THE RIGHT STUFF: Actor Jake McDorman talks about how astronauts deal with fear – Exclusive Interview – Part 2

Jake McDorman as Alan Shepard in THE RIGHT STUFF | ©2020 National Geographic/Gene Page

In Part 2 of our exclusive interview with actor Jake McDorman, he talks more about portraying real-life astronaut Alan Shepard in Disney+’s new series THE RIGHT STUFF. Based on Tom Wolfe’s nonfiction book about the beginnings of the NASA space program, the first season of THE RIGHT STUFF focuses on the Mercury 7 mission. The series premieres on Disney+ on Friday, October 9. ASSIGNMENT X: Of the various astronauts’ achievements, is there one that you particularly would have liked to have done yourself – first man in space, first man on the moon, longest in orbit? JAKE McDORMAN: I’ve got […]Read On »

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THE RIGHT STUFF: Actor Jake McDorman on new series based on the Tom Wolfe book – Exclusive Interview – Part 1

THE RIGHT STUFF Key Art | ©2020 National Geographic

THE RIGHT STUFF, Tom Wolfe’s nonfiction book about the beginnings of the NASA space program, was first published in 1979. It was subsequently adapted as a 1983 feature film, which was nominated for a Best Picture Oscar (and won four technical Oscars). Now THE RIGHT STUFF is a television series, which premieres its eight-episode first season on Disney+ on Friday, October 9. It deals with the Mercury Program in the late ‘50s and early ‘60s. Seven astronauts, all former fighter pilots, train together while jockeying to be the first man in space. None of the men are prepared for the […]Read On »

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NEXT: Creator Manny Coto on Season 1 of the new Fox sci-fi thriller series – Exclusive Interview

Eve Harlow, Aaron Clifton Moten, Michael Mosley, Jason Butler Harner, John Slattery, Fernanda Andrade, Evan Whitten, Elizabeth Cappuccino and Gerardo Celasco in NEXT - Season 1 | ©2020 Fox/Miller Mobley

NEXT, premiering Tuesday, October 6 on Fox, is a thriller about an artificial intelligence program (aka AI) that has achieved superintelligence. This terrifies its creator, Paul LeBlanc (John Slattery), who teams up with a Homeland Security cybercrime task force in an attempt to stop the AI from advancing a homicidal agenda. Manny Coto created NEXT and serves as an executive producer. Coto won a Dramatic Series Emmy in 2006 for his work as one of the executive producers (and writers) on 24. He also created the series THE ½ HOUR NEWS HOUR, and has served as an executive producer/writer on […]Read On »

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FARGO: Actor Ben Whishaw gives the scoop on Season 4 – Exclusive Interview

Ben Whishaw as Rabbi Milligan in FARGO - Season 4 | ©2020 FX/Matthias Clamer

FARGO begins its fourth season on FX Sunday, September 27; it will be available the next day on FX on Hulu. The series, developed by writer/director/show runner Noah Hawley from the Coen Brothers film, is a crime anthology set in the Midwest, with linked stories that go from era to era. The season was originally set to premiere in April, but COVID-19 interrupted production. Season 4 of FARGO is set in the ‘50s, when rival gangster groups swap the young sons of their leaders in a hostage bid that’s meant to foster harmony. This being FARGO, that seems unlikely. Ben […]Read On »

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FRONTLINE: THE CHOICE 2020: Producer Michael Kirk on the new PBS documentary – Exclusive Interview

FRONTLINE: THE CHOICE 2020 | ©2020 PBS

FRONTLINE will present THE CHOICE 2020 on PBS, Tuesday September 22. The two-hour program is an exploration of the backgrounds, shaping forces and leadership styles of U.S. presidential candidates President Donald J. Trump and former Vice-President Joe Biden. Michael Kirk, who has received sixteen Emmy Awards (and many more nominations) for his work as a producer, director, writer, and telejournalist, has been with FRONTLINE since its inception. As part of PBS’s portion of this summer’s virtual Television Critics Association (TCA) press tour, he gives Assignment X an exclusive interview about his work with FRONTLINE and THE CHOICE 2020. ASSIGNMENT X: […]Read On »

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FILTHY RICH: Executive producer John Norris on new Fox series – Exclusive Interview

Aaron Lazar as Reverend Paul Thomas, Deneen Tyler as Nora Ellington, Mark L. Young as Jason Conley, Melia Kreiling as Ginger Sweet, Benjamin Aquilar as Antonio Rivera, Gerald McRaney as Eugene Monreaux, Kim Cattrall as Margaret Monreaux, Aubrey Dollar as Rose Monreaux, Corey Cott as Eric Monreaux, Olivia Macklin as Becky Monreaux and Steve Harris as Franklin Lee in FILTHY RICH - Season 1 in "John 3:3" | ©2020 Fox / Justin Stephens

FILTHY RICH, premiering Monday September 21 on Fox, is a dark comedy/drama series about a mega-church ministry. When Sunshine Network founder Eugene Monreaux (Gerald McRaney) dies in a plane crash, his widow Margaret (Kim Cattrall) is left to not only hold their empire together, but also to deal with the revelation that Eugene has several previously unknown offspring, all hoping for an inheritance. John Norris is an executive producer on FILTHY RICH, alongside series creator Tate Taylor; the pair’s previous projects include the Oscar-winning film THE HELP. Norris talks about FILTHY RICH’s origins, his background in visual effects, why he […]Read On »

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AGATHA RAISIN: Executive producer Barry Ryan on the AcornTV series – Exclusive Interview

Ashley Jensen in AGATHA RAISIN - Season 3 - "As The Pig Turns" | ©2020 Acorn TV

AGATHA RAISIN is now streaming its first three seasons on AcornTV, with a fourth season commissioned. Based on the series of comedic murder mysteries by the late M.C. Beaton (real name Marion Chesney Gibbons), AGATHA RAISIN stars Ashley Jensen as title character, a well-to-do former p.r. woman who moves to the English countryside and finds herself compelled to investigate local crime. AGATHA RAISIN has an unconventional production history. Season 1 premiered in 2014. It then was out of production until 2018, when Season 2 was finally made. Executive producer Barry Ryan, who has been with AGATHA RAISIN since its inception, […]Read On »

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MATADOR: Actor Gabriel Luna gives the scoop on the action series – Exclusive Interview

Gabriel Luna in MATADOR - Season 1 | ©2014 El Rey

MATADOR originally aired on the El Rey Network in 2014. The series is now available in its entirety on Amazon Prime. Despite the title, MATADOR has nothing to do with bullfighting. Instead, Gabriel Luna stars as DEA agent Tony Bravo. Tony unexpectedly has his daydreams of being a professional soccer player fulfilled when he’s recruited by the CIA to try out for the L.A. Riot team in order to spy on its owner, international criminal Andres Galan (Alfred Molina). When Tony surprises his CIA handlers by securing a spot on the squad, his missions become more dangerous. When MATADOR, created […]Read On »

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Actor Doug Jones – Part 2: THE SHAPE OF WATER, WHAT WE DO IN THE SHADOWS and more – Exclusive Interview

Doug Jones is the Amphibian Man in THE SHAPE OF WATER | ©2017 Fox Searchlight

In the second half of our exclusive phone interview with actor Doug Jones, he reflects on his work with filmmaker Guillermo del Toro in the Best Picture Oscar-winning THE SHAPE OF WATER. Jones, in heavy prosthetics and costume, played Amphibian Man, aka the Asset, aka “Charlie Tuna.” Jones’s character and mute office worker Elisa (Sally Hawkins) fall passionately in love with one another as she attempts to rescue him from evil captors. Jones also talks about his work on FX Networks’ WHAT WE DO IN THE SHADOWS, how he’s dealing with fame at this point in his career, and more. […]Read On »

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Actor Doug Jones – Part 1: The scoop on STAR TREK: DISCOVERY Season 1 and 2 – Exclusive Interview

Doug Jones as Lieutenant Saru in STAR TREK: DISCOVERY - Season 2 - "New Eden" | ©2018 CBS Interactive/Ben Mark Holzberg

Doug Jones is finally getting recognized for his work. It’s not that he’s a newcomer – Jones has been in Hollywood since the ‘80s, and has been in a number of huge projects – but he’s spent most of his career under enormous amounts of prosthetic makeup and complicated costumes. Originally from Indiana, Jones trained both as an actor and as a mime, a background that has allowed him to move persuasively as all sorts of fantastic, otherworldly, and/or alien beings. Filmmaker Guillermo del Toro has worked with Jones for decades, starting with MIMIC in 1997, which had Jones playing […]Read On »

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