PALEYFEST: Paley Center LA Vice President Rene Reyes on the 2021 Edition – Exclusive Interview

PALEYFEST LA 2021: Key Art | ©2021 PaleyFest

PaleyFestLA is an event typically held several times a year. Sponsored by the Paley Center for Media, PaleyFestLA has moderated panels with the cast and creators of various television shows. The bad news: COVID-19 prevents this spring’s panels from being held in person. The good news: people can watch the initial slate of programming from anywhere – not just Los Angeles – for free on the Paley Center’s dedicated channel on Verizon Media’s Yahoo Entertainment, beginning Tuesday, March 30, 10 AM ET/7 AM PT. Paley Center members have access beginning Friday, March 26. This PaleyFestLA, the series include BIG SKY, […]Read On »

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TURN: WASHINGTON’S SPIES: The creator and executive producer talk spy thriller – Exclusive Interview (Reprint)

Kevin McNally as Judge Woodhull , Burn Gorman as Major Hewlett and Jamie Bell as Abe Woodhull in TURN - Season 1 | ©2014 AMC/ Frank Ockenfels 3

TURN: WASHINGTON’S SPIES originally ran for four seasons, 2014-2017, on AMC. The series is now available in its entirety on Netflix. Based on historian Alexander Rose’s nonfiction book WASHINGTON’S SPIES, TURN: WASHINGTON’S SPIES is a thriller set during the American Revolutionary War. George Washington has a network of spies working for him against the British. An initially reluctant recruit to this cause is cabbage farmer Abe Woodhull, played by Jamie Bell (BILLY ELLIOTT). This is a reprint of our interview that originally ran on May 8, 2014. Following a Q&A panel held by AMC for the Television Critics Association, author […]Read On »

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MR MERCEDES: Brendan Gleeson on the series based on the novel by Stephen King – Exclusive Interview

MR. MERCEDES - Season 2 key art | ©2018 AT&T Audience Network

MR MERCEDES, which originally aired for three seasons, 2017-2019, on AT&T Audience Network, is now available on Peacock, NBC’s streaming service. Seasons 1 and 2 are free; Season 3 is available on the premium tier. Brendan Gleeson plays retired homicide detective Bill Hodges. Based on the novel by Stephen King, MR MERCEDES follows Bill’s dogged pursuit of the title character (Harry Treadaway), who used a stolen car to commit mass murder and is intending to kill even more people. This interview originally ran in ASSIGNMENT X on October 11, 2017. Gleeson, who hails from Dublin, Ireland, has been working steadily […]Read On »

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HANNIBAL: Creator Bryan Fuller on fan reaction, theme and more – Exclusive Interview – Part 3

Hugh Dancy, Laurence Fishburne and Mads Mikkelsen in HANNIBAL - Season 1 | ©2013 NBC/Robert Trachtenberg

This story was originally posted on ASSIGNMENT X  on July 9, 2015 and is being reprinted to highlight the series re-airing on Amazon Prime. In the final part of Assignment X’s reprint of our exclusive interview with Bryan Fuller, which originally ran July 9, 2015, the HANNIBAL executive producer/show runner/creator – adapting from Thomas Harris’ novels – talks about fan reaction, food as a narrative theme and more. The series ran for three years, 2013-2015, on NBC, and is now available in its entirety on Amazon Prime. AX: Is there anything about the fan reaction to HANNIBAL that has surprised […]Read On »

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HANNIBAL: Creator Bryan Fuller on the cult series adapted from the Thomas Harris novels – Exclusive Interview – Part 2

HANNIBAL | ©2013 NBC

This story was originally posted on ASSIGNMENT X  on July 3, 2015 and is being reprinted to highlight the series re-airing on Amazon Prime. HANNIBAL originally ran on NBC for three seasons, 2013-2015. It is now available in its entirety on Amazon Prime. Executive producer Bryan Fuller, who has adapted Thomas Harris’ novels about the charismatic, cannibalistic serial killer of the title, played here by Mads Mikkelsen, told various news outlets at the time of the show’s cancellation that “NBC has allowed us to craft a television series that no other broadcast network would have dared,” expressing his gratitude to […]Read On »

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HANNIBAL: Creator Bryan Fuller on the three-season TV series – Exclusive Interview – Part 1

HANNIBAL Season 3 Key Art | ©2014 NBC

This story was originally posted on ASSIGNMENT X  on June 17, 2015 and is being reprinted to highlight the series re-airing on Amazon Prime. HANNIBAL, the three-season series adapted by executive producer Bryan Fuller from Thomas Harris’s novels (as well as the films based on them, including MANHUNTER and THE SILENCE OF THE LAMBS), is now streaming in its entirety on Amazon Prime. CBS is currently airing a whole new take on the novels, CLARICE, on Thursday nights, which refers to but never names the serial killer, who helped Clarice Starling (played on the show by Rebecca Breeds) capture a […]Read On »

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HONOUR: Executive producer Liza Marshall on new British film – Exclusive Interview

Keeley Hawes in HONOUR| ©2021 Britbox

HONOUR is a fact-based drama that follows the investigation, led by British police detective Caroline Goode (played by Keeley Hawes, also one of the executive producers) into the 2006 disappearance of Banaz Mahmod (Buket Kamur). Goode’s inquiry leads her to learn about the disturbing practice of “honor killings,” which consist of men murdering women, often family members, for perceived infractions against patriarchal culture. HONOUR executive producer Liza Marshall has an extensive career in both narrative and documentary films and television. Her previous work includes the RED RIDING films, WELCOME TO THE PUNCH, SPRINGSTEEN AND I, TABOO, and RIVIERA. Speaking by […]Read On »

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YOUNG ROCK: Actor Bradley Constant on new NBC comedy – Exclusive Interview

Bradley Constant as Dwayne 15 yrs in YOUNG ROCK - Season 1 |©2021 NBC/Mark Taylor

YOUNG ROCK is NBC’s new half-hour Tuesday night comedy, based on the real life of Dwayne Johnson, aka The Rock. By now, everybody who hasn’t been dwelling under a rock knows Johnson as a star wrestler turned star movie actor. YOUNG ROCK explores Johnson’s less-famous formative years. Johnson appears as himself in flashforwards to 2032, when he’s being interviewed, by Randall Park (also playing himself) during a presidential run. Johnson serves as narrator, while three different actors portray him at younger ages: Adrian Groulx is ten-year-old Dwayne, Uli Latukefu plays him at eighteen, and Bradley Constant plays Johnson at age […]Read On »

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NURSES: Actress Natasha Calis on new NBC medical drama – Exclusive Interview

Natasha Calis as Ashley Collins in NURSES - Season 1 | ©2021 NBC/Matt Barnes/eOne

NURSES is airing its first season Tuesday nights on NBC. Season 2 wrapped shooting in October, 2020. The medical drama deals with the nursing staff at the busy (fictional) St. Mary’s Hospital in down Toronto, Canada. Natasha Calis plays nurse Ashley Collins, dedicated to her patients and loyal to her friends. Calis began acting at the age of seven, with a live-action role in THE CHRISTMAS CAPER. Soon after, Calis was voicing characters in animated BARBIE and DINOSAUR TRAIN programs. Other credits include leads in the films THE POSSESSION, THE HARVEST, and HEARTBEAT, and in the series THE FIRM and […]Read On »

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PRODIGAL SON: Creators Chris Fedak and Sam Sklaver on Season 2 – Exclusive Interview

Frank Harts, Keiko Agena, Aurora Perrineau, Lou Diamond Phillips, Michael Sheen, Tom Payne, Bellamy Young and Halston Sage in PRODIGAL SON - Season 2 | ©2020 Fox/Mark Seliger

PRODIGAL SON, now in its second season Tuesday nights on Fox, is teasing a season-long arc. Malcolm Bright (Tom Payne) is still a profiler for the NYPD, and his father, serial killer Martin Whitly (Michael Sheen), is still confined to a psychiatric institution. But family dynamics are changing. At the end of Season 1, Malcolm’s society belle mother Jessica (Bellamy Young) had been dating wealthy Nicholas Endicott (Dermot Mulroney). Malcolm and his sister, TV reporter Ainsley (Halston Sage), discovered that Endicott was a murderer. When Endicott threatened the siblings, Ainsley lashed out and killed him – and now doesn’t remember […]Read On »

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