Exclusive Interview: SCANDAL star Columbus Short on the hit ABC series

Columbus Short in SCANDAL - Season 2 - "Snake in the Garden" | ©2013 ABC/Danny Feld

On SCANDAL, the Shonda Rhimes-created series in its second season Thursday nights at 10 on ABC, it seems like everybody is in a constant state of crisis. There are assassinations, election-rigging, adultery, lies, heartbreak, you name it. But then, Olivia Pope (Kerry Washington) of Washington,D.C.’s Pope & Associates is an expert fixer, so things in her world would be pretty intense even if she weren’t in an on-again/off-again affair with the married President of the United States (Tony Goldwyn). Fortunately, Olivia has people on her team she can turn to, especially Columbus Short’s lawyer character Harrison Wright. Harrison used lies […]Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: DEFIANCE star Grant Bowler on the new Syfy series – Part 2

Grant Bowler in DEFIANCE - Season 1 | ©2013 Syfy/Ben Mark Holzberg

In Part 2 of ASSIGNMENT X’s exclusive interview with DEFIANCE star Grant Bowler, who plays Lawkeeper Joshua “Jeb” Nolan on the Syfy series – which has come out simultaneously with a multi-platform DEFIANCE videogame – the actor talks working with CGI, crews in different countries and his werewolf days on TRUE BLOOD. ASSIGNMENT X: How is it interacting with the aspects to be added later in CGI? Are you good at visualizing, “Okay, this is a cliff and this is …?” BOWLER: I haven’t done much of it before. I think I shot more VFX stuff in the pilot than […]Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: RECTIFY creator Ray McKinnon on the Sundance Channel series

RECTIFY | ©2013 Sundance Channel

In RECTIFY, an original six-hour dramatic series produced by and for the Sundance Channel, with a two-hour premiere Monday at 9 PM, Aden Young plays Daniel Holden. At age nineteen, Daniel was convicted of raping and murdering his girlfriend. He has spent the last nineteen years on death row, but his conviction is set aside on a technicality. RECTIFY follows Daniel for the first six days as he re-enters the world and the small-town family he left. Ray McKinnon, creator and one of the executive producers of RECTIFY, has a prolific career as an actor, including arcs in DEADWOOD and […]Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: Shawn Ashmore fights THE FOLLOWING

Shawn Ashmore in THE FOLLOWING - Season 1 - "Havenport" | ©2013 Fox/Michael Lavine

The title of THE FOLLOWING refers to the homicidal acolyte of brilliant serial killer Joe Carroll (James Purefoy), who currently seems to be in dire straits, with his young son Joey (Kyle Catlett) taken away from him by the Feds, who are also close to storming his location. Former FBI profiler Ryan Hardy (Kevin Bacon) has been brought in to help with capturing Carroll – he did it before, after all. Hardy has his own good kind of follower, FBI Special Agent Mike Weston, played by Shawn Ashmore. Mike admires Ryan, even when he thinks the older lawman is being […]Read On »

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Interview: EVIL DEAD composer ROQUE BANOS scares up a score

Roque Banos | ©2013 Roque Banos

There are over the top gore films. There are over the top horror scores. And then there is the redo of EVIL DEAD, which does its best to live up to its claim of being “the most terrifying film you will ever experience.” While that debate will be left up to those who survive its blood-splattered roller coaster ride with enough severed limbs to make RE-ANIMATOR  look like REBECCA OF SUNNYBROOK FARM, there will be little argument that Roque Banos’ score is the aural equivalent of a raging exclamation mark, it’s bottom colon fashioned into a knife that repeatedly stabs […]Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: BEAUTY AND THE BEAST stars Kristin Kreuk and Jay Ryan

Kristin Kreuk and Jay Ryan at the PEOPLE'S CHOICE AWARDS for Best New TV Drama with BEAUTY AND THE BEAST | ©2013 Sue Schneider

CW has another hit show on its network with BEAUTY AND THE BEAST and ASSIGNMENT X got a chance to sit down and talk to Kristin Kreuk, who stars as Catherine Chandler and Jay Ryan who stars as Vincent Keller recently. For those of you that loved BEAUTY AND THE BEAST (l987 – 1990), starring Ron Perlman as Vincent and Linda Hamilton as Asst. Dist. Atty. Catherine Chandler this updated version will not disappoint you. BEAUTY AND THE BEAST won The People’s Choice Award for Favorite New TV Drama this year over other nominees ARROW, ELEMENTARY, NASHVILLE and REVOLUTION. ASSIGNMENT X: […]Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: Vincent Paterson on Michael Jackson’s THRILLER and THE ’80S: THE DECADE THAT MADE US

THE '80s - THE DECADE THAT MADE US

Even people who weren’t alive during the Eighties are familiar with the cultural icon that is MICHAEL JACKSON’S THRILLER, not only the song, but the music video with its oft-recreated zombie dance. National Geographic Channel features THRILLER in its new documentary series THE ‘80S: THE DECADE THAT MADE US. One of the subjects of the documentary is Vincent Paterson, the assistant choreographer on THRILLER who has gone on to work as a director/choreographer with music stars in a variety of genres. Paterson gave Assignment X an exclusive interview on his thoughts on the decade that made THRILLER. ASSIGNMENT X: There […]Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: Grant Bowler on his act of DEFIANCE – Part 1

Grant Bowler in DEFIANCE - Season 1 | ©2013 Syfy/Joe Pugliese

There are plenty of videogames that have been adapted from films and TV series, and plenty of films that have been adapted from videogames, but Syfy’s and Trion Worlds’ DEFIANCE is the first project to debut simultaneously as a narrative television show and a multi-platform video game. Both debut Monday, April 15, with the TV series having a two-hour premiere at 9 PM (its regular Monday timeslot thereafter). In DEFIANCE, a space-going fleet carrying seven different alien races, collectively known as the Votan, arrived on Earth, resulting in huge changes in the landscape, flora and fauna. It’s been nine years […]Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: THE FOLLOWING star Annie Parisse on playing FBI Special Agent Parker

Annie Parisse in THE FOLLOWING - Season 1 | ©2013 Fox/Michael Lavine

In Fox’s freshman hit THE FOLLOWING, Monday nights at 9 PM, it seems like Annie Parisse’s character, FBI agent and cult specialist Debra Parker, is one of the good guys. But on this serial killer thriller, created by Kevin Williamson, it’s hard to tell. Did Jacob (Nico Tortorella), a devoted follower of charismatic multiple murderer Joe Carroll (James Purefoy) spare Parker in last week’s episode because he needed leverage against series hero Ryan Hardy (Kevin Bacon), or did Parker reveal something to Jacob while we weren’t looking? Parisse, of course, is hardly likely to share an answer to that question. […]Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: BONES executive producer Stephen Nathan teases Season 9 and more

Emily Deschanel and David Boreanaz in BONES - Season 8 | ©2012 Fox/Brian Bowen Smith

BONES, now in its eight season on Fox, Monday nights at 8 PM, announced its Season 9 pickup very early – January, in fact (most shows wait until the May upfronts). The series, developed by executive producer/show runner Hart Hanson from Kathy Reichs’ life and novels, follows the adventures in murder-solving and romance of FBI Special Agent Seeley Booth (David Boreanaz) and forensic anthropologist Dr. Temperance “Bones” Brennan (Emily Deschanel), now partners in parenting their daughter, as well as work colleagues and lovers. Stephen Nathan, who executive-produces and show-runs BONES alongside Hanson, took time at a party thrown by Fox […]Read On »

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