Exclusive Interview: Austin Basis discusses BEAUTY AND THE BEAST Season 2 and playing J.T. Forbes

Austin Basis at the CBS Summer Press Junket | ©2014 Sue Schneider

CBS held a Summer Press Day at the London Hotel in West Hollywood recently and ASSIGNMENT X got the chance to interview Austin Basis, who portrays J.T. Forbes on the CW’s TV show BEAUTY AND THE BEAST. His best friend is Vincent Keller (Jay Ryan) and he tries to always have his beasty friend’s back! BEAUTY AND THE BEAST returned on June 2nd, and 3 of the 6 episodes left in Season 2 have aired so far. ASSIGNMENT X: Since the show has been picked up, how many episodes will Season 3 be? AUSTIN BASIS: I am not sure at […]Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: Raphael Sbarge on MURDER IN THE FIRST and ONCE UPON A TIME

Raphael Sbarge in MURDER IN THE FIRST - Season 1 - "Who's Your Daddy?" | ©2014 TNT/Doug Hyun

Actor Raphael Sbarge had an interesting first half of 2014. He commuted back and forth between Vancouver, where he plays psychologist – and former cricket – Archie Hopper in ONCE UPON A TIME, and San Francisco and Los Angeles, where he plays Detective David Volk in TNT’s new series MURDER IN THE FIRST, created by Eric Lodal and the prolific Steven Bochco (NYPD BLUE, L.A. LAW and HILL STREET BLUES are a few of his other inventions). MURDER IN THE FIRST, which airs Mondays at 10 PM, takes place in San Francisco, where the murder of the assistant of a […]Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: Eric Dane commands THE LAST SHIP on TNT

Eric Dane in THE LAST SHIP - Season 1 | ©2014 TNT/Michael Muller

Probably not many people go from being a respected doctor to a U.S. Navy commander, but that’s where Eric Dane’s acting career has taken him. After the San Francisco native’s character Mark Sloane died on GREY’S ANATOMY, the actor was cast as U.S. Navy commander Tom Chandler in TNT’s THE LAST SHIP. THE LAST SHIP, which premieres on TNT Sunday, June 22 at 9 PM, takes us aboardChandler’s destroyer just as a deadly plague sweeps the globe.Chandler must deal with eager but rebellious scientists who want to research and cure the disease, crew members who would rather go back to […]Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: Luke Pasqualino on THE MUSKETEERS and playing D’Artagnan

Luke Pasqualino is D'Artagnan in THE MUSKETEERS | ©2014 BBC America/Larry Horricks

Alexandre Dumas’ novel THE THREE MUSKETEERS has been adapted for the big screen a number of times. Now BBC America has THE MUSKETEERS, which premieres Sunday, June 22. The series keeps seventeenth-century warriors Porthos (Howard Charles), Athos (Tom Burke) and Aramis (Santiago Cabrera) together, joined by the eager D’Artagnan, played by Luke Pasqualino, all still fighting for monarch and country. The storyline diverges somewhat from the familiar plot of the book, but our heroes are still up against the nefarious Cardinal Richelieu (Peter Capaldi). Pasqualino, who hails from Peterborough, England, previously played Paolo in Showtime’s series THE BORGIAS and the […]Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: Jaime Murray on DEFIANCE on Season 2

Jamie Murray as Stahma Tarr in DEFIANCE - Season 2 | ©2014 Syfy/Joe Pugliese

We’re only at the start of Season 2 of Syfy’s DEFIANCE, returning Thursday June 19, but Jaime Murray’s character Stahma Tarr has already established herself as one of the more formidable antagonists of either gender in science fiction. In DEFIANCE, it’s thirty-five years after seven alien races, collectively known as the Votan, crash-landed on Earth. One of these species is the Castithan, a caste-and-status-conscious group. Stahma is a highborn Castithan who married Datak Tarr, played by Tony Curran, who has risen to prominence in the town of Defiance, formerly St. Louis,MO. Stahma plays the respectful wife, but she shamelessly manipulates […]Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: Terry O’Quinn chats GANG RELATED

Terry O'Quinn in GANG RELATED - Season 1 | ©2014 Fox/Patrick Hoelck

In Fox’s new drama GANG RELATED, Thursdays at 9 PM, Ramon Rodriguez plays Ryan Lopez, who has just been accepted into LAPD’s prestigious, and dangerous, Gang Task Force. What no one in the LAPD knows is that Ryan is actually the adopted son of gang patriarch Javier Acosta (played by Cliff Curtis) and originally joined the police as a mole. However, Ryan takes his duties seriously, and his divided loyalties are beginning to take their toll. Terry O’Quinn plays Ryan’s task force boss, Sam Chapel. O’Quinn, who made an indelible impression as the title character in the original film THE […]Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: Taye Diggs chats MURDER IN THE FIRST on TNT

Taye Diggs in MURDER IN THE FIRST - Season 1 | ©2014 TNT/James White

In TNT’s MURDER IN THE FIRST, premiering Monday June 9, Taye Diggs plays San Francisco police detective Terry English, who suffers a terrible loss in the first episode. Terry tries to overcome his emotions as he and his partner Hildy Mulligan, played by Kathleen Robertson, investigate a pair of murders, one of which involves a very rich, very smart entrepreneur (Tom Felton) who may have killed his employee. MURDER IN THE FIRST is Diggs’ return to starring as a series regular after he wrapped six seasons as Dr. Sam Bennett on PRIVATE PRACTICE last year. He previously series leads in […]Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: Jamie Bell talks TURN Season 1 and more

Jamie Bell in TURN - Season 1 | ©2014 AMC

In TURN, based on Alexander Rose’s nonfiction book WASHINGTON’S SPIES, Jamie Bell stars as historical figure Abraham Woodhull. Abe is a cabbage farmer living in the American colonies in the eighteenth century when war breaks out. Abe initially wants to stay out of the conflict, but he’s recruited by his friend Ben Talmadge (Seth Numrich) to join the Culper Ring, a band of spies who answer to General George Washington. The AMC series has its first-season finale Sunday, June 8, at 9 PM. AMC has presented a Q&A panel at the Pasadena Langham Huntington Hotel for the Television Critics Association […]Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: Fran Kranz on THE LORD OF CATAN and more – PART 2

Fran Kranz at the Los Angeles Premiere Screening of MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING | ©2013 Sue Schneider

In addition to THE LORD OF CATAN, Kranz worked with more of his DOLLHOUSE friends on the feature film LUST FOR LOVE, which recurs on VoD and is currently available on iTunes. Kranz stars opposite Dichen Lachman (DOLLHOUSE, LAST RESORT), who also produced, in the low-budget independent romantic comedy. Other DOLLHOUSE personnel appearing in the film include Enver Gjokaj, Miracle Laurie, Felicia Day and Maurissa Tancharoen. ASSIGNMENT X: At one point did Dichen Lachman come to you and say, “Would you like to do a movie where the budget is a buck-ninety-five?” FRAN KRANZ: My God, is it that much? […]Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: Howie Mandel on AMERICA’S GOT TALENT Season 9

Howie Mandel is a judge on AMERICA'S GOT TALENT - Season 9 | ©2014 NBC/Justin Stephens

AMERICA’S GOT TALENT, NBC’s summer variety show, is back for its ninth season, and comedian/actor/producer Howie Mandel is back as one of its judges, along with Mel B (aka Melanie Brown), Heidi Klum and Howard Stern. Mandel is present at a Q&A session that NBC holds for TALENT, which airs Tuesdays at 8 PM. Following the panel, Mandel comes to the edge of the stage to answer some follow-up questions. ASSIGNMENT X: Is the performer in you satisfied with your judging duties here, or does watching other people perform make you want to perform more, or …? HOWIE MANDEL: My […]Read On »

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