GRAND HOTEL: Justina Adorno on the new ABC summer drama – Exclusive Interview

Justina Adorno as Yoli in GRAND HOTEL - Season 1 | ©2019 ABC/Ed Herrera

In ABC’s new Monday-night drama GRAND HOTEL, a blended family is not necessarily a happy family. Santiago Mendoza (Demian Bichir) has married Gigi (Rosalyn Sanchez), best friend of his late wife Beatriz (Eva Longoria, who is also one of GRAND HOTEL’s executive producers). Santiago has two adult children, ambitious aspiring hotelier Alicia (Denyse Tontz) and playboy Javi (Bryan Craig). Gigi has fraternal twin daughters from a previous marriage. Carolina (Feliz Ramirez) is beautiful and manipulative. Yoli, played by Justina Adorno, is thoughtful, sincere, and greatly underestimated by both her mother and twin sister. Adorno spent her childhood in the Bronx […]Read On »

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NOS4A2: Zachary Quinto goes full vampire in new AMC series – Interview

Zachary Quinto as Charlie Manx in NOS4A2 - Season 1 | ©2019 AMC/Pari Dukovic

Adapted from Joe Hill’s novel, the first season of NOS4A2, Sunday nights on AMC, deals with the growing conflict between two “creatives.” In the context of NOS4A2, a creative is someone with unusual abilities. For Charlie Manx, played by Zachary Quinto, his abilities extend from being able to suck souls from children to prolong his own life to creating the inscape of Christmasland, where the now-soulless children reside in a permanent nightmarish holiday. When Manx sees his agenda threatened by another “creative,” eighteen-year-old Vic McQueen (Ashley Cummings), he tries to destroy her. Along the way, Manx goes from appearing to […]Read On »

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CITY ON A HILL: Aldis Hodge talks about new Showtime drama and LEVERAGE fans – Exclusive Interview

Aldis Hodge is Decourcy Ward in CITY ON A HILL - Season 1 | ©2019 Showtime/Eric Ogden

The title of Showtime’s new Sunday-night series CITY ON A HILL refers to early ‘90s Boston. “The irony abounds,” as several characters might say. Despite its lofty physical setting, the Boston of CITY ON A HILL is rife with racism, corruption and crime. Aldis Hodge plays Assistant District Attorney DeCourcy Ward, who’s just arrived from Brooklyn. By the end of the first episode, Ward has been so manipulated by both the Boston police and his own office that he’s willing to do just about anything to avoid further abuse. Ward joins forces with crooked FBI agent Jackie Rohr (Kevin Bacon) […]Read On »

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STAR TREK: DISCOVERY: Executive Producer Heather Kadin on Season 2 and a tease on Season 3 – Exclusive Interview

Anson Mount as Captain Pike in STAR TREK: DISCOVERY - Season 2 - "Such Sweet Sorrow" - Part 2 | ©2019 CBS Interactive Inc. All Rights Reserved/Russ Martin

STAR TREK: DISCOVERY is now streaming its first and second seasons on CBS All-Access, with a third in the works. The series is the flagship of the STAR TREK television renaissance, as CBS All-Access is making a STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION follow-up starring Patrick Stewart, entitled STAR TREK: PICARD, as well as an animated comedy series, STAR TREK: LOWER DECKS, and has announced a STAR TREK: DISCOVERY spinoff that will center around Michelle Yeoh’s devious former empress Philippa Georgiou. Heather Kadin, one of STAR TREK: DISCOVERY’s executive producers (she’s also on PICARD and LOWER DECKS), talks with us about […]Read On »

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POSE: Billy Porter on the impact of the series and Season 2 – Exclusive Interview

Billy Porter is Pray Tell in POSE - Season 2 - "Acting Up" | ©2019 FX/Macall Polay

As FX’s POSE, now on Tuesdays, jumps ahead in its second season to 1990, there are a lot of changes for the participants in New York’s transgender ballroom scene. One thing has stayed the same, though: the most fabulous Commentator emceeing a ball is still cis-gendered gay man Pray Tell. As played by Billy Porter, Pray is a great friend to the House of Evangelista, especially house mother Blanca (Mj Rodriguez). Both Pray and Blanca are dealing with their HIV diagnoses. When Pray’s friend and nurse Judy (Sandra Bernhard) urges him to get involved in the budding ACT UP movement, […]Read On »

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POSE: Co-creator Steven Canals and co-executive producer Janet Mock chat Season 2 – Exclusive Interview

Indya Moore as Angel in POSE - Season 2 | ©2019 FX/Pari Dukovic

In its second season (it’s already been renewed for a third), FX’s Networks’ POSE, on Tuesday nights, moves into the ‘90s. We are still in the New York ballroom scene, where gay and trans people, mostly of color, gather in found family groupings and compete at balls. AIDS activism is now on many people’s minds; two main characters, House of Evangelista mother Blanca (Mj Rodriguez) and ball emcee Pray Tell (Billy Porter), have been diagnosed with HIV. Additionally, the mainstream is starting to co-opt ballroom style and culture without attribution, which makes for a lot of mixed emotions. Executive producer […]Read On »

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GRAND HOTEL: Demián Bichir chats about the American remake of the hit Spanish series – Exclusive Interview

Demián Bichir is Santiago Mendoza in GRAND HOTEL - Season 1 | ©2019 ABC/Ed Herrera

ABC’s new drama GRAND HOTEL, debuting Monday, June 17, is based on the Spanish series GRAN HOTEL. The original has been remade in a number of other countries around the globe, including Italy, Mexico, and Egypt. The American iteration, which has Eva Longoria as one of its executive producers, is set in Miami, Florida. Demián Bichir stars as patriarch Santiago Mendoza, owner of the Riviera Grand, billed as “the last family-owned hotel in Miami.” Santiago has his hands full with his family – his two grown children by his deceased first wife (played by Longoria in flashbacks), his current wife […]Read On »

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SAY MY NAME: Director Jay Stern talks about his quirky romantic comedy – Exclusive Interview

Director Jay Stern on the set of SAY MY NAME | ©2019 Electric Entertainment/Huw John, Cardiff

The quirky, dark-ish rom-com SAY MY NAME (opening Friday nationwide) takes place on a small island off the coast of Wales. Here, a visiting American woman, played by Lisa Brenner (also one of the film’s producers), gets together with a depressed local man, played by Nick Blood, for what both will imagine will be a one-night stand. Things take a turn – and then many more turns – when their hotel room is invaded by a couple of thieves. Jay Stern directed the Electric Entertainment production from a script by Deborah Frances-White. Stern’s previous work includes the features THE CHANGELING, […]Read On »

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SAY MY NAME: Lisa Brenner chats about her new romantic comedy – Exclusive Interview

SAY MY NAME movie poster | ©2019 Electric Entertainment

In SAY MY NAME (opening Friday), Lisa Brenner plays a woman with a very complicated personal history (and multiple names to go with it). She finds herself in an equally complicated situation when she visits an island off the Welsh coast and attempts a one-night stand with downtrodden local piano tuner Statton (Nick Blood). She’s offended when he can’t remember the name she gave him, but before she can storm out, a pair of thieves burst into the rented hotel room. Brenner, who is also a producer on SAY MY NAME, previously produced the feature CHATTER. As an actor, Brenner’s […]Read On »

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POSE: Actor Mj Rodriguez chats Season 2 and her groundbreaking role – Exclusive Interview

Mj Rodriguez is Blanca iN POSE - Season 1 | ©2018/Pari Dukovic

POSE returns for its second season on FX on Tuesday, June 11. Season 2 of the drama, created by Steven Canals & Brad Falchuk & Ryan Murphy, jumps ahead several years from the late ‘80s to 1990. The New York ballroom scene, primarily inhabited by trans people of color, is just starting to gain notice from the mainstream, and voguing is coming into vogue. But the AIDS epidemic is raging, tearing away those we love. House of Evangelista founder and mother Blanca Rodriguez-Evangelistista, played by Mj Rodriguez, continues to nurture and support her found, adult “children.” Since Blanca’s main goal […]Read On »

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