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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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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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 RESIDENT: Manish Dayal talks about new Fox medical drama – Exclusive Interview

Manish Dayal is Dr. Devon Pravesh in THE RESIDENT - Season 1| ©2018 Fox/David Johnson

In Fox’s freshman Monday night drama THE RESIDENT, Manish Dayal plays novice doctor Devon Pravesh. Devon is on his first hospital rotation, learning the ropes from rebellious and critical senior resident Dr. Conrad Hawkins (Matt Czuchry). The hierarchy at this particular medical facility is lopsided – senior surgeon Dr. Randolph Bell (Bruce Greenwood) will do just about anything to cover up his own mistakes. This horrifies Devon, as do some other realities of his chosen profession. Dayal, originally from South Carolina, has an extensive career on both the large and small screens, with roles in RUBICON, the 90210 reboot, THE […]Read On »

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MARVEL’S AGENTS OF SHIELD: Actor Henry Simmons talks traveling to the future – exclusive interview

Henry Simmons as Mack in MARVEL'S AGENTS OF SHIELD | © 2018 ABC/Kurt Iswarienkio

Season 5 of MARVEL’S AGENTS OF SHIELD has been a busy one for Henry Simmons’s character, Alphonso “Mack” Mackenzie. When the team is thrust into a future ruled by hostile Kree aliens, Mack and his significant other Yo-Yo (Natalia Cordova Buckley) inspire the cowed human populace to rise up against their oppressors. Additionally, although Mack (unlike some of his fellow agents) is a regular human with no super abilities, he was the one to personally bring down Kree leader Kasius (Dominic Rains) in the midseason finale. However, we’ll have to stay tuned for when MARVEL’S AGENTS OF SHIELD returns for […]Read On »

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KEVIN (PROBABLY) SAVES THE WORLD: J. August Richards on the new ABC dramedy – exclusive interview

J. August Richards as Deputy Nate Purcell in KEVIN (PROBABLY) SAVES THE WORLD | © 2018 ABC/Bob D'Amico

In ABC’s freshman Tuesday-night dramedy KEVIN (PROBABLY) SAVES THE WORLD, Kevin (Jason Ritter) is a former financial whiz who returns to his hometown to live with his twin sister Amy (JoAnna Garcia Swisher) and her daughter Reese (Chloe East) after his life implodes. Kevin is startled to discover that he is tasked by a Heaven-sent entity (Kimberly Hebert Gregory) with actually saving the world, essentially by helping other people in small but crucial ways. J. August Richards plays local sheriff’s deputy Nate Purcell, who is sweet on Amy and baffled by Kevin. Richards, originally from Washington, D.C., has some supernatural […]Read On »

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THE GIFTED: Creator Matt Nix on Marvel’s TV mutants – Exclusive Interview

Sean Teale, Jamie Chung, Blair Redford, Emma Dumont, Percy Hynes White, Amy Acker, Stephen Moyer, Natalie Alyn Lind and Coby Bell in THE GIFTED – Season 1 | ©2017 Fox/Miller Mobley

THE GIFTED is currently in its first season on Fox, Monday nights. Matt Nix, creator of BURN NOTICE, adapted the project for television. THE GIFTED is set in Marvel’s X-Men universe, but the X-Men are nowhere to be found. Mutants are banding together against persecution by Sentinel Services, an arm of the government that “detains” anyone who does anything that might be construed as abuse of power. Ordinary humans Reed (Stephen Moyer) and Kate Strucker (Amy Acker) are astonished when both of their adolescent children, Lauren (Natalie Alyn Lind) and Andy (Percy Hynes White), suddenly demonstrate their mutant powers in […]Read On »

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INHUMANS: Marvel executive Jeph Loeb on Season 1 of new superhero series – Exclusive Interview

Lockjaw is Lockjaw in MARVEL'S INHUMANS | ©2017 ABC

In the new ABC Friday-night series INHUMANS, a hidden kingdom on our moon pits superpowered royalty against ordinary humans led by the king’s ambitious brother Maximus (Iwan Rheon). Meanwhile, ruler Black Bolt (Anson Mount), who refrains from speech because of the destructive power of his voice, finds new alliances on Earth in Hawaii. INHUMANS is based on a series of Marvel Comics, and is part of the Marvel Comics Universe. Jeph Loeb, Marvel Executive Vice-President, head of the company’s television division, talks about the new show, how the company came to choose Scott Buck as show runner, why its production […]Read On »

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DORKING OUT – Episode 47: The TV Season Review & Extra Extra Our Favorite Movies About Journalism Edition

Dorking Out Show | © 2016 Chris Smith/Sonia Mansfield

In this week’s episode, the TV Networks are unveiling their new fall schedules, which means they’re also announcing which TV shows have been canceled. Did your show make the cut? We’re going to talk about that with Peter Brown from Assignment X. In our second segment, we talk about favorite movies about journalism. Why? Umm, no reason. It has nothing to do with current events. Nope. And finally, we will end our show with what we’re dorking out about this week, including Larry Wilmore’s new podcast and which SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE cast member should run for president. We hope you enjoy our […]Read On »

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Marvel’s AGENTS OF SHIELD: Maurissa Tancharoen and Jed Whedon talk Season 4 – Exclusive Interview

Chloe Bennet, Ming-Na Wen, Clark Gregg, Henry Simmons, Iain De Caestecker, Elizabeth Henstridge, in MARVEL'S AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D. - Season 4 | ©2017 ABC/Kurt Iswarienkio

As is often the case, all hell is breaking loose on AGENTS OF SHIELD, Tuesday nights on ABC. As the fourth season ramps up toward its finale, Daisy Johnson (Chloe Bennet) and Jemma Simmons (Elizabeth Henstridge) are trapped in the computer-created artificial world of the Framework, along with virtually everyone they know. The difference is that Daisy and Jemma remember who they are in the real world. Phil Coulson (Clark Gregg), top S.H.I.E.L.D. agent and former director of the organization, thinks he’s a high school teacher who’s new to espionage. S.H.I.E.L.D. director Jeffrey Mace (Jason O’Mara) has just been murdered […]Read On »

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