SNOWFALL: Writer-producer Walter Mosley on Season 3 and remembering director John Singleton – Exclusive Interview

Carter Hudson as Teddy McDonald, Damson Idris as Franklin Saint in SNOWFALL - Season 3 - "Confessions" | ©2019 FX/Ray Mickshaw

FX’s SNOWFALL, now in its third season on Wednesday nights and renewed for a fourth, is a drama that chronicles the catastrophic convergence of drug dealers and the CIA in South Central Los Angeles during the 1980s. SNOWFALL was created by Eric Amadio, the late John Singleton, and Dave Andron. At the outset, Singleton brought in best-selling novelist Walter Mosley to come aboard as a writer/producer. Mosley has created a number of iconic series of mystery novels, including those featuring his protagonists Easy Rawlins and Leonid McGill. He won an Edgar Award for his novel DOWN THE RIVER UNTO THE […]Read On »

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THE RIGHTEOUS GEMSTONES: Creator and star Danny McBride on Season 1 – Interview

THE RIGHTEOUS GEMSTONES - Season 1 Key Art - Danny McBride | ©2019 HBO

Having taken on football in his previous series EASTBOUND & DOWN and high school office politics in VICE PRINCIPALS, both for HBO, creator/executive producer/star Danny McBride returns to the network with his new Sunday-night dark comedy THE RIGHTEOUS GEMSTONES. The Gemstones are a family running a massively financially successful evangelical ministry. Patriarch Eli Gemstone (John Goodman) is mourning the death of his wife, which doesn’t stop him from indulging in a few less-than-saintly activities. McBride plays Jesse Gemstone, one of Eli’s sons. As an actor, McBride is also known for his work in feature films including THE FOOT FIST WAY, […]Read On »

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PEARSON: Eli Goree chats about the new SUITS spin-off – Exclusive Interview

Eli Goree is Derrick Mayes in PEARSON - Season 1 | ©2019 USA/Richie Knapp

In USA’s freshman Wednesday-night series PEARSON, spun off from the network’s long-running SUITS, Gina Torres reprises her role as Jessica Pearson. No longer a New York City lawyer, Pearson has moved back to her home town of Chicago to become a fixer for the mayor’s office. Here, Pearson encounters mayoral aide Derrick Mayes, played by Eli Goree. Derrick is an idealist, who is eager to assist Pearson in breaking rules, so long as he thinks it’s for a good cause. Goree [pronounced Gore-AY], originally from Canada, has had a strong few years as an actor, with recurring roles on BALLERS, […]Read On »

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BRITBOX: Network President Soumya Sriraman on the U.S. streaming service and more – Exclusive Interview

BRITBOX Network President Soumya Sriraman | courtesy of Britbox

Launched in 2017, Britbox is a streaming service dedicated to bringing the best of BBC and ITV fare to the United States. Soumya Sriraman (first name rhymes with “home ya” and surname is pronounced Sree-rah-man), President of Britbox North America, sits down for an extensive discussion of the company that brings an enormous amount of British television to U.S. viewers. ASSIGNMENT X: What made U.K. TV networks BBC and ITV decide to join hands and create Britbox? SOUMYA SRIRAMAN: It kind of had to be done. The thing that both BBC and ITV have done for a long time is […]Read On »

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THE HANDMAID’S TALE: Joseph Fiennes on playing one of the architects of Gilead – Exclusive Interview

Joseph Fiennes in THE HANDMAID'S TALE - Season 2 - "Postpartum" | ©2019 Hulu/George Kraychy

THE HANDMAID’S TALE, the multi-Emmy-winning adaptation of Margaret Atwood’s novel, now has three seasons streaming on Hulu, and has been renewed for a fourth. In the near future of THE HANDMAID’S TALE, human fertility is on the wane, and much of the United States has been overtaken by the totalitarian fundamentalist government of Gilead. In Gilead, women have virtually no rights. Wives have status, but if they are infertile (and most are), the household brings in a “handmaid” to be impregnated by the husband in a ceremony that involves both of the women. THE HANDMAID’S TALE is seen largely through […]Read On »

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POWER: Creator Courtney A. Kemp on the final season and the first spin-off – Exclusive Interview

POWER - Season 6 Key Art | ©2019 Starz

Starz’s drama POWER embarks on its sixth and final season Sunday, August 25, with the main characters at each other’s throats. Club owner/drug kingpin James “Ghost” St. Patrick (Omari Hardwick) is furious at the defection of his erstwhile best friend/lieutenant Tommy Egan (Joseph Sikora); Tommy is homicidal over the fact that Ghost tricked him into killing his own father. Ghost’s estranged wife Tasha (Naturi Naughton) is livid at the mess both men have made of their lives and her own. At Starz’s session for the Television Critics Association press tour, an announcement was made that there would be at least […]Read On »

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SNOWFALL: Co-creator Dave Andron on Season 3 – Exclusive interview

SNOWFALL - Season 3 Key Art | ©2019 FX

FX’s SNOWFALL, now in its third season Wednesday nights and renewed for a fourth, deals with how crack cocaine use became so prevalent. Set in 1980s South Central Los Angeles, SNOWFALL stars Damron Idris as Franklin Saint, a successful young dealer who is feeling increasing pressure from all sides, including the FBI, but does not – yet – recognize the damage his product. Dave Andron, formerly an executive producer/writer on FX’s JUSTIFIED, is one of the co-creators of SNOWFALL with fellow executive producers Eric Amadio and the late John Singleton. Andron talks with us about how SNOWFALL’s story may go […]Read On »

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LUCIFER: Kevin Alejandro on directing and more – Part 2 – Exclusive Interview

LUCIFER actor Kevin Alejandro | photo courtesy Kevin Alejandro

In Part 2 of our exclusive interview with actor/director Kevin Alejandro, he talks more about his work on Netflix’s LUCIFER as LAPD detective Daniel Espinosa, what he’s learned from real-life police officers, and his directing work on both the series and his award-winning short film BEDTIME STORY. ASSIGNMENT X: A lot of your characters are people in law enforcement. I mean, you did LUCIFER and you did SOUTHLAND for a couple of seasons, and you’ve played police detectives in other things. Do you think there’s something about you that makes people go, “Aha, police detective”? KEVIN ALEJANDRO: I think so. […]Read On »

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LUCIFER: Kevin Alejandro on Season 4 – Part 1 – Exclusive Interview

Kevin Alejandro in LUCIFER - Season 3 - "Chloe Does Lucifer" | ©2017 Fox/Jason Bell

LUCIFER is about what happens when the fallen angel (played by Tom Ellis) comes to Los Angeles and becomes a police consultant. The series ran for three seasons on Fox Network. When Fox canceled it, Netflix picked up LUCIFER for a fourth season, which premiered earlier this year. (All seasons can currently be seen on Netflix.) Now Netflix has announced a sixteen-episode fifth and final season that will stream next year. In LUCIFER, Kevin Alejandro plays LAPD detective Daniel Espinosa. Dan carries around a reputation for being dirty, although he was legally exonerated, as he actually committed some crimes to […]Read On »

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SERENGETI: Director-Producer John Downer talks about new wildlife Discovery series – Exclusive Interview

Elephants and zebra herds at waterhole in SERENGETI - Season 1 | ©2019 Discovery Channel

Discovery Channel’s new Sunday-night miniseries SERENGETI is unusual. This is not because it is set in the Serengeti National Park in Tanzania, Africa, which contains large populations of many of the continent’s most notable wildlife; the network has aired many documentaries made there. However, SERENGETI is not a documentary, but rather a drama, created by Simon Fuller and directed by award-winning wildlife documentarian John Downer, both of whom are producers on the miniseries. Downer shot footage of real Serengeti lions, elephants, hyenas, baboons and other animals going about their lives, which has been edited into a storyline, narrated in the […]Read On »

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