MASTERPIECE: LES MISERABLES: Actor and executive producer David Oyelowo on the new PBS series – Exclusive Interview

David Oyelowo, Lily Collins, Dominic West in MASTERPIECE: LES MISERABLES | ©2019 BBC/Lookout Point/David Oyelowo

The new six-part drama LES MISERABLES on PBS MASTERPIECE, currently airing Sunday nights (it will repeat at an earlier hour in June), after premiering earlier this year in the U.K. on BBC1. David Oyelowo (pronounced “oh-YELLOW-oh”) plays the fanatical Inspector Javert. Oyelowo is also an executive producer on this non-musical adaptation of Victor Hugo’s massive 1862 novel set in France as revolution is brewing. Reformed convict Jean Valjean (Dominic West), a genuinely good man, devotes his life to helping others, but Javert is determined to track him down. Oyelowo, originally from Oxford, England, was a regular on the British espionage […]Read On »

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GREY’S ANATOMY: James Pickens Jr. on 15 seasons and 343 episodes and counting – Exclusive Interview

James Pickens Jr. in GREY'S ANATOMY - Season 15 | ©ABC/Adam Taylor

ABC’s stalwart medical drama GREY’S ANATOMY, on Thursday nights, is now in its fifteenth season and renewed for a sixteenth. Many cast members have come and gone from the Shonda Rhimes-created hit (Patrick Dempsey, Sandra Oh, Sara Ramirez), but James Pickens Jr., who plays Dr. Richard Webber, has been with the series for its entire run, acting in all but one of its (so far) 343 episodes and counting. Pickens, originally from Cleveland, Ohio, went to New York to begin his professional acting career. He starred in the Negro Ensemble Company’s production of A SOLDIER’S PLAY alongside Samuel L. Jackson […]Read On »

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THE COOL KIDS: David Alan Grier on new Fox comedy – Exclusive Interview

David Alan Grier in THE COOL KIDS - Season 1 | ©2018 Fox Broadcasting Co./Pamela Littky

In Fox’s Friday-night comedy THE COOL KIDS, David Alan Grier plays retirement-community resident Hank. Hank and his friends Charlie (Martin Mull) and Sid (Leslie Jordan) have their routine shaken up with the arrival of Margaret (Vicki Lawrence), a natural-born rule breaker. Grier, originally from Detroit, Michigan, studied Shakespeare at Yale. He has done his share of drama (he played Jackie Robinson in the musical THE FIRST on Broadway and can currently be seen in the new HBO movie NATIVE SON), but he’s probably better known for his comedy work. Grier was part of the original IN LIVING COLOR, and has […]Read On »

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9-1-1: Aisha Hinds talks Season 2 and being trapped in a pipe – Exclusive Interview

Aisha Hinds in 9-1-1 - Season 2 - "This Life We Choose" | ©2018 Fox Media llc/Jack Zeman

Fox’s Monday-night first-responder drama 9-1-1 is in its second season and has been renewed for a third. Aisha Hinds plays stalwart firefighter Henrietta “Hen” Wilson in the series, which is both set and shot in Los Angeles. This season, Hen has been trapped in a collapsed sewer pipe and through the start of a tense custody battle; she and her wife Karen (Tracie Thoms) are raising their young son Denny (Declan Pratt), who is the biological child of Hen’s ex Eva (Abby Brammell). (The battle ended abruptly when Eva died of a drug overdose.) Hen even got an entire episode, […]Read On »

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THE RED LINE: Co-creator Caitlin Parrish chats about new drama – Exclusive Interview

THE RED LINE - Season 1 Key Art | ©2019 CBS

CBS’s new miniseries THE RED LINE has its two-hour premiere on Sunday, April 28. Based on the play A TWIST OF WATER, written by Caitlin Parrish and directed by her frequent collaborator Erica Weiss, THE RED LINE explores three Chicago families in the wake of a tragedy. Noah Wyle plays Daniel Calder, a white high-school teacher whose life is upended when his husband, black doctor Harrison Brennan (Corey Reynolds), is mistakenly shot to death by white police officer Paul Evans (Noel Fisher). In the wake of her father’s death, Daniel and Harrison’s adolescent daughter Jira (Aliyah Royale) is determined to […]Read On »

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PROVEN INNOCENT: Executive producer Danny Strong on his new legal thriller series – Exclusive Interview

Director Danny Strong and actor Nicholas Hoult in REBEL IN THE RYE | ©2017 IFC

In Fox’s legal drama PROVEN INNOCENT, now in its first season Friday nights, a legal team in Chicago works to exonerate wrongfully convicted defendants. Among the lawyers is Madeline Scott (Rachelle Lefevre), who herself was wrongfully convicted and imprisoned for ten years for the murder of her best friend, Rosemary Lynch (Casey Tutton). While she takes on other cases, Madeline is still trying to get to the truth of Rosemary’s death. It doesn’t help that Chicago district attorney Gore Bellows (Kelsey Grammer), running for re-election, still thinks Madeline is guilty. David Elliot created PROVEN INNOCENT, and worked with executive producers […]Read On »

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WHAT WE DO IN THE SHADOWS: Executive producer Paul Simms on Season 1 – Exclusive Interview

WHAT WE DO IN SHADOWS - Season 1 - Key Art | ©2019 Fox

FX’s freshman Wednesday-night comedy WHAT WE DO IN THE SHADOWS is based on the 2014 New Zealand feature written, directed by and starring Jemaine Clement and Taika Waititi (Cori Gonzalez-Macuer also worked on the script). Now Clement and Waititi have adapted and are executive-producing WHAT WE DO IN THE SHADOWS for television, moving the action to Staten Island and introducing us to three new vampires, hulking Nandor (Kayvan Novak), dashing Laszlo (Matt Berry) and assertive Nadja (Natasia Demetriou). The vamps have been tasked by their master, the Baron (Doug Jones), with conquering Staten Island. From the way they’re going about […]Read On »

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WHISKEY CAVALIER: Executive Producer Bill Lawrence on Season 1 on the spy adventure series – Exclusive Interview

Lauren Cohan as Francesca "Frankie" Trowbridge, and Scott Foley as Will Chase in WHISKEY CAVALIER - Season 1 | ©2019 ABC/Craig Sjodin

In ABC’s new Wednesday-night spy adventure WHISKEY CAVALIER, Scott Foley and Lauren Cohen star as, respectively, FBI Special Agent Will Chase and CIA operative Frankie Trowbridge. After a rough start, the pair team up with a few allies to pursue international bad guys around Europe. One of the bonus features of WHISKEY CAVALIER, created by David Hemingson, is that it really is shot in Europe; production is based in Prague in the Czech Republic. Bill Lawrence is one of WHISKEY CAVALIER’s executive producers. Lawrence created the series SCRUBS, co-created the series SPIN CITY, CLONE HIGH, GROUND FLOOR and COUGAR TOWN, […]Read On »

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THE FIX: Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje on ABC’s legal thriller – Exclusive Interview

Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje in THE FIX - Season 1 | ©2019 ABC/Ed Herrera

THE FIX, ABC’s Monday-night legal drama, is based (in its first season, at least) on the courtroom experiences of Marcia Clark. Clark gained fame as the prosecutor in the real-life murder case against then-famed football player O.J. Simpson, accused of killing his wife Nicole Brown Simpson and her friend Ronald Goldman. Simpson was declared not guilty, though he subsequently lost a civil suit brought by the parents of the victims. Clark retired from prosecution and later went into private practice, as well writing books. She’s also one of the executive producers of THE FIX. In THE FIX, former assistant district […]Read On »

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GOTHAM: Robin Lord Taylor talks about playing Penguin on the final season – Exclusive Interview

Robin Lord Taylor as Oswald Cobblepot aka the Penguin in GOTHAM - Season 5 | ©2019 Fox/Justin Stephens

After five seasons of showing how young Bruce Wayne (David Mazouz) became Batman, Fox’s GOTHAM will jump ahead ten years in its series finale on Thursday, April 25. All of the characters we’ve been watching will have come into their own. Of all of GOTHAM’s distinct individuals, perhaps the most surprising has been Oswald Cobblepot, aka the Penguin, as played by Robin Lord Taylor. Known in the Batman canon to be venal and villainous, Taylor’s Penguin is unexpectedly sympathetic, a strangely stubborn, vulnerable underdog who makes us root for his survival, if not necessarily his victory. “The collaborative aspect has really […]Read On »

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