WHEDONCON 2019 convention preview plus tales from the 2018 WhedonCon

WHEDONCON 2019 | ©2019 WhedonCon 2019

WhedonCon 2019, celebrating all of the works of Joss Whedon while raising funds for charity, is coming up this weekend, June 7-9, at the LAX Hilton Hotel. Guests include Julie Benz (Darla on BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER and ANGEL, as well as Rita on DEXTER), Summer Glau (River Tam on FIREFLY and SERENITY, the ballerina in ANGEL, Bennet Halverson in DOLLHOUSE), comic book artist Georges Jeanty, Dagney Kerr (Kathy on BUFFY), Juliet Landau (Drusilla on BUFFY and ANGEL), Miracle Laurie (Mellie on DOLLHOUSE), James C. Leary (Clem on BUFFY), Julia Lee (Sister Sunshine/Chantarelle/Anne on BUFFY and ANGEL), James Marsters (Spike […]Read On »

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PROVEN INNOCENT: Executive producer Danny Strong on his new legal thriller series – Exclusive Interview

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

In Fox’s legal drama PROVEN INNOCENT, now in its first season Friday nights, a legal team in Chicago works to exonerate wrongfully convicted defendants. Among the lawyers is Madeline Scott (Rachelle Lefevre), who herself was wrongfully convicted and imprisoned for ten years for the murder of her best friend, Rosemary Lynch (Casey Tutton). While she takes on other cases, Madeline is still trying to get to the truth of Rosemary’s death. It doesn’t help that Chicago district attorney Gore Bellows (Kelsey Grammer), running for re-election, still thinks Madeline is guilty. David Elliot created PROVEN INNOCENT, and worked with executive producers […]Read On »

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MARVEL’S RUNAWAYS: James Marsters gives the scoop on Season 2 – Exclusive Interview

James Marsters at the premiere of P.S. I LOVE YOU | ©2011 Sue Schneider

In Season 2 of MARVEL’S RUNAWAYS, now streaming in its entirety on Hulu, the title characters have grown into their group moniker. Teenagers Alex Wilder (Rhenzy Feliz), Chase Stein (Gregg Sulkin), Gert Yorkes (Ariela Barer), Karolina Dean (Virginia Gardner), Molly Hernandez (Allegra Acosta), and Nico Minoru (Lyrica Okano) all have superpowers and/or extraordinary skills. Once alienated from each other, they’ve bonded upon discovering that Pride, the organization all of their parents are involved in, is evil and has a sinister agenda. The runaways have fled their privileged homes and are now hiding out in a mansion buried under Griffith Park […]Read On »

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LEGACIES: Creator and executive producer Julie Plec talks about new THE VAMPIRE DIARIES spin-off- interview

Kaylee Bryant as Josie in LEGACIES - Season 1 | © 2018 The CW Network/Miller Mobley

The CW’s new Thursday-night series LEGACIES is a spin-off of both THE VAMPIRE DIARIES, which ran on the network for eight years, and that series’ spin-off THE ORIGINALS, which concluded its five-season run in May. In LEGACIES, Hope Mikaelson (Danielle Rose Russell), the daughter of the late vampire/werewolf hybrid Klaus and granddaughter of a witch, is one of the first enrollees at the Mystic Falls, Virginia Salvatore School for the Young and Gifted. The Salvatore School is in fact a haven for supernatural adolescents. The headmaster is Alaric Saltzman (Matthew Davis), first introduced in THE VAMPIRE DIARIES, in which he […]Read On »

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I LOVE BEKKA & LUCY: Actor Alexis Denisof – Exclusive Interview – Part 1

Alexis Denisof in I LOVE BEKKA AND LUCY |©2018 Stage 13

I LOVE BEKKA & LUCY is a short-form series from creator/director Rachael Holder, now streaming its eleven-episode first season on the Warner Bros. site Stage 13. While I LOVE BEKKA & LUCY focuses on the friendship between the title characters, played by Jessica Parker Kennedy and Tanisha Long, Alexis Denisof has earned an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Actor in a Short Form Comedy or Drama Series as their neighbor Glenn. Lonely and awkward, Glenn desperately wants to make friends and achieves an unlikely connection with the initially very resistant Bekka (meanwhile, Lucy contends with her own issues with her own […]Read On »

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9-1-1: Co-creator Tim Minear talks the new Fox drama – exclusive interview

Peter Krause, Oliver Start and Aisha Hinds in 911 | © 2018 Fox

9-1-1, Fox Network’s drama about first responders airing Wednesday nights, has already been renewed for a second season. The series follows a team of police, headed up by Angela Bassett’s Athena Grant (Bassett is also one of 9-1-1’s executive producers), a squad of firefighters led by Peter Krause’s Bobby Nash, and an emergency call center, where we focus on operator Abby Clark, played by Connie Britton. 9-1-1 is created by the prolific trio of Brad Falchuk, Tim Minear and Ryan Murphy. Murphy and Falchuk have together authored numerous series under the banner of Ryan Murphy Television; Minear has previously worked […]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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BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER: Actor Camden Toy Pt. 2 – exclusive interview

Camden Toy | © 2017 Camden Toy

In honor of the 20th anniversary of Joss Whedon’s groundbreaking BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER, we interviewed actor Camden Toy, who played three different terrifying characters on that series, and a more comedic one in the final series of the BUFFY spin-off ANGEL. In Part 1 of our exclusive interview, Toy talked about playing one of the silent, gliding Gentlemen in BUFFY’s near-wordless “Hush” episode. In Part 2, Toy talks his other two BUFFY roles, the sing-songy skin-eating demon Gnarl in the episode “Same Time, Same Place,” and the primal Ubervamp in multiple Season 7 episodes, his work on ANGEL and […]Read On »

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BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER: Actor Camden Toy chats about Joss Whedon’s classic series – Exclusive Interview – Part 1

Camden Toy | photo courtesy Albert L. Ortega

This year marks the twentieth anniversary of Joss Whedon’s groundbreaking, cult-adored, academically-studied TV series BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER. The series, which ran for five years on The WB and another two on UPN (both of which have since merged into The CW) starred Sarah Michelle Gellar as Buffy Summers, an initially reluctant Slayer who was destined to kill monsters and prevent the end of the world (a lot) in the town of Sunnydale, California. Camden Toy played three of Buffy’s most iconic nemeses, and then went over to the BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER spinoff ANGEL to play yet another monster. […]Read On »

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POP SHOW – Episode 46: THE WALKING DEAD Finale and BUFFY’s 20th Anniversary

POP SHOW PODCAST | © 2016 AssignmentX

Episode 46 of the POP SHOW starring Anthony C. Ferrante is here and once again without Anthony as he was off doing some promotion for his Lifetime thriller FORGOTTEN EVIL. So instead it was left to Ryan Mitchelle (@walkawayENT), Sonia Mansfield (@TheSoniaShow) and myself (@PeterbrownAX) to helm the ship. And helm it we did as we discussed a variety of topics including the season finale of THE WALKING DEAD, which only I watch so it was a quick conversation. Also we profess our love of BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER and how it is 20 years old this year. That leads […]Read On »

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