BREAK A HIP: Emmy winner Christina Pickles on her web series – Exclusive Interview

Christina Pickles | photo courtesy Christina Pickles

BREAK A HIP is a (so-far) two-season-long Web series that just picked up an Outstanding Actress in a Short Form Comedy or Drama for leading lady Christina Pickles. In BREAK A HIP, Pickles plays Biz Brantly, an unhappily retired actress who strikes up an unlikely friendship with her much younger assistant Wincy, played by Britt Hennemuth. Pickles has been nominated for six previous Emmys, five for her supporting work as Nurse Helen Rosenthal on the medical drama ST. ELSEWHERE and one for her guest work in a comedy as Rachel and Ross’s mom on FRIENDS. Originally from England, Pickles has […]Read On »

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Elliott Gould chats about MULANEY and RAY DONOVAN – Interview

Elliott Gould in MULANEY - Season 1 | ©2014 Fox/Joe Viles

Elliott Gould has had a busy and diverse year. On Showtime’s drama RAY DONOVAN, which concluded its second season and has been renewed for a third, he plays Ezra Goldman, boss of Ray (Liev Schreiber) until the last episode, when Ray wreaked havoc. On Fox’s half-hour comedy MULANEY, Sundays at 7 PM, Gould plays Oscar, the ever-upbeat across-the-hall neighbor of comedian John Mulaney (played by the series creator of the same name). Gould is a prolific acting veteran, having starred in such influential films as Robert Altman’s MASH and THE LONG GOODBYE and Paul Mazursky’s BOB & CAROL& TED & […]Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: COUGAR TOWN star Courteney Cox talks Season 5

Courteney Cox stars in the fifth season of COUGAR TOWN | © 2014 Jennifer Rose Clasen/TBS

COUGAR TOWN – a half-hour comedy that is not about older women interested in younger men, despite its title – is now on TBS, Tuesdays at 10 PM, where its in its fifth season. The series, created by Kevin Biegel and Bill Lawrence, began life on ABC, where it spent three seasons, was canceled and then was picked up by TBS for a fourth season in 2013. Courteney Cox, who stars as wine-loving Florida realtor Jules Cobb and is one of the show’s executive producers, tells the Television Critics Association her feelings when COUGAR TOWN moved networks. “It’s just been […]Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: Director Jeff Greenstein on HUSBANDS THE SERIES Season 3

Sean Hemeon and Brad "Cheeks" Bell in HUSBANDS THE SERIES | ©2013 The CW

HUSBANDS THE SERIES began life in 2011 as eleven two-minute episodes for the Internet, chronicling the early days of the marriage between performer Cheeks (Brad “Cheeks” Bell) and star baseball player Brady (Sean Hemeon). Created by Bell and Jane Espenson and directed by Jeff Greenstein, HUSBANDS promptly became a phenomenon. When a Kickstarter campaign was launched in 2012 to fund a second season, the goal was surpassed so quickly that the production was able to become more elaborate. Now Season 3 and 3.5 are here. CWSeed.com is running HUSBANDS, which is available worldwide. HUSBANDS fans have launched the website husbandstvnow.com […]Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: SEAN SAVES THE WORLD star Megan Hilty and creator Victor Fresco

Megan Hilty in SEAN SAVES THE WORLD - Season 1 | ©2013 NBC/Chris Haston

In NBC’s freshman comedy SEAN SAVES THE WORLD, Thursdays at 9 PM, Sean Hayes – also an executive producer on the series — plays the hero of the title. Sean is a single gay man simultaneously coping with suddenly being sole custodial parent of his teenaged daughter Ellie (Samantha Isler) and trying to protect his fellow office workers from their mercurial new boss Max (Thomas Lennon), all while dealing with his opinionated mom (Linda Lavin). Victor Fresco, who previously devised LIFE ON A STICK and BETTER OFF TED, created SEAN SAVES THE WORLD. He’s at a press event for the […]Read On »

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BRAVE Highlights this week in Blu-ray and DVD Releases

BRAVE | (c) 2012 Walt Disney

Your time is short. We know this. So in order to expedite your buying and Netflix decision making, we provide you with a list of the cool and not-so-cool titles coming out for movies, television and everything in-between. So put your feet up, grab some popcorn and check out this week’s selections. Movies: BRAVE – As much as Disney gets flak for being a super corporation and installing all sorts of consumerism in our children, they do know how to deliver the goods when it comes to great storytelling that the whole family can enjoy. BRAVE is the wonderful story […]Read On »

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TV Review: GO ON – Season 1 – “Pilot”

Matthew Perry in GO ON - Season 1 - "Pilot" | ©2012 NBC/Jordin Althaus

Stars: Matthew Perry, Laura Benanti, Julie White, John Cho Writer: Scott Silveri, series created by Scott Silveri Director: Todd Holland Network: NBC, Tuesdays Original Airdate: August 8, 2012 As Los Angeles Times reviewer Mary McNamara just observed, television has done very well with both psychotherapy (FRASIER, THE BOB NEWHART SHOW) and Matthew Perry (FRIENDS) in the half-hour comedy genre. Putting the two together seems like a good idea. The first twist in GO ON is that Perry’s character, snarky and closed-off radio sportscaster Ryan, is a patient rather than the therapist, which works very well. When we meet Ryan, his […]Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: Johnathan McClain talks RETIRED AT 35 Season 2

Johnathan McClain in RETIRED AT 35 | ©2012 TV Land

On TV Land’s RETIRED AT 35, now in its second season Wednesdays at 11 PM, Johnathan McClain plays the title character, David Robbins, who quits his awful job and returns to his hometown, only to be caught up in quarrels between his strong-willed parents, played by George Segal and Jessica Walter. McClain is a native of South Carolina whose TV resume includes 24, MEDIUM and CSI. This interview was conducted over the phone. McClain sets the stage at his end of the line while he’s on vacation in Italy. JOHNATHAN McCLAIN: I’m sitting here, staring at the Arno River from […]Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: EPISODES actor John Pankow plays network evil

John Pankow and Matt LeBlanc in EPISODES - Season 1 | ©2011 Showtime

Showtime’s original comedy EPISODES has its first-season finale on Sunday. The series finds Matt LeBlanc playing himself as the lead in an American adaptation of a Britcom. The writers/producers of aforesaid Britcom, played by Stephen Mangan and Tamsin Greig, find their original ideas mangled into something unrecognizable at every turn by high-handed network executive Merc Lapidus, played by stage, TV and film veteran John Pankow (MAD ABOUT YOU, THE DAYS AND NIGHTS OF MOLLY DODD, TO LIVE AND DIE IN L.A.). Pankow says that when he first read the pilot script by EPISODES creators David Crane and Jeffrey Klank, as […]Read On »

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Preview: Matt LeBlanc returns to series TV with Showtime’s EPISODES

EPISODES

With his new Showtime series EPISODES set to premiere January 9, former FRIENDS and JOEY star Matt LeBlanc explains why it took so long for him to return to series television and he admits it wasn’t because the offers weren’t coming in. “There was a few network shows that came and went that crossed my desk and I said ‘no’ to them,” says LeBlanc. “Working twelve years every day was a lot. I wanted to take some time off and spend time with my daughter and take some time with my daughter.” EPISODES follows LeBlanc playing a semi-fictional version of […]Read On »

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