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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REBEL IN THE RYE: Danny Strong on his directorial debut – Exclusive Interview

Director Danny Strong and actor Nicholas Hoult in REBEL IN THE RYE | ©2017 IFC

Danny Strong is no stranger to fact-based material. He won Emmys for writing and being one of the producers of GAME CHANGE, the HBO film about the John McCain/Sarah Palin White House run. Before that, Strong, who hails from Manhattan Beach, California, was nominated for an Emmy for writing the HBO movie RECOUNT, about the 2000 U.S. presidential election. Strong and Lee Daniels together created the Fox hit EMPIRE, which returns for its fourth season later this month; Strong directed three episodes of the series. On the feature side, Strong wrote the screenplays for THE HUNGER GAMES: MOCKINGJAY PART I […]Read On »

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Movie Review: DAVE MADE A MAZE

DAVE MADE A MAZE movie poster | ©2017 Gravitas Ventures

Rating: Not Rated Stars: Nick Thune, Meera Rohit Kumbhani, Adam Busch, James Urbaniak, Frank Caeti, Scott Narver, Scott Krinsky, John Hennigan, Stephanie Allynne, Kristen Vangsness, Rick Overton Writers: Bill Watterson & Steven Sears, story by Steven Sears Director: Bill Watterson Distributor: Gravitas Ventures Release Date (theatrical and VOD): August 18, 2017  DAVE MADE A MAZE has the production aesthetics of PRIMER or CUBE, matched with the attitude of JOHN DIES AT THE END and perhaps STORY THEATRE. If you recognize these references, you are enough of an indie film/TV fan to be part of the target audience. It is trippy […]Read On »

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EMPIRE: Danny Strong gives the Scoop on Season 2 – exclusive interview

Terrence Howard stars in the Fox drama EMPIRE | © 2016 Chuck Hodes/FOX

At Fox Network’s party for the Television Critics Association, Danny Strong is mulling over the dessert options. Strong is at a place in his life where most of the choices are sweet. The California native co-created Fox’s epic musical drama hit EMPIRE. Strong got an Emmy nomination for his first produced script, HBO’s RECOUNT, about the 2000 U.S. presidential election, and won an Emmy for his second, HBO’s GAME CHANGE, which starred Julianne Moore as Sarah Palin. Strong wrote LEE DANIELS’ THE BUTLER, about the intersection of civil rights and the U.S. presidency, which Daniels directed. That collaboration led to […]Read On »

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EMPIRE creator Danny Strong on the Season 1 scoop – exclusive interview

Terrence Howard stars as Lucious Lyon on Fox's EMPIRE | © 2015 Michael Lavine/FOX

Fox’s freshman series EMPIRE, Wednesdays at 9 PM, is already a hit, renewed for a second season. Set in the world of hip-hop, it tells the story of ailing music mogul Lucious Lyon, played by Terrence Howard. Lucious wants to know that his legacy will continue after he passes and is trying to decide which of his three sons should inherit the company he created. Eldest son Andre (Trai Byers) has the best head for business, but no musical talent. Youngest son Hakeem (Bryshere Y. Gray) has gifts, but he often squanders them on drugs and pay-to-play women. Middle son […]Read On »

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Exclusive Interview with MEN AT WORK stars Breckin Meyer & Danny Masterson

Danny Masterson stars in MEN AT WORK on TBS | © 2014 Darren Michaels/TBS

Actor Breckin Meyer, currently starring in TNT’s lawyer buddy comedy FRANKLIN & BASH, created MEN AT WORK based on himself and his friends. The half-hour series is now in its third season on TBS, Wednesdays at 10 PM. Danny Masterson (of THAT ‘70S SHOW), who plays Milo, Meyer’s fictionalized alter ego in the series, happens to be a real-life friend of Meyer’s, so he came into WORK with an idea of the tone and the pace. Both Meyer and Masterson are present during a MEN AT WORK set visit sponsored by TBS for the Television Critics Association. They stand in […]Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: Michael Cassidy and James Lesure on MEN AT WORK

James Lesure stars in MEN AT WORK | © 2014 Greg Gayne/TBS

On TBS’ MEN AT WORK, now in its third season Wednesdays at 10 PM, James Lesure plays Gibbs and Michael Cassidy portrays Tyler Mitchell. Along with Danny Masterson and Adam Busch, Lesure and Cassidy make up the quartet of friends in the half-hour comedy created by Breckin Meyer, based on his own life experiences. L.A. native Lesure is a film and television veteran, with credits ranging from a small role in CRIMSON TIDE to series regular stints on FOR YOUR LOVE, LAS VEGAS and MR. SUNSHINE. Cassidy, originally from Oregon, likewise has a substantial resume, including stints on THE O.C., […]Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: MEN AT WORK star Adam Busch on Season 3 of the TBS sitcom

Adam Busch stars on MEN AT WORK | © 2014 Darren Michaels/TBS

TBS’ half-hour multi-camera comedy MEN AT WORK is now in its third season, Wednesdays at 10 PM. Created by Breckin Meyer (star of TNT’s FRANKLIN & BASH) and based on incidents in his own life, the series stars Adam Busch, Michael Cassidy, James Lesure and Danny Masterson as a quartet of friends who work together at a New York men’s magazine. Busch’s character Neal is the gentlest of the bunch. Busch began his acting career at an early age, costarring in THE MYSTERY FILES OF SHELBY WOO. The Long Island native also appeared in Seasons 5-7 of BUFFY THE VAMPIRE […]Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: Amber Benson on GIRL ON GIRL, REVERSE PARTHENOGENESIS and more – Part 2

Amber Benson at the 25th Annual William S. Paley Television Festival March 22, 2008 | ©2010 Sue Schneider

Amber Benson, novelist/actress/filmmaker, is touring to promote her new book HOW TO BE DEATH, the fourth installment in the adventures of Calliope Reaper-Jones, born as daughter to Death himself and now inheritor of Dad’s job. Benson’s upcoming tour dates include: Sat. March 24, 2 PM at Dark Delicacies Bookstore in Burbank,CA However, Benson is involved in a number of other projects as well. In Part 2 of our exclusive interview, she talks about what else her multi-hyphenate life encompasses at present. ASSIGNMENT X: You were working on a Web series as co-director with Adam Busch, who was also your co-director […]Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: Novelist Amber Benson chats about CAT’S CLAW, DRONES and more – Part 2

Amber Benson at the 25th Annual William S. Paley Television Festival March 22, 2008 | ©2008 Sue Schneider

Amber Benson creatively does everything – and very successfully, too. Benson originally came to the public’s attention as an actress (Tara on BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER, an award-winning turn in RACE YOU TO THE BOTTOM), but she’s branched out as a filmmaker (writer/director/producer of CHANCE and LOVERS, LIARS AND LUNATICS), a novelist (DEATH’S DAUGHTER as a solo writer, THE GHOSTS OF ALBION books in collaboration with Christopher Golden), a radio play writer and a comic book author. Right now, as a film director, Benson has DRONES, which she co-directed with Adam Busch, awaiting release. As an author, she’s got two […]Read On »

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