THE RESIDENT: Merrin Dungey talks Prime Time healthcare – exclusive interview

Merrin Dungey as Claire Thorp in THE RESIDENT | © 2018 Justin Stephens/FOX

THE RESIDENT, now in its first year Monday nights on Fox, is a different kind of medical show. It starts out with one of its main characters, Bruce Greenwood’s top surgeon Randolph Bell, covering up his patient-killing operating room mistake. While there are plenty of ethical doctors and nurses around (played by Emily VanCamp, Manish Dayal and Shaunette Renee Wilson, among others), THE RESIDENT also gets into a subject most other shows in the genre avoid like the plague: medical bills. Merrin Dungey (the “g” is soft) plays hospital CEO Claire Thorpe, whose job it is to maximize profits. Dungey, […]Read On »

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Movie Review: CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR

CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR | © 2016 Walt Disney/Marvel

Rating: PG-13 Stars: Chris Evans, Robert Downey Jr.,Scarlett Johansson, Sebastian Stan, Anthony Mackie, Don Cheadle, Jeremy Renner, Chadwick Boseman, Paul Bettany, Elizabeth Olsen, Paul Rudd, Emily VanCamp, Tom Holland, Frank Grillo, William Hurt, Martin Freeman Writers: Christopher Markus & Stephen McFeely, based on the comic book by Mark Millar, based on characters created by Joe Simon & Jack Kirby Directors: Anthony Russo & Joe Russo Distributor: Walt Disney Pictures/Marvel Release Date: May 6, 2016 Awhile back, HIGHLANDER: THE SERIES show runner David Abramowitz described that enterprise as “a Talmudic discussion with ass-kicking.” That assessment frequently springs to mind while watching […]Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: Henry Czerny deals with REVENGE

Henry Czerny in REVENGE - Season 2 - "Truth - Part One" | ©2013 ABC/Colleen Hayes

As REVENGE heads into its two-hour second-season finale, Sunday May 12 at 9 PM, Henry Czerny’s character Conrad Grayson has a lot going on. First of all, he’s still one of the targets of retribution by Emily VanCamp’s character Emily Thorne – who is about to marry Conrad’s son Daniel (Joshua Bowman). Second, Daniel wants to take his money out of the family business and move with his new bride to France. Third, Conrad is running for governor of New York and his opponent is running a dirty campaign. Fourth, Conrad’s wife Victoria (Madeleine Stowe) is angry with him, and she is […]Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: REVENGE star Gabriel Mann on Season 2

Gabriel Mann in REVENGE - Season 2 - "Identity" | ©2013 ABC/Vivian Zink

On REVENGE, the complex love-money-retribution drama now in its second season on ABC on Sunday nights at 10, Gabriel Mann plays Nolan Ross. Nolan is a complicated young man who – when they’re speaking to each other – tries to help heroine Emily Thorne (Emily VanCamp) avenge the death of her father and other wrongs she perceives to have been committed by the wealthy Grayson clan. Nolan has had a tough year, what with losing his corporation and having his girlfriend kidnapped and murdered, but it sounds like the worse things get for the character, the better actor Mann likes […]Read On »

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TV Review: REVENGE – Season 2 – “Sacrifice”

Margarita Levieva in REVENGE - Season 2 - "Sacrifice" | ©2013 ABC/Ron Tom

Stars: Emily VanCamp, Madeleine Stowe, Henry Czerny, Josh Bowman, Nick Wechsler, Gabriel Mann, Ashley Madekwe, Christa B. Allen, Connor Paolo Writer: Mark B. Perry & Joe Fazzio Director: Stephen Schwartz Network: ABC, Sunday nights, 9 p.m. Original Telecast: February 17, 2013 At last, at last, we get to find out who died when the Amanda went down, as we saw in the season premiere of REVENGE. And, in fact, “Sacrifice” starts as it did at the beginning of the season, with the divers and the hand with the wedding band. Now, I have been writing all season that I thought it would be Aidan (Barry Sloane). It made sense, since Aidan clearly was […]Read On »

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TV Review: REVENGE – Season 2 – “Union”

A scene from REVENGE "Union" | (c) 2013 ABC/Richard Cartwright

Stars: Emily VanCamp, Madeleine Stowe, Henry Czerny, Josh Bowman, Nick Wechsler, Gabriel Mann, Ashley Madekwe, Christa B. Allen, Connor Paolo Writer: Michael Foley & Tde Sullivan Director: Network: ABC, Sunday nights, 9 p.m. Original Telecast: February 10, 2013 So “Union” is supposedly about all the forces, good and evil, getting together on REVENGE. But do we really care about that? It’s all about that sunken boat from this season’s premiere and whose body was in it. The way this episode was teased, I really thought this one was going to be the one where we find out. However, knowing this show, it’s entirely possibly they’ll find a way to drag that storyline […]Read On »

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TV Review: REVENGE – Season 2 – “Collusion”

Ashley Madekwe as Ashley Davenport in REVENGE "Collusion" | (c) 2013 ABC/RICHARD CARTWRIGHT

Stars: Emily VanCamp, Madeleine Stowe, Henry Czerny, Josh Bowman, Nick Wechsler, Gabriel Mann, Ashley Madekwe, Christa B. Allen, Connor Paolo Writer: Sunil Nayar & Sallie Patrick Director: Matt Shakman Network: ABC, Sunday nights, 9 p.m. Original Telecast: January 20, 2013 You know, it suddenly occurs to me that the reason REVENGE‘s episodes happen at such break-neck speed (six story-lines serviced before the opening credits of “Collusion” – and one scene actually featured two stories), is that the writers are trying to cover up that the over-all story arc has a few gaping holes in it. Like we’re not supposed to notice that Aidan (Barry Sloane) is smart enough to help Emily run […]Read On »

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TV Review: REVENGE – Season 2 – “Lineage”

Madeleine Stowe in REVENGE - Season 2 - "Lineage" | ©2012 ABC/Colleen Hayes

Stars: Emily VanCamp, Madeleine Stowe, Henry Czerny, Josh Bowman, Nick Wechsler, Gabriel Mann, Ashley Madekwe, Christa B. Allen, Connor Paolo Writer: Nikki Toscano Director: Christopher Misiano Network: ABC, Sunday nights, 9 p.m. Original Telecast: November 25, 2012 Is it my imagination or are things about blow up on REVENGE, and I mean a serious E-Ticket ride to hell in a handbasket blow up? We have that body in Jack’s (Nick Wechsler) boat from the season premiere and a load of back stories in “Linear” that are as much about what’s about to happen as they are about explaining the past. I’m going to take this storyline by storyline, since there’s a lot going […]Read On »

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TV Review: REVENGE – Season 2 – “Illusion”

Roger Bart in REVENGE - Season 2 - "Illusion" | ©2012 ABC/Eric McCandless

Stars: Emily VanCamp, Madeleine Stowe, Henry Czerny, Josh Bowman, Nick Wechsler, Gabriel Mann, Ashley Madekwe, Christa B. Allen, Connor Paolo Writer: Michael Foley Director: Bobby Roth Network: ABC, Sunday nights, 9 p.m. Original Telecast: November 4, 2012 I must confess, there are parts of REVENGE that I am just not getting, probably because there’s just too much story to keep track of. I’m serious. It’s bad when scenes are moving so quickly that I can’t even get a note written (in short-hand) before the next scene starts going. And that’s pausing my DVR and going back a time or two. Seems like the only “Illusion” going on here is that there’s a coherent […]Read On »

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TV Review: REVENGE – Season 2 – “Forgiveness”

Jennifer Jason Leigh in REVENGE - Season 2 - "Forgiveness" | ©2012 ABC/Eric McCandless

Stars: Emily VanCamp, Madeleine Stowe, Henry Czerny, Josh Bowman, Nick Wechsler, Gabriel Mann, Ashley Madekwe, Christa B. Allen, Connor Paolo Writer: Sunil Nayar Director: Matt Earl Beesley Network: ABC, Wednesday nights, 10 p.m. Original Telecast: October 28, 2013 If there is a scene in “Forgiveness” that lasts longer than two minutes, I would be surprised. REVENGE has always had a problem with too much going on at a time, but it’s going more than a little bit nuts here. Add that to a sound problem that made the dialogue hard to hear in a few crucial instances, and it was rough going. Because the real Emily Thorne is actually pretending to be […]Read On »

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