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J August Richards talks GIANTS, Deathlok on AGENTS OF SHIELD and more – Part 2 – Exclusive Interview

Brett Dalton and J. August Richards in MARVEL'S AGENTS OF SHIELD - Season 1 - "The Bridge" | © 2014 ABC/Kelsey McNeal

In Part 2 of our exclusive telephone interview with J. August Richards regarding his work as a director/writer/producer/actor on TVOne’s Cleo TV’s Sunday-airing series GIANTS, we discuss the show’s depiction of spirituality, the homage to FRESH PRINCE OF BEL-AIR, whether he’ll play Deathlok again, and more.  ASSIGNMENT X: You’ve talked about being a churchgoer in real life. Do you relate to the spirituality in GIANTS ? J AUGUST RICHARDS: Very much so. [GIANTS creator/star] James [Bland] and I have very long and involved conversations about God, about religion, about spirituality, about prayer, about meditation. AX: How is it writing dialogue to […]Read On »

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STATION 19: Jason George chats about the GREY’S ANATOMY spin-off – Exclusive Interview

Jason George is Ben Warren in STATION 19 - Season 2 | ©2019 ABC/Ed Herrera

ABC’s STATION 19, now wrapping up its second season and renewed for a third, is a spinoff of its Thursday night lead-in, GREY’S ANATOMY. As with most spinoffs, there are some characters who moved from the original series to the new show. Among these migratory figures is Jason George’s character Ben Warren, who was a previously a doctor on GREY’S ANATOMY for eight seasons, but has gone through retraining to become a Station 19 firefighter in the newer series. George, originally from Virginia, had previously worked for GREY’S ANATOMY creator/STATION 19 executive producer as a regular in ABC’s OFF THE […]Read On »

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FOSSE/VERDON: Executive producer and writer Joel Fields on new mini-series – Exclusive Interview

FOSSE/VERDON Key Art | ©2019 FX

FOSSE/VERDON, FX’s eight-part miniseries airing Tuesday nights, chronicles the complicated relationship between multi-award-winning director/choreographer Bob Fosse (played by Sam Rockwell) and Broadway musical star Gwen Verdon (played by Michelle Williams). FOSSE/VERDON moves back and forth in time between the night of Fosse’s death to his and Verdon’s work together and more. Thomas Kail and Steven Levenson created the series for television. Joel Fields won an Emmy for his writing on FX’s THE AMERICANS, as well as a Golden Globe as one of the show’s executive producers and show runners. (The series also earned a large amount of other awards over […]Read On »

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J. AUGUST RICHARDS talks Season 2 of GIANTS – Part 1 – Exclusive Interview

J. August Richards in GIANTS | courtesy J. August Richards

Multi-hyphenate (actor/writer/director/producer) J. August Richards is probably still best known to the world at large for his performing work, starring on all five seasons of ANGEL and recurring on MARVEL’S AGENTS OF SHIELD as the heroic Deathlok. Other regular gigs have included two seasons as a lawyer on RAISING THE BAR , one season as a law officer on KEVIN (PROBABLY) SAVES THE WORLD, and now as a doctor on NBC’s upcoming COUNCIL OF DADS. However, Richards has been getting a lot of recognition for his other talents as well. He has been nominated for Outstanding Writing and Outstanding Directing […]Read On »

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TV Review: GAME OF THRONES – Season 8 – “The Bells”

Marc Rissmann in GAME OF THRONES - Season 8 - "The Bells" | ©2019 HBO

Stars: Peter Dinklage, Nicolaj Coster-Waldau, Lena Headey, Emilia Clarke, Kit Harington, Liam Cunningham, Maisie Williams, Jacob Anderson, Conleth Hill, Rory McCann, Isaac Hempstead Wright, Pilou Asbaek, Hafpor Julius Bjornsson, Anton Lesser Writers: David Benioff & D.B. Weiss, series created by David Benioff & D.B. Weiss, based on George R.R. Martin’s “A Song of Ice and Fire” Director: Miguel Sapochnik Network: HBO, Sundays @ 9 PM Original Airdate: May 12, 2019  When Daenerys’s forces finally faced Cersei’s army, we knew we were going to lose characters we care about. We just may not have expected “lose” to have so many meanings. […]Read On »

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Movie Review: POKEMON DETECTIVE PIKACHU

POKEMON DETECTIVE PIKACHU movie poster | ©2019 Warner Bros. / Legendary

Rating: PG Stars: Ryan Reynolds (voice), Justice Smith, Kathryn Newton, Bill Nighy Writers: Dan Hernandez & Benji Samit and Rob Letterman and Derek Connolly, story by Dan Hernandez & Benji Samit and Nicole Perlman, based on POKEMON created by Satoshi Tajiri & Ken Sugimori & Junichi Masuda, and characters created by Atsuko Nishida and original story by Tomokazu Ohara and Haruka Utsui Director: Rob Letterman Distributor: Warner Bros. Release Date: May 10, 2019 A live-action version of the game phenomenon POKEMON may not sound particularly inviting to adults. However, POKEMON DETECTIVE PIKACHU proves surprisingly enjoyable, with a consistent sense of […]Read On »

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Movie Review: TOLKIEN

TOLKIEN movie poster | ©2019 Fox Searchlight

Rating: PG-13 Stars: Nicholas Hoult, Lily Collins, Harry Gilby, Craig Roberts, Patrick Gibson, Anthony Boyle, Tom Glynn-Carney, Adam Bregman, Albie Marber, Ty Tennant, Colm Meaney, Derek Jacobi, Laura Donnelly Writers: David Gleeson and Stephen Beresford Director: Dome Karukoski Distributor: Fox Searchlight Release Date: May 10, 2019 On a number of occasions in TOLKIEN, characters get excited about words. Not words put together into stories or poems (although there’s enthusiasm for that as well), but how sounds fit together, and where they came from, and how they might be put together into new languages. These are conversations that a lot of […]Read On »

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MARVEL’S AGENTS OF SHIELD: Chloe Bennet, Clark Gregg and Elizabeth Henstridge give the scoop on Season 6 – Exclusive Interview

Marvel's AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D. - Season 6 Key Art| ©2019 ABC

MARVEL’S AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D. seemed to have wrapped up its various storylines at the end of Season 5 in an episode entitled “The End.” SHIELD director Phil Coulson (Clark Gregg) chose to deny himself a life-saving antidote that Daisy/Quake (Chloe Bennet) could instead use it to save the world. Fitz (Iain De Caestecker) also died heroically, but due to a time paradox, another version of Fitz was still in stasis in space, leaving the possibility that his wife Jemma Simmons (Elizabeth Henstridge) might someday find him. We last saw Coulson on a beach in Tahiti, enjoying his last days with […]Read On »

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THE BIG BANG THEORY: Co-creator Bill Prady on the series finale and more – Interview

Johnny Galecki, Jim Parsons, Kaley Cuoco, Simon Helberg, Kunal Nayyar, Mayim Bialik and Melissa Rauch in THE BIG BANG THEORY - Season 12 | ©2019 CBS/Nino Muñoz

On February 7, 2019, THE BIG BANG THEORY became only the fifth production ever to have a soundstage renamed for it on the Warner Brothers lot. This is to memorialize the fact that the CBS hit, now on Thursday nights, has shot on the former Stage 25 for twelve years and almost 300 episodes. THE BIG BANG THEORY follows the doings of four young, idiosyncratic scientists – Leonard (Johnny Galecki), Sheldon (Jim Parsons), Wolowitz (Simon Helberg), and Koothrappali (Kunal Nayyar) – as well as the women in their lives, Penny (Kaley Cuoco), Amy (Mayim Bialik), and Bernadette (Melissa Rauch). It […]Read On »

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STATION 19: Executive producer and director Paris Barclay chats Season 2 – Exclusive Interview

Miguel Sandoval, Jaina Lee Ortiz, Alberta Frezza, Danielle Savre, Jay Hayden, Jason George, Grey Damon, Okieriete Onaodowan in STATION 19 - Season 2 - "For Whom The Bell Tolls" | ©2019 ABC/Mitch Haaseth

STATION 19, now in its second season on ABC, is set in a Seattle fire station. The series is a spinoff of the venerable GREY’S ANATOMY, which immediately precedes STATION 19 on Thursday nights. GREY’S ANATOMY is created and executive-produced by Shonda Rhimes, who also executive-produces STATION 19 and worked with series creator Stacy McKee in bringing it to life. Paris Barclay is a highly experienced director/executive producer, a position he fills on STATION 19. Barclay directed the series pilot and five other episodes; he also supervises other directors on the show to make sure there is a consistent look […]Read On »

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