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PEARSON: Eli Goree chats about the new SUITS spin-off – Exclusive Interview

Eli Goree is Derrick Mayes in PEARSON - Season 1 | ©2019 USA/Richie Knapp

In USA’s freshman Wednesday-night series PEARSON, spun off from the network’s long-running SUITS, Gina Torres reprises her role as Jessica Pearson. No longer a New York City lawyer, Pearson has moved back to her home town of Chicago to become a fixer for the mayor’s office. Here, Pearson encounters mayoral aide Derrick Mayes, played by Eli Goree. Derrick is an idealist, who is eager to assist Pearson in breaking rules, so long as he thinks it’s for a good cause. Goree [pronounced Gore-AY], originally from Canada, has had a strong few years as an actor, with recurring roles on BALLERS, […]Read On »

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BRITBOX: Network President Soumya Sriraman on the U.S. streaming service and more – Exclusive Interview

BRITBOX Network President Soumya Sriraman | courtesy of Britbox

Launched in 2017, Britbox is a streaming service dedicated to bringing the best of BBC and ITV fare to the United States. Soumya Sriraman (first name rhymes with “home ya” and surname is pronounced Sree-rah-man), President of Britbox North America, sits down for an extensive discussion of the company that brings an enormous amount of British television to U.S. viewers. ASSIGNMENT X: What made U.K. TV networks BBC and ITV decide to join hands and create Britbox? SOUMYA SRIRAMAN: It kind of had to be done. The thing that both BBC and ITV have done for a long time is […]Read On »

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THE HANDMAID’S TALE: Joseph Fiennes on playing one of the architects of Gilead – Exclusive Interview

Joseph Fiennes in THE HANDMAID'S TALE - Season 2 - "Postpartum" | ©2019 Hulu/George Kraychy

THE HANDMAID’S TALE, the multi-Emmy-winning adaptation of Margaret Atwood’s novel, now has three seasons streaming on Hulu, and has been renewed for a fourth. In the near future of THE HANDMAID’S TALE, human fertility is on the wane, and much of the United States has been overtaken by the totalitarian fundamentalist government of Gilead. In Gilead, women have virtually no rights. Wives have status, but if they are infertile (and most are), the household brings in a “handmaid” to be impregnated by the husband in a ceremony that involves both of the women. THE HANDMAID’S TALE is seen largely through […]Read On »

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THE TERROR: INFAMY: Season co-creator Alexander Woo on the historical horror show – Interview

Kiki Sukezane as Yuko, George Takei as Nobuhiro Yamato, Derek Mio as Chester Nakayama, Cristina Rodlo as Luz Ojeda, Miki Ishikawa as Amy Yoshida, Shingo Usami as Henry Nakayama, Naoko Mori as Asako Nakayama in THE TERROR: INFAMY - Season 2 | ©2019 AMC/Maxine Helfman

In AMC’s Monday-night THE TERROR: INFAMY, Japanese-Americans and their immigrant parents and grandparents are confronted by two kinds of horror. One is the real-world abomination of the internment camps, set up by the U.S. government in a wave of racist panic after the 1941 bombing of Pearl Harbor, which mandated that all people of Japanese descent be rounded up and held in detention facilities. The other terror is more ancient, a vengeful spirit from Japan who is stalking victims in the community. George Takei, who in real life was detained in the camps as a child, plays one of the […]Read On »

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POWER: Creator Courtney A. Kemp on the final season and the first spin-off – Exclusive Interview

POWER - Season 6 Key Art | ©2019 Starz

Starz’s drama POWER embarks on its sixth and final season Sunday, August 25, with the main characters at each other’s throats. Club owner/drug kingpin James “Ghost” St. Patrick (Omari Hardwick) is furious at the defection of his erstwhile best friend/lieutenant Tommy Egan (Joseph Sikora); Tommy is homicidal over the fact that Ghost tricked him into killing his own father. Ghost’s estranged wife Tasha (Naturi Naughton) is livid at the mess both men have made of their lives and her own. At Starz’s session for the Television Critics Association press tour, an announcement was made that there would be at least […]Read On »

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SNOWFALL: Co-creator Dave Andron on Season 3 – Exclusive interview

SNOWFALL - Season 3 Key Art | ©2019 FX

FX’s SNOWFALL, now in its third season Wednesday nights and renewed for a fourth, deals with how crack cocaine use became so prevalent. Set in 1980s South Central Los Angeles, SNOWFALL stars Damron Idris as Franklin Saint, a successful young dealer who is feeling increasing pressure from all sides, including the FBI, but does not – yet – recognize the damage his product. Dave Andron, formerly an executive producer/writer on FX’s JUSTIFIED, is one of the co-creators of SNOWFALL with fellow executive producers Eric Amadio and the late John Singleton. Andron talks with us about how SNOWFALL’s story may go […]Read On »

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Movie Review: READY OR NOT

READY OR NOT movie poster | ©2019 Fox Searchlight

Rating: R Stars: Samara Weaving, Adam Brody, Michael O’Brien, Henry Czerny, Andie MacDowell, Melanie Scrofano, Kristian Bruun, Nicky Guadagni, Elyse Levesque, John Ralston Writers: Guy Busick and Ryan Murphy Directors: Matt Bettinelli-Olpin & Tyler Gillett Distributor: Fox Searchlight Release Date: August 21, 2019 READY OR NOT is at heart a riff on THE MOST DANGEROUS GAME. Unlike the abruptly pulled-from-release THE HUNT, though, it’s unlikely anybody is going to worry about READY OR NOT making some kind of political statement. Well, okay, the statement that kids generally accept whatever their families do as normal is arguably political, but most people […]Read On »

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POSE: Writer-producer Our Lady J talks the first two seasons of the FX series – Exclusive Interview

POSE - Season 2 Key Art | ©2019 FX

As FX’s POSE Season 2 draws to a close on Tuesday, August 20, plenty of characters are at a crossroads. It’s the ‘90s, and mainstream culture has had a glimpse of New York City’s transgender ballroom scene. House of Evangelista mother Blanca (Mj Rodriguez) is facing empty nests, at home and at work. Daughter Angel’s (Indya Moore) modeling career takes off, as has her romance with Lil Papi (Angel Bismark Curiel), so both have moved out. Son Damon’s (Ryan Jamaal Swain) work as a professional dancer has taken him to Europe. Meanwhile, Blanca’s hard-won nail salon business has been burned […]Read On »

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LUCIFER: Kevin Alejandro on directing and more – Part 2 – Exclusive Interview

LUCIFER actor Kevin Alejandro | photo courtesy Kevin Alejandro

In Part 2 of our exclusive interview with actor/director Kevin Alejandro, he talks more about his work on Netflix’s LUCIFER as LAPD detective Daniel Espinosa, what he’s learned from real-life police officers, and his directing work on both the series and his award-winning short film BEDTIME STORY. ASSIGNMENT X: A lot of your characters are people in law enforcement. I mean, you did LUCIFER and you did SOUTHLAND for a couple of seasons, and you’ve played police detectives in other things. Do you think there’s something about you that makes people go, “Aha, police detective”? KEVIN ALEJANDRO: I think so. […]Read On »

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Movie Review: GOOD BOYS

GOOD BOYS movie poster | ©2019 Universal Pictures

Rating: R Stars: Jacob Tremblay, Keith L. Williams, Brady Noon, Molly Gordon, Midori Francis, Izaac Wang, Millie Davis, Josh Caras, Will Forte, Mariessa Portelance, Lil Rel Howery, Retta\ Writers: Lee Eisenberg & Gene Stupnitsky Director: Gene Stupnitsky Distributor: Universal Pictures Release Date: August 16, 2019 GOOD BOYS is an odd coming-of-age comedy. The oddness springs not from originality, although it has some, but rather because it’s not clear exactly who the target audience is. The protagonists are three best friends and newly-minted sixth-graders, Max (Jacob Tremblay), Lucas (Keith L. Williams), and Thor (Brady Noon). When Max is invited to a […]Read On »

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