EMPIRE: Actor Jussie Smollett & show runner Brett Mahoney – exclusive interview

Jussie Smollett as Jamal Lyon in EMPIRE | © 2018 Fox

EMPIRE, the drama about a contemporary familial music dynasty, is now in its fifth season on Wednesday nights on Fox. The Lyon family has been through a lot of reversals, including losing the company of the title at the end of Season 4. None of them are taking it lying down, least of all singer/songwriter/music producer gay middle son Jamal Lyon, played by Jussie Smollett. Smollett is himself a singer/songwriter/music producer, having launched his new indie label Music of Sound earlier this year, which brought out his new album, SUM OF MY MUSIC. As an actor, California native Smollett has […]Read On »

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BERLIN STATION: Actor Leland Orser gives the scoop on Season 3 – exclusive interview

BERLIN STATION | © 2018 EPIX

In Season 3 of BERLIN STATION, which begins Sunday December 2 on Epix, it’s six months after the events of Season 2. The Berlin station of the CIA sends two of its officers, Leland Orser’s Robert Kirsch and Richard Armitage’s Daniel Miller, to Estonia for a bit of diplomacy. Things take some drastic turns, and before you can say “Ukraine,” it looks like there may be open war between Russia and Estonia. Orser, who has played Kirsch since BERLIN STATION began, is a native of San Francisco. His other credits include RAY DONOVAN, SE7EN, SAVING PRIVATE RYAN, INDEPENDENCE DAY, ER, […]Read On »

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THE GIFTED: Actor Amy Acker talks a family of mutants – exclusive interview

Amy Acker in THE GIFTED | © 2018 Fox

In Season 2 of THE GIFTED, Tuesday nights on Fox, the Strucker family is more beleaguered than ever after finding that teen children Lauren (Natalie Alyn Lind) and Andy (Percy Hines White) have extremely strong superpowers in Season 1. Lauren is now determined to help with Mutant Underground rescue operations, while Andy has taken up with the violent faction the Hellfire Club. Dad Reed (Stephen Moyer) is grappling with his own newly-discovered powers. This leave mom Caitlin Strucker, played by Amy Acker, as the lone regular human in the clan. Acker is no stranger to genre television, having had series […]Read On »

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MARS: Astronauts Mae Jemison & Leland Melvin – exclusive interview

Mars on National Geographic | © 2018 NatGeo

In Season 2 of MARS, Monday nights on National Geographic Channel, the series continues its unusual blend of scripted drama and documentary footage. In the future, scientists have established the first colony on Mars, but their research is threatened by the arrival of a private business team. Footage of real-life situations is used to illustrate how the issues examined in the story are playing out in the world today. Former NASA astronauts Mae Jemison and Leland Melvin are both consultants on MARS. Jemison, who is both a medical doctor and an engineer, is the first African-American woman to travel in […]Read On »

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MURPHY BROWN: Nik Dodani chats about the new revival – Exclusive Interview

Nik Dodani is Pat in MURPHY BROWN | ©2018 CBS/Cliff Lipson

The half-hour comedy MURPHY BROWN, about an opinionated TV journalist played by Candice Bergen, ran on CBS for ten seasons, 1988-1998. Over those years, MURPHY BROWN racked up multiple Emmy and Golden Globes wins for Outstanding Comedy and for Bergen, as well as other awards. Now Bergen and series creator Diane English are back with CBS’s series revival of MURPHY BROWN on Thursday nights, with a Thanksgiving episode airing on November 22. There are lots of familiar faces as many of the original cast have returned, including Faith Ford, Joe Regalbuto, Grant Shaud, and Charles Kimbrough. Something new to MURPHY […]Read On »

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ORIGIN: Creator Mika Watkins chats about new sci-fi series with fellow executive producers – Exclusive Interview

ORIGIN - Season 1 Key Art | ©2018 YouTube

In ORIGIN, the new series now streaming on YouTube Premium (the first episode can be seen for free on regular YouTube), a group of strangers have set out with the hopes of beginning new lives on a distant planet. However, they are awakened mid-journey when something goes wrong with the ship. Now each one must confront his or her past in order to deal with a dangerous present. Mika Watkins created ORIGIN, and is an executive producer on it with Rob Bullock and Suzanne Mackie, both of Left Bank Pictures. ASSIGNMENT X: Was the idea of ORIGIN always to show […]Read On »

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MARS: Actor Esai Morales and showrunner Dee Johnson chat Season 2 – Exclusive Interview

Esai Morales in Season 2 of MARS | ©2018 National Georgraphic/Dusan Martincek

National Geographic Channel’s series MARS has been described as a hybrid. Now in its second season on Monday nights, MARS employs both scripted drama and documentary footage to explore how what is happening in the real world today could be mirrored when humanity attempts to colonize a new planet. Dee Johnson is the Season 2 show runner and an executive producer on MARS. Esai Morales (who coincidentally portrayed another Earth-originated dweller of another planet as a series regular on CAPRICA) plays wealthy industrialist Roland St. John, whose company clashes with the scientists already in residence on Mars. Both Johnson and […]Read On »

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CAMPING: Co-creator Jenni Konner on new HBO comedy series – Exclusive Interview

CAMPING - Season 1 Key Art | ©2018 HBO

HBO’s Sunday-night half-hour comedy CAMPING is based on a British series of the same name, which was created by Julia Davis. Lena Dunham and Jenni Konner, who both serve as executive producers on the new edition, adapted the American version for HBO. Jennifer Garner stars as ultra-controlling Kathryn McSorley-Jodell, who plans a group camping trip to celebrate the fortieth birthday of mild-mannered husband Walt (David Tennant). The excursion brings out the worst in everyone. Konner, who was also a executive producer on HBO’s GIRLS with Dunham (the two ended their creative partnership earlier this year), directed several episodes of CAMPING, […]Read On »

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MARS: JiHae gives the scoop on Season 2 – Exclusive Interview

MARS - Season 2 Key Art |©2018 National Geographic

MARS has its second season premiere on National Geographic Monday, November 12. The series, executive produced by Brian Grazer and Ron Howard, is an unusual blend of scripted drama and documentary footage as it tells of the first colony on Mars. Actors portray scientists and colonists, whose adventures are intercut with interviews with real scientists and astronauts. Documentary coverage of clashes between science and industry in areas like the Arctic Circle are contrasted with similar imagined conflicts on the Red Planet. JiHae (pronounced JEE-hay) portrays twin sisters Hana and Joon Seung. Hana is an American pilot and systems engineer on […]Read On »

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LETHAL WEAPON: Michelle Mitchenor chats Season 3 – Exclusive Interview

Michelle Mitchenor in LETHAL WEAPON - Season 3| ©2018 Fox Broadcasting Co. / Peter Yang

In Season 3 of Fox Network’s LETHAL WEAPON on Tuesday nights, Michelle Mitchenor’s character, detective Sonya Bailey, is getting a new partner. Louie “the Gute” Gutierrez will be introduced in Season 3’s sixth episode, and is reported to be something of a wild card. Meanwhile, Bailey and the rest of the squad are still getting to know former CIA operative Wesley Cole (Seann William Scott), who is now partnered with Detective Roger Murtaugh (Damon Wayans), following the death of Murtaugh’s previous partner Martin Riggs (Clayne Crawford). Mitchenor, whose other credits include in Spike Lee’s CHI-RAQ and the series BLACK BOOTS, […]Read On »

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