Exclusive Interview: THE AMERICANS’ star Matthew Rhys on the new spy thriller

Matthew Rhys as Philip Jennings in THE AMERICANS | (c) 2013 Craig Blankenhorn/FX

In THE AMERICANS, the new series created by Joseph Weisberg, FX Wednesday nights at 10 PM, it’s 1981 and the Cold War is raging at full strength. Phillip and Elizabeth Jennings, played respectively by Matthew Rhys and Keri Russell, are the perfect all-American couple with a loving marriage and two children. Except … Phillip and Elizabeth are actually deep-cover Russian spies, whose marriage was arranged for them when they were still back in training in the old country.Elizabeth is still devoutly loyal to the cause, while Phillip is tempted to defect – except he’s fallen in love with his wife […]Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: TOTALLY BIASED’s W. Kamau Bell talks Season 2

W. Kamau Bell stars in TOTALLY BIASED WITH W. KAMAU BELL | (c) 2013 Matthias Clamer/FX

TOTALLY BIASED WITH W. KAMAU BELL is now in its second season on FX, Thursdays at 11 PM. The talk show, executive-produced by Chris Rock, features Bell’s distinctive progressive viewpoint on a variety of political and social issues, along with guests including George Takei, David Allen Grier and Reggie Watts. At a party thrown by Fox/FX for its talent and the Television Critics Association,Bell moves to a slightly quieter part of the venue to talk about Season 2. AX: Were you surprised or just gratified when TOTALLY BIASED got picked up for a second season? BELL: I was gratified. I […]Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: Howard Gordon on HOMELAND Season 2 and beyond

Damian Lewis and Claire Danes in HOMELAND - Season 1 | ©2011 Showtime

Showtime’s HOMELAND, which has its second-season finale Sunday night at 10 PM, is a great big suspenseful, plot-twisting hit. The first season won six Emmys, including Outstanding Drama, Outstanding Actress in a Drama for Claire Danes as high-strung CIA agent Carrie Mathison and Outstanding Actor in a Drama for Damian Lewis asU.S. war hero turned secret terrorist turned U.S. Congressman turned informant Nicholas Brody. Executive producer Howard Gordon, who adapted HOMELAND with writing partner Alex Gansa from Gideon Raff’s Israeli series HATUFIM, now has a production deal at Twentieth Century Fox and is producing the new drama TYRANT with Raff […]Read On »

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TV Review: AMERICAN HORROR STORY: ASYLUM – Season 2 – “Dark Cousin”

Lily Rabe in AMERICAN HORROR STORY - Season 2 - "Dark Cousin" | ©2012 FX/Michael Becker

Stars: Zachary Quinto, Joseph Fiennes, Sarah Paulson, Lily Rabe, Evan Peters, Lizzie Brochere, James Cromwell, Jessica Lange, Chloe Sevigny, Adam Levine, Jenna Dewan Tatum Writer: Tim Minear, series created by Ryan Murphy & Brad Falchuk Director: Michael Rymer   Network: FX, Wednesdays @ 10 PM Original Airdate: November 28, 2012 Clearly we’re more than halfway through AMERICAN HORROR STORY: ASYLUM otherwise I’m not so sure they would start killing off a bunch of characters. This new episode “Dark Cousin” really feels a bit like the beginning of the end and I’m reasonably sure that the last five episodes might not leave […]Read On »

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TV Review: AMERICAN HORROR STORY: ASYLUM – Season 2 – “I Am Anne Frank – Part 2”

Lily Rabe in AMERICAN HORROR STORY - Season 2 -"I Am Anne Frank Pt. 2" | ©2012 FX/Byron Cohen

Stars: Zachary Quinto, Joseph Fiennes, Sarah Paulson, Lily Rabe, Evan Peters, Lizzie Brochere, James Cromwell, Jessica Lange, Chloe Sevigny, Adam Levine, Jenna Dewan Tatum, Clea DuVall Writer: Brad Falchuk, series created by Ryan Murphy & Brad Falchuk Director: Alfonso Gomez-Rejon  Network: FX, Wednesdays @ 10 PM Original Airdate: November 14, 2012 With “I Am Anne Frank: Part 2” some new layers are introduced to AMERICAN HORROR STORY: ASYLUM and some things that I debated about in my last review have come to be truth. Last episode ended with Anne Frank (Franka Potente) training a gun on Dr. Arden (James Cromwell) […]Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: Katey Sagal talks SONS OF ANARCHY and FUTURAMA

Katey Sagal in SONS OF ANARCHY - Season 5 | ©2012 FX/James Minchin III

In SONS OF ANARCHY, now in its fifth season on FX on Tuesdays at 10 PM, nobody has it easy. In creator/executive producer Kurt Sutter’s drama about the members of a motorcycle gang and its members, characters have been beaten, raped, robbed, stabbed, shot, betrayed and murdered. However, arguably nobody still living has been put through more than Katey Sagal’s character Gemma Teller Morrow. Gemma has survived the death of her first husband, only to learn that her second, Clay Morrow (Ron Perlman), was responsible for the crime and then beat the hell out of her, but now wants her […]Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: Harold Perrineau gets dark on SONS OF ANARCHY

Harold Perrineau in SONS OF ANARCHY - Season 5 - "Sovereign" | ©2012 FX/Prshant Gupta

Harold Perrineau is no stranger to dark-souled characters, having played the seriously conflicted Michael Dawson on LOST and prison inmate Augustus Hill in OZ. However, Damon Pope, the Season Five villain in SONS OF ANARCHY (FX, Tuesdays at 10 PM), may be his darkest role yet. As series creator Kurt Sutter says, “I wanted an actor who … you would believe in a suit and tie standing in front of a city council meeting, at the same time he’s somebody that had the depth and the ability to turn dark and to do some of the heinous things that he […]Read On »

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TV Review: AMERICAN HORROR STORY: ASYLUM – Season 2 – “I Am Anne Frank – Part 1”

Franka Potente in AMERICAN HORROR STORY - Season 2 - "I Am Anne Frank Part 1" | ©2012 FX/Byron Cohen

Stars: Zachary Quinto, Joseph Fiennes, Sarah Paulson, Lily Rabe, Evan Peters, Lizzie Brochere, James Cromwell, Jessica Lange, Chloe Sevigny, Adam Levine, Jenna Dewan Tatum, Clea DuVall Writer: Jessica Sharzer, series created by Ryan Murphy & Brad Falchuk Director: Michael Uppendahl Network: FX, Wednesdays @ 10 PM Original Airdate: November 7, 2012 “I Am Anne Frank: Part 1” takes AMERICAN HORROR STORY: ASYLUM down another interesting path that wasn’t previously discussed (but maybe hinted at) in the first several episodes. So far in the series we’ve had aliens, demonic possession, and genetic experiments run amok in the woods ready to anything […]Read On »

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Interview: Comedian W. Kamau Bell spins the news on TOTALLY BIASED

W. Kamau Bell in TOTALLY BIASED - Season 1 | ©2012 FX/Matthias Clamer

Interesting fact: the same parent company that gives us Fox News also gives us TOTALLY BIASED WITH W. KAMAU BELL. TOTALLY BIASED, which airs on FX Thursday nights at 11 PM and is executive-produced by Chris Rock, showcases standup comedian Bell’s humor and cheerfully leftist political views. At an event held by FX for the television press,Bell takes some time to talk about his show, his comedy and his distinctive style. ASSIGNMENT X: As a comedian, did you have any desire to see Mitt Romney win the election, just in terms of comedic fodder? W. KAMAU BELL: I’m not that […]Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: Eugene Byrd on BONES, DAYBREAK and WILFRED

Eugene Byrd is honoroed with other BONES cast members at a City of Los Angeles event particularly the episode "The Patriot in Purgatory" that hat calls attention to the many issues facing American military personnel once they return from service | ©2012 Fox/Michael Underwood/Picture Group for Fox

BONES, which runs Mondays at 8 PM on Fox, is now in its eighth season. The series chronicles the personal and professional relationship of FBI agent Seeley Booth (David Boreanaz) and forensic pathologist Dr. Temperance “Bones” Brennan (Emily Deschanel) as they solve murders. In third season, Brennan’s lab assistant Zack Addy (Eric Milligan) was committed to a mental institution. Since then, Brennan has had a rotating roster of lab assistants, or “squinterns” (Booth calls the lab people squints and they serve as Brennan’s interns, hence “squinterns”). Eugene Byrd’s character Dr. Clark Edison is one of the primary squinterns.Clark started out […]Read On »

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