THE EXPANSE: Showrunner Naren Shankar chats about Season 1 – exclusive interview

Thomas Jane stars as Detective Josephus Miller in THE EXPANSE | © 2016 Steve Wilkie/Syfy

In Syfy’s THE EXPANSE, in its first season Tuesdays at 10 PM, humanity has spread across the solar system without getting any more humane. A distress call from a missing young woman entangles the crew of the ice-hauling spacecraft Canterbury in both a murder mystery and political intrigue that could lead to interplanetary war. Show runner Naren Shankar, one of THE EXPANSE’s executive producers, has lots of experience in the science-fiction genre, with writing/producing credits that include STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION, THE OUTER LIMITS, FARSCAPE and GRIMM. He also spent nearly ten years as a writer/executive producer on CSI. […]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: 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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Holiday Gift Guide 2011: Five Mind-Blowing Blu-rays

STAR WARS - THE COMPLETE SAGA Blu-ray | ©2011 Lucasfilm Ltd.

With all the Christmas songs on the radio and in the mall, corporate sponsored holiday specials taking over the airwaves and department store commercials encouraging you to BUY, BUY, BUY, it becomes harder and harder each year to find that perfect gift for someone special. That’s where ASSIGNMENT X comes in with our annual Holiday Gift Guide. We dig deep, so you don’t have to and have come up with a whole slew of books, music, games, toys and more that should satisfy the pop culture addict on your gift-giving list. So without further ado, welcome to ASSIGNMENT X’s 2011 […]Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: THE CHICAGO CODE doesn’t silence actor Jason Clarke

Jason Clarke in THE CHICAGO CODE | ©2011 Fox/Justin Stephens

Jason Clarke has been so good at playing conflicted Rhode Island politician Tommy Caffee on three seasons of Showtime’s crime drama BROTHERHOOD, and now Chicago-born police detective Jarek Wysocki on Fox’s THE CHICAGO CODE, which has its series finale tonight at 9 PM, that people may be surprised to learn the actor is actually Australian (this may come as less of a surprise to viewers who know Clarke as Jenek from FARSCAPE.) In a soft, lilting accent very unlike Wysocki’s tough tones, Clarke talks about his time filming CODE in Chicago, including some startling incidents that he observed while doing […]Read On »

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