Exclusive Interview: PARADE’S END director Susanna White talks about the HBO mini-series

Benedict Cumberbatch in PARADE'S END | ©2013 HBO/Nick Briggs

HBO’s five-hour miniseries PARADE’S END, based on a series of four novels by Ford Madox Ford, concerns the relationship between upper-class, deeply ethical Christopher Tietjens, played by Benedict Cumberbatch, his adulterous wife, played by Rebecca Hall, and the suffragette he falls for, played by Adelaide Clemens, before, during and after WWI. Running this Tuesday through Thursday, PARADE’S END has been adapted for the screen by famed dramatist Tom Stoppard, with all episodes directed by Susanna White. White, an Englishwoman, got her start as a director on an episode of the BLEAK HOUSE series and has subsequently gone between feature films, episodics […]Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: BONES guest star Pej Vahdat on Season 8 and more – Part 2

Emily Deschanel and Pej Vahdat in BONES - Season 6 - "The Signs in the Silence" | ©2011 Fox/Adam Taylor

In Part 2 of our exclusive interview with Pej Vahdat, who plays Arastoo Viziri on BONES, the actor talks about his life before acting, his work on SHAMELESS and the recent BONES episode “The Patriot in Purgatory.” AX: Did you always want to be an actor? PEJ VAHDAT: Actually, I played professional tennis before I was an actor. I played in the junior circuit, I played for theU.S. on the junior circuit, I played in college, and then I turned pro my junior year in college, and then after summer on the tour, I just wasn’t very happy and I […]Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: Valorie Curry makes a killing on THE FOLLOWING

Valorie Curry in THE FOLLOWING - Season 1 | ©2013 Fox/Michael Lavine

On Fox’s new Kevin Williamson-created series THE FOLLOWING, Mondays at 9 PM, Kevin Bacon’s character, once and re-deputized FBI agent Ryan Harding is trying to stop serial killer Joe Carroll (James Purefoy) from striking again. The big problem here is that, while Joe is locked up, he’s got a surprising number of innocuous-seeming people walking free who are eager to do his murderous bidding. Chief among these followers is sweet-faced Emma Hill, played by Valorie Curry. Emma went so far as to spend years as the nanny for Joe’s young son, just so that she could snatch the child at […]Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: CALIFORNICATION star Evan Handler talks playing an agent

Evan Handler in CALIFORNICATION | ©2013 Showtime/Randy Tepper

On CALIFORNICATION, the half-hour black comedy created by Tom Kapinos, now in its sixth season on Showtime Sundays at 10:30 PM, David Duchovny’s character Hank Moody may be messed up, but he’s often an island of sanity compared to his agent Charlie Runkle, played by Evan Handler. New Yorker Handler memorably played Harry Goldenblatt in eighteen episodes of HBO’s SEX AND THE CITY, but he’s also well known for TIME ON FIRE, the one-man show he wrote and starred in, based on his memoir about surviving cancer treatment. Handler wrote a follow-up volume, IT’S ONLY TEMPORARY, which has just been […]Read On »

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Exclusive Interview and Photos: AUSTIN & ALLY star Ross Lynch on fame, music and family

Raini Rodriguez, Ross Lynch and Laura Marano at the Radio Disney N.B.T. (Next Big Thing) event | ©2012 Sue Schneider

Ross Lynch stars as Austin Moon on Disney Channel’s hit show, AUSTIN & ALLY. Austin, an overnight Internet sensation is trying to make it big in the music business. With the help of his friend Trish De la Rosa (Raini Rodriguez) who manages Austin, which sometimes backfires no matter how hard she tries. Finally signed to a record label, Starr Records his dream is about to come true, along with his good friend Ally Dawson (Laura Marano) who writes all his songs. Ally works at her fathers music store Sonic Boom, but is too shy to sing herself. Calum Worthy […]Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: Zeljko Ivanek discusses THE MOB DOCTOR

Zeljko Ivanek in THE MOB DOCTOR - Season 1 -"Sibling Rivalry" | ©2012 Fox/Nathan Bell

On THE MOB DOCTOR, now wrapping up its first and only season on Fox with an episode tonight, Monday at 9 PM, and a finale on Saturday, January 5 at 9 PM, Jordana Spiro plays Grace Devlin, a talented Chicago surgeon who has obligations to organized crime. Zeljko Ivanek plays Grace’s hospital boss, Dr. Stafford White. It’s been a busy year for Ivanek, who’s had roles in four major feature films – ARGO, SEVEN PSYCHOPATHS, THE WORDS and THE BOURNE LEGACY – plus done a New York stage play. The Slovenia-born actor has been working almost nonstop since he started […]Read On »

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Exclusive Interview with the IT’S A SPONGEBOB CHRISTMAS stop motion special creative team

IT'S A SPONGEBOB CHRISTMAS | ©2012 Nickelodeon

For over thirteen years, SPONGEBOB SQUAREPANTS has been a Nickelodeon cartoon staple and even though there have been Christmas episodes over the years, there’s never been a stop-motion Christmas special. That’s all changed with IT’S A SPONGEBOB CHRISTMAS! which takes the little sponge who lives under the sea and forces him to deal with Plankton’s evil plan to turn everyone into a jerk for Christmas. The special already aired on CBS and will be making its Nickelodeon debut tonight. ASSIGNMENT X spoke with co-directors Seamus Walsh and Mark Caballero as well as producer Chris Finnegan about the complicated process in […]Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: Morena Baccarin on HOMELAND

Morena Baccarin in HOMELAND - Season 2 - "The Clearing" | ©2012 Showtime/Kent Smith

The first season of Showtime’s HOMELAND received six Emmy Awards, including Outstanding Drama, Outstanding Actress for Claire Danes and Outstanding Actor for Damien Lewis. Now in its second season, Sundays at 10 PM, HOMELAND, adapted and produced for American television by Howard Gordon and Alex Gansa, keeps up its breakneck pace. Danes’ CIA agent Carrie Mathison is more worried than ever about a terrorist attack onU.S. soil, due in part to her complicated relationship with Lewis’ Congressman Nicholas Brody. Brody was a U.S. Marine who was captured and spent eight years in the hands of a terrorist; when Brody was […]Read On »

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Exclusive Interview with THE NEW NORMAL star Georgia King

Georgia King in THE NEW NORMAL - Season 1 | ©2012 NBC/Timothy White

In NBC’s THE NEW NORMAL, created by Ali Adler and Ryan Murphy, Midwesterner Goldie Clemmons, played by Georgia King, takes her young daughter Shania (Bebe Wood) and strikes out for California in the hopes of making a better life for both of them. This so upsets Goldie’s conservative grandmother Jane (Ellen Barkin) that the older woman follows them to the West Coast, hoping to browbeat Goldie into returning to their home state. Then Goldie meets gay couple David Murray (Justin Bartha) and Bryan Collins (Andrew Rannells), who long to be parents. Goldie agrees to serve as their surrogate, carrying the […]Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: The dirty deeds of DEXTER guest star Jason Gedrick

Jason Gedrick in DEXTER - Season 7 - "Buck the System" | ©2012 Showtime/Randy Tepper

In Season 7 of DEXTER, on Showtime Sundays at 9 PM, Jason Gedrick plays George Novikov, manager of the Miami strip club the Fox Hole, which is owned by the Russian mob. George is busy making life difficult for any number of people right now, especially Detective Joey Quinn (Desmond Harrington) and even George’s boss Isaak Sirko (Ray Stevenson). Gedrick came to public attention in heroic roles, like the lead in IRON EAGLE and firefighter Krizminski in BACKDRAFT. Lately, though, he’s played more unsavory types. Talking at a party thrown poolside at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel in celebration of the […]Read On »

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