POSE: Co-creator Steven Canals and co-executive producer Janet Mock chat Season 2 – Exclusive Interview

Indya Moore as Angel in POSE - Season 2 | ©2019 FX/Pari Dukovic

In its second season (it’s already been renewed for a third), FX’s Networks’ POSE, on Tuesday nights, moves into the ‘90s. We are still in the New York ballroom scene, where gay and trans people, mostly of color, gather in found family groupings and compete at balls. AIDS activism is now on many people’s minds; two main characters, House of Evangelista mother Blanca (Mj Rodriguez) and ball emcee Pray Tell (Billy Porter), have been diagnosed with HIV. Additionally, the mainstream is starting to co-opt ballroom style and culture without attribution, which makes for a lot of mixed emotions. Executive producer […]Read On »

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GRAND HOTEL: Demián Bichir chats about the American remake of the hit Spanish series – Exclusive Interview

Demián Bichir is Santiago Mendoza in GRAND HOTEL - Season 1 | ©2019 ABC/Ed Herrera

ABC’s new drama GRAND HOTEL, debuting Monday, June 17, is based on the Spanish series GRAN HOTEL. The original has been remade in a number of other countries around the globe, including Italy, Mexico, and Egypt. The American iteration, which has Eva Longoria as one of its executive producers, is set in Miami, Florida. Demián Bichir stars as patriarch Santiago Mendoza, owner of the Riviera Grand, billed as “the last family-owned hotel in Miami.” Santiago has his hands full with his family – his two grown children by his deceased first wife (played by Longoria in flashbacks), his current wife […]Read On »

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SAY MY NAME: Director Jay Stern talks about his quirky romantic comedy – Exclusive Interview

Director Jay Stern on the set of SAY MY NAME | ©2019 Electric Entertainment/Huw John, Cardiff

The quirky, dark-ish rom-com SAY MY NAME (opening Friday nationwide) takes place on a small island off the coast of Wales. Here, a visiting American woman, played by Lisa Brenner (also one of the film’s producers), gets together with a depressed local man, played by Nick Blood, for what both will imagine will be a one-night stand. Things take a turn – and then many more turns – when their hotel room is invaded by a couple of thieves. Jay Stern directed the Electric Entertainment production from a script by Deborah Frances-White. Stern’s previous work includes the features THE CHANGELING, […]Read On »

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SAY MY NAME: Lisa Brenner chats about her new romantic comedy – Exclusive Interview

SAY MY NAME movie poster | ©2019 Electric Entertainment

In SAY MY NAME (opening Friday), Lisa Brenner plays a woman with a very complicated personal history (and multiple names to go with it). She finds herself in an equally complicated situation when she visits an island off the Welsh coast and attempts a one-night stand with downtrodden local piano tuner Statton (Nick Blood). She’s offended when he can’t remember the name she gave him, but before she can storm out, a pair of thieves burst into the rented hotel room. Brenner, who is also a producer on SAY MY NAME, previously produced the feature CHATTER. As an actor, Brenner’s […]Read On »

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POSE: Actor Mj Rodriguez chats Season 2 and her groundbreaking role – Exclusive Interview

Mj Rodriguez is Blanca iN POSE - Season 1 | ©2018/Pari Dukovic

POSE returns for its second season on FX on Tuesday, June 11. Season 2 of the drama, created by Steven Canals & Brad Falchuk & Ryan Murphy, jumps ahead several years from the late ‘80s to 1990. The New York ballroom scene, primarily inhabited by trans people of color, is just starting to gain notice from the mainstream, and voguing is coming into vogue. But the AIDS epidemic is raging, tearing away those we love. House of Evangelista founder and mother Blanca Rodriguez-Evangelistista, played by Mj Rodriguez, continues to nurture and support her found, adult “children.” Since Blanca’s main goal […]Read On »

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THE HANDMAID’S TALE: Series creator Bruce Miller talks about the hit Hulu series – Exclusive Interview

THE HANDMAID'S TALE - Season 3 poster| ©2019 Hulu

THE HANDMAID’S TALE, which just premiered its third season on Hulu, has been a phenomenon. Adapted from Margaret Atwood’s 1985 novel, THE HANDMAID’S TALE in its first became the first series on a streaming service to win Emmys for Outstanding Drama, Outstanding Lead Actress (Elisabeth Moss as June/Offred), Outstanding Supporting Actress (Ann Dowd as Aunt Lydia), Outstanding Direction (Reed Morano), Outstanding Writing, Outstanding Guest Actress (Alexis Bledel as Emily/Ofglen), and Outstanding Production Design for a Narrative Contemporary or Fantasy Program. The second season brought two more Emmy wins (Guest Actress for Samira Wiley, Outstanding Editing, and a second win for […]Read On »

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FRONTLINE: SEX TRAFFICKING IN AMERICA filmmakers chat about new documentary – Exclusive Interview

Several Phoenix Vice detectives make contact with a woman to determine if she is a trafficking victim in FRONTLINE - SEX TRAFFICKING IN AMERICA | ©2019 PBS

PBS’s Tuesday-night documentary series FRONTLINE deals with a variety of complex, sobering issues. On May 28, FRONTLINE presents “Sex Trafficking in America.” As FRONTLINE executive producer Raney Aronson Rath describes it, “Sex Trafficking in America” explores “a hidden epidemic. It’s happening across the country in every state, at alarming rates. And children and teenagers who are online are increasingly at risk. Our team has spent almost three years embedded with an undercover police unit in Phoenix, Arizona, that is trying to tackle this dangerous issue.” The “Sex Trafficking in America” investigative team is headed up by the award-winning duo director […]Read On »

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VIDA: Creator Tanya Saracho chats about Season 2 – Exclusive Interview

VIDA - Season 2 Key Art |©2019 Starz

Starz’s idiosyncratic comedy/drama VIDA begins its second season on Sunday, May 26. Created by Tanya Saracho and shot on location in East Los Angeles, VIDA deals with previously estranged sisters Emma (Mishel Prada) and Lyn (Melissa Barrera), brought together by the death of their mother Vidalia. In Season 1, Emma and Lyn grappled with their inheritance of Vida’s lesbian bar, its attached low-income apartments and its gigantic mortgage. Emma also coped with finding out that Vida was married to a woman, Eddy (Ser Anzoategui), a particular shock as Emma had been sent away in adolescence when Vida learned her eldest […]Read On »

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DOOM PATROL: Alan Tudyk plays Mr. Nobody in DC Universe series – Exclusive Interview

Alan Tudyk is Mr. Nobody in DOOM PATROL - Season 1 | ©2019 DC Universe

In DC Universe’s DOOM PATROL, now streaming on the DC Universe platform, a group of unlikely, reluctant individuals with odd abilities are brought together by fatherly scientist Dr. Niles Caulder, aka the Chief. The Doom Patrol has its enemies, chief among them Eric Morden, aka Mr. Nobody, played by Alan Tudyk. Mr. Nobody is often literally fragmented. He narrates DOOM PATROL, and it turns out that he’s got good reason to be very angry with the Chief. Tudyk was nominated for an Emmy Award for his performance as convention-going genre actor Wray Nerely in CON MAN, a Web series that […]Read On »

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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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