjohn plays Robyn Rook, who enjoys debate, games, and snark. Goodjohn, high school age herself, has previously had roles on GLEE, RAVEN’S […]Read On »

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AMERICAN RUST: Actor Mark Pellegrino on new drama and Lucifer’s end on SUPERNATURAL – Exclusive Interview – Part 2

Mark Pellegrino as Virgil Poe in AMERICAN RUST - Season 1 - 'jojo Ameri-Go" | ©2021 Dennis Wong/Showtime

In Part 2 of our exclusive interview with actor Mark Pellegrino, he talks more about his role on Virgil Poe in AMERICAN RUST, which is on Sunday nights on Showtime. Virgil is the father of Billy Poe (Alex Neustaedter), a young man accused of murder in the small town of Buell, Pennsylvania. Virgil and Billy’s mom Grace (Maura Tierney) are no longer together, and Virgil is not the most responsible person, but in his way, he tries to help his son. Virgil is rather resentful that town sheriff/Grace’s lover Del Harris (Jeff Daniels) is also trying to help Billy. Additionally, […]Read On »

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AMERICAN RUST: Actor Mark Pellegrino on new Showtime drama – Exclusive Interview – Part 1

Mark Pellegrino as Virgil Poe in AMERICAN RUST - Season 1 | ©2021 Matthias Clamer/Showtime

AMERICAN RUST was developed for television by Dan Futterman from Philipp Meyer’s novel. The Showtime limited series, airing Sunday nights, is set in the fictional small town of Buell, Pennsylvania, and concerns the widespread fallout from a murder. The prime suspect in the murder is Billy Poe (Alex Neustaedter), a young man who has stayed in Buell despite the offer of a college football scholarship. Billy’s parents are no longer together, but still hook up once in a while. Billy’s mother Grace (Maura Tierney) is involved with Buell Sheriff Del Harris (Jeff Daniels). Mark Pellegrino plays Billy’s father, Virgil Poe, […]Read On »

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WITCH HUNT: Actress and executive producer Elizabeth Mitchell on new movie and OUTER BANKS – Exclusive Interview

Elizabeth Mitchell | photo courtesy Elizabeth Mitchell

WITCH HUNT, which opens theatrically on October 1, is a movie set in an alternative present. In director/writer Elle Callahan’s magical dystopia, witches and witchcraft are real. However, they are being lethally suppressed by the U.S. government. Any woman found to be a witch is burned at the stake. Anti-witch propaganda has made much of the population believe that all magic is evil. Elizabeth Mitchell plays Martha, a woman who has opened her Southern California home as an underground railroad station for witches seeking safe haven in Mexico. This doesn’t sit well with Martha’s moody teen daughter Claire (Gideon Adlon), […]Read On »

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RESIDENT ALIEN: Actor Alex Barima on Season 1 – Exclusive Interview

Alex Barima of RESIDENT ALIEN | ©2021 Dale Klippenstein

RESIDENT ALIEN is a live-action series based on the graphic Dark Horse Comics novel by Peter Hogan and Steve Parkhouse, adapted for television by Chris Sheridan. The show has its first-season finale on Syfy, Wednesday, March 31; it has been renewed for a second season. The Resident Alien in question is an extraterrestrial who was tasked with destroying human life on Earth, but accidentally crash-landed in a small mountain town in Colorado. Assuming the form of town doctor Harry Vanderspeigle, the alien is confused by human behavior, but find that he likes people – which is at odds with his […]Read On »

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HANNIBAL: Creator Bryan Fuller on fan reaction, theme and more – Exclusive Interview – Part 3

Hugh Dancy, Laurence Fishburne and Mads Mikkelsen in HANNIBAL - Season 1 | ©2013 NBC/Robert Trachtenberg

This story was originally posted on ASSIGNMENT X  on July 9, 2015 and is being reprinted to highlight the series re-airing on Amazon Prime. In the final part of Assignment X’s reprint of our exclusive interview with Bryan Fuller, which originally ran July 9, 2015, the HANNIBAL executive producer/show runner/creator – adapting from Thomas Harris’ novels – talks about fan reaction, food as a narrative theme and more. The series ran for three years, 2013-2015, on NBC, and is now available in its entirety on Amazon Prime. AX: Is there anything about the fan reaction to HANNIBAL that has surprised […]Read On »

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HANNIBAL: Creator Bryan Fuller on the cult series adapted from the Thomas Harris novels – Exclusive Interview – Part 2

HANNIBAL | ©2013 NBC

This story was originally posted on ASSIGNMENT X  on July 3, 2015 and is being reprinted to highlight the series re-airing on Amazon Prime. HANNIBAL originally ran on NBC for three seasons, 2013-2015. It is now available in its entirety on Amazon Prime. Executive producer Bryan Fuller, who has adapted Thomas Harris’ novels about the charismatic, cannibalistic serial killer of the title, played here by Mads Mikkelsen, told various news outlets at the time of the show’s cancellation that “NBC has allowed us to craft a television series that no other broadcast network would have dared,” expressing his gratitude to […]Read On »

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NURSES: Actress Natasha Calis on new NBC medical drama – Exclusive Interview

Natasha Calis as Ashley Collins in NURSES - Season 1 | ©2021 NBC/Matt Barnes/eOne

NURSES is airing its first season Tuesday nights on NBC. Season 2 wrapped shooting in October, 2020. The medical drama deals with the nursing staff at the busy (fictional) St. Mary’s Hospital in down Toronto, Canada. Natasha Calis plays nurse Ashley Collins, dedicated to her patients and loyal to her friends. Calis began acting at the age of seven, with a live-action role in THE CHRISTMAS CAPER. Soon after, Calis was voicing characters in animated BARBIE and DINOSAUR TRAIN programs. Other credits include leads in the films THE POSSESSION, THE HARVEST, and HEARTBEAT, and in the series THE FIRM and […]Read On »

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WALKER: Creator and executive producer Anna Fricke on the new reboot – Exclusive Interview

Jared Padalecki as Cordell Walker in WALKER - Season 1 Key Art | ©2021 The CW/Brian Bowen Smith

WALKER premieres tonight on The CW. It’s not what we might expect of an update of the 1993-2001 Chuck Norris WALKER, TEXAS RANGER. This time, Jared Padalecki (SUPERNATURAL) plays the lawman, but while he does his share of grabbing bad guys, his Cordell Walker is also a family man, who lives on his parents’ ranch with his two teenage children. Home life isn’t easy. Cordell has just returned from a long stint away following the death of his wife (Padalecki’s real-life spouse Genevieve Padalecki). Son August (Kale Culley) wants to be the perfect, trouble-free offspring for his father, while daughter […]Read On »

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LUCIFER: Co-executive producer Mike Costa talks all things Lucifer for Season 5 – Exclusive Interview – Part 2

Tom Ellis as Lucifer in LUCIFER - Season 5 - "Our Mojo" |©2020 Netflix/John P. Fleenor

In Part 2 of this exclusive four-part interview with Mike Costa, co-executive producer/writer on LUCIFER, which is currently streaming on Netflix, he talks about LUCIFER’s identity as a series, the meta “Diablo” episode, and more.  AX: For a number of years, LUCIFER and SUPERNATURAL as shows were making jokes about each other in the episodes – the Lucifer character on SUPERNATURAL, played by Mark Pellegrino, said at one point, “What am I gonna do, go to L.A. and open a nightclub?” SUPERNATURAL for the last two seasons had God as a character, played by Rob Benedict, although their God was […]Read On »

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