TV Review: LINE OF DUTY

LINE OF DUTY Key Art | ©2020 Acorn TV

Stars: Martin Cumpston, Vicky McClure, Adrian Dunbar, Craig Parkinson, Lennie James, Keeley Hawes, Thandie Newton Writer: Jed Mercurio Directors: John Strickland, Douglas Mackinnon, David Caffrey, Daniel Nettheim, Michael Keillor, Jed Mercutio, Susan Tully Networks: AMC, Acorn TV Original Airdates: U.K., June 26, 2012; AMC, April 6, 2020 LINE OF DUTY is a British police drama unlike most. For one thing, it just won an Edgar Award from the Mystery Writers of America for Season 5, Episode 4. For another, LINE OF DUTY deals with a subject that U.S. police dramas so far won’t touch as a series premise: Internal Affairs. […]Read On »

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QUIZ: Creator James Graham and actress Sian Clifford on new fact-based mini-series – Exclusive Interview

QUIZ - Season 1 - Key Art | ©2020 AMC

QUIZ, the three-part miniseries debuting on American TV on AMC Sunday, May 31, is based on a real incident. In 2001 England, Charles Ingram won the million-pound jackpot on the ITV quiz show WHO WANTS TO BE A MILLIONAIRE. There was an ensuing scandal that resulted in Ingram, his wife Diana and her brother Adrian Pollock, all being brought up on criminal charges for “procuring the execution of a valuable security by deception,” i.e., winning by cheating. James Graham, who had previously done a play on the subject, wrote and is an executive producer on QUIZ. The miniseries explores not […]Read On »

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BETTER CALL SAUL: Giancarlo Esposito also chats about THE MANDALORIAN – Exclusive Interview

Giancarlo Esposito as Gustav "Gus" Fring in BETTER CALL SAUL - Season 5 | ©2020 AMC/James Minchin

BETTER CALL SAUL, now in its fifth and penultimate season Monday nights on AMC, is a prequel/sequel series to the network’s multi-Emmy-winning six-season crime drama BREAKING BAD. While BETTER CALL SAUL primarily chronicles how Bob Odenkirk’s character, quasi-normal lawyer Jimmy McGill becomes slippery advocate Saul Goodman, the series brings back a number of other BREAKING BAD characters as well. Chief among these is drug dealer Gustavo “Gus” Fring, portrayed by Giancarlo Esposito. Esposito has received two Supporting Actor Emmy nominations for playing Gus, one each for BREAKING BAD and BETTER CALL SAUL. The actor, born in Denmark and raised in […]Read On »

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DISPATCHES FROM ELSEWHERE: Actress Eve Lindley on the new AMC series – exclusive interview

Eve Lindley as Simone in DISPATCHES FROM ELSEWHERE - Season 1 | ©2020 AMC/Zach Dilgard

In AMC’s new Monday-night speculative-fiction drama DISPATCHES FROM ELSEWHERE, four strangers – played by Andre Benjamin, Sally Field, Eve Lindley, and series creator Jason Segel – come together to play what seems to be a game, but may be a gateway to another reality. Lindley, whose previous credits include the films ALL WE HAD and OTHERHOOD and the series MR. ROBOT and OUTSIDERS, plays art gallery employee Simone. Simone is afraid of becoming to close to other people. However, she and Segel’s Peter are drawn together as they try to solve the peculiar mysteries that are presented to them. At […]Read On »

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BETTER CALL SAUL: Patrick Fabian talks Season 5 – Exclusive Interview

Patrick Fabian as Howard Hamlin in BETTER CALL SAUL - Season 5 | ©2020 AMC/Sony Pictures Television/James Minchin

BETTER CALL SAUL, the prequel series chronicling how lawyer Jimmy McGill (Bob Odenkirk) transforms himself into the sleazy lawyer Saul Goodman of BREAKING BAD, premieres its fifth season on AMC on Sunday, February 23. Nominated for an Outstanding Drama Emmy (among awards) for each season it has been on, BETTER CALL SAUL then settles into its regular Season 5 timeslot on Mondays with its second episode on February 24. Patrick Fabian plays lawyer Howard Hamlin, a partner at the prestigious Albuquerque law firm of HHM (Hamlin, Hamlin and McGill). Jimmy’s brother Chuck (Michael McKean), who committed suicide in BETTER CALL […]Read On »

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SEVEN WORLDS, ONE PLANET: Executive producer Jonny Keeling on the new documentary series – Exclusive Interview

SEVEN WORLDS, ONE PLANET Key Art | ©2019 BBC America

SEVEN WORLDS, ONE PLANET is the new nature documentary series airing Saturday nights on multiple channels across the AMC Networks: AMC, BBC America, IFC, and National Geographic. Each episode is devoted to a different one of Earth’s continents, including surrounding islands and oceans. Executive producer Jonny Keeling, a nature documentarian from Britain with two-and-a-half decades of programs to his credit, has been in charge of overseeing SEVEN WORLDS, ONE PLANET. He sits down for a discussion of his work on the expansive, globe-trotting project. ASSIGNMENT X: You’ve done an awful lot of wildlife and nature documentaries. What makes SEVEN WORLDS, […]Read On »

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THE TERROR: INFAMY: Actor Derek Mio on the historical horror series – Interview

Derek Mio as Chester Nakayama in THE TERROR: INFAMY | ©2019 AMC/Maxine Helfman

In THE TERROR: INFAMY, Monday nights on AMC, Derek Mio plays Chester Nakayama. Each season of THE TERROR combines an actual historical incident with horror. In Season 2, it is World War II, and the U.S. government is rounding up loyal Japanese-American citizens and putting them in internment camps. Chester’s life as a second-generation American is upended when he, his family and his entire community are uprooted from their home on Terminal Island, off the coast of California, and confined to a camp. Chester is joined there by his pregnant girlfriend, Luz (Cristina Rodlo). Chester comes to believe, with good […]Read On »

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THE TERROR: INFAMY: Costume designer J.R. Hawbaker and director of photography John Conroy on the latest season – Exclusive Interview

Cristina Rodlo as Luz Ojeda in THE TERROR: INFAMY | ©2019 AMC/Ed Araquel

In THE TERROR: INFAMY, Monday nights on AMC, a vengeful spirit from the old country stalks Japanese-Americans who have been confined to an internment camp by the American government during World War II. With so many different cultural influences coming together within the story, both costume designer J.R. Hawbaker and cinematographer John Conroy had a number of specific challenges on the series. Hawbaker and, more briefly, Conroy talk about their work on THE TERROR: INFAMY. ASSIGNMENT X: How many different types of costumes did you have to create? You’ve got the spirit, who seems to be from a previous era, […]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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GEORGE TAKEI Interview: The actor chats THE TERROR: INFAMY & his new book THEY CALLED US ENEMY

George Takei as Yamato-San in THE TERROR: INFAMY - Season 2 | ©2019 AMC/Ed Araquel

George Takei is proof that you can take the actor out of STAR TREK, but sometimes STAR TREK is still within the actor. Takei has been world-famous for over fifty years for his portrayal of Starfleet’s Lieutenant Hikaru Sulu on the original STAR TREK series. Sulu was eventually given command of his own vessel, The Excelsior, in the STAR TREK film franchise. Takei has long since added to his considerable legacy by becoming an author and an activist, working ceaselessly to educate people about the internment of Japanese-Americans by the U.S. government during World War II, as well as for […]Read On »

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