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THE ROOKIE: Nathan Fillion gives the scoop on his new drama series – Exclusive Interview

Nathan Fillion is John Nolan in THE ROOKIE - Season 1 | ©2018 ABC/Ed Herrera

After eight years as the title character on ABC’s CASTLE, Nathan Fillion is back on that network in another eponymous role as THE ROOKIE. Fillion, also an executive producer, plays John Nolan in the Tuesday-night freshman series. THE ROOKIE is created by Alexi Hawley, who previously was an executive producer and show runner on CASTLE. Based on a real person who did this (but wishes to remain anonymous as he is still on the force), John Nolan is in his forties, struggling with an unfulfilling career and a failed marriage in Pennsylvania, when he is caught up as a hostage […]Read On »

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THE GIFTED: Executive producer-writer Melinda Hsu Taylor on Season 2 – Exclusive Interview

L-R: Skyler Samuels, Grace Byers, Emma Dumont, Percy Hynes White, Natalie Alyn Lind, Stephen Moyer, Amy Acker, Sean Teale, Blair Redford, Jamie Chung and Coby Bell in THE GIFTED - Season 2| ©2018 Fox/Justin Stephens

In Season 2 of Fox’s MARVEL’S THE GIFTED on Tuesday nights, the factions of superpowered mutants and non-powered but armed humans have multiplied. In the series created by Matt Nix, set in the X-MEN universe, we still have the Mutant Underground, mutants who are trying to keep the peace, and Sentinel Services, the human government arm tasked with suppressing any mutant activity deemed suspicious. Now there’s also the militant mutant group the Inner Circle, which wants to dominate or entirely eradicate regular humans, the violently anti-mutant human cadre the Purifiers, and the literally underground mutant community of Morlocks. Stuck in […]Read On »

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THE ROOKIE: Creator Alexi Hawley on his new Nathan Fillion series – Exclusive Interview

Nathan Fillion is John Nolan in THE ROOKIE - Season 1 | ©2019 ABC/Ed Herrera

ABC’s first-season Tuesday-night drama THE ROOKIE is based on a real person. Like Nathan Fillion’s character, John Nolan, a man in his forties who’d already had a career came from a small town in the Eastern U.S. to join the Los Angeles Police Department. Who is the real person? “I can’t tell you that,” says THE ROOKIE creator/executive producer Alexi Hawley. “He’s on the job, and he has only been on the job for a few years, and he is very focused on being a successful police officer.” Giving the officer’s real name, Hawley explains, could jeopardize the man’s job, […]Read On »

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TV Review: SUPERNATURAL – Season 13 – “Breakdown”

Briana Buckmaster as Donna and Jensen Ackles as Dean in SUPERNATURAL - Season 13 - "Breakdown" | ©2017 The CW/Dean Buscher

Stars: Jared Padalecki, Jensen Ackles, Briana Buckmaster, Brendan Taylor, Chris William Martin, Sarah Dugdale, Steven Yaffee, Troy Skog Writer: Davy Perez, series created by Eric Kripke Director: Amyn Kaderali Network: The CW, Thursdays @ 8 PM Original Airdate: January 25, 2018 SUPERNATURAL likes to occasionally riff on particular horror movies. The Season 13 episode “Breakdown” is, more or less, SUPERNATURAL’s take on HOSTEL. Hang on, this is still The CW – the ickiness is intense in broadcast TV terms, but it still is broadcast TV. Instead of (as in HOSTEL) guests at an Eastern European cheap hotel being kidnapped and […]Read On »

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TV Review: SUPERNATURAL – Season 13 – “Wayward Sisters”

Kathryn Newton as Claire, Yadira Guevara - Prip as Kaia, Jensen Ackles as Dean and Jared Padalecki as Sam in SUPERNATURAL – Season 13 – “Wayward Sisters” | ©2017 The CW Network

Stars: Jared Padalecki, Jensen Ackles, Kim Rhodes, Kathryn Newton, Briana Buckmaster, Katherine Ramdeen, Clark Backo, Yadira Guevara-Prip Writers: Robert Berens & Andrew Dabb, series created by Eric Kripke Director: Phil Sgriccia Network: The CW, Thursdays @ 8 PM Original Airdate: January 18, 2018  SUPERNATURAL, for all its idiosyncratic rules and lore, at its essence is Sam and Dean Winchester, as played by Jared Padalecki and Jensen Ackles. They are the backbone and basis of the show. This makes it very hard to do a spinoff of SUPERNATURAL, but it doesn’t stop people from trying. Back in Season 9 in 2014, […]Read On »

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GOD FRIENDED ME: Actor Joe Morton discusses Arthur’s motivations – interview

Joe Morton as Father Finer in GOD FRIENDED ME | © 2018 David Giesbrecht/CBS

In CBS’s freshman Sunday night comedy/drama GOD FRIENDED ME, someone claiming to be the Almighty friends New York resident Miles Finer (Brandon Micheal Hall). Miles is an atheist, so he doesn’t believe the account belongs to God, but he can’t deny that whoever it is makes some very helpful suggestions about what Miles should be doing. Miles’ belief system and the sexuality of Miles’ sister Ali (Javicia Leslie) are both challenges for their very traditional father, Reverend Arthur Finer, played by native New Yorker Joe Morton. Morton has just come off six years in his Emmy-winning role on SCANDAL as […]Read On »

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TV Review: SUPERNATURAL – Season 13 – “The Bad Place”

Alexander Calvert as Jack in Supernatural "The Bad Place" | © 2018 Dean Buscher/The CW

Stars: Jared Padalecki, Jensen Ackles, Alexander Calvert, Samantha Smith, Kim Rhodes, Clark Backo, Yadira Guevara-Prip, Adrian Holmes, Nathaniel Arcand, Elfina Luk, Brahm Taylor Writer: Robert Berens, series created by Eric Kripke Director: Phil Sgriccia Network: The CW, Thursdays @ 8 PM Original Airdate: December 7, 2017 If you’re a very powerful nephilim like Lucifer’s son Jack (Alexander Calvert), and you want to travel to other worlds, turns out that you find yourself a Dreamwalker. A Dreamwalker is a Native American who has the gift of seeing into other realms and other worlds. Jack visits a Dreamwalker artist named Derek (Nathaniel […]Read On »

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TV Review: DANCING WITH THE STARS – Season 27 – Week 9 – Season Finale – Bobby Bones hams it all the way to first place

Bobby Bones and Sharna Burgess on DANCING WITH THE STARS - Season 27 | ©2018 ABC/Craig Sjodin

Stars: Evanna Lynch, Bobby Bones, Milo Manheim, Alexis Ren. Network: ABC, airs Monday Original Telecast: November 19th, 2018 I thought the biggest shocker of the DANCING WITH THE STARS: Season 27 was the waaaaaay too early elimination of Juan Pablo Di Pace & Cheryl Burke. I was wrong. The biggest shocker is audience favorite and lowest scoring competitors Bobby Bones & Sharna Burgess winning!!! Huh? They like him, they really, really, REALLY like him. And so the show becomes more about popularity than talent more so than ever with Bones’ win. Yes, he is no where near the best dancer, […]Read On »

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TV Review: DANCING WITH THE STARS – Season 27 – Week 8 – Semi Finals – Early exit for great dancer Juan Pablo Di Pace

Jenna Johnson and Joe "Grocery Store Joe" Amabile on DANCING WITH THE STARS - Season 27 | ©2018 ABC/Craig Sjodin

Stars: Evanna Lynch, Bobby Bones, Milo Manheim, Joe Amabile, Juan Pablo Di Pace, Alexis Ren. Network: ABC, airs Monday Original Telecast: November 12th, 2018 In all the 27 seasons of DANCING WITH THE STARS this is perhaps the worst premature elimination I have ever seen. I am speechless. Possibly one of the greatest performers to ever hit that stage Juan Pablo Di Pace & Cheryl Burke were unjustly eliminated while on the opposite side of the fence Joe Amiable & Jenna Johnson were rightly eliminated. Not only did Di Pace & Burke receive two perfect scores for the night, but […]Read On »

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THE KIDS ARE ALRIGHT: Michael Cudlitz on his new series and THE WALKING DEAD – Interview

Michael Cudlitz as Mike Cleary in THE KIDS ARE ALRIGHT - Season 1| ©2018 ABC/Craig Sjodin

In ABC’s new half-hour comedy THE KIDS ARE ALRIGHT on Tuesday nights, creator Tim Doyle looks back at his own childhood. Doyle grew up in the ‘70s in Southern California as one of eight boys in a working-class Irish-Catholic family. In THE KIDS ARE ALRIGHT, the family patriarch, Mike Cleary, is played by Michael Cudlitz. Cudlitz played the late, lamented Abraham Ford on THE WALKING DEAD; before that, he starred in four seasons of SOUTHLAND as dedicated but painkiller-addicted LAPD Officer John Cooper. ASSIGNMENT X: Does THE KIDS ARE ALRIGHT remind you at all of your own childhood? MICHAEL CUDLITZ: […]Read On »

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