Exclusive Interview: THE AMERICANS creator Joe Weisberg on Season 1

Keri Russell and Matthew Rhys in THE AMERICANS - Season 1 | ©2013 FX/Frank Ockenfels

FX’s THE AMERICANS  has its first-season finale tonight, May 1 at 10 PM, but the series was already renewed for a second season by the time its second episode aired. The story begins in the early Eighties, at the beginning of Ronald Reagan’s presidency. Philip and Elizabeth Jennings, played respectively by Matthew Rhys and Keri Russell, have been married almost fifteen years, have two kids and seem to be a thoroughly conventional suburban couple. They are in fact KGB spies for what was then theSoviet Union.Elizabeth is a true believer; Philip is having doubts. More urgently, although the marriage was […]Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: BONES star Tamara Taylor on Season 8

Tamara Taylor in BONES | ©2013 Fox/Justin Stephens

BONES, the Fox hit that’s having its eighth season finale tonight, Monday at 8 PM, has been picked up for Season 9. Heroine Temperance “Bones” Brennan, played by Emily Deschanel, is arguably the bossiest person at the Jeffersonian lab, where she is the forensic anthropologist. However, the person officially in charge of the lab is forensic pathologist Dr. Camille Saroyan, played by Tamara Taylor. Camhas had an interesting tenure on the show. When she arrived at the beginning of Season 2, it was discovered that she had a romantic past with David Boreanaz’s character FBI agent Seeley Booth, which rekindled into […]Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: Luke Goss targets the RED WIDOW

Christoff Lundgren and Luke Goss in RED WIDOW | ©2013 ABC/Bob D'Amico

In RED WIDOW, ABC Sunday nights at 10, Radha Mitchell stars as Marta Walraven, a wife and mother. Although her father Andrei (Rade Serbedzija) is a Russian mob boss settled in the U.S., her brother Irwin (Wil Traval) works for him and her husband deals in marijuana, Marta has steered clear of the criminal world. Then her husband is murdered and Marta must work with her father’s rival Christian Schiller, played by Goran Visnjic, to track down the killer. Andrei’s closest associate is Luther, a terse, physically intimidating gentleman played by Luke Goss. Luther is Eastern European, but Goss hails […]Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: SCANDAL star Columbus Short on the hit ABC series

Columbus Short in SCANDAL - Season 2 - "Snake in the Garden" | ©2013 ABC/Danny Feld

On SCANDAL, the Shonda Rhimes-created series in its second season Thursday nights at 10 on ABC, it seems like everybody is in a constant state of crisis. There are assassinations, election-rigging, adultery, lies, heartbreak, you name it. But then, Olivia Pope (Kerry Washington) of Washington,D.C.’s Pope & Associates is an expert fixer, so things in her world would be pretty intense even if she weren’t in an on-again/off-again affair with the married President of the United States (Tony Goldwyn). Fortunately, Olivia has people on her team she can turn to, especially Columbus Short’s lawyer character Harrison Wright. Harrison used lies […]Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: LUCKY BASTARD Director Robert Nathan on his indie thriller – Part 2

LUCKY BASTARD | ©2013 Vineyard Haven Pictures

In Part 2 of Assignment X’s exclusive interview with Robert Nathan about LUCKY BASTARD, the NC-17 thriller set in the adult film industry that Nathan directed and co-wrote/co-produced with Lukas Kendall, the filmmaker talks working with the cast and about the movie’s themes. ASSIGNMENT X: What was the rehearsal process like? ROBERT NATHAN: I knew we’d be tight on time during shooting. You’re shooting essentially at television pace, not feature film pace, because time is expensive. So a lot of the character development happened in long discussions with the actors before we started shooting. When shooting we’d rehearse a scene […]Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: Michaela Conlin talks BONES Season 8 and Season 9

Michaela Conlin in BONES - Season 8 | ©2013 Fox/Justin Stephens

Michaela Conlin has spent eight years on BONES, currently airing on Fox Monday nights at 8 PM, as artist/facial reconstruction specialist Angela Montenegro. Angela is now married to TJ Thyne’s character entomologist Dr. Jack Hodgins and, as of Season 6, mother of little Michael Vincent Hodgins. At a party thrown by Fox for the Television Critics Association, Conlin and her BONES colleagues are celebrating the official announcement of the series’ pickup for a ninth season. The actress takes time to talk about playing Angela. ASSIGNMENT X: Congratulations on the Season 9 pickup. Did you have to think about, “Do I want […]Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: DEFIANCE star Grant Bowler on the new Syfy series – Part 2

Grant Bowler in DEFIANCE - Season 1 | ©2013 Syfy/Ben Mark Holzberg

In Part 2 of ASSIGNMENT X’s exclusive interview with DEFIANCE star Grant Bowler, who plays Lawkeeper Joshua “Jeb” Nolan on the Syfy series – which has come out simultaneously with a multi-platform DEFIANCE videogame – the actor talks working with CGI, crews in different countries and his werewolf days on TRUE BLOOD. ASSIGNMENT X: How is it interacting with the aspects to be added later in CGI? Are you good at visualizing, “Okay, this is a cliff and this is …?” BOWLER: I haven’t done much of it before. I think I shot more VFX stuff in the pilot than […]Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: Vincent Paterson on Michael Jackson’s THRILLER and THE ’80S: THE DECADE THAT MADE US

THE '80s - THE DECADE THAT MADE US

Even people who weren’t alive during the Eighties are familiar with the cultural icon that is MICHAEL JACKSON’S THRILLER, not only the song, but the music video with its oft-recreated zombie dance. National Geographic Channel features THRILLER in its new documentary series THE ‘80S: THE DECADE THAT MADE US. One of the subjects of the documentary is Vincent Paterson, the assistant choreographer on THRILLER who has gone on to work as a director/choreographer with music stars in a variety of genres. Paterson gave Assignment X an exclusive interview on his thoughts on the decade that made THRILLER. ASSIGNMENT X: There […]Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: Grant Bowler on his act of DEFIANCE – Part 1

Grant Bowler in DEFIANCE - Season 1 | ©2013 Syfy/Joe Pugliese

There are plenty of videogames that have been adapted from films and TV series, and plenty of films that have been adapted from videogames, but Syfy’s and Trion Worlds’ DEFIANCE is the first project to debut simultaneously as a narrative television show and a multi-platform video game. Both debut Monday, April 15, with the TV series having a two-hour premiere at 9 PM (its regular Monday timeslot thereafter). In DEFIANCE, a space-going fleet carrying seven different alien races, collectively known as the Votan, arrived on Earth, resulting in huge changes in the landscape, flora and fauna. It’s been nine years […]Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: THE FOLLOWING star Annie Parisse on playing FBI Special Agent Parker

Annie Parisse in THE FOLLOWING - Season 1 | ©2013 Fox/Michael Lavine

In Fox’s freshman hit THE FOLLOWING, Monday nights at 9 PM, it seems like Annie Parisse’s character, FBI agent and cult specialist Debra Parker, is one of the good guys. But on this serial killer thriller, created by Kevin Williamson, it’s hard to tell. Did Jacob (Nico Tortorella), a devoted follower of charismatic multiple murderer Joe Carroll (James Purefoy) spare Parker in last week’s episode because he needed leverage against series hero Ryan Hardy (Kevin Bacon), or did Parker reveal something to Jacob while we weren’t looking? Parisse, of course, is hardly likely to share an answer to that question. […]Read On »

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