EMERGENCE: Clancy Brown chats new series and thoughts on rumored HIGHLANDER reboot – Exclusive Interview

Clancy Brown in EMERGENCE - Season 1 - "Killshot Pt. 2" | ©2020 ABC/Will Hurt

ABC’s EMERGENCE, now in its first season on Tuesday nights, is a mixture of science fiction and family drama. In the series created by Tara Butters & Michele Fazekas, small-town police chief Jo Evans (Allison Tolman) finds her life upended when she tries to protect Piper (Alexa Swinton), a ten-year-old girl who seems to be the lone survivor of a mysterious plane crash. As a variety of people try to kidnap or co-opt Piper, it turns out that the child is actually an artificial intelligence in an organic body. Jo’s ex Alex (Donald Faison) is horrified by the potential danger […]Read On »

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FRESH OFF THE BOAT: Actor Ray Wise on his ABC series and more – Exclusive Interview

Ray Wise as Marvin in FRESH OFF THE BOAT - "Gotta Be Me"| ©2019 ABC/Andrew Eccles

FRESH OFF THE BOAT, now in its sixth and final season Fridays on ABC, primarily chronicles the Huang family. Based on the memoirs of chef Eddie Huang (played in his youth by Hudson Yang), the series shows Eddie’s Taiwanese immigrant parents, restaurant owner Louis (Randall Park) and novice writer Jessica (Constance Wu), making a go of it with their three young sons in ‘90s Orlando, Florida. Friends and neighbors loom large in the Huangs’ life, especially Dr. Marvin Ellis, played by Ray Wise, along with his wife Honey (Chelsey Crisp) and daughter Nicole (Luna Blaise), who is Eddie’s age. In […]Read On »

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MIXED-ISH: Actress Arica Himmell on Season 1 of the ABC spin-off – Exclusive Interview

Arica Himmel as Bow in MIXED-ISH | ©2018/Brian Bowen Smith

MIXED-ISH, now in its first season Tuesday nights on ABC, is spun off from BLACK-ISH. In BLACK-ISH, Tracee Ellis Ross plays doctor, wife and family woman Rainbow Johnson. MIXED-ISH, which Ross created with Kenya Barris (who also created BLACK-ISH) & Peter Saji, chronicles Rainbow’s childhood. Arica Himmel plays the young Rainbow in MIXED-ISH (Ross narrates the show as Rainbow’s adult self). As MIXED-ISH begins, we’re in the ‘80s. Rainbow, her two younger siblings and their parents, black mom Alicia (Tika Sumpter) and white dad Paul (Mark-Paul Gosselaar) move from a free-spirited commune to suburbia, where the kids must deal with […]Read On »

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STUMPTOWN: Tantoo Cardinal chats new ABC detective series – Exclusive Interview

Tantoo Cardinal in STUMPTOWN - Season | ©2019 ABC/Matthias Clamer

ABC’s new Wednesday-night detective drama STUMPTOWN is based on the graphic novels by Greg Rucka, Matthew Southworth, and Justin Greenwood, adapted for television by executive producer Jason Richman. Cobie Smulders stars as Dex Parios, a U.S. military vet who becomes a private eye in Portland, Oregon. Dex’s history is tied up with that of Tantoo Cardinal’s character, Sue Lynn Blackbird. Dex and Sue Lynn’s son were in love, but Sue Lynn broke up the relationship. This led indirectly to the son’s death, and Sue Lynn now seems to regret her actions way back when. When her granddaughter Nina (Blu Hunt) […]Read On »

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MIXED-ISH: Mark-Paul Gosselaar returns to comedy – Exclusive Interview

Mark-Paul Gosselaar in MIXED-ISH - Season 1 | ©2019 ABC/Brian Bowen Smith

MIXED-ISH, Tuesday nights on ABC, is a prequel spinoff of that network’s BLACK-ISH. Created by Kenya Barris (who also created BLACK-ISH) & Peter Saji & Tracee Ellis Ross, MIXED-ISH explores the childhood of Ross’s BLACK-ISH character Rainbow (played in MIXED-ISH by Arica Himmel – Ross narrates as Rainbow’s adult self), her two siblings and their parents, black mother Alicia (Tika Sumpter) and white father Paul, who is played in MIXED-ISH by Mark-Paul Gosselaar. (We’ve already met Paul’s older self as played in a recurring role by Beau Bridges on BLACK-ISH.)  We encounter the family as they’re forced to move from […]Read On »

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EMERGENCE: Allison Tolman on playing a cop again in new genre series – Exclusive Interview

Allison Tolman in EMERGENCE - Season 1 - "Mile Marker 14" | ©2019 ABC/Eric Liebowitz

In ABC’s new Tuesday-night series EMERGENCE, Allison Tolman stars as small-town police chief Jo Evans. Jo has an amiable divorce from her ex, Alex (Donald Faison), and they are co-parenting tween daughter Mia (Ashley Aufderheide). Jo and Mia also have Jo’s ailing dad Ed (Clancy Brown) living with them. The family’s relatively tranquil existence is thrown into chaos when Jo meets a mysterious little girl, Piper (Alexa Swinton), who is the sole survivor of a plane crash. Piper seems to be suffering from severe memory loss. Then people try to kidnap the child. Then Piper shows that she may be […]Read On »

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EMERGENCE: Creators Tara Butters and Michele Fazekas on new sci-fi thriller – Exclusive Interview

Ashley Aufderheide as Mia Evans, Robert Bailey Jr. as Officer Chris Minetto, Clancy Brown as Ed, Alexa Swinton as Piper, Allison Tolman as Jo Evans, Zabryna Guevara as Abby Fraiser, Donald Faison as Alex Evans, and Owain Yeoman as Benny Gallagher in EMERGENCE - Season 1 | ©2019 ABC/Frank Ockenfels

EMERGENCE, ABC’s new Tuesday-night sci-fi family drama, begins with a mysterious plane crash on a beach outside a small town. When the town’s police chief, Jo Evans (Allison Tolman), investigates, she finds that the crash’s only survivor is a little girl eventually dubbed Piper (Alexa Swinton). Piper seems to have no memory of the crash, or even her own identity. Jo winds up taking the child home, to the surprise of her dad Ed (Clancy Brown) and her daughter Mia (Ashley Aufderheide), as well as the consternation of Mia’s dad and Jo’s ex-husband Alex (Donald Faison). Then strange people start […]Read On »

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STUMPTOWN: Michael Ealy on new ABC drama series – Exclusive Interview

Michael Ealy is Detective Miles Hoffman in STUMPTOWN - Season 1 | ©2019 ABC/Matthias Clamer

In ABC’s new Wednesday-night drama STUMPTOWN, adapted from Greg Rucka’s graphic novels, Cobie Smulders stars as Dex Parios. Dex is a bartender turned novice but tough private investigator operating in Portland, Oregon. (Portland is known as Stumptown due to its origins as a logging camp.) Michael Ealy plays Portland police detective Miles Hoffman, who doesn’t quite know what to make of his rule-breaking new acquaintance, especially when she shows up at his home late at night for no-strings sex. Ealy, originally from Maryland, is no stranger to playing law enforcement personnel, including series leads as an undercover FBI agent in […]Read On »

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MIXED-ISH: Gary Cole talks about the new BLACK-ISH spin-off and Richard Schiff on THE GOOD DOCTOR – Exclusive Interview

MIXED-ISH - Season 1 key art | ©2019 ABC

MIXED-ISH, a half-hour comedy created by Kenya Barris & Peter Saji, is a spin-off of BLACK-ISH, created by Barris. MIXED-ISH, which has its series debut on ABC Tuesday, September 24 at 9 PM (followed directly by the Season 6 premiere of BLACK-ISH), explores the ‘80s childhood of Tracee Ellis Ross’s BLACK-ISH character Rainbow (played in MIXED-ISH by Arica Himmel – Ross narrates as Rainbow’s adult self). Rainbow and her siblings have to move with their parents, black mom Alicia (Tika Sumpter) and white dad Paul (Mark-Paul Gosselaar), from a mellow commune to racially conscious suburbia. Culture shock ensues. So do […]Read On »

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GRAND HOTEL: Justina Adorno on the new ABC summer drama – Exclusive Interview

Justina Adorno as Yoli in GRAND HOTEL - Season 1 | ©2019 ABC/Ed Herrera

In ABC’s new Monday-night drama GRAND HOTEL, a blended family is not necessarily a happy family. Santiago Mendoza (Demian Bichir) has married Gigi (Rosalyn Sanchez), best friend of his late wife Beatriz (Eva Longoria, who is also one of GRAND HOTEL’s executive producers). Santiago has two adult children, ambitious aspiring hotelier Alicia (Denyse Tontz) and playboy Javi (Bryan Craig). Gigi has fraternal twin daughters from a previous marriage. Carolina (Feliz Ramirez) is beautiful and manipulative. Yoli, played by Justina Adorno, is thoughtful, sincere, and greatly underestimated by both her mother and twin sister. Adorno spent her childhood in the Bronx […]Read On »

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